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Posted by: In: Games 23 May 2019 0 comments

​In a way, you could class any PC game as one requiring strategy, but the strategy genre itself is a special one. Any game that has a series of choices that one must make in order to be victorious or fail is what sets these apart from the rest, and they require a whole lot of dedication and patience to get them right.

The strategy genre has been lucky enough to have many classic titles within it over the years, and some of the most iconic games ever made for PC are within this category. With that in mind, we’re here to look back at 20 of the best strategy games ever released and what made them so special to us gamers.

COMPARISON TABLE

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
  • Fast-paced, hard-hitting, tightly balanced competitive real-time strategy gameplay that recaptures and improves on the original game
  • Three completely distinct races: Protoss, Terran, and Zerg
  • Units and gameplay mechanics distinguish each race
  • 3D-graphics engine with support for visual effects and massive unit and army sizes
  • Full multiplayer support, with competitive features and matchmaking utilities available through Battle.net

This real-time strategy game has always been a favorite but has also divided fans who loved the first StarCraft. There’s no doubt that its production values far outweigh most in the genre for its time and its story is enough to draw anyone in. As you wage war across the galaxy, you’ll get lost in this game for hours and have to rely on your smarts to be victorious. Not only that, you’re given multiple ways to play so you’ll never get bored.

Rise of Nations Gold - PC
  • Lead 1 of 24 diverse nations in this epic, historical, real-time strategy game
  • Engage in 5 single player campaigns and over 130 scenarios
  • Brings to life 6,000 years of history from the ancient age to the information age
  • 6 new nations, 4 unique single-player campaigns, 20+ original units, and more
  • No online play available

Although this game is quite dated now, with over 15 years since its release, it’s still one of the best executed RTS titles in history. Rise of Nations did so many things that were unique to the genre and still by today’s standards, making it an instant stand out. This innovative game changed the way we control the map and got rid of a lot of problems that most others struggled with. If you like your strategy games with a lot of history behind them, this is a great one that spans it all.

Company of Heroes 2 - PC
  • Blood and Snow Take command of the iconic Red Army on the Eastern Front and repel the Nazi invaders in the most brutal conflict of World War 2
  • Next Generation RTS The sequel to the highest rated RTS title of all time is pushing the boundaries of the RTS genre with new TrueSight and Dynamic Battle Tactics gameplay mechanics
  • Essence 3.0 Built on the latest rendition of Relic Entertainment?s state of the art proprietary engine, Company of Heroes 2 pushes the graphical and gameplay boundaries of the RTS genre
  • Tactical Expertise Develop and utilize your commander abilities based on your tactical preference and taste for war. Mold and customize your army to suit your individual playstyle before delivering tactical blows to annihilate your enemies
  • Competitive Multiplayer Featuring the great competitive multiplayer that fans have grown to expect from the Company of Heroes franchise

This strategy game showed a side of war that we don’t usually get to see when we’re gaming, especially when it comes to strategy titles. With a focus on the human side of things and especially the soldiers that do battle for us, this is one that will tug at the heartstrings. Ardennes Assault looks at the morality of war but also being precious with your resources which are very real things to face in battle. The graphics are dynamic and beautiful and it feels a lot more realistic than some strategy games. With an open-ended playing feel, there’s no limit to how many hours you can enjoy this World War II saga for.

History Channel Civil War: Secret Missions - Playstation 3
  • Assume the role of Union and Confederate soldiers fighting behind enemy lines in legendary battles
  • Your goal is to disrupt the armies of both the North and the South by any means necessary, including conducting train raids, stealing ironclad ships, stopping enemy supply lines, destroying enemy artillery and more
  • All events are drawn from the real life actions of famous partisans, scouts and rangers
  • Fight as a member of Mosby's Rangers, Sheridan's Scouts and Grant's Secret Service
  • Receive your mission commands from famous generals including Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Ulysses Grant

For those who like simplicity in their gameplay but still require a challenge, Ultimate General: Gettysburg might be just what you’re after. Although it may look easy, you really have to pay close attention to what you’re doing and you’ll soon see how deep the gameplay goes. This RTS is a Civil War based title that lets you decide your own ending, but it’s a matter of skill just as much as it is strategy. Although a few years old now, it’s still a heap of fun to play.

WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos
  • Blizzard
  • Video Game
  • Italian, English

One of the biggest and best in the genre is WarCraft III, and it managed to be even better than the first two. This is not for those who like to take things slowly though, as you’ll need to be willing to roll with the punches as soon as they happen and think on your feet. The map was innovative in itself and the gameplay was vibrant. Now 16 years old, it shows no sign of aging and would be just as well received today as it was back then.

We all remember the days of SimCity, and how many others tried to emulate it. Cities: Skylines has done the best job so far but made this game even more open-ended and full of options. You’ll get to build your city just as you need it and one can easily get lost for hours in the city planning that takes place. This game works just as well as a hobby and a serious challenge, with strategy being the number one skill you need.

This is a seriously epic strategy game set in the Middle Ages, and not as neatly laid out as you might imagine. There’s chaos everywhere when you play Crusader Kings II so you have to be cool under the pressure. The sequel to Crusader Kings was released in 2012 and is still loved today, with the focus on each individual character making it a real standout in the strategy genre. If you like your games with a little more emotion and a lot more individuality in characters and storyline, it’s definitely one to check out.

Starcraft II Battle Chest - PC Standard Edition
  • Wings of Liberty
  • Heart of the Swarm
  • Legacy of the Void

For many fans of the genre, StarCraft: Brood War will always be their number one. This sci-fi game did what no other could do and managed to mix science, storytelling, and skill together to create one epic game. Sometimes, you’ll feel as though you’re watching an award-winning sci-fi movie and other times you’ll be so lost in the fun that you won’t even know your own name.

FTL Starships - Space Combat
  • Racing FTL Star Ships
  • Steer your ship to avoid collision
  • Collect items to power-up
  • Share your scores on leader board

This real-time strategy game is not for the faint-hearted, and you’ll likely be sitting on the edge of your gaming chair every time you play. Faster Than Light is set in space and you must make your way through the sky fighting off bad guys and rebels, or battling with other ships. There’s no end to the drama and although the graphics might seem a little basic, you’ll barely notice them once you get stuck into the action. FTL is a few years old now but we have a feeling it’ll be considered a classic forever.

Mount & Blade - PC
  • Mount & Blade offers a realistic world, where some quests are resolved through the world's own dynamics.
  • A demanding game with a high degree of concentration and user involvement.
  • Innovative battles take place with your character on the horseback.

Although some might not consider Mount & Blade to be a strategy game, we think they’d be wrong. Warband focuses a lot on skill-based combat which can throw some, but there’s a whole lot of strategy at play. You’ll need to direct your men through battle and make important choices to do with power, which is the marker of a great strategy game. There’s no end to how you can play it and although it’s a little rough around the edges, it’s definitely one of the better choices.

Warhammer 40.000 Dawn of War 2 Master Collection (PC)
  • Dawn of War II
  • Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising
  • Dawn of War II - Retribution

Fans of Warhammer will often fight over which is best, the original or the sequel, but in terms of entertainment value, the second would have to win. This is war, but not as you know it, as you’re in charge of space marines and their battle for the galaxy. The storytelling and graphics are amazing which can sometimes make it feel as though you’re watching a movie rather than strategizing. There’s no shortage of challenges or puzzles to solve, so you’ll always be thinking of your next move.

Stardew Valley: Collector's Edition - PlayStation 4
  • Turn an overgrown field into a lively farm! Raise animals, start an orchard, craft useful machines, and more!
  • Improve your skills over time. As you make your way from a struggling greenhorn to a master farmer, you'll level up in 5 different areas: farming, mining, combat, fishing, and foraging.
  • Become a part of the local community. Over 30 unique characters living in Stardew Valley, each with their own daily schedule, birthday, unique mini-cutscenes, and new things to say throughout the week and year.
  • Explore a vast, mysterious cave. Encounter new and dangerous monsters, powerful weapons, new environments, valuable gemstones, and other treasures as you venture deeper underground!
  • Craft bait, bobbers, and crab pots to help you in your journey toward catching every fish and becoming a local legend!

If war scenarios or space battles seem a little too intense for you, but you still like to keep your brain working with strategy, why not check out the farming sim Stardew Valley. There’s so much to do here that you’ll easily waste hours without even realizing. You can plant crops, learn about which ones make more profits, and learn how to manage the busy schedule of farm life. This is as close as you’ll ever come to having your own farm, but without the added pressure of milking the cows yourself.

Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance - PC
  • New Playable Faction - The Seraphim will offer a completely new playable faction in multiplayer games and serve as the main threat during the new single-player campaign. The Seraphim are a cunning and devious race with advanced technology and are true masters of quantum technology.
  • New weapons, new strategies, new conquests!
  • New Units - 110 new land, sea, air, base and experimental units evolve armies to address strategic weaknesses or become the ultimate expressions of factional military doctrine.
  • Warfare on an Epic Scale - Fully realized navies, orbital weaponry, advanced counter intelligence technologies, suicide weapons and sneak attacks give commanders unprecedented, deadly new capabilities in what is already the most strategic RTS on the market today.
  • New Multiplayer Maps - 12 new multiplayer maps provide new battlegrounds or players to prove their supremacy.

By far the most intense and serious title on our list is Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance. This is a game that’s reserved for those who really love their strategy games and are willing to give it their all. You’ll need to know every minor detail about resources or look out for quick chances to strike at the enemy. Don’t play if you’ve got something else going on in the background, otherwise, you won’t last very long.

Sid Meier's Civilization V - PC
  • Successful diplomacy will depend on players carefully managing relationships with other leaders
  • Expanded visuals and immersive audio invite would-be kings to take up the reigns of power and forge a mighty empire
  • An intuitive interface eases both new players and Civ veterans into the game
  • The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines
  • Choose one of eighteen historical civilizations to lead from the stone-age to the space age

The man responsible for the huge boom in sim games showed his worth with Civilization V. The major change that made this one a standout from the others was having just one military unit per square. This is a perfectly rounded game that gives you hours and hours of play, and civilizations that are so huge you’ll barely get to cover them all.

Total War: Warhammer Limited Edition (PC)
  • •Metal Pak Case •Total War: WARHAMMER 'Insider Guide'

If you’re thinking this list is missing some dragon action, we have you covered. The hugely successful Total War: Warhammer II has dragons aplenty along with many other fantasy themes and characters. You’ll be able to work your way through knights, demons, and battle armies that are so diverse it’ll make your head spin.

Master of Orion 3 - PC
  • , not just military and economic consequences.
  • Slick and intuitive interface makes navigation and gameplay a snap for novice players.
  • Complete campaigns to satisfy would-be galactic conquerors.
  • Robust Multiplayer lets 8 players slug it out for galactic domination.
  • Manage policies dealing with freedom and oppression, slavery, and racial tolerance. Will your civilization thrive better as an oppressive tyranny, a free republic, a unified theocracy, or something in-between?

Going way back when to 1996, Master of Orion II is one game that has managed to stand the test of time. You wouldn’t be comparing its graphics to anything today, but in terms of gameplay and the options available for you to control, it can’t be beaten. You’ll be able to design your own alien race or create unique superweapons to use in battle. Other games have tried to copy Master of Orion II but failed miserably, so why not just go straight to the source?

XCOM 2 - PlayStation 4
  • XCOM ON THE RUN: Take command of the Avenger, an alien supply craft converted to XCOM's mobile headquarters.
  • RECRUIT RESISTANCE FIGHTERS: Five soldier classes, each with its own skill tree, let you create specific soldiers for your tactical plan.
  • TACTICAL GUERRILLA COMBAT: New gameplay systems offer more tactical flexibility in combat. Use concealment to ambush enemy patrols.

This one looks quite different from the other strategy titles in a game, but it all works well. As a rebooted version of XCOM that was orchestrated by Firaxis, it worked better than what anyone anticipated. The campaigns in this are a lot more complex to organize and you’ll get a whole range of soldier types to choose from, but the rewards for your hard work and strategy are more than worth it.

Age of Mythology - PC
  • The game is only played on the computer and is not available for online play.
  • In this exciting real-time strategy game, youplay as either the ancient Greeks, Norse or Egyptians. All three are vying for control of the world, and you must help your chosen side to succeed!
  • To control more territory, you'll have to arrange armies, handle diplomacy and manage trade
  • Technological improvements combine with supernatural power as you develop your sciences and call upon the ancient gods
  • Rain down lightning on an opposing army, demolish enemy camps with earthquakes, and sink a navy with a tidal wave -- you'll see it all happen in real-time with incredibly detailed special effects

When you think of classic strategy games, Age of Mythology is one that comes to people’s minds instantly. The difference between this game and others from eras gone by is that it actually still holds up today. You’ll be covering almost every mythology you can think of including Greek and Egyptian s it’s a great history lesson as well. As you slay your enemies and work your way through the campaigns, you’ll realize that they just don’t make them like this anymore.

Shogun 2 Total War Complete Ed. PC
  • Total War: Shogun 2
  • Total War: Shogun 2 - Rise of the Samurai
  • Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai

Total War has released its fair share of strategy games but none came close to Shogun 2. What makes this so cool is that we’ve never seen this period covered before as it looks at the rise of Japan. You’ll have to make plenty of tough choices playing this game and even some decisions that mean no win, either way, so be prepared to make some sacrifices along the way.

Europa Universalis 2 - PC
  • Real-time strategy game set in 15th- through 18th-century Europe
  • Play the medieval campaigns of Jeanne D'Arc to the massive wars of Napoleon
  • Intuitive interface and combat system
  • Lead any of 140 nations with historical leaders and national research
  • For 1 to 8 players using Internet or LAN connection

Now 5 years since its release, Europa Universalis II still stands out as the best from this franchise. In order to keep people playing, there’s been countless free content released that helps to flesh out the map and give you even more challenges. You’ll need to do more than just strategize base issues as you deal with the most minute details. However, it’s all presented with one of the best interfaces we’ve ever seen in a strategy game and can make even the hardest decisions seem easy to understand.

