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  • RGB lighting is incredibly common in the gaming world.  The beautiful, gentle glow of a mechanical keyboard and RGB mouse, the only sources of light in a dim room, the clacking of the keyboard as you scope in another enemy player in your favorite FPS – RGB lighting has become synonymous with gaming.  Despite the clear aesthetic appeal, it’s unclear why else gamers would pursue RGB lighting on their technology as oppose to the alternative.  After all, it’s not like you need RGB lighting on your keyboard as you game – is it? Well, it may be.  RGB lighting is reported by many gamers to help them concentrate on the correct keystrokes,  helping them keep their fingers on the correct keys in a dim room.  PC gamers often need to have intense focus on the screen, with a lit room distracting from the gameplay and immersion at hand.  Because of this, the keyboard and mouse are required to have a certain sort of lighting in order to remain in focus and visible – and what other lights to choose but RGB lights? Another reason gamers might find RGB lights appealing is the status and identity which RGB lights convey.  After all, RGB has become synonymous with gaming at this point, and though it may be directly related to the peer pressure – well, can you truly call yourself a gamer if you don’t use an RGB keyboard and mouse?  Besides that, there are so many cool LED light strips which you can purchase to decorate your room, making it apparent to anyone who enters that you’re a gamer and you’re proud of it.  Personally speaking, I love to use RGB lights because they make me feel more comfortable and informal than under the bright lights which normally light my room.  After all, gaming should be comfortable – and what’s more comfortable than playing under the dimly lit conditions, surrounded by glowing and gently shifting colors!

  • Mechanical keyboards are known by many as the professional or high quality keyboard for gaming and avid typists alike.  What makes the distinction between the mechanical and regular keyboard, however, is oftentimes overlooked.  Because of this, many people will buy a mechanical keyboard without knowing which specifications to look for and end up severely disappointed, only gaining a fraction of the ability and features which a good mechanical keyboard boasts.  So if you’re looking to buy a mechanical keyboard, it’s necessary for any buyer to understand the uses and benefits of a mechanical keyboard, as well as what a mechanical keyboard is. Mechanical keyboards are distinct from all other keyboards in one main area – the switches (or key springs).  This essentially means that the mechanism by which your keyboard registers your keystrokes will be different than a regular keyboard.  Usually, mechanical keyboards have spring activated key switches.  When the key of a mechanical keyboard is pressed down, several things happen which creates a distinction between this keyboard and the traditional “rubber dome keyboard”.  When a key is pressed, the spring anchored beneath the key will connect to the keyboard’s circuit and register a keystroke, transferring the signal to your computer where your keystroke will display itself as the letter or number which you typed. Because the mechanical keyboard and the rubber dome keyboard often have the same keycaps, they will often appear to be the same, but many users feel less comfortable typing on a rubber dome keyboard than a mechanical one due to the different type of switches which mechanical keyboards use.  Oftentimes, an experienced user will be able to distinguish a mechanical keyboard from a rubber one simply by the feel of the keystrokes, but when you’re buying a keyboard initially it’s important to check out the description so you know if your keyboard is mechanical or not!

  • Today, we’re going to be covering the top 3 toplane champions for beginners in League of Legends.  Now, if you’re interested in getting into League of Legends as a toplaner but aren’t sure what champion to choose, this guide is for you.  We’re going to give you our experts top 3 picks for beginner toplane champions in League of Legends, and explain exactly why you should be picking what you’re picking.  Now, let’s get into the first pick. 3.  Jax Jax, also known as the King of Toplane, is known by that fearsome title for a very good reason.  An awesomely powerful splitpusher, dueler, and teamfighter, Jax takes a slight amount of skill to pick up but is totally worth it in our books.  Constantly hovering at the top of any tier list, simply seeing the name “Jax” on the enemy team is enough to make many players dread loading into the game.  With a counterstrike capable of blocking all incoming basic attacks and negating spell damage, a leap and an empowered auto attack, Jax is a simple yet popular champion which can be picked up with minor effort by almost anyone. 2.  Tryndamere Although Tryndamere has never been the most popular toplane champion, he is very feared and easy for beginners for a few very good reasons.  With his crit reliant build, you’re going to be shredding almost any enemy champ in a 1v1.  Tryndamere has a very unique ultimate ability, which allows you to survive any and all damage for 5 seconds, keeping your champion alive to deal as much damage possible in that time span.  Because of this ability, Tryndamere has a unique and useful playstyle for beginners and advanced macro players alike, allowing you to pick up a simple skill kit and being able to make mistakes, saved by your ultimate. 1.  Garen Without a doubt, Garen is the easiest and most powerful toplane champion for beginners.  Garen boasts one of the simplest sets of abilities in the game, with every ability either an AOE or targeted ability.  This means you won’t have to focus on aiming or actually attacking the target you need to.  All you have to do is point and click and win.  The basic combo is to lead with Garen’s Q, followed by his E and W.  This will allow you to win almost any low level matchups while spending almost no time learning his kit.  Garen is, without a doubt, one of the greatest League of Legends toplaners and easily the best for beginners.

