When it comes to high quality, gaming mice there are really only two companies that your average gamer looks to. Those companies include Logitech and Razer. Razer has some great gaming products, but its mice aren't exactly known for lots of bling or style. A Razer mouse tends to be black with some LED lighting thrown in to spice up the design. Razer has announced a couple special editions of its Naga MMO mouse that are very colorful.
The special editions include the Naga Maelstrom and the Naga Molten gaming mice. The Maelstrom mouse has a colorful swirl effect on it that looks sort of like a spiral galaxy to me. The better looking one in my opinion is the Molten version with a cracked red and orange lava design. The Maelstrom version also has blue lighting for the buttons and scroll wheel while the Molten has red lighting.
Microsoft has been in the peripheral business for a long time. The company now makes some decent gear for gamers with gaming keyboards and mice. The majority of the peripherals that Microsoft offers are for general computer users with a notebook or desktop. A full line of notebook mice from Microsoft has been around for a long time and the company has unveiled a new special edition of its Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 to raise money for breast cancer.
The mouse is the same as the other version of the WMM4000 that has been around for a while now. It has 2.4GHz wireless connectivity and uses a nano transceiver that can be left plugged into a notebook during transit. The mouse uses the Microsoft BlueTrack sensor for better tracking on a variety of surfaces. I have used BlueTrack mice before and they work very well on anything other than a mirror.
Power strips are something that just about every computer user has a few of around the house or office. There are a number of green power strips on the market today that use a switch to turn off all the power to connected devices when not needed. There are also some that are on timers to turn things off at specific times to save power.
A new power strip called the HiSaver has turned up that uses motion sensing technology to determine when no one is in the room and turn off your gear. The power strip has a motion sensing box that sits on the desk. When it senses no one in the room it waits ten more minutes and then shuts devices attached to three power saving outlets off. The device has one outlet that is always on.
Today SteelSeries announced the SteelSeries Shift gaming keyboard.
From SteelSeries CEO, Bruce Hawver, he has the following to say:
"The Shift redefines what it means to gamers when they hear a keyboard can be fully customized. Starting with its solid outside appearance, the Shift adapts to games through interchangeable keysets with pre-defined mods and common commands. Players, whether at the professional level or learning a new blockbuster title, will be able to create multiple layers of macros for every key and fully remap every key on the entire keyboard. Ultimately, the Shift can reduce reaction time in First Person Shooters, it can increase Actions Per Minute in Real Time Strategy titles and it can do advanced macros (including timed delays) in Massive Multiplayer Online games."
"With the introduction of the SteelSeries Shift, we're able to bring another unique and powerful gaming tool to consumers, said SteelSeries CEO, Bruce Hawver. "The Shift greatly expands the functionality and concept of the original Zboard, which joined our product line in 2008 as a result of our acquisition of Ideazon, with new SteelSeries features that will provide gamers with a keyboard experience that can be customized for all types of games. As we bring the SteelSeries Shift to market, we are continuing to work with the best developers and publishers in the games industry to offer player's unique layouts and functionalities that will enhance their entire gaming experience."
Buffalo makes all sorts of computer peripherals like external storage and optical drives. With the USB 3.0 port now becoming more common on many computers that are available, it makes sense that we would see more peripherals that use USB 3.0 coming to the market as well. Most of the USB 3.0 stuff so far has been external storage like HDDs. Buffalo has unveiled a new Blu-ray drive that uses the USB 3.0 port.
The faster connectivity offered by the USB 3.0 port does the same thing for the Blu-ray drive that it does for external HDDs with faster data transfers. The Buffalo USB 3.0 Blu-ray drive burns discs at 12x on single layer BDRs. The drive can also burn just about every other optical disc format as well including CD and DVD media.
When it comes to typing on some devices like smartphones and tablets that lack a physical keyboard the process can be tedious for some users who want real keys, not virtual ones. If you use an iPad, iPhone, or an Android device a new keyboard is on the way from a company called Cervantes Mobile. The keyboard is dubbed the Jorno and is wireless.
