SteelSeries, a company known for many innovations and their support of eSports, has released a new weapon in the competitive gamer’s arsenal: the Rival 700. While they’ve been busy refreshing all of their product lines to update previous models with new features, the Rival 700 is a brand new entry entirely. Positioned as the premier offering in the Rival line of mice, the SteelSeries Rival 700 has a new twist – or, more appropriately, a buzz. Modular sensors, interchangeable cords, Prism RGB illumination and swap-able panels compliment a first-of-its-kind tactile feedback system and customizeable OLED display panel. Will these features justify the price of entry? Follow along as Benchmark Reviews takes a closer look at the new Rival 700.
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The be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 is the newest member of the be quiet! mid-tower chassis family. This mid-tower case sports a tempered glass side panel, a fully modular design, and an abundance of water cooling support. The Dark Base Pro 900 also features filtered ventilation, RGB LED illumination, PWM fan hub, and three be quiet! SilentWings 3 x 140mm PWM fans pre-installed…
The ASUS ROG Spatha Wireless/ Wired gaming mouse brings wireless gaming to the desktop. It has an aggressive body design, six tactile side buttons, RGB lighting, and swappable left and right OMRON switches. The magnesium alloy chassis promotes durability and the sparkly steel-gray non-stick coating prevents the finish from wearing off after years of usage. Inside of the ROG Spatha is the 8200 DPI Avago 9800 laser sensor. When the mouse battery runs low, a provided micro-USB cable can be connected directly to the mouse to charge it as you play. A charging station/ wireless receiver is included in the box to charge and show off the mouse when it is not in use. At Benchmark Reviews, we will take a look at what the ROG Spatha has to offer over the competition.
Taiwanese company G. SKILL, probably best known for its desktop and laptop memory products, jumps into the enthusiast gaming mouse market with its new Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse. Stuffed with features like an 8,200-DPI Avago laser sensor, Omron switches, 1,000Hz polling, 4-zone RGB lighting, adjustable weights, switchable, ambidextrous side grips, an adjustable-height palm rest, and 512K of onboard memory for macro storage, this mouse sure looks good on paper, especially at the price. Benchmark Reviews will determine how well it stands up to the competition.
Designed for long gaming sessions, the Ventus Z gaming mouse comes with a standard body design with a bit of an aggressive feel to it along with its aerodynamic engineered air-through ventilation system. The ventilation system helps reduce sweaty palms in order to increase comfort. On top of that, the Ventus Z includes five separate profiles, 10 programmable buttons, RGB lighting, a weight system, and of course, the Avago 9500 11000 DPI laser sensor. Benchmark Reviews is excited to review the Tt eSPORTS Ventus Z gaming mouse, so let’s go ahead and take a look at a quick overview of this product.
These days, better performance can be achieved with a PCIEx4 SSD in the m.2 form factor, mounted on a simple PCIe adapter card (that you don’t have to use if your motherboard has an m.2 slot). Today Benchmark Reviews checks out this modern iteration of a PCIe SSD in the 512GB Toshiba RD400.
Built for FPS games, the Corsair M65 PRO RGB brings back the same exterior features as it predecessor. Instead of the laser sensor seen in the previous model, Corsair has included the PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor with a maximum DPI of 12000. There is also a weight system for adjusting the weight and a dedicated sniper button, which can be assigned to serve various functions. The Corsair Utility Engine software allows great flexibility for customization and can also manage all of your Corsair devices in one software. Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at the Corsair M65 PRO RGB FPS Gaming Mouse, so let’s go over its features and an overview of this mouse.
Corsair and Cherry have been working together to make some of the finest mechanical switches for gaming. With the K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE compact mechanical gaming keyboard, it comes with Cherry MX Speed switches. These switches have a silver colored stem and the actuation point is 1.2mm instead of 2mm on a standard Cherry MX Red switch. According to Corsair, this makes the switch 40% faster than a standard red switch. The Cherry MX Speed switch is similar to the standard Cherry MX Red switch, but the only difference is the shorter travel distance to the actuation point. At Benchmark Reviews, we will take a look at the compact Corsair K65 RGB RAPIDFIRE mechanical keyboard. Let’s take a quick look at the features and specifications.
