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Good Gaming Mouse – MasterMouse S incoming!

 

GGPC Cooler Master MASTERMOUSE S incoming to NZ

 

Just announced – the new MasterMouse S is coming to New Zealand soon \o/ A small and elegant gaming mouse that aims to provide a secure and satisfying grip.

GGPC TactiX ButtonThe body of the mouse sports five buttons (not including the dpi switch), one of which is a secondary function button that will allow us to map another command to the other four buttons – we like this layout as it’s easy to use and allows for some pretty handy hotkeys to be activated directly from the mouse, simply mapping health and mana potions to a single button and having the shifter let you activate either is pretty sweet but things get really cool when you map a steady fire macro as the alternate left click function, unloading a whole clip accurately at range is a killer. They actually call this shifter button the “Storm TactiX” which does sound a bit cooler than the shift term we like to use 😛 It’s located just under the base of your thumb for very easy access.

The MasterMouse S has onboard memory, so we can save our macros within five profiles, with everything being saved on the mouse. These profiles can also save unique settings to each with two RGB illumination zones, there is one along the rim of the mouse wheel and one at the rear edge and both be customised with the usual  spectrum of 16.7 million colours as well as a range of effects that can be assigned to each of the zones independently.

All of the lighting settings, button functions, macros, DPI levels and various sensor settings can be tweaked easily via Cooler Master’s Portal software which is the new unified software package for all things CM 🙂

Aside from all this good stuff we get all the other usual premium bits like a matte UV coating that is easy to clean and resistant to finger smudges, main buttons equipped with those glorious Omron switches which can take a beating and a nice patterned PVC cable which at 1.8 meters long is pretty savvy for a little lounge room gaming.

Both the new MasterMouse S above and another MasterMouse S Lite version are heading to New Zealand now, we’ll update our GGPC Computers Blog as soon as we get our hands on one!

Good Gaming Keyboard – The Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum

UPDATE: This amazing keyboard is available in NZ now!

Not to be confused with the previous Orion Spark the new Logitech G Orion Spectrum is what happens when a company listens to customer feedback and adjusts to make their products even better.  An awesome version of the G910 from Logitech is incoming – The G910 Orion Spectrum!

With a darker look, RGB logo and those ultra fast Romer-G mechanical switches to give you incredible responsiveness, this sleek RGB Mechanical keyboard actuates your presses faster than standard mechanical switches.  This faster actuation gives you faster response for the winning edge in battles where every move you make matters.

A small detail in the keycaps has been adjusted to be smoother allowing for easier finger travel between them during the more complex maneuvers we all attempt while in the heat of battle.

As with the original Orion Spark the Spectrum allows for some pretty extreme customisation via the Logitech Gaming software, you can tweak keyboards lighting effects and mark individual keys by colour to keep track of spells and game commands.  Each key’s backlight can be customised from a palette of 16.8 million colors. The key letters are entirely illuminated for a beautiful, evenly-lit glow with minimal light leakage 🙂  You can also download ARX Control app for your smartphone (here are links for Android and Apple) which introduces some second-screen capabilities.  Use your smart phone or tablet screen to display in-game info, vital system statistics and more.  The keyboard’s adjustable smart dock positions your phone perfectly at the top of the keyboard.

We’ve really put this keyboard through some extremely enjoyable game testing and happily give it our full recommendation – the Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum is GOOD!

This keyboard is outstanding top to bottom, in-game integration for lighting effects is simply outstanding – check out the video below as we test this with Counter Strike: Global Offensive using the key lighting to signal the number of rounds left in our clip.

 

Good Gaming Mouse – G403 Prodigy Wireless from Logitech G!

