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    Operate Now: Hospital – $20 Gift Card Giveaway

    Available on iOS and Android exclusively from Spil Games

    Here at The Mommy Gamers we love giving stuff away to our community. Today it’s a $20 gift card to use for in game purchases in Operate Now: Hospital.

    Available on iOS and Android exclusively from Spil Games, Operate Now: Hospital, is a drama inspired medical journey, where you experience being a surgeon, building a medical team, and managing a hospital. In this realistic simulation game, your objective is to assemble a highly skilled medical team to perform operations on patients and to put your medical facility at the number one spot in the world.

    The game is free to download so you can start playing now while you wait to see if you’ve won. I’ll be playing as well and will return with a review of the game once the contest is over. I may have already gotten my husband hooked! Oh the hospital drama!

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    Scrubs and gloves at the ready! Enter the giveaway below.

    Google Play / iTunes $20 Gift Card

    10 Great Gifts For Your Geeky Mom

    Let her relax then drop the gift bombs


    This weekend is Mother’s Day weekend. If you don’t already have a gift planned for your mom you should probably get on that STAT. I’m sure your mom adores you and will appreciate anything you get her. However, if you’re ready to thank her BIG for all the years of teenage bullshit she put up with, please refer to the list below.

    *NOTE: This list is based on items I’ve personally owned, used, pine for, or had suggested to me by friends.

    1. Apple iPad Pro

    Your mom loves her iPhone but the screen is just too small for some games. The 9.7″ inch iPad Pro is perfect for such occasion and so much more. Be sure to get the one with lots of storage. You can never have too much storage space for games, music, photos and videos. The iPad Pro maxes out at 256GB which is more than enough.

    2. Apple iWatch 2

    Hatching PokemonGo eggs has never been more fun! She’ll also never miss another call, text, date or notification. It will track her activity, remind her to stand and help calm her mind with deep breathing exercises. There are even secret achievement events. Whaaaa? ‘Nough said.

    3. Apple Pencil (for iPad Pro)

    Not everyone wants or needs a stylus, but for those that already have an iPad Pro there’s this. It mimics the size and feel of a real pencil better that most styluses out on the market. I’ve been dying to take this for a spin in order to digitally practice handlettering– I mean… your mom.

    4. Eye-Vac Touchless Stationary Vacuum

    You know what part of sweeping sucks the most? Having to pick it up with the dust pan and dumping it in the garbage. The Eye-Vac Stationary Vacuum will save you that last step. Just sweep towards the mouth and it will automagically vacuum it up. No more back braking. No more dust, hair, and dirt in your face. You just gave your mom weeks, if not months of time back. There’s even a pet version available. She’s going to love it!

    5. HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

    These babies are light weight, memory foam, with 90 degree rotating ear cups and 50mm directional drivers for audio precision. Games sound good. You sound good. At an affordable price point these are an excellent entry level gaming headset. However, they work for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Mac and mobile. Buy these and save your mom from the guilt she’d feel when your little brother or puppy inevitably destroy them.

    6. Amazon Echo

    Let’s be honest, Amazon Prime has been God’s gift to online shoppers. The Amazon Echo is like Siri but better. Combine Echo and Prime and you have a personal assistant that plays music, adjusts your lights, reads you audiobooks, and will place Amazon orders when you run out of toilet paper. If you’re not ready to splurge on the Echo you can test the water with the Dot. Alexa, send Mom a Nintendo Switch.

    7. Reliefband

    Video games continue to improve and get more realistic. VR is picking up steam. For some people there is a downside to these advances which includes wanting to toss their cookies after each round of their favorite FPS. The Reliefband claims to work for VR sickness plus motion sickness AND morning sickness. Need I say more?

    8. Owlet Smart Sock 2

    New baby. Who dis? This thing tracks your baby’s heart beat and oxygen levels and lets you monitor it from your iPhone. Peace of mind allows for peaceful sleep. Both are priceless gifts for new moms.

    9. Pixie

    This product is perfect for people so focused on others they forget and misplace things. Affix a Pixie tag on important items like car keys, wallets, luggage, etc. and track them using your iPad or iPhone (hmm… I’ve established a trend here). Pixie tags come in packs of 2, 4, 6 or 8 and with a free iPhone case. Looks like they’re also having a Mother’s Day sale.

