This week in Mosh Pit we have an adorable anime mascot, an Android phone that is the closest thing to an official Nexus device sold in South Africa, PC Building Simulator has officially launched, and a stunning glass case from Lian Li that is sure to get your palms sweating (protip: don’t lift a glass case with sweaty palms).
Nokia 1 (Android One)
One of the endearing things about Google’s Nexus line was that it was a pure, stock version of Android that received updates on time anywhere in the world, and damned if the cellular providers didn’t like it. But Google stopped making more affordable Nexus devices, and its former subsidiary Motorola didn’t really live up to the hype of providing an alternative. That’s where Android One comes in – a lightweight, stripped down version of the latest Android operating system built for cheap and mid-range phones alike. Google wants the Android One platform to become the more desired one amongst cheaper smartphones, and the Android One is the first in South Africa to bring that promise to users. Some Android One features are country-specific, however.
The Nokia 1 is a cheap smartphone for R999. It features a 4.5-inch IPS display with a native resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The body is plastic all-round, but it has snap-on covers to change the colour – a throwback to several Nokia XpressMusic phones from back in the day. Internally it has a quad-core Mediatek chipset with Mali-T720 graphics, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP camera sensor with a basic flash. The battery is also removable, but it is a 2150mAh unit, so there won’t be a lot of battery life from the Nokia 1 with heavy use.
PC Building Simulator
PC Building Simulator started off as a joke – literally, this one guy on Reddit said he’ll make a simulator for building a PC, because how hard can it be? The game ballooned in popularity because of its novel approach to the “simulator” genre, and now has some incredible sponsorships and plugins from PC component vendors from all around the world, including support for custom vinyl wraps, RGB fans and lights, and new plugins for hard loop water cooling systems. Maybe you need to concentrate on something else and laugh a bit to forget the pain of life, or maybe you need to see what your dream machine would look like with purple lights, blue cabling, and a My Little Pony poster on your wall in the background.
There’s a VR component in the works as well, so you can imagine how hilarious it’s going to be seeing people fire up this game and just start chucking GeForce GTX 1080 cards like shurikens at the wall nearby. You can buy PC Building Simulator on Steam.
Lian Li Alpha Series with tempered glass
Of all the crazy things to build a PC case with, glass has to be the one thing you weren’t immediately thinking off when choosing materials. Years of having to deal with perspex have worn us all down, and now we just expect to have our beautiful rigs scratched from dust a few months later. In comes Lian Li, joining the fray of the tempered glass case moshpit and bringing their own flair to the new Alpha series (not to be confused with Corsair’s Carbide Alpha). Lian Li is known for their all-aluminium designs and zero-compromise builds, so it’s a bit of a shock to the system to see a Lian Li case with the expected amount of aluminium mixed in with glass.
The Alpha series comprises the Alpha 330 and Alpha 550. These are both ATX designs supporting up to three graphics cards in a multi-GPU configuration, up to six 140mm fans, and up to seven storage drives, with removable dust filters on two sides, and front-panel USB Type-C support. The Alpha 550 is the more expensive of the two, and includes an additional glass panel, three RGB fans in the box, a 360mm radiator support mount at the top of the case, and an integrated RGB controller.
Razer Electra V2 gaming headset
If you’re looking for a beginner’s headset that’s not cheap and not crappy, Razer might have something for you. Their successor to the popular Electra headset gets a major upgrade to supportive foam cushions, an adjusting headband and a detachable microphone. Internally it packs a pair of 40mm neodymium drivers tuned for gaming, both versions of the Electra V2 feature 7:1 surround sound (Razer Synapse required) and 1.3m cabling, and the 3.5mm wired version features volume and microphone controls on the left earpiece. Pick up yours today from Evetech – Razer Electra V2, Razer Electra V2 USB.
We’ve had a bit of anime on Mosh Pit feature recently, and now it’s time to talk about Crunchyroll. This is a subscription service with a Netflix service model, allowing you to stream as much anime as your brain can comprehend until time seems to stand still. If you’re an anime fan, this is one of the best ways to contribute to the studios whose content you watch, as Crunchyroll handles some of the translation for the subtitles, and syndicated shows appear on the service an hour after they air on networks in Japan.
The company is even expanding into original content and is increasing their footprint across a range of devices and platforms. Aside from Funimation, it’s one of the best places to start off with a subscription if you want to have modern anime to watch anytime.