Master, I have created a Cooler Mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2018 - 03:28 PM |
Tagged: input, mastermouse, cooler master, MM520, PWM3360

Follow their trend of shoehorning Master into the name of all of their products, Cooler Master have release the MasterMouse MM520.  As you can see they did not follow the pack and have created a different looking and feeling mouse.  If you have mastered the claw grip, then this mouse is designed specifically for you; if not take a look at some of the comparison shots TechPowerUp posted to get an idea how the shape of this mouse differs from the norm.  Technically the mouse should appear, it uses the PWM3360 optical sensor and PBT main buttons however the shape is going to play a part in your enjoyment of this rodent.


"Cooler Master's MM520 mouse uses great materials, a top optical sensor, and features highly customizable RGB lighting. While the shape might not be for everyone, it could be your top weapon of choice for all different kinds of game genres."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Tesoro's GRAM Spectrum takes on the low profile mechanical keyboard heavyweights

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2018 - 02:38 PM |
Tagged: input, mechanical keyboard, Tesoro, GRAM Spectrum, Tesoro Agile

Not to be confused with a certain UK based grocery chain, Tesoro have been making peripherals for a while now and have just released a new low profile mechanical keyboard.  As is tradition now, a new keyboard deserves new switches, the GRAM Spectrum features Tesoro Agile Blue or Red switches with an actuation distance of 1.5mm and a 50 million click lifespan.  Benchmark Reviews found these switches comparable to Cherry switches of the same colour and as you can see below they feature clear plastic to allow your RGBs to flow freely from underneath the keycaps.  Drop by for details on the software and their final verdict.


"Over the last few months, we have seen more and more low-profile mechanical keyboards hitting the market. With the Tesoro GRAM Spectrum, it comes with all the goodies normally seen on a mechanical gaming keyboard. But the feature that sets this one apart from the rest are the low-profile mechanical switches."

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GooBang drops a Doo on your desk, the ET-8178 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2018 - 02:52 PM |
Tagged: unfortunate, GooBang, Doo ET-8178 RGB, gaming keyboard, mechanical keyboard, input, outemu

The unfortunately named GooBang Doo ET-8178 RGB is a mechanical keyboard which uses Outemu Blue switches which Kitguru discovered to be very similar in feel to Cherry Blue switches.  It ships without a numpad nor any software, the RGBs are controlled by function keys which allow you to swap between a half dozen modes.  The keyboard itself compares favourably to more familiar brands such as Corsair and Thermaltake but at around ~$50US it is significantly less expensive.  It currently seems to be limited in availability in NA, but worth investigating if you are on the other side of the pond.


"While there is no chance that the name is familiar to you, GooBang does have a number of products listed on Amazon and has been trading for at least a couple of years. The company’s web site itself is tragic, so we had no idea what to expect when offered the ‘Doo’ keyboard."

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Source: Kitguru

Hello Daddy, hello Mom, I'm your ch-ch-cherry MX bomb

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2018 - 05:52 PM |
Tagged: input, Cherry MX, cherry mx board 3

You can pick up the Cherry MX Board 3.0 with Red, Brown, Blue or Black switches depending on your preference.  The design is quite different than we have been seeing on mechanical keyboards recently as there are no RGBs, in fact there is no backlighting whatsoever.  TechPowerUp found the keyboards performance to be excellent, great for typists or gamers to pick up, however there were a few flaws.   The KeyMan driver for this keyboard is only available from Cherry's German page, which also means the installer is in German and during the installation process you need to ensure to download the English module so the actual program will run in English.  There were a few other sticking points, which are detailed in the review.


"The Cherry MX Board 3.0 is a minimalist keyboard for professionals offering low profile, thick ABS keycaps, large anti-slip pads, a key configuration tool, and dedicated media buttons. Despite a release in 2013, it remains relevant and is a good option for consideration in the $80 price range."

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Logitech Crafts a Crown for their new keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2017 - 12:43 PM |
Tagged: logitech, craft, input, wireless keyboard

Logitech eschewed mechanical switches in lieu of a large dial at the top of their wireless Craft keyboard, similar to the Dial found on the new Surface from Microsoft.  The Tech Report gave it a try in this review and found it to be flexible and useful.  It can be used to switch between contextual options in Photoshop, to change your font sizes or themes in Word or even to navigate Excel spreadsheets.  There are some applications which do not respond to the Craft yet and the extra power required by the Crown limit the battery life on the keyboard so the Craft is not perfect.  The keyboard retails for $200 so it would be worth your time to read the review and ensure the programs you use are compatible with the Craft; if they are then this is well worth your consideration.


