Gigabyte FORCE M63 FPS Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Pro gaming, eSports, LAN gaming, competitive gaming, it doesn’t matter what moniker your hobby falls under, there’s no doubt a lot of you out there that take your gaming pretty seriously. This can be on a professional level, or just as someone who likes to sit at home and play a few games online. Being good at games is one thing, but having the right tools for the job can really make a difference. A high-quality gaming mouse is a good starting point, as an accurate sensor and a mouse that has all the features you need to help you win games can help improve your gaming experience overall.

Gigabyte have taken the advice of pro gaming communities to design their new FORCE M63 gaming mouse and while I immediate thought “yuck, this mouse looks terrible”, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover as the specifications tell a different story. The mouse is fine-tuned with a high-quality sensor, high-quality switches, a weight tuning system and more; all of which should help you configure the performance of the mouse to your liking.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you going, such as the hard-wired mouse and the box of tuning weights; the mouse can be tuned from 85g up to 107g.

The M63 has a very aggressive design that will no doubt appeal to many gamers, although personally I think it looks like the bottom of a running shoe.

The M63 has aggressively ridged rubber grips on the sides and the top, which combined with the small overall size of the mouse and the claw grip shape; you can really get a film hold on it.

There’s a pair of button on the left side for forward/back controls, and there’s a single red button on each side of the M63; all buttons are fully programmable.

There is a slight recess on the left and the right mouse buttons; giving your fingers an improved resting position.

The scroll wheel is nice and big, with a soft and thick rubber grip coating, making it very easy to control. Finally, we also have a pair of switches behind the scroll wheel, which are used for changing the DPI by default.

Four slipmats are located on the base of the mouse, which should provide a good amount of glide.

The bottom cover is easily removed, behind which you will find six slots for the optional weights.

Gigabyte Raptor Gaming Mouse Presented

 

Back in 2013 Gigabyte held a Mouse Design Competition and the final product based on the design-winners has arrived in the form of the Gigabyte Raptor Gaming Mouse. Designed by Hsieh Chen-Ta, Wu Tung and Liang Ai-Wei, and inspired by the Raptor claw, the new mouse is designed especially for FPS gaming. The claw grip allows more precise movements and the sniper button is optimally positioned for an easy actuation.

 

The Raptor uses a 4000 DPI Pro-Optical enhanced gaming sensor with a sensitivity between 50 and 4000 DPI and a report rate of 1000Hz. The frame rate of the mouse is 6400 FPS and the maximum tracking speed is 60 inches per second with a maximum acceleration of 20G.

 

The sniper hotkey lowers the resolution while keeping it pressed, that in return allows for a more accurate sniper action to get that one-shot kill. The mouse also features an on-the-fly DPI switching between 800 / 1600 / 3200 and 4000 DPI. Using Omron Switches with a lifetime of 10 million clicks ensure a long lifetime and all keys can be independently programmed through the Ghost software.

The mouse is covered with an anti-slip ergonomic rubber grip and matte coated surface that is said to reduce wrist strain and maximize comfort during extended use. The mouse itself weighs 83grams and can be increased with another 21.3grams through the weight adjusting system. There are 6 weights included that weigh 1.8 and 5.3 grams each.

There is no word on pricing or availability yet, but both are sure to follow very soon.

Thanks to Gigabyte for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Gigabyte

Cube Raptor Gaming PC Worth £669.99 Competition Winner!

It’s been a busy few weeks here at eTeknix HQ, we’ve had loads of great competitions running and literally thousands of you have entered to win our selection of prizes. The most popular choice this last four weeks was the Cube Raptor gaming PC, and today we are happy to reveal who won it!

After firing up the random number generator to help me sift through the massive amount of emails I got, someone is about to feel like Christmas has come early this year, bagging themselves a brand new gaming PC worth £669.99.

Specifications

  • Name: Cube Raptor Gaming PC
  • Case: In Win GT1 Mid Tower
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97-G43 LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 “Haswell Refresh” Quad Core (3.3GHz Base 3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor Cooler: Stock Intel Heatsink
  • System Memory: 1 x 8GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz (Blue)
  • Main Boot Drive: Seagate 1TB Hybrid Solid State Hard Drive with 8GB SSD Cache
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Not included
  • Graphics card: MSI R7 265 OC 2GB GDDR5
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite 500W
  • Optical DriveSuper WriteMaster DVD RW
  • Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN781ND PCIe 150mbps 2.4GHz WiFi card
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 2 Year Warranty (14 Day Swap Out,1st Year collect and return, 2nd Year Return to Base)
  • Price: £669.99 including VAT (accurate at the time of writing)

First of all, a massive thank you to Box.co.ukInWin and Cube UK for helping us organise and give away this awesome prize, but most of all, congratulations to…

Chris Maddocks of Sheffield

Well done Chris, we hope you enjoy your new PC and look forward to you sharing a picture on our Facebook wall once it is delivered.

