Is your keyboard made from lasers? If you have the Celluon Magic Cube it is!

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2012 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: input, laser, Celluon, Magic Cube, keyboard

Who needs a mechanical keyboard if you can have one made out of lasers with an IR sensor to detect where your fingers are typing?  With both USB and Bluetooth connectivity the Celluon Magic Cube will beam a virtual keyboard onto any flat surface allowing you to type on a full keyboard without having to cart one around with you.  This will be more handy for tablet and phone users but still might be worth using with a laptop just because it is made of frickin' laser beams.  Hardware.Info tried out one of these hard to get a hold of devices and loved it as it performed as advertised and even has a mouse mode.  You may not type quite as fast as you would on a normal keyboard but you will look far more impressive.

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"It still looks and feels like science fiction, but this actually works. With the Magic Cube from Celluon you can create a fully functional keyboard on any surface, that types much better than the mini-keyboards on your average smartphone. The added value for tablets is more limited, because for those there are many more alternatives in terms of external keyboards."

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Razer's Taipan can strike from the left hand or the right

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2012 - 06:38 PM |
Tagged: ambidextrous, gaming mouse, razer, taipan, input

The stats on the packaging of the Razer Taipan Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse are impressive, an 8200 DPI 4G dual sensor system, 1000MHz ultra-polling and nine programmable buttons make this a serious gaming mouse but for many it will be the fact that this mouse can be comfortably used with either hand.   Of course since it is symmetrical there is no way to adjust the length, width or height of the mouse as some other companies have been experimenting with.  MadShrimps like the performance of the mouse in office applications as well as gaming but were not as impressed with Razer requiring you to create an account to have access to their software suite and, for some reason, they wanted more LEDs.

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"The new Taipan ambidextrous mouse from Razer weights no more than 132 grams, comes with a high performance 4G Dual Sensor System with 8200DPI and makes use of the Razer Synapse 2.0 software for easy customization of the 9 programmable Hyperesponse buttons."

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Source: MadShrimps

The cleanest keyboard going

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2012 - 06:51 PM |
Tagged: input, logitech, washable, K310, keyboard

It doesn't sport fancy mechanical switches, LEDs or movable macro keys like many keyboards sold today; this Logitech is special because it is washable.  You may have seen this product around before but if you haven't you can check out The Inquirer's review here.  The key design is unique looking and functional too as a spill will be directed around the keys and the bit that does get through will exit through the back.  Once you have spilled on the keyboard you just unplug it, take it to the sink and give it a thorough cleansing. Once it has dried you can plug it back in and get back to what you were doing before your beverage took a nose dive.  This may not be the sturdiest design or the best type of keys you have encountered though at $40 you really shouldn't expect that from this board, instead enjoy having the cleanest keyboard in the neighbourhood.

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"Pulling the Logitech keyboard out of the box, the first thing you'll notice is its bright blue underbelly that we assume is meant to connote the keyboard's friendly relationship with water. Lined around the edges on the back are drain holes, for spilled liquids or cleaning water to run out of."

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Source: The Inquirer

Cooler Master's stormy trio of mousing domination

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2012 - 07:28 PM |
Tagged: SpeedRXL, Skorpion, input, gaming mouse, cooler master, CMStorm Recon

While it might not instantly make you a better gamer, these three products from Cooler Master probably won't hurt your performance.  The CMStorm Recon is an ambidextrous gaming mouse with DPI ranging from 800 to 4000 and sports integrated memory allowing you up to 5 profiles and 36 macros; you also get colour changing LEDs.  The Speed RXL is a felt mouse mat of 45 x 35cm (17.8 x 13.7") and 5mm thick so you will get a lot of mousing space as long as your desk is big enough.  Last is the Skorpion which is perfect for anyone who has lost a deathmatch because their mouse tail got in the way.  It's tripod like shape and arching tail should keep that mouse cord from interfering with your fragging ... assuming that is actually a thing.  Check out Neoseeker for more on all three Storm products.

