People are always talking about not having to reinvent the wheel, but what if the purpose of the wheel changed? It's an admittedly rough analogy to what Razer has done, which is try to reinvent the mechanical switch. According to Razer, all mechanical switches up to this point have been designed for typing, whereas the new Razer Mechanical Switch was purpose-built for gaming applications.
A device that combines multiple input peripherals into one
You never know what you'll find when browsing Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site that's helped bring Oculus Rift, Ouya, and Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded to fruition. We've also seen a handful of peripherals skate through Kickstarter -- items like the Stinky Footboard Controller and Paradise Desk. More recently, we stumbled upon a unique peripheral called King's Assembly, and with 51 days still to go, it's already blown past its funding goal.
NZXT's latest computer case, the H440, is a forward looking enclosure that encourages you to retire your optical media. That's because it doesn't come with any 5.25-inch drive bays, so if you want to save data to discs or install games and applications the old school way, you'll need an external optical drive to get the task done. NZXT made the sacrifice in order to facilitate a cleaner design.
Case and PC peripheral maker Cooler Master has been kicking out some nifty gear the past few months, including the HAF Stacker. Cooler Master made sure to bring its modular case design to CES where Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang had a chance to check it out up close and on camera. In addition, Cooler Master also demonstrated a few brand new cases and some sweet new mechanical keyboards with unique transitional lighting effects.
Peripheral maker plans to show some love to PC gamers
PC gaming is not only alive and well as we kickstart a brand new year, it's also the primary focus of some peripheral makers. That includes Roccat, a company based out of Germany that's been increasing its focus on the U.S. market with a variety of hardware aimed at gamers. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, Roccat will showcase a number of new gaming products.
Who's to blame/credit for the most famous key combination in history?
It doesn't matter how long you've been using a PC, as long as there's a keyboard involved, you're probably familiar with the Control-Alt-Delete combination, or the three-finger salute, as some have come to call it. Decades after the key combination was conceived, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates candidly admits that it was a "mistake, but don't point the finger at him, let IBM share some of the blame.
Any experienced gamer can get by with an ordinary keyboard, but where's the fun in that? It's not as though there's a shortage of gaming planks in the wild, and in fact the category just grew by one more with the introduction of Corsair's Raptor K30 Gaming Keyboard. The K30 helps you set opponents up for the kill with half a dozen dedicated, programmable G-keys capable of storing up to 18 presets.
Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop and Sculpt Comfort Desktop are aimed at uncomfortable office workers
It isn’t uncommon for manufacturers to cite survey results and research findings while launching new products and Microsoft did exactly that on Tuesday, making public the results of a recent survey conducted by its own PC Accessories group in order to make its case for a couple of new PC peripheral bundles — the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop and Sculpt Comfort Desktop.
Logitech is arguably the most aggressive peripheral maker when it comes to Windows 8 accessories, the newest of which is its Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820, a cordless plank with a built-in touchpad for swiping your way through Microsoft's touch-happy operating system. It supports over a dozen Windows 8 multi-touch gestures contingent on downloading Logitech's SetPoint software.
SteelSeries isn't at all bashful when it comes to its Apex keyboard for gamers. Tossing modesty out a 20 story building into heavy traffic, SteelSeries claims its Apex is the world's fastest gaming plank thanks to its "superior design," which consists of low-profile keys, an optimized layout, and smart illumination. You might think such a keyboard would run $1 million, but it's actually priced at $100.