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The 2021 ViveCon event saw HTC announce two new generations of virtual reality (VR) headsets, one of them being an important upgrade to the Vive Pro, the Vive Pro 2. At first glance, these models look fairly similar, and we know that Vive fans out there want to know all the details before they decide whether or not to upgrade. Let’s go over everything and what — in our experience — is the best headset for the money.

Note: HTC is also discontinuing the Vive Pro and no longer sells it directly. You may still be able to find it at a third-party seller if you want to save money, but this piece is more geared toward those wondering if upgrading from a currently-owned Pro to the Pro 2 is worth it.


HTC Vive Pro
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For the Pro 2, Vive left the design of its headset largely unchanged. Both models still include the same ergonomics, adjustable straps, and cable management options when hooking up the headset to your PC or laptop. While we weren’t convinced that the Pro model offered enough value for its price compared to the original Vive, there’s no doubt that the sturdier, padded design and adjustable, built-in headphones were a noticeable quality-of life-improvement. The Pro 2 benefits from all of that — and both models offer IPD (inter-pupillary distance) physical adjustments between 57mm and 72mm. Both also use USB-C connections.

The only notable difference here is a cosmetic change to the faceplate, which now comes in black by default instead of blue. Not exactly a decision to sway any buyers one way or the other.

Display quality and field of view

Vive Pro Eye CES 2019
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Inside, the Vive Pro 2 receives a marked upgrade compared to the Vive Pro. The first Pro model comes with 1400 x 1600 resolution per eye display for a combined resolution of 2800 x 1600, with a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz and a 110-degree field of view.

The Pro 2 improves on that with a 2448 x 2448 resolution per eye (4896 x 2448 total), a 120-degree field of view, and a 120Hz refresh rate — all much better specs for experiencing everything a VR game has to offer and the potential to make issues with nausea better thanks to greater overall clarity. The Vive Pro 2 also has some software improvements under the hood, including the 2nd-generation version of SteamVR tracking and improved sensors.

The Vive Pro 2 is undoubtedly the more detailed headset (its screens offer the greatest headset resolution in the consumer space), and they do use LCD panels rather than the OLED ones in the original Vive Pro. That should mean that, though they’re faster and more detailed, they may not offer the same inky blacks and infinite contrast ratio of the original Pro screens.

Note that despite the jump in improvement, HTC did not change the PC recommended specifications for the Vive Pro 2. That means you don’t have to upgrade your computer when buying the Pro 2. At least not right away (more on this below).


Audio is another aspect that HTC made relatively few changes to when designing the Pro 2. Both the Vive Pro and the Pro 2 come with:

  • Hi-Res certified headset with USB-C analog signal.
  • Hi-Res certified headphones that are removable if necessary.
  • Support for high impedance headphones, which makes it more likely that your gaming headphones will be supported (if you can fit them on the headset).

Using the Vive wireless adapter

If you have been using the wireless adapter on your Vive Pro or are interested in the wireless experience, you may be wondering how it works on the Vive Pro 2.

The current model of the Vive wireless adapter will function with the Vive Pro 2 but with limited capabilities, so you won’t be able to enjoy the fully upgraded specs of the new model. The adapter will limit you to a 1224 x 1224 resolution per eye on the Pro 2 and a 90Hz refresh rate, which is even lower than the wired Vive Pro specs. Vive has reported that it is working on a wireless firmware upgrade to reach a 1632 x 1632 resolution, but no timeline has been given for the release of a new adapter or firmware update thus far.

If you are interested in Vive’s wireless adapter, it can handle performance quite well but also requires significant processing power to avoid degradation problems. We suggest bumping up your specs for wireless compared to the baseline requirements we discuss below, preferably to a recent generation Intel Core i7/i9 or an AMD Ryzen 7/9 processor.

Performance and requirements

As we mentioned, HTC has left the PC requirements for the Vive Pro 2 largely untouched, with some small changes. Here are the details behind what you’ll need:

Processor: An Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 1500 equivalent or greater.

Graphics: The basic GPU recommendation is the Nvidia GeForce GTZ 1060 or the AMD Radeon RX 480. However, here HTC makes a new distinction: If you want to use Full Resolution mode for getting the resolution as high as possible for the games that support it, you will need at least a GeForce RTX 20 Series or an AMD Radeon 5000, which include this support.

Memory: 8 GB RAM or more

Video out: Both models require at least DisplayPort 1.2. But this is another spot where HTC advises those interested in the Full Resolution mode to make sure they are using at least DisplayPort 1.4.

USB ports: USB-C 3.0 or newer

Operating system: Windows 10


The real pricing question here concerns the Vive Pro 2: Nominally, the Pro 2 has an MSRP that’s $200 higher than the Pro at $799 and is available for preorder right now. If you want to upgrade from your current Pro model, you’ll have to pay significantly more to do it compared to the cost of your original headset.

