Cooler Master Releases MasterKeys Pro Series Keyboards

Cooler Master released their newest series of keyboards, the MasterKeys Pro series. The new MasterKeys Pro is available in two versions so you get just the size you need, want, and prefer, whether you like a full sized keyboard or rather a TKL without the num pad. Both versions feature the same functions and customizability, so pick which is best for your gaming needs. The full-sized version is called the MasterKeys Pro L and the TKL version is called the MasterKeys Pro S.

The Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro has a minimalistic design, but don’t let that fool you. The keyboard features full RGB backlighting with multiple effects and full customizability. On top of the extra bright LEDs, you find the Cherry MX switches of your choice, whether that might be red, brown, or blue switches.

It appears like a very simple keyboard when looking at it, but the MasterKeys pro is anything but simple. It is built with a 32-bit ARM processor which increases the possibilities when it comes to on-the-fly macro recording as well as general features. Most keyboards rely on software solutions to handle things and you can use Cooler Master’s software tool to configure and set up your keyboard to match your needs, but you don’t have to. You can do everything software-free too via the on-the-fly system built into the MasterKeys Pro keyboards.

“The MasterKeys Pro offers multiple lighting modes. Presets include Color Wave, Breathing, and other responsive effects. You can choose between red, brown, or blue switches to match your tactile preference,” said Kevin Yang, Peripherals Product Manager. “And you get all the features, whether you prefer a full size keyboard or a tenkeyless design. In addition to easy-to-use software, we are working on a Software Development Kit (SDK) to truly help Make It Yours.”

Cooler Master needed to completely redesign the interior of the MasterKeys to fit both the original Cherry MX switches as well as the much bigger and brighter LEDs used here. The end result looks stunning and should provide you with a stable partner for your online battles. The sleek lines, refined symmetry, and a heavy-weight quality build will help you keep things clean and simple. Speaking of clean and simple, the full-sized L version comes with hidden positioning grooves on the bottom of the keyboard, giving you 180° cable management and the ability to keep your keyboard and desktop sleek and organized regardless of arrangement preference.

The keys themselves have a soft-to-touch and long-lasting UV coating for a great experience and long-lasting effect that won’t result in missing letters and discolored keys.

Both the MasterKeys Pro L and MasterKeys Pro S are available in Europe from today, March the 15th, for a recommended retail price of €169 and €139 respectively. If all that peeked your interest, then you should check out our full review of the MasterKeys Pro S for an in-depth analysis and verdict.

Tesoro Excalibur V2 Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Tesoro may not be the first name you think of when it comes to buying a new gaming keyboard, but given the successes they’ve delivered in the past, they’re certainly a name you should be looking at more often. Just check out some of the kick-ass keyboards we’ve reviewed from Tesoro over the years and you’ll get an idea why I’m excited about their new Excalibur V2, such as the Lobera Supreme, Lobera Spectrum RGB, the seriously cool Tizona Elite and of course, the predecessor of today’s review sample, the Excalibur.

“Excalibur is a classic take on gaming, giving gamer all required tools to dominate the field of battle without additional features that most gamers would not use, making it one of the best performance to value board out there.” –Tesorotec.com

Equipped with a powerful ARM Cortex Premium CPU, onboard memory, 1000Hz polling rate, full N-key and 6-key rollover, LED lighting, on-the-fly macro recording and more, it’s certainly ticking all the right boxes for a well-rounded desktop keyboard.

Equipped with Kailh mechanical blue switches, and a wide range of lighting effects, the V2 is bound to be a lot of fun to work and play on, as well as a visual treat, so let’s jump in and take a closer look at what the latest keyboard from Tesoro has to offer!

Features

  • Gaming Grade Mechanical Switch
  • Heavy-Duty
  • 32bit ARM Cortex Premium Processor
  • 1000Hz Ultra-polling rate
  • 512KB (4Mb) Onboard memory
  • All keys programmable
  • NKey / 6 Key Rollover
  • Versatile Lighting effects
  • Make your own LED effects with instant lighting recording
  • Double injection keycaps
  • Quick profile switch, instant macro recording, reset hotkey, keyboard lock
  • Compatible with Win XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10

The packaging is really nicely designed, showing a stylised image of the keyboard on the front, as well as a picture of a sword, most likely Excalibur since all Tesoro peripherals are named after legendary weapons.

Around the back, a quick breakdown of the main features, such as that ARM CPU and the Kailh blue switches; nothing we don’t already know, so let’s get the box open and take a look.

The first thing you’ll find, a simple quick start guide and a Tesoro product catalogue, all fairly straightforward stuff so far.

The V2 comes hard-wired with a good quality 1.8m black braided cable. Although, I’d prefer that it was a removable cable, as it makes it easier to transport the cable without damaging it. It’s plug and play ready too, meaning you can get straight into the action, but there is also downloadable software if you want to tweak some of the more advanced settings.

G.Skill Announces RIPJAWS KM780R Keyboard Models

G.Skill’s latest two RIPJAWS mechanical keyboards aren’t actually new ones, but rather the current ones with a reduced accessory package and thereby also a reduced price. There might be quite a few people out there that wouldn’t mind saving a few bucks on the hardware and not get the parts that they don’t need or want on the side.

The two new G.Skill keyboards are the RIPJAWS KM780R RGB and KM780R MX keyboards and they are just the same as the KM780 versions when it comes to the keyboard itself.

The KM780R models offer highly responsive and extremely durable Cherry MX key switches that are rated for 50 million keypresses without losing the same mechanical feel, a military-grade aluminum plate in a brushed black anodized finish, and the full suite of extra macro keys, onboard keyboard profiles, and media control keys with the digital LED volume display. These keyboards will also be available with the choice of Cherry MX red, brown, and blue flavors.

So what is the difference between the KM780R and KM780 series? As previously mentioned, it is the accessory pack. With these reduces version you don’t get the gaming keycaps, the puller tool, and the keycap box. All things that one can go without or already might have extra from a previous keyboard. Let’s face it, you only need on puller tool to remove your keycaps. It saves money, it saves resources, and it saves you the hassle of finding a place to put all the extras. In return, you get a keyboard that is $10.00 cheaper on the recommended retail price.

