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SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
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When you are shopping for a gaming keyboard what features are at the forefront of your mind? If you are looking for LED backlit keys, an LCD display or macro keys then you won't find them here. Benchmark Reviews brings you the SteelSeries 7G mechanical Gaming Keyboard. SteelSeries have taken a much different approach to the gaming market with their first mechanical gaming keyboard, by bringing durability and quality in the form of individual 18k gold plated mechanical switches and an inner metal chassis to bring to you one heavyweight keyboard. I can't say for sure if this keyboard is an IBM Model M killer because I dont own one of those, but if this keyboard lasts anywhere near as long as some of those Model M's have lasted then it will be a very worthy investment indeed...


Razer BlackWidow Gaming Keyboard
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For a select few, mechanical keyboards hold a special place in their hearts, unfortunately for those people the number of mechanical keyboards on the market is very small with even less having any type of unique design for gaming. Razer recently introduced the Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard, which uses the Cherry MX Blue switches to give it auditory and tactile feedback along with requiring less pressure to actuate. Razer hope to compete with the SteelSeries 7G and the Qtronix XARMOR-U9BL using the BlackWidow's venomous bite as its weapon. As Razer's first foray into the mechanical keyboard market, and Benchmark Reviews will determine whether the BlackWidow is as venomous as they claimed or if it's all for show.


Mad Catz Call of Duty: Black Ops Stealth Mouse
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Human input devices (especially the mouse) are very much akin to musical instruments. They are both designed to take the coordinated movements of human hands and transduce them into a predictable yet marvelous output. For instruments the output are sound waves, but on a computer the output can be any imaginable manipulation of a virtual world. In both cases the benchmarks for quality are surprisingly similar. For example, what is it made of, is it well made, does it feel good, is it convenient to use, does it work well and does it look good? With these questions in mind, Benchmark Reviews reviewed the newest release from Mad Catz, the Call of Duty: Black Ops Stealth Mouse. Based on the Cyborg R.A.T. platform the Stealth Mouse adds some style that, for this reviewer, stirs up some new thoughts about the future of gaming mice.

Mad Catz Call of Duty: Black Ops Stealth Mouse CD74371200A1

Gigabyte Aivia K8100 Gaming Keyboard
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Gigabyte may be a name known to some due to their motherboards, but it seems the company has recently decided to venture into the over saturated peripheral market with the release of the Gigabyte Aivia K8100 keyboard. This keyboard - similar to their recent motherboards - is aimed at the enthusiast computer crowd. With features such as 20-key simultaneous anti-ghosting as well as up to 100 programmable, on-board macros, this keyboard is clearly for the hardest of hardcore gamers. Within this review, Benchmark Reviews tests the Gigabyte Aivia K8100 gaming keyboard.

Mad Catz Cyborg RAT 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse
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Since the consumer computer mouse was introduced in the early 1980s, we've seen design innovations like the scroll wheel (1995), the wireless mouse and optical mouse sensor (2001), and the laser-based mouse sensor (2005). Various companies have added extra programmable buttons, internal LED lighting, and even built-in fans to cool your sweaty hands. Today's gamers have a plethora of high-performance gaming mice to choose from. Is there anything else left to innovate? Mad Catz thinks so, and Benchmark Reviews checks out their latest mouse, the Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 wireless gaming mouse, to see if they're right.

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse

Ozone Radon 5K Laser Gaming Mouse
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When gamer spends $1000 on new hardware but still uses a basic Microsoft mouse and keyboard they might be holding themselves back when it comes to their gaming experience. In order to fix this many companies have started creating peripherals specifically with the task of bringing about the best gaming experience possible. Ozone's newest addition to the fray is the Ozone Radon 5k Gaming Mouse which boasts the 5600DPI Twin Eye sensor, and a 1000Hz polling rate, all for around $70. These specs look like they could add up to a great mouse but can Ozone compete with the likes of Razer, Logitech, Steelseries, and even Microsoft? Benchmark Reviews will run the Radon 5k through its paces to see if it really is as good as it looks on paper.

Razer Lachesis V2 5600 dpi Laser Gaming Mouse
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Razer debuted the original Lachesis 4000 dpi gaming mouse back in 2007. For its day, the Lachesis was one of the most sensitive mice you could buy, although by today's standards that 4000 dpi mark isn't such a big deal. Razer have updated the Lachesis V2 gaming mouse with a new design and new sensor, the 3.5G laser sensor in this new version supports up to 5600 dpi and the Lachesis has customizable lighting for both the wheel and the logo, which can be set to individual colors dependant on your preference. The Lachesis gaming mouse also features nine programmable buttons with 1000Hz ultrapolling for a 1ms response time. Benchmark Reviews will now put the Razer Lachesis V2 5600 dpi gaming mouse through its paces and report back with our findings for you.


Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse RVF-00001
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Believe it or not, Microsoft has been creating hardware devices for over 25 years. They are no stranger to devices with both form and function. Very recently, Microsoft Hardware Division has created the new Arc Touch wireless mouse that falls in line with such products as the previously reviewed Arc Keyboard. Benchmark Reviews has been given the opportunity to check out Microsoft's Arc Touch Wireless Mouse, model RVF-00001. With such features as a scroll-wheel replacing touch-strip, 2.4ghz wireless technology, and an ambidextrous design, this looks to be a very promising device. There are plenty of wireless mice out on the market already, does Microsoft have what it takes to be competitive in this saturated market? Read the full review of the Microsoft Arch Touch on Benchmark Reviews to find out.


Genius MaxFire Pandora-Pro USB Mini Gamepad
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Sometimes I find that playing games with a keyboard just does not cut it. Games that require quick action such as platform games or puzzle games don't always work as well using a computer keyboard. Game pads feel much more natural when you are trying to defeat your opponent in a fighting game, or get to the next grueling level on a fast paced puzzle game. There are a variety of game pads, and Benchmark Reviews has tested many of these game pads over the years. Genius has provided Benchmark Reviews the Mini USB Maxfire Pandora Pro. This is a type of game pad that is often overlooked in this segment, a small and portable game pad. With features such as the ability to fold into a small package and turbo buttons, the Pandora Pro promises features from the larger types of game pads, but in a might more portable package. Read the full article on Benchmark Reviews to see if they can deliver.


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