Cris Silvestri

Cris Silvestri is a tech writer with more than 20 years of expertise in gaming and tech. She is also an accomplished editor, and has authored or co-authored hundreds of articles, numerous guides, and dozens of books, including everything you need to know about Pokemon. As a single mother working from home, Silvestri’s freelance work has appeared in both corporate and consumer websites. Her articles for B&H broach many subjects, from VR to laptop reviews to tips for setting up whole home Wi-Fi.

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2 months ago
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Creative professionals have been enjoying an abundance of choices lately, with massive workstations and a variety of options that can easily make a difference in high-end workloads (and a significant ding in your budget, as well). For years, Apple reigned supreme for creative professionals, and its hold on the wish lists for animators, video production teams, and high-end graphic designers and...
3 months ago
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People these days love to throw around the phrase “It is what it is.” In some circles, this phrase signifies a weary defeatism, as if to say nothing could be done about a certain situation. In other instances, it adds a sense of complacency that cannot be overcome, as if saying, “I know the service here is terrible, but it is what it is.” It’s an updated colloquialism of “You get what you paid...
3 months ago
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When Oculus first started out as a company, three years before debuting the Oculus Rift S, founder Palmer Lucky had a vision that virtual reality (VR) was headed for integrated mainstream fame. To that end, he Kickstarted the Oculus Rift, one of the first head-mounted displays for VR. His...
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If you don't know about virtual reality and what it has to offer, you soon will. Virtual reality and VR entertainment is making a leap forward in the next decade, and that has a great deal to do with VR headsets such as the Oculus Quest—one of the best VR headsets to debut in...
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Looking to check out “VR”─ virtual reality─but don’t know where to begin? Say hello to the Oculus Go, the company’s entry-level offering for the holiday season. It’s the “light” version of their new, more advanced...
9 months ago
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Another E3 has come and gone, and now that all the buzz about the latest and greatest games has gone with it, we’re left with the aftermath—what do we do now? We’ve seen the gorgeous graphics available for titles like Watch Dogs Legion and Gears 5, so many of us are now anticipating updating our rigs to handle the load. But there are a few of us (myself included) who enjoy the luxury of gaming on...
1 year ago
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With the introduction of the Surface Go, Microsoft’s entry into the rapidly shrinking tablet market, many consumers are asking whether or not they should go for the bargain or the brawn. It is apparent that the seductive lure of a low-priced tablet with the Microsoft Surface brand could...
1 year ago
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I have been a fan of the Microsoft Surface since the original Surface RT released, in 2012, and although that version turned out to be quickly eclipsed by more powerful and better constructed devices in the rapidly changing tablet market, the subsequent Surface Pro series got the whole tablet-hybrid-2-in-1 craze right. Microsoft Surface devices married form and functionality so expertly that they...
1 year ago
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Gaming laptops are a dime a dozen these days. A quick look around the B&H website will uncover dozens of gaming laptops for all budgets and tastes, and choosing one can be as difficult as getting a Victory Royale in Fortnite. But the Acer Predator Helios 300 Special...
1 year ago
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It has been a challenging year for laptops (and for humans, in general—but for laptop aficionados, as well). Between declining sales and an early report that people are hanging on to their laptops for longer than ever, buying a laptop has never been riskier or more challenging. But with more powerful processors being announced monthly, and the dependence on higher-end graphics for a more...
1 year ago
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We’ve gotten to a point in our history where solid, stable Internet connections are not only demanded, but expected. If you think that’s not true, try turning your phone off or unplugging your computer or laptop for a couple of days. As we’ve become more reliant on the Internet, we’ve become far more selective about our home networking systems. When B&H first...
1 year ago
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There's a lot of tech that we don't understand, and consequently, a lot of tech that we don't need to understand. Do I need to know how a Hadron Collider works? Probably not. Do I need to understand that the CD tray in my desktop computer is not a coffee cup holder? Probably. Most of us have an innate curiosity—developed when we were wee lads and lassies and thought that refrigerator gnomes...
1 year ago
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Home security systems are increasingly popular and sales are skyrocketing for home surveillance and theft prevention systems. Along with the advent of popular home automation digital assistants like...
1 year ago
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I have been a Surface fan since Microsoft started this line of tablet/PC hybrids, and I have defended it vigorously against naysayers and malcontents who bashed its high price, clunky interface, and all-around Windows-related issues. But the fact is, as we've stated before, the Surface line is great bang for the buck. This, of course, depends on which Surface you're considering. The...
1 year ago
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There are some things that you desperately want when you first see them—true love, a luxury car, a full head of hair—until you get slapped in the face by sticker shock. I felt that way about the Surface Book for the longest time. I want, I need, I have to have it, yadda yadda yadda. But it was pricey and I learned to live without it. I’m going to have a much harder time getting over the...
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