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Review: Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse and G240 Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad

Posted by Donster on: 2014-05-24 09:51:54 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By David Yee @ Legit Reviews

Color me surprised when I found out that the Logitech G5 design, in use since that mouse first appeared in 2005 and based off the also legendary MX518, was being replaced by the ergonomic shape being used for the G602. The wild success of the G5 and the various G500 updates have perhaps culminated to be amongst the top, if not the defacto favorite gaming mice for nearly a decade. Logitech hasn’t extinguished the original MX518 shape as it continues on as the G400s today.

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Review: Steelseries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2014-05-02 15:16:12 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By E. Fylladitakis @ AnandTech

Most advanced users, especially those that are interested in gaming, have almost certainly heard of SteelSeries, a reputable manufacturer of gaming-related peripherals and hardware. The company originates from Denmark and today has offices in the US and Taiwan. They have a very large selection of products available and we cannot possibly cover them all in a single review, but today we will be having a look at their most advanced (and expensive) mouse, the Sensei Wireless.

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Review: Mad Catz R.A.T. TE Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-17 12:34:15 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By David Yee @ Legit Reviews

Mad Catz has introduced a new mouse to their R.A.T. gaming mouse lineup that features a new suffix and with a new set of features to boot. The R.A.T. TE, labeled as a Tournament Edition gaming mouse, is designed to be the swiftest R.A.T. mouse while retaining most of the characteristics of the namesake.

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Review: Bloody B540 Mechanical Keyboard and TL8A Laser Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-17 10:54:04 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Kerley @ HardwareHeaven

Recently we reviewed a number of products from A4Tech and their Bloody gaming range. The G501 headset, the B120 keyboard and the ZL5A gaming mouse offered good value with some unique features. Today we will be taking a look at more of their latest products and the first is a step up from the keyboard we looked at last time, the B540. It is a mechanical gaming model and pairs nicely with the TL8A from the Bloody ambidextrous gaming mouse range.

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Review: Das Keyboard 4 Pro: Cherry MX Flavored Typing

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-11 16:14:57 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Paul Lilly @ Hot Hardware

Having experience with previous Das Keyboard models and being big fans of mechanical key switches in general, we knew we had to get our hands on the Das Keyboard 4 for test drive. We opted for the Professional model with Cherry MX Blue key switches (both the Professional and Ultimate versions also come with Cherry MX Brown switches), which carries an MSRP of $169. Here's our initial impression.

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Review: Func MS-3 R.2 Gaming Mouse and Surface 1030 r2 Mouse Pad

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-04 15:02:53 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By David Yee @ Legit Reviews

Func is a company you might have heard of before many years ago. Founded in 1999, Func released its first product in 2000, the SUrface 1030 dual sided mouse pad. Since its yearly rounds of early releases, Func grew quiet until last year when it began to release products both new and refreshed. The Func 1030 r2 mouse pad is one of the refreshed products we’ll be looking at today in this combined review with their new gaming mouse called the MS-3.

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Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2014 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-04 14:28:26 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By E. Fylladitakis @ AnandTech

Several months ago, we had a quick look at the BlackWidow Ultimate from Razer, a company very well known for their focus on gaming-related products. A few weeks ago, Razer announced that they have developed their own all-new mechanical switches, upgrading most of their keyboards with them in the process. The upgrade involves the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, and we have the new "2014" version that we'll be reviewing today. Razer has made plenty of noise about their new switches, and while we'll have more to say on that in a moment, let's start as usual with a look at the packaging and included items.

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Review: Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2014-03-04 13:46:00 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

There is no doubt that mechanical keyboards have taken a significant market share in recent times as all of the major manufacturers moved away from membrane style units in the high end. There are exceptions to that though, such as the Razer DeathStalker, but that sort of product, like the mechanical alternatives has a price premium.

Today's product takes the rubber/membrane approach for keys and prices it at a competitive $70/Ł55 with a number of gamer and media features built in. Enter the Corsair Raptor K40...

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Review: Mionix Naos 7000 and Avior 7000 Gaming Mice

Posted by Donster on: 2014-01-21 16:42:44 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Jake @ PureOC

Today we're looking at the latest iterations of these Mionix flagship mice, the Naos 7000 and Avior 7000. Despite the difference in DPI, the other major difference is these two new products utilize optical sensors rather than laser internals. This has several pros and cons, which we'll discuss in more detail, but the overarching point to realize here is you get nearly the same mice for less money. We're certainly fans of getting good value, so let's take a closer look at the Mionix Naos 7000 and Avior 7000 and find out if they're worth your money.

