Unmaned Jets to be Backed by “Arsenal Planes”

Technology changes, every day it shifts and moves. A major area for technological advancement is the military. Companies and governments pay billions to advance technology in everything from bulletproof walls to injectable sponges. One of the areas for advancement is drones or unmanned aircraft. The problem is that these craft need to not only be smarter but also built for stealth, something strapping a few weapons to them doesn’t help with. The proposed solution, back up the stealthy ones with the big guns mounted to an ‘arsenal plane’.

Traditional unmanned planes can only equip a few weapons, the problem being that they just become too big and end up drawing too much attention on radar. The solution proposed by the Defence Department budget, is that they would instead have an arsenal plane behind the stealth jet.

Described as “a flying launch for all sorts of different conventional payloads. In practice, the arsenal plane will function as a very large airborne magazine, networked to 5th-generation aircraft that act as forward sensor and targeting nodes”. While not a new idea the concept of a small jet being the precursor to a giant multi-purpose airstrike is certainly a frightful one.

With the reuse of old craft to save on costs, the issue of strapping a lot of explosives to an outdated model surely raises some heath and safety questions.

Metal Gear Solid Fan Remake Looks Incredible in Unreal Engine 4

Metal Gear Solid popularized the stealth genre and is perceived as one of the greatest PlayStation franchises of all time. Sadly, the original title has aged badly due to clunky controls and dated visuals. Although, you could argue this adds to the game’s charm and makes it stand out from the PlayStation 2 sequels. Ideally, I would love to see an official remake of Metal Gear Solid but this seems unlikely. Despite this, iRamGamer decided to tirelessly work on a fan re-master in Unreal Engine 4 and showcase the beauty of his favourite game. To mark the project’s progress, he released a number of astonishing screenshots.

The ‘Shadow Moses’ remaster looks extremely promising and I’m fascinated to see how the project unfolds. Although, given Konami’s recent behavior it wouldn’t be surprising if they demanded the remaster to cease production. The portrait of Hideo Kojima makes me chuckle and proudly illustrates who the driving force behind Metal Gear Solid was. Unfortunately, it seems that era is over and Konami is considering creating another Metal Gear Solid game without Kojima’s vision. Whether or not this will be successful is unknown, but you have to admire fans who spend so much of their free time honoring their favourite games.

What is your favourite stealth game of all time?

Active Stealth Material Developed by Chinese Scientists

Stealth is currently the big strategic advantage in aerial combat, after all, how can weapons systems target a craft they can’t see. And now, the next chapter in the development of stealth aircraft could begin, with the details of a new material that allows for active stealth against an array of radar types being published publicly in the Journal of Applied Physics.

Modern stealth aircraft use a combination of special materials or radar absorbent paint and shaped panels that dissipating radar waves, limiting the amount that radar systems can receive back. This allows them to limit their visibility (or cross-section) to most types of super high-frequency waves used in search radars and homing missiles’ fire control systems. However, as stealth technology has advanced, more powerful ultra high-frequency radars able to more keenly search for aircraft and defeat common radar absorbent materials.

The active stealth material developed by scientists from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology is different, being able to tune its absorption to wide variety of frequencies, even those in the ultra high-frequency ranges. The material is far from bulky too, being as little as 7.8mm in thickness. The material is made of a layer of FR4, a common material used in circuit boards covering a second layer of the “active frequency selecting surface”, which is packed with varactor diodes (a type of  semiconductor capacitor) and PIN diodes (semiconductors that act as variable resistors to electromagnetic radiation). These are held together and separated from any underlying metal by a thicker honeycomb material. The scientists claim that their material is functional in absorbing frequencies from 0.7 to 1.9 GHz, giving up to 40 dB of reflection.

This shows the structure of the absorber and it’s cell pattern

And while the US military may worry that this technology was developed by researchers funded by the Chinese government, they can be relieved that this technology was made public, allowing their own researchers to fast-forward development of active stealth materials and gaining an insight into what next-generation Chinese stealth aircraft may use. With the world’s premier stealth aircraft, the F-22 Raptor already being over 15 years old, it is interesting to see a development that could shake up the designs of future planes.

