LG Dual Inverter Air Conditioner Review (LW1019IVSM): Quick and Quiet


WIRED 16 July, 2021 - 06:00am 6 views

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OK, fine. I did have to go to the hardware store to install it, partly because my windows are weird. But once I got the heavy thing mounted, it blasted my woes away with icy gusts. 

It took me two days to install this AC unit. It's my fault that I decided to mount it at 11 pm, but it's not my fault that I realized soon after that I wouldn't succeed without some equipment. The specifications call for double-hung windows of a certain dimension, which I have. But the center of the sill is like a deep canyon. It's not flush with the inner sill, which meant there was no easy way to mount the included L brackets to keep it secure.

The fact that the instruction booklet has an included solution suggests that this is not an uncommon problem. So the next morning, I grabbed some plywood from a nearby Home Depot, sawed it to the right shape, and plopped it in to create an even surface. I screwed the L brackets onto the plywood and lifted the 63-pound thing into place with the help of my partner.

The rest was relatively easy. The manual is fairly detailed and easy to follow; just be prepared for possible window shenanigans. If you find yourself at the local hardware store, you can also pick up a metal bracket instead. The AC will sit much more securely (it also might be a requirement in cities like New York), and you won't have to drill any holes.

LG includes a good amount of foam and padding to seal any gaps around the AC unit, though don't expect the same level of sound blockage as when your window was closed. Noise will leak in (thanks, New York). It doesn't beat the soundproofing I experienced with Midea's U-Shaped air conditioner, where the window goes down much further, creating a smaller gap.  

What exactly does “Dual Inverter” mean? A regular AC uses a single, motor-driven compressor to remove hot air from a room, cool air in a chamber, and pass heat outside. Usually, the AC senses when the room is too hot and the compressor ratchets up to the max level, then shuts down when the room hits the right temperature. 

However, the LG AC has twin compressors and chambers, which allow it to tweak its output. If a room requires only a certain amount of energy to cool a room, the motor doesn't need to ratchet all the way up to work. That makes the unit faster, quieter, and more energy-efficient. According to Energy Star, this unit uses 27 percent less energy than the US federal standard, and it did successfully maintain temps once it cooled the room. 

What you probably want to know most is how well it cools, to save you from the next heat wave. The answer is very, very well. On a particularly sweltering 94-degree day, this LG unit brought the indoor temperature from around 84 degrees to a comfortable 73 within an hour. 

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I do have to note that LG sent me the 9,500-Btu (British thermal units) model, which is rated to cool a room of around 400 to 450 square feet. Unfortunately, I was only able to test it in a room about half that size—though when I left my door open, it cooled my hallway and bathroom reasonably well too. (You can see what Btu rating you need based on your room size here.)

The fan is strong. You can choose between three fan strengths, and I usually left it at the lowest setting. On the highest, I could feel the icy wind on my face more than 12 feet away. You can also adjust the louvers up, instead of just side to side, to direct air away from your face. That's helpful, especially if you end up spending a lot of time in front of the AC because of your room configuration.  

Thankfully, it doesn't get loud. My bedroom normally hovers around 42 decibels, which is a little quieter than a library. With the LG AC on, it revs up to 54 decibels, which is about as loud as a conversation at home. This isn't as quiet as the aforementioned Midea AC, but it's significantly quieter than most other air conditioners I've tried, all of which blared around 70 decibels.

That said, I would avoid using the Energy Saver mode at night. It cools the room down to the desired temperature and then shuts off. It'll come back to life every so often to cool the room down again, but the sound it makes when it does this has woken up my partner and me a few times. It sounds like the propeller of an airplane starting to spin, or an old car failing to start. Not fun at 4 am. Instead, we relied on the timer and set it to turn off a few hours into our sleep. 

The only thing you'll need to regularly do to maintain this AC is clean the filter. The light will turn on automatically after 250 hours of operation (around 10 days). You can just pop it out, wash it, let it dry, and put it back in. Just remember to press and hold the up and down temperature buttons to turn off the light, because the AC doesn't automatically know if you've cleaned it. 

You can use the included remote or LG's app to control it, but I preferred using my voice with my Google Assistant speakers (or through the Google Home app). It supports Amazon's Alexa, but not HomeKit. Over the three months I've been testing this AC, it never once had a funky connection with the app or needed me to reconnect it to Google, which is usually standard practice with smart home devices. That means I've reliably been able to turn it on before I get home, so I can enter an icebox. 

