Razer is never one to shy away from reinventing and refreshing its products. Every year or two, we find ourselves receiving a new press release on a familiar item that’s been updated or made new again with a fresh feature or new design. Today’s review is exactly one such item with the Razer Basilisk Essential. The design of the original Basilisk proved to be quite popular amongst gamers. Today’s update takes that same shape and intriguing multi-function paddle and trims it down to the titular essentials, landing at just under the fifty-dollar price point.
Is it worth adding to your Amazon wishlist? Join us as we find out!
- Current Pricing: $49.99
- Sensor: 6400 DPI Optical Sensor
- Gaming Grade Tactile Scroll Wheel
- Multi-function paddle (single length)
- Razer Mechanical Switches
- 20 Million Click Lifespan
- 7 programmable buttons
- Customizable backlit logo
- Weight: 95g
Starting, as always, with packaging, Razer is keeping to the mold here. We have the usual high-end product shot on the front and the specific feature highlights on the back. Inside, we see the first hints of the budget-oriented nature of the mouse in that it ships in a brown cardboard tray and styrofoam sleeve. This kind of packaging is perfectly fine, and transports the mouse safely, but it doesn’t offer the same kind of presentation found on some of Razer’s more expensive products.
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2019 - 11:05 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: mx518, logitech g, logitech, gaming mouse
Logitech today announced the rebirth of one of its most popular and beloved products, the MX518 Gaming Mouse. First released nearly fourteen years ago, the MX518 received rave reviews from the tech press and users alike for its comfortable shape, well-positioned customizable buttons, and high-precision sensor with on-the-fly DPI toggling. The company has since released dozens of additional gaming mice models, but fans of the MX518 have long been relegated to paying inflated prices for used stock on eBay if they wanted to get their hands on a replacement.
Now, after a not-so-quiet launch in Asia late last year, Logitech is relaunching the MX518 in Western markets. The company cites the ongoing chorus of user requests to "bring back the MX518" as the reason for the device's revival, and Logitech says that this re-released version is crafted from the original designs with the same shape and feel.
"As one of the most-beloved gaming mice ever, MX518 has inspired legions of fans around the world to ask Logitech G to bring it out of retirement. And we heard you. We pulled the original tools from the Vault and meticulously restored them -- right down to the original glossy keyplate. It's the classic, comfortable shape you know and love, now with modern components that perform to today's advanced standards and a new, updated Nightfall color scheme."
But just because the MX518's exterior remains the same doesn't mean that the mouse's internals can't be updated to take advantage of almost fifteen years of technological advancements. Logitech is therefore packing the "very latest, next-generation technologies" into the new MX518, including a HERO 16K sensor and a 32-bit ARM processor that gives the new mouse a 1ms report rate. Like Logitech's other gaming products, users will be able to store button layouts and custom DPI settings to the mouse's onboard memory so it will always perform and operate the way you want even when connected to PCs not running Logitech's Gaming Software.
Check out the full list of specifications below and head over to Logitech's Gaming site to pre-order the MX518 for $59.99. Shipping date has yet to be announced but considering that the product is already on the market in China, it shouldn't be too long a wait for longtime Logitech fans on this side of the globe to get their fix.
- Height: 131 mm
- Width: 73 mm
- Depth: 43 mm
- Weight: 101 g mouse only
- Cable length: ~ 2.10 m
- Sensor: HERO™ 16K
- Resolution: 100 – 16,000 DPI
- Zero smoothing/acceleration/filtering
- Max. acceleration: > 40 G
- Max. speed: > 400 IPS
- USB data format: 16 bits/axis
- USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
- Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM
- PTFE Feet: > 250 kilometers
- Onboard memory: 5 profiles
- Lightweight, flexible cable
- Windows® 7 or later
- macOS® 10.11 or later
- USB port
- Internet access for Logitech Gaming Software (optional)
- 2 - Year Warranty
Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2019 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thermaltake, thermaltake esports, Talon Elite RGB Gaming Gear Combo, PMW3325, input, gaming mouse
Thermaltake has a impressive offer for anyone who needs a new or back up rodent and doesn't want to spend a lot of money. The Talon Elite RGB Gaming Gear Combo is a mere $30 and offers a mouse with a PMW3325 sensor, Omron switches, RGBs and a half dozen buttons, plus they've included a mouse mat.
It isn't the best mouse that TechPowerUp has used, but you can't complain too much about a few imperfections at that price. Check it out here.
