Sunday, 24 January 2021

My new Epic Gaming Mouse is finally here and it was a much needed upgrade

Redgear M609 Review
My new Epic Gaming Mouse
So being stuck with a cheap, weird looking, heavy, uncomfortable mouse for several months because my sister just because my sister couldn't spend ₹250 more on a much more decent one which i finally own now, it's amazing in almost every aspect though does have shortcomings (pretty minor) like every budget mouse.

One of the most exciting and unbelievable thing about is despite having thousands of reviews for all of it's 5-6 different models, it still maintains a pretty healthy and amazing rating of 4.5 out 5 stars on amazon. All other decent mouse i have seen around this budget or under ₹1000 are rated anywhere around from 4.1 to 4.4 stars despite having far less no. of reviews and as we obviously know about the math of reviews, the higher the count the more chances of less overall product rating due to more people with bad experience or issues.

Despite it being way better than my previous one in most things, i still have three complains, i wish cable was braided (with gold plated connector ideally), scroll wheel was more smooth (makes a little noise as well) and even with highest 3200 DPI the movement feels a slightly less compared to my previous mouse.

Otherwise, the accuracy of sensor, the optical switches and the overall quality of buttons is top notch. I really love it's RGB lights as well. Has colors ranging from Red, Green, Blue and Purple depending on the DPI level selected. It has a great sensor and i love the looks as well, one of the most aesthetic budget mouse, you could also say.

So let's get back and look at what was wrong with my previous mouse, i had a XMate Zorro, weirdly, there are many clones out there of it on amazon itself so i am not sure which one is the original but it doesn't matter as they are pretty much the same price.

So i got this mouse for ₹500 back in July and my first impression of it was it was very heavy, took me several days to get used to it's heftiness but then there was also an issue of click not responding sometimes (occasionally) which was not that much of an issue then one of the biggest annoyance for was it was seriously uncomfortable to hold in hand, even the last day i used that mouse (couple of days back), it was just not pleasing at all. It might have looked OK normally but never was able to take a good photo of it so it prove looks weren't on it's side as well.

I have told you the whole story but no mention of the mouse name (make and model) itself, so presenting you the epic ₹729 (10$) Redragon M609, got it for ₹60 off on the Republic Indian Sale on Amazon India.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Upgraded my PC to 7th gen i5 and it's been amazing so far

When PC upgrade was in progress
When PC upgrade was in progress
So finally, my wish for having a SATA 3 and USB 3 has come true and it couldn't be any better. I also glad for a much better motherboard with more options and functionality. I got a i5 7500 with H110 motherboard and 16GB RAM and rest is the same, my brother had to get another identical 8GB stick which he got for a really cheap price of ₹2,000 as we didn't have pay extra 18% GST, they are some pretty basic Hynix sticks without heat spreader but it does the job as they are not very high frequency (2666Mhz, though running at 2400mhz because of chipset limitation by Intel) and latency seems a bit high too for the clocks (CL19) which stays same even at lower speed.

My previous i7 3770 might have been slightly faster in some CPU intensive games but it used to run really hot as even with a decent Cooler Master H410R Air Cooler i used to get 73C peak temps and with normal and pretty basic cooler like Deepcool Alta 7 it even peaked 94C which was not ideal at all and would have probably shortened the lifespan of the CPU. So this 7th gen i5 being very efficient and impressively runs decently cool too, same basic Deepcool air cooler runs this thing at 10C cooler than what tower cooler did with i7, absolutely mind blowing to say the least. We have come a long way with the efficiency with only 4 generations of gap, well you could also say, makes sense because 22nm vs 14nm so that is typically expected.

I am glad to be on the DDR4 platform as well, my MSI H110M PRO-VD motherboard also really shines when it comes to all kind of features, my previous Asus H61 board was really limited with BIOS options as you couldn't even change Sleep settings, RAM Voltage and there was no way to enable EuP/ErP to disable USB charging when PC is off. This one does all that and give alot more things to set as well and interface is pretty nice as well another thing that barely matter but worth a mention is Hardware Reserved memory on this board is 35.8MB and my previous Asus mobo despite being so basic still consumed a hefty 50.3MB. I do prefer Asus for motherboards compared to any other brands but MSI is still pretty decent brand and they did a fine job with this one while Asus H61M-K was a bit disappointing because of being so limited with BIOS settings options.

