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SteelSeries PAX EAST 2016 Line-Up

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CHICAGO – April 19, 2016 – SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, showcases a fresh lineup of gaming peripherals during PAX EAST 2016, including the Siberia 350 surround sound headset and the APEX M500 mechanical keyboard.

On display from April 22 to 24 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, gamers of all levels can experience the ultimate in gaming peripherals; from mechanical keyboards designed for eSports to 3D surround sound headsets and the latest in mouse technology. Visitors will also have the opportunity to win professional gaming gear from SteelSeries just by visiting booth 2106.

Siberia 350

Acclaimed for its ultra-lightweight and comfortable design, the Siberia 350 headset lets you hear everything on the battlefield, from footsteps behind you to an explosion over the hill, and enjoy the beautiful sound design as intended for enhanced gameplay. The headset features DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound technology, a retractable microphone for easy storing, and the iconic SteelSeries suspension headband that self-adjusts for the perfect fit. The Siberia 350 also comes with integrated audio controls, SteelSeries Engine for customization, and RGB illumination for personalization.

APEX M500

The tournament-ready mechanical keyboard is outfitted with Cherry MX Red switches and SteelSeries Engine customization software. The APEX M500 features a traditional key layout for universality, Anti-Ghosting technology for optimum efficiency, and blue LED backlighting for supreme visibility.

Win, Play and Share

SteelSeries will also be hosting a variety of events and giveaways during the show, including daily CS:GO and Crossout tournaments for the opportunity to win SteelSeries gaming gear. Attendees are encouraged to stop by booth 2106 to scan an individual code inside their PAX welcome bag or share a picture of the SteelSeries booth on Instagram or Twitter to win a Siberia 350 headset each day.

For more information about the APEX M500, Siberia 350, or SteelSeries entire selection of gaming accessories, visit www.SteelSeries.com. To schedule a VIP tour of SteelSeries booth during PAX East, contact your PR representative.

DJI Releases New Osmo Accessories

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LAS VEGAS, April 17, 2016 – DJI, the world’s leading aerial imagery company, Sunday announced it will offer its best-in-class Micro Four-Thirds Zenmuse X5R camera for use with the Osmo, the imaging stabilization system that has transformed handheld photography and video.

The new system, known as the Osmo RAW, uses the same technology DJI launched last month on the Inspire 1 RAW aerial to bring unmatched cinematic-quality stabilized video to the skies.

“When we launched the Osmo, we reimagined motion,” said Senior Product Manager Paul Pan. “With the DJI Osmo RAW, we’ve gone even further. Now, creators and filmmakers will no longer have to choose between image quality and image stability, no matter from what perspective they’re shooting.”

The X5R will attach to the Osmo handle via an adaptor and store video on a removable 512GB solid-state drive. Gimbal motors will ensure image stability on three axes, with pan and tilt functions accessible either by using the Osmo’s thumb stick or through the DJI GO app. Users can also control the X5R’s focus and aperture inside the iOS or Android app or using an optional DJI Focus unit.

The X5R is the world’s smallest, lossless 4K camera optimized for aerial imaging. It has 12.8 stops of dynamic range, an ISO range from 100 to 25,600, and a still-image resolution of 16 megapixels. The X5R features interchangeable lens options, with video bitrates averaging 1.7Gbps, with a maximum of 2.4Gbps. The X5R records CinemaDNG files and offers a new D-LOG mode with a broader array of color correction options in post production.

Also available for the Osmo system is the Micro Four-Thirds X5 camera and gimbal, called the Osmo Pro. It uses the same adaptor as the X5R, providing superior, stabilized video and top-quality photo imagery.

Pricing and availability of the Osmo Pro and Osmo RAW will be announced shortly.

Osmo users with the Zenmuse X3 camera also will soon have complete stabilization capability with the launch of the Z-Axis. The $129 attachment, which mounts between the X3 camera and the Osmo handle provides full stabilization along the fourth (vertical) axis, giving it the same capabilities as much more expensive Steadicam rigs. The Z-Axis features a shock absorber, a tilt angle adjust button and a knob to control the spring tension needed on the fourth axis.

