Latest TteSports Peripherals @ CES 2016

CES 2016: TteSports by Thermaltake are one of the most popular gaming brands around, and looking at their latest lineup at CES, it’s easy to see why. First up, we’ve got the Poseidon Z Touch with Smartbar keyboard (above), a fully featured gaming keyboard that has a touch controller built into the space bar, allowing you to swipe, pinch and use hot zones to zoom, control volume and so much more. It doesn’t sound like much, but once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it!

The same goes for this new mouse, it’s just a proof of concept at the moment, but it comes with a thumb scanner. This could be used for authentication for payments, password unlocks and more. While we don’t know much else, we do have one in the office, so expect us to take a shot at this one on eTeknix very soon.

The new Level 10M mouse, an upgraded 10M hybrid, albeit only in a wired variant and now with the addition of a side panel wing for improved comfort and ergonomics.

the Ventus Z, which comes equipped with a 5700 DPI laser sensor, or 10,000 DPI with overdrive mode, 10 programmable buttons, onboard storage, RGB lighting and more; not bad for a $59.99 mouse!

The new and affordable Challenger Edge gaming keyboard, with an aluminium finish, durable keycaps, full LED backlighting, anti-ghosting and more.

The 5000 DPI optical sensor equipped Ventus R, another affordable solution and with RGB lighting, palm ventilation, great ergonomics and a stylish design, it’s another testament to TteSports design team.

The Challenger Prime bundle is great value for money, but the new RGB model is even better. It’s a little bit more money, but still knocks it out of the park in terms of value.

This is their new prototype headset, it’s obviously an evolution of their more recent headsets and TteSports mostly had it here for user feedback. We liked the look and feel of it, and the build quality is superb.

How much of this original design will make it to market remains to be seen, but so far so good.

Aside from the self-adjusting headband, retractable microphone, thick padding and folding design, you’ll also find an on-cable controller for mute, TQ, 3D sound and more.

It looks like 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for TteSports!

2015 Keyboard Buying Guide

Picking the right keyboard is a fairly complex battle these days, there’s a huge range of products out there and so many well established (and relatively new brands) that all have shiny and attractive products. Even then, the prices and configurations can vary wildly from model to model, even though they all do the same basic things, so which one is the right one for you? We don’t actually know! What I can tell you are some of the best keyboards we’ve tested recently here at eTeknix, round-up some of their best features and help you find one for your budget, and one that ticks all the right boxes for you in terms of features.

We’ve got one fantastic collection, as you can see in the image above. There are mechanical, membrane, plunger and Romer switches, different sizes, prices and more in our keyboard pile. We’ve tried and tested every single one of them and would happily go out and spend out hard-earned cash on any of them, but we would love to know which one you would want to buy? Let’s jump right in and take a quick look at what each one of them has to offer.


Ozone Strike Battle

The Ozone Strike Battle has long been my favourite keyboard. It’s quite a contradiction for me too, as I love a big keyboard, full of features and packed with macro keys, but the TKL design of the Strike Battle was something I fell in love with quite quickly. It has virtually no bezel on the body, so the desktop space it occupies is incredibly compact, leaving more room for your mouse and other desktop treasures.

This is also one of the lightest keyboards I’ve ever seen, at least for a mechanical, which combined with the small size means that it’ll fit in your backpack with ease, making it a great weapon of choice for travelling to LAN gaming events. It’s also exceptional value for money, especially for a keyboard that features the well tried and tested Cherry MX Switches. The only downside of the lightweight design is the keys are quite clanky, something that I personally fixed with a set of O-ring mods.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Red
  • Form factor: TKL
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RED LED with Brightness adjustment
  • Price £58.63 @ PCNation

Check out our full review here.


Razer Blackwidow Chroma

One of the more expensive models on the market is the Razer Blackwidow, but it’s one that is loved by gamers all over the world. Razer is a great gaming brand with a huge range of products, and the Blackwidow Chroma is certainly a stand out product in their range. The backlighting on this is some of the best RGB lighting I’ve seen, with really vivid colours that will excite those who love a bit of customisation.

In terms of the performance, the BlackWidow is a slight diversion from the usual Cherry MX boards we see, as Razer developed their own brown and green variant switches. They’re finely tuned for gaming and offer even better durability, but subjectively, they’re at least just as great as any other premium switch. The angular design and slick build quality are certainly standout features, making this a great addition for any desktop gamer, Razer fan or otherwise.

  • Switch type: Exclusive Razer Mechanical
  • Available switches: Brown or Green
  • Form factor: Full-size + macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RGB LED (Chroma)
  • Price £139.95 @ Box

Find more information on the Chroma here.


Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB

Another expensive model here, although when you’re looking at the best of something, prices are often going to sweep to the higher end of the spectrum more often than not. The G910 is the latest and arguably the greatest keyboard from Logitech. It comes packed to the brim with exciting features that make it well suited to PC gaming, from a range of dedicated macro keys, ARX dock, multimedia controls, custom shaped ergonomic key caps, two detachable wrist-rests, per-key RGB lighting and more.

What really stands out here, however, is the Romer-G mechanical switches, a hybrid of traditional mechanical and plunger switches, which feature a light action, a tactile bump and a lower actuation point for super fast response times. They tick all the boxes for an almost greatest hits of different switch types, all bundled into a single package.

  • Switch type: Exclusive Logitech Romer-G
  • Available switches: Romer-G standard
  • Form factor: Full-size + macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: RGB LED (font only, no underlighting)
  • Price £129.99 @ eBuyer

Check out our full review here.


G.Skill KM780 RGB

G.Skill may have made a great reputation in the memory market, but recently they’ve taken the peripherals market by surprise, with the release of the rather amazing KM780, a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard that has every feature you could ever hope for and more. The build quality is exceptionally good, with a huge black brushed aluminium chassis, a durable rubber grip wrist rest, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls, RGB lighting and so much more. It’s certainly one of the more unique looking keyboards too.

They are an unproven name in the peripherals market, but with such great looks and build quality, as well as a fully Cherry MX switch layout, it’s not hard to guess how well it performs. Additional features, such as the detachable wrist rest, optional gaming key caps, USB and HD audio cable pass-through and lovely RGB lighting make this a great keyboard for gaming and day-to-day desktop use.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Brown
  • Form factor: Full-size + macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RGB LED
  • Price $159.99 @ Newegg

Check out our full review here.


TteSports Poseidon Z

The TteSports Poseidon Z is quite a simple looking beast and quite frankly, it is. It has all the basics and little else, but what it does have, it does really well. The compact design is great for those who want to free up a bit of desktop space, and the slimmer design means it’s much easier to transport too.

Build quality is rock solid, there’s some LED backlighting for a little extra flair, but at the end of the day, that’s about all you get. The keyboard is equipped with Kailh mechanical switches, which come with the advantage of being a lot cheaper to buy, making it a great mid-price entry to the mechanical keyboard market and a big step up for those coming from a membrane switch keyboard. It’s great for gaming, but the simple design means it wouldn’t look out of place in the office either.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Kailh Switch
  • Available switches: Brown or Blue
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: Blue LED
  • Price £64.99 @ CCL

Check out our full review here.


TteSports Commander

Another entry from Thermaltake, with their super affordable Commander, what’s so special about this one? It’s incredibly cheap! Using the more common membrane switches and cheaper construction, it’s now about to blow you away, but there’s a lot of keyboard here for very little money, with the added bonus that it also comes bundled with a gaming mouse!

