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Review: Thermaltake Black Gaming Mouse

This post is syndicated with permission from GamerFront.net

Thermaltake is a very well-known computer hardware company, and although they are most commonly recognized for their computer tower cases, they also have their own line of gaming peripherals for the PC. The company just recently rolled out these new additions to their hardware resume, and we were lucky enough to get a few pieces of this equipment in for review. The first up – the Thermaltake Black Gaming mouse. Let’s see how it performed.

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Chameleon X-1 Mouse Features A Gamepad Hidden Underneath

By Chris Scott Barr

I’m a PC gamer for the most part, but my Xbox 360 still gets plenty of love. I just tend to prefer the mouse/keyboard combination to using a controller. However, there are still some situations where I want the latter. This is usually when I’m playing emulated games from the NES or SNES era. Trying to play them with a keyboard just isn’t the same. That’s why this Chameleon X-1 Mouse looks rather appealing.

Imagine being able to pick up your mouse, only to find all of the necessary buttons for a controller on the bottom. That’s exactly what this device has. This is exactly the kind of hybrid device that gets me excited. I only wonder how well this $55 gadget performs. We should hopefully see it on the market sometime early next year.

[ Shogun Bros ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Warming Mouse Will Help Your Office Save On Heating Bills

Warming Mouse (Images courtesy Geek Stuff 4 U)
By Andrew Liszewski

Nothing cuts costs this time of year like shutting off the heat in your office, but dealing with your employees’ moaning and complaining about the cold, turn-of-the-century working conditions almost negates all those savings. So to shut them up might we recommend these warming mice from Thanko that basically gives every employee their own personal heater for ~$35 (¥2,900) a head. I’d like to see Google or Microsoft’s recruiting departments make that claim! Each mouse includes an inline remote providing 2 different heating settings, and since they draw power from the USB port there’s no need for batteries or anything like that. And if $35 per employee isn’t in the budget, just make it a required part of the uniform they have to purchase when they start.

[ Thanko Warming Mouse ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

MDMouse Features A Flip-Out Blood Pressure Monitor

MDMouse (Images courtesy CalHealth)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m no doctor, but I don’t think the best time to measure one’s blood pressure is while using a PC. But that’s exactly what a company called CalHealth wants you to do with their MDMouse which features a miniature flip-out finger cuff that auto-inflates to accurately measure a user’s blood pressure. The sphygmomanometer mouse, which was probably tossed around as a name option before they settled on MDMouse, comes with its own software too which not only records the blood pressure readings, but allows you to analyze the collected data over time. The readings can even be exported to a format that’s hospital system friendly if you’d prefer a bona fide doctor to look over your readings.

As for availability? Well the website boasts that “CalHealth anticipates having our first MDMouse product available for purchase during the third quarter of 2008” which means they kind of missed their target. But according to Medgadget the MDMouse should be hitting the market in the next few months.

[ MDMouse ] VIA [ Medgadget ]

SPEEDLINK CUE Multitouch Mouse Cures PC Users’ Magic Mouse Envy

SPEEDLINK CUE Multitouch Mouse (Images courtesy SPEEDLINK)
By Andrew Liszewski

Having used one for a while now, and after watching Apple execs frustratingly trying to get it to recognize commands during demos at their keynote a few days ago, I can attest that Apple’s Magic Mouse isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s sleek for sure, and when it works it’s quite nice, but there are enough quirks that make it kind of frustrating to use. (Like why aren’t the gestures exactly the same as they are with MacBook trackpads?)

So does the CUE from SPEEDLINK work any better in the PC world? Maybe, maybe not, but it seems to match the Magic Mouse when it comes to features thanks to its touch-sensitive top surface which recognizes multi-finger gestures making it easier to scroll and navigate your software. And instead of Bluetooth which isn’t standard across all PCs, the CUE comes with a wireless 2.4GHz nano receiver that provides a range of about 26 feet. At the moment it’s still listed as ‘Coming soon’ on the SPEEDLINK website, but it should be available sometime in November for about $56 (€39.99) in black, red, white and silver.

