Surface Book 2 Gaming Comes With A Frustrating Catch

Microsoft has confirmed the Surface Book 2 can drain the battery even while charging. It says the battery should never die completely, though this may come at the expense of performance, particularly when gaming.

The problem with the device – which is effectively Microsoft’s take on a MacBook Pro – is that its capabilities require some compromise. It includes a user controlled “Power Mode Slider” for balancing performance and battery life. With this set to full, the main processor draws between 25 and 35 watts, while the graphics processor draws between 70 and 80 watts.

However, while the charger connection could theoretically support 120 watts, the charger only actually passes through 95 watts, which appears to be a design choice to avoid it being too bulky. That means that high-performance tasks such as gaming could require more power than the charger can supply.

Microsoft says that the device is designed so that it won’t drain entirely. This turns out to simply mean that if the battery starts depleting, the performance level will drop back to a sustainable level, overriding the user settings. The Verge, which first noticed the problem, reports that in practice this meant a decline so severe that some titles effectively became unplayable.

To be fair to Microsoft, it hasn’t advertised the Surface Book 2 as a machine specifically dedicated to gaming. However, at $1,500 it’s easy to understand why some buyers might be wary of such a restriction.

The Sound of Violence – A Sound of Silence Batman Parody

Batman likes to punch bad guys, so the folks from hishe composed a song about it. Check it out!


Pre-Black Friday Deals: Save BIG on NEST Devices (Smart Thermostat, Smoke + CO Alarm, Security Cameras)

If you’ve been looking at getting some smart NEST devices for your house, wether it’s a smart wi-fi thermostat, a smoke + CO alarm, or security cameras (outdoor, indoor), now is the time to purchase them. Check out these awesome deals:

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation$249.99 $199 + FREE US Shipping
Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm$119 $99 + FREE US Shipping
Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera$199 $139 + FREE US Shipping
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera$199 $149 + FREE US Shipping

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Thinkgeek’s Black Friday Sale is Now LIVE: Up to 75% Off on 100+ GEEKTASTIC Gifts

Thinkgeek’s has just launched its Geektastic Black Friday sale, where they’re offering up to 75% off on 100+ items, and that’s on top of their daily doorbusters! Here are a few of our favorite products from the sale:

Critical Hit D20 Mug

Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Coasters Set of 6

Star Wars I Love You / I Know Hand Towels

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You Can Now Assemble Your Own “Alice in Wonderland” Doorknob! [PICS]

Redecorating? Welcoming a new baby? A huge Disney fan?

Well, no matter your reason, you can now have your very own Alice in Wonderland doorknob!

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The assemble-it-yourself kit is $79.99 and is sold by Prop Sculptor on Etsy. It measures 8″ x 4″ and has been custom made out of “very strong, chip-proof, polyurethane resin painted gold\brass.”

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Pre-Black Friday Deals: Save BIG on DNA Test Kit, Studio Monitor Headphones, Activity Tracker, and MORE!

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, here are a few great deals we stumbled on while browsing the web this morning:

Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones$79.00 $55.00

Vitagene DNA Test Kit: Health + Ancestry Personal Genetic Test Kit – Diet + Exercise + Food Sensitivity + Vitamin for Health Assessment$99.00 $79.00

Huawei Band 2 Pro All-in-One Activity Tracker Smart Fitness Wristband | GPS | Multi-Sport Mode| Heart Rate | Sleep Monitor | 5ATM Waterproof, Black (US Warranty)$69.99 $49.99

Huawei Watch 2 – Carbon Black – Android Wear 2.0 (US Warranty)$299.99 $179.00

Just Dance 2018 (All Consoles)$59.99 $29.99

Walking Dead Season 7 Box Set with Limited Edition Spike Walker$174.99 $99.99

SwissGear Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack$130.00 $47.99

Pre-Black Friday DEAL: Get a Super Rare Discount on Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition – $15.99

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a deal on the Exploding Kittens game, and today, you can get the NSFW edition for just $15.99! I’ve played the regular version of this game, and we here at Geeks are Sexy are totally in love with it. It’s one of our favorite games, and my kids love it too.

Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.

In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens.

This NSFW version of the game contains the full version of Exploding Kittens, but the artwork on each card has been replaced with content too horrible/amazing to be used in the original Exploding Kittens game. The NSFW Edition can be played with 2 to 5 players or combined with any other deck to play with up to 9 players.

Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition$20 $15.99

Firefox 57 Will Blow Your Socks Off [Comic]

Seriously, have you tried the new version of Firefox? The browser is actually quite a bit faster than Chrome. Try it.

It’s fast. Really fast. Firefox Quantum is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology stolen from our advanced research group, and graced with a beautiful new look designed to get out of the way and let you do what you do best: surf a ton of pages, open a zillion tabs, all guilt free because Firefox Quantum uses less memory than the competition. Your computer will thank you.

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