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The 10 Best Gaming Mice in 2020- Point, Click, Kill

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Among your gaming peripherals, which do you think has the most bearing when it comes to helping you win? Well, all of them can potentially give you a score, but a gaming mouse is certainly the most important.

You see, the mouse can help you point at a target in your favorite games, but it can also be used for productivity tasks as well. Without a mouse, you pretty much cannot do anything with your gaming setup.

If you are looking for the best, do read further to find out our recommendations for the best gaming mice in 2020.

Best Gaming Mice in 2020

1.Razer Deathadder V2

Price: $70

Razer Deathadder V2

If you have a winning product, you need not change a lot of things. If anything, you just improve upon the original design and that is what Razer did with their award-winning mouse.

The Razer Deathadder, now with ‘V2’ on its moniker, is the latest iteration of the mouse, and let me tell you, it is the best one yet.

It is armed with the company’s latest sensor that is able to reach up to 20,000 DPI. But more importantly, it is rated to reach 650 IPS which is pretty insane.

What made people fall in love with this particular mouse is its ergonomics. It is quite comfortable to hold which is something that you have to consider when you are playing for hours and hours.

It can suit all grip styles from palm to fingertip users, though it is most suited for palm and claw style grips.

The Razer Deathadder V2 is also the lightest version of the mouse that the company has ever created. At only 82 grams, it can definitely be used in first-person shooters like Apex Legends or CS:GO without a problem.

It might be the most expensive Deathadder you can buy from Razer’s product stack, but with all of the upgrades it has received, it is definitely worth the purchase.

2.Steelseries Rival 710

Price: $100

Steelseries Rival 710

A lot of people say that this mouse is gimmicky, but the SteelSeries Rival 710 actually has some practical uses.

Its main feature is its included OLED display. By using the company’s own software, you can have it display important statistics and critical information about the games that you play. You can also use it for productivity tasks if that is what you want.

The included sensor is a bit dated but it is still quite accurate nevertheless. Its maximum DPI is only up to 12,000, but who goes higher than 3,000 DPI anyway?

This mouse is incredibly comfortable to wield. Its design allows you to play for extended periods of time and you will not have any problems at all.

What is interesting about this gaming peripheral is that it is fully modular. That means that you can change some of its parts to suit the new technology. 

For example, if you want to change its dated mouse sensor, you can remove its panel and replace it with a newer, compatible one.

You can also choose to change its side grips, overall weight, and some buttons as well. You could say that for all of the things that you are getting with this mouse, the price is justified.

The only problem with this mouse that you have to be aware of is that because of its modular nature, the rubber side grips could potentially not stick the way it used to.

Other than that, this is one of the most interesting gaming peripherals you can find on the market.

3.Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

Price: $115

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

If Razer has its Deathadder, Logitech has its G502. The design of the G502 is considered by most gamers as one of the most comfortable out there. That is so much so that even Razer and Corsair have copied its design and applied it to some of their mice as well.

Aside from its aesthetics, Logitech prides itself as a company that innovates on the mouse sensor front. True enough, this peripheral comes with the company’s own HERO sensor that is quite accurate and can go as high as 16,000 DPI.

In addition to its accuracy, the said HERO sensor is also quite energy-efficient as well. And, since this is the wireless version of the mouse, you want that efficiency here.

The company’s Lightspeed technology is basically its fancy term for wireless connectivity and to be honest, it is so fast and accurate that it even rivals its wired counterparts.

With an additional 11 programmable buttons, you can put any macro or program that you want using the Logitech G Hub software.

Even though this is marketed as a wireless mouse, you can actually play with it while it is plugged in. In fact, plugging it in is the only way you can charge this mouse right out of the box.

If you want more convenience when it comes to charging the mouse, you can spend some more money and get the Logitech Powerplay which is the company’s charging mouse mat.

All in all, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless deserves to be on this list because it is simply the best, especially among wireless gaming mice.

