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GKick Hardware Review: Pi Dock-It Pro for iPad

pidockitEver since I bought an iPad - my first tablet - a few weeks ago, I’ve basically been inseperable from it. The fact that I sold my laptop a while ago made my need for a more powerful portable form of entertainment than my phone a priority. Sure, I had a 3DS, but sometimes you need a bit more. But with that said, I was interested in getting a bit more functionality out of my iPad, and when I was approached with the opportunity to review the Pi Dock-It Pro, I figured “Why not?”

For the last few weeks, I’ve been using a pretty simple leather case which was light and had a few notches so I could display it at different angles. It was nice, but of course I would run into situations where the iPad would just flop over one way or the other. Upon loading my iPad into the Pi Dock-It Pro, I quickly learned a few key things:

It was much heavier, it was much nicer, and it was just as versatile - if not moreso.

Starting at the top, the Pi Dock-It Pro is a molded plastic case with a Bluetooth keyboard attachment. The case includes a dock that the iPad clips into which also swivels so that the case can display the iPad like a laptop or like a proper tablet. It’s very fancy, even if twisting the iPad around in it’s case is a bit awkward and clunky.

The fact that the iPad settles and clips into it’s place is also a wee bit unsettling. There are only a few small clips that hold my iPad secure, so making sure I close it up properly is key. The case is by no means meant to absorb much in the way of impact, so while it might survive a tumble from the nightstand to a carpeted floor, don’t expect any miracles if you lose it from your hands onto a tile or asphalt floor.

As for the weight, it’s significantly more than the first case I had, but there’s no surprise there. A simple leather case will absolutely weigh less than a hard plastic shell case with a built-in keyboard. A worthwhile sacrifice, however, as the functionality of the case in most areas is stellar.

Starting with the key feature - the keyboard. The layout of the keyboard is very familiar with a row of buttons that allow you access to the iPad’s normal features, such as brightness, volume, the Home button, and even things like cut, copy, paste, and a quick Lock button. The keys are also quite nice and springy, so hopefully they last throughout repeat use. But, end of the day, it works like a charm and feels great to type on it. In fact, I’ve typed this entire review on the Pi Dock-It Pro keyboard. It’s that good.

As for the functions of the case itself, I already mentioned the unsteady but secure clip-in process for the iPad itself. There are also adequate cut outs for headphones and a low-profile 30-pin cord. If you have one of the older, larger 30-pin cables, then it won’t fit right in the current setup, but some sacrifices must be made.

The function of maneuvering the case is pretty smooth, but spotty. The case doesn’t open like a laptop would, but slides out and then up. This isn’t a big deal and gives the iPad some lovely stability and no concerns over a standard laptop-style hinge that could wear out over time. However, this does mean that there is nothing to stop it from falling forward except for your fingers. Clearly, this is more for desktop usage, or at least very safe usage any other place.

Rotating the iPad around to display as a tablet in the case is a little awkward. While unfolded, the iPad has to be swiveled around, but it very easily clips against either the stopper in the back or rakes over the keyboard keys. Fortunately, it’s not so bad that I think the keys will be damaged, but it’s worth noting. Additionally, it charges through a provided micro USB cable, so finding a spare power outlet isn’t required.

Finally, let’s talk value. Currently, the case retails for anywhere between $130 to $160 dollars US, which puts it right on-par with many other cases that feature built-in keyboards. The cost is a bit high, but the construction of the case makes up for it. Its very well built and fits the iPad snugly. However, it should be said that the case is only compatible with iPad 2, 3 and 4. The iPad Air will not fit in this case, nor (obviously) the iPad Mini. But, when all is said and done, it’s actually a very nice option for a case with a lot of versatility and use, and the construction is very sturdy even if it has a few areas that feel strange.

OVERALL SCORE: 89/100

GKick Hardware Review: Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition Memory

hyperx-10th-anniversary-memoryWhen it comes to reviewing things, most of the time it’s pretty cut and dry: we get the product, try it out, and write about it. Simple enough, right? Well, some things are a bit more tricky to review. In this case, the fine folks at Kingston have hooked us up with some of their brand new HyperX 10th Anniversary memory kits to put to the test. Unlike most things, we can’t just “review” this the standard way. In addition, we aren’t a typical hardware news site, so running a bunch of benchmarks really isn’t our thing. So, what do we do? Well, how about a practical test?

