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7 Best Razer Gaming Mice in 2020- From Lightweight to Wireless Powerhouse

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What do you usually look for when you buy a gaming mouse? You might be looking at the sensor, the size, and how many buttons it has, but there are some people that would go for a certain brand more than anything else.

Razer is certainly one of the best gaming peripheral brands on the market. That is further compounded by the fact that the company’s slogan is ‘for gamers, by gamers’.

If you are looking for a mouse from this reputable brand, read on to find out the best razer gaming mouse for you in 2020.

1.Razer Deathadder V2

Price: $70

Razer Deathadder V2

If you’ve created a winning formula, you need not change anything at all. Well, that is probably what the company was thinking when they’ve released the new version of their ever-popular gaming mouse.

The Razer Deathadder was actually created more than 15 years ago and while its internals has been improved through the years, there is one thing that always remains: The shape.

You see, the best gaming mouse for you is one that would fit on your hand nicely. That is because if the said peripheral doesn’t conform to your grip style and your hand, in general, your experience will not be as comfortable as you’d like.

The Razer Deathadder V2 is the newest iteration of the popular gaming mouse. What has changed? Well, it now has a better sensor that is based on the Pixart PMW-3389 and its buttons are actually optical switches that are rated to last longer than what the company has used in the past.

Its maximum DPI can go as high as 20,000 but that is just all marketing. The good thing is that despite the fact that you will not reach that DPI limit, you are still getting amazing performance across the board.

There are also two programmable buttons just south of the scroll wheel. By default, they control the DPI settings, but you can of course change that by using the Razer Synapse 3 software.

Overall, the Razer Deathadder V2 is what I would consider the best gaming mouse for most people thanks to its award-winning ergonomics, as well as new sensor and mouse buttons.

While it is typically sold at $70, you can snag one up for as low as $45 if you can find a good deal online.

2.Razer Viper Ultimate

Price: $149 with Charging Dock; $129 Without

Razer Viper Ultimate

Back then, people were reluctant to get a wireless mouse because the input lag and the wireless connection are both major issues of such a device. Fortunately, the technology has improved over time and there is no reason for you not to get a wireless gaming mouse (other than the price).

As you can expect, Razer is one of the companies that are always innovating and incorporating new technologies into their gaming peripherals. One of their best creations yet is the Razer Viper Ultimate.

This is their latest ambidextrous mouse that rivals even the other top gaming mice on the market. There is a lot to love about the Viper Ultimate.

It has an ambidextrous design which means that it should be great to use for both right-handed and left-handed users.

One of its main selling points is its weight. Most people these days play first-person shooters that would almost require them to use a lightweight mouse. The Viper Ultimate doesn’t disappoint.

At just 74 grams (without the cable), it is just 5 grams heavier than the wired version of the peripheral which is pretty insane. This is pretty good considering that other wireless mice always get so heavier than their wired counterparts, but this is just a bit heavier and that is welcome.

This mouse also makes use of the Focus+ sensor used in the Razer Deathadder V2 above and it also has optical switches for extended durability.

The Viper Ultimate comes with its own charging dock so you can conveniently place the peripheral when you are not using it to give it some juice. Of course, if you somehow forgot to charge the mouse, there is an included cable so that you can still play your games, albeit the peripheral being plugged directly into your gaming system.

While the product is not cheap at $149, the Viper Ultimate still warrants your hard-earned money because it gives you more than you can ask for.

3.Razer Basilisk V2

Price: $70

Razer Basilisk V2

If you love the ergonomics of the Logitech G502 mouse, then you will love the Razer Basilisk V2. Its shape, as you can probably guess already, is nearly identical to the aforementioned mouse and that is actually a good thing.

Although Razer has copied the design of its closest rival, it is for good reason and that is due to the fact that the ergonomics are on point. In fact, how this mouse feels can be slightly comfortable for some people when you compare it to the Razer Deathadder V2.

One of the standout features of the Basilisk is that it comes with three interchangeable ‘Sniper’ buttons that you can attach on the left side of the mouse. This button, when pressed, will change the DPI to a preset one (a much lower value at that) so that you can aim better. Of course, the DPI goes back to normal when you release it.

It has three interchangeable buttons or paddles and you can choose one that fits your hand the most.

Aside from the fact that it also comes with the Focus+ sensor and optical buttons, the Basilisk also has PTFE feet at the bottom of it for maximum glide and its ‘Hyperflex’ cable ensures that you won’t have a problem when doing fast mouse movements.

You get a total of 11 programmable buttons and you cannot expect a mouse with a $70 price tag to not come with some RGB bling. Both of these and more can be configured using the company’s Razer Synapse software.