Image credit to Wikimedia

FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC Review

Introduction


FreshTech Solutions has a fantastic repertoire of custom PC builds to suit various budgets and specific requirements. In addition to pre-configured machines, the company’s flexible service allows you to customize a gaming PC from scratch and select from a huge array of industry-leading components. Each integral feature from storage to water cooling functionality is divided into easily manageable categories. However, today we are looking at a pre-configured model entitled, Stealth, which utilizes Intel’s latest mainstream architecture and a host of other top-tier hardware.

This high-end configuration contains an Intel Core i7 6700K, 16GB Corsair DDR 2666MHz RAM, Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5 motherboard and the NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti. The core specification is accompanied by a 240GB SSD boot drive, 2TB mechanical data disk, Corsair 80 Plus Bronze 600W power supply and aesthetically-pleasing In Win 503 chassis. The company has also decided to offer a promotion and upgrade the default CPU cooler to the Corsair H80i GT for a limited time. Overall, I expect the system to excel in gaming benchmarks at commonly used resolutions and provide a superb desktop experience.

Specifications

  • Name: FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC
  • Case: In Win 503 Gaming Case with Glass front and Side Window
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 6700k Skylake @4.4Ghz (10% overclock)
  • CPU Cooler – Corsair H80i GT Liquid CPU Cooler
  • Power Supply: Corsair CX600 80 Plus Bronze Certified 600W Power Supply
  • System Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHz Performance RAM
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5 LGA 1151
  • Main Boot Drive: 240GB Kingston V300 SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980 TI 6GB With Assassins Creed Syndicate or Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Game
  • Optical DriveSamsung 24x SATA DVD Writer
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 1 Year Collect and Return Warranty
  • Price: £1336.00

Packing and Accessories

The FreshTech Solutions Stealth is protected by an extremely large external box which cushions the main chassis’ packaging and includes precautionary handling instructions. Additionally, the side handles make it easy to carry while the durable tape ensures the box retains its structural integrity.

Once opened, you need to carefully lift out the In Win 503 box and cut the top seal. After removing the flaps, we can see the durable foam supports and air padding to stop the system from moving around during transit.

Perhaps most importantly, the main components are protected by a high-quality piece of foam and air padding which can withstand sudden impact. Furthermore, the air wrapping surrounds the hard drive cages which is vital given the mechanical disk’s moving parts. On another note, the foam stops the graphics card from being dislodged and breaking the primary PCI-E slot. Attentive touches like these are essential and ensures the system arrives safely.

In terms of accessories, the system is bundled with a UK power cable, component documentation, RAM packaging, spare fittings and comprehensive setup guide. The package contains all the extras you need to perform manual upgrades in the future. Similarly, the FreshTech Solutions guide directs you to their customer service hotline in case of any technical queries or installation problems.

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Steam Launched Short Time Stealth Game Sale With up to 90% Discounts

Steam has launched a new short time sale and it is a stealthy one, but it is one where you might be able to get a great deal on one of those games that you’ve been holding back getting. We’ve recently shown you where to get great deals outside of Steam, but we shouldn’t forget about the platform itself.

The sale is the first Stealth Game sale that Steam is hosting and it will continue from today thru Friday with great deals on over 60 titles that include savings of up to 90%. You’ll find games such as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry where you can dive into large open-world maps and live out an adventure for a while, but there are also Tom Clancy Games, Styx, Crysis and many more.

Mini ninjas, Thief, and Aliens vs. Predator are also great games that definitely are worth checking out while Steam Workshop fans might find Gunpoint entertaining.

If you spotted something you want, then you should right on over to the Steam Stealth Sale page that can be found at store.steampowered.com/sale/stealth_sale There is plenty to choose from, but not unlimited time to do so. Have you spotted anything that you’re missing or are you saving your pennies for something else? Let us know in the comments.