So, let me give you a practical idea of what you’re looking at. Will you see a major performance difference with a typical 16GB kit versus a HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition kit for average use? Probably not, let’s be real. However, you’re not purchasing this HyperX kit because you just want “a regular memory kit”. You’re spending the money on this because you want not only high quality memory, but also because you want memory that takes advantage of every millisecond of performance you can squeeze out of your computer. This is not low-end memory. This is high performance stuff with a lifetime warranty from Kingston, so you better need it.

Who should look into Kingston’s HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition kits? Well, if you use 64-bit programs that demand a lot of processing power - anything from video editing and exporting to graphic design and, of course, gaming - then you’ll want to take advantage of this.

To put it mildly, this is high-end memory. We had a chance to check out the 16 GB kit, which current retails for about $200 and the 32 GB kit which current retails for twice as much. If you’re looking this route, then you’re not the sort of person who skimps out on your computer.

But enough of that. Is it worth the money?

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Because this isn’t cheap-end memory, you’re paying for more than just performance. You’re paying for guaranteed performance. If this memory fails, your purchase is protected under the aforementioned lifetime warranty by Kingston. As someone who has burned through a ton of hardware and components, the value of having such expensive purchases covered is worth a large part of the price. But beyond all that, the memory performs really well.

Keep in mind, the important thing is that your performance depends on the software you use. In order to see and utilize more than 3GB of memory, you need not only a 64-bit operating system, but also 64-bit programs to use alongside it. But in our practical tests, everything from gaming to browsing the internet and watching videos loaded up smoother and kept the computer much more stable for much longer.

When all is said and done, Kingston makes a great product to enhance your high-end computer. The memory is fast, incredibly well designed, and above all else - it performs. And hey, like I said - lifetime warranty! So if you’ve got the coin, you can’t go wrong with another quality memory product from Kingston.

Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition memory is available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB kits at all major online retailers.

GKick Hardware Review: SteelSeries Flux Headset

After our review of the SteelSeries Siberia V2, perhaps one of the best general gaming headsets on the market, I was eager to try out another pair from the SteelSeries line. One of their newest releases was actually a bit of a change of pace - a travel-style headset designed for use not only as a standard gaming headset but also for mobile devices such as phones and MP3 players called the SteelSeries Flux.

The Flux is a small but powerful stereo headset which delivers a lot of bang for your buck. Unfortunately, in my experience, the Flux is a bit of a bittersweet experience.

The most impoortant thing to anyone who drops money on a headset, whether for gaming or for any other purpose, is the quality of audio. You want to be able to hear things well, clear, and not have distortion and other issues when the volume goes high, just to name a few things. I can safely say, in this, the Flux delivers. Despite the fact that it’s a stereo 3mm connector only, it still has powerful audio that sounds amazing regardless of what you listen to. Everything from in-game audio to YouTube videos to music playback all sounds outstanding through these compact earphones.

However, the “headset” part of the Flux falls a bit short when it comes to the microphone. In an effort to keep the Flux as a very compact, travel-friendly piece, there is no integrated microphone. Whether as a phone headset or on a PC, the mic is embedded in the cable of the device and, unfortunately, the audio suffers a bit unless you have a proper powered amp of sorts to run it through.

So, even though the audio isn’t that strong for recording, the headset does do a great job at fulfilling its role. This is not a headset you’ll typically use everyday for your usual activities. This is a travel headset clearly designed for those times when you’re at your parent’s house for the holidays and all you could bring was your laptop so you want to get some gaming in. The Flux delivers BIG on being portable. In addition to providing two different cables depending on whether you’re hooking up via PC or phone, it also comes with the ability to alternate which ear you connect the cable to, making it much easier to work with. In addition, there is also an extension cable if you do decide to use it on a desktop PC perhaps as a strong pair of quality headphones.

The design of the headset is brilliant, too. Being portable, it folds up neatly and fits into the included pouch along with any necessary cables quite nicely. In addition, the speakers have brilliant audio quality and the padding fits right to your ears comfortably. Many headsets are rough to wear initially, but the Flux does a great job of being very comfortable right out of the gate. It also blocks out external sounds effortlessly, so make sure you don’t need to listen to anyone if you decide to turn on these speakers.

When it comes down to it, the Flux is everything it promises. If you’re looking for a full-time gaming headset, this probably isn’t right for you. Fortunately, the Siberia V2 is a fantastic alternative for just that role. However, if you need an emergency pair, or you want a great pair of headphones, or you need a travel headset that packs a lot of punch, then you can’t go wrong with the Flux.

