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Matrox unveil DS1 Thunderbolt-based docking stations for MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs

Matrox have announced their DS1 series of Thunderbolt-based docking stations for Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks. Matrox's DS1 Thunderbolt docking stations will allow Thunderbolt-powered Apple products to connect additional peripherals to the notebook, through a single Thunderbolt connection.

 

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From here, a user can connect a slew of devices, and have a single cable feeding out to their MBP or MBA. The DS1s can connect to a DVI or HDMI display, a full-size keyboard, as well as a mouse. They sport a gigabit Ethernet port, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, microphone input, as well as speaker or headphone output. The Matrox DS1s features an aluminum construction, and compact frame.

 

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The Matrox DS1/DVI and Matrox DS1/HDMI will be available across the world through authorized dealers toward the end of the year with a price of $249.

Thermaltake Level 10M gaming mouse released for $99, designed by BMW

Thermaltake has again partnered with BMW to design PC components. This time, they have designed a new mouse to complement the also BMW-designed Level 10. Under the same namesake, the Level 10M is a gaming mouse and comes with a price tag quite a bit lower than its case brethren. At only $99, it's probably the cheapest thing you can buy that has been designed by BMW.

 

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The mouse was actually unveiled at the beginning of 2012, but it has just seen its release August 27, 2012. Even though it hasn't shown up on NewEgg or Amazon, the press release says that the device is available online and in brick-and-mortar stores for a recommended price of $99. Not too bad of a price tag.

 

The cool design is immediately noticeable. As opposed to what a "normal" mouse looks like, the Level 10M has a hollow body and the palm rest appears to hover above the sensor. The palm rest can be raised, lowered, and adjusted side to side by the turning of a screw. It features 7 keys and the DPI can be turned all the way up to

Logitech's Washable Keyboard K310 can be hand-washed

We've all spilt liquids on our keyboards before, accidents do happen, you just have to not cry over spilt milk (or expensive scotch). But never fear, Logitech is here, with their latest Washable Keyboard K310. Logitech's latest keyboard can be hand-washed, and is capable of being submerged in up to 11 inches of water.

 

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Logitech have used some drainage holes at the back of the K310 that allow for easy drying while key characters are laser-printed and UV coated in order to keep them from fading. Logitech have also featured the K310 with the ability of sustaining five million keystrokes, meaning that not only is the keyboard washable, it can also take years of typing, gaming, or more.

 

Sophie Le Guen, senior director of mice and keyboards at Logitech has said:

 

We've all experienced that moment of distraction - followed by panic, when a cup of coffee or a soda spills all over your keyboard. Because life and its messes will happen, regardless of how careful you are, Logitech designed the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 to look and function like new, even over time.

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Razer announces DeathStalker Ultimate keyboard, claims to be world's smartest keyboard

As if we didn't have enough choice when it comes to gaming keyboards, Razer has introduced a new model that features it's Switchblade user interface. The Switchblade UI is the same that is currently used the on Razer Blade gaming laptop and has an LCD trackpad and LED keypad combo which can be turned into "a customizable control panel with 10 dynamic, adaptive tactile keys."

 

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The thing looks pretty sweet, but looks don't matter with a gaming keyboard. Instead, it's all about how it works. Without actually using the keyboard, I'm unable to comment on that aspect of the new product. It has some unique aspects which are relayed in a humorous pres release, including this gem: "The Razer DeathStalker Ultimate features an anti-ghosting infrastructure of up to 10 keys in game mode. Users may actuate as many keys as they have fingers, and have them all register accurately and swiftly in-game."

 

"With the Switchblade UI on the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate, we wanted to offer gamers an enriching and intuitive gaming experience built for total game control," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, president of Razer USA. "We continue to work closely with independent software vendors to integrate the API of their games on the Switchblade UI, so that you can see more of the game as you play. I'm excited that we are making such cutting-edge technology available to gamers everywhere, and look forward to bringing more game-specific apps."

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XIGMATEK releases Secure III, USB 3 HDD docking station in black or white

The new line of hard drive docks from XIGMATEK are called the Secure III and are USB 3.0 compatible. The USB to SATA converter allows for transfer speeds up to 5Gbps, almost as much as the SATA3 spec calls for. This means its compatible with SATAII/III HDDs and SSDs of up to 3TB in size. It does all of this while looking great.

 

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The features, as provided by XIGMATEK, are as follows:

  • Stylish and compact design
  • Easily install and remove 2.5" and 3.5" HDD
  • Supports Hot Swap and Plug & Play
  • USB 3.0 to SATA interface transfers up to 5Gbps
  • USB 2.0 compatible, transfers up to 480Mbps
  • Available in white or black
  • Supports Windows XP/VISTA/Win7/Win8

 

The Xigmatek Secure line of external HDD docking products feature stylish design coupled with blazing fast performance. The SECURE III integrates a USB 3.0 to SATA interface capable of up to 5 Gbps transfer speeds and is compatible with SATAII/III HDDs up to 3TB in capacity. Both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs are supported with hot-swap capability. Available in both White or Black piano finish, the SECURE III complements your digital lifestyle.

