If this goes through at $3.2 billion, it would be Apple's priciest acquisition ever
If the stars align just right, the next iPhone model may sport a Beats by Dr. Dre logo on the back. According to various reports, Apple is engaged in talks to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, which would be the largest acquisition in Apple's nearly 40 year history. However, that's less than half of what Microsoft paid to acquire Nokia ($7.1 billion) and is well short of the $19 billion Facebook forked over for WhatsApp.
Careful not to get Cheetos smudges all over this rodent
Long gone are the days of ugly beige boxes and other eyesores from an era gone by. Today you have an assortment of styles and colorized options for your case and peripherals, and if you really want to, you can color coordinate your setup. We bring this up because Razer dropped us a line to let us know its Taipan mouse for gamers is now available in a white color option.
An all-in-one keyboard with an integrated touchpad
It's been 20 years since Microsoft released its first keyboard. Called the "Microsoft Natural Keyboard," the Redmond outfit went after the ergonomic category with a curved design intended to reduce or prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and other stress injuries associated with typing at awkward angles. Two decade later, Microsoft is adding to its peripherals line with the All-in-One Media Keyboard (N9Z-00001).
A gaming mouse that plays nice on different surfaces
Logitech just expanded its popular G line of gaming mice with the G502 Proteus Core, a tunable mouse for gamers that brings a 12,000 DPI sensor to the fire fight. What's unique about the G502 Proteus Core is that it allows you to calibrate the sensor against a gaming surface's unique physical and reflective characteristics, after which it will reconfigure itself for optimal performance.
Microsoft gives a glimpse of the Kinect for Windows v2's final hardware design
Despite the occasional rumors to the contrary, Microsoft has held firm that the second generation Kinect motion control senor bundled with its Xbox One console would not work with Windows, and that a special version for Windows would eventually be released. That day still hasn't come, however Microsoft did decide to show off what the final hardware will look like for the Kinect for Windows Version 2.
We've been fans of Metadot's Das Keyboard models ever since the first one debuted back in 2005. These mechanical keyboards started off as a sort of throwback to the clicky IBM Model M planks from a million years ago, though one unique feature of the Das Keyboard is that you could get a version with unlabeled keys for added geek points. There have been a few different iterations through the years, and now there's a new model -- the Das Keyboard 4, which Metadot says is the most significant update to the series since the original.
Save and access your mouse settings using CloudSync
Is all that cold, hard cash weighing you down and creating an unsightly bulge in your bank account? If you're looking to shed a chunk of green, the SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse is is available to pre-order today for $160. That's not the most expensive rodent we've ever seen, though it's certainly in the upper echelon of high-priced gaming gear. What you get in return is a high-end gaming mouse with SteelSeries Engine 3 CloudSync compatibility. Allow us to explain.
People are always talking about not having to reinvent the wheel, but what if the purpose of the wheel changed? It's an admittedly rough analogy to what Razer has done, which is try to reinvent the mechanical switch. According to Razer, all mechanical switches up to this point have been designed for typing, whereas the new Razer Mechanical Switch was purpose-built for gaming applications.
Never heard of Feenix, you say? The company is a relative newcomer to the field of PC peripherals and appears to be trying to make a splash by combining elegant designs with premium crafted components. Fleshing out a limited (but growing) catalog of peripherals is the Aria, which Feenix claims is a "studio grade" headphone and microphone combination. Let's take a peek at the specs.
A device that combines multiple input peripherals into one
You never know what you'll find when browsing Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site that's helped bring Oculus Rift, Ouya, and Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded to fruition. We've also seen a handful of peripherals skate through Kickstarter -- items like the Stinky Footboard Controller and Paradise Desk. More recently, we stumbled upon a unique peripheral called King's Assembly, and with 51 days still to go, it's already blown past its funding goal.