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Review: Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2014-01-04 12:41:27 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

So what happens if you take away the screen and modular capabilities of the S.T.R.I.K.E 7? You end up with the S.T.R.I.K.E 3. Today that's what we have on our test bench, let's find out if it manages to retain enough of the qualities from the higher end model to succeed.

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Review: SteelSeries Rival Optical Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2013-12-26 14:26:20 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

SteelSeries have long been established as one of the major players for enthusiast gaming peripherals. When we reviewed their Sensei mouse a while back we found it to be one of the best gaming mice around and they had huge success with their World of Warcraft devices, the first edition selling so well that manufacturing couldn't keep up. Recently they have been expanding into other areas such as controllers for tablets however their PC (and Mac) peripherals have also seen some new additions. Today we take a look at a new mouse in the SteelSeries range, the Rival. This mouse features a new body shape, taking us away from the design used on the likes of Sensei and Kana. Is it for the better though?

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Review: FUNC KB-460 Mechanical Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-12-06 16:30:15 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

Just over a year ago Func made a second, first impression on the gaming market with the launch of their Surface 1030XL mouse pad. It was a high quality product and they followed that up with the MS-3 gaming mouse in February of this year. There is of course an obvious progression from the launch of a pad then mouse and today we have the result of that on our test bench. The KB-460 is a mechanical keyboard with various functions important to gamers, so let's take a look...

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Review: Gigabyte Aivia Uranium Wireless Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2013-11-26 14:55:41 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Joe Kershner @ PureOC

Gigabyte is one of those companies that doesn’t need an introduction. When it comes to PC products their name speaks for itself. Gigabyte has been supplying us with quality products since 1986, producing motherboards, PC components, peripherals, complete systems and the list goes on. Today we have the opportunity to share one of their newest mouse. The Aivia Uranium is named after the symbol ‘U’ from the periodic table, which is where they came up with Uranium. The Aivia Uranium is remarkable gaming gear, delivering extraordinary power to all your game plays with its GHOST Macro Station, whose built-in memory in the receiver allows you to save commands or Macros. With a maximum of 6500dpi and 1Ghz polling rate, the 2100mAh NiMH rechargeable AA batteries are capable of lasting 50 continuous hours of gaming.

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Review: Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-10-02 14:48:19 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By David Yee @ Legit Reviews

Last year, Corsair released the Vengeance K90 as one of two new keyboards. It was a big gamble for Corsair entering the crowded gaming peripheral market for the first time, electing to jump in with mechanical keyboards with the K90 being a very expensive keyboard. Mechanical keyboards were catching on back then and people of all sorts – gamers, typists, and computer enthusiasts – had their opinions regarding the Vengeance K90 keyboard. First there were those who scoffed at the idea of an expensive keyboard, the kind of person who would be blissful with a no frills membrane keyboard. Second, some felt cheated that the K90’s 18 macro keys were the only full-sized keys that weren’t mechanical, but in-fact membrane. Lastly, there were those who liked the K90 for what it was. For those unsatisfied with the older K90’s non-mechanical macro keys, the K95 is Corsair’s response to those criticisms.

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Review: SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-09-24 15:21:05 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

Author: stefan @ MadShrimps

Based on rubber domes, the new SteelSeries Apex Keyboard comes with a lot of interesting features like the ActiveZone Lighting system, extra directional arrows, raised macro keys, 4 separate layers, anti-ghosting for the most frequently used keys in games and more.

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Review: Gigabyte Force K7 Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-09-04 15:01:58 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Kerley @ HardwareHeaven

While Gigabyte are primarily a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards they do a wide range of other products, from full systems to PC peripherals. We have seen a number of those peripherals in the past and overall we have been impressed by the performance and design. Today on our test bench we have Gigabyte's latest gaming keyboard, the Force K7. This mid-range model features ultra-short key travel and selective anti-ghosting around the WASD key cluster.

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Review: Tt eSPORTS Meka G-Unit Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-08-12 15:22:37 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

The Challenger keyboard was clearly interesting thanks to that built in cooling but every serious keyboard manufacturer needs mechanical key options and that's where products like the MEKA G-Unit fit into Tt eSports product catalogue. The latest addition to that is the MEKA G-Unit Illuminated and today we have one on our test bench to review.