The keyboard is specifically noted to work with Android devices, the iPhone, and iPad, but considering the thing uses Bluetooth I would bet more devices than those noted would support the thing. The folding keyboard has a QWERTY layout and when it is laid flat, it is rigid. The keyboard should make it easier for some users to type.
Mac and Windows users alike have to find some way to keep their desks organized when they are working. With a mouse, keyboard, media remotes, speakers, and other gear on your desk things can get very crowded if you don't keep organized. A company called Combine Collective has announced three different wooden keyboard trays for Mac users.
The trays are made from black walnut wood and are handmade in Canada. There are three versions of the tray and all of them are built with the same methods. The construction uses solid and jointed hard wood, water-based glue, and food safe stain finishes for one of the best-looking keyboard trays I have ever seen.
With so many TVs becoming internet capable, regular remotes are becoming less and less useful in this digital age. Using the arrow keys to poke around a keyboard on the screen just isn't going to cut it. Philips Home Control is looking to make you throw your old remote in a drawer for good with their new DUAL remote.
Philips Home Control briefly showed the device at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam, but not too many details were given. Obviously it gives you all of the regular remote functions like volume, channel changing, and whatnot but hidden underneath is a full QUERTY keyboard and an optical sensor and touchpad offer more input methods. The sleek, metallic design just tops it all off making it an input device anyone would love to have on their coffee table.
I like the idea behind pico and pocket projectors. There is nothing wrong with a projector that can fit in your pocket and run from battery power if you are the type that gives lots of presentations. The problem universally with small projectors is that they just aren't bright enough for real world use in rooms that are anything but dark. Toshiba has unveiled a new pocket projector called the Lumileo P100.
The P100 is like all other projectors on the market with a scant 14 lumens of brightness. That means you will need a very dark room to be able to view the projected image. Toshiba claims the projector can throw an image up to 65-inches if the room is dark enough. It has been my experience with small projectors that even in a very dark room; the colors are still washed out from lack of brightness.
When it comes to spending hours and hours each day working at a computer and making the same hand movements over and over repetitive stress injuries can become a big pain literally and figuratively for users. To fight this sort of injury there are all manner of ergonomic keyboards and more available on the market.
A company called Smartfish has unveiled the latest ergonomic mouse to hit the market and the mouse is called the ErgoMotion Laser Mouse. It looks strange and resembles a normal mouse sitting on a stand. That stand slides around the desk and the mouse, tilts side to side, and front to back.
Microsoft was out of the peripheral game for a while and then came back with a gob of new offerings. Among those new offerings was a resurrection of its Sidewinder gaming controller name. Today Microsoft has announced a new wireless mouse aimed at notebook users called the Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 Studio Edition.
The new mouse comes in six different designs that all have the same tech. That tech includes the MS BlueTrack laser senor, 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, a small nano plug-and-go transceiver, and ten months of use on a single battery. The only difference in the mice offered in the series is the different patterns and colors available.
Looking to get the Kinect for the Xbox 360 but don't have room on the entertainment center to set it up? PDP has some solutions for you that will add a ton of flexibility to your Kinect mounting needs that will be available on launch day.
First up is the $15 Kinect wall mount, which will help out the people who have their TV mounted on a wall or somewhere else that space is tight. There is also a $40 TV mount, which pretty much explains itself. If you need your Kinect to be floor mounted, PDP has a $30 tripod for plaing the unit anywhere around the room. You don't even have to worry about keeping the Kinect close to the Xbox if you can swing $50 for a 9 foot extension cable which PDP would be happy to provide.
Viewsonic made a very earth-friendly announcement today when they stated that all of their monitors would feature Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology by 2011. This should offer customers "significant energy cost savings and improved performance and contrast."
