NZXT and Ducky Booth at Insomnia i52

NZXT recently joined forces to offer gamers a great chance to get a special edition Ducky Shine 3.0 keyboard alongside the incredible NZXT H440 chassis. This partner ship seems to have lasted a while longer as both brands are on the same booth this year to show off their latest wares, these include the latest cases from NZXT such as the H440 and the 230, their new X31, X41 and X61 coolers, CAM and more. Meanwhile you’ll also find a massive range of Ducky keyboards, ranging from a few popular fan favourites, to their Ducky Shine 3.0.

There are a lot of keyboards on display, but most of the are just customised Shine 3.0 boards, showing you just how flexible mechanical keyboards can be in terms of design, especially focusing on the custom key caps. It’s also a great oppertunity for gamers to get hands on with a high-end mechanical keyboard, a nice thing for those who have yet to try one and to find out just why the cost so much more than membrane switch keyboards.

Minecraft at Insomnia i52

It might not have the size or the numbers that we see at Minecon, but Multiplays introduction of Minecraft to iSeries was one of the best things to ever happen to the event. The Minecraft exhibition is one of the biggest attractions here at the show and while it does appeal to all ages, it’s more common for families to come down with their kids to really get hands on with the game in a more social environment and learn about competitive eSports.

There have been loads of prizes given away, with many other competitions happing in and around the Minecraft featured events. The crowds are constantly enjoying this section of the show and there are always plenty of people either playing or waiting in line to jump in on the action.

If you’re a Minecraft fan or you want to see what all the fuss is about, then stop by and take part in the festivities.

In Win 707 Series Chassis at Insomnia i52

The In Win booth was a little busy last time we visited it, but they’ve been nice enough to move their S-Frame build nearer the front of the booth for us to take a couple of extra pictures and also take a closer look at some of the features on their new 707 series of chassis. The 707 isn’t entirely new, they’re in fact the GT1 and GR-One chassis with a couple of new panels. This is no bad thing, the GR-One was awesome, but the new aluminium finish front panel and 5.25″ drive bay door look stunning and the top panel has been revised to allow for better water and air cooling support.

The GT1 has been given a similar treatment, a new front and top panel that really brings them up to date and I can’t wait to take a closer look at both of them in a featured review in the coming weeks, when we’ll also be bringing you a review of their upcoming £250 mini-ITX chassis, the D-Frame Mini.

Stay tuned for more and enjoy the pictures below!

Borderlands, League of Legends and Evolve at Insomnia i52

There are loads of gaming booths setup here at Insomnia i52, which obviously should go without saying given that this is a gaming event after all! jagex are here with their new Transformers game, Gearbox have brought along Borderlands: The Pre Sequel and League of Legends have a huge gaming setup, but most popular of all is Evolve. Evolve and Borderlands are commanding big waiting lines, but everyone seems happy to wait for a go on the games. Unfortunately we couldn’t get in to take pictures of the new games, as any attempt to photograph the screens resulted in some angry looks from the developers, but a few games on Borderlands and Evolve were enough to convince me that they’ll be two of the biggest selling games this year.

The League of Legends stand was run by Riot and had plenty of Corsair rigs running for gamers to sit down and try out the game, given the popularity of LoL here at the show, it’s nice for people to be able to see what all the fuss was about between the big money tournaments and eSports teams who are competing on this game over the weekend.

Cooler Master and CM Storm Booth at Insomnia i52

Cooler Master have one of the biggest booths here at the show, not only have they brought along a wide range of chassis products ranging from their budget friendly N200 right up to their behemoth HAF Stacker and Cosmos II, but they’ve also brought along a huge range of gaming peripherals from their CM Storm range.

One of the most interesting new products here is the soon to be release Toper switch keyboard, a flagship product for CM Storm and one that has been highly anticipated due to its ultra premium switch technology, it won’t be cheap, but it’s already turning heads in the industry.

Their rigs are setup for people to sit down and play some games, but it’s their keyboard demo that’s really drawing the crowd. You have to strike all the keys on one of their Aluminium series keyboard as fast as possible and set a time, those who rank well will be walking away with plenty of cool prizes.

CCL Computers at Insomnia i52

CCL are one of the UKs top computer retailers and they’ve become one of the most popular booths here at iSeries due to their long lasting presence at the show. Not only are they on hand to offer a great range of products at special trade show prices, such as discounts on a range of Cooler Master peripherals, but they’ve also got competitions, games to play, rigs to try out and of course their legendary iSeries T-shirts, which are unique and highly desired at every show.

The team have been working hard and their booth has been packed all weekend, most likely thanks to it being the very first booth as you walk through the door. If you have chance to stop by and check out their playable gaming PCs, I highly recommend it and don’t forget to ask for your free T-shirt before they run out!

Chillblast at Insomnia i52

Chillblast are back at iSeries once again and they’ve brought along some of their latest gaming systems for you to try out on their booth. Most interesting of all their stuff has to be one of their little gaming laptops it’s hooked up with a couple of controllers for people to play Street Fighter, and given the competitive gaming nature of this show, it’s proving very popular.

