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Microsoft's Designer Bluetooth Keyboard may have taken a full two months to get here, but with its sharp styling and overall good design, it looks like it could have been worth the wait. Priced at $99.95, this "Designer" keyboard sports an ultra-thin design with no excess frame at all. While the clear goal here was minimalism, Microsoft didn't go as far to lob off the numpad, which seems like a smart decision. Doubling the functionality of some of the F keys are media functions, while above the numpad, a few other specific functions can be used, like search and brightness. For those used to full-sized desktop keyboards, the right Shift key on this board may take some getting used to, as where... Read more...
Over the past few years, the consumer electronics industry has shifted in some fairly monumental ways. Desktop sales are eroding, tablet sales are growing, dumbphones are becoming ever more useless, and the peripheral market is expanding rapidly. When you're Logitech, shifting to avoid negative consequences seemingly means cutting staff. The company just announced plans to cut 140 positions, which amounts to around 5% of its non-manufacturing staff. It's all part of a grander scheme to streamline operations as it shifts away from dying businesses and embraces mobile. According to the company: "These priorities include increasing focus on mobility products, improving profitability in PC-related... Read more...
If there's one company worth watching out for at any CES, it's Corsair. More often than not, the company unveils a slew of products that catch our attention for all the right reasons, and sometimes even cause us to want to rebuild our PCs using its latest collection of kit. Another stature from Corsair is the unveiling of something we weren't expecting, and this year sticks to tradition. For many years, Corsair has slapped the "Voyager" name on a variety of storage products - namely thumb drives - however with this CES, a piece of wireless storage bears its name. "Voyager Air" is an external hard drive that's meant to be accessed a variety of ways. You can connect it to your PC via USB as is... 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...
Sharkoon announced a new mouse for gamers in the form of the Sharkoon Drakonia Gaming Laser Mouse. The Drakonia features bright green dragon scales and an illuminating tribal dragon logo as well as an ergonomic design and rubberized sides. To ensure a precise response, the Drakonia uses an AVAGO-ADNS-9500 laser sensor which provides up 5,000 DPI resolution, 11,750 FPS frame rate, 30 G acceleration, and 150 IPS speed. The Sharkoon Drakonia has 11 function keys including the 4-way scroll wheel. You can create up to five user profiles for the mouse and store them in on-board memory. Using the mouse's Weight Tuning System, you can adjust the weight of the mouse using six 5 gram weights. Sharkoon... 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...
Samsung announced a new optical disk drive that it's marketing for ultrabooks and tablets. While we aren't sure how many tablet users will actually carry a separate optical disk drive, Samsung's latest drive is designed to work with tablets that have a built-in USB port and run on Android Honeycomb OS 3.1 or above. In all reality, the new drive may be more practical for ultrabook users who want to maintain portability. The new SE-218BB optical disc drive is 18% thinner than conventional DVD writers. Samsung says the SE-218BB is the "world's thinnest external optical disc drive" with a height of 14mm. The SE-218BB DVD writer also works with Windows 7 and Mac OS. The SE-218BB is currently available... Read more...
Logitech introduced a new mouse that takes some notes from the way we navigate on smartphones and tablets. The new Touch Mouse M600 is a gesture-based mouse that lets you scroll, swipe, and surf wherever your fingertips rest on the mouse. The mouse doesn't care which hand you use, and the click areas can be reassigned using the Logitech SetPoint software.  Like some of Logitech's other popular devices today, the Touch Mouse M600 uses the Logitech Unifying receiver which can connect up to six compatible devices through one USB port. The Touch Mouse M600 is expected to be available sometime this month for about $70. Logitech Creates a More Touchable World with Logitech Touch Mouse M600 New... Read more...
Genius announced a new battery-free wireless mouse that can be recharged in just three minutes. The new DX-ECO BlueEye Mouse will work on nearly any surface including dusted glass and marble. This plug and play mouse also features an ergonomic design and adjustable dpi (800/1600 dpi). The DX-ECO BlueEye Mouse comes with a 2.4GHz USB Pico receiver that stores inside the DX-ECO and a microUSB recharging cable. The mouse also features next and previous page hot keys for efficient web surfing. It costs about $40. Fully Recharged within Minutes - Genius DX-ECO - World's First Battery Free Wireless Mouse for PC & Mac Ground-breaking New BlueEye Optical Mouse Now Available in North America January... 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...
Razer has never been one to turn down a beautiful partnership, once teaming up with the folks surrounding the TRON movie in order to introduce some rather spectacular looking peripherals. Now, the company is trying a similar approach with Hasbro, with the two teaming to reveal Transformers 3-centric accessories. The first is the Razer DeathAdder: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector’s Edition Gaming Mouse, which has a 3500dpi 3.5G infrared sensor, 1000Hz Ultrapolling with 1ms response time, 5 Hyperesponse buttons, and On-the-Fly sensitivity adjustments. Of note, it's a right-handed mouse, so southpaws will need to look elsewhere. It'll be available in four character "colors": Optimus... Read more...
Logitech introduced the Logitech Wireless Touchpad which brings multi-touch navigation and gesture-based controls to your computer.  The Wireless Touchpad features a large 5-inch touch surface and utilizes a Logitech Unifying receiver. While surfing the web using the Wireless Touchpad, you'll be able to point, scroll, and swipe using your finger. The Wireless Touchpad multi-touch navigation offers up to four-finger gestures and swipes to scroll pages, jump tabs, and switch applications. The Logitech Wireless Touchpad is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe this month for about $50. New Logitech Wireless Touchpad Lets You Point, Scroll and Swipe with Ease Multi-Touch PC Device... Read more...
