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Friday, October 10, 2014

How New Tech Could Impact Next-Gen Gaming



Mobile gaming has become a legitimate competitor to console gaming systems, with emerging mobile technologies closing the gap. In fact, Frank Gibeau of EA told Games Industry in a recent interview that the iPhone 6 is on par with next-gen gaming consoles. Here's a look at some of the technology that is making the iPhone 6 into a contender in the next-gen gaming market.

Metal Graphics



One of the most notable advances from the previous generation of iPhone to the current generation is Apple's new Metal software. Debuting alongside the new iOs 8 operating system on the iPhone 6, Metal allows programmers and software developers easier, more direct access to the total computing power of the iPhone platform. Previously, the IGL software Apple utilized was seen as overly abstract, and many developers felt it inhibited their ability to take full advantage of the iPhone's processing capabilities. According to Apple, this new development software will eliminate many of the performance bottlenecks that previously were found in their traditional graphics APIs.

Metal is primarily aimed at game developers who are hoping to push the boundaries of what is possible on the iPhone. There's even a new SceneKit game development platform that will enable casual game developers to get their feet wet with the new Metal API and test out what the new iPhone 6 is capable of. Major gaming consoles like the Playstation 4 have many top-of-the-line games available for them, but the next few years may very well see the emergence of a new breed of mobile gaming. Software plays a major part in what makes the iPhone 6 an agile competitor in the world of gaming, but hardware plays an equally large role.

Powerful Hardware



Metal would mean nothing if it didn't have hardware to run on, and the iPhone 6's hardware is Apple's most powerful to date. The iPhone 6's new 64-bit A8 processor is a huge leap beyond the A7 processor: Trusted reviews points out it has a 25 percent processing speed improvement and 60 percent graphical processing improvement over the A7. Built on desktop-class architecture, the A8 is coupled with an M8 motion coprocessor that reads data from the various sensors in the iPhone, enabling better power usage and performance even when devices such as the GPS and barometer are operating. The A8 is far more power-efficient than the A7 was, allowing users to play much more graphically intense games over long periods of time without sacrificing frame rate or processing speed.

The A8 is as powerful as it is because it utilizes a 20-nanometer process, working with two billion transistors to deliver performance that edges past previous iPhone benchmarks. Testing by GSM Arena found that the 1.4GHz dual-core A8 processor scored 21,204 points on the Basemark X GPU test, compared to the A7 processor's 20,254 points.

While it currently pales in comparison to anything available in home gaming consoles, it is important to keep in mind that all this power fits in the palm of a gamer's hand, and that's worth sitting up and taking notice. While saying that the iPhone 6 is on par with a system like the Playstation 4 might be a bit of hyperbole, it's easy to see why professionals in the field of game development are extremely excited about these new developments in mobile gaming technology.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Eurocom launches M5 Pro high-performance ultraportable laptop with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 970M and 15.6” 4k display

Eurocom is launching the thin and light, M5 Pro with a choice NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics, 32 GB DDR3-1600 memory, 4 TB storage, a stunning 4k (3840x2160) 15.6” display and an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor.

EUROCOM M5 Pro Design Overview
If there was ever a laptop that could blur the lines between ultraportable and gaming it would be the EUROCOM M5 Pro, powerful enough to run current and future games at ultra with the weight, dimensions and battery life of an ultraportable.

The EUROCOM M5 Pro is Eurocom's newest innovative creation.  A lightweight 2.6kg laptop with superb performance. It is powered by the next generation of world's most powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics and features a beautiful 4K, 3840-by-2160 pixels display.

The EUROCOM M5 Pro is extremely thin and mobile while still offering a stunning 4TB of storage with four physical drives with a combination of traditional SSD/HDD as well as new, innovative M.2 slots.

Sleek, slim, super high performance, the M5 is another "little monster" from Eurocom that will blow everybody away, while gaming or doing your corporate bidding.

Graphics Technology - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M
The EUROCOM M5 Pro supports both NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4GB DDR5) or GTX 970M (3GB DDR5) graphics for unbeatable performance, raw power and great battery life. 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M’s 1536 CUDA cores, running at 1038 MHz and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2500 MHz offers 50% faster performance than the previous generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M.