They’ve also got a very nice triple monitor setup with a racing wheel, a real treat for those who can only dream of owning such a setup and anyone is welcome to sit down and play a few laps. If that’s not your thing then you can also try out many of today’s latest games on their AMD 295×2 gaming rig which has been fitted inside the lovely Aerocool DS Cube chassis.

If you’re at the show, make sure you take time to stop by this booth and check them out!

The Legendary Insomnia i52 Pub Quiz [Gallery]

We stopped by the legendary Insomnia pub quiz at i52. Multiplay are well known for their crazy antics at the quiz, a good laugh for those at the show and for those taking part / watching on the live stream. We know many eTeknix readers are at the show this weekend, so I put my beer down for long enough to whip around with the camera and see how many of you we could find, enjoy!

Gigabyte Booth at Insomnia i52

Gigabyte are no stranger to Insomnia events and we’re very happy to see them back again at this years show. They’ve brought along some of their latest and greatest products for everyone to get hands on with and try out and their booth is buzzing with activity and things to do.

One of the biggest draws for the Gigabyte booth is their Lego set. You can take part in their little competition and build one of their latest motherboards using the most popular toy in the world. Now I’m all for building motherboards with Lego (wouldn’t be the first time either!), but I’m not sure what’s more popular with the crowd, the fact that it’s a Gigabyte board, or the fact that they simply get to play with Lego, tough call. If that’s not your cup of tea, then they’ve also got a Gigabyte branded table football setup, games such as Plants Vs Zombies (more popular that you might think and a whole lot more, so drop by the booth and check it out as it’s a great chance to get on with some high-end gaming laptop, multi-monitor gaming rigs and other cool gadgets.

Of course you’ll also be able to check out their latest products and get information from the team who are on hand to answer any questions. Here’s hoping they’re back at i52, so long as they bring more Lego!

XFX and Eclipse Computers Booth at Insomnia i52

XFX and Eclipse computers are sharing a pretty cool booth here at Insomnia i52, it’s packed full of awesome gaming rigs from Eclipse Computers in a wide range of chassis such as the NZXT H440, the InWin 904 and the Aerocool DS Dead Silence Cube, giving visitors to the booth a great chance to see the kind of builds and quality they offer in their rigs.

They’ve got a triple  monitor gaming PC with a racing wheel setup too, but unfortunately for the XFX team someone got crazy and snapped the clams on the wheel, leaving it out of commission for a while… I didn’t even get a go on it before it broke!

They’ve rolled out their truly unique Type 01 Bravo chassis, the build is nothing fancy, but it does feature the gargantuan Radeon R9 295X2, a card that never fails to impress. While also having a range of XFX products such as their popular PSUs on display for you to come and check out.

Tesoro Booth at Insomnia i52

Tesoro are easily one of my all time favorite gaming brands, they’ve got a range of awesome and rather unique peripherals that to me, really stand out from the crowd. They’ve got a tidy little booth setup in the middle of the hall where you can get hands on with their headsets such as the Kuven 7.1, as well as their range of peripherals such as the Lobera Supreme, Tizona and more.

Not only that, but you can also buy these products from their booth, with some tasty trade show discounts too! That being said, there may be discounts, there may be great peripherals for you to try out and the staff on the booth are certainly polite and helpful… but they have free balloons! If free balloons aren’t enough to get you to the booth, nothing will be.

Razer Booth at Insomnia i52

We stopped by the Razer booth at Insomnia i52 to check out their latest gaming hardware and play some games. The Razer booth certainly stands out from the crowd here at iSeries, it’s pretty hard to ignore a giant green and black double decker bus inside a building. The Gamer Bus as it is know is proving pretty popular with the crowd and people are waiting patiently to get inside and play on the many gaming rigs that have been packed inside it.

Those not eager to get on a bus and play games can check out the main booth, packed to the brim with the latest Razer peripherals and it’s a great opportunity to get hands on with them as it can often be tricky to try things out if you generally shop online. The Razer team are also on hand to give out advise on their products and run you through the features, a great learning opportunity for those that don’t know their membrane from the Cherry MX.

Finally we’ve got the mini Razer stage, great for pulling up a chair and enjoying some of the tournaments here at the show. If you’re at the show, you can’t miss the Razer booth, so stop by and have some fun!

MSI Booth at Insomnia i52

The MSI booth has been really busy this weekend, so we stopped by to check out what all fuss was about. The first thing you’ll see is this massive MSI box Jenga, pretty self explanatory and certainly a lot of fun to play around with.

There are loads of awesome gaming PCs on display for you to try out and play some great games.

There are a load of prizes to be won, bargains to be found both in and around the booth.

 

A pair of high end gaming rigs setup, the one on the left is the MSI Nightblade, the rig on the right is a custom build courtesy of Tom Logan (TTL).

Anyone is free to take a turn on these rigs, play a few laps and set the fastest time they can, with prizes being given to those who come out on top.

Another one of the many custom Parvum rigs at this weekends show, this one comes with dual stacked front rads and is of course fitted with MSI components.

:eague of Legends tournament, drop by, play a few rounds, perhaps win some awesome MSI branded SteelSeries headsets.

