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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.
Razer, on their conquest of gaming peripheral world domination have released another gaming mouse in the form of the Razer Naga Hex Wraith Red Edition. This new mouse from Razer is perfectly suited to hack n' slash, MOBA and action RPG games, such as Diablo III which drops in two weeks time.
It sports the same 6 mechanical side buttons as its predecessor, the Razer Naga Hex. But the new Red Edition just looks, evil, hot, and delicious. The new mouse is suited for the clicky-clicky-type games such as League of Legends, Diablo III, WoW, and more.
It's available right now through Razerzone.com, in the US, and will arrive everywhere else sometime in Q2. It's priced at $79.99 and has the following features:
- 6 MOBA/action-RPG optimized mechanical thumb buttons
- 11 total programmable buttons
- Special switches in buttons for up to 250 clicks per minute
- 10 million click life cycle
- Ergonomic curved design
- Razer Synapse 2.0
- 5600 dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor
USB flash drives can be hard to hang onto sometimes. They always seem to disappear at the worst time possible. And I'd venture to guess that most people don't run any sort of encryption on a flash drive. This new device claims to be the "only USB storage drive that protects its contents with a password spoken by its owner."
But, what if you have a cold or are in a room with other people? Don't worry! The flash drive features a back-up text version where you can type your password instead. This is for those times where you have laryngitis or just forgot the spoken password. At 8GB, it's not the largest drive on the market, or the best looking, but it certainly is cool.
If you make security easier, such as this, then people are more likely to use it. And since it analysis the voice along with the password, just knowing what to say won't allow access. Unfortunately it still has a text-based password which could get out and compromise security, but it's still a novel device to show your friends.
If you want to be a champion gamer, you better have some good hardware to support you in your quest to be the best. There are many different mice and keyboards built for the sole purpose of gaming, and today sees the announcement of another. Genius has announced a new mouse in its line of GX Gaming.
The new mouse looks pretty sleek. It features five programmable buttons and can handle 21 macros to give you an edge in whatever game you may be playing. All of the settings are stored in on-board memory so that they move with the mouse rather than stay with the computer. Additionally, it features 4 different DPIs that can be changed on-the-fly via the mouse.
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