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Razer Unveils iPad Pro Mechanical Keyboard Case

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IRVINE, Calif. – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the Razer Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch, a first in the world of keyboard mechanical switches. The switches will be initially outfitted into the Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for the Apple® iPad Pro.

Each Razer Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switch features a true actuation and reset point. Presses are registered with 70 grams of force, mimicking the feel of full-size mechanical keyboards in a form factor that’s slim enough to accompany a mobile device.

Razer invested in its own exclusive keyboard switch production lines earlier this year to raise the bar on keyboard and keypad durability and performance. The investment into switch research and design by Razer led to new keyboard technology that made the extraordinarily thin design of the Razer Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch possible. This also helped standard Razer Mechanical Switches set the benchmark for durability with an industry-best 80 million keystroke lifespan.

“We’re commonly thought of as a company that makes phenomenal products for gamers, but to design the very best products, we’ve had to innovate from the ground up – even from each individual component such as mechanical switches,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We’re excited about the potential of our Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switch and look forward to exploring other applications in addition to the mechanical keyboard we’ve designed for the iPad Pro.”

The Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for the Apple iPad Pro is equipped with Bluetooth technology for simple connecting and a metal kickstand. The case is available now at RazerStore.com. For more information, visit http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-keyboards-keypads/razer-mechanical-keyboard-ipad-pro

Price:

U.S. $169.99 / EU 189.99

Availability:

Razerzone.com Immediate

Worldwide Immediate

Product features:

  • Razer™ Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switches
  • Optimized actuation and reset points
  • Slim Chiclet keycaps
  • Designed for Apple iPad Pro
  • Metal kickstand
  • Detachable polycarbonate protective case
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Battery life:

–       Approx. 10 hours on a single charge at maximum brightness

–       Approx. 600 hours on a single charge with backlighting turned off

SteelSeries Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Huge Giveaway

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** UPDATE ** SteelSeries has updated their giveaway with a trip to Dreamhack Winter in Sweden. They also are doubling the amount of Ultimate Set-ups they’re giving away – another 25 winners will be awarded over the next week!

Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s new:

  • Doubled the number of Ultimate Setups from 25 to 50
  • Added the “Ultimate DreamHack Experience” (Trip and seats for you and a friend to DreamHack Winter + Meet and greet with the pros + Shopping spree at DreamStore)
  • 25 winners (including Valve trip) have already been selected and added to the “Winners” section

Visit http://steelseries.com/15 to enter the “Ultimate Setup Giveaway” Sweepstakes. Terms and conditions are at the bottom of the page.

CHICAGO – June 29, 2016 – SteelSeries, a leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, celebrates 15 years of gaming innovation with a massive giveaway of more than 400 prizes worth an estimated $40,000. Top prizes include “Your Ultimate Setup” gaming bundles, an all-expenses paid trip for two to Seattle, and a complete gaming system featuring a state-of-the-art gaming laptop.

Starting today, fans can enter the “Ultimate Setup Giveaway” by visiting www.steelseries.com/15 for a chance to win SteelSeries gaming bundles, gift cards, limited edition games, exclusive swag and more. Contestants will be asked to choose their favorite four SteelSeries products to enter the giveaway and will receive a custom URL address upon completion. Sharing their custom URL with friends will earn them bonus entries for more chances to win. After entering, SteelSeries will send each entrant a coupon code for 15% off all purchases on www.steelseries.com.

“Our community has supported us for 15 years and enabled us to become trailblazers in the peripherals market and this is one of the ways we would like to thank them,” says Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “From our first mouse pad to our latest line of keyboards, mice and headsets, we’ve understood the importance of listening and engaging our audience – and we want to further that relationship for years to come.”

Prize Highlights

–      “Your Ultimate Setup” prize bundles – four SteelSeries products chosen at entry
–      All-expenses paid trip for two to Seattle, WA for a private tour of Valve HQ + “Your Ultimate Setup” bundle
–      MSI GE62 Apache Pro gaming laptop + SteelSeries “Your Ultimate Setup” bundle
–      SteelSeries products and exclusive 15th Birthday Celebration swag
–      Gift cards to be used with Steam, Riot and Blizzard
–      Overwatch Collector’s Edition and more

More than 400 winners will be selected at random, contacted through e-mail, and announced during the two-week event, with the biggest number of winners announced on the last day, Friday, July 15. SteelSeries will also be celebrating its official birthday on July 15 with its team of streamers and brand ambassadors across the world through special events and surprise announcements.

