1More Spearhead VR Gaming Headset Review

Well, I always like reviewing 1More products, and I got to review 1More. Okay, that is not a good way to start this, and I’m too lazy to review my previous articles to see if I told that bad joke before. I’ll restart this review of the 1More Spearhead VR and say that it received a CES 2018 Innovation Award.

This was where I first had a chance to try out the 1More Spearhead VR Gaming Headset. I am assuming that it has the VR suffix because it has made for a “3-dimensional gaming and entertainment experience” with its 7.1 Channel Surround Sound. I will tell you that this has a bass to melt your face, and I don’t know if I ever made that comment on any pair of headphones before.

I believe that the deep sound is because of a 50mm Maglev Graphene Driver, but what is really surprising is how light they feel on the head. This lightweight construction also has some ENC Dual Microphone technology, and it is quite something because the mic can filter out the background noise. Oh, and you can see the lightsaber-like light on it, which is fully customizable with millions of color options for syncing with your game, because yeah, these are some great gaming headphones, yo.

Seriously, these are some great gaming headphones, and they have some superb on the ear controls. I should say that you can connect via USB and 3.5 mm Audio cable.

So, I would recommend the Spearhead VR if you are into some serious gaming. You can pick it up on the 1More site for $149.99.

Creative Labs SoundBlasterX Siege M04 Precision Gaming Mouse

I might as well say that the Seige M04 Precision Gaming Mouse feels like some kind of sidekick to the SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08 keyboard that I reviewed earlier. It has the P.R.E. (Perceive, React, and Execute) features of that keyboard, and it is a product of some serious hard work.

So let’s start with its features. We are talking a gaming grade PMW3360 IR LED sensor with 32-bit high speed MCU with low lift-off distance. It also has 7 fully programmable buttons full of internal memory, as well as 3 level DPI cycle button for on-the-fly DPI switching. The Siege M04 also can’t help but feel good in the palm of your hand thanks to its comfortable right-handed design for palm and grip.

Oh yes, and let us not forget about the Aurora Reactive Lighting System, good for 16.8 million colors. I’ve sort of gone into detail on that when discussing the Vanguard K08 keyboard, so I’ll touch on the 32-bit high speed microcontroller good for a polling rate of 1000 Hz, 12,000 native DPI, and low 2mm lift-off distance.

All of that adds up to a gaming mouse you want to keep around the house. Yeah, that is a pretty lame slogan, but hey, it is good enough for a recommendation with the other gaming mice.

It is available for $64.99 on the Creative Labs website, and this is as good of a time to say that the SoundBlasterX Siege M04 was given to us for an unbiased review.

Creative Labs SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08 Gaming Keyboard

All right, it looks like we are reviewing another fine product from Creative Labs, and this time, it is the SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08, a gaming keyboard. Well, if you are familiar with any keyboard reviews that I have done in the past, then you know that I am going to type my report using the product.

So how does it fare? It feels like I can type a lot faster on this guy. Part of it is that its design with OMRON, PRES (Perceive-React-Execute Switches) which allows for rapid-fire keystrokes. Yeah, there is a diagram showing how fast a typical key gets pressed versus one from the SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08. The shaving of a few seconds really makes it faster, by about 25 percent.

Let’s talk about the keys, and not just the speed. There are 109 fully programmable keys on this guy, with five of them on the left side as M1-M5. This is really designed to up your game, and the game it seems designed for is Final Fantasy XV (the Windows version).

Since this is a gaming keyboard, then you know what that means, a lot of pretty lights on the keys. It has this Aurora reactive technology which gives it the power of a lot of colors similar to the northern lights themselves with 16.8 million colors.

It is because of this wonderful glow that comes with two USB plug-ins to make it work. I’m grateful that my computer recognized it right away, but I had to wonder why the cables were so darn thick.

It’s quite something, and I’m not even finished writing about the benefits. It has some buttons made for media playing, and this really cool rotary volume control. I forgot to mention the detachable wrist rest.

Before I forget, Creative Labs sent us the SoundBlasterX Vanguard K08 for an unbiased review. I am going to say that it is a good gaming keyboard and give it a good recommendation. It is available on the Creative Labs website for $139.99.

Gamevice for iPhone Review

TechnoMark recently introduced a Minecraft bundle of this device I’m about to review, but we actually were sent a physical model to review, so this entry will be about GameVice for the iPhone.

GameVice is a game controller  that you can fit your iPhone (there’s also one for the iPad, and another one for Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 as well) in, and play video games in the palm of your hand.

Similar to a Playstation controller, it has a little joystick on either side, and the little up/down,left/right cross on the left side. Instead of geometric shapes on the right, there are four buttons labeled A, B, X and Y. There are even the shoulder buttons on the top- or front of the controller (however you would view it). They are the L1/L2 and R1/R2 buttons.

