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Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

No matter what industry you are interested in, there are always going to be some brands or companies that stand out among the rest. In the gaming peripheral industry, one of the leaders is Logitech.

The company first started creating office peripherals like mice and keyboards but has since focused its efforts into creating class-leading gaming peripherals instead.

In this article, I will go over some of the best Logitech gaming mice in 2020 so if you are thinking of getting one from this esteemed company, read ahead.

1.Logitech G502 Hero

Price: $48

Logitech G502 Hero

If Razer is touting that its Deathadder V2 is the best gaming mouse for most people, Logitech, too, has their own offering in the form of the G502 Hero.

The Logitech G502, just like the Deathadder from Razer, is nothing new. But, if you already have a winning product, you need not change what made it famous in the first place, right?

What people love about the original G502 is its amazing ergonomics and, of course, the ‘infinite’ scroll wheel functionality. I would even go on to say that the latter feature is only present in Logitech gaming mice and is not available in other mice on the market. Just a fun fact for you.

The Logitech G502 Hero is nearly identical to the original G502 but with some welcome additions. The first thing that was replaced was the sensor. The company dubs it as the ‘HERO’ sensor and it is the latest in its mouse sensor technology.

Without getting overly technical, the HERO sensor provides you with a class-leading performance at a relatively low energy cost. That means that the company’s other gaming mice that come with the said sensor can take advantage of amazing mouse tracking and performance without a penalty. And, since it uses relatively low power, it doesn’t eat through the battery compared to Logitech’s previous mice sensors.

Aside from the new sensor, you also get 11 customizable buttons and the company’s Lightsync feature for some improved aesthetics in the form of RGB lighting. Both of them can be configured using the Logitech G Hub Software which has since gotten a complete overhaul- making it easier and more intuitive to use.

Although the mouse weighs 122 grams (with the included weights), it might not be to everyone’s liking, especially for FPS players. But, if you are looking for a great all-arounder, the Logitech G502 Hero does not disappoint.

2.Logitech G203 Lightsync

Price: $30

Logitech G203 Lightsync

As much as I like providing you with the best and most expensive gaming peripherals on the market, there are also some that do not have the money to shell out for such things. Fortunately, Logitech has made it certain that all of its fans are getting some attention and for you budget-conscious consumers out there, this next mouse is for you.

The Logitech G203 is a budget gaming mouse that boasts of impressive performance despite the affordable price tag.

First, let’s talk about design. When you look at the mouse, you might mistake it for an ambidextrous gaming peripheral, but that is actually not the case. It just looks like one, but once you get to see that the two extra buttons are only located on the left side of the peripheral, you will understand that it is indeed intended for right-handed gamers.

Anyway, the mouse comes with what the company calls as a ‘gaming-grade’ sensor that can go as high as 8,000 DPI. While most manufacturers aim for that sweet 20K mark, this mouse is no slouch when it comes to performance.

It provides accurate tracking and because it is relatively lightweight at 85 grams, you can easily flick this one without any issues with accuracy.

One of the biggest improvements over the original version of the 203 is that it now has three different lighting zones which certainly improves the aesthetics of it by a lot.

Of course, it also comes with some programmable buttons that you can tinker using Logitech’s software as well.

3.Logitech G Pro Wireless

Price: $149

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Logitech is the first company to ever release a wireless mouse that can rival its wired counterparts. That mouse is none other than the Logitech G Pro Wireless.

Using the same HERO 16K sensor as the Logitech G502 mouse above, this gaming peripheral boasts of amazing pixel-per-pixel tracking, as well as wireless performance that is tough to beat.

The sensor can go as high as 16,000 and although this doesn’t quite reach the 20,000 mark that some Razer gaming Mice can, it is still okay, given that most people do not go that far anyway.

This gaming mouse has an ambidextrous design and it is incredibly lightweight for a wireless peripheral. At only 81 grams, this will surely be a great addition to your battle station.

