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July 11, 2017

Logitech Acquires ASTRO Gaming for $85 Million Establishing Itself in the Console Gaming Space

The PC gaming peripherals market has been pretty great to Logitech lately, as the company’s recent financials revealed that their gaming products lineup saw as much as a 28% increase in sales in FY’17 year-over-year growth.

In order to maintain the momentum, Logitech has recently announced the acquisition of ASTRO Gaming, a gaming peripherals maker primarily focused in the console gaming space. Logitech believes that the acquisition of ASTRO Gaming will help Logitech quickly expand to the console gaming market and accelerate long term growth in the gaming division.

According to the announcement, Logitech will acquire ASTRO Gaming for $85 million in [...]

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July 9, 2017

The Legendary IBM Model F Keyboard is Back, For a Limited Edition Run

 

Remember the good old 1980’s? The days of the IBM Personal System/2 PC when a 20MHz CPU, 2MB of RAM, and a 100MB HDD cost you $10,000? Or the first time you laid hands on the sweet, sweet Model F keyboard with the intoxicating clack clack of the buckling spring switches?

Well, sad to say nobody is bringing back the IBM PS/2, but if you yearn to be able to feel the IBM Model F keyboard once again, you may be in luck.

An IBM Model F keyboard enthusiast is attempting to bring back the Model F with an ambitious new project. His goal? “A perfect, working reproduction” of the original IBM Model F, except with modern technical [...]

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July 3, 2017

Razer Planning Hong Kong IPO, Seeks to Raise Over $600 Million

It’s no secret that Razer has been toying with the idea of going public for quite some time. The company has employed a very aggressive expansion strategy over the past few years which has paid off handsomely; however, it appears that the company’s expansion efforts may currently be limited by the lack of funding. As a result, Razer is planning to file an IPO in Hong Kong and according to TechCrunch sources, Razer aims to raise over $600 million to pursue additional growth opportunities.

While the amount planned to be raised was not disclosed in Razer’s 345-page initial IPO paperwork filed with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange last Friday, it does provide [...]

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June 23, 2017

Bloody Unveils New Infrared Light Strike Switch Gaming Peripherals, Carbon Fiber Mycelium Headphones at E3 2017

Gaming peripherals maker, Bloody Gaming, had a fairly sizable presence at E3 2017, so we stopped by to take a quick look at a few of their upcoming products.

 

Bloody B975 Gaming Keyboard

Arriving at the booth, I was quickly directed to the Bloody B975 gaming keyboard, the newest Bloody gaming keyboard using LK (Light Strike) Libra optical infrared switches. For those unfamiliar, Light Strike switches are new infrared laser based switches which are superior in performance and durability over traditional mechanical switches. This is due to its lack of metal contact leaves and instead when the key is depressed, a plate blocks [...]

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June 22, 2017

Cougar Displays New Gaming Keyboards at E3 2017

We had the pleasure of hanging out with gaming peripherals maker Cougar recently at E3 2017 to check out some of their latest and greatest gaming keyboards.

 

Cougar Puri TKL

The latest and what I think is the greatest is the Cougar Puri TKL. The Cougar Puri TKL is a compact, Tenkeyless keyboard for eSports gamers who want a smaller, more portable gaming keyboard to take on the go. The Cougar Puri TKL looked and felt high quality and Cougar displayed the keyboard with even more durable metal keycaps installed on the arrow keys and the gaming zone (WASD keys).

Cougar was also happy to report that they’re only using the highest [...]

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June 22, 2017

Mionix Launches New Peripherals with One Helluva Strange Marketing Campaign

PC gaming peripherals maker Mionix is spicing up its product catalog with brand new peripherals, super colorful accessories, and one of the strangest marketing campaigns we’ve seen in a very, very long time. Let me explain.

If you’re wondering what a lobster, donuts, stacks of cash, and a drink with an umbrella on it have to do with peripherals, don’t worry. I have no idea either.

The Minoix Wei, launched under the new “Get a Fresh Desk” marketing campaign, is Mionix’s newest mechanical keyboard. Despite what looks like a gaming keyboard, the Mionix Wei seems to be marketed towards a hip web developer or an insane [...]

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June 17, 2017

Logitech Announces G433 Gaming Headset at E3 2017

Although Logitech’s wirelessly charging mousepad was the big reveal for Logitech at E3, Logitech also made a new announcement in their headset lineup with the new mid-range G433 gaming headset.

The new Logitech G433 gaming headset is designed for those looking for a multi-purpose gaming headset that can not only perform well while gaming, but will also look good if you decide to take it on your bus ride to work. Available in Triple Black, Fire Red, and Royal Blue, the Logitech G433 features a hybrid-mesh material that Logitech claims will offer better durability and style compared to typical plastic materials and coatings.

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June 17, 2017

DisplayLink’s XR Wireless VR System is the Future of VR

Ask anyone who’s played a game in VR and they’ll immediately tell you that one of the biggest issues with VR today is that the headset needs to be wired in. Not only does this create a potential safety hazard, but it also significantly detracts from the experience, especially if you end up pulling your brand new $3,000 gaming laptop off the table in the heat of battle.

In order to solve this issue, DisplayLink recently demo’ed their DisplayLink XR wireless VR system which will allow gamers to use their existing HTC Vive headset, Oculus Rift and other VR headsets wirelessly.

DisplayLink’s XR system is based on Intel’s WiGig (Wireless [...]

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June 16, 2017

Razer Announces New Blade Stealth, Thresher Ultimate Gaming Headset

As always, our friends at Razer had some big introductions at E3 this year with their new Razer Blade Stealth and the Razer Thresher Ultimate Gaming Headset.

 

Mid-2017 Razer Blade Stealth

On their systems side, Razer’s big announcement is the new Razer Blade Stealth. The biggest change for the Razer Blade Stealth is its appearance. While the traditional Razer Blade Stealth is far from being the most “gamer” looking laptop out there, it still has a hard time blending into a meeting room with its black and green color scheme. As such, Razer introduced their new Gunmetal grey color that’s a lot more boardroom friendly with its [...]

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June 15, 2017

LucidSound Announces LS25 Gaming Headset, LS30 Camo Edition Wireless Gaming Headset

At E3 2017, LucidSound invited us to their suite to show off several new gaming headsets.

The LucidSound LS25 eSports Gaming Headset is the wired cousin of the wireless LucidSound LS30. Designed for eSports and competitive gaming, the LucidSound LS25 comes with ultra-soft pleather ear-cushions, 50mm neodymium drivers and dual noise microphones (uni-directional integrated microphone and boom microphone). Volume can be adjusted by simply twisting on the earcup. The LucidSound LS25 features a 3.5mm jack which is compatible with PCs, smartphones and major gaming consoles including the PS4, XBox One S, and Nintendo Switch.

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