    10. Ring

    Both a doorbell and a motion sensor camera, Ring allows users to see, hear and speak to anyone at the door from their smartphone, tablet or PC. What better way to stay on top of all those Prime packages being delivered?

    Mother’s day isn’t about spending all the dollars, but it is about treating your mom to a day off. Consider taking care of all the pets, cooking dinner, letting her pick the movie, babysitting your siblings, doing the dishes and/or laundry. Anything that will allow her to take a deep breath and put her feet up. Then maybe you can slide her that sexy iPad Pro you got her.

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    Aftershokz Gamez Headset Review and Giveaway

    Wireless bone conduction headset

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    I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge fan of sticking things in my ears. Sure, earbuds do their job, but after a while they make my ears really itchy. Not to mention it blocks out your surroundings and make it difficult to hear coworkers approaching your cubicle, on coming traffic and other important environment processing information.

    Luckily, there are options for ear bud hating people like me. Wireless options even! The Aftershokz Gamez headset is “a wireless bone conduction headset for safe gaming on PC, Mac and mobile devices. The lightweight, open ear design keeps gamers connected to the game and their surroundings while PremiumPitch+™ audio creates an immersive stereo environment for gaming at home or on the go.”

    What is bone conduction? According to Wikipedia “Bone conduction is the conduction of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull. Bone conduction transmission can be used with individuals with normal or impaired hearing.” I’m intrigued!

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    Features:

    • Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear surroundings
    • OpenFit™ design ensures maximum awareness and comfort during long-term wear
    • PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass
    • LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage
    • Precisely placed dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, and enhance speech, ideal for clear communication with other gamers during play
    • Enjoy six hours of continuous play on a single charge
    • EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibration
    • IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture
    • Audrey Says™ voice prompts guide users through power, pair, play and talk
    • Hassle-free 2-year warranty

    If you’re not used to wearing a headset that goes around the back of your head, sporting the Aftershokz Gamez might take a little getting used to. My teenage son complained they were uncomfortable immediately after putting them on. I, however, forgot I was wearing them after 15 minutes and liked how easy they were to hide under my hair.

    The Gamez headset is wireless and connects to your PC, Mac, and mobile devices via bluetooth technology. The ability to make phone calls, chat in game and listen to game audio without being deaf to your environment is it’s biggest selling point. I was hoping that the sound wouldn’t bleed out, but the truth is those near by will be able to hear what you’re listening to, as is the case with most other headsets/earbuds.

    I don’t know if it was intentional, but the metallic green color makes me immediately think Master Chief, which I’m sure some of you will appreciate.

    The headset itself comes with a USB charger, an adjustable tension band, reflector stickers and an AfterShokz branded pouch to store it all. (Retail price: $99.95)

    To purchase, visit: AfterShokz.com or enter using the widget below to win yourself a pair.

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    AfterShokz Gamez Wireless Headset

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    The Vampire Diaries/The Originals Blue Ray, DVD + Digital Download Giveaway

    Are you fit for vampire life?

    The Vampire Diaries and The Originals DVD Covers
    Fans of The Mommy Gamers podcast are no stranger to how much I love vampires, specifically The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. I’ve actually just returned from my third tour of Mystic Falls (Covington, GA). You can hear about my first tour in Episode 48: A Vampire Diaries Special. I also might have maybe met some of the cast.

    First – we have four blogger exclusive interviews with the creator of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Julie Plec. These super fan videos feature Julie confessing her favorite moments & top 5 episodes from the recent seasons of both The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season and The Originals The Complete Second Season.

    About The Vampire Diaries/The Originals

    About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season

    The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.

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    Own The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015.

    Contains All 22 Episodes From The Sixth Season Plus Two Featurettes, An Audio Commentary, The 2014 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, And A Gag Reel

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    About The Originals The Complete Second Season

    As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.

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    Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015

    Contains All 22 Episodes From The Second Season Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes And Much More!

