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Razer has given birth to what it proudly claims is "the world's smartest keyboard." Bold statements such as that one are always up for debate, but Razer's new DeathStalker Ultimate is certainly unique in the fact that it combines a high-performance gaming plank with the company's Switchblade User Interface (UI). It boasts the same customizable LCD trackpad and LED keypad combo found on the Razer Blade laptop and Star Wars: The Old Republic gaming keyboard. There are 10 dynamic, adaptive tactile keys users can bind commands to, as well as macros, skills, spells, and other functions. "With the Switchblade UI on the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate, we wanted to offer gamers an enriching and intuitive... Read more...
Newsflash: Microsoft isn't just a software company. As if the Surface wasn't reminder enough that the company also knows a thing or two about hardware, it has just introduced new mice and keyboards designed specifically to play nice with Windows 8. Win8 is slated to hit shelves on Oct. 26th, and if you were worried about having kit around to take advantage of the bells and whistles, don't. The highlight of the new bunch is the Wedge Touch Mouse, a sleek little guy that's super tiny while supporting four-way touch scrolling and navigation. It also features BlueTrack Technology so you can use it on virtually any surface, and it includes Backpack Mode to power down and sleep along with the computer... Read more...
The busy bodies at Razer apparently skipped taking a summer vacation this year and instead focused on pumping out new and updated gaming peripherals. In addition to its ambidextrous Ourboros mouse that was just announced, Razer is also getting ready for the return of its BlackWidow mechanical keyboard line with new two updated models and a brand new Tournament Edition plank. First up is Razer's BlackWidow 2013. It's an improved version of the original with heightened anti-ghosting that supports up to 10 simultaneous key presses in game mode, Razer Synapse 2.0 cloud technology that allows gamers to sync profiles to the cloud, and an anti-fingerprint matte black finish. Second up is Razer's BlackWidow... Read more...
Sharkoon announced a new gaming keyboard called the Sharkoon Tactix Gaming Keyboard. This compact gaming keyboard features an 18-key rollover and interchangeable WASD and arrow keys. The keyboard has 107 function keys which can be assigned to different programs or functions. You can create up to ten profiles with three sub-levels for different applications and environments. The Tactix also has a detachable palm rest. Thanks to support for N-key rollover for up to 18 keys, gamers can perform key commands quickly and precisely while gaming. Compact Gamer Keyboard with Detachable Wrist Rest Sharkoon Tactix Gaming Keyboard: compact gaming keyboard with detachable wrist rest, 18-key rollover, interchangeable... Read more...
It’s not that hard to spend well over a hundred bucks on a killer gaming keyboard, and although we’d like to tickle the keys ourselves before endorsing anything, Sharkoon just announced a feature-rich gaming keyboard for the low, low price of just 14.99 euros (about $19 USD). The Sharkoon Skiller Gaming Keyboard features 18-key rollover for better accuracy in heated games, 20 multimedia keys (some at the top and some located on the sides), and up to ten profiles (with three sub-levels) for assigning macros to any and all standard keys with included software. An extra bit of zing comes in the form of interchangeable blue rubber gaming keys for the WASD cluster and cursor keys. As far... Read more...
If you're an Android user, and you haven't at least explored the possibilities of using a third-party keyboard -- why? Swype has gained lots of love over the years, but there's another dog in the fight that seems to be gaining a ton of steam: SwiftKey. The third iteration of the company's intelligent, keystroke-saving keyboard is out today, with $1.99 getting you the goods. If you aren't familiar with it, it's a pretty standard looking keyboard, but it adds a wild auto-correction and auto-complete system that aims to save users time. Start typing a word, and if it's something you use frequently, it'll suggest a similar ending. It's smart. Real smart. It'll work on both Android phones and tablets... Read more...
Nuance announced the newest generation of its popular Swype keyboard for mobile devices. The latest version of this keyboard combines touch and voice input with adaptive capabilities that adjust to a person's preferences over time. New features include the ability to predict the next word you intend to type, a personal dictionary for speech and text, support for over 55 languages, and four input options (traditional Swype, typing with XT9, spoken text, and writing with one's finger.) The next-generation Swype keyboard is available to OEMs or you can pick up Swype Beta for Android today from beta.swype.com. Nuance Launches Next Generation Swype Swype's New Living, Learning Keyboard Gets Smarter... Read more...
