Piltch Point (Video)

Hosted by Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief of Tom's Hardware, and moderated by Scott Ertz, The Piltch Point is a livecast covering news, reviews, and previews of devices and components.




Razer Zephyr RGB Face Mask - Episode 274

November 14, 2021

The past 18 months have added a new piece to our daily lives: face masks. Whether you are excited about wearing them or annoyed by their existence, the reality is that they are here and likely here to


Intel Alder Lake 12th Generation Core Processors - Episode 273

November 07, 2021

While it may be November, the impact of Techtober 2021 is still in full swing. This week, Tom's Hardware published its Alder Lake processor reviews, specifically the 12th Generation Core i5 12600K and


Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W - Episode 272

October 31, 2021

Over the past few weeks, there has been a bit of a roller coaster over at Raspberry Pi. Most recently, last week the organization announced that Raspberry Pi 4 boards would be going up in price by $10


NVIDIA GeForce Now RTX 3080 Tier - Episode 271

October 26, 2021

NVIDIA GeForce Now is a cloud game streaming service that launched in 2015 as a beta, and finally went public in 2020. The service is unlike others in the industry. Rather than essentially renting a g


Techtober 2021 Product Announcements - Episode 270

October 19, 2021

This week has been a big part of what we're calling Techtober. New product announcements were made by both Apple and Google, plus an exciting new partnership from Raspberry Pi.Apple MacBook ProApple a


Should You Get Windows 11 Now? - Episode 269

October 12, 2021

Since Microsoft officially took the wraps off of Windows 11 earlier this year, the response has been mixed. The most divisive aspect of the new interface is the massively changed Start Menu. In the pa


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 9th Generation - Episode 268

September 27, 2021

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is famously Avram's favorite laptop and the one that he owns personally. This week, we're getting a closer look at the newest version of the laptop - the 9th Generation.T


How to Capture Your Screen in Windows 10 & 11 - Episode 267

September 05, 2021

One of the tasks that many computer users want to do is share the content on their screens. This can be for a presentation, to create a tutorial video, or simply to save something that is not easily s


Windows 11's Complicated Default Browser System - Episode 266

August 23, 2021

With the upcoming Windows 11, Microsoft is introducing a lot of new features, as well as updated interfaces for long-time aspects of the operating system. While some updates are receiving praise, like


How to Make Your Number Pad Useful - Episode 265

August 15, 2021

If you are using a laptop, you likely do not have a number pad on the right side of your keyboard. However, most standard keyboards have it, despite many people not using the section at all. Sure, acc


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 6th Generation - Episode 264

August 01, 2021

It's been a while since Avram brought us a new laptop, and this week we have the 6th generation of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga. The Yoga family is known for its bend-backward design, allowing you to c


Hands on With Windows 11 Preview - Episode 263

July 19, 2021

With any new version of Windows comes an updated UI. Windows 11 has introduced some of the biggest UI changes since Windows 95 (with Windows 8 set aside since Windows 10 undid almost all of that parad


Alienware M17 R4 Gaming Laptop - Episode 250

February 01, 2021

Alienware has long been known as one of the best brands for gaming computers, and the newest version of the Alienware M17, the R4. In the gaming laptop space, there have been two directions manufacturers have gone - make them very portable at the expense


Raspberry Pi Pico - Episode 249

January 25, 2021

Raspberry Pi has long been the gold standard in learning platforms for programming, particularly when it comes to interacting with hardware. Robotics classes have used them, Internet of Things classes have used them, and a lot more. But, the platform has


Tom's Hardware Best of 2020 - Episode 248

December 20, 2020

2020 is (thankfully) almost over, and that means that it is time to look back at the year and find the things that had a positive impact on the tech industry. While there has been no end of negativity, from product scalpers to toxic streaming, there have


What You Need to Play Cyberpunk 2077 - Episode 247

December 14, 2020

One of the most anticipated games of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077, has finally hit the street after several release delays. However, despite these delays, the game has launched with some high profile bugs. One of these bugs can force the game to crawl even if you


The Backlash Against Tech Product Scalpers - Episode 246

December 07, 2020

Over the past few months, the tech world has fallen victim to a problem that sneaker collectors have been dealing with for years - automated scalpers. There are services available that, for a fee, will scour the internet looking for the product of your ch


