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Gamdias HERMES M3 RGB Review

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Gamdias has built their brand identity around Greek Mythology and a heavy dose of Heavy Metal, but the company is going through a significant transformation with their latest Hermes lineup. While Gamdias’ core values remain the same, the visual style now favors a more contemporary aesthetic. The minimalist and sleek approach is a notable deviation from their past products that emphasized an industrial approach wrapped in an eccentric theme. Personally, I’m a big fan of this decision and I feel that the company's new releases catapult Gamdias right up there with some of the finest brands in the industry.

There are five new Hermes models that focus on different user preferences and that come in varying sizes. Last week, I had the pleasure of testing the low-profile HERMES M3 RGB. This model is designed with compactibility in mind, and it’s probably the most unique offering from the lineup. The HERMES M3 is an elegantly designed mechanical keyboard that stuns with its thin frame and high-quality build materials. The M3 boasts a 32bit ARM CortexTM-M3 microprocessor, N key rollover, 100% anti-ghosting and 2 dedicated macro keys with 6 profiles.


"The HERMES M3 is an elegantly designed mechanical keyboard that stuns with its thin frame and high-quality build materials."

The M3 is a real looker and makes an attractive first impression. Measuring at only  354 x 128 x 25 mm, the M3 serves as an excellent solution for gamers who prefer a clutter free desk. The keyboard frame is coated with dark, brushed aluminum, which gives the M3 a premium look and feel. The entire body has a pleasing, matte coat that helps hide fingerprints and dust. Wrapped around the keyboard frame is a thin, silver line that provides a nifty visual accent when the RGBs reflect off the surface.

The entire design is a pleasant surprise. The M3 doesn’t scream “gaming gear” like so many products in this industry, which makes it suitable for varying uses. Techies who prefer a minimalist work/gaming environment will appreciate Gamdias’ simplified direction.


"Techies who prefer a minimalist work/gaming environment will appreciate Gamdias’ simplified direction."

The HERMES M3 has quickly become my favorite keyboard for daily use thanks to its superb, all round performance. Typing on the M3 feels smooth and fast. The keys are super responsive and there’s just enough resistance to prevent unintentional keystrokes while providing improved tactility. The overall performance is comparable to Razer’s low-profile keyboard offerings. This is great news for gamers who enjoy Razer’s engineering but want something a little cheaper. The Hermes M3 retails for $139.99, and while it’s not exactly a budget item, M3’s quality rivals keyboards that are typically in much higher price brackets.

I tested a handful of titles across different genres, including: Overwatch, Black Desert Online, Dota 2, Battlefield 1 and StarCraft: Remastered. The M3 excels regardless of content. The ergonomic design makes the keyboard very adaptable regardles of preferences, and I found myself completely in sync with the M3 after a couple of minutes.


"The M3 feels sublime whether you’re typing or gaming, and I genuinely hope Gamdias continues on this new path for all of their future gaming peripherals!"

Due to the slim design, dedicated media buttons have been nixed in favor of a leaner profile. Thankfully, all media controls can be accessed with the Fn key in combination with the secondary F-key controls. For further customization, you can access the Gamdias Hera software where you can manage macros, assign keys, adjust keyboard luminance, set timers and edit the sound file. There’s also a practical GAME key that let’s you toggle Caps, the Windows key and the Scroll Lock. The features are standard and nothing out of the ordinary, but the Hermes M3 has everything you need to personalize your gaming experience.

Conclusion: The HERMES M3 RGB is a new and evolutionary direction for Gamdias. I have yet to test the P3 and M2 models, but as it stands, the M3 is one of my favorite keyboards that Gamdias has released so far. As a big fan of lean tech engineering, the M3 is precisely the kind of keyboard I’ve been seeking for our studio. The M3 feels sublime whether you’re typing or gaming, and I genuinely hope Gamdias continues on this new path for all of their future gaming peripherals!

Final Score: A+

The Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1 Is out, and It's Phenomenal!

