The 7 days that improved Pc gaming eternally

Tech Tales

This write-up 1st appeared in Computer Gamer magazine issue 384 in May possibly 2023, as section of our Tech Tales collection. Just about every month we converse about the ups and downs of Pc hardware, with a search again on our possess record with the hobby.

Individuals were being fired up in 2004. The most expected Laptop sport there experienced ever been was on its way. Half-Daily life 2’s predecessor had shaken up the video game industry to a diploma that even the last 25 years of hyperbole in the sport press has not pretty received throughout. It was like someone had just flipped a swap: one particular moment there were only Doom clones and stifled yawns, the next, everyone was accomplishing set-parts, true-time storytelling, and turrets. Valve’s FPS was so good that we were even happy to play the lousy impressions of it.

Even in advance of there had been screenshots, the Computer gaming population was enraptured by Fifty percent-Lifestyle 2’s announcement. And then there were being screenshots, and we all mainly melted into burning-very hot hype puree. A strange, Soviet-encouraged dystopian metropolis. Significant ants. A automobile. A motor vehicle! It was all just much too a great deal for us. We scarcely had the online again then, so it didn’t take substantially to overload our circuits.

That was the extremely basis of the recreation of 4D chess Gabe Newell and co were about to enjoy with Half-Existence 2. Most likely September 19, 2003 was a turning point for Valve, when it was manufactured mindful of specifically how on the web the earth had come to be when it was found out that a German hacker named Axel Gembe had infiltrated the company’s inside community and pilfered an early beta version of the recreation. He’d supplied that version to a friend through a actual physical media copy, and that friend had launched it to the net, and… quite a large amount of people were being now actively playing an early, unreleased and fairly cataclysmically broken edition of the most expected Pc recreation in background. Valve was fairly upset.

Hot air

(Impression credit score: Valve)

Coincidentally, this transpired exactly 1 week following Valve introduced Steam, a new on the internet video games hub developed to make it a lot easier to continue to keep Counter-Strike 1.6 patched up to day and to prevent cheaters. Within 7 days, the most significant sport in the world experienced leaked on to the world-wide-web and was staying circulated for totally free, and its developer had released an on the net software that would subsequently grow to be Personal computer gaming’s de facto dwelling for a long time. It may possibly very well be the most crucial week of the 21st century. And a person miracles if the two functions have a further romance than sheer happenstance.

Because—and this is entire conjecture, let’s be obvious about that—if Fifty percent-Life enthusiasts were online plenty of to have situated and downloaded a hooky beta of

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Wahoo Elemnt Bolt review: Second-generation cycling computer sees colour screen, improved mapping and more

The short history of Wahoo cycling computers can be likened to an ever-swinging pendulum, in which Wahoo switches its focus between launching a feature-rich device, then trying to cram those features into a smaller package and back again. 

When the first Wahoo Elemnt Bolt arrived on the scene in 2017, it was that exact story. Wahoo took everything good about the original Elemnt – launched in 2015 – and squeezed it into a device that weighed 40 per cent less and boasted an aero leading edge. Then in 2019, the pendulum swung back the other way and the Elemnt Roam was launched as the brand’s new all-singing model with colour screen, on-device mapping and more. 

2021 saw the launch of the new Elemnt Bolt, and with it, Wahoo’s tact changed, but only ever so slightly. Designers have definitely taken everything great about the Roam and crammed it into a smaller Bolt-sized package, but this time they didn’t stop there. They also looked at everything that wasn’t quite so good and, well, fixed it. Or at least that was the claim from Wahoo, once you read between the lines a little. 

At a glance

What is it?
Wahoo’s aero-shaped, small-form-factor GPS cycling computer that boasts a rich feature list, Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity and more.

Who is it for?
It’s marketed towards cyclists of all type, age and ability, both on-road and off, who want to track detailed ride metrics and get directions on the go. Its price aims it at the cycling enthusiast rather than the pure commuter or leisure cyclist, and it boasts a range of features that cater to the most data-driven athletes and racers.

Weight
69g / 2.43oz

Price
£249.99 / $279.99 / €279.99 / AU$419.95

What that meant is that the new Elemnt Bolt got the colour screen and on-device navigation from the Roam, but it got a better screen with more colours, a more detailed base map. It also got a USB-C charging port, convex buttons and an increase in onboard memory. All of which combine, on paper at least, to make a computer that should easily be a contender for our guide to the best cycling computers

I have already deemed the Bolt victorious in the Bolt vs Roam head to head tests that I ran earlier this year, and I’ve been using the Elemnt Bolt V2 (although it’s not actually called the V2, since the old version is no longer produced) as my main cycling computer ever since, to formulate an in-depth review and work out whether Wahoo’s changes have actually yielded an improvement to the second iteration of the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt. 

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Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

The Wahoo Elemnt Bolt (Image credit: Josh Croxton)
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Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

Complete with various upgrades over the former, which include a colour screen, convex buttons, USB-C charging and more (Image credit: Josh Croxton)
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Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

It continues with the aero shape theme, but with a slightly
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