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Cooler Master Soawn Mouse, Quick Fire Rapid Keyboard

Holiday Buyer's Guide 2011: Gaming Gear Edition
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If you want Santa to drop a new keyboard or mouse in your stocking this year, check out our gaming-specific holiday recommendations.

I'm always a bit apprehensive when computer component manufacturers jump into gaming peripherals. Some companies, like Corsair, make a splash with some truly amazing products...while others fall flat on their face. Cooler Master has been a dominant force in power supplies and cases for years now, but can they make a competent mouse or keyboard. Yes! Yes they can!

The Spawn mouse is for "claw" gamers, or those who arc their index and middle fingers up on the mouse buttons. The smaller mouse body is perfect for this grip style, and the scooped-out right side gives you even more control.

The Spawn is red and black...a color scheme that may or may not go over well. But don't let that deter you from the rest of the mouse. The 3500dpi optical sensor is very accurate, and seven-button configuration is very comfortable. the Spawn has similar tech to the Logitech G400, but in a smaller, brighter package.

The Quick Fire Rapid (QFR) keyboard combines the accuracy and effortlessness of MX Cherry Red switches with a small, portable size. There's no numpad on the QFR, so the board easily fits in a backpack or duffel bag. To make transport even easier, the QFR has a removable USB cord, which connects via a standard mini USB port on the back of the keyboard.

The QFR has a lot in common with the Corsair keyboards, including the Red switches, laser-etched and removable keycaps, and a disable-friendly Windows key. You might miss the number pad, but if you can get over the loss of the17 keys, the QFR is the best travel-friendly gaming keyboard you can buy today.

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    Anonymous , December 13, 2011 1:23 AM
    The Corsair K90 does not include cherry mx reds under every key.

    All of the programmable macro keys on the K90 and the top row (the Esc and F-keys), plus the nine keys in the center block (PrtScn, Scroll Lock, Pause/Break, Insert, Delete, Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down) use silicon dome key-switches.

    There is a rather lengthy discussion on the corsair forums regarding this very subject.

    If your looking for a fully mechanical gaming keyboard, you should look into the thermaltake esports meka g unit, which uses mx blacks plus has macro buttons on the side.

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    andysocial , December 13, 2011 12:49 PM
    Have you considered hiring someone who has a journalism or English degree to proofread your articles? The recurring word-choice errors are jarring. First example that pops to mind: the possessive form of a pronoun has no apostrophe, so "it's" is incorrect. Using it three times in one sentence is painful to read.

    Actually, a little proofreading by anyone might be helpful. "The M90 leaves s space" and " side0mounted" virtually leapt off the screen and smacked me.
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    everlast66 , December 13, 2011 7:41 PM
    I think they've spent their cash on the model...
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    dconnors , December 14, 2011 5:29 AM
    andysocial"The M90 leaves s space" and " side0mounted" virtually leapt off the screen and smacked me.


    If accidental spelling and grammar errors smack you in the face, you might have bigger problems that its vs it's. Just sayin'.

    -Devin Connors, Tom's Guide
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    andysocial , December 14, 2011 11:24 AM
    It leaves the impression of rushed and unprofessional standards, which is at odds with the obviously thorough research and testing processes evident throughout the various Tom's sites. And flippancy doesn't help.
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    Anonymous , December 21, 2011 12:51 AM
    Professionality has nothing to do with grammer or punctuation, unless its your job as a linguist, or copy editor etc.

    the primary purpose of any language written or spoken is to carry a message wherby the recieving party understands and comprehends the message.

    I work for a very large government organisation, and i can tell the real world dont give a fig about language if the message gets the job done 99% of the time.

    People that complain about language, usually have other issues or were picked on in someway as a child/adult by others all my boses have been grammer nazi's but not one gives a fig when its time for me to fix somthing for them, then they ignor there personal qibbles and get to the real deal, geting the job done.
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    freggo , December 23, 2011 8:25 PM
    What is this, THG Playboy edition ?
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    masop , January 9, 2012 3:52 PM
    I want the brunette. :-)
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    _Cosmin_ , July 16, 2012 7:25 PM
    Andi: Leave the man be...
    You should keep in mind that those articles are read by many people for whom English is not the native language and WE don`t give a shit on things like that.
    Then, i have an IQ of only 157.... so who am i to judge?
    If you can write a better article on Tom`s Hardware site do it....or offer your services for spell and grammar checking instead of criticism!
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    onanonanon , July 17, 2012 4:08 PM
    AnonymousProfessionality has nothing to do with grammer or punctuation, unless its your job as a linguist, or copy editor etc.

    Or a journalist. Oh, wait!
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