Archive for September, 2015

MSI goes Skylake with latest gaming notebook models

It was in the middle of this year when we brought you word that MSI Computer Corp. has refreshed their range of notebooks with new Intel processors underneath the hood, and we are pleased as punch that this particular move or train of thought did not stop there and then, but in fact, it has continued. This time around, MSI has announced that its latest notebooks will come armed with Intel’s 6th Generation Core i7 processors, otherwise known as Skylake.

For starters, the brand new MSI GT72 Dominator Pro will be able to deliver extreme desktop gaming performance with unlocked and overclocked 6th Gen Intel Core i7 K processors that are paired with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 desktop graphics. With Intel’s Skylake processors, you will be able to see an increase in system performance without having to consume more energy – on the contrary, there will be decreasing energy consumption, and the other models other than the flagship GT72 Dominator Pro to pick up this Intel processor upgrade would include the ultra-slim and lightweight GS70 Stealth and GS60 Ghost; the perfectly balanced GE62 and GE72 Apache, and the design focused PX60, PE70 and PE60.

MSI’s GE62/GE72 Apache Pro notebooks will be the mainstay of the G-Series range, where it intends to deliver a balance between price and performance. As for the GS60 Ghost Pro and GS70 Stealth Pro models which come in thin and light form factors where gaming notebooks are concerned, having picked up its fair share of accolades along the way, will also debut with the new Skylake processor, ensuring that advanced gaming performance with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics will accompany the stunning details that your eyes enjoy via its optional 4K display.

Not only that, MSI remains the first to ship unlocked versions of the 6th Gen Intel Core i7 K processors, and when it works alongside the recently announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 desktop graphics, it will result in what MSI thinks is the ultimate gaming machine that delivers extreme performance for the hardcore gamers and enthusiasts. All of the MSI notebooks that boast of Intel’s 6th Generation Core i7 processors will be accompanied by Silver-Lining Print technology by SteelSeries, which is a unique feature that does away with eye strain during long usage sessions, and at the same time, increase brightness of the illuminated keyboard for an eye-opening experience.

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Polk Audio delivers its Striker Pro premium gaming headset

Gamers are a particularly demanding lot, since they would want to do their level best to be able to own the fastest and best hardware in the market, basically anything at all that might just give them a competitive advantage when it comes to the next online match. Well, Polk Audio knows this, and they have come up with their Striker Pro premium gaming headset that is ready to rock and roll if you pony up the cash for it, of course.

Playing nice across multiple gaming platforms that will include the video game console, PC, Mac and mobile (tablet and phone) segments, the Striker Pro will arrive in a couple of variations: one would be the Striker Pro Zx, which is an officially licensed Xbox One headset that will ship with an exclusive, Polk-developed wireless headset adapter, while the other would be the Striker Pro P1, a PlayStation 4, Wii U, laptop and mobile compatible headset.

The Striker Pro happens to be Polk’s redesigned, third generation stereo gaming headset that will be able to deliver its fair share of updates and improvements to features and sound performance. The headset itself will come with 40mm drivers with a Dynamic Balance Driver design and Polk Optimized Electronic-Acoustic Tuning (POET), ensuring that the gamer enjoys a high-quality listening experience – which also extends to music and movies, apart from just playing games.

Crystal clear chat is also not an issue at all, thanks to the newly designed, flexible and removable omni-directional microphone that has a push button mute for both console and PC gaming, not to mention a small and discreet in-line microphone for mobile use. Either way, they will arrive with Polk’s very own 3-meter (9.8 ft.) long Pro PC connect cable that helps to lower the noise floor to eliminate crosstalk and boost microphone clarity for exceptional audio performance. Expect the Striker Pro Zx and Striker Pro P1 to retail for $149.95 and $129.95, respectively.

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Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50 series gaming headsets ready to rock and roll

turtlebeach-earforceTurtle Beach, one of the names that gamers seriously consider when it comes to headphones and the audio segment, will be made available at retail from today onward. Turtle Beach’s Recon 50 series will comprise of the Ear Force Recon 50 for PC, the Ear Force Recon 50X for Xbox One and the Ear Force Recon 50P for PlayStation 4, and all of them happen to be the Company’s latest entry-level, over-ear gaming headsets which will deliver features that gamers would be pleased as punch with to enjoy.

Not only that, regardless of whichever gaming platform you decide to pledge your allegiance to, all three of them will come with the relatively affordable price point of $39.95, now this is certainly pretty hard to argue against, really. Expect all of them to sport a comfortable design as it tips the scales at a mere seven ounces, making them extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear even for marathon gaming sessions that can stretch into the wee hours of the morning, and well into the next day. Not only that, large, full-range 40mm Neodymium speaker drivers are more than capable of delivering sizzling highs and thunderous lows, as the synthetic leather-wrapped ear-cups will work together to provide improved bass response and noise isolation.

