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Linknotize makes the connected life more fun

In this day and age, how many people do you know of who still indulge in board games? Not too many, am I correct? After all, board games have more or less been relegated to the past, and it would be the mobile games arena that takes centrestage at the moment. Perhaps the tide might turn in favor of more traditional board games if more and more ideas like the £19.99 Linknotize are developed and rolled out among the tabletop gaming communities.

Linknotize has been touted to be the least traditional board game ever, where it will require you to connect a pair of unrelated topics in less than 10 clicks and 3 minutes, and not only that, it will not ban the use of smartphones, and Wikipedia happens to be a legitimate source of information in this particular case. Linknotize plays this way – you will go up against others to connect a couple of unrelated topics online, and these events will have to take place in less than 3 minutes. Forget getting hypnotized – it is Linknotize that is going to be the new kid on the block!


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The ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Analog Headset – when good gets better

Once you find a hardware company you really like, it’s easy to be biased. However, you can also call bull whenever they come out with something terrible. We’ve seen lots of peripherals from ROCCAT in the past, and while the Kave and Kave 5.1 Digital were great, there’s always room for a bit of improvement.

The Kave 5.1 Analog has a 40mm driver and 30mm vibration unit for each ear cup. This is not only going to give you the sound that every gamer dreams of when playing fast-paced games, but will also give you a fully-immersive experience thanks to the added vibration. There is zero noise technology which uses an interference isolator to cut down the noise that’s not supposed to be there. The ear cups and headband have plenty of padding, so they should be comfy cozy for those long gaming sessions.

The mic is detachable, so you won’t have to worry about it constantly being in your face when you’re not gaming with friends. If you want to mute, you can press a button on the remote, and an LED light will illuminate on the inside tip of the mic so you will always see whether or not it’s on. There’s also a solid remote stand so you can make sure the remote stays on your desk if you don’t want to clip it onto your person. This is going to cost you around $130, but you’ll have to wait for a bit, as they’re not shipping to anywhere that isn’t Germany or Austria just yet.

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Disc Dots will help you organize your console game discs

We absolutely love our console games. While it is disputed as to whether it’s better having a physical game disc or a digital download, those with discs know that one thing above all is important, and that would be organization. If you don’t have proper storage for your many disc cases, things are going to get out of hand quickly. Even then, if you are a bit quick to change which game you’re playing, you might forget to put the previous game away.

If that last sentence fits you to a T and you are a bit lacking in shelving, then the Disc Dots may be your salvation for being organized while still allowing you to be lazy. These are literal dots that you would adhere to the wall that are just large enough to fit in the hole in your game disc. There’s a foam hub that prevents the disc from touching the wall, which will also give you enough space to get underneath the disc to pull it off.

The adhesive is not permanent, so you can stick and re-stick these whenever you feel like reorganizing. Seeing that discs aren’t heavy, you won’t have to worry about these falling off so long as the wall surface is clean and you hold it down for ten seconds when first applying these. By spending $9.95, you’ll get 20 of these in either black or white to begin cleaning up your space. Thankfully these will always have your games out and readily accessible, so that they won’t be a pain to get out or put up when you’re done.

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Bracketron delivers the GamesSense TV gaming eye sensor mount

gamesenseThe gaming industry has certainly come a long way since the 8-bit days of the NES, although that was a pretty successful period. Over the years, the graphical prowess of games has leaped many times, and we get more and more realistic looking titles hit the market with each passing generation of the game console. In fact, the quality of audio has also improved by leaps and bounds, and stereo audio is not going to cut the mustard any more these days. Having said that, while Virtual Reality titles might still be some ways off before it is perfected, motion controlled gaming, thanks to the Wii and its successor, the Nintendo Wii U, have definitely opened up the door to a new generation of games. In fact, motion controlled gaming would require some sort of sensor to be placed on top of the TV or in front of you before it can work, and Bracketron thinks that they might have something good going on here with the GamesSense TV gaming eye sensor mount.