Experience great notebook graphics performance with next generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M Maxwell graphics for advanced performance, unmatched power efficiency and cutting edge features. 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M Specs:
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 1536
GPU Base Clock:  1038 MHz+Boost
Memory Clock: 2500
Memory: 4 GB GDDR5

NVIDIA Optimus Support: Yes
NVIDIA Battery Boost: Yes
NVIDIA GPU Boost: 2

Microsoft DirectX: 12
OpenGL: 4.4
OpenCL: 1.1
DirectCompute: Yes

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M Specs:
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 1280
GPU Base Clock: 924 MHz+Boost
Memory Clock: 2500 MHz
Memory: 3 GB GDDR5

NVIDIA Optimus Support: Yes
NVIDIA Battery Boost: Yes
NVIDIA GPU Boost: 2

Microsoft DirectX: 12
OpenGL: 4.4
OpenCL: 1.1
DirectCompute: Yes

15.6” 4K Display
The EUROCOM M5 Pro supports a beautiful 15.6-inch 4K 3840-by-2160 display as well as a FHD 1920-by-1080 matte display.  The high pixel density of the 4K display with 8,294,400 pixels provides extremely detailed images for true to life content.  Eurocom also offers professional colour calibration services to ensure every one of those 8 million pixels are accurate as possible.

Aluminum Alloy Chassis
An Aluminum Alloy Chassis is used to offer a durable, rugged yet classy look while offering a very lightweight and strong 2.6 kg case that is just one inch thick.  The Aluminum also provides heat sink qualities, which allowed Eurocom to put such high performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics and other components inside the M5 Pro.   

Storage
The EUROCOM M5 Pro supports four physical drives by way of two optional M.2 2280 SSDs and one 7.5 mm and one 9 mm storage bays, with RAID 0/1 support.

A fast and powerful M.2 2280 SSD is ideal for Intel’s Smart Response SSD-caching and Intel® Rapid Start technology. Intel Smart Response is an intelligent caching setup that monitors data reads and writes on your system drive and caches the most frequently accessed data to an SSD. This results in a significant speed boost, as the data is ready for when your system needs it. RAID 0/1is also supported for increased performance or redundancy.  Intel® Rapid Start Technology enables systems to quickly resume from deep sleep in about 6 seconds.

CPU architecture - Intel Core i7 4710HQ Processor
The EUROCOM M5 Pro has an Intel HM87 Express Chipset running the Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor with 4 cores, 8 threads running at 2.5 GHz with integrated Intel® HD Graphics 4600.  Due to Hyperthreading, the four cores can handle up to eight threads in parallel leading to better overall utilization of the CPU.  The i7-4710HQ is rated at a TDP of 47 W including graphics card and memory controller.

Memory
The EUROCOM M5 Pro has 4 memory slots ready for up to 32 GB of dual channel DDR3 1600MHz or 1866 MHz 204 pin SODIMM.  With such massive amounts of RAM available, the M5 Pro becomes a flexible tool for virtualization and high performance computing.  Being fully upgradeable the EUROCOM M5 Pro supports 8 GB, 16 GB, 24 GB and 32 GB of memory via 4 or 8 GB modules.

Full size backlit Keyboard
The EUROCOM M5 Pro comes with a full size backlit keyboard with separate numeric keypad. The adjustable white backlit keys help to increase usability in dim lighting conditions by ensuring users can see the keyboard in nearly any environment, while also hinting at the epic power under the hood.

Power and Battery
All features in the EUROCOM M5 Pro are powered by a 180W AC adapter so the M5 Pro is ready to handle any workload. With a removable 4-cell 60 WH Polymer battery, the M5 Pro can deliver up to 3.3 hours of full power battery life.

