PDP Afterglow Prismatic Wireless Headset – Review (@PDPgaming)

When it comes to choosing a new headset for your gaming needs, there is definitely a lot of choice about.  As well as having a large selection of headsets, there are also many different price ranges to choose from.  Do you buy something cheap and cheerful, something in the middle, or splash out on top of the range gadgets with 5.1 this and 7.1 that? Well, I’m hoping that the Afterglow Prismatic Wireless headset from PDP (Performance Designed Products) will show that you don’t have to spend huge amounts of cash to get decent, all-round quality.

As always, with any product, the first thing you notice is the packaging.  The box for the Prismatic headset is easy on the eye.  The front shows a view of the headset from the side, showing the different colours available for the illuminated earpieces.  It also gives you a list of devices that the headset is compatible with.  In this case, you can use the Prismatic headset with the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii & Wii U, PC, and mobile devices.  It’s worth noting that with the Xbox One chat adapter, you can also use this headset with the Xbox One console, and I’m assuming that it works in the same way for the PS4, although I am unable to try this as I do not own one.  The sides of the box has a feature comparison chart, as well as a run down of the custom audio profiles (see images).  Lastly, the back of the box shows a list of what the headset can do – from extraordinary sound, to the easy slide microphone.

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Now for the box contents.  To state the obvious, there’s a headset in the box!  As well as the headset, there is a large collection of wires – 2.5mm to 2.5mm (chat cable for Xbox 360), 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, RCA cable with a 3.5mm connector, mini USB cable, and the wireless USB dongle (which is connected by default to the RCA cable via the 3.5.. connector).  As you can see, there is a cable for every occasion!  It is recommended that you charge the headset before using it for the first time, something that I did not do.  I soon charged it once I noticed a low hum while wearing the headset.  To charge, simply hook up the included mini USB cable and watch the lights in the earpieces flash away until the charging is completed, in which case, the flashing stops.

The headset itself seems to be very well built and sturdy.  The earpieces are made of a polyurethane leather type material, which only adds to the comfort of the ‘around the ear’ design.  The earpieces themselves are a decent size, but could possibly be a little bigger for those people with bigger ears.  The headset has a nice amount of flexibility, and is adjustable, although the earpieces do not rotate. The headband is made of plastic and sports the Afterglow branding and when adjusted, you can see the thin metal reinforcement strip that foes through the headband to the earpieces.  Lastly, the inside of the headband has a very nice padding which adds to the comfort factor when in use.  The left ear cup is where all controls can be found.  On the outside of the earpiece itself, there is a transparent plastic design.  Being able to see through to the inside allows you to see the circuit boards, etc, which actually looks quite nice! On the outer side of the earpiece is where the volume wheel is, as well as the mixer slider for voice and game sounds, connections for the 2.5mm Xbox 360 cable input, line in, and the mini USB port.  The front of the left earpiece is where the microphone can be found and pulled out for use, next to which is the Mode button that allows you to choose which lets you select the audio profile that you wish to use.  Lastly, on the outer left earpiece is where you’ll find the power/mute button.

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Now for the fun stuff!  Hooking the headset up to the PC was as simple as it could have been.  Simply plug the USB dongle into a free USB port on the PC itself, and then connect the 3.5mm jack to the speaker/headphone port on the sound card.  Once the drivers have installed themselves, you are good to go!  To turn the headset on, simply press in the button on the left earpiece until it lights up blue and you’re good to go.  Unfortunately, because of the amount of devices I have hooked up to my PC, there is a bit of a hum – this is only present on the PC and with the sound turned down slightly, the hum is not always noticeable.  To set the colour to one that you prefer, simply hold in the Mode button for a few seconds until it starts cycling through the available colours.  When you get to your desired colour, stop pressing the Mode button in and it will stay on the selected colour until the headset is powered off and back on again, or until it is changed manually – if you would rather stay colourless, you can depress the Mode button when you come to the part of the cycle that doesn’t feature a colour. The Mode button also allows you to choose one of the three audio profiles – Pure Audio (blue), Bass Boost (red) and Immersive (purple).  It’s easy to keep track of which profile you have chosen as there is a light at the end of the microphone that changes colour as you cycle through the profiles.

