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PAX AU 2014 - I'm used to seeing Corsair at events like Computex, but with the company spinning off its gaming division into its own entity, known as Corsair Gaming, the company can now better show off its gaming products at events such as PAX Australia.
Corsair Gaming had a great section to its self at PAX AU, showing off its new gaming mouse, its various keyboards, headsets and more. The star of the show has to be the new Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mouse, which is a new super-light, great-looking gaming mouse.
PAX AU 2014 - Tt eSports was one of the first companies we stopped by at PAX AU this year, with the company showing off the usual slew of gaming peripherals, power supplies, cooling products, LUXA2 devices and more.
The company had a delicious custom-built PC on show, powered by MSI's Radeon R9 290X Lightning Edition GPU, and more. The entire Tt eSports booth was styled in the beautiful black and red scheme, with the always happy to see you Chris Smith showing us what they had on offer. The custom PC was definitely a sight to behold, with some competitive gaming going on at the Tt eSports booth at PAX AU 2014 - with people jumping in, and jumping off the PCs battling each other.
The other PC, with a really slick color scheme.
Peripheral and audio maker Rapoo has launched the wireless KX Mechanical Keyboard, providing vibration feedback so users have a better typing experience. The keyboard uses a 5GHz connection and has a range up to 32 feet, with a standby time of 40 hours. Rapoo also included a Dual-Mode so a micro-USB cable can be plugged into the keyboard - making it possible to recharge the keyboard while it's still in use.
The KX includes three different lighting levels, allowing an enhanced computing typing experience depending on time of day and ambient light. The Rapoo KX Mechanical Keyboard is available now in black and white for $79.99 MSRP, with red, yellow and blue versions of the keyboard available in 2015.
Mechanical keyboards have become increasingly popular among PC gamers, but have migrated to traditional keyboards for regular PC users.
ROCCAT has announced that it is shipping its new Tyon gaming mouse, which features a dorsal fin, 16 assignable buttons, and 31 distinct functions. ROCCAT has made its new Tyon gaming mouse available at Best Buy, too.
All of those buttons and functions allows ROCCAT's Tyon to be an "efficient, combat-ready and aestherically facscinating masterpiece for all genres, including MMO, RPG, and more". René Korte, Founder and CEO of ROCCAT said: "Today's games demand that players master the different layers and dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space. The efforts placed on perfecting the Tyon is beyond comparison and we are confident that it will take gaming to the next level".
ROCCAT's new Tyon gaming mouse features a two-click button which is placed between the mouse wheel, providing a comfortable mid-finger action, known as the Dorsal Fin. Tyon features 576KB of on-board memory to save all of your settings and macros, an 8200DPI Pro-Aim Laser Sensor that ensures you get your target, and programmable dual lighting RGBY illumination for both the lower rim and wheel of the Tyon.
ROCCAT's Tyon is available online and at Best Buy right now for $99.99.
Corsair, mostly known for its rock solid power supplies, RAM and coolers, has announced a new division of the company: Corsair Gaming. Corsair Gaming has one goal in mind: "the elevation of PC gaming and the development of high-performance PC peripherals".
Andy Paul, President and CEO of Corsair explains it best: "For 20 years, Corsair has equipped gamers with high performance, precision hardware to build their dream PCs. Corsair Gaming now introduces new ways for PC gamers to optimize how they play. We've brought together our engineering expertise and our passion for gaming to build a line of products that delivers performance, customized for however you play". But what's the good of a new division, without a slew of new products?
Starting with the new Gaming RGB Keyboards, Corsair has three new button-mashing devices ready for disposal. The K95 RGB, K70 RGB and K65 RGB. The new RGB Gaming Keyboards all feature color-customizable designs, with 16.8 million color backlighting, are the "headliners of the Corsair Gaming brand". All three of the new keyboards feature German-made Cherry MX RGB mechanical keys, which is an exclusive-to-launch partnership with Cherry.
Logitech has just unveiled something it is calling the 'most advanced mechanical gaming keyboard in the world' with its new G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard. This new keyboard features Logitech's exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches, something that offers "25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent Illumination".
The new Orion Spark features the Romer-G mechanical switches, something that can't be found on any other keyboard, with an actuation point of 1.5mm, the "Romer-G switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches". Logitech has improved the durability of these keys, too, which are capable of up to 70 million keystrokes, which is around 40% longer than competing keyboards. This allows gamers to bash down on those keys millions of times, without worrying about wearing them down quick.
Logitech has built-in some nifty lighting into each and every key on the G910 Orion Spark, with every key capable of being individually customized from a palette of 16.8 million colors. The lighting "is centrally located within each switch and is directed by precision optics, to ensure that the lettering on each key is evenly illuminated". There's a new application available from Logitech G, something that works with LGS to "enable delivery of a wide range of information on your mobile device including anything from in-game intelligence, to vital system performance stats, to media controls". Not only that, but there are also nine programmable buttons, which can be used for anything from easy access to certain applications, or complex commands.
For what has felt like forever, gamers have wanted the Xbox controller made available for Windows, and now that day has come. Microsoft has unveiled an Xbox controller made specifically for Windows, as well as a few other peripherals, with a new mouse and keyboard that will work on virtually any tablet on the market, including an iPad.
The new Xbox controller for Windows is different to the one console gamers know and love, with a USB cable tethering it to your PC. The new Xbox controller, while made for Windows, still works on the Xbox. The new controller sports infrared LEDs that can be picked up by the Kinect, working with other Xbox hardware such as the Charge Kit and Chat Headset.
Microsoft has made its new Xbox controller for Windows compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, requires a single USB port, and is priced at $59.95. Microsoft will make the new Xbox controller available to all in November.
Logitech has just unveiled its new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480, which is capable of working on virtually any OS, better yet, it works on three devices at once. Thanks to the new Easy-Switch dial, you can switch between your devices very easily, and very quickly.
The new K480 can also connect to three different Bluetooth devices at once, whether its Windows, Mac, Chrome OS or even mobile operating systems like iOS and Android. Charlotte Johs, the global vice president of computer peripherals at Logitech explains: "Typing needs have evolved and consumers are computing and texting across multiple screens, often using two or three different operating systems. The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 makes it simple for people to work, create or communicate quickly and comfortably, no matter what computing device or platform they are using."
Logitech will be making its new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 later this month in the US and Europe, with a price of just $49.99.
Logitech has announced something that it is calling the 'fastest gaming mouse ever made' in its new G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS gaming mouse. A new gaming moue that has tracking speeds of an insane 500 inches per second.
The company spent three years in research and development, according to Ehtisham Rabbani, who is the General Manager of the Logitech Gaming Business. Logitech's new G402 Hyperion Fury has an on-board 32-bit ARM-based processor, and Delta Zero sensor technology that helps it drive toward this new title. It also sports eight fully programmable buttons with 1ms report rates, and on-the-fly DPI switching between four different settings.
Each and every button supports a single keystroke or complex macros using Logitech's gaming software, with configurations saved to the mouse itself, meaning that you can bring your configurations with you to a new system. Logitech is expected to launch the mouse sometime in August across the US and Europe for $59.99.
Valve won't be releasing its Steam Controller until next year, but there is a new version of Valve's peripheral floating around. The new Steam Controller now includes an analog stick on the left-hand side of the controller.
The new analog stick replaces a series of four directional buttons, with the new controller still continuing its duo of welcomed circular track pads, four lettered buttons, bumpers and triggers, and more. What do you think of Valve's latest prototype of the Steam Controller? I'm welcoming the analog stick, as long as those two circular track pads don't disappear anytime soon.