BIOSTAR's J1900NH2 Mini-ITX for Flexible Use‏

With BIOSTAR’s recently announced J1900NH2 motherboard with the on-board Intel Dual-Core Celeron J1900 processor, using a mini ITX form factor with a size of 17x17cm, builders are able to make creative designs for many different uses.
The J1900NH2 boards come with the Intel Celeron J1900 Dual-Core processor already installed and it supports two DDR3L 1333/1066MHz memory slots for a maximum of 16GB of memory. With the integrated GPU, watching HD content and playing games is no sweat.
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Indeed, the J1900NH2 board is ready for building all kinds of multimedia systems with its HDMI and analog VGA-out, and high definition audio with the Realtek ALC662 5.1 Channel HD Audio chip.
LAN networking is covered by the Realtek RTL8111G - 10/100/1000 controller and being a BIOSTAR board it has the Smart Speed LAN feature. SmartSpeedLAN is a free software application which monitors and manages your PC's network behavior. With user-friendly GUI, it allows you to select and prioritize different types of network traffic, including gaming, media streaming, communications or web surfing. You can also set any specific applications, choosing to prioritize or block accordingly. SmartSpeedLAN can feature automatic management options that use adaptive networking intelligence to ensure that you are getting the best online experience possible.
Hooking up content from hard drives or other USB devices is no problem with 1 USB 3.0 port and 4 USB 2.0 ports.
The X.D.C (eXtreme Durable Capacitors) is quality solid capacitors to help make sure the board remains rock solid and stable. These are low ESR and high ripple conductive solid state capacitors that provide a stable power supply to the CPU. The life span can also be more than 6.25 times that of ordinary liquid caps.
Not only that, this board features “Moistureproof PCB design. That means that you can setup an outside kiosk or signage and even in rural or coastal areas with high humidity the board will be robust.
The boards feature the latest BIOSTAR technologies such as BIOS Flasher and BIOS Online Update for easy updating and restoration of the BIOS, as well as BIO-Remote2 for remote control of the system via Android and Apple devices.
BIO-Remote2 Technology gives users a better Home Theater environment. Users who own either Android or Apple mobile devices are able to access and control the PC remotely. You’re smart device can become an intelligent and functional remote control. Moreover, BIO-Remote2 also includes both the function of mouse pad and power point presentation modes.
The J1900NH2 also features the Charger Booster function. It is a high powered charging solution for Apple or Android devices such as iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets. Charger Booster Technology is able to boost the charging time to be more efficiency and faster once any mobile device is connected to the motherboard. With Charger Booster technology, you are able to charge your devices up to 42 % faster.
The J1900NH2 fully meets the requirements for systems running under the Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1.
Lastly, the J1900NH2 features ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) protection where the board is protected from accidental electricity charges from user’s touching areas of the board or when devices are connected or disconnected.

Eurocom adds NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M to X3, X5, X7, X8 high performance, fully upgradeable laptops

Eurocom is adding MXM 3.0b based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics to the Eurocom line of high performance, fully upgradeable laptops. 

“Our customers will surely welcome the incredible performance from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M’s 1536 CUDA cores, running at 1038 MHz and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 2500 MHz inside their fully upgradeable Eurocom notebook” Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

Having the ability to customize your Eurocom system allows users to have the perfect configuration for their needs and pay for only what they need. A variety of performance levels are offered in the line of graphics to allow customers to choose the precise performance level they need.

With a combination of incredible performance and exclusive gaming technologies, NVIDIA GeForce GTX delivers a fast, fluid, lifelike experience.  Next generation gaming includes support for Direct X 12. 

“Our customers will be very excited to have the option of upgrading their existing, fully upgradeable Eurocom notebook with NVIDA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M graphics or to configure it into their new system” Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

Eurocom customers can now combine NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M in single and SLI with 32 GB DDR3-1600 memory, Intel Core i7 Extreme Processors and high capacity storage for unbeatable performance that is 50% faster than previous generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M.  Eurocom systems are custom built and fully upgradeable at time of purchase or well after, putting Eurocom customers in the driver’s seat of their high performance laptop.  At Eurocom, the customer is king.

Experience true notebook graphics performance with next generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and 970M Maxwell graphics for advanced performance, unmatched power efficiency and cutting edge features.  Now you can take on every game with unbeatable performance, raw power, and exclusive gaming technologies, plus the improved battery life you need to play longer, unplugged.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M Specs:
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 1536
GPU Base Clock:  1038 MHz+Boost
Memory Clock: 2500
Memory: 8 GB GDDR5

NVIDIA Optimus Support: Yes
NVIDIA Battery Boost: Yes
NVIDIA GPU Boost: 2
NVIDIA SLI ready: Yes

Microsoft DirectX: 12
OpenGL: 4.4
OpenCL: 1.1
DirectCompute: Yes

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M Specs:
NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 1280
GPU Base Clock: 924 MHz+Boost
Memory Clock: 2500 MHz
Memory: 6 GB GDDR5

NVIDIA Optimus Support: Yes
NVIDIA Battery Boost: Yes
NVIDIA GPU Boost: 2
NVIDIA SLI ready: Yes

Microsoft DirectX: 12
OpenGL: 4.4
OpenCL: 1.1
DirectCompute: Yes

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Be Smart and Safe With a Turnstile

Seen in a variety of forms and at many different localities, pedestrian turnstiles extend a significant amount of safety and security to relevant locations. They keep areas safe that might not be monitored by cameras or security workers. A turnstile will keep unauthorized people from passing through locations they shouldn’t be. Consequently, they work great in places where sizeable crowds flow in order to keep security manageable. 