If you want a wireless version of the mouse, you can opt to get the Razer Basilisk Ultimate instead. It is a bit heavier, but it does come with a charging dock for convenience.

4.Razer Viper Mini

Price: $39

Razer Viper Mini

If you told me a few years ago that there was a competitive Razer mouse that was priced under $50, I would have laughed at you. But, I wouldn’t do that anymore because the company did release something that is worthy of your purchase.

The Razer Viper Mini has a similar design to its Ultimate brethren but its main advantage is that it is very lightweight. In fact, it is one of the only great lightweight mice on the market today.

At just 61 grams (without the cable), you can easily use this for competitive Valorant plays and other first-person shooters that you like to play. It has a grip width of 53.5mm, a height of 38.3mm, and length of 118.3mm.

Its sensor is a company-made one that goes only up to 8,500, but that shouldn’t be a huge deal considering that people barely go as high as that anyway.

The mouse buttons are also rated at 50 million compared to the Ultimate’s 70 million clicks, but that should be okay for non-competitive gamers.

Although this is one of the fastest gaming mice on the market, do keep in mind that this is not for everyone. The peripheral is small and can only be gripped by using fingertip or claw grip styles.

But, if having an ultra-lightweight mouse is what you prefer, there is no doubt that the Viper Mini is one that you should consider getting.

5.Razer Naga Trinity

Price: $79

Razer Naga Trinity

Although most people play first-person shooting games nowadays, there are still a few of them that play massive multiplayer online games or MMOs. And, if you’ve played MMO games before, you know that having a gaming peripheral with a lot of keys is almost a must. That is where the Razer Naga Trinity comes in.

Its hallmark feature is its 12 programmable buttons on the left-hand side of the mouse. You can put macros, commands, and even keyboard shortcuts on any of those buttons, and they are illuminated by the company’s Chroma lighting technology.

The sensor that comes with the Naga Trinity is the company’s 5G sensor from a couple of years ago, but it is still quite competitive to this day. It can go as high as 16,000 DPI if you are wondering.

I really love the fact that the ergonomics of the mouse is pretty good for palm hand grip users like myself. It is just so comfortable to use even when you are planning to engage in a gaming marathon.

Despite the fact that this is one of the best gaming mice for MMOs, it might not be great for people who are playing FPS games simply because of the fact that the peripheral weighs a whopping 120 grams.

Still, if you are a palm grip user or you just want a mouse that comes with a lot of programmable buttons, the Razer Naga Trinity has got you covered.

6.Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed

Price: $57

Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed

There are some people that would want a wireless mouse that makes use of Bluetooth technology so that they can also use the said peripheral when using their preferred mobile devices and whatnot.

If you want a gaming mouse that uses such, the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed is one that I can wholeheartedly recommend.

It makes use of Bluetooth technology, as well as the company’s Hyperspeed wireless technology which is just a fancy term they use to denote their USB dongle receiver.

In terms of performance, the Basilisk X Hyperspeed is top-notch. It can pair with your mobile devices without a hitch and its battery life can last up to 450 hours. It doesn’t come with a wireless charger because the device uses AA batteries.

Since it is using a set of batteries, the mouse doesn’t come with the company’s Chroma functionality, though that is a fair compromise.

7.Razer Lancehead

Price: $74.95

Razer Lancehead

The Razer Viper is not the only ambidextrous mouse that you can choose from a reputable gaming company; they also have another one to suit other tastes.

While the Viper is focused more on speed, the Razer Lancehead is focused more on ergonomics, as well as features that are good for purposes other than gaming.

It has an ambidextrous design, uses the Razer 5G optical sensor, has Chroma lighting, and it has amazing mouse feet that allow you to glide the peripheral with ease.

It is on the heavy side at 104 grams, but that heft actually makes this a pretty convincing mouse to use for more professional tasks.

The reason why I recommend the Razer Lancehead in this day and age (considering that the company has released new products since) is due to the fact that the wireless version has had a massive price cut.

From $100+, the wireless version of the Razer Lancehead is now priced at only $74.95 which is what I would consider a definite steal in this day and age.

Why Choose Razer?

Razer is one of the first companies that rose into prominence in the gaming industry. They are what people would call ‘innovators’ because they are usually at the forefront of implementing new technologies that their rival companies follow suit.

Their years of experience, coupled with the fact that they constantly communicate with esports professionals, make them an amazing company when it comes to churning out gaming peripherals.

In fact, one of the best gaming keyboards on the market is the Razer Huntsman Elite due to its design and choice of key switches. Of course, the company also offers other products as well, such as gaming headsets, custom arcade sticks, and so much more.

With so many years of experience under its belt, Razer is one of the companies that you should rely on when it comes to gaming peripherals.

