This is What a $30,000 Computer Gaming Rig Looks Like

Some people have some crazy computer gaming rigs, but this guy takes the cake. In this recent video, Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy demonstrates his crazy computer gaming rig valued at over $30,000. It’s more like bragging. “Look at me, I have a gaming rig that costs more than a car!” Woo-hoo. I’m jealous. Actually, I am.

This rig features “a zero gravity reclining workstation game chair by Imperatorworks, a 43-inch UHD 4K monitor by LG [plus side monitors], a beefed up Xidax desktop gaming PC, and much more.” I also admire his snack and drink station. This is a guy is never gonna game while hungry. RGB everywhere son!

Basically, this is a video of Lewis bragging while playing Fortnight and bragging some more. That’s okay. My gaming rig cost more than a kidney transplant, and is powered by my imagination, so it’s bigger than yours. I can’t even play Fortnight, because the game has to up its specs to be compatible with it. So there.

Seriously though, this rig is pretty cool and I hope he invites me over to play some games before it is obsolete in 3 to 5 years. Anytime is cool actually. I’ll be at the snack and drink station, my friend. No, you play. I’ll watch? Do you have any more kettle chips?

[via Laughing Squid via Geekologie]

Razer Blade Stealth Review: Ultragood Ultrabook

Over the years, laptops have kept getting lighter, more powerful, and sleeker. Among the leaders of the ultrabooks on the market is Razer, with their Razer Blade Stealth. Keep in mind that unlike some of the more heavy duty laptops that bear the Razer badge, this one isn’t really for serious gaming – at least not without additional hardware which I’ll tell you about later. On the other hand, this svelte computer weighs in at under 3 pounds, and is still powerful and fast enough to handle all your everyday tasks for work, school, hobbies, and casual gaming.

The latest Razer Blade Stealth features a sleek and minimal design, measuring just a hair over 0.5″ thick at the hinged edge. At least from the surfaces that I can see, build quality is excellent as well. It packs a 13.3″ touchscreen display, running at a native 3200 x 1800 resolution, resulting in incredibly crisp and vibrant images, and the ability to easily work with multiple windows or gigantic spreadsheets with lots of columns and rows.

The system is available with either a 7th-gen Core i7-7500 U dual-core CPU, or an 8th-gen Core i7-8550U quad-core CPU. My review unit came with the dual-core processor, which is reasonably fast for everyday tasks. It managed to turn in a respectable Geekbench multi-core score of 7098, and an OpenCL Compute score of 20928. However, its on-board Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU isn’t anything special, with a respectable 3DMark Cloud Gate score of 6820, but an anemic 3DMark score of just 393 on the intense Time Spy 1.0 benchmark.

There’s 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM built in, but sadly no ability to upgrade beyond that. Still, that’s plenty for all but the most memory intensive tasks. For super-fast drive and device connectivity up to 40 Gbps, there’s a built-in USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, which can also be used to connect the optional ($499.99) Razer Core V2, which provides the laptop with support for high-end desktop video cards from AMD and Nvidia, so you can play all those graphics-intensive games the on-board GPU can’t handle.

Unlike Apple’s recent MacBooks, which require an external dock for other connectors besides USB-C, the Razer Blade Stealth has USB 3.0 ports on both the left and right sides, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a full-size HDMI port. Its wireless connectivity supports 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. I was able to enjoy about 400 Mbps of my Gigabit internet connection via its Wi-Fi connection – that’s better than most other laptops, tablets, and smartphones I’ve tested here on my Wi-Fi router.

Razer offers the Blade Stealth in either a gunmetal grey body like the one shown here, or in black with an illuminated Razer logo on its lid. The gunmetal version comes with a bright white backlit keyboard, while the black version packs a programmable full-color Razer Chroma keyboard. However, the minimum config of the black model comes with the more expensive and faster quad-core CPU as well. I found the keyboard to be quite impressive – offering good feedback and fast typing without being cramped for my big fingers. Flanking the keyboard are two impressively loud vertical speakers which offer good stereo separation due to their smart placement.

