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  • | August 2013

    New Microsoft PC AccessoriesThe ultimate buys for back to school

    Sculpt Mobile Mouse

    Sculpt Comfort Mouse

  • CONTENTS @gemdistribution

    05 EDITORS COMMENTFaye Le Duc introduces the August edition of The Future

    06 WE WANT ONELean back and browse media from the comfort of a sofa with Trusts media keyboard

    11 Q&AIntroducing the new consumer electronicsCategory Manager, Danielle Barker

    12 BACK TO SCHOOLGems back to school promo offers fantasticdeals from a variety of Gems vendors

    15 MICROSOFTGreat with 8, great for back to school;introducing brand new PC accessories from Microsoft

    17 LOGITECHLogitech celebrates summer with massivesavings on top stylish lines

    19 SYMANTECNorton offers up to 40% savings off topsecurity products

    25 STEELSERIESThe H-Series headset gives gamers whatthey need to dominate with tournamentgrade gear

    29 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 14Completely rebuilt, PES radically enhancesthe genre with ground breaking newfeatures that will reshape the series

    30 NINTENDOIntroducing Nintendos latest titles for Wii Ugaming - Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U

    33 XBOX LIVE GUIDERead this months guide on what torecommend to your customers withMicrosoft Live

    34 GAMING CHARTSGems Hot Picks, a handy not-to-be-missedfeature to help you make the most of yourgaming range

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  • Who can believe that its August already and the start of the Back toSchool promotional season begins. Summer has nally arrived.

    This year, we are splitting our Back to School summer sale across August andSeptember to help you, our customers, maximise your margins over a longerperiod and allow plenty of time to restock the most successful deals during thesecond week.

    The rst week commences on the 12th August and then again on the 9thSeptember so make sure you put the reminder in your diary today and contactyour account manager for more information.

    Microsofts new PC Accessories launch this month, adding three new products totheir line-up of Healthy Computing products, perfectly complimenting the Back toSchool theme. The new SKUs include the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop, the SculptComfort Desktop and the Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse which is included in thebundles and sold separately. The new products are out on the 21st August andare available to pre-order today, read more on page 15.

    The highly anticipated launch of Microsofts new-generation entertainmentsystem, Xbox One, is fast approaching; 3 months have already passed since their initial pre-E3 announcement! We share a few more details for theaccessories set to launch along with the Xbox One console, turn to page 26 & 27 for more info.

    The renowned Gamesaid Golf and Spa day, hosted at the Grove last month,raised a fantastic 40,000 for various causes. GamesAid is an established videogames industry based charity. It distributes funds to a diverse range childrensand young peoples charities; it is a means of giving something back on behalf ofthe industry and gamers. Were proud to be sponsors of the event and areabsolutely delighted that the hard work and efforts paid off!

    A huge thank you to those of you who played golf, got pampered and donated heres to next year!


    Deputy HeadFaye Le Duc

    English TeacherBrendan Adams

    Art & Design TeachersSophie HammondAmber-sky Watts

    ICT TeacherPeter Cox

    Games TeacherKristan Reed

    PublisherGem Creative

    Gem Distribution LtdSt. George House, Parkway

    Harlow Business Park, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5QF

    Head TeacherKatie Rawlings

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    With the increasing popularity of movie and video streaming, entertainment hubs andinternet ready TVs in the home, having a quality input device can unlock the power of these multi-media services.

    The Compact Wireless Entertainment Keyboard from Trust is lightweight, portableand designed to be used with SmartTVs, games consoles and PCs. Its Micro USBreceiver provides a wireless range of up to 10 metres, allowing customers to browsetheir favourite media while relaxing back in the comfort of their sofa.

    Featuring 16 additional function keys, it provides direct access to commonly used mediafeatures, so at the push of a button users can quickly open a desired app, media player,emails or the internet.

    A scroll wheel delivers precise control that allows the customer to accurately navigate their media from the tip of their ngers. The QWERTY keyboard layout provides a familiar standardised input, whilst the separate rubber cover protects from dust, stainsand spillages.

    The Compact Wireless Entertainment Keyboard is an all-in-one input device thatcompliments modern media devices and is compatible with Xbox 360 and PS3.

