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  01:03:53  20 January 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

The Asus Laptop with the GTX 1060 I was considering ( $999 on sale during Christmas ) was a 15". However the screen didn't get as good reviews and the speakers were not as nice as what I got. Better screen and better speakers, in addition to having a DVD drive is what made me settle for the GTX 1050 Ti for a lot less money. You mentioned my 17" was a discontinued model which wouldn't surprise me. The GTX 1050 Ti came out in October 2016 but that is the general date and not necessarily when it showed up in Laptops. ( I just googled the Laptop date and it was January 2017, so my Laptop model is no more than a year old ). DVD drives are less and less common in Laptops, especially low-end Gaming Laptops like mine. The smaller the Laptop, the less chance you'll see one too. Of course a lot of what I'm saying is just my personal observations. Feel free to update my perceptions if you know more on a subject than I appear to.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti ( Notebook )
https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1050-Ti-Notebook.168400.0.html

At home, I can enjoy the Laptop speakers but I wanted to buy and test a few Gaming headsets to have something and to have the ability to take it on the go if I need to not disturb others like in a Coffee Shop or whatever. In other words, an environment where headsets would be required. I also just bought a set of USB powered speakers to plug into it to take on the go too. My requirement was USB power only and not an AC powered brick. For that I picked the Logitech S-150 2.0 Digital Speakers. I'll be testing those tonight as Amazon just delivered those today. I wouldn't recommend these for a PC as some other reviews said they were not loud enough but may be just right for a Laptop for the portability angle. Of course USB powered speakers are never going to be as loud as an AC powered speaker. On YouTube there are versions with a side control for volume, which must be the older version whereas mine has 3 buttons volume +, -, mute on the front.

http://www.techdesigns.co.uk/logitech-s150/

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  07:55:57  20 January 2018
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You guys ever try using Razer Surround with your headsets? If you haven't id suggest trying it and its free unless you want the pro version ($20.00 ) Gives great surround sound for headsets.

http://www.razerzone.com/surround

I have a few headsets but my favorite by far is the Astro A-40, little pricey but well worth it. HyperX Cloud II are also very good.
  11:28:25  20 January 2018
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The reason more and more laptops don't have an optical drive is manufacturers try making laptops as thin as possible and an optical drive makes this difficult because the drive can just be 'so' thin and the laptop still needs to be a certain thickness for protecting the hardware. It's also normal that most software is downloaded and music and movies are streamed so why bother with a optical drive when that space can be used for other things. Not to mention they save a few bucks on each laptop in manufacturing.

A few years back when having no optical drive, people got in bad trouble when they needed to reinstall their laptop after a harddisk failure as they had no idea how to install from a USB stick. Further back it was even worse as you needed an external CD-drive for installing. It's first now with Win 10 that you can buy Windows on a USB stick and AFAIK also first now (I have no knowledge with Win 8/8.1) you can easily make your own bootable USB stick for installing Windows.
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PressurE:

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You guys ever try using Razer Surround with your headsets? If you haven't id suggest trying it and its free unless you want the pro version ($20.00 ) Gives great surround sound for headsets.

http://www.razerzone.com/surround

I have a few headsets but my favorite by far is the Astro A-40, little pricey but well worth it. HyperX Cloud II are also very good.

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PressurE~

Thanks. I'll check that out. The more expensive Asus headphones that I got have 7.1 sound but the lighter Asus Rumble Feedback that I've been using more doesn't. I looked at the Astro A-40 on Amazon and it lists it as being made for the PlayStation 4. Is there also a PC version? You weren't kidding when you said it was pricey as $249 is definitely way more than I want to pay. The HyperX Cloud II looks similar to the premium set I bought and it goes for the same money. Do you have both and if so which did you buy first?

PCDania~

That's pretty much what I know/seen too about the trend to make Laptops thinner and lighter. The best way to do that is to omit the DVD drive. That also makes less room for decent speakers. Additionally as you mention, with Steam and GoG, you can get most any Game you desire. However I still want the ability to pop in a DVD movie without having to download it or stream it. That reminds me, I've heard that Windows 10 is picky with Game DVDs due to DRM and stuff. I think that's why I went ahead and used my GoG version, even though I didn't test that situation. I didn't try those new USB powered speakers yet so hopefully this weekend.

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  17:33:08  20 January 2018
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Yeah, Win 10 is picky about the DRM on many disc's. The problem is a security hole in the DRM software so Win 10 blocks it 100%. Lucky for us gamers, GOG exist Even better, GOG doesn't exhange $$ to €€ 1:1, instead they place the difference in your GOG wallet. Just remember to add a little money to your GOG wallet. Problem is for legal reasons, GOG can only keep the "difference in price money" (the $:€) for a year, if you add some of your own money you don't loose anything. GOG kindly told their customers this little trick as they don't like people feeling they get cheated. GOG also supports more than 2 currencies:


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They don't do any exchange tricks on any of the currencies.

What music and movies go, I prefer having them on a disc, luckily my laptop has a Blu-ray drive and I also have a Blu-ray drive in my PC.
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

PressurE:

You guys ever try using Razer Surround with your headsets? If you haven't id suggest trying it and its free unless you want the pro version ($20.00 ) Gives great surround sound for headsets.

http://www.razerzone.com/surround

I have a few headsets but my favorite by far is the Astro A-40, little pricey but well worth it. HyperX Cloud II are also very good.


