SteelSeries Unveils The Apex M500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Steelseries is one of the most respected peripheral manufacturers and quickly gained a reputation for producing reliable products without gimmicks. For example, the SteelSeries 6Gv2 offers astounding build quality and feels incredibly robust even when you try to bend the keyboard from an angle. There’s also products like the Sensei which proved to be really popular. Of course, competition in the mechanical keyboard industry is fierce due to the might of Corsair and Razer.

Today, SteelSeries announced their latest keyboard entitled The Apex M500. This particular model opts for Cherry MX Red switches and blue LED backlighting. Furthermore, the keyboard incorporates anti-ghosting technology and opts for a traditional layout. It also supports SteelSeries Engine software to customize lighting and create custom commands. Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, Carry for Evil Geniuses Dota 2 explained why the Apex M500 was his favourite keyboard thus far:

“The APEX M500 is my new keyboard of choice. It’s a tank and lives up to the quality of the 6Gv2, the mechanical keyboard that I’ve been using for a year now,”

“This keyboard is everything I think a majority of players look for when it comes to quality and feel, it’s going to be a product that will be used at the pro level for a long, long time.”

Here we can see a synopsis of the keyboard’s main features:

Cherry MX Red Switches
The #1 preferred choice of pro gamers worldwide, Cherry MX Red mechanical switches provide remarkable consistency and durability. With the worlds best switch rating for gaming and a 50 million press guarantee, Cherry MX keys continue to be an essential part of any gamers arsenal.

SteelSeries Engine Software
SteelSeries’ acclaimed software delivers the ultimate level of individual customization for gamers. Pros and enthusiasts can program individual keys for unique combinations, create advanced macros for faster gaming commands, launch game profiles automatically, and create unlimited profiles to unlock infinite gaming possibilities.

Cable Management and Anti-Ghosting
SteelSeries’ Apex M500 showcases a smart cable management system with three cable guides that adapts to your keyboard setup to eliminate tangles and interference. It is also armed with 100% Anti-Ghosting technology with 104 key rollover to ensure precision no matter how fast you play.

Unfortunately, it seems the Apex M500 only comes with Cherry MX Red switches. It’s not possible to select more tactile, clicky options such as Blues. In terms of pricing, the keyboard has a retail price of $99.99/€119.99.

Steelseries Rival 100 Pro Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Picking the right mouse can be a daunting task, as there as so many to choose from. However, when it comes to eSports, Steelseries think they’ve got the perfect mouse for the job with their new Rival 100. Competitive gaming is big business, but one thing most pro gamers will agree on is that a mouse that offers great precision, manoeuvrability and minimal fuss is what separates the winners from the loser; although being good at the game is obviously also a big advantage.

Forged in eSports, Designed for all. “Whether this is your first gaming mouse, or you’re already topping the leaderboards, the Rival 100 is the gaming mouse for you. Equipped with Prism RGB illumination, six buttons, an ergonomic design, and unmatched performance – we sacrificed nothing. The Rival 100 is the only fully-equipped gaming mouse in its class.” – Steelseries

The Rival 100 may not pack a lot of features, but when it comes to games like CS:GO, League of Legends and many other popular tournament ready games, you really don’t need a dozen macro keys, crazy LED lighting effects and anything else that does well in the general consumer market. You need something focused, and that’s exactly what the Rival 100 is aiming to be. Equipped with high-quality switches, a high-performance optical sensor, programmable buttons, on-board storage and more, it’s certainly ticking all the right boxes, so let’s get right to it and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The packaging offers a nice look at the general design of the mouse, as well as the quote “best in class optical gaming mouse” although that’s something we aim to be the judge of too.

Around the back, a nice technical breakdown, showing the optical sensor, RGB lighting, 2000 DPI, 30m click switches and 20G acceleration.

The mouse comes hard-wired with a lightweight 6ft cable and a standard USB header. The mouse is plug and play ready, but if you want to get into all the features, you’ll want to download the latest SteelSeries engine.

SteelSeries Nimbus MFi Wireless iOS Controller Review

Introduction


Finding the right gaming controller for your device can be tricky. There are a lot of options on the market and that number is growing every month. There’s the cheap aftermarket options and there are premium grade specialist controllers, plus everything else in between; it can be a bit of a minefield to navigate. The issue is made ever more complicated when it comes to Apple devices, as you have to find something that is compatible too, as we all know how strict Apple can be with their regulations, not that this is a bad thing for the consumer though if it means you get a fully compliant product.

Steelseries are no stranger to mobile device controllers, as we’ve seen in the past with their Stratus iOS controller. However, the Stratus was small and it was pretty darn expensive too, so what does the new one have to offer that’s so special? Well for starters, it’s bigger, more akin to a console controller, so it should feel right at home for most gamers. Then there’s the other perk, it’s competitively priced, and that should make your wallet feel a little safer too. With support for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, it should fulfill all your iOS gaming needs and more. Obviously, the main one here is Apple TV, as Apple continue to move into the living room market and when you’re kicking back on the couch to play a few games, the Nimbus looks set to be the perfect partner for Apple TV.

“The SteelSeries Nimbus wireless controller lets you play hundreds of your favourite controller-supported games on your new Apple TV, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. This full-sized controller’s ergonomic design is perfect for gaming. It gives you 40-plus hours of game play with just a quick charge using the Lightning connector, along with LED notifications, an easy-to-navigate menu button, and pressure-sensitive buttons for the most precise gaming controls.” – Apple Store

Features

  • Pressure-sensitive buttons for precise gaming control
  • Console-style left and right analog triggers
  • Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity
  • Lithium-ion battery recharges via Lightning connector for 40-plus hours of gaming
  • Four LEDs display your player status during multiplayer gameplay
  • Colour-coded action buttons
  • Comfort and ergonomics of a full-sized controller

Specifications

  • Bluetooth Compatibility: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Power: Lightning connector for charging
  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Height: 6.32 cm / 2.49 in.
  • Width: 15 cm / 5.91 in.
  • Weight: 242 g / 8.54 oz.
  • Length: 11 cm / 4.33 in.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the controller on the front, showing off the main features, as well as a brief show of the overall device support.

Around the back, a few more specs such as the pressure sensitive d-pad, rechargeable battery, lightning connector and pressure sensitive buttons.

The side of the box has a more comprehensive run down of device support, and as you can see, it’s pretty versatile.

Aside from the right device, you’ll need to ensure you’ve got the right version of iOS (or above) for the controller to work.

One thing I always like to see, good packaging. The controller is very well protected in padded foam and the box should even double as a protective case when you need to store it away.

In the box, you’ll find the usual quick start guide, as well as a couple of stickers should you like showing off the branding a little.

Steelseries Rival 700 Vibrating + OLED Equipped Gaming Mouse @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The latest gaming mouse from Steelseries is on show today, and it has got a lot of very unique features. First of all, this is a great looking mouse in general, it comes with all the usual features we have come to expect from a gaming mouse, such as fully programmable buttons, customisable lighting, tough grips on the side panels and more. There have been improvements to the side grips, though, as they’re now more durable after users said they had worn through them on previous mice.

