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It's Back! Here's A Ridiculous Deal On Our Readers' Favorite Wi-Fi Router.

October 5, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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While supplies last at T-Mobile (which probably won’t be long), $40 gets you a refurbished T-Mobile AC1900 router (with promo code CPOROUT), which is actually just a rebranded version of the $148 ASUS RT-AC68Uour readers’ favorite router.

The T-Mobile version has some T-Mobile branding, and uses custom firmware that claims to be optimized for Wi-Fi calling, but under the hood, it’s just a standard (and very popular) Wi-Fi router. You can even flash the firmware and install the original ASUS version, or a third party solution, if you wanted to put in the work. Just check out the customer reviews for ideas.


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Stop Giving Your ISP Extra Equipment Rental Fees – Buy This $50 Modem Instead

October 3, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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NETGEAR 16×4 Cable Modem | $50 | Amazon | After $10 coupon
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If you’re still paying your cable company a monthly modem rental fee, stop what you’re doing and buy your own for just $50. This model supports maximum download speeds of 680mbps, which should cover just about every cable internet plan out there. Just be sure to clip the $10 coupon to save.


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Save $10 On Anker's SoundCore 2, Which Runs For 24 Hours On a Charge

October 1, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Anker SoundCore 2 | $30 | Amazon

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With its 24 hour battery life, impressive bass, and crystal clear sound quality, the Anker SoundCore has long been our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker, and its water-resistant successor is down to $30 today, or $10 less than usual.

The SoundCore 2 still includes dual drivers and that amazing 24 hour battery; the only real differences are a slightly tweaked design and the aforementioned water resistance. That means you can take it to the pool, the beach, or even the shower without fear.


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Block Out the World With These $43 Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones

October 1, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Do these TaoTronics noise-canceling Bluetooth over-ears sound as good as, say, Sony’s? I’ve tried both, and no, they don’t, but they’re really not bad! I wore them on a plane recently, and the noise cancelation made a tremendous difference.

Unsurprisingly, they’re significantly (significantly!) cheaper than name brand options at just $43 with promo code KINJAB21, and should still be able to block out a lot of the background noise around you.


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Buy Overwatch Legendary Edition For $30, If You Somehow Don't Own It Already

September 21, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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If you somehow don’t own Overwatch yet, the Legendary edition is back down to $30 on PS4 and Xbox One, matching an all-time low.

The Legendary package includes 10 extra skins for the game, plus bonus Overwatch-themed content for Blizzard’s other games as well. But don’t worry about all of that; the underlying game is a must-own even without any extras.

PC gamers, your best bet is to sign up for Humble Monthly, which will get you Overwatch for just $12.


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Sunmae Gaming Chair Review

September 18, 2018 — by ThinkComputers.org0

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Over the past year we’ve reviewed a handful of different gaming chairs. These were from brands that were quite well known. Recently we’ve been contacted from quite a few companies selling gaming chairs on Amazon who we had never heard of before. The prices are quite low too. While we originally turned down these offers to review such chairs, we decided to check one out to see if there was a difference between these chairs and the name brand chairs we’ve already taken a look at. So today we have the Sunmae Gaming Chair, which comes in at $164 on Amazon, making one of the cheapest gaming chairs available.

Special thanks to Sunmae for providing us with the Gaming Chair to review.

Packaging & Delivery
The Sunmae Gaming Chair comes in a typical retail box for these type of chairs.

Opening the box up the inside we find the different pieces inside. The first disappointing thing we found was that one of the side cover pieces was broken.

Getting everything out of the box we have all of the different components of the chair so you can assemble it. Sunmae provides everything you need to get the chair together. We did notice a crack in another part of the chair as well.

The chair itself took us about 15-20 minutes to put together, although we have experience getting these chairs together, so it will likely take you around 30 minutes.

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This Gaming Mouse Has 11 Programmable Buttons For $30

September 17, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Logitech’s G602 is more than enough gaming mouse for most people—we’re talking 250 hour battery life, 11 programmable buttons, and per-user programmable DPI settings—and it can be yours for $30 today, the best price we’ve ever seen.


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Teach Your Kids to Build and Program a Computer With the Kano Kit, Now Just $105

September 7, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Kano Computer Kit | $105 | Amazon

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The Kano Computer kit is a great teaching tool to show kids how computers are built and programmed, and at $105, it’s down to its best price of the year. If you have any kids, nieces, or nephews with birthdays on the horizon, this would be a great gift idea.


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Now That Amazon's Pre-Order Discount Is Gone, Games Are Coming Back

August 28, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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One of the most common questions we’ve received over the past few months is some variation on this: “Why isn’t [game I want to pre-order] available on Amazon?” Now that Amazon has ended its 20% pre-order discount policy, that question may no longer be relevant.

This afternoon, developer Insomniac Games announced that the upcoming Spider-Man is back on sale at Amazon, after months of being MIA from the popular online retailer. The news comes the day that Amazon officially put an end to its 20% pre-order discount for video games, which had been in place for two and a half years.

For the bulk of 2018, a number of big games from massive publishers, including but not limited to Sony and EA, have been unavailable to pre-order or buy directly from Amazon. As with Nintendo a few years ago, it appeared that there was a rift in the relationships between Amazon and these publishers, but nobody would explain why. Now, perhaps, things will start to go back to normal.

