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TteSPORTS MEKA Pro Keyboard Review

Still looking for the perfect budget mechanical keyboard? Scared of making the wrong choice? Well, TteSPORTS seem to think that they’ve got the product for you in the MEKA Pro Keyboard for a mere €90. We’ll have to review it to validate this statement; since something sounding so sweet isn’t always as great as it looks. As usual, we’ll start with the package. Fittingly, red and black dominate the colour scheme on the illustrated box along with. TteSPORTS chose to highlight the three most important features to them, being the type of genuine MX switch, “on the fly macro recording” and the lighting capabilities. Flipping over the box reveals all the specifications and a breakdown of all the features to ensure you know what you’re purchasing; it’s something that we’ve realised on all the company’s products which really shows how honest and informative they are.  Continuing with the unboxing, the lid opens up to reveal the keyboard wrapped in styrofoam with everything else discreetly hidden behind the carboard. Included with the keyboard is the warranty and manual information along with a red keycap set along with a keypuller to switch things up a bit. Now that we could handle the keyboard, the 1200g of weight was duly noted and quickly put onto a desk. It’s no doubt that this peripheral is very well built, having no structural flex at all thanks to a solid plastic matte black material. The mentioned material can be found all over the body, doing a great job at resisting finger oils and prints. Focusing on the layout of the keys, it’s an orthodox look with dual function media keys. Lock functions are noted through red lights at the top right along with other functions. The only thing out of the ordinary is the red “MK” buttons which we’ll deal with later. Also, a small preface, our hardware unit arrived from Asia and thus had an eastern language on the keys which we cannot identify.  There are also a tonne of function keys which will need explanation. One thing which did tear apart our OCD was the fact that the TteSPORTS logo isn’t perfectly centred on the spacebar. Under the black, plastic keys is a red backplate which looks to play a part in the backlighting. At the circumference of the keyboard there is a little border that helps make the product appear more compact than it is. The underside has what you’d expect; five thin rubber feet and two retractable legs. Jutting out from here is the cable, 1.8m of normal plastic with a gold connection.  Honestly, the rubber feet could have had a better grip to stop the keyboard from moving. Mapping an area of 449 by 142 by 37 mm, the hefty product moves a little more than you’d expect. Typing on the MEKA Pro is a reliable experience riddled with a plethora of features. Key switches on the hardware unit were Cherry MX Blues, with Brown and Red switch variants also available. The plastic keys have a solid feel and remain firmly in place. Typing is great; now, those features I mentioned. First of all, the keyboard has full antighosting/ 6 key rollover which ensures that every press is registered.  Partnered with this is the 1000Hz polling rate.  Apart from these and the macros are a whopping amount of quick-function keys as shown in the image below.   They’re functions are self-explanatory. Back to macros; it’s a seamless and quick experience. Without the hassle of software (there isn’t any by the way), one can set 6 macros “on-the-fly” as boasted on the box. Pressing the red MK button will activate the procedure; FN + M1 for example will allow you to give M1 a macro. Very simple and well executed. Your six macros will be saved on the internal storage of 256 bites. Setting a macro on this keyboard is a unique experience, but it will be noted that however slow you set yours, it will automatically speed it up. The final feature, but definitely not the least, is the backlighting. Sticking to red, keycaps show off the colour having vibrancy and brightness. The red backlight does a phenomenal job of engulfing the keyboard in a sea of red; perhaps the blood of your online enemies if that’s not too dark. Thankfully, TteSPORTS don’t just use a boring static; they’ve done everything in their power to use the lighting to its full potential. Using the “light effect” quick function, one can swap between static, breathing, reactive, wave, ripple and random starlight. The speed of the mentioned can be adjusted to your will, potentially making the wave effect nauseating. Usually, most keyboards stop there. Thankfully, the MEKA Pro has one last surprise in pre-configured lighting zones which each favour a different genre. Four modes for FPS, RTS, MOBA and MMORPG – a nice touch from TteSPORTS. Just in case you were wondering, there is an option to deactivate lighting completely, but why would you? To conclude, we’ve got to keep the price in mind. For just €90, the average entry level for mechanical keyboards, you’re getting an incredible amount of lighting, endless features, genuine Cherry MX switches, easy macro settings and a solid build quality. TteSPORTS has done a super job and this is certainly a competitor for other gaming keyboards in the market at this price point. Who it’s for; Budget gamers who need top tier performance and functionality Those looking for great build quality and switches Those who don’t mind the generic red but with super effects Who it’s not for; Gamers with a higher budget Gamers who would rather not choose red Enthusiasts who’d like to sync peripherals’ lighting. Check out other TteSPORTS products at the Gamers Lounge now while stocks last; http://shop.gamers.com.mt/search?keyword=ttesports

BBQ at the Malta Cyber Series #3!