The first and most noticeable addition is the OLED display on the side, great for giving in-game information such as round number, stats and more, but it can also show off customisable gifs, giving you room for your team logo and more.

The mouse also comes equipped with an inverted motor, which adds a tactile vibration feedback. The orientation of the motor means that the vibration won’t interfere with tracking, but it adds a new level of interaction with your games. We tried it with CS:GO and the mouse gives you a little nudge when ammo is low, meaning you instinctively know when to reload. It’s a really cool feature and something we’re eager to see expanded on by developers.

The next big innovation is the sensor. By default, the mouse will come with a high-end optical sensor. However, Steelseries will also release a laser sensor, and you can simply detach this one and plug in the new one! There’s even scope for more sensors in the future, so it’s the mouse that just keeps on getting better. No details on price but Steelseries are aiming at $20-30 for the new sensor.

It also comes equipped with a detachable cable, and you’ll find a 6ft braided and a 3ft rubber cable included, making it great for desktop and notebook use. Obviously, you’ll also find the new Steelseries management engine, allowing extensive customisation of the settings.

 

This is easily one of the most customisable and configurable mice we’ve ever seen and our testing at the show left us very impressed, so keep an eye out for this one in the coming weeks, as it has the potential to be one of the best mice of this year.

Steelseries Numbus iOS Game Controller @ CES 2016

CES 2016: We’re here at the Steelseries suite in Las Vegas, and the first thing to catch our attention in their lovely new Nimbus controller. Equipped with all the features that you would expect from a modern gaming controller. It’s obviously quite similar to many other popular controllers, but familiarity with the button layout is no bad thing. The ergonomics are very comfortable and it comes with support for all the latest and greatest Apple devices, perfect for playing on your TV, iPad and more.

Large trigger around the back are great for ergonomics and they have a really nice throw and grip to them.

We’ve got the Nimbus in the eTeknix office, so expect a full review of this great new controller very soon.

MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro Gaming Laptop Review

Introduction


MSI is an established player in the gaming laptop scene and produces a huge range of products to suit various usage scenarios. Whether you’re prioritizing portability or simply require raw horsepower, MSI has a laptop to suit your specific needs. The company’s quintessential styling and robust construction beautifully balances performance with unique features and includes a comprehensive software package. This magical combination has proved to be incredibly popular among the gaming audience. Previously, we reviewed the budget-orientated MSI GE62 6QD Apache Pro which performed remarkably well in 3D benchmarks despite its relatively affordable price point.

While the gaming prowess of laptops around the £1000 mark are good, some users have higher demands to reach 60 frames-per-second at extreme graphical presets. The type of laptop which caters to this demographic is the GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro and comes in a number of top-tier configurations. The review unit we’re looking at today features an Intel i7-6820HK, 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, GTX 980M and 128GB NVMe PCIe SSD boot drive. Furthermore, the system opts for a 17.3″ 1920×1080 display, 9-cell battery, and 1TB data drive. As you can see, this is a stunning specification and more than capable of competing with high-powered desktops. On another note, the pioneering MXM graphics module offers an upgrade path for the future and makes the investment seem more worthwhile. Overall, I expect the system to shine in gaming tests at extreme graphical settings.

Specifications

  • Name: MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro
  • Case: Brushed Aluminum Laptop Chassis
  • Processor: 6th Gen. Intel Core Skylake i7-6820HK @ 3.6GHz
  • System Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2133MHz
  • Main Boot Drive: Toshiba 128GB NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): HGST 1TB 7200RPM  
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M 8GB GDDR5
  • Battery: 9 Cell Li-Polymer
  • Optical DriveBlu-ray Writer
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n/ac Killer Double Shot Pro AC
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
  • Display: 17.3″ 1920 x 1080 FHD Anti Glare Wide View Angle with NVIDIA G-SYNC
  • Weight: 3.78Kg (With Battery)
  • Dimensions: 428(W) x 294(D) x 48(H)mm
  • Warranty: 2-Year Collect and Return (1 year global)
  • Price: £1962.20 as configured delivered.

Packing and Accessories

Given the laptop’s hefty construction, MSI decided to employ a thick cardboard box to adequately protect the sample during transit and reduce the impact of any small knocks.

The inner packaging adopts MSI’s iconic gaming dragon logo and outlines the system’s key specification.

Once opened, we can see the laptop’s accessories are divided into segments which makes the unboxing process a more pleasant experience. Furthermore, MSI opted for a durable plastic cover, and luxurious protective cloth which reduces the likelihood of damage occurring during shipping.

In terms of accessories, the laptop is bundled with a soft cleaning cloth, documentation, driver disk and power supply. The felt cloth feels beautiful in the hand and evokes a sense of luxury. While the power supply is on the larger side, this is expected given the laptop’s immense specification.

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MSI GE62 6QD Apache Pro Gaming Laptop Review

Introduction


MSI’s GT and GE gaming laptop range have been a phenomenal success due to the feature-rich package, astonishingly-high build quality, and affordable pricing compared to the competition. The combination of class-leading components in a cool and quiet chassis creates a wonderful laptop experience which legitimately rivals large full-tower PCs without having to make too many concessions. Furthermore, each unit is designed with portability in mind opting for a sleek profile and surprisingly light weight even with the battery installed. MSI’s design team managed to maintain a slim profile without impacting on battery life or cooling proficiency. As a result, the final build is perfectly balanced and feels like a meticulously planned piece of equipment.

The latest addition to MSI’s gaming laptop series, is the GE62 6QD. This model features Intel’s latest Skylake mobile architecture and high-bandwidth DDR4 memory. In this particular configuration, the unit is bundled with an i7-6700HQ, 8GB DDR4-2133MHz RAM and the remarkably efficient GTX 960M chipset. This works splendidly with the 1920×1080 PLS panel and provides enough graphical horsepower to tackle demanding 3D tasks. In terms of storage, the laptop includes a 128GB M.2 boot drive, and 1TB 7200 RPM mechanical data disk. As you might expect, MSI incorporates an expansive software suite containing tools to monitor the core components or stream like a professional with the free 1-year XSplit license. Overall, the main specification and premium extras make the GE62 6QD an exciting prospect and I expect to see fairly impressive benchmarks given the reasonable price point.

Specifications

  • Name: MSI GE62 6QD Apache Pro
  • Case: Brushed Aluminum Laptop Chassis
  • Processor: 4th Gen. Intel Core Skylake i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz Core, 3.5GHz Turbo)
  • System Memory: 1x8GB DDR4 2133MHz
  • Main Boot Drive: Toshiba 128GB M.2 SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): 1TB 7200RPM mechanical disk drive
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5
  • Battery: 6-cell Li-Polymer
  • Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM
  • Wireless:  Intel dual-band Wireless-AC 3165
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
  • Display: 15.6″ Anti-Glare (1920×1080) PLS Wide Viewing Angle
  • Weight: 2.4kg with battery
  • Dimensions: 383(W) x 268(D) x 27(H)mm
  • Warranty: 2-Year Collect and Return (1 year global)
  • Price: £1079 as configured delivered.

