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You're probably pretty confused by the title, but that's ok. There's three main ways of holding a computer mouse, these being palm, claw and fingertip grip.
In this very useful graphic released by the ASUS Republic of Gamers, you can help identify exactly what type of grip style suits you best.
Why does it matter? Many different mice are made for certain grip styles and hand sizes. If you're looking at a fingertip or claw grip, something like the smaller-sized SteelSeries Kinzu would suit you better than Logitech's good old faithful MX518 which is more suitable for a palm grip.
No grip is right or wrong, they simply suit different purposes and playing styles. You'll often find that players utilizing fingertip grips can be Counter Strike 'entry fraggers', alongside being wrist players (rotating only at the wrist) and use higher sensitivity. Whereas a palm player like myself will use a larger mouse like the Tt eSPORTS Saphira, a lower sensitivity and the whole arm or a combination of arm and wrist to move the crosshair around.
For the console gamers out there with a little more money, how does a 24-karat gold-plated PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller sound? The PS4 side of things is already sold out at $300 each, but the Xbox One version is still available, for now.
With only 25 of each made, they are super limited edition peripherals for the 1%. While they're $300 each, they do looks pretty awesome. Although, I think I would want to keep them encased in glass, and not get my smudgy fingerprints on them. What do you think? Would you drop $300 on a 24-karat gold-plated Xbox One or PS4 controller?
Considered the 'king of keys' when it comes to mechanical offerings, Cherry have just announced the release of their new MX Board 6.0, featuring their latest and most refined switches - self-named as RealKey Technology.
Including 100% N-key rollover, this RealKey Technology utilizes high bandwidth USB 3.0 connections to reduce keyboard latency, making key presses register quicker - don't be fooled however, this will not make you better at any computer game.
This keyboard is aimed at professional typists, software developers and gamers alike, providing a standard 102-keyset, macros and a red backlight. The MX Board 6.0 features a metal frame and a magnetically-attached wrist-rest.
CES 2015 - Min-Liang Tan, Razer's CEO has spoken up. According to him "we fucked up. I fucked up. The codes we sent out for the CES Appreciation Sale were reversed - i.e. the Blade codes were for peripherals and the Peripherals codes were for the Blades."
If you're still wanting to purchase an in-stock item for yourself, the big wig recommends that you "flip the codes (if you had noted them down before the sale started" and go for your life.
However many end users aren't satisfied, commenting on Razer's share of Tan's post - "[I] Waited 3 days resulting with lack of sleep. Both insider and store crashed, stock run out of within minutes, mixed up codes, page did not load, server's wasn't able to handle load of customers. In short, big blunder... It's nice to acknowledge the mistake hopefully the remedial will make it up to the disappointed fans and customers. Hopefully this don't happen with the remedial, I don't wanna wait for 3 days again with minimal sleep and ended up with nothing. Or else it might be time to consider switching products. Sadly but true and I'm sure I'm not the only person with this mindset right now. I still have faith in Razer I hope you guys will be able to make it up to the fans."
Razer has a huge sale on right now, offering all of its gaming gear and systems for up to 50% off. The sale starts at 6PM today, and ends on January 13, at 5:59PM PT.
It's a huge sale, with all of their gaming gear available at 50% off, while systems are enjoying a huge 30% off. The company will be limiting sales to just one item per customer, which is fair enough considering the discount. Razer has warned "During this time, the store will get an intense amount of traffic, slow down, etc and things will fly off the virtual shelves so get ready".
Mionix has one of the most interesting mice known to gamers with its Quantified Gaming mouse, a mouse that hit Kickstarter a while back requiring $100,000 to get made.
Well, they've hit the $100,000 funding goal and now the Quantified Gaming mouse will be made. At the time of writing there were 788 backers, 19 hours to go and $102,393 pledged. If you didn't know about the Quantified Gaming mouse, it is "first smart gaming mouse that tracks your body reactions and provides you with insights into your performance".
It wasn't long ago that we reported on the last version of the Steam Controller from Valve, but it looks like the company is ready to unveil the final design of its upcoming controller at GDC 2015.
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) kicks off in March, but it has been Origin PC's CEO, Kevin Wasielewski, that has teased the Steam Controller for GDC. He said "So now they're going to production and at GDC is when they're going to announce more stuff". We should expect Valve to be showing off the final Steam Controller, but I'm personally hoping to see much more than that.
Half-Life 3 confirmed?!
CES 2015 - Razer wants to be in your living room, especially with its new Turret that it was showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas.
Turret is a keyboard, mouse and docking station that lets gamers put their keyboard and mouse on their lap so they can sit on their lounge and still get some PC gaming on.
CES 2015 - Sixense is one of the companies in the industry that I'm most excited to see succeed, they worked with Razer on the Hydra motion controller, something I used when I played HLVR with the Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra. But Sixense have been working on the STEM system for quite a while now, and we're beginning to see them get closer to the finish line.
We met up with the great guys at Sixense, including Amir Rubin who is such a great guy and super intelligent. He walked me through the changes that the STEM system is still going through, improving each month with its internal component slowly getting smaller and smaller, as well as more efficient.
CES 2015 - Rapoo sub-brand VPRO has used CES 2015 as their launching platform for their new mechanical keyboard offerings - the V700 and V800.
Unfortunately there is no mention in their recently issued press release if they are Cherry MX mechanical switches or not, but either way these new products are worth a look at. Set for shipment in Spring 2015, the V700 keyboard claims 50 g of operating force and 2mm of key travel distance needed to function - this seems to hint that something like Cherry MX Black keys are being used within.
Alongside this key configuration, the V700 offers 106 out of 108 of the keys as fully programmable through their 32-bit ARM core processor labeled as their "VPOWER3 Gaming Chip." Expect this board to last an extended 60 million keystrokes and feature no backlighting options.