"When it comes to mice, Tt eSPORTS is mostly known for their great prices. The Talon Elite RGB Gaming Gear Combo is no different as it offers mouse and mouse pad for below $30. The mouse features a PMW3325 optical sensor, main switches rated for 20 million clicks, and, of course, a lot of great-looking RGB effects."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 SE Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
- TECWARE Phantom 104 RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- SteelSeries Rival 650 @ TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2019 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, gaming mouse, RGB, corsair, ironclaw, PMW3391
For gamers that wear large sized gloves there are many rodents that don't nestle comfortably in their palms, especially the travel sized ones. For them there is a new mouse on the market, the Corsair IronClaw which is large enough for comfort (130x80x45mm) but not to a point which will make it uncomfortable for others. The PMW3391 sensor matches the quality you expect from a gaming mouse and Corsair's iCUE software lets you program the buttons and RGBs as you would expect as well as incorporating hardware monitoring graphs.
"Oh wait, there's one more. Our third mouse review this week is the IronClaw RGB mouse. Designed with a comfortable fit and some pretty iCUE related features this critter might be just what the doctor ordered at 59 bucks."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- CORSAIR HARPOON RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- A4Tech KBS-29 Left Handed Natural Keyboard @ OCC
- 1STPLAYER Bullet Hunter MK6 Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2019 - 10:56 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: RGB, microphone, hyperx, headset, gaming mouse, gaming headset, ddr4, ces 2019, CES
HyperX is here at CES demoing several new products — including a new product category — as well as some updates to their existing product line. The highlights include the company's first microphone and a new premium gaming headset made with Audeze's planar magnetic drivers.
Check out the complete launch details below as well as our impressions from our visit to the HyperX suite at CES.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid Gaming Mouse
The HyperX Pulsefire Raid RGB mouse is designed for gamers who need additional buttons for key binding or to execute a variety of commands. HyperX Pulsefire Raid features 11 programmable buttons and is designed with a Pixart 3389 sensor for accuracy and speed with settings up to 16,000 DPI. Customizable native DPI settings allow gamers to monitor settings with an LED indicator. In addition, the mouse includes Omron switches with 20M click reliability. Pulsefire Raid is designed for accurate, fluid and responsive tracking, without acceleration. Using HyperX NGenuity software, gamers can assign personalized macro functions to the 11 programmable keys and store them in a macro library.
Our impressions: The Pulsefire Raid Gaming Mouse doesn't do anything new in terms of basic design, but its 11 programmable buttons are more than found on many competing gaming mice and will be appreciated by competitive gamers looking to map as many in-game functions as possible.
The wired mouse feels good in the hand and includes nice RGB effects that can by configured via software or turned off if desired. The Pulsefire Raid includes the normal range of higher-quality components — Omron switches and a 16,000 DPI Pixart 3389 sensor — at a competitive price point of about $60. Recent purchasers of mid-range and higher gaming mice probably won't be tempted to switch, but if you're looking for a new gaming mouse or craving those additional programmable buttons, the HyperX Pulsefire Raid will be a nice choice at it expected price point when it launches in Q2.
HyperX QuadCast Microphone
The HyperX Quadcast is a standalone microphone designed to meet the exacting demands of PC, PlayStation 4, and Mac professional or aspiring streamers. The QuadCast features an anti-vibration shock mount, an easily-accessible gain control adjustment, four selectable polar patterns, and tap-to-mute functionality with convenient LED lighting to indicate broadcast status. With crystal clear voice capturing, Quadcast connects streamers to their viewers like never before.
Our impressions: While we couldn't fully test the QuadCast's audio capabilities in a noisy CES demo suite, what we could hear sounded promising. Users have a choice of polar patterns, quick gain control via a dial on the bottom, a 3.5mm headphone output for live monitoring, and a tap-to-mute feature that indicates the mute status by turning off the microphone’s red light.
The QuadCast's stand is sturdy with a functional and attractive built-in shock mount. But it also comes with an adapter for mounting it to another microphone stand or arm. The QuadCast will be priced at $139 when it launches in Q2.
HyperX Cloud Orbit and Cloud Orbit S Headset
The Cloud Orbit and Cloud Orbit S gaming headsets are the first HyperX gaming headsets powered by Audeze’s patented 100mm Planar Magnetic Drivers for accurate sound. Waves Nx® 3D audio technology brings an immersive cinematic audio experience to gaming. The Cloud Orbit S includes Waves Nx® head tracking technology to deliver a stable hyper-realistic 360-degree audio environment where the user’s head movements bring the room to life 1,000 times a second. HyperX gaming headsets paired with Audeze and Waves technology bring audio quality to the next level with audio technology previously found only in audiophile headsets.
Our impressions: HyperX is no stranger to gaming headsets, but the new Cloud Orbit series is their first project in collaboration with high-end audio company Audeze. The Cloud Orbit and Cloud Orbit S feature Audeze's planar magnetic drivers in a headset that eschews the common more "aggressive" gamer design for a subtle yet attractive black and gray look.
