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Input Devices News (189)

Tesoro Announces Excalibur Mechanical Keyboard

Category: Input Devices
Posted: August 21, 2014 03:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Tesoro has announced its latest gaming accessory, the Excalibur LED backlit mechanical keyboard. Users are given the option to choose from USB 6 N-Key Rollover or N-Key Rollover to allow for full anti-ghosting. The keyboard uses a 1000Hz polling rate and a game mode switch function to ensure that accidental key presses don't take you out of your game. The Excalibur is equipped with 512kB of onboard memory for storing five macro profiles that accommodate 300 macro keys each. There are four levels of LED backlighting with five levels of on-key LED illumination. The Excalibur will be available in mid September at an MSRP of $89.

Source: Press Release




Counter Logic Gaming and Razer Launch BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Keyboard

Category: Input Devices
Posted: August 19, 2014 12:46PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, has teamed up with Counter Logic Gaming, a longtime eSports partner and premier North American organization, to launch the ultimate gaming keyboard. The keyboard, known as the Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth, is the companion to the limited edition Counter Logic Gaming DeathAdder mouse released last year. Razer has implemented a two-tone black and white body with illuminated keys that correspond to Counter Logic Gaming‘s white coloring, matching the styling of the aforementioned mouse. Only the best technology and features have been included with its latest gaming keyboard, as it includes 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting, fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording, audio-out and mic-in jacks, USB pass–through, and a braided fiber cable. The Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth even incorporates Razer’s latest mechanical switches that have a projected lifespan of up to 60 million keystrokes, thanks to gold plated contact points and an ultra-precise manufacturing technique.

The Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth is available immediately for purchase and costs $149.99.

Source: Press Release



Razer Announces Chroma Feature

Category: Input Devices
Posted: August 14, 2014 08:06AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, has just announced Chroma, a new feature which provides full-spectrum, color-customizable lighting for enabled Razer devices. Chroma provides special lighting patterns for selected enabled products, including spectrum cycling, breathing, static, custom, custom with preloaded templates, reactive, and wave. The latest feature by Razer offers more than 16 million color options for devices that are compatible with Chroma and settings are synchronizable across multiple connected devices.  Some of the devices that Razer is updating to support Chroma include the 2015 and 2016 editions of the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, DeathAdder gaming mouse, and Kraken 7.1 headset. Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, noted that "Our new range of peripherals that feature Chroma customizable backlighting is another step towards full personal customization and to interconnect our gaming tech."

Chroma-enabled Razer peripherals will be available starting in September of this year, while the Chroma SDK, which will allow developers to take full advantage of the lighting options that are available, will be released late this year.

Source: Press Release



Adesso Releases SlimTouch 4210 Wireless Keyboard

Category: Input Devices
Posted: August 9, 2014 08:35AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Adesso, a leading computer input specialist supplier headquartered in Walnut, California, has just launched its SlimTouch 4210 Wireless Compact Touchpad Keyboard. The latest input device from Adesso incorporates a slim and stylish design and is well suited for home, business, and industrial environments. The SlimTouch 4210 utilizes 2.4 GHz radio frequency wireless technology for connectivity and features a built-in touchpad with Glidepoint technology, built-in multimedia and Internet hotkeys, and low-profile scissor-switch keys. The Adesso SlimTouch 4210 is also able to be mounted to any rackmount drawer, as it is built in accordance with EIA-RS-310C specifications.

The SlimTouch 4210 is available immediately for purchase from major retailers and e-retailers, carrying an MSRP of $79.99

Source: Press Release


Mad Catz Releases S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard

Category: Input Devices
Posted: August 6, 2014 03:05PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Mad Catz has just launched its latest keyboard offering, the S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard. The compact keyboard features innovative technology packed into a unique design such as a rechargeable battery with up to 45 hours of battery life, illuminated backlighting, dedicated media buttons, and on board memory that is used to store multiple macro commands. Mad Catz has also included an Optical Finger Navigation Mouse Sensor that provides the familiarity of moving a mouse cursor on a computer screen to users of the keyboard. This unique feature can be utilized on a plethora of devices, as the S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard features universal Bluetooth compatibility.

The Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard retails for $99.99 and is available in gloss black, gloss white, and gloss red.