Adafruit BrainCraft Artificial Intelligence HAT - Episode 245

December 04, 2020

Artificial intelligence is a big part of the software world today. Whether it's the iPhone using it to determine the most optimal way to charge the device to preserve the longevity of the battery, or an automated vehicle looking for pedestrians and other


What exactly are USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4? - Episode 244

November 17, 2020

During Apple's "One More Thing" Event this past week, Apple talked a lot about its new M1 processors and the first Macs to be released using them. The company went into detail about the specs of the processor, but they left more questions unanswered than


AMD's New Video Cards and Processors - Episode 243

November 02, 2020

It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. That is if you are hoping to build a high-performance gaming PC. Some of the best PC components have either just been released or will release in the very near future. However, it is nearly impossible to


CrowPi2 Raspberry Pi Learning Laptop - Episode 242

October 26, 2020

Kids are often interested in the newest and most exciting things, and these days that is advanced electronics. In past years, electronic learning kits were available from places like RadioShack, and they offered all of the parts, pieces, and instructions


NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit - Episode 241

October 11, 2020

Earlier in the year, NVIDIA released the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit, a $399 developer board aimed at artificial intelligence development. While the device offered 8GB of RAM, it does run nearly $400. The recently announced Jetson Nano 2GB Devel


Components of PC Past, Present, and Future - Episode 240

October 06, 2020

While many of us have been staying home, technology vendors have still been hard at work bringing new products to market. While the most noteworthy have been Microsoft and Sony with their next-generation consoles, we have also seen a ton of new high profi


What to Expect on Prime Day 2020 - Episode 239

September 28, 2020

Prime Day, which is Amazon's annual celebration of itself, is a great opportunity to find some big deals at retailers across the internet. While the event itself is Amazon-branded and only applies to Prime subscribers, other retailers take advantage of th


NVIDIA Broadcast Software Demo - Episode 238

September 21, 2020

It's no secret that we are becoming a society of content creators. From services like Twitch and Facebook Gaming to YouTube and Facebook, there are a ton of ways that people can create content that others can enjoy. And, in the last few years, live video


Full PC Build for Under $800 - Episode 237

September 14, 2020

One of the side effects of the pandemic and more than one shutdown in China has been an increase in prices for PC components. Some have gone through the roof (like power supplies), while others are nearly impossible to acquire (such as webcams). But, pric


The Toxic Streaming Environment - Episode 236

August 24, 2020

If you spend any time on streaming sites like Twitch or YouTube, or on game chats on PlayStation or Xbox Live, you know that the communities can be incredibly toxic. Between children screaming racial slurs and adults making sexist remarks, it can be dange


Intel and Nvidia's Future Video Cards - Episode 235

August 17, 2020

It's long been accepted that Intel integrated graphics were the worst possible situation when buying a laptop. In some cases, it seemed like it could barely keep up with the tasks of Windows, let alone any programs on top of it. For sure, no one has ever


Choosing a Webcam in a Shortage - Episode 234

August 10, 2020

Ever since the beginning of the international lockdown, several products have become difficult or impossible to find. One of the most high-profile products that are in short supply is webcams. The most sought after webcams are the Logitech c920 and the Ra


The Future of Silicon in 2020 - Episode 233

August 03, 2020

Right now, a lot of tech-based industries are seeing massive shake-ups, but none are quite as prominent as what is happening within the processor and circuitry industry. The most visible has been the rise of AMD. While some of this market share increase h


Back to School Tech (2020 Virtual Learning) - Episode 232

July 26, 2020

The world may have some new rules this year, but it doesn't change the fact that school is going to be starting soon. This might involve being in person or, more likely, distance learning, especially in the first few weeks or months. That means that your


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 8) - Episode 231

July 19, 2020

For years, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has been one of the best-rated laptops by Tom's Hardware and Laptop Magazine. This is because of the first-class keyboard, high-quality screen, and a price that makes it all worth considering. The newest version of


GaN Laptop Chargers - Episode 230

June 29, 2020

One of the most interesting new technologies we experienced at CES this year was in the form of GaN chargers. That is because, not only is the technology fascinating, it makes for some incredibly practical products. Using this technology, for example, man


