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These custom Red Bull Racing F1 Car Simulator rigs start at over USD 92,000

Kosta Andreadis | Mar 15, 2023 10:02 PM CDT

If you're serious about sim racing, mainly F1 and games like F1 22, you'll no doubt have looked into racing wheels, pedals, racing chairs, and even multi-screen setups powered by a high-end PC gaming rig. The new custom 2022 Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 Show Car Simulator rigs are built on this idea, and they're also built using the "same processes as the real race cars." With realistic carbon molds that make them eye-wateringly expensive.

These custom Red Bull Racing F1 Car Simulator rigs start at over USD 92,000

And with that, the Race Edition starts at a whopping USD 92,325, with a more high-end Champions Edition available for USD 123,100 - with shipments expected to commence in April 2023. So then, what does $92,000 get you in terms of an F1 racing simulation rig?

These rigs are essentially realistic shells of the Championship Winning RB18 created from "official Oracle Red Bull Racing CAD data," with Oracle Red Bull Racing involved in the development alongside Memento Exclusives (F1 Authentics). These simulators are similar to the ones used by the drivers themselves, and in terms of customization, both Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez driver liveries are available.

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Check out Samsung's new mint choc chip ice cream keyboard and mouse combo

Kosta Andreadis | Mar 7, 2023 9:29 PM CST

Regarding keyboard and mouse combos with funky designs, we often think of RGB-lit tanks with neon lights aimed at the gaming market. Of course, there are exceptions, like Logitech's stylish and retro typewriter-inspired Pop Keys range.

Check out Samsung's new mint choc chip ice cream keyboard and mouse combo

The new Samsung Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Mint Choco combo take a different route - a road leading to sweet dessert delights.

You don't often want to bite into a PC mouse to see if it's full of ice cream, but that's precisely what happened when I first saw this new mint chocolate ice cream design. Chocolate chips sprinkled on top of a mint-colored keyboard and mouse combo, a new design currently listed on Samsung's Korean site. Here's hoping the design makes its way to the rest of the world because there's nothing quite as universal as chocolate and ice cream.

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Alienware is launching its first wireless keyboard alongside new peripherals

Kosta Andreadis | Mar 6, 2023 9:01 PM CST

The new Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Keyboard (AW920K) is the first wireless gaming keyboard from the hardware maker, with availability starting today in the US. It's a premium kit with mechanical CHERRY MX Red switches and programmable dials - called the Programmable Rocker Switch and Dial - to control media.

Alienware is launching its first wireless keyboard alongside new peripherals

The Tri-Mode in the naming refers to the connectivity options: high-speed 2.4 GHz wireless via a USB-C dongle, Bluetooth 5.1 that can store and switch between three separate devices, and good old-fashioned wired via USB.

The new keyboard from Alienware is joined by a suite of other products announced by the company, including two new headsets - the Alienware Dual Mode Wireless Gaming Headset (AW720H), available now in the US, and the Alienware Wired Gaming Headset (AW520H) arriving in Q2 2023.

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Sabrent's new USB Type-C display adapter is a great for HDMI and DisplayPort

Kosta Andreadis | Mar 5, 2023 9:58 PM CST

The Sabrent USB Type-C to Dual HDMI and DisplayPort Adapter is designed for USB-C ports that support video via DP Alternate Mode. Based on its features, it sounds like the perfect accessory for laptops with USB-C video ports. With two HDMI 2.0b ports and a DisplayPort 1.4 port, it's versatile enough to support basically any display released in the last decade and opens the door to multi-screen support.

Sabrent's new USB Type-C display adapter is a great for HDMI and DisplayPort

As per the release notes, the Sabrent USB Type-C to Dual HDMI and DisplayPort Adapter supports the DP 1.4 spec of 8K at 30Hz, with the two HDMI ports supporting up to 4K at 60Hz. Naturally, when connecting multiple devices, bandwidth over full Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C 10 Gbps ports limits what you can put out display-wise - but even so, it's still impressive when you can get 4K over DisplayPort and 2K over two HDMI displays simultaneously - or, 4K 60Hz using DisplayPort and a single HDMI port.

There's even a panoramic mode via AMD Eyefinity, NVIDIA Surround, or Intel Collage. For those that use a single high-end laptop for work and play, it's something to consider.

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The EK-Loot Mousepad is a perfect companion piece for the company's water blocks

Kosta Andreadis | Mar 2, 2023 7:59 PM CST

The new EK-Loot Mousepad - Quantum is not the usual release from EK, a company known for creating custom water block solutions for various builds and setups. As a large 900 x 400 mm mousepad and desk mat, it's still related to custom water cooling as it features numerous visual touches to make the loop-building process easier.

The EK-Loot Mousepad is a perfect companion piece for the company's water blocks

There are guides for tube bending and an explanation of the EK-Matrix7 system, which is behind what makes EK's CPU and GPU water blocks look as sleek and stylish as they do. There are even little diagrams and imagery for all the fittings, extenders, and screw types used in DIY water block construction.

The exact pressure amounts needed for loop testing are also readily available. If you're planning on putting together some custom water cooling or are already well-versed in the world of tubes, pipes, and liquid cooling, this is the mousepad for you.

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Here's a stylish Star Wars Mandalorian Logitech G A30 Wireless Gaming Headset

Kosta Andreadis | Feb 28, 2023 9:28 PM CST

We reviewed the Logitech G A30 Wireless Gaming Headset late last year (as the Astro A30 Wireless Gaming Headset). We were supremely impressed by its stylish design and great sound - though at the time of the review, the spotty Logitech G app held it back. With the highly anticipated third season of the Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian set to debut in March, Logitech is launching a unique custom A30 Wireless Gaming Headset, The Mandalorian Edition.

