Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset Review

Kingston LogoKingston have long been a brand of choice for gaming professionals, expecially when overclocking the HyperX range of memory modules to within a megahertz of their life. Not content with the inside of the PC, Kingston has put the performance brand on the outside with the HyperX Cloud headset. Sensibly they’ve not tried to start from scratch but partnered with Swedish pro gamers Qpad to get into the market. Let’s take a look.

Kingston HyperX Cloud Box

Initial impressions are good. The HyperX Cloud headset comes in a solid well-finished box that pulls smoothly apart to reveal the headset and accessories. There’s a slightly cheesy marketing message from the HyperX Gaming Manager in silver on the inside of the lid, but it’s a nice touch.

Kingston HyperX Cloud in Box

As you’ll see from the pics, the version on review is the white with black edition; there’s a black with red version if you want to look a bit tougher. Taking the headphones out of the box, they feel pretty good and well-made for the price point. There are no rough edges, the headband stitching looks good and the embroidery is neat. The audio lead is braided rather than bare PVC and that alone helps with the tangles. It’s the end of the lead that gives away the fact that the HyperX Cloud isn’t only for listening to music as rather than a single 3.5mm jack, there’s a pair; one for audio in (the headphones) and the other for audio out (the microphone).

Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset

The detachable boom mic is on the left hand side of the box and plugs cleanly into a socket on the left hand ear cup. A small insert covers the socket when the microphone’s not needed to keep things neat. The boom is flexible and can be positioned to suit.

Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset with Mic

In the box there’s a comprehensive selection of accessories including an extension lead, in-line mic set and an adaptor to take the two 3.5mm stereo jacks into a single TRRS connector, as used in mobile phones. There’s even one of the adaptors needed for annoying aircraft seats, so whether it’s a PC, tablet, phone or plane, the HyperX Cloud can jack in.

But enough of the features….what is the HyperX Cloud like to use? To start with, the headphones are very comfortable to wear, especially when the leather-style pads are swapped for the included velour ones. I wore the headphones for several multi-album sessions without any soreness and would definitely recommend them for extended gaming sessions too. Obviously the preference between enclosed and on-ear cups is a personal one but for comfort, I think these are hard to beat.

Sonically, I used the headphones for gaming, music and IP telephony with Microsoft’s Lync. In the office, the headset is great. One minute you are listening to music, the next minute you are taking a phone call with no need to fumble around taking the headset off while picking up the phone. Voices were clear and callers could hear me well. Moving on to music listening, it’s always hard to critique without sounding critical. I thought the HyperX Cloud headset reproduced sound well with good clarity across the range. The sound could have been richer and more exciting but I was perfectly happy listening to the HyperX Cloud all day. Playing games, the headset was great with gunshots and explosions blowing up in your ears. Car engines came across well, so this headset was made for GTA. As with phone calls, abuse, sorry, conversation with fellow gamers was clear.

Overall, there’s not much to dislike and a great deal to enjoy with the Kingston HyperX Cloud headset. It’s well made and comfortable to wear, and comes with everything needed to plug-in. Audio quality is good without being outstanding. The Kingston HyperX Cloud has a list price of GB£79.99 but can be found on-line for less.  Stick it on your Christmas list.

Thanks to Kingston for providing the review headset.

GNC #999 T-Minus 1

With Christmas upon us things are as busy as ever here in preparing for the holidays and the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show.. MY PV aka Solar System got turned on and I am now sticking it to the man as my meter rotates backwards from my personal power plant on my roof. See the video of the meter starting to spin backwards.

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Robot Underpants: 12.10.14 (177) “This Week in Griffins”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines and Kathy “CheesyG” Hopkins discuss the best of the best from the past week including: Pirate Bay news, Mad Max news, George Lucas Does Not Care About Star Wars, Superman Prequel news, Steven Moffat says the Doctor can be a Woman, Grumpy Cat’s Owner Made 100 Million, Christopher Lee Christmas news and more!

* Mad Max Trailer
* Christopher Lee Christmas
* Morrissey Dolls
* Grumpy Cat News
* Lucas Didn’t See Stars Trailer
* Superman Prequel
* Steven Moffat Woman Doctor

Google News Spain Will Close Due to “Tax”

Google logoGoogle is about to close Google News Spain. This change will only affect that one particular version of Google News. The reason has to do with a new Spanish law that will go into affect in January of 2015. Google will also be removing Spanish media outlets from Google News.

The new law requires Google to pay for using publisher’s content. The law, which was passed in October of 2014, is a copyright law. It requires content aggregators that post links and excerpts of news articles to pay a fee to the Association of Editors of Spanish Dailies. This law also affects other content aggregators but has been referred to as the “Google Tax”.

Google’s official update describes the situation this way:

This new legislation requires every Spanish publication to charge services like Google News for showing even the smallest snippet of their publications, whether they want to or not. As Google News itself makes no money (we do not show any advertising on the site) this new approach is simply not sustainable. So, it’s with real sadness that on 16 December (before the new law comes into effect in January) we’ll remove Spanish publishers from Google News, and close Google News in Spain.

