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Unboxing and Overview: Bitfenix Nova Windowed Edition

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July 01, 2016

Unboxing & Review: HyperX Cloud Revolver Pro Gaming Headset


Many were surprised by HyperX when it decided to step into the gaming peripherals market with its first HyperX Cloud gaming headset which turns out to be a very good gaming headset that is actually worth paying for. The HyperX Cloud II did an even better job and it is one of our favorite gaming headset of all time. The only issue that has been stopping some users from getting the HyperX Cloud II is the not-so-fancy-looking factor and in response to that, HyperX has stepped up the game with its new HyperX Cloud Revolver.   

(The HyperX Cloud Revolver has an MSRP of RM439.00)

Specifications



Unboxing

The Cloud Revolver comes in a red and black themed box with the actual headset displayed at the front along with some features and branding. You'll also find the red lining on the upper section of the box which clearly stating that the Cloud Revolver is compatible with the PC, PS4, Mac and mobile devices.


Behind the box, you'll find a well-labelled diagram of the HyperX Cloud Revolver, notice on free technical support and a limited 2-year warranty coverage from Kingston Technology.


The packaging is fancy as usual, you'll get pretty much everything as shown above except for the headphone stand, which is ours from the very beginning. A quick starter guide, an audio control box with 3.5mm stereo and mic jacks, a flexible detachable noise cancellation mic and the Could Revolver Pro Gaming Headset.


The design of the HyperX Cloud Revolver looks nothing like any HyperX Cloud headset we've seen in the past and it does remind us of the SteelSeries Siberia we used to have.


The headband is heavily padded for extra comfort. 


Instead of having to manually adjust the headset to fit onto your head, HyperX went for a flexibly suspended headband design that automatically fit according to the shape of your head. 


You'll find a rather stylish looking HyperX logo imprinted onto the leather of the headband, additional points to aesthetics!


While it doesn't actually light up as we hope that it would, the earcups of the Cloud Revolver has a much distinctive look of a gaming headset compared to the much traditional look of the previous Cloud headset that is done by QPAD.  


The faux leather covered earcups cushion feature the signature HyperX memory foam, it's soft and comfortable, and supposed to keep sound leakage to the minimum. It's removable as well, for the ease of cleaning and replacement should the need arise. 


Unlike the previous HyperX Cloud headset, the Cloud Revolver doesn't come with any rubber cover to hide the microphone port, leaving it exposed. 

Testing
The HyperX Cloud Revolver has a lightweight construction and leather padded headband that is supposed to give extra comfort for long hours usage without applying too much pressure on the top of your head. The flexible suspended headband design makes life easier as it will automatically fit onto your head without any manual adjustments like any of the previous HyperX Cloud headset. The earcups are bigger and more comfortable than the HyperX Cloud II, but the noise isolation isn't as good and noise from your surround are actually audible due to the metal frame. However, those of you with big head might be facing some comfort issue as it seems to be applying a little more extra pressure on the top of your head if the headband is touching against the metal frame itself.

Sound quality wise, the HyperX Cloud Revolver works the best with FPS games as the footsteps of the enemy, direction of explosions and gunshots can be clearly throughout our gaming session with few of the selected titles such as Battlefield Hardline, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. If you're more of a person who enjoys music and movies more than games, the HyperX Cloud Revolver fits the role just as well regardless of the devices you're on. The significant difference between the Cloud Revolver and Cloud II when it comes to the sound quality are the vocals / speech for both gaming and any activity that involves talking to the microphone itself as the Cloud Revolver sounds better.

Conclusion
The HyperX Cloud II is known to be one of the very few gaming headsets that are able to deliver the sound quality that is worth paying that amount of money for instead of the just gimmicks and empty promises. As some still prefer a fancy looking headset compared to the seems to be traditional headset design on the HyperX Cloud II, what's left for the HyperX Cloud II is the looks and it's clear that HyperX intended to cause a storm with its HyperX Cloud Revolver that is able to perform near to the HyperX Cloud II when it comes to the sound quality but with better aesthetics. 

