Corsair Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Corsair Gaming has been on a major winning streak recently, with the amazing Corsair Void series of headsets being some of the best we’ve ever tested, followed by the incredible Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Silent, which is an incredible keyboard and also one of the quietest mechanical keyboards on the market. So, no stranger to innovation with their latest products, Corsair Gaming are now introducing the Scimitar RGB Optical MOBA and MMO gaming mouse, and it’s pretty special.

“The Scimitar RGB gaming mouse revolutionizes game play with its Key Slider control system, 12 mechanical side buttons, and pro-proven 12,000 DPI optical sensor. It’s purpose built to deliver the ultimate MOBA and MMO gaming experience.”

Equipped with a movable side panel that features 12 mechanical and fully programmable buttons, the Scimitar is a real deadly weapon for competitive gaming. With a level of customisation that I’ve never soon on a mouse in this class before, so it’s certainly something I’m eager to put through its paces.

The core body of the mouse has been designed to not exceed 135g, although it reads a little higher when you weigh the cable. This weight was set as a favourite by many pro gamers for a nice balance between speed and control. Check out the preview video below as Warren and Jason from Corsair Gaming walk us through a few of the unique features of the Scimitar.

Equipped with a 12000dpi optical sensor, RGB lighting, a whopping 17 programmable buttons and so much more, the Scimitar is sounding pretty amazing, so let’s get in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The packaging is typical of the Corsair Gaming range, with a clear image of the mouse, as well as a quick run down of the main features.

Around the back, we’ve got a little quote from professional WoW player, Jackson “Bajheera” Bliton.

The box opens up, giving us a little more information on the Key Slider, but we’ll take a closer look at that ourselves in a moment.

Turtle Beach Ear Force PX24 Multi-Format Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


The latest headset from Turtle Beach is here at last! The market may be packed with brands and products right now, but from a consumer perspective, it never hurts to have more choice. The PX24 is certainly an appealing product, not only because it comes from a well-known brand name, but because it promises exceptional value for money that simply cannot be ignored.

“The Ear Force ® PX24 is a multiplatform gaming headset featuring Turtle Beach’s innovative Ear Force SuperAmp battery powered in-line amplifier which delivers amazing audio from all devices.”

With a feature packed in-line controller, audio processing, multi-format support and so much more, you would expect this headset to be quite expensive, but it’s actually a perfectly reasonable £69.99, so colour me very interested, let’s see what this headset can do!

There’s a great range of features on offer here, especially the multi-format support and the Ear Force SuperAmp.

  • Multiplatform compatible with the PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and mobile/tablet devices with a universal 3.5mm jack
  • The innovative Ear Force SuperAmp battery powered in-line amplifier offers fingertip control and amazing amplified sound from any device
  • Experience Turtle Beach Virtual Surround Sound on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and mobile/tablet devices
  • Superhuman Hearing audio preset gives players the competitive advantage of hearing enemies before they come into view
  • Variable Bass Boost enhances powerful rumbling lows
  • Variable Mic Monitoring lets you hear your own voice in the headset to avoid shouting
  • Large, high-performance 50mm Neodymium speakers deliver Immersive audio
  • Adjustable, high-sensitivity boom mic picks-up your voice loud and clear
  • Lightweight design and mesh ear-cups for hours of comfort

On the front of the box, we’ve got a stylish image of the headset, as well as a picture of the SuperAmp; you’ll also find a quick rundown of the major features and device support.

Around the back, a more detailed look at the PowerAmp, it’s a rechargeable device and can operate for up to 30 hours on a single charge, or simply be powered via USB cable if you need to. That much will depend on which device you’re trying to use the PowerAmp with; mobile device will use battery mode PC can use USB power.

In the box, you’ll find the usual assortment of documentation, the USB to Micro USB charging cable for the PowerAmp and the PowerAmp unit its self.

Ozone Blast 4HX PC Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Ozone are one of the most popular brands in PC gaming, offering a wide range of peripherals that have proven very popular with eSports gamers around the world. Ranging from mechanical keyboards to headsets, such as the Blast 4HX which we’ll be taking a look at today, they’ve got some very exciting hardware and I’m eager to see what their latest can do.

“BLAST 4HX was designed and meticulously fine tuned for both pc and console gamers. Quickly access important functions with easy and fast volume adjustments to both the headset and chat, you can even switch between pc and console mode. So whether you want to play on the PC or bust out your favorite games on the Console, all you need is BLAST 4HX.”

The Blast 4HX is certainly well equipped, offering support for PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, giving you excellent value for money if you own multiple gaming devices. There are two powerful 44mm drivers, a good quality microphone, extra long cables and even some nice bonuses such as LED lighting. It’s certainly ticking all the right boxes, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what this headset has to offer.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a stylish image of the headset on the front, as well as a rundown of the supported devices and built-in features.

Around the back, ew have details of the in-line remote, as well as the general design of the headset.

Chieftec A-135 APS-600SB Series 600W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Chieftec may not be the best-known name in the business, but they’re certainly going strong and have done a lot of work in the B2B market, with a growing presence in the consumer market over the last few years. They’re back on eTeknix again today with one of their latest power supplies, the APS-600SB, a 600W unit with an 80 Plus Bronze efficiency rating. It may not be anything fancy, but its core focus is to get the job done without spending any more than you have to for the level of performance and reliability you need.

In terms of spec, the APS-600SB features a 14cm fan, as well as multiple +12v rails with more than enough power for some dual GPU configurations. The non-modular design isn’t going to win over many perfectionists, but you’ll certainly find all the connectors you’re likely to need.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a stylish picture of the product on the front. If I’m honest, I know this isn’t the best-looking unit in the world and looking at the darkened image on the box, Chieftec know it; not knocking that, this is a practical unit first and foremost.

In the box, you’ll find the owner’s manual, an AC power cable and the fitting screws.

Element Gaming Iridium 820 Laser Gaming Mouse

Introduction


Element Gaming is quickly making a name for themselves in the PC market, with a great range of products that have won awards, not just from us here at eTeknix, but from many other sites too! Not only are their products great, they’re also fiercely competitive on price, making them attractive to a wide audience of gamers and those on a tighter budget. Their latest product, the Iridium 820 Laser Gaming mouse, enters the market at just £29.99, but despite its affordable price tag, it still comes pack full of features that will appeal to many PC gamers.

“Our premium mouse the Iridium 820 is the ultimate gaming machine. Precision-engineered to the highest standards and made from the best available materials this mouse is optimised to provide professional grade results for gamers of all levels.”

