Apple Pencil, iPad Pro get government OK ahead of November release
On Thursday, the FCC granted final approval to the forthcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the optional drawing stylus accessory, the Apple Pencil, ahead of a projected November launch. Previously, the FCC had issued approvals for the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, but to date there's been no sign of paperwork for the Magic Trackpad 2. The iPad Pro-exclusive accessory the Smart Keyboard has also seen FCC approval, but Apple has recently noted that it will only be available in US format for the time being.
New Magic peripherals switch removable batteries for lithium-ion versions
Apple has launched new "Magic" accessories for the Mac, shortly after they surfaced in code for the OS X 10.11.1 beta. The Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 improve upon the original versions of each peripheral, while the Magic Keyboard joins the Magic range, with all three incorporating reusable lithium-ion batteries rechargeable over Lightning within two hours, replacing the previous reliance on removable AA batteries.
Possible Force Touch input, Bluetooth LE support, integrated rechargeable batteries
A discovery deep in the codebase of the latest OS X 10.11.1 beta has revealed that Apple is planning to refresh it's "Magic" line of peripherals, including a new Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, and trackpad that will now include integrated rechargeable batteries instead of using replaceable ones, and take advantage of Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0) to dramatically improve battery life. In addition, Apple may have added its "Force Touch" technology, which allows for simulated "deeper" clicks, to the trackpad and mouse.
Chroma-enabled, wired mouse tackles gaming, everyday needs with gusto
Those dipping their toes in the PC gaming arena have undoubtedly heard of Razer, a brand nearly synonymous with gaming. The company rose to such levels on the back of peripherals, specifically its growing line of mice. In June, Razer updated its 2012 Mamba mouse model with two new versions sporting a new laser sensor capable of tracking dots-per-inch (DPI) levels up to 16,000. Does the wired version -- dubbed the Mamba Tournament Edition (TE) -- offer a significant enough change to entice consumers to scoop it up, or will the insanely high DPI levels push people away?
Lightweight MOBA-focused mouse delivers fast buttons in a compact package
Logitech Gaming continues to expand upon its peripherals line, with each one looking to fit neatly into a breadth of gaming needs. Building from a few simple gamepads to keyboards utilizing fresh, new technologies, Logitech continues to focus on its gaming arm with impressive results. After the previous release of two excellent mouses from the company, could the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Daedalus Prime mouse bring something unexpected, or would it be a step backwards from the professional gaming-grade devices created thus far? Find out in our review.
Customizable button actuation included in new Razer Mamba
Peripherals manufacturer Razer has revealed an update to its Mamba gaming mouse. The latest incarnation of the mouse is claimed to possess the "world's most precise gaming mouse sensor," with the 5G laser sensor capable of tracking at up to 16,000 dpi, can have its tracking set at 1dpi increments instead of the usual 50dpi jumps, and is capable of tracking the distance it is lifted off a mousing surface as precisely as 0.1mm, allowing for a more precise lift-off cut-off.
High-performance Logitech gaming mouse tracks movement at 300 inches per second
Logitech has unveiled another gaming mouse in its range of high-performance peripherals, this time with a high DPI optical sensor. The G303 Daedalus Apex's Delta Zero optical sensor is able to offer a dpi range from as low as 200 to 12,000 with zero smoothing, tracking movement at 300 inches per second and is also able to be tuned to operate optimally with the mousing surface being used.
win a Penclick B2 Bluetooth mouse
Last, but certainly not least on our list of giveaway items today is the Penclic B2 Bluetooth mouse. This isn't your average, every day basic Bluetooth mouse, though. This mouse takes computing to the next level by harnessing the natural power and dexterity in our fingers and hands and helps to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury. Read on to learn more, and to find out how you can win.
Sound dampened Silencio 652S, 352 computer cases coming to North America
Cooler Master announced today that it is bringing two of its PC cases that focus on minimal design and noise reduction to North America. The Silencio 352 and 652S are on their way to vendors now, says the company, meaning the ATX and Mini-ATX tower cases will be made available to consumers soon. Both of the cases make use of sound-dampening panels in various places in the case, including the side panels and front door.
