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TeckNet provide gamers with affordable, high quality gaming accessories.  Their gaming range covers every angle of peripherals that gamers could want and need to have a decent game session.  From that range, today I have the 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Gaming Headset.

My eye was instantly drawn to the packaging of the headset.  The striking red and black design on the box really does go very well with the headset colour scheme.  Also on the box, along with the image of the headset, is other information.  This includes the Multi-Function In-Line Controller, to the Ergonomic Leather Earpads.  On the side of the box is an image of the in-line control along with a list of features.  The rear of the box shows a list of product specifications.

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The headset itself is secured in a plastic inlay inside the box.  After removing it from the box, you are greeted with a view of the headset and the in-line controller.  The headset feels very sturdy and well made, as does the in-line control box.  The top of the headband is made from a rubber material and the padding on the inside of the headband is very soft and seems as if it will provide extreme comfort during use.  The rubber material that is used for the headband actually makes the headband extremely flexible which in my experience, is never a bad thing.  The earpads have a very soft padding that feels as if it will add to the comfort factor.  The outside of the earpads both sport the headset logo, as well as the SOMIC branding.  Also on each earpad is a total of 6 red lights – 3 on each side.  The rotating, noise cancelling mic is located on the left side of the headset and also feels very well made, as well as very durable.  Coming down from the left earpad is a red rubberised USB cable which houses the in-line controls, which consist of the volume controls, and two mute buttons – one for the headset, and one for the mic.  Lastly, there is the user manual, and software & driver CD.

When it comes to setting the headset up, it’s pretty straightforward.  I connected the headset up to my PC via the USB cable and installed the provided drivers and software, and was ready to go.

Firstly, I wanted to try out the mic using Mumble.  I was told that my voice was coming through loud and very clear.  In return, I could hear everybody else very clearly.  Next up, I entered a game of World of Tanks to see what the game sound quality was like.  I could instantly hear the difference in the game sound compared to my previous headset.  All sounds were coming through crisp and clear, with an ample amount of bass.  The bass was even more impressive when it came to hearing shots fired from other tanks in the game.  The in-line control box has LEDs that light up when the headset is plugged in, which I thought was a nice effect, especially when coupled with the lights on the earpads (6 on each ear).

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The bundled software gives you the ability to set up the virtual 7.1 surround sound effect by allowing you to reposition the virtual speakers so that the sound suits the action you are doing.  The software is very straightforward to use so should be able to be used by any and everyone.

This headset is not only decent for gaming.  I have used this headset for watching TV & movies, as well as listening to music.  The only slight issue I have come across is when I was watching TV using the headset.  I found the bass to be just a little bassy on select TV shows.  Aside from that, listening to music and watching movies, etc, using this headset is as much of a pleasure as it is using the headset for gaming.

Overall, I am VERY impressed with this headset, especially with the £19.99 GBP price tag.  I am not overly experienced when it comes to PC headsets, but when I compare the TeckNet 7.1 headset with the ones I have used and reviewed previously, I honestly think I would prefer to use this headset over others.  Obviously if you want to pay through the nose for a well known, branded headset, then the sound quality is more than likely going to improve, but personally, I have no issues using this £20 headset for an immersive and quality gaming session.

The M268 Gaming Mouse is brought to you from the new range of gaming peripherals from TeckNet.  This review will focus on value for money, performance and style of the mouse.

Firstly, the packaging that the mouse arrived in shows and tells you everything that you need to know.  You are greeted with a perfect view of the mouse itself through a clear plastic window on the front of the box – prefect for viewing before you buy.  On the sides of the box you are shown the specs and system requirements for the mouse, as we as a list of design features for the mouse.  The vack of the box shows you a whole list of the mouse features, which range from an enhanced refresh rate, to a list of what each of the buttons do.

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Upon removing the mouse, I was instantly impressed with how lightweight the mouse is, especially compared to my previous mouse.  Weighing in at only 150g, it is easy to hold and maneuver around.  The mouse features a braided cable – around 2 meters in length – and a gold plated USB plug.  It also has two buttons on the left hand side of the mouse (forward and back), a DPI shift button, and the scroll wheel.  The mouse is also very sturdy and a nice weight.  It doesn’t feel overly heavy or light, and is a pleasure to use throughout both short and long PC sittings.

All of the buttons are accessible easily and can be used without having to overstretch your fingers to reach.  The mouse also fits very comfortably in my hand, and my hands aren’t overly big.  The DPI button does what it should, how it should.  Simply click the button to change between the presets of 1000DPI, 1600DPI, and 2000DPI.  As you change the DPI settings, the blue light on the mouse gets brighter – the brighter the light, the higher the DPI.  The mouse also glides nice and smoothly over both my desk surface, and the mouse mat surface, without any additional force required.

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With TeckNet now focusing on reasonably priced gaming mice, I think that following my experience with their products recently, they could definitely make an impact.  The M268 Gaming Mouse does what you would expect it to, without all of the fancy extras.  This is definitely a mouse that I would suggest to anyone, no matter what they use their PC for.

