The new line of hard drive docks from XIGMATEK are called the Secure III and are USB 3.0 compatible. The USB to SATA converter allows for transfer speeds up to 5Gbps, almost as much as the SATA3 spec calls for. This means its compatible with SATAII/III HDDs and SSDs of up to 3TB in size. It does all of this while looking great.
The features, as provided by XIGMATEK, are as follows:
- Stylish and compact design
- Easily install and remove 2.5" and 3.5" HDD
- Supports Hot Swap and Plug & Play
- USB 3.0 to SATA interface transfers up to 5Gbps
- USB 2.0 compatible, transfers up to 480Mbps
- Available in white or black
- Supports Windows XP/VISTA/Win7/Win8
The Xigmatek Secure line of external HDD docking products feature stylish design coupled with blazing fast performance. The SECURE III integrates a USB 3.0 to SATA interface capable of up to 5 Gbps transfer speeds and is compatible with SATAII/III HDDs up to 3TB in capacity. Both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs are supported with hot-swap capability. Available in both White or Black piano finish, the SECURE III complements your digital lifestyle.
I have not been able to find any word on pricing as of yet. The older Secure II is currently at $29.99 on Newegg, so a good guess would place this one somewhere around the same price. It shouldn't debut any higher than $40.
A good keyboard can make all the difference in the world for a typist. Every person likes something slightly different, whether it be red or blue Cherry switches or the newer keyboards without switches. That's why companies make so many different models--to give you the choice to see what works best for your hands and typing style.
Das Keyboard has announced the release of a new Professional Model S that comes with the added functionality that media keys bring to a keyboard. They say that "fans have asked for a Das Keyboard with media functionality for a while now" and that this is the reason they have crafted this keyboard.
With these new features, users can enjoy:
- Quick access to volume controls during Skype conversations, Google+ hangouts, and g-chats with video.
- Convenient play/pause, stop, previous/next track and volume buttons
- Saving energy with the new sleep button
And as always, all keyboards include:
- Mechanical gold-plated key switches
- 2 USB hubs
- Extra-long USB cable
- Full n-key rollover
The Das Keyboard Professional S with media keys comes in to versions: Click Pressure Point (MX Cherry Blue- previously used with Model S Professional) as well as Soft Pressure Point (MX Cherry Brown- previously used with Model S Professional Silent). It's up to you to decide if you want a clicky or silent sound while typing.
NVIDIA together with Nyko have announced that they are working together on a new gaming controller for Android-based devices. There will be two devices released, the normal version called "PlayPad", and a larger version dubbed "PlayPad Pro", both controllers will arrive in fall 2012.
The PlayPad's will come in a range of colors, as shown in the picture above, and sport dual analog sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons as well as dual shoulder buttons on both sides. There'll also be a stand made available for tablets that ships with each PlayPad. The PlayPad's connect with your Android-based device through Bluetooth, where you'll be able to sync it using the free app "Playground", which will also double as an app where you can customize the control schemes.
The PlayPad's will work best with Tegra-optimized games such as Dead Trigger, and Max Payne, but support for other titles will be included. There is a software required for the PlayPad controllers, where you'll need Android 3.0 or higher in order to use the PlayPad.
Microsoft will release Windows 8 on October 26, and have today unveiled a bunch of accessories that are designed to work with the new operating system. Microsoft unveiled five new products which are made up from two Bluetooth-enabled keyboards, and three wireless mice. All of the accessories will be made available from Microsoft's online store, as well as the usual retailers, and will be priced from $49.95 to $79.95.
First up there's the Wedge Mobile Keyboard. It's a stylish Bluetooth keyboard that has been made specifically for tablet use, sporting a slim design with Win 8 hot keys for quick access to search, device settings, and more. It includes a protective that can be folded at different angles, so that you can use it as a stand for your tablet. If it's placed over the keyboard, it will power down the Windows 8-based device in order to save battery. The Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard will be priced at $79.95.
