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MSI Infinite A gaming desktop is a worthy addition to the home

A gaming machine is something that most people would love to have for one simple reason: it offers the ability to deliver cutting edge games right smack in the comfort of your own home. Of course, there are many different configurations to choose from when it comes to a gaming PC, and some folks who feel that it might be too complicated to actually build one from scratch can always make do with a ready-made version. This is where MSI steps in with their Infinite A gaming desktop, which is not only ready to rock and roll right out of the box, it is also easily upgradeable in order to deliver high performance and longevity.

The MSI Infinite A gaming desktop will arrive in a bevy of configurations, with the main essence of the Infinite A being to deliver both power and performance via an endless array of possibilities. With the different kinds of prebuilt configurations in addition to the ability to easily upgrade its components, the Infinite A will target gamers who are on the lookout for a high-performing gaming PC which can last them more than just one generation of hardware. WIth a couple of 3.5” HDD and a trio of 2.5” SSD/HDD bays, not to mention being able to support up to 64GB of RAM, and a vertically mounted graphics card that can be upgraded in a pinch, the MSI Infinite A opens up the doors to being “future-proof”, at least to a certain degree.

Arriving with a choice of the MSI GTX 1070, GTX 1080 or GTX 1080TI GPU, these MSI graphics cards are touted to deliver a 14 percent higher average GPU clock and are deemed to be 35 percent quieter compared to other GTX cards on the market. It is also Intel Optane ready, where this caching technology boosts storage devices when it comes to speeding up loading times and transfer speeds. Throwing in the Twin Frozr VI cooler, gamers’ GPUs will continue to maintain a high level of performance without heating up and making a racket.

Pricing for the MSI Infinite A gaming desktop starts at $1,299.99 and goes all the way to $1,999.99, depending on the configuration that you pick.

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SteelSeries APEX M750 mechanical keyboard merges style and performance

In this day and age, the mechanical keyboard is something that many people look forward to using — as it delivers a fantastic level of performance while looking good at it. The SteelSeries APEX M750 mechanical keyboard will offer a fantastic degree of capability, touted to be the ‘complete package’. It comes with brand new QX2 mechanical switches, per key RGB lighting as well as SteelSeries Engine Apps that will certainly keep even the most hardcore gamer, offering a combination of beauty, performance and customization.

With the SteelSeries APEX M750 mechanical keyboard, it delivers extremely fast and a consistent level of gameplay. Boasting of low-force, linear actuation point, it also delivers a whisper-quiet response as well as a guaranteed lifespan of 50 million key presses — which is a whole lot, of course. The keyboard itself has been designed using an aerospace aluminum core in order to deliver durability, stability and a sleek, modern look.

With the Apex M750’s launch, it will kickstart several exciting upgrades, with the SteelSeries Engine being one of them. This is a powerful software suite, where it offers the most intuitive, easy-to-navigate UI, while boasting of new Engine Apps that will be able to deliver reactive lighting, chat notifications and an unparalleled degree of customization. Chat notifications is something new, offering in the form of a partnership with Discord. This is a new feature that enables real-time chat notifications from Discord that will be synchronized to SteelSeries illuminated products. It does not matter whether you are a streamer, gamer, or e-sports players, you are able to light up the new Apex M750 via customizable notifications which will inform the user of any incoming new messages, mute status and others.

It is going to be a blast using the SteelSeries APEX M750 mechanical keyboard, as it delivers immersive, reactive effects with the ability to respond to in-game events like low ammo, health and cooldown timers. Expect the SteelSeries APEX M750 mechanical keyboard to retail for $139.99 a pop.

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Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 announced, delivers true surround sound in a gaming headset

When it comes to gaming headsets, there are simply a few names that will never go amiss if you were to pick up their products — and Razer is one of them. The Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 has just been announced, where this flagship surround sound headset has been rated to be ideal for the perfect positional gaming audio experience. With the Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2, gamers will be able to enjoy a whopping 10 discrete drivers that delivers pinpoint positional audio, while the Razer Tiamat 2.2 V2 will come with a pair of additional subwoofer drivers that offer maximum bass impact.