“With extra features and functions the Iridium 820 sets the standard for all other gaming mice to follow. With dedicated buttons, adjustable DPI and a highly sensitive laser sensor this mouse achieves stunning accuracy and, thanks to the Firepower button, a tremendous rate of fire. And the gold-plated USB ensures a perfect connection with no delay.”

The Iridium 820 offers up an 8200 DPI laser sensor, eight buttons, adjustable weight, adjustable size and much more, giving you more than enough options for those who play a wide variety of games. Of course, specs are one thing, how they all perform together is another, so let’s just right to it and put the 820 through its paces!

Technical specification

  • Firepower key
  • DPI 8200
  • Gold plated USB connector
  • Sensitive laser sensor
  • Connection: Wired USB
  • Resolution: 8200DPI
  • Number of keys: 8
  • Key travel: 0.8mm
  • Key pressure: 70g
  • Key lifetime: 500 million
  • Rated voltage: DC 5V / <100mA
  • Supports Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8

The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the mouse on the front of the box.

Around the back, you’ll find a quick rundown of the specifications, such as the custom lighting, firepower key and 70g key pressure.

Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Red Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


Corsair is one of the most recognisable brands in the PC market, with a huge range of products, such as power supplies, chassis, coolers and more importantly today, peripherals. Their latest keyboard is the second in the Strafe series, but it’s a little bit special, as it’s not only a premium grade mechanical keyboard, but it also features the new Cherry MX Silent switches!

Mechanical keyboards have a reputation for being noisy, at least when compared to the common membrane switch keyboards. Of course, the switch type does vary, as black and red switch are not too noisy, but blue and green have that tactile click. You can mediate this a little with some 0-ring mods, which dampen the action and noise quite well, but these new switches go one further, by adding the dampening directly into the switch housing.

This keyboard is available in three formats, Cherry MX Red, Cherry Mx Brown and Cherry MX Silent, which Corsair say is “30% quieter than any mechanical switch on the market”.

Check out the video below as Corsair talk us through the latest features of this feature packed new keyboard, including a great explanation of what is possible with the Cue software and RGB lighting.

The keyboard is very well equipped, with USB pass through, 104-key rollover, RGB lighting, the new switches, built-in memory and more.

Corsair isn’t fooling around here either, this may be an expensive premium grade keyboard, but Corsair not only offer more features than the competition, but they also do it for less money; if that doesn’t get you excited, nothing will. So enough mucking about, let’s get right in and take a closer look at what the Strafe has to offer.

The packaging is typical Corsair gaming colours, with a stunning image on the front and the main specifications dotted around the edges.

Around the back, we’ve got a more detailed run through of the features, such as the RGB lighting and gaming keys.

The first thing you’ll find in the box is this handsome wrist rest, which has a gripped texture to it.

It completely optional to use and can be mounted to or removed from the keyboard in seconds.

Also in the box, a set of WASD gaming key caps for FPS gaming.

As well as a MOBA set, giving you lots of flexibility.

Oh, let’s not forget this handy key cap removal tool.

Element Gaming Neon 300 PC Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Element Gaming is something of a newcomer to the component market, but having taken a look at a range of Element Gaming products over the last few months, I’m certain they’re off to a great start. Their Hyperion and Atomic chassis’, as well as their Berrilyum mechanical keyboard, all won awards from us here at eTeknix and seem to have been well received by the PC community in general. Today, we kick things off with a look at one of the latest Element Gaming headsets, the Neon 300, but can it meet the same standards as the previous products we’ve tested?

Now, I’m not expecting world conquering performance today, as this is a very affordable headset, so it’s not out to compete with the big players in this sector, but there’s still a huge market for those on a tighter budget and I’m eager to see how competitive Element Gaming can be while maintaining a budget-friendly price tag.

“Many of us will be no strangers to marathon gaming sessions so we need comfortable headphones. And the Neon 300 fits the bill with its padded headband and leather cushioned earpieces.” – Element Gaming

At just £24.99 this headset is certainly kind to the wallet, but it doesn’t skimp on features one bit. There’s an in-line controller, 50mm drivers, virtual 7.1 surround sound and LED lighting; not bad at all!

Features

  • Amazing high-quality sound
  • Comfy fit
  • Highly sensitive microphone
  • USB connection
  • Inline controls

Technical specification

  • Wired USB connection
  • 7:1 simulated sound channels
  • 50mm driver diameter
  • 20-20KHz
  • 111db_+3db headset sensitivity
  • 30mW
  • -40db+-3db microphone sensitivity

The packaging is simple enough, with a quick rundown of the main features and specifications, as well as a large viewing window to show off the actual design of the headset; it all looks good, so let’s get it out of the box!

Vertagear S-Line SL4000 Gaming Chair Review

Introduction


We all rant and rave about our components, who has the best keyboard or fastest graphics card, but we neglect what we use the most; the chair. Personally I have two, both costing well under £100 each, but of massively different build qualities. Something that these ‘racing’ chairs hope to bring is bucket seat comfort and support to our gaming sessions.

Haven’t heard of Vertagear before now? Don’t worry, I didn’t either. The company has just three seats available, the budget orientated SL2000, mainstream SL4000 and executive SL5000. They each come under the S-Line brand and roughly look the same with key differences to design and overall size.

SL2000

SL4000

SL5000

If you are interested and not quite sure of your measurements, why not check out the Chair Selection Tool.

I personally have my reservations because bucket seats are meant to be firm and supportive to defy G-forces in corners, how will it stand to hours of sitting still in front of a computer? Let’s find out.

Corsair Void USB Dolby 7.1 RGB Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


The latest range of Corsair headsets launched recently and they’ve already blown us away with their impeccable build quality and performance. The Corsair VOID Dolby 7.1 Wireless is by far one of the best headsets we’ve ever tested and to make it even sweeter, it was priced under £100. Of course, wireless isn’t ideal for every user, so naturally Corsair pushed to make a USB version too, giving you all the thrills, without the ticking timer of the battery or signal issues; not that we had issues with either in our testing of course.

“Enter the VOID—the innovative family of advanced gaming headsets from Corsair. Whether you choose wireless, USB, or stereo powered audio gear, you will always be one step ahead of your enemies. With fast forward design, spectacular fidelity, and innovative features like InfoMic and CUE Control, Corsair VOID gaming headsets enable you to command and control your gaming soundscape without hitting pause.” – Corsair

The USB version is pretty much the same headset as the wireless, albeit a little lighter as it doesn’t need a battery, so it doesn’t need charging or the required charging cable either. It offers two powerful 50mm drivers, the very impressive Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound technology, one of the first consumer virtual surrounds that I think is comparable to dedicated drivers. You’ll also find the InfoMic, Clue Control RGB lighting and more!

