Gaming Keyboards

e-element z88 Gaming Keyboard Review

HeyDerp here, I’m anxious to do an unboxing on this totally cool RGB mechanical keyboard.  I haven’t gotten my fingers on one of these yet, but I vow that it will be my next tech purchase.

e-element z88 mechanical gaming keyboard review
HeyDerp reviews his favorite gaming keyboard, the e-element z88.

Reason 1:  This is a best “bang for the buck” gaming keyboard for $36 USD.

Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, E-Element Z88 DIY Blue Switches, Rainbow LED Backlit, Water-Proof, Compact 81 Keys Anti-Ghost, Black

Reason 2:  There are tons of RGB display setting options to make your keyboard light up in colors that match your personal setup.  The photo above is show with chroma wave, but watch this video to see a few more examples:

Reason 3: Why MECHANICAL instead of MEMBRANE?  Switches are the mechanisms beneath each key cap that register your finger strokes.  Mechanical, in my opinion, is best because it has the fastest response time.  With mechanical, you can choose different sensitivity levels in the switches.  Some register with small impact and others make a big bump once the stroke is landed.  Some are quite and some are loud and make a satisfying click with each key depression.   Membrane keyboards are composed of a set of three plastic membranes, with rubber dome-shaped switches underneath each key – key strokes are digitally registered.

Reason 4: This keyboard does not have a number pad on the right hand side, making it shorter in length.  I prefer this because I use a low DPI mouse setting (250), which requires a larger traveling distance or movement of the mouse to get the courser from one side of the screen to the other.  By shortening the keyboard, there is more space in the workstation immediately in front of me for the mouse to comfortably travel in.

Reason 5: ANTI-GHOSTING!!!  “Ghosting” is a technical difficulty experienced when multiple keyboard keys are pressed simultaneously, but not all the keystrokes are registered.  The keystrokes that are not registered, or that the computer did not respond to are called “Ghosted”.    Anti-ghosting technology allows for more key strokes to be registered at the same time.

I hope this keyboard finds its way into your gaming setup.  If it does please drop me a comment and let me know your experience with its performance.


cyberpowerpc i5 gtx1060 tech ratings and review
Gaming PC's, Tech Review

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXIVR8060A4 – Review

cyberpowerpc i5 gtx1060 tech ratings and review
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXIVR8060A4 Desktop Gaming PC (Intel i5-7400 3.0GHz, NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, 120GB SSD, Win 10 Home) Black

HeyDerp gives this one a 5 star recommendation for awesome components, (Intel i5-7400 3.0GHz processor, NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphic card with its own independent 3GB of memory, storage of 1TB hard drive plus an extra 120GB SSD, memory is 8GB DDR4 RAM.

All these above mentioned goodies are showcased in a  see-through black and red light up LED case. AFFORDABLY PRICED UNDER $900!

What this means in the gaming arena is that you get THE BEST “Bang for your Buck” processor – the Intel i5-7400.  If you are playing an MMO game like Minecraft, this processor has the core strength to run your game smoothly, quickly and lag-spike free.  You need high frame rate per second, to render items and opponents moves.  BenchmarkLabs demonstrates a high FPS rate of 744 playing vanilla Minecraft on a  gaming PC with an Intel i5 + NVIDIA GTX 1060 combo.  This is really good performance, watch the video at:

Here is what others are saying about the Cyberpower PC Gamer Xtreme VRGXIVR8060A4


By Derek & Erin Richardson

December 2, 2017

Style: Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB|Size: Processor: Intel I5-7400 3.0GHz|Verified Purchase
After exhaustive research, finally ordered this PC.
Was looking for VR capable, upgradeable, and SSD system drive.
While there are more options available on the vendor’s website, I decided to get this model through Amtazon.
Very minor cosmetic quality issues:
– Clear plastic window had rub marks along the bottom (inside).
– “Intel Core i5” sticker crooked.
Pleasantly surprised that the installed 8GB SDRAM DDR4 was a single DIMM occupying only one of the 4 slots.
Means easy upgrade to 16 & 32GB+ without having to toss the already paid for DIMM.
Ordered “Display Port” cable for connecting to my primary monitor which is running flawlessly.
(wanted to keep the HDMI free for future VR)
System runs very quiet and boot is lightning fast thanks to the SSD.
Haven’t really pushed the envelope yet. Will Update the review if there are issues.
Would give 4.75 as the only issues were cosmetic.
on December 2, 2017
Purchased this as a gaming and family use computer. Unboxed, set up, and it works exactly as it should. As a side note, the exact specs of my computer are: CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXIVR8060A4 Desktop Gaming PC (Intel i5-7400 3.0GHz, NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, 120GB SSD, Win 10 Home) Black—and it was shipped with a WiFi USB adapter. I had read other reviews after purchase, was unclear if I would be able to connect to my wireless network, so went and bought one. This was unnecessary for this particular product. Super happy with this computer.
on October 12, 2017
Just received yesterday, a day earlier than expected. Easy setup but came with no instructions. Quiet. Haven’t pushed it’s performance yet but initial indications with software installs, web rendering, etc., it makes me think that the existing reviews stating that it’s a great entry-level gaming machine are accurate. Love the SSD for fast startup and adding a 2nd monitor today.

