Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2011 - 07:50 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: usb, PC, mic, headsets, gaming, corsair, analog, 7.1, 5.1
Following in the success of the company’s HS1 gaming headset, Corsair recently unveiled three new gaming headsets in its new Vengeance lineup of gaming peripherals. The new arrivals include the Vengeance 1100, 1300, and 1500 audio peripherals, of which two support USB connections.
The Vengeance 1100 is the smallest of the three gaming headsets, and features a behind-the-head headphone design and boom microphone extending from the left speaker. Using 40mm drivers, the headphones are capable of a claimed 94 decibel dynamic range, and is one of Corsairs lightest headsets. The microphone is of the unidirectional variety and features noise cancellation technology. Connectivity options include two 3.5mm audio jacks at the end of the 1.8 meter cable for headphone and microphone or a single USB connection with the included adapter cable.
The Vengeance 1300 headset with dual 3.5mm analog connections.
While lightweight and open ear headphones have their place, they are not for everyone. Thankfully, Corsair have also introduced two larger designs dubbed the Vengeance 1300 and 1500 to suit the needs of gamers who prefer (whether out of desire for isolated sound or to appease the significant other) the around-the-ears circumaural design. The 1300 supports connecting to high end sound cards with 3.5mm audio connections for both sound and the noise canceling cardioid microphone while the Vengeance 1500 connects to the computer using USB for both sound and microphone. Both models feature 50mm drivers, 95 decibel dynamic range, 3 meter cables, noise canceling microphones, and support for positional audio. Further, the Vengeance 1300 uses X-Fi CMSS-3D while the 1500 headset supports 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby Headphone positional audio. The larger designs are bound to be relatively heavy compared to the smaller Vengeance 1100; however, the closed ear design should provide cleaner audio while blocking out background noise.
As far as pricing and availability are concerned, the new gaming headsets and other Vengeance gaming peripherals are slated for an October 2011 launch worldwide. The Vengeance 1100 weights in at an attractive $39 US MSRP while the larger 1300 and 1500 have a suggested retail price of $79 US and $99 USD respectively.
Do you game with headsets, or are you more of the crank-the-home-theater-speakers-to-11 (and immerse the whole neighborhood in your Battlefield match) kind of person? I have somewhat recently moved to a pair of headphones for gaming and it definitely has its benefits (including the aforementioned spouse acceptance factor...). How do you think the new Corsair headsets will stack up to the competition? Let us know in the comments!
Subject: Systems | June 8, 2011 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: htpc, elgato eyetv, usb, tv tuner
The Elgato EyeTV Hybrid is a USB 2.0 device that sports an antenna input, (MCX and an F connector), s-video, composite plus stereo audio and even an IR remote control sensor. You don't need to crack open your case to install it, you can watch TV right away as the drivers are contained within the EyeTV, much like a USB headset. Missing Remote tried it out and found it worked wonderfully by its self on both PCs and Macs. They did mention that integration with popular software like SageTV for Mac, Plex and XBMC would make this device even better.
"When home theater computers first came to market almost 10 years ago, the television tuners that were available were few and far between, all internal, and featured a whopping single tuner. How times have changed. Now, dual tuners are a given and hybrid tuners seek to accomplish the duty of one-size-fits-all for all customers. The Elgato EyeTV Hybrid is one of those that within its tiny dongle of a body contains an NTSC, ATSC and DVB-T tuner for $129, and works with both Windows and Mac computers. With competition so steep in the tuner world however, how does it match up in a real world evaluation?"
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- DIAMOND V-Stream wireless PC to TV WPCTV1080H USB to HDMI Interface Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Blu-ray Importing: June 2011 Buying Guide @ Tweaktown
- Diamond VStream Review @ OCC
- How to Watch TV without Cable Guide @Missing Remote
Subject: Storage | April 21, 2011 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: secure, encryption, usb, thumb drive
If you haven't heard of the FIPS 140 Publication Series it is the Federal Information Processing Standard which accredits encrypted flash drives to one of four levels, with 1 being relatively secure and 4 representing encryption that is almost able to defend its self from penetration. Adding that level of security can slow things down, which is why Legit Reviews bought a few drives off of NewEgg to test.
"On paper it looks like the IronKey solutions should be faster, but you can't believe everything a company tells you when they are marketing a product they are trying to sell you. Since security is such a big deal to corporations these days we decided to order in these Flash drives and do some testing of our own. We've heard rumors and have experienced ourselves that review sites often get 'cherry picked' samples, so we ordered in as many drives as our $1000 self-prescribed budget would allow. You can look at our receipts from Amazon.com, TigerDirect.com and PConnection if you'd like..."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Intel 320 Series SSD 300GB Review @ HardwareHeaven
- OCZ Revodrive X2 SSD @ Overclockers.com
- Icy Dock B994SP-4S @ HardwareBistro
- Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 HDD @ Tweaktown
- Patriot SuperSonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ OCC
- Vantec NexStar SE Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Rack Review @ ThinkComputers
- Thecus N4200 Pro Four Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews
- Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ OverclockersHQ
- Tsunami D-35 USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ eTeknix
- Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus Network Storage Server Review @ Legit Reviews
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