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ASUS ROG GX531 first impressions | RTX 2070

ASUS has manufactured several gaming laptops with amazing features that are necessary for any hardcore gamer. ASUS now introduces another brand-new machine, ROG GX531 (ROG Zephyrus S), it comes with RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-8750H generation processor, 512 gigs of SSD and 1080p 144Hz display.

 

Speaking of the looks, the clamshell of ROG GX531 looks quite satisfying, the top of clamshell has ROG logo with a dim red light which gives a premium gaming look to it. Bezels in this machine are thin to provide a lifelike gaming experience, the chassis of this machine is so sleek and slim with a big amount of power packed in it. Incredible!

The weight of the machine is more towards the keyboard which makes the machine stable while lifting the lid up even with only a single hand. The display in here is amazing with a 1080p 144Hz 3ms response time which gives an amazing experience while gaming. However, the refresh rate may drop to 60Hz when not connected to any power source which is still quite enough. At the end of the day it is a laptop, hence the bottleneck.

Moving forward with the keyboard, the keyboard here is pushed down for mainly the cooling process so the RTX doesn’t burn the fingers off. The keyboard can only be used comfortably when used on the desk or a table and gives awkwardness when used on the lap. The trackpad is moved at the right side of the keyboard mostly for gaming purpose but apart from gaming it’s very convenient to use the mouse on the right side regardless of the position you are in, you can even click and navigate through your thumb which brings ease. The trackpad also replaces the num pad, the only task you must do is switch to the num pad mode by clicking a button provided above the trackpad. So now your trackpad also has numbers displayed on it with lights. Amazing! isn’t it?

The ports in ROG GX531 consist of 2 USB 3.1 ports Gen 1 Type A, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2 Type-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack.

Gaming on RTX is second to none. GX531 comes with the latest RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card which enables a gamer to experience gaming to the whole new level. The new RTX makes the game to look more stunning and makes the launching quicker. With the help of RTX, the laptops can even be made thinner as compared to GTX. Video and image processing are great on RTX. The game which was played on this machine was PUBG on ultra-settings and got up to 93 fps on an average which is quite enough considering it is on ultra-settings. The graphics were quite intense and appreciable, again thanx to RTX 2080, the fan makes a little noise when played on the ultra-setting which is considerable, taking in account it is a gaming laptop with such a power packed in it.

Overall, the first impression of the ASUS ROG GX531 was good. We can give you more information once we have complete hands-on the device. Till then stay tuned and let me know if you have any comments/doubts in the comment section below.

Zenfone Max Pro M2 Featured

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 full review

Lately, there has been a lot of tough competition in the budget segment of smartphones. Companies like Xiaomi, Realme, ASUS, Huawei – Honor series etc are offering some real power packed features in budget price. Recently we got our hands on the latest ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2. As the Max series has developed over the past few years, it is not just battery life but also the improvements in performance and other features. So let us do a full review to find out if ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 is worth buying or not.

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 full review:

Let us try to keep the review very precise and to the point while covering all the parameters. I had used the device for 2 weeks as my primary smartphone to experience the pros and cons.

Design

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 is sufficiently smart and slim considering the large battery pack it offers. I remember the old bulky Zenfone Max devices, while the M2 is nothing like those. It is stylish and looks premium for that matter. It is mostly because of the plastic polished back which gives a feel of glass along with the wave design. The micro USB port, headphone jack, and speaker are on the bottom while the volume rockers and power button on the right. On the left, there is the sim card & microSD card slot with noise cancellation microphone on the top. The smartphone has thin bezels on the left & right side with some really thick strip on the bottom. The notch is small compared to other devices. The device has curved side edges due to which grip is good but can be slippery with wet hands or on a smooth surface. You get a silicon transparent case with the device which helps to improve the grip. Overall the design of the smartphone is premium and slim.

Display

Zenfone Max Pro M2 has a 6.26-inch FHD+ display having an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display is crisp and the color reproduction is good. Overall display quality is great and touch experience is good too in day to day use. As for the protection, the display comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. I tried dropping the device quite a few times and from a different height, but it survived every time that too without a protective case. Though the protruding rear camera might take some of the hits. The smartphone can be used in broad daylight too, the only problem is if you watch a movie and some dark scene comes in, then it would be difficult to see in sunlight. The notch is also small so the notification icons fit in at the top. The bottom bezel could have been thinner. Overall the display of ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 is good.

