Steelseries' subtle gaming keyboard

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2011 - 01:35 PM |
Tagged: input, steelseries, steelseries 6G V2

Many gaming keyboards feel the need for glowing keys, LED screens or even fans to cool your palms while you game.  The SteelSeries 6G V2 goes a completely different way to satisfy those who want a good quality keyboard without any extravagant bells or whistle.  It is a mechanical keyboard which can handle 6 simultaneous keypresses over USB and an unlimited amount over PS/2.  The evil Windows key that lives under your keft palm has been replaced with a SteelSeries Key that will activate the sparse media keys sharing space with your function keys.  At $120ish it may be a bit rich for some gamer's blood, Funky Kit recommends it for those who are willing to pay the price.

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"Revolutionary designs for keyboards dont exaclty pop up all the time. The old saying "if it isn't broken..." holds true to the basic keyboard design. Sure there are fancy things thrown in there like backlit keys, LCD screens, and macro buttons. But does that really matter for most people? Not really.

Steelseries has taken that if it isn't broken formula, but tweaked it a bit. This particular keyboard, the "6G V2 gaming keyboard" gives a basic design look of a $10 keyboard you can buy at any big retail store but packs some cool stuff under the hood. Read more ahead ..."

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Source: Funky Kit

CoolerMaster's Storm Sentinel Z3RO-G mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2011 - 04:46 PM |
Tagged: input, mouse, cooler master, CM Storm

CoolerMaster is really going all out in the peripheral market as you can see from their latest gaming mouse, the Sentinel Z3RO-G.  The 5600DPI Storm Tactical Twin-Laser Sensor is standard issue in the Storm series, 128kb of onboard memory gives you multiple profiles for the 8 buttons and it even features something called Rapid Fire Tactical Mode which will probably be handy when Diablo 3 comes out.  The unique feature on this mouse is an LED screen which displays your current sensitivity settings which eTechnix really fell in love with.

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"Today I will be taking a look at CM Storm’s latest offering- the Sentinel Z3RO-G. Just like CM Storm’s other products the Z3RO-G is aimed at the gaming market, and showcases many of the company’s famous features. The Z3RO-G is kitted out with a 5600DPI dual laser sensor which is easily changeable on-the-fly for a quick switch between precision sniping to rushing within an instant. It also has a unique LED display on the top to give you information about your current settings and is highly customisable using the advanced software included. So are these features useful, or just a marketing gimmick?"

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Source: eTechnix

The next NZXT product you buy might be a mouse; the Avatar S (in natural 3D)

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2011 - 12:18 PM |
Tagged: input, nzxt, avatar s, gaming mouse

Available in both black and white, with a switchable DPI of 400, 800 &1600 a USB polling rate of up to 1000Hz, tracking speed of 30 in/sec and acceleration up to 20G, the NZXT Avatar S has all the bells and whistles you want from a 5 button gaming mouse.  The software suite is fairly minimalist compared to some but with 5 distinct save-able profiles, it covers all of the basics you need to get the most from your gaming sessions.  eTeknix also liked it's size as the mouse is comfortable even for those with large hands.

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"If we asked you to name a target category for NZXT products, peripherals would probably be the last section on your list. Recent diversion into new markets by NZXT has changed things though. They are very quickly becoming a diverse brand looking to match their newer attempts in other product categories with the amazing name they have built themselves mainly through their cases. Today we have one of their latest releases, a mouse, the NZXT Avatar S to be precise."

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Source: eTechnix

Part raptor, part mouse, all game

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2011 - 05:50 PM |
Tagged: raptor-gaming, mouse, input, gaming

The Raptor-Gaming LM2 mouse actually looks unique in a market where several mouse bodies are rebranded and perhaps slightly modified and sold as a unique product.  In theory the use of a 2400dpi optical sensor should help keep the price down and they also completely skipped any sort of control software. That might annoy micromanagers but it will please the plug'n'play crowd.  Hardware Heaven felt that with 5 buttons including the scroll wheel it has enough controls for most usage but the asking price is equivalent to mice with more features and a control suite which is why they recommend you give this mouse a miss.

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"Today we have another new product from Raptor-Gaming, the LM3 gaming mouse. The LM3 is a mid-range gaming mouse offering simple plug and play support and we will find out if it suits the needs of today's demanding gamers."

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Sing the praises of this SteelSeries board in the key of mechanical

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2011 - 01:52 PM |
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, input, steelseries

Mechanical keyboards seem to be a hot topic, with round ups appearing to deal with all of the new boards coming out.  Hardware Heaven chose to focus on one particular product, the SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical gaming keyboard, which thankfully didn't take 'gaming' to mean sticking extra buttons all along the side.  The Cherry Black MX designed keys are very common amongst these new mechanical keyboards though the n-key rollover, being able to hit an unlimited number of keys and have them properly register, is not something you find on all USB keyboards.  The 6Gv2 can handle multiple keys for you circle strafers and replacing the Windows key on the left hand side with a 'media key' that is disabled in games is a very nice touch.  Check out the full review at Hardware Heaven since there are some negative aspects to the design of this board.