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    Giveaway

    Oh god… I’m school girl squealing and hard core fan girling about doing this giveaway! I’m going to make it really easy on you to enter to win. Take the “Are you Fit for Vampire Life?” Quiz below to find out if you have what it takes to be a creature of the night. On September 1st come back to take a new “Could You Be a Supernatural Being?” Quiz – the app will be automatically updated with a new quiz experience, so be sure to take both! Leave a comment with at least one of your quiz results below before 11:59 pm EST on September 14, 2015 for your chance to win. Feel free to scroll through all the images from the shows and come back every week for new unlocked content.

    Official Rules

    Each household is only eligible to win (1) The Vampire Diaries Season 6 or The Originals Season 2 chosen at random via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    A winner will be selected at random by 11:59pm EST September 16, 2015. Be sure to leave your email, facebook, or twitter handle so we can contact you if you win.

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    Ride in Mad Max-inspired Uber Vehicles During PAX Prime

    Friday, Aug. 28-Monday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PDT

    Mad Max vehicle

    The upcoming open-world action game Mad Max from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Avalanche Studios, available Sept. 1, will be bringing The Wasteland to Seattle at PAX Prime, where Uber (just when I thought they couldn’t get any better) will be offering Mad Max game-inspired vehicles for riders to select from in the area. That’s right. I repeat Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. and Avalanche Studios teamed up with Uber and will be offering Mad Max game-inspired vehicles for riders to select from in the area. Not gonna lie, I’m super jealous right now. My husband is an Uber driver and his jaw dropped when I told him about this. Having cupcakes and ice cream delivered is pretty sweet, but this, this is EPIC!

    If you happen to score an Uber ride in one of the Mad Max inspired cars please tweet us some pics @TheMommyGamers. I’ll just have to live vicariously through you.

    Mad Max game Uber vehicle

    Photo Credit: @Swift_sh0t

    Mad Max game Uber vehicle

    Photo Credit: @Swift_sh0t

    What:

    Uber riders will get a chance to ride in vehicles inspired by the Mad Max game at PAX Prime in Seattle from Aug. 28-Sept. 1.

    Who:

    Uber riders at PAX Prime in Seattle

    Where:

    Washington State Convention Center

    When:

    Friday, Aug. 28-Monday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PDT

    About:

    The Mad Max video game introduces an original story set within the universe of Mad Max and features deep car customization that impacts its handling, metal-grinding vehicular action and gives players a vast arsenal of mobile weaponry within The Wasteland. Players become Max, the lone warrior who must fight to stay alive by engaging in vicious on-ground fighting, as well as physics-based vehicular combat, against savage factions who are fighting for domination and survival in this gritty, dynamic open-world.

    Pre-order Mad Max and get The Ripper, a fully upgradable Magnum Opus car body by visiting: http://www.madmaxgame.com/buynow/

    Developed by Avalanche Studios, Mad Max will be released on Sept. 1, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

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    ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE!

    Performing hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepson and more!

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    Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Iconic Entertainment Studios announced that ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE!, a brand new, music-filled interactive live show, will take the stage, touring 50+ cities nationwide for a total of 80 shows, beginning on October 5th in Toronto, Canada. The chipmunk trio is being accompanied by the Chipettes and will delight fans of all ages with LIVE performances featuring world-class production, music, special effects, and immersive interactivity to encourage audience participation.

    Based on the characters from the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, the show will bring the music and excitement of a live rock concert to life as the Chipmunks perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepson, Elvis Presley and more! Join the Chipmunks on a wild musical journey singing and dancing their way across America. With the Chipettes as their opening act, Alvin and the gang plan a big charity concert to save Woodstock. There’s plenty of excitement and laughs along the way as they kick it old school at a break-dancing competition in Chicago, shake rattle and roll at an Elvis convention in Las Vegas and kick up their boots at a hoe down in Nashville. Chipmunk fans of all ages (that includes me!) will experience the laughs, music and adventure LIVE on stage!

    I watched the TV show regularly as a kid. Theodore was my favorite. Is it weird that I really want to go to this? There’s a tour date in Jacksonville. How do I convince Marcia to make this a (The) Mommy Gamers family event? Leave some suggestions in the comments.