Performance

Starting with the hardware, ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 packs in a Snapdragon 660 chipset with an octa-core processor. It is a power efficient chipset with AI engine feature. In support of that, the device has 3/4/6 GB RAM options with 32/64 GB internal storage. Apart from internal storage, there is a dedicated microSD card slot that supports up to 2 TB. This is a useful feature in expanding storage. So this combination easily handles all the day to day apps, multi-tasking, app-switching and gives you a really smooth performance. Coming to the gaming section, the device has Adreno 512 GPU which handles gaming pretty well. Normal games run smoothly on high settings, while games like PUBG can run without much of lag in medium settings. I was able to try out many games on this smartphone and it could run most of them without a problem. Though this is not an ideal gamers device, though it handles gaming pretty well. Talking about the fingerprint sensor, it worked really well but the facial recognition still needs a lot of improvement in terms of speed.

Coming to the software, Zenfone Max Pro M2 runs on stock Android oreo, but ASUS has surely promised a Pie update soon enough. The stock UI is great, but it still has some preinstalled apps. Overall there was not much complain on the software end.

Camera

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 has a 12MP + 5MP rear shooter with a 13MP front camera. Talking about the rear camera, it ha Sony IMX486 image sensor which is surely good in hardware terms. The software could have utilized the sensor in a better way though. The rear camera has good color reproduction as compared to the front camera. In the front camera, the colors appeared a bit washed off. The bokeh effect could have better captured the edges in a much better way. The outdoor daylight photography is great with the rear camera. With the Snapdragon 660, Zenfone Max Pro M2 can capture 4K recordings at 30 fps. The EIS does work to clear out the shaking of the video. I tried installing GCAM and found that the selfies improved a lot in terms of color reproduction and sharpness. Low light photography with default ASUS camera app is good too with the F1.8 aperture but improves if GCAM is used.

Camera Samples from ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2

Connectivity & Sound

As for the connectivity, you have a triple slot SIM card & microSD tray. Both the SIM card slots support 4G LTE and VoLTE bands. Other common connectivity options like Wifi 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, & GPS are present. One problem I faced while speaking over call was the low voice which was probably because of the silicon case provided with the device. When I removed the case, other person was able to hear me loud and clear. It might be the case that the microphone was getting blocked due to the case.

As for the sound, ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 has a 5 magnet speaker powered by NXP smartAMP which does its job in the best possible way. The speaker is really good on the Max Pro M2 and the sound is loud & clear.

Battery

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 sports a massive 5000 mAh battery which lasts for 1.5-2 days of usage. For a very powerful user like me using Wifi or 4G at all times with some GPS, video playback, Bluetooth music streaming, & loads of calls it lasted for more than 1 day and even 1.5 days for that matter. Even while gaming you will experience that this battery is really amazing. Though I did feel that the charging speed could have been better. In this age of Type C and fast charging, ASUS should really see to adopting fast charging tech especially for the Max series devices with massive battery packs. The charger is the same old micro USB port with a 5V 2A power rating.

Price

The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 is Rs. 9,999 for 3GB/32GB, Rs. 11,999 for 4GB/64GB, & Rs. 13,999 for 6GB/64GB variant. The device is available in Titanium & blue color. The pricing got cut with the new Redmi Note 7 entering the market.

Overall the Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a combination of all the features packed in one device. I would say it is a good device to grab out there with the battery being the core followed by design, performance, & sound.

 

Thermal camera car

Top Benefits of Using Thermal Cameras for Your Vehicle

The technology installed in vehicles for safety and convenience has been advancing rapidly. Innovators are developing new and improved options every day as witnessed in the new models on the road. However, most of the devices can be accessed as aftermarket options and installed on older models to make sure that they enjoy the benefits of the same technology. For today, we will discuss thermal cameras. They are the latest surveillance technology in vehicles, especially fleet vehicles. They have the following benefits.

Enhances Vision in Bad Weather

Even if you turn your high beams and fog lights on, some weather can be too harsh to see clearly. This is where thermal cameras come in. If you are driving through a storm or rain or fog, these cameras can still pick out the images of objects as long as they emit warmth. Therefore, it is an additional safety feature for drivers. You can see these images on a dashboard screen in your car in order to see more clearly when driving.

