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.




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


Alternate Typing Technology - Episode 212

December 15, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch talks about technology that he has been interested in for decades: alternate typing tech. Imagine you are at a trade show, waiting in line for a presentation, and you want to get some work done. Sure, you can use your phone and try


Build or Buy Your Next PC? - Episode 211

December 08, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the ups and downs between buying a pre-made PC from a vendor or building your own from components. It's the age-old question in computing - do you save the time and buy a PC, or save the money and build it yourself? As it


Sphero RVR Coding Robot - Episode 210

November 24, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch shows off the newest STEAM toy from Sphero, the RVR (pronounced Rover). This new vehicle separates itself from the already crowded programmable vehicle kits in a variety of ways. First, and most obvious, is that the vehicle is desi


Don't Get Overcharged on a New Computer - Episode 209

November 11, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch discusses the important things to look out for when purchasing a new computer. There are two ways to buy a new PC: pre-configured or self-configured. For the most part, pre-configured models are far less expensive than their custom


Artie 3000 Drawing Robot - Episode 208

October 27, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch shows off the Artie 3000 drawing robot. Artie is a new entry in the growing list of kids STEM toys intended to help teach kids about computers, logic, and programming. These toys all take different forms, and Artie is unique in the


Overclocking Your Computing Device - Episode 207

October 20, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch talks about how and why to overclock your computing device. So, what is overclocking? It is the process of changing the operating parameters of a component to increase its performance. While the main CPU is the most common to overc


Science Experiments in Tech - Episode 206

September 29, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch discusses a pair of interesting science experiments that have been conducted by Tom's Hardware over the past few weeks. The first involves the publication's favorite tech gadgets: the Raspberry Pi. The site has done a lot of projec


Sphero Mini Activity Kit Preview - Episode 205

September 15, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch shows off a preview of the newest addition to the Sphero lineup: the Sphero Mini Activity Kit. This kit builds on top of the existing Sphero Mini robotic ball, adding to it a variety of pre-planned activities that can be done with


Ultimate Hacking Keyboard Unboxing - Episode 204

September 10, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch tries something new and unboxes the Ultimate Hacking Keyboard live on the show. This keyboard is unique in that it is designed to be modular, both in itself and with accessories. The small-framed keyboard detaches in the middle, al


Retro Gaming on a Raspberry Pi - Episode 203

August 27, 2019

Modern games are fun, but there is something special about retro gaming. The simplicity of the games, the focus on fun over graphics, the limitation of the controls. These old games are just pure, simple fun. While you can play these games on a standard c


Inexpensive Memory Upgrades - Episode 202

August 19, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch discusses one of the biggest changes in the tech space for 2019: the price of solid-state memory. Both NAND flash and standard SSD drives have come down significantly in price, making them a great option for upgrading an existing c


Back to School Tech 2019 - Episode 201

August 13, 2019

This week, Avram Piltch discusses some of the best technology to send your kids with when they return back to school. Whether they're returning to college or starting high school, certain technology pieces can enhance their learning.For those who already