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One of the most essential things that a gamer must have is a good pair of headphones. But, while audio headphones are great from a pure listening standpoint, gaming headsets provide even more.

The best gaming headsets out there really depend on what you value more. Do you value better surround sound? Do you want a clear microphone? Do you favor wireless over a wired pair of cans?

Fortunately for you, you do not have to scour the internet to find the answer. Today, I am going to talk about the best gaming headsets of 2020. Gain a competitive advantage right away!

Why Do You Need a Gaming Headset?

Well, you actually do not need a gaming headset, per se, but it definitely improves the experience. While you can get a good mouse or a great gaming keyboard, having a gaming headset will allow you to hear more things than relying on a standard set of speakers.

Plus, what separates a headset intended for gaming from a regular pair of headphones is that it always includes a microphone and other features that may improve your overall gaming experience.

Best Gaming Headsets of 2020

1.HyperX Cloud Alpha

HyperX Cloud Alpha

Price: $99

Choosing the best gaming headset for you will entirely depend upon what you are looking for and if you want the best overall, look no further than the HyperX Cloud Alpha.

This headset is amazing from a pure audio standpoint. While some gamers would prefer a boomier sound, the Cloud Alpha provides you with a cleaner sound that doesn’t muddy the entire profile.

You see, part of the reason why audio enthusiasts veered away from using gaming headsets back then is that the lows (or the bass response) drown out the highs and the mids.

As a result, while you do get a punchier sound, the clarity of the voice, as well as the sounds in the higher frequencies, is just not great at all.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha sets to change all of that. It has a frequency response of 13Hz-27,000Hz which is definitely one of the best in the market.

The headphones use 50mm neodymium drivers with a dual-chamber design. This is great because the design itself can isolate the highs and the mids from the lows that is why you are getting a more balanced and clearer sound.

For the price, you are getting a carrying case, a detachable microphone, and the headset itself.

The only downside to this otherwise perfect product is that it doesn’t come with surround sound but if you want the overall champion, this is the one to get.

2.SteelSeries Arctis Pro

SteelSeries Arctis Pro

Price: $150

If you want a truly premium gaming headset, then the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is one that I can wholeheartedly recommend.

Sure, it doesn’t have that punchier bass compared to the previous recommendation, but its included DAC or Digital to Audio Converter will allow you to tweak the sound to your liking.

The product supports DTS Headphone: X technology that is known to provide an extra edge and has a retractable ‘boom’ microphone that provides crystal clear voice clarity when you are talking to your teammates.

And oh, since it is a product intended for gaming, these headphones come with RGB lighting as well.

There are two things that brought this recommendation down a notch lower than the Cloud Alpha and that is the price and its wired interface.

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is one of the most expensive gaming headsets on the market today so people might not have the funds to get one.

Furthermore, its wired interface might deter people from getting it since you can only use it by plugging the headset to your computer via USB.

Other than that, this is another solid choice indeed.

3.Logitech G Pro X

Logitech G Pro X

Price: $79.99

When you are looking for a pair of headphones, it is crucial that you also consider the overall comfort. Even if a pair of cans has a lot of great features, if you cannot wear them for hours on end, it would be pointless.

That is why I’ve included the Logitech G Pro X on this lineup. It has a versatile sound that is a notch lower than the Cloud Alpha but it is still definitely much better than others out there.

Its design is something to take note of here. The product has a flexible headband that conforms to your head nicely. Even if you move your head, it will stay in place. In other words, this headset is quite comfortable to wear even during prolonged gaming sessions.

I also love the inclusion of the Blue microphone here. For those of you who do not know, the company actually creates amazing standalone microphones so you can rest assured that voice clarity is topnotch when you are talking to your teammates online.

Its Hybrid Mesh, ‘Pro-G’ 50mm drivers provide excellent sound quality and you can adjust its EQ settings using Logitech’s own software. Even if you are not good at tweaking audio, this product works great out of the box.

Originally priced at $130, the Logitech G Pro X is available now for just $79.99.

4.Astro A50 Wireless

Astro A50 Wireless

Price: $299.99

Another premium gaming headset, the Astro A50 is worth considering if you have the money to spend.

You see, while a lot of people are okay with a wired configuration, using a wireless headset gives you more freedom and that is where the A50 excels.

From its amazing sound quality and the fact that you can use this headset on your game consoles as well makes it really appealing.

It uses a 5.8GHz wireless connection and it also comes with the company’s ‘MixAMP’ functionality which helps you tweak the sound to your liking.

Since this is a wireless pair of headphones, it comes with a charging dock where you can just place the headphones on top of it and it should provide power to your headset immediately.

I love the fact that the headset itself is quite comfortable, despite its somewhat odd shape. Its clamping force keeps the headphones in place and its overall material just makes it quite comfortable to wear even in long gaming sessions.

The only thing that you really need to consider here is the price. At $299.99, it might just be out of the ballpark for many people.

However, for those that do have the money to spend, the Astro A50 Wireless should definitely be on your shortlist.

5.Razer Thresher Ultimate

Razer Thresher Ultimate

Price: $194

Razer’s gaming headsets in the past are either hit or miss. While there are some that have the amazing build quality and are comfortable to wear, their sound quality leaves much to be desired.

