DISPLAYS

 
 

Dell Alienware®

1900R

Curved 34.1-Inch LED-Lit

 

The Alienware 34 or AW3418DW is a 1900R curved gaming monitor that looks like a work of art and its killer looks are backed by deadly speed and superior picture quality. Before we get to ahead of ourselves, let me explain what 1900R means. Basically, it is the radius of the curved panel in relationship to your eyes for optimum viewing distance. What this effectively means is that you are getting a wider viewing angle at the same distance than you would normally with a more typical 1800R curved display offering.

 

Because the Alienware 34 utilizes an IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel it may not have the same peak brightness, high contrast, and local dimming that you would find with an OLED panel but that’s because traditionally LCD TN and IPS panels have been preferred by gamers and creative professionals who need speed and color accuracy above everything else and on both fronts this Alienware monitor truly delivers.

 

To start with, this monitor has a 34-inch curved panel capable of handling a 100Hz native refresh rate but can reach 120Hz with over-clocking. This monitor also contains Nvidia’s G-SYNC technology which if you’re not familiar with is an adaptive display technology primarily intended at resolving screen tearing issues brought on when a GPU attempts to adapt to the frame rate of a given monitor. Nvidia’s G-SYNC and AMD’s equivalent FreeSync technology essentially flips the equation so that the monitor adapts to the GPU instead. This technology has all but eliminated screen tearing and duplicating frames which can cause lag and as all gamers know any amount of lag is not acceptable. Lag and other unwanted graphic anomalies like trailing and ghosting is further reduced by eliminating pixel latency thanks to a blazing fast 4ms response time. In the past, Overdrive technology was used by Alienware monitors to target individual pixels so they could be hit with additional voltage thereby forcing them to respond quicker to changes in the image. I suspect Overdrive will be utilized here again to provide optimum pixel response times under even the most graphics intensive gaming and trust me you will need to squeeze every ounce of performance you can if you are playing at the full 3440 x 1440 resolution which is native to this monitor.

 

As if the panel alone wasn’t enough, the Alienware 34 also functions as the ultimate hub as it is equipped with a staggering six ports for I/O to cover all of your connectivity needs and two ports for display (HDMI and DisplayPort). Now you might think that this monitor easily costs over a thousand dollars and you would be right, but Dell has reduced the price to $899.99 US which makes this monitor one of the most competitive 4K gaming monitors on the market today. Even against other monitors that are capable of a 240Hz refresh rate, I would still choose the Alienware 34 because it’s the real deal and the complete package if you are looking for an all-in-one display solution.

 
 
 
 

LG®

34UC79G-B

Curved 34-Inch UltraWide IPS

 

So the LG 34UC79G-B…Phew! That’s a mouthful…is a curved 34-inch IPS LCD Ultra-wide high-performance display for gamers. Usually that might sound If you’re not familiar with anything I just said, don’t worry because this is the type of gaming monitor I like and can talk about thoroughly. I say this because I’ve been critical of LG’s current display design in the past primarily for putting ports directly on the back and so close to any VESA mounting site, making it hard to position and mount under certain conditions. Even though I have the same criticism with this monitor the truth is the stand is well designed, sturdy, and height-adjustable so I’m willing to overlook the I/O location on this product. Overall the build is top-notch and exactly what you would expect from a premier display manufacturer like LG.

 

Let’s go ahead and discuss the features. The LG 34UC79G-B has a full HD 2560 x 1080 resolution IPS curved panel capable of a 144Hz refresh rate. This monitor also comes equipped with AMD’s FreeSync technology which can reduce tearing and stuttering that can lead to lag. Lag is further reduced thanks to the “1ms Motion Blur Reduction” technology that LG claims can virtually drop response times down to 1ms by reducing the amount of blurring and ghosting that can occur when graphics are pushed to the limit.

 

The perks don’t stop there, this LG monitor comes equipped with a plethora of features specifically designed for gamers. First up we have LG’s Crosshair feature which allows gamers to actually set the middle of their screen in relation to their in-game crosshair. Next up we have Game Mode which is a series of pre-programmed preset option settings used to quickly adjust the monitor’s picture settings based on the type of game you are playing.

