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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.
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.