Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Review (@Razer)

It is fairly safe to say that Razer are best known for their wide range of gaming peripherals.  Today, I have the Blackwidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (2014) for review, and I can’t wait to get started!

The keyboard arrived in a well designed box, as always.  On the front there is a small window that gives you the opportunity to give a few keys a press to see how they feel and to test the switches.  Also on the front of the box is a nice view of the Blackwidow Ultimate itself, as well as some information relating to the keyboard and the new Razer mechanical switches.  The back of the box gives a more in-depth description of the switches, including the differences between the previous blue switches and the new green ones, as well as the features of the keyboard.

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Upon removing the keyboard from the box, things are kept pretty minimal.  You have the keyboard, and some documentation for the keyboard – the quick start guide, warranty information, product registration details, and lastly, the Razer stickers that are included with each purchase.  The keyboard itself has a nice matt back finish and the keys seem to be decently sized.  Along the top row of keys, they double up as media keys, backlighting control keys, and gaming mode On & Off keys – these aren’t dedicated though, so the use of the Function button is required.  Along the bottom of the keyboard is a nicely placed Razer logo that illuminates once plugged in, along with the backlighting that lights up the rest of the keyboard.  Down the left side of the keyboard there are five programmable macro keys, and lastly, there is a decent sized braided cable that has two USB plugs at the end, as well as two 3.5mm jacks that you can plug into your PC.  One of these USB plugs powers the keyboard, while the other powers the built-in USB port on the right side of the keyboard.  More about this later though.

Above the number pad is where you will find the notification lights.  These let you know if Gaming Mode is enabled, if Caps Lock is on, Number Lock, as well as letting you know when Macro Recording is active.  I quite like this area of the keyboard because if you have all of the above options turned off, the top corner section of the keyboard just looks like the rest of the keyboard.

In order to program the macro keys, you need to download the Synapse 2.0 software from the Razer website.  This seems to be something that needs doing with each Razer product, so if you have more than one device, luckily only the one download is required.  Once you have it up and running, you can make changes to the Blackwidow layout, lighting intensity, profiles, etc.  There are three tabs under the Keyboard header – Customize, Lighting, and Gaming Mode.  Within the customize tab is where you make changes to the profiles, enabling you to assign keys to different functions, from keyboard keys to mouse button clicks.  The lighting tab is self explanatory – you can adjust the lighting intensity and choose between the Pulsate mode, and the static brightness – levels include Bright, Normal, Dim, or Off.  Lastly, the previously mentioned Gaming Mode tab is where you can disable troublesome keys such as the Windows key and the Alt + Tab key, giving you the option to use the keys freely whilst gaming.  The final second and final header is the Macro header – as the name suggests, this is where you can create and program all of the macros that you require.  Alternatively, you can use the dedicated macro switch on the keyboard to record macros when you want, rather than having to load up Synapse to do so.  As always, any changes you make are saved to the cloud, allowing you to use the same settings from any computer with Synapse 2.0 installed.

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The new switches in the 2014 Blackwidow Ultimate are green, rather than the previous blue Cherry switches.  Razer appear to be very proud of these switches as they are made specifically for gaming, and they are NOT made by Cherry, like others are.  The reset time after clicking the keys now is actually shorter than it is with the Cherry MX switches, enabling you to get more key presses in a shorter time.  I’m sure there are gamers out there that would actually benefit from this, but, I am not one of them as I still press the keys just as hard as I did before.  Old habits are hard to break.

The USB and 3.5mm ports on the right side of the keyboard allow you to plug your headset and mouse directly into the keyboard.  I gave this a try and didn’t encounter any annoying buzzing or static noise with the headphones, and the mouse worked as it should also.  All in all, this feature works really well.  It could also be handy if you are someone who does not like wires sprawled out across the desk too much.  With it being on the right side of the keyboard, it was conveniently placed for me to use, being right-handed.  I’m not sure what left-handed people will think of it though as it would mean having wires going from right to left on the desk.