Of course, we would take a closer look at the flagship Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2, where it is an analog, true 7.1 surround sound PC gaming headset that features 5 discrete drivers in each ear cup. This results in an immersive soundstage, which is ideal for pinpoint positional audio as well as deep gaming immersion. The individual ear cup will carry a 40mm subwoofer, 30mm front (on the left and right sides) and center drivers and 20mm rear and side surround drivers. These will work in tandem to deliver highly accurate directional audio.

Not only that, the Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 will also feature a completely new Audio Control Unit, where gamers can then set the volume of each audio channel while toggling between true 7.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo audio. The Audio Control Unit will boast of a pass-through feature, so that gamers with external desktop speaker setups can switch between their Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 as well as their speakers with a simple press of a button.

Want to communicate with your teammates? Not a problem, as it comes with a unidirectional digital boom microphone. This microphone can be tucked away when not in use by rotating it alongside the ear cup, and when you are barking instructions, it delivers crisp, natural voice in the midst of a frantic digital battle.

The flagship Tiamat 7.1 V2 will retail for US$199.99 apiece, while the Tiamat 2.2 V2 is going for US$129.99.

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Kanex GoPlay Sidekick delivers console-class gaming to portable devices

Kanex is a name that many of us are familiar with when it comes to accessories for many of our portable devices, from smartphones to smartwatches. This time around, the gaming crowd will be pleased to hear that Kanex has something up their sleeves to deliver an enhanced gaming experience with Apple’s bevy of hardware. Enter the Kanex GoPlay Sidekick, a portable wireless game controller for iOS devices. With the GoPlay Sidekick, it will allow console-style gaming to be experienced on the iPhone, iPad, and even Apple TV, now how about that?

This pocket-sized wireless game controller has been certified by Apple, where it is compatible with just about any controller-supported game that can be found on the App Store. Sporting an internal rechargeable battery that delivers up to 20 hours of gameplay, it will make use of Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity in order to hook up to the corresponding iOS-powered device. With a patent pending, innovative clamshell case, the controller will remain protected while it is on the go, while doubling up as a stand in order to prop up the device while delivering a console-like gameplay experience, away from the comfort of your own home.

Mobile gaming no longer needs to sacrifice the level of control with the GoPlay Sidekick from Kanex, or so that is what the manufacturer claims. Sporting a button layout that is inspired by traditional console controllers, the Kanex GoPlay Sidekick delivers a more refined level of control compared to the touchscreen which clouds the action when your thumbs move all over the place, while pressure-sensitive buttons, dual analog joysticks, trigger buttons and a D-pad complete the picture.

When not in use, it can slip into a pocket or bag with ease, and the rechargeable battery will be charged via the iPhone’s Lightning cable, where a single full charge delivers up to 20 hours of non-stop gameplay. The Kanex GoPlay Sidekick will retail for $59.95 apiece.

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SteelSeries Arctis 5 Dota 2 Edition Gaming Headset

When it comes to gaming peripherals, it is quite safe to assume that the folks over at SteelSeries have gotten it all down pat with a vast array of gaming devices for the masses. In fact, one of their latest releases would be the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Dota 2 Edition gaming headset, where it will boast of special Dota 2 character artwork courtesy of acclaimed Community Contributor, Chroneco. Available as a pre-order at the moment over at Valve’s shop, you can be sure that this will be a limited edition gaming headset since quantities are said to be far and few in between.

Sporting a special Dota 2-themed design on the outside, the Arctis 5 will boast of plenty of performance capabilities underneath the hood. It delivers all of the features that gamers have come to know and love from the Arctis range, where the Arctis 5 Dota 2 Edition is extremely comfortable to wear thanks to the special ski-goggle suspension headband, not to mention having it customized with the Dota 2 logo makes it all the more special. Gamers won’t have to suffer from the ignominy of “hot ears” after a short while of gaming, thanks to the AirWeave ear cushions.

The SteelSeries Arctis 5 Dota 2 Edition gaming headset will also come with the SteelSeries ClearCast Microphone, touted to be one of the better performing microphones in the gaming industry, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound, and PrismSync RGB illumination, where all of these are controlled via the SteelSeries Engine. Those who are interested to stand out from the crowd the next time they would like to engage in a LAN party, especially involving Dota 2, would do well to prepare $129.99 in order to land the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Dota 2 Edition gaming headset.

