Best Wall Mountable PC Speakers

Wall Mounted Speakers

Last Updated: 24th October 2016

Buying speakers for your computer is a relatively simple process, determine your budget, find speakers in that budget then narrow them down based on features and preference. In 2016, you would expect Googleing wall mounted speakers for your computer would give a nice up to date list of speakers systems for you to match against your budget and preference. That is not the case. The first thing on the search is a direct link to Ebays own sales in the “wall mounted speakers” section.

Fear not, we have a …..solution. Not only will this solution prove to be perfect, it allows you to use any speaker systems! First things first, follow our best speaker brand guide to find the brand for you. Next determine your budget and required features.

Now that we have gotten the list of potential speakers down to at least 3 or 4, we will be needing a more in depth look at the speakers themselves. We will be mounting them using Wall Mounting brackets or Universal Speaker Brackets if they fit right so go through your speakers and see if the cheaper options work for any of the speaker systems you chose. Using the first link, the most cost effective ones are the Btech BT332 which screw to the wall and into the speaker system. This type of wall mount will require a speaker system that either has a hole to screw into or at the very least a speaker that is square and wooden. (Imagine wall mounting this with screws)

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Logitech X230

If you speaker is square but is made of plastic and you aren’t particularly interest in screwing holes into your speakers, Velcro to the rescue! I will assume you know what Velcro is and how to use it. You best course of action is to use quite a bit of Velcro as you don’t want it loosening over time then suddenly dropping off the wall.

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Velcro

Now, I know that speakers that aren’t designed to be wall mounted wont have long enough wires, that is why we will now look at extension wires. The ones linked are extremely long so you could probably measure the extra you need and go to a local store and pick some up for cheaper. If you want the extra wire and ease of purchase provided by amazon, go for that one.

So you have your speakers, they are mounted on the walls using extension wires, now what? Cable trunking! Cabling is always a problem so the trunking can be used not only on your PC speakers but on your other component cables. In my case, I bought the smallest ones for the PC speakers, then bought the thickest one and attached it  to the back of my desk which custom drilled holes for cables to go into it and to my PC.

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Cable management

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What are the best audio speaker brands?

The Best Speaker Brand For You

by Alberto Statti

Last Updated: 24th October 2016

Purchasing speakers for your computer isn’t just a simple “click and pay” anymore not only because there are now a huge variation of brands but there are also a huge variation of models within those brands. Thorough research needs to be done because if you are like me, you will want to be using these speakers for as long as possible (my current speakers have lasted 10 years and are so old I cant find a picture of them on Google).

First things first, lets create a list of all the noteworthy brands currently out there:

  • Bose
  • Corsair
  • Creative
  • Edifier
  • Genius
  • Logitech
  • Microlab
  • Altec Lansing
  • Philips

There are many many more brands out there but these are the best of the bunch when considering 99% of the population with speakers will have one of the brand above.

What determines a good brand?

Hearing about certain brands is good for them but not many people talk about why they are good or the best. This question can be simplified into four main reasons:

  1. The brand has great products
  2. The brands products perform better than their counterparts
  3. The brand has a great pricing scheme in place
  4. The brand has great warranty just in case you are the unlucky 0.01%

So which to choose?

All of the above brands have products that fall within those four reasons, but what determines the best brand is the one that offers the most cost effective product in your price range if all else is equal.

I can’t pick one brand and say its the best overall because not only could you live in a different part of the world which would skew the pricing, but the warranty each brand offers can be vastly different in each area of the world.

Here is how to decide which brand to choose:

  • Determine your price bracket and the max amount you are willing to spend.
  • Look at each manufacturers warranty for where you live.
  • Go to your favourite computer accessories website and sort all speakers by your price bracket and brands with the best warranty.
  • Determine which of the speakers listed fit what you need (2.1, 5.1, Bluetooth, wireless etc)
  • Once you have narrowed your list down to 2 or 3 speaker systems, check the reviews for each one.
  • Now that you know which speakers you want, double check other websites in case it is cheaper elsewhere.
  • Buy
  • Enjoy

Now what?

That’s it. Set up your system when it arrives and enjoy your new speakers. Revel in the fact that you made the most informed decision you could and it anything goes wrong, you chose the best brand with the best warranty.

Personally, Logitech have always been my brand of choice not only for the warranty but I just like their speaker systems more. Especially the ones with the small dial for the volume/bass etc.

Next up I will be writing about which are the best speakers to mount on your wall, these will be especially great if you have double or triple monitors so you can mount them above the monitors.