Despite its looks, the Logitech G Pro is actually quite a sturdy mouse. Even if you go in an all-out rage mode because you’ve lost a match in Apex Legends, for example, this mouse can definitely take the beating.

It boasts of an impressive 40+ hours battery life and it also comes with its own charger right out of the box as well. Since it can just be recharged using the included cable, the company opted to include its Lightsync feature here as well.

If you do not like the idea of putting the mouse in wired mode when it is charging, you can also choose to buy the company’s Powerplay Charging Mat as well, though its high price might deter people from getting one.

4.Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Price: $69

Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Do you play MOBA games like Dota 2 or League of Legends? If so, you’d want a mouse that has some extra buttons that you can customize to your playstyle and that is where the Logitech G604 Lightspeed comes in.

As you can tell from the product name, the G604 Lightspeed is a wireless gaming mouse and I think that this is the direction that the company is heading. True enough, they’ve produced something that will surely be loved by many.

The hallmark feature of the G604 Lightspeed is its 6 programmable buttons on the left-hand side of the mouse. You can program it using the Logitech G Hub software and you can bind anything to it- from programs to your game’s macros and whatnot.

Despite being marketed as a ‘gaming’ mouse, the G604 Lightspeed is actually also great for other things as well.

It has the company’s infinite scroll wheel which allows you to sift through content quickly and easily. It comes with plenty of programmable buttons (a total of 15) where you can map all of the things that you want on them.

The mouse also uses the company’s HERO 16K sensor which provides amazing performance at a low energy cost, thus preserving its battery life.

Speaking of battery life, the only thing that people might not like about this mouse is the fact that it uses an AA battery (just one would suffice). Therefore, it is not rechargeable and you will have to buy another battery when it runs out.

But, despite the fact that you have to change the battery from time to time, the mouse itself is quite energy-efficient in that you do not need to change it for 5 months or so (with moderate use).

It doesn’t come with RGB lighting but it is understandable.

5.Logitech G403 Hero

Price: $50

Logitech G403 Hero

While the Logitech G502 has an award-winning design, there are some people that would prefer a bit more robust build and that is where the G403 Hero comes in.

Aside from the fact that it uses the latest mouse sensor from the company, its ergonomics is something to take note of. It is a bit chunky but you will be surprised that this gaming peripheral only weighs 87 grams. It also comes with an additional 10-gram weight which you can remove if you do not want the extra heft.

Although this mouse doesn’t come with rubber grips on the side, its recessed thumb rest makes it more comfortable for users who intend to play on hours-long gaming sessions.

It is a rather simple-looking gaming mouse that has some RGB illumination and you might think that this is cheap in terms of build quality, but that is not the case. In fact, you can throw fits of rage and this mouse can still take the beating afterward.

The Logitech G403 Hero is what I would recommend for people that do not want the ergonomics of the G502 but would still want to use that class-leading sensor regardless.

6.Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

Price: $150

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

Let’s go full circle and talk about Logitech’s G502 again- only this time, I am referring to the wireless version of the mouse.

You see, people truly praise the ergonomics of the Logitech G502; so much so that other companies like Razer and Corsair have designed some of their mice to mimic the feel of the said mouse.

As you can tell, the G502 Lightspeed Wireless also comes with the company’s HERO sensor that is known for its low-energy cost without a performance penalty.

It has a dedicated sniper button that instantly decreases the mouse’s DPI to a much lower preset to help you aim even better.

People that want extra weight for more stability would also love the fact that the mouse also comes with extra removable weights in 2g and 4g variants.

My only gripe with this mouse is that it doesn’t come with its own charging dock and what you get is only a charging cable if you want to give some juice to the peripheral. At $150, the company could have at least given you its own charging cradle for convenience.