  • YouTube recently released a beta version of their platform’s alternative to Tik Tok, know as YouTube Shorts.  Although initially YouTube shorts (and the features it includes) will not be available to everyone on the platform, YouTube is rolling the features out in the next few weeks.  Creators will gain access to the common features known and loved on Tik Tok, but instead on the much larger YouTube platform.  This means things like a large selection of musical tracks, an editor which makes it easy for creators to put together multiple clips into one cohesive video, and a captioning tool. Similar to TikTok as well, YouTube Shorts users will be able to “swipe” through an endless feed of videos which they can view and interact with on the fly.  The biggest difference between YouTube Shorts and Tik Tok, however, is the platform on which their content can be viewed.  Whereas Tik Tok is an exclusive, separate application, YouTube Shorts is available through a carousel which features on the homepage of YouTube. Although YouTube Shorts is missing out on several key features which Tik Tok offers, such as the unique collaborative tools, and a way to view specific shorts from certain creators, our writers believe YouTube Shorts is a giant growth potential for established creators and upcoming YouTubers alike.  YouTube considers Shorts as a way for new content creators to emerge, creating content which catches the attention of younger generations.  YouTube, of course, is the established video creation platform, surpassing Tik Tok by leagues. Because of this, we recommend keeping a close eye on YouTube Shorts, and potentially creating some shorts yourself.  Rather than Tik Tok, Shorts is tied into the YouTube ecosystem and because of this has an extremely high growth and profit potential, and since it’s a newer platform, there are very few established Shorts creators as of yet.  This means you have the potential to become the next big thing by using YouTube Shorts.

  • With the world moving quickly into a wireless era, some people have begun to consider a before unthinkable area of the market as a serious potential – wireless gaming mice.  A few years back, nobody would have considered this.  After all, gaming is all about reaction time and accuracy – and wireless mice are not well known for either of these factors.  This has changed in recent  years, however, and we had our experts at Webinovate explain the top 3 benefits of wireless gaming mice for both professional and hobbyist gamers. Counting down from #3 is the fact that wireless gaming mice are designed in an ergonomic, comfortable manner, allowing users to prolong their gaming sessions without their hands getting tired or suffering from the effort required to bring their all to the game.  This is an insanely useful benefit of wireless gaming mice, seeing as many gamers will play for hours at a time.  After hours of flickshotting (find out what flickshotting is here) and awesome trickshots, your hands are bound to get tired of the shape of your mouse.  Wireless mice, however, are designed for comfort first and foremost and aim to eliminate as much gaming fatigue as possible. The 2nd benefit of a wireless gaming mouse is the customization which they offer.  Wireless gaming mice are easy to customize and reprogram, making them a must – especially if you’re travelling a lot.  An easy replacement to touchpads (and with the extra customization features), wireless gaming mice will let you play on the go.  Along with a bluetooth keyboard and a pair of blue light blocking glasses, you can bring your entire gaming setup with you on the fly. The final – and without a doubt most prominent benefit – of wireless gaming mice is their ease of use.  No matter where you are, a wireless gaming mouse can be used easily and set up quickly.  Plus, wireless gaming mice are cheap, affordable, and usually customized to make gaming easier – featuring different sensitivities (or DPI) and in some cases programmable buttons, wireless gaming mice are a must have if you need to supplement your setup with a new slick mouse to help boost your gaming potential. Game on!