Corsair is really proud of what they have created and if the Stereo and Wireless models are anything to go by, they’ve every right to be. Check out the video below as Corsair gives you a bit of background on what went into creating their new headsets.

There’s not a lot in the box, just a few documents and the headset, but in all honesty, this is everything you’re going to need.

Corsair Void 3.5mm Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


The Corsair VOID gaming headset range is here at last and while we’ve already taken a look at the flagship headset in this range, the Corsair Void Dolby 7.1 Wireless, today we’re taking a look at the other end of the spectrum, the Void Stereo 3.5mm. The Wireless absolutely blew me away, it’s by far one of the best headsets we’ve ever tested and the price was a real surprise, coming in at under £100. The wired stereo model is a fair bit cheaper though, coming in at around £60 from most major retailers, so it’s certainly going to appeal to a wider audience and the 3.5mm connector means it’s also going to be universally compatible with a huge range of audio devices, including mobile.

Corsair has put a lot of work into the design of the Void, which you can see in the video below.

In terms of specifications, the Void 2.0 doesn’t really offer a lot, but it does tick all the right boxes regardless. There are no crazy features here, but the basics are more than covered with powerful 50mm drivers, a 4-pole connector that’s perfect for mobile, although a Y-splitter is provided for desktop use, a noise-canceling microphone, and that’s about it really.

The packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with the rest of the Void range. There’s a large window on the box too, which is nice for people in retail, as you can get a look at the actual headset design. Down the bottom, you’ll notice a quick run-down of the major features, such as the 3.5mm 4-pole connector, Y-split cable and system compatibility; PS4, Xbox, Mobile, etc.

Around the back, a more in-depth run down of features, but we’ll take a much closer look at those ourselves in a moment.

Everything you need is included in the box, such as the headset, obviously, as well as the appropriate documentation.

There’s a Y-split cable with takes the 3.5mm 4-pole connector and converts it to dual 3.5mm 3-pole, which you’ll need if you want to use the microphone on your desktop computer for gaming, Skype or similar tasks.

Element Gaming Beryllium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


You don’t have to look very far these days to find a great gaming keyboard, or even just a keyboard for day-to-day work, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for even more! Element Gaming is a relatively new playing in the gaming market, but they’re quickly making a name for themselves thanks to their cool designs, competitive prices and robust build quality. We’ve only seen two Element Gaming products here at eTeknix, the Hyperion Micro-ATX chassis and the Atomic Mini-ITX chassis, although both scored very well in their respective reviews. After two chassis reviews, I’m certainly eager to see what they have to offer to the world of gaming peripherals.

The Beryllium comes pretty well equipped, with a full-size layout, Kailh mechanical switches, a detachable wrist rest, multimedia controls, multi-pattern blue LED lighting, some custom key-caps for gaming keys and more! So let’s get stuck right in and take a much closer look at what Element Gaming and their Beryllium keyboard have to offer!

The first thing you’ll find in the box, the instruction manual, handy for checking how to control the LED lighting, but otherwise it’s just a keyboard and fairly self explanatory.

There’s a full-width detachable wrist rest.

What I really like, is that the wrist rest features a smooth, yet grippy texture coating, giving it a luxurious and premium feel.

Two rubber grips on the base help prevent it, and your keyboard, from sliding around your desk.

And it’s mounting system is nice and easy to attach and remove without much risk of damaging the keyboard.

Not content with those extras? You’ll also find a very handy key-cap removal tool, handy for maintaining your keyboard.

The tool is also handy for removing the stock key-caps and installing these fetching custom ones! The blue of the key-caps matches the trim of the keyboard, as you’ll see in a moment.

TteSports Commander Gaming Gear Combo Keyboard & Mouse Review

Introduction


PC gaming on a tight budget may seem difficult, but with Steam Sales and Humble Bundles being forever present, the cost of finding games to play often walks into pocket-money territory. The range of budget friendly graphics cards and more are also pretty incredible these days, offering some seriously affordable and worthy devices. Of course, to complete the puzzle, you’re also going to need some sturdy gaming peripherals to help you in the heat of battle. It doesn’t matter if you play Elder Scrolls or League of Legends, you’re going to need a keyboard and mouse for the mass majority of PC games, as well as for day-to-day desktop tasks.

The TteSports Commander Gaming Gear Combo offers up a full-size keyboard and an optical mouse for under £30; that’s value that is very hard to ignore! Is it going to blow us away with incredible performance? I doubt it, but I am eager to see just how much you can get for such a wallet-friendly price tag.

Amazingly, both the keyboard and mouse are pretty well equipped. There’s a full-size keyboard, with multimedia shortcut keys, adjustable repeat rate, LED backlighting, plunger switches, anti-ghosting and more. The mouse has an optical sensor with four DPI settings, six buttons and an ergonomic right-hand design; not bad for this price range!

Scuf Infinity1 Custom Xbox One Controller Review

Introduction


The SCUF Infinity1 is the latest creation from the skilled craftsmen at SCUF Gaming. They take your everyday controller, in this case, the Xbox One controller, and customise and tweak it within an inch of its life, turning it into a hardcore, feature packed competitive gaming device that any enthusiast gamer would be proud to own. Of course, there’s more to it than just making it look awesome, these controllers are fine tuned to be as competitive as they are stylish, making them very appealing to the eSports community.

Naturally, all this customisation doesn’t come cheap, as you’re going to be paying a skilled team to hand make each controller to your own desired specifications. This is an “off the shelve” controller at heart, but the end product is capable of being truly one of a kind and you’re not likely to get that kind of service elsewhere. You can pick the colours of all the components, the types of analogue sticks, d-pad, grips, remove features like rumble and headphone ports, adjustable triggers, add extra control paddles and so much more! Still not content with that level of customisation? The SCUF Infinity1 is no ordinary SCUF controller, if there is such a thing. This one you can keep customising after you’ve purchased it! That’s right, you can detach the D-pad, the analogue sticks and more, swapping them out to suit your tastes or needs on a per game basis.

There’s a whole range of configurations, which is no bad thing for those who want to match their controller to their eSports team colours, or even just to match their pillows and favourite T-shirt, the choice is yours and the combinations are extensive.

The packaging is really nice, with a great tear down image of the controller, highlighting some of the possible adjustments that can be made.

Around the back, you can see even further customisation and adjustment options, but we’ll take a closer look at those in a moment.

In the box, you’ll find a host of accessories, such as the electro magnetic remapping guide, extra grips, adjustment tools, USB cable and a wrist strap.

