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How long do you play games on a single day? Most people play for 2 hours on average on a single day and that is according to a survey that was released in 2019. However, with the Covid-19 situation, that number is definitely going to increase.

Since we are likely going to be spending the majority of our waking hours in front of a computer, it would be best that you think about getting the best budget gaming chair.

Read further to find out what our recommendations are.

What is the Difference Between an Office Chair and a Gaming Chair?

One of the most common questions that people ask is what is the main difference between a gaming chair and an office chair?

Well, there are plenty, but one thing that you just have to keep in mind is that gaming chairs are designed to help you sit comfortably for prolonged periods of time. In short, they put ergonomics into practice.

You see, when you just sit on a normal chair and you are playing games for hours on end, you run the risk of putting your spine in an uncomfortable and prone position. You might not notice it now, but over time, you are slowly (but surely) damaging it.

Gaming chairs are made in a way that provides ample lumbar support so that it not only protects your spine during prolonged sitting but it also makes it comfortable for you to sit on it as well.

This is not to say that office chairs are not comfortable or ergonomic, but this is to say that gaming chairs, in particular, are made with comfort and ergonomics in mind.

Best Budget Gaming Chairs

1.Homall S-Racer Gaming Chair

Price: Starts at $160

Homall S-Racer Gaming Chair

One of the most highly praised gaming chairs on the market, the Homall S-Racer is a pretty good choice for people that do not want to spend a lot of money on such a thing.

The design of the chair is similar to DXRacer chairs in the past, which is a brand that popularized gaming chairs.

As you know, it is a racing style gaming chair that is complete with a head pillow and another one for lumbar support.

It has adjustable armrests so that you can tweak that whenever you are playing or doing some office work.

You get three different color combinations such as black/red, red/blue, and blue/black so there is plenty for everybody.

It makes use of premium PU leather on the outside and some comfortable foam on the inside so you will have no problem sitting on the chair for extended periods of time.

This chair is also an all-in-one in the sense that it can support up to 300 pounds of weight. So, if you are a skinny person or if you are overweight, this product can handle your weight.

2.Respawn 200 Racing Style Gaming Chair

Price: $189.99

Respawn 200 Racing Style Gaming Chair

Another racing style gaming chair, the Respawn 200 is another comfortable and ergonomic chair that you can sit on for hours and hours without any problems.

What I really love is its base because it uses a steel-tube frame that is not only sturdy, but is also capable of supporting weight of up to 350 pounds which is pretty insane.

You can recline this chair up to 130-degrees so that you can take a nap from time to time. Its armrests are adjustable both in height and depth.

Although I love the previous recommendation, the problem with it is that it uses PU leather on the main side of the chair where you will sit. That means that because it is not a breathable material, you will definitely be sweating after a while which might make people uncomfortable.

The Respawn 200, however, has a breathable mesh material to prevent that from happening. Whether you want to play for long hours or just a couple of minutes, it won’t make you sweat at all.

You also have 5 different color options to choose from so that you can match the aesthetic with your setup.

3.Vitesse Gaming Chair

Price: $150

Vitesse Gaming Chair

Although people like the design of most gaming chairs, there are some that would prefer a more subdued look and that is where this next recommendation comes in.

The Vitesse Gaming Chair has almost similar features to the chairs that are mentioned above with one major difference- it has an all-black aesthetic.

That just means that you can use this chair in your home or even in your office and no one would recognize that it is indeed a gaming chair. It is that subtle.

People that play for long periods of time will experience some sleepiness at some point and this chair provides you with a reclining feature that goes back up to 180-degrees. You don’t have to worry about it breaking because the material is quite sturdy and it has a locking mechanism to keep the chair in place.

The head pillow that comes with the chair is a bit bigger than others and that is probably due to the fact that it is one of the only budget gaming chairs that have a 180-degree reclining functionality.

Although the variant I am talking about here is the all-black version, there are a couple of color options to choose from as well.

4.Corsair T3 Rush

Price: $280

Corsair T3 Rush

A bit on the pricier side but is still considered as a ‘budget’ offering, the Corsair T3 Rush is a pretty good one.

Just like the Vitesse gaming chair above, the T3 Rush also has a 180-degree reclining feature that allows you to take a couple of naps from time to time.

