Nintendo Switch, a long-term review | Review

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Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch, a long-term review | Review

Nintendo launched the Nintendo Switch in the beginning of 2017. The hardware is a little over two years old and it is time to take a closer look at the current condition of this best-selling hybrid console. Has the Nintendo Switch delivered on its promises and realised the expectations of both a traditional and portable console?

The concept behind the system is refreshing. The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console that can be used as both a stationary and portable device. Without any effort, you start a session in handheld mode and play until you want to continue the same adventure on a larger screen.

Docked or undocked mode, that’s the question

Whether or not you use the Nintendo Switch in handheld or docked mode, you will certainly have a good time playing the latest games of third party developers and exclusives. The Nintendo Switch does give you the best of both worlds and offers a more traditional console and handheld experience in one convenient package.

Hardware and power consumption

Hardware wise, the Nintendo Switch is a compact tablet with a 6.2-inch touchscreen and controllers attached on both sides. This makes it more convenient to use the console in handheld mode. Longer game sessions feel comfortable, even though the screen is relatively small compared to modern smartphones and tablets standards.

Look and feel is not the sole strong point. The hardware inside the device is nothing less than a Nvidia Tegra X1-processor. This makes the device power efficient and delivers the performance required to play even the most recent games, with a few compromises here and there. According to Nintendo, the battery life will range from two-and-a-half hours up to six hours, depending on the requirements of the games being played.

The limited 32 GB of internal storage, on the other hand, is a downside. If you plan on downloading multiple games, you will need to insert a separate micro SD card into the extension slot to further expand the existing internal storage.

A few scratches on the surface

The dock included with the Nintendo Switch works fine and offers a completely different experience compared to playing a game in handheld mode. Unfortunately, the dock is large and covers the entire screen of the device. This might result in scratches when switching regularly between docked and handheld mode.

In the end, it is definitely worth using the Nintendo Switch in docked mode. Playing a game on a large television is a completely different experience and makes local multiplayer games even more enjoyable. This docked mode brings a more traditional console experience to your living room.

Ports of existing games

The pre-launch concerns about the potentially limited library of games and interest of third party developers are replaced by a long list of exciting news and a flood of games, some of it new, some of it ported versions of titles from other consoles.

Ports such as Doom and Diablo 3 are running relatively fluent on the Nintendo Switch, but at a cost. Developers lower the resolutions and graphics quality of their games to deliver a smooth gameplay experience. This is most noticeable in handheld mode. In docked mode, the resolution of games is slightly higher.

It is incredible to see these hardware intensive titles arrive on a portable system, unfortunately the lower resolution makes the gameplay experience a bit troublesome. The screen itself looks great in terms of image quality and colour accuracy, but the hardware is not powerful enough to play the latest games.

Entertainment system

Of course, talking about the gaming experience does not tell the entire story. A lot of users expect support for services such as Netflix or YouTube. At the time of writing, the Nintendo Switch only supports an official YouTube app.

As an entertainment system, the available selection of music and video streaming application is too limited to be worth a purchase. The Nintendo Switch does not even have an internet browser, nor support for Netflix or Spotify.

Nintendo Online and voice chat

The Nintendo Switch is clearly not an entertainment system, it is a video game console. A year after its initial launch, Nintendo introduced Nintendo Switch Online, an online service to play multiplayer games with friends over the internet.

Nintendo Switch Online requires the purchase of a monthly subscription, but costs less than the online service of the other available consoles. Unfortunately, some simple features such as voice chat are not supported on the Nintendo Switch. To talk to your friends, you need to download a separate application on your smartphone.

This Nintendo Switch Online app improves the multiplayer experience, but these features should be included in the software of the console itself. An app is useful, but meant as an additional method to interact with friends.

Verdict

The Nintendo Switch is clearly not an entertainment system, but a nearly perfect console. The device delivers a good gameplay experience in both docked and handheld mode and brings friends together for hours of entertainment.

Whether or not you plan to explore Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild, the Nintendo Switch is still worth your time, even if you buy one two years after its release. The exclusive titles are some of the best local multiplayer games on the market.

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Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

A hybrid console to play the best local multiplayer games of this generation on your television at home or in handheld mode.