 

For I/O, the LG 34UC79G-B rocks two Quick Charge USB 3.0 ports alongside a DisplayPort and two HDMI ports for video input. All of these great features in a well-made, well-designed package make the LG 34UC79G-B a terrific choice for the dedicated gamer and for the price it’s hard to beat. Currently, LG has priced this monitor at $599.99 US which makes it very tempting for anyone looking to game on an UltraWide but doesn’t want to break the bank to do it.

 
 
 

Samsung®

CHG90 Series

Curved 49-Inch QLED

Samsung®

C27FG73

Curved 27-Inch QLED

Samsung’s behemoth 49-inch curved gaming monitor is a monitor that has been out for a couple of years now and has been heavily written about up to this point. I was introduced to this monitor when iJustine first unveiled hers on her YouTube channel, however I have a sneaking suspicion that she is driving something else by now which really brings us to the fundamental question about this product - is it worth keeping around long term? Well in order to answer that question we will have to compare the performance to newer monitors on the market but we will also have to consider its design to check if there could be any limitations that would restrict the use of this monitor in the real world. Now if I had to guess, iJustine being a YouTube superstar gets tech all day long and so swapping out a thousand dollar monitor for something else is just the norm. She does it because she can and not because she has to, but not all of us are lucky enough to be in that kind of position and so for the rest of us, usability and endurance considerations go to the top of the list.

 

This is a 4-foot monitor end to end so the most obvious question you should ask yourself is where to put it. iJustine used a very long and deep, custom made desk for hers and it’s likely you will have to use something similar unless you plan on VESA mounting yours which is highly recommended and it’s not because the stand isn’t good. It actually has to do with the display’s aspect ratio but more on that later. First let’s talk about the stand: its whopping 33.1-pounds of metal is elegantly shaped and provides for a wide base to handle all that girth on top thanks to its legs being sprawled out to the sides as opposed to protruding forward potentially getting in the way of your other peripherals and accessories. The space in front of your monitor is most important and it’s clear that was a strong consideration made by Samsung when they designed this stand. The stand is height adjustable and comes with both a 15-degree swivel and tilt which acts buttery smooth thanks to an excellently designed neck.

 

Such a well thought-out stand deserves to be used right but wait till you hear our recommendation. Because the display has a 32-to-9 aspect ratio which is twice the width of the standard, we suggest that you stack two of these bad boys on top of each other by utilizing a VESA wall mount or aftermarket stand. Now sure that would be twice the cost plus the cost of additional parts but due to recent price drops on this monitor, it may actually be more cost effective to get two of these as opposed to a single CRG90 which is the 1440p resolution upgrade to the CH90 but with the same aspect ratio. For gaming and watching video, it’s likely you will not be able to match your content with the aspect ratio of the display and will be treated to a lot of negative space when you go to fit it. In my opinion this aspect ratio is not really conducive to full-screen gaming or content consumption but rather for content creators and multi-tasking workloads. That being said, this is a QLED that can get the job done when it comes to chewing frames and as is probably one of the best if not the best mountable curved high-performance monitor on the market today despite being out for several years now.

Samsung updated its 27-inch lineup of curved gaming monitors in 2019 to include the C27HG70. Now some might think that this is the smaller variant of the C49HG90 that has been out for a while now and that we reviewed already but in fact it isn’t. The C27HG70 is actually the brethren of the newer version of the C49HG90 known as the C49RG90. We know it’s confusing but the differences come down to the max resolution and support for AMD Free-sync 2. The C49HG90 and its brother the C27FG73 are both 1080p displays while the CRG90 and the C27HG70 are 1440p. So now that we’ve added some clarity to the bad naming convention used by Samsung, let’s talk about the C27FG73 which is the older model.