Even though the Prismatic headset is primarily a previous gen headset, I was unable to try it with an Xbox 360 as I sold it literally the day before it arrived.  I did, however, hook up the 3.5mm audio cable to the headset and also to the chat adapter connected to my Xbox One controller and was able to use it for both game audio and chat.  I was informed by friends that my voice came across nice and clear, and it was the same for me whilst listening to them.  I’ve also connected it up to my phone to listen to music, and as previously mentioned, it has been used on the PC.  My partner even likes to take it upstairs at bedtime and hook it up to the TV so that he can watch without disturbing me.

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As far as sound quality goes, I have no gripes with the headset.  Game play was clear and I was able to decipher which location footsteps and gunshots were coming from whilst playing Call of Duty, and hearing the revs of engines in Forza 6 was just mind-blowing.  On the other hand, watching TV and listening to music were both impressive, even more-so with the bass boost audio profile in play – I like to think that the 50mm speakers played a nice role in this!  While on the subject of the bass boost audio profile, the bass levels are more than adequate when in pure audio and immersive profiles – having that bit of extra oomph never hurts though.

Overall, I am very impressed with the Prismatic headset.  The sound quality is great, the build quality is sturdy & makes the headset feel like it can withstand every day uses with ease, and the fact that it can be used across multiple platform makes the whole package worthwhile.  Althought the lights are a cool feature, I can’t see myself sitting here each time I use the headset and scrolling through all of the colours to choose the one I want.  A great headset that won’t break the bank as much as other gaming headsets.  You can currently grab this headset for around £70 on Amazon UK (at time of posting).

Be sure to head over to the PDP website, visit their Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages!

Win a $100 @GamerModz Gift Card – Details & 10% Discount

I have been very lucky to work with GamerModz several times in the past regarding reviews.  Now though, we have teamed up to give you guys the chance to win a $100 Gift Card for you to spend on anything you choose on their website!

Click the link HERE to be taken to the page where you will be able to create a controller of your choice.  This can be for the Xbox 360/One or the PS3/4 and you can add and change anything you like from the large library of customisation options.  Once your controller is designed, be sure to submit it and include valid contact details, just in case you are lucky enough to win.  You have until June 17th to get your controller designed and submitted.  On June 17th, the top 10 controllers will be chosen and put up for public vote.  Voting closes on June 24th, and the person whose controller with the most votes will win a $100 Gift Card to be used on the GamerModz website.

The $100 GC can be used in conjunction with any discounts that are currently present on the website, as well as with my personal 10% discount code TOOTIE.  You definitely get more bang for your buck!

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave a comment on this post, tweet me @TootieTazzy, or catch me on Facebook.

If you can’t wait for the competition to end, until June 15th ***NOW ENDED***, you can save 20% off any order on the GamerModz website using code TOOTIE.  If you apply this while they have their 50% off sale, you can save a huge 70%!

Good luck to everyone and I can’t wait to see what designs you come up with!

 

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NoScope Gaming Glasses – Review (@NoScopeGlasses)

I’m sure that eye fatigue is something that all gamers and PC users have experienced at one point or another.  Whether it results in that annoying grainy feeling in your eyes, headaches, or even nausea, it’s never nice, that’s for sure.  Being a sufferer of all of the above, eyt having to spend extended periods of time on the PC and gaming, I was after a solution without breaking the bank. Today, I have a review of the newest gaming and PC glasses on the market from NoScope – a pair from their “Demon Series“.  Check out the unboxing video for a detailed view.

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A good starting point would be price and delivery.  You can pick up a pair of these glasses for around £19 GBP – that’s including delivery.  Delivery time from the US to the UK was only a week, so that’s definitely a plus in my book.

The glasses arrived very well packaged and protected.  The come in a rather large cardboard box, and when opened, the glasses themselves are in a transparent zip closed plastic bag.  Also bundled in with the glasses is a nice material pouch for the glasses which sports the NoScope logo, as well as a lint free cloth for keeping the glasses lenses clean and dust free.

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The glasses are made from lightweight plastic and it is said that “One size fits all”.  We’ll get to that soon though.  The glasses also have yellow tinted lenses that are supposed to help reduce symptoms of eye strain.  Between the lenses is a nicely placed NoScope logo – nicely placed because it is not too in your face, but it is noticeable enough so you know which company the glasses come from.