Games analyst Mat Piscatella predicted as much last week. “On August 29th, I’m guessing a whole bunch of games not currently available for per-order suddenly will be,” he wrote on Twitter, when Amazon announced that it was putting an end to the 20% pre-order discount. (He was off by just a day.)

It’s unclear whether the call to open up pre-orders of Spider-Man came from Sony or Amazon, but Piscatella surmised Amazon was eating the cost of that discount. Some games still remain unavailable for pre-order on Amazon, however, including Days Gone, Battlefield V, and Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Streamers Turn Off Ads To Protest Twitch Prime Dropping Its Ad-Free Perk

August 21, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Compared to other online ads, Twitch ads are relatively unobtrusive. But they’re still obnoxious as hell. You tune in to watch your favorite streamer, and then the same 10-second ad plays three times in a row. Unfortunately, Twitch announced yesterday that Twitch Prime will no longer offer an ad-free viewing experience.

Twitch Prime, which is a $12.99 per month subscription plan that dovetails with Amazon Prime, used to take all Twitch ads out of the picture. As of September 14, however, that perk won’t be part of the package anymore (although there are still other benefits, like free games and in-game loot). Twitch justified the decision by saying that this will “strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love.” So basically, more money for streamers.

Many streamers take issue with that stance, though, given that they were previously told that they’d still pinch pennies from Prime viewers as though those viewers had watched ads—even when they hadn’t.

“Partners don’t see any direct benefit from the Twitch Prime ad-free removal,” Justin Wong, formerly a Twitch VP of six years, said on Twitter. “There are possibly indirect benefits depending on whether viewers will subscribe to avoid ads. In other words, the ‘benefiting creators’ shtick is BS.”

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Twitch has not replied to multiple queries from Kotaku about how this change tangibly benefits streamers, but others have observed that even if it does, only partners—Twitch’s top streaming tier—make money from ads right now. That leaves the lion’s share of streamers out in the cold.

“Keep in mind that currently, only Partners get ad revenue,” wrote a streamer named QuirkyGeek17. “Ads everywhere else earn money for Twitch. ‘More money for content creators!’ Not really.”

Some streamers believe that having a substantial portion of the viewer base opt out of seeing ads by default could have been hurting Twitch’s ability to make deals. On top of that, many viewers use ad blockers. So perhaps, in a roundabout way, streamers will directly benefit.

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“This helps Twitch sell more ads, resulting in better rev for us,” said a partner who goes by the handle Gothalion.

“The new Twitch Prime update removed one of the biggest perks of using the service, which was removing ads,” said esports host and Twitch streamer Goldenboy. “I can imagine that had a big impact on their ad buys and bottom line. I get it, but I don’t.”

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Also, Twitch recently set a new ad sales target of $1 billion, according to Bloomberg. That’s more than double its current sales. Twitch sees gold in them there hills, and it now hopes to mine it.

Still, many streamers feel like they’re being fleeced, and that their viewers will now have to deal with buzzing swarms of ad-based irritation. In lieu of putting up with that, some streamers have opted for the nuclear option: disabling ads entirely for subscribers.

“Due to the changes in Twitch Prime, I’ll be removing timed ads from all future streams,” said Twitch partner ShadyPenguinn. “So dumb move, Prime.”

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“With all the fuss about Twitch forcing ads in everyone’s streams, I’ve got some good news: I have ad free watching for subs,” said another partner, Sketch.

Streamer Renée Reynosa, who left Twitch in favor of Mixer two months ago, sees the beginnings of a trend. “IMO, removing ad-free viewing is just going to encourage streamers to not run ads,” she said, adding that prior to leaving Twitch, she hadn’t run ads on her channel in years, instead encouraging viewers to support her by subscribing. “I feel like ads only benefit larger streamers in the 1000+ viewer range who are likely not going to miss the handful of viewers who leave when they see an ad.”

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Even then, though, the ad-free viewing option is only available to partners, revealing yet another way that Twitch’s arbitrary stratification benefits a select handful of streamers more than others—and, of course, it benefits Twitch most of all.

“It would be great if Twitch would give the option to affiliates to disable ads for subs as well,” said Twitch affiliate LintyJuggler90. “100% disabling ads for subs day one if it becomes available.”

In the meantime, other streamers have been encouraging viewers to block the ads, which seems like the opposite of the outcome Twitch is hoping for here. “Please install an ad blocker if you watch my content on Twitch/YouTube,” said tabletop video-maker and streamer Robert Moran, “because ads are a waste of your time, and I have no interest building a business off ad dollars.” He went on to say that ad companies “do not care” about the particularities of what people are making and that he’s had previous shows die because of “squeamish investors who don’t really care or even know what they are advertising on sometimes.”

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Other streamers are just hoping this announcement doesn’t hurt them too badly in the grand scheme of things. But they’re not optimistic. With many fans posting on social media to say that the main reason they subscribed to Twitch Prime at all was to avoid ads, streamers are crossing their fingers that fans won’t start dropping Twitch Prime and unsubscribing from their channels in droves.

“This announcement is such a loss for ALL streamers,” said streamer Iateyourpie. “It’s not even about the ad revenue, more people are going to drop Prime, meaning less Prime [subscriptions]. Twitch trying to spin this as a win for the streamer is laughable.”

“Yeah,” agreed speedrunner Grandpoobear. “First time in a long time where Twitch announced something, and I was like ‘oh shit, this is gonna cost me money.’”