Steelseries Rival 95

Steelseries Rival 95

Looking for a new mouse or just tired of your old one? Do you want a cheap yet reliable mouse for gaming? If you answered yes to any of the questions, you might want to consider the Steelseries Rival 95.

You will most likely find the Steelseries Rival 100 online and in stores instead, however as they both have the same specifications.

Design

The Rival 95 is a wired mouse with a wire length of 1.8m. Worry not if you use a claw grip, palm grip or fingertip grip as the Rival 95 has a right hand grip that is comfortable for most grips.

The barely noticeable thumb rest is a plastic padding which is comfortable for your thumb to rest on. Just above the padding are two side buttons, these two buttons can be used for macros in gaming or for quick-switching between pages on the internet.

There is also CPI quick-switch button just below the scroll wheel that allows you to change between two CPI settings that can be customized by the user up to a maximum of 4000 CPI. In order to utilize the CPI quick-switch button, you need to bind the button in SteelSeries Engine, a free customization tool for this mouse.

Performance 

The mouse feels really smooth when used on most surfaces. Due to it being a wired-mouse as opposed to a wireless mouse, it is more responsive and will not have any delay or lag.

Customization

Unlike the Rival 100, the Rival 95 is quite limited on customization and lacks the dynamic LED lighting that the Rival 100 has.

You can change the polling rate which is the interval at which the position of the mouse is reported.  The CPI can be changed up to 4000 CPI.  You can also set mouse acceleration and deceleration. The angle at which the mouse cursor snaps can also be changed, although I would not recommend actually changing this option.

Conclusion

The rival 95 is a pretty decent mouse that can be used for gaming. It is targeted towards less macro intense games like Counter Strike, Overwatch and Call of Duty. as there are only 2 side buttons for macros.

The ergonomics of the mouse makes it really comfortable to use and feels very light and not much of a burden to move, giving a pleasant experience.

The limited customization might be a minor setback to the mouse for those who likes fancy LED lights and dynamic lighting. However, basic customization like CPI quick-switch, key binding, macros are available.

The mouse performs very well as there isn’t any delay or lag. It is also quite precise, making it able to detect the slightest movements, allowing for a smooth experience.

The pricing is also not that expensive at around S$38 at retail price, making it quite affordable.

Therefore in my opinion, if you’re a casual or semi-competitive gamer, this mouse would really suit you.

 

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Logitech Wireless Mouse M510

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If you are sick of using your laptop’s touchpad, the cheap mouse that comes with it or you are just looking for a mouse, then you should consider the Logitech Wireless Mouse M510 in your list.

When you first look at the mouse, it may seem like any other ordinary office mouse. But when you start to use it, you will realize why this is a highly rated product.

The Logitech M510 comes in 3 different colours; black, red and blue. The mouse feels very natural on your palm when you grip it and your thumb and pinky fingers are able to rest on the rubber grip very comfortably.

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Aside from having two side buttons on the left for going back and forward in the browser or to switch between songs, it also has horizontal left and right scrolling, which is very useful for people who may use applications such as Microsoft’s Excel for example.

One very useful thing that this mouse has is Logitech’s “Darkfield” laser sensor, which essentially lets you use it on almost any surface. This would mean that there would not be a need to pack a mouse pad into your bag if you are going to travel with your laptop.

Logitech has said that the M510 is able to run on just 2 AA batteries that provide power for a duration of 2 years. Even better, this mouse is able to run perfectly well with only 1 battery.

Overall, at a price of around 60SGD, this is an relatively affordable mouse  that you might want to consider purchasing. It is comfortable to use, highly portable due to its size and does not require a mouse pad to use and has a very long battery life.

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Apple’s iPhone 7

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The new iPhone 7  has a new and improved front and rear cameras that take higher quality pictures(12-megapixel camera)(Digital zoom up to 5x), especially in low lighting. It has a faster processor and slightly better battery life. It is also waterproof now. However despite the upsides, there is always flaws to phones.The new iPhone does not have a headphone jack and the jet black version of it is easily scratched. If you already own a decent iPhone and want to upgrade it, the iPhone 7 plus may be a better choice.

