Razer Announces The Turret Lapboard And Mouse Combo

Razer has rapidly become one of the most idolized brands in the peripherals market and continues to attract a very loyal following. While some users decry about product reliability, it’s evidently clear that Razer’s appeal is something many other companies can only dream of. Various products including the Deathadder, Naga and Blackwidow sell remarkably well and Razer strives to constantly improve their current line-up. The latest addition to their range is Turret Lapboard and Mouse combo package which was originally unveiled as a prototype back in early 2015.

The Razer Turret opts for an ergonomic and ultra slim form factor which aids comfort when positioned on a user’s lap. Technically, the device supports dual wireless connectivity and connects to a console or PC lag-free with the bundled wireless 2.4GHz adapter. The Razer Turret incorporates high-capacity lithium polymer batteries with enough power to last four months. This is a fantastic choice and means you don’t have to suddenly charge the keyboard during competitive gameplay. There’s also a foldable hinge which ensures the Lapboard doesn’t get in the way and can be easily docked.

Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan described the Turret Lapboard and Mouse Combo’s appeal:

“The Razer Turret brings the immense world of PC gaming to a previously impossible frontier – the living room – where only consoles have traditionally roamed until now,”  

“Finally, we have a perfect solution for gamers to enjoy the unrivaled precision of a mouse and keyboard combination from the comfort of the couch with the durability and reliability that PC gamers demand.”

In terms of pricing, the Turret Lapboard and Mouse Combo will retail for USD 159.99 / EUR 189.99.

Technical Specifications:
Keyboard

  • Anti-ghosting capability for up to 10 simultaneous key presses
  • Chiclet styled keycaps
  • Dedicated Android buttons
  • Battery life of up to 4 months – The life expectancy of this battery depends upon its usage
  • Battery type: Li-Po (1500 mAh)

Mouse

  • 3500 DPI laser sensor
  • 40 hours battery life for continuous use – The life expectancy of this battery depends upon its usage
  • Battery type: Li-Po (1000 mAh)

ODiN – The World’s First Laser Projection Mouse

When it comes to this day and age people look for two things in their mice; performance and comfort. If you enjoy playing a lot of games or editing images high sensitivity and a comfortable grip can be the difference between a good day working or a painful week recovering. Serafim is looking to give you an alternative option when it comes to a mouse of your choice with the world’s first laser projection mouse.

After a successful campaign on Kickstarter raising a backing of $108,195, the ODiN is the world’s first laser projected mouse, giving you the ability to carry your favourite mouse around with you in a tiny pocketable box. ODiN is designed from the ground up for high use markets, with the fact that you don’t have to grip it offering you a comfortable design with no risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

In the 8cm x 8cm projected area, the ODiN works just like you would imagine a touchpad working, with multiple finger gestures you can scroll and zoom with ease while the custom “application” button gives you quick access to launch your favourite program or site with a simple touch.

Weighing in at just 40 grams, you can carry ODiN in your pocket or slide it alongside your laptop in its bag for use on your Mac or PC and comes in three colours, Black, Silver or Green.

At just $69 (£49 roughly) the ODiN offers you high-quality responses with minimal desk or pocket space something that many seek given the mobile lives we live with our technology.

ASUS Announces ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse

ASUS’ Republic of Gamers range is one of their most successful divisions and continues to attract a very loyal following. The ROG brand has come on a long way since the emergence of gaming focussed motherboards with a specialized set of features. In today’s market, the ROG series covers motherboards, graphics cards, gaming mice and I’m sure there’s more to come in the future. Recently, ASUS unveiled their latest flagship gaming mouse entitled the ROG Spatha. This particular product opts for a striking design and employs a magnesium alloy chassis. There’s also RGB illumination in three independent zones which creates a spectacular appearance.

The Spatha can be used as a wired or wireless mouse and features a 8200DPI laser sensor with the ability to track 30g (gravitational) acceleration, 150 ips (inches per second) and at 2000Hz for polling rate (in wired mode, 1000Hz for wireless). Unfortunately, there’s no information from the press release stating which specific sensor is being used. Other features into 12 programmable buttons, soft side grips, replaceable Omron switches with a lifespan of 20 million clicks. A 2-level DPI switches with LED indicator acts a sniper mode to change sensitivity on-the-fly. The magnetic charging dock contains a battery level meter to easily keep a check on the device’s remaining battery life. ASUS’ Armoury software suite allows you to alter various attributes including acceleration/deceleration, lift-off distance, six lighting modes (where each of the three zones can display its own effect), and more.

ASUS ROG Spatha Specifications

  • Connectivity: Wireless RF 2.4GHz, Wired via USB 2.0
  • Tracking resolution: 8200DPI laser sensor
  • Tracking speed: 150 inches per second
  • Tracking acceleration: 30g
  • Responsiveness: 2000Hz polling rate (in wired mode), 1000 Hz polling rate (in wireless mode)
  • Switch: OMRON D2FC-F-7N(20M) with 20-million-click lifespan, Additional OMRON D2F-01F switches included, *Compatible switches: OMRON D2F Series switches: D2F, D2F-F, D2F-01, D2F-01F, OMRON D2FC Series switches: D2FC-3M, D2FC-F-7N, D2FC-F-7N(10M) , D2FC-F-7N(20M)
  • Cables: 2m braided USB cable, 1m rubber USB cable
  • OS compatibility: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7
  • Size: 137 x 89 x 45mm
  • Weight: 175g (without cable)
  • Package contents: 1 x wireless receiver/ charging dock, 1 x 2-meter braided USB cable, 1 x 1-meter regular rubber USB cable, 2 x Japanese-made Omron switches, 1 x ROG hard carry case, 2 x ROG logo stickers, 1 x screwdriver, User documentation

Roccat Kova Optical Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Roccat is one of the biggest gaming brands on the market, offering a huge range of peripherals that have been winning over consumers at home, pro gamers in the eSports community and beyond. Their gaming mice, keyboards and headsets are often regarded as some of the best in the business, and from what we’ve seen in previous reviews here at eTeknix, they certainly know how to impress.

