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HP Omen Sequencer Gaming Keyboard Review

What is the HP Omen Sequencer?

The Omen Sequencer is an absolute beast of a keyboard, immediately cementing itself as a welcome member of HP’s family of gaming peripherals. Boasting optical switches with a “speed you can feel”, according to HP, the sequencer feels immediately intuitive to use with its host of cool aesthetic features that compliment the rest of the Omen range.

Other gaming keyboards, such as the Razer Huntsman Elite, also support these new-fangled optical switches while simultaneously giving the Sequencer a run for its money. However, are they enough to help this device stand out from the crowd? After spending a week with it, it’s time for us to find out.

HP Omen Sequencer – Design and build

The HP Omen range of gaming products has already impressed with the Omen Reactor, a gaming mouse that boasted a healthy mix of striking visual hallmarks and a decent number of mechanical features. The same praise can be lauded upon the Sequencer.

First up, it’s far heavier than your usual gaming keyboard. So much so, that hurling this into a nearby window would likely do some damage. While offering a sturdy foundation for the keys to rest upon, the base is an unattractive part of an otherwise luscious keyboard.

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HP Omen Reactor Gaming Mouse

What is the HP Omen Reactor Gaming Mouse?

The HP Omen Reactor is an unusual beast. One that at first glance presents a gaming experience that’s relatively familiar, yet under the hood you’ll find a few features that we’ve seldom seen in the enthusiast mouse space before.

More specifically, HP’s pitch-black device is one of the first to utilise optical-mechanical switches to theoretically provide faster and more responsive performance. This snazzy new feature aside, the Omen Reactor also boasts RGB lighting alongside abundant customisation options, making it an appealing package for PC players.

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The Reactor’s metal spring can be adjusted to accommodate a number of different grip styles.HP Omen Reactor Gaming Mouse – Design, build and features

The HP Omen Reactor is a striking bit of a kit, boasting a distinctive matte black colour alongside an unorthodox yet undeniably compelling design. On first taking it out of the box it appeared unusual, but most of my doubts were cast aside the second I plugged it in and played around.

It feels great to use, largely due to a hand-rest that sits on the left-hand side, which eliminates the inevitable hand cramp that creeps in after long gaming sessions. The angular accents in the design that help separate the DPI button and scroll wheel also look great, striking a balance between traditional design elements and the edginess you’d expect from a device boasting the name “Omen”.

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Razer Atheris

What is the Razer Atheris?

The Atheris is the latest small-form-factor wireless mouse from gaming heavyweight Razer. Unlike most of the company’s other mice the Atheris is being marketed for office use as well as PC gaming, and features a staggering 350-hour quoted battery life.

As an office or laptop companion, the Atheris gets a lot right and is a great productivity aid for students, office workers and gamers who are regularly on the move. But ongoing issues with Razer’s software stop it being a knockout success.

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Razer Atheris – Design, build and features

Visually, the Atheris is pretty unassuming. The pebble-like mouse looks like a stripped-down version of the Razer Lancehead, featuring the same smooth top and grooved rubber sides. The big difference is that the Atheris doesn’t have any lighting and monochrome black colouring.

Measuring in at around 3.9 x 2.5 x 1.3 inches, the Atheris is about as compact as a gaming mouse gets – which is a blessing and a curse, depending on how big your hands are. I was fine using the mouse for quick CoD matches and sporadic gaming sessions on the go, but our larger mitted news writer found it a little too small to comfortably hold for long sessions.

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Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas One

What is the Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas One?

The T.Flight Hotas One (“Hotas” stands for hands-on throttle and stick) is an entry-level joystick and throttle for flight sims that’s compatible with both Xbox and PC. The price is super-competitive, so don’t expect luxury features or a wealth of buttons.

The T.Flight Hotas One – Design and features

There are 15 buttons on the stick and throttle. The stick has a four and eight-way hat, as well as three buttons on the base and a twist action. The throttle has six buttons on the handle, and a rocker switch (more on this later). On the base you’ll find three more buttons.

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Each button has its name (X, Y, and so on) but is numbered, too, which is extremely handy when you’re remapping them and unsure what particular button is set-up as.

