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.
Notebook makers are building increasingly skinnier Ultrabooks and ultra-thins all in the name of portability, but if you're not a fan of touchpads, you still have to tote around a mouse. Logitech's answer to this is its new Ultrathin Touch Mouse Series consisting of the Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630 in black and T631 in white (the latter is intended for Macs but either rodent will run on both Windows and Mac OS X).
Back in March, Logitech reaffirmed its commitment to PC gaming by announcing a dedicated G line of accessories for PC gamers. Kicking off the launch were eight new gaming products, including two keyboards, four mice, and two brand new headsets. Fast forward to today and Logitech is once again promoting its G family of peripherals, this time with the introduction of its G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse, G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad, and G240 Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad.
Sound cards aren't perhaps as prominent as they once were now that onboard audio solutions have upped their game (it also helps that today's multi-core processors are able to handle audio chores without a significant hit to frame rates), but they still exist. Enter Diamond Multimedia and its newest addition to its sound card collection, the Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1, a low-profile PCI-Express sound card with support for 24-bit playback and recording.
SteelSeries, one of the players in the gaming peripherals market, introduced its new Sibera Elite Gaming Headset at GamesCom in Colgone, Germany this week. The company tells Maximum PC that this headset is three years in the making. That was enough time for SteelSeries to develop next-generation drivers with "new layers of sound and power that we've yet to have in a pair of cans," as well as implement 7.1 virtual surround sound via Dolby Pro Logic IIx.
Roccat, a German manufacturer of gaming peripherals with an increasing presence in the U.S. market, unveiled its Kave XTD 5.1 Digital headset for gamers at Gamescom. It's the successor to the original Kave 5.1 and incorporates new and improved features based on community and customer feedback, the company claims. One of those feature upgrades is the addition of a built-in sound card.
In need of a new audio headset? Razer's Kraken is back, this time in the form of a 7.1 surround sound USB headset for gamers with an advanced virtual surround sound engine that the company claims is capable of ultra-low latency audio processing simulating a 360-degree surround sound experience normally only achievable with multiple positional speaker drivers in each cup.
You don't see a ton of gaming keypad releases, at least not at the same clip of full-size gaming keyboards. If you're a fan of such devices, you'll be delighted to learn that Razer just launched a successor to its Nostromo keypad with improved ergonomics and more features. It's the Razer Tartarus, a membrane gaming keypad heavily focused on comfort and customization options.
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.