Best Ergonomic Computer Chairs for 2016

Best Ergonomic Office Chairs For Back Pain

 

Last Updated: 24th October 2016

In a world where almost everyone sits on a computer chair these days, it is becoming more and more important that the chair you use is ergonomic not only because poor posture can lead to upper and lower back problems along with neck pain.

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Poor Posture

This guide will help you determine which chair to get based on how much money you have to spend. Please note though, just because a chair is the best in a £100 bracket doesn’t mean that it will be what you need to stop back pain from poor posture. For those types of problems, more expensive chairs are recommended.

£69.99

For chairs at this price range, they are all pretty much the same. Just look for a chair that has plenty of wheels so it wont tip, possibly neck support and good cushion. Something like an AmazonBasics chair.

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AmazonBasics Office Chair

£130

Now we are getting into the types of chairs with more specific aims. A chair with neck support is a must, arm rests would be great as not all desks are large enough to rest your arms on. Proper back support will be doable in this price range too. The ideal chair in this range is the Ikea Markus

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Ikea Markus

£299.99

Moving into the next range, chairs in this category have improved quality and are known to last a little longer. There are still manufacturers that charge these prices for chairs that have lower quality parts but are still much better than their £0 – £200 counterparts.

One of the most popular chairs in this range is the ANCHEER Ergonomic Chair. It offers a fire resistant mesh, good quality aluminium alloy legs, adjustable arm and back rests and also offers a sliding seat if you have longer legs.

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Ancheers Ergonomic Chair

£449

In this range, it opens up some very good back support chairs using high quality materials. In this range, the quality of all the chairs will be roughly the same so the best option is to go for looks, adjustments available and comfort. Say welcome to the Ergohuman Office Chair. It offers:

  • Seat Height Control
  • Seat Depth Adjustment
  • Backrest Tilt Tension Control
  • Backrest Tilt Angle Adjustment
  • Backrest Height Adjustment
  • Armrest Height Adjustment
  • Armrest Angle Adjustment
  • 10 Year Manufacturers Guarantee on the frame
  • 5 years on Mechanism and Armrests
  • 3 years on Castors, Gas Lift and Mesh
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Ergohuman Office Chair

£900+

This is where you can buy the best of the best. There is a good choice in this range as everyone wants to be “The Best” but in my opinion, if you are going for excellent ergonomics, adjustability and breathability then a Herman Miller Embody Chair is the chair for you. They are made to be very durable and include excellent warranty. Read the brochure for more information.

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Herman Miller Embody Chair

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Mixed Reviews for No Mans Sky

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No Mans Sky fans have no doubt been part of a major hype in the last couple of months, and there has been a lot of mixed feelings since the release day. No only did some people have buggy loading times, some couldnt even open the game at all. This article was created by Alberto Statti.

Bugs

There were a lot of bugs when the game came out, even after it was delayed for a good few months. This has caused a lot of negative reviews on steam, netting No Mans Sky a measly 1 star within the first 6 hours of release. There was a problem with certain processors that didnt have SSE 4.1 support. This included many older processors for AMD and Intel, this meant the game wouldnt even launch for them.

Next up, if you had the correct support on your processor, there was a good amount of people who got stuck on the initial loading screen where your camera just travels through the stars. This problem affected more people than the processor support problem.

If you managed to get past those two hurdles, there was a problem with the game randomly crashing which affected a bunch of people too.

As you can see, just three major bugs, all three of which were game breaking and required No Mans Sky developers to work through the night for fixes. And work through the night they did!

Patches

Once the bug reports started coming in thick and fast for the No Mans Sky team, they began their bug findindg and fixing mission which had their first patch out within a day or two of release. These updates fixed the above problem and a lot more.

They fixed an issue I personally had where alt-tabbing out of the game would stop the game working where it wouldnt be clickable in the taskbar again.

There was an issue where sometimes the framerate would drop for no reason, this was also fixed with the first patch for me and allowed the game to run smoothly again.

Patch 1.05 was centered around crashes again but more rare ones which not many people experienced such as crashing when doing a scan.

Patch 1.06 was focused on fixing the majority of the problems encountered in the support requests fixing the even less common crashes and save game problems. There was also a number of people getting stuck in the space stations.

Since they had fixed 99.99% of the causes of crashes, they then moved onto balancing and general bugs in patch 1.07. This patch fixed the likes of milestones not being tracked correctly, making it easier to scan certain creatures, reducing amount of times you get warnings in game etc.

