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The Allreli M811Lu Wired Laser Gaming Mouse is the first product that I have used from the Allreli product range.  As with all new products, I was sceptical as to how good performance would be.

The product itself looks very nice from the image on the box.  With the black mouse and red lighting design, it really melded nicely with the flame on black design of the packaging.  The front of the box tells you what you need to know about the mouse, from the fact that it has 6 illumination colours, to the 8000 DPI Resolution.  The back of the box lists the mouse specifications and also shows images of the mouse in the different LED colours available.

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The mouse itself has a very nice weight and feel to it.  It has a 6ft braided USB cable and comes complete with the DPI button, mouse scroll wheel, forward & back buttons, and obviously the left & right click buttons.  It comes bundled with a user manual and the driver/software CD.

The M811Lu mouse has a very nice, soft touch surface, which only makes it more comfortable to hold.  Speaking of comfort, the mouse has grooves and spaces in all the right places.  My hand sits very comfortably on the mouse with my fingers have places to rest without any discomfort.  This makes using the mouse for extended periods of time a pleasure as it reduces the risk of hand fatigue.  The DPI button not only changes the DPI settings for the mouse, but also the LED colour.  When it comes to setting the DPI range (up to 8200), the easy to use, bundled software makes it easy to do so, as well as customising the mouse to suit your needs.  The buttons are as responsive as you would expect and didn’t seem to miss any clicks, etc, when being used – a good thing when it comes to games that rely on things like this.  The mouse itself has internal memory so that all of the changes you make to the settings are stored, enabling you to access them wherever you use the mouse.

Overall, the Allreli M811Lu Wired Laser Gaming Mouse seems to do the job very well.  For the price that you pay (around £26.00 GBP at time of posting) it does what you would expect and also has a very pleasing look to it.  I enjoyed my time using it and would be happy to use it on a permanent basis.

Today I have the next product in the latest gaming range from TeckNet, the T21 Gaming Keyboard, to review.  I have been impressed with TeckNet’s gaming range so far, but can the T21 keyboard live up to expectations?

The packaging for the T21 keyboard is what you would expect for a keyboard.  It is very informative, providing information about the macro keys, as well as the anti-ghosting keys.  The box features a nice front view of the keyboard itself, so you pretty much know what you are getting before you even take it out of the box.  The back of the box contains even more information in regards to the keyboard and some of its features.

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When I removed the keyboard from the box I was instantly impressed with the build quality of the keyboard itself.  It is very weighty (1.5kg), very sturdy, and the actual style is something that will not look out of place on your desk.  The keyboard boasts a 1.8m braided cable with two gold-plated USB adapters on the end (one to power the keyboard and one to power the USB port on the rear of the keyboard), 20 anti-ghosting keys, a volume control dial, and a USB port on the rear of the keyboard.  The black and red colour scheme goes very well with the rest of the TeckNet gaming range also, so everything fits together nicely, as it should.  Also included in the box is the driver/software CD and a macro expansion module.

Setting the keyboard up was as straightforward as it could be.  Plug in the keyboard to your PC, install the bundled software, and away you go.  Using the PC software, you can then program any key you like to do whatever you want it to – perfect for assigning keys to make your gaming session that little bit easier.  The included macro expansion module clips quite nicely on to the top of the keyboard over the top of the function keys.  You connect this up via the USB 2.0 port on the rear of the keyboard itself and can then program these keys as you wish.

The T21 keyboard features silica gel material under the keys which provides premium elasticity, making the keyboard a dream to use when both gaming and typing.  The volume control lights up a very nice blue colour, so it is easy to find during gaming sessions.  The right hand side of the keyboard has a foldaway arm that you can expand to attach another expansion, if required.  Also included on the keyboard are 20 anti-ghosting keys which gives you the ability to use more than one key at a time – something that is very popular with PC gamers.  The palm rest provides added support and comfort during PC sessions, again, whether it be for gaming or regular use.

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After using the keyboard for a prolonged amount of time, it is very comfortable to use.  I have not suffered any hand fatigue whilst playing games, and using the keyboard to type is also a nice experience.  The features seem to cover everything that a gamer would want it to, and everything works as it should.  The quality of the keyboard does not disappoint, and with the price-tag being a lot lower than other gaming keyboards (around £40 GBP), I can see it fast becoming a favourite in the PC gaming community.