    See below for tour dates and locations. For more information, the most updated tour dates and to purchase tickets, please visit, www.alvinlive.com

    Tour Dates:
    1. October 5th – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
    2. October 7th – Syracuse, NY – Crouse Hinds Hall
    3. October 8th – Lowell, MA – Memorial Auditorium
    4. October 9th – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
    5. October 10th – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
    6. October 11th – Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
    7. October 14th – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston PAC
    8. October 15th – St Petersburg, FL – The Mahaffey
    9. October 16th – Miami, FL – Ziff Ballet Opera House
    10. October 17th – Jacksonville, FL – Moran Theatre
    11. October 18th – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
    12. October 20th – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
    13. October 22nd – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre
    14. October 23rd – Oklahoma City, OK – Cox Convention Center Arena
    15. October 24th – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center
    16. October 25th – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theater
    17. October 26th – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
    18. October 27th – Omaha, NE – UNO Arena
    19. October 28th – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
    20. October 29th – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre
    21. October 30th – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
    22. October 31st – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
    23. November 1st – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre
    24. November 2nd – Buffalo, NY – Center for the Arts
    25. November 5th – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
    26. November 6th – Indiana, PA – Kovalchick Arena
    27. November 7th – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
    28. November 8th – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
    29. November 9th – Charlotte, NC – Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
    30. November 11th – Schenectady, NY – Proctor’s Theatre
    31. November 12th – Kingston, RI – Ryan Center
    32. November 14th – Brooklyn, NY – King’s Theatre
    33. November 15th – Wilkes Barre, PA – FM Kirby Center
    34. November 18th – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
    35. November 19th – Peoria, IL – Civic Center Theatre
    36. November 20th – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
    37. November 21st – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
    38. November 22nd – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
    39. November 24th – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
    40. November 25th – Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre
    41. November 26th – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee
    42. November 27th – Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall
    43. November 28th – Vancouver, BC – The Centre for the Arts
    44. November 29th – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
    45. December 1st – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
    46. December 2nd – Las Vegas, NV – Orleans Arena
    47. December 4th – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
    48. December 5th – Rio Rancho, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
    49. December 6th – Denver, CO – Bellco Theatre

    About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products:
    A division of 21st Century Fox and recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content.

    About Iconic Entertainment Studios:
    Iconic Entertainment Studios is Michael Cohl’s diversified international family show and event entertainment company specializing in the acquisition, development and production of high caliber touring exhibitions, unique live music tours and events, theatrical performances, and consumer and multimedia product offerings. Clients have included The Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd and many others throughout the world. Current and recent productions include: Barbra Streisand, David Gilmour, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Marvel Experience, Rock of Ages, An Evening with Al Pacino, A Night with Janis Joplin, Super Why!, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Alvin and The Chipmunks.

    For additional information, visit: www.s2bnentertainment.com

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    Logitech Father’s Day Giveaway: Modern Gaming Toolbox

    Photo Credit: John Henry

    Photo Credit: John Henry

    Dad’s Toolbox 2.0

    Father’s day is fast approaching. In honor, Logitech is hosting a social contest on its Facebook page to celebrate five different types of dads – the living room king, the hardworking professional, the gamer, the trendsetter, and the adventurous and outdoorsy. Anyone who votes for the photo that best represents his/her dad will be entered to win a Father’s Day prize pack to gift their dad this year.

    To continue the celebration, we’ve teamed up with Logitech to host our own giveaway. That’s two opportunities to win an awesome toolbox for Dad this year!

    But first, let me introduce you to the stars of this giveaway…

    Logitech G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard

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    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Product Description
    Every gamer wants an extra edge over the competition. Featuring exclusive new Romer-GTM mechanical keys that deliver 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent illumination, the Logitech® G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard is the world’s most advanced mechanical gaming keyboard. It also features Arx Control integration and nine programmable buttons in a performance-driven design.