Source: Mad Catz and techPowerUp


New Mouse From Logitech is 'World's Fastest'

Category: Input Devices
Posted: July 30, 2014 05:07PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Logitech has announced the G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS gaming mouse, a mouse that it claims is the world's fastest. Logitech accomplished this with a combination of the Fusion Engine sensor that is capable of tracking 500 inches per second and Logitech Delta Zero sensor technology to provide "unrivaled accuracy." The Fusion Engine is powered by a 32-bit ARM processor and solves the problem of being able to physically move the mouse faster than the sensors can track the movement. Users can customize the DPI of the mouse with four settings from 240 to 4000 DPI. General manager of gaming at Logitech Ehtisham Rabbani said, "The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury is the fastest gaming mouse, bar none, and the best mouse for high-speed FPS gameplay. Its lightweight design, combined with the precision and capability of the Fusion Engine, lets you make fast, furious swipes and dominate the battlefield, proving once again that Science Wins!" The G402 will be available starting in August at an MSRP of $59.99.

Source: Press Release



Tt eSPORTS Releases CHALLENGER GO Membrane Gaming Keyboard

Category: Input Devices
Posted: July 28, 2014 05:05AM
Author: Brentt Moore


The leading expert in professional e-Sports gaming peripherals, Tt eSPORTS, has just released its latest input device, the CHALLENGER GO membrane gaming keyboard. The keyboard is unique, offering plenty of features like a sleek profile coupled with a membrane switch design for short travel distance to actuation, a removable cable design, dedicated multimedia keys, and a two port USB hub. The Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER GO also comes with blue LED backlighting, which features five adjustable brightness levels and a pulse lighting effect, as well as two side panel lighting accents. Macro support has been included too, with the keyboard sporting five dedicated macros keys on each side along with four profiles, for a total of 40 programmable macros.

The Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER GO membrane gaming keyboard carries an MSRP of $59.99 and will be available globally next month.

Source: Press Release



ROCCAT to Debut Two New 'Future Ready' Products at Gamescom

Category: Input Devices
Posted: July 21, 2014 08:43AM
Author: ClayMeow


Taking place in Cologne, Germany, Gamescom is the biggest gaming convention in the world – yes, bigger than E3. As such, it's no suprise that Germany-based manufacturer ROCCAT likes to go all out for the event. This year is no different, with ROCCAT "bringing an entire gaming city" called ROCC-City. Aside from a cosplay competition, daily raffles twin ROCCAT products, and allowing attendees to face off against professional gamers, the highlight of ROCC-City is two new products ROCCAT are calling "Future Ready".

The first is a new gaming mouse that apparently allows you to alter the actual button layouts. According to ROCCAT's René Korte, "We asked the questions, 'What would it be like if you could do more than change a button assignment? What if you could physically change the button itself? What if you could make your own buttons from scratch?' We had to find out, and what we discovered upon creating this was a mouse that can be fully adjusted to any gaming genre fluidly." Color me intrigued.

The second product is a new keyboard with full smartphone integration. According to René, "Smartphones do so much these days. They're a second-screen experience for many gamers in a variety of ways, but we wanted to offer more than the next step in integrating smartphone and keyboard. We wanted to take the next ten steps. A keyboard designed not only to integrate your phone fully into the gaming realm, but one that takes the standard functionality of a phone, communication, and seamlessly weaves it into your gaming experience. Taking calls, texting, everything. Why can’t you have it all? We plan on giving that to the world, and showing you what that looks like at Gamescom."

These two new products mark the beginning of a new philosophy at ROCCAT – creating peripherals that adapt to the future of gaming experiences and the user's gaming needs. ROCCAT hopes that its new products can remain a part of a gamer's arsenal for many years, even as needs change over time. Gamescom 2014 takes place from August 13 - 17, and if you plan to attend, be sure to head on over to ROCC-City in Hall 8, Booth A10.

