Review: Chivalry 2 is anything but chivalrous

Chivalry 2 is mostly excellent, although there are a few cracks in its plate armor.

In 2012, Torn Banner Studios more or less invented the first-person melee multiplayer genre with Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, which featured skill-based melee combat on fantastical battlefields. The game was a massive hit that enjoyed a massive playerbase for many years, but the game wasn’t without problems. Some of the animations were pretty wonky, and there were quite a lot of bugs.

Nine years later, Torn Banner Studios has returned, and it has brought Chivalry 2, a sequel that aims to expand on what made the original game great while also fixing its issues.

After playing Chivalry 2 extensively during its opening launch week, I can say with confidence that the sequel is excellent. While there are some issues that take away from the fun here and there, the gameplay experience overall is an absolute blast that I can’t recommend enough to folks.

Chivalry 2 review:

What you’ll like
What you won’t like
Should you play Chivalry 2?

Chivalry 2

Bottom line: Chivalry 2 is perfect for folks who want to have a chaotic good time and enjoy the fantasy of fighting in romanticized medieval battlefields. There are a couple of downsides, but it’s still an amazing game that we can’t recommend enough.

The Good

Awesome skill-based combat
Well-balanced classes
Massive 64-player battles
Superb presentation and performance

The Bad

Customization is lacking
Some animations are hard to read

$40 at Microsoft
$40 at Epic Games Store

Chivalry 2: What you’ll like

Category
Chivalry 2

Title
Chivalry 2

Developer
Torn Banner Studios

Publisher
Tripwire Interactive

Genre
Action

Minimum Requirements
Windows 10Intel i3-43708GB MemoryNVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2 GB)

Game Size
20GB

Play Time
N/A

Players
Multiplayer; up to 64 per match

Launch Price
$40

The big selling point for Chivalry 2 is its deep and complex melee system, and it’s been marketed that way for a reason: it’s very good. In Chivalry 2, players can perform a wide variety of moves, including slashes, thrusts, and overhead swings that each have different speeds and damage values based on the weapon being used. Players can also use their weapon to parry attacks, which is crucial for defense. Blocks can be held, but the downside to this is that you lose stamina for doing so, encouraging you to time your blocks carefully and avoid turtling.

There are also mechanics such as feints, kicks, attack morphs, drags, and more that you can use to throw off your opponent’s defensive timing or blow through blocks, but these moves will be countered by a direct attack since they’re slower to perform. This means combat between two players is a strategic mind game of reading your opponent and trying to figure out what they’re going to do so you can respond accordingly.

It sounds complicated on paper, but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually a simple system that’s easy to learn, but difficult to master — something that I think every skill-based game should strive for. The system also works very well in both duels and massive 64-player objective battles, though the latter situations are much more chaotic (in a good way). You have to worry and think about what multiple enemies and allies are doing at once in the game’s larger modes, resulting in exciting teamwork situations where you and an ally can work together to take down an opponent’s defenses or hero moments where you expertly parry multiple blows at once and then successfully chop down several foes like a skilled knight. These large-scale battles are where Chivalry 2’s mechanics shine brightest, and they’re where I’ve had the most fun living out my medieval combat fantasies.

Chivalry 2’s melee combat is deep and complex, and it’s a blast to engage with.

Players can choose to play four different classes, with each class having three subclasses and several different weapons to choose from, so players have the freedom to customize their loadout to suit their playstyles. For example, the Footman is a medium-armored soldier with slow, long-range melee weapons like halberds; the Vanguard is a medium-armored close range brawler that uses heavy weapons like axes and maces; the Knight is a heavily-armored tank that dishes out decent damage with swords and can take a lot of punishment; and the Archer is a ranged support class with light armor, a weak backup dagger for melee, and a longbow that can be used to support the front line with arrow fire. Each class is very well balanced with strengths and weaknesses that players need to adapt to, and Chivalry 2 has class limits in place to ensure that the battlefield remains diverse.