The turnstile has been significantly updated in past years and with advanced technology, they keep places more secure than ever before. A multitude of designs are now available, and the options for control modes are plenty. 

Many of these are made of galvanized steel sheets which shape the panels. Usually, there are bars inside to provide strength from damages and for additional protection. For ease of use and fit, the turnstile can be modular, which makes placing it a lot faster for the buyer. 

When it comes to options for communication equipment and controls, there are plenty of choices. Depending on location, budget and practicality, the options are made to suit the needs of the customer. 

For those looking for ways to maintain crowd control in the safest manner possible, consider adding a turnstile, like the ones you can find at www.TurnstileInstallation.com and other suppliers, for safety and peace of mind. 

Benefits of a Universal Gun Case

Gun cases can protect your firearms from water, corrosion, nicks and dings, dust and many other elements that may ruin your collection. Cases provide safety and security for yourself and your family while keeping the firearm in mint condition. While you could purchase molded cases for your specific gun, is a universal case more ideal for your situation? That may depend on the number of firearms you have as well as your future plans for the weapon.

Some gun collectors relish in specifically molded gun cases as it limits the possibility of movement within the enclosure. Perfect foam cutouts of the firearm's dimensions allow the unit to rest inside the case with far less mobility. This reduces the possibility of random objects striking the firearm while inside the case as well as restricting its movement from banging against the inside walls. However, universal cases are able to provide protection and security to nearly any gun that will fit inside the dimensions of the container. As long as you don't plan on throwing it off of a train or losing it off the back of your truck, it may provide adequate protection for your firearm.

Universal cases may also be ideal when you need to transport a gun safely from your collection. As these can accommodate virtually any firearm, you don't have to worry about buying a separate case for each gun. Containers such as Pelican gun cases offer that versatility while using an interlocking foam interior. Keep your gun safe and secure within a case and protect your investment.

Friday, September 26, 2014

How iPhone is made?

Wonder how the iPhone mafucaturing process works? Our friend Alex has written an infographic on it! Check it out!

Where Is The iPhone Made: Compare China's & USA Role In The Manufacturing Process
Originally published at: comparecamp Author: Alex

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gigabyte X99 UD4 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard Review


Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


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A short while ago we took Gigabyte’s X99 Gaming 5 motherboard to our test bench for a review. As the name suggests that particular motherboard was targeted at Gamers with its feature set and styling. Today we have with us a motherboard targeted at a broader X99 user-base than Gamers. TheGigabyte X99 UD4 is Gigabyte’s most affordable X99 offering but still retains all of the high performance features of the X99 platform.
At a fundamental level this board is very similar to the X99 Gaming 5 except the styling uses a different colour scheme, the audio has fewer features and uses a different codec and the Gigabit LAN is now Intel instead of Killer. Overclocking capabilities and features are similar – both boards feature high quality 6 phase designs with International Rectifier PWM controls and there are no onboard buttons or any read-off points. Overclocking buttons and features are reserved for higher end SKUs like the X99 SOC-FORCE.
This board still boasts support for up to 8 DDR4 modules, 4-Way GPU configurations, up to 10 SATA III devices or 8 SATA III devices and a SATA Express device and there’s even dual M.2 ports for more storage and optional WiFi/Bluetooth combo cards. The Gigabyte X99 UD4 will undoubtedly be a popular motherboard for Gigabyte just like how their X79-UD5 model was in the last generation. Let’s now take a detailed look at this motherboard’s specifications:
gbt_x99_ud4_specs
Packaging and Accessories
The X99 UD4 comes in one of the smallest boxes I’ve seen for an X99 motherboard. The branding is Gigabyte’s mainstream “Ultra Durable” series, remember Gigabyte’s other two SKUs are the Gaming line and the Overclocking line.
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Around the back we find a really in-depth motherboard analysis focusing on features, performance and the quality of the components used in this board’s construction.
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Accessories are modest for an X99 platform board. As Nvidia SLI certification requires there’s a range of 2, 3 and 4 Way SLI bridges and also a 2-Way AMD CrossFire bridge. Remember AMD’s newest GPU SKUs do not require bridges anymore as the XDMA “bridge-less” feature was implemented. Four braided SATA cables, a rear I/O and a power adapter cable make up the rest of the accessories.
Gigabyte_X99_UD4 (3)
Moving onto the mundane inclusions and we find some basic documentation and a driver/utility disc.
Gigabyte_X99_UD4 (4)