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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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7 Best Razer Gaming Mice in 2020- From Lightweight to Wireless Powerhouse

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What do you usually look for when you buy a gaming mouse? You might be looking at the sensor, the size, and how many buttons it has, but there are some people that would go for a certain brand more than anything else.

Razer is certainly one of the best gaming peripheral brands on the market. That is further compounded by the fact that the company’s slogan is ‘for gamers, by gamers’.

If you are looking for a mouse from this reputable brand, read on to find out the best razer gaming mouse for you in 2020.

1.Razer Deathadder V2

Price: $70

Razer Deathadder V2

If you’ve created a winning formula, you need not change anything at all. Well, that is probably what the company was thinking when they’ve released the new version of their ever-popular gaming mouse.

The Razer Deathadder was actually created more than 15 years ago and while its internals has been improved through the years, there is one thing that always remains: The shape.

You see, the best gaming mouse for you is one that would fit on your hand nicely. That is because if the said peripheral doesn’t conform to your grip style and your hand, in general, your experience will not be as comfortable as you’d like.

The Razer Deathadder V2 is the newest iteration of the popular gaming mouse. What has changed? Well, it now has a better sensor that is based on the Pixart PMW-3389 and its buttons are actually optical switches that are rated to last longer than what the company has used in the past.

Its maximum DPI can go as high as 20,000 but that is just all marketing. The good thing is that despite the fact that you will not reach that DPI limit, you are still getting amazing performance across the board.

There are also two programmable buttons just south of the scroll wheel. By default, they control the DPI settings, but you can of course change that by using the Razer Synapse 3 software.

Overall, the Razer Deathadder V2 is what I would consider the best gaming mouse for most people thanks to its award-winning ergonomics, as well as new sensor and mouse buttons.

While it is typically sold at $70, you can snag one up for as low as $45 if you can find a good deal online.

2.Razer Viper Ultimate

Price: $149 with Charging Dock; $129 Without

Razer Viper Ultimate

Back then, people were reluctant to get a wireless mouse because the input lag and the wireless connection are both major issues of such a device. Fortunately, the technology has improved over time and there is no reason for you not to get a wireless gaming mouse (other than the price).

As you can expect, Razer is one of the companies that are always innovating and incorporating new technologies into their gaming peripherals. One of their best creations yet is the Razer Viper Ultimate.

This is their latest ambidextrous mouse that rivals even the other top gaming mice on the market. There is a lot to love about the Viper Ultimate.

It has an ambidextrous design which means that it should be great to use for both right-handed and left-handed users.

One of its main selling points is its weight. Most people these days play first-person shooters that would almost require them to use a lightweight mouse. The Viper Ultimate doesn’t disappoint.

At just 74 grams (without the cable), it is just 5 grams heavier than the wired version of the peripheral which is pretty insane. This is pretty good considering that other wireless mice always get so heavier than their wired counterparts, but this is just a bit heavier and that is welcome.

This mouse also makes use of the Focus+ sensor used in the Razer Deathadder V2 above and it also has optical switches for extended durability.

The Viper Ultimate comes with its own charging dock so you can conveniently place the peripheral when you are not using it to give it some juice. Of course, if you somehow forgot to charge the mouse, there is an included cable so that you can still play your games, albeit the peripheral being plugged directly into your gaming system.

While the product is not cheap at $149, the Viper Ultimate still warrants your hard-earned money because it gives you more than you can ask for.

3.Razer Basilisk V2

Price: $70

Razer Basilisk V2

If you love the ergonomics of the Logitech G502 mouse, then you will love the Razer Basilisk V2. Its shape, as you can probably guess already, is nearly identical to the aforementioned mouse and that is actually a good thing.

Although Razer has copied the design of its closest rival, it is for good reason and that is due to the fact that the ergonomics are on point. In fact, how this mouse feels can be slightly comfortable for some people when you compare it to the Razer Deathadder V2.

One of the standout features of the Basilisk is that it comes with three interchangeable ‘Sniper’ buttons that you can attach on the left side of the mouse. This button, when pressed, will change the DPI to a preset one (a much lower value at that) so that you can aim better. Of course, the DPI goes back to normal when you release it.

It has three interchangeable buttons or paddles and you can choose one that fits your hand the most.

Aside from the fact that it also comes with the Focus+ sensor and optical buttons, the Basilisk also has PTFE feet at the bottom of it for maximum glide and its ‘Hyperflex’ cable ensures that you won’t have a problem when doing fast mouse movements.

You get a total of 11 programmable buttons and you cannot expect a mouse with a $70 price tag to not come with some RGB bling. Both of these and more can be configured using the company’s Razer Synapse software.