Chivalry 2’s presentation and performance is also great. The game’s semi-stylized look is a great fit for the chaotic melee action, and the superb blood and gore effects paired with excellent sound design really sell the violence and brutality of the experience. This quality presentation is largely why I’m able to relax and have fun revelling in Chivalry 2’s carnage even when I’m not playing that well.

Also, Chivalry 2 runs very well, which is great since the original game’s performance was rather spotty and there were a fair amount of bugs. There are a few small framerate dips when everyone in the match is fighting in one place at once, but overall, the game achieves a stable, rock-solid 60 FPS (30 FPS on Xbox One/PS4).

Chivalry 2: What you won’t like

Chivalry 2’s customization system is fairly lacking in options.

While I love Chivalry 2 overall, there are two things about it that I wish were better. The first is the customization system, which is lacking. Compared to Chivalry 2’s closest competitor Mordhau, which had tons of different armor sets to choose from at launch, Chivalry 2 only offers a handful (there are plenty of options for customizing your character’s face, at least). This was a bummer for me since I’m a huge nerd about medieval armor, but it’s not a dealbreaker as the game itself is still a blast. Hopefully Torn Banner is able to add plenty of new armors in the future.

Secondly, some of the combat animations can be tough to read, which can make combat feel a bit awkward on occasion. Thrust animations with non-sword weapons in particular tend to look a little wonky, although there are a few slashing animations that seem a bit off too. These animations are still leagues ahead of the original Chivalry, but they could be better. It’s not a huge deal overall, especially once you get used to the animations, but it’s worth noting nevertheless.

Chivalry 2: Should you play it?

4.5
out of 5

While the lacking customization system and some awkward animations do take away from the experience a bit, Chivalry 2 is still ultimately a blast to play for hours on end thanks to its incredibly fun melee combat and superb presentation. It’s one of the best Xbox games of 2021, and while it’s not a perfect by any means, I’m going to enjoy playing it for many months — and perhaps even years — to come, especially in its giant 64-person mode. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a chaotic knight on a bloody battlefield, this is the game for you.

Chivalry 2

Bottom line: Chivalry 2 may not be perfect, but its skillful melee combat and awesome presentation make it a game that anyone looking for a chaotic good time can enjoy.

$40 at Microsoft
$40 at Epic Games Store

Review: Chivalry 2 is anything but chivalrous

A GPU history museum now exists thanks to NVIDIA and COLORFUL

See where GPUs began.

What you need to know

PC part and AiO manufacturer COLORFUL has launched a GPU history museum.
It’s been created in partnership with NVIDIA.
The museum is located in Shenzhen, China.

Tech company COLORFUL has teamed up with another all-caps-stylized company, NVIDIA, to produce a GPU history museum. It will help inform folks on the lengthy history of the best graphics cards so that people have a bit more context behind the cards and their role in PCs throughout the years.

The museum will be located in Shenzhen, China, meaning most curious onlookers reading this article will need to buy plane tickets if they hope to see it firsthand. The museum will highlight a bit of its creator’s brand’s handiwork as well in association with a section of the attraction dedicated to recognizing China’s esports scene.

The museum’s GPU collection isn’t restricted to NVIDIA cards, of course, since they’re not the only ones that are key to the history of the component type. COLORFUL’s displays will also feature ATI graphics cards and other rarities from many companies, including those from big names such as Intel, IBM, and 3Dlabs.

A portion of the museum will also shine a light on the PC gaming industry’s latest and greatest toys and include an 8K-display-endowed racing simulator and a VR station.

It’s not every day that a museum dedicated to a key part of PCs’ history opens up, hence why COLORFUL touts this GPU-specific one as the world’s first of its kind. If it is successful, others may crop up around the world. But for now, China holds onto the debut effort in monuments dedicated to celebrating graphics cards and their lineage.

A GPU history museum now exists thanks to NVIDIA and COLORFUL

Intel looking to acquire competitor to Arm

Intel’s recent spending spree is set to continue, according to a new report.