4.Razer Viper Ultimate

Price: $130

Razer Viper Ultimate

Some people shy away from getting wireless mice because they are quite heavy. And, with gamers flocking to play first-person shooters, they want a mouse that they can easily hold and use.

If you want a wireless mouse that is pretty light, there is no question that you should get the Razer Viper Ultimate. It is, at least at the time of writing, the lightest wireless gaming mouse on the market.

At only 74 grams, this is truly something that is worth considering even if you are a professional gamer.

It uses the same Focus+ sensor as the Deathadder V2 and the mouse is rated to last a full 70 hours on a single charge which is pretty insane.

And unlike the Logitech Mouse above, you can charge this device by putting it on its charging dock for ease of use (though, you can also play with it wired and charge it that way).

The Razer Viper Ultimate also has an ambidextrous design which can be a good thing or a bad thing. If you are a right-handed user, its ergonomics might not be as comfortable as the Deathadder. However, if you are a left-handed gamer, you will be happy that you can also wield a very competitive gaming mouse.

Aside from the fact that it is quite expensive, the other downside to this mouse is its buttons. Sure, it comes with optical switches which are rated to last up to 70 million clicks, but every time you do press upon its switches, it is not as stable as the Deathadder.

Still, having a competitive wireless gaming mouse in this day and age is worth it thanks to products such as this.

5.Razer Basilisk V2

Price: $85

Razer Basilisk V2

As mentioned earlier, Razer has copied the design of the Logitech G502 because it is one of the best mice out there in terms of ergonomics. Well, this next recommendation is a result of that.

The Razer Basilisk V2 may have copied the design of the G502, but it certainly has the features that make it a unique mouse nonetheless.

Its special feature is its 3 swappable paddles located on the left side of the mouse. The special paddle is known as the ‘Sniper’ button which, when pressed, effectively reduces the DPI to a preset value that is lower than the one you’re currently using. This should improve accuracy when you’re aiming down sights.

Another nifty feature of the Basilisk V2 is that it has a scroll wheel resistance setting that you can adjust by flicking a switch near the mouse’s sensor.

No, it doesn’t give you the same hyper scroll functionality that is found on the Logitech G502, but it certainly allows you to change the resistance of the scroll wheel. You can either have it smooth or you can also give it a lot more resistance if you want more accurate steps.

It goes without saying that this mouse also comes with the same sensor as the aforementioned Razer gaming mice and it is a pretty accurate one.

The only downside I can think of is that this mouse, while it does have onboard memory, can only store a couple of profiles and that’s it.

6.Logitech G Pro Wireless

Price: $150

Logitech G Pro Wireless

If you ask any FPS eSports player out there what their favorite gaming mouse is, I am pretty sure that a considerable number of them would say the Logitech G Pro Wireless.

This is one of the first gaming mice out there that has a competitive wireless sensor and you can probably guess that it is using Logitech’s 16K HERO sensor. It is not only an accurate and amazing performer, but its high efficiency makes the mouse last long before needing a charge.

At 81 grams, it is not as light as the Viper Ultimate above, but it was certainly the mouse that started the entire wireless gaming mouse revolution.

It has an ambidextrous design and the mouse is relatively small which means that it is ideal for claw and fingertip users (palm grip users might have to look somewhere else).

The battery life of this device is only 40 hours but the good thing is that you can play with it while its on the Logitech charging mouse mat mentioned earlier for uninterrupted and continuous gaming.

Aside from its amazing performance, another thing that impressed a lot of people the most is the fact that this mouse can take a beating. Even when you go on a full rage mode, this mouse can still perform perfectly well despite taking a beating.

With what you are getting, you might think that $150 is a steep price but let me remind you that this is the one that started the entire wireless gaming mouse revolution. So if anything, the price is warranted.

