Corsair HD120 RGB and SP120 RGB LED Case Fans

Quick - what's one of the best things about putting together a PC? If you said "the colorful lights," then you'd be right. My PC build is named Kobalt, and I made sure to outfit him with all blue LEDs. I even thought of picking up some LED strips to illuminate the inside of the case, too. Good thing I like blue lights, though, because I'm stuck with them. If only there was a way I could change the LED colors of my fans... oh, wait, there is.

Check out Corsair's HD120 RGB LED High Performance 120mm PWM fans and SP120 RGB LED High Performance 120mm fans with controller.

Look at all the pretty colors!

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Razer DeathAdder Elite

Right now, the mouse I use is the Logitech G502 Proteus. This is only because I had to give up my 2013 Razer DeathAdder because of the somewhat prevalent double clicking issue. It was the only thing (well 1 of 2 things - more on that later) that kept it from the perfect gaming mouse. And now, the best gaming mouse is getting a major upgrade.

Razer just announced the Razer DeathAdder Elite.

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Razer Launches zVentures - if you have a good idea, tell Razer

Razer launches zVentures, earmarks up to $30 million for startups and emerging tech.

Razer opens coffers at the leading edge of IoT, big data, VR, robotics, Android gaming and more; opens doors to operational resources, distribution channels and partner network.

Now if you have an idea that you think will fly with Min Liang Tan, you can pitch it to them. If they like it, they'll fund you.

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Is Paladins an Overwatch Clone?

I've been getting hit by ads for Paladins almost everywhere I go. I got curious and looked it up. First thing I noticed is that the character designs are actually quite similar to Overwatch, in both the character archetype and the skills. And then a few days later, Hi-Rez Studios states that Paladins is NOT an Overwatch clone. Because of all of that drama, I decided to give Paladins a try and see it for myself.

According to Hi-Rez studios COO, the game that deserves the most credit for being Paladins' inspiration is TF2. And I agree with that; even Blizzard says the same thing for Overwatch.

But how similarly do they play? 

I'm going to play around with it a bit more to come up with more impressions but here are the key differences I found:

  • Paladins has an item card system that allows for perk customization
  • Paladins has a deeper character customization system by pairing up skins with weapons and headgear (like TF2)
  • Paladins is free to play
  • Overwatch has much faster gameplay
  • Paladins skin and feature unlocking is not random
  • Overwatch has much better lore
  • Paladins shows damage numbers, which I sort of enjoy
  • Maps on Overwatch are a smidge better
  • Paladins starts you off with bots until level 5, which is good, but it doesn't tell you that

Bottomline is, though, both games are fun and they play completely differently. Clone or not, I think Paladins has its own place in the gaming world.

Is the PS4 Pro Worth It?

The quick answer to that question is "it depends." There are a number of criteria that have to be fulfilled before I can say that "yes, the PS4 Pro is a good buy for you."

Let's start with the basics. What can the PS4 Pro do that the regular PS4 can't? In a nutshell, the PS4 Pro upscales your PS4 games to 4K resolution and improves gaming performance, pretty much. The Pro's GPU is 128% more powerful than the vanilla PS4, and that allows for the 4K output. The CPU of the Pro shares the same architecture of the vanilla PS4, only with a higher clock speed. Those two things are the main differences, but the Pro also sports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth has been bumped up to 4.0 from 2.1. The bump in Bluetooth improves power consumption, data transfer rates, reliability, security, speed - all that good stuff.

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