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Writer: Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Micky Neilson, Andrew Robinson, Michael Chu, James Waugh
Penciller: Joe Ng
Artist: Nesskain, Bengal, Gray Shuko, Jeffrey ''Chamba'' Cruz, Miki Montllo, Joe Ng
Inker: Joe Ng
Colorist: Espen Grundetjern
Cover Artist: Miki Montllo
Price: $15.94

The Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1 released today, and I am in absolute awe! This hardcover release by Dark Horse Comics combines the first set of Blizzard's digital comic books based on the popular Hero Shooter. The print quality is fantastic, and the stunning illustrations look even better in person. Don't get me wrong, I love reading my comics digitally, but there's something very special about holding a high-quality print in your hands.

I've taken a few teaser pics to show you just how wonderful the interior pages are. Even if you've never played Overwatch before, this release is an absolute must for comic book fans, and anyone who appreciated good art!





There's even a dedicated Sketchbook section in the back of the book. There are several pages detailing the process behind a selected number of pages. It's always exciting to see gorgeous and complex comic book layouts go from concept to fruition!



Forza 7 Review

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Reviewed on: Xbox One | Developer: Turn 10 Studios | Publisher: Microsoft | Retail Price: $59.99 | Final Score: 7.5

Review Note: Forza 7 was reviewed using a retail XBOX ONE code provided by Microsoft, and it was played on the original Xbox One console. We will update the review with a secondary score once we analyze the Xbox One X version. 

The Forza franchise holds a special place in my heart. Since the original Forza Motorsport launch in 2005, Turn 10 Studios’ incredible commitment to their fan base and the sport of racing has been one of my primary reasons for purchasing a Microsoft console each generation. The perfect blend of arcade and simulation gameplay became a new benchmark for the racing genre, and I think everyone can agree that the developer’s meticulous craftsmanship played a huge role in the series’ success.

When Forza 7 was first announced, I drooled over every trailer and news coverage that surfaced across the web. Microsoft's games lineup has been abysmal this year, and Forza 7 seemed like it could turn things around for the struggling platform. However, now that I’ve spent several dozen hours with the final retail code, I’m starting to worry that one of my favorite franchises is beginning to fade into the shadow of its own success.


"However, now that I’ve spent several dozen hours with the final retail code, I’m starting to worry that one of my favorite franchises is beginning to fade into the shadow of its own success."

One of the first things that took me off-guard were the graphics. I played Forza 7 on the original Xbox One, and while I completely understand that the Xbox One X version will deliver increased details, lighting and textures, the base version is notably rougher looking than Forza 6. One of the main reasons for this is the new shift to a more dynamic weather system. Forza 7 can look absolutely mind-boggling when all effects are in full force, and when the sun is perfectly situated to paint the scenery with breathtaking, warm tones.

But in many other situations, there’s a visible lack of environmental details whenever you slow down enough to pay attention to the surroundings. Please understand that I’m not calling Forza ugly by any means. This is a gorgeous game that remains one of the best-looking racers on the market. However, original Xbox One owners should be aware that all marketing materials for this game have been shown using Xbox One X footage. It’s really important to keep your expectations in check, because this is one of those cases where base hardware owners are getting a rather downgraded version.

The problems don't’ stop there. I’ve experienced abysmal FPS drops when using the cockpit view on certain tracks. The FPS would drop to single digits ONLY when driving with the first person view. This is unheard of for Forza, and this issue has plagued my entire playthrough. The drops are intermittent, and while they don’t occur every single race, it does happen at least 2-3 times each session, which I find absolutely unacceptable for this type of game.


"I’ve experienced abysmal FPS drops when using the cockpit view on certain tracks. The FPS would drop to single digits ONLY when driving with the first person view. This is unheard of for Forza, and this issue has plagued my entire playthrough."

Technical disappointments aside, Forza 7 is nearly identical to its predecessor save for the new weather system. Having Forza 7 and Forza 6 running side by side exposes painful similarities between the titles, and the fact that most tracks are repeats from previous games makes this situation even more difficult to analyze. Gameplay remains unchanged, which can be viewed as a good or bad thing. I’ve always enjoyed Forza’s precise controls, and I continue to enjoy the smooth racing in Forza 7. I guess I expected more refined tweaks to the car's’ weight as some of them still feel like they’ve been pumped with helium. Nevertheless, Forza 7 continues to handle like a dream even if you’re getting the exact same driving experience as before.

The career mode has been streamlined for greater user experience. Navigating the menus feels a little easier thanks to a smarter layout, and there are fewer steps between the main menu and the race lineup. Races have also been categorized into a more visually pleasing event hub that provides a clearer progression overview.