The GamesSense, a TV gaming eye sensor mount, will be more than a welcome addition for avid gamers to maintain control of their game. What makes it so special in the first place to warrant a place in your living room? For starters, it will boast of a unique shelf design that will enable it to offer a wider mounting surface, making it play nice with just about all of your gaming sensors, and the entire shebang will include those for PlayStation, Xbox One, Wii & Wii U and Xbox 360.

Specially designed to securely hold your gaming system’s eye sensor, the GameSense is capable of attaching easily to the top of your flat panel TV for improved interaction and performance. Since your eye sensor will then be centered and secure, one will be able to bring gaze-based control to a whole new level, helping you maximize your gaming experience along the way. The asking price for the GameSense TV gaming eye sensor mount would be an extremely affordable $19.99 a pop.

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Maingear reveals the Drift Steam machine

maingear-steamMaingear is a name that many of us would associate with the churning out of gaming oriented computers (both desktops and notebooks, of course), and this time around, Maingear has decided to embark on a slightly different path with the unveiling of the Drift. The Drift is not some sort of interdimensional portal, but rather, it is a Steam machine as well as a gaming PC that has been specially designed in order to deliver a level of unparalleled gaming performance despite being located in compact spaces.

Needless to say, the Drift will pack some of the latest in gaming technology, where among them include an Intel Core i7-4790K CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or AMD Radeon R9 290X GPUs. It is said that the Drift is more than capable of delivering pixel-shredding performance which will rival other full-sized desktops, except that this bad boy would arrive in a console-sized unit instead. This compact speedster will have the equivalent of an F1 engine that features a stylish unibody aluminum chassis that is whisper quiet, made possible courtesy of an Epic 120 Liquid Cooling system and superbly designed airflow.

Just how is it possible for Maingear’s Drift to deliver 4K gaming to the living room despite the extremely squeezed out form factor? Well, it has a versatile design that enables it to be placed both vertically or horizontally, not to mention being able to support up to 16GB of DDR memory, with the ability to carry a pair of 1TB SSDs and a 6TB HDD, now how about that? Do not think that the list of goodies stop here, since it is also full well capable of being fully upgraded and customized thanks to Maingear’s true automotive paint finish available in any color and combination.

Those who are interested to giving the Drift a go will be able to place a pre-order with or without an operating system, with prices starting from $849, where you can also configure it to boot directly into STEAM big picture mode with Windows. As for the Drift Super Stock edition, that model will arrive in a special bodyshell travel case and a STEAM OS version, and will be released later this coming November.

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Tesoro makes Lobera Spectrum Per-Key RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard announcement

When it comes to ensuring that you get the best possible performance in terms of gaming, there are many brands out there to consider, where each of them have their fair share of strengths and followers. Having said that, if you are currently on the lookout for a new gaming keyboard, but have not quite decided on which model to settle upon since you are not so much of a brand loyalist yourself, how about taking into consideration the Tesoro Lobera Spectrum mechanical keyboard?

The Lobera Spectrum mechanical keyboard will boast of RGB per-key illumination, 9 LED effect modes, instant recording capabilities for every key and USB pass-through. With this bad boy, you know that you are in for a treat, where your in-game performance can be a whole lot more dazzling on the outside since you are able to individually customize virtually any color, to any key. There will also be 9 different kinds of LED effects to choose from, such as dimming, full zone, trigger, ripple, firework, radiation, rainbow wave, and per key customized mode as well as 5 levels of brightness and 5 distinct profiles to store them. In other words, we are talking about endless combinations and possibilities for a truly unique configuration that cannot be found elsewhere.

Heck, even when you engage Audio Mode, you will find that the LEDs of each individual key will be able to dance to the beats and bass of your favorite tunes. Apart from that, there is Switchable N-Key Rollover/USB 6 Key Rollover which will allow gamers to switch between either mode, making the Lobera Spectrum immune to ghosting or jamming issues. The situation is further helped thanks to a fast 1000Hz polling rate that ensures no keystroke is missed, while instant game mode switching will take away worries of accidental key presses.

By far and large this is one of the more unique mechanical keyboards out there, where it carries the recommended retail price of $149 a pop as it arrives in Kailh Blue, Black, Brown and Red mechanical switches.

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The S.U.R.F.r Wireless Multimedia and Game Controller – control all the things!

