The Y Geek Squad brings you the latest devices to keep the kids confined to their rooms this autumn.
Let’s face it: there’s no better thrill than driving an RO250,000 Lamborghini Aventador on a racetrack… and straight through a metal wall. Again, for most of you here (us included), this would stay a distant dream, unless you’re an oil baron. But, consoles like PlayStation and Xbox have been countenancing peeps like us destroy supercars for decades. Now, however, you can get one more step closer to the action with the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel. There’s no better simulator grade racing wheel out there; no way, no how. It features a powerful dual motor force feedback mechanism with helical gearing; a swanky-looking six-speed shifter; integrated RPM shift indicator like you get in a Ferrari; a steel accelerator, brake, and clutch pedals; and best of all, an 11-inch leather-wrapped steering wheel. Get it from amazon.com for RO156.8.
Forget the expensive PlayStations, Razer phones and Apple devices; the Xiaomi Black Shark is all you’ll ever need. Sure, it may not bring the same level of nobility to the table as, say, some of its more famous (and well-endowed) competitors but it certainly packs enough punch to put them all to shame. Think of this device as the Lionel Messi of phones – humble yet talented, and powerful when the time comes. Underneath the fancy-looking shell lies a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8gigs of RAM, 128GB storage, and a decent 5.99-inch LCD screen. While the latter is quite dated, it still powers more pixels than the upcoming Apple iPhone XR (Yes, Apple. Shots fired!). Be that as it may, the Black Shark will only set you back RO210 from aliexpress.com, and they’ll even chuck in an original gaming controller for free.
Do you really need a Razer Hydra to play games on your PC? Not necessarily. But, like most gadgets mentioned here, this device will help you become at one with the game – figuratively, of course. Though, it eerily borders on becoming a part of it. These are essentially motion-sensing controllers, but it’s one of the few that come certified for gaming. It’s also exact to the millimetre, which means you can get closer to the action and you can’t blame the controller any more when you lose. It’s a win-win situation if you think about it. Tag it with virtual reality headgear, and you need never bother leaving your room again. Just make sure you respond when the neighbours come knocking on your door. Buy this from amazon.com for RO154.
It’s called the ‘King of gaming peripherals’ for a reason: the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is, by a mile, the best graphic card out there. Sure, it’s a bit of a stretch if all you’re looking to play is Pinball. But, if your life revolves around graphic intensive games, then this is the toy you need. The card can pump out a maximum resolution of 7680 x 4320 (4K) at an unbelievable 240hz. That’s a few too many more than what your eyes can capture after an hour of hardcore gaming. There’s more, too: The GTX 1080 Ti comes packing 11GB of GDDR5X and nine temperature sensors to keep things in check if you ever decide to overclock the device for more performance. With three built-in fans, though, it’s not the quietest while gaming – and it’s evident when the device throttles. Get it from amazon.com for RO287.