Hardware Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Hardware RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 7 Best Gaming Laptops of 2017 for Casual and Hardcore Gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/1ox2c/7-best-gaming-laptops-of-2017-for-casual-and-hardcore-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/1ox2c/7-best-gaming-laptops-of-2017-for-casual-and-hardcore-gamers Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:56:28 -0500 Ty Arthur

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There's no shortage of options in make or model when it comes to gaming laptops, ranging from budget laptops to high-end, technologically-advanced laptops that will replace your desktop.

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These are just seven of the many units released this year. What did you think of our picks, and what new gaming laptops have you seen hit the digital storefronts lately that we should be checking out? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop

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Price: $1,049
Get It On: Amazon

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With red backlighting, a metal chassis, and a 1060 graphics card, Acer has married form and function for a price that's not all that out of control. At just shy of six pounds, thePredator Helios is neither too bulky nor too slim, fitting that nice in-between spot.

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Sadly, there's only a 256GB hard drive, no Thunderbolt, and you do need to immediately update the graphics drivers, but those are small sacrifices to make for such an affordable/budget gaming option on the higher-end of things -- especially one that competes with much more expensive units.

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Predator Helios 300 Specs:

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  • Display: 15.6" FHD Widescreen IPS 
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  • Resolution: 1,920x1,080
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  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ 3.8GHz
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  • Memory: 16GB DDR4-2400MHz
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  • Storage: SSD 1x 256GB
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Origin PC Eon15-S Gaming Laptop

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Price: $1,050
Get It On: Origin PC

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Slightly more on the budget gaming laptop side of things, this guy has all the specs you'd expect -- along with some nifty extras, like a matte finish display, G-Sync support, and ports for up to three external monitors.

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If you've got extra money to spend and tack onto the total price tag, Origin also has some awesome themed colors and finishes to select from for a more aesthetically pleasing laptop to show off at a LAN party. I'm a fan of the shredder green, but the neuron display is pretty stunning to look at as well.

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EON 15-S Specs:

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  • Display: 15.6" FHD Matte
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  • Resolution: 1,920x1,080
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  • CPU: Intel Core i3-7100H Dual-Core 3.00GHz
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  • Memory: 8GB DDR4-2400MHz
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  • Storage: HDD 1x 500GB
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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop

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Price: $799
Get It On: Dell

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Typically, budget gaming laptops are associated with a lack of aesthetics. That's not the case with this Inspiron series. While it gets its budget price by dropping its specs a bit, these bad boys still look amazing out of the box.

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You won't be on the cutting edge with a 1050 on the graphics card front and 8GB of RAM, but other than that, this is budget laptop gaming at its best. As a nice bonus, the battery life on the Inspirion 15 series is significantly better than many of the more expensive options, lasting nearly 8 full hours of gaming.

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Inspiron 15 7000 Specs:

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  • Display: 15.6" FHD 
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  • Resolution: 1,920x1,080 Anti-Glare LED-Backlit
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  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ Quad Core 3.5GHz
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  • Memory: 8GB DDR4-2400MHz
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  • Storage: HDD 1x 1TB 
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Alienware 17 R4 Gaming Laptop

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Price: $1,749
Get It On: Amazon

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Most of these laptops stick to the 15" design, but for the gamers who crave an at-home experience on the go, that's not nearly enough viewing space. Featuring a full 17" screen along with all the typical Alienware backlighting and space-age style vents, this gaming laptop isn't for those seeking a lightweight experience.

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The 17 R4 is nearly twice the weight of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus, but the aesthetics more than make up for the added clunkiness. With a 1070 graphics card and 16 GB of RAM, this is a great mid- to high-range option that won't immediately be behind the tech curve. If you want to stay cutting edge, it is expandable up to 32GB as well.

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Alienware 17 R4 Specs:

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  • Display: 17.3 inch FHD
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  • Resolution: 1,920x1,080
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  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ 3.8GHz
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  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
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  • Storage: 1TB HDD
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ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Gaming Laptop

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Price: $2,299
Buy It On: Newegg

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Although the ASUS ROG comes with a hefty price tag, this gaming laptop features the new Max-Q design that's literally based off aerospace rockets and allows for an incredibly sleek and small form while still packing in all the top of the line specs.

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It's sort of amazing how sleek they got this model -- at under an inch thick and weighing less than 5 pounds. With a 1080 graphics card packed in that tiny frame, there really won't be anything you can't run at Ultra settings. 

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Don't forget when buying peripherals that many of the ROG devices can sync up their color schemes, pulsing the same RGB options in tandem, so if you want a wired or wireless gaming mouse instead of the trackpad, consider one with ROG branding.

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GX501 Specs:

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  • Display: 15.6" Full-HD 120 Hz
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  • Resolution: 1,920x1,080
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  • CPU: Intel Core i7 2.8GHz
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  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
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  • Storage: 256 GB PCIe SSD
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Lenovo Legion Y720 Gaming Laptop

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Price: $1,465
Buy It On: Amazon

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An all-around, solid mid-range option, the Legion Y720 gaming laptop is Oculus-certified, has built-in Xbox wireless controller support, and hits all the standards on the specs front: 512GB solid state drive, a GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, and 16 GB of RAM.

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The Y720's Dolby Atmos system offers decent sound for a mobile laptop experience, and the red keyboard and hinges look pretty sweet to boot. The keyboard of course is also backlit, and can be programmed to different colors.

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If you're looking to save some money, the Y520 is a budget gaming laptop under $700 with similar overall specs -- except for taking a hit with a lower end graphics card.

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Legion Y720 Specs:

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  • Display: 15.6" FHD
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  • Resolution: 1,920x1,080
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  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz
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  • Memory: 16GB DDR4-2400MHz
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  • Storage: 512GB SSD
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MSI GT83VR Gaming Laptop

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Price: $5,399
Buy it on: Amazon

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If your laptop costs more than your car, you just might be a gamer...

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Let's kick this list off with the most absurd, over-the-top, hardcore gaming laptop around!

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If you are feeling utterly ridiculous this holiday season and have a whole lot of money to blow, then perhaps consider this monstrosity that's not sure whether it wants to be a laptop or a desktop -- and ends up an insane hybrid.

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At more than 18 inches, the screen is massive, even by the biggest laptop standards. The base is gigantic as well -- and it has to be. With four 16 GB RAM sticks (64 GB total), two -- yes TWO -- 1080 graphics cards, and three separate fans to keep the whole thing from overheating and melting down into slag, this thing redefines the meaning of beast mode. 

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Its weight is also on par with a small toddler, so on the plus side, you get in some solid weight lifting time while carrying this MSI behemoth around.

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MSI GT83VR Specs:

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  • Display: 18.4" FHD 60Hz
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  • CPU: Intel i7-6920HQ 2.9GHz
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  • Memory: 64GB DDR4-2400MHz
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  • Storage: SSD 2x 256GB Samsung; HDD 1x 1TB Hitachi
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The technology curve is inevitability on par with death and taxes -- no matter how much you dropped on that killer rig, eventually, it's going to end up at the bottom of the barrel as new components are released.

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If your sad, old laptop can only successfully run Minecraft and (maybe) OpenOffice, with no hope whatsoever of even booting up Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus or Shadow Of War, then it's probably time for an upgrade.

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The holiday buying season is the perfect time to keep an eye out for a new laptop gaming rig, whether you are a hardcore Steam fanatic with thousands of games or just a casual gamer looking for a budget option.

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At this point, around 16GB of RAM and a 1060 graphics card is essentially the industry standard to shoot for, with budget options cutting corners on those fronts and the bleeding edge entries rapidly shooting up in price for negligible gains from that point. The differences to look for from there are screen size, backlighting options, sound quality, battery life, and what sort of ports any given laptop includes.

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We've rounded up seven of the absolute best gaming laptops currently available in 2017 -- ones you should keep an eye out for come Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These range from affordable budget options in the $750-range, all the way up to absurd $5,000 offerings with all the bells and whistles. 

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Regardless of your needs, you'll find something that suits your needs in this laptop guide. 

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Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for YouTubers and Streamers https://www.gameskinny.com/efvrl/gift-guide-the-best-gifts-for-youtubers-and-streamers https://www.gameskinny.com/efvrl/gift-guide-the-best-gifts-for-youtubers-and-streamers Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:49:54 -0500 Sarah Elliman

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There was our gift guide that will suit your YouTuber or streaming buddies perfectly! 

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What did you think of the guide? Are there any gifts you think are perfect for content creators? Let us know in the comments!

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Razer BlackWidow Mercury Edition Keyboard
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Price: $149.99

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The price tag does jump significantly with this piece, but if the person you’re purchasing for is serious about gaming or about their online platform, then this keyboard is perfect. This keyboard offers maximum response times, so you can play your best every single time. However, it does mean if a match doesn’t go well you can’t blame the keyboard.

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The most beautiful part about this item is the programmable back-light keys -- so many pretty colors. Side note, if your friend doesn't use Razer than it is best to stick to the equipment brand they use.

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Razer DeathStalker Keyboard
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Price: $43.31

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Once again, every aspiring YouTuber or Streamer needs good equipment, no matter what content they are creating. This is one of the lower-end Razer keyboards, but all their keyboards are expertly made. Whether you’re editing videos or filming your gaming content, having a good keyboard is key to your success. It would be hard to work without them.

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Recon 320 Gaming Headset
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Price: $39.95

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Having a good headset is key to getting the audio on your videos perfect and for fine-tuning the audio on your streams. Even if your friend isn’t a gaming content creator, a good headset goes a long way. This headset focuses on clarity of sound, both in games or in chat. It is easy to set-up and you don’t need to be exceedingly techy to understand how it works.

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Glitch Pillow Plush
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Price: $25

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If your friend is going to get thirsty while streaming, then they are definitely going to get uncomfortable. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time is something nobody wants to do. You can make their streaming lives easier with this adorable pillow, so they can stream in style and comfort.

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Eat, Sleep, YouTube, Repeat Unisex T-Shirt
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Price: $19.50

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The motto printed on this shirt couldn’t be more adequate in explaining the hectic lives of most YouTubers -- you may have already heard from your favorite channels how much work goes into making one video. The work load can be exhausting, and it's realistic to expect all they have time to do is 'Eat, Sleep, and YouTube.' Also, they may have some very angry subscribers if they're late with content when they don't stick to your schedule. This T-shirt is perfect for your hard-working YouTuber friend.

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Pac-Man Pinky Ghost Plush
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Price: $15.99

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Nobody likes to be alone all the time, and when you’re streaming or creating videos sometimes it may feel that way. That is why you should gift your friend an adorable desk buddy, like the cute little pink ghost shown above. You can get creative with this and find an item that suits your friends interests and hobbies. Gaming wise, Pac-Man inspired gifts are always a safe bet. Plus they're always super adorable!

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Twitch Tumbler Cup
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Price: $15

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Streaming is not the easiest activity in the world -- the constant commentary for hours on end can take its toll while streaming. So, why not invest in a cup sporting the Twitch logo? Streamers can keep themselves hydrated through those five-hour streams while supporting the very platform they use! There is no doubt that this tumbler cup will be useful for anyone who is an avid streamer.

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Cell Phone Camera Lens ZPTONE
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Price: $11.99

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We are all aware that vlogging has taken the internet by storm and many YouTubers have already incorporated this style of video into their channel. Your friend could be out in the world and spot a perfect vlogging opportunity, but perhaps they don’t feel their camera is up to the job. This easy clip-on lens can turn a wide variety of devices into a vlogging machine, able to capture more content at a more consistent quality.

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Twitchin': The Basics of Twitch Streaming for Beginners
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Price: $3.51-$9.99

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This book is the closest you'll get to a Twitch for dummies. Well it’s a bit nicer than that, but you get the point. This is an ideal item for someone who is starting out in the streaming scene and wants to understand the platform. It can be tricky when you’re learning the ins and outs of something new, so having a guide can be really beneficial. Furthermore, if your friend own a Kindle, or has the app, it cuts the price down to $3.51!

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Retro Vintage YouTube Poster
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Price: $5.45 - $12.28

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Etsy is a wonderful site to find unique and handcrafted items that suit your interests. This expertly-made poster is a fantastic way to inspire your friend to get up and make some videos. In addition, if they love what they do, then this poster is a great reminder that they have found something that makes their time worthwhile.

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YouTube boasts a following of over one billion people, with most users watching hours upon hours of content created for the site. Furthermore, the popular streaming medium, Twitch.tv, boasts 15 million active users daily! These entertainment mediums have become ingrained in our culture and many people use these platforms to replace watching TV.

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So, there is a fair chance you know an aspiring YouTuber or streamer trying to make their way in the digital realm. Or, you know someone who has already "made it" and you’re looking for the perfect gift for them. Look no further as our gift guide will present you with the perfect presents for your YouTuber or streaming buddies.

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Best Graphics Cards Under $500 For Budget PC Builders in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/kquv9/best-graphics-cards-under-500-for-budget-pc-builders-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/kquv9/best-graphics-cards-under-500-for-budget-pc-builders-in-2017 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:11:27 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 570

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Price: $294.07
Buy it on: Amazon

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Last but not least, this contender for the best graphics card under $500 in 2017 is the RX 570 model from Radeon. Sure, its core clock numbers are the lowest among the batch, but the price and the support of all modern technologies should give you enough reason to consider this bad boy.

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It has everything from CoolTech to Nitro Free Flow technologies for noiseless cooling, the full support of AMD LiquidVR and Eyefinity for a smooth virtual reality experience, AMD XConnect and Nitro Quick Connect for adding or switching extra graphics cards, and many other cool features.

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Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 570 Specs:

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  • VRAM: 8 GB GDDR5 256-bit
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  • Cooling system: Dual-X
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  • Max resolution: 3840 x 2160
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  • Power supply requirements: 500W
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    • NITRO Boost: 1340 MHz
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    • Silent: 1244 MHz
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And there you have it: the best graphics cards under $500 in 2017. From NVIDIA to Radeon and more, these graphics cards will get you the biggest bang for the proverbial buck -- especially if you're building a PC on a budget. 

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If you have other suggestions for graphics cards in this category, then be sure to leave your feedback in the comments section below. And be sure to check around during Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- a few of these cards are sure to be on sale, saving you even more money. 

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ASUS GeForce GTX 1060

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Price: $329.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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If the previous three options look good but are still too expensive, then consider this slight downgrade from the 1070 model with a little less VRAM on the board.

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The GeForce GTX 1060 graphics processor is one of the most powerful in the mid-level gaming class at the moment. The newest Pascal graphics architecture provides amazing speed, and the support of the latest technologies maximizes its functionality.

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The DirectCU III cooling system is highly efficient due to a special fan design  with optimized impeller geometry and Auto-Extreme technology that guarantees its long-term durability.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Specs:

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  • VRAM: 6 GB GDDR5 192-bit
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  • Cooling system: DirectCU III
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  • Max resolution: 7680 x 4320
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  • Core Clock:\n
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    • Boost: 1809 MHz / Base: 1594 MHz (OC Mode)
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    • Boost: 1785 MHz / Base: 1569 MHz (Gaming Mode)
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Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 XTR

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Price: $459.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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The RX 580 is another modern solution from Radeon that is based on a GDDR5 memory architecture -- unlike its sister model VEGA. It has practically the same characteristics as the 1070 Ti from GeForce, but is a bit cheaper ($459 vs $489).

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The card is a Polaris-powered graphics card that utilizes the AORUS graphics engine, which is intended for fast overclocking and effective heat dissipation. With the help of the Xtreme Engine software, you can easily adjust the frequency, voltage, fan modes, RGB backlighting, performance parameters, and more.

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All of these settings can be changed in real time, according to your preferences, so that's an added quality of life touch that sets this Radeon graphics card apart from others on this list. 