Posted by: In: Netbook, Review 01 May 2019 0 comments

The Asus Transformer T100TA was released in 2014 as part of the popular Transformer range, but this hybrid 2-in-1 notebook was a lot more serious than others from the brand. We’re here to review the T100TA to see what it offers, but also check out the other notebooks that make up the T100 family to investigate what features they have.

COMPARISON TABLE

The Asus Transformer T100TA is a powerful notebook that finally achieves what these hybrids seem to have been reaching for all of these years. Not only is it compact and lightweight, it’s priced within most people’s budgets, and it’s actually powerful enough to do more than just typing some work emails or browsing on Facebook.

The T100TA is part of a larger family of notebook hybrids released by Asus in the T100 range. From there, the Transformer series spans even more tablets, notebooks, and hybrids so it seems they know a thing or two about these products.

We’re going to delve more specifically into the Asus Transformer T100TA to see what features and specs it has to offer, and more specifically whether it’s up to the task of gaming. We’ll also look at the other products in the T100 family to see what they bring to the table so we can decide if any of them are worth investing in for your portable gaming needs.

The History Of The Asus Transformer

Although we use them regularly today, tablets and hybrids weren’t always around in the world of computers and personal devices. When Asus released the very first Transformer in 2011, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, it set to change the world with its compact size but serious capabilities.

Of course, by today’s standards, the Eee Pad Transformer wouldn’t be considered that great, however, the T100 products released under this same range are still quite impressive. The brand moved away from smaller tablets into fully functioning notebooks that could also convert into tablets, so they managed to capture the needs or more than just one type of user.

The Asus Transformer T100TA was released in 2014 and it couldn’t have come at a better time. There were many tablets out there that were offering a chance for portability and a bit of power, but because many of them were powered by a mobile OS, they just didn’t have the functionality of a desktop PC.

When the T100TA came out, it changed that all. This device was fully functional and ran on Windows 8.1 with the added bonus of being able to use it as a tablet or a netbook. There were other hybrids around that could do this to a degree, but usually, they were three times the price of the Asus Transformer models, and so this one quickly rose to the top.

Design and Details

The Transformer Book T100TA is compact in size, measuring in at about 10.5 x 6.75 inches and .41 inches thick when it’s a table compared to just 0.93 inches with the keyboard attached. In terms of size, it’s pretty much the same as others on the market with semi-comparable specs, but those don’t come with a keyboard standard.

The T100TA isn’t the nicest to look at, and that’s thanks to the hard plastic casing, but they have made an effort to round the edges and try to improve it somewhat. Although it doesn’t look the nicest, it certainly feels it, and whether you’re working on it or carrying it around, you’ll surely notice the effort they’ve gone to in this area.

When using just the tablet alone, it’s incredibly light at 1.23lbs and you’ll barely notice it in your bag or hand. If you want to use the keyboard, which comes included at no extra cost, this will only add another couple pounds so overall it’s lightweight. Detaching and reattaching is easy as well with a simple push-button latch.

Top Features

The T100TA is a pretty versatile machine and it wasn’t made just to suit one group of users. Check out the top features and specs that this Asus Transformer model offers and what good they might be able to do you.

16:9 ratio and 1366 x 768 resolution;

10.1 inch screen;

IPS display for viewing at all angles;

1.2MP camera built in;

Intel Bay Trail Quad Core Processor;

SonicMaster audio and stereo speakers;

Dual Band Wi-Fi and superfast USB 3.0 ports;

Micro USB port for fast charging;

Hard plastic case and metallic finish;

Three colors to choose from in grey, red, and white;

Micro HDMI port and MicroSD card reader;

Multi-touch screen and touchpad;

Performance

The key thing that any gamer wants to know about is performance, and the Asus Transformer T100TA does a lot better than you’d think. This hybrid features an Intel Atom Z3740 processor and Intel HD Graphics card as standard. The memory is somewhat lacking at just 2GB system memory but there’s also 64GB SSD.

This was just one of the first few devices to use the Bay Trail Architecture so it was also one of the first times that Windows users were able to experience it. All of these features put together means you can do some gaming on the T100TA, depending on the era of games and what resolution you’re playing it on.

Another notable point about its performance is the seriously long battery life, meaning you’ll get just over 11 hours of play time without needing to recharge. Because it’s light and convertible, you can also take it wherever you go. For gamers who want to travel with their system, this could definitely be a good option.

This was the very first of the T100 family to be released in 2013 and by today’s standards, it’s a little dated. However, at the time it was legendary stuff, and for those looking for a budget-friendly PC that can go between the office, it’s probably still a decent find. For those looking for a gaming device though, you’ll need to keep shopping around.

The Asus Transformer T100 was an absolute steal when it was first released at around $350, with this price only coming down in recent years. The only real issue was the keyboard which users found to be a bit cramped, but other than that it ran like a dream.

With a 10 inch screen, Windows 8.1 as standard, 32GB Intel HD Graphics, and Bay Trail Atom Processor, so for something so small it was pretty impressive. This device was designed for basic home and office use, so don’t go expecting to do serious gaming with it.

Asus Transformer Book T200

In 2015, Asus released their second addition to the T100 family, the aptly named T200. This device was great for basic use but because of the lacking resolution, it just couldn’t cut it as a gaming machine. Compared to other tablets of its era that offered HD display, the Asus simply wasn’t as good.

With an 11.6-inch touchscreen IPS display and 1366 x 768 resolution, it wouldn’t be good for much more than watching some movies and working on documents. A lack of pixel density at 135ppi made this pretty underwhelming in the grand scheme of things.

That doesn’t mean it was a total failure though, as it still ticked all of the boxes for what most people look for in a PC. It was affordable, compact, came with all of the features at no extra cost, and had a comfortable touchpad and keyboard. For those using it at the home and office, there’s nothing missing that you’d need.

As an added bonus, you get a hard drive storage bay included with this device. A lack of storage is what set many of the others back so it’s good to see that Asus still knows about their customer base. Although not really achieving everything performance-wise for gaming and multimedia, everything else about the T200 is great for the price.

The Asus Transformer Book T300 was also known as the Chi T300 and cost around $600 when first released. It’s evident that Asus was starting to charge more for their hybrids due to the improvements they were making, and these devices were still a lot cheaper than others on the market at the same time.

The T300 had an updated resolution from the last one, and now it offers HD display. This means for gaming and multimedia, things have certainly improved. The base model has a 128GB SSD and with upgrades, you can get the RAM to 8GB and the resolution to 2560 x 1440, compared to the standard 1920 x 1080.

Paying the extra money for upgrades is a smart decision for gamers, but if you’re not interested in using this for fun then don’t bother. The design is a little awkward due to the seemingly wrongly placed power button and it’s pretty easy to turn it to sleep without even realizing. However, Asus managed to keep the keyboard attachment easy to use just like their other models, and a lot better than many other competitors have ever done.

The battery life was another area that lacked, which was a shame to see given how well it performed on other members of the T100 family. With a 12.5 inch screen, it’s gotten a little bigger and had an improved HD display as well. Wireless, Bluetooth, and Windows 8.1 are all standard in the base model, so it’s got the basics of what you’d need.

The Trio was released in 2014 and was the attempt to fuse an Android tablet with a Windows 8 notebook. While it definitely managed to do that, there were some design details that made this one of the least popular devices in the T100 range.

They didn’t manage to give the lightweight feel that the others had and the keyboard dock even weighed more than the tablet itself. For an 11.6 inch device it’s quite heavy, however, this is because they’ve managed to put all of the hardware into the keyboard, including CPU and RAM.

The Trio makes it very easy to switch between either notebook or tablet and this continues to be a strong point for the Asus Transformer T100 family. For the gamers, this is one of the better choices in the range thanks to a Z2560 CPU, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and Atom CPU.

It performed well in benchmark tests and could even run some demanding games from the era as well as browse busy pages and watching HD movies. This is definitely a better option for those who want the compactness of the T100 with a little more power (and weight) built into it.

An Innovative And Powerful Range

When Asus launched their Transformer range of hybrids, they were doing to so to create an affordable, compact, but innovative device. The T100 took off where the earlier models left off and still offers this, including the Asus Transformer T100TO which is a great choice for those shopping around for a PC on a budget.

While these ones might not be the first choice for gaming, they can do a pretty solid job of supporting your medium end gaming applications. The Transformer range also features a number of other netbooks that were more designed for gaming, including ROG systems that are mirrored from their very popular line of gaming desktops and laptops.

Asus continues to impress the tech world with their innovations and there’s no denying that the first Transformer changed things forever. These netbooks represent a time when the compromise was finally met between portability and compactness and running a full and powerful system, and they do so at a fraction of the cost.


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Posted by: In: Blog, Gaming Headsets 30 Apr 2019 0 comments
woman wearing a headset

 When it comes to PC gaming, the audio is just as important as the visual when creating an immersive experience. To upgrade your audio, you’ll want to check out the best gaming headphones and headsets of 2018 to see what the pick of the year is.


Adding a quality gaming headset or headphones to your setup can do wonders for the overall experience. Yet, it’s something that many gamers leave until last to invest in. With the addition of one of these devices, you’ll increase your stealth, make a more immersive experience, and heighten the quality of your gaming experience, so what’s not to love?

If you’re in the market for some new sound, check out our list of the best gaming headphones and headsets of 2018. Within this list, we’ve found wired and wireless, budget-friendly, premium, those with plenty of features and some that are simple, so there’s sure to be one that fits your requirements.

COMPARISON TABLE

Preview Product
SteelSeries Arctis Pro High Fidelity Gaming Headset - Hi-Res Speaker Drivers - DTS Headphone:X v2.0 Surround for PC SteelSeries Arctis Pro High Fidelity Gaming Headset - Hi-Res Speaker Drivers - DTS Headphone:X v2.0...
Razer ManO'War 7.1: Surround Sound - Quick Action Controls - Unidirectional Retractable Mic - Gaming Headset Works with PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, & Mobile Devices Razer ManO'War 7.1: Surround Sound - Quick Action Controls - Unidirectional Retractable Mic - Gaming...
Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition HD 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition HD 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Dolby Gaming Headset - Black/Green - Xbox One + PC ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Dolby Gaming Headset - Black/Green - Xbox One + PC
HyperX Cloud Revolver S - Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound - Steel Frame - Signature Memory Foam - Premium Leatherette - Detachable noise-cancellation microphone HyperX Cloud Revolver S - Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound - Steel Frame - Signature...
Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset with Pro Grade Mic for Pc, PC VR, Mac, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset with Pro Grade Mic for Pc, PC VR, Mac, Xbox One, Playstation 4,...
HyperX Cloud Flight - Wireless Gaming Headset, with Long Lasting Battery Up to 30 hours of Use, Detachable Noise Cancelling Microphone, Red LED Light, Bass, Comfortable Memory Foam, PS4, PC, PS4 Pro HyperX Cloud Flight - Wireless Gaming Headset, with Long Lasting Battery Up to 30 hours of Use,...
ASTRO Gaming A20 Wireless Headset, Black/Green - Xbox One/PC/MAC (Renewed) ASTRO Gaming A20 Wireless Headset, Black/Green - Xbox One/PC/MAC (Renewed)
Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset - ComforTec Fit System and TruSpeak Technology -Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mobile Gaming - Xbox One Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset - ComforTec Fit System and TruSpeak Technology...
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset - Lossless High Fidelity Wireless + Bluetooth for PS4 and PC SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset - Lossless High Fidelity Wireless + Bluetooth for PS4...
CORSAIR HS50 - Stereo Gaming Headset - Discord Certified Headphones - Works with PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android – Carbon CORSAIR HS50 - Stereo Gaming Headset - Discord Certified Headphones - Works with PC, Mac, Xbox One,...
ASUS ROG Centurion True 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for PC/Console with USB Control Box ASUS ROG Centurion True 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for PC/Console with USB Control Box
CORSAIR HS70 SE Wireless - 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset - Discord Certified Headphones - Special Edition CORSAIR HS70 SE Wireless - 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset - Discord Certified Headphones -...
beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game Interactive Gaming Headset beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game Interactive Gaming Headset
CORSAIR Void PRO RGB Wireless Gaming Headset - Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones for PC - Discord Certified - 50mm Drivers - Carbon CORSAIR Void PRO RGB Wireless Gaming Headset - Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones for PC - Discord...


SteelSeries is pretty good at making gaming audio and this range especially is known for the high-quality audio. You’ll get surround sound, which could do with a little improvement, but it will definitely add some more quality to your game because of the sheer quality of the sound. It also includes a digital to audio converter which means these are great for movies, music, and more. These are mid-range in price but premium in sound quality, so a great choice for audiophiles.


Who would have thought something so cheap could be so good? The Razer ManO’War might be a bit bulky compared to others on our list but you won’t be uncomfortable thanks to its plush ear cups. These headphones come with Chroma RGB lighting that you can customize so it’ll really accentuate your gaming setup. This is an easy to use product that suits tech beginners and it only requires a USB receiver to set up.

Comfort is key when it comes to the Creative Sound Blaster X H7 Tournament edition, so it’s perfect for those gamers who play for seriously long stretches. This is definitely one of the more stylish additions to our list but that doesn’t mean it sacrificed on sound quality. This is a serious upgrade to their previous models in looks and sound quality, and it delivers some of the crispest audio around to make any gamer happy. The cost is pretty standard at around $150 so you don’t have to break the b bank just to get this level of audio quality.

If you’re a gamer who likes the freedom of wireless headphones, check out the Astro A50 Wireless. Sure, you can expect to pay around double what most of these others cost, but it’s well worth it. The A50 wireless has a charging dock, unidirectional noise-canceling mic, and Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound, just to name a few features. This is for serious gamers who want nothing less than the best and are happy to pay for it.

