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Razer updates their Blade laptop

Razer continues to blaze a trail with their latest gaming laptop, the Razer Blade. This new iteration will obviously feature brand new parts and innards which will raise its performance, helping gamers get their gaming kicks in wherever they are without having to worry about choppy frame rates or laggy performance. The latest version of the Razer Blade is touted to arrive with an updated CPU, faster memory as well as a brand new 4K UHD screen option. As a result, gamers who are always on the move will be able to enjoy a perfect balance of power, mobility and durability, alongside the now-signature elegant Razer Blade profile.

Sporting the latest generation of 7th Gen Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, the new Razer Blade will be more powerful and more efficient compared to its predecessor. The new CPU lets it achieve double-digit increases in productivity benchmarks, and it works with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics which ought to see unmatched frame rates delivered in an ultra-thin laptop form factor. Not only that, it is also lightweight in nature at just 0.70 inches thin, tipping the scales at slightly more than four pounds as it is encased in a unibody CNC aluminum chassis.

While a Full HD panel is standard on the new Razer Blade, there is a new 4K UHD touchscreen option for those who would like to up the ante. This provides the clarity of 4K resolution for ultimate picture quality as well as the convenience of a touchscreen interface. Perfect for video editing, music creation and software development, the Razer Blade will feature 16GB of RAM, Killer Wireless-AC and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Not only that, depending on your budget, you can even squeeze in a PCIe SSD storage option of up to 1TB. The starting price for the new Razer Blade stands at a rather pricey $1,899, but you get what you pay for in this case.

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Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard gets updated

Razer is a name that is synonymous with quality gaming hardware, and it does not seem as though the company is about to slow down in its development of new peripherals anytime soon. Razer in a sense follows Apple’s footsteps by offering updated versions of an existing peripheral without any change in the name. This works great in the long run, since you do not need to keep track of the numbers (unlike the Samsung Galaxy S series which is about to embark on the 8th generation — it is simply nuts!). The latest peripheral to be updated by Razer would be the Razer BlackWidow, touted to be the best mechanical gaming keyboard, and then some.

Known as the new Razer BlackWidow V2 mechanical gaming keyboard, this particular range would now be on the receiving end of a brand new switch option, a magnetic wrist rest, not to mention cosmetic updates to keep up with the times. First launched 7 years ago, the Razer BlackWidow gained popularity in the world of mechanical keyboards, and with Razer churning out its very own mechanical switches in 2014, known as the Razer Green and Razer Orange switch, it set benchmarks in the industry that paved the way for gaming-optimized actuation as well as reset responsiveness and superior durability.

The Razer BlackWidow V2 will deliver with the best tactile switches thanks to the Green and Orange variants, in addition to the Razer Yellow switch. This linear and silent design will feature reduced travel distance so that keys can be pressed faster than ever before. Not only that, the new switch’s feel and properties would cater for FPS and MOBA players who tend to press select keys thousands of times with each gaming session. The rating of 80 million keystrokes is certainly more than welcome!

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Other features of the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 keyboards will include individually backlit keys, customizable lighting features, custom settings and lighting profiles which are integrated into popular game titles. Expect it to retail for $169.99 a pop.
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SteelSeries QcK and QcK+ Limited gaming mousepads help improve your game

If you are are a serious gamer, then you can be pretty sure that you would have made sure your entire gaming set up has been perfected and configured so that you can win. Victory at all costs, and hardware often plays an important role to complement your mad gaming skills. While the gaming keyboard and mouse are obviously crucial to help you maximize your potential, do remember that not all surfaces are created equal, which is why a gaming mousepad is extremely important to ensure that your high quality mouse has the right kind of surface to deliver its full capability. Enter SteelSeries with their QcK and QcK+ Limited gaming mousepads.

SteelSeries is no stranger to the world of gaming peripherals, and the QcK and QcK+ Limited gaming mousepads will certainly help elevate your gaming performance to a whole new level. The QcK Limited range will enhance a classic with new features in an effort to help the gamer increase one’s accuracy, comfort, and longevity.

