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Corsair Introduces Scimitar Pro RGB Gaming Mouse

CES 2017, Las Vegas, NV – January 5th 2017CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the release of the new SCIMITAR PRO RGB gaming mouse. Based on the same award-winning Key Slider™ 12 side-button design as the CORSAIR SCIMITAR RGB, the SCIMITAR PRO RGB adds onboard profile storage and a state-of-the-art native 16,000 DPI PMW3367 optical sensor developed in partnership with PIXART for precise control in single DPI steps for ultra-accurate, high-speed tracking.

The SCIMITAR PRO RGB also adds a comprehensive set of hardware playback options for both programmable buttons and RGB lighting effects, allowing gamers to save up to three profiles of keyboard shortcuts or RGB lighting right to the mouse. Engineered to revolutionize MMO and MOBA gameplay, the SCIMITAR PRO RGB has everything gamers need to conquer quests, win rounds and defeat the competition, all at the click of a button.

Designed from the start to give MMO and MOBA gamers the edge, the SCIMITAR PRO RGB is crafted to fit the contours of your palm, no matter your hand size, and provide comfortable, assured grip even over epic gaming sessions. Central to this is the exclusive patent-pending Key Slider™ system, allowing the 12 mechanical side macro buttons to be repositioned by up to 8mm, keeping every key within reach and exactly where you need it at the crucial moment.

Pre-loaded with three profiles of common shortcuts for MMOs, MOBAs and productivity, the SCIMITAR PRO RGB’s hardware playback makes it easy to customize control in your favorite games. Each of the SCIMITAR PRO RGB’s 17 buttons can be fully remapped in CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) software, with the macros saved to onboard memory for use on any system. The SCIMITAR PRO RGB also boasts four-zone RGB lighting, with gorgeous multi-color lighting effects and colors saved to onboard memory.

At its heart, SCIMITAR PRO RGB is powered by a custom gaming grade 16,000 DPI PIXART optical sensor. Granting phenomenal accuracy and high-speed tracking, the sensor’s DPI is adjustable in as little as single DPI increments using CUE, allowing players to tune their sensitvity settings to exactly their preference and prevent mis-clicks and over-shoots. What’s more, the SCIMITAR PRO RGB can actively tune its sensor to optimize performance for virtually any gaming surface using the surface calibration utility in CUE.

SCIMITAR PRO RGB Specifications

  • Exclusive Key Slider™ macro button control system: The patent-pending design provides 8mm of key travel with a secure lock to ensure every button is within reach.
  • 12 Optimized mechanical side buttons: Designed to pro-player specifications for consistent tactile feedback and precise actuation. Textured side button keycaps provide enhanced grip and feel.
  • Onboard storage with hardware macro playback: Three predefined profiles include actions common for MMO/MOBA gaming as well as general purpose keyboard shortcuts. Advance your gameplay and create your own profile with custom actions and lighting effects.
  • Custom PMW3367 PIXART 16,000 DPI optical sensor: Ultra-accurate and high-speed tracking engine. Native 16,000 DPI resolution, settable in single DPI steps, can be custom tuned to virtually any type of mouse pad.
  • Available in yellow or black: Styled to suit your system, the SCIMITAR PRO RGB is available in both yellow and black finishes.
  • Surface calibration tuning utility: Optimizes sensor precision and responsiveness for your playing surface.
  • Dynamic multicolor four-zone backlighting: Customizable backlighting immerses you in the game by providing nearly unlimited lighting adjustability.
  • Comfortable, precision, optimized shape: Crafted to fit your palm for the highest level of comfort no matter your hand size or grip style.
  •  Ultrafast 1ms lag-free game play: Supports up to 1,000Hz/1ms USB refresh rate for a near instant response to your movements.
  • CUE software control supercharges your mouse: Enables you to program custom MMO timer countdowns, double macros, DPI matrices, and more.

CORSAIR at CES 2017

CORSAIR is also launching several new gaming peripherals and technologies at CES 2017, including HX and TX-M series PSUs, Bulldog 2.0 and the K95 RGB Platinum gaming keyboard. To check out all the CORSAIR CES 2017 launches, please visit:

www.corsair.com/ces2017

Availability, Warranty and Pricing

The SCIMITAR PRO RGBis available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors and is backed by a two-year warranty and the CORSAIR worldwide customer support network.