Saves Time and Lowers Cost

Fleet owners can save a lot of money if they rely on this device amongst other technological solutions. The benefits are even greater for those vehicles that are operated where thermal cameras are needed most. For example, accidents can be avoided in arid regions that experience sandstorms and products can be delivered on time. Safety is also improved for those who live in areas that frequently experience fog, mist and heavy rains.

Driving in Darkness

As weird as it may sound, there are times when your fleet drivers might need to drive through the darkness. For instance, if the vehicle headlights fail while a driver is out in the middle of nowhere, the driver can still make it to the nearest safe destination using the thermal cameras. Also, the thermal cameras can become useful when a driver feels threatened and the headlights make the vehicle an easy target. This is why you should visit Eyerideonline to upgrade your fleet technology.

Improved Visual Accuracy

Most thermal cameras can detect the distance of the object ahead accurately. When used during the day or night, drivers can tell how far away a certain object is. This is helpful during vehicle parking or any other time when drivers must know this information. Since thermal cameras do not require any light to work, they become even more useful at night when the visibility on the road is poor despite the use of headlights.

Recording Activities

Ordinary cameras may miss some activities if there is no light at all. However, thermal cameras can record a theft or any other occurrence regardless of how much light is present. Although a face cannot be identified using thermal cameras, they will provide a clue of what happened instead of working with speculation alone. These cameras should be left on in fleet vehicles to record any attempted break-in.

From this information, it is evident that thermal cameras are worth installing both in fleet or private vehicles. They have many benefits including the most significant ones outlined above.

 

hyperx cloudx gaming headset

HyperX Launches Official Xbox licensed Gaming Headset in India

HyperX CloudX Gaming Headset has been tested and approved by Microsoft and delivers signature HyperX comfort, durability and amazing sound for serious Xbox gamers. CloudX has convenient in-line audio controls that sidestep system menus and put control directly at your fingertips. The sturdy aluminium frame is designed for long-lasting reliability and to withstand the harsh rigours of daily gaming life. The 100% memory foam ear cushions and leatherette-padded headband provide award-winning comfort for those long weekends and late nights of gaming. 53mm drivers and enhanced bass reproduction pump out crystal-clear high, mids and lows, and the closed-cup design mutes the outside world to completely immerse you in your game. The noise-cancelling microphone can be positioned just the way you like it, and also eliminates background noise so that you’ll come across loud and clear. CloudX is also compatible with mobile devices1. When you’re ready to listen to music, simply unplug the microphone and stow it for later.

The HyperX CloudX gaming headset is available in Indian retail and e-tail outlets with an MRP of INR 9,990/- and on Amazon fro Rs. 7,490

FEATURES

  • Official Xbox licensed headset: CloudX was tested by Microsoft and works with Xbox One controllers that have a 3.5mm headset jack and Elite Wireless controllers.
  • Signature HyperX comfort: Cloud’s award-winning comfort will keep you gaming strong during those marathon gaming sessions.
  • Durable aluminum frame: The sturdy aluminum frame provides reliable durability and stability.
  • Immersive in-game audio: Enhanced bass reproduction and crystal-clear lows, mids, and highs help fully immerse you in your gaming
  • In-line audio control: The flexible, detachable mic can be easily positioned as you like it and removed if you’re enjoying music.
  • Detachable noise-cancellation microphone
  • Two Year Warranty

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Headphone
Driver: Dynamic, 53mm with neodymium magnets
Type: Circumaural, Closed back
Frequency Response: 15Hz–25,000 Hz
Impedance: 41 Ω
Sound pressure level: 95dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
T.H.D.: < 2%
Weight: 325g
Weight w/ mic: 337g
Cable length and type: Headset (1.3m)
Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole)
Microphone
Element: Electret condenser microphone
Polar pattern: Noise-cancelling
Frequency response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz
Sensitivity: -39dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)

 

Spotify India

Spotify for India launched | Get it for Free

Spotify (NYSE: SPOT), the world’s leading music streaming service, is available in India today with all-new features tuned to Indian music fans’ personal tastes. Spotify offers the best listening experience in local and international music, with the app available to download for free, or with an upgrade to Spotify Premium for only INR 119* per month. The Spotify app is now available on mobile, desktop and tablet and can be played on a wide range of speaker and home devices.

