Connect with us

Gaming

The Best Wireless Gaming Headsets in 2020- Enjoy Your Tunes Wirelessly

Avatar

Published

on

Sennheiser GSP 670

Gaming headsets provide convenience because it not only gives you a more immersive experience when you play your games, but you also get to communicate with your buddies as well.

That being said, while they are convenient in a sense, you’d have to contend with wires and if you are playing in your living room, for instance, that might not be a good experience at all.

So today, I am going to be talking about the best wireless gaming headsets in 2020. These provide convenience, as well as peace of mind, knowing that you do not have to worry about wires getting tangled up or of short length or what have you.

Before Buying

Before you head out there and buy your own gaming headset, it is important for you to know that wireless gaming headsets, in general, are more expensive than their wired counterparts.

Part of the reason why not a lot of people have bought these things is that they were quite expensive back then. However, getting a good wireless gaming headset is cheaper now and it should be well within the budget of most consumers.

That being said, what are the things that you need to consider when buying one? Here are some factors:

1.Platform Support

All wireless gaming headsets that you can find on the market should work on a PC, but if you are planning to get one for your game console, it is important that you look at the box first before purchasing.

You see, at the time of writing this article, there is no pair of headphones that have wireless support for both Xbox or Playstation console. That means that if you are going to buy a wireless headset for your game consoles, you’d have to buy one for each.

If you only intend to use it on a Playstation, you can readily buy one that supports the said platform. Again, this is quite important, especially if you want it to work without any problems.

2.Battery Life

Because wireless gaming headsets do not use wires to operate, they use their own sets of batteries to power them up.

If you want peace of mind, you’d want to go for a gaming headset that can last a really long time. The minimum that I would recommend is 20 hours of battery life, but you can get the ones that have a lower number if it has all of the features that you want (just make sure to charge the headset often).

3.Range

Do you plan to use the headset within the vicinity of your console or PC or do you want to head to the bathroom (which is a bit far away from your game room) and still hear the sounds of the games that you play?

You should get a pair of wireless headphones that have a good range, especially if you intend to go away from the main room for a while. This is to ensure that you are still going to hear things despite being far away from the source.

4.Sound Quality

Another reason why some people shy away from getting wireless headsets is that they do not have the same audiophile quality as that of their wired counterparts.

While that is partly true, wireless gaming headsets have come a really long way and I think that you should try them out now as they produce somewhat comparable sound quality than your regular wired headphones.

5.Price

As mentioned earlier, wireless headsets are pricier than their wired counterparts, so you’d have to be willing to spend a bit more in the process.

Best Wireless Gaming Headsets

1.SteelSeries Arctis 7

Price: $150

SteelSeries Arctis 7

One of the best headsets out there is the Steelseries Arctis 7. It is one of the most comfortable I’ve ever used thanks to the cushioning system on the band itself and the ear pads are quite comfortable to the touch as well.

It uses 40mm neodymium drivers and although I would have loved a little bit more kick in the bass department, it is still relatively good for most use-cases.

The headband needs a special mention here because its design makes everything float a little bit, which means that the entire weight of the cans does not fall on your head. This allows you to wear the headset for hours without tiring yourself out.

It can last up to 24 hours with the volume set to 70% and its microphone is kind of good, albeit it is a bit tinny for my taste.

I also love the fact that this thing has had a huge price drop. Normally, this was priced at $200 but you can now get it for just $150 which I think is a steal, in my opinion.

2.HyperX Cloud Flight S

Price: $160

HyperX Cloud Flight S

Kingston’s own gaming division, HyperX, has created a lot of amazing gaming headsets over the years and the company’s latest wireless headset is definitely one that you should consider getting.

The HyperX Cloud Flight S offers superb wireless range, albeit it can only be used on the PC and not on game consoles or your smartphone (because it lacks Bluetooth support).

It has a pretty good battery life and you can also charge it wirelessly using any Qi-compatible charger.

I do have to point out that in my testing, this thing has a bit of a higher latency compared to the others on this list, though I doubt that people would notice this.

Anyway, the HyperX Cloud Flight S got its name for its amazing comfort and if you intend to play marathon sessions, this is one that you should definitely consider getting.

3.Astro A50 Gen 4 (2019)

Price: $275

Astro A50 Gen 4 (2019)

If you are thinking about getting the Xbox Series X as soon as it comes out, then you need to be prepared in the audio department, and one of the best wireless gaming headsets for the Xbox is the Astro A50 Gen 4.

Although this was released a year ago, this thing really rocks, especially in its sound quality. I do have to say that this is one of the bulkier headsets that you can find on the market, so you will feel that it is on your noggin after a couple of minutes.

Its charging dock also acts as a relay that you can plug into your Xbox game console so that it will work while you play at your convenience.

I also love the fact that you can use it in Bluetooth mode so that you can also pair this with your smartphone- a feature that is not present in some headsets on the market.

Its microphone is good and I’d go on to say that it is one of the best microphones in a wireless gaming headset today.

I have a couple of gripes that need to be mentioned though. For one, this thing leaks a lot of audio, so if you do not want others to hear what you are hearing, this may not be the most ideal choice.

Second, you should take care of its docking station because it is a proprietary product and 50% of the headset’s features can only be enabled using the said device.

The third, it is on the bulky side and you’d probably want to consider getting a smaller one when it comes to comfort.

If you are willing to accept all of these shortcomings, the Astro A50 Gen 4 is still quite a good gaming headset, especially for your Xbox.

4.Sennheiser GSP 670

Price: $320

Sennheiser GSP 670

You’ve probably heard a lot about Sennheiser before and that is because the company has a pretty good reputation when it comes to audio equipment.

That being said, the GSP 600 is the company’s foray into the gaming scene and it has garnered pretty good reviews across the board. The Sennheiser GPS 670 is just its wireless counterpart but the sound quality and feature set should remain relatively the same.

If you truly value sound quality, then there is no doubt that the GPS 670 can deliver. It uses Neodymium magnet drivers and has a frequency response of 10Hz-23,000Hz so you will know that this thing can handle all of that bass.

It has a detachable microphone that you can remove if you are not using it and I’d have to say that it produces crystal-clear audio. What’s more, you can use it on your smartphone because it can connect via Bluetooth as well.

The only thing that could have been improved here is the design. The Sennheiser GSP 670 is a bit bulky and the design is not as polished as other gaming headsets on the market.

But, if you really want something that you can use as a daily driver, especially when it comes to listening to some tunes and in-game sound, this thing will surely be a good one nevertheless.

5.SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

Price: $200

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

Another great headset that you can use on your Xbox game console is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. If you do not like our previous recommendation, the Astro A50, this is the one that you should get.

One of the best things about this product is that it can connect to your Xbox the same way as its controller which means that you no longer have to use any proprietary docking stations or what have you just for this thing to operate.

What’s more, it has onboard memory so that you can tweak its sound on the PC, save your profile, and it should still sound the same when you plug it into your game console and that is indeed pretty convenient.

The Arctis 9X is also a survivor as you can get more than 30 hours of battery life with moderate use. Its microphone produces crystal-clear audio, thus making this perfect if you want to communicate with your teammates in-game.

The only issue that I have is that its bass could have been improved and the comfort of the headset leaves much to be desired.

But other than that, this is another solid choice.

