HyperX Cloud Revolver Pro Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


HyperX is one of the most instantly recognisable brands in the PC market today, and that’s no surprise given that they have produced many fantastic quality memory products that are in countless systems around the world. They took a dive into the world of peripherals a few years ago, releasing their much-praised Cloud headset, and later their Cloud II. Now HyperX is back again with what is set to be their greatest headset to date, the HyperX Cloud Revolver.

Studio-grade sound stage for a competitive edge.

“HyperX Cloud RevolverTM has a wider audio range that creates depth and width for improved audio precision. Get the competitive edge by hearing your opponents’ location more accurately, even when they’re further away. Re-engineered audio pro les create a larger sound stage that’s ideal for FPS and open-environment gameplay and for a concert hall-like experience when listening to music.” – HyperX

Equipped with high-performance 50mm drivers, HyperX memory foam padding, a detachable noise-cancellation microphone, multi-platform support and TeamSpeak, Discord, Skype, Ventrilo, Mumble and RaidCall certification, the HyperX Cloud Revolver is one of the best equipped headsets you’ll find, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Specifications

Headphone

  • Driver dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
  • Type circumaural, closed back
  • Frequency response 12Hz–28,000 Hz
  • impedance 30 Ω
  • Sound pressure level 104.5dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
  • THD < 2%
  • Input power rated 30mW, maximum 500mW
  • Weight 360g
  • Weight w/ mic 376g
  • Cable length and type headset (1m) + audio control box (2m)
  • Connection headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + audio control box – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs

Microphone

  • Element electret condenser microphone
  • Polar pattern uni-directional, noise-cancelling
  • Frequency response 50Hz–18,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity -40dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)

The packaging is nicely designed, with a great image of the headset on the front, as well as a quick rundown of the main features and supported devices.

Around the back, a quick rundown of the steel frame design, control box, detachable microphone and more.

The box has a slip cover, behind which you’ll find a durable presentation box.

In the box, you’ll find extensive foam padding with the headset stored nice and snug in the middle, as well as the control box.

Finally, you’ll find the control box comes with dual 3.5mm gold-plated headers, and a small in-line controller. There’s also a fully detachable noise-cancelling microphone with a durable boom and a good-sized head.

Western Digital Release New 314GB PiDrive for $31

When it comes to using the Raspberry Pi, one of the key issues is storage. Micro SD cards are limited in size and become more expensive for the larger capacity cards, and while Western Digital have offered a 1TB PiDrive for some time now, its price tag of almost $80 puts it way above the cost of the Pi itself. Now, in order to accompany the Pi 3, Western Digital have announced a smaller 314GB version of PiDrive that will cost just $31.

The new Raspberry Pi 3 may have the power to be a replacement for a fully-fledged PC, but the form factor of the board limits its hardware options. With no on-board storage, the Pi typically relies on a micro SD card slot in order to hold its operating system and other user files or an external hard drive. Unfortunately, not just any external hard drive is supported by the Pi, but Western Digital have been releasing drives specifically designed to be Pi-supported. These drives have been fine-tuned in order to drastically reduce their power draw compared to other mechanical drives and offer a small form-factor. The new PiDrive supports up to a USB 3.0 interface, which can be connected to one of the Raspberry Pi’s USB 2.0 ports. Western Digital even offer a “BerryBoot” installer that can load software and operating systems onto the Pi’s drive at boot-time.

With the Raspberry Pi becoming more and more advanced, it is good to see companies developing peripherals designed to allow the miniature PCs achieve their full potential, especially when it is provided at a price and form-factor to match the Pi itself.

Lian Li Enters the Peripheral Market With a Giveaway


It isn’t often that we as the press get taken by surprise, but today is such a day as Lian Li revealed their entry into the peripheral market with their first ever mouse and keyboard. Usually, we already expected a launch, got hints, teasers, and heads-up notifications, but Lian Li chose to take us all with a surprise this time. To top it all off, Lian Li launched a giveaway for this at the same time.

Very little is known about the new Lian Li peripherals yet and there aren’t any official product pages online yet, but we do have eyes to spot some things based on the limited information. The new line of Mice and Keyboards is called the TerminAL series and comes in a total of 6 colour options: Black, Silver, Gold, Blue, Green, and Red.

