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Razer Naga Pro Review- A Great Gaming and Multitasking Mouse

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If you hear the word ‘Razer’, what comes to mind? You’re probably thinking about a company that has spearheaded the gaming peripherals industry and you are actually correct, though they also dabble into selling gaming laptops and monitors as well.

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Razer Naga Pro which is the successor to the Razer Naga Trinity- considered as one of the best MMO mice in the previous year.

Does it have what it takes to become the rightful heir? Let’s find out!

Design

If you’ve seen the Razer Naga Trinity, then the Razer Naga Pro should be quite familiar to you. That is because it borrows the same design language, albeit the area where your right ring finger resides now has a dedicated spot with a textured coating.

Another important distinction is that the DPI buttons just below the scroll wheel now feel much better to the touch compared to its predecessor. That is pretty much where the differences end.

Both the Trinity and the Naga Pro have swappable side buttons. In the box, you get a total of three different panels- (1) two-button panel, (1) six-button layout, (1) 12-button configuration.

By default, the 12-button panel is stuck to the side of the mouse while the others are placed inside their respective receptacles in the box.

Personally, I love the feel of the six-button layout and I think that this is what most people would use among the three. That is because it has a nice feel when you click on them and they have this nice texture that is perfect for gamers with sweaty hands.

The familiar two-button layout is ideal for FPS gamers, especially for those that are playing battle royale games or other fast-paced titles in general.

The default configuration is the 12-button side panel and it is meant for people who play MMORPGs. Although I love that there are plenty of buttons that you can configure, I just don’t like the fact that there are no distinguishing features to help you memorize them.

Unlike other mice on the market that also have 12 programmable buttons, the 12-button panel on the Naga Pro is all smooth and they don’t have any textured surfaces or different-angled placements to help you distinguish one from the other.

Although your muscle memory can catch on as you use the mouse more and more, it would have been leaps and bounds better had the company used something to help you tell the different buttons apart.

The side panels stick to the gaming mouse via strong magnets and when they do stick, they are pretty much stuck to the side of the mouse really well. If you want to remove the panel and replace it with the other ones in the box, all you have to do to pry it open is to use your thumb and pull the slight opening at the bottom of the mouse. Doing that is quite easy, so you can swap to the different side panels as you see fit and without any issues.

The new Razer Naga Pro is also using optical switches on the different mouse buttons to ensure that this thing will last for a very long time. On the spec sheet, it says that the mouse buttons are rated to last until 70 million clicks and if that is to be believed, then this mouse can certainly last for at least 5-7 for average users.

On the underside, you will find a switch that you can use to enable the different connection modes. You can choose Bluetooth if you want to connect it to your tablet or smartphone. There is the 2.4GHz connection if you want to use its main USB dongle (this is preferred if you are going to play on your PC or laptop). There is also the wired mode that allows you to use its included HyperFlex braided cable if you want the confidence of using this mouse without having to worry about the battery.

Speaking of battery, this is a wireless mouse and the company also sells its wireless charging dock for an additional $50 if you want convenience. I will talk more about this thing’s battery life later in the article.

I am surprised that for a wireless mouse that has swappable side panels that the Razer Naga Pro still weighs only 117 grams. That is truly impressive, especially since its closest rival, the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB Elite, weighs 128 grams.

Performance

Razer Naga Pro Review 2020

The Razer Naga Pro gaming mouse uses Razer’s Focus+ sensor that is made with the help of the company, Pixart (which is an organization that specializes in mouse sensors and others).

Unlike the Naga Trinity’s 16,000 max DPI, the Razer Naga Pro can reach a whopping 20,000 DPI, but I highly doubt that anyone would use that high of a DPI in most scenarios.

You can set the DPI between 100-20,000 which is quite impressive and you can change the setting by 50 DPI increments, so there’s a bit of fine-tuning here compared to other gaming mice.

There are also five different DPI stages that allow you to set up to 5 different DPI settings and you can cycle them by using the buttons that are situated just below the scroll wheel.

For the best possible results, I recommend that you download the latest Razer Synapse 3 and calibrate this mouse on your chosen surface.

In my testing, I am pretty impressed with the Naga Pro’s tracking capabilities. It is very smooth and accurate and its liftoff distance is quite good at two CDs in height.

Although you probably won’t use this thing for fast flicking movements, it certainly performs really well in most gaming scenarios. Whether you are playing fast FPS games or using different spells in your MMORPGs, the Razer Naga Pro is a definite joy to use.

Software

To unlock the Razer Naga Pro’s full potential, you need to download the company’s Razer Synapse software. At the time of writing, it is on version 3.5 and it allows you to use the peripheral’s many different features.

First and foremost, you can use the said program to set the mouse’s RGB lighting. Yes, there is RGB lighting on this mouse, but keep in mind that only the 12-button layout has RGB lighting on the side panels, so both the two-button and six-button configurations do not come with Razer’s patented RGB bling.