For up-to-date pricing, please contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

Web Pages:

For more information on SCIMITAR PRO RGB, please visit

http://www.corsair.com/scimitarpro

Corsair Announces K95 RGB Platinum

CES 2017, Las Vegas, NV – January 5th 2017 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the new flagship mechanical gaming keyboard, the K95 RGB Platinum. Building on the phenomenal success of CORSAIR mechanical keyboards, the new K95 RGB Platinum combines a trademark CORSAIR anodized aluminum frame with the very latest in premium keyboard technologies to redefine what gamers can expect from a high-end keyboard.

Built to last, the stylish aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame of the K95 RGB Platinum will withstand a lifetime of gaming and, as with all CORSAIR mechanical keyboards, uses only Cherry MX key switches. Trusted for decades to deliver proven accuracy and reliability, Cherry switches remain the industry standard for mechanical keyboards and with K95 RGB Platinum, owners can choose between the high-speed, low-travel Cherry MX RGB Speed switch, or the tactile feedback of Cherry MX RGB Brown.

With the addition of hardware playback and 8MB of onboard memory, the K95 RGB Platinum allows gamers to save not just custom key assignments and macros to memory, but complex, multi-layer reactive lighting profiles, so you can game without the need for external software. Set up profiles and custom key assignments for three onboard profiles in CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE), save them to memory, and then use the K95 RGB Platinum with all your custom lighting and key controls on any system. What’s more, The K95 RGB Platinum boasts six dedicated macro keys, specially textured so you can easily find them at the crucial moment and contoured so to avoid accidentally pressing them.

Since CORSAIR first debuted per-key RGB lighting at CES 2014, the technology has become synonymous with CORSAIR keyboards, exciting gamers with the ability to customize their setup with vibrant colors and amazing effects. With its new LightEdge, the K95 RGB Platinum takes RGB lighting to the next level. In addition to per-key RGB lighting configurable in CUE, LightEdge offers a dedicated 19-zone light bar, able to be lit in conjunction with, or completely separately from, the rest of the keyboard. Illuminate LightEdge with a solid color, rippling RGB waves, or a menacing visor of light – it’s all part of how you make the K95 RGB Platinum your own.

The K95 RGB Platinum is also loaded with extras to help you get the most from your games. A detachable dual-sided soft-touch wrist rest provides textured or smooth comfort, while a dedicated USB pass-through port means a place to connect your CORSAIR mouse, headset or flash drive is always at hand. Dedicated media and volume controls put playback of your music and videos at your fingertips, and with dedicated Windows key lock and brightness buttons, you can eliminate distractions in an instant. CORSAIR also includes a set of FPS and MOBA textured keycaps, providing gamers enhanced grip and feel for the crucial keys in their favorite games.

K95 RGB Platinum Specifications

  • Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame: Built to withstand a lifetime of gaming. Lightweight and rugged durability, necessary for a keyboard that’s going to see a lot of action.
  • 8MB profile storage with hardware macro and lighting playback: Allow access for up to three stored profiles on the go, independent of external software.
  • Dynamic multicolor per key backlighting with LightEdge: Adjust each key’s color and illumination level in addition to 19-zones on the LightEdge light bar for sophisticated and dramatic animations and effects.
  • 100% CHERRY RGB mechanical key switches: Unleash blistering speed with the 1.2mm actuation of CHERRY MX Speed mechanical keyswitches, or feel the tactile feedback of Cherry MX RGB Brown keyswitches.
  • Six programmable G-keys keys for in-game macros: Assign single keystrokes or complex multi-key combos to any of the six dedicated macro keys.
  • USB 2.0 pass-through port: Provides convenient access to an additional USB port for your mouse or headset.
  • Black or Gunmetal: Available in two distinctive anodized finishes, Black or Gunmetal. (Gunmetal initially only available in North America with Cherry MX Speed switch.)
  • Detachable, dual-sided soft-touch wrist rest: The comfort to enhance your gameplay during marathon gaming sessions. Choose between two different surfaces for optimal comfort.
  • Dedicated volume and multimedia controls: Control to adjust audio on the fly, without interrupting your game.
  • 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover: No matter how fast your in-game actions are, every keypress registers correctly.
  • Fully programmable with CUE: Intuitive and powerful Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) enables sophisticated macro programming and fast, fluid dynamic multicolor illumination.
  • Windows key lock mode: Stay focused and prevent accidental Windows and Context Menu key presses.
  • FPS and MOBA keycap sets: Textured and contoured keycaps provide maximum grip and enhanced feel.

