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  • PC Monitors – game On or Not!

    Looking for a new computer monitor…TN LED..LCD ?

    Which one for me?

    Just in case you are not totally familiar with the jargon here is some basic info which may help:

    We all know that computer monitors are a display device with circuitry and a power supply. Some are flat panelled LED display, some are a thin film transistor LCD, then there are TN LED…but the question is what does this mean and what is best for me?

    LCD display – (Liquid Crystal Display)- this is the standard display screen for desk top computers and the familiar label we see advertised on new televisions.

    LED display (Light Emitting Diode) – this is a flat screen flat panelled computer monitor or a television. We are all now familiar with this term. However what it refers to is the fact that the display has backlighting which can be placed either behind the screen or around its edges – usually meaning this is a thinner unit.

    LED is not only cheaper but uses less power, last longer and more important is instantly on.

    TN display – actually means a ‘twisted nematic’ (TN) liquid crystal display (LCD). This consists of a substance called nematic liquid which is restrained between two polarizes plates of glass. The main advantage of TN panels is that they have a fast response time but this comes with a sacrifice. The disadvantage is that the colour distorts when viewing the screen from different or wider angles.

    Verdict:

    For normal desk top use, go for just an LED monitor – it will have a clear display from every angle you need to view it from. LED’s are efficient as they use less power and have good colour accuracy.

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    For game play you definitely should go for a TN LED monitor. You will get a much faster response time and the colour distortion will not be noticeable. They are ideally suited to fast paced gaming, the ones that require quick reactions. TN LED is brighter and you will get an all round smoother experience.

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    Advice:

    Buy from a technology specialist. Most of us will need some expert advice and good customer support; established companies will provide good quality products too.

  • Gaming Mice will win!

    There’s no doubt about it that a standard office mouse is not up to scratch when it comes to gaming. For a start it only normally has 3 buttons! A gaming mouse may have 5 to 9 buttons and has special features which will aid any gamer to be able to be better whatever level you play. Some even have backlighting so they look great too.

    For gamers there is a much bigger choice depending on the style that suits you, what feels comfortable in your hand, and whether the buttons are positioned correctly for you. It all comes down to personal choice - the purpose you need it for, and of course your budget.  However there will be definitely one to suit you.

    Good priced gaming computers are now much more readily available to suit every budget and so the market for suitable gaming mice gas also expanded.

    So get familiar with the important things and terms to look out for when choosing the right mouse for your gaming:

    • DPI – this literally means dots per inch, and this will be an indication of how sensitive the mouse is. This does not necessarily mean you must have one with the highest DPI you can get. The important thing is that the higher the DPI is the further that the cursor on your screen will move when you activate the mouse. Obviously therefore the higher the DPI setting then the more sensitive the mouse is – it will react quicker to smaller movements.
    • Number of buttons – 3 buttons is basic but 5 buttons is essential. The reason for this is that the 2 extra buttons can be used by your thumb easily, for copying and pasting, switching or closing tabs and backward browser pages. You will find some gaming mice have 7 or more buttons and whether you need these for your gaming depends on what games you might want to play – it is a personal choice. E.g. Thunder X3 TM10 which is a 6 button mouse.

     

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    N.B The mouse buttons allow you to be able to bind keyboard keys to the mouse. Then you can keep your fingers on the WASD keys more often. (The WASD keys on the keyboard are used in place of arrow keys).

    • Wired mice V wireless - there are more wired gaming mice about than not, and some opinions regards the wired option as best. It is all about personal choice again.
    • All purpose mouse for ordinary PC or specialised gaming? If you intend to use your normal PC for gaming too then you will need an all purpose gaming mouse. If you are a novice player and trying out different types of gaming, an all purpose mouse which would be versatile enough to take them all would be the best choice.
    • Time spent gaming – hours or minutes? – If you spend long periods of time gaming, a mouse which is packed full of specialised customisations will give you the most comfort and aid your gaming experience e.g. Thunder X3 TM60 Gaming Mouse 16000 DPI.

     

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    The phrase – ‘you pay for what you get’ does not always apply with gaming mice as you may end up purchasing one which is totally wrong for you and your purpose! Gaming mice are not automatically any better quality than a normal cheaper mouse. It is often assumed because they are slightly more expensive that they must be a higher quality.

    The important thing to remember when choosing is to get the right one for YOUR personal gaming, the price you pay reflects only the amount of customisation details that you need.  Speaking to a supplier of computer gaming accessories is highly recommended as they will know to sell only the best most reliable items and give you the right advice. Check out the ones who have experience and good customer service contact – always a good idea!

  • Gaming keyboards –engineered to win?

    Keyboard choice is a serious decision especially if your keyboard doubles up as a game controller.

    Gaming keyboards undoubtedly are special…but deciding which one best is for you really is a matter of personal taste. As with all gaming equipment – if you get the right tools you have more chance of being the best! You need precision and a quick response.

    Trying to decide what exactly you need can be difficult, especially if this is your first gaming keyboard, so here are a few important points.

    Most recommendations are for mechanical keyboards – reason being these are more comfortable over a long haul. Personal preferences are paramount as there are so many special features to choose from e.g. gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, macro keys, volume controls, and numeric keypads and some even have disco type lighting!

    Specific features differ on every keyboard, and features that are unimportant on a normal keyboard have a totally new significance if you use it for gaming.

    Here are some of the main features to look out for:

    Back lighting – some you can change the colour to suit. The lighting facility is not just to light up keys for use in a dimmed environment but with adjustable colour and multiple lighting zones you can light up your most used keys separately, e.g. there may be a separate light for your back arrow key. Additionally you can just turn the LCD off!