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Review: Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-08-02 16:10:11 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

Written By: David Yee @ Legit Reviews

Today we take a look at the newest CM Storm Quickfire XT mechanical keyboard from Cooler Master. The QuickFire XT is the full 104 key sibling to the tenkeyless Quickfire Rapid. The Quickfire XT features four choices of mechanical Cherry MX switches, a detachable braided USB cable, and Fn multimedia keys. Read and see our overview of this new keyboard and what we liked about it!

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Review: Roccat Kone Pure and Kone Pure Color Gaming Mice

Posted by Donster on: 2013-07-29 15:43:11 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Will @ PureOC

The right gaming mouse can make or break your gaming session. You want a mouse that will handle high-speed precision movements for FPS gaming, but will also handle slow technical stuff for MMORPGs and productivity stuff. Today I might just have the mouse that will satisfy all your needs without breaking your wallet. ROCCAT is a German-based manufacturer of high-end gaming peripherals. They make some of the coolest, most feature-packed gaming mice, keyboards, audio gear and gaming notebooks. They've recently released the fifth generation of their Kone gaming mouse - the Kone Pure, and more recently added colored variants to the Pure's lineup. They were kind enough to send me out their new Kone Pure and Kone Pure Color gaming mice to review. Let's dive in and see how this one measures up!

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Review: Cooler Master CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2013-07-26 15:12:05 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Jake @ PureOC

The Havoc is the latest in Cooler Master's gamer-oriented Storm series of products, with an 8200 DPI laser engine and a fabulous finish. With an attractive price $55, this is a highly competitive segment in the gaming peripheral market for those who want a new rodent for their system. Question is: can this mouse wreak Havoc on the competition? Let's find out.

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Review: MSI GK-601 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-07-02 16:12:01 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

Written By: David Yee @ Legit Reviews

MSI has recently released their first mechanical keyboards which join other MSI products under their GAMING brand. Up for review is the GK-601, the flagship keyboard of the pair of new keyboards. It features Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, individually backlit keys, and programmable macros, among other things. Can MSI prove itself in new territory? Read on and find out what we think.

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Review: Tt eSPORTS Theron Gaming Mouse and Galeru Bungee

Posted by Donster on: 2013-06-28 15:43:58 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Kerley @ HardwareHeaven

Recently took a look at the Tt eSPORTS SHOCK gaming headset, an entry level headset from their range of gaming peripherals. Overall we were impressed with how it delivered quality audio to gamers on a budget and it won our recommended award for that very reason.

Today we'll be taking a look at the Theron gaming mouse from the same range. The Theron mouse is aimed squarely at the real time strategy player with the mouse being promoted and design in partnership with Softball, the StarCraft 2 player from Tt's professional gaming team, the Tt Apollos.

Along with the Theron we will also be looking at the Galeru, which is Tt eSPORTS mouse bungee. These helpful little accessories are becoming more frequent visitors to our test bench, so it will be interesting to see what Tt have come up with to separate them from the norm.

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Review: Corsair Vengeance K70 Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-06-14 11:29:10 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By: Hilbert Hagedoorn @ GURU3D

In this article we review the all new Corsair Vengeance K70 cherry red mechanical keyboard. The K70 is the mighty descendant of the fashionable K60 in terms of the overall basis and concept, but it adds some more features, is much more cool looking with full LED lit keys and has a trick or two encompassed in the new design as well.

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Review: Genius X-G510 Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2013-06-10 14:08:58 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Aaron Chen @ Neoseeker

Today, we will take a look at the Genius X-G510 Gaming Mouse. Like many other mice, the X-G510 features adjustable DPI, active profile switching, and programmable macros. Unique to this mouse is a soft-touch rubber finish and a vibrant blue "cracking" LED pattern on the surface.

Let's see if Genius can leverage their experience in the market to help make the X-G510 stand out.

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Review: Logitech G500s Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2013-06-07 14:00:50 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

Over the past few months Logitech has been refreshing their gaming peripheral range and recently we took a look at the high end G700s. A lovely mouse it won our Gold award due to some great build quality and high quality design. For those of you interested in how Logitech go about designing and making their products we also visited their R+D facilities in Switzerland recently and that article is here... but for today we have a midrange model in the G series, the G500s, on our review bench to find out what Logitech offer in the Ł60/$70 price range.