6.Razer Nari Ultimate

Price: $170

Razer Nari Ultimate

The Razer Nari Ultimate has the gaming community divided. On one hand, some people like its ‘HyperSense’ feature which produces haptic feedback based on certain elements in the game, while others say that this is just a frivolous feature that could have been removed to save people some money.

But, to be honest, I find that skeptical people have their fears unwarranted. You see, the haptic feedback doesn’t produce any sound at all and it only affects how immersive the game is and nothing else. That means that you should not worry about any vibrations whatsoever.

I also love the fact that most of the controls that you would set or tinker are on the headset itself, such as the ability to mute the microphone, adjust the volume, among many others.

Of course, you can tweak its parameters using the Razer Synapse software, but I do love almost everything about this headset, except for the fact that its wireless connectivity only supports the PC and Playstation console.

Other than that, you should give the Razer Nari Ultimate a try.

7.Corsair HS70

Price: $80

Corsair HS70

If you just want to try wireless gaming headsets out without spending exorbitant amounts of money, then the Corsair HS70 is for you.

I love what Corsair did here because it borrows some of the elements that are found in the company’s more premium headsets and baked it into this budget offering.

It uses 50mm drivers which produces a lot of bass when needed, though this thing has a flat sound signature which is perfectly suited for all music types.

This thing has a detachable microphone so you can safely remove it when it is not in use. Its quality is okay, though I wouldn’t recommend this if you are thinking about doing a podcast, for example. If that is the case, you should consider getting dedicated microphones for that.

The HS70 plugs into your PC using its included 2.4GHz dongle so there is ease of use here. Its range is pretty good as you can be 30 feet away from the source and still do not experience any loss of sound or quality.

As a budget headset, you should expect some compromises, but this thing only has one and that is in the comfort department.

Because of the use of faux leather, your skin might not adapt to the thing well, but it should fit any-sized noggin out there.

So, if you want to try out some wireless gaming headsets without breaking the bank, the Corsair HS70 is quite an appealing choice.

Gaming

Xbox Series X- When Will It Be Released and What Does It Bring to the Table?

Avatar

Published

on

Microsoft Xbox Series X

After months of hype and speculations, the Microsoft Xbox Series X has finally been unveiled to the public and we now know a lot more information about the upcoming game console than ever before.

In this article, I will go over the key points that you need to know about Microsoft’s console, such as release dates, pricing, new features and technologies, and so much more.

Release Date and Pricing

The Xbox Series X will be released on November 10 and pre-orders will start as early as September 22. The price of the said game console will be $499 which is in-line with Sony’s Playstation 5 disc edition.

Unlike Sony where the company has decided to employ a staggered release date for its PS5 consoles, the Microsoft Xbox Series X will be released on the same date worldwide. Of course, there is the challenge of availability considering that we are still suffering from a global pandemic, which is why pre-ordering the console (assuming that you want to get one) makes a whole lot of sense.

Design

Microsoft Xbox Series X 1

Unlike previous Xbox consoles, the Series X will actually have a more tower-like design with some air vents that can be visibly seen on top of the device.

The Series X will also feature a 4K Blu-ray player, so you could say that it is indeed quite similar to what Sony has to offer.

As of the time of writing this article, the console will only be available in black, though with the release of prior Xbox consoles, a white-colored Xbox is not too far off.

The more vertical design of the upcoming gaming machine might prove to be challenging for some people, especially when it comes to desk space. You will need to have adequate space to rest the console on the surface.

Specs

Microsoft Xbox Series X Design

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen Custom Zen 2, 8-cores/16-threads (via SMT) @3.8GHz (boost) and 3.6GHz (base)
  • GPU: AMD Custom RDNA 2 GPU with 52 Compute Units, 12 TFLOPS, and @ 1.825GHz
  • Process (nodes): 7nm Enhanced
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6, 320-bit Bus, 10GB @ 560GB/s and GB @ 336GB/s memory bandwidth
  • Internal Storage: 1GB Custom NVMe SSD, 4.8 GB/s (read) and 2.4 GB/s (write) (both are theoretical values)
  • Storage Expansion: 1TB
  • External Storage Support: USB 3.2 External HDD
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
  • Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, up to 120FPS (Theoretical)

I am really very excited about the new-gen consoles because they are packed with serious hardware that allows you to play games at 4K resolution without any issues.

Just like the PS5, the Xbox Series X is also powered by a custom AMD Ryzen CPU (using Zen 2 architecture) and a custom AMD GPU (using the new RDNA2 architecture). This performance package should allow you to play games at 4K@ 60 frames per second ‘comfortably’ (at least according to Microsoft Xbox president, Phil Spencer) and it could even give you the right amount of processing power to achieve more than 60 frames per second (up to 120 frames per second, theoretically).

The CPU, according to Digital Foundry, has a base clock of 3.6GHz and it boosts up to 3.8GHz. The good thing is that the boosting algorithms will only kick in when the console needs more horsepower which can be a good thing both from a performance and thermals standpoint.

It is also worth noting that the new Xbox will support ray tracing. Thus, you can enable such a feature in the games that support it and you will not have to worry about any performance penalties at all since the hardware is more than capable.

This new and upcoming game console will also be using a custom 1TB NVMe SSD which is 100+ GB more than what the PS5 has to offer.

While Spencer didn’t mention anything specific, the SSD that comes in the Xbox Series X should be faster than any consumer SSD that you can find on the market up to this point.

This would mean that if you are going to use its expansion slot to add more storage, you will have to buy an SSD directly from Microsoft if you want to get the best performance possible out of a storage drive.

If you are okay with using an external hard drive, it can support one that is using a USB 3.2 Gen 1 cable.

The optical drive is a 4K Blu-Ray player and each game disc can hold as much as 100GB of storage (though it is more likely that each disc can contain an amount lower than that).

Features

The Microsoft Xbox Series X has a lot of nice features up its sleeve. For one, it has the new Velocity architecture that makes good use of the console’s NVMe SSD, thus virtually eliminating load times.

In line with the said technology, you will also get to enjoy the ‘Quick Resume’ feature where you can pick up right where you left off almost instantly thanks to the use of a new DirectStorage API and Sampler Feedback Streaming (SFS) technologies.

The Xbox Series X will also have VRR or Variable Refresh Rate and Auto Low Latency Mode or ALLM to provide you with a smooth gaming experience. The former will eliminate screen tearing and improve overall frame rates and the latter will ensure that it will use your chosen display’s lowest latency mode for maximum performance.

Because the Playstation 5 can support 8K resolution, Phil Spencer also said that the Microsoft Xbox Series X can also handle that as well, though it remains to be seen if the gaming experience will be somewhat enjoyable, given how taxing the said resolution can be.

Controller

Microsoft Xbox Series X Controller

Unlike the DualSense controller that comes with the PS5, not much is known about the Series X’s controller. Spencer did say that it will have a slimmer form factor and its D-Pad is vastly improved (to mimic the Xbox Elite controller which is a 3rd-party peripheral).

The rumble motors are reported to make a comeback, though I do not know if it will be a better implementation than the haptics that are embedded in the DualSense controller.

It seems that lowering the latency is one of the top priorities of the company as Spencer said that it will have a Dynamic Latency Input feature that will significantly reduce the input lag of the said controller. Of course, this will be tested in our review once the unit is available.

