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Surefire Kingpin M1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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Surefire Kingpin M1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Introducing the Surefire Kingpin M1 60% Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Compatible with Windows, MAC and Chrome OS', six active RBG lighting modes and more, this compact and well-presented keyboard may be just what the discerning RGB lover or gamer is looking for. Go With The Flow... Or Ripple... Or Wave! While the Surefire Kingpin M1 Mechanical Keyboard is compact, it has a few nifty features to appeal to a wide range of users. Design The design of the Surefire Kingpin M1 is simple and clean, with large and clear keys, which allows the RGB lighting to take centre stage. The keyboard is approximately 12.5" wide, roughly the same as most laptop keyboards. While the bottom of the keyboard features four small rubber grips in each corner, it lays flat on your desk and can't elevate. Despite th...
Nacon Limited Edition Controllers – The Pro Compact Colorlight and Camo Revolution X Pro
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Nacon Limited Edition Controllers – The Pro Compact Colorlight and Camo Revolution X Pro

I think I've made it fairly well-known in my reviews for Thumb Culture that I'm not a big controller user. Apart from the brief session on my PlayStation now and then, my Steam Deck is as close as I get. But I couldn't pass up the chance at trying out some new hardware. For this review, I got my hands on two limited edition controllers - the Nacon Pro Compact Colorlight Controller and the Nacon Camo Revolution X Pro Controller. I do believe I have my Steam Deck to thank for me being capable of using them! Nacon's Controllers Are Made For Lasting Use Each of these Nacon Limited Edition Controllers can be found directly from Nacon's website or from Amazon dependent upon availability. They normally run around $40/€55 for the Nacon Pro Compact Colorlight and $99/€99 for the Nacon Camo Re...
SoundPEATS Clear Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Review
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SoundPEATS Clear Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Review

Black Friday 2023 is upon us and the floodgates for epic festive season spending are well and truly open. With a litany of options for gifts and stocking fillers it's difficult to know if offers are too good to be true. Well I've got one Black Friday gem that is very much a steal in the form of the SoundPEATS Clear Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. SoundPEATS Clear - Exceptional Performance That Won't Hurt Your Wallet Currently this set of earbuds can be had on Amazon for a 30% discount in the UK or 25% discount in Europe. That's under £30/€30. Now I hear you say... "Surely these buds cannot be good at this price"... Well let me enlighten you young Padawan! Design The set I put through their paces was a white and see-through colour variant (known just as "White"). They feature a futurist...
iiyama G-Master GCB3280QSU Monitor Review
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iiyama G-Master GCB3280QSU Monitor Review

Hitting the shelves in all good tech shops is the iiyama Red Eagle range G-Master GCB3280QSU 32" curved gaming monitor. Offering a 1440p 165Hz VA LED panel, is this a cheaper alternative to some of the big players out there? Keeping Up Appearances The Goods Inside the large box, you receive the monitor screen (always a bonus), stand, power, USB, HDMI & DP cables as well as the often unread quick start and safety guides. Everything came well packaged in the box and encased in polystyrene. The Construction A very simple click-and-screw design has the stand affixed to the back of the monitor in a short space of time. The monitor screen gracefully slides up and down on the stand, allowing you to effortlessly adjust the height. The monitor can swivel and tilt however there is no rotati...
LOFREE FLOW Mechanical Low-Profile Keyboard
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LOFREE FLOW Mechanical Low-Profile Keyboard

A keyboard can make or break a setup for gaming or working from home. Long hours at your desk can leave your hands and wrists feeling fatigued. The Lofree Flow mechanical keyboard changes that: As a low-profile keyboard, the Lofree Flow removes the need to arch your hands for long periods, providing comfort. Let's dive into what else this modern yet minimalist keyboard offers. Lofree Flow, Where To Go (And Get One)? The Lofree Flow mechanical keyboard is available on LOFREE's official website for £129.35. The keyboard comes in two colour options: black with phantom switches or white with ghost switches (the model we're looking at today). Additionally, you can purchase a 90-piece set of different coloured keycaps and an extra set of switches. Design The design of the Lofree Flow mec...
Thunder X3 CORE – Gaming Chair Review
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Thunder X3 CORE – Gaming Chair Review