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Review: Mad Catz M.O.U.S.9 Wireless Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2013-05-16 15:01:58 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

Reviewed by NikKTech

A nice looking, feature rich and wireless compact mouse is one of the things i always wanted to "marry" with my notebook but to date i haven't been able to find the ideal one. Microsoft and Logitech have released quite a few (some of which with good specifications) but none of those actually peaked my interest (nor caught my eye for that matter), at least not enough for me to actually pack one of them with my primary Toshiba Qosmio notebook. I did consider using the excellent wireless R.A.T.9 by Mad Catz a while ago but its size along with the external battery charging bay were a bit too much for use with a notebook. Well it seems that Mad Catz also thinks the same way as I and so they just launched the M.O.U.S.9 Wireless Bluetooth Mouse which looks a lot like the R.A.T.9 but takes less space, is more battery efficient and is much lighter.

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NEW Joystick from THRUSTMASTER - HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick

Posted by Donster on: 2013-04-25 14:17:23 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

In order to respond to demand from the flight sim community, Thrustmaster is pleased to announce that it will now offer a standalone version of its A-10C attack aircraft flight stick replica.

With the release of the HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick, owners of the HOTAS Cougar™ stick and flight sim fans in general will be able to get a taste of the incredibly specific sensations provided by the stick of the A-10C, the U.S. Air Force’s famous attack aircraft. A replica of the plane’s control stick designed by Thrustmaster – creator of the original “Hands On Throttle And Stick” concept – and officially licensed by the U.S. government’s Department of the Air Force, the HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick is composed of a detachable metal handle which is also compatible with the base of the HOTAS Cougar™ stick (and vice versa), plus a base and a support plate.

Thanks to a metal plate which can be detached from its base, the HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick can be used either on a desk or mounted in a cockpit. The activation pressure on the stick's buttons and trigger is completely realistic. It features 19 action buttons in total, plus one 8-way “point of view” hat: 1 x 8-way “point of view” hat, 2 x 8-way hats, 1 x 4-way hat with push button, 1 x metal dual trigger, 2 x push buttons, 2 x pinkie push buttons. The stick includes a USB connector and also features upgradable firmware; what's more, it's ultra-stable (weighing in at more than 6.6 lbs/3 kg).

The HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick will be available starting May 2013 at a suggested retail price of $299.99 (taxes included).

For more information please visit the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick product page.

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Review: ROCCAT Isku FX Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-04-12 14:40:28 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Kerley @ HardwareHeaven

Recently ROCCAT updated one of their keyboards, the Isku, branding the new model Isku FX. We liked the original Isku model though we had some small changes which we would have liked to have seen in order to make the keyboard really stand out. So today we'll take a look at the Isku FX and see what changes have been made and whether ROCCAT have addressed any of the points we raised in our original review of the Isku.

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Review: Genius Gila GX Series Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2013-03-29 14:03:52 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

Written By David Yee @ Legit Reviews

We’re taking a look at a CES award winning gaming mouse from Genius with sporty looks, lights, 12 buttons, onboard memory, weights, and an 8200 DPI laser sensor. They claim Gila is the next generation MMO/RTS professional gaming laser mouse. Does the Gila impress or fall flat on its face? Read on and see what we think about this gaming mouse!

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Review: Leetgion El Druin Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2013-03-14 15:02:19 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By: Hilbert Hagedoorn @ GURU3D

A company by the name Leetgion released a gaming mouse optimized for RPG usage, it's called the El Druin game mouse which we review and test today. So the high DPI mouse is made by Leetgion and these are the guys behind Thermalright. The mouse has all the features you may expect from a nice game mouse at a true gamers price level. Perhaps something you want to check out?

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Review: Razer Ouroboros Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2013-02-25 16:18:39 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

Recently Razer released their Lamborghini inspired mouse, the Ouroboros. With multiple interchangeable parts, ambidextrous layout, wired and wireless operation, changeable shape and a distinctive design it looks to compete with some impressive gaming mice at the high end of the gaming market.

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Review: Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-02-04 15:47:39 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Kerley @ HardwareHeaven

Today we will be taking Mad Catz new gaming keyboard, the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 through its paces. The S.T.R.I.K.E. 7, like previous products from Mad Catz, such as the R.A.T. mice is a heavily customisable product that incorporates a touch screen display along with the more standard QWERTY keyboard we would expect.

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Review: Azio Levetron Mech5 – Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-01-04 16:14:12 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Kenny @ PureOC

Today we will be taking a looking at one of Azio's newest gaming keyboards on the market, the Azio Levetron Mech5 mechanical keyboard. The Mech5 is Azio's most innovative mainstream mechanical gaming keyboard available today. As of the last few years, mechanical keyboards have gotten really popular and we are seeing many competitors releasing their own designs in an attempt to capitalize on this new craze. Azio designed the Levetron Mech5 to be completely modular, so fit and finish will be an important aspect to keep in mind; however, let's not forget that functionality is just as important when it comes to mechanical gaming keyboards. So today we are going to put the Azio Levetron Mech5 to the test and see how it stacks up.

