Author: Chris

Steelseries Announce WoW:Cataclysm Mouse

World Of Warcraft is familiar territory for Steelseries. They’ve previously released a WoW-branded mouse that featured fiftenn buttons, but here they are again with a new design to celebrate the upcoming release of World Of Warcraft:Cataclysm. The Steelseries World Of Warcraft:Cataclysm mouse brings a darker look to the party to match the mood of the upcoming Cataclysm. Whereas the previous WoW mouse was silver with yellow lighting, this one has a brushed aluminium effect with bronze backlighting. If you’re not keen on the colour of the lighting it can be changed to one of 16 million colours with four levels of intensity and the option to make it pulsate. The new WoW:Cataclysm mouse offers you fourteen programmable buttons upon which you can load your character’s essential macros, and with ten different profiles available you can have a different layout for each of your favourite characters. The other upgrade is to the sensor, which now works at up to 5,040dpi and is fully adjustable. Looking at the images the button positioning seems to improve on the old WoW mouse’s weak point, where some of the little buttons were akward to press accurately. The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Gaming Mouse will be available in stores on the same day as the release of the Cataclysm expansion – December 7th – and will be priced at $99. [Show as...

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Razer Anansi Keyboard For MMO Players

The MMO community seems to be Razer’s new target. We’ve had three new versions of the Naga mouse (the Molten and Maelstrom editions, and the wireless Epic version) and now we’re being treated to the new Razer Anansi keyboard, pitched as an ‘expert MMO gaming keyboard’. How can it claim to be an MMO keyboard? Well, it’s all down to the additional thumb buttons that Razer have placed under the space bar. They’re perfectly placed for your thumb to activate them when you’re using the WASD keys for movement. There are seven thumb keys in total and, as with every other key, they can be programmed to do whatever you want. This makes them ideal for activating your favourite macros, which if course are most popular in MMO games, but will also be a big help in RPG and RTS games. So what else does the Anansi offer? There’s some trick backlighting that allows you to pick from one of 16 million shades, so Razer’s trademark blue backlighting is no longer your only choice. There are five additional programmable keys running down the left-hand side of the keyboard, which can also be loaded up with macros of your choice. Being a gaming keyboard there’s also a ‘gaming mode’, allowing you to disable the Windows keys to prevent you from accidentally dropping back to your desktop. There are a few...

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Cut The Cord With Wireless Razer Naga Epic

The Razer Naga has been proving to be a big hit, and that’s prompted a bit of a rethink of the design to make it appeal to even more gamers. First came the snazzy Molten and Maelstrom special editions with their unique patterns and backlighting. Now comes this latest version – the wireless Razer Naga. Razer have gone to town on the wireless version of the Naga. To start with you’ve got the same dual-mode wireless/wired capability that you’d find in the Mamba mouse, giving you wireless freedom when you want it and the ability to plug in a cable and carry on playing while the battery charges. Razer claim up to 12 hours battery life under continuous use or 72 hours of ‘normal gaming use’ (not sure what ‘normal’ means). When you’re not playing you can drop the Naga into the charging cradle, which also doubles as the wireless receiver. The next big change is to the right-hand side of the Naga’s shell. You now get a choice of three different ergonomically designed side panels that allow you to adjust the feel of the mouse to suit your grip. The last significant change is to the LED backlighting, which now allows you to pick from one of 16 million colours. Another nice touch that allows you to make the mouse ‘yours’ with a colour of your choosing. The...

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Go Smooth With The Razer Ironclad

While hard mouse mats are nothing new, the vast majority of them are made from plastic. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if you don’t like that plasticky feel then what alternative do you have? Why not try the new Razer Ironclad mousepad, a new metal pad for those who like it hard and smooth? The Razer Ironclad is made from aluminium, so forms a good hard base on which to slide your mouse around. And it will slide, as the aluminium surface has been specially coated and sandblasted to make it super smooth. This is definitely a mousepad for people who like to make fast movements with their mouse. Measuring 320mm x 270mm and just 2.5mm high, the Ironclad provides a decent area for shuffling the mouse about and to make sure it stays put while you’re gaming there’s a rubber coating on the back to give it extra grip. Expect to see the Razer Ironclad in stores anytime now at a retail price of $59 (ouch!) but you do get a carrying case included in the price. It’ll also last a long time, thanks to it being crafted from a single piece of aluminium. [Show as...

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Roccat Kone[+] Gets More Features

When the Roccat Kone first came out I was right there at the front of the queue to pick one up. At the time it had a great spec that made it one of the most feature packed gaming mice available, and as you may have read in my Kone review I loved it. In fact I still use it, despite the hiccup with the fragile scrollwheel that required a replacement mouse. Well, now there’s an even better version – the Roccat Kone[+]. So what have Roccat done to improve the Kone? The first thing is to stick a new sensor inside the shell that boasts (a slightly absurd) 6,000dpi. It can handle up to to 30G acceleration and process at speeds of up to 5m/s and  200ips. The refresh rate remains the same at 1000Hz. The EasyShift button is carried over from the Pyra mouse, which doubles up the functions available from each button. Acting like the Shift key on a keyboard this button means that you can now assign 22 functions to the remaining eleven buttons. Another cool feature they’ve added is a new voice feedback system. Whenever you change the dpi setting or the active memory profile you will hear a voice telling you what you’ve just selected. No need to look at the mouse or an indicator on the screen to double-check that you’ve got...

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