Instead of using PU Leather, Corsair makes use of a breathable soft fabric material that ensures that you are not going to get sweaty during long gaming marathons.

It has 4D armrests which just means that it has amazing adjustability for maximum comfort. You can choose between three color options such as gray/charcoal, charcoal, and gray/white.

This would’ve been the perfect gaming chair on this list if it wasn’t for its size support. This chair is best suited only for people who are under 220 pounds of weight, so those that have a bigger frame would have to look elsewhere.

5.Furmax PU Leather Gaming Chair

Price: $100

Furmax PU Leather Gaming Chair

As mentioned before, not everyone is a fan of racing-style gaming chairs because the aesthetic doesn’t suit a professional or office environment. Well, if you want one that can be used both in your home or in the office, then the Furmax PU Leather Gaming Chair is a worthy consideration.

What I love about the chair is that you can buy one that suits your build. That means that even if you are over 250 pounds, there is a bigger model that will fit you perfectly.

In order to put your mind at ease, this Furmax chair makes use of a tubular steel frame and a 5-star nylon base to ensure that the lower parts of the product remain stable no matter how long you intend to sit on it.

It is not breathable because it makes use of polyurethane leather, but it is still quite comfortable when compared to other similar products.

The chair also comes with a head pillow and lumbar support so comfort is never going to be an issue.

Its all-black aesthetic makes this chair fit right in even in an office.

6.Elecwish Ergonomic Gaming Chair

Price: $135

Elecwish Ergonomic Gaming Chair

While most people would fit on any gaming chair out there, there are some that would have to buy a much bigger one if they are on the larger side. That is where the Elecwish Ergonomic Gaming Chair excels at.

This is one of the bigger gaming chairs on the market and this is one that I can wholeheartedly recommend for people who are over 250 pounds (but not more than 330).

It has a wide seat and its PU leather material ensures that you are going to be comfortable with the occasional sweating (that is common in such material). It does, however, come with high-density elastic foam to make it even more comfortable. In fact, it is so comfortable that you might want to sleep on it.

The chair has a reinforced base so that it can support the heavyweights without any problem. And, I really love that the tools that you need to install the chair are included in the package.

If there is one thing that I do not like about this chair it would be that the armrests are not as adjustable as others. It is still comfortable though because there is some padding to it which makes it ideal for using your gaming keyboard when typing or playing games.

7.Merax High-Back Ergonomic Racing Chair

Price: $140

Merax High-Back Ergonomic Racing Chair

Considered by many as one of the best budget gaming chairs out there, this Merax gaming chair does deserve some praise, mainly because it is one of the only chairs out there that has amazing adjustability.

You see, you want to buy a chair that provides the best comfort for you and that means that you want one that you can tailor to your needs.

The Merax High-Back Ergonomic Racing Chair definitely fits that bill. You can recline it back up to 170-degrees and it can support a person up to 250 pounds.

There are a variety of color options and the company backs this product up with a solid 2-year warranty.

It is mostly made of PU leather which means that although it is comfortable enough, some occasional sweating may occur due to the nature of the material.

While it does provide amazing adjustability, make sure that you assemble this one with a partner as the process can be tricky.

8.AKRacing Core Series EX Gaming Chair

Price: $250

AKRacing Core Series EX Gaming Chair

Most gaming chairs that you can find on the market make use of PU leather as its main material and that is to help cut down on costs. The last chair on the list doesn’t do that.

The AKRacing Core Series EX is a gaming chair that is so comfortable that it is praised mainly for that reason. It makes use of Polyester material that makes you want to sleep on the thing because it just feels good.

It has a steel base that is capable of supporting weight of up to 330 pounds which should pretty much fit everybody.

You can recline the chair back up to 180 degrees and its included head pillow and lumbar support are comfortable enough to use for extended periods of time.

I love the fact that the wheels also make it easier for you to go from point A to point B without a hitch.

It is definitely one of the heavier gaming chairs on the market, but that just resembles the quality of the product itself.

The AKRacing Core Series EX is one of the only gaming chairs that provide you with a solid 5-year warranty. Sure, it is a bit more expensive than most chairs on the list, but for $250, this product is actually a steal in my opinion.