In addition to high quality sound from the planar magnetic drivers, the higher-end Cloud Orbit S features Waves NX 3D audio processing that can optionally position the user's audio sources via head tracking. When enabled, the current audio output is "placed" in a static position. When the user then turns their head, the headset uses head-tracking technology to pan the audio accordingly. In other words, the Waves Nx processing is simulating what it would sound like if you were sitting in a theater with multi-channel surround sound speakers and then turn your head to the side or behind.
We had a chance to demo Waves Nx on the Cloud Orbit S and the effect is quite realistic and impressive. But while it makes a great demo, we're not sure how many users would find a feature like this useful in the long-run since many users would prefer to have their audio "follow them" regardless of head positioning. However, we're hoping to get a chance to try it out more in a quieter environment.
Set to arrive in Q2, the Cloud Orbit S with head tracking will set you back $329 while the non-tracking Cloud Orbit will land at $299.
HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB Memory
The HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB is now available in 16GB modules in speeds of 3000MHz and 3200MHz as individual modules and kits of 2 and 4 up to 64GB. Predator DDR4 RGB features synchronized RGB lighting with HyperX Infrared Sync technology, allowing multiple modules to sync LED lighting and produce an exceptional color and pattern display. Powered directly from the motherboard, this patented technology provides an enhanced visual experience of RGB memory for gaming, overclocking PCs and DIY system builds.
Our impressions: HyperX launched its Predator DDR4 RGB memory — which uses infrared light to sync RGB effects between modules — last year, but only in single-module capacities of up to 8GB. This of course limited the amount of memory users could install in their system, especially on desktop motherboards/chipsets which only feature two or four DIMM slots.
Now HyperX is adding a 16GB module to the product lineup, doubling the maximum amount of RAM that users of this product can fit into their builds. The new capacity will be available later this month starting at $167.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2019 - 07:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, ironclaw, gaming mouse, PMW3391
Yellow alert! Corsair has released a trio of new peripherals and a playmat for them to roam on, as you saw in Jim's review. He wasn't the only one to take a look at the new mice, The Tech Report also received a Corsair Ironclaw mouse. It houses a PMW3391 sensor, a max polling at 1000Hz and Omron sensors. The mouse is compatible with iCUE, allowing you to modify the lightshow, if you can catch it over at The Tech Report.
"One of a trio of fresh Corsair mice, the Ironclaw has an ample body that will especially appeal to palm grippers who want to keep things light."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Corsair Ironclaw RGB @ TechPowerUp
- Corsair M65 RGB Elite @ TechPowerUp
- Corsair M65 RGB ELITE @ Guru of 3D
- CORSAIR M65 RGB Elite Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless @ TechPowerUp
- Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless @ Guru of 3D
- Corsair MM350 Mouse Pad @ TechPowerUp
CES 2019: Lenovo "Legion" Peripherals: H500 7.1 Pro & H300 Gaming Headsets, K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard, M500 RGB Mouse
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 7, 2019 - 08:00 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: RGB, mechanical keyboard, Lenovo, Legion, headset, gaming mouse
Lenovo has just announced two new gaming headsets, a gaming mechanical keyboard, and a right-handed gaming mouse.
The Lenovo Legion H500 7.1 Pro Gaming Headset is the high-end of the two announced. For $99.99 USD, the headphones have 50mm drivers in an all-black with black anisotropic metal highlight design. It supports virtual 7.1 surround sound via its USB sound card, although it can also be plugged into 3.5mm analog jacks. The microphone is retractable.
For $59.99 USD, the Lenovo Legion H300 Gaming Headset still has 50mm drivers although it loses the USB sound device with 7.1 surround; it can only attach by 3.5mm, stereo. The headset design is somewhat similar, though, including the retractable microphone.
Moving on to the Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard. This device is based on Cherry MX Red switches, which means you will not feel a click or a bump as the key passes it actuation point. I personally don’t like linear keys, because I don’t like having no feedback until I bottom out, but that is 100% user-preference. The bottom of the keyboard has a full palm rest, which is detachable if you want to save that little bit of room. Its media keys are standard buttons on the top-left of the keyboard. I like how it contributes to the overall simple, clean design, although I would prefer a volume roller or dial. The price is listed as “starting at $99.99” (USD) although I don’t see any upsells listed.
The Lenovo Legion M500 RGB Gaming Mouse uses a 16,000 DPI Pixart sensor and Omron mechanical switches. It also had three-zone RGB lighting and seven programmable buttons. There is also a 10g adjustable weight to customize how it feels to move. It is expected to cost $59.99 USD.
