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  1. MSI is a brand that's been making gaming laptops for well, over a decade now. From thin-and-light notebooks to beefy workstations, MSI has an arsenal of machines under its belt, so I am sure they have something for anyone who wants to game, be it for an entry-level gamer or an aspiring Esport competitor. Recently, MSI debuted a bunch of gaming notebooks in India which follow the pleasant trend of gaming laptops becoming slimmer, yet powerful at the same time. The MSI GF75 Thin (8RC) is one of them that signifies the change better. It's thin-and-light from the outside but packs some powerful hardware. The MSI GF75 Thin is currently retailing for INR 93,990 in India, and at this price point, you're looking hardware specifications like 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, 8GB RAM, GTX 1050 GPU, and more. Plus, it sports a massive 17.3-inch FHD display too. Yes, the hardware specs and the thin-and-light architecture sounds like an impressive, but just how good is this laptop? Well, I've been using this machine for quite some time now, so let's jump into my review - Design The MSI GF75 Thin has an admirably simple and sharp design. The laptop is all black and has just a touch of red to give it that “gaming laptop” look. The top, for instance, has a red MSI logo along with the brushed aluminium aesthetics. I personally think the laptop looks great, and I find it better than those tacky and bulky gaming laptops which have glowing lights all over the body. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The GF75 weighs just 2.2kgs and is just 0.90 inches thick, which makes it both thinner and lighter than a lot of other gaming laptops in the market. Since it has a massive 17.3-inch display and a full-size keyboard, I won't exactly say it's got a small footprint. However, I am coming from using a big and bulky Predator Helios 300 as a daily driver, so I enjoyed carrying this around and using it. Also, MSI says this laptop is 8 per cent smaller, 15 per cent lighter and 16 per cent thinner other 17-inch gaming laptops on the market, so take it as you will. To the touch, the GF75 feels more like plastic than metallic, which MSI says the laptop's top and keyboard deck is made out of. So, I won't necessarily say that his laptop has exceptional build quality, but it's pretty darn good. Also, the keyboard and touchpad have noticeable flex even with moderate pressure. It's not annoyingly flimsy, but definitely, something to make a note of. As for the I/O ports, the GF75 has a three USB Type-A, a single USB Type-C port, an HDMI and an ethernet port. All these are evenly distributed on both sides of the laptop, so you won't have any issues using all of them at the same time. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Overall, I'd say the GF75 has a good. Yes, it's not as good as MSI's other premium laptops like, say, the MSI PS42, but it isn't exactly cheap either. The build quality didn't detract my experience, I could even use it for my work without attracting too much attention from my colleagues. Keyboard & Touchpad The GF75, as I mentioned earlier, has a full-size keyboard, which is always a good thing to have. It took me a little while getting used to it, but my overall experience has been fairly positive so far. It's been fantastic for typing. The switches, despite being a little shallow, provide good feedback and aren't noisy, unlike my work laptop. Also, the keyboard lighting is not obnoxiously flashy, which is something that I'll always appreciate. As you can see, it lights up in red, although I wish MSI had given an option to adjust its brightness. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The touchpad uses Windows Precision drivers, and it's pretty accurate and smooth. It is, however, a bit too small for my liking, so I had some trouble using Windows 10's multi-finger navigation gestures. Performance & Battery Life The GF75 variant which I've been using for the past couple of weeks is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor which is coupled with 16GB RAM and 1TB HDD. The graphics are handled by the Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPU. If you can stretch your budget, then you can also get your hands on the GF75 Thin 8RD variant of the laptop, which has the GTX 1050 Ti and 128GB SSD. It's available for INR 1,04,990 on Flipkart. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Now coming to the performance, I'll say the MSI managed to hold it's head high. That's not really a surprise when you consider the fact that this laptop is powered by a six-core processor. It powered through both benchmarks and games alike, with the temperatures remaining well under acceptable limits. I've been indulged in a lot of multiplayer games lately, so I was curious to see how GF75 handled some of the newer demanding titles like EA's Apex Legends among other games. Here's a quick look at a chart to give you an idea about the frames that I was able to push in different titles - © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla As you can see, I was comfortable playing some of the newer titles like the Apex Legends, Far Cry New Dawn, etc. at 60fps or above. Yes, you might have to go a little easy on the graphics settings, but that's given how demanding some of these titles are. During my testing, I played all these titles with graphics settings set to low-mid. It's all about tweaking the settings, so I highly recommend playing around with the graphics settings before playing any games. I also ran a couple of benchmarks after playing games as part of my customary testing to see how it performed. I ran 3DMark's Time Spy test and PCMark 10 benchmark. The GF75 managed to score a decent 5,341 & 3,592 in PCMark 10 and 3DMark Time Spy test respectively. Under a heavy load like, say gaming or while running benchmarks, you can hear the fans kick in and push hot air from the sides and the back. I noticed that the palm rest also gets a little warm to touch, but it's not uncomfortably hot. The top portion of the keyboard deck, however, gets pretty hot. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla One thing which I really like about this laptop is the fact that fans don't kick in at random, unlike many other laptops which I've used in the past. This is even when I've kept the fan speed at “Auto” inside MSI's Dragon Centre software, which is essentially a utility which allows you to customize the laptop's performance and keep a tab on the resource utilization in real time. Moving on to battery life, the GF75 lasted me about 4-5 hours while doing productivity tasks (read: not gaming). It's not even close to MSI's claims of 7-hour battery life, but I think it's acceptable for a gaming laptop pushing a six-core CPU and powering a massive 17.3-inch screen. Display & Speakers Speaking of displays, the GF75's 17.3-inch FHD panel is a joy to look at. It has thin bezels, vibrant colours, and excellent viewing angles. I played a lot of games and watched a ton of movies & TV shows while using this laptop, and I had no complaints whatsoever. The hinge is a little too stiff, but you can lift the lid comfortably with just one hand. Also, despite the tiny bezels, the webcam is in the right spot, and I hope other manufacturers take a note from MSI and stop shoving the camera sensor below the screen. There's no Windows Hello support though, so yeah, that's there. © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The speakers, I have to say, aren't as impressive as the rest of the hardware. Even after cranking the volume all the way up and making necessary adjustments with the Nahimic 3 software, the audio output isn't as loud as I like it to be. Don't get me wrong, the GF75's speakers can easily fill a small-sized room, and produce a lot of details, but it lacks bass. So, I found myself reaching out for my headphones at all times while playing games or even while watching movies. The Final Say The MSI GF75 isn't the only gaming laptop that's powered by the 8th Gen Core Intel CPU, but it manages to differentiate itself with its thin-and-light form factor. Of course, it's not as powerful as some other laptops like the MSI GT75, but at this price point, the GF75 Thin is a solid performer. It strikes a perfect balance between your work and gaming life, so I am sure it'll please the casual and budget-conscious gamer in you.
