Kingston HyperX Cloud II review – An unbeatable PC gaming headset for its price!

Pros: Overall sound quality, build quality, accessories, USB input, looks and design, price
Cons: Overall recording quality, highs and soundstage (sound quality)

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 8.5/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 9/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Microphone quality: 8/10
Value: 10/10 (at £65 price tag)
Overall rating: 9/10

Review date: August 2016
Review price: £65

Kingston HyperX Cloud II review - Looks

First of all I would like to thank Kingston for sending me their headset for review. After having reviewed a variety of headsets, I was curious to see how the HyperX Cloud II would compare to its competitors, such as the Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Headset and more so the QPAD QH-90, which looks identical to the Cloud II.

The headset can be found on AmazonUK between £60-70 and on AmazonUSA between $85-100. This review will be based on a £65 price tag.

Here’s my video review (recording quality tests will be of interest to you):

Now let’s get into the written review!

Note: Some aspects of this review will be similar to my QH-90 review, as they’re similar in many ways.

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QPAD QH-90 Pro review – A fantastic PC gaming headset, let down by its mic

Pros: Sound and recording quality for a headset, build quality, looks and design, accessories, price
Cons: No USB soundcard, sensitive mic, pop-sound on mic mute

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 8.5/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 9.5/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Microphone quality: 7/10
Value: 9.5/10
Overall rating: 9/10

Review date: August 2016
Review price: £80

First of all I would like to thank QPAD for sending me their headset for review. After having reviewed a variety of headsets, I was curious to see how the QH-90 would compare to its competitors, such as the Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Headset. The headset can be found directly on AmazonUK for around £80.

QPAD QH-90 Pro review - ESL

Here’s my video review (recording quality tests will be of interest to you):

Now let’s get into the written review!

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Trinity Phantom Sabre review – The most complete earphone package, let down by its highs and soundstage

Pros: Packaging and accessories, design, build quality, comfort, lows
Cons: Highs, soundstage, overall sound quality, value

Packaging & Accessories: 10/10
Build Quality: 9.5/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 9.5/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 9.5/10
Sound Quality: 7.5/10
Value: 7.5/10
My final Rating: 7.5/10

Review Date: July 2016
Review Price: £125

Trinity Phantom Sabre review: Design and looks

First of all I would like to thank Trinity Audio for sending me the Trinity Phantom Sabre for review. You can find them for £125 directly from the company’s website or on Amazon UK for the same price. In the US you can also find them on Amazon USA for $159.

The earphones use an interesting push/pull dynamic driver in order to deliver the sound. This comes from the earphones housing a set of 7mm titanium diaphragm drivers.

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

Let’s get on with the written review!

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QPAD DX-20 Optical Gaming Mouse Review – Fantastic Pixart 3320 sensor performance

Pros: Sensor performance, software, overall build quality, RGB colour customisation, suitable for left and right handers
Cons: Price, no weight adjustment

Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Looks: 9/10
Performance: 9.5/10
Software: 10/10
Value: 8/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: July 2016
Review Price: £60

QPAD DX-20 Optical Gaming Mouse Review - Design

First of all I would like to thank QPAD for sending me the mouse for review. After having reviewed a variety of other mice, I was intrigued to see how the QPAD line would compare to some of the best mice out there in the market, including my daily driver, the Logitech G303 and Logitech G502, which both house arguably the best sensor on the market, the Pixart PMW3366.

You can purchase the QPAD DX-20 at AmazonUK for £60 & OverclockersUK for the same price.

Full specs of the mouse can be found on QPAD’s website.

Here’s my video review of the mouse:

Now let’s get into this written review!

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Creative Sound BlasterX G1 review – A versatile USB sound card

Pros: Price, sound quality, versatility, pre-made software EQ
Cons: No separate mic/line input, software

Build quality & functionalities: 8/10
Software: 6/10
Sound Quality: 8.5/10
Value: 9/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: June 2016
Review Price: £40

Creative Sound BlasterX G1 review - Colour

First of all I would like to thank Creative and ESL Gaming for sending me out the Sound BlasterX G1 sound card for review. It can be found on AmazonUK for £40 and on AmazonUSA for $50.

Full specifications of the G1 can be found on Creative’s website.

Here’s my video review on the G1:

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TomTom Spark Cardio + Music review – A consistent sports watch with a good set of functionalities

Pros: Ease of use, functionalities, accurate statistics, GPS and music integration, battery life, rugged build quality
Cons: Price, lack of a colour screen, Bluetooth connectivity for music, slight lag on power on

Build Quality: 10/10
Design & Look: 7/10
Functionalities: 8/10
Software performance: 8/10
Value: 7.5/10
My final Rating: 8/10

Review Date: May 2016
Review Price: £175

TomTom Spark Cardio + Music review - Design

First of all I would like to thank TomTom for sending me the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music sports watch for review.
The watch can be found for around £175 on AmazonUK and around $200 on AmazonUSA.

Here’s my video review of the TomTom watch:

Let’s get into the written review!

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1More Triple Driver earphone review – A great mid-range earphone!

Pros: Overall sound quality, price, accessories and presentation, design, comfort
Cons: Straight jack, cable, availability

Packaging & Accessories: 9.5/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 8/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 9/10
Sound Quality: 8.5/10
Value: 10/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: May 2016
Review Price: £75

1More Triple Driver earphone review - Design

First of all I would like to thank GearBest for reaching out and sending me the 1More Triple Driver earphones for review. The name of the earphones seems to be a little inconsistent, with it being named 1 More Three-unit Driver Hybrid to 1More Triple Driver. No matter the spelling, the earphones have a single dynamic (DD) and dual Balanced Armature (BA) drivers alongside an in-line mic.

The earphones can be found for $100 (around £75) incl shipping on GearBest’s website. Remember, you might have to pay import/VAT fees, as it’s being shipped from China.

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

Let’s get to this written review!

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SteelSeries Rival 300 CS:GO Fade Edition mouse review – A beautiful mouse with great sensor performance!

Pros: Sensor performance, software, design and looks, overall build quality, GameSense
Cons: Not suited for left-handers, price, no weight adjustment

Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Looks: 10/10
Performance: 9/10
Software: 10/10
Value: 8/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: May 2016
Review Price: £57

SteelSeries Rival 300 CS:GO Fade Edition Review - Faded

First of all I would like to thank Steelseries for sending me the mouse for review. After having reviewed other SteelSeries gear and other mice, I was intrigued to see how the Rival 300 would perform and how the Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) variant of the Rival 300 would look!
You can purchase the Rival 300 CS:GO fade mouse on AmazonUK for around £57 & AmazonUSA for $70. These prices are slightly higher than the non-branded and plain looking Rival 300 mice, which can be found on AmazonUK for £50 and AmazonUSA for $53 – you’re therefore paying a little extra for a skin…where have you heard that before…Counter Strike of course!

Full specs of the mouse can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review of the mouse:

Now let’s get into this written review!
As a note: Parts of the review might be similar to my Rival 100 review – as a lot of features crossover.

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