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Gioteck take the EX-05 Headset to the Ps4: review

Gioteck EX-05 Wired Gaming Headset                          GmP                    image 1For those gamers out there who like the Playstation 4, and according to Sony there are already a reported 9 million of you, then by now you will no doubt you will have been scouring the internet in a bid to track down the best and most affordable headset to accompany your spanking new console. Fear not, good readers, for Gioteck has the solution in the all-new EX-05 HD Gaming Headset.

Technically  capable and aesthetically pleasing, the Gioteck EX-05 weighs in at a mere 1.4 lbs and headphone has dimensions of 8.7 x 7.9 x 4.1 inches with a weight of 1.4 pounds. But the pleasures described in the units specifications do not always amount to a genre leading experience.

The main problem, as we see it, for Gioteck is that in their bid to become the affordable option for the gamer on a tighter budget that somewhere along the lines during production compromises must be made to keep the manufacturing costs down. Unfortunately this means that the performance of the unit is rather underwhelming when you stand it alongside its rivals. ( albeit that said rivals have a far greater price tag )

Yes, the unit boasts some pretty decent gadgetry ‘under the bonnet’, so to speak, but when push comes to shove the Gioteck EX-05 just does not have enough horses to compete with Ferrari’s and Pagani’s of firm favourite thoroughbred’s such as Turtle Beach and SteelSeries.

The days of the uniformed consumer are long gone, and Gioteck should really have known better, particularly being that this very pastime we all love and favour is a based on technology and keeping abreast of the latest developments and breakthroughs so that a player may better enhance their own experiences. Take the very console that the EX-05 is reinventing itself for, the PlayStation 4.  This is a ‘next generation’ system, but Gioteck are hoping that you have last gen knowledge and that even though you have just forked out a whopping £400 to play your Killzone Shadowfall on the very cutting edge of console technology, that you will not mind slapping any old bean cans on your ears to ‘enjoy’ the sound. Really…Gioteck?

Yes, the unit comes armed with a fairly decent set of over the ear cups, complete with integrated speakers that do provide adequate performance for the layman, but all in all it ends up being a lesson in mediocrity for the more experienced gamer.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the UK-based manufacturer.

Gioteck EX-05 Wired Gaming Headset                          GmP                    image 2The Gioteck EX-05’s do have a certain appeal in that there is absolutely nothing like them on the market, and certainly no other company has had anything even remotely approaching the brass cojones to bring gamers an affordable option as opposed to milking them for every penny they can. Without a shadow of a doubt the EX-05 is a competent headset, especially when you consider that its nearest competitor is a staggering £100 out of reach.

In its favour the EX-05’s do have an arsenal of pluses, and very few minuses, such as the outstanding build quality, value for money and compatibility with just about every major format from the Xbox360 and PS3 right through to the PC and PlayStation 4.  ( it is also possible to take advantage of the units cost-effective pricing for the Xbox One by purchasing one of the official adaptors from Microsoft.  Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor )

Compatibility with the PlayStation 4 does come at a cost thanks in no small part to the enormous 12 foot wire draping itself snakelike across your gaming room floor, ( six times this cable was detached by dogs, people and children even though it was laid as flat to the floor as we could possibly get it without actually nailing the damn thing there ). The set up is tricky and fiddly and will, no doubt, require Gioteck to upload a helpful ‘How To’ video guide on their Youtube channel.

Don’t misunderstand us here, either. The Gioteck EX-05 is still a very good headset, especially considering the price, but we would argue that it is aimed more toward the casual gamer as opposed to the more core player.

Sound issues for the hardcore gamer arise when trying to play either solo or multiplayer, and they are legion. In any shooter title players will be left uncertain as to the direction of encroaching footsteps, just as they will be unable to identify the location of a gunman taking potshots at them

Hissing is also a major problem with dialogue in solo campaigns sounding like it is being performed by Daffy Duck, and when we tried to rectify the situation by reducing the volume another issue reared its ugly head when the sound quality was adversely affected and instead of delivering deep, rich tones, as promised, the EX-05’s sounded ‘tinny’ and hollow with a distinctly ‘plastic’ feel.

Racing games where also an ordeal as due to the loud and aggressive nature, not only of the cars but also the accompanying soundtracks, the EX-05’s struggled to make any kind of sense of the myriad of different sounds coming out of the console and so the result was a blotchy mess of muffled music and monotone motors.

Maybe if Gioteck decided on which section of the gaming market they wanted to appeal to the resulting peripherals would have some direction, but until this happens then we fear the products are likely to remain cheaper alternatives with little attraction other than a budget stop-gap as you save for the ‘real thing’.