Coming in at the lower end of the price scale is the HyperX Could Revolver S. These amazing headphones might be budget friendly but feel like a premium product. With 7.1 channel surround sound courtesy of Dolby and absolute comfort, you’ll be forgiven for thinking these are a lot more expensive than they are. One notable downside is the detachable mic which is more awkward than helpful, so maybe something for them to remember next time.

Super cheap and super simple seems to be the motto that Logitech is going for with the G Pro Gaming Headset. These headphones are pretty great in terms of sound quality which is amazing for its price. The comfort is also exceptional, and they’ve managed to get these two things right by basically stripping away any other features. This is simple and gets the job done, perfect for those who don’t want to make a fuss.

Do you find yourself constantly running out of battery and cursing the fact that you didn’t upgrade to something with a longer life? The HyperX Cloud Flight headset and headphones might be your answer. These headphones come with a huge 30-hour battery life which translates to about two full days of gaming. Sadly, there’s no surround sound, but some might be okay with that as they can easily adjust settings using the Dolby Access app.


Another great addition to the list from Astro is their more reasonably priced A20 headphones. These cost a lot less but still offer exceptional stereo sound and in a neat little wireless package. You’ll get about 15 hours of battery which is pretty standard and it’s comfortable while being durable. This ticks all of the basic boxes for the best gaming headphones and headset but without all of the pizazz.

Seriously expensive and for serious gamers, the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament headphones are the way to go if you take your passion a little further than most. These are super comfortable and luxurious padded, but if you want something that doesn’t look like gaming headphones then keep shopping. Using 50mm sound drivers it delivers some of the best audio around, as long as you can look past the orange design.

SteelSeries can make exceptional headphones both wired and wireless, and this is the wireless version that proves that. These give you lossless audio that you’d usually find in a wired set, but with all the benefits of no cords. They might cost a little extra but they’re worth it, if only for the dual battery charging system that means you’ll never have to stop gaming because of a flat battery ever again.

You’ll be hard pressed finding another gaming headset for this price that comes with as much quality as the Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset. For around $50 you’ll get serious amazing sound and comfort that means you can play all day and night without an issue. Even the mic is amazing which means they’ve delivered on every front. This is affordable but without many of the bells and whistles that the others have, so if you prefer low cost over high features, this is a great choice.

If their computers are anything to go by, then you’re going to love the Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 headset. These headphones deliver fantastic spatial sound that adds reality to your gaming that you probably never experienced before. They’re expensive and a bit more work because of an onboard amp, but these small problems aside they are one of the better picks. As an added bonus, you can transfer the sound to an external speaker to really get your gaming juices flowing.

This headset is great for those who like the separate mic from their headphones. Corsair has improved on the last model of the headphones by making them wireless, improving the look, and also adding surround sound audio. One downfall is the mic can be hard to store as there’s nowhere on the set to do so, which is kind of annoying when you’ve got a gaming setup to keep organized. For a budget-friendly option that still delivers high-quality sound, the Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset is a great choice.

These headphones are designed for gamers who spend long hours enjoying their favorite hobby, which is probably all of us. Beyerdynamic Custom Game is a headset that knows the important areas and aims to please in them. The comfort levels are phenomenal and the sound is even better, so that’s more than enough to impress gamers. Expect to pay a little more for the pleasure of using these, but your gameplay will thank you for it.

Some might be fooled into thinking that these headphones are all RGB, but we should disclose that it’s only the logo that does the honors. This problem aside, the Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless headsets are exceptionally built and will likely last your gaming setup for years. You’re able to sync the small lighting to the rest of your rig and it’ll look pretty darn cool while you do it. These headphones offer excellent sound quality and many of the features that make gamers happy but be prepared to pay a little extra for it.

Resources

https://www.techradar.com/

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asus transformer

Asus has been responsible for many innovative products over the years, and their Asus Transformer range is no exception. We’re going to take a look back at what each of these models offered and the hole in the market that Asus was able to fill with their arrival on the scene.

When you think of the biggest brands in computers, Asus is definitely at the top of many people’s lists. This creative brand has been making innovative products to suit all sectors of the markets for decades, and when they bring out something new, we all sit up and take notice.

The Asus Transformer was a huge range for them and within this range, there were a few different models. The Asus Transformer Pad, Book, and Book Flip each offered something to consumers that the other didn’t and were able to grab a share of the market that had previously been unattended.

We’re going to take a detailed look at the products in the Asus Transformer range and what their best features were. For the gamers who want to know if these devices would be suitable, there’s a little more you’ll have to know about their specs and features before you go adding them to your gaming setup.

The History Behind The Asus Transformer Range


Asus Transformer Range


These days, there’s not a computer brand out there that doesn’t have their own range of tablet computer hybrids. Asus can say that they were one of the first though; taking a huge risk releasing their tablets that would revolutionize the way people used their devices forever.

In January 2011, they released a huge line up of different tablets, one of which was the Asus Transformer. As one of the cheaper but fully featured and functional ones in their line up, it quickly became known as the best.

Compared to the other models, the Transformer was also more widely available which means more and more people were able to experience the tablet revolution. They didn’t wait long for an upgrade though, and it was released at the end of the first year that they came out that there would be many more models coming soon.

Further Models Of The Asus Transformer

Asus Transformer


The second Transformer to be released, the Transformer Prime TF201, was even more popular than the first. It was lighter and slimmer than the first, plus looked stylish and felt more durable. In terms of features, it wasn’t too much different, but the other updates made it a standout. By now, Asus had well and truly cemented themselves as leaders in the tablet game.

These devices ushered in a whole new era for computers and personal devices. Tablets and hybrids like these meant people were able to work not just in the home or office, or even anywhere their laptops had been, but you now had a completely portable and easy-to-use personal device that did everything your computer could.

No longer satisfied with just making simple devices that could help out with word processing or writing work emails, Asus stepped up to make these serious entertainment machines as well. With powerful processors and specs that meant some were considered enviable gaming devices, they managed to tap into almost every aspect of the notebook market with just one range.

Asus Transformer Pad


Asus Transformer Pad

These were the more basic of the bunch, and in a simple pad design, hence the name. The Asus Transformer pads run on Google’s Android operating system and work just like a basic tablet. They’re detachable 2-in-1 devices that mean you can choose the best way to use them, depending on your needs.

Because they only run Android, you won’t get as many functions as you would with a laptop or notebook style. Here are some of the models that featured in the Pad range.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) 10.1-inch, 16GB, Android Tablet - 1GB RAM, Android 3.2, NVidia GEForce
  • 10.1" WSVGA (1280x800) IPS Capacitive LED Touchscreen; Android 3.2 Operating System
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU; 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 1 slot, 1GB Max; 16GB Internal Flash Memory; Wireless 802.11bgn; Bluetooth 2.1
  • Mini HDMI Port; Micro SD Card Slot; 1.2MP (front) and 5.0MP (rear) Webcam
  • GPS; Gravity Sensor; E-Compass; Light Sensor; Gyroscope; 24.4Wh Lithium Polymer Battery (Up to 9.5 Hours Battery Life)
  • 40-Pin Docking Port for Optional Keyboard (Keyboard Not included)/Docking Station (Model Name: TF101 DOCKING)

The very first Transformer released in 2011 by Asus. This model came with an optional docking keyboard, 10.1” IPS touchscreen, Nvidia Tegra 2system-on-a-chip, and resolution of 1280 x 800.

ASUS Transformer Prime TF201-B1-GR Eee Pad 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (Amethyst Gray)
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS (4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable) with ASUS Waveshare UI
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU
  • 10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) ScreenSuper IPS+10 finger multi-touch supportCorning Gorilla Glass
  • 32GB EMMC + 8G life time ASUS Webstorage space
  • Eee Pad Transformer Docking Keyboard Not IncludedWLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHzBluetooth V2.1+EDR1.2 MP Front Camera8 MP Rear CameraAuto focus (rear) with flashLarge F2.4 aperture. (rear camera)

The very first Android tablet computer to feature a quad-core processor and the second in the Transformer line. With a foldable design and smart cover, it was extremely portable. Some of its features were a 10.1” multi-touch screen, Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip, 1280 x 800 resolution, and mircoSD reader.

Asus TF700T-B1-GR-50G Transformer Pad Infinity Tf700t-b1-gr 32gb 10.1 Tablet [Gray]
  • ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Transform to FHD. Infinite entertainment awaits
  • The slimmest and lightest 1920x1200 resolution Full HD Android tablet
  • The Fastest NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU ever, @ 1.6GHz
  • Improved graphics performance with a 12-core GPU
  • Elevate your audio experience with SonicMaster technology for a superior sound range

This model emerged in 2012, a year after the first had been released. Following the Prime, it upgraded with a Tegra 3 T33 processor capable of 1.6 GHz and an impressive 1920 x 1200 resolution which was twice its predecessor. Using a Super IPS+ panel on the screen it was even able to use it outdoors which added further to its versatility.

ASUS Tablet T100TA-B1-GR
  • Windows 8.1
  • Small and light, with an Intel quad-core Atom processorm 1.33GHz (Turbo 1.86 GHz) 2GB DDR3 RAM, Socket Intel GMA HD, 32GB SSD
  • Comfortable keyboard dock and IPS display
  • Up to 11 hours battery life for all-day mobile use
  • Grey Touch Screen 10.1 IPS HD (1366*768), Intel Atom Quad-Core Baytrail-T Z3740, No Optical Drive, Windows 8.1 + Office H/S, 802.11AGN Wifi,1.2MP HD Camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Keyboard


After seeing how well their first range of Transformer tablets did, Asus decided to up the ante and release some notebooks. The Transformer Book first came out in 2013 and the key difference with these netbooks was that they now ran Windows 8.1.

This update certainly changed the game, and because they were still compact, functional and affordable, it appeared that Asus had again released an innovative product into the market. Here are just some of the models in the range:

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA 10.1-inch Detachable Windows 8.1 Tablet
  • Windows 8.1
  • Intel Atom
  • 64GB eMMC
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM, Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack, USB 3.0 port(s), Micro USB,micro HDMI
  • 802.11 wifi

Featuring a small 10-inch screen and complete keyboard, this was the new era of netbooks. With a detachable top half that also turned it into a tablet, so for a great cost you could get 2-4-1 devices. Running an Intel Atom Processor and serious battery life, this was a force to be reckoned with.

Asus Transformer Book T100-CHI-C1-BK(M) - 10.1" 2-in-1 Laptop/Tablet Combo - Intel Atom Z3775/2GB RAM/64GB eMMC/Intel HD Graphics/Windows 8.1 - Dark Blue
  • Display: 10.1-inch Full HD LED-backlit touchscreen (1920 x 1200), 10-finger multi-touch suppor
  • CPU: Intel Atom Z3775 1.46 GHz with Burst Technology up to 2.39 GHz
  • Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 1067 MHz, 64GB eMMC
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics with shared graphics memory
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing 32-bit, RealTek Audio, 2MP front-facing webcam, 5MP back-facing camera

This is still one of the most popular devices in the Transformer range thanks to its ultra-thin design and serious running power. With Windows 10 as its operating system and Intel Bay Trail-T Quad Core Processor, it was capable of so much more than its predecessors. The Chi also cost less and felt lighter than other notebooks on the market, and was all operated with a completely fanless construction.


Asus Transformer Book Trio

Asus Transformer Book Trio


This small netbook featured an 11.6” screen with full HD IP display, featured SonicMaster audio, and an Intel Core i7 processor. With up to 1TB HHD and the ability to run on either Windows 8 or Android Jelly Bean 4.2, it was a device that could do it all. This was marketed as three different and capable devices: a tablet, a laptop, and a full desktop PC.

Asus Transformer 3 Pro

Asus Transformer 3 Pro

As one of the newer models in the Transformer range, this highlights what Asus is really capable of. It might be small and sleek, but it’s got serious power like a ROG XG station 2 that allows for 4K gaming and a Universal Dock which means you can connect everything to the one device. At 8.5mm thin and with a 12.6-inch display capable of 2880 x 1920 pixels of resolution, it’s a serious gamer’s device and more.

ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini T102HA-D4-GR, 2in1 Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Quad-Core Atom, 4GB RAM, 128GB EMMC, Pen and Keyboard Included
  • Versatile Windows 10 device with keyboard and pen included, 2-in-1 functionality: use as both laptop and tablet.Update Windows periodically to ensure that your applications have the latest security settings.
  • All day battery life, rated up to 11 hours of video playback; 128GB Solid State storage. Polymer Battery.With up to 11 hours between charges, you can be sure that Transformer Mini T102HA will be right there whenever you need it. You can charge T102HA via its micro USB port, so you can use a mobile charger or any power bank with a micro USB connector.
  • Latest Intel Atom Quad Core x5-Z8350 Processor with 4GB RAM for fast and efficient performance.T102HA is small in size, but big on connectivity. Dimensions: 10.2" x 6.7" x 0.5"
  • One-touch login and enhanced security with fingerprint sensor supporting Windows Hello. T102HA is small in size, but big on connectivity!
  • Magnesium Alloy body weighs less than 1.7 lbs with keyboard attached and only 0.6 inches thin.


This device was marketed as a fun and convenient little package and that’s exactly what it offered. With a 10.1” screen and extremely light feel, it offered two devices in one to suit all of your needs. This notebook has a massive 11 hours of battery life, huge 2880 x 1920 resolution display, and 178 degree viewing angle. All of these features make it much more than a workbook, but a great entertainment device as well.

Asus Transformer Book Flip

Asus Transformer Book Flip


The Asus flip is a range that again offers more versatility in how you use it, and although it’s moved far from the original Transformer, it still offers the same basic benefits of portability and efficiency. These devices feature a flip function that helps them to convert to whatever style you need, and these are just a few products in the range.

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA


This was the first Book Flip that Asus released in the Transformer range and it was created for durability thanks to its 360 degree rotating hinge. It was designed for the home and office and features countless connection options including Type-C and Micro HDMI. With a full-size keyboard, eight-hour battery life, and wide viewing angles it’s great for office presentations or watching the latest movies.

