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.

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!

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.

Element Gaming Hyperion Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


Atomic Gaming is a very new player on the component market, offering a range of peripherals and most importantly, today at least, a range of chassis targeted at the gaming market. Their latest model is the Hyperian Micro-ATX and it comes in that increasingly popular cube-style form factor that acts as a nice step up from the mini-ITX craze that hit the market a couple of years ago. We recently reviewed one of the Element Gaming chassis range a few weeks ago, the Atomic ITX and it was a fantastic little product, so I’m hoping this new product will at least live up to that standard; you can check out the full review of the Atomic ITX here.

“The Hyperion is designed specifically for gamers and multimedia enthusiasts who want to build a high-specification computer in a small form factor case. The Hyperion chassis can house either a micro ATX or mini ITX motherboard and the roomy interior offers plenty of space for the PC builder.”

As you can see, the Hyperion has modest but capable specifications, with room for (up to) Micro-ATX motherboards, long graphics cards and plenty of storage, so let’s jump in and take a much closer look at what else this chassis has to offer.

Technical Spec

  • Materials – Steel / Plastic
  • Colours – Black / Blue
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) – 330 x 275 x 330mm
  • Motherboard sizes – Micro ATX, Mini ITX
  • Clear side panel
  • USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1, Audio input x 2
  • External bays 5.25″ – 1 (removable)
  • Internal bays 3.5″ – 5 (2+3)
  • Internal bays 2.5″ – 7 (2 + 5)
  • PCI slots – 5

The first thing you’ll notice is that the Hyperion is quite square, this is due to its dual compartment design, on the left you’ll have your main hardware and the right side your PSU and storage. The left side panel has a pair of thumb screws holding it in place and a nice and clear side panel window to show off your system build.

The front panel is nicely finished, with rounded edges on the sides, a 5.25″ drive bay cover near the top and to give it a little flair there’s a little bit of blue trip on the seam between the top panel and the rest of the chassis.

the right side panel is a rather functional design, offering extra ventilation to the internal hardware. Most importantly will be the vent at the bottom, as this will feed air to the PSU which mounts there. Both of the vents have clip-in mesh dust filters on the interior; not the best kind of filter, but it’ll get the job done.

Around the back, you’ll find a small handle area that allows you to pull the top panel off, two rubber grommets, a 120mm fan mount with optional 92/80mm mounts and five expansion slots. As I said before, you’ll be mounting your PSU behind the motherboard area and it will need to be mounted on its side to accommodate it, but any ATX PSU should fit with ease.

The top panel is a little love hate, I love it, it looks cool… but I suspect it looks a little like an air conditioner; oh well, those holes are for cooling I guess!

The main I/O is nicely designed with the power and USB 2.0 port on the first block, USB 3.0 and an audio jack on each of the next two, then the large power button. A nice little touch is that the power button is trimmed with the same blue as the underside of the top panel.

The base of the chassis has four feet with rubber grips, handy for those who don’t want it sliding around their desktop! There’s also two separate dust filters, perfect for any base mounted cooling and they should be easy to maintain.