Source: Press Release



Tt eSPORTS Releases VENTUS Gaming Mouse

Category: Input Devices
Posted: July 17, 2014 09:44PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Tt eSPORTS has just released its latest computer peripheral, the VENTUS gaming mouse. The VENTUS laser gaming mouse is ambidextrous and is suited for users who have a palm or claw grip. Plenty of technology is provided by Tt eSPORTS as well, with the VENTUS featuring an AVAGO 5700 DPI laser sensor and OMRON switches. Seven programmable buttons, with storage of up to five profiles, provide a total of 35 programmable macros. Aesthetically, the VENTUS gaming mouse features a honeycomb design with red LEDs within the left click, mouse wheel, and the palm rest.

The Tt eSPORTS VENTUS will be globally available in August of this year, and will carry an MSRP of $39.99.

Source: Press Release



Cooler Master Announces New Mouse and Keyboards

Category: Input Devices
Posted: July 17, 2014 04:25PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Cooler Master has announced a pair of new keyboards and a new mouse. The Devastator is an existing keyboard and mouse combo that is getting a red LED edition. The mouse has on-the-fly DPI adjustments and a full featured keyboard with multimedia keys. The QuickFire Rapid-i is a mechanical keyboard that is now available with Cherry MX Blue switches in addition to the current Cherry MX Brown option. The keyboard uses a 32-bit ARM processor to control ActivLife lighting effects in a tenkeyless form factor.

Source: Press Release




Thermaltake Adds New Mechanical Keyboard

Category: Input Devices
Posted: June 23, 2014 04:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Thermaltake has announced the release of the Poseidon ZX mehcanical keyboard through the Tt eSports line. The keyboard uses a tenkeyless design, reducing the footprint to 80% of the area of a standard keyboard. The mechanical keys feature blue backlighting and N-key rollover using a USB connection. The brightness of the backlighting is adjustable and a key has been included to disable the Windows key functionality while in game.

Source: Press Release




ROCCAT Announces New Mouse and Mousepad

Category: Input Devices
Posted: June 19, 2014 05:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga


German manufacturer ROCCAT has announced a new mouse and mousepad based around the Kone and Sense lines of products. The Kone Pure Military gaming mouse and Sense Military mousepad give users the choice of Camo Charge and Naval Storm color schemes. The mouse features a 5000 dpi Pro-Optic optical sensor with an Adjustable Control Unit for manual lift control. The mousepad has a non-slip backing and enough surface area for the most active mousers. CEO René Korte said, "Many popular games played with ROCCAT products have a military theme, and we thought it fitting that we extend this to the Kone Pure Military mouse and Sense Military mousepad." The Kone Military mouse will have an MSRP of $69.99 and the mousepad will cost $19.99.

Source: Press Release



ROCCAT Announces Wireless Keyboard and Mosuepad Combo

Category: Input Devices
Posted: June 10, 2014 04:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga


ROCCAT is showing off a prototype of the Sova wireless keyboard and mousepad combo at the E3 gaming conference. The Sova combines the keyboard and mousepad into a singular "lapboard" designed to help improve the couch gaming experience. It has a modular design that can be adjusted to fit each gamers needs and is compatible with all USB mice. Founder and CEO René Korte described the motivation behind the Sova saying, "Platforms like Steam are fantastic, but the experience can be devalued by the lack of adequate gaming equipment. Gamers who wish to stream PC games to a living room television will no longer need to put up with latency issues and can now experience couch gaming at its fullest."

Source: Press Release




Xbox One Controller Now Officially Supported on PC

Category: Input Devices
Posted: June 5, 2014 09:00AM
Author: ClayMeow


While Microsoft confirmed PC compatibility for the Xbox One controller in the past, the company is finally making good on its promise with brand new PC drivers. The drivers will be included as part of a Windows update in the near future, but those that want to get a head start can already download them on MajorNelson.com in both x64 and x86 flavors (see link below). "Simply download the drivers, connect your Xbox One controller to your computer through a micro USB cable [and] the new PC drivers will enable the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller."

Source: Major Nelson via IGN



ROCCAT Announces Tyon Gaming Mouse

Category: Input Devices
Posted: June 4, 2014 03:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Tyon is the latest gaming mouse from German company ROCCAT and it features a large number of configurations and customization options. With 16 assignable buttons, the Tyon offers up to 31 different functions configurable with the Easy-Shift[+] Button. The Tyon comes with 576KB of onboard memory to save your settings, an 8200 DPI laser sensor, and programmable lighting choices. ROCCAT has also included two new technologies, the X-Celerator and Dorsal Fin. The X-Celerator is a "two-way analog stick that allows gamers to throttle, sprint, rotate tank turrets, and more directly from their mice," while the Dorsal Fin is a "two-click button placed behind the mouse wheel that provides comfortable mid-finger gaming action and increases mouse functionality."

