Your Epic Gaming moment Contest

Your Epic Gaming moment Contest

We’ve all had them, the tale that you tell your friends and maybe your children. It might have been a game you have been trying to beat and finally defeated that last boss. Perhaps you were going for an achievement that was really hard and finally got it. Sometimes an epic gaming moment can just be a really great night gaming with friends, but often it is taking down another player online or in person in versus competitions.

My Story

I had a lot of epic gaming moments, but one that really stuck out for me was in World of Warcraft. I was in a guild with a number of friends and we decided to start fresh on a new server. This was still early in WOW, so there was no expansion yet.

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We had gotten to Molten Core and have been trying to beat the end boss for some time. One day the guild leader said that today was the day we would beat the boss and so we started the fight and as we began he played this over the Ventrilo channel.

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Sure, it was geeky, but we loved it and it did get us focused and fired up. Not only did we beat the boss, but we beat it just as the song was ending, it was awesome, it was perfect, for me, it was epic.

The Contest

We want to hear your epic story, but we know how people are about posting anywhere expect Reddit and Facebook so we added an incentive. SteelSeries is sponsoring our contest to find the top epic gaming moments from you, the fans of Obsolete Gamer.

It’s simple, post a comment telling us your epic gamer moment in the comment section below. Post using your Facebook login so we can find you to send the prize. Over the next week we will read them all and decide on the best. The top three will receive SteelSeries swag. Here are the three price levels.

The Swag

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Top Prize: Steelseries-5hv3 Gaming Headset

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Runner up Prize: Steelseries-3hv2 Gaming Headset

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Third Prize: The Steelseries OcK+ Pro Gaming Surface

The Requirements

To win you have to post your story here, we cannot accept it posted anywhere else. In addition, you need to be a fan of the Obsolete Gamer Facebook Page and the Steel Series Facebook Page. Our team will pick the top three and announce the winners via our Facebook Page. The contest is only for people in the U.S. We will sent you the prize once we get in contact with you.

So what’s your story?

The contest ends this Friday April 25th at Midnight Eastern so post your stories now!

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset Review

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

SteelSeries takes quality seriously at all price levels which makes it an easier choice when it comes time to spend the big bucks on a great headset. ~J.A. Laraque

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

Often when you are looking to make a purchase your thinking about what you need the product for and how much you are willing to spend. We also know that style, branding and personal preference often come into play. If you have read any of my reviews you know that I try to put myself in the shoes of the various consumers out there that will be making the decisions on what to buy. You will get the technical data you need and my personal options, but it is also about hitting the important points that a wide array of shoppers look to be hit upon when doing research to make the right choice.

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

When it comes to headsets you often have two major camps, those who only use headphones when they have too, and those who prefer to always use a headset. So when reviewing the SteelSeries H Wireless Headset, I thought of those two camps first. Now before looking at the various decision points first thing first is the price. At $299.99, this is a purchase for someone that is serious about headphones. While spending for quality regardless of how much you may use a product is a smart move, those with a budget need to think as well as research before making the decision to spend this amount on any headset.

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

Most likely if you are reading this review you are a gamer and I can say right off the bat that this headset is truly built for gaming. You have to keep in mind however, that just using the term gaming headset does not mean that it is necessary for gaming. Think of it like a home stereo system. I have friends over on the AVS forums that have spent thousands of dollars to build the perfect home theater system, but even they will tell you that it is not 100% necessary nor is it needed if all you do is watch a few hours a television a week. On the other hand, if you are seriously into gaming then the high quality sounds the H Wireless Headset delivers will not only increase the experience of gaming, but in competitive gaming the Dolby Headphone surround sound allows you to hear things all around you clearly which is a major plus for games where you hunt or are hunted.

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

Now comfort is king, while it may be more important to those who always have their headsets on, comfort should be important to everyone. The memory foam padding on the headband and ear cups are seriously comfortable. I personally made sure to test this by wearing it during my off day working from my home office. I played music, games, talked on Skype and Ventrilo and watched Netflix. It was about 6 hours total of me wearing the headset and I never felt the need to take it off due to discomfort or because my ears were getting sweaty. The microphone quality is great and the Chat and Live Mix features balance the audio from games to music and movies to your voice and the voices of others. Also the wireless capabilities are about 40 feet and it worked from different highs through doors and other rooms of the house.

One of the questions about wireless headsets was battery life and interference. As far as battery life, again the H Wireless Headset knows what gamers need. They understand that when your battery goes low you need to pop in another one fast. The good news is the battery life is a little over 20 hours and the transmitter holds a secondary battery that charges while the other is in the headset. It is quick and easy to remove the plastic cover on the headset, remove the battery, pop out the other fully changed one in the transmitter, pop it in, pop the other in the transmitter to begin charging and get back to gaming.

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

The transmitter itself is also a great feature. First, you get all the cords you need to hook up your PC, Xbox, Playstation even your television. You can connect the transmitter via USB or a standard AC power cable that is included. Now the box itself is very small, but stylish. It kind of reminds me of the Apple TV box. It is well put together with a clear display that shows you the various menu and settings options, volume and battery life. As stated, you can connect different and multiple devices and use the profile system to switch between them. You can also adjust the various audio settings using the transmitter menu and can be done for your different profiles. I have profiles for my Xbox and PC and played around with another for my friends PS4.

