QPAD DX-20 review: what is this, an optical mouse for ants?

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Optical mice are in. Pro players love them because they have no mouse acceleration, allowing for pinpoint accuracy at a range of speeds. Casual players love them because pro players love them. The latest optical mouse is the diminutive DX-20, QPAD’s ‘first new mouse shape’ in seven years. Let’s see how it compares to its rivals, big and small. Continue reading

Speedlink Parthica review: big and flashy, for better or worse

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The Speedlink Parthica is a big hunk of keyboard, complete with gamer-style LEDs on every side and a whole bunch of extra keys. These style of keyboards have fallen out of favour recently, as mechanical keyboards have become more popular, but is there something worthwhile with this old style of keyboard design?


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Cherry MX Board 6.0 review: a stylish, satisfying package

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Out of the blue, a very nice gentleman from Cherry Corp UK asked me if I’d like to review their latest mechanical keyboard: the MX Board 6.0. It’s quite shiny, with 100 levels of red backlighting, Red Cherry MX switches, and full layout and slightly low-profile keycaps.

So of course I agreed, the keyboard arrived and I got down to work. I used it for a lot of things — gaming, writing tech articles—but I forgot to actually use it to write a review of the keyboard itself. Today, that ends: here’s my review.

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Logitech G502 review: keep scrolling scrolling scrolling scrolling…

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Logitech’s G700 mouse is one of my all-time favourites. We gave it a solid 9 / 10 scoreline, and I espoused the belief that a wired-only version had the potential to be even greater, with a slimmer design and lighter weight if the batteries were shed. Today we’re going to see the reality of that belief, as we examine the Logitech G502 Proteus Core wired gaming mouse. It’s the most popular mouse on Amazon, so it should be good, right?

Thanks to ComputerAssistance.co.uk for providing the Logitech G502 sample.

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Speedlink Kudos Z-9 gaming mouse review: great potential

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Today we’re looking that the Speedlink Kudos Z-9, a budget gaming mouse available on Amazon. Despite its low price, the Z-9 actually looks pretty cool, with a stylish red finish and some unique features… including a smartphone app to update your settings on the fly. Let’s take it for a spin!

Support XSR: Buy for $60.50 on Amazon.com

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SteelSeries Rival review: a refined optical gaming mouse

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Today we’re looking at the SteelSeries Rival 300, one of a growing number of gaming mice with an acceleration-free optical sensor.

The idea here is that by eliminating hardware acceleration, you can get a much more consistent experience; moving your mouse three inches will always translate into the same amount of on-screen movement at a fixed DPI. That should make it easier to learn the smooth, precise mouse movements that are so necessary at the upper levels of competitive gaming – whether strategy games like StarCraft II, MOBAs like League of Legends, or shooters like Counter-Strike.

At £50 on Amazon, the Rival is towards the upper end of gaming mice so we should expect a complete professional experience. If all the other fundamentals are right — an ergonomic shape, a lightweight body and well-placed buttons — then the Rival’s optical sensor could make it one of the best options for serious gamers. Let’s find out together!

Thanks to ComputerAssistance.co.uk for providing the SteelSeries Rival sample.

Support XSR: Buy for $62.88 on Amazon.com

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