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PCR's guide to the latest keyboards, mice and mats

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The PC mouse has come a long way over the years, with a multitude of sophisticated accessories available on the market today. Here Jade Burke rounds up the latest offerings to stock...

KENSINGTON ADVANCED FIT FULL SIZE KEYBOARD

Distributor: Westcoast

Dedicated media keys help to control volume, mute and sleep features on this keyboard, while the internet key launches the browser. Plug and Play operation with a USB connection is also available along with one-touch controls.

Specs: One-touch controls, tilt stands, scissor keys, Plug and Play, compatible with Windows, 8, 7, XP, Vista and Mac.

SRP: £24.99

GENIUS GX DEATHTAKER MOUSE

Distributor: Northamber

DeathTaker has a built-in overclocking SG Core ii engine for a DPI range of 100 to 5,700 for precision. It comes with a 16 million RGB backlight system, as well as onboard memory to help prevent game block and an adjustable metal weight.

Specs: SG Core ii engine, DPI range from 100 to 5,700, Scorpion gaming UI shortcuts, onboard memory.

SRP: £39

CHERRY MW 2100

Distributor: Exertis

Cherry’s MW 2100 is a three-button mouse that comes with an infrared sensor and adjustable resolution of up to 2,000 DPI. It comes with an 18-month battery lifespan and features 2.4GHz technology for use of up to 10 metres.

Specs: 18-month battery lifespan, left- handed and right-handed operation, Nano USB receiver.

SRP: £14.99

COUGAR SPEED LARGE MOUSE PAD

Distributor: Spire Technology

A high definition textured surface provides users with faster and smoother mouse sliding. The 4mm pad cushion helps to relieve pressure from the user’s wrist, while the anti-slip base helps to keep the mat in place.

Specs: 4mm thickness, anti-slip rubberised back, HD texture design, three size options.

SRP: £7.29 – £9.99

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MICROSOFT ARC TOUCH BLUETOOTH MOUSE

Distributor: Ingram Micro

This mouse comes with Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology that allows the mouse to work from up to 30 feet away. When the mouse is turned on, the form factor curves to fit the shape of a hand, and when turned off, it flattens.

Specs: BlueTrack technology, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, portable, power on and off, flexible design.

SRP: TBC

ZALMAN ZM-M500WL WIRELESS MOUSE

Distributor: VIP Computers

An adjustable DPI setting comes with this mouse with a maximum resolution of 3,000 DPI. An Avago A3000 sensor is included, which helps to provide accuracy and a faster reaction, and has a lifetime of up to five million clicks.

Specs: 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 DPI range, five million clicks, ergonomic design, low battery consumption.

SRP: £12.99

TRUST EVO ADVANCED COMPACT LASER MOUSE

Distributor: Entatech

One-year’s battery life is offered with this mouse from Trust, plus users can pick between 800, 1,600 or 2,400 DPI settings. A storable micro-USB receiver comes with the mouse along with two thumb buttons.

Specs: 800, 1,600, 2,400 DPI settings, storable micro-USB receiver, rubber coated surface, one-year battery life.

SRP: £31.99

MICROSOFT WIRELESS DESKTOP 800 (BUSINESS)

Distributor: Westcoast

Users can avoid a dead battery thanks to the status indicator on this keyboard, while the 2.4GHz wireless technology can ensure connection from up to 15 feet. A range of shortcut keys are also included.

Specs: Battery life indicator, compatible with Windows 8.1, 8 and 7, 2.4GHz wireless technology.

SRP: £18.29

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TARGUS WIRELESS COMPACT LASER MOUSE

Distributor: Westcoast

Targus’ wireless mouse comes with a 2.4GHz micro USB receiver that can either be plugged into a computer or stored inside the mouse when travelling. The mouse comes with a 1,000 DPI laser sensor and a low power light indication that shows users when it is time for new batteries.

Specs: Six month battery life, 1,000 DPI laser, 2.4GHz micro USB receiver, low power light indication.

SRP: £19.99

ZOWIE EC1-A HIGH PERFORMANCE MOUSE

Distributor: Caseking

The new EC1-A keeps the same shape as the original EC series, but comes equipped instead with the Avago 3310 sensor. It features a 24-step scroll wheel; five buttons and a DPI range of up to 3,200. The ergonomic design has been created for right-handed users only and is Plug and Play ready.

Specs: Ergonomic design, 24-step scroll wheel, five buttons, USB connector.

SRP: £49.99

V7 BLUETOOTH 3.0 PORTABLE KEYBOARD

Distributor: Ingram Micro

V7’s keyboard has the ability to pair with Bluetooth enabled devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops with a range of up to 30 feet. Users can also switch between Windows, Android and iOS operating systems, whilst the form factor can protect it against spillages and dust. It features five multimedia keys and has a 78-key layout.

Specs: Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity, five multimedia buttons, spill and dust resistant.

SRP: £23.99 

ZALMAN ZM-K350M MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD

Distributor: VIP Computers

Laser carved key caps come with this keyboard, as well as eight hot keys along the left and right side for easy access. Each key has a life of 10 million presses, plus the keyboard has two adjustable height options. The comfortable keys help relieve users’ finger fatigue.

Specs: Eight hot keys, adjustable height, 10 million presses key life, laser carved keys.