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA


With a 15.6” full HD display and 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, the TP500LA is a great everyday device. Using Windows 10 Home as standard with the option to upgrade, this is perfect for the home or office with a brushed aluminum finish. The TP500LA uses a touchscreen and offers 1920 x 1080 resolution which makes it highly practical and efficient.

Who Were These Devices Made For?

Who

When the Asus Transformer was first released, it had a pretty obvious demographic in mind. These smaller tablets allowed professionals to take the office home with them but also indulge in a bit of fun and entertainment as well.

With a primary focus on processing like spreadsheets and word documents, as well as connectivity and smooth keyboards and touchscreens, it was clear they wanted this to be a professional user’s station. However, as the began to develop them further and add more tech, these devices became so much more than just a work system.

The later models of the Asus Transformer can do it all, so depending on what you’re looking for a device for there’s a good chance they’ll make the mark. Whether it’s gaming, video editing, watching movies, writing emails, or getting your work done away or in the office, there’s a good chance that Asus have a Transformer notebook or tablet that can get it done.

Are They Good For Gamers?

Gamers

The key question on everyone’s lips is whether or not these devices are good for gaming. When the Transformer was first released, you’d probably stuggle playing some of the older games on it but as Asus soon realized they could fill another huge hole in the market they sat up and took notice.

With the addition of powerful processors, insane graphics chips, and keyboards that allowed for serious gaming, the Transformer was changed into a serious gaming companion. Models like the Transformer 3 Pro were made specifically for gaming, even including the ROG XG Station 2 which means you can enjoy VR or 4K gaming from the device.

In terms of purchasing one just for gaming, it’s definitely a smart investment. Because Asus has made this line to be so affordable, you can enjoy high-quality games on reasonable settings at a fraction of the price of desktop computers. You’ll also get to benefit from the portability and compactness of each of their notebooks and tablets.

Final Thoughts Of The Asus Transformer Range

Thoughts


When Asus released the very first Transformer tablet in 2011, only they knew how big this range would get. With this one product, they changed the way we own personal and portable computing devices forever, and since then have expanded the range into something even more amazing.

Staying true to their promise to make these devices affordable as well as efficient and innovative, the newer models of Transformer books offer the exact same. They’ve managed to keep them updated with the latest tech and specs to keep everyone from office workers to gamers happy and even the older and refurbished models are still doing well.

With more releases planned in the future, these books and tablets look quite different from the very first model from 2011. However, they still offer the same ingenuity as they always have and are backed up by the trusted Asus name, so they’re a smart choice for both personal and business users.

Resources

https://www.asus.com/au/2-in-1-PCs/ASUS_Transformer_Book_Flip_TP200SA/

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Nvidia is a powerhouse when it comes to graphics, and those who take their gaming very seriously will only rely on them for the best visual experience. The GeForce GTX90M is a serious graphics card for those who need the top of the line, and we’re here to review exactly what it can do.

For those who know a thing or two about gaming, you understand the importance that a graphics card holds over your entire experience. Nvidia is a brand that gets this more than anyone and their range of graphics cards are reserved for the most serious gamers who need top of the line performance.

The GTX 980M was released in 2014 and although it’s a few years old by now, it’s still a very serious contender for one of the best gaming graphics cards found in a laptop. We’re going to delve deeper in what it can do, the types of games it excels at, and review a few of the leading laptops that features this card as standard.

Nvidia consistently strives to better themselves when it comes to graphics, and they have a keen focus on gaming laptops specifically. This means there’s no need to settle for less just because you prefer to game on a laptop, as you’ll see when you check out the GTX 980M and what it can do.


Comparison Table



Overview Of The GTX980M Graphics Card


8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M Upgrade Kit for Alienware m17xR4

Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 980M graphics card in 2014 and heralded it as the ultimate device for gaming laptops. Claiming that it was capable of 75 percent of the performance capabilities of the desktop 980, this would make it the fastest on the market.

While it didn’t achieve the 75 percent as promised, it did come quite close. To this day, it’s still one of the better options available for a laptop gaming graphics card. This card is found in many powerful laptops and notebooks that have been designed specifically for gamers so they understand the importance of delivering on this front.

This 28 nm DirectX 11 graphics card is made for premium laptops and they’ll usually charge quite a bit for the privilege. Nvidia states its clock rates are 1038 MHz for the GPU and 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) for the memory. Based on the Maxwell GM204 architecture, it’s modern and powerful making it perfect for today’s gamers.


Notable Features


To get an idea of what the GTX 980M offers, it’s best to look at its features. Those who know about Nvidia’s GeForce range might notice that it’s similar to others in the 800M series but just a little more powerful where it counts.

Possibility of four active displays at once;

Maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels when using HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2;

Supports some formats of HD audio;

Video processor supports H.264 and encodes H.265;

Battery Boost technology gives longer life while gaming;

ShadowPlay lets you record videos of gaming experiences;

GameStream lets you stream your gameplay on the Shield console;

256-bit memory interface bandwidth;


Gaming Benchmarks And Performance


None of these features mean a thing without understanding how this operates in a gaming environment. Made to be an efficient card, the GTX 980M is seriously fast even compared to the previous 880M. When it was released in 2014, it managed to be the fastest graphics card available for laptops of that year.

If you’re someone who likes to play only the most modern and high powered games, you’re in luck. The GTX 980M was made to handle these and do a whole lot more. You’ll get super fine details, anisotropic filtering, and a full HD resolution no matter what you’re playing.

Although it’s a top performer, you need the right hardware to handle it and some something with a powerful cooling system is ideal. In terms of power consumption, it can swallow up quite a bit but this is to make up for how well it performs per watt.

When looking at the benchmarks, this card was able to deliver at 1080p even without a power source. However, the playable framerates that this offer might not be up to the standards of some and so it’s better to stay connected. Using the Battery Boost technology can help this somewhat, as it offered higher framerates that might make it more bearable.


Laptops That Use The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M Graphics Card


To get the best use out of your Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M card, you’ll want to choose a laptop that’s got it built in and the right hardware to make it run. Here are some of the better models available that features this graphics card as standard and are a great choice for gamers.

Alienware 17R2 Core i7-4710HQ 16GB RAM 128GB SSD 1TB HDD 17.3In. NVIDIA GTX 98
  • ALIENWARE 17 R2 (2015)
  • NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 980M 4GB DDR5
  • i7-4710HQ~16GB DDR5~128GB M.2 SSD BOOT+1TB HDD~NO CD/DVD DRIVE
  • 17.3" FHD (1920x1080) ANTI-GLARE DISPLAY
  • WINDOWS 8.1

Alienware joined the crowd and offered the Maxwell powered GTX range with their 17 R2 model aimed at serious gamers. This laptop comes with four different models depending on how much power you need with the most powerful offering the GTX 980M, 1TB hard drive, 8 or 16 GB RAM and a 4 GB GDDR5-VRAM.

This is an expensive device and one that only gamers would pay for the privilege to use, with powerful hardware and only the most crucial software. It offers HD resolution and cool features like light effects that add even more to your gaming experience and other multimedia applications.

Some added extras are a maintenance hatch that lets you upgrade as you wish, Killer Network Manager for connectivity, and a range of ports and slots. Cased in a sleek silver packaging, there’s very little you can find wrong with this laptop and at a great price, too.

Acer Predator 15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” Full HD, Core i7, NVIDIA GTX980M, 32GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD, Win 10, G9-592-73BR
  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz (Up to 3.5GHz)
  • 15.6" Full HD IPS Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 32GB DDR4 Memory
  • 512GB PCIe SSD, 1TB Hard Drive, 6X Blu-Ray
  • Windows 10 Home, Up to 7-hours Battery Life

Acer has never really been top performers when it comes to gaming, but in 2014 they decided to make a change to all that. The Acer Predator 15 was one of the first times we saw them get serious about the gaming market, and they put quite a high price tag on it.

This laptop features the powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics card which proves how serious they got. With 1920 x 1080 pixels of full HD resolution and an Intel Core i7-6700HQ, there’s no question about whether or not this is a gamer’s dream come true.

There are again different versions of this available including a 54-bit Windows 10 edition with a range of storage options. Whichever model you choose though, you’ll get it housed in a seriously cool black design with RGB lighting to really complete the look. Since the release of the Predator 15 we’ve seen even more great gaming systems from Acer, so this is often considered one of their first and best.

ASUS G751JY 17-Inch Gaming Laptop [2014 model]
  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.5GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB
  • 4 GB DDR3
  • 1 TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive, 256 GB Solid-State Drive (PCIEG2)
  • 17.3-inch Full HD IPS screen, Windows 8.1, Blu-ray Writer

Most gamers have their sights set on a ROG laptop at some point or another In their gaming career, and this is an example that shows why. The G751JY will knock your socks off by pairing the GTX 980M with a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor for a serious gaming experience.

This laptop comes standard with Windows 10 Home but there are other options for those who prefer it. Proving that the hardware can be just as important as the software, Asus has put an intelligent dual-fan inside this laptop and uses copper heat sinks to get rid of the heat and noise that most computers produce.

The audio has been given careful consideration as well, and you’ll get the ROG AudioWizard that lets you optimize your audio experience. Asus Sonic Master is also present, so we’re not sure if the graphics or audio are those most impressive thing in this laptop.

Lenovo Y900 - 17.3" FHD Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Windows 10) 80Q1004JUS
  • Built with the latest up to 6th Generation Intel Core i7 K overclockable processors and complete with optional discrete graphics up to NVIDIA GTX 980M, this PC is unbeatable.
  • A mechanical keyboard with fully customizable backlight settings in an array of color settings and red highlighted WASD keys means greater accuracy.
  • For boosted performance when even the toughest of settings can't keep up, this One Key guarantees that you stay ahead of the competition.
  • A central interface that gives you complete control over your gaming preferences, and features in-game screen recording and sharing with NVIDIA ShadowPlay.

Most gamers buy their laptops based on performance, but what would be so wrong with having a top performer that also looks about as beautiful as they come? The Lenovo IdeaPad Y900 is seriously stylish and features perfect RGB lighting in a rainbow of colors across the keyboard.

The laptop measures a 17-inch screen which offers full HD display, and although it might not be as high res as some competitors, it got a beautiful 1080p G-Sync screen that makes the colors truly pop. As a pretty sizeable device this won’t be easy to carry around but considering how great it looks you might want to show it off regardless.

In terms of graphics, the Lenovo comes with an Intel Core i7-6820HK processor and GeForce 980M card. This means you’ll get desktop quality gaming in a laptop package, so there’s no need to sacrifice in this sense and give up the freedom of a mobile device.

MSI Computer G Series GT72 Dominator-019 17.3" Laptop
  • Intel Core i7 6820HK (2.70 GHz) 6th Generation
  • 16 GB DDR4
  • 1000 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
  • 17.3-Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M
  • Windows 10

With a name like Dominator Pro, it’s pretty easy to see where MSI was going when they designed this laptop. Thanks to the powerful GTX 980M graphics card and Intel Core i7 processor, you’ll have everything you need to dominate the gaming world and then some.

This laptop looks quite similar to others in the MSI line and they always appear strong, sleek, and perfect for gamers. With a red lighting scheme and big, bulky look, it definitely appears the part but might be a little hard to travel with. For a home gaming laptop though, this is a great choice.

There are plenty of connection options with this laptop as well as upgrades, so you’re not just stuck with one machine for life. MSI is known for making their laptops totally configurable which is great news for gamers especially. A lack of touchscreen is the only real problem with this, and that’s not usually a big deal for those who like to game.


Schenker XMG U706

XMG

Schenker always likes to try new things with their laptops, and it often works in the favor of us gamers. With their XMG U706 they decided to use a desktop CPU inside the laptop in the hopes of giving it more power, which it certainly did.

This comes with a few options starting with the base model offering GTX 970M and higher upgrades with the 980M. you’ll also get a Core i5-6600, matte IPS screen to remove the glare, and DDR4-2400 RAM. To spend a little extra and get the premium model will be well worth your money especially if you take your gaming seriously.

There are plenty of features here worthy of note, but you have to be prepared to carry around a hefty 8.8lb device to get them. With a 17.6 inch screen this is to be expected, and for some gamers, it’s the size they’d prefer. However, don’t go getting this if you like portability as it will take quite some work to take it with you.


A Powerful Choice For Gamers


When Nvidia launches a new graphics card, especially one that they herald to be the latest and greatest for mobile gaming, the world sits up and takes notice. As you can see by the performance of the GTX 980M this was one case when they were spot on about how powerful their new product could actually be.

To get the best use out of this graphics card, you’ll need a system to accompany it. Any of these laptops we reviewed that feature the card also offer the hardware and other parts to make it run like a dream, giving you the best chance to experience everything the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M has to offer.

Since the release of the 980M, Nvidia has made even more powerful and compact graphics cards that are ideal for gaming. However, even by today’s standards the graphics offered by this one are ahead of many competitors, and due to its age, you can usually get them at a much cheaper price than when they were released.

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Nvidia is known for delivering some of the best graphics when it comes to desktops and laptops, and even some of their older graphics cards can still deliver by today’s standards. We’re here to review the GeForce GTX 970M graphics card by the innovative brand and see which laptops that it features in so you can find the ideal one for gaming.



Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M

Released in 2014, the GeForce GTX 970M was a graphics card created for the most premium laptops and was based on the Maxwell GM204 design. The 28nm DirectX-11 card was considered a high-end option and better suited to those laptops that were made for more than just business documents.

Nvidia announced that the clock rates for the GPU were 924 MHz with the option for Boost Technology, and 1,250 MHz for those with up to 6 GB of memory. Although technically part of the Maxwell era cards, this one has undergone quite a few changes, including being the first chip to ever support Direct X 12.