Games

It is a bit of a disappointment that Halo Infinite, which used to be a launch title, is delayed until 2021. There are still plenty of different games, however, and here are just some of the most notable ones:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Avowed
  • Battlefield 6
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
  • Chivalry 2
  • Control: Ultimate Edition
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dirt 5
  • Dragon Age 4
  • Dying Light 2
  • Everwild
  • Exomecha
  • Fable
  • Far Cry 6
  • FIFA 21
  • Gears 5
  • Graven
  • Hood: Outlaws and Legends
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • New Genesis: Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Scorn
  • State of Decay 3
  • Watch Dogs: Legion

Backward Compatibility and Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft Xbox Series X Game Pass

A lot of people were disappointed by the fact that the Playstation 5 only supports PS4 games and is not backward compatible with the older generation Playstation consoles. The Microsoft Xbox Series X is different.

You see, it not only supports all of the games from its predecessor’s content portfolio, but it will also support most of the games of the older generation platforms as well. This means that even the original Xbox games are playable on the new game console which is a really good thing.

You would want to register for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate so that you can unlock all of the games. It is worth noting that by getting the game pass, you also have the privilege of using the company’s xCloud feature that allows you to play Xbox games while you are on the go. Think of this as an improved version of Google Stadia.

Conclusion

I am really impressed with what the Microsoft Xbox Series X has to offer. Aside from its very powerful hardware, its new features and technologies will certainly improve your gaming experience manifold.

By getting the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you get to enjoy your favorite Xbox games while on the go, while also unlocking all of the possible older-generation games that are playable on the new platform.

It remains to be seen if the new controller is better, but I am eager to find out if the new low latency feature can truly decrease input lag by a lot.

Remember that you can already pre-order your own unit today and the console will be officially released on November 10 in all regions. It costs $499.

Continue Reading

Gaming

The Best Wireless Gaming Keyboards for a Clean and Minimalist Setup

Avatar

Published

on

Razer Turret

Almost all of the new peripherals that you can find on the market are going wireless. From gaming headsets to gaming mice, things have cut their cords in favor of a more seamless experience.

That being said, keyboards are generally okay to be used wired, but if you want a clean setup, you may want to consider one of the best wireless gaming keyboards in 2020.

Why Wireless?

There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to go wireless. The first is for convenience. Although I’ve really loved my wired headphones, wireless gaming headsets have provided me with a chance to not have to deal with any cables getting plugged into my PC.

Gaming mice have certainly matched or even bested their wired counterparts. Although they are more expensive, using a wireless peripheral allows for those quick movements without any compromises.

A wireless gaming keyboard might not be what you need right now, but it can certainly be useful, especially if you are looking to cut as many wires as possible to have a clean setup.

It is also a great idea to get one since you can play games while you’re sitting on the couch. I have a lot of friends that wire their PCs to their 4K TVs and just play while they’re relaxing on the sofa using their wireless gaming peripherals.

With all of those being said, I will now recommend some of the best wireless gaming keyboards that you can find on the market today.

Best Wireless Gaming Keyboards

1.Logitech G915

Price: $240

Logitech G915 Review

The best wireless gaming keyboard, in my opinion, is the Logitech G915. It is a full-sized mechanical gaming keyboard with five macro buttons located on the left side and some media controls situated at the top-right corner of the peripheral.

It uses the company’s own Romer-G mechanical switches which have a low-profile design and good tactile feedback on every keypress. If you’ve grown accustomed to using laptop keyboards, then this should feel right at home.

You can set different macros and save them in the keyboard’s three onboard profiles so you will not have to use the Logitech G Hub software if you do not want to.

Its RGB lighting is okay though if you want to save its battery, you would want to leave that turned off.

Speaking of battery life, this thing can last up to 40 hours without its lighting enabled and around 20 hours if it is. To me, that is pretty good.

You can charge this thing using the included cable, so if you want the convenience of not having to worry about this thing’s battery, you can use it wired if you want.

This thing has a solid build quality and it looks and feels premium. That should be the case considering that this is a $240 peripheral.

Although its price is definitely steep, the Logitech G915 provides you with a seamless gaming experience.

2.Obinslab Anne Pro 2

Price: $110

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

If you want a minimalist wireless keyboard, then the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is for you. This is a ‘60%’ keyboard and for those of you who do not know what it is, this just means that the Numpad and the section with the INS and DEL keys are removed- giving you a more compact keyboard.

A lot of gamers actually want this form factor as you only have to deal with the keys that you are most likely going to use anyway.

It has RGB lighting though you’d want to disable it if you want to maximize its battery life.

It connects via Bluetooth and can connect up to four devices at any time. This is great because you can use it on your tablet or any mobile device that uses Bluetooth technology.

I also love the fact that you have plenty of switch options to choose from. You can either select Gateron, Cherry MX, and a host of other mainstream mechanical key switches.

The only downside to this thing is its form factor. If you are not okay with the omission of the Numpad and INS-DEL keys, then this is not for you.

However, if you are a gamer who wants a minimalist setup, the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is certainly one of the best out there.

3.Logitech G613

Price: $73

Logitech G613

Not all wireless gaming keyboards need to be expensive. The Logitech G613 has received a huge price cut! It was originally sold for $130 but you can get one now for just $73 which is a pretty good deal!

Its design is nearly identical to the G915, albeit that it doesn’t have any backlighting whatsoever. This can be a good thing since, as I’ve mentioned numerous times before, it can help extend the peripheral’s battery life.

You still have some dedicated macro keys situated on the left side of the board and you also have the media control buttons on the top-right as well. To unlock the full potential of this keyboard, you will need to use the G Hub software.

It has a plastic wrist rest that is somewhat comfortable, but for people that do not want a wrist rest attached to their keyboards, you are out of luck. That is because the wrist rest is not removable at all. This could be a potential downside.

You can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or its 2.4GHz USB dongle. You may want to use the latter for better performance, but if you are using a mobile device that has Bluetooth 5.0, the wireless signal should not be a huge issue at all.

My only gripe with this thing is that you will have to buy two AA batteries to power this thing. Do not worry, if you get one of those Energizer batteries or any heavy-duty ones, then this thing should last for a whopping 18 months which is pretty insane!

4.Logitech MX Keys

Price: $100

Logitech MX Keys

Although marketed as an ‘office’ keyboard, the Logitech MX Keys can actually still be used in gaming. In fact, I’ve known some people that really love using this thing over a standard mechanical gaming keyboard.

Instead of the usual mechanical key switches, the MX Keys actually use tactile scissor switches. Its feel is somewhat similar to what you can find in laptops and provide you with a nice tactile feedback on every keypress.

This keyboard connects to your PC or laptop via Bluetooth and the signal doesn’t drop at all. That means that you can play your games with full confidence knowing that this thing won’t bail on you.

Even though you cannot program macros or whatnot and your use-case is limited to just typing and gaming, the Logitech MX Keys provide you with a seamless experience across the board.

5.Corsair K63 Wireless

Price: $60

Corsair K63 Wireless

Corsair is another competent gaming peripherals manufacturer. I really love some of their gaming mice and their keyboards are pretty good as well.

That being said, the Corsair K63 Wireless is the perfect wireless gaming peripheral for people that are on a budget.