Oh, and as far as aesthetics go, you also have a variety of additional earpiece shells that you can use to personalize the color and style of your headset, if that’s your thing. Certainly don’t want to leave that out.

STYLE: 9/10
COMFORT: 9.5/10
PERFORMANCE: 8.5/10
DURABILITY: 9.5/10

OVERALL SCORE: 9.3/10

GKick Hardware Review: Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Gaming Mouse

As a gamer, the accessories you use to conquer your foes or gain the upperhand on your opponent are just as important as the pieces of the computer that you attach them to. A fast processor, top-tier video card, and lots of memory will only get you so far if you’re gaming with a lackluster mouse or keyboard, or any other accessory. With that in mind, the folks at Tt eSPORTS have released the Level 10M Gaming Mouse, the newest top end mouse in their roster of gaming peripherals.

At first glance, the Level 10M reminded me a bit of another high end mouse, the Cyborg RAT 7. Unlike many other mice that are smooth and often have flush buttons and minimal lighting, the Level 10M has many of the same jagged corners and mechanical design elements that the RAT 7 implements, though to a lesser extent. While this mouse doesn’t look like a transformer or like it’s one frame away from exploding, it does allow for a nice amount of customization and control both from a physical side and a software side.

The first thing you’ll notice are the buttons - and there’s a lot of ’em. In addition to your standard two-button center wheel design, the Level 10M also has two thumb buttons as well as two macro buttons on the opposite side. Also on the left is a 4-way control stick, set by default to alter the DPI of the mouse on the fly, which is very handy when switching from gaming to normal day to day usage. It also allows multiple people to have a bit of personalization for their own mouse speed.

In addition, the Level 10M has a wide open interior portion for optimal airflow as well as LED lighting on the interior and on a small square on the primary mouse button. As far as modifications go, the entire top portion of the mouse can be shifted either higher or lower, and also tilted right or left by use of the provided allen wrench-like tool. The adjustments aren’t extreme, but definitely noticeable as you’re getting used to the mouse.

Oh, and you will need to get used to it. Going from a Razer Deathadder to this mouse was a bit change, as the thumb buttons fall right where you’d look to rest your thumb unlike the Deathadder which set them up a bit higher. Fortunately, the buttons aren’t so easy to press in, and require a bit of effort to press so I didn’t accidentally go back or forward too often.

The real beauty comes when you break out the Level 10M’s included software package. From here, you can fine tune almost any element of mouse control, including the usual suspects like cursor speed, scroll speed, and double-click speed. However, you can also fine-tune every level of DPI control, as well as set individual DPI levels for X and Y movements. In other words, if you want your mouse to move further left to right vs up and down due to space limitations or just the way you use a mouse, you can.

In addition, you can also set Lift Off Adjustment, which indicates how sensitive the mouse movement is when you lift it completely off of the mousepad. However, as I learned the hard way, if you set this feature all the way down, it will basically render the mouse unusable. Why you can even set the sensitivity that low is beyond me, but regardless, a bit of Mouse Keys work and I was able to fix it. Setting it just under “2” seemed to do the trick.

But beyond changing the button assignments and what color the LED was, the real test was how well it performed. The Level 10M mouse works really, really nice. The movement is incredibly smooth and the weight of the mouse is nice, too. It’s definitely heavier than my Deathadder, but it’s more along the lines of the full-weight I was looking for when I used to use my Logitech G9. Contruction-wise, the mouse is made of metal - not plastic - and feels really responsive. I was a bit disappointed that the left mouse button started squeaking a bit even after the first day, but it certainly wasn’t any less responsive nor did it stick at all, so I’ll see how it feels after a bit more use.

When it comes down to it, the Level 10M mouse is a great little device. It takes a bit of getting used to, depending on what mouse you’re upgrading from, but it’s a gorgeous performer with a few minor hiccups and maybe a bit of design choices that some people will be turned off by. This is one of those mice that I would recommend taking on a test drive first, at least on a store shelf or anywhere that you can get a feel for it in your hand if possible.

STYLE: 9/10
COMFORT: 8/10
PERFORMANCE: 10/10
DURABILITY: 9.5/10

OVERALL SCORE: 8.8/10

Roxio Releases Game Capture HD PRO

Roxio announced earlier today the release of their latest product, the Roxio Game Capture HD PRO, a fully integrated device that allows for effortless capture and direct TwitchTV streaming in full 1080p HD all in one device.

