The SteelSeries Siberia 350 is a beautiful gaming headset, with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround it perfectly reproduces in-game audio so you hear every bullet, spell, footstep and environmental cue exactly as the game developers intended. The suspension headband makes its triumphant return in the Siberia 350 and it’s a good move too – that design offers a really lightweight, self-adjusting fit to all but the largest of heads 😛 (to clarify, Dave has a really large head and it was a little tight on him).
With the SteelSeries Engine 3 software suite you can control the LED lighting settings, manage an unlimited number of gaming profiles, and customise the EQ to get the right sound for every game you play but it’s unlikely you’ll need too as this one looks and sounds great right out of the box.
To top things off it sports a great goose-neck microphone that conceals itself within the headset when not in use, this gaming headset is GOOD!
The Rival 100 optical gaming mouse brings unmatched performance that’s usually unseen in entry level gaming gear with six programmable buttons, a really good sensor and SteelSeries Prism RGB illumination 🙂 Sporting a sleek, smooth shape with textured sides for lift off grip it’s a pretty normal looking mouse when you first look at it but once it’s in your hand the quality shines through and this very affordable gaming mouse has got the goods where it counts – it’s packing a special optical sensor inside so you can quick turn with confidence, the 1.9 meter non-braided cable is very light, as it the mouse.
The lighting for the mouse shines impressively lighting up the DOTA 2 logo and this is pretty cool on it’s own but when you fire up the software things get really good. Using the Steelseries Engine 3 software package and a feature SteelSeries call GameSense will allow Dota 2 game data to be shown with the lighting on the mouse – things like health, mana or ability cooldown can be tracked in this way, ironically you won’t see a lot of this via the logo which it covered by your palm, but glance at the mouse wheel and you’ll know what’s up 🙂
The side button layout is excellent with both buttons being easily pressed by simply rolling the thumb up a little much like the Rival 500 but less complicated, perfect for MOBA gaming like DOTA 2.
Being the DOTA 2 edition of the SteelSeries Rival 100 this means it includes a game code for an awesome purple blade (named pale edge if you want to google how much it’s worth :P) for Slark as well \o/
If you take a look around the world wide web it’s tough to find a top 5 list of wireless headsets that doesn’t include the Siberia 800 on it so when SteelSeries updated to the new Siberia 840 Gaming Headset not many tweaks were made, this update is primarily around the brilliant addition of Bluetooth \o/ That’s right, this awesome set of ear cannons now has a Bluetooth option meaning we can start using them with more devices like our smartphones and it’s also great news for gaming laptop users as there never is enough USB ports for all our toys 😛
From SteelSeries “The Siberia 840 not only delivers the same detailed sound quality as its predecessor, but also incorporates Bluetooth connectivity for true universal mobile compatibility, it is no longer just a gaming headset, but a flawless audio system that gamers can use to listen to music and even answer calls.”
The Siberia 840 build quality is excellent, well above standard. It’s a closed-cup design that’s great for listing loudly even in public places and on the earpiece you’ll find handy wireless controls for making quick adjustments, the headband has split pockets of super comfortable memory foam padding while the microphone discreetly slides into the left earcup for a nice, somewhat incognito look when traveling. On that note this isn’t a super bling LED all of the things type headset instead going for a sleek and stylish appearance that’s quite welcome in a time when there seems to be lights on absolutely everything 🙂
Being a wireless headset that means battery life is an important factor as well and to address this SteelSeries include 2 hot-swappable batteries with the Siberia 840’s, while one is in the headset the other is placed into the base station to charge. Each battery can apparently provide up to 20 hours of audio goodness (legit, tested and confirmed) so this should be more than enough for marathon gaming missions or long commutes.
We were very very impressed when we first saw the 800’s and the new Siberia 840 is purely an improvement on this design, nice work SteelSeries! Stocks are on the way to NZ now so be sure to keep your eyes on our new SteelSeries Store and GGPC Computers Blog for the latest!
Those talented guys and gals at SteelSeries have been very busy and their new MMO Gaming Mouse – the Rival 500, brings with it some excellent new features and a wonderfully clever new shape with side buttons engineered to follow the contour of your thumb 🙂
The new layout places your thumb in a comfortable central position from which you can easily make a slight adjustments (almost like smudging) to hit up, down, forward or backwards without actually lifting your thumb from this new home position and without having to push directly down on the buttons – awesome right!
