Consoles, Games & Controllers tested & reviewed
The beautiful Brydge 12.9 Keyboard brings the MacBook experience to the 12.9inch iPad Pro (2017 and 2015 models). Available in both Silver and Space Grey which matches perfectly to you iPad Pro, it features a standard QWERTY layout (note: it is only available in this format). Constructed from a high-guide aluminium it has a sturdy weight to it. It’s tactile which is especially good at encouraging poorly motivated, product-reviewing people to keep typing and not wonder off to make their 5th cup of coffee that morning: it just feels that good to use!
If you’re a fan of gadgets designed to fill a very specific niche, and we here at Gadgethead definitely are, then look no further than the Penclic mouse series, computer peripherals designed to look and handle like a pen. Depending on the model, they come with 3 or 5 buttons and connect via USB or Bluetooth. They have a shiny, plastic body in either white or black and a pen-like stem with a matt coat and smooth, rubbery feel. They come in beautiful, tubular transparent packaging and at least the one model we saw included a small cloth bag to carry the mouse in.
The Tobii Eye Tracker 4C is a clever little device that allows for immersive reality-gaming without the hassle and discomfort of a large headset. Currently the 4C is the only eye tracker on the market that can track both the eyes and head movement. The ‘Tobii EyeChip ASIC’ uses powerful processing combined with the world’s most advanced eye-tracking platform, which reduces CPU load and power consumption from your device. It is ready to roll with Windows 10, with an easy set-up and connection via USB.
Gaems has filled a gap in the market here and created a portable personal gaming environment or basically a secure house for your console with an inbuilt screen to allow you to play anywhere as long as there is a plug socket to hand although it is possible to run it in a car with the appropriate adaptor. It is compatible with HDMI however anything with only a component cable will not be able to run with this device, it has two inputs for headphones, headsets or speakers.
Of all the portable storage devices I have reviewed during 2015 this is by far the most secure, to the point that this is what I now use to back up my own business data. At the last company I worked for there were two instances where data was stolen by an ex-employee which led to the business losing thousands of pounds and creating hours of headaches so having a device that backs up all critical data with passwords and only known by the few who need to know is so important.
When this thing landed on my desk I started looking around for the product it was so obviously a remote for…wrong! This mad looking device is actually a carefully designed keyboard and mouse in one, promising to be the world’s most mobile keyboard. It is created to be used in one hand and uses a system similar to that of a short hand type writer in that you use the 16 keys individually and in chords to type the words rather than spelling out the letters individually.
The Buffalo MiniStation Air 2 is a Wifi enabled and USB connected portable hard drive which as well as mains can also be battery-powered which enables users to expand their storage capacities without the hassle of annoying wires and cables, while also being usable on the go.The hard drive has a very nice feel to it, it is a good size and feels reassuringly made, this is coupled with a 3 year warranty which always confirms quality.
A market I am shocked that Apple hasn’t cornered already is that of the controller with the amount of games available on Apple Store for your phone, tablet and Apple TV there must be one on the way?
However, in the meantime Steel Series are taking full advantage with their latest offering for Apple devices the Nimbus Controller, I have reviewed products for Steel Series in the past so I am looking forward to having some fun with this, I mean playing games as an actual job does it get much better!!!