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AOC Unveils 40 Inch Curved UHD Display

Fremont, Calif. – April 18, 2017 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the U.S. availability of the new C4008VU8 40” curved 4K UHD display with 10-bit color. The monitor features an 85% NTSC wide color gamut and flicker-free technology for reduced eye strain. The ultra-high definition display allows users to see more on the screen at one time, giving them more ‘real estate’ and allowing them to see more detail for sharper and more brilliant images. This makes the C4008VU8 a perfect monitor for creative projects or productivity. The C4008VU8 is available at Amazon and B&H Photo Video for $899.99 MSRP.

The curved VA panels has a 3840×2160 resolution that boasts 1.07 billion colors, meaning the panel can present more depth and richer color to produce more vibrant images. VA is perfect for graphic designing, video editing or photo retouching. Users can view spreadsheets or watch movies from virtually any angle without compromising color uniformity. The C4008VU8 features a 60Hz refresh rate, wide-viewing angles and 5ms response time.

Eye comfort is one of the most important considerations when working on creative tasks. Normal LED monitors adjust brightness using pulse width modulation, which creates flickers that can cause discomfort over long periods of time. However, because the C4008VU8 features flicker-free technology, the backlight system is more comfortable and allows for healthier viewing.

The monitor also features PiP (Picture in Picture), allowing users to watch a live video feed while working on their PC. One of the really outstanding features of this monitor is its ability to display four separate input sources simultaneously without image distortion, in Full HD, with its PbP (Picture by Picture) functionality. The monitor can present four separate video windows, saving valuable desktop space and dramatically increasing productivity.

Finally, the C4008VU8 provides an immersive visual experience with its curved screen. Curved monitors deliver the best viewable angles that allow users to see more and reduce eyestrain. With its thin bezels, the C4008VU8 works perfectly in multi-monitor workstations.

Specifications

Viewable Screen Size 40”
Panel Type VA
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Contrast Ratio (dcr) 20M:1
Response Time 5ms
Max Resolution 3840×2160@60Hz
Color Depth 1.07B
View Angle (degrees) (H x V) Horizontal: 178 Degrees (CR>10) Vertical: 178 Degrees (CR>10)
Cabinet Color White/Silver
Adjustability Tilt: -5°±1.5°~+13.5±1.5°
Inputs VGA, HDMI 1.4 (MHL), HDMI 2.0 (MHL), 2 x Display Port 1.2, 4 x USB 3.0 (1 x Fast Charging)


About AOC
AOC is the world’s largest manufacturer of LCD/LED monitors and HDTVs. With more than 60 years of design and manufacturing experience, AOC has earned a reputation for selling user-friendly, technologically advanced monitors, TVs and multi-functional displays. Every aspect of AOC’s global business focuses on the development of products that fit seamlessly into consumers’ digital lifestyle. For more information, please visit us.aoc.com. Connect with AOC on Facebook at Facebook.com/AOCAmericas and on Twitter at Twitter.com/aocusa.  

SteelSeries Announces EvilGeniuses Line of Gaming Peripherals

CHICAGO – April 18, 2017 – SteelSeries, the fastest growing major PC gaming headset brand in the US*, today announced a new line of tournament-ready products in collaboration with its elite esport partner, Evil Geniuses. Winning more tournament prize money than any other esport organization in the world, Evil Geniuses has put their mark of approval on this branded line of SteelSeries professional gaming peripherals.

The Evil Geniuses line combines more than 15 years of SteelSeries esport experience with the hands-on expertise of the best gamers in the world. Outfit your battle station with the gear that’s won millions in prize money – Arctis headset with a custom-designed Arctis headband, and the Evil Geniuses limited editions of the M500 Keyboard with Cherry MX Red keys, a custom-tuned Rival 300 and a QcK+ mousepad.

“For years, SteelSeries has collaborated with Evil Geniuses to test and improve our products to ensure they are tournament ready,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “Their winning culture and pursuit of excellence in esports aligns with SteelSeries’ commitment to supporting esport professionals with products that help them rise to the challenge.”