DJI is also introducing two new power-management solutions for power users of the Osmo, including a higher-capacity battery that offers up to 96 minutes of shooting time at 4K resolution, an increase from up to 66 minutes using the standard Osmo battery. With the Osmo Pro, shooting time with the higher-capacity battery is up to 78 minutes, compared with up to 60 minutes with the original Osmo battery. Shooting time on the Osmo RAW is up to 37 minutes with the new, higher-capacity battery and up to 26 minutes with the original Osmo battery.

Users can charge their batteries with the standard Osmo charger or use an optional intelligent four-battery charger that will fully charge both original and higher-capacity batteries simultaneously. Four higher-capacity Osmo batteries will charge fully in around 120 minutes.

Using DJI’s new, extended battery means even more shooting time with the Osmo. This solution is ideal for video journalists, photographers and filmmakers who spend hours in the field and filmmakers who require multiple takes of a scene or who set a rigorous full-day production schedule.

The battery-shaped power adaptor fits into the Osmo handle and connects to either a dedicated DJI power charger or a DJI Intelligent Battery. It supports five different DJI AC charger units, three models of DJI car chargers and six varieties of DJI drone and Ronin batteries that offer shooting times up to 14 hours on the Osmo, up to 11.7 hours on the Osmo Pro and just under five-and-a-half hours for the Osmo RAW. Shooting times will differ, depending on the type of battery used.

Razer Announces ManO’War Wireless Gaming Headset

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IRVINE, Calif. – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the release of its new wireless gaming headset for PC, the Razer ManO’War. This latest addition to Razer’s audio line offers high-fidelity, gaming-grade audio engineered with multiple wireless antennas, frequency channel scanning for locating the clearest channel and an advanced coding algorithm to ensure a high-performance, lag-free, 2.4 GHz wireless experience.

An ultra-compact wireless USB adapter provides plug-and-play connectivity from up to 39 feet. Alternately, users may opt to use the Razer ManO’War’s optional extension dock for an even greater 46-foot range.

Immersive 7.1 channel virtual surround sound in the Razer ManO’War is supported by the Razer Surround software engine. Paired with the RazerManO’War’s custom tuned 50 mm Neodymium magnet drivers, Razer Surround makes virtual soundscapes come alive with 360-degree fidelity. The positional audio calibration feature helps to personalize the hearing experience to ensure players have the auditory cues they need get the jump on opponents, visible or otherwise. Closed-style, upgraded leatherette cushions cover a wearer’s entire ear, enhancing noise isolation and comfort.

Concealed in the left ear cup of the Razer ManO’War is a unidirectional digital microphone boom that easily pulls-out when needed and can be adjusted to whatever position is desired. The microphone surpasses the capabilities of traditional analog microphones by way of an optimized algorithm for more natural sounding and crystal clear voice reproduction. Gamers may adjust mic and volume levels and mute via Quick Action Controls on the Razer ManO’War’s ear cups. A mute LED indicator on the boom illuminates when mic mute is active.

Razer ensured the headset was prepared for long stretches of uninterrupted, unfettered enjoyment. Whether streaming, watching a movie or in a gaming marathon, it is able to give an impressive 14 hours of continuous wireless use on a single charge.

Finally, Razer Chroma™ lighting features built into the Razer ManO’War Chroma allow gamers to explore a practically limitless number of possible lighting profiles. With 16.8 million colors to choose from, custom color schemes can be programmed for the headset using Razer Synapse, or users may select from an array of preloaded lighting options. For gamers playing titles with in-game Chroma integration, the Razer ManO’War becomes an instrument for even deeper levels of immersive gameplay.

“The Razer ManO’War combines the perfect balance of wireless performance, comfort and durability in a gaming-grade headset,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “The freedom to play without wires, uninterrupted, with the comfort, sound quality and incredible battery life of this headset is more than exciting for gamers—it’s critical.”

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Headphones:

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω ­ at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 112 ± 3 dB
  • Input power: 30 mW (Max)
  • Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
  • Inner ear cup diameter: 60 mm / 2.36 in.
  • Connection type: Wireless USB Transceiver
  • Wireless range: 12 m / 40 ft.
  • Wireless frequency: 2.4 Ghz
  • Battery life: Up to 14 hours with Chroma lighting / 20 hours without Chroma lighting
  • Approximate weight: 375 g / 0.83 lbs.

