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Razer Inc. introduces a new line of limited edition Star Wars Stormtrooper computer peripherals, just in time for May 4th. It consists of a Razer BlackWidow Lite keyboard ($99.99), Atheris wireless mouse ($59.99), and a sleek Goliathus Extended Gaming mouse mat ($34.99). Unlike the standard Atheris wireless mouse, this one is modeled after the iconic helmet and good for 300-hours of use on a single AA battery, while the keyboard comes equipped with Razer Orange Mechanical Switches that are designed for gaming. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Valve Index is the latest virtual reality headset set to hit the market, and the official release date as well as price have been revealed. Featuring two 1440 x 1600-resolution RGB LCDs running at 120Hz, with an experimental 144Hz mode, built-in speakers, and an IPD slider to adjust for the distance between your eyes. It costs $499 by itself and will also be sold in a bundle with the new trackers / Knuckles controllers for $999, with pre-orders begining tomorrow in the United States and European Union – shipping by July 1. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
Brother’s Compact Monochrome Laser Printer comes equipped with a flatbed scan glass for convenient copying and is engineered to scan directly from mobile devices, all for $99.99 shipped, today only, originally $149.99. Flexible paper handling choices include an up to 250-sheet capacity paper tray and WiFi printing from compatible mobile devices for added convenience, while automatic 2-sided printing helps save paper. Product page. Read more for another hands-on video and additional information.
Razer’s Lancehead TE Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse was created for both left as well as right-handed users with accessible, programmable buttons on both sides, and it’s being offered for just $34.99 shipped after clipping the on-page coupon, today only, originally $79.99. Customizable Chroma RGB Color Profiles includes 16.8 million color combinations w/ included presets. Small, tactile bumps increases grip and allows for more controlled scrolling in high-stakes gaming situations. Product page. Read more for another detailed video review and additional information.
Former student Vishwanath Akuthota of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York has pleaded guilty in the destruction of 66 computers at the school using a USB killer device. How does this device work? When connected to any device, it begins to accumulate charge from their capacitors, until it reaches the critical voltage, and then rapidly discharges it back to the host device, thus frying its electronic components. Read more for a video of USB killers being used on a Tesla Model 3 as well as other devices.
YouTuber Laplanet Arts like pasta and computers, so what better way to combine the two than by building a functional PC? Meet “LASAGNA PC V.1”. The computer portion is based around an ASUS Transformer tablet, which means he only need to make a computer case out of pasta, as the other hardware components – motherboard, batteries, buttons and ports – were ready to go. Other tools used include: hot glue, electric tape, and paint for added authenticity. Read more for the build video and additional information.
At $8999, the Microsoft Surface Hub 2S is touted as a collaborative display, but it’s essentially a 50.5-inch rolling PC. Featuring an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620, a 4K webcam, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 128GB M.2 SSD, integrated speakers, USB-C, USB-A, HDMI , mini-DP, a stylus, finger print reader, and an 8-element microphone system for video conferencing. Plus, you can use the Hub 2S with the Steelcase Roam Mobile Stand and APC Charge Mobile Battery to share ideas where AC power isn’t available. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
The Razer Core X Chroma, priced at $399, follows up on its predecessors, and features a 700-watt power supply, four USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet as well as Chroma RGB lighting. It’s compatible with a host of graphics cards, including the NVIDIA GeForce RTX / GeForce GTX / Quadro and AMD XConnect enabled Radeon / Radeon Pro cards, and use a single USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 cable for PC or Mac connections. Plus, the Razer Core X Chroma can power USB-C laptops with up to 100W using the included Thunderbolt 3 cable. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
The SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD is ultra fast and rugged enough to go anywhere, all for $142.99 shipped, today only during one-day storage sale, originally $349.99. It boasts high-speed transfers with up to 550MB/s read speeds, making it perfect for saving and editing high-resolution photos and videos. The drive is IP55-rated, which means it’s built to withstand water / dust, and also certified to stand up to 2-meter drops. Product page. Read more for two video reviews and additional information.
NVIDIA has just released its latest GeForce Game Ready driver update, and it brings their ray-tracing capabilities to the older 10-series GTX cards. Up until this latest update, ray-tracing has been reserved for its pricier GeForce 20-series RTX graphics cards, due to the GPUs’ underlying Turing architecture boasting dedicated RT cores for handling the complex calculations ray-tracing needs. “With this new driver however, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and higher GPUs can execute ray-tracing instructions on traditional shader cores, giving gamers a taste, albeit at lower RT quality settings and resolutions, of how ray tracing will dramatically change the way games are experienced,” said the company. Read more for benchmark comparison videos and additional information.