Items tagged with peripherals

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...
Left-handed gamers have traditionally been the red-headed stepchildren of peripheral makers, so to speak. They've been neglected, overlooked, and just plain treated as if they don't exist. There are exceptions, of course, though in the grand scheme of things, left-handed gamers don't have many peripherals to choose from that are specifically tuned for southpaws. The good news is Razer recognizes this and is committed to launching a left-handed version of its Naga MMO gaming mouse. It all started with a Facebook post in which Razer co-founder, CEO, and Creative Director Min-Liang Tan challenged left-handed gamers to prove it would be worth Razer's time and effort to design a Naga MMO mouse for... 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...
Thermaltake and BMW Group subsidiary DesignworksUSA are no strangers to each other. They've been working on concept projects for the past several years, and the two have teamed up once again to unveil a line of Level 10 gaming peripherals starting with the 'Level 10 M Mouse' for gamers. It's as funky looking as Thermaltake's Level 10 case and just as likely to turn heads at LAN parties. As weird as it might look, the Level 10 M Mouse is built with ergonomics in mind. It has a solid aluminum base "to ensure both durability and tenaciousness," and is built with an open design with an air-through ventilation system to prevent "issues due to heavy use and direct touch of gaming equipment." There's... Read more...
Canon today announced its PIXMA MX892 Wireless Office All-In-One (AIO) printer, the new flagship model that purports to do everything under the sun, including spitting out documents and images it receives from the cloud and other compatible portable devices. It does this through Google Cloud Print and Canon's own PIXMA Cloud Link. "With users increasingly utilizing the cloud to store important documents and images, it is imperative to provide an easy way for these materials to be printed easily when they are needed," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The variety of connectivity options supported by... Read more...
Don't sweat it if you've never heard of Roccat Studios. Based out of Germany and focused on gaming peripherals, Roccat Studios has only recently begun making a push into the U.S. market, where it will go up against established entities like Razer and Logitech. One of the products it plans to take with it into battle is its Savu gaming mouse. The Savu touts a "true 4000 DPI optical sensor" and supports the company's unique Easy-Shift[+] technology, which allows users to assign dual functions to the mouse buttons. It's also the first rodent to feature a stats and trophy system called the Roccat Achievements Display, or R.A.D, which is an application that tracks and rewards a range of gaming feats,... 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...
Genius introduced the DeathTaker professional laser gaming mouse. This mouse is designed for MMO and RTS gamers. The DeathTaker is the first product in the GX Gaming Series. Genius plans to unveil addition products for this line in the coming months. The DeathTaker mouse features nine buttons which gives users the ability to customize their gaming experience. With the included “Scorpion” UI, you'll be able to manage macros and assign buttons. You can also adjust the X and Y axis independently from 100 to 5700 dpi with this mouse. Another feature of the DeathTaker is the removable weight system with six metal weights. The DeathTaker laser gaming mouse is expected to sell for about... Read more...
Every English student knows that even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, a fact of life even Razer has to contend with. To wit, the gaming peripheral maker had previously promised to have its Tiamat headphones available for purchase by around the end of January 2012, but here we are on the last day of the month and the headset is nowhere in sight. So what gives? Razer addressed the need for a second delay in an open later to its fans. Dear Community, In December we said, 'the Razer Tiamat will be available around the end of January 2012.' Well, the end of January has arrived and the cold, hard truth is that it is not ready, and our estimations were off. This is the last thing... Read more...
At $129.99, the Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse might be the most expensive rodent you ever buy. It's also one of the most flexible. Now available on pre-order from Mad Catz, the Cyborg M.M.O. 7 is a funktastic looking mouse for gamers with an adjustable weight system, ergonomic finger resting places, multiple buttons, and a high DPI sensor. The DPI is adjustable from 100 to 6400 in increments of 25, allowing you to fine tune the mouse's behavior based on whether you're charging through an area like Rambo or sniping from a distance. It has 50G of acceleration, a 1,000Hz polling rate, tracking speed of up to 6m/sec, slick PTFE feet, and a gold plated USB connector attached to a braided cable. It's... Read more...
The creative hardware designers at Shogun Bros. aren't afraid to get a little funky, which would explain their Chameleon X-1 Wireless Gamepad Mouse, a dual-purpose input devices that functions as both a gamepad and a mouse, just like its name implies. The company's new Ballista MK-1 Gaming Mouse doesn't share the same split personality, but it does aim to make racking up headshots easier with a precision sniping system. That's the company's fancy pants of way of describing the rodent's independent X and Y DPI settings, which you can use to set slow vertical or horizontal movement for stable targeting. It's not just for FPS gamers, though; the mouse comes with 20 customized pre-programmed DPI... 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...
The folks at Turtle Beach know a thing or three about ear candy and so it's no surprise that the gurus of gaming audio used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to unveil a couple of new headsets, the Ear Force XP300 and Ear Force XP400. Both are fully wireless operating on dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, and are optimized for use on the Xbox 360 console. "Interference from common 2.4 GHz wireless devices like game consoles, routers, telephones and other gadgets is now a thing of the past with these new headsets," said Michael Arzt, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Turtle Beach. "Not only have we jumped to the 5GHz spectrum, completely avoiding the crowded 2.4GHz band,... Read more...