One thing I really like about the Blade Stealth is its power pack, which is more like the size of an oversize lipstick case than a traditional, heavy power brick. This keeps it easy to travel with, and adds minimal weight to your bag when you hit the road. Given its size and weight, the Blade Stealth offers good battery life too – turning in just a little under 9 hours on a charge with typical usage.

The starting price for this year’s Razer Blade Stealth is $1199.99 for a dual-core i7-7500U with 256GB SSD, topping out at $1999.99 with the quad-core i7-8550U and a 1TB SSD. If you purchase by 5/27/18, there’s a $100 instant savings available off of those prices. Right now, Razer is also offering buyers $600 worth of great software including PaintShop Pro X9, VideoStudio Pro X10, FL Studio, Cuphead, Warhammer II, H1Z1, Goat Punks, and more.

In conclusion, the latest Razer Blade Stealth is a well-built, good looking ultrabook with great design, a razor-sharp display, above average connectivity, a good keyboard, and a zippy CPU. Plus, it’s got the ability to become a serious gaming machine if you connect the Razer Core V2 and a good graphics card.

This Keyboard Combines Retro Design with Modern Improvements

If you write a lot on your computer or laptop, there may come a time when you feel nostalgic for the days of typewriters. The retro design, the satisfying clicks they make… Now, you can get a keyboard that has that typewriter look and feel, but with upgrades that make it perfectly modern. The Lofree Four Seasons Wireless Mechanical Keyboard blends retro style with modern tech.

While this keyboard may look like a typewriter, it actually has some ergonomic upgrades that make it easier to use. For example, the large keys and improved layout make for less forceful typing, which is easier on your joints.

Lofree’s keyboard offers a 79-key layout, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and is also crisply backlit, so you can use it in the dark without straining to see the keys. The keys are high-quality Gateron Blue switches, which offer satisfying tactile feedback, while requiring only light pressure to activate. It’s also available in four different color schemes, each reflecting one of the four seasons.

The Lofree Four Seasons Wireless Mechanical Keyboard was recently funded on Indiegogo, and has already gone into production, with the first models shipping late this May. You can pre-order yours now from the Technabob Shop for $99.99 – a $30 savings off the MSRP.

PC Building Simulator Lets You Build the Virtual Gaming Rig of Your Dreams

I used to love building my own PCs back when I had the time to do it. As time has moved forward, they have become much easier to build too. I miss putting all of those components together and creating super powerful machines. Well, if you feel the same way, you are going to love PC Building Simulator

It’s a simulator where you build your own PCs and it’s pretty detailed too. You can buy components, build, benchmark, diagnose, and repair PCs while you strive to develop your own computer repair business. I’m not sure that this would be a very exciting game to the general population, but for PC builders, it looks like fun.

The game has even teamed up with real-world hardware manufacturers so the components are all based on real ones. That’s pretty damn cool. I have to admit, this game makes my inner nerd very happy. I must play it. I will play it. And I will build the biggest, baddest gaming rig in the world. Well, virtual world anyway. You can find it on Steam for just $20.

This isn’t Super Mario Bros. This is a game for a special kind of nerd – nerds like me. I’m glad it exists.

[via Geekologie]

Keyboard Game: Hasbro and Massdrop Team for Official Scrabble Keyboard

I haven’t played a game of Scrabble in years, but even if I did, I can’t see myself shelling out money for an official Scrabble keyboard. But if you are a super-fan of the classic word game, you will likely feel different and find this keyboard stunning.

The custom keycaps on Massdrop’s keyboard have the same color palette as an official Scrabble tile set and board, and also includes additional triple/double word/letter score keycaps you can swap in. I guess you can play a solo game and keep track of your score while writing emails and doing work. Too bad it doesn’t keep score for you.

It’s an 87-key mechanical keyboard that uses Cherry MX Brown switches for a great tactile typing experience. This also means that it is not quiet, so you should probably just use this one at home and not at the office. You can pre-order it now for $160, and shipments kick off in the fall.