The keyboard is a brushed aluminium keyboard with a flat design, but that’s about the information that we get now. There is no mention of switch types, whether it’s mechanical or membrane, and whether it has some extra and unique features.

The TerminAL mouse features two thumb buttons beside the normal left and right mouse button and a scroll wheel. Anything else is up to anyone’s guess right now.

 

We shouldn’t forget about the promotion either, the one where you can be the first one to own one of these new sets in the colour of your choice. The giveaway can be found via Facebook or Lian Li’s blog site. All you have to do to participate is to cast a vote on which colour option you like best.

“We will be giving away three of each color for a total of eighteen combos. Cast your vote anytime from today, March 1st to Friday, March 25th for a chance to win your preferred color! Winners for each color – one per color, six total winners – will be announced every seven days until the end of the event.”

Razer Orbweaver & Tartarus Chroma Gaming Controllers Review

Introduction


Not all gaming keyboards are created equally. Some are full-size, some are TKL and then some are so compact, they’re to be used with just one hand, such as the Razer Orbweaver Chroma and Razer Tartarus Chroma we have in the eTeknix office today. For many games these days, you actually don’t need the full keyboard. Short of playing full-blown simulations games you can get away with a smaller key set, but don’t think that because it’s shorter on keys, that these two controllers don’t offer a huge amount of features, because they’ve got a lot to offer to you and your desktop gaming setup.

We’ve got both models in today to take a look at what they have to offer, the Orbweaver features twenty main keys and Razer’s own design mechanical green switches. The Tartarus features a membrane switch and fifteen main keys, offering a slightly more affordable solution, but still packing the bulk of the features of the more expensive model, such as Razer’s Chroma 16.8 million colour RGB lighting engine, an 8-way thumbpad, a pair of thumb switches, multiple profiles, macros, adjustable ergonomics and more!

Both devices are quite similar, with great specifications, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what they have to offer.

The packaging for both controllers is nicely designed, with a clear image on the front as well as a few of the main specifications. Of course, the Orbweaver also has the details about the Razer Mechanical switches, clearly highlighting it as the premium model of the two.

Around the back, a more detailed run down of the spec in multiple languages, but we’ll get them out the box and take a closer look ourselves.

In the box for the Orbweaver, you’ll find the hard-wired controller, as well as a small collection of documentation.

The same again for the Tartarus.

Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer has one of the most diverse range of gaming mice on the market today, with all kinds of unique shapes, sizes and specifications to suit a vast range of gamer’s and gaming styles. The Diamondback is one of their most iconic mice, having been around in one form or another since 2004, and having undergone several rather major redesigns in that time. Just look at the timeline below and you can see just how far it has developed in that time.

Their latest model is supposed to be the best one yet, ditching the now archaic 1800 DPI 3G infrared sensor in favour of their latest extreme hardware, the 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor, the very same one we recently tested in Razer’s insanely good Mamba 2015 mouse. Designed for use with both left or right hands, as well as a super slim ergonomic design that is ideal for palm, claw or fingertip grips, the Diamondback promises to be a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to gaming, and should appeal to quite a lot of gamers, be that pro gamer or just those who want a nice mouse to use at home.

“The Razer Diamondback made its debut in late 2004 at the World Cyber Games and took the gaming world by storm. This iconic gaming mouse was born from extensive research and engineering, hundreds of design iterations, followed by countless rigorous test sessions with eSports athletes. Featuring the world’s first optical gaming sensor, the original Razer Diamondback delivered the greatest accuracy and speed of its time.” – Razer

Specifications

  • Ambidextrous form factor
  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 g acceleration
  • 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Chroma customizable lighting
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • 7 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 125 mm / 4.92 in (Length) x 60 mm / 2.64 in (Width) x 30 mm / 1.18 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 89 g / 0.09 lbs (without cable)

System Requirements

  • PC or Mac with a free USB port
  • Windows® 10/ Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Mac OS X (v10.8-10.10)
  • Internet connection
  • 100 MB of hard disk space
  • Razer Synapse registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, licence acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

A slim box with a few teasing details on the front, such as the full-spectrum Chroma lighting engine and 16,000 DPI laser sensor.

Around the back, a few more specs, such as the 7-foot braided cable, programmable buttons, Razer synapse and the ambidextrous design.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, a few cool Razer stickers, as well as the hard-wired Diamondback mouse.

