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CES 2012: SteelSeries Introduces the Ion – Wireless Gaming Controller

CES 2012: SteelSeries Introduces the Ion – Wireless Gaming Controller

by David GeesonJanuary 10, 2012

Steel Series is one of the leading manufacturer of PC peripherals, known for their high quality and customer-friendly pricing. Today they announced a new product in their line-up, aimed both at the PC market as well as expanding to the ever expanding mobile gaming market.

In partnership with Zeemote Technology, Steel Series today announced the Ion Wireless Gaming Controller. This sleek controller is designed for full PC functionality as well as offering classic control schemes to gamers on touch screen devices such as tablets and phones. Connecting wirelessly via Bluetooth, the controller can be fully customised through it’s own application.

[pullquote_right]”For consumers with tablets and Smartphones, it really is an ideal accessory”[/pullquote_right]

[quote]“For PC users, the SteelSeries Ion is a convenient alternative, especially if they want something other than their mouse or keyboard as their tool. And for consumers with tablets and Smartphones, it really is an ideal accessory. Whether you’re sling shooting birds or playing a word game with friends, there are games that are ideal for touch screen. Those types of games however, are not the only games available; there are a number of first-person shooter and RTS games that aren’t downloaded or played as frequently as they could be, because the touch screen doesn’t provide an optimal experience. The SteelSeries Ion provides the advantage for those types of games.”- said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. [/quote]

The slim controller is the size of a deck of cards (roughly 108mm x 55.5mm x 18mm) making it ideal for easy storage and transportation. The controller also boasts a rechargeable lithium battery that can provide up to 20 hours of wireless fun or be used in conjunction with a plug and play kit for unlimited wired use.

Anybody familiar with any of the current generation consoles will quickly and easily get to grips with the Ion as it features the classic twin-stick design that’s become the convention in recent years. To help make it unique  the buttons can be customized via an easy-to-use interface for PC and Mobile devices, allowing for a truly individual gaming experience.

The controller will be released this coming fall with pricing top be announced closer to the release window. For more information on the new controller or other products from the Steel Series line-up then visit the Website, or follow Steel Series on Facebook  and  Twitter


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  • Pete Bell

    Ion wireless computer air mouse glove. This air mouse glove has a mobile range of 35 ft.

  • CES 2012

    Bellco Ventures sees the market moving to Internet TV. Big Screen computing is now becoming the new norm. With a wireless keyboard and the Ion wireless air mouse, everyone can enjoy the relaxation of sitting back and controlling their computer world from the far side of the room. The New Ion Air Mouse Glove comes in Black or Gray and is available online.

    For anyone that would like to setup their big screen TV with the computer, all one needs, is an RGB cable or HDMI cable, plug the cable in and your computer now has a Big Screen to do your work or play games. It is nice to be able to sit back in the big chair

  • Ashley madding

    I have looked high and lower for a excellent computer and I have located the very best two i can perhaps find. I wanted a laptop computer that i can use for school, but nevertheless be ready to perform WoW, and counter strike on. which of these two pcs is ideal for gaming but when looking, pleas overlook the RAM, simply because i have seemed into it an am getting RAM for which actually i get so just disregard it.

    Model Dell Latitude D810
    Processor Intel Pentium Cell 1.7Ghz
    Hard Drive 100.0GB HD
    Memory 1024MB(1GB) installed
    Display 15.4″ vast LCD screen
    Optical Drive(s) Internal modular 8X DVD+/-RW Burner Drive
    Other Media Drive(s) Built-in Wise Card Reader
    Network Broadcom 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
    Video ATI Mobile Radeon X600 / M24 video clip controller w/ 128MB of video clip memory
    Modem 56K Modem
    Pointing Devices Dual Touchpad and Track Stick with each sets of buttons
    I/O Ports (4) USB, (1) IR, (1) Serial, (1) VGA, (1) S-video, (1) Docking
    PC Card Slot (1) Slot supports Kind I, Kind II, 16-bit PCMCIA, 32-bit CardBus
    Audio Built-in stereo speakers and microphone
    Battery Lithium Ion (in great operating issue & keeping charge)
    Accessories Globally appropriate AC adapter/charger and energy cord
    External Watch port Included
    Printer port Included
    Wireless Network Dell TrueMobile / Intel Professional Wireless 2915 802.11b/g (Internal WiFi)
    O/S Windows XP Professional
    Installed Computer Software Service Pack 2 & Microsoft Office
    Weight/Dimensions About 7.12 lbs / 1.67″ x 14.2″ x 10.3″