Performance And Results

​There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Nvidia knows how to make graphics cards that are built for gaming, so how does the GeForce GTX 970M stack up? From the results of testing, it’s obvious that this is far more powerful than the last model (the GTX 880M) and at the time of its release, it was the second fastest that the brand had ever made.

Depending on what applications you’ll be using this card for, the results varied somewhat. When it comes to gaming, results showed that it performed around 15 percent faster than the last model which shows a vast improvement.

One area definitely worth mentioning is the power consumption, with this card giving off a far higher performance per watt than others. With the card and its MXM board, it delivers around the same as the GTX 870M in terms of power usage but offers a whole lot more. However, keep in mind that this power means it should only be used with powerful gaming laptops that have adequate cooling systems otherwise there could be trouble.

Would This Be Suitable For Gamers?

​The million dollar question is whether or not the GTX 970M is an ideal gamer’s graphics card, and it most definitely is. As one of the top end models around, this has been designed for those intense gaming sessions and will work with many of the latest games.

Because most of the laptops that these are built into are made for more than just gaming, you’ll get plenty of versatility. They’re designed to be for both home and business, with most gamers probably preferring just to use them for their favorite passion.

However, keep in mind that investing in something with this card, even though it’s years old now, will likely cost a little more. To ensure the GTX 970M runs efficiently, all other specs need to match its requirements, so be prepared to pay extra if you need something that can handle the visuals.

Games That Work With The Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M

​The GeForce GTX 970M is capable of delivering an HD display up to 1440P, even with newer games. Made in 2014, it had more than enough power to run the high-end games from this time and will still be able to perform quite well with more recent titles. Here are some of the more recent games you’ll be able to enjoy with this graphics card without losing any of the fine detail and high definition.

  • ​Kingdom Come: Deliverance;
  • ​Farcry 5
  • ​Fortnite
  • ​F1 2018
  • ​Need for Speed Payback
  • ​Call of Duty WWII
  • ​Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • ​FIFA 18


As you can see, the GTX 970M is a serious graphics card and even with titles that had been released in 2018, it was able to perform on high settings. Therefore, if you’re looking for a quality gaming laptop that might be a few years old but still more than capable, this is the graphics you should be aiming for.



Best Laptops Using The GTX 970M Card

​What good is a graphics card on its own and without a quality laptop or computer to enjoy it with? For those in the market for a quality gaming laptop that has a powerful enough graphics unit to make their dreams come true, check out just some of the lucky notebooks that feature the GTX 970M.

Acer Predator 15 Gaming Laptop, Core i7, GeForce GTX 1070, 15.6" Full HD G-SYNC, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, G9-593-71EH
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
  • Display screen technology:ComfyView In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology.15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD RAID 0, 1TB HDD
  • Windows 10 Home

Some people were a little shocked at the unique design of the Acer Predator when it came out, but there’s no doubt that its cooling system was state of the art. This laptop was made for gamers and it delivers on every front and they weren’t afraid to charge for something more premium.

The Acer Predator comes with the 970M and a Core i7-6700HQ so together they’re a force to be reckoned with. This one is only a slight upgrade from the last model but with a key difference of way more storage, so it’s worthwhile to spend the extra cash on this version.

Schenker XMG P506

Schenker XMG P506

Most people assume that to get a serious gaming laptop you need bulk and heavy-duty materials. Schenker has proven everyone wrong with this lightweight, sleek, and incredibly powerful gaming laptop that features the GTX 970M.

This laptop gives you the chance to fully configure it to your needs which means less hassle later on. There are multiple options for the processor, wireless modules, and different keyboards, so you really do get a lot of say about how you prefer to game.

Alienware 15 ANW15-5350SLV 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-4710HQ Processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB, Windows 8.1
  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ Processor (6M Cache, 2.5 GHz)
  • 16 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 128 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 15.6Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5
  • Windows 8.1

A very serious and respected brand when it comes to gaming, the Alienware 15 is the only machine you could ever wish for. People hear the name Alienware and automatically think of gaming so you can sure you’re getting exactly what you need with this device. Not only does it perform on the inside but it’s stylishly cool and not like many other laptops in this genre.

Unlike other laptops of theirs, this one is actually reasonably priced and not hard for people to purchase especially now that it’s a few years old. The graphics still do incredibly well and when paired with Alienware Graphics Amplifier there’s not a game out there that it will struggle to play.

The Razer Blade (2016) 14" QHD+ Gaming Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GTX 970M 6GB)
  • Extremely thin (0.7") CNC aluminum chassis, weighing in only at 4.25 lbs
  • 14.0" QHD+ Touch Screen Display provides unparalleled visual clarity and crisp colors
  • 6th Gen Intel Core i7 pushing the limits of next-level gaming
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (6GB VRAM), 256GB PCIe SSD and 16GB RAM provides top-tier performance in a laptop for even the most intensive gaming
  • World's most advanced gaming notebook with Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard and Killer Wireless AC

This is a computer that doesn’t want to lean too far to being a work or a  gaming laptop and it’s happy to offer both. The Razer Blade 2016 is for those who really love their gaming but also have to pay the bills, as it offers a lot more visually than others in this niche genre.

This laptop looks amazing too, with rounded edges and a thin finish. Inside, you get the GeForce GTX 970M and the Intel Core i7-6700HQ, meaning any game is possible. Additional features include a webcam, Bluetooth,  USB 3.1 connectors, and a Lithium Ion polymer battery pack.

Gigabyte P34W V3

​Gigabyte P34W v3

Don’t let the look of this notebook deceive you, as although it might be small it’s one of the most powerful and portable options on the list. The ultra-thin 14-inch laptop works with the GTX 970M and an impressive 2.6Ghz i7-4720HQ processor inside, making it a serious contender for the best one in our reviews.

Gigabyte might not be the first name you think of when you talk about gaming laptops, but they’re quickly building a reputation for themselves as leaders in the market. Everything about this laptop screams gaming and it’s so powerful you won’t even want to bring it into the office and show it off.

MSI is another brand synonymous with gaming laptops and this one hasn’t let them down. The G640 Phantom is a high-performance machine and in a nice, compact package. You’ll get reasonable temperatures even after hours of gaming and the keyboard seems designed just for gamers also.

The display is pretty powerful at 1080p, but there are others with better visuals on offer, however, because it’s so lightweight you can forgive them for it. With a 16GB DDR4 RAM and 126GB SSD, it just adds further to its features and makes it an obvious choice for a quality gaming laptop.

​Xotic PC MSI GS60

​Xotic PC MSI GS60

MSI are kings when it comes to gaming laptops and their GS60 range has been some of their most popular yet. This laptop received a serious upgrade since its last version and was considered one of the best of the year, still being able to compete with many on today’s market.

There’s the Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics card, and 128GB of storage on offer, and that’s just the beginning. Don’t be fooled by the look of this as it seems more like a business device than one for gaming, the GS60 will beat many of the others here on our list in terms of performance and visuals.

ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71 15.6" Full­HD Gaming Laptop,Intel Core i7­6700HQ,NVIDIA GTX 1070,256GB PCIE SSD+1TB HDD,Windows 10,Black
  • 6th­ generation Intel Core i7 quad­ core processor and with a discrete NVIDIA Ge-Force GTXTM 1070 graphics.
  • 15-­inch IPS G­ SYNC panel with wide 160° viewing angles and Windows 10 pre­-installed.
  • 0.94-inches thick and 4.8 pounds for superior portability.
  • GL502VS­DB71: 256GB M.2 PCIE SSD + 1TB HDD for ideal balance of fast OS and storage space
  • Red­ back-lit scissor­ switch keys offering 1.6mm of travel distance for tactile keystrokes.

This was the model that Asus decided they’d had enough of the thinness and started to focus on other aspects of the laptop. Seeing huge advancements since the last version, as well as the addition of “Strix” to the model, you can tell that Asus is trying to set this one apart, and they’ve definitely managed to.

With a full-size Chiclet keyboard, plenty of ports and cable options, and a smooth and sizeable touchpad, there’s nothing else you’ll need for your gaming setup. The graphics are a cut above the rest and by the far best that the ROG had done to date, and it’s reasonably priced when compared to others here.

Aorus X3 Plus V3

Aorus X3 Plus v3

Most gamers don’t like to play on anything smaller when it comes to their screen, but they might also make an exception for the Aorus. With a 14 inch display, you’ll be surprised how well this plays when compared to bigger models, and because it comes with GTX 970M graphics and 3x RAID 0, we’ll let it slide.

This laptop is purely made for gaming and although a little smaller it has a full-sized, tactile keyboard. With deep sense QHD + resolution at 3200 x 1800 pixels, you’ll be hard pressed finding anything better in this size. Aurous proves that size isn’t always everything when you’ve got power behind you.



A High End And Powerful Graphics Setup

boy with laptop

​When the Nvidia Geforce GTX 970M card was first released, it was a force to be reckoned with. Although there have been newer models on the scene since then, this is still a great choice for the serious gamer who prefers to play on a laptop.

Judging by the performance and how well it displayed games from this year in a high definition resolution, this is still a powerful player in terms of graphics cards. If you’re searching for something on a budget but don’t want to give up your high-end games, the GTX 970M is a great option that won’t let you down.

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Skyrim has offered millions of gamers countless hours of entertainment, but what about when you want more? We’ve rounded up the best Skyrim mods around in all categories from user interface to magic and skills. Check these out to give a whole new spin to your favourite RPG from Bethesda.


​Bethesda changed the RPG game forever when they released Skyrim, and although the game is dating a little more each day, the mods are not. Thanks to the huge community of Skyrim aficionados, the mods for this fantasy title continue to grow.

Not only can you spend days at a time exploring the already huge world they’ve created for you, with over 50,000 mods to sample you’ll add even more versatility to it. Check out some of the coolest mods on offer with the best Skyrim mods around, and keep an eye out to see the new ones being released daily.

​The Tools You’ll Need for Skyrim Mods

​Before you can jump into the action of Skyrim mods, you need the right tools to use them. Check these out to ensure you manage and utilize your mods the right way. Be sure to check in from time to time as these get updates, and it’s best to be running on the latest version.


Nexus Mod Manager ​

This is the biggest online Skyrim Mod hub around and the most common place you’ll find them. Nexus Mods offers up the Mod Manager as a free tool and it’ll help you to not only download the mods but also activate and deactivate them. Not only does it work for Skyrim, but a bunch of other games too, so you have a one-stop shop.

Mod Organizer

This allows a little deeper control of your mods than the Mod Manager and is better suited to those who plan on using more than one. It will ensure nothing gets overridden or wiped by accident.

​Skyrim Script Extender

If you’re using some of the more difficult mods, you might need this script extender to make them work. To cover yourself, it’s probably ideal to download it anyway so that you’re not doubling back and having to do it all again once you run into trouble with the mods. Once you’ve dropped it into your Skyrim folder, use it to launch from here on out.

Userface, Patches, And Customization

​Nobody ever said that the UI of Skyrim was its best point. Rather than putting up with the numerous bugs you encounter along the way, why not fix them all and then go one better? These are the best patches and customization mods for Skyrim we’ve found.

​SkyUI 5


This is like the ultimate UI mod for Skyrim and one that will make the entire game a whole lot better. Not only will this make the game itself better but it works with the other mods you might have in play and lets you get so much more out of them.

​Skyrim Patches


Since the official patches ended a while ago it is now up to the community to keep them going. The Unofficial Skyrim Patches get regular updates thanks to a dedicated team of modders. This has a patch for everything you can think of, like on to give you High Res and make the game even better than ever.

​The Cho​ice Is Yours

Choice

​There’s nothing more annoying than being on your way to do something important when all of a sudden you’ve started an auto quest without even meaning to. This mod will put an end to all that and give you a whole lot more choice, just as the name suggests. You can stop getting auto quests from books and NPCs and only take on the ones that you really want.

Magic And Skills

playing the rubik's cube

These mods allow you to update and tweak Skyrim’s systems to put a new spin on things. You’ll be able to change certain things about combat, magic spells, and various skills to change your power in the game.

​​Apocaly​​​​pse: Magic Of Skyrim

Apocalypse Magic of Skyrim

​If you’re getting tired of the spells you have on hand in Skyrim, this mod can give you a whole lot more. With 140 new spells at last count, you’ll have heaps of fun testing them out. Whether it’s new ways to attach people or summon something unique, this one will give you hours of enjoyment.

Sneak Tools

​Any good ninja knows that stealth is about more than just basic crouching or sneaking. The Sneak Tools mod will make you hone your stealth skills to the next level and start moving around like a highly trained assassin. You can do things like attack people from behind or put out lanterns so you can move around in the shadows.

​Perkus Maximus

​There’s no doubt that some of the skills and perks in this game feel a bit vanilla, so why not spice them up a bit with this mod. Perkus Maximum takes Skyrim’s skills and gives them a major overhaul. The result is all of the standard effects you know and love but a whole range of active effects that have been added.

Equipment And Animation

​For all of your weaponry needs or other equipment you carry around in Skyrim, this is the place to be. These mods can add more gusto to your weapons or let you do things you never thought possible.

Immersive Weapons

​The go-to mod for those who want a whole bunch of new weapons to play with. Immersive Weapons will add everything from axes to swords into your inventory and you’ll have a lot of fun learning how to master them.

​Project Flintlock

​You might wander around Skyrim and notice a distinct lack of firepower in the game. Project Flintlock is here to change all that with a few cool and very serious weapons. You’ll get a flintlock rifle, grenade launcher, and blunderbuss that will add some intense weaponry choices to your favorite RPG.

Visuals And Weather

​The first thought you had while playing Skyrim probably wasn’t, “Wow check out these visuals!” Thankfully, there are plenty of modders on hand who have worked tirelessly at this over the years so now you can be really impressed with what you see.

Immersive Weapons

Climates Of Tamriel

​The only weather mod you’ll need for Skyrim, Climates of Tamriel is comprehensive and gives you plenty of options.  You can change everything from the sun to a whole new cloud system, and it will improve the lighting to give a completely different look to your favorite game. This helps take some of the monotony out of the day to day life in Skyrim.