“Armed with the latest proven ROCCAT® technological innovations, the successor to the ROCCAT® Kova is equipped to the teeth. The new ROCCAT® Kova[+] unites powerful technology with intelligent software and an advanced V-shaped design for left or right-handed use.” – Roccat

“Put what you’ve learned to use and combine new experiences so skillfully that your thinking and actions are always one and the same.” Dr. Erik J. Dale, ROCCAT Scientist

The Kova comes equipped with all the right features for competitive gaming. You’ll find a high-quality optical sensor, which offers up lag free tracking with high IPS and acceleration capabilities, so we’re expecting great things from this in our testing section.

  • 3200dpi optical Sensor
  • 130 ips maximum speed
  • 30G acceleration
  • 1000Hz polling rate
  • 16-bit data channel
  • 2m USB cable
  • Width 6.4 cm , Height 3.8 cm , Length 12.8 cm , Weight 98 g

First of all, let’s check out this quick product feature trailer from Roccat, as it’ll walk you through some of the unique aspects of the Kova.

The packaging is typical Roccat, keeping the same box shape and general design we’ve seen on all their mice for years now. There’s a clear image of the product, as well as a rundown of all the major specifications.

Around the back, a bit more technical information, but let’s move onto the fun stuff and get it out of the box!

In the box, you’ll find the mouse, which comes hard-wired with a 2-meter black braided cable, as well as all the usual documentation.

Tesoro Ascalon Spectrum Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Tesoro is one of the coolest gaming brands around, and while you may not think of them first when shopping for a new peripheral, they’ve proven to us here at eTeknix time and time again that they can create competitive, unique and affordable products that would make great additions to any desktop gaming setup. With that in mind, I’m very happy to see their new Ascalon Spectrum Gaming Mouse in the eTeknix office today. It may not be the most high-end mouse ever, but if previous Tesoro reviews are anything to go by, it will no doubt have a few cool tricks up its sleeves.

Equipped with a high-quality 6400 DPI optical sensor, 7 fully programmable buttons, macro recording, and a fast 32bit ARM Cortex CPU, the Ascalon is tuned for competitive gaming, ticking off all the major features you could ask for in a good gaming mouse.

Key Features:

  • 6400 True DPI
  • 1000 Hz Ultra Polling Rate
  • Detection 200 ips, acceleration 50g
  • 7 Independently programmable buttons
  • Adjustable DPI Control, Polling Rate, Liftoff distance and Shooting Speed
  • Cursor Capture Technology
  • User-Friendly UI
  • Instant Recording
  • 512KB onboard memory
  • 32bit ARM Cortex Premium Processor
  • Adjustable RGB LED control
  • Human ergonomics for the most comfortable grip and antimicrobial soft-touch finish
  • Compatible with Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10

The packaging is pretty cool, with a clear shot of the mouse design on the front, as well as a cool image of what looks like a sword in the background; makes sense, since all Tesoro peripherals are named after mythical weapons.

Around the back, you’ll find a nice breakdown of all the major features, such as the RGB lighting as the button layout.

In the box, you’ll find all the usual documentation, which looks as nicely designed as the rest of the packaging, giving a nice premium vibe overall.

Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Mionix are one of my all time favourite gaming brands, as they’ve created some of my own personal favourite peripherals over the years. Of course, I’m not the only one who thinks this, as Mionix products have won many awards around the world and that fills me with confidence that their latest gaming mouse, the Mionix Castor, is going to be something special.

Equipped with a fast processor, ergonomic design, fully programmable buttons, RGB lighting and more, the Castor is certainly well equipped, so let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer. First up, however, here’s a quick product video from Mionix, it’s a little strange, but I’d love to know what on Earth they’re pretending to play here; any guesses?

Technical Specifications

  • 32bit ARM Processor running at 32Mhz
  • Right handed truly ergonomic design
  • Supports palm, claw and fingertip grip
  • Grip friendly soft touch rubber coating (4 layers)
  • 6 fully programmable buttons
  • 3 steps in-game DPI adjustment
  • 2 integrated LEDs in 2 colour zones
  • Up to 16.8 Million LED colour options
  • Color shift, Solid, Blinking, Pulsating and Breathing effects
  • On-Board memory 128 kb built-in memory
  • Large black PTFE mouse feet
  • Gold Plated, Full speed USB 2.0 connection with Plug and Play
  • Cable 2m long PVC cable with cable reinforcer

Sensor Specification

  • PMW – 3310 gaming grade IR-LED optical sensor
  • Up to 10000DPI
  • MAX tracking speed of at least 5.45m/sec (215 IPS)
  • No positive or negative hardware acceleration
  • Adjustable Lift Off Distance

Software Features

  • Up to 5 Profiles saved to the in-built memory
  • Adjustable X / Y Axis
  • Polling rate adjustable in four steps up to 1000Hz
  • Live record macro manager
  • Up to 16.8 million color LED options
  • Customize RGB manger
  • Pulsating, Blinking and Breathing LED effects
  • Color Shift lighting mode
  • Angle Snapping adjustable in 15 steps
  • Angle Tuning adjustable from -30 to 30 degrees
  • LOD Calibration tool
  • S.Q.A.T – Surface Quality Analyzer Tool
  • Lift-off distance (LOD) Calibration feature

Dimensions & Weight

  • 122.46×70.42×40.16 mm / 4.82×2.77×1.58 in
  • Netto (w/o cable): 93.8 gr
  • Netto (cable incl.): 141.5 gr

The Castor comes packaged in a very compact presentation box, with a nice image of the mouse on the front and not much else, apart from a few technical details around the sides/back.

