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New Acer Gaming Notebooks: The Unmatched Predator 15 and 17

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New Acer Gaming Notebooks: The Unmatched Predator 15 and 17

The laptop buying market can be confusing: the gaming laptop market can be even more daunting for those who aren’t sure just what kind of laptop they are looking for, for their gaming needs.Buying new is always best. If you are a gamer, you expect to spend a little extra money on a laptop with strong processing power, excellent graphics cards, high resolution and superior auditory skills to immerse yourself in your gaming experience.

 
Acer is a well-known brand of laptops—they are also a distributor of high quality gaming laptops as well. Acer has a series called Predator—in September of 2015, Acer added two laptops and a tablet to their gamer series. But if you are seeking a laptop with some serious power, incredible graphics, variety in screen size, tomorrow’s high definition and every gamer’s dream laptop, you may need not look any further.
Acer’s Predator 15 and Predator 17 (named for their screen sizes), are sizzling in the gaming sphere while its FrostCore keeps things cool during intense gaming sessions. Predator’s thermal technology is a must-have for the gamers who don’t mess around.

  • Bold, robust, powerful and dare I say it, more than a bit sexy, on the outside and inside, the Predator gaming series is wooing gamers everywhere—and for good reason.The Predator 15 boasts a 15-inch display screen in high definition up to 4K! This is a rare option in even the gaming world, and is newly available in the Acer Predator series. Just imagine your favorite games in 4K (3,840 x 2,160) Ultra resolution.
  • As a proper gaming laptop must have, Predator 15 has NVIDIA’s G-SYNC monitor support, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980M for insane gaming, and a 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, which is meant for power, processing, and an incredible asset for this gaming series. It also contains 64GB of DDR4 memory and runs on Windows 10, coming equipped with up to 512 GB SSD (solid state drive).
  • The 15 model also includes Killer Doubleshot Pro, which allows you to choose which applications get to use bandwidth. Even more impressive is that your wireless and wired connections can actually be used simultaneously—doubling your internet by allowing both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections to work in tandem. Killer DoubleShot Pro also kills lag, making your gaming experience smooth, uninterrupted and seriously engaging. Other features you will not find anywhere else is Dust Defender—the thankless defender of your laptop. Dust Defender alternates airflow, keeping things cool and avoiding dust clog-ups, avoiding problems before they can happen.
  • Predator 15 also includes PredatorSense, which allows you access to keyboard macro profiles (e.g. hotkeys), where you can switch between in-game and adjustable lighting configurations during game time. In the same spirit, Predator ProZone allows accuracy and four customizable backlight zones and programmable macro profiles that you can share with your gaming team.
  • A number pad and macro buttons give you the control in the game.
  • And lastly, what is gaming without sound? Predator SoundPound 2.1 gives you 2 speakers, a powerful subwoofer and Dolby Audio for deep bass and immersion in sound for gaming.If Predator 15 wasn’t enough to blow you away, perhaps the Predator 17 will.Predator 17 has everything model 15 does, from FrostCore, Killer DoubleShot Pro, Lag killer, Dust Defender, PredatorSense, 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, and NVIDIA G-SYNC monitor support. However, there are two distinct differences that set Predator 15 and 17 apart: screen size and sound quality.
  • If you want to take your Predator gaming experience one step further, the Predator 17 will absolutely fulfill your expectations of above-and-beyond. It boasts a 17 inch display with up to 4K resolution for gaming, which is absolutely mind-blowing for any gamer, and SoundPound 4.2 (as opposed to 15’s 2.1), gives you four speakers, two subwoofers and Dolby Audio for insane bass and deep sound immersion to go with your 17-inch, high definition 1080p to 4K viewing display that will make your game come alive.Some people may think Acer has been riding the backseat to laptops such as Alienware by Dell, HP, Digital Storm, MSI or other gaming laptops; however, it is clear to see, that they very well may have blown all of their competitors out of the water with the Acer Predator series.

 

Both Predator notebook models are also capable of supporting three displays, which provides even more multitasking, gaming and other enhancements you have in mind for your new setup.Coming in November in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the price for the Predator 15 will start at $1,499.00, and $1,599.00 for the Predator 17. This is an incredible deal that even Alienware cannot beat in price, with all of the best and none of the rest included in the new Acer Predator Notebook series.

 

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Command and Conquer Ultimate Collection Review

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The Command and Conquer games are real-time strategy games and the first one debuted on August 31, 1995. The classic Command and Conquer game is set in the near future where the Global Defense Initiative fights the Brotherhood of Nod for the rare mineral of Tiberium. The second universe in the Command and Conquer series, starting with Red Alert, is an alternate universe where Nazi Germany has been replaced by the Red Menace. And lastly, there is a third universe that starts in Renegade and features China and the United States fighting against a terrorist organization known as the Global Liberation Army. As well as all the Command and Conquer games, this collection also has a compilation of the best music from the Command and Conquer universes. Early access to the next Command and Conquer games is also a feature of this collection.