The in-line controls that are located conveniently at your fingertips will let you manipulate Mic Mute and Master Volume in a snap, while an adjustable, high-sensitivity boom mic picks-up your voice loud and clear for in-game and online chat, with the option of having it removed if you decide to take a chill pill and relax to some music or simply to watch some movies. Expect the Recon 50 series gaming headsets to play nice with just about any device with a standard 3.5mm jack. Any gamers who are interested so far?

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Star Wars Episode VII Tie Fighter BT Speaker looks menacing

tie-fighter-bt-speakerWe have seen our fair share of Bluetooth speakers with a Star Wars theme before, such as this Stormtrooper Bluetooth speaker, and all of them happen to be crafted from decent materials and offer performance that would keep even the Emperor happy with his exacting and high standards. Having said that, perhaps you might want to add one more of these speakers to your growing collection – and that is, through the $49.99 Star Wars Episode VII Tie Fighter BT Speaker.

This unique TIE Fighter that hails from Star Wars Episode VII (yes, the movie that is set to light up cinemas worldwide at the end of this year, and will also break box office records – or so we predict) certainly has that menacing look, as it shows that the Empire has the kind of stomach for a fight somewhere, although to see it reside on an acrylic stand is certainly comforting to a certain degree. Since it connects via Bluetooth, you will be able to stream music sans wires from up to 30 feet away, now how about that? Not only that, you too, will be able to take calls from your paired device on your TIE Fighter. It will play nice with Bluetooth 1.1, 1.2, 2.0, and 2.1+EDR enabled devices and has an auto-link button for fast, easy Bluetooth setup. The speaker itself can be charged while listening, and there is a LED charging indicator light to let you know whether it needs to be juiced up or not.
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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.TE 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset delivers tubthumping audio

mad-catz-freq-71When it comes to the world of gaming, visuals alone do not make the game, so take note of that. It is nice to see (or rather, hear) that audio has played its fair share in advancing the cause of gaming technology over the years, and in this day and age, it is essential to have a good pair of headphones if you were to indulge in competitive gaming – after all, in an FPS, it is imperative that you hear here your opponent is, as knowing that would win you part of the battle since you can then plan an ambush, or perhaps an escape route. Simple stereo audio is not going to cut the mustard any more these days, which is why it is far from surprising to hear that Mad Catz has announced their F.R.E.Q.TE 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset.

The F.R.E.Q.TE 7.1 from Mad Catz happens to be a tournament grade headset that boasts of the ability to deliver personalized 7.1 surround audio, and it does so by offering advanced levels of audio personalization and compatibility with gaming consoles and smart devices, now how about that for versatility? If you know of a hardcore gamer who is in dire need for a new pair of headphones, perhaps picking the F.R.E.Q.TE 7.1 would be a good idea since it is tipped to ship in time for the holiday season this year, which should make it the ideal Christmas gift.

Apart from that, the F.R.E.Q.TE 7.1 also happens to be part of the Mad Catz’s Tournament Edition range of high performance gaming products, where it has been specially designed in conjunction with eSports athletes to withstand the stress of tournament play and yet is more than capable of delivering a competitive edge when gaming at a professional level. Needless to say, when you are not gaming at all, you can still put on the F.R.E.Q.TE 7.1 in order to enjoy your favorite tunes or watch your favorite movies with it. The F.R.E.Q.TE 7.1 will not be wireless since it hooks up via standard USB, but it does comes with advanced audio customization software that places the gamer at center stage and fully in control of their audio environment.

The 7.1 surround sound engine will be delivered via 50mm drivers, as the player enjoys a full 360 degrees of positional awareness, whereas there is also a removable boom microphone with dual chat mic system that will help cancel out environmental background noise and at the same time, boost the clarity of the player’s voice to teammates. Sounds like fun to own, right?

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Turcom delivers a pair of water-resistant speakers

turcomPortable speakers happen to be dime a dozen these days, where there are just so many different models to choose from, so much so that we can say you would be spoilt for choice. The big question mark, however, would be just how many of these speakers are worth checking out in the first place? First of all, if something is going to be portable, then it would be best to make sure that said speaker is also durable to a certain degree, even better yet if it were to be waterproof. After all, you can never quite tell as to when the heavens might change course and start to pour down, or an accident by the poolside happens. Turcom knows this, which is why they have revealed a couple of water-resistant speakers in the form of the Titan and AcoustoShock.

The Titan wireless speaker is the more compact of the two, where it will be able to easily fit in your back pocket or can be stowed in your carry-on bag for a weekend adventure or business trip. As mentioned earlier, it happens to be IPX5 certified water-resistant, and has been crafted with a high-end aluminum casing in order to deliver a sleek, classic look, while boasting of an enhanced bass boost and dual-speakers that delivers clear and powerful sound. Tipping the scales at less than 10 oz., toting it around is a snap, especially when you take into consideration the form factor that measures 6.3” long, 2.4” high and 1.1” thick. The lithium-ion 1,800 mAh battery is capable of delivering up to a dozen hours of playtime.

