MSI has begun shipping two new gaming laptops in North America, the company announced Monday. The company’s latest gaming laptops, the GT780R and GX780, are both 17-inchers that feature SteelSeries keyboards specially designed for gamers. Details after the jump.
Not all geeks are created equal, as Maximum PC readers no doubt know. Hardware geeks and miniature wargaming geeks don't necessarily grunt the same language; sticking a Star Trek geek and a Firefly geek in the same room is just asking for trouble. BioWare and LucasArts are hoping to strike nerd gold by tapping into the combined power of gaming geeks and Star Wars geeks with the upcoming MMORPG "Star Wars: The Old Republic." Now, Razer's getting into the action and trying to suck hardware geeks into the mix with their new line of SWTOR-branded peripherals.
We're a bit skeptical when it comes to concept keyboards shipping on time. That's what happens when you get strung along with numerous delays and excuses, as was the case with Art Lebedev Studio's Optimus Maximums OLED keyboard, which finally shipped long after its original promised launch date. Now we're being told that a company called Minebea is prepping its totally flat "Cool Leaf" concept keyboard for a May 13, 2011 release. With all due respect, we'll believe it when we see it.
If the world's currency were keyboards, we'd rule the planet. That's because at any given time, a computer geek can disappear into the basement, garage, or computer room and emerge with several planks in hand, most of which probably still work, and representing both PS/2 and USB inputs. But the world doesn't run on keyboards, so short of tossing them into a landfill, what can you use them for?
Gigabyte is gearing up to release its first real gaming keyboard, which will join a long line of multimedia keyboards already under the company's belt. Unlike those other planks, however, Gigabyte's new Alvia K8100 is built for fragging and to look good while doing it.
Media boxes are great, but we still haven't found one that offers all the flexibility of a dedicated home theater PC (HTPC). One of the tradeoffs with HTPCs is that you'll need to rock a wireless mouse and keyboard to take full advantage of what it has to offer. Or do you?
Most of Windows 7’s accessibility options are, at best, of dubious usefulness to the average PC user. And that’s fine, as they’re generally designed for people with special needs, and can be easily deactivated. There’s one accessibility option, however, that can be a big help to anyone: Mouse Keys.
One advantage to the Android platform is that you're not locked into a single device. Apple, on the other hand, doesn't license out its iOS platform to other mobile phone makers, so it's the iPhone or bust. But what if you want a slideout keyboard instead of just a virtual one? In that case, you're simply out of luck, but maybe not for long.
Razer, long known for its high-end gaming mice, has had sort of a slow start when it comes to gaming keyboards. Its offerings haven’t been bad, but the company hasn’t had a must-have product yet. The BlackWidow is Razer’s first.
Read on for the full review of Razer's first mechanical gaming keyboard!
We've been thinking a lot about keyboards around here lately (SPOILER ALERT: We're working on a keyboard roundup for the April issue of Maximum PC) and one board that just keeps coming up is the SteelSeries 7G--not because it's a great keyboard (although it is) but because it would make a great weapon. Or a building foundation. Or siding for a humvee.
The thing is sturdy, we're trying to say.
But just how sturdy is a question of some inter-office debate. So, to settle things once and for all, we decided to see just what it would take to break a 7G. We started out with your basic punch/kick/stomp test.
But it didn't work. We're nothing if not incredibly impatient, so we decided to crank things right to 11 and initiate the truck test. What's the truck test, you ask? We'll give you a hint--it's exactly what it sounds like. Hit the jump for the full, plastic-crunching video and a gallery of the action.