Today we’ll be taking a look at the new Mazer Type-R Wireless from E-Blue. While you may not have heard of E-Blue, they’re one of the quickest growing names in the business right now, having expanded into more global markets each year since they started back in 1999. Right now, E-Blue is working on opening around 600 eSports cafes in China, are sponsors of the well-known EDG Gaming League of Legends champions, and so much more.
“Our mission is to bring stylish, trendy and high-quality products to the worldwide end-users. We believe that there are many good products in the market but they are in unreasonable price to the end-user and also there exist many low-graded of products with bad quality and in low price to a big group of user. But these two types are not the most desired and demanded to the customers. They desire the products more trendy, under reasonable price and good quality with high durability. This is how e-blue insist to keep such principle as the main mission.” – E-Blue
While they do offer up a few high-end peripherals, their core market is getting good specification hardware into gamers hands at a price that is very affordable. There’s a very competitive market right now for affordable gaming and I’m sure many of you will agree, we don’t all have £100+ for a new keyboard or gaming mouse.
Equipped with an Avago optical sensor, capable of 500/1200/1800/2500 DPI, wireless technology (via USB dongle), and a stylish design, the Type-R certainly seems interesting. As with any other E-Blue product we’ve ever seen, its also exceptionally well packaged and the box gives us a great look at the actual mouse design.
Around the back, a quick rundown of some more technical details, such as mac/PC compatibility and battery requirements (2 x AA).
In the box, you’ll find the Type-R mouse, obviously, as well as the wireless USB dongle, which is nice and compact, two batteries, and the user manual.
The semiconductor industry is a tough area to operate in and it is a dog-eat-dog world, and now it looks like Marvell Technology Group could be the next to be swallowed by a bigger dog on the market. According to an article in the New York Post, the chip maker could be up for sale and Broadcom/Avago could be the possible buyer.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of Avago’s interest in Marvell. Last July several news outlets reported that Avago was interested in the purchase, but was holding their bid until the Broadcom and Avago merger was completed.
It hasn’t gone all that good for Marvell lately despite them making some great chips that we see all the time here in the office when we review products. For example, last month they reached a settlement with Carnegie Mellon University for $750 million and they have also just been through an audit for alleged fraud. They were however cleared in the audit and there wasn’t found any evidence of wrongdoing or accounting fraud as the allegations said.
Still, the stock has been on a steady decline as the semiconductor business generally has been going down and stockholders demand that the company cuts costs. After the stock dove about 40 percent of the past year, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that the stockholders demand some action.
Whether Broadcom (AVGO) will make an official bid or not is something time will tell and I’m sure that there will be a lot of details to iron out between the two before they’ll reach an agreement, if they do at all. There is however also some doubt on whether such a merger could result in an antitrust scrutiny as some of the areas of the two overlap, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet switching chips, among others.
Picking the right mouse can make or break your gaming experience. I’m a strong believer that a really great mouse won’t really make you a better gamer, at least not right away, but it can enhance your experience greatly. From having the right ergonomics to leave your hand feeling comfortable, even after a full days work and a late night of gaming, is certainly something you should be looking for in a mouse. Having a smooth and accurate sensor, so you don’t screw up those edits in Photoshop, or miss those headshots in your favourite game, that’s also pretty important. The latest mouse from CM Storm, the Xornet II, promises to great ergonomics, a great sensor and so much more.
“The Xornet II is built from the ground up for gamers who choose to battle it out using a claw grip style. Renowned as the best gaming mouse design for claw grip, every inch of this mouse has been crafted to prevent cramping and provide maximum comfort. Powered by an improved optical sensor, on-the-fly DPI settings, full 16.8 million color illumination, and lift of distance tuning and calibration, the Xornet II stands out among the competition as a comfortable, accurate and affordable weapon to add to your arsenal.”
The new design and upgrade hardware certainly sound promising, and several great mice, such as the Alcor and the Mizar already to their name, I’m eager to see what this mouse can do.