Packing and Accessories

MSI opted for a durable outer cardboard box which doesn’t increase the shipping weight too much but manages to reinforce the main packaging. The top is sealed using heavy-duty tape and prevents the package from uncoupling during transit.

Once the outer packaging has been removed, we can now see the aesthetically pleasing retail box which employ MSI’s gaming dragon theme. This red and black colour scheme evokes a premium tone and illustrates the laptop’s target market. On another note, the strong handle, taped top section and thick tabs adds a great deal of protection and should eliminate any kind of accidental damage by a courier.

The laptop edges are protected by two cardboard cutouts which helps to maintain the packaging’s default arrangement and stop the unit from moving around. Also, the GE62 6QD is cushioned by a gorgeous MSI-branded felt cover to stop any cosmetic imperfections from occurring.

In terms of accessories, the system comes with a huge array of documentation informing the purchaser about key features, the setup process, and a thorough warranty guide.  There is also a fairly large power brick and UK AC adapter. It’s certainly not the most intrusive I’ve seen and should be portable enough to fit in most laptop bags without any problems.

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SteelSeries to Enter the Console Scene

It’s now Mid E3, we’ve seen some amazing releases so far and another one to add to the list of awesomeness is SteelSeries.

They’re releasing a new range of headsets for consoles this July, meaning that console gamers have a lot to look forward to with the X and P-series headsets.

The best ones of the releases are the X900 and P800 wireless headsets. These headsets will feature 7.1 surround sound and rather comfy earmuffs to provide a pro quality experience with minimal audio lag. The transmitter box has a crisp display on it that makes it easy to adjust the eq and more, the headset also has several controls. There is however, no word on battery life for the pair of headsets, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.

The PlayStation version will come in at $299 and the Xbox £330 due to requiring an additional adapter to function.

The next versions in the range are X300 and P300, which SteelSeries state that they are the most comfortable headsets in the world, these are based on the Siberia V3 PC headphones – which are really popular within the gaming industry. Powerful speakers, retractable microphone and virtual surround sound comes in at a mediocre $99 for the Playstation and $130 for the X-Box One.

Right at the bottom are the X100 and the P100’s. These headsets come in at $49/$69 but have yet to be tested by anyone.

Thank you to canadianonlinegamers for providing us with this information.

SteelSeries Siberia V3 Gaming Headset Review

 

Introduction


Today is a great day, as I finally get to take a look at the latest entry in the ever-popular Siberia gaming headset series. The original Siberia was widely regarded as a great headset, the V2 was and still is thought of as one of the best price vs performance headsets on the market and now we’re at V3, will it continue the trend and be even greater than its predecessors?

As you can see from the specifications below, the V3 is equipped with all the basics. Good quality drivers, a unidirectional microphone and 3.5mm jack plugs; nothing extraordinary, but certainly everything you’re likely to need.

In the box, you’ll find a small booklet to help you setup the headset, although it’s not rocket science really. There’s also a 4-pole to dual 3-pole 3.5mm adaptor; the V3 is compatible with mobile devices and desktop systems.

The headset its self comes hard-wired with a 4-pole cable, perfect for hooking it up to your MP3 player, tablet, smartphone or any other 3.5mm compatible audio output.

The back of the drivers have a nice finish to them with a mixture of gloss and matte plastics that feel durable, but incredibly lightweight. There’s a pivot on the back of the ear-cup to help provide a closer fit over your ear.

At the back of the left ear-cup, you’ll find a small switch to mute the microphone, it comes with a raised section that makes it easier to find and toggle without having to take the headset off and look for it.

As with the previous Siberia headset, the microphone has a flexible boom and can be retracted back into the earcup; a nice solution to hiding the boom when you don’t need it, without having to resort to a detachable one.

The microphone looks pretty straight forward,  but the pull-out/push-away design, combined with the flexible boom makes it really easy to find a comfortable speaking position.

The headband is very similar to previous headsets in this range. Instead of a sliding headband, you have two fixed outer supports that help keep the headset clamped over your ears, while the soft inner section is sprung and will auto-adjust to your head size.

It’s a really cool design, but it also helps cut out a lot of unrequired materials, which in turn helps reduce the weight of the headset.

There’s very little padding here, but since the inner band moves outwards, it still very comfortable to wear; more so than most headsets with thick padding.

The springs are strong, but quite forgiving and it means you never need to adjust the headset; even when switching between users.

The headband design is durable but also very forgiving and you can put quite a lot of strain on it without any concern that it is going to break. This is good for those who plan to chuck the headset in their backpack and travel with it, as it’s certainly not going to break anytime soon.

There’s a soft leather padding on the ear cups that is comfortable to wear, but also provides a nice clean fit over your ears, blocking out a lot of unwanted external sound, whilst also keeping your personal audio from leaking.

Overall, a very nice looking headset with great build quality and a lightweight design.

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Multi-Format Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


SteelSeries are one of the hottest gaming brands around, so I’m very happy today to have their flagship gaming headset, the Siberia Elite Prism, in the eTeknix office. The Siberia series has long proven to be a big hit with the gaming community, especially their excellent V2 and more recently, the V3 versions of the headset, as they offer great performance for a very reasonable price; something that has made them a smash hit with the eSports community.

The Elite Prism more than doubles the price of the V3 headset, but promises a lot more features and functionality for desktop users, such as multi-format support, USB and 3.5mm connectivity, Dolby surround processing and a whole lot more, so I have pretty high expectations of what this headset should be capable of.

As you can see from the specifications below, it’s certainly packing a lot of features and should be a great headset, so let’s get right to it and take a closer look at what the Elite Prism has to offer.

The packaging for this headset is really nice, it has all the hallmarks of a premium product and a really nice image of the headset on the front.

Around the back, there’s a few extra details about the SteelSeries Engine, which will allow for surround and EQ processing, as well as customisation of the headsets built-in LED lighting.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started and more. There’s a quick start guide, a 4-pole cable for mobile devices, dual 3-pole for aux devices, such as your PC, an extension cable and a USB sound card with proprietary connection for the headset, as well as a pair of 3.5mm jacks for headphones and microphone, giving you a huge array of connection options to support many different gaming systems and devices.

All of the cables are of a very high quality, with flat, tangle-free, rubber coated cables.

The headset comes hard-wired with another high-quality cable and a proprietary connector, which can be connected to any of the multiple connection cables that are included in the box.

As if the Elite Prism didn’t have enough connectivity options included in the box, the right ear-cup also has a headphone jack. You can use this to connect another set of headphones, so you can share your audio with a friend; not the most practical feature in the world, but a cool addition none the less.