At Gamers.com.mt, we’ve been on both sides of the coin when it comes to events and we are fully aware of how hungry one tends to get after a day of hard competition. Therefore, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a barbeque, hosted by none other than our incredible sponsor Taxify. Starting at 9pm, at the AX Hotels, Seashells Resort Suncrest, Luzzu Conference Centre of course(same place where the event is being held), it’s exactly an hour after all the competition dies down a bit. To be organised in the middle of the action, on the second day being 2nd September, it’s perfectly timed to let everyone gather and discuss all the epic plays that have happened and those that are yet to come the next day. Trust us when we say you’ll love the food. Below is the lineup awaiting you at each course: Announcing all that food is getting us hungry already. But if you thought the food was great, the price deals will definitely win you over. With a single ticket going for €16 per person, two go for €15 per person and five go for €13 per person-group discounts are insane! You get the message, teams will benefit from the discount; a direct nudge from Gamers.com.mt that this BBQ is specially made for them. Yet, this shouldn’t stop you from gathering 4 of your best mates to profit from the deal. To top everything off, one can make use of the pool ( if you're under 18 years of age, you would need to fill in the parent consent form ) while there will be constant free flow of a range of soft drinks and water. This barbeque is exactly what this event set out to be; a casual meet up for gamers around the island of all ages along with some fierce competition, but now with a tasty meal from the buffet. Again, another big thanks to our sponsor Taxify!

Optic Gaming Win the CWL Stage 2 Playoffs

Finally, after four weeks of group stages and a weekend of playoffs, the top sixteen teams have boiled down to Optic Gaming who finished on top. It was an epic journey for the Greenwall who made a superb loser bracket run as we’ll walkthrough briefly now.  In short, it was an epic weekend of Call of Duty. Day one saw the expected progress of eUnited and OG through the winner’s bracket easily. What nobody expected was Team EnVyUs clutching a map 5 against Faze and Splyce getting absolutely smacked by Luminosity.  The second day then had the likes of Splyce, E6, Faze and Fnatic elimiminated. It will be noted that a 7-8th finish for the European side of Splyce is a severe fall from the side’s domination earlier this year. On the same day, eUnited managed to sweep OG into the loser’s bracket while nV did the same to Luminosity Gaming. Again, another upset for another squad such as LG. Championship Sunday consisted of just four teams, namely eUnited, nV, OG and LG. To claim victory, Optic Gaming would have to run through every single opponent; that’s exactly what they did.  Starting with LG, the boys in blue put on a poor show which didn’t replicate what they’ve accomplished before – sent home without winning a single map. Then came eUnited, the youngsters led by the emphatic “Clayster” thirsty to prove his worth on the new roster. The matchup was not for the faint of heart as it dragged to a game five SnD where OG clutched up to stop eUnited at a respectable 3rd place. Waiting at the grand final was an opponent nobody expected to be there, Team EnVyUs. With only one player having a positive k/d, “Slasher”, it was quite head-scratching to see such a hard carry until the grand final. Due to arriving form the loser’s bracket, Optic Gaming would have to win two BO5s to secure a victory; you can guess what happened.  Taking one map at a time, they closed out the first series in a 3-1 fashion. nV never really looked hungry for the win. The second series was exactly the same regarding scoreline, a cakewalk for OG. To finish off the tournament, “Formal” from Optic was crowned Astro Gaming’s MVP of the event while the draw for the CWL Championship was held after the dust settled. The Stage 2 Playoffs were proving grounds for many ahead of the largest event of the year. On top looks to be OG, but they weren’t perfect-especially when they were swept by eUnited. Call of Duty esports enthusiasts hold their breath in pure excitement for the next few weeks.