Source: Press Release




Tt eSPORTS Introduces Several New Products at Computex, Highlighted by the New THERON Plus Smart Mouse

Category: Input Devices
Posted: June 4, 2014 08:51AM
Author: ClayMeow


Thermaltake's Tt eSPORTS brand has really made a name for itself in the gaming community and the company is pulling out all the stops at Computex this week, which should really be no surprise since its headquarters are in Taipei. The centerpiece of the Tt eSPORTS booth is the new THERON Plus Smart Mouse with e-Sports App software. It's a wired laser mouse with up to 8200 DPI with built-in Bluetooth for reporting stats to the mobile app, where you can manage logs of mouse usage stats or even share your usage information to social media sites.

While the THERON Plus is shaped for right-handed users, Tt eSPORTS is also introducing two new ambidextrous mice, the VENTUS and the TALON. The VENTUS is a laser mouse with up to 5700 DPI and contains "air-through ventilation" to help keep your hands cool. The TALON is an optical mouse with DPI settings from 500 up to 3000, and features a "fixed color cycling effect throughout the body," along with removable side panels for grip customization. And of course the highly popular Level 10 M Hybrid Mouse is on display as well, winner of a Computex 2014 "Best Choice Award."

In the keyboard arena, the POSEIDON Z mechanical keyboard series has two new members in the tenkeyless POSEIDON ZX and the aluminum styling POSEIDON Z Forged; both with an impressive five-year warranty. Meanwhile, if you prefer membrane keys, the CHALLENGER series has been updated with the CHALLENGER Go and CHALLENGER PRIME. Tt eSPORTS is also introducing a few accessories to go alongside its keyboards in the form of the Gaming Wrist Rest and MetalCaps. MetalCaps are anodized and UV-coated durable metal keycaps that fit Tt eSPORTS Certified mechanical switches and come in four varieties: WASD+ESC, QWER+ESC, ↑↓←→ +ESC, and 38 keys pack (letters, punctuation + ESC key).

In the headset category, the CRONOS series has two new members in the CRONOS AD and CRONOS GO, while the SHOCK series gets a new addition in the SHOCK 3D 7.1 USB surround sound headset. There's also a brand new entry called the VERTO headset, with the Level 10 M Gaming Headset and SYBARIS hybrid wired/wireless headset also on display; all three winning a Computex 2014 "Best Choice Award."

Lastly, if that wasn't enough, Tt eSPORTS has collaborated with the #1 ranked Dota2 team in the world, Team DK, to bring a full lineup of gaming peripherals to the market. There's the Team DK SAPHIRA mouse with Team DK PYRRHUS mouse pad, the Team DK KNUCKER keyboard (plunger switches) with Team DK edition Gaming Wrist Rest, and the Team DK CRONOS headset.

Check out all the images below or the official site for more information.

Source: Press Release and Official Site




Corsair Introduces Two New Keyboards Powered by Cherry MX RGB Switches

Category: Input Devices
Posted: June 3, 2014 09:38PM
Author: bp9801


Back at the tail end of last year, Cherry unveiled its new MX RGB switches that feature per-key backlighting of 16.8 million colors. This January Corsair showed off its MX RGB Project, which was a joint effort between the two companies to develop products using those new switches. Now, during Computex, we see the fruit of that labor, as Corsair has officially announced the K95 and K70 RGB gaming keyboards. Both feature those MX RGB switches for a fully custom lighting experience, along with plenty of Corsair quality. The star of the show are those new switches, and when combined with some editing software, allows for any combination of lights and colors. You can highlight certain groupings in one color and another group in a different color, or apply a gradient or ripple pattern, set the lights to come on whenever you type, or pretty much anything your heart desires.