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

Now interference, I really wanted to test this since people used to hate wireless headsets because of this. I tried everything from having a large number of other wireless devices to being near my microwave, my large speaker system and even outside my home far past the 40 feet distance. I never got any interference, not even with my phone, this is due to the frequency hopping and fixed audio stream that the H Wireless Headset has so there is no lag and it is low latency, in everything I did the audio remained smooth and clear.

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

So here is the problem. As said, if you are a gamer who always uses a headset and are into seriously good gaming audio quality then the price point is not an issue. However, if you are not, it will be. Consider that one of the main critiques of the H Wireless headset is it does not perform well with other media. I do not completely agree, what I would say is that for the price and even just comparing it to other SteelSeries headsets I find the H Wireless headset did not make a vast improvement over other models.

I also own the Siberia headset and have for a while now, for under $100, I found it had great quality for gaming as well as music, movies and voice. Now obviously it is not wireless nor does it have all the features of the H and the H beats it in gaming. However, I used the Siberia for a long time and loved the way it played music and the surround sound I heard in TV and movies. It is also very comfortable and has similar noise reduction and microphone features. So the issue becomes, if you are not an avid gamer do you need the H series. My honest option is that you do not especially if having wireless capabilities are more of a bonus than a must.

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

The H Wireless headset preforms to me just as well as the Siberia in music and movies, but it is within games that it shines and makes the price point understandable. Also it is additional features like the retractable microphone that hides away in the headset and glows red when you mute it which you can do via the buttons on the headset itself or the transmitter. You can also control the volume from both devices and for those with Bluetooth devices like Android or iOS, you can connect those to the transmitter as well.

Overall for the gamer who lives with his headset and demands the best in gaming audio performance the SteelSeries H Wireless Headset delivers that hands down. For those on a budget or who are more casual with gaming as well as headset use, perhaps the Siberia would be a better choice. Either way it shows SteelSeries takes quality seriously at all price levels which makes it an easier choice when it comes time to spend the big bucks on a great headset.

Product Notes and Statistics

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

HEADPHONE

Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20000Hz
Weight: 297g (without battery)
Max Volume: 100dB* SPL @ 1kHz
Ports: Wired Mode / Share Port,
Chat port, mini USB FW update port

TRANSMITTER

Wireless Range: 12m (40ft) straight line
Latency: <16ms, fixed
Ports: Analog In, Analog Out, mini USB,
Optical In, Optical Out, Power
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 1000mAh
Battery Life: 20 hours per pack, typical usage

MICROPHONE

Frequency Response: 100Hz – 10000Hz
Mic Pattern: Unidirectional
Indication: Red LED on mute

BOX CONTENTS

H Wireless Headset & Transmitter
(2) Battery packs
(6) Cables: Optical, USB, Power,
Analog, Mobile, Chat
Power adapter with (4) worldwide plug ends

SteelSeries Apex [RAW] Keyboard

Hey internets! This is Liz Poisonkiss, altruistic gaming hedonist extraordinaire!

Once again, I got my hands on a great product that I just have to talk about. The SteelSeries Apex [RAW] keyboard is an overall win in my book. Oh, let me count the ways!

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First off, I must clarify something so that this review gains some perspective. I use my keyboard a LOT. I wear down most keyboards really quick.  I’m constantly writing papers for my graduate program, composing emails, and doing some pretty intense PC gaming. So I was glad to get my hands on the Apex [RAW] keyboard.

This keyboard’s a little bigger than my other one because it extends down to form a  hand rest at the bottom. I’ll admit to preferring a smaller keyboard to conserve space but what it lacks in compactness it makes up for in performance. It’s low key profile and responsive keys don’t miss a beat as my fingers fly across the keyboard. The anti-ghosting modifications don’t let my game slow down when every second counts. Also, don’t you just hate it when you’re gaming full screen and in the middle of a heated battle and suddenly the game minimizes and your start menu pops up? Yup, you’ve hit the Windows key. But never fear, this keyboard gives you the ability to disable the Windows key and avoid all that mess!

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Not to mention all the freaking macro keys! There are 17 macro keys with two levels at your fingertips that give you the ability to instantly access 34 macros all customizable via the SteelSeries Engine. That’s a refreshing time saver!

Oh, another deceptively simple but nifty feature that the Apex [RAW] keyboard has is drainage holes. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been writing late at night while enjoying a steaming mug of brain go-go juice (coffee) to have it spill all over my keyboard. At that point my work is abruptly interrupted as I run with my keyboard to the sink and say a silent prayer to the computer gods that my keyboard will not be a completely sticky unusable mess. At least I know that with this keyboard I stand a chance.

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Compared to its big brother (SteelSeries Apex) the Apex [RAW] gives you the essentials you need for a fraction of the price. For only $69.99 you get top notch long lasting performance on a budget (some of us have to pay tuition).