This is truly a shame, as Gioteck do have some great idea’s and are not short of talent in the design and manufacturing departments. This has been proven time and again with some genuine gems such as their HF-02 controller and the excellent docking stations. But, Gioteck do need to decide what they want to be noted for, quality or budget products.

number 6 pool ballThe main problem, as we hinted at earlier, is that in today’s market gamers know that now more than ever the phrase, “ you get what you pay for “, has never rang more true. Gioteck should take note of this and understand that gamers don’t actually mind spending a little more on a peripheral just as long as the item they are buying delivers on the promises made.  For this sentiment, and also for the reasons listed above we award the Gioteck EX-05 Wired Gaming Headset a 6 out of 10

12 Days of Merry Mad Catz Christmas!

12 Days of Merry Mad Catz Christmas Celebrating the Festive Season in style this year has never been easier as we get together with the World’s leading third-party peripheral, and hardware, manufacturer Mad Catz to bring our readers the staff top picks of ‘Must Have’ gaming goodies in our ’12 Days of Merry Mad Catz Christmas’.

First up on our lengthy list of lovelies from the industry’s number one choice has to be the sleek stylings of the second to none Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Controller for the Xbox360.

With the world’s gamers being force-fed a daily diet of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from headline hungry editors, it’s great to know, then, that at least one ,manufacturer has paid attention to the fact that both Microsoft and Sony are still promoting and developing for their 7th Generation consoles, not to mention a whole host of talented types from the game design world.

With that in mind Mad Catz have assured gamers that production of their cutting-edge peripheral, the MLG Pro Circuit Controller, will still be in full production and available for purchase for some time to come. This is great news for all those millions of Xbox360 owners looking to gain a competitive advantage over the millions of players on Xbox Live, and Xbox One thanks to the cross-platform compatibility of Microsoft’s flawless network.

Mad Catz                   GmP Gaming    image MLG Pro Circuit Controller   2The MLG Pro Circuit Controller is just a class act in comparison to its competition when it comes to comfort, reliability, build quality and performance, and though it doesn’t exactly come cheap, with prices coming in at around £100, it does have to be said that when it comes to third-party controllers the industry has a somewhat chequered past thanks to awful builds and shoddy workmanship that has left gamers staring incredulously at the screen as they frantically battle with less than sensitive buttons and triggers, and thumbsticks that have larger ‘dead zones’ than Raccoon City after a full on zombie outbreak.

When it comes to controllers, and in particular third-party peripherals, it has to be said that you entirely get what you pay for. And when you pay £100 for a Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Controller what you get is a fully customizable, weight adjustable, hyper sensitive marvel that will have your online rivals drooling with envy and gnashing their teeth in frustration.

Built from only the highest quality dura-plastics for ergonomic comfort, and yet still strong enough to survive even the most explosive of rage quit tantrums, the MLG Pro Circuit Controller has fully customizable D-Pad’s, for those players looking for extra speed in the turns and combo selectors during a match of Super Streetfighter 4 or Tekken, as well as interchangeable face plates and thumbsticks. But the customization options don’t end there.

The MLG Pro Circuit Controller also has a superb addition into what would ordinarily be the battery housing, as this thickly corded wired controller has no need for the wi-fi batteries, so instead opts for an excellent ‘balance management system’ with two heavy-duty weights that can be removed singly or completely to grant the player the ability to have the controller become lighter or heavier depending solely on the customers preference.

Make no mistake, after lengthy bouts of multiplayer madness this is no gimmick or glitter from Mad Catz. This is a genuine asset to your set up, especially after a long time at the console and those infamous hand cramps associated with lesser quality controllers starting to creep in.

Mad Catz                   GmP Gaming    image MLG Pro Circuit Controller   3As we mentioned earlier the MLG Pro Circuit Controller is connected to the Xbox360 via a heavy-duty braided cord for added safety and less chance of nicks, tears and excessive use causing breakages over time. There is also a particularly masterful  controller connector that see’s the cord being screwed into place at the front of the controller, although the console connection is still the more familiar USB 2.0.

All presented in a wonderful carry case and box, complete with extra cables for voice chat on both the Xbox360 controller as well s the Mad Catz branded fightsticks, the MLG Pro Circuit Controller is head and shoulders above anything else currently on the market.

Performance is smooth as silk with not one single solitary instance of reported lag, dead zoning or button command ‘misses’, and if anything the extra sensitivity afforded by the marvellously designed triggers and bumpers actually proved to be even more responsive than Microsoft’s own controllers. No small claim in its own right.