Ah, the wide world of Windows 8 is opening up even further this week, and in a major way. Computex is the launching ground for quite a few new Win8-based devices, with Asus in particular introducing the Windows RT Tablet. It's a 10.1" convertible device with an optional keyboard dock, using NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor. There's plenty of power here, for sure. ASUS didn’t disclose pricing or availability for what they described for now as a product preview, but that seems to be the norm with these Windows 8-based rigs. The companies are aiming for a "no-compromise, touch-first Windows experience," with both NVIDIA and Asus working tightly with Microsoft to perfect the Metro... Read more...
Sharkoon has officially released its Nightwriter gaming keyboard, which was first revealed at CeBIT. This keyboard features a low-profile design and switchable LED illumination. With 13 multimedia keys, you'll get quick access to some of your favorite apps at the touch of a finger. The Nightwriter features a matte black, low-profile design (25mm) with height adjustment and an ergonomically formed palm rest.  The keyboard has 105 standard keys. LED Keyboard Nightwriter on the Market Sharkoon Nightwriter: Gaming keyboard in a low-profile design with switchable LED illumination and 13 multimedia keys | MSRP 27.99 Sharkoon releases its CeBIT introduced Nightwriter gaming keyboard into the market.... Read more...
Corsair is relatively new to the gaming peripherals market, and the company undoubtedly took its time refining these products before stepping up to compete. The mechanical keyboards are designed to enhance gamers’ performance, with the K60 tailored for First-Person Shooters and the K90 for RTS and MMO gaming, and they’re both built to withstand years of abuse, resist crud buildup under the keys, and look good too. The M60 and M90 mice are designed to complement the K60 and K90 keyboards, respectively. Although the mice have quite a bit in common, they have a few features that set them apart from one another and make them a bit more suited to one type of gaming over another... Corsair... Read more...
Dedication. Diligence. Sacrifice. These are the words that describe us here at Hot Hardware, because when we set out to review these Corsair Vengeance gaming keyboards and mice, we sent the family off to bed night after and night and worked deep into the early morning hours. We spent many--many--hours testing, testing, and testing some more, all for you, dear readers. Granted, the primary testing method was gaming, but that counts as work in this industry. Corsair Vengeance K60 We’re also typing this review with the keyboards (in turn), and after spending some quality time with the Corsair Vengeance K60 keyboard/M60 mouse and K90 keyboard/K90 mouse combos, we’re fans of all four devices.... Read more...
As the saying goes, you learn something new every day. Today, that tasty morsel of knowledge is the fact that according to the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (aka the “TAA”), federal agencies in the U.S. are required to purchase certain products that are made only in the good old U.S. of A. (or in other designated countries). Thus, products the government buys must be TAA-compliant, which sounds like kind of a headache for federal IT buyers. Apparently, those “designated countries” include Taiwan, where Logitech is manufacturing peripherals that pass TAA muster. (We know, Logitech isn’t based in Taiwan, but that’s where these particular goods are being made.)... Read more...
For those of you who collect outdated electronics and currently own an HTC brand smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard, hold onto the thing, it could very well be the last of its kind. At a press event in Seattle recently, HTC's Creative Director, Claude Zellweger, reportedly told attendees that his company is finished building smartphones with physical keyboards, or they're at least nearing the finish line. "As a company, the QWERTY keyboard we're moving away from in general," Zellweger said, according to MobileBurn. "We feel that putting too much effort into that would take away from our devices." Rather than focus on continuing to implement physical keyboards on certain models, HTC believes... Read more...
Is there anything better to type on than a keyboard with mechanical key switches? The correct answer is 'No', though we'd also accept 'Hell no, are you crazy!?'. We're big fans of mechanical keyboards for a number of reasons, and thanks to Cooler Master, we now have one more option to consider when shopping high performance planks. The latest addition to the mechanical keyboard party is the CM Storm QuickFire Pro, the next incarnation of the QuickFire Rapid. There are different types of mechanical key switches, and the QuickFire Pro ships in four of the most popular flavors, including Cherry MX Blue (low resistance, force feedback), Cherry MX Brown (medium resistance, force feedback), Cherry... Read more...
In order to charge $250 for a keyboard, it has to be something pretty special. Razer thinks its new Star Wars: The Old Republic themed gaming keyboard qualifies, which is just one of several themed items now up for preorder. The other items include a mouse, headset, and mouse mat, all molded and decked out in an Old Republic theme. So how else do you justify a $250 plank? This particular one comes with a multi-touch LCD track panel built into the right-hand side with interchangeable digital faction symbols. It's a full color display, and above it sit ten dynamic adaptive tactile keys. There are over 100 fully programmable "Hyperesponse" keys, gold-backlit illumination throughout, multi-color... Read more...