The TeckNet Redragon Perdition 16400 DPI Gaming Mouse is the next product from the latest TeckNet gaming range that I have for review.

The packaging of the mouse not only catches your eye with its red and black colour scheme, but also because the clear plastic window on the front of the box gives you a pretty much full on view of the mouse itself.  The left side of the front of the packaging shows some information relating to the mouse, as does the right hand side.  The rear of the box shows some more information, including the 12 programmable side buttons, and the 16 million colour breath light.

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Removing the mouse from the box was pretty straightforward.  The mouse comes out of the base of the box, and once removed, it is presented to you sat in a nice plastic sleeve.  Included in the box along with the mouse is a user manual, driver and software CD, and a round box for the 8 x 2.4g included weights.  The small round box has a nice red and black design so that it stays in with the colour scheme of the mouse itself.  The mouse has a very nice textured feel to it which adds grip to the mouse for more comfort when in use.  It also has a 6ft braided cable with a gold plated USB connector on the end.  The mouse has 12 buttons on the left side of the mouse, a red power button, two DPI buttons, a mode switching button, the two usual mouse buttons and the scroll wheel.  All buttons on this mouse are also programmable, using the bundled software.  Lastly, the base of the mouse has a space to put in the small weights that are included in the box to help you get the mouse weight to something that suits you, as well as teflon mouse pads.

Getting started was as simple as it gets.  Plug in the mouse, install the bundled software, and away you go.  Using the software was straightforward and allows you to customise the mouse to suit your needs.  You can set up to 5 different user profiles, which is handy depending on the game you are playing.  The DPI can be also be customised within the software – having to choice to be able to use up to 16400 DPI, there should most definitely be a setting that suits everyone.  Being able to customise the breathing LED lighting on the mouse is something that I really like because no matter what colour scheme you have for your gaming setup, it is easy enough to match the mouse up with it.  Alternatively, you can disable the LED altogether if you would rather leave it off.

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The mouse itself is definitely well designed.  It has grooves in all the right places, including down the right side of the mouse so that depending on how you are holding the mouse, your fingers actually sit comfortably, resulting in no discomfort during prolonged gaming sessions.  The 12 side buttons are well placed for use, even during fast paced situations.  Having the buttons light up helps also, especially while getting used to each buttons placing, initially.  The mouse itself is made from a nice plastic material which offers grip while in use.  The mouse itself is not smooth to touch, but alternatively has a slightly rough finish to it which eliminates the risk of your hand/fingers slipping off during use.  The buttons are as responsive as they should be, which again, helps during those play sessions where even the slightest delay could make all the difference.  Finally, the logo on the palm rest of the mouse looks really nice with the breathing LED effect.

Overall, I think that the Perdition mouse is a very nice addition to the TeckNet range.  Not only is it competitively priced (£39.99 GBP) compared to other gaming mice of the same quality, but it is very nice to look at, and use.  It does what you would expect of it, and more.  The included software is easy to use and it would suit users of all ages and abilities.  I would highly recommend this mouse to anyone looking for a mouse that does everything, for a fraction of the price.

When it comes to playing the PS3, the controllers aren’t always user friendly.  For this reason, I am always on the lookout to find ways to make PS3 game time more comfortable for my hands.  Hopefully, this is where the ORB Wired Game Controller for the PS3/PC from ORB Accessories comes into play.

First up, the box itself is easy on the eye.  The red and white box colouring is nice to look at, and is coupled with an image of the controller.  When looking around the box,  you can find some controller information listed, making it easy for you to find out the functions of the controller before you buy it.

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Inside the box you find the following contents.

  • 1 x Wired Game Controller
  • 1  x Instruction Manual

The controller itself looks and feels very nice.  With its matt black finish, ORB logo and nice button designs, it is nicer to look at than the regular PS3 controller – in my opinion.  When holding it, it has a nice texture on the skin, the kind of texture that you don’t need any extra grip with.  It has the four buttons on the back of the controller – L1, L2, R1 and R2.  The L2 and R2 buttons are not the usual trigger style, but normal buttons, just over double the size of the L1 and R2 buttons.  The D-Pad is a solid button you have a Turbo button, Clear button and the Select, Start and PS home buttons.  The thumbsticks have a nice grip to them, hopefully making it a little easier to control without added grip, rather than the sticks on the standard PS3 controller.  Lastly, the Square, Triangle, Circle and X buttons stay similar to those on the original controller, but have their own design to them too.