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"Today we're bringing you a review of three CMSTORM gaming products for PC gamers. The centerpiece of our trio is the CMSTORM Recon mouse featuring grip-coated body that fits both left- and right-handers, a high-performance Avago sensor, onboard memory and customizable LEDs for the (relatively) low price of $40. Complementing the performance mouse is the Speed RXL performance mouse pad made of felt, and the Skorpion mouse bungee designed to help keep that mouse cord clutter under control. Plus, it looks like an abstract representation of a scorpion. Our review focuses on the performance of the CMSTORM Recon, but we do use all three products together to see what sort of experience Cooler Master hopes to deliver for gamers looking to upgrade their mice."

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Source: Neoseeker

A pair of Corsair mouse and keyboard combos

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2012 - 06:20 PM |
Tagged: input, gaming mouse, mechanical keyboard, corsair, m60, k60, m90, k90, Corsair Vengeance

Pairing your mouse and keyboard will not unlock special powers like a full outfit will in many games however there is something satisfying about having matched peripherals, especially when they are effective tools.  The Corsair Vengeance K90 and M90 as well as the M60 and K60 are up for review at Neoseeker.  The Vengeance 90 series is the more customizable, and expensive of the two, perfect for those who need to be able to program a wide variety of macros to launch at the press of a single button while the 60 series is more for those who play FPS games and really don't need the same level of programability.  Check out the full review to see which of the two combos most attracts you.

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"Corsair tests the waters of the keyboard and mouse market with their first input device peripherals that use Cherry MX Red switches and dedicated gaming features. We test out the Vegeance K90/M90 and K60/M60 keyboard/mouse combos in our latest review."

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Source: Neoseeker

Corsair Announces Vengeance MM200 and MM400 gaming mouse mats

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2012 - 01:58 PM |
Tagged: mouse pad, input, corsair

FREMONT, California — October 25, 2012 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced a new range of gaming mouse mats, designed with durable, gaming-grade surfaces designed to maximize the performance of high-quality gaming mice like the Vengeance® Series laser gaming mice.

"Just as performance sports cars needs premium-quality tires in order to maximize performance on the road, a high-quality gaming mouse mat is essential to maximize the performance of gaming mice like the Vengeance laser gaming mice”, said Ruben Mookerjee, Vice President and General Manager of the Components Business Unit at Corsair. "Corsair gaming mouse mats are engineered from the ground-up to deliver the consistent performance that gamers demand, so they can focus on winning."

Two model ranges will launch initially: the Vengeance MM200, and Vengeance MM400.

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Vengeance MM200

The Vengeance MM200 mouse pad features a glide-optimized textile surface that has been carefully screened to ensure consistent tracking with any gaming mouse sensor. Features of the MM200 include fray-resistant edges, and a non-slip rubber base to prevent bunching or slipping during intense gameplay. The MM200 is available in four sizes, including extra large and wide formats, to suit different playing styles.

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Vengeance MM400

The Vengeance MM400 mouse mat features a tuned, low-friction polymer surface that has been engineered to provide outstanding glide and precise control, for pixel-accurate aiming. The surface is particularly effective when used with performance laser gaming mice, such as the Corsair Vengeance Series mice. The MM400 is available in a single, over-sized format with 957 cm2 of available gaming surface, to ensure you won’t run your mouse off the edge in a critical moment.

Pricing and Availability

The Corsair Vengeance MM200 and M400 mouse pads are backed by a 1-year limited warranty, and are available now from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors. The suggested US retail prices are listed below.

MM200: Small $12.99; Medium/Large $14.99, Extra Large $24.99, Wide $16.99 MM400: $29.99.

 

Source: Corsair

Got moss growing on your keyboard? Logitech can fix that!

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2012 - 04:19 PM |
Tagged: input, logitech, keyboard, washable, K310

Some of you may remember keyboard covers, similar to the plastic covers that batty old relatives place on their couches and chairs and every bit as attractive.  They've gone out of style which is part of the reason why there are keyboards out there growing moss and with enough crumbs inside for a decent emergency snack during a MMORPG raid if you flip it upside down.  Logitech realized that not everyone wants goop, crud and worse hiding below their keys and so they've released a washable keyboard called the K310. Legit Reviews tried it out and liked it, as far as they could like a membrane keyboard with just the basics but they are hoping for a model targeted at gamers in the near future.

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"Most of us spend many hours every week typing at a computer, but when was the last time you cleaned it? How dirty and nasty is your keyboard that you are using right now? Last month, Logitech unveiled the Washable Keyboard K310 that grabbed our attention as you could easily was it and the keyboard costs just $39.99 shipped. Using disinfectant wipes gets expensive over the years, so a washable keyboard like the Logitech K310 could make life easier for germaphobes or anyone that hates dirty keyboards..."

