ORB Wired Game Controller PS3/PC – Review (@ORB_Accs)

When it comes to playing the PS3, the controllers aren’t always user friendly.  For this reason, I am always on the lookout to find ways to make PS3 game time more comfortable for my hands.  Hopefully, this is where the ORB Wired Game Controller for the PS3/PC from ORB Accessories comes into play.

First up, the box itself is easy on the eye.  The red and white box colouring is nice to look at, and is coupled with an image of the controller.  When looking around the box,  you can find some controller information listed, making it easy for you to find out the functions of the controller before you buy it.

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Inside the box you find the following contents.

  • 1 x Wired Game Controller
  • 1  x Instruction Manual

The controller itself looks and feels very nice.  With its matt black finish, ORB logo and nice button designs, it is nicer to look at than the regular PS3 controller – in my opinion.  When holding it, it has a nice texture on the skin, the kind of texture that you don’t need any extra grip with.  It has the four buttons on the back of the controller – L1, L2, R1 and R2.  The L2 and R2 buttons are not the usual trigger style, but normal buttons, just over double the size of the L1 and R2 buttons.  The D-Pad is a solid button you have a Turbo button, Clear button and the Select, Start and PS home buttons.  The thumbsticks have a nice grip to them, hopefully making it a little easier to control without added grip, rather than the sticks on the standard PS3 controller.  Lastly, the Square, Triangle, Circle and X buttons stay similar to those on the original controller, but have their own design to them too.

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Product Features.

  • Support multiple signals transmission without interference
  • Suppers PC game using OS Windows2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • Turbo buttons
  • 4 corresponding LED indicating the choice of channel
  • Support up to 7 multi-players

When it came to getting the controller up and running, it couldn’t be easier.  Simply plug the controller cable into the PS3 console and then turn it on.  You should see  the LED lights start to flash, confirming  the connection between the controller and console.  Press the PS button to operate the controller and the controller should choose the channel.

When it comes to using the Turbo button during gameplay, the Instruction Manual does a great job of walking you through how to get things up and running.  I would highly recommend reading through the manual, even if just to get to grips with how things work ahead of time.

Comfort wise, I found the ORB controller easy to hold and comfortable to use.  The thumbsticks seem to be reachable, more-so than they are on the standard controller.  The D-Pad is easy to use, as are the Square, Triangle, Circle and X buttons.  The L and R buttons are easily accessible and despite my reservations about using the less curved L2 & R2 buttons, I was pleasantly surprised by the responsiveness of them.

I have used this controller a fair bit since receiving it and am impressed by it.  The comfort, style and look of the controller are all very appealing and if you are looking for something to use that has an improvement over the original PS3 controller, then this would be my suggestion to you.  At least give it a try if like me, you are a little skeptical about it – I don’t think you will be disappointed.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will get back to you ASAP.

Nuvo Pro Game Grip (@nuvogadgets)

Hey guys!

The postman has just been (Wednesday) and dropped of the newest gadget on my review list, the Nuvo Pro Game Grip from Nuvo Gadgets!

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The Game Grip turns your iPhone 4/4S and iPod 4th Generation into a handheld gaming device.

I’ll have an unboxing post up for your reading pleasure soon!

Kingston 8GB USB 2.0 DataTraveler Guitar – Review (@kingstontech)

Kingston Technology were kind enough to supply me with two of their DataTraveler Guitar 8GB USB 2.0 memory sticks. I am giving one away HERE and here is the review of the one that I am allowed to keep.

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As the name suggests, this is a USB 2.0 thumb drive and will work with USB 2.0 ports on your PC and/or Mac. I will include data transfer speeds toward the end of this review.

Packaging wise, the Guitar USB stick is in the fiddly sealed plastic style package. I found the easiest way to get into it is by cutting the bottom and down one of the sides. Once inside, you can remove the stick easily enough, as well as the cardboard insert.  Also, tucked away inside the insert, there is a small keychain lanyard included which enables you to attach it easily to your keys.  The Guitar USB has a soft rubber shell with a good amount of detail when it comes to the frets, etc, which encases the USB adapter. You separate the guitar by pulling the end off, which in turn leaves you with the USB adapter on the biggest end as you can see in the image below.

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After running CrystalDiskMark, it showed that the average read speed was around 18MB/s and the average write speed was around 9MB/s.

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This is a great novelty USB stick which does a good job when it comes to transferring data. I can see this one staying attached to my keys along with the Kingston 32 GB DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0.  You are also covered by a 5 Year Warranty, just in case an issue arises.

COMM-PLAY CP-BT01 Bluetooth Headset – PS3 – Review (@4GamersElite)

When looking for a bluetooth headset to use with the PS3, you want something that is going to stay in place, comfortable, and something that has decent sound quality.

Today I have for you a review of the COMM-PLAY CP-BT01 bluetooth headset from the people over at 4Gamers to review.