The glasses themselves are very lightweight and from what I can tell, the “One size fits all” claim is a valid one.  While I don’t have the biggest of heads, the size difference between mine and my partners is definitely noticeable – to put it nicely.  We were both able to wear the glasses for an extended period of time without experiencing any loose fitting or discomfort.  I have actually been able to sit at the PC for longer than half hour here and there without getting hit with a horrible feeling of dizziness and nausea, and that’s always a plus in my book!

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I know that compared to other PC/Gaming glasses companies, the NoScope glasses are only available in one style, and not currently available as prescription glasses, but for the price, you can’t really complain.  They do what you expect them to do at a price that everyone can afford.  Who knows, there could be more styles on the way – for the record, that would be awesome!

For the price you pay and the way that they combat eye strain and fatigue, I’ll be wearing these for a long time to come and will happily suggest them to people that ask.

Venom Quad Charging Stand – Review (@VenomGamingUK)

Having controllers with built in rechargeable batteries can be a pain when it comes to forgetting to charge them up and then getting caught out in the middle of a gaming session.  I have one of the latest official licensed products from Venom that aims to counteract this issue, by keeping all of your controllers not only charged, but kept together without having to have several charging cables plugged in.

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The Quad Charging Stand from Venom comes boxed in a rectangular box that shows an image showing the charging stand on the front.  It also states that the stand is designed for use with DualShock 3 PlayStation controllers.  The back of the box has a short list of information relating to the product – this information is listed in several different languages.

Removing the product from the box was just a case of pulling out the stand.  Also provided in the box is an AC adapter, as well as a two and three pin plug – handy for use abroad, if and when needed.

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The stand itself is made from a tough, black plastic and has four Mini USB cables tucked neatly away on the top, between the moulded spaces for the four controllers.  To use the stand it is simply a case of plugging in the AC adapter, popping out the USB cables that you need to use with the number of controllers you have, rest the controllers in the spaces provided, and plug in the Mini USB adapters.  Because the stand is powered separately from your console, you can quickly charge your controllers without having to turn your console on.

Having the option to not only charge your controllers but also to store your controllers on this stand will help to keep your gaming setup looking not only clean and tidy, but also stylish as the stand will not look out of place alongside your PS3 console.

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The Venom Charging Stand is available at an affordable price of £19.99 from the Venom page on Play.com.

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.

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 Post** Let’s Fish! Hooked On T-Shirt’s and PS Vita Game Code (@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 shirts AND game code for this giveaway!)

Using a random generator, I took the first three names that were picked for the t-shirts, and the fourth name for the PS Vita game code.

The lucky t-shirt winners are.. @SingingTurnip, @liamtrenthouse, and @Tori_Heart!

The lucky winner of a copy of Let’s Fish! Hooked On for the PS Vita is.. @blueamcat!

If you could please DM me on Twitter so I can give you my email address for you to provide your details, etc, your prizes will be sorted ASAP.

Congratulations to each of you and again, a massive thank you to everyone who took part, both by sharing the competition details and by entering!

Don’t forget, you can pick up a copy of Let’s Fish! Hooked On on PS+ at a 50% discounted price until the end of June.

Stay tuned – the next giveaway will be coming up over the next few days!

**If I do not hear from you within 7 days, another winner will be chosen.

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

Hey guys.

I have yet another giveaway for you, courtesy of the fine folk over at @LetsFishGame!

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To celebrate the release of Let’s Fish! Hooked On on PlayStation Plus, you can pick the game up complete with a 50% discount!

That’s not all though!  The kind folk over at @LetsFishGame have given me three of their t-shirts AND a downloadable copy of the game to giveaway to you!  All you have to do is follow the steps below.

For this giveaway you have to be following both myself @TootieTazzy and @LetsFishGame 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 & @LetsFishGame and want to win a Hooked On t-shirt or a copy of the game! #TTLFGPSPlus http://wp.me/p1s6Lk-c4

This giveaway will stay open until Wednesday, June 12th at around 7pm and the winners will be announced either that evening or Thursday afternoon.

