Dragon Blogger Technology http://www.dragonblogger.com Gadgets, Video Games, Blogging Tips, Technology and Giveaways Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Force Feedback Racing Wheel Coming To PlayStation 4 http://www.dragonblogger.com/force-feedback-racing-wheel-coming-playstation-4/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/force-feedback-racing-wheel-coming-playstation-4/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:00:30 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44755 Introducing State Of The Art Next Generation Force Feedback Technology: Thrustmaster Brushless Force Feedback

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NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Thrustmaster is proud to announce its brand-new Next-Gen racing simulator, officially licensed for the PlayStation®4 system (PS4), PlayStation®3 system (PS3) and PC compatibility. It’s the perfect time for racing enthusiasts to put the pedal to the metal during this back-to-school season!

Introducing revolutionary technology: Thrustmaster Brushless Force Feedback to feel the road realistically like never before

Thrustmaster assists virtual racers through their learning curve with the T300 RS. This force feedback wheel allows gamers to really take the plunge into the world of racing, and hone their driving skills for a better performance. In order to achieve this Thrustmaster has taken great care to create the perfect solution for any gamer trying to go to the next level in their racing games. The T300 RS provides an unrivalled immersion, for a pure connection with the road. Under the hood there’s nothing less than a genuine brushless servo industrial Force Feedback motor (with frictionless action), combined with a new 1080 degree dual-belt system to deliver the never seen super-smooth and quiet Force Feedback with incredibly responsive, realistic Force effects to really feel the road (Feel the road, don’t feel the racing wheel inner mechanical structure).The silence of the motor allows you to really focus on what matters, which is premium performance on the road. Thrustmaster’s development teams have added precision to the motor’s impressive capabilities by incorporating H.E.A.R.T HallEffect AccuRate Technology®, featuring a contactless magnetic sensor: this provides 16-bit resolution, for 65,536 values on the wheel’s steering. The T300 RS also features an internal memory, upgradable firmware so that users will always have access to the latest improvements via the wheel’s PC compatibility, and a PS4/PS3 sliding switch on its base for optimal compatibility with both systems.

Detachable wheel, adjustable pedal set and modular product ecosystem

The T300 RS includes a detachable wheel, featuring the Thrustmaster Quick Release system: the wheel measures 11 inches in diameter, with brushed metal central spokes. Its official PS4 buttons (PS, SHARE, OPTIONS) lets users access the system’s new social functions at any time. The T300 RS weighs in at approximately 2.6 lbs, for ultra-realistic inertia and Force Feedback. The wheel’s entire circumference features reinforced textured rubber cladding, for the ultimate in comfort. 2 large sequential paddle shifters are attached to the wheel: they’re 5 inches in height for easy access, and 100% metal. The wheel’s angle of rotation can be adjusted from 270 degrees to 1080 degrees, depending on the type of vehicle being driven in the game! What’s more, the wheel is interchangeable with other Thrustmaster wheels (the Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-on*, Ferrari GTE Wheel Add-on* and T500 RS GT Wheel*). The T300 RS’s pedal set features metal pedals with a long range of travel, which are fully adjustable in both height and spacing – with 6 different possible positions per pedal. The brake pedal even features progressive resistance. FEEL THE ROAD AS YOU NEVER HAVE!

The T300 RS is also compatible with the Base Fixed Paddle Shifters kit* (allowing users to install stationary paddle shifters on the wheel’s base), Thrustmaster’s 3-pedal pedal sets (T3PA* and T500 RS*), and the TH8A* and TH8RS* shifters.

Establishing the new reference in racing wheel simulation Gear!

The T300 RS will be available in North America from September, 2014, at a suggested retail price of $399.99
*Not included

Here is the PS3 T500RS for those who want the best racing experience on the PS3!

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Enter to win a Utechsmart Venus MMO Gaming Mouse http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-win-utechsmart-venus-mmo-gaming-mouse/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/enter-win-utechsmart-venus-mmo-gaming-mouse/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44732 Enter for your chance to win the Utechsmart Venus MMO Gaming Mouse with 18 programmable buttons including 12 Thumb buttons.

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A while back we reviewed the Venus MMO Gaming mouse from Utechsmart which has an unbelievable 18 programmable buttons, 12 of which are thumb buttons.  Think about that for a second if you are an MMO Gamer, you literally can assign all hotkey assignments plus all function keys in Guild Wars 2 to thumb buttons, you literally will never have to take your fingers off the WASD keys while in PVP combat or engaged in a World Boss combat and this applies to other games as well.

 The customizable light colors are just icing on the cake, and this mouse goes from 50 – 16400 DPI, this mouse also includes a weight tuning cartridge and dollar for dollar at just under $50 on Amazon this is probably the best gaming mouse money can buy, unless you are literally scared and off-put by having so many thumb buttons.  It will take some serious training to get your thumb to muscle memory all the different positions, but once done you will be glad you did!

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UtechSmart Venus MMO Gaming Mouse Giveaway

 

Feel free to check out Iggy’s videos on the mouse as well!