One more thing, I’m writing this review on my Apex [RAW] keyboard and I completed one semester (4 months) of work, emails, gaming, and it survived two coffee/drink spills. That’s why this keyboard wins.

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Tech specs:

Connection: Wired USB

Cable: 6ft rubber coated

Build: Plastic

Key switch: Rubber membrane

Backlighting: 8 brightness levels of white light

Gaming: 17 dual layer marco keys, extra arrow keys, Capable of disabling Windows key.

USB pass-through: No

Audio pass-through: No

Goodies: Low-profile keys, Anti-Ghosting technology, Media controls, Drainage holes for spills.

SteelSeries & Valve Introduce The Siberia v2 Dota 2 Edition Headset

STEELSERIES AND VALVE INTRODUCE THE SIBERIA V2 DOTA® 2 EDITION HEADSET AND NEW MOUSEPADS AT THE INTERNATIONAL

SteelSeries & Valve Introduce The Siberia v2 Dota 2 Edition Headset

Illuminated Gaming Headset Includes Exclusive In-Game Item – Scythe of Vyse for Nature’s Prophet

 

SEATTLE – August 6, 2013SteelSeries, the worldwide leader in professional grade gaming peripherals along with Valve, developer of Dota 2 and creator of The International Tournament, today announced the Siberia v2 Illuminated Gaming Headset Dota®2 Special Edition which features an exclusive in-game item, Scythe of Vyse for Nature’s Prophet. In addition to the new headset, SteelSeries will also roll out two new SteelSeries QcK+ mousepads featuring character artwork from the game. The Siberia v2 Dota 2 Edition headset lets the player experience the non-stop excitement of the game while enjoying an incredible soundscape, lightweight over-the-head suspension design and the ability to customize what you’re hearing through an easy-to-configure software suite. Red LED illumination on the outside of each earcup can also be customized to exact user specifications and profiles via the SteelSeries Engine. At an MSRP of $119.99, the headset is equipped with large, premium driver units for the loudest and clearest sound while its circumaural earcups are wrapped in soft leather for comfort and increased passive noise reduction.

 

The SteelSeries Siberia v2 Illuminated Gaming Headset Dota 2 Special Edition $119.99 Combining lightweight comfort and an optimized soundscape with premium features the headset includes:

 

  • DOTA RED ILLUMINATION

Super-bright, red LED lights that glow through the outer mesh grill on each earcup. The illumination offers 6 different modes and can be assigned to behavior and game specific profiles through the SteelSeries Engine, including: Active Mode (responsive pulsing to sound effects, music, and/or voice), Slow Pulse, Fast Pulse, High Bright, Low Bright and Off.

  • EXCLUSIVE IN-GAME ITEM

The Scythe of Vyse for Nature’s Prophet has been originally designed and is available exclusively to players who purchase the SteelSeries Siberia v2 Dota 2 Edition headset.

  • NOISE-CANCELLING MICROPHONE & CONTROLS

The Siberia v2 Dota 2 Edition headset features an active noise cancelling microphone system. The microphone processor reduces the “noise” and focuses on the sound that is closer to the mic, your voice. It can also retract into the left earcup when not in use. The headsets in-line volume and mute controls are found on a durable cord with a USB connector.

 

The SteelSeries QcK+ Dota 2 Edition Mousepads – $19.99
Each displaying unique character artwork from the game, the new SteelSeries QcK+ mousepads are comprised of the Tiny and the Vengeful Spirit Editions. The mousepads are composed of a high-quality cloth material and an optimized texture that guarantees both smoothness and glide while a non-slippery rubber base holds the mousepad in place. Because of its size, the QcK+ is perfect for players who are using low sensitivity settings or for those who prefer to have a larger, consistent surface for game play.

Attendees of The International 3, which will kick off in Seattle tomorrow, will be the first to purchase the new SteelSeries Siberia v2 Dota 2 Edition products. The headset and mousepads will be available to consumers via the SteelSeries Web Shop and other etail partners later this summer. For more information about each of the new products, please visit http://steelseries.com/dota2. To get the latest news regarding SteelSeries sponsored teams competing during the event be sure to follow us on Facebook.

 

About SteelSeries

SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of top quality gaming peripherals from headsets, keyboards and mice to controllers, surfaces, and software. For more than a decade, SteelSeries has been on the forefront of designing and creating gear for competitive gamers. The company’s continued innovation also comes in collaboration with the world’s leading professional gaming teams and partners. SteelSeries is a global brand that continues to support the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and electronic sports leagues through professional team sponsorships, partnerships and community support. For more information, please visit http://steelseries.

Steelseries Sensei Pro Grade Laser Mouse Review

Hey there, internets! This is Liz Poisonkiss, altruistic gaming hedonist extraordinaire! Today I’m reviewing the bad-ass Steelseries Sensei Pro Grade Laser Mouse.

