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Logitech G Pro mechanical gaming keyboard caters for professional gamers

When it comes to a gaming keyboard, each gamer has his or her preferred brand for reasons only known to them. Some might find it to suit their gaming style and physiological make up perfectly, while others might want to lean on brand loyalty all the time. Logitech has come very far in the world of gaming peripherals, and the Logitech G Pro is the latest mechanical gaming keyboard from the Swiss brand that will definitely up the ante when it comes to your gaming enjoyment.

After all, who are we to deny the fact that it has been designed in collaboration with top eSports athletes, delivering a high performance, tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard which has been specially constructed from ground up for professional competition. The keyboard will boast of Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches that are touted to deliver up to 25 percent faster actuation compared to standard mechanical keyboards, in addition to a switch design which delivers quiet performance while you pound at the keys in a furious deathmatch.

Arriving in a compact tenkeyless design, the Logitech G Pro would make it a snap to pack for tournament travel, as it frees up table space for low-sensitivity mouse movement. The keyboard will arrive reinforced with a steel back plate, which adds stability and rigidity for gameplay. The presence of a detachable microUSB connector makes sure that the cable will not break at the connection point when it bounces in a bag and transported between events. With a three-pronged design, there are support arms for an easy, reliable data connection.

The presence of optional Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) will also enable players to select and personalize each individual key light, offering over 16.8 million colors to choose from. You can also save a lighting pattern onto the onboard memory, saving you the trouble from configuring it all over again each time. Expect the Logitech G Pro mechanical gaming keyboard to be available at global retailers from this month onward for $129.99 apiece.

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AOC reveals pair of new Agon monitors

aoc-agonSo you are an avid gamer who would want nothing but the very best when it comes to the kind of hardware used in your gaming sessions. You have got the very best CPU and video card that are in the market right now, and so too, are your mechanical keyboard and gaming mouse that have been rated to last many millions of clicks without breaking down. One thing’s left — making sure that the gaming monitor you use is the right kind. AOC has come up with not just one, but two 24-inch Agon monitors for folks in the US.

A worldwide leader when it comes to monitor display technology, two new monitors have been announced to make up part of the Agon series. These two are already available in the US at the moment, and they are none other than the AG241QX (24-inch Class Adaptive-Sync) and the AG241QG (24-inch Class NVIDIA G-SYNC). A common feature that these two share happens to be QHD resolution as well as a 1 ms response time. The AG241QG will arrive with 165 Hz, NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and NVIDIA ULMB, while the AG241QX will feature 144 Hz and Adaptive-Sync technology.

Regardless of which particular model that you choose, both of them have been specially made for enthusiastic and highly competitive gamers, enabling them to enjoy their gaming sessions without the problems of stutter, screen tearing and motion blur. The AG241QX and the AG241QG will arrive with $499 and $699 price tags, respectively.

Apart from these two, there will be a trio of monitors arriving soon in the future. They are the 27-inch AG271UG NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Monitor with 4K resolution and rapid 4ms response time, sporting a $799.99 price tag as it arrives later next month. Up next, the 35-inch AG352UCG that is a curved NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Monitor which delivers a highly immersive gaming experience for $999.99, also in late March. Last but not least, the AG251FZ, which is the 240Hz and fastest Agon Gaming Monitor coming to market this May for $499.99.

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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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AOC 27-inch Quad HD Ultra Slim Frameless IPS Monitor

When it comes to computer monitors, there are many different kinds of models from which one is able to choose from. However, some monitors will obviously cost more than the others — for the simple fact that they come with better hardware specifications. AOC is one such company that has long been a leader in monitor display technology, and they recently announced the brand new 27-inch Quad HD Ultra Slim Frameless IPS Monitor, also known by its model number Q2781PQ.

The AOC Q2781PQ will arrive with an extremely slim form factor while featuring an asymmetric stand. It delivers QHD resolution (2560 x 1440) alongside a 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a new 4-sided “frameless” AH-IPS panel. In other words, this is as modern a design as you can possibly get, where the futuristic AH-IPS panel will pave the way for wide viewing angles of 178°. This allows one to enjoy brilliant colors and Clear Vision, which is the image performance engine which can upscale Standard Definition (SD) sources to High Definition (HD) so that one can enjoy sharper, more vivid viewing.

Not only that, this display will also boast of Full sRGB color in order to deliver the best color uniformity regardless of the perspective. The presence of Flicker-FREE technology will enable this frameless monitor to meet the needs of style conscious home users as well as professionals. With an asking price of $499 attached to the AOC Q2781PQ, it is certainly one of the higher end monitors to look out for if you would like to start the year with a bang. Alternatively, there will also be the AOC Q2781PS that will carry similar features with that of the Q2781PQ, except that this one has more bling attached to it — it has a Rose Gold base and edge accompanied by a luxury back panel that is adorned with crystals from Swarovski. Needless to say, such luxury will set you back by another Benjamin.

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This Etekcity Bluetooth Receiver Audio Adapter makes old equipment feel like new

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Technology is growing at an ever-increasing rate. While this is awesome and means that there will be a lot of advances in medicine, clean energy, and farming, it also means that it’s hard to keep up with all the toys, gizmos and gadgets. Crazy as it may seem, not everyone wants to throw away all of their electronics every year and buy the newest thing on the market.