Opening up the box, we see that the mouse has been well protected by a custom shaped cardboard interior, which will help greatly in keeping it safe while it’s being shipped to you.

The Castor comes hard-wired with a durable black braided cable with a USB header.

Microsoft Patents A Smart Ring

Microsoft is known for working on cutting edge technology, with the technology used in the Kinect becoming a dream piece that was quickly built and mirrored in other gadgets and systems. The next piece of technology they want you using? How about something to go with your smart phone, a smart ring.

Back in November and December, Microsoft patented the designs for a smart ring, a device that would look and feel like a ring but would give you control of your devices as if it was a mouse. The smart ring would detect your fingers movements, acting almost as if you were using a touchscreen in thin air, and thought the use of a small laser, could even detect the position and movement of the finger. Felt like clicking a table and opening your family photos? Look no further!

With both the fingers movement and pose being tracked the input device could be used for anything from a smartphone to a desktop PC, with the complete control of your system (and sorry for saying this) at your fingertips.

The device is patented as working with several other components, from tablets, TV’s, Kinect’s and even smart glasses and smart watches. You’ve got the display in your glasses so why not touch it in thin air?

Are you excited by this concept? I am, imagine being able to control your computer at work like Iron Man with a flick of the wrist, this would also avoid the large motion and input detecting systems that many AR (augmented reality) headsets are having to mount to give you the full Iron Man experience.

Corsair Gaming M65 Pro RGB Optical Mouse Review

Introduction


The Corsair M65 is one of the most popular gaming mice on the market today, but as popular as it may be, Corsair thinks they can make it even better! We’ve already seen a few models of the M65 here at eTeknix, such as the old Vengeance M65, the tweaked RGB version and now the biggest change, the removal of the old laser sensor, and in goes the new high-end 12K DPI optical sensor.

Optical is certainly the way to go for competitive gaming, it has long proven to be more accurate, more often than not, smoother, and suffer less problems with acceleration, so here’s hoping the new sensor from Corsair will be up to the job. Although, given the performance of other Corsair mice in the last year or so, we’re expecting it to be pretty spectacular. Add to that the full RGB lighting, and plenty of other cool features and the M65 Pro is already sounding very promising.

The packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with other Corsair Gaming peripherals.

Around the back of the box, details on some features such as the 8 programmable buttons, sniper button and high-precision switches.

The box also opens out, giving us a nice sneak peek at the overall design.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, as well as the mouse, which comes hard-wired with a high-quality black braided cable and a custom moulded USB header.

Win a Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Mouse!

Are you looking to win the greatest PC mouse ever created? We’ve teamed up with the good people at Logitech to give one lucky winner (UK) the chance to win this incredible gaming mouse. Equipped with the latest wireless technology, the G900 offers up flawless performance that’s even faster and more accurate than its rivals, and that includes wired models!

Ultra light, fast, accurate and ready to take the competitive gaming world by storm, the G900 Chaos Spectrum is a fantastic mouse. It can be used wireless and wired, comes with a fully ambidextrous design, modular buttons, a 1ms report rate, and one of (if not the) best sensors on the market.

Features

  • 6-11 programmable buttons (depending on side button configuration)
  • Lightweight hyperfast tilt scroll wheel
  • Customizable RGB Lighting
  • Metal pivot main key design
  • Metal spring button tensioning system

Tracking

  • Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
  • Max. acceleration: >40G*
  • Max. speed: >300 ips*

* Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad

Responsiveness

  • USB data format: 16 bits/axis
  • USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
  • Wireless report rate: 1000Hz(1ms)
  • Wireless technology: Custom 2.4GHz
  • Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM

Physical Specs

  • Length: 130mm
  • Width: 67mm
  • Height: 40mm
  • Weight: 107 grams (mouse only)

Glide

  • Dynamic coefficient of friction**: .11 μ (k)
  • Static coefficient of friction**: .17 μ (s)

**Tested on wood-veneer desktop

Durability

  • Buttons (Left / Right): 20 million clicks
  • Feet: 250 kilometers

Want to know more about the G900? Check out our full review here and check out the official Logitech product page here.

“In high-pressure moments, latency can be the difference between winning it all or losing. With millions on the line, top eSports professionals can depend on G900 Chaos Spectrum. Featuring a 1-millisecond report rate and our highly optimized 2.4GHz wireless connection, Chaos Spectrum delivers incredible responsiveness for competition-level twitch targeting.” – Logitech

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Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Mouse Review

Introduction


The world of desktop mice is very competitive, and it doesn’t matter if you’re in the office, a stay-at-home gamer or involved in eSports, when it comes to buying a new mouse, you’re going to want the best mouse you can possibly get, assuming you’ve got the budget of course. Enter the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum, said to be the most innovative and best-performing mouse on the market, not just in terms of what Logitech has created before it, but even compared to their many rivals high-end products too. This is a bold claim and it’s something we’re eager to test today, so let’s take a look at what the G900 has to offer.