Don’t feel too bad if you didn’t win this time around, we’ve got a LOT of great prizes coming to the site very soon and several other great competitions currently running which you can enter here. Keep those entries coming in and good luck to all!

Win a Cube Raptor Gaming PC Worth £669.99!

Want a chance to win a stunning Cube Raptor gaming PC? I bet you do! Equipped with an Intel Core i5 4590 Haswell Refresh CPU, 8GB of Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz RAM, an MSI R7 265 OC 2GB graphics card and a whole lot more. The Raptor is a great all-round gaming system for those who need an upgrade and with an RRP of £669.99 it will certainly feel like Christmas come early for one lucky winner.

Specifications

  • Name: Cube Raptor Gaming PC
  • Case: In Win GT1 Mid Tower
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97-G43 LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 “Haswell Refresh” Quad Core (3.3GHz Base 3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 socket
  • Processor Cooler: Stock Intel Heatsink
  • System Memory: 1 x 8GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz (Blue)
  • Main Boot Drive: Seagate 1TB Hybrid Solid State Hard Drive with 8GB SSD Cache
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Not included
  • Graphics card: MSI R7 265 OC 2GB GDDR5
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite 500W
  • Optical DriveSuper WriteMaster DVD RW
  • Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN781ND PCIe 150mbps 2.4GHz WiFi card
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 2 Year Warranty (14 Day Swap Out,1st Year collect and return, 2nd Year Return to Base)
  • Price: £669.99 including VAT (accurate at the time of writing)

If you would like to know more about the Cube Raptor, then you can always check out our full review right here.

All you have to do is follow the instructions below, it couldn’t be much simpler than that. Good luck!

Rules and regulations:

  • The competition is for UK residents only.
  • The competition ends at midnight GMT on the 28th July 2014 and winner(s) will be notified by Friday 1st August 2014
  • In the event of a dispute, eTeknix staff hold the final say and no discussions will be entered into
  • Delivery is not in the hands of eTeknix and can take some time to arrive
  • Full shipping address and phone number is required in your email entry to speed up dispatch of prizes to winners and to prevent multiple entries
  • If the auto-fill email link doesn’t work, email us the information and include the subject “Win a Cube Raptor Gaming PC Worth £669.99.”
  • In the event that the prize is unavailable, eTeknix reserve the right to offer an alternative of equal or greater value
  • Winner(s) will be announced on our competition winners page
  • By entering this competition, you adhere to the above rules and regulations

Corsair Raptor M45 Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Corsair is one of the best-known brands in the business, countless gamers flock to them for the latest power supplies, chassis, water coolers, memory products and more. They’ve built a sock solid reputation with the gaming and system building communities thanks to their high-end performance and build quality. The same can be said for their peripheral ranges, which cover gaming mice, headsets, keyboards (both mechanical and membrane) and no doubt a few other little gadgets for the desktop. We’ve reviewed a few Corsair peripherals over the years and time and time again they’ve impressed us with their features, quality and performance, so I’m hoping for a similar performance from the Corsair Raptor M45 gaming mouse.

“Corsair Raptor M45 is designed for gaming performance. A powerful gaming-tuned 5,000 DPI optical sensor, fast response time, extra-large PTFE glide pads, and a high-mass scroll wheel put you in command. You can customize it to your play style with the adjustable weight system, and seven programmable buttons put macros and other critical gaming functions just a click away. Instant DPI switching lets you toggle between high sensor resolution for fast motion, and low resolution for super-accurate aiming. And since serious gamers play for hours at a time, the M45 has a comfortable right-handed design with textured and soft-touch surfaces.” – Corsair.com

The M45 is focused on gaming, so Corsair has put in a bunch of extra features such as a customisable weighting system, programmable buttons, DPI adjustments and a whole lot more that should appeal to gamers. More exciting than the feature set is the price tag, because Corsair is cramming all these features into the M45 for just under £40.

  • Game tuned 5000 DPI optical sensor – Highly linear tracking for accurate mouse control in games
  • Advanced weight system – Customize both mouse weight and balance for your style of play
  • 7 programmable buttons – Set frequently used actions, macros or keystrokes to dedicated mouse – buttons for faster access
  • On-the-fly DPI adjustment – Switch dpi with a single click for tight shots and fast getaways
  • Selectable USB response time – Choose between 1000, 500, 250 and 125Hz
  • Adjustable lift height – Five selectable lift height levels
  • Soft-touch surfaces – Outstanding comfort during multi-hour play sessions
  • Onboard memory – Save mouse settings for use on other PCs
  • Corsair Mouse Software – Setup macros, create keystrokes, adjust dpi and save settings directly to your mouse

The mouse comes nicely packed with a good image of the product on the front of the box, as well as a quick rundown of the major features; these include the 5000 DPI game-tuned optical sensor, adjustable weight system and seven programmable buttons.

