At this point, we're all familiar with the Kinect, Microsoft's motion-sensing peripheral that made gaming on the console less about moving your fingers and more about moving your body (or your mouth). Now, the Kinect For Windows promises to do the same thing for the box that sits on your desk, rather than your media shelf. But in spite of its obvious usefulness in the gaming arena, one of the best things about the Kinect was its hackability — letting developers use it for a range of purposes Microsoft never could have dreamt of — and the Windows version provides the same DIY potential on your PC. But at nearly half the price of the XBox One, you wouldn't be faulted for wondering if the juice was really worth the squeeze.
Taking minimalism to a whole new level, the Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate features an all-black blank set of keys that's perfect for gamers and typists alike. It sports mechanical key switches with gold contacts for a tactile feel and acoustic response that will make you want to type longer and faster. Dedicated media controls including a large volume knob let you easily adjust your music without ever touching a mouse, while a two port hub with USB 3.0 connectivity lets you use additional devices at up to ten times the speed of normal USB. Couple that with an anodized aluminum top panel and you get a keyboard that feels amazing to type on, and looks great while you're doing it.