Madcatz gamers' essentials extravaganzaThe Saitek Cyborg V.7 keyboard is the result of a nerd’s wet dream: customizable backlit LED lights, touch sensitive panels, ports upon ports, programmable interfaces, and a space-age futuristic look.
The futuristic looking RAT7 mouse made from rubber coated plastic and metal parts looks almost Frankenstein-ish. The thoroughly designed plates on the mouse are all interchangeable in order to provide the user maximum comfort while also giving ultimate mousing control through the use of adjustable weights.
Wearing five plus 0.1 speakers on the head may be less inconvenient, expensive, ridiculous, or painful as it sounds. The Madcatz’ Tritton PC510 HDA gaming headset, priced at $99.99 USD on its website, offers true-to-life analog 5.1 with the mobility of a headset.

Saitek Cyborg V.7 keyboard review (by Kevin Wan)

The Saitek Cyborg V.7 keyboard is the result of a nerd’s wet dream: backlit LED lights, touch sensitive panels, ports upon ports, programmable interfaces, and a space-age futuristic look. The Saitek Cyborg V.7 sounds ridiculously technical and this keyboard has technicalities in spades. Want to change your keyboard from green to amber to red? No problem. You can even change different sections of the keyboard to different colors and brightness. This keyboard has tons of features, but unfortunately is not mechanical. However, the added features of this keyboard more than make up for that.

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The most common keys used by gamers, most notably WASD, and others are coated with a metallic finish ensuring durability. Gamers often get frustrated if they accidently hit the Windows key (and usually along with another key, causing a game to exit) – so Saitek has introduced a Windows-key lock function so that gamers won’t need to worry about hitting the windows key when smashing their fists on the keyboard when they get noob-tubed. This keyboard will even help with hardcore gamers who need to have certain actions programmed.

The wrist rest is rather odd looking, but fits with the futuristic look, but I would have prefered to have a full wrist rest instead of the odd gap in the middle. The connections on the keyboard extend to including an extra USB jack pass through as well as microphone and headphone pass through connections. This makes it convenient to plug in headphones or mics without having to reach to the computer in case it’s too far away.

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A majority of these features I feel are overkill for a standard keyboard user, but to gamers who often play in the dark; it is helpful to have different LED lit sections of a keyboard. This helps with spacial awareness when giving a full look down to the keyboard is too much during an intense gaming session. Changing zone colors is easy thanks to the touch sensitive panel at the top of the keyboard. Convienent multimedia buttons are also located on the touch panel. Macro buttons are located on both the left and right side of the board so this keyboard is great for both left handed and right handed gamers. Saitek really put a lot of thought into this keyboard and it shows by having numerous features while still maintaining a reasonable price point. Gamers who want more from their keyboards can’t go wrong by picking up a Saitek Cyborg V.7 keyboard!

 


 

Mad Catz Cyborg RAT 7 and GLIDE mouse pad (by Kevin Wan)

Mad Catz has taken computer mice to the next level with the Cyborg RAT 7. At first glance, the RAT 7 hardly looks like a standard mouse. The futuristic looking mouse made from rubber coated plastic and metal parts looks almost Frankenstein-ish. Don’t be fooled by its geeky appearance though because this mouse has lots of design thought put into it. The Frankenstein-looking plates on the mouse are all interchangeable in order to provide the user maximum comfort while also giving ultimate mousing control through the use of adjustable weights.

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Built into the mouse is an Allen wrench that you can remove to make adjustments to the device’s shape. You can adjust the thumb rest, the weight, and even the palm rest and pinky rest. I loved being able to adjust the mouse to be the right shape for my hand. The mouse has five programmable buttons, a metal scroll wheel, and an innovative horizontal thumb-scroll stick. There is also a mode switch next to the left click button that allows a user to toggle among three different configurations on the fly.

There is a handy mouse-sensitivity rocker switch within easy access that allows a user to change between four DPI profiles. For the first person shooter gamers, there is a precision aim button near where your thumb sits so you can switch to a different DPI by holding it down – the sniper gamers will love this feature. Imagine being able to slow down the mouse to head-shot accuracy while zoomed in with a sniper scope.

