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Razer unveils all-new Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard

Avid gamers are a pampered lot, and if you happen to fall under that particular category, you would be able to know just what I am talking about. The folks over at Razer, who are extremely passionate about the kind of hardware that they roll out for the masses, have upped the ante this time around with the Razer Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard. This is no vanilla BlackWidow keyboard that we have seen in the past, but it involves a tie in with one of the world’s premier eSports teams in order to deliver a custom-branded Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard that works wonders when paired with an exclusive Razer mouse.

The CLG BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth gaming keyboard will be able to offer CLG players and fans a customized gaming setup, where you will find the team’s logo having been imprinted onto a unique two-tone black and white body, and the keys themselves will come illuminated in CLG’s white coloring.

Forget all that you know about traditional mechanical switches that have been designed for typing, the all-new Razer Mechanical Switches were specially designed and engineered from the ground up for gaming – and nothing else. Extensive research has seen Razer’s engineers figure out the optimal actuation distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter, where they reduced the distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half so that one can enjoy more precise gaming commands. Not only that, there are also gold plated contact points that results in a projected lifespan of up to 60 million keystrokes, now how about that when it comes to durability and quality?

Those who are interested in picking up the Razer Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow keyboard will be able to do so for $149.99 a pop over here in the U.S., and if you happen to live across the pond, it is going to burn a €149.99 hole in your pocket.

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Razer delivers all-new Chroma feature

When it comes to gaming peripherals, there is one particular name that has consistently rolled out quality devices – and that would be none other than Razer, where we have seen keyboards and mice alongside fighting sticks being announced, not to mention wearable technology like the Razer Nabu SmartBand. Still, there is always room for more improvement and additional releases, which is why this time around Razer decided to go full spectrum color with the brand new Chroma feature.

Chroma will be made available for selected 2015 as well as 2016 Razer peripherals (talk about planning ahead of time!) that delivers over 16 million color options, and these can be synchronized across multiple connected devices. The SDK itself will be made available for developers so that they can begin work to customize advanced lighting effects for games.

In a nutshell, the all-new Chroma feature would pave the way for full-spectrum, color-customizable lighting to make an appearance on enabled and compatible Razer devices. With the open SDK, developers can integrate advanced lighting effects that are customizable on a game-by-game basis.

As mentioned earlier, Razer will be performing an update to its 2015 and 2016 range of peripherals, and to kick start things, the BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, the DeathAdder gaming mouse, and the Kraken 7.1 headset will all feature the all-new Chroma feature.

All Chroma enabled devices will boast of distinct lighting effects which have been specially designed to synchronize perfectly with one another, all the while featuring the following lighting patterns that are available for selected enabled products; Spectrum cycling that will slowly cycle through the entire spectrum of colors for a subtle yet visually stunning look, Breathing that gently pulses in a color of choice every 7 seconds as part of replicating the steady breathing pattern, Static which will choose a random color from 16.8 million options to light up the ear cups on your Kraken 7.1, the scroll wheel and Razer logo on your DeathAdder or each individual key on your BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma, as well as a Custom option.

Life’s so much better in color, right?

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Nanobot Battle Arena for some non-digital gaming

Are you sick and tired of playing with digital games all these years, with titles that range from those on a smartphone to a tablet, on your desktop and notebook when you travel? Oh yeah, not forgetting that Nintendo 3DS XL and Sony PS Vita that you bring along with you during those long road trips. Perhaps it is time to reconnect with another human – and by that, there is nothing quite like a regular tabletop game to get the blood pumping. With the $29.99 Nanobot Battle Arena, you will be able to rope in another person to join you, with up to 8 players at the maximum, to challenge one another and see who is able to form the longest chain of NanoBots in order to achieve victory.

While the name might suggest something rather small in scale, the pieces are not all that tiny. The NanoBot tiles happen to be a 1 1/2″ square chipboard, and this will obviously make the entire game a whole lot easier to play compared to using actual nanobots. Of course, the challenge does not lie in building the longest NanoBot chain alone, as you will also have to be alert enough to fend off attacks that come your way. Taking the same route as that of the Highlander, there can only be one.
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The Genesis RX88 – no latency, no problem

Gaming peripherals are a funny thing. Sometimes they’re just normal mice and keyboards with a colorful stripe on them that companies will market as something special. Other times they actually have features that are meaningful and useful to hardcore gamers. One of the main problems you will come across when playing fast-paced games is latency.

To deal with this, you want to have an amazing Internet connection, and gear that can keep up with how fast your fingers and hands can move, while also being just as precise. If you want a keyboard that will have almost no latency you’ll want a mechanical one, such as the Genesis RX88. This has Cherry MX switches which will last up to 50 million strokes. This has 16 key roll over, and there are 10 multimedia keys, 5 of which are programmable. You can set up and save up to 5 gaming profiles, which is about standard as most gamers aren’t going to need to reprogram their keyboard that many times in a week.

