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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Best Buy’s annual Memorial Day sale now live: Save on iPads, Beats, much more

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Not to be outdone by all of the other retailers getting in on the holiday weekend savings, Best Buy today is launching its annual Memorial Day sale. Live now through the end of the weekend, you’ll be able to save on everything from Apple gear to massive TVs, Chromebooks, and much more in the yearly sale. Shipping is free on orders over $35, and Amazon is also matching many of the markdowns, as well. Head below for all of our top picks from this year’s Best Buy Memorial Day sale event.

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PlayStation Days of Play sale now live! DualSense deals, games up to 50% off, more

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The PlayStation Days of Play 2022 sale is now in full swing after being announced yesterday with rare DualSense deals, offers on PS5 accessories, PS VR bundles, and loads of game discounts. The Days of Play sale is easily among the biggest and most notable events in the PlayStation deal calendar and this time we are getting some rare DualSense deals alongside hundreds of digital game price drops and the official PlayStation 5 headset and camera, among other things. Head below for a closer look at the Days of Play 2022 sale. 

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Apple’s 13-inch M1 MacBook Air sees rare Amazon discount to $900 (Save $99)

Amazon is now offering Apple’s latest 13-inch M1 MacBook Air 256GB for $899.99 shipped in several styles. While you would more regularly pay $999, it’s been hard to find the device on store shelves period as of late, let alone with a discount attached. This is the second-best price of the year and as notable of a $99 discount as they come. Lately all of the M1 Mac deals have been focusing on the more prosumer side of Apple stable, with this MacBook Air offer finally delivering a chance to save on its entry-level, yet still quite compelling M1 experience. Centered around a 13-inch Retina display with Apple Silicon under the hood, there’s also a pair of Thunderbolt ports supplemented by Wi-Fi 6 as well as 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Get a better idea of its performance in our hands-on review, and then head below for more.

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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A $249 discount drops Apple’s 14-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro to second-best price yet

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Amazon is kicking off the week by discounting Apple’s 14-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro 16GB/1TB to $2,249.99 shipped with the price dropping at checkout. Normally fetching $2,499, today’s offer is delivering the second-best price to date of $249 off while coming within $1 of the all-time low set once before. This is also the best price we’ve seen nearly 2 months. Stepping up from the baseline configuration of Apple’s latest M1 Pro MacBook Pro, this 14-inch model arrives with a redesigned casing to match its refreshed internals.

For starters, the Liquid Retina XDR 120Hz Display pairs with all of the power from the new M1 Pro chip, alongside the return of MagSafe charging. Not to mention, there’s also up to 17-hour battery life and improved I/O like three Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, and an SD card slot. There’s also an upgraded 16-core GPU to complement the 1TB of storage. See why it was our Apple product of the year over at 9to5Mac. Head below for more.

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Best of 9to5Toys: 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro $249 off, M1 iPad Air $59 off, more

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In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: Apple’s latest 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro now $249 off, all-new M1 iPad Air at second-best price of $59 off, and much more…

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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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Corsair K70 RGB Pro review: A solid gaming keyboard packed with features [Video]

For quality gaming keyboards, Corsair is one of the biggest names in the game. Today we’re going hands-on with one of its latest – the Corsair K70 RGB Pro. With a variety of Cherry MX switch options and rich features like media keys, detachable wrist rest, and USB-C cable, how does it perform for the $160-$170 price point? Be sure to hit the video below to find out. 

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Best of 9to5Toys: Apple iPhone 13 spring cases $40, Galaxy S22 series $250 off, more

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In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: Apple’s all-new spring collection of iPhone 13 cases are on sale for the first time, new all-time lows land on Samsung’s Galaxy S22 series, and much more…

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Hands-on: Pokémon’s Astral Radiance TCG expansion excites with all-new Hisuian artworks

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After first being revealed back in March, today we’re going hands-on with the new Pokémon Astral Radiance. Slated to release later this month, the latest expansion to the Pokémon TCG is the first to bring new forms and artwork from Legends: Arceus into card game with 180 refreshed or entirely new releases. So ahead of launch, we’re diving into some first impressions for the new cards to see how everything Astral Radiance stacks up.