  • Every avid gamer is going to face this challenge eventually.  There’s no doubt you’ve heard the term before – either in a game lobby, or while watching some YouTube compilations, or maybe while reading some articles about the benefits of gaming mice.  No matter how you came across it, though, you’ve probably heard about a ‘flick shot’ while surfing the web and wondered exactly what a flick shot is, and how you can do it yourself. In simple terms, a flick shot – also referred to as a snap – is where you flick (or snap) your crosshair onto a target during a fast-paced FPS game, snapping your gun as you pull the trigger in order to remove all ability for your opponent to respond.  The purpose of a flick shot is to essentially remove the ability of an enemy to dodge your shot by moving your crosshair so quickly that during that time the enemy has been unable to move their character in order to take cover or dodge your shot.  Think of it this way – which you’re flickshotting, the reaction time of your enemy is of basically no help to them. Many amateur gamers will slowly reposition their cursor in order to target a moving enemy, by which time the enemy will have moved their character, leading to a game of “track the moving person with your cursor” – something we’ve all experienced at one point in time, but nobody likes to do.  This is the beauty of flickshots – they eliminate all of this hassle by letting you ‘flick’ your cursor to the target with amazing accuracy.  Now, let’s cover a few simple ways to do a flick shot. Consciously trying to aim your cursor is hundreds of times slower than flickshotting, which uses a technique called ‘unconscious cognition’.  Essentially, it eliminates all conscious process in the decision making of aiming, allowing you to flick your cursor to any opponent in sight. The easiest way to learn flickshotting is by going into the practice tool (or range).  From here, set up some stationary target dummies and practice flicking your mouse from one location to directly on the dummies, shooting them as accurately as you can from instinct.  It’ll be hard at first, but practice makes perfect.  You need to build up your muscle memory, and this is the best way to do it.  From here, add in practice on a few moving dummies, and once you master flickshotting those you’ll be able to bring your new, awesome technique into a game to flex on your friends! In the end, flick shotting is a must learner for any avid gamer who wants to improve their skills.  One final subject of note, however, is that gaming mice can also improve your flickshotting ability, so that’s something to take into consideration.  A high quality, affordable gaming mouse can bring your flickshotting to the next level. Happy flickshotting!

  • You either know a gamer or you are one yourself – in these times, gaming is an incredibly common sport which has taken the world by storm.  Because of this – and just like any other sport – gamers have begun to develop specific technology to increase their reaction time and overall skill levels.  There are multitudes of items which claim to increase your gaming performance, like energy drinks for gaming or headphones with high quality sounds.  One of the all-time classic pieces of gaming equipment, though, is a mechanical keyboard. And for good reason.  High quality mechanical gaming keyboards have multiple benefits which can provide you with an edge while you game.  Because of this, we’re going to be breaking down some of the benefits of a mechanical keyboard for gamers. The first benefit is that many mechanical gaming keyboards feature programmable keys – a benefit not just for gamers but for any avid computer users.  It’s always nice to have shortcuts to the items you need when you’re playing your RTS, or the hotkeys which you use to edit videos.  Mechanical keyboards can provide this, making your game easier to play and an overall more enjoyable experience. Another benefit is that mechanical keyboards are incredibly durable.  Many mechanical gaming keyboards are rated for over 50 million keystrokes, making these pieces of equipment a good investment, a great birthday present, and one of the most durable pieces of gaming equipment you could ever buy. Mechanical keyboards also boast a much faster response time than regular, traditional keyboards.  With a cheap, high quality mechanical keyboard you will receive unparalleled response time on keystrokes, allowing you to dodge skillshots and pull of epic flickshots. Mechanical keyboards which boast RGB backlights are also incredibly good for gaming at night, boasting the ability to see your keys while you play a game with the lights off, an experience which can only be described as the perfect vibe and feeling before you sign off and head to bed. With a multitude of other features and reasons to buy mechanical keyboards, these are the perfect gift for yourself or that special gamer in your life.  Only slightly less affordable than traditional keyboards, mechanical keyboards are definitely worth the investment.  If you’re interested in buying a high quality gaming keyboard today, be sure to check out our store here.  Otherwise, check out my post about 10 Hidden Features in the DuckDuckGo Search Engine.