“The Xornet II uses an Avago 3320 optical sensor which is nearly flawless for control and speed, meaning your enemies stay in your crosshairs. And that’s not all. You’ll be prepared for any situation thanks to 3 preset DPI controls (500 – 3500) that can be changed on-the-fly. Go from performing surgery with a shotgun (500 DPI) to lightning fast reaction time shots (3500 DPI). Or open up our new easy-to-use software to find the perfect DPI setting to match your playstyle. An RGB LED in the scroll wheel quickly lets you know your current DPI setting.”
The features are sounding promising, with a good quality Avago 3320 Optical sensor, customisable three setting DPI, RGB lighting and more.
The packing has a nice image of the Xornet II on the front, as well as detailing the optical sensor, lighting and claw-grip design.
Around the back, we’ve got the main specifications, but of course, we’ll take a much closer look at these features in a moment.
In the box, you’ll find a user manual, as well as a hard-wired Xornet II mouse.
The legendary CM Storm by Cooler Master Sentinel mouse is back and it’s better than ever! The latest high-end gaming mouse from CM Storm takes everything we knew and loved about the Sentinel II, but improves on each aspect to make the Sentinel III the perfect weapon for modern gamers.
“The OLED display puts the Sentinel III in a class of its own. You can upload any logo or re-name your profiles across the display to represent different settings and/or your team logo. The Sentinel III also radiates any color you choose. Two different areas can glow any color that piques your fancy. With 16.8 million color options, you can tinker till you drop or completely switch off all LED lighting.”
The iconic ergonomics and palm grip design are still present, but the old laser sensor has been swapped out for a new Avago 3988 Optical Sensor, there’s a built-in OLED display, RGB lighting, TactiX shift button, higher quality switches, a more powerful 32bit ARM processor, more internal memory, higher quality switches, better software, weight tuning system, LOD tuning, fully-programmable buttons, easily changeable feet, the list just goes on and on!
“Not having enough keys on your mouse is a pain. Storm TactiX solves this problem by letting you assign secondary functions to your mouse. During a game, simply press one button to trigger secondary functions for every mouse button. This essentially increasing your button count from 8 to 15.” Said CM Storm.
As you can see from the specifications below, all the basics are covered and more. The mouse weighs in at 155g, although the weight-tuning system allows you to bring that up by an additional 22.5g (5 x 4.5g) to suit your own taste.
The packaging has a nice picture of the mouse, although why it’s only showing off the LED lighting and not the OLED display is strange, as that’s a major selling point I think CM would be eager to show off.
Around the back, we see a few more images showing the OLED display, weight tuning and buttons.
In the box, you’ll not find much in the way of extras, but you will find this rather lovely looking mouse, which comes hard-wired with a high-quality black braided USB cable, as well as a gold-plated connector.
Cooler Master and their gaming division CM Storm have just pulled the covers off of their latest gaming mouse, the Xornet II. The new mouse is set to take the budget conscious gamers by storm, with a price of just £19.99 it’s certainly affordable, but don’t be fooled, this mouse packs a great range of features despite its wallet-friendly price tag.
Unique, ergonomic claw grip design
High precision Avago 3320 optical sensor
On-the-fly DPI Control
Rugged rubberized side grips
Highest grade Omron switches
RGB lighting mouse wheel
AP Software to adjust assignments and settings
Picking the right gaming mouse can be tricky, but with a good sensor, an ergonomic design, RGB lighting and customisation software, the Xornet II looks like a strong competitor in a very busy market.
“The Xornet II fits your hand like a glove. We kept the small, lightweight design of its predecessor that our fans have come to love and packed it full of improved features,” said Leo Cheng, Product Manager at Cooler Master. “The Xornet II is built for gamers who choose to battle it out using a claw grip style.”
We’ve already reached out to Cooler Master about this mouse, so you can expect a full review of the Xornet II in the very near future. Will the Xornet II be your next gaming mouse? Let us know in the comment section below.