Displays that use LED backlighting instead of traditional CCFL lamps boast an energy savings of around 40 percent, low electromagnetic interference, and slimmer design. With the cost of producing the monitors dropping, hopefully more companies will take this cue. Viewsonic's recent release of their VX2250wm-LED 22 inch LED monitor that retails for around $165 has shown that an LED monitor doesn't have to have the serious price premium that it used to.
Razer is one of the best-known makers of gear for PC gamers on the market. The company has all manner of mice, keyboards, and other gear for gamers. Many gamers and typists really like the feel of mechanical keys on a keyboard, but that is a rare feature on keyboards today. Razer has offered up a new keyboard specifically for gamers that uses mechanical keys.
The new keyboard is called the BlackWidow. It has mechanical key architecture for fast actuation and a longer life. The keys for the keyboard are programmable and there are five keys that can have macros bound to them for gaming. The keyboard also has ten customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching.
A long time ago, Logitech offered up what I think is the best keyboard ever made for general computer work - the Illuminated Keyboard. This wired keyboard is very thin and has backlit keys, which at the time it debuted was a feature only common to gaming keyboards. Today Logitech has unveiled a new keyboard called the Wireless illuminated Keyboard K800.
This keyboard lacks the super thin profile of the wired Illuminated Keyboard, but makes up for it to some extend by cutting the wires tying you down. The K800 uses the Logitech unified receiver to connect to the computer and that one receiver will work with compatible mice too. The keyboard has adjustable backlighting that can be dimmed or turned off.
We can be honest with each other and say that many of the wireless products on the market aren't that great, especially for gaming. I have tried to use a normal wireless mouse and keyboard to play games like COD and others before and ended up with ghosting that was bad enough I expected to see Casper pop up on screen. There are some wireless rodents on the market for gamers, but most of the wireless gear is still aimed at the general computer user.
Logitech has debuted a nice looking new wireless desktop for the general computer user called the Logitech Wireless Combo MK520. The wireless desktop includes a full-size wireless mouse and keyboard. That keyboard has all the one-touch media controls that you need to control your content and a full number pad as well.
Cooler Master has been making computer cases for years that are some of the better cases on the market. The company has more recently started to offer a line of gaming peripherals and the latest addition to that line is the Inferno.
The CM inferno is aimed at the MMORPG gamer, but will work for any type of gamer. The mouse has a right hand design and features 11 programmable keys. Using a modifier and software, the programmable keys can be expanded to 32 buttons.
I have used Logitech keyboards exclusively for a long time because of the typing feel and features the peripherals tend to offer. I finally moved away from typing everything on my G15 to a Logitech Illuminated Keyboard for the thin and comfortable profile.
If you are the 100% gaming keyboard type, Logitech has a new keyboard for you called the G510. The keyboard is wired, unlike the other two new gaming peripherals that debuted today. The G510 has backlighting that the user can customize to their color choice. An LCD panel is included just like the panel on the older gaming keyboards.
I used to have a Logitech wireless gaming mouse that I really liked. It has been a long time since Logitech offered a new gaming mouse, much less one with wireless tech built-in.
The new G700 gaming mouse is wireless and uses a charge and play system rather than two batteries like the old wireless gaming mouse Logitech offered. The G700 has 13 programmable keys that can be bound to single keystrokes or complex macros using software.
The Razer Lachesis was first spied years ago and had 4000 dpi sensitivity, which at the time was a lot of sensitivity. Today that 4000dpi mark is been surpassed. Razer has announced a new updated version of the Lachesis to replace the old one.
Exactly when the new Lachesis will ship is unknown, but it will sell for $79.99. The update includes a new 3.5G laser sensor with 5600dpi resolution. The mouse also has a new design and a customizable lighting system.
One of the coolest things that was at CES this year was the Parrot AR.Drone. The cool helicopter device with four propellers is controlled by the iPhone and has a camera built-in.
If you have had a serious Jones for the thing since it debuted and have been waiting for pricing and availability information here it is. The AR.Drone will ship on September 3 for $299.