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.
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 isn't the least bit bashful to point out that its Naga mouse is the best selling MMO gaming rodent of all time, but rather than rest on its laurels, the peripheral maker decided to the tweak the design. The newest version of the Naga mouse now sports mechanical switches for increased tactility, speed, and actuation assurance, while each button on the thumb grid stands out more pronounced than previous generation models to allow for blind-finding, Razer says.
Think you need an exotic cooling solution to keep your dream machine from burning itself up? Don't be so sure. Air cooling, when implemented correctly, can get the job done, and that's especially true if you have room in your chassis to accommodate Cooler Master's new monstrous V8 GTS cooler. The V8 GTS uses triple tower heat sinks to help dissipate thermal loads up to 250W.
Gaming peripheral maker Razer wants to hammer your head with its new family of Hammerhead in-ear headsets made from aircraft-grade aluminum. They come in two versions, the Razer Hammerhead and Hammerhead Pro, both with 9mm neodymium drivers, advanced passive noise isolation, and interchangeable ear-tips with bi-flanges. The Pro model adds an omni-directional microphone with an in-line remote for phone-call control.
Hewlett-Packard this week unveiled its new EliteDisplay E271i, a 27-inch monitor that puts ergonomics at the forefront and is built for business users. It has an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel that provides "stunning color quality and depth-ratio" from various viewing angles and distances, while the stand offers customizable tilt, height adjustment (150mm range), swivel, and pivot settings.
SteelSeries isn't at all bashful when it comes to its Apex keyboard for gamers. Tossing modesty out a 20 story building into heavy traffic, SteelSeries claims its Apex is the world's fastest gaming plank thanks to its "superior design," which consists of low-profile keys, an optimized layout, and smart illumination. You might think such a keyboard would run $1 million, but it's actually priced at $100.
A monitor for serious photography and graphics pros
Graphics professionals demand more from a monitor than what a standard TFT panel can offer, and even some In Plane Switching (IPS) displays might not make the cut. If color accuracy is the name of the game, NEC hopes to win with its new 24-inch MultiSynic PA242W monitor with SepctraViewII calibration software and sensor. With SpectraViewII, NEC promises near perfect (99.3 percent) coverage of Adobe RGB and 100 percent of sRGB color space that's finely tuned for professional chores.
Boutique builder tries hands at selling peripherals
You know Origin PC as a boutique builder of high-end gaming desktops (Genesis, Millennium, Millennium RTS, Chronos, and Big O) and notebooks (EON15-S and EON17-S), but if you're not in the market for a new system, the company might still have what you're looking for. From t-shirts and beanies to mousepads and headsets and everything in between, it's all available in Origin PC's new online gear shop.
Telling time is but one of many tricks Sony's SmartWatch 2 knows
Contrary to popular belief, there's still a market for wristwatches, though admittedly they're probably not nearly as common now that smartphones and features phones rule the day. Rather than compete with your smartphone for your time, Sony's new SmartWatch 2 works with your Android-powered device and acts as a second display. Of course, you can use it to simply keep track of time, but there's so much else it can do.