AZiO's moddable keyboard and ambidextrous mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2013 - 04:06 PM |
Tagged: input, gaming keyboard, gaming mouse, AiZO, L3VETRON GM2000, L3VETRON Mech5, L3VETRON

At a glance, AiZO's L3VETRON Mech5 keyboard has a lot of extras for gamers, with a keypad that can be relocated to the left side of the keyboard as well as a 6 key macro pad which can be attached almost anywhere and be assigned up to 12 functions.  There is also a volume knob and a switch to disable the Windows key for those games which just don't like losing focus.  Unfortunately, while these extras did function reasonably well Overclockers Club thought the overall design felt rather cheap and not what they expected from a keyboard that costs over $100. 

The GM2000 mouse came out a bit better, in part because it costs around $40, but also thanks to the light weight and DPI features.  On the other hand they ran into problems with button response and from other reviews of this mouse they are not the only ones who did.  Still, it is reasonably priced and will get you in the game quickly.

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"Mechanical switches are becoming the typical switch in most gaming or enthusiast builds – at this point just having the mechanical switch isn't enough to warrant such high dollar signs. That is where I feel the L3VETRON Mech5 was a major let down. It reminded me of the toy that looked super in the box until you saved up your money to buy it and find out what crap it actually was. The features of a movable number pad as well as the little Macro keypad do deserve some merit in the overall review. Although I'm not big on using macros the ability to choose to have them is nice while not massively increasing the standard layout of the keyboard. The removable ability and varied placement of the number pad was by far my favorite part of all of the AZiO products today. Just the ability to customize my layout in a LEGO sort of manner was like being a kid all over again – loved it."

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A4Tech might have trouble with mouse aesthetics but not with functionality

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2013 - 07:29 PM |
Tagged: input, gaming mouse, A4Tech, Ultracore3 V7 Gun3, HoleLESS engine

While the name and the bloody hand motif of the A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 gaming mouse might be a little questionable there is one thing on this mouse which makes it stand above the competition, the so called HoleLESS engine.  Instead of an open area on the bottom of the mouse for the sensor and laser, there is a tinted covering protecting those components which means you will no longer have to pick hair or gunge out of your mouse.  Benchmark Reviews had no problems whatsoever with interference from the lack of an open hole during their testing and they had a bit of fun bumping mice together during the Q-Shoot tool in the driver.  This mouse comes with an impressive bundle, functions well and costs less than $30 ... not a bad deal at all.

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"Being an enthusiast doesn't necessarily mean pouring an incredible amount of money into a hobby. While going to a web site that sells computer components, sorting by "Highest Price" and just adding everything at the top of the list to your cart will probably result in a fast computer (probably...) I'm not sure if that is what defines an "enthusiast." Sometimes finding those products that ride that price/performance line, getting the absolute most for the money spent - that's where enthusiasm can be found. A4Tech, a company with 25 years of experience with mice and other peripherals, has just released a new line of gaming mice that Benchmark Reviews is going to take a look at today. First up, the A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 wired gaming mouse - let's see what A4Tech has in store for gaming enthusiasts..."

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A gauche new mouse for the sinister among us

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2013 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: input, zowie, AM Mouse, ambidextrous, gaming mouse

As you can see from the picture the Zowie AM gaming mouse has a simple design, one which allows it to be used by righties and lefties without an issue.  There is a thumb button located on both sides of the mouse, so even with the simple design you don't lose out on the extra functionality you expect from a gaming mouse.  DPI and USB report rates are both modifiable but without bundled software you won't get the same level of control as with other mice. Drop by Red & Blackness Mods for a closer look.

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"We have not reviewed so much from Zowie but today we take a look at the Zowie AM gaming mouse. This reminds me of the Steelseries Sensei and can be used by both left and right handed people since it has no special shapes at all. Enough talk, lets get on with this review!"

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Razer's Ultimate keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2013 - 06:18 PM |
Tagged: input, mechanical keyboard, gaming, razer, blackwidow ultimate

With a name like Razer Blackwidow Ultimate, this new mechanical keyboard has a lot to live up to.  It comes with the Razer Synapse software familiar to many, which allows you to program the LED lights behind the keyboard for mood typing as well as programming up to 10 profiles with different keys and macro key settings.  It has headset and microphone jacks for those not using a USB headset and USB-Passthrough for those that do.  R&B Mods like the overall performance and look of the keyboard but were a bit taken aback by the $135 asking price.  It also seems strange that Razer does not advertise the type of mechanical switch this keyboard uses.

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"Mechanical keyboards are high demand these days as more and more people have realized how nice they are to game on with their quick response time and keys. Today we are going to review the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate mechanical keyboard, it will be tested in various situations and also see if it is better than the competition that we have tested in the past."

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HeMouse and the masters of the RSI

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2013 - 05:36 PM |
Tagged: mouse, rsi, vertical mouse, input, HE Mouse

There are a variety of devices out there meant to improve the mouse by allowing your hand to sit in a more natural position while you are using your computer. From trackballs to joystick-like devices with a sensor on the bottom, they have seen only limited acceptance but perhaps the HE Mouse might gain more fans as it does very much resemble a mouse flipped on its side.  That allows a familiar look while still putting your wrist in a much more natural position and comes in both wired and wireless versions.  You still get gaming features such as settings between 800 and 3400 dpi and a total of 5 buttons so gaming will not be a problem.  Check out Hardware.Info if you think your wrists could use a break.

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"We reviewed the HE Mouse. Ergonomic input devices are rare these days, so it was great to test a product that tried something different. The vertical orientation of the HE Mouse does indeed reduce the strain on your hand, wrist and forearm, so if you’re susceptible to RSI then this could be a good alternative. It falls short of perfection, however, since the lack of an accurate sensor limits the applications for this mouse."

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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