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All posts tagged "headset"

  • Intel steps into VR arena with Project Alloy open hardware platform

    Mobile chip manufacturing isn't the only thing Intel had to announce this week, as the tech firm announced a virtual reality (VR) platform, dubbed Project Alloy. The new project essentially serves as an open design/platform, merging a VR headset with Intel's RealSense technology. The headset itself stands out thanks to its untethered nature, Intel explained. "Operate without pesky cords dangling from your VR headset connecting to the computer. The computing power is located in the Alloy Head-Mounted Device (HMD), which allows the user to experience VR untethered," the company said in a press statement. We're not sure how powerful the processing box is, but...

  • Is the R2000 Samsung Gear VR worth buying?

    Virtual reality has been around for ages, but the current wave of VR is nothing like the efforts of years gone by. Instead, we have elaborate graphics, sharp displays and proper head-tracking in place, nothing like the Virtual Boy of yore. And you don't need to spend US$600 on an Oculus Rift or US$800 for the HTC Vive to get a taste either, because there are cheaper experiences around, such as the Samsung Gear VR. Featuring a R1500-R2000 price tag depending on the retailer, the Gear VR manages to occupy a pleasant price/performance middle-ground in theory. It's not as expensive or quite as capable...

  • Huawei joins virtual reality game with its own headset

    Huawei has followed Samsung and LG's path by announcing its own virtual reality headset. Huawei VR was revealed at the Chinese launch of the P9 and P9 Plus, Engadget reported, adding that the device was compatible with the new flagship phones as well. So what makes this so different from Samsung's effort then? Well, not much. The Huawei VR uses a similar setup to the Gear VR, allowing you to slot your phone into the headset. The phone then provides the processing power, screen and sensors required for the experience. The headset then allows you to watch movies, play games and enjoy other experiences. There is...

  • Hardcore ASTRO gaming headsets now available in South Africa

    The ASTRO range of headsets and accessories are now available in South Africa. Local video games distributor, Megarom Interactive, has picked up the licence for the range. Garnishing high reviews on the likes of Amazon.com, ASTRO's products are primarily focussed around circumaural and supra-aural headphones for PC, Mac, Xbox, and PlayStation. "We are very excited to welcome Astro as part of the Megarom offering and to the South African gaming community. With a great globally following already, we look forward to growing the brand inside South Africa, and help Astro take gamers to the next level of their gaming experience," says Alan...

  • LG Tone Pro review: the best, most discrete wireless headset yet

    I've never liked over-the-ear headphones. For me, and many others, it's an uncomfortable experience. Headphones squish the ears, keeping heat in and muffling noise. I'm an inner-ear music-listening kind of guy and because of that, I've been stuck with ugly, wired earphones most of my life. LG has a solution for people like me and it's called the Tone Pro, a wireless stereo headset. Based on its price (US$69.99), battery life (15-hours plus) and design (it's both comfortable and styled like a robot's necklace), LG's Tone Pro is an absolute winner. Excellent audio The best feature of the Tone Pro is...

  • Monster Diamond Tears headphones review: beauty and the pain

    What do you look for in a headset? A not-so-subtly placed logo, which informs onlookers that you’ve got the latest trend in audio? A quirky colour and sleek style to make you smile every time you loop them over your skull? Or nothing less than the best in clarity and depth to present your favourite songs the way the artist intended? These are the questions I was left asking myself after a few weeks with Monster’s Diamond Tears headphones. The on-ear accessory is a concoction of a popular brand, some star quality style and cushioned sound – but whether you’ll...

  • The ‘future of gaming’ is here: Morpheus, Sony’s VR headset revealed at GDC

    Sony's virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus, is real and for a lot of people it's going to be an exciting new way to play games and digest content. For others it's a gimmicky gadget they'll never experience. Whatever you think of it, it's Sony's take on the future of gaming and everyone's invited -- at least all PlayStation 4 gamers are. Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCE Worldwide Studios kicked off the event at the 2014 Game Developers Conference. "At SCE we view innovation as an opportunity to build on our mission to push the boundaries of play Project Morpheus is the...

  • Monster Sports MVP Carbon headset review: cute looks, poor sound

    With EA Sports and Monster Products teaming up, you'd think they'll conjure up some truly epic sound experience that inspires adrenaline and adventure. Think Aston Martin's pure rumbling engine and loud screeching tyres as you blast away from the starting line in Need for Speed or the spine-chilling roar of a crowd as you score a corner goal, do a backflip and then the satisfying chicken dance in FIFA. That's what I hoped for when I received the MVP Carbon headset. The design is calm and refined, though it fails to make up for the poor sound and practicality. The...

  • Cooler Master Pulse-R, Reaper, Ceres-300 review: ready for battle

    Additional reporting by Jacques Coetzee and Ronan Steyn. Right now we're speaking to you, the core gamer, the one who demands the best headsets and controllers. Gaming is serious business, and a good mouse, plus a quality headset that immerses you in the action, is a must-have. We've got three sturdy, cost-friendly gizmos from Cooler Master, which is pretty much the nirvana of PC modding. They are The Reaper gaming mouse and two impressive headsets, the Pulse-R and Ceres-300, which were reviewed by Gearburn's trio of gaming geeks - Steven, Ronan and Jacques. What's groovy about all three products, part of the CM...

  • Nokia debuts BH-121, the tiny tile music player with Bluetooth and NFC

    Staying with its colour scheme of everything cyan, red, yellow and black, Nokia just debuted the new BH-121 Bluetooth Stereo Headset. Nokia is all about the colour and the tiles. This little device is only 39x39x12mm big which is about the same (yet slimmer) than your average box of matches. Using a clip you can secure it to your clothes or somewhere in your car perhaps. Given its small size, you'll be surprised to find a play button, volume controls as well as track control buttons arranged along the edges. Furthermore, the little tile has a battery LED indicator...