7.Corsair Nightsword RGB

Price: $70

Corsair Nightsword RGB

Now, upon reaching this part of the article, you might be saddened by the fact that there is no gaming mouse on the list that is perfectly suited for palm grip users, until now.

The Corsair Nightsword RGB is what I would consider the perfect gaming mouse for people with large hands. I can attest to this since I have pretty big hands myself.

Despite its bigger stature, the Nightsword RGB uses the PMW3391 Sensor from Pixart that can go as high as 18,000 DPI.

It comes with 10 fully programmable buttons and it also has 4 different RGB lighting zones which you can configure using the Corsair iCUE software.

By default, the mouse weighs 115 grams but it comes with removable weights that you can install that will increase its heft to 137 grams. Of course, the weight of the mouse is still a welcome choice considering that the increased heft leads to better accuracy and stability.

The mouse is perfectly suited for palm grip and claw grip users, so for people that use the fingertip grip, there are other options found in this article that is best suited for you.

While its performance across the board is pretty good, using the iCUE software can be pretty intimidating for first-time users. However, once you get the hang of it, you will find that it is one of the most robust gaming peripherals software out there.

8.Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Price: $69

Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Do you play Dota 2, League of Legends, or Heroes of the Storm? These are MOBA games that would require you to press a couple of buttons to activate certain abilities.

While any mouse can be used to play them, it would be ideal if you have a set of extra buttons that you can press on the fly. Fortunately, there are a lot of mice out there and one that I can recommend in 2020 is the Logitech G604 Lightspeed.

As you can tell by the product’s name, this is another amazing wireless gaming mouse from Logitech. Its standout feature is the 6 programmable buttons that you can find on the left side of the peripheral where your thumb usually rests.

The G604 is not only great from a gaming standpoint as this mouse is also fitted with the company’s infinite scroll wheel as well. That means that you can sift through your documents with ease without having to tire your index finger out.

If you are wondering what sensor it uses, it is using the same HERO 16K sensor as the aforementioned Logitech mice, so you know how well this performs.

Although this mouse doesn’t have any downsides from a technical and performance standpoint, it doesn’t come with RGB lighting. That is understandable considering that this mouse is a wireless one anyway and lighting systems can just eat away the device’s battery life.

It is also worth mentioning that the mouse itself uses AA batteries to operate. Do not worry as you can use the gaming peripheral for months before changing them anyway.

9.Corsair Scimitar Elite

Price: $80

Corsair Scimitar Elite

What if you do not play MOBA or FPS but instead, you are playing World of Warcraft or any other MMOs? If you are part of the latter, then this next recommendation is for you.

The Corsair Scimitar Elite is what I would consider the best gaming mouse for MMO players. For those of you who do not know, MMO is an acronym that stands for Massively Multiplayer Online games. World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV are just some prime examples of this.

Anyway, the Corsair Scimitar Elite is huge but it is without any reason. It has a large form factor to accommodate the 12 programmable buttons on the left side of it.

These buttons can be mapped to any skill, macro, or even some programs that you use while you are playing games. The possibilities are endless, especially if you have mastered the company’s iCUE software.

Now, its closest competitor is the Razer Naga Trinity but the said mouse hasn’t been updated for quite some time now. The Scimitar Elite comes with much-improved internals; more specifically, its use of the PMW-3391 sensor from Pixart that is also the same one that is used on the Nightsword above.

So, you not only have precise pixel-per-pixel tracking but you also get a lot of programmable buttons that you can use in your favorite MMO RPG as well.

What is interesting is that you can also move the 12-button panel up or down depending on your preference. This ensures that you can configure the layout to your liking which is a nice touch.

Do keep in mind that with such a massive gaming mouse, you can expect it to be heavy. True enough, the mouse weighs 122 grams, so it is only fit for palm and claw grip users.

Still, if you want the best MMO mouse on the market today, the Corsair Scimitar Elite takes the cake.

