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In regular fashion, Razer have announced yet another product that we can barely pronounce - a professional grade microphone named the Seirēn. As just published on CEO Min-Liang Tan's Facebook page, this product is quoted to have been designed by working "closely with some of the top streamers and Youtubers".
This news comes linked with Razer's announcement of sponsorship for upcoming streamers and YouTube personalities in a bid to add to their already large list including hits such as PewDiePie and Swifty.
If you're a regular watcher of Razer sponsored streamers, it's likely you've already heard the Seirēn. It's claimed that this device has been used by sponsored streamers over the past few months - reportedly being hid behind a black card to hide it's identity.
If you're looking for something a little more stylish for the office, Rapoo have set out to provide you with a solution. Their new 8000 mouse and keyboard set are designed as a minimalist peripheral solution, seeing simple and effective styling all wrapped up in their low $19.99 retail price.
Coffee drinkers rejoice - the keyboard on offer is spill-resistant alongside running on a 2.4 GHz wireless connection, this board can be used up to a length of 10 meters away from the source device. Also providing 360 degree coverage, the keyboard offers customizable media keys, making it a possibility for your home entertainment system also.
Mionix has taken to Kickstarter to fund its new gaming mouse, the NAOS QG, or the new NAOS Quantified Gaming mouse. Mionix's new NAOS QG is the first mouse of its kind to track all sorts of information on you, as it has built-in sensors that are always keeping a track on your movements, on the mouse pad, and off of it.
The NAOS QG "tracks your heart rate, galvanic skin response and actions per minute" the company explains on its Kickstarter page, with the information being displayed on your screen through a transparent overlay. Gamers can then use the "NAOS QG can even share and compare their QG stats with teammates, friends and the community. This opens a new dimension to how games are played, shared and professionally broadcasted".
You can track your stress levels in real-time, measure your body reaction times, and keep track of your changes, and goals all within the software that Mionix has created for the new NAOS QG. You can pledge $79 for the NAOS QG, which is $50 off of the RRP of $129. At the time of writing, Mionix had secured itself $12,046 of the required $100,000 funding goal.
SteelSeries has teamed up with eSports team Fnatic, launching a new range of gaming peripherals. The Fnatic Edition peripheral lineup includes the eSports' teams orange and black signature coloring, and logo.
The range includes a new special edition 9H Gaming Headset, Rival Optical Mouse, and Apex Keyboard. The owner of Fnatic, Sam Matthews, said: "The new Fnatic Edition products are something we're excited to be using in tournaments ourselves as well as bring to our fans; by purchasing these products they will directly support the team". SteelSeries' CEO, Ehtisham Rabbani, added: that the "talent, ambition and professionalism," of team Fnatic was a key to their success and that their branded products should reflect that".
Now, let's get to the hardware. The APEX Fnatic Edition Keyboard features customizable 16-million color illumination, and low profile keys. Anti-ghosting makes the cut, and is present on the "20 most commonly used keys", with an additional six multimedia keys and a possible 88 (four layers) programmable keys. It also features an integrated USB hub, with a 2m long braided USB cable.
Last year it was revealed that Microsoft spent some $100 million designing the Xbox One controller, but it's only now that we're finding out that the company went through 200 prototypes before landing on the final design.
During an interview with MCV, Design Lead Carl Ledbetter talked about the work that went into the final Xbox One and controller design, which took over three years. He said that Microsoft spent over 500 hours testing the controller, with over 1,100 different consumers. He said: "Nobody says anything about the little things on the hardware. If somebody is using the controller and after 30 minutes is saying 'my hands are starting to hurt.' then that's a fail. But if after 30 minutes all they're thinking about is the game, then we're doing OK".
Ledbetter compared the work on the controller and console itself, to the design of an expensive sports car "and then you opened the door and the handle felt a little strange". He continued, adding that Microsoft had learned from previous mistakes, adding "An example of something we got wrong was the first Xbox controller. It worked, but it wasn't the right size for people".
PAX AU 2014 - After falling in love with the Kuven Devil A1 headset, I had to stop by and say hello to the good people at Tesoro while I was at PAX Australia 2014 to check out the rest of their gear.
They had quite a spacious place on the show floor, showing off their range of gaming peripherals, ranging from gaming keyboards, to mice and headsets. We took a walk around the place checking it all out in the video above, while we have individual pictures available below.
Here we have the Durandal Ultimate keyboard, with 'G mode' or 5 instant profile keys, full Cherry MX Key Switches, 128KB of on-board memory, and a detachable comfortable palm rest.
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.