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CES 2012 - As I showed up late to this meeting, I was greeted with open arms to a table full of goodies new to the peripherals market. Seen here is a collection of some of the lightest and most balanced mice I have ever played with. As we discussed the mice, all five versions of the Steel Series mice (Kinzu V2, Sensei, Diablo III, and Ikari) are offering what I was told is an almost invisible user experience. With these mice there aren't any crazy DPI numbers to tinker with and get used to. The plan here was to offer an experience of natural movement to make you feel the mouse is part of your body and should give the user a very comfortable feeling, or in Steel Series' own words "they have failed." From the little time I did have with these mice, I really think they are onto something with this line of attack on the mouse market.
There was also this pair of Steel Series FLUX headphones sitting on the table. These headphones are really well thought out for users on the go. By this, I mean that they are fully collapsible to save room when not in use, but offer great sound and a really creative hidden option...
CES 2012 - First on the list of cool offerings from Thermaltake in the add-on market is the Max 5 Duo. This hady 5.25" bay device offers quite a bit in one small package. This bay device not only offers a 2.5" and 3.5" hot swap hard drive bays that are powered with a single power lead, and of course each drive gets its own SATA connection in the back. Another added feature to this unit is the dual USB 3.0 ports to allow those with chassis to put two more high speed ports on the board as long as you have multiple native USB 3.0 20-pin connections.
Thermaltake has also moved into the USB charging market. What I found here is that they are now going to offer a multitude of USB charging solutions, some with additional power outlets as well as the USB charging ports. Every device you buy these days comes with a wall charger of some sort, but here strides are taken to make then not only more universal to just detach the factory plug ends and use these devices, but there are going to be regional offerings with the appropriate power plugs, but Thermaltake took it even one step further with dual port, car lighter, USB charging devices...
Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Multimedia Remote with Keyboard for $43.99 with Free Shipping.
Offer: This compact remote features a backlit keyboard and an optical keyboard, all in a sleek design. This is the next generation of the extremely popular multimedia keyboard that didn't have the backlit keyboard and the older (but still effective) roller mouse. No ecoupon needed. Special pricing expires 12/26/11.
SteelSeries have today announced the Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel. The SRW-S1 is SteelSeries first peripheral in this particular category and comes from their partnership with the creators of Simraceway, Ignite Technologies, who also co-designed the wheel.
The SRW-S1 is a handheld, hybrid racing controller that combines the features and functions of the usual high-end wheels, but with the portability and convenience of a joypad. The SRW-S1 sports a motion-sensor for steering and a patent-pending throttle and brake paddle system for a fully simulated driving experience without the need for floor pedals.
Logitech have just unveiled a new gaming keyboard and mouse in the form of the Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 and Logitech Laser Mouse G9X, specially made for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 is the official keyboard of COD: Modern Warfare 3 and sports military-style, night-vision green LED backlighting. It also features six programmable G-keys, each with three mode states.
The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 also features up to 18 possible macro combinations per game, where they can allow you to perform single keystrokes or intricate multi-key combinations complete with mouse events, user-defined delays and repeating. New macros can even be recorded on the fly with the help of the Logitech Gaming Software (when installed).
If you thought the swarm of mechanical gaming keyboards hitting the market over the past year or so have brought quite a few radical offerings to the scene, you haven't seen radical until you've seen the Levetron Mech4 from Californian based mob, AZiO.
This boldly designed keyboard sports Cherry Black MX mechanical switches and is said to be completely water resistent with 'special seals' and 'built in gutters'. The keyboard measures 7.75" by 18.50" by 1.60" and includes the following features :-
- Gold Plated USB connector
- 6-foot braided cable
- 2xUSB 2.0 ports
- Three-level height adjustment
- Full programmable keys
- Volume knob control
- Modular (removable) keypad w/ standalone capability
- Detachable Macro D-Pad w/ six programmable keys
BlizzCon 2011 - SteelSeries were another of the sponsors at BlizzCon 2011 and of course being all about Blizzard games, they had plenty of their gaming hardware on display for the masses to see including their upcoming Diablo III mouse and pad. We went hands-on with it in the video below.
The ambidextrous shape allows for both left-handed and right-handed gamers to use the swish looking D3 branded mouse. It comes with demon red illumination which can be turned off if you don't like it as well as adjust the pulsation rate between high, medium and low.
The mouse uses a Avago laser sensor which can be adjusted from 1 CPI to 5700 CPI in 1 CPI increments. That's an incredible amount of adjustment flexibility to find your sweet spot for your D3 game play. We are not sure on the cost or when it will go on sale, but we'd guess it would be around when Diablo III goes on sale.
Logitech's got its sights fixated on COD: Modern Warfare 3 as the perfect reason to introduce a couple new gaming peripherals to market with the game's logos proudly stamped on them to attract the mass of COD+Logitech fans out there.
There's the new Laser Mouse G9X and Gaming Keyboard G105 on offer. Briefing the G9X mouse to begin with, it has a dual-mode scroll wheel and on the fly adjustable DPI settings from 200 up to 5700 DPI. There is also an adjustable weight system where up to 28 grams can be added and the grips are interchangeable, too.
Underneath the mouse is of course the laser sensor and some sleek polytetrafluoroethylene feet, while internally there is enough on-board memory to store up to five profiles. The mouse is not wireless, however, requiring USB connectivity.
Often soaking up your weekends at local LAN events? Thermaltake is offering up something new for LANers to make getting your gear from A to B much easier. Launched just today, Tt simply calls it the "Transporter".
This snow/water/dust resistant carry bag is said to be super strong, further indicated by Thermaltake's claim that it can take on up to 100Kg worth of gaming gear (including either a mid, or even full tower rig, mouse, keyboard, headset, cabling etc.).
The Tt eSports branded bag is made of polyester material and measures 600 x 300 x 600 mm. The announcement from Thermaltake today didn't mention a date of availability or pricing as yet, but it shouldn't be too far away. In the meantime you can check out the official product page on the Transporter over at Thermaltake's site.
Earlier on today we attended the GeIL Overclocking Showdown featuring two famous Russian overclockers Smoke and Slamms. Besides all of the overclocking fun, GeIL took the opportunity to promote its new gaming brand called EpicGear.
It's a very new brand at the moment with products still in development, but one of their first products that they did have on display was the Meduza gaming mouse. Before you say, "oh, not another gaming mouse...", listen up.
This mouse features what EpicGear is calling the world's first "HDST" and that stands for hybrid dual sensor technology. As you'll see in the pictures, on the back surface of the mouse where you usually see either a laser or optical sensor for tracking, EpicGear include both a laser sensor and an optical sensor. EpicGear says that super fast laser sensor with speeds up to 6000 DPI and the stable optical precision with jitter-free operation leads to an overall much better feel and use than traditional mice.
We didn't get much of a chance to use the mouse as the overclockers were using the Meduza during their testing, but we'll be getting one in shortly for review and you can expect a review in a month or so. We also don't have any details on pricing or availability at this stage, but it should be on the market soon.