The Rival 300 Evil Geniuses Edition is based on SteelSeries’ most iconic esports mouse, with a guaranteed 30-million click rating and an esports-focused ergonomic design for competitive, long-lasting performance. It uses a Pixart PMW3310 optical sensor, six programmable buttons and lights up with prism RGB illumination. “The Rival 300 is my mouse of choice.” – Evil Geniuses player, Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg

The limited-edition Apex M500 Evil Geniuses keyboard is the only tournament-grade backlit mechanical gaming keyboard co-designed with the team. Featuring Cherry MX Red switches for ultra-fast clicks and double taps, full anti-ghosting, and compatibility with the SteelSeries Engine, it is built entirely around the needs of professional gamers. “The M500 is simply put, an excellent keyboard; one of, if not the best, mechanical keyboard I’ve ever used.” – Evil Geniuses player, Saahil “Universe” Arora

The QcK+ Evil Geniuses Edition is the tournament-grade gaming mousepad designed and tested by professional gamers. The nearly frictionless surface gives you unmatched tracking accuracy, while the non-slip rubber base and 4mm thickness provide a solid platform for competitive gaming. “The QcK+ is large and has that bit of extra padding to make it comfortable and sturdy. It also has that consistent, perfect glide that just seems natural.” – Evil Geniuses player, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev

The Evil Geniuses Signature Line is now available at http://steelseries.com/eg. The limited-editions of Rival 300 is $59.99, the Apex M500 is $99.99 and the QcK+ is $19.99.

For more details about SteelSeries’ entire selection of gaming peripherals, visit https://steelseries.com.

Corsair Announces Corsair One Gaming PC

FREMONT, CA – March 23rd 2017CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components, today proudly announced its first fully built gaming PC, the CORSAIR ONE. Designed to deliver premium PC performance in an incredibly small package, CORSAIR ONE brings together decades of CORSAIR memory, cooling, power supply, and chassis engineering with the latest in cutting edge PC hardware to create a PC unlike anything else available.

Powered by the latest 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors, the Intel® 200 Series chipset and an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 graphics card, CORSAIR ONE wields the performance of a top-end full-size PC, contained in a system that’s small enough to fit into any desktop, living room or VR setup. Quiet, compact, and with the performance of full-size desktop PC, this is the ONE.

“With over 22 years powering the world’s best PCs, we knew now was the right time to bring together all our knowledge to create a truly exceptional PC” said Andy Paul, CORSAIR CEO and founder. “CORSAIR ONE is the result – unbelievably compact, quiet and with incredible performance, it changes what people will expect from a high-end PC.”

From its milled aluminum exterior to subtle blue integrated lighting, CORSAIR ONE changes what PC enthusiasts should expect from a pre-built gaming PC. Every part has been specifically designed and selected to fit the high-end hardware and cooling of a full-size desktop PC into an incredibly compact system that’s only 12L in volume. Measuring just 200mm x 176mm x 380mm (7.87in x 6.92in x 14.96in), CORSAIR ONE fits perfectly onto a gaming desktop, performance workstation or Premium VR showcase, delivering high-end performance with a minimal footprint.

Thanks to an integrated liquid-cooling system, CORSAIR ONE is designed to balance power with extremely quiet operation, even at full load. A revolutionary assisted convection cooling system draws air through a pair of passive 240mm radiators*, combining liquid-cooling with a CORSAIR magnetic levitation ML-140 fan to exhaust heat through the case’s milled aluminum top. The result is lower temperatures with minimal noise, allowing both the CPU and GPU to clock higher, for longer.

While it’s compact and quiet, CORSAIR ONE boasts the very latest in premium PC hardware, from leaders in PC hardware. “We’re pleased to see CORSAIR extend their core capability from a high-performance enthusiast PC components supplier to an enthusiast-class system OEM”, said Joel Christensen, General Manager for Intel’s Client Channel Business. “The CORSAIR ONE is an example of how Intel’s latest 7th Generation Core Processors fosters PC platform innovation. The CORSAIR ONE blends a compact form factor and high performance into an elegant design that pushes the boundaries for gaming form factors.”