Retail price: 319,00 euros

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, a camera you can use as a mobile phone | Review

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, a camera you can use as a mobile phone | Review

After five weeks with the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, it is time for an in-depth review of this mobile phone. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is the top model of the Xiaomi Mi 10T series and the 128 GB model has a retail price of 599 euros. The 256 GB version costs 649 euros. These prices position the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro in an interesting market segment.

A high-end phone

In terms of hardware, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is an decent and competent device with a premium design. The processor used in the mobile phone is the Snapdragon 865 processor. It provides great performance in applications and makes it possible to multitask. The internal memory is 128 GB or 256 GB, but it is not possible to expand this internal storage with a microSD memory card.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro offers 8 GB of system memory. This is less than some other devices in the same market segment, but more than enough to use multiple applications at the same time without any problems or slowdowns.

A modern design with prominent cameras

There is little to complain about the design of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. The phone is somewhat large with its 6.67-inch screen and weighs 218 grams. However, this makes the phone feel comfortable in your hand. The back of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is a bit rounded near the edges, and the buttons are located in accessible positions.

The power button on the right side of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro has a built-in fingerprint scanner. The position is ideal as you place your thumb or index finger in the exact spot as you hold the device. The fingerprint scanner responds incredibly fast too, it is precise and unlocks your phone in milliseconds. The volume buttons are also found on the right side above the power button in a convenient location.

It is all about the details

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro features three cameras on the rear of the device. These cameras can be found on a separate island in the top left corner and are positioned a few millimetres higher than the cover of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. This sets them apart from the rest of the phone.

Some users would prefer a matte black finish on the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro as it leaves less fingerprints and dust visible. Of course, this is nothing an additional cover cannot fix. Speaking of a cover. Xiaomi supplies a transparent cover with the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro to protect the device. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is also delivered with a screen protector pre-applied on the touch-screen.

Minor details, but a real added value in comparison with the competitors.

A screen with a 144 Hz refreshrate

The Xiaomi Mi 10T features a touch-screen with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. A little hole can be found in the top left corner of the screen, which is the location of the 20-megapixel selfie camera. The refreshrate of the screen will be reduced to save battery life if the refreshrate is not required for the content shown on the screen.

The colour reproduction of the 6.67-inch screen is excellent. From the front, the colours look accurate and correct. The brightness of 500 nits is also sufficient in outdoors. The decision to use an LCD screen is an unfortunate one, as some competitors deliver mobile phones with OLED displays in the same price range.

Enough battery capacity for two days

The battery life of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is impressive. If you use the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro less often, you may be able to last a day and a half or even two days without charging. The device features a 5000 mAh battery capacity that exceeds the batteries of its direct competitors. However, it is recommended to take a charger with you on the second day in case the battery runs out faster than expected with longer use.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro itself charges fast. After an hour, the battery is fully charged. Wireless charging is not included, but given the price of the phone this is understandable. The manufacturer has to compromise on a few features that are not essential in order to offer the hardware specifications used in the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro at this retail price.

An incredible 108-megapixel camera

The most noticeable feature of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro the manufacturer Xiaomi has not compromised on are the cameras. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is a real contender with its main sensor with an impressive resolution of 108-megapixels. The wide-angle lens of 13-megapixels and macro camera of 5-megapixels are also present on the backside of the device. The front camera has a resolution of 20-megapixels, which is sufficient for most selfies and group photos.

Detailed photos and video recordings

In terms of picture quality, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro performs well. Photos look great in good lighting conditions, but also in darker environments and more difficult settings the image quality remains excellent. In use, you notice that the night mode is redundant to take good photographs with the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. This is a positive note.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro records 8K video at 30 frames per second, 4K at either 30 or 60 frames per second and 1080p at up to 120 frames per second. It is also possible to use the gyroscope-enabled electronic stabilization to reduce sudden movements in the recorded videos. More than enough for both professional and amateur film makers.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is a good choice

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is an excellent choice when it comes to devices between 500 and 600 euros. It is a segment more and more competitors seem to focus on, yet the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is able to set itself apart with its remarkable camera options and modern design.

