Final Audio Design Sonorous III Closed Back Headphones Review

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The Final Audio Design Sonorous III Closed Back Headphones were kindly provided to me by KS Distribution free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.

The Final Audio Design Sonorous III’s are available in the UK from Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £299 with free P&P. In the US the Final Audio Design Sonorous III’s are available from Amazon.com at a cost of $399. (Prices correct at time of posting).

 

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One of the most relatable comments I have read about the Sonorous III’s (a review on sonicelectronix) was “My only complaint is these headphones are addicting” and with all my heart, I couldn’t agree more, trying to write the sound quality section of this review was quite honestly an annoyance as all I wanted to do was listen to the music. For me this is a rarity as I oft far more enjoy writing about products than I actually do using them.

The 16 Ohm impendence means that no additional hardware is required to drive the Sonorous III’s and they are as happy connected to a HiFi as they are a laptop, tablet or phone. An example of just how easy they are to drive, I am yet to take them above 30% volume on a laptop and very little further on tablets and phones and I seriously struggle to see what benefit a headphone amp would offer.

Considering how easy they are to drive they are very well suited to those seeking to attain the best quality possible from their portable devices without compromise. Unfortunately, while the isolation is impressive during playback considering the closed back design there is significant leakage more akin to an open back and the lack of a bundled carry case will mean those seeking perfection on the go will need to make an additional outlay to protect their investment with the Final Audio Design Semi Hard Carrying Case.

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SoundMAGIC Vento P55 On Ear Headphones Review

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The SoundMAGIC Vento P55 On Ear Headphones were kindly provided to me by KS Distribution free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.

The SoundMAGIC Vento P55 On Ear Headphones are available in the UK from Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £149.99 with free P&P . At the time of writing the Vento P55’s do not appear to be available on Amazon.com (Prices correct at time of posting).

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PACKAGING & CONTENTS.

The SoundMAGIC Vento P55’s come supplied within a high quality retail style cardboard packaging. On the front is an image of the headphones along with SoundMAGIC branding, some product bumpf, a QR code and a SoundMAGIC authenticity sticker. Continue reading

North Crown 87 Key Waterproof Mechanical Keyboard (Gaote Blue Switch) Review.

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The North Crown X-1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard was kindly provided to me by Sino-OND free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.

The North Crown X-1 is available in the UK from Sino-OND Fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £34.99 with free P&P. At the time of writing the North Crown X-1 is not available on Amazon.com.  (Prices correct at time of posting).

 

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PRO’s

  • Lots of lighting modes including nine preset gaming profiles suitable for a wide variety of games (plus one profile that’s programmable) & seven additional active lighting modes.
  • Full Anti Ghosting feature not limited to, certain keys.
  • Unlike red switches blues are excellent for MOBA, RTS and MMO games as well as for typing and productivity.
  • A brushed aluminium top frame gives the look of a far more premium keyboard than it is. Although the two screws slightly spoil the look and it is a bit of a fingerprint magnet.
  • Cheap as chips (considering its a mechanical keyboard).

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Velocifire VM30 Full Sized Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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The Velocifire VM30 Full Sized Mechanical Gaming Keyboard was kindly provided to me by LELEC free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.

The Velocifire VM30 Full Sized Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is available in the UK from LELEC Fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £48.99 with free delivery. In the US the VM30 is available from 180-US Fulfilled by Amazon.com at a cost of $66.99 both with free P&P. (Prices correct at time of posting).

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PRO’s

– The lighting is well executed with no unbalanced or poorly lit areas.
– NKRO features work well.
– Kailh switches are well regarded and considered one of the better Cherry clones. The black switches are similar to red switches, but offer greater resistance when pressed, and compared to blue switches are far easier to double tap.
– Quietest mechanical spacebar I have ever used. (Compared to both my Cherry brown keyboards all keys are notably quieter on the VM30).
– Excellent retractable feet.

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Redragon KUMARA K552 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review.

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The Redragon KUMARA K552 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard was kindly provided to me by Redragon free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.

The Redragon KUMARA K552 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is available in the UK from Redragon Fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £52.99 with free P&P. In the US the KUMARA K552 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is available from ChallengerUSA Fulfilled by Amazon.com at a cost of $89.99 with free P&P.  (Prices correct at time of posting).

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PRO’s.

– Extensive lighting options with 7 main different colours.
– Programmable lighting mode with memory retention.

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Masione Multi-Color Half Mechanical USB Wired Gaming Keyboard Review

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The Masione Multi-Color Half Mechanical USB Wired Gaming Keyboard was kindly provided to me by Rightful UK free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.

The Masione Multi-Color Half Mechanical USB Wired Gaming Keyboard is available in the UK from Rightful UK Fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £35.99 with free P&P. In the US the Masione Multi-Color Half Mechanical USB Wired Gaming Keyboard is available from ATC LLC Fulfilled by Amazon.com at a cost of $41.99 with free P&P. (Prices correct at time of posting).

 

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PRO’s

– Phat spacebar can be handy for gaming.

– Far better to use than a traditional membrane style keyboards, especially to type on, it however does not feel like a mechanical keyboard to use. I would go so far to say the Masione keyboard was one of the best typing experiences that I have had on a plastic dome & slider keyboard.

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HAVIT HV-KB380L LED Backlit USB Wired Keyboard Review

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The HAVIT HV-KB380L LED Backlit USB Wired Keyboard was kindly provided to me by HAVIT-UK free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.

The HAVIT HV-KB380L LED Backlit USB Wired Keyboard is available in the UK from HAVIT-UK Shop Fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £26.99 with free P&P. In the US the HV-KB380L available from HavitDirect Fulfilled by Amazon.com at a cost of $34.99 with free P&P. (Prices correct at time of posting).

 

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PRO’s

– Quiet in operation.
– Keys are back and edge lit and the keyboard frame edges are also illuminated.
– Far better to use than a traditional membrane style keyboards, especially to type on, it however does not feel like a mechanical keyboard to use.
– Excellent quality lighting that is very soft, subtle and functional.
– Totally uniform light diffusion with no dark spots.
– Good built quality.
– Replaceable key caps (Cherry MX compatible).
– Price

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HoldPeak HP-981B Laser Infrared Thermometer Review

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The HoldPeak HP-981B Laser Infrared Thermometer was kindly provided to me by HoldPeak free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.

The HoldPeak HP-981B Laser Infrared Thermometer is available in the UK from HoldPeak Fulfilled by Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £13.98 with free P&P for Amazon Prime Members. In the US the HP-981B is available from HoldPeak Fulfilled By Amazon.com at a cost of $17.62 with free P&P for Amazon Prime Members. (Prices correct at time of posting).

 

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I have to confess I’ve been looking at non contact thermometers for a while now to aid me with reviews of such products as chargers and power banks to detect any heat build up during prolonged use. While my power monitor works well at detecting efficiency simply stating “it feels warm to the touch” is neither professional nor an accurate means of comparison.

While many may perceive the devices a tool for trade use they are in fact useful beyond the engineering / science applications that they were originally designed for. Granted the highly accurate and rugged devices aimed at the trade sector still cost a small fortune in recent years, ever more affordable versions have become available such as the HoldPeak HP-981B. Continue reading