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Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 XTR Specs: 

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  • VRAM: 8 GB GDDR5 256-bit
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  • Cooling system: Windforce 2X
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  • Max resolution: 7680x4320
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  • Power supply requirement: 500W
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  • Core Clock:\n
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    • OC mode: 1439 MHz
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    • Gaming mode: 1425 MHz
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Gigabyte Radeon RX VEGA 56

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Price: $499.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Gigabyte Radeon RX VEGA 56 is an equally impressive alternative to the GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, but it puts a stronger focus on VR gaming due to its implemented Polaris technology. This new architecture combines low latency, smart software, and powerful computing that together provide a silky smooth virtual reality experience.

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VR is also the reason why this graphics card is based specifically on the second generation of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2), which is especially useful for performance-sensitive consumer applications, such as virtual reality.

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Additionally, the Polaris graphics architecture guarantees smooth performance for all those interested in streaming games through platforms like Twitch while maintaining a high-quality broadcast without sacrificing gameplay quality. 

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Gigabyte Radeon RX VEGA 56 Specs: 

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  • VRAM: 8 GB HBM2 2048-bit
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  • Cooling system: Air cooling
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  • Max resolution: 7680x4320
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  • Power supply requirement: 650W
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  • Core Clock:\n
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    • Boost: 1471 MHz
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    • Base: 1156 MHz
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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

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Price: $489.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1870 Ti is the perfect solution for any gamers looking for the best graphics card under $500. There are several other options with the same processing power on the market from Asus and MSI, but the innovative cooling solution from Gigabyte delivers the most effective heat dissipation capacity for highest possible performance currently on the market.

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This graphics card is built for extreme overclocking, engineered with the same high-grade chokes and capacitors as those of Titan X graphics cards. This technology protects the card from overheating and provides stabler voltage output.

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Lastly, the 3D Active Fan provides semi-passive cooling, allowing gamers to enjoy gameplay in complete silence. 

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GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Specs: 

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  • VRAM: 8 GB GDDR5 256-bit
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  • Cooling system: Windforce 3X Blade Fan Design
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  • Power supply requirement: 500W
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  • Max resolution: 7680x4320@60Hz
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  • Core Clock:\n
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    • Boost: 1721 MHz / Base: 1632 MHz (OC Mode)
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    • Boost: 1683 MHz / Base: 1607 MHz (Gaming Mode)
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This year's flagship in the graphics cards department, a fully-enabled nVidia Titan Xp, resulted in a much faster build than previous throne holders: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and Titan X. It's hard to say whether this is good or bad for the market, but it sure is costly, reaching well over $1000, which is not what most gamers are looking for.

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So how do you approach the similar level of performance without investing so much money? Fortunately, the manufacturers of GeForce and Radeon graphics cards offer several excellent solutions all under $500.

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If that's what you're looking for, then check out this top 5 of the best budget graphics cards of 2017.

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11 Cheap and Reliable PC Cases Under $100 in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/64k71/11-cheap-and-reliable-pc-cases-under-100-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/64k71/11-cheap-and-reliable-pc-cases-under-100-in-2017 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:43:02 -0500 ElConquistadork

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2017 has been a phenomenal year for games: PC gaming in particular. So going into 2018, there's no reason to find yourself unprepared for everything that's sure to be coming our way. And, as this list proves, there's no reason to go completely broke doing it!

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Have any under $100 PC case favorites of your own? Let us know! And keep an eye on GameSkinny for upcoming articles on how to get the most out of your PC gaming setup without breaking the bank.

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Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Mid Tower Gaming Case

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Price: $50
Buy it on:  Newegg

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With a ton of room on the inside and some incredible stylish good looks on the outside, the Corsair Carbide SPEC-04's low-end price tag belies the fact that this gaming case has a lot to offer beginners and veterans of PC building alike. Throw in a sleek viewing window of tempered glass and a number of color options, and you've got our attention.

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Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Specs:

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  • Weight: 9.26 lbs
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  • Chassis format: Mid Tower
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  • Dimensions: 17.05 x 7.91 x 19.37in
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  • Max GPU length: 370mm
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 150mm
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  • Max PSU support: 225mm length
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  • Expansion slots: 7
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Azza Titan CSAZ-240 Mid Tower Computer Case

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Price: $70
Buy it on: Amazon

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A mid-level PC case going for $70 has no business being this gorgeous, but there it is, right in front of you. Not only is it slick and stylish to look at, but the Azza Titan CSAZ-240 sports some serious flexibility, with lots of space for you to fit in the rig of your dreams. With a massive tempered glass viewing window and a study steel exterior, this is a great budget case.

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AZZA Titan CSAZ-240 Specs:

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  • Weight: 15 lbs
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  • Chassis format: Mid Tower
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  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 7.75 x 18in
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  • Max GPU length: 380mm
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 170mm
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  • Max PSU support: 190mm length
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  • Expansion slots: 7
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BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX Tower

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Price: $85
Buy it on: Amazon

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Not only is the BitFenix is great mini setup for your PC, it's one of the most stylish on this list. While it's true that it's among the smallest budget cases you can get, it boasts a lot of flexibility, and some serious first time builder-friendly features. Its size and easy carry design also makes it a prime choice for gamers who want to take their PC on the road with them.

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Oh, and did I mention that you can get it in six different colors? 

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BitFenix Prodigy Specs:

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  • Weight: 16.7 lbs
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  • Chassis format: Mini ITX
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  • Dimensions: 15.91 x 9.84 x 14.13in
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  • Max GPU length: 300mm
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 180mm
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  • Max PSU support: 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
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  • Expansion slots: 2
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Masterbox Lite 3.1 mATX Computer Case

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Price: $40
Buy it on:  Amazon

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Another terrific budget PC case from Cooler Master, the Masterbox Lite 3.1 is easily the most affordable entry on this list at its $40 price point. There's no question that the Lite 3.1 is a smaller case, but with room for a micro ATX and any GPU you can throw at it, it's still got a lot of opportunities for some heavy firepower. 

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Masterbox Lite 3.1 Specs:

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  • Weight: 8.71lbs
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  • Chassis format: Micro ATX
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  • Dimensions: 15 x 8.19 x 17.95in
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  • Max GPU length: 380mm
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 158mm
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  • Max PSU support: 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
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  • Expansion slots: 4
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NZXT S340 Elite Mid Tower Computer Case

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Price: $100
Buy it on: Newegg 

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Not only does the NZXT S340 Elite come in a variety of colored shell designs (including the red and black pictured above: a personal favorite), you'll find a massive tempered glass viewing window, full compatibility with Kraken series liquid cooling system, and a level of VR readiness that is hard to find on a budget.

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This case comes in right at $100, but it's worht looking at if you're building your first PC or going for a budget build.

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NZXT S340 Elite Specs:

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  • Weight: 17.92lbs
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  • Chassis format: Mid Tower
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  • Dimensions: 18.66 x 7.99 x 17.01in
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  • Max GPU length: 344mm
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 161mm
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  • Max PSU support: 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
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  • Expansion slots: 7
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Cooler Master Masterbox 5 Mid Tower Computer Case

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Price: $65
Buy it on: Newegg

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Cooler Master's Masterbox 5 not only sports a sharp, clean look, it also boasts a level of flexibility in its design that will be invaluable for anyone building their first PC. The inside allows for HHD and SSD storage, along with enough space to fit upwards to an E-ATX motherboard, offering a level of performance that you won't always find in a smaller chassis.

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Masterbox 5 Specs:

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  • Weight: 15.43lbs
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  • Chassis format: Mid Tower
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  • Dimensions: 18.7 x 8.66 x 19.69in
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  • Max GPU length: 410mm
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 167mm
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  • Max PSU support: 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
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  • Expansion slots: 7
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Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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Price: $90
Buy it on: Newegg

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Not only does the angular design on the face of this PC case look incredible, it also offers superior air flow and outstanding cooling, along with a surprising amount of space for such a compact design. And with its edge to edge tinted glass window, you'll be able to show off your interior's handiwork with ease.

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Fractal Design Meshify C Specs:

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  • Weight: 13.2lbs
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  • Chassis format: Mid Tower
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  • Dimensions: 217 x 453 x 413mm
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  • Max GPU length: 315mm
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 172mm
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  • Max PSU support: 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
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  • Expansion slots: 7
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Phanteks Eclipse P300 Mid Tower Computer Case

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Price: $60
Buy it on: Newegg

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A gorgeous design in black steel and tempered glass, the Phanteks Eclipse P300 is another high-quality tower for any level of computer builder. Despite its slim size, it can still fit a full sized ATX motherboard, with a lot of air flow to go around. It also boasts an all-in-one water cooling fit-in, along with two USB 3.0 slots.

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Phanteks Eclipse P300 Specs:

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  • Weight: 13.2lbs
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  • Chassis format: Mid Tower
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  • Dimensions: 24.2 x 7.8 x 15.7in
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  • Max GPU length: 330mm
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 160mm
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  • Max PSU support: 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
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  • Expansion slots: 7
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Enermax Ostrong Light Mid Tower Computer Case

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Price: $50
Buy it on: Newegg

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This mid-sized PC case covers a lot of ground with minimum of cost. Aside from its high quality aesthetics, the Enermax Ostrong Light has room for even the longest VGA cards, along with seven extension card slots and support for liquid cooling systems, all of which can be viewed through a tinted acrylic side window.

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Enermax Ostrong Light Specs: 

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  • Weight: 10.5lbs
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  • Chassis format: Mid Tower
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  • Dimensions: 17.5 x 8 x 18.5in
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  • Max GPU length: 390mm
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 155mm
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  • Max PSU support: 120mm
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  • Expansion slots: 7
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Silverstone Technology Mini ITX Computer Case

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Price: $85
Buy it on: Amazon

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With its slim design, the Silverstone ML08 comes across looking like most popular consoles on the market today. With room for 13-inch graphics cards and compatibility with Mini-ITX motherboards and SFX PSU power supplies, your homegrown PC will proudly stand next to those consoles -- but will always be above them.

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Silverstone ML08 Specs: 

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  • Weight: 9.5lbs
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  • Chassis format: Mini ITX
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  • Dimensions: 14.6 x 15 x 3.4in
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  • Chassis support: Mini ITX
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  • Max GPU length: 13in
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 58mm
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  • Power Supply: SFX & SFX-L
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  • Expansion slots: 2
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Riotoro CR280 PC Gaming Case

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Price: $50
Buy it on: Newegg

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Compact and stylish, the Riotoro CR280 Mini ITX is an excellent PC case for gamers on a budget. With options for fan or water-based cooling, this case fits full-sized power supplies, despite its size. And mentioning that, this mini case will easily fit on or next to your desk, freeing up room for an over-sized mousepad, mechanical gaming keyboard, or gaming mouse. 

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Riotoro CR280 Specs: 

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  • Weight: 7.3lbs
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  • Dimensions: 12.6 x 8 x 13in
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  • Max GPU length: 11.41in
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  • Max CPU cooler height: 5.31in
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  • Max PSU support: 7.08 x 5.90 x 3.34in
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In the gamin' universe's constant console wars, there are a few people who set themselves apart by saying, "You know what? I don't want Sony or Microsoft or Nintendo telling me how much power I need. I'm going to decide for myself."

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Thus begins the budding life of a PC gamer.

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It's the beginning of a long process of research, investment, and building. And with much of the focus falling video cards, motherboards, and the general minutia of creating a gaming machine from scratch, the ever-important PC case is often overlooked. Sometimes, by the time you've invested in everything else, you might have precious little cash to put toward the literal shell of your device, much less a good one. 

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So we at GameSkinny have put together some of our favorite PC cases for those of you on a budget. These cases all fall under $100, whether there's a sale on or not, and are highly reliable.

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So, in no particular order, let's jump into the best PC cases under $100 for 2017.

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Best Xbox One X Compatible External Hard Drives for Holiday 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/62uln/best-xbox-one-x-compatible-external-hard-drives-for-holiday-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/62uln/best-xbox-one-x-compatible-external-hard-drives-for-holiday-2017 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:01 -0500 Ty Arthur

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There are more games taking advantage of the improved graphical capabilities of the Xbox One X than you may realize, so all that storage space will be warranted. Of course, the big names like Gears Of War 4, Halo 5, and Forza 7 are in on the action, but there's plenty of other games you might not expect.

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From Minecraft (yep, somehow we can make the pixel blocks look more HD!) to Quantum Break to Zoo Tycoon, many titles are going to take up a whole lot of extra space on the X version of Microsoft's flagship console.

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Have you picked up an Xbox One X yet, and what size external hard drive do you plan on grabbing to increase your stage space?

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, expect to see many of these drives or their equivalents from other brands to go on deep discount. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you've found a better deal!

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Vecrotech 1TB SSD

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Price: $309.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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While we've focused on the traditional external HDDs, it's worth noting that external solid state drives are also compatible with the Xbox One X for those who prefer to stay on the cutting edge.

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The cost goes up significantly for less storage space, so what's the upside of an SSD over an HDD? Most notably is that these solid state drives are totally silent, adding absolutely no extra sound to your gaming area.

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They also offer much faster transfer speeds, but that's less relevant since you probably won't be frequently transferring data to and from different devices when using the drive as an Xbox storage location.

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While this 1TB option will set you back a pretty penny, the 512GB versions lower the price substantially, although obviously at the cost of reduced storage space.

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Seagate 8TB

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Price: $189.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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When money is no option and storage space is all you care about, the 8TB HDD options are where you should be looking. Although bulky and requiring an extra spot on your surge protector for its own power supply, its unlikely you will ever run of space with this much room, even if you have a massive Xbox One X game library. Be sure to jump on the Games With Gold program for two free games every month to fill up this massive drive!

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Seagate 4TB External Hard Drive

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Price: $97.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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These Seagate HDD options provide a vertical, elegant design to set next to your Xbox One X. The upside here is that the drive doesn't take up as much horizontal space as the oddly shaped, rectangular external HDDs with smaller storage capacities.

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For less than a hundred bucks, this is an excellent mid-range external option that ensures you won't be deleting games, while not hitting the bank as hard as with those 8TB behemoths. Of course, all the usual standbys like Toshiba and Western Digital have their own versions of these as well at differing price points, so you've got other options if you're considering this style of external hard drive. 

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Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB

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Price: $74.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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Going for a sleek rounded, palm-of-the-hand look, Toshiba's offerings are a different form factor than the boxy rectangular Western Digital hard drives -- but they don't usually come in all the nifty color options.

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At slightly more than your 1TB drive, this external HDD may be the best "bang for your buck" option available right now for expanding your Xbox One X storage space.

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Between the 1TB onboard HDD of the console and the extra 2TB from the external drive, space won't be nearly as cramped. And it's unlikely you are going to hit capacity unless you are consistently buying the newest and biggest games every month.

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Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive

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Price: $59.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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This is your basic starting point for adding extra storage space to your Xbox One X, and keeping you from deleting old games to make room for new ones. And while there are plenty of manufacturers out there with competing 1TB versions in different sizes, what's appealing about this particular line is that there's no external power required, and they come in cool colors.

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If that striking orange isn't your thing and doesn't match your decor, go ahead and pick dark red, blue, white, or the standard black to match the Xbox One X.

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These are also super affordable. They aren't much more expensive than your typical thumb drive but offer vastly increased storage capacity, effectively doubling the size of your Xbox One X storage space immediately. For less than $60, it's a worthwhile investment.

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The most powerful console in the world is here, finally providing true 4K gaming experiences to console players around the world -- well, if you've got a 4K TV, anyway. Unfortunately, for all that power packed under the hood, the Xbox One X only comes bundled with one hard drive option: 1TB. 

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While that might cut it for the casual gamer on a lesser system, it's a good bet you are going to burn through that terabyte before long if you plan on taking advantage of the HD updates for Xbox One X enhanced games. When required updates are taking up 80 gigs of space, a 1TB internal drive is going to fill to capacity in no time flat.

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Only having one hard drive option feels like an oversight on Microsoft's part, since all the previous Xbox One editions come with multiple drive configurations. Just like the original Xbox One and the updated Xbox One S, the revamped X still features two USB ports, though, so it's simple to add on an external hard drive for extra room.

