Razer Ferox Mobile Gaming & Music Speakers – Review (@Razer)

The Razer Ferox mobile speakers are designed to allow you to maximise your gaming and music sound experience while on the go.  They are definitely small enough to carry around with you, but do they live up to the hype as far as sound quality goes?

The speakers arrived in a nice green and black packaging that shows off the speakers design through the clear plastic window.  On the back and sides of the box, you are provided with specifications and features of the speakers, including the omnidirectional sound and dual colour LED’s.

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The speakers have built in rechargeable batteries that you can charge by connecting them up via the included mini USB cable, which is fully braided (32.5″ from tip to tip).  Once fully charged (charges in around 3 hours), the 470mAh battery provides up to 12 hours of playback time.  A very nice design feature is the on/off mode.  All you have to do is push down on the top of the speaker to open them up to turn them on, and push them back down again to turn them off, thanks to the spring mechanism that is inside each speaker.  There is also a snazzy looking blue LED that lights up on the base of the speakers that acts as a battery indicator which stays a constant blue when fully charged, flashes whilst charging, and if the battery is running low, the light changes to red. (also available in green).  On the top of each speaker is the Razer logo.

Both speakers include a 30mm driver, that are pointing upwards.  This is what enables the omnidirectional sound so no matter where you are sat, it is as if you are straight in front of the speakers, as you have to be with other portable speakers, etc.  Sound quality wise, the Ferox speakers are better than most portable speakers that you come across, and are also better than most laptop speakers.  Saying this though, they do lack in the bass department due to the 150Hz minimum frequency that these speakers have.  They weren’t overly impressive when listening to music, but when watching TV through the PC or my phone, things definitely improved and it was a pleasure to listen to.

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The portability of these speakers is definitely one of their strong points.  You can pack them up in the provided carry pouch, along with the USB cable for charging and take them pretty much anywhere.  Size wise, each speaker sits quite comfortably in the palm of most hands and are very lightweight.  When the cable is connected to the speakers, you can have a distance of up to 37″ between speakers.

Overall, these speakers are very easy on the eye, lightweight and very portable.  Whilst they may not be overly great for listening to music at higher levels, they definitely provide a better experience than you would expect.  For the price of around £51 on Amazon UK they may be worth a try.  If you are expecting to be able to blast out your music and be able to hear every little bit of bass, then these are not for you.  For listening to TV and gameplay on the go, as well as sharing these experiences with friends and family thanks to the omnidirectional sound, then yes, these could well be for you.

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SteelSeries Siberia V2 Kingston HyperX Limited Edition Gaming Headset – Review (@kingstontech @SteelSeries)

Kingston is a brand that is usually associated with products such as PC memory, SSD’s, and USB drives.  To celebrate 10 years of their HyperX range, they have teamed up with SteelSeries to release a limited edition HyperX version of the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Gaming Headset.  I was lucky enough to receive one of these headsets to review.

The box itself shows a clear view of the front of the metallic blue headset through the clear window.  It has both, the Kingston logo, as well as the SteelSeries logo.  You will also find a detailed list of just some of the headsets features, as well as the logos of the teams that are sponsored by SteelSeries and Kingston.  On one side of the box, you will see an image of one of the earcups, as well as an image of the retractable microphone.  You can see the same retractable microphone image on the other side of the box also.  On the back of the box you have a brief description of the collaboration between Kingston and SteelSeries, the specification list, as well as a few more images of the headset.  Lastly, on the top of the box, there is a HyperX 10 Years logo, and the game team logos again.

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On removing the headset from the box, the metallic blue colour scheme was the first thing that caught my eye.  Combining that with the Kingston HyperX branding that you will find in several locations on the headset, it all seems to work very well together.  The headset itself boasts a 1 meter, rubber coated cable that has two gold plated audio jacks on the end.  Also included is a 2 meter extension cable – also with gold plated audio jacks – that you connect the primary cable up to, to enable you to use the headset comfortably at your PC.  On the primary cable there is an inline audio control that can be used to control the volume of the headset, and can also be used to mute the microphone.  This inline control boasts the SteelSeries logo.