At $60, it is really tough to beat. It uses Cherry MX Red switches which are the de-facto standard for gaming keyboards. It provides a good feel, though some typists might find it a bit harder to use due to its lightweight nature.

This thing connects via a USB dongle and it only has blue/white backlighting. In my usage, I was able to use this keyboard for 15 hours with its backlighting turned on, about 25 hours with it set to its lowest brightness, and around 70 hours without any backlighting enabled.

It does have onboard batteries that you can recharge when using the included USB cable. In fact, you can use this peripheral with the cable wired to your PC as well.

The K63’s weakness is its battery life, but if you’re okay with it, it is actually a pretty good wireless gaming keyboard nevertheless.

6.Razer Turret

Price: $250

Razer Turret

The Razer Turret is more of a complete package because it not only has a gaming keyboard but it also comes with a gaming mouse as well.

You basically have a huge lapboard that can house all of the keys of the keyboard, as well as a nice surface for your mouse to glide on.

This is a complete solution for people that want to engage in some couch gaming and its wireless signal is unparalleled for that seamless and uninterrupted gaming.

You only get one choice of keys in the form of the Razer greens. They are tactile and clicky but for the most part, they are good for typing and gaming.

The included mouse is also quite competitive. Its sensor is accurate and it can be set to a whopping 16,000 DPI (not that people would use it in real-world scenarios, but the option is there).

It works seamlessly in both the Xbox and the PC, so this is definitely one of the best gaming peripherals to get out there, especially for couch gaming.

7.Corsair K83 Wireless

Price: $95

Corsair K83 Wireless

The Corsair K83 Wireless is marketed as an ‘entertainment’ keyboard but in reality, it is actually a great lapboard for gaming. It is somewhat similar to the Razer Turret above in the sense that you get a keyboard and a mouse, but instead of a ‘true’ gaming mouse, you get a touchpad with some buttons for the left and right mouse clicks.

It uses scissor switches which are a bit mushy for my tastes, but it will certainly do for most gamers.

It can connect wirelessly to your device or computer via Bluetooth or its included USB wireless receiver and using both of them yielded no problems on my end.

The ‘WASD’ keys have a different color and are a bit more textured than the regular keys which can be helpful if you are playing battle royale or first-person shooters.

Although using its touchpad is clunky, in my opinion, the Corsair K83 Wireless can still be good for couch gaming.

Continue Reading

Gaming

Steelseries Apex 7 Review- A Gaming Keyboard with a Cool OLED Display

Avatar

Published

on

Steelseries Apex 7 Review

Steelseries is one of those gaming peripherals manufacturers that have an ace up its sleeve and one of its products, the Steelseries Apex 7, has one nifty feature that you will probably like.

I am going to be reviewing the said mechanical gaming keyboard today. What are my thoughts about it? Read through the rest of this piece to find out.

Design

If you have seen the Steelseries Apex 7 Pro, then the design of its younger brother is quite similar to that. In fact, other than the mechanical switches that are used, the Steelseries Apex 7 looks exactly the same as its ‘Pro’ counterpart.

Here you have a full-sized keyboard that is a bit more compact than others that you can find on the market. It has a volume scroll wheel at the top right and situated directly to its left is the hallmark feature which is the OLED display (more on this later).

Since this is a premium product, you can expect a really good build quality on this one. The company has used aircraft-grade aluminum to ensure that there will be no flexing or creaking when you use this peripheral.

The keycaps use ABS plastic but I would have preferred to use PBT keycaps since they feel much smoother. This won’t be a huge issue for most users though.

Because the keycaps are laser-etched, the RGB lighting can be quite tame by comparison. If you are an RGB fan, this might turn you off, but to compensate for this, you can maximize the LED brightness setting in the Steelseries Engine software.

The Steelseries Apex 7 uses two USB cables and that is because one is used to power the peripheral and the other is used for the USB pass-through that is situated in the top-left corner. You can use the said port to transfer data or plug in your gaming mouse, for instance, but you cannot use it for charging your mobile device as it is a low-powered port.

Upon looking at the keyboard, you might find that the INS key up to the page down key has M1-M6 imprinted on them. That is because you can use the keys for your macros which can be set using the aforementioned software.

Lastly, the Steelseries Apex 7 comes with a plastic wrist rest with a soft matte coating. It is not as comfortable as those leather ones but it is still comfortable nevertheless.

Keys

Steelseries Apex 7 Review 2020

Unlike the ‘Pro’ version, the Steelseries Apex 7 makes use of the company’s mechanical red switches. They are rated to last up to 50 million keystrokes and they also have N-key rollover as well which means that all of the keys (no matter how many of them you press at the same time) will register on the screen.

Just like Cherry MX Switches, you have three choices to choose from. You can choose the linear red switch, the tactile brown switch, and the clicky blue switch.

Personally, I like the blue switch since I really love clicky switches, but for most users, you would probably want to choose either the red or the brown variant.

My review sample has the red switches and they are actually great for gaming. But, I have to caution you about something.

Normally, mechanical switches have some sort of resistance when you type on them. That is what separates them from the mushy feeling of rubber-dome keys.

The Steelseries Apex 7 is somewhat in the middle. It is not mushy like rubber-dome switches but it certainly does not feel like your conventional mechanical switches as well. This is not to say that it doesn’t feel right; it just feels weird in comparison, especially if you have used mechanical gaming keyboards for quite some time.

Performance

The linear red switches are great for gaming. I’ve had no issues using the Apex 7 in fast-paced games at all thanks to the fact that it doesn’t have that tactile bump that is found in brown and blue switches.

I also love the fact that the RGB lighting can be used to your advantage. For instance, you can set the lighting to let you know the status of your health in the games that you play. Of course, it takes some time doing this as you would have to set things in the Steelseries Engine program, but you would only have to do it once. In fact, you can exit the program after use since you can save the profile to the peripheral’s onboard memory.

For maximum performance, I advise you to update the keyboard’s software. You should be prompted after firing up the device’s software.

OLED Display

Steelseries Apex 7

What separates the Steelseries Apex 7 apart from other gaming keyboards is its OLED display. When this was first implemented in one of the company’s gaming mice, it was considered as a gimmick, but it can actually be quite useful if you really take the time to set things up nicely.

You can use the OLED display to provide you with some useful information about the games that you play or the programs that you are using.

When I work, I’ve used the OLED display to provide me with the current information about the song that is playing on my Spotify playlist.

You can use the said feature to tell you to display some important statistics in the games that you play. The usability is extensive- you just have to commit some time to set things up first before you can truly enjoy it.

If there is one thing that could have been improved, it would have been nice if the display was a bit larger. But, it works nicely.

Verdict

From a performance standpoint, the Steelseries Apex 7 is just like any other gaming keyboard that you can find on the market. Although it uses the company’s own switches, it feels somewhat similar to Cherry MX switches that are commonly found in mechanical keyboards.

However, what sets it apart is its OLED display which, once configured, can be quite helpful in daily and gaming tasks.

Do I recommend the Steelseries Apex 7? I wouldn’t say that I would 100% recommend this thing to anyone who is looking for a gaming keyboard, but what I would say is that the OLED display is quite an appealing and nifty feature that you may want to try out.

This keyboard retails for $160.

