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Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:00am
Cooler Master MK850

Do you enjoy games that often have you reaching for your controller or joystick? Is your desk cluttered with peripherals needed for those racing and flight sims? This no longer needs to be the case thanks to Cooler Master’s new MK850 featuring Aimpad technology. The MK850 brings analog control to the keyboard with 8 pressure sensitive mechanical keys. This allows you precision control over your movements, acceleration, and braking which would normally have to be controlled by another piece of hardware. Some of the other notable features of the MK850 include dedicated media keys, on-the-fly controls, magnetic wrist rest and a brushed aluminum finish. With all these features packed into a single piece of hardware, it does come with a hefty MSRP of $199.99.

Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 8:01am
Cooler Master Tenkeyless

Are you having issues fitting both a mechanical keyboard and mouse pad on your small desk? Do you rarely use the number pad on your current keyboard? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, one of Cooler Master’s new tenkeyless keyboards just might be for you. Cooler Master has introduced three tenkeyless keyboards to their lineup which include the CK530, MK730, and SK630. Each of these keyboards has unique features which set it apart from the rest. The CK530 keeps it affordable with an MSRP of $69.99 and features Gateron switches. If you’re looking for true Cherry MX switches, the MK730 might be the right fit at an MSRP of $119.99. Looking for something a little smaller but don’t want to sacrifice Cherry MX switches? Cooler Master has you covered with the SK630 which include Cherry MX’s new low-profile switches at an MSRP of $119.99.

Posted by James Keir
on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 8:00am
Cooler Master MM830

When choosing a mouse, there are many factors that lead you to picking a perfect one. Most gamers are looking for something that is highly customizable, has a high-quality DPI sensor and is comfortable for those long gaming sessions. Cooler Master’s MM830 fits all these requirements and even adds some surprises of its own. Some of the MM830 notable features include a 24,000 DPI sensor, 8 programmable buttons, 5 profiles, configurable RGB LEDs, and a customizable OLED screen. With these premium features, the MM830 finds itself a little higher on the price spectrum with an MSRP of $74.99.

Posted by James Keir
on Monday, January 7, 2019 - 2:00pm
Corsair Mice and MM350

When trying to get that competitive edge against your opponent, great peripherals are key. Corsair is starting 2019 with a bang with its new line of mice coupled with a premium mouse mat. Corsair starts their new lineup of products with the MM350 anti-fray mouse mat with its glide-enhance woven surface and battle-worn graphic. The MM350 comes in 2 sizes: X-Large (450mm x 400mm) or Extended XL (930mm x 400mm) with a MSRP of $24.99 and $39.99. Regardless of your grip and/or wired vs wireless preferences, Corsair has you covered with its 3 new mice: the Ironclaw RGB ($59.99), Harpoon RGB Wireless ($49.99), and M65 RGB Elite ($69.99). If you like a large mouse, then the Ironclaw RGB might be for you. It designed and sculpted for larger hands and is coupled with 7 programmable buttons and an 18000 DPI sensor. Want to free yourself from that pesky wire? Corsair has answered your call with the Harpoon RGB Wireless, which promises up to 60 hours of wireless gameplay. Finally, if you require complete control over the weight and DPI of your mouse, they have the M65 RGB Elite. The M65 RGB Elite is built on a lightweight aluminum frame with a customizable removable weights and comes with an innovative sniper button to quickly adjust your DPI when you're looking for that perfect headshot. 

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 8:00am

Peripherals are subjective, you like what you like and leave the rest for someone else right? ASUS is trying to win you over with compelling entries in the highly addictive ROG family. The ROG Gladius II Origin Mouse has taken the modular Gladius mouse and given it an RGB facelift to compliment the socketed Omron Switches and detachable cords. The ROG Scabbard masquerades as a mousepad, but it’s actually a premium gaming surface designed to protect your entire desk as well as provide the accurate base for your mouse to glide on. Is it enough to win you over or did they have you at first sight?

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, May 18, 2018 - 8:00am
ASUS ROG Strix Flare Keyboard

Peripherals are something every gamer drools over but rarely changes. Once you are used to something you use daily, it's hard to break away from that familiarity and muscle memory you’ve earned. Keyboards have been around longer than computers, and not much has really changed, so what does it take to motivate someone to take a leap of faith on new input devices? A few years ago, you might have been able to say ‘mechanical switches’ or ‘backlighting’ but it seems even the budget devices have that too. Unless yours has died and you just plain need a new one, it’s most likely going to be a combination of things you are looking for. Does ASUS have the right combination to win you over?

Posted by Kristin Bailey
on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 8:00am
Sandberg Hailstorm Mechanical Keyboard

Whether you are an avid gamer or just the casual computer user a good keyboard makes a huge difference in performance. Either way, the Sandberg Hailstorm Mechanical Keyboard is one to put on your list. With its 104 key UK layout, custom lighting functions, and its personalized key settings you may just ignore the rest of your list.

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