Roccat's latest attempt to appeal to an American audience is to give its Kone Pure mouse and Sense mousepad military themed makeovers. The German manufacturer is offering its Kone Pure Military in three visual styles -- Camo Charge, Naval Storm, and Desert Strike. All three sport a 5,000 dpi Pro-Optic (R4) sensor and manually configurable lift control for lag-free, ultra-precise gaming.
Gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries has teamed up with Valve, developer of Dota 2 and creator of The International Tournament, to announce the "Siberia v2 Illuminated Gaming Headset Dota 2 Special Edition" and two new SteelSeries QcK+ mousepads featuring artwork from the game. Starting with the headset, gamers will receive an exclusive in-game item, Scythe of Vyse for Nature's Prophet.
Razer on Thursday introduced its new Scarab mouse mat, the followup act to the Destructor. And you know what? This sequel doesn't suck, according to Razer, which said as much in so many words.
"Most of the time, sequels to great movies suck," Razer explains. "Normally, sequels to great books suck. Sometimes, sequels to great games suck. But what doesn't ever suck are sequels to Razer products. They just keep getting better."
Whether or not the price tag sucks, we'll let you be the judge. The Scarab runs $40, which isn't the most expensive mouse mat Razer offers. That investment buys you a mousepad with a Razer Fractal 2.0 surface coated in light gray providing a "highly responsive and uniform tracking system perfect for optical and laser mice sensors." The Scarab also sports an improved rubber base for greater stability and plenty of room (350mm x 250mm) for your mouse to roam around on.
It's hard not remain fixated on Razer's price tag for its new Ironclad mousepad. After all, at $60, it's pricier than some gaming mice. So we'll go ahead and get it out of our system now -- the ironclad if frakking expensive! We feel better now.
Moving on, the Ironclad is the only metal mat in Razer's lineup. Combined with a finely sandblasted surface, Razer promises it's all smooth sailing, quite literally.
"The Razer Ironclad stands apart from the pack because it delivers the highest form of comfort and long-lasting performance with its ultra-smooth surface and sturdy metal body," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "We understand the diversity of gamers out there, from ones who demand a large surface area to those who want superior tracking precision. We produced the Razer Ironclad to make winning feel easy, and give every type of gamer the feel, traction, and durability that they need to do so."
The Ironclad is made from anodized aluminum and "features a robust unibody construction for reinforced strength and extreme durability," as well as a non-slip rubber base. It measures 320mm (L) x 270mm (W) x 2.5mm (H), or 12.6 inches (L) x 10.6 inches (W) x 0.1 inches (H) for those who shake an angry fist at the metric system.
If you've never tried smoked salmon cooked to perfection on a cedar plank, you should, it's delicious (Protip: use only untreated cedar if buying your own planks from the local hardware store). But would the same hold true for a juicy burger grilled on Rude Gameware's new Fierce Teflon & Steel Mouse Surface?
We don't know, but from the looks of things, it can be done. While strangely intriguing, the whole point of the Teflon surface isn't so you can cook up your steaks and burgers on a scratch resistant mousepad, but to show how easily "your mouse will glide like a hot knife through butter!"
Rude Gameware claims their latest pad is the smoothest mousing surface ever, which comes mounted on a non-slip rubberized base. And for $30, the company throws in "some extra Teflon material so you can make your own mouse skates, completely free! Aren't we just the best?"
Being two-faced doesn't have to be a bad thing, and that's exactly what Razer is banking on with the release of its Vespula "gaming grade" mousepad, a dual-sided mat giving gamers the choice between speed or control.
"The Razer Vespula was designed with gamers in mind that need a single solution for every game they play. Different genres call for different gameplays. The advanced technology in the improved dual-sided mouse mat gives gamers the choice of a smooth Speed Surface or a textured Control Surface, which delivers just that flexibility," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "The Control Surface is great for games that use small, precise movements, while the Speed Surface is an ideal match for gamers that prefer large, sweeping motions."
In addition to the two sides, the Vespula also comes with a gel-filled memory conformance wrist rest. The whole thing measures 300mm x 240mm x 4mm (length x width x height).