The Razer Thresher Ultimate, however, is arguably the best gaming headset the company has ever produced.

It has many technologies that just improve your overall gaming experience. For one, its frequency response is almost as similar to that of the HyperX Cloud Alpha at 12Hz-28,000Hz which means that it doesn’t have any problem with sound output at all.

People that want positional audio would love the fact that its included 7.1 surround sound functionality is class-leading, especially for a gaming pair of headphones.

It also comes with a retractable microphone which you can simply tuck away if you are not using it. There is clarity in terms of voice quality but it is not better than the Logitech G Pro X. Still, it is definitely clearer than the others.

The Thresher Ultimate is also a wireless gaming headset so you can move around while you are gaming. If you’ve somehow run out of battery, you can plug the headset to your PC using its included 3.5mm analog connection instead (though, you cannot use the 7.1 surround sound by doing this).

I am also happy to report that this product is also quite comfortable to wear, though keep in mind that the leather material might peel off in the future.

If there is one disadvantage to this headset, I would say that its battery life needs improvement. At just 10 hours of audio playback, it is definitely not its strongest suit.

However, for the fans of Razer, the Thresher Ultimate is the company’s best gaming headset to date.

6.HyperX Cloud Stinger

HyperX Cloud Stinger

Price: $45

Who said that you cannot get a great gaming headset on a budget? The HyperX Cloud Stinger is definitely one that I would recommend for people that do not have a lot of money to spend on one.

Its comfortable build allows you to wear them for prolonged periods of time. Keep in mind that the faux leather ear cups might cause some sweating after intense gaming sessions simply because the material itself isolates the heat within.

The lightweight frame of the headphones and its clamping force just adds to the overall comfort level and is really great compared to others.

The Stinger comes with 50mm drivers with a frequency response of 18-23,000Hz. HyperX really knows their stuff when it comes to audio.

While there is no positional audio here since the headset doesn’t come with a surround sound feature, it is still really good because the sound quality is quite balanced like its big brother, the Cloud Alpha.

You will also be happy to know that because it uses an analog connection (3.5mm), you can plug it in your PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. For the price, this is really tough to beat.

7.Corsair HS50

Corsair HS50

Price: $45

While the previous recommendation is what I would consider as a budget gaming headset king, this is a close second.

The Corsair HS50 is a stereo gaming headset that connects to your PC or game consoles via a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Its 50mm drivers provide a boomy sound despite the lack of any software tweaking and whatnot.

Gamers will also love the fact that you can find the volume control and a mute button directly on the headset itself for easier adjustments.

While it doesn’t come with 7.1 surround sound and other things that are found in more premium gaming headsets, the Corsair HS50 is also a great choice if you want its design more than the HyperX Stinger.

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Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router Review- The Gaming Router to Get in 2020

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The gaming industry is one of the most popular niches now in that there are tons of products that you can buy that are great for gaming purposes.

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is touted as a ‘gaming’ router, but does it have what it takes to help eliminate lag and provide a better overall experience than the other routers that you can find on the market?

Design

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Review 2020

When you look at the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router, you will probably think of a lost starship from the infamous Death Star from Star Wars as its design is quite similar to those ships.

It has two ‘wing’ antennas that actually house a total of four antennas on the inside. This will provide maximum performance and throughput and it also helps increase the router’s range as well.

Because this is a WiFi 6 router, you can enjoy all of the features that the new WiFi technology provides, most especially OFDMA for better reliability in terms of giving internet connectivity to multiple users at any time.

On the top and at the bottom sides of the router, you will find that this thing has plenty of air exhaust vents and they are quite useful, especially considering that this is one of the more power-hungry networking solutions on the market today.

At the back, you will find all of the ports that you need. What’s interesting here is that you will find that two of the four gigabit Ethernet ports can be combined (via the router’s software) for better throughput. This is what you’ll want to use on your gaming PC so that you can virtually eliminate lag while you play.

There are also two USB 3.2 ports so you can plug in your printer and other USB-powered devices, and you will also find a power button, as well as an LED on/off switch as well.

Performance

Netgear Nighthawk AX12

Since this is a ‘gaming’ router, how well does it perform in such scenarios? In my testing, I’ve used World of Warcraft, one of the best MMORPGs out there, and Overwatch as both of these games not only have a built-in latency indicator, but they are also quite challenging in terms of latency in some parts of the day.

Normally, I would get 120ms on World of Warcraft and about 100ms on Overwatch for most of the day using my usual router, but the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router performs really well as I am able to get 100ms on WoW and a little over 70ms on Overwatch.

It is worth noting that I’ve used the combined port (which should be indicated on the back of the unit) for better performance, though using the other ports yielded only a slight performance penalty of roughly 10-15ms.

Being a WiFi 6 router, it is also important to test its capabilities on this front. So, I’ve connected multiple devices at one time and each of them is connected to Youtube for continuous streaming.

All of them do not have any buffer issues at all and they all got consistent speeds. But, this was done within a 10-meter radius near the router.

So, to test its mettle in terms of how far the WiFi signals can go, I went to the second floor (the router is on the first floor) and I was still able to get about 70% of my network speed (my internet connection is 120mbps, so in this instance, I was able to get roughly 84mbps).