If you’re looking for an affordable entry into PC gaming, then this is certainly the best place to start. It’s keys are light and responsive, the design looks great and there’s still some nice features, such as the LED lighting and multimedia key shortcuts to add to the already excellent value for money.

  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Available switches: N/A
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: Tri Colour LED
  • Price £23.99 @ CCL

Check out our full review here.


CM Storm Quick Fire XTi

Much like the Poseidon Z, the Quick Fire XTi is a little back to basics in terms of features. The no-fuss design is certainly something that appeals to me and it’s also a proven choice for many pro-gamers too. The slim design doesn’t take up too much space, but what really makes this keyboard stand out is the build quality. Cooler Master keyboards are one of the things that will still be around in a thousand years time, they’re incredibly durable, which is great if you’re prone to rage quitting.

Fully equipped with Cherry MX switches, and one of the few keyboards on the market that offers MX Green as a switch type, this is simply one of those keyboards that once you try it, you won’t want to stop typing on it, ever. It’s a joy to use, looks nice and sleek and the price is pretty reasonable too given the build quality. A great option for LAN gamers, at home gamers, the office or anywhere for that matter. I also love the red and blue lighting, which can be combined to give you pinks and purples, but it offers up some lovely warm colours that certainly add to the appeal.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Blue, Brown, Red, Green.
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: No
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: Red and blue LED per-key lighting
  • Price £129.99 @ Box

Check out our full review here.


Cougar 700K

Cougar have been cropping up more and more this last year, with an absolutely fantastic range of gaming mice and keyboards. One of the ones that stoop out for me was the Cougar 700K as it’s one of the best looking mechanical gaming keyboards on the market, and also one of the more unique ones at that. With detachable wrist guards, a fantastic ergonomic layout, brushed aluminium chassis, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls and an on-board macro engine, it’s certainly versatile.

There’s a range of Cherry MX switches on offer, so it’s easy to find the one that best suits your needs, although I personally think the MX Red is especially good on this model. It’s a little expensive, but with such great build quality, as well as a cool bonus features such as the USB and audio pass-through, it’s a competitive option for those wanting a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Red
  • Form factor: TKL
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RED LED with Brightness adjustment
  • Price £89.99 @ OCUK

Check out our full review here.


Roccat ISKU FX

The Roccat ISKU FX is, in my opinion, one of the absolute best membrane keyboards on the market. It’s got super fast and low set keys that are an absoulte joy to work on, but with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a high-end mechanical gaming keyboard. There’s full RGB lighting, dedicated multimedia keys, dedicated macro keys with on-the-fly recording, three rather handy thumbster keys, a built-in and durable wrist rest, and so much more.

It’s a little greedy in terms of required desktop space, but for this money, you’re going to struggle to find so many features anywhere else. It also comes with the benefit of the rather sublime Roccat Talk desktop software, which allows extensive settings customisation, as well as syncing features with other Roccat products.

  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Available switches: N/A
  • Form factor: Full-size + Macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: RGB LED
  • Price £79.99 @ PCW

Check out our full review here.


Roccat RYOS MK Pro

Not a fan of membrane keyboards? Don’t worry, you can still get all those lovely gamer focused features of the ISKU FX from Roccat in a more premium model, the RYOS MK Pro. Now, I’m sure Roccat would like me to class this as an entirely different keyboard, but just look at it, it’s very similar to the ISKU FX, just with a fully mechanical switch setup and a slightly thicker, heavier and more durable design overall.

It’s just as featured packed as the ISKU, but with better build quality and world-class Cherry MX switches, as well as USB and HD audio pass-through, making it a great choice for those who love their mechanical keyboards, so long as you can spare the extra financial investment, of course.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Red, blue, black and brown.
  • Form factor: Full-size + Macro and Thumbster keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: Blue LED with timing and delay effects
  • Price £99.99 @ Currys

Check out our full review here.


CM Storm Octane

 

We finish up with another budget friendly offering, the membrane switched Octane from Cooler Master. It’s a pretty humble keyboard, but the design looks great with the matte black finish key caps, a little LED lighting, and as a very welcome bonus, a set of basic multimedia keys on the top row.

For gaming on a tight budget, the Octane is hard to beat, but its value is even further improved by the bunded 3500 DPI optical mouse, making it great for those who need a complete setup. Both the keyboard and mouse feature 7 colour LED lighting, giving you some scope for desktop customisation, and the membrane switches are remarkably pleasant to type on overall.

  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Available switches: N/A
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: Seven colour LED
  • Price £34.99 @ Box

Check out our full review here.


 

Looking for a great mouse to go with your new keyboard? Check out our Best Gaming Mice of 2015 feature!

Best Gaming Mice of 2015 – Which One Will You be Buying?

Picking the right gaming mouse can be a tricky task as there are virtually countless brands on the market offering a staggeringly huge range of mice in seemingly every shape, colour, size and budget you can think of, so where do you even get started?

We’ve had a dig around for some of our favourite gaming mice, albeit with a slight focus on more recent models, giving you a good impression of what’s currently available on the market and with any luck, help you find the one that is right for you. Of course, which is best is a matter of personal opinion, one may have a better sensor, but you may prefer the look or grip of another, it’s about finding what’s best for you and your requirements.

As you can see from the list below (and the image above), we’ve got quite a selection of great gaming mice at our disposal, and we’re confident that no matter which you choose, you’ll be very happy with it as these are all great products in their own respects. We’ve got a wide range of budgets covered too, from around £20 to well over £100! Let’s get on with the fun stuff and take a closer look at what each of these gaming mice has to offer!

  • CM Storm Xornet II
  • Zowie FK1
  • Ozone Argon Ocelote World
  • CM Storm Sentinel III
  • Logitech G502 Proteus Core
  • Corsair Scimitar RGB
  • TteSports Ventus X
  • G.Skill Ripjaws MX780
  • Roccat Tyon

CM Storm Xornet II

A lightweight and compact mouse design that is well suited to fast-paced gameplay, the Xornet II is a great little gaming mouse. The compact design lends well to fingertip and claw grip play styles, making it a great weapon for twitchy FPS shooters, but it’s also very well suited to younger gamers who naturally have a smaller grip and hand size, so it’s a popular option for the Minecraft generation. The buttons are light and responsive too, which is great for frantic MOBA sessions.

With a smooth optical sensor, with three programmable DPI levels, as well as an adjustable lift-off height, fully programmable buttons and a little bit of full RGB flair, it’s a versatile tool for gaming and day-to-day desktop use, at a price that’s certainly attractive; it’s actually one of the cheapest in our round-up today.

  • Buttons: 7
  • Sensor: Avago 3320 Optical
  • Min DPI: 250
  • Max DPI: 3500
  • Macro Engine:
  • Built-in Storage:
  • Weight: 132g
  • Grip: Claw and Fingertip
  • Price: £19.99

Check out our full review here


Zowie FK1

Zowie has a very respectable reputation in the pro gaming scene, offering a range of mice that are loved by gamers at home and in the eSports industry. A lightweight and nimble design, as well as large slipmats, give the FK1 exceptional glide and agility, combined with comfortable ergonomics, responsive switches and a zero fuss design that lends well to competitive gameplay.