"Forza 7 is a solid racer, and for those new to the franchise, it may very well be one of the greatest racers of all time. But for long time Forza fans like myself, the series has officially lost its spark."

Mods are back, only this time they’ve been interwoven with a loot box system that makes Forza 7 feel more like a casino than a premium game. The whole gambling approach has leaked into all aspects of Forza 7, from the way cars and credits are awarded to the way you’re encouraged to spend real-world money for in-game credits. This whole process has become so unnecessarily convoluted, and it adds absolutely no benefit to the player.

Adding insult to injury, Forza 7’s audio is shockingly disappointing. Gone are the professional announcers and voice actors that brief gamers on the car specs in Forzavista. When visiting Forzavista now, there are no voice overs, no car specs, no nothing. And remember how Forza used to have some of the best menu music in a racing game? Not anymore. The music in Forza 7 makes it seem like the developers ran out of time and purchased a bunch of soundtracks from a stock website. At least the cars deliver a more authentic punch.

Conclusion: This is the first time that I feel disappointed by Turn 10 Studios. While the upcoming Xbox One X may deliver a more technically polished version than what I had to deal with on base hardware, the lack of any real improvements or changes makes Forza 7 feel more like a expansion pack than a proper sequel. This is especially true when you compare the monumental improvements in Forza Horizon 3 over its predecessor. Forza 7 is a solid racer, and for those new to the franchise, it may very well be one of the greatest racers of all time. But for long time Forza fans like myself, the series has officially lost its spark.

Final Score: 7.5

Audio Technica ATH-M70x Review

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Audio Technica is a notable brand among audiophiles, but my personal experience with their products has been limited to their gaming models, the ATH-ADG1x and the ATH-AG1X. I personally enjoy dedicated listening devices, whether it’s gaming headsets or audiophile headphones, but lately, I’ve been shifting towards studio monitor headphones for all of my media consumption.

Audio engineering has become impressively complex across video games, movies and television over the years that the need for specialized frequency enhancements is becoming less prevalent. It may seem strange to bring monitor headphones into a video game discussion, but considering that 4K and HDR are quickly becoming TV standards thanks to the popularity of next-gen consoles, it makes sense to want to seek out more precise audio equipment in order to fully enjoy your entertainment.

Audio Technica’s ATH-M70x are professional monitor headphones, and this is my first time testing one of the company’s studio models. The headphones retain the company’s sleek aesthetic, which makes them a great fit for tech enthusiasts who prefer minimalist design. Audio Technica has even included a sturdy, practical carrying case.

The build quality is solid, although the thorough use of plastic doesn’t make the best first impression considering the $299 price tag. After using SteelSeries headsets for so long, it’s a bit odd going back to something that feels so fragile in comparison. Having said that, the headphones still feel strong enough for regular, daily use, and thankfully, the sublime comfort makes up for the lack of premium build materials.

Spec Highlights:
Type: Closed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter: 45 mm
Magnet: Neodymium
Voice Coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
Frequency Response: 5-40,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power: 2,000 mW at 1 kHz
Sensitivity: 97 dB
Impedance: 35 ohms
Weight: 280 g (9.9 oz), without cable and connector
Cable: Interchangeable cables: detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') coiled cable, detachable 3.0 m (9.8') straight cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9') straight cable
Accessories Included: Carrying case, 6.3 mm (1/4") screw-on adapter


"The headphones retain the company’s sleek aesthetic, which makes them a great fit for tech enthusiasts who prefer minimalist design."

Since the ATH-M70x model has 35 ohms of impedance, I used Creative Labs’ Sound Blaster E5 Amp to get the most out of the audio. The sound is clean and natural. The lows and mids are vibrant and crisp, and it’s easy to make out minute details when focusing on individual instruments while listening to music. The neutral and balanced performance is perfect for getting accurate results across varying media. Since there are no audio enhancements, users accustomed to gaming or audiophile style headphones may find the bass on the weaker side, but with time, your ears will adjust and you’ll start appreciating the more accurate outcome.