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    Making his long-awaited arrival from Parts Unknown,the self-professed Founding Father of Life Intensitywill be an exclusive playable character for those whopre-order the game at any participating retailer for theXbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft or PlayStation3.

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    WWE 2K14 is available to pre-order from Gemtoday! Contact the dedicated team today to place your order on 01279 822 822 or go online to

    Gems Back to School promotion returns

    Gems Back to School promotion kicks off this month,giving customers the opportunity to grab some fantastic deals as the students head back to school,college and university.

    Throughout the promotion, Gem will play host to atleast ten of their vendors, each providing a range of outstanding offers. Each day new deals will be announced on selected lines from peripherals, speakers, gaming accessories and more.

    Commencing on the 12th August for one week andthen opening again on the 9th September for anotherweek, the new format will allow retailers to maximise

    the return on the deals available, using the first weekto establish which offers are most successful and restocking before the season is over.

    Follow Gem onFacebook ( and Twitter (@gemdistribution) or go online to keep up to date with the new deals available every day.

    DATES:12th 16th August 20139th 13th September 2013

    Sign up for a Gemaccount todayGems Back to School promotion marks a great time to open an account with Gem either by calling 01279 822822 or going online at

    Gem welcomes all new trade accounts wishing to signup and take advantage of the huge savings on somegreat brands during this key selling period. Call today!

    Gem welcomesDanielle Barker to the teamGem is delighted to announce the appointment ofDanielle Barker who has taken on the role of CategoryManager to oversee the rapidly expanding ConsumerElectronics division within Gem, reporting into JonSutherland, Head of Category.

    The new role has been created to reflect the fast paceat which the consumer electronics sector is growingwithin Gem, having partnered with key brands such asRoku, Otone and SOL Republic.

    With a wealth of experience in category managementin UK retail, Danielle will work collaboratively with allof Gems departments, bringing together sales, purchasing and marketing to maximise opportunitiesfor our vendors whilst exploring new opportunities inthe consumer electronics market.

    Danielle is featured in this months Q&A, turn to page11 to hear more from our new recruit.

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    Introducing Danielle BarkerWe talk to Gems newly appointed Category ManagerWhat brought you to Gem and what do you make of it so far?Coming from a retail background, I have dealt with manysuppliers, including distributors. Distribution had alwaysseemed like a great mix of buying, sales and marketing. Gem was particularly intriguing due to thepartnership with Microsoft, the strong retail presence, and Gem Creative.

    Ive really enjoyed my rst month at Gem, both my team and the extended teams have made me feel really welcome.

    Your role is a relatively new position at Gem; canyou tell us what it entails?On a day to day basis, it is mainly relationshipmanagement, ensuring that I communicate across teamsany relevant information and ensuring the Vendors are gaining maximum exposure. So I can get involved with strategies, product launches, and building a range ready to take to market.

    What experience do you bring to Gem that willenhance your position?My experience is mainly as a buyer for retail andspecically consumer electronics. Having been a buyer, Iknow what I would have wanted to see from vendors andcan hopefully translate that to our vendors, enabling me toguide them to get the maximum out of the opportunities.

    There are a lot of changes happening in theconsumer electronics market, do you have anypredictions of whats to come? I think that the consumer electronics market is reallyexciting in its evolution. Anything app related is also going to see massive growth. Also, the new 4k technologyin TVs.

    Describe yourself in 3 wordsCondent, outgoing, talkative

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    back to school

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    Get the ultimate Windows accessories

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    The perfect complement to the Windows 8 experience

    With a uniquely modern design and naturally comfortable composition, the SculptErgonomic Desktop allows customers to complete tasks with precision andeffortless control.

    Built on advanced ergonomic principles, the Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard incorporatesa split keyboard layout positioned to help the wrists and forearms sit in a natural,relaxed position with a cushioned palm rest to provide wrist support, and a domedkeyboard shape to reduce wrist pronation.

    The Sculpt Ergonomic mouse is also designed to maximize wrist comfort with itsunique ergonomic shape. It has a convenient Windows button which gives usersone-touch to access to the Windows 8 Start screen. It also features a Back buttonfor faster navigation, 4-way scroll wheel and thumb scoop helps to maintain thecorrect ergonomic hand and wrist position.