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro mobile phone

One of the best mobile phones within the 500 and 600 euros price range featuring a premium design and an impressive 108-megapixel camera.

Retail price: 599,00 euros

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Elgato Green Screen, a retractable green screen for background removal | Review

Streaming is more mainstream than ever before. Today, anyone can make it as a streamer, or at least that is the idea. Elgato understands this message and provides products for beginners and professional streamers. The Elgato Green Screen is no exception and makes it possible to remove the background of your webcam.

Green screens are common practice in the world of cinema. They are used for special effects and the editing software is capable to filter out the green background. For streamers, a green screen is a helpful tool to cut out the background in your webcam. There is no need to clean up the room behind you.

Easy to use and store

However, many of these green screens require a construction to hang the green cloth over. This can take a long time to set up. The idea behind the Elgato Green Screen is convenience, you take the product out of the box and it is ready to go. No screws or construction required.

The Elgato Green Screen is about 150 centimetres wide and comes in an aluminum casing that you can position on the ground with the two folding feet. The two clips on the metal casing allow you to open or close the product. To set it up, you pull up the green screen. That is all you have to do: it is practical.

A retractable metal mechanism

The design is comparable to the retractable stand-up display panels you may have seen at exhibitions or conventions. The mechanism on the back ensures that the green cloth can be pulled out of the casing with ease and it remains at the correct height.

The green screen is 100 procent polyester and looks clean. Ask any content creator, another advantage is that it remains stretched and smooth. No creases that cause self-shadows to be visible on the canvas.

When collapsed, the Elgato Green Screen can be stored under a bed or pushed to the side of a room. The handle on the top of the Elgato Green Screen allows you to move the product with ease after the stream. It takes less than a minute to retract or store the green screen.

Is it worth adding a green screen to your stream?

Depending on the software and setup, and in particular the lighting conditions, you may have to tweak some settings. This is the key to success for novice users. If there is insufficient light or the light is not consistent over the green background, it is difficult or even impossible to filter the green cloth out of the background.

The better solution, of course, is a dedicated streaming lamp or ring light. The combination of Elgato Green Screen and Key Light is not cheap, but both convenience and a good result are worth something.

For beginners and professionals

The Elgato Green Screen is a convenient retractable chroma key panel. It has great build quality and it performs exactly as it should. Seen the price, it is more of a premium product and intended for streamers who go live on a regular basis. If you remember anything from this review, let it be the convenience of the product.

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Elgato Green Screen

Elgato Green Screen
A convenient and retractable chroma key panel to help you remove the background of your webcam in the most common streaming software.

Retail price: 159,90 euros

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How to take better photos with your smartphone | Tutorial

People often take a camera with them when they decide to travel, but they also use their smartphones to take pictures as well. However, it may be difficult to take beautiful photos with your smartphone. You need to know what the device is capable of and understand its limitations. Here are some helpful tips.

The use of smartphones in photography continues to rise. Your phone is almost always with you and the cameras on these devices become better and better as time passes. So, it is time to share some tips to take even better photos with your smartphone.

Clean your lens

It is clear, you cannot take good photos without a clean lens. Wipe dirt and fingerprints off your lens before you decide to take pictures with your mobile phone. Without dust on your camera lens, you’ll take much sharper pictures. It’s the first step in the right direction.

Turn on the grid feature

Most guidance grids consist of four lines that run over the screen. Two lines horizontal and two lines vertical. These lines form nine equal blocks in your photo and this is the equivalent of the composition rule known as the rule of thirds.

In short, it is common practice to put your subjects on top of these lines to create dynamics in your composition. As an example, you set the horizon equal to one of the horizontal lines of your grid and position a person or object on one of the vertical lines.

Keep your phone level

Try to keep the horizon level in your photos. Sometimes, a tilted photo may have a good effect but only use this in dynamic photos without a visible horizon in the distance. Otherwise the entire photo tends to become too restless.

Tap the screen to focus the camera

The camera on your phone will focus on the closest object, but sometimes you may want to focus on a different point in the view. Tap the screen where you want to focus and the image adjusts itself. This feature gives you more control over the soft out-of-focus background blur effect known as the bokeh effect. This gives your photos a more professional look comparable to shots taken with a reflex camera.