Saturday, September 20, 2014

New bendy USB cable



What is Mykey?

Mykey is a 2.7inch (7cm) cute pliable & durable keychain cable with a built-in loop. It is very convenient when attached to your key ring or bag while traveling. The material silicone makes Mykey very flexible and soft-touch. The angular sides make it simple but strong. All those features make Mykey stylish and unique.
My name is George Jiang and I joined the Esorun team after completing an MBA in Dublin, Ireland.
The deeper I research the market, the more ideas I get. Smartphone users need a cable that they can always keep with them. But in reality, Nobody will keep an ugly, dangly or troublesome cable with him or her unless it is stylish enough and looks like a gadget.

Why do you need Mykey?

Mykey will save you, impress you and those around you in each of these scenarios:
  • Forgetting to bring your charging cable;
  • The long,loose cables of the past drive you crazy;
  • No more dull black and white cables;
  • The small round or plat noodle cable lacks imagination;
  • Old long cables frequently break where they meet the connector head......

How did this amazing idea come about?

We got thousands of inquiries after we release the extremely popular 3in1 keychain charger (KR800 and KR1000) and the 2.7inch cute flexible cable. Customers wanted 2 changes: Just need a keychain charging cable and they wanted it to be as small as possible. So we created Mykey----yes, you can show it to your friends and tell them: this is my key.....

What makes Mykey unique and outstanding?

Compared to other key cables, Mykey distinguishing feature is pliable and durable.
  • 1st: The keychain loop is made of electroplated steel and it owns a buckle which is easy to be detached. Existing key cables have a problem with the loop---It is easy to be break and  the cable can be lost.Mykey can be attached to a key ring.
  • 2nd: It is made of PVC & Silicone which make mykey is really pliable and strong. The existing key cables are made of ABS or PC which make it tough and fragile. Normal cable is easy to be broken as the material of cable and connector are not same. Compared to those features, Mykey is integrated design.
  • 3rd: Life should be colorful. Our production lines are colorful--not the normal round cable always in boring black or white. It is cute and thin---It can even be  put it in your wallet. (For our supporter here and Indiegogo, we can abandon the metal cover for wallet use).
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can it sync data?
Yes,mykey has charging and sync function
Which device does it support?
We offer two connectors:Lightning connector and Micro USB
Lightning connector is compatible with iPhone6 Plus/6/5/5S/5C and iPad
Micro USB connector is compatible with most Android phone and windows phone,but it may not support some devices such as Samsung TAB pad because of its special USB port. 
I've bought a lot of USB cables before and they all broken,how can i trust that it is durable?
1.PVC & Silicone material make the cable pretty strong and pliable
2.Integrated design and unibody manufacture craft makes the cable seamless 
3.The loop is made of electroplated steel ,no need to worry it will broken 
Check out their Indiegogo campaign now!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bigger, Better and Faster, but Not Stronger: A Look at the New iPhone 6

It's that time again—the newest addition to the iPhone family is set to be released on September 19, 2014, reports Macworld. The iPhone 6 offers multiple new features, and the iPhone 6 Plus looks more like a small iPad than a smartphone. So, what's different about the new iPhone? Here are just a few new aspects:

Larger iPhone, Smoother Design



The main difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus is, of course, its size. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, and the iPhone 6 Plus is a whopping 5.5 inches, states Apple's official website. To help you decide between the two sizes, Apple Insider offers a printable PDF size guide, or you can think of it as the love child of the original iPhone and the iPad.

Fortunately, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus' smooth and rounded design keeps them from looking clunky. At only 6.9 mm and 7.1 mm, these smartphones are thinner than ever, comments MacLife. To add to their sleek style, both versions are available in gold, silver and space grey.

Bigger, Better and Faster, but Not Stronger



Unfortunately, fans that were looking forward to a virtually indestructible smartphone will be disappointed. Although the two phones are bigger, they're not necessarily stronger. The flexible, scratch-proof sapphire display many were hoping for didn't happen, and they both continue to have Gorilla Glass displays like their predecessors.

According to Vox, the durable sapphire glass display instead will be used for the Apple Watch, Apple's new smart watch. High production cost was the main reason behind this decision. Also, experts speculate that since sapphire glass is less flexible than Gorilla Glass, it is more likely that an iPhone with sapphire glass would shatter if dropped.

No matter what type of glass is on your new iPhone, you don't want to take any chances of cracking the screen. Consider getting an extended warranty protection plan that will ensure you will be able to keep your phone looking new—at least until the next release.

The New Features of iOS 8



The iPhone 6 Plus might be bigger in size, but it doesn't differ from its smaller counterpart in greatness. Both come equipped with iOS 8 so you can do things you couldn't before. Some great features include:


     
  • Siri can control all of your Apple devices or connect your apps to each other.


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  • Photographers will love the new Photos app because they can embed their filters and editing tools without leaving the app.


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  • Socialites will rave over the new Messages app, which allows location sharing and voice-to-text conversations. Plus, the integrated keyboard is much better at auto complete, so you can stop worrying about sending a grossly inappropriate message to your boss, or worse, your mom.


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  • Family Sharing is an easy way to share App Store purchases.


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  • iCloud Drive allows you to work on any file, anywhere.


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  • Continuity introduces seamless linking between all Apple products.



  • Where to Get the iPhone 6



    Getting your hands on the newest Apple tech requires plenty of patience, luck and perfect timing. Luckily, four popular mobile carriers are jumping on the iPhone 6 bandwagon straightaway, states Consumerist. These include:


       
    • Verizon: Offers a trade-in system for a 16GB iPhone 6. Users must agree to a two-year contract.


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    • AT&T: Payment plan available for the iPhone 6 over the course of 12-24 months. Offers a $100 bill credit with the purchase of any iPhone.


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    • Sprint: Introduced a $50 unlimited plan with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Also, has the iPhone for Life program, which allows users to cut monthly installments and trade in their old iPhones for credit.


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    • T-Mobile: Matches any trade-in offer of aforementioned providers. Users must pay full price for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in monthly installments. No contract necessary.



    • As for cost, the full price of a 16GB iPhone 6 is $649 while a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus is $749. So, are you ready to invest?

      Tuesday, September 16, 2014

      G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse Review

      Logitech G502 (Proteus Core) Gaming Mouse Review
      Technical Specifications
      ·       Surface Tuning Calibration
      Weight and Balance tuning
      11 Programmable buttons
      Improved dual-mode hyper fast scroll wheel
      On-the-fly DPI Shift
      Advanced surface Material
      Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
      Max. Acceleration: >40G
      Max. speed: >300 ips


      Pros


      Ergonomic right handed design
      Smooth matt feel
      Many macro-able buttons
      Weight tuning
      Thumb rest
      Unique 4-way Scroll wheel
      Braided cables

      Cons

      Quite big-sized
      Matt finish does pick up sweat stains
      USB connector not gold plated
      Stiff braided cables


      Introduction

      When you talk about PC gaming peripherals, the few brands that will probably come into your mind would be Razer, SteelSeries and Logitech. These are the prominent figures in the gaming industry that have created revolutionary gaming products ranging from Gaming Mice to Keyboards to Headsets. SPRG sent me a reviewing kit of the latest Logitech gaming mouse, and today we will be taking a look at the G502 Proteus Core made by Logitech.
      To know why Logitech picked the name of Proteus Core, I dug a bit into the history of Greek mythology and found out that Proteus is the God of River. One of the most interesting things that I found out about Proteus is that he is also known as the god of “elusive sea change”. As water has no shape and form, it is highly versatile and mutable. Simply said, my assumption would be that Logitech created the G502 to be versatile and adaptable to each and every gamer.
      When I first started to try a Logitech gaming peripheral, it was the G400s. The ergonomics of the G400s was so good that I could play Dota tirelessly for hours. Compared to the G400s, the G502 looks much nicer and cooler in the aesthetic department. It is also quite a significant upgrade from the G-series mice family with DPI count of up to 12,000. Now that’s a real speedy mouse!
      Is the G502 worth the penny? Is the Proteus Core really that versatile to be compared to the Greek god? Is it really an upgrade from its G-ancestors? Let’s take a look and find out!