Look, I know air conditioners aren't eco-friendly, and if you'd prefer to skip it, you can check out our guide on how to stay cool without AC. But as the Earth continues to heat up, they can help us feel more comfortable during the hottest months, and in some places, cooling devices save lives. Dual inverter tech does make this unit more efficient compared to other ACs with similar cooling capacities. That makes me feel a little better when I stand in front of it, after wading through New York's heavy summer humidity.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies - How To Activate Mauer Der Toten’s Easter Egg Song

GameRant 16 July, 2021 - 12:21pm

Fortunately, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War players will not have a hard time turning on the music in the new map. Just like the previous two songs, players need to collect three cassette tapes to turn this one on. Fortunately, all the cassette tapes appear in the same position every game, meaning that gamers will only have to memorize three spawn points. As such, once they have turned on the hidden song once, they should have no problem replaying the track in their future matches.

The second tape is found in the Electronics Store, which is located next to the beloved Call of Duty Zombies perk Juggernog. It rests on the middle shelf next to some radios. The shelf is straight in front of players as soon as they walk into the room. Finally, there is the last cassette tape, which is found on West Berlin Street. Specifically, it is in the Blasted Suite that players zipline up to, and it rests on a desk next to another zipline. The Blasted Suite is to the left of the Trials Machine.

Aside from “Amoeba” tracing back to a different type of music, it is also a licensed track as opposed to an original song. Performed by the band Adolescents back in the 1980s, it does match up with the Cold War setting of the latest Zombies mode. Still, for those hoping to hear something brand-new like Firebase Z’s song "Lost," this track could come as a bit of disappointment. As such, hopefully Kevin Sherwood and the iconic voices from past Zombies songs are heard in the next map’s hidden music.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Klaus Needs Your Help! Here's How To Rebuild Him

RealSport101 16 July, 2021 - 05:45am

Black Ops Cold War's Mauer Der Toten is finally here and there's a lot to unpack. The new Wonder Weapon has four Variant Modes, there's a new Main Quest to tackle, and... Klaus? Who is that guy, anyway? Here's everything you need to know about how you can build Klaus.

Step One: Activate Klaus and direct him to the Upgrade Station in the Garment Factory using the Control Radio. Make sure the Microwave Dish is attached.

Step Two: Defend the Upgrade Station for 60 seconds while Klaus upgrades.

Step One: Collect the Blacklight Flashlight from the locker in the Switch Control Room by using Klaus to open it.

Step Two: Use Klaus to open two Electrical Boxes with a hidden Klaus icon that can only be seen with the Blacklight Flashlight. They can be found at the following locations:

Step Three: Collect the two Cosmetic Disk collectables and give one of them to Klaus.

Step One: Give Klaus the second Cosmetic Disk to fully upgrade him.

If you're looking to use Klaus to mow down the undead hordes, there are a few things you should know.

Firstly, Klaus can be controlled (sort of). When you activate Klaus, you lose your Tactical Equipment and get given a Control Radio. Using this, you can aim at the floor and tell Klaus where to go. He can protect a doorway quite easily or be used to slow down a train of Zombies. If you don't do this, he follows you around. To return to this Default Mode, you can double-tap (Square/ X/ Use Button) in order to "reset" him.

Secondly, Klaus doesn't last forever. As much as we wish we could have Klaus follow us around for the whole game, he doesn't Klaus has a limited Battery and will only last for a couple of minutes before he heads back to the Safe House.

In addition to this, Klaus isn't free. Who do you think he is? If you want Klaus, you're going to have to pay 2,000 Points to activate him. In the grand scheme of things, this isn't a whole lot but it can be a set back in early rounds. If you want to use Klaus to do something, make sure you know where you're headed when you activate him.

Getting Klaus is going to be an important part of Mauer Der Toten, but that doesn't mean it's going to be too difficult. Here's an easy step-by-step guide on how you can get everything you need to build Klaus.

Step One: Turn on the Power Switch.

Step One (a): Head to East Berlin Streets, following Objective Markers, and the first Tempest (as seen in Outbreak) and collect the Electrical Fuse they drop.

Step One (b): Continue to follow the Objective Markers and turn on the Power Switch. This will then trigger a second Tempest fight, through another door, which will drop a second Electrical Fuse.