  2. Dell's Alienware range is probably the first name that comes to your mind when you think of gaming laptops. They're some of the most powerful notebooks in the market, and Dell just updated its range in India. The company has launched the Alienware Area-51m, a super-powerful and an upgradeable gaming laptop, along with the thin-and-light Alienware m15. Alienware Area-51m Dell's Alienware Area-51m is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful gaming laptops that are available in the market today. It's the world's first notebook to come with upgradeable hardware including CPUs and GPUs. At any given time, users can swap out the components like RAM, Wi-Fi card, storage, CPU, GPU, and more. Out of the box, the Alienware Area-51m can be configured with a Core-i9 9900K, a 17.3-inch 144Hz display, RTX 2080 GPU, up to 64GB RAM, and more. It also packs a 90Whr battery. The laptop also sports the Alienware TactX keyboard with 2.2mm of travel, anti-ghosting, per-key RGB lighting, etc. Of course, the lighting is not limited to the keyboard, and you can customize it for the power button, LCD cover Alien head, and more with the help of the AlienFX program. © Alienware As for the thermals, the laptop comes with 'Advanced Cryo-Tech 2.0' technology that should help keep this thing cool during the intense gaming sessions. The Alienware Area-51m will be available in 'Lunar Light' and 'Dark Side of the Moon' color options, and it starts at Rs 2.99 Lakhs. You can check out all the available configurations here. Alienware m15 In addition to the Area-51m, Dell also launched the Alienware m15, which is the most compact Alienware laptop to date. It weighs in at just 4.8 pounds (2.18 kg), and it's 14 per cent thinner than the older 13-inch laptops. © Dell As for the internals, the Alienware m15 can be configured with up to a Core-i7 8750H processor, Nvidia RTX 2070 GPUs, 32GB of RAM, and more. It packs a 60Whr battery pack, but you can bump that up with a 90Whr battery pack. However, Dell has ditched its signature per-key lighting in Alienware m15's keyboard and has opted for 6-zone RGB lighting instead. Here's the difference in the form factor between the two generations of m15. It's slimmer, lighter and smaller in size. @Dell_IN pic.twitter.com/MYozFw2Vz7 — Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) March 18, 2019 The Alienware m15 laptop starts at Rs. 1,78,399, and the pricing goes up based on the configuration. You can check out the available options here. Dell G7 © Dell Lastly, Dell also updated its G7 laptop with new internals to go with the newer models. The updated version of the laptop is now powered by Intel's 8th-gen Core processors and Nvidia's GeForce RTX graphics. You can configure it with up to a Core i9-8950HK, and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. It also sports a 144Hz FHD display with slim bezels. The new Dell G7 starts at Rs 1,57,399, and you can pick one up online, starting today.
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  4. When it comes to gaming and audio, most gamers tend to choose an over-the-head headset that delivers great surround sound. I use one myself. However, I find it extremely difficult to use one when playing on mobile or even my iPad. There are quite a few options out there that you can use but not many come in an earbud form. The HyperX Cloud Earbuds are one of those that wants to challenge its bigger brothers and has crafted earbuds for people who like to game on the go. These earbuds in our initial use provide balanced sound with a profile that makes it ideal for daily use. It comes with a case to store the earbuds so that you don't get them easily tangled and offers one of the best overall experience when it comes to portability. I've been using the earbuds particularly for playing PUBG mobile and even when playing single-player games on the PlayStation 4. It has a solid mic for communication with fellow teammates and can also be used for listening to music. The earbuds come with various fit options so that it can fit snug as a bug for every ear type. Design © HyperX In terms of design, the Cloud Earbuds have a very long wire, approximately four feet and has black rubberised earbuds.The tips are grey in colour, has triangular attachments and is translucent. The earbuds also have something along the lines of 'wings' that basically aides in keeping the earbuds in place within your ear. It's a very popular design that has been seen previously is music oriented earphones like the 1More Triple driver earphones; however, this is the first time we've seen something like this from HyperX. Apart from the basic design, the earbuds look fairy similar to other earbuds you may have seen before. You can however adjust the length of the words thanks to a plastic clip. There's even a button that can be used for various purposes such as making calls, play/pause music or even fire up Google Assistant. The beauty of these earbuds is that it can double up as a regular earphone as well. How Is It For Gaming? © YouTube Even though the HyperX earbuds look fairly simple and regular, the earbuds are compatible with any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Having said that, regular earphones often have the bass boosted or has muddled sound which is not the case with these earbuds. It provides the best sound balance possible with more emphasis on sound effects. When playing PUBG mobile, I could clearly hear my enemy's footsteps that gave me the extra edge. © HyperX The HyperX earbuds can also be used for gaming on consoles such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While playing Apex Legends and Red Dead Redemption 2, the sounds were crisp, clear and full of substance. The microphone was also great to use on the PlayStation 4 as friends in my party could hear me clearly without any muffled sounds. Having a goof microphone is essential for online gaming and the HyperX Cloud earbuds have nailed it in this department. Music As we mentioned before, these earbuds puts more emphasis on sound effects and when it comes to music, that statement remains true. We listened to some Weeknd, Drake and George Fitzgerald where the sound was not up to the mark as compared to other earphones. It puts vocals at the front and centre which is alright if you listen to a lot of pop music. However, I would not listen to bass heavy tracks on these earbuds if I were you. The Final Say For Rs 5,990, the HyperX Cloud Earbuds is the perfect investment for mobile gamers. If you want that extra edge when playing PUBG mobile or any other competitive game on your phone, you shouldn't look any further. While it is primarily meant for mobile gaming, you can even use it for single-player games on consoles.
  5. If you are a serious gamer who likes to game on the go, then your options are pretty much limited to a gaming laptop. Yes, gaming laptops are getting powerful by the day, but there's no match to a full-blown gaming rig. Desktops usually outperform their laptop counterparts, and that's exactly why unEvn wants you to check out its portable gaming desk. Called the unEvn ONE, it's essentially a portable gaming desk with a built-in computer chassis, integrated monitor mount, and more. Yes, the company wants you to take your professional gaming rig wherever you go. Here, check out the video - The unEvn ONE has a built-in mini ITX chassis in which you can add a motherboard, processor, power supply, up to four SSDs, and a GPU. Not just that, the desk also has an adjustable gas spring monitor arm, which can support can support a 32-inch monitor. Additionally, the unEvn ONE also has a curved front edge for added comfort, lockable drawer, and a durable and impact-resistant polycarbonate textured surface for optimal mouse usage. Oh, did I tell you it also features electric height adjustment to accommodate different chair sizes and body heights? Yes, trust me when I say this thing was built for serious gamers. So, what exactly makes this thing portable? Well for starters, unEvn says that you can fold the desk in about a minute by pressing a pair of buttons. The desk's leg folds up inside, whereas the desk itself folds in half. It also has a storage compartment for your monitor (25-inch or smaller). Of course, you also get a bunch I/O ports to connect all your peripherals. Once folded, the unEvn ONE comes in just at 32″ x 24″ x 8″ and weighs anywhere between 25-33kg depending on how crazy you decide to go with the internal components. Although don't go too hard on the components since you'll be carrying the desk like a backpack. © Kickstarter The unEvn ONE is currently looking to raise $40,000 on Kickstarter with 34 days to go. The anticipated retail price of this beast of a gaming desk is $2,499, but there are some Super Early Bird deals left that can shave off up to 50-per cent of that price.