All peripherals are available in April 2019.
New Corsair Gaming Mice
This week at CES 2019 Corsair is launching two new gaming mice as well as featuring another recently-launched flagship. The M65 RGB Elite, released late last year, and the Harpoon RGB Wireless and Ironclaw RGB, launching at CES, each offer unique features geared toward specific games and user preferences, including improved optical sensors, refined designs, and more options for customization.
We got an early peak at each mouse along with the MM350 Extended XL, the latest version of Corsair’s gaming mouse/desk pads. Read on for a quick look at what each new gaming mouse brings to your PC gaming experience.
Corsair Gaming Mice Spec Comparison
First, here's a quick look at the major features and price point of each new mouse.
|M65 RGB Elite||Harpoon RGB Wireless||Ironclaw RGB|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0||USB 2.0
Bluetooth LE 4.2
|Resolution||Up to 18,000 DPI||Up to 10,000 DPI||Up to 18,000 DPI|
|Battery Life||N/A||30hrs 2.4GHz w/lighting
40hrs Bluetooth w/lighting
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2018 - 04:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, Cougar, Surpassion, gaming mouse, PMW3330
The interesting bit about the Cougar Surpassion mouse is hidden on the bottom, an LCD which will tell you the CPI, polling rate, lift-off distance, and angle snapping settings currently applied to the mouse as well as two buttons to let you change those settings. This allows a fair amount of control over how your mouse will perform, without requiring any software installation whatsoever. TechPowerUp takes their mouse reviews seriously, so if you want to see how the mouse looks once skinned or the accuracy of the rated nominal maximum tracking speed, check out the full review.
"Top optical sensor, Omron switches rated for 50 million clicks, an LCD display, and, of course, RGB lighting. All of these fit into a relatively small mouse shell that is mainly meant for palm gripping. This is the Surpassion, one of Cougar's high-end mice to compete in the sub-$40 price category."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AZIO ATOM @ TechPowerUp
- ASUS TUF Gaming M5 @ TechPowerUp
- Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Techgage
- DREVO BladeMaster TE Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- Das Keyboard 5Q @ TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2018 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: logitech, gaming mouse, G502 hero, input
The new Logitech G502 HERO is almost more button than mouse, with 11 of them, all fully customizable to your preference, with up to five switchable profiles. The improved HERO sensor inside the mouse has a sensitivity ranging from 100 to 16,000 DPI and a maximum speed of 400 IPS if you find yourself playing Spank the Monkey again.
The various RGBs embedded in the mouse can be controlled and synced with the LIGHTSYNC software, included in Logitech's Gaming Software. The weight of the mouse is adjustable with five removeable 3.6g weights in a compartment in the bottom of the mouse. Physically the mouse is 132mm long, 75mm wide and 40mm tall.
Keep an eye out for it in October, when it should hit retail at about $80. The full PR lurks below.
NEWARK, Calif. & LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Aug. 30, 2018 — Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse, an upgraded version of the iconic Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse. Retaining the same iconic shape as the original, the new mouse has been updated with the latest technologies, including Logitech G’s next-generation HERO (High Efficiency Rated Optical) 16K sensor, the highest performance and most accurate sensor available today. Coupled with Logitech G’s exclusive LIGHTSYNC RGB technology, 11 programmable buttons, five optional weights and braided cable, the world’s best-selling gaming mouse just got even better.
“The original G502 is a fan favorite, but we’ve developed some incredible sensor technology since it first launched,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech Gaming. “Adding HERO 16K to G502 makes it even more awesome, and we think people are going to love it.”
The ultimate sensor for speed, accuracy and responsiveness, the Logitech G502 HERO boasts Logitech G’s industry-leading HERO 16K sensor, the highest performing and most efficient gaming sensor Logitech has ever made. Featuring an all-new lens and updated tracking algorithm to deliver ultra-precise tracking with no acceleration, smoothing or filtering over the entire DPI range, Logitech G’s revolutionary HERO 16K sensor is capable of exceeding 400 IPS and delivering 16,000 DPI tracking with pixel-precise accuracy.
With the same iconic design as the original, the Logitech G502 HERO is the ultimate in comfort, with textured rubber side button grips and an updated braided cable for optimal feel and performance through long gaming sessions. The mouse’s upgraded mechanical switch, developed in partnership with Omron, delivers extreme performance and a 50M click durability. The overall weight of the Logitech G502 HERO, and the mouse’s center of balance can be adjusted based on the placement of the adjustable weights.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse, available in black, is expected to be available at global retailers in October 2018 for a suggested retail price of $79.99