I went a step further and went inside my room (which is also on the second floor), albeit this time, I did it with the door closed. Although the speed dropped a bit, I was still able to get 68-75mbps for the most part which is pretty good overall.

How about the speed of the USB ports in terms of file sharing? The performance is quite impressive as well. This is so much so that I can say that you can use it as a NAS drive because it is that good.

Software

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Gaming Router

I am surprised that the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router doesn’t use the DumaOS that can be found in the company’s other ‘Nighthawk’ line of networking equipment, but I am still pleased with the router’s GUI overall.

The menus are outlined neatly and you can get to the specific settings that you want quickly and easily. The GUI is so intuitive that a layperson could easily navigate through the different settings without any problems.

You get your usual options such as the ability to prioritize different applications via QoS, setting up your router’s username and password (to access the GUI and for the SSID), and you can even do some port forwarding for your other applications as well, among many others.

It is interesting to me that there is no option for packet prioritization which can be found in Netgear’s other routers, but this is usually not something that people would touch anyway, so I am okay with that.

Just a reminder: Once you fire up this thing for the first time, it is generally a good idea to update the router’s firmware. This is to ensure that you will get all of the latest improvements, as well as some security patches.

Verdict

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is a pretty good WiFi 6 router. Its performance is quite consistent across the board and you will have no issues when it comes to its WiFi connectivity.

It is one of the most power-hungry routers on the market, though, but the good thing is that it has plenty of air vents to exhaust hot air effectively.

This gaming router costs $400 and although it is quite steep, getting a high-quality product is a worthwhile investment anyway, so I would still recommend this thing for people that want to get a pretty competitive WiFi AX router.

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Intel Core i5-10600K Review- The Best Mainstream Gaming CPU in 2020

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Ever since the launch of the Ryzen 3000 CPUs, more and more people are recommending the R5 3600 for people that want to build a budget gaming PC. It is pretty sad that Intel chips are not getting recognition, but that is going to change with the release of the Intel Core i5-10600K.

Today, I am going to review the said chip. Find out why I think it is the best mainstream gaming CPU in 2020 by reading the rest of the article.

Comet Lake Architecture

Intel Core i5-10600K Review 2020

The 10th generation Intel Processors is part of the ‘Comet Lake’ family that uses a much-improved architecture than Skylake (where it’s derived from).

While the i9-10900K is definitely a beast of a chip, the Intel Core i5-10600K is surely something that most people are going to want to look at.

Competition is very important, especially to us consumers. When AMD released their Ryzen line of processors, Intel had to respond in kind to stay in the game. 

Back then, you normally wouldn’t find i5 chips to have hyperthreading, which is essentially the same as the SMT or simultaneous multi-threading feature that is present in AMD’s CPUs. But now, the 10600K not only has one, but the core frequency is clocked higher as well.

Here is a rundown of the Intel Core i5-10600K’s specs:

  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Lithography: 14nm
  • Base clock: 4.1GHz
  • Peak Turbo (single-core): 4.8GHz
  • Peak Turbo (all-core): 4.5GHz
  • L3 Cache: 12MB
  • TDP: 125W
  • PCIe Lanes: 16

As you can see, thanks to hyperthreading being enabled, you get to have two times more threads than an i5 chip of yesteryears. This means that you get considerably better performance across the board, especially for multi-core/multi-threaded workloads.

But, where the 10600K really shines is through its gaming performance and I will talk about this in the next section.

Performance

Intel Core i5-10600K

When you ask people what CPU you want to compare the 10600K to, it would be the AMD Ryzen R5 3600. That is because they have the same core and thread counts but there is a huge difference when it comes to their clock frequencies.

You see, the R5 3600 has a base frequency of 3.6GHz and a boost (all-core) frequency of only 4.2GHz. The 10600K, on the other hand, has a base frequency of 4.1GHz with an all-core boost of 4.6GHz.

Because Intel has added a new boost algorithm wherein the best core inside the CPU boosts higher than others, you get a clock frequency of 4.8GHz maximum on the said core, giving you even more performance.

Now, how does this translate into the real world? Well, in most multi-core benchmarks, the Intel Core i5-10600K performs so much better than the chip that it is compared to. Seriously, I would recommend this Intel chip for anyone who engages in productivity workloads on the side.

When it comes to gaming performance, there is no question that the 10600K beats the R5 3600 by a lot. That is due to the combination of the architecture, as well as the higher core frequencies of each core of the said chip.

Overclocking

Intel Core i5-10600K Box

What makes Intel chips appealing to the overclocking community than AMD Ryzen processors is the fact that you can eke out even more performance by setting the clock frequency of the cores higher than their rated specs. This is possible if you have a ‘K’ series chip (which the Intel Core i5-10600K is) and a compatible Z490 motherboard as well.

In most cases, people can set the frequency to 4.8GHz all-core with the single-core frequency (the best one) set to 5.1-5.3 GHz depending on the silicon of your particular chip. This provides even better performance across the board which is pretty nice.

I do have to caution you to not overclock the processor until you get one of the best CPU coolers on the market.

Because of the higher core frequency and because of the fact that you add more voltage to the chip just to make it stable, overclocking will result in higher heat production than usual. You will need a very competent cooler to keep things at relatively good temperatures.