Scuf also included their accessory package, which includes this custom Infinity1 clamshell case, perfect for keeping your controller in perfect condition when not in use.

There’s also a tube of Gamer Grip (anti-persperant for your hands), Precision Thumbsticks, as well as the thumbstick lock and the Scuf Adjustable Trigger & Pro Grip Combo Kit; overall, not a bad selection of goodies!

Finally, a small backpack, perfect for storing all the above together when travelling to a gaming event!

CM Storm Pitch Pro Gaming Earphones Review

Introduction


Gaming headsets are an important part of most people’s gaming setup, be that on a mobile device, games console or desktop computer. Sure, headphones and headsets can often bring you closer to the games audio, allowing you to get lost in the digital world of your choosing, but they’re also great for being able to turn the volume up, without bothering everyone else within range; such as a sleeping SO. They’re also a fairly importantcomponent in team chat, something that’s vital in many team-based shooters, MMOs and MOBA style games.

“Gamers love to travel. Whether you’re trudging through a war torn battlefield, farming creeps in the jungle, or going on a business trip to close that deal, the Pitch Pro in-ear headset is all you need. Great sound, high-quality microphone, and compatible with nearly all smartphones, desktops, and laptops – bundled all in a package that fits in your pocket.” – CM Storm

Of course, where the Pitch Pro differs the most from many headsets is the size, these are ear buds, rather than over-ear, meaning they’re extremely portable. For anyone that travels with a gaming laptop, plays games on their phone, tablet, or takes their PC to LAN gaming events, having something compact and portable is certainly going to be appealing; it’ll be interesting to see how they perform given the compact size.

The specifications are promising, big drivers, at least for a set of in-ear buds, an omni-directional microphone, good sensitivity, a 1.2m cable and gold-plated jackplugs. Now, let’s go and take a closer look at exactly what you get for your money from this new headset.

The headset is compact, so too is the packaging. A tidy little presentation box that gives you a good view of all the major components.

The box opens out, giving you a little technical information on the frequency response compared to that of the original Pitch headset.

In the box, you’ll find a nice assortment of goodies. There’s a warranty card, 3.5mm 4-pole to dual 3.5mm 3-pole adapter for desktop use, a split adaptor, two extra sets of different size ear buds, with a third set coming pre-installed on the drivers, and finally, a protective carry pouch.

The adaptor is of a good quality and vital for use on a desktop computer that requires separate channels for the microphone and headphones. The headset is designed to work with mobile devices as standard, meaning you can use it to make hands-free calls on your phone and similar devices.

The headset comes with a hard-wired microphone, which also features a built-in control button, perfect for answering calls without having to reach for the handset.

The drives are quite large, but surprisingly lightweight thanks to the main chamber being constructed for lightweight aluminium. They’re also pretty stylish, mixing matte finish and chrome finish materials, as well as that lovely red highlight on the back with the CM Storm logo.

The cable designed to be tangle free thanks to its flat design and soft rubber coating. Overall, the cable is lightweight but feels remarkably durable; pretty much what you would want from such a unit. The connector on the headset is gold-plated, just like the connectors on the included cable adapters.

The ear-buds are quite tricky to remove and install, but removing them does mean you can clean and maintain them easier, as well as swap them out for different size buds to help tailor the fit to your own preferences.

Corsair Gaming VOID RGB Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset

Introduction


The latest Corsair gaming headset is here at last and like many Corsair headsets we’ve seen in the past, it’s set to be a must-have, premium grade product. Corsair teamed up with the design team at BMW with the aim of creating one of the most functional and extremely comfortable headsets on the market. When you’re wearing your headset for many hours while you’re gaming, comfort is obviously an important factor, so it’s an aspect of this headset that I’m eager to test out.

The Void isn’t just about style and comfort, as Corsair has packed a lot of cool features to make this headset not only look, but also perform like a premium headset. You’ll find InfoMic & CUE control, ergonomic ear cups, RGB lighting, powerful 50mm drivers, a noise-cancelling microphone, high-end wireless technology and more!

  • Dolby 7.1 multi-channel surround delivers lethally accurate positional audio
  • RGB lighting for individual customization or synchronization with other Corsair RGB devices
  • CUE Control enables rapid on-the-fly audio adjustments
  • InfoMic LEDs relay instant visual status of audio and mic settings
  • Efficient 50mm neodymium drivers deliver staggering bass, scintillating highs, and powerful lows
  • Microfiber-wrapped memory foam ear pads for extended play
  • Unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone makes gamers’ voices loud and clear
  • Wireless USB extension dock (VOID Wireless SE only)

Check out the video below for a quick run-down of some of the features and design aspects of the headset.

As you can see from the packaging, we have the Void RGB Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset at our disposal today, this is the top model of the range, so we’re expecting great things from it today. The packaging is nicely designed, with all the major specifications detailed on the front, as well as a nice image of the headset.

Around the back, a more detailed run-down of the features, such as the microfiber/memory foam earpads, 2.4Ghz Wireless technology, and Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround.

In the box, you’ll find all the usual documentation, such as the manual and warranty guide.

There’s a high-quality USB cable, which is used for charging the headset, as well as a cool looking USB dongle for the wireless connectivity.

TteSports Challenger PRIME Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


PC gaming can be quite expensive sometimes, but it doesn’t always have to be. The latest keyboard from the legendary TteSports promises a huge range of features for a not so huge amount of money, something that I’m sure will appeal to a very large audience. TteSports have always been known for their competitive pricing, even on their high-end stuff, but the Challenger Prime was designed from the ground up to be affordable while still maintaining excellent value for money.

“The CHALLENGER Prime membrane gaming keyboard packs a whole lot of features at a budget-friendly price. The backlighting system features red, blue, and purple LEDs for static and pulse lighting; Brightness can further adjusted via the dial in the front center of the keyboard. As with the CHALLENGER series of keyboards, the CHALLENGER Prime also features onboard memory for setting the dedicated macro keys. In addition, there are multimedia keys, shortcut keys, repeat rate and poll rate adjustment keys.” – TteSports

It comes with a fairly standard full-size key layout, as well as additional dedicated macro keys, shortcut buttons across the top, multimedia controls, 3-colour LED lighting, a volume dial, built-in wrist rest and more! That’s already a pretty impressive feature set, wouldn’t you agree?

Here’s TteSports giving us a quick run through many of the features you can expect from the Challenger Prime.

First impressions are pretty good, with a nicely designed box that has a clear image of the keyboard on the front, as well as a quick rundown of the main features.