MSI Launches Skylake Gaming Notebook Range

MSI has unveiled the latest additions to its highly-acclaimed gaming laptop range featuring Intel’s Skylake architecture and a host of intriguing upgrades. The GT72 Dominator Pro G is the company’s flagship product which contains an NVIDIA G-Sync display, and choice between Intel’s I7 6820HK, or 6700HQ. Additionally, the laptop supports up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, 2 PCI-E SSDs in RAID 0 and GTX 980M/970M graphics cards.

The Stealth/Ghost laptops prioritize portability and maximize performance in a thin form factor. This is achieved without making any major concessions and implements the Intel Core i7 6700HQ, GTX 970M/970M, a PCI-E SSD and memory capacity up to 16GB. MSI has also opted for a similar approach with the Apache Pro series and aims to provide stunning gaming performance without making each device too bulky. MSI described their latest plans in a press release which reads:

“We’re focusing only on high-end mobile gaming systems. We pack in the best available performance hardware in the form of RAID solutions of SSDs, where we’ve been leading the way in storage transfer speeds with our SSD solution Super RAID for years. The latest iteration, Super RAID 4 will hit 3300MB/s, up from 1500MB/s in Super RAID 3. We also use the greatest graphics cards from NVIDIA, such as two GeForce GTX 980M in SLI in our GT80, these are paired to high-end monitor panels, available with G-Sync, to create real, measurable value for end-users. As a silver lining to the cloud that is our lineup, we can now add the 6th-Gen Intel Core to our packages,”

Perhaps the most innovative change is the all-new SABRE HIFI which incorporates a premium-grade ESS DAC reaching a sampling rate over 24bit/192kbps. As a result, the on-board audio should provide impeccable tonal output for compressed and and audiophile formats such as FLAC.

Here is a complete run-down of each device’s specification:

Turtle Beach Stealth 450 PC & Mobile Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Turtle Beach have been on a winning streak this last few years, delivering very competitive headsets at virtually every price point. We’ve reviewed quite a few of their products this last year and I must admit that they’ve all been really impressive in terms of features, performance and quality, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what their latest PC gaming headset has to offer to an already pretty feature packed range of products. Check out our previous reviews of the 420X, 800X, XO Seven, 500X, Z60, Elite 800 and Recon 320 to scratch the surface of what Turtle Beach have been doing just this year!

Turtle Beach are doing great work in the PC peripherals market this year, not only with headsets, but they also launched their fantastic desktop devices, such as the Impact 700 and 500 mechanical keyboards and the GRIP 500 and 300 gaming mice. But enough of touting their previous products, as the one we’re really interested in today is their new Stealth 450, a wireless PC and Mobile compatible gaming headset, which offers features such as DTS Headphone X, SuperHuman Hearing, Variable Mic Monitoring and more!

The packaging is really nicely designed, although that much is true of almost all Turtle Beach products. All the major specifications are listed on the box, as well as a stylised image of the headset.

Around the back, we’ve got a more technical breakdown of the features, such as the surround sound modelling, wireless dongle and the detachable microphone.

In the box, you’ll find all the usual documents, setup guides, warranty information and a nice Turtle Beach sticker.

There’s two cables included in the box, one for connecting the headset to mobile via 3.5mm 4-pole, meaning you’ll be able to use the headset for phone calls. The other cable is the USB to MicroUSB charging cable.

The microphone was also tucked into the box and features a gold 3.5mm connector and a small bit of branding on the head.

There’s a small opening on the other side and a tough housing and some filtering to prevent unwanted noise from being picked up.

The boom is flexible and positional, so it should be super easy to find a comfortable speaking position.

The dongle is simple enough, a small USB device that is plug and play ready.

Now onto the good stuff. The headset is typical of Turtle Beach design, with a mixture of matte finish, lightly textured plastics and a little bit of coloured trim. As with most Turtle Beach headsets, even their wireless ones, the headset in surprisingly lightweight, yet feels both flexible and strong at the same time; pretty much how you would want your headset to be!