To participate in SteelSeries’ massive birthday giveaway and for a complete list of prizes, go to www.steelseries.com/15.

Razer Unveils Razer Naga Hex V2

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LOS ANGELES (E3 2016) – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced its latest gaming mouse, the Razer Naga Hex V2.

Designed for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games, the Razer Naga Hex V2 buffs it to an OP level, with a 7 button mechanical thumb wheel optimized for MOBA gaming and pre-configured MOBA profiles for maximum in-game efficiency.

“This gaming mouse will help MOBA gamers achieve a better balance between keyboard and mouse commands, allowing you to react better to different situations,” says Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, mid-laner for Team SKT’s professional “League of Legends” team. “The placement of those extra buttons gives you accuracy without the worry of mis-clicking.”

The world’s most advanced mouse technology powers the Razer Naga Hex V2. A 5G, true 16,000 DPI laser sensor ensures that movements across any display setup register precisely, whether it is a multi-monitor battle station or a 4k screen.

“The MOBA scene has become the most watched genre of eSports in the world, making games like League of Legends and Dota 2 more popular in terms of audience than many professional sports leagues,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We made the first mouse that was ever designed for these players and we’re happy to have improved upon an already great design.”

The Razer Naga Hex V2 follows Razer’s initial foray into mice designed specifically for MOBA players. Inventors of the original gaming mouse in 1998, Razer’s interest in advancing gaming has led to the company making mice specifically designed for MMO, mobile, ambidextrous and even left-handed gameplay.

Razer’s latest mouse will also exploit Powered by Razer Chroma™ technology, which unlocks customizable lighting features that can be synced across devices. Gamers can pick and choose from 16.8 million colors and a variety of effects. Custom settings can be created on the Razer Synapse software platform and shared with millions of other Razer software users via the Razer Chroma Workshop. In-game Razer Chroma lighting profiles are also integrated into popular game titles, including “Overwatch”, “Call of Duty®: Black Ops III”, “Blade and Soul” and more. These profiles can display tutorials, in-game actions and more.

Price:

U.S. $79.99 / EU €99.99

Availability:

USA: June 14, 2016 (Limited units available at BestBuy and Razerstore.com)

Worldwide: June 2016 

Product features:

  • 7-button mechanical thumb wheel
  • Total of 14 MOBA optimized programmable buttons
  • Rubberized thumb grip
  • True 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • Tilt click scroll wheel
  • Razer Chroma™ lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB cable
  • Approximate size : 119 mm / 4.68 in. (Length) x 75 mm / 2.95 in. (Width) x 43 mm / 1.69 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 135 g / 0.30 lbs. with cable

 

For more information about the Razer Naga Hex V2, please visit: www.razerzone.com/gaming-mice/razer-naga-hex-v2

Nyko Announces E3 2016 Peripherals Line-up

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LOS ANGELES – June 14, 2016 – Inventive video game accessories manufacturer Nyko Technologies today debuted its first ever line of virtual reality gaming products at the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The new VR accessories include the VR Guardian, a Bluetooth-powered boundary system that creates a “safe zone” for floor-scale gameplay, and a VR Motion Band designed to reduce nausea. In addition, the company also unveiled new console gaming accessories for the Xbox One™ and PlayStation®4, including the Charge Block Solo featuring a modular design that can be used individually or combined to charge controllers for both consoles, and an Intercooler Grip and SpeakerCom for the PS4. All products are set to launch within the 2016 calendar year.

Hands on demos are available from Tuesday, June 14 to Thursday, June 16 at Nyko’s exhibition booth in the West Hall, #4500.

“VR gaming has achieved significant traction in the past year and presents greater opportunities for us to do what we do best – improve upon the overall gameplay experience through smart design and useful applications,” said Chris Arbogast, Nyko’s head of sales and marketing. “We spent a lot of time in the product research and development phase identifying the key issues facing gamers with VR. These new products address nausea and call for improved safety, especially with respect to not-so-imaginary walls and furniture, while playing in a virtual world.