Microphone:

  • Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: > 60 dB
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -38 ± 3 dB
  • Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional

System requirements:

  • PC / Mac with USB port; PlayStation® 4*
  • Windows® 10 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 7 / Windows® Vista / Mac OS X (10.9 and higher)
  • Internet connection for driver installation
  • At least 100 MB of free hard disk space

* Only Spectrum cycling lighting effect and 2.0 stereo audio output is available

Package contents:

  • Razer ManO’War Wireless Gaming Headset
  • USB charging cable
  • Wireless USB Transceiver
  • Extension dock

Price: USD 169.99 / EUR 199,99

Availability:

USA: April 17, 2016 (Limited units available at BestBuy and Razerstore.com)

Worldwide: May 2016

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X Headset – A Review (Xbox One)

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Turtle Beach, one of the premier video game headset manufacturers, has just released a new wireless headset for the Xbox One, the Ear Force Stealth 420X Headset (shortened to the 420X for the rest of this review).  The 420X might just be one of the best headsets I have ever owned, and most definitely the best one I’ve had for a console.  The headset fits quite nicely, never pinching nor feeling to small for my head, and is incredibly comfortable to wear for hours of gaming.

Features

The 420X is completely wireless while in use, the only cord that comes in the package is used to connect the headset to the Xbox One for charging.  Using a USB wireless connector, the 420X stays connected for up to 30ft, which is perfect for me to grab a soda from the garage and still be able to talk between online games.  All the controls for the 420X are on the headset, including game and voice volume, bass boost, mute, and a button for presets.  The power button is on the right ear cup, dead center so you can easily feel for it and turn it on or off while the headset is being worn.  The 420X also features a removable omni-directional boom mic, so you can use your headset for music or mobile gaming.

I love the fit of the 420X on my head.  Comfort for me is pretty high on my must have list for gaming headsets, if the headset hurts after a few hours of gaming, then it just isn’t a good quality headset.  The 420x has synthetic leather ear cups that fit over the ear, keeping outside noise to a minimum while keeping your ears from sweating.  I also love how the ear cups swivel to match the shape of your head.

Aesthetic

The 420X is a very clean looking headset, which is pretty typical of Turtle Beach.  Most of the headset is set in a matte black color, with some green highlights around the ear cups.  The Turtle Beach logos are also green, and glow green when the headset is on.  This is just your clean looking, basic design for a gaming headset, which I love.

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Performance

I was able to use the 420X extensively over my testing period, focusing on a few different types of games.  Games like Dark Souls 2, The Division, Black Ops 3, Far Cry Primal, and Borderlands 2 sounded fantastic through the headset.  During multiplayer, I was able to hear footstep directions to give me a better indication of where my opponents were.  With single player games like Dark Souls 2, the music and sound effects really came through nicely and added to my immersion into the game.  Voice communication was clear with no issues at all, though finding the mute button was somewhat difficult at times.  I guess my only complaint with the 420X really is that it was hard to find the controls while the headset was on.  Feeling for the mute button was difficult, and I had a hard time remembering which volume control wheel controlled which volume.

Specifications

  • Digital Signal Processor: Digital Signal Processor for independently controlled chat, game and mic signals
  • Audio mute: Audio mutes automatically when carrier signal is lost
  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Polymer
  • Shut down: Automatic shut down after approx 10 minutes of carrier loss or silence to conserve battery power
  • Weight: 8.6oz
  • Speaker Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Battery life: >15 Hours
  • Speakers: 50mm with Neodymium Magnets
  • Digital Wireless RF wireless carrier reception.: 2.4GHz
  • Speaker Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Microphone Design: Removable Omni-Directional Microphone
  • Earcup Design: Around-Ear (Closed)
  • Headband/Earpad Material: Perforated Synthetic Leather (Black) with Foam Cushioning

Final Thoughts

The Ear Force Stealth 420X Headset by Turtle Beach is the best headset I have ever used for the Xbox One or Xbox 360.  The wireless connectivity is a must with my current living room set up, the voice communication was clear, and the headset was incredibly comfortable to wear over long periods of time.  I do wish the controls on the ear cups were a little easier to use or the buttons and wheels separated over both ears, but that is a fairly minor issue unless you are adjusting these items constantly during game play.  The price is set to be around $150 MSRP, which could be considered a little steep, but worth it if you are looking for a quality wireless headset.