CORSAIR ONE comes ready to deliver fantastic PC, 3D and VR experiences thanks to a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7 7700 CPU and air-cooled GeForce GTX 1070 8GB, while CORSAIR ONE PRO takes performance to the next level with dual liquid-cooling for both an Intel Core i7 7700K and GeForce GTX 1080 8GB. The rest of CORSAIR ONE’s internals are a list of must-haves for a modern PC: fast SSD storage in either 240GB, 480GB or 960GB options, roomy 1TB or 2TB HDD, an 80PLUS Gold SFX PSU, Z270 motherboard with USB 3.1 type C and 16GB of trusted CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 2,400MHz DDR4. What’s more, CORSAIR ONE uses only industry standard sized components, so when it’s time to upgrade through CORSAIR’s network of certified upgrade centers, it’s easy to keep your CORSAIR ONE cutting edge.

CORSAIR has been building the parts to make the world’s best gaming PC for over two decades, so when it came to building its first full system, it was clear that it would come loaded with not just all the essentials every gamer needs, but also none of the bloat they don’t. Pre-installed games launchers from Steam, Origin, Good Old Games, Battle.net and Uplay make getting your games installed quick and easy, all within a clean 64-bit Windows 10 Home operating system, and with no sponsored browsers, applications or anti-virus. “We’re delighted to welcome CORSAIR‘s fully-built CORSAIR ONE to the Windows 10 family of devices,” said Gary Fowle, vice president of U.S. OEM, Microsoft Corp. “The liquid-cooled Windows 10 desktop is VR-ready and great for Xbox Play Anywhere, and its small form factor creates a number of exciting opportunities for casual or hardcore gamers.”

Featuring the best from CORSAIR, INTEL, NVIDIA, Microsoft and more, CORSAIR ONE is the desktop PC that’s been more than 20 years in the making. Whether you use your PC to battle, explore or create, this is the ONE.

*Dual Radiator CORSAIR ONE PRO only, CORSAIR ONE uses a single 240mm radiator.

Specifications

CORSAIR ONE:

  • Processor: Intel Core™ i7 7700, 4.2GHz Max Turbo Frequency, Liquid-Cooled
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1070 8GB, Boost Clock 1,721MHz, Base Clock 1,531MHz, Air Cooled
  • Memory: 16GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 2,400MHz
  • Storage: CORSAIR FORCE LE 240GB SSD, 1TB HDD
  • Motherboard: Custom MSI Z270 Mini-ITX
  • PSU: CORSAIR SF400 80PLUS GOLD SFX
  • Chassis: Black, Aluminum, VR-Ready
  • OS: Windows 10 Home and future Microsoft updates
  • MSRP: $1,799.99 Exc. TAX

CORSAIR ONE PRO:

  • Processor: Intel Core™ i7 7700K, 4.5GHz Max Turbo Frequency, Liquid-Cooled
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1080 8GB, Boost Clock 1,771 MHz, Base Clock 1,632MHz, Liquid-Cooled
  • Memory: 16GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 2,400MHz
  • Storage: CORSAIR FORCE LE 480GB SSD, 1TB HDD
  • Motherboard: Custom MSI Z270 Mini-ITX
  • PSU: CORSAIR SF400 80PLUS GOLD SFX
  • Chassis: Black, Aluminum, VR-Ready
  • OS: Windows 10 Home and future Microsoft updates
  • MSRP: $2,199.99 Exc. TAX

CORSAIR ONE PRO (CORSAIR WEBSTORE EXCLUSIVE):

  • Processor: Intel Core™ i7 7700K Liquid-Cooled, 4.5GHz Max Turbo Frequency
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1080 8GB Liquid-Cooled, Boost Clock 1,771 MHz, Base Clock 1,632MHz
  • Memory: 16GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 2,400MHz
  • Storage: CORSAIR FORCE LE 960GB SSD
  • Motherboard: Custom MSI Z270 Mini-ITX
  • PSU: CORSAIR SF400 80PLUS GOLD SFX
  • OS: Windows 10 Home and future Microsoft updates
  • Chassis: Black, Aluminum, VR-Ready
  • MSRP: $2,299.99 Exc. TAX

