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Das Keyboard X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review

Das Keyboard is a company that has been making mechanical keyboards for a very long time, and were doing so well before most of the other gaming keyboard makers did. They are known for sturdy, well-built keyboards with a clicky, responsive user experience. So when they entered into the gaming keyboard market, many wondered what would be the result – and now we know, and it is good. Enter: The Das Keyboard X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard.

The Das Keyboard X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard features everything we love about Das Keyboard designs. It has a rugged frame that feels just fine along side its not-so gaming-specific brothers and sisters. Das Keyboard also has a number of interesting aluminum frames which can screw onto the top of the keyboard. This allows gamers to customize the look of the keyboard as they prefer. However, it should be known that these frames do cost extra and are sold separately.

Installing the Das Keyboard X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical keyboard is extremely simple. You can literally just plug it in for regular keyboard features or go further and install the Das Keyboard software. The software will allow you to program macro keys and save them in various profiles. This is very helpful so that you don’t have to reprogram all your keys for every game you play.

The Good

  • Terrific build quality
  • Great key response
  • USB pass-through port
  • Gaming mode key
The Bad

  • Somewhat no-frills in comparison to other brands

You can also disable the Windows key by simply pressing a gaming mode key on the keyboard. I have always thought that this should be a standard on every keyboard – gaming or otherwise. I hate accidentally pressing that key…. <nerd rage!/>

Typing documents with the Das Keyboard X40 Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard was great, and I love the Das Keyboard feel when the keys are clicking away as you type. It really provides a terrific, satisfying user experience.

There are some things that the Das Keyboard X40 Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard could improved upon. The first thing would be to enhance the back-lighting of the keyboard. The X40 is only capable of showing red back-lighting and, while it works fine, it is not as customizable as other brands’ offerings – some of which have millions of possible lighting colors as well as multiple color zones. That being said, the experience of using the Das Keyboard X40 in an actual game is very good! I tested the keyboard out in a variety of titles, from Star Wars: Battlefront to Fallout 4 to games with much less “twitch” factor like Civilization VI and Master of Orion. In every case, the Das Keyboard X40 was a solid and reliable keyboard.

The Das Keyboard X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard retails for $129.00 at both Amazon and Das Keyboard’s online store. It is a great choice if you are a gamer looking for premium performance at a not-so premium price point. However, just know that you are paying for the keyboard experience – not for extra bells and whistles like 16 million color backlighting.

Das Keyboard X40 Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Score:

(4 out of 5 stars)

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Gamevice for iPhone 6 Series Now Available in Apple Stores


December 8, 2015 – Gamevice, the attachable gamepad controller that transforms your iPhone 6/6+/6s/6s+ into a hyper-advanced handheld gaming console, is now available in selected Apple retail stores and online – both nationwide and internationally. Gamevice connects directly to become one with your Apple device – not a separate controller.

Play more than 750 controller-supported iOS games including Minecraft, Final Fantasy VII and Marvel: Contest of Champions with Gamevice. Gain a tactical advantage over other iOS gamers using Gamevice thanks to its superior controls. From Halo: Spartan Strike and Halo: Spartan Assault to 2K Drive to NBA 2K16 and FIFA 16 Ultimate Team, Gamevice improves your reaction time and gives you a competitive edge thanks to its low latency. Play Grand Theft Auto (III, San Andreas & Vice City), Afterpulse, Call of Duty Strike Team, Goat Simulator(original, GoatZ and MMO Simulator) and Crazy Taxi as the developers intended, but on your iPhone 6 thanks to Gamevice.

Gamevice evolves i-gaming into a console experience by transforming mobile devices into full-fledge game machines with controllers. Now you can easily play these games on the go.

Gamevice 2015 Product Line-Up

Now Available: iPad Mini: Price $99.95

Now Available: The iPhone 6, 6+, 6s and 6 Plus S: Price $99.99

SprintR VR Controller Announced


July 27, 2015 — Exis Interactive, A Maryland-based game development company with credits including Bioshock Infinite™, Xcom™, and World of Tanks™, today announced a new virtual reality (VR) controller called the SprintR.

Exis’ patent-pending controller is a wireless footpad that lets you easily walk, run, and jump in VR. It not only feels natural, but also frees up your hands for all sorts of new experiences. Used in combination with a game-pad or hand sensing tech, SprintR becomes a full avatar control solution for VR that does not require the user to run in place and sweat through a VR headset. The sleek form factor suits any foot size or type. Additionally, SprintR is portable, so it is perfect for desk- or couch-centric gaming. SprintR puts VR movement where it belongs, at your feet.