The original Vive Pro headset is currently being treated like a limited edition now that it’s no longer being made, so instead of the $599 MSRP, it’s now selling for anywhere from $700 to $1,200 depending on the supplier — not exactly a viable alternative for those who are looking for a brand new HTC headset.

Conclusion: The Vive Pro 2 is a superior — but expensive — headset

The Pro 2 is a clear upgrade when it comes to performance: The resolution, refresh rate, and field of view all received significant upgrades that benefit the latest VR games, especially if you have the specs to match. If this is your first VR headset, or you are moving to HTC from a different brand, we recommend that you choose the Vive Pro 2.

If you have the previous Vive Pro and are wondering about an upgrade, the choice is more difficult. Paying around $700 for a headset, plus accessories, may be a lot to ask for an upgrade that has better display specs but doesn’t change the design or audio quality. Ultimately, it’s about what’s most important to you and your budget.

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Amazon’s best MacBook Pro deals of 2021 are available right now



Are you looking for the fastest and most responsive experience possible on a laptop computer? You don’t need to spend a small fortune on a custom gaming machine with a gazillion gigabits of RAM. All you need is a new Apple notebook with Apple’s incredible M1 chip. And prices actually start much lower than you might think! That’s especially true for Apple’s Pro-grade M1 laptop. As a matter of fact, Amazon’s best MacBook Pro deals of 2021 are happening right now!

2020 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Chip (256GB) List Price:$1,299.00 Price:$1,099.99 You Save:$199.01 (15%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

The latest-generation M1 MacBook Air is Apple’s most affordable laptop you can get with the new M1 chipset. As if you don’t already know, Apple’s M1 is the SoC that’s making all kinds of waves right now. This entry-level Apple laptop is still powerful enough to computer crush rival Windows laptops that cost twice as much. And that’s especially true while Amazon is discounting the MacBook Air by up to $150.

Best MacBook Pro deals

Apple’s new Air laptop is lightning-fast indeed, but there’s another M1-powered Apple notebook that’s even more powerful. If you want the best of the best, you’re likely eying a brand new Apple M1 MacBook Pro instead of the Air. If that’s the case, we have some fantastic news: Now is the time to pull the trigger because Amazon is offering all-time low prices on both the 256GB model and the 512GB version, with $200 discounts on either size!

Searching for the fastest and most powerful Apple computers ever made? You now have four models to choose from. The new Mac mini is one, plus the new MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro. And now, the new M1 iMac has finally been released (plus, it’s $50 off at Amazon!). These computers are all insanely powerful, and they’re all very new to Apple’s lineup. Despite how new they are though, Amazon already has some remarkably deep discounts.

Apple’s new Mac mini is the only M1-powered desktop that isn’t an all-in-one model. It’s so affordable, especially considering the fact that it crushes Windows PCs that cost twice as much. The same can be said of the MacBook Air, which is also on sale with discounts up to $150. But it should go without saying that the most exciting new M1-powered computer is the M1 MacBook Pro. And Amazon just slashed this incredible laptop to its lowest price ever.

The M1 MacBook Pro was between $50 and $60 off ahead of the holidays last year. Procrastination doesn’t often off, but this time around you’ll be very glad that you missed those deals. Head over to Amazon today and you’ll find that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256GB of SSD storage is $200 off. And if you want to bump your storage space up to 512GB you’ll still save a whopping $200!

Both of those deals are all-time low prices for Apple’s new M1 MacBook Pro models. But the bad news is we have no idea how much longer Amazon’s awesome sale will last. In other words, hurry up or you could miss out!

M1 MacBook Pro

  • Apple’s M1 chip is a revolution in the personal computing space, offering unrivaled CPU and GPU performance
  • Instant wake means no more waiting for your laptop to load
  • The 8-core CPU delivers up to 2.8x faster performance, while the 8-core GPU brings up to 5x faster graphics
  • The M1 is also Apple’s most efficient chipset ever, enabling up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • The dedicated 16-core Neural Engine enables advanced machine learning capabilities
  • There has never been anything like this before on comparable notebook computers

2020 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Chip (256GB) List Price:$1,299.00 Price:$1,099.99 You Save:$199.01 (15%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
2020 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Chip (512GB) List Price:$1,499.00 Price:$1,299.99 You Save:$199.01 (13%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

M1 MacBook Air

  • Powered by Apple’s M1 chip, the first M series chip designed entirely by Apple to optimize performance and efficiency
  • Apple’s 8-core CPU delivers up to 2.8x faster performance and the 8-core GPU powers up to 5x faster graphics
  • Up to 18 hours of battery life on a single charge — leave your bulky power supply at home
  • Instant wake enabled by the M1 means your MacBook is ready to go as soon as you open it

2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop with Apple M1 Chip (256GB) List Price:$999.00 Price:$899.00 You Save:$100.00 (10%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop with Apple M1 Chip (512GB) List Price:$1,249.00 Price:$1,099.99 You Save:$149.01 (12%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

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HBO Max free episodes are available right now to anyone



Over the last few years, the number of streaming services on the market has increased at an alarming pace. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock, Paramount+, Disney+, HBO Max, and more are all competing for your time and money. But there are only so many hours in a day and dollars in our bank accounts. It’s a fierce competition, which is why every service is constantly finding new ways to reel in subscribers. To that point, HBO announced this week that episodes from some of the biggest shows on HBO Max will be free to watch for non-subscribers.