  6. Google is exploring the idea of launching a new game streaming service later this month at a Game Developers Conference presentation. We were already pretty pumped about this rumored game streaming service, but a new patent design, which shows us what Google's first controller may look like, has gotten us even more excited. © USPTO Google's patent application, as you can see, shows us the design of the controller. The patent itself is for a notification system for the controller that notifies you when, say, a game is available or when you've received an invitation. It looks like the controller can also store your account and host settings like brightness, in-game volume, and more. The illustrations don't give out much, but you can clearly see its design, complete with a dual-joystick setup, trigger buttons and more. We can also spot what appears to be a microphone button, which means we could see some sort of assistant compatibility. Also, the folks over at Yankodesign have created a series of renders based off the patent illustrations, and it looks really cool. Here, check it out: © Yankodesign It's worth pointing out that it's just a render, and the final product may look different than what you see here. Google is expected to reveal more info about its game streaming service as well as the controller at the Game Developers Conference on March 19th, so keep your eyes peeled. Source: USPTO
  7. While mobile gaming has been on the rise and insanely trending right now, nothing can take away the experience a PC can deliver. Even laptops have made phenomenal improvements in the last few years and offer top of the line specifications. Instead of a full-fledged PC, a laptop also provides the comfort of portability. Brands have been working on integrating desktop grade GPU's in laptops, and they can now deliver on par performance. In fact, Nvidia has also released special GPUs for laptops and this, in turn, has not only brought down the price of owning a gaming laptop but also offers a complete package. Based on multiple metrics like display size and quality, processor, GPU, additional gaming-centric features, and battery life, we've compiled a list of the top gaming laptops one can buy in India (they're sorted according to price). 1. Acer Nitro Ryzen 5 (Rs 53,990) © YouTube Acer's launched multiple laptops last year and the Nitro series has been an instant success. While most other machines are powered by Intel's processor, this one is the only exception. It has a 15.6-inch display and is powered by a quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 chipset clocked at 2.0Ghz with 8GB RAM. The laptop has a dedicated Radeon RX 560X GPU with 4GB memory and ships with a 1TB hard drive for storage. It comes with Windows 10 Home pre-installed and weighs 2.7Kg. If you're looking for a budget gaming rig, this one should be your first consideration since it has all basic necessities and doubles up as a gaming machine. 2. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop (Rs 68,000) © HP There are various configurations available in the series, but we recommend the BC406TX since it has a balanced spec-sheet and is much more portable than the Nitro 5. It has a 15.6-inch display that refreshed at 60Hz and distinct under keyboard lights make the design look very modern. HP claims the battery can charge from 0 to 90 per cent within 90 minutes. Powering the laptop is an Intel Core i5 8300H chipset, clocked at 2.3GHz along with 8GB RAM. The GPU consists of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB dedicated memory. This variant comes with a 1TB hard drive and Windows 10 pre-installed. It is significantly lighter and weighs 2.1Kg. 3. ASUS TUF FX505 (Rs 89,990) © YouTube The new TUF gaming laptops offer an ultra-slim profile and feature a NanoEdge display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The laptop can remain cool for an extended period of time thanks to Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system, fan overboost technology, and dual-fan cooling CPU and GPU. The laptop has a 15.6-inch display and is powered by Intel's Core i7-8750H processor with 8GB RAM. It has an Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 Ti GPU with 4GB dedicated memory. Storage options include a hybrid of 1TB hard-drive and 256GB SSD. 4. Lenovo Legion Y530 (Rs 91,990) © YouTube The Legion series offers a significantly better design with tiny bezels and thin body construction. Only one variant of the laptop is officially available in India and it has a 15.6-inch FHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Lenovo says it has a dual channel thermal system that offers best-in-class performance output and minimal noise. It is powered by an Intel Core i7-8750H processor that comes with up to six cores and 12 threads for high-end gaming. Alongside is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB dedicated memory. Even though the laptop is fairly thin, the keyboard offers 1.7mm of travel and the speakers are powered by Harman. Lastly, it has a dual storage system consisting of a 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD. 5. ASUS ROG Strix SCARII (Rs 139,990) © Trusted Reviews ASUS's ROG lineup has been immensely popular and the brand has been doubling down on its presence in India. The SCARII comes with a 15.6-inch 144Hz super-narrow-bezel display. It has a HyperStrike Pro gaming keyboard for better controls and HyperCool Pro technology for longer performance endurance. It is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor, coupled along with an Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 GPU and 16GB RAM. Additionally, with ROG Overstroke technology, it enables earlier key actuation and has a longer overstroke distance. 6. MSI RTX Series (Starts at 79,990) © YouTube MSI launched the new RTX offerings in India this week and multiple configurations are available. Ray Tracing technology is a major stand-out feature for the series and keep in mind, these machines are built for serious gamers only. The GL73 comes with a 15.6-inch display that refreshed at 144Hz and is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor. The laptop comes with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and 1TB SATA drive. For graphics, it has Nvidia's RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB dedicated memory. The GL75 comes in two display sizes, 17.3-inch and 15.6-inch.
  8. Ever since the revolution of computer games, it has been an expensive activity or hobby to maintain. Whether you play on the PC or consoles, buying a proper machine and then games have always been pretty expensive. Now, we're witnessing a major revolution in the world of gaming with the addition of mobile phones as a platform. Sure, mobile games have existed for almost decades, but the industry is progressing to a whole new level. Thanks to the improvement in mobile OS architecture and hardware, a tiny mobile phone is capable of playing a 2GB Battle Royale game. PUBG, Fortnite, Asphalt etc. are just starting points and we're already seeing massive new titles coming soon. If you're looking for a new phone for gaming, we've compiled a list of top phones for gaming, available in India: 1. OnePlus 6T © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla This is pretty much a perfect Android offering, thanks to best-in-class hardware and well-polished software experience. The phone comes shipped with OxygenOS and is among the most stable skins out there. You won't have to cut corners anywhere with this device, thanks to its well-balanced spec sheet. The phone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication. The body is built from premium metal and houses a Snapdragon 845 processor, along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The rear has a 16+20-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel lens for selfies. It also comes with a Gaming Mode that basically mutes all notifications to provide a distraction-free experience. 2. POCO F1 © MensXP / Shivam Vahia It's a flagship-grade phone that comes with an extremely lower price tag. The POCO F1 was built for performance, and the brand has constantly focused on making it faster. Housing a Snapdragon 845 processor, it also comes with a liquid cooling chamber for enhanced performance over longer durations. The front has a 6.2-inch LCD display, with a wide notch on the top. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup and is capable of clicking surprisingly good low-light pictures. The front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery and the phone ships with POCO Launcher by default. 3. Honor View 20 © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The phone was launched just a few weeks back in India and has managed to come with its own unique set of 2019ish features. The build quality is exceedingly premium and the front has a punch-hole camera, delivering better screen-to-body ratio. The phone comes with Honor's GPU Turbo mode that optimizes the phone's performance when gaming. Powering the View 20 is the latest Kirin 980 processor, coupled along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The rear has a massive 48-megapixel sensor along with a Time of Flight sensor that helps in 3D modelling and interactive gameplay. The front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter and these internals are backed by a 4000mAh battery. 4. Nokia 8.1 © BCCL This is the only phone on this list to ship with stock Android and is part of Google's Android One program, ensuring timely updates. It continues the legacy of Nokia branded phones and has a significantly premium design and strong build quality. The phone is powered by Qualcomm's latest midrange, yet highly capable Snapdragon 710 platform. The base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a 12+13-megapixel dual camera setup and the front has a 20-megapixel lens for selfies. It comes with a modest 3500mAh battery but supports 18W fast charging. 5. Honor Play © BCCL It's been quite some time since the phone was launched, but it still manages to kick-ass thanks to a flagship processor. This was technically India's first gaming-centric phone and is equipped with Honor's GPU Turbo mode that intelligently optimizes processes to improve performance while gaming. The phone has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by a Kirin 970 processor. The base variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a mediocre 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup and the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3750mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. 6. iPhone XR © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla We've listed ultra-premium phones towards the end of this list and the iPhone is often regarded to be the best gaming phone one can buy. iOS has maintained an edge over Android for years in terms of game development, and thanks to Apple's insanely fast processor, the gap widens even further. The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch display and is powered by an A12 processor. The chipset has a hexa-core dedicated GPU and graphics have never been smoother. The rear has a single 12-megapixel sensor and the front has a 7-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these specs is a quite large 2942mAh battery. 7. ASUS ROG Phone © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Arguably the only dedicated gaming phone in India, the ROG Phone is expensive, but won't disappoint in terms of performance. The design is very refreshing and has an RGB logo on the back, along with mappable air triggers for better FPS experience. The 6-inch AMOLED display has a 90Hz refresh rate and supports HDR. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with an Aeroactive cooler accessory for long duration performance support. Even a Twinview dock is separately available and the phone has an internal 4000mAh battery.