There’s some branding on top of the durable headband. The headband has a bit of flex to it too, which should help with the overall fit of the headset.

The ear cups are mounted on sturdy adjustable joints, with each ear cup being capable of turning -10 and +90 degrees to allow a comfortable fit over your ears, as well as make them comfortable to wear around your neck between games. All the controls you’ll need are located on the bottom edge of the right ear cup, where you’ll find independent game/chat volume controls, preset control, as well as the charging microUSB and mobile 3.5mm jacks.

There’s a thick and durable padding to each ear cup, with a little Turtle Beach detailing on the rear cloth cover. The padding is a little hard at first, but it will wear in after a few days usage.

Even more padding on the headband, which adds a lot of comfort and does well to distribute the weight of the headset; it also gives the headset good grip, preventing it from sliding around.

The headband extensions have a sturdy set of notches on it and can be pushed/pulled to  adjust the length. It had a good range, making it suitable for a wide range of users, including younger gamers.

Each ear cup come mounted on a secondary pivot that allows quite a lot of inward tilt, meaning you should have no issue getting a good clean fit over your ears.

The detachable microphone plugs into the bottom of the left driver and locks firmly in place. If you don’t need it, or you just want the headset as a set of headphones for single player gaming, it’s certainly nice that you can remove this completely.

US Military Catches up With the UK with Drones

Drones! These really expensive remote controlled annoyances are huge. If you don’t own one, you will have probably seen one or at least heard of them. This story comes to us from the US military; they have adopted a new drone to use in the strive for ultra covert operations where stealth is key.

Gone are the days of using a remote controlled car, now drones have taken a key place. Not only are they incredibly maneuverable, but they can also be very small. When we think of drones, quadcopters immediately come to mind; while this is the standard for consumer use, drones can pretty much be any shape or size as long as they don’t require a human occupant.

The drone in question is the Black Hornet Nano, or PD-100 UAV if you want to get technical. This miniature drone resembles one of those cheap $15 helicopters you can buy from a market that crashes after about 15 seconds. The key difference between the Nano and the cheap version is about $39,985, yes this costs around $40,000; so it better fly well. It measures in as just 4×1 inches and weighs just 0.04lbs; in with that you also get regular AND thermal cameras, perfect for a night flight.

“According to Defense One, the US Army has “a handful” of these drones in its possession, which it began testing back in March. That said, the tiny, $40,000 Black Hornet Nano has been part of the British military’s arsenal since 2013, so the US is a slightly behind on adopting the device.”

This reminds me of that little surveillance transformer from Transformers 2, where Shia crushes it in his fingers. What are your thoughts on drones getting smaller like this? Good or bad? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you engadget for providing us with this information.

 

New the Evil within DLC Has Zero Guns and More Cats!

The Evil Within’s latest DLC takes a completely different approach to the game and its stealth/action gameplay. First of all, the most important thing to notice is that the gameplay has no guns whatsoever, forcing the player to use only stealth.

The DLC, named The Assignment, sees a chapter from Juli Kidman’s perspective. A peculiar fact about the game and its gameplay is that the player has to save the game… by petting a cat! Though it may sound strange, if you played the original game, petting a cat is nothing compared to the weirdness found in the game.

As previously mentioned, the DLC focuses mainly on stealth, having removed all weapons inside the one hour gameplay. The players need to rely on sneaking, hiding and distractions to get through, but Tango Gameworks made sure you have all the features required at your disposal. They even added a shouting feature in order to aid players in progressing through the game, as well as new puzzles which rely on Kidman’s flashlight.

There have been a lot of controversy from players who prefer to use the action gameplay when playing the game, however fans of the more stealthy approach will be keen on giving this DLC a try.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Turtle Beach Stealth 500X Xbox One Headset Review

Introduction


One of the main problems with wired headsets is the wire, having it trail from your headset to your console, or even from the headset to a controller adapter can be a real pain. The wire can limit your freedom and even snag on your clothing. If you suffer from any of these issues, then there’s only one perfect solution for it; a wireless headset.