10.SteelSeries Rival 600

Price: $75

SteelSeries Rival 600

The last gaming mouse on this list is no slouch at all. The Steelseries Rival 600 has both the ergonomics, as well as the features that warrant its high price tag.

Let me first talk about its standout features. For one, the mouse actually uses two sensors. Dubbed as the company’s ‘TrueMove 3’, one sensor is used to detect side-to-side movement and the other sensor is responsible for gauging the lift-off distance.

The sensors basically work in tandem to provide you with accurate mouse movements even if you are the type of gamer that continuously lifts off their mouse during intense games.

Aside from its impressive tracking performance, the mouse also has a custom weight system that allows you to include weights in 4-gram increments to suit your preference. If you want a lighter mouse, remove the weights. If you want more stability, then adding some heft to it can help improve your aim at the cost of faster movements.

RGB aficionados will certainly love the 8-zone lighting that this mouse has. You can, of course, tweak its colors, as well as the other buttons found on this mouse using the company’s SteelSeries Engine.

Although there is a lot to love about the mouse, there have been user reports that the rubber side grips can peel off at any time. There’s probably some issue with the sticking material that was used, but the company has since resolved the problem by releasing a new batch. If you are going to buy the mouse now, you shouldn’t run into any problems at all.

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Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

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It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.

Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.

Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.

It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).

That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).

With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.

Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.

Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.

1080p and 4K Gaming

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.

Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.

You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.

NVIDIA Hardware Use

According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.

That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).

Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.

The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.

This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.

What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.

According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.

Conclusion

Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.

Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99

If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review

Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.

Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.

Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively. 

Design

Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.

The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.

Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.

It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.

I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.

The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.

For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.

The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.

You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.

Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.

However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.

It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.

I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.

Performance

Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.

Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.

How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.

It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.

This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.

The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.

Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.

Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.

In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.

Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.

I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.

Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.

There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.

This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup. 

While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.

All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.

The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.

Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.

That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.

I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.

Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.

As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.

Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.

Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.

Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.

The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.

Verdict

For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.

I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.

I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.

Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.

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The 10 Best Gaming Mice in 2020- Point, Click, Kill

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Among your gaming peripherals, which do you think has the most bearing when it comes to helping you win? Well, all of them can potentially give you a score, but a gaming mouse is certainly the most important.

You see, the mouse can help you point at a target in your favorite games, but it can also be used for productivity tasks as well. Without a mouse, you pretty much cannot do anything with your gaming setup.

If you are looking for the best, do read further to find out our recommendations for the best gaming mice in 2020.

Best Gaming Mice in 2020

1.Razer Deathadder V2

Price: $70

Razer Deathadder V2

If you have a winning product, you need not change a lot of things. If anything, you just improve upon the original design and that is what Razer did with their award-winning mouse.

The Razer Deathadder, now with ‘V2’ on its moniker, is the latest iteration of the mouse, and let me tell you, it is the best one yet.

It is armed with the company’s latest sensor that is able to reach up to 20,000 DPI. But more importantly, it is rated to reach 650 IPS which is pretty insane.

What made people fall in love with this particular mouse is its ergonomics. It is quite comfortable to hold which is something that you have to consider when you are playing for hours and hours.

It can suit all grip styles from palm to fingertip users, though it is most suited for palm and claw style grips.

The Razer Deathadder V2 is also the lightest version of the mouse that the company has ever created. At only 82 grams, it can definitely be used in first-person shooters like Apex Legends or CS:GO without a problem.

It might be the most expensive Deathadder you can buy from Razer’s product stack, but with all of the upgrades it has received, it is definitely worth the purchase.

2.Steelseries Rival 710

Price: $100

Steelseries Rival 710

A lot of people say that this mouse is gimmicky, but the SteelSeries Rival 710 actually has some practical uses.

Its main feature is its included OLED display. By using the company’s own software, you can have it display important statistics and critical information about the games that you play. You can also use it for productivity tasks if that is what you want.

The included sensor is a bit dated but it is still quite accurate nevertheless. Its maximum DPI is only up to 12,000, but who goes higher than 3,000 DPI anyway?