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Review: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2013-01-04 16:05:10 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Vinny Petronio @ PureOC

The Build quality of the CM Storm QuickFire TK is second to none the Cherry MX Blue switches are the best I have ever used, and I love the blue LED lighting and accent off of the sky blue steel plate. The dimming functions and the highlighted gaming keys actually helped to improve my gaming experiences, I am now favoring the Cherry MX Blue for gaming over my Red and the overall gaming performance is one to be reckoned with.

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Review: ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2012-11-26 15:29:15 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

For all that the Kone[+] is a great gaming mouse the market has moved on since its release and newer, higher performance sensors have been released. This has prompted Roccat to refresh their Kone range and today we look at the new high end model, the Kone XTD with its 8000dpi+ technology.

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Review: CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse and Skorpion Mouse Bungee

Posted by Donster on: 2012-11-05 14:27:32 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Kerley @ HardwareHeaven

Over the past few years CM Storm, the gaming peripheral arm of Cooler Master, have built themselves a formidable reputation of delivering quality products aimed squarely at the enthusiast gamer. Their range of keyboards, mice and other accessories puts them at the forefront of the market and today on our test bench we will be taking a look at their latest mid-range gaming mouse, the Recon. We'll also be taking a look at the Skorpion Mouse Bungee, a peripheral that ensures we never miss a kill due to a tangled mouse cord.

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Review: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2012-10-19 15:16:24 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By: Hilbert Hagedoorn @ GURU3D

We test and review the Gigabyte Osmium mechanical keyboard from Gigabyte's Aivia series. It comes with a lot of features that should be appealing to you as a gamer. For example integrated USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports (through a HUB). The Osmium is a mechanical keyboard, as such is has been equipped with RED flavored switches (preferred by many). These keys have will be long-lived and can withstand a severe beating bringing you the stuff you as a gamer like so much.

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Review: Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Gaming Mouse (by BMW)

Posted by Donster on: 2012-10-03 15:58:50 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

The latest collaboration between Thermaltake (or Tt eSPORTS) and DesignworksUSA (subsidiary of BMW) is the Level 10 M gaming mouse. With metal plates, tweakable shape, wide range of buttons and some high style design the mouse clearly has a lot going for it. Today we have one of the first samples on our test bench, so lets take a look.

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Review: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2012-07-31 16:33:57 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By: Hilbert Hagedoorn @ GURU3D

We review the Gigabyte Osmium mechanical keyboard from Gigabyte's Aivia series. It comes with a lot of features that should be appealing to you as a gamer. For example integrated USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports (through a HUB). The Osmium is a mechanical keyboard, as such is has been equipped with RED flavored switches (preferred by many). These keys have will be long-lived and can withstand a severe beating bringing you the stuff you as a gamer like so much.

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Review: Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2012-07-26 16:14:58 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Frederik S & Peter Fane @ techPowerUp!

Despite being new to the gaming peripherals scene, Gigabyte has dived in head first with the launch of its high-end Aivia gaming gear lineup. In this review, we will take a look at the Aivia Krypton Gaming mouse which is based on the Avago ADNS-9800 8200 DPI laser sensor. With its futuristic design, this mouse is an ambitious attempt by Gigabyte to take a slice of the big gaming market. This nine-buttoned rubber clad, oddly named rodent, is a far cry from the more FPS-inspired hardware we are used to seeing from Gigabyte; we like it just the same!

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Review: Razer Taipan Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2012-07-26 16:03:39 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

Today Razer's mouse range gets another new family member with the launch of the Taipan. Designed to be ultra flexible and cutting edge it has been co-designed with some of the world's leading gamers. Today we have a Taipan connected to our test system and will find out if it has the potential to meet everyones needs.

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Review: ROCCAT Savu Gaming Mouse and Taito Gaming Mousepad

Posted by Donster on: 2012-06-22 16:23:52 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Kerley @ HardwareHeaven

Today on our test bench we will be looking at two new products from ROCCAT. Firstly we have a brand new mid-range gaming mouse, the Savu. Featuring a unique 4000DPI optical sensor and ROCCAT's Easy-Shift[+] system the Savu looks to set new standards in its price bracket.