 

I have not been able to find any word on pricing as of yet. The older Secure II is currently at $29.99 on Newegg, so a good guess would place this one somewhere around the same price. It shouldn't debut any higher than $40.

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Das Keyboard introduces new Professional Model S with media keys

A good keyboard can make all the difference in the world for a typist. Every person likes something slightly different, whether it be red or blue Cherry switches or the newer keyboards without switches. That's why companies make so many different models--to give you the choice to see what works best for your hands and typing style.

 

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Das Keyboard has announced the release of a new Professional Model S that comes with the added functionality that media keys bring to a keyboard. They say that "fans have asked for a Das Keyboard with media functionality for a while now" and that this is the reason they have crafted this keyboard.

 

With these new features, users can enjoy:

 

  • Quick access to volume controls during Skype conversations, Google+ hangouts, and g-chats with video.
  • Convenient play/pause, stop, previous/next track and volume buttons
  • Saving energy with the new sleep button

And as always, all keyboards include:

 

  • Mechanical gold-plated key switches
  • 2 USB hubs
  • Extra-long USB cable
  • Full n-key rollover

 

The Das Keyboard Professional S with media keys comes in to versions: Click Pressure Point (MX Cherry Blue- previously used with Model S Professional) as well as Soft Pressure Point (MX Cherry Brown- previously used with Model S Professional Silent). It's up to you to decide if you want a clicky or silent sound while typing.

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PlayPad, a new video game controller for Android devices made by NVIDIA and Nyko

NVIDIA together with Nyko have announced that they are working together on a new gaming controller for Android-based devices. There will be two devices released, the normal version called "PlayPad", and a larger version dubbed "PlayPad Pro", both controllers will arrive in fall 2012.

 

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The PlayPad's will come in a range of colors, as shown in the picture above, and sport dual analog sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons as well as dual shoulder buttons on both sides. There'll also be a stand made available for tablets that ships with each PlayPad. The PlayPad's connect with your Android-based device through Bluetooth, where you'll be able to sync it using the free app "Playground", which will also double as an app where you can customize the control schemes.

 

The PlayPad's will work best with Tegra-optimized games such as Dead Trigger, and Max Payne, but support for other titles will be included. There is a software required for the PlayPad controllers, where you'll need Android 3.0 or higher in order to use the PlayPad.

Microsoft unveils Windows 8 accessories

Microsoft will release Windows 8 on October 26, and have today unveiled a bunch of accessories that are designed to work with the new operating system. Microsoft unveiled five new products which are made up from two Bluetooth-enabled keyboards, and three wireless mice. All of the accessories will be made available from Microsoft's online store, as well as the usual retailers, and will be priced from $49.95 to $79.95.

 

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First up there's the Wedge Mobile Keyboard. It's a stylish Bluetooth keyboard that has been made specifically for tablet use, sporting a slim design with Win 8 hot keys for quick access to search, device settings, and more. It includes a protective that can be folded at different angles, so that you can use it as a stand for your tablet. If it's placed over the keyboard, it will power down the Windows 8-based device in order to save battery. The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard will be priced at $79.95.

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Razer Ouroboros adjustable mouse with 8200 DPI sensor

Razer, a company known for producing high quality gaming peripherals and laptops, has released a new, adjustable mouse. Designed to be ambidextrous, Razer's engineers studied hands and found out that everyone holds a mouse slightly different due to variations in hand shape and size. Of course, it comes with an equally impressive price tag.

 

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The fully adjustable mouse features an 8,200DPI sensor and looks pretty darn cool. The mouse features three different adjustments: the palm rest can be raised by 0.9", the back tilt can be adjusted, and there are two side panels included to accommodate "claw, palm or hybrid grip styles." The cost? $129.99.

 

Furthermore, the new Ouroboros mouse is wireless and powered by a single AA battery. The latency in the wireless is purported to be a tiny 1 ms. Razer claims that the battery will last for 12 hours of continuous "drag-free, lag-less play." The mouse has many other features and will be available in stores starting next quarter.

Sharkoon releases the Skiller gaming keyboard

Sharkoon has released a new gaming keyboard at CeBIT at an affordable price. I'm always amazed at the prices charged by some companies for gaming keyboards as I figure there is no way it can be that much better. This new gaming keyboard, the Skiller, features 18-key rollover, interchangeable WASD and cursor keys, and software for creating up to ten keyboard profiles.

 

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With all those features, you'll be surprised to learn that it comes with an MSRP of only 14.99 euros, which works out to about $20 USD, give or take 0.25. The keyboard features a stunning visual design that includes a striking geometric design and a blue illuminated Skiller logo in the palm rest.

 

The company explains the features and how it is customizable: "With its programmable keys and profile memory, the Skiller is an extremely versatile companion that quickly adjusts to all changing areas of operation: Through the enclosed software all standard keys can be assigned frequently used individual functions or macros. The configuration supports the creation of up to ten profiles, each with three sub-levels. This allows an optimal keyboard layout for a variety of different applications and gaming environments to be created with only a little bit of effort."

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