• Peripherals

    by Published on September 30th, 2013 09:30 PM
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    In the MMORPG/MOBA gaming world, access to a vast array of buttons, whether on a mouse or keyboard, is a must. The Thermaltake VOLOS gaming mouse is no exception to this trend supporting a whopping 14 independently configurable buttons. This combined with the host of other gaming-themed features, should give the VOLOS a tactical advantage in the world of online gaming.



    In this review we will be looking at the black VOLOS (MO-VLS-WDLOBK-01). At a glance, Tt did a swell job packing as many features as they could into the single unit. Besides the vast array of configurable buttons, the VOLOS sports an 8200 DPI Avago laser sensor, with on-the-fly sensitivity switching. The LEDs inside the center scroll wheel, left-click button, and palm logo can also be customized to any color you want. On paper, this seems like a pretty solid mouse! Continue on for a more detailed look at this mouse's specs.




    The VOLOS by Tt eSPORTS falls into the high-end gaming mouse category designed for MMORPG or MOBA games. ...
    by Published on September 3rd, 2013 01:00 AM
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    It's been a while since we looked at a product from QPAD, back when the 5K took the prize for being the most comfortable mouse on test. Two and a half years later QPAD are back on GND, this time with a Mechanical Keyboard by the name of the MK50. According to QPAD's website, the M50 is a "stripped down version of the MK-85, the QPAD MK-50 offers the same rock-solid quality and feel, as its bigger sibling, but without the extras." This is to say, their entry level keyboard and it features MX Cherry Red Switches.

    Before getting into the review, it's a good idea to understand exactly what a mechanical keyboard is and how it's vastly superior to a normal keyboard. This guide ...
    by Published on September 2nd, 2013 10:00 PM
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    Cooler Master is at it again adding more and more peripherals to its CM Storm lineup. CM Storm is Cooler Master's gaming themed class of peripherals. In the past Cooler Master has been known for their large selection of heat sink fan assemblies, however fairly recently they have jumped head first into the peripheral world. So far they have done quite good for themselves. The CM Storm lineup of keyboards including the Quickfire Rapid and the Trigger have been some of the best keyboards we have had the pleasure of reviewing.

    On paper the CM Storm Pulse-R gaming headset looks impressive. At a glance it features an aluminum construction, 42mm drivers, white accent LED illumination, and slide volume and mic controls. It's design and construction really sets this headset apart from the rest. But enough talk, ...
    by Published on September 1st, 2013 01:30 PM
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    Thermaltake is at it again with yet another addition to its mechanical gaming keyboard lineup. The Meka series from Thermaltake is the lineup of gaming themed keyboards. Most have illuminated keys, macros, or other gaming related functions. The G-Unit model comes in three different flavors: black, green, and white. In this review we will be looking closely at the black edition.

    At a glance, the Meka G-Unit appears to come with almost every feature a gamer would want. First, this keyboard makes use of Cherry MX Black switches which are considered to be the best switch type for gaming. It is also fully illuminated, equipped with twelve customizable macro keys, and includes a built in palm rest to keep you hand relaxed while gaming.

    There are many advantages of mechanical keyboards over typical membrane style keyboards. The biggest advantage is the durability of the switches. Mechanical keyboards will long outlast the typical style. There are also several switch styles which ...
    by Published on January 20th, 2013 10:00 AM
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    Well folks, it looks like we have another keyboard on our test bed. This time it's from Ducky, a brand we have yet to examine. More specifically, we're looking at the Ducky DK9087 Shine II tenkeyless keyboard.

    The Shine II was a smash hit among enthusiasts all around the world, who praise it for its quality and awesome features. Perhaps the most unique thing about the Ducky Shine II is the amount of models available:

    • Full size or tenkeyless
    • Red LED, blue LED, green LED, white LED, pink LED, or yellow LED backlight (can be disabled for boring people who prefer no light)
    • Cherry MX Red, Black, Brown, or Blue switches


    The model we have here is the DK9087 Shine II which is tenkeyless, and this particular one has a green LED backlight and Cherry MX Red switches. Unlike rubber dome keyboards including those fake "gamer" keyboards, the backlight is actually bright on mechanical keyboards. For ...
    by Published on December 26th, 2012 01:00 PM
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    Just in time for the new year! Cooler Master has sent us their latest mechanical keyboard, the QuickFire TK. It is a compact, backlit mechanical keyboard. It's about time these things are seeing the light of day... for the longest time, those of us who wanted backlighting + compact were stuck with either the insanely expensive, odd-layout Deck 82 key, or the not-so-favorable KBT boards. Cooler Master has answered our call with this new QuickFire TK. For more information on mechanical keyboards, please see this guide.

    http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/me...keyboard-guide

    It's actually hard and probably incorrect to call the QuickFire TK "tenkeyless" since it does in fact have a numberpad. But it's more or less the same size as a tenkeyless board. I suppose "compact" is a better term. It is a 92-key board, using a rare layout. Instead of having a seprate numberpad and separate arrow keys like normal keyboards, the QuickFire TK merges the numberpad with the arrow keys and others, namely Insert, Home, Page scrolling, Delete, and all of those keys located in that area. The result is a ...
    by Published on December 16th, 2012 08:00 PM
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    The first thing that comes to mind when you consider the Level 10 lineup from Thermaltake is Design. Level 10 products have had a history of having a certain uniqueness to them that separates them from the rest. With that being said, the Level 10 M gaming mouse from Thermaltake is absolutely no exception. Its sleek and complex design is the product a design team who work for BMW. Not only does this thing look top-notch, but it has the construction to back it up. The base is made out of thick aluminum, and the top portion is a hardened vented plastic. And like any good quality gaming mouse, the cable is braided.



    But what about customization? Well, if this is your thing, then you will not be disappointed. The Level 10 Mouse has more customization options than we have ever seen in a mouse. Each of the 11 buttons is fully customizable to any operation you need via the included software. Not only are the buttons customizable, but each individual light can be changed to a specific color, or turned off. And in addition to that, the physical size of the mouse can be changed. Using the included hex-wrench, you can change the height and angle of the top portion of the mouse.

    So with all of its features, which we will get into later on in the review, you can bet that this mouse is about as high end as you can get. ...
    by Published on October 25th, 2012 04:00 PM
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    Cooler Master has really been on a roll as of late. Just looking at their CM Storm branded peripherals, recently we have looked at the Skorpion mouse bungee, QuickFire Rapid, Trigger, QuickFire Pro, Sentinel Advance II, Speed RX mouse pad, Sirus headset, among others. Do you know what they all have in common? They were all impressive products, especially the mice, keyboard, and headset. In a relatively short amount of time, they've achieved quite a lot.

    Here in front of me is another CM Storm gaming mouse waiting to be tested. This is their latest mouse, the Recon. It's quite special in the sense that it's ambidextrous... not many of those around are there? I was a bit worried about the layout of an ambidextrous gaming mouse, so let's see how the Recon looks and feels.



    I'll tell you from the start, this will be a longer than usual Unboxing section. So let's start from the top; the box design is pretty much the same as the Sentinel Advance II and Inferno. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? It's descriptive ...
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