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.

SilverStone Releases RVP01 Oversized Mousepad

We have all experienced the trouble in hectic games when our mouse exits the surface areas edge and we lose proper control of our beloved input device, the mouse. Silverstone has now released a new surface pad that is large enough for both your keyboard and mouse and thereby gives you an entire gaming surface for your desktop rather than just a mouse pad.

The extra-large pad creates a seamless and consistent gaming area and it features a fine machine woven top surface for smooth movement and precision stitched edges with an excellent durability. The Raven RVP01 oversized pad features a non-slip coating made of eco rubber that makes sure it stays where you place it.

The new Raven RVP01 extra-large gaming pad for mouse and keyboard measures an impressive 85cm by 30cm and uses a combination of black and blue to create a great looking surface for your desktop.

 

We will find out just how great this extra-large gaming pad from SilverStone is when we have our own review of the Raven RVP01 gaming pad ready for you very shortly.

Which surface type is your preferred choice for battle and work? Soft woven fabric or hard surface pads? Do you prefer normal sized pads or would you want a large one like this? Let us know in the comments.

Apple Releasing New Peripherals For Macs

One way you change how you use your technology is by changing the peripherals. The term peripherals covers everything from your mouse and keyboard to that USB Hub you thought you would never need. Apple intends to help Mac users change by releasing a new set of peripherals that will build on the success their last generation had. With three reworks of old peripherals, all experiencing changes lets see how they work out.

First up is the mouse with the smallest amount of changes, by removing the thin plastic plate at the bottom of the mouse (we will cover why they did this in a minute) and by making it slightly longer. Apart from that the Magic Mouse 2 is selling at $79, only a fraction more than the old $69 mouse.

Next up is the keyboard. Designed to sit at an angle the keyboard now has a natural slope to the metal sheet that holds it, this new metal design features keys which are ever so slightly bigger but still placed in the same location as the old keys. Simply by reducing the large gaps in between the keys they have managed to make it feel and work better while not giving you that awkward few days when your still getting used to that new keyboard layout.

Finally, you have the trackpad. Built on the same slope and in the same size it can now sit alongside the keyboard without sticking out like an eyesore. With a wider surface and the ability to click anywhere on the trackpad and with support for Force touch the new trackpad looks to help users all throughout. Sadly at $129 is not something I think you can just buy on a whim.

Finally, there is the little piece of plastic we have neglected up until now that was removed from the mouse. The reason is quite simple, there is no need for batteries. The new generation of Apple peripherals come with built-in batteries which can charge nine hours of power in two minutes thanks to the lightning cable. At full charge they are looking at around a month of use.

Are you excited about these new features to the Apple catalogue or are a little put off by the prices? Tell us in the comments.

Thank you The Verge for the information and image.

CM Storm Release Swift-RX XL Mouse Pad

Not to be confused with the popular pop star Taylor Swift, although CM Storm tell me it’s an easy mistake to make, the new CM Storm Swift-RX XL Mouse Pad is now available in the EU. I know that it’s hard to get too excited about a mouse pad, but let’s face it, virtually all of us use one type of gaming surface or another and if like me, you game a lot, they often need replacing every few months.

So what is so special about this one? It’s freaking massive, that’s what! Measuring in at a lovely 900 x 360mm the Swift-RX is the exact width of my own desk, so it’s great for providing a good gaming mouse surface, but it’ll also sit nicely under my keyboard and keep my hands off the cold glass surface of the desk. The extra width is also great for those who use low DPI settings while gaming, as it gives you all the mouse-moving room you’re likely to ever need.

The Taylor Swift-RX-XL Gaming Mouse Pad (SGS-4140-KXXL1) is already available from most major retailers for around £19.99, which is a very competitive price for a mat of this size. I’m not sure how legit the creation of the Swift-TX XL is though…

What kind of gaming surface do you use?

Billionaire Wants to Start Mining the Moon in 2016

Could the Moon and its resources be used to aid humanity in the future? Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of California-based company Moon Express, explains that their plan is to explore the Moon for “resources of benefit to humanity”.

The Moon is known for its vast riches like gold, cobalt, iron, palladium, platinum, tungsten and Helium-3, a gas that can be used in future fusion reactors to provide nuclear power without radioactive waste. However, who ‘owns the Moon’? The United Nations’ 1979 Moon Agreement, states that “the Moon and its natural resources are the common heritage of mankind”, while UN’s Outer Space Treaty, states that “the exploration and use of outer space shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries and shall be the province of all mankind”.

“Today, people look at diamonds as this rare thing on Earth,” Jain said. “Imagine telling someone you love her by giving her the Moon.”

NASA is apparently working with Moon Express to develop robotic spacecrafts. Moon Express is said to have signed an agreement to take over the decommissioned Space Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral. The launch pad will be used for Moon Express’s lander development and flight-test operations.

“Clearly, NASA has an amazing amount of expertise when it comes to getting to the Moon, and it wants to pass that knowledge on to a company like ours that has the best chance of being successful,” Jain said.

Also, Moon Express has been granted a $1 million prize from Google for taking part in the Google-sponsored Lunar X Prize, organised by the X Prize Foundation, that will award $30 million to the first company that lands a commercial spacecraft on the Moon, travels 500 meters across its surface and sends high-definition images and video back to Earth before the end of 2016.

“The purpose is to show that for the first time, a company has developed the technology to land softly on the Moon,” Jain stated. “Landing on the moon is not the hard part. Landing softly is the hard part.”

Moon Express is said to further test its robotic spacecraft at the end of the month. The MX-1, its lander, is said to take off from the pad and go up and sideways before landing back on the pad. Should the test be successful, the MX-1 will be deemed ready to travel to the Moon.

Thank you NEWS.co.au for providing us with this information

Ikea Planning to Sell Wireless Charging Lamps and Tables

We live in an era where our smartphone and/or tablet battery is one of our top priority for the day. Often we forget to plug them into a charger while at home or at the office, only to notice we can barely unlock them to see a notification once we are outside.

Ikea seems to have been thinking about the same problem and appears to have a rather high-tech solution, offering its customers a range of lamps and tables that come with wireless charging technology. Floor, table and work lamps are just a few of what Ikea offers in terms of lighting solution, along with a pair of bedside tables that come with individual pads which would add more charging locations to homes.

It seems that the furniture supports the Qi wireless standard, which is the leader in the wireless charging standard around the world. Since one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers which sell their handsets with built-in Qi wireless charging technology is Microsoft and its Lumia series, Ikea is also offering to sell charging covers for Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S handsets in order to use them with its furniture.

Ikea is said to start selling the furniture in the US and UK in mid April, having a starting price of around £40 in the UK. Pricing in the US is still to be confirmed.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information

Tt eSPORTS Gaming Gear Winners Announced

We hosted a competition in conjunction with Tt eSPORTS which as expected saw thousands of entries, but sadly there can only be one winner per prize and we have three amazing prizes to give away. You can find the giveaway here.

After checking through all of the entries, we have picked our winners, but as we’re mean, we will be announcing them throughout stages of today, just to keep you all on your toes.

1st prize winner – MEKA G-UNIT – Mad_Bull

2nd prize winner – Shock Battle Edition – ArkangeL

3rd prize winner – Dasher mousepad signed by White-Ra – caveney-hayes

Winners will be contacted requesting address details for your prize to be shipped out directly.

Sadly not everyone can be a winner, but we have a lot more competitions you can enter here.