The headset just oozes premium quality and the mixture of soft finish metals and rubber coated white surfaces looks absolutely stunning.

The metal headband support is very well finished and mounts to the rear-center of the ear cups, while the left to right cable runs through the inner suspension-style headband.

The inner ring of each ear cup is actually a control wheel – turn this one and you can control the master volume level; great for making quick adjustments while enjoying your favorite media. There’s another on the left ear-cup that can be used to mute or unmute the microphone.

Much like the other Siberia series headsets, the microphone has a flexible and retractable boom that pulls out of the bottom of the ear cup. This is a really nice solution compared to a detachable boom as you can still hide it out of sight, but you’re not going to misplace it like you can a detachable one.

The headband is nice and strong, offering good support over your head. Instead of an extending slider on the side, the outer headband is fixed, while the inner section uses a suspension mounting.

On one side, you’ve got a lovely white finish, with an embossed SteelSeries logo on the top.

The inner section is treated to some luxurious padding that will help provide a comfortable fit for those long gaming sessions.

As you put the headset on your head, the inner band automatically stretches out, providing you with the optimum fit.

The ear cups are an over-the-ear design and are treated to a thick padding for improved comfort levels.

It looks super thick, but the padding is actually only half as deep as it looks. The black leather is just extended over the back of the ear cup to further add to the esthetics; it works too, the headset looks stunning!

MSI GS60 2QD (Ghost) 470UK Gaming Notebook Review

Introduction


MSI have been busy lately, dishing out their latest range of MSI Gaming notebooks and they’re keen to show that they have a gaming notebook offering for virtually every budget range. Today we are looking at their mid-to-high range offering, the GS60 2QD (Ghost), and MSI kindly offered us a chance to review a red limited edition version instead of the usual black. A 15″ full HD 1080p screen, high-end i7 processor, PCIE storage and the brand new Nvidia GTX765 under the hood, we should be in for an interesting review!

Specifications
  • Name: GS60 2QD(Ghost)-470UK-
  • CPU: Sharkbay Core i7-4720HQ (2.6GHz – 3.6GHz)
  • RAM: 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 1.35w (8GB*2)
  • SSD: 128GB PCIE M.2 SSD
  • HDD: 1TB 7200RPM
  • GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB
  • LAN:10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T
  • WLAN: Killer DoubleShot Pro 11ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • Monitor:  15.6″ FHD, Anti-Glare (1920*1080) eDP Wide View Angle
  • Keyboard: SteelSeries FULL back lit keyboard with SteelSeries Engine
  • I/O: 3x USB3.0, 1x HDMI,1x Mini Display Port, SD Reader, Mic-in, Headphone-out, line-in, line-out, 1x 1Gb LAN, FHD Webcam
  • ODD: None
  • Battery: 6-Cell Li-Polymer(4840mAh 52Wh)
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Dimensions: 390 x 266 x 19.9mm
  • Weight: 1.9kg(w/ battery)
  • Warranty: 2 YR’s Collect & Return (1 YR Global)
  • Price:£1,299 Inc VAT

Packaging & Accessories

It arrived well packed and undamaged I’m pleased to report; nothing more to say, so lets open it up!

On opening the outer box we can see it has been divided into 2 sections

The smaller section contains a protective case, featuring the MSI shield logo.

Close Up, it wont protect the GS60 from drops much, though it should keep all normal wear and tear to a minimum.

The notebook box itself is very nice…

With the lid lifting straight off to reveal the sheathed notebook.

Putting the notebook to one side for the minute and exploring the rest of the box, there are 2 wide compartments under the notebook and a long compartment running alongside the notebook.

The left wide compartment contains various Warranty and documentation information, the right wide compartment contains the power brick, and the long compartment contained the 3pin to clover power connector.

Power brick close up

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Impressive New Steelseries Eyetracking Device and More @ CES 2015

Steelseries are no stranger to innovation, and they’ve really put a lot of effort into improving gaming performance at CES 2015. Their new M800 keyboard looks like any other, but they’ve refined their mechanical switches, the switch mount and the key caps to improve response times. The keys have a shorter throw and a lighter touch that should reap rewards for those gamers who care about reducing their response times a few extra milliseconds. As an added bonus, the keyboard now also features RGB lighting, bringing it into line with offerings from a few other big names in the industry.

Sentry, this has to be the coolest thing I’ve seen in ages! It’s a special bar that sits along the bottom of your monitor and tracks where you’re looking on the screen. We had live demonstrations of the tech and it works incredibly well. Imagine watcing a DOTA II match and being able to see where the players are looking, it really adds a new dynamic to eSports analysis. Not only that, but the hardware comes with an open API, so you could use this as an input device, use it to launch macros and a whole lot more. The unit will be £199.99 and we really can’t wait to put it through its paces in the coming weeks.

SteelSeries Launches the Sentry Eye Tracker

The latest gadget out of the house of SteelSeries is the Sentry Eye Tracker and is designed to give web-streamers a new method of presenting their content as well as pro-gamers that want to optimize their flow by recording and analyzing their eye movements.

 

“Today, with our Sentry Eye Tracker, we are announcing an entirely new way for streamers and viewers to see the game,” Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “This is just the tip of the innovation iceberg for Sentry, and we could not be more excited to realize all the possibilities that emerge when your game knows where your eyes are looking.”

Gamers can also set the Sentry Eye Tracker up for controls, making it possible to activate something by just looking at it. This could be extremely useful, but also very hilarious and frustrating when happening by accident. The Sentry Eye Tracker works with 3 NIR LEDs that track and record your eye movements 50 times per second.

The new SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker should be available now for an MSRP of $199.99.

Thanks to SteelSeries for providing us with this information

Images and Video courtesy of SteelSeries

SteelSeries Unveils Fnatic Branded Gaming Peripherals

SteelSeries already worked with Fnatic when developing their gaming peripherals and now they’ve created a brand new Fnatic branded line-up ready for the Dreamhack Winter 2014. Featuring the Fnatic team colours as well the logo, the three new devices get a great look.

Seen above is the SteelSeries Rival Fnatic Edition Mouse that will retail for €69.99. It features an optical sensor with zero acceleration, SteelSeries switches for more than 30 million clicks and a soft touch finish to enhance the comfort. It also has a 3D printable nameplate at the back, allowing you to give it that extra personal touch.

The SteelSeries Apex Fnatic Edition Keyboard will retail for €109.99 and is labeled as the world’s fastest gaming keyboard due to the low-profile design and layout. It will give you 88 possible macro combinations and a 16.8 million coloured illumination option.

The most expensive part of the new Fnatic branded gear is the SteelSeries 9H Fnatic Edition Headset that is set to an MSRP of €169.99. The Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound gaming headset will deliver a natural and accurate sound experience and features double-enclosed ear cups for extra comfort. Not seen below is the microphone, but that is of course also present. It wouldn’t really be a headset without.

The new Fnatic peripherals are available as of now on SteelSeries’ and Fnatic’s websites. If you should be attending Dreamhack Winter 2014 then you can check them out first-hand there.

