We have already seen a little of EPIC GEAR's Meduza HDST dual sensor gaming mouse here at TweakTown, but today when we visited GEIL's office here in Taipei, the parent company of EPIC GEAR, we were given a more detailed look at the Meduza, compared to the last time we checked it out on video.
Ashley from GEIL (pictured above) gives us a good introduction to the Meduza and the reasoning behind the decision to include dual laser and optical sensors in the HDST mouse.
Check out the video above for a detailed hands-on with the Meduza or you can read our full review right here which as written by Chad.
Rocking the new iPad? Wish you had a physical keyboard? $150 burning a hole in your pocket? Your day has come. CruxCase have just revealed the latest version of its Crus360 built for Apple's latest, greatest and hottest iPad yet.
The new Crux360 is a clamshell-based design that now sports a snap-in front design that allows for quick access when the case isn't needed. Also, we have a "window cover" that now fully protects the rear panel of the iPad, but hides the Apple logo. The cover can be removed if you want to rock that Apple logo, however. Connecting it to the iPad is said to be quick and easy, with the new model featuring power and Bluetooth buttons now being one touch instead of the previous press-and-hold type.
Magnets are used to keep the folding kit shut, preventing the case from opening and closing, protecting that 2048x1536-pixel Retina Display. The Crux360 also features a hinge that allows you to rotate your iPad all the way back on the keyboard for regular tablet use. The Crux360 is $150 and pre-orders are happening now if you want the May 12th shipping date.
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Earlier today we visited the VIA Labs at the VIA headquarters here in Taipei where we got a look at an upcoming product which we can only discuss later this week - stay tuned for that. However, what we can discuss today is something cool we saw in the development labs area of the VIA office and that has to do with USB 3.0 cabling.
Usually most copper wired USB 3.0 cables have a maximum length of around 3 meters and can fall prone to security issues since EMI is omitted and like tapping a phone line, if you knew enough about what you were doing, you could steal sensitive data from an unaware user. What VIA has done to massively increase the length of USB 3.0 cable is to develop its own style of USB 3.0 cable which uses fiber optic rather than copper wiring.
Besides the benefits of the added length and better security since fiber optic cabling does not omit EMI, USB 3.0 cable with fiber optics is far less lighter than copper based cabling and it is also much thinner, possibly allowing it to get into really tight areas where traditional and thicker USB 3.0 cable may not fit.
The actual USB 3.0 connector on the host end is about the same thickness s a regular USB 3.0 cable, just a little longer, as you can see in the shots below. This is because there is actually a very tiny chip inside the connector which allows for up to 10 Gbps with this TRX IC...
Razer may have been showing off its expensive Blade laptop at CES, but for those of you who don't want to buy an entire laptop for their cool Switchblade UI configurable touchscreen with programmable keys, you're in luck, it's made it' way to a standalone keyboard.
There are 10 programmable buttons at the top of the Switchblade panel that are backed by an LCD, which allow the look of each key to be different. These keys can be programmed to launch applications, toggle functions like the Windows key, and execute macros. Below them is a nicely-sized touchscreen that doubles as a touchpad, a numpad, a directional pad optimized for gaming, and even a secondary display.
Razer has said they plan to release an SDK that should unleash the community to build their own applications for the Switchblade UI. Even at this point in time, there's a YouTube app and a web browser. Switchblade also supports on-the-fly macro recording, which lets users quickly automate combos without having to exit a game. All preferences and macros are stored in the cloud, another nice benefit.
CES 2012 - Here we are looking at the near $2800 Razer Blade, is the fastest PC I have ever seen boot with my own eyes first off. Beside the raw speed of this unit, there have been a few really innovative additions included. The mouse pad has been moved to the right and has LED lit function buttons that will change the operation of this multi-touch LCD mouse pad. This will allow for real time stats to be displayed, even the option to get on the net and watch game play video as the game is still on the main screen. I know that is a lot of money to pay for a mobile gaming system, but this is the coolest laptop/notebook that I have ever had the pleasure of using.
They also made something that was awarded for CES 2012, Project Fiona! This is essentially a tablet with a thick aluminum frame added to support the handles of the game pad controllers that are derived from the Hydra Nunchucks. This is still in development, and there are beta testers with new requests, and Razer is working out all of the final details still. I for one like the idea, and hopefully Fiona makes her way to store shelves, as I think there is a ton of potential here!
For those Star Wars freaks out there Razer is delivering a newly painted and backlit kit of this keyboard featuring the mouse pad of the Blade along with a Naga mouse...
CES 2012 - As I showed up late to this meeting, I was greeted with open arms to a table full of goodies new to the peripherals market. Seen here is a collection of some of the lightest and most balanced mice I have ever played with. As we discussed the mice, all five versions of the Steel Series mice (Kinzu V2, Sensei, Diablo III, and Ikari) are offering what I was told is an almost invisible user experience. With these mice there aren't any crazy DPI numbers to tinker with and get used to. The plan here was to offer an experience of natural movement to make you feel the mouse is part of your body and should give the user a very comfortable feeling, or in Steel Series' own words "they have failed." From the little time I did have with these mice, I really think they are onto something with this line of attack on the mouse market.
