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Razer Blade 15 gaming notebook gets thinner bezels, 144Hz display

Sporting the latest specs available!

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Popular gaming brand Razer has a new laptop for PC gamers. The all-new Razer Blade 15 is currently the world’s smallest gaming laptop in its class thanks to its thin bezels and slim chassis. Of course, Razer didn’t skimp on giving it the best specifications available in the market as well.

The Blade 15 is a gaming notebook with a 15.6-inch display but in a body size comparable to a 14-inch laptop. How? It has 4.9mm-thin bezels, but Razer still managed to retain the webcam at the top of the screen. The display can either be a Full HD panel with 144Hz refresh rate or a 4K touchscreen with 100 percent Adobe RGB coverage.

Razer Blade 15

The new gaming notebook is powered by an 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H six-core processor paired with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics for the best power. It has support for up to 32GB of memory and up to 2TB of storage.

The graphics unit features NVIDIA’s Max-Q design to put in either a GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 into the slim aluminum body of the laptop. There are also high-performance low-noise fans and thermal interfaces to deal with the heat when the laptop is under heavy load.

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Moreover, its keyboard has Razer Chroma which offers 16.8 million colors for each key and is customizable through Razer Synapse 3 software. The dual front-firing speakers feature Dolby Atmos for immersive audio.

A gaming laptop is not complete without a plethora of ports: Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 (via USB-C), and three full-size USB ports featuring USB 3.1 Gen 1 speeds.

Razer also announced a new external graphics enclosure — the Razer Core X. It’s a plug-and-play eGPU that delivers desktop-grade graphics to compatible Windows or Mac notebooks with Thunderbolt 3 support.

Razer Core X

The new Razer Blade 15 starts at US$ 1,899 while the Razer Core X is priced at US$ 299. The new Razer products are now available through their website and select retailers.

SEE ALSO: Razer and Lazada partnered up to launch a digital game store

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PUBG Mobile has a host of surprise gifts this Diwali

Burst in-game crackers!

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Diwali is a very auspicious festival in the Hindu calendar and is comparable to Christmas in India. With the onset of the festive season, everyone is on a shopping spree. Companies are gearing up to send out gifts and streets will be lit up with diyas and lanterns.

The country is also one of the largest markets for PUBG Mobile, and the brand intends to leverage the festive season this year. The game has announced a plethora of in-game offerings as well as physical gifts.

Starting October 19, ‘Diwali Dhamaka Event’ will go live in the game and players need to complete daily missions to collect ‘Diwali Sparklers,’ which can be used to ‘Burst Crackers.’ Bursting these crackers will get you ‘Gift Tokens’ that can be redeemed for exclusive in-game items.

For reference, bursting crackers has been a tradition during Diwali. However, everyone is urged to refrain from bursting actual crackers because it leads to massive air pollution. A virtual celebration is best for everyone.

Progressing up the ladder, there will be three levels and each will offer you up to 25 tokens. Once all the Gift Tokens are collected, players will get a Diwali special in-game item for free. Additionally, few lucky winners will also stand a chance to win physical rewards like TVS Apache Bike, OPPO Phones, gold coins, and more.

In-game offering currently includes a Kurta Pajama Set (traditional clothes worn during Diwali), Cricket Costume, Future Policewoman set, Lobster Set, AWM/M416 gun skins, Crate Coupons, and more. The festivities will be available in-game till November 4.

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Blizzard is banning pro-HK Twitch viewers

Don’t say “Free Hong Kong”

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The war against Chinese favoritism continues. Following a massive controversy a few weeks ago, Blizzard shows that it has not learned its lesson at all. The video game publisher is reportedly banning pro-Hong Kong viewers from its Twitch channel.

Blizzard’s games are particularly popular on the streaming platform. Thousands of streamers play World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone on Twitch daily. Naturally, Blizzard has capitalized on this trend. Blizzard’s official Twitch accounts broadcast sanctioned tournaments regularly.

This year, Hearthstone’s official account (PlayHearthstone) broadcasted the Master Tour, an international Hearthstone tournament. The most recent European leg is currently ongoing on the platform. That said, the stream’s chatroom was (and is) a huge minefield. Thousands of viewers typed in pro-Hong Kong messages in chat. The outpouring comes from both Hong Kong supporters and dissenters against Blizzard’s blatant pro-China stance.

However, Blizzard already has Twitch on lockdown. As reported by Dot Esports, anyone who typed “Free Hong Kong” automatically received a 24-hour ban from the chatroom. (Though they can still watch, banned users cannot participate in the chatroom for the allotted time.) Moderators also instantly deleted the “offensive” messages.

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At the very least, Blizzard isn’t using an automated program to control the chat’s speech. Days after a live match, PlayHearthstone rebroadcasted the same match on the channel. Apparently, a rerun did not warrant enough moderation from Blizzard. During the rerun, thousands of pro-Hong Kong messages flashed in the chatroom without deletion or banning. Blizzard is still taking things manually.

Regardless, the company’s recent censorship is another nail in Blizzard’s made-in-China coffin. Previously, Blizzard penalized the winner of a Hearthstone tournament for including pro-Hong Kong protests in his victory speech. After an ambiguous apology note, the company eased on the punishment and reiterated that China was not involved in the decision.

SEE ALSO: Blizzard is taking their other titles to your mobile

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Alienware m15 arrives in the Philippines

Leaner and stronger

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Here’s an alien that’s more than welcome in this part of the world. Dell is bringing a new breed of Alienware to the Philippines — the Alienware m15.

This Alienware is leaner, more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. Weighing under 4.7lbs, this is the brand’s slimmest and latest gaming rig. This is for gamers who prioritize mobility without compromise to performance.

You’ll get the best of Intel processors and NVIDA GeForce GPUs along with either a 144Hz or 240Hz refresh panel.

It also has the latest Alienware Cyro-Tech 3.0 that brings optimized thermal module design to improve cooling performance, increasing airflow by 20% over the previous generation of the m15.

Additional design features include an all-magnesium chassis, smooth-edge, narrow-bezel design, re-engineered keyboard, precision-point glass touchpad, SSD-only storage, and per key RGB LED AlienFX lighting.

There’s also a hyper-efficient voltage regulation or VRM feature. The VRM allows the system to hold GPU and CPU performance high for a longer sustained time than typical gaming notebooks.

The Alienware m15 will also come with the Alienware Command Center. It’s the central hub that allows gamers to customize all aspects of their experience including system and peripheral lighting, power management, thermal control, audio, and content organization.

This lean, mean gaming machine starts at PhP 149,990, and will be available on the week of October 2019.

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