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Audio-Technica M20xBT review: These budget Bluetooth headphones surprised me [Video]

With its rich heritage of legendary headphones like the M50x, the new Audio-Technica M20xBT adds 60 hours of wireless listening to its #1 selling wired headset. Coming in at just $80, it doesn’t break the bank, either. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Best of 9to5Toys: Apple Watch Series 7 Nike+ from $329, Mac Studio first discount, more

In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: Apple Watch Series 7 Nike+ see first discounts from $329, Amazon takes an extra 30% off Apple accessories when you buy two, Mac Studio sees its first discount, and much more…

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Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Review: Turtle Beach cranks up battery life and compatibility [Video]

Turtle Beach beach is out with an updated version of its flagship wireless headset – the Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max. While the headset itself might look very similar to the older non-Max variant, there are two huge changes that take cross-platform compatibility to a new level for Turtle Beach. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Review: Wyze Lock Bolt delivers an affordable Bluetooth fingerprint deadbolt [Video]

We got our hands on the new Wyze Bolt Lock. Taking things a bit further than the Wyze Lock we reviewed over two years ago, the Wyze Lock Bolt features a numeric keypad as well as a fingerprint scanner to make unlocking a deadbolt even easier. And coming in at just $70 ($80 on Amazon), it’s much more affordable than a lot of the competition. While it doesn’t feature Wi-Fi, it does have quite a few handy features. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Philips Momentum 32-inch 4K 144Hz Monitor review: What the Series X deserves [Video]

With the impressive spec sheet on the Xbox Series X, companies are coming up with some powerful and equally expensive displays to take advantage of all that performance. We went hands-on with the 55-inch Momentum made for Xbox monitor from Philps, but now we’re trying out the smaller and more affordable Philips Momentum 32-inch variant. Coming in at $899 it still costs a pretty penny, though. Be sure to hit the video below and see all that this monitor has to offer for that price tag. 

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Best of 9to5Toys: M1 Pro MacBook Pro $250 off, Galaxy S22 series all-time lows, more

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In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: Apple’s latest 16-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro is down to an all-time low, Samsung’s Galaxy S22 series handsets are $200 off, a rare Beats Fit Pro discount has arrived, and much more…

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Review: What does an RTX 3050 upgrade bring to the GPU-less NZXT Foundation PC? [Video]

The main takeaway from our NZXT Foundation PC review was that a pre-built PC with an APU can work as a strong starting point for a gaming PC. While frame rates struggle with some titles, it is capable of running most esports titles without a dedicated GPU until one becomes available. Well, we got our hands on a GPU for this PC – the XLR8 RTX 3050 from PNY. So how does this entry-level card work in an entry-level pre-built gaming PC? Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Amazon confirms Prime Day 2022 will kick off in July

Today, Amazon is officially giving shoppers the first announcement as to when we’ll see this year’s Prime Day festivities. The 2-day shopping event has a history of offering deep discounts over the summer, but following inconsistent scheduling over the past few years, is finally returning to the usual July date.

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Hands-on: iOttie expands Velox lineup with two new premium MagSafe chargers

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Today, iOttie is launching new additions to its Velox MagSafe accessory lineup. Having first launched last fall, the series is now growing with three accessories made for iPhone 12 and 13 series handsets. All sporting premium builds, we’re taking a hands-on look at the latest iOttie Velox MagSafe charger additions to see if they’re worth pre-ordering. Head below for more.

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Hands-on with new Razer Streaming gear: Key Light Chroma, Audio Mixer, Seiren BT [Video]

Razer is stepping more into the streaming market with its latest products. We got to go hands-on with the new Razer Audio Mixer, Key Light Chroma, and Seiren BT mobile streaming microphone. And while they offer some handy features, all of these products come at a bit of a premium when compared to the competition. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Jordan’s Favorite Friday Deals: Cloud Alpha S, Nebula projector, Alloy Origins keyboard

Another week with great deals has come and gone. Below are some of my favorites from the week. I always try to look for products that I’ve gone hands-on with and can offer a little bit of insight into my experience with them. This week we have a headset and keyboard from HyperX as well as an easy-to-use portable projector from Anker’s Nebula line. Check them out below.

