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OCZ has expanded their Alchemy line of peripherals by introducing the Illuminati keyboard. The new keyboard is meant for multimedia consumers and has a slew of features that accommodate the needs of gamers and enthusiasts as well.
The Illuminati gives you a choice in backlight color, red or blue. Both will allow easier use of the keyboard in the dark and coupled with the rubber coated keys for your long sessions of key-stroking it just looks gorgeous. The board also features fourteen qucik launch keys for better access to multimedia. You can catch the full details of the press release here.
The Illuminati keyboard is designed with all the features of a quality keyboard without the hefty price tag, combining sleek style and comfort with the features and personalization consumers demand from their peripherals. The Alchemy line embodies the needs of gamers and value-oriented consumers through a diverse lineup of peripherals and components that will provide PC users the ultimate hardware to take on the most demanding tasks at a price point that is attainable for all budgets.
Does anyone remember internet TV? Well I just had a flash back to those horrible devices when I came across a write up on Asus' new EEEPC Keyboard.
This new device runs Windows XP and is a complete system in a keyboard. It even has a small LCD Display but is meant to connect wirelessly to a TV or monitor.
To me it seems like a novelty product that might have very short legs.
But I could be wrong as Asus has been known to make things work where others have failed. Either way it will be a new product to keep an eye on.
Read more at Hardware Secrets.
The basic specs for Eee Keyboard you can see on Figure 5 and includes Atom N270 or N330 CPU, 1 GB DDR2, wireless network 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, Ethernet port, built-in microphone and speakers, VGA output, HDMI output, 4-in-1 memory card reader, USB 2.0 ports, 5" LCD display with touch-screen capability (800 x 480 native resolution), 16 GB or 32 GB solid state drive (SSD) and weighting less than 2 pounds (1 Kg).
Aaah, reminiscing of the good ole' Commodore days. ASUS has taken wraps off its latest Eee creation today, albeit in prototype form. Say hello to the Eee Keyboard; a full-sized keyboard with the PC built into it.
Details are scarce at the minute but I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about it when CES kicks off tomorrow. From what Engadget has learned about it, it has WiFi and Ethernet connectivity along with a speaker, mic and 5-inch interactive display/touch screen.
What's also particularly nice about it is its highly compact nature and a weight of less than 2 pounds. It can also connect to any external display (with perhaps the exception of DisplayPort). ASUS has promised this puppy will indeed be going into full production.
You can view more photos of the prototype model here.
Razer's Lycosa keyboards are a favorite amongst many serious gamers with a whole host of features that make ones gaming experience a true delight.
And should you not like the original matte black appearance, you'll be glad to know Razer's now offering it in a fancy mirror gloss finish.
Not only this, but if the price tag's a little too high for you there's now the option of going for the slightly downgraded variant, dubbed the Arctosa. This model comes in at $30 less and drops features such as backlighting, USB and audio ports.
The Arctosa can be purchased in either a silver/black or black on black theme (invisible lettering) if you're l33t enough to know what every key is and love the stealth look.
Engineered with industry- leading gaming technology from Razer, the Razer Arctosa comes with outstanding features like fully-programmable Hyperesponse keys with macro capabilities, customizable software profiles with on-the-fly switching and 1000Hz Ultrapolling, giving you the competitive edge to perform faster and better in-game.
Say goodbye to amateur hour; your gaming abilities can be brought to the next level now.
HP has come out of its shell a bit with some mice and keyboards that most would have thought the likes of HP wouldn't dare tackle up against the competition.
CrunchGear has spotted these two rodents which are said to both carry similar specs including variable DPI adjustment from 400 to 2400, 500MHz polling rate, various profile settings and a quality laser-based sensor.
The left offering (HDX) is evidently the more conservative of the two with its ambidextrous design whilst the fancy looking gaming mouse on the right gets his characteristics with the help of Voodoo.
As another refreshing addition to their range of input peripherals is this new wireless desktop pack, which for the most part carries nothing revolutionary, apart from a few small things, that is.
This keyboard has an all in one "ctrl-alt-del" key for the really lazy (or really dumb) users. Reminds me of the old 'any' key jokes. Another interesting aspect of the keyboard is the inclusion of a "rotary button" to the top left and a mass of function keys squashed together (ugh).
The Vector mouse has a right-handed curve to it and technically should be quite comfortable; but as with most mice, it's difficult to assume without trying it yourself. You can also see two small buttons wedged closely together at the top left, which seems like a bit of an odd position.
No word on pricing or availablity yet; we'll keep you posted.
Microsoft have churned out no less than four individual press releases today which introduce the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 and Wireless Media Desktop 1000, Arc Mouse and Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000, BlueTrack advanced tracking technology and finally the LifeCam VX-5500 webcam.
None of the aforementioned PRs are short on info, so I'll allow them to cover the details along with the below supplied images.
Logitech has just released three new keyboards which include a new Illuminated Keyboard aimed at general users more so than gamers, a diNovo Keyboard primarily suited to notebook users and also the Cordless Desktop S520 keyboard/mouse combo for balanced desktop use.
The Illuminated Keyboard features laser-etched keys with bright backlighting on all of them as well as a slimline profile of just 9.3mm. Logitech has also implemented its PerfectStroke key system to this keyboard which uses precision micro-scissors behind each key for improved travel and typing feel. An array of one-touch multimedia keys is included for such things as volume, music, video and e-mail/web browser access. Another nice touch is the inclusion of a palm rest area which has soft-touch material covering it and just helps make the keyboard that much nicer to work with.
The diNovo for Notebooks strongly follows its bigger brother's design, the Edge. It sports a brushed aluminum wrist area with the rest of the keyboard being a glossy black color. The keyboard uses 2.4GHz wireless technology to connect to the notebook and feeds off three AAA batteries which Logitech claims will last up to 3 years. Logitech's PerfectStroke key system has been implemented into this keyboard as well. The keyboard's dimensions are just 7.01-inches x 6.81-inches x 0.87- inches (L x W x H) whilst still squeezing in a full numpad. Further complimenting the notebook positioned keyboard is its weight of just 900 grams.
Shifting focus to the compact contemporary designed Cordless Desktop S520, it uses a matte-black and grey theme with rounded edges and curved palmrest to suit suit a wide range of computer setups. Some of the keyboards highlights include extended battery life of up to 15 months, one touch access to media playback functions, volume control etc as well as programmable F-keys. The included LX5 Cordless mouse is said to provide exceptional precision with smoother tracking across more surfaces. Its scroll wheel includes side-to-side scrolling plus zoom functionality whilst its battery life is stated to be up to eight months.
For further information, you can locate the press release here folks.
FREMONT, Calif. - Sept. 2, 2008 - To help you find the keyboard that best matches your needs - and style - Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced three new keyboards, including the Logitech® Illuminated Keyboard, which offers an optimized backlight experience, Logitech PerfectStroke key system and Logitech's thinnest design ever. Also unveiled today, the Logitech® diNovo Keyboard for Notebooks is designed for laptop owners who use a notebook mouse to improve comfort and need a keyboard to complete their setup, while the Logitech® Cordless Desktop S520 offers a keyboard-and-mouse combination that matches a wide variety of computer setups.
"Style - specifically the ability to choose the style that fits one's tastes - is increasingly driving purchase decisions," said Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech keyboards and desktops. "Our three newest keyboards address this trend, as well as various usage scenarios, from working in low light to being more comfortable when working on a laptop."
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.