CORSAIR at CES 2017

CORSAIR is also launching several new gaming peripherals and technologies at CES 2017, including HX and TX-M series PSUs, Bulldog 2.0 and the SCIMITAR PRO RGB gaming mouse. To check out all the CORSAIR CES 2017 launches, please visit:

www.corsair.com/ces2017

Media and industry guests can see all these new products first hand at the CORSAIR press suite, located at the Palazzo resort hotel & casino suite 49 902. Contact the CORSAIR public relations team for more information.

Availability, Warranty and Pricing

The K95 RGB Platinum will be available in late January, 2017 from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers, and distributors and is backed by a two-year warranty and the CORSAIR worldwide customer support network.

For up-to-date pricing, please contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

Web Pages:

For more information on the K95 RGB Platinum, please visit

http://www.corsair.com/k95rgbplatinum

Corsair Unveils CES 2017 Lineup

CES 2017, Las Vegas, NV – January 5th 2017 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components today announced the immediate availability of the new CORSAIR HX series and CORSAIR TX-M series of enthusiast power supplies, as well as a major update to its CORSAIR Bulldog small form factor barebones kit, Bulldog 2.0.

Platinum and Gold – HX and TX-M

Equipped with 100% Japanese 105°C capacitors the new HX series offers 80 Plus Platinum efficiency for up to 94% efficient operation. Fully modular cabling makes clutter-free builds easy, while a large 135mm cooling fan and Zero RPM mode allow for virtually silent operation. Rated for operating temperatures up to 50°C, the HX series is designed to deliver superb electrical performance and efficiency in the most demanding situations.

Also furnished with 100% Japanese capacitors and rated to 50°C, the new TX-M series delivers 80 Plus Gold efficiency paired with fantastic electrical performance and reliability. Combined with semi-modular cables for immaculate builds, the TX-M series hits the sweet spot of features and performance that PC enthusiasts demand.

Bulldog 2.0 – Build Your Living Room PC Better

CORSAIR Bulldog 2.0 retains the sleek looks and small form factor layout of its predecessor, effortlessly fitting into home theatre or living room setups. Within the glossy exterior, Bulldog 2.0 is completely upgraded for 2017, to be the ultimate living room barebone kit. Boasting the very latest Intel Z270 Mini-ITX motherboard from MSI, Bulldog 2.0 is ready to overclock and push performance limits with new Intel 7th Generation® Core™ processors. Bulldog 2.0 also includes an all-new low-profile liquid CPU cooler, the H6SF, and the best-in-class CORSAIR SF600 SFX PSU, as well two low-noise 92mm PWM-controlled cooling fans based on the award-winning CORSAIR ML Series. With a high-performance case, PSU, cooler and motherboard all included and pre-installed, CORSAIR Bulldog 2.0 is the ideal starting point to build the ultimate living room PC.

CORSAIR at CES 2017:

CORSAIR is also launching several new gaming peripherals and technologies at CES 2017, including the K95 RGB Platinum gaming keyboard and Scimitar Pro MMO gaming mouse. To check out all the CORSAIR CES 2017 launches, please visit:

www.corsair.com/ces2017

Media and industry guests can see all these new products first hand at the CORSAIR press suite, located at the Palazzo resort hotel & casino, suite 49 902. Contact the CORSAIR public relations team for more information.

Availability, Warranty and Pricing:

The CORSAIR HX Series of PSUs are available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors, and are backed by a comprehensive 10-year warranty.

The CORSAIR TX-M Series of PSUs are also available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors, and are backed by a comprehensive seven-year warranty.

CORSAIR BULLDOG 2.0 is available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and select retailers in North America, the UK and Australia. CORSAIR Bulldog 2.0 is backed by a two-year warranty.

