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Saturday, 27 February 2021

Ant Esports Gamei Gaming Glasses Review

Ant Esports Gamei Gaming Glasses - Another Gimmick or a Game Changer!


If you are an avid gamer or associated with the field then you probably might've heard of a relatively new Gaming accessory on the horizon called Gaming Glasses! As gimmicky as they may sound, gaming glasses are the new thing and they actually do a lot more than just becoming yet another useless gaming accessory cluttering your table.

Gaming glasses work on the basis of filtering out blue light which all the screens emit and can not only tire down your eyes over prolonged exposure be it during gaming, watching movies or simply by working at office. Blue light is also the cause of insomnia so if you game a lot or simply game after a long day at the office then gaming glasses can solve quite a lot of your problems related to eyes aswell as sleep.


Ant Esports a dominant name in the Indian gaming market thanks to it plethora of gaming specific peripherals and components  recently launched their Gamei Gaming Glasses and boy they look much better in person than in those photographs! Coming in a universal fit these glasses are priced in at s 2,000 on their official website and promise to filter out 85% of blue light which is a tall claim to make hence setting my expectations quite high over here. A big shout out to them for sending over a sample to me for review so without any further delay lets dive in and see what these have to offer.

Packaging and Contents


The Ant Esports Gamei Gaming Glasses come in a minimalist yet attractive cardboard box which is laced in the yellow and black color scheme.


The box is made of hard cardboard with branding logos and enough details for the potential customers. Slid out the inner casing and you find the actual glasses carry box along with other accessories like the lens cleaning cloth. The box is nifty and can be easily carried around and is soft and protective inside to avoid any scratches or bumps from hampering with your priced possession.

A Closer Look!


Ant Esports Gamei Gaming Glasses comes in one single, unisex, rectangular lens frame design with a single color option, Yellow! The frame is acrylic, with an integrated bridge for the nose, and slightly springy metal hinges.

Besides white, painted-on Ant Esports logos on the sides, nothing about these glasses screams “gamer;” they simply look like modest, fashionably chunky glasses you might wear anywhere. The lack of any other frame choices is a bit disappointing, though, considering the wealth of options in shapes and materials they could've gone with but since they are the first to do this in India, treading safely in this water is something that I can't blame them for either.



 

On the side you'll find stripes of red accents which is not paint but rubber inserts instead which give them a more premium finish and also impart a nice grip too in-case you plan to use them outside as why not! The textured insert is found on the inner side of the frame too near the ear rest which is good for those who'll take them out for probably biking, trekking etc. 

Let's put them to Test!

So I used the Ant Esports Gamei Gaming Glasses for a couple of days straight putting them through a range of activities which included wearing them at office to gaming with them on or simply taking a walk in the park!

How is it for Gaming?

 

While gaming the glasses did work as they said, I'm not saying anything abut the 85% filtration here but the glasses do comfort the eyes especially if you game in low light. You might think that because these have a yellow filter, they make games look weird. Well, this filter helps the colors pop far more than they usually would.
This is especially good in fast-paced games where color is used to distinguish teammates from enemies. And it’s not just blue light that these glasses reduce – they also take care of a good deal of blur and glare.

Did you say Outdoor use?


Even though these are not intended to be used as an outdoor pair of shades or something to be used during a sport I did use them for my outdoor walks, bike rides and even running on the treadmill and honestly these held on quite well.

The textured rubber inserts work as intended on keeping a decent grip around the head and don't let these fall off even when running. Thanks to the yellow tint the streets at night are starkly visible and can be a boon to someone who rides motorcycles and hates those high beam lights from oncoming traffic hitting their eyes on the highways.

Over all the Gamei Gaming Glasses perform as intended and are not only great for gaming but also for outdoor usage alike. I did find that they tend to chaff the skin a bit behind the ear where they grip the skull but that is probably cuz I have really short hair so if you are like me then be aware of that otherwise the glasses have no issues in terms of performance or  fit.

My Verdict

Ant Esports Gamei Gaming Glasses is a simple, comfortable, well-built pair of glasses. The lenses are clear, the frames are light and sturdy, and the tint cuts a good balance between reducing blue light and keeping colors accurate. The lack of options beyond a single, fairly plain faux-tortoiseshell style acrylic frame and only one color option is disappointing. The comfort level is high but for people with short hair the minor discomfort around the back of the ears over prolonged usage can be an issue so keep that in mind before making your purchase.
If you regularly marathon games, play professionally, or game after working on a computer all day or are simply on a look out for an all rounder pair of glasses that look funky and function as intended then these Gamei glasses from Ant Esports are a worthy pick.