SprintR is all about easy, natural movement in VR. On one hand you have VR controllers that require an entire room cleared of furniture, or massive treadmills that require a harness and special shoes, and on the other hand you have SprintR, which sits at your feet and makes movement simple”, says Peter Kojesta, founder of Exis.

SprintR is planned for release in Q1 2016.

Nyko’s Xbox One Intercooler Available Now


LOS ANGELES – March 10, 2015Leading video game accessories manufacturer Nyko Technologies today announced the release of the Intercooler for Xbox One, a console clip-on that improves the ambient temperature of the system. The Intercooler can be found online at Nyko.com, Amazon, and other select retail locations in North America for MSRP $24.99.

The Intercooler for Xbox One is a clip-on extension that dramatically increases the rate at which hot air is pulled away from the console without complicating its design. Built with one quiet, high-efficiency fan, the Intercooler for Xbox One helps ameliorate heat dissipation concerns for gamers who store their console in enclosed spaces or in close proximity with other electronic devices. The Intercooler is powered by a short cord that plugs into one of the console’s USB ports.

“Gamers today rarely restrict themselves to a single device,” said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko Technologies. “Their game cabinets are bristling with hardware, consoles stacked on consoles in close quarters – under these conditions, ventilation could be an issue. The Intercooler for Xbox One is the answer to this problem.”

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To purchase any product from Nyko’s full lineup of video game accessories for all current and previous-gen consoles, visit the online store at www.Nyko.com.

ARCHOS VR Glasses Announced


Denver – October 16, 2014ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, announces developing its wearable technology with ARCHOS VR Glasses. Immersing users in a virtual reality environment, the French company keeps on making cutting-edge technology universally available.

Consuming content in a whole new way

“Consuming digital content has gone through lots of revolutions lately. Virtual Reality is another one that we help sharing with people by providing high quality yet attainable devices” says Loïc Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS.

Coupled with a smartphone (up to 6 inch, all operating systems including Android, Windows Phone and iOS), ARCHOS VR Glasses will:

  • Transform gaming and more with the upcoming ARCHOS Bluetooth game controller
  • Turn videos into 360° 3D videos and allow users to be a real part of them
  • Make it possible to achieve Icarus’ dream and feel like flying thanks to drones
  • Send people to time travel to ancient Egypt, actually giving the feeling of being there

Compatible with all Virtual Reality applications (more than 100 as for now), ARCHOS’ latest wearable product is also made to free users from reality thanks to its lightweight yet robust material.

With the upcoming ARCHOS Video Player update, users will also enjoy 3D videos in a stereoscopic mode on their mobile, creating the illusion of seating in a 3D movie theatre.

Optimum requirements for an immersive experience are a full HD 5” smartphone with quad core processors (or higher) and motion sensors such as an accelerometer and a gyroscope.

ARCHOS VR Glasses will be available in November, starting at $29.99 from www.archos.com and its usual retailers. For more information about ARCHOS’ entire selection of smartphones, tablets and connected objects, visit us at www.archos.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

NYKO Modular PS4 Charging Station Available Now


LOS ANGELES – Oct. 16, 2014Leading video game accessories manufacturer Nyko Technologies today announced that their patent-pending Modular Charge Station for PlayStation® 4, a completely wireless drop-and-go controller charging dock that attaches to the top of the console, is now available at select retailers. The Modular Charge Station for PS4 is offered in standard black, alongside the glacier white version, which launched in early September.

“The Modular Charge Station exemplifies the spirit of the Modular line: it’s compact, space-efficient, wireless, and above all else, completely unobtrusive,” said Nyko Marketing Director, Chris Arbogast. “We have designed a product that complements the console’s power and performance without complicating its minimalist design.”

The Nyko Modular Charge Station for PS4 features:

  • A dock that simultaneously charges two DUALSHOCK®4 controllers
  • A clean, wireless base that plugs directly into the console’s front USB ports – no cord or wall outlet required
  • Compact, unobtrusive design inspired by the PS4’s minimalist aesthetic, small enough to be used alongside other Nyko Modular line accessories
  • Soft LED icon lights that indicate each controller’s charging status
  • No additional software, batteries, or extensions needed
  • Both black and white versions available to match both the standard and Glacier White PS4

The Modular Charge Station for PS4 is available now for $24.99 at select retailers. Patent Pending.