For up-to-date pricing on the new HX Series, TX-M Series and Bulldog 2.0 please refer to the CORSAIR website or contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

Web Pages:

For more information on the CORSAIR HX series of PSUs, please visit

http://cms.corsair.com/en-us/power-supply-units/hx-hxi-series

For more information on the CORSAIR TX-M series of PSUs, please visit

http://cms.corsair.com/en-us/power-supply-units/txm-series

For more information on CORSAIR Bulldog 2.0 please visit

http://www.corsair.com/bulldog

Nyko Announces New Console and VR Peripherals at CES

LOS ANGELES – January 5, 2017 – Inventive video game accessories manufacturer Nyko Technologies today unveiled a new line of game console and VR accessories at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas for PlayStation®VR, HTC Vive™, Xbox One™ S, and PlayStation®4 Slim and Pro editions. The new VR products include Charge Block for PSVR, a drop and charge solution for controllers, and VR Halo, a padded slip-on cover for Vive controllers designed to protect your gear from daily wear and tear. Nyko also unveiled an updated version of its popular Data Bank Pro storage solution for the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, and Modular Charge Station S for the new Xbox One S. All products are set to launch in 2017.

Hands on demos are available from Thursday, Jan. 5, to Saturday, Jan. 7, at Nyko’s exhibition suite in the Westgate North Hall, #15121. Members of the press interested in scheduling a personal demo can contact NYKO for an appointment.

“This year’s product lineup combines Nyko’s history and established legacy with our vision for the future of VR and gaming technology,” said Chris Arbogast, Nyko’s head of sales and marketing. “We’re not only expanding our line of innovative VR accessories with new charging, storage, and controller solutions for PSVR, and HTC Vive, but we’re also updating some of our most valued products for the new generation of consoles.”

VR Accessories

Charge Block for PlayStation VR

Charge Block is a simple, sleek drop and charge solution for PlayStation Move Motion controllers. The block plugs into any wall outlet or USB port for rapid recharging and can also connect to multiple Charge Blocks from different platforms to create a clean, universal charging system for all your gaming needs. Charge Block for PSVR will be available in 2017 for an MSRP of $19.99.

Charge Link for PlayStation VR

Charge Link is a 10-foot USB Y-shaped charging cable that enables simultaneous charging of both PSVR controllers. The extra-long length and flexible Y-shape give users ample room for uninterrupted gameplay while charging. The Micro-USB cable is universal and can charge any device that uses a standard USB port. Charge Link for PSVR will be available in 2017 for an MSRP of $14.99.

Charge Base for HTC Vive

Charge Base brings the unique drop and charge functionality to the Vive’s wireless controllers using Nyko’s patented dongle charging technology. Simple LED lights illuminate to indicate the charge status of the controllers. Charge Base is AC powered, and plugs into any standard outlet for faster recharging. Charge Base will be available in 2017 for an MSRP of $29.99.

VR Halo for HTC Vive

VR Halo is a padded slip-on cover for Vive controllers designed to protect your gear from daily wear and tear. The cover easily slips on to the top of the Vive controller without blocking any sensors, buttons, or ports for seamless gameplay. VR Halo will be available in 2017 for an MSRP of $9.99.

Console Customization for Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 Slim and Pro

Battery Block for Xbox One

Battery Block is a rechargeable solution for Xbox One batteries that frees you from the endless barrage of disposable batteries. Battery Block comes with one 1200mAh rechargeable battery and replacement cover. Using a simple spring-loaded chamber, users can easily press the battery in and out of the the block to charge it – the battery glows red while charging, and then turns green when ready to be used. Battery Block plugs into any wall outlet or USB port for rapid recharging, and connects to other Charge Blocks from different platforms to create a universal charging system. Battery Block will begin shipping later in 2017 for an MSRP of $24.99.

Data Bank Pro for PlayStation 4 Slim and Pro

Data Bank Pro is an essential, add-on accessory for the PS4 Slim and Pro that expands the internal memory by allowing the use of an additional 3.5-inch hard drive. The Data Bank Pro is easy to install – it plugs into the hard drive bay via the included SATA adaptor and USB cable by accessing a single screw (using an included screwdriver). Once users remove the 2.5” drive and reinstall it along with a 3.5-inch drive using the included adapter, they can easily cold-swap between the two drives with a simple flip of a switch. The versatile design allows the Data Bank to rest on top of the PS4 or alongside it, so that it can be used in both the vertical and horizontal positions. It also has a dedicated AC cord to power the drive, so it avoids pulling additional power from the console. Data Bank Pro will be available in 2017 for an MSRP of $39.99.

