Posts Tagged ‘lighting’
Light strips are a great way to shine up a build, but most of them require software control to run in the background. Lamptron is offering a new option with hardware control of RGB LED strips. The options work pretty well and the best part is that they only need a power connection.
Aorus makes a huge splash for Gigabyte by offering RGB lighting never before seen in the motherboard market. On top of that, the Z270 motherboard does a great job of overclocking the Intel 7700K CPU. Oh, and if you want amazing sound card quality audio, the Gaming 7 is the motherboard for you.
NZXT blew the doors open with an excellently designed RGB fan. The Aer has intricate control through CAM software and the air flow is adequate for case or radiator use. It would be easy to say NZXT has a perfect product on their hands, but all that bling will cost you some bling.
The Azio MGK1-K and MGK1-RGB mechanical keyboard look to offer solid designs for gamers on modest budgets. Both models are stylish and functional, both come with unique illumination effects, and both come with very attractive price tags. Can these two boards stand out? Let's find out.
Today we're looking at the Cougar 200K Illuminated gaming keyboard, an affordable board that sports rather smart styling and a couple of interesting features, such as lighting effects and anti-ghosting technology. We often see such features on expensive keyboards, but Cougar looks to be targeting gamers who are on a tight budget yet still want something capable. Let's get to it and take a closer look at the Cougar 200K Scissor keyboard.
We heard rumblings of a newer version of the original Func MS-3 gaming mouse, with the latest set to promise gamers a more advanced laser engine, higher DPI, and better quality internals. So we had to get one to study more closely for ourselves. Func now has the MS-3 Revision 2, a refresh of a winning formula that captures the same outstanding ergonomics while bringing new guts to a smartly designed body. And as an added bonus, we'll also be examining the Func Surface 1030² L, an update of a double-sided gaming mouse pad that now comes with a few new and interesting features. Can the MS-3 Revision 2 and Surface 1030² L improve upon the predecessors without losing its original appeal? Let's find out.
MSI CES 2014 – Overview This year we had the opportunity to meet with MSI at CES 2014 Las Vegas. We were excited to take a glimpse at what we can expect from MSI this year, but before we go over that, let’s cover something else first. Over the last few years, MSI has taken a leap in marketshare. We have seen this with their Gaming Series, their MPower line of motherboards, and with their Gaming and Lighting Series graphics cards. Their recent release with the NVIDIA and AMD line up really sparked a lot of interested with fans, and we hope to see MSI continue this trend in 2014. Thanks to MSI for spending time with us at CES! Now, let’s have a look at what we saw from MSI at CES 2014. We will first star off with MSI’s Intel line up. The Z87 Gaming and MPower series motherboards have been well received by consumers during the launch of Haswell. One item in particular which that sparked our interest was MSI’s new mITX format Gaming Series Z87 chipset motherboard. With the popular and growing demand of small form factor builds recently, we weren’t surprised that MSI started growing their Gaming series line up. Here is a glimpse at what we saw. We were quite impressed with the features this board offers. It also has great aesthetic appeal, which it shares with its bigger brothers the Z87M Gaming and Z87A Gaming Edition motherboards. The fact that it was shrunken down in size and now offers an on-board Wifi Adapter was a pleasant surprise. We ...
The introduction of Intel's new "Haswell" line of processors also brought its new 8 series chipset. The introduction of Haswell and its socket and chipset change came as no surprise. We have seen this from Intel with its "Tick Tock" development strategy, including their change to its power delivery management. It makes sense and was crucial for Intel to make these changes. Today, we have a chance to look at one of MSI's flagship motherboards for the new Z87 architecture: the MSI Z87 MPower. MSI's previous products in the Z87 chipset MPower line were typically top performers, and include excellent overclocking and features. Today, as we move forward, we are going to see just how the MSI Z87 MPower measures up to that previous reputation while using the new Haswell 4770k. Before we move forward, let's talk a little about MSI.
Some things just go well together. Peas and carrots, Ferrari and beautiful women, and a keyboard and mouse. Of those examples, there's one that tops the rest, but suffice it to say that at least in the computer realm, the keyboard and mouse are likely the most critical combinations possible for just about everyone using a desktop. The trick, then, is to not only find both a mouse and keyboard that work well for you, but ideally a pair that work well together. That can be a daunting task, with literally hundreds of these products on the market. And certain for the gaming enthusiast crowd, who tend to be a particular and vocal bunch, the mouse and keyboard have to bring something interesting and compelling to the mix. Can the sleek styling and innovative features live up to gamers' performance expectations?