If you fall under that category and are still enjoying your old speakers that don’t connect via Bluetooth, but sometimes wish that they did, the Etekcity Bluetooth Receiver will make what is old feel like almost brand new. This gives you up to 10 hours of 4.0 Bluetooth streaming on a full charge with a range of 33 feet. You’ll be able to use this for your home theater system, car stereo, or just your normal speakers for your TV or computer.

This easily adapts through A/V, RCA, and a 3.5mm jack. It was made to be portable so it can make any speaker system you come across Bluetooth compatible. The charge time to get it to full is around 2 hours, but thankfully you can use it while it’s plugged in. Obviously though, that will increase the charging time. You’ll be looking at paying out around $19 for this little device, but that is vastly better than paying for a brand new speaker system for all of your various devices.

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The ROCCAT Skeltr is a Smart RGB Keyboard for multi-taskers

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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The HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset – play all day

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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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Samson expands family of USB microphones

samson-usb-microphoneNot many of us happen to own a microphone that is connected to the computer, for a very simple reason – there is hardly any reason to, unless of course, we do make conference calls as well as voice and video calls via Skype or other kinds of instant messaging software or apps. Well, for those who want to make sure that every single word gets across in a crystal clear manner, while minimizing the chances of a message being listened to askewed, it would be best to invest in a quality microphone. Samson knows this, which is why they have come up with their latest range of USB microphones that can be purchased at select Best Buy stores nationwide and at BestBuy.com.

In other words, customers are able to capture high-quality recordings with ultra-compact, portable options from Samson, where among them include the Go Mic Connect, Meteor Mic with Noise Cancellation Software and Meteorite with Sound Deck Noise Cancellation Software. Samson microphones.

The Samson Sound Deck Noise Cancellation Software will be able to expand the capability of computer communication as well as recording, as this particular software is powered by state-of-the-art digital noise reduction algorithms, resulting in crystal clear communications and recordings even if it sees action in the noisiest office and mobile recording environments. This makes Samson microphones perfect for home and office VoIP communication, voice recognition/speech-to-text software, gaming and recording music, in addition to audio for YouTube videos, lectures, podcasts and webinars.

As for the newest addition to the microphone family, the Go Mic Connect, it will boast of Sound Deck software, that is equipped with Focused Pattern Technology and Digital Noise Reduction. Continuous, repetitive ambient noise will be effectively removed from the microphone input, resulting in cleaner audio so that users can target the microphone’s pickup field, focusing on a desired sound source directly in front of the microphone. Users are then able to adjust the width of the focused pattern in order to significantly reduce sound originating from outside the set area.

The Samson Go Mic Connect, Meteor Mic with Noise Cancellation Software and Meteorite with Sound Deck Noise Cancellation Software will retail for $79.99, $69.99 and $39.99, respectively.

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Grace Digital CastDock X2 speaker makes its mark

grace-digitalIf you have not heard of Grace Digital Inc. before, then here is a little bit of background information – they happen to be the leading manufacturer of award winning Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, portable and home audio systems, and also happen to be first off the blocks in announcing the first speaker that has been made exclusively for Google’s Chromecast Audio device in the world, allowing it to stream music via Wi-Fi to just about anywhere in your home.

There is a market for multi-room Wi-Fi wireless audio, as this particular niche has seen its fair share of products and actions in recent times, where a slew of large as well as smaller sized companies have rolled out their respective devices. Rather than flood the market with yet another model, Grace Digital decided to take the road less traveled, having physically integrated the Chromecast Audio device (which is sold separately) straight into the speaker, now how about that? This means there is no need for an additional app or system to learn – making it somewhat like the Nvidia Shield Pro.

When you are in possession of the CastDock X2 speaker, all that you need to do is to place a Chromecast Audio device on top of the Grace CastDock, hook up the integrated power and digital audio cables, and voila! You end up with an instant, world-class Chromecast enabled speaker which is more than capable of rivaling just about any competitor’s proprietary system out there.

Some of the features that have been incorporated into Grace’s CastDock X2 and Chromecast Audio include the ability to listen to more than 30 million songs from over 100+ cast-enabled music apps such as Pandora, Google Play Music, Spotify, and iHeartRadio, being able to enjoy a higher quality sound, to play music just about everywhere with multi-room feature and without any kind of interruptions, and mirror music from a laptop or Android phone.

The Grace Digital CastDock X2 speaker for Chromecast Audio is going for $149.99 a pop if you are interested.

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The Bedphones Gen 3 are functional and comfortable

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Some days it seems impossible to fall asleep. There’s too much going on in your brain and while you’re not necessarily hearing voices in your head (that’s reserved for the clinically insane), it’s just…loud. The only way to calm your mind enough to catch some z’s before the sun rises is to drown out the hustle and bustle of your brain with music, but the problem is that most headphones aren’t exactly comfortable to wear when you’re laying down.

If you don’t like using a speaker because your walls are paper thin and you’re a considerate neighbor, or you just prefer to hear every note as crisply as possible, you’re going to need a more comfortable option. These Gen 3 Bedphones might make sleeping with headphones on a less painful experience as they’re less than 1/4” thick, and use memory wire ear hooks to make sure they fit exactly as you want them to. Of course, even being as thin as they are may still be a bit too uncomfortable for some people.

These will plug into your music-playing device through a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you’ll need to keep your device near your head. There’s also an app for iOS and Android that will automatically shut your music off when you fall asleep. One of the newer features is that it is now equipped with an in-line mic and a button to let you control music and handle calls for those of you who want to use these as more than a sleep aid. This $59.99 purchase comes with replacement foams, a carrying case, and a satin eye mask.

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