After a 6 year hiatus, Chomping Turtle is preparing to seek out the best deal for you, so you dont have to. We have got some really exciting content coming your way, so prepare to be CHOMPED. From PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X, to PC Gaming to Phones and laptops. We got you covered right here. Finding the best prices to save you cash. All for free.
This simple adapter by Komodo allows you to screen mirror everything on Android, from the OS to Games and Movies. Sure its not wireless, but it is only around £5 which is a bargain. Check out the video review of this adapter using a Sony Xperia SP. It also works for a large variety of Android phones and tablets for full screen wired mirroring. This makes your Android device a great potential retro game console.
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List of Compatible Phones and Tablets (Basically any with a 5 pin micro USB):
HTC: EVO 3D, One, One S, One X, Sensation, Sensation XE.
Samsung: Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy S2.
Sony: Xperia SP, Xperia T, Xperia TX
Please Note: This will not work with Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, LG Nexus 4 For an S3 etc model click here
Everyone knows Apple make good but expensive PCs and laptops. Forking out near £1000 for a decently specced computer is too much for most people. However what are your choices if you need a new computer and want an Apple? For under £500 this is the only option if you want a new Apple with a warranty, and its a good option, with a Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM this Mac Mini is available via Amazon for only £425.97 delivered. And remember this isnt a refurb or used, its brand new.
What you get for your sub £500 Apple Mac Mini?
Lets cut to the chase, the reason this is cheap is because the Mac Mini will be replaced soon. But the soon to be outgoing model still has plenty of potential. It packs a 2.5Ghz Dual Core Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive. And because its just a box you can just plug it straight in to your monitor or HDTV. The Mac Mini features USB 3 and Thunderbolt so you also have access to high speed connectivity. Being an “older” (read: yet to be updated) Mac you also have the option to easily upgrade to 8GB of RAM without having to learn astrophysics like you need on the new iMacs and Macbooks. Simply turn it upside down, and slide open the circular “door”. It can take up to 16GB RAM which will give you many years happy computing. you can even switch the hard drive for a SSD or a hybrid drive.
The Mac Mini is ideal as a living room PC too, as it is near silent, which is great for watching films. It can also be setup as a media server (see below).
Years ago Mac Mini’s were underpowered and a bit of an embarrassment. With this model you get a fast upgradable, small PC which you can hook up to your existing equipment in minutes. A great piece of kit at a great price.
Another tablet deal, this time its for the previous generation Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch tablet. Upon UK release, this was one of the highest resolution tablets below 9 inchs, featuring an above Full HD 1920×1200 resolution, which is good even today. The screen is beautiful and ideal for LoveFilm (now Amazon Instant Video) and reading magazines. At £127 you are getting a fully supported full size tablet for 7inch tablet price.
So what is the catch?
Well the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is not the latest Kindle Fire, which is the HDX range. If you are a hard core gamer, then this might put you off as its 1.5GHz dual core processor isnt a match to the Nexus 7’s Snapdragon processor. However if you are a casual gamer, or just want to watch films, browse online and read then why not save yourself a hundred and forty pounds over the HDX and grab an absolute steal. If you have Amazon Prime you now have LoveFilm (now called Amazon Instant Video) included which for tablets is only available on Kindle Fires. Videos are particularly good on this tablet as the speakers are some of, if not the best of any full size tablet. You also get full access to the Amazon Appstore which is getting better by the day and includes a free paid for app everyday.
If buying for someone who you know would be a “casual” user, or if you dont demand the fastest machine in the world and just want a well built device with a great screen, there isn’t much that comes close to the Fire HD 8.9, except the Nook HD+ which is good but a bit fatter, and cheaper looking and also discontinued.
For Android modders, you can even put KitKat 4.4 on it 🙂
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Looking for a slightly larger version of the iPad Air, then look no further than this deal of just £413, and its fulfilled by Amazon so you know your buying safe. The iPad Air is the latest and greatest iPad you can buy. Its very fast, but also incredibly light, much more so than previous full size iPad with Retina Displays. At this price you are getting an extra 16GB for just £13.99 which is a great deal saving around £35 from the RRP. If you have Amazon Prime you can even get it next day (before cut off time).
If you have to have the latest Apple device in your life you cant do any better than this right now. You could buy a 16GB but you may regret it with some games coming in at 4+GB now. Saying that if your gaming is limited to Candy Crush Saga then save the £13 for a case and get a 16GB!
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Remember the games of your youth, whether on C64, Amiga, Mega Drive or Coin-op arcade memories, well the YouTube/Dailymotion channel Gaming History Source features back to back videos of gaming classics (and obscure memories) showing comparisons between all the versions at the time. Sure to end playground feuds from 1990 about whether the Amiga version is better than the rubbish Atari ST (guess what camp I was in).
I’ve included a bunch of my favourites from the time below.
If this has interested you in playing some retro games, then why not grab a brand new Wireless Megadrive with 60 games! It comes with two wireless 6 button Mega Drive pads, so no screwing over your friends with a 3 button while you own the 6!
