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Jordan Druber

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Review: Wyze Cam OG, OG Telephoto, and Cam Pan v3 bring affordable new features [video]

Last month, Wyze announced three brand-new cameras – the Cam OG, Cam OG Telephoto, and Cam Pan v3. While the OGs are a more affordable return to the basics, the Cam Pan v3 is a complete upgrade over the v2. Be sure to hit the video below to see them in action. 

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Hands-on: Battlefield 2042 returns to the class system in update 3.2 [Video]

With another big update, Dice invited a bunch of people to a pre-release capture event showcasing the new class system in Battlefield 2042. In addition to this return to a beloved battlefield staple, the snowy map Breakaway has also seen a huge rework that keeps the action much closer, and there have been quite a few new and old items added back into the Battlefield mix. Be sure to hit the video to see some of the Battlefield 2042 3.2 updates in action. 

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ModMic comes to IEMs: Antlion Kimura Duo review [Video]

ModMics have been one of the most well-known ways to turn any pair of headphones into a gaming headset; we went hands-on with the entire lineup last year. For those who prefer IEMs (or in-ear monitors) to over-headphones, though, the brand-new Kimura may be right up your alley. Adding a microphone on an adjustable boom, Kimura comes in a few different flavors to fit most IEM needs, like the Kimura Duo we were able to get our hands on. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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NZXT H9 is a big, beautiful way to showcase a powerful PC [Video]

As its latest release for PC builders, the NZXT H9 is a dual-chamber PC case that offers massive expandability and glass on the front and side to showcase the internals of a build. Starting at $160 for the H9 flow and $240 for the RGB-laden H9 Elite, it’s the new top-of-the-line from NZXT. We got our hands on one with a few other new components to showcase the building process including a PNY RTX 4070ti. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details.

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Making my sim rig more immersive with the Buttkicker Gamer Pro [Video]

Being I’ve been slowly building out my sim rig for racing and drifting. The latest addition is the Buttkicker Gamer Pro which does just what its name would suggest – adds haptics in your seat thanks to a large transducer attached directly to a gaming chair or cockpit and an amplifier connected to a gaming console or PC. It can even be set up in multi-unit configurations. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Wicked Cushions for Nova Pro Wireless: What the high-end gaming headset needs [Video]

If you saw my review of the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, you may remember that comfort was my only issue with it. As a $350 headset, it has all of the bells and whistles, but I could also feel the ANC bumps in the earcups when wearing the headset in normal, everyday use. Wicked Cushions has developed a line of aftermarket earpads for many gaming headsets. When it announced a new pair of Wicked Cushions for the Nova Pro Wireless, I immediately purchased a set to see if it worked to make the SteelSeries headset my favorite of the year. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Best Bluetooth ANC headphones: Which comes out on top from Sony, Apple, B&W, & Focal? [Video]

After hearing about the high-end Focal Bathys Bluetooth ANC headphones launch, I was curious how they would stack up against some competition. With other high-end options from Bowers & Wilkens, Apple, and Sony, what is the best pair of Bluetooth ANC headphones? Well, that answer might a bit complicated. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Simple and affordable: $100 Defiant Wi-Fi Deadbolt review [Video]

If the cost of a Wi-Fi-enabled smart deadbolt has turned you away in the past, Home Depot might have something that could be of interest. The $100 Defiant Wi-Fi Deadbolt is available in a variety of styles and comes with a Hubspace smart plug that unlocks Wi-Fi control. It sounds like an affordable way to get a Wi-Fi deadbolt installed in your home, but how does it perform for that price? Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details.

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Beyerdynamic Xelento Remote 2nd Gen Review: What does $1,000 get you? [Video]

I’ve been seeing more and more coverage of IEMs, or in-ear monitors recently, both for music and for gaming. And while there are some great entry-level and affordable options out there, when Beyerdynamic announced the new $1,000 Xelento Remote 2nd Gen in-ear headphones, I knew I had to reach out and see if I could try a pair. While they certainly aren’t for everybody, the overall experience was different from what I expected. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details.