The ATH-M70x are excellent headphones for measuring sound accuracy when recording songs or mixing tracks as a DJ, but since I’m not a musician, my tests mostly encompassed music listening, movie watching and gaming. For a while now, I used the HiFiMAN HE400S for all of my media consumption. They’re one of the best audiophile-grade, open type headphones under $500, and they’ve been my go to device for over a year.


"The neutral and balanced performance is perfect for getting accurate results across varying media."

After trying the ATH-M70x, however, I’m actually starting to lean towards Audio Technica’s method of audio engineering. I tend to listen to music at relatively high audio levels, and a lot of headphones have a hard time keeping all frequencies clean of noise when pushed to the limit. Thankfully, the ATH-M70x work like a champ. Extreme frequency shifts are handled with precision and clarity, and I haven’t encountered a single sound error in the 55+ hours of testing.

Primary tests are conducted using my FLAC music collection that contains samples from varying music genres. The headphones perform phenomenally. Quinine by Dessa sounds particularly sublime as the audio shifts from rhythmical beats and vocals to echoing orchestral bits that open the sound stage with their powerful interludes. Even with the subdued bass, fans of hip hop music or dance/techno will love the sound richness.


"The Audio Technica ATH-M70x are an incredible pair of monitor headphones for both professionals and hobbyists."

As mentioned earlier, the soundstage isn’t comparable to a high-quality audiophile model, and with a handful of songs, these shortcomings become slightly apparent. Many Florence and the Machine songs, for example, are recorded with a sense of scale thanks to the accompanying orchestra. Some of that spatial brightness is lost with the ATH-M70x, but to be fair, this is only noticeable when there’s a direct comparison. Overall, the ATH-M70x is unquestionably reliable when it comes to consistency when jumping between different sources, and the soundstage shortcomings are hard to view as a serious criticism.

The ATH-M70x also impress when gaming or watching movies. I normally don’t use audio software for enhancements, but applying the SBX Pro Studio Surround feature via the Sound Blaster E-Series Control Panel yields to some remarkable results. Playing through competitive multiplayers games like Dirty Bomb, Overwatch or The Division with this combination is extremely beneficial for gauging the precise location of incoming enemy fire. I’ve never been able to use this feature properly with other headphones, but when combined with the ATH-M70x, I’m completely sold on successful, simulated surround sound.

Conclusion: The Audio Technica ATH-M70x are an incredible pair of monitor headphones for both professionals and hobbyists. They look fantastic, they’re easy to transport, they’re comfortable during prolonged use, and most importantly, they deliver phenomenal sound that impresses no matter the source material. If you’ve got a solid amp and you’re looking for a high-quality listening device that’s both professionally accurate and practical for everyday usage, the ATH-M70x are an incredible choice!       

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SteelSeries Apex M750 Review

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SteelSeries is a household name among gamers and Esports enthusiasts today, but many fans don’t realize that up until 2007, the Danish company went by the name Soft Trading. They were known for manufacturing the Icemat and SteelPad mouse mats that eventually inspired the brand we now see in nearly every major gaming tournament. I’m mentioning this because it’s been precisely ten years since SteelSeries shifted gears towards Esports gear and entered a field that at the time didn't have the same global reach and impact it now has in 2017.

Clearly, this was a transformative move. If those ten years have proven anything, it’s that SteelSeries remains focused and committed in their pursuit to dominate the competitive gaming scene. I’ve been a SteelSeries fan since their early days, and I’ve seen the company’s product lineup evolve in sync with their audience, which is exactly how you want to see a brand preach what they sow.

SteelSeries’ keyboard lineup in particular has become a force to recon with. After experiencing the sublime Apex M800 for the first time back in 2015, I had no desire to use other brands going forward. Personal preferences play a big role in choosing the right gaming gear, and for me, SteelSeries’ gear is perfect for my daily gaming/work use. Since the M800, I’ve had the pleasure testing their mid-range and budget models, the Apex M500 and the Apex 100, which were both impressive offerings, but today, I’m looking at something more unique: The Apex M750—a model that falls somewhere between the high-end Apex M800 and the mid tier M500. Although I do wonder if the M750 is replacing the M800 since it’s no longer listed in their catalog.


"The M750 is beautifully designed, and borrows some of the design accents directly from the excellent M800."

