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With the Covid-19 situation that is happening all over the world, we can do our part by staying at home. Thus, it is imperative that you get something that will help your stay more worthwhile.

In this article, I will go over some of the best tech deals that we’ve found during the first week of August. They are the most bang for the buck so you will know that the money that you spend here is going to be worth it.

Without further ado, let’s get on with the list.

Best Tech Deals for August

1.Amazon Fire Stick

Price: $35

Amazon Fire Stick

Usually sold at $60, the Amazon Fire Stick is one of the best streaming devices that you can find on the market today.

It gives you the ability to stream content from Amazon’s own media library and almost all of them are Dolby Vision and HDR10+ compatible.

Aside from the fact that you have plenty of content to choose from, the Amazon Fire Stick also comes with a remote control that has Alexa support as well.

So, if you do not want to painstakingly type the movie or show that you want to watch, you can simply use Alexa to do it for you.

This is a pretty good deal and that if you are an Amazon Prime Member, I highly recommend that you snag this one up immediately.

You can get one directly from Amazon.

2.Apple Watch Series 3

Price: $169

Apple Watch Series 3

Hailed as one of the best smartwatches on the market even to this day, the Apple Watch Series 3 is sold at a discounted price of just $169 from its original price of $250.

According to a lot of Apple fans, this particular smartwatch is touted to have amazing battery life (even better than the fourth version of this device).

Aside from that, it helps you record your steps, provide somewhat accurate ECG measurements, and it can also help track your sleep, among many other things.

The new Apple Watch OS has also added a slew of additional features as well; making this purchase quite compelling.

If you want to get yours, simply go to Amazon to get one.

3.Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Price: Starts at $800

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Originally sold at $1,150 for the base model, you can get the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 at a huge discount of just $800 and you can get one directly from the company’s website or on Amazon.

For the base model, you will get the 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, along with 8GB of RAM, and a modest 128GB of internal storage.

If you want a better configuration, you can get the Intel Core i7 version for just $1,250 which is also discounted from its original price of $1,499.

For the i7 version, you are getting the 10th generation i7 processor, along with 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage (with room for more storage, provided that you are willing to spend more).

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, people who work from home would require a laptop, so getting this one is an absolutely good deal for what you’re getting.

4.Sony WH-CH710N

Price: $128

Sony WH-CH710N

If you are an audiophile like me and you want to get an excellent pair of Active Noise Canceling headphones, then the Sony WH-CH710N is a pretty good deal.

Its original sale price is $200 but you can get one from Best Buy or Amazon at a discounted price of just $128.

Although its sound quality is middling at best, it does have a pretty good noise cancellation feature and its battery life is also quite good as it can last up to 35 hours.

The sturdy build and construction of this thing will also make it last more than other headphones in the price range.

5.Acer Nitro 5

Price: $669

Acer Nitro 5

Gaming Laptops are usually sold with a price tag of more than $1,000, but if you are tight on the money, the Acer Nitro 5 is quite an appealing proposition.

For just under $700, you are getting a gaming laptop that comes with an AMD Ryzen 4600H processor, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD.

This is quite an unbeatable package, especially at this price point. If you want to get one, you can get yours at Best Buy.

6.Dell G5

Price: $863.99

Dell G5

Dell often slashes the prices of its laptop offerings, especially now that people are looking for them when they work at home.

That being said, the Dell G5 gaming laptop is currently being offered at a sale price of just $864 down from $999.

Although its processor is not as good as the Acer Nitro 5, you are still getting the 10th generation Intel Core i3 processor that is coupled with the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Ti graphics processing unit, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD.

If you are interested in this deal and more, you can head on over to Dell’s official website.

7.HP Pavilion Gaming 15.6-inch

Price: $899.99

HP Pavilion Gaming 15.6-inch

As part of the company’s back to school deals, HP slashed the price of its HP Pavilion 15.6-inch gaming laptop by a considerable amount. Its original price is at $1,099.99 but it is now sold for just $899 which is quite a steal in my opinion.

For the price, you are getting a laptop that is equipped with the Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660Ti Max-Q, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.

The laptop itself doesn’t have that gamer aesthetic so that subtle look makes this a pretty good business laptop as well.

You can get this from HP’s official website.

8.Lenovo Legion 5

Price: $899

Lenovo Legion 5

The laptop deals just keep on coming and this next one is surely another great product as well.

The Lenovo Legion 5 gaming laptop is available to you for just $899, down from its original price of $1,199.

With this configuration, you are getting a portable machine that is equipped with the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and 1TB HDD on top of that.

