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When we mention the name SteelSeries, most of the time, we would figure out that it will have something to do with gaming accessories, and they have come up with some pretty gaming mice in the past. This time around, things are not so different either, as the SteelSeries Arctis headset range has been revamped as part of an effort to transform gaming audio stereotypes.
The new range of revolutionary headsets are touted to deliver flagship-level comfort, microphone and sound — and these will be standard features across the whole range, now how about that? The trio of gaming headsets will shatter preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should sound, feel and look like. The Arctis lineup will come with design-forward thinking and timeless style as opposed to having it resemble that of a bulky toy.
There is an integrated microphone which is able to deliver exceptionally clear and natural-sounding voice communication, and to sweeten the deal, all headsets in the Arctis family will boast of SteelSeries’ award-winning speakers, which can also be found in their headsets that cost $300. The powerful, low-distortion speakers merged with 7.1 surround sound ensure total immersion as you game.
Not only that, you can get your in-game commands across in a clear manner thanks to the ClearCast microphone used within each Arctis headset. It will make use of a new ski goggle suspension headband and ear cushions, accompanied by exclusive athletics-inspired AirWeave fabric.
The patented headband design is capable of distributing weight across the top of the head evenly, and this helps to prevent pressure points even after prolonged use for a far more comfortable gaming experience. The three Artis headsets would be the Arctis 3, Arctis 5 and lag-free, wireless Arctis 7, where they will retail for $79.99, $99.99 and $149.99, respectively. Any takers for these new devices that hail from SteelSeries?
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Turtle Beach and gaming headsets have always gone hand in hand, and it does not seem as though this particular tradition is going to end up extinct anytime soon. In fact, we have received word that console lovers — in particular PS4 and Xbox One owners, will be on the receiving end of the Turtle Beach Stealth 520 and Stealth 420X+ wireless gaming headsets.
These might seem to be rather familiar in design, and that is because they are the respective sequels to the best-selling Stealth 500P and Stealth 420X models. The Stealth 520 and Stealth 420X+ will retail for $129.95 and $149.95, respectively, where they should have gone on sale from today onward, bringing gamers exactly what they need to hear everything — as well as a competitive edge by defeating everyone via Turtle Beach’s exclusive Superhuman Hearing sound setting.
The Turtle Beach STEALTH 520 gaming headset is 100% wireless for the PS4 and PS3 consoles, where it comes with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound, Superhuman Hearing, and a wide range of additional features that all gamers should be able to appreciate. Boasting of full-range 50mm Neodymium speakers as well, one can enjoy amazing 3D 360-degree soundscapes with unmatched spatial accuracy. Other features include Dynamic Chat Boost, Mic Monitoring and Adaptive Mic Performance, independent game and chat audio controls, a 15-hour rechargeable battery and mobile compatibility.
As for the Xbox One-bound Stealth 420X+, this gaming headset will be chock-full of features as well, boasting of Superhuman Hearing that provides a competitive advantage by allowing players to hear soft sounds like enemy footsteps sneaking-up from behind and weapon reloads off in the distance, Bass Boost and other audio presets, Mic Monitoring for players to hear their own voice, a 15-hour rechargeable battery and mobile compatibility. Looks like it is time to bring your gaming to a whole new level with these two headsets!
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Turtle Beach delivers new Stealth 520 and 20X + wireless gaming headsets for consoles
The world of virtual reality, or VR, is a rapidly expanding one. No longer are we tethered to old school devices that find it burdensome to crank out a semblance of realistic surroundings, where you are even able to keep track of the number of polygons on the screen — or even the headache inducing Virtual Boy project by Nintendo. No sir, with the likes of Oculus and Samsung Gear VR, you know that VR has broken new boundaries, and we have a crowdfunding project known as the Dlodlo V1 wearable VR headset which decides to jump into the fray.
The Dlodlo V1 wearable VR headset is an 88 gram device, which boasts of the unique design where it resembles an actual pair of stylish sunglasses in the real world. This is a far cry from even the existing VR headsets that tend to be bulky in nature. With a target of raising $200,000 in a matter of just 40 days, the Dlodlo V1 wearable VR headset will be offered at a value price for customers at $559 a pop.
Not only is it small, lightweight, fashionable and durable, the Dlodlo V1 also does come with a number of technological breakthroughs underneath the hood. For starters, the 88 gram weight that is accompanied by 16mm glass, a 2400 x 1200 resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, alongside a 105 degree field of view. It will also be able to help reduce dizziness by minimizing most of the dynamic delay thanks to Dlodlo’s self-developed prediction algorithm. Not only that, the Dlodlo V1 is able to automatically correct distortion to improve user’s experience with visual contents. Dlodlo has gone ahead to install special settings which can adjust to the needs of short-sighted users, ensuring that regular glasses wearers do not have to go through the hassle of wearing extra corrective eyewear, now how about that for innovation? Are you interested?