    Release date 21st August 2013

    Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop >>



    Featuring the Sculpt Comfort Mouse and Sculpt Comfort Keyboard, the SculptComfort Desktop revolutionizes the relationship between hardware and software,providing quick and easy access to Windows 8 features.

    The Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is equipped with hotkeys that give users one-touchaccess to some of the most commonly used functions in Windows 8. Its also packedwith ergonomic features including a contoured keyset, removable padded palm rest,and palm lift.

    The Sculpt Comfort Mouse features a special Windows touch tab which provides easy access to the Start screen and apps, Bluetooth connectivity allowingeasy pairing of the device with a PC or tablet, BlueTrack technology, a tilt wheel forleft, right, up and down scrolling and a right-handed thumb scoop design forsuperior comfort.

    Release date 21st August 2013

    Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Desktop >>



    Whether its browsing the internet,connecting with friends online or editing apresentation, the Sculpt Mobile Mouse is acomfortable, familiar companion for themodern, mobile lifestyle.

    Designed to work seamlessly with Windows 8, the Sculpt Mobile Mouse allows customers to utilise a built inWindows button to quickly open the Startmenu and access all of their apps at thetouch of a button.

    With a 4-way scroll wheel providing intuitivenavigation, performing such tasks like movingthrough wide documents and the start menuis a breeze. Its compact design means itseasily stored when on the move andBlueTrack technology allows the mouseremain precise on virtually any surface.

    Enjoy a clutter-free workspace at a desk or ona coffee table with this wireless, mini-USBconnected mouse.

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    M515 WIRELESS MOUSE SILVERThe M515 is a wireless mouse that can be taken from thedesk to the couch. Only active when theres a hand on itgives it an impressive battery life and also means thecursor only moves when the user wants it to. It also has asealed bottom that prevents the collection fabric fuzz inthe sensor opening.Webcode 910-001843 Trade price 20.69

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    M325 MINI COLOUR COLLECTIONDynamic and distinctively different, Logitechs M325Colour Collection offers 3 unique designs bought togetherwith a massive discount.

    The Wireless M325 mouse offers a mix of precision andcomfort with designed-for-Web scrolling and a feel-good,contoured design. The unifying nano-receiver also allowsusers to easily add a compatible wireless device withoutthe hassle of multiple USB receivers.

    The comfy, contoured shape and soft rubber grips deliversone of the best-selling shapes in the world and with up to18-month battery life its hassle free.

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    Take full advantage of a high denition television with telyHD. This powerful new deviceconnects to a HD television via its HMDI port, allowing Skype video calls to be madewithout the need for a computer. There is no software to install, and the simple set-upmeans customers can get video calls going in minutes. Packing some impressive innards, ithas plenty of computing power with a high performance GPU from Nvidia , a Dual-coreA9 CPU and 512MB of RAM. The Android based operating system provides a stableplatform for the device with strong support from the development community.

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    Powerful sound meets contemporary style

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    Introducing two new speakers from new partner OTONE Audio

    The Sonora AV Lance is a powerful sound system comprising a 42 HDsoundbar with a wireless Subwoofer. Featuring four 3" mid-range drivers,twin " tweeters, and 6 subwoofer, its elegantly balanced throughoutthe ranges to provide exquisite clarity with clean and rich mids anddynamic low-end bass.

    Pumping out a hefty 120W RMS, its devastatingly loud while remainingfree from distortion. The power and volume as well as subwoofer levelscan be controlled by the wireless IR remote control. At the press of abutton customers can enhance the experience by switching to a panoramicsimulated surround sound.

    The dual-purpose stands can be rotated to create wall mount brackets,allowing exibility in the home set up. If customers are looking for a truehome cinema effect, intense gaming or immersive music, the AV-Lancesoundbar brings the experience to life.

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    Its features include a retractable microphone system, extra-padded and soft all-leather design, a double braided cable with an integrated volume controllerand swappable cable system so that the headset can be used with a PC, Mac,phone or tablet.