    ACER Extensa

    AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core TK-57 1024KB L2 cache, 1.9GHz – (64bit computing)


    2GB (1064MB x 2)Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHZ

    Hard Drive:

    160GB 5400RPM Hard Generate SATA

    CD Drive:

    Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer help records up to 8.5GB of knowledge or 4 several hours of video making use of suitable media


    14.1 inch Vast Display Screen WXGA TFT with Acer CrystalBrite Engineering and 1280 x 800 Resolution

    Network Interface:

    Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector


    V.90/V.92 high-speed modem


    Built-in Atheros Wireless 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Mini Card

    Ports and Dimension:

    * 15-pin VGA video clip connector
    * 54 mm ExpressCard slot
    * IEEE 1394/4 USB 2.0 Ports compliant 4-pin ports
    * 1 Firewire 400 port
    * Microphone in & Headphone jack
    * 5-in-1 media memory card reader
    * RJ-45 Lan Port
    * RJ-11 Modem Port
    * AC adapter connector
    * Weight: 5.3 lbs (2.41 kg)
    * Height: 1.6″ (4.06cm)
    * Depth: 9.8″ (24.89cm)
    * Width: 13.0″ (33.02cm)

    Primary Battery

    6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery for 2.5-4.5 hrs of usage

    Operating System:

    * Microsoft Windows Vista House Premium

    Video Card:

    ATI RADEON X1250 graphics with up to 896MB HyperMemory
    Sound Card

    Built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo high-definition


    * Microsoft Functions SE 9
    * Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0
    * Acer Empowering Technology
    * GridVista
    * NTI CD-Maker
    * CyberLink PowerDVD
    * And More

    It seems challenging to read to me but make sure you support me out and seem via it. thank you for shelling out your time to help.
    the costs for the each laptops are roughly $360 each.
    im not going to be significantly gaming however just ocasionally like a couple hours a week. with that believed which is better.

  • stephen m

    Hi… I am an average gamer, usually play like 4 hours a day. I need a laptop which I can use for medium gaming as well as normal working and studying…Here are a few shortlisted laptop for me.. can you please have a look and tell me which one will be best and are they worth buying (good performance and life?).

    ASUS K53SV
    Specifications of Asus K Series K53SV-SX520D Laptop
    Processor 2nd Generation Core i5
    Variant 2430M
    Chipset Intel HM65
    Brand Intel
    Clock Speed 2.4 GHz
    Cache 3 MB
    Memory Slots 2 (Unused Slot – 0)
    System Memory 4 GB DDR3
    Hardware Interface SATA
    RPM 5400
    HDD Capacity 750 GB
    Optical Disk Drive
    Optical Drive Super Multi DVD
    Operating System Free DOS
    Screen Size 15.6 Inch
    Resolution 1366 x 768 Pixel
    Screen Type HD Glare Display
    Dedicated Graphics Memory Type DDR3
    Dedicated Graphics Memory Capacity 2 GB
    Graphic Processor NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
    Web Camera 0.3 megapixel
    Pointer Device Touchpad
    Keyboard Standard Keyboard
    Internal Mic Yes
    Speakers Yes
    Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps
    Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth v3.0
    Battery Backup Up to 3 hours
    Power Supply 100-240 V AC
    Battery Cell 6 Cell
    USB Port 3 x USB 2.0
    Mic In Yes
    RJ45 LAN Yes
    HDMI Port 1 x HDMI Port
    VGA Port Yes
    Lock Port Yes
    Machine Dimensions
    Weight 2.6 Kg
    Dimension 378 x 253 x 34.9 mm
    Color Brown Aluminium

