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Have you ever found yourself quoting something from a favorite old arcade game (“Elf needs food, badly!”) and wondered whatever happened to that original experience? While many games have been updated over the years, those who remember their debut at times feel that the newest versions lost the something special that the original had captured. When caught in a nostalgic mood, it’s a natural move these days to find out if you can revisit those old games again.

Those who collect old arcade machines have it easiest. If the machine works, they just fire it up and have a blast. The rest of us who don’t have the space or the funds to do so can make do with the MAME open source project, though in the Linux and Unix worlds our choice will be the XMAME variant. This framework emulates the hardware used for these old arcade games, allowing their software to be loaded and utilized.

The MAME project actually consists of a number of different pieces. There’s the ones already mentioned (MAME and XMAME), along with a related project called MESS that focuses on old computer games rather than old hardware-based games. MESS has the XMESS component for the Unix world. Support projects for both MESS and MAME include the Dumping Project and the Targets list. MAME Targets maintains a list of all possible games that fall under the MAME and MESS mandates, and the Dumping Project uses this list to track down the games they’re missing and preserve them.

Preservation is a key term here. The goal of the Dumping Project is to prevent old games from eventually vanishing forever. Content producers have varying takes on this issue. According to Randy Hoffman, Coordinator of the Dumping Project and member of the MAME development team, “The current corporate copyright holders–at least the ones that still exist as corporate entities–seem not to care about MAME itself one way or the other.” As evidence, he offers, “We have never received official corporate assistance in emulating anything, but we’ve only been asked to remove a game from MAME twice, and in both cases the company was minor (and one of the games was a bootleg anyway).”

From Hoffman’s observations, the disinterest in MAME seems to come from a combination of two business issues. The first is that MAME doesn’t (typically) threaten existing revenue-generating products. This software is used mostly for ancient games that are no longer for sale, so sending legal teams with cease and desist orders isn’t often worth it. That doesn’t mean that some game companies haven’t demanded to have ROMs taken down, however. In 2002, an unidentified copyright holder threatened chúng tôi (which no longer works) with litigation if their content was not removed. As a result of this threat along with another large issue that occurred at the same time, involving non-payment by a partner site, the entire site was pulled down and has never returned.

The reason this single company may have gone to this trouble fits in with the second issue, where most companies don’t see a way to make a profit using MAME either. This particular copyright holder may have decided to sell its older games without seeing a way for MAME to be part of this picture. Certainly, many companies don’t seem to see the point. Most publishers of old games don’t tend to provide assistance in getting the emulation working. Individual programmers sometimes do, perhaps excited to think that games they had long considered left behind could get play again. Others, according to Hoffman, “find emulation so distasteful that they [act as though they] would rather kill their firstborn children than see their games emulated.”

In addition, according to Hoffman, “Long ago, we tried to contact many of these companies about setting up systems to make arcade-game ROM images available for purchase; none of them ever responded.”

There is a company, however, that has had success in this area. StarROMS has an official agreement with Atari to provide legal ROMs of classic Atari games. Royalties are paid to Atari for the use of their games, allowing the company to leverage older products that otherwise might just be fading away. StarROMS’ goal is to carry more than just games from Atari, but they are working with other rights’ owners–typically the game publishers–for the ability to carry a wider range of older games.

Aside from signing on individual subscribers, the folks at StarROMS have managed to extend their business base by making strategic partnerships. There are a number of companies out there who provide hardware for classic gaming. With no legally-available classic game ROMs, these companies has no real legitimate market.

According to Frank Leibly, co-founder of StarROMS, Inc., “By providing a legal source of games to work with their hardware, we’re helping to establish and legitimize this fledgling industry. The legal standard for selling a commercial product is that there needs to be a compelling and substantial legal use for your product. If you’re trying to sell classic gaming related products for use with pirated ROMS, you have a problem.”

Not only does a company such as StarROMs provide a legal source of content for commercial products, but it also legitimizes the MAME project, to which StarROMs is a donor. With approximately 50,000 registered users on their site, StarROMs certainly does show that there is interest in playing classic games, even when they come from just a single company.

One company making use of StarROMs content and MAME technology to enhance its own product is Dream Authentics. Dream Authentics builds custom video game systems, placing a game-quality PC into an arcade-style cabinet of the customer’s choice and configuring it specifically for playing games with one of their game engine products. The buyer can also place their other game systems into the cabinet and choose which they want to use (Nintento, Playstation, X Box, and so on) with the touch of a single button.

