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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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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Motorola Moto G4

The Motorola Moto G4 is a budget phone that is claimed by many to also be good. Certain key features that might seem interesting is that the phone is able to survive being dunked into water and will not turn off immediately after it comes in contact with water. This is really useful for those who have tendencies of spilling or are generally much clumsier.

The Motorola Moto G4 is also pretty thin which is handy if you want to keep and take out of your pocket easily. The Motorola Moto G4 has a 14cm screen with a HD display with 1080p resolution. The colours are well saturated which is ideal for usage.

The Motorola Moto G4 comes with a battery life of around 13 hours which is quite a long usage time for an average user and is really useful if you’re unable to charge the phone. There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the front which is a nifty function as it is more convenient for those who finds typing in the passcode repeatedly to get into their phone a burden. Do note that this is not a home button and some long time apple or android users may mistake the fingerprint scanner for it.

The Motorola Moto G4 comes with octa-core processors which are adequate for video streaming or playing casual games. However, if you’re planning on using this phone for gaming, this phone isn’t ideal for it.

The camera of the Motorola Moto G4 is a 13-megapixel camera which produces generally satisfying images that are acceptable by society’s standards. Even in bright lights, it will still produce really decent images.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a cheap yet decent phone to use for your everyday social media needs and have a battery that lasts for a long period of time. The phone can be bought at around S$269.99 at retail price. However, do not expect much from it if you’re using it for gaming.

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iPad Mini 2

I’m sure everyone has heard of the iPad by now, some people may want a tablet but find it too big for them, well the iPad Mini 2 might be for you. With its light and thin design, it would not be much of a burden to carry it around and is also easy to keep.

It uses the iOS 9 which is the most recent and secure version of the operating system. There is a 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB models where you can choose from.

Don’t let the size of the iPad fool you, it is still able to perform basic tasks like surfing the internet or playing casual games. It is installed it with the A7 Chip which is quite responsive, powerful and power efficient, having a battery life of around 10 hours (may vary from users).

Using 802.11n with MIMO, it is able to provide a faster internet connection making streaming videos more enjoyable as the chance of it buffering is severely reduced. It also supports 4G which is small but makes a big significance as you’re able load things more quickly and stream videos on YouTube or any media sharing platform in high quality.

It comes with a 7.9-Inch Retina Display which are able to capture sharper and detailed photos. The screen is sharp and colourful so that it is enjoyable for viewing.

When you purchase the iPad Mini 2, it comes a Lighting to USB cable and a USB Power Adapter.

Overall, the iPad Mini 2 is good budget iPad if features aren’t a problem. Some who had used certain Apple Phones and Tablets may know that it comes with a TouchID Sensor which the iPad Mini 2 lacks. The iPad Mini is cheaper than most Apple products where it costs from S$398.00 to S$648.00. In conclusion, if you’re looking for a tablet to do basic functions like surfing the web, streaming videos or play casual games, this maybe a perfect tablet for you.

 

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PROLiNK FURAX Illuminated Gaming Mouse

 

The PROLiNK FURAX Illuminated Gaming Mouse also known as the PMG9002 is equiped with comfortable grips and 7-colour LED that changes forming different coloured rainbows. The mouse is simple, you plug it in any USB port on your computer or laptop and you’re ready to use it.

The PMG9002 is designed for people with relatively larger hands and people with smaller hands might have to claw grip it as I had trouble myself fully gripping the mouse with my palm. There is a rubber-grip pad on the left for your thumb, it is quite comfortable to grip and isn’t very noticeable, this allows longer usage with your hands getting tired.

The PMG9002 has a backward and forward button at left side of the mouse just above the rubber grip, this is a neat addition as it allows users to go back and forth from webpages easily by just moving their thumb a little. The buttons can also be used for macro in games that requires multiple actions at a time and would be proved useful.

There is also a 4-level quickswitch DPI button inbetween the left and right mouse button, you can adjust the mouse’s DPI between 800-1200-1600-2400 DPI according to your preference. The mouse is also fairy durable, as it is estimated to last for around 5 million clicks.

My only complaint about the mouse is that it is relatively hard to clean due to the material is made out of of. If there are scratches on the mouse buttons, it is probably not going away and trying to clean it might cause more scratches. Though some people might not mind this, it is pretty distracting if you’re trying to admire the LED lights of the mouse and notice all the scratches it has.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for decent gaming mouse that doesn’t cost a fortune as this is being sold around S$29.90. It is worth it if you’re looking for a gaming mouse with basic functions like the ability to change DPI or the side thumb buttons. If so, then the PROLiNK FURAX Illuminated Gaming Mouse might be the mouse for you.

