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Hardware Reviews

Steelseries APEX M750: One of the Year's Best

Steelseries latest mechanical keyboard, the RGB enabled APEX M750 recently made its way through our doors. It’s safe to say we’ve seen a few of these, so when we say it’s one of the very best this year, we mean it. Read on for our full review to find out why!Posted Sep 7, 2017 by Christopher Coke

We Built a KILLER $3600 Ryzen PC for Destiny 2 (and are Giving Away a Ryzen 5 1500X!)

This week, we launched the hardware coverage on our YouTube channel with a killer Ryzen gaming build. With Destiny 2 just around the corner, we worked with all of our hardware partners to put together a build that will not only produce a rock your FPS but also set you up to do all of the streaming and game capture you could want. Click through to check it out.Posted Sep 6, 2017 by Christopher Coke

Blue Lola High Fidelity Headphones: The Yeti’s Best Friend

We've been digging into the world of high-end streaming mics lately. After reviewing the Blue Yeti microphone, we discovered the Blue also had a set of high fidelity headphones targeted at gamers and music lovers alike. We had to take a look. Today we're reviewing the Blue Lolas, high fidelity headphones that could be the perfect companion to the Yeti.Posted Sep 5, 2017 by Christopher Coke

MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard: Feature Rich

MSI's performance series' of gaming motherboards have been receiving accolades, so when we decided to build a new Ryzen system, we had to reach out. Today, we're looking at the X370 Gaming Pro Carbon, an enthusiast class motherboard for gamers wanting to push their systems to the limits.Posted Aug 31, 2017 by Christopher Coke

Cooler Master MasterSet MS120: Look Great On A Budget

Mechanical keyboards are expensive, and even moreso when they’re RGB. Add a mouse to the mix and you could easily spend upwards of $200. Today, Cooler Master launchers their MS120 RGB keyboard and mouse set. The keyboard features per-key backlighting and a hybrid mem-chanical switch. Retailing for an affordable $89.99, we see exactly how function stands up to flash.Posted Aug 29, 2017 by Christopher Coke

Elgato Cam Link Review

For many streamers and content creators, quality is the number one need when it comes to the production side of their operation. Ensuring the content they create is compelling, unique, and entertaining is one thing, but fans also expect a certain level of quality in what they watch.Posted Aug 25, 2017 by Joseph Bradford

Gigabyte AORUS K7 RGB - Gunmetal and Rainbows

This month, Gigabyte has introduced two new peripherals to the AORUS family. We already looked at the new AORUS M3. Today, we’re looking at the other half of that equation, the AORUS K7 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. It’s RGB Fusion enabled, features genuine Cherry Red switches, is entirely programmable, and looks sleeker than any other board we’ve had in this year. But is everything as good as it seems on the surface? Let’s find out.Posted Aug 21, 2017 by Christopher Coke

AORUS M3 Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Complexity seems to be the name of the game when it comes to gaming peripherals, but there’s something to be said for deciding what you want to do and really doing it right. That’s where Gigabyte’s new mouse, the AORUS M3 comes in. The M3 isn’t on the cutting edge and isn’t meant to be. Instead, it keeps its price to $40 and delivers performance to leave any gamer satisfied. Read on for our review.Posted Aug 17, 2017 by Christopher Coke

Bloody Gaming B820R Optical Keyboard Review

Mechanical keyboards have come a long way since the early days of PC gaming. They’ve come so far, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to begin in your search for your next gaming keyboard. We’re here to help. Over the last week, Matt has been looking closely at the Bloody Gaming B820R optical gaming keyboard. He’s here to tell you whether this premium keyboard is all it’s cracked up to be. Posted Aug 16, 2017 by Matthew Keith

Roccat Leadr: A New Breed of MMO Mouse

MMO mice: once you get used to having abilities on your mouse hand, there’s no going back. Today we’re looking at a new kind of MMO mouse with the Roccat Leadr. Featuring 16 programmable buttons and 31 keybinds with more than half of them off your thumb, wired and wireless connectivity without the lag, an improved Owl Eye sensor, and RGB illumination, it’s a new approach to MMO mousing. Posted Aug 14, 2017 by Christopher Coke

