The new generation of Alienware gaming laptops is about to be made available in South Africa through gaming supplier Prima Interactive.
One of the country’s leading gaming and entertainment distributors, Prima Interactive is the sole supplier of Microsoft Xbox hardware, including the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and peripherals. Prima Interactive is also the distributor of chart-topping triple-A gaming titles, such as Halo, Gears of War, Battlefield, FIFA, Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto.
“The Alienware brand has always set the standard for high-end gaming on laptops, rivalling desktop systems,” said Chris Buchanan, Director of Client Solutions at Dell EMC. “They play in a very competitive market, where second-best won’t do. This requires a specialist distributor that has the credentials and reputation the gaming market respects. Prima Interactive is a giant of that industry, having represented many of the top gaming titles and studios for years. It is without questions the partner to take the Alienware family of gaming laptops to new heights.”
The new Alienware family of gaming laptops run on the latest 7th generation of Intel Core i chipsets, with the flagship model powered by the new i7 7700 Intel processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics processor. Available with dynamic overclocking and in 13”, 15” and 17” screen sizes, every new Alienware machine runs on Windows 10, available in Single Language and Pro versions. The family of laptops supports DirectX 12 and also include additional features designed specifically for gamers.
The chassis are designed with carbon fiber, inspired by aerospace technologies. This sturdy and reliable design reflects in the keyboard, which is reinforced with a steel plate and guaranteed for up to 10 million keystrokes. Customisable keys can be set to 15 unique commands, including in-game macros, programmed via the Alienware Command Center software.
“Being appointed the Alienware distributor is a very exciting opportunity for Prima”, says Ian Hepplewhite CEO. “Alienware is the premier brand of gaming laptops, and it’s the device most PC gamers aspire to have. Apart from cutting edge specifications, the build quality is awesome, and Alienware laptops are finely tuned to deliver peak performance”.
Owning a new Alienware also includes access to Microsoft Play Anywhere. This innovative cross-platform service lets players purchase just one digital copy of a game and play it on both their Xbox console and Windows 10 PC. The Play Anywhere family of games keep growing and already include Halo Wars 2, Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4. Play on PC or Xbox, using the same save games and progress across all supported devices.
Prima Interactive will also distribute Alienware accessories, such as the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. This expands the graphics power of your Alienware experience, including 4K graphics, support for multiple monitors and virtual reality.
Other accessories include Alienware backpacks, Tactx headsets and Alienware sleeves.
The new generation of Alienware gaming laptops, powered by Intel Core i7 SkyLake Dual Core technology, will retail from R23,999, below the traditional R 25,000 mark previously seen in the market, while the top of the range bring unparalleled gaming performance for only R49,999.
Android Go puts reliable smartphones in budget pockets
Nokia, Vodacom and Huawei have all launched entry-level smartphones running the Android Go edition, and all deliver a smooth experience, writes BRYAN TURNER.
Three new and notable Android Go smartphones have recently hit the market, namely the Nokia 1, the Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 and the Huawei Y3 (2018). These phones run one of the most basic versions of Android while still delivering a fairly smooth user experience.
Historically, consumers purchasing smartphones in the budget bracket would have a hit-and-miss experience with processing speed, smoothness of user interface, and app stability. The Google-supported Android Go edition operating system optimises the user experience by stripping out non-important visual effects to speed up the phone. Thish allows for more memory to be used by apps.
Google also ensures that all smartphones running Android Go will receive feature and security updates as they are released by Google. This is a major selling point for these smartphones, as users of this smartphone will always be running the latest software, with virtually no manufacturer bloatware.
Vodafone Smart Kicka 4
At the lowest entry-level, the Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 performs well as a communicator for emails and WhatsApp messages. The 4” screen represents a step up for entry-level Android phones, which were previously standardised at 3.5”.
The display is bright and very responsive, while the limited screen real estate leaves the navigation keys off the screen as touch buttons. It uses 3G connectivity, which might seem like an outdated technology, but is good enough to stream SD videos and music. Vodacom has also thrown in some data gifts if the smartphone is activated before the end of September 2018.
Its camera functionalities might be a slight let down for the aspirant Instagrammer, with a 2MP rear flash camera and a 0.3MP selfie snapper. Speed wise, the keyboard pops up quickly, which is a huge improvement from the Smart Kicka 3. However, this phone will not play well with graphics-intensive games.
Next up is the Nokia 1, which adds a much better 5MP camera, improved battery life and a bigger 4.5” screen. It supports LTE, which allows this smartphone to download and upload at the speed of flagships. It also sports the Nokia brand name, which many consumers trust.
Although the front camera is 2MP, the quality is extremely grainy, even with good lighting. This disqualifies this smartphone for the social media selfie snapper, but the 5MP rear camera will work for the landscape and portrait photographer.
The screen also redeems this smartphone, providing a display which represents colours truly and has great viewing angles. Xpress-on back covers allows the use of interchangeable, multi-coloured back covers, which has proven to be a successful sales point for mid-range smartphones in the past.
Huawei Y3 (2018)
The most capable of the Android Go edition competitors, the Huawei Y3 (2018) packs an even bigger screen at 5”, as well as an improved 8MP rear camera and HD video recording. The screen is the brightest and most vibrant of the three smartphones, but seems to be calibrated to show colours a little more saturated than they actually are.
Nevertheless, the camera outperforms the other smartphones with good colour replication and great selfie capabilities via the 2MP front camera – far superior to the Nokia 1 despite the same spec. LTE also comes standard with this smartphone and Vodacom throws in 4G/LTE data goodies until the end of September 2018. The battery, however, is not removable and may only be replaced by a warranty technician.
Comparing the 3
All three smartphones have removable back covers, which provide access to the battery, SIM card and SD card slots. The smartphones have Micro USB ports on the bottom with headphone jacks on the top. The built-in speakers all performed well, with the Y3 (2018) housing an exceptionally loud built-in speaker.
Although all at different price points, all three phones remain similar in performance and speed. The differentiators are apparent in the components, like camera quality and screen quality. It would be fair to rank the quality of the camera and battery life by respective market prices. The Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 performed well, for its R399 retail price. The Nokia 1, on the other hand, lags quite a bit in features when compared to the Huawei Y3 (2018), bwith oth retailing at R999.
SA gets digital archive
As the world entered the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018, South Africa celebrated the launch of a digital living archive.
The southafrica.co.za site carries content about the country’s collective heritage in South Africa’s eleven official languages.
Designed as a nation building, educational and brand promotion web based tool, the free-to-view platform features award-winning photographic and written content by leading South African photographers, authors, academics and photojournalists.
The emphasis is on quality, credible, factual content that celebrates a collective heritage in terms of the following: Cultural Heritage; Natural Heritage; Education; History; Agriculture; Industry; Mining; and Travel.
At the same time as reflecting on the nation’s history, southafrica.co.za celebrates South Africa’s natural, cultural and economic assets so that the youth can learn about their nation in their home language.
Southafrica.co.za Founder and CEO Hans Gerrizen conceptualised southafrica.co.za as a means for youth and communities from outlying areas to benefit from the digital age in terms of the web tool’s empowering educational component.
“We can only stand to deepen our collective experience of democracy and become a more forward planning nation if we know facts about our nation’s past and present in everyone’s home language,” he says.
Southafrica.co.za, with sister company Siyabona Africa, is the organiser and sponsor of the Mandela: 100 Moments photographic exhibition that runs until 30 September at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront-based Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. The 3-month exhibition, which runs daily from 08h00 until 15h00, is showcasing one hundred iconic Nelson Mandela images taken by veteran South African photojournalist and self-taught lensman Peter Magubane.