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Tested: Satechi’s new Pro Hub Max delivers ample I/O in a made-for-M1 Pro MacBook design

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Satechi just launched its new Pro Hub Max earlier in the year, delivering one of the first USB-C adapters made for Apple’s latest M1 Pro MacBooks. Now after putting it to the test with one of the new Apple Silicon machines, our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review reports on whether the Apple-friendly design is worth the cash.

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TP-Link Deco XE75 review: Wi-Fi 6E mesh in an easy-to-use package [Video]

Following our announcement coverage, we got to go hands on with the new TP-Link Deco XE75 Wi-Fi 6E mesh system. We’ve tried out a few Deco systems in the past, and the performance mixed with ease of use has always impressed me. Offering up to 5,400Mbps and covering up to 5,500 square feet, how did the latest from TP-Link work for me? Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Review: StarTech’s first Thunderbolt 4 dock delivers 8K display support and future-proof I/O

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Late last year, StarTech launched its very first Thunderbolt 4 dock. Since then its lofty price tag has been met with some newfound competition. One thing those lower-cost options can’t quite match, though, is the features, which set StarTech’s Mac upgrade apart thanks to up to 8K display output, 96W power passthrough, and a three Thunderbolt 4 ports, amongst other I/O. Now we’re going hands-on to see how the premium package stacks up.

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Review: SteelSeries cuts weight with the Aerox 5 and 9 Wireless MOBA/MMO gaming mice [video]

As lightweight wireless gaming mice continue to dominate the consumer market, SteelSeries is out with two new models to cater to the MMO and MOBA player base. Coming in at 74g and 89g respectively, the SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless and Aerox 9 Wireless blend lightweight wireless performance with added utility thanks to additional buttons on the left side of the mice. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details.

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Review: HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless ticks all of the boxes for a great gaming headset [Video]

Cutting the cord on the pro model headset, the new HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless keeps a lot of the same features but adds massive battery life reaching up to 300 hours. Coming in at $200, this simple headset doesn’t innovate, but it does everything it’s supposed to really well. It might be my new favorite wireless gaming headset. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Review: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga delivers nostalgic gameplay and modern visuals

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At long last, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has been released. After spending years in development and following several delays over the years, the highly-anticipated title has arrived. But is all of the visual brick-built action worth the cash? We’re diving into what the most compressive and gorgeous-looking LEGO Star Wars game has to offer.

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Review: Monoprice Dark Matter 49-inch monitor gets updated panel with better color [Video]

Dual monitor setups are getting more common, but one way to get the same screen real estate without two separate displays is by going with a DQHD screen like the Monoprice Dark Matter 49-inch monitor. Falling under the Dark Matter gaming brand, the new 49-inch monitor boasts a 32:9 aspect ratio 5120×1440 resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate. That also translates well into a screen that makes productivity even easier. Be sure to hit the video below to check out all of the details of this screen that blends work and play into a single super-ultra-wide monitor. 

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Tested: SanDisk G-RAID 2 Thunderbolt 3 Drive solves storage woes with upgradeable HDDs

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With World Backup Day around the corner, we’re taking a look at one of the more unique ways to improve your storage setup. Designed with Apple setups in mind, SanDisk’s G-RAID 2 Desktop Drive arrives with plenty of novel features that start with onboard Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and carry over to user-replaceable hard drives. But do those premium features make the steep price tag worth it? Our latest Tested with 9to5Toys review takes a closer look.

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Review: V-Moda Rolling Stones edition Crossfade 2 Wireless brings the rock [Video]

With a history of award-winning audio, V-Moda has recently been releasing limited-edition designs of some of their popular headphones. We got our hands on the brand new V-Moda Rolling Stones limited edition Crossfade 2 Wireless. Available in three different designs that channel the iconic rock group, do they stand up to the $280 price tag? Be sure to keep reading and hit the video below and find out. 