So, if it is still some time before you will be dipping a tentative toe into the pool of welcoming warm water that is the 8th Generation, and the Xbox360 still holds enough sway for you to be happy with your current console, then all we can say is that if you are looking for an additional controller, or perhaps even one to replace your current favourite, then the Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Controller just has to be the perfect peripheral for you this Festive Season.

Rating System Editors Choice BallTo place your order for the Mad Catz MLG Pro Circuit Controller then click this link to be whisked across to the official Mad Catz sales pages and treat yourself, or a loved on, ( even if that loved one is the man in the mirror ), to the finest quality controller on the market. The MLG Pro Circuit Controller gets the GamesMediaPro Editors Choice Ball for 2013′s Best Controller.

 

December 6th, 2013. Mark the date for the last secure day of Festive Gaming Fun in time for Xmas

Christmas Post                   GmP Gaming    image 1Looking to take your gaming skills online with your brand new Xbox One or Playstation 4 this Christmas period?  Want to take your videogaming guilty pleasures to new heights with any one of the list of lovelies from custom controller manufacturer Scuf Gaming? Then make sure you have booked you wired or wireless beauty well in time for the last guaranteed postal date before this years annual shut down of the Royal Mail and other assorted indie postal services.  

If you are one of the growing legion of gamers making the switch from standard controls across to the customized class of a Scuf Gaming ‘trolla’, then make sure that you take note of the last guaranteed posting date, of December 6th, which ensures a stress-free time for gamers and parents alike.

Question:

What’s worse than missing out on being one of the lucky lot who managed to secure their ‘must have’ title in time for some Yuletide mayhem in the online arena, only to discover that your prized Scuf Gaming Wired Pro controller will not be ready for delivery until January of 2014?

Answer:

                                  ” NOTHING! “

Believe us when we tell you that there is nothing like that sinking feeling growing in the pit of your stomach after you have just purchased your new Xbox One with the Day One Edition and Hardened Version of Call of Duty: Ghosts. In preparation you have your snacks and drinks all set up within perfect reach of your stereo sound, leather backed X-Rocker gaming chair. The cat is sleeping in his basket, the dog snuggled in front of the fire, and the rest of the family have all received and understood their clear ‘Do Not Disturb’ instructions as you settle in for some Christmas Day Team Deathmatch mayhem in a prolonged bout of multiplayer action.

It’s all going according to plan perfectly….until you reach down for your controller and that look of unreserved terror creeps across your face as you realise that the one thing that separates you from all the other players on your favourite  videogame, your beloved Scuf Gaming controller, is…‘not there!’

Sweat breaks out across your furrowed brow, your hands start to shake as you stretch your quivering digits out to touch the unfamiliar plastic feel of the ‘standard’ controller.  Your ‘edge’, your ‘ace up your sleeve’ and your ‘rabbit in your hat’ is missing.  What the Hell?  What went wrong?

Well, in all that Yuletide build up and Festive Season frivolity the one date that came and went unnoticed by you in your busy schedule was one of the most important of the entire Christmas period: The Last Day of Posting For Christmas Day delivery

So, if you want to avoid the kind of exaggerated heart-break and outright self-loathing that we have listed above then make sure that you take notice of the date:

                       DECEMBER 6th, 2013

Christmas Post                   GmP Gaming    image 2This is the very last day that you can make a purchase from Scuf Gaming, and many other gaming manufacturers, and be assured that your product will arrive in time for you to bask in all your multiplaying majestic magnificence on Christmas Day.

Don’t make a note and forget, and then spend the next week whining to customer services that you ‘meant’ to phone them on the 10th but you were at work or ‘just too busy’. It won’t wash! Get a pen, a pencil, a crayon or even a jumbo marker and write a huge note for yourself and stick it to the fridge with those cute little magnets that your better half bought at Ikea last year, and then everything will be hunky-dory!

Remember!  December 10th!  This is the LAST day for guaranteed delivery BEFORE Christmas.

Okay, now that is settled and we have etched the message into your psyche, its time to select which one of the gorgeous collection of customized controllers you are going to buy? So quickly click THIS LINK to be whisked off to the official Scuf Gaming website and treat yourself to one, or maybe even two, of the best ‘trollas’ this side of the MLG pro-gaming circuit.

Don’t forget, make it a Merry Christmas, make sure you have all your presents bought and ready by December 6th.

 

GIOTECK ANNOUCES LAUNCH OF PLAYSTATION 4 RANGE

Products available to purchase in time for November 29th console release date

gioteck logo 1       GmP GamingGioteck, the award-winning independent gaming accessories manufacturer, has announced the launch of its range of headsets for PlayStation 4.

 

Beating the competition to release a range of accessories in time for the console’s launch, Gioteck’s design team has updated models from the current product range to ensure they are compatible with the next-gen PS4 console as well as creating a new fresh design within its popular chat range.

