It’s Easy To Get Gaming Laptop Deals With These Tips

Customization, stellar performance and intense power are the combined elements of most sought-after newegg msi gaming laptop in recent years. This trend has obviously not waned and continues to be the rage not only in the gaming industry but in the gaming universe. Laptop gaming has benefited so much from the blitzkrieg-like developments that characterize graphics technology.

Such super-advanced technology has, in fact, made gaming an entirely unique visual experience for gamers and developers alike. For starters, a high-performance graphics card is your laptop’s key to be ahead of the pack. Some laptops even have more immersive environs today with Blu-Ray and 3D capabilities.

Here’s how you can continue being king or queen of the laptop gaming kingdom:

1. Upgrading from an average laptop to a more advanced gaming gadget will definitely improve your game because of the extended lifespan of its batteries, the many options for multiple hard drives, and the lightning speed at which the processor works. Highly-rated laptops for gaming should be customizable, meaning, a high-end quality kind of laptop but with an affordable price tag. The Alienware series manufactured by Dell, the MSI GT70, and the Origin Eon are all leading gaming laptops. All three have built-in Wi-Fi capability, HDMI ports, three ports for USBs, and webcams for practically non-stop gaming. 

 

2. The graphics card says it all for the core of a gaming experience. Cheap cards tend to heat up rather quickly when integrated into any computer’s motherboard. The GTX modules of NVIDIA are designed exclusively for use by mobile computers, which AMD Radeon is competing against with their 8000 series. These cards stay cool throughout hours and hours of gaming.

3. Video memory is another thing to watch out for in gaming laptops. The more video memory you have, the better it is for your CPU and RAM. Look for a 3rd generation processor-equipped laptop, which has quad-cored CPUs that allow multi-tasking without lag time and with less heating issues. Increasing computer cores simply means increasing speed as well across the applications you use.

4. Your hard drive should not have space lower than 500GB, since game applications take huge amounts of occupied space, often going up to 20 to 30GB per game. Your hard drive’s ideal speed is at 7,200 RPM. Get a laptop with around 8 to 10GB of RAM for large gaming programs. Consider getting a solid-state hard drive if you are an extreme game. This kind of drive does away with spinning drives used for flash-based applications. Solid-state hard drives are becoming popular by the minute because they are comparatively faster than the breakable discs of current hard drives, although they cost more since they have no moving parts.

5. Don’t neglect design. If you want to stay ahead in the online gaming world, have your laptop customized with color that reflects your style and mood, from the keyboard to the screen size. High resolutions of 1080p will give your laptop intense graphics on screen with fantastic animation and arresting landscapes. 17 inches is an ideal size for a laptop that can give you satisfactory viewing from a widescreen.

6. Get a laptop that enables upgrading or one with a Blu-Ray drive for you to be able to attach peripheral devices even when you are far from home. Card readers with multiple memory capacity, three or more ports for USBs, and a couple of HDMI ports should qualify your laptop as best in gaming. Note that more ports mean more alternatives such as being able to plug in keyboards especially designed for gaming.

7. Gaming laptops are loaded with all kinds of enhancements, so don’t expect yours to be lightweight. But there are some models within the range of 7 to 8 lbs. which you can lug around without sweating like you just ran a marathon. Get a laptop that has a couple or more internal cooling fans for your graphics card and CPU while you are at play.

After all that’s said and done, though, you will still need the assurance that your investment was all for nothing. Make sure that your laptop carries a warranty that at least covers hardware defects, and it’s even better if you can get an extension of it for another 3 to 4 years. And to maximize the use of your laptop and benefit from gaming laptop deals, get one that also has basic support features such as phone numbers and other contact details for after-sales service, email, live chat, driver downloading ability, and a community section.

Charging Batteries for Digital Cameras and Other Electronic Devices While Overseas

Here’s a tip for photographers and other electronics users who travel to foreign countries. If you use a digital camera or other electronic device such as a laptop computer, cell phone or iPod that needs its battery charged, as well as an electric hair dryer or an iron for your clothes, bring a voltage converter or transformer or both. I recently found out the hard way in Paraguay that my Nikon camera’s battery can not be charged by connecting it to an electric wall socket there, as we do in the United States, without an adapter. South American countries use 220 volt current, as used in Europe, rather than 120 volts that we have in the U.S. Also, 220 volt plugs in foreign countries often have two round pins instead of flat prongs. Central American countries use the same 110/120 volt current that we have, however, as does Japan.

Not all voltage converters work well with electronic devices. When we tried using a converter with my son Aaron´s iPod sparks flew at the wall socket. The lesson learned is that a converter that is used for higher power appliances like electric irons or hair dryers should not be used for charging batteries. Use a lower power transformer for electronics instead. Note the distinction between high power “electric” and low power “electronic” products.

For example, the Nikon camera web site page, “Can I take my digital SLR camera overseas on a vacation?”, advises caution in using battery chargers with Nikon cameras overseas as some third party A/C adapters may not support Nikon’s dual voltage systems. The site also notes that the power cords supplied with Nikon equipment are designed for 110 volts and could fail or overheat when used with higher voltage. The site recommends that travelers obtain local power cords upon arrival at their destinations making sure that new cords fit the adapter you plan to use. See http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/60/kw/electricity%20transformer/related/1 for more details.

So check with the manufacturers of your digital camera and other electronic devices for acceptable converters, transformers and power cords. Also take a look at a great web site, http://www.travelcollectivegroup.com, which gives information for every country. Of course another option for photographers is to bring a film camera as a backup. I wish I still had my old Nikon F model 35mm camera.