Watch UNBOXING and REVIEWS on YouTube:

Gaming Set-ups

Ultimate Gaming Setup for Pro-GAMERS

Hi, HeyDerp here to enlighten you on what an actual Pro – as in professional, PRO-GAMER might be using right now at their computer gaming station to read this very blog post.

Just so you can understand the level of “pro”-ness in this set up, I offer you my amateur gaming set up for a comparison.

First things first, start with a desk to put all of the gorgeous gaming equipment on.

R2-BY gaming desk with lift/hide monitor shelf.
R2-BY gaming desk without lift/hide monitor shelf.
R2-BB gaming desk with lift/hide monitor shelf.
R2-BB gaming desk with lift/hide monitor shelf.

This ultra cool desk from Prospec Designs can be yours for 599€ without the fancy remote lift/hide electronic mechanism for your monitor, or 799€ with the lift kit.  This desk has a full tall tower PC storage compartment on the left side and 2 gaming console shelves on the right.

Second thing second 🙂  the awesomest gaming PC!  We’re going with the NEW ALIENWARE AURORA.    This PC is fully loaded with top notch gaming hardware like:

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 7700k (6-Core, 12MB Cache, up to 4.6GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology)

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Liquid Cooling: Alienware™ 460 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply with High Performance Liquid Cooling

Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti with 11GB GDDR5X

RAM (Memory): 32GB Dual Channel DDR4

Storage Drive: 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage)

Optical CD/DVD Drive: Tray Load DVD-RW Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)

WIFI Connection: Killer 1535 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1

NEW Alienware Aurora R6 Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz/2TB 7200RPM – 32GB DDR4 SDRAM – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 TI 11GB GDDR5X Graphics – 1000W – Windows 10 Gaming Desktop – Get it from

See what’s going on with these (yeah, I recommend getting two)  24 inch curved gaming monitors from Pixio.

  • 24 inch FHD (Full High Definition) 1920 x 1080 Resolution Professional Gaming Monitor
  • Samsung SVA technology, 178˚ Viewing Angle with Anti-Glare screen
  • Up to 144Hz, liquid smooth, blur-free refresh rate
  • Flicker Free, Adaptive Sync, Low Blue Light, 3ms Response Rate, 178 degree View
  • CONNECTIVITY: Compatible with Console & PC platforms, equipped with HDMI and Displayport.

Pixio PX245c 24-inch 144Hz Adaptive Sync FHD 1800R Curved Full HD 1920×1080 Samsung SVA Professional Gaming Monitor – Get it from Amazon!

Next we need a form of input, I’m recommending the Razer Blackwidow X Ultimate keyboard for exactly that.

In staying with the green theme, check the awesome green glow from the individually back lit keys.

Reason 1: It is a mechanical gaming keyboard so it has very little input lag or delay.

Reason 2: Because the keyboard is mechanical, when typing, it sounds “clicky” – which punctuates your keystrokes.

Reason 3: 80 million keystrokes.  Engineered for durability, Razer’s mechanical switches are designed to delivering both top-notch performance and reliable durability time, time, and time again.  According to my calculations, this will give you at least 3 years of non-stop Minecraft action.

Now lets wrap your hand around a high end gaming mouse.  Check this one . . .

As you see, I’ve chosen the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Gaming Mouse and here’s why.

Reason 1: This is an ambidextrous mouse (hold it in your left or right hand)

Reason 2:  Trusted by top eSports professionals, G900 Chaos Spectrum delivers ultra-quick responsiveness that’s virtually lag-free

Reason 3: It is a very “light touch” click mouse, consistently delivering fast, accurate and reliable click performance and a clean, crisp click feel for rapid-fire gaming.

Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Professional Grade Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse, Ambidextrous Mouse – Get it on AMAZON!

Give your mouse a home, or a pad to roam.

This is ultra cool because it has customizable RGB lighting on the sides.

Razer Firefly Chroma Custom Lighting Hard Gaming Mouse Pad

In order to achieve the perfect balance between control and speed, the Razer Firefly features a hard, micro-textured finish that gives you pinpoint accuracy and effortless speed.

Razer Firefly Chroma Custom Lighting Hard Gaming Mouse Pad (Certified Refurbished) Get it on AMAZON!