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First off, I want to just say, wow. For the last month I’ve been using this amazing piece of hardware to game, surf the web, edit pictures, write, and pretty much do everything I do on my desktop.  From the first moment when I tore the Sensei out of the box I was impressed by its ambidextrous shape and silver shine finish. It also feels good in my hand (that’s what she said!), the size is just large enough to let my hand rest on it but not so small I would get cramps after only an hour gaming. But looks and size aren’t everything (honest!).

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As I was about to hook it up I noticed the cord is well protected with a flexible protective weave that shields the cable from fraying. That’s why my last mouse started crapping out on me; I was thrilled to not have to worry about that. After I plugged it in, my new mouse just worked after about a minute. But this is no ordinary mouse, we’re just getting started!

Even though I enjoyed having a smooth responsive mouse to play with, I’ll admit I wasn’t going to be satisfied until I make this thing fit me and my style. So off I went to install the SteelSeries Engine on my PC. It was super easy to install and honestly this is when my jaw dropped. When I opened that control panel an ocean of customization options opened themselves to me! I was in heaven!

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Here are only some of the badass changes you can make to this mouse. There are three areas to change the color on it with, get this, 16.8 million different colors to choose from! Underneath, the mouse has an LCD display which you can customize with your own graphic and/or use to remind you which one of the tons of detailed macros you have active on the mouse at the moment.  You can customize the speed of your mouse to a blindingly fast 11,400 CPI because it has its own freaking processer in the thing! This mouse is more powerful than some of my first computers. The eight strategically placed buttons can be assigned to do anything you like although, just like any ambidextrous mouse, sometimes misclicks can occur while you get used to holding it. Seriously though, if I wrote about every way you could customize this mouse it would take too long! On the box it says, “the world’s most customizable mouse” and I’m starting to believe it. Suffice it to say this mouse can meet even the pickiest gamer’s needs.

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So how much is “the world’s most customizable mouse”? The Sensei Pro Grade Laser Mouse retails for $89.99. Can you believe it? A quality fully customizable professional gaming mouse for under a hundred dollars. I was really surprised at this because I know that the market contains lots of gaming mice with fewer features for more money. After using it and abusing it in my typical fashion, I think I can look forward to years of hard gaming with top performance using this mouse. I’m glad I got my hands on it and you’ll thank me if you do.

Tech specs:

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SIZE AND WEIGHT:

Weight: 102 grams (0.22 lbs)

Height: 38,7 mm (1.5 in)

Width: 68,3 mm (2.7 in)

Length: 125,5 mm (4.9 in)

SPEED:

Default CPI range: 1 to 5,700 CPI.

Double CPI range: 5701 to 11,400 CPI.

BUTTONS: 8

FRAMES PER SECOND: 12,000

INCHES PER SECOND: 150+

ACCELERATION: 30G

SENSOR DATA PATH: True 16 bit

LIFT DISTANCE: 1-5mm

CABLE: 2m-6.5ft

Steelseries Siberia V/2 Review

Hey there, internets! This is Liz Poisonkiss, altruistic gaming hedonist extraordinaire! Today I’d like to discuss the merits of a super cool pair of headphones from Steelseries: the Siberia V/2 Full-Size headset.

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I’ve had these headphones for about a month now and have they seen some action! They have been smushed  in my backpack next to my laptop and heavy load of graduate study textbooks, tossed around wildly while getting caught around my feet and my cat’s paws, and it’s cord tangled and untangled repeatedly as I hastily put them away before class (or sex!). This sturdy piece of hardware took all my abuse and begged for more, working flawlessly every time I plugged it into my various devices.

So what kind of performance are we talking about here? I played games, made Skype calls, watched movies/TV, and listened to lots of music through these and I must say it was excellent! When listening to music I could hear the touch of the piano keys, the tangible twang of guitars, and the breathing of the performers.  I was particularly impressed at the bass reverberating in my ears as if I had a tiny portable subwoofer.  And the 3D sound was magnificent as well. While gaming I could head the footsteps of my teammates and enemies as I stalked around being all rogue-y. But when I was caught or a monster roared in my direction you better believe I jumped out of my seat.

Speaking of rogue-y types things, did you know that these headphones have a little rogue microphone hiding inside them?! Curled up in the left headphone is a tiny extendable microphone.  And besides soaking up clear and crisp sound, I love the fact that it’s retractable. It stays out of the way unless I need it.

Oh, and the comfortable leather pads around my ears are soft and allow me to ignore the rest of the world while I have them on. Yay for not being interrupted! And boy can I have these suckers on for a long time. Not only are the headphone pads comfortable, but the unique design of the headset’s headband doesn’t squeeze my head or place the weight of the device on my head allowing me to play for hours and hours. However, there is a risk of going deaf! Be careful, these guys go up to 11. I’m sure the handy in-cord volume and mic control can keep that in check.

Oh, and the nicest part about these headphones is the price. At $89.99 performance like this is a bargain. They come in a rainbow of colors so you can match them to your personality. No matter what you use these babies for, they are sure to provide you with years of premium performance. I just am crazy about these new headphones and anyone who enjoys premium performance for a great value will enjoy them too!