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

How Australia cheated to win 3rd T20I to escape an embarrasing whitewash against India

Umpires helping Australia to win in cricket? still a better love story than Twilight.

So, as usual umpires proved that they are just a puppet of Australian Cricket Team, always helping them win by unfair means with LBWs, close or marginal runouts / stumpings / noball calls, faint edges or no edge, manipulated hawkeye (thanks to their another friend called ICC for this one).

So here we will mainly talk about the controversial Wade LBW in yesterday's match and somewhat about two other doubtful decisions too.

So first of all, such a plumb lbw was not given (but benefit of doubt goes to umpire because we didn't appeal very confidently and it was only the bowler) but then Shreyas Iyer was given out on a umpire's call which was fractionally hitting the bails (it also seems like hawk-eye is manipulated in favour of ICC's beloved teams).

I am not sure what's going on with umpires always giving edge to Australia as 8/10 of times wrong decision always go in their favour ever since i started watching cricket back in 2003 World Cup final, in which also India was denied 2 plumb LBWs where Ponting and Martin were out early then they built a huge total partnership and took the game away from us which proved crucial and Australia posted a formidable total of 350+ and chasing such big total against a quality pace attack like their in the era where even 275 was considered a winning total was next to impossible.

So let's come to the point and discuss what happened here

the corrupt Australian officials intentionally showed the replay on big screen so India can be denied the review, weird thing was the timer wasn't shown but still India took the review under 15 sec then umpires even approved it then Wade had an objection with it being reviewed and umpires having signalled it to the 3rd umpire and he even started talking and they even reached the stage of hawk-eye replay after checking hotspot and snicko which showed it was out (with three red) then suddenly they dismiss it, just because a blatant obnoxious Australian cheat told them to do so, freaking incident.

Can't believe anything like this can happen, India also didn't look at the big screen, they asked for review because they felt it was out but that was the whole plan to deny it from India and everyone from umpires, broadcasters and Wade helped them to do so.

I strongly believe corrupt ICC is involved in all this because then why would majority of dodgy decisions would go in the favour of Australia? Chahal also got the wicket of Maxwell in next over so but it was called no-ball when in fact his foot landed marginally behind the line but 3rd umpire couldn't see it as he's been paid by Australian cricket board.

Additionally, India was denied 3-4 wides in Andrew Tye's over when Kohli who was playing so well lost his rhythm due to another unethical act by umpires. Couple of times, Kohli tried to get across and shuffle, once it might have been 50-50 (again the benefit of doubt thing with aussies) but the other one was totally ridiculous as it was probably a test match kind of wide as the ball was not even inside the main batting / bowling pitch, no matter how much you would around it's definitely always going to be wide. Something similar happened with Pollard in last over of IPL 2019 final MI's batting and it was funny to see his outrageous reaction on the next ball where he almost killed it with humor and anger but it was slightly disgraceful and umpire didn't like it at all and talked to him with disbelief. If you guys don't remember, on the next ball after wide, he went way too far across in a funny and sarcastic way hinting about that terribly wrong decision. If was mind boggling to say the least.

Lastly, India was given a hefty match fine of 50% for slow over-rate despite suffering so much due to corrupt officials and blatant Aussies who take pride in playing with dirty tactics in almost every sport they play. Australia has never in Ponting's captaincy era got fined or any ban for his ridiculously slow over-rate of 12 overs in Test Cricket. Take that ICC and your stupid white supermacist match referees.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

PS5 and Xbox Series S/X are ridiculously overpriced in India

Seems like this drama will never end and stupid brainwashed Indian people who lack critical thinking are justifying it again as usual as they did in the past. Many people i have heard saying both console companies (Microsoft and Sony) pay 40% custom duty, i don't understand why would they even receive special treatment from Indian government or officials, it's just another form of electronics.

