Types of Water Softeners: Salt Free vs. Reverse Osmosis

While hard water might sound like a trivial issue to many, it does affect the day to day life of people who encounter hard water or impure water problems. Hard water is harmful to our body and health, it does make it a little more complicated and uncomfortable. This is where the different types of water softeners come into the picture as a saviour!

The markets today are flooded with every kind of water system- a water softener, purifier to even a water conditioner. There are some excellent brands such as Fleck Water Softeners that do not require any introduction. You can trust them to have a life that is free of all the issues of hard water.

Before you make your final choice, we tell you about the different types of water softeners that are available in the market.

Different Types of Water Softeners

There are different types of water softeners that use different technologies to purify, soften and condition water. What you need to buy will depend on primarily two factors, the level of hardness in the water and your budget. Once you are clear with the two, you can choose the right technology and the best brand that offers one.

We discuss two popular types of water softeners here:

  1. Salt-Free

It would be wrong to call salt free water systems, water softeners. These are actually ‘water conditioners’ or ‘scalers’ and are often also called by the same names. The main job of a salt-free water system is to perform the descaling process that helps to change the chemical structure of the minerals found in water. This prevents the deposition of solids such as limescale in the pipes and the appliances and fixtures that use water. They remove the minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium that are responsible for hardening of water and replace them with Potassium and Sodium that are softer minerals in comparison. This entire process is called ionic exchange.

Using salt-free conditioners helps to prolong the life of the appliances that use water, plumbing systems and even clothes. However, they are not too effective with appliances that store water such as water heaters. They also use fewer detergents and cleaners to clean clothes and utensils. They use less salt which directly affects your hair and skin as well, leaving them softer and smoother.

  1. Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis is regarded as one of the most efficient and result-oriented methods of water purification and water softening. The water is made to pass through several stages to get purified water in the end. Reverse Osmosis makes the water perfect for purposes such as cooking and cleaning, both of which require better quality water than that is required for cleaning or washing purposes.

The water softeners using the method of reverse osmosis involve the use of an Osmotic Membrane Chamber. The chamber is made of tiny pores that allow only the water molecules to pass through them, leaving behind the others. It uses the pressure of 35-40 psi to push the water molecules through the membrane. While all the substances including the Calcium and Magnesium ions (that are responsible for making water hard) are left behind, pure and softened water is passed through the Osmotic Membrane Chamber.

Whether you are buying a water softener or a conditioner, ensure that you do a thorough investigation and read several reviews before you make a choice. Fleck Water Softeners are one of the best brands in the market today that has been rated with 5-star reviews by the customers. It is definitely worth every penny!

Most Awaited PS4 Games Coming Out in 2018

My resolution for 2018? Well, my resolution is to get and play as many new released PS4 game as possible. So, you would know why I am so excited about this list. This is basically my bucket list for 2018.

Let’s right away jump into the list of PS4 Games which are coming out in 2018. Well, not every single one of them, but the list will contain the ones which I am most excited for.

Beyond Good and Evil 2

This game is a prequel to the original Beyond Good and Evil which came out in 2003. I am a bit disappointed because it’s a prequel. However, I am excited about it. The trailer looks promising.

Shadow of the Colossus

This is one of the games which will bring back lots of memories. For those of you who don’t know it yet, this is the remade version of older version which was released in 2015.

Fist of the North Star

Fist of the north star is based on manga Fist of the North Star which is being adapted by Yakuza studio, which makes it even more exciting! And this is a PS4 exclusive. Xbox and Nintendo fans are surely going to wish to make switch the consoles by end of 2018!

Monster Hunter: World

The demo of the game is really breath taking and if the rumor mills are to be believed there is a lot of weaponry and exciting stuff waiting for us in this new game! The release date of this game is 26th January 2018. I want to jump around!

God of War: Be a Warrior

This series will be the sequel to God of War III. Kratos will return back as the main character, however, in this game, he has a son named Atreus. This game is God of the games! I can’t wait to get my hands on this game!

Far Cry 5

Far Cry series always get me excited. What I love most about Far Cry series is the open world environment. This game, like its predecessors, looks promising.

Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)

Coming from Sucker Punch Productions, the game is going to be one of the top most awaited game list of 2018. The trailer has got me intrigued. Take my money and give me the game already!!

The Last of Us Part II

This game is a sequel to the previous part. All we know about for now is that this sequel is set five years after the original game. For those who love intense story line, you are in for a treat!

That’s it for now! I cannot wait for all these games to be released. It feels like I have been waiting forever for these games to come into market. Does excitement kill people?Only time will tell!

7 Best Games for the Nintendo Switch

Do you prefer a Nintendo Switch over PS4? Well we are have listed out the best games you can play on Nintendo Switch!

7. Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Xenoblade chronicles 2 is an action role playing game just like the prequel Xenoblade Chronicles. Xenoblade chronicles 2 was developed by Monolith Soft and was released worldwide in 2017. The game revolves around characters Rex and Pyra searching around the for world for Elysium. The game is the latest addition to my Nintendo Switch games. I would definitely recommend this game to you as I love the entire setup of the game and the soundtrack is also quite awesome.

6. ARMS

ARMS is a three dimensional fighting game which was released in 2017. This game allows up to four players to choose a fighter and fight them using extendable arms. Players can punch, throw, dodge and block using the extendable arms. The brilliant motion controls are surely going to blow your mind away!

5. Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 is a third person shooter game which was released in 2017. You can either play it in single player mode or online multiplayer mode. In multiplayer mode, up to eight players can play with four players in each team. In this game, players control characters known as inklings and attack the opposite team members with ink. I love colors and this game is a good break from the traditional shooting games, so this comes in my top 7 games! You will love it too if you are looking for some non-traditional shooting games.

4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Being one of the most popular games among gamers since the release in 2011, the game was released for Nintendo Switch in 2017. The magical massive world and dragons are bonus points of this game!

3. Golf Story

Golf Story is a role playing sports adventure video game developed by Sidebar games exclusively for Nintendo Switch. The game moves ahead with a golfer trying to play after 20 years of not playing the game. People who love golf, do give this game a shot!

2.  Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is a 3D action adventure video game which came out in 2017. The game revolves around Mario going to various kingdoms trying to save princess peach from Bowser. For me, this is the best Mario game that I have ever played.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

This game is so good that I can confidently say that it is certainly going to be on top of my favorite Nintendo games for a long long long time. This game is perfect for those who love open world games (like me!). To be honest, this game changes the entire Nintendo gaming experience for me. The game broke Nintendo’s sales records in several regions, well I would have been surprised if it did not break the records!

So that is my top 7 Nintendo games. You can go ahead and try out the ones on the list which you have not tried yet. You will not be disappointed!

 

Top 10 PC Gaming Setups to Take Inspiration From

Believe it or not, the gaming area for a gamer is what bat cave is to bat man.

However, it will be silly to assume that all the gamers want similar gaming setups. So, let us look into 10 different PC gaming setups. Keep reading, you might just find what you are looking for.

I have compiled a list of top 10 gaming setups of youtubers.

10. Budget Gaming Setup

Gaming setups are generally super expensive. Even thinking about setting up a gaming area costs you money! Jk.

In this video, the entire setup is done just for $200 and it is seriously good. It will be cheaper now considering this video was created in 2016.

There are no specific color codes used in this setup. However, the gaming setup does not fail to be one of the best in the entire list. Also, the gaming area looks super comfortable.

9. Red-Black Color Coded Gaming Setup

This gaming setup is going to be your favorite if you love red and black color. The setup has two monitors along with PS4 and other accessories. Not to forget, this gamer has used red and black skins on PS4 and controllers to go with the red-black color code. This well-organized gaming setup is surely going to steal your heart!

8. Comfortable Gaming Setup

If I tell you that you can lie down and play your games, you will probably not believe me. You can go through the above video and be mesmerized, just like me. This video just made me realize how much lazy, I actually am. 😛 But, go comfy!

Also, this video has a part 1, which you can watch it here.