The T.Flight can be operated as a single unit or two separate ones, depending on the space available to you and personal preference. The bases join together and are secured using two screws. An Allen key is tucked away in the base of the joystick to adjust the screws.

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Logitech G Pro Wireless

What is the Logitech G Pro Wireless?

The G Pro Wireless is, according to Logitech, ‘the ultimate gaming mouse for esports professionals’. What it means is that Logitech has crammed its latest HERO (high efficiency rated optical) sensor and Lightspeed wireless technology into a mouse that is otherwise very simple and devoid of any extraneous features – just as most pro gamers like it.

This mouse also features a truly innovative ambidextrous design. You get buttons on both sides, but you can remove the ones you don’t want – such as those that would sit underneath your little finger – making it a mouse that left-handed and right-handed users can both use without compromise. It’s a bold approach to mouse design, but it’s one that has well and truly paid off.

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Logitech G Pro Wireless – Design and features

For such a pricey mouse that includes plenty of high-end features, the G Pro Wireless is, frankly, a bit disappointing in the looks department. It could just as well be any old cheap mouse, for all the impact its design has.

A uniform matt black plastic finish is adorned only by a single RGB-illuminated Logitech G logo and there are no other stylistic tweaks of which to speak. Flip the mouse over and the concentric ring pattern on shiny plastic somehow looks even worse than if they’d just stuck with the matt black.

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Hyperkin Xbox One Duke Controller

What is the Hyperkin Xbox One Duke Controller?

Those of us old enough to remember the launch of the original Xbox, way back in 2001 (2002 outside the US) will most likely have a few things burned into our memories – Halo: Combat Evolved, Project Gotham Racing and the absolutely massive controller that came with the already-massive console.

The pad – later nicknamed the ‘Duke’ – would eventually be replaced with the smaller ‘Xbox S’ controller after feedback about the size and comfort the controller offered. Simply put, this was a controller not designed for smaller hands, and it sometimes resulted in uncomfortable or even impossible-to-reach buttons for some people.

Yet the Duke controller had its merits. It was following in the footsteps of the bulky Sega Dreamcast controller and Microsoft was determined to set the Xbox controller apart from the PlayStation’s DualShock. The Duke was definitely a controller you either got along fine with or absolutely hated, but for many it became a piece of nostalgia that reminded them of those early days, playing through the original Halo with friends. Some people, to this day, will tell you that the Duke was the best and most comfortable controller they’ve used.

All of this talk of the Duke and nostalgia eventually resulted in Hyperkin – a company best known for producing the Retron, a retro games emulator box – pitching a unique idea to Microsoft to bring back the Duke as an officially licensed third-party controller for the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. So here in 2018, we have not one but two brand new versions of the Xbox Duke controller to enjoy.

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Das Keyboard Ultimate 4

Words by Jamie Wallace

What is the Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate?

The world of mechanical keyboards is a vast one, so you’d be forgiven for not instantly knowing the ‘Das’ brand of keyboards. The company launched all the way back in 2005 with a range of basic-but-effective mechanical keyboards that have grown more and more feature-heavy and desirable over time.

The Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate is a minimalist keyboard that aims to offer users a smooth, satisfying typing experience in a good looking board blissfully free flashy lights and superfluous attachments you’ll find on many gaming keyboards.

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Das Keyboard  4 Ultimate – Design and build

There is a real beauty in how simple this board is, design-wise. At its very core, the Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate is a full-size mechanical keyboard equipped with a set of media keys and a volume dial on its far right-hand side, alongside two USB 3.0 ports. The whole board is weighty to hold (2.9lbs) and feels practically unbreakable. The top plate is aluminium covered in a matt black lacquer paint, which helps to highlight the boldest design choice this board offers – a full set of entirely blank keycaps.

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ViewSonic XG3240C

What is the ViewSonic XG3240C?

The ViewSonic XG3240C is a 32-inch gaming monitor that boasts HDR10 support, a 144Hz refresh rate and plenty of little extras all for a very reasonable price.

Its claimed HDR10 support comes via its use of a Vertical Alignment (VA) LCD panel, which has an inherently high contrast ratio of 3000:1, and a wide colour gamut backlight. These combined allow the display to get close to the greater contrast and range of colours that is the hall mark of HDR.