These new G.Skill RIPJAWS KM780R RGB and KM780R MX models are currently available on Amazon.com, but they will be sold via G.Skill authorized partners worldwide at a later unspecified date.

What do you think about these reduced package models? Is it a good or bad thing? Are the savings enough for you to let go of the extras or would you still get the full product version? Let us know in the comments.

TteSports Poseidon Z RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


RGB keyboards are all the rage right now, with every major manufacturer churning out updated and new models of their hardware with fancy new colour customisation features. TteSports aren’t the first or the last to join this race, and the extremely popular Poseidon series now features RGB Kailh mechanical switches, giving us the Poseidon Z RGB. The keyboard comes in a choice of Blue and Brown switches, giving you a nice selection between tactile and acoustic response.

RGB lighting is one thing, but without customisation it isn’t much fun. You’ll find a range of presets on offer that will allow you to adapt the colour scheme to your liking.

“The POSEIDON Z RGB Gaming Keyboard – A simple yet astonishing spectrum keyboard; it offers extreme customization options for users to play with, energizing you with the colors to take gaming style to the next level with experiencing the colorful of life. With the layering and colorbar concepts, our basic customizable backlighting has been evolved for extreme customization. It gives a spectrum of visual effects featuring 16.8 million colors and provided users the easiest way to tune and most importantly, it colors up your life!”

Check out the video below for a quick look at the features on offer from the Poseidon Z RGB.

On-the-fly macro recording, 100% anti-ghosting, 104 Key rollover, on-board memory and so much more, this should be an interesting keyboard, so let’s get cracking and take a closer look.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the keyboard on the front, as well as the switch type; Kailh Blue.

Around the back, a more detailed rundown of the features, as well as that oh-so-important TteSports certified sticker. This means that the keyboards switches are guaranteed for five years! That’s pretty incredible and should give customers some confidence in the build quality.

Aside from the keyboard, there’s not a whole lot in the box, just the warranty policy and the quick installation guide.

The keyboard comes hard-wired with a fairly standard USB cable, nothing fancy, but nothing bad either.

SilverStone Release New RVX01 in the Raven Series

SilverStone collected a lot of praise for their Raven series and now the family got a new member, and while it is the ATX-sized Raven with the smallest footprint yet it is not the runt of the litter. The new Raven RVX01 comes in two versions, one with a side panel window and one without. The one without the window is only available in red but you can get the windowed RVX01-W in three colour options: red, blue, and green.

Despite the small footprint, the Raven RVX01 has room for a lot of hardware such as an ATX-sized motherboard and PSU, graphics cards with up to 348mm length, and CPU coolers with a height of up to 162mm (159mm in the windowed version). The cooling options aren’t bad either with three 120mm Air Penetrator fans pre-installed at the bottom of the case, 1200 RPM at 19.7dBA, and the option to mount another 120mm at the front and one at the top.

The Raven RVX01 has seven expansion slots for full usage of your ATX-sized motherboard options and comes with two front-IO USB 3.0 ports as well as two audio jacks for a headset or the last surround sound connections.

The overall measurements come down to 215mm width by 485mm height by 500mm depth and a total volume of 52.1 litres. If you already been convinced that this should be your new chassis then you don’t need to wait that long for it to become available. The Raven RVX01 should be available on December the 2nd for a suggested end-user price of $84.60 USD for the RVX01BR without window and $89.40 USD for the windowed RVX01BR-W with colour options.

The Raven signature features such as a motherboard that has been rotated 90 degrees for a top instead of rear IO panel and hidden cables as well as the stylish looking front, easy access, and positive pressure design.

Special Features:

  • Signature RAVEN styling touches
  • 90-degree motherboard mounting from legendary RAVEN RV01
  • Three 120mm Air Penetrator fans included for sublime vertical air cooling
  • Positive pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
  • Quick access filter for convenient maintenance
  • Support up to three sets of liquid cooling radiators

G.Skill Announces Two New Mechanical Gaming Keyboards

G.Skill is probably most known for their memory products, but they do make other things too. The newest products that just had their availability announced are the new RIPJAWS series KM780 RGB and KM780 MX mechanical gaming keyboards with Cherry key switches.

The difference between the two new keyboards is basically the lighting effects that you can have. As the names already suggest, one of them comes with full RGB back lighting.

The new RIPJAWS series keyboards are built with Cherry RGB or MX key switches and are available in the choice between brown, red, and blue switches. The switches themselves are mounted directly through a solid 2mm aluminium top plate, effectively locking down the keys for a solid typing experience.

You can switch out keys tops easy as you may already be used to from your current mechanical keyboard. Replace the important WASD keys as well as the surrounding ones with ones that easier to feel and spot in hectic gaming situations and helps to keep everything in your control.

As with most gaming keyboards, this one also comes with quite a few extra buttons and functions. You get six macro buttons that you program to your needs. There are also multiple modes to switch the layout and settings of the buttons. Media control buttons are also part of the deal and it comes with a nice integrated LED volume display too.

The cable holder on the back helps you keep your desk organized and you can use it for mouse, headset, or game controller cables of your choice. The keyboard also features an extra USB port and audio jacks for easy connectivity of your extra devices.

The new G.SKILL RIPJAWS series mechanical gaming keyboards will begin rolling out worldwide starting from late September 2015 via authorized distribution partners. Both RIPJAWS KM780 RGB and KM780 MX are already available on Newegg.com at $159.99 and $119.99, respectively. Cherry Red and Browns will be initially available, while Cherry Blue will be available at a later date.

 

Gigabyte Released FORCE K83 Mechanical Keyboard

Gigabyte is probably known mostly for their motherboards and graphics cards, but they do make a lot more. The newest addition to the Gigabyte family is the Force K83 mechanical gaming keyboard built with a minimalistic approach and quality components.