The Stealth 500X is the latest wireless headset from Turtle Beach. It has been designed to work with Xbox One without the need of a controller adapter and it’ll even work on your Mac or PC should you want to update its firmware, download extra profiles and other settings.

“No controller adapters, no cables, just completely wireless DTS Headphone: X 7.1 Channel Surround Sound that puts you in the center of the action. Designed for Xbox One, the powerful Ear Force® Stealth 500X delivers incredible interference-free wireless audio and chat through a comfortable, functional headset design. The Stealth 500X also includes a mobile cable for making calls, mobile gaming or for connecting a phone to get text or call notifications while gaming.” – Turtle Beach

The headset comes equipped with a pair of powerful 50mm drivers, a removable omni-directional microphone, intelligent channel-hopping wireless, DTS Headphone X, a 15-hour rechargeable battery and a whole lot more. To cater to much of this, the headset comes with a USB base unit for the wireless transmitter, a mobile 3.5mm cables, a USB charging cable and a 6ft TosLink optical cable.

The base unit isn’t the prettiest bit of tech ever, but it is very practical and it’s small enough to snug into your AV setup without causing too much distraction. Although you may want to keep it within reach, as there are a few handy controls down the side for picking presets.

Around the back, you’ll find that the main USB cable is hard-wired. What I am happy to see is optical pass-through, perfect for having it setup to run through your home AV system and the headset without having to swap any cables.

The 500X is fairly typical of Turtle Beach design, light weight, durable, while matte black plastics make up the bulk of the construction of the headset. There’s some green trim on the drivers to liven up the design and there’s some nice green stitching on the headband material.

Each ear cup has some control buttons on the back. Here you can see the microphone and chat controls, although there’s also a volume dial on each side and a microphone mount. I’m not sure about the microphone mounting, while it will be great for folding the up out of the way once installed, it looks a bit rubbish having that plastic bit stuck on the side of the headset.

On the underside, you can see a 3.5mm jack which can be used for hooking the headset up to your mobile device. On the right, there’s also a mini-USB port for charging the headset.

The headband has lots of padding on it, with a nice level of grip to it, so it should be comfortable and stay firmly in place for those long gaming sessions.

As with most modern headsets, the drivers are rotatable. This will help provide a good fit over your ears and help with wearing them around your neck between games.

The boom microphone is flexible and has a soft foam tip to help reduce unwanted noise.

Pulsetense Games – Solarix Beta Preview

If you’re a fan of games like Thief and System Shock 2, perhaps even a little Deus Ex, then you’re going to be very interested in the debut title from Pulsetesnse Games; Solarix. It’s amazing to see the game reach this stage after the game unfortunately didn’t reach its Kickstarter goal. The team pushed on with zero budget, still managed to secure AAA voice actors and are showing no signs of slowing down their development progress.

The game dives head first into the Sci-Fi FPS genre, which in all fairness has been done to death time and time again by many other games, but modern games tend to focus heavily on the run and gun scenario. Solarix slows the pace considerably, going back to the steady searching, finding your way around your environment and generally putting you as a fragile victim than the Hollywood hero. The game favours stealth over action and while I’m sure many of you love the gun-toting action, Solarix uses a light meter mechanic to help you lurk in the shadows and evade your foes.

The game has a dark and eerie vibe about it. The levels are littered with dimly lit corridors, steam vents, lights behind slow moving fans. Pretty much all the clichés you would expect, but they’re all very well executed and really set the tone for the game very well. Think the movie Event Horizon with the grime of Gears of War and you’re half way there.

The game is in beta stage, so I did notice quite a few bugs along my way. Clunky scenery that occasionally stopped me in my tracks, enemies AI sending them into a minor fit when walking around objects and so on, but the game isn’t finished, so they’re allowed to have a few collision detection problems at this stage. However, it’s easy to look past the issues and soak up the games environment, at least until the pretty lethal enemies spot you lurking under a spotlight and come down on you with unrelenting force. Keep in mind, you’re a humble electrical engineer, you’re fighting for your life, your fellow crew are dead from infection and guess what? It’s down to you to contain what’s left – a mixture of freaked out people with guns and your own survival requirements; your best weapon right now is disabling lights to create dark hiding spots.