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Hands-on: Seagate Star Wars portable hard drives arrive just in time for gift ideas [Video]

Expanding on its stylized collectible hard drives, today Seagate is announcing new FireCuda options for fans of Star Wars. Three new designs featuring Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker also incorporate customizable RGB lighting for a fun collectible external hard drive. Coming in at $110 for a 2TB capacity, it won’t break any records for performance, they’re stylish hard drives that any Star Wars fan would appreciate. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Battlefield 2042 Season 3: Escalation adds a new map, specialist, and more weapons [video]

Battlefield 2042 Season 3: Escalation is right around the corner. A new map, three brand-new weapons, a new specialist, and ongoing changes all await returning players. Additionally, starting with season 3, DICE is putting Battlefield 2042 on EA Play which means Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to play without purchasing. Upcoming free-to-play days make it appealing, but will Battlefield 2042 Season 3 bring back many players? Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details.

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Next Level Racing Wheel Stand 2.0 review: Just what I needed for my sim racing setup [Video]

As a novice sim racer, I bounce between Assetto Corsa on my PC and Forza Horizon 5 on my Xbox Series X with my kids; having a mobile setup that doesn’t take a lot of time to configure is crucial for me to actually get some seat time in. But with the power of the Logitech Pro Wheel and Pedals, something sturdy is also critical – enter the Wheel Stand 2.0 from Next Level Racing. With tons of adjustability and solid metal construction, it’s been a dependable way for me to have a repeatable sim racing setup without sacrificing massive floor space in my studio. But it does come with a few quirks. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Jordan’s favorite gaming peripherals of 2022: What to look for this holiday deal season [Video]

With Black Friday just around the corner and the possibility of some great deals, I wanted to take a few minutes to go over some of my favorite peripherals of 2022. While most of these are gaming related, these are also things that I often use in my day-to-day video workflow. Be sure to hit the video below to see my favorite gaming peripherals of 2022 and what to keep an eye out for this deal season. 

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NZXT H5 Flow case review: Is this new design a step in the right direction? [Video]

NZXT’s new H5 case replaces the older H510. It keeps the simple and clean design language that has made the 5-series from NZXT popular but makes a few changes to the build process. A larger mesh mount on top allows more cooling options, cable management has been optimized, and a new GPU-focused 120mm fan made the new H5 an appealing case for me to try out. Are these updates worth the $95 price tag NZXT is charging for the H5 Flow? Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Is the “max” treatment worth the upgrade? Roccat Syn Max Air review [Video]

For most, given the option, wireless headsets are more convenient. You can freely move around a space without worrying about unplugging a cord and never have to worry about cable noise. Remembering to charge them frequently, though, can sometimes cause issues. The Roccat Syn Max Air has an elegant solution with a sizable RGB-wielding dock that will top off the headset. Combined with Aimo-RGB and deep audio customization, the $250 Roccat Syn Max Air has a lot to offer but is it worth the price? Be sure to hit the video below to find out. 

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Alienware AW920H headset review: Wireless, ANC, and Bluetooth on a budget? [Video]

In noisy gaming environments, ANC, or active noise cancellation, can help to knock out background noise and keep the focus on the game. I relied heavily on it during the heat of the past summer. And while we’ve seen plenty of high-end headsets with ANC come out this year, like Sony Inzone H9 and SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, the Alienware AW920H offers a similar spec sheet at a lower price. At $200 is the Alienware AW920H a good option for a more affordable ANC gaming headset? Be sure to hit the video below to see our dive into the good and the bad of this gaming headset. 

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Turning headphones into gaming headsets: Hands-on with the entire ModMic lineup [Video]

While gaming headsets are getting better and more options are available, if you already have a good pair of headphones, there is another way to get clear communications with teammates. The ModMic lineup augments a pair of headphones by attaching a microphone on the earcup. We got our hands on every ModMic available. Be sure to hit the video below to see and hear how they perform. 

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Logitech Astro A30 review: Is it the last gaming headset you’ll ever need? [Video]

With today’s variety of gaming platforms and locations, Astro’s goal with the new A30 was to have one headset that works with all platforms and gaming scenarios. Compatible with Xbox, Playstation, PC, mobile, Bluetooth, and even unpowered via a 3.5mm jack, the A30 is ready for pretty much anything. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Xbox, you broke my heart: Elite Series 2 Core controller review [video]

Microsoft has released the new Elite Series 2 Core controller. Available in white, it’s a more affordable option for a “pro” Xbox controller, but it loses most of the accessories like paddles and swappable thumbsticks. Those now come in a separate optional package. After reading over the release and checking the website listing and seeing “re-engineered components,” I decided to pick one up and see how it performs. So far, for better or worse, it seems like it’s more of the same. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Review: WD_BLACK SN850X is its fastest SSD yet at 7,300 MB/s [Video]

When it comes to gaming, higher performance always makes the experience more enjoyable. We got our hands on two of the latest storage offerings from WD_BLACK – Western Digital’s gaming-focused brand. The SN850X is the fastest M.2 NVMe drive WD_BLACK has ever released, and the P40 game drive expands on the general use portable SSD lineup. Check out Justin’s review of the P40, or head below to see the new WD_BLACK SN850X in all of its high-speed glory. 