Hold your phone steady

It seems so simple, but a lot of pictures are ruined because they are blurred as a result of movements of the camera itself. Try to keep your phone as still as possible when taking a photo. Hold your phone with two hands and keep your arms close to your body. This helps you to hold the phone in a stable position.

Use good natural lighting

It is essential to have good lighting if you want to take good photographs. In the dark, it is almost impossible to take a good picture with a mobile phone. The reason is the smaller sensor of the camera on your smartphone compared to the one on a regular reflex camera.

As a result, you will experience noise faster in low light. Therefore, the finest photos are taken in natural light and if possible on a somewhat sunnier day. If you are inside, turn on all the lights in the room. The more light, the better the chance that the photo will look good.

The best moments to take photos are at sunrise or just before sunset.

Turn off the flash

Despite the previous point, it is better to turn off the flash on your camera if you want to take a decent picture. The flash on your smartphone is not an actual flash, but a helpful light. It may look as if it is bright, but the light does not reach far and causes red eyes. For this reason, it is better to take photos in a well-lit environment without flash.

Do not use digital zoom

If there is one thing a smartphone camera at the moment is not capable of, it is to be able to zoom in and out. You may be used to control the zoom levels by turning the zoom lens on your reflex camera, but with a smartphone you have to rely on your feet to close the distance between you and your subject.

You can use the volume buttons to zoom with a smartphone, but please do not do this! Most smartphone cameras use a digital zoom which means that you are enlarging the image with a loss of image sharpness as a result. If you are unable to get a closer shot, it is better to take a photo without zoom and crop it later.

Take your time and think about the result

Most users with a reflex camera think about the composition and the desired result to position their camera and create a dynamic photo. With a smartphone on the other hand, you are tempted to take quick snapshots. Try to take your time to create the best possible photograph with your smartphone. Soon you will see that you will be able to exceed the average smartphone photo.

Edit your photos with an editing app

It is a common practice in professional photography and helps you emphasise the essence of your photo. Seen the limited camera of your smartphone and the reduced colours and contrasts compared to a professional camera, a photo editing app may help you to adjust the image.

One last piece of advice. It is good practice to ensure that you do not lose your memorable moments and photographs. Remember to back up your photos at all times. Enjoy being a smartphone photographer.

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Akai Professional APC MINI controller, a MIDI controller for content creators | Review

A MIDI controller allows you to improve your workflow in video and music production software. The Akai Professional APC MINI controller works great for beginners and professionals. The controller is not an essential tool for every content creator but it is helpful. Each adjustment or feature is within reach with this controller.

The Akai Professional APC MINI controller is designed to work with the included music production software. As this blog does not really have a connection with music production, the implementation of the controller in other software began.

Even though, the Akai Professional APC MINI controller comes with a license code for Ableton Live Lite, this review will take a closer look at the implementation of the MIDI controller in other software and tools.

Launchpad buttons and faders

The controller is compact and features enough buttons and faders to work with most tools and software. The Akai Professional APC MINI controller has a multicolor launchpad grid with a total of 64 assignable buttons. Near the bottom, you have nine faders.

The buttons on the Akai Professional APC MINI controller are small and made of rubber. This makes the controller comfortable and easier to get used to. Compared to other more expensive MIDI controllers, the buttons and faders of the Akai Professional APC MINI controller are equal to the task.

Despite the controller being made of plastic, it still feels solid.

Macro buttons and keyboard shortcuts

The buttons of the controller were assigned to keyboard shortcuts using a macro button tool. These keyboard shortcuts were later assigned to specific tasks in the Open Broadcaster Software Studio software. The faders were assigned to a software-based audio mixer for precise control over the audio levels of the inputs.

However, the faders are not motorised and if you use a computer mouse to change the position of the fader in the audio software, you will have to physically adjust the position of the fader on the Akai Professional APC MINI controller. More expensive controllers tend to include this feature.

More advanced features for computer wizards

After a few hours of work, you can assign different keyboard shortcuts to the buttons with the help of a macro button tool. The more experienced users can also change the colours of the 64 launchpad buttons, but the technical information is limited and you have to do a lot of research to make it work.