The Gigabyte Force K83 comes with either Red or Blue Cherry MX switches to give that tactile feedback and durability that most gamers like and prefer. With a rating of over 50 million keystrokes, even the most demanding gamers should be satisfied. The keyboard naturally features an N-key rollover to prevent any ghosting

By removing design aspects that don’t provide any function at all, Gigabyte managed to keep the minimalistic approach. Additional functions can be access through the FN key and it also features a Win Lock key with dedicated LED indicator to lock out an accidental launch of your start menu. I do however question where that key actually is located and whether it interfere with the general operation. On the product photo above it is located right next to the spacebar while the product photo below shows it one key further up and as a replacement for the actual second windows key. I personally believe the bottom photo to be the accurate, as it would be illogical to remove the ALT key altogether. It’s too important.

The Gigabyte Force K83 is built with an island-style that makes the keys stand up above the keyboard, allowing you to clean it a lot better. The bottom features anti-slip feet to make sure that it stays where it should, even during the most demanding and hectic gaming situations.

Gigabyte didn’t reveal a launch date or price at this time.

TteSports Poseidon Z Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


TteSports is one of the most recognisable names in the PC gaming market, offering a huge range of products that a loved by gamers at home and pro gamers alike. They’re also well-known for being fiercely competitive prices and features, which is never a bad thing. Their latest mechanical keyboard comes well equipped with Kailh Brown switches, LED backlighting, a slim chassis and more, so let’s get right to it and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The keyboard is heavy, as most mechanical keyboards are, but not so heavy that you would feel tired carrying it to a LAN party. another important aspect of this keyboard is that it comes with a very impressive 5-year warranty on its mechanical switches; that’s a very nice thing to have.

Check out this video from TteSports for a quick overview of some of the features that have gone into the Poseidon Z.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the keyboard, as well as some funky lightning graphics, the TteSports Certified Warranty sticker, and of course, the Brown Switch badge.

Around the back, you’ll find a quick run down of the major features, such as the multimedia shortcuts, windows key disable, LED backlighting and more.

In the box, aside from the keyboard (obviously), you’ll find a quick installation guide and a warranty policy booklet.

BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


It’s been two years since I first reviewed the BitFenix Prodigy M, but today, I’ll be revisiting this now classic Prodigy chassis design to take a look at the latest Colour series from BitFenix. Colour choices are always a welcome addition to any range and from a consumer perspective, having more choice is no bad thing. Colour coordinating your build becomes a lot easier when you can pick something that suits your needs and preferences. Today I’ve got the Prodigy M Red, as well as a few other bonus goodies from BitFenix to help with the build, such as the BitFenix Fury PSU, a 120mm Spectra Pro red LED fan, a BitFenix Alchemy white LED strip, as well as a red side panel window.

Prodigy M Colours available

  • Midnight Black
  • Arctic White
  • Fire Red
  • Atomic Orange
  • Vivid Green
  • Cobalt Blue

As you can see, this is the original Prodigy shape and design, the only real difference is the colour, which is obviously red.

The SofTouch treated front panel and the handle/stands on the top and bottom blend nicely with the soft finish of the red paintwork.

The black trim fits rather well, especially since most gaming hardware is in red and black these days; this should be one of the more popular colour choices.

The back of the chassis is still finished in black, which suggests the core of the chassis is the same across the whole colour range, with just the exterior panels being swapped; makes sense really.

The top ventilation cover.

Behind which you’ll find the dual 120mm fan mounts.

The bottom of the chassis comes with a heat guard, although this can be removed if you wish to install fans in the base of the chassis.

If you don’t want extra fans here, you can opt for mounting hard drives directly to the base of the chassis.

WD Turns Their Blue Series Into SSHD Drives

Western Digital has a colourful range of hard drives which is kinda fitting right now with everyone turning their Facebook profile into a rainbow. We know the RED NAS drives very well from our review section and WD also has their Purple series for NVR, Black series for performance, Green series for the environment, and the Blue series that is kinda of the normal desktop series.

It has been a while since we’ve seen any new drives in the Blue series, but that has just changed as WD released the newest evolution of this drive series. The WD Blue series has turned into a SSHD series and gotten a NAND boost.

The new WD Blue series initially comes in two version, a 3.5-inch 4TB version (WD40E31X) and a 2.5-inch 1TB version (WD10J31X). Both of them have 64MB cache and 8GB MLC NAND.

The 4TB drive has a speed rating of 150MB/s while the 2.5-inch 1TB drive only performs up to 100MB/s. The NAND should however boost up the hot file access a lot and improve boot times as well as overall load times of frequently accessed data.

The two new WD Blue drives are expected to launch on July 2nd and come backed by a three-year limited warranty. As for the prices, the new WD Blue 4TB is currently listed starting from €189.90 and the 1TB is listed from €94.90.

Turtle Beach Impact 500 TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


It’s been a very interesting time for Turtle Beach, with the revealing their new desktop peripherals at CES 2015, we’re now very excited to have them in the eTeknix office. We’ve already looked at their new gaming nice, the GRIP 500 and the GRIP 300, as well as their full-size mechanical keyboard, the IMPACT 700. Today, we’ve got their first Ten Keys Less (TKL) keyboard, the Impact 500.

“The Turtle Beach IMPACT 500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for PC and Mac combines precision and power in a minimalist, tenkeyless keycap layout for minimum distance and smaller keyboard footprint. For that sharp, tactile feel, the Impact 500 features Cherry Blue MX mechanical switches that deliver gold-standard responsiveness. Six-key rollover with full anti-ghosting means fast-moving fingers can control games without the fear of missed moves and dropped instructions. And a rubber-coated, steel reinforce chassis provides rock-solid stability in a small footprint occupying less space on your desktop.”

TKL keyboards are very popular with LAN gamers, as they’re much easier to chuck in your bag and transport. They’re also great for those who don’t rely on the number pad, as their compact size frees up a huge amount of space no your desk, which means more room to move your mouse, so they’re perfect for those with limited desk space too.

The Impact 500 TKL comes equipped with the very popular Cherry MX switches, in this case, we have Cherry MX Blue on our sample.

In the box, you’ll find the keyboard, a detachable braided USB cable and a quick start guide.

