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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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The PlayTable is a console for tabletop games

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Do you ever get tired of having a million pieces to deal with when playing tabletop games? There isn’t really a way to make things easier because you can’t bring up the game on your computer or laptop without players being too far away from the screen. It’s best to have everything on the table in front of you, but unless you’re willing to put in a lot of work to get it on a huge screen, you won’t be able to play easily with a group.

If you were wishing there were a console specifically for tabletop, then the PlayTable is going to make all your dreams come true. This came to life after some people who loved Settlers of Catan decided it would be fun to add in some LEDs to the pieces, and gradually made it more complex until they ended up making a console. It will not only remove a lot of hassle keeping track of pieces, but also lets you turn your character pieces into playable figures on the system.

It is essentially a screen with the console underneath it, allowing you and 3-4 other friends play without feeling too crowded. Thanks to being at LA Games Conference at the end of last month, I got to see this in action. It’s responsive, has great graphic quality, and is looking like it’s going to be worth the $399 it’ll cost to acquire one of these. You’ll never again have to worry about a lengthy cleanup, and explanations will happen on screen so no one has the excuse of tuning you out and asking a million questions.

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Overwatch Razer gaming mouse, mat, keyboard and headset are ready to rock and roll

When it comes to high end gaming peripherals, you can be sure that one particular name would be able to stand out like a star – and that is none other than Razer. After all, the folks over at Razer have definitely done their bit over the years to enhance their legendary name in this niche market, and it does not look as though Razer is about to stop anytime soon. No sir, in fact, we now have received word that the availability of PC peripherals for Overwatch, the highly anticipated team-based shooter by Blizzard Entertainment, is now available for purchase by the adoring masses, and it has the Razer ManO’War Tournament Edition (TE) analog wired gaming headset to lead the crowd, followed by a BlackWidow Chroma keyboard, DeathAdder Chroma mouse and Goliathus Extended mouse mat.

In other words, if you know that you are going to be a big time in Overwatch, then you might want to make sure that you are dressed for the occasion as well. After all, there is nothing quite like the boost in confidence as well as ego, knowing that your hardware choice would be looked upon by others with a green eye. Apart from enjoying an array of dynamic Razer Chroma lighting effects with the Overwatch-themed mouse and keyboard from Razer, you know that these Overwatch themed peripherals will do their bit in enhancing your aura as a gamer to your opponents.

The Overwatch Razer ManO’War TE gaming headset has been specially designed for performance and comfort over hours of play, where it boasts of a fully retractable MEMS mic with inline volume and mute controls, ensuring that verbal communication remains easy to adjust and crystal clear even in the heat of battle. There is a fully retractable microphone boom that pulls out from the left ear cup as needed and its flexible design allows it to be adjusted to a player’s needs on the fly. You can expect the same kind of specifications with the other Overwatch series products, too. Any takers?

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Turtle Beach rolls out new elite gaming hardware

When it comes to high end gaming hardware, you can be sure that there are many different peripherals out there from which one can choose from, especially when one has a seemingly bottomless amount of money to use. Well, Turtle Beach is back with its fair number of offerings delivering the likes of the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset (as seen above), the Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller (T.A.C.) and Elite Pro accessories which have been specially designed for competitive gamers, all the while establishing a new standard for eSports gaming audio performance and comfort.

Turtle Beach’s “Elite” series products will represent the highest level in audio and build quality, where the all-new Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset is a ground-up redesign of the competitive gaming headset which will see multiple first-and-only innovations in the core mechanics of headset design, weight and fit. The Elite Pro Headset is proud to deliver Turtle Beach’s best-in-class game audio and chat performance, at the same time accompanied by groundbreaking comfort-driven technologies, such as the ComforTec Fit System with multiple adjustment points for a truly personalized headset fit and feel, Aerofit Ear Cushions that stay cool in the heat of battle, and Turtle Beach’s all-new patented ProSpecs Glasses Relief System that is self-explanatory – those who wear glasses will not find it a bane after a few hours.

As for the Elite Pro T.A.C., this is touted to be the most powerful audio controller ever designed for eSports, where it merges cutting-edge audio technology like DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound and Superhuman Hearing alongside incredibly powerful chat and microphone tuning tools. This unique combination is very potent, as it provides eSports athletes just about everything that they need to win.

Seems like all of these mentioned are set to arrive later this summer, so you might want to start saving up to revamp your gaming hardware collection from now on!

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JoyTops make your joysticks look a whole lot better

When it comes to gaming, there are a few ways to enjoy your favorite genre. First person shooters work best with a mouse and a keyboard, and so too, will real time strategy titles. However, joysticks work best when it comes to beat ‘em ups, as well as shoot ‘em ups, so there is a little bit of something for everyone. Joysticks are not confined to just desktops and consoles, but tablets too, have had their fair share of joystick accessories in the past. Having said that, here is something from DesignStein Studios, LLC that will certainly make your day if you love joysticks – their recent client, JoyTops, is said to start to produce a new, innovative joystick topper which has a two-fold purpose, to prevent or cover joystick wear and tear, and at the same time, to enhance the user’s performance while show boating one’s competitive spirit and team colors.

Carlos and Brandon, who happen to be former athletes – the both of them, are practicing gamers and the inventors of JoyTops, hence their vision is explained this way. “We’re not your typical gamers, we’re sports fans with a nasty competitive spirit. JoyTops was born out of need. There were no products available that prevented thumb slippage, gave you precision joystick control and the ability to customize your controller with your favorite team or sport.”

It certainly looks good on any console controller that has a really small joystick, and at least it also ensures that hardcore gamers do not need to worry about making their joystick “bald” after a lengthy period of wear and tear. Not only that, it will also be a whole lot easier to ensure that the joystick is kept clean and tidy, as grease and other kinds of nasties will end up on the JoyTops, leaving the controller in its pristine state as much as possible.

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