7. Spacious Gaming Setup

This is one of most spacious gaming setup I have seen. I’m not even kidding when I say that even looking at this setup makes me feel calm. You don’t believe me, do you? Check out the video for yourself. The way it is arranged…

6. Widest Monitor Gaming Setup

I did not know people took this bat cave thing too seriously, until I saw this video. I’m not sure if I should call this setup a UFO or a bat cave.

But one thing for sure is in this setup, you will see one of the widest gaming monitors. I actually thought there are multiple monitors, then I realized, it is one freaking monitor! Grab a look for yourself.

5. Triple Monitor Gaming Setup

If you want to have a triple gaming monitor setup, you should definitely go through this video. This setup will cost you about $1000. The entire setup is very organized and if you are person who loves simple but classy stuff, you definitely will fall in love with this setup.

4. Gaming Setup Makeover

This youtuber actually changed the complete Gaming setup look by adding minimal accessories like LED lighting and tiding up the cables. I promise, it would not even cost you much. The setup looked really good once she was done with setting up her gaming accessories. If you can only afford to spend a few dollars on the gaming setup, well this video can be an inspiration for you.

3. Smallest Gaming Room Setup

If you thought that “I don’t have enough space to set up a gaming arena” was a good enough excuse to not have a good gaming setup, well think again. This youtuber actually had his gaming setup in a closet! Look and learn kid.

2. Outdoor Gaming Setup

Your entire family, the internet and your long lost relatives and basically everyone asks you to go outdoors and play. And on the other side, you are so addicted to gaming that, you cannot move from your gaming chair. That’s why, this genius youtuber just thought of camping with the entire gaming setup outdoors. Yes, taking “playing outdoor” quite literally. Well, watch for yourself and decide!

1. Expensive Gaming Setup

The entire setup cost around $50,000! Youtuber calls the entire room as man cave. If you want to build a man cave, well you who to get inspiration from!

That’s it for the 10 best setups. I’m sure there are more really good gaming setups, but these are the ones I saw and really liked!

7 Awesome PS4 Accessories You Must Have

Are you a gaming enthusiast? Then PlayStation 4 will surely be your holy grail.

What if I tell you that you can enhance your PS4 experience? Well, all you need is to get some cool accessory to accompany your PS4. Believe me, you will not regret this decision.

Let us look into the best PS4 accessories in market.

1. KontrolFreek FPS Freek Inferno

These cute accessories are designed to provide you maximum motion control, accuracy and grip. It prevents your thumb from slipping off the controller’s thumbstick.

The best part is that these thumbsticks allows you to make precise in-game movements, which helps you gain a upper hand in competitive gaming.

2. PlayStation 4 Camera

PlayStation 4 camera lets you have full hands free access to playStation 4 dashboard. It also gives you voice command and gesture command access to several games. It has dual lenses and capture range of 30 cm.

Also, if you have Dualshock 4, it provides 3D depth sensing technology which enables precise player tracking.

3. PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset

Use PlayStation Gold wireless stereo headset to enter your own gaming world. This accessory will let you listen to anything, even the whisper quiet sounds in your game.

Also, you need not worry about handling the messy wires of the headset as this headset is completely wireless. You can carry the headset around wherever you want.

One other specialty of this headset is that it lets you to easily connect to PS4, PS3 and even your home computer without any trouble.

4. DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4

No matter what you play with this controller, you will fall in love with the improved sensitivity and feel of this controller. If you ask me one thing I love the most about this controller, my answer would be the built-in speaker and stereo headset jack. It just opens up so many audio options for players!

5. Megadream DualShock 4 Dual USB Charging Charger Docking Station Stand

You can charge up to two PS4 controllers without having to connect them to PS4 system. This sleek design charger can also be used to store your controllers when you are not playing. Also, you can charge it either by connecting to a PC or PS4 or using a wall power source!

6. PlayStation VR Gear

VR gears are like gamer changers in the gaming world. They let you see the gaming arena from a completely different angle. PlayStation VR gear glasses are one of the best VR glasses available in the market with the 5.7” OLED 1080p display running at up to 120 frames per second. Trust me, gaming will never be the same again once you use them!

7. Seagate 2TB Game Drive for PlayStation 4 Portable External USB Hard Drive

Do you go through this emotional and confusing phase when you have to delete your old games? With this external USB Hard drive, you will no longer need to delete your old games in order to load new games. You can save up to 50 plus games in this 2 TB external hard drive. You can also buy a 4TB drive, if you need more space.