The flawless deployment of the Avago 3310 Optical Sensor is pixel perfect, something that’ll benefit both work and gameplay, but we find this mouse is at its absolute best in games like CS:GO and we’re certainly not the only gamers to think so.

There’s no desktop software, the DPI selector is on the base of the mouse, offering up 450/1150/2300DPI and the ergonomic left-and-right handed design can be toggled back and forth directly on the mouse, so no need to worry about setup, you can just plug it in and get right on with the action.

  • Buttons: 7
  • Sensor: Avago 3310 Optical
  • Min DPI: 450
  • Max DPI: 2300
  • Macro Engine: No
  • Built-in Storage: No
  • Weight: 90g
  • Grip: Claw
  • Price: £49.99

Check out our full review here


Ozone Argon Ocelote World

Another mouse with an eSports pedigree, the Ozone Argon is a great gaming mouse, but we like their special edition which was designed by legendary pro gamer Ocelote. Equipped with a pin point accurate Laser sensor, a switchable ambidextrous design, on the fly DPI switching, grippy side panels and 9 fully programmable buttons, the Argon has all the features you could likely ever need or want from a gaming mouse.

The stylish and lightweight design is certainly appealing, but you can also benefit from a weight tuning system that allows you to customise the glide and balance of the mouse to best suit your play style. While not the cheapest or most expensive mouse here today, you will struggle to find better value for money than what Ozone have to offer here.

  • Buttons: 9
  • Sensor: ADNS 9800
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 128KB / 5 Profiles
  • Weight: 125g + optional 4 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Claw
  • Price: £42.32

Check out our full review here


CM Storm Sentinel III

Cooler master is the only brand we have in this list twice, so you can be certain that there’s a good reason for doing so. Their recently released Sentinel III is their latest and greatest Sentinel gaming mouse yet, with practically every aspect of the mouse having been improved upon, especially the build quality, without ruining what we loved about the original.

The Sentinel III ticks all the right boxes for a desktop mouse, with an accurate sensor, fully programmable buttons, comprehensive software, a built-in OLED display for DPI and profile readout, weight tuning system, on-board memory, full RGB lighting and more, making it as versatile for office work, as it is for competitive gaming; a solid all-round mouse.

  • Buttons: 8
  • Sensor: Avago 3988
  • Min DPI: 400
  • Max DPI: 6400
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 512KB / 5 Profiles
  • Weight: 115g + optional 22.5g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £39.99

Check out our full review here


Logitech G502 Proteus Core

There are a lot of things I can say about this mouse and every single on of them is positive. Without a doubt, the G502 is one of the best gaming mice in the world today and comes with all the latest features you would expect from a flagship gaming mouse.

Equipped with what may very well be the best sensor we’ve ever tested, the accuracy of the G502 is unmatched. With extensive customisation options available via the desktop software, 11 fully programmable buttons, a sniper mode button, on-board memory for saving your profiles, full RGB lighting, a weight tuning system, as well as the iconic unlockable scroll wheel that has been a popular feature for Logitech mice and so much more, there isn’t a thing that the G502 wouldn’t be perfect for.

It’s a little more expensive that some other options, but the saying that you get what you pay for rings loud and clear here, and I think it’ll be a long time before we see a better mouse on the market.

  • Buttons: 11
  • Sensor: Exclusive Delta Zero 12,000DPI
  • Min DPI: 200
  • Max DPI: 12,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes / 3 Profiles
  • Weight: 121g + optional 5 x 3.6g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £54.99

Check out our full review here


Corsair Scimitar RGB

The world of MMO and RPG gaming can be quite demanding, with complex commands and more often than not, a control setup that uses virtually every key on the keyboard and mouse. The help gain more control and speed over the competition, the Scimitar deploys a fantastic mechanical keypad on the side of the mouse, giving you a frightening amount of flexibility for deploying macros, cooldown timers, shortcuts and more, giving you the edge over the competition when you’re in the middle of a complex raid mission.

On top of the monstrous amount of buttons, it’s also a fantastic looking mouse, with some of the coolest RGB lighting that you’ll find on any gaming mouse. Snappy and responsive switches, comprehensive software features, built-in memory and a fantastic sensor make the Scimitar a powerful weapon for control-intensive gaming.

  • Buttons: 17
  • Sensor: Optical
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 12,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes
  • Weight: 147g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £69.99

Check out our full review here


TteSports Ventus X

One of the more affordable mice on our list today, the Ventus X is a great all-round mouse that may not have all of the crazy features of some of the products we’ve suggested so far, but it certainly has all the basics right.

A smooth sensor, snappy and response switches, comfortable ergonomics, a new grip coating and durable rubber grip side panels, weight tuning system, LED lighting, hand ventilation, macro engine and more make it suitable for a wide range of gaming and work applications, it also looks pretty stylish too.
The laser sensor may not be the highest grade on this list, but you’ll find it gives silky smooth results right across the range, giving you excellent accuracy. Combined with the effortless glide and tunable weight, it’s easy to use even after many hours of gaming.

  • Buttons: 6
  • Sensor: Avago 9500 Laser
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 5700
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 128KB
  • Weight: 155g + Optional 3 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £30.65

Check out our full review here


G.Skill Ripjaws MX780

G.Skill may be relatively new to the peripherals market, having spent years making award-winning memory products, but the MX780 is proof that they’re able to deliver the same relentless high-quality and performance in a new market. The MX780 is not only one of the best-looking mice we’ve ever seen, it’s also packed full of fantastic features, such as the removable side panels that allow you to tweak the ergonomics, or turn it from a right to left-handed mouse.

All the high-end features you would expect are here, RGB lighting, high-quality sensor and switches, weight tuning system and more, all topped off by the fantastic laser sensor, making this a great gaming mouse for a wide range of users, play styles and more.

  • Buttons: 8
  • Sensor: Avago Laser
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 512KB
  • Weight: 111g + optional 2 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £59.62

Check out our full review here


Roccat Tyon

The Tyon is an easy mouse for me to recommend, as it has been my mouse of choice for a year now and I’ve no intention of swapping it out anytime soon. The sensor is great, offering up to 8200 DPI and the rather fantastic software from Roccat is, in my opinion, the best on the market.

Customising the mouse with macros, RGB lighting effects, the sensor performance and more is easily done and with the addition of a dual switch fin on the top, a button on the wing, extra buttons next to the LMB and RMB, as well as an analogue thumb controller, the Tyon is an unrivaled mouse for FPS gaming; especially for games like Battlefield, where those extra buttons are great for controlling vehicles.

  • Buttons: 16
  • Sensor: Pro-AM R3 Laser
  • Min DPI: 50
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 576kb
  • Weight:
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £72.62

Check out our full review here


Razer Mamba 2015 – 16,000 DPI

Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands in the world, proving a popular choice for gamers at home, as well as many members of the eSports community. Razer claimed their new Mamba mouse was one of the most advanced mice ever created and while it comes with the price tag to reflect this, it delivers on features and performance that help justify the investment.

Capable of being used wirelessly and wired, with incredible RGB lighting effects, a fully programmable button layout, one of the best sensors you could ever imagine on a mouse and so much more. Capable of performing at up to 16,000 DPI, there’s no doubt this sensor can provide you with everything you need and more. However, the best features, at least in my opinion, is the adjustable click responses on the left and right mouse buttons. Wants them fast and light or clicky and heavy? Not a problem, just turn the screw and get them just how you like them.

