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: December 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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FIDUE A73 Review – Beautiful designed earphones, let down by its sibilant highs

Pros: Build quality, design and looks, comfort, mids
Cons: Overall sound quality, sibilant highs, non-existent sub-bass and disappointing lows

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 10/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Comfort: 10/10
Sound Quality: 7.5/10
Value: 7.5/10
My final Rating: 7.5/10

Review Date: May 2016
Review Price: £100

FIDUE A73 - Looks

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me the FIDUE A73 (pronounced: Fid-oo) for review. They can be found for £100 on AmazonUK and at $150 on AmazonUSA.

After having reviewed the FIDUE A65 and being seriously impressed I wondered how the A73 would sound with their dual-driver design. The earphones have one balanced armature and one dynamic driver within their housing. In the past, I’ve found hybrid earphones to be somewhat of a disappointment, due to the poor crossover that companies design/choose to use – so I was very much intrigued to see what the A73 could bring to the market.

Below is my video review of the earphones:

Let’s get unto the written review.

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Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 Review – Fantastic all-round earphones!

Pros: Overall sound quality, packaging and accessories, price, design and build quality
Cons: Microphonics and cable

Packaging & Accessories: 9.5/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 7.5/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 8.5/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Value: 10/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: May 2016
Review Price: £45

Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 - Looks

First of all I would like to thank Rock Jaw for sending me out the Alfa Genus V2 for review. You’ll be able to find the full specs and more info about the earphones through Rock Jaw’s website. You’ll be able to find them for £45 on Amazon UK and around $45-60 on Amazon USA – as I’m in the UK I’ll be reviewing it at the UK price.

Here’s my video review to complement my written review:

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Creative Sound Blaster EVO Wireless Review – A multi-functional Bluetooth headset

Pros: Build quality, multi-functional design, PC & mobile compatiblity, price
Cons: Static noise whilst recording, overall V-shaped sound signature, sub-bass

Build quality: 8.5/10
Comfort: 8/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 7/10
Isolation: 7/10
Microphone quality: 8.5/10
Value: 8.5/10 (at £55 price tag)
Overall rating: 8/10

Review date: April 2016
Review price: £55

Creative EVO Wireless - Design

First of all I would like to thank ESL Gaming for sending me their headset for review. ESL are massive event organisers and after having reviewed quite a few headsets I was offered to review the EVO Wireless, which is made by Creative – a brand I’m familiar with.

The headset can be found directly on Creative’s website for £90 (where you’ll also find its full specs) and can also be bought on AmazonUK for around £55 and on AmazonUSA for around $95. As I’m a UK based reviewer, my review will be based on UK prices.

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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Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Headset Review – Fantastic sound, but with poor recording quality

Pros: Sound quality for a headset, build quality, comfort, looks and design
Cons: Recording quality, software

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 10/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 9.5/10
Isolation: 8/10
Microphone quality: 6/10
Software: 6/10
Value: 8/10 (at £100 price tag)
Overall rating: 8/10

Review date: March 2016
Review price: £100

First of all I would like to thank Creative for sending me their headset for review. After having reviewed a variety of headsets, I was curious to see how the H5 would compare to its competitors.

Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Headset Review - Mic

 

The headset can be found directly on Creative’s website for £100 (where you’ll also find its full specs) and can also be bought on AmazonUK for around £100 and on AmazonUSA for around $100. As I’m a UK based reviewer, my review will be based on UK prices.

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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Sound BlasterX G5 Review – A decent sound card with problematic hardware and software problems

Pros: TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier driving capability (low and high gain modes), headphone and mic outputs, DAC functionalities, 24-bit/192kHz capability, SBX & Scout modes
Cons: Not portable (despite claims), requires USB power, software problems (incl drivers), hardware malfunction rate, price

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 7.5/10
Sound Quality: 7.5/10
Software: 7/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 7/10

Review Date: March 2016
Review Price: £130

Sound BlasterX G5 - Wheel Illuminated

First of all I would like to thank Creative for sending me the Sound BlasterX G5 for review. It can be found for £130 directly on Creative’s website, and can be found on AmazonUK for around £140 and AmazonUSA for around $150.

The G5 is a slight variation over the E5, which over the G5 is aimed at those wanting a portable solution with its in-built lithium battery. Unfortunately, the G5 doesn’t have an in-built battery and has to be used with a power source, essentially limiting it to desktop-use only.

I actually received two G5’s as after about two weeks of use my first review sample completely stopped working. Essentially it started having some sort of problems with sound reproduction, with extremely loud high-pitched sounds coming out of the headphone jack. Later, I came back to it and noticed it was extremely overheating – at which point when I tried playing music through it, nothing played.

As the second one arrived, it worked flawlessly on my work PC, but then when I tried to use it with my home PC, wouldn’t recognise the new G5 – no matter if I did a full driver-sweep and a re-install. I’ll get into both points in their respective sections within my review.

Here’s my video review on the G5:

Let’s get into this written review!

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Mechanical Keyboard Guide: Cherry MX, Gateron Switches – Max Keyboard Falcon-8 Review

Pros: Falcon-8 can be used as a mini-keyboard, key testers to find your perfect match, looks and design, overally build quality, easy to assemble even as a novice
Cons: Worldwide availability

Review Date: March 2016

First of all, I would like to thanks Max Keyboard for sending me the Falcon-8 DIY Kit and parts of the sampler tester kit for review! If you’re also interested, see also my Max Keyboard Translucent & Custom Mechanical Keyboard Keycap Review.

Mechanical Keyboard Guide - Falcon-8

Here’s what I got sent:

On another note you can find the PCB sold separately for $20 on Max Keyboard.

This written guide and review wouldn’t be complete with a video, which showcases the switches:

Let’s get on with this guide and review!

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