Gadget Buddies

Gadget Buddies

By Imran Khan

Graphics power house
The modern graphics card has grown from the humble megabyte sizes to today’s gigabyte powered beasts. Off course as gamers we know that you can never have enough graphics processing abilities with the current demands that PC games have. For example, when the ‘Crysis’ game was released, we all scrambled for the best graphics cards as it was a highly demanding game.
Yet, two years down the line the popular PC game has become just another game that could be played with onboard graphics on your laptop. So why are we telling you this? Well, companies likes Nvidia are pushing the boundaries and they have just released a record breaking graphics card, not forgetting to mention the record breaking price tag it carries.
Their latest graphics card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z goes for a whopping R45000. That sort of money buys you 12 gigabytes of DDR 5 graphics processing power with a maximum output resolution of 4096×2160. Yes, you guessed it; that’s 4K resolution, which is in the realm of Ultra High Definition. This rockets Nvidia to the next generation and dethrones the AMD R9 card that has held the top spot for so long. All of this begs the questions: what’s more important to you? A car, or the latest in graphics technology?

Heart Rate Monitors
Winter is slowly coming to a close and spring is just around the corner. This means that a lot of people are starting to gym and diet for the upcoming summer. This got us wondering about the ideal gadget that a budding fitness nut can take with them to the gym to help them track their progress.
Heart Rate monitors came out top of the charts. It’s a device that’s portable, easy to use and quite rugged for the gym. Ideally what you need in a heart rate monitor is an accurate measurement of your heart rate so that you can maintain it for maximum fat burning.
Coupled with that the device also needs to tell you how many calories you burnt, which is a key piece of information to track your daily progress.
Heart rate monitors are available at all price points and brands, the best and longest standing being the POLAR Brand. At your local sports shop you may also find brands like Tom Tom, Nike and Adidas, to name but a few.

They all do the same thing, but at different points of accuracy, depending on the technology inside the wristwatch and chest strap.
Our picks are the following:
1. The Polar V800 Multisport (High End)
2. Tom Tom Multisport with Altimeter (Mid Range)
3. Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor (Entry Level)

The top three focuses on the price range as well as the technology of each watch. If you are still starting off, invest in an entry level watch to get used to wearing and using a heart rate monitor.
One of the biggest complaints with these gadgets is the chest straps either being too tight, or causing chaffing.
However, companies offer a variety of add-on pieces as well, so be on the lookout for these. Happy exercising.

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