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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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8 Best Budget Gaming Chairs in 2020- Get Comfortable at an Affordable Price

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How long do you play games on a single day? Most people play for 2 hours on average on a single day and that is according to a survey that was released in 2019. However, with the Covid-19 situation, that number is definitely going to increase.

Since we are likely going to be spending the majority of our waking hours in front of a computer, it would be best that you think about getting the best budget gaming chair.

Read further to find out what our recommendations are.

What is the Difference Between an Office Chair and a Gaming Chair?

One of the most common questions that people ask is what is the main difference between a gaming chair and an office chair?

Well, there are plenty, but one thing that you just have to keep in mind is that gaming chairs are designed to help you sit comfortably for prolonged periods of time. In short, they put ergonomics into practice.

You see, when you just sit on a normal chair and you are playing games for hours on end, you run the risk of putting your spine in an uncomfortable and prone position. You might not notice it now, but over time, you are slowly (but surely) damaging it.

Gaming chairs are made in a way that provides ample lumbar support so that it not only protects your spine during prolonged sitting but it also makes it comfortable for you to sit on it as well.

This is not to say that office chairs are not comfortable or ergonomic, but this is to say that gaming chairs, in particular, are made with comfort and ergonomics in mind.

Best Budget Gaming Chairs

1.Homall S-Racer Gaming Chair

Price: Starts at $160

Homall S-Racer Gaming Chair

One of the most highly praised gaming chairs on the market, the Homall S-Racer is a pretty good choice for people that do not want to spend a lot of money on such a thing.

The design of the chair is similar to DXRacer chairs in the past, which is a brand that popularized gaming chairs.

As you know, it is a racing style gaming chair that is complete with a head pillow and another one for lumbar support.

It has adjustable armrests so that you can tweak that whenever you are playing or doing some office work.

You get three different color combinations such as black/red, red/blue, and blue/black so there is plenty for everybody.

It makes use of premium PU leather on the outside and some comfortable foam on the inside so you will have no problem sitting on the chair for extended periods of time.

This chair is also an all-in-one in the sense that it can support up to 300 pounds of weight. So, if you are a skinny person or if you are overweight, this product can handle your weight.

2.Respawn 200 Racing Style Gaming Chair

Price: $189.99

Respawn 200 Racing Style Gaming Chair

Another racing style gaming chair, the Respawn 200 is another comfortable and ergonomic chair that you can sit on for hours and hours without any problems.

What I really love is its base because it uses a steel-tube frame that is not only sturdy, but is also capable of supporting weight of up to 350 pounds which is pretty insane.

You can recline this chair up to 130-degrees so that you can take a nap from time to time. Its armrests are adjustable both in height and depth.

Although I love the previous recommendation, the problem with it is that it uses PU leather on the main side of the chair where you will sit. That means that because it is not a breathable material, you will definitely be sweating after a while which might make people uncomfortable.

The Respawn 200, however, has a breathable mesh material to prevent that from happening. Whether you want to play for long hours or just a couple of minutes, it won’t make you sweat at all.

You also have 5 different color options to choose from so that you can match the aesthetic with your setup.

3.Vitesse Gaming Chair

Price: $150

Vitesse Gaming Chair

Although people like the design of most gaming chairs, there are some that would prefer a more subdued look and that is where this next recommendation comes in.

The Vitesse Gaming Chair has almost similar features to the chairs that are mentioned above with one major difference- it has an all-black aesthetic.

That just means that you can use this chair in your home or even in your office and no one would recognize that it is indeed a gaming chair. It is that subtle.

People that play for long periods of time will experience some sleepiness at some point and this chair provides you with a reclining feature that goes back up to 180-degrees. You don’t have to worry about it breaking because the material is quite sturdy and it has a locking mechanism to keep the chair in place.

The head pillow that comes with the chair is a bit bigger than others and that is probably due to the fact that it is one of the only budget gaming chairs that have a 180-degree reclining functionality.

Although the variant I am talking about here is the all-black version, there are a couple of color options to choose from as well.

4.Corsair T3 Rush

Price: $280

Corsair T3 Rush

A bit on the pricier side but is still considered as a ‘budget’ offering, the Corsair T3 Rush is a pretty good one.

Just like the Vitesse gaming chair above, the T3 Rush also has a 180-degree reclining feature that allows you to take a couple of naps from time to time.