  9. There have been numerous reports of PUBG addiction in the last few months and we've even seen people resorting to physical harm after getting addicted to the game. A recent report by the Quartz states that a PUBG fan spends more than 8 hours in a week on an average on the game. Institutions have sent out circulars asking for a complete ban on the game, and people have even sent requests to the government for initiation of a ban. While we'd laugh at a ban, the situation is actually getting serious. More than 120 cases of PUBG addiction were registered at Services for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic in National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). © YouTube Games are supposed to be a source of entertainment, and getting hooked onto them at the cost of work or studies should never be a choice. The symptoms of addiction include deprivation of sleep, loss of real life interests, and subjectively lower attendance along with poor academic performance. If you're a victim of the game's addiction, here are a few steps you can take to ensure healthy usage of technology. © Razer Firstly, you need to start accepting responsibility and know that you are addicted to the game. We cannot solve an issue without acknowledging its existence. Secondly, you have to understand the impact it's having on your day to day life. Are your studies getting affected due to the game? If you're working, has your performance and focus at work changed? If the answer is yes, start thinking about your other hobbies and activities. PUBG was launched nearly a year back, what was your entertainment back then? How did you spend time refreshing yourself? Finding healthy alternatives to passing time can help in distancing yourself from the game. © YouTube You also need to stop blaming the game for captivating you. The phone, the game, the developer etc. aren't responsible for getting you hooked. And no, we don't mean to say abandon the game completely. Overconsumption of anything is hazardous, draw a line between entertainment and addiction. Set yourself time limits and follow them. A good way to understand how much time you've wasted is to keep a track and calculate how many hours you've lost in a week. © Pexels Also, don't be embarrassed to ask for help. Share the issue with your close friends and family and ask them to give a hand. PUBG could also be a distraction you've chosen because of other stressful situations in life. Lastly, even technology can help you out thanks to rising awareness of technology addiction. Both, Google and Apple have recognised that mobile phone addiction in the modern world is a serious problem and are trying to bring a viable solution. If you game on smartphones, you can easily follow the below steps to self reuglate your gaming addiction: For Android © YouTube Last year, Google launched the Digital Wellbeing program with Android Pie update and it aims to help you reduce your smartphone usage. All you need to do is download the app from Play Store, and head to the "Settings" menu. Scroll down and tap "Accessibility", you'll come across two splash pages. The hub has a circle at the top, and the number in the middle shows how long the screen has been turned on. With various colours, the circle shows the apps you spend the most time on. Using these analytics, the system knows which apps you use the most and it tracks your usage over a period of time. © Google Now, you can use the "App Timer" to restrict usage within a certain period of time. Let's say you mark PUBG for "30 minutes", after 30 minutes of gameplay, the app will minimize and a popup appears saying you've hit your allotted screen time. Even the app icon will turn grey indicating it's not available, and taping it would open a screen reminding you about App Limits. Lastly, you can set a "Wind Down" mode that basically makes your phone go grey-scale and the Do Not Disturb mode is automatically switch on. Even a blue light filter is switched on to help you actually wind down to sleep. All you need to do is set a time period, for example 10PM to 6AM. The phone knows that's your sleep cycle and winds down the phone to prevent you from using the phone. For iOS © YouTube Even iOS has a similar feature called Screen Time and it's natively supported on iOS 12. Just go to the "Settings" app and scroll down to "Screen Time". Switch on the feature and it'll start collecting usage logs in the background. You can see when you used your phone, on which apps, and how for long for. You can also see how the overall time you spent on your phone compares to the average. To set up "App Limits", just hit "Add Limit", choose a category, and set your timer. When you hit the wall, Screen Time will let you know with a full-screen notification. Assume this to be your warning message since the notification gives you a ignore option and 15-minute extension. © Apple Unlike Android's Digital Wellbeing, you can select a particular app and need to select a category like social media or gaming. It has a "Downtime" feature that will restrict usage of external apps within the set period and only a few stock apps will be accessible. These are just a few tools that'll help you remind yourself, "You're playing too much!"
  10. The new MSI gaming laptops with RTX GPUs were showed off at CES a few weeks ago and they have already made their way to India. The new laptop comes with various configurations but the star attraction is the new RTX graphic cards with Ray Tracing technology in them. © MSI The new laptops are already available to purchase from Flipkart and start at Rs. 79,990 and can go up to Rs 3,99,990. The various models announced are the MSI GT75 Titan, MSI GS65 Stealth Thin, MSI GE75 Raider, MSI GL73, MSI P65 Creator, MSI PS42, and the MSI PS63. MSI GS65 Stealth Price & Specifications The MSI GS65 stealth laptop has a 144hz IPS panel and has a 100% sRGB gamut range. It comes in two models i.e. with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (8SE) and RTX 2070 on the GS65 Stealth (8SF). The laptops are powered by 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750 processor and have 16GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the laptop has a 512GB Samsung SSD. The two models will be priced at Rs Rs 2,09,990 (8SE) and Rs 1,89,990 (8SF). MSI GE75 Raider Price & Specifications © YouTube The MSI GE75 Raider comes in two display sizes i.e. 17.3-inch or 15.6-inch Full HD IPS panel. Just like the MSI GS65, it too has a refresh rate of 144Hz. It is powered by 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750 processor and for graphics, it comes with either with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or RTX 2070. The larger screen version comes with the RTX 2080 GPU whereas the smaller is outfitted with the RTX 2070. It has 16GB of RAM with 512GB of SSD and 1TB SATA drive. The 17.3-inch model is priced at Rs 2,49,990 whereas the smaller 15.6-inch variant will retail for Rs 1,94,990. MSI GL73 / MSI GF75 Thin Price & Specifications The MSI GL73 8SE variant comes with a 17.3-inch Full HD anti-glare display and is powered by the latest Intel Core i7-8750H (8th gen) processor. The gaming laptop comes with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and 1TB SATA drive. For graphics, it has Nvidia's RTX 2060 GPU and will retail in India for Rs 1,58,990. The MSI GF75 Thin gaming laptop also features the same 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display and is powered by Intel Core i7-8750H processor. It's available in two variants i.e., GF75 Thin 8RD and GF75 Thin 8RC. The only difference between the two will be in the RAM and GPU configurations. The 8RD version comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD is priced at Rs 1,08,990 in India. The 8RC variant comes with 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD and is priced at Rs 98,990.
  11. Apple has already flirted with the idea of providing a gaming experience on your TV via Apple TV. However, a new report suggests that the Cupertino giant is now looking to make a new product that will work on a subscription model. It will work similar to Xbox' Game Pass and plans are still in the early stages, the report said. Another idea was suggested that Apple may also play the role of a publisher with a few development studios. In the gaming world, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all offer a subscription service for their respective consoles. It provides gamers access to a large catalogue of games for a monthly subscription fee. Xbox Game pass already offers access to Xbox 360, Xbox Exclusives and other games for $9.99. The Microsoft-owned gaming company also plans to launch a streaming service called xCloud next year. Sony also provides gamers with the ability to stream games via PlayStation Now which includes titles from platforms like PS4, PS3 and PS2. Even though Apple is not known for providing hardware gaming titles on iOS devices, the App Store is home to millions of casual games and players alike. In fact, mobile gaming revenue is expected to reach $106 billion in two years because of titles like Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, Pokemon GO and others. © Youtube Apple has also co-designed a gaming controller with SteelSeries that works with Apple TV. Apple as already patented other input methods and is planning increase in graphical capabilities. For example, the latest iPad Pro is capable of delivering similar graphics performance as the Xbox One S. That's because The A-series CPUs and GPUs found in iPads and iPhones can rival the current generation of gaming consoles. © Youtube/CultofMac Services are a big source of revenue for Apple and since hardware sales have plateaued, a gaming subscription could potentially ad a new source of revenue for Apple. In fact, if Apple provides AAA games with more serious titles rather than casual games, it may just turn the tide in the gaming industry. With the rise of games like Fortnite, PUBG and Clash of Clans, gaming is about to become bigger than ever before and Apple's new subscription could be the game changer for the industry. However, it remains to be seen whether Apple will host AAA games or continue to provide casual games on their platform.