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Volair Sim Flight / Racing Cockpit Review


Volair Sim is the maker of a very cool flight / racing cockpit called, simply, the Volair Sim Flight / Racing Cockpit. This name is indicative of the product’s entire design philosophy. It doesn’t hide behind a fancy name or over-the-top marketing ploys. It comes right out and tells you what it is – a flight / racing cockpit setup for your favorite games. Volair Sim is upfront with its customers and, after dealing with a lot of smoke & mirrors in this industry, I appreciate that. I asked Bart Waclawik, President of Volair Sim, just how the company got its start in making home cockpits. Waclawik actually started the whole thing as a hobby while he was finishing his instrument training (for a real pilot’s license). He did not like the quality of at-home flight training aids and took it upon himself to make one he would like to use. Originally intending to sell them to fellow pilots, the company also began seeing a lot of sales to video gamers who enjoy flight and racing simulation.

Putting this cockpit together was a huge chore for me, not because it is difficult, but because I had an orthopedic surgery shortly after it showed up and I had to take building it very slow. This actually ended up a slight blessing as it allowed me to really soak in the setup process. Obviously, my personal experience of taking several days to build the cockpit will most likely not be yours. In fact, new buyers can build the whole thing in under an hour – its construction is straight forward and in keeping with most home gaming cockpits on the market. If you have previous experience with a cockpit unit like this, it definitely helps. Even if you don’t, however, Volair Sim even has a nifty instructional video taking you step-by-step through the assembly process (I will include the video at the bottom of this article). Originally, this was to be built in the office but, once my injury occurred, I had to build it at home. Even my wife, who is not a big fan of extravagant, geeky toys like this had no issue with its style or form in contrast to its surrounding decor. This gaming cockpit is classy and not as looming as one might think. The whole scale of the structure is adjustable, which is nice as it helps custom fit the thing to the user’s height.


Something that gleefully caught my eye once I opened up the box was that, unlike most gaming cockpits which either lock you into a triple monitor mount or only have a single mount (with additional mounts being extra), Volair Sim includes optional mounting arms right out of the box. If you choose to use a single display, you can go big with one up to 52″ inches! Decide to go with three monitors and you can have each be up to 30″ inches. My personal recommendation would be to get one of the new LG UltraWide monitors and mount it in single display mode. That way you get the wide angle viewing while also not taxing your video card with multiple outputs. Of course, if you have a very powerful machine, sky’s the limit.

What makes the Volair Sim flight/racing cockpit truly stand out in the crowd, however, is that they have given the flight sim or racing game player all the real estate they need to setup their peripherals while also managing to keep the cost affordable. The Volair Sim flight / racing cockpit’s closest competitor is from Obutto – makers of both the Ozone and R3volution gaming cockpits. I am in a unique position to have tried all three cockpits and found that the offering from Volair Sim is easily the best value of the bunch. At $549 dollars, not only do you get the cockpit but also a host of peripheral pieces like a center stick mount compatible with pre-drilled holes for the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog and Saitek X-52. In the case of both Obutto cockpits, these are mostly additional features and I even had to drill my own holes into the center stick mount for the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog. The Obutto Ozone is technically cheaper at $369.99 but lacks a lot of the Volair Sim’s features while the R3volution is exceedingly expensive, also lacking the Volair Sim’s features.


I am including a gallery of images at the bottom of this review which showcase just some of the multitude of configurations that can be achieved with the Volair Sim Flight / Racing Cockpit. Keep in mind, the cockpit is truly limited only by your imagination. But, what if you are not a flight or racing sim gamer? What if you only play things like World of Warcraft? While this gaming cockpit was clearly designed with the sim gamer in mind, it is also very comfortable as a working computer desk, with a large desktop space in front of the user, above the articulated keyboard arm/mount. The included racing chair also makes office computing very enjoyable with its good lumbar support and firm, yet comfortable padding. My arm gets a bit stiff if I keep it in one place too long, so I had to limit my play sessions. However, I was extremely happy with how both Mechwarrior Online and DCS: A-10C Warthog played while using Volair Sim’s home cockpit.

