Speedlink Kudos Z-9 gaming mouse review: great potential

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Today we’re looking that the Speedlink Kudos Z-9, a budget gaming mouse available on Amazon for the princely sum of £35. Despite its low price, the Z-9 actually looks pretty cool, with a stylish red finish and some unique features… including a smartphone app to update your settings on the fly. Let’s take it for a spin!

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SteelSeries Rival review: a refined optical gaming mouse


Today we’re looking at the SteelSeries Rival 300, one of a growing number of gaming mice with an acceleration-free optical sensor.

The idea here is that by eliminating hardware acceleration, you can get a much more consistent experience; moving your mouse three inches will always translate into the same amount of on-screen movement at a fixed DPI. That should make it easier to learn the smooth, precise mouse movements that are so necessary at the upper levels of competitive gaming – whether strategy games like StarCraft II, MOBAs like League of Legends, or shooters like Counter-Strike.

At £50 on Amazon, the Rival is towards the upper end of gaming mice so we should expect a complete professional experience. If all the other fundamentals are right — an ergonomic shape, a lightweight body and well-placed buttons — then the Rival’s optical sensor could make it one of the best options for serious gamers. Let’s find out together!

Thanks to ComputerAssistance.co.uk for providing the SteelSeries Rival sample.

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BenQ XL2730Z review: hitting the sweet spot


For a long time you had a choice as a PC gamer looking for a monitor: You could get one with a crisp 2560 x 1440 resolution, or you could get one with a smooth 144 Hz refresh rate. Now it’s finally possible to get both desirable specs in one monitor. The BenQ XL2730Z is one such monitor, and it’s the one we’re looking at today. Let’s see how it measures up!

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iClever USB wall & car chargers: Sleek, intelligent charging for all your USB gadgets


I am someone who far too regularly finds myself disagreeing with my girlfriend about who gets to use the one charger we own overnight. We both have to make sure we have enough battery to last the day because of course our smart phones are easily our most used pieces of tech.  So when I got the chance to try iClever’s 6 port charger that boasts being able to charge multiple devices simultaneously faster than an average charger I was intrigued to see if it lived up to the hype.

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iClever Bluetooth Wireless Speaker review: generic name, one-of-a-kind performance


There are approximately one hundred thousand billion Bluetooth speakers on the market.* They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, from tiny cubes to oversized pills and proper freestanding speakers. Today, we’re looking at the smaller end of the market, at a little cube called the iClever Bluetooth Wireless Speaker aka the IC-BTS02. Its metal facade and £20 price point makes it immediately cooler than many of its brethren, but is it just as outstanding inside as out?

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Xenta washable keyboard review: a good excuse to pour coffee on your desk


Today I’m taking a look at a keyboard that’s a little different from the normal gaming fare. It’s not mechanical, it doesn’t have any crazy RGB lighting, and there are no special macro keys. It does have one unique ability though: it’s waterproof. And that means if you spill your Mountain Dew on it (or less nerdy foodstuffs), then you can simply wash it under the tap, dry it off and and be back to fragging in just a few minutes. Manfacturers Xenta have sent us one to try, so let’s see how it performs.

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Acer Liquid Z220 review: unfortunately a bit dim


Today I’m looking at the Liquid Z220, a budget smartphone from Acer. The phone has low-end specifications, but does at least include Android 5.0 and costs only £65. The mid-range market has advanced significantly in the past few years, so I’m hopeful that we’ll see similar changes at the lower end too.

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