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Rosewill EX-500 and EX-700 Earbuds Review

Introduction We would like welcome Mario to PureOC with his first review! Let us know what you think in the forums. In-ear headphones for me were always a necessary evil. Having decent sound that you could shove in your pocket and move around with seemed like a pipe dream. That’s not to say it didn’t exist, just that it likely cost hundreds of dollars for something I would potentially lose on the bus. Rosewill is trying to release some headphones that rival $100+ audio for half the price. We’ll soon see how they measure up, but let’s start off with a statement from the company first and offer our thanks for sending a sample for us to review. Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and reviews. Today, Rosewill currently manufactures and markets an immense catalogue of inventive products among its three product ca...



EpicGear Thunderouz and Melodiouz Gaming Headsets Review

Introduction We’re down to the final review in our lineup of EpicGear peripherals. I’m not saying this is the last we’ll ever see of them here (and I certainly hope not), but this is the last products that I currently have in the works. We started with an awesome keyboard, a solid mouse, and now we’ll finish with some audio headsets. The level of quality and performance we’ve seen so far indicates that the Thunderouz and Melodiouz are likely to be great products. On the other hand, we still need to put them through the paces to make sure they measure up to expectations. We’ll certainly do that, but let’s take a semi-final look at their company statement again.



HyperX Expands Sound by Expanding their Headsets: Cloud Revolver S

I’m not an audiophile, but I’m beginning to think it’s only because I can’t afford to be one. Each time I get to hear a better quality listening experience, I’m blown away by the clarity and feel of the music I’m listening to. CES 2017 gave me one such experience while I was there and while I sort of mentioned it in the video, I wanted to point out that the HyperX Cloud Revolver S not only sounded great as expected, but I was really surprised by how well it’s 7.1 surround feature worked. Surround headsets haven’t impressed me that much until this point. They do seem to work well for games, but once you try to settle into a nice music listening session, the sound seems a bit hollow or too tinny. HyperX had a display of their Cloud Revolver S so I got to put it on, pick a song I knew and take in the experience. It blew me away! It seems that while the headset has the unique feature of being a plug-and-play Dolby 7.1 Surround unit, it’s also the feature that might be attributing to the amazing sound. The Cloud Revolver S relies on an external USB dongle that’s designed to support the surround feature, I can’t help but suspect that it’s playing a role in the general sound quality as well. Needless to say, the 50mm drivers themselves play a critical role, but the end result regardless of the causes is hard to argue with. HyperX certainly has a winner on it’s hands with this unit. Considering it was at...



TUNAI has the Perfect Solution to Axed Audio Ports

We don’t usually cover mobile devices here at PureOC. PCs are what really matter to us, but every once in a while a product solves a problem that seems like it would be really helpful to let you know about. Tunai released the Clip which looks like it’s bound to help phone users continue using their audio headsets even if their devices quit installing ports for them. The biggest issue with Bluetooth is that it compresses the audio signal, degrading the quality of the sound your headphones receive before you can even hear it. While I’m not an audio expert, Tunai seems to be doing everything they can to retain audio quality as much as possible. The Clip not only uses Bluetooth 4.0 which has higher bandwidth, but they also support several audio codecs, including AAC. These are things that will help retain as much quality as possible when going over Bluetooth, based on my limited understanding. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal but after iPhone ditched their jack in the 7 and rumors are pointing to the Samsung Galaxy S8 doing the same, it’s nice to know that there’s an option that can help prevent buyers from having to ditch their high-end analog headphones with a phone upgrade. At $60, the price is a bit high but considering AirPods are $160, I think Tunai is giving us a pretty nice alternative. Check out the link below for more info and don’t worry, PC hardware isn’t going anywhere! http://www.tunai-creative.com/clip.html



CES 2017: Geil, Deepcool, MSI, AMD Ryzen and Vega

CES 2017 coverage marches right along with another great set of show floors from some great companies. Geil showed off some excellent peripherals, Deepcool blew our minds with awesome looking cases and fans, and MSI continues to deliver great motherboards. However, we finally got to catch up with AMD and get a solid look at what to expect with the Ryzen and Vega releases. We have a little bit longer to wait before full specs arrive, but confidence is certainly rising in what team Red is trying to deliver. As always, check out the video below for the full details and don’t forget to leave some comments in the forums!



CES 2017: HyperX, Enermax/Lepa, Gigabyte

The Hardware Hound continues his coverage of CES 2017! We’re already to the point that it isn’t quite what day it is, but how much we could fit in one episode for a given episode, so sit back, enjoy the hardware news and keep checking back because more is still coming. This time we get to see some more RGB RAM kits from HyperX, some great cases and reservoirs from Enermax, plus some excellent motherboards from Gigabyte. Does anyone smell some Z270 and X370 chipsets?



