Christmas is fast approaching, and you want to give gifts to your favorite gamers, but you have no idea what to buy. Why not a mouse, controller, headphone or other accessory to go along with their Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? They’ll be thanking your generosity every time they fire up their games.
The ROCCAT Kone XTD is an award-winning mouse with premium components, advanced precision, and a unique lighting and effects system that’s now available for Mac gamers for $89.99.
It’s not uncommon to find decent accessories for Mac gaming these days. It’s not often, however, we see gaming products—mice, keyboards, mats, etc.—designed specifically for Mac gamers. But that’s what we’re getting from Rogue with their new Mondo series, a “… premium line of products that sport the Mac design language, and are packed with powerful features specifically designed for work and play on the Mac.”
Logitech has updated their Logitech Gaming Software for their Logitech G gaming mice and keyboards to support OS X. Prices range from $40 – $100 for the mice and $60 – $200 for the keyboards, all of which have enough buttons to take your gaming to the next level.
RadioShack now sells most of Apple’s Macintosh peripheral and accessory products on their website and brick-and-mortar stores. You can buy Apple’s keyboards and mice, USB Superdrives, AirPort and Time Capsule devices, EarPods, and a plethora of connectors, adapters, and cables. All are at prices comparable to those found at the Apple Store.
Evoluent has taken the traditional computer mouse and turned it 90º. For users with repetitive stress injuries (RSI) or who simply experience discomfort using a mouse all day, the Vertical Mouse 4 may provide you with relief from physical pains, though it’s likely to replace them with some software pain in the process.
Although it definitely looks very different from other computer mice, the Evoluent Vertical Mouse 4 offers an ergonomically correct take on mousing. Using what’s known as a handshake grip, this mouse will revolve your thinking and make your computer use more comfortable.
My enthusiasm for Apple system hardware hasn’t generally extended to Apple input devices—either keyboards or mice. Thankfully, there are many great third-party alternatives available to Mac users. Do you just opt to stick with Apple input devices, or do you have third-party favorites?
I plan to stick with the mouse (or even better, the rollerbar) for desktop input as long as it remains possible, but if touch input in its various permutations is what people really want, then that’s what Apple, Microsoft, and the rest of the industry will give them.
SteelSeries has a new Freedom To Play product line-up which includes headphones (Flux and Flux In-Ear Pro) and controllers (Free Mobile and Free Touchscreen) that are designed to work with your Mac, PC, smartphone, and tablet.
My favorite computer mouse isn’t a mouse at all in the conventional sense, but a Contour RollerMouse Free2 roller bar. I can’t say enough good about roller bars. They’re fast, smooth, and easy on the hands, wrist, and arms, and seamlessly ambidextrous. The Contour Free2 even comes with an excellent wrist rest that nicely compliments any slim-profile keyboard with a straight front edge.
Functionally, the Targus Mini Kaleidoscope Optical Retractable Mouse is a pretty typical compact USB optical rodent in most respects, targeted at the laptop-user market. But its marquee features that make it different are its retractable USB connection cable and especially its patented color-radiating design that can display one of—or cycle continuously through—seven brightly glowing colors (Targus calls them fog lights) when it’s powered up.