    Key Features

    • Exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches: With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches. Improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent longer than others on the market, also allows this keyboard to weather the wear and tear of intense gaming.
    • Intelligent Illumination: Customize each key light from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors. Illuminate specific keys when they’re ready to be used or highlight your most important spells and commands. The lighting is centrally located within each switch and is directed by precision optics, to ensure that the lettering on each key is evenly illuminated.
    • Nine Programmable Buttons: Assign game controls and macros to the nine individually programmable G-keys for quick and easy access to complex commands. Orion Spark supports up to 27 commands across three profiles for maximum convenience, and setup is easy using Logitech Gaming Software.
    • Arx Control Integration: Leverage Arx Control, a new app from Logitech G that works with LGS, to access a wide range of information on your mobile device including anything from in-game intelligence, to vital system performance stats, to media controls. Orion Spark features a pullout tray that supports most iOS® and AndroidTM devices, providing easy access to Arx Control data.

    Price: $179.99    |     Available at: gaming.logitech.com

    Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Gaming Mouse

    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Product Description
    Designed for and tested by the gaming enthusiast and eSports community, the Logitech® G303 Daedalus Apex Performance Edition Gaming Mouse delivers maximum accuracy, responsiveness and performance. It features Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero™ optical sensor technology and metal spring button tensioning system in a lightweight, compact form. This performance-oriented mouse also incorporates RGB customizable lighting color and brightness to match your style, system, or environment.

    Key Features

    • Advanced Optical Sensor: This mouse features Logitech’s best optical sensor for maximum tracking accuracy. Our exclusive Delta Zero optical sensor technology minimizes speed-related accuracy variance, commonly known as “mouse acceleration,” for improved accuracy and precision targeting. The optical sensor can also be tuned to achieve optimum lift-off distance and maximum tracking speeds on any gaming surface.
    • Performance-Driven Design: Designed to meet the needs of the performance gaming enthusiast and eSports community, the Logitech G303 delivers the utmost accuracy, responsiveness and performance in a lightweight, compact and durable form factor.
    • RGB Customizable Lighting: For maximum visual appeal, full-color RGB lighting on Daedalus Apex projects light onto your mouse pad and can be customized from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors. Bring your mouse to life with “breathing” light patterns, or set your lighting to sleep when you aren’t using your system.
    • Metal Spring Tensioning System: Logitech’s exclusive metal spring tensioning system on left and right mouse buttons reduces pre-travel, resulting in improved button responsiveness and feel. The left and right mouse buttons have also been tested for 20 million clicks – which is the equivalent of a top professional gamer practicing 10 hours per day for two years.
    • Six Programmable Buttons: Configure your buttons to deliver individual keystrokes or complex macros using Logitech Gaming Software. Gamers’ personal configuration can be saved to onboard memory for maximum speed and accessibility.
    • DPI Settings: The G303 comes with five DPI settings that can be accessed in an instant, making it easy to shift down for pixel-perfect targeting or shift up for high-speed navigation, all with maximum precision.

    Price: $69.99    |    Available at: gaming.logitech.com

    Be sure to check individual product links below for additional information on System Requirements, Product Specifications and Warranty.

    Giveaway Prize

    Modern Gaming Toolbox

    Official Rules

    Giveaway open to the U.S.A.

    Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Dad’s Toolbox via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    A winner will be selected via rafflecopter by 3pm EST Monday June 17th, 2015.

    I will be shipping the toolbox ASAP to be delivered just in time for Father’s Day.

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    V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Review

    Photo Credit: V-MODA

    Photo Credit: V-MODA

    A New Contender Has Arrived

    When searching for the ideal gaming headset, there are a few things I look for: good aesthetic design, comfort, excellent microphone quality, and a decent price range. I had yet to venture outside of the $100-175 range, but V-MODA just changed that for me.

    I was pretty excited when the mail man delivered my package. The review kit I received included:

    V-MODA Crossfade M-100 ($310):

    • Exoskeleton hard case
    • Crossfade M-100 headset over-ear/noise isolating headset
    • 1-button speak easy mic cable
    • SharePlay audio cable
    • 1/4″ 24k gold pro adapter

    V-MODA BoomPro ($30)

    • BoomPro mic
    • 3.5mm Y-adapter

    My husband was kind enough to record an unboxing video for us (I was being camera shy that day), you can check that out below.

    Thoughtful Packaging

    First things first. It’s obvious a lot of thought went into the packaging. The box is sturdy and has a suede handle and button clasp. There was also a small red ribbon that needed to be cut before the box could be opened. “This is something like grand that’s about to happen here” John notes. I share his excitement.