    Especially popular at LAN-events and internet cafs around the world, it has theability to be dismantled into 3 pieces for easy carrying and transportation, makingit the one of the most sort-after headsets for many gamers around the world.

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    Steelseries 5Hv3

    The 3Hv2 is an entry level headset designed for both rst time gamers who areseeking the SteelSeries audio experience and gamers wanting quality withouthaving to make a large investment.

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    It comes in a compact, foldable design making it ideal for storage or travel and anadapter which allows for use with PC, Mac, tablets and phones.

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    The next generation of gaming is finally upon us - Microsoft has confirmed thatit is to launch the long-awaited Xbox One in November this year.Priced at 429, the next generation console is billed as "the ultimate all-in-oneentertainment system built for the 21st century living room," and customers can pre-order it from Gem today.

    Xbox One will truly be a powerhouse of entertainment, and is designed to usher in awhole new era of games, along with access to the very best music, live TV, movies,sports, apps and Skype.

    So what's in the box? Each Xbox One system features a 500GB hard drive, Blu-rayplayer, built-in Wi-Fi, the new Kinect, a HDM cable, a redesigned Wireless Controllerand a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold to get new members up-and-running.

    Don Mattrick, president, nteractive Entertainment Business at Microsoft commented:

    Our unique, modern architecture brings simplicity to the living roomand, for the first time ever, the ability to instantly switch across your gamesand entertainment.

    Xbox One games will "push the boundaries of realism", and the fully personalisedsystem obeys your voice commands via the power of Kinect. Say Xbox On tolaunch the home screen, discover what is popular on TV or see friends latest gaming achievements all using the most natural interface - your voice.

    The more you use Xbox One, the more it gets to know you and learns what you like,and breakthrough features put it right at the heart of the living room. Users will beable to link their set top box with Xbox One and navigate and control live TV.

    The innovative new Snap feature lets users do two things at once - jump into a multiplayer battle while watching a movie, talk with friends onSkype while watching a movie, or track your fantasy team on TV while watching thebig game.

    The next generation of entertainment starts here!

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    Forza Motorsports 5

    Pre-order bonuses for launch titlesGamers will receive special bonus content if they reserve the following exclusive Xbox One launch title - while supplies last.

    Ryse: Son of Rome - Exclusive multiplayer map and sword with bonus attributes

    Forza Motorsport 5 - Access to four cars tuned to the top of their class Kinect Sports Rivals - Exclusive sporting equipment that separates your

    Champion from the rest of the world Dead Rising 3 - Exclusive Frank West and Chuck Greene Tribute Packs with

    bonus attributes. this exciting new system from Microsoft

    Elsewhere, the Trending lets users stay on top of the hottest content in the Xboxcommunity, while the tailored OneGuide makes finding your favourite entertainment easy.

    But games remain right at the heart of the Xbox One experience, and Microsoft hasa stellar line-up of titles coming to the platform during the launch phase and beyond.

    With its eight core processors powering the console, gaming on Xbox One "will immerse gamers in cinematic worlds that look like real life, with characters that feel more human than ever before."

    The games unveiled so far look nothing short of stunning, including Turn 10's incredible racing title, Forza Motorsport 5, Rare's Kinect Sports Rivals, Remedy'sinnovative interactive action drama Quantum Break, Crytek's brutal hackandslash Ryse: Son Of Rome, as well as the turn of 90s beat 'em up classicKiller nstinct.

    XBOX ONE | NEED TO KNOW Launching November 2013 Priced 429 Bundled with new version of Kinect ncludes redesigned wireless controller HDM cable 500GB hard disk storage Blu-Ray player Built-in Wi-Fi

    Xbox One Wireless Controller

    All-new accessories to fuel the new generation of gaming launching alongside XboxOne this November, a new line-up of best-in-class accessories will make new-generation gaming experiences more immersive, precise and accessible.

    All new accessories for Xbox One

    The Xbox controller is refreshed with more than 40 technical and design innovations. Updated directionalpad, thumb sticks and contours deliver greater precision and control, while new vibrating impulsetriggers offer precise fingertip feedback, bringing anunprecedented level of gameplay immersion. TheXbox One Wireless Controller is designed to work inconcert with the new Kinect, allowing the two to be paired automatically to create seamless player syncing.

