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Plantronics RIG has a fancy new line of headphones for gamers

My love of gaming is only topped by my love of coffee and food, and when a brand that I know has made some pretty solid products to enhance my gaming experience comes out with a new line, it feels like Christmas. Plantronics announced last month that a whole new series of RIG headphones would be hitting the market during the holiday season of this year. That just lets us know we can start encouraging our family and friends to buy them for us now.

This new line consists of the of the RIG 400, 600, 800 series, and 4VR. The 400 and 800 are meant for the Xbox One, giving you options for wired and unwired. The 600 series is a cross-platform pair of headphones which is quite similar to the RIG we looked at some time ago, and the 4VR is a wired headset specifically for PS4 and PlayStation VR.

To look a bit more in-depth at these options, the RIG 400 series is lightweight, has sound-isolating earcups, a detachable boom mic, inline controls, 40mm drivers (which is what all of them have), and despite being meant for Xbox One wireless controllers, it comes with a 3.5mm jack to be used across other platforms. The 600 is aimed more at traveling video game and music enthusiasts. It too has sound-isolating earcups, inline controls, a detachable mic with an additional option for an inline mic, 40mm drivers with passive resonators, is lightweight, and can fold up when you need to dash out the door. Looking to the 800, there are big squishy earcups, the same driver/resonator setup as the 600 series, dials on said earcups as there’s no wire, it’s said to be lag-free, and has a 24 hour battery life. The 4VR has a flexible frame, oval earcups that will be comfortable with a VR headset on, detachable boom, and 40mm drivers. No word on price yet, but you can imagine they’ll be around the $150 mark if the RIG we looked before is any indication.

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Deepoon M2 VR Headset claims to be the first all-in-one model in the world

In this world, there are always many different kinds of world’s firsts — which is a claim to fame. It is like a hallmark for an organization or something to be proud of. Deepoon is proud to announce that they have revealed the first all-in-one VR headset in the world, calling it the Deepoon M2. This standalone virtual reality headset started to ship from the end of last month, and have managed to pick up more than 20,000 orders for the Deepoon M2 alone since it went on pre-sale from the beginning of April this year onward.

The Deepoon M2 is a milestone that has never before seen in the history of China’s virtual reality headset industry, which makes this achievement all the more interesting. The Deepoon M2 comes across as an independent system and boasts of computing capability, a long battery life, an OLED display from Samsung as well as the same powerful Samsung Exynos 7420 chipset which sees action in the Samsung Galaxy S6 family of smartphones. Not only that, there is also technological support from Samsung Semiconductor and ARM, making the Deepoon M2 rivals the best in class in VR products.

Thanks to support from ARM, the world’s leading semiconductor intellectual property(IP) supplier, Deepoon holds the distinction of being the first Chinese VR maker to roll out a solution for mobile processor VR specific optimizations, where it includes front buffering, context priority, and multi-view in order to ensure top GPU performance for VR games as well as minimal power consumption even when in high graphic computing, thus further lowering the possibility of atomization.

In addition, Deepoon has worked closely with ARM in order to optimize for rendering by Mali GPU and integrate some key algorithms such as asynchronous time warp (ATW). This will allow it to control latency to within 19ms and deliver no faintness for users.

There are more than 150 entire VR games for you to download, where it includes some top mobile VR games, such as Mummy Hunter, James Legacy, and 10,000+ hours of genuine video content. This is a truly all-in-one VR Headset which can deliver complete freedom in the virtual world and allows users feel no constraint from reality.

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The NES Classic Edition ships this Fall

When you grow up loving a certain console, you aren’t exactly willing to let go of your favorite games when new consoles come out. Many have gotten emulators or clone systems so they can still play their vintage games on newer technology. If you loved the NES, you’ll be glad to know that Nintendo has finally taken the hint and is getting with the program of giving its audience a way to play older games.

