At $50 the Tesoro Shrike is a lot of mouse

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 02:31 PM |
Tagged: Tesoro, gaming mouse, input, shrike

Tesoro is certainly not as well established a mouse maker as Razer and others but they seem to be aiming for the high end crowd.  Their Shrike Gaming Mouse comes with three 10g weights and a single 5g to allow you to choose the most comfortable weight for your hands.  There are eight buttons including the DPI switcher, which you can actually reprogram if you wish and the plastic exterior resembles brushed aluminium which is rather unique; the LEDs are not so uncommon.  It can store up to 40 programmed macros on its 128KB onboard memory and is configurable up to 5600 dpi at a 1000Hz polling rate. Check out R&B Mods for more.

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"Today we are taking a look at another gaming mouse from Tesoro. Up for testing is the Shrike which seems to be a tad sharper than the previous Tesoro we looked at so lets take a closer look."

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Cooler Master's new mechanical keyboard, the QuickFire XT

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2013 - 11:34 AM |
Tagged: input, cooler master, quickfire xt, Cherry MX

The Cooler Master QuickFire XT comes in four different flavours of Cherry, Blue, Red, Brown and Green.  You can pick your preferred type of mechanical switch, from low resistance to strong as well as a click or a non-click feedback for a keypress.  It can also function either as USB or PS/2 for those who like to push more than a half dozen buttons at once and looks very familiar, lacking the sometimes ridiculous amount of extra media buttons.  You can easily swap keys around for those who prefer bright red WSAD or who want to incorporate the two unique CM buttons.  Legit Reviews has the full story here.

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"As expected with mechanical keyboards, typing on the QuickFire XT was an overwhelmingly positive experience as a result of Cherry’s switch mechanism. Individuals have their own preferences and so it’s not fair to rate or rank the switch types. Cooler Master avoids the issue of forced switch selection by making the QuickFire XT available in four Cherry MX switches..."

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Build the CM Storm QuickFire Stealth keyboard you want

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2013 - 01:32 PM |
Tagged: Cherry MX, coolermaster, CM Storm QuickFire Stealth, input

The Cherry MX switches on the CM Storm QuickFire Stealth are noticeably different from competitors keys, seeing as how the label is not on the top of the key but is instead on the side of the key facing the user.  The type of Cherry MX switches on the keyboard is up to you as there are four different models, allowing you to choose between Blue, Red, Green and Brown so that you get the keyboard you truly want.  That is not the only customizable feature, you can swap in red keys for your favourite buttons, there are LEDs and even the repeat rate which you can read about at Neoseeker.

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"If you're particularly troubled by the prospect that all those labels on the keys of your mechanical keyboard may rub off or get discolored as a result of your fingertips, while still needing something compact, Cooler Master just might have you covered with its CM Storm QuickFire Stealth.

Its "Phantom Keys" move all key labels to the front-facing side face of the keys, leaving the very top surfaces that you actually type on blank. The QuickFire Stealth also eschews a number pad to keep a trim figure. Hit our review to see if all this adds up to a mechanical keyboard that is as useful as it its unique design decisions."

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Mad Catz moves into portable mice with the M.O.U.S. 9 and R.A.T. M

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2013 - 01:31 PM |
Tagged: R.A.T. M, R.A.T, Mad Catz, M.O.U.S. 9, input, gaming mouse

Mad Catz are famous for their uniquely shaped mice, designed specifically to let you customize the overall shape to make it fit your hand perfectly.  Their new M.O.U.S. 9 is smaller than previous models as it is designed to be easy to carry around with your laptop and as it is capable of tracking on glass it is a very good addition to your portable kit.  The R.A.T. M cannot track on glass but it has adjustable DPI and is more suited for gaming.  Both use Bluetooth to connect, use removable batteries as opposed to a recharging station and cost over $100 to own. Check out Legit Reviews full report here.

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"I have little to complain about using the M.O.U.S. 9. It ergonomically fills and supports the palm and the sliding palm rest significantly adds flexibility to the mouse’s shape. Claw grip users won’t be left out either thanks to the ergonomically flexible R.A.T. shape the M.O.U.S. 9 is built on. No matter how the mouse is held, it’s difficult to access all the side buttons and sometimes the horizontal scroll wheel, but the M.O.U.S. 9 was just too comfortable for me to care. The two side button locations were perfectly placed for each type of mouse grip and the buttons were not too stiff, but not too soft to accidentally press..."

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The return of the ergonomic keyboard, this time it is mechanical

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2013 - 01:27 PM |
Tagged: cherry mx brown, Truly Ergonomic, mechanical keyboard, Model 207, input

Ergonomic keyboards go in and out of style, with some adherents sticking to a particular model but for the rest of us we seem to prefer the clumsy QWERTY layout above all others.  The Model 207 from Truly Ergonomic is a mechanical keyboard, so if your fingers can find the keys you will be rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing that key did depress.  On the other hand as you can see from the picture below finding those keys will take some practice.  You can also take a look at the back of the keyboard at the review on LanOC which shows off the customization possible thanks to the inclusion of dip switches that change the function of some keys.

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"When it comes to ergonomic keyboards there are only a few to pick from and, for the most part, all of those are rubber dome keyboards. Ergonomic mechanical keyboards are really limited to two different models, one being the Truly Ergonomic. Today we are going to take a look to see how it compares to everything I have tested to date. I expect an adjustment period just to its shape alone, but as a writer by trade I am very curious how it will affect me day to day. The gamer in me is just as curious on how it will perform in game as well. Let’s take a closer look."

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Source: LanOC

Knucker Plunger Keyboard, really Thermaltake?

