Good sound can really give you an advantage in a game… particularly if you can use the device providing the sound to amplify those quiet but all important sounds that might just give you a clue that will mean the difference between life and a quick, nasty respawn. It’s not really cheating, I suppose… but it certainly does give you an edge that competitors might find is an unfair advantage.
Saturday, 5 March 2016
Acer are taking a big run at the gaming market, and we are seeing numerous devices added to their Predator range. If you see an Acer logo with Predator branding, you know that it’s aimed at gaming; from tablets through to monitors, they all bear the name sub-brand. Like the Predator Z35 monitor.
You have to be really careful about making claims, whether they are wild or not. Acer claims that the Predator 8 is the ultimate gaming tablet. But while it is a really good tablet for gaming, it’s difficult to think of it as being ultimate.
Still, the Predator 8 has a lot going for it. With a crisp, full HD 8 inch screen, it provide players with more realestate than your average smartphone, but remains more portable than a ten inch. Also, if you want to lump it into a handheld gaming device category, that screen is really massive (although portability is not really a win here). And so it straddles the fence between the categories of gaming device and tablet, leaning a bit more in the tablet direction.
The once-humble computer mouse has become one of the most hotly contested areas in the modern market, thanks to the extreme importance that this category of input device has in gaming. And gaming, no matter how strong the console market may be, is massive for the PC market.
So innovation is important when it comes to mouse devices. In fact, it is becoming crucial. And so Roccat have introduced a very simple, yet extremely innovative idea in devices like the Kone XTD Optical mouse – Easy-Shift [+].
Getting a mouse and keyboard combo is a pretty good idea for a variety of reasons. First off, the devices come from the same stable, and they’re designed to work together (for the most part). Secondly (and this may or may not matter much to you) they look good together. And thirdly, you’re generally going to get a better deal.
Cooler Master has a number of very good combo sets, and they have just added the Devastator II to the mix. It’s an upgraded version of the Devastator set, but most of the work has gone into the keyboard. As far as the mouse goes, you’re still getting the (decent) Devastator mouse, which has a DPI range from 500 to 2000 and a low lift-off distance.