Pros - 

  • Light and comfortable design  
  • Universal fit frame
  • Solid build quality
  • Works as advertised
  • Suitable for gaming and outdoor activities alike

Cons -

  • A bit pricey
  • Only one color option 

I give it a 8/10 earning our Gold Award

 


Saturday, 7 March 2020

Kingston KC2000 500GB SSD Review

The Kingston A1000 M.2 NVMe - Fast, Reliable and revolutionary!


When it comes to storage drives be it larger SSDs or their smallest cousins the memory cards one name always tops the list and has become a household name in the PC industry today, Kingston! Over the year Kingston has dropped in some impressive storage devices spread over a broad area to cater to almost every segment of the market thanks to its HyperX branding that takes care of the 'gaming' division and adds the much needed bling to the products as per the demands hence balancing looks with performance.
Lately what they've lacked in is their prosumer or enthusiast grade storage drives since their top contender the KC1000 is old and dated but don't lose hope guys as Kingston just dropped in their KC2000 on the table and its loaded with the best the IT industry has to offer in terms of both hardware and software.

Priced in at around $115 the KC2000 is a NVMe M.2 drive which is one of the first drives ever to be using the Toshiba BiCS4 96-layer TLC NAND over the conventional 64 layer NAND chips and is paired with the latest Silicon Image SM2262EN controller all working on the PCIe 3.0x4 interface. The drive comes in as low as 250GB and goes all the way upto 2TB which makes this drive a great option for a lot of people out there. Our sample here today is a 500GB version though and is rated at a blistering fast speed of 3000MB/s and 2000MB/s of sequential read and write speeds respectively.

Packaging and Closer Look


Kingston has gone basic and minimalist with the KC2000 when it comes to packaging, its a drive aimed at consumers and businesses alike so  why not. The drive rests safely inside a hard black plastic shell which is inside a clear transparent clam-shell and all of this is housed inside a cardboard pack with all the vital details, specifications and company logos.
I like this approach since it doesn't give the drive any segment specific appeal yet keeps it premium and functional.

Inside you get the drive seated in its own exclusive casing for added protection along with a multilingual warranty card and activation key for the Kingston cloning utility, Acronis True Image HD. Kingston SSD Manager toolbox is also included and is a great move since this product is aimed at professional workloads so having something reliable and from the manufacturer itself for monitoring your drive’s health, updating the firmware, secure erasing and even be able to adjust over-provisioning is a welcome move.

The Kingston KC2000 is a 2280 form factor M.2 drive which uses a dual sided PCB layout with the NAND chips, controller and DRAM chips located on both the sides of this black PCB wafer. The interface here is a PCIe 3.0x4 NVMe 1.3 since PCIe Gen 4.0 isn't common and exists in a very small corner of the industry today so its a wise move to cater to the larger audience without blowing the price out of proportion for many.

The controller here is the 8-channel Silicon Motion SM2262EN controller which is one of the fastest controllers out there today and supports 800 MT/s interface speed and NVMe 1.3 specifications. We have eight Toshiba BiCS4 96-layer TLC NAND chips here and are binned by Kingston itself hence bear the Kingston branding. Each chip is 64GB and there are eight of these in total with four sitting on either side of the PCB.
Two DRAM chips sit here for buffering purposes and are 512MB DDR3L each from Nanya working at 1600Mhz, this indicates higher & constant speeds due to parallelization but we'll find that out in our benchmark section.

Test Setup and Benchmarks

We used our usual testbench to benchmark the Kingston KC2000 500GB NVMe M.2 SSD -

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X @4Ghz
Motherboard: Asus X370 Crosshair VI Hero
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB 3200Mhz
Cooler: Custom Loop
Graphics Card: Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition
Storage: Kingston A400 256GB
Secondary Storage: Kingston KC2000 500GB NVMe M.2
Power Supply: Cooler Master V1200 1200W
Case: Cooler Master H500M
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

TRIM Check

Since this is a very new SSD for us so it called for some new testing suits aswell, one such tool is TrimCheck which verifies if TRIM function on the drive is working perfectly or not.

