Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Headset Review

Here we go with another gaming headset review. This one is the new Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Headset. We’ve been the recipients of some Turtle Beach products in the past. The most recent was the Ear Force Recon Chat headset. These headphones are on the higher end of the spectrum of gaming headphones.

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What you get With the Elite Atlas Headset

In the box, you will see

  • The Gaming Headset for PC(also works with other gaming systems and mobile devices)
  • Headset audio cable with inline controls
  • PC splitter cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Removable microphone
  • Turtle Beach sticker

Elite Atlas Headset Build and Comfort

The headset has a great build. The ear cups are soft and very padded. The material on them gives the wearer a long lasting comfort to wear for hours. The headband is nicely padded and very giving. They are flexible and durable. The removable microphone is easy to adjust and twists and molds into different positions suitable to the user. The ProSpecs™ design will eliminate pressure on those who wear glasses.

Elite Atlas Headset Sound

Because of the padding of the earcups, the headphones are great for blocking out other noises. With the 50mm Nanoclear speakers, you get quality sound. The braided wired cord does make a little noise when it brushes your clothes, but it’s only noticeable when there is no other sound coming through the headphones. Truspeak™ technology gives the microphone excellent sound quality.

For $99, these quality gaming headphones have great sound, and I think they would make a great Christmas gift for the gamer in your life. You can check them out some more on the Turtle Beach website, and get free shipping there as well.

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.

Creative Labs Sound BlasterX P5

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Creative Labs has sent us another product to review specifically for gamers. Gamers are the target audience for Creative Labs products like the Sound BlasterX H7 headphones we reviewed in the past. We don’t usually see a product like this when it comes to audio for video games. The Sound BlasterX P5 is an in-ear gaming headset.

If you don’t like the weight of gaming headsets, these light, 12 gram earbuds might be what you are looking for instead. They are great for noise isolation. You won’t hear much of the outside world with these in your ears. The little tube things on the buds are not just for looks. These tubes are made to optimize bass.

These earpieces house 7mm Neodymium magnets to give you great clarity and high sensitivity 114dB audio. The in-line microphone is also well-built. It is a high clarity mic- allowing you to communicate in-game with ease. You can answer phone calls and play/pause your music with one button, and another toggle switch to mute the microphone.

In the Sound BlasterX P5 Box you get

    • The unit itself
    • Small, medium and large rubber ear tips
    • A 3.5mm AUX female to dual 3.5mm AUX Male splitter
    • Carry case
    • Warranty information

Just like the headphones we reviewed, these work with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine Lite Software you can download for free. This optimizes the sound quality you can get out of your games on computers(specifically Microsoft).

For the reasonable price of $69.99, you can buy these high-quality earphones.

Thanks to Creative Labs for sending us this product to review for free in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis.

PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition by Anker Review

Anker is a popular company for charging gadgets, and we’ve done many a review of their products. We talked about a PowerCore product back in February. Here’s another PowerCore product by Anker specifically for the Nintendo Switch. This is the PowerCore 13400 charger.

photo credit:Anker

PowerCore 13400 Specs

The 9.2 ounce, 3.8 x 3.1x 0.9 inch device runs on a lithium ion battery. It has a capacity of 13400 mAh. The Anker website suggests making sure that the latest version of Nintendo Switch is installed before using the PowerCore charger. It recharges in about three and a half hours and charges 1.7 times. You can also charge your Nintendo Switch while the battery is charging.

What you get in a PowerCore 13400 Package

Along with the PowerCore 13400, you get a nice little travel pouch, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and a welcome guide.

Other PowerCore 13400 Features

This portable device, smaller than a phone, will charge said phone through the 2nd USB charging port. You get up to 10 hours of extra playtime. An LED indicator on the back tells you how full the charge is at increments of 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 and 100 percent.

Our Final Review of the PowerCore 13400

At a cost of $69.99, this product is definitely something for the more serious player. You are getting the Nintendo Switch licensing and the Anker quality brand for that price, though. It is very helpful to those on the go- maybe for that long ride to Grandma’s in the car. If this sounds like a deal to you, the PowerCore 13400 can be found on the Anker site. You can also buy one with 15 hours of battery life for a bit more.

Thanks to Anker for sending us this free product in exchange for our unbiased and honest review. No other compensation was given, and our opinions are strictly our own.

A New Review of myCharge Products: Portable Power Outlet and PowerGame for the Nintendo Switch

We have had the opportunity to review many myCharge products in the past. The last one we reviewed around Christmas time was this car battery charger. MyCharge is a company that creates all kinds of different chargers, and today we will review two different products from this company. 

The myCharge Portable Power Outlet

We reviewed a similar item last year, but this one has even more capacity. At 20,000 mAh, this is the largest charging hub by myCharge, and has the highest output at 65 watts.  It boasts the ability to charge a 34-inch LED television for up to four hours.

Right out of the box, you’ll get a pre-charged device, so you can start charging your own stuff right away. There are a few different ways to charge things. The AC power plug in allows you to plug in devices that use AC adapters. On the back of the portable power outlet are two USB-A ports, and one USB C port, allowing you to charge several devices at once- as shown here:

The handy LED panel will show you the status of the power outlet, including the battery level, and if the AC plug in is turned on or off.

This item weighs a little over a pound, and is great for taking on camping trips or tossing in your carry-on for power on long trips. If this sounds like a must-have for you, head over to myCharge’s website and purchase it for $179.99.

MyCharge PowerGame for Nintendo Switch

MyCharge doesn’t just charge phones, tablets, and laptops. They’ve also spread out to other devices. If you have a Nintendo Switch, and need a little extra portable juice for your gaming, this product is for you.

The lightweight (0.4 lb) power pack will provide an extra 10 hours of gaming with a mAh of 7000. It charges via USB cable, which is included. It’s easy to pop in your Nintendo Switch, and is very self-explanatory. The handy led lights on the side will give you an idea of how much extra juice you have left.

There’s not much else to say about this one, but if you are ready to game for a long time, this product is one we recommend. You can buy it for $49.99 on the myCharge site.

Thanks to myCharge for providing these two products for review purposes free of charge. No other compensation has been provided for our fair and unbiased review. Photo credits due to myCharge.

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.