The other area that is illuminated with RGB goodness is the company’s logo just in the area where you rest your palm.

If you want to save more battery life, I suggest that you do not use its RGB lighting at all, though having your mouse wired to your PC alleviates this worry.

Another nifty thing that I love about the Naga Pro is that you can have different button assignments depending on the side panel that you use.

So, if you have different button assignments for the 12-button side panel, you will also have different assignments for the 6-button side panel as well.

As a content creator, this is really good because I can use the 12-button side panel for most of my work, while I use the six-button layout if I play games. This is really something that I applaud Razer for.

You can create as many profiles as you want by using the software, though you can only save a maximum of 5 in the peripheral’s onboard memory.

Battery Life

Razer Naga Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse

If you are going to use the Razer Naga Pro completely wirelessly, you can eke out as much as 150 hours on a single charge. This presupposes that you do not use the RGB lighting and you only use its basic functionalities.

I’ve noticed that the battery drain when using the wireless dongle is much faster than using it in Bluetooth mode, so that’s something to keep in mind.

If you do not want to worry too much about the battery, you can use the mouse completely wired to your PC; just don’t forget to toggle the switch at the bottom.

By spending $50 more, you can get the mouse’s charging dock which allows for more convenience as all you have to do is place the mouse there for a couple of minutes and it should give you enough juice to help it last for hours before needing to charge it again.

If you have other wireless Razer gaming mice on hand, the same charging dock can be used to give power to the Razer Naga Pro.

Verdict

Among all of the gaming mice that I’ve come across so far in 2020, I have to say that the Razer Naga Pro is one of the most versatile out there.

Its swappable side panels allow you to use different button configurations to suit your needs. I think that most people will use the 6-button layout mainly because it has the right number of buttons while also having that amazing feel every time you click on it.

The mouse also uses Razer’s Focus+ sensor and optical-mechanical switches on the buttons themselves so you can expect amazing performance and longevity with this thing.

The only downside I can think of really is the price. At $150 just for the mouse itself, it is definitely steep for most users.

But, if money is not an issue, I highly suggest that you put this into consideration as it is indeed one of the most versatile wireless gaming mice that you can find on the market in 2020.

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

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

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

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1080p and 4K Gaming

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

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

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

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

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

NVIDIA Hardware Use

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

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

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

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

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

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

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

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

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

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

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

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

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

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

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

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

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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

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

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Razer Naga Pro Review- A Great Gaming and Multitasking Mouse

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If you hear the word ‘Razer’, what comes to mind? You’re probably thinking about a company that has spearheaded the gaming peripherals industry and you are actually correct, though they also dabble into selling gaming laptops and monitors as well.

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Razer Naga Pro which is the successor to the Razer Naga Trinity- considered as one of the best MMO mice in the previous year.

Does it have what it takes to become the rightful heir? Let’s find out!

Design

If you’ve seen the Razer Naga Trinity, then the Razer Naga Pro should be quite familiar to you. That is because it borrows the same design language, albeit the area where your right ring finger resides now has a dedicated spot with a textured coating.

Another important distinction is that the DPI buttons just below the scroll wheel now feel much better to the touch compared to its predecessor. That is pretty much where the differences end.

Both the Trinity and the Naga Pro have swappable side buttons. In the box, you get a total of three different panels- (1) two-button panel, (1) six-button layout, (1) 12-button configuration.

By default, the 12-button panel is stuck to the side of the mouse while the others are placed inside their respective receptacles in the box.

Personally, I love the feel of the six-button layout and I think that this is what most people would use among the three. That is because it has a nice feel when you click on them and they have this nice texture that is perfect for gamers with sweaty hands.

The familiar two-button layout is ideal for FPS gamers, especially for those that are playing battle royale games or other fast-paced titles in general.

The default configuration is the 12-button side panel and it is meant for people who play MMORPGs. Although I love that there are plenty of buttons that you can configure, I just don’t like the fact that there are no distinguishing features to help you memorize them.

Unlike other mice on the market that also have 12 programmable buttons, the 12-button panel on the Naga Pro is all smooth and they don’t have any textured surfaces or different-angled placements to help you distinguish one from the other.

Although your muscle memory can catch on as you use the mouse more and more, it would have been leaps and bounds better had the company used something to help you tell the different buttons apart.

The side panels stick to the gaming mouse via strong magnets and when they do stick, they are pretty much stuck to the side of the mouse really well. If you want to remove the panel and replace it with the other ones in the box, all you have to do to pry it open is to use your thumb and pull the slight opening at the bottom of the mouse. Doing that is quite easy, so you can swap to the different side panels as you see fit and without any issues.

The new Razer Naga Pro is also using optical switches on the different mouse buttons to ensure that this thing will last for a very long time. On the spec sheet, it says that the mouse buttons are rated to last until 70 million clicks and if that is to be believed, then this mouse can certainly last for at least 5-7 for average users.