Xenius Character Improvement

​The NPCs could do with a little work in Skyrim and while you want to get lost in the dialogue you sometimes can’t help but look at how dodgy they appear. This mod is the be all and end all of NPC development and it makes them look more realistic without taking anything away from their natural style.

​Static Mesh Improvement

​Subtlety is key with this mod, and you might not realize just how many little changes it’s making until you finally see that the whole game is looking better. Static Mesh Improvement edits the 3D models within the game and works in over 15,000 locations throughout the game. The smallest of details like a piece of rope will look infinitely better and make the visuals pop.

Creatures A​​​​nd Animals

​The animals and other beasts found in Skyrim are certainly entertaining, but with a little modding they could be even better. Check out these configurations that can make everything from the smallest mouse to the largest dragon new and exciting.

​Immersive Creatures

​If you want to add some spice to the animals you find in Skyrim and don’t mind putting up with an extra challenge from them, the Immersive Creatures mod is the way to go. This configuration will allow you to get up 2,500 new creatures to play with that will be a lot more thrilling than the standard fare. Think demons and dragon people and you’ll be on the right track.

Realistic Animals And Predators

​It’s hard to be scared of some of the beasts you see on Skyrim because their visual quality is pretty poor. This mod will amp things up a bit and make all of the animals and predators come to life in HD. Not only will they look more realistic but they’ll do realistic things, like bears traveling to get water or predators who don’t always want to hunt and eat because they might be full from a recent meal.

Tame the Beasts of Skyrim

Tame The Beasts Of Skyrim

​Have you ever wanted to own a dragon as a pet and maybe have it work on your farm for you? Not really? Well, either way, this mod will let you do that and more. Rather than making your way around town slaughtering all of the beasts you find you can actually tame them and put them to good use. Not only that, but you can breed different species together to create super pets.

​NPCs

​Wouldn’t it be great to have real life mods that you could use on the various characters you encounter throughout your day? Alas, no such luck, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a whole lot of fun with these Skyrim mods for their NPCs.

​Interesting NPCs

​Just as the title of this mod suggests, you’ll be able to get more Interesting NPCs when you use this configuration. Rather than the same old storylines or dialogue, these are a bit more in depth. If you really find one that takes your fancy the mod will allow you to marry them as well, putting a whole new spin on the game.

​Run For Your Lives

​Bless the citizens of Skyrim and their naivety, thinking that whenever a dragon appeared they could simply all run towards it, give it a few punches, and it would vanish. This approach almost always leads to them being eaten by said scaly beast, so this mod will help them to take a different route. Rather than trying to fight, they’ll run and hide, saving a lot more lives than before.

Travelers Of Skyrim

​It can be a lonely road you walk while playing Skyrim, and often you can spend ages as the only person around. This simple mod adds a whole bunch of travelers who will be around at all times and help take the lonely factor out of the game a bit. There’ll be mages, mercenaries, and merchants aplenty so you’ll never feel alone again.

Locations And Quests

​Change things up by giving yourself completely new locations to explore on the map or adding some quests to your to-do list. These can add hours of extra fun to your game and will breathe new life into Skyrim.

​Descent into Madness

Descent Into Madness

This mod sees you taking a pretty normal nap at Breezehom but then waking up in Sheogorath. Within this place, there is a battle going on between the nations Madness and Dementia. On either side, you’ll find a complete quest that will take at least an hour and make you feel as if you’re in a waking dream.

Enderal: The Shards Of Order


As one of the newer mods on our list, it doesn’t mean that this one hasn’t been just as popular as the rest. Enderal: The Shards of Order is seriously epic and can give you a whole new world that matches Skyrim itself in terms of size. You’ll get everything brand new and as if it came from a different game entirely including NPCs, quests, and dungeons. Judging by the happy reviews, Enderal will get you at least 50 hours of new gameplay to enjoy.

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PC gamers like the option of being able to play alone or with others, but nothing beats the feeling of tackling a game solo and reaping the rewards of your hard work alone. We’ve rounded up the best single player PC games so far this year so you can experience some of the greatest titles ever made for the solo gamer.

Gamers are usually happy doing all kinds of gaming, but when you get them alone and with their favorite game this is where they really start to shine. Single player PC games are where it all began, and although you can have a lot of fun playing with others, nothing beats this solo experience. Finding the best single player PC games of
the year isn’t hard to do, as there have already been some great titles emerging. We’ve rounded up the best so far that have been designed for single players, so if this style of gaming is up your alley then you’ll have plenty of great options to choose from.

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Comparison Table

Why Single Player Games Are Best

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Ask any PC gamer which they prefer, and they’ll likely tell you that going it alone has so many more benefits. Sure, there’s the camaraderie and communication you get when you play a multiplayer game, but nothing compares to single player games. The best benefit is being able to enjoy the game at your own pace without others rushing you or making you fall behind. You’re in total control of the experience, including what time you play and for how long you get to enjoy it.

With these benefits in mind, it takes a truly great game to keep you captivated as you won’t have the thrill of others to keep you going. Single player games must be good enough to grab your attention and hold it, and thankfully 2018 has seen some already stellar titles added to the list.


The Best Single Player PC Games Of 2019

Single player PC games have never gone out of style, and game creators have only managed to make them more enticing and challenging than ever before. Here are our picks for the best single player PC games to have emerged this year, giving you a taste of just how diverse this style of gaming is.

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE [Online Game Code]
  • Endless adventure including hunts, battles and mini-games. New Zodiac Job system with improved battle mechanics. New Game Plus and New Game Minus. Newly implemented trophies.
  • True 7.1 Surround sound including HD voicing and fully remastered music. Compatible with 21:9 ultra wide monitors.
  • 60 FPS - Ivalice will look even more spectacular running at 60FPS

No, this isn’t a new game as such, but it’s 2018 release for the PC makes it allowed on our list. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has been rendered and given a new soundtrack, lending it a much more modern feel. The best parts have been left to stay though, including the gameplay and characters, but it will feel far more realistic than any PS2 version you ever played. Even those new to this series would be seriously impressed, so it’s one to play for sure.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI - PC
  • EXPANSIVE EMPIRES: See the marvels of your empire spread across the map like never before. Each city spans multiple tiles so you can custom build your cities to take full advantage of the local terrain.
  • ACTIVE RESEARCH: Unlock boosts that speed your civilization's progress through history. To advance more quickly, use your units to actively explore, develop your environment, and discover new cultures.
  • DYNAMIC DIPLOMACY: Interactions with other civilizations change over the course of the game, from primitive first interactions where conflict is a fact of life, to late game alliances and negotiations.
  • COMBINED ARMS: Expanding on the "one unit per tile" design, support units can now be embedded with other units, like anti-tank support with infantry, or a warrior with settlers. Similar units can also be combined to form powerful "Corps" units.
  • ENHANCED MULTIPLAYER: In addition to traditional multiplayer modes, cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations all designed to be easily completed in a single session.

If you’re a gamer who prefers to devote their time and efforts to something monumental like building cities and societies, Civilization VI is for you. Following the same format of their other popular games, this requires you to start from a Stone Age tribe and transform it into a powerful empire. You can get lost for hours in this game which is the mark of something great, and because you’re playing alone there’ll be no pesky intruders telling you how you should raise your society.

Styx: Shards of Darkness [Online Game Code]
  • Styx returns in a new stealth adventure!
  • Explore and master huge open environments, sneak past or assassinate new enemies and bosses, and experiment with the new array of lethal abilities and weapons in our goblin assassin's arsenal.

For those gamers who take their stealth very seriously, check out Styx: Shards of Darkness. This is way more intense than Assassin’s Creed and a lot harder than Dishonored, and there are no magic fixes to help you out. Shards of Darkness retails for around $40 and it’s well worth the cost because you’ll be given hours and days of action. The key is not to engage in combat, which might sound easy, but it’s not, so you’ll have to learn quite a bit to avoid it.

Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: Deluxe Edition [Online Game Code]
  • '7' marks a new beginning for survival horror with the "Isolated View" of the visceral new first-person perspective.
  • Powered by the RE Engine

Will they ever stop making these games, and will we ever stop loving them? Probably not. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the latest in this line of titles and marks a long-awaited return of the horror-themed games. Be prepared to get scared from anything that goes bump in the night when you play, and stick to daylight hours if you’re easily spooked. Resident Evil requires you to stay calm under pressure, so if this doesn’t sound like something you’re capable of, move on.

Mad Max - PC (Standard Edition)
  • Become the legendary lone warrior as you craft and upgrade his equipment and weapons in order to survive in a brutal post-apocalyptic world.
  • Fight with savage moves and combos to brutalize the deranged bandits of the Wasteland.
  • Engage in dynamic, physics-based vehicular combat, taking down enemy vehicles with a slew of deadly weapons and customizable parts.
  • Choose from different car bodies and construct the ultimate war vehicle with dozens of upgrade combinations.
  • Explore an immense post-apocalyptic open world full of unique missions and side quests.

If you loved the movie and wanted to know what it felt like wandering around the desert in this post-apocalyptic nightmare, your wait is up. Mad Max is moody, somber, and a whole lot of fun, plus features a stellar soundtrack to match. For under $10 through Amazon, the price can’t be beaten, and it will prove to you that you
don’t need friends to have fun in the middle of nowhere during an open world adventure.

Fallout 4 - PC
  • Next generation of open-world gaming
  • Developed by Bethesda Game Studios under the direction of Todd Howard
  • Fallout 4 is the follow up to the 2008 'Game of the Year' Fallout 3
  • First title from the world-renowned studio since the release of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Four games in and no signs of slowing down, Fallout 4 is already taking the gaming world by storm. Some people are still enjoying the older versions thanks to the mod community, and this one will likely be the same. The famous post-apocalyptic RPG is one of the biggest in the world and follows the story of you trying to reclaim your son among the ruins of civilization. There’s combat, weaponry, and a great storyline and map filled with plenty of colorful characters to encounter.

Portal 2 - PC
  • Extensive single player: Featuring next generation gameplay and a wildly-engrossing story.
  • Complete two-person co-op: Multiplayer game featuring its own dedicated story, characters, and gameplay.
  • Advanced physics: Allows for the creation of a whole new range of interesting challenges, producing a much larger but not harder game.
  • Massive sequel: The original Portal was named 2007's Game of the Year by over 30 publications worldwide.
  • The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements

If puzzles are more your scene, you can enjoy one of the year’s best with Portal. This game provides hours of fun and it’s extremely addictive, so don’t say we didn’t warn you. Using a portal gun and your own smarts, you’ll have to make your way through challenging levels all the while being taunted by a maniacal AI friend. There’s not a lot to it in terms of learning the functions, but the puzzles are not for the faint-hearted or slow-witted.

Dead Cells Special Edition (PC DVD)
  • Exclusive Case Artwork
  • Game Soundtrack
  • and Artbook
  • Roguevania: The progressive exploration of an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-lite and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath.
  • 2D Souls-lite Action: Tough but fair combat, the iconic dodge roll, more than 90 weapons and spells with unique gameplay The unforgiving action wed to the absence of any kind of safety net makes for an adrenalin pumping ride each and every run.

This is another early access game that seems to stand out from the rest, with a clever 2D pixelated look that resembles games from another time. Your goal is to make it to the end of the run which is no easy feat, but each time you fail you’ll get more weapons and skill to add. Dead Cells keeps things interesting by making multiple exits on each level and giving you the opportunity to strive towards something new each time.

SteamWorld Dig [Online Game Code]
  • - A rich world of steam-driven robots, inspired by Steampunk and Western themes.
  • - Explore an underground world full of secrets, treasure and terrors.
  • - Uncover the remnants of human civilization, a degenerate race of dynamite-wielding troglodytes.
  • - Randomized worlds with emergent gameplay.

You might remember the classic SteamWorld Dig game which had everyone enthralled, even if it was lacking a little in terms of graphics. SteamWorld Dig 2 changes all of that and offers players a bright and futuristic experience of mining for jewels underneath an old Western town. The jewels you find are just half the fun, with the journey and cute graphics being the rest of it. This is a fun little game that presents a very real opportunity to get lost for hours inside it.

Vanquish [Online Game Code]
  • Fast, fluid and frenetic combat - PlatinumGames bring their signature action mechanics to the shooter genre: boosting, evading, Augmented Reaction mode, and more "
  • Kinetic melee moves - unique offensive and defensive moves that vary with your loadout
  • Deadly firepower - command a vast arsenal of high-tech weapons, including all DLC weapons
  • Legions of enemies - a huge variety of enemies to take down, from robot grunts to epic giant boss battles, all with smart AI
  • Spectacular environments -- fight your way through SC-01 Providence space colony, high-tech sci-fi battleground of the future

This serious steam powered game will cost you around $19.95 to play and it gets rid of the need to have any other combat games in your arsenal. You play an Iron Man figure who basically flies around doing flips off robots and shooting saw blades. All in all, the entire campaign takes about six hours but there are plenty of ways to play it. For the price, it’s excellent value for money and one for those who like their combat a little over the top.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC DVD)
  • In box physical content: A stunning 150 page Art Book (featuring art from the new Artorias of the Abyss game content) Original Soundtrack CD DVD containing the complete behind the scenes video series Poster Postcards This edition will include an online match-making feature for co-op or player vs. player gameplay, allowing gamers to showcase their skills against other Dark Souls players around the world. Dark Souls' dungeon crawling, dragon brawling, tension-filled action features fearsome enemy encounters in an complex world full of extreme battles, rewarding challenges, nuanced weaponry and powerful magic, while offering players the flexibility to customize each character to suit any desired play style. The innovative online component allows gamers to draw from the collective experience of the Dark Souls community as they either help or sabotage each other on the journey through the world of Lordran to save the land from darkness. With a massive, open world design, Dark Souls encourages deep exploration and an adaptable gameplay experience.

