Gigabyte Aorus 17X review: A power gaming laptop with a keyboard that just clicks

The mechanical keyboard is one of the Aorus 17X’s highlights.


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Gigabyte’s impressive Aorus 17 line of gaming laptops distinguishes itself from a lot of competitors with the excellent mechanical keyboard it added to the year’s models. That, plus its better-than-average performance and big, 17-inch 240Hz display make it a solid choice as a desktop replacement for the work-from-home, speed-minded gamer. But if you plan to shell out the big bucks — over $3,000 — for the higher-end configurations, you might find some of its limitations annoying given the expense.

Like

  • Great-feeling mechanical keyboard looks great, too
  • Lots of connections
  • Powerful

Don’t Like

  • Refresh rate choices for the screen are only 240Hz and 60Hz
  • Expensive
  • Confusing and limited ControlCenter utility
  • Dual, humongous power bricks required for the GeForce RTX 2080 Super configuration

Fixed across all the configuration options is the Pantone calibrated 240Hz display, the mechanical keyboard, and most of the usual aspects (ports, networking, audio, webcam and so on). You can choose from an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super, 2070 Super or 2070; Intel Core i9-10980HK, i7-10875H or i7-10750H; up to 64GB of memory; and up to 3TB of storage (one 2.5-inch SATA and two NVMe

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport review: Streamlined SUV skimps on sport

A nip and tuck to the Atlas’ profile gets you the more athletic looking Cross Sport model.


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The Volkswagen Atlas is a big, three-row beast of an SUV with its wide body and horizontal design elements. The 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport is only slightly less so. The new variant shrinks the SUV’s body slightly and tweaks the roofline for a sportier profile and more athletic curb appeal, allowing it to better do battle with the new Passport — itself a scaled-down version of the Atlas’ closest nemesis, the Honda Pilot.

Like

  • New profile looks better, doesn’t cost much space
  • Even basic cabin tech checks all the right boxes
  • Comfortable ride over rough surfaces

Don’t Like

  • Fuel economy is just OK
  • Lots of body movement at higher speeds

The Cross Sport lowers the Atlas’ roofline to 67.8 inches (down 2.3) and shortens the SUV’s overall length to 195.5 inches (5.2 less). The result, along with a bit of a nipping and tucking of the profile, is a much more muscular and athletic take on the standard Atlas’ stiff, brick-like aesthetic.

The slightly shorter length visually pushes the rear wheels out to the vehicle’s corners, giving the Cross

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Second stimulus check: Who could qualify for more IRS money? Here’s what we know

Just because you got a stimulus check the first time doesn’t mean you’ll qualify for a second payment, if there is one.


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The signs are good that the Senate will craft another coronavirus relief bill this month, and with it a second stimulus check. But White House and Congressional leaders are signaling another bill might significantly tighten the requirements for a new payment compared to what the CARES Act outlined in March, throwing open the question of who would qualify for a second stimulus payment.

When asked about a second stimulus check this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “I think the people who have been hit the hardest are people who make about $40,000 a year or less. Many of them work in the hospitality industry. So that could well be a part of it.”

“There are several Republicans who have expressed interest in supporting low-income families with cash aid,” Lily Roberts, director of economic mobility at the nonpartisan Center for American Progress, told CNET. “It’s nearly impossible to look at the economy right now and not recognize that the unemployment insurance payments that have been going

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