Instead of using PU Leather, Corsair makes use of a breathable soft fabric material that ensures that you are not going to get sweaty during long gaming marathons.

It has 4D armrests which just means that it has amazing adjustability for maximum comfort. You can choose between three color options such as gray/charcoal, charcoal, and gray/white.

This would’ve been the perfect gaming chair on this list if it wasn’t for its size support. This chair is best suited only for people who are under 220 pounds of weight, so those that have a bigger frame would have to look elsewhere.

5.Furmax PU Leather Gaming Chair

Price: $100

Furmax PU Leather Gaming Chair

As mentioned before, not everyone is a fan of racing-style gaming chairs because the aesthetic doesn’t suit a professional or office environment. Well, if you want one that can be used both in your home or in the office, then the Furmax PU Leather Gaming Chair is a worthy consideration.

What I love about the chair is that you can buy one that suits your build. That means that even if you are over 250 pounds, there is a bigger model that will fit you perfectly.

In order to put your mind at ease, this Furmax chair makes use of a tubular steel frame and a 5-star nylon base to ensure that the lower parts of the product remain stable no matter how long you intend to sit on it.

It is not breathable because it makes use of polyurethane leather, but it is still quite comfortable when compared to other similar products.

The chair also comes with a head pillow and lumbar support so comfort is never going to be an issue.

Its all-black aesthetic makes this chair fit right in even in an office.

6.Elecwish Ergonomic Gaming Chair

Price: $135

Elecwish Ergonomic Gaming Chair

While most people would fit on any gaming chair out there, there are some that would have to buy a much bigger one if they are on the larger side. That is where the Elecwish Ergonomic Gaming Chair excels at.

This is one of the bigger gaming chairs on the market and this is one that I can wholeheartedly recommend for people who are over 250 pounds (but not more than 330).

It has a wide seat and its PU leather material ensures that you are going to be comfortable with the occasional sweating (that is common in such material). It does, however, come with high-density elastic foam to make it even more comfortable. In fact, it is so comfortable that you might want to sleep on it.

The chair has a reinforced base so that it can support the heavyweights without any problem. And, I really love that the tools that you need to install the chair are included in the package.

If there is one thing that I do not like about this chair it would be that the armrests are not as adjustable as others. It is still comfortable though because there is some padding to it which makes it ideal for using your gaming keyboard when typing or playing games.

7.Merax High-Back Ergonomic Racing Chair

Price: $140

Merax High-Back Ergonomic Racing Chair

Considered by many as one of the best budget gaming chairs out there, this Merax gaming chair does deserve some praise, mainly because it is one of the only chairs out there that has amazing adjustability.

You see, you want to buy a chair that provides the best comfort for you and that means that you want one that you can tailor to your needs.

The Merax High-Back Ergonomic Racing Chair definitely fits that bill. You can recline it back up to 170-degrees and it can support a person up to 250 pounds.

There are a variety of color options and the company backs this product up with a solid 2-year warranty.

It is mostly made of PU leather which means that although it is comfortable enough, some occasional sweating may occur due to the nature of the material.

While it does provide amazing adjustability, make sure that you assemble this one with a partner as the process can be tricky.

8.AKRacing Core Series EX Gaming Chair

Price: $250

AKRacing Core Series EX Gaming Chair

Most gaming chairs that you can find on the market make use of PU leather as its main material and that is to help cut down on costs. The last chair on the list doesn’t do that.

The AKRacing Core Series EX is a gaming chair that is so comfortable that it is praised mainly for that reason. It makes use of Polyester material that makes you want to sleep on the thing because it just feels good.

It has a steel base that is capable of supporting weight of up to 330 pounds which should pretty much fit everybody.

You can recline the chair back up to 180 degrees and its included head pillow and lumbar support are comfortable enough to use for extended periods of time.

I love the fact that the wheels also make it easier for you to go from point A to point B without a hitch.

It is definitely one of the heavier gaming chairs on the market, but that just resembles the quality of the product itself.

The AKRacing Core Series EX is one of the only gaming chairs that provide you with a solid 5-year warranty. Sure, it is a bit more expensive than most chairs on the list, but for $250, this product is actually a steal in my opinion.

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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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