Still, the Akai Professional APC MINI controller is one of the best additions to the streaming setup. In Open Broadcaster Software Studio you can start the broadcast with a single button, switch between the available scenes or change the volumes of a microphone or capture card using the faders and a software-based audio mixer.

Time for research

If the software you are using supports keyboard shortcuts, MIDI controllers or operation with a macro button tool and you have time to research the more advanced features of the device, the Akai Professional APC MINI controller is the MIDI controller for you.

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Akai Professional APC MINI controller

Akai Professional APC MINI controller
The Akai Professional APC MINI controller features enough buttons and faders to control most audio and video production tools if you want to research the more advanced features.

Retail price: 99.99 euros

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These are the most common switches used in mechanical keyboards | Tutorial

Mechanical keyboards are defined by their switches. Even if you take two keyboards of the same brand and the same product range with different types of mechanical switches, the typing experience will not be the same. Here is a list of the most common switches used in mechanical keyboards so you can compare them to find one of your own personal preference.

There are different types of keyboards available. Rubber dome keyboards are the most common non-mechanical keyboards. When one of the keys of the keyboard is pressed, the dome underneath the key presses two membranes together to connect the circuit traces on the inner circuit board of the keyboard to register the key press.

Mechanical keyboards are more complicated and use individual mechanical switches below the individual keys of the keyboard. These switches use a spring mechanism and a metal contact to register a key press without the requirement to press the key down to the bottom of the keyboard.

Different types of mechanical switches

There are a lot of different keyboard switches, but there are three types of switches. Linear switches have the simplest design. These mechanical switches move up and down without any additional tactile feedback or clicking noise. Tactile switches provide a form of tactile feedback when you reach the actuation point.

The last type of mechanical keyboard switches are the clicky switches. These switches add an additional click sound when you hit the actuation point. The benefit of both tactile and clicky switches is that you feel or hear when your key press has been registered.

Cherry and Kailh switches

There are two larger manufacturers of mechanical keyboard switches. Cherry is often viewed as the gold standard of mechanical keyboard switches and Kailh is considered as the closest competitor to Cherry. Even though the mechanical switches of Kailh feel different, they offer an alternative for most types of Cherry switches.

Most common linear switches

The linear switch is the most basic mechanical switch. The most popular version is the Cherry MX Red. These switches do not offer tactile feedback or additional click sound. This makes them quieter than other mechanical switches.

Compared to the Cherry MX Black series of linear switches, the force required to reach the actuation point of the Cherry MX Red switches is lower. This means that each key press reaches the actuation point faster and registering each press will be easier on your fingers.

The Kailh Red switch is essential the same as the Cherry MX Red switch, but Kailh Red switch requires a little bit more force to reach the actuation point to register a key press. The Kailh Black switch is comparable to the Cherry MX Black switch and requires more force to register key presses and feels heavier than the Kailh Red and Cherry MX Red switches.

Most common tactile switches

A tactile mechanical switch offers a certain tactile feedback when pressed. The Cherry MX Brown switches are quieter than most other tactile switches in this list. You feel a physical response once you reach the actuation point, but there is no additional click sound. The Cherry MX Brown switches feel as light to press as the Cherry MX Red switches.

The Kailh Brown switches are comparable to the Cherry Brown switches and offer the same kind of tactile feedback when pressed without the additional click sound. This makes them as usable in a professional environment as other linear or tactile switches.

Most common clicky switches

If you are looking for mechanical switches with an additional click sound when pressed, the Cherry MX Blue switches are a good option. They offer a tactile feedback and a click sound when the actuation has been reached. Compared to the Cherry MX Brown switches, the Cherry MX Blue switches are heavier to press.

The Kailh Blue switches are the best alternative to the Cherry MX Blue switches. Seen the Kailh Blue switches offer a tactile feedback and additional click sound. Blue switches are louder than other mechanical switches and not ideal for use in quieter professional environments.

Less common mechanical switches

The mechanical switches mentioned earlier in this post are common switches, but there are also lesser known switches. The Cherry MX Silent Red switches are one of them. These switches are quieter versions of the linear Cherry MX Red switch with rubber pieces inside that dampen the sound of the switch.

