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Tesoro Aegis X4 Gaming Mouse Pad - XL Size
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Tesoro Aegis X4 Gaming Mouse Pad 05/15/2015

This review is from: Tesoro Aegis X4 Gaming Mouse Pad - XL Size

Pros: The Tesoro Aegis X4 is a premium, fabric mouse pad designed for hardcore gamers. This replaced an older cloth mouse pad for me and performs much better. The pad itself has the Tesoro name printed on it with a nice purple and black logo design. The XL version is quite large at 17.3 inches wide by 14.6 inches tall and gives me a lot of real estate to roam around on with my mouse. Around the edges of the pad is a nice woven border for durability and ensures that won't start to fray like other cheaper mouse pads. It came in the box rolled into a tube so I set it between my mattress and box springs overnight to flatten it out.

The racking was top notch and not once did the mouse cursor skip across the screen. I tested it with both an optical (Logitech G602) and laser mouse (Logitech G9) and both performed very well during a quick gaming session. There is a slight bit of friction for control but I would classify this as a very slick keyboard and targeted at those who game with very high sensitivy and DPI settings.

Highly recommended and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Cons: None

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Tesoro A1 5.1 Kuven Pro Real 5.1 Gaming Headset (Black)
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Tesoro Kuven Pro 05/15/2015

This review is from: Tesoro A1 5.1 Kuven Pro Real 5.1 Gaming Headset (Black)

Pros: If you’re a serious gamer, you know that having a high quality headset is just as important as having a good video card, keyboard, and mouse setup. There are plenty of headsets on the market, but none of them that I have tested have the comfort and sound quality that the Tesoro Kuven Pro has.

Packaging
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The headset comes in a fancy looking purple and black colored box with a flap that shows off the headset. Inside is the headset itself, an external volume control unit, a mini USB cable, and a quick start guide.

Features
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This is a true 5.1 headset with multiple drivers in each earpiece responsible for creating the immersive and full surround sound. The headband is generously padded and each ear cup is fully adjustable up or down. The ear cups themselves swivel a full 180 degrees and the microphone folds up when not in use. These headphones follow an unconventional design since the ear cups are a slightly skewed diamond shape instead of the traditional oval or square cups. The headphones use an HDMI cable that connects to the volume control unit which in turn connects to your computer via the included USB to micro USB cable. When the software drivers are installed, you can create a virtual 7.1 surround sound using the on-board sound card built into the remote control unit.

The remote unit has three buttons and a rotating dial knob. Using the buttons, you can select between Voice (master volume), Front, Rear, Center, and Sub volume levels. You can also mute the microphone and the headphones if you wish.

Testing
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I tested the Kuven Pro with a few different songs as well as testing it out in Call of Duty. For the music, I played bass heavy music with a couple of rap and dance tracks. The sound quality was pretty impressive. It was a bit hard to distinguish between the separate channels (probably because the drivers are located so close together) but the overall sound it produced was very clean and crisp. The bass was not as powerful as I would have liked but it was still a deep and relatively punchy delivery. The highs and mids came through clearly without having to adjust any settings but I am sure if you are a true audiophile you can tweak the settings with an equalizer to get your desired sound.

In gaming, the headphones performed much better as to be expected since they are marketed and sold as gaming headphones. Each gunshot and explosion echoed and reverbed distinctly in my ears and the atmosphere it created made the game feel that much more real and alive. The microphone worked very well too and my teammates were able to understand my commands even when under heavy fire.

There was no discomfort or pain even after wearing these headphones for several hours. The unique ear cups and lightweight design of the headset made it a joy to wear for extended periods.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The Kuven Pro is an extremely well performing high-end headset. Even when compared to name brands, it hangs with the best of them. Some people may say having true 5.1 surround sound in a headset is overkill but I would have to say that you need to try this pair out for yourself and see what you've been missing.

Highly recommended, 5/5 stars.

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Tesoro TS-G5SFL BW Lobera Spectrum Brown Switch Single Key Full Color RGB Backlit Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Once you use a mechanical keyboard, you’ll never want to go back to a regular keyboard again. I’ve replaced a Razer Ultimate BlackWidow keyboard with this Lobera Spectrum by Tesoro and have been pretty pleased with it.

Packaging
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The keyboard comes in a very nice looking full color box that shows off keyboard and all if its features. Inside, the keyboard was very securely protected with plenty of foam padding along with an instructions manual.

Features
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This is probably the most feature packed mechanical gaming keyboard on the market in terms of LED back-lit lighting options. After you install the software (available from their website), you can configure a variety of macros and shortcuts to any key you like as well as have access to a plethora of lighting options. Unlike most back-lit keyboards that are bound to a single color or a selection of just a few, this one allows you to choose any color you want in the whole spectrum. There are also 9 different lighting effects to choose from:

Standard – illuminates the entire keyboard in any single color you wish
Trigger – illuminates the key that is being pressed
Ripple – creates a water-like ripple effect when a key is pressed
Firework – the key that is pressed along with keys around it light up when pressed
Radiation – the entire row that is being pressed lights up and fades outward
Breathing – color fades in and out
Rainbow Wave – the entire keyboard lights up and ripples with all the colors of the rainbow
Audio – keyboard will light up to the music if you connect the 3.5mm port
Spectrum Colors – allows you to specify a certain area of the keyboard to be lit up with rainbow colors

You can have up to 5 different profiles each with their own lighting scheme as well as personally configured keys and macros. Each one can be selected quickly with the FN + F1 through F4 keys.

There are also 2 USB ports as well as a microphone and headphone port in the top right corner of the keyboard.

Testing
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If you’ve never used a mechanical keyboard before, you’re really missing out. This keyboard I chose uses Kailh Brown switches which function and feel exactly like Cherry MX switches. I would recommend either Brown or Blue switches if you are a first time mechanical keyboard user. The only difference is that Brown provides physical feedback only where as the Blue provides both an audible click and physical feedback. While I like how Blue switches sound, it can be a bit annoying when chatting because others will just hear you clicking away.

The keys are very responsive with the Lobera, and I can type just as fast, if not faster on this than on my older Razer. I fired up a quick gaming session of Call of Duty and jumped right in…there was no learning curve com at all coming from my Razer. There's a small wrist support platform at the bottom of the keyboard which I found to be very comfortable. The keys have a feedback feeling when pressed so you kn

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The Lobera Spectrum is not only a fantastic looking keyboard with an endless combination of lighting effects, it also performs very well for a mechanical keyboard. For those of you that are on the fence about Kailh switches, they are almost exactly the same as Cherry MX switches. If you are a gamer at all, this is a must have keyboard.

Highly recommended, 5/5 stars.

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