For a gamer, buying accessories to enhance gaming experience is like a hobby. However, be wise when you buy the accessories, you do not want to spend a fortune on accessories which is of no good use to you. Research is the key, my friend! 😉

What to Look for when Shopping for a Gaming Monitor?

There are several gaming monitors in the market, however, buying a good quality monitor is tough job. A bad gaming monitor will not only rob your pocket, but, it will also give you a very bad gaming experience. I mean it.

However, one right decision along with a good gaming setup and you can enjoy for 5 plus years.

So, the question is, how to make this decision. There are several factors out there which will decide the quality of your gaming monitor. Let’s look into them one by one.

  1. Panel size and resolution

Ever heard of people tired of having big gaming monitors? Exactly. The bigger the monitor you have, the larger game area you have. It can never be a disappointment. However, before buying a monitor ensure that the panel size is not so big that your entire room looks congested. Plan how big of gaming monitor will look good in your room. Anything starting from 24” will give you a good gaming arena.

  1. Panel Type

There are three main categories of panels.

  • Twisted Nematic Panels
  • Vertical alignment Panels
  • In-Plane Switching Panels

Gaming monitors are something gamers stare at for hours at a stretch so it’s necessary to have a panel which is comfortable for your eyes. The panel type determines the view angle, coloring and several other factors.

  • Twisted Nemantic Panel

This is one of the most commonly used Panels in the gaming world. If you ask me why, the answer is simple – good refresh rates and response rates. We will talk about what is refresh rates and response rates in next section. Apart from good refresh rates and response rates, twisted nematic panels are known for the less power consumption. However, if you want a monitor with good color reproduction this monitor is not meant for you!

  • Vertical alignment Panels

These monitors definitely have better color reproduction as well as viewing angle compared to Twisted nemantic panels. However, these monitors are super expensive compared to Twisted nemantic.

  • In-Plane Switching Panels

In plane switching panels solves almost all of the shortcomings of the twisted nematic panel. This type of monitor panel has best color reproduction, best viewing angle. This technology is also used in computers, laptops and mobile phones. Disadvantage of in-plane switching panel, is high power consumption (it consumes 15% more than twisted nemantic), slower refresh rates.

  1. Response Rate

What is response rate? Response rate is the how fast the pixel can change from one shade of gray to another shade of gray or how fast a pixel can change from black to white. Response rate is measured in milliseconds (ms). The lower the response rate, the smoother the video. We have response rates as less as 1 ms. Also, there are less in-plane switching panels with good response rate.

P.S: 1ms is known as the optimal response rate.

  1. Refresh Rate

Refresh rate of a monitor is the number of times a monitor screen image is renewed per second. It is measured in hertz(Hz). The higher the response rate, the better. Earlier, we used to consider 60Hz refresh rate monitors as the best gaming monitors. Now we have monitors with refresh rate as high as 240 Hz.

However, I will suggest to go with a 144hz one as it will be easier on your pocket and the difference between 144hz monitor and 240 Hz refresh rate monitor is very subtle. 144Hz is considered optimal by the gaming gurus too!

  1. G-Sync or FreeSync

Screen tearing is a visual vexation which is caused due to images gets overlapped on screen as the number of images rendered by the GPU is more than the refresh rate of the screen.

This is when G-Sync and FreeSync comes into picture. Both of these technologies are used to synchronize the refresh rate and the number of frames rendered by the GPU.

The big question is which one is better for you?

FreeSync was developed by AMD and it is completely free. Manufacturers need not pay any penny to AMD. You would be thinking what will you gain from this, right? Well, as the monitor manufacturers need not pay anything to AMD, the cost of these monitors are very less compared to G-Sync based monitors. The downside of FreeSync is that at low frame rates they tend to have a very drastic impact on performance.

G-Sync is proven far better than FreeSync when it comes to quality. They do not impact the performance no matter what frame rate you are playing games at. However, G-Sync is not free. The monitor manufacturers, who use G-Sync have to pay a hefty amount to the Nvidia, the developers of G-Sync. In turn, the G-Sync monitors will cost you a lot more than FreeSync gaming monitors.