The test shows that TRIM is working perfectly on the SSD.

Crystal Disk Info v8.3

Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.

Crystal Disk Info shows us that a bunch of useful SMART attributes are presented to the end user. Total reads and writes as well as NAND writes are shown. The firmware version we are testing with today is version S2780101 with the drive working at optimum temperatures even during summers. 

ATTO Disk

ATTO Disk Benchmark measures transfer rates across specific lengths for any storage system. ATTO uses RAW data, I set my transfer size from 0.5 to 8192kb. This is generally the most reliable benchmarks for today's SSDs.

We can clearly see that the speed put up by the KC2000 are way faster than a conventional NVMe M.2 drive and is a perfect match to the advertised speeds on the spec sheet.

CrystalDiskMark

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software that analyses different types of hard drive. Giving sequential benchmark write and read statistics in MB/s. A simple program that is very useful.

A similar scenario is what we are seeing here aswell.

Anvil Storage Utility

The next test is Anvil Storage Utilities, which is a really great piece of software. The SSD benchmark gives you scores for both read and write as well as a combined score.

Identical results yet again in terms of performance aswell as on the IOPS end which is same as that on the specification sheets.

AS SSD

The AS SSD software determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). The tool contains five synthetic and three practice tests. The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are performed without using the operating system caches. In Sequential tests, the program measures the time it takes to read and write a 1 GB file respectively.

With an impressive score of above 3500 points the KC2000 blazes ahead of the competition in every suit here including the Copy benchmark which emulates real life performance compromising of miscellaneous data types and sizes.

AIDA64 Extreme Edition v5.97.4600

AIDA64 is one of the best tools out there to check the system stability, error diagnostics and even to validate overclocking.
It has a set of suites for almost every hardware out there including SSD/HDD. So we started of with AIDA64 disk suites.

As we can see that the drive is hitting the advertised speeds and is extremely consistent in read and write activities. This is a very good indications since most drives including the XPG SX8000 tend to fluctuate a lot in the Linear and Random Read tests indicating towards a more solid and consistent performance by the KC2000.

HD Tune Pro

HD Tune Pro is one of the most popular hard drive software suites available. It has many different benchmarks and tests built into it. Our first test is the read benchmark, which tests the average read speed and access time of the drive.
It was necessary to use it even after so many tests just to give all of you a graph of how constant the speed is on this SSD as many SSDs tend to fluctuate on the read/write speed which ultimately gives you unstable performance.

A brilliant performance presented by the KC2000 yet again where its beating others by a substantial margin! The drive is not only extremely consistent but shows really high speeds.

My Verdict

Kingston always brings something new to the table with every product telling a unique story and the KC2000 is no different. The drive is aimed at the future and uses Toshiba 96 layer TLC NAND and a competitive 8 channel SM2262EN controller.
In my tests we saw exact speeds as advertised which is great since I run multiple cycles of the same test and a drive which is aimed at business owners and servers should give consistent speeds if not the best speed which the Kingston KC2000 delivers fantastically.
The driver supports elf-encryption using 256-bit AES hardware based encryption technique which is required for end to end data protection hence it makes this drive a good option for professional use especially in small to medium servers.
The speeds are consistent but not the best as per the data of some other drives which are priced equal or even higher to the KC2000 but the bright side is that the drive is 300TBW rated hence its reliability and sustainability can't be questioned even at such high speeds hence making it perfect for what it is meant and advertised for that is professional use like workstation builds and servers.
"With high speed performance paired with nifty little inbuild technologies such as self encryption the Kingston KC2000 is a perfect choice for anyone who's either looking for a high speed drive for their business machines or simply anyone who values sustained and consistent performance"
Pros - 

  • Solid and Stable performance 
  • Comes with in-build security features and supports
  • High endurance 
  • Five Years Warranty 
Cons - 
  • A bit pricey
I give it a 8/10 earning our Gold Award

Monday, 3 February 2020

Corsair M65 RGB Elite Review

Corsair M65 RGB Elite - Distinctive Looks with Distinctive Performance



Corsair has a some really impressive gaming peripherals up in its arsenal but what makes these peripherals truly impressive and keeps them miles away from redundancy unlike others is the fact that Corsair keeps on revamping and upgrading these offerings, improving them and tailoring them as per user's feedback to hopefully overcome whatever drawbacks the previous generation product suffered from.
Today yet again I have one such product on my table for review and its the Corsair M65 RGB Elite Gaming Mouse which is the successor to the older M65 Pro RGB that features a similar design but that's probably the only thing that these two share in common as the newer M65 Elite is better in every possible way in terms of technology.