  12. Whether you are building a new gaming PC or just looking to upgrade, you will eventually face the same roadblock as I did- 'what keyboard should I buy?' Gaming keyboards are profusely different from keyboards you use in your office, school or college. You will first want to get yourself a mechanical keyboard because membrane decks are a thing of the past. Mechanical switches are the go-to preference for gamers and we're even seeing some awesome new technologies being incorporated. Some have textures right on top for a better grip that some reduce actuation delay. The design of a keyboard is also another essential factor when it comes to buying a top class gaming keyboard. Whether you want a keyboard that offers super quiet switches with no tactile feedback or a mechanical switch that is heavy and has that accentuated clicks sound. You also want some sort of RGB elements with backlit switches. Keep in mind this list has the top-of-the-line gaming keyboards and doesn't feature budget-friendly keyboards. We'll be doing another feature on that real soon. So here's our full list of the top gaming keyboards you can buy in India right now: 1. HyperX Alloy Elite RGB (Rs 10,800) © GumTree It's by far the cleanest looking keyboard out there that packs everything you want from a gaming keyboard. It comes in your choice of Cherry MX Brown, Blue, and Red. It has USB passthrough if you want to power other gadgets from your setup. It's a premium keyboard that comes with an affordable price tag. It has dedicated media control buttons, detachable wrist rest and red backlighting. We prefer the RGB variant as you can customise it to your liking. However, if you are on a budget, you can get the non-RGB version for Rs 6,999. 2. Corsair K95 RGB Platinum (Rs 15,499) © YouTube The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is the best of the best at the moment, and is probably the Ferrari of keyboards for us right now. It's a big keyboard that will require some good amount of space on your desk. It has a metal volume wheel, dedicated media controls, USB pass-through, RGB lighting. It even has an extra set of textured WASD keys if you want a better grip while gaming. It's also one the more expensive options you can get, however, you can always look at a cheaper alternative by Corsair i.e. the K70 RGB Mk.2 which costs Rs 11,400. 3. Razer Blackwidow Elite (Rs 12,081) © YouTube The Blackwidow Elite is Razer's top of the line model of gaming keyboards and has all the bells and whistles a gamer would need. It has a standalone 3.5 mm audio passthrough and is probably the best feature for people who like to use premium headphones. You can even use Razer Hypershift in order to add a secondary function for each key or better explained, any key can function as a macro key. 4. Logitech G413 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Rs 4,999) © RAZER This is one of the more affordable and simple looking gaming keyboards on our list. However, it has everything you need for your gaming needs. It has a USB pass-through port to its own input for 100% power throughout and data speed. Function (FN) keys let you control volume, play and pause, skip track, mute, toggle lighting, enter game mode. It has great tactile feedback and RGB lifting options through Logitech's gaming software. 5. HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Cherry MX Brown) [Rs 9,300] © Logitech This mechanical keyboard was made with keeping FPS players in mind. It is compact in size and a minimalistic tenkeyless design. Since it does not have a number, the smaller footprint is ideal for FPS players who require that extra space. The compact space and supplied mesh travel pouch also makes it transportable which means you can take it anywhere with you, especially LAN parties.
  13. Now that 4K gaming is widely available thanks to Nvidia's RTX graphic cards, the Xbox One X and Ps4 Pro (upscaled); you need a 4K monitor that compliments your setup. If you are buying a new monitor in 2019, it should be a 4K monitor as some monitors cost as much as its full HD counterparts. 4K monitors can be used not only for gaming but also consume content from services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and others that offer 4K content. 4K monitors are getting as popular as 4K TVs simply because gamers now want an immersive experience. The plus point of having a 4K monitor is that it uses less space, has better refresh rates, better response time and can now be purchased for cheaper. Here are some of the best 4K monitors you can buy in India right now: 1. BenQ EL2870U 28-inch UHD 4K HDR (Rs 32,899) © BenQ BenQ is known for making some of the best gaming monitors and the same can be said for their 4K variants. This particular model has a response time of 1ms, supports HDR content and has a resolution of 3840x2160. It has support for AMD FreeSync Technology which basically aides in better frame rates and prevents screen tearing. It's one of the more expensive monitors from our list but it's definitely worth the price. 2. Acer Predator XB281HK 28-inch UHD 4K (Rs 45,000) © Acer The Acer Predator XB281HK makes it on our list as it's quite similar to the BenQ monitor above but has a bit more aggressive “gaming” look. It's also compatible with NVIDIA G-SYNC and has a refresh rate of 60Hz. It has a resolution of 3840x2160 and can also be set up vertically. A G-Sync monitor feature is a must-have tool for anyone who games on PC with an Nvidia Graphic Card. 3. LG 24 inch Gaming 4K UHD Monitor (Rs 22,999) © LG Not all 4K monitors need to cost as much as the ones mentioned above. If you are on a tight budget you can always look at alternatives like the LG Ultra HD 4K monitor. It has an IPS panel and is 4-inches smaller than the Acer and BenQ monitors. It also does not have HDR support which is something you may want to sacrifice considering the price it is being offered for. The response time is also set to 5ms which may not be ideal for gaming but its a perfect deal if you like to watch content. 4. Acer KG281K 28 inch 4K Monitor (Rs 24,299) © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla This is by far our favourite gaming monitor that also does not break your bank balance. I personally use this monitor for my gaming needs and has all the bell and whistles you want. It costs a bit more than the LG monitor but it is also bigger in size. It has a response time of 1ms, 60Hz refresh rate and has AMD Free Sync Technology. It is probably the most value for money 4K monitor from our entire list. The only issue with this monitor was to do with the speakers as we found them a bit too soft for our liking. 5. Acer Predator Z35P bmiphz (Rs 80,991) © YouTube This is by far the most expensive monitor on our list because it simply has everything you can imagine. It has a 35-inch Curved 1800R UltraWide Screen with 3440 x 1440 resolution. It has a refresh rate of 100Hz which is quite rare for a 4K panel. It has Nvidia G-Sync support. It's a direct import from the U.S. which is why it costs so much but is currently available to buy on Amazon.in
  14. Nvidia just announced the GeForce RTX 2060 at CES and the new GPU offers its brand new ray-tracing tech for a budget. If you are currently looking to build your own PC or upgrade your GPU, the GeForce RTX 2060 will be available in India for RS, 31,000. It's available to pre-order from Nvidia's Indian website and is expected to be available by January 15th. Since this is the price for the founder's edition, you can expect the price to be higher from other OEMs. © NVIDIA According to the company, “the RTX 2060 is 60 per cent faster on current titles than the prior-generation GTX 1060, NVIDIA's most popular GPU, and beats the gameplay of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. With Turing's RT Cores and Tensor Cores, it can run Battlefield V with ray tracing at 60 frames per second.” © NVIDIA It's clear that Nvidia is positioning the RTX 2060 for gamers who want a cheaper solution to the latest tech on offer. Since the Indian gaming marker is sensitive to aggressive pricing, the RTX 2060 is expected to make PC gaming more accessible than ever before. The fact that RTX 2060 offers real-time ray tracing on a budget, is a sure shot winner amongst the Indian gaming audiences. I personally use the RTX 2080 Ti (Zotac AMP version) and it is capable of offering 60FPS in 4K. Having said that, the RTX 2060 is not that card that will deliver a similar performance, however, it is perfect for gamers who are happy with Full HD (1,440p) gaming. © NVIDIA The RTX 2060 comes equipped with 6GB of GDDR6 memory and 240 Tensor Cores that can deliver 52 teraflops of deep learning. Custom boards, including stock-clocked and factory-overclocked models, will also available starting January 15th, from top add-in card providers, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac.
  15. Alienware announced a new gaming laptop that can give desktops a run for their money. There has been a steady rise in the demand for good gaming laptops but most of them cannot compete with its desktop counterparts. Laptops in general are compact in size which limits them from getting upgrades. Alienware now has a solution to this problem in the form of the new Area-51m gaming laptop. © Flipboard Dell announced the new laptop at CES 2019 where the company describes it as the most powerful gaming laptop in the world. What's cool about this laptop is that every major component like the CPU, GPU, RAM, Hard Drive and even the battery is swappable. This, in essence, makes it more of a desktop PC where you can keep upgrading the hardware. Currently, the laptop has a 17.3-inch 1080p display that has a 60Hz panel, G-Sync support at 60Hz; 144Hz with G-Sync support, 144Hz with Tobii eye tracking; or 144Hz with both of the features. It has a multi-coloured keyboard, an oval LED light and a minimalistic look that's a far cry from traditional aggressive looking gaming laptops. The laptop also weighs only 3.87kg and has narrower bezels as compared to previous models. © YouTube In terms of specifications, the Area-51m is powered by Intel's 8th Gen i7-8700 or 9th Gen i7-9700K, or i9-9900K. These CPUs are considered to be the one the best for gaming that will serve the purpose well over other gaming laptops in the market. The laptop also comes with a Graphics Form Factor (DGFF) GPU slot where users can fit NVIDIA's RTX 20-series cards (up to RTX 2080). For cooling, the laptop uses Cryo-Tech 2.0 technology. © Dell The GPU can be overclocked on the Area-51m as it uses a maxed out version of the RTX 2080 and can deliver frame rates within around 5 to 10 percent of a desktop gaming PC. The laptop also runs Intel's desktop Z390 chipset where users can put up to a 1TB 2.5-inch hybrid drive and up to two 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSDs. Due to the awesome specifications under the hood, the laptop comes with an expensive price tag and costs around $2,549 (Approx Rs 1,77,000). The laptop will be available from January 29th in the US and an Indian launch date can be expected soon.