Professional Grade Wireless

“In high-pressure moments, latency can be the difference between winning it all or losing. With millions on the line, or just some e-cred with your buddies, PC gamers can depend on the G900 Chaos Spectrum to get the GG. With a 1 millisecond report rate, and our highly optimized 2.4GHz wireless connection, the G900 Chaos Spectrum outperforms the competition’s solutions, even the wired ones!” – Logitech

Advanced Optical Gaming Sensor

“The G900 Chaos Spectrum utilizes the PMW3366 optical gaming sensor, which is widely regarded as the best optical sensor on the market. The PMW3366 sensor precisely translates hand movement onto the screen, even at high-sensitivity. It delivers exceptionally accurate and consistent responsiveness at any speed across the entire DPI range (200-12,000DPI) with zero acceleration and zero smoothing thanks to Delta Zero technology.” – Logitech

Wireless has often been a sticking point for competitive gaming, as it has a history of lower latency, problems with interference and more, but Logitech has thrown every bit of research you can think of at their new design and the end result is a wireless mouse (although it can be used wired mode also) that has the lowest latency on the market, even compared to wired mice, the most consistent signal even in the most demanding scenarios, an ultra-light design and none of this has come at the compromise of features, as the G900 is one of the best equipped and most feature packed mice you’ll find.

Fully programmable buttons, Logitech’s legendary adjustable scroll-wheel, one of the best sensors on the market, a fast processor and premium grade switches. Of course, the most important thing here in my eyes is that it weighs just 107 grams, which is virtually nothing for a mouse and even more so for a wireless mouse! There’s nothing more we could ask for in a mouse, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Features

  • 6-11 programmable buttons (depending on side button configuration)
  • Lightweight hyperfast tilt scroll wheel
  • Customizable RGB Lighting
  • Metal pivot main key design
  • Metal spring button tensioning system

Tracking

  • Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
  • Max. acceleration: >40G*
  • Max. speed: >300 ips*

* Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad

Responsiveness

  • USB data format: 16 bits/axis
  • USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
  • Wireless report rate: 1000Hz(1ms)
  • Wireless technology: Custom 2.4GHz
  • Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM

Physical Specs

  • Length: 130mm
  • Width: 67mm
  • Height: 40mm
  • Weight: 107 grams (mouse only)

Glide

  • Dynamic coefficient of friction**: .11 μ (k)
  • Static coefficient of friction**: .17 μ (s)

**Tested on wood-veneer desktop

Durability

  • Buttons (Left / Right): 20 million clicks
  • Feet: 250 kilometers

The packaging is quite compact with a nice image of the mouse on the front, as well as the usual branding.

Around the back, a quick rundown of the major features such as the 1ms wired or wireless report rate, 107g weight, sensor and button configuration.

The slip cover comes off the box, revealing a durable presentation box.

It opens out to reveal the mouse prominently displayed and surrounded by lots of custom cut protective packaging.

Under the mouse, all the required accessories.

There’s a lightweight braided cable for using the mouse in wired mode or to simply charge the mouse. There’s also a wireless dongle and additional side buttons.

The ambidextrous mouse allows you to remove the side buttons and swap it between true left/right-handed modes, or even configure it to have dual side buttons to suit your taste. The dongle is a simple USB device but also comes with a block that can be used as an extender, which we’ll see in action shortly.

Nacon’s Controller Ready to Compete With Mouse and Keyboard

When it comes to competitive play every advantage is a huge one, when money’s on the line people will do everything to get an edge which is why the controller vs mouse debate has been at the heart of competitive play for years. Nacon is positive that their new controller which change this and allow controllers to go toe to toe with mouse and keyboard users.

Controllers allow for you to move fluidly in two axis with the left joystick and the right joystick allowing simple and smooth movements. PC users have a problem in this respect with the mouse and keyboard combination allowing smoother, quicker and sharper actions using the mouse but more analogue and sudden movement with the keyboard.

Nacon’s new controller is set up to combat this by being built for the PC and offering the precision and customization in its button mapping, joystick responses, sensitivity and dead zones. Initial views of the controller also reveal rear paddles, similar to those that are found on the Xbox Elite pad. The paddles, in this case, are limited to just two, compared to the Elite pad’s four.

Can a controller keep up with the mouse and keyboard user or will there be a time when controllers are the only thing you need to play a game? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

E-Blue Mazer Type-R Wireless Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


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.

Steelseries Rival 100 Pro Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Picking the right mouse can be a daunting task, as there as so many to choose from. However, when it comes to eSports, Steelseries think they’ve got the perfect mouse for the job with their new Rival 100. Competitive gaming is big business, but one thing most pro gamers will agree on is that a mouse that offers great precision, manoeuvrability and minimal fuss is what separates the winners from the loser; although being good at the game is obviously also a big advantage.

Forged in eSports, Designed for all. “Whether this is your first gaming mouse, or you’re already topping the leaderboards, the Rival 100 is the gaming mouse for you. Equipped with Prism RGB illumination, six buttons, an ergonomic design, and unmatched performance – we sacrificed nothing. The Rival 100 is the only fully-equipped gaming mouse in its class.” – Steelseries

The Rival 100 may not pack a lot of features, but when it comes to games like CS:GO, League of Legends and many other popular tournament ready games, you really don’t need a dozen macro keys, crazy LED lighting effects and anything else that does well in the general consumer market. You need something focused, and that’s exactly what the Rival 100 is aiming to be. Equipped with high-quality switches, a high-performance optical sensor, programmable buttons, on-board storage and more, it’s certainly ticking all the right boxes, so let’s get right to it and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The packaging offers a nice look at the general design of the mouse, as well as the quote “best in class optical gaming mouse” although that’s something we aim to be the judge of too.

Around the back, a nice technical breakdown, showing the optical sensor, RGB lighting, 2000 DPI, 30m click switches and 20G acceleration.