Coming in at around $60 or Rs 5,200 in India the Corsair M65 RGB Elite is on the humble side of the spectrum when it comes to pricing. Featuring an improved 18,000 DPI Pixart PMW3391 optical sensor over the 12,000 DPI Pixart PMW336X this new M65 is on the better side when it comes to accuracy on varied surfaces. A full aluminum body, weight tuning system, 8-programmable buttons and the famous sniper button is all backed up by two years of domestic warranty which is coated with RGB goodness in form of two backlit areas controlled by Corsair's own iCUE.

What's in the Box!?



Corsair brings the M65 RGB Elite in  a sleek box that's laced with the Corsair gaming colors of black and yellow. The front boasts an image of the mouse itself along with main features enlisted neatly on the left side such as  the dedicated sniper button, weight tuning system etc while the top has the Corsair sails logo in silver and other logos depicting various features.
At the back side the same story continues but with a detailed numbered diagram of the M65 RGB Elite which is a nice touch as one gets to know the features more clearly and can pay for the product with a little more confidence.

Accessories wise the mouse comes with technically nothing as you'll only get a warranty card, user manual and the M65 Elite mouse itself. Its kind of a shame that the mouse doesn't come with a carry pouch for the weights as it'll be a tedious job to carry them along to a gaming event along with the mouse or simply in terms of storing them safely.

A Closer Look


Corsair M65 RGB Elite is made out of solid aircraft grade aluminum frame which is light weight yet strong. The outer body has a rubberized finish which makes it easy and comfortable to grip and handle, though some parts underneath and in the front are simply powder coated aluminum but that's just the part of the rugged look. Wire is long at 1.8m and braided but isn't detachable which is fine with me but your opinion may wary.


The mouse has the same design as the previous M65 editions and the top is rubberized. You do find the two front and back arrow keys right behind the scroll wheel to switch DPI on the go and these are great as one can jump from a lower DPI to a higher one or vice versa using the arrow keys rather than having to cycle through all the rest to reach a particular setting like in a mouse with a single DPI switch button. Also the old Corsair Gaming logo is replaced by the traditional Corsair sails logo which is RGB.
The mouse does have a tapered to the right side structure which is quite favorable with mice that are aimed at FPS gamers and also provides a more snug fit to most users. Also the thumb rest is a bit more elongated for better comfort for those long gaming tournaments or during casual use too. 


You find the two forward and backward buttons on the side which are right above the famous 'Sniper Button' which helps you to set preferably lower the DPI to a setting of your choice set via the iCUE software when sniping enemies or taking crucial shots via sights.
The other side is plain and both these sides are made out of premium grade plastic and feel solid without any shade of cost cutting.


Under the mouse is where you find the trick that the Corsair M65 RGB Elite hides, apart from the usual rubber feet you will also find three weights that are screwed into the mouse and are removable as per the taste and requirement of the user.
These weigh in at 7gm each and in total makes the mouse weight in around 136gm which is at 115gm without these weights so plenty of room for tuning here. Also these weights can be easily removed or put back using a coin so no special screwdrivers or hex keys are required hence. keeping the process simple.

Software Overview - Corsair iCUE


The M65 RGB Elite is compatible with the iCUE software and hence the user has a full control over how to and what to make out of this mouse. My sample was detected flawlessly by the iCUE software on my system and even for the firmware update I didn't face any issues and the mouse upgraded in just a click of the button.






One can not only adjust the three RGB lighting zones on the mouse here but can also program the keys with Macros of one's choosing. These range from texts that can be really handy for immediate responses during in-game chats, application launches and even profile switching maybe for some particular instance in the game or maps. DPI settings are five in numbers and the sniper buttons counts as six, these are all programmable in terms of DPI aswell as the color of the indicator.
Lift height feature is really useful and one can customize it as per their playing style, length of the mouse pad etc. The surface calibration feature is something that some may find useful but for me it worked the same before and after calibration probably due to my play style and mouse surface which favors more of a grip and control nature.

Time to put it to Test - Comfort and Functionality  

Comfort - It really does matter!


