Review of the Steelseries Siberia V3 Gaming Headset – New isn’t always better

Pros: Build quality, comfort, lows, can be used on the PS4 and Xbox One
Cons: Mids, highs, isolation, no included USB soundcard (like on the V2 model), sound quality is limited by your on-board soundcard, no volume/recording control

Build quality: 7.5/10
Comfort: 9.5/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 6.5/10
Isolation: 6/10
Microphone quality: 10/10
Value: 8.5/10 (at £100 price tag)
Overall rating: 7/10

Steelseries Siberia V3 Headset - Design

First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review. After having received the Siberia V2, 9H, Siberia Elite and H Wireless, I was interested in knowing how the V3 had changed over the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Heat Orange Gaming Headset.
The headset can be bought for around £115 on AmazonUK. Prices of the headset vary greatly – from £75 to £130 -therefore this review will be based on the £100 price tag, just as the V2 was priced when I reviewed it.

For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review:

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Review of the Razer DeathAdder Chroma Gaming Mouse – The most comfortable mouse I’ve ever come across

Pros: Ergonomics, lightweight, customisable colours
Cons: Lack of buttons, no weight adjustment, no dedicated physical profile button switch

Build Quality: 10/10
Design & Looks: 5/10
Performance: 10/10
Software: 8/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 7/10

Purchase Date: November 2014
Purchase Price: £65

First of all I would like to thank Razer for sending me the mouse for review. After having reviewed an array of mice and hearing so much about the DeathAdder, I was keen to see how it performed.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma - Looks

In my video review, I had looked at the mouse at the £55 price tag (as that was the current pricing) – but since, the price has risen to £65 – and thus I’ll be reviewing it at the higher price tag.
You can purchase the mouse on AmazonUK for around £65, which is around £20 more than the original 2013 DeathAdder.

Here’s my video review of the DeathAdder Chroma:

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Review of the Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro – An outstanding earphone for audiophiles and gamers

Pros: Bass response for a BA driver, lightweight design, price, build quality, cable, multi-purpose
Cons: Slightly rolled off highs and veiled mids

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

Purchase Date: November 2014
Purchase Price: £105

Steelseries Flux Pro - Looks

First of all, I would like to thank Steelseries for sending me the Flux In-Ear Pro for review. You can find the full specs and more info on the earphones on their website.
They can be bought for around £105 on AmazonUK

Before getting into the written review, below is my video review on them:

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Review of the Steelseries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse Review – An expensive wireless mouse

Pros: Design, build quality, battery life, customisable, software
Cons: Small wireless lag, lack of buttons, no weight adjustment, no dedicated physical profile button switch

Build Quality: 8/10
Design & Look: 7/10
Battery life: 10/10
Wire performance: 10/10
Wireless performance: 6/10
Software: 10/10
Value: 5/10
My final Rating: 7/10

Purchase Date: November 2014
Purchase Price: £120

Sensei Wireless - Charging on bay

First of all I would like to thank Steelseries for sending me the mouse for review. After having reviewed the Steelseries Sensei [RAW] Heat Orange, I was intrigued to see how the Sensei Wireless compares, both in terms of performance and value for money.
You can purchase the mouse on AmazonUK for around £120, which is more than double the list price of the non-wireless version.

Before getting into my written review, here’s my video review of the Sensei Wireless:

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Nokia Lumia 930 Written Review – A colourful phone

First of all I would like to thank Connects, for sending out the Lumia 930 out to me for a month trial of the phone.
After having reviewed the Lumia 1020, I was looking forward to the 930’s capabilities on Windows Phone 8 and more so the updated Windows Phone 8.1, that brings a few nifty features to the phone’s functionality.
The Lumia 930 can be bought from Nokia directly or via Amazon UK (and other sources around the world) for around £380.

Lumia 930 - Looks

Here’s the Lumia’s 930 specifications:

Display:
Display size: 5″
Display technology: OLED
Resolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Pixel density: 441ppi

Processor & RAM:
Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Processor type: Quad-core 2.2 GHz
RAM: 2GB

Camera:
Primary camera sensor size: 20 MP, PureView
Camera Flash Type: Dual LED flash
Sensor size: 1/2.5 inch
Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
Camera focal length: 26 mm
Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm
Camera image formats: JPEG/Exif

Connectivity:
SIM card type: Nano SIM
Charging connectors: Charging Pads, Micro-USB
Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
2G, 3G, 4G, LTE

Storage:
32 GB
Free cloud storage: 7 GB

Quoted Battery life:
Battery capacity: 2420 mAh
Maximum talk time (2G): 21.7 h
Maximum talk time (3G): 17.9 h
Maximum music playback time: 75 h

Dimensions:
Height: 137 mm
Width: 71 mm
Thickness: 9.8 mm
Weight: 167 g

Before getting into the written review, here’s my video review of the phone:

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Review of the BitFenix Neos PC case & Alchemy LED strips

First of all I would like to thank BitFenix for sending these out to me for review!
I was looking forward to see what BitFenix could offer me for review and despite being slightly disheartened to be receiving a £30 case, reflecting back, I couldn’t be happier – hopefully this review will convey my thoughts on what seems like a cheap PC case, but in fact turns out to be an extremely versatile and well-performing PC case!