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Review of the Garmin tactix Bravo Smartwatch

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Recently, we got the chance to check out Garmin’s newest iteration of their tactix smartwatch, the tactix Bravo. Featuring carbon-coated, stainless steel construction and a highly scratch-resistant sapphire lens, it will take a lot to damage this watch during those MilSim airsoft games in rugged terrain. Additionally, the watch was designed to be as non-reflective as possible, as to not inadvertently give away your position to opposing players. The tactix Bravo is available in two flavors: One with a silicone watch band and another that includes two nylon watch bands (one in olive drab and the other in black). Either of these options are fine, but depend more on your personal needs. If you plan to wear the watch in a personal, outdoorsman style of operation, you might want to consider going with the silicone band. If you are wearing the tactix Bravo on top or underneath your combat shirts and gear, you may consider the nylon band option. Measuring 2 inches by 2 inches, with a depth of 0.6 inches, the tactix Bravo is a rather large watch.

The tactix Bravo features a host of sensors designed to be of benefit to those of you in the field – whether it be for real world tactical operations or multi-day airsoft games in rugged territory. By hitting the down page button on the tactix Bravo, you can get to a compass, barometer, and altimeter – all of which seemed particularly accurate while I trekked across Southern California. The compass features both the degree of the direction you’re facing as well as the general direction (e.g. “NW”, “N”, NE”) for ease of use.

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Pairing up with your smartphone via the Garmin Connect app is very simple, thanks to the tactix Bravo’s built-in ANT+and Bluetooth connectivity. Once paired, the Garmin Connect app will keep track of your activity levels on a daily basis, as well as have the ability to interface with other fitness apps on the app store – like My Fitness Pal. The information is extremely valuable – whether you are on a regimented diet and exercise plan or just curious about how many calories you burn doing your daily activities.

Of course, the tactix Bravo can receive your texts, emails, and app notifications as you like, and the Garmin Chroma Display is refreshingly crisp and can even be seen clearly in daylight! For those of you who do airsoft night games with night vision goggles, you will be happy to know that the tactix Bravo has a night vision mode! This enables a change in the display’s color scheme and light output to be optimized for your night vision equipment. As a fun additional feature, the tactix Bravo can even control a Garmin VIRB XE action camera, but I couldn’t test that feature as I don’t have a VIRB XE camera on-hand.

One of the coolest parts of the tactix Bravo’s feature set is its built-in GPS receiver. Similar to the Garmin Foretrex series, the tactix Bravo will display your current path and also display waypoint information and leave a trail of virtual “breadcrumbs” along your path. Furthermore, it will also display your current location in MGRS, Degrees Minutes Seconds and more. MGRS is extremely important for those of you in the military, being the geo-coordinate system standard for NATO. According to the specs of the tactix Bravo, it features an omni-directional stainless steel EXO antenna, with GPS/GLONASS satellite reception. I am not sure what that means in terms of the technical side of things, but I can tell you I was able to get GPS satellite reception inside my apartment just as fast as outdoors – so it means better reception all around!

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At Garmin’s Connect IQ website, you can download additional pages for the tactix Bravo, with choices for speedometers, watch faces, navigation data, and more. It is really interesting to see the expandability that has been created for the watch from independent developers. Going down that road, if any of you are developers interested in creating new data pages for Garmin devices, checkout the Connect IQ developer portal.

Navigating around the various screens and pages of the tactix Bravo interface is very simple. The watch has a small array of buttons: Up, down, back, action, and backlight. These all do pretty much what you would expect. After selecting whatever option you prefer, you press the action button to proceed into that option. Hitting the action button from the main display will bring up the list of activities you can perform. There is a wide variety of choices – with the tactix Bravo even having Jumpmaster and Tactical sport modes! The Jumpmaster will help you if you ever decide to jump out of a perfectly good airplane while the tactical mode enables the GPS and sensor logging and is great for when you are actually playing your airsoft games. The jumpmaster mode can be used for HAHO, HALO, or Static line jumps. Of course, for those of you looking to be active people sans airsoft or military/tactical needs, you can also choose from things such as swimming, hiking, and trail running – to name just a brief few.