I have covered what are the things you need to research into before purchasing a gaming monitor. However, the first thing you need to do before going shopping for a gaming monitor is understand what is your budget. Take a paper and pen (Yes, I’m old school) and write down the maximum amount which you wish to spend on a gaming monitor. Then write down the features you want in your gaming monitor. Last but not least, write down the monitors which have these features and is under your budget. You are good to go for gaming monitor shopping!

P.S: Remember, the better the features of the gaming monitor, the higher it is going to cost you.

Also, do not buy a monitor just because it is cheap. Not all cheap monitors are good. You might end up spending more money on the servicing of your monitor. You definitely do not want to experience it! (Believe me, I do not drink but I know things!)

5 Alternatives to Netflix for Streaming Media Online

In the world of digitally streaming media, Netflix has become something of a ubiquitous phenomenon, earning a place in pop culture and in many of our hearts. Phrases such as “Netflix and Chill” have become part of our everyday speech, and the streaming giant has itself become a producer of hit shows. But Netflix isn’t the only game in town and there are many options offering media streaming at quite competitive prices! Read on to learn about some excellent alternatives to Netflix that will have you curling up with that bowl of popcorn in no time.

5. Hulu: If you’re strictly a TV lover, Hulu has you covered. While its movie selection isn’t as vast as some of the bigger players, $8 a month gets you a lot of television. They boast the newest episodes of some of the most popular TV shows out there, plus some of their own originals such as “Casual”, the hilarious “The Hotwives of Orlando”, and the dramatic adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

4. Acorn TV: This one is great for all the Anglophiles out there, as it has a huge range of British television programs– and not just the standard BBC fare! You’ll find shows with well-loved British actors such as Patrick Stewart, Hugo Weaving and Gabriel Byrne, as well as shows with fresh-faced talent just waiting to be discovered. If you like exploring new titles that no one’s heard of yet and discovering new cult classics from across the pond, this might be the service for you. On top of that, the $4.99 a month price tag is hard to beat, even when considering the admittedly somewhat limited selection.

3. Amazon Prime Video: Not only does your $79 annual Amazon membership get you free 2-day shipping from Amazon, but you also get access to Amazon Prime Video, Amazon.com’s video streaming service. In addition to a multitude of great shows from the United States, Canada, and around the world, Amazon Prime Video also boasts a few of its own originals, such as the hit adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” and the reboot of the cult comic favourite, “The Tick”. It might not have as gigantic a catalog as Netflix, but the fresh original offerings and other perks (hello, free shipping!) more than make up for it.

2. Crave TV: Bell’s answer to Netflix offers a number of options, from older HBO programs such as “Sex and the City”, “The Wire”, and “The Sopranos”, to the new season of Twin Peaks, to Canadian content like the comedy Letterkenny. CraveTV also hosts a number of shows that are exclusive to their service. It boasts a diverse catalog to rival the bigger streaming services, and the $7.99 monthly price tag is nothing to sneeze at. What’s more, if you happen to still be using Bell’s cable service, you get access to CraveTV for free. Maybe there are still good reasons to be using cable…

1. ShowBox:  Coming in at number one on our list is ShowBox APK, an exciting service that has been getting a lot of attention. Not just because it allows you to watch pretty much any show or movie that you could think of on your Android device, but it allows you to do so at an irresistible price: Free. That’s right. Using Showbox, you can stream almost any movie or TV show from around the world for free! And ShowBox isn’t just for your phone or tablet: If you own a smart TV that runs on Android, you can install it directly, making it extremely convenient. No Android device? No problem! You can even install Showbox directly on your PC. Plus, everything streams in HD. And how can you beat that price tag?

There you have it! Netflix, watch out! New competitors are coming out of the woodwork and definitely giving the media giants a run for their money! Whether you like your media more niche, mainstream, or somewhere in between, there’s a digital media streaming service available at a price that’s just right for you. No matter what your preference, these Netflix alternatives will give you plenty of options for your next movie night or binge-watching marathon. Try one of them out today!