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We really do love the idea of a universal remote, but just when you think you find one that might be up to snuff with your standards, something better comes along. That’s just the nature of technology really, but we can’t help but try and keep up with current trends. While the idea of a universal remote is quite swell, it all comes down to whether or not it can control the things you actually care about. If you are addicted to social media, gaming, and watching TV through online sources, then you’ll want something that can accommodate.

While this remote we saw before was rather impressive with its touchscreen and minimal design with the bare minimum of buttons, it doesn’t quite lend itself much to gaming. The MadCatz S.U.R.F.r is a gaming controller and multimedia remote that will connect to TVs that run Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, M.O.J.O. micro console, and basically anything Android-powered.

This will give you a full QWERTY keyboard, two analog sticks, a D-pad, ABXY buttons, bumpers, and an ergonomic grip. This will let you search and type with ease, or click with precision through the mouse mode cursor. This only recently debuted at the MobileFocus Global 2015 in Barcelona, but can be pre-ordered now for $79.99. This will ship in May of this year, and comes in black, red, or white.

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Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex gaming mouse has best Logitech sensor yet

Serious gamers certainly take their gaming sessions with full of preparation, and in addition to figuring out the various strategies that would place you in the position of greatest advantage, they would also go to great lengths to pick up the best hardware suited for their kind of game – and this would more often than not mean having the right kind of mouse and keyboard combination that simply works. Well, Logitech is a name that we are all familiar with when it comes to quality speakers and gaming peripherals, where their latest attempt would be the newest addition to the Logitech G mouse family – the Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex performance edition gaming mouse.

The Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex gaming mouse has been specially developed after receiving feedback from the gaming enthusiast and eSports community, where it will boast of the Logitech G exclusive Delta Zero optical sensor technology that claims to deliver precision targeting, while it will also come with a metal spring button tensioning system, all crammed within a lightweight, compact form factor.

Talk about a performance-oriented mouse – it will have Logitech’s best optical sensor to deliver maximum tracking accuracy. The exclusive Delta Zero optical sensor technology will minimize speed-related accuracy variance, which is commonly known as “mouse acceleration,” offering improved accuracy and precision targeting. It will merge a huge DPI range of 200 all the way up to 12,000 with zero smoothing, which would allow unparalleled tracking performance and responsiveness, as it tracks movement at 300 inches per second. The optical sensor itself can also be tuned in order to achieve optimum lift-off distance and maximum tracking speeds regardless of the gaming surface.

It’s exclusive metal spring tensioning system will also reduce pre-travel, which directly results in improved button responsiveness and feel. Both left and right click buttons have been tested for 20 million clicks, and chances are you might actually need just this mouse for the next 10 years if you are a casual gamer. The full-color RGB lighting on the Logitech G303 will project light onto your mouse pad for added variety and “zing”, where one can customize the light from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors. Expect the Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Performance Edition Gaming Mouse to arrive in US as well as across the pond from this month onward at $69.99 a pop.

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The Grifta Gamepad – divide and conquer

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The Tesoro Gungnir Optical Gaming Mouse is on point

When gaming on PC, there’s nothing more frustrating than lag that lasts so long that it makes your game unplayable. Well, unless your mouse or keyboard fails you at random that is. If you can’t help but want the best possible equipment for gaming but don’t have a budget to match pro gamers, then you’ll want something that can keep up with you without costing a week’s worth of pay.

Next month, Tesoro will be releasing the Gungnir Black Optical Gaming Mouse in North America. It is named Gungnir after the spear that Odin carried, which was supposed to be so well-balanced that it could strike any target, no matter the skill or strength of the person who carried it. If you think that marketing point is trying to tell you that this mouse will make you good at gaming, you’re 100% correct. Of course, whether or not that is true can certainly be called into question.

This has a 3500 DPI optical sensor, 7 buttons to be programmed, LED lighting which can be customized, and 5 game profiles so you can map your buttons for different games. Since this is using a new UI that has been designed to be user-friendly, there’s a chance that there may be a few bugs lurking about. This is going to cost you $29, which does make you wonder whether or not it would be worth it even at a cheaper price point.

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