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If you’re curious about the HBO Max library, this is a great way to get a sneak peek before spending any money. HBO says the collection will initially include 13 episodes of HBO and Max Originals. New titles will rotate in and out of the collection periodically. Here are all of the pilot episodes that HBO says you can watch for free without a subscription:

With that said, when I visit the HBO Max free episodes hub, I see far more than what is listed above. Beyond those shows, I also see The Nevers, Mare of Easttown, The Undoing, Insecure, I May Destroy You, and Gossip Girl, to name a few. Perhaps those were already part of a separate promotion.

How to watch HBO Max free episodes

There are a number of ways to watch the free episodes on HBO Max. In addition to clicking on the link above in your browser, you can also access the free episodes on all of HBO Max’s device partners. This includes Fire TV, Android TV, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung, and Xbox. Basically, if you have the app, you can watch the free episodes.

Signing up for HBO Max

If the company’s gambit works, these free episodes might convince you to subscribe to HBO Max. If you’re a movie buff, you might want to take advantage of the ad-free tier for $14.99 a month. For the rest of the year, Warner Bros. Pictures movies will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously. If you’re not interested in watching The Matrix 4 or Dune at home, you might prefer the cheaper tier, which costs $9.99 a month, but includes ads.

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Windows 365 trials are now locked because everyone’s swarming to try it



Microsoft brought Windows 10 to the iPad a few weeks ago, in what seemed like an extraordinary feat. However, you don’t actually get to install Windows on the iPad, and Apple will never allow that. But you can run the full Windows 10 experience on any internet-connected device that supports an internet browser. That’s because Windows 365 runs in the cloud, allowing businesses to offer their customers virtual Cloud PCs. Admins can customize these cloud computers in real-time, offering the kind of upgrades and downgrades that aren’t possible with real computers. Microsoft made Windows 365 available to businesses earlier this week, and it didn’t take long for the new Windows experience to sell out. Microsoft confirmed as much on social media, noting that the Windows 365 trial is locked for the time being.

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It might seem impossible for a cloud service to sell out, but Microsoft ran out of cloud capacity to meet the massive demand. Brand new devices routinely sell out as companies hurry to mass-produce more units. But with a device in the cloud, the buyer doesn’t interact with a physical device. Microsoft could theoretically offer infinite Windows 365 virtual computers. But, in practice, that’s impossible.

Microsoft needs to have the cloud infrastructure in place to support all these concurrent Windows 365 sessions. And the company has run out of capacity less than two days after making Windows 365 available to businesses.

How Windows 365 works

Users added to a Windows 365 trial subscription will consume the virtual PC resources allotted to them. Admins can configure only certain key aspects of a Cloud PC, including CPU, RAM, and storage. They can add and remove resources as needed. They can remove people as well.

That’s a great type of Windows product that some businesses might find very useful. Rather than buying and maintaining new hardware for employees, some companies might want to deploy fleets of virtual Cloud PCs. Each employee gets their unique Cloud PC that’s hooked up to fast internet. And they can access their Windows 365 PC from any device that can connect to the internet. Hence, running the full Windows 10 experience on iPad is now possible.

Best of all, the user’s hardware will not impact Windows 365 performance. The Cloud PC experience is streamed to any internet-connected device. It’s the internet connection that matters here, not how powerful the user’s personal computer is.

Microsoft paused the trial

Microsoft did not disclose full pricing details for Windows 365 in mid-July when it announced the service. But the company opened the trial on August 3rd, revealing that Cloud PC rentals start at $20 per user per month. The cheapest Cloud PC features one CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The price goes up to $24 per month if you don’t own a Windows 10 Professional license.

That’s a great starting price, but it’s only available to businesses. Regular users who dream of a full-fledged Windows PC in the cloud can’t get on Windows 365. The best part of the service is that businesses get to try it for free for two months. That helps explain why Microsoft sold out all its Windows 365 trial “units.”

Microsoft confirmed everything on Twitter. Businesses that weren’t sure whether or not to get on the Windows 365 trial a few days ago will now have to wait. They can sign up to be notified when cloud resources become available.

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