These games are not available on disk, however, they are to be downloaded from Origin, EA’s download service, with a code you receive when you purchase the collection. Command and Conquer Ultimate Collection contains all 17 games/expansions:
*Command and Conquer
*Red Alert
*Red Alert Counterstrike
*Red Alert The Aftermath
*Tiberian Sun
*Tiberian Sun Firestorm
*Red Alert 2
*Red Alert Yuri’s Revenge
*Renegade
*Generals
*Generals Zero Hour
*3 Tiberian Wars
*3 Kane’s Wrath
*Red Alert 3
*Red Alert 3 Uprising
*4 Tiberian Twilight

 

Command and Conquer is the first game in the series and the introduction to the world of C&C. It was debuted in 1995 and focuses on global conflict between the Global Defense Initiative and the Brotherhood of Nod. This game puts the player in charge of military organizations where the player makes all the decisions and also has to react to scenarios. It has battlefield actions which are real-time, command-based, and simultaneous. This series of the game first came out with Command and Conquer with expansion packs of Covert Operations and Sole Survivor. The second game in this series was Tiberian Sun with an expansion pack of Tiberian Sun: Firestorm. Then the following were released: Renegade, 3 Tiberium Wars, 3 Kane’s Wrath, and Tiberian Twilight.

 

Red Alert is the second game in the Command and Conquer franchise and is set in the past. Albert Einstein used his theories of relativity to travel back in time where he assassinated Adolf Hitler before he came into power. That did stop Nazi Germany from emerging, but the Red Menace, Soviet Union, is formed instead. In this game, you can either be with the Allies or you can be with the Soviet. The Allied players have to rely on stealth to make their moves while the Soviet players rely on brute force. If you like playing the bad guy, the Soviet side makes it easy to be a bad guy to the extreme. Red Alert Counterstrike is the first expansion to Red Alert. It doesn’t do much for multi-players, but it does offer quite a bit for single players. There are eight new Allied and Soviet scenarios each that have been added for a total of 16 new scenarios. The new missions are now selectable from a menu and the new missions are more challenging that in Red Alert. The new units that are available are only available for one-player missions. Red Alert The Aftermath is the second expansion to Red Alert. It has brand-new units for single-player modes and also for multi-player modes with seven new recruits. It features 100 multiplayer maps and 18 new single-player missions with different difficulty levels. The Aftermath also introduces new “mega” size maps which can easily be used for eight-player battles.

 

Red Alert 2 is the sequel to Red Alert and is set once again with the Red Menace. In Red Alert 2, you can set waypoints for several groups of units and conduct these groups simultaneously. You can also build structures and defenses simultaneously. Red Alert Yuri’s Revenge is the expansion for Red Alert 2 introduces a new playable faction headed up by renegade Soviet psychic Yuri.

 

The Red Menace was continued in Red Alert 3 with the expansion of Red Alert 3 Uprising.

Generals puts the United States of America, China, and a terrorist group called Global Liberation Army against each other. Generals Zero Hour is the expansion pack to Generals.

The Command and Conquer games have been going strong for several years and have been called the leading games for real-time strategy games. Westwood Studies released many Command and Conquer games before Electronic Arts took over the company in 1998. The Command and Conquer Ultimate Collection provides all of the Command and Conquer games together as well as a compilation of the best music. It is only available through download from Origin with a code you receive when you purchase the collection, so if you have slow download or internet problems you may want to consider that.

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The Most Powerful Gaming Laptops of 2015

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Are you a gamer? Do you want to play your favorite games untied from a desktop, where you can play wherever and whenever you want?
The answer is yes, of course: if you have the proper gear. Most popular games played on personal computers are of high quality and have many hardware software requirements in order to play games with high resolution, no glitches and proper online connection.
Important laptop attributes for gaming includes: RAM (memory) space, Flash, a powerful and fast core processor, high graphics drivers such as AMD Radeon, NVIDIA, or Intel, a high capacity hard drive, high resolution screen, large screen size, and a laptop with a dependable cooling system and fan to keep your laptop cool while gaming.
There are many different options on the market for a top-of-the-line gaming laptop. It is important to buy new, latest addition laptops to make sure your computer has the latest software, drivers and patches that you won’t have to download later. One option is to build custom; the other is to buy a tried-and-true gaming laptop. Or, of course, you can do both and upgrade certain components of an excellent gaming laptop.

 

Alienware is a popular name in gaming—and for good reason. Their laptops are known for their gaming capabilities and trendy gamer look. However, you have to make sure you have the money to pay for this gamer’s dream laptop as they can run north of $2,100. Alienware 13, 15, 17, and 18 are the gaming laptops offered by Alienware. For those looking for a laptop south of the $2,100 price tag but wants to play with some serious power, the new 2015 model 15 and 17 are the ones to look at.