The cable is nice and long (7-feet) and comes fitted with a gold-plated USB connector.

CM Storm Xornet II RGB Optical Gaming Mouse

Introduction


Picking the right mouse can make or break your gaming experience. I’m a strong believer that a really great mouse won’t really make you a better gamer, at least not right away, but it can enhance your experience greatly. From having the right ergonomics to leave your hand feeling comfortable, even after a full days work and a late night of gaming, is certainly something you should be looking for in a mouse. Having a smooth and accurate sensor, so you don’t screw up those edits in Photoshop, or miss those headshots in your favourite game, that’s also pretty important. The latest mouse from CM Storm, the Xornet II, promises to great ergonomics, a great sensor and so much more.

“The Xornet II is built from the ground up for gamers who choose to battle it out using a claw grip style. Renowned as the best gaming mouse design for claw grip, every inch of this mouse has been crafted to prevent cramping and provide maximum comfort. Powered by an improved optical sensor, on-the-fly DPI settings, full 16.8 million color illumination, and lift of distance tuning and calibration, the Xornet II stands out among the competition as a comfortable, accurate and affordable weapon to add to your arsenal.”

The new design and upgrade hardware certainly sound promising, and several great mice, such as the Alcor and the Mizar already to their name, I’m eager to see what this mouse can do.

“The Xornet II uses an Avago 3320 optical sensor which is nearly flawless for control and speed, meaning your enemies stay in your crosshairs. And that’s not all. You’ll be prepared for any situation thanks to 3 preset DPI controls (500 – 3500) that can be changed on-the-fly. Go from performing surgery with a shotgun (500 DPI) to lightning fast reaction time shots (3500 DPI). Or open up our new easy-to-use software to find the perfect DPI setting to match your playstyle. An RGB LED in the scroll wheel quickly lets you know your current DPI setting.”

The features are sounding promising, with a good quality Avago 3320 Optical sensor, customisable three setting DPI, RGB lighting and more.

The packing has a nice image of the Xornet II on the front, as well as detailing the optical sensor, lighting and claw-grip design.

Around the back, we’ve got the main specifications, but of course, we’ll take a much closer look at these features in a moment.

In the box, you’ll find a user manual, as well as a hard-wired Xornet II mouse.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50 PC Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Picking the right headset is no easy task, although it may seem quite simple. There’s a huge range of products on the market to pick from, so many that it can be quite daunting trying to find the one that will best suits your needs, or your bank balance. The latest from Turtle Beach, the Recon 50, is targeted at the budget-friendly end of the market and with an RRP of just £29.99, it’s certainly going to appeal to a large part of the market. Obviously, that low price does mean it’s not going to be as amazing as some of the more expensive products on the market, but I am eager to see just how much you can get for such a small price tag.

“Experience the sleek, lightweight design and crystal clear audio of the Ear Force Recon 50 gaming headset. With 40mm Neodymium speakers and in-line controls, the Recon 50 conveniently places Mic Mute and Master Volume at your fingertips, and you can use the high-sensitivity adjustable boom mic for in-game and online chat, and then remove it when listening to music and watching movies. The Ear Force Recon 50 connects to virtually any PC, Mac and mobile/tablet device, and is also compatible with the PlayStation 4 controller, the new Xbox One controller with the 3.5mm headset jack, and other Xbox One controllers via the EAR FORCE Headset Audio Controller (sold separately).”

With powerful drivers, a detachable microphone, multi-format support, a lightweight design, and even a basic in-line controller, the Recon 50 isn’t exactly shy on the features you’re actually going to need. Let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what this headset has to offer.

The packaging is typical Turtle Beach, bright colours and a stylish picture of the headset, with a few of the main specs detailed down the side.

Around the back, we have more information detailing the 40mm drivers, mobile support and detachable microphone.

In the box, you’ll find the headset (obviously), as well as a quick start guide, detachable boom microphone and a 3.5mm 4-pole to dual 3.5mm 3-pole adapter cable.

The Recon 50 comes hard-wired, making it plug and play ready with most devices, including mobile. Just remember that you’ll need the adapter cable (see above) to use the microphone and audio on PC.

What is a little worrying is that the cable is quite thin, especially the part that goes from each driver to the in-line controller. They’re no thicker than most in-ear headphone cables and while they’re going to do the job just fine, extra care should be taken as they could be a little more prone to breaking if you’re a bit rough with them. The in-line controller is a bit basic, but it does have a master volume control and a microphone mute switch, so it’s certainly a welcome addition to the setup.