 

The new range of seven headsets has been created to give gamers a third-party alternative to official Playstation products, offering them unique chat and audio headsets with cutting-edge design at affordable prices. Gamers will be able to get their hands on a majority of the range later this month (29th November) with the exception of the EX-06, which will hit shelves on 7th December.

 

Available from all good retailers, including GAME, ASDA, Tesco and Sainsburys

 

Get Your Geek on with Insert Coin

Insert Coin                GmP Gaming     image    Power Up  1Stylish designer clothing for gamers, inspired by the world of videogames.

Insert Coin is the leading name when it comes to creating fashionable and high quality video game inspired clothing.  Designs that imaginatively allow you to represent the games you know and love but in a chic and subtle way that lets fellow geeks and gamers know what you like and that you have extremely great taste.

 

Established in 2010, Insert Coin have quickly grown and proved themselves as the number one for video game clothing, setting themselves apart from the rest by securing official licensing deals with well known games publishers including Ubisoft, SEGA and Capcom.  Insert Coin are passionate about what they create and everything is made from scratch, enabling them to make sleeker, cooler and wholly unique products. Their commitment goes right through to their customer service, which is always there whenever you need it.  Order processing is fast, efficient and effective; making sure you can enjoy your new orders with the minimum fuss.

 

“Nothing is ‘off the peg’, when gaming fans order an official Insert Coin product they’re getting our commitment to innovation and quality too.  We hope they enjoy choosing and wearing  Insert Coin gear as much as we do making them.” Says creative director Jon Rhodes.

 

Clothing Brand Hyper Mega Master ready to level up the gaming world

Hyper Mega Master Clothing Brand      GmP Gaming   image 2Much like their mascot, the playful Gama, Hyper Mega Master is ready to “go turbo”. With the launch of their video game inspired apparel, this fashion-forward business is ready to “level up” and take gaming style to next level.

The newly launched clothing company sells luxury brand tailored t-shirts with game logos and characters featured fashionably upon them. Their shirts are very clever and reflect the quirky heart and soul that lies within every avid gamer. The company’s creators were inspired to start a business that would build on their love of all things related to their favourite games and consoles, and their shirts truly reflect the culture of modern-day and old-school gamers.

“I’ve been wearing clothing related to my favourite video games for years,” explained Sheridan Wynter, Creative Director of the Hyper Mega Master clothing brand. “My friends and I were massive game addicts growing up, and we could often be found hanging out in our favourite Mario and Sonic t-shirts; however, we were disappointed with the quality of some of the clothing which was licensed purely to make massive profits.”

Most gamers defy the stereotype of being a socially awkward teenager playing video games in their parent’s basement. Gamers come from all walks of life. They are mums and dads, business executives and medical professionals, and even trend-setters and movie stars. They can often be found still in possession of their first NES and Master System console, and they fondly recall cult classics like Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Legend of Zelda.

Sheridan commented, “I wanted to create a clothing brand that was well made and not just a licensed concept haphazardly thrown onto a standard t-shirt with no love or creativity. I also wanted to create a brand that was open to all as it’s often believed that gaming is just a geek-thing, where in reality, it’s a multi-billion pound industry that involves gamers both young and old.”

There are many reasons why people love video games. The graphics are amazing and created by some of the most brilliant and creative minds in the world. They are fun to play and provoke the imagination. Mostly though, games give people the perfect excuse to get together, socialise and just have fun.

To purchase the T-Shirt shown, or any of the other top quality Tee’s on offer from the Hyper Mega Master website, then click this link or the image to be magically whisked across to their official website.

SteelSeries Kicks-Off EVE Online Community Contest! Everyone Wins!

SteelSeriesSteelSeries are doing a huge EVE Online themed giveaway featuring EVE designed QcK Minis signed by legendary CCP figureheads – CCP Hilmar, CCP Navigator, CCP Soundwave, CCP Unifex and many other developers that were met by the vaunted manufacturer at the EVE Online Fanfest this year. There will be SteelSeries mice, keyboards, and headsets up for grabs along with EVE Starter Packs, DUST Mercenary Packs, and EVE PLEX. Additionally, all users that enter the giveaway will receive a 30 day trial of EVE Online absolutely free of charge.

To participate, visit http://steelseri.es/eve and hit the “Like” button. Winners will be announced on SteelSeries the Facebook page on July 30th, so be sure to check the latest updates on http://www.facebook.com/SteelSeries.