The mouse comes hard-wired with a lightweight 6ft cable and a standard USB header. The mouse is plug and play ready, but if you want to get into all the features, you’ll want to download the latest SteelSeries engine.

QPAD DX-20 Mouse & CT PRO Mouse Pad Competition!

Ready to take your gaming to the next level? We’ve teamed up with the awesome people at QPAD to give one lucky winner the chance to win their award winning DX-20 Pro Gaming Mouse, as well as their lovely CT Pro Mouse Pad.

Having just won our Editors Choice award here at eTeknix, we’re very happy to have a brand new DX-20 gaming mouse for our readers, and with performance suitable for eSports and competitive gaming, we’re sure the winner is going to love their prize.

Flawless sensor performance, exceptional build quality, customisable RGB lighting, high-quality Omron switches and more, are just some of the features we loved about this mouse and if you want to find out more, you can check out our full review right here.

If you’re interested in knowing more about QPAD, you can check out the official DX-20 product page here, or pick one up from Overclockers UK for a very reasonable £49.99. You can also find more information on the CT Pro here.

Thank you QPAD for providing us with these awesome prizes. Now, all you have to do is follow the steps in the box below, and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some new gaming gear. Good luck!

QPAD DX-20 Mouse & CT PRO Mouse Pad Competition!

QPAD DX-20 Pro Gaming Optical Mouse Review

Introduction


QPAD have a long history of making high-quality, high-performance gaming peripherals, and today looks set to be the perfect example of this with the release of their new QPAD Dx-20 Optical, a premium-grade gaming mouse designed for those who take their gaming seriously. Equipped with a gaming-grade optical sensor that promises “game-critical zero-mouse acceleration, precisely matching 1:1 movement.”

When it comes to eSports, or even just being a competitive gamer at home, having a sensor that you can trust is vital. If you twitch for a headshot or that important attack in your favourite game such as CS:GO or LoL, you want that confidence that the mouse is going to be as accurate as possible; if it misses, you’ll only have yourself to blame. With that in mind, I’m really hoping the Dx-20 lives up to the high standards required for competitive gaming.

  • Advanced Optical sensor for optimized tracking performance
  • High quality Omron main switches with a distinct mechanical feedback
  • Zero Mouse acceleration, one-to-one relationship between the mouse and the screen
  • Bottom plate RGB LED

“QPAD’s DX-20, the company’s latest mouse, breaks new ground in more ways than one. The DX-20 is the first new mouse shape from QPAD in seven years. Equally important, it’s an multi-surface mouse, meaning you can use it on more surfaces than any previous optical gaming mouse.” – QPAD

The sensor isn’t the only high-end feature on offer today either, with Omron switches, 20G max acceleration, RGB lighting, adjustable report rate, a lag-free ARM cortex M3 processor, on-board memory and more, the DX-20 is shaping up to be a great mouse.

The packaging is really nicely designed, with a clear image of the mouse design on the front and prominent display of its RGB lighting features. There’s also a quick rundown of all the major features, such as the 2500 CPI, zero acceleration and 7-button design.

Around the back, a more technical breakdown (see specification chart above) and a few more pictures of the mouse design, but we’ll take a closer look at that in just a moment.

Removing the slipcover for the box, you’ll find a durable inner box with “E-SPORT FOR LIFE” on the box.

Opening up the box, it’s clear this is designed to look and feel like a premium experience.  There’s thick foam padding around the mouse, as well as a hard box at the top protecting the cabling, as well as a nice welcome message on the inside of the lid from QPAD.

In the box, aside from the mouse, you’ll also find an extra set of slipmats as well as a protective carry pouch for the mouse.

QPAD were also kind enough to include their new FX 44 pro gaming mouse pad for us to test. They’re such a subjective thing overall, but it should make a nice match with their latest mouse.

E-Blue K820 Professional Gaming Combo Review

Introduction


E-Blue may be a fairly new name to most of our readers, but they’re quickly pushing into new parts of the world with their products and their latest, the E-Blue K820 Professional Gaming Combo certainly caught our attention. There’s a lot of competition in the market right now to make the absolute best budget friendly gaming bundle. With many people investing in their first computers, building on a tight budget, or even just looking for an affordable solution for younger games; especially with the never-ending popularity of Minecraft, it makes sense that there’s a big market for affordable peripherals.

“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

E-Blue has been around since 1999, working out of Hong Kong and creating a range of OEM products, but have pushed their own hardware, such as keyboards, mice, headsets, gaming chairs and more. Since then, they’ve been working with Marvel Inc for Iron Man branded hardware, they’re investing in eSports and sponsor LoL champions EDG Gaming, and are opening hundreds of E-Blue equipped internet cafes/Gaming Arena’s in China; safe to say, they’re not doing too badly at all.

What’s great about this bundle is that it has the keyboard, a mouse and the mouse mat all packed into a single box. This is super convenient for getting ready for some gaming, but I think it also doubles up as a nice gift bundle; very handy when Christmas comes around.

  • Ergonomic designed shape, standard 104 key layout and the lifespan up to 10 million for both gaming and office demands.
  • Mouse is tailored in ergonomic design with perfect grip and dazzle blue lighting effect, 3 levels DPI shift to select.
  • Mouse pad adopts high compact weaving mesh surface with unique splash-ink design.

while not the highest spec of hardware ever, it’s a good entry point and looks like great value for money given the current RRP.

First thing I noticed was that the packaging is very well designed. Great images of the products on the front, as well as a rundown of the main features and specifications around the back.

In the box, you’ll find a hard-wired keyboard, hard-wired mouse, mouse mat, and a set of extra key caps.

