PCR's guide to the latest desktop accessories

The likes of Westcoast and Entatech reveal their latest accessories
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There are plenty of peripherals available for retailers to offer their customers, either by themselves or for bundling. Jade Burke checks out some of the latest gadgets and extra desktop gear on the market right now…

RAZER BLACKWIDOW CHROMA KEYBOARD

Distributor: VIP Computers

Designed specifically for gaming, this keyboard features full mechanical keys and switches. Individually programmable backlit keys with customisable colour options are included, along with 10 rollover anti-ghosting keys.

Specs: Razer Synapse enabled, mechanical switches, 60 million keystroke life span.

SRP: £139.99

MICROSOFT SCULPT COMFORT DESKTOP

Distributor: Westcoast

Contoured for comfort, this keyboard features a curved design for a natural wrist position when in use. It features a detachable palm rest, as well as a Windows touch pad optimised for Windows 8. 

Specs: 10 metre wireless range, curved design, supports Windows OS, detachable palm rest. 

SRP: £69.99

GENIUS SW-2.1 SPEAKERS

Distributor: Northamber

Users can play music through the speaker’s three-piece 10-watt subwoofer system, which includes two compact satellite speakers and a solid wood subwoofer. The subwoofer also features four-inch drivers.

Specs: Wooden subwoofer, 10-watt speaker system, four-inch drivers, bass and volume controls.

SRP: £23.99

RAPOO T8 WIRELESS LASER TOUCH MOUSE 

Distributor: Hama

This mouse features a durable aluminium alloy base cover and a laser sensor with an adjustable DPI resolution of 800 to 1,600. The multi-touch surface doesn’t feature any buttons, instead commands are carried out via touch.

Specs: Wireless mouse, touch gesture controls, 800 to 1,600 DPI range, 5GHz wireless interface.

SRP: £49.99

KONIG BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD

Distributor: Westcoast

connectivity, so users can pair it to devices wirelessly. It is travel size and can be taken with users on the go, plus it is compatible with iOS, Android, as well as Windows. 

Specs: Multimedia keyboard, flat, soft touch keyboard, Bluetooth connectivity. 

SRP: £19.99

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COMPUTER GEAR FOUR PORT USB 2.0 HUB

Distributor: Group Gear 

Users can plug in up to four USB devices at once with this hub, which also has the option to add further devices by daisy chaining numerous hubs. It comes with over-current detection and protection and is bus powered.

Specs: Data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps, Plug and Play, compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0 devices.

SRP: £8.99

MAD CATZ GLIDE TE GAMING SURFACE

Distributor: Entatech

Mad Catz says the GLIDE surface helps to enhance sensor tracking performance by 400 per cent, while its heat-bonded edges prevent the mat from fraying. 

Specs: Ultra-smooth surface, heat bonded edges, water resistant, rolls up for easy portability.

SRP: £34.99

CHERRY J82-16000 BLACK USB KEYBOARD 

Distributor: Northamber

Cherry’s keyboard comes with six hot keys for multimedia control and office functions. The space-efficient compact device features abrasion-proof writing on keycaps and is also fully Plug and Play compatible.

Specs: Comfortable key action, six hot keys, space-efficient, Plug and Play compatible with USB or PS2 connection. 

SRP: £7.99

CHERRY MX BOARD 6.0 – G80-3930LYBGB-2

Distributors: Entatech, Exertis, Northamber 

This mechanical keyboard uses Cherry’s Red MX key-switches and red backlight. It has a response time of 1ms using Cherry RealKey analogue signal technology. It also boasts full N-Key rollover and 100 per cent anti-ghosting. 

Specs: 13 double function keys, quick-snap magnetic wrist-rest, Cherry RealKey technology.

SRP: £149.99

ZALMAN ZM-K300M MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD 

Distributor: VIP Computers

20 hot keys are included with Zalman’s keyboard, as well as eight blue coloured direction keys. The ergonomically designed device features laser carved key caps, as well as an adjustable height that has a choice of two levels. 

Specs: Ergonomic design, USB interface, adjustable level height, key removal tool, direction keys. 

SRP: £9.99

COMPUTER GEAR MULTIMEDIA HEADSET 

Distributor: Group Gear 

An adjustable head frame comes with this headset from Computer Gear, while the ear pads are padded and fixed to a pivot joint to help create a secure fit and cancel out any external noise. 

Specs: Padded ear pads, adjustable head frame, 40mm drive unit, microphone, durable material. 

SRP: £14.99

EDIFIER SOUND TO GO PLUS

Distributor: Midwich

A rechargeable built-in lithium-ion battery comes with this mini speaker system, as well as USB charging and streaming functionalities. Two channel audio speakers are included as is a built-in oval passive bass radiator.

Specs: Two channel audio speakers, auxiliary input, USB charging, rechargeable lithium-ion battery. 

SRP: £39.99

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CHERRY MC-2000 MOUSE

Distributors: Entatech, Exertis, Northamber

Suitable for both right-handed and left-handed users, this mouse has a DPI resolution of up to 1,600. It comes with three buttons and a tilt-wheel for horizontal and vertical scrolling and an infrared sensor.

Specs: Symmetrical design, GS certification, three-button mouse, infrared sensor, 1,600 DPI resolution.

SRP: £9.99

MICROSOFT BLUETOOTH DESIGNER DESKTOP

Distributor: Exertis

This Bluetooth Designer Desktop includes a wireless keyboard and mouse that can pair to devices via Bluetooth. The full size keyboard features chiclet-style soft touch keys, while the mouse has an ambidextrous design.

Specs: 4.0 Bluetooth technology, keyboard and mouse bundle.

SRP: £99.99

KENSINGTON SOLEMATE FOOTREST

Distributor: Westcoast

Users can keep their feet comfortable while using their PC thanks to Kensington’s Solemate footrest. It comes with a non-slip durable texture and helps to relieve pressure on the lower back, improving circulation.

Specs: Textured foot grip panel, 20-degree tilt angle, durable material. 

SRP: £23.09

MAD CATZ STRIKE TE KEYBOARD

Distributor: Entatech

109 Kailh Brown mechanical switches are included with this keyboard, which are housed in a metal frame and can withstand over 50 million keystrokes. A PCB track layout delivers anti-ghosting with 30-key rollover.

Specs: 12 programmable macro buttons, illumination light, 50 million strokes, anti-ghosting technology.

SRP: £119.99

CONTACT: 

Entatech 0333 101 1000

Exertis (Home) 01279 822 822

Exertis (IT) 01256 707070

Group Gear 0121 503 0666

Hama 0333 123 4262

Midwich 01379 649 200

Northamber 020 8296 7066

VIP Computers 0871 622 7500

Westcoast 0118 912 6000

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