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Today, Razer, a leader in entertainment software and devices , announced the launch of the first ever mechanical switch specifically designed for gaming – the Razer Mechanical Switch.

Traditional mechanical switches were primarily designed to be used for typing, the newly announced Razer Mechanical Switches have been completely designed for gaming.

After doing extensive research, the award winning engineers from Razer have identified the actual distance for a gaming switch to within a fraction of a millimeter and have reduced the distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half, allowing for better precision as well as faster gaming commands.  This is noticeable when compared to standard mechanical switches. Also, the newly announced Razer Mechanical Switches are produced using an ultra precise manufacturing technique that when coupled with gold plated contact points, will provide users with a lifespan of up to 60 million key strokes.

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Although the Razer Mechanical Switches were designed from the ground up by Razer scientists and engineers, mass production was carried out by a third party manufacturer.  To ensure that each switch was made to meet the demanding specifications and also to make sure that the switches was up to the standard of the blueprints and specifications, Razer placed its own quality assurance experts on the production floor.

The Razer Mechanical Switches have been thoroughly tested by the world’s most demanding eSports competitors who have validated the switches in some of the most intense professional gaming tournaments.

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“The new switches on the Razer BlackWidow have a lighter and smoother feel, allowing me to play at a faster pace than before,” says Jens “Snute” Aasgaard, Team Liquid StarCraft player. “It’s comfortable and solid – perfect for long practice sessions and tournaments.”

“Instead of focusing solely on typing comfort, as traditional mechanical switches have done, we had to completely rethink the conventional approach behind the actuation and reset points of mechanical switches in order to fine-tune them for gaming,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “Our engineers’ focus for the specification was on speed, accuracy and durability to bring the unfair advantage to gamers worldwide. The new switch makes the most popular gaming keyboard in the world even better.

The Razer Mechanical switch is available on the new Razer BlackWidow family of mechanical gaming keyboards, and is open to other gaming peripheral makers who wish to manufacture the highest quality gaming-grade mechanical keyboards.

The all new Razer Mechanical Switch comes in two types: The Razer Green switch that is tactile and clicky, requiring a force of 50 g to actuate; and the Razer Orange switch that is tactile yet silent, requiring a force of 45 g to actuate.

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For more information regarding the Razer Mechanical Switches, as well as the Razer BlackWidow range of gaming keyboards, please head to http://www.razerzone.com/razer-mechanical-switches

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Today I have the next product in the latest gaming range from TeckNet, the T21 Gaming Keyboard, to review.  I have been impressed with TeckNet’s gaming range so far, but can the T21 keyboard live up to expectations?

The packaging for the T21 keyboard is what you would expect for a keyboard.  It is very informative, providing information about the macro keys, as well as the anti-ghosting keys.  The box features a nice front view of the keyboard itself, so you pretty much know what you are getting before you even take it out of the box.  The back of the box contains even more information in regards to the keyboard and some of its features.

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When I removed the keyboard from the box I was instantly impressed with the build quality of the keyboard itself.  It is very weighty (1.5kg), very sturdy, and the actual style is something that will not look out of place on your desk.  The keyboard boasts a 1.8m braided cable with two gold-plated USB adapters on the end (one to power the keyboard and one to power the USB port on the rear of the keyboard), 20 anti-ghosting keys, a volume control dial, and a USB port on the rear of the keyboard.  The black and red colour scheme goes very well with the rest of the TeckNet gaming range also, so everything fits together nicely, as it should.  Also included in the box is the driver/software CD and a macro expansion module.

Setting the keyboard up was as straightforward as it could be.  Plug in the keyboard to your PC, install the bundled software, and away you go.  Using the PC software, you can then program any key you like to do whatever you want it to – perfect for assigning keys to make your gaming session that little bit easier.  The included macro expansion module clips quite nicely on to the top of the keyboard over the top of the function keys.  You connect this up via the USB 2.0 port on the rear of the keyboard itself and can then program these keys as you wish.