  • If you don’t own a webcam yet (or if your webcam broke and you’re looking to buy a new one), there’s no better time to buy a brand new webcam than today. Having a webcam has become an essential to living in our modern times. It’s almost impossible to get around without one; if you’re contacting friends and relatives, doing schoolwork or posting YouTube videos or streaming – a webcam is a must. There are plenty of good, cheap webcams to buy – including the affordable and high quality webcams we offer on our shop – but if you haven’t decided to make the leap and buy a webcam yet, we’re going to be counting down the top 3 reasons you should buy a webcam today.   #3: Video Calls Arguably the most important (but also the most well known) reason to buy a webcam…video calling. You might need to make a video call into work, or you might just want to talk to relatives while you can see them, or you might just want a webcam to stay in contact with friends during quarantine. No matter the reason, though, you’re going to want a high quality webcam so you can call friends, family, or your boss whenever you need to. I cannot express this enough – in this time, having a webcam for general video calling is an absolute must.   #2: Freelancing This is a generally overlooked reason for buying a webcam. There are an incredible amount of freelance options which you gain access to by owning a webcam. You can check my personal experience with this (and how I made over $600 a month with the purchase of a cheap, high quality webcam) here. In the end, though, owning a webcam for freelancing – be it job interviews or a job as a freelance media personality – is a must. It’s a very cheap investment which can have an insanely high investment turnaround with a bit of time.   #1: Creating Content Finally, there’s something everyone wants to do but rarely follows through on – content creation. The benefits of webcams in content creation cannot be stressed enough. A simple plug and play recording setup for your YouTube channel or Twitch account will benefit you more times than you can count. Having a face to your voice will retain a larger audience, and the budget option of a webcam is the easiest way to go about this. With a cheap usb webcam you’ll be able to present high quality information in your videos or entertaining gameplay in your Twitch streams with little to no investment or technological skills involved.