Modular Charge Station S for Xbox One S

Modular Charge Station S is a simple drop and charge solution for Xbox One S controllers. It attaches to the top of the console and compliments the sleek design of the Xbox One S, allowing simultaneous charging of two wireless controllers via the two included rechargeable battery packs without the hassle of pesky cords. Two included rechargeable battery packs provide up to 25 hours of play time. Modular Charge Station for Xbox One S will be available in 2017 for an MSRP of $29.99.

Snakebyte Announces Nintendo Switch Accessories

San Diego, CA – January 3, 2017 – snakebyte® group, leading innovators of consumer electronics hardware, announced today a new range of products and accessories compatible with the forthcoming Nintendo Switchhome gaming system. In addition, the Company also announced a new line of accessories compatible with the popular NES Classic Edition system. Both ranges are expected to begin shipping in Spring 2017.

Designed to enhance the portable nature of the Switch console, the snakebyte range has been produced with a strong emphasis on quality, catering to gamers of all ages and robust enough to survive the most demanding of trips. Products in the range include:

  • Nintendo Switch Foldable Headset

Ideal for on-the-go gaming, the Foldable Headset features powerful 40mm drivers for crisp, clear gaming audio. Neatly folds up when travelling, making it the perfect companion to your Switch tablet.

  • Nintendo Switch Starter Kit

Featuring all the essential accessories a gamer could ask for, the Starter Kit features a Carry Bag, Stereo Earbuds, Cleaning Cloth, Screen Protector, Control Caps and Game Cases to allow for an enhanced gaming experience and protection for the tablet screen and games.

Since its launch last year, the NES Classic Edition system has captured the imagination of gamers, managing to appeal to multiple generations wishing to re-discover the classic gameplay made so famous by Nintendo. The Classic Edition accessory range from snakebyte extends the appeal of the system yet further. Products in the line include:

  • Nintendo NES Classic Edition Power Adaptor

The NES Classic Edition is cleverly powered via USB, however sometimes a convenient USB power source is simply unavailable. The NES Classic Edition Power Adaptor accepts the USB cord from the console and allows users to draw power from any regular power outlet.

  • Nintendo NES Classic Edition Gamepad Extension Cable

Gamers love the authentic NES gamepad but are saddened at the short length of the cable. The NES Classic Edition Gamepad Extension Cable makes couch play a reality once again, instantly adding a generous 9.8 feet to your NES gamepad length!

“Nintendo has a tradition of honouring the past while forging a bold future, and with the release of the NES Classic Edition as well as the forthcoming Switch, we believe that gamers everywhere will respond positively to the new hardware Nintendo are introducing,” said Nick Repenning, CEO for snakebyte USA. “We expect our range of Switch accessories to be high quality and thoughtfully designed, ideal for a day one purchase alongside new console sales. We believe that the new products announced today will allow us to continue growing market share in our gaming hardware business and look forward to sharing further details soon.”

The new range of Nintendo Switch and NES Classic Edition accessories will be available to view via appointment only at CES 2017 via the snakebyte booth, South Hall 1, 21666

Tt eSports Announces MEKA Pro Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard

Las Vegas, United States – January 3rd 2017Tt eSPORTS, the energetic and powerful challenger announces the new MEKA Pro Cherry MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue/Red/Brown Switches. The latest gaming keyboard will also be exposed at Thermaltake CES 2017 held at the Venetian Hotel Titian 2303 Suite from January 5th (Thu) to 8th (Sun). The MEKA Pro Cherry MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard comes in a simplistic durable design packed full of features and functions for the most avid gaming enthusiasts. This includes the use of the latest and highly responsive Cherry MX Switches with a 50 million click lifespan, individual per key red backlight illumination with 7 stunning lighting effects to choose from, 4 pre-configured – RTS/FPS/MOBA/MMORPG – game mode lighting zones, 100% anti-ghosting support, and on-the-fly macro recording for ultimate customization of your gameplay settings.

Further information from Thermaltake at CES 2017 is available on our dedicated CES 2017 website: http://ces2017.thermaltake.com/

 

For more information on the MEKA PRO Cherry MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, please visit:

Blue Switch: http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.aspx?p=243

Red Switch: http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.aspx?p=258

Brown Switch: http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.aspx?p=257

PowerA Releases Rogue One Xbox One Controllers

Woodinville WA – December 15, 2016 – Along with the launch of the most anticipated movie of the holiday season, Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, PowerA released a pair of great gift ideas for the Star Wars fan on anyone’s holiday list. Two officially licensed Star Wars controllers for Xbox One allow any gamer to choose a side. The white controller for the Rebel Alliance features artwork of the new heroine, Jyn Erso, while those who choose the dark controller for the Empire will be treated to the black and green imagery of a Death Trooper. These limited-edition controllers feature dual rumble motors, impulse triggers, a new hexagon micro-textured undercarriage and 9.8 foot cable.

