June 17, 2015

Announcing the Cherry MX Board 6.0

CHERRY, specialist in computer input devices, is presenting the MX Board 6.0, the world's most responsive performance keyboard for enthusiasts. The keyboard combines the latest RealKey-technology for analog signal processing with the proven and precise MX-switches for uncompromised performance. With this flagship model, CHERRY aims for an absolute puristic design of the highest quality.

With its RealKey-technology, the MX Board 6.0 achieves unmatched performance. Thanks to an analogue signal path, all buttons are connected directly to the controller, so there is no need for digital scanning of the switching points. The MX Board 6.0 can rapidly transmit signals to the PC in less than a millisecond and is ideally suited for situations where response time is crucial. In contrast, conventional mechanical keyboards works much slower and need around 20 milliseconds because of their signal conversion. More so, RK-technology allows for a full N-key rollover and 100 percent reliable anti-ghosting. CHERRY ensures that all keys can be read simultaneously, actively preventing any erroneous interpretation of the signal inputs.

Proven MX technology

The MX Board 6.0 has been fully equipped with its own, German engineered, high-quality gold-crosspoint switches, which have a lifespan of more than 50 million operations, allowing CHERRY to guarantee the highest precision when triggered. The new performance keyboard utilizes red switches, which operate without tactile feedback and minimal resistance. The linear actuation force is 45 centinewton. Each switch is also equipped with a red LED. This gives the MX Board 6.0 an even backlight with brightness control. The matching laser-engraved keycaps are optimized to achieve perfect illumination. CHERRY has accomplished this by using higher key caps, like with the G80-3000. With this change, unwanted illumination of the key gaps are eliminated.

Feature set for enthusiasts

In order to make long-term use more comfortable, users can attach an included rubberized palm rest. Its easy handling is guaranteed thanks to a sophisticated mounting magnet system, allowing the palm rest to quickly be removed for cleaning or stowing. CHERRY is catering to enthusiasts with the configurable Windows key, bi-color status keys and twelve function keys that can be assigned with two different functions.

Purist design and excellent craftmanship

Despite its eye-catching backlight, the MX Board 6.0 features a basic and puristic design. CHERRY has chosen for a high-quality 454 x 147 x 24,8 mm housing. The upper side is made of aluminum with a sanded finish; a grease-repellent coating ensures high resistance against everyday influences. The high quality of the keyboard is complemented by its textile braided, two-meter long USB-cable.

Price and availability

CHERRY offers this new responsive, high-end keyboard for the performance segment at a suggested retail price of €189. The MX Board 6.0 is commercially available as of now.

GUNNAR Unleashes a New Collection of Gaming Eyewear Designed by Razer

GUNNAR, the world’s leading creator and manufacturer of computer and gaming eyewear, today released its latest line of cooperative styles in partnership with Razer™, a pioneer in connected devices and software for gamers. The GUNNAR Designed by Razer collection unites GUNNAR’s patented i-AMP® lens technology, precision-engineered to reduce eye strain and improve the sharpness of high-resolution displays, with sleek signature black-and-green frames inspired by Razer’s iconic credo: “For Gamers. By Gamers.”

“Razer has always stood for cutting-edge design with brilliant products that give gamers every advantage over the competition,” said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan. “GUNNAR shares our passion for product innovation and design elegance, and we’re delighted to collaborate with them to push the limits of performance and style even further.”

GUNNAR Designed by Razer includes two new gaming eyewear styles: RPG Designed by Razer and Cerberus Designed by Razer. Each model is forged with high-strength - lightweight frame materials to provide long-lasting durability and optical stability. Soft, thermoplastic, rubber-tipped temples grip lightly to prevent slippage, with hidden spring hinges that flex to rest comfortably on a wide variety of head and face shapes. GUNNAR Designed by Razer products also feature wide-format lenses to create a panoramic viewing field that immerses gamers in the action.

Standing out uniquely with its dual-rail temple construction, the RPG Designed by Razer is built with feather-light armoring to deliver uncompromising eye protection while gaming. Its ultra-detailed quad-core hinge design and adjustable silicone nose pads ensure a flexible fit with unwavering durability.

Cerberus Designed by Razer combines traditional style with modern sensibility and construction, featuring adjustable silicone nose pads that articulate in three dimensions to fit comfortably and securely in the long term. Its ultra-light frame and thermoplastic, rubber-tipped temples offer a confident, performance-enhancing balance of ergonomics and endurance.