Lian Li Enters the Peripheral Market With a Giveaway


It isn’t often that we as the press get taken by surprise, but today is such a day as Lian Li revealed their entry into the peripheral market with their first ever mouse and keyboard. Usually, we already expected a launch, got hints, teasers, and heads-up notifications, but Lian Li chose to take us all with a surprise this time. To top it all off, Lian Li launched a giveaway for this at the same time.

Very little is known about the new Lian Li peripherals yet and there aren’t any official product pages online yet, but we do have eyes to spot some things based on the limited information. The new line of Mice and Keyboards is called the TerminAL series and comes in a total of 6 colour options: Black, Silver, Gold, Blue, Green, and Red.

The keyboard is a brushed aluminium keyboard with a flat design, but that’s about the information that we get now. There is no mention of switch types, whether it’s mechanical or membrane, and whether it has some extra and unique features.

The TerminAL mouse features two thumb buttons beside the normal left and right mouse button and a scroll wheel. Anything else is up to anyone’s guess right now.

 

We shouldn’t forget about the promotion either, the one where you can be the first one to own one of these new sets in the colour of your choice. The giveaway can be found via Facebook or Lian Li’s blog site. All you have to do to participate is to cast a vote on which colour option you like best.

“We will be giving away three of each color for a total of eighteen combos. Cast your vote anytime from today, March 1st to Friday, March 25th for a chance to win your preferred color! Winners for each color – one per color, six total winners – will be announced every seven days until the end of the event.”

ASUS Announces Improved ROG Sica Gaming Mouse

ASUS’ ROG division announced a new version of their popular Sica gaming mouse that comes with improved features and with a new glacier white finish. The ROG Sica gaming mouse has been designed with MOBA gaming in mind, but that doesn’t mean that this ambidextrous wired optical mouse won’t be great for other game types too.

The most noticeable difference to the previous Sica mouse is the colour when you look at it, but it also features improvements on the inside. The previous black model also featured Omron switches, but only those with a durability rating for 5 million clicks. The new white model has the improved and better switches (D2FC-F-7N) that can handle four times the click amount with their 20 million-click durability. The Sica still remains its awesome switchable socket design that will allow you to switch the switches if needed.

Other great features in the Sica include short and independent buttons for the shortest and most accurate click distance, a special coating to minimise stickiness, and illuminated ROG logo. The Sica has a 5000 DPI PMW3310 optical sensor that’s adjustable in increments of 50 DPI for extreme precision. It is capable of tracking speeds of up to 130-inches per second and 30g of acceleration.

With the built-in flash memory, you are able to store your profiles directly on the mouse and take them with you. All the settings can be controlled through the ROG Armoury software that a lot of people already might be familiar with from previous ROG mice. The mouse is wired and comes with a 2-meter long rubber USB 2.0 cable with a gold plated connector.

The new ASUS Sica Glacier White gaming mouse will be available by end of February in the United Kingdom for a suggested retail price of £29.99. That’s not a bad price at all for what looks like a great yet simple gaming mouse. I particularly like the replaceable switches as those are the weak point in any mouse over time.

ASUS Cerberus Gaming Peripherals Review – A Full Gaming Setup for Under £100!

Introduction


Picking the right gaming peripherals can be a tricky endeavour as there is a huge range of products from an equally large selection of gaming brands out there to choose from. Asus are one of the most established and recognisable gaming brands on the market today, and while they may be better known for their high-end graphics cards and motherboards, they’ve proven time and time again that they can make some great gaming peripherals too.

Today we’ll be taking a look at their Cerberus range, a budget friendly but feature packed range of peripherals that are sure to appeal to a wide range of PC gamers. We’ve got a mouse, a headset and a keyboard here today and what’s great about these devices is that all of them can be picked up for a total under £100, making them an attractive option for those on a tighter budget, with the added peace of mind of them being from a well-established brand name.

As you can see below, we’ve got a well-equipped membrane keyboard, with macro keys, LED lighting and more. As well as an optical mouse, which features an ambidextrous design, adjustable DPI and LED lighting. Finally, a powerful gaming headset equipped with 60mm drivers, support for PC, Man and PS4 and a detachable microphone. All of which can be snapped up for a total of just £96.89 (prices from Overclockers UK).

Cerberus Keyboard – LED backlit USB gaming keyboard with splash-proof design

  • Full SECC metal plate – Rugged durability
  • Splash-proof design with drain hole – Protects against spilled liquids
  • 12 macro keys – Tactical flexibility
  • Fully rubberized feet – Enhanced friction for strong movements
  • Price – £39.95

For more information, check out the official product page here.

Cerberus Mouse – Ambidextrous optical gaming mouse with four-stage DPI switch and convenient LED indicator

  • Agile DPI control – Four customizable DPI levels with an LED color indicator
  • Stylish ambidextrous design – Designed for both right and left-handed gamers
  • Improved rubber side grips – Reduces sweating and slipping
  • Price – £21.95

For more information, check out the official product page here.

Cerberus Headset – Gaming headset with large 60mm neodymium drivers, designed for both PC gaming and mobile use.

  • Large 60mm neodymium-magnet drivers deliver unrivaled punch and ultimate immersion
  • Compatible with PC, Mac, PlayStation® 4 and smart devices for gaming and mobile fun
  • Dual-microphone design: detachable boom mic for clear in-game communication and an in-line mic for on-the-go chat
  • Comfortable 100mm full-size cushions offer great noise isolation for undisturbed gaming and music enjoyment
  • Price – £34.99

For more information, check out the official product page here.

The packaging on each product is really nice, with a large window on the headset and the mouse, allowing a good look at the design of each, while the box for the keyboard has a big image of the keyboard and its LED lighting. There’s a few technical details around each box, but nothing we haven’t already covered above.