Overall, the Garmin tactix Bravo smartwatch is an excellent activity tracker and wearable watch that will provide some essential navigational capabilities during your stints in rugged terrain – whether you are playing in an airsoft game, camping, or in the field. The tactix Bravo retails for $699.99 and is available now on a variety of online stores as well as Garmin’s official website.

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Blue Microphones Yeti Review

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Blue Microphones have long been known for their quality and this reputation has only grown – especially in this day and age of podcasts and game stream channels. Blue Microphones flagship USB-based microphone is the “Yeti”. Available in two flavors: standard and “Pro”, the Yeti family of microphone shares a similar design save for an XLR port on the Pro model. The Yeti has a professional aesthetic and is available in a variety of classy color schemes: Whiteout, Silver, Platinum, and Blackout.

The Blue Yeti’s build quality is excellent, and the microphone has a very solid feel in its three and a half pound form factor. While it sits on a removable base stand, it should be noted that there is an external shock mount available for the Yeti, which can be found on Blue’s official website. Something to note is that the Yeti stands about a foot high once connected to its base unit. It lives up to its namesake in being a monster in regards to the space it takes up. Be sure you have room on your desk or recording area to place it.

Using the Yeti is as simple as plugging it into a USB port on your computer. Any audio recording software should be able to utilize its input. I used SONAR and it had no trouble getting it to accept the microphone. As it is a USB-based microphone, however, I highly suggest consulting your audio software instructions on adding one USB microphone into your recording session. One really cool feature to note about the Yeti is that it allows you to plug a set of headphones into a latency-free monitor port on its bottom side. You will be able to hear exactly what the microphone is picking up that way.

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A feature of many Blue Microphones microphone units is their multiple pickup patterns, and the Yeti is no different. It features four different audio pickup patterns: Cardioid, bidirectional, omni-directional, and stereo – each with its own strengths:

  • STEREO MODE
    • Uses both the left and right channels to capture a wide, realistic sound image—perfect for recording acoustic guitar or choir.
  • CARDIOID MODE
    • Well-suited to podcasts, vocal performances, voice-overs and instruments. Cardioid mode records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone, delivering rich, full-bodied sound.
  • OMNIDIRECTIONAL MODE
    • Picks up sound equally from all around the mic. It’s best used in situations when you want to capture the ambience of “being there”—like a live recording of a band’s performance, a multi-person podcast or a conference call.
  • BIDIRECTIONAL MODE
    • Records from both the front and the rear of the microphone—ideal for recording a duet or a two-person interview.

Switching between these four modes is very easy – simply rotate a knob on the backside of the Yeti – each mode is denoted by a small icon. These icons represent the sphere or arc of pickup for each mode. I get them confused so I suggest you simply look at your instructions or on the Blue Microphones website for clarification on which is which. I have had the pleasure of previously using a Blue Microphones “Snowball” model microphone, and had solid results. The Yeti is even better, with a much more stable base stand as well as better range of motion when connected to said stand.

Overall, the Yeti from Blue Microphones is an exceptional microphone – whether you are a podcaster, video game streamer, or budding musician looking to lay-down some tracks. Its plug and play capabilities mixed with the Yeti’s four pickup patterns makes it especially handy in just about any situation.

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LucidSound Makes European Debut at Gadget Show Live 2016

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San Diego, CA – March 30, 2016 – LucidSound, the all-new audio headset brand from the founders of TRITTON, announced today that their new LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset will be making its European debut at the popular Gadget Show Live consumer show, taking place at the Birmingham NEC from March 31 through April 3, 2016.

Winning the Reviewed.com prestigious ‘CES Editors’ Choice Award 2016’, the acclaimed new gaming headset arrives in style, and will be available to purchase direct at the show, for the first time in Europe at the LucidSound booth (K170). In addition, visitors will have ample opportunity to experience the unparalleled comfort and uncompressed audio quality for themselves, when the LS30 makes its presence heard at multiple locations through the duration of the show.

Selected as the headset partner for the Konami PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) 2016 UK Finals, the LS30 headsets will be worn by 32 of the UK’s most talented gamers, live on Twitch and to hundreds of spectators, as they battle for supremacy and the honour of attending the world PES championships! For those seeking a more interactive environment, visitors are encouraged to attend the Arcade Stage, where audience members will be invited to take part in a variety of gaming challenges for the chance to win a LucidSound Headset of their own!

