ASUS has recently moved into the market of gaming peripherals. One that was very appealing was ROG Gladius gaming mouse. The Mouse costs between $70 and $80. It has red coloured illumination consistent with the ROG theme. The mouse 6 programmable buttons(as ASUS describes it) but that includes left click, right click, scroll click and DPI changer. Though their functions can be changed in essence there are only two programmable buttons. The area that ASUS focussed on is customizability. The mouse has a detachable cable and comes with two of them – a 1M Rubber cable and a 2M Braided cable. The port of selection is a micro USB. The does have a latching mechanism for the cable. The customizability is not limited to that. The left/right click buttons use switchable Japanese-made Omron switches and the mouse comes with two extra along 4 extra mouse feet. These switches are easily available online and a regular micro USB cable can be used instead. The mouse is compatible with the ROG Armoury software. This allows you to set two switchable DPIs, custom actions for keys and modify the lighting affect, acceleration and sensitivity of the mouse. The has 64KB of flash memory that you can store a profile(Mouse configuration) on it for use with different computers. The mouse has a matte plastic finish to the top with rubber grips on the sides. The mouse has a maximum DPI of 6400.
In my opinion this is a good mouse with room for improvement. Though the mouse sits comfortably in the hand, better grip would make using the mouse more pleasurable to use. Replacement cable should be available. More programmable buttons would be welcome with more lighting around the edges. ASUS has compromised slightly on quality for customizability which is not a smart bargain but luckily nothing that will affect usage and life noticeably.
• ROG Gladius Gaming Mouse
• 1 piece 2-meter USB cable
• 1 piece 1-meter USB cable
• 2 pieces Japan-made Omron mouse switches
• 4-piece set of mouse feet
• 1 piece ROG pouch
• User documentation
• 2 pieces ROG logo stickers
This powerful budget laptop packs great specs for an excellent price tag. There are two primary variant available internationally – DS71 and DS74. Both variants include a Intel Core i7 4720HQ processor an upgrade from the previous Gl551JM’s i7 4710HQ. The GPU on this gaming laptop is the Nvidia GeForce GTX960M as opposed the Gl551JM’s GTX860M. This laptop sports a 1080P anti-glare(matte) display. The DS74’s is an IPS diplay while the DS71’s is not. The laptop has 3X USB 3.0SS ports, an HDMI port, an Ethernet/LAN port, a mini DisplayPort and an audio combo port.The keyboard is a chiclet style one with a red LED backlight. The DS71 has a 1TB 7200RPM HDD while the DS74 has an mSATA 128GB SSD in addition to the 1TB 7200RPM HDD. This laptop has a DVD Writer built in. The lid of this laptop has a brushed aluminium effect with a light up ROG logo. The base of the laptop is made of plastic. Both variants have 16GB[2X8GB] DDR3L RAM. There is a 1080P webcam in this laptop. This gaming laptop has fairly reasonable price tag. the DS71 is priced at $1100 and the DS74 costs $1300
1. Download PuTTy and install it.
2 Download XMing and install it.
3. Start the “XLaunch” application.
4 Settings are as follows :1. Display settings : Multiple Windows
2. Session type : Start no client
3. Additional Parameters : Select “Clipboard” leaving the rest blank/unchecked
4. Save the configuration
5. Now launch PuTTy and configure : The IP you obtain from PI during boot. Then enable X11 forwarding(SSH) and set display as “localhost:0.0”
6. Save the configuration
7. Open the configuration and you have your Pi on your laptop.
Note : If do not want to check the IP each time you can set a static one. Here is the tutorial
The Poetic Revolution is a very good case overall bu like all others it has flaws. At about $25 – $30 it gives almost the same protection as an Otterbox case. The water-resistant dust-resistant proector on the front is very thick affecting picture quality touch response and has a nasty rainbow affect to it. We have had this case for almost 5 months now and the experience is just OK. The stand broke about 4 months in after a light fall but i was able to fix it after some difficulty. The case itself protects my tablet well and and has prevented my Nexus 7 from turning into a $250 paper-weight. Other than the small flaws it nicely grips in the hand and looks very nice in the hand. It adds a little bulk to the device that is a small price to pay for some solid protection. The stands present great angles for typing and watching movies. the case overall has a nice touch to it. We prefer it to my Asus Travel Case any day which we will review soon.