A4TECH’s Bloody Division unleashed upon the world last year a serious game changer called Light Strike technology, which replaces mechanical metal contacts with optical switches using infrared light. Today we examine the most recent iteration of the Bloody mice series, the AL90 Blazing Laser Gaming Mouse, combining a popular eight button layout possessing the Light Strike technology with an incredibly sensitive laser sensor. This is only one of 21 mice in the lineup.
SteelSeries, a company known for their support of eSports and wide range of gaming peripherals, have just about finished refreshing their gaming headset series better known as “Siberia.” The Siberia 350 which Benchmark Reviews will be looking at today is a refresh of the previous SteelSeries Siberia v3 Prism headset. Utilizing 50mm drivers, DTS Headphone X technology and a classic SteelSeries fit and finish, the 350 adds 6.5 million colors through LEDs in the earcups and features SteelSeries technologies like GameSense through SteelSeries’ settings software, SteelSeries Engine 3. Will the 350 be a worthy addition to the Siberia lineup, or will these Siberias leave us out in the cold? Follow along and read about our experiences with SteelSeries’ newest headset.
Kingston is attempting to defy the odds and beat their very own HyperX Cloud II Headset with their new studio-grade HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset. Boasting advanced directional 50mm drivers, a low impedance, circumaural closed back design, and a steel frame, the Cloud Revolver Headset does appear to be a contender. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I’m going to be putting the Cloud Revolver Headset through it’s paces, especially it’s claims for directional sound during gameplay.
Founded in 2012, Gamdias, the God of gaming, is a gaming brand based on Greek mythology. The company focuses on PC gaming peripherals, such as gaming mice, keyboards, headsets, and other accessories while aiming for quality and design. They are taking their focus one step forward with their Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard, which features n-key rollover support, RGB lighting effects, and Kailh blue mechanical switches for great tactile feedback. It also maintains a simple body shape similar to the Hermes Lite mechanical keyboard. Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at the Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard, so let’s go over the features, specifications, and a quick overview to see what Gamdias has in store for us.
In this article Benchmark Reviews inspects the new 808 HEX XS and tests to see where it fits into this wide audio spectrum of wireless Bluetooth speakers. The 808 HEX XS will receiver or critique on audio quality, and overall performance in this review.
With the BT 110 water-resistant earbuds, Phiaton sees to it that your are protected in sweaty, and rainy conditions. There are a handful of excellent Bluetooth wireless headsets in the sub-$100 segment, which is why Benchmark Reviews takes a closer look at the Phiaton BT 110 Compact Bluetooth 4.0 Earphones with Mic to determine if its price is reflected in the performance.
Since the advent of the mechanical keyboards, it was only a matter of time before the market became saturated with a plethora of very similar products and options. AS4TECH’s very own “bloody” division has brought forth the next evolution in mechanical keyboards, boldly daring to replace the actual switch with Light Strike technology: silent switches that operate by breaking a beam of infrared light. This not only provides the fastest possible response speed, but also adds several inherited benefits from the technology. The B740A is only one of the 15 models using the Light Strike technology at Bloody.
Designed for palm grip gamers, the Cooler Master Sentinel III gaming mouse offers improved features and ergonomics over its predecessor. The body of the Sentinel III is coated with a matte UV coating to ensure long lasting durability. It comes with the 32-bit SONIX ARM Cortex-MO processor and 512KB of on-board memory for storing and playing back complicated macros. The Sentinel III also has high quality OMRON switches that are rated at 20 million clicks. The built-in Avago 3988 optical sensor is the same sensor used in the Corsair Sabre RGB optical mouse and the Razer Deathadder 2013. Cooler Master has also implemented RGB lighting into this mouse, giving gamers the ability to customize lighting effects to their desire. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we will take a look at the Cooler Master Sentinel III gaming mouse. Let’s dive in and take a quick look at an overview of this mouse.
Back in 2011 when Cooler Master introduced their Quick Fire line of keyboards, I was a bit skeptical about their success in the already crowded mechanical keyboard market. Four years later, it could be argued that I was proven wrong, most notably by the wide arrange of models that are available on their website that are displayed as a symbol of how successful the Cooler Master brand is within the mech market. Although the company owes much of this success to the Quick Fire line, today’s release seems to be the beginning of something new with the introduction of the MasterKeys Pro S and MasterKeys Pro L RGB mechanical keyboards.