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Punchable laptops? The Synaptics ForcePad

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2012 - 04:01 PM |
Tagged: input, trackpad, synaptics, forcepad

We've been hearing about Synaptics ForcePad, a new type of touchpad which can register the amount force used when pushing down on trackpad and using that for alternate functions depending on how hard you push.  The Tech Report actually had a chance to try out the ForcePad on a demonstration model at Synaptics.  They report that while initially a little odd to get used to, as the ForcePad does not feel different when pressed harder, once they became accustomed to it they really liked its functionality.  As well this technology will do away with the phantom clicks caused if the chassis warps a little because you are holding onto a corner and may also help with those times an arm hair brushes against the touchpad while you are typing causing your cursor to go a-wandering.  As far as The Tech Report are concerned, the ForcePad, ThinTouch keyboard, and Series 4 ClearPad are all worth looking forward to.

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"Next year, Synaptics' ForcePad will bring pressure sensitivity to touchpads. It can track five fingers independently, each with up to a kilogram of effective force in precise 15-gram increments. We got our hands on the ForcePad, among the company's other new input tech. We also fingered the ultra-slim ThinTouch keyboard, recently acquired through the purchase of Pacinian. It combines secretive switches with a side order of capacitive touch, and the keys feel as good as those of the MacBook Pro. For an encore, we've captured the latest in low-latency touchscreen tech on our high-speed camera."

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Checking the breadth of Corsair's Vengeance

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2012 - 04:05 PM |
Tagged: input, corsair, gaming mouse, keyboard, vengeance, cherry mx red, k60, k90, m60, m90

LAN OC have been busily working their way through Corsair's Vengeance series of gaming peripherals, both the line of keyboards and mice.  They start off with the K60 and K90, both mechanical keyboards using Cherry MX Red switches and sporting customizable red rubber WASD buttons with a slant on them to make your fingers more comfortable for long nights of FPS action.  Only the K90 sports a three rows of six programmable buttons on the left hand side for use in MMOs, the K60 is more regularly sized.

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From there they move to the gaming mice, specifically the Vengeance M60 and M90 which bear many similarities.  The software suite which accompanies both mice gives you impressive control over the button programming and sensitivity of the mice and goes further with tools such as one that lets you rate the performance of the surface you are mousing on. Read on to see the physical differences between these two mice.

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"Every once in a while you find a company that is able to take a normal product that everyone has and change it in a way that makes everyone wonder why it was never done before. As much as it pains me to say this, Apple was one of those companies. In the pc components business there are a few as well, but the company that stands out the most to me would be Corsair. Every time corsair enters a new market, I find myself impressed with what they have to offer. Even though it seems like they are always jumping into random markets, they take their time and research what everyone has to offer and what people would really want to see. This week we are going to take a look at their new Vengeance lineup of mice and keyboards to see if they have done the same in these new markets. Today we are going to start with their new keyboards, let’s dig in and see what they are all about."

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Source: LAN OC

Truly get behind the wheel in DiRT with SteelSeries

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2012 - 04:46 PM |
Tagged: Simraceway S1 Steering Wheel, steelseries, input

With the release of the newest addition to the DiRT series it seems appropriate to take a look at one of the steering wheels currently on the market, the SteelSeries Simraceway S1 Steering Wheel.  As you can see this device has little in common with the wheel foudn in your car and more resembles a steering wheel which swallowed several gamepads.  This is on purpose as  SteelSeries intends for you to be able to play using only their wheel.  MadShrimps liked it for its novelty value and did indeed successfully use it in a number of games but they would have liked to see better software to give more functionality to this device.

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"The Simraceway S1 Steering Wheel from SteelSeries is a unique peripheral made for people that do not have enough space in their gaming room to keep a full racing setup. The wheel comes with shift, throttle and brake paddles in the back and enough programmable buttons on the front for delivering a much better experience than using a regular Xbox360 controller. A nice addition is the RPM LEDs, but these will function only if the games also support it (F1 2011, Simraceway). The S1 also supports an optional wheel stand, which hopefully will become available in the near future."

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Source: Mad Shrimps