Dream Authentics, according to President and CEO Rick Barretto, approached the MAME developers and requested that a special version of MAME be created that is only capable of playing StarROMs content since StarROMs offers the only legal commercial MAME content. The MAME developers obliged. When a customer requests this feature be included, MAME and the StarROMs games are pre-loaded before the cabinet is shipped for no extra cost–Dream Authentics only charges for the custom cabinets, not the custom software included within it. (You are not limited on a Dream Authentics machine to the software that comes with it. At the core of the cabinet is a full computer running Microsoft Windows XP. Anything that can be installed under XP normally can be installed on the system inside the cabinet.)

When asked how being able to include classic game content through MAME affects sales, Barretto answered, “I think people know that our cabinets are PC-based and MAME-compatible so they are comfortable with the fact that our cabinets can play any StarROMs title or any other PC based game on the planet. I think this just gives them a little more comfort that we really know what we are doing (with our cabinet and electronic designs) and know what they want in an ultimate personal game cabinet.”

Understandably, Barretto adds that DreamAuthentics hopes StarROMs will be able to acquire the rights to more titles in the future. Such an accomplishment would not only give StarROMs more games to offer its customers, but would give DreamAuthentics a larger package of classic games to include with its cabinets. If he could choose particular classic games for StarROMs to add to their list, they would include the favorites: the Tron games, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, and others.

Ultimately, MAME is an example of the open source ecosystem in action. The software has created a paying market for properly licensed content, to the point that third party companies partner with those who have the licenses in order to offer that content as well. MAME also, in a way, functions a bit as a game history museum. Without the efforts of the Dumping Project there are games that would have been completely lost in the mists of time. Many may not have missed them, but even today the game industry is still young with room for “firsts.” It would be a shame to have lost a bunch of the original “firsts” from collective memory.

This article was first published on chúng tôi The author, Dee-Ann LeBlanc, is an award-winning technology journalist and computer book author who specializes in Linux.

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Taylordle Archive: How To Play Old Taylordle Games

Wordle skews have been releasing left and right to satisfy the puzzle-solving needs of avid Wordle fans. From Sweardle to Nerdle, we have over a dozen spin-offs that cater to the different interests of each individual.

Taylordle is another Wordle spin-off for Taylor Swift fans with the same rules and an easy-to-use UI. But just like Wordle, once you are done with the daily puzzle, you will have to wait for the next day to play the next puzzle. So if you are looking for a Taylordle Archive to play old games, then here’s all you need to know about it!

Related: Find a hint in Taylordle easily!

Is there a Taylordle Archive?

Sadly no, there is no Taylordle Archive yet. The game was recently released to the public and you can only play it as far back as the 28th of January.

While an Archive does not exist yet, you can still play old Taylordle games using the tricks below whether you are on a desktop device or mobile device. Use the next section to help you along with this process.

How to play old Taylordle games

The tried and tested way of changing your system date and time works for Taylordle, but there are a few other ways as well in which you can play old Taylordle games on your PC or mobile. Follow the guide below depending on your device to get started. 

Play past Taylordle games on PC

If you are on a desktop, you can change your system date and time to play old Taylordle games. You can also use the Wayback machine to play old games without having to change your date and time.

This can be useful if you don’t want your email clients and browsers going out of sync. Use either of the guides below to help you along with the process. 

Here’s how you can change the system date and time on your Windows or macOS device.

1.1 On Windows

Turn off the toggle for ‘Set time automatically’ at the top.

You will now be able to play the Taylordle game released on the selected date.  

1.2 On macOS

Inside System Preferences, select Date & Time.

Once that’s done, uncheck the box adjacent to Set date and time automatically.

Now, open the Wordle page and you are ready to go another round.

Open a browser app (like Safari and Chrome) and visit the Wordle website to play the game for the day you set as the date in your System settings above.

To play another old game, you will need to change the date in your macOS settings again.

Related: How to Make Your Own Wordle: Step-by-step Guide

Method #02: Use the Wayback Machine

Visit the link above in the desired browser and you will be shown the snapshots for chúng tôi stored by the Wayback Machine. Hover over the desired date for which you wish to play Taylordle.