The RPG Designed by Razer and Cerberus Designed by Razer styles of GUNNAR gaming eyewear are now available for $99.99 each directly through www.gunnars.com/razer.


Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the improved Razer Kraken Pro gaming headset.

The Razer Kraken Pro now comes with inline controls for volume and mic mute in addition to its fully retractable microphone.

“The Razer Kraken Pro encompasses everything serious gamers need in a headset,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “By adding inline controls, the most popular headset among eSports athletes is now more functional than ever.”

Available in green, black and white, the Razer Kraken Pro is designed for ultimate comfort, delivering an unmatched balance of weight, functionality and performance. A closed ear cup with plush circumaural padding creates superior sound isolation, ensuring an immersive gaming experience over long periods of time, perfect for practice and tournaments.

The Razer Kraken Pro headlines the Kraken family of audio devices, which also includes a USB-powered Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma with 16.8 million customizable color options, and an audio solution for the Xbox One.

U.S. $79.99 / EU €99.99

Razerzone.com – June 2015
Worldwide – June 2015

Product features:

Optimized weight for extended wear
Fully retractable microphone
In-line volume wheel and microphone mute controls
Powerful drivers for highest-quality gaming audio
Closed ear cup design for maximum comfort
Compatible with iPhone, Android and mobile devices
Foldable ear cups for maximum portability
Splitter adapter/extension cable for PC connection

For more information about the Razer Kraken Pro, please visit http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-kraken-pro.

Razer Unveils the World's Most Advanced Gaming Mouse

Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the world's most advanced gaming mouse, the new Razer Mamba. The successor to one of the leading wired/wireless gaming mouse, the new Razer Mamba is powered by the world's most precise gaming mouse sensor, the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, and industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology.

The new 5G laser sensor is capable of tracking up to 16,000 DPI which is optimized for multi-display set-ups with ultra-high display resolutions. The 5G laser sensor is also the world's most precise -- with its ability to track up to 1 DPI increments (as opposed to the current industry standard of 50 DPI increments). The next generation gaming mouse sensor is also able to track lift-off cut-off distance as precise as 0.1 mm, reducing on-screen jitter so your aim stays on target even as you move. The 5G laser sensor in the new Razer Mamba was designed to be an extension of your natural hand movement.

Razer's latest gaming mouse also features the patent pending, revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology. One of the most important facets of a gaming mouse is the click force -- and in the past, gamers have had to adapt to a mouse's click force or be compelled to search through a multitude of mice and switches to find the perfect mouse button click force.

With the new Adjustable Click Force Technology, instead of having to adapt to a mouse's set click force, this revolutionary feature allows gamers to freely adjust the level of click force needed to activate the left and right mouse buttons, from distinct clicks for high accuracy actions such as sniping in FPS games to lighter presses for rapid fire action needed for MOBA games. The Razer Mamba's Adjustable Click Force Technology is capable of up to 504° turn, providing users with a total of 14 distinct choices to set their signature click feel for a more personalized gameplay.

"The original Razer Mamba was launched six years ago and, even today, is the gold standard for a wireless gaming grade mouse," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. "Our enhancements to the Razer Mamba with the most precise laser sensor and the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, together with the industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology, leave us ahead of the curve when it comes to gaming mice."

Also launching today is the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition wired gaming mouse, specifically designed for eSports athletes. Featuring the same precise gaming mouse sensor, ergonomic form factor, and advanced Chroma customizable lighting as the wireless Razer Mamba, the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition embodies the absolute best elements an eSports athlete needs to dominate in any tournament.

Both new mice join the Razer Chroma line of devices, which includes an array of mice, keyboards and a headset. Each Chroma enabled product comes with the option of 16.8 million customizable colors and a range of effects through Razer's cloud-based hardware configurator, Razer Synapse. Razer Synapse also allows the Razer Mamba and Razer Mamba TE to sync lighting colors and effects with other Chroma enabled devices.

Additionally, the publicly available Razer Chroma SDK allows game developers worldwide to directly interact with Chroma enabled devices, displaying lighting effects directly on the peripherals for a more immersive experience to gameplay.