They’ve also included vibration functions like they did in the excellent Rival 700, these haptic feedback ques can be used to alert you to low health, cooldown timers and more. Configuring this is done pretty easily thanks to the software package called SteelSeries Engine 3 and with the feature GameSense your games and gear become one. SteelSeries Engine 3 talks directly to your game, which changes your device’s illumination in real time, based off of in-game events. Ammo, health, kills, money, and cooldown timers are just a few things that you can integrate into your gear and if that’s not good, i’m not sure what is!
While the design lends itself to a better experience playing MMO games like World of Warcraft it’s also rather good at MOBA hits like DOTA 2 and League of Legends, we’ll be testing things out and will update this blog with any tips, tricks or interesting configs we find along the way!
The Rival 700 gaming mouse features the first fully customisable OLED display, and also tactile alerts giving real-time information and in-game notifications that you can feel rather than see. With this mouse no two alerts need to be the same, you can choose which in-game events automatically trigger a tactile alert and you have complete control over how each one feels – health, ammo, mana, disables, headshots, and stuns can all be individually set to start a Tactile Alert. Tweak the vibration patterns, duration, triggers to suit you, you might want an alert that feels like a heartbeat when you are low on HP or set an alert to do a quick buzz to let know you’ve got that last hit.
The Tactile Alerts have been carefully placed in the center of your mouse, so you feel the pulse strongly in your palm. By directing the pulse to only move up through your hand, as opposed to left and right, Tactile Alerts will not impact your mouse’s tracking so you can keep your aim perfect.
In order to control all the settings for this beast you’ll need to download the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, once installed you can setup CPI, polling, lift off distance, macros, and OLED screen with just a few clicks – if you’re looking for some GIFs to get you going SteelSeries have a bunch ready for you to check out here 🙂
We’ve put this great new mouse through some extensive GGPC in game testing and it’s very comfortable indeed, this could well be one of the best mice we see in 2016! On that note we happily give this new gaming mouse our GGPC recommends award – The SteelSeries Rival 700 is GOOD!
The Steelseries Apex M500 delivers the gaming features from the popular Apex series giving you the keys to victory (lol nice pun SteelSeries). A tournament-grade backlit mechanical gaming keyboard built to meet the requirements of top level gamers, SteelSeries really have created an excellent keyboard for gamers that game – with features we’ll actually use and an emphasis on quality that is well received.
We’ve gotten hands-on with this epic new piece of hardware and the Apex M500 is certainly does it’s job well, the sleek design gives you everything you need in a professional gaming keyboard, without the fluff 🙂
Created with the toughest plastics and reinforced with a battle-hardened steel back plate, they’ve gone to extra lengths to ensure the construction and materials can withstand anything thrown its way. A standard key layout means no learning curve and no surprises and with Cherry key stems, gamers can swap out the keycaps for a custom set and everything fits perfectly.
With the SteelSeries Engine software you can easily customize your keyboard with macros, setting these up has never been easier and text based, key-press, and-on-the-fly macros can all be programmed and set with ease. Your profiles aren’t limited to just your keyboard either, you can program any key to cycle between your keyboard, headset, and mouse profiles.
You can even auto-deploy your exact settings right when you launch your games, crazy cool.
Combine all this with the smaller details like cable management channels underneath, rubber non-slip kickstands and a beautiful evenly lit glow from the blue LED (also the base plate is blue which is nice) and you’ve got a well thought out, quality keyboard.
Now that we’ve had a game or 12 with this excellent new peice of gaming tech we are happy to give it a well deserved recommendation to anyone looking for a new mechanical gaming keyboard at a great price – The SteelSeries Apex M500 is GOOD!
The SteelSeries Apex M500 is available overseas but we haven’t seen stock land in New Zealand yet so keep your eyes on our NZ computers blog and we’ll update as soon as this epic nww keyboard arrives!
For those who enjoy the action of FPS (first person shooters) there is a stunning mouse by Logitech named the G402.
A few features make this mouse our top pick for shooters – the most obvious being the dedicated DPI shift or “sniper” button that when depressed lowers the mouse movement rate for you so you can aim smoothly for that perfect headshot.
The other feature (which is much harder to see) is the extremely fast and accurate turning this mouse offers by tracking multiple sensors at once.
This is much more than what mouse acceleration used to be as your movements are tracked via an optical sensor, accelerometer and a gyroscope.
Collectively, these three components allow you to turn quickly by simply moving the mouse quickly, as you do naturally while in the heat of battle while still enjoying the precision of slower movements.
We also put this mouse up against another favourite for the FPS spot, the SteelSeries Rival 300 to see what people thought about this and it sure seems to be a popular move by Logitech.