Retailing at $139.99, the Apex M750 isn’t cheap, but the superb performance and build quality easily rival keyboards in the $200+ range. The M750 is beautifully designed, and borrows some of the design accents directly from the excellent M800. Some of the highlight features include pure performance QX2 mechanical gaming switches, a frame constructed with durable 5000 Series aluminum alloy, real-time Discord in-game lighting notifications and easy, intuitive per-key RGB lighting customization.

The QX2 are Steelseries’ third generation mechanical switches. They are lightning fast thanks to their low force and a linear actuation point. Their precision impresses right away, and their snappy performance excels at both gaming and typing. The aluminum frame provides sturdiness and adds a nice aesthetic touch thanks to the matte finish that conveniently hides fingerprints and dust.


"The aluminum frame provides sturdiness and adds a nice aesthetic touch thanks to the matte finish that conveniently hides fingerprints and dust."

The Apex M750 boasts a slim design that emphasizes performance over extras. You won’t find additional macros keys or dedicated media controls (although media controls are still accessible via the SteelSeries function key). The SteelSeries Engine 3 is used to customize lighting and adjust the polling rate, but there aren’t other specialized tweaking options here. I personally rarely use macros, so I’m very happy that SteelSeries has decided to craft a high-quality, competitive gaming keyboard for users who don’t need the extras.

I’m not a pro gamer, but I play competitive multiplayer enough to notice subtleties in my gear. Since I spend just as much time typing, I tend to be picky about my setup because I need a tool that’s reliable across both my professional and hobbyist activities. This is one of the reasons I’m usually not too fond of gaming keyboards that have extras in excess. Thankfully, the Apex M750 is perfect for varying tasks. My wrists have a tendency to cramp up after hours of typing and gaming, but the light and fast keys provide a much smoother workflow.

Spec Overview:
N-Key Roll Over 104-Key(All)
Anti-Ghosting 100%
Illumination Individually controllable per-key RGB, including whole-keyboard patterns, and reactive typing effects
Weight 2.2 lbs
Height 153.5 mm
Width 454 mm
Depth 46.7 mm
Cable Length 2 m, 6.5 ft
Actuation Point 2 mm
Total Travel 4 mm
Force 45cN
Lifetime 50 Million Keypresses
OS Windows and Mac OS X/USB port required


"The SteelSeries Apex M750 is an instant classic. If excellent performance, design and build quality are important to you, and you don’t care for specialized extras, then the Apex M750 is currently king!"

I actually prefer the new M750 model over the pricier M800. My major gripe with the M800 was the distance between keys. They were too tight and made typing somewhat of a challenge. The M750 has plenty of space between keys, so you don’t have to worry about hitting the wrong key if you happen to have larger hands.

Conclusion: The SteelSeries Apex M750 is an instant classic. I can see myself using this keyboard for the unforeseeable future, or at least until SteelSeries releases another gem. If you’re mostly playing MMOs and absolutely need the extra macros, then the M750 may not be the best choice. For everyone else, however, the M750 is a superb alternative that shouldn’t be overlooked. If excellent performance, design and build quality are important to you, and you don’t care for specialized extras, then the Apex M750 is currently king!

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Warriors All-Stars Review

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In 2014, Koei Tecmo’s crossover project with Nintendo initiated a new path for the veteran brawler aficionados. The idea of combining Zelda with Warriors-style gameplay got everybody in the gaming industry talking. This unusual marriage of ideas turned out to be one of Koei Tecmo’s most commendable moves. Hyrule Warriors’ instant success has resulted in a handful of unexpected collaborations between Koei Tecmo and popular Anime creators of franchises like Dragon Quest, Attack on Titan, Arslan, Berserk and soon, even Gundam. For a company that focused on almost nothing but sequels for their Dynasty Warriors brand and its spinoffs for years, the introduction of other prominent series has transformed their familiar formula into something a little less predictable.

Within this avalanche of new, quirky Warriors titles, we’re introduced to Koei Tecmo’s latest experiment, Warriors All-Stars—a culmination of the company's most popular heroes coming together for the ultimate face off. As someone who has enjoyed the series since the PS2 generation, I couldn’t be happier with how this absurd concept mashes together. While it’s not going to meet everyone’s expectations of what a definitive Warriors “Greatest Hits” title is meant to encompass, most fans will hopefully agree that the end result is a charming homage to the developer’s long history with these characters.


