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rAge: Choose the right headset

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With the rAge geek expo kicking off in Johannesburg this Friday, ASUS offers a guide to its headsets for gamers.

Sound and Style: Choose the perfect headset for your gaming needs

The right headset can make all the difference, whether you’re a casual gamer, looking for that competitive edge, or a music lover looking to unwind. The more competitive gamers will tell you that a headset is one of the most important purchases as it can change many important aspects of the game, especially in a title such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

ASUS Republic of Gamers offers a wide range of headsets to meet your gaming needs, and as always there is something out there for everyone. Are you looking for style? Comfort? Can’t decide? Luckily these headphones offer the whole package.

ASUS Cerberus

The Cerberus is a versatile headset offering cross platform use for PC, console and mobile. With a 60mm neodymium driver, the Cerberus works packs enough punch for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and mobile devices.

Never miss another important call out in-game with the Cerberus’ detachable microphone, offering a clear in-game chat and dual-microphone design. We all know there’s nothing worse than a player with a bad microphone, and luckily that won’t be you.

Comfort also plays a major part when partaking in those lengthy gaming marathons. The Cerberus offers a 100mm cushion padded ear cup with noise cancellation and only weighs in at 266 grams ensuring optimal comfort for hours of use. A great value for money headset with an RRP of R959.00

ASUS Echelon

Speaking of style, the Echelon comes in three variations: Forest, Navy and Black Camouflage. Do you fancy yourself a soldier? Or prefer the stealth approach with camouflage? Then the Echelon would be a perfect choice.

Make those winning calls with a retractable mic and adjust your volume in-game with the In-Line volume control. The Echelon offers the perfect combination of style and performance with a 50mm neodymium driver and effective 30 dB noise cancelling to ensure you do not miss a thing. Often a footstep can make all the difference when one is in that crucial clutch moment, and the Echelon offers clarity for hours and hours of endless gaming. The 100mm over-ear cushions aid the comfort of those length gaming marathons, a must have for the casual and competitive gamer alike. RRP at R1559.00

ASUS Strix 2.0

The Strix range of peripheral gear aches of competitive performance, and the Strix 2.0 is no exception. Encompassing the best of all worlds, the Strix 2.0 offers an intimidating design striking fear into the hearts of your opponents across all platforms as it features cross platform flexibility.

The Thunderous 60mm drivers offer precise audio across all platforms with the added benefit of clear callouts in every single match. Strix and eSports have become synonymous, and this is the headset to give you the competitive edge you need. Travelling from competition to competition? The Strix 2.0 offers a travel-friendly foldable ear-cup and detachable mic to ensure you never miss a gaming event and arrive in style. A great addition to the rest of your Strix arsenal at an RRP of R1679.00

Vulcan PRO

Have you ever gamed with Active Noise Cancellation? If not, you’ve missed out an entirely unique gaming experience. The Vulcan PRO is the world’s only ANC gaming headset, and the superior 7.1 virtual surround sound audio will have competitive and casual gamers immersed in audio heaven. As if that’s not enough punch it comes with a Spitfire USB headphone amplifier to bump it up even more.

The Vulcan PRO is the choice of one of South Africa’s top Multi-Gaming Organizations, White Rabbit Gaming, proving that style, performance, and comfort are crucial when competing at the highest level.

Like the Strix 2.0, the Vulcan PRO has a removable microphone and a travel-ready foldable design and carry-case to meet your travel needs. They’re comfortable, light, and will ensure you never miss a sound. RRP at R2099.00

For more information visit https://www.asus.com/za/ 

Products available for purchase at www.rebeltech.co.za 

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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.

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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. 

Nokia 1

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.

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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. 

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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.

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