So basically, this gadget is made to turn your phone into a gaming console. It’s reminiscent of a Nintendo Switch.

There are games you can download off the Gamevice Live app that curates games you can play with a map to the controls for each game and a link that allows you to download for the Apple Store (or Google Play- depending on your device).

There is no extra battery needed for the Gamevice. It simply runs on your phone’s battery. If you need to charge your phone, you can charge it through the console while you are playing. There is also a earbud jack to plug into so others around aren’t disturbed by the noises coming from your game.

You’ll want to make sure you get the correct one for your phone or tablet. The one we received to review fits the iPhones 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 6 and 6 Plus. This means that it can accommodate a few different sizes. Once you insert it in to the Lightning connector and get the other side around your phone, it will hold pretty securely. When not on your phone, it’s accordion style back folds up for compact storage.

If you buy the Minecraft bundle that TechnoMark talked about (linked above), you get a cool case to put it in. As it is, the Gamevice for the iPhone has a listed price on their website for $79.95. You can also buy it in Apple Stores.

Gamevice sent us this model to review free of charge. No other compensation has been received for our unbiased and fair impression.

Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition Review

We’ve reviewed many a gaming headphone in the past, but this will be the first time reviewing Sound Blaster X H7 Tournament Edition by Creative. This is apparently an improvement on the usual Sound Blaster X H7, but since we haven’t reviewed those ones, we won’t do a comparison.

We can tell you that these headphones have nearly the same sleek look as their predecessor. This newest edition has red connecting wire that runs through the headset, and brushed aluminum finish on the sides of the earcups. Their red X logo on the side glows when plugged in, which provides a nice touch.

Most important to many gamers is the comfort and sound produced by the headphones. The sound is fantastic with 7.1 virtual surround sound, and the ability to customize sound for various games via the app for the PC called BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro. This includes Scout Mode which allows you to hear beyond what you can see.

There is an inline volume control toggle, which you can also connect your phone to and be able to answer calls. The mic is removable, and it has improved noise cancellation and design over the original model. Did we mention comfort? The headphones are lightweight at 272 g, and the padding on the headband is cushioned.

These headphones are compatible with PlayStation® 4, Xbox® One, XBox360 and the PC. You can even hook them up to your smart devices like tablets and phones. The  Xbox One  does require a stereo headset adapter that is not included with the headphones.

So wrapping it all up, I would say that these headphones are a good buy for their price range, which is $99. You can buy them off the Creative website, or other places, but it seems to be the best buy right now off the Creative website.

Disclaimer- Thanks to Creative for sending us these headphones to review in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Gamevice launches their Minecraft Edition Bundle for the iPhone

CES 2018 is always a good place to discover new gadgets, and I was pleased to find a company known as Gamevice who makes some controllers for games. I have actually reviewed devices like this before, such as the Stratus XL Controller from SteelSeries.

I am looking forward to reviewing their products personally, but I wanted to say that the company is making a special Minecraft Bundle for the iPhone.

You see, Minecraft is…oh come on, you know what Minecraft is! This Minecraft Bundle for the iPhone includes a special edition carrying case and a code to download Minecarft on iOS.

You can see how it works in the picture, as well as this video. You put the iPhone in the middle and play on it. Surely there are a lot of products like this, but how many have that special carrying case, with sound effects presumably not included.

It can be purchased on Amazon for $89.95.

Add to your VR Gaming Experience with the 3dRudder

A CES 2016 Innovation Awards winner, this technology- the 3dRudder, will bring a new level to virtual reality gaming. TechnoMark first tested this out at CES 2016, and 3dRudder was good enough to send us one to review for a fair and unbiased review.

The black and red platform itself is very nicely put together- very good quality. There is ample room for most feet- unless you are one of those basketball players who have to special order their shoes. It weighs close to 4 lbs, but is still easy to store and carry. The box it comes in has a handle, so you could take it to a friend’s house to game.

Setup is pretty simple and straight-forward. Once the  Dashboard is downloaded and installed, you simply follow the straightforward instructions given on the screen to get started.

Airboard Arena is the demo that comes programmed into the Dashboard. The demo teaches you how to move using the 3dRudder. You can move forward, backward, side to side. A twisting motion will allow you to turn yourself around, and then there’s a stepping motion you perform that will allow you to elevate.

There are some other cool features the the 3dRudder can perform- like acting as a mouse for your computer. In fact, I think this product would be great for people with limited use of their hands or people with no hands.