At first glance, the headset looks to follow the design of most other Turtle Beach headsets. It still has that oval ear cup shape and mounting system, as well as a semi-open back design. However, a few things are slightly different, such as some cheaper materials being used, which is no doubt a requirement for the price to be brought down lower.

The headband is quite thin and while there is an extension slider on each side, the interior components are also plastic. They’ll do the job, but I’d be careful not to sit on your headset any time soon.

On the bottom edge of the headset, there’s a jack socket for the boom microphone. I do like that the microphone is detachable, as it means the headset can double up as headphones for mobile devices.

The ear cups fold inwards, which is great for when you’re wearing the headset around your neck between games.

There’s a good amount of padding on the ear cups, which does provide a snug fit while the leather coverings help block a lot of external noise. They’re a little uncomfortable at first, but as it often the case with this type of padding, it takes time to wear-in to the user. The 40mm drivers in this headset are quite surprising, they’re quite powerful at max volume, have a good amount of  base and bright and clear treble. There could ideally be a little more punch to the mid-ranges, but for gaming, watching movies and listening to music, they sound on par or above most headsets in this price range.

The headband on the Recon 50 is quite thin, with a grippy rubber coating on the top and a little bit of Turtle Beach branding.

There’s minimal padding on the interior, with a rubber grip coating. This isn’t great for comfort, but the headset is lightweight, so you can get away with it. The main issue is that the red rubber coating grips your hair, sure it keeps the headset in place, but trying to adjust the headset during use can feel a little uncomfortable.

The microphone boom isn’t the most flexible, but you can bend it a bit to get a more ideal speaking position. Much like the drivers, I was pleasantly surprised by the microphone performance. It’s bright and clear with no distortion and at this price, that’s more than enough to make me happy.

QPAD Announce DX-20 Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

 

QPAD have just revealed their latest gaming mouse, the DX-20, which features an ambidextrous design and even more importantly, the first new mouse body shape for QPAD in seven years.

the DX-20 is a multi-surface mouse, making it ideal to use on a wide range of desktop types, gaming surfaces and more. That not the only perk of their new optical sensor either, which also features game-critical zero-mouse acceleration, offering precise 1:1 movement.

“The new ambidextrous shape works for both left and right-handed players, and the ergonomic advantages apply in either case. The mouse sits comfortably in your hand and the grip is perfectly balanced and works for either palm or claw-grip.” said QPAD

The Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1 inspired design, it’s certainly a familiar shape, offering great ergonomics for palm or claw-grip play styles.  Add to that a powerful ARM processor, QPAD’s ‘Qlidz’ feet, seven programmable buttons, macro recording and more!

“Few optical products can match the DX-20’s ability to work on so many surfaces. So if you’re gaming from an unfamiliar mouse pad or on no mouse pad at all, you won’t be disadvantaged. In fact, with the DX-20, you can hit the ground running!” added QPAD

The mouse is launching today at Dreamhack, but should be available at retailers shortly with an RRP of 69 EUR.

TteSports Poseidon Z RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


RGB keyboards are all the rage right now, with every major manufacturer churning out updated and new models of their hardware with fancy new colour customisation features. TteSports aren’t the first or the last to join this race, and the extremely popular Poseidon series now features RGB Kailh mechanical switches, giving us the Poseidon Z RGB. The keyboard comes in a choice of Blue and Brown switches, giving you a nice selection between tactile and acoustic response.

RGB lighting is one thing, but without customisation it isn’t much fun. You’ll find a range of presets on offer that will allow you to adapt the colour scheme to your liking.

“The POSEIDON Z RGB Gaming Keyboard – A simple yet astonishing spectrum keyboard; it offers extreme customization options for users to play with, energizing you with the colors to take gaming style to the next level with experiencing the colorful of life. With the layering and colorbar concepts, our basic customizable backlighting has been evolved for extreme customization. It gives a spectrum of visual effects featuring 16.8 million colors and provided users the easiest way to tune and most importantly, it colors up your life!”

Check out the video below for a quick look at the features on offer from the Poseidon Z RGB.