Step Two: Head to Checkpoint Charlie and activate the Pack-A-Punch machine. You will need to kill the first Disciple enemy in order to activate it. This will be marked with an Objective Marker.

Step Three: Use the Pack-A-Punch machine to add Brain Rot to one of your weapons.

Step Four: Find the Microwave Dish and attach it to the Upgrade Station in the Garment Factory.

Step Four (a): Search the Debris Piles around the base of the Guard Towers on both sides of the "Death Strip" location. There are around 20 locations these can spawn in this small area and the Microwave Dish will spawn randomly in one of those.

Step Five: Collect the Robotic Hands from Hotel Room 305.

Step Five (a): Use a Brain Rot Zombie to tear down the barricade to the Hotel Room 305 Bedroom. The Robotic Hands will be around the neck of a corpse on the bed.

Step Six: Reach Round 10.

Step Seven: Kill the Elite "Panzer" Enemy that spawns at Round 10 and collect the Battery he drops.

Step Eight: Head to the Safe House in the Maintenance Tunnels and find Klaus. Attach the Robot Hands and Battery.

Once this is done, Klaus will make a witty remark and be up and ready to kill. You can find a Control Radio on the table next to him and this will allow you to dictate where he goes on Mauer Der Toten.

At the moment, we don't know if Klaus plays a big part in the Main Quest / Easter Egg. We can imagine he will do, but we won't find out until the objectives go live at 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST / 18:00 BST on July 15th.

For now, though, Klaus can be used to get the new CRBR-S Wonder Weapon. Once you've built Klaus, you'll need to use him to obtain a Blacklight Flashlight.

From here, all you need to do is find the relevant Safe Combination numbers scattered about the Mauer Der Toten map and open the Safe in Hotel Room 305. It all sounds easy enough and should be a good place to start ahead of the Main Quest's activation.

How To Open Up Hotel Room 305's Bedroom

RealSport101 16 July, 2021 - 04:46am

Black Ops Cold War's latest title update introduced the world to Mauer Der Toten and Treyarch has packed this new Zombies map with secrets. One of these involves Hotel Room 305. There's a secret doorway in Hotel Room 305 and you're going to need to open this up if you want to get your hands on Klaus and the new Wonder Weapon. It's quite an important little secret!

Here's everything you need to know.

You might notice a walled off area on the edge of the mini-map when you're running around Mauer Der Toten's Hotel and Hotel Room 305. At a glance, it doesn't look like a lot and there's certainly no time to inspect the area when the undead are chasing you through the hallways.

However, there's a reason this looks a little weird and we have everything you need to know about getting through the secret doorway to the hidden room and everything inside.

Step One: Turn on the Power Switch.

Step One (a): Head to East Berlin Streets, following Objective Markers, and the first Tempest (as seen in Outbreak) and collect the Electrical Fuse they drop.

Step One (b): Continue to follow the Objective Markers and turn on the Power Switch. This will then trigger a second Tempest fight which will drop a second Electrical Fuse.

Step Two: Head to Checkpoint Charlie and activate the Pack-A-Punch machine. You will need to kill the first Disciple enemy in order to activate it. This will be marked with an Objective Marker.

Step Three: Use the Pack-A-Punch machine to add Brain Rot to one of your weapons.

Once you've done this, you'll need to head to Hotel Room 305 and trigger Brain Rot on a Zombie. This will automatically target the Barricade over the secret door and open up the rest of Hotel Room 305.

There are two reasons why you'll need to open the secret door in Hotel Room 305 on Mauer Der Toten.

Firstly, you'll be able to find the Robotic Hands you need to build Klaus inside. They will be stuck around the neck of a corpse on the bed when you get inside. These are a vital part of completing Klaus, who you will need for the Wonder Weapon Side Quest and should play a part in the Main Quest.

Secondly, you'll also need to access the Hotel Room 305 bedroom in order to find the Safe you need to get the CRBR-S. When you've found the three Safe Combination numbers around Mauer Der Toten, you can enter them into the Safe in this room in order to get a free Wonder Weapon!

Black Ops Cold War Zombies: How To Build & Upgrade Klaus The Robot Buddy | Mauer Der Toten - Gameranx

Gameranx 15 July, 2021 - 02:56pm

Want an AI companion to help you fight back the infinite hordes of undead on Mauer Der Toten? You can do it by rebuilding Klaus, the most conspicuous Easter egg step you’ll encounter while exploring the ruins of Berlin. By finding two hidden items, you can rebuild Klaus and have him join you — you can order him order to specific spots, and he’ll attack any incoming zombies without your input. You can re-summon Klaus with the radios all around the map, and you can even upgrade him into a punk rock robot killing machine.

