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QuadraClicks RBT (Right ‘Bove Touch) Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction They say you can’t reinvent the wheel, but that doesn’t stop car companies from doing something to make you think you need to buy a new rims or tires. Computer mice are in a similar position. While we have come a long way from the old trackball style of mice we used to have, today it feels like most new designs are built around gimmicks to sell more units. So when I say you should definitely take notice of the unit we have in review today, I understand why you might think it’s a gimmick, but I can assure there is way more going on with the original RBT Rebel than meets the eye. During my trip to CES last January, I got a little time to wander the show floors and see what I would randomly run across. I saw the RBT (pronounced “Rabbit”), put my hand on it, and figured it was a gimmick, but the designer saw me and stopped me before I could walk away. He explained what he had and while I wasn’t convinced, I decided to sit down and see if I could understand what he was saying. After trying the design out, it was beginning to dawn on me how this could be a huge benefit for gamers. The RBT on review is a prototype and while QuadraClicks, the company behind the design, is still in its fundraising stages, they’ve already raised over 100% of their goal to kick off the project. This review will be pretty straight forward because there isn’t a ton of details to go over until the product officially launches later this year, b...

Cougar Armor Gaming Chair Review

Introduction A gamer who doesn’t sit on their butt for hours at a time is scarcely a gamer at all. It’s at least true today, as the arcades have gone the way of… I don’t know, MySpace? They exist, but not like they did in their prime. If you want to play a game, you’ll likely want to sit. If you want to sit for hours without those post-game pains, you’re going to want a better than average chair. You might even want the Cougar Armor Gaming Chair. Let’s find out.   Real Gear for Real Gamers Created in 2007 by a group of engineers, COUGAR has been devoted since its first day to a single objective: to endow every single product with a superb quality, a rich functionality and a distinctive design. This aspiration moved us during our first years in the PC case, PSU and fan market. Our efforts bore their fruits in the form of user satisfaction, many praising reviews and prestigious design awards such as the 2010 design & innovation award, organized by iF at Computex Taipei 2010. After several years of success with our first products, we decided to enter the gaming gear market. The reason for this was our long-term dissatisfaction with the state of things in the areas of gaming mice, keyboards and headsets. The market was flooded with poor quality products, gimmicks presented as “gaming functions” and either boring or childish designs. Since all of us are gamers, it was hard for us not to feel that we had not only the power, but ...

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X CPU Review

Introduction AMD has officially shaken up the CPU market in a great way with Ryzen. While I know some of you wanted to see Intel brought to their knees with every single benchmark, the reality is we now have a clear picture of what the strengths and weaknesses are in the industry. Single-thread performance has certainly improved well over the past 5 years, but quality measures and multi-threaded ceilings needed a shot in the arm. The Ryzen 7 series does an amazing job of opening up professional performance to a wider audience of PC buyers. That leaves us answering the question of exactly how Ryzen 5 fits in the market. In fact, we’re only going to worry about tackling that question in this review. I’ve been squeezing everything I can in trying to complete review content, but life is catching up with me and I have to slow my pace down slightly. There’s just too many fun things to test and not enough time to do it, at least in fast of a time frame as I would like. While this focus will be on Ryzen 5 performance, I’ll be adding two more reviews down the road with one focusing solely on the newly designed Wraith Coolers performance and another focused entirely on overclocking guides and performance for the Ryzen 7 and 5 lineups. Let’s begin with a look into the philosophy behind AMD’s CPU designs, then we’ll start looking at the details of the 1600X and 1500X.  

Rosewill Cullinan Tempered Glass PC Case Review

Introduction It never ceases to amaze me what researching a Rosewill product name leads me to discover. It turns out the Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found. The name makes a ton of sense when you relate that to a case with three tempered glass panels. Shortly after, it dawned on me that the choice to use Cullen as the last name of the vampire family in Twilight might have a correlation as well. The brief moment of excitement was immediately followed by thoughts that I might have ruined the Cullinan name for myself! On the plus side, the name Cullinan has been around a lot longer than Twilight so I think we can forget about the latter correlation. Rosewill’s newer design is supposed to remind us of the beauty of a diamond and based on all the images I’ve seen leading to this point, I don’t believe there could be a more fitting name. We’ll be taking a thorough look at the case soon enough, but let’s take a moment to see Rosewill’s company values again. 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 str...

MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

Introduction This is it! Right here is the last piece of hardware that I received as a result from my trip to CES back in January. It only took me four months, but that’s the inadvertent side effect of being the solo act for a bit. The good news is it looks like those days are about to be behind me, with new content trickling in from fresh and familiar faces. But enough about me, let’s talk about MSI. We truly live in a golden age of computer hardware. It wasn’t too many years ago that only one motherboard manufacturer stood out as the go-to company for top performance motherboards. Today, I can think of three or four really great companies that all compete for being the best in their own particular ways. MSI is one of those companies. Quality, performance and competitive pricing makes this company a clear contender when shopping for a new motherboard, but we’ll need to flesh out the full details of the Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon to determine if this is the board you should have for your Kaby Lake build. We’ll do that soon enough, but let’s first look at a statement from MSI, especially since it’s been a while since we’ve covered one of their products. (Shame on us!) MSI Vision Profile As a world leading gaming brand, MSI’s goal is to become the most trusted name in gaming and e-sport. We’ve dedicated countless hours and committed numerous resources to the eSports community to support the world’s most aspiring ...

Rosewill Valens 600M PSU Review

Introduction Budget PSUs are a bit of a conundrum. The power supply is the heartbeat of your PC so it would make sense that if you want to keep your parts alive, you should get the best unit you possibly can. On the other hand, building a PC within a certain budget can be extremely hard when you want to reach a particular level of performance. Rosewill is the go-to company when you need something in a budget, but that doesn’t answer whether you should use a budget PSU in your system or not. Let’s take a look at the Valens series of PSUs since there’s a good chance that we can balance out the best practices of staying in a budget, while also keeping our expensive equipment as safe as reasonably possible. Before that, let’s take another look at who Rosewill is. 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 ...


 
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