For reference I use the Corsair Glaive RGB with its textured side grip as my daily driver and when it comes to mouse comfort I'm very peculiar as I like to rest my hand fully sometimes mostly when I'm doing my daily work which makes me a palm gripper and when gaming I tend to switch to a claw grip most of the times depending from games to games mostly FPS and role playing so for me a mouse either has to be really good at one of these two or offer a perfect balance of both, the latter preferred more. And the Corsair M65 RGB Elite does quite well for me and I loved using it with all my heart during my long working sessions and even when playing. The weight of the mouse is solid under the palm and I like how it fits nicely offering all the weight in the front to middle portion while leaving the back portion almost hollow and light.
This feature in particular is my favorite since I mostly like to fix my mouse at an axis from the rear end and then point using the front portion of the mouse rather than moving the entire mouse all the time. This weigh distribution gives me a nice hold and grip over my movement hence making it more comfortable for someone like me. Even though its a rubberized top and long sessions on the PC can cause sweat to build up on the palm especially in summers, it wasn't really that much of a problem as the mouse shape both from the front and back offered quite enough ventilation to keep the palm sweat free. Overall the mouse is very comfortable to use and I'd say prefers more to a claw gripper if you have large to extra large hands or else if they are on the smaller side then it'll serve great as claw as well as a palm gripper making it a decent choice for a large number of people.

Performance - That's what you pay for!


While testing the M65 RGB Elite I put the mouse through a range of tests that included my daily work as well as gaming. Even though its a gaming mouse and that sniper button is aimed at gaming only the mouse is lovely to use for daily work be it as simple as an MS Office spreadsheet or something more control worthy like Photoshop. The weight of the mouse as for me especially with all the three weights included works really well and that sniper button is a life saver when editing small details in a photograph on a 4K monitor where switching between low to high DPI is necessity for swift performance. I also like the sound and feel of the clicks on this mouse as its tight but only to point where its comfortable and I feel that I'm holding a solid piece of tech under my palm with heavy sounded clicks.
As for gaming I found it really accurate and controlled when playing FPS games like Far Cry New Dawn, Apex Legends, Battlefield V and PUBG. In all these games I felt the mouse is not only apt for the various scenarios but also keeps my hand conformable when gaming with a claw grip thanks to its contoured shape and the elongated wing for the thumb. The DPI switch works really well in strategy games such as Command and Conquer where I could immediately switch to a higher DPI for skimming over the whole map and then bringing it down for other functioning.
However I did feel that the side buttons for forward and backward do touch the upper portion of my thumb more than usual due their sloping alignment towards the front so, someone with a thick thumb would find it a bit uncomfortable and unwanted since I like to use these to throw grenades in FPS and you don't want to throw them by mistake on your teammates do you? 
Overall the Corsair M65 RGB Elite is a solid upgrade over its predecessor and works really well for gaming and daily work alike.

My Verdict 

Corsair has been famous for revamps and upgrades to their existing lineups which often than usual results in a positively improved product in nearly every field possible. The M65 RGB Elite is no exception though and does exactly what one would expect from a product of this stature, delivering to the point performance and features at a decent price tag.
The build quality is solid and the ergonomics are on point for most of the gamers and users out there. Even though the design is a bit outlandish but it slowly gets to you and in the end makes it more useful only. iCUE implementation on the mouse is as expected and keeps it in harmony with other Corsair peripherals while at the same time offering full control over the customization of the mouse both aesthetically and functionally which is how a manufacturer's software should be for its product.
I'm not sure what kind of a person would need 18,000 DPI on a mouse probably someone rocking a triple or more monitor setup but in general the only bright side out of it is the sensor that is crisp and offers tight control in games and during productivity tasks. The adjustable weights go a long way in fine tuning the mouse and gives the user an option to tune the mouse physically as well along side the software customization hence, taking things a step ahead in making it a full customizable mouse.

"Corsair M65 RGB Elite is the perfect mouse if you are looking for a product that not only looks distinct but performs as such too, offering enough bling and customization to make it a product just tailored for you and all of this at a reasonable price tag."
Pros - 
  • Solid Build Quality 
  • Adjustable Weights 
  • Competitive optical sensor
  • Two color options - Black and White
  • Two DPI Buttons
  • Aptly priced 
Cons - 
  • No Carry Bag for the weights 

I give it a 8/10 earning our Gold Award!