Author: Chris

Upgrade To Logitech Gaming Software 7.0

Are you using any of Logitech’s latest gaming kit? Specifically, do you have a G11, G110, G15, G510 or G19 keyboard or the G13 keypad? Well if you do then you should be heading on over to Logitech to download the latest version of their gaming software. Version 7.0 of the Logitech Gaming Software suite brings with it a fresh new interface, making it easier for you to setup the various aspects of your keyboards. The most obvious function is to setup the programmable keys, loading up your favourite actions and macros. The next function is specific to those keyboards with LCD screens. The software allows you to setup the ‘applets’ that can display all manner of useful information. Finally, for the G13, G19, G110, and G510 you can also change the colour of the backlighting to suit your preference.  Each M-key mode can have a different backlighting color, so you can tell at a glance what mode you’re in. If you’re in the Logitech club then go to http://www.logitech.com/support-downloads?dd=1&submit=Detect+your+devices to download the new...

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Razer Scarab Mouse Pad For Sensitive Gamers

It might look remarkably like the Megasoma, but the new Razer Scarab mouse pad is quite different to that floppy, silicone-based mouse pad. The Scarab is actually the replacement for the old Destructor and is a hard mousepad pitched at gamers who prefer using a high dpi setting on their mouse. Featuring the second version of Razer’s Fractal surface coating, the Scarab will apparently make you even more accurate with your mouse hand (provided you’re using a laser or optical mouse). Measuring 350mm x 250mm x 3mm the Scarab should give you enough real estate to sweep your mouse all over the place. It also comes with a sturdy protective case to keep it clean when being transported to LAN parties. The Razer Scarab will be on sale from January 1st at a price of $39. AWS.InvalidParameterValue: B004H1T2RA is not a valid value for ItemId. Please change this value and retry your...

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Cooler Master Storm SF-19 Laptop Cooler

If you use a laptop as your only games machine (as I now do) you’ll already know how difficult it is to keep the CPU and graphics card cool inside a cramped case. Finding a decent laptop cooler is an essential if you want to keep your machine stable. I invested in a Canyon laptop cooler a few months ago, which has proven to be reasonably effective, but I recently discovered the Cooler Master SF-19 (thanks for the tip, Johnny!) and I’m now seriously considering an upgrade. Cooler Master made their name by building an excellent range of CPU heatsinks and fans. With the SF-19 they bring their cooling expertise to the laptop market, and straight away they’re doing the right thing by designing a cooler that can handle laptops of anything up to 19-inches in size. As I found there aren’t many good coolers out there for larger laptops, so it’s nice to have a new choice from an established name. In order to securely hold larger laptops the SF-19 has to have a large surface area, and this forms an essential part of the cooling process. Made up of a steel mesh, the metal itself transfers some heat while the holes in the mesh allow cooling air to be pushed through by a pair of 140mm fans. The fans spin at between 1,200 and 2,600rpm and can...

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Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad

Do you remember the Belkin N52TE Speedpad? Released about three years ago, it was one of the more stylish gaming keypads on the market. Despite appearances it was a very comfortable bit of kit that worked really well for all sorts of games, and what a lot of people didn’t realise was that it was a joint design by Belkin and Razer. Now say hello to the Razer Nostromo. Look familiar? Yes, that’s right, the Razer Nostromo is basically the N52TE with a different name. To be fair it is a little more than that. Razer have worked their magic on the internals, upgrading the chipset and software drivers to allow even more complex commands to be programmed into the keypad. The Razer Nostromo features 16 buttons laid out in an ergonomic design. A soft-touch rubberized wrist pad cradles the palm and significantly reduces hand fatigue and wrist strain, while your fingers are free to move over the keys. Each of the buttons now features Razer’s Hyperesponse technology for quicker response to key presses. There’s also an eight-way directional thumb pad that can be used either for movement or as modifier keys to access extra commands. In addition, the Razer Nostromo now allows you to switch between up to eight keymaps (up from three), and offers you the flexibility of storing up to twenty gaming profile, up from the...

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Steelseries Shift Keyboard Takes Zboard Upmarket

Way, way back in the mists of time there was a keyboard called the Ideazon Zboard. This was a clever keyboard that allowed a gamer to switch from a standard QWERTY layout to a game-specific keyset that put the important gaming commands in a more accessible layout. Then a company called Steelseries took over and started selling it as the Steelseries Zboard, and it continued to be a success with more and more keysets being released. Now Steelseries have decided to improve on the formula but drop the Zboard name. Say ‘hello’ to the new Steelseries Shift, a gaming keyboard that takes the the old Zboard design and adds a few extra features to bring it into the 21st century. The basic mechanism is the same. You get a base unit and a detachable keyset with a standard QWERTY layout and you can then buy one of many game-specific keysets (think Medal of Honour, World of Warcraft:Cataclysm, Starcraft II etc) to plug into the base. The new Shift keyboard is also compatible with the entire back catalogue of Zboard keysets, so if you’ve bought one in the past you’ll be able to carry on using it. So what’s new on the Shift? There are a few useful additions to the base unit: Gold plated audio-out and microphone-in 3.5mm ports 2 USB 2.0 ports, one of which is powered LED...

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