Specially designed for professional gamers (although we are sure that the average Joe would also benefit from it), SteelSeries’ latest mousepads boast of a never-fray stitching along the edges which guarantee durability and prevent fraying or peeling. The QcK Limited and QcK+ Limited have been designed with a new micro-woven cloth surface, allowing it to optimize tracking accuracy for both optical and laser sensors. With a high thread count and surface consistency that is the stuff of legend, it will further improve mouse glide by minimizing friction. This is definitely not your grandpappy’s fancy looking mousepad!

Regardless of which particular model you choose from, the QcK Limited and QcK+ Limited will arrive with a non-slip base in order to make sure that the mousepad remains anchored to any surface. This would mean you can game worry-free, even in the most heated gaming sessions. The QcK Limited measures 12.6” x 10.6” x 0.12 and the QcK+ Limited 17.7” x 15.75” x 0.12”, retailing for $19.99 and $24.99 respectively if you are interested in upping your game.

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The XIM 4 Keyboard and Mouse Adapter makes console feel like a PC

Building your own gaming PC is not exactly a simple or cheap endeavor. You have to have some manner of understanding of what parts you’ll need, where to get them, how to put them together, and the money to fund it all. Even if you have a friend to help you, you’ll be looking at far more than the cost of what a console would be to put together something decent. If your budget doesn’t allow for that amount of spending, then getting a console will at least sate your appetite for gaming.

If you wish you could use a keyboard and mouse on your console for a bit more precision, then the XIM 4 should be able to help you out. This adapter will let you play your PS4, PS3, and Xbox 360 with the mouse, keyboard, or other compatible button-laden device of your choice. This is a 1-to-1 device, so you shouldn’t have to worry about any delay between when you press and an action happening in the game.

This is easy to set up through its wireless smartphone and PC configuration tool, and will make it feel like you’ve spent thousands on a quality setup, without having to pay up. This has a 6′ braided microUSB cable, 2 USB ports, and will play nicely with Android phones through Google Play, or by downloading software on your PC. Of course, this isn’t a cheap add-on, so you’ll have to be willing to part with $149.99 to up your gaming experience.

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Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers rock your world

When it comes to audio peripherals that work well with a computer, you know that you will not be able to go wrong with the Sound Blaster name. That name has certainly come a long way since its early days of churning out 8-bit sound cards that fit into an ISA slot back in the days when games on PCs ran on EMS or XMS, with MS-DOS as the operating system. Fast forward to today, and Sound Blaster does a whole lot more than just soundcards — in fact, they have for a long time now, jumped into the lucrative speaker market. Their latest generation speakers for gamers would be the Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers.

We would like to think that once you have the Sound BlasterX Katana gaming speakers, there is no more need to upgrade, perhaps not for a few more years. This would be an all-in-one 24-bit under-monitor audio system that delivers a whopping 150W of peak power, how does that sound (pun not intended) to your ears?

What makes the Sound BlasterX Katana so special actually ? Touted to be the very first of its kind, it has an Under-Monitor Audio System which will be accompanied by Creative’s most powerful multi-core audio DSP to date, allowing it to function as a high-end Sound Blaster sound card/DAC which can project 24-bit high-resolution audio for lossless, crystal-clear and impressive room-filling sound. Thanks to a future-forward tri-amplified design which will power 5-drivers that comprise of 2 up-firing midbass drivers, a pair of high-excursion tweeters, and a long-throw subwoofer, each of them will be individually powered by a DSP-controlled amplifier in order for gamers to enjoy precise audio reproduction at each part of the audio spectrum.

The BlasterX Acoustic Engine and a Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder are also part of the eal, providing users with immersive audio for both games and movies. The entire audio system is aesthetically pleasing, being crafted with brushed aluminium, while it boasts of a programmable Aurora Reactive lighting system with 16.8 million colors.

The Sound BlasterX Katana will be out later this week on 22 November 2016, with a $299.99 price point. Will we see an instant price slash when Black Friday comes around?

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PlayStation 4 Pro launches in North America

The world of video game consoles is an interesting one — it is never static, and the life cycle of close to a decade will certainly be worth investigating, as there would have been numerous titles released for that particular platform or generation across time. Well, there will always be changes made from time to time in terms of revamping the existing generation console so that it looks fresh and relevant to the current moment, although such refreshes tend to come with perhaps a slight improvement on the innards without compromising on backwards compatibility. Sony’s latest hardware refresh comes in the form of the PlayStation 4 Pro, having been launched across the US and Canada, which will be a worthy refresh of the existing PS4.