What you need to know

A new report claims Intel is interested in paying over $2 billion to acquire SiFive Inc.
The acquisition would serve as Intel’s response to NVIDIA’s Arm purchase.
It would be the latest billion-dollar-tier investment from Intel in a recent string of them.

If you thought Intel was done spending money after it announced its $20 billion fab creation plan and various billion-dollar upgrades to its existing fabs, think again. A new report says the tech company is opening up its war chest once more to acquire a competitor to Arm.

The company being eyeballed by Intel is SiFive Inc., which was valued at roughly $500 million back in 2020, according to PitchBook. That valuation means little if Bloomberg’s report is on the money — the money being, in this case, the rumored $2-billion-plus Intel offered SiFive.

As of this time, no deal has been struck, and neither SiFive nor Intel provided comments to Bloomberg. However, it’s worth noting that neither company commenting is different than either company denying the deal’s existence outright.

Though a company spending over $2 billion isn’t unimpressive, remember that the company SiFive would be competing with, Arm, earned NVIDIA’s favor to the tune of $40 billion. Multiple governments around the world are investigating that acquisition, though NVIDIA’s CEO Jensen Huang doesn’t seem worried — at least, not publicly. Regulators are concerned that NVIDIA and Arm would make for a heck of a power couple, resulting in Arm shedding its manufacturer neutrality to adopt an NVIDIA-focused approach.

What an eventual Intel-SiFive and NVIDIA-Arm faceoff would look like remains uncertain, though what is clear is that in the event Bloomberg’s report ends up being accurate, we won’t have to wait long to see the rivalry’s results.

Intel looking to acquire competitor to Arm

Elden Ring: The best fan art we've seen online

Elden Ring fans have been making some truly spectacular fan art. Here are our favorite pieces.

The fanbase that has been patiently waiting for news on FromSoftware’s upcoming action RPG Elden Ring exploded in hype and excitement when a new trailer for the game was shown off during the Summer Game Fest ahead of the main E3 2021 show, and ever since then, the community has been making incredible fan art that celebrates just how awesome Elden Ring looks. Here’s a showcase of some of the best art pieces we’ve seen from talented Elden Ring fans.

let’s go tarnished one? #EldenRing pic.twitter.com/excyl8CP3z— peach (@voidpeaches) June 11, 2021

First up is this beautiful GIF from @voidpeaches that shows an adorable Tarnished riding their mount. I’m a huge fan of the chibi art style and the expressions of both the Tarnished character and the mount. I also really like the colors used and the cute little three-frame animation of the GIF.

#ELDENRING tall lady….. horse…. i have everything i need…. pic.twitter.com/7Mp8J5n02m— ? beware of horse (@_7albi) June 11, 2021

Next is @@7albi’s drawing of a Tarnished, their mount, and the tall boss knight lady from the Elden Ring trailers. I really enjoy how “soft” this artwork is, and I also really like the detail on all the characters. The colors also pop nicely, too.

Couldnt sleep I really needed to draw this , have to say the hype carried me I actually was dead tired before the trailer ??#FromSoftware #ELDENRING #ELDENRINGart #Soulsborne pic.twitter.com/zhWEEsXCX4— Ojan Rezaei.ART (@OjanRezaeiArt) June 11, 2021

@OjanRezaeiArt’s drawing of the steel-clad knight seen in the trailer features lots of awesome detail, especially in the cape and the armor’s fur. The gray steel contrasts nicely with the dark red background as well. The perspective is sweet, too, as it looks like the knight is in the middle of swinging his greatsword.

After seeing the Elden Ring trailer the Wolf Knight had to be the one I wanted to draw. So here’s a quick 1 hour doodle. I want to be a badass Wolf Knight now. pic.twitter.com/PbSgQ0w6m5— dan (@KazakhPanda) June 11, 2021

Speaking of knights, I love the drawing that @KazakhPanda did of the wolf knight in the trailer. In particular, I really like the lighting and shadow work as well as the rough, yet precise style the artist used.

