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Apple recalls specific AC adapters, offers exchanges

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 29, 2016 12:04 am

Some of Apple's AC adapters have been found "in very rare cases" to break and then cause electrical shock when touched. Consequently, they've recalled them and offered up a free exchange program.




The adapters in question are two prong devices intended to be used in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil. They shipped with Macs, some iOS devices, and the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Adapters with a 4 or 5 characters or no characters on the inside slot where it attached to an Apple power adapter are affected, whereas those with a country code are not, as seen in the image below.


For further help on identifying if yours is affected, hit the source. There you can also set up a refund.

Das Keyboard invents new mechanical switch, announces mouse and board

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 4:34 pm

As announced in a recent press release, American company Das Keyboard has launched its all-new Alpha-Zulu mechanical switches alongside the X40 and M50 'Pro Gaming' keyboard and mouse products.




These new switches come packed with gold contacts and a 1.7mm actuation, giving a similar point to the well-known Cherry Red setup. The X40 keyboard further offers a 'space camo' color scheme, five programmable macro keys, USB 2.0 pass-through ports, a lengthy 6.5ft braided cable and red backlighting. This product provides users with two switch options - tactile and linear. These switch options mean that gamers are either able to get an extra-responsive product set up for StarCraft II and OSU in the tactile mode, or scale things back with the linear model for a quieter experience.


The M50 mouse provides users with a tailored experience that Das Keyboard claims is perfect for games requiring super fast clicks and precision. Packing a 6400 GPI 4G sensor and nine programmable buttons, this new product further provides six gaming profiles, a diecast aluminum shoe and 4D tilt scroll wheel.

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MSI DS300 mouse features 8200 DPI laser sensor, adjustable weights

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 25, 2016 9:58 pm

MSI's new DS300 gaming mouse looks slick as hell and doesn't feature any gimmicks, just a 8200 DPI laser sensor, OMRON switches, adjustable weights, and six total buttons (all programmable). The rest -- braided cable, custom lighting, and anti-slip rubber grips -- is just gravy.




Pricing and availability are not yet known, but we'll let you know if we hear anything.

Fingerprint sensors on gaming mice? Synaptic does something incredible

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 8:00 pm

Synaptics is helping to bring fingerprint readers and biometric safeguards to the masses. They're making it accessible and not just an afterthought, something easy to put on any notebook because no modifications are needed with the integration of a sensor into their trackpads.




And now they're breaking into an entirely different market with ThermalTake in this latest venture. They've gone and placed one of their IronVeil fingerprint sensors into a mouse, giving even gamers easy access to biometric. And this idea is full of untapped potential, not from a marketing standpoint, but from a security standpoint.


Biometrics represent a distinctive authentication method that can save time and potentially money. It's not perfect and spoofing, as well as other issues regarding how different types of fingerprint sensors work, do exist but as part of a multi-factor authentication scheme, it's perfect. Because it's easy. And it generally works well.

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Government of France planning standardization of French keyboard

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 6:21 pm

France's ministry of culture and communication says it's "nearly impossible to correctly write French" on its current keyboards, and so has teamed up with a standardization group -- AFNOR -- to create a new norm. This summer, that norm will be shown to the public, at which time feedback will be taken and considered for potential further iteration.




Where keyboards in the US and Europe use the QWERTY layout (with rare exception), French keyboards (like the one pictured here) utilize an AZERTY layout and suffer from a lack of standardization, so you'll see all kinds of variations from manufacturer to manufacturer, and what is seen will often be non-intuitive. As a result, what should be simple, nearly effortless actions like typing accented capital letters can be frustrating, obscure, and even impossible, leading to citizens taking liberties with the language and sometimes incorrectly expressing ideas as a result. Recent studies have shown more spelling errors among French students, which some blame at least partly on this keyboard issue.

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Intel pushing Real Sense out to gamers and other applications

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 12:03 am

Intel had a massive area in the main hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES this year. And they had a tremendous amount of technology to show off as well. One of the big things for Intel this year, is that of their Real Sense technology. They're very excited about it and have plenty of design wins to bring it to the masses.



They showed off Razer's new Stargazer camera, having a popular streamer sitting there actually playing live against three others. They showed how the dynamic background removal worked, and we were pleasantly surprised with it's effectiveness.


But there were other uses for Real Sense as well, such as with a gigantic interactive all where you could coax a school of fish into moving by simply using your hands. It was all quite impressive, though perhaps in the way that tech demos sometimes are. I can see the validity of the technology and where it can be useful for interacting with, well, anything. But hopefully companies, museums and even aquariums adopt Real Sense, because it could be another type of revolution that we never knew we needed. Razer is helping to show us that there are uses for the technology aside from 3D modeling your face.

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GIGABYTE XM300 mouse is aimed at gamers, has minimalist look

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 20, 2016 11:02 pm

GIGABYTE's new mouse will please gaming enthusiasts that appreciate a minimalist look.




The XM300, as it's known, features a 6400DPI optical sensor that can be adjusted in 50 DPI increments for the most particular of players; its tracking ability can reach 200 inches per second at 50g acceleration, so you should have no issue landing that headshot just when you need it most, and RGB backlighting lets you play better in the dark or in dim lighting. Naturally, the lighting is customizable.


Pricing and availability of the XM300 are not yet known, but we'll keep you posted.

The product you never thought you needed - a complete emoji keyboard

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 12:29 pm

For around $79 you can grab yourself a white or black 'Emojistar Keyboard' - a product that vies to help you type out any pop culture symbol with ease.




Quoted as "A really smart keyboard" on its own Kickstarter campaign, this crowd funding campaign is currently sitting at a lowly 0% of it's $50,000 flexible goal with 30 days remaning in total.


With the shipping date set for 2016, this Apple-like keyboard aims to provide users with the ability to easily send emoji's to friends - something you probably never thought you'd use, and maybe something you will never use. There's two models available, light and full versions, giving users quick access to 59 and 118 emoji's respectively while also providing a function key, a stainless steel panel, wireless functionality, a numpad and driverless operation.

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G.SKILL announces two new mechanical gaming keyboards, KM780R models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 17, 2016 12:39 am

G.SKILL has announced two new mechanical gaming keyboards, expanding its KM780 series. The new RIPJAWS KM780R RGB and KM780R MX models feature the same build and design, with the KM780R series a "redux of the original without the extra gaming keycaps, puller tool, and keycap box; and most importantly, at a lower price".



The new G.SKILL KM780R has the same features and design as the original KM780 series, with "highly responsive and extremely durable Cherry MX key switches (rated for 50 million keypresses without losing the same mechanical feel), military-grade aluminum plate in a brushed black anodized finish, and the full suite of extra macro keys, onboard keyboard profiles, and media control keys with the digital LED volume display", says G.SKILL.


The new KM780R RGB and KM780R MX keyboards will be availble in Cherry MX red, brown, and blue. As for pricing and availability, the KM780R RGB sells for an MSRP of $159.99, while the KM780R MX will have an MSRP of $119.99.

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Logitech cleans up 2015 GOOD DESIGN awards with five trophies

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 1:32 pm

Stated as the "fifth consecutive year that Logitech products have been awarded GOOD DESIGN awards" in a recently issued press release, this peripheral giant has taken home five awards this time around.




Receiving awards for its Wireless Mouse M280, ConferenceCam Connect, Keys-To-Go, Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 and the MX Master Wireless Mouse, Logitech president and CEO Bracken Darrell stated that "these additional design award wins help underscore how design is at the core of what we do at Logitech."


The GOOD DESIGN Awards are presented each year by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and are in partnership with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.