Even though this iPhone is not really “new”-no new features and seems like a copy of the iPhone 6, it is faster, more waterproof so now if it drops in a cup of water it would still work. The camera is now better in low light, and the battery life increase is slightly noticeable. Take note that the main screen button is now touch screen so it will not physically click then you press it.

If you are not rushing to get a new phone you can wait to September of 2017 when it is Apple’s tenth anniversary and it is rumored that there there is a major design change in the new iPhone then.Who knows maybe this model is purposely made not as impressive as it could have been so that the ten year anniversary phone would stand out much more as it would be much better than this model.

Overall I think that you should not buy this iPhone if you are not going to use the new camera a ton, as i think better feature that matters more. The new processor (A10 processor) may be better than the iPhone 6 but keep in mind that the iPhone 6’s processor (A8 Processor), the  is already pretty impressive. So there really isn’t anything new in this iPhone.

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Cree Connected LED Bulb

Cree connected LED Bulb

The Cree Connected LED Bulb is an 11.5 watt smart light bulb made by Cree. The Cree LED bulb is able to be controlled by phone via a control hub, allowing it to be remotely controlled. Using the controls, you can turn the bulb off and on or dim and brighten the bulb from your phone.

The Cree Connected bulb is the cheapest connected bulb in the market at $15, slightly more than a non-connected bulb. It is pretty bright, illuminating at 815 lumens, and with an efficiency of 76 lumens per watt, it is also a relatively efficient bulb.

The Cree Connected LED bulb is also good at dimming and brightening without a buzz or flicker.  It is easy to pair with a control hub like wink, Hue Bridge, SmartThings and Staples Connect. With the wink app, using the Cree Connected LED bulb is a breeze. Tap to turn the light on and off and slide to make it dimmer or brighter.  Automation is quite easy with wink’s robots feature. You can make the light turn off and on when certain conditions are met, an example of this would be turning off the lights automatically when you are not at home. There is also a shortcut feature, allowing you to turn on more than one bulb at the same time. The Cree has some shortcomings though. One such example is its plastic cover that might look unsightly to some people.

Overall the Cree Connected LED Bulb is efficient at lighting up the place and is easy to use even though some might not like its aesthetics degisn

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Pokemon Sun & Moon

Pokemon Sun and Moon is newly released on November 2016 to commemorate the Pokemon franchise’s 20th anniversary.

Following the usual story line of almost all the Pokemon games, you will be a Pokemon trainer training Pokemons with your friends in the Alola region which is based on Hawaii. The objective of this game in the story is to defeat/stop the criminal organization, Team Skull, while battling other Pokemon trainers along the way.

The game introduced 81 new Pokemon species and includes new features such as Alolan forms of previous Pokemons, powerful moves called Z-Moves, powerful creatures known as Ultra Beasts, updated battle and training mechanics, and improved polygonal 3D graphics. The game also has Mega Evolution which evolves Pokemon into a better form. Just like Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon Sun and Moon has almost the same story plot.

Alike the other previous Pokemon games, it contains similar and more features like being able to customize your own character in Pokemon X and Y.

The game takes places in the Alola region which consists of mostly islands. You start off by moving in to the region and you meet Professor Kukui. Unfortunately, Professor Oak is not around (Professor in other Pokemon games) and instead his cousin Samson Oak will be taking his place and Professor Kukui being the leading scientist. You then continue on into the normal situation where you have to save someone from a Pokemon or witness someone getting saved from a Pokemon and from there you continue on with the story.

The game was very well received by people and critics and it even shipped over 10 million units worldwide within a week, becoming one of the fastest selling games in Nintendo’s history.

Pokemon Sun and Moon costs £32 and £35 respectively on Amazon and GAME. I personally feel it is worth it as the game is quite different from the usual game mechanics.

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Monstercat Best of 2016

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The annual mix for Monstercat is out, with 2 and a half hours of songs altogether, this album has a good number of songs. Out of the 40 songs, I will only review 10 of them. They are in no order.