Nyko’s VR Accessories Debut

VR Guardian
VR’s unparalleled immersion is incredible, but when a virtual space starts to feel like reality and the boundaries of your world feel entirely arbitrary, it can also be hazardous. VR Guardian is a complete VR boundary system that lets users designate a “safe zone” for floor-scale gameplay, using sensors and wristbands to alert you before you trip over a couch or run into a wall. The VR Guardian uses four Bluetooth sensors to form a user-defined grid. The sensors are paired with two adjustable wristbands that vibrate and alert the user when they begin to encroach on the designated boundary. When not in use, the sensors and wristbands can be neatly stacked together for easy storage and simultaneous charging. VR Guardian is compatible with all VR systems, and will begin shipping in fall 2016 for an MSRP of $99.99.

VR Motion Band
Designed to address the unfortunate pesky side effects of prolonged VR headwear use, the VR Motion Bands use an acupressure bead to stimulate the anterior surface of the forearm (a key pressure point) on both wrists to potentially reduce nausea, dizziness, and headaches. By applying pressure on this point, the wristbands help release muscular tension and stress, promote the circulation of blood, and enable the body to relax. The VR Motion Band is an adjustable one-size fits all band for an MSRP of $9.99. The product is expected to ship in fall 2016.

Console Customization

Charge Block Solo for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™
The Charge Block Solo is a versatile solution for quick, easy controller charging – it can plug into any wall outlet, USB port, or even another charge block for simultaneous charging. The power cable can also disconnect for separate charging–it’s a standard micro USB that can be used to charge a controller while playing or with any other USB device like a cell phone, allowing you full control and flexibility for your charging needs. The Charge Block Solo for PlayStation 4 (MSRP of $14.99) comes with Nyko’s patented micro-USB dongles for charging, and will be available for pre-order online on GameStop and Amazon. The Charge Block Solo for Xbox One (MSRP of $19.99) includes a 1200 mAh battery and will be available for pre-order on GameStop and Amazon. Both products will begin shipping September 2016.

Charge Block Duo for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™
The Charge Block Duo is designed for easy, rapid dual controller charging. Like the Charge Block Solo, it can draw power from a wall outlet, USB port, or other charge blocks, and can be split into two separate charge blocks per user convenience. The Charge Blog Duo for PlayStation 4 (MSRP of $24.99) comes with Nyko’s patented micro-USB dongles for charging, and will be available for pre-order on GameStop and Amazon. The Charge Blog Duo for Xbox One (MSRP of $29.99) includes two 1200 mAh batteries, and will also be available for pre-order online at GameStop and Amazon. Both products will begin shipping September 2016.

Intercooler Grip for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™
The Intercooler Grip is a controller attachment designed to deliver cool air to your hands using multiple integrated fans, perfect for avoiding the discomfort of sweaty palms and the tactical disadvantage of slippery trigger fingers during summertime gaming marathons. Intercooler Grip for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will both begin shipping in fall 2016 for an MSRP of $19.99, and are now available for pre-order online. Intercooler Grip for PlayStation 4 will be available for pre-order on GameStop and Amazon. The Intercooler Grip for Xbox One will also be found online at both GameStop and Amazon for pre-order.

SpeakerCom for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™
The SpeakerCom is a high quality speaker and microphone attachment for your controller. This patented technology lets you strategize with your team or goad your opponents without having to deal with clunky headwear. The SpeakerCom for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are now available for pre-order online for an MSRP of $24.99, and will begin shipping in fall 2016. The SpeakerCom for PlayStation 4 will be available online on GameStop and Amazon for pre-order, and the SpeakerCom for Xbox One will also be available online at both GameStop and Amazon.

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ROCCAT Announces Suora Frameless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Hamburg/Taipei, 31 May 2016 German peripheral manufacturer ROCCAT today announces a brand new mechanical keyboard design aimed at gaming purists. The Suora’s frameless design channels its philosophy as a pure and efficient mechanical keyboard for no-frills gamers. Its robust, compact build with aluminum alloy housing provides a consistent, distraction-free platform. It features a unique build with an entirely frameless structure. No palm rest, no thick border, no thumb keys, and no unnecessary media keys – just high-quality, mechanical keys mounted on a durable plate. The key back-lighting in exclusive ROCCAT blue comes with a breathing effect and 11 brightness levels, with top notch lighting guaranteed.