"As someone who has enjoyed the series since the PS2 generation, I couldn’t be happier with how this absurd concept mashes together."

What’s even more impressive is how well the PC release compares to its console counterpart. Warriors All-Stars is a genuine PC release with a plethora of graphics/gameplay settings and solid optimization. PC gamers no longer have to feel like they’re stuck with the lesser version. Warriors All-Stars on the PC is, in fact, the definitive version thanks to superior performance and improved visual fidelity.

Higher resolutions can have a notable performance impact on older cards due to high NPC numbers filling the screen, but newer generation GPUs should have no problem running Warriors All-Stars at 60fps with higher resolutions and settings. With a 970, I was able to max out the game at 1080p, and at 1440p, I was still able to keep the quality at Medium to High (mostly high) while maintaining a steady 60fps. There is still plenty of room for improvement, but this port is a substantial step up from Koei Tecmo’s past PC releases.


"Warriors All-Stars on the PC is, in fact, the definitive version thanks to superior performance and improved visual fidelity."

Warriors All-Stars makes an unusual first impression. I’m used to Koei Tecmo’s ridiculous writing and bizarre characters, but Warriors All-Stars is something else. The plot is messy, chaotic, nonsensical, and yet, it’s equally alluring. The story takes place in a magical kingdom whose king recently passed, and the spring which gives the inhabitants life has begun to wither. In hopes of restoring the spring, a handful of royals attempt to summon heroes from far away universes to aid them in their quest, but things don't go as planned. The heroes are scattered across the land where the starting point for the player is introduced. Your starting location is determined by the character you choose. It’s a rather uninspired way of bringing these fun characters together, but thankfully the sublime action makes up for the lack of interesting storytelling.

I chose Kasumi from the Dead or Alive series because I wanted to see how well her combat technique translates from the fighting games to a more open-world brawler. Kasumi’s fast fists complement the game’s button-mashing nature beautifully, and I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic for classics like Streets of Rage and Final Fight. The Warriors games have always been my go-to series for reliving childhood memories of playing beat ‘em ups on retro consoles and arcades, and Warriors All-Stars reminds me once again why I never tire of old school button mashers. I’ve said this many times in my other Warriors reviews before, but if you’re looking for stress relief, these games are remarkably therapeutic.

Gameplay remains identical to what is expected from the series. Warriors All-Stars is a button masher that doesn’t require much skill or strategy, but provides countless hours of brainless fun. I’ve always considered the Warriors releases like a snack between the heartier AAA meals.


"Koei Tecmo has made the right move in pursuing quirkier ideas for their brawler projects, and I hope they extend their experimentation towards more unique gameplay changes."

The best part of this release is the ability mix and match your favorite Koei Tecmo heroes into a personalized team. Prior to each battle, you select your main hero and four supporting heroes that are assigned to each direction on the D-pad. You can call up a single hero to aid your main avatar, or you can select all supporting brawlers to form a long chain of characters, letting you to control everyone at the same time. Depending on the active hero, a special attack can be initiated specific to that hero, or you can press the R3 button to call in a cheer that boosts your stats temporarily. During this “cheerleading” mode, you basically turn into an indestructible force that lets you rack up insane combos while the timer counts down.

Seeing your favorite Koei Tecmo characters perform their signature moves in this Warriors-style setting is really fun if you’re someone who has familiarity with the source material. For example, if you pick Millennia from Deception, she fights using viscous traps straight from the Deception series. These fan service tidbits aren’t going to excite everyone, but this release is very clearly designed for us niche fans who find enjoyment in these quirky mashups.

Conclusion: Warriors All-Stars remains true to Koei Tecmo's Warriors DNA, but the unique hero variety brings much needed change to what is slowly becoming a stagnant formula. Koei Tecmo has made the right move in pursuing quirkier ideas for their brawler projects, and I hope they extend their experimentation towards more unique gameplay changes. I had an absolute blast playing through this release, and I can easily recommend it to any fan of the genre, but if you were hoping that this release would be more receptive towards newcomers, you may have to wait for something else. But despite its lack of innovation, Warriors All-Stars is a game I’ve been waiting for since the PS2 era, and I’m personally content with what Koei Tecmo has come up with.