If you are looking for a Cherry MX Black switch with an additional click sound, the Cherry MX Green is a good choice. These Cherry MX Green switches are similar to the Cherry MX Blue switches, but even harder to press down.

Experiment with different switches

Seen the number of different mechanical keyboard switches, there is no best switch on the market. Each person will have their own personal preference. Of course, this is not a complete list of the available mechanical keyboard switches. Experiment with different keyboard designs and switches to learn your own preference.

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How to use a 144 Hz monitor with an Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro | Tutorial

A higher refresh rate monitor does make a difference in terms of gameplay experience. Most capture cards only support a refresh rate of 60 Hz. If you are a streamer or content creator and use capture cards to record your gameplay footage, this means you are unable to use the higher refresh rates of these monitors. Here is a solution.

After searching for a solution to enjoy games in 144 Hz on a high refresh rate monitor while recording the gameplay footage, there seem to exist a simple solutions. With a few adjustments to your setup, you can enjoy games in 144 Hz or even higher refresh rate while recording with an Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro in 60 frames per second.

Connect the correct cables

To use this method, you need to connect the high refresh rate monitor to your graphics card with a DisplayPort cable and the HDMI output of the graphics card needs to be connected to the HDMI input of your capture card.

In the Windows settings, you should see the available displays under the category display settings. If you have connected the cables as mentioned in the previous step, you should see your monitor and a second one known as Elgato.

Duplicate the first monitor to the second display

As you see in the Windows display settings, you can change the setting under multiple displays. By default, this setting is put on extend these displays. For work or school, this may be helpful, but you need to change the option to duplicate. This option allows you to see the exact same screen on all your monitors or displays.

The output on your monitor connected with a DisplayPort to your graphics card will be the exact same as the output of the HDMI cable connected to the capture card. The difference between the two displays will be the refresh rate of the output.

Change the output of the monitor to the correct refresh rate

In the display settings in the Windows settings, you can find the advanced display settings. These settings allow you to change the resolution and refresh rate to the correct resolution and refresh rate of your monitor. Some high refresh rate monitor require the installation of a separate driver or software.

In the software, you can also change the refresh rate. In the Nvidia Control Panel or the AMD Radeon Software, you can change the refresh rate per monitor.

After a few moments, you should see your monitor in the recording or streaming software if you add the Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro as a recording device. Keep in mind that the resolution of the monitor needs to be the same as the resolution supported by the capture card to work.

Ready to record and stream your gameplay

Since you completed these steps, you should be able to enjoy your games at a refresh rate of 144 Hz or higher and stream or record the gameplay footage at 60 frames per second with your Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro.

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Sharkoon Light² 200, a precise and colourful gaming mouse | Review

Lighter than light is the best description of the Sharkoon Light² 200 lightweight gaming mouse with a total weight of 62 grams. The ergonomic design and matte finish give the computer mouse a premium look and feel. Not to mention the modular design and changeable illuminated parts for less than 50 euros.

The design of the Sharkoon Light² 200 reminds us of the Glorious Model O mouse, but the build quality of the Sharkoon Light² 200 feels better and more robust in the palm of your hand. Compared to the Logitech M500 computer mouse used before, the Sharkoon Light² 200 feels feather-light.

An ergonomic design for right-handers

The Sharkoon Light² 200 is a mouse designed for right-handers with a raised left side. This ergonomic shape is a design that works and the computer mouse remains comfortable to use even after longer periods of time, but not for left-handers.

The scroll wheel feels great and the same is true for the two buttons on the left side of the mouse as they are positioned right under your thumb. The matte paint on the computer mouse prevents an excessive build-up of fingerprints and gives the Sharkoon Light² 200 a premium look with the lighting effects.

A modular design and changeable cover

The hexagonal holes of the honeycomb structure are the most remarkable detail on the left and right sides of the Sharkoon Light² 200, but the computer mouse is delivered with an interchangeable non-honeycomb top cover. This makes it possible to change the computer mouse to a more traditional look and feel.

The modular design uses magnets to keep the top cover in the correct position. The detachable top makes the mouse easier to clean. This modular design is also present on other elements of the Sharkoon Light² 200. You can replace the black DPI button behind the scroll wheel with the included blue or red button.