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    Multi key rollover and anti ghosting facilities mean you can rely on your keyboard to quickly register multiple and complex commands.

    Programmable keys mean you can take more control as these will make some complex actions much simpler.

    Macro keys when well positioned can help you fire off spells or switch weapons in a flash!

    Multi use keyboard – to be able to use the keyboard for normal office use, the keys do need to be close together to be able to use it for normal typing – some keyboards are not suitable for this.

    Coloured keys – some do not like black and feel it can be difficult to see quickly, this is the usual colour – but other colours are available.

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    e.g. Befire White Keyboard 928 Killing Soul White Mouse Gaming Combo.

    Key switches – these are mechanical switches which will pair each key to a single spring loaded switch and these will provide better audio and tactile feedback.

    Wrist rest – really needs no explanation! Some are built into the ergonomic design, others require a separate purchase.

    The fact is that a specialised gaming keyboard is an advanced form of a normal keyboard.  The keys and facilities offered are optimised to improve and aid the gamer’s enjoyment of a gaming experience.

    One of the over riding controls on your gaming keyboard choice can be a budget. There are some very good keyboards around to suit all pockets.

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    e.g. Thunder X3 TK25 Programmable Gaming 3 LED Keyboard

    If you are just not sure where to start, speaking to someone who knows his computers and has a good reputation is the first step forward. People who sell gaming equipment will be in the know about their own items and it is not in their interest to sell you something you are not happy with.

    Don’t worry, there are plenty of good options out there, you just have to get through all the convoluted keyboard ‘jargon’ and you can still be in it to win without spending a fortune!

  • AMD RYZEN 7 series ON ITS WAY!!!!

    It’s NEW - it’s FAST – you can game and stream at the same time with performance to spare!!

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    There’s been a lot of hype about this new high performance AMD CPU and it seems well deserved.

    So what is the Ryzen processor and why so talked about?

    Well, Ryzen was designed to be compatible with the latest hardware in PC gaming but specifically be able to perform exceptionally well at high loads. To enable this, the company needed to design and develop a new chipset for their processors, these being the X370, X300 and a new socket the AM4.

    The launch was March 2nd and there are 3 types of chips which range in price and capability so there must be one that suits you!

    These new products, AMD CPUs, have been designed to feed the needs of gamers and enthusiastic professionals in mind producing impeccable performance at impressive speeds.

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    To explain: This new AMD design brings much better power efficiency and performance due to the completely new Micro architecture – this is a fundamental core design which makes up the chips and is referred to as Zen.

    The new AMD chips are imbued with Sense MITechnology which consists of 5 parts:

    1. Precision boost which basically boosts performance without consuming extra power,
    2. Extended Frequency range (XFR) which means clock speeds can be nudged past their official maximum when/if Ryzen detects advanced CPU cooling.
    3. Smart Prefetch which works with : 4. Neural net Prediction to identify and examine your usage and will preload your processor with and data which will enable your app workload to be approached more efficiently.
    4. Pure Power technology enables the many on chip sensors to continuously optimise power and importantly temperatures with power usage but still maintaining top performance.

    Reviewers of the new product say that the biggest development is that the number of instructions per clock, i.e. the calculations for each tick of the CPUs internal GHz clock that Zen can achieve has now exceeded 40% over previous AMD designs.

    Anyone thinking of wanting a high performance workstation or home server that will competently double up as a good gaming PC – then this is for you. Up until now Intel was the only option if you wanted to achieve this but the new Ryzen has put an end to Intels monopoly of the market. Plus – the Ryzen prices are much more affordable!

    So here at Expertec we will keep you posted – watch out for more info.

     

  • Serious computer addicts and gamers need serious support!!

    Most of us walk into a shop and will have seen lots of swivel style computer chairs…lets face it there are so many to choose from, fairly cheap, and very often you see them for sale second hand or at a recycling centre! Not decrying their good uses here….they are fine for normal office tasks and short periods of sitting BUT…..

    Well for a start lets consider how many hours a day we serious addicts can spend at a computer. Sometimes we get so involved in the work or game before you know it hours have gone by, you get up and ‘ouch’ some muscle will ache somewhere…and its usually back pain which is most common!

    We may have spent a fortune on the best technology available for our use e.g. you may have invested in the latest keyboard and mouse for the ultimate playing experience, then thought ok – I’ll get a cheap office chair. However believe it or not a really good chair can determine the overall experience of gaming!

    To say ‘bye bye’ to back pain a good gaming chair which fits your own personal body size and posture is one which allows you to sit ergonomically and comfortably. By ergonomically we mean more than just comfort…it is a healthier more supportive chair.

    Health info: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) – most of us will have heard about – and they can happen when you perform the same task continuously. E.g. MSDs such as lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, epicondylitis (tennis elbow), rotator cuff syndrome, and shoulder injuries are the most known ones. If you spend time sitting in an ‘ergonomic’ gaming chair you can help prevent this from happening.

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    So lets get serious: A good chair will have Lumbar support, reclining tilt and backrest lock. Armrests, sliding seat adjustable seats and additional cushions. The AK Gaming Racing Chair is one of the best chairs, offering suitable seating for almost every stature. Additionally in black and green it looks stylish too! AK Racing is an established brand with high quality standards and supplied by Expertec online you can be assured of good quality service.

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    Overall thoughts: For some spending £’s on a gaming chair upfront may seem a bit crazy but it will probably outlast your PC and will make totally transform the overall experience of playing games. Looking at the health benefits I would say it’s a brilliant investment!!

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