Following the announcement of the slightly underwhelming Sidewinder X5 gaming mouse, Microsoft have more for gamers in the shape of the Sidewinder X6 Gaming Keyboard. While not the most handsome of keyboards, the X6 is packed with features that should make it a very tempting choice for buyers. The first, and most unusual feature, is the removable numeric keypad. This keypad can be positioned on both the left and right side of the keyboard, so if you’re a left handed user who’s always hated the default position of the number pad – here’s your chance to change things. The number pad also doubles as a programmable macro pad in ‘game mode’. When combined with the macro keys on the main section of the keyboard, the Sidewinder X6 allows you to program up to 90 macros per game. Any key profiles you create are stored on the hard drive and can be configured to auto-load when you start a particular game. You can also record macros while in the middle of a game saving you the trouble of switching to the desktop to fiddle with macro software. As you’d expect of a gaming keyboard, the Sidewinder X6 features backlighting. By default the lighting is a subtle red glow, but when the keyboard is switched into gaming mode (at the press of a button) the number pad and macro keys switch...Read More
Microsoft were busy at the recent Leipzig Show, bringing with them two new bits of PC gaming hardware. The first was this, the Microsoft Sidewinder X5 Gaming Mouse, and the other was the Sidewinder X6 keyboard. Laser Sensor Under the skin the Microsoft Sidewinder X5 is identical to the previous Sidewinder, powered by a 2,000 dpi laser sensor. Like the original, the new Sidewinder X5 has buttons on top for varying the dpi between three levels (400, 800, 2000). The dpi settings for these three buttons can be adjusted in the driver software, and the current setting is indicated by a glowing red button. With up to 2,000 dpi the Sidewinder X5 is in the mid-range of headline-grabbing DPI levels. This makes it a good all-rounder which should satisfy most gamers who don’t have the fine hand control of a top surgeon. At full sensitivity the cursor feels very responsive, and in FPS games it helps your reaction times tremendously over a non-gaming mouse. The DPI buttons are also great when you switch back to the Windows desktop so you can tone down the cursor movement for the boring stuff. Buttons There are a total of nine buttons on the Sidewinder X5, five of which are programmable (left, right, mousewheel and two side buttons. You can add to that the three DPI buttons, and there’s another buttons for opening...Read More
The Nova Killer mousepad is a big favourite of mine, and now there is a new and improved version – the imaginatively titled Nova Killer 2. Sticking with the unusual shape of the original, the Nova Killer 2 is roughly the same size (337x307mm now, 320x320mm before) and is just as thin thin at only 3mm deep. This time the main surface of the pad can come in two colours, black or white, with the raised outer edge coming in a choice of red, black or silver. Cosmetics aside the Nova Killer 2 is very much like the old version. The first thing you will probably notice about the Nova Killer 2 when you pick it up is its surface, which feels slightly gritty but without being rough. It is this gritty texture, as well as the metallic nature of the surface, that helps the Nova Killer 2 give fantastic results when used with optical and laser mice. You should notice an immediate improvement in response when your mouse is placed on the Killer’s surface. Cursor response is immediate and despite the grittiness of the surface there is very little friction when moving the mouse. Nova claim an 80% reduction in friction, and while I couldn’t comment on the accuracy of that claim I will say that the mouse does seem to move a lot more easily. In play...Read More
The Roccat Taito mousepad has just been announced on the Roccat website. Named after the Lone Ranger’s American-Indian assistant, the Roccat Taito (*) is “a symbiosis combining the latest technology optimized for the needs of the modern gamer, with the most possible level of comfort.” Symbiosis? Really?? The Roccat Taito is basically a cloth mousepad, although with this being the announcement of a new product it’s much more than mere cloth. Oh yes, instead of the typical woven material that you’d find on other cloth mousemats the Taito features “heat-treated nano pattern which effectively increases the glideability into all directions on both the x-axis as well as the y-axis.” Sounds good, and if the claims are true then it should be better than the current crop of cloth mousepads, such as the Everglide Titan and Razer Mantis. Measuring 400x320mm and 3.45mm deep the Roccat Taito is a decent size, and the rubber base should provide comfort for your wrist. The Roccat Taito mousepad should be hitting European stores anytime now at a price of 14.99 euros (roughly £12 or $24) * I know, it’s Tonto...Read More
Could this be the new Microsoft Sidewinder keyboard? If speculation is correct, this odd-looking keyboard is going to be the latest addition to the Sidewinder range, following on from the Sidewinder mouse. Officially known as the Microsoft Sidewinder X6, the keyboard is expected to be announced in September. As can be seen in the picture, the number pad is detachable and can be attached on either side of the keyboard. There are a number of what could be programmable keys down the left-hand side of the keyboard, as well as some unusual looking keys along the top. You’ll have also spotted the unusual wheel things on the top, but I haven’t a clue what they’re for. Oh well, not long to wait until September when hopefully we should find out more. Source:...Read More
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