 

The C27FG73 is a quantum dot 27-inch 1800R curved gaming monitor with a 1920x1080 max resolution at the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. It is capable of a 144hz refresh rate and consumes about 80-watts of power. It is equipped with AMD Free-sync Technology so you can for sure game at max frame rates without tearing and compromising your response times. This monitor comes with two HDMI ports and one Display Port input as well as 3.5mm audio jack all of which are discreetly placed at the bottom of the display which is a huge purchase consideration because of its real-world impact. I realize that I/O placement may seem trivial but if you read my article about LG’s high-performance gaming monitors then you’ll know why it isn’t. If you haven’t read it, the gist of it is to proceed with caution if you are planning to utilize VESA mounting. Fortunately for all of us, Samsung made the right design decision and have even made this 27-inch monitor VESA mount compatible so you do not have to use the included stand if you don’t want. Like the stand that we reviewed with the C49HG90 its build quality is superior and features height adjustment and a 15-degree swivel and tilt.

 

In terms of specs, the truth is there are a whack ton of other 1080p monitors out there that are comparable and quite possibly cheaper but what we’ve found is that there was a compromise to be made somewhere whereas with the Samsung, it really seems like they didn’t have to make any. For less than $180.00 dollars currently in the U.S. you are getting a VA QLED or Quantum Dot display and not a TN or IPS panel which translates into many more colors and better contrasts without losing performance. It’s been pointed out however that like with its larger variant, it only has around an 84 pixel per inch density which is small compared to other notable gaming monitors within the Acer and Asus product stacks but you’ll need to treat that information relatively speaking since those monitors tend to have TN panels and are not QLED. The low pixel density could simply be what’s only necessary for the display type to perform optimally due to how pixels are rendered differently across panel technologies.

 

A panel like this is a terrific choice for anyone looking for a better visual fidelity than what a TN or IPS panel can deliver and the features based on price that you get makes this monitor worth a look. Of course if you are interested in the 1440p variant, it is available now and can be had for about double the price.

 

eGPUs

HP®

OMEN Accelerator Shell

GA1-1000

Alienware®

Graphics Amplifier

9R7XN

The HP OMEN Accelerator shell or GA-1000 is an external graphics enclosure that can really extend the performance and even lifespan of your Thunderbolt 3 compatible device. By some accounts, the HP Omen is an over-engineered behemoth that is bigger and more complex than it has to be.

 

HP Omen formerly Voodoo Computers Inc., in case you were wondering about the logo on the shell, has a long history of pushing the envelope of design aesthetics and it seems that mantra has carried over. The first thing you notice of course when you see the Omen Shell is that it’s tilted. This tilted design is a part of Omen’s design language and is carried over to their line of desktop computers as well. HP claims this tilt helps with cooling but there seems to be no information describing exactly how. The dimensions of this enclosure are approximately 16 x 8 x 8-inches but because it’s tilted it will have a larger real-world footprint. To be safe, you’ll want to have at least 16 x 11 x 11-inches of free space to accommodate. Personally I do not subscribe to the tilt design because of the extra step of turning it on its side during graphics card installation in order to ensure a smooth flush mount. I think it can be a point of confusion for newer installers who may attempt to load a card while it’s oriented diagonally and run into difficulties. The eGPU can be run upright but you may run into issues when it comes time to take the shell off. On that note, there is an important point to be made about this enclosure.

 

I strongly recommend you use a blower style graphics card instead of an open-air cooler graphics card if you intend on leaving your enclosure closed. Conversely, if you are okay with having it open then you can go with the open-air configuration. Legendary over-clocker D8rBaur posted a video on YouTube a couple of years ago in which he tested the ASUS ROG eGPU with the enclosure open and found that cooling and performance were better.

 

So final conclusion, Omen has done a really nice job here of making a enthusiast grade eGPU that’s well designed, accessible, and versatile. I recommend anyone with a Thunderbolt 3 compatible device to try this eGPU out particularly if you have an HP UltraBook with a quad core CPU and a fast gaming monitor. Again, choose your graphics card wisely and I’m confident you will see improvements to you gaming performance.

The Alienware Graphics Amplifier or otherwise known as the 9R7XN is an external graphics enclosure that only works for Alienware qualified devices. This enclosure utilizes a proprietary graphics port and cable and not the Thunderbolt 3 standard. That’s both fortunate and unfortunate because while this amp doesn’t have universal compatibility it does perform faster. The reason for this is because Thunderbolt 3 relies on shared bandwidth across all of the PCI-e allocated lanes rather than reserved bandwidth across dedicated lanes which is what Dell’s proprietary connector and port deliver. This dedicated bandwidth allows the GPU installed to deliver maximum performance without any compromises.