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"For quite some time the gaming keyboard market has concentrated on products which add macro buttons, re-assignments, profiles, USB and audio pass-through and weighted key actions to enhance the gaming experience. In addition to this we see branded products such as the Razer StarCraft 2 gear and SteelSeries Medal of Honor products however few manufacturers have looked to release high quality mechanical keyboards for the gaming masses.

There have been a few though and these have clearly made an impact with gamers as we are regularly seeing manufacturers launch their own mechanical gaming models. One manufacturer which has historically offered mechanical keyboards for gamers is SteelSeries and they are now back with a new model, the 6Gv2 which we have connected to our system today."

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A keyboard for the terminally paranoid

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2011 - 03:10 PM |
Tagged: input, secure wireless, aes-128, keyboard

Wireless connections are convenient, as anyone who has dealt with well tangled cords and wires can attest to.  The downside is that without proper setup they are incredibly insecure and can still be vulernable to certain attacks even when properly secured.  One particular vulnerabillty of wireless connections that tends to be missed completely is wireless peripherals, especially the keyboard.  What use securing your WiFi when your keyboard is broadcasting everything you type, up to an including passwords, in plain unencrypted text.  tbreak examines the Microsoft Wireless Keyboard with AES-128 encryption, perfect for securing yet another attack vector on your PC. 

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"Do you feel insecure when you press keystrokes on your current wireless keyboard, some one might capture them and find out what passwords or other information you are typing? Then Microsoft has just announced a brand new wireless keyboard and mouse for you. It sends all wireless keystrokes and mouse clicks with AES 128-bit encryption."

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Remember GeIL? Now they make EpicGear Gaming Mice

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2011 - 02:52 PM |
Tagged: geil, epicgear, input

Following in the footsteps of just about every RAM vendor except for Crucial GeIL is now making mice; though they chose under a pseudonym.  The EpicGear MeduZa Hybrid Dual Sensor Technology Gaming Mouse is not quite as big as its name, hidden in that name is an interesting feature though.  The MeduZa dual sensor has both an optical and a laser sensor, with the optical sensor ranging from 400DPI up to 3200DPI and the laser programmable up to 6000DPI.  VR-Zone can't tell you how it performs yet but hopefully we will know after Computex.

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"Memory maker GeIL will be branching out into the gaming peripheral industry under the brand name EpicGear. Their first product will be, surprise surprise, a gaming mouse. According to EpicGear, this isn't just any other gaming mouse with lights and a gazillion buttons. The EpicGear MeduZa will be first in the world to incorporate Hybrid Dual Sensor Technology - marketing-speak for both optical and laser sensors. A switch on the underside will allow on-the-fly changing between optical, laser, and HDST (combined) sensor modes. According to them, HDST combines the speed of laser sensors and the stability of optical sensors to provide the best experience, reducing the problems of jitter, skip and drift."

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No one needs more than three buttons on a mouse!

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2011 - 06:45 PM |
Tagged: input, mouse, keyboard, thermaltake

It seems almost quaint for a mouse to sport only three buttons, MMORPG styled mice carry a dozen buttons or more.  However for Portal there really isn't much use for those extra buttons and as long as you are willing to assign weapons switching to the scroll wheel, three buttons will do you quite well in most FPS games.  The Thermaltake eSPORTS Azurues mouse is designed with that in mind, a very simple black mouse with three buttons and a 1600DPI switchable sensor.  If simplicity attracts you, drop by Hi Tech Reviews for a close up look.

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"The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Azurues is a basic 3-button gaming mouse designed for FPS gamers. The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Azurues has a polling rate of 500Hz and a dpi switch at the bottom adjustable up to 1600 dpi. Like all Tt eSPORTS products that plug into a USB port, the Azurues gaming mouse has a braided and gold-plated USB connector as well as a convenient carrying case. The Tt eSPORTS Azurues does not require any software or drivers to use and is completely plug and play. For gamers that want a simple gaming mouse, the Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Azurues is a high-performance alternative with just the right amount and combination of enthusiast features."

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Wireless touch mouse roundup

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2011 - 06:10 PM |
Tagged: input, mouse, keyboard, mouse pad, touch mouse, wireless, roundup

The touch mouse is a species very different from gaming mice, eschewing total size as well as the number of buttons to provide a very mobile but still functional mouse.  The main solution that these mice use is to incorporate the functionality of a touch pad, like those found on laptops, directly onto the mouse.  TechSpot grabbed three of the main contenders, Microsoft’s Arc Touch, Mad Catz's Eclipse, and SpeedLink’s Cue Wireless Multitouch to see how well these mice do the job.

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"When it comes to input peripherals and more specifically pointing devices, the options available to the end user are near limitless. Our most recent mouse reviews and roundups have had a heavy focus on gamers and enthusiasts, but it’s important to remember that not everyone falls into these particular demographics.

Today we'll be looking at three mice that aren’t necessarily as high-end or feature-packed as some we have previously tested. These wireless mice are smaller and simpler in what they entail, yet they all feature one distinct characteristic – touch sensitivity."

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Source: TechSpot