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2013 - 01:06 PM |
Tagged: input, gaming keyboard, thermaltake, knucker plunger

The unfortunately named Thermaltake Knucker Plunger Keyboard gets its name from the Plunger switches that were used for the keys on this board.  They are not quite mechanical switches but do offer more feedback, both tactile and audible, when a key is depressed so that you get a feel similar to a mechanical switch but without the accompanying price tag.  With LED backlighting and easily removable keys it does offer the same benefits as high end gaming keyboards but at $40 it will not cost you as much as other models.  Benchmark Reviews tried out the newest member of the Tt eSPORTS lineup finding it more than acceptable for the price point.

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"In today's throw away culture it seems that nothing is sacred anymore, spending ~$100 on a keyboard seems like nothing to some folks with seamlessly disposable income, but not all of us have that luxury. To this end Thermaltake's Tt eSPORTS division have created the Knucker Plunger Gaming Keyboard (model: KB-KNK008). The Knucker Gaming Keyboard was designed and priced to sit part way between a regular rubber dome keyboard and a mechanical switch keyboard. The end result is what Thermaltake call 'Plunger switch technology', a semi-mechanical rubber dome setup that gives tactile feel of mechanical switches at a much lower cost. Here at Benchmark Reviews we aim to give you the information you want without all the hype, so you can make an educated decision for yourself. Read on to find out if the Knucker Keyboard is all that it promises to be."

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Can you go too far with a gaming mouse? The Shogun Bros Ballista MK-1 Pro

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2013 - 03:48 PM |
Tagged: Shogun Brothers Ballista MK-1 Pro, input, gaming mouse

Gaming mice continue to evolve as the market has become saturated, with companies striving to stand out in the crowd but Shogun Brothers may have taken this a bit far.  While having 8200 DPI and 12000 FPS is impressive, being able to set the X and Y sensitivity separately seems excessive.  The ability to save five different profiles for button programming is impressive but when the mouse is capable of displaying the name of that profile you have perhaps reached a new level altogether.  Perhaps the most telling is that the mouse is clearly labelled with a warning not to even attempt to use the mouse without reading the instructions first.  However, if this sounds like the mouse of your dreams, head to eTeknix to see this mouse in action.

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"For the last couple of days I have been spending my evening gaming and putting the Ballista MK-1 gaming mouse from Shogun Bros through its paces. Until a few weeks ago I had never even heard of Shogun Bros and give that the gaming peripheral is somewhat dominated by a few big brands it can be hard for another name to squeeze through. Yet a quick look online has shown that products like the Ballista and other products from Shogun Bros have been getting a lot of attention and a lot of love from both review media and the gaming community, so what is all the fuss about?"

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Source: eTeknix

ROCCAT's feature filled keyboard, the Isku FX

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2013 - 04:21 PM |
Tagged: roccat, input, Isku FX

There is a new keyboard from the company that Ryan loves to try to pronounce; ROCCAT's new Isku FX is more than just a gaming keyboard with multimedia buttons and LED backlighting.  With the configuration software installed you can change the Caps Lock key to modify the macro and thumb keys to give you a total of 16 macro keys, remap the multimedia keys or even change up what ROCCAT refers to as the Easy Zone.  For aesthetic purposes you can choose from 16.8 million distinct colours in the backlighting.  There are also apparently achievements you can unlock with this keyboard if you have become addicted to those thanks to Steam.  If this sounds like something you might like you should check out the full review at Techgage.

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"At the time of writing, the Isku FX is ROCCAT’s range-topping keyboard. Appropriately it’s packed to the gills with features and capabilities lesser keyboards tend to eschew. No, it’s not a mechanical keyboard, but despite this is it still worth your hard-earned dollars? Read on and find out!"

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Source: Techgage

Make your own macros with the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium keyboard

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2013 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: input, mechanical keyboard, gigabyte, Aivia Osmium, cherry mx red

Gigabyte has added another mechanical keyboard to their family, the Aivia Osmium which uses the quiet Cherry MX Red switches preferred by gamers who don't want a click to slow down their button mashing.  It is definitely aimed at gamers with backlighting, audio in and about and a USB 3.0 port on the side along with sound and brightness wheels at the top.  The Tech Report was very impressed with the macro capability of this keyboard, not bound by a certain set of dedicated keys but instead a full program which allows up to 25 programmed macros which can include both mouse and keyboard input.  Head on over and check out the full review.

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"Most high-end keyboards combine mechanical switches with LED backlighting and programmable macro keys. Gigabyte's Aivia Osmium adds a new twist: USB 3.0 connectivity. We take a closer look at this unique keyboard to see what's what."

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Bungie jump for your mouse from ROCCAT

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2013 - 03:25 PM |
Tagged: input, roccat, apuri hybrid, gadget

The Apuri Hybrid USB Hub & Mouse Bungie looks a little familiar, though it does have more functionality that the Cooler Master version as it is also a 4 port powered USB 2.0 hub with an LED.  Not only will your mouse tail look snazzy hanging from a scorpion like device but you can also keep a variety of USB devices close to hand.  Neoseeker was a little disappointed at the $40 price tag, rather high for a non-USB 3.0 hub, but if you are looking to get your cords out of the way the added functionality is a nice feature.

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"If you have a very particular need for a USB hub that also serves to reduce mouse cable clutter and keep your work area in order, ROCCAT just might have you covered with the Apuri. This unique peripheral is both mouse cable bungie and 4-port USB 2.0 hub in one scorpion-shaped package, so hit our review to see whether the Apuri delivers good value for its proposed convenience."

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Source: Neoseeker