 

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Mount and Blade: Warband

What is the game about?

Mount and Blade: Warband is an action role-playing game developed by TaleWorlds Entertainment and published by Paradox Interactive. In the game you play as an adventurer in the land of Calradia, you’re tired of your old life and want to start a new one by adventuring the cruel lands filled with bandits and raiders.

You can choose to either be a vassal under the king of the 6 factions, a mercenary or start your own kingdom and taking over land.

The 6 factions are the Khergit Khanate, Kingdom of the Nords, Kingdom of Rhodoks, Kingdom of Swadia, Kingdom of Vaegirs and the Sarranid Sultanate.

Choosing your backstory

Gameplay

When you first start up a new game, you are asked to choose how your backstory is like and this would affect your character stats. You have 4 main attributes which are Strength, Agility, Intelligence and Charisma and upgrading these attributes allow you to further upgrade skills.

Skills require certain levels of attributes in order to be upgraded. For example Ironflesh which increase the maximum hit points you have and requires strength to be upgraded to a higher level.

You can also level up your character’s weapon proficiency like archery or one-handed weapons so that you’re more effective in combat.

Character Stat Page

Story

After the character creation, you can to choose which faction’s capital city you want to start out in. Upon choosing, you will be ambushed by a bandit and you have to kill him with either your crossbow or sword. Afterwards, a merchant will approach you and invites you to his house where he gives you a quest to hire men to fight for you in a rebellion the merchant is planning.

Recruiting volunteers is very simple, all you have to do is go to any villages that are not towns and you’re able to hire volunteers to fight for you, as they fight with you longer in battle, they will be able to be promoted to a higher rank troop which is stronger and much more durable in battle.

The kingdoms also specializes in a certain type of troop like the Kingdom of Vaegirs specialises in archers and the Kingdom of the Nords specialises in infantry. Keep this in mind when you want to build an effective and strong army.

Sound

As for the sound of the game, though you will hear the same old screaming of the men or women fighting in battles, you would be probably more focused on combat in the game. The soundtrack is amazing though, the peaceful and calm music when you’re travelling and intense music when in battle, these little things makes a battle or travelling a little more interesting.

Horseback Combat

Combat elements

For combat, there are various weapon types you can use, from one-handed weapons to javelins.

For sword or axe combat, you can swing your sword from 4 directions, left, right, upwards and downwards. This can be used to attack your opponent’s weak spot or to parry them.

For bows and crossbows, it is pretty straight forward, all you have to do is aim and arch your arrow towards your enemy.

Throwing weapons are a little different from bows and crossbows but are still similar.

Lances can be used on horseback and not recommended on foot, you can either do a couch lance attack or a normal attack against the enemy.

World Map

RPG elements

When not in combat, you will be in a world map type of scenario where when not moving the game will be paused, from there you will be able to see all the different towns, villages and from the different factions and who owns them.

You will be able to see yourself and any other vassals of the different factions if they are in your visible range. From there you are also able to manage your party, character and see reports of current events.

If you’re not up for Singleplayer, there’s always Multiplayer where there are different servers running different types of gamemodes. This would be fun for people who enjoy multiplayer games.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Mount and Blade: Warband is a really good RPG-Action game with many things to do. This would ensure countless playtime, without getting repetitive very soon.

The graphics may look old but the gameplay and sound is excellent and nonetheless, it is still a great game and I would greatly recommend this to anyone who loves RPG-Action games.

If you’re the type who doesn’t like blood or hate to see it, there are options to turn it off.

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Mount and Blade: Warband is an action role-playing game developed by TaleWorlds Entertainment and published by Paradox Interactive. In the game you play as an adventurer in the land of Calradia, you’re tired of your old life and want to start a new one by adventuring the cruel lands filled with bandits and raiders. You can choose to either be a vassal under the king of the 6 factions, a mercenary or start your own kingdom and taking over land. The 6 factions are the Khergit Khanate, Kingdom of the Nords, Kingdom of Rhodoks, Kingdom of Swadia, Kingdom of Vaegirs and the Sarranid Sultanate.

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Choosing your backstory

When you first start up a new game, you are asked to choose how your backstory is like and this would affect your character stats. You have 4 main attributes which are Strength, Agility, Intelligence and Charisma and upgrading these attributes allow you to further upgrade skills. Skills require certain levels of attributes in order to be upgraded, for example Ironflesh which increase the maximum hit points you have and requires strength to be upgraded to a higher level. You can also level up your character’s weapon proficiency like archery or one-handed weapons so that you’re more effective in combat.