In India many people blame GST for high prices of electronics but do they know that even Europe their 20% after sales tax which is 2% higher than India yet still gaming consoles and iPhones are pretty cheap compared to here and it just doesn't end here. PC Parts prices of many components such as RAM, HDD, CPU, GPU etc. are quite similar India compared to Europe so it does raise the question if gaming console companies are being greedy and / or retailers are desperate for high profit margins, could be one of the things or both.

When PS2 launched in India back in 2003 it was twice the price compared to USA and Sony claimed they have to pay 66% in import duty which was a huge lie as there's nothing even close to that mark and highest duty on any product is not more than 28% so this proves they are trying to fool us with high price tag and making petty excuses just to justify their in-competitiveness and fraud

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Extremely grateful for upgrade to 16gb ram and i7 3770

It feels like a real blessing, my computer is a powerhouse now due to this two major upgrades. I had 8GB since late 2015 and i used to dream about having 16gb since mid-2016 and my wish finally came true when my brother bought me two hyperx fury 8gb sticks.

Those are some really nice looking ram, blue variant is my favorite and that's what i got and aesthetics are just mind blowing.

I am running them at 1600mhz instead of because 1866mhz because there's no way to manually set voltage on my Asus H61M-K motherboard and due to that it's not stable at 1866mhz and shows failed ram overclock error but it's not the end of the world because as it's rated at CL10, mine runs at CL9 pretty much making up for that lost frequency gain and extremely negligible performance difference at worst.

I got the ram on the last day of the last year. Yes, you heard it right. 31st December. My brother also got an 8GB stick as well for his pc from Nehru Place.

It was a really good price, my ram costed 2700 INR (36$) per stick but i was little upset and argues with my brother that he got ripped off because according to the price list pdf i had (the most recent one ofcourse) price after adding 18% GST would have been 2500 so i feel we paid 400 extra for both sticks combined.

It took me atleast a few weeks to get over it, i know it wasn't a huge amount to fret about but there certainly was some dishonesty shown by Cost To Cost.

I got an i7 3770 less than a month ago, about two and a half week to be precise. It was also another interesting event that took place that shifted fortunes by my side. It was also bought from NP in Delhi.

My brother asked one of the shop to buy it and he was offering the cpu for 6k INR but without any warranty so it was a huge bummer for him then i looked up another shop which was offering 1 year warranty but at considerably more price of 8k then my told him that it's 2k cheaper on other shop then he reduced the price to 6500 and we scored a genuinely good deal.

But then another hurdle when we slapped it in my pc was, it was running really hot at load. Temps were easily reaching 90C+ then i got worried, i had a really cheap basic cooler from deepcool for which costs around 100 on amazon then my brother suggested me to buy some beefy cooler like the ones with huge tower and i got myself an Cooler Master H410R RGB for only 1800rs. on amazon and now my temps at full load never get above 72C.

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Realme C3 Review, The Budget King of Indian Market

By far the best phone under 8k budget in terms of performance, the realme c3 took the whole world or atleast Indian market by storm. I was lucky to get it around 3 weeks before lockdown started. I was amazed by the feature packed Android 10, impressive, much improved and refined Realme UI which is the successor of ColorOS which many people used to dislike though it’s still based on same principles as it’s also called ColorOS 7 (Realme UI 1.0 technically).

The phone packs a massive 5000mah which provide decent backup 1 and half day with moderate usage. Being the first device to launch with powerful Helio G70 is also quite impressive as it’s a really good midrange level chip at entry level price. Custom Android 10 OS in it is just phenomenal with advanced gestures such as 3 swipe down screenshot, long SS, partial SS etc.
Initially camera seem to had major picture quality issues due to having blurry image with zoomed shots or far / out of focus objects and even normal shots weren’t that impressive which all got fixed the 3 software updates i received just under 1 month.

Sounds is quite loud and audio quality is okay too. No stuttering or any performance related issue in any task i throw at it such as gaming, rendering and even copying / moving files is very fast as it has emmc 5.1 which supports upto 400MB/s bi-directional speed which is faster than SATA 2 on my pc (though no anywhere near fast as UFS 2.1, let alone the latest 3.0 version of it).