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Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel and Pedals review: A direct drive step into the big leagues [Video]

After years of being a solid choice for beginner sim racing gear, Logitech is out with the new Direct Drive Pro Racing Wheel and Pro Racing Pedals. Taking years of feedback and embracing the fact enthusiast and professional sim racers want a modular design, the Pro Racing Wheel and Pedals from Logitech are packed with features but come at the pro-level price of $999 for the Wheel and $350 for the pedals. I’ve been enjoying testing this setup out so be sure to hit the video below and see all the details. 

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HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 review: This new budget gaming headset is an instant hit [Video]

Following a slew of high-end and feature-packed gaming headsets this year, the brand new HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 might be the best budget option I’ve tried in a long time. At just $50, a simple wired design with massive drivers and frequency response makes it a great choice. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Insta360 X3 review: Bigger sensor, crisp 72MP photos, and better color [video]

Insta360’s latest camera, the X3, is its upgraded take on the candy bar-shaped 360 camera. A different design than the wearable Go 2 or modular One RS, the X3 features a large touch screen, a new one-half-inch sensor, new shooting modes, and a price tag of $450. Altogether, it’s an easy-to-use and ready-for-anything 360 camera that makes 360 videos a breeze to create with powerful AI app editing and stabilization. Be sure to hit the video to see it in action. 

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Review: Razer looks to the competition with the Kishi V2 mobile controller, now for iOS [Video]

As the mobile gaming market continues to grow, adding a controller can take the experience to the next level. We’ve tried out the Backbone One and the original Razer Kishi, but today, we have the Razer Kishi V2 for iOS. Completely redesigned, visually, the Kishi V2 looks more like a Backbone one than the Kishi V1 from Razer. Be sure to hit the video below to see all the details. 

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Thrustmaster Eswap S controller review: The latest way to deal with stick drift [Video]

One of the biggest complaints console players have with their controllers is reliability. Stick drift is probably one of the most common grievances about controllers that have been used for a while. Thrustmaster has developed a unique way to deal with misbehaving thumbsticks by making the sticks a replaceable module on its Eswap controller. We got our hands on the latest iteration – the Thrustmaster Eswap S controller that simplifies the design from the older Eswap X and is also $30 cheaper than the older model. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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HyperX Armada 27 review: A bright but pricey gaming monitor and desk mount combo [Video]

HyperX is diving into a new hardware category with the Armada 25 and 27 Gaming Monitors. HyperX isn’t bothering with the industry standard monitor stand and instead includes a desk mount and monitor arm right in the box. It’s also delivering solid mid-tier performance with FHD (1920×1080) at 240Hz on the 25-inch model and QHD (2560×1440) at 165Hz on the 27-inch panel. We got our hands on the 27-inch to try out. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Razer Basilisk V3 Pro review: For those who want it all and are willing to pay [Video]

While its other recent mice have been esports-focused, lightweight, and stripped of any non-essential features, the brand-new Razer Basilisk V3 Pro gets some extra love in a multi-purpose genre-bending mouse. With an adjustable smooth or tactile scroll wheel, full RGB, Hyperspeed wireless connection, and optional wireless charging, the Basilisk V3 Pro has a lot to talk about. And just like the other Pro mice from Razer, it comes at a steep price. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Review: Roccat Kone XP Air cuts the cord but comes at a high price [Video]

If Razer’s recent stripped-down lightweight FPS-focused gaming mice haven’t been quite your flavor, Roccat is out with a much different take on the gaming mouse – the Kone XP Air. This cord-cutting wireless variant of the Kone XP is marketed as a multi-purpose gaming mouse with up to 29 assignable functions and an RGB-infused charging dock. Coming in at $169.99, we got our hands on the latest gaming mouse from Roccat. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Edifier MS50A review: A solid AirPlay 2 smart speaker that doesn’t break the bank [Video]

While we’ve reviewed a few headphones in the past from Edifier – the budget-minded audio company also carries an extensive line of bookshelf and home theater speakers. The Edifier MS50A is a smart speaker for the connected home with AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, and a clean, elegant design. Coming in at $150, it is cheaper than an alternative like the One from Sonos, but how does it perform for the price? Be sure to hit the video below to find out. 

