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Nintendo Switch Review Roundup: Neat Joy-Cons, Intuitive Experience, Outdoor Brightness and Battery Could be Better

By Radu Iorga

The reviews for the Nintendo Switch console are starting to pour in and we’ve decided to do a roundup of the most important ones. The general opinion seems to be positive, although some small caveats were mentioned here and there. Words like “potential” and “a console for everyone” are being thrown around and excitement reigns supreme among reviewers. Let’s see what the reviews say!

1. Kotaku – Experimental game console, some control issues

The editors liked using the Switch and highly praised the excellent new Zelda title, that’s very addictive. Hidden costs and some irritating problems are mentioned, but the release titles aren’t as impressive as Zelda. The problem is that you can also play Zelda Breath of the Wild on the Wii U, so that drops the reason to get Switch. The reviewer recommends waiting to get the full array of functions on the device.

Joy Con issues are mentioned, like the fact they’re not very comfortable to use. Buttons are said to be placed oddly and the thumbsticks are apparently too small and very flippy. Shoulder buttons are also too easy to press by mistake.

2. Motherboard – Very nice to use, but not very portable

Motherboard/Vice shaped this review like a series of letters. They talk about the portability being there, but the device not actually being very portable. It’s too big for subway use and the battery life was quoted as 3 to 4 hours when playing Zelda. The console also felt like it needed a zero day patch, to get rid of some loading times. Unlike the previous review, some praise for the controls are offered here. We learn that you can aim using the joystick to fire arrows and move the controller around with the motion sensor.

Two player fun with two Joy Cons doesn’t sound very intuitive or easy to do apparently. In the end it’s less of an iPad rival and more of a home console rival.

3. BGR – good battery life, storage could be better

BGR claims that the console is not cheap or flimsy and that it fits in a backpack perfectly. The 720p resolution of Zelda on the go didn’t pose any problems. Still, storage was mentioned as a frustrating element, as Nintendo offers just 32 GB of storage here. The SD card is a must have though, but that means spending extra cash. Battery life hasn’t been a problem, with 5 hoursquoted when idling on the main menu screen.

3 hours of non stop Zelda gameplay in handheld mode were also considered OK. The UI also gets some praise, for being clean, usable and much faster than any other electronic device that the reviewer had.

4. The Verge – Lots of potential

Thanks to The Verge we learn that the gaming tablet has some glare in the sunlight, but the screen behaves nicely in general. The lack of a bundled case is also a bummer, since a drop is very likely if you’re clumsy. The Zelda experience was described as “surreal”, with impressionistic character models and realistic particle effects. Choppiness did appear when running through large areas though.

The stereo speakers are said to be very loud, with more treble than bass and playing from a distance while the console rests on kickstand is quite doable. Once again a bit under 3 hours are said to be time of gameplay achieved in Zelda. The tablet’s physical connection for the Joy Cons is sturdy and this means that it may be hard to detach the joysticks in the end.

The lack of a web browser and Netflix are listed as major bummers.

5. Engadget – very fun, lots of unknown

Engadget had an interesting approach, by testing both the home console abilities and portable console abilities of the device. In the end they liked the portability, but they also mentioned quite a few unknowns that plague the device. There was no eShop or networking abilities for the device before the Switch was launched, so those can’t quite be analyzed. A unified multiplayer network was promised, but has yet to be detailed.

On the pro side, the innovative hardware is praised and the overall experience was clearly superior to the one of the Wii U. Battery life was modest, the screen wasn’t very visible outside and accessories are quite expensive. Controls are more refined than the Wii U tablet and the controller buttons have good feedback.

One thing that reviews have in common is the rather modest, but acceptable battery life. There’s also the not very bright screen outdoors and the majority of reviewers dig the whole vibe of the slate, its buttons and Joy Cons. During most reviews Zelda itself felt like the reason to buy the console, praised as a superb game. The console starts selling these days, for $299.

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Nintendo Switch Gets Previewed: Early Impressions are Positive, But There’s a Bit of Work Needed

By James A.

The next big tech launch of the year, aside from the ones of MWC 2017 will be the one of the Nintendo Switch console. Since we’re about a week away from its debut, it’s time for some previews and first impressions, from the likes of Engadget, Ars Technica, Gamespot, Polygon and The Verge. The first impressions are positive and they believe that the potential is great.