It’s easy to get lost in Solarix, most notably because it doesn’t hold your hand and feed turn-by-turn directions to you every two seconds; figure things out yourself! This much I love, I’m tired of waypoint markers mucking up my adventures and while you may find yourself backtracking a lot, the open-ended level design is a welcome throwback to the FPS games of the 90’s.

There’s not really a lot else to say about the game right now. I could pick holes in it, as there are a few rough textures, some of the shaders are not fantastic right now and there are a few control glitches that creep up frequently, but that would be like complain a car didn’t drive correctly after it was half built; this is an early beta after all!

This game has a lot of potential and for fans of stealthy sci-fi thriller games, there’s little else on the horizon to whet your appetite. I can’t wait to see what this game looks like in the near future when a little more polish has been put into it, the bugs fixed and of course, when it sees a full release. The game supports 2K resolutions at the moment and I even got 4K working via the console commands, which looks absolutely stunning!

The story is cool, the setting is classic and the atmosphere is thick – this is shaping up to be a great game indeed. A little birdie tells me there are some very exciting things in store for Solarix, which I’ll gladly share with you once I know I’m allowed to, so stay tuned!

Solarix is due for release in “early 2015”. You can find out more on the official Solarix Steam page.

Turtle Beach Stealth 400 Multi-Format Wireless Headset Review

Introduction


It’s fairly common for gamers to own more than one console, and when you’re ready to play online, the last thing you want to be doing is trying to find the right headset for the right console. The best way to reduce the need for multiple headsets is to purchase a multi-format headset; that’s where the new Turtle Beach Stealth 400 comes into play. The Stealth 400 is compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and mobile device. This means that quickly flicking between consoles should be relatively easy, with the added bonus that you can take the headset on the go with you for use with your mobile device.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 400 is a wireless headset, meaning you won’t have to suffer from trailing cables while gaming. Not all devices allow for wireless connectivity, so Turtle Beach have also included a 4-pole 3.5mm cable that will work great for hooking the headset up to your phone, tablet, mp3 player, or portable gaming device such as the PlayStation Vita.

The headset comes with a range of connectivity options, such as the USB transmitter, which has an optical input (TosLink cable included). The headset is equipped with powerful 50mm drivers and a removable omni-directional microphone.

  • Speakers: 50mm with Neodymium Magnets
  • Speaker Impedance: 32Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Headband/Earpad Material: Fabric (Black) with Foam Cushioning
  • Microphone Design: Removable Omni-Directional Microphone

The dongle is easy enough to use, it’s just a USB plug on one end that you can connect to your console and there’s a small optical cable port on the side.

The detachable microphone has a flexible boom to better adjust your speaking position. Of course, you can completely remove it should you not need it.

The construction of the headset is mostly plastic, which helps keep the overall weight of the unit as low as possible.

Because this is a wireless headset, all the major controls have been placed on the underside of the drivers. Here you will find chat and game volume dials, a preset toggle button, the USB recharging port and the 3.5mm jack for mobile use.

Separate from the other controls you’ll also find the microphone master mute button; this way you don’t knock the volume dials when you need a little privacy.

The left driver has a recessed jack socket for the microphone.

The plastics on the Stealth 400 have been given a lightly textured matte finish, with the exception of a small glossy panel on the back of each driver. Despite its plastic construction, the headset feels very tough and durable.

There’s a rough rubber texture to the top of the headband, where you’ll also notice the embossed Turtle Beach logo.

The headband comes with slide out extenders which lock firmly into place. The headset has a good range of extension that should make it suitable for younger gamers, as well as adults.

The ear cups can be rotated inwards, allowing for a better fit against your ears, while also meaning they’re more comfortable to wear around your neck between games. The padding on the drivers is quite hard, but it’s got a nice soft external cloth cover and they should break-in over time to become more comfortable.