Filling the Loop: SENNHEISER Headsets, TAI-HAO Keycaps, AQUA COMPUTER cuplex kryos NEXT

As a hardware news and review writer, I find that it can be pretty difficult to keep up with everything happening in the industry. It could be that, or it could be the full time job with a family that crunches the schedule a bit. But that’s the life of a freelancer and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Still, there’s some good news worthy releases I’ve received that I’ve been dying to get out to you, but haven’t had the time until now. Let’s fill the loop on some interesting products from SENNHEISER, TAI-HAO and AQUA COMPUTER. I hate to admit it but I was deleting PRs from SENNHEISER because I didn’t realize they were different from the other spam emails I get. Let’s just say spam filters aren’t perfect and I check all of my promotional emails a bit closer now. Still, consistency is not an issue for them and I began noticing what I thought were some pretty impressive products. SENNHEISER deals in gaming headsets, but also has a host of other audio products to check out. For this update, I particularly want to point out the GSP 350 gaming headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround. While I can’t verify the audio quality, the design looks excellent and some user reviews I looked at indicate that the company generally has pretty good sound. Even then, there were a couple of features that looked interesting. One design detail I really like is the fact that the mic will automatically mute when you raise the boom, negating t...



HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Review

Introduction The Gaming Headset. Ubiquitous and necessary to any gamers arsenal of tools. In cooperative multiplayer games, a good headset can make the difference between the glorious sound of “Head Shot!” yelled out at full volume (much to the dismay of your local Starbuck’s Barrista) and the “mumble mumble” sound of abject failure as your team gets annihilated because nobody could understand you in the TeamSpeak/Ventrilo/Discord channel. Into this very crowded market, HyperX has tossed their brand new gaming headset, the CLOUD Stinger. Before we leap into the review, let’s have a bit of back-story on just who these HyperX people are: Well. There’s a pedigree for you. Kingston Technology’s high performance product division. I guess we should expect a lot from them then! Let’s move right along and see.



STEELSERIES Launches Arctis Headset Line

You’ve been seeing a lot of STEELSERIES around the site lately. They were a company I hadn’t heard much about, but I’ve certainly grown to appreciate what they offer, especially since their Engine software works so brilliantly. Yesterday, they announced a new line of headsets that have several new features, but one detail really stood out to me. I’ve noticed that mid-range headsets seem to vary from sounding great, to sounding mostly good. The difference between the two categories is that stereo analog sets usually sound awesome, but as they begin upgrading to 7.1 surround, they begin losing some of that quality in music and movies. Even though the price points are really close, the audio is surprisingly different. The Arctis Headset line is going to have the same driver that’s used in the $300 high-range products. If this works out, STEELSERIES could really set themselves apart in the mid-range, but we’ll only know if we can get our ears in them first. Check out the full press release below for more details! SteelSeries Launches Arctis Headset Line – Challenges Gaming Audio Stereotypes  New family of revolutionary headsets deliver flagship-level comfort, microphone and sound as a standard across entire line     CHICAGO – October 4, 2016 – SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, unveils the Arctis line, a selection of three gaming headsets that shatter preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should so...



STEELSERIES Siberia 350 Gaming Headset Review

Introduction We’re bringing STEELSERIES back to the forefront again, but this time we have a headset to review instead of a mouse and keyboard combo. Even though this company is new to PureOC, they impressed us with some excellent quality and exceptional software. However, sound is a completely different playing field compared to input peripherals. The Siberia 350 has a lot of competition to stand up against so we better take a long hard look at how it does in person. We’ll get right into it soon, after a quick word from the manufacturer. WE ARE GAMING SteelSeries has fueled the gaming industry by creating innovative new products, designed specifically for eSports and passionate gamers everywhere. RELENTLESS INNOVATION Here at SteelSeries, we are obsessed with “firsts”. Dating back to 2001, our company was formed to meet the surface needs of hardcore gamers by introducing the first glass mousepad, the Icemat. Since that original innovation, we created the first mechanical gaming keyboard, the first suspended headband for gaming headsets, the first World of Warcraft mouse and endless other innovations. SteelSeries is dedicated to building products that push professional gaming further than anyone dreamed. Those innovations make gaming more competitive and more fun for gamers everywhere. INSPIRING DESIGN Our fans, customers and professional eSports teams demand the ultimate performance from SteelSeries. We combine the necessity of professional-grade quality ...



Creative Sound Blaster X7

Introduction Creative has some interesting products lately. They continue to innovate through design and audio quality. The X7 Is a USB DAC that was designed for audiophiles and audio enthusiasts.Lets dive into the world of audio through the X7, and see if stands to be the biggest, baddest , and boldest Sound Blaster yet. The specifications are as follows: Audio TechnologySB-Axx1™ Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)127dB (DAC) Connectivity Options (Main)microUSB Microphone : Built-in Stereo Mic 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Mic In Line / Optical : 1 x RCA Aux/Line In 1 x TOSLINK Optical In 1 x TOSLINK Optical Out Speaker : 2 x Binding Post Passive Speaker Out (L/R) 1 x RCA Line/Front Speaker Out 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Rear Speaker Out 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm) Center/Sub Speaker Out Headphone : 1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm)Headphone Out 1 x 1/4″ (6.3mm)Headphone Out USB HOST : 1 x Type A USB Host Port – Device Audio Stream & Charging Max Channel Output5.1 Channels, Stereo Amplified Audio TechnologiesSBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology MicrophoneMicrophone Type: Dual-array Noise Canceling Condenser SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Windows Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended) Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard Microsoft® Windows® 10 32/64-bit, Windows® 8.1/8.0 32/64-bit, Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows Vista® 32/64-bit SP1 or higher 1GB RAM >600 MB of free hard disk space Available USB 2.0/3.0 port (High Sp...



CREATIVE Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset Review

Introduction Headsets are devices I’ve avoided most of me life. Being a PC gamer, it seems odd to say this. On the other hand, when I would try a headset, I would find them, hot, uncomfortable, and lacking the type of sound quality I’ve come to expect from a good pair of book shelf speakers with a quality amplifier. CREATIVE set out to change my opinion (unawares) by sending me the Sound BlasterX H5 gaming headset to review. The timing couldn’t be better since I was about to pull the trigger on something to help hide the noise of my various games and speech clients from my family. I thought I would be sacrificing my comfort, but I found an experience that I wasn’t sure even existed until now. Before we jump into the details, let’s look at a bit of info on CREATIVE, the company behind the Sound BlasterX H5. Also, check out the video review featured above!



ROSEWILL Showed Off the Nighthawk 117 at CES 2016

ROSEWILL is a name that hasn’t been mentioned here in a while, but we hope that starts changing because they had some impressive components at CES this year. The Newegg original prides themselves on giving their customers the best bang for their buck that they can so that there’s more left over for those cash hungry components like CPUs and GPUs. Since many of our site veterans are Newegg regulars, it would’ve been a shame for us not to stop by and find out what ROSEWILL was showing off. The Nighthawk 117 is a great looking case, but the gaming mouse and speaker set that I saw promised some good things to come as well. First, let’s address the horrible lighting in the Palazzo. So much yellow! Now, with that out of the way let’s turn to the Nighthawk 117. This is a full tower offering from ROSEWILL and it has some nice looking features at a good price point. The first thing that was noticeable was the spacious interior. It will certainly make a build pretty easy for those who don’t like working in tight spaces. The aesthetic is very nice. It has just enough edges to give it that gaming look, but they aren’t so “in your face” to lose a certain elegance to the design as well. The fun part was being able to open the vents on top for a bit of additional airflow. It looks cool and serves practicality if the user likes to dampen the noise a bit at times. The other feature I really like is the eSATA port on the top of the case ...



Corsair adds RGB to Everything and it Looks Great

There’s no denying that I’m a sucker for lighting effects and I believe that RGB lighting is the best thing ever to happen to everything. We just started seeing manufacturers using RGB in motherboards and now Corsair announced a full lineup of RGB accessories at Gamescom. It looks like they’ll have lighting effects that will span across their keyboards, headsets and mice plus, it seems like Corsair and Cherry got together to design a new MX Silent Key switch for the new keyboards. The new keyboard series from Corsair is called the Strafe RGB. It’s essentially the K series of keyboards with RGB lighting and the K70 looks like the perfect keyboard to me. There’s also the K95 and K65 but another great feature is the full key rollover on each model to guarantee 100% anti-ghosting performance. There isn’t much info on the new Cherry MX Silent switches, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing some reviews on those soon enough. Next on the list is the Void RGB series which includes various schemes of Dolby 7.1 capable headsets. These come in a variety of color choices as well as giving the option of being wired or wireless. The Void will also come with a stereo analog variant, but that one doesn’t have the RGB lighting. Finally, the Scimitar RGB gaming mouse was unveiled and there was a really good feature on this one that makes a ton of sense. The mouse has a number pad on the side and while that isn’t anything new, Corsair ...



G.SKILL Showcases Ripjaws Series Mechanical Keyboard, Gaming Mouse, and 7.1 Surround Headset at Computex 2015

G.SKILL Showcases Ripjaws Series Mechanical Keyboard, Gaming Mouse, and 7.1 Surround Headset at Computex 2015 Explore, Expand, and Express Your Inner Gamer Taipei, Taiwan (2 June 2015) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid state storage, is excited to showcase a completely new series of high end gaming peripherals at Computex 2015! The new Ripjaws series gaming peripherals include two mechanical gaming keyboards, a RGB gaming mouse, and two 7.1 surround sound headsets. Fully Customizable Ripjaws KM780 RGB / MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboards Available in two lighting flavors, full range RGB and crimson red, the KM780 RGB and KM780 MX are fully loaded mechanical keyboards designed and built with durability and practicality in mind for the ultimate gaming and typing experience. Featuring Cherry MX Red and Brown key switches with 50 million key-press lifecycle and a braided 2.0m USB cable, allows the Ripjaws KM780 series keyboard to last for years of daily usage. The KM780 RGB and KM780 MX keyboard is capable of storing your settings within onboard memory, so you’ll have a personalized keyboard experience no matter which computer you’re connected to. You can store up to three independent modes of settings on the keyboard, easily switchable via Mode hotkeys (M1-M3), each containing its own lighting patterns, macro setup, timer setting, key delay and repeat rate, polling rate, and various other...






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