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Gaming peripheral manufacturer, Stealth Gaming, makes a push into Australia

Representatives from UK gaming accessory outfit, Stealth Gaming were in Australia talking to retailers and journalists about their product lines as they make their push into the territory.

Based in Bolton in north-west England, Stealth Gaming is part of ABP Technology Ltd. Their officially licenced range 4Gamers range of gaming accessories and audio products can be found on shelves all around the world. Continue reading Gaming peripheral manufacturer, Stealth Gaming, makes a push into Australia

D-Link Covr Mesh Wi-Fi System incorporates McAfee protection

D-Link has announced that the Covr-2202 AC2200 Tri-Band Seamless Mesh Wi-Fi System is the latest addition to D-Link’s range of solutions with McAfee protection.

As more people start working from home, Wi-Fi blackspots hinder productively and limit the choice of locations in the home for use as an office space. Being able to move about your house freely, whilst still working, is one of the boons of working from home. Continue reading D-Link Covr Mesh Wi-Fi System incorporates McAfee protection

D-Link ANZ launches their DWR-956 Wireless AC1200 4G LTE Router

D-Link ANZ has launched the DWR-956, a wireless AC1200 4G LTE Router with Gigabit Ethernet Ports and VoIP capability.

With the sudden requirement due to CORVID-19 for staff to self-isolate and work from home, businesses are needing to extend their networks to support their workforce. Internet connectivity is a key infrastructure requirement for continuity of service. Continue reading D-Link ANZ launches their DWR-956 Wireless AC1200 4G LTE Router

HTC Vive Cosmos Elite External Tracking Faceplate review

I take a look at the upcoming Vive Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate, available as a stand-alone upgrade for Cosmos owners and as part of the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite package.

Back in 2016, HTC’s Vive VR kit revolutionised consumer virtual reality. Using the Lighthouse base stations, co-created with Valve, the Vive gave users pin-point precision and amazing room-scale VR experiences from day-one.

Flash-forward three years, to late 2019, and the original Vive still gave users an incredible VR experience, but an upgrade was long overdue. HTC responded by launching the Vive Cosmos. Continue reading HTC Vive Cosmos Elite External Tracking Faceplate review

D-Link Talkbox 2800 DVA-2800 VoIP modem review

D-Link’s Talkbox 2800 provides Aussie and Kiwi Internet users with modem, router and Voice over IP functionality for ADSL, NBN and UFB. Continue reading D-Link Talkbox 2800 DVA-2800 VoIP modem review

HTC reveals its plans for the Vive Cosmos VR range

HTC, once the darling of virtual reality, are now just one of many manufactures in a VR market that still seeks to define itself. Up against their old foe, Oculus, as well their one-time partner, Valve, and countless iterations of Microsoft’s also-ran Windows MR, is HTC still a player in the VR space? Continue reading HTC reveals its plans for the Vive Cosmos VR range

Epson launches new, fast and powerful large-format document scanner

Epson Australia has launched their WorkForce DS-32000 large-format document scanner, expanding their existing line-up of commercial scanners. The scanner has been designed to meet the needs of high-volume enterprise and service bureau office environments.

With modern offices increasingly turning to digital document management systems, it is important that paper documents are properly scanned and legible for their intended user. The ability to quickly scan large volumes of documents to create archive-quality, searchable documents is essential to ensure the smooth running of the modern office. Continue reading Epson launches new, fast and powerful large-format document scanner

Skullcandy Crusher ANC Bluetooth headset review

I’ve reviewed a fair number of headsets, usually of the gaming variety, but I can’t say that I’ve ever tried a pair with active noise cancelling. Skullcandy’s Crusher ANC Bluetooth headset is a stylish bit of kit incorporating active noise cancelling and a few other surprises.

Active noise cancelling works using a microphone to listen out of ambient noise and then outputting an opposing wavelength, effectively cancelling out background noise. Anything below the frequency of a human voice tends to be shut out. So, you are still, unfortunately, going to hear the kids screaming at each other.

Skullcandy Crusher ANC Bluetooth headset review

Another stand-out feature, which is new to me, is the optional, and adjustable, haptic feedback. As a life-long fan of bass, this feature, that Skullcandy calls Sensory Bass, vibrates the earpieces to match the bass sound, allowing you to “feel” the bass. I kind of like it, even though I feel it emulates having your volume turned up too much.

The headset’s sound quality is superb. And, with the active noise cancelling, I didn’t feel the need to crank the volume up high. The Sensory Bass at a moderate setting emulated an eardrum shattering audio experience, without actually shattering my eardrums. Of course, you can max it all out with the volume and vibrations taking me right make to my clubbing days standing right next to the speakers.

From a practical point-of-view, I found the headset to be an incredible addition to my PC gaming setup. In the Sydney heat, the gaming review PC’s cooling system is working hard to chill all those tweaked components. Whilst I have a top performing PC, it can get noisy in the Summer months. But, with Skullcandy’s Crusher ANC, the active noise cancelling completely shuts out PC case fan noise, enabling even the most subtle sounds to be clear and crisp without a fan droning in the background. To be honest, it’s going to be difficult going back to gaming with a regular headset.

Skullcandy Crusher ANC Bluetooth headset review

I’m certainly not groovy and extrovert enough to wander about sporting such a beautiful headset for general mobile phone audio use. I’m sure, however, that many of you would have no qualms showing off what has to be one of the stylish headsets I’ve worn.

The Crusher ANC is available in black and red. I was sent the red to test, a deep burgundy red, with soft leather-look cushions. The headset folds up to fit in a neat-looking protective zipped travel case that has a space for the included audio jack and USB-C charging cable, as well.

The headset is well constructed. Whilst initially I was concerned that was a bit flimsy, there is a flexible metal strip running between the cups that give it a bit of reinforcing. Overall, the headset has a nice finish and feels a lot less plasticky than other headset offerings.

Using a downloadable mobile app, the headset audio can be tuned to create a personal sound profile, just for you. Whilst I was able to pair the headset with my phone, the app couldn’t find the headset. You may have better luck.

Skullcandy Crusher ANC Bluetooth headset review

Being Bluetooth, the headset does not come with a wireless dongle, so your devices will need to be Bluetooth compatible. This shouldn’t be a problem for mobile devices, but if you want to use the headset with a PC, you may need to check that it supports Bluetooth. If it doesn’t, you can pick up a USB Bluetooth dongle for under $20. You can also use the included wired audio jack.

The Skullcandy Crusher ANC is not cheap at A$599.95/NZ$599.95, but unlike many prestige-priced headsets, Skullcandy are offering some premium features. The active noise cancelling and haptic bass feedback are so effective that you’ll wonder how you coped without them. Be it for use with your phone around town, on an aeroplane or gaming on a PC/console the Skullcandy Crusher ANC offers a fantastic audio experience.