Screen is very bright and picture is also very crisp which is expected on a IPS LCD display, screen is quite large too being 6.2″ it feels great to have such big screen size phone so now my older 5″ screen phone looks tiny compared to it and i have got well used to it now, at some point my one of my friend was doubtful if i will be able to handle it but then i felt companies making these phones must have something logical in their mind to go in this direction of bigger screen so it shouldn’t be an issue.
I have four major complaints about it though, no fast charging, usb type-c or fingerprint scanner and with such large screen i also expected a Full HD screen but HD+ is still acceptable considering the price of the phone.

So overall, it’s the budget king in market right now and if you’re solely looking for something to game one with smooth experience, high fps and high graphics then this is the one for you, ofcourse if you can deal with or ignore the minor issues it has which are pretty negligible, to be honest.
I own the 4GB RAM+64GB ROM variant and i also have my 4 year old Sandisk 32GB Class 10 UHS-I plugged in as well. It offers a dedicated sim card tray so you can use or have two nano-sims and 1 MicroSD Card upto 256GB expandable storage. I have the blue color variant, it has dual camera on the back with flash and single front facing selfie camera.

The UI feels quite slick, silky smooth and easy to use. Overall for this budget i would rate this phone 8.5/10. though providing such powerful device at this extremely low budget is not an easy task. But i would have those three missing features i mentioned earlier which do exist in Redmi 8 which also has the same price for both 3GB/4GB RAM variants respectively though it has significantly slower and older processor but people who are not diehard or serious gamers would want to have more convenience which it does provide satisfyingly.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Conspiracy against Mobile Brands of India

Remember the time when Indian brand were ruling the android smartphone market? That’s ancient history now. I remember being so joyful and feeling out of the world when Micromax became No.1 brand of India in October 2014. But that escalated rather quickly after Xiaomi entered the smartphone market. I also believe that were was some conspiracy done by Chinese companies to make Indian brands phones have poor perfomance and stability issues as that is what i experience on my Micromax Bharat 5 Pro android phone which i bought from flipkart. It was probably the cheapest 3GB RAM phone at that time and with humongous battery of 5000mah, i had really high expectations from it but i was bitterly disappointed later on after i found out so many critical issues.
First of all performance was really pathetic, even a basic game like Subway Surfers was running real slow.

After inserting my 32GB SD Card, every application would suddenly crash and the phone was sometimes suggesting to format so i thought there must be something wrong with it but the phone couldn’t even process that, the technician from flipkart came and he also found in his test that his memory was also having same trouble as mine in the phone, so we finally reached a conclusion that something was seriously wrong with the phone and decided to get a replacement, even with sealed pack i barely sold it for half the price which was a real bummer but i was happy that I at least got rid of it for something.

Nowadays, you will hardly see any major Indian tech Youtuber reviewing smartphones or tablet from an Indian brand. The reason is obvious, they are being paid by Chinese / American brands so Indian Brands don’t get much marketing and hence really poor sales and this is what has mainly caused their downfall. I am still amazed by the value a phone from Karbonn provides which launched earlier this year in may and I am looking to buy soon but due to financial condition i am obliged although it’s very affordable especially considering it’s specs. It’s named  “Platinum P9 Pro” and it’s probably one of the most high-end phone Karbonn made and only disappointing thing about is that screen is not HD otherwise a very solid phone for the price, as i mentioned earlier.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

ICC is biased and they have a hidden agenda against India

the logo of this corrupt organization

I am so frustrated about constant bias of umpires against India in almost every match they play. It's almost like 8 out of 10 wrong decision go against us due to unreasonable umpiring even against lowered ranked or minnow teams. DRS is not being utilized properly because reviews are very limited and umpire's call rule needs to be eradicated completely because it gives unfair advantage to certain teams. ICC seems to be doing some funky stuff behind the scenes to provide full support to their favorite teams.

The major reason behind my anger and reason i am writing this post is the ridiculous umpiring in the first T20I between India and Bangladesh played three days back where umpires crossed all the limits. Firstly, both umpires were Indians so hard to imagine they would cheat or get bribed against their own nation but as Umpire's Elite Panel is controlled by ICC it's not impossible that there could be corruption somewhere in.