The site will be automatically opened in your browser now and you can play the game as you usually would.

Once you are done with the game, go back and simply choose another date and snapshot to play another game of Taylordle. You won’t have to clear your cookies and cache when playing multiple Taylordle games using the Wayback Machine. 

Play past Taylordle games on phone

If you are on a mobile device then you can use the following methods to play old Taylordle games on your device. Use either of the sections below depending on your preference to help you get started. 

Here’s how you can change the date and time on your mobile devices.

1.1 On Android

Open the Settings app on your Android device and tap on ‘System’ at the bottom.

Now tap on ‘Date and time’. 

Turn off the toggle for ‘Set time automatically’ by tapping on the same at the top.

Now tap on ‘Date’. 

Tap and select a previous date for which you wish to play the respective puzzle.

Tap on ‘Ok’ once you are done. 

Restart your mobile browser and visit chúng tôi You can now play the respective puzzle for the selected date in your browser as usual. Once done, you can go back and change to another date in the Settings app and play the respective Taylordle released on that date. Remember to restart your browser for the changes to take effect. 

1.2 On iPhone and iPad

Open the Settings app and tap on ‘General’. 

Now tap on ‘Date & Time’. 

Turn off the toggle for ‘Set Automatically’ at the top. 

Now tap on the date at the bottom. 

You can now select the desired date for which you wish to play the Taylordle puzzle.

The date will be automatically set, you can now tap on the back icon in the top left corner and close the Settings app.

Once done, visit chúng tôi and you should be able to play the puzzle for the selected date.

Method #02: Use the Wayback Machine

You can also use the Wayback Machine on your mobile devices to play old Taylordle games. Follow the guide below to help you along with this process. 

Visit the link above and tap on the desired date for which you wish to play the Taylordle puzzle.

Now select any one of the daily snapshots from the list shown on your screen. 

The game for the selected day will now be loaded on your screen. Proceed to play the game as you normally would and solve the puzzle for the day you selected. 

Once done, you can go back to the previous page and select another day to continue playing Taylordle on your mobile device. 

Tips to play Taylordle when using Wayback Machine

Switch to a desktop version of the website if the page fails to load. 

If you face a blank white screen but the page has loaded, rotate to landscape mode and back to fix this issue.  

You will have to use the on-screen keyboard when using the desktop website. 

Can I play Taylordle offline?

Yes, you can save all Taylordle games offline to play offline games whenever you would like. This is a great way to keep up with Taylordle for people who travel a lot or simply don’t have a constant internet connection. Use the guide below to help you play Taylordle offline. Please keep in mind that this only works on desktop devices for now. 

How to play Taylordle offline on PC

To test the game, turn off the Wi-Fi on your device.

The game will now load in your browser and you can continue solving the puzzle as you would like.

If you still get yesterday’s game restart your browser and the issue will be fixed on your system. 

FAQs

Here are some commonly asked questions about playing old Taylordle games that should help you get up to speed with the latest information. 

Can I use the change date trick to play future games?

Yes, you can change the date on your system to play future Taylordle games as well. Keep in mind that future dates can cause email and other sync servers to go out of sync, so make sure you revert to your original date to keep everything in working order. 

How to play old Taylordle games offline?

You can simply change the date and time of your system when playing Taylordle games offline to play old puzzles directly in your browser. Use the guide above in the post to help you along with this process. 

How far back can I play Taylordle games?

You can play Taylordle as far back as the 28th of January that is when it was released. You can, however, play virtually infinite games in the future by changing to a future date and time on your PC or macOS device. 

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Nerdle Archive: How To Play Old Nerdle Games

Nerdle is the new Wordle-inspired game in town that allows you to play Wordle but with numbers and equations. The game has been applauded by many and even teachers seem to have loved the idea.

Nerdle challenges you to guess daily math equations which help you hone your math skills every day. But what if you wish to solve more Nerdle puzzles?

Well, a new release by the developers might just help you with that, let’s find out more.

Can you play old Nerdle games?

Yes, you can now play old Wordle games, both on your PC or mobile. Named Nerdle Replay, the new feature now allows you to play previously released Nerdle games and keep having fun.

You can use this to get a streak going or to simply hone your skills for future puzzles. Use the guide below to play old Nerdle games on your device.

How to play old Nerdle games (classic)

Here’s how you can play old Nerdle challenges on your device easily and efficiently. 