Overall, the support they have given since release has been amazing in my opinion, they dont have the biggest team around to bug fix, but there was a lot of patches in a short period which helped the majority of people play. Personally I think I got super lucky as I literally had one crash during my 45 hours of play time and it wasnt even within the first week of playing.

Aesthetics

As I mentioned, I have sunk 45 hours of playtime into No Mans Sky, so I have seen quite a lot of the content the game has to offer. The content isnt completely unique on every planet as you may seen the same type of mushroom monsters and the same structures on different planets but overall I feel like I havent seen the same stuff all the time and everything is different enough to be considered unique. The game worlds themselves are always unique and some that contain life and greenery and water look pretty amazing as you can see below.

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No Mans Sky Monolith
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No Mans Sky Scenery

Mods

After you have had your fun playing the game and have a good grasp of everything, you can take the game one step further and install a bunch of mods, one of which is called Reshade, it allows you to make the game SO MUCH better looking by removing certain filters, and the slight blurr on everything (maybe the games built in AA).

There are also a bunch of other mods made for the game which enhance the gameplay greatly, they are all worth looking into especially the big things mod

Another great mod is the Project Potato which does exactly as you imagine, it makes the game so low quality that it can run on a potato. This is not only  great for those on really bad quality PCs and Laptops but it also adds a new way of playing as it resembles Nintendo 64 graphics to me.

Finally, I personally installed the Deep Space mod which allows you to jump 1000x further with your warp drive. I got it because with my 45 hours of gameplay, I had only travelled 10,000 light years towards the center and it was still 140,000 light years away. I dont mind the usual jump distances but at my current rate it would have taken me another 10 years to get there!

Final Notes

Now that I have finished everything I wanted to do in the game:

  • Max slot ship(48)
  • Max slot weapon(24)
  • Max exosuit slots(48)
  • Complete all milestones
  • Reach the Center
  • Learn a language enough to understand atleast one sentence from an alien
  • Compete in an epic space battle
  • Compete in an epic battle on a planet with 5 star sentinels

I believe that the amount of conent in the game is worth the costs I paid. Naturally there will be dissapointed people as there usuallly are, but if you didnt read into every interview, every picture of the game and join the hype train like everyone else and just enjoyed the game for what you got rather than what you didn’t then you would have had an amazing time just like myself. I’m looking forward to see what No Mans Sky has instore for the future as I may come back if they bring out some sort of questing system. Til then, have fun.

By Alberto Statti

 

 

My Gaming Journey

Since I was a little boy, I have played many many games. These games helped me gain a lot of friends at school because it was the time when everyone was playing console games. As time progressed and I moved around the country, my gaming evolved too from consoles to PCs.

As great as console gaming is for casual players, it doesnt compare to a PC. The controls are so much more intuitive/responsive especially in First Person Shooters. Back in 2010, console were the go to gaming platform but as time has progressed, more and more people are making the move to PC for several reasons:

  1. Monthly subscriptions are a turn off just to play your games online on console.
  2. Consoles cost considerably more than they used to.
  3. Console games just aren’t as polished as their PC counterparts.
  4. Some console games are graphically dumbed down to be playable on console.

My gaming has been long and eventful:

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my gaming journey with Alberto Statti

Ill start pretty far forward in time as everyone played all the greatest SNES, NES games such as Golden Axe etc.

From 2005 is when I began my journey into World of Warcraft, I started as a shadow priest with next to no abilities due to it being WoW Vanilla. After raiding in a 40 man guild for a few years, I took a break and came back during Cataclysm but didn’t stay long as it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Moving along to 2008 when I quit WoW Vanilla, GTA 4 was released and I played that game for almost a year. GTA was and still is an amazing game that seems to be getting better and better with each release (not may games follow this rule).

I stopped playing GTA in 2009 when Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 was released. I believe this was the time that CoD got its fame as MW2 was an amazing game. Sadly it was only downhill from there and just became a game of money grabbing re0using the same content and reducing the amount of maps you get with the game.

2012 was the time I discovered Mass Effect. I have never had such fun in a game as I have in Mass Effect, the story was amazing, the side missions were amazing and I loved the combat. I really enjoyed #2 as well and spent an inordinate amount of time scanning planets for minerals to upgrade my ship.

2014 and onward has been a mishmash of games played but the most notable would be Battlefield 3 with its messy start but becoming a lot better with patches and then the same experience with Battlefield 4 with its awful gameplay in the beginning and getting better over time.

In the future I will be trying out the new World of Warcraft Legion and 100% playing the new Mass Effect.