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Jacob Roach

Jacob Roach

Senior Staff Writer, Computing

Jacob Roach is a writer covering computing and gaming at Digital Trends. After realizing Crysis wouldn't run on a laptop, he started building his own gaming PCs and hasn't looked back since. Before Digital Trends, he contributed content to Forbes Advisor, Business Insider, and PC Invasion, covering PC components, monitors, and peripherals.

Outside of tinkering with his PC and tracking down every achievement in the latest games, Jacob spends his time playing and recording music. Before switching to writing full time, he worked as a recording engineer in St. Louis, Missouri.

The iMac screen on a desk.

9 best desktop computers of 2024: tested and reviewed

There are a ton of PCs to choose from in 2024, but these 9 are the best desktop computers we've ever reviewed.
The MSI MEG 321URX monitor at CES 2024.

I’m a monitor reviewer, and these are the upcoming displays I’m most excited about

We know about a ton of new monitors launching in 2024 from brands like LG, Asus, and Samsung. Here are the displays we're looking forward to the most.
Promo art for Super Mario Galaxy 2.

The best Wii games of all time

Nintendo shook up the gaming world with the Wii and its unique control scheme. Here are our picks for the best Wii games you can buy, including Mario Kart Wii.
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I tested Nvidia’s RTX 4070 Super against the RX 7800 XT — and it’s shockingly close

Nvidia's new RTX 4070 Super was meant to dethrone AMD's RX 7800 XT, but it's surprising how similar the two GPUs really are.
An SSD installed in a PC motherboard.

Get ready — SSD prices are about to skyrocket

We've heard about rising SSD prices for a few months, but according to a new report, prices are about to skyrocket.
Overwatch 2 running on the LG OLED 27 gaming monitor.

10 best gaming monitors of 2024: tested and reviewed

Need a screen upgrade for the latest games? These are the best gaming monitors available today for all sorts of budgets and with different features in mind.
AMD RX 6600 among other graphics cards.

10 best graphics cards of 2024: finding the best GPU for gaming

The best graphics cards for 2024 include GPUs from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel, but only a select few rise to the top of the rankings.
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The RTX 4070 Super is a huge jump over the RTX 4070. But which should you buy?

Nvidia's RTX 4070 Super is finally here, and although it shares a name with the base RTX 4070, it's so much faster.
The RTX 4070 Super on a pink background.

Nvidia RTX 4070 Super review: It’s back on top

Nvidia built on an already solid foundation with the RTX 4070 Super, providing close to a generational uplift on the same GPU for the same price.
A gaming monitor playing Hot Wheels Unleashed.

Anything is possible in this new era of gaming monitors

The need for constant innovation in gaming displays have pushed them to the peak, and that means things are going to start slowing down.
A person using Outlook on a Macbook.

How to recall an email in Outlook on Windows and Mac

Recalling a message is one of the most useful features of Microsoft Outlook. Here's how to recall an email you didn't mean to send in Outlook on desktop.
The Hyte Keeb TKl keyboard at CES 2024.

This is the strangest, most exciting keyboard I saw at CES 2024

Keyboards usually aren't exciting, but Hyte is brewing up something truly special with its Keeb TKL at CES 2024.
LG's dual refresh rate monitor at CES 2024.

LG’s new OLED monitor does 4K — and so much more

Gamers have been looking for a 4K OLED monitor for a while, and LG's new display is that and so much more.
Cyberpunk 2077 running on the Alienware 27 QD-OLED.

Alienware 27 QD-OLED review: making the best even better

Alienware has enjoyed two years at the top of the heap of best gaming monitors, and with the 27 QD-OLED, it might enjoy another two.
A gaming PC set up with Hyte Nexus Link.

How Hyte is tying your gaming PC together with a single cable

Hyte may be known for building PC cases, but the company is expanding to build an ecosystem that will be tough to beat.
The Asus 480Hz OLED gaming monitor set up at a press event.

The best monitors we saw at CES 2024

CES 2024 was all about monitors, with high refresh rates, new form factors, and so much more. Here are the best monitors we saw at the show.
Assassin's Creed Mirage on the MSI Claw handheld.