This mouse is incredibly comfortable to wield. Its design allows you to play for extended periods of time and you will not have any problems at all.

What is interesting about this gaming peripheral is that it is fully modular. That means that you can change some of its parts to suit the new technology. 

For example, if you want to change its dated mouse sensor, you can remove its panel and replace it with a newer, compatible one.

You can also choose to change its side grips, overall weight, and some buttons as well. You could say that for all of the things that you are getting with this mouse, the price is justified.

The only problem with this mouse that you have to be aware of is that because of its modular nature, the rubber side grips could potentially not stick the way it used to.

Other than that, this is one of the most interesting gaming peripherals you can find on the market.

3.Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

Price: $115

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

If Razer has its Deathadder, Logitech has its G502. The design of the G502 is considered by most gamers as one of the most comfortable out there. That is so much so that even Razer and Corsair have copied its design and applied it to some of their mice as well.

Aside from its aesthetics, Logitech prides itself as a company that innovates on the mouse sensor front. True enough, this peripheral comes with the company’s own HERO sensor that is quite accurate and can go as high as 16,000 DPI.

In addition to its accuracy, the said HERO sensor is also quite energy-efficient as well. And, since this is the wireless version of the mouse, you want that efficiency here.

The company’s Lightspeed technology is basically its fancy term for wireless connectivity and to be honest, it is so fast and accurate that it even rivals its wired counterparts.

With an additional 11 programmable buttons, you can put any macro or program that you want using the Logitech G Hub software.

Even though this is marketed as a wireless mouse, you can actually play with it while it is plugged in. In fact, plugging it in is the only way you can charge this mouse right out of the box.

If you want more convenience when it comes to charging the mouse, you can spend some more money and get the Logitech Powerplay which is the company’s charging mouse mat.

All in all, the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless deserves to be on this list because it is simply the best, especially among wireless gaming mice.

4.Razer Viper Ultimate

Price: $130

Razer Viper Ultimate

Some people shy away from getting wireless mice because they are quite heavy. And, with gamers flocking to play first-person shooters, they want a mouse that they can easily hold and use.

If you want a wireless mouse that is pretty light, there is no question that you should get the Razer Viper Ultimate. It is, at least at the time of writing, the lightest wireless gaming mouse on the market.

At only 74 grams, this is truly something that is worth considering even if you are a professional gamer.

It uses the same Focus+ sensor as the Deathadder V2 and the mouse is rated to last a full 70 hours on a single charge which is pretty insane.

And unlike the Logitech Mouse above, you can charge this device by putting it on its charging dock for ease of use (though, you can also play with it wired and charge it that way).

The Razer Viper Ultimate also has an ambidextrous design which can be a good thing or a bad thing. If you are a right-handed user, its ergonomics might not be as comfortable as the Deathadder. However, if you are a left-handed gamer, you will be happy that you can also wield a very competitive gaming mouse.

Aside from the fact that it is quite expensive, the other downside to this mouse is its buttons. Sure, it comes with optical switches which are rated to last up to 70 million clicks, but every time you do press upon its switches, it is not as stable as the Deathadder.

Still, having a competitive wireless gaming mouse in this day and age is worth it thanks to products such as this.

5.Razer Basilisk V2

Price: $85

Razer Basilisk V2

As mentioned earlier, Razer has copied the design of the Logitech G502 because it is one of the best mice out there in terms of ergonomics. Well, this next recommendation is a result of that.

The Razer Basilisk V2 may have copied the design of the G502, but it certainly has the features that make it a unique mouse nonetheless.

Its special feature is its 3 swappable paddles located on the left side of the mouse. The special paddle is known as the ‘Sniper’ button which, when pressed, effectively reduces the DPI to a preset value that is lower than the one you’re currently using. This should improve accuracy when you’re aiming down sights.