Tt eSports Announces New Ventus Z Gaming Mouse

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Taipei, Taiwan – May, 31, 2016Tt eSPORTS, the energetic and powerful challenger reveals the new member for its VENTUS family,VENTUS Z Gaming Mouse. The VENTUS Z Gaming Mouse features an AVAGO ADNS 9500 laser sensor with up to 11000 DPI via gaming software, a new coating with a feel that is somewhere in between the feel of plastic and rubber coating; a balance between rigid surfaces and a soft to touch finish. Tt eSPORTS Aerodynamically Engineered from its flagship Level 10 M series of mice is inherited into this iteration of the VENTUS Z Gaming Mouse; keeping gamers’ hands cool even when gaming for long durations! The VENTUS Z Gaming Mouse is on display at the COMPUTEX Taipei 2016, during May 31st (Tue) – June 4th (Sat) 2016 in TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall (4th floor, booth number M110); we look forward to your visit!

Further information about Thermaltake at COMPUTEX Taipei 2016 is available online: http://computex2016.thermaltake.com

 

The New VENTUS Z Gaming Mice with a suggested price of USD 59.99

 

For more information on the new VENTUS Z Gaming Mice, please visit:

http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.aspx?p=219

VENTUS Z Gaming Mice product video:

https://youtu.be/Hpig3qtp6P4

Bloody ML160 Commander Laser Gaming Mouse – A Review

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For about the last week, I have change out my normal mouse for the new Bloody ML160 Commander Laser Gaming Mouse from Bloody.  These types of reviews always take a little longer than a game review, since really for the first day or two you are just getting used to the configuration and the feel of the new mouse.  So, putting my Roccat Lua into the drawer of my desk, I connected the ML160 to my desktop and took it for a spin through a week of normal computer use, that featured some MMORPGs, FPS, and normal PC use such as web browsing and writing.

Features

The ML160 has a nice set of features.  The obvious feature right out of the box is the replacement of the right mouse button for a 9-key number pad for mmo games.  Out of all the features, this was the one that I had to work my brain around since I have never used a mouse like this before.  The 5 key acts as your right mouse for everyday use, but when played in an mmo game, the number pad really shines.  The key response for all the mouse buttons, not just the number pad, is measured at less then .2 ms.  Truth be told, I could really feel that response speed when clicking the buttons.  Games felt much more responsive when using the ML160 versus my old Roccat.

Other features of the Bloody ML160 include 17 buttons overall that perform different actions (two on the side, left mouse, middle mouse wheel, 9 key pad buttons,  and 4 profile buttons), metal pro mouse boots for smoother gliding on the desktop, an infrared mouse wheel, adjustable resolution, and 4 weapon profiles.  After my adjustment time with the ML160, I have to say it is the most responsive mouse I have ever used.  I never felt any type of delay between the button press on the mouse and the action in game.

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Aesthetic

The ML160 has a nice aesthetic to it.  The mouse is large enough to fit in my hands and I never feel like I struggle with the over all design of the mouse. The only design issue I had is with the lack of a right mouse button for every day computer use.  Even as I type this and need to make corrections, my brain has to register where my finger is on the number pad.  What would have been idealistic would have been a slightly more raised 5 key, or some sort of nodule on the 5 key for finger placement.

The ML160’s buttons are backlit in red, which really makes the Bloody hand print logo show up nicely on the mouse.  The mouse wheel is also red when using the first weapon profile, then will switch to green, yellow or blue depending on the next profile you use.  Through the software, you can adjust these colors if you like. The cord for the mouse is a nice braided cord that is a great length when connecting the mouse to the back of your computer.  I never feel like I have less cord then I need.

Performance and Specifications

The ML160 performed fantastically during my week of using it for all of my gaming and computing needs.  Overlooking the right mouse button I mentioned earlier, the 9 key pad set up was great for running my mmo games.  I was able to use abilities without key strokes, and the abilities would fire off almost immediately.  Bringing my middle finger back to the 5 key as the home position was still problematic in high stress situations, but one I can live with.

The weapon profiles were fun to play with.  Each profile is designed to be used with a particular style of gun, so if you have a 3-burst weapon you would want to set your mouse to profile 3.  This feature will help keep your shots accurate and on target.  The ML160 also had 6 sniper modes that also helps increase your accuracy by adjusting your mouse movements and sensitivity to your weapon.  I have no idea if the ML160 made me a better gamer in my fps games, but it felt better to play these games.  I felt that I had the drop on people when we would meet due to the responsiveness of the ML160.

