Why 144hz (or 120Hz) Is the Way to Go for Gaming

For quite a while, I would occasionally get people asking when I'm going to invest in my first 144Hz monitor. As a gamer who had clearly never taken the time to research the topic, I usually dismissed the idea and said I was happy with what I have — and that's true. I'm typically pleased with the tech that I own. But then something happened...

I decided to finally look into 144Hz monitors, so I eventually came across the Dell S2716DG. And that's when my interest suddenly piqued. Having read several reviews on Amazon and watching a handful of YouTube videos, I knew I had to check this thing out for myself.

Before we get into why I cannot recommend going with a monitor that has a refresh rate lower than 120Hz, check out my unboxing video of the Dell S2716DG below:

So, what's so special about a monitor's refresh rate — and what does it mean, exactly? The refresh rate of your monitor is a calculation of how quickly it refreshes the image within one second. For example, a 60Hz monitor refreshes the image 60 times every second. Replace that number with a refresh rate of 120 or 144, and you get the point.

The faster the refresh rate, the smoother performance you'll experience. And believe me, going from 60Hz to 144Hz is a massive upgrade. It's the same feeling I experienced when I first used the iPad Pro with ProMotion. Everything in general, gaming especially, appears more natural and lifelike.

Having used my 144Hz monitor for a few days now, below are some interesting points you might find enticing:

  • Whether you're gaming or not, performance is significantly better that I had originally imagined
  • 144Hz is far smoother than anything I've experienced with 60Hz
  • 1ms response time is excellent, and especially useful when gaming
  • Adjustable height and angle controls are easy to use
  • Thin bezel allows for seamless integration with other low-profile monitors
  • Quality 27-inch display for less than $500

It's also important to note that despite the Dell S2716DG using a TN panel and not IPS, you can hardly ever notice. Colors appear to be quite vibrant, viewing angles are forgiving, and build quality in general is something to be appreciated.

Oh, and you know what? I've been enjoying the monitor so much that I decided to buy a second one. Check out a preview of my dual 144Hz monitor setup:

Are you interested in buying the Dell 2716DG for yourself? Check it out on Amazon. You'll be glad you did.

5 Ways to Grow Your Twitch Channel in 2018

Much like growing a YouTube channel, gaining recognition on Twitch in 2018 is not exactly easy. The process can take a lot of time, hard work, and most important of all — patience beyond belief. But then again, this goes for building anything online. If you want to succeed in making something that's worthy of people's time, then you have to take it seriously and recognize what works.

Below are five pointers that I've picked up on throughout the past few months of streaming. As of this writing, I have exactly 2,647 Twitch followers. Let's see if we can replicate that kind of success on your own channel.  While I cannot promise you exactly the same results, I can assure you everything below is guaranteed to get your channel noticed.

1. Stream regularly.

This is perhaps the most important tip you should keep in mind when trying to grow on Twitch. You need to stream regularly if you expect to make it. Streaming once a week isn't enough. Putting the time in is incredibly valuable, and something that should not be taken lightly. Set an example for your viewers and show them you're in it for the long haul.

At this moment, I stream an average of 4–6 hours daily — aside from Sunday, which is usually reserved for editing the weekend vlog on YouTube. Just recently did I begin streaming a couple hours in the morning, in addition to a few hours at night. Not only did spacing out my streaming hours greatly increase my followers count, but it's also been quite convenient for international viewers. Thanks to the time difference, I am now reaching more viewers than ever.

2. Play popular games.

If you were given the choice of watching a Twitch streamer play Fortnite or Farming Simulator 17, which would you choose? You would likely go with the former, seeing as how Farming Simulator 17 probably doesn't interest the majority of gamers. Is that such a bad thing? Of course not. I'm sure farming simulators are fun to play. But are they popular? No, not exactly — and that's what you should keep in mind when deciding on which game to stream.

Streaming popular games like Fortnite and League of Legends is the way to go. Standing out from the crowd will certainly be tough, but at least you have a chance of being included with everyone else. Giving your stream a catchy title is also a nice way of grabbing attention, so don't be afraid to experiment over time. It only takes one viewer to get the ball rolling.

3. Interact with your audience.

This is key to growing on Twitch. It's right up there with streaming on a regular basis. Interacting with your audience is critical and something that should not be ignored. If someone is taking time out of their day to watch your stream, make their time worth it by saying hello and starting a conversation.

Something I especially enjoy doing is getting to know my viewers by their first name — particularly those who tune in on a regular basis. Addressing viewers by their actual name is not only more personal than referencing user names, but it's a nice way of showing that you pay attention.

4. Set goals.

Have you ever been to the website Player.me? If not, I highly recommend you check it out. Player.me is an amazing website that offers all kinds of free overlays that you can use to spice up your stream's overall look. Overlays can range from simple webcam frames to fully fledged themes that displays all sorts of useful information.

One overlay I've recently become obsessed with is a counter that displays a followers goal. Depending on how long I stream for, I set up different goals for a specific amount of new followers that I would like to gain at a time. Surprisingly, introducing this goal has greatly increased the amount of people that choose to follow my streams, thus further pushing my channel in an upward direction.

Displaying goals within your stream and viewers will naturally want to help. It's a method that works!

5. Share your stream.

Yeah, I know — this should be common sense. But really, every share helps. Whether you have an existing audience or not, sharing your stream with those you know is a great way of quickly boosting numbers. Get your friends to watch, post your link in Facebook groups, and start engaging. Simple as that.