  • Buttons: 9 + tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Sensor: Razer 5G Laser
  • Min DPI: 50
  • Max DPI: 16,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes
  • Weight: 125g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £134.99

Check out our full review here

TteSports Poseidon Z RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


RGB keyboards are all the rage right now, with every major manufacturer churning out updated and new models of their hardware with fancy new colour customisation features. TteSports aren’t the first or the last to join this race, and the extremely popular Poseidon series now features RGB Kailh mechanical switches, giving us the Poseidon Z RGB. The keyboard comes in a choice of Blue and Brown switches, giving you a nice selection between tactile and acoustic response.

RGB lighting is one thing, but without customisation it isn’t much fun. You’ll find a range of presets on offer that will allow you to adapt the colour scheme to your liking.

“The POSEIDON Z RGB Gaming Keyboard – A simple yet astonishing spectrum keyboard; it offers extreme customization options for users to play with, energizing you with the colors to take gaming style to the next level with experiencing the colorful of life. With the layering and colorbar concepts, our basic customizable backlighting has been evolved for extreme customization. It gives a spectrum of visual effects featuring 16.8 million colors and provided users the easiest way to tune and most importantly, it colors up your life!”

Check out the video below for a quick look at the features on offer from the Poseidon Z RGB.

On-the-fly macro recording, 100% anti-ghosting, 104 Key rollover, on-board memory and so much more, this should be an interesting keyboard, so let’s get cracking and take a closer look.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the keyboard on the front, as well as the switch type; Kailh Blue.

Around the back, a more detailed rundown of the features, as well as that oh-so-important TteSports certified sticker. This means that the keyboards switches are guaranteed for five years! That’s pretty incredible and should give customers some confidence in the build quality.

Aside from the keyboard, there’s not a whole lot in the box, just the warranty policy and the quick installation guide.

The keyboard comes hard-wired with a fairly standard USB cable, nothing fancy, but nothing bad either.

TteSports Talon Blu Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Picking the right gaming mouse can be tricky, but so long as you know what kind of features and the kind of budget you need to stick to, there are plenty of options on the market for you to choose from. The latest gaming mouse from TteSports is certainly attractive, with a good range of features that should appeal to a board range of gamers without the need to spend a lot of money.

“The TALON Blu gaming mouse features an AVAGO 3050 optical sensor, with up to 3000 DPI, and a blue LED lighting accents. It offers good stability and accuracy via great tracking precision and a high max speed. The TALON Blu has an ergonomic, ambidextrous shape, making it great for both left and right-handed users.” – TteSports

As you can see in the video below, the Talon is an ambidextrous mouse, meaning it can be used by both left and right-handed gamers. What’s really cool, is that you can take the side panels off of the mouse, making the profile slimmer and more suited to your grip style.

Equipped with a 3000DPI infrared optical sensor, the Avago 3050 to be precise, the Talon Blu should be great for gaming. Add to that six buttons, a 1.5M braided USB cable and LED lighting, and we’re already on our way to a good set of features.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a nice image of the mouse on the front, as well as quick rundown of the main features. These include the 3000 DPI sensor, LED lighting, and the ambidextrous design.

Around the back, we can see that the mouse has multiple DPI settings, with 500/750/1500/2500/3000 all being selectable from the mouse. There’s also Omron switches, meaning you know you’ll get a great response from them and they’re rated for 5-million clicks.

The box opens out, giving you an even more detailed look at some of the features, as well as a sneaky look at the actual mouse its self.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, including a quick installation guide.

The Talon Blu comes hard-wired with a 1.5m black braided cable, as well as a gold-plated USB connector.

TteSports Commander Gaming Gear Combo Keyboard & Mouse Review

Introduction


PC gaming on a tight budget may seem difficult, but with Steam Sales and Humble Bundles being forever present, the cost of finding games to play often walks into pocket-money territory. The range of budget friendly graphics cards and more are also pretty incredible these days, offering some seriously affordable and worthy devices. Of course, to complete the puzzle, you’re also going to need some sturdy gaming peripherals to help you in the heat of battle. It doesn’t matter if you play Elder Scrolls or League of Legends, you’re going to need a keyboard and mouse for the mass majority of PC games, as well as for day-to-day desktop tasks.

The TteSports Commander Gaming Gear Combo offers up a full-size keyboard and an optical mouse for under £30; that’s value that is very hard to ignore! Is it going to blow us away with incredible performance? I doubt it, but I am eager to see just how much you can get for such a wallet-friendly price tag.

Amazingly, both the keyboard and mouse are pretty well equipped. There’s a full-size keyboard, with multimedia shortcut keys, adjustable repeat rate, LED backlighting, plunger switches, anti-ghosting and more. The mouse has an optical sensor with four DPI settings, six buttons and an ergonomic right-hand design; not bad for this price range!

TteSports Challenger PRIME Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


PC gaming can be quite expensive sometimes, but it doesn’t always have to be. The latest keyboard from the legendary TteSports promises a huge range of features for a not so huge amount of money, something that I’m sure will appeal to a very large audience. TteSports have always been known for their competitive pricing, even on their high-end stuff, but the Challenger Prime was designed from the ground up to be affordable while still maintaining excellent value for money.

“The CHALLENGER Prime membrane gaming keyboard packs a whole lot of features at a budget-friendly price. The backlighting system features red, blue, and purple LEDs for static and pulse lighting; Brightness can further adjusted via the dial in the front center of the keyboard. As with the CHALLENGER series of keyboards, the CHALLENGER Prime also features onboard memory for setting the dedicated macro keys. In addition, there are multimedia keys, shortcut keys, repeat rate and poll rate adjustment keys.” – TteSports

It comes with a fairly standard full-size key layout, as well as additional dedicated macro keys, shortcut buttons across the top, multimedia controls, 3-colour LED lighting, a volume dial, built-in wrist rest and more! That’s already a pretty impressive feature set, wouldn’t you agree?

Here’s TteSports giving us a quick run through many of the features you can expect from the Challenger Prime.

First impressions are pretty good, with a nicely designed box that has a clear image of the keyboard on the front, as well as a quick rundown of the main features.

Around the back of the box, a much more in-depth set of features are detailed, but we’ll be taking an even closer look at those ourselves in just a moment.

Aside from the obvious, you’ll also find a couple of booklets in the box, nothing fancy, but we really only need the big item that was in the box.

TteSports Poseidon Z Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


TteSports is one of the most recognisable names in the PC gaming market, offering a huge range of products that a loved by gamers at home and pro gamers alike. They’re also well-known for being fiercely competitive prices and features, which is never a bad thing. Their latest mechanical keyboard comes well equipped with Kailh Brown switches, LED backlighting, a slim chassis and more, so let’s get right to it and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The keyboard is heavy, as most mechanical keyboards are, but not so heavy that you would feel tired carrying it to a LAN party. another important aspect of this keyboard is that it comes with a very impressive 5-year warranty on its mechanical switches; that’s a very nice thing to have.

Check out this video from TteSports for a quick overview of some of the features that have gone into the Poseidon Z.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the keyboard, as well as some funky lightning graphics, the TteSports Certified Warranty sticker, and of course, the Brown Switch badge.

Around the back, you’ll find a quick run down of the major features, such as the multimedia shortcuts, windows key disable, LED backlighting and more.

