Corsair Goes All Out on New Products During CESCategory: General News
Posted: January 8, 2013 12:02PM
CES 2013 officially kicks off today, and Corsair is showing off a plethora of new products to entice pretty much anyone. Starting off, Corsair and recently acquired Raptor Gaming have announced the entire line of Corsair Raptor gaming peripherals is now available in the United States and Germany. The Corsair Raptor products coexist with the Corsair Vengeance ones, but the Raptor line is designed with more "conventional" materials to suit any price point. All the Raptor products are designed with gamers in mind and include many of the same features as the Vengeance line, like "anti-ghosting keys, replaceable key caps, and on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments." Raptor Gaming is based in Germany and is why that country is the other launch area with the U.S.
Next we come to the Corsair Voyager Air, "the first all-in-one mobile wireless drive, home network attached storage, USB drive, and wireless hub." The Voyager Air has up to 1TB of storage, a rechargeable battery, WiFi, Ethernet, and USB 3.0, so this drive can work just as well on the road as it can at home. Media on it can be accessed on a PC or Mac, or on Android and iOS devices with a Corsair app. Connect the Voyager Air to a home network, and content can be accessed via smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media set-top boxes. WiFi on the drive is 802.11b/g/n with a 90' range, plus it can do double duty as a WiFi hotspot to allow computers, phones, and tablets to surf the Internet. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery can last up to seven hours between charges, with USB 3.0 performance nearly double that of similar USB drives. It can function as network attached storage by plugging it directly into a router so any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer can access it. The Voyager Air comes formated in NTFS, but Mac users can easily reformat it to HFS+ for Time Machine.
Moving right along are the Corsair Flash Voyager GT Turbo drives; the "fastest native USB 3.0 flash drives." These drives come in 32, 64, and 128GB capacities, with Corsair listing read speeds as 260MB/s and write speeds as 235MB/s. Both of those are blistering fast and are 1.7 times faster than any other USB 3.0 flash drive measured with ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.47. Windows, Mac, and Linux users can benefit from the Flash Voyager GT Turbo drives without any extra hassle, and each one is compatible with USB 2.0 just at greatly reduced speeds.
Last, but certainly not least, we come to the new Corsair Vengeance gaming products and an update to the Vengeance 2000 wireless headset. The Vengeance K95 keyboard takes what the K90 started with but puts it a whole new level. Its chassis is now black anodized brushed aluminum, every key is individually backlit with white LEDs, and the mechanical switches are all Cherry MX Reds. Eighteen macro keys can be programmed through software or on-the-fly, with macro and lighting profiles stored on the internal flash memory. The Vengeance K95 features 20 key rollover, full anti-ghosting, and a 1ms reporting rate.
The Vengeance M95 and M65 mice have an aluminum unibody chassis and a brand-new Avago Technologies ADNS-9800 LaserStream™ gaming sensor capable of 8200DPI. That new sensor provides a 30% boost in tracking resolution compared to previous mice and should feel at home on even the largest monitors. New high-precision button switches have been installed on each mouse, while each one features on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments, a high-mass scroll wheel, PTFE pads, and programmable lift detection. The Vengeance M95 is designed with MMO and RTS gamers in mind, as it features 15 programmable buttons and onboard memory to store up to six profiles. Included software allows for macros, profiles, and sensor settings to be adjusted with ease. The Vengeance M65 is for FPS gaming, and includes a large Sniper button on the side to drop DPI in an instant and an adjustable center of gravity to tailor the mouse to your exact needs.
Corsair's new Vengeance MM600 dual-sided gaming mat has a 3mm aircraft-grade aluminum base with rubber corners to keep things secure. Each side has a high-quality polymer surface to provide for a distinctive glide, with one being smooth for high-speed and the other being heavily textured for increased control. As for the Vengeance 2000 wireless headset, well, it will soon have a software update to bring Dolby Headphone 2.0 to the party for 7.1 channel surround sound. Existing users will also be able to benefit from the software update as it'll be available next month for free.
That is a truly massive amount of new Corsair products to make pretty much everyone happy. The Corsair Raptor line is available now in the U.S. and Germany, with other regions to follow in the first half of this year. The full line can be viewed at the Corsair website as it's rather large. The Voyager Air is expected to arrive in February in red and grey colors with a 500GB or 1TB capacity. The 500GB drive retails at $179.99 while the 1TB is at $219.99. Corsair Flash Voyager GT Turbo drives will also be available in February, with the 32GB starting at $49.99, the 64GB at $89.99, and the 128GB at $179.99. Each one comes with a five-year warranty. The Vengeance M65 (in military green, black, and arctic white), M95 (in black and arctic white), and MM600 should be available later this month for $69.99, $79.99, and $39.99, respectively. The Vengeance K95 ships in the early spring for $149.99.