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Evil Controllers PS4 Evil Shift Hardware Preview – A Natural Custom Controller (PS4)

[embedded content] I’m not the type of person who thinks that I need a custom controller. We’ve done a bunch of reviews for brands like SCUF that have paddles on the back and other crazy features to help the pro gaming scene, but I’m comfortable with my standard controller. I felt like games are designed with the standard controller in mind and I didn’t need any fancy extra features. At least I felt that way until I sat down with the brothers behind Evil Controllers. These sharp and talented minds are doing more than checking boxes and adding bullet points. They are creating the natural evolution of the controller. Think back to early game controllers. A directional pad,  and the A and B buttons. We didn’t need much more for control of simpler games in a simpler time. Over time, as our need for additional control inputs in games has evolved, so have our controllers. The current DualShock 4 has 18 buttons (more if you count the ability to use the touchpad in sections) in addition to the dual analog sticks. That’s natural evolution, and today’s games would be impossible to play without every one of those inputs. The issue…

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Get Giant Plugs and Power Supplies Out of the Way With These Mini Extension Cords

Giant plugs that cover up half the outlets on your power strip should be outlawed, but until that day arrives, these short extension cords will have to do. $10 gets you a pack of 10 (with code WQFRS4Z5), which should be enough for even the most advanced home theater setups. $10 From amazonUse code WQFRS4Z5 3205 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Mount Your TV Directly to the Wall For $18, No Studs Required

The Hangman No Stud TV mount won’t let you tilt or turn your TV, but it has an incredibly slim profile, doesn’t require studs, and uses small picture hanging nails rather than large screws. If your TV is 55″ or less, this is a fantastic price. $18 From amazon 3 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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It's Back: Get These Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones For Just $39

You don’t need to sell a kidney to afford noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones; these 4 star-rated Cowin E-7s are just $39 right now, or $31 off with promo code AU2KA5OO. They might not have the brand recognition of Sony or Bose, but these headphones pack in 30 hours of battery life, the ability to use them in wired mode if the battery dies, and yes, active noise cancellation that reviewers say works really well. $39 From amazonUse code AU2KA5OO 7160 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Here's a Floor-Rattling Deal On Amazon's Top-Selling Subwoofer

Polk Audio’s PSW10 has long been a go-to value pick for anyone building a home theater audio system, and you can pick one up for $90 on Amazon today, a match for the best price they’ve listed this year. After much research, I bought this exact model several years ago, and absolutely loved it up until the day I replaced it with one of VIZIO’s surround sound bar systems. It’s not the best subwoofer out there by any means, but it’s imminently affordable, and should be more than adequate anyone who’s not an audiophile. $90 From amazon 954 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Get Your Plugs Out Of the Way With This Ingenious Surge Protector

Once you’ve use a CyberPower’s swiveling surge protectors, every other outlet solution will feel inferior. Since it lets you position your plugs on the side, rather than sticking straight out, you can push furniture right up against the outlet. It’s a small detail that makes a huge difference. Today on Amazon, get it for just $8, or $15 for a model with two USB ports. $8 From amazon 748 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission $15 From amazon 6087 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Save a Few Bucks On Anker's Newest PowerCore Battery Pack

Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here for more. Anker’s PowerCore line has long been our readers’ favorite brand of USB battery packs, and you can save a few bucks on the newest model, while supplies last. Your Pick For Best USB Battery Pack: Anker PowerCore In what was perhaps the most predictable Co-Op result ever, Anker’s PowerCore line of USB battery… Read more The PowerCore II Slim appears to be the first PowerCore battery pack to include Anker’s new chipset, which delivers the fastest possible charging speeds to every USB device you own, including Quick Charge 3.0. That said, you’ll notice it’s not actually a Qualcomm-certified Quick Charge 3.0 product; it just replicates the tech on Anker’s own chip. That means less internal circuitry, and more room for battery, resulting in one of the thinnest 10,000mAh battery packs ever made. $28 From amazonUse code SLIMQUIK Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission More Deals Today’s Best Deals: Anker PowerCore II, Joule Sous-Vide, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Amazon's Running an Anker Gold Box Deal! I Repeat, Anker Gold Box Deal. 

Anker makes basically all of your favorite charging gear, and a bunch of it is on sale in today’s Amazon Gold Box. Your Favorite Anker Products Readers have purchased more than 10 million products through links on our network since 2012, and… Read more If you read Kinja Deals, you know that Anker runs its fair share of sales. But these discounts are uncommonly good, befitting their Gold Box status. For starters, you can pick up a pair of Quick Charge 3.0 chargers: One for your car, and one for the wall. $19 From amazon 451 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission $20 From amazon 1323 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission If you don’t need Quick Charge capabilities, the PowerPort 4 is a fantastic travel charger, stuffing four high-speed ports into a device that plugs directly into the wall. $19 From amazon 3002 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Don't Miss These Extremely Rare Deals On Audioengine Speakers

Audioengine makes some of the best speakers on the market, and both their A2+ and their larger, louder A5+ models have rare discounts on Amazon today. The A2+ checks in at $199 for a pair, which is about $50 less than usual, while the A5+ are priced at $319, or $80 off. These would work great as home theater speakers, but the included DAC also lets you run them directly from your computer’s USB port. $199 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $319 From amazon 4 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission Recommended Stories Today’s Best Deals: Dad Gifts, Audioengine Speakers, Star Wars, and More Amazon’s Blowing Out a Ton of Dad Gifts Today, For All You Ungrateful Procrastinators X-Chef’s YETI-Style Tumbler Is Back Under $10 READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Why Isn't Every Lightning Cable Wrapped In Stainless Steel?