As for the AcoustoShock speaker, it will also target those who live out an active lifestyle, as it boasts of a tough, rubberized exterior and shock-resistant design that allows it to survive extreme drops. There is also the delivery of powerful audio – to the tune of 30 watts from its pair of powerful drivers. There will also be two rectangular, passive sub-woofers which complements the casing design in order to produce deep bass. With the 8,000 mAh battery capacity within, the 30 Watt dual speakers will be able to work for 7 hours of continuous playtime, and peace of mind is offered by its IPX5 rating that makes it water and shock resistant. The Titan and AcoustoShock will retail for $37.99 and $89.99, respectively.

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SoundBot II ups the ante with wireless charging capability

soundbot-2The SoundBot II will definitely appeal to those out there who love living an untethered lifestyle as far as possible. After all, cables happen to be a relic of the past, isnt’ it? Well, The SoundBot II happens to be a revolutionary wireless Bluetooth portable audio speaker from SoundBot (hence the rather obvious name), where it will now raise the bar for multi-media Bluetooth speakers in the market thanks to the inclusion of Qi standard wireless charging capability.

The team that designed the SoundBot II happen to be based in the City of Industry, California, and they happen to have a glimpse of what the future would look like where wireless charging for portable speakers is concerned. SoundBot II happens to be universally compatible with the current Qi chargers that are in the market, and it does not matter if one is referring to the newest Samsung Qi standard charger which are being blasted out on TV commercials, or a new Qi-enabled piece of furniture from IKEA, a Qi equipped Audi luxury car, a Nokia charging pad that was manufactured years ago, or a Google Nexus smartphone inductive charger – all of them will play nice with the SoundBot II.

SoundBot’s ultimate goal? To develop a series of Qi compatible devices which can fully realize the benefits the technology offers. Right now, SoundBot II has been launched on Kickstarter, where they are looking for music lovers from all four corners of the world to offer their support. At the end of the day, if the SoundBot II were to be realized and roll off production lines in the flesh because it has picked up enough support along the way (and then some), you will be pleased to know that those Super Early Bird backers will be able to enjoy international and domestic free shipping. Anyone interested?

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Sound Shine Audio Bulbs – let there be light, and sound

It was just earlier this week that we talked about the Nyrius Smart LED bulb, and here we are with another bulb – not just one, but a pair of them, which will offer not only light, but also audio to boot – now how cool is that? I am referring to the $129.99 Sound Shine Audio Bulbs, where it will merge the ability to deliver both light as well as audio in a single package. These two energy saving LED light bulbs happen to be Bluetooth speakers as well, where you will be able to make use of it as a stereo pair, or perhaps in other situations which are not so ideal, as a pair of separate, standalone speakers – it is your call, really.

Since we all tend to multi-task in this day and age, it is also not surprising at all to see the Sound Shine Audio Bulbs in existence. As a pair of light bulbs, they offer 60 watt equivalent of light, and are also dimmable thanks to the availability of a free app. As Bluetooth speakers, you will be able to hook both of them up as a stereo set (with one playing the left channel, while the other does the right channel). The free app will be available for iOS and Android device owners only, so those who are rocking on the Windows Phone platform are out of luck here. There isn’t even any need for batteries or wires, where it works right after hooking it up to any standard light bulb socket for added convenience.
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The Batband is a pair of headphones that won’t touch your ears

There are a lot of bone conduction headsets out there. We’ve seen ones meant for swimmers, runners, and those who just want a new way to listen to tunes. Of course, with newer innovations, there will come better products, but usually it takes a little time for the cream of the crop to surface. Crowdfunding projects are still on the up and up, but it does give some insight as to what might be on the horizon.

While its function is not different than others of its kind, the Batband is certainly more sleek than its predecessors. It uses bone conduction, though the placement of the transducers is above and behind your ears rather than slightly in front on your cheekbones. The sound waves will be transmitted to your inner ear, and you should be able to hear everything crystal clear. There are three transducers in all, with two on the temporal bone, and one on your occipital bone on the back of your head.

You’ll only need to pair it via Bluetooth with your mobile device to get things going. Made of spring steel with a padded lining, this should stay on your head without jostling you about too much. The controls for skipping songs, volume and power are all operated by touches and swipes, so it’s pretty simple to use. You will need to charge this via USB, as it can only last for about 6 hours if you’re listening to music, or 8 hours if you’re on the phone (for a very, very long phone call). This is going to cost you $149 while it’s on Kickstarter, but will hop up to $250 after it hits the market, which it will as this is already successfully funded.

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