Around the back of the box, a much more in-depth set of features are detailed, but we’ll be taking an even closer look at those ourselves in just a moment.

Aside from the obvious, you’ll also find a couple of booklets in the box, nothing fancy, but we really only need the big item that was in the box.

CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


The gaming division of legendary component manufacturer Coolermaster, CM Storm, has made some great peripherals over the years. Their gaming keyboards are certainly worthy of your attention, not only because of their smart designs and flawless performance but also because of their incredibly durable build quality. It’s with this in mind that I’m very excited about our latest product review, the brand new Quick Fire XTi mechanical keyboard, which comes packed full of cool features that are no doubt going to appeal to a lot of people.

The new keyboard features genuine Cherry MX switches, so you know you’re getting great quality right there; we have MX Greens at our disposal today. The keys feature a rather funky lighting system too, which has both red and blue backlights, so while not full RGB, you do still get a range of 35 colours per key. On top of the lighting colours, you can use ActivLite per key illumination, with a range of presets, 4 profiles and brightness options, giving you plenty of fun customisation options. There’s also macros, repeat rate adjustments, NKRO, 1000Hz/1ms polling and more!

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with the switch type detailed and a lovely image of the keyboard on the front.

Around the back, a run down of the features, although we’ve already listed these above and will take a much closer look in a moment.

In the box, I’m very happy to see a detachable micro-USB braided cable,

Scuf Gaming 4PS Professional PlayStation 4 Controller Review

Introduction


It has been a few years since we reviewed a product from Scuf. We last saw their Scuf Xbox 360 Controller, which was pretty amazing, but let’s be honest, it’s a little out of date now and with new-er consoles already on the market, we figured we’d take a look at something a little more modern. We have in the eTeknix office today, the Scuf Gaming 4PS, a heavily modded PlayStation 4 controller designed for the competitive gamer, be that a pro gaer, or someone who just likes to give their friends a good thrashing.

I’m really looking forward to testing this, I loved the last Scuf controller we tested, so I have high hopes for this new one, so let’s just jump right in and take a look at what you get for your money.

Please note that Scuf controllers are customizable to a great extent, the design and features of this controller were pre-picked by ourselves to represent a typical Scuf controller, while also showing all the available options you may want on your own. The controllers aren’t cheap, as this is a stock controller, extra hardware, time taken by a skilled craftsman to create the controller and a few extra bonuses. However, you know the saying “you get what you pay for”.

Our controller came with an added surprise, the Scuf Gaming Player’s Pack. Think of it like an add-on accessory kit of bonus goodies, because that’s exactly what it is. The controller box is nicely designed, a far cry from the box that the old Scuf controller came in!

Inside the box, you’ll find a quick run down of the features, such as the extra grips, custom handles, precision thumbsticks and more.

Under that, you’ll find the controller is carefully protected in a custom cut foam padding; an expensive controller deserves good packaging.

In the bottom of the box, I found some Scuf Fangs, these stick onto the rear triggers for extra reach and there’s also a clip/strap.

Frist impressions of the controller are extremely promising and its design is very unique; no doubt about that. The blue digital camo appearance looks stunning and also has a light grip texture to it that feels very comfortable to the touch, especially compared to the standard plastic feel of the stock controller.

Here you can see how the design is printed onto the top part of the controller, not the bottom. All the standard stuff is still here too, so you’ll find your headset connectors located on the bottom edge.

There’s an extra grip on the left and right bottom sides of the controller.

Things are pretty standard around the back.

On the underside, there are some major changes going on. First we’ve got those very tough rubber grips on the back, so there’s virtually no chance of this thing slipping from your grip. Then, of course, the Scuf Pro paddles on the back. These are customizable on the Scuf website to your favourite button configurations, you could have jump or melee for example, meaning you never have to take your thumbs off the sticks while gaming. The small logo between the paddles can be used to remap the paddles with the EMR feature and the tag that came included in the box.

Their custom shape makes them easy to control and they sit comfortably behind your finger tips.

There’s also a little grip texture on their tips, adding even more control and stability to the extra buttons.

There are a few stick configurations available from Scuf, we’ve gone for a Concave long on the left and a Dome Long on the right. You can also choose to keep the stock sticks if you want, or short, medium and long stem versions of the two types we have installed here. We’ve also gone for the all black buttons, which look pretty slick.

Both sticks are really nice quality, feel stunning and really smooth to control.

So what about that extra box of goodies we received? In that, you’ll find a new cable, carry case, nd a tube of Gamer Grip.

 

the cable is of a very high quality, with a thick braiding, durable connectors and it’s nice and long at 10ft, perfect for those who like to sit back from their system.

Gamer Grip is an interesting extra, it’s antiperspirant for your hands! I don’t suffer from sweaty hands while gaming, so this isn’t much use to me, but I know people who do and it certainly couldn’t hurt to have it in your gaming tool kit.

The carry case is stunning, perfectly crafted to fit the 4PS controller and keep all the buttons nice and safe.

The custom shape provides a snug house for your new premium grade (and priced) controller.

The soft interior should also help protect against scratches.

Turtle Beach Stealth 450 PC & Mobile Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Turtle Beach have been on a winning streak this last few years, delivering very competitive headsets at virtually every price point. We’ve reviewed quite a few of their products this last year and I must admit that they’ve all been really impressive in terms of features, performance and quality, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what their latest PC gaming headset has to offer to an already pretty feature packed range of products. Check out our previous reviews of the 420X, 800X, XO Seven, 500X, Z60, Elite 800 and Recon 320 to scratch the surface of what Turtle Beach have been doing just this year!

Turtle Beach are doing great work in the PC peripherals market this year, not only with headsets, but they also launched their fantastic desktop devices, such as the Impact 700 and 500 mechanical keyboards and the GRIP 500 and 300 gaming mice. But enough of touting their previous products, as the one we’re really interested in today is their new Stealth 450, a wireless PC and Mobile compatible gaming headset, which offers features such as DTS Headphone X, SuperHuman Hearing, Variable Mic Monitoring and more!

The packaging is really nicely designed, although that much is true of almost all Turtle Beach products. All the major specifications are listed on the box, as well as a stylised image of the headset.

Around the back, we’ve got a more technical breakdown of the features, such as the surround sound modelling, wireless dongle and the detachable microphone.

In the box, you’ll find all the usual documents, setup guides, warranty information and a nice Turtle Beach sticker.

There’s two cables included in the box, one for connecting the headset to mobile via 3.5mm 4-pole, meaning you’ll be able to use the headset for phone calls. The other cable is the USB to MicroUSB charging cable.