Verdict

The Intel Core i5-10600K is way better than its predecessors- both in terms of architecture and performance.

Its rival, the Ryzen 5 3600, doesn’t come close to its performance thanks to the Intel chip’s higher clock frequency and better boost algorithms.

This is not to say that the AMD CPU is bad because there are some cases where it is more warranted than the 10600K.

For instance, if you are really on a tight budget, the Ryzen 5 3600 makes sense because it already comes with a cooler out of the box and its performance is still quite good for the price (currently at $160 compared to the i5-10600K’s $280 price tag).

The money that you can save by getting the Ryzen chip could be budgeted towards a better graphics card or faster storage, so there is still value that can be had when you go this route.

However, if you are okay with spending $280 and if you want a processor that can comfortably last at least 3 years competitively, then the Intel Core i5-10600K is indeed a much better option.

All in all, the Intel Core i5-10600K is definitely what I would consider to be the best mainstream gaming CPU in 2020.

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Razer Blackshark V2 Review- A Comfortable and Great-Sounding Headset for $100

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Back then, I never would recommend any of Razer’s gaming headsets because they often sound muddy due to the obvious preference towards the lower frequencies, but the company has changed its stance ever since.

The Razer Blackshark V2 is shaping up to be one of the best gaming headsets that are priced competitively in the market. Should you get one of these or look for something else? Read on to find out.

Design

Razer Blackshark V2 Review 2020

The ‘Blackshark’ line of headsets is nothing new because there is one that was released so many years ago. However, the Razer Blackshark V2 is a pretty polished iteration that I think would warrant the people’s attention.

Its design is quite similar to its predecessor, albeit there is a noticeable volume control dial located on the left ear cup.

Usually, Razer would put leatherette ear cups on its gaming headsets, but the Blackshark V2 actually comes with mesh foam ear cups instead.

In terms of comfort, I would prefer these over leather ear cups any day, but some people would want the feel of the leatherette material. So, to each his own.

The headset itself is quite simple-looking, although the aviation-style aesthetic might not appeal to some. I especially do not like the green wire that is exposed on each ear cup as you could potentially damage it if you are not careful.

Also situated on the left ear cup is the port for the removable boom microphone. I like the fact that you can completely remove it as it will not impede your vision when you are not using it.

Now, I’ve heard of some reports that the clamping force of the Razer Blackshark V2 makes this headset uncomfortable, but I beg to disagree.

If anything, the Razer Blackshark V2 is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets that you can find on the market.

I do have to point out that, being a large person myself, its clamping force is a bit on the stronger side, but it is still relatively comfortable for me to wear even during prolonged gaming sessions.

The Razer Blackshark V2 connects to your game console or PC either via 3.5mm headphone jack or with the use of its included USB soundcard (the latter is only usable on the PC, however).

Audio Performance

Razer Blackshark V2 Gaming Headset

The company has come a really long way when it comes to audio quality. Gone are the days where the soundstage gets muddied by the lower frequencies as everything sounds pretty balanced right from the get-go.

Razer has partnered with THX to provide you with a better surround sound gaming experience and if you use the included USB soundcard, its 7.1 surround sound implementation is so much better than what the company used to offer.

Once you plug this thing in using the said USB connector, its drivers will get installed on your PC and you can use it to your heart’s content.

You can use the Razer Synapse 3 software to tweak the EQ settings or choose from a variety of different presets.

Personally, the default sound quality is already pretty good as it is quite balanced overall. Of course, you could add more kick to the bass by tinkering with the necessary settings, but I find that the default soundstage is already good for most use-cases.

Whether you are playing MMORPGs, fast-paced games like Overwatch and CS:GO, or even just listening to your favorite tunes, I am blown away by the sound quality that the Razer Blackshark V2 provides.

It is worth noting, however, that because of the mesh foam material of the ear cups that you will experience some sound leakage as a result. This is important to keep in mind, especially if you want to play games as you do not want to disturb the people around you.

Microphone

Razer Blackshark V2 Gaming Headset Microphone

While I am impressed by the audio quality of the Razer Blackshark V2, I am disappointed with the boom microphone.

It just doesn’t sound well. My voice is tinny, it is not full-bodied, and for the most part, the volume could definitely be improved.

Even when using the USB soundcard, nothing changes for the betterment of the said gaming headset. You should be using its 3.5mm connector instead as I find it to be considerably better.

Because it is a cardioid microphone, it should be able to get your voice really nicely, right? Well, that is talking from a theoretical standpoint, but in reality, it can still pick up unwanted background noise so I am really disappointed with the microphone of the Blackshark V2.

Verdict

So, what do I think about the Razer Blackshark V2? If we are talking purely from an audio standpoint, the Razer Blackshark V2 is one of the best out there. This is especially true if you are going to use the included USB soundcard and wire this to your PC.

However, I am really disappointed with the microphone quality. The output is not full-bodied at all and you are better off using a third-party standalone microphone instead.

Do I recommend the Razer Blackshark V2? Well, as I’ve said, if you are okay with its mediocre microphone quality, then this product is definitely one of the best out there. However, if you are looking for a complete package, you are better off finding something else.

The Razer Blackshark V2 costs $100.

