Mosh Pit: The Incredibles 2, stylish laptop backpacks, capture cards, and squishy banthas

This week’s Mosh Pit has a bit of everything, but if squishy banthas and gaming laptops are up your alley, then you’ve come to the right place… uh, article? We’re still not sure what to call this part of the internet. It all exists in your mind, right? There is no spoon, that kind of thing?

Lexington Laptop Bag from Solo New York

Laptop backpacks haven’t always been cool. There was a time when using one meant looking like a tourist in your own city because of how bulky and utilitarian they tend to look. The Lexington Laptop Bag from Solo New York looks more business-y than others you might find, with some stylish lapels attached to the zippers, checkered fabric with light water resistance, black pleather inserts, and a thoughtful compartment to slide a luggage handle through so you don’t have to carry it on your back if you have wheeled luggage.

There’s space for a 15.6-inch notebook, a compartment for tablets and phones, front pockets with zippers and an organiser, zippered pockets on the side, and lumbar padding. The laptop compartment is also lockable, which is a nice touch. You can find the Lexington Laptop Bag by Solo at Incredible Connection, Takealot, and Buy it for Father’s Day, maybe?

Star Wars Plushies

Dawwwwwww! Who wouldn’t want a Kylo Ren plushie, or a Porg backpack? Look how fluffy that bantha is! Get yours from Raru today.

AVerMedia LGP 2 Plus and LGP Lite GL310

If you’re in the market for hardware capture devices for your console or computer, you’ll have run into the problem that the market for capture devices is a bit messy. Everyone has their own idea of how to do it, and some solutions are more elegant than others. AVerMedia hopes to fall squarely in the “elegant” category with the Live Gamer Portable series. The LGP Lite GL310 is for those of us just starting off with video-capture equipment. It supports HDMI 1.4a connections, will pass through HDMI and audio via a 3.5mm headphone jack, and will offload captured video via a USB 2.0 connection.

The LGP 2 Plus is another hardware-based capture device, but with a much more capable chipset, allowing the card to capture 4K 60Hz display streams, which would certainly bog down any PC trying to do that in real-time alongside running the game itself. It supports HDMI 2.0 audio and video pass-through, and additionally will offload captured media to a high-speed class 10 SD card if you’re using it as a portable capture device. Both of these capture devices also support chat overlays and a host of different functions via the bundled software.

Acer Aspire Nitro 5 with Raven Ridge

If you’re in the market for a gaming notebook, but Intel and NVIDIA aren’t really your style, Acer might have something for you in the form of the Aspire Nitro 5 with AMD Raven Ridge. This is a 15.6-inch design that features a 1080p IPS display, a backlit keyboard with red lettering, and some seriously beefy internal cooling. It houses an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, a quad-core APU with eight threads, which also comes with embedded AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics. That’s not going to blow away the competition, but it does mean that when you’re on battery power, the discreet Radeon RX 560X GPU can be powered down to allow the integrated graphics to take over.

Storage-wise, there’s space for an M.2 NVMe SSD as well as a 2.5-inch hard drive (already populated with a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive respectively), and the motherboard supports up to 32GB of DDR4 2,400MHz memory. There’s also a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, one USB 3.0 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI 2.0, RJ45 Gigabit LAN, and an SD card reader. For just shy of R13,000, this is definitely worth your consideration.

PSA: The Incredibles 2 is out soon

The Incredibles was one of Pixar’s sleeper hits of the early 2000s. The original came out in 2004, and is still regarded as one of Pixar’s best movies, holding a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes almost 15 years later.

Instead of continuing the story 15 years later, Incredibles 2 takes place only a few months after the events of the first film, when Mr Incredible becomes a stay-at-home dad while Mrs Incredible becomes a famous superhero trying to make “supers” cool again in the public eye. It’s still true that no-one has any idea how powerful Jack-Jack really is (but the fact that he’s still a baby with the same powers as Legion should be terrifying to literally everyone).

You’ll be able to catch The Incredibles 2 in cinemas on 15 June.

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