As BioWare's highly anticipated Mass Effect 3 draws closer to launch, Razer today unveiled a fairly robust product line specifically aimed at fans of the upcoming game. The peripherals themselves aren't entirely new, but include a heaping handful of gaming gear outfitted with a Mass Effect 3 themed makeover. "BioWare is pulling out all of the stops for Mass Effect 3 to ensure it’s the best and boldest game in the series," said Robert 'RazerGuy' Krakoff, President, Razer USA. "With our official line of peripherals and gear for Mass Effect 3, we’re giving fans the best gaming weaponry and hardware to meet the challenge head on – and come out victorious." It's a fairly large list... Read more...
If you've been reading here for any length of time, you'll know that we're big fans of mechanical keyboards. And now, one of the famous ones is making the move to Mac. Das Keyboard today introduced a new version of its award-winning Model S keyboard designed to appeal to a fan base also known for its extreme loyalty - the Mac crowd. The company's new Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac is now available online for pre-ordering, and will be shipping by April 15. Available in the U.S. and Canada, the Model S Professional for Mac retails for $133. A 15% discount is currently available on all pre-orders for the newest member of the Das Keyboard family. "Mac fans will appreciate the high-quality... Read more...
CES has the keyboards, too. Matias has just released three new units for your iPhone and Mac / PC, and yes, we mean both. The idea here is to create a product that works with a computer and iPhone. "With the press of a button, the keyboard connects to your iPhone. You can type a quick text or Twitter message, and then press again to instantly switch back to your Mac or PC. You just need to experience this once, to feel how much faster it is," said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. PC and Mac specific versions of each keyboard are available. The One Keyboard comes equipped with a USB 2.0 hub, and an in-keyboard stand that's perfectly positioned for holding and controlling your iPhone. The Slim One... Read more...
What's probably the most popular keyboard alternative on Android has a new beta out, and there's a major new feature included: Dragon Dictation support. That little add-in makes for speech-to-text support, making the overall package even more compelling. Simply press the Flame key in the lower right, speak at will, and watch as the keyboard translates that to text on your phone. Apple may have hit one out of the park with Siri, but something tells us the Android camp isn't far behind when it comes to dictation. Have a look at the video below to see how it's done.... Read more...
Corsair's new line of Vengeance PC gaming peripherals is now available. New products in this line include the Vengeance K60 and Vengeance K90 gaming keyboards and the Vengeance M60 and Vengeance M90 laser gaming mice. All four of these new products use an aluminum structure for strength and durability. The new peripherals also offer boast of precise accuracy, reliable controls, and superior responsiveness. The Vengeance K60 gaming keyboard ($109) and the Vengeance M60 laser gaming mouse ($69) target PC Gamers who focus on First-Person Shooters while the Vengeance K90 gaming keyboard ($129) and M90 laser gaming mouse ($79) are designed for MMO and RTS gaming. Vengeance K60 gaming keyboard Corsair... Read more...
Typing on the go? There's a keyboard for that. Verbatim has just launched a new Bluetooth keyboard aimed at those who need something portable. Mostly for use with tablets -- like the iPad, Galaxy Tab, Xoom, etc. It's called the Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard, and it pretty much does what it says. Users can play, pause and control iTunes music directly from the keyboard’s media console, and the Enhanced Smart Keys offer a simpler way to cut, copy, paste and undo. It maintains a low profile, and there's a built-in rechargeable power source and a USB charging port to boot. Verbatim’s Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard is available now at NewEgg for $49.99. Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard... Read more...
It looks a little like an Atari Jaguar controller, but the functionality here is far different. SMK-Link Electronics has announced their new wireless ultra-mini touchpad keyboard, a game-controller-espe input device that puts cursor navigation, text entry, multimedia and audio controls in the palm of your hand (which is connected to your rear, which is planted in a sofa). It's a QWERTY keypad that's tailor made for HTPCs, particularly considering the touchpad that's also integrated. It uses Bluetooth to connect, and both Windows PC and Mac versions are available for $69.99. "Our new Wireless Ultra-Mini Touchpad Keyboard is designed to be the perfect companion for computer control from across... Read more...
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