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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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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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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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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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