    ASUS U46 SV
    Processor : Intel Core i5-2410M Processor
    Speed : 2.30 GHz, up to 2.9 GHz
    Cache : 3MB
    Chipset : Intel HM55 Chipset
    Memory : 4GB DDR3 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 8GB SDRAM
    Memory Standard : DDR3-1333
    Memory Technology : DDR3 SDRAM
    Hard Drive : 640GB 5400RPM SATA
    Card Reader : 3 in 1 Card Reader (SD/ MMC/ MS)
    LCD Display : 14-Inch 16:9 HD (1366 x 768) LED backlit
    Graphics Controller : NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 1GB DDR3 + Intel GMA HD Graphics Card
    Video Camera : Built-in 0.3 Mega Pixel Web Camera
    Network WLAN : 802.11 B/G/N
    LAN : 10/100/1000 Base T
    Bluetooth : Built-in Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
    Ports :
    – Interface 1 x Microphone-in jack
    – 1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)
    – 1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
    – 2 x USB 2.0 ports
    – 1 x USB 3.0 port
    – 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
    – 1 x HDMI
    Audio : SonicFocus
    Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
    Battery : Pack 8 cell 5600mAh 9HR
    AC Adapter Output : 19 V DC, 4.74 A, 90W
    Input : 100~240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
    Dimensions 13.5″ x 10″ x 1.08″ (W x D x H)
    Weight 4.85 lbs (w/ 8 Cell Battery)


    ASUS K42JA VX048D Laptop Features and Specifications :

    Operating System: Free DOS
    14″ Inches HD LED(1366 x 768)Pixels Backlight Display Screen
    Intel Core i5-460M Processor (Up to 2.53G, 3MB)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD5730 Graphics Card
    2GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM
    640GB Hard Disk
    Webcam: 0.3MP
    Optical Drive: 8xSuper Multi DVD RW
    Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth v2.0+EDR
    Li-ion Battery( 6 Cell)
    Warranty: 1-year Global Hardware warranty
    ASUS K53SM
    Processor 2nd Generation Core i5
    Dedicated Graphics Memory Type DDR3
    Dedicated Graphics Memory Capacity 2 GB
    Graphic Processor NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
    Variant 2450M
    Chipset Mobile Intel HM65 Express
    Brand Intel
    Clock Speed 2.5 GHz
    Cache 3 MB
    Expandable Memory Up to 8 GB
    Memory Slots 2 (Unused slots 0)
    System Memory 4 GB DDR3
    Hardware Interface SATA
    RPM 5400
    HDD Capacity 750 GB
    Optical Disk Drive
    Read/Write Speed DVD RW 8x
    Optical Drive SuperMulti Dual Layer DVD Drive
    Operating System Free DOS
    Screen Size 15.6 Inch
    Resolution 1366 x 768 Pixel
    Screen Type HD Glare Display
    Web Camera 0.3 Megapixel
    Pointer Device Touchpad
    Keyboard Standard Keyboard
    Internal Mic Yes
    Speakers Altec Lansing
    P.S. They are all below $1000, kinda in my range. I will prefer 14″ model and Good Power backup..

    Thanks guys
    How are the Graphic cards in them.. Are they good enough?? I need good backup coz of my studies (ebooks and pdf) and lot of power cut problems in my residential area. TIA

  • crzyinluv

    Processor type
    •Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor P8400 •2.26 Ghz , Level 2 cache 3 MB
    Operating system installed
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (32-bit)
    Memory layout(1 x 1024 MB + 1 x 2048 MB)
    Standard memory 3072 MB
    Maximum memorySupports up to 8 GB DDR2 memory
    Internal storage 250 GB
    Hard disk controller SATA Hard Disk Drive
    Hard disk drive speed 5400 rpm
    Optical drive typeLightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double
    Layer support
    Memory card device
    5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards,
    Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
    Modem High speed 56K modem
    Network interface Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
    Wireless technologies Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection
    Wireless capabilityBluetooth® wireless networking
    Display size14.1” WXGA High-Definition AG Display with infinity BrightView
    Display resolution1280 x 800
    Video RAMup to 1535 MB total graphics memory with 256 MB dedicate
    NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
    6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
    Power supply type 90 W AC Power Adapter

    Is this a gd laptop for gaming…
    plus does it run crysis…on ultra high or medium??

