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January 14, 2017

Review: Audioengine HD3 Premium Powered Desktop Speakers

Clean, Crisp, Clear

When it comes to premium desktop computer speakers, few manufacturers on the market match the level of Audioengine when it comes to sound quality. Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to review the Audioengine A2+ and the Audioengine A5+ which were outstanding speakers that are simply unmatched by other computer speaker manufacturers.

Recently, Audioengine launched their latest Audioengine HD3 speaker which is similar to their popular Audioengine A2+ with several improvements including magnetic speaker grilles, Bluetooth support, an improved internal DAC and more. Given how impressed we were with the Audioengine A2+, we jumped at [...]

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January 18, 2017

Review: Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset

Kraken Reloaded

Today we’ll be reviewing the Razer Kraken Pro V2 gaming headset which is successor to the Razer Kraken Pro gaming headset launched all the way back in 2012. While Razer has unveiled numerous editions of the Kraken headset lineup including the Kraken Forged Edition, the Kraken 7.1, and Kraken Chroma over the years, the original that everything has been based on has gotten quite long in the tooth and as such, Razer recently revamped the headset offering several major improvements over its predecessor.

Specifications Manufacturer Razer Model Kraken Pro V2 Formfactor Over Ear Interface 4-pole 3.5mm plug (splitter included) Speaker [...]
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December 22, 2016

Review: Google Home Smart Speaker – A Good Start

OK Google

Several years ago, Amazon unveiled the Echo, a smart speaker designed to use Amazon’s Alexa AI (Artificial Intelligence) platform to help make life easier for its customers. While the Amazon Echo’s functionality was relatively basic when it was launched back in 2004, its functionality has improved significantly over the years as newer functionality and additional compatibility with services have been added.

As Amazon’s Echo has been in the market relatively uncontested for the past two years, it was about time someone else jumped into the smart speaker game and who else is more appropriate than Google who revealed back in May that [...]

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September 30, 2016

Review: HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset

Revolving in the Clouds

Kingston’s HyperX brand has always catered towards enthusiasts and gamers, but up until last year it was always tied to the Kingston name. Not too long ago however, Kingston decided to develop HyperX into a separate gaming oriented brand and along with it they also revealed a whole host of new products including gaming headsets, gaming mice, gaming memory and more.

Last year we had the opportunity to test the Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro gaming headset where we came away very impressed. The headset was among the most comfortable and best sounding gaming headsets on the market and came in at under a $100 pricetag. It quickly became one of our [...]

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January 17, 2016

Review: Creative Sound Blaster ROAR 2 Wireless Speaker

20% Smaller, 100% Power

Several years ago, I reviewed the Creative Sound Blaster ROAR which I awarded with the CPCR Gold Awesome Award. It was an excellent prdouct that was portable, had great battery life, had fantastic sound quality, and could easily fill a room, an outdoor gathering, or a campsite with plenty of music. It checked all the right boxes and quickly became my all time favorite Bluetooth speaker.

While the Creative Sound Blaster ROAR was already quite impressive, Creative has spent the past few years refining their product, which ultimately culminated in the new Creative Sound Blaster ROAR 2, which retains pretty much the entire Sound Blaster [...]

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March 24, 2015

Review: LUXA2 Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speakers

LUXA2’s Dual Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

Rarely do I think to myself, “I really wish I had a pair of wireless, portable speakers that I could take with me places.” As you might imagine, I’m not one of those people you sometimes encounter in public, blasting whatever noise they consider to be music from their phones, perfectly clashing with the music playing over the supermarket’s PA system (if I were one of those people, I’d probably go all out and hold my cell phone and two speakers in my hands while simultaneously shopping and annoying everyone within a 20 foot radius of me, but that’s just me…)

As such, I’ve never [...]

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February 13, 2015

Review: Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset

Floating in the Clouds

When we went to Kingston’s booth at CES 2015 last month, we got a chance to check out a ton of new memory products including new memory, SSDs, memory cards and flash drives. Along with their plethora of memory products, Kingston is also pumping up their peripherals lineup with a new gaming headset and some upcoming gaming mousepads as well.

Today we’ll be reviewing their new gaming headset, the Kingston Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset. Now the first generation Kingston HyperX Cloud headset was a pretty good headset. Although we only got to test the headset at various events, we were fairly impressed with it as it not [...]

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February 13, 2015

Review: Razer Leviathan 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar

Razer’s First Ever Gaming Sound Bar

Over the past couple years, I’d have to say that I’ve become pretty impressed with Razer. Despite being a relatively small, privately owned gaming peripherals company, they’ve successfully managed to enter and reinvigorate a number of product markets that have stagnated for a long time. A perfect example of this is the gaming notebook market where Razer not only helped renew and reinvigorate the market, but also spurred development in the industry as a whole.

One market Razer abandoned several years ago is the premium PC gaming speaker market and it looks like they’re ready to finally [...]

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February 13, 2015

Review: Audioengine B2 Bluetooth Speaker

No Frills, High End Bluetooth Audio

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year to eat a lot, drink a lot, and be thankful that we get to do another review for Audioengine! Yup. It’s funny how it worked out in the past few years that I’ve done one review every year for Audioengine. In 2012, it was the Audioengine A5+ coupled with the Audioengine  D1, last year it was the Audioengine A2+, and with 2014 coming to a close, this year we’ll be checking out the newly released Audioengine B2!

The Audioengine B2 is Audioengine’s latest speaker that combines many of the features of the Audioengine A2+ with the Bluetooth functionality of [...]

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February 13, 2015

Review: Steelseries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset

SteelSeries New Flagship Siberia Gaming Headset

Earlier this year at CES 2014, SteelSeries invited us to their suite to check out a couple brand new products they were coming out with. While we were browsing their suite, SteelSeries showed us the new SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse along with the SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller. While those were interesting products, what really caught our eye was a product they had introduced several months earlier – the SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset, which was prominently displayed on one of the display shelves.

Most of you who follow the PC gaming scene in the past decade have probably [...]

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