 

For desktop systems, this unit probably won’t provide you any real functionality since you can just swap out the graphics card in your chassis and the qualified systems in general already come with a high-performance GPU pre-installed and therefore less likely to require any assistance from an eGPU for some time. Nevertheless, let’s talk about the Amp anyways. The enclosure employs a hatch design so the cover isn’t intended to be fully removed which is a bummer if you were expecting to easily run this eGPU with the enclosure cover off. After getting inside, you’ll notice that there is a daughter board already slotted in a second PCI-E slot. If you aren’t already familiar with Alienware systems you might think this unusual but Alienware has actually been engineering their systems this way for quite a while. By removing I/O controllers off of the motherboard, they can shape and size their silicon to fit any condition while not losing, and in some cases actually gaining, performance. In this case the daughter board also controls power. The eGPU is automatically powered on when the cable is connected to a compatible device so there is no power switch. I find this a bit unsettling since there may be reasons why you would need to cut power quickly and easily. Also if you’re thinking about getting one of these to run dual GPUs, then you’ll want to give it another thought because unfortunately the primary GPU in your system is disabled when connected to this unit.

 

So at this point you might be thinking there’s no reason to buy this product, until you consider its price. At only $229.00 US this is actually one, if not, the cheapest eGPUs around which brings me to why I’m recommending this. At its current price, it’s a very cost effective way of extending the life and range of your Alienware compatible platform with one of the slickest and most designed enclosures available on the market today.

 

ASUS®

ROG XG-Station 2

External Graphics Card Dock

ASUS®

XG-Station PRO

External Graphics Card Dock

The ROG (Republic of Gamers) XG Station 2 is Asus’ take on the eGPU (External Graphics Processing Unit) for gamers and its enclosure design defiantly reflects the Borg like styling ROG tends to use throughout their products. The styling doesn’t particularly appeal to me, however I love Asus’ ROG lineup of PC components because they’re well engineered and integrates easily into the AuraSync eco system. You can expect the XG Station 2 to have the same quality engineering as their parts.

 

Opening the enclosure you’ll find the single full length PCI-Express x16 slot where you can install a NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 9/10 series and later, or an AMD Radeon™ R9/RX and later. For I/O this unit features 4 USB 3.0 ports. There are a couple of things that set this unit apart from other enclosures. The first is that the included power supply is a 600-watt 80 plus gold unit from Compuware with 500-watts dedicated to the GPU and the rest for powering devices. Because this is the most powerful power supply that can be found in an eGPU enclosure to date, you’ll have more power headroom for things like over-clocking – if that’s your thing. The second feature that differentiates this unit apart is that is has a USB 3.0 type B port to handle data independently from the I/O. By utilizing both the type B and type C connectors at the same time, virtually all of the Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth can be preserved for the GPU.

 

This unit will defiantly set you back a little but I think the features make up for it in the end. Higher power output means you can run really power hungry graphics cards like the AMD R9 295X2 but please be aware of your power ceiling and select a card that’s right for you if you plan on over-clocking.

The Asus XG Station Pro is a surprisingly simple yet complete eGPU. Simple in the best way possible because it was designed with the Pro-ffessional in mind hence the moniker. Asus teamed up with case giant InWin to help them design an enclosure that’s both functional and beautiful, but would it be powerful enough? Would it be powerful enough for gamers to run the latest gaming-grade graphics card like an Nvidia 10-series or how about a 20-series? We’ll get to that in just a moment. First let’s talk about the enclosure because InWin, a very popular boutique pc case maker would certainly have some input and as expected delivered the usual pc gaming case touches like a precision milled anodized aluminum case with pinhole ventilation and dual 120mm fans for cooling, dust filters, and sleeved power cables. Sleeved cables! Now that’s pro.