Razer, a company known for producing high quality gaming peripherals and laptops, has released a new, adjustable mouse. Designed to be ambidextrous, Razer's engineers studied hands and found out that everyone holds a mouse slightly different due to variations in hand shape and size. Of course, it comes with an equally impressive price tag.
The fully adjustable mouse features an 8,200DPI sensor and looks pretty darn cool. The mouse features three different adjustments: the palm rest can be raised by 0.9", the back tilt can be adjusted, and there are two side panels included to accommodate "claw, palm or hybrid grip styles." The cost? $129.99.
Furthermore, the new Ouroboros mouse is wireless and powered by a single AA battery. The latency in the wireless is purported to be a tiny 1 ms. Razer claims that the battery will last for 12 hours of continuous "drag-free, lag-less play." The mouse has many other features and will be available in stores starting next quarter.
Sharkoon has released a new gaming keyboard at CeBIT at an affordable price. I'm always amazed at the prices charged by some companies for gaming keyboards as I figure there is no way it can be that much better. This new gaming keyboard, the Skiller, features 18-key rollover, interchangeable WASD and cursor keys, and software for creating up to ten keyboard profiles.
With all those features, you'll be surprised to learn that it comes with an MSRP of only 14.99 euros, which works out to about $20 USD, give or take 0.25. The keyboard features a stunning visual design that includes a striking geometric design and a blue illuminated Skiller logo in the palm rest.
The company explains the features and how it is customizable: "With its programmable keys and profile memory, the Skiller is an extremely versatile companion that quickly adjusts to all changing areas of operation: Through the enclosed software all standard keys can be assigned frequently used individual functions or macros. The configuration supports the creation of up to ten profiles, each with three sub-levels. This allows an optimal keyboard layout for a variety of different applications and gaming environments to be created with only a little bit of effort."
Have you finally mastered the 2-4 buttons of a traditional mouse and want something harder? How about 20. Logitech's new gaming mouse designed for MMO gaming has 20 different buttons that can be customized to your preference. The customization requires no special drivers, so you can plug the mouse in and start customizing!
The mouse features twelve thumb buttons that have been meticulously placed on a thumb panel. They are arranged into two groups of six so that it is easier to find the button you want without having to look. The mouse also features profile and DPI switching so that another player can walk up and pick his or her settings.
The thumb panel has full illumination that can be changed to your every whim. The panel can reproduce around 16 million different colors, so you can be sure that there is a color that you will like. The mouse retails for $79.99 and is currently out-of-stock and on back order. You can purchase it directly from Logitech now and they will ship when it becomes available.
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Remember the free-to-play mech game Hawken? Well, after seeing the MEK-FU controller you won't... the USB-based controller was unveiled at E3 last week and is designed by new accessory company RIPLEIGH. CEO of RIPLEIGH, Chen Yisheng has told Destructoid that his team did a lot of research in order to get to the MEK-FU, going as far as having a guy on the team that used to drive tanks in the military.
MEK-FU sports two joysticks, lots of buttons, flip switches, and is fully programmable. There's even a full keyboard on the thing! The MEK-FU is also capable of taking a mobile or tablet device that acts as a secondary display, or the main screen, that works with Hawken thanks to the Gaiki streaming partnership.
Hawken drops in December and the MEK-FU should hopefully arrive soon after. How much would you want to pay for this controller? I'm loving the idea of using a smart device such as a tablet as a secondary display, I've been waiting for a game developer to do this since the iPad was released.
Computex 2012 - Ozone Gaming's booth at Computex was a great spot to check out, where they had a bunch of wares to show off. One of the things that caught my eye was their Ozone BLADE. BLADE is a membrane keyboard with a bunch of multimedia-based buttons and a very nice design.
As you can see in the above image, it has two grooves where your thumbs would sit on the space bar. The keyboard felt great to type on and would be great on your desk to game on. Filling the specs out of BLADE we find it is a backlit keyboard with adjustable brightness levels, 4 multimedia keys and macro functions so you can customize the keyboard to your specific needs.
