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BlizzCon 2011 - SteelSeries were another of the sponsors at BlizzCon 2011 and of course being all about Blizzard games, they had plenty of their gaming hardware on display for the masses to see including their upcoming Diablo III mouse and pad. We went hands-on with it in the video below.
The ambidextrous shape allows for both left-handed and right-handed gamers to use the swish looking D3 branded mouse. It comes with demon red illumination which can be turned off if you don't like it as well as adjust the pulsation rate between high, medium and low.
The mouse uses a Avago laser sensor which can be adjusted from 1 CPI to 5700 CPI in 1 CPI increments. That's an incredible amount of adjustment flexibility to find your sweet spot for your D3 game play. We are not sure on the cost or when it will go on sale, but we'd guess it would be around when Diablo III goes on sale.
Logitech's got its sights fixated on COD: Modern Warfare 3 as the perfect reason to introduce a couple new gaming peripherals to market with the game's logos proudly stamped on them to attract the mass of COD+Logitech fans out there.
There's the new Laser Mouse G9X and Gaming Keyboard G105 on offer. Briefing the G9X mouse to begin with, it has a dual-mode scroll wheel and on the fly adjustable DPI settings from 200 up to 5700 DPI. There is also an adjustable weight system where up to 28 grams can be added and the grips are interchangeable, too.
Underneath the mouse is of course the laser sensor and some sleek polytetrafluoroethylene feet, while internally there is enough on-board memory to store up to five profiles. The mouse is not wireless, however, requiring USB connectivity.
Often soaking up your weekends at local LAN events? Thermaltake is offering up something new for LANers to make getting your gear from A to B much easier. Launched just today, Tt simply calls it the "Transporter".
This snow/water/dust resistant carry bag is said to be super strong, further indicated by Thermaltake's claim that it can take on up to 100Kg worth of gaming gear (including either a mid, or even full tower rig, mouse, keyboard, headset, cabling etc.).
The Tt eSports branded bag is made of polyester material and measures 600 x 300 x 600 mm. The announcement from Thermaltake today didn't mention a date of availability or pricing as yet, but it shouldn't be too far away. In the meantime you can check out the official product page on the Transporter over at Thermaltake's site.
Earlier on today we attended the GeIL Overclocking Showdown featuring two famous Russian overclockers Smoke and Slamms. Besides all of the overclocking fun, GeIL took the opportunity to promote its new gaming brand called EpicGear.
It's a very new brand at the moment with products still in development, but one of their first products that they did have on display was the Meduza gaming mouse. Before you say, "oh, not another gaming mouse...", listen up.
This mouse features what EpicGear is calling the world's first "HDST" and that stands for hybrid dual sensor technology. As you'll see in the pictures, on the back surface of the mouse where you usually see either a laser or optical sensor for tracking, EpicGear include both a laser sensor and an optical sensor. EpicGear says that super fast laser sensor with speeds up to 6000 DPI and the stable optical precision with jitter-free operation leads to an overall much better feel and use than traditional mice.
We didn't get much of a chance to use the mouse as the overclockers were using the Meduza during their testing, but we'll be getting one in shortly for review and you can expect a review in a month or so. We also don't have any details on pricing or availability at this stage, but it should be on the market soon.
In snapping up a license from Hasbro Inc. Razer has just rolled out a bunch of new Transformers 3 themed gaming peripherals in a new Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition series. There's four versions of the "Razer DeathAdder: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition Gaming Mouse" available that each represent one of the following Transformers legends; Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Shockwave with red, yellow, grey and purple color schemes, respectively.
The DeathAdder: Transformers themed mouse will set you back $59.99 US.
Also a part of the new Transformers 3 line of products is the "Razer Vespula: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition Gaming Mouse Mat"; a dual sided mouse mat with differing gaming-grade surfaces (SPEED, and CONTROL) on an abrasion-resistant hard coating. The SPEED enhanced side is embossed with an image of Optimus Prime, while the CONTROL side has you looking at Megatron.
Peripherals maker Shogun Bros. has just outed a tweaked version of its Chameleon X-1 2-in-1 peripheral - a one of a kind peripheral in that it doubles up as both a gaming mouse and a game pad. The new X-1's outer body is completely rubberised helping improve grip, while its internals have been improved to make the unit more efficient in power usage (as it is also wireless, using a USB nano receiver and requiring just a single AAA battery).
The button sets are also said to have been given some tweaking, with better tactile feedback and a more ergonomic layout. The X-1 has a 1600dpi optical sensor, 16 buttons total with 2 analog sticks and force feedback support when set to 'gamepad mode'. It is available in three color options of Essential Purple, Graphite Grey and Passion Red and is set for release at the beginning of next month at $59.99 USD.
There are a couple of meanings for the tag line of this news editorial. You might think since Corsair is launching both a gaming headphone and gaming keyboard / mouse line I'm talking about that. I'm not. Corsair has taken aim at both Logitech and Razor and in one quick shot taken both their heads off. The ultimate one shot double kill.
Just a few minutes ago we publishing a news bit about the new Corsair Vengeance Gaming Headsets but we have another surprise for you, Vengeance Gaming Keyboard and Laser Mouse products.
The new performance keyboard and mice line up consists of four products. For MMO/RTS use is the Vengeance K90 and M90, K being for keyboard and M being for mouse. First Person Shooter enthusiasts have the K60 and M60 but feel free to mix and match.
Sony has shown off their new 720p OLED 3DTV with 5.1 virtual surround is the equivalent of a 150-inch screen and costs $US800. The thing comes in at under 500g and you put it on your head and wear it like the coolest person on the Earth. It's selling point is obviously gamers, movie lovers and all-out geeks like myself and I'm sure, half or more of our readers. The eye-sized display appears to be roughly 150-inches and because there are two distinct displays (one for each eye) there is no crosstalk and therefore, no need for active shutter glasses.
All I can say is I want one of these and I want them now, shut up and take my money, Sony.
In a market that doesn't seem to stop, Razer have unearthed the BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition. It builds upon the already great BlackWidow range of Razer gaming keyboards, but with this being "Stealth Edition". What does Stealth Edition bring to the table? Well, every individually backlit key is now anti-ghosted and has its own mechanical key architecture for satisfying tactile feedback with each stroke.
The standard BlackWidow gave off that nice "click, clack" mechanical sound, but this doesn't even make the pitter patter of baby feet and its rumored that Sam Fisher himself has been caught gaming on it, the king of stealth. Even in this inaudible silence, the quick and distinct mechanical actuation of your key press can still be felt.
We hope to go hands-on with this puppy soon, so stay tuned for a review by yours truly!
LG has an interesting little computing peripheral lined up for display at the IFA show in Berlin early next month, the first of its kind in fact.
Their LSM-100 is essentially a 2-in-1 mouse as it doubles up as a portable scanner as well. The implemented scanner is capable of scanning up to A3 sized pages and can use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to convert scanned text into editable text in a document. It can save the scanned content directly to PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PDF and even straight into XLS files.
To initiate scans with the LSM-100, you simply hold the Smart Scan button on the left side of the mouse and swipe away over the desired material.
While details provided on the mouse itself are somewhat lacking in the press release, LG promises its laser sensor to be very accurate and durable. A durable laser sensor, LG? So it might be good for the mass of ragers out there then?