Sensor AVAGO A9800 Laser
Buttons 17
Connector USB 2.0 / 3.0
Cable length 1.8 meters
Size 126 x 81 x 40 mm
Weight 153 grams
System requirements Windows (all versions)

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Final Thoughts

The Bloody ML160 is a great gaming mouse, not only for mmorpgs but also for fps games.  Excluding the minor issue of finding the home key on the number pad quickly when needed, the ML160 feels superior when it comes to responsiveness and accuracy for my game playing.  I found the ML160 light in my hands while I played and easy to move around the desk.  The mouse felt great and comfortable while I played, and even with just every day computer use.  If you solely play fps style games, then the ML160 may not be the perfect fit, but if you have any mmorpgs in your game rotation, then I highly recommend the Bloody ML160 as a great gaming mouse.  The Bloody ML160 is available now for $79.99.

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Razer Unveils Overwatch Branded Peripherals

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IRVINE, Calif. – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the availability of PC peripherals for Overwatch™, the highly anticipated team-based shooter by Blizzard Entertainment, developer and publisher of some of the industry’s most epic games. The suite of customized hardware is led by the Razer ManO’War Tournament Edition (TE) analog wired gaming headset – Razer’s most powerful and feature-packed gaming headset to-date – and is rounded-out with a BlackWidow Chroma keyboard, DeathAdder Chroma mouse and Goliathus Extended mouse mat.

Gamers can look forward to uncompromised audio performance and an array of dynamic Razer Chroma™ lighting effects with the Overwatch-themed mouse and keyboard from Razer, which will change based on in-game actions, including displaying a hero’s signature color, abilities and cooldowns, all displayed in real time.

The Overwatch Razer ManO’War TE gaming headset is designed for performance and comfort over hours of play. It includes a fully retractable MEMS mic with inline volume and mute controls, making verbal communication easy to adjust and crystal clear in the heat of battle. The fully retractable microphone boom pulls out from the left ear cup as needed and its flexible design allows it to be adjusted to a player’s needs on the fly.

The headset has extra-large, 50 mm, gaming-grade drivers that are custom-tuned to ensure team chat and audio cues, like McCree’s Deadeye or Lucio’s Sound Barrier, are heard the way they were intended. A closed ear cup design with plush circumaural padding blocks-out ambient noise. The ear cups on the Overwatch Razer ManO’War TE are also rotatable and have ample, plush ear cushions.

The 3.5 mm connection and included splitter adapter extension cable make the Overwatch Razer ManO’War TE ideal for compatibility with a multitude of platforms.

“We’re proud to give Overwatch players an even more immersive experience with incredible audio and ideal hardware with custom-designed themes and in-game Chroma lighting effects,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Overwatch is among the most dynamic and visually impressive games I’ve experienced in years, and the peripherals we’ve designed with Blizzard add a whole new dimension to the fun.”

The new line of Razer BlackWidow Chroma Overwatch gaming keyboards will also feature the multi-award winning Razer™ Mechanical Switch™, recently updated with an optimized set of actuation and reset points and increased durability of up to 80-million key strokes.

Watch a video of how Overwatch has integrated Razer Chroma lighting effects here: https://youtu.be/xgnOeVOr3Gs.

For more information about the Razer Chroma lighting open platform, please visit www.razerzone.com/chroma/.

For more information, go to www.razerzone.com.

ABOUT THE OVERWATCH RAZER MANO’WAR TOURNAMENT EDITION HEADSET:

Price: U.S. $109.99/ EU €129.99

AVAILABILITY:

Razerzone.com – Pre-order now, shipping June

Gear.blizzard.com – Pre-order now, shipping in June

Worldwide – Shipping in June

PRODUCT FEATURES:

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω  at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 112 ± 3 dB
  • Input power: 30 mW
  • Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
  • Inner ear cup diameter: 60 mm / 2.36 in.
  • Connection type: analog 3.5 mm
  • Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft plus 2m / 6.6 ft splitter adapter
  • Approximate weight: 332 g / 0.73 lbs

ABOUT THE RAZER DEATHADDER CHROMA OVERWATCH GAMING MOUSE:

Price: U.S. $79.99 / EU €99.99

AVAILABILITY:

Razerzone.com – Available now

Gear.blizzard.com – Available now

Worldwide – Shipping end-May

PRODUCT FEATURES:

  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • 10,000 DPI optical sensor
  • Razer Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Chroma game-integrated lighting effects (Hero signature color)
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 5 Independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • On-the-fly sensitivity adjustment
  • Always-on mode
  • 200 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • 2.13 m / 7 ft., lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 127 mm / 5 in. (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in. (Width) x 44 mm / 1.73 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 105 g / 0.23 lbs.