Or if you are a Sega fan you can grab the Mega Drive Ultimate Collection on PS3 or XBox 360
Gaming History Source Videos: My favourites
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Street Fighter II
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With a lot of people getting the bargain priced and game rich PS3 recently, myself included, I thought I’d look at what is the best controller for you if you have come from an XBox 360 or just wanted a change from the PlayStation 3 Dual Shock? While you will eventually get used to a controller no matter what, its nice to feel comfortable and precise, especially in sports and FPS games.
With this in mind I have three different controllers on test, which are very different in styles while (at present) coming in at around the same price. We have the official Sony PlayStation Dual Shock 3 but with ORB Analogue Thumb Grips (£1.25 Amazon UK) to make the sticks inverted rather than domed. Next we have the Mad Catz MLG Controller (Major League Gaming), which is wired and is fully customisable beyond belief, and finally the Gioteck SC1 Wireless Sports Controller, which has multiple sensitivity settings and a XBox 360 layout.
For £1.25 deliver this is one of the most incredible changes you can make to the feel of a controller. Why Sony decided to stick with convex sticks for its Dual Shock 3 controller we will never know. Bit of sweat after a decent session and your fingers slide right off. Most people would agree that this is a design area to be improved. Since the Dual Shock 4 has inverted sticks, apparently Sony now agree. So besides do these ORG Analogue Thumb Grips do their job?
In the pack you get two inverted, but also two convex grips with additional bumps (ideal if you like convex and the grip has worn off). They attach very easily, you just stretch the rubber over the existing sticks. I have only found them to come off once, and that was because they hadn’t sat down 100%. What is surprising is how different it makes the sticks feel. They feel taller, which makes it feel more sensitive and precise on Gran Turismo 6 and Far Cry 3, even if that is just in your head. Other than that, nothing else changes obviously. I would go as far to say they are an essential purchase for any DS3 owner. They are designed to be non slip inverted analog sticks and they do that job near perfectly.
As previously mentioned, this is an essential purchase if just the sticks annoy you on the DS3. Costing just over £1 they are a bargain. End of article? Not quite, the following two controllers offer entirely new experiences and something that XBox 360 Controller fans in particular will love…
Mad Catz name in the past was synonymous with terrible cheap controllers that you give your friend. This is very different, and the clue is in the name. MLG (Major League Gaming) have attached their name to this controller and it comes with so much, as it should. Why? The original RRP was £99. Yes £99. Fortunately not many people wanted to buy a controller from Mad Catz for £99 and it is now a much more reasonable sub £30 on Amazon UK. But when you get the box you can see how they tried to justify that £99 price tag. It feels like an occasion. You get a huge box which comes with the following… Presentation Case, Carry Case, 4 Sets of Sticks, Two sets of D-Pads, Matte and Glossy Faceplates, and Weights.
Why do you need all this? Its all about making it YOUR joypad. The controller sticks and D-Pad are fully customisable for positions and well as style. You can have PS3 or X360 style D-Pad, as well as PS3 or Xbox style stick positions. To swap you hold the edge and spin the stick to unlock them out. It then leaves a whole which you can mix and match as you please. Not only this, but on the back you can add or remove weight form the controller due to your preference. This level of customisability has never been seen before on a commercial controller and it really is impressive to see. The only problem I have with this pad is it seems a bit heavy, even without any weights in. Partially this is due to the wire, which has almost a clamp style system. It looks nice, and the wire is very thick and sturdy, but it adds weight to the top end of the controller. Its not a lot but its noticeable.
One major trick up its sleeve is trigger swaps. As the MLG controller features real triggers, unlike the DS3, it wants you to use them. Something games like Battlefield on the PS3 dont want you to (they make R1 shoot). This isnt a problem for the MLG Controller as by holding down Start and Select for a few seconds it swap L1 with L2 and R1 with R2 for the “correct” setup. This is a great feature for games which decide for you how they want you to play.
Value: 5/5 (at current price)
Overall the controller feels quality. Even the cable is braided and just oozes quality. It offers up something new with its stick swaps. My only gripe is the weight, bulky size and its not wireless. Sure, the weight gives it that premium feel but it is a fine line between premium and bulky and I think it toes that line very close. If the customisation is something you value, and you don’t need wireless (the cable is 3m which is long enough for most) then this could be the controller for you. I really like it, its just the unnecessary weight and bulk which could be too much for some.
Mad Catz MLG Pro Controller Gallery:
This could be considered a halfway house for people looking for the XBox feel and nothing else, but they still want additional controller features. The SC1 is available for £28 on Amazon although it has been as low as £18. Its stick and trigger layout is like the XBox 360 and it is advertised as a sports controller. Although I would say its great for FPS too. Not only does it have real triggers but, the sticks have a way to adjust the sensitivity, by simply holding the Turbo button and moving left or right on either stick. This m
ean you can have one stick very sensitive and one slower. Its a nice feature and works well, however I’d like to see a way to slow sensitivity too. The SC1 also has turbo buttons and two programmable buttons to give you extra options on fighting games etc. S
ome people complain the Square button is a bit close to the right stick, I personally do not catch it but I can see where people are coming from with this.