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How to Build Your PC with the Fractal Design DEFINE R4 Arctic White Windowed Case http://www.dragonblogger.com/fractal-design-define-r4-arctic-white-windowed-review-unboxing-howto/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/fractal-design-define-r4-arctic-white-windowed-review-unboxing-howto/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44690 Building a PC and full detailed review of the Fractal Design R4 Arctic White Windowed case including many video tutorials.

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Iggy Castillo

I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development for Alienware and Dell through their acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new products, technologies and configuration’s with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Asus and more. Gaming and new and old technologies are what drives my interests and passion.

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A case with so many great things to offer, plenty of GPU space, drive bays for all types of drives, noise dampening and more.  If you are going to build your first PC, your last and everything in between this might be the case you chose.  Don’t take my word for it though, look though here and come up with your own decision and let me know what you think.

I will take you today on a little trip.  On this trip, you will learn how to install a motherboard, build and wire a computer inside of a Fractal Design DEFINE R4 Arctic White with a Windowed side panel.

Here are the specs of the Fractal Design DEFINE R4 Artic White Windowed case.

  • Motherboard Support: Micro ATX, ATX and ITX
  • Maximum GPU Length: 296MM (11.65in) in length with the top HDD Cage installed
  • Maximum GPU Length: 430MM (16.9in) in length with the top HDD Cage removed
  • Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 170mm (6.7in)
  • Maximum PSU Length: 170mm (6.7in) with a bottom fan
  • Maximum PSU Length: 270mm (1.63in) with a bottom fan
  • 7 Expansion slots
  • Drive Bays:
    • 2 x 5.25in
    • 2 x 2.5in (Behind motherboard tray)
    • 8 x Combo 3.5in / 2.5in
  • External Connections:
    • 2 x USB3.0
    • 2 x USB2.0
    • 1 x Headphone Port
    • 1 x Microphone Port
  • Fan Mount Locations:
    • Front: 2 x 120/140mm (1 x 140mm Silent Series R2 fan included)
    • Top: 2 x 120/140mm (not included, covered initially by the Modu Vent System)
    • Rear: 120/140mm (140mm Silent Series R2 included)
    • Bottom: 120/140mm (not included)
  • Weight: 12.3kg (27.11lbs)
  • Colors Available: Black Pearl, Titanium Grey, Arctic White
  • Dimensions: 464mm x 232mm x 523mm

Here is the unboxing video of the Fractal Design DEFINE R4 Arctic White Windowed Case

I did get a little carried away when I got this case, a bit excited and went right into the unboxing and building video, but here is a pick of the fully built system.

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But how did I get there you ask… I bet you feel a little cheated huh… well you are ok because I took some build and cabling videos so you can see how I got to this point.

Before I get there though, I need to start off at the basics for those of us that may not know how to build a computer.  I start in this one showing you how to install the CPU, Thermal Paste, CPU Heatsink, Memory on an Asus P8Z77-V Pro.

Now that you know how to do that, let’s get to the hardware portion of it

Stepping down from the build portion, let’s see on the individual parts that help make this case what it is.

This is the box that contained all of the screws, a nice legend to show you what is what so that you don’t have to guess on which screw to use.

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Inside here, comes a very nice little tool that I have never seen before.  Those of us that have built computers, or maybe been around people that build computers have seen this annoying little tool

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There is never a nice way to hold it, and it always feel horrible in your hand, you more than likely throw it away when you’re done but will always keep one tucked away because you never know when you will need it.  This exact piece is something no one ever likes having, but necessity keeps it around.  That all changes with this little tool

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This little bit can be used to attach those stand-offs with your favorite screw Philips head screw driver.  It’s easier if you have a magnetic tipped screw drive but still this is much better than that generically standard stand-off screw driver.

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If you thought that was rough, the wiring is the most frustrating part if you like to make it nice.  If you like to make it look like a rats nest then it’s quick and easy, but if you like your components to be nicely cooled and your like to look inside your computer, then you need to wire it nicely.

This is a 3 part video

And that’s about it, video wise, I hope you liked them.

This is the upper most hard drive section I removed from the system; it holds 5 drives as you saw in the videos.

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Here is one of the trays slid almost totally out of the enclosure.  You are given the ability to house up to 10 drives in this case.  8 x 3.5in drives, or up to 10 x SSD drives or you can mix and match on the combination of the drives.

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Looking inside the case though with the 5 bay enclosure installed you can see how you can install the 8, but how do you install the other 2 x SSD’s?

The other 2 x SSD’s install onto the back of the motherboard tray, not an intuitive place to put these drives and even worse, nowhere in the manual or on the website does it tell you where you can install them, you would have to guess.  Thankfully I am a good guesser.

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You would put them on the back of the system like this.  I only had one drive installed at the time, but I outlined where the second drive would be.  If I fully built the system with only one drive and then afterwards remembered about the 2nd SSD, I would have to take the motherboard out to be able to install the second SSD, it seems like these places to install the SSD’s were afterthoughts. They are hand to have there, I will not deny it but horrible if you either forget to install the second or buy another one afterwards.

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For the trays on the 3.5in trays, the rubber grommets already on the tray are for the vibrating hard drives to keep the noise down, it helps tons.  Then also you can not only place standard 3.5 drives on this tray, you can install just about any hard drive, SSD’s and mechanical 2.5in drives and use those grommets to keep them quiet too.