Compatible with PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PlayStation®3, Xbox 360, mobile phones, and smart devices, the LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset features a uniquely refreshing design, far removed from bulky, over-engineered designs commonly associated with gaming audio and instead focusing on comfort, style, and innovation. Proprietary channel-hopping technology provides interference-free audio and advanced 2.4GHz uncompressed wireless technology provides best-in-class sound quality.

50mm Neodymium drivers provide deep bass and clear highs while three audio modes, Normal, Bass Boost and Treble Boost, provide gamers with optimal audio for a wide range of gaming genres. In addition, the rechargeable battery offers up to 15 hours of uninterrupted gameplay.

“We’re overwhelmed with the critical and consumer response to our new headset which launched only weeks ago in the US,” said Chris Von Huben, CEO of LucidSound. “We founded LucidSound to challenge the perception that gamers couldn’t have it all. Gaming Headsets typically deliver mediocre audio with looks that only a mother could love. Gamers have changed and so has our approach. The LS30, ushers in a new era of lifestyle gaming audio which we think our European customers will love. We can’t wait to get our headsets in the hands of gamers at Gadget Show Live.”

The LucidSound LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset is expected to go on sale across Europe beginning April 2016.

For more information, visit lucidsound.com and follow LucidSound on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Watch the product video:  http://www.lucidsound.com/lucidsound-video.html

HyperX Announces Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset

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Fountain Valley, CA – March 30, 2016 HyperX™, a division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced HyperX Cloud Revolver™, the newest addition to the Cloud headset family/range. It will ship May 9 and is available for preorderApril 1 from Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg. HyperX Cloud Revolver proudly carries the Cloud name and reputation for great sound, comfort and durability.

The headset features a studio grade sound stage with 50mm directional drivers to deliver wider depth and width for improved audio precision in first-person shooter and open environment games. The tuning of the driver, mechanical design of the front acoustical chamber, larger ear cups and exhaust vents allow users to hear an opponent more clearly from further away and gain the ultimate competitive advantage. Music lovers will appreciate the concert hall-like experience when listening to their favorite tunes.

HyperX Cloud Revolver uses signature red memory foam and premium leatherette on the ear cups and head band to provide award-winning comfort and quality for long hours of gameplay like its Cloud and Cloud II predecessors. The steel frame suspension design provides long-lasting durability, stability and quality. HyperX Cloud Revolver’s detachable noise-cancelling microphone offers crisp, clean and clear voice quality and reduced background noise. It is multi-platform compatible (PC, console and mobile devices) and is certified by TeamSpeak™ and Discord; and, is compatible with Skype™, Ventrilo, Mumble and RaidCall. A 2mm audio control box extension is also included with stereo and mic plugs.

Fans who attend the MLG CS:GO Major Championship in Columbus, Ohio from April 1-3 will be among the first to have the opportunity to purchase HyperX Cloud Revolver. HyperX is the official headset, memory and SSD sponsor of the championship which features a $1 million (USD) prize pool.

“HyperX Cloud Revolver’s wide audio sound profile will be a game changer in the FPS genre. Gamers who wear this headset will have an advantage as they’ll be able to hear their opponents’ location from further away,” said Annie L. Gerard, global strategic marketing manager, HyperX. “Since the beginning, this headset was designed to deliver the most detailed and widest sound stage in the market to give gamers the maximum competitive edge.”

HyperX Cloud Revolver is backed by a two-year warranty and legendary HyperX reliability.

HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology encompassing high-speed DDR4 and DDR3 memory, SSDs, USB Flash drives, headsets and mouse pads. Targeted at gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, HyperX is known throughout the world for quality, performance and innovation. HyperX is committed to eSports as it sponsors over 25 teams globally and is the main sponsor of Intel Extreme Masters. HyperX can be found at many shows including Brasil Game Show, China Joy, DreamHack, gamescom and PAX.

For more information visit the HyperX home page.