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The earcups themselves are 50mm driver units and are the nice metallic blue colour that was mentioned earlier and have a black mesh type design to the outside of the cup, complete with white HyperX branding.  The material used on the earcups themselves feels like a leather type material that is very soft and cushioned to touch.  On the inside of both cups, there is the white HyperX branding again.  On the bottom of the left earcup is where you will find the retractable microphone.  This is very well placed and pulls out without any exceeded force.  The microphone must be facing your mouth for you to be heard, which helps with background noise.  It is easily pushed back inside the headset again so that you can use the headset for music or movies without having the microphone being in the way.  The headband for the headset has two plastic coated metal rods that ensure stability of the headset.  The headband itself automatically adjusts to fit the head of the person who is wearing it by using elasticated metal cables instead of a manually adjustable mechanism.  The headband is a black leather type material with a soft underside and has the Kingston HyperX logo over the top.

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The headset itself is very easy on the eye.  The colour scheme works really well, and the headset is very comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time.  It feels very lightweight when you do have it on your head, and the option to have the microphone pushed back inside the headset when not in use is very welcomed.  The sound quality, no matter what you are doing, is pretty amazing.  You can hear every little sound when playing a game, and whether you are using the headset to watch tv or listen to music, you will not be disappointed.  When you put all of these points together with the price of around £69.00, depending on where you look, you really cannot go wrong with this headset!

SteelSeries Siberia V2 Kingston HyperX Limited Edition Gaming Headset (@kingstontech @SteelSeries)

Kingston is a brand that is usually associated with products such as PC memory, SSD’s, and USB drives.  To celebrate 10 years of their HyperX range, they have teamed up with SteelSeries to release a limited edition HyperX version of the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Gaming Headset.  I was lucky enough to receive one of these headsets to review.

The box itself shows a clear view of the front of the metallic blue headset through the clear window.  It has both, the Kingston logo, as well as the SteelSeries logo.  You will also find a detailed list of just some of the headsets features, as well as the logos of the teams that are sponsored by SteelSeries and Kingston.  On one side of the box, you will see an image of one of the earcups, as well as an image of the retractable microphone.  You can see the same retractable microphone image on the other side of the box also.  On the back of the box you have a brief description of the collaboration between Kingston and SteelSeries, the specification list, as well as a few more images of the headset.  Lastly, on the top of the box, there is a HyperX 10 Years logo, and the game team logos again.

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On removing the headset from the box, the metallic blue colour scheme was the first thing that caught my eye.  Combining that with the Kingston HyperX branding that you will find in several locations on the headset, it all seems to work very well together.  The headset itself boasts a 1 meter, rubber coated cable that has two gold plated audio jacks on the end.  Also included is a 2 meter extension cable – also with gold plated audio jacks – that you connect the primary cable up to, to enable you to use the headset comfortably at your PC.  On the primary cable there is an inline audio control that can be used to control the volume of the headset, and can also be used to mute the microphone.  This inline control boasts the SteelSeries logo.

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The earcups themselves are 50mm driver units and are the nice metallic blue colour that was mentioned earlier and have a black mesh type design to the outside of the cup, complete with white HyperX branding.  The material used on the earcups themselves feels like a leather type material that is very soft and cushioned to touch.  On the inside of both cups, there is the white HyperX branding again.  On the bottom of the left earcup is where you will find the retractable microphone.  This is very well placed and pulls out without any exceeded force.  The microphone must be facing your mouth for you to be heard, which helps with background noise.  It is easily pushed back inside the headset again so that you can use the headset for music or movies without having the microphone being in the way.  The headband for the headset has two plastic coated metal rods that ensure stability of the headset.  The headband itself automatically adjusts to fit the head of the person who is wearing it by using elasticated metal cables instead of a manually adjustable mechanism.  The headband is a black leather type material with a soft underside and has the Kingston HyperX logo over the top.

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The headset itself is very easy on the eye.  The colour scheme works really well, and the headset is very comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time.  It feels very lightweight when you do have it on your head, and the option to have the microphone pushed back inside the headset when not in use is very welcomed.  The sound quality, no matter what you are doing, is pretty amazing.  You can hear every little sound when playing a game, and whether you are using the headset to watch tv or listen to music, you will not be disappointed.  When you put all of these points together with the price of around £69.00, depending on where you look, you really cannot go wrong with this headset!

GamerModz PS3 Custom Controller – Review (@GamerModz)

**Note: Use discount code ‘tootie’ on the GamerModz website to receive 10% off of your total order price!

I recently received a PS3 controller from my sponsor GamerModz to review.