Update : Though the repaired stand did not last very long Poetic were more than happy shipping me a replacement at no charge without taking the broken one back.
The Moga Pocket is a game controller for all android 2.3+ devices. It connects via blutooth so no hasle of wires. The controller is fun to use and a good accessory to turn your phone into a legit portable game device. It is useful and perfect for free time. On the other hand the button are very clicky and the game selection is not very large. The Moga Pivot app is not to user friendly and gives trouble when connecting to the controller. A good solution which allows the controller to control the interface and work with emulators/ non-Pivot apps is the Moga Universal Driver. The controller can be bought from Moga or Amazon. We would recommend upgrading to the more advance models for the addition D-Pad and Charge Capability(select models only).
Is your MotoG the dual-sim variant and givng issues with 2G/3G switching? A simple step by step tutorial will teach you to force 3G on your phone.
1. Download the app ‘Phone Testing’ or dial *#*#4636#*#*.
2. Tap ‘Phone Information’.
3. Then turn of radio.
4. Then change the ‘Preferred Network Type’ to ‘WCDMA ONLY’
5. Turn Radio on
(If it does not work skip Step 3 and Step 5 or restart the phone and try again)
Many Moto G users have faced problems involving apps crashing and the system misbehaving. Others symptom include multiple reboots and the phone refusing to unlock if password is enabled. To solve this the method is to factory reset. Now none of us want to restore the app, pictures, videos, music among others manually which an take some time. A quicker solution is as follows :
1. Tap the Power button while pressing volume down. (after powering down the phone).
2. Using the hardware keys enter the recovery.
3. Once you are in recovery press the volume up and power button at the same time.
4. Scroll down to the erase cache and choose it.
5 Now reboot your phone.
6. (If password is applied) Press forget password.
7. Clear the data for Setting in Settings : Apps : All Apps : Settings : Clear Data
8. Now go to About Phone and tap Build Number 7 times.
9. Go to Developer Settings.
10. Now change the runtime to Dalvik. (if it is Dalvik change it to ART then change back to Dalvik after the phone reboots)
Now, your phone is fixed!
|The Moto G
The Moto G an average Quad-Core smartphone that is set apart from the rest by its exceptionally low price and quick software updates. The MotoG is already receiving the 4.4.3 update. It is slightly fat and but not too heavy. The 5-MP shooter at the back is fairly decent and good for on the go use. The front camera 1.3MP is only good for video calling. Excluding the camera this packs some powerful internals. The 1.2GHZ Snapdragon 400 is very good for gaming and basic functions. It is supported by an Adreno 305 but just 1GB ram. The battery, 2070mAP is able to last a full day. 720p displays are rare in phones of such a class but the MotoG has shocked us with it’s display. The screen is not the best but fairly decent. A loud speaker backed by some solid internals it is good for movies or e-book when on a budget. The back cover can be replace for a small fee. On the other hand the MotoG while a sturdy construction has wobbly buttons and the back cover easily dirtied. The back panel is very difficult to clean but it is just a minor set back. Calls are loud and cell reception is good but no 4G. When on such a low budget it is not really such a disadvantage. The MotoG has good benchmark scores. It has 8500 on Quadrant and about 17000 on Antutu and lastly 56.8fps on Nenamark. With the 8GB variant at $179 and the 16GB at $199 this is a solid phone with a solid price. Though the regular variant lacks 4G capabilities a water-proof, dust-proof variant of the phone is available here. This variant adds expandable storage and a white option.
A lot of people find the features of Play Music limited. The interface is not the best `either. We have found an amazing alternate to it. It is called DoubleTwist and it is one of the most popular music player on the Google Play store. It has an eye pleasing interface with notification controls and a lock screen widget. The application is quick and it’s free any major hiccups. It is just the best on the market, our guarantee!