The K95 RGB keyboard features red mechanical switches and 18 dedicated G-Keys for a staggering 108 macro combinations or custom mapped keys, with onboard memory keeping everything stored. There are also dedicated media keys, a 100% anti-ghosted matrix, full key rollover, and a 1000Hz polling rate for accurate response during games. The K70 RGB does not include any of those G-Keys, but has everything else that the K95 RGB features. Both also have a black brushed aluminum anodized frame for some good looks even without the backlighting.

Corsair also introduced the new M65 RGB gaming mouse, which features three zones capable of displaying 16.8 million colors, just like the keyboards. It also has an 8200DPI gaming-grade laser sensor, an adjustable weight tuning system, and a dedicated sniper button for those precision control moments. DPI switching is handled on-the-fly, so you should always be able to find a perfect setting to match your game.

The K70 RGB keyboard with red mechanical switches will be available in late July for $169.99, while blue and brown switch models arrive in August. The K95 RGB keyboard and M65 RGB mouse both arrive in August, with the K95 RGB at $189.99 and the M65 RGB at $69.99.

Source: Press Release




Razer Taipan Now Available in White

Category: Input Devices
Posted: May 1, 2014 03:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Razer has announced that its ambidextrous mouse, the Taipan, is now available in a bright white finish. In addition to the white finish, white lighting is included in the scroll wheel and logo. The Taipan joins the Kraken Pro gaming headset as the two Razer products available in white. The Taipan is compatible with PC and Mac and is configurable using the Razer Synapse software.

Source: Press Release



Corsair Adds Options to Vengeance K70 Keyboard

Category: Input Devices
Posted: April 9, 2014 03:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Corsair Vengeance K70 is a black aluminum keyboard with red backlit keys, originally available with Cherry MX Red switches. Corsair has now made the K70 available with Cherry MX Blue and Brown switches for users looking for a different feel in their keyboards. The backlighting can be adjusted to four different intensity levels, and the intensity can be adjusted on a key by key basis to add emphasis where it is most needed. The two new versions of the keyboard will be available sometime this month at an MSRP of $129.99.

Source: Press Release



COUGAR Peripherals Win iF Design Award

Category: Input Devices
Posted: March 10, 2014 04:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A pair of gaming peripherals from COUGAR, the 700M mouse and 700K keyboard, have won iF International Design Awards for 2014. The aluminum framed devices were in development for two years and it appears that the effort has paid off. The concept for the 700M is "one of a "vertebrate" with metal support for “bones”." This allows for ergonomic adjustments, giving each user the ability to customize their mousing experience. The 700K was inspired by "military “stealth warships” technology, the design is created from elements of geometric facets: mechanical key modules are mounted on an exposed, bent aluminum structure with premium anodized surface treatments, enabling more efficient typing bolstered by providing the players wrist support points."

Source: Press Release




Introducing the SHORTCUT-S, a Keyboard Specifically for Adobe Photoshop

Category: Input Devices
Posted: February 17, 2014 10:12AM
Author: tpsreport


Editing software have specific tool functions that are accessible through an overwhelming list of menu options. To expedite the process, a combination of press keys on the keyboard can be used, known as shortcuts. However, it's a task that requires memorizing the shortcut commands and awkwardly applying them onto the keyboard. The SHORTCUT-S project by Sorin Neica aims to produce a keyboard that combines such shortcuts into single keys. It'll have 299 pre-determined keys for the most commonly used functions, tools, and filters, along with 20 customizable keys. With the SHORTCUT-S, shortcuts can now be accessed with a single button, allowing time savings of up to 30%. The additional keys add to the keyboard's dimensions of 403 mm (L) x 306 mm (W) x 8 mm (H).

While designed specifically for Adobe Photoshop, the SHORTCUT-S keyboard will also be compatible with a plethora of commonly used graphics and video editing software, "like Corel Draw, Adobe Premier, Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut, Lightroom, and so on." Using the same keyboard, users simply swap the interchangeable graphic surface to the overlay that better suits the software that's going to be used.

Currently, the SHORTCUT-S is powered by USB, but there are hopes to develop a wireless version as well as one with an aluminum finish. A fully programmable keyboard may even be possible. However, this Kickstarter project is not possible without the funding of at least $185,280 by March 31st. There's still 42 days left, but at this time of this writing, it's only roughly 11% of the way there.

