Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Which is Which?

The following is a guest post from our friends at Laptop Ninja. Enjoy! Virtual reality has made tremendous gains in recent years, thanks to crucial contributions from the manufacturers and developers involved. Among the players that have done the most to propel the technology forward are Oculus and HTC, whose headsets are built specifically for those with a thirst for the best of VR. Buying either the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive will require you to dig deep into your wallet, but if you’re hell-bent on experiencing top-quality virtual reality on your PC or laptop, they’re a worthy investment.…

Computers Becoming Obsolete Quickly Is Passé

  Hello PC shopper land, I am Dave, your friendly neighborhood PC sales exec. I wanted to quickly go over a common misconception (or rather, common knowledge turned myth) when buying a PC from a high end builder like us. My fellow sales execs and I often hear “I don’t want my PC to be obsolete in 2 years” or even the self-defeating “I know this will be obsolete 6 months from now” when talking to customers. While this was true about a decade ago, here in 2017 it couldn’t be further from the truth. While new tech is often…

Benefits of Buying a Prebuilt Gaming Computer

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]Hardcore gamers have two options when it comes to buying a gaming computer: custom built or prebuilt. Both have their advantages. Custom-built PCs allow users to pick and choose exactly what goes into the system, whereas prebuilt gaming systems are built for performance. In this post, we are going to explore the benefits to choosing a prebuilt gaming computer.   Great for all Levels Whether you’re a beginning or advanced gamer, prebuilt gaming systems are available for every need. Entry-level gamers have a general knowledge of gaming machines and hardware, but assembling a system from scratch will prove…

How to Keep Your Computer Cool While Gaming

When you play games on your computer, does it get loud and hot? This can definitely take away from the gameplay experience! So what’s going on? Your gaming computer contains hundreds of parts and components. When these parts are running, they generate heat – and a lot of it. As long as your gaming computer is well-constructed, it should be moving most of this heat out of the case using the fans. If the fans aren’t working properly, the temperature can turn extreme and cause potential damage to your PC. Let’s take a look at some of the steps you…

Are There Benefits to Playing Video Games?

Is it possible that video games could actually be beneficial to our health? Some researchers say yes. While video gaming certainly gets a bad rap, there are positives along with those negatives. With more than 150 million people playing games in America alone, PC gaming is something that is only expected to grow – not fade away. Seeing video gaming in a different light might actually help us embrace what it has to offer and set healthy limits for our kids. Let’s dive into some of the benefits to playing video games.   Improved Cognitive Development In order to be…

Pros and Cons of Using Voice Chat in Games

Although gamers rely on their keyboards for many things, it does become tedious to communicate with other online gamers this way. Various shortcut keys have made communicating online faster and easier, but nothing compares to the convenience of being able to talk into a headset and share messages with others in real time.   Pros to Online Voice Chat   There are both pros and cons to using online voice chat. The advantages to real-time communication are obvious. For one, you don’t have to waste any time typing out messages in your game. You can keep engaged without having to…

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop (Updated)

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop (Updated)

Last year, we wrote a post about what parts and components to look for in the best gaming laptop. But in our industry, things change so quickly that we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the topic and discuss some of the latest advancements in mobile gaming tech. Here then are some updated tips and things to look for when shopping for the best gaming laptop. Graphics Just like with a gaming desktop, the graphics card (aka video card or GPU) is of critical importance if you want the best gaming experience. But until recently, there was…

New GeForce GTX 1080 is Here – AND IT’S AWESOME!

New GeForce GTX 1080 is Here – AND IT’S AWESOME!

Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce the immediate availability of the brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics card, the first of NVIDIA’s highly anticipated Pascal family of GPUs. We’ve been lucky enough to get to test the GTX 1080 for about a week and so far just like the press, we’ve been blown away by the performance and efficiency of this truly amazing GPU. Whether you’re using it for gaming or other video intensive applications like media creation or 3D, we’ve never seen a card that can rival the GTX 1080 and quite honestly, I can’t remember ever seeing…

7 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Gaming PC

PC gaming is huge. Despite the emergence of handheld gaming consoles and app-based games on tablets and smartphones, PC gaming is in a class of its own. It’s intense, competitive and has killer graphics. If you’re looking to get back into the gaming scene, or you’re interested in investing in a new gaming computer, here are seven important factors to consider before you start your search. Let’s get started . #1. Budget How much can you afford? Since you probably don’t have an unlimited budget, set a maximum limit that you can spend from the start. Though custom built gaming…

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop

A few weeks ago, we announced our new lineup of ultra-performance laptops. Built for speed and performance by the same team that crafts our award winning desktops, these new laptops are perfect for gaming, media creation, and other enthusiast activities. Now that they’ve begun shipping (ready in just three days, get yours!) we’ve put together the following list to help you choose the best gaming laptop for your needs and budget. Screen In 2015, it’s hard to imagine life before HD so if you go for anything less than a 1080p resolution screen, you’ll regret it. A backlit LED is…