COMING SOON: CORSAIR ONE PRO GTX 1080 Ti (CORSAIR WEBSTORE EXCLUSIVE):

  • Processor: Intel Core™ i7 7700K, 4.5GHz Max Turbo Frequency, Liquid-Cooled
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1080 Ti 11GB, Liquid-Cooled
  • Memory: 16GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX 2,400MHz
  • Storage: CORSAIR FORCE LE 960GB SSD
  • Motherboard: Custom MSI Z270 Mini-ITX
  • PSU: CORSAIR SF500 80PLUS GOLD SFX
  • Chassis: Black, Aluminum, VR-Ready
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • MSRP: $ 2,599.99 Exc. TAX

Availability, Warranty and Pricing

CORSAIR ONE is available to pre-order immediately in North America, Europe and Australia from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors, and will be available in late March 2017. CORSAIR ONE is backed by a comprehensive two-year warranty and the CORSAIR worldwide customer support network, which includes dedicated technical support, 24 Hour Phone support and an included suite of self-diagnostic tools.

For up-to-date and regional pricing, please contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

Web Pages:

To learn more about CORSAIR ONE please visit

http://www.corsair.com/one

BenQ ZOWIE Official Gaming Monitor of the 2017 MLG Pro Circuit

COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 17, 2017 — ZOWIE, BenQ’s eSports brand, today announced its partnership with global eSports leader Major League Gaming (MLG) by becoming the official gaming monitor sponsor for the 2017 MLG Pro Circuit Season. Engineered to create the ultimate competitive gaming experience, the ZOWIE RL2455 and the RL2460 console eSports monitors will be the featured sponsorship products at the Call of Duty® World League tournaments.

The MLG Dallas three-day tournament and finals for Call of Duty World League is set for March 17-19 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Halls C, D and E, in Fort Worth, Texas. The event kicks off this weekend, where 16 qualifying international teams and more than 160 open-bracket teams will compete for a $200,000 prize pool. The competitors will battle it out on the ZOWE RL2460 eSports console monitor, and visitors will be able to experience ZOWIE products in the ZOWIE booth all weekend.

Tickets for MLG Call of Duty World League Dallas Open at Fort Worth Convention Center are available on the MLG Store. Every single match will also be streamed live on MLG.tv. For the full lineup of ZOWIE gaming gear, please visit Zowie.BenQ.com.

Bionik Announces The Mantis VR PS4 VR Headset

TORRANCE, CA (March 1, 2017) – Bionik™, a new manufacturer of innovative and high quality gaming accessories, released first details on their unique attachable PlayStation VR headphones, The Mantis VR™.

With a patent pending design engineered for seamless integration with PlayStation VR®, The Mantis VR attaches onto the PSVR Headset with spring loaded clips for easy installation and removal. Comprised of high quality components and a complementary color scheme, The Mantis is lightweight and intuitive to use and adjust. The Mantis VR will retail for $49.99 this Spring.

“Based on the incredible growth and upside of the virtual reality industry, including positive momentum recently reported on sales of PlayStation VR, the Mantis VR headphones are appearing at the perfect time,” said Amir Navid, Bionik’s SVP Product Development. “The Mantis VR was designed for the PlayStation Virtual Reality headset with the core purpose of delivering great sound and performance while reducing the clutter and inconvenience of using traditional gaming headphones. Great care was taken to make sure that the product enhances the gamer’s experience, by consolidating key accessories into one apparatus. This integrated solution perfectly complements the existing PSVR headset. We’re excited for fans and gamers to experience audio that matches the quality of PSVR’s visuals inside and out.”

For more information on Bionik check out www.bionikgaming.com and www.facebook.com/bionikgaming and follow on Twitter @BionikGaming.

Razer Power Bank Announced

IRVINE, Calif. – Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced availability for its Razer Power Bank smart charge accessory.

The Razer Power Bank is optimized to work with the Razer Blade Stealth 12.5-inch laptop to extend battery life past 15 hours.