[ SPEEDLINK CUE Multitouch Mouse ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Logitech G700 Gaming Mouse Reviewed. Verdict: Near Perfect Balance Between Performance and Ergonomics

By Ian Chiu

Logitech has always been known for their great peripherals and have consistently released some down right marvelous mice. To many consumers when they think “mouse” they think Logitech; unfortunately, not every GAMING user thinks Logitech when think gaming mice. This is the crux of the matter, so what can Logitech do to not only outdo their past models but more importantly, entice even more jaded PC gaming aficionados away from the competition and back to Logitech?

The answer Logitech has come up with is to offer a seamless wired / wireless combination mouse with a downright whopping 13 buttons and call this beast the “G700”! The G700 certainly is an interesting solution and one that merits closer investigation. One thing that is now gone is the weight customization which has been with the G5, G9 and G9x. So, the mouse could be too heavy for some. The battery life also fails to impress. You could only get about six to eight hours out of the single AA battery. Perhaps this is the reason why Logitech provides a USB cable that also turns the G700 into a wired gaming mouse and at the same time re-charges the 2000mAh battery inside. The Logitech G700 isn’t perfect, but it certainly qualifies as a killer gaming peripheral as well as a all round everyday mouse. Everything USB has the full review.

[Full Review @ Everything USB]

Mionix Naos 5000 Gaming Mouse Review

This post is syndicated with permission from GamerFront.net

For a while now I have chosen to delve back into the world of PC gaming. We recently received a new product at the office and it sparked me back into the gaming world on the platform with which I once lived. The package that arrived was indeed the Mionix Naos 5000 gaming mouse. The box came looking professional and little did I know that it would change my gaming experience in magnitude for the better.

Out of the box the Mionix Naos 5000 already looks amazing. Its sleek, black design makes it perfectly aesthetic to my style. It’s ergonomically designed, with grooves in the left and right for your fingers and thumb, so it feels comfortable while in use. The scroll wheel has grooves crafted on it that make for easy scrolling, zooming, and moving around the screen. The entire mouse is covered in a comfortable rubber coating that ensures maximum grip.

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Verbatim’s Nano Wireless Notebook Mouse – Tiny Receiver, Reasonable Price

Nano Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse (Image courtesy Verbatim)
By Andrew Liszewski

Like with any technology, the smaller it is, the more it costs. So if you’re looking for a non-Bluetooth wireless mouse and don’t want to spend a lot of money, you’re going to have to settle for a wireless USB receiver the size of a flash drive. Case in point, the Logitech VX Nano. It’s a great little mouse with a tiny USB receiver I reviewed almost 3 years ago that still sells for upwards of $90. And while Verbatim’s travel-friendly wireless mouse of the almost same-name might be lacking the additional fancy buttons the Logitech has, its 2.4GHz USB receiver is just as small, letting you leave it plugged into your laptop all the time without the worry of it accidentally breaking off when placed inside a case.

It’s also got a 1600dpi sensor (you’ll probably want to limit the mouse’s speed in your OS) and 3 levels of ‘sleep’ to conserve battery life (2 x AAAs) instead of it just turning off every few minutes. And while it lists with an MSRP of $34.99, you can usually find it for even less if you’re the deal hunting type.

[ Verbatim Nano Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse ]

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Reviewed. Verdict: Highly Recommended Monster Mouse

By Ian Chiu

When it comes to gaming mice, or even mice in general, not much has really changed in the past couple years. Sure the number of buttons, number of programmable settings and DPI sensitivity may have increased, but when it came to the ergonomics of it, there wasn’t much you could do to change it if a given mouse didn’t fit your hand. Sure some mice allow you to swap out one sized “skin” or covering for another, but even this has always been a very clunky way of doing things and you could just as easily end up with a mouse which was too big instead of too small… or vice versa.

Mad Catz plans to change all that with their Cyborg RAT 7 as this bad boy has more customizable features crammed into it than any mouse ever before! Don’t like where the palm swell is? Change it out for a different one or move it forwards or backwards until is does feel comfortable! Don’t like the pinkie grip? Swap it out for one of the two others which come included! Don’t like where the thumb buttons are? Move the whole freaking area until it is comfortable. This is what the RAT 7 is all about; or at least that is the THEORY behind it. Is the theory the same as the reality? Everything USB has the full review.

[Full Review @ Everything USB]