Continue Reading

Trending Story

Gaming

The Best Wireless Gaming Headsets in 2020- Enjoy Your Tunes Wirelessly

Avatar

Published

on

Sennheiser GSP 670

Gaming headsets provide convenience because it not only gives you a more immersive experience when you play your games, but you also get to communicate with your buddies as well.

That being said, while they are convenient in a sense, you’d have to contend with wires and if you are playing in your living room, for instance, that might not be a good experience at all.

So today, I am going to be talking about the best wireless gaming headsets in 2020. These provide convenience, as well as peace of mind, knowing that you do not have to worry about wires getting tangled up or of short length or what have you.

Before Buying

Before you head out there and buy your own gaming headset, it is important for you to know that wireless gaming headsets, in general, are more expensive than their wired counterparts.

Part of the reason why not a lot of people have bought these things is that they were quite expensive back then. However, getting a good wireless gaming headset is cheaper now and it should be well within the budget of most consumers.

That being said, what are the things that you need to consider when buying one? Here are some factors:

1.Platform Support

All wireless gaming headsets that you can find on the market should work on a PC, but if you are planning to get one for your game console, it is important that you look at the box first before purchasing.

You see, at the time of writing this article, there is no pair of headphones that have wireless support for both Xbox or Playstation console. That means that if you are going to buy a wireless headset for your game consoles, you’d have to buy one for each.

If you only intend to use it on a Playstation, you can readily buy one that supports the said platform. Again, this is quite important, especially if you want it to work without any problems.

2.Battery Life

Because wireless gaming headsets do not use wires to operate, they use their own sets of batteries to power them up.

If you want peace of mind, you’d want to go for a gaming headset that can last a really long time. The minimum that I would recommend is 20 hours of battery life, but you can get the ones that have a lower number if it has all of the features that you want (just make sure to charge the headset often).

3.Range

Do you plan to use the headset within the vicinity of your console or PC or do you want to head to the bathroom (which is a bit far away from your game room) and still hear the sounds of the games that you play?

You should get a pair of wireless headphones that have a good range, especially if you intend to go away from the main room for a while. This is to ensure that you are still going to hear things despite being far away from the source.

4.Sound Quality

Another reason why some people shy away from getting wireless headsets is that they do not have the same audiophile quality as that of their wired counterparts.

While that is partly true, wireless gaming headsets have come a really long way and I think that you should try them out now as they produce somewhat comparable sound quality than your regular wired headphones.

5.Price

As mentioned earlier, wireless headsets are pricier than their wired counterparts, so you’d have to be willing to spend a bit more in the process.

Best Wireless Gaming Headsets

1.SteelSeries Arctis 7

Price: $150

SteelSeries Arctis 7

One of the best headsets out there is the Steelseries Arctis 7. It is one of the most comfortable I’ve ever used thanks to the cushioning system on the band itself and the ear pads are quite comfortable to the touch as well.

It uses 40mm neodymium drivers and although I would have loved a little bit more kick in the bass department, it is still relatively good for most use-cases.

The headband needs a special mention here because its design makes everything float a little bit, which means that the entire weight of the cans does not fall on your head. This allows you to wear the headset for hours without tiring yourself out.

It can last up to 24 hours with the volume set to 70% and its microphone is kind of good, albeit it is a bit tinny for my taste.

I also love the fact that this thing has had a huge price drop. Normally, this was priced at $200 but you can now get it for just $150 which I think is a steal, in my opinion.

2.HyperX Cloud Flight S

Price: $160

HyperX Cloud Flight S

Kingston’s own gaming division, HyperX, has created a lot of amazing gaming headsets over the years and the company’s latest wireless headset is definitely one that you should consider getting.

The HyperX Cloud Flight S offers superb wireless range, albeit it can only be used on the PC and not on game consoles or your smartphone (because it lacks Bluetooth support).

It has a pretty good battery life and you can also charge it wirelessly using any Qi-compatible charger.

I do have to point out that in my testing, this thing has a bit of a higher latency compared to the others on this list, though I doubt that people would notice this.

Anyway, the HyperX Cloud Flight S got its name for its amazing comfort and if you intend to play marathon sessions, this is one that you should definitely consider getting.

3.Astro A50 Gen 4 (2019)

Price: $275

Astro A50 Gen 4 (2019)

If you are thinking about getting the Xbox Series X as soon as it comes out, then you need to be prepared in the audio department, and one of the best wireless gaming headsets for the Xbox is the Astro A50 Gen 4.

Although this was released a year ago, this thing really rocks, especially in its sound quality. I do have to say that this is one of the bulkier headsets that you can find on the market, so you will feel that it is on your noggin after a couple of minutes.

Its charging dock also acts as a relay that you can plug into your Xbox game console so that it will work while you play at your convenience.

I also love the fact that you can use it in Bluetooth mode so that you can also pair this with your smartphone- a feature that is not present in some headsets on the market.

Its microphone is good and I’d go on to say that it is one of the best microphones in a wireless gaming headset today.

I have a couple of gripes that need to be mentioned though. For one, this thing leaks a lot of audio, so if you do not want others to hear what you are hearing, this may not be the most ideal choice.

Second, you should take care of its docking station because it is a proprietary product and 50% of the headset’s features can only be enabled using the said device.

The third, it is on the bulky side and you’d probably want to consider getting a smaller one when it comes to comfort.

If you are willing to accept all of these shortcomings, the Astro A50 Gen 4 is still quite a good gaming headset, especially for your Xbox.

4.Sennheiser GSP 670

Price: $320

Sennheiser GSP 670

You’ve probably heard a lot about Sennheiser before and that is because the company has a pretty good reputation when it comes to audio equipment.

That being said, the GSP 600 is the company’s foray into the gaming scene and it has garnered pretty good reviews across the board. The Sennheiser GPS 670 is just its wireless counterpart but the sound quality and feature set should remain relatively the same.

If you truly value sound quality, then there is no doubt that the GPS 670 can deliver. It uses Neodymium magnet drivers and has a frequency response of 10Hz-23,000Hz so you will know that this thing can handle all of that bass.

It has a detachable microphone that you can remove if you are not using it and I’d have to say that it produces crystal-clear audio. What’s more, you can use it on your smartphone because it can connect via Bluetooth as well.

The only thing that could have been improved here is the design. The Sennheiser GSP 670 is a bit bulky and the design is not as polished as other gaming headsets on the market.

But, if you really want something that you can use as a daily driver, especially when it comes to listening to some tunes and in-game sound, this thing will surely be a good one nevertheless.

5.SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

Price: $200

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

Another great headset that you can use on your Xbox game console is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. If you do not like our previous recommendation, the Astro A50, this is the one that you should get.

One of the best things about this product is that it can connect to your Xbox the same way as its controller which means that you no longer have to use any proprietary docking stations or what have you just for this thing to operate.

What’s more, it has onboard memory so that you can tweak its sound on the PC, save your profile, and it should still sound the same when you plug it into your game console and that is indeed pretty convenient.

The Arctis 9X is also a survivor as you can get more than 30 hours of battery life with moderate use. Its microphone produces crystal-clear audio, thus making this perfect if you want to communicate with your teammates in-game.

The only issue that I have is that its bass could have been improved and the comfort of the headset leaves much to be desired.

But other than that, this is another solid choice.