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Overall, I am impressed with the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.  It is durable and definitely helps Razer live up to the reputation it has in place for being one of the best for gaming peripherals.  I really like the green backlighting, and having the option to change the light intensity is something is very welcomed.  The ease of creating macros and setting up the keyboard to suit you using the Synapse software should be very inviting, even to gaming keyboard novices.  While I’m sure the new green switches will be appreciated by hardcore gamers, I couldn’t really benefit from them as I’m not into PC gaming as much as others – they did work really well though from what I could tell.  I think the Blackwidow will be a favourite for gamers of all ages, regardless of their PC gaming preferences!

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Perixx MX-3000 Laser Gaming Mouse – Review

Perixx is a company that are best known for their mice and keyboard range.  They were kind enough to send me out one of their MX-3000 gaming mice for review.

The packaging design for the MX-3000 is actually very nice.  With the flaming image surrounding the mouse, it stands out really well.  The image of the mouse shows you what to expect, and as with other products, you have the Perixx branding and the name of the mouse.  Also along the bottom you have the ‘Made in Germany’ logo.  The front of the box opens up to reveal the mouse itself so that you can see what you are getting before you buy.  This flap is secured in place by a magnet and is very easy to open and close.  On the rear of the box you will find a list of features, provided in several languages.  The sides of the box also provide some information related to the mouse.

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After removing the mouse from the box, I found a cute little metal tin which sports the Perixx logo and web address on the top.  Inside the tin are 6 weight cartridges that you can insert into the base of the mouse to give it more weight if required.  Also included is a user manual, some replacement friction stickers for the bottom, software disc, and the mouse.

The mouse itself has a very nice design to it.  The 3D red colour scheme looks very nice and the black & silver colours match in with the red very well.  The cable on the mouse is braided and has a gold USB connector on the end.  There are 8 buttons on the mouse that range from the standard left and right click, to the DPI changer.  You can programme these buttons as you wish using the bundled software, once installed on your PC/laptop.

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The DPI settings are easily changeable and can be changed all the way from 500 to 8200.  The LED lights on the top of the mouse indicate which level DPI you are currently on, making it easier to select your preferred setting.  If you use your mouse for several gaming genres or even for general use, you can edit different profiles using the bundled software.  This way there will be something for each part of your computer use, and even something for the different people that my be using your mouse.  The LEDs on the mouse are nice and bright and are located in places on the mouse that just make them ‘POP’.  You can change the colour scheme on the mouse using the software included, so you can change things around to match your current setup if required – always a nice touch and something that I use often, mostly because I like change.

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The mouse fits very nicely into the palm of my hand.  My hands are not huge by any means, and it is nice to find a mouse every now and then that actually fits without having to stretch out my fingers to reach the buttons.  The mouse glides nicely over the surface, whether it be just the top of the desk or a mouse mat.  I have used the mouse during fairly extended gaming sessions, as well as for everyday use and have only more minor gripe with the mouse.  The DPI buttons are not placed conveniently.  If you are mid game and decide that you want to either increase or decrease the DPI, the buttons are awkward to reach in a rush and take a little effort to press.  The DPI button placement is the only thing that I am not too keen on with this mouse though.

Overall, I am very impressed.  The mouse does what it is supposed to do and works amazingly well.  Having the option to customise the mouse colour wise is always welcomed by myself.  You can currently find this mouse on Amazon UK for the price of £24.99 GBP and it is well worth the money, in my opinion – even the DPI button placement would not put me off.

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System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
USB Port

M268 Gaming Mouse – Review (@TeckNetOnline)

The M268 Gaming Mouse is brought to you from the new range of gaming peripherals from TeckNet.  This review will focus on value for money, performance and style of the mouse.

Firstly, the packaging that the mouse arrived in shows and tells you everything that you need to know.  You are greeted with a perfect view of the mouse itself through a clear plastic window on the front of the box – prefect for viewing before you buy.  On the sides of the box you are shown the specs and system requirements for the mouse, as we as a list of design features for the mouse.  The vack of the box shows you a whole list of the mouse features, which range from an enhanced refresh rate, to a list of what each of the buttons do.