A4TECH has a secret weapon in the gaming industry developed by their own “bloody” division that boasts the world’s fastest key response using Light Strike infrared micro switch technology. This new type of switch uses an actual beam of infrared light that when interrupted triggers the mechanism. The main advantage of this is not merely the speed, but also insures against accidental double-clicks, the eventual corrosion and breakdown of metal in the switch component, and makes it almost completely waterproof. In this article, we test the Bloody ML160 Commander Laser Gaming Mouse.
The NZXT Manta computer case makes a great case for a water cooled mini-ITX gaming system. With enough room for two 280mm radiators at the top and the front, users can expect exceptional airflow thanks to its water cooling capabilities. NZXT’s new manufacturing process allows for the creation of curved panels, giving the user more work room for cable management while maintaining a sturdy construction all around. A 3.5″ HDD can also be installed behind the motherboard tray without worrying about it making contact with the curved side panels. The Manta mini-ITX can support any standard size ATX power supply unit with enough room for a single 3.5″ HDD in the power supply chamber. Benchmark Reviews is happy to review the NZXT Manta mini-ITX case in white. Let’s go over a quick overview of what this mini-ITX case has to offer.
With the Xornet II, computer users can now customize DPI settings, lift-off distance, and the RGB lighting feature straight from the downloadable Xornet II software. Lift-off distance can also be tuned straight from the mouse without having to use the software. This is a great feature to have especially when changing mouse surfaces. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we will take a look at what the Cooler Master Xornet II optical gaming mouse has in store for us. Let’s go through a quick overview of this product in the next section.
Corsair has updated it’s Gaming line of headsets with the VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset. Featuring Dolby 7.1 Surround certification with the use of Corsair’s CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) Software, micro-fiber covered ear cups, noise canceling mic, and frequency response from 20Hz to 20KHz. The Void Surround is compatible with the Xbox One, PS4, PC (with USB adapter), and mobile phones, making the Void Surround a versatile headset for all your gaming needs. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I’ll be putting the Corsair Gaming Void Surround to the test.
The Phanteks Eclipse P400S is aimed towards people who are looking at building their first PC in a simple yet beautiful ATX chassis. It includes a large side panel window, RGB capable LED lighting, a fan controller, and sound dampening material on both side panels, the top ventilation covers, and the front panel to keep the system running as quiet as possible. The Eclipse P400S comes with two 120mm fans; one pre-installed at the rear and the other pre-installed at the front. Water cooling is possible with support for a 240mm, 280mm, or a 360mm radiator at the front of the case. It comes in three color variants: Satin Black, Anthracite Grey and Glacier White. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we will be taking a look at the Eclipse P400S in Satin Black. Let’s run through a quick overview of what this case has to offer.
Samsung’s new Portable SSD T3 offers up to 2TB of amazingly fast external storage in a metal enclosure that’s smaller than a business card, if somewhat thicker. Equipped with the latest USB Type C connector implementing USB 3.1 (Gen.1) protocols, the Portable SSD T3 is now compatible with Android mobile devices that have Type C connectors, as well as Windows and Mac OS. Sporting Samsung’s VNAND flash memory architecture with Turbo Write technology, the drive also comes with easy-to-use security software for Windows, Mac, and Android. Is the Samsung Portable SSD T3 a compelling solution for fast external storage? Benchmark Reviews checks this new drive out to see what it’s got.
Corsair is breaking new ground, for them at least, with the 400Q and 400C in offering a mid tower case that has zero 5.25″ bays. Allowing maximum airflow with the least amount of obstructions. Is the Carbide 400Q a contender for similarly sized cases that feature sound dampening and no 5.25″ bays? That’s one of the questions we’re going to answer in this article for Benchmark Reviews.
A year ago, I had the opportunity to review a Roccat Tyon – my first Roccat product since I purchased one of their Pyra and Kova mice many years ago. I remember the original Kova fondly, but it wasn’t…quite there yet. I liked the ambidextrous design, price point, Lamborghini-esque styling, and simple approach to performance (an optical sensor with driver-less configuration); I wasn’t quite as impressed with the overall build quality, lack of granular customization options or lighting. Will the new Kova change my mind? Will the improved sensor, new looks, lighting, and robust construction replace my first impressions? Benchmark Reviews has the opportunity to take the new Kova (ROC-11-502) for a spin, so let’s find out.