Today Mad Catz announced the launch of its all new S.T.R.I.K.E M mobile keyboard, which features an overall footprint that is ideal for mobile use. The new S.T.R.I.K.E M is compatible with a wide range of devices including the company's new M.O.J.O. Android-based console.
"The S.T.R.I.K.E. range has proven to resonate with passionate gamers, and we are exciting to extend the brand into mobile gaming with a technically advanced product which combines impressive features with striking aesthetics" said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "We believe the S.T.R.I.K.E.M fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers across all gaming platforms."
Available in red, white and black, the new S.T.R.I.K.E M is part of Mad Catz GameSmart line of mobile products and features NFC technology that will pair the keyboard with compatible devices by simply tapping them together. The S.T.R.I.K.E M features P.U.l.S.E scissor keys that give the keys a crisp feel and provide a "tactile" feel without the need for costly mechanical switches. No pricing information was provided at the time of this writing.
Today Logitech announced not one, but four new keyboard-covers for Apple's new iPad Air that both protect and allow for quick typing. Up first is the flagship Fabricskin Keyboard Folio which is designed to double as a stand for the iPad Air which holds the device at two different viewing angles. The housing is waterproof and features a bluetooth fabric keyboard. This top model will retail for $149.
Up next is the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio that boast all of the same features except the water resistance and comes in four colors for the lower price of $99. Also retailing at $99 is the Ultrathin Keyboard Aluminum which protects the iPad Air's front side while serving as a stand. Its internal battery is said to have about 3-months of life on a single charge. Finally we come to the Folio Protective Case, that is just that, a 2-sided protective case that does not feature a keyboard. This budget friendly case retails for $49.
Feenix is known for their high-end luxury gaming peripherals and this morning the company added two new items to their collection. The all new 2014 edition Nascita gaming mouse, and Dimora mouse pad truly live up to the company's high-end boutique image. The Nascita features bold curves, and sleek styling, while the Dimora is well refined and appears to be what a high-end mousepad should be.
"Everything in gaming had always looked exactly the same; it was black with loud red or green lights around it. There was no simplicity or elegance to it," says Ashkon Shayani, Creative Director. "Our main goals at Feenix are design and quality. Our instruments deliver the best gaming experience possible and sleek designs that fit right into any home or office."
The Nascita's ergonomic curves provides for a comfortable gaming experience no matter the gamers mouse handling style. "The 2014 Nascita's form factor offers perfect ergonomic feel regardless of whether the user is a palm, claw, or semi-claw gamer," the company said in a press release. The Nascita runs completely driverless, meaning that gamers can take it to any PC they wish and begin gaming instantly. Additionally the mouse retains user configurations without the need to load anything from host software.
SteelSeries is known for its high-performance PC gaming peripherals and today the company added another weapon to its arsenal of frag assisting devices. The all new SteelSeries Rival optical gaming mouse is said to offer "unparalleled" technology based on a new optical sensor that provides unmatched deadly precision.
SteelSeries says that the new Rival optical gaming mouse features the company's proprietary switches that provide ample speed, consistency and durability throughout a lifespan of 30 million clicks. The mouse also features a unique ergonomic design that reduces fatigue during extended gaming sessions, while an anti-sweat rubber coating delivers the perfect gripping surface.
"We've named our newest optical gaming mouse the Rival, because we believe that it meets and surpasses every other optical mouse in its price bracket on the market," said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. "The new ergonomic shape and state of the art hardware deliver unmatched levels of precision, comfort and durability. Combining this level of hardware with new SteelSeries Engine 3 software, users will find an entirely new customization experience that redefines how a mouse can be configured."
Today ROCCAT released its Power-Grid app to the public in the form of a free download for Android or iOS as the project reaches its open beta phase of development. For those unfamiliar with Power-Grid, the software consist of an app that is ran on a smartphone and pairs up with accompanying software on a host PC running Windows.
Power-Grid basically turns your smartphone into immersive, fully customizable remote control for your PC. This allows the user to take full control of his gaming experience, and adjust system settings, checking hardware specs, and even execute in-game macros from your smartphones touchscreen. Power-Grid can be customized by the user to display only the information relevant to them, and those users can also visit the Power-Grid website to upload and download custom made "Grids" that other players have created.