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DeathAdder V3 Pro review: Razer’s refined and stripped down fan favorite [Video]

The DeathAdder – the mouse that really made a name for Razer. Over the last 15 years, over 15 million mice carrying that name have been sold. Now, the latest iteration is the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro. With a refined shape, Razer’s latest sensor and switch tech, and an incredibly lightweight 63g design, the $150 DeathAdder V3 Pro has a lot to talk about. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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NZXT Canvas 27Q Monitor review: A solid QHD 165Hz gaming display [Video]

Continuing its run of peripheral offerings, the NZXT Canvas monitors bring solid midtier gaming performance in a sleek package. Two different sizes, a 27-inch and a curved 32-inch monitor, cater to different needs. NZXT is also offering multiple mounting options with a monitor stand, a single monitor arm, and a dual monitor arm. We got our hands on the 27-inch display with a monitor stand. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Apex Pro Mini Wireless review: SteelSeries delivers adjustable switches in a 60% board [Video]

The latest compact keyboard from SteelSeries is the Apex Pro Mini. Coming in both wired and wireless variants, this 60% layout gaming keyboard features OmniPoint 2.0 adjustable optical switches, a solid typing feel for a pre-built gaming keyboard, and a hefty price tag. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Insta360 Link review: The new webcam king [Video]

The new Insta360 Link webcam may not look like the traditional shape we’re used to, but that’s because it’s an AI-powered, three-axis gimbal-stabilized 4K camera. This thing is packed with features that will appeal to streamers, content creators, and work professionals. Be sure to hit the video below to see and hear a deep dive into everything this $300 webcam is capable of.

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MSI Immerse GV60 review: A simple but great-sounding streaming mic [Video]

MSI is out with its first streaming microphone – the Immerse GV60. While MSI might be better known for hardware like laptops and motherboards, filling out its offerings with more peripherals like audio just makes sense given the popularity of streaming and content creation. With a Blue Yeti-like presence, the $130 MSI Immerse GV60 has some robust physical controls on the mic but lacks any software tweaking like some competitors. Be sure to watch the video review to hear how it sounds against the competition. 

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SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Review: Almost my favorite gaming headset [Video]

How much would you be willing to pay for a gaming headset? What features would you expect it to have? With the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, the $350 price point is jarring, but once you see the feature set, it all sounds pretty intriguing. With ANC, Bluetooth, and hot-swappable batteries, there is a lot to talk about. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Review: Polk Signa S4 brings Dolby Atmos to the simple soundbar experience [Video]

Soundbars offer a convenient way of getting powerful audio for home theaters. Rather than placing speakers around a room, they typically rely on audio tuning and technology to mimic the experience of a surround sound system. Polk’s Signa S4 soundbar features a sleek design, a wireless subwoofer, and a seven-speaker array that support Dolby Atmos. But, its best feature might be the sound modes. Be sure to check out the video to hear more on the $399 Polk Signa S4

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Review: HyperX DuoCast perfectly rounds out its streaming mic line-up [Video]

Things have been a little quiet from HyperX on the microphone font lately, but today it’s announcing the brand new DuoCast. Bridging the gap between the entry-level SoloCast and the more expensive QuadCast S, the DuoCast features a sleek built-in shock mount, RGB light ring, and dual selectable polar patterns. Be sure to hit the video below for a detailed look and how it sounds and what it offers for the $99 price point. 

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Beyerdynamic Free Byrd TWS earbuds review: Excellent audio, lacks comfort for me [Video]

Beyerdynamic is out with its first entrant in true wireless earbuds. With ANC, an up to 11-hour battery life, and app control with personalized audio, the $250 Beyerdynamic Free Byrd earbuds are intended for a premium wireless audio experience. We got to spend some time with the new earbuds. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Choosing my first sim racing rig: Logitech G923 vs. Thrustmaster T300RS GT [Video]

I’ve always enjoyed cars and wondered what racing would be like. Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon 5 with a controller have been a fun way to scratch the itch, but I’ve always wondered what a sim racing wheel and pedal setup would be like. Combine that with getting into F1 thanks to the exciting 2021 season (and Netflix’s Drive to Survive series), and I decided to finally pull the trigger on a force feedback sim racing wheel and pedals. After reading plenty of reviews and Reddit posts, I was torn between the Logitech G923 and the Thrustmaster T300RS GT. I was able to get my hands on both, but I’ll only be keeping one. Which one did I choose? Be sure to stick around until the end because it was not the one I expected. 