The keyboard design is pretty straight forward, but not so basic that it is boring, as there’s no doubt that this is still a very nice looking keyboard.

The keyboard is a little heavy, as is the case with most mechanical keyboards. It feels pretty rugged and very well made overall, so it should stand up to lifetime of abuse from those long gaming sessions and LAN events.

The 500 has a slight slope to its design, with a slow curve on the key layout from front to back; this should provide you with a comfortable typing position, but it can be raised further with the kickstands at the back.

The key caps are of a very good quality and they don’t bottom out on the chassis of the keyboard, giving you nothing but the tactile sensation of the MX Blue switch when you’re typing.

There’s an Fn-Shift function on the Impact 500, this gives you access to some basic multimedia, volume and windows lock keys along the top of the keyboard.

There’s also a small LED light on the Windows Lock/F9 key so you can see when this feature is enabled.

To keep the exterior bezel to a minimum, the CAPLK and SCRLK indicators are located just above the INS and HOME keys, further helping to save desk space, without compromising on key spacing or the need to make the chassis bigger.

The arrow keys are located quite close to the corner, but since the keyboard is rather slim here, you won’t need the use of a wrist rest. The keys are slightly recessed into the body of the keyboard too, giving you an even slightly lower design overall.

The trim around the keyboard is nice and clean with no ports or anything on show.

 

There’s a cable track on the underside of the keyboard, allowing you to take the USB cable out the left, right or back of the keyboard.

The Mini-USB connector is recessed under the keyboard, so it’s unlikely you’ll accidentally pull the cable out of its fitting.

Here you can see the cable attached to the keyboard; nice and simple.

There’s four rubber grips on the underside of the IMPACT 500, so it won’t slide around your desk while you’re gaming. There’s also two small rubber grips on the kickstands so you don’t lose the grip when using the extra feet.

Post UK Election Map Resembles Simpsons Character

Last night was the night of the United Kingdom General Election; to those outside of UK politics, it is sort of like choosing a president in the USA. This election was to be the closest in recent history, but no one knew who was going to win, or maybe Matt Groening did.

With the unprecedented majority of Scotland voting for the Scottish National Party (SNP), whose party colour is Yellow, and Conservatives (Blue) taking the majority of the UK with Labour (Red) taking a few other places. Twitter user Alex McLaughlan noticed an uncanny resemblance to a cartoon baby.

Now this isn’t the first time something has been ‘Predicted’ by the show; let’s take a look at some of the classics:

Homer discovers the mass of the Higgs Boson;

An odd resemblance to what FarmVille might look like on VR;

Well we all know what happened with the Ebola Virus;

Probably the most controversial one, the spying by the NSA (and other organisations).

Thank you to Mashable for providing us with this information.

Cougar 600K Cherry MX Blue Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Cougar has been producing one great keyboard after another recently and I’ve got their very latest model, the Cougar 600K Mechanical, in for review. The new keyboard features all the usual bells and whistles that you would expect from a premium grade keyboard. With a choice of Cherry MX Switches, black, red, brown and blue to choose from, adjustable repeat rates, N-Key roll over, aluminium chassis, multimedia keys and more; the 600K should be a great keyboard.

A good quality mechanical keyboard should be just as great to use day-to-day as it is any other duty, but the 600K has certainly been tailored towards the gaming market. It comes equipped with a 32-bit ARM processors, 1ms response time, USB pass through for your mouse or other USB devices, an FPS palm rest, Windows lock key and more! It certainly has a lot of features overall, so let’s just right in and take a close look at what the Cougar 600K has to offer.

In the box, you will find a hard-wired keyboard and a detachable wrist rest.

The cable has a thick high-quality braiding and two gold-plated USB connectors. Only one connector is needed for operation of the keyboard, the other for the USB pass-through (optional).

The keyboard is really nicely designed with a matte plastic trim on the top and bottom and a contrasting brushed aluminium chassis behind the keys.

Four buttons in the top left allow quick adjustments to the polling rate.

The WASD keys are laser-etched and LED back-lit.

SCR LK and PAU BRK can also be used to switch between 6K and NK rollover.

Across the top, you’ll find a lighting brightness adjustment button, windows lock and dedicated multimedia keys. There’s also some volume control keys just above the number pad.

The switches and the key caps are raised slightly above the aluminium chassis, meaning the keys won’t bottom out on the chassis; the most common cause of key clanking noises on a mechanical keyboard.

Around the back, you’ll find a single USB port, this is for the USB pass through and it’s pretty handy for connecting your headset or mouse.

Not much to see on the underside of the 600K.

The flip-up feet at the back are plastic, but they feel a lot more durable than the ones we often find on keyboards. There’s also a rubber grip on each foot to help prevent the keyboard from sliding around your desk.

The wrist rest snaps into place easy enough and also features a magnetic FPS wrist rest on the left side. Of course, you can remove this and put it on the right side of the wrist rest too, great for both left and right-handed gamers!

The WASD and the UDLR keys are the only backlit mechanical keys on this keyboard; highlighting the most vital keys for most PC games.

The lighting is really nice, with a warm rich orange glow.

Very easy to see in a dark room without being too distracting.

The aluminium chassis looks great with the under glow from the switches.

Take Your Titan X to the Max with New EK Full Cover Water Block

Nvidia has just released their new and quite impressive Nvidia TITAN X and EK Water Blocks introduced their new Full-Cover water block for the reference design (NVA-PG600) of the GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics card.

The EK-FC Titan X is a full-cover cooler meaning that it directly cools all the vital parts of the graphics cards: the GPU, RAM as well as VRM. Water flows directly over all these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and its VRM to remain stable even when heavy overclocked.

EK-FC Titan X water block features EK’s unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance and it also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, the design offers great hydraulic performance allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems with weaker pumps.

The base is made from electrolytic copper, either bare- or nickel-plated depending on the variant while the top is made of either acrylic- or POM Acetal material. Plexi variants also feature two pre-drilled slots for 3mm LED diodes so you can light it all up and show off even more. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for a safe and painless installation procedure.

