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GAEMS Vanguard Personal Gaming Environment

 

Sometimes, a gamer wants to take his gaming experience on the go – sure, there’s handheld consoles, like the 3DS, but what do you do when you don’t feel like saving the princes and you want to battle locusts in Gears of War or take part in a Destiny raid? Not too long ago, I discovered the GAEMS Vanguard Personal Gaming Environment and since then, I have done quite a bit of research on it. Today, I am here to tell you all about it …

What is the GAEMS Vanguard Personal Gaming Environment?

GAEMS Vanguard offers a portable screen that has been built into a nice carrying case. It is designed to house a video game console including Xbox One S, Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

When it comes to portable gaming, often times, it’s about compromise. Are you looking for a large screen, long battery life, great graphics, a large selection of good games and proper gaming controls? Yes, there’s smartphones and they are definitely portable and the battery life is nice, but their screen sizes aren’t that great and let’s admit it – the selection of games is mediocre and the controls aren’t that great. Then you have the DS – there’s a decent selection of games, it’s portable and has good battery life, but there’s poor graphics and small screens. Don’t forget about the PSP – there’s a good screen and the graphics are better than the DS, but still, it’s pretty limited. So this is where the GAEMS G155 comes into play – it’s not really a gaming platform at all, it has been labeled a “portable gaming enviroment” that has specifically been designed to make it where gamers can take their HD gaming on the go.

Features

  • Built-in 15.5 inch screen
  • Tough plastic carry case
  • Fits Xbox S, Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360
  • Built-in pocket for power cables and controllers

This case has adjustable straps, so you can make sure your console stays in place during transit.

Yes, there are other console cases currently on the market and I looked at those as well. I noticed that this one is different in the way it puts a 15.5 LED-lit LCD screen into its lid – it also has stereo speakers and twin headphone jacks, allowing for two different people to listen to the game’s sound at the same time, without having to use the speakers.

What Others Are Saying about This Product

At the time of writing this review, on Amazon, there were a total of 267 reviewers, giving this product 4.4 stars out of a possible 5.0. With phrases such as “this is a great build and the quality is good,” it is apparent that people like this product.

There was a couple of reviewers that complained about it having no disc storage, however, if you buy your games digitally, this shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

 

Conclusion

The GAEMS Vanguard is a great piece of hardware and for gamers who want to play on the go, it’s handy. If you’re a hardcore gamer with a taste for things like Call of Duty, Battlefield, Gears of War, and Uncharted, and you want to play them on the go, this would be a good choice.

 

Amazon Echo

When it comes to the Amazon Echo, looking at the statistics in the United States, I see that it has been a big hit as it has sold over three million units. Now, it has gone on sale in the UK and Germany.

Looking at the you’ll find two key elements – the clous service that runs on top of it and the physical hardware.

A Close Look at the Hardware

The hardware, available in black or white, is solid. Looking at the Echo, it looks a bit like an industrial vase, but when you see the glowing light ring circling around the top, you’ll see that there’s probably something else going on.

When you first take the device out of the box, you’ll have a small setup procedure you will need to do before you start using it. First, you need to download the Echo app on your smartphone or tablet and connect it to your Wi-Fi. Don’t worry though, none of this takes long and is common for smart devices.

There’s no complaints when using the Echo as a speaker as it’s able to deliver crisp sound – this makes it a good choice to use if you want to listen to your playlist. However, on the same note, you won’t be replacing your main sound system if you enjoy loud music. On a plus side, you can turn the volume down or up simply by asking.

All of that is only the beginning of what Echo has to offer – there’s so much more to it.

Have you ever tried to get a computer to understand your voice? Normally, you would need a quiet room with a good microphone. However, the Echo is a bit different as it has been designed to use even in the noisiest environments. It is capable of doing this because it has seven microphones in it – it can identify the microphone that is closest to the speaking voice and amplify it, suppressing the others. That’s right, it is able to zero in on the individual that is talking to it.

You can activate the device by using the word “Alexa.” If you have someone around the house named Alexa, you can also use the word “Amazon” or “Echo.” Unlike the other voice-activated devices available on the market today, you won’t have to teach the Echo to understand your voice – it will understand you from the beginning.

Explaining Alexa

Alexa is similar to other digital assistants, but it’s not just a gimmick, it really is useful. You can set timers by voice, which comes in handy when you are cooking. You can also check the weather through Alexa and so much more.

Right out of the box, the Alexa service will be able to answer a certain set of questions. The voice is smooth and clear when it responds to questions. Sometimes the words can run together and this is the point where you realize you’re really talking to a person. Alexa can sometimes miss the point, but she does have charm.

Conclusion

The Amazon echo is futuristic, but it’s accessible and practical. It has a large array of features and integrations, making it easy to get excited about its potential. Yes, at times, the sound quality may be uneven, but all in all, it’s still a good device that is worth having in your home.