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Not all gaming mice are created equal — some are made by more notable names, while the others will require you to “grow” into them. Still, if you are an avid MMO/MOBA gamer and are in the market for a new mouse as your previous one gave up the ghost, you might want to consider the SteelSeries Rival 500 MMO/MOBA gaming mouse. The SteelSeries Rival 500 is considered to be the first MOBA/MMO optical gaming mouse in the world that has been specially designed around natural hand movements for extreme comfort, accuracy and performance.
This revolutionary multi-button gaming mouse was designed from the ground up, paying full attention to the gamer’s thumb and hand movements in order to help one increase the level of efficiency, accuracy, and performance.
It was developed by reimagining the traditional multi-button grid layout as it incorporates natural hand movements into the design. Specially engineered for comfort and performance, it does away with the squeezed buttons in a grid format by throwing in a Next-Gen side-button layout. This new layout would make identifying, clicking and combo clicking precise and easy. The SteelSeries Rival 500 showcases gaming’s first flick down switches, which is the fastest way to make a move as it responds to your thumb’s natural flick motion rather than requiring a press.
There is also SteelSeries’ innovative tactile alert technology integrated within, turning it from an input-only device to a weapon that provides feedback as you dominate your digital opponents. Gamers are able to fully customize and feel in-game events and alerts via subtle pulses, enabling them make split-second decisions during crucial times. Not only that, it can also notify gamers when cooldowns are up, ammo is out, health is low, or any other important-to-the-gamer in-game action occurs.
The Pixart 3360 optical sensor delivers up to 16,000 CPI, and you can personalize the functions of all 15 individual buttons. Expect this hardy mouse to retail for $79.99 a pop.
GoPro is a name that we are all extremely familiar with when it comes to HERO action cameras, and for good reason, too. They are not only tough as nails, but they also do their bit in capturing great videos and photos of a particular adrenaline-pumping stunt. Well, GoPro would like to extend its reach in the action camera market through the introduction of a spanking new product that is known as the GoPro Karma.
The GoPro Karma is not another action camera, but rather, a quadcopter drone that will be able to let you capture stunning videos and photos from afar. The GoPro Karma has just been launched, and it is a whole lot more than a regular drone since it comes with Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization. Each purchase of the $799 GoPro Karma will arrive with a backpack that allows you to tote it around without missing a beat.
Not only that, the GoPro Karma comes with an image-stabilization grip which can be removed whenever you want to use it as a handheld device, or opt to have it mounted to vehicles and gear, among others. The game-style controller will boast of an integrated touch display to make controlling the Karma fun, and it is fast and easy to fly without the need for a separate phone or tablet to see what your drone sees. With its removable 3-axis camera stabilizer, you can be sure that even handheld shots will be shake-free.
Those who are interested will be able to pick up the GoPro Karma from October 23rd onward, and apart from it being a standalone device, it can be bought as a bundle. The GoPro Karma bundled with HERO5 Black will retail for $1,099.99, while those who have the patience to wait until early next year can pick up the GoPro Karma that arrives bundled with the HERO5 Session for $999.99.
GoPro’s first quadcopter drone is the Karma
Marvel has certainly outdone itself in the cinematic realm, successfully making comic book heroes on the silver screen a top draw. Of course, the carefully cast actors and actresses in their respective roles also did play a part in the huge box office draw. Well, Marvel certainly are not done yet with all the movies in their pipeline, and while you wait for the next best thing, you might as well line up Christmas presents for your little ones. Why not keep them entertained with the $49.95 Avengers Virtual Reality Battle?
The Avengers Virtual Reality Battle is a head-mounted blaster game which will allow children to do battle with Ultron. Arming an aspiring S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with a powerful blaster, the player can choose from three different levels of difficulty. He or she will then suit up and join the Avengers in order to topple this nefarious villain. Expect the headset to fit snugly around a child’s head thanks to the two adjustable straps. It will project three alternating images (two of Ultron, one of Iron Man) on the inside of the goggles, where you then take aim of the blaster at Ultron. Each successful hit after pulling the trigger will score a point, but if you shoot Iron Man by accident instead, you lose a point. Realistic Avengers sound effects are part of the mix, and so is the score tally on the digital counter. Half a dozen AAA batteries are required to get the Avengers Virtual Reality Battle, er, battle-ready.
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A video game console in the mold of the Sony PS4 is definitely something that will offer hours of endless entertainment. In fact, if you were to hook up your PS4 to a souped up home entertainment system, it would definitely get the most out of the sound effects that the sound team put into the game. For those who like to play when the rest of the world is in slumber, a good pair of headphones will fit the bill perfectly, and Afterglow has come up with its LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets which were specially made for the Sony PS4.
This third party accessories manufacturer has come up with its officially licensed Afterglow LVL series headsets for the Sony PS4, where the LVL 1 is a chat headset, while the LVL 3 is a wired headset. Last but not least, the LVL 5 is a Quad Boost driver headset, and regardless of which particular model that you decide to settle for, all of them will arrive in several variants, including white and camo shades.
