Some Of The Biggest Brands In The World Had Their Products (Part 9)

12/10/2012 3:45:58 PM

TDK Clef Cocktail - Music is served

Big headphones are fast becoming a fashion statement. Even so, smaller in-ear types are not ready to lose out just yet. Backing up this still popular earphones type is TDK as it releases the Clef Cocktail, which comes in 10 different colours. Aside from the improvement in style, how will this in-ear headphone's audio quality sound like? Read on to find out.

Comfortable sound

According to TDK, the design of its Clef Cocktail is the reminiscent of a cocktail glass with a crystal cut. From the looks of it, the in-ear headphones unit does look like it. The design is not overly bling as it just uses enough for deco. Such a design allows them to sit comfortably in the ear, even after an extended period of usage. A nice touch to the headphones is the cord adjuster that help prevents it from tangling up.

Surprisingly loud

As this is an in-ear headphone, the noise isolation is naturally great. Another good thing to point out is its bass. It may not be the best one available but it produces convincing bass for the ears to identify. Another plus: there are no noise leaks. For all the plusses, the Clef Cocktail suffers from being too loud as it produces audio levels that can be painful to the ears when the music suddenly blasts out a high note.


·         Cord length: 1.1m

·         Connector: 3.5 mm audio jack

·         Frequency: 20 - 20, 000 Hz


·         A nice looking in-ear headphone with decent audio quality

·         Value: 7/10

·         Features: 6/10

·         Performance: 7/10

·         Design: 8/10

·         Usability: 7/10

·         Score 7.0/10

WESC Chambers by RZA - By RZA

WESC Chambers by RZA - By RZA

Much like Beats audio, WESC products tend to fall in the lifestyle category, which means they are out there to be seen. The Chambers by RZA (of the Wu Tang Clan) certainly looks good but the real question is whether there is substance to the style.

The style

So we’ve established that there is some amount of style to the Chambers (by RZA). It’s not much though. The whole construction feels a little cheap thanks to the plastic outer layer, which something that isn’t noticeable until you start handling the headphones. Even so, that isn’t the big issue. The real problem I had was with the padding around the drivers. They were hard, like the person in charge of the foam used to work in a Kevlar vest factory.

The substance

I would be lying if I said that the sound quality of the Chambers (by RZA) was bad. It really isn't. On the other hand, it's not great either. While the audio quality is clear, it lacks any sort of depth and everything is a little flat. The bass is average, not entirely providing the proper low frequencies that are essential for enjoying certain genres of music. Overall, one would expect a little more from something at this price point.


·         Output sound: 34mW

·         Frequency response: 20 - 20kHz

·         Impedence: 32 Ohms

·         Plug: 3.5mm Gold plated


·         More style than substance

·         Value: 6/10

·         Features: 8/10

·         Performance: 8/10

·         Design: 6/10

·         Usability: 7/10

·         Score: 7.0/10

CMStorm Quick Fire - Definitely on Fire

CMStorm Quick Fire - Definitely on Fire

CMStorm may not be the biggest name in gaming peripherals but they’re certainly building a reputation for high quality products that any gamer would love to have. The Quick Fire gaming keyboard is no exception. And yes, it does come in black.

Very tall order

The Quick Fire comes with a very solid construction, everything about it feels like it's meant to take the worst over-reaction of any sort that you may have. The main chassis is heavy enough that it won't end up shifting around much, which is good because the rubber pads at the bottom aren't very good at stopping random keystroke movements on their own. The mechanical keys are nice and solid and can definitely take a pounding. CMStorm has taken a no-nonsense approach to this keyboard, and it works beautifully. If there was one thing to complain about, it would about how the whole build is very tall, which makes it difficult to find a comfortable way to use the keyboard for a long time. Proper ergonomics are a must if you're considering this purchase.

Great feedback

The typing experience on the Quick Fire is amazing. The amount of tactile feedback happens to be just right, making it feel like something is being done while the keys are tapped on, while the sound of the keys being pressed takes us right back to the early days of using a keyboard. There's something nostalgic and satisfying about hearing keys tap just the right way. That being said, this is not something that you buy to type and do work. It knows exactly what it is, especially with the lighting on the WASD and arrow keys. Performance wise the keys need to be pressed quite a bit to get anything moving, which limits response times. However, it makes up for the slight problem with a rapid repeat key-typing rate.


·         Dimensions: 454 x 155 x 31 mm

·         Weight: 1.3 kg

·         Connection: USB 2.0


·         Oddly satisfying for real work too

·         Value: 9/10

·         Features: 9/10

·         Performance: 9/10

·         Design: 9/10

·         Usability: 9/10

·         Score: 9.0/10

Razer Taipan - Aren’t Taipans Venomous?

Razer Taipan - Aren’t Taipans Venomous?

The Razer Taipan isn't as flashy as the Naga but it's still a nice piece of work. While it sports the ambidextrous grip that I personally find unnecessary, it is the other interesting features that set it apart from the rest.

Designed for comfort

Yes, the ambidextrous design doesn't quite help anyone. It works for regular work because there's no need for superior reflexes and control when putting a spreadsheet together. Microsoft Word doesn't care if your mouse sensor has 8200 dpi, but a gaming mouse should allow the hand to fit as naturally as possible. This isn't done by an ambidextrous grip. However, that being said, the Taipan features a rubberised thumb rest. This is, honestly, the best thing since sliced bread. There are times when it feels more comfortable than a contoured grip, even after several hours of use.

Designed for performance

The Razer Taipan comes with nine buttons but the layout only allows you to operate eight of them at any time. Part of the design concessions made to allow the mouse to be used in either hand. Sure, you could potentially learn how to click the buttons on the far end with your pinky finger but that's a lot more work than it's worth. Performance wise, the Taipan is enjoyable to use and very responsive. I was using it to play World of Tanks on my bed and still saw an increase in aiming speed and accuracy.


·         Sensitivity: 8200 dpi

·         Buttons: 9 programmable

·         Response: 1000Hz Ultrapolling


·         Rubberised grips should be standard on everything. Oddly satisfying for real work too

·         Value: 8/10

·         Features: 8/10

·         Performance: 8/10

·         Design: 9/10

·         Usability: 9/10

·         Score: 8.4/10


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