BitFenix Neos - Window with light

Before getting into it – see my video review and full build video, which showcases me disassembling my mother’s old PC, the Fractal Core 1000 (which comes in at the same price bracket) and then transferring the parts to the new BitFenix Neos (Windowed, black and silver version):

Here’s some purchase information for you:
I was sent the Neos, the Alchemy LED strips and a black window panel for the case
-AmazonUK link to the Neos case
-OverclockersUK link to the Neos case
-AmazonUK link to the BitFenix Alchemy LED Strip
-OverclockersUK link to the BitFenix Alchemy LED Strip

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Windows 7 vs Windows 10 – Benchmark Results on Battlefield 4

Hi there!

This is going to be a very short “review” of Windows 10 Technical Preview and it’s performance on The Battlefield – Pun intended.
I had previously benched BF4 to a huge extent and thought to conduct the same type of benchmark for Windows 10 Technical preview, whilst re-doping my Windows 7 benches.

I found the difference between the results to be extremely minimal, so much so that, the differences can be deemed inconclusive and insufficient to draw up ANY differences between the OSs.

Win7 vs Win10 - Graph

Take away what you will, but those differences for me, normally would be over 5-10% in variance. In this case, they’re so close together that there’s absolutely no point in benching any more right now.

Now, should you be worried or dissappointed?
Absolutely not – these benches really prove to us, rather than anything else, that DX12 isn’t being used, drivers from GPU vendors (in my case Nvidia) aren’t released yet and furthermore these benches were comparing a stable OS with a Technical Preview.
overall, there’s a lot against Win10 really, but yet it performed extremely well for a “BETA”.
playing in REAL MP games, I noticed no stuttering or any problems playing on either OS.

To conclude this, I shall share my hardware specs and also my testing methodology:
CPU: De-lidded I7 3770k @ 4.5ghz
GPU: SLI GTX 680 @ 1111mhz core clock
RAM: 16GB 1600mhz CL9 Corsair Vengeance
MB: Asus Sabertooth Z77
PSU: Corsair AX750
CPU cooler: Antec H20 920
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 1440p @ 96hz

Win7: Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD
Win10: Samsung HD103SJ 1TB @ 7200rpm HDD

As you can read from the above, the only difference was the location of the install for Windows. I can guarantee you that there’s absolutely no difference in FPS between the choice of Hard/Solid State Drive used – only loading times were different.

I should also mention in these tests that:
-Shadowplay was disabled (in order to prevent any Win10 conflicts)
-Both are running 64bit
-Both are running the same driver: 344.11
-Both set of tests were done within 30minutes of each other and both on cold boots.
-I went to the exact same server, which was a 64MP map, with 0/64 players inside, on Siege of Shanghai

Via the video below, you’ll be able to see my methodology:

Windows 7:
2014-10-07 00:44:45 – bf4
Frames: 15392 – Time: 125987ms – Avg: 122.171 – Min: 34 – Max: 200

2014-10-07 00:47:14 – bf4
Frames: 15376 – Time: 123942ms – Avg: 124.058 – Min: 46 – Max: 196

2014-10-07 00:49:55 – bf4
Frames: 15441 – Time: 127391ms – Avg: 121.210 – Min: 39 – Max: 194

2014-10-07 00:52:42 – bf4
Frames: 16492 – Time: 136438ms – Avg: 120.875 – Min: 39 – Max: 201

2014-10-07 00:57:18 – bf4
Frames: 15869 – Time: 131774ms – Avg: 120.426 – Min: 41 – Max: 193

Win7 vs Win10 - Win7 Sreenshot

Windows 10:
2014-10-07 00:10:24 – bf4
Frames: 16166 – Time: 129891ms – Avg: 124.458 – Min: 42 – Max: 199

2014-10-07 00:13:01 – bf4
Frames: 17518 – Time: 137000ms – Avg: 127.869 – Min: 36 – Max: 195

2014-10-07 00:17:34 – bf4
Frames: 15425 – Time: 124891ms – Avg: 123.508 – Min: 36 – Max: 198

2014-10-07 00:20:04 – bf4
Frames: 16602 – Time: 131578ms – Avg: 126.176 – Min: 36 – Max: 192

2014-10-07 00:24:14 – bf4
Frames: 15418 – Time: 127391ms – Avg: 121.029 – Min: 32 – Max: 195

Win7 vs Win10 - Win10 Sreenshot

Hope this helped!
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Review of the AKG Y50 portable on-ear headphones

Pros: Design and looks, portability, comfort, physical weight
Cons: Overall sound quality, isolation, lack of non-mic cable

Packaging & Accessories: 9/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Isolation: 5/10
Comfort: 9/10
Audio Quality: 6.5/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 6.5/10

Purchase Date: September 2014
Purchase Price: £80

AKG Y50 - Pouch and headphones

I was very much intrigued when AKG released their latest headphones, the Y50 range. This for me was an interesting leap into portability by AKG – often you see audiophile brands such as AKG, sky away from these types of models, as they tend to be cheaper and therefore have quite shoddy sound quality.
I was thus looking forward to reviewing the Y50 and hoping this wasn’t the case with this particular line – I was also intrigued to see how it fairs against its more expensive brothers the AKG K551’s and the AKG K545’s which I’ve previously reviewed. The AKG Y50s can be bought for around £80 on AmazonUK.

Here’s my video review:

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