August 2020 top product alerts: SSDs, Ryzen laptops, and more

With all the upheaval this year, product announcements have been plentiful and scattershot as companies fire off news at all different times. It’s a lot to take in—so we’ve pulled out the best of the bunch with an eye to PC components, PC accessories, and software. We’ve also included items that launched this month so you don’t miss out, since shortages are a real thing these days.

August saw more products launching at the time of their announcement, including an excellent M.2 SSD from SK Hynix, a pair of Corsair water cooling kits, and a monster Threadripper PC that’s portable. Fitbit also teased new trackers, while Lenovo promised the arrival of several more Ryzen 4000 laptops.

August 2020’s top product announcements

SK Hynix Gold P31 M.2 SSD

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SK Hynix’s first consumer M.2 SSD offers great performance but won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

Last fall, SK Hynix waded into the retail market after years of being the SSD OEM for large computer vendors, releasing a set of excellent 2.5-inch SATA solid-state drives. Now the company has further expanded its reach with the launch of the SK Hynix Gold P31, a line of M.2 NVMe SSDs that boast 128-layer TLC NAND—and industry first. Like its SATA counterpart, performance is excellent, with our 1TB test model almost hitting the advertised read and write speeds of 3.5GBps. Pricing is affordable, too: $135 for the 1TB version and $75 for the 500GB.

Fitbit Sense

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The Fitbit Sense is packed with new sensors and algorithms.

Fitbit’s next slew of wearables are coming, and its newest model, the Fitbit Sense, will sport the addition of sensors that detail your heart rhythm, stress levels, and even temperature. The data will provide more nuanced analysis of your health, though it won’t come free. Accessing breakdowns of your stress score or seeing your average breaths per minute is only possible if you pay for Fitbit’s $10/month premium subscription.

The company also unveiled updated versions of its Versa and Inspire—along with price increases for those two lines. (The Inspire 2 does come with a complimentary year of Fitbit Premium if you pre-order through Fitbit.) Along with the Fitbit Sense, the Versa 3 and Inspire 2 will begin to ship in late September.

Lenovo Yoga laptops

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We’re looking forward to seeing more Ryzen 4000 laptops.

Lenovo’s bendy line of convertible laptops has five new variations for fall. Alongside the usual updates to Intel chips is the addition of Ryzen 4000 processors as options—either the mainstream U-series or beefy H-series depending on the model. Given what we’ve seen already in an existing Lenovo laptop with Ryzen 4000, we’re damned excited, especially since the Ryzen notebooks undercut their Intel counterparts in price.

You can buy the Yoga Slim 7 Pro now, while the Yoga 6 arrives in October. The Yoga Slim 7i and Yoga 7i follow in November 2020.

Lian Li Uni Fan

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The Uni Fan offers the one of the cleanest approaches for daisy chaining RGB fans.

First shown at CES 2020, Lian Li’s Uni Fan simplifies cable management for RGB fans by allowing you to interlock up to four of them at once, leaving just one of set of cables to connect. No extra short cables to interconnect them—they simply slide together to create a clean, unbroken set. (Watch our video from CES to see them in action.) As with other RGB fan makers, Lian Li will sell these 120mm fans in individual packs or as sets of three, with the latter including the requisite fan controller that makes it all work.

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