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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 13, 2019. 9 comments

I Found A Portable Monitor That's Perfect For My Limited Desk Space

I Found A Portable Monitor That's Perfect For My Limited Desk Space

Since I became paralyzed last year, I’ve spent a lot of effort figuring out how to reconcile my need for quick access to game consoles with my limited mobility. Viotek’s new LinQ portable 15.6-inch touchscreen monitor appears to have ended my quest. It’s exactly what I needed to get all my gaming hardware in one compact space.

There is no shortage of screens in my home. Between my collection...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 10, 2019. 9 comments

I Love Mad Catz's Bizarre Gaming Mice

I Love Mad Catz's Bizarre Gaming Mice

Look at this piece of gaming hardware, all panels and buttons and weird pokey bits. This is the Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+ 1,000, a limited edition mouse celebrating the company’s 30 year anniversary. It’s emblematic of the odd but oddly-satisfying design choices made by one of the biggest names in computer peripherals. I love it as if it were my own cyborg son.

To think we nearly lost Mad Catz. Back...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 09, 2019. 2 comments

Origin PC's EVO16-S Is A Wonderful Little Laptop And Mine Has A Unicorn On It

Origin PC's EVO16-S Is A Wonderful Little Laptop And Mine Has A Unicorn On It

When Origin PC approached me about reviewing its EVO16-S gaming laptop, the representative asked me if I wanted anything printed on the top laptop panel. “A pink unicorn,” I said. “Like a majestic unicorn on the side of a van.” A few weeks later arrived the most beautiful laptop I’ve ever used.

The EVO16-S is the smallest of the Florida-based boutique PC maker’s EVO line of thin gaming...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 06, 2019. 16 comments

The Samurai Shodown Limited Edition Neo Geo Mini Is Clearly Superior

The Samurai Shodown Limited Edition Neo Geo Mini Is Clearly Superior

Our original review called the Neo Geo Mini arcade-style retro console “cute, but an imperfect nostalgia trip.” The Samurai Shodown limited edition, released this week to celebrate the latest entry in the long-running fighting game series, is exactly that, but it comes with more stuff and looks so much nicer.

I firmly believe that translucent plastic makes everything better. Game consoles ....

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 05, 2019. 8 comments

It’s A Video Game Streaming Station In A Suitcase

It’s A Video Game Streaming Station In A Suitcase

GAEMS makes travel cases with built-in speakers and screens for console gaming on the go. Launched last week, the $700 Guardian Pro XP is GAEMS’ most advanced cases yet. With a 24-inch 1440p HDR display, chambered speakers with passive subwoofers, and rails for mounting a webcam and lighting, it’s a portable streaming station for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and smaller gaming PCs.

During a...

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Jul 23, 2019. 7 comments

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Super Review: Just A Bit Of A Boost

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Super Review: Just A Bit Of A Boost

Following the recent release of the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super, we have the final piece in Nvidia’s Super puzzle. Coming in at the same $700 price point as its predecessor, the new RTX 2080 Super version will offer some performance increases, though we suspect we won’t see anything too dramatic considering the proposed specs and the fact that Nvidia doesn’t need to cannibalize...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 23, 2019. 18 comments

Check Out The First Switch Controller With A Headphone Jack

Check Out The First Switch Controller With A Headphone Jack

Is it weird that I hadn’t noticed before now that no existing controller for the Nintendo Switch included an audio jack so I could plug in a pair of headphones? Not counting the Switch itself, of course. Weird. Well, either way, now there is a Switch controller with a headphone jack in PDP’s Faceoff Deluxe+ Audio wired controller.

I suppose I’ve just gotten used to playing my Switch in...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 13, 2019. 12 comments

The Highs And Lows Of Spilling Drinks On Your Laptop

The Highs And Lows Of Spilling Drinks On Your Laptop

A laptop computer is an amazing confluence of technology, condensing an entire desktop full of hardware into a compact space. That space is an easy target for a cup of coffee or can of soda, and there’s nothing quite like watching liquid pour into several hundred or thousand dollars’ worth of electronics. It’s a fact I know all too well.

I am normally incredibly protective of my computer...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 11, 2019. 11 comments

The Alienware M17 Laptop Is Great For 4K Gaming

The Alienware M17 Laptop Is Great For 4K Gaming

There are a lot of laptops on the market with 4K, ultra HD screens, but not a lot of them can easily run demanding games at that resolution. Kitted out with Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 2080 mobile graphics, Alienware’s M17 gaming laptop is the first time I’ve felt comfortable with a 4K laptop gaming.

Founded in 1996 and purchased by Dell in 2006, Alienware is one of the most recognized names in...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 03, 2019. 21 comments

The Secret To The World's Lightest Gaming Mouse Is Lots Of Holes

The Secret To The World's Lightest Gaming Mouse Is Lots Of Holes

In order to create what it calls “the world’s lightest gaming mouse,” the engineers at peripheral maker Glorious PC Gaming Race took a mouse and put holes all in it. The result is the Model O, a very good gaming mouse that weighs only 67 grams and may trigger trypophobia.