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

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GamerModz Xbox 360 Custom Controller – Review (@GamerModz)

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

I was very lucky to recently receive a custom created Xbox 360 controller from my new sponsor, GamerModz.  I had never gone through the process of creating my own controller before, so to say that I was raring to go is an understatement.

First things first – choosing the controller design on the GamerModz website.  The site itself was easy to navigate from the get-go and each step was very easy to complete, thanks to the step by step pages and sections.  It is as simple as going to GamerModz.com and clicking Create A Controller – which is located across the top of the page – to get to the page where the magic starts.  When you hover your mouse over Create A Controller you can choose from either an Xbox 360 controller or a PS3 controller.

Once you get to the Create A Controller page you are greeted with an untold amount of choice.  You can choose from different colours, patterns, and effects.  You can even choose from a large selection of bumper buttons, triggers, thumbsticks, and you get a large choice of colours for each – you can even personalise the LED ring around the guide button to match your colour/pattern theme.  To make sure that everything on your controller melds properly, you have an image of a controller on the left hand side that changes after each choice that you make.  This is so that you can see how the colours look with each other and ensure that there won’t be a clash of design and colour.  This is something that I found really useful as I am not the most decisive of people and like to see what I am doing as I do it.

After designing the controller I was given the option of which mod set I would like in the controller.   You do have a choice of a few mod sets so there is something to suit everyone’s taste.  To be able to review every aspect of the controller, I chose the Juggernaut mod set which has something for everyone.  It is their biggest mod set and includes features from Rapid Fire to Drop Shot to Fast Reload and Quick Scope.  Now while I am not one for using mods while playing a game I was looking forward to trying things out to see if and how they worked.  After choosing the mod set and making sure everything was ok, I placed my order and then just had to play the waiting game.

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From the day that I placed my order to the day that the controller arrived, it took 14 days in total.  This included weekends and shipping to the UK so overall, not a bad time frame at all.  Upon receiving the controller, I was eager to take a look and see how things turned out.  The controller itself looked amazing.  The finish of the design that I chose was spot on – a totally smooth finish with no being able to feel any lumps and bumps.  The whole of the controller was covered and this even included the battery case on the back.  I do have to admit, the whole yellow and black theme that I went with worked really well and the yellow LED lights that I chose seemed to finish the controller off very nicely.

Now that I had my controller in my hands, I went ahead and created a private lobby so that I could test out everything from programming the mod set, to making sure that everything was working as it should.  Using the included instructions (manual is also available on the GamerModz website), each and every function worked as it should without any hiccups.  It was very easy to choose which layout and function to use and it was even easier disabling the mod features so that you can use the controller as just a plain controller.

After using the controller for around ten days, there is no sign of any wear and tear on the controller itself and everything is still working as it should be.  Overall, the whole process of creating my own controller and using the GamerModz website was smooth and plain sailing.  I am over the moon with my controller and being able to put my own stamp on it using the Create A Controller section on the website has made it all the better.  Even if, like me, you don’t use the mod sets, the custom controller itself is most definitely something that I would highly recommend to anyone who wants something a little different.

Upcoming Goodness! **Updated

Hello you lovely people!

I have so much goodness coming up over the next few weeks for you all!

First up, I should have reviews up for “Special Forces: Team X” on XBLA as well as Forza Horizon.  I also have copies of Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force, PlayStation AllStars Battle Royale, and LittleBigPlanet Karting that are here and need reviewing at some points.

Whilst that is it for video-games for the time being, I have some other gadgets both here with me and on the way!  I have a headset from the people over at Infected Audio, an Avenger Elite 360, a Nuvo Pro Game Grip from the folk at Nuvo Gadgets, a set of KontrolFreek FPS Freek CQC Signature Edition, a Rumble headset and PS3 accessories from ORB Accessories (you find these on Twitter for the time being), and some custom controller accessories from Rapid Fire Kits.

Reviews and unboxings for all of the above will be available over the next few weeks.  Needless to say, I am very excited to get started.

Also, I have a couple of giveaways coming up over on my Twitter account.  Prizes from Let’s Fish Game and Kingston Technology.  I’ll post separate posts when these are live with details of how to enter.

Thanks for taking the time to read today.  Stay tuned for everything listed above, soon!

**Edited to add that I have just heard back from 4Gamers and they are also going to send me out a couple of review items , so look forward to hearing about those too!