"Logitech's Craft keyboard promises creative types more direct control over their workloads with a big, tactile multi-function dial integrated directly onto the device. We put the Craft to the test to see if it turned our creative juices up to 11."

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Roundup at the keyboard corral

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2017 - 02:54 PM |
Tagged: input, keyboard, gaming keyboard, mechanical keyboard, wireless keyboard

Techspot have posted a comprehensive keyboard roundup, encompassing a wide variety of usage including, work, gaming, wireless, HTPC and budget categories.  The brands include Das Keyboard and Corsair but the majority of the categories are ruled by a veteran brand.  Logitech takes top spot in numerous categories, including the budget choice but also the wireless categories.  The review also offers runner ups, so drop by if you or someone on your list is in the market for a new keyboard.


"Whether you are focused on productivity, or are looking for a gaming-centric keyboard, or something that can connect to multiple devices over Bluetooth, here are our favorite keyboards on every category."

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Get a Bloody 5K mouse for your 4K display

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2017 - 03:13 PM |
Tagged: A4Tech, bloody, P85 Light Strike 5K RGB Animation Gaming Mouse, input

A4TECH’s Bloody mice all have a Light Strike Infrared Switch which not only provides a 0.2ms activation time but is also sealed so that no dust can degrade its performance.  The sensor is more traditional, it contains the popular PixArt PMW3325 with sensitivity ranging from 100-5000 CPI.  The mouse sports five RGB patterns for those who like the glow, you can switch between them by lifting the mouse and clicking the topmost of the three buttons in the centre of the mouse.  These buttons are defaulted to volume control and screen capture, a nice addition to a gaming mouse.  You can learn more about the mouse with a long name at Benchmark Reviews.


"A4TECH’s Bloody Division over the last few years has been at the forefront with that is called Light Strike technology, replacing mechanical with optical switches utilizing infrared light. Today we examine the most recent iteration of the Bloody mice series, the P85 Light Strike 5K RGB Animation Gaming Mouse; combining a popular eight button layout with some dazzling light effects."

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Someone out there will be excited, Logitech's brand new MX Ergo trackball

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2017 - 03:58 PM |
Tagged: trackball, logitech, MX Ergo, wireless, input

You do not see trackballs every often anymore; new product launches even less.  There are a group of users who will be very interested in this updated trackball from Logitech, either due to personal preference or a run in with carpal tunnel they never wish to repeat.  The trackball sits on a magnetic base plate with a pivot point that allows you to tilt the body up to 20o for greater comfort.  Logitech added basic Bluetooth connectivity in addition to their proprietary driver and dongle for those who do not wish yet another USB port occupied as well as switching to a rechargeable battery.  If you want to know more about what has been added, you can read The Tech Report's full review here.


"It's been seven years since Logitech released a new trackball into the world. Join us to find out what Logitech has learned with time and whether it's kept up with some new blood."

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Corsair's adjustable Glaive RGB gaming mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2017 - 02:35 PM |
Tagged: input, gaming mouse, corsair, glaive rgb, PMW3360

The Corsair Glaive RGB gaming mouse is focused on comfort, to that end they provided three different thumb rests, one smooth and slightly-curved, a textured one with a more pronounced curve and a textured, almost flat rest.  The five programmable buttons include two unique thumb buttons, much larger than other mice and set fairly high up; after some mental adjustments The Tech Report found themselves pleased with that arrangement.  The mouse uses a PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor with five customizable DPI levels, up to a maximum 16,000.  The scroll wheel was not quite up to the standard they expect from Corsair but was still acceptable, all in all TR have no problems recommending this mouse.


"Corsair's Glaive RGB breaks with Corsair's angular-and-aggressive mouse-shape tradition by adopting a pleasantly rounded chassis that has the potential to be a crowd-pleaser. We took the Glaive to the mat to see how it games."

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Corsair's K68 keyboard is immune to spit-takes

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2017 - 03:17 PM |
Tagged: input, corsair, K68, cherry mx red, water resistant

The K68 is not washable nor waterproof but thanks to a membrane under the keys, the Cherry MX Red switches and PCBs are protected from inadvertent spills or splashes.  Physically it resembles other Corsair keyboards such as the K70, though with a plastic body and only a red glow available as opposed to being fully RGB.  The Tech Report tested it out and did not find the membrane to interfere with key presses and it did indeed survive being doused with a full glass of water.


"Corsair's K68 keyboard blends the company's usual recipe of Cherry MX switches and discrete media controls with an unusual new feature: a water-resistant membrane under the keys that could provide insurance against splashes and spills during heavy gaming. We gave this board a splash to see how it works."

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