EK are also offering a long list of backplates to go along with the new cooler and in a lot of colours. It’s available as normal Black and Nickel versions, but also Blue, Gold, and Red are options to choose from.

The new full cover water blocks should be available now at both the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network starting from €99.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Bitfenix Introduces The AEGIS Micro-ATX Chassis

BitFenix is ready with the new AEGIS Micro-ATX chassis that they first showed us during Computex, and the final version looks great. Overclockers UK thinks the same and has the full colour-range available for you.

The beautiful new case comes in black, white, and three coloured versions: blue, yellow and red. The AEGIS chassis also features the same type ICON logo display previously seen on the Pandora, but this time it is 2.8-inch big. But the chassis isn’t just about looks, it also packs plenty of features.

There is room for a total of eight 120mm fans or five 140mm fans and there is also room for both custom liquid cooling loops as well as closed-loop AIO coolers. The chassis can hold dual 360 loops with slim radiators as well as dual 280mm loops. To control all these coolers, the AEGIS has a built-in fan controller.

Storage won’t be an issue either with 3 tool-less storage cages that can be moved around or taken out all together. But even if you should want to remove them all, you still have a hidden 2.5-inch slot behind the PSU and show-off slot next to the motherboard tray.

BitFenix thought of it all and made sure that there are dust filters on all sides and the PSU cover can hide away that ugly PSU you might have. But it can also be removed if you want to show your fancy and shiny new PSU. The choice is yours. The chassis even comes with reservoir and pump brackets.

Best of all, the chassis doesn’t cost as much as you might expect with a feature list like this. The case can be found at Overclockers for £79.99.

Specifications

  • Motherboard: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Dimensions: 205 x 470 x 480 mm
  • Weight: 6.7 kg
  • Clearance:
    – Heatsink height: 170 mm
    – VGA length: 380 mm
    – PSU: ATX up to 220mm
  • Max AIO support (push/push pull): 360 / 360
  • Max radiator support (push/push pull): 360 (85mm) + 240 (60mm) / 360 (60mm) + 240 (60mm)
  • Drive slots:
    – 3.5” Drive slots: 4 (two removable cages with 2 tool-less slots each)
    – 2.5” Drive slots: 4 (one removable cage with 2 tool-less slots each, one slot next to the Mainboard, one slot behind the PSU)
  • Fan Controller: 4 fan headers, 3 speeds (12v, 7v, 5v) with 3 indicator LEDs (white)
  • Cooling
    – Top: 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm – click on dust filter
    – Front: 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm – magnetic dust filter
    – Bottom: 1x 120mm – magnetic dust filter
    – Rear: 1x 120mm (included)
  • PCI Slots: 5
  • I/O: USB 3.0 x 2, Audio, Mic, Power, Reset, Power LED (white), HDD LED (white)
  • ICON Display: 2.8″ TFT, 240 x 320
  • Special Features: PSU cover, Magnetic Dust Filters, Pump bracket, Reservoir Bracket, 2 Removable HDD Cages, 1 removable SSD cage, Tool less HDD and SSD system, Hidden 2.5” slot, 2.5” Show Off slot, Window Sidepanel, Rubber Grommets.

Thanks to Overclockers UK for providing us with this information

CM Storm Quickfire Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


There’s no shortage of gaming keyboard on the market, but one brand in particular has always stood out for me personally, Cooler Master. They’ve proven time and time again that they can make a great keyboard, with excellent performance and some of the best build quality in the business, which is why I was eager to test out their very popular Quickfire Ultimate. It’s no secret that this keyboard has been on the market for a while now, but it’s still a big seller for Cooler Master and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about; although given their past successes in our reviews, I have a pretty good idea.

The Quickfire Ultimate is available in a range of Cherry MX switches and LED backlighting configurations. The model at my disposal today is the Cherry MX-Brown with Red LED backlighting (SGK-4011-GKCM1). Cherry switches are world renowned for their exceptional performance and build quality, so we can expect the same high performance from them as you would in any other Cherry equipped mechanical keyboard. The keyboard packs a few interesting bonus features too, such as the 1000 Hz/1ms polling rate, full N-key rollover, high quality ABS key caps, a rubber grip coated chassis, multimedia control keys (via F-shift), Win lock and a removable braided cable.

The Quickfire Ultimate is pretty straight forward in terms of design, but there are a few lines cut into the top right corner, and a few more on the bottom left edge; they don’t add to the function of the keyboard, but they do break up what would otherwise be a bland design.

The key caps are a curved design as well as a very light texture, which should provide you with a more accurate finger resting position and extra control.

Along the F-keys you’ll find a range of extra features. on the F1-F4 keys you can control the backlighting features; these are accessible via the F-shift key.

F5-F11 features the multimedia controls, which are perfect for controlling your music while gaming, as well as your systems master volume levels. F12 features a Windows lock control, because no one wants to accidentally return to desktop while gaming!

The Insert and Delete keys allow you to toggle between 6-key and N-key anti-ghosting/rollover modes.

While the top of the number pad has 8ms, 4ms, 2ms and 1ms response rate modes; this means you can control and configure ever feature of the Quickfire Ultimate directly from the keyboard, with no need for external software.

The keyboard has quite a thick chassis with a very slight curve from front to back, giving the keys a near-flat layout that is ideal for gaming. The thick chassis goes a long way to explaining the weight of the keyboard, it’s chunky and heavy; I certainly wouldn’t want to drop it on my foot, but at least I’m confident that the keyboard wouldn’t be the thing that broke.

Around the back you can see that the keyboards braided cable channels through a small cut-out at the back.

The cable goes through one of three routing channels on the underside and into a microUSB port on the center.

There are four tough rubber grips on the underside to keep the keyboard from sliding around your desk, and there are two durable kickstands, each with rubber grips on them.

Cooler Master have included a key cap removal tool, which is great for helping you keep your keyboard in excellent condition, as it makes cleaning the keyboard a much easier task.