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When I first received the headset, it came in a clear plastic type box.  The top half of the box contains the headset – the one that I received was the black headset and was held in place by a well folded and placed plastic insert – again, transparent with a cardboard sleeve that has the “Official Licensed Product” logo.  The bottom half of the packaging is a cardboard insert that has the box contents encased.

When opening the clear plastic box from the top I was greeted with a well folded but easy to open top.  Once opened, it was easy to slide the bluetooth headset and the cardboard insert out and remove the plastic sleeve that the headset is sat in.  Removing the headset from the plastic sleeve couldn’t be easier.  Just twist the headset a little so that the ear clip part of the headset slides through and unclip the receiver from the back of the packaging.  The headset itself is nice to look at with a black finish and the PlayStation logo at the bottom of the headset.  There are also no obvious buttons, so it literally is just the headset and ear clip.  You can now get to the box that was sat under the headset.

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Inside the box you will find the following contents.

1 x Headset
1 x Charging Cable
1 x Instruction Manual

So you don’t get loads of little bits and bobs.  You get what you need to be able to charge, setup and use the headset.  It is recommended that you fully charge the headset before using for the first time.  To do so, just plug in the included charging cable to a free USB port on your PS3 system and then plug in the other end to the headset itself.  The LED indicators let you know what is going on while it is charging – red means it is charging and blue means it is fully charged.  Headset charge time is roughly 1.5 hours.

When it came to pairing the headset, I was expecting it to be a daunting task, mostly due to previous experience.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  I made sure to follow all instructions that are included in the Instruction Manual, both to see if it was easy to follow and to make sure I got it right first time.  No exaggeration here but following those steps was the easiest thing I have done for a while.  They help you get the headset paired up with the console and also walk you through getting set to use the headset chat wise.  If you are new to doing this on a PS3, then definitely follow the manual steps, you will be up and running in no time!

So now that everything is set up correctly and ready to go, I wanted to check out the sound quality through the headset.  This was relatively easy to do.  I grabbed a friend and we tried it out.  I asked for feedback as far as sound quality whilst listening to see how clear incoming sound was.  I was told that I was coming through crisp and clear, and I also had the same experience when listening to incoming voice.  This is something I was glad about as there is nothing worse than unclear and muffled sound.

Having put this headset through its paces for almost a week, I have to admit that I am very pleased with it.  I have used bluetooth headsets in the past and have had something negative to say about them – whether it be battery life or sound quality – but I honestly have nothing bad to mention about this one.  If you are looking for a decent bluetooth headset to use with the PS3 then I would recommend this.

From what I have seen, this headset can be picked up for around £10 from Amazon UK.

ORB GP Rumble PS3/PC Gaming Headset – Review (@ORB_Accs)

**For a list of the box contents, please check out my unboxing video that can be found here.**

When it comes to playing videogames in both short and long sittings, you want comfort, decent sound quality and a price tag that isn’t going to sting.

This is where I find out and let you know if the ORB GP Rumble Headset for PS3 and PC from ORB Accessories is up to par.

First things first. When you first see the ORB GP Rumble Headset, you are greeted with a nice black headset coupled with an attractive blue mesh padding around the headband and ear cups. The padding is reasonably thick which makes it very comfortable to wear – the longest I have worn it for at a time is just over 2 hours and I did not experience any ear discomfort. You also have the built-in mic on the left ear cup which enables you to chat to online friends while getting immersed in your favourite game. The padded headband is fully adjustable and should fit all head sizes without any issues. The cable length is very generous at around 3 metres. You also have a USB extension cable, just in case the supplied cable isn’t long enough. The headset is powered via USB, so no chance of batteries running out of juice in the middle of a major boss fight or important career race. A little further down on the cable you have the volume controls for both voice and chat volume levels. There is also a mic mute switch and a switch to turn the Rumble on and off. This headset also be recognised as an extra sound device by a PC and works with most available games. I tried the headset on both Windows 7 & 8, It was recognised by both and worked perfect with both.

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Next up we have the Rumble feature. I was a bit skeptical when I first read about this and was wondering how exactly it was going to work. What can I say? It was totally unexpected and amazing. When you activate the Rumble feature, you are instantly thrown into the game more-so than just having the amazing sound. When there is a loud roar or you end up crashing your beloved car, your ears know about it as much as your hands do from the controller. The Rumble headset feature makes the earphones vibrate which in turn makes everything seem that much more realistic.

Coupled with the rumble effects, the sound quality from the ORB GP headset was pretty surprising, especially for a headset that hasn’t cost you a fortune to purchase. There were no crackles or tinny moments and everything came through clear and crisp, both game and voice chat wise. Whilst on the subject of sound quality, I asked a few people how my voice was coming through to them and was told it was clear and they could hear me with no issues – another bonus.

