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HP Omen Mindframe review: The ear-cooling gaming headset that left me cold

The thing I love most about the HP Omen Mindframe is its name. Say it with me. MINDFRAME. It's so ridiculous it's actually come full circle into pure, unbridled brilliance, and I doubt there will be another headset in the history of gaming headsets that even comes close to matching its mad, bonkers moniker. The HP Omen Mindframe's name isn't the only thing that sets…

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: Best PC gaming deals

Is... is it over yet? Are the Black Friday and Cyber Monday PC gaming deals finally finished? Just a couple more hours to go now, you can do it deals herald, you can get through this. You've got a week and a half holiday coming up soon, just get through the afternoon and then you can go and lie in a dark room and not…

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: Best gaming headset deals

Is that the sound of the Cyber Monday deals gong ringing? Why, yes is it, and with it the beep of a reversing truck full of even more gaming headset deals to replace the ones we had over Black Friday. There are some notable movers and shakers on today's best Cyber Monday gaming headset deals sheet, such as newly refreshed prices for lots of Steelseries…

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Get the Steelseries Arctis 7 (our best gaming headset champion) at its lowest ever price this Black Friday

I know I bang on about the Steelseries Arctis 7 a lot, but it is truly the best gaming headset I've ever had - and now it's going for as little as £90 over at Currys as part of this year's Black Friday bonanza. That's the lowest price it's ever been in the UK (lower, even, than it's ever been on Amazon, too, according to…

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review: Good looks and great sound (most of the time)

HyperX clearly have a thing about clouds - no, not that mopey JRPG chap, the real, white fluffy things you find in the sky. I had a good time with their wireless Cloud Flight headset earlier in the year, for instance, but since then the number of Clouds in their audio line-up seems to have grown exponentially. Today, I've got the Cloud Alpha, which is…

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Best gaming headset 2018: Our top PC picks

With more and more games indulging in some sort of online chat feature these days, a gaming headset with a built-in microphone is often the easiest and simplest way to give your PC a boost in the old audio department without creating an excess of wires and doodads clogging up your desk. Finding the best gaming headset for you and your budget, however, can be…

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1More Spearhead VRX review: Is Waves’ 3D audio tech better than 7.1 surround sound headsets?

1More might not be the first name you think of when it comes to gaming headsets, but having launched their first pair of gaming headphones late last year in the form of the Spearhead VR, they're now following it up with an even higher-end sibling, the Spearhead VRX - because everything sounds better with an X on the end. In this case, though, the X…

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HP Omen’s ear-cooling Mindframe headset is actually sort of brilliant

The HP Omen Mindframe headset is quite possibly the most bonkers piece of audio equipment I've ever seen. It's called MINDFRAME for a start, which is both brilliant and ridiculous in equal measure, but what really sets it apart from other headsets is pretty damn cool - as in literally cool thanks to its thermoelectric ear-cooling earcups. I'll admit I was a bit skeptical when…

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Turtle Beach double down on PC gaming headsets with new Atlas series

I've reviewed a couple of Turtle Beach headsets here in the past, such as the jumbo Elite Pro and altogether tiddlier Recon 150, but you know as well as I that Turtle Beach as a company have always favoured console-orientated headsets rather than good old PC ones - case in point: the Stealth 300 which only comes with a combined headphone and microphone jack connection…

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Turtle Beach Stealth 300 review: Great sound, awkward setup

The new Turtle Beach Stealth 300 is a bit of a weird one. It's a wired headset that comes with a 3.5mm audio connection, but due to its built-in bass amplifier, it also needs to be charged via USB every 40 hours or so - something that, normally, you only need to do if it's wireless. Straight off the bat, then, the Stealth 300 is…

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals on PC games and hardware

This year's Amazon Prime Day is almost at an end. At midnight tonight, Amazon's big day o' deals will be over for another year (or, you know, until Black Friday in November), so if you had a look at the deals yesterday and thought, 'Hmm... I could do with a new SSD or graphics card', then you've still got time to pick one up. I know Amazon is…

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How to put your case back together again and connect your peripherals

Congratulations! You've made it through our How to Build a PC guide. Now it's time to double-check and triple-check that everything's connected properly, put your case back together and plug in those peripherals. Let's get started.

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Alienware cut cords with their first wireless headset, plus a new mouse

It's been almost ten years since Alienware released their last headset, but now Dell's gaming division are diving back into the heady world of RGB lights, chunky microphones and oversized audio drivers with their very first wireless gaming headset, the appropriately named Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset. Or the AW988 for short. Oh, and they've also released a new mouse to go with it that has interchangeable side plates in case you…

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Move over ROG, Asus’ new TUF mouse, keyboard and headset are in town

PC gaming's E3 is finally here. No, not that other PC gaming show that's taking place next week at E3 proper. I'm talking about Computex 2018, Taiwan's yearly tech bonanza where the weird and wonderful of PC gaming hardware is shown off to the world for the first time. Sometimes these bits of hardware actually see the light of day. Sometimes they don't. I suspect Asus' new entry-level TUF peripherals,…

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Corsair HS70 Wireless review: My new favourite wireless gaming headset

PCs are a messy business. Most of us have wires up the wazoo, and probably not an insignificant number of knots and snarled cables to go with them. Problem is, not many of us are willing to forgo the speed and reassurance that comes from having a wired set of peripherals - except, that is, when it comes to our headsets. Life is so much…

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HP Omen 15 gets Intel Optane Memory refresh, plus new ear-cooling headset, mice and keyboard peripherals

HP unveiled a mother lode of new Omen bits and pieces this morning, including a 2018 refresh of their Omen 15 gaming laptop with Intel Core i5+ and i7+ processor options (the + bit meaning they come with Intel's super fast Optane Memory gubbins). HP also announced a swathe of new mice and keyboard peripherals for PC, plus the world's first gaming headset with something HP's calling 'active…

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Cougar Phontum review: A great headset for $50

Best known for their PC cases, power supplies and cooling fans, peripherals maker Cougar have a new gaming headset on the block: the Cougar Phontum. Eschewing the eye-catching spaghetti-style headbands of Cougar's previous headsets, the Immersa and Immersa Pro, the Phontum (definitely not Phantom) aims to win hearts and minds with its oversized 53mm audio drivers, universal platform support and its rather nice price of…

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Sennheiser GSP 600 review: Bass overload

It's a stupid thing to get excited about in the grand scheme of things, but Sennheiser's new 'contact pressure slider' on their flagship GSP 600 gaming headset really caught my eye when it was announced at this year's CES tech bonanza. It wasn't exactly clear what it did at the time thanks to Sennheiser's rather vague description in its press materials, but it gave me…

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Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500 review: A great, bassy headset undermined by fussy touch controls

The Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500 is probably the first headset I've used in quite some time where I haven't had to automatically put the headband on the tightest possible setting. This surprised me, considering the enormous size of its ear cups, but the tight, rigid design of its headband meant there was no way I was getting this thing over my head without loosening…

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Roccat Khan Aimo review: Better for bass lovers

The Khan Aimo is the final piece of Roccat's smart RGB peripheral puzzle - or at least it is so far, anyway. Like their Horde Aimo keyboard and Kone Aimo mouse before it, the Khan Aimo uses Roccat's intelligent RGB system to create a synchronised light show that adapts to the way you work and play, rippling and fading with every click, tap and pause…

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