Change the colours without software

As mentioned before, the Sharkoon Light² 200 is a colourful computer mouse with different light effects. The colours and effects of the illuminated elements can be changed with shortcuts, no software required. Those who do not want illuminated elements can turn the lighting effects off.

You switch between the existing lighting effects and profiles of the Sharkoon Light² 200 with the thumb button 1 + right click and the thumb button 2 + left click + right click. There is additional software available to change more advanced settings and, as the design and features of the Sharkoon Light² 200, the software just works.

A budget-friendly computer mouse

The Sharkoon Light² 200 tries to stand out from its competitors and delivers in terms of design and features. The mouse cable is long enough for use with most setups and is reinforced with a textured woven fabric. Despite the low cost, the computer mouse feels strong and and looks as if it is a premium product.

The hexagonal holes of the honeycomb structure exposes the insides of the Sharkoon Light² 200 and not all users will enjoy this design choice, but if you are looking for a budget-friendly computer mouse under 50 euros the Sharkoon Light² 200 is an excellent option with a modern design and illuminated elements.

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Sharkoon Light² 200

Sharkoon Light² 200 gaming mouse
A lightweight gaming mouse with a weight of 62 grams and a modular design. Combined with the changeable illuminated parts, it just works.

Retail price: 49.99 euros

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Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB delivers a modern typewriter experience with customisable lighting effects | Review

The search for a good and compact keyboard is not an easy task. The Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB has been around for several years, and yet it remains one of the best mechanical keyboards on the market with low-profile switches. The keyboard is also equipped with customisable lighting effects to meet your personal preferences.

The Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB is a compact mechanical keyboard when it is positioned in front of you on a desk. The keyboard is smaller than most keyboards seen the removal of the keypad. In professional work related environments, the full-version of the Sharkoon PureWriter may be the better choice. This version not only adds a numeric keypad, it also features physical media keys.

An ergonomic typing experience

The Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB uses keycaps with a matte finish to prevents an excessive build-up of fingerprints on the keys. An additional feature is the aluminium look of the edge that gives the mechanical keyboard a premium look. Even though the rest of the keyboard is made of strong and durable plastic.

The frameless body of the Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB is equipped with foldable feet to tilt the keyboard in a better writing position. The rubber underneath these feet ensures a secure hold on the surface below the keyboard. Without these feet, the Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB rests on two rubber strips near the front of the keyboard. This design results in reduced slip resistance.

The height of the keyboard together with the low-profile switches supports an ergonomic typing position, even without an additional palm rest. After extensive use, the keyboard remains comfortable. The tone and tactile feedback of the blue switches is pleasant and not too loud.

A durable mechanical keyboard

The Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB is available with blue or red low-profile switches. These two version offer a different typing experience seen the Kailh Blue switches feature a more audible click and the Kailh Red a more linear clickless typing experience without additional audible feedback.

The lower keys lead to a somewhat shorter travel, but the Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB retains the feel of a mechanical keyboard. Both versions of the Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB feature an actuation point of 1.5 mm and the switches are rated for at least 50 million keystrokes.

The keycaps of the Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB are positioned on top of the keyboard without a plastic frame surrounding them. The benefit of such a design is that it makes the keyboard easier to clean and prevents dust build-up in between the individual keys.

Change the lighting effects without software

Despite the lower price of the keyboard, the Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB features illuminated keys. Each key is individually illuminated and the background lighting of these keys can be adjusted to your personal preference with a keyboard shortcut. The lighting effects range from rainbows to pulsating colours.

There is no software available or required to select the preferred colour, brightness, lighting patterns or deactivate it. A few button presses and you should be able to find the right effect. However, due to the lack of software, you are not able to change the lighting effects on a per key basis without creating additional profiles.

Designed to meet your personal needs

The Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB is delivered with not one, but two cables. Therefore, you can choose whether you want to use a 50 cm or 150 cm cable to connect the keyboard to a computer. It is convenient and makes it possible to meet the needs of your personal desk. You can also replace the cable when it breaks.

The reduced slip resistance with folded feet remains a minor point of criticism, however the Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB feels as a modern typewriter. The compact design, ergonomic typing position and customisable lighting effects make this mechanical an excellent choice if you are looking for a low-profile mechanical keyboard.

