While we’re nearing the release of our full review of the amazing HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook, I can confidently say that its predecessor – the HP Elite c1030 – is just as great to use on a daily basis. Sure, the Dragonfly has a few new tricks up its sleeve and a faster processor on paper, but there’s no denying the appeal of the c1030 as a solid, attractive, capable daily driver for tons of Chormebook users out there.
At its inception, the HP Elite c1030 was – like its Dragonfly offspring – most definitely on the expensive side. At well over $1000 out of the gate, the c1030 stayed in the enterprise-only realm for most people for a long time. It was only when HP released their consumer-focused version at Best Buy that things got a little more interesting for normal Chromebook buyers. Dubbed the HP x360 13c in consumer channels, the $949 offering was a tad bit more palatable and had great specs to go with the top-notch build quality.
Still, with these sort of specs and an all-aluminum chassis, the price was pretty steep for the general Chromebook crowd. We knew, however, that the arrival in more-standard channels meant we’d eventually see deals on this device, and that began happening within about a month of the device’s availability. The first price cuts were small, but larger ones followed, pushing this excellent Chromebook down to mid-range price points on a regular basis. The largest discount happened back in May as the HP x360 13c fell to a whopping $400 off.
This time around, the reduction isn’t quite that steep, but it is impressive nonetheless. Right now, Best Buy has the HP Chromebook x360 13c on sale for a solid $300 off the $949 MSRP. That means for $649, you can get your hands on one of the best overall Chromebooks available right now. Compared with the Elite Dragonfly Chromebook, you can expect a less-capable webcam, a lack of wireless charging for your USI pen, and less-impressive speakers. But in the grand scheme of things, those are small trades when you look at the price of this Chromebook and what it is capable of.
For $649, you are getting a gorgeous 13.5-inch 3:2 400 nit screen, probably my favorite build quality in a Chromebook aside from the Pixelbook and Pixelbook Go, a fantastic keyboard/trackpad, and very fast internals. No, this Chromebook isn’t as fast as the Elite Dragonfly, but in daily use, I promise you’ll never think about that. I’ve gone back to this Chromebook time and again as my daily driver, and I still love it to this day. The high price used to be a deterrent, but that’s not the case any longer. Grab this one while you can, because this is a crazy deal on a very good Chromebook.
In the thick of Kansas' contentious debate over abortion rights, the anonymous text messages arriving on the eve of the big referendum this week seemed clear enough. “Voting YES on the Amendment will supply women a choice.”
The only problem: It was a lie, transmitted by text message Monday, a day before voters were to decide a ballot amendment seen as the first test of voter sentiment after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Voters in the conservative state with deep ties to the anti-abortion movement ended up rejecting the measure.
Cassie is a high-damage, high-mobility damage carry that’s easy to use but hard to master. She requires a bit of practice and finesse before she can be used effectively, but even newer players will be able to find some success with Cassie without exerting much effort.
Here’s a brief overview of how to play Cassie in “Paladins,” as well as some tips and suggestions for builds and general gameplay.
As a damage-dealer, she excels at shaving off enemy health bars with well-placed crossbow shots from a distance. She can deal some decent AoE chip damage with Blast Shot and can knock enemies up in the air for some easy shots with Disengage.
Cassie’s Dodge Roll ability often sets beginners apart from experienced players. This skill can be used both offensively and defensively, and knowing when to do which requires both skill and confidence.
Don’t be afraid to use this ability when dueling as it can often be the deciding factor in a fight. Good Cassie players use Dodge Roll to disorient enemies in close quarters, rolling towards their backs before hitting them with everything they have to secure a kill.
Cassie’s ultimate, Scout, is an excellent counter to flankers. It may be tempting to use it whenever it’s available, but try to save Scout for crucial pushes or when enemies are trying to dive the team’s backline.
Cards, Items and Talents
For beginners, learning how to use Cassie’s dodge offensively is highly recommended. As such, use the Exaction talent to help reinforce this playstyle. Then, equip the following cards for maximum effect:
Get at least one copy of Deft Hands to deal with Cassie’s slow reload speed and low ammo count. Then, get either Wrecker or Bulldozer depending on who the enemy tank is or if the other team has lots of deployables.