This plugs in via USB, and has backlighting for all of the keys which can be adjusted to fit whatever scenario you may be in. There is a Windows key lock, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally going to your desktop when you’re in the thick of battle. Should you be interested in getting a mechanical keyboard, this one will cost you over $130, but there are several other options out there to choose from.

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Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard begins to ship

When it comes to gaming peripherals, most gamers would stick to a particular brand that they are comfortable with – and would rarely make a switch to a different manufacturer unless they are comfortable with what the latter device is capable of offering. Having said that, Mad Catz has had a pretty decent track record when it comes to the likes of gaming mice and gaming keyboards, and here we are with word that the S.T.R.I.K.E. M wireless keyboard from Mad Catz has started to ship – which is good news for those who have been hankering after this particular peripheral.

The S.T.R.I.K.E. M wireless keyboard from Mad Catz can be said to be pretty unique, since it will be able to hook up to a quartet of devices, now how about that? It does that through Bluetooth, of course, and will also feature GameSmart Mobile Keyboard for iOS, Android and Windows.

By the way, have you ever noticed how Mad Catz tend to roll out hardware that have names which feature all caps and a period in between, like the R.A.T.TE gaming mouse that was introduced earlier this year? But I digress, the S.T.R.I.K.E. M has been specially designed around a compact tablet sized footprint, where it is most comfortable being used in a home or mobile setting.

The main feature that ensures the S.T.R.I.K.E.M wireless keyboard stands out from the rest of the crowd would be the fact that this Bluetooth keyboard will boast of an Optical Finger Navigation (OFN) Mouse Sensor, letting you navigate on an Android device or connected TV with the familiarity of controlling a mouse cursor on a computer screen. Thanks to the OFN feature, navigation and game play would be like second nature to you, and a rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery will keep it going for up to 45 hours of non-stop use, making this the ideal package for those who work all day long.

Expect the S.T.R.I.K.E.M to arrive in gloss black, gloss white, and gloss red shades.

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ROCCAT Skeltr integrated smartphone and keyboard combo

It was just yesterday that we took a look at one of ROCCAT’s latest releases, and that particular model came in the form of the ROCCAT Nyth MMO gaming mouse. Well, it seems that the folks over at ROCCAT are not quite done with yet another piece of gaming hardware for the masses, where this time around, it would not be something as straightforward as an ordinary gaming mouse, but rather, we are talking about the ROCCAT Skeltr integrated smartphone and keyboard combo.

I am quite sure that this will be the first time for many of our dear readers to see the ROCCAT Skeltr, since it is truly a first of its kind device, and holds true for us as well. This ROCCAT-invented, fully integrated smartphone and keyboard combo will be able to bring together social interaction as well as gaming into what ROCCAT deemds as “perfect balance”.

ROCCAT claims that life goes on even as you indulge in your favorite gaming title for a particular session, and more often than not you might come into distractions such as incoming phone calls as well as instant messages flooding your handset as the rest of the world makes an attempt to get into contact with you. This is where the ROCCAT Skeltr comes in then, being the answer to a world where gaming and interaction cross paths with one another, while you make use of a second-screen as part of a tool in the game arsenal.

The feedback-built Skeltr is a Bluetooth compatible device, where it opens the door for smooth visualization of vital PC data to your smart device. It will enable gamers to enjoy their handsets as a highly interactive compliment to the game that one is currently playing, not to mention you get to use your keyboard for easier and faster communication compared to a virtual keyboard on a smartphone.

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ROCCAT delivers Nyth gaming mouse

The folks over at ROCCAT have certainly done their bit when it comes to different kinds of gaming hardware (like the ROCCAT Kone Pure Military gaming mouse) that rolled out of their production lines over the years. In fact, here we are with yet another pinnacle of engineering that ought to interest those who are on the lookout for a brand new gaming mouse, since your current one is already in its death throes. I am referring to the ROCCAT Nyth gaming mouse, where it will target more specifically, the MMO gaming market.

The ROCCAT Nyth has been an idea that has been floating around for the longest time already, and to see it come to fruition is definitely something that is worth checking out. In fact, a little bit of brainstorming here and there, and ROCCAT ends up with the Nyth gaming mouse. For instance, MMO mice tend to have massive button grids which are locked in, and the ROCCAT Nyth is no different, although if you are not too happy with the layout, there is another alternative solution – for it to be a wholly modular MMO mouse, complete with interchangeable button combinations which will suit your gaming style the best.

After all, no two gamers are alike, and because of that, ROCCAT did not take the easy way out by allowing them to switch out the in-package button options, leaving it at that. In fact, those who pick up the ROCCAT Nyth gaming mouse will be able to gain access to ROCCAT’s button inventory files, and those that are into 3D printing will also be able to create their very own, now how about that?