The PS4 Pro, as it is also known, will be able to deliver a heightened gaming experience with better quality graphics as well as smoother images. This high-end system will make sure that your current library of games will look way more sexy — we are talking about support for dynamic 4K gaming and digital 4K entertainment, and the asking price of US$399 and CAD $499 certainly befit its status as a pimped out PS4.

Firm fan favorites such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision), Ratchet & Clank, The Last of Us Remastered, and UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End (SIE Worldwide Studios), will ensure that the additional raw processing power that the PS4 Pro has underneath the hood will be taken full advantage of, ensuring that the graphics and visual experience will reach new heights.

The PS4 Pro will have a powerful CPU and GPU so that developers can conjure higher-quality games that output dynamic 4K quality graphics with unprecedented visual precision, resulting in smoother and more stable frame rates. Of course, this would mean making sure your TV is 4K compatible, otherwise a Full HD screen would be unable to do the PS4 Pro justice. Thankfully, it continues to support the same user interface as the PS4, and will provide access to the same vibrant online community. Want to enhance your PS4 gaming experience as though it were on visual steroids? The PS4 Pro’s got your back here.

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Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade lets you enjoy many games on a single machine

When was the last time you stepped into a video game arcade to have a spot of pinball action? That would be an experience that would normally resonate with those of us who are much older, as the younger people these days have had the advantage of enjoying games on a mobile platform, or spending most of their time glued behind the screen at home on a console or a PC. Well, if you are feeling a little bit more flush these days, how about sprucing up your home’s basement with the $4,000 Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade?

This is definitely a big boy’s toy, as this one particular arcade cabinet comes with more than 60 different kinds of virtual pinball for you to indulge in. It is available as a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, where this particular machine delivers a library of pre-installed virtual pinball games. Each of these virtual pinball games will come with its very own immersive 3D environments that comprises of animated characters, flippers, bumpers, and ramps. For instance, Star Wars fans will be able to use a lightsaber to launch the ball in Star Wars: A New Hope, while flippers and a digital pinball attempt to ward off a queen Xenomorph in Aliens, with a patriotic superhero seeking out the cosmic cube and sparring with the Red Skull in Marvel’s Captain America.

The Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade comes with a 32″ LED playfield that will be able to faithfully reproduce the hallmarks of a classic pinball cabinet complete with the details of their mechanical predecessors while offering razor-sharp 1080p high-definition. This particular machine is also able to download a further 60 classic arcade games, which will correspond with its outward physical characteristics of a retro arcade game. Among them include an OEM-style coin door — although you do not need to feed it with quarters, obviously, a pair of coaxial speakers that reproduce authentic sounds, among others.
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Retro Fighters showcase new NES Retro Controller

The gamepad is one of the staples of console gaming, and it can never be separated from the console itself even if we are living in the age of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality). Basically, even when the Nintendo Wii broke onto the scene with their Wiimote, there was still space for a Wii Controller for obvious reasons — you simply cannot waggle your way through Zelda or Mario. Well, Retro Fighters have come up with their next generation NES retro controller, updating a gamepad from a console that many of us grew up with in our very first exposure to home consoles.

This is the very first product from Retro Fighters, calling the next generation designed NES controller as the Jab Gamepad. Do not scoff at it even though it might look as though it hails from the 1990s, as the Jab Gamepad happens to be the very first NES compatible controller that has been redesigned from ground up, sporting next generation features and attributes in order to keep up with the times.

The entire look has been updated to make sure it is still relevant in the current century, although some might beg to differ. At least it is ergonomically shaped, which should deliver a potent user experience without losing any grip as you play. The D-pad looks comfortable enough to play with that it places less stress on the thumbs, and the ergonomic layout of the B & A buttons would be well appreciated by gamers who love marathon sessions.

Not only that, there are B & A shoulder and trigger buttons which lets you use it in conjunction with analog sticks or the D-pad, paving the way for many other button combinations. Heck, even a turbo function has been thrown into the mix, allowing you to gain a wee bit of boost as and when required.

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SteelSeries Arctis headset range turns gaming audio stereotypes on its head

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 delivers new Stealth 520 and 20X + wireless gaming headsets for consoles

turtlebeach-headphonesTurtle 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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