Get your ears in the game with the ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Dolby Gaming Headset – Black/Green – Xbox One + PC from AMAZON!

No strings attached – or wires rather.  This wireless headset for Xbox One, PC, and Mac delivers top-of-the-line acoustics, ergonomics, and durability that professional gamers demand.

Reason 1: Many reviews I’ve read say these are the best sounding things on the market.

Reason 2: This headset has Dolby 7.1 surround sound  so you can hear enemies and objects from all angles.  Included software allows you to optimize chat levels and game sounds with the built-in MixAmp™ technology.

Reason 3: Discord certified.  Since Discord is all about talking with your friends, they wanted to help you guys out and slap a “good to go” Discord approval on headsets that they love.  The Astro A50 headset is also compatible with  PC, Mac and Xbox One.

Be heard loud and clear with Razer Seiren Pro Elite XLR and USB Digital Microphone – Record with Professional-Grade Studio Sound from AMAZON!

Ensure you sound exactly the way you want your audience to hear you, and use the included controls to adjust the mic gain and headphone volume.  This mic offers HD recording with outstanding clarity.

Alienware 13 Gaming Laptop from Dell - Review from HeyDerp
Gaming Laptop, Tech Review


Alienware 13 Gaming Laptop Review from HeyDerp.


Hi, HeyDerp here – I WISH, wish WiSh! I had the Alienware 13 inch gaming laptop in front of me to review.  But not yet – I’m saving up for it.

I have officially decided that the Alienware 13 gaming laptop is my favourite choice for my first purchase computer (up to now I have been using my dad’s old, very old office PC).  Let me list some reasons why I, or any entry level Minecraft gamer, must have this computer.

Reason 1: The price is reasonable!

Reason 2:  7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ

You might ask, what is the Core i5 and why would I want that when i9’s are available.  Good question –  I am a Minecraft gamer and I choose the i5 because it is the best “dollar for performance” investment for your gaming fun.   I have done some research and found that Intel is a preferable computer processor manufacturer to AMD and equivalents.  The processor is like the brain of the computer, the difference between i5 or i7-i9 is that i7-i9 can multi-task, handle multi-media and high end (virtual) gaming at a quicker speed.  They are are  aimed at people who complain that their current system is “too slow.”  For my gaming and multi-media purposes (Minecraft, Discord, YouTube) i5 is all the computer-brain power I need.

Reason 3: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 2GB GDDR5

This is your graphics card. When you’re gaming, it matters how fast your computer is able to load the graphics onto to your screen, this is measured in fps (frames per second) or fpm (frames per minute) as I happen to get on my 8 year old PC :).  Increasing your fps (frames per second) allows your player to interact better with the moving environment and other players in combat.  You will be better at pvp (player versus play) combat if you are more quickly seeing the moves of your opponent.

From reviews I’ve read, this the best graphics card you can get in its price range.

Reason 4: 8GB DDR4 at 2400MHz

This is your RAM, or random-access memory.  This 8 Gigabytes of space is not where all your programs are stored, it is where the files your computer is currently using (like in a running game or graphics program) are kept for immediate use.  Many games and graphics programs today require a minimum of 4GB just to operate, I feel that 8GB will provide ample RAM for my gaming performance.

Reason 5: COOLNESS!

You are able to program the keyboard lights and even program the track-pad to light up whenever you click it.  The shape looks cool and futuristic with the Alienware logo on the laptop lid (also programable to light up).  Check it out for yourself on this video.

Alienware 13 Gaming Laptop Video from Dell




Gaming Mouse

Review of Trust GXT 162 gaming mouse.

Maximum hand comfort! I really like the contour or shape of this mouse.  The thumb rest and the pinky rest are so comfortable, they are an unexpected addition to the traditionally smooth egg shaped mouse – my hand loves it and thanks Trust GXT for the added finger support.

Trust GXT Gaming Mouse
Trust GXT Gaming Mouse

This mouse comes with gaming pro’s galore!  I’m a big-time Minecraft player and I am quite enjoying the addition of the second left click button which allows you to click 3 times with a single touch of the button.  It is very helpful with “butterfly clicking” for PVP (player versus player combat).  For noobs “Butterfly Clicking” is using both your index and middle finger in a fast alternating click pattern.

In total it has 9 programmable buttons.  I don’t have much experience with software installation or configuration, but found that installing and programming was simple.

I am operating on the Windows 10 64 bit PC platform and have not run into any errors or conflict issues.

I like the matte black velvety finish on the mouse and it lights up with a full range of colors on the logo which looks very cool.

HeyDerps give the Trust GXT 162 4000 DPI a big thumbs up, excellent gaming mouse for an excellent price!

P.S. please sponsor HeyDerp with tech gear  – my PC is 8 years old and I would be overjoyed to review your latest in technology 🙂