A nice curved screen, fully adjustable stand and good overall image quality further broaden the appeal of this display.

However, despite being a large 32-inch display, you’re only getting a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels so this may not be the big-screen upgrade for all.

ViewSonic XG3240C – Design and Features

Given the size of the ViewSonic XG3240C’s screen, its not as physically imposing as you might think. That’s in large part because the bezel round the top and sides of the screen are of the very narrow, low-profile type.

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Turtle Beach Stealth 300

What is the Turtle Beach Stealth 300?

Turtle Beach has been a household name in the world of gaming peripherals for years now, cementing itself as brand with a variety of both budget and high-end products. Headsets play a large part in this space, with myriad devices available for PS4 and Xbox One.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 is its latest. It sits between Recon 200s and Stealth 600s in terms of price and quality. It isn’t without its flaws, but the Stealth 300 is a solid headset considering its price. Players looking for a headset that is quick, easy to set up and use can’t really go wrong here. But be warned the reasonable price means it comes with the standard audio and aesthetic compromises you get at the affordable end of the market.

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Turtle Beach Stealth 300 – Design

Turtle Beach has gone for a relatively safe design with the Stealth 300. The entire frame is made out of hard, matte plastic which results in a headset that feels surprisingly cheap to both hold and wear. It’s mostly comfortable to wear though thanks to its large, spacious ear cups that can be adjusted to fit your head size.

It won’t be winning any awards for attractiveness, and the inability to fold up the Stealth 300 and pop it into your backpack is a major negative for those hoping to use the headset for things other than online gaming. 

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Logitech G513

What is the Logitech G513?

The Logitech G513 is a top-end luxury keyboard for gamers who demand the best tools for gaming. Equipped with Logitech’s own mechanical keyswitches, the G513 stands tall against its rivals – and with three switches available, there’s something for everyone.

At £159.99, it’s definitely an expensive purchase to justify however; you’ve got to be pretty invested in PC gaming to truly get value for money. But if you’re after something that’s attractive, well built and fabulous for gaming, the G513 is a cracking option.

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Logitech G513 – Design, build and features

The G513 is a full-sized keyboard, and unlike a lot of gaming boards, it’s actually quite suave and sophisticated. The design oozes quality, with a brushed metal plate across the entire top face that’s smooth to the touch. In combination with a plastic underbody, it forms a strong and rigid structure that’s free from any flex.

Each key appears to almost float in place, with a bright RGB LED shining through every cap. The layout is pretty minimalistic – there are no dedicated media keys – and the function keys are labelled on the lower side of each cap.

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Asus ROG Strix Fusion 300

What is the Asus ROG Strix Fusion 300?

Asus has dropped the barrier to entry for those after a taste of its ROG gaming headset range, with the introduction of the new Strix Fusion 300.

On paper, the audio hardware on offer looks decidedly similar to that of the more established Strix Fusion 500 headset, with 50mm drivers, the same frequency response (20Hz to 20kHz), microphone and the promise of 7.1 virtual surround sound, all wrapped up in a distinctly similar design. The two models even weigh the same at 360g.

So with so much in common, is there any reason not to choose this more affordable headset over Asus’s existing offering?

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Asus ROG Strix Fusion 300 – Design, build and features

When developing their respective gaming lines, manufacturers will often design their headsets to differentiate them from the microphone-laden headsets used by mere mortals. More often than not, this translates to an aesthetic that is unequivocally ‘gamer’.

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Asus ROG Strix Fusion Wireless

What is the Asus ROG Strix Fusion Wireless?

Back in May 2018, alongside unveiling its upper-tier Fusion 700 gaming headset, Asus also announced that it was taking the line wireless with the introduction of the ROG Strix Fusion Wireless.

For all intents and purposes, the Fusion Wireless looks and feels like its more conventional wired siblings, but by cutting the cord, Asus has finally rectified one of the biggest shortcomings of Strix Fusion line as it stands.

At £145, you pay a premium for the privilege of gaming cord-free, but with a range of up to 20 metres and the headset’s signature styling and sound, it’s a hard offering to pass up.

