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Logitech G Pro mechanical gaming keyboard caters for professional gamers

When it comes to a gaming keyboard, each gamer has his or her preferred brand for reasons only known to them. Some might find it to suit their gaming style and physiological make up perfectly, while others might want to lean on brand loyalty all the time. Logitech has come very far in the world of gaming peripherals, and the Logitech G Pro is the latest mechanical gaming keyboard from the Swiss brand that will definitely up the ante when it comes to your gaming enjoyment.

After all, who are we to deny the fact that it has been designed in collaboration with top eSports athletes, delivering a high performance, tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard which has been specially constructed from ground up for professional competition. The keyboard will boast of Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches that are touted to deliver up to 25 percent faster actuation compared to standard mechanical keyboards, in addition to a switch design which delivers quiet performance while you pound at the keys in a furious deathmatch.

Arriving in a compact tenkeyless design, the Logitech G Pro would make it a snap to pack for tournament travel, as it frees up table space for low-sensitivity mouse movement. The keyboard will arrive reinforced with a steel back plate, which adds stability and rigidity for gameplay. The presence of a detachable microUSB connector makes sure that the cable will not break at the connection point when it bounces in a bag and transported between events. With a three-pronged design, there are support arms for an easy, reliable data connection.

The presence of optional Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) will also enable players to select and personalize each individual key light, offering over 16.8 million colors to choose from. You can also save a lighting pattern onto the onboard memory, saving you the trouble from configuring it all over again each time. Expect the Logitech G Pro mechanical gaming keyboard to be available at global retailers from this month onward for $129.99 apiece.

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AOC reveals pair of new Agon monitors

aoc-agonSo you are an avid gamer who would want nothing but the very best when it comes to the kind of hardware used in your gaming sessions. You have got the very best CPU and video card that are in the market right now, and so too, are your mechanical keyboard and gaming mouse that have been rated to last many millions of clicks without breaking down. One thing’s left — making sure that the gaming monitor you use is the right kind. AOC has come up with not just one, but two 24-inch Agon monitors for folks in the US.

A worldwide leader when it comes to monitor display technology, two new monitors have been announced to make up part of the Agon series. These two are already available in the US at the moment, and they are none other than the AG241QX (24-inch Class Adaptive-Sync) and the AG241QG (24-inch Class NVIDIA G-SYNC). A common feature that these two share happens to be QHD resolution as well as a 1 ms response time. The AG241QG will arrive with 165 Hz, NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and NVIDIA ULMB, while the AG241QX will feature 144 Hz and Adaptive-Sync technology.

Regardless of which particular model that you choose, both of them have been specially made for enthusiastic and highly competitive gamers, enabling them to enjoy their gaming sessions without the problems of stutter, screen tearing and motion blur. The AG241QX and the AG241QG will arrive with $499 and $699 price tags, respectively.

Apart from these two, there will be a trio of monitors arriving soon in the future. They are the 27-inch AG271UG NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Monitor with 4K resolution and rapid 4ms response time, sporting a $799.99 price tag as it arrives later next month. Up next, the 35-inch AG352UCG that is a curved NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Monitor which delivers a highly immersive gaming experience for $999.99, also in late March. Last but not least, the AG251FZ, which is the 240Hz and fastest Agon Gaming Monitor coming to market this May for $499.99.

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Razer updates their Blade laptop

Razer continues to blaze a trail with their latest gaming laptop, the Razer Blade. This new iteration will obviously feature brand new parts and innards which will raise its performance, helping gamers get their gaming kicks in wherever they are without having to worry about choppy frame rates or laggy performance. The latest version of the Razer Blade is touted to arrive with an updated CPU, faster memory as well as a brand new 4K UHD screen option. As a result, gamers who are always on the move will be able to enjoy a perfect balance of power, mobility and durability, alongside the now-signature elegant Razer Blade profile.

