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…

Should I Get an Extended Warranty on My College Student’s Laptop?

As you get ready to send your child off to college, you might be wondering whether or not that extended warranty was the right way to go. College students aren’t always the most reliable group. Is it possible that your child may leave her laptop in the library or drop it on the way to class? Even if your child is responsible, what about his peers? What happens if his laptop gets stolen or damaged? Extended warranties can be worth it. Laptops are particularly prone to damage because they are mobile and tossed around quite a bit. Also, student laptops…

Core i7 vs i5

We’ve extensively covered the differences between Xeon and i5/i7 previously in this forum. Now let’s go over the differences between Intel’s Core i7 vs i5. Who needs which processor? Is the i7 always worth the additional investment? Intel Core i7 – the Pros More Cache – L3 Cache is where the processor stores recent calculations to speed them up for future calculations. For example, when working in a spreadsheet, the CPU stores the framework for each number and formula in the cache, making recalculations appear almost instantly. Core i5’s have L3 cache but on average, you get about 20% more…

Features to Look for in a Student Laptop

We hate to admit it ourselves, but the start of school is just around the corner. While you may not be ready to start shopping, you’re better off getting it done and out of the way. You beat the shopping rush, get first pick on school supplies and can even score some great deals, particularly on the more expensive items like laptops.   Late-summer is one of the best times to shop for student laptops. Manufacturers know that students are in need of new computers, so they discount their prices to make them more attractive and affordable. Many will also…

Touch Screen Laptops: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Thinking about getting a new laptop computer? One of the cool features that many new laptops have these days is a touch screen. We use touch screens all day long on our smartphones and tablets, so why wouldn’t we want the same for our gaming computers? Well, not so fast. Touch screens look pretty neat, but there are things you’ll want to consider before making your purchase. We’d hate to see you pay more for a feature you won’t like. Let’s talk about the pros and cons to touch screens and whether one is right for your computer needs.  …

Simple Tips to Boost Your Home Internet Speed

Fast Internet is the bee’s knees. Unfortunately, many people feel frustrated day in and day out because of slow Internet connections. Even in this day of advanced technology, slow speeds, bad reception and other Wi-Fi problems are common. If you’ve been plagued by connection issues like these, there are a few things you can do to improve your situation. And they don’t involve sitting on hold with your Internet provider! Test Your Current Speed The first thing you want to do is test your current Internet speed. This will let you know if you’re getting a slower connection than you…

Is It Worth It To Buy Two Graphics Cards?

In many cases, two is better than one. That’s no different for computers. Some people believe that having two graphics cards is ideal, as is the case with multiple core processors Both AMD and NVIDIA offer options for running more than one graphics card. Is this something that you should consider for your gaming experience, or is it possible that one graphics card is plenty? First, let’s find out whether or not you have the requirements to run two cards, as not every gaming PC does.   What are the Requirements? In order to run multiple video cards, you need…

Broadwell-E vs Skylake – What’s the Difference?

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup] Last week, Intel announced the immediate availability of their 5th Gen Core Extreme Processor, formerly known under the codename Broadwell-E, which now takes up the mantel in the X99 chipset as king of the consumer-grade mountain. Also known by the model numbers i7-6800k, i7-6850k, i7-6900k, and i7-6950X, these new processors come with some pretty eye-opening specs. But who are they for and how does Broadwell-E vs Skylake compare? Broadwell-E’s New Features Before we can get into the nitty gritty of how Broadwell-E vs Skylake really compare, we first need to go over the new features that the…

Pros and Cons of Building Your Own PC

If you’ve ever been in the market for a custom PC, you’ve probably considered building your own. But is building your own gaming PC really a good idea? Or is it better to just stick with the pre-built machines that are likely to give you a well-rounded experience? In this article, we are going to discuss the pros and cons to building your own custom computer so that you can make an informed decision. Let’s get started. What are the Pros to Building Your Own Custom PCs? There are many reasons why you might want to build your own PC. It’s…