Tech specs:

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Headphones:

Frequency response: 18 – 28,000 Hz

Impedance: 32 Ohm

SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 112 dB

Cable length: 9.8 ft. (1 + 2 = 3 m)

Jacks: 3.5 mm

Microphone:

Frequency response: 50 – 16,000 Hz

Pick up pattern: Uni-directional

Sensitivity: -38 dB

The SteelSeries Merc Stealth Gaming Keyboard Review

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Back in 2008, Denmark based computer peripheral company Steelseries acquired American computer peripheral company Ideazon; and with it, most of their products. One of those products was the Stealth Merc keyboard. The Stealth Merc was released in 2007, but it is still considered one of the best gaming keyboards on the market today, and after a few weeks of intense gaming with it, I can see why.

Steelseries has an almost neurotic attention to detail in all of their gear, and the Merc is no exception. From the moment you pick up the box you realize how much this thing weighs, at least five pounds. It’s also on the large side, 21 inches across to be exact, so you will want to make sure it fits on your computer desk.

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What makes the Merc Stealth stand out from the competition is the integrated “gaming terrain” located on the left side of the keyboard. There are 34 keys which represent all the keys on the left side of the keyboard (the ones most commonly used for gaming). They even tilted the keys at an 11 degree angle which was found to be the natural position for gaming. It was extremely easy to get used to, and after playing Tribes: Ascend for about 10 minutes I couldn’t imagine going back to the old way.  Also, the W,S,A,D, Shift, Ctrl, and Jump buttons, are rubberized; a nice touch!  The keyboard is backlit with three color choices (Blue, Red, and Purple), with brightness settings. You can also opt to have no illumination, but, you won’t.

To keep the size of the keyboard down, they have integrated the arrow keys, along with other keys normally located in the center of the board, to the number pad. If you want to use the delete key, for example, you have to turn off num lock. That being said, if you are someone who uses their computer for data entry, you won’t be buying this product anyways.

The keyboard is meant to be used hand and hand with their “Z engine” software. Z engine is a program that has preloaded gaming profiles that take advantage of the gaming terrain. There are about 180 profiles spread across three categories; FPS, RTS, and Shooter. I found it very easy to use, and it runs in the background taking up virtually no resources. That being said, even with the new updates, I found the preloaded profiles to be very dated.  Looking over the list, I believe Far Cry 2 was the newest title, and that was released in 2008. This really is not a big deal, though, since the default profile makes all the keys on the gaming terrain a copy of what is on the normal qwerty side of the board. Also, it is very easy to make your own profile for any game you choose. It would be nice to see Steelseries update their software with newer game profiles though.

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At first glance, I will admit the gaming terrain layout appeared like a bit of a gimmick and that I would probably go back to using the tried and true WSAD keys after only a few gaming sessions. I am pleased to say that I was wrong. I never knew how comfortable computer gaming can be! Aside from some outdated software, and pretty hefty size, I cannot find a single flaw with the Stealth Merc. It looks great,  and it feels great. I only wish I had this keyboard back in the days of the non-stop 48 hour LAN party. Consider this writer, officially spoiled!

You can pick up out the Merc Stealth Illuminated Gaming Keyboard for $89.99 on the Steelseries website.

Diablo III Hardware Checklist

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A whole lot of you are gearing up for the release of Diablo 3 tomorrow so besides calling out sick, ditching your date and neglecting your hygiene you want to make sure you have all the necessary items to play, undisturbed in the best possible way. Here is a list of items you just might need or can use for your upcoming day of gaming.

The EON 11-S from Origin PC

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Let’s start with hardware, yes, obviously you need a gaming system to play D3 and if you have to be at work or at school why not take your gaming with you. The great thing about this laptop is it small, but powerful enough to run the game the way it’s meant to be played and you just might trick your boss or teacher into thinking you brought it in for other reasons. Check out our breakdown of the EON 11-S.

The Diablo III headset from SteelSeries

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The last thing you want during your game time is distractions and outside noise. The Diablo III headset is ultra-comfortable and keeps external noises out so you can enjoy only the sounds of the game. With its retractable microphone, you can chat with people in game or using a voice program and not miss a beat. Finally, it just looks cool and its Diablo branded, who wouldn’t want this. Check out our review on the Diablo III headset.

The X-Rocker Pro-Series Game Chair

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One might think sitting on your ass all day is easy, but it isn’t. Especially for us 30+ gamers you want to make sure you can stay seated for long periods of time without hurting your back or your tailbone. Just like your grand-pappy, perhaps being able to rock back and forth will keep you from catching a clot as you lay the smack-down. Check out the stats on the chair here.

The 30 Widescreen monitor from NEC

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Diablo III is like stepping into a movie and just like you want the best movie screen you will also want a top notch monitor for your gaming pleasure. The PA301W features a 2560×1600-resolution screen with a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The screen also features an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the display’s brightness based on lighting conditions lessoning eyestrain from prolonged use, which is perfect for the marathon gaming session you will be putting in. Check out the monitor specifications here.

