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Brief details and images have emerged on some upcoming peripherals from Microsoft which are expected to launch within the next couple months. Among the most interesting is the wireless Arc Mouse which uses a futuristic 'arc'-like design and is collapsible for portability.
It will become available in two colors - red and black at an affordable price of $59.95.
Microsoft's existing Sidewinder gaming mouse is also set for a bit of a revamp; albeit one that seems to take a couple of steps backwards. Where the original version had the ability to add custom weights, this X5 model becomes lighter and does away with that feature. Also removed is the current sensitivity LCD.
The mouse does however include hardware DPI switching, nine programmable buttons and a quicklaunch shortcut. Thankfully Microsoft have compensated for removing some of the features by adjusting the price down to $59.95.
Also spotted are some images of the upcoming Sidewinder X6; a gaming keyboard which carries with it some rather interesting features. For one, the numpad is detachable and can be added to either side of the keyboard. An additional row of keys are also supplied for the purpose of binding game macros.
Noone has been able to confirm just yet as to what exactly those two large knobs at the top right are. It's been suggested they may be audio volume controls. We'll bring you more details on this keyboard as it gets closer to launch in September at a pricetag of $80 USD.
This morning we are gathered with worldwide media at the Gigabyte headquarters in Taiwan for their Spring Break event and Plug-Fest 2008. It's an event which allows media to get an early look at Gigabyte's upcoming Intel P45 Express based motherboards.
Presentations have just completed and we are on a break and the benchmarking session will begin shortly. At our benchmark desk when we arrived was sitting a GK-K8000 gaming keyboard. We were told they were delayed due to design issues but there seems to be many of them scattered throughout this meeting room. Maybe they are not the final version though.
First impressions are good though...first thing I noticed is just how solid it is. If I were to estimate, I'd say it weighs around 1KG without cables attached and the keys are very solid and feels great when typing. It has a detachable USB connector which is a bit odd but might be good if you are moving around to LAN parties for example.
We'll try and take one away with us when the event is finished so we can spend some more time with it and give you our full opinion. For now, it's time to break and then we're getting into the P45 benchmarking and overclocking.
A company by the name of Cybernet has just released its newest All-in-One PC Zero Footprint product.
The ZPC-GX31 is a complete PC system inside a keyboard - or a fancy case with a built-in keyboard - depending on which way you look at it, as explained by one of our writers. It comes with an external 180-watt AC PSU and weighs in at almost 4KG / 8.5 lbs (including the PSU), which isn't bad at all.
As you can see from the pictures above, it really is how we described it. Cybernet's latest model supports the latest Intel Core 2 Quad processors, up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, 10/100/1000 Ethernet along with DVI output. It is powered by a heavily modified ITX motherboard based on Intel's G31 Express chipset - yeah, don't expect to squeeze in even the tiniest of graphics cards into this baby. Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 should do the trick for this job.
It even manages to fit in a full size desktop 7,200 RPM hard drive (powered by SATA II 3Gbps) and one slim type optical drive, the same which notebooks use. As far as I/O goes, the list is quite extensive - four USB 2.0 ports with transfer rate up to 480Mbps, two RS-232 serial ports, one Parallel port supporting SPP/EPP/ECP, one PS/2 mouse port, one POS or PS/2keyboard port and one DVI port.
Read more over at the product website.
Last week Razer teased its fans with a preview of an upcoming mouse which we can today confirm is called the Salmosa Gaming Mouse.
It is a 1800dpi mouse with 3G infrared sensor and is supposedly the fastest tracking optical mouse in the world and is said to enable movement speeds of up to 2.25 times faster than other regular gaming mice.
It also includes toggle switches on the bottom of the mouse that enable gamers to make 800/1800dpi and 125/500/1000Hz polling rate adjustments - without the need of software.
The Salmosa is currently listed as out of stock on the Razer website, so we are not sure of pricing at this stage. If you're in the market for a new gaming mouse, this might be the one for you.
We just had an email come through from the folks at Razer which suggests through a promo site that they will be launching a new mouse at CeBIT in five days time. Yet another one to add to their ever growing collection of mice!
Not many details yet besides the fact that it is all about speed - what are we at now, 15000 DPI? More here with a countdown timer.
Though their Optimus Maximus keyboard still hasn't yet been shipped in volume, Art. Lebedev have already prototyped a new keyboard design which works differently from an OLED screen built into every key; rather, it uses one huge touchscreen which not only allows the keys to change in size and functionality, but can also be used for things like video playback etc.
Art Lebedev, a leading design studio from Russia primarily known for its Optimus series of keyboards with visualization, on Friday announced its new concept, which will use rather conservative touch-screen technology. But while touch-screens have been known for ages, the Optimus Tactus may involve rather complex technology.
Danish specialist gaming accessory maker SteelSeries has launched it long awaited 7G series keyboard and it had been designed specifically for professional and competitive gamers. SteelSeries claims that it has the most powerful PS/2 buffer system ever created and it allows you to press every single key on the keyboard simultaneously. It's meant to reduce any ghosting effects that you can get with regular keyboards which tend to result in a kind of lag.