If you want a wireless version of the mouse, you can opt to get the Razer Basilisk Ultimate instead. It is a bit heavier, but it does come with a charging dock for convenience.

4.Razer Viper Mini

Price: $39

Razer Viper Mini

If you told me a few years ago that there was a competitive Razer mouse that was priced under $50, I would have laughed at you. But, I wouldn’t do that anymore because the company did release something that is worthy of your purchase.

The Razer Viper Mini has a similar design to its Ultimate brethren but its main advantage is that it is very lightweight. In fact, it is one of the only great lightweight mice on the market today.

At just 61 grams (without the cable), you can easily use this for competitive Valorant plays and other first-person shooters that you like to play. It has a grip width of 53.5mm, a height of 38.3mm, and length of 118.3mm.

Its sensor is a company-made one that goes only up to 8,500, but that shouldn’t be a huge deal considering that people barely go as high as that anyway.

The mouse buttons are also rated at 50 million compared to the Ultimate’s 70 million clicks, but that should be okay for non-competitive gamers.

Although this is one of the fastest gaming mice on the market, do keep in mind that this is not for everyone. The peripheral is small and can only be gripped by using fingertip or claw grip styles.

But, if having an ultra-lightweight mouse is what you prefer, there is no doubt that the Viper Mini is one that you should consider getting.

5.Razer Naga Trinity

Price: $79

Razer Naga Trinity

Although most people play first-person shooting games nowadays, there are still a few of them that play massive multiplayer online games or MMOs. And, if you’ve played MMO games before, you know that having a gaming peripheral with a lot of keys is almost a must. That is where the Razer Naga Trinity comes in.

Its hallmark feature is its 12 programmable buttons on the left-hand side of the mouse. You can put macros, commands, and even keyboard shortcuts on any of those buttons, and they are illuminated by the company’s Chroma lighting technology.

The sensor that comes with the Naga Trinity is the company’s 5G sensor from a couple of years ago, but it is still quite competitive to this day. It can go as high as 16,000 DPI if you are wondering.

I really love the fact that the ergonomics of the mouse is pretty good for palm hand grip users like myself. It is just so comfortable to use even when you are planning to engage in a gaming marathon.

Despite the fact that this is one of the best gaming mice for MMOs, it might not be great for people who are playing FPS games simply because of the fact that the peripheral weighs a whopping 120 grams.

Still, if you are a palm grip user or you just want a mouse that comes with a lot of programmable buttons, the Razer Naga Trinity has got you covered.

6.Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed

Price: $57

Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed

There are some people that would want a wireless mouse that makes use of Bluetooth technology so that they can also use the said peripheral when using their preferred mobile devices and whatnot.

If you want a gaming mouse that uses such, the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed is one that I can wholeheartedly recommend.

It makes use of Bluetooth technology, as well as the company’s Hyperspeed wireless technology which is just a fancy term they use to denote their USB dongle receiver.

In terms of performance, the Basilisk X Hyperspeed is top-notch. It can pair with your mobile devices without a hitch and its battery life can last up to 450 hours. It doesn’t come with a wireless charger because the device uses AA batteries.

Since it is using a set of batteries, the mouse doesn’t come with the company’s Chroma functionality, though that is a fair compromise.

7.Razer Lancehead

Price: $74.95

Razer Lancehead

The Razer Viper is not the only ambidextrous mouse that you can choose from a reputable gaming company; they also have another one to suit other tastes.

While the Viper is focused more on speed, the Razer Lancehead is focused more on ergonomics, as well as features that are good for purposes other than gaming.

It has an ambidextrous design, uses the Razer 5G optical sensor, has Chroma lighting, and it has amazing mouse feet that allow you to glide the peripheral with ease.

It is on the heavy side at 104 grams, but that heft actually makes this a pretty convincing mouse to use for more professional tasks.

The reason why I recommend the Razer Lancehead in this day and age (considering that the company has released new products since) is due to the fact that the wireless version has had a massive price cut.

From $100+, the wireless version of the Razer Lancehead is now priced at only $74.95 which is what I would consider a definite steal in this day and age.

Why Choose Razer?

Razer is one of the first companies that rose into prominence in the gaming industry. They are what people would call ‘innovators’ because they are usually at the forefront of implementing new technologies that their rival companies follow suit.

Their years of experience, coupled with the fact that they constantly communicate with esports professionals, make them an amazing company when it comes to churning out gaming peripherals.

In fact, one of the best gaming keyboards on the market is the Razer Huntsman Elite due to its design and choice of key switches. Of course, the company also offers other products as well, such as gaming headsets, custom arcade sticks, and so much more.

With so many years of experience under its belt, Razer is one of the companies that you should rely on when it comes to gaming peripherals.

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

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Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Review

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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