In the box, aside from the keyboard (obviously), you’ll find a quick installation guide and a warranty policy booklet.

TteSports Isurus Pro In-Ear Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


There’s no shortage of gaming headsets on the market for you to choose from. There are seemingly endless variations of performance, shape, size and price catered for, but for the most part, they’re often quite similar. The latest headset from TteSports, the gaming division of Thermaltake looks set to do things a little bit differently and while I admit, there may be other headsets in the world like this, I’ve certainly never seen a gaming headset quite like this.

“ISURUS PRO – The new generation of the ISURUS gaming headset, the ISURUS PRO is professionally engineered for Professional gamers and featuring a world’s first detachable microphone. The ISURUS PRO offers clear communication between gamers during intense gameplay by adjusting the microphone to ensure you have a perfect fit. The ISURUS PRO also delivers an astonishing audio and gaming experience with its comfortable ear-fit, allowing players to feel great for long periods of practicing or playing games! The ISURUS PRO also features a compact and powerful 13.5MM dynamic driver!”

The Isurus Pro is a high-end in-ear gaming headset, but unlike the small ear bud designs, it features huge 13.5mm drivers that sit just outside of the ear bud, so I’m sure we can expect some punchy audio performance today. To top it off, it also features a small boom microphone, a welcome change as most, if not all, in-ear headphones feature an on-cable pin hole microphone.

The headset features a unique design, with those large 13.5mm drivers making up the bulk of the unit, a set of ear hooks, which are like a smaller version of those found on in-ear sport headphones.

The packaging is tiny, but then again, so is the headset. There’s a few details listed on the front of the box, such as the detachable microphone, secure fit system and the 3-button remote.

In the box, you’ll find a set of in-ear rubber buds, to help better tailor the fit to your ears, a 3.5mm to dual 3.5mm adaptor so you can use the headset on your PC, not just on mobile devices, a carry pouch and the manual.

The headset comes hard-wired with a flat, tangle-free, rubber cable. The cable is lightweight, feels rather durable despite the fact it’s quite thin and obviously, it comes in a gorgeous bright red.

The hard-wired cable comes fitted with a 4-pole gold-plated 3.5mm jack, making it perfectly compatible with a wide range of handheld devices, such as smartphones, portable consoles and MP3 players.

The cable comes with an on-cable remote. It’s pretty basic, but for those using it on a mobile device, these multimedia controls will be a very welcome addition.

The detachable microphone is really nice and features a durable metal boom with a funky cable pass-through design, almost like it was sewn through it.

At the end of the boom, you’ll find a pinhole for the actual microphone component.

There’s also a small Tt logo on the reverse side of the microphone.

It can be easily disconnected, perfect for the times you simply want to use the headset as headphones, but easily reconnected for when you need voice chat capabilities.

The Tt Dragon adds to the overall design and is located between the driver and the honeycomb backplate.

The ear buds are angled down to allow them to fit snugly into your ear. The red rubber component fits into your ear also while the red rubber hook helps hold it firmly in place. The larger driver section sits just beyond the ear, allowing the headset to have larger drivers that otherwise wouldn’t fit into your ears.

The protective bag is great, as it allows you to bundle everything safely away when you’re done and it’s also small enough to keep snug in your backpack, making it perfect for those who travel or have gaming notebooks.

TteSports Shock 3D 7.1 PC Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


TteSports products have been a popular choice with gamers around the world for many years now, the companies unrelenting focus and dedication to the gaming scene has seen them produce some of the best performing and some of the most competitively priced peripherals on the market today and hopefully, we’ll be seeing a repeat of that again today. I have in my hands the new TteSports Shock 3D Gaming Headset, which comes with all the usual bells and whistles you would associate with a gaming headset. There’s virtual 7.1 surround, customizable EQ, built-in volume controls, a fold away auto-muting microphone and more; all of which should appeal to both casual at home gamers and the eSports community alike.

The SHOCK 3D 7.1 headset offers users true in-game immersion via enhanced 3D virtualized surround sound. Giving users one of the best spec’d headsets on the market. The 3D 7.1 virtualized surround sound technology is the first on the market to offer a 360° feel that most traditional 5.1/7.1 headsets can’t. 4 EQ settings offer a way to fine tune the sound for any game. The microphone automatically mutes when it’s pivoted up. LED accents further add to the gaming atmosphere of the headset.

Check out the official product trailer below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZeHe9B3Ltk

The Shock 3D 7.1 is powered via USB, features a pair of high-quality 40mm drivers and an omni-directional microphone.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a good photo of the headset on the front, as well as a peak-window to show off the actual design. A few of the major features are detailed on the front of the box, but let’s get it out of the packaging and take a closer look ourselves.

In the box, you will find a hard-wired headset, a protective carry pouch and a small collection of documentation.

The cable is 2 meters long and comes with a good quality black braiding, a custom molded and gold-plated USB connector; all of which should help improve the lifespan of the components.

The headset its self is really nicely design. the black and red theme may not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no doubt that it has been designed to appeal to a gaming audience.

The left ear cup is fitted with a fold up/down microphone boom, as well as an infinite turn volume dial, the 3D sound button and the EQ control button; everything you need is within easy reach.

The microphone is straightforward enough, just fold it down when you need to use it. The centre part of the boom is a flexible rubber, which helps you adjust it, but also helps prevent it from snapping should you catch it on something. When you want to mute the microphone, just flick it back up out-of-the-way and you’ll be able to speak in private again.

The right ear cup is the same design as the left, albeit without the extra control buttons.

Both ear cups can be rotated inwards, this is great for transporting the headset as it’s easier to store, but it’s also help provide a better fit over your ears or around your neck between games.

There’s a durable metal slider on each side of the headset, allowing you to tailor the fit even further.

A three-section memory foam padding provides extra comfort for long gaming sessions and also helps prevent the headset from slipping off your head in the heat of battle.

The matte finish headband looks nice enough, with a small Tt logo in the top centre.

There’s no doubt that this is a great looking headset, although if I could make on adjustment, it would be that the volume dial plastics look a little cheap and could be improved upon.

The mesh on the back of the drivers looks nice, but there’s a hidden Tt dragon logo behind them, which lights up and responds to the audio being played; we’ll take a look at that shortly.

The drivers have a thick layer of padding that fits snugly over your ears, helping block out external noise and helping you stay focused on your game. The soft leather covering is super comfortable, but could leave you a little uncomfortable if you’re playing in a hot environment.

The included carry bag is nice, as it’ll help keep your headset free of scratches when you’re transporting it.

TteSports Ventus X Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


TteSports are back on eTeknix once again, this time with their latest gaming mouse, the rather unique looking Ventus X. The Ventus is tuned for gaming performance and comes with a bunch of funky features that will help you dominate in the digital battlefield of choice, but we’ll get to taking a closer look at those in a few moments.

VENTUS X – Gaming Mouse – The new generation from Tt eSPORTS’s VENTUS gaming mouse, providing enhanced modern technology and classic design that fits all gamers and bring style to gaming. The new VENTUS X was designed with a new coating that gives full comfort while in gameplay. The VENTUS X also brings about a new ergonomically tuned right handed laser gaming mouse to the VENTUS family, that will appeal to gamers who’re fans of some classic legacy styled mouse shapes and brings the new tech to them.