Participants should take note that the competition will run from July 19th to July 29th, 2013

SteelSeries FLUX In Ear Pro Headset review

SteelSeries FLUX In Ear Pro                GmP Gaming    image 4The latest gaming ‘buds’ from the high-end tech manufacturer are in retail and online stores as we write this review, and judging from the schoolgirl like arms aloft tantrums being thrown in the office for who actually gets to use them they have done yet another sterling job at producing a truly top quality product. Join us, then, for the full rundown of the FLUX In Ear Pro headset as we put the ‘plug ins’ through their paces.

Let’s get one thing straight from the word go, we use a wide variety of headsets here at GmP. Preference is a varied as the products on offer in this highly competitive and highly lucrative corner of the videogame industry market, but when SteelSeries sent through a set of their newest plug-in’s for review last week it would seem that every person in the office had exactly the same opinion and outlook on the dainty little gadgets, and that was that everyone wanted to get their hands on them first. This sentiment alone should give you all some kind of idea of just how popular the products from this top drawer manufacturer really are, but just to strengthen that notion, lets take an in-depth look at the FLUX In Ear Pro gaming buds, shall we?

Right out of the box you get an instant feel for the sheer standard of product design and quality that oozes from the stylish black packaging as we gingerly unwrap the myriad of packets and peripheral add-on’s and extra’s. SteelSeries always give the customer the impression that they have managed to bag an absolute bargain thanks in no small part to the high-end performance and products for the low-end price tag, and the FLUX Pro is no exception to this time-honoured tradition.

Removing the individual packets and parcels from the tidy packaging brings us face to face with the FLUX Pro’s for the first time, and it is only now that we realise just how small and fragile they first appear. The main headset removes from its see-through casing and reveals itself to be little more than two extremely thin wires housing a jack plug at one end of its sleek flat cabling, whilst at the other there is a click button and two small, but perfectly formed ear buds. Were we surprised? More than just a tad.

SteelSeries FLUX In Ear Pro                GmP Gaming    image 3As well as the FLUX Pro unit itself, customers are treated to a plethora of additional goodies thrown into the mix for good measure with a whole list of extra ear buds, adaptors, connectors and even over the ear ‘stiffeners‘ that make the comfort level of the FLUX In Ear Pro’s go up to a Spinal Tap-like 11. Naturally, as with all portable products of any repute, there is a stylish black ‘carry all’ that looks more like an folding aviator sunglasses case from fighter pilots than a pouch for your perfectly sounding peripherals.

Usually, even with in-ear headset’s, there is a little more to go on, but the FLUX Pro multi-purpose headphones are made with style and functionality in mind, not just one or the other. That translates into what has to be the most slimline, sexy little numbers we have ever encountered when it comes to headset reviews. But if you, like us, were worried by the apparent daintiness of the FLUX Pro’s appearance, then we can assure you, this is a SteelSeries product, and so, as is the norm with the critically acclaimed manufacturer,  such fears are quickly averted when handling the product for the very first time.

The FLUX In Ear Pro is ‘just that much better made’ than its contemporaries. Regardless of cost, design, or even manufacturer, the SteelSeries equivalents always come out streets ahead of their competitors when it comes to all area’s of design and durability, not to mention the amazing performance produced by the FLUX Pro headset care of the stunning set up contained within its technical wizardry.

SteelSeries FLUX In Ear Pro                GmP Gaming    image 2The specifications of the unit itself go like this:

•Balanced armature speaker drivers.
•Two color round cable mixed with a flat rubber cord.
•Main body is double injection rubber with aluminum SteelSeries logo plate.
•On cord mic/controller for hands free calling and full music/MP3 controls.
•8-Pin cable solution to connect to PC’s, Mac, and all mobile devices.
•Includes 3 black different ear tip sizes; (Small, Medium, and Large)
•Includes silicone ear tips.
•Includes high end memory foam ear tips
•Carrying case included.

Performance and handling are all down to some genuine witchcraft by the FLUX In Ear Pro’s designers as they manage to deliver astounding quality and deep booming ‘bassiness’ from what seems to be nothing more than a couple of cans attached to string. The sheer blissful solitude afforded by the SteelSeries noise dampening system utilised by the FLUX Pro is second to none, but be weary of family members and friends taking advantage of your total lack of awareness with some ‘comedic moments’ of heart stopping hilarity as an unexpected hand on your shoulder can lead to some genuine heart-in-the-mouth moments.

The sound produced by these ‘less is most definitely more’ styled headphones comes in with such a rich tone that at times it is hard to believe that what you have actually got on your head coaxing these wonderful sounds from your PC, mobile, tablet, H-Fi or television, such is the FLUX Pro’s versatility, is not a technological behemoth from the higher end of the pricing spectrum, but  the wallet friendly buds from SteelSeries, such is the genuine jaw-dropping range of quality coming out of the snug-fit ‘phones’ in your ears.