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The included configuration software is highly detailed and easy to use. You will spend the majority of your time tweaking the DPI settings for your profiles in the settings menu. The blog for the Cyborg RAT mice is handy for downloading pre-set profiles for your favorite apps or games. I prefer to use the Chrome profile where the horizontal scroll wheel can change tabs and the additional buttons on the mice is for back/forward browsing. Although the software doesn’t automatically load profiles for your games when you launch them, switching profiles is easy enough from the Windows task bar.

Regarding the use of the mouse, I’ve never felt such a precise ‘clicking’ action before. Compared to my previous Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer, the RAT 7’s mouse buttons are very precise and accurate – by providing satisfying tactile feedback. Other mice I’ve used have a loose feeling mouse button resulting in mis-clicking in the heat of gaming. One of my favorite ‘features’ is the cloth-covered cord – not sure of the functional use of it, but it sure sets this mouse apart among all the other gadgets on a desk.

G.L.I.D.E. MousepadIt is only right to use such an extraordinary mouse on an extraordinary mouse pad. The mouse pad is often a gamer’s last priority, but after playing on the Cyborg GLIDE mouse pad, this is my new must-have accessory. Simply put, the mouse pad is HUGE. The sheer size of this mouse pad is enough to stop a player from dropping off the edge during intense gaming. When paired with the RAT 7 mouse, the low friction synthetic fabric provides a perfect surface to mouse on. The thick foam rubber backing ensures it won’t move around on the desk and also provides a comfortable surface for your wrist.

The RAT 7 and GLIDE mouse pad would make a great gift for gamers but lately I’ve found this mouse to be great for office productivity as well. In fact, I am considering creating a custom RAT 7 mouse profile for Microsoft Excel – Mad Catz should explore making performance products for office workers next! I no longer mis-click into the wrong cell in spreadsheets thanks to the pin-point precision of this 6400DPI mouse!


Madcatz’ Tritton PC510 HDA gaming headset review (by KingYau Li)

Tritton PC510 HDA 5.1 headsetWearing five plus 0.1 speakers on the head may be less inconvenient, expensive, ridiculous, or painful as it sounds. The Madcatz’ Tritton PC510 HDA gaming headset, priced at $99.99 USD on its website, offers true-to-life analog 5.1 with the mobility of a headset.

Bulky with a rebellious black color, it appears to be no different than the many headphones that populated U.S. high schools prior to the i-music-device era. But its unsuspecting exterior is packed with designs for the user’s convenience. Without getting technical, the directional audio allows a gamer to instantly spot and react to “5 o’clock” without doing a 720-degree spin.

This immediate increase of immersion comes without the hassle of setting up five speakers, a subwoofer, and plugging a lot of cords into and out of a home theater system. With four precision speakers by each ear, noted by the interior shot from its product photo, the Tritton PC510 HDA produces sound from right/left front, right/left rear, and center and subwoofer.

Tritton PC510 HDA 5.1 headset“It really sounds like you’re walking through a collapsing structure!” said one Diablo 3 player as he attempted to get buried by some virtual scaffolds.

That is but one of the ways to experience the magical properties this headset brings as it fools the perception of a human brain by placing sounds where it does not exist.

The convenient luxury extends beyond the audio experience. The headset is connected to a breakaway controller before it is plugged into a computer, allowing the user to walk further than its 9-feet cable allows without losing the comfort provided by its headset. Comfort by headset is a real scenario with the Tritton PC510 HDA, as a user has no reason to take them off between the three heavily padded contact points.

Tritton PC510 HDA 5.1 headsetThe earpieces of the headset are large enough that they completely trap human ears, perhaps even some elves or demons (humanoid-type). Although the ears are trapped, they don’t get stuffy thanks to the leather-like material used for the surface of the padding.

Convenience doesn’t stop there. As with full 5.1 sound systems, the aforementioned audiophile-loving, breakable sound field controller rests nicely on the lap, while giving independent control over front, rear, center, subwoofer, mic, and master volume. And if the flexible microphone piece isn’t used at all, it can be detached from the headset easily as well.

There are a limited amount of headsets that can provide a comfortable experience for hours non-stop, Tritton PC510 HDA is definitely one, if not the only. Combined with the amazing audio and convenience it provides, there aren’t any headsets in the price range that can compete with it.

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