Seriously, for the price, you wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity! Go over to Lenovo’s official website for this one.

9.Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Price: $217

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Although a bit dated at this point, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is sold at a heavily discounted price of just $217.

It has a premium build, a 10.1-inch HD display, and while it only has 2GB of RAM, it does allow you to expand its internal storage up to 256GB via a microSD.

The reason why this is still a good deal is that tablets provide you with more screen real estate, so if you want a dedicated and portable content streaming device, this is a pretty good product for that.

This amazing deal can be acquired from Amazon.

10.Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Price: $320

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Another great tablet deal from Amazon, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a much better tablet than the one above, and if you have $100 more to spend on such a device, this is the one that you should get.

This is a great media and productivity device thanks to its more vibrant screen and the included S-Pen. While there were issues with the latter, they were subsequently fixed in later updates, so be sure to get the newest one once you fire up this device for the first time.

Aside from its already amazing package, you can also get one of the tab’s stylish protective covers as well.

11.Samsung 850 EVO

Price: $228

Samsung 850 EVO

Because solid-state drives are being offered at amazing deals nowadays, there is no more reason not to get a high capacity one.

That being said, the Samsung 850 EVO is still considered as one of the best 2.5-inch SATA drives on the market and if you want to get a 2TB SSD, you can get this one on Amazon.

It was originally sold for $350, but since you can get one for just $228, this is an opportunity that you surely do not want to miss.

12.Asus VG245H

Price: $229

Asus VG245H

Capping this list off is one of the best gaming monitors for consoles that you can find below $300 and that is the Asus VG245H. It is currently being sold at Amazon.

Although this uses only a TN panel, it has one of the lowest input lags among console gaming monitors on the market.

It has a built-in low blue-light mode that protects your eyes even when you are on a gaming marathon binge.

The monitor also has FreeSync to ensure that you are not going to see any screen tearing or weird distortions here and there.

Sure, it might not have the 144Hz fast screen refresh rate that people look for in gaming display, but it certainly has the best features for console gamers, especially when it comes to low latency and input lag.

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

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

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

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1080p and 4K Gaming

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

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

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

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

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

NVIDIA Hardware Use

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

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

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

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

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

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

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

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

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

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

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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

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

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The Best Tech Deals We’ve Found in the First Week of August

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With the Covid-19 situation that is happening all over the world, we can do our part by staying at home. Thus, it is imperative that you get something that will help your stay more worthwhile.

In this article, I will go over some of the best tech deals that we’ve found during the first week of August. They are the most bang for the buck so you will know that the money that you spend here is going to be worth it.

Without further ado, let’s get on with the list.

Best Tech Deals for August

1.Amazon Fire Stick

Price: $35

Amazon Fire Stick

Usually sold at $60, the Amazon Fire Stick is one of the best streaming devices that you can find on the market today.

It gives you the ability to stream content from Amazon’s own media library and almost all of them are Dolby Vision and HDR10+ compatible.

Aside from the fact that you have plenty of content to choose from, the Amazon Fire Stick also comes with a remote control that has Alexa support as well.

So, if you do not want to painstakingly type the movie or show that you want to watch, you can simply use Alexa to do it for you.

This is a pretty good deal and that if you are an Amazon Prime Member, I highly recommend that you snag this one up immediately.

You can get one directly from Amazon.

2.Apple Watch Series 3

Price: $169

Apple Watch Series 3

Hailed as one of the best smartwatches on the market even to this day, the Apple Watch Series 3 is sold at a discounted price of just $169 from its original price of $250.

According to a lot of Apple fans, this particular smartwatch is touted to have amazing battery life (even better than the fourth version of this device).

Aside from that, it helps you record your steps, provide somewhat accurate ECG measurements, and it can also help track your sleep, among many other things.

The new Apple Watch OS has also added a slew of additional features as well; making this purchase quite compelling.

If you want to get yours, simply go to Amazon to get one.

3.Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Price: Starts at $800

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Originally sold at $1,150 for the base model, you can get the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 at a huge discount of just $800 and you can get one directly from the company’s website or on Amazon.

For the base model, you will get the 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, along with 8GB of RAM, and a modest 128GB of internal storage.

If you want a better configuration, you can get the Intel Core i7 version for just $1,250 which is also discounted from its original price of $1,499.

For the i7 version, you are getting the 10th generation i7 processor, along with 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage (with room for more storage, provided that you are willing to spend more).

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, people who work from home would require a laptop, so getting this one is an absolutely good deal for what you’re getting.