    The headset’s CliqFold metal hinge allows it to be neatly stored within it’s own clam shell case. At first I tried putting them back into the case after each use, but I use them frequently and it got old fairly quick. However, I do see the value of having a travel case and anyone that travels with their headset will certainly appreciate it. The wires are neatly wrapped inside with reusable Velcro ties and are held in place with elastic bands at each end of the clam shell. This is a great example of the care and thought that went into the packaging. It even has a carabiner clip so that the case can be easily hung from backpacks, etc.

    Clam Shell Travel Case

    Clam Shell Travel Case

    Impressive Sound Quality

    While the sound quality of music and video games was great, the headset made it painfully obvious how shitty cell/VoIP calls really sound. This is also the part where I tell you it has a ‘unique sound signature characterized by its addictive deep yet clean bass, vibrant mids, and clear highs’ but I won’t bullshit you. I’m not an audiophile. I’ll just do you the favor of linking to some other reviews, at the end of this post, that can describe the exceptional sound quality in detail. What I can tell you is that it was voted 2013 and 2014 “Best DJ Headphone” by DJ Mag. I’m pretty sure that’s a big deal.

    The BoomPro is a professional-grade boom mic for gaming, Skype, broadcast/podcast. It’s compatible with all headphones that have a 3.5mm port and has a SteelFlex adjustable boom arm. Besides gaming and streaming with it, I did get a chance to record a couple of voice overs and I was really impressed with the quality. I normally use my Blue Yeti to record The Mommy Gamers podcast but I’m considering a switch to the Crossfade M-100 since it sounded THAT good and I wear a headset anyway. One thing to note is that the mic does not come with a windsock. I positioned it the way I would have with my previous headset but I found myself popping P’s. Adjusting the mic to be a bit further away from my mouth seemed to curb the problem. However, if you feel strongly about having a windsock, you can purchase one for under $2 on Amazon.

    V-MODA Crossfade M-100 vs. Competitor

    V-MODA Crossfade M-100 vs. Competitor

    Comfort and Durability

    The Crossfade M-100 over-the-ear headset is fairly lightweight (280g) and incredibly comfortable. They have an adjustable ergonomic steelflex headband and fit perfectly over my ears. I don’t think that was the case for John, so he and those with larger ears will be happy to know that they offer XL Memory Cushions for $20. The cables included are Kevlar reinforced (great news for me since I have a kitten that likes nibbling on wires) and able to withstand 1+ million cable bends. The headband will survive 10+ flat bends.

    V-MODA Crossfade M-100

    V-MODA Crossfade M-100

    The BoomPro wires are also Kevlar reinforced. It has a mute switch and rotary volume control which seemed a little sensitive. I found myself unintentionally lowering the volume while shifting in my seat. Clipping it to my shirt eliminated the problem. The mic itself can be attached to the left or the right side of the headset and since it’s removable there’s no longer a need for gamers to have separate headsets for music and gaming.

    V-MODA BoomPro

    V-MODA BoomPro

    Although not included in my kit, V-MODA also offers the CoilPro ($30) which extends listening reach by 12 feet for DJ booths, electronic music instruments or productions studios.

    Stylish Design

    The headset itself is available in Matte Black, White Silver and Shadow. The shields come in a variety of colors and can be customized with laser engraving for FREE with purchase of the Crossfade M-100s on the V-MODA website ($45 value). While the look of the shields didn’t originally appeal to me, seeing images of them customized started to seduce me. There are currently 19 different colors available with Dark Purple and Electric Pink (YES!) among them.

    Overall the V-MODA Crossfade M-100s are a stylish, comfortable, durable and great sounding headset worth the $310 price point. I will definitely be buying a set for my husband and we’ve already been discussing how we’ll customize them.

    Big thanks to V-MODA for the review kit and for making an impressive first impression.

    Where To Purchase

    You can purchase your own Crossfade M-100s (with Free laser engraving – $45 value) and BoomPro directly from V-MODA or alternatively you can order from Amazon. They are also available at Best Buy, Ralph Lauren at Macy’s, Brookstone and Microsoft Stores.

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