Considering the price you would pay for this headset – I have seen it vary from £29.99 to £45.00 – you definitely should not be disappointed. I have nothing bad to say about it. My partner tried it as well and liked it – trust me, if he likes it, it can’t be bad! Give it a try, the rumble effect alone is well worth the money you would spend on this!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will get back to you ASAP.

**Giveaway** Kingston 8GB DataTravel Guitar USB 2.0 (@kingstontech)

Hey guys.

I know a few of you have been waiting for this giveaway and now that I have reached 500 Twitter followers, I can get things started!

This giveaway will be for one of these awesome USB sticks from the kind folk over at Kingston Technology.

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To be in with a chance of winning one of these snazzy looking sticks, you have to be following both myself @TootieTazzy and @kingstontech on Twitter (I will be checking :) ).  Just click the red names and it will take you to the correct Twitter profiles.  Once you are following us both, just tweet the following message:

I’m following @TootieTazzy and @kingstontech and would like to win a Kingston DataTraveler Guitar USB stick! #TTKTUSB http://wp.me/p1s6Lk-63

Because this giveaway is for such an awesome bit of kit, I will leave it open until next Friday (March 1st) evening and announce the winners either that night or some time on Saturday.

Good luck everyone!  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Thumb Grip Pro – PS3 – Review (@ORB_Accs)

**Please note that the controller in the image here is one that I am reviewing and not an original PS3 controller.

I recently received a nice bundle from the kind folk over at Orb Accessories. Today I am going to be dipping into that bundle and giving you my thoughts on their Thumb Grip Pro for the PS3.

Now we all know that comfort is a must when playing video games, whether that comfort is related to headsets or controllers or in this case, thumb sticks. The Thumb grip Pro from Orb Accessories addresses that comfort as well as much needed grip.

I have issues when it comes to playing games for an extended period of time due to bad hands and wrists so I am always on the lookout for anything that could help improve the amount of time spent playing. When these thumb grips arrived, I was eager to put them through their paces.

The packaging that they came in was pleasant to look at. A transparent plastic with a red and white background along with images of the PS3 controller. You could see the thumb grips clearly through the packaging. There are two sets included – one set of Firm Rubber Grip Caps with extra dots for extra grip and a set of 4 dot D-Pad style Rubber Grip Caps. Size wise I think they add a centimeter to the height of the generic thumbsticks on a PS3 controller.

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Fitting the caps on to the controller thumbsticks was an issue for me, but that is because of the hand issues that I have. I managed to get them on after a few minutes, so they didn’t take overly long to fit.

Size wise, the thumb grips add roughly a centimeter to the height of the generic thumb sticks on the PS3 controller. My hands aren’t the biggest and my thumbs were able to sit comfortably on the caps and move the thumbsticks about with no issues.

When I started up a game, I wanted to focus on the comfort added by the caps. When using the PS3 controller without any added caps, I can’t use it for more than 90 minutes or so without beginning to feel discomfort. I was able to sit for over two hours in one sitting and I honestly did not feel uncomfortable at all. The grip added by the caps meant that I wasn’t trying as hard to keep my thumbs on the sticks, which in turn meant that I wasn’t gripping the controller quite as hard. Just to note also, I used the 4 dot D-Pad style caps – the ones with even more added grip will no doubt work even better.

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For the price you would pay for these caps (£4.50 on Amazon UK), they are definitely worth it, at least they are in my opinion. Anything that helps me sit for longer with the awkward PS3 controllers is a bonus as far as I am concerned.

The Thumb grip Pro caps from ORB Accessories are available for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360.

**Giveaway Winner Post** Let’s Fish ‘Hooked On’ T-Shirt (@LetsFishGame)

Hey guys!

Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway.  I would also like to welcome all of my newest followers.

Now for the reason you are really here – the lucky winner of the ‘Let’s Fish! Hooked On’ t-shirt.  (Big thanks to @LetsFishGame for supplying the t-shirt for this giveaway!)

I went through all of the names who entered and put each one (numbered) into Random.org, clicked the Generate button and the winner came out as….

@Stevo1893 .. Congrats!  You have bagged yourself a snazzy looking t-shirt!

Please DM me your preferred size (S, M, L or XL) and your address over Twitter and we’ll get this sent out to you.

Again, massive thanks to everyone who took part and retweeted – it is appreciated.  Also, stay tuned because I have another amazing giveaway coming up over the next few days!

ORB GP Rumble PS3/PC Gaming Headset – Unboxing (@ORB_Accs)

Another unboxing video for you today.  This one is for the ORB GP Rumble PS3/PC Gaming Headset from Orb Accessories.

As before, please like, favourite, share and subscribe.  Any feedback is also greatly appreciated.

The review should be up soon.

Infected Audio Headset – Unboxing (@InfectedAudio)

Hey guys,

I have my first ever unboxing video to share with you today.  It is for the Infected Audio Headset.

Please check it out, like, favourite and subscribe.  It would also be great if you could share it about a bit.

I’ll have the Infected Audio Headset up for review soon.