For more information, visit PowerA.com.

ROCCAT Suora FX RGB Review

Recently, we got the chance to take a look at ROCCAT’s Suora FX RGB gaming keyboard. The Suora FX RGB features ROCCAT’s signature black and dark gray body and very little extra framing around the key area. With the Suora FX RGB, it’s all about the function and the form factor is very compact despite it being a full keyboard with numeric keypad.

The Suora FX RGB has some seriously impressive LED back-lighting that is capable of up to 16.8 million colors. How impressive is that? Well, according to Wikipedia, the human eye is only capable of distinguishing 10 million colors!

Setting up the Suora FX RGB is easy and utilizes ROCCAT’s integrated Swarm software suite. Unlike other multi-device control suites from peripheral-makers, ROCCAT’s Swarm even has an app for your smartphone that allows full control of your devices from your phone. There have been some reports of issues with the lighting system on Windows 10 machines, but a week ago ROCCAT released a patch for this problem, so you should be good to go.

Typing on the keyboard is very nice, and it has a great “clicky” action that pushes you forward to continue on. I put the keyboard through its paces with Star Wars: Battlefront, Dragon Age Inquisition (doing a replay of it), and Civilization VI. Whether it was the fast-paced combat of Battlefront or the slower gameplay of Civilization VI, the ROCCAT Suora FX RGB performed great.

Unfortunately, the ROCCAT Suora FX RGB does have a couple drawbacks. The biggest for me is the lack of a USB pass-through port on the back of the keyboard. These are space saving godsends when available, as it allows you to route your mouse or Bluetooth dongle on the keyboard directly. Also, while the minimalist design is beneficial in some cases, I found it rather uncomfortable without a wrist rest – your mileage may vary.

TECH SPECS

  • Advanced anti-ghosting with N-key rollover
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • 50 million keystroke lifecycle
  • Multimedia functions
  • 6 programmable macro keys

DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT

  • Width 12.5 cm , Height 43.0 cm

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • Windows® 10, Windows® 8, Windows® 7 64 Bit, Windows® 7 32 Bit
  • Internet connection for driver installation
  • USB 1.1 Port

Overall, the ROCCAT Suora FX RGB is a terrific gaming keyboard for $139.95 and will provide you with the performance and response you need to be successful in your gaming efforts. It might be a bit too bare bones for gamers who need all the bells and whistles, such as on-keyboard profile switching, but the Suora FX RGB is stylish, responsive keyboard with an impressive back-lighting system.


ROCCAT Suora FX RGB Review Score:

(4 out of 5 Stars)


 

You can purchase the ROCCAT Suora FX RGB at Amazon

NYKO Unveils Miniboss Wireless NES Classic Controller

LOS ANGELES – November 3, 2016Inventive console accessories manufacturer Nyko today unveiled Miniboss, a wireless controller for the highly anticipated NES Classic Edition game console. Built to complement the visual look and design of the console, Miniboss offers complete wireless freedom of up to 30 feet. Nyko will also release Extend Link, a six foot extension cable for the wired Nintendo NES Classic controller that triples its reach. Both Miniboss (MSRP $19.99) and Extend Link (MSRP $9.99) are available for pre-order at Nyko.com and GameStop.com, and will be available later this month at Amazon.com and in GameStop stores.

“The original NES is a legendary console that so many of us have fond memories of, and we’ve set out to create an accessory that offers what we at Nyko do best – augment the gaming experience with creative design while respecting the charm of the hardware it complements,” said Chris Arbogast, Nyko’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “We envision gamers playing the amazing lineup of NES Classic Edition titles on their massive flatscreens at home, which require a little more distance from the screen than the old tube TVs. The Miniboss will allow us to play from the comfort of our couch without having to pull the console out to our coffee table.”