 

The enclosure features screw-less entry and is surprisingly easy to tear down with both side panels being easily removable. Because the power supply is external the interior is surprisingly clean and devoid of messy cabling that can leave your interior cluttered and make it difficult to work inside. Once inside you’ll find a main board with a daughter board installed for power and I/O interface. Speaking of power, the first thing you notice is that this eGPU comes with a power brick. What’s this for? Well unlike other eGPUs who have a power supply installed inside the enclosure, the XG Station Pro has gone with a custom 330-watt external power adapte. As eGPU.io pointed out in their excellent coverage of this device that is not enough wattage to run a higher-end graphics card and certainly doesn’t provide enough over-clocking head room, but Asus had a trick up their sleeve. By utilizing a Y-splitter in their adapter they were able to effectively double the output to the GPU. So to answer the question from before: yes, you can run something like a Nvidia RTX series graphics card in this enclosure just fine.

 

The verdict is in – the Asus XG Station Pro is defiantly worth a look and I think it is a real competitor the Razer Core which is probably the most popular eGPU on the market today. The collaboration with InWin really paid off with this eGPU and I think anyone whether professional or gamer or both will be able to enjoy the benefits of this eGPU in their daily workloads.

 

DOCKS

 

CalDigit®

TS3 Plus

Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Plugable®

USB C Mini

Docking Station

A funny quip: the etymology of the word dongle has been in controversy dating all the way back to 1999 who in a paper about the subject, author P.B. Schneck stated that the origin is unclear but may have derived from a mispronunciation of the word dangle. That makes sense since dongles do dangle from our electrical contraptions. More and more it seems these days thanks to Apple fully implementing “dat dongle life” thanks to the removal of most of the traditional I/O ports you would find on a computer and replacing it with Thunderbolt 3. Fortunatly for companies like CalDigit thinking outside the box.

 

Apple owners can rejoice or really anyone who has been inundated with dongles in order to handle all the external peripherals and accessories they have around them. CalDigit has simplified all of that need to manage by putting everything you need in a small box. The TS3+ is a Thunderbolt 3 dock which means that with a single cable you can drive all of your external devices at the same time from your computer. It’s been described as a mini workstation next to your workstation and that exactly what it’s like thanks to this dock being powered with a hefty 100-watt power adapter with 85-watts available or for charging. The interface is full of I/O including two Thunderbolt 3 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2 which you can use to connect two 4K 60Hz monitors or one 5K 60Hz monitor. That kind of potential for expandability and scalability for a notebook or even a workstation that has run out of vacant ports means you can be more productive and double multi-tasking without having to dedicate another system to your workflow. It is a content creators dream and really a must have if you need a modular solution to your modular setup.

 

One feature that gets lost with a lot of docking stations is audio compatibility but CalDigit has made it a priority in their docking stations by equipping the TS3+ with not just analog jacks for recording and playback but Digital Optical Audio or (S/PDIF) so that you can connect directly to stereo equipment like amplifiers, speakers, or your home theatre receiver.

 

The CalDigit TS3+ is the ultimate travel companion for your laptop because at only five inches tall and weighing about a pound, it can easily traverse with you while saving you space and the grief of having to handle five or six dongles at a time. As touched on before, your dongle-age problem may vary depending on your use-cases and whether you are using a Mac or PC but one thing is clear about the TS3+ and other CalDigit products are that they really do support the end-user, especially anyone who is doing field production, by making them more effecient in the easiest way possible.

In a nutshell, the Plugable UD-CAM dramatically increases the functionality, usability, and flexibility of supported USB-C systems, but there are a lot of docking stations out there so what separates Plugable’s UD-CAM from all the rest. Well first things first, the UD-CAM is a surprisingly fully featured docking station considering it’s small enough to fit inside the palm of your hand. What the UD-CAM lacks in size it makes up for with I/O by boasting four USB 3.0 Type A ports, one Thunderbolt 3 port, one HDMI 1.4 port, stereo audio out, and gigabit Ethernet which is a nice touch. The HDMI 1.4 does let it down however since it is only capable of 4K@30Hz so if you are consuming content at 4K you probably don’t want to have your main display attached to this device however at lower resolutions it can output at 60Hz so if you have a display that’s not 4K and is locked at 60Hz this could potentially be a good solution for you to adapt a secondary display.

 

Now to what makes this product so appealing and that is the fact that Plugable designed the unit to be VESA compatible meaning it can be mounted to the back of a monitor or even on a stand. The unit even comes with a mounting system that’s easy to use with only minimal effort required for installation. This is a feature I personally like a lot because of the space saving it affords. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of VESA mounting PCs and other peripheral devices particularly on stands, so the concept behind this unit really peaks my interest. This is the first and only docking station that I am aware of that has this feature.