"Power-Grid opens up a whole new world of opportunities for PC gamers. Finally you are able to connect your smartphone to your gaming environment - it just feels natural and makes perfect sense. Forget about inflexible solutions like keyboards with integrated displays; create your own command center and benefit from this innovative ROCCAT technology," said Rene Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO.
Earlier this week Roccat releases its highly acclaimed Ryos mechanical gaming keyboard to the US market. Roccat says that the Ryos sets a new standard for Gaming Keyboards and features some innovative features you will only find on the Ryos. ROCCAT has released three varying models including the Ryos MK, Ryos MK Glow, and Ryos MK Pro.
"PC gamers all over the world have been wishing for ROCCAT to come up with a mechanical keyboard - and finally here it is" says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. "Congratulations to everyone who has been waiting patiently, you are now able to get the most advanced mechanical keyboard on the market".
The Ryos MK is the first board in the series, and features Cherry MX switches. The MK is powered by an ARM Cortex processor which makes the device super responsive. Featuring 2MB of flash memory, the Ryos MK can store over 500 Macros and ROCCAT Easy-Shift[+] and ROCCAT Talk are onboard as well.
Today SilverStone released the all new External Port EP01, a powered four port USB 3.0 hub that features a magnetic base for quick and easy mounting to your PC or any metallic surface. The EP01 is capable of charging devices with high-current draw such as tables, iPads, and external battery packs thanks to its Battery Charging 1.2 Standard compliance.
SilverStone says the EPO1 USB 3.0 hub is capable of speeds up to 5Gb/s and chares mobile devices much faster than standard USB 3.0 ports on a PC. The device is small enough to fit on any desk, or tuck away on the side of your PC case so no one will see.
Sony has confirmed that its DualShock 4 controller will work with Windows PCs out of the box, but will only have compatibility "for basic functions" according to President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida.
Yoshida confirmed the news through Twitter, after he was asked if Sony would release a driver for the DualShock 4 controller to make it work with Windows. Yoshida tweeted back, saying "the analog sticks and buttons will work just fine." He was asked if the DS4 would feature Windows compatibility by default, where he said it would, but with "basic functions."
ROCCAT has just announced that its award-winning Kone XTD laser gaming mouse is now compatible with Apple's Mac devices. This announcement means that Mac gamers worldwide can now enjoy the advanced precision, premium components, and unique lighting effects that ROCCAT offers in the Kone XTD.
"We are thrilled to unleash the Kone XTD to the millions of Mac gaming enthusiasts worldwide," says René Korte, ROCCAT Founder and CEO. "The number of Mac gamers continues to grow, and the release of the Mac driver for the Kone XTD is just our first step towards more widespread support for the operating system's user base."
ROCCAT says that the 8,200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor in the Kone XTD makes it the best gaming mouse now available on the Mac platform. The Kone XTD also features Easy-Shift technology that allows users to set to functions for each mouse button and the scroll wheel, giving gamers the power to pack a massive amount of control into a quickly deployable set up.
A good headset is a must for anyone who considers themselves to be an elite gamer. SteelSeries knows this and has released its new Siberia Elite Gaming Headset for pre-order starting today. Only available in White at launch (with black coming soon), the new Siberia Elite features the newest generation of SteelSeries audio drivers and is equipped with Dolby technology to reproduce a realistic 7.1 virtual surround sound experience.
The headset includes extra-large memory foam ear cushions as well as the company's signature Siberia self-adjusting suspension system. The ear cups also feature an RGB illuminated ring that is capable of reproducing 16.8 million colors, while dials on the ear cups handle the headset's audio and microphone controls. The headset also features a retractable boom mic that stores neatly inside one of the ear cups while not in use.
The headset ships with SteelSeries' new Engine 3 software that enables users to select illumination settings, adjust the equalizer, and activate microphone features. The new Siberia Elite also features limitless connectivity via a swappable cable system that makes it instantly compatible for PC, Mac, tablets, and phones. The Siberia Elite retails for $199.99 and can be purchased on the company's website.
Today, PC Gaming peripheral manufacturer Sharkoon announced the launch of a revised optical version of its popular FireGlider gaming mouse. The new FireGlider Optical features a 3000 DPI, 3600 FPS optical sensor that is adjustable all away down to 400 DPI.
The new FireGlider Optical mouse features a seven button layout, of which five are freely programmable via the included software. Individual macros can be created and then stored on board the mouse's built-in memory. The mouse features Sharkoon's Weight Tuning System that is made up of seven interchangeable metal weights and allows the mouse to be tuned from 118g all the way up to 135g.
