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Some Things To Consider When Choosing a Gaming Monitor

Gamers can be a passionate group; PC gamers all the more so. In contrast to console gamers, PC enthusiasts have a much greater range of choices to make in order to suit their preferences and budget. With the advent of computer monitors made specifically with gaming in mind and the corresponding advances in technology, the choices are many and can be confusing to sift through. This post will attempt to be a guide to those who feel overwhelmed by this abundance of options.

The basic specs to look at when shopping for a gaming monitor is an optimum balance of, in no particular order, refresh rate, viewing angle, resolution, color quality and panel size. The first thing to consider, though, is what kind of GPU you have or are planning on getting. In order to get the best value from a higher-end monitor, for instance, one with a 144Hz refresh rate, 1440p resolution, 27″ and up panel size and G-sync or Freesync capability, you’re going to need a powerful GPU to fully utilize these features. If you use an AMD GPU, make sure to select a monitor that supports Freesync, and alternatively, if you use Nvidia you should get one with G-sync support.

G-sync and Freesync are, respectively, Nvidia and AMD’s adapted solutions to the problem of screen tearing, the traditional solution to which, known as Vsync, posed a tough choice to gamers of either turning Vsync “ON” and dealing with some input lag, or “OFF” and suffering through screen tearing. This ugly flaw is caused by an out-of-sync output from your GPU (known as the framerate and which is always variable) to your monitor’s constant refresh rate.

Jonas from Armchair Empire said, “Monitors with higher refresh rates, from 120Hz and up, will suffer much less input lag with Vsync turned “ON”. However, it is clear that, although it adds to the price of your monitor (especially Nvidia’s G-sync) and requires compatible GPU’s, these new technologies make for an overall better gaming experience.”

Another point to consider is what type of monitor technology would best suit your needs. There are two main panel types to choose from. These are Twisted Nematic, TN for short, or In-Plane Switching, known as IPS. TN is popular among PC gamers due to their fast pixel response time and high refresh rates, and their relatively low cost. The disadvantage of TN monitors is their subpar viewing angles (meaning that if the viewer isn’t looking dead-center at a totally perpendicular screen, the picture will look washed out), and less vivid color representation. IPS screens generally have the superior color accuracy and better viewing angle but can be susceptible to motion blur.

A simple question to ask yourself when choosing between IPS or TN monitors is whether you desire to play highly competitive games, in which case a TN monitor would aid you with a faster refresh rate and pixel response time, or if you prefer slower paced games with more vibrant colors, which would point you towards an IPS monitor.

Mopeds: Motorcycle’s Little Brother

Mopeds are in an interesting position when it comes to insurance today. Insurance plans specifically made for mopeds are extremely uncommon today. It’s far more likely that your insurance carrier of choice would group them in with motorcycles. This is a practice that is kind of strange, given that mopeds are decidedly not motorcycles, and the cover required for one would not be the same as one. In New Jersey, there is a separate driver’s manual for mopeds and it actually goes out of its way to state that “Mopeds are not motorcycles”, emphasized in big bold black lettering.

It then goes on to list the differences between the two, such as mopeds being generally lighter than motorcycles and the fact that they lack certain features that motorcycles generally have, such as turn signals and rear-view mirrors. Mopeds are not even required to have an annual inspection while motorcycles are. There are even separate licenses for mopeds, in addition to the basic driving and motorcycle licenses that you can obtain.

It is strange that driving regulations commonly differentiate between mopeds in motorcycles, there are separate licenses for the two vehicles, however in terms of insurance, they’re just grouped in with motorcycles without a thought as to the differences between the two (Source:

Offering two different insurance policies for both mopeds and motorcycles would also offer financial benefits for the companies as well, as people that own both vehicles would have to buy two plans instead of just one.

Right now buying insurance for a moped isn’t difficult, however you have to begin the search as if you were buying a motorcycle. Once you start you have to pick a certain size or make, instead of simply choosing the manufacturer as you would with motorcycles. However sometimes it’s a pain to even get specific classifications for mopeds; oftentimes you have to pick the “other” option for manufacturer, type in your information by hand, or in extreme cases, call the insurance company for assistance. This headache could be avoided if insurance companies had separate plans for mopeds.

The state of New York is a good example of how complicated having a moped or other motor vehicle can be. For mopeds alone, there are three different classifications to categorize them based on speed. Each of these classes of moped have different regulations, such as class C moped riders not being required to wear a helmet or Class A mopeds being the only ones able to ride on any traffic lane.

Insurance rates for mopeds are generally cheaper than motorcycles, however this is the only difference between insuring a moped and insuring a motorcycle in most cases. Everyone else treats mopeds and motorcycles differently, it’s time for insurance companies to as well.

Choosing the Right Food Processor

One of the most popular kitchen appliance in homes, restaurants and food industries is the electric food processor. This machine, which comes in various sizes, contains metal cutting blades that are used for all types of foods. This provides an easy method for slicing, pureeing, kneading and mixing various dough and other food processing. It allows a person to save hours of work during the cooking process.

Food processors came on the scene in 1946 in Germany. Various types were developed through the years but it was in 1973 that the first North America’s domestic food processor came on the scene. This machine immediately became a hit and was especially popular in restaurants where it saved hours of labor required to prepare food properly in large amounts.

Use of commercial food processors are especially popular with industries in everything from meat packing, canneries, food packaging and hundreds of things used commercially and by the average consumer. They allow the preparation of food, in large amounts, quickly and efficiently.

In today’s busy homes, food processors make it possible to prepare food with very little effort. Many people have found it an advantage to prepare meals to be heated later in a microwave or regular oven. This machine is also used in health programs to prepare meals that are needed by those with special food requirements.

Food processors come in a variety of sizes, shapes and prices. This makes it important to decide the following:

  • Size, depending on how often it will be used
  • What is the difference between a high-quality and a low-quality processor, such as guarantees and operations
  • Motor power
  • Number of different discs and blades
  • Type of materials used in its construction
  • What a product’s customer reviews say
  • Size of feed tube
  • Are parts dishwasher safe
  • Is it built heavy enough to remain stationary when in operation

Some processors have extra features that make its use more efficient. For example, one of the problems with some food processors is food sticking to the sides of the bowl. A model with a built-in scraper keeps the bowl clean and avoids having to stop and scrape the sides.

There is no doubt that a food processor is an excellent addition to a kitchen, making it fun to try out different recipes and ideas. The right choice will provide an easy way to prepare food that is not only healthy but delicious as well.

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