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HexGaming Advance Controller review: Deep customization and performance upgrades [Video]

Aftermarket Xbox controllers are a great way to augment your gaming experience. Last year we took a look at some of the best options out there for the new Series X and S, but now we have another addition to the line-up. The HexGaming Advance Controller starts with an authentic Xbox controller and then takes it to the next level with custom colors, back buttons, interchangeable thumbsticks, and custom trigger controls. Starting at $170, the Advance controller can be heavily customized into a one-of-a-kind device. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details.

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LEGO officially unveils three new Star Wars dioramas: Dagobah, Trash Compactor, more

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After originally being revealed a bit early, today the LEGO Group is officially showcasing three new additions to its Star Wars 2022 lineup. Arriving as the first of these new 18+ dioramas, each one features an iconic quote from the Original Trilogy alongside more display-worthy builds. Including a Dagobah Jedi Training set, Trash Compactor vignette, and micro-scale Trench Run, all three LEGO kits are now available for pre-order.

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Sony LinkBuds review: Unique hardware audio transparency that outclasses AirPods Pro

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Sony recently launched its new LinkBuds, a pair of unique true wireless earbuds that offer a more novel take on your everyday listening. Sporting figure eight designs, these buds have a distinctive ring-shaped driver that allows allows you to still hear ambient audio. Giving Apple’s best-in-class Transparency mode a run for its money, we go hands-on with Sony’s latest to see if they’re worth the $178 price tag.

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Hands-on: Insta360 One RS makes the modular action cam even more powerful [Video]

Insta360 has been a huge name in the 360 and action camera market. Last year we went hands-on with the thumb-sized Go 2, which is one of the simplest action cameras I’ve ever used. Now, it’s out with the new Insta360 One RS – an evolution of their modular action camera. We got our hands on the twin edition, which includes a 4K Boost lens as well as a 5.7k 360-degree lens. Be sure to hit the video below and see this camera in action. 

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Apple’s all-new iPad Air 5 sees launch day Amazon discounts at $30 off

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Apple’s all-new addition to its iPadOS lineup is officially on sale today ahead going up for pre-order last week. If you haven’t already locked in your order or had one show up at your door, Amazon is rolling out a launch day discount. Taking $30 off the usual $599 price tag, you can bring home the iPad Air 5 Wi-Fi 64GB in Starlight for $569 shipped. You can also save $29 on 256GB models. This is marking the second-best price in any case and a rare chance to save.

Apple’s new iPad Air 5 arrives in the same 10.9-inch form-factor as we saw last time around, with some notable internal improvements to justify the refresh. Now powered by Apple Silicon for the first time, there’s an M1 chip with Neural Engine at the center of the experience. Its 12MP Ultra Wide front camera comes backed by Center Stage support, and the 10.9-inch display rocks True Tone, P3 wide color support, and an antireflective coating. Staples from last time like Touch ID in the power button and Apple Pencil integration are onboard, as well. Learn more about iPad Air 5 over in our coverage at 9to5Mac. Then go check out all of the pre-order discounts below.

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Review: The Monster Blaster 3.0 Bluetooth speaker gives off huge boombox vibes [Video]

Bluetooth speakers are a great portable way to bring music to your adventures, outdoor get-togethers, or dance parties. Today we got our hands on the massive new Monster Blaster 3.0. Dubbed “A boombox for the next generation” by Monster, it looks formidable and packs 120W of power, but does the sound live up to the large design and the $350 price tag? Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Review: NZXT Function keyboard and Lift mouse are solid and customizable [Video]

Expanding from PC hardware and services, today NZXT is announcing a whole line-up of peripherals. From the Function mechanical keyboard to the lightweight Lift wired mouse, NZXT is offering plenty of customization along the way. We got our hands on a MiniTKL Function keyboard along with the Lift mouse. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Best of 9to5Toys: Apple Studio Display $115 off launch discount, iPad Air 4 clearance, more

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In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: Apple’s new Studio Display sees a $115 launch discount, Amazon clears our iPad Air 4, Surface Duo 2 5G sees first price cut at $250 off, and much more…

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Review: Is the DockCase M.2 USB-C SSD enclosure the safest in the world? [Video]