Noisestorm – Antihero

Using the same formula as Heist last year, the trap song has a catchy start with Arabic-sounding buildups and using horns for a good portion of the starting melody. The drop is somewhat good, but it can surely be better.

Marshmello – Alone

A big hit in the electronic charts, undoubtedly Alone will be in the Best of 2016. With additional vocals, the song is generally good. A good buildup and melody helps it very well. The drop is also well produced. The vocals are quite good and fits the theme of the song.

Muzzy – Crescendo (featuring MYLK)

Part of the 5 Year Anniversary songs, Muzzy has shown what he has been doing. With one of the best vocals in the album, this is further complimented with a good mix of styles by Muzzy. The drop is somewhat bouncy and the buildup is intense. This is one of the best song produced by Muzzy.
Vicetone – Nevada (Featuring Cozi Zuehlsdorff)

Vicetone has made on of the best songs this year. With simple, slick and catchy synths and melody, with out any vocals, this will already be a well produced song. Ever since her inception last year in The Girl, the songs that she is starred in has beautiful vocals. Undoubtedly, this is one of the hottest songs on Monstercat this year.

Feint – Words (Featuring Laura Brehm)

The same formula is used twice, and it worked twice. In Words, Feint has produced a song with intense beats and still sound very melodic. Laura’s vocals are unbelievably good this time round, even though it is more intense than last year’s We Won’t Be Alone.

Pegboard Nerds and Grabbitz – All Alone

What could be considered a ‘dream collaboration’, when you have two of the most recognised artists to collaborate. With good vocals by Grabbitz and both artists producing the melody, it is a masterpiece by default.

Dirty Audio – Gorilla Glue
With an ominous start and a good drop, this is one of the better trap songs this year. Both parts are well produced and catchy. As compared to the ‘legendary’ trap songs on Monstercat, this is on the better end of the stick.

Rogue – Nemesis

To put simply this is Rattlesnake VIP. With the ‘pots and pans’ in the drop and reusing some sounds from Rattlesnake, this is a catchy song. A worth successor of Rattlesnake, this song is no doubt Rattlensnake 2.0, but better than a reskin or remake.

Hellberg – Synchronize (Featuring Aaron Richards)

An underrated song, but nevertheless a very good one. It is very well made, smooth and melodious. Aaron Richards’ vocals are well done and the lyrics are well thought-out. The well choreographed and touching music video is just the icing on the cake.

Richard Caddock, WRLD, Nitro Fun, Slips & Slurs & Subtact – Break The Silence

More is better in this scenario. With Richard Caddock doing the lyrics and vocals, WRLD and Nitro Fun doing melody and synths. Slips & Slurs and Subtact should be doing the bass and adding some of their signature sounds into the mix. This is very diverse and able to fit the styles of everyone in the track.

Noisestorm

Marshmello

Muzzy

MYLK

Vicetone

Cozi Zuehlsdorff

Feint

Laura Brehm

Pegboard Nerds

Grabbitz

Dirty Audio

Rogue

Hellberg

Aaron Richards

Richard Caddock

WRLD

Nitro Fun

Slip & Slurs

Subtact

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Finalmouse ScreaM One

The Finalmouse ScreaM One is a gaming mice that was surrounded by hype after the famous “They talk about my one taps” commercial played during the MLG Columbus CSGO major.

The ScreaM One has a ambidextrous shape therefore it is able to be used by the right and left equally well.  It is slightly larger compared to other gaming mice on the market right now. Which is why I would suggest players with medium/large hands to give the ScreaM One a go. Despite it’s size, the Finalmouse ScreaM One is pretty light compared to other gaming mice. Razer Deathadder Chroma, Steelseries Rival 100/300, Razer Mamba, Logitech G502 are just a few examples that the Finalmouse ScreaM One was being compared to.

