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In his latest gadget roundup, SEAN BACHER highlights the Powermonkey Explorer 2, a Dell Tablet Keyboard Mobile, the Cougar 200K Gaming Keyboard, Western Digital’s My Passport Wireless and the Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One.

Powermonkey Explorer 2

The Powermonkey Explorer 2 portable recharger houses a powerful, dual-core, 6000mAh lithium-ion battery, capable of recharging an iPhone 5 up to three times, a GoPro Hero3+ four times and a Garmin Edge 1000 four times.  It’s also compatible with a range of other 5V devices such as tablets (including iPad), iPods, digital cameras, satelite phones and more. The device is dust-, water- and shock-proof, making it ideal for outdoor use.

Expect to pay: R1 400

Stockists: Visit www.powertraveller.com for ordering information.

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Western Digital My Passport Wireless

The My Passport Wireless is a user-friendly Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows users to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with most smartphones, tables and computers. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection. The device is available in storage sizes ranging from 500GB to 2TB.

Expect to pay: R1 899 for 500GB, R2 499 for 1TB and R3 399 for 2TB

Stockists: Reputable electronics retail outlets nationwide.

Cougar 200K Gaming Keyboard

This keyboard is designed for high-end gamers, in that it features anti-ghosting technology for precise accuracy. It is also compact and durable, and features 19 programmable keys. The keyboard also offers users the ability to adjust the screen’s brightness and control media without having to reach for a mouse.

Expect to pay: R377

Stockists: Visit any of these online stores: www.evetech.co.zawww.landmarkpc.co.zawww.rebeltech.co.zawww.wootware.co.za

Dell Tablet Keyboard Mobile

Creating the full laptop experience, the Dell Tablet Keyboard Mobile features powerful magnets to connect quickly and efficiently to a tablet. Switch from tablet to notebook with a simple click and enhance the tablet experience with the ability to make use of a touchscreen or keyboard. The Dell Tablet Keyboard Mobile is Windows 8 compliant and offers multi-angle viewing thanks to built-in hinges.

Expect to pay: R1 599

Stockists: Visit http://www.drivecon.net/ for ordering information.

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One

The Razer Kraken Gaming Headset, which was previously only available for PC gamers, is now available for the Xbox One. The header uses 40 mm neodymium magnet drivers that offer clear high and mid-ranges, as well as deep immersive bass for powerful lows. The Razer Kraken Gaming Headset for Xbox One has been ergonomically designed with padding that creates sound isolation.

* Sean Bacher is editor of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @SeanBacher

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Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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