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5 Things to Consider while Buying Gaming Monitor

25th August 2020
"Planning to buy a gaming monitor but having problems with choosing one? We are here to ease your inconvenience."

Most of the people, while setting up a gaming PC, tend to prioritize the hardware and fill their computer case with expensive hardware. Besides the hardware, peripherals like keyboards and mouse are given more emphasis even though the average keyboard and mouse will do for most people. Monitors, on the other hand, are most important yet most bypassed part while setting up a gaming PC. What fun will it be if your display won’t have the specs that won’t augment your expensive hardware?

As the display or monitor shows your actions, moves, enemies and your entire game; it should obviously be considered cautiously while setting up a gaming PC. The things that should be considered while buying a Gaming monitor are:

Resolution

Resolution is the most important aspect to look for while buying a gaming monitor. Higher the resolution- higher the number of pixels, clearer the images and superior will be your gaming experience. The gaming monitors come in 3 resolutions- 1080p, 1440p and 2160p. Considering the hardware and GPU limitations 1440p can be regarded as the most suitable resolution for enhancing your gaming experience with inexpensive hardware. But, if you have advanced hardware and GPU, then you can go for 2160p resolution.

Refresh Rate

Refresh rate, simply, is the number of times the image or frame in your screen is refreshed within 1 second. A monitor with 60 Hz refresh rate will be able to refresh the image on the screen up to 60 times per second. Higher the refresh rate, smoother and less choppy images will be formed. Generally, for gaming purpose, the refresh rate should be at least 75Hz for smoother gameplay.

Response Time

Response time is the speed at which a single pixel on the screen can change its color. Lower the response time, better will be the gaming experience. If response time is higher, it will create ‘motion blur’ effect. For gaming, monitor with response time less than 8ms should be considered.

Panel Type

Basically, there are 3 different types of panels each with their own set of strengths and weaknesses- TN, VA and IPS. TN is the cheapest and offers the lowest response time though its visual quality and viewing angles are relatively not so impressive. VA panels offer best viewing angles and have the superior visual quality to TN panels; however, its response time is higher and is a bit pricey. Amongst all, IPS panels are regarded as best panels but most expensive. They have the best visual effects and contrast but have about 4ms response time which is higher than TN panel. If your budget supports, IPS panels are best for consideration or else, TN panels with their lowest response time will also do.

G-sync or Freesync

NVIDIA’s G-Sync and AMD’s Freesync are the technologies that aim to eliminate the screen tearing (a graphics distortion where multiple frames are displayed in a single screen draw that occurs when graphics processor is out of sync with the display). They help your monitor to refresh at a rate that matches your graphics card. However, you cannot use AMD’s Freesync technology with NVIDIA’s graphics card and NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology with AMD’s graphics card. Both technologies are good and you can choose among these relying upon your budget or the video card of your choice.
 

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Things you should know about Smart Home

10th November 2019
"According to a report, around 85% of the burglary happens at day time when no one is at home."

What is Smart home or Home Automation? According to Investopedia , "Smart home is a convenient home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from any internet-connected place in the world using a mobile or other networked device. A smart home has its devices interconnected through the internet, and the user can control functions such as security access to the home, temperature, lighting, and home theater." 

With Smart home integration all the electrical equipments can be controlled by your phone. You can turn on your room lights before even entering your home or open your gate without even stepping down from your vehicle. Automation has made life much easier. There are many other things to worry about than worrying, "Did I turn off my lights before leaving or is my gate secure?"

There are various aspects of Home Automation and Security is one of them. Now a days, most of the people leave their home early for work with very minimal home supervisison. And according to a report, around 85% of the burglary happens at day time when no one is at home. So, one of the first thing to make a home smart is to install a security system.  Security systems available for home or office are pretty smart now a days. System when activated could detect movement around the premise and alert the home owner. Not only that many new security systems comes with two way audio communication feature, allowing the owner to warn the burglers not to enter their house. Many security system also integrates feature that not only alerts their home owner, but also alerts the local police so that they can come and assess whats going on.  Not only external threats, there are many internal factors that are big security threats to us and one of them is fire. There are products like smoke sensors or gas sensors which warn you if it detects smoke or gas leaks before any incidents happen, saving you and your property.

Another aspect of Smart Home is automation. There are various situation where automation can be very useful and hastle free. Imagine you are on a holiday and plannning to watch a movie which you were unable to watch couple of months ago. You switch on your TV than your sound system, DVD player, close your lights, close your curtains than finally sit to watch the movie. Automation allows all that with just a few taps on your mobile phone. There are various products for home automation which allows you to create a scenario and customize what you want in that scenario. Then that product will do all the predefinded tasks for that scenario. Taking the same example, automation product will switch on your TV, Sound System, DVD player, Close all your lights and curtains and any other task you customized at the same time with just a few taps.  

 

 

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Things to look out for when buying a gaming smartphone

14th August 2020
"it is important to know what things in a phone make it stand out among the others and make it a worthy gaming phone."