Overall a really nice looking headset with understated looks. I like the blue trim around the ear cups, but given the name “stealth”, perhaps all black would have been a little bit cooler.

New Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth CLG Edition Keyboard

Razer has presented a new version of their Blackwidow Ultimate keyboard, a special version made in cooperation with the League of Legends team Counter Logic Gaming. Razer already made a CLG version of their DeathAdder mouse last year, and now the time has come for the keyboard.

The changes are purely cosmetic from the looks of it and the keyboard is matching the team colours black and white. Instead of the green back-lighting we have it in white and where the original keyboard was completely black, this one has the team logo at the bottom right part of the keyboard.

“The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth has been my keyboard of choice for years, simply because everything else is trash.” said Peter “Doublelift” Peng, AD Carry for Counter Logic Gaming. “Now with the new CLG design it is also on par with my stunningly good looks.”

There is no doubt that the Blackwidow Ultimate is a great keyboard, but it is a matter of personal taste and preference if you like it and in this black and white style.

Thank you Razer for providing us with this information.

Images and video courtesy of Razer.

Gigabyte Force K7 Stealth Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


In the office today we have the latest gaming peripheral from Gigabyte, the Force K7 stealth gaming keyboard. Gigabyte may be better known for their graphics cards and motherboards, but I’m sure many of you also know that they make some truly epic peripherals too and while not all of them are gaming focused they’ve still gone on to win plenty of awards for their keyboards and mice, not just from eTeknix either, but from many publications around the world, especially for their popular Aivia range.

The model we are looking at today may not be as prestigious as their Aivia range, but given that it is priced at a modest £40 I was hardly expecting royalty. That being said, £40 for a keyboard is still a firm investment and for that kind of money you still expect a good quality product in return for your investment. While obviously at this price range it doesn’t feature mechanical keys, it does offer an alternative to the often cheaper membrane switch by using scissor switch keys, which some may regard as a mixture of both membrane and mechanical, often typical of what you find on good quality notebooks.

The keyboard packs a nice feature set such as dedicated controls for back-lighting and volume, shortcut keys, a braided cable, scissor switch keys, anti-ghosting capability around the WASD cluster and it promises it all just £40, so let’s get straight to it and take a closer look at what the Force K7 has to offer.

First of all we see the K7 comes nicely packed in a black box with some really nice graphics on the front. There are three LED colour modes on this keyboard and we can see three small pictures on the box that demonstrate each of them, they are dark blue, green and light blue.

Around the back we have a more detailed breakdown of features such as the scissor switch keys, anti ghosting on the WASD cluster and surround area, Win-lock key, and the dual scroll wheel controllers for audio and lighting.

Aside from the keyboard the box also included an easy to use quick start guide, nothing fancy but it’s everything you need.

Computex: Rosewill Stealth, Rise & Throne Chassis On Display

We don’t see many (if any) Rosewill chassis here in the UK, they’re general import only and that can have a big effect on the price. If you live in the US however then you are likely more than familiar with the brand and one of the more unique chassis they had on offer was the Neutron ITX chassis, with a horizontal motherboard mount, twin fans in the front and the storage under the motherboard, it’s all completely backwards but it reminds me of the Bitfenix Prodigy layout a little, only much much bigger.

Of course some people want more space and if you have a requirement for 10 HDD bays then you really only have one option, The Throne, it’s big, it’s brutal and it looks well and truly dominating.

The Throne also holds a good coat of paint and Rosewill have a heavily modified one on display, which looks simply stunning, I’d deffinately buy one if I could.

I little more understated is the aptly named Stealth, with eight HDD bays, plenty of air filters, robust cable management and room for plenty of extra cooling.

 

If your feeling a little rich you could always invest in their ergonomic Rise chassis, which as you can see has neatly packed a dual socket motherboard, three Titans, a huge PSU and twin radiators in a pretty compact chassis, impressive.

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

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex