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Things to Consider While Buying a Gaming Laptop

21st January 2021
"The best gaming experience comes with the best gaming laptops."

The gaming trend is escalating, and so is the technology and features in the gaming laptops. If you have enough budget to put in the gaming laptops, then why to hesitate- for gaming laptops enrich your gaming experience with smooth transitions for a longer period without burning your hardware. 
One should be cautious about every feature while buying a gaming laptop as it is pricy and in case of damages, the repair costs can be really high. Some of the important things that should be considered while buying a gaming laptop are:

Hardware (GPU & CPU)

Both GPU and CPU are equally important to enrich the gaming experience. Advanced GPU aids the gamer with smoother VR and special effects to enrich the gaming experience. While talking about GPU, there are many advanced graphics cards from the AMD series and the Nvidia series. These cards differ from entry-level gaming that requires basic settings to mainstream gaming, and VR and Highest settings. So, do some research and choose accordingly.

The gaming experience is mostly affected by the GPU rather than the CPU. So, you can choose a very powerful CPU- Core i7 or you can simply choose Dual Core i5 as well. However, for lag-free experience in high-intensity games, you should go after Core i7 which relatively is expensive than other processors.

RAM/VRAM

RAM, undoubtedly, is the feature that affects the entire experience, and don't forget, things under the hood matters the most. For gaming, I recommend you not to settle below 8GB RAM, as even the best games might stress you out with all the disadvantages that come with lower RAM. If possible, go for 16GB RAM that is generally offered on the laptops with GTX 2060 or more. Nevertheless, memory, in most of the laptops today, is upgradable; so you can boost it when it’s convenient.

Screen/ Display

Every move you make, every target you set, every detail, every enemy, and everything you enjoy while gaming is all on your screen. So, don't forget to consider the laptop with the best resolution, refresh rate, and viewing angle! One needs to consider the size, resolution, refresh rate, panel type, and G-sync and free sync. Click here to know more about the display best for the gaming experience. And, if possible, avoid 2-in-1 laptops with touch screens as glossy screens that kill the battery are pitfalls for the best gaming experience. 

Keyboards and touchpads

As you make most of the movements using the keyboard, you have to examine the keyboards as well. The key travel i.e. how far you can press the key down; actuation i.e. force you need to apply to press the key down along with anti-ghosting and n-key roller that allows registers all the keys if pressed hurriedly should be considered to ease you with the gaming experience. Also, most entry-level gaming laptops have a red or white backlight or some also may have RGB backlight while some allow you to change colors as per the game.

Others

While the above mentioned are crucial and most important specs to consider, good sound output, ample storage, and brands should also be considered.
 

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What are best gaming phones available in Nepal?

21st January 2021
"Why buy PlayStation or Xbox when you can have affordable gaming phones?"

Gaming is one of the best ways to pass time. But how can you make your gaming experience even better, lively? What are the aspects of a device that will make your gaming experience better? What to look on a phone so that your game doesn't lag while playing?

Don't worry! We have done the work for you by doing some research and finding out which phones will improve your gaming experience. Some of the things to look for in a mobile phone while gaming are:

  • Battery: Battery life is always important in any phone but specially in gaming. Imagine you are so close to winning a game but at the last minute, your phone is dead! You would hate that now, wouldn't you? So while buying a mobile, be sure to check for a higher mAh battery or you can just buy the one with faster charging capacity.
  • RAM: You can play games on mobile with 1GB RAM too but isn't it al about the gaming experience? There are phones with 16GB RAM in the market so choose wisely which one is best for you considering the prices and other specifications.
  • Display: Talking about the display, you need to find your own preferences. Of course, we want a mobile that has great display quality so that your gaming experience can be movie-like but the size depends on your preference and how do you like it on your hands. 
  • Chipset: Now, most people do not look in this field but the powerful the performance, the better the gaming experience will be. You can look for Qualcomm SnapdragonExynos, and others.

Here are the top five phones to rock your gaming experience:

Asus ROG Phone 3 

Asus ROG Phone has set a new standard for mobile gaming. ROG Phone 3 is the most powerful phone to use the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform with advanced 5G1 mobile communications capabilities as said. You can play games all day with its 6000mAh battery. With a high-resolution display, powerful design, and 8/12/16GB RAM, your mobile gaming experience has to enhance. Now you can have a movie like an experience while playing games in your own Asus ROG Phone 3. 


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Asus ROG Phone 3 Specifications.

Body : 171 x 78 x 9.9 mm (6.73 x 3.07 x 0.39 in)

Weight : 240 g (8.47 oz)

Build : Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame

SIM : Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1B colors

Size : 6.59 inches, 106.6 cm2 (~79.9% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution : 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~391 ppi density)

OS : Android 10, ROG UI

Chipset : Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+)

CPU : Octa-core (1x3.1 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585)

GPU : Adreno 650

Memory Card slot : No

Internal storage : 128GB 8GB RAM, 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM

Main Camera : 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72", 0.8µm, PDAF 13 MP, f/2.4, 125˚, 11mm (ultrawide) 5 MP, f/2.0, (macro)

Front Camera : 24 MP, f/2.0, 27mm (wide), 0.9µm

3.5mm jack : No

Bluetooth : 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive

GPS : Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, GNSS

Radio : No

USB : Two (side 3.1, bottom 2.0) Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; accessory connector

Sensors : Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Battery : Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery

Asus ROG Phone 3 Price in Nepal

The mobile phone is priced at NRs. 82,000 for 8/128GB and  NRs.92000 for 12/256GB.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has the ultimate power to make you crave for it. Its 12-16 GB RAM will make your gaming experience so smooth that you won’t need a PlayStation.`16 is the highest RAM ever made for a mobile phone and best for mobile gaming. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra provides a  super-fast screen refresh option -- which makes scrolling, animations, and some content liquid-smooth, and has Exynos 990 processor with 5000mAH battery. Now, that ought to make your gaming graphics lively. 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Specifications