The best PC hardware we saw at CES 2024

From Nvidia, AMD, Intel, and even other brands, here's the best PC hardware we saw while scouring the halls of CES 2024.
An Intel Meteor Lake processor socketed in a motherboard.

NPUs are officially useless — for now

NPUs are new to Windows laptops, and it doesn't feel like they have a compelling use case right now over your GPU or cloud AI workloads.
MSI RTX 4080 Suprim X installed in a PC.

I’m worried about the Nvidia RTX 4080 Super

Nvidia dropped the price of its RTX 4080 Super, and while that's a positive step for GPU prices, I'm worried about how expensive the card might end up being.
Sonic Superstars running on the MSI Claw.

MSI Claw handheld hands-on: it’s more significant than you think

We knew the MSI Claw was coming based on some big leaks that emerged prior to CES, but the handheld is still more significant than you might imagine.
The Asus 480Hz OLED gaming monitor set up at a press event.

This surprise 480Hz QHD OLED gaming monitor just won CES

Asus brought a surprise OLED gaming monitor to CES that boasts a 480Hz refresh rate at 1440p resolution
The 2024 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 sitting on a table.

This is how Asus defeats the Razer Blade 14

A striking redesign on the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 means that we finally have a proper competitor for the Razer Blade 14.
The lid of the Lenovo Legion 9i.

Lenovo just made my favorite gaming laptop even better

At CES 2024, Lenovo is making the highest-reviewed laptop we used last year even better with an upgraded CPU and new dedicated AI chip.
A render of the RTX 4080 Super at CES 2024.

Should you buy the RTX 4080 now or wait for the RTX 4080 Super?

Nvidia just launched the RTX 4080 Super. But it will replace the RTX 4080 as the go to high-end graphics card?
Jeff Fisher holding the RTX 4080 Super at CES 2024.

Nvidia did the unthinkable with the RTX 4080 Super

We all knew that Nvidia would launch Super graphics cards, but the RTX 4080 Super still managed to surprise me.
AMD announces RX 7600 XT at CES 2024.

AMD just announced the graphics card everyone has been waiting for

AMD fans have been waiting for the RX 7600 XT for months, and at CES 2024, AMD finally made the graphics card a reality.
The HyperX Alloy Rise gaming keyboard.

HyperX just made your next favorite gaming keyboard

HyperX's new Alloy Rise gaming keyboard pushes into the enthusiast realm, and it might be the go-to gaming keyboard to buy in 2024.
HP Omen Transcend 14 sitting next to a window.

I tried the world’s lightest 14-inch gaming laptop — here’s what surprised me

HP claims its new Omen Transcend 14 is the world's lightest 14-inch gaming laptop. Here's what surprised me after spending some time with the laptop.
Lies of P on Samsung's glasses-free 3D gaming monitor at CES 2024.

Samsung has a 3D gaming monitor that doesn’t need glasses — and it actually works

Samsung has a new glasses-free 3D gaming monitor, and much to my surprise, it actually works really well.
Fortnite running on the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 at CES 2024.

I saw the second generation of Samsung’s QD-OLED gaming monitors

Samsung's new QD-OLED gaming monitors manage to be even more stunning when you see them in person, and I can't wait for them to release.
Steam Deck held between two hands.

You just can’t kill the Steam Deck

We've seen a slate of supposed Steam Deck killers over the past year, but Valve's handheld remains the head honcho.
RX 7900 XTX slotted into a test bench.

Please, don’t buy an AMD GPU right now

There aren't a ton of rumors about AMD launching new graphics cards soon, but we still expect to see prices drop in the next few weeks.
An SSD installed in a PC motherboard.

SSDs are getting more expensive, but don’t panic yet

Following reports of SSD price increases, we're seeing the first wave of hikes in effect. It's not time to panic quite yet, though.
Controls on the SteelSeries Acris Nova Pro headset.

The 6 best Xbox Series X headsets for 2024

To get the most out of your Xbox Series X, you'll need a good headset. Our roundup of the best Xbox Series X headsets has options for any budget and need.