Dell’s Alienware lineup of gaming laptops rock the best specs inside the biggest bodies around, but what does that leave folks who simply want the best bang for their bucks?
That’s where Dell’s new G series comes in. It replaces the older Inspiron gaming lineup and infuses the latest tech from both Intel and NVIDIA.
The series is divided into three segments: G3, G5, and G7. The G3 starts at only US$ 749, while the G5 can be bought for as low as US$ 799 and the G7 goes for a starting price of US$ 849, depending on which configuration you choose.
Let’s begin with the G3. It’s clearly the entry-level option of the bunch, yet it offers competitive specs. You can fit it with either an 8th-generation Core i5 or i7 processor with an GTX 1050, 1050 Ti, or 1060 graphics chip and up to 16GB of memory. There’s a variety of SSD and HDD storage configurations and you can opt for a 15- or 17-inch screen size — both 1080p in resolution.
The G5 provides nearly the same setup with 8th-gen Intel CPUs and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 chip, but ups the ante with the choice of upgrading to a 4K display and adding a fingerprint reader for quicker logins. It also has Killer Networking for faster streaming and powerful stereo speakers.
Finally, the G7 delivers the best you can ask for with Intel’s 8th-generation Core i9 processor and up to GTX 1060 graphics. You can once again have a 15-inch 4K display and lots of SSD and HDD storage options. It comes in either white or black.
Availability depends per model and region, but all should be generally available beginning mid-April.
Razer now has its own gaming finger sleeves
Keeping your thumbs dry
Razer has somehow transformed into the ruler of gaming lifestyle accessories. After releasing treasure troves of peripherals and devices, the company has slowly branched off into stranger and stranger niches including toasters and SUVs. Razer is now blending peripheral with accessory in its latest product: Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves.
If you haven’t heard of finger sleeves before, think gloves but only for your fingers — or, in this case, finger. The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are meant to be worn on your thumbs. It’s specifically made for mobile gamers.
Made with a mixture of sliver fiber fabric, nylon, and spandex, the sleeves can keep your thumbs dry for serious gaming on your phone. Despite wrapping your thumbs, Razer says that the fabric is still breathable at 0.8 millimeters. They’re also a universal fit for any type of thumb.
Mobile gaming is one of the most popular forms of entertainment especially in Asian countries like the Philippines. Playing on your phone can easily whittle away the time spent in traffic or outdoors. However, since some countries are too warm and humid, sweat can just as easily accumulate and create an unsightly portrait on our otherwise pristine phone screens.
The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are out now and retails for US$ 9.99.
The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black
Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5
Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.
Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.
It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.
The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.
Nintendo Switch gets Bluetooth audio compatibility
Update rolling out today
The Nintendo Switch is one of the most versatile consoles available today. Besides being a home console, commuters and travelers can easily take their favorite games with them. However, for all its bells and whistles, the console lacks a key feature present in today’s traveling tech: Bluetooth audio support. In a surprise move, Nintendo is finally bringing the Switch into the wireless fold.
Today, an official software update is rolling out to Switches everywhere. The update adds in support for Bluetooth audio output. Gamers can now play their favorite games through the wireless earbud of their choice. The system’s settings screen now has a Bluetooth Audio setting to pair the console with wireless audio devices.
There are some caveats, though. The new feature is a single-player one. Users can’t attach Bluetooth microphones using the update. Though some games thrive in multiplayer, Nintendo won’t allow the feature yet.
Further, only on audio device can be paired at a single time, adding more complications for local multiplayer. Likewise, pairing an audio device will limit the console’s wireless controller connections to just two at a time. There might be some latency issues as well, according to the official support page.
The update is already rolling out now. Switch users should have access to the feature as soon as they get it.
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