To enjoy music the way you want it, download the Spotify app today via the Android or iOS app store or by heading to Get SPOTIFY Free

“As Spotify grows, our goal is to bring millions of artists and billions of fans together from every country and background ,” says Daniel Ek, Spotify founder and CEO. “India has an incredibly rich music culture and  to best serve this market, we’re launching a custom-built experience. Not only will Spotify bring Indian artists to the world, we’ll also bring the world’s music to fans across India. Spotify’s music family just got a whole lot bigger.”

All of Spotify’s Favourite Features

Spotify comes to India with our unrivalled mix of features that have made us the world’s favourite music app, including:

  • The best music from all over the world: More than 40 million (4 crore) songs and 3 billion playlists (300 crore) offering your favourite music in Indian and international music, across moods and moments.
  • Unrivalled playlists tuned to your individual tastes: Your very own playlists based on your preferences, updated daily. The more you listen, the better Spotify’s recommendations get. On the home page, choose playlists based on your moods and moments.
  • Made for you: Stay up to date with all that’s hot with a personalised Home Page. Your personal DJ featuring the latest releases and all your favourite music, updated daily.
  • Play everywhere: Play Spotify in your car, on TVs, voice and wifi speakers, plus explore integrations with Google Maps, Tinder and Instagram, amongst others. Spotify is available on over 500 products across 200 hardware brands globally.

Tuned to India

Spotify has redesigned the music experience for India with a fresh set of exclusive features:

  • Multi-language music recommendations: With many Indians speaking several local languages, Spotify’s music recommendation engine can now be tuned to Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. Indian users can select their preferred language(s) to receive tailored Daily Mix, Home, Radio, Search results and recommendations.
  • Spotify Free with total control: For the first time ever on Spotify Free, smartphone users can play every song on demand.
  • Playlists made for India: Expertly curated and regularly updated by our team of Indian music experts, new playlists include IndiestanRap91Namaste LovePunjabi 101Bollywood ButterTop Hits in HindiTamilTelugu and PunjabiThese sit alongside our celebrated international playlists including MintRap CaviarViva Latino and the This is… artist compilations. Add billions of creator and fan-built playlists to the mix and Spotify has a playlist for any mood or moment.
  • Spotify goes to the movies: Introducing Starring…, a series of playlists featuring the best music from the most popular Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood, and Punjabi actors. Spotify’s recommendations will also include songs from India’s favourite movies and actors.
  • City playlists: Find out what’s hot in the city, with new algorithmic playlists tracking what’s trending in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

Amarjit Singh Batra, Managing Director, Spotify India, adds: “Indians love music. It’s an inherent part of our lifestyle and culture, whether we pray, work, or relax. The mobile internet revolution has led to a rapid rise in the number of connected Indians, making music streaming the preferred way to enjoy music here.”

He continues: “Spotify pioneered music streaming a decade ago, and has constantly reinvented itself to bring the best music experience to the world, and now to India. Through our unmatched personalised experience, we want users to find the best music from India and the world, and empower Indian artists to find new audiences in India and worldwide.”

In addition, One Plus, Anheuser-Busch InBev and GoUSA will be Spotify’s exclusive advertising launch partners in India.

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AQ-Fit plans to launch fitness smartwatch

Technology startup AQ-Fit smart fitness brand is all set to launch a new smartwatch with an ideal feature in the midweek of this month. AQ-Fit aims to keep its clients furor with the astonishing release of fitness smartwatches. The novel idea of being updated social media and stands at the top in the industry at economic pricing. W8 introduction boosts demand for customized watches on the market. The advantages of this are

  • 24 hours Health monitoring( heart rate, Blood Pressure, Sedentary, SPO2 etc)

  • Pedometer, calorie monitoring, multiple sports mode trackers

  • Smart app updating social media

  • Call / Message / alarm notification

The few additional benefits in W8 are the material used is Zinc Magnesium, Silicon. The time for charging its battery is just two hours that lasts for 5 days. It can be connected through Bluetooth on your mobile phone by downloading its Da Fit app. The mode can be manipulated according to the client’s mood and style.