The 2018 Prepare to Die Edition of Dark Souls probably doesn’t need much explaining, as it’s one of the biggest games around. However, if you’re looking for a quality single player PC experience then this is it. There’s a lot of combat and a lot of learning to get good at the game, but once you know the basics you’ll get lost for hours within. Once you become accustomed to this one, you can try any of the others in the series and fall in love even more.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: The Phantom Pain [Online Game Code]
  • Ushering in a new era for the METAL GEAR franchise with cutting-edge technology powered by the Fox Engine, METAL GEAR SOLID V: The Phantom Pain will provide players a first-rate gaming experience as they are offered tactical freedom to carry out open-world missions.

Another series that shows no signs of slowing down is Metal Gear Solid, and this one marks the perfect game for those who want to play alone. The Phantom Pain is a little different from their other titles as there’s less focus on story and more on combat. It’s not so obvious though and there’s a lot of stealth required, so expect a lot of crawling and sneaking around. In terms of fun, it really can’t be beaten.

Hitman Game of the Year Edition [Online Game Code]
  • Patient Zero campaign featuring 4 new missions
  • 3 new Themed Escalation Contracts

Technically a reboot of the 2016 game, but still making it on our list, is Hitman: Game of the Year Edition. Everything in this third-person shooter feels the same but only better, and you’ll get a bunch of new missions to try out as well. Playing the role of Agent 47, it’s up to you to save the world by taking on missions for an international organization. It’s as close to being Bond as you’ll ever get to do, so you make as well take them up on the offer.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - PC
  • Blends the best of Action and RPG: the perfect mix of combat, stealth, hacking, and social game-play
  • Customize and upgrade your character with more than 50 unique augmentations that support your style of play
  • Over 20 available weapons, each with their own customizable elements to fight enemies in epic boss battles
  • Play in an open-ended world where there are always multiple solutions to every challenge
  • Discover a unique world that blends near future and Renaissance elements while visiting multiple unique locations

This seriously cool game is a third person adventure set in a time that will amaze you. With a sort of futuristic dystopian feel to it, Deus Ex is unlike other games out at the moment. You can play it as an action game or a stealth one, and each will give you different results.

Prey - PC
  • In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032.
  • You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever - but things have gone terribly wrong.
  • The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted.

With a title that simple you could be mistaken for thinking the game is too, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Prey is a terrifying first-person shooter that will leave you shaking in your gaming chair with a heart rate to match. If your idea of fun is battling with slimy black shapeshifters then this will be right up your alley, and for less than $20 to enjoy, who wouldn’t jump at the chance? This is a must-have for fans of the space genre but great for anyone who likes their gaming with a  bit of intensity.

Doom - PC
  • A Relentless Campaign: There is no taking cover or stopping to regenerate health as you beat back Hell's raging demon hordes
  • Return of id Multiplayer: Dominate your opponents in DOOM's signature, fast-paced arena-style combat
  • Near-Limitless Gameplay: DOOM SnapMap - A powerful, but easy-to-use game and level editor that allows for limitless gameplay experiences on every platform

If you’d have told us that we’d still be playing, and loving, Doom all these years later, we probably would have believed you. This is the fourth instalment in the first person shooter that was made famous all those years ago, and after a long hiatus, this latest version seems to be their best yet. Doom is packed full of crazy creatures and fun weapons, but it’s been given a modern makeover to ensure it keeps up with the rest of the pack. For less than $20 on Amazon, you can’t go wrong.

XCOM 2 [Online Game Code]
  • XCOM ON THE RUN: Take command of the Avenger, an alien supply craft converted to XCOM's mobile headquarters. Guide your strike force around the world, build popular support and expose the aliens' sinister plans.
  • RECRUIT RESISTANCE FIGHTERS: Five soldier classes, each with its own skill tree including new class abilities like Momentum, let you create specific soldiers for your tactical plan.
  • TACTICAL GUERRILLA COMBAT: New gameplay systems offer more tactical flexibility in combat. The state of the world affects each combat mission's environment. Use concealment to ambush enemy patrols. Loot enemies for precious gear and artifacts. Rescue VIPs and save fallen comrades by carrying them to the extraction point.
  • A NEW BREED OF ENEMY: A diverse cast of enemies from powerful new alien species to the ADVENT, enforcers of the alien regime, offer a distinct tactical challenge.
  • RESEARCH, DEVELOP AND UPGRADE: Configure and build rooms on the Avenger to give XCOM new capabilities on the battlefield. Use your Scientists and Engineers to research, develop and upgrade weapons and armor to fit your preferred tactics.

This is a game for the thinkers and it can take you to vastly different scenarios in a matter of moments. XCOM2 and its War of the Chosen expansion pack allow you to do everything from battle aliens to managing a society that needs your help. You have to be extremely tactical and prepared to think things through before acting, otherwise, the game will not end very well for you. Priced at around $15 through Steam, it’s definitely worth the cost.

Grand Theft Auto V - PC
  • The biggest, most dynamic and most diverse open world ever created and now packed with layers of new detail.
  • Grand Theft Auto V blends storytelling and gameplay in new ways as players repeatedly jump in and out of the lives of the game's three lead characters, playing all sides of the game's interwoven story.
  • Grand Theft Auto V also comes with Grand Theft Auto Online, the dynamic and ever-evolving Grand Theft Auto universe for multiple players.

As the first game many of us played on the PC, it’s great to see that GTA is still a fan favorite for single player games. The 2018 edition of Grand Theft Auto V has a lot more detail, breathing new life into the classic. This is about as open as it gets in terms of gaming so you’ll never run out of things to do in Los Santos.

Posted by: In: Gaming Laptops 30 Jan 2019 0 comments
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Acer is a leader in notebooks, laptops, and computers, with their Acer Aspire range being one of their most popular. We’re here to look into this range of notebooks and what each of them offer, to find one that is the best pick of all.


Acer has used their technological savvy and position as an innovative market leader to produce an unparalleled range of well-priced, specific user focused machines that range from the basic through to very advanced models, depending on your need and budget. The Acer Aspire is this range, and within it, there are so many amazing models worth mentioning.


The philosophy with this range was that no one computer would target every user and so they may something that could be customized.  Until Acer launched its Aspire range it was very much a case of purchasing a laptop that was close to the desired specification and then tweaking it in areas like processor speed, RAM, hard drive, graphics and sound cards, none of which come cheaply.


With literally dozens and dozens of models of Aspire, each has its own purpose. Some are general purpose and others more technically and user specific. Even at the entry level, the Aspire offers creditable computing power wrapped up in a package that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functionally excellent.


Choosing The Right Gaming Laptop

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Working through the Acer Aspire range of laptops in order to find the ‘one’ might be easier if you follow a few basic rules of thumb.

  • Budget: have something in mind before you start looking. Refurbished older models offer a great budget friendly approach.
  • Weight: Depending on where you take your laptop, the weight could be worth considering.
  • Specifications: Check that the laptop you choose has the right stuff you need to game with, including high end titles.
  • Processor: The minimum you should go for is an Intel Core i7-6700HQ with at least 8GB of RAM.  You will otherwise find problems with loading and graphics on some of the higher end games and certainly with VR.
  • Screen display: This is a personal preference that will depend on your gaming setup and needs.
  • Keyboard: Unless you plan on using a specific gaming keyboard, you’ll need something that’s comfortable but also effective during gameplay.
  • Graphics: The graphics card inside your notebook will need to be powerful enough to play the games you prefer. This card transmits the data from the CPU onto your monitor, so it’s cruialto get it right.
  • RAM: The memory component within the notebook will indicate how fast it runs, and as a minimum for gamers, look for something with at least 8GB of RAM.

Some Of The ACER Aspire Range

When thinking about all of these needs that gamers have for their notebooks, we’ve found a few in the ACER Aspire range that might be suitable. Check out the specs of these popular models to see what they offer, and their price upon release.

 

Acer Aspire 7 A717-72G-700J 17.3" IPS FHD GTX 1060 6GB VRAM i7-8750H 16 GB Memory 256 GB SSD Windows 10 VR Ready Gaming
  • GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5
  • Intel Core i7 8th Gen 8750H (2.20 GHz)
  • 16 GB Memory 256 GB SSD
  • 17.3" IPS 1920 x 1080 Full HD Display
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (up to 5 Gbps)
  • NH.GXEAA.005;
  • Windows 10 Home operating system;
  • 16 GB, DDR4 SDRAM;
  • Intel® Core™ i7-8750H processor Hexa-core 2.20 GHz;
  • 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9, IPS;
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6 GB Dedicated Memory;
Acer Aspire 7 Casual Gaming Laptop, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, Intel 6-Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10 64bit, A715-72G-71CT
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 4.1GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, 128GB SSD & 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi |Backlit Keyboard | USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port | Fingerprint Reader
  • NH.GXCAA.001;
  • Windows 10 Home operating system;
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB Dedicated Memory;
  • Intel® Core™ i7-8750H processor Hexa-core 2.20 GHz;
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9, IPS;
  • 8 GB, DDR4 SDRAM;
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-79BH 15.6-Inch FHD IPS i7-8750H 8GB 1TB GTX 1050 Windows 10
  • Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2 GHz Hexa-core (6 Core)
  • 8GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 ; 1TB 5400 rpm HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU (4GB GDDR5)
  • 15.6-Inch FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS Display
  • Windows 10
  • NH.GXBAA.003;
  • Intel® Core™ i7-8750H processor Hexa-core 2.20 GHz;
  • Windows 10 Home operating system;
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9, IPS;
  • 8 GB, DDR4 SDRAM;
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4 GB Dedicated Memory;
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition Gaming Laptop, 17.3” Full HD, Tobii Eye Tracking. Intel i7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, VN7-793G-709A
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
  • 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, 1 TB HDD
  • Windows 10 Home
  • NH.GXEAA.003;
  • Windows 10 Home operating system;
  • Intel® Core™ i7-8750H processor Hexa-core 2.20 GHz;
  • 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9, IPS;
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6 GB Dedicated Memory;
  • 16 GB, DDR4 SDRAM;
Acer Aspire E 15 Laptop, 15.6" Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, GeForce MX150, 8GB RAM Memory, 256GB SSD, E5-576G-5762
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit IPS Display
  • 8GB Dual Channel Memory & 256GB SSD
  • Up to 15-hours of battery life.Adapter: 65 W
  • Windows 10 Home

With so many models and configurations available, we’ve found one that can do things quite well in more areas than one. The Acer Aspire E15 is great for home and office, with gamers even being pleased with what it offers, so let’s check out what it can do.

  • 15.6 inches​ screen size;
  • 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution;
  • Intel HD Graphics 620 card;
  • 4GB DDR4 RAM;
  • 1TB GB SATA hard drive;
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life;
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports;
  • Windows 10 Operating system;
Intel Core i5-8250U

Within an Intel Core i5-8250U processor and 8GB of memory, there is plenty of speed for multitasking including when running videos in a separate window. During a test run, the Aspire E15 (with its 256GB M.2 SATA SSD of power) was able to create 4.97GB of files in just 34 seconds. With an average speed of 318.1 megabytes per second, it’s far beyond the competitors of this time. =

When it comes to converting video, this is done through HandBrake the Aspire E 15 took only 25 minutes and 15 seconds to convert a 4K video to 1080p, which is good, but about 10 percent longer than some competitors.

The Acer Aspire uses an installed Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card and 2GB of dedicated memory. This certainly helped in terms of quality and again when compared to others in higher price points, it did a lot better.

Although the Acer Aspire is capable of playing some games when purchased straight off the shelf, it’s better to spend the time and money tweaking it to get more. Thankfully, they’ve allowed for the room to do this which is what makes it so promising for gamers.


Battery Life And Heat

The Aspire E 15 will run all day on a fully charged battery and it’s got enough power for long plane rides as well.  Browsing the internet and doing standard tasks meant it was able to run for around nine hours, which again beats the competition.

When testing out how hot it gets during use, you’ll note that underneath the notebook gets warm. However, it’s not warm enough to have any effect on the performance. Tests show that after 15 minutes of full-HD video on the notebook, it reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit on its underside. This means for users who prefer to rest their device on their lap, it has the potential to heat up somewhat.


Webcam

The Acer Aspire E 15's 0.9-megapixel webcam is a fairly standard medium to low quality affair.  For basic applications like Skype and others, it’s suitable but won’t be able to deliver an high definition photography. If you need more from your webcam, it’s advisable to buy a plug-in web camera that can deliver results, because this isn’t an area where the E15 shines.


Software

Acer has equipped Aspire E 15 with a lot of software – or ‘bloatware’ as some like to call it.  Some are useful but for the most part not so useful that you’ll want to keep all of it on board. When it’s a matter of slowing down speed and taking up memory, you’ll likely want to get rid of some.

Care Center is an App that Acer created for their devices and it’s intended to keep track of the utilities and system information. In addition, you’ll also get the installed Quick Access window, which gives access to two different settings that can greatly impact your experience.

The first is Bluelight Shield, which filters out blue light that has been shown to prevent a restful sleep, and the other is an innovative app which gives the option to stop USB ports from powering other devices when the Aspire is turned off. This means you won’t get any unanticipated draining of the laptop battery by such things as mobile phones and other such USB powered equipment that are in the area.

Acer also provides a Power Button app so that you can turn off the display or send your laptop into hibernation, sleep mode or fully shut it down. Cyber Link PowerDVD 14 is also installed to enable viewing of DVDs and has a host of features that make video viewing easier and therefore more enjoyable.


Configuration Options

The entry-level Acer Aspire E 15 features an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card. The upper-level model gets you the full force of a Core i7-8550U CPU plus all the other standard technology and software of the entry level model. Depending on what you need and what your games require, the choice will be up to you.


Display

This model has a 15.6-inch screen and offers reasonable quality color unless you upgrade to the higher model which will improve it significantly. When tested against others, the Aspire E 15 produces 74 percent of the RGB spectrum, which is below the 89 percent average that others in the category have, and emits up to 200 nits of brightness.