Here's a stylish Star Wars Mandalorian Logitech G A30 Wireless Gaming Headset

Logitech is positioning this as a collector's item instead of a straight-up headset, and it's not hard to see why. The special edition headset uses the A30's stylish speaker tags, featuring the profile of Din Djarin (aka The Mandalorian) and a Clan Mudhorn signet. The headset is also packed with easter eggs and visual flourishes inspired by the show, not to mention Beskar steel-inspired colors.

"With the new A30 Mandalorian edition, we are proud to have designed a headset that pays homage to the legacy of The Mandalorian and the Star Wars galaxy. We hope that fans love it as much as we do," said Peter Kingsley, chief marketing officer at Logitech G.

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Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition is a high-end chair made for racing game fans

Kosta Andreadis | Feb 21, 2023 8:02 PM CST

If you're serious about your racing games, that is, your Gran Turismo titles and entries in the Forza Horizon or Forza Motorsport series' then the new Playseat Trophy-Logitech G Edition might be for you. And we use the word 'serious' because you're looking at USD 599 or AUD 999 for a high-end racing cockpit without a racing wheel or pedals, and Logitech G's impressive wheels and pedals are sold separately.

Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition is a high-end chair made for racing game fans

That isn't a knock against the Playseat Trophy-Logitech G Edition but said to highlight that this is one premium bit of kit for racing fans designed for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With an open cockpit design, high-quality lightweight ActiFit materials, comfortable ergonomics, and a carbon steel frame that can be stored easily when not in use.

Playseat's ActiFit materials are impressive as it not only conforms to different body types but provides full support while dissipating heat for those long sessions in F1 22 and racing lap after lap. Everything is adjustable here, too, from the seat to the wheel placement to the pedal plate - with the option to "bolt down" adjustments, so they stay in place. And with an overall weight of 17kg, it's one of the lightest racing game chairs on the market.

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Razer DeathAdder V3 is a wired version of the ultra-lightweight mouse

Kosta Andreadis | Feb 21, 2023 7:29 PM CST

We recently reviewed the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro, where we wrote, "as the lightest wireless gaming mouse, the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro is incredible when you factor in the underlying hardware. It may be no-frills in terms of lighting, luxury inbuild grips, and a multitude of buttons and profile options, but it certainly makes up for it in pure performance."

Razer DeathAdder V3 is a wired version of the ultra-lightweight mouse

Today comes word of two new additions to the DeathAdder line-up, one being the funky DeathAdder V3 Pro Faker Edition created in collaboration with esports champion Lee "Faker" Sang-Hyeok. It features an impressive red 'Unkillable Demon King' aesthetic that looks very cool while sporting all the hardware features we praised in our review.

Faker has used and won world championships using a DeathAdder, so this collaboration is awesome to see. "This is a special moment for me," said Lee "Faker" Sang-Hyeok. "I've always dreamed of having my own mouse, and now I can share it with my family, friends, and fans. I love the design, and the performance is unparalleled. Huge thanks to Razer for all their efforts and for working with me on this amazing project."

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Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro keyboard adds a 'Command Dial' and dedicated macro keys

Kosta Andreadis | Feb 19, 2023 7:27 PM CST

Razer has released its latest high-end mechanical keyboard in the form of the Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro, which it describes as "a full blown battlestation" for gamers. Of course, that could read like marketing speak to drum up interest in a clicky-clack bit of gear, but the Razer BlackWidow V4 has several impressive features. This is good because it retails for USD 229.99 and AUD 399.95.

Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro keyboard adds a 'Command Dial' and dedicated macro keys

As per the headline, it's introducing something called the 'Command Dial,' which sits in the top left corner of the keyboard, and it's a context-sensitive dial with 8 default modes and countless more custom ones where you can map and change what the clockwise and counter-clockwise action ends up doing. For content creators and editors, it can be a jog wheel or simply a way to scroll through sites and docs. The cool thing is that each mode can toggle with a click that changes the Command Dial's corresponding backlight.

The other significant feature of the new BlackWidow is the addition of five dedicated macro keys that can be pre-programmed or programmed on-the-fly. There are also three additional macro keys on the edge of the keyboard bringing the total to eight. In terms of hardware, the keyboard features the latest generation of Razer's mechanical switches with either Green Clicky or Yellow Linear, rated for up to 100 million keystrokes.

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Corsair's new iCUE Murals Lighting software manages your PC and room lighting

Kosta Andreadis | Feb 12, 2023 8:02 PM CST

Corsair has introduced new software for those with a taste for RGB lighting called iCUE Murals Lighting. It uses what's happening on the screen to create immersive lighting for your desktop, peripherals, and any RGB-powered lights in the room - in an easy-to-use interface. Corsair has partnered with Philips Hue and Nanoleaf, so you'll have direct control over wall panels, smart light bulbs, and more from within the powerful iCUE software.

Corsair's new iCUE Murals Lighting software manages your PC and room lighting

A fully decked-out example of the interface showcases everything from a keyboard to a mouse, desk mat, RGB lighting strips, Nanoleaf panels, and more, all arranged by the user to allow for easy and deep customization.

Combining all RGB lights within a single interface and powerful tools within the new Murals interface is undoubtedly impressive and a definite way to unify and get creative in a single space. It's fully interactive, and you can upload any image, GIF, or video to Murals and then intuitively place your RGB devices and lights over sections on-screen to create a new lighting setup. Some of the results in the images provided by Corsair look very impressive.

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