Razer recently revealed two of its in-house designed and engineered mechanical keys: Green and Orange Razer mechanical switches. The company behind many well known gaming oriented hardware claims that these switches are made specifically for gaming.
Razer claims that since traditional mechanical switches are made designed primarily for typing, these are designed and made from scratch for gaming. The green variant offers tactile feedback with an audible click and with an actuation force of 50 g. The orange counterpart also offers tactile feedback but without the click and with the actuation force of 45 g. Razer also claims that its mechanical keys are rated up to 60 million operations, while Cherry keys are rated up to 50 million operations.
Logitech has been making its line of Harmony universal remote controls for a number of years. These remotes are notable because they all have macro buttons that make changing multiple inputs on your home theater system as easy as pushing a single button. Logitech has rolled out a new Harmony product called the Harmony Smart Keyboard.
The device is exactly what you think it is, a keyboard that can be used as a universal remote. The device is compatible with set top boxes like the Apple TV, Roku, Xbox 360, and PS3 consoles. It will also work with the Xbox One, but support for the PS4 isn't mentioned.
The QWERTY keyboard lets you easily type searches or chat. The keyboard also has the buttons you expect for controlling media and has a guide button. The keyboard also ships with the Harmony Hub that launched last summer as a standalone device.
If you spend lots of time during the day stuck in front of a computer, you are probably out for anything that can make all that computer use more comfortable. There are few things that are more of a literal pain in the neck than having to look down at a computer screen all day because it won't go high enough for your comfort.
There are bunches of monitor stands out there that will lift the screen up to a more comfortable level. Satechi has a new monitor stand that will lift up your screen or notebook and has some features that make it more like a docking station as well.
The monitor stand is called the Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand. The device will lift the screen of your computer or notebook up several inches. It also has a quartet of USB 2.0 ports on the front and jacks for your headphones and mic.
Razer has a very short and sweet tease on its Facebook page, announcing: "We're excited to announce that we'll be working with Microsoft to bring out peripherals for the Xbox One. Stick around for more info to come".
The peripherals maker teases an image with the Xbox One and an announced Razer-made Xbox One controller, with the simple: "Coming to Xbox One." It'll be interesting to see what Razer does with the peripherals on the Xbox One, but I'm sure it'll end up surprising most people with something new, and fresh for the just-released next-gen console from Microsoft.
I've yet to even use a Kinect sensor myself, but it looks like Microsoft's motion tracking device is being used at the borders of North Korea and South Korea, an interesting use, to put lightly.
Jae Kwon Ko created some software that uses the Kinect sensors to work out the differences between animals and humans, allowing the sensor to notify a nearby outpost if a person is getting too close to, or attempting to cross the border. The South Korean military is being hush-hush about this technology, but Ko did add that they're looking to update the system already, with heart rate and heat detection.
Today, HighPoint Technologies announced the launch of a new line of PCIe Expansion Stations that feature Intel Thunderbolt technology. The new NA211TB and NA211TB-LD Thunderbolt Expansion Stations can be connected to any system featuring Thunderbolt connectivity to transform that system into a powerful workstation.
"Why sacrifice performance for portability? Why give up efficiency for expandability? With HighPoint Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Stations, you no longer have to trade the convenience of compact form factor and portable computing for the performance and versatility of a traditional desktop," the company said in a release. "HighPoint Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Stations enable any computer with a Thunderbolt port harness the power and flexibility of full-size PCIe cards - all via a single compact port!"
The new NA211TB features support for up to three Thunderbolt-Aware, full-length PCIe cards, and connects to your PC or Mac using only a single cable. The NA211TB is the perfect platform for any I/O requirement - whether adding video or audio capture card for a media project, networking support or external storage expansion for business applications, or simply adding SAS/SATA or USB 3.0 connectivity to your laptop.
Hasbro stopped by the Engadget offices to show off its latest NERF blaster, the N-Strike Elite NERF Cam ECS-12 Blaster - quite the mouthful, isn't it?
The latest blaster is the usual semi-auto NERF blaster, but it features a tiny camera built into the barrel of the blaster, with a tiny screen on the stock. You can use the screen to lineup your target, but the camera will let you record your battles in the first-person perspective, which should be filling YouTube's servers in the coming months.
LUXA2, a division of Thermaltake specializing in mobile products, recently announced the GroovyW Bluetooth speaker with wireless charging station.
