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Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR

Turtle BeachSo, it looks like it is another great day to review a great another pair of gaming headphones, and this is from Turtle Beach with Stealth 350VR. I believe that this would be the first time that I reviewed Turtle Beach product, and I hope that it is not the last.

I’m not certain why it is called the Stealth 350VR, because I am not certain why 350 is in the name. I mean, the VR is obvious because the Stealth 350VR has an ergonomic VR design which is good for VR headband cables like the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. To this writing, VR hasn’t really taken off, and maybe it is necessary to make it more…comfortable to an average user.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR has large 50mm Neodymium speakers which has over-the-ear cushions that has some great highs and lows. To make this even more great, it has battery-powered amplification, and it is rechargeable to make it good enough for 30 hours. Some of these controls are on the earcups themselves.

Oh, there is also a noise-cancelling microphone, and it will plug in and can be removed for things like listening to music.

So, this is quite something, and the only thing that it doesn’t have is wireless capability. Perhaps there is another time for that. In the meantime, it can be purchased on the Turtle Beach website for $79.95.

Posted by on March 17th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the Sennheiser PC 373D Gaming Headphones

SennheiserYes, it is another day, and it is another pair of gaming headphones. The PC 373D is from Sennheiser, and I am not certain if I have reviewed a product from them before.

The PC 373D has 7.1 Surround Sound, which is welcome for any gaming system, but it is made for the PC. Yes, this is not going to be good for other video game systems, but the PC gives it an interesting take on the computer with PC software so the gamer can program his or her experience.

Sennheiser seems really excited about this product, and they are very excited about the transducer. I’m not certain what that is, but apparently there is some high-end open acoustic gaming sound in each earcup. It has an equalizer offering four settings that enables the user to customize the sound.

The earcup are velevet lined, and so is the headband. This means that you are going to have a lot of comfort and good sound, all at the same time.

Now let’s talk about the microphone, as it is very noise-cancelling. It is made to filter out that pesky background noise, and if you want to mute it, just left it up. Also, it is very flexible as well.

While I am talking about flexibility, I want to talk about how flexible the whole thing is. Well, it might not be too flexible, but they are durable.

You should be able to purchase the PC 373D on the Sennheiser site for $249.95.

Posted by on February 17th, 2017 No Comments

The Review of the LucidSound LS20

Lucid Sound LS20It’s time to review another great gaming headset, and this one is from Lucid Sound, and it is known as the LS20. What is interesting is how this one is created for practically every platform including the PlayStation, Xbox One, Mobile, and PC.

One of the best features of this particular LS20 Powered Gaming Headset is that the controls are on the earcups. On the Left ear, there is a volume control wheel and a button for audio mute. Then on the right ear, there is a microphone mute button. As I mentioned before, the LS20 is made for mobile, so there are controls for music and calls. Speaking of control, you can take control of it with a mobile phone.

So, how is the sound? It quite good, of course! You wouldn’t think it would be out if the sound sucked, do you? It has about 40 mm speakers with neodymium magnets, and it has a serious bass boost. It also has active and passive modes as well.

Other features include a rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours of charge, as well as being available in black and white. You should be able to purchase it on the Lucid Sound site for $99.99.

Posted by on February 17th, 2017 No Comments

SteelSeries Stratus XL Controller and Rival 700 Gaming Mouse

steelseries-1So, it has been quite a while since I have reviewed a SteelSeries gaming product, but I finally had a chance to try out two of them with the Stratus XL for Windows/Android and the Rival 700 Gaming Mouse.

The Stratus XL looks like a controller for a console, but it is made for mobile and PC. Best of all, it is completely wireless. If you have any Steam games that you play, you can pair the controller and play over 2,000 titles.

When I tried it out, I decided to use it on my son’s phone. Needless to say, he was able to play Minecraft before like nothing else.

As far as the power is concerned, it is good for 40 hours of power with two AA batteries. By the way, the batteries are included, and it doesn’t look like there is any kind of mobile battery.

Well, if this is one you are into, then you can get it on the SteelSeries site for $59.99.

steelseries-2Now it is time to talk about the Rival 700. This is one of those gaming mice that has an optical gaming sensor that is one of the best laser gaming sensors on the market: the Pixart 9800.

You can customize the mouse to switch in between settings for different games or weapons. The left and right click buttons are reinforced with plastic, and it has some frictionalized grip. I’m not certain if “frictionalized” is a word, but I hope that you understand what I mean.

What is interesting is it has an OLED display. Yes, you heard me right. This particular guy has a screen on it. With this thing, you can have in-game stats, sensitivity, or alerts. You can even download GIFs for it like a spinning Nicholas Cage head. Yeah, I’m serious.

In addition to the OLED screen, it has a Prism RGB illumination with over 16.8 million colors on the mouse wheel, palm rest, and you can customize it with the SteelSeries Engine 3. By the way, you can also switch out the cover.