A lowly tarnished, playing as a lord…#ELDENRING #FromSoftware pic.twitter.com/VaOfSdDY5Q— AJB (@Berardbro) June 11, 2021

Next is @Berardbro’s abstract piece of several of the characters seen in the trailer. I’m a huge fan of how expressive the characters look in this style, and I also like how much the colors pop against the purple-ish background.

Real quick drawing to celebrate Elden Ring! #ELDENRING pic.twitter.com/pdvVNTjjpH— ?Aurora? (@auroraunity_) June 11, 2021

@auroraunity_’s drawing of the steel-clad knight features an incredible amount of detail, and I especially love how the lighting in the picture reflects off of the knight’s armor. The green and red leaves in the background also help the knight contrast against the background well, which is sweet.

Me:”So dragons are still weak to lightning, right?”From software:”…about that”Re-uploaded because it needed more detail (also watermark.)#ELDENRING pic.twitter.com/5g858SZuyz— Metal Neck (@steel_neck) June 11, 2021

What about that giant dragon from the trailer? @steel_neck’s artwork of it is gorgeous and intimidating. I particularly enjoy how the red lightning bolt lights up the environment, as well as how menacing the dragon looks.

It may be time to join this pot boy fever ?#ELDENRING pic.twitter.com/wTHlKAqIwr— Arrow (@_wildarrow_) June 11, 2021

Last but certainly not least is @wildarrow’s adorable drawing of the Pot Goblin that Elden Ring fans are going crazy for mingling with a Crystal Lizard from Dark Souls. The style of this piece is beautiful and clean, and the colors contrast perfectly with the white background. Plus, it’s super cute!

Your thoughts

Which piece of fan art is your favorite? Have you seen others you love that we didn’t include here? Let us know. Elden Ring is expected to arrive on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and Windows 10 (and Windows 11) PCs come January 22, 2022. It may end up being one of the best Xbox One role-playing games ever, so we can’t wait to play it. Notably, it’s available for preorder for $60 right now. For more on Elden Ring, check out why I think Elden Ring looks absolutely incredible and has restored my humanity.

The successor to Dark Souls

Elden Ring

$60 at Amazon
$60 at Best Buy
$60 at Walmart

Elden Ring…oh, Elden Ring!

Elden Ring is FromSoftware’s next fantasy epic, featuring a focus on open-ended design in a universe created by both FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin.

Elden Ring: The best fan art we've seen online

Apple grants Boot Camp Windows Precision Touchpad support

Time to get precise.

What you need to know

Boot Camp allows Macs to alternate between Windows and macOS.
It has lacked Windows Precision Touchpad support until now.
Redditors noticed said support was included in the latest Boot Camp update.

Leave it to Reddit to spot the big news: As found by /u/ar25nan over on the Snoo-faced site, it seems Apple has finally added a much-wanted support feature to Boot Camp. That support would be for Windows Precision Touchpad, which allows users to make certain gestures via the touchpad to accomplish tasks more conveniently.

Tap or swipe with multiple fingers to access shortcuts, alternate windows, scroll, and perform a whole host of other useful features. That’s the benefit of Windows Precision Touchpad. And while it sounds relatively minor on the surface, it’s one of those things that, once you get used to, it’s hard to go back from.

That’s why there’s so much fanfare around this sneaky surprise from Apple. Though it wasn’t shouted from the rooftops by Apple itself, it headlined the update notes and caught the attention of web denizens, hence the commotion over on Reddit. Here’s to Apple releasing more useful features and learning to love Windows’ tools as much as so many others already do.

In related Apple-Windows crossover news, FaceTime is coming to Windows, albeit with a big catch. And in general news loosely involving Apple and Microsoft products, check out the latest scoop regarding Sensel’s touchpad technology.

Apple grants Boot Camp Windows Precision Touchpad support

The best Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers you can buy

The best mesh router is fast, reliable, and covers a wide area so that your internet connection is solid. Mesh routers shouldn’t be fussy, they should do the job and give you the options to tweak your Wi-Fi in the way you need it. Everything from gaming, movie streaming, and simply browsing the internet must be handled as easily as a plain old router but with the benefit of being an entire network in your home or building. These are the best mesh routers that you can buy today.