Thanks to PRweb for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of PRweb

Meet MSI’s New GT80 Titan With Full Mechanical Keyboard

18 inches of beauty – MSI’s new GT80 Titan notebook contains a blisteringly fast GTX 980M graphics card and a fully mechanical SteelSeries keyboard. The Taiwanese technology manufacturer has just let slip details of their new champion product release aimed at the high-end gamer market. Unfortunately, the full technical specifications are not yet known, only the graphics card has been hinted alongside their inclusion of a Cherry MX Brown SteelSeries keyboard. We’re not talking about a generic laptop chiclet style keyboard with a ‘mechanical feel’ here – it’s a full-blown ‘mech’. We’ve also heard some further rumors of possible SLI graphics card integration, but they are  currently unconfirmed by MSI.

The first concern that comes to mind is weight limitations due to the high system specifications coupled with the full mechanical inclusion. Reported at 4.5 kg and 49.1 mm thick, now might be the time to start working out in the gym if you’re planning to travel with this hot piece of tech.

As far as the design goes, first impressions really makes us feel that most will have a love or hate relationship with this notebook – the extended plate above the mechanical keyboard can be viewed as unsightly, but possibly made up for by smooth red back-lighting on the keyboard.

As you can see in the above image, the keypad has been done away with and is now included within the touch pad, allowing for all the graphical goodness to be stored directly above the keyboard inside the chassis. Comparing this to most laptops you’ll see they have a full keyboard located above the keypad. Alongside this, due to the placement of the board you’ll notice this laptop has no where for you to rest your wrists whilst on the go.

Unfortunately, there isn’t really any more information to share about this product – keep your eyes peeled to eTeknix and we’ll be sure to release the information as soon as we see it.

Information thanks to Cowcotland
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New Range of SteelSeries Siberia Gaming Headsets Revealed

The SteelSeries Siberia has long been one of the most popular headset ranges on the market, offering a several high performance headsets for both the consumer and competitive gaming markets. Now SteelSeries are back with the latest range of products in the Siberia family.

“For us, Siberia is the definition of what gaming audio looks, feels and sounds like. When it was first introduced, Siberia delivered a sense of style that was unique to what was typically expected from gaming audio. It produced exactly what was, and is necessary – ‘forget-that-you’re-wearing-it’ comfort and great sound,” said Tino Soelberg, SteelSeries CTO. “The new Siberia family takes this foundation and extends it into a full product range that delivers an incredibly awesome audio experience for the gamer in everyone”

First up we have the Siberia V3, which features improved audio, new construction, new noise-reducing memory foam ear cushions and a single connection with included splitter; making the headset compatible with mobile devices as well as desktops.

The Siberia V3 Prism is the same as above, but also features a few extra features such as 16.8 million LED colour customisation via the SteelSeries Engine software.

  • Unlimited profile settings that can be saved and accessed from anywhere via SteelSeries CloudSync
  • Microphone Noise Suppression and Microphone Auto Compression technologies optimize voice communication automatically
  • Digital audio quality with custom EQ
  • ColorShift illumination effects and modes that can be set by the user, or triggered by game sounds and events

The Siberia Elite Prism features a slimmer microphone, an upgraded sound card, Dolby and Dolby Pro Logic IIx technology for vitual 7.1 surround, customisable illumination and audio, as well as the improved ear padding of the V3 and an upgraded modular cable system for use on PC, Mac, PS4 and mobile devices.

Finally we have the new RAW Prism, an economical, lightweight model for those on a tighter budget; while maintaining a good range of features such as audio profiles, illumination effects, built-in microphone, Mic Auto Optimization technology for clear audio and USB connectivity for use on PC, Mac and PS4.

The V3 will be available for $99.99, the V3 Prism for $139.99, the Elite Prism for $199.99 and finally the RAW Prism for $59.99.

Thank you SteelSeries for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of SteelSeries.

SteelSeries Siberia Elite WoW Edition Revealed

SteelSeries are back once again with their ever popular Siberia headset range, this time with their once limited edition Elite model, their current flagship PC gaming headset. Steelseries are no stranger to re-releasing hardware with new clothes, and the Elite is no exception, this time coming draped in World of Warcraft colours for fans of the long lasting Blizzard MMORPG. Personally I think it feels a little late to the party to launch a WoW headset these days, but despite the games age our recent report shows that it is still far from dead, despite lowering player numbers.

“Our partnership with Blizzard Entertainment to create unique gear for the World of Warcraft community has culminated in this bold new version of our premium and award-winning headset-a perfect complement to Blizzard’s upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion,” said Tino Soelberg, SteelSeries CTO. “Players deserve the best quality audio to experience the music and sounds of Draenor; this exclusive edition of the Siberia Elite headset delivers epic audio quality in a beautiful World of Warcraft-themed design.”

The SteelSeries Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition will be available to pre-order right now from the official SteelSeries Web Ship for $219.99 / €219,99. Not cheap, but if you want the quality of a their flagship headset in the style of your favourite game, expect to pay a premium for it.

Thank you SteelSeries for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of SteelSeries.

Rival: DOTA 2 Edition Gaming Mouse Revealed By SteelSeries

SteelSeries have just revealed their new DOTA 2 branded gaming mouse, the Rival. The mouse is based on their massively popular Rival Optical Mouse, but not only has it been treated to a new colour scheme, but it also comes with an exclusive in-game item, Hell’s Glare for Doom.

TOURNAMENT-GRADE PERFORMANCE

Whether you’re part of the Dire or Radiance, winning is everything. This precision gaming tool was carefully crafted after a rich history of tournament-grade mice created for the best professional players around the globe. Gamers can tune their CPI, polling rate, mouse acceleration, and a full arsenal of performance mods in an easy to use interface courtesy of SteelSeries Engine 3. All of these things together create a mouse that is guaranteed to never be the reason why you miss another last hit.

ENDLESS CUSTOMIZATION, DOTA STYLE

The SteelSeries Rival Dota 2 Edition is the ultimate mouse built for fans of the globally loved title from Valve. Each part, from the stone-gray body and side buttons to the blood-red rubber grips is carefully crafted to be a true item of beauty. Players can further customize the mouse using exclusive Dota 2 themed illumination modes that can shift according to player preference.

EXCLUSIVE IN-GAME ITEM

A once divine weapon, now corrupted by the devouring darkness of its new master, this Radiance-inspired sword is a must-have for any Dota fan. The Hell’s Glare for Doom has been exclusively designed and only available with purchase of the SteelSeries Rival: Dota 2 Edition Gaming Mouse.

Those attending the International 4 DOTA 2 Championship in Seattle, Washington will be some of the first to get access to the Rival 2 DOTA 2 Edition gaming mouse.