In addition, this one of a kind MMO mouse will boast of a replaceable side-part, coupled with button modularity capability, allowing the Nyth to be transitioned into a perfectly fine-tuned MOBA mouse, and of course, for FPS fans, an FPS mouse. This is one of the first few “pure” hybrid mouse out there, a chameleon if you will, which will perfectly match up with each gaming genre. There is no word on pricing as at press time though.

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The Cyberith Virtualizer will immerse you in virtual reality without bothering the neighbors

The rise of virtual reality has been a dream come true for gamers who want to be truly immersed in their game. There’s been a lot of clamor over the Occulus, but that’s only the visual aspect. If you want to be able to run, jump, crouch, and sit in your game, then you need a literal platform to do so.

While there have been some options available like the Omni, they’re often very loud, and don’t feel like you’re actually walking. The Omni is a bowl shaped platform that you have to wear special foot coverings with, and it is extremely loud to walk on. The Cyberith Virtualizer on the other hand, is a flat platform you can full out sprint in wearing nothing more than your socks. While you will have to wear a harness, you can jump, crouch and sit normally without much annoyance.

The surface of the platform is low-friction, but the sensors are high-precision, so it can accurately tell what action you are doing. While this is only the physical aspect, it would pair well with VR displays like the Occulus, and a quality pair of surround sound headphones. Having tried the Occulus myself, you really do want to walk around, and it’s annoying when you want to run (I played Alien: Isolation and it was terrifying) and can’t. This is currently a overly funded crowdfunding campaign, but should you have interest in getting one for yourself will cost you around $1,000+. Keep in mind that the Occulus, headphones, gaming system, compatible games, controllers, and any other needed accessories for the full experience would be separate.

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Tesoro Lobera Supreme Full RGB Mechanical Keyboard

Keyboards are a pretty subjective piece of peripheral that requires you to have the right “feel” when you use it, just like a mouse. Some folks might fall for the very same keyboard that you use, gushing over it, while others might say otherwise and cite a different brand or make. Regardless, it is always best to make sure that you like the keyboard you use – simply because you are going to spend hours on end each day using it. Having said that, if you are in the market for a new mechanical gaming keyboard because your last one has given up the ghost, here we are with the Tesoro Lobera Supreme Full RGB Mechanical Keyboard.

The Tesoro Lobera Supreme mechanical keyboard will boast of full color illumination – to the tune of 16.8 million backlight colors to choose from. It must be noted that each of the keys will be individually illuminated, and in order to enhance the overall look, the Lobera Supreme will sport an illuminated side bar in order to complete the gaming experience. As for the LED backlight itself, that will boast of four levels of brightness, a breathing mode, a color loop mode and gaming mode, where that last bit will only ensure that the gaming keys remain illuminated, making it easier to hit the right keys as you’re duking it out in a dark room.

The gaming mechanical switches for the Lobera Supreme will arrive in black, blue, brown and red shades. Not only that, the Tesoro Lobera Supreme mechanical keyboard will even enable gamers to record any macros instantly – all without the need for any kind of software. Thanks to a user-friendly user interface that lets you set even more advanced macro settings, whatever personalized settings that have been created will be stashed away in the built-in-memory (512Kb in total), letting your keyboard remain fully synchronized even during tournaments – since tournaments prohibit the installation of external software.

Expect the Tesoro Lobera Supreme mechanical keyboard to arrive in the US for $139.99 if you’re interested.

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Ugandan refugee runs a for-profit arcade

Most of the time, we would think that refugees have a hard enough time just trying to get by day-to-day, but here is an example of the indomitable human spirit, who feels that there is always a glimmer of hope if one puts his or her mind to it. A man who goes by the name of Mohammed Osman Ali, might hold the distinction of being the only refugee around this whole wide world to actually operate an actual for-profit arcade.

Ali stays somewhere in the south of Uganda, where he is located near the border with Tanzania. This also happens to be one of the oldest and largest refugee camps in the world, where it was founded in 1960 and goes by the name of Nakivale. The Nakivale camp will be home to some 56,000 people, with more than 50% of the population there being children and young folks, where the entire population happens to be victims of conflict across various countries, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo included.

Uganda tackles the issue of refugees differently by encouraging the entrepreneur thinking among its refugee population, and Ali happens to be one of those who has decided to step up to the challenge, alongside other small business owners. He has an original Sony PlayStation 2, a FIFA football game, and a diesel generator to run the console in order to earn a living. 500 Ugandan shillings ($0.20) will provide up to 10 minutes of game time. While the Sony PlayStation 2 has seen some modifications made to it by Ali, the lack of games is definitely not in his favor at this point in time, but at least it does help Ali pass the time instead of sitting around and doing nothing all day long.

I think it is a matter of time before some gamers band up to contribute used consoles and games to him to help Ali out, don’t you think so?

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