  • The Alienware 15 is created out of carbon fiber and the 2015 model gives you the option to upgrade to Alienware Graphics Amplifier to unleash 4K gaming! It boasts an Intel Core i7 (Quad-Core, 8-16MB, 4.1GHz) processor, custom graphics up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 2-4GB GDDR5 and a beautiful design that lights up in all the right places for daytime or nighttime gaming that will illuminate your gaming experience on a 15.6 inch display. You can expect these models to set you back anywhere from $1,199 to a little over $1,500, depending on what customizations you want on your gear.

Another high-performing laptop is the MSI GE72 Apache Pro-242.

  • This laptop boasts a 17.3 inch, 1080p display screen for an optimal gaming experience. It also contains an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB DDR3-1600 memory, NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB, and a 1 Terabyte hard drive.
  • You can customize this laptop as well to suit your needs, but expect this gear to cost you around $1,399 for your high quality game play.An unusual but considerable option, is Digital Storm’s customizable notebooks built with the next-gen tech you love. With HydroLux Cooling, engineered to keep things cool during intense gaming, to two different laptop models, this may just be the future of gaming.
  • We have the 15.6 inch Triton, starting at $1,575, which is a slim and sleek design at 25mm thick, which Digital Storm is providing while boasting an Intel Core i7 processor and up to 32GB of DDR3 memory. It includes NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 900M Graphics for extreme realism and power and high-performance storage in the form of dual M.2 SSD capability (up to 2.0GB/s), hardware RAID, and dual hard drives. There is no worrying about storage in this sleek and cool notebook.
  • The triton also has a custom macro gaming keyboard, illuminated much like Alienware, with programmable hot keys, allowing you to personalize your keyboard to your own gaming style. Not to be outdone by other well-known brands, Digital Storm has amplified their headphone output and refined their audio experience for deep, clear bass and Hi-Fi integrated speakers with a subwoofer to surround yourself in the drama of the game.

If that has caught your attention thus far, then the 17.3 inch, appropriately named Behemoth, will blow you away. This notebook boasted as a desktop replacement for gaming, is monster-sized in power while remaining sleek and illuminating.

  • The powerful desktop class Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, and advanced graphics featuring NVIDIA’s flag-ship GTX 980M graphics card, the performance of this gamer’s laptop is promising.
  • What closes the deal is the storage, gaming tech and audio. As with the Triton, the Behemoth supports dual mSATA SSDs, hardware RAID, and dual hard drives. Even more impressively is the illuminating keyboard—make it your own by changing the colors and glow effects of the illuminated keys to set the mood for each game and every mood. This, with the matte, 17.3 inch, non-reflective screen, your gaming experience in 1080p high definition will be incredible.
  • Hi-Fi integrated speakers and subwoofer and onboard amplifier for your headphones wraps up your gaming experience. Thunderbolt technology that allows you to move data twice the speed of USB 3.0 and 12x the speed of FireWire with Thunderbolt technology. The HyperX can connect multiple high-resolutions displays/devices on the same port—just think of the possibilities of this Behemoth! At $2,258, it is pricey, but if you are looking for the best, looking for something new to try, and are looking for something powerful and different—this may just be your dream come true.

There are many more options for the best of 2015 gaming laptops. LaptopNinja offers some comprehensive guides covering a ton of budget categories as well.  PCMag has rated their own list of best gaming laptops of 2015, and among them are Alienware and MSI assortments , but there are affordable options from brands we know well, such as Acer.

  • The Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-591G-75S2) runs at $1,013 and contains the worthy Intel Core i7 processor, 2.5GHz of processing speed, 8GB of RAM, 1128GB storage capacity, NVIDIA’S GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, a 15.6 inch, 1080p high definition display, with only a 5.29 pound weight.Another well-known brand is HP, where PCMag has listed the HP Omen 15 for $1,497.
  • It boasts much the same as other gaming laptops but is superior to Acer in that while it holds Intel Core i7, 512GB of storage capacity, it contains 16GB of RAM, has NVIDIA’S GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, 15.6 inch display, and weighs in at only 4.7 pounds.
    Asus also makes the list at a pricey $2,999.99, but if you are a fan of Asus, the ROG G751JY-DH72X may be for you.
  • It contains much of the power, storage, and graphics as the laptops featured in this article (Intel Core i7, 2.4GHz, 32GB RAM, 1512GB storage, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 17.3 inch high definition screen), but weighs a whopping 9.06 pounds. Alienware and Digital Storm may have this model beat for a lower price and a lower weight.

Half of the fun is shopping, researching, upgrading and customizing your gaming laptop to make your visual and auditory gaming experience as larger-than-life as you can make it. Hopefully, this article has helped you realize what to look for, what the newest gaming laptops have to offer, and what to expect of your new gamer’s dream as you search for and customize your own, unique, combat-ready station from which to unleash your gaming prowess!