Their flagship GT72 gaming laptop, this is a brand new system from them and it is an absolute beast!

 


There is still a lot more coverage from this weekends show to come, so stay tuned for even more!

Kingston & iiyama Booth at Insomnia i52

It looks like iiyama and Kingston have joined forces this year for a shared booth, although in fairness this whole booth is a shrine to many other brands too, with OCUK, Cube, NZXT, Team Dignitas and more having products strutting their stuff around it.

The booth is kitted out with high-end gaming rigs and they’ve got their eSports team lined up here on Hyperx / iiyama equipped systems, doing what they do best, play games!

A custom Hyper X Parvum chassis.

4K monitors hooked up to high-end rigs, what’s not to love!

Some fun and games.

Check back shortly as we’ll have even more coverage from this weekends event here in Coventry.

Overclockers UK Booth at Insomnia i52

We’re hanging out at the Overclockers UK booth chatting with legendary overclocked and modder 8 Pack (pictured above on the left). Overclockers are one of the biggest and best computer retailers here in the UK and they’ve brought all kinds of cool gadgets along with them for you to check out at the show.

They’re also still running their famous deliver to desk service, providing a life line for those in need of replacement parts, upgrades and more at the show, a vital service when you have a few thousand games in the other halls.

The Nvidia Shield tablet was on display for people to try out, so far it has been a popular attraction and we’re certainly fans of this mighty powerful little device.

Overclockers sell gaming PCs and their booth is littered with many of their popular choices, ready for you to pull up a seat and play some games.

The Emperor gaming rig is here again, always a show favourite and the crowd just loves having a go on this £10,000 behemoth setup that is unlike any gaming desk on the market.

That’s everything from this booth for today, but we’ll be back shortly with even more coverage from this weekends event.

 

PC Specialist Booth at Insomnia i52

Time to check out the booth of the awesome PC Specialist, they’ve rocked up with their latest gaming rigs for lucky punters to try out. They’ve got loads of high-end gaming PCs as well as a wide collection of high-end gaming laptops running many of the latest games for you to stop by and try out.

Obviously PC Specialist sell systems which can be made to order, but this booth is a great chance to find out how well they perform and see what this company is all about. They’re also running some competitions on the booth, so if you get chance to stop by, we highly recommend you do.

That’s everything from the PC Specialist booth for now, but check back later as we will have more great coverage from this weekends event.

InWin Booth at Insomnia i52

Here we are at the InWin booth at Insomnia i52 and they’ve rolled out their latest and greatest products for everyone at the show to checkout and enjoy. Most notable is the S-Frame in the back, the D-Frame and their soon to be released D-Frame Mini chassis.

They’ve got plenty of games running on their rigs for people to stop by and play, while they’re on the booth they can learn about who InWin are and what products they have right now. Some really nice builds on show here and well worth checking out if you’re at the show.

That’s everything from the InWin booth for today, check back shortly as we bring you even more coverage from this weekends event.

Scan Computers Booth at Insomnia i52

The Insomnia i52 event in Coventry, UK, is now in full swing and the crowds are flooding through the doors to check out the latest and greatest technology in the exhibitors hall. Our first stop this weekend is the Scan booth, they’ve got some really great stuff on display this time around, ranging from peripherals, PC cases, graphics cards and plenty of systems setup for people to take a seat and enjoy some gaming action on many of today’s latest games.

First up we have the new be quiet! chassis, which we’ll have in for review very soon, so stay tuned for more on this one!

The new Corsair RGB keyboard strutting its funky stuff.

The lovely new Air 240 kitted out with a custom water cooled build.

The robotic looking teletubby rocked up to say hi, awesome outfit, but I’m not sure why or what he was trying to promote.

The new Scan 3XS Battlebox Z, not cheap, but with a Titan in there, you know it packs some serious punch.

A custom 3XS system on display, The Bear.

 

More gaming rigs setup for people to drop by and play some games, each kitted with Corsair chassis and Asus peripherals.

A custom Red Harbinger desk fitted with a high end gaming rig, three monitors and a PlayStation 4.

Even more gaming rigs to play on.

Their ultimate racing rig setup.

More custom rigs and a sales desk for those wanting to purchase items, take advantage of even deals and more.

That’s everything from the Scan booth for today, but we’ll be back with more coverage of i52 very shortly.

Indie Zone booth at Insomnia i52

One of the more unique attractions here at Insomnia i52 was the Indie Zone, a collection of smaller gaming areas where smaller developers have chosen to setup everything from Oculus Rift to consoles for people to come and play their latest games or in development projects.

There are a lot of very weird and wonderful games to try out, but it’s well worth stopping by and trying them out, especially for those seeking a break from the AAA blockbusters that dominate much of the event and I highly recommend you stop by this section just to try out the Oculus Rift DK2, any excuse to play with one is a good excuse.

If you want to take time and speak with the developers about the games on display, they’ve got plenty of time for you and we’ve had a lot of fun trying out these fun little titles, many of which we expect are already available on services such as Steam.

Enjoy the gallery below and if you’re at the show, drop by the Indie Zone and have some fun!