Another nifty feature of the Basilisk V2 is that it has a scroll wheel resistance setting that you can adjust by flicking a switch near the mouse’s sensor.

No, it doesn’t give you the same hyper scroll functionality that is found on the Logitech G502, but it certainly allows you to change the resistance of the scroll wheel. You can either have it smooth or you can also give it a lot more resistance if you want more accurate steps.

It goes without saying that this mouse also comes with the same sensor as the aforementioned Razer gaming mice and it is a pretty accurate one.

The only downside I can think of is that this mouse, while it does have onboard memory, can only store a couple of profiles and that’s it.

6.Logitech G Pro Wireless

Price: $150

Logitech G Pro Wireless

If you ask any FPS eSports player out there what their favorite gaming mouse is, I am pretty sure that a considerable number of them would say the Logitech G Pro Wireless.

This is one of the first gaming mice out there that has a competitive wireless sensor and you can probably guess that it is using Logitech’s 16K HERO sensor. It is not only an accurate and amazing performer, but its high efficiency makes the mouse last long before needing a charge.

At 81 grams, it is not as light as the Viper Ultimate above, but it was certainly the mouse that started the entire wireless gaming mouse revolution.

It has an ambidextrous design and the mouse is relatively small which means that it is ideal for claw and fingertip users (palm grip users might have to look somewhere else).

The battery life of this device is only 40 hours but the good thing is that you can play with it while its on the Logitech charging mouse mat mentioned earlier for uninterrupted and continuous gaming.

Aside from its amazing performance, another thing that impressed a lot of people the most is the fact that this mouse can take a beating. Even when you go on a full rage mode, this mouse can still perform perfectly well despite taking a beating.

With what you are getting, you might think that $150 is a steep price but let me remind you that this is the one that started the entire wireless gaming mouse revolution. So if anything, the price is warranted.

7.Corsair Nightsword RGB

Price: $70

Corsair Nightsword RGB

Now, upon reaching this part of the article, you might be saddened by the fact that there is no gaming mouse on the list that is perfectly suited for palm grip users, until now.

The Corsair Nightsword RGB is what I would consider the perfect gaming mouse for people with large hands. I can attest to this since I have pretty big hands myself.

Despite its bigger stature, the Nightsword RGB uses the PMW3391 Sensor from Pixart that can go as high as 18,000 DPI.

It comes with 10 fully programmable buttons and it also has 4 different RGB lighting zones which you can configure using the Corsair iCUE software.

By default, the mouse weighs 115 grams but it comes with removable weights that you can install that will increase its heft to 137 grams. Of course, the weight of the mouse is still a welcome choice considering that the increased heft leads to better accuracy and stability.

The mouse is perfectly suited for palm grip and claw grip users, so for people that use the fingertip grip, there are other options found in this article that is best suited for you.

While its performance across the board is pretty good, using the iCUE software can be pretty intimidating for first-time users. However, once you get the hang of it, you will find that it is one of the most robust gaming peripherals software out there.

8.Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Price: $69

Logitech G604 Lightspeed

Do you play Dota 2, League of Legends, or Heroes of the Storm? These are MOBA games that would require you to press a couple of buttons to activate certain abilities.

While any mouse can be used to play them, it would be ideal if you have a set of extra buttons that you can press on the fly. Fortunately, there are a lot of mice out there and one that I can recommend in 2020 is the Logitech G604 Lightspeed.

As you can tell by the product’s name, this is another amazing wireless gaming mouse from Logitech. Its standout feature is the 6 programmable buttons that you can find on the left side of the peripheral where your thumb usually rests.

The G604 is not only great from a gaming standpoint as this mouse is also fitted with the company’s infinite scroll wheel as well. That means that you can sift through your documents with ease without having to tire your index finger out.

If you are wondering what sensor it uses, it is using the same HERO 16K sensor as the aforementioned Logitech mice, so you know how well this performs.