6.Razer Nari Ultimate

Price: $170

Razer Nari Ultimate

The Razer Nari Ultimate has the gaming community divided. On one hand, some people like its ‘HyperSense’ feature which produces haptic feedback based on certain elements in the game, while others say that this is just a frivolous feature that could have been removed to save people some money.

But, to be honest, I find that skeptical people have their fears unwarranted. You see, the haptic feedback doesn’t produce any sound at all and it only affects how immersive the game is and nothing else. That means that you should not worry about any vibrations whatsoever.

I also love the fact that most of the controls that you would set or tinker are on the headset itself, such as the ability to mute the microphone, adjust the volume, among many others.

Of course, you can tweak its parameters using the Razer Synapse software, but I do love almost everything about this headset, except for the fact that its wireless connectivity only supports the PC and Playstation console.

Other than that, you should give the Razer Nari Ultimate a try.

7.Corsair HS70

Price: $80

Corsair HS70

If you just want to try wireless gaming headsets out without spending exorbitant amounts of money, then the Corsair HS70 is for you.

I love what Corsair did here because it borrows some of the elements that are found in the company’s more premium headsets and baked it into this budget offering.

It uses 50mm drivers which produces a lot of bass when needed, though this thing has a flat sound signature which is perfectly suited for all music types.

This thing has a detachable microphone so you can safely remove it when it is not in use. Its quality is okay, though I wouldn’t recommend this if you are thinking about doing a podcast, for example. If that is the case, you should consider getting dedicated microphones for that.

The HS70 plugs into your PC using its included 2.4GHz dongle so there is ease of use here. Its range is pretty good as you can be 30 feet away from the source and still do not experience any loss of sound or quality.

As a budget headset, you should expect some compromises, but this thing only has one and that is in the comfort department.

Because of the use of faux leather, your skin might not adapt to the thing well, but it should fit any-sized noggin out there.

So, if you want to try out some wireless gaming headsets without breaking the bank, the Corsair HS70 is quite an appealing choice.

Gaming

Xbox Series X- When Will It Be Released and What Does It Bring to the Table?

Avatar

Published

on

Microsoft Xbox Series X

After months of hype and speculations, the Microsoft Xbox Series X has finally been unveiled to the public and we now know a lot more information about the upcoming game console than ever before.

In this article, I will go over the key points that you need to know about Microsoft’s console, such as release dates, pricing, new features and technologies, and so much more.

Release Date and Pricing

The Xbox Series X will be released on November 10 and pre-orders will start as early as September 22. The price of the said game console will be $499 which is in-line with Sony’s Playstation 5 disc edition.

Unlike Sony where the company has decided to employ a staggered release date for its PS5 consoles, the Microsoft Xbox Series X will be released on the same date worldwide. Of course, there is the challenge of availability considering that we are still suffering from a global pandemic, which is why pre-ordering the console (assuming that you want to get one) makes a whole lot of sense.

Design

Microsoft Xbox Series X 1

Unlike previous Xbox consoles, the Series X will actually have a more tower-like design with some air vents that can be visibly seen on top of the device.

The Series X will also feature a 4K Blu-ray player, so you could say that it is indeed quite similar to what Sony has to offer.

As of the time of writing this article, the console will only be available in black, though with the release of prior Xbox consoles, a white-colored Xbox is not too far off.

The more vertical design of the upcoming gaming machine might prove to be challenging for some people, especially when it comes to desk space. You will need to have adequate space to rest the console on the surface.

Specs

Microsoft Xbox Series X Design

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen Custom Zen 2, 8-cores/16-threads (via SMT) @3.8GHz (boost) and 3.6GHz (base)
  • GPU: AMD Custom RDNA 2 GPU with 52 Compute Units, 12 TFLOPS, and @ 1.825GHz
  • Process (nodes): 7nm Enhanced
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6, 320-bit Bus, 10GB @ 560GB/s and GB @ 336GB/s memory bandwidth
  • Internal Storage: 1GB Custom NVMe SSD, 4.8 GB/s (read) and 2.4 GB/s (write) (both are theoretical values)
  • Storage Expansion: 1TB
  • External Storage Support: USB 3.2 External HDD
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
  • Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, up to 120FPS (Theoretical)

I am really very excited about the new-gen consoles because they are packed with serious hardware that allows you to play games at 4K resolution without any issues.

Just like the PS5, the Xbox Series X is also powered by a custom AMD Ryzen CPU (using Zen 2 architecture) and a custom AMD GPU (using the new RDNA2 architecture). This performance package should allow you to play games at 4K@ 60 frames per second ‘comfortably’ (at least according to Microsoft Xbox president, Phil Spencer) and it could even give you the right amount of processing power to achieve more than 60 frames per second (up to 120 frames per second, theoretically).

The CPU, according to Digital Foundry, has a base clock of 3.6GHz and it boosts up to 3.8GHz. The good thing is that the boosting algorithms will only kick in when the console needs more horsepower which can be a good thing both from a performance and thermals standpoint.

It is also worth noting that the new Xbox will support ray tracing. Thus, you can enable such a feature in the games that support it and you will not have to worry about any performance penalties at all since the hardware is more than capable.

This new and upcoming game console will also be using a custom 1TB NVMe SSD which is 100+ GB more than what the PS5 has to offer.

While Spencer didn’t mention anything specific, the SSD that comes in the Xbox Series X should be faster than any consumer SSD that you can find on the market up to this point.

This would mean that if you are going to use its expansion slot to add more storage, you will have to buy an SSD directly from Microsoft if you want to get the best performance possible out of a storage drive.

If you are okay with using an external hard drive, it can support one that is using a USB 3.2 Gen 1 cable.

The optical drive is a 4K Blu-Ray player and each game disc can hold as much as 100GB of storage (though it is more likely that each disc can contain an amount lower than that).

Features

The Microsoft Xbox Series X has a lot of nice features up its sleeve. For one, it has the new Velocity architecture that makes good use of the console’s NVMe SSD, thus virtually eliminating load times.

In line with the said technology, you will also get to enjoy the ‘Quick Resume’ feature where you can pick up right where you left off almost instantly thanks to the use of a new DirectStorage API and Sampler Feedback Streaming (SFS) technologies.

The Xbox Series X will also have VRR or Variable Refresh Rate and Auto Low Latency Mode or ALLM to provide you with a smooth gaming experience. The former will eliminate screen tearing and improve overall frame rates and the latter will ensure that it will use your chosen display’s lowest latency mode for maximum performance.

Because the Playstation 5 can support 8K resolution, Phil Spencer also said that the Microsoft Xbox Series X can also handle that as well, though it remains to be seen if the gaming experience will be somewhat enjoyable, given how taxing the said resolution can be.

Controller

Microsoft Xbox Series X Controller

Unlike the DualSense controller that comes with the PS5, not much is known about the Series X’s controller. Spencer did say that it will have a slimmer form factor and its D-Pad is vastly improved (to mimic the Xbox Elite controller which is a 3rd-party peripheral).

The rumble motors are reported to make a comeback, though I do not know if it will be a better implementation than the haptics that are embedded in the DualSense controller.

It seems that lowering the latency is one of the top priorities of the company as Spencer said that it will have a Dynamic Latency Input feature that will significantly reduce the input lag of the said controller. Of course, this will be tested in our review once the unit is available.