G.Skill is set on conquering the peripheral market too and we’ve already seen some impressive looking products such as the recently announced keyboards. This time, G.Skill announces a new customizable gaming mouse, the RIPJAWS MX780 customizable RGB laser gaming mouse.
The RIPJAWS MX780 gaming mouse is built to fit as many people’s grip style and hand size as possible with its height adjustment features and interchangeable side grips. You can also customize the weight and alignment from both sides.
On the inside, the RIPJAWS MX780 feature Omron switches and an 8200 DPI gaming grade Avago laser sensor. The surface is made with anti-fingerprint materials which in return helps to keep the mouse clean and nice to grab.
The mouse features eight programmable buttons and also has RGB lighting as the name suggests. The lighting is divided into four zones that you can customize individually, including breathing effects.
The G.Skill Unified Driver System & Onboard Profile Storage allows you to customize everything to your liking and keep it inside the mouse itself. Designed for ultimate customizability, the G.SKILL Unified Driver System unlocks the limits to customization and grants you complete control over macros, key function programming, light settings, lighting patterns, and loads of other settings for full personalization. Built into the mouse is 512KB of onboard memory, capable of storing up to five complete sets of key and lighting configurations.
The new G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780 gaming mouse will be rolling out worldwide from late September 2015, and it is already available on Newegg.com for $59.99.
TteSports, the gaming division of legendary manufacturer Thermaltake have been a dominating force at eTeknix many times in the past, winning many awards for their great gaming products. Now we’re happy to see another entry in their product range, the Theron Plus Smart Mouse. Now, there’s something obviously unique about the name, what exactly is a “smart mouse” anyway?
The THERON Plus SMART MOUSE – the classy sheen smart mouse that built with an upgraded AVAGO laser sensor with up to 8200 DPI that consist an additional integrated Bluetooth communications device to sync your mobile device (iOS/Android) with Tt eSPORTS PLUS+, the mobile application that can store gamers’ stats to the Tt eSPORTS PLUS+ Community & Data Management Platform
This mouse incorporates the “Internet of Things” or IOT philosophy, much like the current trend of smart wearables, the mouse tracks your gaming performance data, allowing you to analyze statistics, improve your strategies and more, as well as share this information with your team or fans; this could be a real hit with eSports gamers and their fan bases!
On the basis of the I.o.T. (Internet of Things) concept, users can obtain and share gaming performance data. Additionally, users are capable of analyze statistics records for improved strategies via data management on both PC or mobile devices – anytime anywhere. With Tt eSPORTS’ Plus+ mobile application, you can even review all recorded performance histories on your mobile devices.
As you can see, the Theron Plus is targeted at the eSports community, who are obviously the best ones to benefit from the smart tracking features.
The box opens up, giving us a sneak peak at the mouse design as well as running through some of the major smart features; cloud integration, stat tracking and more.
In the box, you will find a protective pouch, a few product documents and the hard-wired mouse.
The cable features a high quality braiding, a fixed velcro cable tidy and a good quality gold-plated USB connector.
The mouse is really nicely designed, with an oversized body that promotes a comfortable hand resting position. There’s a pair of switches down the left side and their bright red finish provides a nice contrast from the glossy black finish.
Around the back of the mouse, you’ll find a set of LED indicators between the top and left side panel. There’s also a colour customisable LED strip along the bottom left side, the back and the right side of the mouse; well take a closer look at this shortly.
The right side of the mouse features a single switch near the front, handy for deploying extra macros or profile changes.
Both the left and right mouse buttons are heavily recessed with a curved shape; this provides a great finger resting position and should help prevent your fingers from slipping away from the mouse.
There’s a deeply recessed scroll wheel, which features a soft rubber grip coating, a light tactile bump when turned and a fast rotation speed; perfect for making quick and accurate adjustments mid-game.
On the underside of the Theron Plus, you’ll find even more features! There’s two large slip-mats that provide an excellent amount of glide, a profile switch, lock and on-the-fly polling rate adjustments.
The bottom panel can be clipped off, where you’ll find five add-in weights, to help you better tune the mouse performance to your liking.