“We are open with new launches and are focussed to achieve top 5 smart fitness category in 2020”

– Sanjeev Singh ,Business Head

The best feature is the waterproof material. AQ—Fit drags its customers to experience the excellent track record of the fitness and activity on a daily basis for future reference along with sleep monitoring. The watch parts are convenient and removable for cleaning. The power consumption is reduced by 50% with 40% higher chipset capability. The W8 smartwatch is extremely accurate. This is expected to be a great hit in the watch production. W8 is available at all online website shopping portal such as Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, shopclues.

HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse review

HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse review

HyperX is a brand famous in the world of gaming for its accessories and gaming gears. They have quite a few gaming keyboards and mouse available in the market. We got our hands on HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse. We tried using the mouse in different scenarios apart from gaming too. So here is a quick review of HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse. The pros and cons of the mouse will help you decide if you should go for this mouse or not.

HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse Review:

HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse review

We will divide the review into two major sections – the first being design, and the second will be the performance.

Design

HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse review

HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse has a premium plastic body. On the left and right-hand side are rubber pads for a better grip while gaming. The rubber pads have some really great texture for good grip. The mouse is pretty large considering the width. Despite this fact, the Pulsefire FPS weighs only 95g and is a real light-weight deal which is good. It has a HyperX logo on the front-bottom with some LED glow. The mouse has a six-button design – left, right, scroll button, DPI button, & 2 side buttons. The DPI button and scroll wheel also have LED lights. The skates on the bottom are large for easy gliding of the mouse while gaming. The only issue which I felt was the improper curves on the mouse. When you try to lift the mouse, it slowly slides down. So if you are keeping the DPI lower and you need to lift the mouse again & again, then the overall grip would change and you will need to re-position. This might not happen very frequently but it might affect when the time-frame is really short. To avoid this, you might need to have a tighter grip on the mouse while things get intense. The cable of the mouse is braided with black as the base color and some red spiral design.

Performance and other features

HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse review

As the name suggests Pulsefire FPS, this mouse was meant to be really precise while gaming. In the first person shooting games, you need high-precision and accuracy to aim and fire. All the precision magic happens inside the Pixart 3310 optical sensor. It works great and with medium to lower DPI, you can really move pixel by pixel with no added acceleration. There are 4 preset DPI values set at 400(white), 800(red), 1600(blue) & 3200(yellow) which can be set by pressing the DPI button indicated by the LED light. 3200 DPI is quite nice and sufficient for gaming and other needs as above that, the pointer is not really in your control. One drawback is that there is no dedicated software to configure the functions of this gaming mouse. One needs to set the functions of buttons and change other settings in the gaming menu itself. The other highlight of the mouse is the Omron switches which will really last long. They have some amazing crisp tactile feedback. Overall gaming performance for this mouse was great. I tried playing many FPS games with this and the experience was good.

HyperX Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse review

Price & availability:

The HyperX Pulsefire FPS is available for Rs. 3200 on Amazon and Rs. 3549 on Flipkart.

To sum it up, HyperX Pulsefire FPS is a great mouse for precision and the buttons are great too. The only minor thing which could have made it better is a software support for configuration. Though you always have the DPI button to change the settings quickly. Here are some alternatives to compare – Razor DeathAdder or Puslefire core or cheaper alternative Logitech G402. Do let me know if you have any doubts in the comment section below.

online gaming skill development

Key benefits of playing online games

Gaming as an industry has evolved in every aspect in this digital world. The overall concept and the graphics quality keeps on upgrading correlating more to real life. Online games have come a long way with the launch of very famous PUBG and other gaming genres like fantasy cricket. These online games have a social factor to it which can benefit you in many ways. Gaming is considered more of a skill-based activity wherein you need utmost concentration and dedication to progress to a different level. So let us see what are the benefits related to playing online games.

Key benefits of playing online games:

We will discuss various gaming genres that actually involves real-life involvement too which makes the overall concept of fantasy cricket more interesting. If you remember, Pokemon Go wherein you have to roam in real word to find different pokemon. One such trending gaming concept going on is fantasy cricket which you can play here. The basic funda of fantasy cricket involves creating a virtual team but of real-life players and then scoring points on how they perform in real life matches. These things benefit you in some or the other way. So let us dig into the benefits one-by-one.