SRP: £7.99

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COUGAR 700M GAMING MOUSE

Distributor: Spire Technology 

Designed specifically for gamers, this mouse comes with adjustable settings including an interchangeable palm rest module. It has been built on a ‘Framing Structure’, where the parts and components are built on a folded alluminium chassis, while the arched frame helps to support the palm.

Specs: 8,200 DPI setting, multi-colour backlight, anti-slip design, 32-bit ARM processor, 512KB on-board memory.

SRP: £51.76 – £69.99

V7 WIRELESS KEYBOARD AND MOUSE COMBO

Distributor: Ingram Micro

This duo from V7 features a full-size keyboard and an optical mouse that comes with a single wireless receiver, which connects both devices to a user’s computer. The mouse comes with a DPI setting of 1,200, as well as motion wake-up while in sleep mode for extended battery life.

Specs: Spill resistant, 2.4GHz transmission, 1,200 DPI optical mouse.

SRP: £23.99

MICROSOFT DESKTOP 800 KEYBOARD AND MOUSE

Distributor: Exertis

Users can control their computer wirelessly with this mouse and keyboard from Microsoft. Thanks to the technology, users can roam from up to 30 feet with a strong signal, or take the portable mouse separately on the go, thanks to the mouse’s transceiver that snaps into the bottom of it.

Specs: Wireless technology, roaming range of 30 feet, portable mouse and keyboard bundle.

SRP: £29.99

KMG9000-W KEYBOARD AND MOUSE BUNDLE

Distributor: Dynamode

With the supplied 2.4GHz nano adapter, users can type wirelessly on this gaming keyboard. There is also a range of colour-coded keys for the most popular games or apps, as well as multimedia shortcuts. The mouse comes with a DPI range of 800 to 1,600 and has a variety of controls, while the plug and go feature allows users to work wirelessly.

Specs: Mouse and keyboard bundle, DPI setting from 800 1,600, 2.4GHz wireless USB nano adapter.

SRP: £19.99 (excluding VAT)

ZOWIE FK1 HIGH PERFORMANCE MOUSE

Distributor: Caseking

Developed for claw grip usage, this mouse features an ambidextrous design. It features a low-lift distance of 1.5-1.8mm, comes equipped with Plug and Play and a DPI adjustment setting of 400 to 3,200.

Specs: DPI range of 400 to 3,200, ambidextrous design, Plug and Play.

SRP: £49.99

TRUST SENTO SMART TV KEYBOARD FOR SAMSUNG

Distributor: Entatech

Users can browse the web, post social media updates and send mail through their TV with this keyboard. It comes equipped with a touchpad and will allow users to roam from up to 10 metres wirelessly.

Specs: Micro USB receiver, touchpad, USB extension cable, 10-metre wireless connection.

SRP: £47.99

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TURTLE BEACH TRACTION 

Distributor: Exertis

This control surface mousepad features a textured weave surface for added control, while the anti-slip rubber base helps to keep it in place. Four size options are available, which feature anti-fraying stitched edges.

Specs: Textured weave surface, four size options, anti-slip rubber base, anti- fraying edges.

SRP: TBA

PROPER BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD (PB054/55)

Distributor: DirekTek 

Compatible with most Bluetooth ,devices, this keyboard allows users to take it with them on the go. It can work on most operating services, including iOS, Android and Windows, plus it can be charged via USB.

Specs: Black and white colour options, protective case, Bluetooth connectivity.

SRP: £29.99

V7 BLUETOOTH 3.0 OPTICAL MOUSE

Distributor: Ingram Micro

This four-button mouse includes a built-in scroll wheel with a tactile button and tracking feedback. The optical sensor helps to deliver precise cursor movement and users can select from an 800, 1,200 or 1,600 DPI setting.

Specs: Bluetooth 3.0 technology, ambidextrous design, 800, 1,200 and 1,600 DPI setting.

SRP: £19.99

COUGAR 200K SCISSOR SWITCH KEYBOARD

Distributor: Spire Technology

A scissor mechanism has been embedded into this keyboard that links the keycap, which helps to offer a quieter and faster key response. Seven backlit colours, as well as 19 anti- ghosting keys, are also included.

Specs: 19 anti-ghosting keys, seven backlit colour keys, scissor switch, embedded steel plates.

SRP: £21.18 – 29.99

TURTLE BEACH GRIP 500 

Distributor: Exertis

An illuminated seven-button scroll- wheel is included with this mouse from Turtle Beach. It uses components such as the Avago 9800 laser sensor and Omron switches to help deliver precise gaming control.

Specs: Illuminated seven-button scroll- wheel, up to 50 macros, Avago 9800 sensor, Omron swtiches.

SRP: £54.99

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CHERRY KEYBOARD AND MOUSE SET

Distributor: Northamber

Five Hot Keys come with this Cherry DW 8000 keyboard, as well as 10 programmable keys. The symmetrical three-button mouse has an infrared sensor with an adjustable DPI resolution of 1,000 or 2,000.

Specs: USB connection, 2.4GHz radio frequency, 10 programmable keyboard keys, DPI range of 1,000 to 2,000.

SRP: £60

CONTACT

Caseking.......................01782 444488 

DirekTek ....................... 01494 471100 

Dynamode................... 0845 375 2023 

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

Exertis (Basingstoke)...01256 707070 

Exertis (Harlow) .......... 01279 822 822 

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

Northamber ................ 020 8296 7000

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

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

Westcoast.....................0118 912 6000

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