With its big rolypoly ball and huge hand rest, the venerable trackball mouse looks like a holdover from 1996. Or maybe 1946 -- that's the first time a trackball was used as an input device in a computer. Its popularity has waned since the introduction of the mouse and then the trackpad. And for good reason. Those devices take up way less space! But here's the thing: The trackball is still good. Not just good -- the trackball is great. So great that Logitech is introducing its first trackball in many years is a cause for celebration -- even if I have some issues with my new favourite input device.
PC & Peripheral Reviews
Samsung's new T5 portable SSD continues the company's trend of small, lightweight, portable solid-state storage -- and it's faster than ever -- but adds one very foundational extra included in the box. Oh, and it comes in blue. Apart from that, there's not a great deal of difference between this one and the old one. Not that that's a bad thing, of course.
Kingston and their gaming-centric HyperX brand expanded into the mechanical keyboard market with the Alloy FPS last year and the reception was wholly positive. The slimmed-down board was designed in conjunction with professional gamers and it firmly had them in mind when crafting a product that was sturdy, reliable and portable. Now, HyperX have taken things in a slightly different direction with the Alloy Elite.
It's the question that every PC nerd has asked themselves as they've been poring over online store listings: should I buy a mechanical keyboard with clicky tactile switches, or one with silent and linear keys? I compared two otherwise identical keyboards over a couple of weeks of gaming and typing to find my own personal favourite -- and try to figure out why that was.