For more information about the Razer DeathAdder Chroma Overwatch gaming mouse, please visit www.razerzone.com/overwatch.

ABOUT THE RAZER BLACKWIDOW CHROMA OVERWATCH GAMING KEYBOARD:

Price: U.S. $179.99 / EU €219.99

Availability:

Razerzone.com – Available now

Gear.blizzard.com – Available now

Worldwide – Shipping end-May

PRODUCT FEATURES:

  • Multi-award-winning Razer™ Mechanical Switches with 50 g actuation force
  • 80-million keystroke life span
  • Razer Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Chroma game-integrated lighting effects
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • Improved indicator panel
  • Gaming mode option
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 449 mm / 17.69 in. (Width) x 41 mm / 1.6 in. (Height) x 182 mm / 7.1 in. (Depth)
  • Approximate weight: 1380 g / 3.03 lbs.

For more information about the Razer BlackWidow Chroma Overwatch gaming keyboard, please visit www.razerzone.com/overwatch.

ABOUT THE RAZER GOLIATHUS EXTENDED OVERWATCH MOUSE MAT:

Price: $34.99 / €39.99

Availability:

Razerzone.com – Available now

Gear.blizzard.com – Available now

Worldwide – Shipping end-May

PRODUCT FEATURES: 

  • Heavily textured weave for precise mouse control
  • Anti-fraying stitched frame extends mat durability
  • Pixel-precise targeting and tracking
  • Anti-slip rubber base
  • Approximate size: 920 mm / 36.22 in. (Length) x 294 mm / 11.57 in. (width) x 3 mm / 0.12 in. (Height)

For more information about the Razer Goliathus Extended Overwatch mouse mat, please visit www.razerzone.com/overwatch.

Corsair Gaming K65 RGB RapidFire Keyboard Review

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Are traditional mechanical gaming keyboards not fast enough for your gaming needs? If not, you may wish to check out the Corsair Gaming K65 RGB Rapidfire keyboard. Boasting a smaller form-factor and enhanced mechanical keys, the K65 RGB Rapidfire has a classy design aesthetic going for it, with the eye-catching features mainly being the beautifully-lit keys. Aside from that, you will find a rugged brushed-aluminum frame and detachable wrist rest for added comfort.

Why is this keyboard so special then? The short of it is that the K65 RGB Rapidfire’s mechanical key switches have a smaller actuation distance than most Cherry MX switches. A contrast of 1.2mm for the K65 RGB Rapidfire keys compared to most the 2mm of most Cherry MX key switches. What this means is that you can press 0.8mm less on each keystroke to achieve the desired result. Hopefully, this will make you faster once you add up all the saved time over the course of a game.

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Does it work though? Well, to figure this out, we compared another Cherry MX-equipped keyboard with the K65 RGB Rapidfire. The results were actually impressive:

Typed Sentence K65 RGB Rapidfire Other Keyboard
http://www.typingtest.com/ – Rules of Baseball Test  85 WPM, 5 errors 73 WPM, 8 errors
 http://www.typingtest.com/ – Aesop’s Fables Test  68 WPM, 3 errors 62 RPM, 5 errors

As you can see, the typing test clearly showed that I was faster when using the K65 RGB Rapidfire. Many reviews might talk about their presses per minute, etc while playing a particular game but that is too subjective of a metric to test by. A typing test such as these two do not change, so you can test against a controlled environment. Of course, I also played many games while using the Corsair K65 RGB Rapidfire: Fallout 4, DOOM, Subnautica – just to name a few. I did not really notice a difference while doing so. Sure, the K65 RGB Rapidfire has great key response and is a very pretty keyboard when lit up, those single player experiences did not yield a noticeable improvement for me. The K65 RGB Rapidfire will, of course, show off its edge more in multiplayer gaming.

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One additional factor to note is that those fancy new Cherry MX key switches are rated for up to 50 million key presses! This means that the K65 RGB Rapidfire could actually outlive your PC depending on your peripheral needs throughout its life. I know for some that the lack of a numeric pad is a deal-breaker – but that’s a personal preference which I don’t really mind.