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NZXT Signal capture cards review: HD60 and 4K30 give solid performance for the price [Video]

NZXT is on a roll releasing accessories and hardware for gamers and streamers. The latest is the new NZXT Signal capture cards. The 4K30 and HD60 are nearly identical from the outside but offer different recording and passthrough capabilities, depending on what is needed for the specific streaming or capture application. We got our hands on both cards, so be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details on these new capture cards from NZXT. 

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Sony Inzone H9 and H3 review: Brand new PC and PS5 gaming headsets [Video]

In a flood of new gear for gamers, today Sony is announcing new high-refresh-rate monitors as well as three new headsets. The new Sony Inzone headset lineup includes the $100 wired H3, the wireless and Bluetooth $230 H7, and the top-of-the-line $300 Sony Inzone H9 that adds comfortable leather material to the ear cushions and Sony’s famous active noise cancellation to the gaming headset. We got our hands on the H3 and H9 to see how they perform in the real world. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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EPOS H6Pro audio bundle giveaway: Premium Gaming headset and sound card [Video]

While neither products are brand new, EPOS is now offering the H6Pro audio bundle that combines an H6Pro premium headset and GSX 300 external soundcard. Coming in at $199, this combo kit saves $59 over purchasing both of them separately. This bundle is available for both the open-back and closed-back versions of the H6Pro headset. We are partnering with EPOS to give away two of these bundles available in either open-back or closed-back variants in the black colorway. Be sure to watch the video for all of the details on the bundle and check out the giveaway details below. 

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HyperX Cloud MIX Buds review: True wireless gaming earbuds at home or on the go [Video]

Combining Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless, the new HyperX Cloud MIX Buds true wireless earbuds offer a different take on the gaming audio experience. Coming in at $150, are these the way to go for your next gaming audio purchase? Be sure to hit the video below to check out all of the details. 

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Battlefield 2042 Zero Hour: Is Season 1 content enough to bring players back? [Video]

Similar to the event before the launch of Battlefield 2042, EA invited creators and members of the press to a preview event in which we were able to try out Battlefield 2042 Zero Hour – the game’s first season. While it has some new content including one beautiful new map and two weapons, is it enough to bring back the player base that has been less than impressed with the game so far? Be sure to hit the video to see all of the details of this hands-on event. 

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SpyderX Elite: Calibrating the color of my budget ultrawide monitor [Video]

While working on a project recently, I found myself looking at an image with lots of red in it and thinking something looks off. After realizing that when I changed GPUs my color profile in Windows was reset, I reached for the latest SpyderX Elite as a part of the SpyderX Capture Pro Kit. Aimed at professionals working in print, photography, and video, the Datacolor SpyderX line-up helps to ensure that displays are accurate when it comes to color. After calibrating my Dark Matter 49-inch display, I was pretty shocked at how much of a difference it made. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details.

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Monolith M1000ANC review: Monoprice’s high-end Bluetooth headphones are still affordable [Video]

Monoprice is often a good option for budget electronics. It has great prices on cables, and I’ve been a huge fan of the Dark Matter 49-in monitor I’ve been using for the past few years. Today, we have the Monolith by Monoprice M1000ANC Bluetooth headphones. At $130, it’s packing some nice features like 60 hours of battery life and ANC, but it still kind of has the budget Monoprice flavor. Be sure to hit the video below for all of the details.

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HyperX Alloy Origins 65 review: My favorite 65% keyboard so far [Video]

While custom keyboards are growing in popularity, many brands are raising the bar on pre-built options like the HyperX Alloy Origins 65. We went hands-on with the smaller Alloy Origins 60 last year, but the arrow keys along with solid build quality from the alloy lineup make this board rank high on my list of favorites. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Viper V2 Pro review: Is Razer’s lightest wireless mouse worth the $150 price? [Video]

Expanding on its lineup of Viper gaming mice, the new Razer Viper V2 Pro seeks maximum performance by shedding weight and features from the Viper Ultimate. A full-size wireless mouse coming in at just 58g, the Viper V2 Pro is aimed that those who want the lightest wireless mouse they can get, but it is also priced as such. It’s gotten some flak for the $150 price tag, but is it worth it for those who want the speed? Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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