The Game Capture HD PRO not only provides full HD capture but also includes a full software suite to allow for various transition effects, picture-in-picture, soundtracks and other effects. The software also provides seamless sharing options within the suite itself, making it easy to connect to YouTube and Facebook. In addition to providing full console capture options, PC streaming is also effortless using an HDMI connection.

Roxio intends to provide a complete all-in-one solution to the growing streaming market by making it extremely easy to capture, edit, enhance, stream and share gameplay footage for an affordable price.

The Roxio Game Capture HD PRO is available at roxio.com for $149.99 USD.

Wii U Already Sold Out?

According to news, if you’re in the US and looking forward to getting your hands on a next-gen Nintendo Wii U console- you might be out of luck fellow gamers. It appears that up and down the country, pre-orders seem to be selling out both online and in store. This of course, reminds me of the same quantity issues that were felt with customers when it came to purchasing the original Wii console.

The Deluxe or Premium bundle seems to be higher in demand that the Basic white bundle, but both are low in stock. The only retailer that appears to have much stock at all is Wal-Mart and they’ll sell you one for about $350 upwards. Which I think is really a bit evil of them, but would we really expect anything else from them?

As I live in the UK, I’ve not heard anything about any pre-order or quantity issues but I am sure that it will be as popular here as it is across the pond in America. Time will tell, but if we have the same issue it looks like I might be joining the queue and waiting for a console until next year :(

GKick Hardware Review: Razer BlackWidow Keyboard

When I first started playing StarCraft II, it was brought to my attention that the weapon-of-choice for many players was a mechanical keyboard. Me, being the poor bastard that I was, only rocked a fairly simple rubber-dome keyboard. Finally, I had the chance to take to my games with the Razer BlackWidow, one of the most prolific mechanical keyboard models available. I can safely say that, with that keyboard, I certainly felt like a better player. Louder player, too.

The Razer BlackWidow is a full 101-key keyboard with 50g mechanical keys, five macro keys, braided fiber cable and a handful of other features that may or may not be of note to you. Suffice it to say, it’s a very nice keyboard. The one major thing that people who look at mechanical keyboards need to be aware of is the fact that these keyboards are loud - VERY loud. This is especially true if you’re used to the average dome keyboard which is like a whisper to the clack-clack-clack of a mechanical switch clicking into place with every keystroke. However, if you can handle the volume, these keyboards are well worth their weight.

I first took the BlackWidow through a few rounds of StarCraft II, as not only did I feel that was going to be the best place to really test it out but I was also on a particular StarCraft kick. I could tell right away that, versus a low-cost office-type membrane keyboard, this one literally made me feel like a better player. I associated it with the tactile and auditory response I got by pressing keys. On a membrane keyboard, it wasn’t easy to tell how many times I may have hit a button or to make sure a button indeed got pressed enough to issue whatever command I needed. There was no doubting that with the BlackWidow. I felt every keystroke go through, heard it loud and clear, and could feel my APM get higher and my control get better. Was it just my imagination? Can’t really say, but I definitely did better.

Beyond that, the keyboard was a great addition for day-to-day use. The clack-clack of the keys was a bit grating at first, but even though I write a lot, I got used to it over time and the rhythm of the keyboard just blended in with the usual background noise of writing an article or an email. There were some moments, late at night, when maybe I hoped my keyboard was a bit quieter, but beyond that I had no complaints while using the BlackWidow.

I haven’t had the chance to compare it with a large variety of any other mechanical keyboards, but even compared to similar keyboards from Razer (see our review of the Razer Marauder), I still prefer the hard keystrokes and full keyboard size of the BlackWidow. Overall, I felt like the keyboard was more durable, was more responsive and felt better especially when playing certain games where keyboard speed and accuracy are so important. That isn’t to say that I wouldn’t recommend the BlackWidow to any other gamer, because I would. Mechcanical keyboards are designed to last longer, and any sort of responsiveness advantage is well worth it.

STYLE: 8/10
DURABILITY: 10/10
FEEL: 10/10
EXTRA FEATURES: 7/10

OVERALL SCORE: 9.8/10

Razer BlackWidow | MSRP $79.99USD | Available at www.razerzone.com

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GKick Hardware Review: Razer DeathAdder Mouse

When it comes to gaming, at least the gaming that I’m used to, I try to have a really good mouse at my side. I’ve never spent any large amount of money on a gaming mouse, but I always had a preference for heavy mice. That was why I generally used to use Logitech’s gaming mice (which are excellent products, by the way) and I’d stack them with all of the maximum weights that would fit in their little trays. That was until I got the Razer DeathAdder.