The ScreaM One uses a PMW3360 eSports sensor which offers higher framerate, integrated illumination and enhanced tracking technology. Which is why the 3360 is considered the summit of sensor technology. It is said that the Scream One offers a click response time of 1 ms. Which makes it the fastest in the gaming mouse industry right now.

The wiring of the ScreaM One is high in quality, being able to be kept in good condition for a long time. The wiring of the ScreaM One is braided and when compared to other mice it is a better alternative.

Overall, the Finalmouse ScreaM One is a mouse that was made to make it feel like it is part of your hand. I would recommend it to players with medium/large hands looking for a comfortable gaming mouse that offers a good sensor with a quick click response time.

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Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

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When one thinks about a premium noise-cancelling headphone, products from Bose, Sony and Sennheiser might first come to the mind. However, those headphones costs an arm and a leg. Plantronic’s BackBeat Pro 2 offers similar quality, but is much cheaper.

BackBeat Pro 2 is in basic, a premium headphone made more affordable. Unlike its competitors, it is not as aesthetically pleasing in terms of mass. Compared to its predecessor, Plantronics has cut both the size and weight by quite a bit. Though it costs lesser, its sound quality can compete with other premium headphones.

The noise-cancelling is not as good as some Bose headphones, it muffles ambient noises without making a hissing noise. The headphone boasts sensors that will pause and resume your music when you take off and put on. The headphone does not give the user any fatigue from the sound or how it fits on your head. It works well both indoors and outdoors, though if you are outside, your ears might get steamy.

However, the identity of a Plantronic headphones lies in its ability to receive calls. On the left earcup, there is a ring to adjust the volume of music or the caller’s voice, a button to activate and deactivate the microphone. On the right earcup, there is a mute button which is helpful when there are unneeded background noise that the people from the other end does not want to hear.

The headphone has a 24 hour battery life at a moderate volume levels. It comes with a cable and a case, which essentially means it can also be a wired headphone. If you pay an extra 50 dollars, you will receive a hard case instead.

Overall, the BackBeat Pro 2, is a cheaper high end headphone with a quality that is as good as other high end headphones.However, as compared to Bose’s QuietComfort 35, the QuietComfort 35 has a slightly better noise cancelling. Same goes with the sound quality. The price of the BackBeat is 360SGD.

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Razer Hammerhead Pro V2

RAZER HAMMERHEAD PRO V2

Do you dislike using headphones for gaming or find them really uncomfortable? Then, the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 might suit you if you’re the type that prefer earpieces.

The Hammerhead Pro V2 is an improved version of the previous Hammerhead Pro model sharing similar design features of its predecessor.

The Hammerhead comes with 2 variants, the Hammerhead Pro V2 with an in-line microphone and remote and Hammerhead V2 without the microphone and remote. I will be reviewing the Hammerhead Pro V2.

What’s inside?             

When you first purchase a Hammerhead Pro V2, it comes with an audio jack adapter for older models of PCs that still use the 2 audio jacks so that you can utilize both microphone and use the earpieces at the same time.

It also comes with 3 pairs of different sized ear tips, small, medium and large. There is also a user manual that comes with it that tells you everything you need to know about the earpieces.

There is also case which contains the adapter and extra eartips that can be used to store your earpieces when bringing it out. It is quite durable and is quite compact so you will not have much trouble putting it in your bag or pocket.

 

 

 

 

 

Design

The first thing that stands out from the Hammerhead Pro V2 are the ear tips. Instead of the generic one tip, it has 2 tips instead, the smaller tip is connected to the bigger tip. If it scares you, you need not worry as it is actually quite comfortable to wear and you would hardly notice it there.

The only complaint i have so far is that when using the other ear tips, the metallic bit of the earpieces are quite annoying when it touches your ear though I have not faced that problem with the regular earpieces.

The wires are also flat which makes it much easier to fold and less likely to get tangled. This makes it much easier to bring it outside.

Audio Quality

The sound quality of the Hammerhead pro V2 is quite decent, though it is more bass over clarity, making it more suited towards bass heavy music like EDM (Electronic Dance Music). For gaming, it is quite immersive due to the background-noise cancelling and I had no incident where audio tearing happened or were sounds unclear.

