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PC peripheral mob Mad Catz has let loose some info (and images) of a new range of keyboards and mice to be officially introduced later in the month.
This new range of keyboards and mice come under Mad Catz' 'Eclipse' family. Beginning with the Eclipse Wireless litetouch keyboard, this is the most expensive in the new lineup with a very sleek design with backlit scissor keys and fancy touch sensitive panel in place of the usual numpad.
It also sports a 360 degree trackball with left/right mouse buttons which helps in the instance it's used for a HTPC etc. - The touchpad has three differing modes; numpad mode, media mode and MyEclipse mode. MyEclipse mode allows for easy customization of the 12 available buttons so that they can be used for the quicklaunch of apps or websites.
The keyboard uses 2.4GHZ wireless for connectivity and a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery which is said to give up to 20 hrs sustained use. The price tag for this one sits at $129.99.
Also ready for launch is Mad Catz' standard litetouch which is basically just a wired version of the model above, but uses a metal finish and of course carries a lower price tag at $99.99.
Next up is the Eclipse touchmouse with brushed aluminum finish which uses Bluetooth for connectivity and runs off a single AA battery. It uses a 1600 DPI laser sensor, has three buttons and a touchscroll module with four-way scrolling that also supports gesture. The price at launch is said to be $59.99.
And finally is Mad Catz' new Eclipse mobilemouse which sports a die cast frame, low-profile scroll bar for 360 degree scrolling and 1600 DPI laser sensor. It connects using 2.4GHz wireless and runs off a single AAA battery for power. The mobilemouse can be purchased for the same price as the touchmouse at $59.99.
CES 2010 - Back at Computex last year Thermaltake debuted its eSports brand and idea to the world and it looks like we are about to be able to buy the first batch of products designers purely for gamers.
During our visit at CES we were shown a couple of upcoming keyboards that see many of the popular high-end gaming keyboard features, but a price that the average gamer can actually afford.
What is entirely different though is that the keyboard is able to support two cooling fans at front left and right of the keyboard. We tried out the keyboard for a short time and could definitely feel the air flowing through my hands and fingers.
It's always nice to see a company innovating and coming out with new things.
I type a lot each day and luckily for me I have never had any issues with repetitive motion injuries. Not everyone is as lucky as I am though and injuries like carpal tunnel are common for people who type a lot each day.
An ergonomic keyboard is a good way for typists to avoid or treat injuries from typing. Smartfish has unveiled an interesting ergonomic keyboard at CES called the ErgoMotion. The keyboard has keys angled for each hand and the keys can be moved further away from each other if desired.
The angle of the keyboard can also be changed. The device works with both Mac and Windows computers and connects via USB. The keyboard will ship in March 2010 for $149.99 and looks pretty cool to boot.
ASUS' highly anticipated Eee Keyboard first made its appearance at CES last year with promise to reach consumers several times throughout the year followed by further delays. However, a little birdy says it could well finally see light of day in the market next month.
The Eee Keyboard's specs are confirmed with a 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU, 1GB memory, 16 or 32GB SSD and GMA 950 Intel graphics. An incorporated 5-inch touchscreen is capable of a 800x480 resolution and the housing is of a sleek, metallic design. It will come shipped with Windows XP Home edition pre-installed. Pricing is said to range from $499 to $599 U.S.
This sure won't be for everyone (far from it), but if you want a mouse with buttons, buttons and more buttons, WarMouse certainly delivers with its new Meta.
This crazy looking rodent includes 18 buttons, all of which are programmable with double-click functionality. Further to these is an analog joystick on the side and of course a scroll wheel.
The laser sensor they've opted for is 5600 DPI capable and there's 512kb of flash memory packed inside with 1024-character macro support; this giving 25 modes for well known games and apps.
Practical? - Hmmmmm...... Insane? A-huh a-huh. But hey; if you force yourself to get used to it, customize the button usage to your tastes (and have a daaaamn good memory to remember what they all do), you could potentially learn to make really good use of its abilities and never look back.
WarMouse plans to release it to market early next year at around 75 U.S. Dollars.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Target - Logitech V220 Cordless Optical Notebook Mouse for $9.99 plus Shipping in Your Choice of Colors.
Offer: Great price for Logitech's V220 cordless optical notebook mouse! There's a whole cacophony of rainbow colors to choose from too. Unknown expiration date, may expire at any time.
I work on and game on a large LCD so I like mice with lots of sensitivity so I can use smaller hand movements for play and navigation. For most of us, the normal mouse form factor is just fine, but for some with hand injuries or the need to be different the Jelfin mouse may be perfect.
The mouse is a round ball style device covered in gel. The round design conforms to your hand and the gel adds more comfort. Jelfin says that the mouse is like a stress ball that can be squeezed. Sensitivity is 1000 dpi.
The mouse ship sin a metal box that can be reused for storage. Available colors include red, blue, yellow, green, and pink. The Jelfin mouse is available now for $34.95 and works with Mac and windows computers.
If you're a Gmail lover who finds themself spending countless hours a day using the service, you might like to know there's been a hardware peripheral designed solely for use with it.
It's called the Gboard and is essentially a panel of 19 color coded buttons with icons that isolate the most useful Gmail shortcuts onto a seperate USB-connected device measuring 12.3 x 8.8 x 0.9 mm.
To fuel the Gmail addict in you some more, head over to this page and pick one up for 20 bucks.
Christmas is here and gamers probably have all sorts of PC hardware and peripherals on their wish lists. A new gaming mouse is a good gift idea for many gamers and SteelSeries has announced a new and limited edition gaming mouse for the Sudden Attack online shooter.
I have never heard of that game, but it is apparently big in Asia. The special edition SteelSeries Ikari mouse has a camouflage design on top and a sensor capable of 40,000 samples per second. The mouse also has built-in macro recording capability for use in MMO and RTS games.
The special edition QcK mouse pas has artwork form the Sudden Attack video game on the top. The pad is cloth covered and is 6mm thick. The back of the mouse pad has a non-skid material to keep it in place. The mouse will sell for $79.99 and the mouse pad sells for $11.99.
The folks at LifeHacker have put together a very handy list of all the keyboard shortcuts to make navigating your way around Windows 7 a whole lot faster and easier. Think of it like the Windows 7 bible. If you're able to memerize most of these then all the more power to you with your l33t Windows 7 expertise.
Whilst the video above demonstrates just how convenient the use of these shortcuts can be, the full master list in text form can be obtained via the source link below. It's highly recommended you make note of this!