Okay, this is TechnoMark, and I’ll take over from here. I tried it out for the HTC Vive, and it is really an interesting experience. I don’t know if you can even tell what the 3DRudder does from just looking at this, but it enables freedom of movement in VR games.

Yes, you know how you can move your head around on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation 4, and more? Well, movement of your feet is now possible as you lean forward on this disc to move forward, and then left and right for those motions. There are some intricacies in the movement, but this varies per game.

In all honesty, this could easily become the standard for those who wish to play VR while sitting, but what if I want to stand up? Perhaps there is some device that hasn’t been invented for that.

Since I’m not a super VR junkie, I thought I might link to another blogger who wrote in great detail about issues he had with the Oculus Rift. Skarredghost did an excellent hands-on review. He mentioned that the 3dRudder slides some on hardwood floors. It seems to work best on carpet.

If the 3dRudder sounds good to you, you can buy it for about $140 on the 3dRudder site, or $130 on Amazon.com.

Our Review of the SteelSeries Rival 110 Gaming Mouse and Qck+ Limited Gaming Mousepad

Ah, SteelSeries! Yes, you are a great maker of video gaming accessories, and man, was I pleased that I had the opportunity to review more of them! This time, it is the Rival 110 gaming mouse, as well as the Qck + Limited mousepad.

The Rival 110 is made to be a gaming mouse for true 1 to 1 tracking with 7,200 CPI and 240 IPS. I am totally and completely unaward of what that means, but it certainly makes the cursor go fast on my screen. I suppose that means that those who play some MMOs have some serious game.

Although you can’t see this in the picture, but it actually has six buttons. There are two left and right click switches on the top. On the side, there are some awesome forward and backward switches which come in handy for surfing the net.

The other features include its lightweight design, and I love to see the SteelSeries logo glowing on it. It is available on the SteelSeries site for $39.99. While we are talking about what is available, let’s talk about a great mousepad with the Qck + Limited.

This is part of their Qck series, and I am guessing that this is some kind of limited edition, maybe? I am assuming that the unusual pattern is made so the mouse will recognize it, and that cursor will soar on the screen.

Part of it is the micro-woven cloth surface with a high thread count. By the way, SteelSeries has had 15 years of experience, and it shows. I like how the Qck Limited has a squishy feeling.

The Qck Limited is available for $22.99, and that is a reduced price from the SteelSeries site.

Our Review of the Logitech G433, a 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Logitech product, and the last time was a pair of gaming headphones known as the G231 Prodigy. I have no idea if Logitech’s G433 is some kind of deliberate follow-up to the G231 Prodigy, but they are one great set of gaming headphones.

The G433 is made for simply whatever gaming that you are into, which includes the PC, Mobile phone, Sony PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. Yes, it can do all that, and it has 7.1 Surround Sound Potential Audio with 360 degrees of positional audio.

I have to admit that I find the G433 to be very light, which is great considering that the drivers inside them are incredibly grand with clear highs, precise treble, and great bass. This is good for hearing not just your game, but anyone in your multiplayer team. Not only that, you can customize the sound for just about anything.

The G433 not only has a removable boom microphone, but all the cables can be quickly removed as well. Now, just so you know, there is an adapter required for some particular units that you work with it.

It is a pair of gaming headphones that I will recommend, and it is available on the Logitech site for $99.99 with free shipping in black, red, blue, and a limited edition of blue camo.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon Chat Review

ReconChat-PS-PackagePhoto-1200x1200For the video gamer looking for a simple way to chat while playing on their PS4 Pro, PS4, Xbox One, or even mobile device, Turtle Beach has a relatively inexpensive answer: the Ear Force Recon Chat.

This product would primarily be used for chatting during a game. If you want to include your family and friends in the room with you during the game, this would definitely be the ideal way. Anyone can still hear the volume coming into/out of the ear cup. The description on the box says that this “Open ear-cup allows you to hear game audio in both ears.” Likewise, you can reverse what side you have your ear-cup on.

The shape of the earcup is unique to allow it to fit over glasses. That might be a bonus to many gamers. There isn’t a lot of padding to the headset, but it does feel reasonably comfortable. There’s not really a fair comparison to other Turtle Beach headsets that are more expensive. They aren’t bad for the price. You get what you pay for. Some gamers might prefer the non-bulky experience of this headset to the heavier ones that weigh you down after a while.

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The mic does make your voice heard clearly, and it is adjustable, as well as having the toggle on the wire for volume control, or to mute the mic. This gaming audio product is not yet available in the U.S., but you can pre-order one on the Turtle Beach site for $19.95. It is anticipated to ship starting May 15th. You can either get blue for PS4, or green for XBox.

Disclaimer: Turtle Beach sent this free product to TheGeekChurch in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received, and this review is not influenced in anyway by the company.