 

The functionality of the UD-CAM Mini Dock is powered by two of USB 3.1’s most exciting new features: support for Alternate Modes and Power Delivery. Alternate Mode allows certain non-USB data and protocols (such as native video) to be sent over a USB-C cable, while Power Delivery enables you to power and charge a supported system without the need for a traditional proprietary OEM charger. Support for these features must also be built-in to the system being used, so it’s important to take a look at the additional compatibility details to see if your system can take full advantage of this docking station. The UD-CAM comes with a 100-watt power adapter with up to 85-watts available for charging. This kind of power and such a small form factor make the UD-CAM ideal for replacing all those dongles that you have to lug with you as you travel.

 

STANDS

 

Rain Design®

mTower

Vertical Laptop Stand

Bestand®

2-in-1

Adjustable Vertical Laptop Stand

The mTower from Rain Design is a unique stand because it looks complex but is actually made of a single piece of heavy aluminum, sand blasted, and anodized. Its shape is both artistic yet functional since its elevated design increases airflow by not restricting rear exhaust when the laptop is sitting vertical. The extra space provided by the elevated stand makes cable management easier and is a good place for small peripheral devices like dongles, hubs, or even a Mac-Mini.

 

I personally love laptop stands because they are such a space saver for your desk if you utilize an external monitor. The MacBook’s footprint can be reduced by 65% by turning it vertical and due to the excellent design and build quality of the mStand, you won’t have to worry about your notebook falling over - so long as you keep it reasonable of course. The mStand was specially designed with the MacBook in mind but will work with any notebook of similar size. One drawback to this stand might be that the retention is not adjustable past .96-inches so your 17-inch gaming behemoth will probably not fit. That being said, there are plenty of 13-inch and 15-inch notebooks that are within that range so if you have a 13-inch or 15-inch, you can consider getting one of these stands.

 

but also very useful if you have multiple notebooks and just need a place to store them. Over the years I have accidently hoarded notebooks and I could see several of these on a table or even a shelf. Think of the space you’ll save and they look great. If you’re thing is modularity, this product will defiantly enhance the way you plug and play.

Bestand is a company I’m really interested in because they’re bending, shaping, and precision cutting aluminum alloy into stands for portable devices like tablets, smart-phones and watches. Their products are ergonomic, functional, simple, but still cool to look at. They’re “one-piece” design language is soothing when there are so many, what I would describe as: unnatural looking, stands out there.

 

This vertical notebook stand doesn’t just hold a notebook but it can also hold a smaller device like a tablet or smart phone at the same time thanks to its 2-in-1 design. The cradle easily slides up to 1.02-inches to fit even the thickest notebooks. Use the thumbscrew to tighten in place.

 

As far as vertical notebook stands go this is probably one of the best. It’s also one the most expensive for the reasons mentioned above. Currently, this stand is only offered by third party sellers and so there is a possibility this is a product that Bestand has discontinued though don’t quote me on that, but it may be a good idea to get them while supplies last. This is a premium vertical stand that’s a full 1.52-pound yet is heavier and has half the footprint of the McCally Vertical stand which might just be the next best choice or first choice depending on your budget.

 
 

Openwheeler®

Advanced Racing Simulator

Cockpit

 

The Openwheeler Advanced Racing Simulator Seat is probably the best wheel and flight control stand on the market today. With the Openwheeler you get the best of two worlds – A high-quality gaming chair equipped with rails allowing you to install modifications to your heart’s content. Fully modified what you get is a cockpit simulator to suit all your driving and flying needs.

 

First off, the all metal chassis is made in the USA so you can expect top-notch build quality that can support a lot of weight without bending, flexing, or tilting. The base is facetted in such a way as to not interfere with users climbing in and out and all of the run-outs are stabilized with legs and bumpers to lessen damage to floors and carpets. The seat glides forward and back into three positions while the foot-stand and wheel-stand are adjustable as well, accommodating any user preferences. The gear shift mount is a very nice addition but remember to get the Advanced Racing Simulator Seat and not the Gen 2 Cockpit which is the same thing but without the gear shift mount.