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Asus ROG Strix Fusion Wireless – Design, build and features

If you’ve seen the other members of Asus’ ROG Strix Fusion headset family then you’ll know they all share a distinct visual DNA. In the case of the Fusion Wireless, it most closely resembles the Strix Fusion 300, which is to say it features some of the most conservative styling in the lineup.

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Roccat Suora FX

What is the Roccat Suora FX?

When it comes to in-your-face gaming keyboards, German manufacturer Roccat pretty much has the market cornered. The Suora FX is its latest launch, a colourful board that sports a less skeletal finish than the Vulcan 100 Aimo, but with pretty much all of the same advantages.

As well as durable design, the Suora boasts impeccable performance for gamers. Advanced anti-ghosting and a 1000Hz polling rate ensure that your frantic button bashing is registered every time, while the individual key lighting is fully customisable via Roccat’s software.

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Roccat Suora FX – Design and build

Design-wise, the Suora is a halfway-house between standard gaming keyboards and the funky Vulcan 100 Aimo (also a Roccat creation).

The keys once again stick straight out of a flat aluminium board, with no kind of housing to hide away the switches. However, this time the caps do come down around the edges of each key, so there’s less overall exposure.

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Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse

What is the Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse?

The Microsoft Classic IntelliMouse is a remake of an old Microsoft office mouse, one that’s just over a decade old at this point.

The original IntelliMouse was a lineup of computer mice produced by Microsoft between 1996 and 2003. As a result of Microsoft’s size and dominance in the area, the mice quickly found a home in thousands of offices around the world – and there are lots of people out there who remember it fondly.

I’m not one of those people.

Back when the IntelliMouse was first released, I was around five years old. So I never used an IntelliMouse in the wild. I have no idea if it was even any good; when I tried to research what people thought about it at the time, I found some pretty unenthusiastic forum threads.

I don’t doubt that there are people out there with fond memories of this mouse, but it’s nothing like the way people feel about IBM Model M keyboards. While those keyboards were literally better than what came out for the next couple of decades, the IntelliMouse was pretty standard for what was around at the time, and after it was retired mice pretty much just got better without it.

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Razer Huntsman Elite keyboard

What is the Razer Huntsman Elite?

Razer is the gaming peripheral lifestyle brand. While most of the company’s devices can feel just the wrong side of edgy, I have a lot of love for the BlackWidow Chroma V2 sat on my desk – a solid keyboard that pairs functionality with style and decent build quality.

In 2014, Razer decided to create its own proprietary switches, instead of using the Cherry MX switches that are ubiquitous on modern keyboards. And now, Razer has upgraded these switches for a new series of keyboards – the Razer Huntsman – with laser beams to ensure smooth actuation and a more durable set of keys. They’re calling them opto-mechanical switches, and they’re rated for 100m keypresses.

We’re reviewing the Huntsman Elite, which costs £200. A non-elite version that skips the wrist-rest and the lights on the side of the keyboard can be had for £150.

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Razer Huntsman Elite – Design and build

The Huntsman Elite doesn’t take up a lot of space on the desk. Its small footprint is in part due to the lack of any dedicated macro keys, but also because each key stands up from a metal board that’s free of cladding.

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Roccat Vulcan 100 Aimo

What is the Roccat Vulcan 100 Aimo?

German manufacturer Roccat rarely fails to impress when it comes to expertly crafted PC gaming peripherals. I still use a Roccat mouse for all of my head-blasting shenanigans, and the new Vulcan 100 Aimo will be replacing my usual SteelSeries keyboard too.

This metal board boasts a unique skeletal design, premium mechanical construction and RGB backlighting with 16.8 million colours on offer. It’s expensive, sure, but you get what you pay for. And in the case of the Vulcan 100, you get some serious quality and an excellent gaming experience.

Note that the Vulcan 100 Aimo can also be picked up in two other flavours. The Vulcan 80 Aimo is a cut-back version without the individual key lighting, while the Vulcan 120 Aimo is essentially the Vulcan 100 with a plastic wrist rest added on (for a tenner extra).

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Roccat Vulcan 100 Aimo – Design and Build

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Vulcan 100 Aimo is that half of the keyboard appears to be missing. Each key protrudes straight out from a metal board, which you’d expect to be hidden away using some kind of protective cover. However, this design doesn’t just look funky as hell, it’s also very smart. After all, you’ll never have the frustration of shaking dust, crumbs and other spilled debris from the Roccat’s innards. I’ve never tested a board that’s been easier to clean.