The T21 keyboard features silica gel material under the keys which provides premium elasticity, making the keyboard a dream to use when both gaming and typing.  The volume control lights up a very nice blue colour, so it is easy to find during gaming sessions.  The right hand side of the keyboard has a foldaway arm that you can expand to attach another expansion, if required.  Also included on the keyboard are 20 anti-ghosting keys which gives you the ability to use more than one key at a time – something that is very popular with PC gamers.  The palm rest provides added support and comfort during PC sessions, again, whether it be for gaming or regular use.

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After using the keyboard for a prolonged amount of time, it is very comfortable to use.  I have not suffered any hand fatigue whilst playing games, and using the keyboard to type is also a nice experience.  The features seem to cover everything that a gamer would want it to, and everything works as it should.  The quality of the keyboard does not disappoint, and with the price-tag being a lot lower than other gaming keyboards (around £40 GBP), I can see it fast becoming a favourite in the PC gaming community.

When playing your favourite PC games, you want to have an advantage over your opponents. Now all is well and good when playing during the day or when you have lights on, but it can be a real pain when playing in the dark.  This is where illuminated keyboards come into play.

The PX-1100 Keyboard is an illuminated gaming keyboard from Perixx.  This keyboard comes in two versions – one with the UK layout and one with the US layout. I have the UK layout version to review for you today.

The keyboard itself comes in a cardboard box packaging. The box shows you pretty much all of the information you need to know, ranging from features of the keyboard, to the operating systems that the keyboard functions on.

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Once removing the keyboard from the box, I found myself instantly I pressed with the build quality. The keyboard is very sturdy and feels very solid to use and hold. Also included is an adjustable palm rest that helps make using the keyboard more comfortable, especially over long periods of time.

The keyboard connects to your PC using a USB plug.  No additional drivers are required as the keyboard is simply a plug and play device. Once connected and the drivers are installed, you can get going straightaway.

The first thing I noticed was the clear backlight colouring of the keyboard. It starts up as blue and you can use the dedicated colour changer button to cycle through the colours. You have the choice of blue, red, and a pink/purple colour. Each colour illuminates all of the keys on the keyboard very well and allows the keys to be seen very clearly when the lighting in the room Is not overly bright. The sides of the keyboard have LEDs that match the colour scheme you choose as your backlight – you can never have too many snazzy lights!There is also a dimmer switch which allows you to set the keyboard brightness to a level that suits you. Finally, there is also an option to turn the backlight off – a great feature for gamers and/or users that would rather not have the light on. The only thing missing really is the green colour backlight and I only mention it because green is my favourite colour.

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The keys on the PX-1100 are nicely spaced apart from each other. I have had problems in the past with keyboards having their keys too close together, resulting in regular typos while typing.  I can honestly say that I have not encountered a single issue when typing with this keyboard. The keys are not the noisy type either. They have a nice soft touch to them when typing and are also very responsive – very helpful when both typing and gaming.

The top right corner of the keyboard houses the media buttons, as well as the colour changing button and the dimmer switch dial. You have buttons for play, pause, forward and rewind, and stop, and also the volume and mute buttons.  The adjustable palm rest can be slid in and/or out to fit your needs and hand size. It is also completely remove able if you would rather not use it all – a nice feature for people like myself, who don’t actually use the palm rests.

On the base of the keyboard you will find the standard height adjusters which, as usual, can be clipped out to increase the height at the back of the keyboard. Also included inside of these clips are slightly smaller height adjusters for those people who prefer just a slight elevation to their keyboards. There is also plenty of rubber grips on the base of the keyboard to stop it from moving about when in use.

I feel that I should note that there are not any dedicated gaming keys. For the price you are paying though, which is around £39.99 GBP on Amazon UK at time of posting, this is something that cannot really be complained about. The more money you pay, the more features you will get.

Overall, I am a very big fan of the PX-1100 keyboard. Considering the small price you are paying, you definitely get your moneys worth, and more. The high quality back lighting, the ability to change colour if you want to, and the ease of typing and use, this keyboard is great for gamers and casual users alike.