MSI Introduces the Interceptor DS300 Gaming Mouse

MSI have long reached out into other areas than just motherboards and graphics cards, although they are the categories they are known best for. They cover most aspects of what the gamer wants and the latest product in this range is a new gaming mouse called the Interceptor DS300. The new laser gaming mouse has been designed to ensure the most comfortable right-handed fit for gamers, but that naturally depends on your palm size.

There is no arguing that the Interceptor DS300 is built on some solid hardware. The sensor is an ADNS-9800 8200 DPI laser sensor that can be adjusted on the fly in 50 DPI steps for just the right movements speed. The buttons are also made with quality switches as they come from OMRON and are some of the best mouse switches that you can get.

The 1.8m long cable has been braided to give it the best durability and it has a gold-plated USB connector at the end to make sure that the connector also has the best reception. All six buttons on the mouse can be programmed to various commands including macros.

The shell of the mouse has a few more nifty features such as anti-slip grips on the sides. These rubber side grips should ensure that you have full control at all times. The MSI dragon logo features LED backlighting, which is adjustable to 16.8 million RGB colours.

The bottom of the mouse hides the last feature, the adjustable weight system. The mouse comes with three 4.5 gram removable metal weights for weight and balance customizing. You could remove all three to make for a very light mouse, add them all for a heavy one, or simply just add one or two to shift the weight to one side of the mouse.

 

We already had a look at the Interceptor DS300 gaming mouse during our visit to CES in Las Vegas earlier this month and it looked just as great in real life as it does on the product photos. MSI hasn’t revealed a price or availability date yet, but I’m sure that will follow shortly.

Glorious PC Gaming Race Now Available at Overclockers UK

Overclockers UK has brought quite a few brands to the UK and now they’ve added one more in the form of Glorious PC Gaming Race products. Behind the unusual brand name but well-known terminology, is a manufacturer of gaming surfaces and ergonomic wrist rests that so far has been taking on fans by storm. The brand has become a go-to for mechanical keyboard enthusiast communities and generally made a big impact in the USA. Now it is time for us on the other side of the pond to enjoy these products.

Glorious PC Gaming Race products are now exclusively available in the UK through Overclockers UK. The quality
of these surfaces is said to be fantastic with smooth cloth surfaces, high-quality anti-slip rubber bases, and stitched
edges on all products to avoid fraying.

All the wrist rests and mouse pads are black, except for one. There is a white full desk gaming surface available too. There are large and extra large surfaces as well keyboard wrist rests for both normal and compact sized keyboards. When considering the quality and size we get on the available Glorious PC Gaming Race products, the prices are more than fair. It starts at just £5.99 G-L Large Pro Gaming Surface and tops out at £19.99 for the G-XXL Tall Extended Full Desk Large Pro Gaming Surface.

Now, you might consider £19.99 a lot for a mouse pad, but it’s a lot more than that. The name already tells that it’s a full desk surface and it will cover about 92cm x 46cm (36″ x 18″ x 0.12″). That is a surface large enough to easily place both your mouse and a full sized keyboard with room to spare. I’ve long wanted a large surface for my entire desk, maybe this makes it the perfect time to get going with it and get myself some premium surfaces.

Steelseries Rival 700 Vibrating + OLED Equipped Gaming Mouse @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The latest gaming mouse from Steelseries is on show today, and it has got a lot of very unique features. First of all, this is a great looking mouse in general, it comes with all the usual features we have come to expect from a gaming mouse, such as fully programmable buttons, customisable lighting, tough grips on the side panels and more. There have been improvements to the side grips, though, as they’re now more durable after users said they had worn through them on previous mice.

The first and most noticeable addition is the OLED display on the side, great for giving in-game information such as round number, stats and more, but it can also show off customisable gifs, giving you room for your team logo and more.

The mouse also comes equipped with an inverted motor, which adds a tactile vibration feedback. The orientation of the motor means that the vibration won’t interfere with tracking, but it adds a new level of interaction with your games. We tried it with CS:GO and the mouse gives you a little nudge when ammo is low, meaning you instinctively know when to reload. It’s a really cool feature and something we’re eager to see expanded on by developers.

The next big innovation is the sensor. By default, the mouse will come with a high-end optical sensor. However, Steelseries will also release a laser sensor, and you can simply detach this one and plug in the new one! There’s even scope for more sensors in the future, so it’s the mouse that just keeps on getting better. No details on price but Steelseries are aiming at $20-30 for the new sensor.

It also comes equipped with a detachable cable, and you’ll find a 6ft braided and a 3ft rubber cable included, making it great for desktop and notebook use. Obviously, you’ll also find the new Steelseries management engine, allowing extensive customisation of the settings.

 

This is easily one of the most customisable and configurable mice we’ve ever seen and our testing at the show left us very impressed, so keep an eye out for this one in the coming weeks, as it has the potential to be one of the best mice of this year.

Razer Orichi Mobile Bluetooth and Wired Hybrid Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands on the market, having a huge range of mice that are suited for virtually any kind of gaming environment. Their latest mouse, the Orichi, is certainly a bit different from the usual crop of Razer gaming mice, but that doesn’t mean we’re not expecting great things from it. The Orichi features a compact design, making it ideally suited for those who travel a lot. Having a huge gaming mouse isn’t always ideal when you’re playing on a notebook, or even if you just have limited space, or simply prefer a smaller mouse. The benefits are obvious, as a smaller mouse is lighter and much easier to store, but has the cut-down size affected the performance.