The Ventus X comes equipped with all the features you would expect, such as a high-quality laser sensor, a good selection of switches, macro functions and more. It also benefits from customisable weight tuning and LED lighting effects.

The box covers all the basics, such as the 5700 DPI sensor, the new and improved surface coating, 128KB internal memory and the air cooling ventilation.

In the box, you’ll find a protective pouch, some documents and the Ventus X mouse.

The Ventus comes hard-wired with a high-quality braided cable and a custom USB jack with gold-plated connector.

The mouse has been given a new coating compared with previous models. The new one looks gorgeous, it’s basically something between a glossy and a matte finish, but its hard-wearing grip surface certainly looks and feel fantastic. To further enhance your grip, the left side of the mouse has a rubberized thumb rest, so there’s little chance of you losing your grip in the heat of battle.

There’s two switches down the left side of the mouse, pretty standard stuff, but they’re obviously pretty essential for most games and day-to-day desktop navigation.

There’s not extra switches on the right, but there’s another rubber grip on the swollen ergonomic side panel. The mouse looks a little wider than most, but it feels comfortable and nimble in both palm rest and finger-tip play-styles.

The left and right mouse buttons have a deep recess and a ridge on their outer edge. This shape helps your fingers find a comfortable resting position and should help prevent your fingers slipping from the mouse.

There’s a good quality scroll wheel recessed into the mouse, with a thick and soft rubber grip coating for added control. Behind the scroll wheel, there’s a DPI toggle switch; I’d have liked to see full DPI up/down buttons, but this is still a welcome feature.

One unique aspect of this mouse is the ventilated rear section. It’s not much, but it’ll allow a little extra airflow to the palm of your hand; a welcome feature for anyone who suffers from sweaty hands while gaming.

Hidden behind the ventilation is a Tt Dragon logo, which lights up when the mouse is plugged in.

There are three huge slipmats on the base of the mouse, giving it exceptional glide on your favourite gaming surface; be that a hard or soft mat.

Tucked away behind the flip-off panel, you’ll find 3 x 4.5g weights, allowing you to better calibrate the feel and the glide of the mouse to suit your preference.

The included carry pouch is great too, especially if you want to keep it free from scratches when you throw it in your bag to take to a LAN party.

TteSports Poseidon Z Forged Aluminium Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


TteSports are one of the most popular names in the PC peripheral business. Time and time again, they’ve proven that they can make incredibly competitive products, for competitive prices. Today they’re going all-out with their new Poseidon Z Forged, a premium grade product that promises a lot of cool features that will appeal to both at-home gamers and eSports gamers alike.

As you can see from the specifications below, the Poseidon Z is fully mechanical, comes with 64kb of on-board memory, ten dedicated macro keys and a whole lot more.

One thing that is very cool about this keyboard, it has a built-in onboard DAC amplifier, which operates via USB, giving you an extra way to power your favourite headset; perfect for gaming and way cooler than the usual audio passthrough ports that we often see on keyboards.

In the box, you’ll find a wrist rest, some manuals and a detachable cable. What’s important is that the wrist rest features a magnetic mounting design; no more of those pesky clips that love to break.

The cable is of a very high quality and features a tough braiding as well as gold plated connectors. It’s also a standard microUSB, so if the cable did fail, you could easily replace it with your own.

The immediate standout feature of this keyboard is the metal chassis, hence the “forged” moniker. This gives the keyboard unrelenting strength and the aluminium means that while the keyboard is still heavy, like many other mechanical keyboards, it’s not too unwieldy.

Along the top row of the keyboard, you’ll find extra function keys. Here you can see the multimedia controls.

Master audio controls.

Finally, profile, lighting and Windows-lock controls.

Down the left side, you’ll find five extra mechanical switches that can be configured via the software; great for launching programs or macros.

Then another five down the right-hand side, giving us ten extra keys in total.

One thing that you may have noticed already is that this keyboard has a blue back plate, giving a nice underglow effect, even with the lighting turned off.

Behind the key-caps, you’ll find blue Kailh switches, each fitted with a brightness adjustable blue LED.

The brightness can be toggled via the arrow keys in combination with the fn-shift, much in the same way as the multimedia controls on the F-keys.

The overall finish of this keyboard is premium grade from end to end. You can see how the aluminium top panel curves over the front and back of the keyboard, giving it a nice uniform appearance.

Around the back you’ll find a set of audio and USB ports.

The USB ports are great for hooking up your mouse or headset, but most importantly, those audio jacks are powered by an internal DAC, removing the need for an onboard sound-card to power your audio devices.

The underside of the keyboard has five tough rubber grips that will prevent the Poseidon Z from sliding around your desk. There’s also a few cable routing options, which will help keep your desktop neat and tidy.

The kickstands are super wide and extra strong; little chance of these breaking anytime soon!

When raised, the kickstands have wide rubber grips of their own, so the keyboard doesn’t lose any of its traction on your desk.

The microUSB connector is recessed into the base of the keyboard, helping keep that clear design as tidy as possible.

The wrist rest just pushes onto the front of the keyboard and can be pulled away just as easily. When you pick up the keyboard, the rest droops, but magnets hold it in place, to prevent it from falling. This will help prevent damage and it’s far better than the clips we often see on wrist rests, as they’re often prone to breaking very easily.

Latest Range of TteSports Headsets @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: TteSports have some gorgeous new peripherals on display at their booth this year, including the latest 2015 edition of the Shock headset, a great choice for eSports gamers and any other PC gamer for that matter. They also have their current Verto headset, which is super comfortable and comes with a universal headband.

Add some flair to your keyboard with Metalcaps, they’re not the cheapest mod in the world, but one that can give your keyboard a very unique look and feel.

The Contour is a great little controller for mobile gaming, as it comes with a built-in phone holder and it’s fully Apple certified!

Here’s something pretty special, a PC gaming headset that’s as minimalist as they come, bridging the gap between in ear and over ear headsets.

Latest TteSports Gaming Mice @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: The show is well under way now and we’ve stopped by the TteSports both to check out their latest and greatest gaming peripherals. They’ve got some really cool stuff on show, most of which we’ve already seen or reviewed in the past. All the usual gaming-focused features are catered for, but one thing that we do love, is the wireless Level 10M mouse.

Which one of these mice would you have in your setup?

Latest TteSports Peripherals @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: TteSports have won many awards from us here at eTeknix over the years, as well as from many other review media around the world. It’s easy to see why, as TteSports rolled out their latest and greatest peripherals, as well as a few new products. The whole range is here, from low-cost keyboard and mouse combos, to high-end mechanicals and more!

One thing that certainly grabbed my attention, is the new metal key caps, a nice way to add some extra bling to your keyboard, if you like that sort of thing.

TteSports Theron Plus Smart Mouse Review

Introduction


TteSports, the gaming division of legendary manufacturer Thermaltake have been a dominating force at eTeknix many times in the past, winning many awards for their great gaming products. Now we’re happy to see another entry in their product range, the Theron Plus Smart Mouse. Now, there’s something obviously unique about the name, what exactly is a “smart mouse” anyway?

The THERON Plus SMART MOUSE – the classy sheen smart mouse that built with an upgraded AVAGO laser sensor with up to 8200 DPI that consist an additional integrated Bluetooth communications device to sync your mobile device (iOS/Android) with Tt eSPORTS PLUS+, the mobile application that can store gamers’ stats to the Tt eSPORTS PLUS+ Community & Data Management Platform

This mouse incorporates the “Internet of Things” or IOT philosophy, much like the current trend of smart wearables, the mouse tracks your gaming performance data, allowing you to analyze statistics, improve your strategies and more, as well as share this information with your team or fans; this could be a real hit with eSports gamers and their fan bases!

