• Peripherals

    by Published on November 18th, 2017 08:00 AM
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    We spend a lot of time at our computers these days. Whether it's long drawn out gaming sessions, working, arguing with strangers on the internet, we tend to put most of our attention into the computer itself and neglect the very (essential) component responsible for keeping us, well, at the computer. High end gaming chairs are one of the new trends filling this need among gamers and PC enthusiasts. In the past, high end gaming chars were quite expensive and owning one was unobtainable for many people. Recently, as this trend continues, prices have dropped, and quality has increased based on competition! I believe there are quite a few people out there on the fence about whether owning a gaming chair is the right move currently.



    In this review we will be taking a very close look at one such chair: Introducing the EWin Champion Series Gaming Chair. Before we dive into the product itself, let's take a look at EWin, an OEM manufacturer, and why their chairs stand apart. EWin is a new company founded in 2016 who's primary focus is in the ergonomic gaming chair scene. They focus heavily on product quality and comfort. They back their quality with a 1 year warranty, and a 2 year warranty on the frame and seating tray. Currently, EWin offers ...
    by Published on October 8th, 2017 03:00 AM
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    After years and years of waiting, it has finally arrived: the first ever keyboard with analog functionality. Not only does the Wooting One possess analog functionality for every key, it is also one of the most feature packed mechanical keyboards out there. It is a tenkeyless keyboard, available in ISO and ANSI layouts. As expected, due to its unique switches it does not use standard Cherry MX mechanical switches, however it is fully compatible with Cherry MX keycaps!

    Other features include media keys (not dedicated, but secondary functions via the FN key, but more on this later), hot swappable switches, programmable keys, individual RGB LEDs for each key, swappable plate, detachable USB cable, and a "floating" key design that allows keys to not sit recessed within the keyboard for easy cleaning.

    On paper, the Wooting One looks like just about everything one could ask for from a gaming mechanical keyboard, and for the reasonable price of $159.99 for the basic model. The only difference with the $199.99 premium model is that the premium comes with a complete set of spare switches; Red Flaretech switches installed, and a full set of Blue Flaretech included as well.

    All of this and more we will go over on the following pages.



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    by Published on June 28th, 2017 04:30 AM
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    Many of us here at GND-Tech have been waiting for this day for years. The Wooting One will be the first commercially available analog mechanical keyboard. Its release date is estimated for July, so the wait is nearly over.

    On regular keyboards, a key press is a binary function; either on or off. Nothing in between. This is not the case with the Wooting One analog mechanical keyboard, which tracks every bit of the key press. This is ...
    by Published on November 7th, 2016 06:00 AM   
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    2. Graphics Cards,
    3. Peripherals,
    4. Monitors,
    5. Sound,
    6. Technology,
    7. Gaming
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    Complacency caused by lack of competition, corporate greed and poor decision making, low market demand due to ignorance, are all just a few reasons why certain computer hardware industries are so behind the times. In this article we will explore which computer hardware industries are lagging behind so badly, and discuss where they could and should be by now. We will be looking at industries relevant to PC gaming, so this is an article for gamers.



    We talk a lot about monitors and display technology in general here at GND-Tech. Display technology in general is not where it should be, but computer monitors have it the worst. To those without much knowledge in this area, it would be beneficial to first read this.

    Brief history lesson: LCD technology is what totally replaced CRT. This brings up the first issue; this shouldn't have happened. LCD taking over for lower end markets is fine, but it's not really suitable for any enthusiast gaming or movie/TV watching. A much better technology was proposed to succeed CRT, and that was FED or Field Emission Display. SED, or Surface-Conduction ...
    by Published on September 8th, 2016 10:00 PM
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    A few years ago we reviewed the Ducky DK9087 Shine 2, a keyboard that received universal praise. Since then, many new iterations of Ducky Shine have come up; currently we are up to the Ducky Shine 5 and are awaiting the release of the Shine 6. But one thing that bothered many people was the lack of tenkeyless (TKL) models—keyboards with no numberpad. The Shine 3 was the last of the Shine lineup to have a TKL variant.

    Or so we thought. Ducky and Mechanical Keyboards Inc. have partnered up to deliver what many of us have been waiting for; a high quality TKL mechanical keyboard with RGB LED backlighting! To make things even more appealing, the MSRP is only $119. It is a Ducky OEM featuring the same lighting features as the beloved Ducky Shine 5, with the same case as the Ducky Shine 3. Can it live up to the hype? Let's find out.



    The MK Disco TKL is of course available at the Mechanical Keyboards store which is where I purchased it from for $119 and free FedEx Ground shipping. For $10 extra I was able to add a full Ducky 108 keycap set, made of double shot ABS so I assume it is the same exact set used on the Ducky Shine 5.

    Three business days later, it arrived. It was packed into a cardboard shipping box, with the actual keyboard box being tucked in sandwiched between brown paper. Bubble wrap would have been preferable due to the additional protection. The keyboard box reminds me of my previous ...
    by Published on February 18th, 2016 06:00 AM
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    It's been over two years since we last reviewed a QPAD product, and more than 5 years since we reviewed their QPAD 5K as part of our Gaming Mice Mega Test where it took home the prize for being the most comfortable mouse! Now we're back with the QPAD 8K which continues with their iconic palm grip design. Available for £59.99 the 8K has a laser sensor which a maximum DPI of 8200 and 7 programmable buttons, of which 2 are to change ...
    by Published on September 5th, 2015 07:00 AM  Number of Views: 6147 
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    The Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro is a classic headphone, one that has gained critical acclaim for years. The DT 880 was the unofficial flagship for Beyerdynamic until the release of the T1. Now in 2015, the DT 880 Pro stands as a popular mid-fi headphone in competition with the likes of the Sennheiser HD 600 and AKG K712 Pro. In this review we will evaluate the DT 880 Pro 250 Ohm and see how it has withstood the test of time.

    Our test system includes a Windows PC fitted with a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD as the sound source. The Titanium HD's optical SPDIF out is connected to a Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1 which serves as our DAC and amplifier. In addition, the opamps within the D1 have been replaced by higher quality LT1364 units. The DT 880 Pro has been allowed plenty of burn-in time and brain burn-in for this review.



    Beyerdynamic's DT 880 is available in several different forms; Pro 250 Ohm, Premium 32 Ohm, Premium 250 Ohm, and Premium 600 Ohm. We are reviewing the Pro 250 Ohm model, the least expensive of the bunch. The specifications for which are listed in the table below.


    Two things jump off that table; the 96 dB sensitivity ...
    by Published on July 18th, 2014 03:00 AM
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    The Mobi is unlike most other SD cards. Whilst it still saves photos in the normal way, it lets you access them in a completely different way. Included in the card is a WiFi hotspot that you can access with a smartphone or tablet app (IOS / Android / Kindle Fire). The process is extremely simple; all you have to do is pair your smartphone to the card using the 10 digit ...
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