Overall, the Volair Sim Flight / Racing Cockpit is, without a doubt, the best gaming cockpit solution I have had the pleasure of reviewing. It is not cheap purchase at $579 but, when put up against its competition, comes out light years ahead by being less expensive or featuring more options on how to configure your peripherals. The Volair Sim Flight / Racing Cockpit is available now at Volair Sim’s official website.

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Cockpit Setup Video


Mad Catz Announces S.T.R.I.K.E.TE Tournament Edition Keyboard


San Diego – August 13, 2014 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) announced today the S.T.R.I.K.E.TE Tournament Edition Keyboard.  Designed in conjunction with e-sports professionals, the S.T.R.I.K.E.TEis a tournament-focused addition to the Company’s S.T.R.I.K.E. ™ keyboard range, and created to service the needs of the competitive gaming community.

Incorporating a strong aluminum chassis and no fewer than 109 ‘brown profile’ mechanical keys, the S.T.R.I.K.E.TE is the only keyboard in the S.T.R.I.K.E. range to feature a unique ‘tournament grade’ design which offers ultra-quick key response and 30-key rollover anti-ghosting functionality.  Favored by the worlds’ leading e-sport athletes, the Brown Profile mechanical keys are renowned for their reliability, having a life extending beyond 50 million keystrokes.  TheS.T.R.I.K.E.TE features multi-zone illuminated backlighting, dedicated macro buttons and advanced programming software capable of calibrating multiple keystroke macros to within 1/1000th of a second.

“Our S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards are designed to lift the bar in performance.  The S.T.R.I.K.E.TE complements the range perfectly and services the ever-growing community of e-sports professional gamers,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz.  “The growth in competitive gaming shows no sign of abating, and we’re confident that our range of Tournament Edition hardware will contribute positively to sales in FY15.”

The S.T.R.I.K.E.TE will be available in matte black, gloss black, gloss white, and gloss red colors.

For additional information and to pre-order your own S.T.R.I.K.E.TE, please visit: http://store.madcatz.com/categories/keyboards-category/Mad-Catz-S-T-R-I-K-E-TE-Mechanical-Gaming-Keyboard-for-PC.html

Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air Review


With Apple’s iPad Air now in full retail glory, there is a huge number of cases, folios, and keyboards being released for it. Logitech’s FabricSkin Keyboard Folio is but one of them. What first drew my eye to wanting to check on out in person was its, as the title mentions, fabric-lined outer surface. So many cases are made of leather or neoprene, I knew this one would be special – and I was right.

The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air features a cool Bluetooth keyboard with almost-flush keys, meaning that the keys are not stand-alone objects. These keys are all part of the keyboard’s surface. Additionally, the fabric-lined keyboard is liquid resistant and easily wipes clean. These points are great – but the most convenient part of the wireless keyboard is how it powers on and off. Using some technological wizardry, Logitech has designed it so that the keyboard turns on and off automatically, based on the position of the iPad Air. If your iPad Air is opened up in a book reading style, the keyboard is off. However, if you put the iPad Air into the keyboard position (it locks into place by a magnet, which is simply futuristic and awesome), the keyboard turns on. When you put the iPad Air back to book position, it turns off! What’s most nice about this system is that you can’t forget to turn your keyboard off, wasting its battery.

I noticed several complaints from early reviews of the device that claimed the case magnets didn’t turn off the iPad Air when closed or turn it back on when opened – I believe they stated it had to do with where the case magnets lined up with the tablet. It is worth noting that, n my testing, the auto-on and off feature of the FabricSkin Keyboard Folio worked every time.

Another cool feature of the keyboard is that the arrow keys also hide a selection command as a secondary function. These keys will allow you to select whole words whenever you like instead of just one character at a time. The keyboard charges via included MicroUSB cable and has a very long battery life. Logitech claims it will last up to three months when fully charged and when using it for two hours a day. I can back that claim up as we have had it for a couple months now and only had to charge it a handful of times depending on how long I used it each day. For those of you using a stylus with your iPad Air tablet, the Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio features a small loop where you can keep one handy – or a thin pen I suppose.


The Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air is available now and has an MSRP of about $150 dollars – although, you can find some better price points by shopping around a bit. While this price my not be inexpensive, the FabricSkin Keyboard Folio has some really nice build quality as well as an innovative keyboard design. I also suggest you try this keyboard folio out at a Best Buy location, etc. My wife was not as impressed as I was regarding the feel of the keyboard keys – so user preference is also a factor to consider.

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