Game On

Now you have the gear and you have a nice quiet place to game. You will want to keep the area cool and clear and have a big waste basket around for all the food wrappers and if possible some recycling because it’s just a good thing to do. Set your phone to vibrate, your instant message status to, “Leave me alone noobs I’m pwning Diablo 3” and leave reality behind. Just don’t end up on the news because you neglected your kid or your house burned down with you in it.

The SteelSeries Diablo III Headset Review

SteelSeries Diablo III Headset Review

SteelSeries Diablo III Headset

First thing you will notice when holding the box, is the Diablo III art all over the package. Then when you open the package you realize how light this headset is!

Inside the box you will find the headset, a quick start guide, a SteelSeries professional gaming gear insert, a nifty SteelSeries sticker,  and a USB extension cable.

The USB extension cable will be important, because if your keyboard does not have a built-in USB port, the cable on the headset might be too short. SteelSeries realized nobody likes excess cables that you can trip over so they reduced the main cable length and included the USB extension cable. This gives you more options than other headsets where you would have to hide the excess cable. The only thing to note is that the USB extension cable isn’t gold plated or braided. But since it would probably be routed behind your desk you wouldn’t even see it.

SteelSeries Diablo III Headset Box

I tested the Diablo III headset with the following games and applications: Star Wars – The Old Republic, World of Tanks, The Witcher 2, TeamSpeak, and Ventrilo. Both the microphone and headset were astounding. The 50mm drivers on the headset do a superb job on the high, mid, and low-ranges. And the microphone allows you to retract it into the left ear-cup. This is a great feature if you just want to use them for listening to music.

The SteelSeries software for the headset feels like you’re in a menu of a Diablo game. You have several options to adjust the intensity and pulsation of the red LED lights. And the best part of the software, you are able to adjust the Equalizer to your liking.

The overall feel to this headset screams quality. From the attention to detail paid on the cable lengths to the light weight of the product. You can definitely see SteelSeries did their homework on gamer’s “work environments” and thought of everything.

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Rating 9.5 of of 10.

Technical SpecificationsHeadphones

  • Frequency: 18 – 28.000 Hz
  • Cable Length:
  • Headset (1m / 3ft)
  • USB Extension (2m / 6.5ft)
  • Headset Jack: Gold Plated USB

 

Microphone

  • Active Noise Reduction: up to 20dB
  • Frequency: 50 – 16,000 Hz
  • Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
  • Sensitivity: -38 dB

 

Holiday Hardware Guide

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Do you remember getting your first console system or computer? The feeling inside must have been great, so much so that you most likely did not realize how much your parents suffered to get it for you. Check out my tale about one Christmas and the NES hunt.

You would think that you could not replicate that feeling once you are buying your own gifts, but that isn’t true. When I purchased my black Xbox 360 I felt just like a kid again even though I was spending my hard earned bucks and the same can be said for games like Batman Arkham City and the upcoming Star Wars, The Old Republic.

So you may have purchased your gifts this year and if you are lucky you have others buying gifts that you know you will love. Here at Obsolete Gamer, we look at modern games and systems that can also have a Retro twist to it, but in the end will bring smiles to our faces when we open it.

Genesis Desktop System: Origin PC

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Here is the simple truth, you can build your own system or buy similar systems from any of a thousand retailers, but like the sexy MILF next door told you experience counts.

The Genesis is the premier desktop system offered by Origin PC and what makes this system and the company great is the different configurations they offer and the service and support they provide. You can go with an Intel P67 or X79 or even AMD. You can select the case you want and have multiple choices for everything you put inside. Best part is if there is something you want to add that you don’t see, ask them and they can hook you up.

Sure, you can have a nice house that looks like everyone else’s home on the block or you can create your own masterpiece by custom designing your rig with paint, artwork, lights and more and since pretty much everyone at Origin PC has been a gamer and in the business for over a decade or more you know when you need help you will get real answers.

The key for the holiday shopper is you don’t have to spend 5K on a system, you can build it to exact specifications and remove anything you don’t need guaranteeing you get exactly what you want.

You can check out the Genesis here.

iCADE: ION

I got a chance to see this system at the last CES and was impressed of how well it played using an iPAD. Now we all know you can find classic games on emulators, downloads and even in flash, but there was just something about using the arcade style joystick and buttons that made the iCade really fun to play.

Now currently it only runs Atari classic games which you can find more on the App Store so for Apple haters this might not be for you, but for everyone else this is a really cool device to have in your office or wherever you might game and for just under 100 bucks it won’t break the wallet.

You can check out the iCade here.

Siberia Headset & Sensei Mouse: SteelSeries

SteelSeries-Sensei-Mouse

Everyone has their favorite devices, for me it is all about comfort, control and durability. Having played pretty much every type of game and game system I learned what works best for me. For instance, I like the Xbox 360 controller the best because it works for me and the same is true for the mice I have tested and use from SteelSeries.

From turn around blind shots in FPS games to fast scroll movement in RTS games the SteelSeries mice have the precession and comfort that makes gaming and everyday tasks a breeze. I still use the XAI mouse I tested some time ago today and have no plan to replace it and the new Sensei mouse is now married to my gaming laptop.