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Any USB-enabled external hard drive will work, although you have to format the drive to work with the Xbox operating system and will lose any data that was previously stored on the HDD.

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Here, we're going to round up all the best external hard drives currently available to use with your Xbox One X, focusing on different models for budget-friendly options, as well as hard drives that offer the most storage space possible -- but at a premium price.

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The 10 Best Gaming Chairs for Console Gamers in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/nrjpg/the-10-best-gaming-chairs-for-console-gamers-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/nrjpg/the-10-best-gaming-chairs-for-console-gamers-in-2017 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:57:24 -0500 Autumn Fish

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Whether you're looking for a comfortable new seat or something with features that level up your gaming experience, these 10 console gaming chairs are among the best of their kind. You can rest assured that you're getting your money's worth with these choices.

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Any of these picks catch your eye? Do you have another console gaming chair that you would recommend? Sound off in the comments section below!

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X Rocker Bonded Leather 2.0 Audio Gaming Chair

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Price: $291
Buy it on: Amazon

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The X Rocker Bonded Leather Gaming Chair is a fancy and lightweight console gaming chair that will keep you comfortable while you play. The two added speakers add some depth to the experience, but unfortunately, you won't be enjoying the vibrations from a subwoofer on this chair. Additionally, it must be wired up with RCA cables since it doesn't have any wireless built in, either.

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If you're looking to game in comfort and style, however, then the X Rocker Banded Leather Chair is the console gaming chair for you.

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X Rocker Pro Pedestal Wireless 2.1 Audio Gaming Chair

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Price: $270
Buy it on: Amazon

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The X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal Gaming Chair is a great alternative to the Pro H3 if you're looking for something a little more sturdy. On this pedestal, the chair is capable of tilting and swiveling. It only has 2.1 Audio instead of 4.1, but it still has an RCA Wireless dongle for connecting to devices without making a mess of wires.

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Overall, if you want a sturdy gaming experience that's elevated off the ground a bit, the X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal Console Gaming Chair is a great option.

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X Rocker Pro H3 Wireless 4.1 Audio Gaming Chair

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Price: $250
Buy it on: Amazon

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X Rocker is at the top of the food chain for console gaming chairs, and the Pro H3 Gaming Chair is on top of that. Just look at this thing; it's extremely comfortable to sit in.

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Not only that, but this chair features not 2.1 but 4.1 audio complete with a subwoofer. There are even additional vibration motors that sync with the audio as it streams through the chair. And while you could wire it up via RCA cables, it has Bluetooth and comes with a compatible dongle that connects to anything with an RCA output.

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If your main goal is to get the most immersive gaming experience possible, then direct your full attention to the X Rocker Pro H3 Console Gaming Chair.

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X Rocker Triple Flip 2.1 Audio Gaming Chair

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Price: $200
Buy it on: Amazon

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The X Rocker Triple Flip Gaming Chair is a great, sturdy little armchair that comes with some creative features. It can be folded down into a sort of stool and easily stored to the side. If you have extra junk like games, controllers, or what-not lying around, you could choose to stow them in the compartment under the seat.

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This chair also comes with 2.1 audio and a subwoofer, so you can better enjoy media if it's hooked up via headset or RCA outputs.

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If you're looking for a console gaming chair that not only plays audio but stores your stuff, look no further than X Rocker Triple Flip.

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Merax Foldable Gaming Sofa

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Price: $161
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Merax Foldable Gaming Sofa is a great console gaming chair for two -- or if not for two, then it at least gives you enough room to really spread out. The backrest has five adjustable positions, and the seat can even be rolled out into a bed. It even comes with two pillows for lumbar support and added comfort.

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Whether you need seating for two or extra space to lounge around on, the Merax Foldable Gaming Sofa is a fantastic pick.

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Setra Rocket Adjustable Gaming Chair

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Price: $110
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Setra Rocket Adjustable Gaming Chair has a sleek design that allows you to kick back and just enjoy the game without the restrictions of sitting on a solid couch or the floor. Not only is this chair really comfortable, it's adjustability allows it to be easily stowed away so that it doesn't get in the way when it's not in use.

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For a more comfortable and laid-back experience, the Setra Rocket Adjustable Console Gaming Chair is worth considering.

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Cohesion XP 2.1 Audio Gaming Chair

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Price: $100
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Cohesion XP Gaming Chair is one of the cheapest console gaming chairs on the market that offers integrated stereophonic audio with an included subwoofer. That's right, this chair will rumble with the action as the music and sound effects wax and wane. 

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It comes with volume controls and an in and out headphone jack. In order for the chair to play audio, however, it must be connected to the device via the input headphone jack.

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If you're looking to level up your console gaming experience on a budget, look no further than the Cohesion XP Gaming Chair.

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BirdRock Adjustable Memory Foam Floor Chair

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Price: $70
Buy it on: Amazon

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The BirdRock Adjustable Memory Foam Floor Chair is a pretty quaint console gaming chair. It's incredibly soft and comfortable to sit in and has 14 different adjustable positions. It can even be folded in half for easy storage.

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If you need a console gaming chair that's comfortable and compact, then look no further than the BirdRock Adjustable Memory Foam Floor Chair.

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Big Joe Bean Bag Dorm Chair

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Price: $39
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Big Joe Bean Bag Dorm Chair is just that: a big bean bag chair. However, it's a bean bag chair with pouches on the side, and it's comfortable to boot! It'll conform to your body shape, though extensive use may cause it to become a little stiff. Nothing you can't fix by just shaking it up a little, though!

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If you just need a quick-fix console gaming chair, the Big Joe Bean Bag Dorm Chair is a pretty solid choice.

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Intex Inflatable Ultra Lounge Chair

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Price: $24
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Intex Inflatable Ultra Lounge Chair is one of the cheapest console gaming chairs you can get right now. It's a comfortable lounge chair that lets you kick back and enjoy the game on the big screen. It even comes with an ottoman and a cup holder.

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You'll have to inflate it for use, and it's not exactly airtight, so expect it to deflate over time. That can easily be remedied by reinflating it, however.

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It's a comfortable little console gaming chair that's easy to store, and it's ultra-affordable. What else is there to say?

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Whether your favorite beanbag chair is getting old or you just want to level up your gaming experience, upgrading to a new console gaming chair is a great investment. Not only do you need something comfortable to park your butt in while gaming for hours on end, but many of these chairs also come with a bunch of special features to improve your gaming experience.

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There are many gaming chairs that are foldable for easy storage, and some even come with built-in storage of their own. Yet more gaming chairs pride themselves in offering integrated audio -- and even sometimes come with a subwoofer so you really feel the gaming action.

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Here, we've compiled a list of the 10 best console gaming chairs currently on the market, covering a wide range of prices. Whether you just need a comfortable new chair to sit in or you want to take your media-consuming experience to new heights, these picks are sure to give you the most bang for your buck -- especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner.

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The 7 Best Gaming Headsets You Can Buy For the 2017 Holiday Season https://www.gameskinny.com/f5y2d/the-7-best-gaming-headsets-you-can-buy-for-the-2017-holiday-season https://www.gameskinny.com/f5y2d/the-7-best-gaming-headsets-you-can-buy-for-the-2017-holiday-season Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:51:19 -0500 Auverin Morrow

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That wraps up our list of the best gaming headsets that you can buy during the 2017 holiday season. Whether you need a cheap headset, an immersive surround sound experience, an on-the-go setup, or a full suite of customizable features, there's a set of cans in this roundup for you. 

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What headset will you be picking up for the holidays this year? Are there any that you think deserve a spot on this list? Let us know in the comments! 

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Logitech G430

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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We're diving from the top end of gamer budgets toward the lower end with this gaming headset. Logitech's G430 proves that you don't have to fork over your whole paycheck to get quality sound and comfort. 

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The G430 offers true 7.1 surround sound, a lightweight design, and inline controls for under $40. Its lightweight chassis is made from durable plastic, with breathable sport-cloth earpads that keep your head from getting too heated during those long gaming sessions. 

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If the lower price tag and sporty design of this headset appeal to you, then you might also want to check out the Logitech G433 -- another surround sound headset that is even more tailored toward on-the-go usage and airy comfort. It's available for $99.99 on Amazon.

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Sennheiser Game Zero & Game One

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For the Luxury Gamer
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  • Price: $169.00 (Zero), $249.95 (One)
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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars (Zero), 4.5/5 Stars (One)
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If you've got deep enough pockets that you can spring for the brand name that's become synonymous with high-end comfort, then the Sennheiser Game Zero and Game One headsets are worth splurging on. 

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The Game Zero features a closed acoustic design and leather padding on the ear cups and headband, while the Game One boasts an open acoustic design with plush velour accents -- but both cozy setups offer enough noise cancellation that you can game or chat comfortably. 

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So what's the difference between these sets? It all comes down to sound. Sennheiser's Game One offers a slightly crisper and more nuanced sonic experience with resonant bass and crystal-clear mids and highs. The Game Zero setup provides a top-tier sound experience as well but is tailored more toward gamers who prefer a closed acoustic setup. 

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HyperX Cloud Revolver S

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For the Marathon Gamer & Sound Snob
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  • Price: $149.99
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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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HyperX is known for having some of the most comfortable headsets on the market, but the Cloud Revolver S might be the most comfortable of them all. With memory foam earpads, a specialized weight-distributing design, and lightweight materials, the Revolver S is an excellent choice for hardcore gamers who need maximum comfort without sacrificing any sound quality. 

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Featuring true 7.1 surround sound, this headset produces a rich spectrum of tones and has a wonderfully resonant low end. Its directional sound capabilities will help you experience the aural cues in your favorite games like the developers intended. Though there's no RGB lighting or EQ software, the comfort and sound quality alone make this set of cans worth the $150 price tag. 

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Check out our HyperX Could Revolver S review for more information. 

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Logitech G533

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For the Directional Sound Connoisseur
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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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If you want the best wireless surround sound experience on the market, the Logitech G533 is the headset for you. It features a proprietary diaphragm design that can parse our sound into individual parts, and then reproduce it with remarkable fidelity. And as we note in our G533 review, this makes for quite an intense sonic experience with games like Battlefield 1

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In addition to top-tier sound performance, this Logitech headset also offers reliable wireless functionality with great battery life (about 15 hours) and long range (about 15 meters). Last but not least, the granular EQ software will let you tailor your headset to deliver the ideal soundscape. 

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SteelSeries Arctis 3/5/7

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For the All-In-One Gamer On the Go
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No matter what kind of gamer you are, there's an iteration in the SteelSeries Arctis line for you. The cheapest model, the Arctis 3, is a compact setup that offers inline controls, decent sound quality, and portable comfort for less than $80. 

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But if you have a little bit more to spend, you might want to consider the higher end Arctis 5 or Arctis 7 models. The Arctis 7, in particular, has a lot to offer -- from high-impact surround sound to the buoyant comfort of its unique design. And it packs a ton of features and functionality into a lag-free wireless package that's compatible with pretty much any current platform.

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Corsair Void Pro RGB

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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If you're the sort of gamer who prefers not to be tethered to their desk by a snake pit of wires, then Corsair's newest headset should be on your wishlist. The Void Pro RGB wireless headset offers a lag-free wireless experience with RGB accents and inline controls to streamline your gaming sessions. The ear cups also rotate to lay flat around your neck so you can get up from your desk and grab a snack from the kitchen without ever having to take your headset off. 

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Boasting a long-lasting battery life and some of the best sound quality you can find in a wireless setup for under $100, the Void Pro is a great option for wire-free aficionados who don't want to break the bank. 

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Check out our Corsair Void Pro RGB review for more information. 

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HyperX Cloud Alpha

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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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This new iteration in HyperX's Cloud lineup is about as comfortable as headsets come. The memory foam inside the headband and ear cups keeps the Cloud Alpha cozy and snug (but not too snug) during those long marathon sessions. Underneath that plush foam are proprietary dual-chamber drivers that produce crisp, resonant sound and hefty bass tones -- so you're getting an excellent sound experience from this airy setup. 

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Just like all other HyperX headsets, the Cloud Alpha doesn't feature any sort of RGB lighting or EQ software. It's 100% plug-and-play, with no bells or whistles to distract from its aural prowess. And console players will be happy to know that this headset is compatible with any system that features a 3.5mm audio jack -- including PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

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Read our HyperX Cloud Alpha review for more information. 

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A good gaming headset can mean the difference between a fun playthrough and a truly immersive gaming experience. But with so many headsets claiming to be the best on the market or the biggest bang for your buck, it can be hard to find the right pair of cans to fit your current setup.

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Now that the 2017 holidays coming up, there’s no better time to start scoping out the perfect headset for yourself or that special gamer in your life. Whether you’re a console gamer who needs couch-worthy comfort or a PC player looking for the ultimate wireless setup, the right headset is out there waiting for you -- and we’ve already done the legwork to find it!

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These are the top-tier headsets on the market right now that you should be keeping an eye on during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the whole holiday season.

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Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back Review: What Could Have Possibly Gone Wrong? https://www.gameskinny.com/np316/bubsy-the-woolies-strike-back-review-what-could-have-possibly-gone-wrong https://www.gameskinny.com/np316/bubsy-the-woolies-strike-back-review-what-could-have-possibly-gone-wrong Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:38:40 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Life is strange, isn't it? It seems like only yesterday we were all gaping in absolute, dumbfounded shock at the announcement of a new Bubsy game in the form of Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, and now the actual game is right here in reality for all of us to boo off stage and chuck tomatoes at. 

Most veteran gamers likely know the gist of Bubsy's history by now. The first game is largely remembered as a failed attempt to make a mascot platformer meant to rival the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, with pretty average results and some mechanics that were at odds with each other. The sequels were essentially more of the same, with the exception of Bubsy 3D, an early 3D platformer famously awful for its limited controls, self-congratulatory comedy, awful camera, and overall cheap-feeling quality. 

Not many people wanted a new Bubsy game, and I think even fewer expected one, but here it is anyway. The question is: has developer Black Forest Games learned anything from the years of criticism and infamous reputation left behind by developer Accolade? Have they made a truly good game out of Bubsy?

The answer is no. No, they really haven't learned that much. 

The visuals, at least, aren't half bad.

Let's Start With the Positives

I think it's fair that when critiquing any game -- no matter how much you may hate it or think it doesn't need to exist -- to point out what it did well before you rip into it. I'd like to start off by saying that there are actually a few small things about The Woolies Strike Back that I liked and didn't just tolerate or flat out despise. 

For starters, in the options menu, you have the option of adjusting Bubsy's level of verbosity, meaning how often he'll make one of his characteristic one-liners. You can go from a minimum setting of "Silent Bobcat" all the way up to the maximum setting, which is just called "Bubsy." This addresses the most common complaint people had about Bubsy games in the past, how Bubsy constantly spouted inane quips and references. This option shows a certain degree of self-awareness and learning from the series' past failures.

The graphics can actually look kind of nice (at times), some of the music is chipper and fun (if not all that memorable), and to be completely honest, my first impressions weren't that bad. For the first two levels, I was actually having fun, taking in the decent scenery and collecting lots of colorful yarn with its satisfying little pop noises.

Very early on, I found myself having a little fun here and there.

The controls also aren't too bad. Bubsy can still jump and glide, as well as pounce, and aside from an annoyingly fiddly sense of movement when trying to move just slightly, the controls are fine. The glide provides a slight upward boost in midair, which can help you correct a jump, and you can even jump in midair when walking straight off of a ledge. These movement options open up some small opportunities in terms of platforming.

It wasn't much, but at the start, I could at least say the game was, at worst, below-average. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for me to notice the cracks in the game's structure, and it didn't take long after that for me to really see how frankly lazy and awful the whole thing was.

What Went Wrong

This game has some of the most basic and boring design for a platformer I've seen in quite a while. The level design is downright insipid. 

The biggest offense in the level design -- and possibly the game's entire design -- is the pointlessness of the collectibles. The main collectibles come in the form of balls of yarn, hundreds of which are scattered across each stage, which seem only to be relevant in increasing your score at the end of each level.