The benefits of armoring a charging cable with stainless steel should be self evident. Metal is strong, hefty, and looks really cool. But you’d probably assume that a metal-wrapped cable would be too stiff and inflexible to be practical. Well, you’d be wrong. Having tried iClever’s unique metal Lightning cable, I can report that, yes, it is indeed wrapped in metal. However, the stainless steel coiling is bonded to what feels like a flexible rubber tube, which allows the cord to bend and coil just as freely as any standard cable I’ve ever owned. Unfortunately, the “turtlenecks” that merge the cable to the connectors at either end are very short, so I’m not sure they’ll hold up as well as Anker’s PowerLine cables over time if you unplug them frequently. That said, the 3′ cable itself looks and feels nicer than any alternative I’ve ever come across. GIF Speaking of Anker, their 3′ PowerLine II Dura cable costs $3 less than the equivalent metal iClever (not accounting for any sales), and includes a lifetime warranty, so that’s probably the smarter cable to purchase. But then again, the iClever is wrapped in freakin’ metal, and it looks READ FULL STORY AT…

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These $78 Sony Bluetooth Headphones Run For Up to 30 Hours On a Charge

If you want to cut the cord, but can’t abide earbuds, Sony’s popular on-ear MDRXB650BTs are on sale for $78 right now, within $10 of the all-time low we saw around Black Friday. These include NFC pairing, a built-in microphone, and 30 hours of battery life, and you even get your choice of three different colors. $78 From amazon 5727 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission If you missed it yesterday, two higher-end Sony Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation are also still on sale. $328 From amazon 1088 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission $178 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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This SNES-Style Nintendo Switch Controller Is Designed to Play 32 Years of Games

Nintendo’s recently-announced classic games service will eventually bring your favorite 8-bit and 16-bit titles to the Switch. And when it finally launches, 8Bitdo’s new SNES30 Pro controller looks like it could be the perfect way to play everything from the original NES’ Super Mario Bros., to the Switch’s Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Switch’s Netflix-Like Classic Game Service Is A Rare Example Of Nintendo Listening The noun “Nintendo” can also be used as an adjective. When a company makes players download a… Read more Based on the curvy design of the Super Nintendo controller, the SNES30 Pro has the familiar directional pad on its left side, with Y, X, B, and A buttons on the right. But it adds a pair of analog joysticks to the mix, positioned similar to where you’d find them on the Playstation’s DualShock controller, as well as additional shoulder buttons to match what the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers can do, and a USB-C charging port. Advertisement The SNES30 Pro also rumbles, and has a gyroscope inside so it can be READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Save On Popular Bluetooth Speakers and Headphones During Anker's Audio Sale

Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here for more. Anker makes your favorite affordable Bluetooth earbuds and wireless speakers, and while the precise models you voted on aren’t included in today’s audio sale, the ones that are still have fantastic reviews. Your Pick For Best Cheap Bluetooth Earbuds: Anker SoundBuds Anker’s SoundBuds blew away the competition to take the title of your favorite cheap Bluetooth… Read more Your Pick For Best Cheap Bluetooth Speaker: Anker SoundCore Anker’s SoundCore blew away the competition this week to earn the title of your favorite cheap… Read more The SoundBuds NB10s are designed to stay in your ear no matter what physical activity you’re taking part in, while the Tags are light and tiny. On the speaker side, the Ultra Portable model packs in 12 hours of battery life, while the Premium speaker includes dual 10W drivers and two passive subwoofers for extra bass. Just remember to use the promo codes at checkout to save. $28 From amazonUse READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Click To Your Heart's Content On This $25 Mechanical Keyboard

Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here for more. You’ve probably heard a lot of fuss about mechanical keyboards lately, and if not, you’ve at least heard the clicking coming from a nearby desk. If you’re curious to try one yourself without dropping a bunch of money, Aukey will sell you a tenkeyless model for just $25 today. How to Choose the Best Mechanical Keyboard (and Why You’d Want To) Mechanical keyboards, or keyboards with full, individual switches under every key, have exploded in … Read more At this price, you’re not going to get name brand Cherry MX key switches, but the switches that you get should mimic the ultra-clicky MX Blues. Just be sure to use promo code RSKGHPRI at checkout to get the deal. $25 From amazonUse code RSKGHPRI Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission Managing Deals Editor | Send deal submissions to deals@gizmodomedia.com READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!