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EWin Champion Series Gaming Chair Review

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Gaming chairs have become a hot topic over the last few years. If you’ve watched any Esports coverage online or follow gaming channels on Youtube, then you’ve probably seen the race car inspired gaming chairs on more than a handful occasions. And there’s a good reason for that! The ergonomics of these chairs can transform your gaming experience. The added immersion and health benefits are difficult to describe without experiencing them yourself. Imagine sitting in a soft arm chair for the first time after years of suffering with a wooden bench. There’s a sense of relief that makes an immediate impression. I can personally vouch for the improved experience as someone who’s made the transition back in 2015 and never looked back. Returning to a typical office chair now would feel like punishment.

Over the last two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to test more than a handful of different chair models from varying manufacturers. Each company tries to bring a unique element to their blueprint, but they all share the same DNA when it comes to fundamental design. This is a good thing too, because the race car inspired skeleton is used for a reason: it works! This consistency allows manufacturers to focus on other aspects of the design, such as materials and improved assembly process.



"The contemporary aesthetic is perfect for a clean and modern gaming setup. Tech enthusiasts who prefer a sleek and stylish work space will love EWin’s elegant curves and clever design accents."

Today, I’m taking a look at the EWin Championship Series gaming chair. EWin manufactures premium-grade gaming chairs with extremely competitive pricing.Their materials and build quality rival the superb AKRacing Arctica gaming chair, a behemoth that retails for a whopping $499. EWin’s Championship Series, on the other hand, is currently listed for only $279. This price and quality combo is going to be tough to beat. I’m not sure how EWin is able to keep the price tag so low, but whatever they’re doing is certainly placing them above their rivals.

The EWinRacing gaming chair is a real looker, and the model comes in a variety of colorful choices: light pink, dark pink, red, blue, green and white. The shoulder wings have a subtler slope compared to other models I tested in the past. This gives gamers with larger shoulders added comfort when leaning back. EWin has also gone the extra mile and pre-assembled the back cushion onto the back piece to minimize assembly time. It took me no longer than 15 minutes to assemble the entire chair, and I didn't require any assistance.


"It’s sturdy enough to provide proper back and neck support, but remains soft where necessary thanks to its high density memory foam."

The contemporary aesthetic is perfect for a clean and modern gaming setup. Tech enthusiasts who prefer a sleek and stylish work space will love EWin’s elegant curves and clever design accents. The Champion Series isn’t just easy on the eyes, but it’s thoroughly well constructed. You’d think EWin would cut corners with other parts of the chair, but that’s simply not the case. The handles and the plastic covers that fit on the sides are all sturdy and well made. Nothing feels cheap. The steel frame impresses when you actually see how it stretches throughout the chair body, and in combination with the gas lift, it can hold up to 330lbs.


"EWin's materials and build quality rival the superb AKRacing Arctica gaming chair, a behemoth that retails for a whopping $499. EWin’s Championship Series, on the other hand, is currently listed for only $279."

I’ve spent a lot of time with the EWin Champion since I’m in front of the screen for both my work and hobby each day. This is a remarkable chair and it grew on me instantly. It’s sturdy enough to provide proper back and neck support, but remains soft where necessary thanks to its high density memory foam. Much like the AKRacing Arctica, the EWin Champion has adjustable armrests that have front/back left/right sliding functions, clockwise/counterclockwise rotations and vertical adjustments. The lever operated back recliner allows for 85-155 degree adjustments in case you decide to take a nap between gaming sessions. The larger back pillow is another welcome feature. My older DXRacer had a rounder pillow that pushed my lower body too far forward. The flatter and taller pillow follows my spine curvature more naturally, allowing for a better fit when leaning back.

It’s very hard to find faults with such a solid product. If I really had to nitpick, I’d say the wheel design comes off as a little tacky with its Hot-Wheels looking design. But let’s be real here, this hardly classifies as criticism.


Conclusion: The EWin Champion Series is a real surprise, and possibly one of the best gaming chair deals currently on the market. The high quality and low price is really what sets this model apart. Gaming chairs aren’t a cheap investment, but paying $279 for something that has immediate benefits and can potentially last a lifetime is a worthy commitment. If you’ve been on the edge about adding more comfort to your gaming/work setup, EWin’s selection will hopefully solidify your decision to make the transition.  


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