MSI has begun shipping two new gaming laptops in North America, the company announced Monday. The company’s latest gaming laptops, the GT780R and GX780, are both 17-inchers that feature SteelSeries keyboards specially designed for gamers. Details after the jump.
What’s the most important part of your PC? Is it the processor? The videocard? The motherboard? How about the keyboard?
Don’t scoff—your keyboard is the part of your computer that you get up close and personal with. It’s the conduit between you and the PC, and having the right one can make you faster, more comfortable, and give you an edge in games.
If the SteelSeries 6Gv2 looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you’re already familiar with the 7G, SteelSeries’ flagship mechanical-key keyboard. SteelSeries didn’t update the 7G this year, and it’s still the company’s top-of-the-line model. The 6Gv2 is essentially a more aggressively priced (around $100, versus around $150) version of the same keyboard with a few features stripped out.
We've been thinking a lot about keyboards around here lately (SPOILER ALERT: We're working on a keyboard roundup for the April issue of Maximum PC) and one board that just keeps coming up is the SteelSeries 7G--not because it's a great keyboard (although it is) but because it would make a great weapon. Or a building foundation. Or siding for a humvee.
The thing is sturdy, we're trying to say.
But just how sturdy is a question of some inter-office debate. So, to settle things once and for all, we decided to see just what it would take to break a 7G. We started out with your basic punch/kick/stomp test.
But it didn't work. We're nothing if not incredibly impatient, so we decided to crank things right to 11 and initiate the truck test. What's the truck test, you ask? We'll give you a hint--it's exactly what it sounds like. Hit the jump for the full, plastic-crunching video and a gallery of the action.
If you're a fan of SteelSeries' original World of Warcraft gaming mouse, then you'll probably love this follow-up act based on WoW: Cataclysm.
"Since the release of the original World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse in 2008, we've received feedback from thousands of World of Warcraft players, both Horde and Alliance, on how they've customized their World of Warcraft mice and what they would like us to do next," said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. "For two years, our R&D team worked hard with Blizzard Entertainment to incorporate the great feedback and to enhance the mouse technology and game integration. The new Cataclysm mouse is the result of that collaboration: it provides a wide range of customization options and delivers a more comfortable, intuitive, and ultimately better experience."
The Cataclysm sports 14 programmable buttons with more than 130 preset game commands. Other features include a 5,040dpi sensor, braided nylon cable, the ability to create custom macros, and of course the funky styling.
Look for SteelSeries to launch the Cataclysm on December 7, 2010 for $100.
SteelSeries feels pretty confident Ubisoft's upcoming RTS will be a hit, so they went and designed a mouse to prove it. The new Xai Laser R.U.S.E. edition will also appeal to lefties because of its ambidextrous design.
"The SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse R.U.S.E. Edition is a perfect complement for R.U.S.E., an exciting new RTS game from Ubisoft. Introducing deception techniques like camouflage, decoy units and sabotage, the game lets players bluff their enemies and lead their nation's army to victory," SteelSeries said. "Offering an exceptional experience in-game, the SteelSeries Xai R.U.S.E. Edition enhances game-play and immersion with superior technical specifications and cool graphics on the mouse."
More than just a pretty face, the new rodent comes capable of storing up to five player profiles, including one that's already preconfigured for R.U.S.E. Other features include a true 16-bit sensor data path, 12,000fps, 8 buttons, 125-1000Hz polling (in 1Hz increments), gold plated USB connector, and an on-mouse LCD display.
SteelSeries says the mouse will ship soon for about $90. A smooth-cloth mouse pad sporting the R.U.S.E. theme is also being made available and will sell for $15.
You won't find many serious gamers attempting to frag their opponents with $10 rodent, and one of the main reasons why is because these blue-light specials just don't offer the high DPI sensitivity that gaming grade mice do. But do you really need an ultra-high DPI?