There was also this pair of Steel Series FLUX headphones sitting on the table. These headphones are really well thought out for users on the go. By this, I mean that they are fully collapsible to save room when not in use, but offer great sound and a really creative hidden option...
CES 2012 - First on the list of cool offerings from Thermaltake in the add-on market is the Max 5 Duo. This hady 5.25" bay device offers quite a bit in one small package. This bay device not only offers a 2.5" and 3.5" hot swap hard drive bays that are powered with a single power lead, and of course each drive gets its own SATA connection in the back. Another added feature to this unit is the dual USB 3.0 ports to allow those with chassis to put two more high speed ports on the board as long as you have multiple native USB 3.0 20-pin connections.
Thermaltake has also moved into the USB charging market. What I found here is that they are now going to offer a multitude of USB charging solutions, some with additional power outlets as well as the USB charging ports. Every device you buy these days comes with a wall charger of some sort, but here strides are taken to make then not only more universal to just detach the factory plug ends and use these devices, but there are going to be regional offerings with the appropriate power plugs, but Thermaltake took it even one step further with dual port, car lighter, USB charging devices...
Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Multimedia Remote with Keyboard for $43.99 with Free Shipping.
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SteelSeries have today announced the Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel. The SRW-S1 is SteelSeries first peripheral in this particular category and comes from their partnership with the creators of Simraceway, Ignite Technologies, who also co-designed the wheel.
The SRW-S1 is a handheld, hybrid racing controller that combines the features and functions of the usual high-end wheels, but with the portability and convenience of a joypad. The SRW-S1 sports a motion-sensor for steering and a patent-pending throttle and brake paddle system for a fully simulated driving experience without the need for floor pedals.
Logitech have just unveiled a new gaming keyboard and mouse in the form of the Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 and Logitech Laser Mouse G9X, specially made for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 is the official keyboard of COD: Modern Warfare 3 and sports military-style, night-vision green LED backlighting. It also features six programmable G-keys, each with three mode states.
The Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105 also features up to 18 possible macro combinations per game, where they can allow you to perform single keystrokes or intricate multi-key combinations complete with mouse events, user-defined delays and repeating. New macros can even be recorded on the fly with the help of the Logitech Gaming Software (when installed).
If you thought the swarm of mechanical gaming keyboards hitting the market over the past year or so have brought quite a few radical offerings to the scene, you haven't seen radical until you've seen the Levetron Mech4 from Californian based mob, AZiO.
This boldly designed keyboard sports Cherry Black MX mechanical switches and is said to be completely water resistent with 'special seals' and 'built in gutters'. The keyboard measures 7.75" by 18.50" by 1.60" and includes the following features :-
- Gold Plated USB connector
- 6-foot braided cable
- 2xUSB 2.0 ports
- Three-level height adjustment
- Full programmable keys
- Volume knob control
- Modular (removable) keypad w/ standalone capability
- Detachable Macro D-Pad w/ six programmable keys
BlizzCon 2011 - SteelSeries were another of the sponsors at BlizzCon 2011 and of course being all about Blizzard games, they had plenty of their gaming hardware on display for the masses to see including their upcoming Diablo III mouse and pad. We went hands-on with it in the video below.
The ambidextrous shape allows for both left-handed and right-handed gamers to use the swish looking D3 branded mouse. It comes with demon red illumination which can be turned off if you don't like it as well as adjust the pulsation rate between high, medium and low.
The mouse uses a Avago laser sensor which can be adjusted from 1 CPI to 5700 CPI in 1 CPI increments. That's an incredible amount of adjustment flexibility to find your sweet spot for your D3 game play. We are not sure on the cost or when it will go on sale, but we'd guess it would be around when Diablo III goes on sale.
Logitech's got its sights fixated on COD: Modern Warfare 3 as the perfect reason to introduce a couple new gaming peripherals to market with the game's logos proudly stamped on them to attract the mass of COD+Logitech fans out there.
There's the new Laser Mouse G9X and Gaming Keyboard G105 on offer. Briefing the G9X mouse to begin with, it has a dual-mode scroll wheel and on the fly adjustable DPI settings from 200 up to 5700 DPI. There is also an adjustable weight system where up to 28 grams can be added and the grips are interchangeable, too.
Underneath the mouse is of course the laser sensor and some sleek polytetrafluoroethylene feet, while internally there is enough on-board memory to store up to five profiles. The mouse is not wireless, however, requiring USB connectivity.
Often soaking up your weekends at local LAN events? Thermaltake is offering up something new for LANers to make getting your gear from A to B much easier. Launched just today, Tt simply calls it the "Transporter".