Microphone

The Hammerhead Pro V2 comes with an in-line microphone and remote. The microphone quality is decent where people listening to me talk can hear me clearly with no issues. The remote is able to control the volume output of the earpieces which can be useful when outside.

An issue though, whenever the microphone hits against the fabric of your shirt, the person listening to you will be able to hear the ‘thud’ sound. But it is not a major problem.

Conclusion

In conclusion, The Hammerhead Pro V2 is a mid tier in-ear headphones that is decent for playing games however there are probably better options out there.

In general it is not a bad earpiece, it just lacks the bang for the buck as it’s pricing is around S$120 at retail price. If you’re interested in listening to music or you’re more of a casual gamer, this earpiece might be for you.

 

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Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

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While many Sennheiser’s in-ear headphones look ordinary, this however is very well crafted. Being the first in-ear headphones to enter Sennheiser’s Momentum series, this earphone definitely lives up to the premium quality of the other models.

DESIGN & FEATURES

The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear is available in 2 different colours, black and a semi-red version, where the main parts of the earphones are red. Both of them have a nice matte glossy finish on the housing which helps bring out the already sleek, stylish looking design.  The earphones bodies are however made out of plastic despite looking metallic. On the opposite end of the ear tips are circular shaped metal pieces where the Sennheiser logo sits on.

The wire coming out of the housing is put through a loop sticking out of the back metal piece on the back, which not only helps prevent the wire from being twisted or breaking at the top end, but also gives it a unique look. It is also worth noting that the earphones have flat wires, reducing the chances of it tangling. Going further down, there is a movable stopper to keep the wires nice and tidy.

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The Momentum In-Ear does have an in-line remote located on the right cable, which has three buttons to carry out various things like answering or ending a call and of course controlling the volume. One nice thing to note is that since different phones uses different signals for special functions such as starting voice control, Sennheiser has cleverly worked around it by having two separate models, one for the iOS fans and the other for the Android fans. In short, this means that if you use the correct models, you should be able to use various controls your phone allows, such as enabling voice control. Sadly, not every Android phone is compatible, but the more popular ones like the Galaxy series by Samsung and some others are.

You may have noticed that the Momentum In-Ear has relatively large housing which sticks out quite a bit but I have found that this actually makes it much easier to grab and remove compared to regular earphones.

Apart from making it look fantastic, Sennheiser seemed to put as much effort in making the carrying case. The carrying case that comes with the earphones is square in shape with red stitches around the zip and has the Sennheiser logo on one of the sides. When you first open the case, you are greeted with a hard plastic piece in which the earphones are twirled around, along with a few pairs of ear tips in many sizes, from really tiny to huge ones. I must say that even though the case looks splendid and actually feels especially well made, it seems a bit too large for my liking.

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COMFORT

Having used the earphones for a couple of months now, I can say that comfort is not a problem. The earphones fits nicely and tightly into the ear and it also helps that it comes with multiple ear tips with varying sizes. I could barely feel earphone when I used  it as it is fairly light and compared to most earphones which has a straight housing, this pair however has a body which curves in a direction away from your ear, avoiding any extra contacts with it which could be annoying for certain people.

PERFORMANCE

The Momentum in-ear drivers produce pretty good sound for its price at around 130SGD, creating superb bass at a level that you might not expect from a mid-range earphone and when it is combined with the good treble and sound clarity, this pair of earphone generates excellent lively music. Sure, it may not compare to other immensely ‘bassy’ earphones or those high-end $300 ones, but at 130SGD, it was more than I expected. The treble and bass is pretty heavy but not that strong to a point that it muffles other sounds so you would be able to hear every detail of the instruments playing along with the vocals.

FINAL VERDICT

At around 130SGD, the Sennheiser Momentum in-ear headphones produces sound that could potentially match up to other slightly more expensive earphones out in the current market. Being very well designed both aesthetically and ergonomically, I would definitely recommend anyone to pick these up if this is the price of earphones you are looking for.

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