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Hardware Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Steelseries Siberia 800: Maintains the Gold Standard for Gaming Headsets

Steelseries has recently rebranded their flagship headset, the H800, as the Siberia 800. We sent Chris in to see just what a set of flagship Steelseries headphones really sounds like. The good news is they’re nothing short of amazing. The bad: Chris refuses to take it off, even for family pictures. Read on for the full review! Posted Jul 29, 2016 by Christopher Coke

The Razer Turret Reviewed

The current trend among PC peripherals is one I can get behind: companies like Roccat, Corsair, and now Razer are all angling for the best way to make PC gaming from the couch a reality. Razer’s bid is the Turret – a sleek, but feature-light mouse and keyboard combo that’s aimed at letting you game comfortably with your butt firmly planted on the sofa. How does it perform? Read on for our full review.Posted Jul 17, 2016 by William Murphy

The Razer Hex V2 Review

The Razer Naga has been on of PC gaming’s mainstays in mice for MMOs for some time now. But some folks prefer its cousin, the Hex, which is custom made for MOBA gaming with its 6 side buttons in a circle. Well, the Hex V2 is here, and it sports an upgraded look, feel, performance and an extra side button to make the Hex for more than just MOBAs now.Posted Jun 14, 2016 by William Murphy

Samsung V-NAND SSD 950 Pro Review

SSDs are no longer the future of storage when it comes to consumer computing. They’re the present. The problem is that SATA drives have their limitations in speed, and to solve that problem, Samsung has recently released the V-NAND 950 Pro SSD… a solid state drive that uses the PCE Express 3.0 x4 connection with the NVMe protocol. In short? Its speeds are about five times what was possible with the 850 Pro.Posted Jun 11, 2016 by William Murphy

MMORPG's Guide to Building a New Gaming Rig

Finding that right combination that is still budget-conscious but pushes for every extra frame can be tough, but I've spelled out an awesome build that balances both power and cost for something that will handle any top quality game or MMO you could toss at it while still ensuring that you won't need to worry about upgrading for a number of years.Posted Apr 8, 2016 by Steven Messner

Hardware Review: Roccat Renga Gaming Headset

Emblazoned, white on black, on the left monitor of Roccat’s new Renga headset are these words: “studio grade sound.” It also appears on the box, but words in a feature list pack less of a punch than bold stenciling on the product itself. A feature list might be forgotten, but you’ll never forget a promise so bold as one you’re reminded of every single day. It takes confidence to make a move like that, and with a $50 price point, more than a little daring.Posted Mar 20, 2016 by Christopher Coke

SteelSeries APEX Gaming Keyboard Review

We recently went hands-on with Steelseries’ Apex Gaming Keyboard. Featuring five zones of active RGB backlighting and 22 macro buttons, the APEX should be the stylish MMO player’s dream. But does it live up to its promise? We tell you what we think in our official review!Posted Dec 22, 2015 by Christopher Coke

The MSI GE72 Apache Pro Laptop

Laptops and desktops are different to review, we have to put them through their paces like we would any machine, and then we must return them to the manufacturer because they cost a lot. I won’t be returning the MSI GE72 Apache Pro, though. I’m keeping this baby, and paying MSI whatever they’re asking. It’s been that pleasurable of a machine to use, and one I’m all too inclined to keep using for the next couple of years.Posted Dec 15, 2015 by William Murphy

SteelSeries Siberia 200 Headset Review

Today I had the pleasure of testing out the SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset. After opening the box and getting out the goods, the first PRO right off the bat was the Headset itself. I felt like I was holding a cloud, it’s incredibly light and also aesthetically pleasing ie. It has good looks... In terms of addons and accessories, the headset did come with a mic splitter which is good for travel and allows for 2 people to watch a movie on 1 device with 2 pairs of headphones.Posted Dec 9, 2015 by Ripper X

Steam Link and Controller: The Solution to MMOs from the Couch?

