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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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
Have you finally mastered the 2-4 buttons of a traditional mouse and want something harder? How about 20. Logitech's new gaming mouse designed for MMO gaming has 20 different buttons that can be customized to your preference. The customization requires no special drivers, so you can plug the mouse in and start customizing!
The mouse features twelve thumb buttons that have been meticulously placed on a thumb panel. They are arranged into two groups of six so that it is easier to find the button you want without having to look. The mouse also features profile and DPI switching so that another player can walk up and pick his or her settings.
The thumb panel has full illumination that can be changed to your every whim. The panel can reproduce around 16 million different colors, so you can be sure that there is a color that you will like. The mouse retails for $79.99 and is currently out-of-stock and on back order. You can purchase it directly from Logitech now and they will ship when it becomes available.
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Remember the free-to-play mech game Hawken? Well, after seeing the MEK-FU controller you won't... the USB-based controller was unveiled at E3 last week and is designed by new accessory company RIPLEIGH. CEO of RIPLEIGH, Chen Yisheng has told Destructoid that his team did a lot of research in order to get to the MEK-FU, going as far as having a guy on the team that used to drive tanks in the military.
MEK-FU sports two joysticks, lots of buttons, flip switches, and is fully programmable. There's even a full keyboard on the thing! The MEK-FU is also capable of taking a mobile or tablet device that acts as a secondary display, or the main screen, that works with Hawken thanks to the Gaiki streaming partnership.
Hawken drops in December and the MEK-FU should hopefully arrive soon after. How much would you want to pay for this controller? I'm loving the idea of using a smart device such as a tablet as a secondary display, I've been waiting for a game developer to do this since the iPad was released.