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Griffin have come to the rescue of all iPhone 5 and iPad mini customers, where they're the first company to offer third-party Lightning cables. Until Griffin, you've only been able to buy the charge & sync cables from Apple direct.
Griffin are offering up the cables in four different lengths, 2-foot, 3-foot (coiled), 4-foot (coiled) and a 9.7-foot cable, too. Prices are set at $16.99, $18.99, $24.99 and $29.99, respectively.
Apple sells a 3.5-foot for $19, so Griffin aren't the savior in terms of pricing - but at least you get the option of choosing different lengths of cable. Griffin's third-party Lightning cables begin shipping in the first week of December.
Ever since I purchased my iPhone 5, the Lightning cable that came with the phone has been attached to me as much as the phone itself seeing as all of my previous charging cables are completely useless. Buying additional cables has been a challenge for me as I don't have an Apple Store in close proximity to me and buying additional cables online is nearly impossible. But my worries will soon be over as Belkin has announced it will be the first third-party company to have Lightning accessories available for purchase.
Belkin announced today it will release two accessories that support the iPhone 5 and 4th Generation iPad's Lightning connector: the Belkin Car Charger for Lightning and Belkin Charge + Sync Dock. Both accessories will retail for $29.99 and will be made available in mid-November.
Our friends over at Corsair have just taken the cover off of their latest computer gaming accessory. Under the cover, we found two new gaming mouse mats designed to "deliver durable, gaming grade surfaces and a best-in-class gaming experience." Dubbed the Vengeance MM200 and Vengeance MM400, these will be the first two models to launch.
"Just as performance sports cars needs premium-quality tires in order to maximize performance on the road, a high-quality gaming mouse mat is essential to maximize the performance of gaming mice like the Vengeance laser gaming mice", said Ruben Mookerjee, Vice President and General Manager of the Components Business Unit at Corsair. "Corsair gaming mouse mats are engineered from the ground-up to deliver the consistent performance that gamers demand, so they can focus on winning."
The MM200 is a "glide-optimized" textile surface that includes fray-resistant edges and a non-slip rubber base. This model will be available in four different sizes, ranging from small to extra large formats. They even have a wide format version so as to accommodate different playing styles.
The MM400 is a single-sized gaming mat made with a "tuned, low-friction polymer surface." Corsair says that it has "been engineered to provide outstanding glide and precise control, for pixel-accurate aiming." This gaming mat is a large 957 square centimeters "to ensure you won't run your mouse off the edge in a critical moment."
Logitech have until now, stayed out of the mechanical gaming keyboard world - we've seen a bunch of other manufacturers push out mechanical gaming keyboards with Logitech-like styling, but Logitech themselves have been MIA.
Logitech have just unveiled their G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, which the peripheral maker says combines high-speed non-clicking key switches with a dampening ring underneath eay keycap to reduce overall noise - somewhat of an annoyance with consumers and current mechanical keyboards. The G710+ uses keys with an actuation force of 45g and a distance of 4mm. The keyboard is lit up beautifully with white backlit LED keys, which are adjustable with one of four brightness levels, or if you're not a fan of LEDs, they can be disabled completely.
The brightness of the arrow and WASD keys can also be adjusted independently for better visibility under low-light conditions for those late-night gaming sessions. Logitech have also put the G710+ under some stress testing with professional gamers, partners, publishers and the everyday gamer. Logitech tout their their new mechanical keyboard can take at least 50 million keystrokes.
Matrox have announced their DS1 series of Thunderbolt-based docking stations for Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks. Matrox's DS1 Thunderbolt docking stations will allow Thunderbolt-powered Apple products to connect additional peripherals to the notebook, through a single Thunderbolt connection.
From here, a user can connect a slew of devices, and have a single cable feeding out to their MBP or MBA. The DS1s can connect to a DVI or HDMI display, a full-size keyboard, as well as a mouse. They sport a gigabit Ethernet port, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, microphone input, as well as speaker or headphone output. The Matrox DS1s features an aluminum construction, and compact frame.
The Matrox DS1/DVI and Matrox DS1/HDMI will be available across the world through authorized dealers toward the end of the year with a price of $249.
Thermaltake has again partnered with BMW to design PC components. This time, they have designed a new mouse to complement the also BMW-designed Level 10. Under the same namesake, the Level 10M is a gaming mouse and comes with a price tag quite a bit lower than its case brethren. At only $99, it's probably the cheapest thing you can buy that has been designed by BMW.
The mouse was actually unveiled at the beginning of 2012, but it has just seen its release August 27, 2012. Even though it hasn't shown up on NewEgg or Amazon, the press release says that the device is available online and in brick-and-mortar stores for a recommended price of $99. Not too bad of a price tag.