You can play old classic Nerdle challenges on your device by either modifying the URL or by using the Web Archive. Follow either of the guides below to help you along with the process. 

Related: How to Play Speed Nerdle: Step-by-step Guide

Method #01: Using customized URL

You can use the following format to play old Nerdle games directly in your browser whether using a desktop or mobile device.

Replace ‘yyyymmdd’ with the desired date in the respective format and visit the link in your browser.

And that’s how you can play old Nerdle games whether on your desktop or mobile device.

Related: When Does Nerdle Reset?

Method #02: Using the Wayback Machine

You can also use the web archive to play old classic Nerdle challenges on your device. Follow the steps below to help you along with the process. 

Note: Search for chúng tôi instead if you wish to play challenges released before February 2023.

Select a snapshot and the Nerdle challenge of the selected day will now automatically appear on your screen. 

Solve the challenge as usual.

Use the toggle in the top right corner to switch dates once you are done. 

And that’s it! You can now play old Nerdle challenges using the Wayback Machine.

How to Play old mini Nerdle games

Here’s how you can play old mini Nerdle challenges on your device whether it be mobile or desktop. 

Method #01: Using customized URL

You can change the URL for chúng tôi to play old mini Nerdle challenges. Use the following format to help you modify the original URL. 

Replace YYYY with your preferred year, MM with your preferred month, and DD with your preferred date.

And that’s it! You will now be able to play old mini Nerdle challenges for the selected date in the URL.

Method #02: Using the Wayback Machine

Here’s how you can play old mini Nerdle challenges using the Wayback machine on your mobile or desktop device. 

The selected date’s snapshot will now load on your screen. You can proceed to solve the puzzle as usual. 

Once you are done, use the switch in the top right corner to change the date and play another puzzle. 

And that’s how you can play old mini Nerdle challenges using the Wayback Machine. 

Can you play old instant Nerdle using the same trick?

Unfortunately, instant Nerdle now has its dedicated section on websites and social media handles. You can not modify the URL to play old games but you can use the Wayback Machine if needed. You can also visit the official social media handles and access the media gallery to play old Instant Nerdle challenges on your device. 

How long back can I go and play Nerdle?

Sadly, you can only playback till the release date of Nerdle ie: 21st January 2023. Nerdle was not released before this and thus there are no older games to play beyond this date.

When was the first Nerdle game?

Well, the first game went live on January 21, 2023.

FAQs

Can I change my system date and time to play old Nerdle puzzles?

Yes, you can change your system date and time as well to play old Nerdle games. However, this can throw off apps on your device especially email clients and instant messengers.

Thus we recommend you use the method above to play old Wordle games instead.

Where is my Nerdle data stored?

Just like Wordle, Nerdle now stores your data on the local storage in a local file. Previously the developers were using Cookies, but Nerdle now seems to have switched to using a local file instead.

Will solving older Nerdle puzzles count towards my streak?

Nerdle sadly does not have a streak tracker which means that no matter the game you play, no streak data is being stored for your profile. Or at least no data being stored that is being displayed or shared when you share or view your results.

A streak track is kept in the background in the local storage file stored by Nerdle on your PC. Use the guide below to track the same.

Now expand Local Storage on your left and select the file contained in it. 

Your streak data should now be available on your right beside ‘statsState’. 

And that’s how you can track your Nerdle streak. 

We hope this post helped you easily play old Nerdle games on your device. If you have any more questions feel free to reach out using the guide below.

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Pch And Highway 1 Host Demo Day For Hardware Startups

On December 9 PCH and Highway 1 held their third Demo Day at an invitation-only event in San Francisco. Highway 1, a division of PCH headed by Brady Forrest, is a hardware accelerator focused on aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors with a hardware curriculum dedicated to product design, development, engineering, and go-to-market strategy.

The current batch of Highway 1 startups includes 11 different companies that have gone through a four month course designed to take them from prototype to fully manufacture-ready products. In total, Highway 1 has graduated 35 hardware companies including the current class.

“The curriculum at Highway1 helps entrepreneurs refine their prototypes into products that are well considered,” says Forrest. “We emphasize product design, product brand, and the consumer experience, as well as the nuts and bolts of how to get products made on budget and on time. These companies have worked hard to get where they are today, and are ready to take on investment.”