Logitech revealed its latest addition to its G-Series of gaming products in the form of the new Logitech Gaming Mouse G300. This mouse features nine programmable controls and the ability to store up to three profiles in the mouse’s onboard memory. To help you see which profile is enabled, you can assign a different lighted color to the profiles. The mouse also features a sculpted, ambidextrous shape. For accuracy, the Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 features a 2500-DPI optical sensor. The Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 will be available in September for about $40. Logitech Introduces Gaming Mouse G300 for PC Gamers Ambidextrous Design Delivers More Power and More Control for Hours of Play FREMONT,... Read more...
Verbatim announced the company's latest computer accessories in the form of the Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard & Mouse, the Wireless Optical Touch Mouse, and the Wireless Mini Travel Mouse. All three of these new accessories feature 2.4GHz performance as well as a leave-in USB Nano receiver. The new Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard & Mouse set comes with a laptop-style keyboard that has an ultra-slim and compact design. The Wireless Optical Touch Mouse lets you navigate the mouse pointer with the swipe of a finger. This ergonomically designed mouse features a piano black finish. Verbatim’s Wireless Mini Travel Mouse touts a small and stylish package that's both colorful and ultra-portable.... Read more...
Genius added the Navigator 905 Vogue to its line of BlueEye wireless mice. This mouse features a 1200 dpi BlueEye optical engine to give you precise tracking. The mouse works on almost any surface and connects to your PC via a Pico USB dongle that uses 2.4GHz RF wireless connectivity. The Navigator 905 Vogue also has a stick-n-go feature the enables you to attach the mouse to a notebook when moving around the office. Under the top cover of the mouse, you'll find a two-in-one storage slot to store the Pico dongle and the stick-n-go mount. On the bottom of the Navigator 905 Vogue, you'll find an on/off switch to help conserve battery power and prevent energy-waste. The Navigator 905 Vogue comes... Read more...
Notebook mice may be handy because of their small size and easy ability to slip into your bag for travel, but they're generally not as comfortable to use as their big brothers. SmartFish is attempting to change this with the launch of the Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse. This mouse builds on the success of the original SmartFish Mouse by delivering the same technology in a smaller form factor. The Whirl offers a "comfort pivot system" that "provides the natural fluid movement your body needs." This means the mouse's pivot system lets the mouse pivot as you move, so your hand and wrist don't have to remain in a fixed position. SmartFish Unveils Whirl™ Mini Notebook Laser Mouse with Comfort... Read more...
Corsair may be well known for its memory, but the company also dabbles in a variety of peripherals and other products. Today, Corsair made its entry into the PC gaming hardware market by announcing its first audio product, the Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB gaming headset. The new headset uses 50mm drivers which Corsair claims will deliver more accurate sound reproduction and lower distortion than you'd get with smaller, more typical drivers. The Audio HS1 also has a circumaural, closed-back design to help reduce ambient noise. For long-term playing comfort, the Audio HS1 comes with replaceable memory foam ear pads that will conform to the shape of your head. The headset also has a uni-directional... Read more...
If you're a gamer, move along, there's nothing to see here. For everyone else -- particularly those of you who scoff at the high price tags enthusiast grade mice command -- Dell's new WM311 Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver might be just what you're looking for. At the very least, it should be within your budget, checking in at only $30 before tax (shipping is free). The WM311 is a compact rodent best suited for netbooks and laptops, and since you can choose between Obsidian Black, Tomato Red, Alpine White, and Peacock Blue (looks like someone on Dell's marketing team has a future at Crayola if the whole PC thing doesn't work out), you can pick one up that won't clash with your notebook. Outside... Read more...
Mad Catz has been a prevailing name in the console accessory market for years, offering up affordable third-party solutions (mostly controllers and gamepads) for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and all the console generations before it. But the crowded PC peripheral market has generally forged ahead without too much input from this company. Today, that all begins to change, with the company offering a number of high-grade PC products for pre-order on Amazon. Originally announced at CES and CeBIT this year, the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse is a "twin-eye" device with a 5600DPI sensor, ergonomic grip, adjustable features (length + height) and removable 30g weighs to get the feel "just right" for whatever gamer... Read more...
2009. It's the end of a decade, but just the beginning of an era. A lot has changed since Y2K frightened the world and then made us all look like fools for being worried, and it's safe to say that 2009 ushered in some of the most advanced technology this world has ever seen. More so than in years past, this year's tech innovations had a more direct impact on the average Joe. It used to be that technology was most appreciated by enthusiasts--nerds and geeks who could appreciate the thinking and planning that went into such things as iPods and cell phones.Today though, moms and grandmothers are just as likely to be taking advantage of technology. Just think of the Peek--an email only... Read more...
Jelfin unveiled a new type of computer mouse that the company is touting as the first of its kind. This ball-shaped mouse has a gel cover that covers its entire surface area. To use this mouse, users cup their fingers around the ball instead of extending them outward. To back up the need for a newly designed mouse, Jelfin points to a survey that claims many Americans would like a more comfortable mouse than the one they currently use. In addition, these users would like the new mouse to feel more natural in their hand. According to the survey, 67% of mouse users with an opinion think a more comfortable mouse could increase their productivity and/or creativity. To help meet these desires, the... Read more...
iBuyPower is a company generally associated with custom gaming PCs and notebooks. If you need a high-octane machine to handle the latest games, they're the company to turn to. What they aren't known for, however, are things such as this. Of course, you won't find us griping about a company spreading its wings and trying new things, particularly when it delivers something as unique and useful as the Internal USB Expansion System. The all new IES Controller system is a proprietary development designed to add all sorts of functionality to SFF boxes and machines that were left for dead (or the thrift store). Not only does this device enable front-panel USB ports to power devices such as iPods and... Read more...
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