There are also five keys in most levels, all of which you need in order to unlock the level's Wooly Vault, which always houses a large amount of yarn. Lastly, there are T-shirts, which either give you an extra hit point or grant you an extra life if you grab one while already powered up.

But here's the big issue -- about 90% of the collectibles are pointless, and by extension, 90% of each level. Like I said before, the yarn only adds to your score, which is unconnected to anything else in the gameplay, meaning there isn't any reason to explore the levels. Every diversion from the main path is in service to pointless collecting, even when it's a shirt to get health or lives, because some of the shirts are on the main path anyway.

The level design can just be plain confusing sometimes.

While there are rare bits here and there where the platforming feels decently structured, they really are few and far between. The placement of everything from checkpoints to collectibles to walls and platforms feels borderline random. The level design doesn't have its own special Bubsy "feel" or anything; it just seems like they did the minimum that they had to in order to keep the game from feeling like an annoying walk down a long corridor. 

Everything in every level is at its best amateurish, and at its worst, useless or awful. Enemies have bizarre placements, the background shadows pop in at random times, the enemy and environment variety is laughably low, and the hitboxes are just cheap. Bubsy sometimes has trouble landing on a basic enemy due to his slender size, and all hazards and some basic objects have inaccurate and illogically large hitboxes and poor collision detection. 

The cherry on top is that the few boss fights in the game are all terrible. First off, all three of them are against the same UFO but with different attacks, which is more than just a little disappointing. Second, the difficulty curve for these fights is totally screwed up. The first fight is extremely easy -- possibly easier than an encounter with a normal enemy due to the enormous, obvious weak point -- the second one is harder than the final one, and the final one is underwhelming as a finale. And they all just take too long.

The first boss fight. The other two are a lot like this but with way more obnoxious screen-filling attacks. 


Lack of Purrsonality

In regards to Bubsy's one-liners -- as well as the writing in general -- they aren't that great. The jokes in this game range from either not that funny to not making any sense at all. To illustrate my point, I will quote Bubsy when he sings, "MC Bubster, the Pouncemaster, in the game, yeah!" Now I will quote my brother, who in response to this quip, said, "That sounds like the kind of joke you make on accident and then wish you could take back." 

There is a story, but it feels like nothing, even moreso than a lot of other retro or retro-inspired platformers. Bubsy's longtime enemies the Woolies (the enemies from the first Bubsy game) have come back to steal all of Earth's yarn, as well as Bubsy's prized possesion, the Golden Fleece, which is important or special for reasons we are never told. The Woolies aren't a threatening or cool enemy force, and their goal isn't even clear. Plus, Bubsy is so smug and nonchalant that it doesn't ever feel like there's any stakes or a real reason to care.

Maybe the story and writing could be forgiven for being so underwhelming if the game wasn't also so short. My playthrough of the game was just under two hours total, which to my understanding is longer than most people's, and that was only because I was stopping to collect things early on before I realized they were pointless. I've seen and heard about some people beating the game in just under ONE hour blind.

Look What the Out-of-Work Bobcat Dragged In 

This game is less than two hours long and costs $30. Even if this game were great, that price would still be too much considering how short is. Another recent indie platformer, A Hat in Timeis also $30, but that game is much longer, better designed, and more charming and original. To quote my brother again: "This game would be a ripoff at 99 cents."

I just can't wrap my head around this. What was the point of bringing back a character like Bubsy -- a character that most people didn't miss or really care about -- just to make such a basic and painfully mediocre game? Why invest time and money into a game that ultimately ends up feeling like a slightly longer HD version of the original SNES game?

I cannot recommend Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back to anyone, ironically or otherwise, and I don't think there is any reason to buy it, even if it were to get some sort of massive discount. There are hundreds of much better games, many of which cost less than half this game's price and have design that actually improved and changed with the times. The best thing I can say about it is that it's short enough that I was able to finish it and still get a refund on Steam.

Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back is available now on Steam and PS4 (but you really shouldn't buy it). You can watch a trailer for the game below: 

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The 10 Best Gaming Chairs for PC Gamers in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/p12p9/the-10-best-gaming-chairs-for-pc-gamers-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/p12p9/the-10-best-gaming-chairs-for-pc-gamers-in-2017 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:19:48 -0500 Autumn Fish

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Whether you're looking for a comfortable, cheap PC gaming chair to spend long hours gaming in or an expensive, ergonomic one to help form better posture, these 10 PC gaming chairs offer the best experiences for the price you're paying for them.

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DId any of these picks catch your eye? Have another PC gaming chair that you would recommend to a friend? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Herman Miller Embody Chair with Balance Textile

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Price: $1,460
Buy it on: Amazon

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If your wallet is bottomless, the absolute best chair out there is the Herman Miller Embody Chair with the Balance Textile. Not only does this sturdy, comfortable, ergonomic chair move as you shift like the Steelcase Gesture does, but it also has a special Textile fabric that prevents heat buildup against your back.

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This is the magic chair that will cure the discomfort you experience while gaming or working for long hours. With the adjustable lumbar support that the Steelcase Gesture was missing, there's absolutely nothing better.

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If you find yourself the owner of a Herman Miller Embody Chair, your back will thank you for it well into old age.

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Steelcase Gesture Chair

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Price: $1,020
Buy it on: Amazon

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Of course, if you are willing to shell out a grand, you can have revolutionary back support with the Steelcase Gesture Chair. The ergonomics of this chair are amazing for your spine and will correct your posture while you spend countless hours playing your favorite games.

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This chair moves and shifts as you do, allowing you to have proper back support in almost any position. The only real problem here is that the lumbar support isn't adjustable.

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If you can swing it and want to make sure your back is getting the proper support that it needs, do yourself a favor and pick up a Steelcase Gesture Chair.

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GM Seating Ergolux Executive Chair

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Price: $690
Buy it on: Amazon

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The GM Seating Ergolux Executive Chair may not be marketed as a PC gaming chair, but it will keep you comfortable for long play sessions -- and long work hours. This this is pure ergonomics paired with a soft, genuine leather cover.

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The seat padding is a little lacking, however. It also takes a bit of time to get fully adjusted for maximum comfort and back support. But otherwise, there's nothing to complain about here.

If you're after pure ergonomic back support for under $1,000, you can't go wrong with the GM Seating Ergolux Executive Chair.

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noblechairs EPIC Series Real Leather Gaming Chair

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Price: $550
Get it on: Amazon

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The noblechairs EPIC Series Real Leather Gaming Chair is the most luxurious racing style chair on the market. It has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a $500 chair. It's soft as a dream, incredibly adjustable, and has some pretty excellent support, although it may not be great for shorter people.

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If you're looking for the absolute best racing style PC gaming chair out there, it's noblechairs EPIC Series.

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DXRacer Gaming Chairs

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Price: $300 - $600
Buy it on: Amazon

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The DXRacer PC Gaming Chairs are a thing of beauty. These are some of the most ergonomic gaming chairs on the market, considered by many to be the best brand out there. The DXRacer Formula Series is the standard gaming chair and works great for people up to 5'9" and 200lbs.

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DXRacer's many other gaming chair series are made for people of all different shapes and sizes, and their price points vary with them. The DXRacer Tank Series is the biggest chair they have, supporting people up to 6'7" and 450lbs, but its price is doubled to reflect it.

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These chairs are really great, though. They're adjustable, comfortable, and ergonomic. The back and neck pillows are even detachable and adjustable to fit your needs.

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If you're prepared to spend hundreds on a solid PC gaming chair, a DXRacer is well worth it.

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LEVL Alpha Series Gaming Chair

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Price: $300
Buy it on: Amazon

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LEVL is another brand that's not so well known, but their Alpha Series PC Gaming Chairs are really competitive. These PC gaming chairs have a comfortable ergonomic design, sturdy bases, and the ability to be reclined.

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They're comfort and sturdy base come at a price, though. The chairs are just dang heavy. But that doesn't make them bad chairs, just harder to move. Additionally, both sizes come at the same price, so you don't have to pay more if you're bigger.

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It's hard to go wrong with a LEVL Alpha Series Gaming Chair.

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Ewin Champion Series Gaming Chair

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Price: $279
Buy it on: Amazon

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Getting into the $300 price range is where you'll find a lot of the greatest PC gaming chairs on the market, and the Ewin Champion Series Chair is easily one of the best on the cheaper end of the scale. It's got all the bells and whistles you're probably looking for in this price range.

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It has great ergonomics with neck and back pillows, making it rather comfortable to sit in. It's fully adjustable so you can find the perfect spot for your back, neck, and more. However, it's known to need a bit of fiddling before the chair will feel just right.

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For more info on the Ewin Champion Series Gaming Chair, be sure to check out our full review.

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Arozzi Enzo Series Racing Style Gaming Chair

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Price: $200
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Arozzi Enzo Series Gaming Chair is a fantastic budget racing style chair. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of high-class racing style chairs like the DXRacer, it's still got great ergonomics and is extremely comfortable thanks to its generous padding.

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The armrests aren't adjustable, unfortunately, and it doesn't come with back and neck pillows like the slightly pricier racing style PC gaming chairs. It's not easy to assemble, either, so keep those things in mind when considering this choice.

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For the price point, however, you'd be hard-pressed to find something better than an Arrozzi Enzo Series Gaming Chair.

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AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Chair

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Price: $110
Buy it on: Amazon

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Amazon Basics Executive Chair may not specifically be a gaming chair, but it's exceptionally well built for its price point -- and will give you more reliability some of the cheaper PC gaming chairs out there. It's really comfortable to sit in for long hours and has a sturdy armrest -- one of our editors has had one for nearly a decade and still uses it comfortably every day.

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Its adjustability is limited to height and tilt like many other chairs at this price point, and it doesn't have the ergonomics of a proper PC gaming chair, but your back certainly won't be complaining.

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If comfort is your biggest priority around the $100 price point, this is the chair you want.

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Homall Bucket Seat Gaming Chair

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Price: $80
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Homall Bucket Seat Chairs are some of the cheapest PC gaming chairs available, and you're pretty much getting what you pay for here. It's not the sturdiest and the padding isn't all that, but it has a wide range of movement and great lower back support.

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The Homall has full rotation and PU leather wheels to make it safe for hardwood floors, and it can even be rocked back and forth. The armrests can also easily be flipped back if they get in the way.

Overall this sleek PC gaming chair is an excellent pick for its price point.

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Whether your desk chair is getting old or you want to pick up something that won't kill your back, upgrading to a new PC gaming chair is a great investment, especially if you typically play or work in it for long hours day in and day out. Not only will it keep your spine healthily aligned, it will improve your posture in the long run.

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And the best thing is that you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to get something that works well -- even some cheap gaming chairs are better than your average office chair. However, if you have the spare change, you could treat yourself to something so ergonomic that you'll have support no matter how you shift in your chair.

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Here, we've put together a list of the 10 best PC gaming chairs currently on the market within their respective price points. If you need a chair to sit in for several hours a day, these are sure to give you the biggest bang for your buck -- especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner. 

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Best Gaming Mice for Hardcore Gamers in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/rn40e/best-gaming-mice-for-hardcore-gamers-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/rn40e/best-gaming-mice-for-hardcore-gamers-in-2017 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:22:45 -0500 Ty Arthur

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From ultra-high DPS options to button-laden monstrosities and everything in between, these 10 mice offer anything a hardcore gamer could want, no matter what your grip style or preferred genre.

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What did you think of our picks, and what mouse would you recommend to the gamer who needs something higher-end? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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Looking for even more gaming mice options, but don't have quite as much to spend on these $80-$150 behemoths? Be sure to check out our list of budget gaming mice right here instead.

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Budget Option: LENRUE Gaming Mouse

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Price: $9.99
Buy it on: Amazon 

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Let's end this list of hardcore gaming mice with something totally unexpected: an ultra-budget option!

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Yeah, you are reading that price correctly. The LENRUE Gaming Mouse is seriously only 10 bucks. And it's actually a really solid mouse if you want something flashy but still usable with cool features.

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This gaming mouse swaps colors between red, purple, blue, and green, and you can manually change the DPI through the software. With six buttons and a scroll wheel, this is a comfortable mid-range option that has what most gamers need, even if it doesn't include all those absurd extra bells and whistles.

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ASUS ROG Spatha

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Price: $159.99
Buy it on: Amazon 

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Extremely heavy for a mouse, this hardcore entry uses a different magnesium alloy construction than the standard gaming mouse. While it takes some getting used to, the ASUS ROG Spatha is among the best gaming mice out there.

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In terms of features, the ASUS pretty well has it all: three-zone lighting, 12 buttons, and switching between wired and wireless modes. It can also sync up with other ROG devices for color matching, from the keyboard to the motherboard and graphics card.

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Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition

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Price: $79.99
Buy it on: Amazon 

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Razer's products are always top of the line in terms of being eSports-ready, but they also tend to show a simplicity and elegance in design. You get pinpoint precision for 50 million clicks, along with extras like re-programmable buttons, as well as saving button and LED profiles in the cloud. 

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The newer Lancehead comes in both standard black, as well as the white and green "mercury" edition. The Tournament Edition is wired only, while there's a separate wireless version (with the ability to switch back to wired with a dongle) that costs a lot more but offers the same functionality.

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While the Lancehead has a lot of positives going for it, you can't really go wrong with any of the Razer standards: the Death Adder Elite, Basilisk, Mamba, and Naga Hex are all killer options.

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Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition

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Price: $79.99
Buy it on: Amazon 

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Razer's products are always top of the line in terms of being eSports-ready, but they also tend to show a simplicity and elegance in design. You get pinpoint precision for 50 million clicks, along with extras like re-programmable buttons, as well as saving button and LED profiles in the cloud. 

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The newer Lancehead comes in both standard black, as well as the white and green "mercury" edition. The Tournament Edition is wired only, while there's a separate wireless version (with the ability to switch back to wired with a dongle) that costs a lot more but offers the same functionality.

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While the Lancehead has a lot of positives going for it, you can't really go wrong with any of the Razer standards: the Death Adder Elite, Basilisk, Mamba, and Naga Hex are all killer options.

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Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

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Price: $79.99
Buy it on: Amazon 

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If the ambidextrous design of the G903 doesn't suit your hand and you need a dedicated right-hand mouse, look to the Logitech Proteus instead. The re-positionable weights make this gaming mouse a pleasure to hold, helping it fit perfectly in your grip.

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The Spectrum edition comes with RGB lighting, and with 11 buttons and customizable DPI settings, this is one of the best "bang for your buck" options in higher end gaming mice.

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Logitech G903 Lightspeed

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Price: $149.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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The total polar opposite of the MMO-obsessed G600, the Logitech 903 Lightspeed is an updated version of the incredibly popular G900 Chaos released last year. 

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Rather than being bogged down with a dozen buttons at the thumb, this one features a sleek design, can quickly switch between wired or wireless, and is highly customizable. You can configure your own buttons on this ambidextrous offering, including adding on grips to specific areas. In terms of a well-rounded mouse, it's tough to beat this one for claw, palm, or fingertip users. 

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Read our full review of the Logitech G903 here.

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Logitech G600

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Price: $79.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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Although this gaming mouse has a few years on it now, it still remains easily one of the best choices for gamers in 2017 -- especially those that spend most of their time in massively multiplayer online worlds.

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The Logitech G600 sports a whopping 20 separate buttons for use, with 12 located right at your thumb to simulate the standard loadout of skills for a maxed-out MMO character.

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Whether you're stoked for WoW Vanilla to return or spend all day in Guild Wars 2 or Black Desert Online, there isn't really a better mouse option for the MMORPG fanatic right now.

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Corsair Glaive RGB

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Price: $69.99
Buy it on: Amazon 

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Less clunky and sleeker than Corsair's M65 Pro, the Glaive features interchangeable thumb grips on the side to match what's most comfortable for your preferences.

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It also has stellar three-zone RGB lighting that can be fully customized, letting you choose what colors light up which zones. You can then save those settings in a profile for easy recall.