PCH provides all Highway1 companies with access to its significant expertise in product development and supply chain management via a 10-day immersion in Shenzhen, China where the companies learn first-hand the nuances of hardware manufacturing and global distribution. The companies also receive an initial monetary investment of $50,000 and access to a mentor network of experienced industry leaders.

“Our program reduces the risk of investment in hardware by helping startups get to market faster, and by reducing the number of unknowns for investors,” says PCH Founder and CEO Liam Casey. “Hardware is generating strong returns, and this, in turn, is fueling innovation. We are very proud of these 11 companies graduating from Highway1 today, and look forward to mentoring them as they progress in their goals.”

Here are the 11 Highway 1 graduates that presented at Demo Day:

Cargo: Cargo is unlocking the potential of automotive data by connecting every car on the road to its cloud infrastructure, making it easy for developers to build auto-focused applications and services that make ownership easier, less expensive, safer and more fun.

CoolChip Technologies: CoolChip Technologies is marrying modern electronics with the ability to cool them effectively, solving the computing industry’s multi-billion dollar efficiency problem and offering a significantly better consumer experience across devices.

FishBit: FishBit is a WiFi-connected set of sensors that pairs with mobile and web applications to help saltwater aquarium owners review historical and real-time readings, receive notifications when levels suddenly change, and obtain recommendations for proactive aquarium maintenance.

Fingertips Labs: Fingertips Labs is designing products that extend human reach to technology, with a focus on the needs of the visually impaired and physically challenged. First in the product line is HALO, the intelligent wearable that implements a completely eyes-free experience over a range of mobile applications using a multi-function rotary dial.

Lagoon: Lagoon finally makes it easy to track home water usage. Using an innovative sensor that easily wraps around a home’s main water line, paired with Lagoon’s free companion app, Lagoon detects and measures water consumption from major point-of-source appliances. Lagoon provides near real-time views on water use, identifying behaviors and appliances that may be wasting water. Now, homeowners can take water-saving action and catch costly leaks before it’s too late. Lagoon believes everyone should be closer to their water.

LookSee Labs: LookSee is a connected bracelet that uses on an always-on flexible display. Using the LookSee app, users can customize their look depending on situation or mood.

Moxxly: Moxxly combines women-centered design with branding and technology to create products that are as elegant as they are functional. Moxxly’s first product is a smart, stylish, and high performing breast pump accessory system that enables today’s mobile mom to pump wherever she is, with her shirt on, while receiving real-time data about her supply.

Switchmate: Switchmate offers the convenience of smart lighting without the drama of rewiring the home. Switchmate’s sleek, retro-fit design snaps onto existing light switches to enable remote control of home lighting, out of the box.

Building10: Building10 is developing Peeple: the elegant, compact, and easy-to-use caller ID for the front door. Peep consists of a small camera that attaches to existing peepholes and easily connects to home Wi-Fi to identify, inform, and alert people to any outside presence. Say goodbye to the days of worrying about what time the kids got home, if the package arrived, or if the rental property is secure. Peep sees who’s there when you’re not.

Mashgin: Mashgin is building a kiosk for cafeterias that automatically identifies multiple items within seconds. The kiosk is up to ten times faster than an average cashier, thanks to computer vision and machine learning. Mashgin is working with the world’s largest cafeteria company, Compass Group, to help cafeterias save billions on the checkout process and improve their customers’ overall experience.

JewlieBOTS: JewlieBOTS is a customizable network of open source programmable jewelry aimed at cultivating the interest of teenage girls in engineering and coding. Using basic programming logic, you can create personal alerts and communicate with your friends using lights and slight vibrations. JewlieBOTS allows girls to customize their jewelry and its behavior to reflect unique personalities and friendships.

How To Repair, Refurbish And Update An Old Ipod

The iPod Mini was a groundbreaking Apple product, but it relied on a tiny Compact Flash-sized hard drive called a MicroDrive for its 4Gb storage. Many of these units are now very cheap to buy as spares and repairs, but you can you turn them into a new upgraded 64Gb iPod, with a little time and tech knowledge.

Although the iPod Mini was revolutionary in many ways, within a year the Mini was replaced by the solid state iPod Nano. The Mini was a good little iPod, but it was not their favorite son. It had a tiny hard drive in it, and these were prone to head crashes and drive errors.