  16. Mobile gaming has taken a serious turn ever since Indians started playing the mobile version of PUBG as a religion. The game can work on various smartphones that have a good GPU, enough RAM and a good processor. Having said that, smartphones generally tend to heat up real quick which has made companies introducing new cooling solutions. © ASUS Even though mobile gaming can't match up to the same quality delivered on consoles and PCs, however, ASUS may have just built a smartphone that might bridge the gap. Smartphones don't have dedicated powerful GPUs to deliver high-quality graphics, but smartphones can be innovative enough to deliver a good gaming experience. The ASUS ROG phone retails in India for Rs 69,990 (8GB+128GB) which is a bit expensive for a gaming smartphone, so let's find out if it's worth the price tag. Design & Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If you've ever seen an ASUS ROG laptop, you can instantly recognise it for its design. The same can be said for the ASUS ROG phone where it has sharp cuts, a sweet multicolour light-up logo on the back, massive vents to prevent overheating and a look that resembles some sort of an alien warship. It's cool to see ASUS incorporate a similar design like its gaming laptops, but the key notable difference is its metal body. Gaming laptops generally have plastic bodies as it does not conduct heat as quickly. As the smartphone has a metal unibody design, it comes with an additional accessory out of the box that aides in cooling down the phone. The accessory is called the AeroActive Cooler and it has a fan and an audio jack that is powered by the extra USB-C port on the side of the phone. What's ingenious about this design is the fact that no wires come in the way and interrupt your gaming experience. To make it easier for users to game, the smartphone has squeezable and tappable sides for customisable phone functions. You can map these functions for specific game functions and the mappable Air Triggers are great for first-person shooters. Overall, the ASUS ROG phone has all the answers for woes most smartphone gamers face. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla This is where things get interesting as the ROG phone has a 6-inch OLED display that has has a resolution of FHD+ (2160 x 1080 px). It even has support for HDR content and a 90Hz refresh rate. That's the best display you can get on any gadget (including monitors) and the refresh rate is the added bonus for gamers. The refresh rate reduces the response time drastically which is crucial in games like PUBG. You can even customise the display according to your own liking. The colour reproduction is decent and you can even switch to modes such as Standard and Splendid. You even have the ability to tweak the saturation and hues according to your own liking. Performance The ASUS ROG smartphone has specs under the hood you would expect from a flagship smartphone. It as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor clocked at 2.96 GHz (the fastest speed-binned 845 SoC) and is coupled with 8GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage, the smartphone comes in one configuration for India i.e. 128GB.To back up these components, the ASUS ROG phone has a 4,000 mAh battery which is enough for mobile gaming and daily usage. The phone performed well during the course of our review as it could easily handle day-to-day tasks and we didn't come across any glitches of OS flaws. There have been reports of the ASUS ROG phone's OS acting up, but we thank the gods that our review unit was flawless. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Since this is a gaming phone, we had to check out its capabilities while playing PUBG Mobile. Even without enabling the dedicated gaming mode, the game performed without any frame rate drops or app crashes. Having said that, if you want the optimum experience with a little boost, we would recommend you switch on the X mode. The 90Hz refresh rate on the display did give us a slight advantage over our enemies as the game felt much smoother as compared to playing it on other flagship smartphones. When playing games on smartphones, battery life is one of the most important features to consider. During our gaming session, PUBG Mobile did not consume a lot of battery thanks to the massive 4,000 mAh battery. We even used the secondary USB-C port to use the Aeroactive cooler accessory that would cool the device when it would heat up while playing games. The cooling fan, in turn, improves battery life as it keeps the battery cool and as a result gives you more juice for gaming. Accessories © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Apart from the Air Triggers and Aeroactive cooler, ASUS has also launched a few accessories that can enhance your gaming experience. We didn't really get to test these features at length so we can only tell what they can do. These include TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode (works like Nintendo 3DS), a Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming and a Gamevice controller. The Final Say Even though gaming smartphones are becoming a rage in India, buyers are still a bit price sensitive when it comes to buying gadgets. The ASUS ROG phone has all the bells and whistles you can expect from a flagship phone along with the added feature of phenomena gaming. Having said that, if you look at the smartphone from a buyer's perspective, it's not really a feasible smartphone if you're on a budget. Costing Rs 69,990, your an always buy the Huawei Mate 20 Pro for the same price and get cheaper accessories for a good gaming experience. I absolutely love this smartphone to the core as it appeals to the gamer in me, however, it's something only an enthusiast would buy.
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  18. Now that smartphones are capable of handling games with high fidelity graphics, smartphone companies are now looking to launch gaming-centric phones. PUBG Mobile has grown exponentially in the Indian subcontinent and the ROG smartphone is banking on its success. The ROG smartphone is India's first gaming smartphone that competes with the Razer Phone, Xiaomi's Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic. ROG © ASUS ROG stands for 'Republic of Gamers', a division in ASUS that makes high-end gaming PC components such as motherboards and cases. The company is now trying to replicate the same ethos on the ROG smartphone that has all the bells and whistles including RGB lighting. It has a very distinct aggressive look that screams 'Gamer smartphone' when you look at it from every angle. It has RBG lighting at the back that can be customised just like you would on a motherboard and has two USB Type-C ports for better functionality when gaming. Specifications The ASUS ROG smartphone has specs under the hood you would expect from a flagship smartphone. It as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor clocked at 2.96 GHz (the fastest speed-binned 845 SoC) and is coupled with 8GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage, the smartphone comes in one configuration for India i.e. 128GB. To back up these components, the ASUS ROG phone has a 4,000 mAh battery which is enough for mobile gaming and daily usage. The coolest feature of this smartphone is its display as it has a 6.0-inch AMOLED screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The cool part is that the screen has a refresh rate of 90Hz which is ideal for gamers who need that advantage while playing online shooters. Gaming Features And Accessories © BCCL To make things for gamers, ASUS ROG phone has air triggers on the body of the smartphone that acts as additional buttons. The ultrasonic touch sensors can be configured to specific keys in a game to perform certain actions. It basically acts as shoulder buttons i.e. L1/R1 you would see on PlayStation controllers. ASUS has also incorporated a GameCool vapour-chamber cooling system, to keep the innards cool when gaming. It comes with a detachable AeroActive Cooler for extra cooling in the ROG Phone. Other accessories include TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode (works like Nintendo 3DS), a Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming and a Gamevice controller. © BCCL The ROG Phone also has a specific gaming called the 'X mode'. When turned on, it basically boosts up the performance of the smartphone and hides all notification that may interrupt gameplay. It also pushes the clock speed on the processor for a smoother gaming experience. Pricing And Availability The ASUS ROG phone will retail in India for Rs 69,990 (8GB+128GB) and will be available exclusively via Flipkart. Accessories like the Professional Dock will be available at Rs 5,499, GameVice at Rs 5,999, TwinView Dock at Rs 21,999, Desktop Dock at Rs 12,999, and ROG Phone Case at Rs 2,499.
