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February 8, 2017

CES 2017: Patriot Adds New Peripherals, SD Cards to Product Lineup

Patriot had more than a few cool new products to show at their suite at CES this year. Not only is it looking to improve its line of peripherals, it’s also expanding mobile storage solutions for the ever increasing volume of HD media content.

 

Patriot V730 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The V730 is Patriot’s new budget-friendly mechanical gaming keyboard. It features Khail Brown switches, an aluminum front plate, red LED backlighting, and an attached wrist rest. Users can choose between 6 levels of brightness and 6 lighting settings.

Although targets the budget consumer market with a price of under $70, the keyboard feels like it’s [...]

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February 7, 2017

Rosewill Announces RK-9300 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Rosewill has just announced the availability of its RK-9300 mechanical gaming keyboard.

The Rosewill RK-9300 offers a budget friendly alternative to Rosewill RK-9000 RGB V2. Priced at just $99, the RK-9300 comes with the choice of either Cherry MX Blue or Cherry MX Brown switches. Backlighting will be restricted to blue, but a variety of effects can be set to spice things up.

Its low-profile caseless chassis will be covered with an anodized aluminum plate. Rosewill touts that the plate is “military grade” and that it “offers maximum durability for heavy game battles.” Other features include true NKRO, 100% anti-ghosting, and triple-route [...]

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February 7, 2017

Logitech Releases BRIO 4K Webcam, Their Best Webcam Ever

Logitech recently announced the BRIO, a new webcam that sets a new bar for Logitech webcams.

As Logitech’s best webcam to date, the BRIO features a 13MP sensor capable of recording at 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps or 60fps, or 720p @ 30fps,60fps, or 90fps, delivering ultimate clarity and smoothness in a multitude of applications. Whether it be video conferencing, streaming, or Skyping with family, the BRIO will ensure a visually pleasing experience backed by their RightLight 3 HDR system, automatic contrast adjustment, 5x digital zoom, and up to 90 degrees field of view to allow for a clear image in various environments.

“Logitech has been delivering [...]

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January 30, 2017

Razer Acquires Nextbit Systems, Prepares Possible Entry into the Smartphone Market

Razer has been doing some serious shopping lately first acquiring famous audio company THX in late 2016 and according to a recent announcement, they’ve also picked up yet another company, Nextbit Systems Inc.

Nextbit, the company behind the popular cloud connected Robin smartphone, quickly saw a lot of success with the Robin which was a decent mid-range smartphone with a pricetag of just $299 and could be regularly found during the holidays for under $200.

As a part of the acquisition, Nextbit will halt all sales of its Robin smartphone however, will continue honoring warranties for 6 more months, and will continue offering software updates and [...]

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January 30, 2017

Review: Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Upgrading the Classic

Back in 2014, Razer launched their BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma mechanical keyboard which was an instant hit at the time as little competition in the space along with the fact that the BlackWidow Chroma was actually a great mechanical keyboard helped propel it to being one of the most popular gaming keyboards in Razer’s lineup.

Since then, Razer has launched several other Chroma based products including the BlackWidow TE Chroma and BlackWidow X Chroma, leaving the popular BlackWidow Chroma without any updates for the past few years, until now.

As an update to one of Razer’s most popular mechanical keyboards, the recently launched [...]

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January 24, 2017

Razer Announces New BlackWidow Chroma V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Adds Yellow Switch Option

Razer’s BlackWidow Chroma mechanical gaming keyboard is one of our favorite mechanical gaming keyboards here at Custom PC Review and it looks like Razer is giving it a minor update for 2017.

As a minor update, Razer is for the most part keeping the design of the V2 version of the keyboard the same as the original except it will now feature a magnetic wrist-rest which should help make the keyboard a bit more comfortable for long typing or gaming sessions. Razer will also debut a new switch option as well which will be their new Razer Yellow switch, a linear switch with 45g of actuation force similar in specs to the Cherry MX Red switch.

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January 19, 2017

Microsoft Begins Shipping HoloLens to Japan

Microsoft recently added Japan to the list of countries that will receive the HoloLens, the company’s esteemed augmented reality headset.

Japan will be receiving both the developer as well as the commercial editions of HoloLens. Microsoft states that one of its biggest partners, Japan Airlines, has already prepared two proof-of-concept programs ready to use with HoloLens. The new programs will focus on providing training to mechanics and would be pilots.

“We continue to be inspired by the work developers and customers are doing with HoloLens across the globe…Japan is no different.”

-Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow, Windows and Devices [...]

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January 18, 2017

Tesoro Shows Off Ultra-Thin Mechanical Keyboard Featuring Gateron Switches

Image Credit: Tom’s Hardware

Tesoro, a well-established gaming peripherals manufacturer, recently demoed an unnamed ultra-low profile mechanical keyboard. Although there’re already plenty of travel-friendly mechanical keyboards that are reduced in length, a reduction of height is necessary to further improve portability.

Image Credit: Tom’s Hardware

Tesoro’s new keyboard measures just 12mm thin. Despite it’s ultra-thin chassis, the keystrokes provide the same feedback as regular mechanical switches (albeit with much shorter travel). This is similar to the Azio MK-C keyboard we saw at [...]

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January 17, 2017

CES 2017: HyperX Shows Off HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 Memory, Cloud Revolver S Headset, ALLOY Elite RGB Keyboard, Pulsefire Mouse

Down the hall from Kingston’s CES 2017 suite was HyperX, the gaming and performance components division of Kingston, which now seems to be becoming more independent than ever.

The most impressive showing at the HyperX suite was their upcoming HyperX Predator LED which is an upcoming RGB LED lit high performance memory kit. Unlike other kits on the market, the HyperX Predator LED is able to communicate with the system directly through the memory slots through a proprietary method which is supposed by all the biggest motherboard makers such as ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. With this, the LEDs on the HyperX Predator LED can be controlled via a software application [...]

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January 10, 2017

CES 2017: Azio Brings Stylish Keyboard Designs to CES

At CES 2017, AZIO is spicing up the keyboard market with some eccentric keyboard designs.

 

AZIO Retro 2 Mechanical Keyboard

Say what you want, but Azio’s MK Retro 2 sports the most interesting keyboard designed we’ve seen at CES 2017. The Retro 2 is inspired by the vintage design of the timeless typewriter and sporting the tactile Kailh Blue switches, the keyboard simulates the tactile feel and the sound as well. The Khail Blue switches on the Retro 2 have custom mounts with the LED embedded directly in the center. Though this design does help with lighting distribution, it also means that it’s incompatible with standard Cherry MX [...]

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