While you won’t be able to get your hands on it until November 11th of this year, the NES Classic Console is shaping up to be a neat way to introduce the new generation of gamers to games that we loved growing up as kids. This is a miniature version that is almost a replica of the 1985 model. It does come with some upgrades as you’ll be able to hook this into your TV through an HDMI cable. It also comes with an original NES replica controller, and while it does support 2-player mode, you’ll have to buy the additional controller for $9.99, or use a classic or classic controller pro.

It doesn’t let you connect to your Nintendo accounts, but it does come pre-loaded with 30 games which includes Balloon Fight, Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Gradius, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Pac-Man, Super C, Super Mario Bros., Tecmo Bowl, The Legend of Zelda, and more! Despite not hooking up to accounts, you will be able to save your in-game progress. The system is going to cost you $59.99, and will be a must-have for any Nintendo fan.

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The Razer Turret makes being a couch potato seem like a good thing

We’re not trying to be lazy when we get home from work, but when you’ve already pushed yourself for ten or more hours, it’s just too taxing to do any more in a day. The moment the shoes come off and you get comfy, many of us end up with a controller or mouse and keyboard in our hands. Usually one or the other would delineate whether you’d be at a desk or on the couch, but thankfully we have all sorts of ways to make it so you don’t have to choose between one or the other.

If you’re into brand name, then Razer has the perfect wireless gaming keyboard for you, and it’s called the Turret. This setup was made specifically for couch-lovers who want a PC gaming experience in a more cozy setting. This comes with dual wireless connectivity, meaning you can be hooked up to your console or PC and shouldn’t be able to call lag legitimately.

This is ultra-slim and has a hinge to fold up so it will stay out of your way when you’re watching mindless shows on TV rather than gaming. When you are tapping away on the chiclet-style keys, you’ll be happy to know that the battery should last for up to four months, if you’re not using it every waking moment you’re alive. It has a 3500 DPI sensor, ambidextrous form factor, and has anti-ghosting for up to 10 simultaneous presses. This is going to cost you $149.99, so you’ll probably need to be pretty serious about how comfortable you want to be before spending extra on this when you could just sit at your desk.

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Razer reveals its Naga Hex V2 gaming mouse

Razer is one name that is more often than not associated with high quality gaming peripherals, and it is no surprise at all to see that Razer is back in the spotlight once again thanks to the reveal of the Naga Hex V2 gaming mouse. This will definitely improve on its predecessor in many aspects, and the newest evolution in the storied Naga mouse range will included a new thumb wheel that has been specially designed for popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) titles such as League of Legends, Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm.

The Razer Naga Hex V2 is no ordinary gaming mouse, as it has been buffed up to an OP level, where it boasts of a 7 button mechanical thumb wheel that has been specially optimized for MOBA gaming as mentioned earlier, as well as pre-configured MOBA profiles in order for one to enjoy maximum in-game efficiency. In essence, the Razer Naga Hex V2 comes equipped with a 5G, true 16,000 DPI laser sensor that ensures any kind of movement across any display setup will be able to register precisely, regardless of whether it is a multi-monitor battle station or a 4k screen.

The newest mouse under Razer’s banner will also take advantage of Powered by Razer Chroma technology, where it unlocks customizable lighting features which can then be synchronized across devices. Gamers are able to select and choose from 16.8 million colors and a variety of effects that suit their taste, while custom settings can be created on the Razer Synapse software platform and shared with millions of other Razer software users thanks to the Razer Chroma Workshop.

In-game Razer Chroma lighting profiles have also been integrated into popular game titles, including “Overwatch”, “Call of Duty®: Black Ops III”, and “Blade and Soul”, among others. Already available Stateside, the Naga Hex V2 gaming mouse will come with an asking price of $79.99 a pop, although it would burn a larger hole in your pocket across the pond at €99.99 apiece.

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The Opolar Vacuum Fan Laptop Cooler – don’t let overheating win the day

If you love gaming, you know the hard life that comes with playing on a laptop. Even the more powerful ones overheat if you go at it for too long and can shut off mid-game. The key to gaming longer and still being able to run everything else in the background is keeping your laptop cool. Since the body is so small, you can’t have as powerful of a fan like a PC.

