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Sharkoon has released a new gaming keyboard at CeBIT at an affordable price. I'm always amazed at the prices charged by some companies for gaming keyboards as I figure there is no way it can be that much better. This new gaming keyboard, the Skiller, features 18-key rollover, interchangeable WASD and cursor keys, and software for creating up to ten keyboard profiles.
With all those features, you'll be surprised to learn that it comes with an MSRP of only 14.99 euros, which works out to about $20 USD, give or take 0.25. The keyboard features a stunning visual design that includes a striking geometric design and a blue illuminated Skiller logo in the palm rest.
The company explains the features and how it is customizable: "With its programmable keys and profile memory, the Skiller is an extremely versatile companion that quickly adjusts to all changing areas of operation: Through the enclosed software all standard keys can be assigned frequently used individual functions or macros. The configuration supports the creation of up to ten profiles, each with three sub-levels. This allows an optimal keyboard layout for a variety of different applications and gaming environments to be created with only a little bit of effort."
Have you finally mastered the 2-4 buttons of a traditional mouse and want something harder? How about 20. Logitech's new gaming mouse designed for MMO gaming has 20 different buttons that can be customized to your preference. The customization requires no special drivers, so you can plug the mouse in and start customizing!
The mouse features twelve thumb buttons that have been meticulously placed on a thumb panel. They are arranged into two groups of six so that it is easier to find the button you want without having to look. The mouse also features profile and DPI switching so that another player can walk up and pick his or her settings.
The thumb panel has full illumination that can be changed to your every whim. The panel can reproduce around 16 million different colors, so you can be sure that there is a color that you will like. The mouse retails for $79.99 and is currently out-of-stock and on back order. You can purchase it directly from Logitech now and they will ship when it becomes available.
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Today, DailySteals is selling Apple USB Power Adapters for your iPhone or iPod through eBay for a buy-it-now price of $5.99 with FREE shipping. They sell for $29 at Apple.com.
Remember the free-to-play mech game Hawken? Well, after seeing the MEK-FU controller you won't... the USB-based controller was unveiled at E3 last week and is designed by new accessory company RIPLEIGH. CEO of RIPLEIGH, Chen Yisheng has told Destructoid that his team did a lot of research in order to get to the MEK-FU, going as far as having a guy on the team that used to drive tanks in the military.
MEK-FU sports two joysticks, lots of buttons, flip switches, and is fully programmable. There's even a full keyboard on the thing! The MEK-FU is also capable of taking a mobile or tablet device that acts as a secondary display, or the main screen, that works with Hawken thanks to the Gaiki streaming partnership.
Hawken drops in December and the MEK-FU should hopefully arrive soon after. How much would you want to pay for this controller? I'm loving the idea of using a smart device such as a tablet as a secondary display, I've been waiting for a game developer to do this since the iPad was released.
Computex 2012 - Ozone Gaming's booth at Computex was a great spot to check out, where they had a bunch of wares to show off. One of the things that caught my eye was their Ozone BLADE. BLADE is a membrane keyboard with a bunch of multimedia-based buttons and a very nice design.
As you can see in the above image, it has two grooves where your thumbs would sit on the space bar. The keyboard felt great to type on and would be great on your desk to game on. Filling the specs out of BLADE we find it is a backlit keyboard with adjustable brightness levels, 4 multimedia keys and macro functions so you can customize the keyboard to your specific needs.
Something else that we spotted was Ozone Gaming's gaming backpack, standing out from the crowd it has an external audio port, removable disk sleeve and lockable zippers... yes, lockable! It also has the usual black and red style from Ozone Gaming, and would look good on your back with your gaming gear inside.
If you don't have a laptop, some sort of card reader is often needed to read memory cards. These usually come in the form of a USB adapter which are easily lost. Thankfully NZXT has just launched a new card reader which fits into a 5.25" drive bay. The new reader features a mesh design so it should be at home in most cases.
"NZXT's new Aperture series brings PC expansion to a new level with high performance multi-media hubs" said Johnny Hou, Founder of NZXT. "Boasting support for breakthrough technologies like USB 3.0 and SDXC, Aperture M puts a wide array of multimedia options right at your fingertips."
The card reader is the latest piece of hardware in the new Aperture line of products. Aptly named the Aperture M, it matches the rest of the Aperture line. The Aperture M supports reading from CF, MD, SM, XD, SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, M2, and MSD and only costs $34.99. The card reader is available directly from NZXT at their web store.
Microsoft have announced that they've released version 1.5 of the Kinect for Windows runtime and SDK. They've also announced that Kinect for Windows hardware is now available in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.
As of next month, Kinect for Windows hardware will arrive in 15 more countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. Once this is done, Microsoft will have Kinect for Windows available in 31 countries around the world. The company have also added more capabilities to Kinect that help developers build amazing applications:
- Kinect Studio, our new tool which allows developers to record and play back Kinect data, dramatically shortening and simplifying the development lifecycle of a Kinect application. Now a developer writing a Kinect for Windows application can record clips of users in the application's target environment and then replay those clips at a later time for testing and further development.
- A set of Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) to guide developers on best practices for the creation of Natural User Interfaces using Kinect.
- The Face Tracking SDK, which provides a real-time 3D mesh of facial features-tracking the head position, location of eyebrows, shape of the mouth, etc.
Soldiers have their guns, pilots have their planes, congressmen have their pens, and gamers, well, they have their mice. A good mouse is critical to gaining the advantage in an online game, a place where everyone is extremely competitive. This is why companies like ROCCAT produce mice like the new Savu, to give gamers the advantage in a game.
Not only will a new, high quality mouse give you an advantage in an online game, but this mouse will give you that advantage in style. You see, this new Savu mouse features a lighting system that allows up to 1.8 million different colors. The device also features changeable DPI resolutions all the way up to 4000DPI.
The feature list is quite extensive, so I'll post the press release below. The mouse, with more information, is available at ROCCAT's site.
Fractal Design always has cool looking products and today's launch of the new Adjust 108 is no different. Fractal Design often uses metal in the products they design and, once again, today's launch is no different. The new Adjust 108 is a fan controller which can manage up to 6 different fans from one 5.25" bay.
The device has some other unique features that I have never seen on any other device. One of the coolest and most useful features is that it features a jumper to change the intensity of the LED. This is something that I have often wanted on many cases and other devices, so for it to finally be included on something is awesome.
The device can also give you more information in a glance than other devices through its use of dual-colored LEDs. If the LED below a fan slider is white, it means the fan is operating at a low RPM. If the LED is blue, then it means that the fan is operating at a high RPM. Of course, the device is clad in brushed aluminium to give it a clean, simplistic look.
With Ultrabooks slimming down not just in size and weight, but also port options, port replicators are going to be the new in-thing. Fujitsu and Lenovo have both unveiled two new DisplayLink-based USB 3.0 replicators, and first we'll tackle the Fujitsu model. Both models sport DisplayLink's USB 3.0 chipset, the DL-3900, which offers dual display connectivity.
Fujitsu's USB 3.0 Port Replicator PR08 has some great features, where they've added DisplayPort connectivity which means you can throw a 2560x1600 display on it, without an issue. The port replicator also features a DVI-I port that can be used with an adapter to give D-sub support. Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (not at full speed, obviously), and audio jacks for 2.1- and 5.1-channel audio.
Lenovo steps in with their ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock which sports two DVI ports, five USB 3.0 ports (again, not at full speed), Gigabit Ethernet and audio ports. Lenovo's product has an MSRP of US$179.99 and should hit on May 15, where Fujitsu kindly left out pricing and availability information.