Razer Kraken Pro Neon Headset Review

Roughly two years ago, Razer introduced the Kraken Pro Neon Gaming Headset which endorsed the popular Kraken Pro with a lick of bright and vibrant colours. After such a while, the price tag has inevitably decreased, but has its quality done so too? Review time. To begin with, let’s discuss the unboxing. The headset is packaged in a transparent hard plastic mould wrapped half way by a cardboard cover which illustrates a few features of the product.  Unboxing was a rather annoying experience having all that hard plastic; thankfully there isn’t much to unbox. Apart from the headset itself having the undetectable 3.5mm jack is a manual, documentation, Razer stickers and a two part converter to connect to PC. This is an applauded addition by the company which will definitely come handy. When you’re done from the box just toss it, it was a nuisance trying to put everything back in. Now that that’s over, let’s check out the hardware. Of course, the first thing your eyes will catch is the loud neon colour which could either be blue, green, yellow, orange, ‘red’ or ‘purple’. The last two colours are a little off; the red looks quite pink and so does the purple. The colour is properly embraced with a matte finish that barely shows fingerprints. A modern, sleek and sharp look is sported by the headset. Feeling the product can easily show off how well built the headset is, the plastic sounds extremely reliable and all 13 adjustment teeth have a satisfying crack. The outside face of the ear cups have a black plastic mesh centred by the three snakes. Cushioning feels great due to thick and plush cushions followed by a fabric mesh at the head. Hinges are tough, allowing a collapsible form for extra portability. Also, tucked away at the bottom of the left cup is a retractable microphone which we’ll discuss later. Overall, a fantastic job by Razer regarding the build quality. However, how does it feel when worn? First of all, it’s extremely light, weighing a mere 293g including the wire. Putting it on is seamless and a pleasure. The outer shell of the earcup swivels vertically and the inner part horizontally – this ensures that your ears are covered. At 5cm of diameter, one’s ears cannot possibly be small enough to avoid contact with the cushioned cup, but it’s not a problem at all. Back to wearing the headset, the headband is remarkably flexible. As a reviewer, it must be confessed that at one point I forgot it was on my head completely. To conclude, the headset sits comfortably on the head with perhaps some room for improvement in the headband area – which does get the job done regardless. Upon reviewing this part, one notices the closed ear cup profile which Razer is going for; which is our next talking point. “A closed ear cup deign with plush circumaural padding creates superior sound isolation so you can focus on your game or conversation uninterrupted by outside noise.” The above was taken from the product page and we can confirm the above statement courageously. Thick foam does a superb job of blocking out ambient noise. In all honesty, for the price, it has outstanding sound isolation – we’ll keep it a surprise until the end. Of course, it’s irrelevant how well sound is isolated if it isn’t worth hearing, so is it? It really depends on what you intend to use it for. Regarding use, connectivity is pretty bareboned using wires and no form of wireless technology. The 1.3mm jack at the end of the 1.3m wire can connect to most smartphones, handhelds, consoles and many other things. Using the included adapter nicely adds another metre in length and compatibility with your personal computer or laptop. Connections are gold plated and audio is in the Stereo 2.0 format. Back to the use; gaming and bass heavy music is beautiful on this peripheral due to one hell of a bass for the price, explosions and beat drops are emphasised and strong. Yet, it will be said that the bass is overpowering at times. This is why listening to light bassed music, content creating and other audio may be unpleasant due to drowned highs and average mids. If one has some equalising software it’s adjustable, but it’s a shame you’ll have to equalise to achieve a better sound profile. Regarding volume, it doesn’t get louder than it needs to. One noticeable negative from listening to audio are sweaty ears thanks to the lack of ventilation from the closed design. The Razer Kraken Neon Pro sounds amazing for gaming and bass but not that great for much else. Gaming is what this headset is made for: time to check out if chatting is viable on this microphone. Pulling it out to the given 7 cm is done gently using a small amount of force. The black rubber chord submits willingly to whatever mould you choose to give it. Microphone quality is supreme for the price, having an above average clarity and commendable noice cancellation. Recorded sounds are converted into a unidirectional pick-up pattern. It’s a lovely microphone on the whole which makes up the “Pro” product compared to the standard one.  Portability is also what this headset was aiming at; it succeeds in this dimension to but is severely impaired by the undetectable cable. That pretty much wraps up the review, but there’s something to be mentioned first. Since the product has aged for a couple years, Razer has added a free Razer Surround Pro subscription code, worth around €20 to entice consumers. It’s not certain if this code may be found on all units; except all of those in the Gamers.com.mt stock.  The software is fantastic to have and does a precise job of converting the stereo sound to 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound through heavy calibration on the PC.  Watch out for the sticker on the top face of the package because it really adds more value in general. Has the Razer Kraken Neon Pro aged like a fine wine or become tasteless like a fizzy drink? At Gamers.com.mt, we believe the answer is the first one. Having outstanding build quality, bright looks, minimalistic design and an intense sound profile for gaming – it’s a strong effort by Razer. What makes everything appear that much more extraordinary is the €50 barrier between the headset and your head. Who it’s for: PC gamers who need portability and strong build quality Bass heads Budget gamers who are looking for comfort Those looking for a headset to connect with portable devices and look fantastic Consumers who need sound isolation Who it’s not for: Those who dislike neon colour Those who need surround sound PC gamers with a higher budget Need one? Gamers.com.mt have you covered while stock lasts including a code for free to upgrade for the Razer Surround Pro from The Gamers Lounge : http://shop.gamers.com.mt/product/485/razer-kraken-neon-pro-pink

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