Computex Taipei 2013 - For our last day at Computex 2013, we decided to take a look at some of the wares that gaming peripheral maker Epic Gear had on show. There's not much to talk about, so let's gush over the pictures, shall we?
They are continuing to make great looking products, and I'm really in love with their new keyboard. Their mouse lineup continues to impress, with those mouse cords look especially attractive.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped off at the Thermaltake booth today at Computex to check out a few of their new products, the first of which was their new mechanical gaming keyboard, the Poseidon.
Tt eSports' work in the Poseidon is shown in virtually all areas, with the Poseidon featuring Cherry MX Blue switches, the Windows key can be disabled for gaming, and a beautiful dynamic pulse-break backlight system that has four levels of adjustable brightness, and N-key rollover support. There's a nice cable track on the rear of the Poseidon where you can hide your cable instead of having it snaking across your desk.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports shows off a multi-button laser gaming mouse dubbed VOLOS. This mouse is targeted at the MMORPG and MOBA gaming demographics and features a 14-button layout.
The VOLOS incorporates high-quality OMRON gaming switches which give the device up to 5 million clicks before possible failure. Its powerful laser engine is capable of resolutions up to 8200 DPI thanks to the AVAGO Sensor which is compatible with most surfaces.
The built-in 4Mb memory module allows the storage of up to 140 macro keys within 10 gaming profiles. Additionally, the built-in chassis lighting is capable of displaying up to 16.8 million color options.
The VOLOS features six buttons on the left-hand side, which include traditional colored XYAB buttons you would normally find on a gaming controller, as well as two A/B buttons located near the back for additional control. The left-hand side also features a triad of buttons for even more macro button combinations.
Tt eSports says that the VOLOS retails for an MSRP of $79.99 and is available at major online retailers.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports is showing off its THERON infrared gaming mouse this week at Computex 2013, The mouse is targeted at RTS and FPS gamers who want a basic five button mouse with which to implement their fragging skills.
The THERON infrared gaming mouse features an advanced infrared optical sensor which is capable of 4000 DPI resolution for impeccable precision. The mouse also includes a function lock button that disables the side buttons to prevent any mishaps while gaming.
The ability to store up to 40 macro keys within five game profiles is a really nice feature as is the high-quality OMRON button switches that are durable up to 5 million clicks. The THERON Infrared implements a five weight system that allows the gamer to adjust the feel of the mouse to fit their style of gaming.
Tt eSports says the THERON Infrared retails for an MSRP of $59.99.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports has just unveiled the latest edition to its MEKA G-UNIT line of mechanical keyboards. The G-Unit Red Switch edition gets its name from the Cherry MX Red mechanical switches used in its construction.
Cherry MX Red switches are a light, linear, non-clicky mechanical keyboard switch that is often preferred by gaming enthusiast over tactile switches. As such, Tt eSports is targeting this new keyboard at the MMORPG, FPS, and RTS gaming genres.
The MEKA G-Unit Red Switch Edition features a 1000Hz polling rate which is eight times quicker than regular gaming keyboards. Additionally, it features Tt eSports' advanced anti-ghosting function which allows up to 46 keys pressed anywhere on the keyboard simultaneously to register.
The keyboard also features two USB 2.0 hubs to aid in the connectivity of other USB gaming devices. The G-Unit Red Switch Edition includes three individual white illuminated sections, 20 macro keys, the ability to disable the Windows key, savable profiles, audio jacks for microphone-in and speaker-out, multimedia hotkeys, and a detachable palm rest.
The keyboard will be available at major retailers for an MSRP of $129.99
Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports has just unveiled another new addition to its MEKA mechanical keyboard lineup. The MEKA G1 Prime Team Edition features Cherry Brown mechanical switches that are light to the touch while remaining tactile and non-clicky.
Featuring a red body with a combination of black and red keys, the somewhat compact MEKA G1 is built to target enthusiasts in the FPS and RTS gaming arenas. The keyboard is endorsed by Korea's famous SCII team, Prime Team, who is one of the world's premier StarCraft II gaming teams.
The MEKA G1 Prime Team Edition features a 1000Hz polling rate that is eight times quicker than regular gaming keyboards for a never-lagged, always-responsive gaming experience. The Cherry Brown mechanical switches provide the keyboard with a 50-million-keystroke life expectancy.
Like the other keyboards in the MEKA lineup, the G1 features a two-port USB hub as well as microphone-in and audio-out jacks for an even more enhanced gaming experience. The MEKA G1 Prime Team Edition will retail for an MSRP of $139.99 at major online retailers.
Computex Taipei 2013 - ROCCAT have not only unveiled their gaming orientated Power-Grid software and app, but they've just now unveiled their latest mechanical gaming keyboard with per-key illumination, the Ryos MK Pro.