      Unboxing and First Look

      The G502 came in a packaging that is of the same style as its family members with black being the background colour with blue sides and outlines. The top part of the box is presented with the G502 in all its glory, with the sides of the packaging showing the technical specifications and requirements. The top part of the packaging also acts like a window flap. Opening it reveals a windowed view of the actual mouse. The back part of the box shows an X-ray view of the mouse, complimented with additional features about the G502.






      From Top: Frontal View, Windowed View, Back View, Side Views of the Packaging


      Included in the package is a set of weights in a small and neat case, the G502, instruction manuals and warranty leaflet. One important thing to note is that there is no disc that contains drivers, which means you probably have to get it off Logitech’s website. Similar to what the other competitors do.

      Things that are included in the packaging


      The mouse cables are braided which in my opinion was a bit stiff. It might take a few sessions to straighten it out, but on the other hand, it is supposed to last longer than rubber coated cables. Rubber coated cables are known to get sticky in the long run.

      Braided USB Cable

      The USB connector is not gold plated, which surprised me. Being the latest addition to the Logitech ‘G’ Family and commanding a hundred bucks, I would quite expect the USB connector to be gold plated. Similar priced products from competitors have their USB connectors plated in gold. This is not exactly a deal breaker for any gamers, but it is the expectations that gamers have in gaming peripherals nowadays.
      USB Connector

      There are a total of 11 buttons, which could be mapped with different functions and we will go into that later. When you plug the G502 into a USB port, the “G” logo will light up. Drivers were automatically installed and the G502 was ready for normal usage. Further mapping of keys and functions have to be done with the software which can be found on the Logitech website.






       The 11 Programmable Buttons that are labelled from G1 to G9 (Excluding the 2 mouse buttons)


      Now let’s take a look at the G502’s core features and performance.

      Ergonomics and Design

      The G502 is ergonomically shaped to fit a right-hander. It is quite big in size in terms of the width and length. People with small hands might find using this mouse a challenge. 

      Comparison of Size with Razer Krait 2013 Edition

      I have a medium sized hand and even so it felt quite big in my hands, occupying the whole of my palms when I use it. It took me roughly 3 days to completely get use to the ergonomics of the mouse and after that, I had not much issue with the comfort that if offers apart from the fact that my palms got sweaty faster when using it. It could be because of the surface of the mouse which traps heat.




      Front and SIde view of the G502

      The G502 feels like it would suit a gamer with a palm-grip as the surface is quite big, requiring you to rest your palms fully on the mouse when using it. However, it would suit claw-grip gamers too. The sides of the mouse are tapered and you are able to grip the mouse by the sides which will make your hand arch over the mouse naturally. Personally I use claw-grip and I was able to get used to the mouse after a few games.

      Palm Grip
      Claw Grip


      The sides of the mouse have a rough texture to improve grip. The texture was pretty nice and it does not cause any form of discomfort. 



      Textured Sides


       The body of the G502 is dressed in a matt finish, which was both good and bad. Good as compared to glossy finishes, it does not attract fingerprints that easily. The bad part is that sweat stains could sometimes be permanent when used for long period of time. It does attract a fair bit of dust too. When I come home from work I would usually spot dust on the G502. Not exactly an issue, but do remember to either cloth it or keep it away if you’re not using it for a long period of time. 

      Matt Surface
      Weight-Tuning Mechanism

      The weights came in a case which I felt was particularly useful as you definitely would not want to lose those weights even if you are not using them. The case is very slim and compact which signifies that it is suitable for travel.


      Weight Tuning Case

      The weights are boomerang shaped and have a very slim profile. Each weight weighs 3.6grams and there are a total of 5 weights that you can play around with to suit your gaming needs. In my opinion, the mouse feels quite sturdy even without the weights.