The included carry pouch is of a good quality and handy for those who need to travel with the mouse; it’ll help keep it free from scratches.
Tt eSports are one of the leading brands when it comes to competitive gaming mice, and their new Talon series optical mice look set to continue that trend with style. The Talon and the Talon Blu are set to target the budget friendly end of the market, but TteSports are hoping to show that you don’t have to have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a high quality peripheral.
The Talon series comes equipped with a high quality sensor, premium switches, an ambidextrous shape and more. The first Talon mouse comes equipped with a stylish top panel and LED backlit accents with a choice of six customisable lighting colours. The Talon Blu is a little more understated and features a black chassis with a simple Tt Dragon logo on the back; the logo and the scroll wheel are backlit with a blue LED.
Both mice come fitted with the Avago 3050 optical sensor, which features a maximum DPI of 3000, no angle snapping or prediction, a high maximum movement speed and Omron switches. Both mice also allow you to remove the side panels, allowing you to adjust the ergonomics of the mouse to better suit your hand and play style.
Incredibly the Talon and the Talon Blu will only cost $19.99 and are already available for pre-order from Newegg.
Thank you Tt eSports for providing us with this information.
I normally look at a review sample and think “hmm, I wonder if it’s going to be any good”, but today is a little different, as I have the new Zowie FK1 gaming mouse at my disposal and Zowie have a reputation for making some of the best gaming mice in the business. With that in mind, I feel like I already know that the FK1 is going to be nothing short of awesome, and that is a dangerous thing for Zowie. If this mouse is anything lower than the high standards the company have already set for themselves, then things could quickly crash and burn towards the end of this review.
Fortunately for Zowie, the FK1 is a pretty safe product release as it’s more of a beefed up revision of their already massively popular Zowie FK. The product team at Zowie are always tuned into user feedback and they’ve responded with some minor tweaks to the product. The biggest changes are easily in the size of the mouse, it has been made a little bigger, measuring in at 1mm taller, 4mm longer and around 3mm wider overall. The next upgrade is the sensor, gone is the old Avago 390 sensor which features a 450 / 1150 / 2300 DPI toggle, now replaced with the Avago 3310 optical sensor which runs at 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI.
Slightly bigger, slightly heavier, lower lift-off, wider range of DPI settings… The FK was awesome, but not the FK1 really is starting to sound like a worthy upgrade.
As you can see on the specifications below, the FK1 is ambidextrous and designed for claw grip play styles, featuring dual side buttons, a driver-free plug and play design, adjustable DPI, adjustable polling rate, low lift-off and features support for a wide range of systems.
Ambidextrous mouse developed for claw grip usage
Two thumb buttons on both sides to comfortably serve left- and right-handed users
Plug and Play (no drivers needed)
Easy to switch between left- and right-hand functionality
400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI adjustment
Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
Perfect lift-off distance = 1.5 ~ 1.8mm
Operating system: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7/8; Mac OS X v10.2 after
The packaging is simple enough, a nice large window to view the overall design of the mouse and a quick run down of the features and specifications around the box.
In the box you’ll find the mouse, two extra slip-mats and a Zowie sticker.
X2 have just revealed their upcoming Genza gaming mouse. The X2-M30003-USB is designed to be a great day to day mouse, but has its roots firmly planted with the gaming community. It features a sleek design, AVAGO game level optical ship, a max DPI of 35000 from its infrared sensor, built in memory that makes it suitable for tournament gaming, seven fully programmable keys, an ergonomic design, customisable lighting and more.
“Naturally the Genza is only built using the best components, such as the optical Avago chip 3500DPI 20G infrared sensor that accurately translates the slightest movement into action. Seven independently programmable function keys give you the advantage. Connectivity is made simple through USB2.0/3.0. The scroll-wheel is made of solid aluminum and lasts literally forever, rotating on Nano-tech bearing which is a proprietary technology, long lifespan guaranteed and backed by our solid 2 year warranty and service program offered to you by X2 – All geared up!” said X2 in a recent press release.
