Razer recognizes that mobile users are gamers too, and though there appears to be far less accessories available for gaming on the go, the category isn't being completely overlooked. Enter the Orochi Mobile Gaming Mouse, a dual-mode rodent that can communicate with your notebook via a wired connection or Bluetooth. Razer today announced a new version of the Orochi, one that brings an improved laser sensor and better battery life to the mobile scene.
What happens when you transform Thor into a mouse? You end up with an ultra-sensitive 6000 DPI sensor instead of a mountain-crushing hammer to dispense with the competition. Gigabyte's new Force M7 Thor is the company's newest Force Series product and it's aimed at gamers looking for a professional grade gaming mouse, whether you're a left-handed or right-handed user.
Gaming peripheral guru Razer today unveiled its collection of mouse mats for 2013 and 2014, which consists of the Razer Invicta, Razer Manticor, Razer Destructor 2, and Razer Megasoma 2. All four were supposedly engineered with new construction methods for a superior finish and treated with "performance-boosting sensor-reactive surface coatings," but what's really interesting is a sub 3-minute video walking viewers through the design process.
Get ready to grope your hardware, provided you're a fan of Logitech products and didn't read that statement out of context. We're not talking about doing anything inappropriate at your workplace, we're referring to Logitech's three new touch-friendly peripherals for Windows 8, including the Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650, Logitech Touch Mouse T620, and Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400.
Microsoft is already starting to milk what it hopes is a Windows 8 cash cow before the operating system comes home to pasture. In case anyone has forgotten, Microsoft is also in the business of selling hardware accessories, something it's been doing for the past three decades, and it continues today with the introduction of new mice and keyboards, all of which "work beautifully with Windows 8," the company claims.
SteelSeries' original Sensei mouse featured a 32-bit ARM processor that allowed it to double up laser sensitivity to 11,400 DCPI (double counts per inch), which is one of a handful of amenities that added up to a $90 price tag. That's not terribly obscene for a gaming grade mouse, though it is on the higher end. If you can do without the 32-bit ARM chip, SteelSeries is now offering a slightly stripped down Sensei [RAW] model for $30 less ($60 MSRP).
Have you ever looked down at your mouse and said to yourself, "You know, I wish this doubled as a touchpad"? If so, your days of peculiar self-musing are over, as Gigabyte recently launched an intriguing new device called the Aivia Xenon dual-mode touchpad mouse. (Try saying that three times fast!) It's like the input equivalent of a mullet, except this bad boy's all business in the front and the back.
Logitech is rolling out a new addition to its G-Series gaming lineup, the G600 MMO Gaming Mouse, which features a whopping 20 buttons, including 12 thumb buttons plopped into groups of six "on a meticulously designed thumb panel." There are three default profiles to choose from, two of which are best suited for MMO games and and the other for general gaming, in case you want take a break from World of Warcraft and change things up with Battlefield 3 or the like.
E3 isn't just about the games, it's also about the peripherals and accessories that go along with them. It makes perfect sense, then, that SteelSeries would use the E3 convention as a launch pad for its new 'World of Warcraft Wireless Mouse', a rodent co-designed with Blizzard Entertainment specifically for WoW players. It has 11 programmable buttons and an illuminated world Maelstrom design on top of a world map background with pulsating options "that help immerse players in the game."
The first thing you notice about the Kone+ is the sheer size of it. It doesn’t look that large in pictures, but when you hold it in your hands, it becomes apparent that this is one of the larger mice on the market. Lengthwise it’s about the size of other long mice, like the Razer Mamba, but it’s wider and taller throughout the whole body of the mouse. It comes with a set of adjustable weights, and is comfortable in the hand, as long as you prefer a grip where your palm rests on the mouse—if you don’t, the Kone+ isn’t the right shape for you.
The Kone+ has the button-count we’ve come to expect from a FPS or general-purpose gaming mouse. It has two well-positioned thumb buttons that are large and easy to hit, as well as dpi and profile controls. One feature you don’t commonly see on gaming mice is the tilt scroll wheel. The feature, which allows you to tilt the scroll wheel to the right or left as additional buttons, is traditionally found on office mice, not gaming mice. We suspect that the reason for this is because the additional freedom of movement in the scroll wheel makes the regular downward click feel slightly less responsive, and we could have done without it on the Kone+.