NZXT Introduced New S340 Color Edition Cases

It isn’t that long time ago that NZXT introduced the black and white coloured S340 chassis that was very well received everywhere. Now they’re back with two new dual-coloured versions of this beautiful and price-competitive case, one in black and red and one in black and blue.

The NZXT S340 is made from cold-rolled steel and has a front-bay-less design for increased aesthetics while still bringing all the features you’d like in a case. Support for AIO coolers, PSU shroud, support for extra long graphics cards and much more.

The new version adds either a red or blue accent to the top of the front panel, and also a hint of it inside on the cable cover bracket. Both red and blue are common motherboard and GPU colours, allowing users to build some beautiful colour themed builds in this chassis.

The two new versions aren’t limited to specific vendors like some of the ones we’ve seen in the past, but will be available in Europe early 2015 for a similar price as the current version, €69.99.

Thanks to NZXT for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of NZXT

Gamdias Hermes Cherry MX Blue Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Gamdias are one of the newest players in the gaming peripheral market, and while they may have only been at this a couple of years, they’ve made some big impression with the laser like focus for creating awesome products. It was only recently we reviewed our first Gamdias product, the Hephaestus headset, and it’s easily one of the coolest headsets we’ve ever tested. Today I’m hoping that Gamdias can create something as unique and innovative as the Hephaestus headset with their new keyboard, although initial impressions tells me they certainly can.

“Here at Gamdias, we strongly believe innovation plays a vital part of our success. The ability to still create gaming products that are unique and different in a crowded market is what drives us forward. Hermes mechanical gaming keyboard is a prime example of what Gamdias is trying to achieve, with all the features that you would normally see on a top of the range mechanical keyboard plus a few more pioneering features. The likes of 13 additional macro keys that are situated ergonomically on the keyboard that are suitable for both left and right-handed gamers. Furthermore, a rigid magnetic wrist-rest that also acts as a dust cover to prevent from food and drinks. Last but not least, the addition of Gamdias Element coupled with Cherry MX Blue mechanical switches bring Gamdias gamers 20% faster response time to dominate in any battlefields.” – Gamdias.com

Gamdias take their gaming pretty seriously and they know many of their customers do too. They’ve crammed a lot of features into the Hermes and its got enough features to keep your average play at home gamers satisfied as much as it does the eSports elite.

  • GAMDIAS Element increases clicking speed by 20% and reduces keyboard clanking noise
  • Fully mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches with 50 million click life cycle
  • 32-bits ARM Cortex premium micro-processor offers superior computing performance
  • 512KB on-board memory for keys and profile assignments
  • 13 additional macro keys
  • Anti-ghosting with full N-key roll over
  • On-the-fly macro recording
  • Ergonomically designed wrist rest magnetically attaches to keyboard for gaming comfort
  • Wrist rest doubles as a protective cover when keyboard is not in use
  • Windows key lock during In-Game mode
  • Built-in USB pass through port with additional earphone and microphone jacks for quick peripheral access
  • Military grade braided cable with Gold-plated USB connector
  • Designed for right and left-handed gamers.

The keyboard is a little on the large size, clocking in at 474 x 310 x 39mm, but that’s not uncommon for a full size mechanical gaming keyboard. All the usual bells and whistles are here too with macro keys, multimedia keys, N-Key rollover, Macro recording, key lock, audio / USB pass-through and more.

The Hermes comes packaged in a rather huge box, this is because the keyboard comes bundled with a massive wrist rest / dust cover combo. There is a great picture of the keyboard on the front of the box, and a small cut-away so you can see the UDLR arrow keys.

On the side of the box you’ll find a quick rundown of some of the extra software features, these include macro profiles, voice-over functions, soundFX control, timer alerts and more.

Even more details of the features are on the other side of the box, long story short; there are a lot of features.

Around the back of the box there is another cut-away giving us a sneaky peak at the finish on the wrist rest.

Under the slip cover is a nicely reinforced box with the keyboard under protective wrap and secured using hollow boxes and thick packing foam.

In the box was a multi language installation guide, warranty information and a couple of Gamdias stickers.

The user manual is a big vague, leaving only one page of busy information per language. For a keyboard with so many features, I would have liked a more detailed run down of how to operate them all.

Cherry MX-Board 3.0 MX Blue, Red, Brown & Black Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


The name Cherry is synonymous with mechanical keyboards, their switches are used in a vast amount of mechanical keyboard from pretty much all major manufacturers such as Cooler Master, Corsair and Logitech to name but a few, and they have been using MX switches for many years now. With so many brands using their switches, it’s more than likely that most of our readers have owned a Cherry MX switch keyboard.

Mechanical switches are well-known for their durability, long life span and tactile feedback. The only downside of the switches is that their quality often comes with a big increase in price compared to membrane switch keyboards. Which is something that Cherry seem well aware of as their latest Cherry MX-Board 3.0 keyboards come in at a super affordable price of around £50-60. Still expensive, but certainly cheaper than a lot of competing mechanical keyboard products, so it’ll be interesting to see what this keyboard has to offer at this price range.

The MX-Board 3.0 comes in a choice of four switch types, Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Black and Red. Fortunately for you I have all four at my disposal today, so not only do I get to take a closer look at the keyboards, but also get a real feel for the differences between each switch type and the tasks each switch is best suited to.

The MX-Board 3.0 doesn’t come fitted with a rest, but you can buy the Cherry Palmrest separately for around £15-20.

The box is really nicely design with a stylish image of the keyboard on the front. The only difference between each box is that the logo in the top right corner shows what switch type is installed.

Around the back we have an international breakdown of the main features and specifications (see above).

Each box also has a quick run down of what each switch type offers in terms of force and travel distance. Blue offer an audible and tactile “click” when pressed, requiring a little more force to press.

Reds are linear and very smooth to press, offering minimal resistance and are generally a much faster switch to press.

Black switches are also linear like the reds, but require more force to press.

Brown are smooth and softer like the red switches, but have a feel that is closer to black switches.

All of the keyboards come nicely packaged to prevent damage in transit.

In each box you’ll find the keyboard, a USB to micro USB cable, two large rubber grips, kick-stand rubber feet and a simple user guide.