However, if you decide that plugging in its cable is too inconvenient for you, you can spend some of your money to get the Logitech Powerplay charging mouse mat but that would be an added expense.

Why Choose Logitech?

When Razer innovates in terms of implementing new technologies, Logitech is innovating in the mouse sensor department. In fact, the latest sensor that you can find on Razer’s gaming mice is made in part with Logitech and Pixart.

That being said, the company has released quite a lot of notable gaming mice on the market; particularly the Logitech G502 and the Logitech G Pro.

The G502 is widely praised to be an ergonomic mouse that can do a lot of things. It comes with an impressive sensor, the infinite scroll wheel, and up to 15 programmable buttons.

The G Pro Wireless has been on the desks of many popular esports athletes and FPS veterans all over the world. Its design, weight, and its class-leading sensor make it so much more appealing to use than any other mice out there. Although there are certainly some worthy contenders now, the G Pro Wireless is still beloved by many.

Logitech has also revamped its Logitech G Hub software to make it more intuitive and easier to use. People praise it for being quite stable compared to the company’s rivals on the market.

All in all, Logitech is one of the most reputable brands in the gaming peripheral space and if you are looking for quality peripherals, this is one of the companies you should look into.

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Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

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It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.

Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.

Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.

It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).

That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).

With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.

Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.

Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.

1080p and 4K Gaming

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.

Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.

You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.

NVIDIA Hardware Use

According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.

That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).

Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.

The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.

This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.

What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.

According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.

Conclusion

Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.

Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99

If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review

Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.

Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.

Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively. 

Design

Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.

The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.

Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.

It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.

I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.

The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.

For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.

The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.

You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.

Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.

However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.

It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.

I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.

Performance

Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.

Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.

How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.

It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.

This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.

The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.

Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.

Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.

In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.

Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.

I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.

Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.

There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.

This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup. 

While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.

All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.

The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.

Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.

That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.

I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.

Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.

As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.

Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.

Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.

Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.

The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.

Verdict

For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.

I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.

I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.

Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.

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6 Best Logitech Gaming Mice in 2020- Gain a Competitive Advantage

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Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

No matter what industry you are interested in, there are always going to be some brands or companies that stand out among the rest. In the gaming peripheral industry, one of the leaders is Logitech.

The company first started creating office peripherals like mice and keyboards but has since focused its efforts into creating class-leading gaming peripherals instead.

In this article, I will go over some of the best Logitech gaming mice in 2020 so if you are thinking of getting one from this esteemed company, read ahead.

1.Logitech G502 Hero

Price: $48

Logitech G502 Hero

If Razer is touting that its Deathadder V2 is the best gaming mouse for most people, Logitech, too, has their own offering in the form of the G502 Hero.

The Logitech G502, just like the Deathadder from Razer, is nothing new. But, if you already have a winning product, you need not change what made it famous in the first place, right?

What people love about the original G502 is its amazing ergonomics and, of course, the ‘infinite’ scroll wheel functionality. I would even go on to say that the latter feature is only present in Logitech gaming mice and is not available in other mice on the market. Just a fun fact for you.

The Logitech G502 Hero is nearly identical to the original G502 but with some welcome additions. The first thing that was replaced was the sensor. The company dubs it as the ‘HERO’ sensor and it is the latest in its mouse sensor technology.

Without getting overly technical, the HERO sensor provides you with a class-leading performance at a relatively low energy cost. That means that the company’s other gaming mice that come with the said sensor can take advantage of amazing mouse tracking and performance without a penalty. And, since it uses relatively low power, it doesn’t eat through the battery compared to Logitech’s previous mice sensors.

Aside from the new sensor, you also get 11 customizable buttons and the company’s Lightsync feature for some improved aesthetics in the form of RGB lighting. Both of them can be configured using the Logitech G Hub Software which has since gotten a complete overhaul- making it easier and more intuitive to use.

Although the mouse weighs 122 grams (with the included weights), it might not be to everyone’s liking, especially for FPS players. But, if you are looking for a great all-arounder, the Logitech G502 Hero does not disappoint.