On the basis of the I.o.T. (Internet of Things) concept, users can obtain and share gaming performance data. Additionally, users are capable of analyze statistics records for improved strategies via data management on both PC or mobile devices – anytime anywhere. With Tt eSPORTS’ Plus+ mobile application, you can even review all recorded performance histories on your mobile devices.

As you can see, the Theron Plus is targeted at the eSports community, who are obviously the best ones to benefit from the smart tracking features.

The box opens up, giving us a sneak peak at the mouse design as well as running through some of the major smart features; cloud integration, stat tracking and more.

In the box, you will find a protective pouch, a few product documents and the hard-wired mouse.

The cable features a high quality braiding, a fixed velcro cable tidy and a good quality gold-plated USB connector.

The mouse is really nicely designed, with an oversized body that promotes a comfortable hand resting position. There’s a pair of switches down the left side and their bright red finish provides a nice contrast from the glossy black finish.

Around the back of the mouse, you’ll find a set of LED indicators between the top and left side panel. There’s also a colour customisable LED strip along the bottom left side, the back and the right side of the mouse; well take a closer look at this shortly.

The right side of the mouse features a single switch near the front, handy for deploying extra macros or profile changes.

Both the left and right mouse buttons are heavily recessed with a curved shape; this provides a great finger resting position and should help prevent your fingers from slipping away from the mouse.

There’s a deeply recessed scroll wheel, which features a soft rubber grip coating, a light tactile bump when turned and a fast rotation speed; perfect for making quick and accurate adjustments mid-game.

On the underside of the Theron Plus, you’ll find even more features! There’s two large slip-mats that provide an excellent amount of glide, a profile switch, lock and on-the-fly polling rate adjustments.

The bottom panel can be clipped off, where you’ll find five add-in weights, to help you better tune the mouse performance to your liking.

The included carry pouch is of a good quality and handy for those who need to travel with the mouse; it’ll help keep it free from scratches.

Latest TteSports Peripherals at CeBIT 2015

There’s a huge demand right now for great quality peripherals at very affordable prices. The new Commander Gaming Gear Combo from Thermaltake is the latest addition to this part of the market, offering a backlit plunger switch gaming keyboard, with very funky design, as well as a reliable optical gaming mouse. All this is expected to retail for under 40 EUR and will be on the market within the coming months. Perfect for gamers on a tighter budget, without sacrificing on the kinds of features that gamers want.

Also on display are their current line up of gaming peripherals, such as the Ventus headset, a very comfortable and great sounding gaming headset for PC. As well as their new gaming mice. We’ve got review samples already on their way, including samples of some new peripherals, such as a very sexy new keyboard that I can’t show you just yet, but their new keyboard is one you’ll certainly be wanting to see when we get it in for review!

Latest Thermaltake Products and More on Display a CeBIT 2015

CeBIT is pretty quiet for Thermaltake, although given they revealed what seemed like hundreds of new products at CES, I’m not surprised they had no big product launches at CeBIT. There was one very cool thing, but an NDA on it means that I can’t show it just yet, but it will be worth the wait!

They’ve brought along their current range of PSUs, FRIO coolers, which are very popular in the EU market thanks to their super quiet design and tidy aesthetics; they’re also a great match for the range of black and white motherboards that are starting to hit the market.

Thermaltake are always keen to show how capable their chassis products are, with their LCS certification you know that you’re going to get some pretty hardcore cooling components into their chassis, as can be seen with the demo build below.

The LUXA 2 range, Thermaltake’s mobile division is also something we’re big fans of here at eTeknix. They’ve got a funky headset and also turns into Bluetooth speakers for when you want to be a little more social with your music, as well as a range of car docks, cradles and mobile batteries. Of course, mobile stuff may not seem the most exciting tech ever, but it’s practical hardware that many of us rely on every day, so it’s always nice to see quality products from a brand we love.

Portable Smartphone Battery Pack Roundup Review

Introduction


Today we’ll take a look in to a few different portable battery pack offerings from companies from around the globe. You’re quite possibly just like me – in the beginning you weren’t exactly certain why people would want or need to invest in a portable battery and maybe even thought of them to be quite useless. Then came along my Galaxy S4. As great as the phone performs, even when I’m out and about at tech expos’ or traveling around, my phone will be flat in a few hours – even with all precautions possible taken.

Screen brightness down, check. GPS off, check. Wireless disabled, check. Background applications closed, yep. Then, as your 6th hour away from a USB port rolls around, you hear that all-too-noteable “bloop bloop” – your phone is warning you that only 15% of your battery remains. In comes our hero, in the form of a 5,000 mAh – 11,000 mAh power bank. If you’re going to take most large-brand consumer phones into account, they’ll be providing you with an average battery sizing of around 2,600 mAh – as seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S4. If you’re running a 5,000 mAh battery pack and take into account some small power losses along the way, you’re looking at about 1.8 full charges of your device.

We’re not here to tell you if you do or don’t need a power bank in your life, but here are some packs that we think are worth a look at. The full list of products in this roundup and their pricing is as follows:

Latest TteSports Peripherals on Display @ CES 2015

CES 2015 is very busy this year and especially so for Thermaltake and their gaming division TteSports, who have rocked up with a wide range of high-end gaming peripherals this year. Right now they’ve only got a couple of new things to show, but it’s still nice to see all of their current products out on display, as many of you will remember they’ve won a bunch of awards from us here at eTeknix, and no doubt many other sites around the world.

These controllers are really cool, although I must admit they’re not the prettiest design, they’re very practical for iOS gaming. The controller works on tablets easy enough but you can fold out the center holder to mount your phone directly on the controller; this is great for playing games on the Trains when commuting.

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t see an RGB product and we’re not disappointed. The popular Poseidon Z RGB will give TT fans the customisation they desire.

This one really caught my attention, it’s rare we see new features on gaming keyboards, but the new Poseidon features a touch sensitive space bar, allowing you to pinch-zoom, or launch macros by sliding your finger accross it. Sounds silly, but it works remarkably well.

TteSPORTS Introduced Updated Black V2 Laser Gaming Mouse

Tt eSPORTS is releasing an upgrade to the highly popular BLACK Gaming Mouse, the new BLACK V2 Laser Gaming Mouse. The upgrade includes a new sensor, new buttons, a better surface finish and extra grip, as well as an improved software experience.

The new BLACK V2 is using a 5700 DPI Avago ADNS-9500 Laser sensor with 4 programmable DPI levels per profile and an adjustable increment of 100 DPI, while an additional thumbs button has been added to give the mouse a total of 7 programmable buttons. The current DPI setting will be displayed by built-in light relays and the mouse wheel will flash when profiles are changed.

The new surface coating is said to bring an even “softer” touch than gamers are used to while the new hexagonal pattern at the thumbs area will provide better grip in extra hectic situation. TteSPORTS also took the time to revamp the software and give it a better user interface and added some features.

The new TteSPORTS BLACK V2 laser gaming mouse will be launched globally in middle of January at an MSRP of $49.99.