Typically overlooked are the PCI slots, they have been around forever and nothing has ever really been done with them.  Fractal Design, while not the first has added slits in these slots to help you a bit in the in the cooling factor.  While many of you might think they are purely for exhaust many times these suck air in, helping you identify areas where a little positive or negative air flow might be handy.  A nice little touch.

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Helping to keep this case quiet is the noise dampening material.  Both side panels come internally fitted with the high density noise-reducing material, yeah you heard right, it’s on both panels.

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I took a picture of the windowed side panel, zooming into the material.

Keeping on the noise dampening material, here is the ModuVent plate removed from the case.

This is the bottom portion that you would see if you opened up the side panel and looked up inside the case.

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Pretty simple, you can see it’s a slab with some of that material attached to it, to absorb all of the noise the PC is making.

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This is the hard portion, made of hard plastic possibly to shield the noise after it has been absorbed.  Nice little touches.

I removed this one so that I could install a fan on the top of the case, exhausting the heat that rises in the PC.  This is what it looks like on the inside of the PC with the fan and the other ModuVent in place.

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There you can see everything in action.

For those that may not need the fans on their highest levels and might not have them regulated by the motherboard, you can control the fans connected to the front panel switch

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On the face of the case, to the right of the opticals you can find the integrated fan controller switch.  Here you can control how much power is being delivered to the fans connected to it which of course slows or speeds up the fans.  The options are 12V, 7V and 5V.  Personally I chose to leave everything connected to the board and at its maximum level set within the BIOS, it has noise dampening so it should be able to reduce the sound anyway right?

So while there may be a ton of good on this case, there are a few things that bug me about it.

It comes with spots for 6 fans, the front can support 2 (brings 1), the rear supports 1 (brings 1), the top can support 2 (brings none) and the bottom can support 1 (brings none) although depending on the lengths of your power supply you may not be able to use one at all.  While the bottom can be understandable and the top, possibly because of liquid cooling units, I would say there is no excuse for the front, if it supports 2, there should be 2.

Staying with the fans, the case is called DEFINE R4 Arctic White, with the White implied, what color would you think would be next… blue right?  The 2 fans included in this build were not lighted at all, plain lightless fans.

So now on to lights, whoever decided what colors should be on this case didn’t do any sort of research as to what color Arctic would be associated with and with that made the LED Power light Red,… Red, I will let that sink in for a second.

Let me show you what that looks like.

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So, instead of leaving it as the Power light, I switched it to the HD indicator so it only shines red when there is HD activity.

As some of you might already know, I do like my Blue LED lights and for now I only have blue lighted fans, so I decided to fit the case with a 120mm Blue lighted fan to accentuate the case a little, give it a little reason to have the name Arctic given to it.

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Kind of nice the way it glows blue inside and reflects off of the paint to glow even more, also the way the blue light radiates from the bottom of the case, being that that is where the filter is to protect this fan and the power supply from sucking up dust.  Maybe if I were to get some LED strips or blue lighted fans to review I could give it some more life, but this is a good start.

Here’s what she looks like with some light and the side panel removed

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As a side note, I did have a problem getting the drawbridge on the front of the case to close,

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If you notice, the door was not completely flush; turns out both of the clips might have been damaged during shipping.

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I emailed them 9/6 about it and 9/11 I had my pieces, I contacted them on a Saturday and they got back to me that Monday, not too bad and they quickly sent out the pieces after I gave them my serial number and a description of the issue, very nice customer service I would say.  Shipping damage can and does happen to every manufacturer through no fault of their own, you cant blame them for it but you can blame them for the great customer service they provided.

So what do you think, would this case and that customer service suite your needs?  What more would you do with this case, give me some ideas?

 

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I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development for Alienware and Dell through their acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new products, technologies and configuration’s with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Asus and more. Gaming and new and old technologies are what drives my interests and passion.

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Forza Horizon 2 Goes Gold http://www.dragonblogger.com/forza-horizon-2-goes-gold/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/forza-horizon-2-goes-gold/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:59:56 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44728 As announced earlier the demo for the Xbox ONE version of the Forza Horizon 2 is here along with the announcement that the game has officially gone gold. Which basically means that the game’s development is finished and it should be going to the factories for mass production. The game is set for the September [...]

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I'm a teenager, trying to earn a few extra bucks to keep my gaming and tech dreams up to date, hence I'd appreciate it if you'd read/share and comment on my articles. I always welcome feedback and constructive criticism. I prefer writing about the latest gadgets and the happenings in the gaming world. Student by day, gamer by night.

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As announced earlier the demo for the Xbox ONE version of the Forza Horizon 2 is here along with the announcement that the game has officially gone gold. Which basically means that the game’s development is finished and it should be going to the factories for mass production. The game is set for the September 30th release date. There isn’t any demo for the owner of the last gen console, Xbox 360, but rest assured the game is coming to them as well, without some perks, like the weather.