Body : 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm (6.57 x 2.99 x 0.35 in)

Weight : 222 g (7.83 oz)

Build : Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame

SIM : Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display Type : Dynamic AMOLED 2X capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size : 6.9 inches, 114.0 cm2 (~89.9% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution : 1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~511 ppi density)

OS : Android 10, One UI 2

Chipset : Exynos 990 (7 nm+)

CPU : Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2x2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) 

GPU : Mali-G77 MP11 

Memory Card slot : microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)

Internal storage : 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM

Main Camera : 108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.33", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS 48 MP, f/3.5, 103mm (periscope telephoto), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 4x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1.4µm, Super Steady video 0.3 MP, TOF 3D, f/1.0, (depth)

Front Camera : 40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 0.7µm, PDAF

3.5mm jack : No

Bluetooth : 5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS : Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Radio : No

USB : 3.2, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

Sensors : Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Bixby natural language commands and dictation

Battery : Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Price in Nepal

The mobile phone is priced at NRs. 1,59,999.

 

Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone has amazing gaming quality. The phone is known as one of the best gaming phones out there. The phone has water-resistance quality and a bright 120 Hz screen. The mobile phone has wireless charging. How amazing is that! Now you don’t have to strung to a string. Razer Phone 2 is compatible with 2 TB micro SD cards for extra storage, has 4000mAh battery and Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 processor. How could you not enjoy that? 

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Razer Phone 2 Specifications

Body : 158.5 x 79 x 8.5 mm (6.24 x 3.11 x 0.33 in)

Weight : 220 g (7.76 oz): 220 g (7.76 oz)158.5 x 79 x 8.5 mm (6.24 x 3.11 x 0.33 in)

 Build : Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum back, aluminum frame

SIM : Nano-SIM

Size : 5.72 inches, 90.2 cm2 (~72.0% screen-to-body ratio) 

Display Type : IGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Resolution : 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~513 ppi density)

OS : Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)

Chipset :Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)

CPU : Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)

GPU : Adreno 630

Memory Card slot :microSDXC (dedicated slot)

Internal storage :64GB 8GB RAM

Main Camera :12 MP, f/1.8, 25mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS 12 MP, f/2.6, 1/3.1", 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom

3.5mm jack: No

Bluetooth : 5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS : Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Radio : No

USB : Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sensors : Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Battery : Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

Razer Phone 2 Price in Nepal

The mobile phone is priced at NRs. 44,999.

Huawei Mate 20 pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has an iconic square Leica Triple Camera and one flash inheriting the Mate series central. Huawei Mate 20 Pro is water resistance so you can play your game wherever you want. The mobile phone is the most powerful and intelligent mobile. Though Mate 20 Pro isn't a gaming phone, per se, the mobile has excellent dealing with multimedia performance,Kirin 980 processor, and 4200mAh battery. The mobile handles casual streaming and gaming without a hitch. 

 

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro specifications

Body : 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm (6.21 x 2.85 x 0.34 in)
Weight : 189 g (6.67 oz)
Build : Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
SIM :Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type : OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size : 6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~87.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution : 1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~538 ppi density)
OS : Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.1
Chipset : Kirin 980 (7 nm)
CPU : Octa-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU : Mali-G76 MP10
Memory Card slot : NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal storage : 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
Main Camera : 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF/Laser AF 13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm (ultrawide)
Front Camera : 24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.9µm
3.5mm jack : No
Bluetooth : 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
GPS : Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
Radio : No
USB : 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Sensors : Face ID, fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Battery : Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery

 

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Price in Nepal

The mobile phone is priced at NRs. 1,29,900.

 

OnePlus 8 Pro

When it comes to gaming in the OnePlus 8 pro, the better display quality of the OnePlus 8 Pro will naturally provide better image quality including better resolution and better colors making your gameplay experience fun and lively. The mobile phone includes an Octa-core processor4510 mAh battery, and 8/12GB RAM which is enough for fun gameplay.

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OnePlus 8 Pro Specifications

Body : 165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm(6.51 x 2.93 x 0.33in)

Weight : 199g(7.02 oz)

Build : Front glass (Gorilla Glass 5), back glass(gorilla glass5), aluminum frame

SIM : Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display Type : Fluid  AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1B colors

Size : 6.78 inches, 111.7 cm2 (~90.8% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution : 1440 x 3168 pixels (~513 ppi density)

OS : Android 10 ,Oxygen os 10.0

Chipset : Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865  (7 nm+)

CPU : Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585)

GPU : Adreno 650

Memory Card slot : No

Internal storage : 128GB, 8 GB RAM 256GB 12GB RAM 

Main Camera : 48 MP, f/1.8, 25mm (wide), 1/1.43", 1.12µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF, IOS 8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), 1/1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom 48 MP, f/2.2, 14mm, 116˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF 5 MP, f/2.4, (Color filter camera)                 

 Front Camera : 16 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/3.06", 1.0µm

3.5mm jack : No

Bluetooth : 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD

GPS : Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, SBAS

Radio : No

USB : 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

Sensors : Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Battery : Non-removable Li-Po 4510 mAh battery       

OnePlus 8 Pro Price in Nepal

The mobile phone is priced at NRs.1,10,000 for 8/128GB and NRs.1,25,000 for 12/256GB.

 

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Things to look out for when buying a gaming smartphone

20th January 2021
"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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5 Things to Consider while Buying Gaming Monitor

21st January 2021
"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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