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One of the most essential things that a gamer must have is a good pair of headphones. But, while audio headphones are great from a pure listening standpoint, gaming headsets provide even more.

The best gaming headsets out there really depend on what you value more. Do you value better surround sound? Do you want a clear microphone? Do you favor wireless over a wired pair of cans?

Fortunately for you, you do not have to scour the internet to find the answer. Today, I am going to talk about the best gaming headsets of 2020. Gain a competitive advantage right away!

Why Do You Need a Gaming Headset?

Well, you actually do not need a gaming headset, per se, but it definitely improves the experience. While you can get a good mouse or a great gaming keyboard, having a gaming headset will allow you to hear more things than relying on a standard set of speakers.

Plus, what separates a headset intended for gaming from a regular pair of headphones is that it always includes a microphone and other features that may improve your overall gaming experience.

Best Gaming Headsets of 2020

1.HyperX Cloud Alpha

HyperX Cloud Alpha

Price: $99

Choosing the best gaming headset for you will entirely depend upon what you are looking for and if you want the best overall, look no further than the HyperX Cloud Alpha.

This headset is amazing from a pure audio standpoint. While some gamers would prefer a boomier sound, the Cloud Alpha provides you with a cleaner sound that doesn’t muddy the entire profile.

You see, part of the reason why audio enthusiasts veered away from using gaming headsets back then is that the lows (or the bass response) drown out the highs and the mids.

As a result, while you do get a punchier sound, the clarity of the voice, as well as the sounds in the higher frequencies, is just not great at all.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha sets to change all of that. It has a frequency response of 13Hz-27,000Hz which is definitely one of the best in the market.

The headphones use 50mm neodymium drivers with a dual-chamber design. This is great because the design itself can isolate the highs and the mids from the lows that is why you are getting a more balanced and clearer sound.

For the price, you are getting a carrying case, a detachable microphone, and the headset itself.

The only downside to this otherwise perfect product is that it doesn’t come with surround sound but if you want the overall champion, this is the one to get.

2.SteelSeries Arctis Pro

SteelSeries Arctis Pro

Price: $150

If you want a truly premium gaming headset, then the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is one that I can wholeheartedly recommend.

Sure, it doesn’t have that punchier bass compared to the previous recommendation, but its included DAC or Digital to Audio Converter will allow you to tweak the sound to your liking.

The product supports DTS Headphone: X technology that is known to provide an extra edge and has a retractable ‘boom’ microphone that provides crystal clear voice clarity when you are talking to your teammates.

And oh, since it is a product intended for gaming, these headphones come with RGB lighting as well.

There are two things that brought this recommendation down a notch lower than the Cloud Alpha and that is the price and its wired interface.

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is one of the most expensive gaming headsets on the market today so people might not have the funds to get one.

Furthermore, its wired interface might deter people from getting it since you can only use it by plugging the headset to your computer via USB.

Other than that, this is another solid choice indeed.

3.Logitech G Pro X

Logitech G Pro X

Price: $79.99

When you are looking for a pair of headphones, it is crucial that you also consider the overall comfort. Even if a pair of cans has a lot of great features, if you cannot wear them for hours on end, it would be pointless.

That is why I’ve included the Logitech G Pro X on this lineup. It has a versatile sound that is a notch lower than the Cloud Alpha but it is still definitely much better than others out there.

Its design is something to take note of here. The product has a flexible headband that conforms to your head nicely. Even if you move your head, it will stay in place. In other words, this headset is quite comfortable to wear even during prolonged gaming sessions.

I also love the inclusion of the Blue microphone here. For those of you who do not know, the company actually creates amazing standalone microphones so you can rest assured that voice clarity is topnotch when you are talking to your teammates online.

Its Hybrid Mesh, ‘Pro-G’ 50mm drivers provide excellent sound quality and you can adjust its EQ settings using Logitech’s own software. Even if you are not good at tweaking audio, this product works great out of the box.

Originally priced at $130, the Logitech G Pro X is available now for just $79.99.

4.Astro A50 Wireless

Astro A50 Wireless

Price: $299.99

Another premium gaming headset, the Astro A50 is worth considering if you have the money to spend.

You see, while a lot of people are okay with a wired configuration, using a wireless headset gives you more freedom and that is where the A50 excels.

From its amazing sound quality and the fact that you can use this headset on your game consoles as well makes it really appealing.

It uses a 5.8GHz wireless connection and it also comes with the company’s ‘MixAMP’ functionality which helps you tweak the sound to your liking.

Since this is a wireless pair of headphones, it comes with a charging dock where you can just place the headphones on top of it and it should provide power to your headset immediately.

I love the fact that the headset itself is quite comfortable, despite its somewhat odd shape. Its clamping force keeps the headphones in place and its overall material just makes it quite comfortable to wear even in long gaming sessions.

The only thing that you really need to consider here is the price. At $299.99, it might just be out of the ballpark for many people.

However, for those that do have the money to spend, the Astro A50 Wireless should definitely be on your shortlist.

5.Razer Thresher Ultimate

Razer Thresher Ultimate

Price: $194

Razer’s gaming headsets in the past are either hit or miss. While there are some that have the amazing build quality and are comfortable to wear, their sound quality leaves much to be desired.

