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Razer Firefly hard gaming mouse mat is a sure looker

When it comes to the world of performance gaming products, you can be sure that Razer is one of the names which one should take into consideration. They have come up with their fair share of products in the past, and look set to continue for a long time to come. You name it, they have it – joysticks, fighting sticks, mice, keyboards, and yes, mouse mats. The humble mouse mat, which was once released to make sure that the roller ball in the mouse itself gains enough traction, is still around – but Razer has done exceptionally well this time around with the Razer Firefly.

You will notice at first glance that the Razer Firefly is far from a boring old gaming mouse mat. In fact, what makes the Razer Firefly so special and so different from what the other mouse mats in the market would be this – its calling card of being the first ultra-thin gaming mouse mat in the world that features Chroma lighting – and that translates to a whopping 16.8 million customizable color options, now how about that? We are also looking at a number of customizable lighting effects made to the mouse mat, where among them include reactive, wave and spectrum cycling.

Sporting trusted Razer gaming-grade performance features, the Razer Firefly will boast of a micro-textured finish for the balance between control and speed, where the optimized reflective surface delivers mouse movements translate to precise cursor movements as well as rapid in-game responsiveness.

The Razer Firefly would be part of the other Chroma-enabled Razer devices, where among them include the award-winning Razer DeathAdder Chroma and Razer Naga Epic Chroma gaming mice, the Razer BlackWidow Chroma gaming keyboard and Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma headset. You will rarely have anything else to complain about if you lose that match, as the premium material of the Razer Firefly does not leave room for any excuses, boasting of a micro-textured finish for balanced gameplay, an optimized surface coating for highly responsive tracking, a non-slip rubber base, a gold-plated USB connector and a seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable.

Out later next month, the Razer Firefly will retail for $59.99 a pop in the US, or €74.99 in Europe.

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Gigabyte P55K gaming laptop delivers the goods

Gigabyte has just introduced the new P55K gaming laptop recently, where it will not only deliver a dynamic design that is pleasing to the eyes, you will also be able to get your gaming kicks in thanks to the speedy GTX 965M graphics card – talk about being able to enjoy top line performance without having to break the bank! The 15.6” P55K from Gigabyte also racks up as monstrous 3DMark 11 score above P7000, where you can easily recognize it through its shiny orange stripes that brim against the dark chassis. There is also a pair of sinking hinges that adorn the futuristic design for a fiercer look.

With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics processor located underneath the hood while sporting a total of 2GB VRAM, you can be sure that this beast is capable of handling a higher frame refresh rate with ease, where it can also rendering more detailed graphics whenever it runnings on resource-demanding titles.

Apart from that, there is also dual storage ability that incorporate one rapid mSATA SSD up to 512GB as well as a massive HDD that delivers up to 2TB for extra storage. This blistering responsiveness and storage convenience makes it ideal if you are to make your way to a LAN gathering with a huge collection of games, or if you decide to back up data and system without any kind of cloud access. This impressive performance as well as solid features would deliver all-round gaming experiences to the user.

Other hardware specifications of the Gigabyte P55K include a 1080p Full HD display, a matte screen with anti-glare coating that eliminates reflections and guarantees excellent comfort for long gaming sessions, Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater which optimizes sound clarity and effects for a high-fidelity audio, an integrated Blu-ray Rewritable Drive, as well as unparalleled performance with 0.09” key travel that equals to crisp and responsive typing on the move.

It will deliver the goods with an efficient 4th gen Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor, a full backlit keyboard, 16GB RAM, a quartet of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, D-sub, and an SD memory card reader, among others. The asking price for the Gigabyte P55K gaming laptop? $1,249 a pop. Definitely a cool gaming laptop to consider.

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The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Keyboard is a thing of beauty

Not too long ago, ROCCAT wasn’t a name many had heard of in the states, but they certainly brought their game faces to the table. They’ve had some pretty awesome peripherals for gamers to geek out over, and never stop making more things for us to want. While we’ve known for a while that the Ryos series was coming to town, we haven’t taken a good look into what they can do.

The Ryos MK Pro is a mechanical keyboard that uses cherry switches, and has N-key rollover. It houses a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor with 2MB of flash memory so you can store all of your configurations. The switches are available in blue, black, brown, or red. The Easy-Shift [+] gives you the ability to have a secondary function on literally any key.

While it does have a glossy exterior, it is Smudge proof, meaning you aren’t going to have a messy-looking keyboard unless you’re really trying. There is an integrated media hub with audio in and out, and 2 USB ports. Each key is individually lit, so you can highlight whichever keys are the most important to you so you’ll never lose track while gaming in the dark. Although, anyone buying this keyboard is likely well-versed enough in gaming that they don’t need the help, and will use the per key illumination for creative reasons. This is going to cost you $169.99, or less for Prime people.

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The CouchMaster Pro – living on your couch is serious business

If you always make sure you have time to game, your setup is very important. Those few hours you have in the evening are the best way to relax, so it only makes sense that you want things to be perfect. If you are a PC gamer and like to play on your couch, then you know how annoying it can be to try and find a flat space to put your keyboard and mouse.

If you want to be serious about your couch potato gaming lifestyle, then this Couchmater Pro will be a must-have. This has a 4-port USB hub, 16-32 foot long cable, practical cable management, and more. This ergonomic design comes from Germany, and has removable cushions for the heel of your hand. There’s also a pocket for your mouse, and a side bag for even more accessories or cans of energy drinks to fuel your gaming session.

There are of course, add ons such as a mobile holder, ash tray, and tablet holder that will make sure you’re never far from a source of entertainment. That’s going to put more on top of the $169 you’ll have to pay initially for this though. There are a variety of colors to choose from for the leather, and no effort will be required from you to set this up as it is plug-and-play. This would also be great for laptop usage for those that like to game in bed or on the couch. Nothing quite like having a portable desk to game wherever you want.

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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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