Although this mouse doesn’t have any downsides from a technical and performance standpoint, it doesn’t come with RGB lighting. That is understandable considering that this mouse is a wireless one anyway and lighting systems can just eat away the device’s battery life.

It is also worth mentioning that the mouse itself uses AA batteries to operate. Do not worry as you can use the gaming peripheral for months before changing them anyway.

9.Corsair Scimitar Elite

Price: $80

Corsair Scimitar Elite

What if you do not play MOBA or FPS but instead, you are playing World of Warcraft or any other MMOs? If you are part of the latter, then this next recommendation is for you.

The Corsair Scimitar Elite is what I would consider the best gaming mouse for MMO players. For those of you who do not know, MMO is an acronym that stands for Massively Multiplayer Online games. World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV are just some prime examples of this.

Anyway, the Corsair Scimitar Elite is huge but it is without any reason. It has a large form factor to accommodate the 12 programmable buttons on the left side of it.

These buttons can be mapped to any skill, macro, or even some programs that you use while you are playing games. The possibilities are endless, especially if you have mastered the company’s iCUE software.

Now, its closest competitor is the Razer Naga Trinity but the said mouse hasn’t been updated for quite some time now. The Scimitar Elite comes with much-improved internals; more specifically, its use of the PMW-3391 sensor from Pixart that is also the same one that is used on the Nightsword above.

So, you not only have precise pixel-per-pixel tracking but you also get a lot of programmable buttons that you can use in your favorite MMO RPG as well.

What is interesting is that you can also move the 12-button panel up or down depending on your preference. This ensures that you can configure the layout to your liking which is a nice touch.

Do keep in mind that with such a massive gaming mouse, you can expect it to be heavy. True enough, the mouse weighs 122 grams, so it is only fit for palm and claw grip users.

Still, if you want the best MMO mouse on the market today, the Corsair Scimitar Elite takes the cake.

10.SteelSeries Rival 600

Price: $75

SteelSeries Rival 600

The last gaming mouse on this list is no slouch at all. The Steelseries Rival 600 has both the ergonomics, as well as the features that warrant its high price tag.

Let me first talk about its standout features. For one, the mouse actually uses two sensors. Dubbed as the company’s ‘TrueMove 3’, one sensor is used to detect side-to-side movement and the other sensor is responsible for gauging the lift-off distance.

The sensors basically work in tandem to provide you with accurate mouse movements even if you are the type of gamer that continuously lifts off their mouse during intense games.

Aside from its impressive tracking performance, the mouse also has a custom weight system that allows you to include weights in 4-gram increments to suit your preference. If you want a lighter mouse, remove the weights. If you want more stability, then adding some heft to it can help improve your aim at the cost of faster movements.

RGB aficionados will certainly love the 8-zone lighting that this mouse has. You can, of course, tweak its colors, as well as the other buttons found on this mouse using the company’s SteelSeries Engine.

Although there is a lot to love about the mouse, there have been user reports that the rubber side grips can peel off at any time. There’s probably some issue with the sticking material that was used, but the company has since resolved the problem by releasing a new batch. If you are going to buy the mouse now, you shouldn’t run into any problems at all.

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Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

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Amazon Luna

It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.

Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.

Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.

It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).

That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).

With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.

Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.

Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.

1080p and 4K Gaming

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.

Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.

You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.

NVIDIA Hardware Use

According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.

That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).

Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.

The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.

This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.

What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.

According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.

Conclusion

Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.

Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99

If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500

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Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.

Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.

Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively. 

Design

Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.

The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.

Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.

It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.

I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.

The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.

For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.

The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.

You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.

Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.

However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.

It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.

I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.

Performance

Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.

Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.

How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.

It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.

This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.

The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.

Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.

Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.

In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.

Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.

I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.

Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.

There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.

This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup. 

While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.

All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.

The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.

Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.

That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.

I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.

Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.

As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.

Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.

Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.

Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.

The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.

Verdict

For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.

I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.

I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.

Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.

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