However, just like it happened with the PS Vita, the initial release of games will be limited and few titles will be available. The “Virtual Console” will be a positive thing, since it will let users download and play games from older consoles, but sadly that won’t be available at launch. Online play will also come later on, as a beta during the fall, so quite a few things are lacking here.

It’s true that the Switch does stay true to the promise of offering both handheld and fixed gaming, doing both very well. This 6.2 inch touchscreen device with Joy Con controllers lets you break apart and slide the controllers onto the sides of the tablet, offering gaming buttons and analog sticks. The controllers can be used as a single combined controller or as two separate ones.

Two parts of a Joy-Con controller will let you play multiplayer games on the go, locally, on the same slate. The Nintendo Switch is powered by a version of the Nvidia Tegra X1 CPU, the one that was used on the Nvidia Shield Android TV model. Once again we don’t have full reviews for the tablet, but only previews. Engadget seems to think that the console is great for people who are lazy, but also for people always on the go, letting you both connect to the TV set and be a couch potato or play while commuting.

There will be an uphill battle to remove people from their tablets and glue them to this device…

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Chinese Retailer Once Again Offering the Chuwi HiBook Pro at a Super Low Price!

On Sale Right Now!

I’ll keep this short and to the point as I noticed this while I was writing a post on my Chuwi HiBook Tablet server an hour ago.

The folks over at Banggood.com once again have the HiBook Pro on sale for a super reasonable $184! The sale ends Feb 12th or when 100 units are sold, there are currently less than 40 left.

That is a very good price considering the  2560 x 1600 display and the larger battery: 8000mAh.

Here are a few video reviews of this tablet.

You can buy one at this link, but don’t wait long, they sold the last flash sale out in less than 2 days.

Tim


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Full Review, TP-Link AC1200, Archer C5 Wireless Router

A nifty new router!
A nifty new router!

The last major item I purchased this week was a wireless router. It offers dual-band connectivity and was needed so I could fully utilize the 5gHz channels available to my new Asus Z580CA.

I bought the product from Amazon used, with minor scratches, which of course mean nothing on a router. It came with the router/cable and nothing else. On the other hand setting it up was incredibly easy and the interface was pretty much identical to my older WRN720 TP-Link, so no manual was no big deal.

The major bonus here was the extra speed that the Asus tablet can connect at. Look closely at the image below, yeah, that is 433mbps, so there is no lag when using the tablet.

yeah, 433mbps!
yeah, 433mbps!

 

 

 

 

 

 

As far as I can tell this router works great and has about 100 ft more range than my little WRN-720 had.  It is a well built product and I am giving it a review of 9.5. I wish it had come with some documentation hence the 0.5 hit.

Tim


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Car Demons Plugin Review

Question-MarkSo lately I have been using one of the test sites here to test out a nifty plugin that I was interested in. It is called Car Demons and is a very nice, well written plugin that I talked about in a previous post on the yourfreewordpress site.

There is great support and there are a few glitches. The basic concept is great! But…and there are the usual “buts” here. You do need to be quite the WP Guru to use it and even after hashing out the issues I had at first,  that involved not having the mod-rewrite module loaded in Apache, I still have one single HUGE issue.

That “huge” issue is the cars display fine but the damned prices don’t! Let’s face it folks, when people are “shopping” for a car, what the hell is their main priority? Yeah, price! I can get past the fact that the writer of the plugin uses some funky language to describe certain features, such as Anti-Brake? Yeah, that would be anti-lock brakes, at least here in the USA. And featuring Tire pressure Monitoring as a feature? Well, it has been mandatory here since 2008. But those minor issues aside, the price thing is just bugging the hell out of me!

So once again I am asking for a wee bit of help here.  Go on over to yfwp3.yourfreewordpress.com and login as yfwp3 with a password of…yfwp3 and proceed to the fixing!  Do whatever it takes. This is a dev site, so if you break it totally it is a simple matter of re-uploading a few files and starting again. Have at it folks!

The author of this post is not connected in any way with the creators of the plugin(s) reviewed and all opinions are strictly his. No guarantees of performance or reliability are either given or inferred.


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