Razer adds Chroma lighting system to Naga gaming mouse
Razer has made an update to its Naga gaming mouse, by giving it the Chroma lighting system the company introduced in August. The Naga Epic Chroma, fitted with an 8,200 DPI 4G laser sensor with wired and wireless modes, a grid of 12 customizable buttons on the thumb grip, and a total of 19 buttons overall, can change its lighting scheme to any of 16.8 million color options, or alternately let it cycle through most of the color spectrum. Shipping in early November in the United States and Europe, Razer is pricing the Naga Epic Chroma at $130.
Xtreem debuts new 3-inch drone toy
Xtreem, a range of remote controlled toys designed by Swann, has announced the release of its new Atom RC Mini Drone. Focused on precise maneuverability, the drone uses an infrared signal to communicate with its joystick remote control, which offers eight-way multi-dimensional movement, and heights of up to 100 feet in the air. The helicopter's Li-poly battery provides up to four minutes of continuous flight time, and can be recharged via its remote control or by plugging it into a USB port. Priced at $40, the Atom Mini RC Drone is available at Fry's.
Gaming notebook powered by Intel Core i7, activates kickstand when opened
CyberPower PC is releasing a new gaming notebook next month starting at $1,100. The Fangbook III HX6 features a 15.6-inch full HD LED backlit IPS display, capability of resolutions up to 1920x1080 with anti-glare technology built-in. The Fangbook III is powered by an Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics with 4GB of VRAM, 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 500MB 7200RPM hard drive. While the company stated in its press release that it comes with a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, this appears to be under a Halloween promotion.
Rapoo 3920P wireless laser mouse
What is Rapoo? Rapoo makes peripherals for computers, gaming and mobile phones as well as smart home devices. Why does that matter? Because Electronista has one Rapoo wireless laser mouse to give away to our readers. This mouse retails for $40 and we think one of our readers should own one, so we are giving it away.
Handsome Jack and friends coming to OS X the same day as PC, Xbox 360 and PS3
Mac owners and fans of the cel-shaded shooter series set on Pandora will be happy to learn that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is launching on OS X alongside PC and game consoles on October 14. Aspyr Media is publishing the title, working with Gearbox Software and 2K Games to make the simultaneous launch possible. The game will support cross-platform multiplayer, as well as content through Gearbox Software's Shift or Steam if purchased there.
Razer bulks up the new RGB LED mouse version with a 10,000DPI optical sensor
Razer announced some additional details for the new Chroma version of the DeathAdder mouse. On top of the 16.3-million-color adjustable LED lighting that was announced in August, Razer is adding a 10,000DPI optical sensor for the mouse. The new sensor is said to support movement speeds up to 200 inches per second, with 50G of acceleration; the same speed of the older version. Previously, however, the DeathAdder had only a 6,400DPI optical sensor.
New keyboards, headsets and mice offered under the PC gaming company arm
Corsair, known for a wide array for PC parts like solid state drives and power supplies, announced today that it has created a new division within the company specifically for PC gaming. To kick off the launch of Corsair Gaming, three new RGB keyboards, an RGB mouse and two headsets were released to give consumers options, each built with the help of eSports teams and enthusiasts.
Keyboard works on iOS, Android, Windows, new wireless mice also on the way
Microsoft announced a slate of new accessories with wireless features today, one of which is ready for use with three of the major mobile operating systems. A universal keyboard, wireless mouse, Bluetooth mouse and a PC-ready Xbox One controller are expected to make their way to consumers, starting in the fall.
New Tizona LED, Excalibur LED and Shrike mouse put on display with company's catalog
At Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, peripheral manufacturer Tesoro put a number of new devices on display for consumers, including new keyboards and mice. Some new devices, including an LED version of the Tizona, the recently-announced Excalibur LED, and a new version of the Shrike mouse are said to be coming to the market in the next two months.
Great control, quick DPI adjustments packaged with hybrid optical sensor
Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with something new that gamers can't resist. Logitech Gaming recently released the Hyperion Fury, a mouse created fit the needs of demanding FPS players. But does the Hyperion Fury have what it takes to lure gamers in, or is it just another device on the shelves? Find out in our review.