Overall, the Corsair Gaming K65 RGB Rapidfire keyboard is a great option for tournament players or semi-pro gamers looking for just that much more edge against their opponents. Plus, its small form factor means it can fit in cramped desktop conditions much more easily than full size keyboards do. The Corsair Gaming K65 RGB Rapidfire retails for $139.99 and is available now.

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Turtle Beach Unveils Elite Pro Audio Peripheral Series

Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset

San Diego, CA – May 3, 2016 A decade ago Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ:HEAR), a leading audio technology company for over 40 years, pioneered the console gaming headset category and is set to do so again in 2016 with its revolutionary Turtle Beach® Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset, Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller (T.A.C.) and Elite Pro accessories designed for competitive gamers, which establishes a new standard for eSports gaming audio performance and comfort. Turtle Beach’s “Elite” series products represent the highest level in audio and build quality, and the all-new Elite Pro Headset, T.A.C. and Elite Pro accessories are the Company’s all-new line of competitive gaming audio gear created to meet the demands of today’s professional and aspiring pro teams and players.

The Elite Pro Headset‘s journey began in 2013. Seeing the consistent growth and popularity of eSports, Turtle Beach launched a comprehensive scientific research program to deeply examine the needs of professional and hardcore gamers as it pertained to game audio, communicating with teammates, and overall comfort. The result is the all-new Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset – a ground-up redesign of the competitive gaming headset that brings to market multiple first-and-only innovations in the core mechanics of headset design, weight and fit. Not only does the Elite Pro Headset provide Turtle Beach’s best-in-class game audio and chat performance, but also delivers groundbreaking comfort-driven technologies, including the ComforTec™ Fit System with multiple adjustment points for a truly personalized headset fit and feel, Aerofit™ Ear Cushions that stay cool in the heat of battle, and Turtle Beach’s all-new patented ProSpecs™ Glasses Relief System that finally makes wearing a gaming headset comfortable for players who wear glasses.

Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller (T.A.C.)

Additionally, the Elite Pro T.A.C. is the most powerful audio controller ever designed for eSports, combining cutting-edge audio technology like DTS™ Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound and Superhuman Hearing™ with incredibly powerful chat and microphone tuning tools, giving eSports athletes everything they need to win. The Elite Pro Headset, T.A.C. and accessories are planned to launch globally this summer, and are currently available for pre-order starting today at participating retail outlets worldwide.

“Part of Turtle Beach’s core DNA is driving innovation that benefits gamers. Given that we invented the console gaming headset space many years ago, we felt it was only natural for us to reinvent the gaming headset for the current era of eSports to meet the expectations of today’s competitive gamers,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation.

Stark continued, “There are plenty of great gaming headsets and audio gear out there, but we saw the need to drive fundamental innovation to make it better for eSports. We spent the past three years developing the Elite Pro Headset, T.A.C. and accessories, working with industry experts and eSports aficionados to ensure we thought of everything. And once we felt like we had it right, we spent months refining every detail to make it perfect. The fact that OpTic Gaming – one of the best pro gaming organizations in the world – chose to partner with us because of the Elite Pro just goes to show this is another game-changing line of products from #TeamTurtleBeach that brings true innovation to the market.”

Elite Pro Tactical Audio Adapter for Xbox One

Fully supporting this step-change in competitive gaming audio accessories, OpTic Gaming – one of the most prolific eSports organizations in the world – selected Turtle Beach and the all-new Elite Pro line as their official gaming audio gear of choice. Through this new partnership, OpTic’s Championship Call of Duty, Haloand Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams will begin using the Elite Pro Headset,T.A.C. and other accessories as they continue to dominate the competitive gaming circuit. OpTic Gaming’s first event using the new Elite Pro setup will be as the defending Call of Duty champions at this year’s eSports World Convention which takes place later this week, May 6-8, 2016 in Paris, France.

Hector Rodrigues, Team Manager for OpTic Gaming commented, “Everybody knows Turtle Beach. They’ve been around forever and have some great gaming headsets, so they definitely piqued our curiosity when they told us they were working on a top-secret eSports headset we’d be interested in seeing. So we invited Turtle Beach to the OpTic Gaming house here in Chicago to see what they had in store for us, and the moment they brought out the Elite Pro Headset, T.A.C. and other gear we knew simply by looking at everything that this was a vast departure from what we were expecting. The more we explored and played with the Elite Pro Headset‘s features – like the cooling ear cushions, the adjustment you can make to the ear-cups for players who wear glasses, or how you can adjust the overall fit on your head – the more we knew it was revolutionary, and something that the OpTic teams would absolutely want to use. Turtle Beach brought their A-game with the Elite Pro, no questions asked.”