SteelSeries FLUX In Ear Pro                GmP Gaming    image 6Seguing into the ‘versatility’ of the FLUX In Ear Pro is a nice sideways slide from complimenting the headset on its richly rewarding sound, as regardless of what entertainment unit you are currently listening to, whether it be your Mac, desktop, laptop, mobile, smart phone, tablet and not forgetting television and sound system the FLUX Pro easily copes with what ever you would like to throw at it.  However, it does have to be pointed out that the only downside for gamers is its lack of compatibility with the latest generation of consoles as well as the next. Still, this is but a small blip on an otherwise unblemished highway as the FLUX In Ear Pro  races on unimpeded by the speed bumps of non-conformity of the Xbox360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 as well as the Wii U.

Thanks to the tidy selection of additional parts and accompaniments the FLUX Pro makes up for its console incompatibility with a veritable menu of bountiful plenty as its inclusive adaptors make it a breeze to connect with any related etch that houses a 3.5mm jack input port. This means that the astonishing clarity that is produced by the FLUX Pro’s ‘armature’ speaker drivers can be delivered to your eager ears from a staggering range of products and peripherals allowing the user to soak up the benefits of crystal clear clarity and flawless delivery across everything from your TV to your iPad up to and including everything else in between.

SteelSeries FLUX In Ear Pro                GmP Gaming    image 5That the SteelSeries FLUX In Ear Pro is able to reproduce the same standard of quality across the entire range of mentioned sources is impressive enough, but you don’t get a genuine feel for just how good these ‘buds’ really are until you get hands on time with a set yourself.  Not a note is dropped, not a decibel lowered whether you are slipping any one of the three inclusive jack’s into your high-end desk top or your Samsung S4. There is no difference whatsoever in the quality, tone or vocals produced by the FLUX Pro when taking in an easy Sunday afternoon’s relaxation period listening to some chilled out tunes on your iPod even when compared to the performance produced by the FLUX Pro as you listen without fear of interruption to your state of the art Samsung Smart TV as you soak up some of the latest blockbuster movie moments .

The size of the FLUX In Ear Pro’s also does its powerhouse performance no harm, either, as this really is a case of confirming an age-old adage as these ‘Mighty Atoms’ really do support the theory that size doesn’t matter as the ‘half pint headset’ punches well above its weight class with a series of audio uppercuts and noise cancelling knock outs. If you thought that high-end headphones had to be over the head cradle kinds to have any chance of reproducing the kind of studio sound quality of some of the more expensive sounding sets, then think again. The FLUX In Ear Pro’s outshine and out perform even some of the most well-respected ‘over the top’ headphones in every area with dazzling results.

number-9-pool-ballMake no mistake, if you are looking for sheer convenience, economic excellence and performance that  would leave even the HMV dog rolling on its back in a fit of aural ecstasy, then the SteelSeries FLUX In Ear Pro, at a paltry £109.99, just has to be the product for you. This pocket-sized peripheral ticks all the right boxes and, dare we say it, hits all the right notes as it delivers a perfect performance regardless of which system you plug any one of its three jacks into. Add into the equation the fact that the FLUX Pro’s are, without a shadow of a doubt, the single most comfortable in ear headset that we have ever had the pleasure of testing and reviewing and what you have is a unit that will be as easy on your ears as it is on your wallet. A true star of the show and genuine prospect for product of the year if only the FLUX Pro had console compatibility.         9 out of 10

 

 

 

SteelSeries Sensei Raw Gaming Mouse review

SteelSeries Sensei raw               GmP Gaming        image 1The latest range of products from award-winning manufacturer SteelSeries has left gamers from all corners of the industry in no doubt that this is a serious play for total domination at an affordable price by the critically acclaimed team. The Sensei Raw Gaming Mouse is a perfect example of design and durability combined with form and functionality, and all at a wallet-friendly fee. Let’s take a look into this ambidextrous delight a little closer as we bring you the low down on the high points of SteelSeries’ newest addition to their gaming family.

Following up on the success of the original Sensei mouse was never going to be an easy task for any product designer. It’s user-friendly, ergonomic curves were beautifully balanced against the excellent positioning of additional feature buttons and their undoubted practicality. Well, let us rephrase that statement a little, shall we? ‘ Following up on the success of the original Sensei mouse was never going to be easy for any other design team’. Fortunately, the men and women at SteelSeries are no ordinary ‘techy types’.

Moving away from the glossy finish of the elder statesman of the Sensei range, the ‘Raw’ comes in with a more down to Earth and gritty approach as it takes on a decidedly more rubberized matte finish. Of course the pleasing aesthetics do not end there as those gamers who are found of a more ‘futuristic’ feel to their peripherals will be pleased as punch, no doubt, with the pulsating SteelSeries emblem beaming its logo out from the hand plate of the mouse like some kind of technological timing of a cybernetic heart beat.

Naturally the easy on the eye looks of the Sensei Raw are not the only good-looking things abut the latest mouse from SteelSeries, as once again the sheer practicality of its design marries perfectly with its functionality.  Unlike a good many other gaming mice on the market the Sensei Raw has opted for the simplistic and uncluttered approach, as opposed to some of the more multi-buttoned monstrosities of the less ‘cultured’ of the peripheral manufacturer’s out there.

SteelSeries Sensei raw               GmP Gaming        image 2Although the Sensei Raw has dropped the on board ARM processor unit of its older brother, something that users will not bat an eye at, it does at no time ever dampen its performance or hinder the player in any shape, way or form. Just as the Sensei Raw now has only one colour throbbing in its chest, unlike the many millions of shades of grey of its predecessor, the Sensei Raw still outshines the original in all area’s thanks to the dazzling list of specifications as shown below:

Features & Specifications Here are the basic SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] features and specifications by the numbers, courtesy of SteelSeries.

  • 7 programmable buttons. Practically speaking it’s 2 (the 2 thumb buttons).
  • White LED lighting: DPI indicator, scroll wheel, and the SteelSeries Logo
  • Black glossy or rubber coating.
  • 125/250/500/1000Hz polling rate
  • Up to 5760DPI (dots per inch)
  • 2 DPI modes (“High” and “Low”)
  • Support for programmable macros and multiple profiles
  • APM (Actions per minute) measuring system
  • Weight: 90 grams (0.2 lbs)
  • Height: 38.7 mm (1.5 in)
  • Width: 68.3 mm (2.7 in)
  • Length: 125.5 mm (4.9 in)

As is clearly demonstrated by SteelSeries, with their detailed coverage of the innards and workings of the Sensei Raw, this latest gaming mouse is more than capable of standing up against any one of the heavily muscled MMO specific ‘uber mice’, whilst at the same time being easy enough for even the mot novice of PC gamer to take advantage of as they blaze a trail through something as basic as Angry Birds.

It is in this universal appeal that best describes the Sensei Raw’s true potential, as whether you are a gamer, or not as the case may be, the Sensei Raw is more than capable of stepping up to the plate for even the most busy of hands.

During the actual testing of the review unit we put the Sensei Raw through its paces with a lengthy bout of League of Legends, World of Warcraft, DoTA, Battlefield 3 and even ARMA 2. To say that this sexy little unit performed admirably is to totally understate the ease with which the Sensei Raw took care of every task and trial thrown at it, even during the more tense moments of a particularly raucous firefight in Battlefield 3, as well as a fractious assault during League of Legends.

SteelSeries Sensei raw               GmP Gaming        image 4The Sensei Raw then went on to prove its worth in the practical arena as we then adapted its functions to the more mundane and every day tasks required by millions of people in businesses and offices around the globe every single day.  The ‘Raw’ coped with this particular ‘challenge’ with the rightful disdain it deserved as its handily placed additional  ‘programmable’ buttons, which are situated along the mouse on both the left and right side panels, brought the same kind of instant easy access to imperative commands to make extremely light work of everything that was asked of it.

Of course, the extremely controllable scroll wheel, and handily placed additional ‘wheel button’ just below it, make for fast, sharp movements that are complimented by expansive sensitivity zones of the two main mouse control buttons at the fore front of the unit.

It is rare in this day and age to find any kind of product, especially one that has been targeted at a particular market, that operates at the same optimum performance in anything outside of its designated area, but the Sensei Raw has managed to not only break the mould of this stifling tradition, but to reshape and rework it to its own ends, and in doing so SteelSeries have managed to produce a gaming mouse that can be used by the customer at any time, and for all tasks on their PC.

Again we point out that it is because of this ease of use that the Sensei Raw should be the first port of call for not just the more avid and experienced PC gamer, but also the casual and novice players, as they are able to become better acquainted with its handling and performance as they use the mouse for the more day-to-day requirements of a PC user before they break off for a quick round or three of DoTA or Call of Duty.

Before we venture further, however, we simply must point out the second to none  performance offered up by the unification of the QcK mousepad and the Sensei Raw,  as the two peripherals produce a staggeringly wide range of movement of the cursor for what is, in effect, barely a tweak of the wrist or the touch of a hand as users are greeted with a panoramic approach to the gameplay area to be affected by even the slightest of player movements.