Something else that we spotted was Ozone Gaming's gaming backpack, standing out from the crowd it has an external audio port, removable disk sleeve and lockable zippers... yes, lockable! It also has the usual black and red style from Ozone Gaming, and would look good on your back with your gaming gear inside.
If you don't have a laptop, some sort of card reader is often needed to read memory cards. These usually come in the form of a USB adapter which are easily lost. Thankfully NZXT has just launched a new card reader which fits into a 5.25" drive bay. The new reader features a mesh design so it should be at home in most cases.
"NZXT's new Aperture series brings PC expansion to a new level with high performance multi-media hubs" said Johnny Hou, Founder of NZXT. "Boasting support for breakthrough technologies like USB 3.0 and SDXC, Aperture M puts a wide array of multimedia options right at your fingertips."
The card reader is the latest piece of hardware in the new Aperture line of products. Aptly named the Aperture M, it matches the rest of the Aperture line. The Aperture M supports reading from CF, MD, SM, XD, SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, M2, and MSD and only costs $34.99. The card reader is available directly from NZXT at their web store.
Microsoft have announced that they've released version 1.5 of the Kinect for Windows runtime and SDK. They've also announced that Kinect for Windows hardware is now available in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.
As of next month, Kinect for Windows hardware will arrive in 15 more countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. Once this is done, Microsoft will have Kinect for Windows available in 31 countries around the world. The company have also added more capabilities to Kinect that help developers build amazing applications:
- Kinect Studio, our new tool which allows developers to record and play back Kinect data, dramatically shortening and simplifying the development lifecycle of a Kinect application. Now a developer writing a Kinect for Windows application can record clips of users in the application's target environment and then replay those clips at a later time for testing and further development.
- A set of Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) to guide developers on best practices for the creation of Natural User Interfaces using Kinect.
- The Face Tracking SDK, which provides a real-time 3D mesh of facial features-tracking the head position, location of eyebrows, shape of the mouth, etc.
Soldiers have their guns, pilots have their planes, congressmen have their pens, and gamers, well, they have their mice. A good mouse is critical to gaining the advantage in an online game, a place where everyone is extremely competitive. This is why companies like ROCCAT produce mice like the new Savu, to give gamers the advantage in a game.
Not only will a new, high quality mouse give you an advantage in an online game, but this mouse will give you that advantage in style. You see, this new Savu mouse features a lighting system that allows up to 1.8 million different colors. The device also features changeable DPI resolutions all the way up to 4000DPI.
The feature list is quite extensive, so I'll post the press release below. The mouse, with more information, is available at ROCCAT's site.
Fractal Design always has cool looking products and today's launch of the new Adjust 108 is no different. Fractal Design often uses metal in the products they design and, once again, today's launch is no different. The new Adjust 108 is a fan controller which can manage up to 6 different fans from one 5.25" bay.
The device has some other unique features that I have never seen on any other device. One of the coolest and most useful features is that it features a jumper to change the intensity of the LED. This is something that I have often wanted on many cases and other devices, so for it to finally be included on something is awesome.
The device can also give you more information in a glance than other devices through its use of dual-colored LEDs. If the LED below a fan slider is white, it means the fan is operating at a low RPM. If the LED is blue, then it means that the fan is operating at a high RPM. Of course, the device is clad in brushed aluminium to give it a clean, simplistic look.
With Ultrabooks slimming down not just in size and weight, but also port options, port replicators are going to be the new in-thing. Fujitsu and Lenovo have both unveiled two new DisplayLink-based USB 3.0 replicators, and first we'll tackle the Fujitsu model. Both models sport DisplayLink's USB 3.0 chipset, the DL-3900, which offers dual display connectivity.
Fujitsu's USB 3.0 Port Replicator PR08 has some great features, where they've added DisplayPort connectivity which means you can throw a 2560x1600 display on it, without an issue. The port replicator also features a DVI-I port that can be used with an adapter to give D-sub support. Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (not at full speed, obviously), and audio jacks for 2.1- and 5.1-channel audio.