On-the-fly macro recording, 100% anti-ghosting, 104 Key rollover, on-board memory and so much more, this should be an interesting keyboard, so let’s get cracking and take a closer look.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the keyboard on the front, as well as the switch type; Kailh Blue.

Around the back, a more detailed rundown of the features, as well as that oh-so-important TteSports certified sticker. This means that the keyboards switches are guaranteed for five years! That’s pretty incredible and should give customers some confidence in the build quality.

Aside from the keyboard, there’s not a whole lot in the box, just the warranty policy and the quick installation guide.

The keyboard comes hard-wired with a fairly standard USB cable, nothing fancy, but nothing bad either.

G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 RGB Laser Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


When you think of the name G.Skill, I bet you think of memory products. That’s hardly surprising, as their Ripjaws memory are regarded as some of the best in the world and are loved by overclockers, system builders, modders and more around the world. All that is about to change, as G.Skill are taking the PC gaming world by storm, with a very exciting range of gaming peripherals that will change how you see the name G.Skill forever.

Check out the rather awesome product video from G.Skill below for a quick look at some of the cool features on offer.

The first of their new products in the Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse. Equipped with all the high-end features you could hope for, it’s build for everyone from pro gamers to those who just want something cool to use in the office.

“Ambidextrous design, interchangeable side grips, height-adjustable palm rest, on-board profile storage, adjustable weights, Avago laser sensor, Omron micro-switch, 8 fully programmable buttons and customizable 4-zone RGB backlighting. The RIPJAWS MX780 laser gaming mouse is designed and built with durability and practicality in mind for the ultimate gaming experience in glorious RGB lighting.”

As you can see, the specifications are certainly attractive, with a high-end sensor, 4-zone RGB lighting, on-board memory, adjustable weight and more!

The packaging is nicely designed, with all the main specs on the front, as well as a few details about the RGB lighting.

Around the back, a more detailed run down of the features, but let’s get it out of the box and take a much closer look.

In the box, you’ll find the owner’s manual, a couple of attachments, as well as the hard-wired mouse.

First up, we have an Allen key adjustment tool, as well as two 4.5G weights for tuning the mouse.

You’ll find two additional side mounts for the mouse, allowing you to tweak the ergonomics and even convert it to a fully left-hand mouse.

The cable is treated with a glossy black braided, which adds to the overall style and durability. It is finished off with a custom shape USB header and gold plating.

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.

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!

Apple Releasing New Peripherals For Macs

One way you change how you use your technology is by changing the peripherals. The term peripherals covers everything from your mouse and keyboard to that USB Hub you thought you would never need. Apple intends to help Mac users change by releasing a new set of peripherals that will build on the success their last generation had. With three reworks of old peripherals, all experiencing changes lets see how they work out.

First up is the mouse with the smallest amount of changes, by removing the thin plastic plate at the bottom of the mouse (we will cover why they did this in a minute) and by making it slightly longer. Apart from that the Magic Mouse 2 is selling at $79, only a fraction more than the old $69 mouse.

Next up is the keyboard. Designed to sit at an angle the keyboard now has a natural slope to the metal sheet that holds it, this new metal design features keys which are ever so slightly bigger but still placed in the same location as the old keys. Simply by reducing the large gaps in between the keys they have managed to make it feel and work better while not giving you that awkward few days when your still getting used to that new keyboard layout.

Finally, you have the trackpad. Built on the same slope and in the same size it can now sit alongside the keyboard without sticking out like an eyesore. With a wider surface and the ability to click anywhere on the trackpad and with support for Force touch the new trackpad looks to help users all throughout. Sadly at $129 is not something I think you can just buy on a whim.

Finally, there is the little piece of plastic we have neglected up until now that was removed from the mouse. The reason is quite simple, there is no need for batteries. The new generation of Apple peripherals come with built-in batteries which can charge nine hours of power in two minutes thanks to the lightning cable. At full charge they are looking at around a month of use.

Are you excited about these new features to the Apple catalogue or are a little put off by the prices? Tell us in the comments.

Thank you The Verge for the information and image.

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.

Roccat Unveils New Kova Gaming Mouse

Roccat has announced the new Kova gaming mouse featuring an ambidextrous design and streamlined shape to create maximum comfort across a wide range of grip styles. Additionally, the Kova utilizes a 3500 native dpi Pro-Optic r5 sensor which extends up to 7000 dpi for extreme sensitivity gameplay. To help with demanding tasks, the mouse is powered by a 72MHz Turbo Core V2 32-bit ARM-based MCU and contains 512KB of on-board memory.