4.Sony WH-CH710N

Price: $128

Sony WH-CH710N

If you are an audiophile like me and you want to get an excellent pair of Active Noise Canceling headphones, then the Sony WH-CH710N is a pretty good deal.

Its original sale price is $200 but you can get one from Best Buy or Amazon at a discounted price of just $128.

Although its sound quality is middling at best, it does have a pretty good noise cancellation feature and its battery life is also quite good as it can last up to 35 hours.

The sturdy build and construction of this thing will also make it last more than other headphones in the price range.

5.Acer Nitro 5

Price: $669

Acer Nitro 5

Gaming Laptops are usually sold with a price tag of more than $1,000, but if you are tight on the money, the Acer Nitro 5 is quite an appealing proposition.

For just under $700, you are getting a gaming laptop that comes with an AMD Ryzen 4600H processor, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD.

This is quite an unbeatable package, especially at this price point. If you want to get one, you can get yours at Best Buy.

6.Dell G5

Price: $863.99

Dell G5

Dell often slashes the prices of its laptop offerings, especially now that people are looking for them when they work at home.

That being said, the Dell G5 gaming laptop is currently being offered at a sale price of just $864 down from $999.

Although its processor is not as good as the Acer Nitro 5, you are still getting the 10th generation Intel Core i3 processor that is coupled with the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Ti graphics processing unit, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD.

If you are interested in this deal and more, you can head on over to Dell’s official website.

7.HP Pavilion Gaming 15.6-inch

Price: $899.99

HP Pavilion Gaming 15.6-inch

As part of the company’s back to school deals, HP slashed the price of its HP Pavilion 15.6-inch gaming laptop by a considerable amount. Its original price is at $1,099.99 but it is now sold for just $899 which is quite a steal in my opinion.

For the price, you are getting a laptop that is equipped with the Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660Ti Max-Q, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.

The laptop itself doesn’t have that gamer aesthetic so that subtle look makes this a pretty good business laptop as well.

You can get this from HP’s official website.

8.Lenovo Legion 5

Price: $899

Lenovo Legion 5

The laptop deals just keep on coming and this next one is surely another great product as well.

The Lenovo Legion 5 gaming laptop is available to you for just $899, down from its original price of $1,199.

With this configuration, you are getting a portable machine that is equipped with the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and 1TB HDD on top of that.

Seriously, for the price, you wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity! Go over to Lenovo’s official website for this one.

9.Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Price: $217

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

Although a bit dated at this point, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is sold at a heavily discounted price of just $217.

It has a premium build, a 10.1-inch HD display, and while it only has 2GB of RAM, it does allow you to expand its internal storage up to 256GB via a microSD.

The reason why this is still a good deal is that tablets provide you with more screen real estate, so if you want a dedicated and portable content streaming device, this is a pretty good product for that.

This amazing deal can be acquired from Amazon.

10.Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Price: $320

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Another great tablet deal from Amazon, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a much better tablet than the one above, and if you have $100 more to spend on such a device, this is the one that you should get.

This is a great media and productivity device thanks to its more vibrant screen and the included S-Pen. While there were issues with the latter, they were subsequently fixed in later updates, so be sure to get the newest one once you fire up this device for the first time.

Aside from its already amazing package, you can also get one of the tab’s stylish protective covers as well.

11.Samsung 850 EVO

Price: $228

Samsung 850 EVO

Because solid-state drives are being offered at amazing deals nowadays, there is no more reason not to get a high capacity one.

That being said, the Samsung 850 EVO is still considered as one of the best 2.5-inch SATA drives on the market and if you want to get a 2TB SSD, you can get this one on Amazon.

It was originally sold for $350, but since you can get one for just $228, this is an opportunity that you surely do not want to miss.

12.Asus VG245H

Price: $229

Asus VG245H

Capping this list off is one of the best gaming monitors for consoles that you can find below $300 and that is the Asus VG245H. It is currently being sold at Amazon.

Although this uses only a TN panel, it has one of the lowest input lags among console gaming monitors on the market.

It has a built-in low blue-light mode that protects your eyes even when you are on a gaming marathon binge.

The monitor also has FreeSync to ensure that you are not going to see any screen tearing or weird distortions here and there.

Sure, it might not have the 144Hz fast screen refresh rate that people look for in gaming display, but it certainly has the best features for console gamers, especially when it comes to low latency and input lag.

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

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

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

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1080p and 4K Gaming

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

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

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

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

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

NVIDIA Hardware Use

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

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

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

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

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

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

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

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

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

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

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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

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

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