Let's get this out of the way first, if you're considering buying these two pieces of hardware it should be because your setup needs a change. If you're content to play MMORPGs and PC games from your desk, using mouse and keyboard or an Xbox 360 controller, you don't need either of them.Posted Dec 5, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Roccat Nyth MMO Mouse Review

Everyone, at least in MMO gaming circles, knows about the Razer Naga and Logitech G600 these days. Two of the best options for MMO fans, with their multitude of buttons and configurations, it would be doubly hard for a new competitor to enter the MMO Mouse ring and do something to stand out. Well, that’s just what Roccat has done with the new Nyth. Posted Aug 24, 2015 by William Murphy

Razer Deathstalker Chroma Review

Razer announced a new addition to their line of peripherals at Gamescom this month, the Deathstalker Chroma. Featuring 16.8M color customization, low-profile chiclet keycaps, and full programmability, does it live up to its promising feature list? We take it for spin and find out. Posted Aug 16, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Astro A40 Headset Review

One of the many perks of this job is getting to review lots of different pieces of hardware alongside all the games we cover day in and day out. Recently peripheral maker Astro sent us a pair of their Astro A40 wired headphones to review… and boy are we glad they did. Read on for the pros, cons, and final verdict on this headset.Posted Apr 5, 2015 by William Murphy

Roccat Ryos TKL Pro Mechanical Keyboard

Being a PC gamer means rising to the challenge. Whether you casually play MMOs or are a competitive e-sports aficionado, at some point you’ve looked at your hardware and wondered whether it was time to upgrade. Most of us overlook the keyboard, or maybe make our choices based on the lighting options. That’s a problem, as the Roccat Ryos TKL mechanical keyboard so easily proves.Posted Jan 25, 2015 by Christopher Coke

The Alienware Alpha: Our Review

I’ll admit, when I first heard about Alienware’s plans to release a handful of console-sized PCs with a modified version of Steam’s Big Picture (a prelude to their own SteamOS), I was a bit confused. It seemed almost as though Alienware just wanted to be one of the first to put out a Steam Box, before the competition. And maybe that’s the case, because one could simply install Steam OS on the Alpha and be done with it. Posted Dec 20, 2014 by William Murphy

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Review

The NVIDIA GTX 780 and its Ti partners are still incredibly solid cards, and for MMO gamers, even a 600 series will do you well for another year or two with most games. But the NVIDIA GTX 980 Superclocked ACX 2.0 is probably more than enough card for folks looking to upgrade from the 600 series to something that will last them and help usher them into the era of 4K resolution.Posted Oct 14, 2014 by William Murphy

MSI GT72 Dominator Preview: More like GT72 Sominator

While I do most of my online and PC gaming on a desktop, there’s certainly a big part of me that would like to have a top-of-the-line gaming laptop on hand, just because. At least the gaming laptop would cost a tiny fraction of the Sesto Elemento’s $2 million+ price tag, and would allow me to play The Witcher 3 comfortably on my couch.Posted Jul 18, 2014 by Som Pourfarzaneh

Sova and Tyon - A Pair of Up-and-Comers

MMO players have long been sold on Logitech and Razer for their gaming needs. But Roccat is aiming to make inroads into that market. We caught up with Roccat's Tim to talk about both the Sova and Tyon, a pair of peripherals seeking to bring MMO gaming to the couch. Check it out!Posted Jul 2, 2014 by William Murphy

A Suite of Peripherals from Feenix

Feenix is a young company that is launching into the computer peripheral arena, positioning itself as a high-end, luxury, boutique brand. Designed in California and available only through their website, they are not out to grab the mass market, but the discerning gamer and computer user, the consumer looking not only for functionality, but quality and elegance in their peripherals. Posted Mar 22, 2014 by Carolyn Koh

Hardware Review: AOC E2752She LCD Monitor

A great monitor is a must-have for the avid gamer. In our latest hardware review, we take a look at the AOC E2752She LCD Monitor. Read on to see how it fared. Posted Dec 2, 2013 by Christopher Coke