Below, you’ll find all the steps required to build and upgrade Klaus. Klaus is an important part of the main Easter egg quest, and upgrading him makes survival so much easier even if you’re playing solo. You can find Klaus in his chair in the underground Safe House — upgrading him can be tricky, but building him isn’t too bad at all. If you can reach Round 10 and unlock the Pack-a-Punch, you can absolutely succeed at building Klaus.

To create Klaus the AI robot that fights alongside you, you need to reach the Safe House in the underground, accessible once you unlock the Maintenance Tunnel to the Power Room. You’ll find Klaus (the weird robot man) sitting in a chair in the Safe House.

To build him, you need to find two parts and install them. You can only get these parts by completing very specific steps in Mauer Der Toten.

Now you can install both parts onto Klaus to bring him to life! But we’re not done yet. You can also upgrade Klaus with a special station in the Garment Factory.

To upgrade Klaus, travel to the Garment Factory and use the special station to make him a more powerful AI companion. Klaus can’t upgrade until the station (normally red) turns green. The upgrade station will activate once you get enough zombie kills with Klaus.

Tier 1 Klaus Upgrade: To use it, use your Tactical Klaus gadget to direct Klaus into the upgrade station. It takes 60 seconds to upgrade, so you need to defend the station while its going. Make sure to grab the upgrade item and install it onto the Upgrade Station before doing your first upgrade.

Upgrading Klaus once will give him a Tier 1 PaP weapon. You can upgrade Klaus a total of three times.

Tier 2 Klaus Upgrade: To get the second (and third) upgrade, we need to first get the UV Attachment upgrade for Klaus. Go to the Switch Control Room and order Klaus to a single locker against the wall. Klaus will hit it and open it — collect the UV Attachment and you can begin your search.

With the UV Attachment, you can see a secret Klaus Icon on Electrical Boxes. There are 6 Electrical Boxes, and 2 have a Klaus Icon — you need to open the 2 Electrical Boxes with Klaus Icons, you can skip the rest. The boxes are always in the same locations, but which boxes have Klaus Icons will change randomly every session.

Two of the boxes will contain a Cosmetic Disk — order Klaus near the boxes and he’ll open them. Take the disk and install one into the Upgrade Station to give Klaus a punk rock upgrade! He’ll also get a powerful Tier 2 PaP weapon.

Tier 3 Klaus Upgrade: Simply install the second Cosmetic Disk and upgrade Klaus a third time from the Upgrade Station to fully upgrade him. Now he’ll be able to dish out even more damage to the zombie hordes.

Mauer der Toten Main Quest Easter Egg Guide & Final Cutscene

DualShockers 15 July, 2021 - 02:47pm

Quite notable of all was the new Zombies map, Mauer der Toten, which the community was eagerly waiting for quite a while now. While the map went live earlier today, the main quest was released in the game just a few hours ago.

Many players are wondering how they can complete the main quest since there are quite a number of steps involved in that. If you are looking for a complete guide on the same, you can find it below.

There are multiple steps involved in completing the main quest of Mauer der Toten. Here is all you need to do in order to finish the quest (courtesy of u/LilMenace13).

You can find the cutscene of the main quest below.

How to unlock the Pack-a-Punch machine in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Mauer der Toten | Dot Esports

Dot Esports 15 July, 2021 - 11:11am

For the first time in over five months, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies fans have a new round-based map to play.

Mauer der Toten went live earlier today. It’s a free-to-play map for anyone who owns Black Ops Cold War—and it’s a lot of fun. It’s a relatively large map with plenty of areas to explore. But one aspect of the map that players will be trying to unlock as quickly as possible is the Pack-a-Punch machine.

The Pack-a-Punch (PaP) is a machine that allows you to upgrade your weapons and make them stronger. Fortunately for Zombies aficionados, unlocking the PaP on Mauer der Toten is incredibly simple.

When you first load into a game on Mauer der Toten, you’ll notice there’s a message on the left side of your screen. The first message you’ll see says to “turn on the power,” which shouldn’t come as a surprise to most longtime Zombies players.

