Linux is no longer the red-headed stepchild of PC gaming.
In the land of Linux, gamers are sometimes an afterthought, but not all the time. Things are steadily improving, and that hasn't gone unnoticed by developers and hardware manufacturers. One such company taking notice is Roccat, a games peripheral maker based out of Germany. Following the recent launch of Roccat's Isku FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard, the company sent us a note today essentially reaffirming its commitment to supporting Linux.
Not even a 10-ton truck is a match for LaCie newest flash drive (and yes, LaCie tested that claim).
Come hell or high water, or even a 10-ton truck, LaCie's new XtremKey USB 3.0 flash drive has little to worry about. As the name implies, LaCie's latest flash drive is extremely tolerant to harsh conditions, such as being submerged in water down to 200 meters (over 656 feet). It has a protective cap made of thick ZAMAC metal alloy and wear-resistant screw threads with a rubber O-ring.
I'm a little surprised that Mionix doesn't have a Wikipedia page. The Swedish maker of gaming peripheral devices has been around for half a decade, and I had been happily using the company's Naos 5000 mouse until my Schipperke chewed it up. It was the company's top of the line rodent until today, replaced by the Naos 8200 gaming mouse with a 32-bit ARM processor and 8200 DPI laser sensor.
It's just like the Isku, but with lots of backlight colors to choose from.
Roccat Studios, a gaming peripheral player based out of Hamburg, Germany, today announced the international availability of its next generation Isku FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard. The new variant is essentially the same plank as the original Isku, only now it supports a new multicolor lighting system "providing infinite possibilities for a completely personalized gaming atmosphere."
Canon decided to update its PIXMA printer line with just four weeks to go before 2012 moves into the rear-view mirror. There are three new printers in all, including two wireless all-in-one models -- PIXMA MG6320 and MG5420 -- and a wireless photo printer -- iP7220 -- along with a new CanoScan 900F Mark II Photo Scanner that's capable of scanning up to 9600x9600 dots per inch (DPI) for film and up to 4800x4800 dpi for all other media.
DRAM module and flash memory player Adata revealed a tiny USB flash drive with a big name. It's the "DashDrive Durable UD310 USB Flash Drive," which we'll go ahead and refer to as DashDrive from here on out. Shaped and themed like a sparkling gem, the DashDrive is rugged thanks to a special manufacturing process that makes it both water and impact resistant.
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.
Stuck on a gift idea for that special gamer in your life? We'll be posting a geek gift guide in the near future, but until then, consider the GameMaxx Hydrating Game Controller. What the flip is a hydrating game controller, you ask? It's exactly what it sounds like, assuming your idea of such a device is a giant controller about the size of a phonebook with a 5 amp adjustable fan and mister built in. Oh, and did we mention it holds up to a gallon of gaming refreshments?
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.
One of the most unique keyboards on the planet is now available for pre-order. It's the 'S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Professional Gaming Keyboard' (Strike 5, from here on out) from Mad Catz, and this thing puts the mod in modularity. Now available in "limited quantities," the Strike 5 consists of five separate hardware modules that you can attach, detach, and rearrange to suit your gaming style.