    Xbox One Play & Charge Kit

    This kit includes a lithium ion rechargeable batterypack that fits inside the Wireless Controller as well as acharging cable that connects from the Controller tothe console. Gamers can play on and on without having to buy a single disposable battery. The newPlay & Charge Kit charges twice as fast as its Xbox 360counterpart and charges during gameplay or whenthe console is in standby mode. Pick up a Xbox One Wireless Controller and Play &Charge Kit in one convenient bundle.

    Xbox One Chat Headset

    A must-have for fans of online gaming, the new XboxOne Chat Headset, wired to the controller, is designedfor long gaming sessions and clear voice chat. With alightweight and comfortable new design, the monochat headset features wideband digital audio and aunidirectional microphone. Gamers will love not having to take their hands off the controller to accessthe microphone mute and volume controls.

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    In the olden days, Sensible Soccer allowed a much more experimental approachto play, based on the principle that the ballwas a genuinely independent and realisticphysical object, beholden to the laws ofmomentum. If PES 2014 catches that feelagain in a 3D environment, it could begenuinely revolutionary


    The game feels fresh, more fluid and realistic thanbefore, yet it still retains that PES magic. It may not be next-gen, [but] PES 2014 could well bea true return to form for the series


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    KONAMI | XBOX 360 & PS3 - 49.99 | PC - 29.99 | PSP - 19.99 | SEPTEMBER 2013

    The mighty PES is back for another season of top class footy action!Completely rebuilt from the ground up, PES Productions has gone all out torework every element of the game. The aim? To create "a fresh and energeticnew standard for football titles."

    As well as boasting enhanced graphics and seamless animation, the latestversion pledges to "redene the way football is played on a home system."

    Publisher Konami says that limitations imposed by dated animation systems andAI elements are "a thing of the past." PES 2014's new tech "perfectly mimics theskill and awareness" of the world's top pros, and will be fully evident to gamers.

    The Japanese company has put forward core elements that mark out PES 2014 asthe new benchmark in football simulations.

    The rst is its new TrueBall Tech, which radically enhances how playersreceive, control and subsequently pass the ball, adding a new level ofauthenticity and freedom to the simulation.

    Next up is the Motion Animation Stability System, or M.A.S.S., which isessentially conjures bespoke animations on-the-y to present more convincingplayer movements. Rather than use preset animations like before, PES 2014'splayers will react to bodily contact in a believable fashion.

    The third core element is called Heart, and focuses on mental aspects of thegame, such as the galvanising effects of team spirit, or crowd support.

    PES ID, meanwhile, allows gamers to recognise the best real-life pros throughfaithfully recreated running and play styles. This year, PES 2014 will greatlyincrease the number of stars featured, with more than 100 this time around.

    The team has also consulted with Core PES and football fans to ensure the gamehas everything they could wish for, from the way the weave of a strip looks, tofacial movements, faithful stadia, and more convincing crowds.

    An improved lighting system also adds a more natural look to the proceedings,while tactical decisions are now made on-the-y to enhance the game's overall ow.

    Elsewhere, set pieces have been "radically changed". Free kick control has beenexpanded to allow players to employ sneaky decoy runs and short passes to helpkeep the opposition guessing.

    But to make it more exible to defend, players have more keeper control, whilethe wall will now react more instinctively to block the ball.

    The all-important penalty system has also been changed, with a target guidesystem that varies according to the kickers ability and where they intend toplace the ball. Keepers, meanwhile, will now be able to move ahead of the kick,to get the edge and thwart less condent kickers.

    With this vast array of changes and improvements to the legendary Pro EvolutionSoccer formula, football fans have never had it so good. PES 2014 looks set to beanother winner for Konami.

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    NINTENDO | NINTENDO Wii U - TBC | 26th JULY 2013

    New Super Luigi U offers fans of New Super Mario Bros U a completely refreshed versionof the 2D platformer, with all 82 courses replaced with brand new challenging levels just for Luigi.

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    Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is a collection of Kingdom Hearts titles together incelebration of the series tenth anniversary.

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