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Jabra reveals upgraded Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds

jabra-eliteA pair of earphones are important these days, where many would also consider them to be an essential part of our road warrior lifestyle. After all, don’t we all want to enjoy a little bit of “me time” during the rush hour commute, simply entering into a zone of music that is favorable to our tastes? Jabra has come up with a newer and upgraded version of their Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds, which have been specially developed to provide consumers with all day power enhancements that will translate to 50% more battery, personalized sound capabilities and a new color version.

This particular upgraded pair of earbuds will boast a whopping 13.5 hours of battery life, which would mean consumers can enjoy a full day of continuous listening all without having to be concerned about battery life. This would also mean not having to experience an increase in the weight or depth of the earphones themselves, maintaining a portable aspect to the entire shebang. Apart from that, users are also able to personalize their sound using equalizer profiles and settings, while being able to pick from a brand new Lime Green Gray color option.

The Jabra Elite Sport claims to be the most technically advanced, true wireless sports earbuds that is in the market at the moment. It offers freedom of movement, ground-breaking in-ear fitness analysis and a distinct focus on the in-call experience, ensuring superior audio quality for calls and music sans wires. All of this while you are having a serious workout, pounding the pavement to beat your personal best. Other features of the Jabra Elite Sport include all-day comfort and a secure fit thanks to customizable fitting options, an advanced heart rate monitor with in-ear precision for optimized workouts. It even comes with a 3-year warranty against sweat, now how about that?

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Razer Thresher Ultimate Gaming Headset targets Xbox One and PS4 owners

Razer’s name when it comes to gaming peripherals is synonymous with quality, and they even have come up with their very own high quality Razer Blade gaming laptop that has proven itself to be one of the more unique and high powered gaming laptops in the market. Targeting the console market this time around, Razer has launched the Thresher Ultimate wireless headset that will be available for both the Xbox One and Sony PS4 consoles. Regardless of which particular console that you are rocking to, both models will be PC compatible as well, offering yet another neat gaming option.

The Razer Thresher Ultimate will be able to deliver wireless Dolby 7.1 surround sound for the most immersive audio experience possible on a console. The headset itself is capable of the highest audio bandwidth on console, ensuring that your ears will be able to enjoy the highest highs as well as the lowest lows. Using large 50mm drivers in order to pump directional audio into each leatherette ear cup, you can be sure that quality is of the utmost priority. Not only that, having been cushioned with memory foam for state-of-the-art comfort, sound quality and noise isolation, your ears won’t suffer from feeling hot after a few hours of gaming. The cooling-gel infused ear cushions have been specially designed to withstand longer hours of comfortable gameplay.

Reliability is also high on the list for the Razer Thresher Ultimate, being the most reliable wireless console headset that has been specially designed with a connection range up to 40 feet. It will come equipped with a retractable digital microphone that can deliver clear voice communication, courtesy of a unidirectional mic boom design. The on-headset controls for mic volume, game and voice chat balance (on the Xbox One) and master volume (on the PlayStation 4) enables quick access to every important audio setting. The asking price for the Razer Thresher Ultimate stands at $249.99 apiece.

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LG Curved UltraWide Gaming Monitor offers NVIDIA G-Sync and 144Hz capabilities

LG has long been a trusted name when it comes to consumer electronics, and this particular South Korean behemoth has not disappointed for a long, long time. It does not look as though the company is going to do so anytime soon. Gamers who wished that they had something better to look forward to, literally speaking, can always check out the all new 21:9 UltraWide premium gaming monitor that is powered by G-Sync technology, making it available to retailers already.

This 34-inch monster offers a 21:9 aspect ratio in the form of a curved UltraWide gaming monitor, carrying the model number 34UC89G. It is considered to be a new premium high-resolution monitor that has been specially designed to deliver an immersive viewing experience, in addition to optimizing gameplay. To make sure that happens, NVIDIA G-Sync display technology and a 144Hz (overclock 166Hz) refresh rate has been thrown into the mix.