Keyboard And Touchpad

With a backlit keyboard including a number pad, the Aspire E 15 provides a comfortable workstation with plenty of options. Typing is assisted by the fact that the keys have 1.5 millimeters of travel and 71 grams of required actuation force. These all work together to improve the ergonomic factor of the keyboard and make it especially useful for gaming.


Audio

Sound is a pivotal aspect of not only movies but also most games, adding a sense of realism and emotion that goes towards making a truly immersive experience. The Aspire E 15's speakers produce great, rumbling bass and very clear treble with a nicely configured sense of separation and ‘space’ coming from the stereo soundcard that is driving them.

The audio is clear and without distortion but beware of running above 75 percent output. In this case, some of the low-level frequencies that are present within games can cause a bit of a rumble that could possibly cause physical damage to the speakers over time.


Pros And Cons

Overall, there are both strong and weak points to be found with the Acer Aspire. Here are some of the most notable points to consider before investing in this for your gaming needs:

PROS

  • Long battery life of nine hours per charge;
  • Comfortable keyboard with ergonomic spacing for gaming;
  • An optical drive;
  • Relatively affordable compared to others;

CONS

  • Unusually heavy for a notebook;
  • Lots more bloatware than you’d expect from something this size and price;


The Bottom Line

For performance and features, it is hard to look past the Aspire E  15 if you’re working on a budget.  long battery life, solid construction, ergonomic keyboard, and Core i5 processor make this a great package.


If you’re looking for an affordable entry-level laptop that has more than most on offer, the Aspire E15 is a great option. Given the option to upgrade if you need to, you have more choice when choosing a notebook to suit your gaming needs. Whether it’s for work or business, this is one in the Acer Aspire range that will tick more boxes than the rest.

Posted by: In: Gaming Laptops 28 Jan 2019 0 comments

NVIDIA has recently released their line of GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs, and they’re the perfect choice for gamers. With compatibility for VR and 4K games, you can’t get any better for a gaming laptop, so we’re here to check out the GX 1080 laptops and what other features they have to offer.


The graphics card of your laptop or desktop computer has a huge impact on what games you’ll be able to play, and how good they look while you’re doing it. With that in mind, you want the top performing GPU in your device to get the best results.


NVIDIA is known for breaking new ground when it comes to their graphics, and their latest GeForce GTX Series-10 generation of GPUs is the latest and greatest in gaming. If you’ve been on the hunt for the best gaming laptop around and want to seewhat the GX 1080 laptop is capable of, this is the list for you.

Alienware 15 ANW15-7493SLV 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (2.50GHz 4th Generation Intel Core i7 4710HQ Processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 8.1) [Discontinued By Manufacturer]
  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ Processor (6M Cache, 2.5GHz)
  • 16 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 256 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 15.6Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5
  • Windows 8.1

Alienware prides themselves on making laptops and computers that are fully customizable in hardware and software. With 8th Gen Intel Core i9-series
processors and Alienware Cyro-Tech 2V2.0 thermal technology, this is definitely a machine of the future.

Made from the finest materials that ensure it will take a beating, this is the ultimate gaming device. Copper, anodized aluminum, and magnesium alloy all come together to make it powerful and awe-inspiring. The NVIDIA GTX 1080 and Max-Q technology means it’s perfect for all kinds of games, including 4K and VR, smashing other competitors out of the water.

CUK MSI GT63 Titan VR Ready Gaming Laptop (Intel i7-8750H, 16GB RAM, 500GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, 15.6" Full HD 120Hz 3ms G-Sync, Windows 10 Pro) i7 8th Gen Gamers Notebook
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H 6 Core Processor (9MB Cache, 2.2GHz-4.1GHz) 45W
  • RAM: 16GB RAM DDR4 2666MHz | Hard Disk Drive: 500GB NVMe Solid State Drive + 1TB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
  • Keyboard: Steel Series per-Key RGB with Anti-Ghost key+ silver lining | Operating System: Windows 10 Pro x64
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5 | Display: 15.6" Full HD Anti-Glare Wide View 120Hz 3ms 94% NTSC Display (1920 x 1080)
  • 500GB NVMe SSD Upgrade | 3-Year CUK Limited Warranty (View warranty section below for more details)

For the gamer who prefers a lightweight touch to their gaming laptop, look no further than the MSI GT63 Titan RG. The unique addition of their special Cooling Boost system means you can game for days on end without ever worrying about overheating, and the rest of the specs will ensure that you do it with the highest quality possible.

Using the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor with a Windows 10 Home or Pro as your operating system, this has the very best on board. Known as the only laptop with a full HD 120Hz refresh rate you’ll actually be given a lead against others you’re playing with, which is more than enough to justify the price tag.

Acer Predator Triton 700 PT715-51-732Q Ultra-Thin Gaming Laptop, 15.6” FHD 120Hz G-SYNC, i7-7700HQ, Overclockable GeForce GTX 1080 8GB MAX-Q Design, 32GB DDR4, 512GB SSD (256GBx2), RGB Mech KB
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with MAX-Q design & 8 GB of dedicated GDDR5X VRAM
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) LED-backlit IPS 120Hz Refresh Rate Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
  • 32GB DDR4 Memory & 512GB PCIe SSD in RAID 0 configuration
  • Dual All-Metal Aero Blade 3D Fans with 5 Copper Heat Pipes | VR Ready | Customizable RGB Mechanical KB | LAN: Killer Gaming Network E2500 | Wireless: Killer Double Shot pro Wireless-AC 1535 802.11ac

When Acer sets out to make a laptop, they aim to do it better than anyone and for a fraction of the cost, and the Predator Triton 700 is a great example of this vision. The Titan 700 comes standard with the NVIDIA Ge Force GTX 1080 graphics unit and 7th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, easily stacking up to the more expensive competition.

Acer has added plenty of extras to this laptop that makes it an instant winner, including the ultra-thin metal fan blades use within that save plenty of weight or the Dolby Atmos Sound that adds so much more to your game.

OMEN X by HP 17-inch Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB Hard Drive, 256 GB Solid-State Drive, Windows 10 Home (17-ap010nr, Black)
  • Processor: 7th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700HQ, Quad-Core, 2.8GHz up to 3.8GHz.
  • Video graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5 dedicated).
  • Display: 17.3-inch diagonal FHD 120 Hz IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080).
  • Memory: 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM (upgradable with 2 accessible memory slots).
  • Hard drive and solid-state drive: 1 TB 7200RPM Serial ATA and 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 solid-state drive.

HP and Omen have created their first overclockable laptop and uses a unique system to pull cool air in and push the hot air out, so you’ll never have to worry about overheating or damaging your GPU and CPU. This is a laptop for people who usually push their hardware to the limits, but this time you can do it without fear.

Made specifically to please gamers, it’s been built for the latest next-gen display. You’ll be able to enjoy VR, play on multiple monitors, and experience the highest resolution possible. In addition to the GE 1080, it also features NVIDIA Gameworks which is a range of
tech designed specifically for gamers.

Alienware 17 R4 Signature Edition Gaming Laptop - 17.3" Full HD - i7 6700 - 16GB RAM - 256SSD + 1TB HDD Hybrid Drive - GeForce 1070 - Windows 10
  • 17.3" Full HD Display
  • Intel Core i7 6700, 2.6 GHz (up to 3.5 GHz with turbo boost)
  • 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD Hybrid Storage
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics with 8GB Dedicated Graphics Memory
  • Windows 10 Home Edition (64-Bit), USB 3.1, VR Ready Graphics, Alienware HD+IR Integrated Webcam

This is a heftier laptop but one further proof of just how powerful it is, inside and out. Alienware knows how to make the perfect gamer’s laptop which they’ve proven again with this device. The best feature, of course, is the NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics card that will deliver the highest quality no matter what game or genre you’re interested in.

The design gives you absolute versatility with a range of ports and plugs including HDMI, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt port, and more. With 16GB of RAM, a webcam, Tobii IR Eye Tracking, and Intel Core i9-8950HK, there’s really nothing missing from this powerful device.


#11: Acer Predator 21X

Acer Predator

Another great and affordable option from Acer is their Predator 21X laptop. This GE 1080 laptop will power up just about any game you want to play without a hassle. One little difference though is that instead of just one of these phenomenal graphics units they decided to add two.

The Acer Predator 21X is fully customizable and includes a personal maintenance panel that you can really make your own. It’s VR ready, has Eye Tracking Technology, Dolby Audio, and comes with Windows 10 operating system, so you’ll never need to look anywhere else for a quality gaming computer with all the features.

Razer Blade Pro Gaming Laptop - 17" 4K Touchscreen Gaming Laptop (i7-6700HQ, 32 GB RAM,1TB SSD, 4k Screen, GTX 1080 8GB) - VR Ready
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB) - VR ready & Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor
  • 3840 x 2160 UHD g-sync touch Display
  • Ultra thin (0.88") - Ultra low-profile mechanical keyboard powered by Chroma
  • The desktop in your laptop
  • Please Note: Kindly refer the User Manual before use which is highly essential.

Not only a laptop for gamers, this is also designed for music producers, so you can be sure that it’s a serious device. The Razer Blade Pro 17 comes with a high cost though, but some say it’s well worth it. You’ll get up to a 4K resolution for all of your gaming needs and be able to enjoy it all on their huge 17.3” screen.

With everything you can expect from a high-performance gaming laptop,including Quad Core 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and GE 1080 Graphics, there’s really nothing more you could ask for. They’ve also added in plenty of storage, options for ports, and heaps of memory just to be safe.

MSI Computer GT73VR Titan PRO 4K-200 17.3" Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-6820HK GTX1080 64GB DDR4 1TB
  • 17.3" UHD, 4K eDP IPS-Level Display, 3840 x 2160
  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK Quad-Core
  • 64GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Super RAID 4 1TB SSD (PCIe Gen3x4) + [512GB *2]+1tb (SATA) 7200Rpm
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX1080 8G gddr5x

Another great addition to our list from MSI is their Titan Pro. A little older than the other models but still powerful nonetheless and everything you need to enhance your gaming experience. MSI knows how to make a laptop that won’t have you missing your desktop, and most of its power is thanks to NVIDIA GE 1080.

There are so many features here added just for gamers, including their patented Cooler Boost cooling system and everything you need to get VR ready. This brand prides themselves on being the first ever brand to have their laptops VR ready so you can be sure you’re in safe hands with this GE 1080 laptop.


#8: Origin EON17-X 10 Series

Origin EON

They market this gaming laptop as an extreme machine and it’s easy to see why just looking at the specs and features. The Origin EON17-X 10 Series features the super fast NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and an overclocked 8th generation Intel Core i7 desktop processor to give you the best mobile gaming system around.

This isn’t for those who like a sleek little laptop as it comes with a massive 17.3” display. However, this is all the more room for you to enjoy the finer detailslike a full 4K  resolution, VR ready capabilities, and G-SYNC technology, just to name a few.

HIDevolution MSI GT75VR 7RF Titan Pro-202-HID6 w/ Free IC Diamond on CPU+GPU – Optimal System Temperatures 17.3” Gaming Laptop (128G PCIe+1T HDD/32G RAM/FHD 120Hz/i7-7820HK/1080)
  • CPU: 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7820HK Quad Core Processor, 2.9 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.9GHz), 8MB Smart Cache
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 w/ 8GB GDDR5X
  • RAM: 32GB 2400MHz DDR4, Hard Drive: 128GB M.2 PCIe SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD
  • DISPLAY: 17.3" Full HD (1920x1080) 120Hz LCD (Antiglare), OS: Windows 10 Home 64 bit
  • WARRANTY: 1 Year Warranty, KEYBOARD: US English, FREE Exclusive Dragon Fever Bundle

If you like to add a whole new level of geek to your gaming experience, check out the MSI GT75VR 7RF Titan Pro laptop. The concept behind this machine is totally sci-fi with everything from the multi mechanical RGB keyboard to the arrow-shaped design of the pad, you’ll notice an infinitely cooler and more comfortable gaming experience.

MSI has added their standards which is the GE 1080 and a 120HZ refresh rate with 3ms response time. Whether you want to play on the seriously cool laptop or attach some screens for a surround sound look, this laptop can handle whatever you throw at it and more.

ROG Zephyrus GX501 (8th-Gen) 15.6” Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop, 144Hz IPS-Type G-SYNC Panel, GTX 1080 8GB, Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (up to 3.9GHz), 512GB PCIe SSD, 16GB DDR4 2666MHz with Microsoft Office 365 Home
  • Ultra-thin and ultra-light with a thickness of only 0.7" (with the lid closed) and weighing only 4.9 lbs
  • GeForce GTX 1080 8GB with Max-Q design and 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (up to 3.9 GHz).Bluetooth 4.1
  • 1-year subscription with Recurring Billing for 2-5 users
  • Always have the latest, fully installed versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. (Publisher and Access are available on PC only)

ASUS had a vision in mind when they created this laptop, to deliver an ultra slim but high performing device that would be a gamer’s dream. The ROG’s body is a slim 16.9mm – 17.9mm and uses an innovative new cooling system to keep you playing for days on end.

Featuring the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, and Max-Q design, it ticks all of the boxes. You’ll also get a super fast 3ms response time and 144Hz which is some of the highest ever seen on a gaming laptop before. ASUS proves yet again you don’t have to be the most expensive to be one of the best.


#5: Origin EON17-SLX 10 Series

Origin EON17

Origin knows how to please gamers, and their 10 Series laptops are definitely a dream come true. This model promises to deliver a dual desktop gaming experience with the compact size and feel of a laptop, and they’ve managed to stay true to their word.

The EON17-SLX 10 Series comes with whatever you like as it’s fully customizable, with the option to get up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080s on board. Origin promises to be there for 24/7 support for the life of your laptop and you can enjoy it all on a 4K high-resolution screen of 17.3 inches. This can do everything from play the highest definition movies to deliver a smooth gaming performance, the choice is yours.