PressurE~

Thanks. I'll check that out. The more expensive Asus headphones that I got have 7.1 sound but the lighter Asus Rumble Feedback that I've been using more doesn't. I looked at the Astro A-40 on Amazon and it lists it as being made for the PlayStation 4. Is there also a PC version? You weren't kidding when you said it was pricey as $249 is definitely way more than I want to pay. The HyperX Cloud II looks similar to the premium set I bought and it goes for the same money. Do you have both and if so which did you buy first?
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The Astro headset i got is for the PC, Mac and compatible with consoles. The price your looking at is with the mix-amp included. I didn't get that...just the headphones here:

https://www.astrogaming.com/headsets/pc/3AH4T-AGX9N-506.html?psids=3AH4T-AGX9N-506%2CMIXAMPS-PC%2CMOD-KIT%2CA40-TAGS#start=1

Those paired with Razer Surround is a really good set up. I had the hyper x first but my son needed a headset so i gave him those and ordered the Astros later on. Both are really good but comfort wise and quality...its hard to beat the A-40s.

If you was wanting a travel pair here is a good deal at best buy:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/logitech-g430-over-the-ear-gaming-headset-black/8785729.p?skuId=8785729&cmp=RMX&extStoreId=832&ref=212&loc=1&ksid=70905ca9-524b-41f2-a877-99484681d0b4&ksprof_id=3&ksaffcode=pg269159&ksdevice=m&lsft=ref:212,loc:2&gclid=CjwKCAiA7ovTBRAQEiwAo8dPccdKLYW_c8Nd0CTQzs_Bl2yGS-Hz0blmbty1-jNM7rfrza6asutymhoCpIwQAvD_BwE

I have a pair of those too. Really light and give good sound quality for the price. My daughter claimed those lol
  04:48:27  21 January 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

PCDania~

GoG is great for playing some older Games I have/like on the Laptop. One of the first ones I was playing was Lucas Arts "Outlaws", one of the best western games ever made in my opinion despite it being dated. The smaller screen actually works better since it was optimized for times when a 15" CRT was king.

PressurE~

Logitech is definitely a great brand always making high quality products. I enjoyed the part of your experience where your kids kept commandeering your PC products. That's funny.

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One of the first experiences I had using a Laptop for Gaming while playing SoC was that for some strange reason my pistol or shotgun kept randomly firing. Why was this happening? I was thinking that some other keyboard command must be doing that I was accidently touching. So I rechecked the menu settings and saw no alternative key commands. Was it a problem with my Laptop? I sure hoped not as I didn't want to deal with returning it. Was it a problem with the 1.0006 patch? That seemed unlikely but the thought did cross my mind.

I tried to observe when it was happening but it alluded me for awhile. I finally found the culprit. I was guilty of lightly brushing the trackpad with my thumb when I was using my fingers on the WASD area. It was hard to believe that was happening because I thought I was being careful not to touch it. I quickly learned I could disable the trackpad automatically when a USB mouse was plugged in. Problem solved but it was a mystery and inconvenience for awhile.

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  13:26:11  21 January 2018
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Accidental firing by trackpad, just what I thought though I can't prove it

Good you found out it's possible to disable the trackpad in the software for it when attaching a mouse.
  07:08:24  22 January 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

Yes, I googled it and found where in Windows 10 I could go to disable it.

So, some may wonder why play SoC on a Laptop? Well, I could say I never need a reason NOT to play SoC but my thinking was I wanted to focus on getting used to "using" a Laptop and I thought I could do that better with a Game I was familiar with and already knew what to expect.

That way, I wouldn't be sidelined with learning a new Game and paying more attention to that. As I've mentioned I have intensely been playing the Team Epic "Call of Chernobyl" Mod testing the 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 versions for the past 2 years. Most recently after playing as a Loner in all three versions, I tried the Monolith Faction in 1.4 and thoroughly enjoyed that way more than I was expecting. It's truly the best Stalker Mod I've played in 10 years.

Back to SoC, since it's been two years and after playing CoC, one cannot helped having that Mod affect my playing style. That's the great thing about all the Stalker Games and the many Mods is that the Player gets better, tries new things, expands his ( or her ) understanding of how things work and it never feels like doing the same thing you did before...or at least that's my opinion of how I see it. However since my last play though involved a really long game ( 1 year game time to reach Pripyat ) I'm definitely not going to repeat the hard, slow route again. Sorta been there done that. For that reason I thought I would add some tiny Mods.

More on that next time...

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  13:40:10  26 January 2018
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Downloaded Call of Chernobyl, updated it to 1.4.22 and have played it for a few days. Takes some getting used to but I like it so far though I'm still mostly running around in Cordon working on getting my equipment upgraded. Easy money to get if taking the Killer Contract from Sid. Subject have a tendency of getting himself killed and you can go get your money without firing a single shot. IMO it should be coded so you have to personally kill the subject, I have no idea if that is possible. Nice hearing messages about the subject you are hunting and what else is going on.
 
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