There is even some tactile alerts available in a game. So if you are running low on health, you will feel a nudge. If you are low on ammo, you will feel a different nudge.

You can purchase the Rival 700 Gaming Mouse on the SteelSeries site for $99.99.

Posted by on December 19th, 2016 No Comments

Yule Logitech, Part 2: G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard

logitech-g213-prodigy-gaming-keyboardToday, we will be doing another review of a great Logitech Gaming product with the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard. Just to let you know, I am using this keyboard to type this particular report.

Also just to let you know, this report is going pretty fast, because it is 4 X faster than standard keyboards. I am going to verify that this is truth, because, man, this is going really fast. Oh, by the way, I am resting my wrist on the palm rest, so I can type fast and make it a good experience.

So, if you are gaming with this, you might as well do something that will up your game with the G213 Prodigy keyboard. I would imagine that you would be drinking some Mountain Dew Kickstarter or something, and if you spill it, this keyboard is spill resistant for 60 ml rating.

It’s hard to believe that this keyboard is spill resistant, when it has RGB Lightning zones with up to 16.8 million colors. It really makes me feel like I am typing on a rainbow.

In addition to this awesomeness, the Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard has some dedicated media controls with play, pause, skip, and adjust. Yes, you can really do a lot with this when watching your videos. By the way, you can customize this keyboard with some gaming software, and it might take me a while to figure that out.

If this sounds like something that you want, check it out on the Logitech site for $69.99.

Posted by on December 16th, 2016 No Comments

Yule Logitech, Part 1: G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset

logitech-g213-prodigy-gaming-headsetWell, I had a terrific time reviewing some products from Logitech, and I like making Christmas puns, so this is Yule Logitech! Get it? I’m going to start with the Logitech G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset.

It seems like I have been reviewing a lot of gaming headsets lately, and the ones that I like are the lightest ones. The G231 Prodigy is one that I picked up and it was like feathers.

But enough about weight, we’ll go ahead and talk about the sound. Since it has 40 mm neodymium drivers, it has high-quality stereo sound for full immersion in your games. The are good for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the PC. I am not certain if the mesh cloth ear cups have anything to do with it, but it certainly sounds just fine.

The G231 has a folding unidirectional microphone, which will allow you to adjust so you can be heard. Speaking of folding, the earpieces is able to lay flat on the floor, as the earcups can swivel 90 degrees. Oh, and referencing the last sentence about speaking of being heard, there are some on-cable controls to keep the sound close at hand.

If that sounds like something that you might like, you can pick it up on the Logitech site for $69.99.

Posted by on December 14th, 2016 No Comments

We Three Kingston Part 3: HyperX Cloud Revolver

kingston-cloud-revolverBy the way, if you haven’t caught the pun I’m trying to make in these titles, think “We Three Kings”. I figured since I was reviewing Kingston products, it kind of works. Anyway, this is the last of the Kingston products that we will be reviewing this year with the HyperX Cloud Revolver.

I might as well get to the comparison of the HyperX Cloud Stinger. I will say that the HyperX Cloud Revolver is much heavier than the latter video headphones. The reason for the higher weight is due to the durable steel frame, but what is interesting is that it has some memory foam on the earcups.

Now they do have next generation 50 mm drivers for some much better sound (well, 50 mm is higher than 30 mm). However, it has a studio-grade sound stage, but I am not certain what that means. If it is that the sound is good, who cares what you call it?

It means great sound for gaming, and like the Cloud Stinger, it works for the PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Mac, and Mobile. Yep, it’s pretty versatile, just like the HyperX Cloud Stinger. I suppose it would be easy to just say that the Cloud Revolver is a Stinger upgrade, but that might be too much an over-simplification.

Right now, you can find them on the Kingston site for $119.99, and I think that that could be a holiday markdown.

Posted by on December 11th, 2016 No Comments

We Three Kingston Part 2: HyperX Cloud Stinger

kingston-cloud-stingerNow that we are on our second Kingston product, this is where I would like to discuss the first of Kingston’s gaming headset with the HyperX Cloud Stinger.

Now, this is billed as “an ideal headset for gamers looking for lightweight comfort”, and I am going to agree with that. Seriously, it is very light compared to some of the gaming headsets that I have reviewed in the past.

It is also very versatile. It says that it is good for the PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Mac, and Mobile. I can’t remember the last time I saw something with that much compatibility on the box.

You are also going to get a better fit because this has ear cups that can rotate at a 90-degree angle for a great fit. It has some HyperX signature memory foam, with a volume control on the headset ear cup. Speaking of volume, the sound is also good since it has 50 mm directional drivers that can position sound directly into the ear for gaming-grade sound and audio precision.

Oh, it also has a swivel-to-mute noise-cancellation microphone. You should be able to get the HyperX Cloud Stinger on the Kingston site, and it will cost about $49.99.

