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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Corsair Raptor HS40 Gaming Headset - Long Term Review

If you are familiar with building your own gaming PC's, then you will more than likely have heard of Corsair and therefore come across their fantastic range of ultra-cool cases. But what you may not have come across, is their equally cool gaming headset, the Raptor HS40.

As chunky as it looks, the Corsair Raptor HS40 isn't heavy and is very comfortable to wear for long periods and the sound reproduction is top notch. The quality of the sound come from the pair of 40mm Neodymium drivers and the closed back, circumaural design.

The headset also sports a noise cancelling microphone on a rubberized flexible boom which can be positioned to your desire and flipped up against the side when not in use.

Other top quality features include 7.1 surround sound for that ultimate gaming experience, deep padded ear cups and headband for superb comfort during long periods of gaming, or maybe listening to music while you're creating some new graphics for your Twitch or YouTube channels and a super long, 2.7 meter cable finished with a standard USB connector.

I've used my Raptor HS40's every day since I bought them and so far they have yet to let me down. I simply cannot fault them whatsoever, other than that after a while, your ears do start getting a bit hot, but I would say that this is a similar story with any over-ear design headset, so I can't really call it a fault.

Final thoughts...
The Corsair Raptor HS40 Gaming Headset may not be the cheapest on the market, but for the price you do get them for, they make excellent value for money. They are superbly comfortable and not as heavy as they appear. And the sound reproduction, with it's 7.1 surround sound feature is top notch.

Positives

  • Comfort - well padded ear ear cups and head band as well as being lighter than they look provide for user comfort for long periods of gaming.
  • Price - For the quality, you won't find a better gaming headset for both sound quality and comfort.
  • Cable Length - at 2.7 meter is plenty long enough and more if your PC is not right next to your gaming station.
Negatives
  • Although something you are likely to get with any over-ear gaming headset, your ears do get a bit hot after a while.
Honest Bob-s Rating - 9.5/10

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Speedlink XEOX pro Analogue Gamepad - Long Term Review.

Firstly, apologies for the delay in the publishing of this article, I've been a bit busier than I planned for over the last few days, but finally, here it is.

To all intents and purposes, the Speedlink XEOX Pro Analogue Gamepad is intrinsically an Xbox360 gamepad, designed for use on the PC. The buttons, triggers, bumpers, thumb sticks and D-pad are all in the same comfortable layout, which made the Xbox360 game pad so popular with PC gamers. What sets the Speedlink XEOX apart though is 1, the price and 2, the cosmetics look and feel.

The Speedlink XEOX comes in at at well under £20 and like the Xbox360 controller is available in wired or wireless. The one we're looking at here is the wired version, as that's what I prefer to use.

The controller is rubber coated and has a very comfortable, satin feel and in the 6 months of use in games like Bioshock 1, 2 and Infinate and Ride as well as some testing on F1 2010 and 2011, shows absolutely no sign of wear.

The thumb sticks also show no wear and have good grip. I've seen a few comments about the D-pad saying it feels cheap and a little lacking in feel, but I personally don't find that myself. The gamepad also has force vibration and a 1.9 meter wire finished with a standard USB connector. It also has a switchable Rapid-Fires button (a small switch located on the underside of the pad).


Final thoughts...
All-in-all, the Speedlink XEOX Pro Analogue Gamepad is a fantastic value for money alternative to an Xbox360 pad for PC gaming. It's compatible with all windows games, comfortable and reliable.


Positives

  • Price - Excellent value for money
  • Comfortable - Basically an Xbox360 gamepad in a new suit
  • Cable length - At 1.9m it's good for armchair gaming although the pad is aimed at pro gamers
Negatives
  • Not really find any.
Honest Bob's Rating 10/10


Friday, 18 November 2016

Thrustmaster T150 Racing Wheel - Long Term Review

So I've been using Thrustmaster's entry level Force Feed Back, PC compatible racing wheel for the Playstation 3 and 4, the T150 for six months now. I've used it on a variety of sims, including iRacing, Assetto Corsa, Project CARS, DiRT Rally and older titles like GTR 2 and GT Legends as well as a handful of other racing titles.

For iRacing and the newer racing titles, there's very little in the way of setup needed, but for GTR 2, GT Legends and older F1 titles you'll need to go into the game settings and play around with things. That aside, the Thrustmaster T150 is a great entry level FFB racing wheel that will give you far more immersion into any racing game than a gamepad ever will.

I have my T150 wheel and pedals on a Wheel Stand Pro, but the wheel base comes with a desk clamp which is very secure with no fear of movement during your racing, even with titles like DiRT Rally.

For a racing wheel at this price, the force feedback is excellent and for titles like Assetto Corsa and Project CARS, you may which to turn the FFB  down a touch until you get comfortable with it. The wheel itself is non-changeable, which is understandable at this price. The blue rubber grips on the wheel may not be to everyone's taste, it certainly wouldn't be my first choice, although there is a Ferrari licenced version also available, which I would have preferred at the time of purchase - yes I bought this wheel out of my own pocket!

The rest of the plastic rim, does unfortunately give the wheel a bit of a "toyish" feel which for the more serious sim racer wouldn't be a good feature. But that said, if you're a serious sim racer then you're more likely to go for Thrustamster's T300 model. The paddle shifters though are very good quality for this price of wheel. They are all metal and provide a very positive "click" when operated. As a side slight side note, I did have a slight issue on a couple of occasions with the up-shift paddle where the micro switch stopped clicking and I couldn't up-shift. This, without my intervention seemed to cure itself and all has been fine ever since, so maybe it was a dirt particle or something, I can't say. The wheel also has 1080 degrees of rotation, another positive feature for a wheel in this price range.

T3PA pedal set - upgrade option for £80
Now on to the pedals that come with the wheel. Thrustmaster's standard pedals. that come with the T150 as well as the TMX (the XboxOne version) and it's non-FFB wheels, really aren't that great. That said, the brake does have some resistance/progression around 2/3rds which is a good feature for an entry level pedal set. But there is a slution. The T150 is a "modular" wheel, so at a later date, you can upgrade the pedals to the T3PA or T3PA Pro pedal set. You also add on the TH8A shifter. All this makes the T150 a great value wheel with the option to upgrade parts of the package.

Final thoughts...

All-in-all, the Thrustmaster T150 is a great entry level force feed back racing wheel. Designed for the Playstation 3 and 4, but also PC compatible, with metal paddle shifters, 1080 degrees of rotation and superb force feed back you really can't go wrong for the price. The only three things I can really say that let the  T150 down are the look and feel of the wheel rim and the pedals, but the fact the you can upgrade the pedals and add the TH8A shifter at a later date give this wheel a great selling point.

Positives

  • Price - Now available for less then £130 on the internet.
  • Force Feed Back - excellent feel for a wheel in this price range
  • Compatibility - compatible with PS3, PS4 and the PC, the TMX for XboxOne is also PC compatible.
  • Upgradeable - You can upgrade the pedals to T3PA or T3PA Pro's and add the TH8A shifter
  • Desk Clamp - Very solid, even at high loads found in DiRT Rally
Negatives
  • Look and Feel - Wheel rim looks and feels a little "toyish"
  • Pedals - Entry level pedal set not the best although there is some progression in the brake pedal, but the pedals can be upgraded.
Honest Bob's Rating 8/10