Sector guide: Peripherals

From keyboards and mice to webcams and toys, there are a huge variety of devices designed to hook up to a PC. Matt Grainger examines some of the latest and greatest products available on the market?
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ALTHOUGH COMPONENTS often receive more attention when a customer considers a purchase, it is peripherals that often provide the best opportunity for retail sales. As PCs increasingly become an essential item, so the market grows to include people who look to buy peripherals that suit their needs and style, or to personalise their devices.

As a result, the peripherals market has gone from strength to strength despite a decline in desktop sales. The reason for this is that while demand for tablets and netbooks has increased, people still prefer the responsiveness or scale of a traditional keyboard, or continue to utilise USB powered gadgets such as webcams.

Consequently, a retailer can make additional margin from stocking a variety of low-cost peripheral gadgets, as well as a selection of higher priced lifestyle devices.

KEYBOARDS

GITECH SOLAR KEYBOARD K750
SRP: £71.48
Distributor: Gem Distribution
They say:
Battery hassles are a thing of the past with the solar-powered Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750. It charges itself whenever there’s light, so you can say goodbye to batteries, power bricks and charging cables.
Specs: PVC-free construction, thin profile, concave key-cap design, 2.4GHz wireless.

LOGITECH NOTEBOOK KIT
SRP: £71.48
Distributor: Gem Distribution
They say
: Wireless mouse, wireless keyboard, notebook riser. This complete solution lets you pick the right combination of accessories depending on what you’re doing and where you’re doing it.
Specs:
Three-angle N110 notebook riser, unifying receiver, Logitech M505 wireless mouse, Logitech K340 wireless keyboard.

ECLIPSE WIRELESS LITETOUCH KEYBOARD
SRP: £99.99
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
At home in both the living room and the office, the highly versatile wireless litetouch keyboard fuses state-of-the-art technology with minimalist design. Specs: Litetouch LCD touch sensitive media panel, TrueView backlit keys, low profile scissor keys, 2.4GHz wireless, intelligent power control, slim profile.

EMPREX WIRELESS MCE KEYBOARD WITH TRACKBALL
SRP: £24.99
Distributor: CCI Distribution
They say:
The Emprex 9039ARF III is an extremely comfortable yet durable keyboard with excellent tactile feedback in a sleek and ergonomic design.
Specs: Multi-function design, 2.4GHz wireless technology, Windows Media Centre function buttons, low-profile key-caps, 16 hotkeys.

SOYNTEC INPPUT 500 T120 COLOURED USB KEYBOARDS
SRP: £8.99
Distributor: Meroncourt
They say:
With the range of keyboards Inpput T120 can customize your computer with a colourful design. Its nice quiet touch interface ensures total control with every keystroke.
Specs: Quiet and tactile keys, robust design, three special Windows function keys, 36-month guarantee.

MICROSOFT NATURAL ERGONOMIC KEYBOARD 4000
SRP: £49.99
Distributor: Westcoast
They say:
Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has been expertly crafted to allow you to work in a more natural position.
Specs: Ergonomic split keyboard design, curved keyboard layout, reverse slope for natural wrist position, zoom slider, ‘favourites’ keys, cushioned palm rest, usage associated with reduction of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.

RAZER BLACK WIDOW ULTIMATE
SRP: £109.99
Distributor: Realtime
They say:
The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate takes you full speed into combat.
Specs: Individually backlit keys with five levels of lighting, 1ms response time, programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording, 10 customizable software profiles, five additional macro keys, gaming optimized key matrix for minimized ghosting.

CANYON CNR-KEYB9-US
SRP: £14.99
Distributor: VIP Computers
They say:
This slim multimedia desktop keyboard features a familiar layout, comfortable ‘scissor’ keys and a high quality, soft-touch membrane for comfortable typing. It has three power management keys for your convenience.
Specs: Nine media hot keys, USB interface, switch reliability, compatible with Windows 7, XP and Vista.

CHERRY STRAIT CORDED KEYBOARD
SRP: £34.99
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
The Strait keyboard, designed to perfection. The premium keyboard from Cherry distinguishes itself with its pure elegance and impressive visual appearance.
Specs: Purist design, high quality finish, whisper keystroke, five media player hotkeys, USB connectivity, plug and play.