System Requirements:

Windows 98, 2000, XP, ME, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 & MAC OS
USB Port

**Please note**

The scroll wheel only works under the operating systems listed.  If you use the mouse with a different OS, the mouse may either not work or lose its enhanced features and function as a standard six-button mouse only.

I am usually not too fussy about the mouse I use when on the PC.  Lately though, I had thought about maybe upgrading to something a bit more advanced than the mouse that was bundled in when I bought my PC.  Luckily, TeckNet were kind enough to send a couple of their gaming mice my way.  Today I have the Black Wind X9800 High Precision Laser Gaming Mouse for review.

When the mouse first arrived, obviously the packaging was the first thing to catch my eye.  With the TeckNet branding in the top corner, an eye catching image of the mouse, and a whole bunch of information to boot, if a box could sell me a mouse, this sort of box would do just that.  On the back of the packaging, you have several different images and a whole variety of information and the specifications for the mouse.

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Upon removing the mouse from the box, I was greeted with the software CD, the mouse itself and an instruction manual.  Also included was a strange little round box.  Inside this box was several small round metal pieces.  These are actually weights that you can insert into the bottom of the mouse to make it heavier if it is too light for you.  Alternatively, you can remove them if you find it too heavy for you.  The mouse has a braided cable – roughly 2 meters in length – and a gold plated USB plug.

Having the option to completely personalise your mouse is a nice touch and something that easily pleases me.  You can do this through the provided software once you have installed it on your PC or laptop.  You can make changes to the colours of the lights on the mouse through this software, as well as to the buttons.  Something else that is always a pleasure is the comfort provided.  The mouse fits very comfortably in my hand, and my hands are reasonably small.  There are grooves where you would expect to find grooves, and the added rubberised grip around the main three buttons on the left side of the mouse is a nice touch.

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It is easy to access each of the 9 programmable buttons without having to stretch to use them.   Having the ability to store up to two gaming profiles is also a good thing.  I like to use my mouse at quite a high DPI, while my partner likes to use a lower DPI.  Being able to store the separate profiles makes it easier to change between these settings without having to fiddle about with things – it’s literally just a click of a button.  The low friction underside moves over both my desk and mouse mat with minimal effort, making those rapid movements during gameplay easy and smooth.

I have yet to encounter any issues whilst playing any games, to even just using the mouse as a part of everyday use.  My partner has also used it during long gameplay sessions and has absolutely no issues with the mouse at all.

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I am someone who spends a large amount of time on the PC for various reasons and for this reason, I like to have as much comfort as possible.  This mouse just adds to the comfort I already have and allows me to stay at the PC for longer intervals without the need for a break.  Whether you are an avid game player or just someone who uses the PC at regular intervals throughout the day, this mouse will definitely do the job.  The comfort that it provides, as well as the ease of setup and use, I can see this mouse becoming a large favourite with many people.

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
USB Port

When it comes to the world of online gaming, communication, more times than not, is the key. Having a headset that provides excellent communication is a definite must have. The EX-03 chat headset is available as a bluetooth version for use with the PS3 and a wired version for use with the Xbox 360. Gioteck were kind enough to send over the Xbox 360 version for the purpose of this review.

The Gioteck EX-03 chat headset for the Xbox 360 is a military styled headset that is designed exclusively for gaming on the Xbox 360. It has a unique military style camo effect, flexible over the ear hook and a noise cancelling microphone.

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The headset comes packaged in a nicely designed, flat style box. As soon as you remove the headset from the box, you are greeted with a packet of three different sized earbuds to attach to the ear piece on the headset, along with the headset itself. The cable on the headset is a flat, non-tangle cable, which is always a positive for me because I have a habit of tangling things easily.

The three earbuds that are included are small, medium, and large. I like the fact that they provide separate earbuds rather than either making you remove and replace the one that comes pre-installed, or, having to just use the generic one that comes with the headset. They are easy to attach to the headset too. It is just a case of pushing the desired size bud on to the ear piece.

The ear piece that goes into the ear has a slight angle to it. This allows the ear piece to sit comfortably just inside the ear and lessens the likelyhood of it slipping out. The flexible ear hook fits nicely over the ear and combined with the angled ear piece, ensures that wearing the headset is a very comfortable experience.

On the non-tangle cable you will find an in-line control switch which enables you to change the chat volume and also to mute your microphone. As far as the positioning of the controls on the cable, they are not too far down so that they get in the way of gaming, but not too far up that it gets difficult to use them.

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The microphone on the chat headset is one that sits snugly up against your cheek. It is long enough for you to be heard but not too long that it gets in the way or picks up any breathing sounds.

Sound quality wise, I had no issues. Voices of the people that I was playing with game through nice and clear, and I was told that my voice came through loud and clear, with no static or distant sound.

Overall, I like the Gioteck EX-03. It is comfortable to wear, the voice chat came through nice and clear on both ends and the non-tangle cable is a godsend! For the price that you pay (found on Amazon for £8 GBP), you can’t go wrong.

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