Bluetooth technology is great and virtually any modern laptop comes equipped with it, meaning you’re no doubt already capable of quickly connecting the Orichi and getting into the action. Of course, when it comes to gaming competitively, there are many who refuse to use wireless tech, but don’t worry, as the Orichi comes with a dual function and can be used in a wired mode for lightning fast response times.

“Engineered with Bluetooth 4.0, the Razer Orochi is designed for portability and is the ideal companion for gamers who are always on the move. Switch conveniently to the wired mode to experience gaming-grade performance, control, and accuracy at a blistering 1 ms response time.”

Equipped with an 8,200 DPI laser sensor, wired and wireless modes, extra long battery life, 16.8 million colour RGB lighting and more, the Orichi is certainly well equipped. Let’s jump in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The packaging follows the usual Razer theme of black and green, as well as a nice image of the mouse on the front of the box, and a few major features detailed along the bottom.

Around the back, we can see more features, such as the dual function wired/wireless, fully programmable buttons, RGB lighting and the ambidextrous design.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you ready to play. There’s all the usual documentation, some cool stickers, a protective carry pouch, USB cable and two Duracell AA batteries.

Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer has one of the most diverse range of gaming mice on the market today, with all kinds of unique shapes, sizes and specifications to suit a vast range of gamer’s and gaming styles. The Diamondback is one of their most iconic mice, having been around in one form or another since 2004, and having undergone several rather major redesigns in that time. Just look at the timeline below and you can see just how far it has developed in that time.

Their latest model is supposed to be the best one yet, ditching the now archaic 1800 DPI 3G infrared sensor in favour of their latest extreme hardware, the 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor, the very same one we recently tested in Razer’s insanely good Mamba 2015 mouse. Designed for use with both left or right hands, as well as a super slim ergonomic design that is ideal for palm, claw or fingertip grips, the Diamondback promises to be a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to gaming, and should appeal to quite a lot of gamers, be that pro gamer or just those who want a nice mouse to use at home.

“The Razer Diamondback made its debut in late 2004 at the World Cyber Games and took the gaming world by storm. This iconic gaming mouse was born from extensive research and engineering, hundreds of design iterations, followed by countless rigorous test sessions with eSports athletes. Featuring the world’s first optical gaming sensor, the original Razer Diamondback delivered the greatest accuracy and speed of its time.” – Razer

Specifications

  • Ambidextrous form factor
  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 g acceleration
  • 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Chroma customizable lighting
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • 7 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 125 mm / 4.92 in (Length) x 60 mm / 2.64 in (Width) x 30 mm / 1.18 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 89 g / 0.09 lbs (without cable)

System Requirements

  • PC or Mac with a free USB port
  • Windows® 10/ Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Mac OS X (v10.8-10.10)
  • Internet connection
  • 100 MB of hard disk space
  • Razer Synapse registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, licence acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

A slim box with a few teasing details on the front, such as the full-spectrum Chroma lighting engine and 16,000 DPI laser sensor.

Around the back, a few more specs, such as the 7-foot braided cable, programmable buttons, Razer synapse and the ambidextrous design.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, a few cool Razer stickers, as well as the hard-wired Diamondback mouse.

The cable is nice and long (7-feet) and comes fitted with a gold-plated USB connector.

Cougar 450M Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Today we’ll be taking a look at the latest gaming mouse from Cougar, the 450M. Equipped with a high-performance optical sensor, which is capable of up to 5000 DPI with a polling rate of 1000Hz, as well as an ambidextrous design, programmable buttons and more, it’s certainly going to appeal to a lot of gamers, and we’ve got high expectations for its performance too, after awarding multiple Cougar gaming peripherals here at eTeknix over the last year.

Equipped with RGB lighting, eight fully programmable buttons, a powerful 32-bit ARM processors, side grips, as well as being backed up by the fantastic Cougar UIX software, the 450M is sounding pretty great for gaming. There’s also on-board memory, so you can store your profiles directly on the mouse, making it tournament friendly.

The packaging is nicely designed, showing off the style of the mouse, as well as highlighting the UIX software and 16.8 million colours LED lighting.

Around the back, quick run down of features like the Omron gaming switches, anti-slip flanks and programmable buttons.

The 450M comes hard-wired with a really nice quality black braided cable, a custom shaped USB header and a gold-plated connector.

1882 Patent Gives a Whole New Meaning to the Word Overkill

We mostly associate a patent and technology with modern times,. Our computers, and our inventions are the primary things to gain a patent, but it is something that dates way further back than you first expect and the patent offices have had plenty of work to do for quite a long time. These days we mostly hear about the wars fought between the market giants such as Apple and Samsung and lately even between NVIDIA and Samsung in the courtrooms all over the world and the weapons that they’re wielding are patents.

Luckily all of these patents are harmless in themselves but the 1882 patent application for a mousetrap could be a dangerous one. We all know of the default snap traps used like we saw in cartoons to catch the rodents, but this one by James A. Williams of Fredonia, Texas is a little different as it uses a revolver as part of the trap.

The southern part of the US has always had a special reputation when it comes to firearms and that goes especially for Texas, which also might be the reason for the added bonus in this invention. It can also be used to keep larger rodents, AKA burglars, out of your home due to the added bonus where “this invention may also be used in connection with a door or window, so as to kill any person or thing opening the door or window to which it is attached.”

While this is kind of funny, I’m personally looking forward to some more technology related patents and inventions that will revolutionize our world once more. What huge new invention are you hoping to see next? My faint hopes still lie on holographic displays and maybe even rooms or will we start to see an end to patents as a whole as we’ve seen from electric car manufacturer Tesla and it’s CEO Elon Musk?