Games

It is a bit of a disappointment that Halo Infinite, which used to be a launch title, is delayed until 2021. There are still plenty of different games, however, and here are just some of the most notable ones:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Avowed
  • Battlefield 6
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
  • Chivalry 2
  • Control: Ultimate Edition
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dirt 5
  • Dragon Age 4
  • Dying Light 2
  • Everwild
  • Exomecha
  • Fable
  • Far Cry 6
  • FIFA 21
  • Gears 5
  • Graven
  • Hood: Outlaws and Legends
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • New Genesis: Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Scorn
  • State of Decay 3
  • Watch Dogs: Legion

Backward Compatibility and Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft Xbox Series X Game Pass

A lot of people were disappointed by the fact that the Playstation 5 only supports PS4 games and is not backward compatible with the older generation Playstation consoles. The Microsoft Xbox Series X is different.

You see, it not only supports all of the games from its predecessor’s content portfolio, but it will also support most of the games of the older generation platforms as well. This means that even the original Xbox games are playable on the new game console which is a really good thing.

You would want to register for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate so that you can unlock all of the games. It is worth noting that by getting the game pass, you also have the privilege of using the company’s xCloud feature that allows you to play Xbox games while you are on the go. Think of this as an improved version of Google Stadia.

Conclusion

I am really impressed with what the Microsoft Xbox Series X has to offer. Aside from its very powerful hardware, its new features and technologies will certainly improve your gaming experience manifold.

By getting the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you get to enjoy your favorite Xbox games while on the go, while also unlocking all of the possible older-generation games that are playable on the new platform.

It remains to be seen if the new controller is better, but I am eager to find out if the new low latency feature can truly decrease input lag by a lot.

Remember that you can already pre-order your own unit today and the console will be officially released on November 10 in all regions. It costs $499.

Continue Reading

Gaming

The Best Wireless Gaming Keyboards for a Clean and Minimalist Setup

Avatar

Published

on

Razer Turret

Almost all of the new peripherals that you can find on the market are going wireless. From gaming headsets to gaming mice, things have cut their cords in favor of a more seamless experience.

That being said, keyboards are generally okay to be used wired, but if you want a clean setup, you may want to consider one of the best wireless gaming keyboards in 2020.

Why Wireless?

There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to go wireless. The first is for convenience. Although I’ve really loved my wired headphones, wireless gaming headsets have provided me with a chance to not have to deal with any cables getting plugged into my PC.

Gaming mice have certainly matched or even bested their wired counterparts. Although they are more expensive, using a wireless peripheral allows for those quick movements without any compromises.

A wireless gaming keyboard might not be what you need right now, but it can certainly be useful, especially if you are looking to cut as many wires as possible to have a clean setup.

It is also a great idea to get one since you can play games while you’re sitting on the couch. I have a lot of friends that wire their PCs to their 4K TVs and just play while they’re relaxing on the sofa using their wireless gaming peripherals.

With all of those being said, I will now recommend some of the best wireless gaming keyboards that you can find on the market today.

Best Wireless Gaming Keyboards

1.Logitech G915

Price: $240

Logitech G915 Review

The best wireless gaming keyboard, in my opinion, is the Logitech G915. It is a full-sized mechanical gaming keyboard with five macro buttons located on the left side and some media controls situated at the top-right corner of the peripheral.

It uses the company’s own Romer-G mechanical switches which have a low-profile design and good tactile feedback on every keypress. If you’ve grown accustomed to using laptop keyboards, then this should feel right at home.

You can set different macros and save them in the keyboard’s three onboard profiles so you will not have to use the Logitech G Hub software if you do not want to.

Its RGB lighting is okay though if you want to save its battery, you would want to leave that turned off.

Speaking of battery life, this thing can last up to 40 hours without its lighting enabled and around 20 hours if it is. To me, that is pretty good.

You can charge this thing using the included cable, so if you want the convenience of not having to worry about this thing’s battery, you can use it wired if you want.

This thing has a solid build quality and it looks and feels premium. That should be the case considering that this is a $240 peripheral.

Although its price is definitely steep, the Logitech G915 provides you with a seamless gaming experience.

2.Obinslab Anne Pro 2

Price: $110

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

If you want a minimalist wireless keyboard, then the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is for you. This is a ‘60%’ keyboard and for those of you who do not know what it is, this just means that the Numpad and the section with the INS and DEL keys are removed- giving you a more compact keyboard.

A lot of gamers actually want this form factor as you only have to deal with the keys that you are most likely going to use anyway.

It has RGB lighting though you’d want to disable it if you want to maximize its battery life.

It connects via Bluetooth and can connect up to four devices at any time. This is great because you can use it on your tablet or any mobile device that uses Bluetooth technology.

I also love the fact that you have plenty of switch options to choose from. You can either select Gateron, Cherry MX, and a host of other mainstream mechanical key switches.

The only downside to this thing is its form factor. If you are not okay with the omission of the Numpad and INS-DEL keys, then this is not for you.

However, if you are a gamer who wants a minimalist setup, the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is certainly one of the best out there.

3.Logitech G613

Price: $73

Logitech G613

Not all wireless gaming keyboards need to be expensive. The Logitech G613 has received a huge price cut! It was originally sold for $130 but you can get one now for just $73 which is a pretty good deal!

Its design is nearly identical to the G915, albeit that it doesn’t have any backlighting whatsoever. This can be a good thing since, as I’ve mentioned numerous times before, it can help extend the peripheral’s battery life.

You still have some dedicated macro keys situated on the left side of the board and you also have the media control buttons on the top-right as well. To unlock the full potential of this keyboard, you will need to use the G Hub software.

It has a plastic wrist rest that is somewhat comfortable, but for people that do not want a wrist rest attached to their keyboards, you are out of luck. That is because the wrist rest is not removable at all. This could be a potential downside.

You can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or its 2.4GHz USB dongle. You may want to use the latter for better performance, but if you are using a mobile device that has Bluetooth 5.0, the wireless signal should not be a huge issue at all.

My only gripe with this thing is that you will have to buy two AA batteries to power this thing. Do not worry, if you get one of those Energizer batteries or any heavy-duty ones, then this thing should last for a whopping 18 months which is pretty insane!

4.Logitech MX Keys

Price: $100

Logitech MX Keys

Although marketed as an ‘office’ keyboard, the Logitech MX Keys can actually still be used in gaming. In fact, I’ve known some people that really love using this thing over a standard mechanical gaming keyboard.

Instead of the usual mechanical key switches, the MX Keys actually use tactile scissor switches. Its feel is somewhat similar to what you can find in laptops and provide you with a nice tactile feedback on every keypress.

This keyboard connects to your PC or laptop via Bluetooth and the signal doesn’t drop at all. That means that you can play your games with full confidence knowing that this thing won’t bail on you.

Even though you cannot program macros or whatnot and your use-case is limited to just typing and gaming, the Logitech MX Keys provide you with a seamless experience across the board.

5.Corsair K63 Wireless

Price: $60

Corsair K63 Wireless

Corsair is another competent gaming peripherals manufacturer. I really love some of their gaming mice and their keyboards are pretty good as well.

That being said, the Corsair K63 Wireless is the perfect wireless gaming peripheral for people that are on a budget.