“You’ll barely feel the holes,” reads the copy on the Model O’s product page, answering the question I imagine most people...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jun 25, 2019. 8 comments

Razer And Ducky Made A Beautiful Keyboard Together

Razer And Ducky Made A Beautiful Keyboard Together

Taiwanese company Ducky Channel is one of the most respected mechanical keyboard companies in the world. Razer’s been making black and green gaming keyboards for ages. Together, they’ve created the Ducky One 2 Razer Edition, combining both companies’ aesthetics into one quirky fun package.

It’s got Ducky’s unique two-piece plastic case in Razer’s signature colors. It’s got Ducky’s seamless...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jun 19, 2019. 15 comments

The Most Comfortable Gaming Headset I’ve Ever Worn

The Most Comfortable Gaming Headset I’ve Ever Worn

Audio-Technica’s ATH-ADG1X open-air gaming headset has a lot going for it. It’s designed and built by one of the most respected brands in audio. It’s got big 53 mm drivers that create a lovely, large soundstage. It’s even got a decent microphone for a gaming headset. But the best thing about the ADG1X is how surprisingly nice it feels, even after hours of wear.

Though I’ve been using...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jun 14, 2019. 18 comments

Hori’s Grip Controller Turns The Switch Into An Absolute Unit [Update]

Hori’s Grip Controller Turns The Switch Into An Absolute Unit [Update]

The Nintendo Switch in handheld mode is essentially a game controller cut in half with a display wedged in the middle. Hori’s Daemon X Machina Grip controller, launching in September in Japan, is a more literal interpretation of the concept. Update: And now there’s a North American Amazon listing for it .

The Grip controller is pretty limited. It doesn’t have an internal battery, so it can...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jun 05, 2019. 23 comments

The Oculus Quest Is How Virtual Reality Should Work

The Oculus Quest Is How Virtual Reality Should Work

Within 15 minutes of opening the package containing the Oculus Quest, Facebook’s new standalone virtual reality headset, I was playing a game. I wasn’t playing some watered-down mobile phone app or preinstalled demo, but a full-featured, console-quality VR game. This is great.

The Quest is Oculus’ first all-in-one gaming headset. It requires no PC connection, unlike the original Oculus Rift...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey May 30, 2019. 18 comments

DIY Retro Gaming Handheld Is As Fun To Build As It Is To Play

DIY Retro Gaming Handheld Is As Fun To Build As It Is To Play

This is the GameShell, a retro gaming handheld that I built from a kit. I clipped and trimmed the plastic pieces, inserted the circuit boards, connected the wires and snapped it all together. It plays old games, emulated titles and homebrew software. It’s pleasing that something I built does those things.

The folks at Clockwork did most of the work, to be fair. They created the ClockworkPi,...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey May 23, 2019. 24 comments

The People Who Published Firewatch Are Now Making A Game Console With, Uh, A Crank

The People Who Published Firewatch Are Now Making A Game Console With, Uh, A Crank

Playdate is a new portable gaming system from app developer Panic, coming in early 2020. It has a glossy black and white screen with no backlight. Along with a directional pad and A and B buttons, it sports a rotatable crank that pops out of the right side of the unit. Instead of buying games, Playdate owners will receive a “season” of 12 surprise games delivered over 12 weeks from developers...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey May 08, 2019. 10 comments

The Perfect Starter Video-Capture Box

The Perfect Starter Video-Capture Box

AVerMedia’s Live Gamer Mini is a small, black box. Plug its USB cable into your PC. Run an HDMI cable from your game console to its HDMI in, then another HDMI from its HDMI out to your TV and monitor. Load the software and boom: You’re recording 1080p, 60-frames-per-second game footage.

There are external capture cards on the market that are more powerful than the Live Gamer Mini. Some have...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey May 01, 2019. 24 comments

Valve's Index VR Headset Ships In June, Full Set Costs $1,000

Valve's Index VR Headset Ships In June, Full Set Costs $1,000

Following last month’s tease , today Valve officially announced the Valve Index, a “high-fidelity” virtual reality headset with impressive specs, cool new controllers and a $1,000 price tag.

The Valve Index headset features a pair of 1440x1600 RGB LCD displays running at 120Hz (with an experimental 144Hz mode.) It also has built-in stereo headphones that are off-the-ear, to provide a more...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 22, 2019. 11 comments

Is Super Ultrawide Too Wide? 

Is Super Ultrawide Too Wide? 

If you thought gaming on a normal, 21:9 ultrawide monitorwas ridiculous , wait until you get a load of a 32:9 superwide. Viotek’s SUW49C is a 49-inch curved “super” ultrawide display, capable of playing many games at 3840 by 1080 resolution. Too much?

Just when I thought my Ikea office desk was long enough, along comes this monster. I’ve long been a fan of ultrawide monitors. Given a choice...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Mar 21, 2019. 18 comments

What We Know And Don’t Know About Google’s New Gaming Platform Stadia

What We Know And Don’t Know About Google’s New Gaming Platform Stadia

Google shared a lot of information about it’s new video game streaming platform at yesterday’s GDC presentation , and we’ve learned even more about the technology through interviews, like the one Kotaku had with Stadia boss Phil Harrison on Splitscreen . But there’s still a lot we don’t know.

Google has not said exactly when it comes, how the service will be priced and what games will be...

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