“We believe that Dota players deserve the best, so we set out to give fans a mouse with a design they would love without sacrificing the functionality they require,” said Tino Soelberg, SteelSeries CTO. “We extensively tested our Dota 2 Edition of the Rival Optical Mouse with professional players from Natus Vincere, Invictus Gaming and Fnatic which has resulted in one of the most powerful mice we’ve ever built – and to make it even more special for the Dota 2 community, we’ve added a unique in-game item.”

Pre-orders will be available after the tournament has finished, with an MSRP of 69.99 / €69.99.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Steelseries Stratus Bluetooth iOS Mobile Gaming Controller

Introduction


Today I will be taking a look at the latest peripheral in the Steelseries range, the iDevice compatible Stratus controller, a bluetooth analogue control pad designed to enhance your mobile gaming experience. There are many devices like this one the market, but Steelseries have a solid reputation for making premium peripherals, so I would expect this one to be a cut above the rest, especially given that it costs upwards of $60, and that’s after a recent price reduction as it used to be around $90!

With mobile gaming being bigger than ever, mostly thanks to mobile devices now being capable of producing some impressive 3D graphics, we’re still stuck with often clumsy touch screen controls. Touch screen is great for Angry Birds, but it falls flat on its face for 3rd person action and adventure, first person shoots or racing titles. Sure you can still play fairly well via touch, but it’s no match for a good quality controller.

The Stratos is well equipped, offering support for all the latest iOS equipped devices, four pressure sensitive face buttons, four pressure sensitive shoulder buttons, dual analogue sticks, a d-pad, long battery life, USB recharging and more.

The packaging features a large window section that gives us a sneaky peak at the controller, and down the front you’ll find a quick run down of device compatibility.

Around the back you’ll find a picture of the controller and its hard cover, as well as a more detailed run down of features like the 10+ hour battery life.

Everything you need (short of a free iPad) is in the box; a zip lock protective carry pouch, user guide, hard cover, the controller and a microUSB charging cable.

MSI GT70-2PE ‘Dominator Pro’ Gaming Notebook Review

Introduction


Over the last few weeks I’ve been looking at a few of MSI’s latest gaming notebooks, each featuring NVIDIA’s brand new 800 series GPUs. As we look back at the two units that we’ve seen already, the first of these being the GS60-2PE ‘Ghost Pro’ – which, as a mid range system, wows me with the amount of power that I has tucked away inside its slim and lightweight frame, giving it some credentials that could almost give it the right to be known as a Ultrabook. On the other hand, the GP70-2PE ‘Leopard’ that we looked at more recently brought some fresher and more up to date components over its older brother the straight up GP70. Although it featured a full solid state boot drive and the latest run of 800 series graphics from NVIDIA, the balance between some of the components such as the high-end processor and entry-level graphics card, along with a couple of note around the chassis such as the track pad left me a little disappointed as it has the right foundation to be a cracking budget option for the rapidly changing market.

The third and last system from MSI’s gaming series range that we’ve picked out for review today is targeted right at the top end of the gaming notebook market. Compared to the Ghost Pro which looks for the balance in performance and cost, along with functionality and the Leopard which is aimed more at the budget conscious gamer, the GT70-2PE ‘Dominator Pro’ is a no holds barred out-and-out performance system. Featuring a top end 880m GPU from NVIDIA, an i7 CPU from Intel, SuperRAID SSD and the capacity to upgrade its performance even further, the GT70 is set to be their flagship gaming notebook.

As we will see as we work through our tour of the GT70, like the Leopard we will see that its design and basic framework has been brought forward from a previous generation, meaning that even though it may looked like an older system on the outside, on the inside it is full of young blood that is waiting to get to work pushing pixels about like there is no tomorrow. Naturally, like many other things in life, top end performance does inherently bring with it a strong price tag and at £1,799.00 (inc VAT), this notebook is not for the faint hearted. Ultimately though, the most important question that we must ask as we look around this system is “does spending this much really pay itself off?” After all, you’ve not to feel that pleased if you’ve bought a Ferrari only to find that its got the gut of a typical four-door saloon.

  • Name: MSI GT70-2PE ‘Dominator Pro’
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4800MQ @ 2.4GHz
  • RAM: 16GB 1600MHz Kingston MSI16D3LS1KFG/8G (8GB*2)
  • SSD: 256GB SuperRAID RAID0 – 2x SanDisk SD6SF1M-128G mSATA SSD
  • HDD: HGST 1TB 7200RPM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M 4GB
  • LAN: Killer E2200
  • WLAN: Killer Wireless-N1202 (802.11ac)
  • Monitor: 17.3″1920 x 1080 Anti-glare LED backlit
  • Keyboard: Steelseries chiclet RGB blacklit
  • I/O: 3x USB3.0, 2x USB2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x mDP, SD Reader, Mic-in, Headphone-out, line-in, line-out, 1x 1Gb LAN, FHD Webcam
  • ODD: DVD-RW DL
  • Battery: 9-Cell 7800mAh 87Wh
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Dimensions: 42.8 x 28.8 x 5.5 cm
  • Weight: 3.9kg with battery (8.6lb)
  • Warranty: 2 year RTB
  • Price: £1799.00 Inc VAT

Looking down the crib sheet for this system, there’s no mistaking that MSI have got a ton of power behind the scenes, especially in the processing and graphics department. I’ll also note at this point that the SSD array and the stock memory has the potential to be pushed further and in some regions may come as a slightly different default configuration to what what I’ve got here today.

The package that comes alongside the notebook is strikingly similar to that of the Leopard, with a bundle of manuals and setup guides, a regional kettle lead and a 180W power adapter – this alone carries a bit of weight to it and considering the spec, it#s no wonder why.

MSI GS60-2PE ‘Ghost Pro’ Gaming Notebook Review

Introduction


Over the last few weeks we have been bombarded with the launch of Intel’s Z97 chipset and the release of the Haswell-Refresh processors, however whilst all of this has been going on, there has been another launch that has taken place, although it seems that it was completely missed out due to the rumours and speculations surrounding Z97. This launch that I’m referring to has come from the green team over at NVIDIA. On the desktop market we are well and truly settled with the latest range of 700 series GeForce GTX graphics cards, however the notebook side of the market has taken a step forward into the next generation with the release of the 800m series of discrete mobile graphics solutions. Now before I go any further, I will answer a very quick question that has been asked over the last few days; “800 Series…? Does this mean that the desktop cards are soon going to be making a step forward as well?”

Whilst I can understand where to question is coming from, after all it makes perfectly good sense to ask this, sadly the introduction of the 800m series is not a flag to indicate that the 800 series desktop GPUs are on their way. If anything I don’t expect to hear anything about the GTX 800 series desktop cards until the end of this year or the start of next. This said though, the 800m series is still a generation up from the 700m as we would expect and along with it comes new levels of performance and more features and technology. Over the 700m series cards, the 800m chips are set to offer a performance boost of around 10% over the previous generation, along with new technologies such as battery boost, where the power drain from the GPU core is reduced, whilst keeping the frame rates over 30fps. The battery boost technology doesn’t just give us a small gain in life either, NVIDIA say that in some cases we could expect to see notebook batteries lasting up to twice as long (compared to a similar system with a 700m series GPU) and alongside the more power conscious Haswell processors, mobile gaming is becoming more of a reality and not just a dream.