The LUXA2 GroovyW is Bluetooth 3.0-enabled and offers a sleek design, LED touch panel, speakerphone option, and NFC capability. The unit can reportedly play music for up to 15 hours, or 30 hours, when using a charging pad designed for any Q1 electronics, and easy portability. The LED touch panel provides instant access to volume control, play/pause and on/off features on top of the unit.
There is a growing demand for Bluetooth-powered portable speakers, as more consumers have smartphones and tablets - and tend to enjoy streaming music from online radio stations or previously downloaded music.
It looks like Sixense is ready to show off its 3D printing chops at the 3D Printer World Expo next month, where the "global leader in motion tracking and 3D modelling" will show off its MakeVR solution.
Sixense will tease show goers with MakeVR, as it will be the first public showcasing of the technology. On February 5, following the show itself, a Kickstarter will open for MakeVR, too. MakeVR is hoping to combine the real, and virtual worlds, where it will allow users to use their full potential to create, share, buy, trade and print 3D models.
Amir Rubin, co-founder of Sixense, explains: "With MakeVR we're enabling everyone to more easily and affordably create models in 3D. Coupled with the emergence of so many great new 3D printing solutions, this will catalyze the entire market. 3D Printer World Expo offers the perfect stage to showcase MakeVR, and we're looking forward to feedback from the leaders in 3D printing industry at the show."
Major Nelson has just unveiled the Xbox One "Titanfall" Limited Edition Wireless Controller, which looks incredibly sexy. The controller was designed in collaboration between the Xbox design team, and the Respawn Entertainment art department.
Lead Artist at Respawn Entertainment, Joel Emslie, said Respawn's goal was "to create a controller that feels as if it is a piece of military spec hardware transported from the universe of Titanfall and into players hands." The new controller will be made available before Titanfall launches on March 11, 2014 in the US, and March 13 in Europe for $64.99.
CES 2013 - Feenix is a little known company who is making big-ticket products, and has just made its official debut into the world of consumer electronics at this years CES. We stopped by the Feenix booth to check out its boutique collection of PC peripherals and to get a sneak peek at a new high-end headset its developing.
Our own Chad Sebring has had his hands on a couple of Feenix products recently, and gave the Nascita an overall score of 88%, while the Diamora mouse pad also received praise. I personally had the chance to check out the new headset shown in the video, and while I am no audiophile, I can say that it sounded much better than any pair of Beats By Dre headphones I have ever worn.
CES 2014 - Tt eSports by Thermaltake brought a plethora of new products at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Nevada, and Kitty Mach took the time to walk us through the entire lineup. One of the more interesting sets is the Team DK series which features custom red and white color schemes, and is the same hardware used by Team DK.
Tt eSports also debuted its new in-house mechanical switches that are very similar to Cherry MX switches, and in fact in the blind test, I was unable to tell a difference between the two. Kitty wrapped things up by unveiling two new headsets from its Chronos line.
CES 2014 - ROCCAT unveiled several new products at this year's Consumer Electronics show, and as always, their peripherals do not disappoint. The company's new Ryos TKL features all the Ryos's famous features but deleted the numerical keys to the right.
ROCCAT also showed off a new optical version of its flagship Kone XTD mouse, with improvements made to the weight system, as well as the optical performance that many gamers love. The new Kone Pure Military line of mice feature military inspired color schemes, new optical sensors, and the performance we have come to expect from ROCCAT. The company was demoing its new analog version of its popular Kave XTD headset.
CES 2014 - A few weeks back Corsair announced that they were developing the worlds first individually addressed RGB LED mechanical keyboard, and at this years CES we got to check it out in person. The keyboard will be featured with Cherry MX switches in red, blue, and brown switches.
Corsair says that each key will be individually addressable and each key color can be changed via a custom control suite Corsair is developing. Corsair and Cherry MX have entered into an exclusive partnership to develop this keyboard which ensures that the only place to get an RGB mechanical keyboard is from Corsair. We can expect to see it hit the retail market later this year!
CES 2014 - SteelSeries has outed its new Sensei gaming mouse, which is now wireless. The new Sensei Wireless mouse continues with its ambidextrous design, with thumb buttons on both sides of the mouse.
We have an 8200DPI laser running the light show underneath the slick-looking new mouse, and SteelSeries' latest switches for the mouse buttons, which should be capable of taking over 30 million clicks. The company claims to have a response time of just 1ms for the wireless side of things on the Sensei, which shouldn't lag out gamers at all.