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Razer Nommo Chroma

What is the Razer Nommo Chroma?

Razer has become a dominant force in nearly all things PC peripheral-related, but one of the few areas it hasn’t thus far made a big splash is speakers. The Razer Nommo Chroma desktop speakers are aimed at righting that wrong thanks to a snazzy design, good audio quality and a relatively low price.

It doesn’t include much in the way of features, but you do benefit from RGB lighting and a simple, easy-to-use design that means they should easily fit into just just about any home PC setup.

Razer Nommo Chroma – Design and features

This is a striking pair of speakers thanks to an intriguing design and the addition of RGB. Instead of a traditional cuboid shape, the 3-inch glass-fibre reinforced speaker drivers are housed in cylindrical sections that sit on slender stands.

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This makes the speakers larger than they first appear as the cylinder extends forward and back quite some way beyond the base. This extra volume allows room for bass frequencies to resonate before they leave through the bass port on the rear.

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Logitech G903

What is the Logitech G903?

The Logitech G903 is proof of the age-old adage: “you get what you pay for”. Despite it costing a quite frankly ridiculous £149.99, it is without doubt one of the best gaming mice money can buy – and a near-peerless performer in the wireless space.

For your hard-earned cash you get an ergonomic, customisable gaming mouse offering stellar performance and numerous cutting-edge features – including support for Logitech’s custom ‘Lightspeed’ and ‘Powerplay’ wireless charging.

The only downside is that, to fully take advantage of all its features, you’ll have to shell out a further £90 for the company’s custom charging mat. This makes it a seriously expensive luxury that’s complete overkill for most regular gamers.

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Logitech G903 – Design, build and features

Visually, the G903 is a wee bit ostentatious for my taste. It features hard edges, RGB lighting galore and more programmable keys than you can shake a stick at. If Acer made a Predator mouse then this is what I imagine it would look like.

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Corsair HS70

What is the Corsair HS70?

The Corsair HS70 is the perfect mainstream headset. It’s very well constructed, works brilliantly for gaming chatter, and performs better than everything in its class for music and games.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha may come out on top in terms of raw audio quality, but the HS70’s wireless nature and ease of use makes it Trusted Reviews’ new favourite gaming headset under £100.

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Corsair HS70 – Design, Build and Features

Completing Corsair’s ‘HS’ line of headsets, the HS70 looks very similar to its cheaper cousins. It’s driven by an internal DAC, like the HS60, but is wireless. This makes it ever so slightly heavier, but one that’s far more user friendly, and perfect for gaming.

The design won’t be to everyone’s tastes, as it is a little plain looking– there’s no RGB, sharp edges or colour clashes here. I’m a huge fan of this approach though. It means the headset’s something that could pass as a serious pair headphones; rather than something that’s simply designed to catch eyes during a live stream.

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MSI Vigor GK70

What is the MSI Vigor GK70?

The Vigor GK70 is MSI’s flagship tenkeyless keyboard with all the bells and whistles, including Cherry MX Red key switches, swappable key caps and, of course, RGB lighting.

Unfortunately, while the performance leaves very little to complain about, MSI’s use of cheaper materials, poor software and uninspired design means there’s little reason to pick this keyboard over rivals at a similar price. The GK70 is good, but it isn’t good enough.

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MSI Vigor GK70 – Design, build and features

I’m a big fan of compact keyboards, and as such I love the form factor of the GK70. It’s well sized, and the lack of any bulk frees up space for extra mouse movement, as well as increasing the cleanliness of you desk.

The GK70 is also well put together: the keyboard feels super-sturdy, without any real traces of flex. Yet the Vigor doesn’t feel particularly expensive, since it’s constructed mainly of plastic. There are metal plates on the top of the keyboard but it doesn’t feel as premium as, say, the Corsair K70. The end result is disappointing; the look and feel simply doesn’t match up to the £129.99 asking price.

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tynmanz Monthly Studio Report: May 2017
11 June 2017
I don't think they should continue to put features into it. They can add them later.

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