I was told that I could choose any design and add-ons that I wanted, so I went ahead and started going through their site.  As with the Xbox 360 controller that I received a few months back, the process was easy and straightforward.  All I had to do was choose the controller for the platform that I would like, select a design from the large library that is available, and choose any extra mods that I would like included in the controller.  I went with the Green Swirl design and had all white buttons/L & R buttons//thumbsticks added.  Now I am not someone who uses rapid fire, etc, but I also went with the SPS-X3 Rapid Fire mod so that I could give my opinions on all aspects of the controller.

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It took only a couple of weeks to arrive from the day that I ordered the controller, which I think is definitely reasonable – especially when you see the quality of the product.  Once I received the controller, I checked it over for any drip marks or bumps on the finished product and am pleased to say, found none at all.  I checked over all of the buttons and other inserts and all buttons and triggers  were pressable with no excessive force and everything seemed as it should be.

After fully charging the controller, I synced it to my PS3 and couldn’t wait to give it a test run.  I fired up some Black Ops to put the controller through its paces.  Firstly, I noticed that all of the buttons, etc, worked perfectly well.  No excessive button smashing was needed to get the controller to do what you want it to, so I knew that the buttons were fine.  The thumbsticks and L & R buttons also did what you would expect without any extra force required.  After giving the controller a proper workout in multiplayer, I grabbed a friend and set up a custom match so that I could test out the rapid fire.  Following the included instruction manual (also available on the GamerModz website) was the easiest thing in the world to do.  Everything is there for you in black and white, and following the steps couldn’t have been easier.  I toggled through and tried out each of the modes – No Rapid Fire, Single Trigger Rapid Fire and Dual Trigger Rapid Fire.  Each mode worked as you would expect and I didn’t notice any issues there.

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After thoroughly testing out my new controller over the past week or so, I am very happy with it.  There is no sign of any markings on the controller itself, and all of the buttons, etc, still work as perfect as they did on the day that I received it. If rapid fire is your thing, the mod set will be perfect for you.  If you are just looking to jazz up your controller a little, then GamerModz could well be the site for for you.  Massive thanks to the guys over at GamerModz for sending this controller out to me for review.

HiSoundAudio E300 Earphones – Review

Comfort and sound quality is something that everybody looks for when buying a set of earphones nowadays.  The kind folk over at HiSoundAudio were kind enough to send me out a pair of their E300 earphones to try out and review.

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First up, the packaging for the earphones is rather nice.  They come packaged in a triangle shapred box that is see through and allows you to see the earphones in their entirety.  On the rear of the packaging, you will find some information about the earphones, as well as some product specifications.  Opening the packaging and getting hands on with the earphones showed the quality of the earphones.  With its decent cable length of 124 cm and the angled 3.5mm jack, things were looking good so far.

The green and black colour scheme goes together really nice, especially for me considering how much I Like green!  The ear buds themselves have the HiSoundAudio logo on them, and also a weird look to them – I was kind of skeptical about how comfortable they would be and also if they would stay in place as intended.

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I plugged them into my phone and gave them a test run.  Firstly, the angled 3.5mm jack is something that, personally, I wouldn’t have gone with.  It puts more pressure on the cable if you have your phone or MP3 player in your pocket and the jack plugs in to the top of the device, like mine does.  The ear buds did fit comfortably into my ears, however, every time I hit the wire accidentally or brushed against it in some way, I could hear it in my ears also.  I am also not sure how well these would stay in place with people who have larger ear canals as mine are not overly large and I think they managed to stay in place just right.  The sound quality was definitely better than it has been when using other earphones.  There was no tinny sound to the music and everything came through loud and clear.

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Overall, I think these earphones are pretty decent.  Aside from the little niggles (angled jack and hearing myself touch the cable), I think that the E300 earphones would suit most people, although there are probably better alternatives out there for the money that you would pay.

Sandberg 2000 mAh Foldable Battery Dock Review

With so many gadgets depending on battery power nowadays, there are all kinds of devices about to help extend the life of said gadgets.

Sandberg were kind enough to send me out one of their 2000 mAh Foldable Battery Dock’s for review.

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The packaging that the device arrived in is easy on the eye, contains all of the information you need, and allows you to get a good view of the product you are getting.  First off you notice the dock itself through the clear plastic window on the front of the box.  You also information regarding a 5 year warranty, the mAh of the battery, and images of the dock with it is folded out.  Flipping the box over, you have information about what the dock id and what devices it works with – this information is available in several languages.  The box itself is sealed with a magnet sealed flap that opens up and takes you straight to the device.  There is no fiddly packaging to deal with in order to remove the device for the first time.  Under the dock in the packaging is where you will find the USB Mini USB cable, and on the flap of the packaging there is a thing pocket that the instruction manual is stored in.