Instead of trying to wait for it to cool down, you could always invest in the Opolar Laptop Cooler, as it uses a vacuum fan to suck the heat out of your air vents. It’s a compact system that is easy to put on, and you only have to line it up once to be able to rapidly reduce the surface and internal temperature of your laptop by 18-50 degrees Fahrenheit. This is definitely going to be better than just elevating it on a slatted platform or using fans on the exterior.

To install this, you’ll need to put on the adhesive mounting plate, pick the correctly sized shroud to fit over your air vents, attach the junction plate, and put it in place. There are 13 different speeds to manage the airflow and noise, and the clamping arms will make sure even the most heated of battles won’t have this coming off. This will cost you $25.99, and will let you game on until your hands or eyes tire out rather than giving you toasted wrists and sweaty palms.

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LucidSound reveals LS40 and LS20 gaming headsets

Earlier this year, we did come across the LucidSound LS30 universal wireless gaming headset, and it looks like the folks over at LucidSound have not stopped working since, having announced a couple of new models that will reside on both ends of the LS30 – namely the LS40 Wireless Surround Universal Gaming Headset and the LS20 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset. Both of these new models are tipped to launch in time for the holiday season this year, where regardless of the model that you choose, the new headsets will merge advanced audio engineering with the latest in modern design aesthetics in order to deliver a next-generation audio experience for all gamers.

For starters, the LS40 advances the best-in-class audio experience even further thanks to the introduction of state-of-the-art DTS Headphone:X audio technology. It will work alongside the headsets’ specially crafted 50mm drivers, where the sound is tuned in-house by LucidSound audio engineers so that it can deliver spatially accurate, audiophile-grade 7.1 surround sound. Not only that, gamers are able to choose from a couple of surround-sound modes (movie and gaming) as well as a trio of enhanced stereo modes, (regular, wide and front speaker) in order to further customise their audio preference.

With the LS40, it makes use of advanced uncompressed wireless technology that does away with interference and delivers a rock solid signal with unparalleled audio fidelity. You can also alter game and chat volume without having to locate ungainly buttons, while the all-new Smartphone Control provides full support for cell phones, so that you can entertain an incoming call, hang up and control audio playback via the ear-cup alone. The integrated rechargeable battery delivers up to 15 hours of uninterrupted gaming, while its built in mic-monitoring enables players to hear their own voice through their headset.

The LS40 gaming headset will boast of universal compatibility with practically any gaming platform and can be used with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC/MAC, mobile phones, and smart devices, while the LS20 will play nice with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC/MAC, mobile phones, and smart devices.

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808 Audio ushers in the summer with new CANZ portable speaker

808We all love our music – otherwise the iPod would not have soared to its heights of popularity a decade ago, and apart from that, we would not have filled up most of the free storage space on our smartphones with musical tracks of our choice. When it comes to music, having a good pair of speakers is always highly recommended, so that your ears will be able to listen to your favorite tunes in the way that the original artist intended to. 808 Audio knows a thing or two about audio technology, where their Suspended Ear Cups Headphones were talked about before, and this time around it would be ushering in the summer with the all new CANZ portable speaker.

Having sold over 1.5 million CANZ portable speakers to date, this new range will sport a round of top-shelf sound without requiring you to break the bank. It comes with a stylish design that ought to complement just about every and any lifestyle, regardless of whether you are throwing a pop-up party or simply heading off to an outdoor adventure. It was developed and tuned by 808 Audio, and the collection delivers the best performing, well-designed products that millions of consumers can afford.