The mouse retains its prized matte black paint job with a vibrant red tribal flame design as well as a 180cm long USB cable that is sleeved in a textile braid and capped off with a goal-plated USB plug. Sharkoon says that the FireGlider Optical gaming mouse is available from authorized retailers for 17.99 Euros.
I know what you are thinking just now; you are thinking about how nice it would be if you had a solid wood touchpad for your new Windows 8 PC. Okay, so maybe that was a little far-fetched, but if you actually have wanted a solid wood touchpad for your Windows or Mac machine, then OREE has just released something for you.
Today, OREE released its new Touch Slab, a Windows and Mac compatible touchpad that is made from a solid block of either maple or walnut. Connectivity is handled over Bluetooth, allowing you to control your Windows 8, Windows 7, or Mac screen wirelessly. Additionally, the Touch Slab features a number pad to on top the device in the event you need to do some calculations.
Earlier this morning, SteelSeries released two new devices to its massively popular H-series of gaming headsets. The 5Hv3 and 3Hv2 are designed to deliver tournament-grade audio while remaining affordable to everyone in the gaming community.
The SteelSeries 5Hv2 was undoubtedly one of the most popular gaming headsets in the professional gaming arena, and the newly released 5Hv3 update makes everyone's favorite headset even better. SteelSeries says that the new 5Hv3 features the latest high-end audio drivers from SteelSeries and a custom-engineered soundscape to bring you the highest level of audio quality possible. The new headset features a large microphone that retracts into the headset for convenient storage when not in use. Additionally, new ear cups have been designed with comfort in mind.
Up next is the SteelSeries 3Hv2, a budget-friendly headset that has been created for gamers who are looking to experience what SteelSeries has to offer without breaking the bank. The new headset features a compact, affordable design, which makes it the ideal solution for travel, and includes a unique adapter that allows the headset to function with PC, Mac, tablets, and smartphones. The 3Hv2 features next-generation audio drivers, extra padded leather ear cups, and a retractable microphone. The 5Hv3 and 3Hv2 are available for purchase now at electronics retailers everywhere and retail for $79.99 and $39.99, respectively.
PAX PRIME 2013 - PAX Prime has been a good show for those looking to buy a new gaming mouse or keyboard. Gaming peripherals have been a huge aspect of this year's PAX Prime and Logitech didn't want to be left out. They brought out their recently unveiled G602 wireless mouse, which we got to go hands-on with.
The 602 gaming mouse had a good feel and provides up to 250 hours in performance mode, or up to 1400 hours in economy mode. If you'll be gaming, you'll want to make use of the performance mode. For everyday use, however, the economy mode proves to be perfectly adequate and you'll have to deal with dead batteries less often. The mouse provides a great feel and comes in at a reasonable price.
PAX PRIME 2013 - While checking out Corsair's new headsets, I checked out the rest of their booth and took a look at their gaming keyboard lineup. Of course, the entire lineup was recorded for your viewing pleasure. You can see the video embedded below:
The top-of-the-line Vengeance K70 keyboard has been expanded into three different models. The first, previously seen, makes use of Cherry MX Red keys. The two new models make use of blue and brown switches, respectively. Furthermore, a feature that I have never before seen was demonstrated. The backlighting will light up the key that you just pushed. The keyboard also retains the ability to individually switch backlighting on and off for each key.
PAX PRIME 2013 - Corsair unveiled two new gaming mousepads at this year's PAX Prime expo in Seattle, Washington. The MM200 is an extra-long cloth mousepad that is perfect for staking your space out at a LAN party. It's also useful to keep your keyboard stationary on an otherwise slick surface such as a plastic table.
The MM400, on the other hand, features a hard plastic texture designed for optical mouse tracking and extreme precision. The size of the pad is also smaller than the MM200, allowing it to be used in more locations.
Programmers are a fickle bunch when it comes to their keyboards. While some prefer a massive gaming style keyboard others prefer smaller more compact units that are straight to the point. However the one unifying feature that all programmers like is mechanical key switches. Today WASD Keyboards released a new keyboard aimed specifically at programmers.
WASD says that the new Code 87-Key Mechanical Keyboard was designed by the legendary Jeff Atwood, the creator of Stack Overflow.com. The keyboard came to be after Atwood was unable to find the ideal backlit mechanical keyboard to fit his coding needs. The result is what Atwood says is "the only simple, clean and beautiful backlit keyboard" he's ever found.