Now as for headsets I fell in love with the Siberia because of its comfort and sound quality and the black and gold edition is pretty bad ass. Check out the full review here. I have been impressed with Steel Series products and their price point doesn’t leave you in debt after the holidays so for the people in your life that need computer accessories they are a great place to shop.

You can check out SteelSeries products here.

M.A.M.E. Arcade Cabinet

Northcoast Custom Arcades

Before the anti-pirate people come out the woodwork there are plenty of legal ways to play classic games on a M.A.M.E system including owning the original game. Honestly, one of the best ways to play M.A.M.E is on a full size arcade cabinet which you can have built or build yourself.

Personally, I never owned one, but I know a few that have and they built them themselves and it is pretty awesome. Pretty much the hardest part is knowing how to cut the wood and put it together, the wirework is not too hard, and there are a ton of websites that can show you step by step how to do it or you can search for several companies that will build you a system.

If you are going to go with a builder go with a professional like Northcoast. Just check out the awesome arcade cabinets they have already built and see images from customers. You also know they do good work because they were featured on the DIY network. Sure, these can get pricy, but it is worth it and if you are going to spend the cash make sure you get the best.

Just keep in mind this is a full size arcade cabinet so if you live in your dorm or small apartment you will quickly find yourself out of space, but if you have the room this is just an incredible addition to the classic gamer’s game room.

Check out NorthCoast arcade cabinets here.

Supaboy: Hyperkin

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So I first heard about this product on the Jace Hall Show page and knew I had to try one out. This handheld system plays original SNES carts and plays them on a 3.5 inch display that can even be connected to your television and two original SNES controllers.

Sure, you can get these on phones or pads or your PC and consoles, but there is something about having the original cartridge sticking out while gaming. Well, at least to me it is cool. The SupaBoy can be picked up for only 80 bucks which isn’t bad especially if you have a large SNES collection. I’m thinking Retro Stocking stuffer!

Check out the SupaBoy Portable SNES console here.

Get to shopping!

Now there will be more to come, but for now check out these products and see if any of them fit into your holiday gift giving plans. We also want to hear from you. Suggest to us some great holiday gaming hardware and we will bring a review to you.

SteelSeries Siberia v2 Gaming Headset Review

SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Gaming Headset Black and Gold Edition

Looking for a great gift for the gamer in your life? The great thing about getting them an excellent pair of headphones is not only will they enjoy all their games and media in high quality sound, but it keeps the rest of the house quiet. Well, until they yell out “Boom Headshot!

Personally I have never been a fan of headphones mainly because I love to crank up the sound in my office, but mainly because of uncomfortable headphones that just become bothersome after wearing them for a few hours. One of the first things I noticed with the Siberia v2 was how comfortable they were.

This is achieved by two means. One is their unique band that adjusts to your head. With most headphones you need to pull and adjust them to fit, but the Siberia v2 fits like a soft leather glove and speaking of leather that brings us to the number two reason.

When wearing headphones after a few hours you really can tell if the padding on the earpieces are made for comfort or not and the soft padded cushions built from sound dampening foam really does keep you from even noticing you are wearing them.

Let’s face it, if you are a gamer you are spending a lot of time doing what you love, so, if you are chatting using Ventrilo or Skype or in game voice clients you want a headset that feels great to wear for long periods of time and the next important factor is sound.

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First let’s look at the numbers:

Headphones

  Frequency response: 18 – 28.000 Hz

  Impedance: 32 Ohm

  SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 112 dB

  Cable length: 1 + 2 = 3 m (9,8 ft.)

  Jacks: 3,5 mm

Microphone

  Frequency response: 50 – 16.000 Hz

  Pick up pattern: Uni-directional

  Sensitivity: -38 dB

So first the tech. The Siberia v2 uses high-performance 50mm driver units to produce an optimized soundscape for games, music and other media. However, when it comes to games the headset really shines especially in FPS games. The Siberia v2 is engineered so you can hear the direction of enemies or sounds from all around you. I personally tried this out in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 and believe me it makes a difference.

It is established that the Siberia v2 has high-quality sound, but what about volume and noise reduction? Earlier we talked about the leather padded cushions made with sound dampening foam. How does this translate into the real world? The staff at Obsolete Gamer travels often and of course we game or listen to media on the plane. With too many headphones you get the high quality sound and high volume, but you still hear too much outside noise which kills the immersion factor.

SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Gaming Headset

The combination of the sound dampening foam and the precise fit of the Siberia v2 allows the sound quality to remain within while blocking out passive noise. Now you will still hear some of the jet engine, but much less than other headphones and even ear buds that I have tried. Now place yourself in a noisy dorm or home and the passive noise reduction means you will be focused on the game not outside distractions.

Finally we come to the microphone. Anyone who has been in a Ventrilo channel knows what it is like to have someone with a bad mic. With the Siberia v2 one of the first cool things is its retractable microphone. Forget that crappy bendable wire that reminds me of the microphone in fast food joints. This mic can hide away in the left ear cup when not in use and pulls out easily when you need to talk.