Best overall

Asus ZenWiFi XT8

Staff pick

The ZenWiFi XT8 is simply the best mesh router option if you need a fast, lag-free Wi-Fi 6 connection, and the ability to have a network span up to 5,500 square feet.

$450 at ASUS

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Best speeds

Netgear Orbi RBK852

If you’re solely looking for the best speeds no matter the price, the Netgear Orbi RBK852 is the way to go. It’s able to carry 500Mbps-plus speeds across great distances with little lag.

$632 at Amazon

Best value

Eero Pro 6

The Wi-Fi 6 Eero Pro 6 is nearly unparalleled when it comes to mesh network coverage. Its tri-band design give it the ability to cover 5,000 square feet with fast speeds.

$229 at Amazon

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Best coverage

TP-Link Deco X68 Tri Band WiFi 6 System

The TP-Link Deco X68 mesh covers a wide area with extremely fast speeds and has a simple setup process. Its 5,500-square-feet rating puts it right at the top.

$280 at Amazon

Best looking

Netgear Nighthawk MK63 Whole Home Mesh

If you want a simple mesh system that looks discreet and performs well for all your devices, the Netgear Nighthawk MK63 is the pick. It’s easy to set up and brings reliable speeds.

$219 at Amazon

The best Wi-Fi 6 mesh router

The best mesh router is easily the one that is as invisible as possible during everyday use. For us, that’s the ASUS ZenWiFi CT8. It offers the best speeds, lowest latency, and some of the best coverage compared to other mesh routers out there. It’s exactly what you need when you want your best devices to run as smoothly as possible.

If you’re looking for something cheaper, you can easily look at the Eero Pro 6 or even the Netgear Nighthawk MK63. Both mesh routers offer strong connection speeds and simple setups, but the latter is a bit more discreet if you don’t want to announce your networking solution to everyone in your home or building.

The best Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers you can buy

You can now easily create tasks from Microsoft Teams messages

You don’t have to copy and paste messages from Microsoft Teams to create tasks anymore.

What you need to know

You can now create tasks from channel posts or chats in Microsoft Teams.
The option is available through the “More actions” section of the ellipsis menu on any chat or channel post.
To use the feature, you need to have the Tasks app installed on Teams.

Microsoft Teams has a new option that makes it easy to create tasks from any channel post or chat. Microsoft first announced the feature in September 2020, but it appears to be rolling out now. With the option, you can create a task from any chat message or channel post through the “More actions” section within the ellipsis menu.

Adam Deltinger, a Microsoft office apps and services MVP, spotted the feature on Teams and shared a screenshot on Twitter recently.

Create a task from a message in #MicrosoftTeams now available? pic.twitter.com/eTVXN1VQUl— adam deltinger (@deltanr1) June 9, 2021

To create a task, you have to jump through a few menus, but it’s still more convenient than copying text and having to open another app. Here’s how to create a task:

Click the “…” menu on any chat or channel message.
Select More actions.
Select Create task.

Doing this opens a dialogue box that you can then use to set a due date, priority, and other aspects of the task. If you create a task through these steps, it will appear in the Tasks app in Teams and the Tasks list within Microsoft To Do.

As pointed out by OnMSFT, the option to create tasks from messages is turned on by default, but you need to have the Tasks app installed on Teams.

Microsoft Teams

Free at Microsoft
Free at App Store
Free at Google Play Store

Microsoft Teams allows you to collaborate with friends, family, and colleagues. A new feature lets you easily turn any message into a task.

You can now easily create tasks from Microsoft Teams messages

Office Insiders can now review selected text in Word on Windows 10

It’s now easier to review a portion of a Word document for Office Insiders.

What you need to know

Office Insiders can now review selected text with Editor in Word.
The new feature came as a result of feedback through UserVoice.
Reviewing selected text is an option for Office 365 subscribers in the Current Channel (Preview).