MICE

SWEEX WIRELESS MOUSE
SRP: £18.95
Distributor: CCI Distribution
They say:
This is one powerful little mouse particularly for the price. With 2000dpi this mouse is extremely accurate perfect for both general use and gaming.
Specs: Two button mouse with scroll wheel, USB connectivity, low- power FHSS FSK wireless technology, 250 hour battery life, power switch, ten metre range.

MICROSOFT ARC TOUCH
SRP: £71.48
Distributor: Gem Distribution
They say:
Experience the Arc Touch Mouse: there is no equal in look, feel, and performance. With a dramatic design and easy elegance, this stylish mouse is a perfect fit for your lifestyle.
Specs: Flexible design, power switch, touch scroll interface, BlueTrack technology, snap-in transceiver.

SPEEDLINK FUNNY FARM MICE
SRP: £9.99
Distributor: Meroncourt
They say:
Add some life to your desktop with this mouse. Whether cat, pig or ladybird, the cute animal design with its big, happy eyes won’t just appeal to kids. Specs: Three button USB mouse, cute animal design, 800dpi optical sensor, eco-friendly materials, plug and play, 1.4m cable, ambidextrous design. 

RAZER DEATHADDER BLACK EDITION
SRP: £59.99
Distributor: Realtime
They say:
A tribute to a legacy of ownage, a celebration for five years of every gamers victory thanks to their trusty DeathAdder.
Specs: 3500dpi Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor, 1ms response, five independently programmable buttons, on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment, always-on mode, ultra-large non-slip buttons, 16-bit ultra-wide data path.

CANYON CNR-MSLW03
SRP: £17.49
Distributor: VIP Computers
They say:
The CNR-MSLW03 has an advanced laser sensor and a radio frequency of 2.4GHz for a stable connectivity between the dongle and the mouse. It offers you responsiveness and speed, with its switchable resolution of up to 1600 dpi.
Specs: Three button mouse with scroll wheel, 2.4GHz wireless, storable USB2 receiver, 800/1600 dpi switchable resolution.

SANDBERG WIRELESS MINI LASER MOUSE
SRP: £18.33 + VAT
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
The Sandberg Wireless Mini Laser Mouse is compact and versatile, making it the perfect partner for your laptop. The supplied USB receiver simply slots into a USB port, enabling the Sandberg Wireless Mini Laser Mouse to be used immediately and on almost any surface.
Specs: Three button mouse with scroll wheel, wireless laser 1600dpi.

ECLIPSE MOBILEMOUSE WIRELESS LASER MOUSE
SRP: £49.99
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
Robust in construction, the mobilemouse uses premium hard-wearing materials with a die cast frame, ensuring that the mouse will stand up to the most demanding use.
Specs: Four button mouse with scroll ball, ten metre range, FlexGrip two stage height adjustment, internally storable nano dongle, 1600dpi sensitivity.

WEBCAMS


CANYON CNR-WCAM120
SRP: £12.99
Distributor: VIP Computers
They say:
The cutest and most fun looking gadget in Canyon’s portfolio is certainly the CNR- WCAM120.
Specs: 2MP resolution, up to 8MP with software enhancement, integrated microphone, video recording and image capture, facial tracking software, plug and play.

SOYNTEC JOYNSEE 500 BLACK NIGHT WEBCAM
SRP: £9.49
Distributor: Meroncourt
They say:
Webcam with VGA sensor and five megapixel resolution and built-in microphone.
Specs: Compatible with YouTube and Facebook, automated movement tracking, 5MP resolution, VGA sensor, snapshot button, digital zoom, plug and play.

MICROSOFT LIFECAM STUDIO
SRP: £89.99
Distributor: Westcoast, Gem Distribution
They say:
Experience the vivid sights, sounds, and colors of real life with the Microsoft LifeCam Studio.
Specs: 1080p widescreen sensor, 16:9 widescreen recording, auto focus, high-precision glass element lens, integrated high-fidelity microphone.

SWEEX HD WEBCAM BLACKBERRY
SRP: £29.95
Distributor: Realtime
They say:
Thanks to the 2 MP sensor and the high-quality lens consisting of five elements with wide-angle position the user can enjoy razor sharp detailed pictures and moving images in HD quality.
Specs: 2MP camera, integrated microphone, snap shot button, compression chip.