Thanks to TteSPORTS for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TTteSPORTS

CM Storm Mizar, TteSports Saphira and Balista MK-1 Head-to-Head Mouse Review

Introduction


Normally when I test mice I do them one per review, but today I though it would be even more fun to put three of them head-to-head to erm head. We’ve got three great low-to-mid budget gaming mice with us today that I’ll be putting to the test, the TteSports Saphira, the Ballista MK-1 and the CM Storm Mizar. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses and today I’ll be finding out just what they are, what kind of gaming their best suited for and of course what they’re like to use in general day to day situations.

All three mice have proven popular choices with PC gamers and if you’re on the market for a new mouse, then there is a good chance that you’re looking within a price range similar to that of these three products, with a similar feature set. My goal is to help you find the mouse that is right for you and show you just what you can get for your money. Is one of these mice greater than all of the others, or is one better suited to MMO while another suited to FPS? There is only one way to find out! So let’s take a closer look at each then crack on with some gaming tests to see what they can do.

First up we have the MK-1 which comes equipped with the popular Avago ADNS-9800 8200 DPI Laser Sensor, ten buttons, right hand ergonomics and a fixed 1.5mm lift-off.

Next up we have the Saphira, which comes equipped with a 3500 DPI optical sensor, five macro keys, an adjustable lift-off height and right handed ergonomics.

Finally the Mizar, which features the same Avago 9800 8200 DPI laser sensor that is found in the MK-1, 7 programmable buttons and an adjustable polling rate.

All four mice come in nicely designed packaging, each detailing the major features such as DPI, sensor, programmable buttons etc on the box.

Around the back you’ll find a more in-depth technical break down, which you can see on the spec charts above.

The MK-1 comes bundled with a user manual, CD-ROM with drivers and of course the mouse.

The Saphira comes with an instruction book, soft protective zip-up pouch and a CD-ROM for drivers.

The Mizar comes with an instruction booklet.

TteSports Verto Gaming Headset Revealed

TteSports are back once again with another great looking gaming headset. Their new Verto has a focus on offering great aesthetics and comfort, so it should prove popular with the eSports / pro gaming community, but of course should also appeal to the wider gaming community as well. The Verto features an auto adjusting headband, protein leather ear pads, with an over-ear design to provide extra comfort and a snug fit that should help keep your game audio in and external noise out.

TteSports say the headset was designed to offer a secure grip on the head, without clamping down hard. The headbands steel frame has been tweaked over time to find the optimal angle to offer the best ergonomics.

The Verto features stereo drivers that have been tuned to offer a balanced sound with “a tinge of bass emphasis”, the balanced sound makes them great for competitive gaming as there is more focus on clarity than low end rumble, something we’ve seen and heard and several review of TteSports headsets recently.

Equipped with an adjustable omni-directional microphone, removable cable, fold flat design, mobile and PC compatibility (two cables included), the Verto sounds like a great little headset and I really can’t wait to check it out in a full review in the coming weeks.

The VERTO headset MSRP is USD $79.99, will go on sale globally in select regions such as the USA and Taiwan in July, with global roll out following that.

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TteSports Metalcaps Keyboard Accessory Revealed

TteSports have revealed the latest addition to their range, Metalcaps! The new keyboard accessory is exactly what it sounds like, metal key caps for your mechanical keyboard, or at least any that support MX style fittings such as the Kailh switches that TteSports now use in their Poseidon keyboard.

The new key caps provide a funky new way to modify your keyboard. They’re made from a Zinc allow which has been anodized and UV coated, so they’re great for providing a durable, solid and somewhat unique feeling key cap while typing and gaming.

The new Metalcaps will come in four varieties;

  • W A S D + Esc key
  • Q W E R + Esc key
  • ↑↓←→ + Esc key
  • 38 keys combination (letters, punctiation, ↑↓←→, and Esc key)

The new switches will be available in the US, Taiwan and Germany first this month with an MSRP of $19.99 USD for the five keycap packs, and $69.99 for the 38 keycap packs. Global rollout will follow soon, so if you’re region isn’t in the first release, keep an eye on your favourite retailer as you shouldn’t be waiting long.

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TteSports Poseidon ZX Mechanical Keyboard Revealed

TteSports already have a great lineup of gaming keyboards, and they’ve already proven a smash hit with the eSports and general gaming community. Now they’re looking to keep than trend going with the reveal of their new Poseidon ZX tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard.

The number pad has been removed to help make the keyboard more compact and portable. Being 80% the width of their regular full size keyboards, it’s much easier to transport in a backpack or LAN bag, perfect for those who tend to travel to eSports and LAN gaming events.

Packed with Tt certified blue switches, full LED backlighting, N-Key rollover via USB, windows disable key, media keys, brightness adjustment and plug-and-play, it should be perfect for meetings tournament regulations.

“Tt eSPORTS spent two years testing various mechanical switches with its engineers and professional gamers. And eventually, we found the right one- with White-Ra, Team DK, Prime Team, as well as our other sponsored teams, and our keyboard engineers all agreeing unanimously. The first keyboard to offer these switches in mechanical blue & brown switch options was the POSEIDON Z Illuminated, and now Tt eSPORTS brings it to consumers in the POSEIDON ZX. The POSEIDON ZX offers users a budget friendly full featured mechanical gaming keyboard that could both be the perfect choice for a first time mechanical keyboard user as well as a mechanical keyboard enthusiast.

The testing process for these mechanical switches was an arduous one, but these switches passed and we believe in them so much that Tt eSPORTS is now offering the world’s first 5 year warranty for a mechanical gaming keyboard across the whole POSEIDON Z line which features the Tt certified switches.”

The Poseidon ZX will be available in the US, Taiwan and China from next month, with more regions to follow in the very near future. Prices are expected to be in the region of $74.99.

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TteSports Poseidon Z Mechanical Kailh Blue Switch Keyboard Review

Introduction


In the office today I have something very special, the TteSports Poseidon Z Mechanical Keyboard. While having a mechanical keyboard in for review often feels like a special occasion anyway, since they’re often regarded as premium quality device, there is something uniquely interesting about this keyboard, its switches. The Posidon Z features Kailh switches, and in a market dominated by switches produced by Cherry there has long been room for a strong competitor to enter the market, or at least a cheaper competitor. The question is, can the Kailh Blue switches keep up with the excellent performance of the Cherry MX Blue?

Featuring a different switch is one thing, many keyboards implement different methods of registering a keystroke, the important thing about the Kailh switches is that they’re effectively a copy of the Cherry style mechanical switch, but without the wallet hurting price tag often associated with high-end mechanical keyboards. The Poseidon Z will set you back a very affordable £53 / $89, which is around 40% cheaper than most Cherry switch options that are on the market with a similar specification.

As you can see from the specifications below the keyboard is pretty standard fare for a mechanical keyboard, it has a fixed 1000HZ polling rate, full LED backlighting, a 1.8 meter braided cable and 6-8 key anti-ghosting.

The keyboard comes nicely packaged with a great image of the keyboard on the front, as well as a yellow sticker that reads “certified mechanical switch 5 year warranty.”

Around the back of the box we have a more detailed rundown of the major features, including the multimedia keys, Windows key disabler, LED backlighting and N-Key rollover support.

In the box you’ll find a warranty policy booklet and a multi-language quick installation guide, although the device is as simply plug and play, so it shouldn’t take you more than a few seconds to get it setup and ready to rock.