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Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones: Practically perfect

The Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones, the latest refresh of Plantronics’ longrunning RIG 500 line, are about as close to the perfect gaming headset as any I’ve ever used. Continue reading Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones: Practically perfect

Tech Review: Logitech G903 Wireless Gaming Mouse: Strike true

What do you need in a good gaming mouse? Like, really need? You need it to be comfortable. You need its action to be smooth and precise. You need it to have the requisite buttons for basic play, and maybe one or two extra for customisation and macros. When it comes to designing gaming mice, Logitech seems to understand what I, personally, am looking for. I want a no fuss, minimum-chuffa device, and that is always what they give me. Logi’s G903 wireless gaming mouse is a great example of how you can achieve this goal of design simplicity in a premium tier gaming accessory. Continue reading Tech Review: Logitech G903 Wireless Gaming Mouse: Strike true

Tech Review: Sony WF-SP700N – great sound, perfect noise cancelling, terrible battery life

Ever since Apple released the Airpods in December of 2016, there’s been a steady increase in number of big-ticket, fully wireless ear buds coming to market. With the Internet of Things steadily spreading toward more casual adopters of technology, and Bluetooth technology improving year on year, it’s become necessary for these devices to enter the market as quickly as possible. Hence, a deluge of devices competing for consumer love, all looking to cater to many different lifestyles. Sony’s WF-SP700N is aimed squarely the sportier types, in contrast to last year’s so-so WF-1000X (names aren’t their strong suit), and finds its mark with a few smart choices, and a few concessions. Continue reading Tech Review: Sony WF-SP700N – great sound, perfect noise cancelling, terrible battery life

Tech Review: The NVIDIA SHIELD is a Robust Streaming Device, With One Hefty Caveat

The NVIDIA SHIELD is a streaming device for the modern age – sleek, fast and multi-modal. It functions as both a universal entertainment device, featuring apps like Netflix, Stan and Spotify, as well as a game streaming device, allowing interfacing with Steam and NVIDIA-powered PCs. Continue reading Tech Review: The NVIDIA SHIELD is a Robust Streaming Device, With One Hefty Caveat

Tech Review: Logitech G512 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard: Good manners

The Logitech G512 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard is very well mannered. It has the rapid fire response times you’re looking for in a gaming keyboard, but the click from its switches as you type is minimal. This makes it a board that can do it all — you can use this as a day-to-day office board and not drive your co-workers crazy, and you can use it for fast-paced games when you clock off. Continue reading Tech Review: Logitech G512 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard: Good manners

Tech Review: Logitech G560 PC Gaming Speakers: Blue light disco

It’s a bit weird reviewing a pair of PC speakers in 2018. A casual poll of friends who use desktop PC’s for work, gaming or both revealed that every last one of them use headphones, for a variety of reasons. Some of them have infants they don’t want to wake up. Some of them are playing multiplayer games and don’t want sound feeding back through their mics. Some work in offices where speakers aren’t appropriate. So I find myself torn when reviewing Logitech’s G560 speakers. I like them very much, they have a very nice sound, but I found myself wondering who they’re for. Continue reading Tech Review: Logitech G560 PC Gaming Speakers: Blue light disco

Tech Review: Logitech G Powerplay Wireless Charging System: Free to play

There is a pervasive assumption among PC gaming hobbyists that wireless accessories like mice are going to be a problem. That corded solutions are always the way to go. For a long time, this rather conventional wisdom was correct, but its getting harder and harder for it to stand up under scrutiny. Devices like Logitech’s Powerplay Wireless Charging mat are a great example of how wireless tech is meeting its cabled counterparts in utility and accuracy. Continue reading Tech Review: Logitech G Powerplay Wireless Charging System: Free to play

Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Stinger Core: Great sound on a budget

The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core shouldn’t sound as good as it does. This is a $70 AUD pair of headphones. You expect certain things from $70 headphones. You expect them to be cheap. You expect them to be made from hard, unyeilding plastic that keeps them from being worn comfortably for long periods. You certainly don’t expect them to sound good. But they do. Continue reading Tech Review: HyperX Cloud Stinger Core: Great sound on a budget

Tech Review: Elgato Game Capture HD60 S: Easy does it

Younger audiences don’t give a shit about television. They watch Netflix, they watch YouTube and, in greater numbers than ever, they’re watching Twitch. This means that Twitch has become an attractive platform for streamers of all stripes to get their start. Elgato’s HD60 S is, for the first-time streamer, exactly the kind of kit you need as you set out on the road to internet stardom. Continue reading Tech Review: Elgato Game Capture HD60 S: Easy does it