Reviewing a specific part of a Word document just got easier for Office Insiders. A new feature recently rolled out that allows you to review selected text in Microsoft Word for Windows. The option is available for Office 365 subscribers in the Current Channel (Preview) version 2103 (Build 13929.20216) or later.

Microsoft Editor allows you to review a Word document for spelling and grammar. If you’ve already reviewed the rest of a document and want to just check a portion of it, you normally have to manually skip to that part of the document. With the new option to proof selected text, you can highlight any content, right-click, and select “Review selection in Editor.”

Microsoft’s program manager on the Word team, Shruthi Ramesh, explains the feature fully in an Insider blog post.

Ramesh highlights that features roll out over time, so you might not see the option yet, even if you’re on the Current Channel.

The change is based on feedback Microsoft received through UserVoice. The feedback is quite old, dating all the way back to November 2018. It received a relatively small number of votes, so it may not have been flagged as a high priority by Microsoft. In any event, the feature is rolling out now to Insiders and hopefully will make its way through Insider channels and out to general release.

Our guide on how to enroll in the Office Insider program can help you out if you aren’t an Insider yet.

Office Insiders can now review selected text in Word on Windows 10

The best cheap 3D printers under $500 are all here for you to choose

While 3D printing can often be an expensive hobby, it doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of fantastic printers available for under $500, so we wanted to focus on those for this article. You could be just starting in 3D printing or looking to expand your collection with some budget workhorses, but either way, we have something for you in our list of best budget 3D printers.

Types of 3D printers

There are two basic types of 3D printers: FDM and resin. While we go into great detail about filament and resin printing in another article, I will try to give you a quick rundown of the difference here.

FDM (filament based)

FDM printing is the most common type of 3D printing and is used to make large-scale models of just about any category. It can be used to make practical prints like brackets and boxes, fun prints like cosplay armor, or even 3D-printed dresses. It feels like almost every day, someone pushes the boundary of what can be done with an FDM printer. If you are looking for the most versatile 3D printer, then get an FDM one. They are safer too, so this is a good pick if you and your younger family members want to try it together.

Resin

Resin 3D printing is very different from the standard FDM style previously mentioned. While it has a list of must have accessories to make it a success, resin printing allows for much greater details in your print. It is perfect for those who want to print gaming miniatures, jewelry, or highly detailed statues. You will need to use a liquid polymer to print these models, though, so make sure you protect yourself; it can be dangerous if you aren’t careful.

Cheap and powerful

Elegoo Neptune 2

Staff pick

As a starter 3D printer, you will be hard-pressed to find one as good as the Neptune 2. While it is based on the Creality Ender 3, it has some high-end additions like a filament run-out sensor and power loss protection. It has become one of the most used machines in my workshop for a printer that costs so little. If you are just starting out or looking to make a print farm, the Neptune 2 is a fantastic choice.

$170 at Amazon

Everything you need

Creality Ender 3 Pro maker bundle

The Creality Ender 3 Pro is a substantial upgrade to the base model, and this bundle comes with even more upgrades on top of that. With a Micro Swiss hot end to allow you to print more exotic filaments with ease and a BulidTak flexplate system to make lifting prints off the bed a breeze, this bundle has everything you need to make your Ender 3 Pro its best self. It even comes with 3kg of PLA to get you started.

$429 at Matterhackers

Mini but mighty

Original Prusa MINI+

Prusa makes one of my favorite 3D printers in the entire world, the Prusa Mk3s, and now they have created a budget printer almost as good. The Prusa Mini+ has all the advanced features that you could want while still maintaining a price under $500. The print quality is excellent and, because it is made by Prusa, the customer service and community support are second to none.

$399 at Prusa Research

Ultra-fast resin printing

Anycubic Photon Mono 2K

The Photon Mono 2k from Anycubic is the perfect resin printer to get you started. The monochrome screen allows you to print models almost twice as fast as conventional resin printers while keeping the same insane level of details. The Anycubic Photon Mono is a brilliant choice to get you started at such a low cost, especially if you are looking to make highly detailed models like jewelry.