A new graphics line-up means, for mots brands. a brand new line up of gaming notebooks and MSI are just one of these big names. As far as gaming notebooks go, MSI is one of the market leaders, alongside other names such as Gigabyte and Dell and their line-up covers virtually every level of performance and a huge range of price points. For the consumer this huge range of systems means that no matter what your budget is, MSI are almost certainly going to have the right system for you.

The GS60 Ghost Pro that we’re taking a look at today sits towards the higher end of the performance and pricing scales and not only does it pack top end components, its design and construction has led to the GS60 claiming the title of ‘the lightest NVIDIA 800 series laptop’ available on the market. At 1.96kg, we are talking about a system that is no heavier than a 15″ MacBook Pro and only a fraction more than some of the top Ultrabooks that are available on the market today. The build of this system is so light, we could almost call it a gaming Ultrabook.

  • Name: MSI GS60-2PE ‘Ghost Pro’
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4700HQ @ 2.4GHz
  • RAM: 8GB 1600MHz Kingston MSI16D3LS1KBG
  • SSD: MSI Super RAID 256GB (RAID0) – 2x Toshiba HG5d 128GB M.2 6Gbps
  • HDD: HGST 1TB 5400RPM
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M 3GB
  • LAN: Killer E2200
  • WLAN: Intel dual-band Wireless-AC 7260
  • Monitor: 15.6″1920 x 1080 Anti-glare LED backlit
  • Keyboard: Steelseries fully backlit RGB chiclet
  • I/O: 3x USB3.0, 1x mDP, 1x HDMI, SD Reader, Mic-in & Headphone-out, 1x 1Gb LAN, FHD Webcam
  • Battery: 6-Cell 4840mAh 52Wh
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Dimensions: 39 x 26.6 x 1.99 cm
  • Weight: 1.96kg with battery (4.32lb)
  • Accessories: Padded sleeve
  • Warranty: 2 year RTB
  • Price: £1399.99 Inc VAT

For any gaming laptop, let alone a system as thin as this, there is a lot of ‘oomph’ behind the keyboard – especially in the graphics department and considering the fact that gaming laptops these days are generally considered as bulky and heavy, a thin and light system is certainly a welcome addition to the market.

Once we’ve opened up the fantastic looking box which bears the MSI gaming logo to the top left and the tag line ‘Top Brand – Top Choice’ in the middle, we find the notebook itself sealed inside a protective cloth sleeve (after taking it out of a plastic bag). Alongside the notebook we get a grey zipped carry case with a stitched MSI gaming logo in one corner and inside the case is well padded and holds the notebook snug and well. Having the carry case is quite a surprise considering notebooks typically don’t carry such an accessory.

With the notebook and case aside we can look a little closer at the box. Whilst I don’t normally look at the box itself, the attention to detail here is far greater than I’d usually see with a foam insert in the lid and a neatly presented layout inside. The red band around the perimeter of the box adds some contrast to the packaging and adds to the details that MSI have put in to this system.

In the three boxes we first of all find the AC power adaptor in the right hand box, with a regional power cord in the left. The middle box comprises of all the manuals, warranty leaflets, hot-key guides, quick start guide and so on, with a driver CD rounding off the extras.

Steelseries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller Available Now For iOS7 Devices

Steelseries announced earlier today that their brand new Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller is now available for iOS7 devices. The Stratus is the only iOS controller that is wireless and that works with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, so there is no need to have separate compatible gaming controllers for all your devices. The controller is available now from Apple stores as well as the Apple.com website for $79.99/ €79.99.

The controller is quite expensive, but given the controllers capabilities it is easily one of the best options on the market today for mobile gaming. We actually saw the controller just a few weeks ago in Las Vegas when the eTeknix team stopped by the Steelseries suite at CES 2014, and at that point the controller was actually revealed to be a little over $100! We thought that was way too expensive and it looks like Steelseries thought so too, as they said they’ve made every effort since the show to reduce the price, so we are really happy to see that it has now been reduced by at least $20. SteelSeries will honour the launch price of $79.99 / €79.99 on all pre-orders it has already taken for the controller on its websites globally, which is obviously great news.

“The media and consumer reaction to the announcement of the Stratus Controller at CES really demonstrated the power behind this product, and the new category of gaming we can enable by working together with Apple,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “More than ever, we see the power of this platform and we want to make every effort to make it accessible to as many consumers as possible. We have therefore worked closely with our retail partners and suppliers with the objective of lowering the retail price target without changing any of the terrific features of this product.”

“Since our inception, SteelSeries has been committed to not only making great and innovative products, but also to investing considerable time and resources into building a global gaming community. Working diligently with our suppliers to lower the MSRP, which we believe will help welcome a new world of gamers into this exciting space, allows us to stay true to our roots and provide consumers everywhere an exceptional value,” said Jacob Wolff-Petersen, SteelSeries Founder.

The controller is packed full of features including four back buttons, pressure sensitive face buttons, dual analogue sticks and more. We plan to have one in for review very soon and personally I can’t wait to put it through its paces so stay tuned for an in-depth look at its features and performance in the coming weeks.

Thank you Steelseries for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Steelseries.

First Official Apple Certified Wireless Controller Released By SteelSeries

SteelSeries has launched its first wireless controller for iOS 7 devices, making it the first fully wireless controller for iDevices certified by Apple. The Stratus looks like a smaller version of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 controller, and features a directional pad. There are two analog sticks and four face and shoulder buttons. All buttons are pressure sensitive, and the controller comes with a single micro-USB port at the bottom for charging. The controller connects via Bluetooth 2.1, and works with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad 4th gen and the 5th gen iPod Touch running iOS 7.

SteelSeries claims that the device has a full charge endurance of 10 hours, with the controller taking 2 hours to fully charge. Currently, not all games recognize a wireless controller, but more are starting to work with external controllers, so it should not be too long before every game in your catalogue works with the Stratus. Newer games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, for instance, work just fine with the Stratus.

Other wireless controllers like the MOGA Ace Power and the Logitech Powershell connect using the Lighting port, and as such aren’t the best solution if you’re looking to use the Lighting port for HDMI out. In that way, the SteelSeries Stratus is significantly better. However, the diminutive size of the controller is a drawback, and we for one cannot see the Stratus as the ideal controller for extended sessions of Infinity Blade 3.

Another major issue with the Stratus is its price, which is at $99.99. This is astronomically high considering Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PS4 controllers cost $59.99 and are leagues ahead both in terms of build quality and comfort.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information
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Eye-Tracking Gadget Reportedly In Development By Tobii And SteelSeries

Tobii is known for making eye-tracking technology and it also was the manufacturer that worked with Samsung in bringing eye-tracking technology to the Samsung Galaxy S4 last year. Now it looks like Tobii is working with SteelSeries in bringing an eye-tracking accessory for a mass-market audience.