The Impulse talent is great for contesting objectives. Meanwhile, Big Game is best used against tanks since it deals a percentage of their maximum HP as bonus damage. Cassie’s playstyle will remain relatively the same across these three talent choices, so feel free to choose whichever suits the situation most.
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The Challenger is on its way out the door. After an incredible 15-year production run, Dodge finally plans to retire the retro muscle car we know and love in 2024. But if these latest rumors are to be believed, the Challenger is going out on a 909-hp high note.
Shown above, the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock.
Mopar Insiders, citing an unnamed source close to the project, claims Dodge is planning a new Challenger SRT Hellcat model that's able to run on E85 fuel. E85—sometimes called flex fuel—is a mixture of ethanol and gasoline with a higher concentration of ethanol versus your average gasoline mixture. It's a popular fuel source for tuners looking to make more power, as it provides more thermal efficiency and, in some cases, improved fuel consumption.
If Dodge wants to send the Challenger off on a high note, it likely wants to do so with as much power as possible. And since E85 is an easy way to make more power, the rumor makes sense. Mopar Insiders' source claims this Challenger variant will make 909 hp—69 more horses than the Challenger SRT Demon makes running on race gas.
This isn't the first time we've heard of a high-powered production car that runs on E85 from the factory. The Koenigsegg Jesko uses E85, along with a set of other tricks, to help it pass emissions while making 1600 hp.
This Challenger rumor is far from official news, of course, so take it with a grain of salt. We'll likely know more by the end of the year.
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Prime Day is finally here and if you’re hunting for a great HP Spectre x360 Prime Day deal (among all of the other Prime Day deals), you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at this heavily discounted HP Spectre x360 convertible laptop from HP. It now costs $1,040 after having its priced slashed from $1,510, which means with this deal, you could . So what are you waiting for? Keep memorizing to learn more about this laptop and then grab this deal!
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It’s modern inside and out: It runs on Windows 11 Home, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system. And it sports a gorgeous narrow-bezel display. And with everything it offers, you’d expect it to be heavy, but it’s not. The laptop you’ll get with this HP Spectre x360 Prime Day deal only weighs a little over three pounds.
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We reviewed the HP Spectre x360 14 2-in-1 laptop in 2021, and really liked its keyboard and touchpad, battery life, and overall performance. This HP Spectre x360 Prime Day deal is one of the best Prime Day laptop deals around. Don’t wait too long to snap up this gorgeous 2-in-1 laptop for yourself.
To a lot of players, Maeve is one of the most annoying champions to play against in “Paladins.” Her speed and agility make her incredibly hard to hit, and without a good support player with lockdown skills, Maeve can destroy an entire backline by herself.
Good players make these kinds of plays look effortless, but it actually takes plenty of skill and know-how to pull off. Here’s a general overview of how Maeve is played, as well as some tips on how to use her more effectively.
Role and Playstyle
Maeve is a Flank champion who excels at harassing carries and healers. Her small figure and fast movements make her very difficult to deal with, especially for projectile-based champions like Sha Lin and Bomb King, and her damage output is nothing to scoff at either.
As a projectile-based champion herself, Maeve works best in close quarters where her knives are easier to land. She can easily flank enemies by using Prowl, which increases her movement speed and jump height until she attacks.
Her signature move is Pounce, which sends her hurtling toward a target direction, dealing 400 damage to the first enemy hit. This can be used as both an attack and a mobility skill. When the Street Justice talent is equipped, this ability will execute anyone below 35% HP, which is great for tanks.
Pounce works best when used in tandem with Nine Lives, as its cooldown reset allows Maeve to both attack and retreat with a single rotation of her abilities. This can be made even more oppressive with the Rogue’s Gambit talent.
Maeve’s ultimate, Midnight, clouds the enemies’ vision in darkness. Use this to escape, engage or cause confusion while in the middle of a big team fight.
Cards and Items
Here’s one Pounce-centric card loadout that’s great for newer players:
For items, Maeve synergizes extremely well with Lethality, especially when paired with the Cut and Run card and while Prowl is active. This will let her zoom through the battlefield with three different speed boosts, allowing her to easily reposition without having to waste Pounce and Nine Lives.
Nimble and Chronos are also great picks for Maeve in general.
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