This is complimented greatly by the sheer pinpoint accuracy and delicate precision that the two SteelSeries items produce when used together. Because of this we cannot recommend them both highly enough.

SteelSeries QcK mousepad    frostbite blue           GmP Gaming        image 3When used in conjunction with the simply supreme SteelSeries QcK gaming mousepad it becomes blatantly obvious, to even the first time user of a SteelSeries product, that the two work in perfect harmony with each other. This is thanks in no small part to the beautiful finishing of the QcK and its specially designed non-slip rubber base and intricately woven cloth top section. But when you add to that the sheer silky smooth glide of the Sensei Raw, with its High performance UPE material covering a huge proportion of the underside base area, then the Raw becomes easier to handle than any other mouse we have covered to date.

Everything about the Sensei Raw screams ‘user friendly’ at you from the top of its rubberized lungs. Macros become a walk in the park as the Sensei Raw shrugs them off with relative ease, allowing the player to create and control even the most complex of command tree’s with the merest of button depressions or flicks of a non-sweat slicked digit. However, if you are the type of person who thinks that racing stripes really do make cars go faster, and that more buttons really do make you a better MMO player then the Satsuma Twunt Funster FX Behemoth is out there on Amazon somewhere just awaiting your £250 checkout.

This brings us nicely to the crust of the biscuit, the cost of the Sensei Raw. SteelSeries have done the unthinkabkle, in terms of manufacturing in the videogame industry at the moment at any rate, in that they have managed to make a simply spectacular product even better as they revise their original Sensei into the peripheral powerhouse that is the Sensei Raw, and then giving it a jaw-droppingly amazing £47.99 price tag! Simply outstanding by anyone’s reckoning.

So, then. We come to the final summary, and where to begin? Do we mention that the Sensei Raw has removed unnecessary features in favour of a more slimmed down and sleeker machine? Or do we opt instead for the fact that this new design has totally revamped an already stellar reputation and taken the orbiting respect of SteelSeries even higher into the realms of the stratospheric?  Perhaps we should mention that achingly gorgeous range of movement and precision again, or maybe the eye-opening price tag in an age when every penny counts?

Truth be told…it is not one ‘single’ thing about the Sensei Saw that should be outlined or highlighted as a ‘deal maker’, as what the unit does it does to the very best of its abilities, and far in excess of even some of its far pricier rivals we hasten to add. Rather it should be pointed out that it is all things combined that make this gaming mouse by far and away the stand out choice that see’s the Sensei Raw towering head and shoulders above the competition, as well as becoming the clear favourite in the 2013 Editor’s Choice Awards for the more discerning PC gamer.

GmP Editor ChoiceIt is the design, it is the form and functionality of this beautifully and painstakingly crafted mouse, it is its accuracy, range of movement, pricing, additional features, specially crafted materials and purpose designed features that make the Sensei Raw the stand out product of a highly competitive market. But what it isn’t, however, is about doing one thing better than anyone else, it’s about doing all things equally to deliver a flawless performance, and Steel Series have cracked it with the Sensei Raw gaming mouse and QcK mousepad. But more so, it is the in the way that the guys and girls at SteelSeries have managed to bring all of these highly practical functions and facets together in one perfectly built peripheral, ‘that’, good GmP readers…THAT, is why the SteelSeries Sensei Raw, as well as the SteelSeries QcK mousepad, score a truly justified perfect 10 out of 10

 

GIOTECK LAUNCHES AUTUMN 2013 RANGE

gioteck logo 1       GmP GamingGround-breaking products combine cutting-edge technology with unique design

Gioteck, the award-winning independent gaming accessories manufacturer, has announced the launch of their new autumn 2013 range of products.

Building on the brand’s phenomenal success in 2012, which saw sales increase by more than 35 per cent in a declining global market, the gaming accessories manufacturer will be releasing a new range of headsets, controllers, wireless adaptors, portable speakers and batteries, gaming chairs and joysticks for gamers worldwide.

Gioteck’s UK-based design team have created a new range of unique peripherals for Playstation, Xbox, PC, mobile and tablet, offering gamers well-designed products at an affordable price. They have also started working on concept designs for next-gen consoles such as the PS4 and Xbox One.

The range will include re-boots of commercial successes such as the EX-01 and EX-03 Bluetooth headsets, controller solutions for tablet and a selection of aspirational headsets for gaming enthusiasts, whatever their platform of choice.

2013 will also mark Gioteck’s entrance into the gaming chair sector with the release of two suitably stylish chairs at entry-level and the premium end of the market. Each product is stamped with the Gioteck design DNA and will be priced to offer irresistible value for money.

For more information on Gioteck and its range of product, visit http://www.www.gioteck.com

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