There are of course downside of it, as you're paying RM439 for the HyperX Cloud Revolver, an extra RM40 compared to the HyperX Cloud II which priced at RM399 but delivers a slightly better audio quality and it comes with an extra USB 7.1 soundcard. The HyperX Cloud II is undoubtedly still a better value gaming headset, but if both looks and quality matters to you more, the HyperX Cloud Revolver isn't bad either as you won't be seeing much gaming headset that looks good and performs as it does.

Pros

  • Sturdy and good looking
  • Decent sounding headphones
  • Braided cables 
  • Included PC extension cables and volume control
  • Detachable microphone

Cons

  • More pressure on the head compared to the previous HyperX Cloud headsets
  • Microphone suffers from vocal plosives
  • Noise isolation isn't as good as the HyperX Cloud headsets 
  • Not suitable for those who big head
Subjective
  • The headset could be better in terms of aesthetics if HyperX logo on the side of the earcups glows
  • The metal frame is prone to pranks where friends can annoy you by knocking on the metal frame of the headset

June 29, 2016

Jabra Halo Smart Wireless: All-day calls and music in one


Have you ever wondered of the existence of a pair of Bluetooth headphones that is good at calls and great for music? Look no further as Jabra introduces the Halo Smart Wireless that designed for optimum voice quality and superior sound experience.

As the headphones are designed with calls as a priority, the Jabra Halo Smart integrates the wind noise protection to the microphones to improve the in-call quality. On top of that, the 10mm speaker diaphragm ensures the top-notch sound quality for both calls and music.

Battery life is up to 17 hours of talk time and up to 15 hours of music listening. The extended battery life is coupled with the comfortable neckband design for all day use.

Available end July onwards at suggested retail price of RM399.

  • Fits the 79 per cent of users who want one set of headphones for both calls and music, but find the call-experience on most music devices inadequate* 
  • Built for calls first-and-foremost, Jabra Halo Smart uses high quality microphones with integrated wind noise protection for enhanced in-call quality, and subtle vibration alert to ensure calls are never missed 
  • Uncompromising sound-quality thanks to 10mm speakers and Jabra’s audio capabilities 
  • Neck-band wearing style for comfortable, all-day use and seamless switching between calls, music and media 
  • Extended battery life provides up to 17 hours talk time and up to 15 hours of music listening 
  • Dedicated Google Now™ / Siri™ button lets you use your voice for more 
Designed for those who want a great calling experience, music on-the-go and the ability to switch easily between the two, the new Jabra Halo Smart wireless headphones have been developed with voice and call-quality top of mind. The intelligence of Jabra Halo Smart lies in its ability to let the user manage calls, music and media with just one device. According to recent Jabra insights*, 79% of users would like to have one set of headphones for both calls and music, but believe the call experience on most music devices is poor.

Jabra Halo Smart delivers a superior call experience thanks to high-quality microphones with integrated wind-noise protection, enhanced voice capabilities via a dedicated Google Now/Siri button and immersive, full-spectrum sound through its 10mm speakers. Its optimised battery performance removes the hassle of having to constantly charge your headset – making the Jabra Halo Smart perfect for use all-day, every day. 


Great calls all day, every day
Life doesn’t stop when you’re low on battery, which is why the Jabra Halo Smart offers an industry-leading 17 hours of talk time, or 15 hours of amazing music time, thanks to the 230mAh battery that is discreetly incorporated into the back of the neckband. For Android users, the Jabra Assist app allows you to track your exact battery usage, receive alerts when the battery is getting low and get notifications about when you next need to recharge (based on historical usage) – giving you total peace-of-mind when on-the-go.

Smart, Intuitive earbuds

Jabra Halo Smart allows you to accept a call by separating the two earbuds as they rest around your neck, and use one earbud for phone calls or both for listening to music. It also lets you access Siri™ or Google Now™ at the touch of a button and keeps you connected and informed in a number of ways. A subtle vibration in the neckband alerts you to incoming calls, whilst Android users can expect readouts of calendar notifications, emails, text messages and social media messages. 


So comfortable you’ll forget it’s there
Designed by Jabra’s comfort experts, Jabra Halo Smart follows the body’s lines with bendable flex zones ensuring maximum comfort all day long. Weighing in at just 38 grams, the Jabra Halo Smart sits so comfortably around the neck you’ll forget you even have it on.