Lenovo steps in with their ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock which sports two DVI ports, five USB 3.0 ports (again, not at full speed), Gigabit Ethernet and audio ports. Lenovo's product has an MSRP of US$179.99 and should hit on May 15, where Fujitsu kindly left out pricing and availability information.
Razer, on their conquest of gaming peripheral world domination have released another gaming mouse in the form of the Razer Naga Hex Wraith Red Edition. This new mouse from Razer is perfectly suited to hack n' slash, MOBA and action RPG games, such as Diablo III which drops in two weeks time.
It sports the same 6 mechanical side buttons as its predecessor, the Razer Naga Hex. But the new Red Edition just looks, evil, hot, and delicious. The new mouse is suited for the clicky-clicky-type games such as League of Legends, Diablo III, WoW, and more.
It's available right now through Razerzone.com, in the US, and will arrive everywhere else sometime in Q2. It's priced at $79.99 and has the following features:
- 6 MOBA/action-RPG optimized mechanical thumb buttons
- 11 total programmable buttons
- Special switches in buttons for up to 250 clicks per minute
- 10 million click life cycle
- Ergonomic curved design
- Razer Synapse 2.0
- 5600 dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor
USB flash drives can be hard to hang onto sometimes. They always seem to disappear at the worst time possible. And I'd venture to guess that most people don't run any sort of encryption on a flash drive. This new device claims to be the "only USB storage drive that protects its contents with a password spoken by its owner."
But, what if you have a cold or are in a room with other people? Don't worry! The flash drive features a back-up text version where you can type your password instead. This is for those times where you have laryngitis or just forgot the spoken password. At 8GB, it's not the largest drive on the market, or the best looking, but it certainly is cool.
If you make security easier, such as this, then people are more likely to use it. And since it analysis the voice along with the password, just knowing what to say won't allow access. Unfortunately it still has a text-based password which could get out and compromise security, but it's still a novel device to show your friends.
If you want to be a champion gamer, you better have some good hardware to support you in your quest to be the best. There are many different mice and keyboards built for the sole purpose of gaming, and today sees the announcement of another. Genius has announced a new mouse in its line of GX Gaming.
The new mouse looks pretty sleek. It features five programmable buttons and can handle 21 macros to give you an edge in whatever game you may be playing. All of the settings are stored in on-board memory so that they move with the mouse rather than stay with the computer. Additionally, it features 4 different DPIs that can be changed on-the-fly via the mouse.
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Razer have announced their intentions to release a left-handed version of their popular MMO-built gaming mouse, the Razer Naga. We've already seen the gaming peripheral company release the Razer DeathAdder for left-handers, but most of their other products are mainly ambidextrous, or exclusively for right-handed gamers.
Razer chief executive and all-round cool guy Min-Liang Tan promised that the Naga would receive some left-handed magic, like the DeathAdder did, if the company received at least 10,000 'Likes' on Facebook before April 21, but to Razer's surprise, they exceeded the required 10,000 'Likes' before the end of March. The only problem with this? We probably won't see the left-handed Naga until early-2013.
When it does launch, left-handed gamers should expect the same specced device as we current see with the Naga: 17 buttons designed for MMORPGs, a 5,600dpi laser sensor and tracking speed of a claimed 200 inches per second. At the moment, we don't have a price on it, but we would expect it to be slightly higher than the right-handed Naga.
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Feeling nostalgic? Missing those terrible graphics of yesteryear? Well, SteelSeries has your back with an all new line of products that are based on an 8-bit theme. The products are boxy just like the graphics were not too long ago. I'm not quite sure of how comfortable they are, but they sure do look cool.
The first product I would like to look at is the mouse. A brick isn't my first choice for a mouse. The press release states:
Taking out the relevant functionality to dominate your game, the SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Mouse has been ergonomically re-altered for extreme hand-sized users, increasing hand-cramp reaction times, and added weight technology for a block-like, retro feel. Features also include a new TrackBlock sensor, modeled after the track-ballwith an added 8-Bit flair.