Sporting the latest generation of 7th Gen Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, the new Razer Blade will be more powerful and more efficient compared to its predecessor. The new CPU lets it achieve double-digit increases in productivity benchmarks, and it works with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics which ought to see unmatched frame rates delivered in an ultra-thin laptop form factor. Not only that, it is also lightweight in nature at just 0.70 inches thin, tipping the scales at slightly more than four pounds as it is encased in a unibody CNC aluminum chassis.

While a Full HD panel is standard on the new Razer Blade, there is a new 4K UHD touchscreen option for those who would like to up the ante. This provides the clarity of 4K resolution for ultimate picture quality as well as the convenience of a touchscreen interface. Perfect for video editing, music creation and software development, the Razer Blade will feature 16GB of RAM, Killer Wireless-AC and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Not only that, depending on your budget, you can even squeeze in a PCIe SSD storage option of up to 1TB. The starting price for the new Razer Blade stands at a rather pricey $1,899, but you get what you pay for in this case.

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Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard gets updated

Razer is a name that is synonymous with quality gaming hardware, and it does not seem as though the company is about to slow down in its development of new peripherals anytime soon. Razer in a sense follows Apple’s footsteps by offering updated versions of an existing peripheral without any change in the name. This works great in the long run, since you do not need to keep track of the numbers (unlike the Samsung Galaxy S series which is about to embark on the 8th generation — it is simply nuts!). The latest peripheral to be updated by Razer would be the Razer BlackWidow, touted to be the best mechanical gaming keyboard, and then some.

Known as the new Razer BlackWidow V2 mechanical gaming keyboard, this particular range would now be on the receiving end of a brand new switch option, a magnetic wrist rest, not to mention cosmetic updates to keep up with the times. First launched 7 years ago, the Razer BlackWidow gained popularity in the world of mechanical keyboards, and with Razer churning out its very own mechanical switches in 2014, known as the Razer Green and Razer Orange switch, it set benchmarks in the industry that paved the way for gaming-optimized actuation as well as reset responsiveness and superior durability.

The Razer BlackWidow V2 will deliver with the best tactile switches thanks to the Green and Orange variants, in addition to the Razer Yellow switch. This linear and silent design will feature reduced travel distance so that keys can be pressed faster than ever before. Not only that, the new switch’s feel and properties would cater for FPS and MOBA players who tend to press select keys thousands of times with each gaming session. The rating of 80 million keystrokes is certainly more than welcome!

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Other features of the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 keyboards will include individually backlit keys, customizable lighting features, custom settings and lighting profiles which are integrated into popular game titles. Expect it to retail for $169.99 a pop.
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SteelSeries QcK and QcK+ Limited gaming mousepads help improve your game

If you are are a serious gamer, then you can be pretty sure that you would have made sure your entire gaming set up has been perfected and configured so that you can win. Victory at all costs, and hardware often plays an important role to complement your mad gaming skills. While the gaming keyboard and mouse are obviously crucial to help you maximize your potential, do remember that not all surfaces are created equal, which is why a gaming mousepad is extremely important to ensure that your high quality mouse has the right kind of surface to deliver its full capability. Enter SteelSeries with their QcK and QcK+ Limited gaming mousepads.

SteelSeries is no stranger to the world of gaming peripherals, and the QcK and QcK+ Limited gaming mousepads will certainly help elevate your gaming performance to a whole new level. The QcK Limited range will enhance a classic with new features in an effort to help the gamer increase one’s accuracy, comfort, and longevity.

Specially designed for professional gamers (although we are sure that the average Joe would also benefit from it), SteelSeries’ latest mousepads boast of a never-fray stitching along the edges which guarantee durability and prevent fraying or peeling. The QcK Limited and QcK+ Limited have been designed with a new micro-woven cloth surface, allowing it to optimize tracking accuracy for both optical and laser sensors. With a high thread count and surface consistency that is the stuff of legend, it will further improve mouse glide by minimizing friction. This is definitely not your grandpappy’s fancy looking mousepad!