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Character Stat Page

After the character creation, you can to choose which faction’s capital city you want to start out in. Upon choosing, you will be ambushed by a bandit and you have to kill him with either your crossbow or sword. Afterwards, a merchant will approach you and invites you to his house where he gives you a quest to hire men to fight for you in a rebellion the merchant is planning.

Recruiting volunteers is very simple, all you have to do is go to any villages that are not towns and you’re able to hire volunteers to fight for you, as they fight with you longer in battle, they will be able to be promoted to a higher rank troop which is stronger and much more durable in battle.

The kingdoms also specialises in a certain type of troop like the Kingdom of Vaegirs specialises in archers and the Kingdom of the Nords specialises in infantry. Keep this in mind when you want to build an effective and strong army.

As for the sound of the game, though you will hear the same old screaming of the men or women fighting in battles, you would be probably more focused on combat in the game. The soundtrack is amazing though, the peaceful and calm music when you’re travelling and intense music when in battle, these little things makes a battle or travelling a little more interesting.

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Horseback Combat

For combat, there are various weapon types you can use, from one-handed weapons to javelins. For sword or axe combat, you can swing your sword from 4 directions, left, right, upwards and downwards. This can be used to attack your opponent’s weak spot or to parry them. For bows and crossbows, it is pretty straight forward, all you have to do is aim and arch your arrow towards your enemy. Throwing weapons are a little different from bows and crossbows but are still similar. Lances can be used on horseback and not recommended on foot, you can either do a couch lance attack or a normal attack against the enemy.

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World Map

When not in combat, you will be in a world map type of scenario where when not moving the game will be paused, from there you will be able to see all the different towns, villages and from the different factions and who owns them. You will be able to see yourself and any other vassals of the different factions if they are in your visible range. From there you are also able to manage your party, character and see reports of current events.

If you’re not up for Singleplayer, there’s always Multiplayer where there are different servers running different types of gamemodes. This would be fun for people who enjoy multiplayer games.

In conclusion, Mount and Blade: Warband is a really good RPG-Action game with many things to do. This would ensure countless playtime, without getting repetitive very soon. The graphics may look old but the gameplay and sound is excellent and nonetheless, it is still a great game and I would greatly recommend this to anyone who loves RPG-Action games.

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https://stopbeingamoron.wordpress.com/tag/mount-blade-warband/

http://store.steampowered.com/app/48700/

https://www.reddit.com/r/mountandblade/comments/2khixn/what_exactly_is_mount_and_blade_ive_been/

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=121687291

http://blog.asgaard.co.uk/2015/01/11/mount-and-blade-warband-review

 

Turtle Beach Grip 300

The Turtle Beach Grip 300 is a plug-in and you’re ready to go gaming mouse that is quite affordable by many. The mouse is a small and black with red backlighting and a design that leans towards the left. If you’re a left-handed, sadly this mouse isn’t for you. There is no thumb rest though the mouse juts out to support the thumb. The texture of it is smooth but rough enough so that your sweaty hands won’t slip off.

If you travel often, the mice is small enough which makes it convenient to pack. However, this does mean that the mouse is unable to support a palm grip. This is made for gamers with smaller hands.

The mouse doesn’t have any special drivers or software to be installed to work properly. Though it may seem the mouse doesn’t have much customisation, it does have 2 switches at the bottom of the mouse. You can control both the DPI and polling rates of the mouse using the switches provided. You can use this to fit your play-style really well.

The mouse performs best on first-person shooters and is not very suitable for RTS or RPG games that require lots of scrolling across the screen but not terrible. You would also still feel comfortable even after your hand perspires a lot.

In conclusion, this mouse is really useful if you’re an avid gamer who travels often, it is also not at all expensive at the price at S$57. Not only is the mouse affordable by many it also has excellent performance when playing games. Though this mouse is generally targeted at first-person shooters, you could find fun in other games of other genres too. I would recommend this mouse to anyone who loves FPS games and is looking for a cheap but effective mouse to use then this mouse would really suit you.

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Logitech HD PRO WEBCAM C920

The HD Pro Webcam C920 is made by logitech and is said to produce 1080p HD video recordings on skype or Facetime if you’re a Mac user. The webcam is made out of glossy and matte black plastics and a clear plastic cover over the optics. Although it has a permanent USB cable attached to it, the cable is typically long enough.

The mount of the webcam is also special as it pivots that allow it to not only brace the webcam tightly so that it won’t fall out easily, but it also has a pivot to change the vertical angle of the webcam. If you don’t feel like attaching the webcam on your laptop lid or computer monitor, there’s a tripod attachment you can place it on your desk instead.