Corsair today announced on the second day of CES a couple of additions to its PC case lineup, including the builder-friendly Obsidian Series 550D ultra-quiet premium case, and the compact Carbide Series 300R gaming chassis, both of which sport an all-black interior and exterior theme. So other than size, what sets these enclosures apart? The Obsidian Series 550D is for librarian types looking for a combination of noise reduction and a wide array of customizable cooling solutions. It's made of rugged steel and brushed aluminum, and features two 120mm intake fans and a single 120mm exhaust fan. There are additional mounting points for a total of up to ten fans, including a spot for dual side-mounted... Read more...
Razer always seems to have something up its sleeve every time the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas rolls around, and this year one of the things wiggling around at Razer is a new rodent designed for RPG and Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) fans. It's the Naga Hex Gaming Mouse and it sports six large thumb buttons to bind spells and initiate macros as you venture on your quest to fetch whatever for whoever before running into a vicious looking thingamabob. The buttons are mechanical, and just like same style keyboards, they require less force to actuate. Will it make a lick of difference? Who knows, but it certainly can't hurt. On a related note, Razer says the buttons are constructed... Read more...
Samsung is a company best known for its Android smartphones, high definition television sets, and storage devices, but audio products? Apparently Samsung dabbles in audio gear as well, and to prove it, the company sent us a note announcing its new family of "Your Sound" wired headsets. Samsung EHS-60 "Serious Sound" The new line consists of four different earbuds designed for music, video, and gaming "with exceptional audio quality." It kicks off with the EHS-60 "Serious Sound" ($20) an entry level set of gel-based earbuds with background noise isolation and an in-line microphone and answer key for making/receiving phone calls. Next up is the EHS-63 "Active Sound" ($50), a hybrid headset designed... 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...
USB 3.0 may not be the hotness that it was a year or so ago, but it's still a protocol that's not adopted everywhere, and in turn, more and more accessory companies are jumping on the bandwagon -- even today. IOGEAR has just announced a new SuperSpeed family of products, including the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub (GUH374) and USB 3.0 SD/Micro SD Card Reader/Writer (GFR304SD). Moving data at a clip of 5Gbps, the new USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Card Reader / Writers and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub improve connectivity and efficiency between computers and the peripherals that create, store and transfer digital content.  The compact USB 3.0 Hub is plug-n-play for a no hassle installation and hot swappable... Read more...
Silent keyboards go "click click click," regular keyboards go "Click Click Click," and mechanical keyboards go "HEY EVERYONE LOOK AT ME, I'M A MECHANICAL KEYBOARD!" Some of us here at HotHardware really like the obnoxious clicks that a mechanical keyboard produces, and with Rosewill announcing four mechanical models of its own, perhaps the competition will drive pricing down. Rosewill, which is Newegg's house brand, actually produced a mechanical plank once before. It appears the RK-9000 model is making a comeback decked out with blue switches, along with three other models, including one with Cherry MX Brown switches (RK-9000BR), Cherry MX Black switches (RK-9000BL), and Cherry MX... Read more...
You go ahead and decide whether LG's LSM-100 device is a mouse or a scanner. Did you pick one? Great, you're wrong. What's that, you want to change your answer? You're more than welcome to do that, and you're still wrong. That's because the LSM-100 is not a mouse or scanner, it's a mouse and scanner, all rolled into one. Huh? Someone at LG thought it would a good idea to combine the two, like a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Why? Well, LG says it's about convenience. The way it works is you press the Smart Scan button on the left side of the mouse and then swipe the device over whatever it is you're trying to scan. You can then save your scan in one of several file types, including PNG, JPEG,... Read more...
If you're a fan of Razer's peripherals and EA's catalog of games (and in particular Battlefield 3, Dragon Age II, and Mass Effect 3), this just might be the happiest day of your life, other than that one wild night at college when...never mind about that. So what makes today the second best day of your life? Razer and EA are joining forces to deliver co-branded, licensed gaming peripherals themed after the aforementioned titles. "We expect nothing but the best gaming equipment to complement our major entertainment franchises," said Patrick J. O’Brien, Vice President of EA Entertainment, Electronic Arts. "Razer’s excellent track record in producing phenomenal gaming peripherals makes... Read more...
NZXT is a little late in trying to capitalize on the Avatar hype, and entirely way to early to pitch a branded product as being based off of a classic (like Star Wars, for example). But whatever, we'll cut NZXT some slack here because, well, the company's new Avatar S gaming mice look really cool. These rodents inspired by James Cameron's ridiculously successful film come in either black or white. What's that, no blue version!? Apparently not, though blue LED highlights accent the mice. Image Credit: NZXT Professional gamers probably need not apply, but for everyone else, the Avatar S series boasts up to 1600 DPI (you can switch between 1600, 800, and 400 in-game using a physical switch -- no... Read more...
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