$229 at Matterhackers

Value resin

Phrozen Sonic Mini

The Phrozen Sonic Mini also has a monochrome screen for speedy prints and is priced incredibly low for a resin 3D printer. The budget on this is so low it would be worth picking up two at the same time to start you off right in this wonderful new hobby you are about to embrace.

$190 at Amazon

Go big or go home

Anycubic Mega X

While the other FDM printers in this list have roughly the same size print area, the Mega X goes big with a whopping 300mm x 300mm build plate. This allows you to print full-size cosplay props, such as helmets and armor, without the need to cut them to size first. It’s on the budget at under $500, so it doesn’t have all the modern features; however, it does print really great quality prints.

$500 at Amazon

Cheap doesn’t need to mean low quality

3D printing is one of the few hobbies where cheaper doesn’t always equal worse. While a lot of the lower-end printers require a little more fine-tuning than their more expensive counterparts, they are still capable of producing fantastic prints with just a little work.

My current favorite 3D printer in the budget scene is the Elegoo Neptune 2. Elegoo has managed to take all of the best bits from the Ender 3 — a great budget printer in its own right — and fine-tune them into a machine that is easy to set up and prints excellently right out of the box.

If you are looking to get into resin printing instead of FDM, then go for the Anycubic Monon 2k. It is the perfect balance between budget and quality. You can expect blisteringly fast prints with a focus on exquisite detail.

The best cheap 3D printers under 0 are all here for you to choose

Asus' Asia-exclusive Gundam PC parts are now available in the U.S.

Big mecha action for (comparatively) small PCs.

What you need to know

Asus made cool Gundam-themed PC components.
They were only available in Asia… until now.
Four of the components have been listed for sale on Newegg, available to U.S. buyers.

If you’re a big fan of the Gundam franchise and want to upgrade your gaming rig with style, the crossover collaboration of your dreams has just arrived on U.S. shores. Though Asus’ special Gundam-themed PC parts were initially exclusive to Asia, four of them have trickled onto Newegg and are purchasable by Gundam-loving Americans, as spotted by Tom’s Hardware.

The mecha action comes in four distinct flavors. First, there’s the Asus Z590 WiFi Gundam Edition LGA 1200 Intel Z590 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel motherboard. It supports Intel’s 11th-gen and 10th-gen processors as well as metal product descriptions. Here’s the one listed on the Newegg page: “Decked out in the heroic white livery worn by the RX-78-2 of the Mobile Suit Gundam anime series, Asus Z590 WiFi Gundam Edition is a special-edition motherboard that propels the latest Intel platform to new heights with game-ready features and proven durability.” You know a motherboard is cool when it gets a mecha’s livery. It costs $319.

There’s also the Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Zaku WiFi AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD motherboard. It supports AMD Ryzen 5000 Series, 4000 G-Series, and 3000 Series processors. It also has an energetic description that tells you to “pledge your allegiance to the Principality of Zeon” by spending $219 on the motherboard.

Along with the Zaku-themed motherboard, there’s the Asus RT-AX860U Zaku II Edition gaming router. It can provide speeds of up to 5700 Mbps for the (not so) low price of $299.

And lastly, there’s an ASUS TUF Gaming GT301 Zaku II Edition case. It’s made from steel, plastic, tempered glass, and concentrated anime style. It’s $119.

Anime action

Asus Z590 WiFi Gundam Edition motherboard

$319 at Newegg

Gundam goodness

This may be the most stylish motherboard to hit the U.S. in recent memory. If you want your PC’s innards looking as cool as possible, or you’re a big fan of Gundam, this is the definition of a must-buy.

Crimson casing

ASUS TUF Gaming GT301 Zaku II Edition case

$119 at Newegg

A perfect shell

A gaming PC is only as good as its outer shell, and not much can stand taller than Asus’ TUF Gaming GT301 Zaku II Edition case in the style department. If you want a machine with a visual flair different than everyone else’s, this is the option for you.

Asus' Asia-exclusive Gundam PC parts are now available in the U.S.