The Blade Stealth is Razer’s most awarded laptop design for its combination of best-in-class displays, mobility, portability and value. Designers, professionals and other creatives who need more pixels can upgrade to a 4K IGZO touch display for 100 percent Adobe RGB color saturation.

Razer’s Power Bank is also compatible with additional USB-C powered laptops for absolute convenience. Users can also connect a wide array of mobile devices with dual USB-A ports and a USB-C port for charging up to three mobile devices simultaneously. Equipped with a large 12,800 mAh capacity battery, the Razer Power Bank is an ideal traveling companion for all mobile power needs.

The Razer Power Bank is equipped with Intelligent device charging and is able to instantly identify the type of device that is plugged in. A fast-charge feature unlocks up to six hours of battery life in a Blade Stealth in less than two hours of charging.

Additionally, Qualcomm® Quick Charge 3.0 allows users to power up their compatible mobile devices up to four times faster than conventional charging.

“High-performance mobile laptops like the Razer Blade Stealth are more a part of daily life than ever before, and keeping them charged and ready is a high priority,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “The Razer Power Bank enables true mobility for users who can now quickly and smartly charge their laptop, phone and tablet at the same time when an outlet isn’t an option.”

The Razer Power Bank is small enough to fit in most pockets and matches Razer’s laptop design aesthetic with a black CNC aluminum casing.  The accessory is available in March exclusively at Razer Store.

Price:

US$149.99 / 169.99 / £144.99

Timing: March 2017

Availability: Razerzone.com

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and France

Product features:

  • Large 12,800mAh battery
  • USB-C laptop charging
  • Get up to 15hrs combined battery life with the Razer Blade Stealth
  • Dual USB-A ports for mobile device charging
  • Intelligent Device Detection
  • Qualcomm® Quick Charge 3.0 and fast charge technology
  • Durable and lightweight CNC aluminum

For more information about the Razer Power Bank, please visit http://www.razerzone.com/power-bank

AOC Announces Availability of Two New Agon Gaming Monitors

Fremont, Calif. – February 23, 2017 AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the U.S. availability schedule of five new monitors within their premium line of AOC gaming monitors, the Agon series. The first two from the series, which are available in the U.S. now, are the AG241QX (24-inch Class Adaptive-Sync) and the AG241QG (24-inch Class NVIDIA® G-SYNC), both featuring QHD resolution and a 1 ms response time. While the AG241QG comes with 165 Hz, NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and NVIDIA ULMB, the AG241QX differentiates itself by having 144 Hz and Adaptive-Sync technology. Both monitors made for the enthusiastic and highly competitive gamers, allowing them to race through games without stutter, screen tearing and motion blur. The AG241QX and the AG241QG are available at Amazon for $499 and $699 respectively.

The additional displays coming soon to the U.S. include the AG271UG, a 27-inch NVIDIA G-Sync™ Gaming Monitor with 4K resolution and rapid 4ms response time ($799.99 – Available late March); the AG352UCG, a 35-inch Curved NVIDIA G-Sync™ Gaming Monitor that offers a highly immersive gaming experience, thanks to a small 2000 mm curvature radius and a 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution ($999.99 – Available late March); and the AG251FZ, the 240Hz and fastest Agon Gaming Monitor coming to market ($499.99 – Available in May).

Eye comfort is one of the most important consideration for outlasting the competition. And since the Agon displays are designed specifically for the competitive gamer, they feature eye-protecting AOC Flicker-Free Technology to reduce eye strain, discomfort, and fatigue during long gaming sessions. The AG241QX Adaptive-Sync model goes even further with its Low Blue Light mode, reducing adverse short wavelength blue light without sacrificing color quality.

Additional powerful gaming features of the AG241QX are the AOC Low Input Lag, AOC Shadow Control and the AOC Game Mode Presets on the special Qwick Switch KeyPad. Gamers that play competitively not only rely on fast and smooth images, but also on instantaneously-executed commands and perfect visuals in every situation. The AOC Low Input Lag mode disables picture post-processing on the monitor’s electronics and, therefore, accelerates the command pass-through from mouse, keyboard and gamepad to result in immediate actions.