As the LG 34UC89 comes with a 21:9 aspect ratio, this will be able to help it significantly expand overall screen real estate and Full HD resolution (2560 x 1080 pixels) to deliver intense clarity. Apart from that, the monitor’s 21:9 curved IPS panel also boasts of a widened color gamut, allowing it to deliver more than 99% of the sRGB color space by up to 99 per cent, even at wide viewing angles, and shorter input lag. These excellent display features ensures a well-rounded premium gaming experience regardless of the game format, meaning you can indulge in FPS, MMO, RTS and racing games without missing a beat.

The LG 34UC89G’scutting-edge NVIDIA G-Sync gaming display technology will be able to dynamically match the 144Hz (overclockable to 166Hz) refresh rate of the display to the frame rate output of the GPU. This helps to get rid of tearing, minimizing stutter and input lag, all the while delivering an incredibly smooth gaming graphics experience. Unique display modes such as Black Stabilizer, Dynamic Action Sync, and Crosshair are also part of the deal for maximum tactical gameplay. The LG 34UC89 will not come cheap though with a $999.99 price tag, but you get what you pay for in this instance.

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Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming notebook

Acer enters the gaming hardware scene yet again, this time around with the Acer Predator Helios 300. This new gaming notebook is one that offers a decent level of performance without costing you an arm and a leg, while ensuring that the masses will be able to gain access to a powerful gaming notebook. The Acer Predator Helios 300 will arrive in a choice of either 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch FHD IPS displays, where you can also choose to have the 7th Gen Intel Core i7 or i5 standard-voltage processor to power it. Either way, the overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti graphics chipset is more than decent company to deliver smooth framerates even when the action happens thick and fast.

Apart from that, the Acer Predator Helios 300 will also boast of fast wireless connectivity and solid state drives, while Dual AeroBlade 3D fans will ensure that no matter how frantic the gameplay ends up, you will still have a nice and cool gaming rig to keep you in the hunt. Throwing in PredatorSense software would also make GPU overclocking and system control a snap.

The Acer Predator Helios 300 will arrive in a classic but tasteful gaming chassis, where it boasts of an iron red backlit keyboard, while selected models will include a metal top cover and keyboard area that showcases additional strength and rigidity. Other specifications point to 16GB of RAM, a speedy SATA SSD and a 1TB HDD, which would certainly leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to storing data and games. There is also a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port (featuring power-off USB charging), a couple of USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI 2.0 connection to keep up with the times. Expect the Acer Predator Helios 300 to retail for $1,299 onward for the 15.6-inch model, while the 17.3-inch model is going for a Benjamin more.

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MSI gaming laptops continue to break new ground

MSI has carved a name for itself in the realm of gaming laptops, and this time around they intend to awe the masses with the all new GP62X and GP72X Leopard series. These are gaming machines that you can bring with you while you are on the move, allowing you to get your gaming fix in without missing a beat. MSI intends to redefine gaming performance by offering a gaming laptop that has a 120Hz 5ms screen, a NVMe M.2 solid state drive which will certainly break existing bandwidth limitation, and updated SteelSeries RGB keyboard with Silver Lining print.

Screen tearing and jitters will no longer plague your mobile gaming sessions, thanks to the all new full HD 120Hz panel with 5ms response time. Such an ultra-fast refresh rate will allow you to react instantly to your game, resulting in a true blue MSI gaming experience. The GP62X and GP72X Leopard series gaming laptops will be equipped with a NVMe solid state drive, allowing gamers to experience the full performance potential of the latest SSD technology that has extreme read speeds of up to 2,200MB/s. Apart from that, this particular range comes with an Intel 7th Generation KabyLake processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM that can be further expanded to 32GB, and up to a GeForce GTX1060 graphics card.

Your keyboard movements will not be slow and clunky thanks to the upgraded RGB keyboard by SteelSeries that includes SteelSeries Engine 3 support. Thanks to the SteelSeries Engine 3, gamers are able to personalize their playing style through the customization of each key, where you can change the keyboard’s backlight color. SteelSeries’ GameSense will also enable the colors of the keyboard to change according to in-game action. Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Minecraft are two such titles that support GameSense.

Already available, the MSI GP62X and GP72X Leopard gaming laptops will retail from $1,099 and goes all the way up to $1,599.

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