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For more info on the Glaive's full list of features, check out our complete review here.

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Steel Series Rival 700

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Price: $99.99
Buy it on: Amazon 

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There are really only so many ways to innovate an input device like the mouse. However, the Rival 700 from SteelSeries found a way to solidly break through that wall, adding in some unexpected new features, like an onboard OLED display that streams in-game info directly to the mouse. This is also one of the only mice in the world with a haptic tactile feedback system that gives slight vibrations to notify you of in-game events or champion cooldowns.

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Unfortunately, this mouse is a righty only. But other than that small little "hiccup", if you need something cutting edge to dominate in online gaming, it's well worth giving the Rival 700 a shot. 

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Read our full review of the Rival 700 here

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SteelSeries Sensei 310

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Price: $59.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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The ambidextrous version of SteelSeries' right-handed Rival 310, the Sensei 310's big draw is in its true 1:1 tracking, offering unprecedented lack of jitter or lag and extreme accuracy. A lot of mice manufacturers and development teams say their mice achieve precise 1:1 tracking, but this mouse really nails it with the TrueMove3 sensor. 

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With a comfortable, sleek design, great software in SteelSeries' Engine 3, a killer sensor, and a nice mid-range price point that won't break the bank, we highly recommend this one

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Read our full review of the Sensei 310 here.

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With the recent revelation that certain budget keyboards have been secretly keylogging their users and sending that information to who-knows-where, it's definitely worth spending a little extra on your peripherals.

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When it comes to the hardcore gamer, there is a host of options on the mouse front, with some models tailored toward the twitchy FPS crowd and others more suitable for MMO fanatics who need a ton of readily-available buttons.

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Here, we're rounding up 10 of the absolute best gaming mice currently available, with a focus on the more high-end options that will set you back a pretty penny but have the features and sensitivity to be worth the cost. And they won't be sending your information to far off lands. 

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7 Best Virtual Reality Headsets for 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/zn9z6/7-best-virtual-reality-headsets-for-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/zn9z6/7-best-virtual-reality-headsets-for-2017 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:55:20 -0500 Jonathan Moore

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As we get closer to 2018, virtual reality will only become more affordable and more available to both casual and core gamers alike. Whether it's the Oculus Rift or the ETVR, there's something currently in the market for every gamer and every budget. 

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But if you're someone that's not quite ready to take the virtual reality plunge, the coming months are chock full of exciting VR hardware releases. From the Primax 8K headset to the Oculus Go and the Lenovo Daydream, there will only be more options to choose from, more games to play, and more worlds to explore. Strap in -- VR is about to reinvent gaming's newest frontier. 

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Which VR headset are you planning on picking up? Do you already have one? Or did we leave one of the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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ETVR Virtual Reality Headset

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Platforms: Android and iOS phones 4 to 6 inches
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (250 reviews)
Price: $49.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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This is hands-down one of the most inexpensive virtual reality headsets you can currently purchase. And while it might be on the cheap side when it comes to your budget, the ETVR headset is arguably one of the most comfortable headsets in its price range. Sporting comfortable foam, plastic, and faux leather construction, the ETVR is a headset that you can wear for marathon VR sessions, whether you're wearing it for gaming or not. And even better, the headset doesn't look cheap, either. Instead, it looks like something you might find in a VR boutique. 

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Getting down to brass tacks, the ETVR headset provides a clear picture in most scenarios but does have some issues when it comes to consistency, meaning some apps and games look better than others in certain lighting conditions. On top of that, the 85-degree field of view is smaller than other headsets on this list (which isn't a huge deal if you're sitting in one spot or are a casual VR consumer). 

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There's no onboard audio to speak of with the ETVR, so like the Daydream, you'll have to rely on your smartphone's speakers, which can be hit or miss and typically provide the fidelity of sound that some other VR headsets provide. 

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And being a device that's compatible with both Android and iOS mobile phones, you'll find a plethora of virtual reality games and experiences when using the ETVR. Of course, most of these experiences don't necessarily live up to other devices' more AAA-quality offerings, but then again, you're not paying to get those experiences with this under $50 headset. 

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Specifications

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Google Daydream View

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Platforms: Daydream-ready phones (see below) 
Rating: N/A
Price: $98
Buy it on: Newegg

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Just like the Samsung Gear VR, the Google Daydream View works by setting a phone into the headset. However, the best part about it is that the headset isn't arrested to working just with Samsung mobile phones, but instead works with myriad Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy, the Google Pixel and PIxel 2, the ZenFone AR, and the LG V30, making it a more ubiquitous virtual reality headset. 

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Like other mobile VR headsets, the Daydream isn't as immersive as the PlayStation VR, the Oculus, or the Vive -- you won't find fully immersive worlds here. But the trade-off is that the Daydream is easy to set up and easy to use. Essentially, it's a mid-tier insert-and-play VR option for relatively cheap.

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One of the bigger drawbacks to the Daydream is that its catalog is small when compared to the likes of the Samsung VR. And although that's likely to change with Google focusing on more and more VR content in the future, right now, there aren't a plethora of games and experiences to be had on the Daydream. As of this writing, Daydream users can select from somewhere around 250 apps and games, with a majority of those firmly falling into the apps bucket. 

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However, if you're looking to start your VR journey and looking for something that's comfortable, affordable, and designed to keep your phone from overheating (an issue other headsets haven't addressed as directly as the Daydream), then this is definitely a VR headset you're going to want to consider this holiday. 

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Specifications

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  • Display technology: Native to device used
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  • Resolution: Native to device used
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  • Refresh rate: 60hz
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  • Connection: None
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  • Controller input: Handheld remote
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Samsung Gear VR

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Platforms: Samsung Mobile Phones 
Rating: N/A
Price: $129.99
Buy it on: Newegg

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I can personally say that the Samsung VR is one of the best and most accessible mobile virtual reality experiences currently available. The device is a collaboration between Oculus VR and Samsung that brings a mid-tier VR experience to Samsung mobile phones (currently from the Galaxy S6 to the Galaxy S8). 

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The headset is wildly comfortable -- even for those of us that wear glasses. The headstrap sits comfortably across the top of the head, producing minimal strain across hours of use. And the headset's inner fabric breathes well. Overall, the headset doesn't get too hot, although it can get somewhat sweaty if you're playing in an already-toasty environment. 

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Plugging a phone into the Samsung VR is relatively easy -- you just slide the phone into the headset with the screen facing the viewports and lock it into a small clip on the front right-hand side of the headset. In my time with the headset, I never once had issues with the phone moving or dislodging from the VR.

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Arresting the Gear to Samsung devices might deter some users from picking up the VR at $130, especially if they don't already have a compatible device. But if you already own a Samsung smartphone, the Gear VR is a nice investment if you want VR on the go or are looking to dip your toes into virtual reality before popping for one of the more expensive, more intensive headsets on this list.  

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Samsung has also started bundling the Gear VR with new Samsung smartphone purchases, so you could theoretically get your first VR headset for free if you're thinking of switching phones manufacturers.

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The only downside is that the Gear VR doesn't have a massive catalog of games and of those games, most of them are indies. So you won't be finding too many big AAA virtual reality experiences here. 

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Specifications

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HTC Vive

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Platform: PC
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 (855 reviews)
Price: $599
Buy it on: Amazon

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The HTC Vive is the creme de la creme of virtual reality headsets. The Vive is arguably the most powerful VR headset there currently is, its game catalog is one of the most robust and fastest growing, and it's the only headset to offer a nearly fully-immersive VR experience. 

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Of course, all of that comes with a price. At $599, the HTC Vive is also the most expensive VR headset you can buy right now. That doesn't count the price of the high-end gaming PC you're going to need to run this thing, either. At the end of the day, you could be looking at more than $2,000 for a top-of-the-line experience. 

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But if that doesn't dissuade you from picking up the Vive, you'll find that the headset has the largest hardcore-gaming catalog available. Seeing as the headset was developed via a partnership between Valve and HTC, the Vive has unprecedented access to myriad Valve and Steam games. From Star Trek: Bridge Crew and Subnautica to Ricky and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality and Arizona Sunshine, there's something for everyone on the Vive. 

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Taking a closer look at the hardware itself shows that the Vive may not be as comfortable as other headsets on this list, such as the Oculus and the PSVR, but it makes up for that in 360-degree, near fully-immersive VR experiences. Although things can be a bit tricky during the Vive's initial setup -- and using it basically requires you dedicate an entire room to VR -- it has a 90hz refresh rate and robust rendering capabilities. 

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At the end of the day, the Vive is the headset for hardcore VR gamers. 

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pecifications

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Oculus Rift

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Platform: PC
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (268 reviews)
Price: $399
Buy it on: Amazon

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If you've done any research on virtual reality, there's little doubt that you've heard the Oculus name before. As one of the peripherals that led the charge into the new VR frontier in early 2016, the Oculus Rift is one of the best VR headsets you can currently buy. It helps that Oculus VR recently added a touch control bundle -- where you get the headset and its touch controls -- for an astonishing $399, which is practically a steal for such a high-end VR experience. 

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Currently, the Oculus Rift boasts a catalog of 113 games. And although that catalog hasn't grown considerably since our last VR headset roundup (which is a bit unfortunate), that doesn't mean the games and experiences currently on the platform aren't highly praised and worth your time. 

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But one of the primary things that sets the Oculus apart from the HTC Vive, its closest competitor, is that it's much easier to set up than the Vive. The Rift doesn't require multiple light towers to track movement and there are fewer cables to hook up to your PC out of the box. Of course, you're comparing room-scale VR in the Vive to a more traditional VR experience in the Rift, but it's still worthy of note. 

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On top of that, the Oculus is more comfortable than the Vive, provides better sound, and has more ergonomic controls via its recently-released Oculus Touch Controls. If you're not looking for a room-scale VR experience, then the Rift is a solid choice. Just keep in mind that it appears fewer games have been coming to the Oculus as of late, so keep that in mind when making your decision. 

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  • Connection: HDMI 1.3; USB 3.0; USB 2.0
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PSVR

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Platform: PlayStation 4
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (596 reviews)
Price: $349.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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While we wait for Microsoft to unveil the Xbox One's first virtual reality headset sometime in 2018, console gamers have only one choice when it comes to VR: Sony's PSVR. 

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Compared to other VR headsets on this list, such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the PSVR is one of the most cost-efficient headsets currently on the market. Giving gamers a relatively high-end virtual reality experience, Sony's headset packs on hell of a punch and is, by all accounts, extremely comfortable -- something other VR headsets have trouble achieving at all price points. 

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Another thing to note is that the PSVR is made specifically with gaming in mind and its plug-and-play ability melds well with the console gaming mindset. You won't find copious cables and motion detectors here. Instead, you'll only need a PS4, a Dualshock 4 or PlayStation Move controllers, and a PlayStation Camera. And although all of those necessary components are typically sold separately from the PSVR, the headset is one of the most affordable on this list, specifically when comparing it to the price points of the high-end PCs needed to power the Oculus or Vive. 

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Essential reading: PS VR Bundle Review: A Whole New (Virtual) World

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The best part about the PSVR is that it has a relatively large catalog of games to choose from. With Resident Evil 7, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, and Batman: Arkham: VR already out and games like DOOM VFR, The Inpatient, and Skyrim VR set to release in the next several months, the PSVR has some of the best gaming experiences on the market. 

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Here we are in 2017, and virtual reality is becoming more and more affordable for the average consumer. However, with that affordability comes more parity. Deciding on the best VR headset for your needs can be a somewhat daunting prospect whether you know where to start or not. 

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One of the primary things to look for in a virtual reality headset, aside from its processing power, refresh rate, controls, and catalog is whether the headset itself is tethered or mobile. Tethered headsets, such as the Oculus Rift, PSVR, and HTC Vive are capable of providing much more complex virtual reality experiences, but require that the headset is tethered either to a PC or console. Mobile headsets, on the other hand, provide you with more flexibility and range of movement because the processing is typically done on your mobile device, but it comes at the cost of processing power. 

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But don't worry: we're here to guide you through the virtual reality landscape and help you pinpoint the best headsets currently on the market for your current needs. From budget headsets to top of the line gear, here are the headsets you should be looking at come Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

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Be Wary of Cheap Gaming Gadgets: They Could Be Selling Your Info https://www.gameskinny.com/cyuqf/be-wary-of-cheap-gaming-gadgets-they-could-be-selling-your-info https://www.gameskinny.com/cyuqf/be-wary-of-cheap-gaming-gadgets-they-could-be-selling-your-info Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:06:52 -0500 bazookajo94

It's been discovered that Chinese keyboard MantisTek GK2 has been sending users' information to an Alibaba server. Originally reported on a thread website similar to Reddit, an anonymous user warned other members that the keypad was sending "information about key presses statistics" to a separate website, meaning anything a user has typed--email addresses, passwords, and other such login information that has been typed--is being sent to someone using the Alibaba server. 

The appeal to the MantisTek GK2 over other mechanical keyboards is its cheap price, but such gadgets are also noted to often take user's information without consent. 

To help stop information from being sent on the MantisTek GK2, users should first make sure they stop the keyboard's Cloud Driver software from running in the background, as it is the main source sending the information. 

Following this step, users can implement the force of their firewall to help by blocking the executable file CMS.exe. 

Or, if they're desperate for a quick fix, users can download free firewall software GlassWire, which allows users to block apps from making connections on their computer. 

As a final step, exercise caution when buying similar products. Yes, the majority of products in the US are being manufactured in China, but products usually go through a local company who serves as a gateway to ensure these products are safer to use than when they come directly from China, with all their specs and "features" included, such as sending statistics to outside servers. 

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HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Review: A Bare-Bones Tenkeyless Tour de Force https://www.gameskinny.com/1evdt/hyperx-alloy-fps-pro-review-a-bare-bones-tenkeyless-tour-de-force https://www.gameskinny.com/1evdt/hyperx-alloy-fps-pro-review-a-bare-bones-tenkeyless-tour-de-force Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:15:02 -0400 Jonathan Moore

For many gamers, HyperX is a name synonymous with quality. For a while now, the company has made some of the very best gaming headsets around, from the Cloud Stinger to the Cloud Revolver S. And around the GameSkinny office, HyperX is a big favorite.

But for all the innovation the company has brought to the headset space, HyperX has just relatively recently brought that ingenuity to the mechanical keyboard market. It shone brightly with the Alloy Elite, a gaming board we named one of the most well-rounded keyboards currently available. And it shines just as bright with the Alloy FPS Pro.

After spending some 20 hours with the board, the Alloy FPS Pro is a mechanical keyboard we can’t help but recommend. Priced at $79.99, it’s undeniably a steal if you’re in the market for a reliable and durable tenkeyless option that boasts an elegant design and fluid functionality.

Unboxing

One of the things I like most about HyperX is that they’re no-frills when it comes to their products. They don’t get caught up in RGB lighting or macro programming, and instead focus on functionality and design. And that’s reflected in what you get in the box.

Packaged in a red and black cardboard box that’s as sturdy as the keyboard itself, the FPS Pro comes with the keyboard, a detachable 6-foot braided cable, a keycap switcher, a set of textured W/A/S/D and Q/E/R/F keys, and a handy quick-start guide.

Since a lot of other keyboard manufacturers don’t seem to be including extra keycaps and switchers these days, I really appreciate that HyperX goes the extra mile to add a different type of customizability to their products -- especially since changing keycaps can be a royal pain in the keester without a switcher.

I also appreciate that there’s no fancy software to fumble with and install. And while that means you can’t reprogram the board or set a plethora of macros, it also means that you can get to gaming faster, using the keyboard in its optimal capacity right from the start. There’s nothing more frustrating than plugging in a keyboard and not being immediately sure if you like it -- that's unless you spend an hour reprogramming it only to find you still hate it. That’s a huge bummer you won’t find here.

With the FPS Pro, what you see is what you get.

