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Posted by Mike Holsapple
on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 9:00am

There is a satirical statement that floats around the pc gaming community occasionally that states RGB adds +5 FPS to your games. What happens if we attach the RGB straight to the monitor? Corsair’s new iCUE LS100 gives the user the ability to control their colors to match each individual's needs. These strips can be attached to the back of the monitor itself or to the underside of a desk to create a nice ambient lighting scenario. Controlled by Corsairs iCUE software, the choice is yours.

Posted by James Keir
on Monday, October 28, 2019 - 8:00am
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2

In today’s age of content creation and capturing precious moments, we are seeing the traditional camera take a back seat to the new photo king: the mobile phone. Cameras in phones have come a long way in the past 5 years with them only getting better as time goes on. One of the caveats to recording video on your phone is it’s quite hard to get handheld stable video. This has been improved with software but still doesn’t beat a traditional tripod. That’s where Zhiyun’s Smooth-Q2 comes in, with its pocket-sized dimensions and ease of use: it can be brought/used anywhere. Even with its compact size it has an impressive maximum load of 260g which is well above weight of most smartphones. In addition to its strong motors, it features 5 different shooting modes, 13-17 hour battery life, solid aluminum body, and only comes in at an MSRP of $139.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 8:00am
Li-Heat high-intensity GPU vertical mounting bracket

Video card manufacturers have been dressing up their offerings for a long time, but showing off that aesthetical hard work has only recently caught the eye of mainstream builders. A big part of that has been the more recent availability of quality, flexible PCIe risers, of which Li-Heat is also a market leader.  While many recent cases have started coming with a place to vertical mount a GPU, there are a few common problems with them. One of the biggest deal-breakers is being too close to the side panel or glass cover. It doesn’t matter how great your card looks if it’s always screaming at you for some fresh air. The next issue is a lack of adjustability or accommodation for oversized cards. Most of the recent cards are landing somewhere between two and three slots. Li-Heat fixes all of that in one clean sweep with the new high-intensity GPU Vertical Mounting bracket, and we’re going to see just how it stacks up to the rest!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 8:00am
NZXT HUE 2 Ambient V2 Lighting Kit

Behind screen lighting, or ‘Bias Lighting’ has long been medically proven to reduce eye strain and to help perceive colors more accurately when using pure white lighting. Highly adept ‘makers’ have taken this a step further and used the at-home programmability of hobby microcontrollers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi to control RGB strips. When combined with some open source software, this let a very small and skilled niche of users could extend their screen in essence to the wall behind the screen. While this made for a very cool and beneficial effect, the skillset required to implement this put it out of reach of most users. NZXT is here to save the day with the HUE 2 Ambient Lighting Kit. This kit lets any user install and operate an ambient lighting system with almost no skill or effort required. The HUE 2 Ambient lighting kit seamlessly integrates into NZXT’s CAM software and can match your monitor lighting to the rest of your system just as easily as it can extend your screen. Let’s check it out!

Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 8:00am
Cooler Master MP750

Mouse pads have gone from a simple pad used for mouse tracking to ones with dual surfaces, RGB lighting, and sizes that can cover your whole desk. Hot off the heels of the MP860, Cooler Master is bringing another mouse pad into the market with its new MP750. It features an extra thick RGB border that’s configurable via software and has smooth water-resistant surface. The MP750 is available in 3 different sizes: Medium ($34.99), Large ($44.99) and Extra-Large ($54.99) and for this review, we will be looking at the extra-large.

Posted by James Keir
on Monday, November 12, 2018 - 8:00am
NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

Somewhere along the way, PC building went from simply assembling parts to becoming a form of expression. When aesthetics gained importance, we started to see features that included tempered glass, sleeved cables and of course, RGB. When putting RGB into your build, it’s easy to select components that are not compatible and challenging to achieve a unified look. NZXT hopes to solve that problem with its new HUE 2 line of products. The HUE 2 ecosystem consists of many different accessories such as fans, LED strips and cable combs, which all work together harmoniously using NZXT’s CAM software. At the heart of this ecosystem is the NZXT HUE 2 RGB Controller, which you can connect up to 160 LEDs worth of HUE 2 accessories across 4 different channels. NZXT has made it easy to jump into HUE 2 by offering HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kits priced at $74.99 and Aer RGB 2 Start Kits priced at $109.99.

Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:00am
ScharkSpark SS40 Wasp

As drone technology advanced, they went from a hobby for the wealthy to something anyone can now do. Not only are drones now very affordable, they are also packing in a lot of new bells and whistles. Most expensive drones are equipped with cameras and have the ability to stream right to your mobile device. Thanks to the Wasp SS40, you can have these high-end items in an entry level drone. Some of the notable features include a 120-degree wide lens HD 1080p resolution camera, single button take-off/landing, 10 to 12 minute flight time and WiFi piloting using a tablet/smart phone. Even with all these premium features the Wasp SS40 comes in at an affordable MSRP of $69.99.