With the increasing popularity of esports - and the increasing amount of money being pumped into competitive gaming - sim racing has begun to take a foothold as not only a liesure activity with a hardcore fanbase, but also one that can lead to cold hard cash. In either scenario, if you're really into sim racing, and janky setups or wheel stands aren't cutting it any more, Playseat's Evolution will be just the ticket for even the most hardcore of enthusiasts out there. With a racing style bucket seat, gratuitous adjustibility, and rock solid durability, the Playseat Evolution will become the cornerstone in your sim racing setup.
My first thought when I discovered the Playseat Challenge: "Why in the hell didn't I have this during college!?" It would have saved many an awkward arrangement, bundling together random tables, counterweights, anti-slip mats, and whatever other implements were necessary to make playing my racing sims a fun (and safe) experience. Well, roommate of old, I apologize for not having a Playseat Challenge then - the perfect compact / storable racing sim cockpit. You know what they say, better late than never, well I'll have to agree. Let's get some laps in, shall we?
Mad Catz' Cyborg brand has plenty of futuristic and edgy peripherals to catch the eye of your fellow gamer, but that's not all that sets them apart. Mad Catz has targeted the top end of the market with features like contorting geometries so you can dial in to your comfort zone as seen on their mice and keyboards. The mechanics of their F.R.E.Q series of headsets are pretty standard, but they stand out with premium drivers and microphones for the crisp clarity they think all gamers yearn to have. We won't try to spoil anything, but they've done a pretty good job convincing us they know what they're doing.
If you are looking for a large, easy to use, professional tablet without the steep price tag, the PenSketch M912A by Genius may be the perfect fit! This tablet has a huge drawing area, comes with a wire-free, battery-free mouse and pen and a software bundle that will have you setup and drawing in no time!
SteelSeries has long been in the business of providing PC gamers with some of the best mousing hardware out there. But with modern gaming moving from the desktop to the palm of your hand, it's time to diversify. Enter the SteelSeries Free Wireless Controller, a Bluetooth equipped gamepad compatible with Android, iOS, PC, and Mac. With this little gadget in your back pocket, boredom on long journeys is a thing of the past. But how much are you willing to pay for such convenience?
If you're a graphic designer, the most capable monitor in the world can be deemed meaningless if it doesn't accurately represent the colors as they'll be seen on the medium you're designing for. You can pay a premium for monitors that are pre-calibrated, but if you (or an entire office) is trying to keep costs down, and who isn't, a display calibrator can allow you to ensure greater color consistency across all of your workstations even with a mix of monitors. X-Rite's i1Display Pro comes bundled with their i1Profiler allowing novices and pros alike to quickly calibrate and evaluate the displays they count on to get it right the first time.
The mousepad. An often-overlooked accessory that has been cushioning the gliding feet and providing an accurate tracking surface for mice everywhere for decades. Ahh yes, an under-appreciated accessory, that is, unless you're a gamer. As e-sports and competitive gaming have rapidly picked up in the past few years, so too have the number of products advertising a competitive advantage. Hard surfaces, specialized cloths, and everything in-between have been tried, and ultimately everyone has their own preference. Tesoro's Aegis is a slick cloth mousepad aimed at making delicate improvements to a basic mousing surface to give you that extra edge in your game.
Newer brands are often greeted with fierce skepticism, which is really the big challenge in bringing a new electronics brand to market. We were impressed by the overall design and implementation by the first Tesoro product we got our hands on, the Tesoro Durandal Ultimate G1NL mechanical gaming keyboard. Tesoro's gaming mice fit well next to their keyboards, with a similar aesthetic built around a brushed metal appearance on a plastic exterior. Our first impressions when taking it ouf of the box were, "Wow, this is really comfortable and feels solid." Our opinion hasn't changed, and Tesoro has done a great job on the Shrike gaming mouse.