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Alienware M17x On Video

PCMag have taken a quick look at the powerhouse gaming laptop that is the Alienware M17x. Powered by a quad-core Intel CPU and three graphics cards (two GeForce cards in SLI and a third low-power card for saving battery power) the M17x is a beast of a machine that looks...

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Steelseries Kinzu Optical Mouse

Following the announcement of their new Xai laser mouse, Steelseries have revealed another one – the Steelseries Kinzu optical mouse. It is based on the same ambidextrous design as the Xai but is 7% smaller in size. The Kinzu’s optical sensor is capable of processing 9,375 frames/second at up to 3,200 CPI, and the polling rate can be adjusted between 125 and 1000hz (1ms response time). The optical sensor works at speeds of up to 50 inches/second and 20G of acceleration. It makes do without the Xai’s LCD display and menu system, but this lower specification is represented in the price – the Kinzu will cost a modest $35. [Show as...

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Steelseries Unveil Xai Laser Mouse

SteelSeries have just announced their latest gaming peripheral, the SteelSeries Xai laser mouse. Making do without fancy lighting and colours, the SteelSeries Xai is a simple design aimed at serious gamers. It features a new 10.8 megapixels/second laser sensor capable of processing 12,000 frames/second at 5,001 cpi (counts per inch, not dots per inch) at speeds of up to 150 inches/second. The Xai has an ambidextrous shape and offers seven programmable buttons, with onboard memory to store up to five different button profiles. One very clever feature is that all of the programming is carried out through an LCD menu system on the back of the mouse, so you don’t have to install any driver software. There are additional features that allow you to customise the mouse to your playing style, including unique SteelSeries sensor innovations like SteelSeries ExactAim, SteelSeries ExactRate, SteelSeries ExactSens, SteelSeries FreeMove and automatic lift distance calibration. The Steelseries Xai will be available in August at a price of $80. [Show as...

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Razer Kabuto Mousepad

The new Razer Kabuto is following the latest trend for thin and flexible mousepads. Like the new Orochi mouse, the Razer Kabuto is aimed at mobile gamers with laptops. They try to enforce this point by claiming that the Kabuto can double up as a laptop screen protector, and is so thin it can sit between keyboard and screen and still allow you to close the laptop. It’s not the biggest of surfaces, measuring 280mm x 195mm x 1.2mm, but that’s probably a good thing for mobile gamers particularly with the advent of smaller gaming laptops such as the Alienware M11x. While the screen protector claim might be a little dubious (it’s only going to protect the screen when the lid is closed, which is when the screen is at it’s most protected anyway), the fact that it can slip between screen and keyboard makes it very easy to carry around. Some gamers will miss the padding and comfort of a normal 3-4mm thick mousepad, myself included, but if you’re a gamer on the move the Kabuto is a much better choice than no mousepad at all. Don’t confuse the Kabuto with Razer’s last mouse pad, the slimlime Sphex that measures less than 1mm thick. Dubbed a ‘gaming surface’ rather than a mouse pad (there’s not much padding in something less than 1mm thick), the Sphex differs to the...

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Razer Orochi Mouse For Laptop Gamers

It’s been a few months since Razer released their last mouse, the wireless Mamba, but now they’ve gone and announced another one aimed at the growing crowd of laptop gamers. The Razer Orochi is very similar to the Mamba in that it is meant to be wireless yet includes a detachable cable for charging or wired use. It uses Bluetooth 2.0, has seven programmable buttons and Razer’s on-board memory for storing button profiles. Nestling underneath is a new 4,000dpi Razer Precision 3G laser sensor. Personally I love the styling of the Orochi, particularly the gap between the buttons where the scrollwheel sits – reminds me of some sort of space cruiser. However, it’ll be interesting to see if Razer have managed to overcome the inherent lag in Blueooth systems. The Orochi name continues Razer’s obsession with snakes. Yamata no orichi was a mythical Japanese eight-headed dragon and roughly translates into English as ‘eight-headed serpent’. The Razer Orochi is currently available to pre-order from Razer or Amazon for $79.99. [Show as slideshow] Razer Orochi On Ebay No items matching your keywords were...

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