Now the DeathAdder is a lightweight laser mouse from Razer that is clearly designed for quick, simple gaming. This isn’t the Naga, it isn’t loaded with buttons nor is it customizable like Ouroboros. It is, however, a very strong and responsive gaming mouse for players who need a solid mouse with good core features.

To start things off, the DeathAdder is a very ergonomically friendly mouse (and is even available in a Left-handed version, too!) with only two extra thumb buttons in addition to a smooth scroll wheel and nice control. The DeathAdder, as I said before, is a lightweight mouse with no extra weight accessories or anything like that, but I’ve actually grown to like the light form of the mouse. It fit my hand nicely, makes it really easy to dart from one side of the screen and back, and still provides pinpoint accuracy when necessary.

There isn’t much bad to say about the DeathAdder because there honestly isn’t much to the DeathAdder, but maybe for some folks that could be the only downfall. In my opinion, it performs strongly in titles ranging anywhere from StarCraft II which demands a lot of precision and cat-like reflexes as well as a game like Grand Theft Auto IV that is a little slower and more casual. It also acts well for day-to-day use in normal programs and other applications. I found that using it in Photoshop for the graphic editing work I needed to do has been pretty seamless, though of course it doesn’t compare to a pen and tablet.

Some gamers may want a little more versatility to their mouse. I know folks who would appreciate the 15-button macro layout of the Naga or the ability to swap out handgrips which is a feature akin to the Oruoboros or the Logitech G9X, but frankly the DeathAdder is an awesome buy if you just want a great, solid gaming mouse - period.

STYLE: 7/10
COMFORT: 9/10
PERFORMANCE: 9/10
DURABILITY: 9/10

OVERALL SCORE: 9.5/10

GKick Hardware Review: Razer Marauder Keyboard

Now, I already know what you’re thinking. “But Steve,” you say. “I thought mechanical keyboards were the ideal keyboard of choice for gaming, especially StarCraft II. Why is this a dome keyboard?” I’ll admit, I asked myself the same thing. And while I can’t vouch for the overall life expectancy of the Razer Marauder, I can say that - even as a rubber dome keyboard - it does a fine job at responsiveness and control in any game, even for the sake of typing or day-to-day use.

But let’s get right down to business. The Marauder is the “Fast and Furious” of gaming keyboards, if at the very least for it’s flashiness. The keyboard is lit up more than a Christmas tree, with customizable backlights for the keys, accent lights, logo lights, and even the underside of the keyboard. And while the default color of choice is blue, you can set it to just about any color you desire, albeit the results aren’t exactly perfect, but oh well. Such is the flaw with LEDs, but I won’t hold that against Razer.

The reason this keyboard, unlike most rubber dome keyboards, is tailored to StarCraft II players - and makes a suitable gaming keyboard in general - is the design and the layout. For starters, you’ll see that the keyboard itself is much shorter than a standard 101-key keyboard. That’s because the number pad and the center keys (i.e. Home, Print, Scroll Lock, Insert, the arrow keys, etc) are merged together. When Numlock is off, you have all the usual functionality of those center console keys. When it’s on, you now have the number pad available to you. A mild inconvenience, but this is a gaming keyboard, not an office keyboard.

Additionally, the keys are raised higher than a standard dome keyboard and make it feel a lot like a mechanical keyboard, but definitely quieter. It also takes a bit of getting used to if you’re coming off of a standard office keyboard, especially with the new key heights and sensitivity. You may find yourself, like me, getting double-registers on some key presses. But, in time, that goes away and it seems to work really well in the game environment.

Of course, the extra frills like the built-in APM (Actions Per Minute) lighting system is just neat, at best. You don’t really need fancy LEDs to tell you how fast you are at StarCraft, but it does make for an interesting sight to see the lights gradually change color depending on how quickly you’re clicking and moving your units in the field. Beyond that, you can turn the LEDs off, as well, depending on what mood you’re in. Since the lights are in three separate zones - keys, accents and undercarriage - they’re also all independently controlled, so if you’re not looking for that Tokyo Drift look, you can ease off on the Lite Brite effect.