Matt Hiler of PDP shared, “The LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets for PS4 fill a wide variety of gaming needs that range from basic to premium. Gamers can choose the headset that’s right for their game-play, and enjoy endless hours of striking high-quality audio.”
The LVL 1 will be the inexpensive wired chat headset option, where it hooks straight to the controller with a 3.5mm headset jack. Apart from that, you get to enjoy crystal-clear communication via a noise-cancelling microphone as well as a flexible folding boom. In addition, the LVL 1 will also come with in-line chat volume and microphone muting controls, retailing for $19.99 apiece.
As for the $29.99 LVL 3, this is a more advanced wired headset that plugs directly into the controller’s 3.5mm headset jack. It has powerful 40mm Neodymium drivers for game and chat audio and in-line microphone muting and volume controls. Last but not least, the $49.99 LVL 5 wired headset is the most expensive of the lot, sporting Afterglow’s signature LED lighting, a Quad Boost driver that enables the adjustment of bass levels in-game, as well as easily-accessible volume and mic muting controls that are conveniently located on the ear cup.
Afterglow LVL 1 and LVL 3 headsets head for the PS4
Do you remember the feeling of enjoying your childhood while you were on a bicycle? The wind rustling through your hair, the birds chirping during those warm summer days. Ah, those were good times, and back then, there wasn’t too much traffic on the road, either. Making it a perfect setting for you to cycle around. The thing is, the older bicycles still came with a bell that you could ring just in case you needed to alert a pedestrian or two, or even a larger sized vehicle. Bicycle horns are not exactly a “thing”, but fast forward to today, and a bicycle horn might be deem to be an essential accessory on your two wheeler. How about upping the ante with the Biketones?
The Biketones will arrive in seven different colors. Not only that, it will also be able to sound 7 different fixed MP3 clips, now how about that compared to the boring old jingle that your grandad’s bicycle bell used to make? The Biketones’ horn audio will range from the familiar minions siren “Bee Doo, Bee Doo, Bee Doo” all the way to the Dixie horn.
Horntones CEO, Mike Kosco, shared, “Horntones released the FX-550, an MP3 car horn, back in 2007. My son was inspired by the car horn and wanted to have a custom horn made for his bicycle… In 2012, he was 9 years old. He came home from school one day and shared with me his “great idea”… an MP3 horn for a bicycle. Not only did he describe his idea verbally, he had drawn a fairly detailed schematic of his invention. After 4 years of searching out components, learning solid modeling and making several rounds of prototypes… we are happy to announce the release of Biketones, the world’s first and only MP3 horn for your bicycle!”
Those who are interested to maintain their safety while cycling around while keeping up to date with the latest developments can pick up the Biketones for $19.95 a pop.
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If you are a do-er of all things who loves to play games, then you know how hard it is to get through a competitive match on Overwatch when your phone is constantly blowing up. You want to stay connected, but when you only have a few seconds to unlock your phone, get to the message, and tap out a response the moment after you die, there’s a good chance you’re going to respawn and waste precious milliseconds sending your fam those dank memes. To make sure you can shave off those precious moments in time of switching up devices, ROCCAT made a solution.
It’s called the Skeltr, and it is a smart communication RGB keyboard that will let you integrate your phone and tablet. Not only will it give you a dock on your keyboard that will put your devices at the optimal viewing angle, but it will connect to them so you can type messages to your phone and tablet from your keyboard. You won’t have to fiddle with either device, and will be able to send your lols and emojis without having to lift more fingers than necessary.
Just to make sure this is worth the price, which will definitely be over $100, you can also pair your phone and headset so you can take calls on while gaming, or play music from your phone directly into your earcups. You’ll get 3 thumbster keys, 5 macro keys, 1000Hz polling rate, and membrane keys to press. This keyboard will be up for purchase on the first of September, and seems like it would be a must-have for multi-tasking gamers.
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When you need to get a new headset, you want the perfect cross-section between comfort, quality, price, and durability. There are more options than your brain can feasibly comprehend on the market, but the best idea is to decide what price range you’re willing to deal with, and read as many reviews as possible. There are some brands you’re going to recognize and trust, but if it’s not quite in your budget to spend $180 or more, then know that setting your sights lower doesn’t mean you’re going to miss out.
Take for example the HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset. This is a USB peripheral that has 53mm drivers, 7.1 virtual surround sound, and a noise-cancelling microphone. Not only that, but it also has an inline sound card, memory foam ear cups with an extra set of Velour ear pads when you’re feeling especially fancy, and the microphone can be easily detached. It’s compatible for PC, Mac, PS4, XBOX ONE, and WiiU.
Needless to say, you would expect the price point to be higher for all these goodies, but it sits at around $84.99-99.99. This is completely dependant on what color headset you want to wear as options are pink and white, black and red, and gun metal. There are other options to check out, but this doesn’t have 4.5 stars for reviews pooling from over 2,000 people for nothing. It all just depends on how pretentious you want to be when you talk about brand and price tag.
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The HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset – play all day