Following up a string of successful Kickstarter campaigns, we’ve got our hands on the DockCase M.2 SSD enclosure that packs some impressive performance and functionality. With support for USB 3.2 Gen 2 and hardware protection for power loss, it’s a high-performing enclosure with some safety features for crucial data. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Review: Destiny 2: The Witch Queen could be the best expansion yet [Video]

Like many, my Destiny 2 enthusiasm has had ups and downs. I’ll usually hop in every other season or expansion and try it out for a bit before inevitably going back to spending my time in another game. I rarely even get close to max power. But with The Witch Queen, things might be different. Thanks to a refreshingly engaging campaign, a new weapon type, and new endgame content, Bungie has knocked it out of the park with its latest expansion. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Hands-on with LEGO’s Boba Fett Throne Room, the largest Star Wars 2022 set so far

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Entering as the largest LEGO Star Wars set of 2022 so far, the Boba Fett’s Throne Room kit just hit store shelves at the beginning of the month. As one of the year’s more anticipated creations since first being rumored last year, we’re finally taking a hands-on look at the new over 700-piece creation to see how it stacks up.

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Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 review: Numerous updates make this gaming chair my favorite so far [Video]

Secretlab might be one of the most well-known names when it comes to the iconic high-backed style gaming chair. While I’ve tried some from Vertagear and AndaSeat in the past, the $549 Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 is the first time I’ve considered using a so-called “gaming chair” as my main seat for all-day work and play. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Hands-on: Pokémon’s new Brilliant Stars TCG set is now available, here’s everything you need to know

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Update: After launching on Friday, you can now lock-in a discount on Pokémon Brilliant Stars. The 36-pack Booster Box is down to $134.74 (Reg. $150) and the Elite Trainer Box is down to $39.99 (Reg. $45). Both are all-time lows and the first discounts.

Today, the Pokemon Company is officially dropping the latest expansion to its popular TCG. Brilliant Stars arrives as the latest set from the trading card game with an entirely new assortment of Pokémon based around Sword and Shield with some Legends: Arceus action sprinkled in for good measure. While stores will likely be sold out of the new cards, there’s still plenty of ways to get in on the launch day action at Amazon and other retailers. Head below for everything you can expect from the Pokémon Brilliant Stars TCG expansion as well as some highlights from the set.

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Logitech G413 SE Review: A simple and solid gaming keyboard [Video]

If the top-tier G915 from Logitech is outside of your budget, one of its latest keyboard offerings might be a better choice. Logitech’s new G413 SE comes in at $80 for the full-size layout and $70 for the TKL flavor but still packs the pedigree of one of the most well-known gaming brands. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Deity VO-7U Podcast kit review: All you need in one box to start a podcast or stream [Video]

We’ve seen plenty of companies expanding into the podcasting and streaming audio space like NZXT, but today we’re taking a look at another player. The new Deity VO-7U is a dynamic broadcast microphone aimed directly at streamers and podcasters with RGB lighting built-in and some other handy features up its sleeve. Be sure to hit the video below to see and hear all of the details. 

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LEGO officially reveals new 1,200-piece Tallneck set from Horizon Forbidden West

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Today, the LEGO Group is officially announcing its latest creation in partnership with the likes of Sony. Right before the sequel’s release on Friday, one of Horizon Forbidden West’s iconic robotic animals is getting the LEGO treatment with a new 1,200-piece rendition. Complete with an all-new Aloy minifigure, you can get all of the details on the LEGO Tallneck down below.

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Audio-Technica ATH-GL3 and ATH-GDL3 review: I really wanted to love these [Video]

One of my first dedicated PC “headsets” was a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x’s that I used for editing with a mod mic attached to the side when gaming. Since then, Audio-Technica has come out with some dedicated gaming headset offerings like the wireless ATH-G1WL we reviewed. Today we’re taking a look at the latest headsets from Audio-Technica – the ATH-GL3 closed-back headset and its open-back variant the ATH–GDL3. Coming in at a much more affordable price point than gaming headsets of the past, how do they stack up? From my experience, it’s a mixed bag. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details.

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