Forget custom keycaps, what about your mouse feet?

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2018 - 04:08 PM |
Tagged: input, corepad, skatez, mouse feet

If you have a mouse that conforms comfortably to the contours of your hand, but just doesn't perform like it used to, perhaps it is time to replace your feet.  Corepad Skatez Mouse Feet are made of high-quality PTFE and cost $7-8US so even if they don't change your life, you aren't out much money.  The feet work with the majority of mice on the market and TechPowerUp did feel they added new life to their Dream Machines DM1 Pro S. 

Check out the whole process here.

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"Do your mouse feel slow and sluggish on your mouse pad? Is the glide scratchy? Your mouse feet might be totally worn out, but it is also very probable that they're simply bad and cheaply made. There is a solution for this problem with aftermarket replacement skates, and Corepad offers some of the best ones around."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Keeping a low profile with Corsair's K70 MK.2

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2018 - 03:49 PM |
Tagged: corsair, K70 Mk.2, mechanical keyboard, RGB, input, cherry

It takes a lot to stand out in the keyboard market today, as everybody have released numerous models with mechanical switches and RGBs behind them. Someone at Corsair may have been listening to War as they have come up with a low profile version of their K70 keyboard.  These switches reduce your total keystroke from 4 mm to 3.2 mm as well as a shorter actuation travel, the length depending on the specific flavour of switch you purchase.  The model that The Tech Report reviewed was a Rapidfire, which sports LP Speed switches which require a mere 1 mm to actuate. 

If you are looking for the minimum of travel when typing consider this new K70.

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"Corsair and Cherry have teamed up for another mechanical key switch debut, and this time, the star of the show is the MX Low Profile Speed switch on board the K70 MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire keyboard. We got these slim switches under our fingers to see whether they're a shortcut to gaming and typing bliss."

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The Surpassion of the Cougar

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2018 - 04:41 PM |
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.

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"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."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Get RGB blinkenlichten on that mousepad! Schnell Cooler Master, schnell!

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2018 - 03:53 PM |
Tagged: cooler master, MP860, RGB, mousepad, blinkenlichten, input

Cooler Master have added RGBs to their new MP860 mouse mat, along with the Portal app to control them.  No longer are you forced to shamefully mouse on a boring old pad, for life without breathing, marquee or random blinking lights is no way for a mouse or gamer to live!  For the boring people who actually want to know how this pad is designed, it measures 36.3x26cm (14x10.3") and has both an aluminium and cloth side you can flip between based on your mood. 

The Tech Report will be more than happy to show it off to you here.

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"Cooler Master's MP860 mouse pad jazzes things up with two separate mousing surfaces and a ring of RGB LED zones around its perimeter. We see whether this RGB LED mousing sandwich enhances the gaming experience."

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Sova and Leadr, Roccat's lapboard for you and the cat

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2018 - 02:46 PM |
Tagged: roccat, sova, Leadr, wireless mouse, lapboard, input

Roccat's usual logo may be misinterpreted by the household feline, which will make your mousing a little awkward while you are relaxing on the couch.  Until that happens, Roccat's Sova lapboard offers an easy way to make your TV gaming sessions even more enjoyable.  The Tech Report describes the Leadr mouse as a wireless version of the Tyon, with enough buttons on it that they describe it as an MMO mouse and the Swarm software lets you choose exactly what each button does.  Head on over to see how it compares to Corsair's Lapdog in the full review.

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"Roccat's Sova gaming lapboard integrates a 75%-layout keyboard into a compact couch-gaming control center that offers a generous mousing surface for wired and wireless mice alike. We paired the Sova with Roccat's wireless Leadr mouse to see whether it delivers living-rooom gaming superiority."

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Cooler Master's Canadian clicky keyboard, the CK552

Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2018 - 06:42 PM |
Tagged: input, Gateron Red, gaming keyboard, cooler master, CK552

You can only find CM's CK552 at Best Buy, Staples Canada, and EB Games stores and it only comes with Gateron red switches; the CK550 is more widely available and offers a choice of Gateron mechanical switches. If you are curious if this keyboard is the equivalent of some sort of chromium chinpokoman, you should drop by The Tech Report for a look at why they recommend it.  It does help to share in their addiction to the click, but at ~$80 it could also be a good gateway into the world of clicky keyboards.

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"Cooler Master's CK552 mechanical gaming keyboard relies on Gateron switches and a fat-free design to offer the quality and feel of mechanical key switches without a high price tag. We put the CK552 under our fingers to see whether it delivers. "

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Logitech’s G305 LIGHTSPEED, a gaming mouse housed in a very portable form factor

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2018 - 03:54 PM |
Tagged: lightspeed, logitech, wireless mouse, input, g305

Logitech's Lightspeed G305 is a small wireless mouse perfect for shoving in your laptop bag and possibly forgetting all about it.  The mouse will run for 250 hours on a single AA battery so when you do pull it out after a few months it will still work.  The battery compartment also provides storage for the Nano receiver so you won't have to worry about it disappearing on you when you need it most.  Techgage were impressed that Logitech installed their HERO sensor in the mouse, so you can set the DPI all the way up to 12,000 if you so desire and the polling rate goes from 125Hz up to 1000Hz though you can expect diminished battery life at the top end.  Drop by for a closer look.

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"Wireless mice are one of those things that rarely meets expectations, but Logitech seems to have cracked it with its LIGHTSPEED mice. The G305 under review today might be on the low-end, but we soon find out it’s a solid performer with an absurd battery life. Dig in for more details."

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Award-Winning Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse Gets an Upgrade

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2018 - 02:54 PM |
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.

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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. 

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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

Source: Logitech

Momma don't take my Ornata Chroma-way

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2018 - 06:08 PM |
Tagged: mem-chanical, Ornata Chroma, razer, input, rgbv

Your new word for today is mem-chanical, which describes a crossbred keyboard with both membranes and a spring, which makes the keyboard feel like a mechanical keyboard without actually being one.  In theory this is to keep the cost down, though The Tech Report points out that the Razer Ornata Chroma keyboard costs as much as many mechanical keyboards.  That said, the implementation is effective to the point where it is unlikely you could tell the difference between a mechanical keyboard and the Ornata Chroma; until you lift your finger slightly.  Learn more about this type of keyboard in general and Razer's implementation specifically in the full review.

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"Razer's Ornata Chroma keyboard tries to meld two things that usually go together like oil and water for keyboard enthusiasts: the clickiness of mechanical switches with the affordability of rubber domes. We got the Ornata Chroma's Mecha-Membrane switches under our fingers to see if Razer succeeded."

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A modular mouse? Razer's Naga Trinity

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2018 - 03:22 PM |
Tagged: input, razer, naga trinity, gaming mouse, PixArt PMW3389

As you can see below, the new mouse from Razer has a removable side which allows you to swap between a 12-button numeric keypad, a circular seven-button cluster and a more simple two button side.  The sensor is a PixArt PMW3389 with up to a 16,000 DPI sensitivity, similar to the majority of high end gaming mice.  The Tech Report liked the physical hardware, however they continue to have challenges with the Razer Synapse software with which you configure the mouse.  If you are a gamer that bounces between genres and could use the ablitity to jump between a numpad to thumb buttons this may be worth a look.

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"Razer's Naga Trinity mouse offers gamers three modular side panels with anywhere from two to 12 buttons to adapt to the needs of any game. We swapped those panels around and dove into Razer's Synapse app to see just how powerful a bite this mouse can deliver."

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