Miniboss Key Features

  • Precise button mashing action with complete wireless freedom
  • Two offset ergonomic face buttons
  • Four-way directional pad for perfect up, down, right, and occasional left movement
  • Cord-free gameplay up to 30 feet

Extend Link Key Features

  • Six foot extension cord triples the length of controller cord
  • Enables gameplay at a comfortable distance from screen
  • Compatible with some Wii and Wii U wired controllers

To learn more about Nyko and its various products, visit:

Kaliber Gaming Retikal Pro FPS Gaming Mouse Review

About a month ago, I reviewed IOGear’s Symmetre mouse, and was somewhat not impressed.  I wasn’t a fan of the design nor the feel of the mouse, even though the performance was pretty good.  Today, I get another crack at a mouse from IOGear, this time it’s the Retikal Pro FPS Gaming Mouse.  Will the Retikal fare better then the Symmetre in my hands, or will it earn the same fate of being banished to the bottom of the “Extras” drawer?  Let’s find out with my full review.

Features

The Retikal is designed to be a much more traditional mouse then the Symmetre, which means it feels proper in your right hand (as long as you are right handed).  The Retikal comes with 9 programmable buttons, one of which is featured as a sniper mode button.  Essentially, this button will slow down the mouse speed to allow you to focus in, but it doesn’t slow down the game so unless you are already in the vicinity of the head, slowing the mouse down won’t do you much good.  The Retikal can hit up to 5000 dpi (1000 more than the Symmetre) and can switch dpi on the fly, as well as profiles with just a button press.  The Retikal also features a USB 2.0 braided cable, which I do love.

So, my biggest negative with the Symmetre was the feel of the mouse, and unfortunatly that is also my biggest negative with the Retikal.  While the Retikal feels initially better in my hands then the Symmetre did, it never once matched the feeling of some of the higher end mice that I have owned over the years.  I literally felt like I could snap the Retikal in two with one hand.  The Retikal is light and flimsy feeling, has almost no weight to it, and does not feel sturdy enough to handle some rough gaming hours.  This is all based on my own preferences when it comes to the feeling of a mouse, but there it is.

  • USB 2.0 eSports professional optical gaming mouse
  • 9 programmable buttons with custom programming software
  • Non-slip rubber coated click wheel and thumb rest
  • Up to 5000dpi with shift-on-the-fly adjustment
  • Sniper button- instantly increases aim accuracy
  • Instantly switch between 5 profiles
  • Adjustable weight system for precision tuning
  • Sculptured housing designed for FPS gaming
  • LED backlighting with “breathing” effect
  • Pixart 3310 optical sensor
  • 128K built-in memory
  • 125/500/1000Hz adjustable report rate
  • 6400 fps frame rate
  • 130 ips speed

Aesthetics

The Retikal looks slick, with the logo glowing blue on the palm rest and the wider frame of the mouse to fit your hand.  There is a nice pad near where your thumb rests that’s made out of a slip proof material, which increases your grip on the mouse.  Right above your thumb is where the sniper button is located.  While I didn’t really like that button as a feature, it is placed in the best place possible.  Just don’t accidentally hit it while you are playing, you will get a nasty surprise.  Overall, the Retikal is a clean looking mouse, but does not do anything special either.

Performance and Specifications

So I took the Retikal out on few gaming dates with my new PC, and saw what it could do.  The last week saw some increased play time in H1Z1:  King of the Kill, World of Warcraft, and some Battlefield 1.  While the performance was decent, I could not get rid of the feeling that I was going to break the mouse, and absolutely hated the weight of the Retikal.  Maybe I’ve gotten too use to my Bloody mouse, but the Retikal did not feel natural in my hands, though it performed pretty well.  I was never happy with the mouse sensitivity that I set it to, and would switch dpi on the fly a few times more then I’m used too.  I tried out the sniper button, but did not like the immediate slow down of my mouse.  It’s a good idea, just one that I would never use.

Final Thoughts

I know it sounds like I’ve been rough on IOGear these last couple of reviews, but the market is a tough place and there are a lot of mice out there.  Finding one that truly fits your play style and sense of touch can be tough, and once you found your range then anything outside of that just feels off.  The Retikal is an entry level gaming mouse, priced at roughly $26.00, so the investment isn’t high if you are looking to use it.  The Retikal is a decent mouse for the price tag and will perform well enough.  There are better mice out on the market, though not many under $30.  This one’s a toss up for me, the Retikal is pretty much the definition of an average mouse, so if you need one for under $30 I would say check it out.


Kaliber Gaming Retikal Pro Gaming Mouse Review Score:

(3 out of 5)