It appears that the intent of this Spanish law was to protect Spain’s print media industry. I suspect the new law will end up causing it harm, instead. The removal of links to their content is going to cost them the traffic they would have gotten via Google News Spain and other content aggregators.

Hachette Will Start Selling Books on Twitter

Hachette logoYou’ve probably seen tweets from authors who are trying to get their book in front of the eyes of their Twitter followers. Soon, some authors will be able to use Twitter to do more than that. Hachette is about to start selling some of its books through Twitter.

How will this work? Hachette is partnering with Gumroad (a company that helps people to sell stuff on Twitter). Those that want to purchase a book via Twitter will use Twitter’s “Buy” button to do it.

This, of course, means that people won’t have to leave Twitter and visit Amazon in order to buy the book they want. It also means that authors on Twitter who have a lot of followers will have an easy way to sell their books directly to their fans.

It seems to be a bit of an experiment on Hachette’s part. The book publisher has selected three authors, who each have a lot of followers on Twitter, for its first round. An exclusive limited edition gift will be included with the purchase of each book. It is a little something extra that Amazon cannot offer. One can assume that if the first round is deemed to be successful, there will be more to come.

On December 11, Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking, will be available to buy through Twitter. She will include a page from the original manuscript from her book. It will have notes on it from both herself and her husband Neil Gaiman (who was her editor).

Two more books will become part of the Twitter in-stream sale on December 15. Former astronaut Chris Hadfield’s book You Are Here is one of them. You might recognize this astronaut from his viral YouTube video in which he sang David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”. His “extra” is signed, original, photos.

The third book is from The Onion. It is titled The Onion Magazine: Iconic Covers that Transformed an Undeserving World. Those who purchase it through Twitter will also get notecards compiled by The Onion’s editors that show their 12 favorite magazine covers.

GNC #998 Sony Blackmail

Has been a crazy week away, I get you all caught up and of course share with you my PV aka Solar install. I also do a dive on the Sony Blackmail / Hack and how the ante has been raised by email threats to the employees. I also talk about where I am weight wise.. Their is a great opportunity for one Ohana to join me in Vegas for CES. Listen and find out the details. Show 1000 is going to be full of giveaways listen to win.

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32 Panel Photovoltaic Installation

In Hawaii we pay the some of the highest electricity costs in the nation. My average electricity bill for the past 4 years has been around $400 a month at .36 cents per Kilowatt with a monthly usage of about 1100 Kilowatts.

Today we had 32 photovoltaic panels installed that will zero my electricity bill minus a $19.95 monthly connections fee. The Electrician comes Monday to finish it but I thought I would share what it looks like to have the equivalent of a brand new car on your roof. My total install cost was $32,387 my tax credit Federal/State will equal to $19,851.

My net investment after “tax credit” will be $12,986 with a system payback of around 32 months. If I do not factor in the tax credit my payback would be 6 years 8 months.. Considering that the system is warranted to last 25 years. My minimum 25 year savings will be $120,000 if power prices do not go up a penny.

With Federal Tax credits expiring at the end of 2016 you need to move now if you are considering solar. I really got tired of being robbed by the local utility each month.

I will follow up with some pictures after the electrician finishes and show you the meter running backwards.

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Roku “Stuff Your Stocking”

Roku LogoOur friends at Roku are indulging in a bit of Christmas fun with their Stuff Your Stocking promotion. It’s a straightforward draw to win goodies such as a 40″ Hisense Roku TV, Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) along with subscriptions to Sky NowTV, Netflix and Rdio. The exact prizes vary from country and the competition is open to residents of the US, Canada and UK. There are different draws for each country so make sure you follow the right link.

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Anglepoise Type 75 Mini Desk Lamp

Anglepoise LogoThere are many products and brands that claim to be iconic but there aren’t that many with the design credentials to back up the claim. The British lighting design company Anglepoise easily falls into the iconic category with the smooth multi-angle balance mechanism from the 1930s embodied in the 1227. I’ve always wanted an Anglepoise lamp and when a Type 75 mini desk lamp appeared in Amazon’s Black Friday deals, I clicked on “Buy”. Here’s the unboxing.

Anglepoise Type 75 Box

Anglepoise Type 75 Top Box

Contrary to what the label says, there was a bulb in the box – it’s in the bubble wrap at the top right.

Type 75 Open Box

Type 75 Unassembled

Assembly is easy – pop the spigot into the base and secure with a grub screw, then hook the springs over the bars.

Type 75 Assembled

I guess these are the money shots – the balance mechanism.

Type 75 Mechanism

Anglepoise mechanism with base

Overall, I’m delighted and loving it on my desk at work. So much so, I’ve put a 1228 with a mid green shade on my wishlist but Santa will need to be especially generous this year.

Robot Underpants: 12.02.14 (177) “There Has Been A Rude Awakening”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines, and Kathy Hopkins bring you all you need to know on this week’s “STAR WARS SHOW!” Or whatever.

* Star Wars The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

Trust me, nothing else happened this week!

Also Terminator Motion Poster Teaser
* Burt Reynolds Auctions Stuff
* Suicide Squad Cast
* Leaked Sony Movies May Be Blamed on N Korea