AVAGO Game level optical chip
3500DPI 20G infrared sensor
Built-in 64K memory function
Seven independently programmable function keys
Suitable for long (gaming) hours, perfect ergonomic comfort
Personal LED color setting through the DPI adjustment
Backed by 2 years manufacturer warranty
The Genza gaming mouse is compatible with PC/Mac via USB2.0/3.0 port and system requirements are OS Windows 8/7/XP or Vista.
The mouse will be available with an MSRP: USD 59.95 / EURO 44.95 (Ex VAT if applicable). The Genza gaming mouse, item number# X2-M3003-USB is now available from X2 Shenzhen, European branch roll-out will commence mid-September.
Normally when I test mice I do them one per review, but today I though it would be even more fun to put three of them head-to-head to erm head. We’ve got three great low-to-mid budget gaming mice with us today that I’ll be putting to the test, the TteSports Saphira, the Ballista MK-1 and the CM Storm Mizar. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses and today I’ll be finding out just what they are, what kind of gaming their best suited for and of course what they’re like to use in general day to day situations.
All three mice have proven popular choices with PC gamers and if you’re on the market for a new mouse, then there is a good chance that you’re looking within a price range similar to that of these three products, with a similar feature set. My goal is to help you find the mouse that is right for you and show you just what you can get for your money. Is one of these mice greater than all of the others, or is one better suited to MMO while another suited to FPS? There is only one way to find out! So let’s take a closer look at each then crack on with some gaming tests to see what they can do.
First up we have the MK-1 which comes equipped with the popular Avago ADNS-9800 8200 DPI Laser Sensor, ten buttons, right hand ergonomics and a fixed 1.5mm lift-off.
Next up we have the Saphira, which comes equipped with a 3500 DPI optical sensor, five macro keys, an adjustable lift-off height and right handed ergonomics.
Finally the Mizar, which features the same Avago 9800 8200 DPI laser sensor that is found in the MK-1, 7 programmable buttons and an adjustable polling rate.
All four mice come in nicely designed packaging, each detailing the major features such as DPI, sensor, programmable buttons etc on the box.
Around the back you’ll find a more in-depth technical break down, which you can see on the spec charts above.
The MK-1 comes bundled with a user manual, CD-ROM with drivers and of course the mouse.
The Saphira comes with an instruction book, soft protective zip-up pouch and a CD-ROM for drivers.
Coolermaster are on a bit of a roll recently, they’ve had one hit product after another and their gaming brand CM Storm is no exception. Now we see them continue pushing forward with the release of two new gaming mice, or should that be old gaming mice?
The new Alcor and Mizar gaming mice are a look back at times when PC gaming was a much less complicated affair, simpler times that need a much more refined and straight forward gaming mouse that’ll just get the job done, but get it done very well.
Classic exterior design combined with high end and modern internal components blends the new and old here, the Alcor is fitted with the Avago 3090 sensor while the Mizar takes the Avago 9800 laser sensor.
The Alcor features a slick optical sensor with a DPI range of up to 4000 DPI over four pre-sets which can be toggled from two switches on the top of the mouse. Omron switches ensure great performance that should last a lifetime and the CM Storm logo features multi-colour LED lighting, perfect for indicating the selected DPI.
The Mizar’s laser sensor can handle up to 8200 DPI, which can be configured through four quick toggle pre-sets right from the mouse, while reinforced rubber side pads ensure maximum grip no matter how frantic your battle gets. Customisation software allows tweaking of DPI, profiles, LED lighting colour and assigning functions and macros to the 7 fully programmable buttons.
The Alcor and Mizar are available right now via the Coolermaster webshop, but will he hitting other UK outlets in the coming weeks. The Alcor is just £29.99 while the Mizar is £39.99, so they certainly sound like great value for money.
Thank you Coolermaster for providing us with this information.