Mouse offers a great core and software, but button and comfort issues hard to overcome
Gaming is a serious endeavor for many people, driving them to look for the best performance in their system and interface devices. From the pinpoint accuracy needed to get the perfect shot to the ability to unleash a string of macros, there are many things to consider when looking for the perfect mouse. But with the number of big companies offering mice, is it worth it to look to some of the smaller manufacturers? For example, should consumers consider the DeathTaker mouse from GX Gaming? It offers a number of options that should be appealing to gamers, but are they enough to make gamers look toward the company's brand of gaming devices? Find out in our review.
Gaming mouse from Logitech capable of tracking at over 500 inches per second
Peripheral producer Logitech has created what it claims is the world's fastest gaming mouse ever manufactured. The G402 Hyperion Fury uses Logitech's Fusion Engine system on a built-in 32-bit ARM processor for tracking, allowing it to keep up with tracking speeds faster than 500 inches per second, more than the preceding G502 Proteus Core's 300 inches per second tracking.
Low profile, symmetrical design gives users balance, comfort and button choices
The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, already containing some well-known names in the industry. Many PC gamers know one such name, Razer, as the go-to company for mice and other controls. The Taipan is a mouse that Razer has offered since 2012, but gave it new flair with a white finish this May. Does the new finish give gamers a good reason to revisit the Taipan, or is it a dated approach to gaming? Find out in our review.
Adesso releases Tru-Form Media 1500GB wireless ergonomic keyboard and mouse
Computer peripheral manufacturer, Adesso, has announced its release of a new wireless, ergonomic keyboard and mouse set, offering users two input devices with ergonomic design. Featuring a wireless range of up to 30 feet, the Tru-Form Media 1500GB keyboard and mouse set includes a "gently-sloped" keyboard with a split design that accommodates the natural positioning of hands, wrists and forearms; the accompanying laser mouse also aims to reduce hand strain. The keyboard's membrane key switches provide improved tactile response and a quieter typing experience, lasting up to five million keystrokes.
G502 gaming mouse includes adjustable weights, free-wheeling scroll wheel
Logitech has unveiled a new and highly customizable gaming mouse. The G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse is claimed to be the first to use a 12,000dpi sensor to track its position, which when combined with other features, allows the user to heavily personalize the mouse depending on what they're playing and what kind of surface they are using.
booq's Python slimpack stores up to two DSLRs and four mid-size lenses
Today, accessory maker Booq has announced its latest photographer's carrying pack, the Python slimpack. Tailored to keep all gear safely secured and easily-accessible, the Python slimpack possesses multiple padded pockets and a main camera compartment that is plush and red, highlighting and protecting black camera gear.
Google updates Google+ for iOS with photo editing, removes Hangouts
The Google+ app for iOS has received some updates, including some that were shown off at the Google I/O developer event. Photo editing features, such as Auto Engance and Auto Highlight, are included, along with automated hashtags, the ability to edit comments, and minor changes to the update stream, according to The Next Web. The refreshed Hangouts have been removed from the Google+ app and made into its own standalone messaging app.
IRIScan all-in-one mouse and scanner
Quite often, in our electronic world, it is necessary to make digital copies of documents or pictures. The IRIScan all-in-one mouse and scanner makes doing this super fast and easy. Electronista has one to give away; read on to learn more about this mouse and find out how you can enter to win.
Asus branching out into Alienware territory?
Asus has taken the wraps off its first ‘hardcore’ gaming mouse, the Republic of Gamers GX1000. The new mouse is clad in aluminum and incorporates a wide range of programmable functions to help ensure optimal gaming control, while its shape is also designed to reduce fatigue during long sessions. Users can customize dpi switching and indication on the fly, while also being able to program six different macros.
Adjustable mouse capable of tracking at 8200dpi
Peripheral manufacturer Razer has started shipping its Ouroboros ambidextrous gaming mouse. The highly adjustable wireless mouse was originally revealed in July alongside the BlackWidow keyboard line, and retains all of its customizable parts, designed to accommodate the vast majority of different hand sizes and shapes.