SteelSeries provides a great-looking base station with the new Sensei gaming mouse, with the company promising around 20 hours of use on a single charge. There's also the option to plug in a USB cable, if you have ran out of charge and still want to use it. We have on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment, on-board profile storage, and pulsing LEDs.
Custom PC accessory maker Penclic announced the Corded Mouse D3, Wireless Mouse R3 and Bluetooth Mouse B3, all models providing a symmetrical design for right-handed and left-handed PC users. All Penclic mice have a uniquely designed hand-grip that makes the mouse comfortable to use, and is a precision device ideal for graphic design, architects, or any other task that demands fine detail.
The scroll wheel in all three models is located in the middle of the pen's shaft, doubling as a middle click button. The mice have a maximum 1600dpi resolution, USB connection, Bluetooth, or powered by rechargeable batteries that should only need to be recharged after two months of daily use.
Penclic will show off all three mice during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month in Las Vegas. All three mice will be publicly launched sometime next month, with a $64.99 MSRP. While $65 might sound like a lot for a non-gaming mouse, the ergonomic mouse will have a specific niche market
It looks like we already have a few reasons to be excited about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, with Corsair preemptively striking in the mechanical keyboard space.
The high-end manufacturer of all sorts of goods has teamed up with Cherry, to announce a modified MX Red-class switch, that sports RGB illumination. This means we have a mix of three colors that allow a key to be lit in any color that is on the visible spectrum. We're looking at 8-bit per channel control, which sits us at around 16.7 million colors.
Cherry has chosen Corsair as its launch partner, and we should see these beautiful keyboards shown off at CES in just a few weeks time!
ROCCAT's Kone series of gaming mice are some of the best on the market today, and its Kone Pure Color line allows for optimum gaming performance while breaking the black gaming mouse mold. This week, ROCCAT announced the release of the new Phantom White Kone Pure Color to the line of colorful peripherals.
Much like the other Kone Pure mice, the Phantom White version of the Kone Pure Color features a high-end 8,200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor and high quality Omron switches. The mouse includes exclusive ROCCAT Technology such as Easy-Shift[+], Easy-Aim and ROCCAT Talk that ensures you have an edge over the competition that will land you in the top spot at the end of the match.
Today Ozone launched an new mechanical gaming keyboard to its lineup of gaming peripherals. The all new Strike Pro is a mechanical keyboard designed for the serious gamer in mind. The utilization of Cherry MX switches in red, blue, brown, or black flavors lets gamers chose which keystroke profile will give them the edge over their competition.
The Strike Pro features white LED back-lit keys with the gaming specific keys being back-lit by red LEDs for quick and effortless acquisition of gaming keys when gaming in the dark. The Strike Pro also features 30 macros across five profiles, which can be customized to suit your gaming style. Profiles are stored on 64k of internal memory.
Additionally, the keyboard can be configured to have a response time of between 1ms and 16ms. A built-in USB hub and Audio ports are also featured. "For me there is no other option for a keyboard than mechanical, and there is no other option than the Ozone Strike Pro. Cherry MX Switch, HUB & Audio inputs, LED back-light, good design ... So, yes, I have many reasons to choose Strike Pro to my sessions as a professional gamer," said Cho "Mata" professional gamer on the Samsung Ozone Team.
Today Pogoplug launched a new device for $49 that it claims will anonymize your entire homes web traffic. Named the Safeplug, the device connects to your router and uses the Tor network to hide all of your networks traffic to the internet. Pogoplug says that this allows users to privately access the internet without the need for special browsers.
The device does not require any software, or special programs to work, and simply requires being plugged in. Pogoplug does not guarantee that all of your traffic will be untraceable but it does include a built-in ad blocker, so you can forget about adblock for ever. There will also be a noticeable drop connection speed, and some websites may not work at all. The Safeplug retails for $49 and is available now at Pogoplug's website.
The Xbox One is nearly upon us, but how much did Microsoft spend on the Xbox One controller? It's being reported that over $100 million was pumped into the Xbox One controller's development, a mammoth amount of green for a peripheral, isn't it?
During the development, Microsoft had some interesting ideas for the controller, with two of them being of interest: the first, was a built-in projector that would throw out images into your room. The second, was smell-o-vision, which would've been a truly interesting addition to the next-gen controller. What do you think? If you had to choose one, what would you want? Smell-o-vision, or the built-in projector?