Regardless of which particular model you choose from, the QcK Limited and QcK+ Limited will arrive with a non-slip base in order to make sure that the mousepad remains anchored to any surface. This would mean you can game worry-free, even in the most heated gaming sessions. The QcK Limited measures 12.6” x 10.6” x 0.12 and the QcK+ Limited 17.7” x 15.75” x 0.12”, retailing for $19.99 and $24.99 respectively if you are interested in upping your game.

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The XIM 4 Keyboard and Mouse Adapter makes console feel like a PC

Building your own gaming PC is not exactly a simple or cheap endeavor. You have to have some manner of understanding of what parts you’ll need, where to get them, how to put them together, and the money to fund it all. Even if you have a friend to help you, you’ll be looking at far more than the cost of what a console would be to put together something decent. If your budget doesn’t allow for that amount of spending, then getting a console will at least sate your appetite for gaming.

If you wish you could use a keyboard and mouse on your console for a bit more precision, then the XIM 4 should be able to help you out. This adapter will let you play your PS4, PS3, and Xbox 360 with the mouse, keyboard, or other compatible button-laden device of your choice. This is a 1-to-1 device, so you shouldn’t have to worry about any delay between when you press and an action happening in the game.

This is easy to set up through its wireless smartphone and PC configuration tool, and will make it feel like you’ve spent thousands on a quality setup, without having to pay up. This has a 6′ braided microUSB cable, 2 USB ports, and will play nicely with Android phones through Google Play, or by downloading software on your PC. Of course, this isn’t a cheap add-on, so you’ll have to be willing to part with $149.99 to up your gaming experience.

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PlayStation 4 Pro launches in North America

The world of video game consoles is an interesting one — it is never static, and the life cycle of close to a decade will certainly be worth investigating, as there would have been numerous titles released for that particular platform or generation across time. Well, there will always be changes made from time to time in terms of revamping the existing generation console so that it looks fresh and relevant to the current moment, although such refreshes tend to come with perhaps a slight improvement on the innards without compromising on backwards compatibility. Sony’s latest hardware refresh comes in the form of the PlayStation 4 Pro, having been launched across the US and Canada, which will be a worthy refresh of the existing PS4.

The PS4 Pro, as it is also known, will be able to deliver a heightened gaming experience with better quality graphics as well as smoother images. This high-end system will make sure that your current library of games will look way more sexy — we are talking about support for dynamic 4K gaming and digital 4K entertainment, and the asking price of US$399 and CAD $499 certainly befit its status as a pimped out PS4.

Firm fan favorites such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision), Ratchet & Clank, The Last of Us Remastered, and UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End (SIE Worldwide Studios), will ensure that the additional raw processing power that the PS4 Pro has underneath the hood will be taken full advantage of, ensuring that the graphics and visual experience will reach new heights.

The PS4 Pro will have a powerful CPU and GPU so that developers can conjure higher-quality games that output dynamic 4K quality graphics with unprecedented visual precision, resulting in smoother and more stable frame rates. Of course, this would mean making sure your TV is 4K compatible, otherwise a Full HD screen would be unable to do the PS4 Pro justice. Thankfully, it continues to support the same user interface as the PS4, and will provide access to the same vibrant online community. Want to enhance your PS4 gaming experience as though it were on visual steroids? The PS4 Pro’s got your back here.

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Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade lets you enjoy many games on a single machine

When was the last time you stepped into a video game arcade to have a spot of pinball action? That would be an experience that would normally resonate with those of us who are much older, as the younger people these days have had the advantage of enjoying games on a mobile platform, or spending most of their time glued behind the screen at home on a console or a PC. Well, if you are feeling a little bit more flush these days, how about sprucing up your home’s basement with the $4,000 Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade?