Interested supporters can pledge $89 (with the early bird special) or $99 (without) to get the SHORTCUT-S keyboard. Optional surface overlays are $18, while shipping is an additional $28, with an expected delivery date of Summer 2014.

Source: Kickstarter




Ozone Releases Neon Laser Mouse

Category: Input Devices
Posted: February 4, 2014 12:34PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Ozone has launched its new laser mouse, known as the Ozone Neon. The new product by Ozone incorporates features that make the mouse competitive in its market, to include an anti-slip surface material, precise 6400 DPI laser sensor that features an on the fly toggle, eight programmable buttons, and an ambidextrous design.  The DPI is able to be adjusted to 6400, 3500, 1800, and 800 and is easily readable thanks to an LED level indicator. Customizability is another aspect of the mouse, as it can store various polling and response rates and settings for the eight included buttons, all within five independent profiles that can be accessed through the included configuration software.

The Ozone Neon laser mouse is available in February of this year for 49,90€ MSRP and is available in black, blue, red, and white.

Source: Press Release



iRig Mic HD Announced by IK Multimedia

Category: Input Devices
Posted: January 23, 2014 04:33PM
Author: Brentt Moore

A global technology company that provides music creation applications and accessories, IK Multimedia, has today announced their new iRig Mic HD. The new product is a digital handheld microphone that works with the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Mac by using a series of three detachable cables. The iRig Mic HD by IK Multimedia features a metal body construction that easily fits on standard microphone stand clips. Users of the iRig Mic HD will appreciate its low noise/high definition pre-amp, 24-bit A/D converter, and 44.1/96 kHz sampling rate. The iRig Mic HD comes with free applications that make it easy to start using the product for recording, processing, and editing. Made specifically for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, VocaLive FREE, iRig Recorder FREE, and AmpliTune FREE are all available via the Apple App Store.

IK Multimedia will make the iRig Mic HD available from music and electronics retailers worldwide in the second quarter of this year, with a price of $99.99.

Source: Press Release



Changes Coming to ZOWIE FK Gaming Mouse

Category: Input Devices
Posted: January 10, 2014 08:30AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Starting this year, ZOWIE GEAR will be making improvements on its popular ZOWIE FK gaming mouse. Taking positive feedback that the company received from customers regarding its EC eVo CL series, ZOWIE will improving the ZOWIE FK gaming mouse by adding a 24-step scroll wheel, a black base, an a built-in IR LED. These revisions to the mouse not only make it more appealing in terms of styling but also add crucial functionality. Customers that prefer the 16-step wheel that is featured on the current version of the ZOWIE FK gaming mouse are being advised to purchase the product now before it goes out of stock.

Source: Press Release

 


EVGA Introduces TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse

Category: Input Devices
Posted: January 8, 2014 05:30PM
Author: Brentt Moore

EVGA has announced its new gaming mouse, the TORQ X10, at CES. Although this gaming mouse is the first of its kind for EVGA, the company has included many respectable elements that will appeal to gamers. For starters, the EVGA TORQ X10 features an adjustable weight system that allows gamers to change the weight of the mouse to their liking. An adjustable system also allows gamers to change the size of the mouse, in terms of height and length, to fit their hand and grip. The laser featured in the mouse provides up to 8200 DPI along with a polling rate up to 1000Hz. Styling elements for the EVGA TORQ X10 are abundant and include a silver coated USB cable, a carbon fiber surface, and customizable RGB LED.

Software is also a major part of the new EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse. The software that will ship with the device will allow gamers to adjust LED brightness and color, make use of a profile and macro system, and see key settings at a glance.

No information was released pertaining to the price or a release date of the EVGA TORQ X10.

Source: EVGA


Tt eSPORTS Launches a Slew of New Gaming Gear at CES

Category: Input Devices
Posted: January 7, 2014 11:36AM
Author: bp9801

Thermaltake has long been associated with computing, as the company makes everything from cases to power supplies and CPU coolers. It also makes a wide range of peripherals under the Tt eSPORTS brand, which there was a plethora of items announced at CES earlier. We have new mice, keyboards, headsets, accessories, and even an eSPORTS team getting their name on some gear. Starting off with the mice, there's the Level 10 M Hybrid mouse that builds on the success of the original Level 10 M mouse by adding in a wired/wireless function. It's also received a more ergonomic body to help it feel even more natural in your hand. There's also the VENTUS mouse, which is an ambidextrous design perfect for both left and right-handed gamers. The venerable BLACK gaming mouse receives an update too, as it's now available in Onyx and Snow Editions, along with an improved Avago sensor taking the DPI level up to 5700.

If you're interested in keyboards, then Tt eSPORTS have three different ones for you. There's the POSIEDON Z Illuminated keyboard with its Cherry MX Blue switches and full backlighting, which the company is now pairing with a five-year warranty (a world's first for a mechanical keyboard). The BALMUS keyboard is also a fully backlit mechanical keyboard, just it features a brushed aluminum casing, ten macro keys, and five profiles that use the Instant Switch System to eliminate delays. Wrapping up the keyboards is the POSIEDON X, a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard that packs in all the features of the POSIEDON series (like backlighting) in a smaller design.

Moving onto the headsets, the SYBARIS takes center stage as it's a wired/wireless headset with a swappable external microphone. It uses Bluetooth for its wireless technology, which means it can easily pair with a smartphone/tablet for a whole new gaming experience. Using it on the PC isn't an issue either, so now you'll just need one headset regardless of where you game. The CRONOS series sees a couple of new additions, with the CRONOS AD featuring an auto adjusting headband, and the CRONOS GO featuring a smaller design for ease of portability. Both also feature a retractable microphone. The Level 10 M headset gets some new colors in the form of Diamond Black, Iron White, and Blazing Red, while the VERTO headset features a unique geometric earcup design and an auto adjusting headband.

Tt eSPORTS also has some new accessories in store, like the aluminum DRACONEM mouse pad with dual sided surfaces and an attachable mouse bungee, the Battle Dragon Bag for storing and hauling all your gear, and the new Headset Adapter to enable an analog headset to be used on a mobile device. Finally we have the branded gear, which Dota2 "super team" Team DK is adding to the KNUCKER keyboard, CRONOS headset, SAPHIRA mouse, and PYRRHUS mouse pad.

All of these products can be viewed at CES, with availability coming later this year. The Level 10 M Hybrid mouse is priced at $$99.99, the VENTUS and BLACK Onyx/Snow at $49.99, and the Team DK SAPHIRA at $39.99. The POSIEDON Z keyboard is priced at $79.99, the BALMUS at $139.99, the POSIEDON X at $69.99, and the Team DK KNUCKER at $39.99. The SYBARIS headset comes in at $139.99, the Level 10 M at $99.99, the CRONOS AD at $69.99, the CRONOS GO at $49.99, the VERTO at $79.99, and the Team DK CRONOS at $59.99. The DRACONEM mouse pad is $39.99, the Team DK PYRRHUS is $24.99, the Battle Dragon Bag at $54.99, and the Headset Adapter is a mere $9.99.

Source: Press Release




Corsair Reveals Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX RGB Switches

Category: Input Devices
Posted: January 6, 2014 09:56PM
Author: bp9801

About a month ago, Cherry unveiled the MX RGB switches, which features (among other things) per-key backlighting of over 16.8 million colors. At the time Corsair was announced as the first partner, with products arriving in 2014. Well, it's 2014, so now we know just what Cherry and Corsair have in store for us. The MX RGB Project is a joint effort between the two companies that takes the MX RGB switches and packs them into a Vengeance K70 keyboard. It gives us a fantastic look at what's to come, as Corsair plans to launch the world's first MX RGB keyboards in the second half of this year. Those will features Cherry Red, Brown, and Blue to custom tailor your typing experience, just each will have a new level of customization not commonly found today. Especially when it comes to mechanical keyboards.

Source: Press Release




Func Releases the KB-460 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Category: Input Devices
Posted: December 5, 2013 12:05PM
Author: bp9801


Func is no longer just a company that makes some stellar mouse pads, as it's released a mouse (the MS-3) and now a mechanical keyboard. The keyboard is called the KB-460, and it uses Cherry MX Red mechanical switches with individual key illumination. There's also full N-key rollover on the KB-460, so you won't have to worry about any commands getting missed during a frenetic gaming session. Customization is a key part of this keyboard, as Func not only allows you to adjust the backlighting level, but you can also re-assign the keys to whatever suits you best. Want certain keys remapped or disabled altogether? You can do that! There are five profiles to store your settings, with the 128KB of onboard memory keeping everything there regardless of where you take the KB-460.