  • Almost everyone knows about the barrel roll, a famous feature found on the Google search engine which will quite literally flip the page on its head when you type “do a barrel roll” into the search box. It’s quite a commonly known feature – probably the reason being the suggested results are filled with searches like “do a barrel roll 20 times” and “do a barrel roll 30 times”. Some people just like the rush of adrenaline you get from being so dizzy you feel like you’re going to puke. The hidden features of DuckDuckGo, the private search engine rival to Google, are much harder to find information on – and I’ll admit, much more useful. Barrel rolls can be fun once, or even twice, but when you want features which will actually help with your quest for information and not distract you, look no further than DuckDuckGo. Let’s go ahead and check out the top 10 shocking secret features found on this search engine! #10: Places Searching for places, restaurants, or locations will surely turn up results on DuckDuckGo! Maps are integrated within the very results of the engine, allowing a search like “pizza places in Denver” to turn up results quickly and accurately, with reviews and results powered by Tripadvisor. Many of the DuckDuckGo features exist to make your web browsing experience more centralized and focused, and this one is no exception! You don’t even have to leave the search page if you decide not to – or if you’re just really didn’t want to click that link to view the reviews. You won’t have to worry about traveling – no pun intended – to different websites when you want to travel to a 5 star restaurant near you! This feature is a must have for any travelers and foodies! Rather than spending your time surfing the web to find good food, you can spend your time looking at the images of delicious tacos, burgers, Chinese food, and more which turn up in the results. #9: Meanings and Definitions DuckDuckGo is no stranger to definitions – the very name of the search engine has been a subject of speculation in the online community. Everyone can “Google it”, but it’s rare to find somebody who asks you to “DuckDuckGo something” – that just doesn’t sound right to our ears! That could be why they added the feature of “Meanings”, a tab which attempts to educate people on specific terms which may have multiple definitions or historical significance! All you have to do is search for a term and if DuckDuckGo decides the meaning is relevant, a tab will be displayed at the very right beneath the search bar, titled “Meaning”. From there you can see all the potential definitions the term you searched for has! Even a simple search for an emoticon can turn up over 12 different results and common references to the term in pop culture! #8: News With DuckDuckGo, relevant news to your search result will appear compiled at the top of the page! No more spending hours surfing through news websites, only to get distracted by the blaring video advertisements which these sites are rife with. All you have to do is search up a topic with the word “news” attached to the end of your search, and voilà! A custom tab will manifest, showcasing the latest news regardless of the topic! Another benefit of having these custom tabs is the collection and filtration of only relevant news to the topic you want to know about. DuckDuckGo filters your results to only include information and articles which are related to the topic you searched for. This feature is a must have for anyone who wants quick and easy access to the latest information on any topic you can think of – from Dogecoin, to Zebras – just add “news” to your search results and DuckDuckGo will tell you what’s going on. There’s no doubt that features like these are superb for the busy working man or woman, trying to catch up on the latest news without getting distracted by gossip or celebrity hot takes! #7: Advanced Keyboard Shortcuts The more traditional computer users will go crazy over this feature! If you’ve been using computers for a long time, you’ll probably recall that mice are a newer invention; back in the day, you navigated with your keyboard! And much to the displeasure and mockery of modern computer geeks, some people still do. But for those who do, this feature is undoubtedly meant for you! DuckDuckGo features keyboard shortcuts which allow advanced navigation of search results, as opposed to using the mouse! A simple search will turn up a multitude of shortcuts which allow complete navigation of pages – and with a bit of mastery, showing off your skills will be a breeze! You’ll be able to browse the internet with one hand free, typing away and watching the pages of search results speed on past. #6: Recipes If you enjoy cooking, then this feature is for you! Just add the word “recipes” to your search, and recipe results will appear no matter what you searched for! Chicken Casserole? Tacos? Enchiladas? All you have to do is add the word recipes on to your search and a custom “Recipes” tab will appear showing reviews, recipe titles, thumbnail images of the delicious food, and even a detailed taste profile for each recipe! For any of the chefs in the family, this search feature is an absolute must! Especially if you can’t be bothered to click off the homepage of your browser, but still want to search for specific recipes. Anyone could fall into the trap of convenience, and when the trap is as lugubrious and useful as DuckDuckGo’s Recipes feature – who wouldn’t want to? #5: Private Auto Suggest Google is famous for their auto suggest results, but DuckDuckGo provides this feature with a special twist! Whereas the Google auto suggestions are compiled by tracking the results […]

  • Every gamer wants nothing more than a high quality mechanical keyboard for their birthday. With a slick RGB backdrop with custom colors and 10 different lighting modes, who wouldn’t want a mechanical keyboard? If you’re trying to pick out an inexpensive mechanical keyboard for a gamer’s birthday, however, it’s much easier to decide that a mechanical keyboard is a good birthday present than it is to decide which mechanical keyboard to actually buy. The best mechanical keyboards, of course, feature aluminum alloy panels instead of plastic ergonomic designs, and many other fancy features which set them apart from other brands. Still, when picking between the best of the best, a few problems appear. Firstly, you have to pick an inexpensive and affordable mechanical keyboard that remains high quality. Mechanical keyboards are infamous for being expensive, so it’s hard to find a good quality brand which sells them for a reasonable price. Secondly, it’s hard to find distinctions between the best brands on the market, and can be difficult for a non tech-savvy person to pick out a keyboard for that special someone. The specifications and qualities of each keyboard seem to blend together unless you’re technological savvy or a tech expert. That’s why we had our tech experts pick out the best high quality mechanical keyboard, source selected and expert approved for your gift needs. Featuring 87 keys, an ergonomic design, aluminum alloy panels, a custom RGB backdrop, and over 10 lighting modes, this keyboard has everything your gamer will want for their birthday. Supporting all operating systems, this keyboard is an easy choice when you’re picking out a mechanical keyboard for a birthday gift. You can find the mechanical keyboard for sale here, and use the code “BIRTHDAYNOW” for 15% off at checkout. After all, that special someone needs a special keyboard for their gaming pleasure, and this keyboard provides that.