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Peripherals for the Mainstream Market
Cooler Master’s CMStorm group has built up a reputation for making good gaming peripherals. Over the years we have seen them put out everything from mechanical keyboards to customizable mice and even gaming headsets. For the most part these offerings have been on the pricier side of the market, but in the recent months they have been working on a more value oriented batch of products. One these (that we happen to have in the lab) is a keyboard and mouse combo, the CMStorm Devastator. Is this combo set really worthy of the CMStorm name? I think we should find out.
We look at RAIDMAX's Blackstorm Case FeaturedWritten by Sean Kalinich
One of the essential items for a computer build is often the most difficult to pick out. After all when we head to our favorite E-tailer we already know what CPU, GPU, motherboard and most of the other parts we are going to buy. Where things get a little fuzzy is when we start looking to a place to put all of this stuff into. The supply of PC enclosures seems to be limitless, but it is not always easy to choose one out of the crowd. On top of that there is really no way to tell what kind of performance you can get, or how easy a case is to work with just by looking at the images on a web site. That is where we come in. Today we have a very interesting case from RAIDMax called the Blackstorm. This case has a nice look and some promising features. The question is; will they make it worth the money? Let’s find out shall we?
In today’s market a company cannot maintain a single vertical portfolio and survive. We have seen this more times that we can count. You just cannot do it. If all you make is motherboards, you are eventually going to get left behind. If all you make is power supplies… well you get the point I am making. So it is not surprising to see companies begin to branch out and manufacture different products. Sometimes these products do not even seem to be related, but if they are good they can increase sales and also bring in new customers for the core business. Cooler Master did this not that long ago. The branched off their PC Enclosure business and created a new “gamers” line of cases dubbed CM Storm. Almost right after this line launched they began making peripherals for gamers as well. These products have included Mice, Head Sets, and Keyboards. So far we have spent some quality time with three of their mice and the Sirus headset. Today we are looking at another gaming mouse called the Xornet. This product shares a similar style with their Spawn mouse but not the same level of hardware. Let’s take a look and see if the new Xornet is a worthy addition to the CM Storm line.