The Siberia v2’s microphone is uni-directional so you don’t need to swallow the mic to talk. Also, the microphone is optimized for voice chat meaning you will come across clear without the need to yell unless you must have a Leroy Jenkins moment.

I got to test out the Black and Gold special edition and as you can see they look pretty sweet, but you can find them in an array of colors on the SteelSeries website. Two last things to mention. One is the extended cords that come with the headset which is great for those whose PC is far away from them or when connecting them to another media device. Like your prom date said, nothing is worse than a short cord.

Second is the volume controls on the cord. Sure, this is nothing new in the world of gaming headsets, but the Siberia v2 controls are smaller than most and not noticeable until you need it. The volume itself can get pretty loud which is great and being able to adjust the sound as well as mute the microphone at the touch of a button puts the icing on the cake.

All in all the Siberia v2 is a great gaming headset and for about $90 it is in the perfect range for those looking for a high quality audio experience. We were so pleased with these headphones we gave it our Totally Not Obsolete seal of approval.

SteelSeries – Pro Gaming Laser Mouse & Pad

SteelSeries logo
SteelSeries logo

I’m going to change things up a bit. Everyone has a way of doing a review or talking about something they used or liked and though there is a formula for doing so I say the heck with that. I will just tell you what I got, how I used it and what I think, simple enough?

I got my hand on the Steelseries XAI laser mouse and the 9HD mouse pad or gaming surface. Now right off the bat I realized I liked the thin flat mouse pads better because I don’t feel as if my hand and wrist are any higher off the desk than it should be. Also for curved desks it can prevent you from being pinched by the mouse pad which for some reason has happened to me a bunch of times.

SteelSeries 9HD mousepad
SteelSeries 9HD mousepad

Even though the pad is very thin it is well constructed the hard plastic is smooth on the top and has great grip on the bottom. Now the 9HD has thousands of light reflecting points and what this does is insure that if you flail your mouse around like a child thrown into the pool for the first time you don’t lose your tracking on screen. Ever see some World of Warcraft plays spaz out while PVP’ing, this is why having that and a wide surface is important.

Now let’s talk about the mouse. First off like the mouse pad the XAI is constructed very well. The mouse has a good size and weight and feels like it can take a pounding. It has seven programmable buttons for you MMO and RTS gamers and you can even download profiles used by pro gamers so you can use their setup. The size is just about perfect so if you have large hands or small ones you can still use this mouse without issue and with its slip resistant covering you won’t have your mouse flying out of your hand in the middle of a battle.

Left or right handed it doesn’t matter thanks to the ambidextrous shape. It feels comfortable on the hand which is important for long gaming sessions. One of the really cool things is the LCD menu system on the bottom of the mouse. You can configure your XAI for aim, report rate, speed and even hardware acceleration. Right above the scroll wheel you can toggle between two customizable CPI settings for adjustments on the fly. Even the mouse cord is braded so it does not tangle and it’s long enough for those keeping their desktop under their desk.

Steelseries XAI laser mouse
Steelseries XAI laser mouse

In the real world, or at least in mine I found the XAI to work well be it surfing, FPS, RTS or MMO’s. I think the key is it functions well out of the box even if you don’t do any custom setting, but if you want to get specific it has the means to do so that makes it good for gamers of all sorts. I personally needed a mouse that moved fast and glided well across the pad and the XAI combined with the 9HD does just that. From twitch moves in first person shooters to click fests in W.O.W the combo worked well for me.

You can check out more on the XAI gaming mouse and 9HD mouse pad on the Steelseries website.

Here are the specs:

Specifications for SteelSeries Xai Laser:

– Frames per second: 12.000

– Inches per second: 150+

– Megapixels per second: 10.8

– Counts per inch: 100 – 5.001 (one CPI Steps)

– Max. Acceleration: 30 G

– Sensor data path: True 16 bit

– Lift distance: ~1mm (auto-adjusting)

– Buttons: 8

Steelseries XAI laser mouse
Steelseries XAI laser mouse

– Cord: 2 m / 6,5 ft (braided to improve durability)

– Polling: 125 – 1000 Hz (1Hz increments)

– Gold-plated USB connector

– Measurements: 125,5 x 68,3 x 38,7 mm / 4,94 x 2,69 x 1,52 in

– CPI high/low indicator

– SteelSeries FreeMove Technology

– SteelSeries ExactSens Technology

– SteelSeries ExactRate Technology

– SteelSeries ExactAim Technology

– On mouse acceleration Technology

– On mouse LCD display for tweaking above technologies thru menu system

– Large pressure points that reduce friction for optimized glide

– Driverless, plug-and-play feature for LAN gamers

– Built-in memory for 5 profiles

– Operating systems: Win 2000/XP/Vista/7 / Mac OSX

*Configuration software only available for Windows operating systems

Steelseries XAI laser mouse
Steelseries XAI laser mouse

– Material: Hard plastic

– Surface treatment: Heat

– Dimensions: 270 x 320 x 2 mm / 10,7 x 12,7 x 0,08 in

– Size: Medium

– Glide: Rough

– Compatibility: Optical, laser, ball