Turtle Beach’s all-new Elite Pro line defines the future of eSports gaming audio equipment, delivering best-in-class audio performance for game sound and team chat, plus innovative comfort-driven technologies to ensure players stay comfortable and cool under fire.

The Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset‘s all-new 50mm Nanoclear™ speakers deliver more efficient, crisper audio with less distortion for a game-changing sound experience, while the Pro Gaming Microphone with TruSpeak™ Technologyprovides crystal clear chat to ensure team communication is always heard loud and clear. Comfort-wise, the Elite Pro Headset debuts Turtle Beach’s latest groundbreaking gaming headset innovations:

ComforTec Fit System – A revolutionary adjustment system allowing players to truly personalize the fit of the headset to their preference. This includes unique tension controls to adjust the tightness of the headset, plus a floating headband that perfectly distributes the Elite Pro Headset‘s weight across the head, and a separate head-size adjustment – all combined to allow gamers independent control of the ear-cup position and headband tension for the first time ever.

Aerofit Ear Cushions – Where groundbreaking material technologies combine to provide the best of both worlds when it comes to competitive gaming and comfort. The ear pads are wrapped in smooth Asahi spandex fabric combined with unique cooling gel-infused memory foam that keeps players cooler for longer. Additionally, separate internal and external leather sidewalls on the ear-cups isolate the acoustic chambers for better sound while blocking out external noise like the roar of the crowd.

ProSpecs Glasses Relief System – Turtle Beach’s patented system that provides an easy adjustment built into the ear-cups to create a small channel in the ear cushion allowing gamers who wear glasses to finally play in comfort.

Additionally, the Elite Pro Headset comes with Customizable Speaker Plates that attach magnetically to the outside of the ear-cups, and includes the Circuit Pro™ Cable System that allows for quick and easy connections to all Elite Pro accessories through one easy, universal connection.

Further, the Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller offers much more beyond DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound and Superhuman Hearing. The T.A.C. has an all-new fingertip slide system that brings the power of a robust tournament grade gaming audio mixer under instant control, and includes breakthrough features such as theBackground Noise Limiter on your microphone and the Outbound Mic Boost control, both built specifically for team play at eSports events. The T.A.C.‘s Background Noise Limiter helps eliminate distractions via providing tunable mic levels, while theOutbound Mic Boost feature is there to ensure every word is heard loud and clear by teammates, even over the roar of the crowd during those crucial last-minute encounters that lead to victory. The Elite Pro T.A.C. can also be used as a full, external USB 7.1 Surround Sound card on your PC, and multiple T.A.C.s can quickly and easily be daisy-chained together using standard Ethernet cables to form a LAN chat network anywhere.

And when combined with the optional Elite Pro accessories (each sold separately), gamers will have in their possession the absolute ultimate pro gaming audio setup designed to help them win. Additional Elite Pro accessories include:

Elite Pro Tournament Noise-Cancelling Microphone – A breakthrough active noise-cancelling microphone built for eSports. Add the Elite Pro Tournament Noise-Cancelling Microphone to the Elite Pro Headset and T.A.C. for game-changing chat performance that isolates the high-sensitivity microphone from the roar of the crowd.

Elite Pro Tactical Audio Adapter for Xbox One – Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro Tactical Audio Adapter for Xbox One offers players features including Superhuman Hearing,Dynamic Chat Boost™, Bass Boost, Mic Monitoring and Turtle Beach’s signature audio presets.

Elite Pro A.M.P. for PlayStation®4 – The Elite Pro A.M.P. for PlayStation 4 is the perfect home gaming companion to the Turtle Beach Elite Headset, adding powerful amplified audio from your PS4™ or PS3™ console, plus Microphone Monitoring so you can hear your own voice in the headset to avoid shouting.

For more information on the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset, Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller and Elite Pro accessories, visit http://www.turtlebeach.com/elite-pro-headsets. For more information on the latest Turtle Beach gaming headsets and accessories, visit www.turtlebeach.com and be sure to follow Turtle Beach on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ultimate eSports performance, ultimate comfort, and the ultimate eSports audio setup designed to help you dominate the competition…this is Elite Pro!