The Razer Thresher Ultimate, however, is arguably the best gaming headset the company has ever produced.

It has many technologies that just improve your overall gaming experience. For one, its frequency response is almost as similar to that of the HyperX Cloud Alpha at 12Hz-28,000Hz which means that it doesn’t have any problem with sound output at all.

People that want positional audio would love the fact that its included 7.1 surround sound functionality is class-leading, especially for a gaming pair of headphones.

It also comes with a retractable microphone which you can simply tuck away if you are not using it. There is clarity in terms of voice quality but it is not better than the Logitech G Pro X. Still, it is definitely clearer than the others.

The Thresher Ultimate is also a wireless gaming headset so you can move around while you are gaming. If you’ve somehow run out of battery, you can plug the headset to your PC using its included 3.5mm analog connection instead (though, you cannot use the 7.1 surround sound by doing this).

I am also happy to report that this product is also quite comfortable to wear, though keep in mind that the leather material might peel off in the future.

If there is one disadvantage to this headset, I would say that its battery life needs improvement. At just 10 hours of audio playback, it is definitely not its strongest suit.

However, for the fans of Razer, the Thresher Ultimate is the company’s best gaming headset to date.

6.HyperX Cloud Stinger

HyperX Cloud Stinger

Price: $45

Who said that you cannot get a great gaming headset on a budget? The HyperX Cloud Stinger is definitely one that I would recommend for people that do not have a lot of money to spend on one.

Its comfortable build allows you to wear them for prolonged periods of time. Keep in mind that the faux leather ear cups might cause some sweating after intense gaming sessions simply because the material itself isolates the heat within.

The lightweight frame of the headphones and its clamping force just adds to the overall comfort level and is really great compared to others.

The Stinger comes with 50mm drivers with a frequency response of 18-23,000Hz. HyperX really knows their stuff when it comes to audio.

While there is no positional audio here since the headset doesn’t come with a surround sound feature, it is still really good because the sound quality is quite balanced like its big brother, the Cloud Alpha.

You will also be happy to know that because it uses an analog connection (3.5mm), you can plug it in your PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. For the price, this is really tough to beat.

7.Corsair HS50

Corsair HS50

Price: $45

While the previous recommendation is what I would consider as a budget gaming headset king, this is a close second.

The Corsair HS50 is a stereo gaming headset that connects to your PC or game consoles via a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Its 50mm drivers provide a boomy sound despite the lack of any software tweaking and whatnot.

Gamers will also love the fact that you can find the volume control and a mute button directly on the headset itself for easier adjustments.

While it doesn’t come with 7.1 surround sound and other things that are found in more premium gaming headsets, the Corsair HS50 is also a great choice if you want its design more than the HyperX Stinger.

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Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router Review- The Gaming Router to Get in 2020

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The gaming industry is one of the most popular niches now in that there are tons of products that you can buy that are great for gaming purposes.

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is touted as a ‘gaming’ router, but does it have what it takes to help eliminate lag and provide a better overall experience than the other routers that you can find on the market?

Design

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Review 2020

When you look at the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router, you will probably think of a lost starship from the infamous Death Star from Star Wars as its design is quite similar to those ships.

It has two ‘wing’ antennas that actually house a total of four antennas on the inside. This will provide maximum performance and throughput and it also helps increase the router’s range as well.

Because this is a WiFi 6 router, you can enjoy all of the features that the new WiFi technology provides, most especially OFDMA for better reliability in terms of giving internet connectivity to multiple users at any time.

On the top and at the bottom sides of the router, you will find that this thing has plenty of air exhaust vents and they are quite useful, especially considering that this is one of the more power-hungry networking solutions on the market today.

At the back, you will find all of the ports that you need. What’s interesting here is that you will find that two of the four gigabit Ethernet ports can be combined (via the router’s software) for better throughput. This is what you’ll want to use on your gaming PC so that you can virtually eliminate lag while you play.

There are also two USB 3.2 ports so you can plug in your printer and other USB-powered devices, and you will also find a power button, as well as an LED on/off switch as well.

Performance

Netgear Nighthawk AX12

Since this is a ‘gaming’ router, how well does it perform in such scenarios? In my testing, I’ve used World of Warcraft, one of the best MMORPGs out there, and Overwatch as both of these games not only have a built-in latency indicator, but they are also quite challenging in terms of latency in some parts of the day.

Normally, I would get 120ms on World of Warcraft and about 100ms on Overwatch for most of the day using my usual router, but the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router performs really well as I am able to get 100ms on WoW and a little over 70ms on Overwatch.

It is worth noting that I’ve used the combined port (which should be indicated on the back of the unit) for better performance, though using the other ports yielded only a slight performance penalty of roughly 10-15ms.

Being a WiFi 6 router, it is also important to test its capabilities on this front. So, I’ve connected multiple devices at one time and each of them is connected to Youtube for continuous streaming.

All of them do not have any buffer issues at all and they all got consistent speeds. But, this was done within a 10-meter radius near the router.

So, to test its mettle in terms of how far the WiFi signals can go, I went to the second floor (the router is on the first floor) and I was still able to get about 70% of my network speed (my internet connection is 120mbps, so in this instance, I was able to get roughly 84mbps).