In this article, we’ll discuss how to get into the iPod Mini, replace damaged or tired batteries with better ones and replace the old hard drive with solid state memory with the bonus of increased capacity.

What You Need

You will need two tools: a spudger (a specialized plastic tool for opening Apple products without scratching the hell out of the lovely finish) and a small crosspoint or Philips screwdriver.

You can find both these tools in the “mobile phone repair kits” which you can pick up for a few bucks at hardware stores.

The batteries in the Mini commonly lost charge over time, and in any case were only 600mAh, so you should buy a replacement like this one.

You will also need a CF card to replace the existing Microdrive – any capacity will do, after all anything above the original capacity of 4Gb is a bonus. 64Gb cards can cost around $50, but get the biggest your budget will allow.

If you can’t find a CF card cheap enough, and you already have a high capacity SD card, you can instead opt for an adapter to convert the SD to a CF.

Ok, Crack It Open

First switch the iPod to HOLD and wait till the screen blanks.

Opening the iPod Mini is easier than sothing like the Classic, but is still a bit of a fight. You have to pry the top and bottom covers off with the spudger (or even two) and these covers are very tight-fitting and glued down with rubber cement. You have to provide considerable force to do this, but do so slowly and carefully so as not to break the covers. It’s a delicate balancing act.

Remove the sprung metal plate from the underside. It is fitted by four sprung clips at each corner.

Now remove the two tiny crosspoint screws at either end of the top.

You can now carefully slide the logic board up out of the aluminium case of the iPod.

Removing the Originals

The battery is connected by a small white plastic connector. Ease this out of the socket with the spudger. It may be stuck to the logic board with a tiny sticky pad. Gently remove this and put the old battery aside.

The hard drive is a Compact Flash-shaped Microdrive. This is attached to the logic board with a small flat connector. Gently push it away from the logic board on all sides; then the drive can be lifted away from the board.

The drive itself is covered in protective tape and silicone rubber shock absorbers. Gently remove the tape and the absorbers. Make a note of which bumper goes where because you will be putting it back on the new memory.

The cable plugged into the top of the drive must be eased out on all sides before being worked free, removing the pins from the drive.

Installing the Replacements

Now we are ready to put the new memory in the iPod. Take a new CF card of pretty much any capacity, 64Gb would be a good size, and make it comparable to high end iPods.

To put it back together, you basically do the whole thing in reverse: Carefully insert the cable into the top of the new CF card. Wrap the CF card back into the tape and the shock absorbers. Press the drive cable connector firmly back into the logic board. Attach the new battery by pushing the plug into the socket. Train the wires around tightly so they don’t foul the case when you slide it back in. Be careful you don’t sever the wires as they are very delicate, especially on the cheaper replacement batteries.

The next two steps are quite tricky.

Slide the logic board slowly back into its slot in the case, taking care to push the battery wires into place. When it’s correctly seated, screw the two tiny screws back into either side of the top.

Put back the metal plate underneath by locating it on one side and popping in the latches on the other side.

Put the top and bottom plastic covers back, adding a dab of latex glue so they stay down but are not impossible to remove should you need to go inside again.

Attach a sync cable, and in iTunes select “Restore iPod” to format the drive and return the device to its factory settings.

Phil South

Phil South has been writing about tech subjects for over 30 years. Starting out with Your Sinclair magazine in the 80s, and then MacUser and Computer Shopper. He’s designed user interfaces for groundbreaking music software, been the technical editor on film making and visual effects books for Elsevier, and helped create the MTE YouTube Channel. He lives and works in South Wales, UK.

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5 Best Hardware For Windows 11

5 Best Hardware for Windows 11 [Top Performance & Price]

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It is safe to say that Windows 11 is now the go-to OS since its release, with everybody looking to have a bite of the apple.

However, as impressive as this OS is, you can only get maximum value when paired with the right hardware.

With competition in the hardware industry, you sure will not be short of quality options.

The long-awaited Windows 11 is here with a bang. Users are quickly dishing the impressive Windows 10 to enjoy this overhauled OS with superb features.

But the OS is nothing in itself without matching quality hardware. And with manufacturers constantly churning out Windows 11 compatible hardware, trying to stay ahead of the competition, selecting the right one might be an uphill task.

In this guide, we have simplified that selection task with a list of the best Windows 11 hardware devices in their respective classes for you to choose from.

What are Windows 11’s requirements?

