It’s another episode of Mosh Pit, everyone! If you’re looking for something new to buy for yourself, or for someone else, this is as good a place as any to use for ideas. Pro tip: If you’re close to the gift-receiver, buy them presents that you’d also want to use yourself. That way there’s no guilt in asking to use them later. This week we have rugged hard drives, another port of Skyrim, more lies from Obi-Wan Kenobi, and another sexy RGB keyboard from Razer.
Apacer AC730 shock-proof, probably zombie-proof, portable hard drive
Maybe you’re one of those doomsday preppers who figures that having something to watch while the world ends is a good idea, or maybe you just want a hard drive that you can throw at people who annoy you while you’re at the library. Maybe that zombie is looking at you a bit too closely. That’s where Apacer’s excessively over-engineered AC730 portable hard drive fits in.
Apacer says they’ve built the AC730 to the highest specification, equipping it with shock resistance and suspending the hard drive to reduce vibrations, rating it IP68 for dust and water resistance, and testing the shell’s strength and rigidity by putting a 1.5 ton weight on it for fun. That means that it’s plausible that you could drive over this with a Nissan Navara. Not that you should try, but it’d probably survive.
The AC730 comes in two models, 1TB and 2TB in a 2.5-inch form factor, and comes with a three-year warranty as standard. It is USB 3.1 Gen 1 compatible, but we’d really like to see Apacer’s successor feature USB-C as well.
Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated
For D&D groups who might prefer a little visual flair to their gameplay instead of imagining every set and fighting ground, you might be interested to learn that Wizards of the Coast launched Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated in January of this year. There are three themes to choose from – City, Dungeon, and Wilderness – and these are sets of tile pieces that you can combine together to form a landscape for your adventure.
There are multiple set pieces which include things like walls, grassy plains, stairs, hidden corridors and false doors, and you can mix and match them to design the dungeon that you want to match your one-shot or long campaign. Order your set today from Raru for R295 each.
Razer Cynosa Chroma Pro RGB mechanical keyboard
We’ve hardly begun to accept the RGB craze and here comes Razer with a new trick up their sleeve – underglow RGB lighting. Razer’s new Cynosa keyboard is very similar to their existing Blackwidow family, and the Cynosa is indeed a spider – more specifically, it’s Cynosa agedabiae, a single species of spider found in North Africa that has an entire genus (Cynosa) named after itself. Razer’s Cynosa is a fully backlit per-key RGB keyboard with their trademark glossy logo insert on the bottom lip.
It uses Razer’s in-house designed Green switches, which are similar to the Cherry MX or Kailh Blue switch designs, but feature more linear travel and a higher actuation point. In the Cynosa and Cynosa Pro, the key caps have a cushioning ring so that it doesn’t bottom out as hard as other designs, and Razer has tweaked the reset point as well for faster input. Razer’s Cynosa and Cynosa Pro are due to arrive in South Africa this month. Pick up yours at Rebel Tech or Wootware.
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
We all remember the lie Obi-Wan told to Luke on Dagobah – from a certain point of view, Darth Vader killed Anakin Skywalker. Obi-Wan’s perspective of the change in Anakin’s personality was as a spectator observing his downfall, but Anakin was still in there.
From a Certain Point of View is a collection of 40 short stories written by 40 contemporary science fiction writers who grew up reading and watching Star Wars, and retell certain events from the original trilogy from the perspective of bystanders who were in the area. What did those Stormtroopers think when confronted by the rock-throwing Ewoks? Did Grand Moff Tarkin fear Vader (and pee a little in his pants) when he casually choked an Imperial officer at the meeting table? Did any of the Resistance’s X-Wing fighters look on at Luke’s trick shot that destroyed the Death Star in disbelief? This is the book for you if you’ve ever wanted to know these kinds of things. Get your copy through Exclusive Books.
If you find that discovering new music you might like is difficult because the radio stations tend to play all the same things these days, you might want to give Spotify music streaming a try. Spotify is the Netflix model for music – by either signing up for a Premium account for R60 a month, or by using the free service supported by adverts, you can listen to and discover new music that you like.
Spotify has put a lot of effort into their discovery algorithm and, through the magic of AI and machine learning, can help you to pick music to suit a certain mood or taste, and might even recommend new bands or artists that you’ll probably like based on your past impressions. We weren’t asked to promote this, by the way – the service is just that good that everyone should give it a try.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Look, we’ve ported this game to enough platforms already. By the time this decade is over, we’ll probably have figured out ways to make Skyrim the new DOOM of videogames by running it on your smart fridge with touch controls. This month Bethesda launched Skyrim VR on Steam, which can be yours to own for about R800. Skyrim VR has built-in support for SteamVR-compatible headsets, and there are a lot of them out there. Valve has support for most VR headsets out there, and even bundles in support for solutions you wouldn’t expect, like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.
Running Skyrim in VR is probably not that demanding, but your hardware needs to be capable of running the game at 90Hz refresh rates for fluidity. Bethesda recommends a Core i5-6600K or Ryzen 5 processor, at least 8GB of system RAM, and either a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 480.