The microphone was also tucked into the box and features a gold 3.5mm connector and a small bit of branding on the head.

There’s a small opening on the other side and a tough housing and some filtering to prevent unwanted noise from being picked up.

The boom is flexible and positional, so it should be super easy to find a comfortable speaking position.

The dongle is simple enough, a small USB device that is plug and play ready.

Now onto the good stuff. The headset is typical of Turtle Beach design, with a mixture of matte finish, lightly textured plastics and a little bit of coloured trim. As with most Turtle Beach headsets, even their wireless ones, the headset in surprisingly lightweight, yet feels both flexible and strong at the same time; pretty much how you would want your headset to be!

There’s some branding on top of the durable headband. The headband has a bit of flex to it too, which should help with the overall fit of the headset.

The ear cups are mounted on sturdy adjustable joints, with each ear cup being capable of turning -10 and +90 degrees to allow a comfortable fit over your ears, as well as make them comfortable to wear around your neck between games. All the controls you’ll need are located on the bottom edge of the right ear cup, where you’ll find independent game/chat volume controls, preset control, as well as the charging microUSB and mobile 3.5mm jacks.

There’s a thick and durable padding to each ear cup, with a little Turtle Beach detailing on the rear cloth cover. The padding is a little hard at first, but it will wear in after a few days usage.

Even more padding on the headband, which adds a lot of comfort and does well to distribute the weight of the headset; it also gives the headset good grip, preventing it from sliding around.

The headband extensions have a sturdy set of notches on it and can be pushed/pulled to  adjust the length. It had a good range, making it suitable for a wide range of users, including younger gamers.

Each ear cup come mounted on a secondary pivot that allows quite a lot of inward tilt, meaning you should have no issue getting a good clean fit over your ears.

The detachable microphone plugs into the bottom of the left driver and locks firmly in place. If you don’t need it, or you just want the headset as a set of headphones for single player gaming, it’s certainly nice that you can remove this completely.

TteSports Poseidon Z Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


TteSports is one of the most recognisable names in the PC gaming market, offering a huge range of products that a loved by gamers at home and pro gamers alike. They’re also well-known for being fiercely competitive prices and features, which is never a bad thing. Their latest mechanical keyboard comes well equipped with Kailh Brown switches, LED backlighting, a slim chassis and more, so let’s get right to it and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The keyboard is heavy, as most mechanical keyboards are, but not so heavy that you would feel tired carrying it to a LAN party. another important aspect of this keyboard is that it comes with a very impressive 5-year warranty on its mechanical switches; that’s a very nice thing to have.

Check out this video from TteSports for a quick overview of some of the features that have gone into the Poseidon Z.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the keyboard, as well as some funky lightning graphics, the TteSports Certified Warranty sticker, and of course, the Brown Switch badge.

Around the back, you’ll find a quick run down of the major features, such as the multimedia shortcuts, windows key disable, LED backlighting and more.

In the box, aside from the keyboard (obviously), you’ll find a quick installation guide and a warranty policy booklet.

Cougar Iron Grey Edition 550M Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Cougar is back on eTeknix once again, following the review of their new 300M gaming mouse, which was a fantastic product for a very reasonable price. In the office today, we have something a little more high-end, the 550M 6400DPI “ultimate optical gaming mouse” and I’m very eager to see how well (or perhaps not so well) it performs. We’ve seen great things from Cougar in the past, and in my opinion, they’re one of the hottest peripheral manufacturers out there right now, offering solid performance, great aesthetics and very competitive prices, so let’s jump right to it and take a closer look at what the 550M has to offer.

As you can see in the video below, this is a really nice looking mouse, with grip side panels, a high-end optical sensor, programmable buttons, built-in 32-bit ARM processor  with 512KB of on-board memory and plenty more; pretty much everything you would expect to find in a competitive gaming mouse these days.

The packaging is nice and tidy, featuring a clear image of the mouse, as well as a quick rundown of the main specifications.

This mouse is packed with gaming features, which are listed in detail on the back of the box; this is handy if you’re looking at the mouse in a retail store, but we’ll take a much closer look ourselves in just a moment.

In the box, you’ll find a straightforward user manual, as well as some clear back stickers if you feel inclined to put such things on your PC case, monitor, etc.

Of course, you’ll also find the mouse in the box, which comes hard-wired with a nice quality black braided cable.

The 550M has a fairly aggressive design, which will no doubt appeal to a gaming audience.

There’s a pair of large side buttons on the left of the mouse, but the thing that stands out the most is the mixture of textures the 550M offers. There’s a granite effect top panel, which is nice and smooth, a hard grip textured surface on the side and that bright orange metal inner chassis that starts between the mouse wheel and is exposed towards the rear of the mouse.

The mouse has a slim ergonomic shape, which is suitable for a range of grip styles; palm, claw and fingertip.

One thing that immediately caught my attention is the scroll wheel; it’s huge! The wheel has a thick and fairly soft rubber coating, and while it is oversized, it’s heavily recessed into the body of the mouse, making it feel nimble and accurate to control.

The DPI toggle is unique too, as it needs to be pulled backwards like a trigger rather than pressed down; this is still easy to do mid-game, but it’s also virtually impossible to accidentally trigger the button!

There are three large slipmats on the 550m and they’re extremely smooth, meaning this mouse will glide with minimal effort on a wide range of gaming surfaces; more so than most gaming mice!

Cougar Sport Orange 300M Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


The latest Cougar gaming mouse is here at last! We’ve already reviewed a few Cougar peripherals here at eTeknix, such as the 600M mouse, 200k mouse and keyboard combo, 600K and 700K keyboard reviews. With so many products in the last year alone, I’m happy to say that Cougar is quickly becoming one of my favourite peripheral manufacturers and that’s a trend I hope to see continue with our review of their latest product, the 300M optical gaming mouse.

The 300M takes its inspiration from the classic IntelliMouse shape, one that has proven popular with gamers and PC users in general for many years. It comes with seven programmable buttons, three profiles, a 16.8 million colour LED and a range of funky and bright colours to choose from. The hardware sounds good too, with a trusty ADNS-3090 optical sensor, 1ms response time and Omron gaming switches; that’s nothing crazy overall, but it certainly ticks enough boxes to make this mouse attractive to both gamers and day-to-day desktop users alike.

The packaging is nice and tidy, showing a good image of the mouse as well as a quick rundown of the main hardware specifications.

Around the back, you’ll find details of the UIX system and buttons, but we’ll take a closer look at each of those in a few minutes.

There’s pretty much nothing extra included in the box, just a hard-wired mouse and the user manual; not that you need much else of course.