While the low input lag ensures gamers’ commands are executed without delay, the AOC Shadow Control provides quick contrast adjustment for a better view of pinpointed areas, as to not jeopardize the already well-balanced screen areas.  Monitor settings are key features when it comes to individuality and performance, and they need to be easily accessible. The AOC Settings KeyPad allows users to switch effortlessly between modes and adjust brightness, contrast and other gaming features to comfortably switch between various image settings, save presets and activate them when needed.

Finally, the AOC Agon series’ ergonomic base provides plenty of comfort so gamers can adjust height, tilt and swivel, and is accurately marked by a scale, so gamers can always jump back to their preferred settings. The stand is also equipped with a carry-handle for easy transportation of the monitor to and from eSports events. There is even a headphone holder at the side of the display to support the headset when it’s not in use.

Kasda KA1900A Wireless AC1900 Router Review

Kasda was a relatively unknown brand to me until I got the chance to check out their KA1900A wireless router. This 802.11AC router features a sleek, black design with both 5.4GHz and 2.4GHz WiFi networks. It even features a both a USB 3.0 and 2.0 port on the back of the unit, which allows for USB storage sharing – just plug a flash drive into it and you have some file sharing ability for your networking needs.

Installing the Kasda KA1900A wireless AC1900 router is relatively simple. I simply connected the router into my cable modem by way of the WAN port on the back of the unit. Then I plugged my PC into one of the Gigabit LAN ports on the router and started everything up. I directed my favorite Internet browser to 192.168.1.1 and began the setup procedure. I setup the WiFi network and connected my smartphone and laptop to it. Everything just worked. Now, it didn’t have as much hand holding as some routers to, but it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for a WiFi router these days. Kasda does offer online support if you need it.

For those users who love the feature, it also offers a WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) button for easy connection setup. There are those that consider WPS insecure, but if you are just using it on a local home network, it is really up to the end user as to what level of security they desire.

The Kaska KA1900A router does feature some pretty cool specs. Aside from those previously-mentioned, it has 5 internal WiFi antennae which provide a very stable wireless signal. Its range is ridiculously good and, no matter where I stood in the office, I had a consistently solid connection. In fact, it was a marked improvement over the 802.11N wireless router we were previously using. It was so impressive that I thought, for a passing moment, that I could still get signal at the Starbucks down the street! But, I digress… Even better is that, because the antennae are internal, they are not sticking out like porcupine quills as they do on external models.

A small aside, one of the best features on this router is an actual power switch! There are a lot of routers out there that simply rely on pulling the power cable out of the unit to restart it. This just doesn’t always make the best user experience as the power cable often falls out and ends up lost behind office furniture. With the power switch, you don’t have to worry about that anymore.

Overall, the Kasda KA1900A Wireless AC1900 Router is a great purchase that offers a very stable networking environment for you home or office. Its WiFi networks are speedy as are its LAN connections, and it will provide you with terrific throughput in your local network. It retails for about $110 dollars and more information on the product can be found at Kasda’s official website. Those of you looking to purchase can find the KA1900A available at Amazon.com


Kasda KA1900A Wireless Router Review Score

(4 out of 5 Stars)


 

Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II Desktop Speaker Review

In looking for some new desktop speakers (my older set ended up taking a nosedive and breaking), I looked through a great many potential replacements. Having used several types of speaker systems in my gaming lifetime, I was hoping to reduce the physical footprint of the audio system as much as possible. My office is not that big and I don’t need to have gigantic speakers everywhere. Then again, I also did not want to sacrifice sound quality for this exchange. My answer came in the form of the Creative Labs GigaWorks T40 Series II desktop speakers.

The GigaWorks T40 Series II speaker system is made up of two free-standing satellite pylons – each containing three types of speakers. There is a cloth-domed tweeter unit for higher-end frequencies as well as two fiber woven cone drivers for low and mid-range sound. Capping these drivers off is a resonance chamber that helps funnel low-end sound out of the pylon for a subwoofer-style effect. The speakers require an AC power source – the adapter is included. Some have complained about this requirement but those detractors need to understand that power is required to send the audio signals through the six speakers.

These weighty satellite units are more than a match for a full 2.1 sound system and it saves you the extra space being taken up by a dedicated subwoofer! Using Tokyo city planning logic, Creative Labs built upwards, not outwards, and it is a very successful outcome for their efforts.

We liked…

  • Powerful sound
  • Reasonable price
We did not like…

  • Couldn’t really think of a negative

I have used the Creative Labs GigaWorks T40 Series II speakers for easy listening music all the way to first-person shooter games. When using speakers for Mp3 enjoyment, I usually start with showtunes. Hamilton, the latest craze in musicals, plays wonderfully on these speakers. Having the bass and treble control knobs next to the volume/power knob is brilliant and allows me to have direct control of the highs and lows, without getting bogged down in all the tweaks available via an equalizer. Moving into the hard stuff, I loaded up Dragonforce and blared out Operation Ground and Pound and reveled at the clear separation of highs and lows, thanks to the GigaWorks T40 Series II’s multi-driver system. Finally, I ran an assortment of video games while using the speakers. Master of Orion was no challenge for the speakers and the adrenaline-fueled explosions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare came through like gangbusters. The system us truly exceptional – especially at its price point of $124.95 on Amazon.

Overall, the Creative Labs GigaWorks T40 Series II speaker system is a terrific option for those of you in need of powerful desktop audio that won’t break your bank account. The three different sound sources per satellite provide a wide range of frequencies that you would normally need several speaker units and a subwoofer to equal – especially in a home office environment. The GigaWorks T40 Series II speaker system is a great choice for gamers and audiophiles in their home office, dorm, or bedroom.


Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II Desktop Speaker Review Score

(5 out of 5 Stars)


 

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless Headset Review

SteelSeries has a terrific line of headsets in their Arctis series. Designed for both gamers and music fans alike, the Arctis series features a ClearCast microphone, ski goggle style headband, and 40mm drivers. It also features a nice steel alloy structure which feels rugged and strong – not like some headsets out there that are flimsy to the touch. Setting up the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is very easy. Simply install the SteelSeries Engine 3 software package which controls the Arctis 7 (as well as SteelSeries other peripherals). The software is robust and allows for numerous customization options for sound quality.

One huge factor for long-term wear of a gaming headset is comfort. If you play a game for hours on end, it helps if your head doesn’t feel as though it’s going to collapse under the pressure of a pair of headsets. Thankfully, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 features a ski goggle style headband which is very comfortable while also helping the headset stay put. Directing your browser to SteelSeries website, you can find a variety of accessories for the Arctis 7. They sell both velour and leather ear cushions depending on your preference as well as a host of headbands with various patterns.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 features some very nice audio quality, and allows for connection via a wireless USB dongle or 3.5 mm jacks. The microphone boom retracts and extends from the left ear cup and features a handy light on the end to help locate it. The ClearCast microphone does a great job of picking up the wearer’s voice while also not taking in a lot of background white noise. I got the chance to use the Arctis 7 while playing Battlefield 1, Skyrim Special Edition, and a host of other games – each time I was pleasantly surprised with my experience.

Moving to music, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 performs very well and, thanks to the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, you can tweak your equalizer as desired. The headphones provide a decent amount of bass while also not sacrificing sound quality when the volume increases. Its drivers have a 98 dB sensitivity and a frequency response of 20-20000 Hz, meaning that these are some powerful drivers. They chew up whatever you can throw at them and keep coming back for more. Kudos to SteelSeries for crafting such a powerful set of headphones that won’t break your bank account.

Overall, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 gaming headset is a terrific option for about $150 dollars. It features some great sound quality coupled with a good degree of comfort and, of course, wireless connectivity. If you need a wireless headset but are afraid of latency and sound quality issues, worry no more with the Arctis 7. You can find the SteelSeries Arctis 7 wireless headphones at numerous wireless retailers such as Amazon.com and SteelSeries official website.


SteelSeries Arctis 7 Review Score

(5 out of 5 Stars)