When it comes to non-gaming applications, the keyboard does well. I can type quickly on it, the keys are generally responsive - albeit a bit OVER responsive at times, but that might just be me - and it even works well in other applications such as Photoshop and Word and various internet browsers.

The only real downfalls to this keyboard are the potential oversensitivity of it and the fact that it requires two USB ports to operate. However, it’s built strong, it has a thick braided cord and it should last a long time. And it looks mighty fancy, too, especially if you’re a fan of glow sticks. Basically, if you can get it at a good price, the Marauder makes for a good gaming keyboard that’s quiet on the click-clack of mechanical keyboards and still provides the same level of responsiveness.

STYLE: 8/10
DURABILITY: 9/10
FEEL: 8/10
EXTRA FEATURES: 6/10

OVERALL SCORE: 8/10

GKick Hardware Review: SteelSeries Siberia V2 Frost Blue

When it comes to gaming headsets, SteelSeries’ Siberia V2 has emerged as the standard-bearer not only of the SteelSeries line of headsets but also of gaming headsets overall. While there are likely headsets of various brands that may be better to some folks, the Siberia V2 has definitely been the “default” of gaming headsets for some time. One of the newest members of the Siberia line is the Siberia V2 Frost, a white and pale blue USB headset that carries the banner proudly.

First impressions of the V2 Frost are pretty straight forward as it already met two of the things I really like out of any gaming headset: extremely lightweight and utilizes the suspended headband style. If you aren’t familiar with that term, just think of any headset which has a fabric band that runs underneath the hard plastic of the actual headset, usually anchored to the earpieces by cords of some sort. You see it in all of the Siberia V2 models even though most headset manufacturers go with the solid headband style.

As far as comfortable, these things really deliver. The leather padded earcups are not only gentle but also provide excellent noise cancellation. Style-wise, the headset looks very nice, with a clean white and grey color scheme accented by large blue LEDs on either ear. And, as I said before, they’re super light. Deceptively light, actually.

Another favorite is the microphone design. Instead of the typical style of tilting up and down alongside one of the earcups, the V2’s mic is hidden inside the left earcup and can be pulled out – and flexed to nearly any degree – at a whim, or just tucked away when not in use. But enough with the look and feel, how good is it?

While the Siberia V2 will be a featured product as part of the GKick Great Gaming Headset Review feature, we can safely say that the sound quality is superb and thanks to the integrated USB soundcard, it provides some awesome audio quality even if you are lacking a high-quality standard sound card.

We ran the Siberia V2 through a few of its paces in games like World of Warcraft and while watching HD TV broadcasts, as well as tested the microphone during the recording of a recent podcast as well as over voice-chat software and while streaming over TwitchTV.

When it comes to output quality, the upgrade over a cheap office-type headset is massive. The rich sound puts the Siberia V2 up on a level that most headsets can’t touch, and there was no unusual peaking or static during complex sound events in Warcraft. While watching TV, the audio was crisp and clean and the provided EQ software gave us a bit of versatility to the soundscape.

As far as microphone quality, the Siberia V2 does a great job. The noise-cancellation is present throughout and even with the hum of an air conditioner or fan running in the background, the mic did an awesome job of filtering out the excess sound and providing clear, clean, high-quality voice capture. While not on the level of a studio microphone, it does a tremendous job at being a quality headset mic.

So far, the headset has performed admirably, though there are some concerns with the build quality of the in-line volume controls. Most headsets have a pretty strong and sturdy control, especially if it’s in-line, but the one on the Siberia V2 Frost definitely feels a bit cheaper than was expected. However, so far, there haven’t been any issues, but it definitely felt out of place on such a high-quality headset overall.

When it comes down to it, I can’t recommend the Siberia V2 line enough. The Frost is an awesome headset for any gamer, it looks great and the LEDs aren’t even much of a distraction to other players, though you can personalize and customize them (or turn them off completely) to your taste. Frankly, for the price, this is a tremendous headset and worth every penny, especially if you’re not looking to spend $200 or more on a top-tier audiophile headset.

STYLE: 9/10
COMFORT: 10/10
DURABILITY: 7/10
OUTPUT QUALITY: 8/10
INPUT QUALITY: 8/10

OVERALL SCORE: 9.5/10

Stay tuned for our GKick Great Gaming Headset Review feature on the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Frost Blue when we REALLY put it to the test and tell you where it excels and where it falls short in a wide variety of applications - COMING SOON!