The cable comes with a durable black braided cable, which looks great and should improve overall lifespan of the cable.

The 300M is really nicely designed, although that’s hardly much credit to Cougar, as the IntelliMouse shape is something we’ve seen virtually ever manufacturer copy over the years. This is no bad thing of course, it’s a good size and shape to compliment most people’s hands and that’s exactly what you want.

The black and orange looks pretty cool in my opinion, others may disagree. There’s a pair of switches down the left side of the mouse, with long buttons to make them easy to access with your thumb.

The finish on the 300M is pretty slick, with a soft grippy rubber that provides excellent grip, despite the fact it looks and feels silky smooth. This kind of finish is also great for maintenance, as it’s easy to clean and difficult to scratch.

There’s a nice rubber-gripped scroll wheel which colour matches the side panels of the mouse, as well as a programmable button which is set to DPI toggle by default.

As you can see, the 300M ergonomics are designed for right-hand use.

The base of the mouse has two absolutely massive slipmats, that’s a better finished that most other mice. This means that the 300K glides like a cloud in a breeze on virtually any gaming surface, especially so thanks to the lightweight design of the mouse in general.

The seventh mouse button is tucked away on the base, perfect for using as a profile toggle, or DPI changer for those who don’t like having such a button within accidental pressing range mid-game.

Evo Labs Tri-Colour LED Multimedia Keyboard Review

Introduction


Buying a high-end gaming keyboard is great fun, but for many of us, it’s a luxury rather than an essential purchase. Money is obviously a factor for a lot of people and splashing out £50+ or even £100+ on a keyboard is simply not an option. So how far does your money go at the budget end of the market? The latest keyboard from Evo Labs; the Tri-Colour LED Multimedia Keyboard, comes in at around £15 from most retailers, which is without a doubt, budget friendly.

The keyboard isn’t devoid of features either, offering a range of multimedia keys and shortcuts, as well as a three colour LED backlight, so it’s still going to look pretty decent on your desk and offer some level of usability beyond the standard keys. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.

As you can see, the packaging is pretty straight forward. There’s a nice image of the keyboard on the front, as well as badges to show support for Windows and Linux, as well as the tri-colour LED lighting (blue, red and green).

The keyboard comes hard wired, with a fairly standard USB cable, not that you really need much else or could expect much more at this price range. The chassis of the keyboard looks nice enough, with a slightly oversized frame giving it an aggressive “gaming” vibe.

Across the top, you’ll find two banks of keys. On the left, you’ll find a few shortcut keys for basic desktop functions such as home, search and bookmark.

On the top right, a full range of multimedia keys, these are great for controlling your music while you’re working or gaming.

The key caps feel a little “cheap”, but that’s because they are, so hardly a shocking revelation there. The keys have a slight texture to them and the light weight plastics do have one plus side in that the key action feels quite light and fast.

The keys are slightly recessed into the chassis and that helps give the keyboard a slightly sleeker look overall.

A fairly standard number pad, pretty much like any other full-size keyboard really.

The profile is quite low, but you can raise it using the feet at the back. The thin body of the keyboard means that it’s very lightweight, so it’s pretty easy to transport, but also subject to breaking a little more easily than some other keyboards on the market.

Around the back, you can see the hard-wired cable, but there’s not really much else to see here.

The bottom of the keyboard has two large cut-outs, likely in a bid to help reduce materials and cost; this makes no difference to the performance though.

Two fairly standard flip up feet, I’ve seen better and I’ve certainly seen worse, even on more expensive models.

Corsair Gaming STRAFE Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


The latest Corsair mechanical gaming keyboard is here at last! The Corsair Gaming STRAFE is their first new keyboard brand in years, although given the success of their K-series keyboards, as well as the RGB editions that followed, it’s easy to understand why Corsair haven’t been rushing to release a replacement.

This keyboard is designed for gaming, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t promise to offer a lot to day-to-day desktop users. Mechanical keys offer premium build quality that should last many years without the keys response fading, as you often find with membrane keyboards. We’ve got the MX Red edition of the STRAFE in the office today, so those fast keys should be quick and super responsive, which will be great for typing, such as the review I’m using it for right now, or for gaming, especially if you play frantic games such as DOTA II.

The STRAFE doesn’t bring a lot of new technology to the table, but it does pack some promising specifications that should satisfy the needs of any keen PC user. We’ve got super quick Cherry MX Red, Blue or Brown mechanical switches, per-key red LED programmable lighting, onboard memory, Cue-Software customisation and more; that’s certainly all the basics covered!

Here is quick video from Corsair to discuss some of the features of the STRAFE and there’s also a nice section that shows off the LED lighting features of the keyboard. Now, let’s jump right to it and take a closer look at what this keyboard has to offer.

The packaging features the new Corsair Gaming branding, that’s right, no more “tramp stamp”. We now have the faster-looking version of the old Corsair ships logo and it looks great!

All the major features are detailed on the box, perfect for those picking one up at retail who want to know a little more. The packaging looks pretty fancy, usually a good first impression that you’ve got a premium product in your hands.

SilverStone SST-MR01 Aluminium Monitor Riser Review

Introduction


SilverStone may be well-known for their power supplies, chassis and coolers, but that’s certainly not all they product. SilverStone have won my heart in recent years with their high-end audio equipment such as the EB03 AMD and the EB01 DAC, as well as their premium grade headphone stand, so when I found out they had a monitor riser that kept in theme with the design of those other products, I leapt at the chance to take a look at it and complete the SilverStone set that I’ve acquired over the years.

“The MR01 is a high-quality monitor riser designed with SilverStone’s famed unibody aluminum construction. This enables it to support monitors or all-in-one PCs up to 27” or 10kg (22lbs). Its modest elevation returns valuable space back to the desktop for keyboard/mouse storage or other uses without negatively impacting ergonomics of the devices on top. Finished with sand-blasted and anodized surface, the MR01 has a premium look and feel that matches high-end monitors or all-in-one PCs. It also looks and works great with iMacs!”

  • Raises your monitor to an ergonomic height
  • Increases valuable desktop space
  • Beautiful single-piece aluminum unibody construction
  • Supports 27” monitors up to 10kg (22lbs)

The Box is pretty straight forward, not as fancy as some of the SilverStone range, but at the end of the day, a box is just a box.

The design of this product is remarkably simple, featuring an aluminum unibody design. The single piece of aluminium gives the SST-MR01 incredible strength and an ultra-smooth appearance that is going to look fantastic on your desktop.