As more and more people are inching towards mobile games such as PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, COD Mobile, it is important to know what things in a phone make it stand out among the others and make it a worthy gaming phone. Here are the things which phone should have to give its user the best gaming experience :

Performance

This is probably the most important thing which separates a normal phone and a gaming phone. The SoC (System on Chip) is the thing that runs your games and your day to day apps. The SoC comprises CPU, GPU, and many such components. The better the SoC the better the phone will perform in the games. Having a 4GB ram is enough. Currently, the best SoC which is offered by Qualcomm is Snapdragon 865+(launched 2 months ago). Snapdragon 855 is more widely available. 

Screen

This is the thing you look the most while gaming and if it's not a good one, it'll ruin your gaming experience. A good screen comprises of 3 things:

Screen resolution: Gaming at high resolution will give you an edge over your opponent. 1080p is perfect as going beyond it will barely give you any advantage as human eyes will hardly notice a difference between 1080p and higher resolution. 

Type of screen: Having a phone with AMOLED display will enhance your gaming experience as it provides better contrast and vibrant colors compared to an LCD panel. Also, AMOLED panels are more efficient than LCD panels. Having AMOLED will also give you a better content consumption experience

Screen refresh rate: Higher refresh rate screens will provide smoother gameplay. The normal phones have a refresh rate of 60Hz. Currently, 90Hz has become common among devices and will smoothen your gameplay by a lot. But some devices even offer 120Hz which will enhance your experience even more. 

Cooling system

Gaming is a very intense and resource-heavy task for a device, which in return produces a lot of heat. Heat and electronics don't go well together. Also, a gamer holds the device for an extended period of time. So having a device that has a better cooling solution will help in performance and will also help the person holding the device. Many devices offer some sort of liquid cooling and a small number of devices even offer a fan!

Battery + Fast charging

Having a device with a large battery will significantly extend your gaming session. A device with a 5000 mAh battery is more than enough for a gaming session of about 4 hours+. A device offering fast charging will greatly reduce the time between your gaming sessions. Some devices nowadays even offer devices with 6000 mAh battery and blazing-fast 30 W charging

 

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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PHONE'S BATTERY?

21st August 2020
"We are all concerned about our Smartphone's Battery life, its degradation and health."

Are you concerned about your battery life? Is it draining fast or does it shutdown by force? Does its temperature rise soon after you open gaming apps? Most of the Smartphone users, nowadays, are concerned about increasing their battery life, cause who wants to squander money on Smartphone every year because of battery problems? 

Here are 10 tips that will help you take care of your phone’s battery.

Understand your Battery Health

Our battery health degrades a little after every charging cycle. Charging cycle is the cycle in which your battery charges from 0% to 100%. So, if you charge up to 50% then it will be half a charging cycle. It is said that after 400 cycles the battery health degrades by 20% though in some cases it has been found that even after only 100 cycles the battery health degraded by 20%.

Thus, we must understand our battery health and try to reduce the charging cycle. The less we strain the battery by avoiding the high-brightness, extreme temperature, etc., lesser will be the charging cycle and longer will be the battery life.

Avoid extreme temperature

Extreme hot or extreme cold always has and will be the enemy of the battery health. Try to avoid extreme temperatures and keep the phone in normal temperature. Do not leave the phone in car when it’s boiling hot or when it’s freezing cold.

Avoid fast-charging and overcharging

All of us are in hurry to use our phone; so, we seek out for fastest charging charger. Well, fast-charging is most likely to strain your battery that leads to degradation in its health.

Also, it’s not healthy to charge your phone overnight or throughout the day even after it’s fully charged. If you plan on charging your phone overnight, then go with slower-charging chargers that won’t strain the battery.

Avoid draining the battery up to 0% and charging it all the way to 100% 

Try to avoid one full charging cycle as it strains the battery, and if possible, try to increase the battery charge by 50% in one charging cycle and not more than that. Experts recommend the Smartphone users to maintain their battery between 20% and 90% to avoid strain on the battery. 

Reduce the screen brightness 

Among all the apps and softwares in your phone, screen brightness drains the most of your battery. Try to reduce the brightness to the level in which neither your eyes nor the battery strains. Also, avoid auto-brightness as well. 

Reduce screen timeout/ Auto-lock

Most often, we leave our phones on and forget to turn the screen off. And, for the Smartphone having 2-5 minutes of default screen timeout, this reduces a lot of energy. So, try to reduce the screen timeout/ Auto-lock to save the battery life when you’re not using it. 

Apply Dark Theme

For the phones with OLED or AMOLED screen, use of dark theme can make a huge difference in saving the battery life. Dark theme uses less energy compared to bright theme. This tip can make huge difference in the battery life, especially for Android users

Restrict apps that waste battery

Restrict the unwanted notifications of the applications that are not required as they waste the battery. Also, restrict the applications from running in the background to avoid high battery drain. 

Use power-Saving modes 

Power-saving modes also helps to keep our battery healthy. Enabling power saving mode restricts the number of applications that can be used; as a result, you can use only the apps you require at the time without having the battery degraded by any other app. 

Use certified chargers only 

Chargers, having direct effect on the battery, can affect the battery life. Do not go after the cheap chargers and try to use the chargers of certified brands only to ensure no harm is made to the battery.

 

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