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Product Features.

  • Support multiple signals transmission without interference
  • Suppers PC game using OS Windows2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • Turbo buttons
  • 4 corresponding LED indicating the choice of channel
  • Support up to 7 multi-players

When it came to getting the controller up and running, it couldn’t be easier.  Simply plug the controller cable into the PS3 console and then turn it on.  You should see  the LED lights start to flash, confirming  the connection between the controller and console.  Press the PS button to operate the controller and the controller should choose the channel.

When it comes to using the Turbo button during gameplay, the Instruction Manual does a great job of walking you through how to get things up and running.  I would highly recommend reading through the manual, even if just to get to grips with how things work ahead of time.

Comfort wise, I found the ORB controller easy to hold and comfortable to use.  The thumbsticks seem to be reachable, more-so than they are on the standard controller.  The D-Pad is easy to use, as are the Square, Triangle, Circle and X buttons.  The L and R buttons are easily accessible and despite my reservations about using the less curved L2 & R2 buttons, I was pleasantly surprised by the responsiveness of them.

I have used this controller a fair bit since receiving it and am impressed by it.  The comfort, style and look of the controller are all very appealing and if you are looking for something to use that has an improvement over the original PS3 controller, then this would be my suggestion to you.  At least give it a try if like me, you are a little skeptical about it – I don’t think you will be disappointed.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will get back to you ASAP.

**For a list of the box contents, please check out my unboxing video that can be found here.**

When it comes to playing videogames in both short and long sittings, you want comfort, decent sound quality and a price tag that isn’t going to sting.

This is where I find out and let you know if the ORB GP Rumble Headset for PS3 and PC from ORB Accessories is up to par.

First things first. When you first see the ORB GP Rumble Headset, you are greeted with a nice black headset coupled with an attractive blue mesh padding around the headband and ear cups. The padding is reasonably thick which makes it very comfortable to wear – the longest I have worn it for at a time is just over 2 hours and I did not experience any ear discomfort. You also have the built-in mic on the left ear cup which enables you to chat to online friends while getting immersed in your favourite game. The padded headband is fully adjustable and should fit all head sizes without any issues. The cable length is very generous at around 3 metres. You also have a USB extension cable, just in case the supplied cable isn’t long enough. The headset is powered via USB, so no chance of batteries running out of juice in the middle of a major boss fight or important career race. A little further down on the cable you have the volume controls for both voice and chat volume levels. There is also a mic mute switch and a switch to turn the Rumble on and off. This headset also be recognised as an extra sound device by a PC and works with most available games. I tried the headset on both Windows 7 & 8, It was recognised by both and worked perfect with both.

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Next up we have the Rumble feature. I was a bit skeptical when I first read about this and was wondering how exactly it was going to work. What can I say? It was totally unexpected and amazing. When you activate the Rumble feature, you are instantly thrown into the game more-so than just having the amazing sound. When there is a loud roar or you end up crashing your beloved car, your ears know about it as much as your hands do from the controller. The Rumble headset feature makes the earphones vibrate which in turn makes everything seem that much more realistic.

Coupled with the rumble effects, the sound quality from the ORB GP headset was pretty surprising, especially for a headset that hasn’t cost you a fortune to purchase. There were no crackles or tinny moments and everything came through clear and crisp, both game and voice chat wise. Whilst on the subject of sound quality, I asked a few people how my voice was coming through to them and was told it was clear and they could hear me with no issues – another bonus.

Considering the price you would pay for this headset – I have seen it vary from £29.99 to £45.00 – you definitely should not be disappointed. I have nothing bad to say about it. My partner tried it as well and liked it – trust me, if he likes it, it can’t be bad! Give it a try, the rumble effect alone is well worth the money you would spend on this!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will get back to you ASAP.