“We are all doing more with our smartphones than ever before, whether it’s making and taking calls, listening to music on-the-move or watching a movie clip during a break. So we wanted to develop a set of wireless headphones that delivers amazing sound whatever you’re doing whether taking calls or listening to music”, explains Calum MacDougall, SVP at Jabra.

Jabra Halo Smart is the latest addition to the Jabra Halo family of wireless headphones, designed for busy people who are looking for versatile headphones for multi-purpose use. The first headphones in the series are Jabra Halo Fusion.

Pricing and availability
Jabra Halo Smart is available in three colours: Impact Red, Electric Blue and Classic Black.

Available at: ALL IT Hypermarket Sdn Bhd, Harvey Norman, Machines, Viewnet Computer Systems, and Switch from end-July onwards.

Suggested RRP MYR 399, inclusive of GST

To understand more about Halo Smart:www.apac.jabra.com/bluetooth-headsets/jabra-halo-smart

Jabra Halo SmartTM video: http://bit.ly/28N1UzP

Logitech K780 Multi-Device: One Keyboard for Any Device

Latest Keyboard from Logitech Rewrites the Rules of Desktop Typing for the Modern Workspace

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. — June 29, 2016 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the Logitech® K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard, the first fully-equipped computer keyboard with a 10-key pad that also works with smartphones and tablets. With the touch of an Easy-SwitchTM button, you can easily switch between – and type on – any three connected devices.


June 28, 2016

Cooler Master Announces The Winner Of The Case Mod World Series 2016


Since January, case modders young and old have been busy in their basements, driveways, kitchens and bathrooms, taking over just about any place they can find. Many spent hundreds of hours putting both craft and creation to the test in pursuit of a title in the world’s largest modding competition. We held events on four continents introducing people to local modders, gear, and training in the art. All of this culminated in over 120 worklogs and entries, of which 82 made the final submissions.

Scratch-built demons, giant critters, cyborgs, orbs, and monsters roamed among the many high-class tower mods trimmed and dressed with the best materials and sharp designs. The scene’s biggest names – Peter Brands, Richard Keirsgieter, Richard Surroz, Ronnie Hara, Brian Farrell, Ermanno Bonandini, and Antony Leather – gave scores that came down to the decimal point. Over 21,000 votes also piled up in just a week for this year’s two People’s Choice Award winners.

Here are the winners, by rank and category:

Scratch Build

1st: Ghost Rider­ by Modder Crow, Thailand

2nd: Re.born by Masbuskado, Dominican Republic

3rd: GSW CYBORG by Nenad Milic, Serbia


Tower Mod

1st: Master of Dimension by ภควัต ไชยบุญมา (Mr. Waii), Thailand

2nd: Gigantea by David Cathey, United States

3rd: Master X5 by neSSa, Serbia


People’s Choice Awards

Scratch Build –TriHexa 666 - Apocalypse Dragon by Kanishka Akalanka, Sri Lanka

Tower Mod – Pandora Box Pegasus by Allyson Carneiro, Brazil

The winners are walking away with US$30,000 in cash and prizes for their achievements, with goodies supplied by Avexir, OCZ, ASUS, Nvidia, Dremel, and Cooler Master. Prizes include an array of high-end gear such as Cooler Master’s highly acclaimed MasterCase Maker 5, Avexir’s ROG-certified DDR4 modules, OCZ’s sizable SSDs from their decorated Vector 180 series, NVIDIA’s most powerful GeForce graphics cards, massive motherboards from ASUS, and precision rotary tools from Dremel.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix GeForce GTX 1070


ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced immediate availability of Strix GeForce® GTX 1070 here in Malaysia, an all-new VR-ready gaming graphics card with ultra-fast gaming performance, advanced cooling and reliability, and personalized styling. Powered by the latest NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 1070 graphics processing unit (GPU), clocked at 1860MHz in OC mode, ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 delivers up to 7.1%-faster performance in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and 8.5%-faster gaming performance in Doom®. 

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade 0dB fan designed to deliver maximum airflow for 30%-cooler and three times (3X) quieter performance, and ASUS FanConnect, which features GPU-controlled fan headers to connect to system fans for targeted supplemental cooling. Industry-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components ensures premium quality and reliability. 