There’s a super wide cut-out towards the back of the top panel, this means that your monitor cables has a little clearance at the back and this is especially important if your desk it installed against a wall as you’ll likely want the SST-MR01 pushed right to the back of your desk.

The clearance isn’t huge here, but there’s just enough room underneath for your average keyboard or any other bits and bobs you want tucked a little out of the way, such as USB hubs, memory card readers etc.

The whole thing has been treated to a silky smooth black coating, giving it a premium look and feel from every angle.

The SST-MR01 is cut from very thick aluminium, there’s absolutely no bend or flex to the unit and it’s actually pretty heavy too, I wouldn’t suggest dropping it on your foot any time soon, that’s for sure!

Turtle Beach Stealth 420X Xbox One Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Turtle Beach, easily one of the most recognisable audio brand names on the market today. Love them or hate them, there’s no doubt in my mind that Turtle Beach have created some truly fantastic gaming headsets over the years and after several recent successes, I’m hoping to see them continue that trend with the release of their Ear Force Stealth 420X. The 420X follows the premium grade, and premium priced, Turtle Beach 800X. The 800X is a £250 behemoth with a tour de force of features, but likely more so that most people need, or can afford. The 420X clocks in at a much more affordable £150, but still offers many of the thrills and features of its bigger brother, so let’s jump in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

“Welcome to the Ear Force Stealth 420X, an officially-licensed Xbox One gaming headset with the freedom of 100% fully wireless, crystal-clear game and chat audio. The Stealth 420X comes loaded with a suite of must-have features for every Xbox gamer, including Mic Monitoring, independent game and chat audio controls, four audio presets including Bass Boost, a rechargeable battery with up to 15 hours of wireless gaming life and mobile compatibility via mobile cable with in-line mic — all packed into an cutting-edge, affordable, simple-to-set-up fully wireless gaming headset.”
The packaging is nothing too complex, with a nice picture of the headset on the front, a few of the main specifications; it keeps in theme with what we’re used to seeing from Turtle Beach.

The box is really nicely packaged, with everything in tidy boxes in their own compartments.

In the box, you’ll find the usual literature, as well as all the required cables for setup and operation. There’s a 4-pole 3.5mm cable with in-line single button controller and pin-hole microphone, USB charging cable, USB dongle and the detachable microphone boom.

The headset is really nicely designed, with a mixture of stealthy matte black plastics and a few glossy touches, such as the backplates on the left and right drivers. The Turtle Beach logo in the centre of the ear cup has LED backlighting and the one on this side also doubles as the master power button.

The headset is very adjustable and each driver can be rotated inwards, making it more comfortable to wear around your neck between games and also helping to provide a better fit over your ears.

There’s a good amount of pivot, helping to provide an ever closer fit over your ears.

The headband is extendable, on the smallest setting, it’s suitable for younger games and at the maximum, it even fit on my own oversized head with no issues.

On the edges of the ear cups, you’ll find all the major controls. On one side the microphone boom socket.

On the other side, the 3.5mm line-in, USB charging port, chat and game volume controls, microphone mute button and profile selector.

The headband is lightweight and durable, with a funky embossed Turtle Beach logo.

The ear cups are nicely padded with a perforated leather material, giving you lots of comfort.

More of the same padding on the inside of the headband. It doesn’t look much, but it feels supportive and comfortable when you’re wearing the headset.

The microphone has a full flexible boom, making it super easy to find a position that works best for you, plus you can remove it completely for the times you just want headphones, or to use the in-line microphone on the 4-pole 3.5mm cable.

TteSports Isurus Pro In-Ear Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


There’s no shortage of gaming headsets on the market for you to choose from. There are seemingly endless variations of performance, shape, size and price catered for, but for the most part, they’re often quite similar. The latest headset from TteSports, the gaming division of Thermaltake looks set to do things a little bit differently and while I admit, there may be other headsets in the world like this, I’ve certainly never seen a gaming headset quite like this.

“ISURUS PRO – The new generation of the ISURUS gaming headset, the ISURUS PRO is professionally engineered for Professional gamers and featuring a world’s first detachable microphone. The ISURUS PRO offers clear communication between gamers during intense gameplay by adjusting the microphone to ensure you have a perfect fit. The ISURUS PRO also delivers an astonishing audio and gaming experience with its comfortable ear-fit, allowing players to feel great for long periods of practicing or playing games! The ISURUS PRO also features a compact and powerful 13.5MM dynamic driver!”

The Isurus Pro is a high-end in-ear gaming headset, but unlike the small ear bud designs, it features huge 13.5mm drivers that sit just outside of the ear bud, so I’m sure we can expect some punchy audio performance today. To top it off, it also features a small boom microphone, a welcome change as most, if not all, in-ear headphones feature an on-cable pin hole microphone.

The headset features a unique design, with those large 13.5mm drivers making up the bulk of the unit, a set of ear hooks, which are like a smaller version of those found on in-ear sport headphones.

The packaging is tiny, but then again, so is the headset. There’s a few details listed on the front of the box, such as the detachable microphone, secure fit system and the 3-button remote.

In the box, you’ll find a set of in-ear rubber buds, to help better tailor the fit to your ears, a 3.5mm to dual 3.5mm adaptor so you can use the headset on your PC, not just on mobile devices, a carry pouch and the manual.

The headset comes hard-wired with a flat, tangle-free, rubber cable. The cable is lightweight, feels rather durable despite the fact it’s quite thin and obviously, it comes in a gorgeous bright red.

The hard-wired cable comes fitted with a 4-pole gold-plated 3.5mm jack, making it perfectly compatible with a wide range of handheld devices, such as smartphones, portable consoles and MP3 players.

The cable comes with an on-cable remote. It’s pretty basic, but for those using it on a mobile device, these multimedia controls will be a very welcome addition.

The detachable microphone is really nice and features a durable metal boom with a funky cable pass-through design, almost like it was sewn through it.

At the end of the boom, you’ll find a pinhole for the actual microphone component.

There’s also a small Tt logo on the reverse side of the microphone.

It can be easily disconnected, perfect for the times you simply want to use the headset as headphones, but easily reconnected for when you need voice chat capabilities.

The Tt Dragon adds to the overall design and is located between the driver and the honeycomb backplate.

The ear buds are angled down to allow them to fit snugly into your ear. The red rubber component fits into your ear also while the red rubber hook helps hold it firmly in place. The larger driver section sits just beyond the ear, allowing the headset to have larger drivers that otherwise wouldn’t fit into your ears.

The protective bag is great, as it allows you to bundle everything safely away when you’re done and it’s also small enough to keep snug in your backpack, making it perfect for those who travel or have gaming notebooks.