This snow/water/dust resistant carry bag is said to be super strong, further indicated by Thermaltake's claim that it can take on up to 100Kg worth of gaming gear (including either a mid, or even full tower rig, mouse, keyboard, headset, cabling etc.).
The Tt eSports branded bag is made of polyester material and measures 600 x 300 x 600 mm. The announcement from Thermaltake today didn't mention a date of availability or pricing as yet, but it shouldn't be too far away. In the meantime you can check out the official product page on the Transporter over at Thermaltake's site.
Earlier on today we attended the GeIL Overclocking Showdown featuring two famous Russian overclockers Smoke and Slamms. Besides all of the overclocking fun, GeIL took the opportunity to promote its new gaming brand called EpicGear.
It's a very new brand at the moment with products still in development, but one of their first products that they did have on display was the Meduza gaming mouse. Before you say, "oh, not another gaming mouse...", listen up.
This mouse features what EpicGear is calling the world's first "HDST" and that stands for hybrid dual sensor technology. As you'll see in the pictures, on the back surface of the mouse where you usually see either a laser or optical sensor for tracking, EpicGear include both a laser sensor and an optical sensor. EpicGear says that super fast laser sensor with speeds up to 6000 DPI and the stable optical precision with jitter-free operation leads to an overall much better feel and use than traditional mice.
We didn't get much of a chance to use the mouse as the overclockers were using the Meduza during their testing, but we'll be getting one in shortly for review and you can expect a review in a month or so. We also don't have any details on pricing or availability at this stage, but it should be on the market soon.
In snapping up a license from Hasbro Inc. Razer has just rolled out a bunch of new Transformers 3 themed gaming peripherals in a new Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition series. There's four versions of the "Razer DeathAdder: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition Gaming Mouse" available that each represent one of the following Transformers legends; Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Shockwave with red, yellow, grey and purple color schemes, respectively.
The DeathAdder: Transformers themed mouse will set you back $59.99 US.
Also a part of the new Transformers 3 line of products is the "Razer Vespula: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Collector's Edition Gaming Mouse Mat"; a dual sided mouse mat with differing gaming-grade surfaces (SPEED, and CONTROL) on an abrasion-resistant hard coating. The SPEED enhanced side is embossed with an image of Optimus Prime, while the CONTROL side has you looking at Megatron.
Peripherals maker Shogun Bros. has just outed a tweaked version of its Chameleon X-1 2-in-1 peripheral - a one of a kind peripheral in that it doubles up as both a gaming mouse and a game pad. The new X-1's outer body is completely rubberised helping improve grip, while its internals have been improved to make the unit more efficient in power usage (as it is also wireless, using a USB nano receiver and requiring just a single AAA battery).
The button sets are also said to have been given some tweaking, with better tactile feedback and a more ergonomic layout. The X-1 has a 1600dpi optical sensor, 16 buttons total with 2 analog sticks and force feedback support when set to 'gamepad mode'. It is available in three color options of Essential Purple, Graphite Grey and Passion Red and is set for release at the beginning of next month at $59.99 USD.
There are a couple of meanings for the tag line of this news editorial. You might think since Corsair is launching both a gaming headphone and gaming keyboard / mouse line I'm talking about that. I'm not. Corsair has taken aim at both Logitech and Razor and in one quick shot taken both their heads off. The ultimate one shot double kill.
Just a few minutes ago we publishing a news bit about the new Corsair Vengeance Gaming Headsets but we have another surprise for you, Vengeance Gaming Keyboard and Laser Mouse products.
The new performance keyboard and mice line up consists of four products. For MMO/RTS use is the Vengeance K90 and M90, K being for keyboard and M being for mouse. First Person Shooter enthusiasts have the K60 and M60 but feel free to mix and match.
Sony has shown off their new 720p OLED 3DTV with 5.1 virtual surround is the equivalent of a 150-inch screen and costs $US800. The thing comes in at under 500g and you put it on your head and wear it like the coolest person on the Earth. It's selling point is obviously gamers, movie lovers and all-out geeks like myself and I'm sure, half or more of our readers. The eye-sized display appears to be roughly 150-inches and because there are two distinct displays (one for each eye) there is no crosstalk and therefore, no need for active shutter glasses.
All I can say is I want one of these and I want them now, shut up and take my money, Sony.
In a market that doesn't seem to stop, Razer have unearthed the BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition. It builds upon the already great BlackWidow range of Razer gaming keyboards, but with this being "Stealth Edition". What does Stealth Edition bring to the table? Well, every individually backlit key is now anti-ghosted and has its own mechanical key architecture for satisfying tactile feedback with each stroke.
The standard BlackWidow gave off that nice "click, clack" mechanical sound, but this doesn't even make the pitter patter of baby feet and its rumored that Sam Fisher himself has been caught gaming on it, the king of stealth. Even in this inaudible silence, the quick and distinct mechanical actuation of your key press can still be felt.
We hope to go hands-on with this puppy soon, so stay tuned for a review by yours truly!