The keys are said to feature that distinct tactile pump while remaining quiet and non-clicky. Possibly the coolest feature though is the ability to switch between windows, Mac, Dvorak, and Colemark arrangements at the hardware level via a switch convenient placed under the keyboard. This means users can switch keys around then flip the switch and their set up on a new layout. The keyboard retails for $149.99 and comes in 87 and 104 key varieties.
PAX PRIME 2013 - Today Corsair announced that it would be unveiling several new high-performance gaming peripherals at the PAX PRIME 2013 expo being held this weekend in Seattle Washington. The company says that it will unveil five new gaming headsets alongside a brand-new gaming keyboard and will wrap things up with two gaming mouse mats.
Up first will be the all new, top-of-the-line Vengeance 2100 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset which features a 2.4GHz wireless connection with a 40 foot range, and boast a battery life of up to 10 hours of constant use. The headset features Dolby 7.1 surround sound for an accurate the creation of real-world audio. The headset features 50mm drivers and microfiber-covered memory foam ear pads. THe Vengeance 2100 is expected retail for $149.99.
Up next from Corsair is an improved version of its Vengeance 1500 v2 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset. As its name implies it will feature Dolby 7.1 surround sound, with new 50mm drivers that provide a deep and rich bass as well as clean, crisp highs. Like its bigger brother the ear pads are covered and microfiber and features a noise-canceling microphone. The Vengeance 1500 v2 will retail for $99.99.
Today, Logitech announced the release a new wireless gaming mouse that boasts a massive 250 hours of continuous, lag-free use while in gaming mode. The mouse features Logitech's precision Delta Zero sensor technology, which the company says gives players the ability to dominate boss after boss. The mouse also features a non-gaming mode labeled Endurance mode, which offers users up to 1400 hours of use on a single charge.
"When I play, I don't want to think about anything other than my game and what my next move will be. When you look at the wireless gaming mice out there though, their primary flaw is the uncertainty of having to interrupt your game to replace batteries. Not anymore," said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business group. "We set an outrageous goal, and we hit it. Doubling, tripling or even quadrupling the battery life of ordinary wireless gaming mice wasn't enough. We wanted to bring gamers an innovation that would change the face of wireless gaming forever. With 250 hours of battery life, the G602 does exactly that. It's time for gamers to get real science behind them so something as fundamental as a battery doesn't get in the way of winning."
Logitech says that the mouse is built around an ultra-durable standard with primary mechanical switches rated to 20 million clicks. The mouse also features 11 programmable controls that users can custom tailor to fit their gaming style using Logitech's gaming software. The Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse will be available soon at a suggested retail price of $79.99.
Today, Logitech announced that it has released a special edition of its popular Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400. The special edition boasts all of the same features that already make the original Logitech K400 so great, except now it is available in what the company is calling a "stylish, fresh white, to fit your clean and modern living space."
For those of you not familiar with the K400, it is a wireless QWERTY keyboard from Logitech that includes a notebook-style touchpad and mouse buttons. The keyboard features all the standard media keys as well as a few extras that enhance your computing experience.
The company says that this keyboard has been optimized for the living-room environment and its new white façade allows it to fit in with any modern home theater environment. The Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 White edition is expected to be available in the US and Europe beginning next month and will retail at a pricing point of $39.99. Head over to Source #1 to check it out!
Today, Mad Catz announced the launch of the newest addition to its gaming peripheral lineup. The new edition is a gaming keyboard which goes by the name S.T.R.I.K.E 3. Mad Catz says that the keyboard is an ideal entry into the world of competitive gaming and that it is set up to appease all gamers no matter what their favorite genre of gaming is.
"The S.T.R.I.K.E.3 demonstrates our commitment to providing gamers with a product range that meets their budgets and exceeds their expectations," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "Our range of S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards has captured the imagination of passionate gamers and we are pleased to expand the range with the S.T.R.I.K.E.3."
The keyboard features customizable backlighting, programmable macro keys, and precise key response to help give you an advantage over the competition. The S.T.R.I.K.E 3 features a full RGB backlight that is capable of displaying over 16 million customizable colors. Additionally, full media controls and a removable wrist rest are featured to provide the perfect level of comfort for today's professional gamer.