      Boomerang-Shaped Weights

      To insert weights into the mouse, you will need to turn to the bottom part of the mouse and release a flap door held down by a strong magnet. After which, you will see the skeleton of where the weights could be placed. Placing the weights into the mouse is fairly easy, requiring a bit of force when pressing it in place. Removing it however, was quite a pain. It was literally painful as I had to dig my fingernail underneath the sides of the weight which has a slight gradient to lift it out of its position. The fit was very secure and tight, making removing the weights harder than it should normally require.




      Weight-adjusting compartment


      People who play FPS games and desire more control and precision are often known to prefer heavy mice to restrict huge movements from the mouse as it glides across the mouse pad. I tried playing a game with all weights set into the G502, and after an hour, I felt that my wrist became tired and sore from the usage. It does however, feel more “solid” and cursor movement was accurate and precise. I preferred the G502 to be lighter, so I removed all the weights. It also resulted in more speed and the G502 was gliding effortlessly. 

      Dual-Mode Scroll Wheel

      The scrolling function of the mouse was one that I really liked, which had two different modes. They are the infinite scroll mode and the normal scroll mode. The mouse is by default set to the normal scroll mode, which “clicks” for each turn the scroll makes. The infinite scroll mode is without the “click” restrictions, and scrolls at hyper fast speed. To switch between these two modes, there is a button just underneath the scroll wheel. The button sets a mechanism in place to restrict the scroll hence producing a “click” feedback, while another press releases the mechanism and allow for infinite scrolling. It also offers 4-way scrolling, which allows you to scroll horizontally.
      One thing however that I disliked about the scroll wheel is the click option. More often than not, a click on the scroll button resulted in a scroll, which in turn causes a miss-click on the intended area. This is a result of the scroll wheel being too sensitive.

      Dual-Mode Scroll Wheel


      Software


      In my opinion, Logitech has really done up the software really well and it seems to be fool proof. After installing the software through Logitech’s website, the software automatically detects the G502, and prepares it to be customized.
      You will not need a dictionary to start customizing your 11 buttons with the software as it was really easy to do so. Having used Razer’s Synapse and SteelSeries’s Engine, I would say that the usability of the software is on par. When you move your mouse over to the button you would like to customize, the actual button is highlighted on the image of the G502. Clicking the button allows you to designate specific task or buttons to the selected button. You are also able to set macros to the buttons.




      User-Friendly Software Interface


      Test Run

      After a month of testing, I found out that my hands have really adapted to the mouse, making movements on the mouse seem like fluid. My wrist did not feel any strain after a 3 hour gaming session. The clicks also actuate effortlessly, allowing for faster response. The extra buttons were pretty useful, but not all of them as I did not require so many buttons for Dota 2 which is a MOBA genre game. A MMORPG player would truly appreciate the true beauty of the extra buttons, as they are placed very conveniently around your thumb and index finger.  
      Even though the G502’s DPI count goes up to 12,000DPI, I found that 4500DPI was the maximum I ever have to go, as any higher than that, a slight movement of the wrist will cause the cursor to fly a few kilometres. (Exaggeration intended) The high DPI count felt more like a novelty rather than functionality as you will seldom need the mouse DPI to get to that level.
      The clicks sound slightly louder than my Razer Krait 2013 Edition and Deathadder 2013 Edition. As Dota 2 requires many clicking action, the noise produced by the clicks became quite audible. Not to the extent you will want to put on a headphone just for that, but it can get irritating.


      Verdict

      Priced competitively at a price of $99, the Logitech G502 has pleasantly surprised me till no ends. To be named after a Greek God, the G502 definitely lived up to its name. The G502 was very easy to use albeit it being a bit bulky. People with smaller hand size might want to steer clear from this mid-sized giant as I predict it will cause a huge amount of stress on your wrist and hands, tiring your hands out faster. The braided cables were a bit too stiff than it should be, but if you are exchanging that for a longer lasting cable then I would think it’s a fair trade. The matt finish traps heat and causes your palms to sweat up faster, which in turns offer a better and more comfortable grip. The scroll wheel is unique, but clicking it causes the wheel to move as the wheel is too sensitive. If you have the luxury of the cost, then the G502 will not disappoint you. There are features which could be better, but the overall comfort and features it offers is too good and it covers the flaws. As with the improvement of the G400 gaming mouse being named as the G400s, I do hope there would be an improvement in the next upgrade, making the G502 one of the legendary gaming mouse in the gaming peripherals industry. I would rate the G502 as an expert gaming mouse because of the features it offers.


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