Each of the keys features a gold plated mechanical switch and a 50 million operation life time. SteelSeries claims that this gives the 7G an edge for gamers as it offers more actions per minute than any other keyboard in the world. Any takers? All keys also operated at 60g with a travel time which is meant to be about 50 percent faster than other competing products.
The keyboard features both USB and PS/2 connectivity as well as a pair of 3.5mm jacks for headphone and mic connectivity. At the back of the keyboard are two USB ports, but there's no mention if these are USB 2.0 compatible or not, and a pair of 3.5mm sockets into which a headset can be connected.
There's also a removable wrist rest supplied with the 7G as you can see from the picture above, but it doesn't look very comfortable or ergonomic. The 7G has a MSRP of US$149.99 and is currently available for pre-order. It's available in US, Danish, German and French layout.
A subsidiary website of cnet dubbed 'crave' has posted up some very brief details of a USB keyboard with a difference, it sports a built-in touch screen and stylus on the right-hand side for handwriting recognition.
Unfortunately very little about this unique keyboard has been revealed just yet, particularly in terms of what purpose the handwriting area is primarily designed for. However we do know that the overall dimensions of the keyboard are 16.22-inches x 6.3-inches x 0.51-inches, weighing 28.32 ounces. Pricing is also confirmed to be quite low at around $25 from DealExtreme.
We wish we had more information on this keyboard--in fact, we'd settle for just about any information on it. As far as we can tell from its product listing, this is a USB keyboard equipped for handwriting recognition with a built-in touch screen and stylus.
(Credit: DealExtreme)It's described as an "identity" feature, which implies that the handwriting would be used for security, but it could also just be used to read foreign language characters or custom symbols, not unlike a Chinese-made mouse that we saw earlier this year. What we do know is that it's marketed by a company called A1Pro and is selling for only $25.48 (with free shipping). It's also black. And we saw it on a Web site.
If you're a frequent reader of TweakTown, then you might remember that we wrote about a pre-announcement from Razer last week. Well, the site has now been updated and the new product is here in the shape of the Lachesis, Razers latest high-end gaming mouse. Lachesis or Lachesis Muta Muta is apparently one of two things according to Razer, 1. The largest pit viper in the world and 2. Latin for bringer of silent death. It's good to see that Razer is sticking with the snake names.
Although the Lachesis doesn't have some of the features of Microsoft's SideWinder mouse or Logitech's G9, such as adjustable weights, swappable feet or handgrips, it's got something that one-ups both of these mice, a 4,000dpi 3G laser sensor. This offers twice as high resolution as the competing mice from Microsoft and Logitech, so if you need an extra sensitive mouse, then you know where to look.
Other features include 32KB of built in memory for storing up to give gaming profiles, nine programmable buttons and an ambidextrous design which should make southpaws happy. It's also got on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment and the resolution can be adjusted in increments of 125dpi. The scroll wheel is available in two colours, Phantom white or Banshee blue, but it doesn't look as cool as the metal scroll wheel used by Microsoft and Logitech.
The Lachesis should be available worldwide come October and it should retail at US$79.99.
You can find more information here
Remember the spy shots of the Logitech G9 that we posted a couple of weeks ago? Well, it turns out they were the real deal and the new Logitech G9 mouse was announced today. It really looks just as weird as the ones on the pictures, but there's a good reason for it, as what wasn't shown on the spy shots, was the fact that it comes with two removable "jackets".
Logitech supplies what it calls a Wide Load and a Precision grip for the G9 to make it fit different hand size and different play styles. The Wide Load grip features a satin finish while the Precision grip features Logitech's DryGrip technology. Logitech is planning to release additional grips for the G9 in the future. The G9 features the highest resolution we've seen on a mouse at 3,200 dpi and it does of course feature laser technology. The sensitivity can be set between 200 and 3,200 dpi.
Another new feature of the G9 is built in memory for storing game profiles on and you can store up to five profiles, including keyboard macros, dpi settings and LED colour on it. This means that you can take your mouse with you and not have to worry about installing any software on a different computer and still be able to use your own profiles.
The G9 is the first gaming mouse from Logitech to feature the MicroGear scroll wheel, although you have to manually set the mode with a button at the bottom of the mouse. As with the G5, the G9 features an adjustable weight system and you can add up to 28g of extra weight. You can also change the colour of the built in LEDs and Logitech claims that you can choose from several hundreds of colours. The only real downer is the US$99.99 retail price and it doesn't exactly look that sexy, but we can live with the looks.
You can check out some more pictures and details here
Logitech also launched an updated version of the G15 gaming keyboard, which now has built in support for several popular games such as World of Warcraft, Battlefield 2142 and the upcoming Quake Wars. It has also been given a new orange backlight and a game mode switch that disables the Windows key.
The display has also been changed and it's not an integrated part of the keyboard, rather than a flip-up unit. Logitech has removed some of the programmable keys to make the new G15 more compact, so now it only has six instead of 18 G keys, although each key has three modes. The retail price remains at US$99.99