2.Logitech G203 Lightsync

Price: $30

Logitech G203 Lightsync

As much as I like providing you with the best and most expensive gaming peripherals on the market, there are also some that do not have the money to shell out for such things. Fortunately, Logitech has made it certain that all of its fans are getting some attention and for you budget-conscious consumers out there, this next mouse is for you.

The Logitech G203 is a budget gaming mouse that boasts of impressive performance despite the affordable price tag.

First, let’s talk about design. When you look at the mouse, you might mistake it for an ambidextrous gaming peripheral, but that is actually not the case. It just looks like one, but once you get to see that the two extra buttons are only located on the left side of the peripheral, you will understand that it is indeed intended for right-handed gamers.

Anyway, the mouse comes with what the company calls as a ‘gaming-grade’ sensor that can go as high as 8,000 DPI. While most manufacturers aim for that sweet 20K mark, this mouse is no slouch when it comes to performance.

It provides accurate tracking and because it is relatively lightweight at 85 grams, you can easily flick this one without any issues with accuracy.

One of the biggest improvements over the original version of the 203 is that it now has three different lighting zones which certainly improves the aesthetics of it by a lot.

Of course, it also comes with some programmable buttons that you can tinker using Logitech’s software as well.

3.Logitech G Pro Wireless

Price: $149

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Logitech is the first company to ever release a wireless mouse that can rival its wired counterparts. That mouse is none other than the Logitech G Pro Wireless.

Using the same HERO 16K sensor as the Logitech G502 mouse above, this gaming peripheral boasts of amazing pixel-per-pixel tracking, as well as wireless performance that is tough to beat.

The sensor can go as high as 16,000 and although this doesn’t quite reach the 20,000 mark that some Razer gaming Mice can, it is still okay, given that most people do not go that far anyway.

This gaming mouse has an ambidextrous design and it is incredibly lightweight for a wireless peripheral. At only 81 grams, this will surely be a great addition to your battle station.

Despite its looks, the Logitech G Pro is actually quite a sturdy mouse. Even if you go in an all-out rage mode because you’ve lost a match in Apex Legends, for example, this mouse can definitely take the beating.

It boasts of an impressive 40+ hours battery life and it also comes with its own charger right out of the box as well. Since it can just be recharged using the included cable, the company opted to include its Lightsync feature here as well.

If you do not like the idea of putting the mouse in wired mode when it is charging, you can also choose to buy the company’s Powerplay Charging Mat as well, though its high price might deter people from getting one.

4.Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Price: $69

Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Do you play MOBA games like Dota 2 or League of Legends? If so, you’d want a mouse that has some extra buttons that you can customize to your playstyle and that is where the Logitech G604 Lightspeed comes in.

As you can tell from the product name, the G604 Lightspeed is a wireless gaming mouse and I think that this is the direction that the company is heading. True enough, they’ve produced something that will surely be loved by many.

The hallmark feature of the G604 Lightspeed is its 6 programmable buttons on the left-hand side of the mouse. You can program it using the Logitech G Hub software and you can bind anything to it- from programs to your game’s macros and whatnot.

Despite being marketed as a ‘gaming’ mouse, the G604 Lightspeed is actually also great for other things as well.

It has the company’s infinite scroll wheel which allows you to sift through content quickly and easily. It comes with plenty of programmable buttons (a total of 15) where you can map all of the things that you want on them.

The mouse also uses the company’s HERO 16K sensor which provides amazing performance at a low energy cost, thus preserving its battery life.

Speaking of battery life, the only thing that people might not like about this mouse is the fact that it uses an AA battery (just one would suffice). Therefore, it is not rechargeable and you will have to buy another battery when it runs out.

But, despite the fact that you have to change the battery from time to time, the mouse itself is quite energy-efficient in that you do not need to change it for 5 months or so (with moderate use).

