Melissa Riofrio

Executive Editor

Melissa Riofrio spent her formative journalistic years reviewing some of the biggest iron at PCWorld--desktops, laptops, storage, printers--and she continued to focus on hardware testing during stints at Computer Currents and CNET. Currently, in addition to leading PCWorld’s content direction, she covers productivity laptops and Chromebooks.

Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

PCWorld's Star Wars gift guide, is for people who are (or are shopping for) Star Wars fans who are also tech geeks. Our top picks range from droids to drones, from LEGOs to ugly sweaters, and even snow globes.

The Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 pack 6-core Intel overclockable goodness

The Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 pack 6-core Intel overclockable goodness

The Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 premium gaming laptops don't skimp, offering six-core Intel Core CPUs on all but one model, and discrete graphics up to a GeForce GTX 1080.

Acer's Predator Orion 9000 gaming rig rolls into CES with nifty integrated wheels

Acer's Predator Orion 9000 gaming rig rolls into CES with nifty integrated wheels

Acer’s Predator Orion 9000 is a gaming desktop with an impressive list of hardware and some nifty lighting, but it’s the integrated wheels on the bottom of the case that make it a little special.

Acer Predator 21 X: We unbox the beastliest gaming laptop ever

Acer Predator 21 X: We unbox the beastliest gaming laptop ever

Release the Kraken! The Acer Predator 21 X is a pure and uncompromising gaming machine whose 18-pound heft is only theoretically portable. We unbox this beast, and you can watch it happen here.

Acer's Nitro 5 is an affordable laptop that lets casual gamers get reckless

Acer's Nitro 5 is an affordable laptop that lets casual gamers get reckless

Acer's Nitro 5 is a laptop designed for casual gamers, with one distinctive feature: You can adjust the fan speed yourself. Adjusting thermals can be tricky, so it'll be interesting to see how this goes.

Windows 10 Creators Update will have a Game Mode that shifts resources to gameplay

Windows 10 Creators Update will have a Game Mode that shifts resources to gameplay

Game Mode, hidden within the upcoming Build 14997 of Windows 10, looks like it will prioritize resources to enhance gameplay—a welcome turnaround after years of neglecting PC gaming.

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