Design

The Alloy FPS Pro sports a black finish on a solid steel frame (which I’ll talk more about shortly), and the 87 smooth keycaps sit on either Cherry MX red, blue, or brown switches. If you choose to swap out the Pro’s factory keycaps with the red textured keycaps that come packaged with the board, you’ll find your primary gaming keys will have a bumpier feel to them, helping you better find them in a firefight or intense melee.

Across the top of the board you’ll also find your standard media keys (skip backward, skip forward, play, and pause), volume controls (volume up, volume down, and mute), and a Game Mode key that disables the Windows key to avoid accidental disruption during gaming.

Like other HyperX products, the lighting features on the FPS Pro are pretty slim. Instead of giving you control over 16 million colors, you’ll have the choice between red, red, and more red. But like its cousin in the Alloy Elite, the backlighting is crisp and vibrant and fully controllable via the board’s arrow keys, which allow you to cycle through six backlighting modes.

However, the biggest draw for the gamer on the go is the FPS Pro’s size and durability. Weighing just 1.8 pounds, the FPS Pro is nearly half the weight of Corsair's K63, making it even easier to stuff in a backpack or carry from home to office. To make matters even simpler, the FPS Pro’s braided cable is easily detachable and doesn’t tangle easily. The only thing that could have been better here is if HyperX provided a cord routing area on the board’s underside as an extra option, much like SteelSeries provides in some of its mechanicals.

But what really impressed me the most about the Alloy FPS Pro was its strength. It's durable as hell, something I found that out when I dropped it on solid concrete while transporting it from home to the office. After falling about three feet, there wasn’t a single scratch on the steel chassis -- it looked as good as the day I took it out of the box. Two of the keys popped off, but they were beyond easy to pop back on (and I haven’t had any problem with them since).

Functionality

As you’ve probably already figured out, there isn’t a ton of secondary functionality in the FPS Pro -- but that doesn’t mean the functionality that is there isn’t worth spending a few paragraphs on.

You might remember that I mentioned there’s no software with the FPS Pro. For those that prefer a varied palette, that might be a hurdle. But for those that don’t mind so much, controlling the board’s backlighting is a sinch. You won’t have to sift through millions of color options or agonize over getting a pattern just right. Finding what you’re looking for is as simple as plugging the keyboard in and cycling through the options on the board itself. That means you won’t have to leave your SMITE match or the last round of Iron Banner to tweak your settings if room conditions change.

Unlike the Alloy Elite, there’s no sleek volume wheel for increasing or decreasing volume on the fly. Instead, you’re stuck using your headset’s volume controls or incrementally raising or lowering the volume one key-click at a time. It wasn’t a monumental issue for me while using the board, but then again, I don’t often use keyboard volume functions and instead rely on my headset volume controls to do the work they were meant to do.

Performance

The Alloy FPS Pro doesn’t skip a beat. In all my hours with it, each key and every switch responded with near lightning feedback. Of course, it’s a cardinal sin for modern mechanical keyboards if the switches and keys don’t respond or aren’t comfortable. But the FPS Pro does an exceedingly good job at what other boards do casually.

The Pro's Cherry switches perform as you’d expect them, rapidly registering each and every keystroke without losing input. But they do so underneath perfectly contoured and textured full-size keycaps. With a gradual dip, the keycaps provide the perfect resting places for your fingers -- whether you’re frantically inputting commands in games like Destiny 2  and Grim Dawn, or holding them down for hours on end in games like The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and SOMA.

In a gaming capacity, I actually preferred that the Alloy FPS doesn’t have a numpad, leaving a comfortable amount of room between the keycaps. Sure, I missed the numpad and its ease of use for everyday editorial tasks, but for the games I frequently haunt, I never once felt empty handed without it.

My only true gripe is with the placement of the board’s F12 key. Both my colleague and I had issues with the key’s proximity to both the FPS Pro’s and the Alloy Elite’s backspace keys. In-game, the problem was negligible at best, but in everyday typing situations, it was a constant hobgoblin.

Verdict

When compared to other boards in its price range, it’s hard to beat the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro tenkeyless. It’s responsive. It’s reliable. And it’s resilient.

With complete n-key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting, you’ll find that all of your inputs register exactly when you need them to and that everyday tasks are a breeze. And aside from a few very (very) minor hiccups, it’s extremely simple to use.

If you’re looking for fully programmable macros, full lighting customization, and dedicated keys, you might want to look at other boards, such as Corsair’s K63 tenkeyless. But if you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard you can count on, is highly portable, and doesn’t eschew functionality for cosmetics, then the FPS Pro is the keyboard for you.

You can purchase the Alloy FPS Pro on Amazon for $79.99. 

[Note: HyperX provided the Alloy FPS Pro used for this review.]

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Reasons You Should Consider an OLED Gaming Monitor https://www.gameskinny.com/fl9oo/reasons-you-should-consider-an-oled-gaming-monitor https://www.gameskinny.com/fl9oo/reasons-you-should-consider-an-oled-gaming-monitor Sat, 07 Oct 2017 13:04:06 -0400 RainSixtyGaming

The monitor you’re currently using is probably decent enough as is, but if you wanted to go above and beyond the norm, OLED monitors are going to be your new best friends. 2017 calls for an abundance of different technological advancements to consider, especially in the monitor department - there are a lot of things that go into the monitor manufacturing process. Some companies take it upon themselves to provide customers with the highest-quality monitor options as possible, but it's up to you to seek out those companies.

What is OLED?

OLED

OLED stands for “Organic Light Emitting Diode”, which is significantly better than your average LCD screen (that you’ll find in most monitors or televisions). The largest benefit you’ll receive from using an OLED monitor would be that they are lightweight, and much thinner than the average counterpart. They can be much more flexible in the sense that they can actually be folded and messed about with! If durability is something that you’re seriously concerned about, OLED displays of any sort will keep your entertainment in check.

OLED's that feature an active matrix sport amazing image quality, much better than any other television you’ve used in the past. The range of color is immense, in par with NTSC requirements or even above and beyond that. The pictures you’ll be seeing with an OLED monitor are not only stellar, but also rich in color and tone. There’s a major difference between OLED displays and LCD, but the average person wouldn’t know that - good thing I’m here to help you out!

What Makes OLED So Good?

OLED monitor

The image quality is obviously a beneficial trait to receive from any sort of display, but that isn’t the only thing OLED’s offer up to consumers. They don’t use as much power as the LCD variety does, which is great for many different reasons - it allows you to minimize the amount of energy you consume every year, and also lets your hydro bill stay as low as possible. The images and screen are going to appear much brighter in comparison to LCD’s, since the display is very thin and allows light to shine through easily. Additionally, you can leave OLED’s on for extended periods of time without worrying about an image being burnt into your screen - OLED displays also never require glass, which is a must when you’re working with LCD (or even LED) displays.

OLED’s are said to have around twice as long of a lifespan when compared to LEDs or LCDs, so if longevity is a key component to your purchase, you’re on the right path. As more OLED monitors and OLED gaming monitors start to pop up on the market, you’ll begin to notice an abundance of new features being implemented.

What Makes Them Bad?

 

One of the biggest issues with OLED monitores is that they aren’t being mass produced just yet. OLED televisions and monitors typically use smaller factories to create their displays, which is why there is such a large demand for them right now. When you can’t produce a certain number of monitors every single month, there’s going to a supply and demand issue - it’s like running out of stock on a popular pair of shoes!

Because of the lack of supply OLED monitors are pretty expensive, especially when compared to more standard monitors, but they feature superior panel technology, which makes them the best monitor on the market right now. You get what you pay for in this modern world, so of course, it’s going to be expensive when you’re buying a high-quality product. Although they’re going to cost quite a bit of money, the many positive aspects of this display outweigh the financial burden. If you’re good on cash and can spend it, you may as well! If you aren’t and OLED's seem out of your price range, it’s a good idea to look into buying a used product.

The Conclusion

With stellar refresh rates, optimal color ranges and everything else you could ask for out of a display - OLED monitors are changing the way people approach television, movies and gaming.

I have nothing but good things to talk about in regards to OLED displays. Sure, they cost a pretty penny, but everything in life that’s “worth it” is going to cost you. Whether it’s money or time, anything worthwhile is never going to come cheap. If you’re still confused as to which OLED monitor you should be considering, just do a bit of research - check out Amazon and other online marketplaces. Look at reviews and identify the proper product for you

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SteelSeries Apex M750 Keyboard Review: Effective, But Not Revolutionary https://www.gameskinny.com/ml87s/steelseries-apex-m750-keyboard-review-effective-but-not-revolutionary https://www.gameskinny.com/ml87s/steelseries-apex-m750-keyboard-review-effective-but-not-revolutionary Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:37:36 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you’re a competitive gamer, you already know the importance of a reliable gaming keyboard. Often, you’re looking for something that’s accurate and flexible, while also being dependable and responsive. And with all the keyboards geared toward those requirements, it can be hard to find the exact keyboard that’s going to keep you moving up the ranks.

But with the Apex M750 mechanical gaming keyboard, SteelSeries has set out to engineer and manufacture the penultimate eSports gaming keyboard to meet those needs. Marketed as a revolution in eSports peripherals technology, the M750 aims high and gets a lot of things right -- like its durable design and granular macro customization. But it also gets a few things not so right.

Spending copious amounts of time using mechanical keyboards for work and leisure, it takes a lot for any particular board to arrest my attention and stand out from the crowd. In my more than 20 hours with the Apex 750, I can’t say that it did that -- but that also doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of your attention if you’re looking for a fully customizable board that (mostly) looks good alongside your other SteelSeries (or RGB-centric) gaming gear.

In other words, revolutionary and reliable aren’t synonymous.

Design

The Apex 750 sports a sleek, somewhat understated design. Its jet-black chassis is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, which means it doesn’t bend or get smudged if you've got sweaty palms from an intense firefight or looming deadline. Measuring 17.5 x 6.0 inches and weighing in at just over 2 pounds, the 750 fits snugly between larger keyboards such as the Corsair K95 RGB and smaller ones like the Hyper X FPS.

During my time with the board, that was one thing I particularly liked about the M750: it didn’t feel so small that I’d break it moving from gaming station to gaming station or so bulky that I couldn’t shove it into a backpack or cradle it under my arm while transporting it. I also especially liked that it did this while accommodating a full numpad and 104 keys, something that’s not entirely easy to do when you’re shooting for compact.

However, there are two design choices that I certainly have misgivings about: the M750’s cable and its removable rubber feet.

The board comes with a 6.5-foot standard plastic cable (at this price point, I’d have expected a more durable braided cable) that functions as you’d expect it to, but it is a bit unwieldy to corral when moving the keyboard around. The cord has a SteelSeries emblazoned velcro strap you can use to bind the cable, but adding in a wire track underneath the board would have made things just a tad bit easier -- as it is in other SteelSeries boards, such as the M800.

But although my foibles about the M750’s cable are more nitpicky than concerning, the board’s rubber feet squarely fall into the latter category. Instead of the traditional hard-plastic feet that come standard on most mechanical gaming keyboards, the M750 eschews this tried and true “technology” for something more "innovative": two sets of detachable rubber feet.

It’s an interesting design choice that certainly sets the M750 apart from other boards in that regard. But in practice, they’re a bit cumbersome to install and use. When I first unpacked the board and set it on my desk, I found that the factory-installed rubber feet set the M750 a bit too low for my liking, so I set about changing them out -- which took me about five minutes to do.

The issue is that despite their notched design, the feet don’t easily slot into the board, and more importantly, they don’t stay attached if you move the board around your desktop. Simply pushing the board away from me and then pulling it back toward me continually dislodged the feet. In a relaxed, non-competitive environment it was frustrating enough, but in an eSports environment, one where peripheral placement is often paramount for each individual player, moving the board between matches could become (very) frustrating.

Performance

Although I used the SteelSeries M750 for both work and play, I can definitively say that this is a gaming-centric peripheral. Of course, that makes sense seeing as the design and engineering ethos behind it is predominantly focused on eSports and competitive gaming.

But with the ubiquity that defines many modern gaming keyboards, it’s worth noting that the M750 didn’t perform as well as I’d hoped in the office for daily writing and editorial tasks -- where my light typing style and the board’s feathery keys conflated to create myriad typos that I don’t typically make with Cherry or Romer G switches. 

Put it where it’s meant to be, however, and the M750 performs extremely well. In my go-to competitive shooter, Paladins, I was able to deftly pull off ults and easily maneuver about the map while racking up eliminations. And in the Destiny 2 PC beta, movement with W/A/S/D felt fluid and natural, while pulling off supers, melees, and more was adequately easy.

This is because each of the M750’s proprietary QX2 switches is responsive, swift, and comfortable in their natural gaming habitat. And what I particularly liked about each of them is that they were sensitive enough to register keystrokes without bottoming out but resilient enough to not randomly initiate ults or abilities by way of an errant finger here or there. It’s a fine line to dance -- but from what I can tell, SteelSeries pulled it off exceptionally well.

But of course, you already know I have a few caveats that I think are worth mentioning if you’re seriously looking into the M750. If you’re looking for a quiet board, the M750 is definitely not it. The M750’s QX2 switches aren’t the loudest switches I’ve ever used, but each switch and floating keycap sounds hollow and clanky. Compared to the meatier sounding Cherry MX Reds found on the Cherry MX Board 6.0 mechanical keyboard, the M750’s QX2s sound cut-rate in comparison.

Another concern that I have with the board is that even though each switch is rated for upwards of 50 million keystrokes, the shift key on the review model I received started creaking about five hours into use, before morphing into a full-on squeak about eight hours into use. I imagine that this is a one-off type of scenario (with an educated guess of something like 1 in 10,000 boards experiencing this issue). But nonetheless, it's something that played into my overall feeling of the board.

Functionality

When it comes to RGB lighting, you’ll find that the M750 provides some interesting and unique lighting options. Using SteelSeries’ Engine 3 software, you’re able to choose from the normative 16 million color RGB spectrum and myriad lighting effects, from static and rainbow to pulse and radiate.

What really sets the M750 apart from other boards in its price range, though, is SteelSeries’ Prism Sync and Image Sync apps. With the former, you can sync your color presets across multiple SteelSeries peripherals (such as the QCK Prism mousepad and the Rival 310 gaming mouse) for a uniform look -- one that really adds character (if not much else) to your overall setup.

With Image Sync, you’re able to choose from a set of stock GIFs to give you even more unique lighting presets. At the time of this writing, there are only 10 GIF presets to choose from, but as the community grows and users see what "cool" lighting effects can be achieved by translating GIFs into lighting effects, more and more will surely become available. 

In the scheme of things, however, Image Sync's current iteration seems more like a gimmick than a true innovation. Most of the preset GIFs aren't entirely discernible or representative to the naked eye of their in-app monikers. For example, if I didn't know I'd chosen a fire-themed GIF as my lighting preset, I honestly would've had no clue that the lighting effect it produced was supposed to be fire. Sure, Image Sync is a work in progress and SteelSeries is sure to refine the functionality as time goes on. But as it currently stands, you probably won't be wowing your friends or colleagues with the feature. 

 

You can also use the Engine 3 software to fully customize your macros (despite the absence of dedicated macro keys), as well as fully reprogram each of the board’s keys to your liking. I found this to be an intuitive choice on the part of SteelSeries’ design and engineering teams because it not only gives you complete control of the M750’s layout, but it also allows you to change layouts from QWERTY to Dvorak to Coleman -- making the M750 one of the more accessible keyboards currently on the market.

Outside of that, you have your typical function keys that control overall key brightness, volume, and playback, as well as a SteelSeries key that brings the Engine 3 software up on the fly. It’s a little disappointing that there aren’t dedicated media keys on the M750 or that there’s no volume control to be found, forcing you to use your function key alternates to raise and lower the volume.

It’s also rather peculiar that in a board at this price point, there isn’t a dedicated lock key on the board that lets you turn off certain keystrokes (such as Ctrl + alt + del) or disable the windows key. Sure, you can manually disable these functions and keys in the Engine 3 software, but you’ll have to do so before jumping into a match or starting work -- unless you want to open the software mid-thought or mid ult.