I was surprised at how lightweight the dock is when I removed it from the packaging (200g).  Size wise, the dock is definitely something that you could keep in your pocket or handbag.  You have the Sandberg logo on the top of the dock just above where the LED lights are located.  You have an LED to indicate when the dock is charging, as well as indicators to show how much the dock is charged by – one for 25, 50, 75 & 100%.  If you flip the dock over, you have another Sandberg logo on the part of the dock that folds up and around in order for you to attach your iPhone/iPod to.

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When it comes to charging the dock, it doesn’t really take too long to charge the device to full power – around 2-3 hours by AC adapter, and 4-5 via PC USB.  The dock provides a decent charge to your device also, depending on how charged the dock is in the first place.

Because of the style of the dock, it is very easy to use both whilst out and about, as well as when you are home.  It sits quite nicely on the desk or on a table beside the sofa – no more having to leave my phone on PC desk whilst watching TV!  For the price you pay also (around £29 on Amazon UK), you will get more than your moneys worth.

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Overall, the dock is very impressive.  It is small, lightweight, and compact enough to take everywhere that it may be needed.  It does what it says it should do, and more!  This is definitely something that will get used on a daily basis both in, and outside my household.

Custom Xbox 360 Controller – Review (@NiftyModz)

Everyone likes to have something that represents them in one or another, whether it be a snazzy new phone case or a custom designed controller for your favourite gaming console.  So when I asked the fine folk over at NiftyModz if it would be possible to review one of their controllers and they agreed, I began looking forward to it.

I spoke with Ben from NiftyModz via email to let him know what I would like on the controller.  I mentioned that I would like my favourite colour in there somewhere (green), my gamertag (TootieTazzy), and the logo for the site that I am Community Manager for (XBLGamerhub).  Armed with these few details, he went to work.

When I first saw my controller, I was instantly impressed.  The marble green that he had used as the main shell colour was gorgeous, and coupled with the all pink inserts and buttons, the colours just matched each other so well.  He had included the XBLGamerhub logo on the left side of the controller and my gamertag, in a really nice font, on the right side.  The paint job itself is very high quality with no drip marks or roughness.  Just a very smooth and glossy finish, which is what you would expect.

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Flipping the controller over, there was even more goodness.  He had included the paddles on the back and had assigned them to the buttons that I chose – in this case, X and Y.  The paddles fit nicely in with the way you hold the controller and are not intrusive in any way.

When I used the controller for the first time, I went through and checked that all of the buttons, triggers, thumbsticks, and paddles worked as they should – which they did.  I found the paddles a nice addition and will also find it hard to play without them now that I have gotten used to them.

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Overall, I am really liking the controller.  The finished product is much better than I ever thought it would be.  If you would like to see more designs from NiftyModz, check out their YouTube channel and give them a follow on Twitter!

Big thanks to NiftyModz for sending this controller out for review.

**GIVEAWAY WINNER** HiSoundAudio Earphones

Hey guys!

Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for taking part.  I guess a lot of people wanted earphones 🙂 I would also like to welcome all of my newest followers.

Now for the reason your are really here – the lucky winner of the HiSoundAudio earphones!

I did things the easier way this time – I just entered the hashtag that was included in the tweet, put it into TwitterDraw and generated the winner.

Congrats to @TheBerrytastic – these earphones are all yours!

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Please send me a DM on Twitter with your details!

Again, massive thanks to everyone who took part, followed and retweeted – it is appreciated.  Stay tuned for more giveaways, coming soon!

**GIVEAWAY** HiSoundAudio Earphones

Hey guys,

I have yet another giveaway for you today, this time for a pair of earphones from HiSoundAudio.

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I have been using the pair that I was sent to review for about a week now and I Have to admit, they aren’t half bad!  The pair up for grabs are NEW and SEALED!

To secure your entry, it couldn’t be simpler.  Just click the lick below and tweet the message.  You can do this daily to secure yourself more entries, and the giveaway is open WORLDWIDE!

Click this link – http://clicktotweet.com/q2Ui8 –

The giveaway will be open until Sunday evening UK time and the winner will be announced either the same night, or at some point on Monday.

Good luck!