ROCCAT's Ryos MK Pro features an insane number of configuration options, as well as your choice of Cherry MX key switches in four colors and per-key illumination in two modes: smart and manual. This allows Ryos MK Pro owners to congiure special effects to their keystrokes, configure their keyboard to highlight in-game and application key bindings, your modifier keys, macro sequences and cool downs, system controls and much more.
The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro features a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor, meaning that it has its processor can power all of the functions on this keyboard, all without losing a spec of performance. There's 2MB of flash memory on-board which houses your configurations, with your keyboard keeping all of your keystrokes and macros handled well in real-time, all without delay.
This morning, ROCCAT announced two new products to its gaming peripheral collection. Up first is a new mouse dubbed the Cone Pure Optical which features an adjustable 4000dpi PRO-OPTIC R3 sensor for precision control on almost any surface.
The mouse also features ROCCAT's Click Master Technology, Easy Shift[+] Button Duplicator, a 32-bit Turbo Core V2 processor as well as a 16.8-million-color lighting system. ROCCAT also unveiled the Ryos MK Pro mechanical gaming keyboard.
The keyboard features per-key illumination, advanced anti-ghosting with N-key rollover, your choice of four different Cherry MX key switches, and a 1000Hz polling rate. Also being unveiled at Computex is the company's highly anticipated Power Grid smartphone app which we will learn more about later as well.
Computex Taipei 2013 - This morning G.Skill announced that they will be unveiling a new line of PC gaming peripherals at Computex next week in Taipei. The first product in the new line will be a series of newly engineered gaming headsets.
In a press release, G.Skill made the following statement:
G.SKILL will be debuting gaming headsets with various industry-first features; it is built to provide gamers with enhanced competitiveness and unique gaming experiences. Along with G.SKILL's persistence on creating products of the highest quality and cutting-edge designs, the new headsets are set to satisfy all kinds of gaming needs.
Sony's redesigned DualShock 4 controller has arrived at the FCC, showing where the FCC label is going to be placed. The details on the DualShock 4 shows that that PS4 controller is a Bluetooth 2.1 EDR device, with the model number of CUH-ZCT1U.
You can also see the PS Eye-compatible light bar on the DualShock 4, too. What I wish this FCC details were on is the PS4 itself, but that shouldn't be too long away. E3 is right around the corner, and we'll be covering it like crazy.
Google I/O has come and gone for another year and we didn't hear a peep out of the Mountain View-based search giant about the Nexus Q, their media player that was shown off last year and has disappeared since.
But, according to some new FCC documents, Google could be working on another media player. The FCC documents refer to it as the "H840 Device" which functions "as a media player" and was given the model number H2G2-42, a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference. Like with all unreleased products, Google requested to have the diagrams and photos of the device remain confidential.
The device was tested in the FCC labs, hooked up to a 24-inch Dell monitor. The "H840 Device" featured Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and a USB port. We know it isn't a smart device, such as a smartphone or tablet, as it comes with a separate power supply unit.
Das Keyboard has alerted us to their latest keyboard. The new Professional Quiet keyboard from Das Keyboard is a mechanical keyboard that aims to remove some of the noise often associated with mechanical keyboards. The Professional Quiet keyboard features a "quiet key design" that "doesn't peep."
This baby doesn't peep. No clicks or clacks. You'll be able to rudely tweet your life while being on a boring Skype call and nobody will even notice. The new Quiet Key Design is not only, well, quiet, but also provides such an incredible tactile feel your fingers will think they are in finger heaven.
I can attest to both the quality and noise of the modern mechanical keyboard. I can also attest to the fact I've been hung up on for typing while being on the phone. I might have to pick up the new Professional Quiet keyboard so people can't tell I'm rude on the phone. To find out more, head over to Das Keyboard's website.
There are more people gaming on Mac's thanks to the popularity of Apple's MacBook Pro's and their iMac's, with most thanks given to Intel who made their way into Apple machines across the world.
Logitech have just stepped up, announcing that their Logitech Gaming Software is now compatible with Mac OS for all of their keyboard and mouse products. This means that Mac-based gamers can now enjoy the same personalization and customization of their products that PC gamers have enjoyed for years now. You can download the latest version of the Logitech Gaming Software from the Logitech support page.
Sony are poised to add system level support for their DualShock 3 controllers to their Xperia-branded smartphones. A user would be able to wirelessly connect their controllers without root or hugely complicated setup procedures, using just a USB OTG cable for the initial setup.
All you would need to do is plug the controller into your Xperia device's USB port, turn it on, enter the device settings and then just enable the controller. Once there's some talk between the device and the PC, you'll need to unplug the controller and then you'll have the ability to use it through Bluetooth.
At the moment there's no news on whether this will jump across to non-Xperia-branded smartphones, but I'm sure it'll just be time for now. Games that support a controller are obviously the way to go, but this isn't a big problem.