Skill development:

Games which involves complex map layout requires you to remember the whole thing without which you will be lost in the game. Understanding the navigation based on the directions helps you to learn a lot of real life things too. Strategy games require you to plan the whole thing out before even attempting the action. The best thing about games is you can fail and restart but after a few tries your skills keep on improving. As explained above, fantasy gaming also involves watching and analyzing the player playing patterns and then creating a team which will perform as planned. This requires some analyzing and observational skills which can be improved by playing such types of games. Online gaming adds difficulty factor as you are playing against a person.

Concentration:

Almost all gaming genres require you to concentrate while playing. You might often see gamers too emerged in the game as they need to concentrate to make progress. The level of concentration required might keep on increasing as the level and complexity of games increases. Racing games have a really tight time frame, so even 1-2 seconds of deflection might lose you the game. Also when we consider online gaming, the other person might win because he has better concentration on the game so to win you will eventually have to increase your level of concentration.

Interaction:

Online games have a social factor as you will interact with a lot of gamers all around the globe. Good gamers generally become friends quickly as they have a common topic to share. You might create a team and eventually become friends no matter the distance. Some online gamers have meetups where they share a lot about their gaming careers and experiences. Also, people at work discuss the game levels they played together last night.

Stress release:

Gaming releases a lot of stress if you really enjoy the game you are playing. Since there are many genres of offline and online games to choose from. One can easily identify theirs and just find the joy of playing. Plus online gaming lets you interact with real people which helps to release a lot of stress. As you concentrate on playing games, eventually you forget the thing which was causing all the stress.

It is a very well established fact that online games can really help you benefit in real life. One thing to be very careful about is the addiction that you might get after playing too many games. But if you keep things in the limit, then you can really benefit from online gaming. Plus playing fantasy cricket or any other real-life gaming genre really helps you to connect and improve skills in the real world too.

ASUS ROG Strix II

ASUS ROG STRIX II GL504 review | Benchmark

ASUS has made a lot of gaming laptops till now, but the one we are reviewing today can be one of the best in terms of design. ROG series laptops are specially built for gamers keeping all the parameters in mind. Today we have ASUS ROG STRIX II GL504 gaming laptop for review. As I said, it was built considering the design aspect in mind. So let us take it for a spin and find out if its really a worthy gaming laptop or not.

 

ASUS ROG Strix II GL504 review

Design: 9/10

We will start with the key point of the laptop which is design. ASUS ROG STRIX II has a very compact build considering its a gaming laptop. The chassis is all made out of plastic – good quality one. This helps keep the weight of the laptop in check. There is some camel print design on the laptop which doesn’t look that impressive as compared to other designs available in ROG laptop. Some might like it, but I didn’t. The hinges are really good such that it stays at once place in any position. One can lift the screen with one hand, so the laptop has good weight on the bottom side too. On the top of the plastic lid, it has brushed metal-like finish with the glowing ROG logo. It looks pretty cool to see the ROG logo shining in the dark with all the breathing RGB led. One of the most attractive thing on the laptop is the RGB LED strip on the front edge. The keyboard is all RGB too, with see-through WASD keys. Overall the build quality and design of the laptop is great and you will have no complaints in terms of design.

Connectivity: 9/10

Most of the ports are on the left side of the laptop, giving you enough room to keep the mouse without any tangled wire issues. On the left, you have the power jack, RJ45-LAN port, mini-display port, HDMI, 2 USB 3.1, USB 3.1 type-C, and the 3.5mm audio jack. On the right-hand side is the USB 3.1, SD card reader, & Kensington lock.

Display: 9/10

When you first lift the lid, you will notice that the display has little bezels on left-right & top. On the bottom, it has a thick strip where you can again find the shiny ROG logo. To adjust the height of the bottom, they had to keep the thick bezel. The display on ASUS ROG Strix II has a 144 Hz refresh rate with 3 ms response time. It is very fast in terms of response time as you don’t want any lag in terms of gaming. Its a great full HD display on the ROG Strix II which is best suited for hardcore gamers where every frame matters.

Performance

The model of ASUS ROG Strix II that I received came with Intel i7-8750H latest processor. It had 16GB of RAM clocked at 2666 MHz. As for the storage, it had 256GB of SSD and 1 TB of SSHD. The SSD is enough to have the operating system and some games for quick loading, rest can easily go in the SSHD. The specs for processor, memory, & storage are well suited for any heavy editing or multitasking work. Coming to the key parameter which is the GPU, ROG Strix II comes with 6 GB of NVIDIA GTX 1060 GDDR5. You can play almost all the games on high settings to get decent FPS. Dual fans inside the laptop keeps the laptop all cooled down while gaming, though they may make some noise while running. The wents are on the back end, front-top and on the right side. I had no issues as I was all plugged in while playing games. So I guess fan noise doesn’t matter much while gaming, does it?