Verdict

Overall, the SteelSeries M750 mechanical gaming keyboard is a responsive, reliable bet if you’re any type of gamer -- competitive or not. Although I have several qualms with the board, from design to functionality, the M750 is board that stands alongside other competitors in its price bracket. In essence, SteelSeries hasn’t necessarily made a keyboard that’s going to revolutionize the gaming scene (much less the eSports niche it’s geared toward),  but it has made one that functions well and gets the job done.

A few caveats aside, from lack of dedicated macro keys, questionable rubber feet design, relatively loud keys, and some light bleed from the board’s floating keycaps, SteelSeries has the foundation upon which to build its next keyboard that very well could be the game-changer for the space. Until then, the M750 doesn’t stand head and shoulders above its contemporaries, although that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a look if you’re thinking of plunking down $130 for a gaming keyboard anytime soon.

[Note: SteelSeries provided the M750 review unit used for this review.]

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SteelSeries Rival 310 and Sensei 310 Review: True 1:1 Tracking Delivered https://www.gameskinny.com/z982l/steelseries-rival-310-and-sensei-310-review-true-11-tracking-delivered https://www.gameskinny.com/z982l/steelseries-rival-310-and-sensei-310-review-true-11-tracking-delivered Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:02:37 -0400 Jonathan Moore

SteelSeries has been here before. With the release of the Rival 700, the peripherals company said that its flagship mouse had achieved true 1:1 tracking. And if you were to go to their website right now, you’d see that every one of their mice offers 1:1 tracking -- from the newest to the oldest, the least expensive to the most expensive. But this time around, they say they’ve truly nailed it.

And I tend to agree.

SteelSeries’ latest mice, the Rival 310 and the Sensei 310, both offer what the company calls “true 1:1 tracking”, meaning that they’ve taken 1:1 tracking and accuracy to an entirely new level with their new Truemove 3 sensor. We’ll get more into the gritty details a little later on, but suffice it to say that these mice are accurate and reliable at the highest DPIs -- no matter how fast or slow you move them across your mousepad.

Specifically designed with eSports and competitive players around the world in mind, the Rival 310 and Sensei 310 offer players high-end quality at affordable price points. Neither mouse is perfect by any means, and there are other mice on the market that provide similar functionality (outside of true 1:1 tracking) at commensurate prices. But each of these mice is well worth a look if you're in the market for a mouse that's crazy precise and won't break the bank.

Overall Design

Both the Rival 310 and the Sensei 310 are nearly identical on the outside, combining their self-same feature sets with inauspicious designs that belie their functionalities. 

Each mouse sports an understated black matte finish that offers a two-for-one combo: it looks stylish and helps reduce slippage when your palms and fingers get sweaty. To complement these finishes, each mouse has what SteelSeries calls "next-gen, upgraded" silicone grips that do a wonderful job of keeping your thumb and ring fingers adhered to the sides of the mice whether you're playing in an eSports tournament or doing menial office work. And where I often found my palms and fingers slipping on the slick surface of the Rival 700, I never once experienced any sliding or unintended palm movement in all my hours with the Rival 310 or the Sensei 310.

However, these mice aren't made for palm-grippers. Instead, the right-handed Rival 310 is made for a claw or hybrid grip style, while the ambidextrous Sensei is optimized for a pinch grip. As a palm player, I did notice a considerable variance in my preferred gripping style and the Sensei's egalitarian design, where the right side of my palm sat uncomfortably on the Sensei's right half. 

This led me to pay more attention to how my hand was positioned in my early hours with the mouse -- and I missed quite a few Paladins and Battlefield 1 headshots in the process. I eventually got used to the design, but keep that in mind if you're considering the Sensei. 

However, the Rival 310's sloped, traditionally contoured design was easily accessible and much more comfortable out of the box. It better lent itself to a palm grip style -- but in my time with it, I almost exclusively used hybrid grip style, which better helped me maneuver the mouse's build, even though it was slightly uncomfortable for my specific liking.

Because of their inauspicious designs, neither the Rival or the Sensei are weighed down with copious buttons or toggles, with the Rival sporting six buttons to the Sensei’s eight. The primary left and right buttons on each mouse provide strong feedback, while the DPI switches are snugly positioned just above the illuminated mouse wheels and are easy to access.  

For the Rival, the two side buttons are fat and positioned well within thumb’s reach, giving off solid, satisfying clicks with each press. On the other hand, since the Sensei is ambidextrous and features a less contoured design than the 310, its left- and right-side buttons are smaller and skinnier, giving your thumb and ring fingers less real estate to play with. And while the left-side buttons are fairly easy to press, the right-side buttons are stubborn little cusses -- especially if you’re a right-handed player.

For office work, I always found myself inadvertently (and frustratingly) pressing them when I moved the mouse across my QCK Prism mousepad. But when I needed them most -- during play -- I couldn’t seem to get a bead on them without contorting my hand into an infinitely uncomfortable Cronenberg. It’s a strange problem to have on a mouse so meticulously engineered, and I'm sure it was a purposeful design choice considering it's an ambidextrous mouse. However, the bright side is that SteelSeries had the engineering foresight to let users disable the buttons through SteelSeries’ Engine 3 software, never to be worried about again if they get in the way.

Overall Performance

The split trigger design on both the Rival 310 and the Sensei 310 means that the OMRON switches (rated at 50 million clicks) are going to be both durable and deadly. The left and right mouse buttons on these mice are lightning fast, responsive, and a pleasure to press. But none of that matters if you can’t get a bead on your target. And if you’re an eSports player, accuracy and precision are two of the biggest factors in moving through the bracket or going home.

When speaking with SteelSeries about the mice, it was clear that four key factors guided the design and engineering of both the Rival 310 and the Sensei 310: they both had to have ultra-low latency, true 1:1 tracking, advanced jitter reduction, and the fastest response times of any mouse on the planet. All difficult things to accomplish given the relative parity in the space.

But I’d like to think they’ve achieved at least some of that with both of these mice.

The star of the show is unequivocally the TrueMove Sensor 3 with advanced jitter reduction technology, which helps both mice achieve true 1:1 tracking. Developed and manufactured in concert with Pixart, the Truemove 3 is a proprietary iteration on the popular Pixart 3369 optical sensor. And as of this writing, these proprietary sensors can only be found in the Rival 310 and Sensei 310.

I found the sensors to be adequate and precise at lower DPIs, and wasn't able to notice a monumental difference between some of my Logitech mice. But that considerably changed when cranking the DPIs above 3,500. Here, the amalgamated power of these allied forces truly showcased itself.

Even at the highest DPI settings, the Sensei didn’t jitter or vibrate in the slightest. The mouse cursor moved precisely where I wanted it to go, and abruptly stopped when I needed it to. And although the Rival 310 didn’t perform as well as the Sensei 310 -- slightly jittering and moving somewhat sporadically at the highest settings -- it still performed leagues better than the sensor found in the Rival 700 when dialed into the same settings.

When testing it on the battlefield, I noticed a considerable difference in performance against mice such as the Scimitar RGB in terms of lagless aiming. Once I got a handle on the design of the Sensei 310, there was nary a difference in overall performance when playing shooters like Paladins and strategy games like Cities: Skylines. In the former, I was able to easily pull off critical shots and switch between DPIs on the fly with both mice. And in the latter, I was able to deftly navigate the game’s myriad menus and easily scroll from one side of my cities to the other no matter if I used the Rival or the Sensei.

So although I had to tune the in-game settings to get the truest, most accurate sensitivity I was looking for, my success all started with the Truemove 3 sensor.

The Verdict

Whether you’re a serious eSports gamer or a casual that’s looking for a solid mouse at a solid price, you could do much worse than the Rival 310 and Sensei 310. In essence, SteelSeries has taken a lot of what makes the Rival 700 tick, tweaked it, improved it, and stuck it into packages that retail for $59.99. That’s a damn hard deal to pass up for such a fantastic value.

My only real gripes are with the Sensei 310 -- and those gripes are more personal preference than objective reporting. And I’m happy to see that SteelSeries had the foresight to allow players to disable buttons -- specifically the shoulder buttons -- on that particular mouse. (I was a little disappointed that the Rival 310 jittered more at maximum DPI than the Sensei, but unless you plan on cranking up the volume, you won't particularly notice.) 

With nearly zero input lag, low latency, anti-jitter technology, and (from what I can tell) true 1:1 tracking up to 12,000 DPI, both the Rival 310 and Sensei 310 are dealy mice that rival my favorite head-lopper: the Logitech G302 Daedalus. And while that mouse does some of what these two do at a lower price point, I’d venture to say that you’d be better off paying the extra $20 and trying one of these out instead. (And as a Logitech guy, that’s saying something.)

You can pick up both the Rival 310 and Sensei 310 from the SteelSeries website

[Note: SteelSeries provided the Rival 310 and Sensei 310 mice that were used in this review.]

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AOC Unveils New QHD Gaming Monitor https://www.gameskinny.com/ecuvt/aoc-unveils-new-qhd-gaming-monitor https://www.gameskinny.com/ecuvt/aoc-unveils-new-qhd-gaming-monitor Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:29:28 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Today AOC, a manufacturer of high-definition computer monitors, televisions, and other display technologies, has announced its newest gaming monitor: the Agon AG322QCX. This 32-inch, curved QHD monitor is built specifically with eSports gamers and gaming enthusiasts in mind. It features a plethora of user-centric features, such as AMD freesync technology, Shadow Control, and LowBlue Mode. Other monitor features include a 144Hz refresh rate and a 4ms response time. 

The monitor's freesync technology allows for refresh rate synchronization between AMD-powered GPUs and the AG322's screen, which is meant to reduce screen-tearing, minimize stutter, and decrease input/output lag. AMD released its royalty-free freesync technology in 2015 to directly compete with Nvidia's G-sync technology and can be found in other currently-available AOC monitors. 

Receiving input from such eSports teams as Team Liquid, AOC has also incorporated Shadow Control and LowBlue Mode into the AG322QCX. These technologies reportedly work in concert to ameliorate eye fatigue caused from extended play and eSports training sessions. Both features function to reduce shadows and eliminate certain wavelengths of blue light, the latter of which some studies suggest may cause retinal damage over time.

The Agon AG322 has a resolution of 2560x1440, a single VGA port, two HDMI ports, two display ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. It currently retails for $429.99. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news about all things gaming. 

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10 Outstanding Indie Games From PAX West 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/500wy/10-outstanding-indie-games-from-pax-west-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/500wy/10-outstanding-indie-games-from-pax-west-2017 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:17:43 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

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That's the list! After getting to check out all these awesome demos, I can't wait to see these indie gems release throughout the rest of this year and early next year. 

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What were your favorite games from PAX West 2017? Let us know down in the comments!

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Super Meat Boy Forever (Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, PS4, iOS, Android)

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Team Meat
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Our little boy is growing up.

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As an official sequel to the critically acclaimed and famously difficult indie hit Super Meat BoySuper Meat Boy Forever has some big and very bloody shoes to fill. But we may be able to put those worries to rest, because it seems as though those same shoes still fit the sequel's squishy feet. 

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Super Meat Boy Forever is a follow-up that keeps the same spirit and familiar feel of the original game while still managing to feel completely new and original. You can still deftly dodge insta-kill obstacles using the game's simple move-set and tight controls, but there are quite a few additions and revisions to the core gameplay. 

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Both Meat Boy and Bandage Girl now run automatically, meaning that the stress of movement for the most part has been removed. Instead you must focus on the various moves you can pull off, which still includes the old wall slide, wall jump, and a high jump. But you also now have an air-dash, a sliding tackle attack, and a fast-falling downward dive. These moves lead to new obstacles, new methods of success, and of course, many new deaths.

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The speed and flow of the first game is still there, but the levels evenly balance both the classic and new mechanics in order to make them feel like something that is truly meant to succeed the original. The levels will also become harder each time you beat them, and the dark world equivalents with much more difficult design return as well. And rest assured -- Super Meat Boy Forever is just as hard as Super Meat Boy, and you'll still feel that rush of adrenaline whenever you figure out the trick to getting past that one obstacle that killed you twenty times.

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In terms of content, very little has been revealed. There's no telling how many levels we can expect out of Forever, but hopefully it's somewhere around the 300+ from the original game. There's also no word yet whether this game will feature playable characters from other indie games or not. It is confirmed that players will be able to play as either Meat Boy or Bandage Girl right from the start. 

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Super Meat Boy Forever is already shaping up to be a great game and a worthy successor. It is currently planned for release in Summer of 2018, and will come to the Nintendo Switch first.

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Wandersong (PC)

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Dumb and Fat Games
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Wandersong is a musical adventure game where you play as a bard tasked with preventing the erasure of the entire universe, and you must use your natural talents as a singer to solve puzzles and help people out with their problems. You use a series of notes represented by color-coordinated notches on a wheel in order to swing a sword, fend off ghosts, and gain the favor of passing songbirds in order to get a boost.

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The game's bright, colorful visuals, friendly comedic writing, and excellent soundtrack and sound design may make it look happy -- but there very well may be something sinister that lurks beneath it all. A mysterious force that speaks an unknown language is against you on your quest, and you'll slowly uncover what secrets it holds as the game goes on.

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Cuphead 

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Studio MDHR
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If you've been paying attention to the indie-gaming scene for the past three years or so, odds are you've heard of Cuphead. It's been in development hell for years past its expected release -- and for good reason.

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The whole game was hand-drawn using traditional animation techniques similar to the cartoons of the 1930's, particularly those of Fleischer Studios and Disney. Because of the amount of work necessary to make this style look and play smoothly, brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer have been working on the game for a total of nearly seven years.

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The final package exemplifies their efforts, as Cuphead is one of the most visually detailed and fluidly animated 2D games ever released. From the film-grain filter to the exaggerated facial expressions, from the bright colors to the rubber hose arms and legs, Cuphead looks and plays authentically like Contra adapted into a Merrie Melodies cartoon.

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It's a highly difficult, fast-paced run-and-gun shooter where Cuphead and his friend Mugman must take on a series of elaborate boss fights in order to appease the devil and keep their lives after losing to him in a game of chance. There are various weapons, a two-player co-op mode with Mugman, an overworld map to navigate with its own secret areas, and special moves for that extra bit of razzle-dazzle.

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Cuphead is a visually flooring, skill-testing, action-packed love letter to a golden era of animation -- and it's finally planned for release on PC and Xbox One on September 29.

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The American Dream (PS VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)

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Samurai Punk 
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Have you ever heard the saying "guns are as American as apple pie"? Developer Samurai Punk of Melbourne, Australia certainly has, and they're setting out to prove how great guns make America (sarcasm) with The American Dream. It's a satirical shooting-gallery VR game where all the basics of the 1950's "American Dream" lifestyle are handled with guns.

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Whether you're feeding your baby, flipping burgers at a greasy spoon diner, putting holes in bagels on a production line, or even driving home from work, you're doing it with the help of your trusty sidearms. The game is set to take place across 20 different stages set in a Norman Rockwell-esque parody of 1950's suburban America, with an ongoing narration from the comedy stylings of "Buddy Washington".

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The guns don't have a lot of kick to them, but the actual aiming and reloading of cartridges in midair actually takes some practice and skill, making even the most menial tasks with your guns a lot of fun. The environments are also very reactive and loaded with lots of cracking, snapping, and toppling physics. 

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The American Dream is a fun and funny experience with sold gun-play that you should keep an eye out for in early 2018. If you want to get a better sense of the kind of tone that Samurai Punk is going for, then you should check out the short "educational film" they've made for the game below. It's just too funny:

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Coffence (PC)

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Sweet Bandits
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Coffence is a game about fencing with cups of coffee. This 1-on-1 fighter has you compete against an opponent to steal their coffee by using yours wisely. 

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It may not be a graphical powerhouse, but the gameplay is what makes it all worth it. Coffence has quite a lot of different tactics to take advantage of and plenty of opportunities for mind-games. Your cup of coffee is on the end of a piece of elastic string, and you must thrust it in different directions in order to knock coffee out of your opponent's cup, and then steal it out of the air before they can.