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 enables complete gaming system personalization with Aura RGB Lighting. A VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports lets gamers always keep a virtual reality device connected to their system for immersive gaming anytime. It also comes with GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.
Ultimate cooling: DirectCU III technology with patented wing-blade fans and ASUS FanConnect
ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 is equipped with ASUS DirectCU III cooling technology, which features direct-GPU-contact heatpipes that transport more heat away from the GPU, outperforming reference designs and achieving up to 30%-cooler gaming performance. DirectCU III technology includes triple 0dB fans, engineered with a patented wing-blade design that delivers maximum airflow and improves static pressure over the heatsink by 105%, while operating three times (3X) quieter than reference cards. 

ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 also comes with ASUS FanConnect technology. When gaming, the GPU often runs hotter than the CPU, but chassis fans usually only reference CPU temperatures, resulting in inefficient system cooling. ASUS FanConnect solves this issue with two 4-pin GPU-controlled headers that can be connected to system fans to provide targeted supplemental cooling for optimal thermal performance.
Premium quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components
All ASUS graphics cards are now produced using Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-exclusive, 100%-automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality. Auto-Extreme technology ensures consistent graphics card quality as well as improved performance and longevity. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

Super Alloy Power II components enhance efficiency, reduce power loss, reduce component buzzing by 50% while under full load, and achieve thermal levels that are approximately 50% cooler than previous designs for enhanced quality and reliability.
Game your way: Aura RGB Lighting and VR-friendly HDMI ports
ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 includes ASUS Aura RGB Lighting on both the shroud and backplate. This stunning illumination technology is capable of displaying millions of colors and six different effects for a totally personalized gaming system. ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 also has a VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports that let gamers connect a VR device and display at the same time, so they can enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences anytime without having to swap cables.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster
Redesigned with an intuitive user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier than ever, while retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included one-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license — a $99 value — lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay. The overlay also displays GPU clock speed, temperature, and VRM usage, and has GPU Tweak II controls, so gamers can choose a gaming profile and boost performance with just one click.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Makes Its 1st Appearance In Hong Kong


Rumor on the early arrival of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 appears to be true as the card makes its first debut on Reddit earlier today.

According to the appears to be leaked details from benchlife.info, the GTX 1060 will come available in both 3GB and 6GB with code name GP106-300 and GP106-400 respectively.
The GTX 1060 as depicted, has similar but shorter cooler just like the high-end GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Founders Edition.

While we have no idea on what price with NVIDIA set for its GTX 1060, it is said to perform better than the current hyped RX 480 from AMD.

Premium High End Gaming Chairs Noble Chairs Enters Malaysia?


We've come across the Noble Chairs, a brand of high-end gaming chairs designed in Germany during our visit to BitFenix booth at Computex 2016. The Noble Chairs, as described on its website:

"The majestic swivel chairs by noblechairs belong to the high aristocracy of all gaming or racing chairs. Their chic design from Germany and the exclusive fabrication from valuable materials are instantly reminiscent of sumptuous interiors of magnificent premium automobiles from the luxury class. Production accordingly relies solely on pure machine manufacturing, since highly precise industrial robots permanently operate without flaws and ensure an invariably impeccable build quality.

In addition to the fully automated manufacturing processes, the elegant noblechairs also have the perfectly conceived selection of materials in common with modern car production. The peerless comfort of these thrones for home or office use, that, along with the flexible adjustment options, caters for comfy relaxation and protects the back dependably from incorrect sitting postures, can only thus be guaranteed at the highest level. These German-designed chairs transform sitting into a truly hedonistic pleasure!" - source, Noble Chairs

According to a reliable source, it appears that the brand has confirmed to enters Malaysia very soon but without an exact date nor the party who will be distributing the products for the brand. 

Unboxing & Review: Palit GeForce GTX 1070 GameRock Premium Edition



While most of are used to its JetStream and Super JetStream cards with the all familiar red-black, silver-black and gold-black accents, Palit announces the GameRock as its new gaming brand with a new white-blue accent cooler, specially designed for enthusiast gamers who desire to have the ultimate gaming experience.  

Coming in at a much cheaper price of RM2099 for the GTX 1070 GameRock Standard Edition and RM3280 for the GTX 1070 GameRock Premium Edition, Palit GameRock series graphics cards comes with 8-phase power design, better cooling performance, better out of the box performance, and of course, a new look after all these years.