This week’s Mosh Pit has a bit of everything, from cameras to an Android app that spots PlayStation Store deals for you, to the crazy idea of putting RGB into your power cables. Pretty soon even your motherboard will be transparent so that we can cram more RGB in there as well! Hit the jump for more.
Dedicated cameras can still be cool these days, especially when they end up taking much better pictures than your average mid-range smartphone. But they’re especially cooler when they still look like a boss film camera from the 80’s. Fujifilm’s X-T100 isn’t a Terminator, it’s a mirrorless digital camera with the ability to record 1080p 60Hz footage for up to 30 minutes, and it’s aimed a budding photographers and anyone who wants to record short videos for social media without too much messing about with settings. It supports a bunch of interesting modes and even has a setting that dynamically mimics film grain in your pictures. The X-T100 also runs an ad-hoc wireless network to transfer pictures to different devices, which means that you’ll never really need to plug in that USB 2.0 cable which ends up being slower anyway. There’s also Bluetooth support, in case you wanted to use the myriad of add-on functions that affords you like a remote shutter on your phone.
The Fujifilm X-T100 will retail locally for around R11,500 and comes bundled with a 15-45mm aspherical OIS lens in the box. Local availability is planned for the end of June 2018.
Acer 13-inch Chromebooks
Acer has been putting in a lot of work managing their Chromebook lineup, and were one of the best-selling brands in the Chromebook market last year. In 2018 they’re turning their eye to business-orientated Chromebooks with a premium industrial design starting with the Chromebook Spin 13 and Chromebook 13. These laptops both have aluminium shells in a steel gray colour, and are powered by Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake processors. The displays are fairly unique for the market segment they compete in as well, with a 3:2 aspect ratio IPS display on both models and the addition of a Wacom touch interface on the Spin 13. The touchpads are made of Corning Gorilla Glass, adding to the other premium materials these notebooks are made out of. The high quality of these units comes with a similarly high price: R10,999 for the Chromebook Spin 13, and R9,499 for the Chromebook 13. Pricey, but if you’re looking for a premium-feeling ultrabook that doesn’t run Windows 10, this is a good alternative if you’re invested in Google’s ecosystem. Both notebooks have retail availability planned for Q4 2018.
One of the most infuriating things about Sony’s PlayStation Store on the PS3 and PS4 is that it’s so cumbersome to muck about it. Some deals are in tabbed pages, some don’t appear unless you search for a particular game, and it’s not always possible to find everything in one place. Well, that’s where PlayStation Deals for Android comes in. Developed by a lone man, Lucas Cardinali, PlayStation Deals scrapes through the sales on the PlayStation Store website and collects it into a single list, arranged according to the type of deal available. The Add-on Deals category is particularly useful if you’re looking out for DLC for a particular game. In future versions of this app, Cardinali has promised sale notifications as well as a UI overhaul, and we’ll probably get a feature to track a particular title for alerts when it’s on sale. You can grab PlayStation Deals on the Google Play Store. For Apple iOS users, there is PS Deals on the Apple Store, though it’s run by a different developer and may feature adverts.
Lian Li Strimer RGB power cable
Lian Li used to be the company that did sensible things, like extended ATX server chassis made out of nothing but alumimium, with optional wheels for carting it around or riding it on the way to a LAN. Then, judgement day arrived: RGB LEDs became cheap and were added to all the things, and Lian Li joined the colourful side. At Computex 2018 the company announced a new product for the RGB Master Race: an RGB shield for your power connector. This is a set of twelve LED tubes illuminated with three-colour RGB LED diodes, and a separate controller allows you to adjust the colour scheme to whatever you want. In this Linus Tech Tips video, Lian Li’s prototype as shown currently doesn’t work with motherboards that have an RGB header and controller software and instead requires its own daughterboard, but in the future it should just plug into a compatible RGB header to control the lights.
Build your own 2K sale
Humble Bundle is having another sale this weekend, and this time you can build your own bundle. The Humble “Build Your Own 2K Sale” entails, well… choosing the games you want in your bundle. Buying any two games gets you a 75% discount on both titles, but buying up to five games gets you 85% off all titles. These include excellent games such as Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands 2 GOTY, Spec Ops: The Line (featuring truly one of the greatest single-player narratives ever written for a shooter), Civilization V: Complete Edition, and more. Head on over to the Humble Store today to build your own.