Around the back you’ll find a more detailed run down of the major features, but we’ll be taking a closer look at all of them in a moment.

The mouse comes hard-wired with a hard-wearing sleeved cable and a durable moulded USB connection. There are no extras included in the box, but drivers can be downloaded from the Corsair website.

Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


When it comes to the peripherals market it can be easy to get lost in a sea of high-end, high performance and typically high price tag gaming hardware. With the rise in popularity of e-Sports and PC gaming in general, there has been a huge wave of new keyboards over the last couple of years, covering all budgets and needs and while the new Corsair K40 is targeted at the more budget friendly end of the market, it does still promise a wide range of features that should appeal to both gamers and general PC users.

For a little over £50 the K40 isn’t exactly expensive, but it’s still a big enough investment to have you expecting something a little special given that this is a membrane keyboard. Promising a bunch of cool features such as macro keys, on-board memory, customisable LED back-lighting, dedicated multimedia keys and more, it certainly sounds like a tempting option for gamers who don’t want to invest more for a mechanical Corsair keyboard, which are typically more than twice as expensive as the K40 model we have here today. Being feature packed and budget friendly is obviously going to make the K40 very appealing to a wide audience, plus the Corsair brand name is well-known and well trusted by a large portion of the gaming community, so let’s get right to it and see what else this keyboard has to offer.

Specifications and Performance

  • Rubber dome keys
  • RGB 16.8 million color backlighting with three levels of illumination
  • Six dedicated macro keys
  • 36KB of onboard memory
  • Seven easy-access multimedia keys – STOP, PREVIOUS, PLAY/PAUSE, NEXT, MUTE, VOLUME UP, DOWN
  • Windows Lock key for uninterrupted game play

The 16.8 million colour claim is nothing new, but it’s always a welcome addition to a peripheral to have highly customisable lighting.

The packaging is nicely design and features a good image of the keyboard on the front, as well as a quick run down of features such as full key rollover and anti-ghosting via USB.

Computex: Corsair Gaming Headsets Exhibited

Corsair may be one of the top brands when it comes to PC chassis, power supplies and coolers but some people forget that they also make some of the best gaming peripherals in the business too and while not all the products they had on display were new, they’re got some exciting headsets, gaming mice and keyboards on offer for the gaming masses.

As you can see, Corsair are not short on ideas when it comes to headsets and they’ve got a solution for nearly every budget from the Raptor LH1 Evo and LH3 on the far left to the Wireless Vengeance 2000 on the far right and everything else in between.

This is the first time I’ve seen the raptor sets and there a little more chunky in design compared to the Vengeance sets and I know a lot of people will love that hardcore styling, especially if the performance is equally punchy but we won’t know more about that until we’ve had them in for testing.

There are some seriously high specification headsets in here and if the previous Vengeance headsets are anything to go by these should be pretty awesome, but well be bringing you more news on these over the coming weeks and months as we take a closer look at what they have to offer.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

Computex: Corsair Gaming Mice And Surfaces On Display

Corsair have been making a bigger push into the world of gaming peripherals recently and it’s definitely paying off for them, they’ve created some of the best quality gaming mice on the market recently and I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to seeing what they come up with next.

Firstly in the image above you’ll see three new mouse mats, these are the MM200, MM400 and MM600 and they actually look pretty good, given that surfaces often aren’t very exciting, but the MM600 is dual sided and I can’t wait to get hold of one for testing.

Also on display are the Vengeance gaming mice, a couple of which we’ve already reviewed here at eTeknix.

~The M95 is one of the best gaming mice on the market and it’s also one of the most best made mice on the market too, we actually reviewed this not so long ago and you can check out that article here.

Another friendly face comes in the form of the new Raptor M40, a wide body gaming mouse that is a little more back to basics than something like the M95 but it still looks like it packs plenty of cool feautres.

Adjustable weight, high DPI and good build quality are more than enough to make a good gaming mouse.

Here we also see the LM3 with it’s funky red stripe around the top part of the mouse and the Raptor M30.

The M30 features a good, but less advanced sensor than the M40 and it doesn’t have the weight adjustment feature but it will be interesting to see how well it performs as there is a big market for low to mid budget gaming mice.

The LM3 is pretty well equipped and looks like it has been built for comfort and while it says gaming mouse, it looks like its targeted to be a solid all rounder for day to day tasks too.

Nothing major exciting here unfortunately, but Corsair haven’t long since released the M95 and they have just release a range of new keyboards. Corsair already have some award winning flagship mice on the market and I wasn’t expecting them to push them out of the way with new products so quickly, perhaps later in the year or CES 2014 will be the time for more advances in Corsair mice.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex