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Introduction There’s something new in hardware news everyday. Big name companies with new minor upgrades saying how “revolutionary” their change is sounds pretty normal anymore. I’m looking at you, speed switches. Recently I discovered something that hasn’t seemed to reach the more popular news venues: keyboard optical switches. Have you heard of those? Gamdias has them. Have you heard of them? Maybe not, but I couldn’t resist looking at a product that comes from a newer company that also uses a newer technology. We’ll find out soon how optical switches measure up, but first a look at the core philosophy behind Gamdias. GAMDIAS emphasizes on the fundamentals, complemented with creativity and service. GAMDIAS Technology was founded in 2012, with team of over 100 led by R.K. HAN, successfully creating the gaming brand known as GAMDIAS. Not only do we aim to set the bar for quality and practically, but also to go above and beyond in our designs. Further supplementing our motto: Gaming Art in Motion, we will continue to invest heavily on designs, transcending GAMDIAS products to an artistic pantheon. By the way, every name has a story and Gamdias has a particularly interesting one. GAM stands for Gaming Art in Motion. Dias is the Latin word for God. Gamdias is claiming to be the God of Gaming. That’s a pretty huge claim!
Introduction We’ve seen several mice from Swedish company Mionix, and we’ve been impressed. The Naos remains one of the most comfortable mice I’ve ever grasped (admittedly, it’s my go-to daily mouse of choice), and we’ve seen models from Mionix that sport minor differences and improvements along the way. Why mess with a winning formula, it seems. One of the differences is certainly in terms of cost. It should come as no surprise that everyone doesn’t necessarily want to splurge for the flagship Naos, and for those who want the quality and features but a more affordable price tag, the Mionix Castor is what we’re looking at today. The Castor is a right-handed mouse, and while it captures the shapely essence of the vaunted Naos, it also seems to share some lineage from the impressive Avior, creating a subtle new shape that’s suitable for palm, claw, and fingertip-grip preferences. There are a couple other differences, such as a 10,000 DPI optical engine rather than laser, a simplified lighting and feature set, and a lower price tag than the premium Naos or Avior. Sounds good so far. Let’s take a closer look at the Mionix Castor and find out if it’s worthy your consideration.
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.
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.
There aren't many quality ambidextrous gaming mice on the market, so the Avior is in a small but competitive group of products. Quality, features, and comfort are typically the important trifecta for consumers in this segment. At a price of about $85, the Avior 8200 is positioned as a flagship mouse of sorts from Mionix, despite its more niche target audience, and certainly sits in the upper pricing echelons of gaming mice. It's not cheap, but it looks promising. Is it worth the premium? Let's take a closer look at the Mionix Avior 8200 and find out.
The Havoc is the latest in Cooler Master's gamer-oriented Storm series of products, with an 8200 DPI laser engine and a fabulous finish. With an attractive price $55, this is a highly competitive segment in the gaming peripheral market for those who want a new rodent for their system. Question is: can this mouse wreak Havoc on the competition? Let's find out.
Today we're looking at the Thermaltake Challenger Illuminated gaming keyboard, a fully backlit board that sports bold styling and a couple unique features, in looking to cater to discerning consumers who want something more affordable than an expensive mechanical board. The Thermaltake Challenger Illuminated is a new variant of the original Challenger; this new model has an tweaked layout, more compact design, and a fresh look, while still retaining some of the features that make it unlike any other board out there.
The Mionix Naos 8200 is positioned as the new flagship mouse from Mionix, and sits in the upper echelons of gaming mice. It's not cheap, but it looks absolutely captivating. Is it worth the premium? Can the Naos 8200 improve upon its predecessor without losing its original appeal? Let's find out.
The ROCCAT Savu looks to continue the innovative features we've previously seen, and if the past is any indication, then we expect big things from ROCCAT here with this gaming mouse. And while ROCCAT may not be quite as well known in North America as some established industry heavyweights, they've made quite a splash in Europe, and seem to be looking to expand on this side of the pond, complete with a healthy pedigree to back up their gaming lineup. With a price tag of about $70, can the ROCCAT Savu stack up well in a competitive market? Let's take a closer look and find out.
The NZXT Aperture M looks like it could be a great option for those needing more connectivity in their rig. Read on to find out more...