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With PC gaming growing in momentum, more gamers are on the lookout for new peripherals to help immerse themselves and improve their skills. Jade Burke checks out the latest gadgets from headsets to keyboards and mice...

ASUS STRIX GLIDE CONTROL MOUSE MAT

Distributor: VIP Computers

This gaming mouse mat has been designed with heavy-weave fabric for smoother control. The edge of the mat features fray-resistant embroidery for more durability, while the textured fabric allows pixel precise tracking.

Specs: 40x30cm surface, 3mm depth, 208g, works with all sensor types.

SRP: £15.99

CHERRY MX BOARD 6.0 

Distributors: Entatech, Exertis Home,Northamber

This mechanical keyboard uses Cherry’s Red MX key-switches, as well as a red backlight. A quick-snap magnetic keyboard wrist-rest is also included, along with a response time of 1ms – one of the fastest in the world.

Specs: Cherry RealKey analogue signal technology, 100 per cent anti-ghosting, the ‘world’s fastest’ keyboard.

SRP: £149.99

ASUS ROG SICA MOUSE 

Distributor: Spire Technology

Designed to withstand the demands of MOBA gaming, this ambidextrous mouse comes with a DPI rating of up to 5,000. Plus, its easy-swap switch socket design lets users customise the mouse’s click resistance.

Specs: 177g with cable, optical tracking, compatible with Windows 8.1, 8 and 7, 130 inches per second.

SRP: £29.99

TURTLE BEACH EAR FORCE RECON 50 HEADSET

Distributor: Exertis Home

With 40mm Neodymium speakers and in-line controls, users can make use of the high-sensitivity adjustable boom mic for in-game and online chat. Plus, the mic can also be removed when listening to music or watching movies.

Specs: Compatible with Apple devices and PCs, leather-wrapped ear cushions, in-line controls, removable mic.

SRP: £39.99

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CHERRY MX BOARD 3.0 

Distributors: Entatech, Exertis Home, Northamber

Four different key switches are available with this keyboard, including black, red, brown and blue, plus each key can take up to 50 million operations. N-key rollover technology also provides users with simultaneous operations.

Specs: Gold Crosspoint technology, anti-slip protection, detachable cable.

SRP: £74.99

DYNAMODE CORDLESS HEADPHONE SYSTEM

Distributor: Meroncourt

A wireless range of up to 10 metres is available with this Bluetooth headset, which provides clear sounds thanks to its Nd speaker drivers. The headset also features noise filtering functionalities to cancel out any external sound.

Specs: On-board controls, built-in battery with up to 12 hours of battery life.

SRP: £19.99

ROCK CANDY WIRELESS KEYBOARD

Distributors: CentreSoft and Exertis Home

Four colour options are available to choose from, including purple, blue, pink and green, plus the keyboard is also water resistant. It comes with a 2.4GHz wireless range, meaning users can play wirelessly for up to 30 feet.

Specs: Plug and play installation, water resistant, wireless technology, compatible with Windows and Mac.

SRP: £29.99

QPAD 8K LASER MOUSE 

Distributor: Entatech

Designed for right-handed users, this mouse features an advanced laser sensor for optimised tracking performance. The Qpad mouse comes with a five-finger grip and a 32-bit ARM processor controller unit.

Specs: Ergonomic, 16.8 million possible colour variations via RG8 LED lights, seven programmable buttons.

SRP: £59.99

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HYPERX FURY MOUSE PAD 

Distributors: Entatech, Ingram Micro, Simms International, Tech Data

The material used to create the HyperX mouse mat has been heat-treated for a more controlled glide. In addition, the natural rubber and cross-weave underside provides extra padding for the user’s wrist.

Specs: Four different sizes, natural rubber, heat-treated mat.

SRP: From £7.99

AOC G2460PG DISPLAY WITH NVIDIA G-SYNC

Distributors: VIP Computers, Exertis, TechData

Users can view content across this display’s 24-inch screen with Nvidia G-Sync technology, which helps to reduce input lag and image tearing. The AOC display also comes with a 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate.

Specs: 130mm height adjust base, with tilt, swivel and pivot functions, Nvidia G-Sync tech, 24-ich screen.

SRP: £299

COUGAR 700K GAMING KEYBOARD

Distributor: Spire Technology

Inspired by military ‘stealth technology’, the keyboard features red Cherry MX mechanical keys and an aluminium brushed structure. A 32-bit ARM processor also offers higher speeds.

Specs: Six programmable G-keys, 1ms response time, full key backlight, multimedia keys.

SRP: £99.99

HYPERX CLOUD II HEADSET

Distributors: Entatech, Ingram Micro, Simms International, Tech Data

A newly designed USB sound card audio control box comes equipped with this headset, which amplifies audio. In addition, the headset also generates virtual 7.1 surround sound and helps to block out any external noise.

Specs: Red, pink and gun metal colour variations, USB audio control box, 7.1 surround sound.

SRP: £79.99

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CANYON HAZARD KEYBOARD

Distributor: Northamber

A rubber base helps to hold this keyboard in place whilst gaming, plus it has two LED backlight colours to light up the keys. 16 hot keys are included, with a total of 104 buttons overall.

Specs: Backlight, made from aluminum alloy, yellow hazard design, wrist holder.

SRP: £39.99

HAUPPAUGE HD PVR ROCKET

Distributor: Exertis Home

Gamers can record their games using the Rocket, which is powered by a 1080p game capture reorder. It can record from either HDMI or component video, plus the video compression is done inside the Rocket.

Specs: Record direct to USB drive, creates video compressions, 1080p video recording.

SRP: £119.99

COUGAR 700M GAMING MOUSE

Distributor: Spire Technology

The components of this mouse have been built on a folded aluminium chassis, while the arched frame supports the palm ergonomically. Users can choose one colour out of 16.8 million to set a unique colour profile.

Specs: Laser mouse, eight programmable buttons, 8,200 DPI resolution, anti-slip design.

SRP: £69.99

TP-LINK AC1900 WIRELESS DUAL BAND ROUTER C9

Distributors: CMS Distribution, Exertis Home, Tech Data, Entatech, Spire

This router supports next generation Wi-Fi and supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz speeds simultaneously, to provide a total bandwidth of 1.9Gbps. The dual frequency enables users to game and surf the web at the same time.

Specs: Detachable antennas, beam forming technology lock wireless signal, two Wi-Fi speeds.

SRP: £109.99

Contact:

CentreSoft ................... 0121 625 3388 

CMS Distribution ........ 020 8960 6000 

Entatech ...................... 0333 101 1000 

Exertis Home...............01279 822 822

Ingram Micro............... 0871 973 3000 

Meroncourt .................. 01462 680060 

Northamber ................ 020 8296 7066 

Simms International....01622 852800

Spire Technology........ 01202 828 444

Tech Data .................... 01256 788 000 

VIP Computers ............ 0871 622 7500

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