The keyboard features a Func Mode (hold the Fn key and hit F12), which activates any re-assigned keys and disables the Windows button. Everything can be configured with the Setting Software, however if everything is already to your liking, you can just plug in the KB-460 and get right to typing/gaming. Func wants users to feel at ease with the KB-460, and to also customize it to their needs (hence the re-assigning function). There are a multitude of key layouts available for the KB-460; so US, UK, Nordic, French, German, and Russian users can have the exact keyboard they need. The vast majority of the pictures below are with the Nordic layout, however you can check out all six on the keyboard's website.

Each Func KB-460 has a 1.8 meter braided cable and two USB 2.0 passthrough ports, plus a palm rest. Retail price on the KB-460 is $99.95 at launch ($119.95 afterwards), with availability starting today.

Source: Press Release




Cherry Unveils the MX RGB Switches; Launches in 2014 with Corsair Leading the Way

Category: Input Devices
Posted: December 4, 2013 01:37AM
Author: bp9801

Mechanical keyboards are supremely popular in this day and age, with pretty much all of them using one of the many varieties of Cherry MX switches. Today Cherry has something new in store, as it's presenting the Cherry MX RGB switch. It's the first switch specifically designed to take advantage of multicolor LED illumination, as Cherry has applied SMD (Surface Mount Devices) LEDs directly to the circuit board to provide even lighting through the keycaps. This means 16.7 million colors can easily and readily be displayed with the new MX RGB switches, and with no odd illumination on certain keys. Cherry's product developer, Karl-Heinz Müller, explains the new switches thusly:

The illumination of keyboard symbols – especially in terms of their uniformity of illumination – is a technically highly complex and demanding task. The previous solution with the incorporation of 3 mm LEDs led to unsatisfactory results. With our newly developed MX RGB switch, key symbols can be evenly illuminated not only in the widest variety of brightness levels but also in up to 16.7 million different colors. Our new concept of light conductance was implemented through the use of new materials and several patent-pending technical solutions. This innovative, technical concept was implemented only in conjunction with manufacturing processes and sophisticated tool concepts constantly optimized over many years.

Cherry was able to get the even illumination by using a transparent case and a scattering surface lens. It allows for all 16.7 million colors to be displayed at high intensity, so no matter how dark your room is, you won't have an issue. Since the SMD LEDs are directly on the circuit board, production can be fully automated and at a cheaper price, which will hopefully translate to us consumers. The Cherry MX RGB switches will be available in Blue, Black, Red, and Brown varieties, so your favorite switch will soon be able to benefit from the new illumination. Each switch also uses Gold Crosspoint contacts for the utmost precision, as well as high speed, long life, and no dust/dirt build up thanks to their self-cleaning nature.

Corsair, as one of Cherry's partners, will be the first manufacturer to bring the MX RGB switches to market next year. The first products will be shown at CES 2014 in a little over a month, and I imagine those keyboards will be some of the most sought after ones on the market.

Source: Press Release



Razer Releases New Evil Geniuses Branded Peripherals

Category: Input Devices
Posted: December 2, 2013 05:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Razer has been active in the eSports community for some time, sponsoring teams, players, and events. The company has now announced a new array of peripherals carrying the brand of Evil Geniuses, one of the teams sponsored by Razer. Limited edition versions of the Taipan mouse, Goliathus mouse pad, and Black Widow Ultimate keyboard will be available and represent the top of line products from Razer. Members of the Evil Geniuses team were involved throughout the design process to help create products that represent the team and its players. Evil Geniuses CEO Alex Garfield said, "Razer's enthusiasm for a custom line of Evil Geniuses products was a major factor in our decision to partner with them in the first place. It shows that there was an internal commitment at Razer to help us grow as a business." The Goliathus has an MSRP of $19.99, the Taipan will cost $89.99, and the Black Widow Ultimate will sell for $149.99. The Taipan and Goliathus are available now while the Black Widow is expected to be available the second week of December.

Source: Press Release



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