Coolermaster Quickfire XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Mechanical keyboards are more popular than ever with the gaming community, their high precision and high quality make them well suited to many things, but their prowess in gaming is where they really shine. Cooler Master have crafted many of the best mechanical gaming keyboards on the market and their latest effort, the Quick Fire XT looks set to expand on their already exciting range.

Packed full of features that make it an ideal choice for gaming, as well as general day-to-day use, the Quite Fire XT looks like a great product, but the most exciting thing of all has to be the price tag. Available for just under £72 including shipping, which is obviously expensive, but still representative of cheap for a mechanical gaming keyboard, many of which cost in excess for £100. The cost is often a reflection of the switches used, Cherry MX are not cheap, but in terms of quality and performance, you get what you pay for.

The Quick Fire XT comes in a choice of popular Cherry MX switches, Red, Green, Brown, or Blue. The model we have in the office today is the MX Blue variant, but keep in mind that availability of certain switches will vary depending on region. MX Blue are a pretty specialist choice for keyboards, they’re often quite loud as they offer a strong tactile “click” when pressed, this gives a satisfying tactile sensation while typing, but is often regarded as noisy switch as the click is certainly audible as well as physical.

The Quick Fire XT comes nicely packaged in the usual CM Storm colours and features a stylish picture of the keyboard on the front of the box as well as a small picture that details the switch type (MX Blue).

Around the back you’ll find a quick run down of the major features of the keyboard, but we’ll take a close look at those in a moment.

Everything you need to get you started is included in the box, a simple user guide, a key cap removal tool, some custom key caps, a braided USB cable and a USB to PS2 adaptor.

Corsair Expands MX Switch Choices On K70 Mechanical Keyboard

Corsair have already won plenty of awards for their awesome Vengeance series K70 mechanical gaming keyboard, in fact, they even got one from us here at eTeknix when we reviewed it last year. Now Corsair have announced that the award-winning Vengeance K70 mechanical gaming keyboard comes in two new variants. The gorgeous black aluminium finished keyboard comes fitted with red LED backlit keys, on top of the original Cherry MX Red switch, the keyboard is now also available with Cherry MX Blue and Brown keyswitches. Similar to all Vengeance gaming keyboards, the latest K70 doesn’t miss when it counts due to genuine German-made Cherry MX switches, the most popular and accurate mechanical keyswitches for gamers.

“The sophisticated aesthetics of the refreshed Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard starts with an anodized black aluminium chassis for long-lasting durability and timeless style. Vibrant red backlighting shines through each key, oozing an industrial look capable of complimenting any gamer den. The overall backlighting can be adjusted to four levels of intensity while the lighting for each key can be independently enabled or disabled. The key-by-key lighting customization allows users to highlight just the keys they need to emphasize, such as WASD, and then save the setting directly to the K70’s onboard memory.” Said Corsair in a recent press release.

“We re-evaluated all of the available key switches on the market including new clones of the Cherry MX,” said Jason Christian, product manager for gaming keyboards and mice at Corsair. “None could match the consistent performance and reliability across the keyboards like the original German Cherry MX switches.”

Vengeance K70 features:

  • Never miss a keystroke: the combination of  a 100% anti-ghosted matrix, full n-key rollover and 1000Hz reporting rate provide lightning fast accuracy that you can always count on
  • Media maven? Multimedia controls give quick access to volume, skip tracks, play, stop, and pause
  • Useful USB port supports accessories such as a Vengeance gaming headset or mouse
  • Rest your wrists with a removable soft-touch pad that provides extra comfort for lengthy gaming or typing sessions
  • Get that pro look with alternate red-colored, contoured textured keycaps for the WASD keys and 1-6 keycaps for additional customization
  • Available in three different Cherry MX mechanical switch types to suite different gaming and typing preferences:
    • Cherry MX Red – for smooth, linear key response for ultra-fast double and triple taps without a tactile “bump” or audible click
    • Cherry MX Brown switches – for fast and precise actuation with a light tactile feedback “bump” for comfortable typing and minimal audible click
    • Cherry MX Blue switches – for great gaming performance with an assertive tactile feedback and audible click that can be helpful when typing

The new versions Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard will be available in April with a suggested retail price of $129.99 USD backed with a two-year warranty. I absolutely loved the original K70 keyboard, it’s easily one of the nicest mechanical gaming keyboards on the market today and while I do live Cherry MX Red switches, I would much rather have Blue or Brown switches, so thank you Corsair for noticing that many gamers are moving away from MX Red switches.

What switch type do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you Corsair for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Corsair.

Ozone Strike Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Pro gaming, LAN gaming, online gaming, eSports, or just dragging Draugr around Skyrim on your own, it doesn’t matter what type of gaming you prefer, PC gaming has a whole lot to offer. It doesn’t matter which style of gaming you pick either, one of them or all of them, having the right tools for the job however does matter and having a great keyboard, mouse or controller at your disposal can not only improve your performance, but it can go a long way to improving your overall personal experience and comfort while you play.

The Strike Pro has been launched with one thing in mind, gaming. Everything about it is focused on improving your gaming experience and performance and Ozone are quite keen to shout about its abilities, so today I’ll be expecting nothing short of excellence to see if the Strike Pro really lives up to all of its own hype.

Mechanical keyboards are a prime choice for the gaming market, the switches used for each key offer a lot of precision and feedback that you often don’t find in a lot of membrane keyboards. Of course this is mostly just preference and many people still choose to play using a membrane keyboard, but one cannot deny the accuracy and speed that is offered by Cherry MX switches. Ozone offer a choice of popular switch types, Black, Red, Blue and Brown, but today we will be taking a look at their keyboard equipped with Cherry MX Reds, a very popular choice with gamers.

Specifications wise, the keyboard is very well equipped with 104 mechanical switch keys (fully mechanical), a 1.5 meter braided cable, 64KB on board memory for storing macros and profiles, full Nkey rollover! As well as an array of lighting modes and gaming modes.