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Upon removing the mouse, I was instantly impressed with how lightweight the mouse is, especially compared to my previous mouse.  Weighing in at only 150g, it is easy to hold and maneuver around.  The mouse features a braided cable – around 2 meters in length – and a gold plated USB plug.  It also has two buttons on the left hand side of the mouse (forward and back), a DPI shift button, and the scroll wheel.  The mouse is also very sturdy and a nice weight.  It doesn’t feel overly heavy or light, and is a pleasure to use throughout both short and long PC sittings.

All of the buttons are accessible easily and can be used without having to overstretch your fingers to reach.  The mouse also fits very comfortably in my hand, and my hands aren’t overly big.  The DPI button does what it should, how it should.  Simply click the button to change between the presets of 1000DPI, 1600DPI, and 2000DPI.  As you change the DPI settings, the blue light on the mouse gets brighter – the brighter the light, the higher the DPI.  The mouse also glides nice and smoothly over both my desk surface, and the mouse mat surface, without any additional force required.

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With TeckNet now focusing on reasonably priced gaming mice, I think that following my experience with their products recently, they could definitely make an impact.  The M268 Gaming Mouse does what you would expect it to, without all of the fancy extras.  This is definitely a mouse that I would suggest to anyone, no matter what they use their PC for.

System Requirements:

Windows 98, 2000, XP, ME, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 & MAC OS
USB Port

**Please note**

The scroll wheel only works under the operating systems listed.  If you use the mouse with a different OS, the mouse may either not work or lose its enhanced features and function as a standard six-button mouse only.

TeckNet Black Wind X9800 High Precision Laser Gaming Mouse – Review (@TeckNetOnline)

I am usually not too fussy about the mouse I use when on the PC.  Lately though, I had thought about maybe upgrading to something a bit more advanced than the mouse that was bundled in when I bought my PC.  Luckily, TeckNet were kind enough to send a couple of their gaming mice my way.  Today I have the Black Wind X9800 High Precision Laser Gaming Mouse for review.

When the mouse first arrived, obviously the packaging was the first thing to catch my eye.  With the TeckNet branding in the top corner, an eye catching image of the mouse, and a whole bunch of information to boot, if a box could sell me a mouse, this sort of box would do just that.  On the back of the packaging, you have several different images and a whole variety of information and the specifications for the mouse.

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Upon removing the mouse from the box, I was greeted with the software CD, the mouse itself and an instruction manual.  Also included was a strange little round box.  Inside this box was several small round metal pieces.  These are actually weights that you can insert into the bottom of the mouse to make it heavier if it is too light for you.  Alternatively, you can remove them if you find it too heavy for you.  The mouse has a braided cable – roughly 2 meters in length – and a gold plated USB plug.

Having the option to completely personalise your mouse is a nice touch and something that easily pleases me.  You can do this through the provided software once you have installed it on your PC or laptop.  You can make changes to the colours of the lights on the mouse through this software, as well as to the buttons.  Something else that is always a pleasure is the comfort provided.  The mouse fits very comfortably in my hand, and my hands are reasonably small.  There are grooves where you would expect to find grooves, and the added rubberised grip around the main three buttons on the left side of the mouse is a nice touch.

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It is easy to access each of the 9 programmable buttons without having to stretch to use them.   Having the ability to store up to two gaming profiles is also a good thing.  I like to use my mouse at quite a high DPI, while my partner likes to use a lower DPI.  Being able to store the separate profiles makes it easier to change between these settings without having to fiddle about with things – it’s literally just a click of a button.  The low friction underside moves over both my desk and mouse mat with minimal effort, making those rapid movements during gameplay easy and smooth.

I have yet to encounter any issues whilst playing any games, to even just using the mouse as a part of everyday use.  My partner has also used it during long gameplay sessions and has absolutely no issues with the mouse at all.

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I am someone who spends a large amount of time on the PC for various reasons and for this reason, I like to have as much comfort as possible.  This mouse just adds to the comfort I already have and allows me to stay at the PC for longer intervals without the need for a break.  Whether you are an avid game player or just someone who uses the PC at regular intervals throughout the day, this mouse will definitely do the job.  The comfort that it provides, as well as the ease of setup and use, I can see this mouse becoming a large favourite with many people.

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
USB Port