I went a step further and went inside my room (which is also on the second floor), albeit this time, I did it with the door closed. Although the speed dropped a bit, I was still able to get 68-75mbps for the most part which is pretty good overall.

How about the speed of the USB ports in terms of file sharing? The performance is quite impressive as well. This is so much so that I can say that you can use it as a NAS drive because it is that good.

Software

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Gaming Router

I am surprised that the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router doesn’t use the DumaOS that can be found in the company’s other ‘Nighthawk’ line of networking equipment, but I am still pleased with the router’s GUI overall.

The menus are outlined neatly and you can get to the specific settings that you want quickly and easily. The GUI is so intuitive that a layperson could easily navigate through the different settings without any problems.

You get your usual options such as the ability to prioritize different applications via QoS, setting up your router’s username and password (to access the GUI and for the SSID), and you can even do some port forwarding for your other applications as well, among many others.

It is interesting to me that there is no option for packet prioritization which can be found in Netgear’s other routers, but this is usually not something that people would touch anyway, so I am okay with that.

Just a reminder: Once you fire up this thing for the first time, it is generally a good idea to update the router’s firmware. This is to ensure that you will get all of the latest improvements, as well as some security patches.

Verdict

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is a pretty good WiFi 6 router. Its performance is quite consistent across the board and you will have no issues when it comes to its WiFi connectivity.

It is one of the most power-hungry routers on the market, though, but the good thing is that it has plenty of air vents to exhaust hot air effectively.

This gaming router costs $400 and although it is quite steep, getting a high-quality product is a worthwhile investment anyway, so I would still recommend this thing for people that want to get a pretty competitive WiFi AX router.

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Intel Core i5-10600K Review- The Best Mainstream Gaming CPU in 2020

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Ever since the launch of the Ryzen 3000 CPUs, more and more people are recommending the R5 3600 for people that want to build a budget gaming PC. It is pretty sad that Intel chips are not getting recognition, but that is going to change with the release of the Intel Core i5-10600K.

Today, I am going to review the said chip. Find out why I think it is the best mainstream gaming CPU in 2020 by reading the rest of the article.

Comet Lake Architecture

Intel Core i5-10600K Review 2020

The 10th generation Intel Processors is part of the ‘Comet Lake’ family that uses a much-improved architecture than Skylake (where it’s derived from).

While the i9-10900K is definitely a beast of a chip, the Intel Core i5-10600K is surely something that most people are going to want to look at.

Competition is very important, especially to us consumers. When AMD released their Ryzen line of processors, Intel had to respond in kind to stay in the game. 

Back then, you normally wouldn’t find i5 chips to have hyperthreading, which is essentially the same as the SMT or simultaneous multi-threading feature that is present in AMD’s CPUs. But now, the 10600K not only has one, but the core frequency is clocked higher as well.

Here is a rundown of the Intel Core i5-10600K’s specs:

  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Lithography: 14nm
  • Base clock: 4.1GHz
  • Peak Turbo (single-core): 4.8GHz
  • Peak Turbo (all-core): 4.5GHz
  • L3 Cache: 12MB
  • TDP: 125W
  • PCIe Lanes: 16

As you can see, thanks to hyperthreading being enabled, you get to have two times more threads than an i5 chip of yesteryears. This means that you get considerably better performance across the board, especially for multi-core/multi-threaded workloads.

But, where the 10600K really shines is through its gaming performance and I will talk about this in the next section.

Performance

Intel Core i5-10600K

When you ask people what CPU you want to compare the 10600K to, it would be the AMD Ryzen R5 3600. That is because they have the same core and thread counts but there is a huge difference when it comes to their clock frequencies.

You see, the R5 3600 has a base frequency of 3.6GHz and a boost (all-core) frequency of only 4.2GHz. The 10600K, on the other hand, has a base frequency of 4.1GHz with an all-core boost of 4.6GHz.

Because Intel has added a new boost algorithm wherein the best core inside the CPU boosts higher than others, you get a clock frequency of 4.8GHz maximum on the said core, giving you even more performance.

Now, how does this translate into the real world? Well, in most multi-core benchmarks, the Intel Core i5-10600K performs so much better than the chip that it is compared to. Seriously, I would recommend this Intel chip for anyone who engages in productivity workloads on the side.

When it comes to gaming performance, there is no question that the 10600K beats the R5 3600 by a lot. That is due to the combination of the architecture, as well as the higher core frequencies of each core of the said chip.

Overclocking

Intel Core i5-10600K Box

What makes Intel chips appealing to the overclocking community than AMD Ryzen processors is the fact that you can eke out even more performance by setting the clock frequency of the cores higher than their rated specs. This is possible if you have a ‘K’ series chip (which the Intel Core i5-10600K is) and a compatible Z490 motherboard as well.

In most cases, people can set the frequency to 4.8GHz all-core with the single-core frequency (the best one) set to 5.1-5.3 GHz depending on the silicon of your particular chip. This provides even better performance across the board which is pretty nice.

I do have to caution you to not overclock the processor until you get one of the best CPU coolers on the market.

Because of the higher core frequency and because of the fact that you add more voltage to the chip just to make it stable, overclocking will result in higher heat production than usual. You will need a very competent cooler to keep things at relatively good temperatures.