Logitech have absolutely nailed it with their latest design – the G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse is an exceptional piece of gaming gear with a very comfortable shape and smooth movements that performs well above its price point. Logitech have created a lightweight, ergonomically designed body with rubber grips on the left and right sides to give you added control while the body molds to your hand for long-lasting comfort during gameplay 🙂

The Prodigy G403 brings together supreme comfort, quality, and durability in a wireless mouse that’s built for speed, accuracy and endurance. With a 1ms report rate, G403 is up to 8x faster than standard mice, when the mouse is moved or clicked, the response is near-instantaneous allowing us to be more accurate than ever been before. The G403 Prodigy features the world’s most advanced gaming mouse sensor, used by eSports pros worldwide and it is exceptionally precise and consistent so you can respond quicker and enjoy more accurate targeting. With a lightweight construction and included 10g removable weight, you have options when it comes to tuning the mouse to your preferences.  Advanced buttons use metal springs to help keep the left and right mouse buttons primed to click, reducing the force needed to click and delivering exceptional click feel, response, and consistency.

Battery life wise the mouse holds its charge well and we were able to game with no interruptions for a full night, should the gaming session last so long that you do need to charge simple connect the cable to front of the mouse and continue gaming on 🙂 This charging cable can also be used as a USB wireless dongle extension thanks to a handy adaptor included in the box.

GGPC G403 Progidy Gaming Mouse

Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse can be fully configured using Logitech Gaming Software to quickly match to your preferences. As with other recent gear from Logitech G you can use this software to choose from a palette of up to 16.8 million colours and brightness levels(both the logo and a laser strip on the mouse wheel) to match your favorite team, personal style, system or environment. Advanced users can configure the 6 programmable buttons to simplify in-game actions via the Logitech Gaming Software and quickly execute complex tasks, you can then save your settings to the memory on the mouse and use your settings on any PC without needing additional software or requiring a log in to use them. With onboard memory, you can take your settings with you wherever you go. On-the-fly DPI shifting that lets you program and switch between up to 5 sensitivity settings, from pixel-precise targeting (200 DPI) for sniping, to lightning-fast maneuvers (up to 12000 DPI) for fast and accurate 180-degree turns.

It’s not often we see a mouse this good, and after a long weekend gaming with it we happily give this mouse our GGPC Recommends Award – The Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse is GOOD!

Good Gaming Keyboard – The Zalman ZM-K900M

GGPC Recommends ZM-K900M

We first caught a glimpse of the Zalman Gaming Keyboard at the recent Computex 2016 Expo and it captured our attention immediately, so good were the first impressions of this keyboard that we returned for another go with it the next day.

What made the the Zalman Keyboard stand out?

– No drivers or software needed
– Solid build with a nice key layout
– Excellent features (especially the built in microphone, macro recording including mouse clicks and lighting options)

To begin with, the ZM-K900M has the ability to customise everything directly from the keyboard and will store your choices via the keyboards internal memory. This means that you can create a macro and save when connected to any computer without having to install dedicated software. It doesn’t end with gaming macro either, you can customize everything on the K900m from the keyboard and when you connect it to another system all your perfectly tuned settings will be ready to enjoy right away – no sync, no hassle.

For those of us that use macro while online gaming we can also quickly adjust the speed of the macros and utilize loop and timing as needed, this helps ensure our commands will work even if we end up in a match with a less than ideal internet connection.

The keyboard itself has some of the cleanest RGB lighting we’ve seen, it’s well constructed with very little flex when trying to bend, there are non-slip rubber feet on the kickstands and a cable management channel underneath allows you to direct the braided cable (which is also really high quality) out the left or right of the keyboard to suit your setup. The switches used are called Kailh and feel just like Cherry MX blue with quick press and satisfying click. The keyboard’s built in microphone adds a further layer of effects not often seen and with the EQ feature your RGB lighting can be used to provide some excellent visuals while you type, game or listen to your favourite tunes.

How is it in action?

Having no software makes this one very different from the other gaming keyboards we’ve used recently, usually we would talk about how what game configs were pre-available for download but seeing as this keyboard is really about doing it yourself for yourself we thought we would jump into a game to see what’s involved and how it really works.

When it comes time to customise things and create your perfect layout we recommend starting out by making our keyboard a uniform colour, we choose a deep blue as this would make it easy for the goto keys to stand out (to do this push Fn+DEL and then select your chosen colour from the RGB rainbow that has appeared on the keyboard).