We will also be taking a look at the Taito Gaming Mouse Pad. The Taito comes in three sizes, the mini, mid and king and is also available in two heights, 3mm or 5mm. We have the mid-sized 5mm version to test with the new Savu mouse.

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Review: Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8

Posted by Donster on: 2012-05-31 16:49:29 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

Reviewed by Jake Mete @ PureOC

A fully backlit mechanical keyboard that sports a fabulously minimalist design and caters to discerning consumers who want something unique, the Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 is not your average mechanical board. Are you looking for plenty of standalone macro keys? Pffft, try fully integrated ones here. Is 6-Key Rollover not good enough for you, maybe you want 20KRO? Bah, that's for chumps. Try FULL NKRO on the X8.

That certainly made us drool, so we had to test drive the Nighthawk X8 firsthand. While it may not look like anything particularly groundbreaking at first glance, there's something special lurking here. Let's delve a bit deeper and see if the X8 can stand out in a widening field of mechanical keyboards.

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Review: Cooler Master Sentinel Advance II Gaming Mouse & Speed-RX Pad

Posted by Donster on: 2012-04-30 15:47:04 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

Reviewed by Jake Mete @ PureOC

Cooler Master is no industry lightweight, however, and has plenty of experience with hardware components. And Storm Series gaming products have proven to be very successful, as we've found them to be very well designed and constructed. Their latest foray is the Sentinel Advance II, a gaming mouse that looks to build upon its predecessor with a more advanced sensor and a few other tweaks.

Cooler Master offers several gaming surfaces (mouse pads) to suit different gaming preferences and scenarios. Their latest, the Speed-RX, is a control pad, and is available in three sizes: Large (450 x 350mm), Medium (320 x 270mm), and Small (250 x 210mm). We have the Large (RX-L) version today.

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Review: CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2012-04-05 14:54:41 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

Building on their gaming expertise Cooler Master launched the CM Storm range a few years ago, regularly releasing products which would appeal to enthusiast and pro gamers. One of the latest products to reach the market under this brand is the Trigger mechanical keyboard and that is the focus of our review today.

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Review: Razer Naga Hex Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2012-02-24 15:54:19 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

Razer is expanding the Naga family with the Hex Edition. The Hex features a new thumb button layout, with mechanical switches, that is aimed at MOBA and action RPG gamers. Today we have one of the first Hex samples on our desk and will find out if it succeeds in enhancing our gaming experience and if it is suitably different to the previous model.

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Review: Tesoro Durandal Ultimate G1NL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Posted by Donster on: 2012-02-21 16:15:27 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Niall Coleman @ HardwareHeaven

Today we will be taking a look at a new backlit mechanical gaming keyboard from Tesoro, the Durandal Ultimate G1NL. Tesoro are a US company who produce a range of gaming peripherals for the PC market and in mythology Durandal was the sword of Charlemagne's paladin Roland. The sword was said to contain various religious artefacts, such as a tooth of Saint Peter, embedded within its golden hilt and was used by Roland to hold off a hundred-thousand strong army, long enough for Charlemagne's forces to retreat into France.

With a name such as Durandal Ultimate the latest product from Tesoro certainly has a lot to live up to and some fierce competition from the likes of Razers Blackwidow or Steelseries 7G. Let's find out if it is an ideal alternative to more well known alternatives.

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Review: Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse

Posted by Donster on: 2012-01-27 14:57:28 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Kerley @ HardwareHeaven

Today we will be taking a look at Cyborg's new version of the R.A.T. 7 aimed at the large massively multiplayer online role playing game market. The M.M.O. 7 looks to take all the innovative features of the R.A.T. 7 and add in the extra button and programming capability that the average MMO player looks for in a gaming mouse.

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Review: Corsair Vengeance K90, K60 Gaming Keyboards and M90, M60 Gaming Mice

Posted by Donster on: 2011-12-23 16:25:51 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

Today we have the four Corsair Vengeance Keyboards and Mice on our test bench to see if they can continue to deliver the high level of quality and performance we have come to expect from Corsair.

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Review: SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel

Posted by Donster on: 2011-12-20 15:50:29 in category: Game Controller News [ Print ]

By Stuart Davidson @ Hardware Heaven

This motion controller was co-designed by champion gamers and Indy 500 racers and is very much aimed at those who play Simraceway... but it also works with games such as F1 2011, Need For Speed, iRacing, GTR2 and DiRT 3. Today we take a look to see if SteelSeries can transfer their success with standard peripherals into the racing genre.

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