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.

Juniper Networks Finds ‘Unauthorised’ Code in Its Software

Cyber security and the integrity of applications are essential for consumers to have confidence their details will be kept safe and not intercepted by a third-party. Well known internet hardware company Juniper networks have issued a warning concerning a discovery it has made within its firewall software, which could have led to a third-party being able to decrypt data which has been sent through an encrypted VPN (Virtual Private Network)

During a recent internal code review, it was discovered that “unauthorised code” had somehow made its way into Juniper’s ScreenOS software, it’s interesting to note that many ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and also large firms implement the companies routers and network switches. The vulnerability could have allowed a third-party, or as the company refers to the threat as a “Knowledgeable attacker”, could be 12-year-old for all we know, to gain administrative access to NetScreen devices and to decrypt VPN connections.

The unwanted slice of extra code has been present within different versions of ScreenOS since 2012. Juniper has confirmed that it is not aware or received any reports of the vulnerabilities being exploited and urges everyone running the affected devices to quickly apply the released patches with the aim of stripping the unauthorised code out of its firewall software ASAP.

It’s a serious breach and questions will surely be asked concerning how the code managed to make its way into the software.

Image courtesy of smarteranalyst

Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


We’re back again with our latest Logitech review, and following on from the stunning Logitech G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse, we now have the G910 Orion Spark, the big brother of the also recently reviewed Logitech Atlas Spectrum G410 TKL Keyboard. The G410 was certainly unique, offering a lot of cool features that put it on a lot of people’s wish list. The G910 keeps pretty much every feature we loved about the G410, but it’s bigger and better, with even more cool features and, of course, a full-size keyboard design with a number pad.

With the G410 review behind us, I’m expecting equal performance from the G910 and hopefully even better performance courtesy of the added features. Equipped with the fantastic Romer-G mechanical switches, which are exclusive to Logitech, the Orion Spark is finely tuned for competitive gaming. Romer-G have a shorter actuation than most mechanical keys, meaning response times are lower and you can use less effort to deploy rapid commands.

“Exclusive new Romer-G mechanical switches with up 25 percent faster actuation for an edge in matches where every millisecond matters. Improved durability allows Romer-G switches to weather the wear and tear of intense gaming for years to come.”

The keyboard is also compatible with the cool ARX Control system, a mobile app that allows you to track stats of your gaming, system and more. Even better, the keyboard has a built-in phone dock to help keep that information at your fingertips.

Equipped with LED RGB 16.8 million colours lighting, you can tune every single key on a per-key basis, allowing for endless combinations that make it great to zone out your favourite gaming profiles, or just give it some cool visual flair.

Clocking in at just 1.5KG the G910 is fairly lightweight, especially given that it’s quite large, so best measure your available desk space if you’re rocking a smaller desk.

The packaging is really nicely designed, showing off the RGB lighting effects, as well as some details of the exclusive Romer-G switches.

Around the back, a little more detail on the same, so perhaps it’s best we just open the box and take a closer look ourselves.

Take the slip cover off the box, there’s a very durable inner box with a cool G logo cut into it; doesn’t make the keyboard any better, but I thought it looked cool.

CHERRY Create New Silent Mechanical MX Key Switches

Mechanical keyboards are pretty much the way to go for gamers that want the best possible precision and accuracy, but along comes the loud clicking that isn’t to everyone’s liking. Granted, not all mechanical switches are equally loud, but they make a lot more noise than let us say membrane keyboards.

CHERRY has now created a new mechanical switch that doesn’t produce as much noise and fittingly named it the CHERRY MX SILENT switch. It will be available as a black and a red version to begin with, but the rest of the line-up will get a silent treatment in the near future.

The new silent switches use a patented noise reduction technology with integrated 2-component tappets and audible clicks are reduced to the acoustic minimum. The entire switch is an in-house development and doesn’t feature any third party components. Instead, CHERRY integrated a proprietary and innovative solution through which every single switch retains its special characteristics.

The new silent switches still retain the RGB compatibility of the non-silent models and can be used with high-quality SMD LEDs, just like the previous models. The transparent casing will scatter the light over the surface and create an absolutely uniform illumination with all possible 16.7 million colours.

As previously mentioned, there will be a red and black version at first as they are the most popular of the switches that feature a linear actuator. The force required to trigger the switches is 45 grams for the red and 60 grams for the black. The bounce time remains the same at one millisecond just like the other MX switches.

If you’re in the market for a new keyboard and want it to have these new CHERRY MX SILENT switches, then you’ll have to take a closer look at the upcoming Corsair versions. For the first six months, these new switches will be exclusive to Corsair and they are launching new products with them during Gamescom 2015 in Cologne. Later on other companies can get their hand of these switches too.

 

Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid i TKL Mechanical Keyboard Announced

We love gaming keyboards here at eTeknix and I must admit that I’m a big fan of the Cooler Master range of peripherals, mostly because everyone I’ve ever tested or owned has been superb to use, so I’m very happy to hear that they’ve expanded their range with the new Cooler Master Quick fire Rapid i.

The new keyboard is fully mechanical, coming in a choice of popular Cherry MX Switches, which many of you will be more than familiar with as they’re featured in nearly every major mechanical keyboard on the market. The Quick Fire Rapid i falls into the TKL category, better known as Ten Keys Less. TKL means that the keyboard is shorter and doesn’t feature a number pad, the shorter size makes the keyboard easier to pack and transport around with you, very handy if you’re heading out to a LAN event and it means the keyboard is better suited to gaming rather than day to day office work.

Stylistic Illumination

Information on the new Quick Fire Rapid-i, including features and notification of availability can be found here. This signup page lets you find out about one of the five unique LED backlight modes on the Rapid i called ActivLite. ActivLite means that every individual LED can be controlled separately. The mode as shown on the micro-site shows the backlight illumination upon each key press and fade out softly as your fingers move to the next key.

Powered by a 32-bit ARM processor, Rapid i’s ActivLite Technology incorporates five lighting modes with five brightness levels. Besides the five standard LED modes there are also four LED profiles to be programmed and stored directly on the keyboards memory. These means the possibility to program dedicated unique game and application LED profiles. So wherever you go with the Rapid i your LED profiles go with you!

Sleek & Feature Rich

Featuring a smooth and clean aesthetic the Quick Fire Rapid i includes a non-glossy matte soft-touch finish and mechanical Cherry MX Switches. Travel with ease by simply removing the included braided USB cable and storing it. At all times, the Quick Fire Rapid i is a journey-ready partner with its super-slim body tenkeyless (TKL) body.

We’re really looking forwards to putting this sleek looking keyboard through its paces in the coming weeks and while we’re familiar with the performance of Cherry MX switches, I can’t wait to see that per key lighting in action. More information such as availability and pricing will follow shortly.

Thank you Cooler Master for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Cooler Master.