There are already a lot of pictures and videos for the game available and it sure looks gorgeous. We’d prefer it if a demo version was released for the Xbox 360 as well, but it doesn’t really matter since the game is less than 15 days away. The announcement was made in a Vine, it shows professional racer Tanner Foust driving Forza Horizon 2’s signature Lamborghini Huracan and announcing that the game has gone gold.

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Personally, I think that this is great news that the developers were paying attention to a ‘racing’ game, which is usually considered an obsolete genre, and got it complete ahead of the release date, instead of delaying the game. The release of Forza Horizon 2, will be an impact in the racing genre because Sony’s Drive Club is also going to be released a few weeks after Forza. Both of these games are great in their own way and promise to deliver something new and exciting. More competition means  more innovation and better games for the consumer.

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I'm a teenager, trying to earn a few extra bucks to keep my gaming and tech dreams up to date, hence I'd appreciate it if you'd read/share and comment on my articles. I always welcome feedback and constructive criticism. I prefer writing about the latest gadgets and the happenings in the gaming world. Student by day, gamer by night.

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5 Ways to Spice Up Your Desktop! http://www.dragonblogger.com/5-ways-to-spice-up-your-desktop/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/5-ways-to-spice-up-your-desktop/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44685 Its a shame that even after decades and several innovative versions, Windows still comes short when it comes to customizing the desktop. Have no fear, though, we’ve got you covered. To be honest, these free applications from trusted sources have got you covered. Browse through our list of the top 5 software you can download and install [...]

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Nabeel Farooqui

I'm a teenager, trying to earn a few extra bucks to keep my gaming and tech dreams up to date, hence I'd appreciate it if you'd read/share and comment on my articles. I always welcome feedback and constructive criticism. I prefer writing about the latest gadgets and the happenings in the gaming world. Student by day, gamer by night.

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Its a shame that even after decades and several innovative versions, Windows still comes short when it comes to customizing the desktop. Have no fear, though, we’ve got you covered. To be honest, these free applications from trusted sources have got you covered. Browse through our list of the top 5 software you can download and install to add new life into your desktop!

5. Ozoko Wallpapers

These aren’t just your ordinary wallpapers, these interactive wallpapers from Okozo will change the ‘feel’ of your desktop. If you’ve used an Android smartphone, then you’re probably aware of how the ‘Live Wallpapers’ work, but just to get everyone up to speed; the wallpapers aren’t stationary, instead they either move by themselves, like animations or they can be interacted with via your mouse. Want some fish to follow your pointer? No problem.

4. RocketDock

The name might be enough for this application. It basically replaces the default and, lets face it, boring taskbar, with a stylish Dock, which is quite pleasant to look at. You can easily download and customize the dock from RocketDock‘s website, using skins and icons. The Dock isn’t yet compatible with Windows 8 though.

3.  DryIcons

DryIcons is a simplistic and easy to perform method of ‘spicing’ up your desktop. You can get great sets of completely free icons for your computer, not only the desktop. You can change both the system icons and installed application icons.

2. Wallpaper Clocks

These are kind of like the Ozoko Wallpapers already mentioned, but they’re still unique enough to be separate. The Vladstudio Wallpaper clocks will transform your static desktop into a live and interesting clock. These function as both a pleasing wallpaper as well as a clock!

1. Rainmeter

You may have already heard of this one before because its just that good. Rainmeter provides a simple and easy method of completely changing the look, feel and functionality of your desktop. It is an open source software which means that its totally free to use. There are hundreds of epic user made skins and themes you can download and use for free.

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Nabeel Farooqui

I'm a teenager, trying to earn a few extra bucks to keep my gaming and tech dreams up to date, hence I'd appreciate it if you'd read/share and comment on my articles. I always welcome feedback and constructive criticism. I prefer writing about the latest gadgets and the happenings in the gaming world. Student by day, gamer by night.

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HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset Review http://www.dragonblogger.com/hyperx-cloud-gaming-headset-review/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/hyperx-cloud-gaming-headset-review/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:01 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44615 I was fortunate enough to get a Hyper X Cloud Gaming headset, more specifically the white version. This headset was my 3rd gaming headset I have ever owned and from the moment I got this head set I love the way it was packed. The outside box is what you would expect logo, branding, specs, [...]

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Hi every one I'm James Braga born in oregon and freshly moved to New Hampshire . I love most thing that have to do with video games and electronics . Don't matter if it for a car or house if it buzzes i will love it . I'm also in school for Information Systems Technology.

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I was fortunate enough to get a Hyper X Cloud Gaming headset, more specifically the white version. This headset was my 3rd gaming headset I have ever owned and from the moment I got this head set I love the way it was packed. The outside box is what you would expect logo, branding, specs, and other info.

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Then you move onto the inner box which is really built well with a nice mirrored Hyperx logo .This inner box put the packaging over the top.It even have it mirrored Hyperx logo on the inner side of the inner box.

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Now as you move on to the inner side of the inner box you have  a really great protective packaging. They really thought this one threw, and in this inner box you have the headset, cords, a carrying case and extra ear muffs which is something you don’t find with a lot of headsets.

All and all a good amount of stuff including a really really long cord. One thing it is missing is their own version of sound software or headset customization software which would of thrown this head set over the top in my eyes. To bad it was missing and maybe this is something they can add in future products.

Now the stitching and color is great  the white really sets it of from the rest.

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As you can see in these follow up pictures the stitching and Hyperx logo on the head set is a extremely nice design. They certainly didn’t cheap out on the detail with it and this part I am very pleased with, that’s for sure.

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You can watch for a more detailed unboxing video and initial review below:

But How Does it Sound?

Now let get down to the part your really want to know which is the use and functionality of this product.

The earmuffs with it memory foam padding felt soft and you can definitely wear them for hours and hours of game play. The microphone does what it intended to do and works great. The one thing I don’t like is that the volume knob hangs way low and it is a pain to reach at it. I think it should have like a clip to hang it on you or closer to you. As for the sound quality, the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset sounds very good, it has great bass, as well as treble. This headset comes alive in the games and you get a great clear sound of the 3D effects. As bullets come whizzing by your head in a first person shooter. Or the massive sound of a car crunching from horrific wreck in car game.

What also set this apart from other headsets is that it sounds even better watching a movie or listening to your favorite music tracks. This headset is all around perfect  for these functions, is the conclusion I came to while testing it. As far as the cord too, they don’t cheap out and it is braided and extremely long, looks like a good 10 feet plus. I do wish they added a USB plug to the cord though so I didn’t have to use the head phone and micro phone jacks.

All and all a really nice product. I have been testing the HyperX Cloud Gaming headset out for a week or so and love it for the price and for the feel.

For around $80 on Amazon you can’t go wrong with this headset that is for sure. I would give this a solid 3 star for the function and feel of it. I would give it another half star for the packaging. I would also give it another half  star for  the stuff that it comes with. A solid 4 star product that for sure.  Now if this came with the stuff I felt it lacked I would have gave it a solid 5 star rating. Now this headset also comes in Red and Black if White is not your thing or you are trying to better color coordinate your headset.

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James Braga

Hi every one I'm James Braga born in oregon and freshly moved to New Hampshire . I love most thing that have to do with video games and electronics . Don't matter if it for a car or house if it buzzes i will love it . I'm also in school for Information Systems Technology.

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Mpow Freego Bluetooth 4.0 Headset Review http://www.dragonblogger.com/mpow-freego-bluetooth-4-0-headset-review/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/mpow-freego-bluetooth-4-0-headset-review/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44651 The Mpow Freego Bluetooth 4.0 headset is a solid headset that gets the job done.

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Hey there this is Metallman. I'm a credit manager by day and a fun loving dad all the time. I'm a geek at heart and a gamer for life.

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Mpow Freego Bluetooth Headset

Hey there.  You guys know by now that I love wireless technology.  The more I can free up my hands, the better.  It’s not only that, things just look better when you don’t have wires going all over the place.  This is why I love practically anything that runs on Bluetooth or its own wireless receiver.  So when our good friends at Mpow offered the Dragonblogger team the chance to try out the Mpow Freego Bluetooth 4.0 Headset, I jumped at the opportunity.   So before I get into my experience, let’s talk specifications and first impressions.

SPECS

  • Bluetooth 4.0 compatible
  • Talk Time: 5 hours
  • Standby Time: 100 hours
  • High capacity rechargeable lithium polymer battery.
  • Voice Prompts
  • Multimedia Playback
  • Pair up to 2 Bluetooth Enabled Devices
  • Echo Cancellation Microphone
  • Clear Voice Capture Tech

CONTENTS

  • 1 Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Headset
  • 3 Soft Interchangeable Earpieces
  • 1 Micro USB Cable
  • 1 Carrying Case/Bag
  • Instruction Booklet
That's one spiffy looking carrying bag!

That’s one spiffy looking carrying bag!

First impressions were fairly positive.  The design of the headset is standard and what you would expect from a Bluetooth device that spends hours in your ear.  The receiver goes in your ear and the rest of it loops behind your ear to keep it in place.  The soft rubbery surface is a nice touch.  It doesn’t irritate the skin and is comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.  Many other Bluetooth headsets that I tried were made of plastic and got uncomfortable after extended use so I’m glad that Mpow tweaked their design with comfort in mind.  Also, the headset comes with 3 soft ear pieces that go on the receiver.  Each one is a different size so you can change the ear piece to make sure that the one you use fits snugly in your ear.  And lastly, you get a pretty awesome headset carrying bag.  Feels leathery and is very stylish.  And as an added bonus, the bag’s opening stays shut by what I’m assuming are hidden magnets in the bag.  Nice touch, Mpow.

Now, on to my experience.  Before putting on the headset, I changed the earpiece to the one that fit my ear the best.  I love that they give you this option.  Not all ears are the same and being able to adjust for max comfort is great.  As for ear placement, no issues there.  The earpiece goes in your ear and you loop the rest of it around your ear.  Want to move the earpiece from left to right ear or vice versa?  No problem!  You can swivel the headset earpiece 180 degrees so that you can easily switch from ear to ear effortlessly.  Awesome!

Here are the volume up and down and the small, small indicator light.

Here are the volume up and down and the small, small indicator light.

The buttons on the Mpow Freego Bluetooth 4.0 Headset may take some time to get used to.  To turn it on, you hold the power button until the small (and I do mean small) indicator light turns green.  Oddly enough… the power button has a phone symbol on it and you wouldn’t know that was the power button until you read the instructions.  Once on, the device will look for Bluetooth devices to pair with.  Enable Bluetooth on your mobile device and connect with the headset by clicking on Mpow under available devices.  If for whatever reason it is not showing up available, you can hold the power button for about 5 or 6 seconds and the indicator light will alternate between red and green.  This means that the headset is in pair mode and is making itself available to detect on mobile devices.  Once you’ve paired up with a device, the headset will automatically connect when it is on and Bluetooth is enabled on the device.  And just in case you’re not sure whether you’re connected or not, the voice prompt in the headset will advise you.  Yup, this thing has voice prompts.  If you turn on, off, or connect your device while wearing the headset, you will hear a voice prompt telling you your action.  “You are now connected”, “Power on.”, are just some of the phrases.  The headset also has 2 volume buttons that also work as a skip forward and skip backward buttons.  Single click to the + to turn volume up and – for turn it down.  If you press and hold the +, it acts a skip forward and the doing the with the – button skips backward.  Honestly, I don’t use the skip forward or backward functions.  I found it easier to just use my phone for that.  lol

As for the quality of sound, not too bad.  I wouldn’t say it’s exceptional, but I wouldn’t say that it’s bad either.  It’s solid.  I have been using it mostly to listen to music and it provides a crisp sound.  It’s not as rich as I would like but then again, it’s only a single speaker and there is only so much sound that can come out of it before it gets muddy.  Just know that you can clearly make out the instruments and the bass line is not lost in the sound.  It gets the job done and I’m pretty content with that.

Mpow Freego Bluetooth Headset

The call button is also the power on and off button.

I also tested out the sound quality in calls.  I’ll admit that I tend to listen to music more with Bluetooth headsets than use them for calls.  With that being said, I found the overall call quality to be fair.  I was able to listen to the caller very well but there were some obstacles getting the caller to hear me.  The microphone is set closer to my ear than my mouth so you do need to speak up in order to be heard.  Also, the microphone picks up a lot of the surrounding sound when making a call.  That may not be too much of an issue but if you’re walking outside while using this you will have trouble being heard since any trace of wind may end up drowning out your voice.  If you are using it in the car, this should not be a problem at all.  But again, if you are listening to music and not making calls with this Mpow Freego Bluetooth 4.0 Headset, you won’t have a problem at all using this while walking down the street.

So there you have it, the Mpow Freego Bluetooth 4.0 Headset is a solid piece of technology that will get the job done.  If using for calls, it’s better suited for in the car or in the office use since any outside noise may drown out your voice, but can be used practically anywhere if being used to listen to any other multimedia.  The only negative thing that I can say is that the device does not come with its own charger.  You get a USB cable, but not a charger.  It’s not a big deal for me, but may be a turn off to others.  You can pick up the Mpow Freego Bluetooth 4.0 Headset right now at Amazon for $27.99!  Not too shabby for a rock solid Bluetooth headset.

So what did you guys think of the Mpow Freego Bluetooth 4.0 Headset?  Questions?  Let’s hear it in the comments, friends!  Later!

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Hey there this is Metallman. I'm a credit manager by day and a fun loving dad all the time. I'm a geek at heart and a gamer for life.

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Bolse 3 Port Car Charger Review http://www.dragonblogger.com/bolse-3-port-car-charger-review/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/bolse-3-port-car-charger-review/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:00:41 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44564 Over my lifetime, I have purchased many chargers for my car that often times failed to work, because they were either too bulky or broke soon after getting them. All of that is now in the past as I have finally found the charger that beats all the rest. Bolse makes a great car charger [...]

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Raymond Stapleton

I have worked in and around many different types of computers. In the Navy, I used a magtape drive computer that was a step down from pen and paper. I later worked for a big computer company and after tat, taught computer class’s nation wide. I had the privilege of teaching 14,000 students in a 2 years period of time. Afterwards, I owned a small computer training and repair shop for a few years. I have owned C-64’s, Pc’s of various types, Amiga’s, and even Mac’s. I now have included the android to my collection. At any time, I have close to 15-20 computers or combinations of computers and game systems in the house. I look forward to more.

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Over my lifetime, I have purchased many chargers for my car that often times failed to work, because they were either too bulky or broke soon after getting them. All of that is now in the past as I have finally found the charger that beats all the rest.

Bolse makes a great car charger that has 3 ports on it. 2 of these ports are dedicated to devices like the iPhone and one is dedicated to the Android market. In my tests, I was able to charge both an iPad and my kindle at the same time and also my non-smart cell phone all at the same time.

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Since I have a Kindle Fire, as my main product, it is the one I attach the most often and I am pleased to say that this charger is fast and easy to use. I can’t say that I timed the charge to say how fast it was but generally it took less than half an hour any time I hooked it up to get a full charge. I have had other chargers that took several hours to get to the same point.

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I also learned something when I got this charger that I did not know before. The reason some chargers do not work with my Kindle is that the Kindle needs a charger that can deliver a charge at a higher amp rating that is required by a cell phone. If it is not rated for 2.1 amps, the tablet will not charge.