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System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
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When it comes to PC peripherals, there are plenty out there to choose from.  Being a night owl though, I am always on the lookout for something that will benefit myself as well as my partner.  I received the Anker Ultrathin Backlit Wired Keyboard just over a week ago now – here are my thoughts on it.

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When I first received the keyboard I was glad to see that it was as described in the name – Ultrathin.  My previous keyboard is quite bulky so the Anker one measuring in at 45 x 21 x 1 cm and weighing only 975g, definitely makes a welcomed change.  The keyboard itself has an impressive finish to it with its aluminium palm rest, and the overall black and silver theme goes really well together.  Build quality is very good – everything feels well made and works as it should.

Getting the keyboard set-up to use was as simple as it could have been.  You plug-in the USB plug to your PC and you’re up and running.  Like I said, simple!  The keyboard itself has 15 independent multimedia and hot keys which make performing tasks easy and straightforward.  The top right corner of the keyboard sports a dimmer switch which is used to control the amount of illumination the keys and buttons put out on the keyboard when in use – having the illumination turned on makes nighttime use so much easier, especially if you prefer to use the PC in the dark (like I do).  The palm rest helps to alleviate hand fatigue which can be caused by prolonged periods of typing and computer use.  Another feature of the keyboard that makes nighttime use easier is the whisper quiet keys.  Not only are they quiet, they are also very responsive and feel cushioned when you press them.

I have used this Anker keyboard for several different tasks over the few days that I have used it.  These tasks range from playing games to typing out emails and long text documents, as well as your basic daily use.  I have yet to encounter an issue with keyboard and everything works as it should do.  Personally, I think that people who use the keyboard for basic every day activities, as well as those who play games in a casual manner would more than likely benefit the most from this keyboard as there are more advanced and gaming focused keyboards available for the hardcore gaming types.

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Overall, I am very impressed with the Anker Ultrathin Backlit Wired Keyboard.  It does exactly what you would expect it to and is a breeze to set-up.  The illuminated keys makes nighttime use so much easier, and the whisper quiet keys means that you are less likely to disturb others in the room when you are busy typing away.  For the price that you can pick this keyboard up for (around £26.00 GBP), I doubt you will be disappointed with anything at all.  The keyboard does what you would expect of it, and how you would expect it to.

I will mention that I was a bit surprised that when I powered down the PC, the lights on the keyboard stayed illuminated.  This was the case right up until I turned the dimmer switch all the way down.  I am not sure if this is supposed to happen or if it is a driver issue.

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I needed a new wireless keyboard and mouse because the wired ones that I had were no longer convenient due to the PC’s location. I didn’t want to pay through the nose for something, so went looking for something cheap and cheerful.

I came across the Octigen Wireless Keyboard & Mouse set for £11 on Amazon UK, and after reading the reviews, I decided to give it a try. Needless to say, I am pretty happy with the product.

When first setting up the keyboard & mouse, it was just a case of plugging in the USB dongle, putting the batteries in the keyboard and mouse, and away we go – it really was that simple.

The mouse itself is very nice to look at, although it is reasonably smaller than a regular mouse. I have fairly small hands and it fits quite snuggly and is a pleasure to use. If you are male, or have large hands, this may not suit you quite as well.

The keyboard is a decent size, complete with all of the regular hot keys – volume, mute, mail, search, etc. It fits quite nicely on my lap when using it, and does what you would expect of a keyboard. The keys aren’t noisy and clunky like some keyboards, which adds to my pleasure because I like them quiet. There is a glossy effect to the keyboard which seems to be a magnet for fingerprints, but these wipe away pretty easily.

I have had my keyboard & mouse set for almost 6 weeks at time of posting and have only had to change the batteries once. I believe this could be because the batteries that were included were just your bog standard batteries, which do the job at first to enable you to set up and use straight out of the box.

All in all, for the price, I would definitely recommend the Octigen Wireless Keyboard & Mouse set to anyone who wants something that does the job, but without breaking the bank.

**Review written 21/05/12