The cool design is immediately noticeable. As opposed to what a "normal" mouse looks like, the Level 10M has a hollow body and the palm rest appears to hover above the sensor. The palm rest can be raised, lowered, and adjusted side to side by the turning of a screw. It features 7 keys and the DPI can be turned all the way up to
We've all spilt liquids on our keyboards before, accidents do happen, you just have to not cry over spilt milk (or expensive scotch). But never fear, Logitech is here, with their latest Washable Keyboard K310. Logitech's latest keyboard can be hand-washed, and is capable of being submerged in up to 11 inches of water.
Logitech have used some drainage holes at the back of the K310 that allow for easy drying while key characters are laser-printed and UV coated in order to keep them from fading. Logitech have also featured the K310 with the ability of sustaining five million keystrokes, meaning that not only is the keyboard washable, it can also take years of typing, gaming, or more.
Sophie Le Guen, senior director of mice and keyboards at Logitech has said:
We've all experienced that moment of distraction - followed by panic, when a cup of coffee or a soda spills all over your keyboard. Because life and its messes will happen, regardless of how careful you are, Logitech designed the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 to look and function like new, even over time.
As if we didn't have enough choice when it comes to gaming keyboards, Razer has introduced a new model that features it's Switchblade user interface. The Switchblade UI is the same that is currently used the on Razer Blade gaming laptop and has an LCD trackpad and LED keypad combo which can be turned into "a customizable control panel with 10 dynamic, adaptive tactile keys."
The thing looks pretty sweet, but looks don't matter with a gaming keyboard. Instead, it's all about how it works. Without actually using the keyboard, I'm unable to comment on that aspect of the new product. It has some unique aspects which are relayed in a humorous pres release, including this gem: "The Razer DeathStalker Ultimate features an anti-ghosting infrastructure of up to 10 keys in game mode. Users may actuate as many keys as they have fingers, and have them all register accurately and swiftly in-game."
"With the Switchblade UI on the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate, we wanted to offer gamers an enriching and intuitive gaming experience built for total game control," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, president of Razer USA. "We continue to work closely with independent software vendors to integrate the API of their games on the Switchblade UI, so that you can see more of the game as you play. I'm excited that we are making such cutting-edge technology available to gamers everywhere, and look forward to bringing more game-specific apps."
The new line of hard drive docks from XIGMATEK are called the Secure III and are USB 3.0 compatible. The USB to SATA converter allows for transfer speeds up to 5Gbps, almost as much as the SATA3 spec calls for. This means its compatible with SATAII/III HDDs and SSDs of up to 3TB in size. It does all of this while looking great.
The features, as provided by XIGMATEK, are as follows:
- Stylish and compact design
- Easily install and remove 2.5" and 3.5" HDD
- Supports Hot Swap and Plug & Play
- USB 3.0 to SATA interface transfers up to 5Gbps
- USB 2.0 compatible, transfers up to 480Mbps
- Available in white or black
- Supports Windows XP/VISTA/Win7/Win8
The Xigmatek Secure line of external HDD docking products feature stylish design coupled with blazing fast performance. The SECURE III integrates a USB 3.0 to SATA interface capable of up to 5 Gbps transfer speeds and is compatible with SATAII/III HDDs up to 3TB in capacity. Both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs are supported with hot-swap capability. Available in both White or Black piano finish, the SECURE III complements your digital lifestyle.
I have not been able to find any word on pricing as of yet. The older Secure II is currently at $29.99 on Newegg, so a good guess would place this one somewhere around the same price. It shouldn't debut any higher than $40.
A good keyboard can make all the difference in the world for a typist. Every person likes something slightly different, whether it be red or blue Cherry switches or the newer keyboards without switches. That's why companies make so many different models--to give you the choice to see what works best for your hands and typing style.
Das Keyboard has announced the release of a new Professional Model S that comes with the added functionality that media keys bring to a keyboard. They say that "fans have asked for a Das Keyboard with media functionality for a while now" and that this is the reason they have crafted this keyboard.
With these new features, users can enjoy:
- Quick access to volume controls during Skype conversations, Google+ hangouts, and g-chats with video.
- Convenient play/pause, stop, previous/next track and volume buttons
- Saving energy with the new sleep button
And as always, all keyboards include:
- Mechanical gold-plated key switches
- 2 USB hubs
- Extra-long USB cable
- Full n-key rollover
The Das Keyboard Professional S with media keys comes in to versions: Click Pressure Point (MX Cherry Blue- previously used with Model S Professional) as well as Soft Pressure Point (MX Cherry Brown- previously used with Model S Professional Silent). It's up to you to decide if you want a clicky or silent sound while typing.