  19. Gamers spend nearly lakhs on making their near-perfect gaming rigs but often tend to cut corners as far as peripherals are concerned. A smooth and comfortable mouse, ergonomic and responsive keyboard and a headset with amazing output and mic are a must-have. While the processor, RAM, GPU, and the display are the primary points of consideration, what's the use of having a world-class setup that just doesn't deliver an equivalent experience. In extreme situations, the responsiveness of a keyboard is very important, and let's agree, we all want some flashy backlights. We've already covered our recommended top peripherals, and here we'll be taking a deeper look at the many good options available when looking for a gaming keyboard. 1. HyperX Alloy FPS © YouTube HyperX is among the top brands to sell gaming accessories in India, and it leads the keyboard segment as well. It features a minimalistic, compact design that's intended for First Person Shooting (FPS) games. The frame is built of steel for maximum stability and longer life. It also comes with a mesh pouch, just in case you want to take the keyboard out at events. It features Cherry MX mechanical keys that use Cherry's pioneering Gold Crosspoint technology, designed and developed in Germany. The keys are guaranteed for 50 million keystrokes per key and come with a game mode that prevents accidental interruptions. The keys are backlit and come with six preset LED modes. BUY IT HERE 2. Logitech G413 © YouTube This another top-notch mechanical keyboard that is built from aircraft grade Aluminium and features a similar minimalistic design. It comes along with Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) to configure F keys. The Function key can control volume, play and pause, skip track, mute, toggle lighting, and start game mode. The best part is, 12 additional keycaps are included in the box that can be quickly swapped with the included puller. The keys are very responsive and have a short-throw actuation at 1.5mm. It also houses a separate USB port for quickly connecting a mouse or flash drive. BUY IT HERE 3. Gigabyte Force K83 © Xanxo Gaming Just like the previous two, it also has a minimalistic design and a mechanical layout. Each key is powered by a Cherry MX Red switch that delivers an accurate response. The switch has an actuation distance of 2mm while operations are silent. Gigabyte has incorporated an Anti-Ghosting Matrix key-switch design that covers the complete keyboard. The Function F1 to F12 keys are programmable and it also has a Win-lock key with an independent indicator that lets you disable the Windows key and prevent accidental activation. The keycaps are water resistant and come with a switch life of 50 million taps. BUY IT HERE 4. Corsair K55 © YouTube This features a boxy design along with a detachable wrist pad beneath the keyboard for better comfort over longer durations. It brings in multiple backlighting modes, six dedicated macro keys, multi-key anti-ghosting, and customizable media controls. Just like the Gigabyte, it also has a Windows Key Lock that disables the Windows key while you're gaming. The keys are accurate and responsive while making minimum noise. On the top are dedicated keys for media and volume control. BUY IT HERE 5. Razer Cynosa Chroma © Razer Another well-known brand in the gaming industry, the Cynos Chroma features individually programmable backlit keys and 16.8 million colour options. The keys are rubberized and the soft cushion provides comfort with better housing support for solid keypresses. The keyboard boasts the Razer Ultra-Low Profile Switch that allows you to enjoy full-fledged mechanical performance while on the move. Each key is rigorously tested and has a 80-million keystroke durability. BUY IT HERE
  20. Earlier this year, Xiaomi joined the gaming-centric club with the launch of Black Shark phone. We've seen many other phone makers get in this niche segment, thanks to the growing mobile phone industry. While handheld consoles have been around for decades, our phones are now taking over all the responsibilities. For years, brands have concentrated on the camera, display, and connectivity of phones. Now, it's time to bring in mobile gaming. In an effort to strengthen its foothold in the niche, Xiaomi has now launched a successor, called the Black Shark Helo. © Xiaomi To start with, it brings loads of optimisations under-the-hood to handle graphics intensive games and other resource draining applications. This includes a dual liquid cooling system for heat dissipation. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC along with a whopping 10GB of RAM. In terms of software, the phone has a dedicated hub called Gamer Studio that allows users to adjust the performance and other key elements of the phone. The Black Shark logo on the rear and the two side streaks boast of RGB LEDs, which are dependent on an AI to show different colours when the player is taking damage or winning. © Xiaomi It also has dual Smart PA chips drive speakers near the display edges, along with a three-mic array for in-game communication. Yes, the phone skips the 3.5mm headphone jack and compensates it with a USB-C port. Back to the basics of every phone today, the front has a 6-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The display supports DCI-P3 colour gamut and SRGB mode for better colour accuracy. The fingerprint scanner is now on the back, near the camera setup. © Xiaomi On the rear, it sports a 12-megapixel primary sensor, aided by a 20-megapixel secondary. The front has a 24-megapixel selfie camera. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery, that supports Quick Charge 3.0. The phone boots Android 9.0 Pie-based MIUI ROM out of the box. The phone is available in China at the moment, and priced at CNY 3,199 (Rs 34,000) for the 6GB+128GB variant, CNY 3,499 (Rs 37,000) for 8GB+128GB variant and finally CNY 4,199 (Rs 41,600) for the Sports Edition with 10GB+256GB configuration. At the beginning of this month, Xiaomi opened Black Shark's global website, indicating that the brand will soon go international. Though, it still remains unclear when the sub-brand will come to India.
  21. This year, we've seen many phone makers launch a "gaming phone". For years there have been phones that concentrated on the camera, the display or speed. With mobile gaming picking a rapid pace, it's time to bring in gaming phones. Razer is known for making gaming-centric laptops and has launched the Razer Phone, Xiaomi has unveiled BlackShark, ASUS came up with ROG Phone, and Huawei has tried bringing a gaming phone to the midrange with the Honor Play. In the middle of these big names is Samsung, who also wants a piece of the cake now. © Razer According to a report from PhoneArena, Samsung is working on a gaming phone that will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC, incorporate 8GB RAM, and high internal storage. The phone is said to be branded in the current "A" series lineup and feature the same generic design of the A7 and A9. While other phone makers have tried to make design a priority in gaming phones, Samsung intends to keep it basic. It does make sense though, Samsung may be trying to portray the A-lineup as a niche series. The A7 stands out thanks to its wide angle lens, the A9 has four camera sensors on the rear, and the new gaming phone would dictate performance. © MensXP Just like all other gaming phones out there, this phone is expected to have a dedicated cooling system. Samsung has already boasted about the Note9 with a small liquid cooling sink, bringing in a similar setup shouldn't be very difficult. The South Korean giant also has an edge as far as the display is concerned, thanks to its expertise in AMOLED panels. The phone is expected to sport a beefier 4000mAh battery, another element we've previously seen on the Note9. © CNBC Samsung tried its best to market the Note9 as a capable gaming phone by partnering with Fortnite's Android debut. The current Exynos 9810 chipset is extremely fast, according to many benchmarks it is faster than Snapdragon 845. A solid launch date isn't available yet, but the holiday season is around the corner and we expect the company to go official in late-November or beginning of December. Source: PhoneArena
  22. HyperX is known for its headsets and other gaming accessories, if you're out there looking for a balanced gaming mouse that isn't hard on the pocket, the Pulsefire Surge is definitely worth considering. HyperX is a sub-brand of Kingston that is popular for PC peripherals. Looking for quality gaming accessories in India? You'll quickly be out of options because they are either unavailable directly or cost a lot. The Pulsefire Surge is specially designed for gaming, and to be precise it is built for first-person shooters. Here's our detailed review of the mouse. Design & Aesthetics: © MensXP It has a shiny plastic body that looks premium and feels grippy. The LED line completely wraps the body and consists of 32 zones, each zone being a little bit of the illumination glowing around the mouse's perimeter. Even the HyperX logo in the centre is lit and programmable. In terms of size, it has an average length of 4.7-inches and weighs just 100 grams. The bottom has two large plastic pads that are smooth and ensure swift movement. The cable is braided and feels solid as well. © MensXP It misses out on a customizable weight system but considering the price, that's a con we have to make peace with. The scroll wheel has a rubber coating, making it very gripping and easy to control. The only extra buttons are a DPI switch behind the scroll wheel, which conveniently switches between sensitivity options. There are two programmable buttons on the left side, just a millisecond away from your thumb. I've used the mouse for exceptionally long durations, including both gaming and work, and it has never disappointed. The lightweight combined with near perfect curve design is very ergonomic. Performance: © MensXP The Pulsefire Surge contains a high-quality Pixart 3389 sensor, which allows DPIs between 100 and 16,000. This is also similar to what you'll find in most competing high-end mice from competitors. The buttons are very tactile and satisfying thanks to 50M click rated Omron switches. The left and right mouse buttons are quick and snappy as well. Out of the box, the three DPI presets, are set to only 800, 1600, and 3200 DPI, but with software, that can all change. Even though they are built for FPS games, the mouse can be used for any genre. Even if you are working around excel sheets, the comfort level is very high and the experience is intensely smooth on a 4K monitor. The sensor is capable of reading movements of 450 inches per second, can still track with 50Gs of force, and all included, the mouse delivers six buttons to use. Features: © MensXP The mouse comes with HyperX's NGenuity software that lets you customize the LED strip, DPI profiles, secondary button shortcuts and more. The LED strip is distributed in 32 zones, each one fully programmable. By default, the mouse comes with a wave pattern. The HyperX logo also glows and the two buttons on the side can be easily assigned a shortcut, whether in-game or not. I used the two buttons for reloading and aiming in CS: G0 and used the Copy/Paste shortcuts in the day to day usage. The mouse comes with three profiles that can be stored within the mouse, but others can be added and stored on the PC. The Ngenuity software can also provide a helpful on-screen overlay prompt, letting you know which setting you've chosen with each press. There are many complaints on forums stating the software doesn't open or run at times, but I tested the mouse on four different machines and it always worked instantly. Conclusion: © MensXP This is the first time I'm giving a product a 5-star rating, and the Pulsefire Surge rightfully deserves it. The mouse is well designed, filled to the brim with features, and light on the pocket when compared to the competition. The high 16,000 DPI option wouldn't be practical on a normal display but is a charm on 4K. I'd highly recommend this mouse, even for routine work. The comfort level is high, natively supported Windows shortcuts are supported, and the LED lighting is very cool.