AUDIO

MICROSOFT LIFECHAT LX-3000
SRP: TBC
Distributor: Gem Distribution
They say:
This comfortable, high-quality stereo headset gives you the simplicity of USB installation and high-quality digital sound that cannot be matched by analogue.
Specs: Windows Live Messenger integration, live call button, music to audio switch, digital USB, noise cancelling microphone.

SPEEDLINK SPES MICROPHONE
SRP: £7.49
Distributor: Meroncourt, Westcoast
They say:
The microphone is attractively designed and is extremely practical. The noise-suppression system filters out bothersome background noises and makes internet chat easy and uncomplicated.
Specs: Robust metal design, highly sensitive microphone, easy to attach to clothing, low weight, 2.4 metre cable.

ARCTIC P311 HEADSET
SRP: £25.99
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
Arctic Sound P311 was the first Bluetooth headset to be introduced from Arctic’s audio product portfolio. The introduction of the UD1 and UD2 Bluetooth dongles now allow these devices to be used with notebooks and PCs.
Specs: Wireless headset, five function button embedded in to right earpiece, integrated 28mm drivers, integrated amplifier. 

ACCESSORIES 

SPEEDLINK VIGO USB SOUND CARD
SRP: £9.99
Distributor: Meroncourt
They say:
With this mini USB soundcard you can easily turn your PC or notebook into a sound system and connect speakers as well as a microphone or even a headset for making calls over the Internet.
Specs: Mani USB soundcard with speaker output and microphone input, no drivers required, ideal for Skype.

XBOX 360 CONTROLLER FOR WINDOWS
SRP: £40.84
Distributor: Gem Distribution
They say
: Discover greater precision, comfort, and control. The Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows delivers a consistent and universal gaming experience across both of Microsoft’s gaming systems.
Specs: Integrated 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, vibration feedback, ergonomic design, integrated headphone jack port.

SITECOM USB MICRO CARD READER 56-IN-1
SRP: £12.99
Distributor: Meroncourt
They say:
Are you looking for a solution for writing to and reading from a memory card for a mobile device? Then the Micro Card Reader is the ideal product for you. Thanks to its compact size, you can easily take the Micro Card Reader with you everywhere and use it in any location.
Specs: Compact and portable design, supports wide range of

SPEEDLINK ACUTE PRESENTER
SRP: £24.99
Distributor: Meroncourt
They say:
This handy presenter, featuring a laser pointer, allows you to easily control PowerPoint and Open Office presentations. Along with a battery, the presenter also comes with a stylish, velvety pouch.
Specs: Three-button laser pointer, velvety pouch for storage, plug and play functionality, ten-metre range, pen-sized format.

INNERGIE MCUBE90
SRP: £79.98
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
Power your life with Innergie’s mCube90, the world’s smallest universal adaptor that’s created to revolutionize your mobile life. Its sleek design and unique features will surely make you the smartest looking fellow in the meeting room.
Specs: One single adapter for multiple devices, worlds smallest auto/air adapter, supports wall (AC) and car/aeroplane (DC) input, interfaces with laptops and mobile devices, four levels of integrated protection, Energy Star certified.

3 MOBILE WI-FI DONGLE
SRP: £71.99
Distributor: Westcoast
They say:
Get wireless internet whenever you want with MiFi. Our mobile Wi-Fi dongle works with anything Wi-Fi enabled, connects up to five devices at once, and fits in your pocket. Take it everywhere.
Specs: Mobile wi-fi hotspot, download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps, supports multiple connections, easy to use, plug and play.

SYNOLOGY DISKSTATION DS1511+
SRP: £649.99
Distributor: CCI Distribution, Smithie UK
They say:
The DiskStation offers a high-performance, scalable, and full-featured network attached storage solution that meets the needs of SME’s.
Specs:165.91 MB/sec writing, 197.8 MB/sec reading, Windows ADSand ACL support, iSCSI support as virtualization solution, scale up to 15 drives, expandable RAM size (up to 3GB), two LAN ports with failover and link aggregation support.

SANDBERG USB MINI HUB
SRP: £18.33 + VAT
Distributor: EntaTech
They say:
Sandberg USB Mini Hub enables you to attach more USB peripherals to your computer. The hub features built-in overload protection of your computer’s USB ports and the hub’s ports from peripherals which overload them.
Specs: Backwards compatible USB2 interface, up to 480Mbps transfer rates, built-in overload protection, chains up to 127 USB devices.

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