It also helps to join popular communities, such as the Twitch subreddit. Connecting with others is a surefire approach in getting others to notice your channel. Just be sure not to spam. Doing so can quickly turn others away.


Because you made it this far, I invite you to share your Twitch channel in the comments below. Tell us a few things about yourself and the games you stream. Perhaps you'll gain a few followers!

How to Download Videos from Most Popular Sites

If you're like me, then you probably find yourself often wanting to download videos from sites like YouTube, Facebook, etc. This can be super convenient for a variety of reasons, particularly for content creators like myself. Sometimes I even download my own videos from YouTube, rather than searching through old hard drives for the raw file. It's a huge time saver, to say the least.

So, how is it done? How can you easily download videos without jumping through a bunch of hoops and reading your way around what seems like an endless amount of advertisements? I have one tool for you: KeepVid

KeepVid.com is a free website that allows you to download videos from some of the most popular video sharing sites on the Internet. Below are just a few of the 10,000+ sites supported:

• YouTube • Facebook • Instagram • Twitch • Yahoo!


While all video downloads are free, you're typically limited to a resolution that is lower than the video's original. For example, downloading a 1080p video will grant you access to the 720p version. You can, however, bypass this restriction if you decide to give KeepVid Pro a try — a desktop version of KeepVid, for both macOS and Windows.

KeepVid Pro costs $29.95 for a 1-year license, or $39.95 for a lifetime license. I'm not a KeepVid Pro user (yet), but the latter choice is obviously the better deal.

Aside from downloading videos, KeepVid also supports YouTube-to-MP3 conversion and even the ability to download a video's subtitles. I have not tested subtitles myself, but I can assure you that the MP3 conversion works beautifully.

KeepVid is a tool that I use all the time. I can't imagine my workflow without it.

Why Wix Has Been Blowing My Mind

We have all seen those Wix ads on YouTube. "You need a website. Why not do it yourself?" That's just one example. You know the ones I'm talking about, right? They're the kinds of ads that you see so often, you eventually become curious and see what all the hype is about. That's exactly what I did. As a longtime Squarespace customer, I finally bit the bullet and decided to give Wix a fair try.

But before I go into my initial impressions of Wix, I have one question for myself — "What took you so long?"

Really, what took me so long? I suppose you could say I have been biased to Squarespace for years now. I mean, I'm going on almost ten years. That's a long time to be committed to any kind of product or service.

So, let's talk about Wix and why it's been blowing my mind. There is so much I want to cover, but to save you time, I'm going to focus on the key features that I think most creators will find interesting. For more in-depth coverage of Wix, feel free to check out my walkthrough video below.

  • ULTIMATE FLEXIBILITY - With hardly any limitations in place, Wix allows you to freely move text, images, etc. to any position on your website.
  • FREE STOCK IMAGES - Wix offers thousands of free stock images (and videos) to use at your leisure. Similar stock media would normally cost a fortune once combined.
  • BEAUTIFUL GALLERY LAYOUTS - I've always had a thing for galleries, which is why I am impressed by Wix's offering. From grid layouts to full-width galleries, you are sure to find something that will spruce up your website.
  • VIDEO BACKGROUNDS - Utilizing video backgrounds on your website can be a great way to visually please visitors and entice them to stick around. Wix has a plethora of stylish videos to experiment with.
  • FILE MANAGER - Wix makes keeping track of your files a breeze. Simply upload files that you would like to use on your website (such as images, videos and documents) and they'll be stored securely for access at any time.
  • WIX APP MARKET - Yes, Wix has an entire market of free apps that can be added to your website. From social apps to business tools, this has to be one of my favorite aspects of Wix. The possibilities are endless.
  • FREE DOMAIN NAME - This is common for most website editors/hosts, but I'm glad to see Wix is following the trend. Sign up for one year of service and you get a free domain name. Simple as that.

This is just the beginning of my Wix coverage, as I still have so much more to explore and share. However, if you have any specific feature requests that you would like more information on, please let me know in the comments.

Click the button below to get started with your free Wix website.

12 Photos Taken Using the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

As an everyday iOS user, I have always admired the kinds of photos that are produced using Android phones — at least within recent years, anyway. For me, it all started with my first Android phone, the LG G4. Watch my review here.

So, what's special about the cameras on Android phones? In my experience, they tend to capture photos with great attention to contrast and overall sharpness. iOS devices, on the other hand, go for a softer, more natural look. Both styles of photography are great for different reasons. It simply comes down to personal preference and the results you are looking to get.

Focusing on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, I am happy to say that my fascination with Android phones continues. I have been having an absolute blast with the cameras on the Note 8. Combine them with Snapseed, my favorite mobile app for editing photos, and you've got yourself an incredible experience that all creatives are sure to enjoy.

Below are 12 photos that I shot using the Note 8. All edits were processed in post using Snapseed.

One particular quality I've noticed with the Note 8 is its ability to capture an impressive amount of detail in low-light situations. This certainly cannot be said for all phones, so props to Samsung for pulling this off. It's also worth noting that the Note 8 uses a dual-lens camera system on its rear, with each lens supporting optical image stabilization.

I plan to delve deeper with the cameras on the Note 8 in the coming days. In the meantime, feel free to check out my "8 Things I Like About the Samsung Galaxy Note 8" video below.