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Feeling nostalgic? Missing those terrible graphics of yesteryear? Well, SteelSeries has your back with an all new line of products that are based on an 8-bit theme. The products are boxy just like the graphics were not too long ago. I'm not quite sure of how comfortable they are, but they sure do look cool.
The first product I would like to look at is the mouse. A brick isn't my first choice for a mouse. The press release states:
Taking out the relevant functionality to dominate your game, the SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Mouse has been ergonomically re-altered for extreme hand-sized users, increasing hand-cramp reaction times, and added weight technology for a block-like, retro feel. Features also include a new TrackBlock sensor, modeled after the track-ballwith an added 8-Bit flair.
We have already seen a little of EPIC GEAR's Meduza HDST dual sensor gaming mouse here at TweakTown, but today when we visited GEIL's office here in Taipei, the parent company of EPIC GEAR, we were given a more detailed look at the Meduza, compared to the last time we checked it out on video.
Ashley from GEIL (pictured above) gives us a good introduction to the Meduza and the reasoning behind the decision to include dual laser and optical sensors in the HDST mouse.
Check out the video above for a detailed hands-on with the Meduza or you can read our full review right here which as written by Chad.
Rocking the new iPad? Wish you had a physical keyboard? $150 burning a hole in your pocket? Your day has come. CruxCase have just revealed the latest version of its Crus360 built for Apple's latest, greatest and hottest iPad yet.
The new Crux360 is a clamshell-based design that now sports a snap-in front design that allows for quick access when the case isn't needed. Also, we have a "window cover" that now fully protects the rear panel of the iPad, but hides the Apple logo. The cover can be removed if you want to rock that Apple logo, however. Connecting it to the iPad is said to be quick and easy, with the new model featuring power and Bluetooth buttons now being one touch instead of the previous press-and-hold type.
Magnets are used to keep the folding kit shut, preventing the case from opening and closing, protecting that 2048x1536-pixel Retina Display. The Crux360 also features a hinge that allows you to rotate your iPad all the way back on the keyboard for regular tablet use. The Crux360 is $150 and pre-orders are happening now if you want the May 12th shipping date.
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Earlier today we visited the VIA Labs at the VIA headquarters here in Taipei where we got a look at an upcoming product which we can only discuss later this week - stay tuned for that. However, what we can discuss today is something cool we saw in the development labs area of the VIA office and that has to do with USB 3.0 cabling.
Usually most copper wired USB 3.0 cables have a maximum length of around 3 meters and can fall prone to security issues since EMI is omitted and like tapping a phone line, if you knew enough about what you were doing, you could steal sensitive data from an unaware user. What VIA has done to massively increase the length of USB 3.0 cable is to develop its own style of USB 3.0 cable which uses fiber optic rather than copper wiring.
Besides the benefits of the added length and better security since fiber optic cabling does not omit EMI, USB 3.0 cable with fiber optics is far less lighter than copper based cabling and it is also much thinner, possibly allowing it to get into really tight areas where traditional and thicker USB 3.0 cable may not fit.
The actual USB 3.0 connector on the host end is about the same thickness s a regular USB 3.0 cable, just a little longer, as you can see in the shots below. This is because there is actually a very tiny chip inside the connector which allows for up to 10 Gbps with this TRX IC...
Razer may have been showing off its expensive Blade laptop at CES, but for those of you who don't want to buy an entire laptop for their cool Switchblade UI configurable touchscreen with programmable keys, you're in luck, it's made it' way to a standalone keyboard.
There are 10 programmable buttons at the top of the Switchblade panel that are backed by an LCD, which allow the look of each key to be different. These keys can be programmed to launch applications, toggle functions like the Windows key, and execute macros. Below them is a nicely-sized touchscreen that doubles as a touchpad, a numpad, a directional pad optimized for gaming, and even a secondary display.
Razer has said they plan to release an SDK that should unleash the community to build their own applications for the Switchblade UI. Even at this point in time, there's a YouTube app and a web browser. Switchblade also supports on-the-fly macro recording, which lets users quickly automate combos without having to exit a game. All preferences and macros are stored in the cloud, another nice benefit.
CES 2012 - Here we are looking at the near $2800 Razer Blade, is the fastest PC I have ever seen boot with my own eyes first off. Beside the raw speed of this unit, there have been a few really innovative additions included. The mouse pad has been moved to the right and has LED lit function buttons that will change the operation of this multi-touch LCD mouse pad. This will allow for real time stats to be displayed, even the option to get on the net and watch game play video as the game is still on the main screen. I know that is a lot of money to pay for a mobile gaming system, but this is the coolest laptop/notebook that I have ever had the pleasure of using.
They also made something that was awarded for CES 2012, Project Fiona! This is essentially a tablet with a thick aluminum frame added to support the handles of the game pad controllers that are derived from the Hydra Nunchucks. This is still in development, and there are beta testers with new requests, and Razer is working out all of the final details still. I for one like the idea, and hopefully Fiona makes her way to store shelves, as I think there is a ton of potential here!
For those Star Wars freaks out there Razer is delivering a newly painted and backlit kit of this keyboard featuring the mouse pad of the Blade along with a Naga mouse...
CES 2012 - As I showed up late to this meeting, I was greeted with open arms to a table full of goodies new to the peripherals market. Seen here is a collection of some of the lightest and most balanced mice I have ever played with. As we discussed the mice, all five versions of the Steel Series mice (Kinzu V2, Sensei, Diablo III, and Ikari) are offering what I was told is an almost invisible user experience. With these mice there aren't any crazy DPI numbers to tinker with and get used to. The plan here was to offer an experience of natural movement to make you feel the mouse is part of your body and should give the user a very comfortable feeling, or in Steel Series' own words "they have failed." From the little time I did have with these mice, I really think they are onto something with this line of attack on the mouse market.
There was also this pair of Steel Series FLUX headphones sitting on the table. These headphones are really well thought out for users on the go. By this, I mean that they are fully collapsible to save room when not in use, but offer great sound and a really creative hidden option...
CES 2012 - First on the list of cool offerings from Thermaltake in the add-on market is the Max 5 Duo. This hady 5.25" bay device offers quite a bit in one small package. This bay device not only offers a 2.5" and 3.5" hot swap hard drive bays that are powered with a single power lead, and of course each drive gets its own SATA connection in the back. Another added feature to this unit is the dual USB 3.0 ports to allow those with chassis to put two more high speed ports on the board as long as you have multiple native USB 3.0 20-pin connections.
Thermaltake has also moved into the USB charging market. What I found here is that they are now going to offer a multitude of USB charging solutions, some with additional power outlets as well as the USB charging ports. Every device you buy these days comes with a wall charger of some sort, but here strides are taken to make then not only more universal to just detach the factory plug ends and use these devices, but there are going to be regional offerings with the appropriate power plugs, but Thermaltake took it even one step further with dual port, car lighter, USB charging devices...
Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Multimedia Remote with Keyboard for $43.99 with Free Shipping.
Offer: This compact remote features a backlit keyboard and an optical keyboard, all in a sleek design. This is the next generation of the extremely popular multimedia keyboard that didn't have the backlit keyboard and the older (but still effective) roller mouse. No ecoupon needed. Special pricing expires 12/26/11.