Before delving into some of the best hardware for Windows 11, it is important to know if any hardware you will be choosing meets the minimum requirements.

Below are some of the basic requirements as officially stated:

Processor: 1GHz speed or faster, two or more cores, and 64-bit compatibility

Display: 9-inch minimum diagonal, High definition (720p), 8 bits per color channel

System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable

System memory: Minimum 4GB

Graphics: Direct X 12 API, WDDM 2.0

TPM: TPM 2.0

Storage: 64GB minimum

There are more requirements and specifications for Windows 11 than we have above. But those are the basic ones that hardware devices must have either as a unit or system to be compatible with Windows 11.

What are the best Windows 11 hardware options to pick from?

5 GHz CPU speed

DDR4 SDRAM

Fingerprint reader

Sleek and attractive design

Great battery life

Gets dirty pretty quick

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The LG Gram 14Z90P is a high-level PC with some incredible features. It features an Intel Evo-powered 11th generation Intel corei7-1165G7 processor.

This processor, coupled with its superb Intel Xe Graphics, gives optimum performance and high resolution for content creation and other top-level activities.

The LG Gram 14Z90P has 16GB LPDDR4X RAM that always delivers high-level performance whether you are multitasking, creating content, or just typing.

Finally, it has a whopping 512 SSD storage that is dependable. The LG Gram 14Z90P is just designed to improve your productivity.

64 GB Hard Drive

5 MP rear webcam resolution

1280*800 screen resolution

Effective multimedia support

Clear and clean display

Battery life is below average

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If you are looking for an ultra-light tablet with mouthwatering features, you might have come across dynamite in Fusion5 FWIN232.

It is a user-friendly tablet PC with a powerful GPU. It features an upgraded Intel Quad-core N4120 processor that produces top performance at all times.

Furthermore, the 4GB RAM is more than capable of handling your activities on this tablet with assuring speed. There is also Bluetooth 4.0 for effortless wireless connectivity to other devices.

Finally, with its 10.1-inch display, you are guaranteed an amazing display whether you are surfing the web, watching videos, or playing games.

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Compatible with laptop, mouse, desktop, and keyboard

Superfast data transfer

Backward compatibility

Low operating energy

Not suitable for gaming

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It is also backward compatible with Bluetooth V4.2/4.0/3.0/2.0 and 1.1. This makes it not just suitable for your latest Windows 11 devices but also for your old devices too.

The TP-Link USB Bluetooth adapter incorporates the BLE technology. This, plus its EDR (enhanced data rate), ensures you get stunning data rates at very low power consumption levels.

It is just your best adapter to turn your non-Bluetooth Windows 11 laptop into a Bluetooth-compatible device.

2 GHz processor speed

802.11ab wireless type

Graphics card: Radeon Graphics

Impressive speed and performance

Multiple means of connectivity

Does not have a DVD drive

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The HP Pavilion TP01 desktop is a high-level machine with stunning features. It houses a powerful AMD Ryzen 3 5300G (Cezanne) processor that lets it glide through multiple processes easily.

In terms of memory, it features 32GB of high-bandwidth RAM. This allows it to run multiple applications at once without a hiccup. The 1TB SSD storage also speeds up its boot up and makes data transfer a breeze.

As for wired data transfer, the HP Pavilion TP01 desktop has a superfast USB Type-C port, four USB 2.0 Type-A ports, four superfast USB Type-A ports, and a headphone/microphone jack.

Datalink protocol: Gigabit Ethernet

LED indicator

Reliable and fast data transfer

Easy to use

Compact and portable

The LED indicator light is too bright

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This is a super-impressive ethernet adapter that is used for wired network connections. It boasts Gigabit networking for fast and stable data transfer.

It can transfer data at 10/100/1000Mbps which is considerably faster than many wireless connections.

TP-Link is USB powered and, as such, requires no external power to work. Also, it features a USB 3.0 that is backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1. Lastly, it works as Plug and Play on the Nintendo switch.

However, without the best hardware, you will never enjoy the superb features of this OS.

This is why we have curated this list of some of the best Windows 11 hardware you can get. We have also listed the requirements of Windows 11 to make it easy for you to choose outside this list.

Since you want the very best, do not hesitate to check out our list including hardware configuration software for Windows PCs. Performance sheets, temperature statistics, and more are part of the package.

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