We then highlighted the WASD keys in a vibrant white so they could always be found easily should our fingers wander away, this is done by first pushing Fn+7 to enter colour mode, then press Fn+= to enter key select mode, from here simply click the any of the keys you want to be a certain colour, then tap Fn to bring up the rainbow and select your preference. We continued to customise our 1,2,3,4 weapon keys in other colours so they would also stand out and finishing off the look with our interact, sprint, reload and melee keys. (on a side note, if you change your mind about the base colour and want to change your surrounding keys while leaving your custom ones set you can push Fn+INS to do this)

Happy with our basic layout it’s time to make some macros!

We wanted to create something that uses both mouse and keyboard presses to complete so we’ve streamlined the motion of switching to C4, throwing a charge and then switching back to our primary weapon. We then created a quick detonate charge macro and finally made a switch to pistol, unload the clip, and then return to primary weapon – this is possible on the ZM-K900M because its macro can include mouse clicks!

Making these was actually very easy, there are a bunch of ready to program macro keys around the middle of the keyboard so for our C4 macro we started out by pressing and holding FN+O for 3 seconds then release at which time the keyboard began recording which is signaled by a little blinking light at the top left – from here it was as simple as pushing 4 (for C4) then left mouse click (deploy a charge) and finally 1 (to switch back to primary) – we continued through in the same fashion to make our other macros – so much fun but it sort of feels like cheating!

We’ve done something a little different to show off how well the live macro recording works with timings 🙂 We thought it would be fun if we jumped on a Gaming PC and went for a little drive in Dirt Rally while recording, then restarted the race and had the keyboard macro do the driving for us – surprisingly it worked!

Although this one’s a bit harder to master than something with dedicated software that’s what sets this Zalman Z-Machine Gaming Keyboard apart from the rest, and with some very unique and excellent features we are happy to add this fine keyboard to our GGPC recommends list – the ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard is GOOD!

 

Good Gaming Keyboard – Cooler Master Masterkeys

Masterkeys Lite is GOOD

Cooler Master have got another new gaming keyboard – well actually this one’s a combo!

Introducing the new Cooler Master Masterkeys Lite 🙂  Unlike the above gaming keyboards which use the Cherry MX this new value keyboard is packing CM’s own mem-chanical switch which not only feels great but also conforms to the Cherry MX standard shape so we can add aftermarket custom key caps very easily, it’s still early days for the Maker Hub but we’ll be keeping an eye on this for 3D printable models to appear, until then Thingiverse certainly has more than enough to keep us modding!

Masterkeys LiteWhile the Masterkeys Lite Keyboard might not be quite as bright as its big brothers this keyboard still produces that clean RGB LED glow we’re in love with.  They’ve added something really interesting to the kickstands by running a grippy texture along the back so when you’ve got the keyboard laying flat it still sticks to your desk like glue.

Even though the target is value this keyboard is still very well built and you can change the LED lighting to suit you setup quickly and easily from the keyboard itself without additional software or drivers needed, simple must haves like disabling the windows key (which is printed with a Cooler Master logo on this keyboard) can be done easily by pushing Fn+F12 and you’ll also find a host of media and lighting controls can be accessed in the same way.

The included mouse is a nice shape has an LED indicator that flashes in several colours as you change though the DPi settings lighting up the scroll wheel and also a thin strip at the base of the mouse, you can make this glow constant and even cycle to a RGB breathing mode by clicking the DPi shift + scroll wheel simultaneously  – awesome stuff Cooler Master!

The version we have to play with has a L on the box as well which leads us to believe a second 10keyless version might be on the way which is always nice (UPDATE: Yep, there’s a new S version), in any case this is certainly the best entry level combo we’ve had the pleasure of using in a long time (since the Cooler Master Devastator II actually) and we’re happy to give this new value gaming combo our GGPC recommends badge – the Masterkeys Lite is GOOD!