HyperX Cloud Revolver Features and Specifications:

  • Studio-grade sound stage: HyperX Cloud Revolver has a wider audio range that creates depth and width for optimal audio precision and a competitive edge. You’ll hear your opponents’ location more accurately from further away. Its larger sound stage is ideal for FPS and open environment gameplay and for a concert hall-like experience when listening to music.
  • Next-generation directional 50mm drivers: Refined 50mm directional drivers are positioned parallel to the ears for a clean, crisp sound with enhanced bass. The drivers direct the sound into the ear for precise audio positioning.
  • Signature HyperX award-winning memory foam: Red memory foam is visible from back of the ear cups to differentiate HyperX from its competitors. The higher quality, dense foam signifies HyperX award winning comfort and quality while providing ultimate comfort during prolonged gaming sessions.
  • 2M audio control box extension with stereo and mic plugs: HyperX Cloud Revolver comes with a 2 meter audio control box extension with stereo and mic plugs for PC. It’s ideal for use with the on-board sound card.
  • Durable steel frame: Designed in Germany, HyperX Cloud Revolver has a solid-steel frame for long-lasting durability and stability.
  • Detachable noise-cancellation microphone: The removable microphone boom makes it easy to plug in for gaming or unplug to listen to music. It features a flexible design and custom mic positioning.
  • Multi-platform compatibility: HyperX Cloud Revolver is compatible with PC, Xbox One™1, PS4™, Wii U™, Mac® and Mobile2 so you can use one headset for PC and console gaming.
  • TeamSpeak certified: TeamSpeak™ certifies the voice quality to be clear and crisp with excellent sound quality. No audible echoes, background noises or voice distortions were detected in tests. Other compatible chat clients include Discord, Skype™, Ventrilo, Mumble and RaidCall.

Headphone:

  • Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
  • Type: Circumaural, Closed back
  • Frequency response:12Hz–28,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 30 Ω
  • Sound Pressure Level: 104.5dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
  • T.H.D.: < 2%
  • Input Power: Rated 30mW, Maximum 500mW
  • Weight: 360g
  • Weight w/ mic and cable: 376g
  • Cable length and type: Headset (1m) + Audio Control Box (2m)
  • Connection: Headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + Audio Control Box – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs

Microphone:

  • Element: Electret condenser microphone
  • Polar pattern: Uni-directional, Noise-canceling
  • Frequency response: 50Hz–18,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: -40dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)

1 Adapter required for Xbox One™ controllers with no 3.5mm port. (Adapter sold separately).

2 Compatible with devices with CTIA standard connectors.

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Razer Unveils Ripsaw Capture Card

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IRVINE, Calif. – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the launch of its Razer Ripsaw capture card. This crucial tool for broadcasting empowers users with high-performance recording and streaming capabilities, bringing game footage to popular platforms like Twitch and YouTube with remarkable resolutions and frame rates.

The Razer Ripsaw offers industry-leading full 1080p game capture at 60 frames per second, for crisp, clear and smooth viewing.  Using the top-of-the-line USB 3.0 standard, the Razer Ripsaw streams on uncompressed raw game footage with nearly zero latency. Moreover, audiences may enjoy even more personalized and fun experiences when broadcasters exploit the capture card’s onboard audio and microphone inputs, which plug into any music source or microphone for a secondary audio or commentary layer.

Not only is the Razer Ripsaw a robust and easy-to-use game capture card with Windows PCs, it also comes with all the necessary cables to plug-and-play with popular game consoles such as the Razer Forge TV, Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, and past-generation devices such as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This gives broadcasters a wider range of game options to share.

The Razer Ripsaw works right out of the box with popular streaming software like Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and XSplit, ensuring broadcasters can start right away, without having to deal with unnecessary third-party bloatware that is commonly associated with other streaming solutions.

“Razer has been involved with the streaming scene since the beginning of game broadcasting, with top streamers using our hardware through the ages to get the unfair gaming advantage in front of audiences,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer CEO and co-founder.  “We’re excited to design a game capture card that meets the exacting needs of broadcasters and to also give newcomers a perfect tool to help them possibly become the next Syndicate or Pewdiepie.”

The Razer Ripsaw is part of a complete suite of Razer Broadcaster products designed to give streamers the high performance tools to achieve their goals.  The Razer Broadcaster suite includes the Razer Seiren digital microphone, one of the most popular mics used by streamers today.