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Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB

Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB mechanical keyboard
The Sharkoon PureWriter TKL RGB remains one of the best mechanical keyboards on the market with low-profile switches and lighting effects.

Retail price: 69.99 euros

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Read the best posts of 2020 | Update

It is the end of the year. Time to take a closer look at some of the best posts released this year. For gamers, the last year was a memorable year. The next generation of consoles was released and some great games launched after years of waiting. Below, you find an entire overview of some of the best posts and content of 2020.

In the last year, even more blog posts and content were published on this blog. It required hard work, but the support is incredible. The merchandise store and gameplay videos were a small success as well. Now, it is time to take a look at some of the best posts and moments of 2020.

Where does this blog stand after two years of hard work and content creation? Here are some of the best blog posts of this year.

Borderlands

How one game perfected and defined the looter shooter genre | Opinion

In recent years, we have seen some great and terrible loot-based shooting games. The looter shooter genre has been around for some time now, but one game redefined the use of colour-coded loot and role-playing mechanics in these games. The level of customisation, memorable missions and characters helps to distinguish the game from other shooters.

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Halo Infinite

What would you prefer in games, graphics or gameplay? | Opinion

The next generation of consoles is ready to be released later this year. A few weeks ago, Microsoft showed gameplay footage of some of the games being published on their next generation console. The gameplay of Halo Infinite has been the highlight of the gameplay showcase. However, the footage of the game did not exactly impress the viewers.

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How to make your desktop computer quieter | Tutorial

A loud desktop computer can be a distraction. If your desktop computer sounds too loud, you can take a few steps to reduce the noise. It is often possible to reduce the volume by a few decibels with some small adjustments to the system. These steps can help you create a quieter desktop computer and find the source of the problem.

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The Sims 4

How The Sims helped me understand an architect | Opinion

Some professions and fields of study require a specific terminology that is difficult to understand as an outsider. Meeting a group of architects to discuss a design or building is an unique experience. However, very few individuals without the correct knowledge of architectural styles and elements could understand the entire description.

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HyperX QuadCast

How to reduce and remove background noise in audio recordings | Tutorial

Noise in audio recordings is the most common problem in online video and podcasts. Better equipment makes the audio sound great, but the knowledge of audio and audio editors may have an even larger impact on the professionalism of your audio recording. These steps help you reduce the background noise in audio recordings and create more professional and clear content.

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Xbox One X

How the time in quarantine helped me rediscover the world of video games | Opinion

After a working day, you have often spent several hours behind a desk looking at a computer screen. When you get home, you often do not want to turn on the computer or game console to continue your adventures in the games. The time in quarantine offers me more free time to rediscover the lost interests in games and technology.

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Here are some tips to create a more ergonomic workspace or gaming setup | Tutorial

If you are someone who spends most of your day behind a desk at work or at home, chances are you know how awful this makes you feel at the end of your workday. Here are some helpful tips to create a more ergonomic and comfortable workspace or gaming setup. Poor ergonomic practices may lead to a less productive work environment and physical pain.

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The Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt

Should downloadable content be added to the base game at no additional cost? | Opinion

In a time where most downloadable content in games exists of microtransactions and paid customisation options, the additional expansion packs Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine of The Witchers 3 – Wild Hunt remain an exception. In the past, the release of larger, sometimes even standalone, expansion packs was more common.

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The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening

Game remakes are great or pointless, depending on who you ask | Opinion

The latest version of The Legend of Zelda – Link’s Awakening is a trip down memory lane for a lot of older gamers. This remake retains the top-down perspective and gameplay from the original release, but adds a handful of smaller additions to further enhance the gameplay experience to modern standards.

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Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X, a closer look at the next generation of games and console hardware | Opinion

Last month, Microsoft presented their next generation console at The Game Awards. The Xbox Series X seems to be a more cubical version of the compact Corsair One gaming desktop, but the design of the console is not the sole resemblance with more traditional computer hardware. It is time to take a closer look at the next generation of console hardware.

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After a successful year and even better content and more readers, it is time to look forward to the next year and the content to come. To the readers of this blog, may you have a lot of friendship, games and technology to experience. Hope to see you next year for even more content!

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