The CANZ XL that you see above leads the summer edition range, where it will come with an asking price of $99.99 a pop. It will continue from where the successful CANZ Bluetooth speaker left off, as 808 Audio has turned an original design into something that is better and bigger, as it packs enormous audio in an ultra-portable design. Arriving in a real metal cabinet that boasts of a vented and tuned enclosure in order to produce impressive bass with a built-in handle for portability, it features a simple interface of power and pair, EQ Bass Boost, and volume control. The integrated rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 hours, letting you easily keep the tunes flowing from place to place throughout the day.

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MSI AEGIS is one fierce gaming barebone PC

The folks over at MSI are no shrinking violets when it comes to gaming PCs, and this time around, they have decided to lift the veil on what they deem to be the fiercest mobile gaming barebone PC series in the world – the MSI Aegis as well as the Aegis X. Both of these are touted to be the world’s first compact gaming barebone PC series that are full well capable of delivering full-sized performance even while one is on the move.

MSI’s Aegis will come with a proprietary B150 motherboard and CPU Cooler that can support an Intel 6th Gen processor, whereas the AEGIS X will be equipped with a Z170 motherboard that is capable of handling an Intel K-series processor. In order to ensure that performance boundaries will break into new stratospheres, the flagship AEGIS X will also boast of a Dragon OC button, which boosts speed by 15% with one touch. Sounds pretty much like one of those old school computers that come with a “Turbo” button, don’t you think so?

Specially designed for gamers who are looking to maximize space as well as power, the two AEGIS gaming barebone models feature an ultra-aggressive and compact design that conceals a plethora of cutting-edge components, including support for up to full-sized NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and dual NVMe PCI-E Gen3 x4 SSDs in Super RAID 4 with data speeds of up to 3300MB/s.

When it comes to cooling with all of the high end performance parts inside, fret not. The MSI AEGIS series will guarantee exceptional cooling and silence even under the most stressful battles with a patented Silent Storm Cooling 2 thermal design, whereby it will pull cold air from a couple of different chambers in order to individually cool components. Not only that, it boasts of a unique internal structure that separates a 600 Watt power supply from the main chamber, increasing thermal efficiency and allowing gamers easy access to components. The MSI AEGIS X also incorporates built-in liquid cooling so that it can take overclocking to higher levels.

Expect the MSI VR-ready AEGIS X gaming barebone with a Z170 chipset, liquid cooling and overclocking capabilities to be made available from $499.99 onward, while the AEGIS gaming barebone with a B150 chipset is also available from $399.99 onward.

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SteelSeries Rival 700 gaming mouse sports an OLED display

Now here is something that you might want to check out if you would like to add a “world’s first” into part of your gaming collection – with the SteelSeries Rival 700 gaming mouse. What makes the SteelSeries Rival 700 gaming mouse so special that it deserves to be placed on such a pedestal? For starters, it will be the first gaming mouse in the world that comes equipped with a fully customizable onboard OLED display, in addition to real-time tactile alerts, as well as interchangeable components.

With such features in tow, it is far from surprising to know that the asking price of $99.99 a pop is too much. After all, with this, gamers are now able to head into battle with a mouse that can adapt to personal preferences as well as provide in-game alerts in order to enhance performance and increase gaming immersion.

Powered by the SteelSeries Engine, gamers will be able to personalize the OLED display to track game stats, change profiles, check out one’s CPI settings, in addition to setting custom logos and animations. The Rival 700’s OLED display will offer vital information on-the-fly, so that gamers can gain an edge without having to navigate through cumbersome options and menus.

This would mean that the Rival 700 gaming mouse is no longer an input device, but rather, it is a tool that can be used to dominate opponents. Gamers are now able to customize and feel in-game events as well as alerts via subtle pulses, aiding them with decision-making during crucial times. The Rival 700 will also be able to notify gamers whenever cooldowns are up, if you are running low on ammo, or even if health is peril without affecting precision or accuracy – and this provides you with a tactical edge.

Sporting a modular design that supports a plethora of customization options, it will feature a state-of-the-art optical sensor with up to 16,000 CPI, interchangeable faceplates that are available in different designs and surfaces, as well as Prism RGB illumination with millions of color options and lightning effects.

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