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Tech Review: SteelSeries Siberia 200

SteelSeries, maker of such fine products such as the mouse with the gimmick LEDs has come out with a another item. Although this one was released a while back, I just now got around to using it.

2311_1 Normally I use a Corsair V2000 headset with its cushion-like headpiece and its adjustable features, but I can never get it to sit right on my head. It is quite uncomfortable at times. I feel like I have on ear-muffs on and I get really hot. Not to mention it collects dust on the headpiece because it’s made of cotton or some similar fabric.

But I figured it was time for a change so I decided to try another SteelSeries product: the Siberia Forge Red 200 and I must say I am really impressed with the headset. In fact I would go to such lengths as to say it’s possibly one of the best headsets I’ve ever worn.

Its headphones are comprised of a synthetic leather which rests comfortably on my head and the audio quality is superb. I really enjoy how crisp the sound is. The headband section rests comfortably on my head with easy adjustments. Since it’s a wired headset I don’t have to worry about charging the battery at all.da951ee8-b822-48d4-b30c-de5ea6228b71.png._CB290757754__SR300,300_.png

If you are in-game and don’t want to switch off your microphone via software, you can use a switch they have placed on the cable to shut it down without any trouble. The microphone itself picks up crystal clear audio as well, with zero feedback (although this depends on several factors, such as your computer’s ambient noise level).

However I did encounter one tiny issue with the headset: it’s only meant for 3.5mm input and not USB like my Corsair. I have no on-board audio devices since the burnout in my Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard. So I had to use my wife’s laptop for the review of this product.

Do I recommend the SteelSeries Siberia Forge Red 200? Of course I do. If I had a working audio card I would be using it now, and would keep this headset around for emergencies.

There is a reason why SteelSeries sponsors massive gaming tournaments and why competitors like Team Navi, Evil Genius, and Tyloo use the brand. This product is definitely one of the best that I’ve ever tried and I recommend it to anyone who needs a new headset.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Tech Editorial: SteelSeries Rival 700

SteelSeries has done it again; they’ve created yet another mouse. This new Rival 700 boasts a walloping 16,000 DPI tracking, as well as a unique feature among gaming mice. It has a small visual display of sorts where you’d normally place your thumb. Now just think about this for a second…indeed…a display covered up by your thumb!6Ig0fYa1BZVa.878x0.Z-Z96KYq

Now don’t get me wrong, SteelSeries does make great products for computer gaming and I absolutely love their keyboards and mice, overall.

But as car enthusiast Jeremy Clarkson says, “It’s stupid“. I’m looking forward to doing a technical review later this month on the mouse, outlining its pros and cons. But in the sense of professional gaming, the fact that it has a small display where the thumb goes is outright idiotic.

 

I’d like to quote Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO, if I may.

“We’re thrilled to deliver the world’s first smart gaming mouse,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “By listening to gamers and eSports athletes, we’ve perfected professional gaming mice for more than a decade. The Rival 700 takes that expertise and meets gamers’ needs today, and grows to help them win in the future.”

That means that someone in the design department came up with this and thought it was a good idea. Let’s take a moment to consider this. You are a professional gamer. You are playing in a massive competition, going for a grand prize. But your health is low, so do you look at the screen? Of course not; you lift your thumb from the mouse and take a peek! Your health suddenly drops to zero because…

You took your #%#@% hand off the mouse instead of moving out of danger!

But being serious here, the actual specifications for the Rival 700 are pretty good. I stated earlier though, when we take a look at it in the future we’ll write and tell you if it’s worth the price. Although as always, they could have saved money if they hadn’t put that gimmick on it in the first place. This would mean the product would be cheaper for the end-market user. But that’s just my opinion.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Haven Editorial: An Ill-Gotten Victory

So, recently it has come to light that some professional gaming teams have been drugging up to win tournaments. Notably Cloud9, a team that plays Counter Strike. When interviewed by Motherboard, Canadian player Kory “Semphis” Friesen admitted that during tournaments, he and his team were taking Adderall. He was quoted:

“I don’t even care. We were all on Adderall. I don’t even give a f***. It was pretty obvious if you listened to the comms. People can hate it or whatever.”

When the interviewer followed up by asking if the team was using the drug, Semphis confirmed it was true. While ESL Gaming does not perform drug tests, they have banned any and all mind-altering substances from use during game time.

I believe that players should win on their own merits and not with the aid of drugs, alcohol or other medications. I have severe ADD and borderline ADHD, and I don’t need Adderall to stay focused (although I’d probably release articles earlier if I was on it).

scoopI’ve been a competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! player for a long time and although there is no ban on drugs, I think the Esports line-up goes to show that there should be. If you use any means necessary to get ahead, you could potentially put your life at risk…especially if you’re taking a drug not prescribed to you.

If Esports is meant to be taken as seriously as the Olympics and other sports competitions, players must be responsible for their decisions and held to similar standards.
2562Those who use underhanded or quasi-legal tactics are not better players, regardless of where they finish in a tournament. We have reached out to Valve, Riot Games, and Blizzard on Twitter for further comment, but have yet to hear back.

It would be interesting to see professional computer gamers go through mandatory drug testing before grabbing that controller or mouse! What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

-Daniel Clatworthy-