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You can also swing your cup to block attacks, perform a short-range melee swipe, jump, and move freely around the 2D arena -- or even drink some of your own coffee in order to speed yourself up and slow down your opponent. There are also different types of coffee that have different unique properties, and the characters will have slight differences, like longer reach or shorter stature that protects them from a straightforward attack.

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Coffence is a simple, pick-up-and-play fighting game with a unique hook and enough depth to be replayable. It is available now through Early Access on Steam.

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OK K.O! Let's Play Heroes (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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Capybara Games/Cartoon Network Games
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Cartoon Network Games had a small but still impressive showing at PAX this year that included a preview of the very intriguing OK K.O! Let's Play Heroes from Capybara Games, the studio behind Superbrothers Sword & Sorcery EP and Super Time Force.

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The game is based off of the recently premiered Cartoon Network show OK K.O! Let's Be Heroes, which stars the titular KO as he and his friends seek to defend Lakewood Plaza Turbo from evil forces while also running a convenience store and leveling up to become great heroes. 

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The game is best described as a combination of an adventure game, an action RPG, and a classic arcade beat-em-up. It's equal parts combat against robots and running around the Plaza to talk to people. The fighting feels very satisfying, with plenty of moves that are easy to string into combos and keep you flowing through the battlefield, and there seems to be dozens of cards for the player to unlock and use as assists.

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What's especially interesting about this licensed game is that it began development around the same time that the show did. The developers at Capy and the show's creator Ian Jones-Quartey even visited each other's studios many times and spoke on a weekly basis in order to get better insight on the creative process for both sides.

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The show itself also shares elements with video games, such as every character having a slowly increasing level and a special move of their own, which made adapting the property into a game a lot less than difficult than it would be for some other properties. This -- alongside the game's quality writing and fantastic character and cutscene animations -- makes the game feel like you're playing through several episodes of the show and not just some failed imitation. The entire main voice cast for the show also lent their voices to the project, so the game really is just a playable version of the show.

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OK K.O! Let's Play Heroes is a quality beat-em-up and a passionate licensed game that should be enjoyable for younger and older players, as well as fans on the show and newcomers alike. 

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Save Me Mr. Tako: Tasukete Tako-San (PC, Switch)

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Christophe Galati/Nicalis
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Save Me Mr. Tako is a kind of homage that should have come along in game form a long time ago. What Shovel Knight is to the NES, and what Freedom Planet is to the Sega Genesis, Save Me Mr. Tako is to the original Game Boy. It's a 2D platformer that takes elements from some of the best and most well-known games on the system and pick-and-mixes them into something fresh yet familiar; celebrating the charm and style of the old days while moving forward with newer, more polished technology.

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The game was developed almost single-handedly by one man, Chris Deneos, who has said that he wanted to make something new using elements of all of his favorite games on the Game Boy growing upMetroid's influence is especially apparent, as Mr. Tako's main weapon temporarily immobilizes enemies and turns them into makeshift platforms, much like the Ice Beam.

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While Save Me Mr. Tako isn't the first game to try and imitate the Game Boy style of presentation, it's definitely one of the best attempts I've seen yet. The graphical style, the quality of sprites and color palettes, the simple-yet-expressive animations, the dialogue boxes, the catchy chirping 8-bit music...every bit of it is right on the nose in terms of paying tribute to this beloved period in early handheld gaming.

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While the game is inspired by simpler time in gaming, Chris Deneos didn't just leave it at that -- opting for a somewhat darker, more mature story than any Game Boy game really did. Mr. Tako is an octopus who's part of a greater army of octopi that's at war with the humans on the mainland. Deneos wanted to depict both sides as simply doing what they thought was best for their people, and show Mr. Tako as a man caught in the middle of it all after saving a human princess from execution, doing his best to be kind and not hate anyone.

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Save Me Mr. Tako is a passion project from Chris Deneos that he's really put his heart into -- and even quit his full-time job to finish. This fun, charming throwback to a more innocent time in gaming with a fresh take is currently planned for release on Nintendo Switch and Steam later this year. 

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Way of the Passive Fist (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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Household Games
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Way of the Passive Fist is a twist on the classic beat-em-up genre with a motto of "the best offense is a good defense". Instead of making your way through hordes of enemies by beating them down with punches and kicks, you must instead defend yourself with a series of blocks and parries in order to tire out your enemies, whereupon you can move on.

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The gameplay is less of a chaotic violent mishmash like the arcade games that inspired it, and more of a rhythmic combat game with a lot of stress management, pattern memorization, and prioritizing threats in order to effectively take down your murderous opponents. You also level up and gain new abilities as you go along, keeping the gameplay fresh. As a bonus, the variety of customization options for difficulty and playstyle make a low barrier for entry and a high skill ceiling.

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The sprite work is also well-executed and neatly captures the look of the overly animated and (often colorfully designed) characters of older arcade beat-em-ups like X-Men and Turtles in Time. The sound design is solid as well, giving every enemy a distinct and bit-crushed grunt, and making sure that all moves are choreographed by sound as well as sight. Last but not least, the pumping music succeeds in making a mostly non-combative situation feel intense.

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Way of the Passive Fist is a new take on an old idea that manages to evoke the past while also breaking new ground. It is planned for release on Steam, PS4, and Xbox One in early 2018.

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Blasters of the Universe (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)

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Secret Location
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Blasters of the Universe is the kind of game that had to happen eventually. It takes the frantic twitch-reflexes of a bullet-hell shooter and brings it to first-person virtual reality. This sci-fi shooter that expects you to physically duck, dodge, twist, turn, and just generally keep on your toes and stay alert so that you don't get shot in the side by half-a-dozen floating metal heads.

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The demo had me on the floor, shooting sideways and tilting my whole body on several occasions, but it never became overbearing because I was never required to completely turn around. I did constantly have to turn my head left and right in order to keep track of the action and enemy threats -- but by keeping the danger in a rough 180 degree area, it never took me unfairly by surprise.

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Though the game will only feature four levels, it will also feature a vast number of weapon combinations as well as a scoreboard, which may help encourage players to replay in a variety of ways and improve their high score. Blasters of the Universe was an intense, enjoyable, and fresh-feeling burst of neon colors and glowing red bullets that I can easily recommend to VR enthusiasts looking for a well-made and immersive action game. 

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Blasters of the Universe is available now on Steam for VR devices.

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Monster Prom (PC)

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Beautiful Glitch
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Okay, stop me if you've heard this one before: Monster Prom is a competitive dating-sim party game about trying to be popular in a monster high school so that you can take one of the cool ghouls to prom. No? You've never heard that one before? Yeah, me neither.

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It's a refreshing take on both party games and dating-sims, using its gameplay to tell jokes and start conversations among the players, as well as tell a variety of small character-stories with it's diverse and highly likable cast of characters. Every round is constantly throwing jokes and surprises at you with barely a minute to breathe, and the art speaks as many volumes about the characters as the writing does.

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The core mechanics take some inspiration from tabletop gaming -- likw the stats doled out at the beginning and gained through decisions in conversations, as well as the frequent occasions where the players are advised to talk among themselves and create different scenarios in order to advance the game. It's almost like playing a game of Dungeons & Dragons where your DM is a snarky bisexual millennial who's kind of drunk -- and that's a lot of fun. 

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It's also a game that cleverly avoids the local-play issues of the PC by allowing up to four players to participate while only using one controller. It's a great game to break out with friends and strangers alike -- assuming they can appreciate more than a few raunchy jokes and out-there writing. It had me and everyone who even glanced at the booth while walking by laughing quite a lot.

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The game boasts a lot of different scenarios that can occur based on the player's decisions, although I did see some people pick the same options in two different games, so your mileage may vary. The sense of humor may not be for everybody, since it's pretty raunchy and often very sexual -- but if you're interested in that sort of thing, then you're gonna have a great time.

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Monster Prom truly feels like a new idea for both dating sims and party games, and by the end of each game you'll want the whole cast to sign your yearbook. The game is currently planned to release some time in October. 

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PAX West 2017 had tons of great games on display, but the indies in particular were abundant and especially interesting this year -- so we've put together this list of some of the most unique and standout titles among the independent crowd for you to consider checking out in the future.

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We can't promise you that all of these games are great, but they're all definitely good, and they're definitely interesting. Enough stalling...let's see what these independent endeavors have to offer!

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Cherry MX Board 6.0 Review: Heavy on Quality, Light on Features https://www.gameskinny.com/lqi6v/cherry-mx-board-60-review-heavy-on-quality-light-on-features https://www.gameskinny.com/lqi6v/cherry-mx-board-60-review-heavy-on-quality-light-on-features Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:52:56 -0400 Jonathan Moore

For more than 40 years, Cherry has been designing and manufacturing some of the best keyboard switches in the world. It's a safe bet that almost every gaming or enthusiast keyboard you've ever owned has most likely been comprised of Cherry's keys, whether they be blue, brown, or red. Historically, these keys can take a veritable beating year after year, match after match -- and still absolutely blow other switches out of the water. 

But even though I've had the privilege of testing Cherry's switches for some time now, I haven't had the opportunity to test out one of their proprietary keyboards. Until now. 

Like the mechanical keys that have served us gamers well over the years, the Cherry MX Board 6.0 doesn't disappoint. It's a strong keyboard and a solid mechanical choice for office or design work. It's impeccably made and showcases some of the best that German keyboard engineering has to offer. Though this board does have its drawbacks and may not be the perfect choice if you're a gamer, it eschews bells and whistles for practical functionality -- at which it excels. 

Unboxing the Cherry MX Board 6.0 

After unboxing and reviewing so many keyboards, it's refreshing to see a company go a little above and not simply wrap their board in plastic inside a flimsy box. Instead, Cherry goes another route, wrapping the MX Board 6.0 in an urbane felt sleeve and sturdy thick-carboard box. It's definitely not a selling point by any means, but it does speak to the care and effort put into the rest of the board.

And that's about it -- you won't be overloaded with fluff. You get the keyboard and a generous 6.5-foot braided cord. Unlike other boards, such as the SteelSeries Apex, you won't get extra detachable parts that'll you'll just end up losing -- or have to dutifully keep up with if you want to change them out. 

The downside is that the Cherry MX Board 6.0 doesn't come with any extra keycaps or a keycap puller, which can make customization a bit more painful. But you can easily buy these via almost any third-party vendor for relatively cheap, so it's not a huge deal.  

Cherry MX Board 6.0 Design 

Remember what I said about no bells and whistles? The Cherry MX Board 6.0 doesn't bother itself with pomp and circumstance -- catering moreso to the serious typist and enthusiast than the hardcore gamer. 

You've got the standard number of keys here at 104, as well as the typical numpad. Above that are your extra keys: three of these are your standard playback buttons (rewind, play/pause, and fast-forward), while the fourth is the Cherry key that locks the board's Windows button, and other macros such as ctrl+alt+delete and alt+tab. Outside of that, you have several alternate modes mapped to the F, print screen, and pause keys -- such as volume and brightness, SysRQ, and Break, respectively. 

Since the Board 6.0 doesn't have any software to speak of, you won't be able to customize its lighting like you would with other backlit, RGB gaming keyboards. But that's okay, because each key is backlit by vibrant, red LEDs -- with the exception of five. The caps lock, scroll lock, Windows, num, and function keys have a switchable blue/red mode, where blue indicates that the button is active, red inactive. But regardless of the button's color, each key is luminous enough to see in a brightly lit room -- and the brightness function keys, which can adjust the board's overall brilliance up or down by 1% or 10% intervals, keep these LEDs from burning your eyes out in a dim room. 

Finally, all of that is housed in a brawny aluminum chassis. Where some other keyboard chassis feel a bit flimsy (even Corsair's flagship K95 RGB Platinum is guilty), the MX Board 6.0 most certainly doesn't. Coming in at a minimum thickness of 2.3 millimeters across the board -- and thicker in some places -- the chassis doesn't bend in the slightest. I even tried to bend and twist it, and not only did it resolutely hold its form, it didn't once creak. Although you (definitely) shouldn't try this, it feels like you could swing this board against a brick wall and it would come away without a single scratch. 

Cherry MX Board 6.0 Functionality

It's safe to say that a Cherry keyboard is going to use Cherry switches. That's a no-brainer -- and this board features the company's Cherry MX Reds. These keys are insanely accurate and register with the slightest pressure (45 centinewtons, to be exact). 

With complete N-Key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting, the gold crosspoint switches featured on this board are highly accurate and highly responsive. Registered for more than 50 million presses, these Reds feel crazy good to press. Each key is sturdy underneath your finger, lending a sense of power to each keystroke. 

And unlike some other boards that don't use precision keycaps, the switches on the Cherry MX Board 6.0 never once felt flimsy or cheap. Since I'm a rough player and tend to press keys pretty hard, I appreciate a weighty keycap that won't fly off the handle and a switch that doesn't creak after mild usage. 

Another thing I really appreciate about this board is it's great for twitch-firing in SMITE or Paladins matches, where you have to get an ult or ability off in a nanosecond. You won't have to worry about initiating full key presses on the Board 6.0, which better helps you keep your eyes and attention on-screen. And that's because the Cherry MX Board 6.0 uses an analog signal path, meaning that there's no digital scanning between switch points. Essentially, your keystroke is going to register faster -- in a millisecond instead of 20 milliseconds. 

Rounding it all out is the board's wrist rest. Using a magnet instead of the notch and groove design found in many other similar keyboards, the MX Board's wrist rest is made of hard plastic with a comfortable rubber padding gracing its surface. 

It would have been nice if the rest had been made of the same sturdy aluminum as the board's chassis -- the plastic is resilient, but does bend slightly under pressure. However, what I do like about the Board's wrist rest is that it's easily attachable/detachable. The magnet simply slides into an easy-to-find recess in the middle-front of the board and it's attached. This made carrying the board/rest combo to and from work a breeze. 

Verdict 

It is a bit of a bummer that the Cherry MX Board 6.0 doesn't have more customization options, macro functionality, or any dedicated programmable keys like some of Corsair's and Logitech's gaming keyboards. So if you're a MOBA, MMO, or competitive player that needs that functionality to survive, unfortunately you won't find it here. 

On the other hand, if you're a keyboard enthusiast, serious typist, or a casual gamer that's looking for a reliable keyboard that boasts some of the best switches on the market, N-key rollover, and fast response times, the Cherry MX Board 6.0 is a great choice.

At the end of the day, it's hard to justify the over $200 price tag for this keyboard when its competitors offer so much more -- such as RGB lighting, macro adjustments, and dedicated keys. And the Cherry MX Board 6.0 most likely won't find a large audience outside its niche because of that, which is truly a shame because it is one of the most comfortable and responsive keyboards I've used in a long time. 

[Note: Cherry provided the keyboard used for this review.]

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Universal, Digital Domain Announce Voltron VR Chronicles https://www.gameskinny.com/0yhgz/universal-digital-domain-announce-voltron-vr-chronicles https://www.gameskinny.com/0yhgz/universal-digital-domain-announce-voltron-vr-chronicles Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:16:42 -0400 Erroll Maas

Today, Digital Domain and Universal have announced Voltron VR Chronicles, a new virtual reality game for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR based on the Netflix animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender.

In Voltron VR Chronicles, the player will take the role of one of the paladins of Voltron to participate in space battles, solve puzzles, and complete challenges. Not much gameplay has been shown so far, but it's fair to speculate that the game will be a brief experience similar to Batman Arkham VR and PlayStation Worlds, due to its $14.99 price point. The game will be released on September 26, but PS VR owners who pre-order it today will get a 20% discount.

The first season of Voltron: Legendary Defender premiered on Netflix on June 10, 2016, with the second season premiering on January 20. The third season, which is half the length of the previous two seasons, premiered on August 4 and the fourth season will premiere on October 13. The series is notable for being made by some of the same people and the same animation studio behind Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Voltron VR Chronicles as it develops. 

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