  23. We've been wanting to talk about this laptop for a while now, as we got our first glimpse of it at Gamescom 2018. This is Alienware's first laptop that offers high-performance graphics and does not look like a tank. It is noticeably thinner than its previous models and offers longer battery life. © Alienware The first thing you will notice are the narrow bezels on the display for an added field of view. The display is 15-inches in size. The display comes in three options i.e. FHD 50Hz IPS; FHD 155Hz TN; 4K 60Hz IPS. As far as the design is concerned, the laptop is very light thanks to its magnesium and copper case, instead of the traditional materials used by Alienware in other models. According to Alienware, the laptop is capable of giving 13 hours of battery life on idle that can be extended with an optional 90 watt-hour battery. As for specifications, the m15 uses the 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and is coupled with Nvidia's GTX 1060 and 1070 Max-Q graphics cards. The laptop is also VR ready, if you prefer to consume virtual reality content. For storage, the new laptop can support up to 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD and 1TB hybrid drive. © Alienware Alienware also claims that the new laptop has its proprietary cooling technologic i.e. Cryo-tech 2.0. This prevents the laptop from over-heating when playing heavy-duty games. It has two intake fans and two exhaust fans. The innards also have dedicated and shared heat pipes and copper fin stacks. It weighs around 2.16 kgs and the mSeries keyboard features 1.4 millimetres of travel. The laptop will be available in two colours i.e. Red and silver. As of now, we don't have any details about its India pricing and availability. Nevertheless, we can't wait to get our hands on the Alienware m15 and put it through testing.
  24. Nvidia recently announced the next generation of graphics cards and we got our hands on the RTX 2080 for review. Nvidia says it is 75 percent faster than its predecessor (not all games) and it is capable of delivering 4K gaming at 60 frames per second. Apart from the claims, Nvidia also introduced Ray Tracing features have dubbed it as 'RTX' © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The RTX 2080 retails in India Rs 70,990 and has a lot going under the hood. It's got Nvidia's Turing Architecture and is overclocked by default. It is capable of doing real-time ray tracing and also has deep learning features. The ray tracing feature essentially gives RTX supported games an aesthetic uplift with better lighting, shadow projections and impressive reflections. Having said that, we weren't really able to test ray tracing or even DLSS with the RTX 2080 as Microsoft still needs to release the October 2018 update for Windows 10 so that users can take full advantage of the GPU's features. Performance © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla GPUs are all about performance and this time around we really wanted to put Nvidia's claim to test. The RTX 2080 has a new dual-fan setup for the founder's edition and has a full-length vapour chamber that makes the RTX 2080 sounds quieter. The new RTX cards also have a new cooling system as Nvidia has now gotten rid of the metal shield design. The RTX 2080 does not sound too loud to the ear and makes very subtle sounds that are hardly noticeable. Having said that, the RTX 2080 needs 650W of power supply and can draw up to 220 watts. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While testing the GPU with games, there are some noticeable upgrades you will notice when you play AAA titles from 2018. We tested the games with an Acer 28 inch 4K Monitor that has a resolution of 3840 X 2160. We tested the RTX 2080 on Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and Battlefield 1. Tomb Raider has support for DirectX 12 and the game was supplied to us by Nvidia to test the Graphic Card. During the course of a gaming session, Tomb Raider was able to rake in around 52-56 frames per second on average, which is higher than the performance on its predecessor. The story remained the same with Battlefield 1 even though the game is more demanding than Tomb Raider. Here are the benchmark results for your reference. From this, we can get a clearer picture for gamers who are looking to upgrade their setup anytime soon. If you prefer to game in 4K, we would not recommend the RTX 2080 as it could not hit 60 frames per second on almost any game out right now. If you prefer to game in FullHD and want to experience 60 frames per second, we would recommend you buying the RTX 2080 with your eyes closed. If you are fussy and want to play games at 4K with 60 frames per second, we would recommend you buy the RTX 2080 Ti. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it came to DLSS, the RTX 2080 was able to amp up the frames a tad bit in the Infiltrator test. With the DLSS switched on, 2080 was able to hit 53 frames per second while it could only it 43 fps without DLSS support. Ray Tracing The RTX 2080 does offer ray-tracing support, however, were not able to test the feature as of now. It all depends on Microsoft as of now and we can only give you a comprehensive opinion once it's made available. The Final Say When it comes to general performance, the RTX 2080 exceeded our expectations and is surely an upgrade to its predecessor. It may not perform well when it comes to 4K gaming however it does make up for it in other areas. If you are currently using the GTX 1080, an upgrade to the RTX 2080 is a no-brainer and is also a bit more pocket-friendly when compared to the RTX 2080 Ti. Unfortunately, we could not test the ray tracing feature as that was one of the highlights of the RTX line, but you can rest assured at future games will definitely take advantage of this feature for you to enjoy.
  25. The Razer Phone has been off to an amazing start since its launch. The brand has always been known for its gaming rigs and accessories, and with the Razer Phone, the company has carved out a niche for itself. Following the Razer's approach to mobile gaming, many other companies like ASUS and Xiaomi have also started focusing on gaming phones. In a recent earnings report, Razer confirmed that the Razer Phone 2 was in production. The Razer Phone was launched last year, and a new successor is expected to be just around the corner. It's become very normal for us to see a plethora of leaks and reports before every launch, same is the case with Razer. While there hasn't been any information on the new design, we do know a few of the specifications that the phone would boast. © Razer According to AnTuTu, a benchmarking app, the phone has a 5.7 inch Sharp IGZO LCD screen with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. The phone will also have a 120Hz refresh rate thanks to Qualcomm's Q Sync display technology. The phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset along with 8GB RAM and a humungous 512GB internal storage. The phone has also been spotted on another benchmarking app, Geekbench, that confirms the phone will be having a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB RAM. The listing also revealed the phone will be running on Android 8.1 Oreo. One thing is sure, the phone will receive the Android 9 Pie update soon after its launch, or the company could surprise us by shipping it out of the box. © YouTube The phone is expected to have an 8-megapixel selfie camera and 12-megapixel dual rear shooters with dual-tone flash and wide-angle lens. There have been rumours floating around suggesting there could be a major design change and the company's Chroma LED lighting system will be incorporated. A few months back Min-Liang-Tan, the CEO of Razer had confirmed that the brand is working on bringing the phone to India. However, we haven't seen any progress there yet. The phone was earlier alleged to be launched at IFA Berlin, but that did not materialize, we expect it to launch in November though.
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