A few weeks ago we brought you three reviews from the aluminium loving peripheral range from CM Storm, this includes their Pulse-R headset, Mech keyboard and the Reaper mouse. All three of these products are designed to look great, not only on their own, but also when they’re put next to each other. CM Storm do not sell these three items as a complete set, but today we want to find out what it would be like to live with the trilogy together.
Naturally having already tested these products we know they’re great, their performance isn’t even in question today as they’ve all walked away with tasty eTeknix awards in their respective reviews.
Style isn’t everything, but it certainly can’t hurt to have it. With the dominance of eSports and LAN gaming events we are seeing more and more focus on appearance in the PC gaming community. This ranges from branding, sponsorship, customisation of implement, case mods, colour matching components and peripherals, branded clothes and more. Having the cool stuff with the LED lights on it and the matching T-shirt might sound pointless, but many of us are guilty of it.
The packaging alone gives away the fact these products were destined to be next to each other. All three feature aluminium panels that can be removed, customised and then re-attached, allowing you to have your favourite images or logos printed on them, or you could always crack out a can of spray paint and do something creative of your own.
The overall design here looks absolutely blinding, the Mech keyboard has a real sense of presence on the desktop and that is party due to its epic size! This isn’t a keyboard that would be suitable for those with trolley desks or narrow slide out keyboard shelves. The desk we are using here is 95cm (37.4 inches) wide and can accommodate it with ease, but one also has to consider the depth as the keyboard comes with a rather sizeable wrist rest section that cannot be removed.
The headset fits nicely on the desk, although it is begging to have a proper stand to store it upon, with those lovely aluminium panels on the side. I would hate to see this get scratched so I do recommend you invest in a mounting solution to store the headset, a quick Google of “headset Stand” will turn up something useful.
The mouse sits nicely on our CM Storm mouse mat and it is obvious that the three compliment each other well. The LED back lighting on the keyboard, the strip lighting between the keyboards wrist rest, the interior lighting behind the drivers of the headset and the strip light across the top of the mouse all feature strong lines and a glow that matches perfectly.
One of the big factors here is that these are all premium products, so price is something that has to be taken into consideration. While it can be tricky to work out a total price given that all these items are sold separately, so different retailers may have better deals on at any given time, we can give you our best estimate at time of writing.
The Pulse R headset clocks in at around £60 – £70 on any given day, putting it right in the firing line of products from Steelseries and Razer, fortunately it holds up well against them in terms of performance and in my opinion looks better than anything else in this price range.
The Mech will set you back around £130, although we couldn’t find any reliable retailer with stock in the UK at time of writing, however this is a new product range and it may take a week or two longer for distributors to get stock in Europe. While that may not be cheap, it is on par with the bulk of premium mechanical keyboards.
Finally we have the Reaper mouse which is priced at a reasonable £55, making it the cheapest (at least in financial terms) of the three items. At this price range it is highly competitive and it offers some of the best build quality is this price class, as well as an Avago sensor and Omron switches.
Total price for the set would set you back around £250, which I think is actually really good value for money. It is certainly not cheap, but when you factor in the level of performance and quality we’ve seen from these products it certainly sounds like a solid investment. Visually the products look rather epic and with the option to customise each on to your liking I can see the modding community falling over themselves to get a set of these.
There are few options out there in my opinion for those that want a matching set of peripherals, Mad Catz have a very uniform range with their RAT mice, STRIKE keyboards & FREQ headsets all sharing many design features, but they’re not as unified as the CM Storm range. The same can be said for Roccat, their ISKU keyboards and Kone mice look great together, but are not a perfect matching set. So the CM Storm range will go well for the purist, those looking for OCD levels of matching perfection.
On our test desk the mixture of black glass, aluminium panels and the white back lights this setup looks incredible and worth every penny of the £250 price tag. Performance in gaming and day to day use is faultless on all three products and there is little else that needs praising beyond that!
As I’ve said before, we’ve already reviewed this range of products and you can read our in-depth reviews via the links below (all links open in new tab).
Which do you prefer, the mouse, keyboard or headset? Or are you suddenly hating me for making you want to save up £250 for the complete set? Let us know in the comments section below.