By Milan Vuletic and Harrison Reisner
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a cheaper alternative version of the Nintendo Switch system. The original Switch’s gimmick was the ability to take it anywhere you want in portable mode and to be able to use it on the big screen in docked mode. However, the Switch Lite is only available to play in handheld mode. It also doesn’t work with certain games that require the Joy-cons. However, most games don’t require them, and therefore can run on both the Switch and the Switch Lite. Is it still worth it? Let’s find out!
Compared to the standard Switch, the Switch Lite lives up to its name with a 5.5 inch screen compared to the 6.2 inch screen on the standard Switch. The Switch Lite is also about 30% lighter compared to the standard Switch, making it even easier to carry around. However, to reach the $200 price point, certain compromises had to be made, such as the removal of the kickstand which allowed for easier multiplayer play. The Switch Lite also lacked the Joy-cons, which allowed for playing with other people on the fly. However, the Switch Lite provides an alternative. Up to eight people, each with Switch Lites, can get close together and connect via wireless connection in games that support multiplayer. The Switch Lite also got rid of the directional buttons with a proper d-pad with made the controls even more smooth.
On the contrary though, the Switch Lite has about 30 minutes more battery life than the standard Switch. The Switch Lite gets about 3-7 hours of battery life compared to the 2.5-6.5 hours on the standard Switch. The Switch’s battery life is mostly determined by which game it is currently running, as some games require more processing power. When I got to try out the feel of the Switch Lite, it felt extremely comfortable to hold, especially on the back. However, the Switch Lite might feel a little small in someone with big hands.
In conclusion, the Switch Lite is a “lighter” version of the Switch. I think it is still too expensive for all the features that were removed. The removed features add up to about $160. So, if you were to purchase the removed items, you would pay more than the standard Switch. But if you’re on a budget, the Switch Lite might be for you. The Switch Lite is great for kids and people that travel a lot who don’t really have time to play at home. I think the next step for Nintendo would be a Switch Pro that would have more features and be more expensive than the standard Switch.Read More
By Kwanghyun (Joseph) Kim and Mitchell Glass
There are all kinds of laptops. Some are made for work and some are made for gaming. When looking for a gaming laptop, it should be portable, powerful, and affordable. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX701 and the MSI GF63 Thin are examples of computers made for gaming. As their name suggests, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX701 is provided by ASUS and the MSI GF63 Thin is provided by MSI. ASUS is a multinational computer and phone hardware and electronics company headquartered in Taiwan. MSI is a Taiwanese multinational information technology corporation also headquartered in Taiwan. Two of the best laptops provided by ASUS and MSI are the GX701 and GF63 Thin. When looking for a gaming laptop, most gamers look for a good graphics card, CPU and monitor. Battery life is also something that is important, but it is less looked at. The GX701 and GF63 Thin are two laptops that have all of these features. They also have slim builds, increasing mobility. These laptops are powerful enough to handle most games, but which of these laptops are better?
The MSI GF63 Thin has a size of 14.13 inches by 9.99 inches by 0.85 inches with a total of 4.10 pounds. The screen resolution is 1920 x 1080. The ASUS Rog Zephyrus GX701 has a size of 15.7 by 10.7 inches by 0.74 inches with a total weight of 5.73 pounds. It has a 17.3 inch screen and its screen resolution is 1920 x 1080. The GX701 has a slightly bigger frame than the GF63. Because of the GF63’s size, it would be more portable and easier to carry than the GX701.
The GF63 has a battery life of approximately 7 hours. Depending on the situation, the GX701 can operate for approximately 2 to 3 hours. If you happen to overwork your computer, for example by playing an intense game, you will obviously have less battery.
The storage of an electronic device is the amount of physical data it can store on the hard drive or solid state drive. An SSD, also known as a solid state drive, is a storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies to store data, while a hard drive writes data to a physical magnetic disk. SSDs are generally faster than hard drives. The GF63 has 256 GB SSD in storage and the GX701 has 512 GB SSD in storage. The memory of a device is the amount of temporary information the computer can access quickly with ease. The GF63 has 8 GB of DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM. and the GX701 has 16/32 GB of DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM.
The job of the core processor is to read and execute central processing unit instructions. The GX701 has an Intel i7-9750, which is a 9th-Gen 6-core CPU. Similarly to the GX701, the GF63 is also equipped with an Intel Core i7-9750H. The GF63 uses the Nvidia GeForceGTX 1650. The Zephyrus is available with a Nvidia GeForceGTX 2080/2070/2060 GPU with real-time ray tracing that can boost up to 1230 MHz.
The network card of a computer is a component that connects the computer to a network. The GX701 has an Intel 802.11ac (2X2) Gigabit Wi-Fi network card but does not have an ethernet port. GF63 has a 2×2 Intel 9560 802.11ac Wireless and also does not have an ethernet port. The MSI GF63 can cost up to $800, making a fairly cheap gaming computer. The GX701 costs around $3,500, which is a lot more than the MSI GF63 but worth it.
The Zephyrus also has this useful system for cooling called the Active Aerodynamic System. What is does is it basically opens up the bottom of the laptop and lets 32% more air cool the laptop. This translates to a 20% drop in temperature compared with conventional cooling. The GF63 Thin can enhance audio detail by 30% with a built-in Audio Power Amplifier. The computer also has software included, such as the MSI App Player. This was made with the cooperative efforts of MSI and Bluestacks.
The two computers have their strengths and weaknesses. The MSI computer has a longer battery life and is smaller in size, making it more portable. It also costs a lot less. The computer developed by ASUS is slightly bigger than the GF63 Thin, but it has more storage, memory, and computing power. If you are looking for a good gaming computer and don’t care about the price, the GX701 is good. If you have a low budget, the MSI GF63 Thin is for you. Overall, the computer from ASUS, the ROG Zephyrus GX701, is the better computer.