Gesture control, glass touch surfaces added to peripherals
Logitech has shown off two new mice and a trackpad designed with Windows 8 in mind. The Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650, Touch Mouse T620, and Zone Touch Mouse T400 do away with physical buttons for the most part, instead replacing them with touch-sensitive areas for scrolling and gesture controls.
Images from five designers use textured paint
Microsoft is expanding its Artist Series collection of mice with five new designs. Following on from its work last year, the designs will appear on the top shell of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, and be made available as a limited edition model. Works from graphic artists based in the Americas, the United Kingdom, and Australia have been used for the mice.
Microsoft reveals Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Mouse
Microsoft has of its Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Mouse in readiness for users looking to get productive with the expected rush of Windows 8 tablets due late October. The keyboard comes enclosed in a cover, that when opened, forms a stand for a tablet. Joining the keyboard is Microsoft's smallest mouse yet, designed to take up the bare minimum of storage space when on the go.
Ambidextrous gaming mouse uses dual-sensor tracking system
Razer is adding to its already extensive gaming peripheral line, introducing a new mouse and several keyboards. The Ouroboros is a fully customizable, ambidextrous wireless mouse designed to accommodate most hand sizes, while the rebooted BlackWidow 2013 gaming-focused keyboard series adds a new offering and two improved models, including a version with backlit keys.
Japan's Mouse outs 2.2lb ultrabook, the LuvBook X
Japan's Mouse Computer has just unveiled its carbon fiber-bodied ultrabook, the LuvBook X, which looks very much like a MacBook Air competitor. It weighs just under 2.2lbs (less than a kilogram) and has an 11.6-inch, 1366x768 display. Processing power comes from one of two 1.6GHz Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors.
Logitech Cube does double duty as mouse, presenter
Logitech has introduced the Cube for Mac or PC, combining some of the functions of a mouse with a presenter. The device is not much larger than a Zippo lighter, and will fit comfortably in a shirt pocket. In mouse mode, a user can use swipe gestures across its main panel to scroll down a slide using Logitech’s FlowScroll tech.
On-screen display, Solaris/Linux support
The SpaceMouse Pro is debuting at the Autodesk University conference in Las Vegas this week, a new 3D mouse for professional 3D software users. The mouse features a six-way sensor, ergonomic design, an on-screen display that provides visual feedback on function key programming, a total of 15 tactile buttons (including five QuickView keys for 3D view angles), intelligent function keys and a controller cap that "flies" around 3D models.
Multitouch system driven by open-source software
Product Design has introduced a glass keyboard and matching glass trackpad that are currently seeking development funding as a Kickstarter project. Both peripherals are built using tempered glass panes attached to solid metal bases, sensing touch input on the glass surface without the need for moving parts. Users can choose from tactile sounds and lights, while the companion software will be open source for custom configuration.
Win a Microsoft Touch Mouse
Earlier this year Microsoft unveiled the Microsoft Touch Mouse, its answer to the Magic Mouse, and recently we received one at our head office to give away to one lucky winner. Read on to find out how you can win.
Win a Smartfish Whirl Mini!
Last November Electronista reported on the introduction of the Smartfish Whirl Mini laser mouse, the mouse that "introduces anti-gravity comfort for your computer mouse". This mouse retails for $49, but we have two Whirl Minis to give away to two lucky winners, read on to find out how you can enter.
A novel approach for avoiding wrist strain
Evoluent says that its innovative "vertical" multi-button VerticalMouse 4, which one holds and controls in a handshake style that doesn't twist the arm, is a superior way of resting your hand while using the mouse that avoids wrist strain. Does the vertical orientation eventually improve efficiency and proficiency in ordinary activities from surfing the web to playing games? Our full review has the answers.
Six variants to ship in June for $30
Microsoft has introduced the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Studio Series, a lineup of six new mice featuring artistic patterns. The company commissioned several famous artists to produce the patterns, including Kirra Jamison of Melbourne, Australia; Matt Moore of Portland, Maine; Linn Olofsdotter of Portland, Oregon; Mike Perry of Brooklyn, NY; and and Jonny Wan of Sheffield, UK.
