It seems that the majority of technology companies are tackling the peripheral market these days, with GIGABYTE pushing hard on its self-named and AUROS gaming gear, Tt eSPORTS and Corsair making the leap a few years ago and further companies such as ASUS its ROG division slowly slipping into the market.
ASUS has now presented us with the announcement of its Sica White gaming mouse, including 1000Hz polling rate, a 5000DPI optical sensor, Omron switches for durability and an ambidextrous design.
Without any shelf date or price announced in the recent press release, ASUS tells us that this mouse comes attached with its Armoury software, allowing users to change macros, performance settings and lighting effects - saving in the mouse memory for later use.
You probably have a mechanical keyboard (if not, get on that), but we'll do you one better with an analog mechanical keyboard boasting what is undoubtedly the weirdest name around: Wooting One.
Currently in development and seemingly nearing launch, the main draw of the Wooting One is its pressure sensitive keys, allowing you to dictate exactly how fast a character moves in a game like The Witcher 3, or how precisely you turn in a racing game like Burnout Paradise. If you've used the Dualshock 3 controller before, it's basically that except with keys instead of sticks. Likewise, game support isn't a worry, as it comes at the hardware level. Lastly, if you dislike the feature or just want it off sometimes, you can disable it at any time.
Not completely set on one mechanical switch type? Epic Gear has announced its 'DEFIANT' modular mechanical keyboard, allowing users to chop and change different switch types on-the-fly. Coined by this peripheral company as 'EG MMS' technology aka Modular-matrix Structure mechanical Switches, it's something we haven't really seen before.
Paired with the optional extra EG MMS switch accessory, you can expect a 24-pack of keys within that are available in Epic Gear's own Grey, Orange or Purple key types. Back to the keyboard itself, the DEFIANT offers LED backlighting and programmable per-key lighting, a 1000Hz adjustable polling rate, anti-ghosting, fully programmable keys, a dedicated GUI software with four profiles, braided cables and more.
Weighing in at a hefty 2.4lb (1100g), this product comes packed with a 2-year manufacturer warranty, it's designed in Taiwan and TweakTown currently has one on the way to review. Want to know more? Keep checking back for our full comprehensive review on this promising new model.
When you simply must have a combo for everything in your life, Tt eSPORTS has unleashed its COMMANDER gaming keyboard and mouse package to the world.
Packed with an LED gaming mouse and membrane keyboard, both products have several backlighting options for those who like a little extra bling. With the recently issued press release mostly focusing on the keyboard, this product comes further packed with replaceable WASD metal keycaps, anti-ghosting technology, shortcut keys and more.
Priced at only $34.99 for the whole kit, Tt eSPORTS now has showcased another product aimed at the budget gamer.
If you're now diving head first into the lovely new world of USB 3.1 Type-C, SilverStone will be there at your side, recently announcing its EP05 Gigabit Ethernet and EP07 HDMI adapters for this new USB standard.
The EP05 adapter allows an adaption from USB Type-C to RJ45, enabling a Gigabit Ethernet connection, crossover detection, and Wake-on-LAN functions. Complete with an LED indication light, this product can be purchased for around $18.22 (16.50 Euro) and will be available in a few days' time. More information can be found here.
If your new monitor doesn't support a direct USB 3.1 Type-C connection, the EP07 HDMI adapter from SilverStone may interest you. Released with support for all HDMI versions up to 1.4, this product further features resolutions up to 3840x3160 @ 30Hz (when switched to the DP 1.2 alt mode) and per lane data rates of up to 5.4Gbps. Available for approximately $22.33 (20.10 Euro), this product also releases very soon and more information can be found here.
The Ascalon H7L gaming mouse joins Tesoro's fleet of gaming peripherals, and is specifically built to meet the needs of high-performance gaming.
Tesoro's new Ascalon H7L gaming mouse ticks all the right boxes, featuring a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor that enables 6400 True DPI and a nice polling rate of 1000 Hz to ensure efficient aiming and 1ms response times.
Shaped in a sleek, ergonomic design, the mouse is a perfect fit for RTS and FPS gaming thanks to its six custom-programmable buttons that can be set to trigger a variety of functions, along with an extra 2x trigger button. Thanks to its onboard Omron switches and a precision gaming sensor, the Ascalon can ensure 200 ips motion detection with 50g acceleration.
Microsoft's take on Chromecast, the Miracast-powered and generically-named Wireless Display Adapter, launched in 2014. Two years later, a new version is about to hit shelves.
The second generation of the Wireless Display Adapter boasts reduced latency, a smaller size, and a reduced price: $49.95 ($10 less than its predecessor, but still $10 more than Chromecast).
Pre-orders are available in the US and Canada through the Microsoft Store, Best Buy, and Amazon, with other markets to come soon. The device will launch March 1.
We live in a world of self-driving cars in our future, but what about self-parking chairs? Yeah, it's a thing - and of course, only in Japan.
Nissan has posted a new video to their YouTube page, teasing their new Intelligent Parking Chairs. The new self-parking chairs use an array of wireless signals, ceiling-mounted, motion-detecting cameras, and a Roomba-like circular chassis with wheels at the bottom of each chair.
The video shows the self-parking chairs being 'parked' once the owner claps their hands, with dozens of chairs moving by themselves and parking at their desks. At the end of the day, it looks like Nissan is really pushing its new Intelligent Park Assist self-parking car technology, but in a really cool way. It works, because it's awesome.
Mad Catz is in trouble. That is, they likely didn't quite meet the financial expectations for this fiscal quarter, so as a result, the CEO, Darren Richardson and the company chairman, Thomas Brown, have decided to step down from their positions.
The peripheral company has had declining profits for some time though they were waiting on the wider release and potential success of Rock Band 4 before making any large internal changes. Rock Band 4, however, wasn't quite the huge success they had hoped for despite being number 10 in the UK in October. This necessitated the change in leadership.
Karen McGinnis, the former CFO of Mad Catz, is entering the role of president and CEO while Tyson Marshall, a former attorney for the company, has been placed in the vice president of business affairs role. John Nyholt, another veteran of the company, is now the chairman. All of these changes come just days before they're expected to report their fiscal results for the first quarter of 2016.
Logitech has toned down the overt aggressive "gaming" design with their newest addition to their G-line of keyboards. The G810 Orion is a more subdued mechanical keyboard that still has the gaming accolades of the more, noticeable, Orion G910 Orion Spark.
Just like its big brother, it has the same Romer-G switches that have increased measured durability compared to CherryMX switches as well as a shorter press, with an actuation point at only 1.5mm deep. And it'll have the per-key RGB lighting as well, letting you customize to your hearts content. And just in case, you'll be able to disable individual keys, such as the Windows key or even the ALT key. This can be quite useful in frantic gaming sessions.
Of course mechanical keyboards are nearly a must-have for the modern gamer, though which type of switch is a personal preference. Some like the quick actuation that comes with these Romer-G's or even CherryMX Red's or others, while others might prefer a bit longer of a press with less force required. It's such a personalized preference that you almost have to try everything to determine what you like. It's a trial and error affair. But now Logitech has a more subdued selection for those looking for something a little less garish.