Posted by on December 11th, 2016 No Comments

PDP, Part 2, for Xbox One: Titanfall 2 Wired Marauder SRS Headset, Wired Controller, Backpack, and Talon Media Remote

pdp-3Yesterday, I discussed two headsets for the PS4, one wired and one not wired. Today, I’m going to give the Xbox One a chance, and I will start with a headset.

Specifically, a Titanfall 2 headset. I would imagine that the game has been doing pretty well since the end of last month, and so it makes sense that there are all kinds of accessories with that theme from this very popular gaming franchise.

This headset has 40 mm Neodymium dynamic haptic audio drivers, as well as the obligatory flexible boom mic. Like the LVL 5 Plus for the PS4, it has very easy to access controls at the ear cup. Speaking of ear cups, these are quite comfortable and the headband is adjustable as well.

By the way, it has the PDP trademark lights, and look at the Titanfall paint job. The Titanfall 2 Marauder SRS Headset for the Xbox One is available for $69.99 on the PDP site.

pdp-4Now this is another Titanfall 2 related product with a controller. It is a wired controller, but it features a detachable cable. By the way, it is also good for the PC as well.

You will notice that wonderful military camo color paint job, but it is more than just the new coat of paint. It has a soft-touch finish as well as some responsive analog sticks. You can also get a gaming advantage with up to 6 different actions. By the way, you can adjust the game and chat audio levels without interruption.

Let’s see, what else does it have? Well, it has the dual rumble motors and impulse triggers, not to mention a 3.5 mm headset jack. But enough about that, doesn’t it look sexy?

Yeah, you know that you want to put this in your hands. You can purchase it on the PDP site for about $59.99.

pdp-5This last Titanfall related product is the Licensed OGIO Backpack, and I have to say that it is not necessarily for hardcore Titanfall fans only. This one is not just by PDP, but in some kind of partnership with OGIO, who makes some really great backpacks.

Most backpacks designed for laptops usually do 15-inch ones, but this one is good for 17-inch laptops, and the padding will keep not only your computer safe, but you can slip a tablet in there as well. Yes, a lot of backpacks have this, and this is just the first zippered area. The second zippered-off area is good to stuff quite a few things in.

Then there are two zippered pockets on the outside, and they can store a lot of pens, calculators, as well as accessories to your laptop and tablet. Hey, you got to put those charging cords and other things somewhere.

Yes, you could just get an ordinary laptop backpack for that, and there are a lot to choose from. However, does your backpack have Velcro patches from Titanfall 2? I’m just going to say no.

Now, I couldn’t find the Titanfall backpack on either the PDP or OGIO site, but I was able to find it on Amazon for $90.22.

pdp-6This last product is not an official Titanfall product like the others, but I had a chance to review this remote control for the Xbox One, and I would say that the Talon Media Remote is worth owning.

Considering that Xbox allows for a lot of control for video content, it is actually much better to have a remote control. I know that there are times when the Xbox controller can get bumped and then your video skips…a lot. You might as well have better control of your streaming video, Blu-ray, or whatever you are watching.

The best part about this is that no setup is required, and it comes with the 2 AAA batteries that you need. By the way, you can control the channel and volume of the TV with this, and it has a soft rubber texture. It also has some great motion-activated backlit buttons.

So yes, there are a lot of great features, and it can be purchased on the PDP site for $19.99.

Posted by on November 23rd, 2016 No Comments

PDP, Part 1: Afterglow LVL 5 Plus and Afterglow AG 9 for the PS4

pdp-1Well, it has been a while since we have reviewed a PDP product, and they are best known for creating video game accessories that can glow. I requested quite a bit of products from this company, and I was surprised that they sent a bunch to me. Today, I’m going to be talking about two products, specifically for the PS4 with the Afterglow LVL 5 Plus and the Afterglow AF 9.

The LVL 5 Plus has 40 mm Neodymium drivers as well as a dynamic haptic driver. This great sound will be on your on your head in the form of a comfortable headband design, and you can drown out the rest of the world with some over the ear cups.

While I’m on the subject of ear cups, PDP was smart enough to put the volume and mute right on the ear cup. There is also a nice and adjustable boom microphone.

Oh, and by the way, it does have the lights. They are blue because it is the PS4. I think the model for the Xbox One is green. I wonder if the color of the lights is some kind of standard for gaming systems.

You should be able to find the Afterglow LVL 5 Plus on the PDP site for $49.99. Okay, just to let you know, the Afterglow LVL 5 Plus for the PS4 is a wired headset, but the Afterglow AG 9 is completely wireless.

pdp-2Well, I suppose that is as good of an excuse to start talking about the Afterglow AG 9, and it has powerful 50 mm drivers with two distinct audio modes of Bass Boost and Pure Audio. It also has a unique headband design for adjusting for comfort, and it has the blue lights.

Another feature is the boom microphone that is flexible and removable. Yes, it is made for making conversation online while you are playing on the PS4. The wireless capability is achieved thanks to the included USB transmitter.

You should be able to purchase the Afterglow AG 9 on the PDP site for $99.99.

Posted by on November 22nd, 2016 No Comments