"Technology has progressed to a level where you can move your mouse, say, one inch on your desk, and your cursor will move 2 or 3 times your screen length," said Kim Rom, the CMO of SteelSeries. "That doesn't make you more precise or accurate; I would argue that it does exactly the opposite. A higher DPI in a mouse doesn't offer a lot of value, and it is not a benchmark for how precise or awesome the mouse is. It's simply a measure of sensitivity."
Rom's comments ruffled a few feathers, including those at Razer.
"I think gamers care about DPI and I do think the term makes sense for today's mice," said Robert Krakoff, President of Razer. "We pioneered this industry back in 1999 when we came out with the first gaming mouse offering 2000 DPI -- at that time gamers were told by our competitors that 800 DPI was enough. Now people are saying 1600 DPI is enough, just like there were 'purists' who believed in silent movies, black and white TV, or perhaps film rather than digital cameras. By the way, I could discuss CD versus vinyl for days."
So could we, but maybe another time. The issue at hand is how important a high DPI really is, and while Razer sees it as very important, Krakoff does acknowledge that "one size does not fit all," meaning some prefer a higher sensitivity while others want a lower DPI.
So who's right? Is there even a right or wrong answer? Hit the jump and sound off!
SteelSeries, makers of “professional gaming gear”, have used CeBIT as the launching platform for a new keyboard, the 6Gv2, and headset, the 7H.
The 6Gv2 keyboard is modeled after SteelSeries’s award-winning 7G. It is designed with 18-karat gold-plated mechanical no-click switches, which SteelSeries says will offer quicker reaction times, advance key combinations, and more “Actions Per Minute.” The 6Gv2 has a buffer system created specifically for gaming, and an “anti-ghosting” feature that allows users in first person shooters (FPS) to move, crouch, aim, fire, and even check the scoreboard--all at the same time. Built in are media controls, allowing quick access to audio controls. Unlike the 7G, the 6Gv2 has no audio ports, USB ports, or removable plastic hand-rest.
The 7H headset features 50mm drivers with over-the-ear cups that SteelSeries says will deliver a “clean soundscape of high, low and mid tones from background, mood setting sounds in MMO games to 3D positional alerts in FPS games.” The 7H comes with two ear cup options: leather, for maximum sound isolation, or cloth, so you can better communicate with teammates. It has a retractable, uni-directional microphone in the left ear cup, and has built-in volume and microphone controls. 7H comes with standard miniplugs or a USB connector. The USB version comes with optimized sound profiles, as well as customizable environmental settings. For easy storage the 7H can be dismantled into four pieces.
The 6Gv2 keyboard retails for $99.99, while the 7H headset retails for $119.99, with the USB version going for $149.99. All are available for pre-sale at Amazon.
Late last week SteelSeries unveiled three new products: the SteelSeries Kinzu Optical Mouse, the SteelSeries 9HD mouse pad, and their latest flagship product, the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse.
The Xai will feature a 10.8 megapixel per second sensor, which is capable of processing 12,000 frames per second at 5,001 CPI at a movement speed of 150 inches per second. And, for further personalization, it’ll come with SteelSeries ExactAim, SteelSeries ExactRate, SteelSeries ExactSens, SteelSeries FreeMove and automatic lift distance calibration. But, most importantly, it’ll come equipped with an LCD on the back, so that you can store all your settings within the mouse itself, instead of having to reinstall drivers on every machine that you use.
There’s no word yet on how much these will cost, but they’re slated for an August release.
It would take three hands with all digits intact to match the number of buttons on SteelSeries' new World of Warcraft MMO mouse. That's right - 15 programmable buttons grace the rodent's funky cyborgish exterior, and each one of them was designed in conjunction with Blizzard specifically with WoW addicts in mind.
The new mouse level's up its macros skillset by affording macros up to 160 characters long, with over 130 predefined commands for drag-and-drop macro creation in place. But you might find yourself spending the majority of your time grinding away at the light scheme. The world's first WoW mouse boasts no less than 16 million illumination choices with 3 intensity and pulsation levels.
Dedicated MMO players can preorder the mouse now for $99.99, with shipping slated for November 13, 2008.
Update: Press release and another image after the jump!