Tobii’s technology includes a device with a built-in camera that tracks your eyeball’s movements in three dimensions to precisely determine where you are looking at. Tobii will be unveiling the EyeX kit along with SteelSeries at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, where it will be available at a discounted price of $95. The regular kit will cost $195.

The eye-tracking gear allows gamers to undertake in-game actions like aiming a gun in a shooter. In a game like FIFA, it can be used to target the player to pass the ball to, while using a traditional controller to control the actions of a player who already has the ball. Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries, signalled his interest in the technology, saying that, “Eye tracking is something entirely different and exciting for this consumer market, and we are thrilled to be working alongside Tobii and the developer community to deliver an entirely new technology to this industry.”

And its abilities can be leveraged to utilities outside gaming. For instance, if you’re reading a book or a website, the sensor can auto-scroll based on where your eyes are. SteelSeries and Tobii will be demoing the controller at CES 2014, so will know how the controller works in the real world then.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information

Limited Anniversary Edition Siberia Elite Announced By SteelSeries

SteelSeries is celebrating 10 years anniversary of its Siberia headset with the launch of a limited edition headset. Siberia has been a very successful brand for the past 10 years and is still growing strong. The company has announce a Limited Anniversary Edition Siberia Elite headset which will be available in early January. Only 2004 units of this amazing headset will be produced so better be quick to grab one.

The Limited Anniversary Edition Siberia Elite is not much different compared to the standard headset apart from a few aesthetics differences. The specifications are identical delivering the same awesomeness as the original design. The difference is the stamp of being a limited edition, the all white headset can be seen on the inner cups mesh which are now branded with anniversary detailing. Each Limited Anniversary Edition Siberia Elite will have a unique laser engraving mentioning the unit number. SteelSeries plans to produce only 2004 units because Siberia was first introduced in the year 2004 so this marks the 10th anniversary.

The Limited Anniversary Edition Siberia Elite owners will also get an exclusive hard shell carrying case to keep their headset dust free and safe from any damage. Another perk for limited edition owners is that they will become a member of Siberia Elite Anniversary Club and will receive special offers throughout the year 2014. Rest of the things remain the same, the award-winning comfort, 16.8 illumination options and virtual 7.1 Dolby surround sound.

The Limited Anniversary Edition Siberia Elite is available for pre-order starting today for $299.99 with delivery dates of January 2014.

Thank you ChipLoco for providing us with this information
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Five Of The Best PC Headsets Available For Under £100 ($150)

When it comes to picking the right peripherals for your system, it is safe to say that you are going to be spoilt for choice and regardless of your budget it will be hard to narrow down your choices for each component. While the keyboard and mouse options out there may be seemingly limitless, so too are the choices for audio equipment.

Today we are taking a quick look at five of the best headsets on the market for £100 or less (for our American friends that’s approx $150 at time of writing), hopefully offering something to suit many different budgets and while we do know of a few great headsets well above £100, even well above £200! They’re not often the play thing of your average consumer or gamer.

Budget is important, but so is performance and while I can’t admit to having tried every PC headset on the market, I have certainly seen more than a fair share of them. All the headsets I list in this article are ones that I have personally owned, tested and have written full reviews of here on eTeknix, so full review links will be provided. I’m not going to tell you these are the five best headsets on the market, these are my personal choices, if you think you know of a better headset for the same price range, by all means post it as a comment below and help others by sharing your advice in a constructive manner.

Were going to be looking specifically at PC headsets today and it doesn’t matter if you just want to game, watch movies in peace or Skype call your friends, I’m sure we have something here that will suit you. All prices were taken as approximate from Google Shopping and were correct at time of writing.

Kingston HyperX Gaming Headset Review

Today we’re taking quick look at the Kingston HyperX Gaming Headset, which of course many of you may immediately recognise as the Steelseries Siberia v2, 3.5mm edition. You would of course be absolutely correct, this is the Steelseries headset, but what we have here is a new special edition, effectively a brand new design that is targeted at both players and fans of eSports.

While normally we would take an in-depth look at this headsets performance and features, were going to be focusing on the new design today, we’ve already reviewed the Siberia V2 and since technical aspects and performance as unchanged, we see no reason in doing it again. However, we simply couldn’t pass up getting a closer look at this edition and given that it combines some of the biggest names in the industry such as Kingston HyperX who now have a bigger involvement in eSports through various sponsorship deals, but are also celebrating 10 years in the industry. We also have pro gaming teams on the box such as NaVi and SK Gaming. So without further delay, let’s get straight to it and see how things look on the HyperX headset.

The box is pretty much the same as the original headset, but the Steelseries branding has been minimised in favour of the Kingston brand and a darker box design.

Things are the same around the back, along side a few technical details and a couple of small images of the headset its self.

The headset features a new black and cosmic blue colour scheme that gives it a bold, almost retro look.

The left and right ear cups both feature a small HyperX logo on the support bar.

The open back drivers feature a subtle “x” decal in white that adds a nice extra style touch to the design, but most of all I really like the metallic paint job. The paint has a subtle sparkle to it in bright lights, but remains a deep blue non the less.

A much larger and more bold HyperX logo runs over the headband that sits below the two torsion bars, while the interior of the drivers also features an “x” logo design.

The soft padding from the Siberia V2 remains in place on the headband, so you can expect the same comfortable fit that you get from the Steelseries standard editions.

The in-line controller has the same design as the stock Steelseries edition, although it is also finished in the metallic blue of the headset.

A soft touch coating on the cables should help prevent tangles. Just like the original headset we find dual 3.5mm cables, as well as a dual 3.5mm female to male extension cable.

The tip of the retractable headphone is also finished in the metallic blue, which can be seen tucked away on the base left ear cup (right side of the picture).

As usual, the microphone slides out with ease and features a silver colouring and a thick plastic coating on the boom that should prevent it from getting clogged with dirt.

So there we have it, overall I think this new one looks fantastic and while there maybe a seemingly endless supply of Steelseries headset designs to choose from, this is easily my new favourite as it matches the HyperX Predator ram and blue LED lighting of my system.

The performance is premium grade, something that we have come to expect from Steelseries and should you like the design there is no reason why you shouldn’t buy this over a normal design Steelseries Siberia V2 headset. The big factor for me has to be price and at time of writing this headset was just under £70 from OCUK, I have noticed the price of Steelseries headsets fluctuate based on their design and colour, so always best to shop around, but for now this is well priced and a solid investment.

Of course we did say that we had reviewed this headset before, so if your interesting in seeing what else the Siberia V2 has to offer in terms of performance, feel free to check out our featured review here.

Finally, it wouldn’t be fair to leave this without an award, but it wouldn’t be fair to give it any other award than what we gave it in our full review, but I still think the HyperX headset is worthy of our Gamers Choice award as it is still one of the best price vs performance headsets on the market.