On the underside, you will find a switch that you can use to enable the different connection modes. You can choose Bluetooth if you want to connect it to your tablet or smartphone. There is the 2.4GHz connection if you want to use its main USB dongle (this is preferred if you are going to play on your PC or laptop). There is also the wired mode that allows you to use its included HyperFlex braided cable if you want the confidence of using this mouse without having to worry about the battery.

Speaking of battery, this is a wireless mouse and the company also sells its wireless charging dock for an additional $50 if you want convenience. I will talk more about this thing’s battery life later in the article.

I am surprised that for a wireless mouse that has swappable side panels that the Razer Naga Pro still weighs only 117 grams. That is truly impressive, especially since its closest rival, the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB Elite, weighs 128 grams.

Performance

Razer Naga Pro Review 2020

The Razer Naga Pro gaming mouse uses Razer’s Focus+ sensor that is made with the help of the company, Pixart (which is an organization that specializes in mouse sensors and others).

Unlike the Naga Trinity’s 16,000 max DPI, the Razer Naga Pro can reach a whopping 20,000 DPI, but I highly doubt that anyone would use that high of a DPI in most scenarios.

You can set the DPI between 100-20,000 which is quite impressive and you can change the setting by 50 DPI increments, so there’s a bit of fine-tuning here compared to other gaming mice.

There are also five different DPI stages that allow you to set up to 5 different DPI settings and you can cycle them by using the buttons that are situated just below the scroll wheel.

For the best possible results, I recommend that you download the latest Razer Synapse 3 and calibrate this mouse on your chosen surface.

In my testing, I am pretty impressed with the Naga Pro’s tracking capabilities. It is very smooth and accurate and its liftoff distance is quite good at two CDs in height.

Although you probably won’t use this thing for fast flicking movements, it certainly performs really well in most gaming scenarios. Whether you are playing fast FPS games or using different spells in your MMORPGs, the Razer Naga Pro is a definite joy to use.

Software

To unlock the Razer Naga Pro’s full potential, you need to download the company’s Razer Synapse software. At the time of writing, it is on version 3.5 and it allows you to use the peripheral’s many different features.

First and foremost, you can use the said program to set the mouse’s RGB lighting. Yes, there is RGB lighting on this mouse, but keep in mind that only the 12-button layout has RGB lighting on the side panels, so both the two-button and six-button configurations do not come with Razer’s patented RGB bling.

The other area that is illuminated with RGB goodness is the company’s logo just in the area where you rest your palm.

If you want to save more battery life, I suggest that you do not use its RGB lighting at all, though having your mouse wired to your PC alleviates this worry.

Another nifty thing that I love about the Naga Pro is that you can have different button assignments depending on the side panel that you use.

So, if you have different button assignments for the 12-button side panel, you will also have different assignments for the 6-button side panel as well.

As a content creator, this is really good because I can use the 12-button side panel for most of my work, while I use the six-button layout if I play games. This is really something that I applaud Razer for.

You can create as many profiles as you want by using the software, though you can only save a maximum of 5 in the peripheral’s onboard memory.

Battery Life

Razer Naga Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse

If you are going to use the Razer Naga Pro completely wirelessly, you can eke out as much as 150 hours on a single charge. This presupposes that you do not use the RGB lighting and you only use its basic functionalities.

I’ve noticed that the battery drain when using the wireless dongle is much faster than using it in Bluetooth mode, so that’s something to keep in mind.

If you do not want to worry too much about the battery, you can use the mouse completely wired to your PC; just don’t forget to toggle the switch at the bottom.

By spending $50 more, you can get the mouse’s charging dock which allows for more convenience as all you have to do is place the mouse there for a couple of minutes and it should give you enough juice to help it last for hours before needing to charge it again.

If you have other wireless Razer gaming mice on hand, the same charging dock can be used to give power to the Razer Naga Pro.

Verdict

Among all of the gaming mice that I’ve come across so far in 2020, I have to say that the Razer Naga Pro is one of the most versatile out there.

Its swappable side panels allow you to use different button configurations to suit your needs. I think that most people will use the 6-button layout mainly because it has the right number of buttons while also having that amazing feel every time you click on it.

The mouse also uses Razer’s Focus+ sensor and optical-mechanical switches on the buttons themselves so you can expect amazing performance and longevity with this thing.

The only downside I can think of really is the price. At $150 just for the mouse itself, it is definitely steep for most users.

But, if money is not an issue, I highly suggest that you put this into consideration as it is indeed one of the most versatile wireless gaming mice that you can find on the market in 2020.

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

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

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

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1080p and 4K Gaming

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

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

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

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

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

NVIDIA Hardware Use

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

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

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

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

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

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

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

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audio Quality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

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

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

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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

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

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