Nintendo has officially announced the next iteration of the Nintendo Switch Console. Dubbed the Nintendo Switch OLED Edition, it will release October 8 and cost $449.99 CAD. It will be initially available in two colors, white and neon red / blue.
Those that know me know that I’m not really a PC gamer, I tend to gravitate towards lounging on the couch with PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch wired up to my TV. My current set is an 85″ Hisense and so I figured I would have to give this ASUS 27″ monitor a go with my PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch!
First of all, as I mentioned, I’m not a huge “sit at my desk and game” sort of gamer, but honestly this turned out to be a really fun experiment and I truly believe I may game like this more often from now on! Gaming in my computer chair, relatively close to the monitor gives a very sharp, concise visual as opposed to sitting an entire room away from the TV. I quite enjoyed it.
First, I started with the PlayStation 5 Console. I chose a fairly graphically intense experience (Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade) and paired it with my Pulse 3D Wireless Headset. The results were rather astonishing. Different from playing on a TV, the graphics were crisp and concise. I’m not really sure how to put it. They just seem more…detailed or something. Keep in mind I’m used to playing on a huge, higher end TV. I found myself catching more specific visual elements (such as minute details on the wall, or specific details of a monster). The action moves smooth and seamless, color seemed a bit brighter than my TV which took a brief moment to adjust to, but allowed for a lot more sharpness. All in all this felt like a more definitive way to play the PlayStation 5, I felt like I was truly seeing everything the developers put in there to for me witness.
Next, I decided to try a console that is a little less graphically intense and I hooked up my Nintendo Switch console. The setup I used included a Switch Pro Controller and a set of Sennheiser wired headphones (which plugged into the monitor itself). As a game to try, I went with something bright and fast, and fired up the demo to NEO: The World Ends with You. Anyone familiar with the series knows that this game features really nice colors and a very stylish art style, the perfect test. This game REALY popped on this monitor. The style and colors of the series shone through beautifully. Action was fast and furious, no graphical glitches, just quick responsive visuals. This really felt like I was playing it and experiencing it the way the developers intended!
All in all I am VERY satisfied with the ASUS 27″ FHD 144Hz 1ms MPRT IPS LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor. I went into this with literally no expectations as this is my first foray into gaming on a monitor. The results of my playtime exceeded my expectations and more! Not only did the monitor provide an experience that was, at the very minimal, comparable to my higher end TV experience, it also pushed it a few steps further in a few aspects! My time with this monitor has changed my perspective on how I will play consoles in the future and I feel that sitting at my desk and gaming may become a much more frequent occurrence for me. With a more middle to low-end price range, the ASUS 27″ FHD 144Hz 1ms MPRT IPS LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor seems like great value and I would personally recommend it as a monitor for console gaming.
Recently, thanks to my good friends at Best Buy Canada, I have had the pleasure and opportunity to try out a gifted ASUS 6-Stream Wireless AX5400 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router. I have had mixed results with routers in the past and was currently using a higher end Netgear solution that was functional, but did not really perform well enough for what I truly needed it for. I live in a large house (2500 sq ft) and the Wi-Fi has to reach to the very far corners of both the basement and the bonus room (both cases there is an entertainment unit at the end). I have situated the router somewhere close to the middle of the house (on the main level) and, while we received decent Internet ion the main level of the house, wifi in the far corners (Basement, Bonus Room, Master Bedroom) was still rather spotty which forced me to put in an elaborate hard lined setup. I was therefore initially dubious that I would find a router that would reach the entire house. Dubious until I tried out the ASUS 6-Stream Wireless AX5400 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router.
First of all, because it is a rather striking piece of hardware, let’s talk about aesthetics. The ASUS 6-Stream Wireless AX5400 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router is a very modern looking piece of hardware, it really exude a gaming router aesthetic; almost like a UFO or a jet. It’s smaller than I was expecting, sitting roughly 75% of the size of my previous Netgear solution, which helps out immensely with my limited desk space. The front of the unit lights up red initially as it starts up, then settles into a cool blue color once running. It’s a neat display piece, I expect to have a few questions about it from visitors.
While I was hoping for some speed boosts at long ranges, I was pleasantly surprised (shocked almost!) to find that it also drastically sped up the hard lined connection to my computer and wifi in the office. As you can see by the speed tests below, I was hitting ~330MB on hard line on my old router, 600+MB on the ASUS. With wifi, I was hitting only ~30MB which shot up to well past 300MB!
My wife was the next test. Typically she likes to watch some YouTube videos on her phone in bed before sleep. Traditionally this was being done with cellular data as the wifi wouldn’t reach / was too slow if it did. Over the last few days of using the ASUS, she has had strong wifi reception and excellent speeds (easily good enough to enjoy her videos).
The final test for a gaming router comes with my kids playing online games in the far corner of the basement and myself on my PlayStation 5 in the bonus room. Essentially the two farthest away places from the router in the house. Traditionally I have several super long ethernet cables running from the modem all the way through the rooms and around back of the entertainment room to hardline in the different consoles. My wife is not a huge fan of this setup (visible cords everywhere). My kids tested both the new hardline and the new wifi. I am pleased to say that the wifi now reaches and is attaining speeds comparable to my old router’s hardline! That is to say, very stable, no lag. And, again somewhat surprising to me as an added advantage, the new hardline is even faster! Kids are ecstatic, incredibly fast game updates, zero lag. No more blaming the Internet connection when they lose a match of Fortnite.
Overall I am very satisfied with the ASUS 6-Stream Wireless AX5400 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router. It single handedly helped alleviate one of the largest pain points my family and I have had since moving into this house. I have tried several routers, modems, and even a mesh type solution in the past, all had their issues and didn’t fully solve the problem (or created more of their own). This is the first time I feel as though the problem is finally fixed. If you are looking for a good looking, strong performing router or need some extra range and speed, this router should work very well for you and yours!
Finally, to complement the game and console, Nintendo has released some accompanying amiibo that, when scanned into the game, perform special features. Two of the amiibo released are new (Cat Mario and Cat Peach), two are re-releases from the original Super Smash Bros line-up of amiibo (Bowser and Bowser Jr).