This is definitely a big boy’s toy, as this one particular arcade cabinet comes with more than 60 different kinds of virtual pinball for you to indulge in. It is available as a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, where this particular machine delivers a library of pre-installed virtual pinball games. Each of these virtual pinball games will come with its very own immersive 3D environments that comprises of animated characters, flippers, bumpers, and ramps. For instance, Star Wars fans will be able to use a lightsaber to launch the ball in Star Wars: A New Hope, while flippers and a digital pinball attempt to ward off a queen Xenomorph in Aliens, with a patriotic superhero seeking out the cosmic cube and sparring with the Red Skull in Marvel’s Captain America.

The Virtual 60-Game Pinball Arcade comes with a 32″ LED playfield that will be able to faithfully reproduce the hallmarks of a classic pinball cabinet complete with the details of their mechanical predecessors while offering razor-sharp 1080p high-definition. This particular machine is also able to download a further 60 classic arcade games, which will correspond with its outward physical characteristics of a retro arcade game. Among them include an OEM-style coin door — although you do not need to feed it with quarters, obviously, a pair of coaxial speakers that reproduce authentic sounds, among others.
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Retro Fighters showcase new NES Retro Controller

The gamepad is one of the staples of console gaming, and it can never be separated from the console itself even if we are living in the age of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality). Basically, even when the Nintendo Wii broke onto the scene with their Wiimote, there was still space for a Wii Controller for obvious reasons — you simply cannot waggle your way through Zelda or Mario. Well, Retro Fighters have come up with their next generation NES retro controller, updating a gamepad from a console that many of us grew up with in our very first exposure to home consoles.

This is the very first product from Retro Fighters, calling the next generation designed NES controller as the Jab Gamepad. Do not scoff at it even though it might look as though it hails from the 1990s, as the Jab Gamepad happens to be the very first NES compatible controller that has been redesigned from ground up, sporting next generation features and attributes in order to keep up with the times.

The entire look has been updated to make sure it is still relevant in the current century, although some might beg to differ. At least it is ergonomically shaped, which should deliver a potent user experience without losing any grip as you play. The D-pad looks comfortable enough to play with that it places less stress on the thumbs, and the ergonomic layout of the B & A buttons would be well appreciated by gamers who love marathon sessions.

Not only that, there are B & A shoulder and trigger buttons which lets you use it in conjunction with analog sticks or the D-pad, paving the way for many other button combinations. Heck, even a turbo function has been thrown into the mix, allowing you to gain a wee bit of boost as and when required.

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SteelSeries Arctis headset range turns gaming audio stereotypes on its head

When we mention the name SteelSeries, most of the time, we would figure out that it will have something to do with gaming accessories, and they have come up with some pretty gaming mice in the past. This time around, things are not so different either, as the SteelSeries Arctis headset range has been revamped as part of an effort to transform gaming audio stereotypes.

The new range of revolutionary headsets are touted to deliver flagship-level comfort, microphone and sound — and these will be standard features across the whole range, now how about that? The trio of gaming headsets will shatter preconceived notions of what a gaming headset should sound, feel and look like. The Arctis lineup will come with design-forward thinking and timeless style as opposed to having it resemble that of a bulky toy.

There is an integrated microphone which is able to deliver exceptionally clear and natural-sounding voice communication, and to sweeten the deal, all headsets in the Arctis family will boast of SteelSeries’ award-winning speakers, which can also be found in their headsets that cost $300. The powerful, low-distortion speakers merged with 7.1 surround sound ensure total immersion as you game.

Not only that, you can get your in-game commands across in a clear manner thanks to the ClearCast microphone used within each Arctis headset. It will make use of a new ski goggle suspension headband and ear cushions, accompanied by exclusive athletics-inspired AirWeave fabric.

The patented headband design is capable of distributing weight across the top of the head evenly, and this helps to prevent pressure points even after prolonged use for a far more comfortable gaming experience. The three Artis headsets would be the Arctis 3, Arctis 5 and lag-free, wireless Arctis 7, where they will retail for $79.99, $99.99 and $149.99, respectively. Any takers for these new devices that hail from SteelSeries?

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