Apple have hundreds of millions of users on iOS devices, and a large portion of those users play games on their iOS devices. Rumors have been circling around that Apple had been walking the halls of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, pitching the idea of iOS controllers to various developers.
The company were even rumored to have a space reserved at GDC to talk to developers, which was under a different name so that no one picked up on it. A 2008 patent application for a dock points toward attaching physical controllers and other hardware features for iOS devices, so it could just be a matter of time before we see an iController, or iJoystick.
Corsair unveil the Vengeance K70, provides gamers with a high-quality backlit mechanical gaming keyboard
Corsair's current mechanical gaming keyboard, the Vengeance K60, is a great keyboard, but people do like their backlights on their keyboards. Well, Corsair has come to your rescue, unveiling the Vengeance K70 - backlit enabled.
Corsair have made the Vengeance K70 available in both black and silver, but have gone a step further with the backlight color. The silver aluminum K70 comes with blue backlighting, while the anodized black sports deep red backlighting. This will ensure both keyboards not only perform well, but look great while doing so. Each key is then individually backlit, with the added ability of having every key capable of being independently enabled, or disabled.
In typical Corsair fashion, the fun doesn't stop there, as the Vengeance K70 comes with alternate colored, contoured keycaps for the WASD and 1-6 keycaps, allowing for truly personal customization. The Corsair Vengeance K70 will be available in April for a suggested price of $129.99.
Logitech are reiterating the fact that they're committed to PC gaming by unveiling their new Logitech G line of gaming peripherals. This lineup boasts six redesigned mice and keyboard favorites, as well as two brand new headsets. There's a lot to cover, so let's get introduced to Logitech's new products.
Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse - Logitech's G700s mouse is a wireless gaming mouse featuring the report rate of an epically fast wired gaming mouse. Logitech have made the G700s capable of maintaining a consistant report rate, no matter if you're using the mouse over its included 2.4GHz wireless connection, or physically connected through USB. You can switch out from wireless to wired gaming if your battery dies, using a data-over-cable connection thanks to its standard microUSB cable.
There are 13 programmable controls on the G700s, macros and more, which are all controlled and manipulated through Logitech's Gaming Software (LGS). Logitech are slapping a suggested retail price of $99.99 for the G700s mouse.
ASUS has just unveiled its first "hardcore" gaming mouse, the Republic of Gamers GX1000. The new mouse features an aluminum top plate and ergonomic styling that is tuned to lessen hand fatigue.
The ROG GX1000 is capable of an 8200dpi resolution thanks to precision laser optics. The mouse buttons can be individually programmed and remapped according to game genera. Users can also adjust the mouse weight by removing or installing included weights.
To finish things off, the GX1000 features custom lighting in four colors to ensure even the most picky gamer can match their style. In addition, the custom lighting can be set to different presets to indicate which profile the mouse is on. ASUS says that the mouse is available now and retails at an MSRP of $100.
Wacom has announced a new 13-inch addition to its Cintiq line of interactive pen displays. The new Cintiq 13HD is being billed as a smaller display that saves valuable desk space, but still packs a full size performance punch.
The new Cintiq 13HD features a 13-inch LED display with a 1920x1080 resolution, adjustable mount, and uses a tweaked version of the same battery-free Pro Pen that the larger Cintiq's feature. Wacom says that the screen provides a 178-degree viewing angle and sports four customizable ExpressKeys.
The display is tethered to a PC or Mac by a USB cable, and it features HDMI output as well. The Cintiq 13HD is expected to go on sale in early April and with a price point of $1000. It looks to be an awesome gateway for someone who wants a Cintiq, but does not want to spend $2k on a larger model.
In a move that few saw coming, Microsoft has released parts of the software used to control its Kinect hardware into the Open Source world. Twenty two code samples have been released into CodePlex for Makers, Hardware Hackers and third party engineers to use to develop their own Kinect based projects.
The code samples are available in C++, Visual Basic and C#. Anyone wanting to use the code will need to download Visual Studio, .NET and the Kinect for Windows SDK. The code allows for face tracking, depth of field, as well as audio capture and voice controls.
In what I consider a very smart move, Microsoft said that it released the code because it wants to get feedback from the developer community as well as rapidly speed up development for the Kinect as well as improve its software.
Staples is now selling Apple accessories just a week after executives confirmed the chain would. The office supply chain is selling all sorts of different Apple accessories, including Smart Covers, Magic Mice, Apple TVs, and Time Capsules, which are now all available through the retail chain's online store.
The products will likely be coming to physical outlets as well. This could end up being great news for Apple as many companies have corporate accounts with Staples. These accounts would allow companies to easily purchase Apple products as they are coming from a source the company is used to dealing with.
So far, US Staples do not sell any actual Apple hardware, such as the iPad or iPod, but the executives hope that this will change.