Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam hands-on: Advanced technology and capability provides a safety net for drivers

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Dashboard cameras are used to enhance safety, document accidents for liability and insurance purposes, and capture evidence of damage to your vehicle. The Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam is available now for $399.99 from Best Buy.

I’ve had a sample mounted in my car for the past month and while I thankfully didn’t experience an accident to document, I did get a chance to test out the video performance and user interface. The Nextbase 622GW is easy to use and connects seamlessly to a smartphone for control and management of the camera.

Also: On the road with the Garmin Dash Cam Mini and 66W: Clear video, driver assist, and smartphone control

Box contents

In addition to the camera, the Nextbase 622GW Dash Camretail package includes the click-and-go camera mount, power cable, USB cable, suction mount, power cable fitting tool, and quick start guide. Nextbase also sent along a 64GB

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HyperX Alloy Origins gaming keyboard gets clicky Blue switches: Hands-on

HyperX added a satisfying click to its Alloy Origin gaming keyboard with its own HyperX Blue switches. The $110 full-size gaming keyboard (£110, AU$153 converted) was previously available with the company’s tactile Aqua switches and linear Red switches. The combination of the Alloy Origin with HyperX’s Blue mechanical switches gives you a slim, sturdy gaming keyboard with a classic clicky typing experience and a bit more speed over the competition. 



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Compared to the Cherry MX Blue switch, the HyperX Blue has a slightly shorter 1.8mm actuation point and 3.8mm total travel distance to the MX Blue’s 2.2mm actuation point and 4mm total travel distance. It’s also a lighter switch with a 50-gram operating force to the Cherry’s 60 grams. 

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While I can’t say I noticed a difference in travel between the two, the switch does feel lighter and has a

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First PS5 hands-on videos show off hardware and games, but no UI

Sony has invited a number of Japanese publications and YouTubers to get a closer look at the PlayStation 5. It’s the first time we’ve seen the PS5 hardware outside of leaked images from Taiwan’s National Communications Commission. A variety of publications have now published detailed hands-on images and videos of the PS5, providing a more realistic look at how big the console is and gameplay of titles like Astro’s Playroom and Godfall.

4gamer has published photos of the PS5 standing both vertically and horizontally, demonstrating how the stand works in either position to hold the console in place. Some photos also show how the PS5 will cool itself, and 4gamer notes that it wasn’t able to hear the fan inside the console or feel much heat exhausting from it during its limited time with the hardware.

Although these PS5 previews are clearly in a very limited environment, one of

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Xbox Series X Hands-On Preview – Less Waiting, More Gaming

Next-gen gaming is already here. We’ve had a fully functional Xbox Series X on hand for a few days at this point, and although what we’re running is technically a non-final build of the system, this is a real piece of next-gen hardware. The Velocity architecture, solid-state drives, AMD’s Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU outputting 12 TFLOPs–these are all things we’ve been constantly hearing about as we head into the Series X’s November 10 launch. But now we have first-hand experience.

There are certain aspects of the Xbox Series X that we’re not able to talk about quite yet, but of the things we can cover, we have general performance with backwards compatible Xbox One games, the hardware design itself, load times, and Quick Resume. And right now, I’m convinced that the latter two are the features that make next-gen gaming feel more advanced–it’s those practical improvements that

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Hands-on: SteelSeries Arctis 9 gaming headset brings dual wireless to PC and PS4

Most of the controls are on the right earcup, including power and Bluetooth, mute and volume. A scroll wheel on the left cup adjusts the volume mix between chat and game audio.


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SteelSeries has dropped the “X” from its Xbox-intended Arctis 9X wireless gaming headset, simply calling its PC and PlayStation-compatible model the Arctis 9. Like the 9X, the 9 supports simultaneous Bluetooth and 2.4GHz connections, though they have to be with separate devices, like talking on the phone while gaming on a computer. You can also use it wired through USB. Its pucklike dongle has an analog 3.5mm input for game audio and a line out to the headset. It costs $200, which converts to about £160 or AU$280.

In all other respects it’s the same, with a suspension and steel-reinforced headband, Discord-certified noise-cancelling retractable microphone and support for DTS Headphone:X v2.0 and Windows Spatial audio.

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