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Gizmos, Gadgets and Goodies Guide - April 2003

By: Shawn Baker | Guides | Posted: Apr 30, 2003 4:00 am

PC Case Gear Continued


- Penguin Caffeinated Mints


If you're someone who takes your gaming a bit more serious then others and enjoy going to the odd LAN Party or two, you will know how important it is to be prepared for that long night of hardcore gaming.


Not only do you have to make sure you have everything hardware and software wise to enable you to play the game of your choice, but it doesn't hurt to throw in a few cans of Jolt Cola or Red Bull so you can stay awake that little bit longer, there is nothing worse then being in the final for your game and being so tired that you can't make the "T" out of the "CT" in Counterstrike.


While coke, Jolt Cola, Red Bull and other energy drinks give you your caffeine shot, by the end of the night if you drink too much of it, you may be feeling a bit ill the next morning. This is where these marvelous mints come in, the caffeinated penguin mints seem to be the latest caffeine shot to hit the streets and people are taking to it pretty quickly according to PC Case Gear who are struggling to keep customers at bay.



Penguin mints are a healthy alternative to those cool drinks, being sugar free and fat free, they are already better for you - at least we are given that impression. A single tin consists of about 75 mints which is equivalent to about 25 cans of cola - so, if you find yourself finishing of a tin in quick time you might find yourself bouncing off walls for the next day or two. Being available in a few different flavors, you shouldn't have a problem finding one that acquires your taste buds in an instant, we had a look at the peppermint ones which came highly recommended by PC Case Gear and we must say they taste absolutely superb (Editor Note: Oh indeed, they run out so quickly though!). It doesn't hurt to try something other then cool drink to keep you awake every once and a while, so if you're cramming for exams or wanting to reach that next level in Everquest, the penguin caffeinated mints might be what you have longing for.



- RatPadz GS


The Ratpad has been quite a well known product when it comes to gaming, as people can spend absolutely ages looking for that perfect mousing surface, a few years against two other big names producers in Everglide and 3M.


Last month we had a look at the fUnc Pad which was, as far as we were concerned, the best mousing surface money can buy. This month we are looking at the new GS from Ratpadz to see if they can follow the success they had with their previous surface. Like the original RatPadz, the first thing you notice is the sheer size of the pad, being slightly wider then the fUnc it would defiantly have to be one of, if not biggest, surfaces on the market at the moment. Following the all black look and similar shape, the surface doesn't look too different. Some aspects were improved upon, mainly the bottom feet which are now bigger and thicker giving absolutely no slide when using the mouse pad and of course, a redefined mousing surface to make your mousing experience an even smoother one. The first thing you notice when moving from the fUnc pad is how the surface is not as smooth and you can feel yourself going across the ever-so-slight-bumps on the pad.



You can really feel the old saying, "You get what you pay for". The surface feels a lot better than a cheaper mouse pad or no mouse pad at all. The RatPadz is priced more reasonably than the fUnc, so in the end it is going to be a better option for a lot more people, unfortunately while performing better then the current RatPadz, it doesn't perform as well as the fUnc. If you are serious about gaming, you may be better off spending the extra and getting what is the best mice surface available. In the end, you have a nice mousing surface that is going to suit the weekend LAN gamer perfectly, while not coming in any retail packaging it does what it is supposed to do at an excellent price - no real gamer should be without a mousing surface like this.



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