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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Next up in rejected supervillans; the Cougar Revenger who can push mice to 2 KHz and beyond

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2018 - 05:12 PM |
Tagged: Cougar, Revenger S, gaming mouse, PMW3360, input

Cougar have done some interesting things behind the scenes with their new Revenger S mouse, which can be set to a reporting rate of 2 KHz, doubling USB's 1 KHz polling rate.  This is quite the trick, as without modifying how your motherboard's USB works the polling rate will remain at 1KHz.  Cougar's mouse reports twice every millisecond, however it is not spaced out as you might expect, instead the mouse seems to report at 900μs and 100μs with a packet of 64 bytes, as opposed to 8 bytes.  The Tech Report delve into the technology in their review as well as offering insight into the difference in use with the mouse at 1K and at 2K report rates; check it for yourself here.

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"Cougar's Revenger S gaming mouse has a top-shelf Pixart PMW3360 optical sensor with a twist: a claimed 2-KHz polling rate for lower latency in critical moments. We dug in to see just how Cougar achieved this unusual figure and what it means for the gaming experience."

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KnewKeys gnu mekanykal quibhord

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2018 - 01:55 PM |
Tagged: input, knewkey, rymek, mechanical keyboard, bluetooth

Do you long for the days of mechanical typewriters, but feel that history missed out by not including lighting under the keys?  If so, then the Rymek is perfect for you as it resembles the former and features the latter.  The wheel and carriage return level at the top of the board have been re-purposed, instead of advancing paper the wheel now controls your audio, while the lever switches the board between wired functionality and BlueTooth; which The Tech Report had issues using.  Find out more about the Rymek, including how KnewKey is going to resolve the connectivity issues in the full review.

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"KnewKey's Rymek mechanical keyboard pairs retro styling with modern mechanical key switches and versatile wired and wireless connections. We put its saddle-shaped key caps to the test with a range of devices to see whether it can back up its old-school looks with modern performanc"

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CORSAIR Launches New K70 RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2018 - 07:41 PM |
Tagged: corsair, MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue, MX Speed, MX Silent, K70 RGB MK.2, STRAFE RGB MK.2, mechanical keyboard, input

Strafe at Mach 2 with Corsair's two new keyboards, with your choice of switches which now include the new MX Silent switch.   For those who like a nice solid body, the K70 RGB MK.2 SE's  silver anodized aluminium build might just do the trick.

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The white keycaps not only match nicely with the silver, it also adds a nice accent to your RGB lightshow.  The key lighting is individually programmable, either through iCue or utilizing the ability of the 8MB of onboard memory to store macros programmed directly from the keyboard. If you prefer, the non SE model comes in black and comes with the same features as the one pictured above.  For those of that persuasion, the keycaps are precision-molded double-shot design with texture on those keys you fondle the most.

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The Strafe RGB MK.2 MX Silent takes a more Canadian approach, the strong silent type that prefers not to bother their neighbours.  The new MX Silent switches offer a nice mechanical feel while reducing the noise produced when bashing on keys by a good 30%.  It keeps all the aforementioned features of the K70 as well as the overall look, though it does have a plastic body as opposed to an aluminium one. 

You can read the full PR below the specs.

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FREMONT, CA, June 12th, 2018 - CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the release of the new CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 and CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 range of mechanical gaming keyboards. Equipped with 100% Cherry MX high-quality mechanical keyswitches, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 offer gamers a huge variety of switch type, including Cherry MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue, Rapidfire MX Speed or MX Silent keyswitches.

Whichever switch you pick, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 both offer the comprehensive set of features that gamers demand; per-key RGB backlighting, 8MB of onboard profile storage and dedicated media keys are just the start, all powered by new CORSAIR iCUE software to synchronize lighting and control across all your CORSAIR iCUE compatible devices. Staying true to the CORSAIR legacy for quality and choice, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 are ready to make their mark.

The new K70 RGB MK.2
With durable aluminum construction and vibrant RGB lighting, the K70 RGB MK.2 continues the formula that has made the K70 a favorite with gamers around the world, while offering more Cherry MX mechanical keyswitch choices than ever before. Alongside the linear movement of Cherry MX Red, the tactile feedback of Cherry MX Brown, and the Rapidfire Cherry MX Speed, K70 RGB MK.2 see the return of Cherry MX Blue, and for the first time, the low-noise keystroke of Cherry MX Silent, giving gamers more choice than ever when equipping their setup.

The K70 RGB MK.2’s solid brushed aluminum frame is ready to withstand a lifetime of gaming, while keeping styling simple and refined, and every key is individually backlit with stunning individually addressable RGB backlighting, allowing for nearly limitless customization. New for the K70 RGB MK.2, you can now take lighting profiles and key macros or remaps with you thanks to 8MB of onboard storage and hardware playback or use CORSAIR iCUE software to synchronize lighting across your entire CORSAIR setup with a single click. Loaded with extras, from textured FPS and MOBA keycaps, to an included soft-touch wrist rest and USB pass-through port, the K70 RGB MK.2 combines the features and choice gamers demand.

The New K70 RGB MK.2 SE
By popular demand, today also sees the launch of the K70 RGB MK.2 SE. Clad in a silver anodized aluminum frame and boasting stunning white precision-molded double-shot keycaps that never fade, the K70 RGB MK.2 SE is made to stand out with an extra premium feel that comes through in every keypress.

The STRAFE RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 MX Silent offer a low-noise mechanical keyboard option for those who demand silence. Cherry MX Silent keyswitches reduce noise by as much as 30%, helped by a durable casing and internal steel construction. Low noise doesn’t mean less features, with STRAFE RGB MK.2 boasting vivid per-key RGB backlighting, 8MB of onboard profile storage, a detachable wrist rest and dedicated media keys.

Powered by CORSAIR iCUE software, STRAFE RGB MK.2 synchronizes amazing lighting effects across your iCUE setup, wields powerful macros and remaps with ease and includes a host of extras to help make it your own. Whether you’re streaming, playing games late into the night, or just don’t want to disturb those around you, STRAFE RGB MK.2 is the strong silent type you’ve been looking for.

Availability and Warranty
The full line-up of K70 RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 mechanical keyboards is available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors, as well as direct from the www.corsair.com webstore.

All K70 RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 mechanical keyboards are backed by a two-year warranty, and the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

 

Source: Corsair