Razer Mamba:

  • 16,000 DPI laser sensor
  • 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • Adjustable Click Force Technology mouse buttons
  • 9 programmable buttons including the tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Wired and wireless connection mode with 1 ms response time
  • Magnetic charging dock
  • Battery life: Approximately 20 hrs (continuous gaming)
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.13 m / 7 ft. lightweight, braided fiber USB charging cable
  • Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in. (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in. (Width) x 42.5 mm / 1.67 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 125 g / 0.27 lbs.

Razer Mamba Tournament Edition:

  • 16,000 DPI laser sensor
  • 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • 9 programmable buttons including the tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.13 m / 7 ft. lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in. (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in. (Width) x 42.5 mm / 1.67 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 133 g / 0.29 lbs. (with cable)


Razer Mamba: US: $149.99/EUR: 179.99EUR
Razer Mamba Tournament Edition: US: $89.99/EUR: 99.99EUR
Availability: Q3 2015

June 10, 2015

Review: GeChic OnLap 1303H Portable Monitor

The GeChic OnLap 1303H is a usb powered monitor designed to be portable. Unlike many other usb monitors, the OnLap uses usb for power and not data transfer unlike versions released by AOC and Asus. It provides mobility without having to sacrifice quality or performance.


The monitor comes well packaged with premium packaging materials. The monitor comes wrapped in a nice cloth bag which can be reused to provide extra protection while transporting the monitor. Included with the monitor are two hook and loop straps for cable management, a micro usb cable for power, a HDMI to GeChic's proprietary connector cable, a protective cover which also acts as a stand, and a usb wall adapter.


The front of the monitor is very simple with only a white bezel surrounding its 13" IPS 1920x1080 display. On the left is where the inputs are located. There are two female micro usb connections for power. Incase your power source is unable to provide the two amps the monitor needs, two separate cables can be used to draw power from two separate usb power sources, or the provided usb cable can be used which has two male usb connectors. Unlike it's competitors, the monitor uses HDMI, Display port, or VGA for video inputs instead of using usb to transfer video data. Unfortunately, it uses proprietary connectors for the monitor so replacement cables will be expensive and hard to find. There is also a 3.5mm head phone jack for an audio pass through. It also supports MHL so you can hook up an android device or iPhone if you buy the proper cables and the device supports it.

On the right is where the power button and menu buttons are. I found these buttons to be either too stiff or easy to press. It would take excessive pressure to press the up button but it would be very easy to accidentally press the down button. For a monitor at this price I would expect better buttons or at least constantly bad buttons.

The top and bottom of the monitor have very small screw threads. There are corresponding holes on the protective cover/stand so they may be used to keep the cover attached but no screws were included and they are too thin to support the weight of the monitor.

On the back are two speaker grills for the built in speakers. The speakers are terrible even for built in speakers. It's best to avoid using them. The monitor sizes in at 345x226x10.5mm which makes it around the width of a 15" Macbook pro but slightly shorter and thinner.

The monitor has a plastic construction but parts fit together well with no gaps and it feels rigid with very little flex. Even with it's plastic construction it still feels solid and not like it will break easily unlike the AOC portable USB monitor which fell apart after we finished reviewing it.

The included cover is also made of plastic but has a metal piece going down the center which gives the magnets used for the stand something to attach to. There are cut out for the terrible speakers in the cover so sound is not blocked by it. The stand has three angles of adjustment and does an alright job at holding up the monitor. It is still flimsy and the monitor moves around while you're placing it down. To mount the monitor on a tripod, monitor stand, or use it in portrait mode, a optional VESA mount will have to be purchased.


What the monitor lacks in looks it makes up in performance. The 1920x1080 IPS panel provides great colour reproduction and viewing angles. The panel is slightly reflective but is not as bad as the screen on Macbooks. I wish they had chose to use a matte display but the monitor is still fine to use outdoors or in bright light. It also offers colour adjustments which was something that lacked from other portable monitors.

The monitor is great of extra screen real estate on the go without the extra weigh of a normal monitor. It's great for hackathons or as a field monitor for a camera when shooting. Powering it is not an issue when you can just duct tape a usb power bank on the back. It is also great for photo or video editing thanks to its colour accuracy.


Overall the GeChic OnLap 1303H is a great portable monitor which sets itself apart from it's competitors. It is easy to carry around and is great to use. Unlike other monitors it has a great IPS panel which provides great colours unlike the very purple screen of the AOC usb monitor. For it's price, it would have been nice to see more premium materials and a more stunning design. You can pick one up for yourself on Amazon here http://amzn.to/1PFJR9U.

Rating: 8/10