Verdict

The Intel Core i5-10600K is way better than its predecessors- both in terms of architecture and performance.

Its rival, the Ryzen 5 3600, doesn’t come close to its performance thanks to the Intel chip’s higher clock frequency and better boost algorithms.

This is not to say that the AMD CPU is bad because there are some cases where it is more warranted than the 10600K.

For instance, if you are really on a tight budget, the Ryzen 5 3600 makes sense because it already comes with a cooler out of the box and its performance is still quite good for the price (currently at $160 compared to the i5-10600K’s $280 price tag).

The money that you can save by getting the Ryzen chip could be budgeted towards a better graphics card or faster storage, so there is still value that can be had when you go this route.

However, if you are okay with spending $280 and if you want a processor that can comfortably last at least 3 years competitively, then the Intel Core i5-10600K is indeed a much better option.

All in all, the Intel Core i5-10600K is definitely what I would consider to be the best mainstream gaming CPU in 2020.

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Razer Blackshark V2 Review- A Comfortable and Great-Sounding Headset for $100

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Back then, I never would recommend any of Razer’s gaming headsets because they often sound muddy due to the obvious preference towards the lower frequencies, but the company has changed its stance ever since.

The Razer Blackshark V2 is shaping up to be one of the best gaming headsets that are priced competitively in the market. Should you get one of these or look for something else? Read on to find out.

Design

Razer Blackshark V2 Review 2020

The ‘Blackshark’ line of headsets is nothing new because there is one that was released so many years ago. However, the Razer Blackshark V2 is a pretty polished iteration that I think would warrant the people’s attention.

Its design is quite similar to its predecessor, albeit there is a noticeable volume control dial located on the left ear cup.

Usually, Razer would put leatherette ear cups on its gaming headsets, but the Blackshark V2 actually comes with mesh foam ear cups instead.

In terms of comfort, I would prefer these over leather ear cups any day, but some people would want the feel of the leatherette material. So, to each his own.

The headset itself is quite simple-looking, although the aviation-style aesthetic might not appeal to some. I especially do not like the green wire that is exposed on each ear cup as you could potentially damage it if you are not careful.

Also situated on the left ear cup is the port for the removable boom microphone. I like the fact that you can completely remove it as it will not impede your vision when you are not using it.

Now, I’ve heard of some reports that the clamping force of the Razer Blackshark V2 makes this headset uncomfortable, but I beg to disagree.

If anything, the Razer Blackshark V2 is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets that you can find on the market.

I do have to point out that, being a large person myself, its clamping force is a bit on the stronger side, but it is still relatively comfortable for me to wear even during prolonged gaming sessions.

The Razer Blackshark V2 connects to your game console or PC either via 3.5mm headphone jack or with the use of its included USB soundcard (the latter is only usable on the PC, however).

Audio Performance

Razer Blackshark V2 Gaming Headset

The company has come a really long way when it comes to audio quality. Gone are the days where the soundstage gets muddied by the lower frequencies as everything sounds pretty balanced right from the get-go.

Razer has partnered with THX to provide you with a better surround sound gaming experience and if you use the included USB soundcard, its 7.1 surround sound implementation is so much better than what the company used to offer.

Once you plug this thing in using the said USB connector, its drivers will get installed on your PC and you can use it to your heart’s content.

You can use the Razer Synapse 3 software to tweak the EQ settings or choose from a variety of different presets.

Personally, the default sound quality is already pretty good as it is quite balanced overall. Of course, you could add more kick to the bass by tinkering with the necessary settings, but I find that the default soundstage is already good for most use-cases.

Whether you are playing MMORPGs, fast-paced games like Overwatch and CS:GO, or even just listening to your favorite tunes, I am blown away by the sound quality that the Razer Blackshark V2 provides.

It is worth noting, however, that because of the mesh foam material of the ear cups that you will experience some sound leakage as a result. This is important to keep in mind, especially if you want to play games as you do not want to disturb the people around you.

Microphone

Razer Blackshark V2 Gaming Headset Microphone

While I am impressed by the audio quality of the Razer Blackshark V2, I am disappointed with the boom microphone.

It just doesn’t sound well. My voice is tinny, it is not full-bodied, and for the most part, the volume could definitely be improved.

Even when using the USB soundcard, nothing changes for the betterment of the said gaming headset. You should be using its 3.5mm connector instead as I find it to be considerably better.

Because it is a cardioid microphone, it should be able to get your voice really nicely, right? Well, that is talking from a theoretical standpoint, but in reality, it can still pick up unwanted background noise so I am really disappointed with the microphone of the Blackshark V2.

Verdict

So, what do I think about the Razer Blackshark V2? If we are talking purely from an audio standpoint, the Razer Blackshark V2 is one of the best out there. This is especially true if you are going to use the included USB soundcard and wire this to your PC.

However, I am really disappointed with the microphone quality. The output is not full-bodied at all and you are better off using a third-party standalone microphone instead.

Do I recommend the Razer Blackshark V2? Well, as I’ve said, if you are okay with its mediocre microphone quality, then this product is definitely one of the best out there. However, if you are looking for a complete package, you are better off finding something else.

The Razer Blackshark V2 costs $100.

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