The Kova also opts for a 12-bit data channel, 1000Hz polling rate, 1ms response time, 1.8m braided cable and employs 20G of acceleration. In the peripheral market, RGB lighing is the latest trend and embedded into the Kova. You can adjust the colour of the scroll wheel and mouse rim to individual shades or use visual lighting effects. Roccat’s Swarm software is an essential addition to adjust button arrangements, and other visual tweaks.

The Kova houses a wide array of programmable side buttons which are easily accessible without having to move your hand. This should make the device an excellent choice for various genres. Also, the mouse comes in either a white or black finish and is visually stunning. As white components become more popular, it’s imperative for manufacturers to create products to match a certain theme.

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.

Cougar Reveals 700M eSports Gaming Mouse

Cougar has announced an eSports version of the highly-rated 700M gaming mouse which adopts a striking red/black or blue/white colour scheme. The device utilizes an Avago ADNS-9800, 8200 DPI laser sensor for ultra-precise and responsive movement. Additionally, there are 8 programmable buttons, an aluminum shell and rubber coating on the side to enhance comfort. Technically, the mouse is virtually identical to the existing 700M but the eSports branding refers to the revised, and quite flashy aesthetic design.

There’s no indication of the mouse’s price but expect a noticeable increase from the base model’s $60 tag. As with any mouse, the suitability revolves around your grip style and personal taste. The 700M should work rather nicely with smaller hands and users who prefer a claw grip. As the financial success of eSports grows year-after-year, manufacturers attempt to cater to a new breed of gamers looking for professional-grade hardware. Despite all the advances in sensor technology, I’m still waiting for a mouse which matches the feel of my old, trusty Logitech MX518.

The 700M is an excellent choice for gamers wanting a reliable mouse with an unusual style. I personally love the white and blue colour scheme which matches my all-white custom build extremely well.  Therefore, I can see this becoming a popular model as the black and red colour design is quite common on a wide range of popular mice.

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,

Razer Unveils Esports Focussed Wildcat Controller

Razer has announced the Wildcat controller which is an alternative to Microsoft’s modular-designed Elite gamepad. Retailing at $150, the Wildcat is touted as a “pro-gamer-validated, tournament-grade” device featuring ultra-responsive buttons and a comfortable shape to reduce hand fatigue during long gaming sessions. The layout is remarkably similar to the Xbox Elite controller and includes a huge array of customizable buttons which allows you to alter the gamepad to your own taste.

Technical Specification:

  • 2 shoulder Hyperesponse Multi-Function Bumpers
  • 2 removable Hyperesponse Multi-Function Triggers
  • 4 Hyperesponse ABXY action buttons
  • 4 button Quick Control Panel
  • Optional trigger stops for rapid-fire
  • Zero slow-turn analog joysticks
  • 3.5 mm audio port for stereo audio output and microphone input
  • Optional rubber palm grips
  • Quick-release cable feature
  • Carrying case
  • Detachable 3 m / 10 ft lightweight braided fiber cable with Micro-USB connector
  • Approximate size : 106 mm / 4.17” (Length) x 156 mm / 6.14” (Width) x 66 mm / 2.60” (Height)
  • Approximate weight (without cable) : 260 g / 0.57 lbs

From the rear angle, we can see the ergonomic placement of various buttons, USB charging port and optional rubber grip covers.A closer look unveils two easily accessible triggers predominately used for racing games. Thankfully, these can be removed if they interfere with your natural hand posture.

The package also includes removable textured thumbsticks and offers the choice between a convex or concave setup. I have to admit though that the included screwdriver looks very cheap, and something you would expect from a $1 mobile phone repair kit. Another benefit of Razer’s design means you can opt for a lavish green finish or traditional looking Xbox One colour scheme. Personally, I think the default styling has a fairly tacky feel and doesn’t contain the elegance of Microsoft’s Elite controller.

It’s fascinating to see a competitor to the extremely expensive Microsoft Elite controller so soon, and with an identical price point, it’s difficult to say which offers the best value for money. Obviously, Razer has a certain appeal amongst PC Gamers as a brand and this could make the Wildcat sell rather well. However, on initial impressions alone, I would opt for the official Microsoft version instead.

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.