You’ll need to open several doors to get to the Power Room, which is underground. Treyarch made it as easy as possible to find your way there on Mauer der Toten, though, by marking certain areas with white exclamation points to guide players in the right direction. As you make your way down to the Power Room, be careful when crossing the train tracks—you don’t want to get hit by one of those trains engulfed in flames.

Once you’re in the Power Room, you’ll see the traditional Zombies power switch. Interact with it to attempt to turn on the power. The power won’t activate right away, however. A second message will appear on the left side of your screen, telling you to “find Electrical Fuses.”

You’ll need to locate two Electrical Fuses to get the power up and running. To do this, you’ll have to eliminate two Tempest zombies. These special zombies can be found by heading to two white exclamation points on the map. The Tempests in our game spawned in the Sewer Access and Electronics Store areas of the map.

Once you take down the Tempests, they’ll each drop an Electrical Fuse. Pick them up and head back to the Power Room. Interact with the fuse box to place the Electrical Fuses and then you can actually hit the switch to turn on the power.

Once the power is on, a new message will appear on-screen asking you to “investigate PaP machine.” This is the final step in the process of unlocking the Pack-a-Punch.

Head to either the Sewer Access or Safe House area underground and use the rappel to climb up to the surface. Move toward the wall of upside-down cars in front of you and you’ll see the PaP located in the Checkpoint Charlie area of the map underneath a circle of mysterious, floating zombies.

Walk up to the PaP and you’ll see that it’s “locked.” Interact with it to begin a mini boss fight with the new Disciple zombie. All you have to do is eliminate the Disciple zombie and the Pack-a-Punch will be unlocked for the rest of that game on Mauer der Toten.

Just like the other round-based Zombies maps in Black Ops Cold War, there are three tiers of upgrades to the Pack-a-Punch. Upgrading your gun to level one in the PaP costs 5,000 points, level two is 15,000, and level three will run you 30,000 points. You can also pay 2,000 points to equip one of the five Ammo Mods from the PaP machine.

Mauer Der Toten: How to Upgrade Klaus Guide - All Floppy Disk Locations

Gaming INTEL 15 July, 2021 - 05:01am

Right from the first Mauer Der Toten trailer, we knew that Klaus would be one of the more exciting parts of the new Zombies map. As it turns out, your AI friend can do more than just help out with killing a few zombies.

We already know that Klaus can get you a free Wonder Weapon in Mauer Der Toten, for example. And some players are reporting that the companion can revive you if you go down too.

But, in order to make Klaus extra lethal in the new map, you’ll need to upgrade him. Thankfully, we know where to find all the upgrade locations for Klaus in Mauer Der Toten so you can give him a boost ASAP.

Over on the CODZombies subreddit, user West-West-6226 confirms that Klaus was ready to upgrade after killing all of the zombies in Round 14.

After Klaus has killed enough zombies, take him back to his upgrade station in the Garment Factory and protect him for while he upgrades. This will take around a minute and afterwards Klaus will have access to Pack-a-Punch weapons.

Next up, you can further upgrade Klaus (and change his appearance) with a series of Dark Green boxes containing Floppy Disks. Make sure you have the Blacklight from the free Wonder Weapon questline to make this step easier!

Take Klaus to two of the Dark Green boxes located in the following locations:

Two of the boxes (at random) will display an icon of Klaus’ face next to them, under the Blacklight. Getting Klaus to punch these boxes will reveal a Floppy Disk.

Then, simply take Klaus back to his upgrade station and place a Floppy Disk inside. This can be done once per round and will result in Klaus getting an upgrade and a change in appearance!

Cold War: Mauer Der Toten – How To Get The Safe Code

DualShockers 15 July, 2021 - 03:10am

Unfortunately, the code to unlock the safe is different in every game, so it’s not as simple as typing in the same digits over and over again. But, when has Call of Duty zombies ever been that easy? Here’s a step by step guide on unlocking the safe in Mauer Der Toten.

Located inside of Hotel Room 305 is a safe which holds the brand new CRBR-S Wonder Weapon. Follow the steps below to get the Mauer Der Toten safe code and get your hands on the new weapon.

Now head back to Hotel Room 305 where Klau’s Hands were located, and type the code into the safe.

Please Note: In each of the locations mentioned above, there is a number in a black circle, this just indicates that it is either code 1,2, or 3. The code needed to be typed in cannot be found without the blacklight, shine your gun on the locations mentioned above and the codes will appear in white.

Should you need a more visual representation, check out YouTubers Absoluem’s video for more details.

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