Read: Get these cheap GTX laptops while you canRead: Fastest gaming laptops, ranked 2:42 17 Photos Laptops Gaming Desktops 0 Tags The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? Fortnite Asus Huawei Intel Lenovo Nvidia Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Share your voice If you want to release a video game that a million-odd people will download overnight, then a Fortnite-style free-to-play battle royale game seems like the way to go. Apex Legends, from Respawn and EA, has become an instant hit, thanks to its freemium business model and availability across PCs, Xbox and PlayStation. For PC players, Fortnite is a great example of a pick-up-and-play game that doesn’t need especially high-end hardware to run. But what about the new Apex Legends? We lined up a bunch of laptops for some anecdotal hands-on testing to see how the game plays. But first, here are the recommended minimum specs from each game’s developer:Fortnite Battle Royale minimum specsCPU: Intel Core i3 2.4 GhzRAM: 4GB GPU: Intel HD 4000Apex Legends minimum specsCPU: Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHzRAM: 6GBGPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7700Recommended specs for PC games are not always set in stone. Sometimes the minimum spec is barely enough to launch the game at a crawl, other times you can push the boundaries and play games decently on hardware never intended for it. New driver or game software updates can also make a big difference. One thing is clear: Fortnite is built to run on almost anything this side of a scientific calculator, while Apex Legends depends at the very least on a discrete graphics card. Here are some laptops in the CNET Labs we ran the game on, and what we found. Frame rates are from the onscreen fps counter built into EA’s Origin game launcher. Sarah Tew/CNET Huawei Matebook 13CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565URAM: 8GBGPU: Nvidia MX15018-24fpsResults: At the lowest graphics settings and a paltry 1,200×800 resolution, the game ran at around 18 to 24fps. That made for a choppy experience, but not one that was totally unplayable. In a pinch, you could probably kill some time playing Apex at the back of a crowded conference room. Stepping down even further, to Intel integrated graphics (in a Dell XPS 13), we got 14-20fps by turning every option down to its lowest setting, including the resolution. It’s technically playable like that, but don’t expect to actually hit anyone. Lenovo Legion Y7000PCPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 8750HRAM: 16GBGPU: Nvidia GTX 106080-90fpsFor under $999, you can find many laptop options with Nvidia’s GTX 1060 GPU. It works fine with most new games as long as you keep detail levels modest. For a fast-paced shooter like Apex, I kept the resolution at 1,920×1,080 and detail levels at medium-to-high settings, and stayed above 80fps the whole time. Sarah Tew/CNET Alienware 17 R4CPU: 2.9GHz Intel Core i7-7820HKRAM: 16GBGPU: Nvidia GTX 108090-120fpsThe classic high-end gaming laptop configuration for the past few years. A single 1080 card can still chew through just about any game, and we hit between 90 and 120fps during a live match at full HD resolution and high detail settings. Asus Zephyrus GX701CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H RAM: 24GBGPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q90-140fpsThe ultimate high-end experience. At the highest detail settings and full HD resolution, the game ran between 90 and 140fps without any hitches or other issues. My biggest problem was getting flat-out murdered over and over (and over) again. It’s really way more graphics power than this game needs, but that just leaves you headroom for newer games coming later this year.
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Prince HarryGetty ImagesMeghan Markle seems to have an uphill battle when it comes to pleasing her in-laws, especially when they are the Royal Family.Apparently, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has been banned by the Queen from wearing an array of jewellery worn by the late Princess Diana as an alleged row between the two escalates.According to The Sun, a royal insider said the Queen has been “less than impressed” with Meghan’s behaviour. But in a cruel twist, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be allowed to continue to wear the iconic jewellery. The decision is said to have left Prince Harry devastated, sparking further tensions between the royals.An insider said: “This is a surprising situation that has been going on behind the scenes over the past few months and has caused tension and upset, especially for Harry.””It is at the discretion of the Queen and trusted advisers which items in the Royal Collection she chooses to loan out and to whom.””Aspects of Meghan’s behaviour, including before the Royal Wedding, caused resentment with forces within Buckingham Palace.” Meghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty Images”To be perfectly honest, the Queen herself was not impressed with some of Meghan’s demands, especially as a new member of the family.”The senior source told The Sun that the Queen likes Meghan personally but her concerns were more about “the hierarchy.”Well we have to say that Meghan needs to keep her head down and not rub people the wrong way, which she has been doing a lot lately. Whether it actually is her fault or not doesn’t seem to be the issue as more and more people are speaking up against her behavior.One person could be disregarded, but a whole plethora of people, now the Queen included could not be misinterpreting Meghan’s behavior. As a new Royal Meghan needs to be diligent about her behavior and ingratiate herself to the Queen not antagonise her.
Profile of George Weah who won the Liberian election. AFPFormer star footballer George Weah was named winner of Liberia’s presidential election on Thursday, easily beating his challenger in the country’s first democratic transfer of power in seven decades scarred by civil wars, political assassinations and an Ebola crisis.With almost all ballots counted, National Election Commission president Jerome Korkoya said final results would be released on Friday, but Weah wasted no time in acknowledging his win.“My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation. I measure the importance and the responsibility of the immense task which I embrace today. Change is on,” he posted on Twitter.Hundreds of his supporters took to the streets of Monrovia, singing, dancing and embracing each other as news of his victory spread.“I’ve never been so happy in all my life. We were in opposition for 12 years. We’re going to make history, like the children of South Africa did. I’m so excited,” said Josephine Davies, vice president of the youth wing of Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change.“We’ve waited 12 years, now power is going to the people.”Weah, 51, is set to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over in 2006 at the helm of the west African state founded for freed slaves.The NEC said Weah won 61.5 per cent of Tuesday’s run-off vote, which was delayed several weeks after a legal challenge from his opponent, vice president Joseph Boakai, following October’s first round.The NEC said that with 98.1 per cent of all votes counted, Boakai had only secured 38.5 per cent support.Ahead of Thursday’s result announcement, armed and helmeted police deployed outside the poll body’s headquarters as Weah supporters gathered and began rejoicing.“The Liberian people clearly made their choice… and all together we are very confident in the result of the electoral process,” tweeted Weah before the official results were announced.Sirleaf’s office said it had set up a team “for the proper management and orderly transfer of executive power from one democratically elected president to another”, adding that it included several ministers.Tumultuous historyThe tumultuous events of the past 70 years in Liberia, where an estimated 250,000 people died during back-to-back civil wars between 1989-2003, have prevented a democratic handover from taking place since 1944.Sirleaf’s predecessor Charles Taylor fled the country in 2003, hoping to avoid prosecution for funding rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Two presidents who served prior to Taylor were assassinated.The UN and regional bloc ECOWAS hailed the peaceful nature of the vote, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praising “the government, political parties and the people of Liberia for the orderly poll”, which the EU said “generally respected constitutional rules”.The election passed without major incident despite weeks of delays caused by legal challenges and many said they were looking forward to a peaceful handover after 12 years under Sirleaf.The Sirleaf administration, elected in 2005, guided the nation out of the ruins of war and through the horrors of the 2014-16 Ebola crisis, but is accused of failing to combat poverty and corruption.Weah, the only African ever to have won FIFA’s World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon D’Or football award, missed out on the presidency in a 2005 bid.He was similarly frustrated when he ran for vice-president in 2011, but his CDC party repeatedly urged its young and exuberant supporters to keep calm.The run-off was delayed for seven weeks due to legal challenges lodged by Boakai’s Unity Party against the electoral commission over the conduct of the first round, but many of the complaints appeared to have been addressed in the second round.