These days there is a vast market for gaming chairs that come in all different shapes, sizes, colours and prices. With this in mind, Thunder X3 has introduced its newest gaming chair with Thunder X3 CORE. There is plenty of variety in the CORE series, as there are three different styles to choose from. Firstly there is the Modern design, which comes in black, blue and red. Then there is the Racer, which comes in black and blue colourways. And finally, there is the Loft model, which comes in a grey and black colourway. The latter is the only style that is fully covered in fabric material.  Is this the best new chair in the market? I have been extremely fortunate enough to be sent the Thunder X3 CORE Loft model in the grey colourway to review. Let's see how the chair compares to others in ...
OP1we Endgame Gear Gaming Mouse Review
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OP1we Endgame Gear Gaming Mouse Review

Having loved Roccat mice as well as my current Logitech Lightspeed, I was more than happy to take a look at Endgame Gear's wireless entity, the OP1we. With Endgame Gear already recognised as a great gaming peripheral manufacturer, I was yet to actually have experience with them..until now. Lighter Than Air Before I started to massively hone in on gaming hardware, I really was not that bothered by the quality of a mouse. I still have fond memories of wrecking the office staff over the LAN at lunch breaks on Call of Duty United Offensive. My trusty cheap wired Dell mouse never let me down. Now, more than ever I see how much of a difference style, finish and weight can make. How gamers have evolved! Design Similar to most of the Endgame Gear mice, the OP1we comes in either white or...
Trust Gaming Zirox and Felox Review
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Trust Gaming Zirox and Felox Review

Trust Gaming, the leading digital lifestyle accessories brand recently released the Zirox Gaming headset as well as the Felox Gaming Mouse. We have checked out other Trust products in the past, and these are another great addition to the growing list of Gaming products. In Trust We Trust Have you had hands-on with Trust Gaming products? If so, what do you think? Were they up to scratch? Zirox Gaming Headset Available at around £18 online, the Zirox gaming headset comes in a variety of colours. Black, white, blue and pink, giving something for everyone. A sucker for a pink product we requested the brightest of the lot! Its lightweight design, weighing 244 grams means that it's comfortable for long gaming sessions. However, it did get a little pinchy on my large head. So perhaps if yo...
be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX Review
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be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX Review

Back at the start of 2022, I reviewed the be quiet! Dark Rock TF 2 CPU Cooler, review link here! Comprising of 2 amazingly stealthy 135mm Silent Wings, this beast of a heatsink lowered my CPU temps amazingly. My only issue was the size of the unit, as it made releasing the GPU tricky due to it covering the release lever. While I'm not the sort of person who changes their GPU that often, I was keen to see how a liquid-cooled system would be in comparison. From fitment and aesthetics to performance. When be quiet! kindly sent me their Pure Loop 2 FX All-in-One to have a play with, I was like a child at Christmas! Liquid Cooling Baby! Would the Pure Loop 2 FX cool my CPU down further and allow me to reclaim some of the space from the motherboard? Read on! Design be quiet!'s Pure...
Samsung T9 Portable SSD Review
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Samsung T9 Portable SSD Review

Hard Drives, Storage, SSD, whatever you call them it's something that often gets overlooked. Well the Samsung T9 Portable SSD has his the shelves, and we were sent a unit to check out prior to general release. So what did we find when putting the SSD to the test? Read on to find out Storage Made Simple Are you looking for the next upgrade to your setup? Are you in the market for a new SSD? Well hopefully this review might help you decide where your money should be spent. Design With it's small form factor of a mere 88 x 60 x 14mm, the Samsung T9 Portable SSD packs a hell of a punch. With a rubberised exterior, along with a nice textured finish, the SSD is easy to grip hold of. Which is fortunate for those saving large amounts of files. This means that whilst it is drop resistant to up ...