As for the in-game testing, we tested the laptop with Rise of Tomb Raider. Here are the scores that we got with the in-game benchmarking tool.

Also for heavy graphics intensive games like Witcher III we got around 60-70 FPS on an average. I disconnected the power source from the laptop and ran it on battery power to find out that FPS dropped and after a point, I could feel the lag. So keep in mind that, to get optimum performance you will have to always keep the laptop plugged in. Overall in terms of gaming, I had no complaints and the gameplay experience was great.

Sound

ASUS ROG Strix II have 2 speakers of 1W each. The speakers are not that impressive in terms of audio quality. The sharpness in the sound especially for the high notes was missing. Different audio types in a game were not played to perfection. This is one segment where the ROG Strix II could have improved.

Battery

As for normal surfing and working, the battery will last for around 3.5 hrs. This is kind of below average battery life for a normal battery. Something over 4 hrs could have been a great thing for this kind of laptop. Gaming over battery creates an issue with the gameplay as it lags and frame drops appear. So I won’t suggest playing many heavy games on battery power.

Overall the ASUS ROG Strix II laptop is good in terms of design, display, performance and somewhat in cooling too. But it still can improve in battery and sound. As for the price goes, the laptop is priced at 1.42 lakhs on Amazon. You have all the parameters laid out in front of you, so you can decide which one to weigh more and accordingly conclude. If you leave the sound & battery thing, then you can go for this stylish powerful laptop.

 

spy apps

5 features to look for in spy apps

Spying was not at all an easy job in the old days when it was not all digital. With the smartphone era and so much of online social presence, one can find all the information easily. Everyone is relying so much on a smartphone these days that it has become one single point of information – let it be banking, social life, or simple communication. If you are planning to use some apps for the same purpose, then here are top 5 features to look for in spy apps. All the information provided in the article is just for educational purpose only.

These features must be present in the best android spy apps or iOS for that matter as these are the two widely used platforms for any smartphone.

Top 5 features to look for in spy apps:

Stealth/Hidden mode:

If the app you are looking for is going to spy for you, then that app should be able to go in stealth mode and hide. If the app is discovered then the person you are spying on will come to know and the cover will be blown. This is one of the most important features that must be present in any good spy app. The spy app might camouflage itself as some other app or stay hidden completely – not even reflected in the app drawer. The most important thing is, it should not be reflected with a name that is suspicious in the list of running services/apps.

Always running:

The second feature that a good spy app must have is it should always be able to run in the background. Notifications, msgs, location are something which keeps going on in the background, so the spy app must monitor everything. For this, it is essential that the spy app is running continuously in the background. As stated before, while running in the background, it should be able to hide from the user.

Capture Location:

Location is one important piece of information that you might want to know when it comes to spying. This will tell you where the user is, and based on that you can deduce the activities the user is doing throughout the day. The user might not turn on the location every time, so last known location can be helpful in this case. Tracking location is a key feature that a spy app must be capable of doing.

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Information gathering:

Location is just a single parameter, the spy app must be able to capture as much information as possible. This includes call logs, messages, banking SMS, contact list, Whatsapp/snapchat messages, photos/videos etc. Notice one thing that everything new that comes in, pops up as a notification, and the spy apps target notifications first. Based on the notifications, it can filter which app it belongs too. Whatsapp is one messaging app widely used by any user. Also call logs and normal information can tell a lot about the user – frequently contacted people or services subscribed through SMS. Last but not the least are photos/videos which will be one of the most important information. Any good spy app will give you maximum information possible.

Cloud sync:

This is a crucial feature when it comes to spying through mobile apps. Even though the spy app has gathered the information you need, it should be able to relay all that through the internet without needing to access the smartphone of the victim. So all the collected data must be sent to the cloud through which you will be able to spy remotely.

These were some of the top 5 features you should look for in spy apps. If you are planning to spy, then without these features it would be very difficult task. Let it be Android or iOS, any good smartphone spying app will have the features listed above. If you know any feature that must be left out, then do let us know through the comment section below.