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Func show off its new, funky MS-2 mouse at Computex 2014

Computex 2014 - Heading over to the Func suite at the Grand Hyatt we got a chance to look at the new MS-2 mouse that was being shown off. If you're not a huge fan of the wide MS-32 the new MS-2 may be a better fit for you as it sits comfortable in our hand.

 

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Coming with it a 3090 LED Optical Sensor along with onboard memory storing for 3 profiles, Instant Aim and a Unique T +4 thumbzone button placement; the new MS-2 is sure to be a perfect fit for gamers. With a great overall look and feel the MS-2 is set to hit at a strong price point that will no doubt be an attractive option for people wanting a quality product.

Valve's Steam Controller has been delayed until next year

Most gamers were looking forward to Valve's interesting take on gaming controllers with the Steam Controller, but the company has just announced that it has delayed the Steam Controller release window to 2015.

 

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Valve's Eric Hope also gave an update on Steam Machine hardware, where he said: "We're now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It's generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it's also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014".

Windows support for the Xbox One controller is coming "very soon"

We've all been waiting patiently for Windows support of Microsoft's Xbox One controller, but that day is reportedly coming "very soon" according to Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the Director of Xbox.

 

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When responding to a post wondering about the availability of drivers, Major Nelson said: "Soon. Very Soon". We knew support for the PC was coming, but considering the software giant spent over $100 million designing the Xbox One controller, one would think that PC support wouldn't cost that much in development time, right?

Tt eSPORTS releases its new Draconem aluminum mouse pad for $40

This morning Thermaltake and Tt eSPORTS released its new all aluminum Draconem mouse pad. Thermaltake says that the Draconem is a premium aluminum mousepad built for serious gamers who need an edge over the competition. The Draconem is one of the largest aluminum mousepads on the market at 300mm x 300mm and features a dual-surface design that allows for some restriction as well as a free floating uber-smooth surface when needed.

 

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I got to spend some time with the Draconem in Las Vegas during CES 2014, and have to say that this 2mm thick mousepad was one of the most solid and smooth-feeling gaming surfaces I have ever used. The Extreme Precision surface is just a little more controlled than my current mousepad, but the Effortless Glide surface literally made the mouse feel like it was floating on air. Tt eSPORTS says the Draconem will retail for $39.99 and is available today.

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Microsoft working on a keyboard design that recognizes hand gestures

Microsoft is working on a Kinect-style keyboard that can track your hand gestures. This is done by using a low-resolution proximity sensors that are embedded between the keys on the keyboard.

 

 

The prototype has 64 sensors. The sensors are good enough to detect and recognize common hand gestures, such as hovering, swiping, pinching to zoom in and out, and tapping in the air. This keyboard prototype was presented in the Computer Human Interaction conference held in Toronto, Canada.

 

Stuart Taylor, a Microsoft senior research engineer said,"The main goal is for users to be able to keep their hands-on or very close to the keyboard while typing and using input gestures." He continued,"What we've found is that for some of the more complicated keyboard shortcut combinations, performing gestures seems to be a lot less overhead for the user."

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Logitech Ultrathin keyboard for iPad air and iPad mini debuts

Logitech has announced a new keyboard cover for the iPad that is an updated version of the keyboard cover unveiled in February 2013. The keyboard cover is called the Logitech Ultrathin and it is offered for the iPad air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina tablets.

 

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Logitech updated the keyboard with a new multi angle slot that lets the user adjust the angle of the tablet screen to whatever is most comfortable for their use. The design of the keyboard is also thinner at 6.4 mm thick. Logitech doesn't give a specific weight, but says the keyboard cover is about 2/3 of the weight of the tablet itself.

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LeakedTT: 3rd Generation Intel Thunderbolt to support 40Gb/s transfers

Intel's Thunderbolt technology is amazing in its current state, but some newly leaked details show just how much more amazing Thunderbolt can get. A new leak has surfaced on a Chinese technology site that shows that Thunderbolt 3 will be two times as fast as the current Thunderbolt 2 standard.

 

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If true, the leak states that Thunderbolt 2 will feature a bandwidth of 40Gb/s thanks to PCIe 3 support. Furthermore a 50-percent reduction in power consumption will be achieved by the new hardware as well. A new connector will be on board that will allow system charging up to 100 watts, and the entire PCB will measure in at just 3mm thick. It is important to note that this information should come as a grain of salt, and count on these numbers being lower in real-world practice.

Razer pumps the brakes on its Nabu wearable to check for allergens

When Razer announced its Nabu wearable wrist band, gamer geeks everywhere rejoiced as there was finally a wearable that was geared towards their hobby. Unfortunately, wearable wrist bands have made headlines of late with outbreaks of skin irritation and resulting recalls that cost companies millions.

 

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Razer says that it has decided to delay the launch of its Nabu in order to see if it is safe to wear long-term. "While we're 100-percent confident that there won't be any problems with the Nabu, we've engaged medical professionals and are running medical tests to make doubly sure that by the time the Nabu gets on your wrists, it is fully certified hypoallergenic," advises said Razer's co-founder, Min-Liang Tan.

Logitech K830 is a backlit HTPC keyboard for couch potatoes

Logitech has rolled out a new keyboard that is aimed squarely at the users out there who are watching video and playing games on the big screen in the living room. The new keyboard is called the Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830.

 

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As the name suggests, the keyboard has backlit keys. An ambient light sensor on the keyboard automatically adjusts the backlight brightness to suit the conditions of the room and save power. Power comes from an internal rechargeable battery.

 

One of the biggest challenges with a HTPC is controlling the mouse, the K830 has an integrated track pad. Connectivity to the PC comes from a Logitech Unifying receiver that has 2.4GHz tech and a 33-foot range. Logitech says that the keyboard is good for ten days of use per charge.

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