In normal mode, the sticks are concave, like the XBox, and provide a nice feel. My only gripe is the right stick is quite close to the square button, although not massively so. The trigger work well and feel good, however L1&R1 feel a bit weak. The Gioteck SC1 is wireless however its not bluetooth so you need to have the built in dongle in your PS3. The advantage of this is it works on PC too, which is handy for some. The pad has a quality rubberised feel which is hard to match at this price. It is typically about £10 cheaper than the DS3 and offers up former XBox owners a good alternative to the DS3 layout. It feels great on Gran Turismo 6 and Borderlands 2, while for sports games like FIFA and PES, the adjustable sensitivity does work great on the fly. Bluetooth rather than the USB dongle would be nice, but its not really a deal breaker. This joypad also works seamlessly with PCs, which is an added bonus.
A great controller for those looking for something a bit different. Its light, comfortable and compact. With a few modifications this could be a stand out controller for anyone. As it stands it still is highly recommended especially as its currently available for around the £20 mark.
Gioteck SC1 Gallery:
To Summarise I have tried to give a “Best For” based off your needs. Everyone is different, especially with controllers and I think this will help you choose:
BEST FOR PRICE: Sony Dual Shock 3 with ORB Analogue Thumb Grips (Inverted)
BEST FOR FORMER XBOX 360 OWNERS: Gioteck SC1 Wireless Control Pad
BEST FOR HARDCORE GAMERS: Mad Catz MLG Pro Controller
BEST FOR CUSTOMISATION: Mad Catz MLG Pro Controller
MY CHOICE(s): ORB Analogue Thumb Grips & Gioteck SC1 – At just over £1 you cant grumble at trying the ORB Thumb grips, while some games seem perfect for the Gioteck SC1, so get both! The MLG Pro Controller is a beautiful piece of kit but for my setup wireless is a must.
I have added to the original article on the A10-7850K the videos below, but incase you didnt see that, here are a collection of real benchmarks from people with the A10-7850K in their system. All these videos are running the fast 2133MHz RAM which is required to get the most out of the GPU. Overall impressions are more favourable than first expected! Being able to run Battlefield 4 on ultra, even if only at 720p is very impressive for a £130 APU. Likewise Skyrim on high at 1080p running at over 40fps average is mighty. It really reinforces the fact that the A10-7850K is perfect for a budget gaming PC / Steambox. The quest for 1080p on ultra at 60FPS can be an expensive one. This APU provides a great way to get on the PC gaming ladder with very good graphics and limited fuss.
A10-7850K Battlefield 4 – Ultra 720p at 30FPS
A10-7850K Skyrim – High 1080p 42FPS
A10-7850K Crysis 3 – Normal 720p 28FPS
If you own or have just ordered a PS3, and you are not subscribed to PlayStation Plus then get subscribed as soon as possible. You can do this via a 90 day PS Plus subscription (pay no more than £9) or a 365 day subscription (£30 is a good price). Why? Because you will get not only the new games for February, but also your subscription will overlap for the final days of January, which means you get the superb duo of Devil May Cry and Borderlands 2 (PS3). For February they are being replaced with the 94 Metacritic scored Bioshock Infinite and 80 scored Metro Last Light. Both are very good games, Metro Last Light is the kind of game you don’t want to play in the dark by yourself, while Bioshock Infinite is a game everyone should experience.
So you are getting two top rated shooters (3 if you get Borderlands 2) for virtually nothing. They are good to keep as long as you keep the service, and you can renew at any time. If you have a PS4 you have to have PS Plus to play online games, and PS4 owners get treated to freaky Outlast, while Vita owners get Dynasty Warriors Next and ModNation Racers. So a whole bunch of great games, but with its large back catalog, the PS3 owners are getting the pick of the bunch.
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Once you subscribe, go on the Sony Entertainment Network website on your computer/tablet (anything but the console), and you can “buy” the free games for the PS4 and the PS Vita too, building you up a nice back catalogue incase you ever get one.
While this is just a rumour, it has quiet a bit of backing. Since Nvidia have been very quiet for a while on the next generation “Maxwell” based Nvidia GTX graphics cards, today some websites are claiming a 18th of February launch for the new graphics card which will replace the GTX 650 TI and will run on a 28nm process. It should retail around the £130-160 mark, putting it in direct competition to the Radeon R9 270.
The difference with the new Maxwell cards is they use unified virtual memory. The marketing blurb is “The goal of UVM is basically to use page faults in the virtual memory systems to detect when a piece of memory is being accessed on the GPU and move the pages to the device, and then move it back to the CPU when the CPU accesses it.” The series of cards will also have an integrated Nvidia 64bit ARM processor to further reduce the strain on the main CPU for certain tasks. In the GTX 750 Ti form it should give performance inbetween the GTX 660 and the GTX 760. If the price is correct, that is some serious horsepower for the money.
They are clearly going for a mid range card to test what it can do before bringing out the much waited for GTX 800 series. Still if you only have a 1080p monitor or you output your PC via a TV, then the GTX 750 Ti could be exactly what you need. Very power efficient, so should be cool too, this could be the ideal Steam Machine graphics card. We await the tests to come out and final pricing, but Maxwell is looking very good right now.