Raspberry Pi 4 (8GB Edition) - Episode 229

June 08, 2020

It has been a year since the Raspberry Pi foundation released the Raspberry Pi 4. In that time, the upgraded hardware configurations have allowed the platform to expand into even more project and computing environments. But, with increased ideas comes inc


Intel Core i9 10900K - Episode 228

May 25, 2020

Intel has released its newest processor, the Comet Lake-S Core i9-10900K. This new processor is intended to help fight off the rising threat of AMD's Ryzen processors. AMD has seen a huge rise, especially in the realm of high core count. The new Intel pro


NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit - Episode 227

May 18, 2020

NVIDIA has added a new developer kit to its hardware lineup, called the Jetson Xavier NX. This new board is designed to allow developers to integrate artificial intelligence skills into a hardware project without the need for internet access or custom-des


Great Raspberry Pi Projects for May 2020 - Episode 226

May 04, 2020

Whether you're a regular maker or you're looking for new things to try while in lockdown, the Raspberry Pi is a great platform to expiriment with. This board is made for both prototyping as well as learning, and this week, Tom's Hardware has some great ad


AMD vs Intel Showdown - Episode 225

April 27, 2020

When you think of the greast rivalries of the world, you might think of Holyfield and Tyson, or Axl Rose and Vince Neil. But, in the world of technology, there might not be any more interesting rivalry than AMD and Intel. For decades, these two companies


Using a Raspberry Pi as a Webcam - Episode 224

April 19, 2020

Since the beginning of the lockdowns, certain products have been in short supply. The most publicized have been toilet paper and hand sanitizer. However, there have been tech products that have been depleted as well - particularly webcams. But, since webc


How to Get Gadgets Shipped Now - Episode 223

April 05, 2020

These days, we definitely live in interesting times. Much of the world is completely shut down in an attempt to keep COVID-19 under control. Some people have lost their jobs, some have been furloughed, while others have shifted to working from home. No ma


Tom's Hardware's RGBaby - Episode 222

March 29, 2020

While interest in desktop PCs has waned in recent years, those who are still interested in desktops often build them themselves. That gives the ability to not only have the PC you want, but also to use it as an art piece. There are PC builders who go all


Dell XPS 13 9300 - Episode 221

March 22, 2020

The Dell XPS 13 has long been considered to be one of the greatest lightweight laptops on the market. The company regularly updates the computer with new features and hardware options. This year's upgrade, which just went live from Dell, has made a number


Folding@Home for COVID-19 - Episode 220

March 15, 2020

The Folding@Home program is a distributed computing platform that is dedicated to finding cures for some of humanity's biggest health problems. The program was started to run predictive algorithms on the folding of proteins. When proteins fold incorrectly


How to Improve Working from Home - Episode 219

March 08, 2020

This week, Avram Piltch has some suggestions on how to improve your life if you have to work from home. While most people don't work out of their homes, that could be about to change. Over the past week or so, many companies have started suggesting that e


8 years of Raspberry Pi - Episode 218

March 01, 2020

This week, Avram Piltch talks about some of the best and most unknown aspects of the Raspberry Pi computer. The Raspberry Pi entered the market 8 years ago, but with a different purpose than most might think. It was originally intended for Cambridge Unive


Is It Worth Upgrading Your Video Card? - Episode 217

February 23, 2020

This week, Avram Piltch discusses whether or not it is worth upgrading your video card. Sure, your existing computer might have the ability to take the newest and most exciting video card, but is it worth the upgrade cost?Tom's Hardware recently released


Using XLOOKUP in Microsoft Excel - Episode 216

February 16, 2020

This week, Avram Piltch discusses a new feature in Microsoft Excel: XLOOKUP. Now, we don't usually show off things like Microsoft Office functions, but this one is truly special. The predecessor to XLOOKUP, which is VLOOKUP, is the third most used functio


Nvidia GeForce Now Launch - Episode 215

February 10, 2020

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the long-awaited launch of Nvidia's cloud gaming service GeForce Now.


Intel's New NUC Direction - Episode 214

January 26, 2020

This week, Avram Piltch talks about the Intel NUC and the future direction of the product line. In the past, the company has released a limited array of models and configuration options to correspond with its processor upgrades. While the line has never b


Most Influential Tech of the 2010s - Episode 213

December 29, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the most influential technology of the past decade. While some products produce a short-term change to an industry, others have long-lasting effects. In the past decade, there have been several massive moves that