The Best Gaming Hardware and Accessories at CES 2012

It’s a new year, it’s January of a new year, and we all know what that means… it’s CES time! That international consumer electronics show where there are over 2500 exhibitors showcasing products, from the plainly mediocre to the downright outrageous. And for all its worth, there are certain ones that standout from the rest. For all the gamers out there, read up as we’ll tackle the standout gaming hardware and accessories that made it out of CES this year.

Alienware M14x Gamer Laptop

Aside from its gorgeous looks, Alienware machines are known for their ridiculously powerful specs. Take the M14x as an example. This very beautiful piece of gaming hardware utilizes NVIDIA Optimus technology and just weighs under 7 lbs with 6 hours of battery life. It’s powered by either an Intel Core i5 or i7 of your choice with memory up to 8 GB DDR3. The inclusion of 3.0GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® video card displayed from a 14″ High-Definition screen will assure you that all the action will be at crystal clear quality. Though gaming skills will always vary, at least you have one beefy machine to boot.

Mad Catz Inc. Cyborg M.M.O.7 Gaming Mouse

Now a gaming mouse may be all that separates a mediocre game from an awesome win and if you want to sweep that sidequest or just kill that monster, then Mad Catz might offer something of high valuable use. This is the Cyborg M.M.O.7 Gaming Mouse and from a company named after cats, this mouse is pretty intimidating. Taking points from their R.A.T.7 series, this set allows the user to tailor-fit the mouse to his or her liking, allowing maximum comfort and perfect positioning for all that hack and slash action. If you like MMOs, then you’ll definitely like the aptly named M.M.O.7.

Mad Catz Inc. Cyborg R.A.T7 The Albino

From the same company that brought the M.M.O.7 comes the Guiness World Records winner, the R.A.T.7. Sporting a very elegant yet intimidating while color scheme, The Albino still does the job it’s known for with its 6400 DPI sensor. It also keeps the highly customizable grip that sets the difference between a game winning or a game losing scenario. You can interchange palm rests and pinky finger grips to provide that extra comfort and with its custom weight system, anyone can use this mouse to their heart’s delight.

Mad Catz Major League Gaming Pro Circuit Controller

Mad Catz in on a roll here, this time, it’s a controller that very much suited to playing the high stakes. Partnering with Major League Gaming, they present the Pro Circuit Controller. This isn’t your typical controller as this piece is highly customizable with its modular components. The included two analog sticks and the directional pad are actual movable modules that let’s you place them in accordance to the game console that you’re using. Add to that is the removable front plate that you can change to reflect team colors or just for pure customization. And let’s not forget its analog sticks with consistent performance all throughout.

Mad Catz Tritton Warhead 7.1 Surround Headset

Taking the moniker of the only wireless Dolby 7.1 headset for the Xbox 360 is the Warhead. So Mad Catz actually worked with Microsoft to produce these and gained access to inside technology to bring out the best wireless audio you can have with the Xbox 360. What it does is it upconverts the default 5.1 channels to 7.1 and brings out a totally surround experience coupled with large 50mm neodymium drivers. Now the set comes with not one, but two removable battery packs, unlike most that are powered by over-the-counter ones. This ensures long gamimg times with awesome sounds.

Shogun Bros. Chameleon X-1 Wireless Gamepad Mouse

Now what do you see in the image above? A gaming controller? That’s right, however, if you flip it around, the thing functions as a legitimate mouse! That’s right, Shogun Bros. has produced a genius idea to combine a wireless controller, mouse, and even a presentation remote control into a single package. The Chameleon X-1, as properly named as its functions, all needs a single button and it can change functions in a snap. And did we forget to tell you that this is one beautiful piece of hardware? So for those who play with their desktops, consoles and present once in a while for the heck of it, then you got the right gear right here.

Razer Blade

So how does a machine game the nickname of being “The World’s First True Gaming Laptop”? Then take a look at Blade. Weighing at only 6.6 lbs and at 0.88″ thin, this is a portable gaming machine that you’d really want to bring anywhere. And don’t let that make you think that this is pretty flimsy as the Blade is crafted with pure aluminum to ensure that it will last all those gaming hours. What’s inside? For starters, it has an Intel Core i7 processor that can be clocked up to 3.5 GHz. Powering its 17.3 Full HD display is a 2GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M video processor. And as a treat to hardcore gamers, it features the Switchblade UI that allows you to bind commands from various supported titles into a 10 dynamic and adaptive keys with matching icons for each game. So yeah, the Blade truly deserves that title mentioned earlier.

Ten One Design Fling Joystick for iPad

For those that don’t do much hardcore gaming, but play a lot in their iPads, then somebody’s got you covered. Here is the Fling Joystick, an actual analog joystick made specifically for your Apple tablet. Why need one if the actual purpose of touchscreens is to remove tactile input devices? Well, we may deny it, but for games that involve the use of touch-based joysticks for controls, the experience is much much better if we have an actual joystick rather than a virtual one. The fling is made from high-quality resin that attached to your iPad through suction cups. It’s transparent design also prevents from any blockage to the actual screen. So if you’re challenged to an arcade game with your iPad, the Fling Joystick might be your key to victory, and bragging rights as well.

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