Corsair Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Review

The Corsair Scimitar RGB MMO Gaming Mouse is the stalwart tech company’s own entry into the MMO mouse arena, with 12 buttons on the side and 17 total buttons for extensive control options. It’s Corsair’s answer to the Logitech G600, the Razer Naga, and the Roccat Nyth. But how does it stack up? Turns out, really damn well. Read on for our full review. Posted Aug 12, 2017 by William Murphy

AK Racing Overture Gaming and Office Chair Review

A few weeks back, Chris Coke reviewed the GT Omega chair here on this site. When AK Racing then asked us to take a look at their new Overture line, Chris was smart – he knew he’d get wife aggro if he gave a home to another large racing chair in his homestead. Ergo, Bill took on this assignment, lower back pain and all, and has come away pleased with the construction and comfort of the Overture. Read on, dear visitor.Posted Aug 11, 2017 by William Murphy

Blue Yeti Blackout: The Reigning Champion

Even if you’ve never live streamed or recorded a single podcast, there’s a good chance you know about the Blue Yeti. Since 2009, the bullet-shaped microphone has become a staple of the gaming world. It appears on innumerable streams and let’s plays and is heard on even more podcasts. Before we expand into other streaming mics, we wanted to look at the gold standard. Posted Aug 11, 2017 by Christopher Coke

Steelseries Rival 310: True 1-to-1 Tracking?

Steelseries has unleashed their latest mouse on the world, the Rival 310. This revision of the original Rival 300 includes the company’s brand new TrueMove3 sensor that promises 1-to-1 tracking up to 3500 CPI. Our own Kasey Gilder took it for a test drive and is here to share exactly how it holds up. Posted Aug 10, 2017 by Kasey Gilder

Bloody B845R - A Light Powered Keyboard Not Just for Lefties

designs taking over the market, it’s easy for keyboards to start looking the same and blending together. We wanted something different, so we reached out to Bloody Gaming to try two of their models of optical keyboards. Today, we’re looking at the B845R, an infrared powered keyboard made for lefties and MMO players alike.Posted Aug 9, 2017 by Christopher Coke

WD Blue 3D NAND SSD: WD Goes 3D

Western Digital is one of the world’s most well known storage manufacturers. Over the years, they’ve developed a reputation for developing hard drives that not only perform well but offer one of the most competitive dollar-to-gigabyte ratios in the market. As the world of solid state drives has shifted to 3D memory cell technology, consumers have waited to see what WD would bring to the table. Now we have it.Posted Aug 7, 2017 by Christopher Coke

Ballistix Tactical 16GB DDR3 1866MHz Review

Memory: If you’re running an AMD processor other than Ryzen, the glorious world of DDR4 is blocked from you. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a meaningful upgrade. Our own Matthew Keith took the Ballistix Tactical 16GB DDR3 1866MHz kit for a spin in just such a pursuit. What did he find? Click through to see!Posted Aug 6, 2017 by Matthew Keith

ASUS ROG Pugio - Ambidextrousness Illuminated

Last week, ASUS sent us two of their new high end peripherals to share our thoughts with you.We’ve already reviewed the first of that pair, the ROG Claymore Core mechanical keyboard and came away impressed. Today, we’re digging into your right hand weapon with the ROG Pugio. Or left, as the case may be, because even if you’re a lefty, this flashy ambidextrous mouse has you covered.Posted Aug 4, 2017 by Christopher Coke

Acer Predator XB2: 240Hz of eSports Goodness

This week, our friends at NVidia sent us an exciting new piece of hardware: The Acer Predator XB252Q, a Full HD, G-Sync enabled monitor capable of a stunning 240Hz refresh rate. It’s a display targeted at eSports enthusiasts, when motion blur can make the difference between making that skill shot and losing the round for your team. We’ve used high refresh rate monitors before but never this fast. Posted Aug 2, 2017 by Christopher Coke

ASUS ROG Claymore Core – A Premium TKL With Tricks All Its Own

ASUS has a well-earned reputation. In the world of PC gaming peripherals, the Republic of Gamers started as a product line and expanded into a full on community of enthusiasts. Last week, we were sent two of ASUS' premiere products in ROG line. Today, we're looking at the company's flagship mechanical keyboard, the ROG Claymore Core. In an already crowded marketplace, does it have what it takes to stand out from the crowd?Posted Jul 31, 2017 by Christopher Coke