Thursday, February 4, 2016

Samsung 850 EVO 500gb SSD



This thing is thin, light, and super fast! While the 850 EVO is not a good as the PRO version, which contains higher endurance MLC NAND instead of TLC NAND. It will still give you a great bang for you buck. The Samsung PRO cost considerably more than Samsung EVO but Samsung makes great  SSD so in the long run it will be money well spent!

Specs:

  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s & SATA 1.5Gb/s)
  • NAND Flash: 32 Layer 3D V-NAND
  • Thickness: 7.0 mm
  • Optimized performance for everyday computing needs
  • Sequential read speed 540 MB/s; Sequential write speed 520 MB/s; Random read speed 100K; Random write speed 90K
  • Energy efficient - improves battery life by up to 50 minutes vs. hard disk drives
  • Worry-free data security with AES 256-bit, TCG/Opal v.2 and Microsoft eDrive full-disk encryption
  • Backed by a five-year limited warranty
  • Cable, screws, and bracket sold separately
  • Software Compatibility: Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Vista (SP1 and above), XP (SP2 and above), Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit with SP2 and above


As you can see by the Amazon ratings it is an excellent, highly rated SSD


You can grab this on Amazon for $150.00; http://amzn.to/1P8sbGl

Monday, February 1, 2016

Supremery PS4 Controller Smartphone Mount



You can purchase the Supremery PS4 Smartphone Mount on Amazon for $19.95; http://amzn.to/1P4CtF6

This is the perfect solution I was looking for to connect my iPhone to my PS4 controller for easy access to the companion apps so many games come with nowadays. This is also handy if you want to stream videos while you game, maybe a baseball or basketball game while you play Witcher 3. If you buy this just be careful when removing it, the plastic that snaps together is really thin. I would recommend putting it on a second controller so you don't have to keep taking it on and off, unless you don't mind leaving it on your main controller. It doesn't get in the way either way, I just prefer a controller without the mount on it when I am not using the mount.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kelux Thumb Grips for PS4 and Xbox One



Kelux PS4 thumb grips are a certified win. Any gamer looking to elevate their game and have better control over their thumb-sticks needs to invest in a set of these. You can get 10 of them, a set of 5 for only $9.99 on Amazon; http://amzn.to/1Svzvhl.

Each of the grips comes in a different height with each set having a different grip pattern on the top. Any gamer playing any FPS game needs to check these out. Not just first-person shooter games either, I have been using these for game like Fallout 4 and NBA 2K16 and I personally feel it is a better experience for those types of games as well.

If the tall grips are not your thing the smaller grips don't offer much other than giving the thumb-sticks a better feel (grip) when gaming. Especially after hours of playing when your hands are sweating, I felt I had better control over the thumb-sticks with the grips on them.

I also wanted to mention that even though these say they are for the PlayStation 4, I have tried them on my Xbox Elite controller and they worked fine on the Xbox controller as well. The tops of the PS4 thumb-sticks and the Xbox One thumb-sticks are almost identical in terms of size or radius of the top of the thumb-stick. So if you are not a PS4 gamer, but you are an Xbox One gamer these will work for you as well!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Afterglow LVL 1 PS4 Chat Headset (Review)



Are you currently using the crummy in-ear chat headset that came with your PlayStation 4? You know, that ear piece that is way too big and hurts your ear after 2 minutes of usage? If so and you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to use as a chat headset then I highly recommend you check out the Afterglow LVL 1. It retails for about $14.99 and is a much better option than the included PS4 headset.

I bought the Afterglow LVL 1 about a month ago to use for those times when I need a microphone but do not necessarily want a big bulky headset (Pulse Elite, PS Silver) on my head! The chat headset that Sony includes with the PS4 is crap, it does not stay in my ear and it hurts after using it for several minutes. The Afterglow LVL 1 in not ideal if you are wanting headphones and I don't recommend allowing your game audio to come through the headset. I normally change the settings for PS4 in the Settings menu so that game audio goes through my television and chat goes through the headset. Mostly because the sound will drown out the chat audio, especially in loud games with explosions and gunfire. The LVL 1 headset is not ideal for music either because they are single-sided, or they only have 1 headphone which you wear over your left ear. But for basic chatting ability so you can hear the person on the other end and they will be able to hear you then these are a great choice.


The Afterglow has a decent sound in terms of loudness, it also has a noise-canceling microphone which works fairly well, and the cable has a volume control switch and a mute button for the microphone. These are wired headphones so you do need to connect them to your PS4 controller using the 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom-side of your PS4 controller. The headset itself is very light, weighing less than a half-pound. The head strap is adjustable so you can adjust the headset if you have a larger head. The microphone can be pushed out of the way or adjusted to be placed at the same level as your mouth for a clearer sound. Another neat aspect is the headphone section actually swivels a tad so you can adjust it while wearing it so that it will give a better fit when on your head. The cable is long enough that it will not jerk off your head when connected to your PS4 controller. The ear cushion is decently thick so it will cushion the speaker against your outer ear nicely and does not hurt when pressed against the ear. The loudness for a single-sided headset is really good, much louder than the included PS4 chat headset. If you do have your game audio coming through the Afterglow LVL 1 it is decent, not ideal but they are loud enough that you will be able to hear everything and still enjoy your game.

LVL 1 - Ear Cushion
If you are wanting a chat headset that is inexpensive, sounds good, fits comfortably then the Afterglow LVL 1 is the headset you are looking for. If you are wanting something more than just a chat headset, check out my review of the Sony Silver PlayStation headphones. If you have you have any questions about the Afterglow LVL 1 chat headset feel free to leave a comment below.

You can purchase the Afterglow LVL 1 headset on Amazon for ONLY $12.00; http://amzn.to/1PTj61v

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