At $60, it is really tough to beat. It uses Cherry MX Red switches which are the de-facto standard for gaming keyboards. It provides a good feel, though some typists might find it a bit harder to use due to its lightweight nature.

This thing connects via a USB dongle and it only has blue/white backlighting. In my usage, I was able to use this keyboard for 15 hours with its backlighting turned on, about 25 hours with it set to its lowest brightness, and around 70 hours without any backlighting enabled.

It does have onboard batteries that you can recharge when using the included USB cable. In fact, you can use this peripheral with the cable wired to your PC as well.

The K63’s weakness is its battery life, but if you’re okay with it, it is actually a pretty good wireless gaming keyboard nevertheless.

6.Razer Turret

Price: $250

Razer Turret

The Razer Turret is more of a complete package because it not only has a gaming keyboard but it also comes with a gaming mouse as well.

You basically have a huge lapboard that can house all of the keys of the keyboard, as well as a nice surface for your mouse to glide on.

This is a complete solution for people that want to engage in some couch gaming and its wireless signal is unparalleled for that seamless and uninterrupted gaming.

You only get one choice of keys in the form of the Razer greens. They are tactile and clicky but for the most part, they are good for typing and gaming.

The included mouse is also quite competitive. Its sensor is accurate and it can be set to a whopping 16,000 DPI (not that people would use it in real-world scenarios, but the option is there).

It works seamlessly in both the Xbox and the PC, so this is definitely one of the best gaming peripherals to get out there, especially for couch gaming.

7.Corsair K83 Wireless

Price: $95

Corsair K83 Wireless

The Corsair K83 Wireless is marketed as an ‘entertainment’ keyboard but in reality, it is actually a great lapboard for gaming. It is somewhat similar to the Razer Turret above in the sense that you get a keyboard and a mouse, but instead of a ‘true’ gaming mouse, you get a touchpad with some buttons for the left and right mouse clicks.

It uses scissor switches which are a bit mushy for my tastes, but it will certainly do for most gamers.

It can connect wirelessly to your device or computer via Bluetooth or its included USB wireless receiver and using both of them yielded no problems on my end.

The ‘WASD’ keys have a different color and are a bit more textured than the regular keys which can be helpful if you are playing battle royale or first-person shooters.

Although using its touchpad is clunky, in my opinion, the Corsair K83 Wireless can still be good for couch gaming.

Continue Reading

Gaming

Steelseries Apex 7 Review- A Gaming Keyboard with a Cool OLED Display

Avatar

Published

on

Steelseries Apex 7 Review

Steelseries is one of those gaming peripherals manufacturers that have an ace up its sleeve and one of its products, the Steelseries Apex 7, has one nifty feature that you will probably like.

I am going to be reviewing the said mechanical gaming keyboard today. What are my thoughts about it? Read through the rest of this piece to find out.

Design

If you have seen the Steelseries Apex 7 Pro, then the design of its younger brother is quite similar to that. In fact, other than the mechanical switches that are used, the Steelseries Apex 7 looks exactly the same as its ‘Pro’ counterpart.

Here you have a full-sized keyboard that is a bit more compact than others that you can find on the market. It has a volume scroll wheel at the top right and situated directly to its left is the hallmark feature which is the OLED display (more on this later).

Since this is a premium product, you can expect a really good build quality on this one. The company has used aircraft-grade aluminum to ensure that there will be no flexing or creaking when you use this peripheral.

The keycaps use ABS plastic but I would have preferred to use PBT keycaps since they feel much smoother. This won’t be a huge issue for most users though.

Because the keycaps are laser-etched, the RGB lighting can be quite tame by comparison. If you are an RGB fan, this might turn you off, but to compensate for this, you can maximize the LED brightness setting in the Steelseries Engine software.

The Steelseries Apex 7 uses two USB cables and that is because one is used to power the peripheral and the other is used for the USB pass-through that is situated in the top-left corner. You can use the said port to transfer data or plug in your gaming mouse, for instance, but you cannot use it for charging your mobile device as it is a low-powered port.

Upon looking at the keyboard, you might find that the INS key up to the page down key has M1-M6 imprinted on them. That is because you can use the keys for your macros which can be set using the aforementioned software.

Lastly, the Steelseries Apex 7 comes with a plastic wrist rest with a soft matte coating. It is not as comfortable as those leather ones but it is still comfortable nevertheless.

Keys

Steelseries Apex 7 Review 2020

Unlike the ‘Pro’ version, the Steelseries Apex 7 makes use of the company’s mechanical red switches. They are rated to last up to 50 million keystrokes and they also have N-key rollover as well which means that all of the keys (no matter how many of them you press at the same time) will register on the screen.

Just like Cherry MX Switches, you have three choices to choose from. You can choose the linear red switch, the tactile brown switch, and the clicky blue switch.

Personally, I like the blue switch since I really love clicky switches, but for most users, you would probably want to choose either the red or the brown variant.

My review sample has the red switches and they are actually great for gaming. But, I have to caution you about something.

Normally, mechanical switches have some sort of resistance when you type on them. That is what separates them from the mushy feeling of rubber-dome keys.

The Steelseries Apex 7 is somewhat in the middle. It is not mushy like rubber-dome switches but it certainly does not feel like your conventional mechanical switches as well. This is not to say that it doesn’t feel right; it just feels weird in comparison, especially if you have used mechanical gaming keyboards for quite some time.

Performance

The linear red switches are great for gaming. I’ve had no issues using the Apex 7 in fast-paced games at all thanks to the fact that it doesn’t have that tactile bump that is found in brown and blue switches.

I also love the fact that the RGB lighting can be used to your advantage. For instance, you can set the lighting to let you know the status of your health in the games that you play. Of course, it takes some time doing this as you would have to set things in the Steelseries Engine program, but you would only have to do it once. In fact, you can exit the program after use since you can save the profile to the peripheral’s onboard memory.

For maximum performance, I advise you to update the keyboard’s software. You should be prompted after firing up the device’s software.

OLED Display

Steelseries Apex 7

What separates the Steelseries Apex 7 apart from other gaming keyboards is its OLED display. When this was first implemented in one of the company’s gaming mice, it was considered as a gimmick, but it can actually be quite useful if you really take the time to set things up nicely.

You can use the OLED display to provide you with some useful information about the games that you play or the programs that you are using.

When I work, I’ve used the OLED display to provide me with the current information about the song that is playing on my Spotify playlist.

You can use the said feature to tell you to display some important statistics in the games that you play. The usability is extensive- you just have to commit some time to set things up first before you can truly enjoy it.

If there is one thing that could have been improved, it would have been nice if the display was a bit larger. But, it works nicely.

Verdict

From a performance standpoint, the Steelseries Apex 7 is just like any other gaming keyboard that you can find on the market. Although it uses the company’s own switches, it feels somewhat similar to Cherry MX switches that are commonly found in mechanical keyboards.

However, what sets it apart is its OLED display which, once configured, can be quite helpful in daily and gaming tasks.

Do I recommend the Steelseries Apex 7? I wouldn’t say that I would 100% recommend this thing to anyone who is looking for a gaming keyboard, but what I would say is that the OLED display is quite an appealing and nifty feature that you may want to try out.

This keyboard retails for $160.

Continue Reading

Trending Story