William Judd

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Speedlink unveil ULTOR, a compact backlit mechanical keyboard


Speedlink impressed us with their Kudos Z-9 mouse, and now the German company is following it up with another peripheral: a mechanical keyboard. It’s called the ULTOR (presumably named after the antagonists in Red Faction), and it looks pretty sweet!


The ULTOR has a compact Tenkeyless (TKL) layout, with additional space saved by the minimal gap between the function and number rows. The board uses a ‘floating’, bezel-less style rendered in aluminium that reminds of the long-running Corsair Vengeance series of mechanical keyboards, but coloured in pleasant red tones. There’s backlighting included as well, with white LEDs for WASD and blue LEDs for the rest of the keyboard.


The keyboard uses red Kailh MX-compatible key switches, made by popular producer Kaihua. (These switches lack the long-standing reputation of OG Cherry, but they’ve proved dependable over the past couple of years and they’re far cheaper to use than Cherry’s limited supply.)

Red switches are light and linear, making them ideal for rapid double-tapping (as you’d need often in shooter and MOBA titles). They’re often called the ‘gaming switch’, but truth be told this is more a matter of personal preference.


The ULTOR will be available from Amazon.co.uk at £95 RRP, making them one of the cheaper mechanical keyboards on the market. If the keyboard’s build quality and software is up to par, this could be an excellent budget choice. We’re expecting a review unit in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for our full review.

StormForce Inferno review: the ultimate glass cannon


Today we’re looking at one of the most powerful gaming PCs offered by Zoostorm: the StormForce Inferno. This gaming PC is designed for gaming at high settings and big resolutions, with a GTX 980 TI graphics card and an overclocked i7-6700K processor strapped inside a gorgeous glass-and-aluminium case. Let’s put this £1550 beast to the test!

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BenQ announce mysterious Zowie XL2735Z eSports monitor


The BenQ XL2730Z is one of top-rated monitors here at XSReviews, boasting a winning combination of a high refresh rate, an expansive resolution and a plethora of extra features. BenQ just announced its successor, the XL2735Z, and they’re releasing it under the Zowie gaming brand they acquired late last year.

Interestingly, there’s very little information about the XL2735Z available — not even a photo; the one above is of the XL2730Z. BenQ jumped 10 digits for the successor to the XL2720Z to get to the XL2730Z, so a jump of only five numbers suggests a somewhat smaller upgrade this time around. BenQ’s press release also seems to suggest that not much has changed in the new model:

The new ZOWIE XL2735 will be on display for the first time ever during DreamHack Summer @ the ZOWIE booth. As numbers and specs do not tell the whole story, join us for a first-hand experience with the new monitor to see the difference for yourself.

The XL2730Z was a TN-technology monitor with a 144Hz screen and 1440p resolution, so the only possible upgrades to the core specifications would be a move to 165Hz or a switch to an IPS-style panel — both changes we’ve seen on monitors from two BenQ competitors, with the Asus PG279Q and the Acer XB270HU.

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It’ll be interesting to see what changes BenQ Zowie has in store for us. The monitors will be shown off at DreamHack Summer on the 18th of June, so we don’t have too long to wait.

What do you think of the news? Let us know in the comments below.

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Samsung T3 portable SSD review: better than ever


SSDs are awesome, and so is USB-C. What could be better than a combination of the two? That’s the idea behind the Samsung T3, a portable SSD that operates over the USB 3.1 standard for extremely file transfers and access times. We liked the formula with the initial Samsung T1, so let’s see what new features the T3 brings to the table!

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Creative Aurvana ANC noise cancelling headphones review


Whether you’re working or just enjoying music, there’s nothing that distracts as much as outside noise. You can get some good noise cancellation out of some well-fitting in-ear headphones, but after a certain point you need something more powerful: active noise cancellation. Today, we’re looking at the Aurvana ANC, Creative’s new active noise-cancelling headphones. Here’s our review.

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Aorus announce X7 DT laptop with RGB Fusion keyboard, overclocked Core i7 and desktop GTX 980 GPU

Earlier today we covered Gigabyte’s Computex offerings, and now it’s time to look at what sister company Aorus are cooking up. They’ve announced a new laptop, the X7 DT, which looks like an absolute beast. It’s already won a Computex 2016 Design and Innovation Award, and the specs look just insane. Continue reading

Gigabyte announce slim, long-lasting Aero 14 gaming laptop at Computex


It’s Computex 2016, and that means big announcements from PC makers across the world. Gigabyte took the chance to announce a completely new laptop, the Aero 14. After 66 P-series laptops, it’s definitely time for a change – so let’s take a look at the new blood, which Gigabyte claim is the ‘most portable 14-inch laptop’. Continue reading