Zimbabwe Information

Zimbabwe has had a troubling past filled with violence and hyper-inflation. After 2009, there was finally a lift of the ban on the US Dollar. After this the country has slowly been making its way back to being a friendly and safe African country. Today, you can easily find ATMs that dispense USD and your credit cards will work fine. However, always carry ZAR with you in case you run into a situation where you need to use it because of how hard it is to come across US change for smaller denomination bills.

Zimbabwe has a decent bus and train scene, which makes it fairly easy to connect to different cities. The most popular train will take you from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo via Hwange National Park and from Bulawayo to Harare. The next best option, in my opinion, is to hire a car, especially if you have a group of people, as it will save you money if you want to visit Matobo National Park or the Great Zimbabwe ruins.

Youll find accommodation in Zimbabwe similar to other countries like South Africa as it has a decent network of backpacker hostels. However, you many find many are closing their doors because of a reduced number of travelers. When you do find an open hostel you can expect a fair price and a friendly owner. They will typically be white and some of the hostels may just be private homes that people open up for travelers. Theres also the option to camp and national parks have decent accommodation and camping. Price-wise youre looking at about $20-30 USD for a bed.

You shouldnt have a problem eating and drinking what you like here. If youre looking to eat like the locals ask for sadza and tsunga. Sadza is a thick ground corn paste which will resemble polenta and has the consistency of extra thick mashed potatoes. Tsunga is a stew. The locals eat it virtually every meal, because its cheap, tasty and filling. During the wet season you need to be careful of malaria (especially in the valley). During the dry season the malaria risk is very low.

Recommended Adventures

  • One of the most popular tourist destinations in Zimbabwe is Victoria Falls and its located in the western corner of the country. There are many things to do and places to stay depending on your budget. Accommodation ranges from budget (Shoestring Backpackers Lodge) to ultra-swanky (Victoria Falls Safari Lodge).
  • Great Zimbabwe is where you can see and learn about the vast empire known as the Munhumutapa through the archaeological remains of this ancient city, which was built from stone. The word Zimbabwe means house of stone.
  • If youre looking for beautiful landscapes and views then head to the Easter Highlands. You will be on the border of Mozambique. Look for the village, Chimanimani, which is a popular destination, especially if youre into walking.
  • If you like nature then head to Kariba, in the north. Here you have the opportunity to watch African wildlife in the closest to pure natural environment that you can find. Its also the largest source of hydro-electric power for Zimbabwe. If you have the time/money you could rent a houseboat for a few days, which will give you fantastically unique experience.
  • Matobo has some beautiful rock formations that seem to be impossible. They were caused by the wind blowing out the sand between them.

Tanzania Adventures Climbing, Safaris and Zanzibar

Climbing

If youre looking to climb, youre most likely interested in climbing Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is one of Africas most famous symbols, it also happens to be the highest mountain on the planet that you can climb with next to no mountaineering skills. What this means is that there isnt any technical climbing, its more of just a 4-6 day uphill battle of determination. Although it is iconic, its also quite expensive and physically exhausting, even for someone who is fit and experienced.

If youre die-hard set on climbing Kilimanjaro you need to have at least $1,000 US, although it will probably end up being closer to $2,000 US. This price does include the new park fees and rates for your sherpas/guides/cooks. One of the reasons its so expensive is because of the recent government park fee increase over the past few years. The fees are priced on a per day and night in the park so the longer you take to climb the more you will end up paying. In my opinion its a pretty poor value for your money considering all the other options you have in this country. If you cant afford it, but are into climbing, you still have the option to head north and climb mount Kenya or Meru. The mountains can be both cold and hot in the harsh sun and can even be wet depending on what time of the year it is. Most of the equipment you need will be supplied or can be hired in Moshi, however, I advise bringing a few of the essential items so you can make sure they are up to par.

I mentioned Mount Meru above, its less popular than Kilimanjaro but, in my opinion, a much better option. Its the fifth highest mountain in Africa, so your excursion will be shorter (usually 2-3 days), cheaper, prettier and far less traveled by the average tourist.

Do your proper research and decide what is more important for you before deciding on an option.

Safaris

There are hundreds of options in Arusha for booking a safari and the competition is pretty intense. In all this competition you have good and bad tour companies. Here is my advice for you: get there at least a day in advance and start talking to as many different tour operators that you can. Dont be intimidated if they try to pressure you into booking a trip by telling you its your only chance. The key to a great safari is a good guide/driver and some luck.

After youve talked to multiple companies, pick whichever one offers what you need and you feel the most comfortable with. If you want the full package, which could include Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Manyara and Tarangire then youre looking at a 5 day minimum with 7 days being the optimum length.

Never be afraid to ask for a deal when it looks like business is slow, youre a walk-in. Another good idea is to pair up with other travelers to try and get a group discount. Note that the high cost is also a reflection of the increasing park entry fees. To read more about Tanzania National Parks and the fees that are associated with them.

Zanzibar

The best way to get to Zanzibar is from Dar-es-Salaam as there are many ferries from there to Zanzibar that take turns making the trip (so about three trips a day). This means you dont really need to book in advance, unless you have a very strict schedule on your traveling. All of the ferries charge around $35-$40US. Sometimes the trips can be rough depending on sea conditions and they even have cheaper nightly journeys (though Id avoid the night trips personally). You can also fly using the travel agencies in the area like Kangaroo Travel. Kangaroo Travel offers 15 minute flights, which include transportation at both ends for not much more than a ferry ticket.

When youre coming back to Dar-es-Salaam there is a night ferry that is quite comfortable in first class (which is the only class a tourist is allowed to take). Make sure you get there early so you can claim an entire couch to lie on. The nice thing about the night ferry is that its cheap and will save you from having to get a hotel for the night, although Id highly recommend to try and not use the bathrooms.