Tick…tock…tick…tock. rAge 2013 is only 17 days away people! We’re starting our coverage early this year with my look at some of the stands that will be at rAge that you can visit. There is a smorgasbord of choice and awesomeness awaiting you this year. There are no less than 95 vendors showcasing their wares this year and today we’re kicking off with stand #52 – Comet Computing. Some of the brands they distribute are well-known to gamers – Mad Catz, Tritton, Saitek and Gunnar are some of the reasons why you should check them out.

Comet Computing will be displaying their full range of Mad Catz peripherals for both PC and consoles. You’ll get your chance to feel a R.A.T. 7 in your hand and sidle up to the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 keyboard in all its glory. Mad Catz will also have a few new products new to the market with the MOUS9 and the new S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 keyboard. I might even see a Mad Catz Mono, that would be awesome.

Saitek's Cyborg S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 keyboard

Saitek’s Cyborg S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 keyboard

Tritton is a headset brand that is marketed for the PC or console player that wants a premium experience and this year marks their first inside the country. It has a following with Xbox owners thanks to their special edition versions that had Gears of War or Call of Duty branding. This will be my first chance to give them a try and sample sound quality. My headphone reviews attracted a bit of attention, so this looks like something a lot of people need opinions on.

Flight sim fans will be delighted to see the Saitek Pro Flight range. Last year there was a nice selection of joysticks, throttle props and combat controls last year, enough to attract a crowd big enough to block my view. This year I’ll be paying a little more attention to Saitek’s peripherals as more games like War Thunder become popular.

Finally there will be a selection of Gunnar glasses to try out. Gunnars have special lenses that alter the light coming from your monitors into your eyes, reducing eye strain and sharpening your vision a tad. I’ve never tried these out and will be sure to give them a go this time round. Currently, no other brand in SA has anything similar to what Gunnar has on offer and apparently pro gamers love them.

Wear Gunnars and be as pro and look as serious as this guy.

Wear Gunnars and be as pro and look as serious as this guy.

As part of my coverage, I’m asking stand vendors which they like – peanuts, or raisins. I’ll be keeping a tally (at least from the vendors that reply) on which one they prefer. Yes, it’s a strange question, but all will be revealed in a future column dealing with goings-on at the expo.

Comet Computing voted for peanuts. Salted, skinless, raw? Meh, who cares, peanuts are delicious! Except if you have a peanut allergy, then they’re mini Chuck Norris clones ready to roundhouse kick your windpipe.

PEANUTS 1 – RAISINS 0

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