 

The seat itself is shaped like your basic gaming chair minus the legs of course and is made reasonably well with faux-leather as the base and polyester paintwork for the breathable areas. I would prefer all faux-leather because I feel polyester would tear easier and not be as resistant to spills so I recommend getting a cover for the chair if you can.

 

Final conclusion then, at almost $374.00 US the Openwheeler Advanced Racing Simulator Seat will be a large investment for any gamer to make. Beside a hit to the wallet there is the amount of space you will need to have dedicated to the chair. To be fair the dimensions are not so large that you couldn’t slide or move it out of the way if you needed but it would be a hassle to do it frequently. Perhaps caster wheels with brakes would have been a better solution than putting the chair on a static mount. Those drawbacks aside I have to say definitely get the Openwheeler if you are already invested in augmented reality gear and/or modifications or are serious about starting your AR/VR gaming adventures the best way possible.

 
 
 

UPCs

 

APC®

1500VA Compact UPS

Battery Backup & Surge Protector

CyberPower®

Intelligent LCD UPS System

AVR Mini-Tower

APC Back-UPS Pro Compact Tower provides quality battery backup and power protection in a smaller, lighter design. The Back-UPS Pro uninterruptible power supply provides power to your critical devices during an outage, allowing you to continue working or gaming, and stay connected to your network. Every connected SmartHome needs a UPS to help keep your wi-fi on and available, so that your SmartHome stays, well - smart! Give yourself the time to save documents and gracefully shut down your computer without harsh impact on your electronics in the event of sudden power loss. Xbox and PS4 Consoles, Gaming PC's, connected hard-drives and your Twitch stream all stay on when the lights go out.

 

APC 1500VA UPS Back-UPS Pro mini-tower backup power supply provides quality power protection for your critical home and small business devices. An APC UPS provides backup power and surge protection to power and protect your critical devices from the dangers of power surges, spikes, lightning and power outages. By powering your critical electronics with a backup battery during blackouts, you ensure personal and professional connectivity when it matters most. Improvements in efficiency, size and surge protection come at an affordable price, making the Back-UPS Pro mini-tower battery backup UPS models a perfect solution for your power protection needs.

A mini-tower UPS with line interactive topology; the CyberPower Intelligent LCD CP1500AVRLCD provides battery backup (using simulated sine wave output) and surge protection for desktop computers, workstations, networking devices, and home entertainment systems. The CP1500AVRLCD uses Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) to correct minor power fluctuations without switching to battery power, which extends battery life. AVR is essential in areas where power fluctuations occur frequently. The CP1500AVRLCD comes with a three-year warranty (including coverage of batteries) Battery Backup Supplies power long enough for equipment to properly shut down when utility power fails. Helps prevent loss of data and minimizes the component stress caused by a hard shutdown. Surge Protection diverts excess voltage away from sensitive electronic equipment during an AC power surge or power spike to prevent damage. Data Line Protection Prevents power surges that travel through telephone, coaxial, and Ethernet lines from causing damage to electronics. Line Interactive Topology Exists when a line interactive UPS has an autotransformer that regulates low voltages (e.g., brownouts) and over voltages (e.g., spikes) without having to switch to battery. Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) Provides clean, consistent AC power by automatically regulating low voltages and over voltages, within defined tolerances, when incoming utility power has minor fluctuations. Simulated Sine Wave Output Uses pulse wave modulation to generate a stepped, approximated sine wave to supply cost-effective battery backup power for equipment that does not require sine wave output. GreenPower UPSBypass Design Is a patented design that allows utility power to bypass the UPS transformer, when AC power is stable, which reduces energy consumption, noise, and heat buildup. Multifunction LCD Panel displays immediate, detailed information on the UPS battery and power conditions, alerting users to potential problems before they can affect critical equipment and cause downtime. Ultra quiet design minimizes noise during operation for a quieter work environment. PowerPanel Personal Software Provides a user-friendly dashboard interface for controlling and monitoring the UPS. Free software download available here. ENERGY STAR This model is an ENERGY STAR certified Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system. ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy-efficient products and practices that help save money and protect the environment.

 

2019