Rohit Sharma was given out LBW when the ball was barely touching the top of the stumps as hawkeye showed the ball tracking after he took the review. Had umpire given it not out it would have stayed like that in that case too so this proves unfair advantage teams get with DRS and that's why i always feel it needs to be implemented properly.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the hero for Bangladesh in the match and he was denied two plumb LBWs in two consecutive deliveries at the start of his innings. How more ridiculous can it be? India refused to take review because there's only one of them and being scared to lose they decided against it. If umpires would have been fair enough in this case, India would have won easily by at least 25-35 runs because they would have lost momentum rather early and that burst at the end of innings by hitting four consecutive fours of Khaleel Ahmed wouldn't have happened.

India's great unbeaten record of not losing even a single match vs Bangladesh in T20Is got totally ruined just because of stupid umpires. Although, I still fancy us bouncing back and winning the series 2-1 but this agenda of ICC and umpires against India needs stop and i am witnessing it ever since i started watching cricket since World Cup 2003 final and it's most likely been happening ever since India started playing cricket.

They are so corrupt, they never penalize Australian Cricket team for sledging, cheating, false appeals, slow overrates but here they come giving demerit points to Virat Kohli every now and then just because of passion and aggression as he becomes little animated on the field.

Sydney Test 2008, India lost this match due to probably the most ridiculous biased umpiring in the history of any game. Two of them even included 3rd umpire. India was blatantly cheated by Aussies and there's no doubt umpires were bribed in that game. 13 decisions went against India while only 2 wrong decisions went against Australia. ICC took no action against this act where i believe this team of convicts should have banned at least an year and match should have been declared a draw but no such thing happened and Australia used ICC in unfair means as usual.

Sydney Test 2010, in this game against Pakistan, i won't say it was Australia's fault but Pakistan deliberately lost the match and got paid $1.2m from a bookie of their own country. After Australia were 8 wicket down. Nobody expected this would have happened, Kamran Akmal dropped two catches and even missed an easy runout chance then was found smiling which lead to a 150+ runs partnership between Siddle and Hussey but still target was not out of reach for Pakistan. They needed 170 odd runs to win the test and at one stage they even looked like winning it but all batsman eventually got out playing rash shots which also hinted towards match fixing. ICC doesn't took any action right away, it was like after half year when spot fixing claims got alot attention from media the ICC said to be investigating the allegations and later on gave it a clean chit without looking into the matter properly.

In World Cup 2019, Aleem Dar was literally cheating India vs Afg in league stage match. He gave two wrong LBWs but luckily both got overturned successfully due to DRS but there was also a umpire call which went against India.

During Afghanistan batting also he was reluctant to give LBWs and one of the batsman survived a close shout, there was another decision i don’t remember exactly where batsman was clearly out but he didn’t give (caught behind i reckon) and he also gave two wrong wides consecutively when ball went over the body of the batsman.

In England match he also didn’t give out Jason Roy when England were slow at start and that partnership blew India out of the game after that. He was caught behind as he gloved down the leg side to wicket-keeper but stupid Dhoni refused to review.

In 2007 series 3rd ODI match vs SA, he gave AB De Villiers not out when he was caught a 1st slip with a very thick edge and that’s probably his one of the most controversial decision ever, it’s spiteful if you have ever seen that viral video of that incident on YouTube. Had it hit the pad it won’t have gone so fast to slips and also doubtful if it would have carried as they are really soft compared to bat.

IMHO, there should 2 reviews in T20s, 3 in ODIs, 4 in Tests. Such is the nature of game, umpiring standards are rather poor and they are meant to make mistake. Technology needs to be utilized properly. If you're spending millions on something and it's still not getting the job done then something is wrong your intentions. 1 reviews per inning is not enough for T20Is, let alone even longer game such as ODI. I always consider umpire's call being misuse of technology by ICC to favor certain teams, when you get out bowled. It doesn't matter how much part of the ball hit the stumps so same should be done with DRS in LBWs as well. It's like you're expecting 99% decisions of umpires to be right while in reality more than half of them are wrong. Another proof of umpires being against India is Kohli has got 11 umpire's call decisions against him in last 3 years against which he reviewed. It's a good addition that you don't lose review on umpire's call anymore but still i don't think it's ethical as it gives edge to certain team.