I am not sure why the 3 ports are labeled as iPhone and Samsung. I was able to connect my sons Samsung phone to the iPhone port and it charged just fine. I also can charge my Kindle on any of the ports as well. So it is a small mystery to me. I have not however tried to charge the I pad on the Samsung port. I did Text my Asus T-100 and it charged on all three ports as well.

My only complaint is so minor that I almost don’t want to mention them but in the attempt at fairness and completeness, I must. First, the words on the charger are so faint and small that it is hard for me to read. I do not have terrible eyesight, but it is hard to read. I must also say that whatever documentation that was in the box the charger came in is even harder to read. With my glasses and a magnifying glass, I could not read the words on the paper so I do not know what it was about or for. This aside, the charger itself works great, and I definitely recommend it.

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Raymond Stapleton

I have worked in and around many different types of computers. In the Navy, I used a magtape drive computer that was a step down from pen and paper. I later worked for a big computer company and after tat, taught computer class’s nation wide. I had the privilege of teaching 14,000 students in a 2 years period of time. Afterwards, I owned a small computer training and repair shop for a few years. I have owned C-64’s, Pc’s of various types, Amiga’s, and even Mac’s. I now have included the android to my collection. At any time, I have close to 15-20 computers or combinations of computers and game systems in the house. I look forward to more.

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Lumsing 10400mAh External Battery Pack http://www.dragonblogger.com/lumsing-10400mah-battery-pack/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/lumsing-10400mah-battery-pack/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:00:52 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44554 The Lumsing 10400mAh Battery Pack provides you with everything needed in an external charger/battery pack.

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Colby Mort

I've been interested in gaming and computing for many years and using this knowledge I create videos for Dragonblogger.com's youtube and occasional articles for the site. I've been writing for Dragonblogger for over a year and it's been awesome. My content usually is around product reviews and gaming.

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The Lumsing 10400 mAh Battery Pack provides you with everything needed in an external charger/battery pack. While being slightly on the heavy side, the pack makes up for it with its sleek and surprisingly good capacity given its size which will allow you to keep your phone or appliance up and running, ready for when you need it. Capable of around 4/5 whole charges on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 it has a huge capacity which can simultaneously charge two devices  by using the USB ports on the device. On the outside the device is very appealing, with a white plastic finish as well as a metal finish on the lower half of the body and on the underneath there is a power button and 4 led indicators display the charge remaining (25% charge per led). The device comes with a grey finished carry pouch which can be opened and closed via the strings attached.

I highly recommend this charger as it definitely out ways my previous two packs in both charge capacity and stylishness, the only down side which I have mentioned previously is that it is slightly heavy to be carrying around in your pocket however the usefulness of the device makes up for it. Weighing at 8.35oz and the dimensions are 5.43″ x 2.35″ x 0.86″ while being roughly three/two times the thickness of my Note 3 and a little less than the full width of the phone. If you want to see the full review it can be found down below.

 

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Colby Mort

I've been interested in gaming and computing for many years and using this knowledge I create videos for Dragonblogger.com's youtube and occasional articles for the site. I've been writing for Dragonblogger for over a year and it's been awesome. My content usually is around product reviews and gaming.

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5 Convenient Cases For The iPhone 6 http://www.dragonblogger.com/5-convenient-cases-iphone-6/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/5-convenient-cases-iphone-6/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:00:52 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44599 If you are looking for cases for the iPhone 6 then here is a round up of some cases available right now so you can have them by the time your iPhone 6 comes

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Nabeel Farooqui

I'm a teenager, trying to earn a few extra bucks to keep my gaming and tech dreams up to date, hence I'd appreciate it if you'd read/share and comment on my articles. I always welcome feedback and constructive criticism. I prefer writing about the latest gadgets and the happenings in the gaming world. Student by day, gamer by night.

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With the freshly revealed and soon to be released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, we decided that since several of our readers will eventually buy their own iPhone, this would be a great time to list of some the best cases out there, you can get for your precious iPhone.

NOTE: This list comprises of cases for the 4.7″ iPhone 6, not the 5.5″ iPhone Plus.

So, here they are:

5. i-Blason

First on our list is the hardcore looking case from i-Blason. The case allows easy hassle free access to all the ports, cameras and mics. Another great feature of this case is that it comes packed with not only something to protect the back and sides of your iPhone but also the front with its included Screen protector. Its available in 5 different colors. The drawback of this one other than hiding the Apple logo, in my opinion is that it just doesn’t feel elegant, sure its great if you’re hanging out with your friends or are out on a picnic, but if you’re a business man and want something classy, then take a look at the next case on your list.

4. Spigen Gunmetal SGP10959

Unlike the previous case on our list, the Spigen Gunmetal gives you a window in the back cover to make the Apple logo visible. It doesn’t come with a screen protector, however it does feature selected models which have slits for attaching a credit card or something similar to use the case as a stand for your iPhone 6. The case has a smooth 3 piece design with consistent black top and bottom while the middle has different colors available.

 

 

3. Caseology

This gorgeous snap on iPhone 6 case will make your iPhone secure and pleasant looking at the same time. It comes in 5 different colors so you’re bound to find something you’ll like. It doesn’t block the Apple logo or any port either. Its a hard poly carbonate case for shock absorption. You can get it now for $11 on Amazon.

2. Spigen Smooth Black SGP10936

This Spigen case gives you a simplistic one piece and extremely elegant looking case. It does block the Apple logo from view but thats just something you’ll have to deal with if you want this case. Some variants give you a cutout for the logo if you’re desperate, and some are even semi-transparent. You can get it now for $11 (excluding shipping).

1. Spigen Crystal Clear SGP10954

Number 1 spot on our list is for the Spigen Crystal Clear case. It basically combines all of the features of the previously mentioned cases, (excluding the i-Blason) into one. Its transparent. Its stylish and elegant and the same time. It uses the Air Cushion Technology along with extreme drop protection bumpers and a flexible body.

 

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Nabeel Farooqui

I'm a teenager, trying to earn a few extra bucks to keep my gaming and tech dreams up to date, hence I'd appreciate it if you'd read/share and comment on my articles. I always welcome feedback and constructive criticism. I prefer writing about the latest gadgets and the happenings in the gaming world. Student by day, gamer by night.

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There’s More Than Just Dungeons & Dragons at Gen Con http://www.dragonblogger.com/theres-just-dungeons-dragons-gen-con/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/theres-just-dungeons-dragons-gen-con/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44544   Each year there is an event that I always am looking forward to that happens only once a year. An event that each year brings more and more people together from not just all parts of the country, but all parts of the world. An event where people can gather together to play games [...]

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What's up! I'm Brian Alford and I reside just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. I am very passionate about video games and I also am the host of a video game podcast. I love to write and enjoy entertaining people

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Each year there is an event that I always am looking forward to that happens only once a year. An event that each year brings more and more people together from not just all parts of the country, but all parts of the world. An event where people can gather together to play games of all different kinds, dress up as whatever they want and truly be themselves.

That event is Gen Con which takes places towards the end of summer in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This year’s Gen Con was the biggest Gen Con ever. Breaking 2013’s record with over 51,000+ in attendance young and old for what is known as “The Best Four Days in Gaming”, but you see the thing about Gen Con is that most, if not all people seem to associate Gen Con with Dungeons and Dragons which is where the convention first originated back in 1968 when Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, decided that he would like to create an event where people can gather together and play D&D and it all started in Gary’s home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin which is how Gen Con got it’s name as a play on words of the “Geneva Conventions”

Fast forward 46 years to 2014 where Gen Con is now the biggest convention for tabletop RPG’s in the entire United States. Sure, Gen Con is known mostly as the place for gamers to come from all over and play massive amounts of other Dungeons and Dragons players, however what most people don’t know is that there is so much more to Gen Con than just playing D&D.

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Gen Con, the only place you will find a DJ from Middle Earth Credit: Steven Sewell Photography

 

Gen Con hosts many other games such as Magic: The Gathering a game which made it’s debut at Gen Con, also other games such as the ever so popular Catan, but the great thing is that Gen Con also has video games for people to play as well. eBash Video Game Centers, a local video gaming type internet cafe in Indianapolis, set up shop at this year’s Gen Con which allowed people to purchase tickets and play many games such as League of Legends as well as giving players the chance to watch live streams of League of Legends tournaments going on all over the worlds on Twitch.

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Myself on the right creating a character for Dungeons and Dragons with a friend of mine at Gen Con 2014.

 

Another thing that makes Gen Con great is the people. You never know exactly who you’re going to talk to or what you are going to see. Thousands of people cosplay year after year at Gen Con which is another reason why I love to attend as because I love seeing people put all their time and hard work into creating some pretty extraordinary costumes some of which can take several hours, days or even months to create. There is even a costume contest as well as a costume parade right before the contest where cosplayers line up and march all around the walkways of the convention center.

So if you’re needing a reason to attend Gen Con and think that the only thing to do is play D&D I really invite you to come and check it out next year even if it’s for a day. I promise you it is something that every geek or nerd must experience because it will be an experience you will never, ever forget.

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Brian Alford

What's up! I'm Brian Alford and I reside just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. I am very passionate about video games and I also am the host of a video game podcast. I love to write and enjoy entertaining people

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September Dragon Touch A1X Android Tablet Giveaway http://www.dragonblogger.com/september-dragon-touch-a1x-android-tablet-giveaway/ http://www.dragonblogger.com/september-dragon-touch-a1x-android-tablet-giveaway/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:53:07 +0000 http://www.dragonblogger.com/?p=44593 Enter for your chance to win a Dragon Touch A1X Android tablet from Tablet Express.

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Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.

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Tablet Express is so appreciative of the Dragon Blogger fans and they listen to our feedback, our readers loved the A1 and R93 Android Tablet giveaway last month but many wanted an even more powerful tablet and Tablet Express delivers by letting us giveaway their flagship Dragon Touch A1X Android tablet which our very own Iggy has reviewed and thinks is a fantastic budget Android tablet.  You really get your value for your money, and now you get a chance to enter to win one.

Enter for your chance to win a Dragon Touch A1X Android Tablet.
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