It doesn’t come with RGB lighting but it is understandable.

5.Logitech G403 Hero

Price: $50

Logitech G403 Hero

While the Logitech G502 has an award-winning design, there are some people that would prefer a bit more robust build and that is where the G403 Hero comes in.

Aside from the fact that it uses the latest mouse sensor from the company, its ergonomics is something to take note of. It is a bit chunky but you will be surprised that this gaming peripheral only weighs 87 grams. It also comes with an additional 10-gram weight which you can remove if you do not want the extra heft.

Although this mouse doesn’t come with rubber grips on the side, its recessed thumb rest makes it more comfortable for users who intend to play on hours-long gaming sessions.

It is a rather simple-looking gaming mouse that has some RGB illumination and you might think that this is cheap in terms of build quality, but that is not the case. In fact, you can throw fits of rage and this mouse can still take the beating afterward.

The Logitech G403 Hero is what I would recommend for people that do not want the ergonomics of the G502 but would still want to use that class-leading sensor regardless.

6.Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

Price: $150

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

Let’s go full circle and talk about Logitech’s G502 again- only this time, I am referring to the wireless version of the mouse.

You see, people truly praise the ergonomics of the Logitech G502; so much so that other companies like Razer and Corsair have designed some of their mice to mimic the feel of the said mouse.

As you can tell, the G502 Lightspeed Wireless also comes with the company’s HERO sensor that is known for its low-energy cost without a performance penalty.

It has a dedicated sniper button that instantly decreases the mouse’s DPI to a much lower preset to help you aim even better.

People that want extra weight for more stability would also love the fact that the mouse also comes with extra removable weights in 2g and 4g variants.

My only gripe with this mouse is that it doesn’t come with its own charging dock and what you get is only a charging cable if you want to give some juice to the peripheral. At $150, the company could have at least given you its own charging cradle for convenience.

However, if you decide that plugging in its cable is too inconvenient for you, you can spend some of your money to get the Logitech Powerplay charging mouse mat but that would be an added expense.

Why Choose Logitech?

When Razer innovates in terms of implementing new technologies, Logitech is innovating in the mouse sensor department. In fact, the latest sensor that you can find on Razer’s gaming mice is made in part with Logitech and Pixart.

That being said, the company has released quite a lot of notable gaming mice on the market; particularly the Logitech G502 and the Logitech G Pro.

The G502 is widely praised to be an ergonomic mouse that can do a lot of things. It comes with an impressive sensor, the infinite scroll wheel, and up to 15 programmable buttons.

The G Pro Wireless has been on the desks of many popular esports athletes and FPS veterans all over the world. Its design, weight, and its class-leading sensor make it so much more appealing to use than any other mice out there. Although there are certainly some worthy contenders now, the G Pro Wireless is still beloved by many.

Logitech has also revamped its Logitech G Hub software to make it more intuitive and easier to use. People praise it for being quite stable compared to the company’s rivals on the market.

All in all, Logitech is one of the most reputable brands in the gaming peripheral space and if you are looking for quality peripherals, this is one of the companies you should look into.

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Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

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It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.

Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.

Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.

It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).

That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).

With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.

Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.

Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.

1080p and 4K Gaming

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.

Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.

You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.

NVIDIA Hardware Use

According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.

That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).

Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.

The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.

This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.

What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.

According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.

Conclusion

Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.

Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99

If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500

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Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.

Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.

Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively. 

Design

Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.

The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.

Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.

It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.

I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.

The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.

For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.

The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.

You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.

Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.

However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.

It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.

I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.

Performance

Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.

Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.

How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.

It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.

This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.

The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.

Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.

Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.

In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.

Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.

I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.

Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.

There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.

This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup. 

While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.

All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.

The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.

Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.

That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.

I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.

Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.

As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.

Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.

Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.

Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.

The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.

Verdict

For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.

I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.

I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.

Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.

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