In addition to launching the Razer Ripsaw, Razer is developing an online resource platform for streamers to get tips and tricks to performing their best.  The Razer Supported Streamer Program has been revamped to ensure that aspiring broadcasters can leverage Razer support to achieve their goals.  For information on Razer Ripsaw and related programs, interested parties may visit www.razerzone.com/ripsaw

Price: USD179.99/EUR179.99

Availability: Worldwide and on RazerStore.com

System requirements:

  • Windows 10/8.1/7 (64/32 bit)
  • USB 3.0 powered
  • CPU:

o   Desktop – Intel Core i5-4440 3.10 GHz or above

o   Laptop – Intel Core i7-4810MQ or above

  • Graphics card:

o   Desktop – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 and above

o   Laptop – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M and above

  • Memory: 4GB minimum (8GB recommended)

 

Technical specifications:

  • Interface: USB 3.0 only
  • Video input: Digital – HDMI / Analog – Component
  • Audio input: Digital – HDMI / Analog – RCA L/R
  • Audio mix-in input: 3.5 mm mic-in / 3.5 mm aux-in
  • Video output: HDMI (pass-through from HDMI and Component input)
  • Max capture resolution: Uncompressed 1080p60
  • Supported resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i

 

Product size and weight:

  • Depth: 130 mm / 5.12 in.
  • Width: 86 mm / 3.39 in.
  • Height: 17 mm / 0.67 in.
  • Weight: 183 g / 0.40 lbs.

 

What’s in the box:

  • Razer Ripsaw game capture card
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Component AV cable
  • Component AV Multi cable
  • 3.5 mm audio cable
  • Important Product Information Guide

SpotCam Adds Pan/Tilt and Improved Nightvision

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March 22, 2016, Taipei Taiwan – SpotCam Co., Ltd., today announces the SpotCam HD Eva: a complete, user-friendly IP webcam solution for homes and small offices. The HD Eva can pan and tilt its wide-angle lens to monitor pets and loved ones anywhere in the room.

Pan and Tilt – No Dead Zones, No Missed Moments

With pan and tilt, SpotCam HD Eva users can eliminate dead zones in their high-quality camera footage with full 360-degree horizontal movement and 70-degree vertical movement. Users can remotely control their camera from anywhere with the SpotCam app or from a web browser.

“Many security IP cameras can pan and tilt, though none boast this functionality in a user-friendly, cloud-ready package. SpotCam is excited to offer the only wireless pan/tilt camera designed for continuous cloud recording and, most importantly, for consumers.” – Jacky Lin, CEO of SpotCam

The Only Free Continuous Video Recording Plan

SpotCam is proud to be the only company offering customers free unlimited 24-hour cloud continuous video recording out of the box. Unlike other camera companies, this plan isn’t limited to motion-detected clips: SpotCam users can rewind and review a full 24-hour’s footage at any time without paying a subscription. Footage is safely saved in the world’s most secure cloud servers from Amazon.

HD Recording and Improved Night Vision

The SpotCam HD Eva provides clean HD 720P video with advanced H.264 compression, so it doesn’t hog precious network bandwidth at home. With an improved 18 IR LEDs, it sees more in the dark compared to other indoor wireless IP cameras. Built-in motion and audio detection can be configured to provide instant notification of unusual activity.

The Plug-and-Play Wireless Cloud Camera

SpotCam HD Eva sets up in just minutes with apps available for iOS or Android smartphones, tablets, or any computer browser. Once it’s recording to the cloud, users can monitor footage remotely using any of these devices.

Timelapse and Two-way Audio

SpotCam includes a built-in speaker and microphone for two-way audio to communicate with pets and loved ones. It supports up to 8x digital zoom. Users can also use the SpotCam app to easily make timelapse videos – convenient for reviewing bulk footage in a short period of time, or just for sharing with friends!

Price and Availability

SpotCam HD Eva is available now for $199.99 on Amazon.com.

Recording plans

  • 24-hour recording – Free
  • 3-day recording – $3.95/month or $39/year
  • 7-day recording – $5.95/month or $59/year
  • 30 day recording – $19.95/month or $199/year

About SpotCam

Selected by Taiwan’s Angel Investment program as one of the hottest new startups, SpotCam, founded in 2013, is composed of a team of entrepreneurial individuals with years of experience in the CCTV industry. Drawing on expertise from developing Wi-Fi DVR and NVR surveillance solutions, the team has created SpotCam, a cloud based system that combines the safety and security of the CCTV industry with the accessibility of the mobile market. Find out more about SpotCam here: https://www.myspotcam.com.