It’s the perfect gift for the Scrabble playing granny who writes the occasional email and likes to embarrass you on Facebook. Or for Scrabble champions of course. What’s next? A Monopoly keyboard with Chance and Community Chest keys?

[via Gizmodo]

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Floppy Disk Coasters: Protect Your Tabletop and Your Data

It’s been nearly two decades since I had to use a 3.5″ floppy disk for anything. I used to have boxes and boxes of the things packing everything from Microsoft Windows ridiculously bloated installers to various “warez” that I really shouldn’t have had in my possession. But those days are long gone, and pretty much all of my storage is of the solid state kind now.

After I was done using all those floppies, I thought they might make good drink coasters, but the moisture just got inside, and they scratched up my coffee table instead of protecting it. Fortunately, somebody has created floppy disk coasters with neither of those problems.

TechnoChic makes these fun retro coasters from old floppies which have been covered in vinyl, then backed with cork. Problem solved. No liquid gets inside the disk, and your tabletop is safe from scratches. I suppose you could do the same thing with a little time and hot glue, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

You can grab a set of five floppy coasters over on TechnoChic’s Etsy shop for $25. They’re also available in red if you’re looking for something a little more colorful.

This Colorful LED Rounded-key Keyboard Looks Sweet

I’ve seen keyboards with colorful LED backlighting, and keyboards with cool retro-style round keys. But this is the first time I’ve come across a single keyboard which combines the two ideas into one.

This colorful and distinctive keyboard from Ajazz features bright LED backlighting, which provides a brilliant backdrop to its rounded keys. The RGB backlit version can be programmed to display just about any color, along with some vibrant animations as shown in the video below, including some cool ones that follow the position of your keypresses:

In addition to the RGB version, there’s a blue backlit version if you don’t care for the disco lightshow of the full color version. Prices range from $79 for 87-key with blue lighting to $99 for the 104-key, RGB version. They’re available now from Brando.

Apple II Blu-ray/DVD Drive: Disk to the Future

With the advent of HD and 4K streaming video, you may think that physical disks are obsolete. But frankly, most of the 1080p Blu-ray discs I’ve played on my home theater system look better than even 4K streamed content out there because of the compression streaming services apply to reduce bandwidth usage. That said, this Apple II Disk II drive is no longer obsolete, thanks to its conversion into a working Blu-ray drive.

The old 5-1/4″ Apple floppy disk drive – circa 1978 – was gutted and converted into a working Blu-ray drive by Charles Mangin of RetroConnector. Inside, he’s fitted it with a modern USB 3 drive that can play HD movies and also read and write CDs and DVDs.

I love how it really looks unmodified at first glance. The disk drive door still locks into place, and he even rigged it so the old red LED blinks with drive activity. Priced at $500, it’s a bit expensive given what Blu-ray drives go for these days, but I love the looks of this thing so much that I’m throwing money at the screen right now.

Razer Built a Giant Working Mechanical Keyboard

Many people love mechanical keyboards. In fact, mechanical keyboards are making a comeback these days as people find them to provide better feedback and faster typing compared to skinny modern keyboards. If you love mechanical keyboards, you’ll be happy to know that Razer built a giant one that they had on display at its CES booth this year.

It is the size of a table, and it’s not just for show either – it’s fully functional. It has tactile key clicks and realistic actuation, as well as full Razer Chroma RGB lighting. They didn’t miss a single detail.This massive keyboard rules them all. Can you imagine using this in your home or office? You would feel like a God when responding to comments on the internet.

Anything you typed would be gold. Although typing some keyboard combinations like CTRL+ALT+DELETE, might be like playing Twister. Still, you would feel like the CEO of the world. Sadly, we can’t buy one and experience this thrill. Razer only made it to show off and look cool, so THEY could feel all mighty and powerful. We, the little people, get little keyboards that barely fit our fat fingers. Just another case of “the man” keeping us down. Or in this case, keeping us typing on small keyboards.

[via The Next Web]