It also has two microphones attached at both sides of the webcam for stereo audio. The C920 also doesn’t require any special software that you are required to install to work properly. All you have to do is plug it in any open USB ports and let it install and if you’re on Windows it would automatically detect Skype.

Though if you’re interested in installing the software that works with it, Logitech’s Webcam Controller software, comes a Control Tab and Effects Tab, the Control Tab has features like auto-tracking, zoom adjustments, tilt, and more.  The Effects Tab allow you to add filters, accessories to your face, and more which is typically used if you’re not being serious.

As for performance, comments have pointed out that the video quality was perfect and it was certainly good. The focus, light balance and frame rates were said to be excellent. However, a bluish cast can be seen in drastic lighting conditions but can be easily fixed by turning off red light. For the audio quality, it is really clear and cancels out most background noise. This is really good if you’re in a professional stand point and require clear and a non-noisy background.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for quality video when using Skype or want to use it professionally or casually on streaming services like Twitch, then this would be a perfect webcam for you. The webcam is also isn’t that expensive at the price of S$189.00 retail price. I would recommend this greatly, if you’re planning on starting out streaming or casting.

 

Slime Rancher

 

Ever want to own a farm of your own with cuddly and cute slimes? You can now in the game slime rancher. The game is developed Monomi Park and is currently in early access. The game takes place 1000 light years away where you’re Beatrix LeBeau, a young rancher who tries to make a living by wrangling slimes.

The game has a very simple concept, all you have to do is collect slimes, feed them with their correct diet and collect their poop or ‘plort’ and sell it for money. The money can then be used to purchase upgrades for your corals that holds your slimes or purchase chicken coops, storage silos and farms which will help in the wrangling of slimes.

The "Vacpack"

You’re given a vacpack which is a device used to vac or suck up slimes, food and plort, though larger slimes and objects may not fit. When you explore the world, you’ll find many different types of slimes from the common pink slime to the rare golden slime which plort sells for a hefty price. You are also able to find different fruits, vegges and chickens too which are used to feed your slimes with. Upgrades for the Vacpack and yourself may also help your life as a rancher as you’re able to get a jetpack which allows you to navigate to higher locations which you are never used to be able to reach.

Tabby and Pink Slime

You should always feed your slimes regularly or they will attack you. The slimes have different attributes and abilities, like the Tabby Slimes are able to jump really high or the phosphor slimes which can fly and can only be found at night and requires to be out of sunlight. From time to time other ranchers will want to trade with you and ask for items in return for other items that may interests you.

Slime evolution is also a thing where you can feed a slime plort of another species of slime and transform them into a slime which is bigger and combination of the 2 species. However don’t feed your slimes more than 1 type of plort or else they will turn into the tarr. The tarr is a monstrous creature which only intention is to eat. It will devour slimes, chickens, rot crops and eat even you. They will continue to replicate until you destroy all of them. To get rid of the tarr, the easiest way is to throw it into the slime sea or into the incinerator which you can purchase, another alternative is splashing water at it.

In conclusion, this is a really great game for people who love cute creatures and hope to raise and collect them. The game is currently available on Steam Early Access for S$20. Thus, if anyone is interested in an open world slime collecting RPG, this might suit you the best, however be warned that this game is early access and if you’re not fond of them, I would advice not purchasing it just yet!

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SanDisk Extreme 3.0 32GB

The SanDisk Extreme 3.0 32GB is said to be one of the best flash drives you can get as it’s fast and secure. The smooth black design of the flash drive is said to be both stylish and highly functional.

The flash drive also doesn’t require any additional drivers to work and is available to Windows and OS X operating system. However a software download is required for macs. The flash drive also has a lifetime warranty and multiple forms of technical support for it if you have any issues with the flash drive.

The USB 3.0 flash drive also comes with a the SanDisk SecureAccess software pack so that you can create password-protected folders on your flash drive with 128-bit AES encryption. This is a weaker encryption when compared with other flash drives.

SanDisk has said that the flash drive has the ability to reach up to a read speed of 245MBps and write speeds of up to 100MBps. This makes the flash drive able to handle large files like HD videos or programs at fast speeds.

In conclusion, the SanDisk Extreme 3.0 32GB is a great flash drive to get. Not only is the design decent but it is able to handle files at fast speeds. With the security encryption software, you can keep your personal files safe. Thus, this would be a great flash drive for people who needs to transfer data often and could not be bothered to wait too long, then this would be an ideal flash drive for you.

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