1200 dpi optical engine, uses just one AAA battery
Taiwan-based accessory manufacturer Genius has added a new model to its notebook mouse lineup with an accent on style. The Navigator 905 Vogue is a three-button (two plus scrollwheel button) RF-based mouse featuring a 1,200-dpi optical engine, "Magic Roller" scroll-wheel technology and a two-in-one storage slot for both the included pico USB dongle (for machines that do not have on-board RF capability) and the stick-n-go mount that allows the user to simply "attach" the mouse to the laptop for easy portability.
Ambidextrous design for left and right hands
With Tron: Legacy upon us, Razer has unveiled its new Tron Gaming Mouse. The ambidextrous design means that it functions equally well for left-handers as it does right. The design is “inspired by the world and vehicles of Tron” and features light alerts based on in-game actions. It incorporates a 5600dpi 3.5g laser sensor for optimal tracking.
Lifts keyboards, uses rollerbar for mouse action
Contour Design have unveiled their latest version of the RollerMouse keyboard, the RollerMouse Pro2, which features new keyboard lifters to slope keyboards into one of three different settings for maximum comfort and reduced arm and wrist strain. The new version also features leatherette wrist supports and new buttons to make operations such as copy/paste and double-clicks easier and close to the user's natural hand positioning.
Peripheral expected to compete with Magic Mouse
Microsoft may be readying a new peripheral, the Arc Touch Mouse, according to several listings that have appeared in online stores for European retailers. Further details remain slim, including any similarities with the company's Arc Mouse which arrived in 2008 with a design integrating a fold-out hand support.
Optimo, EcoFan, EcoFanPro
Macally has announced a new line of wireless input accessories and eco-friendly bamboo stands for all laptops, the BTkey, BTmouse2, Optimo, MGlide, EcoFan and EcoFanPro. BTkey is a white wireless keyboard for the Mac, which connects using Bluetooth 2.0 technology, and comes complete with low profile scissor keys to help with pressure on the finger tips. The BTmouse2 is a Bluetooth wireless laser mouse, featuring three programmable buttons, a scroll wheel, and an 800/1600 dpi precision sensor laser.
Laptop computers must rely on trackpads to save space. While many people are perfectly happy using a trackpad, many more prefer using a mouse for greater control and comfort. Carrying an ordinary desktop mouse can be cumbersome due to its size and cord length, while special mice for laptops are often compressed in size to make them easier to carry. If you prefer to use a mouse with your laptop without making any compromises, consider Microsoft’s Arc Mouse.
Microsoft Mini Mouse
Every laptop user needs a built-in trackpad to control the pointer on the screen. While trackpads are adequate when traveling, they’re not always as convenient as a separate mouse. If you prefer using a mouse over a trackpad, you could carry an ordinary mouse with you. However, a mouse designed for a desktop computer may be too large and the long cord may be a nuisance to untangle and plug in each time. For a special mouse designed for traveling, consider Microsoft’s Explorer Mini Mouse.
Logitech V450 Nano mouse
Logitech has announced a new mouse for notebooks, the V450 Nano. The mouse uses a laser sensor to achieve greater precision than optical mice, and like other Nanos operates wirelessly, using a tiny 2.4GHz receiver that plugs into a notebook's USB 2.0 port. This receiver can also be stored inside the mouse, in order to prevent it from being knocked out of a notebook during travel. Controls include left and right buttons plus a scrollwheel.
3Dconnexion has announced that its SpaceExplorer 3D mouse is now supported by Mac OS X 10.4.6 and later, allowing Mac users to use the tool to navigate through popular 3D application workspaces. By pulling, pushing, tilting, and spinning the SpaceExplorer's 3D mouse cap, designers can move through 3D scenes and worlds without stopping to select commands. A subtle increase or decrease in cap pressure accelerates or slows motion, enabling precise micro-adjustments. The device also sports function keys to program highly-used functions and keyboard modifiers, as well as an ergonomically designed palm rest for a comfortable command console.