  • kewlflame14

    let’s say I want to transfer the images from my samsung e530 phone to my computer via bluetooth, what kind of software must I download from the net so my computer can accept the images? or let’s say, my dad and I have different cellphone units, his is nokia and mine is samsung, do I need to download 2 different bluetooth softwares because they are 2 different units or just one?

  • Benihana

    hi here are the spec of the not planing to play like high end games.i just want to play like sims2,command & conquer generals,lotr:battle for middle earth 2 etc..or if i cant run this in this laptop what kind of games that i could run?thanks

    Processor, Operating System and Memory
    Intel® Centrino® Duo processor technology featuring Intel® Core ™ 2 Duo processor
    • Intel® Centrino® Duo processor technology featuring Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T5300
    • 1.73GHz , 2MB L2 Cache, 533MHz FSB
    • Intel ® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection

    Operating system installed
    Genuine Windows® Vista™ Home Premium

    Standard memory
    2048MB DDR2

    Maximum memory
    Supports up to 2 GB DDR2 memory

    Memory type
    DDR2 System Memory

    memory layout
    1024MB x 2

    Internal drives
    Internal hard disk drive

    Hard disk controller
    SATA Hard Disk Drive

    Hard disk drive speed

    Optical drive type
    Super Multi 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support

    System features
    Memory card device
    5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards

    High speed 56K modem

    Network interface
    Ethernet 10/100BT integrated network interface

    Wireless Technologies
    Intel ® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection

    External I/O ports
    3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 2 Headphone out – 1 w/SPDIF Digital Audio & 1 stereo, 1 microphone-in, 1 VGA (15-pin), 1 TV-Out (S-video), 1 RJ-11 (modem), 1 RJ -45 (LAN), 1 notebook expansion port 3, 1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin), 1 Consumer IR

    Expansion slots
    One ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)

    Display size
    15.4” WXGA High Definition BrightView Widescreen

    Display resolution
    1280 x 800

    Video adapter
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (shared)

    Video RAM
    224MB Total Available Graphics Memory

    Control Panel
    HP QuickPlay media player software and its dedicated menu controls, music and DVD buttons

    HP Pavilion WebCam with Integrated Microphone

    Handheld remote control
    HP Mobile Remote Control

    Internal audio
    3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated

    Speakers and microphone
    Altec Lansing® speakers

    101 key compatible keyboard

    Mouse/Pointing Device
    Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical scroll Up/Down pad

    power supply type
    65W AC Adapter; 6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery

  • Victoria T

    My phone memory is full and I am trying to bluetooth music from my laptop on to the memory card in my phone. I have gone in to settings, then memory settings, then default memory and I have set them all to memory card. When I try to bluetooth the music it says that there isn’t enough room, but there is loads of room on my memory card. Can anyone help?

  • Cliffy N

    1: does it have bluetooth capabilities even tho it has an icon
    2: how do i pair my bluetooth headset with it

  • Travoiz

    I’ve heard many people say that they are talking on a bluetooth. I know Bluetooth is the technology used in many cellular phones but I people are confused about it. I try to convince people that they aren’t talking on a Bluetooth. Instead, you are using a wireless head-set. So, I need some additional information.

  • Thomas A

    Okay, my hpone has bluetooth, and my computer came with it, but it wouln’t come up when i clicked on the icon. So, I deleted it. Can you download it off the internet for free? If so, how do you connect it to your phone. Thanks. :)

  • Praveen

    I’m planning on buying a new cell phone, and one of the features is stereo Bluetooth. The phone can also play MP3s, so does this mean I can listen to music through my Bluetooth earpiece?

  • mr flibble

    I got a stereo bluetooth headphone recently and wonder if I can use it while driving, it covers both ears. The reason I ask is because It’s so much more comfortable than any bluetooth headsets that rest on one ear. Thanks!

  • Ryan Dunn

    My dad bought me a laptop for Christmas (an Advent) and it said it had bluetooth on it.

    For the last few months I’ve been trying to get the bluetooth to work, but I have no idea where to start.

    Any ideas?