The packaging is really nice on the Strike Pro, with a few major features detailed on the front, a really nice image and a cool cutaway that lets you get hands on with the arrow keys, a great way of testing out the mechanical switch types.

Around the back we have a very detailed break down of all the major features, but of course we will take a closer look at those in just a moment. There is also an endorsement from Samsung Pro-Game Team star Cho “Mata” Se-Hyeong;

“ For me there is no other option but mechanical keyboards. And there is no other option but the new Ozone Strike Pro. Cherry MX Switches, HUB & Audio inputs, Red LED Backlights, fancy design… So yes, I have many reasons to choose this amazing keyboard for my professional gaming sessions.”

In the box I found a small CD-ROM with all the basic drivers and software on it, of course I’m not going to use that as I will be downloading the latest from the official website, but it’s always nice to see them included. There is a full colour user guide that shows you all the major features of the keyboard, as well as a break down of different mechanical switch types. Finally you’ll find four spare grips for the underside of the keyboard, as well as a large vinyl sticker that would be perfect for the back of your monitor or the side of your PC chassis.

Sharkoon Bulldozer ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


Sharkoon are not what I would call most people’s first choice when it comes to picking a new chassis, at least not here in the UK. However, we’ve seen a couple of Sharkoon products in the eTeknix office over the last couple of years that really impressed us, not only for being great cases, but also because they offered great value for money. This has left us eager to see more from Sharkoon and today we will be taking a look at their new Bulldozer chassis, a budget friendly ATX chassis that is available in a choice of three colours. Blue, Green or Red LED edition are available, with the blue model coming in a grey chassis, while the green and red LED models come in a black chassis.

Priced at just under £50 the Bulldozer is far from expensive, making it a prime pick for those looking for a cost-effective build, but still pack plenty of features without dipping down to cheap chassis brands. As you can see from the specification below, the Bulldozer has support for a decent amount of storage, while supporting long graphics cards thanks to a removable hard drive bay, it features a side panel window, cable routing and pre-installed fans.

Features:

  • ATX case
  • 2x 5.25″ drive bays (external), 1 mounting adapter for 2.5″ and 3.5″ HDD/SSD included
  • 4x 2.5″ HDD/SSD bays (rail type) with removable design
  • 3x 3.5″ HDD bays (rail type)
  • 1x 2.5″ HDD/SSD bay (screw type)
  • Front I/O: 2x USB3.0 (internal 19-pin mainboard connector), 2x USB2.0, 2x audio
  • Quick fasteners
  • 2 openings for water cooling
  • Acrylic side panel
  • Cable management system
  • Supports VGA cards up to 32.5 cm in length (up to 41.5 cm, if middle HDD cage is removed)
  • Dimensions: 480 x 235 x 460 mm (L x W x H)
  • Weight: ~6.5 kg

Fan configuration:

Front panel 1x 120 mm LED fan (pre-installed) + 1x 120 mm fan (optional)
Rear panel 1x 120 mm LED fan (pre-installed)
Top panel 2x 120 mm or 2x 140 mm or 1x 180 mm fan(s) (optional)

Compatibility:

Max. length graphics card: 32.5/41.5 cm (if middle HDD cage is removed)
Max. height CPU cooler: 17.9 cm
Max. length PSU: 30 cm

The packaging features a decent representation of the chassis design on the front, as well as highlighting a few of the major features such as the USB 3.0 support, dual 5.25″ drive bays, cable routing and the side panel window.

In the box we found a small pack of components that includes hard drive rails for 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives, a user guide, 5.25″ front panel adapter, internal speaker, cable ties, and all the usual screws, bolts and some washers to install the rest of your components.

Roccat Sense Meteor Blue Mousepad Review

Introduction


Today we’re taking a quick look at the recently relaunched Roccat Sense mousepad. The mousepad was actually released back in 2008 and has proved a popular product for Roccat, so they’ve given it a new design and put it back on the market alongside their newly launch Roccat Kone Pure Optical gaming mouse. The reissue comes with a brand new Meteor Blue design, and all the original features that made it so popular are still intact.

Having the right surface can really make or break your gaming experience. Not only can the right surface improve your comfort during long gaming sessions, but having the right surface for your mouse can also improve your accuracy and it can change how well your mouse glides over the surface. All of which are important to get right, but also all are very subjective and different for each user, mouse, or in some cases each game.

Priced at around 20 Euros the Sense is on par with many similar options on the market and this re-release will no doubt please fans of the original who are eager to purchase again the surface after all these years. So let’s get right to it and see what this surface has to offer.

The packaging is nicely designed and on par with what we usually see from Roccat. They’ve added two sample cuts of the material on the side of the box, one with the top surface and one with the grip base to give you a good indication of the texture.

The side of the box says that it has been tested with a wide range of gaming mice from Razer, Roccat, SteelSeries and Microsoft and has been field-tested for gaming mice with resolutions of up to 16800 DPI.

A Closer Look


The new design is pretty striking and a lot more colourful than we usually see from a gaming surface, it is also quite shiny and has a lightly textured vinyl feel to it. The micro-crystalline coating provides a low friction surface and this will be great for people who want more glide from their mouse. The surface area is 400 x 280 mm x 2mm and this will be more than enough for low DPI settings that require the extra manoeuvring space.

The edges aren’t rolled and there may be a little curling here with months of heavy usage, but it does feel well put together so should hold up pretty well.

The grip texture is an almost sticky feeling rubber, this will not slide on a glass desk what so ever and will hold pretty firm on wood too.

Performance


The glide is pretty slick and if you’re used to cloth or softer surfaces then you’ll certainly find this to be a lot faster and easier to move your mouse around on.

A few quick tests with laser and optical mice (Kone XTD, Kone Pure Optial, Razer DeathAdder and a cheap Trust mouse) threw up zero issues at a range of DPI settings and I have no doubt that it will be suitable for any kind of mouse on the market.

Overview


Overall I think this is a pretty cool surface to use, its glossy feel may not be to everyone’s liking but the ease of movement was great for low DPI accuracy when playing Battlefield 3. It looks pretty cool with that shocking blue design, although I do admit it may be a little loud in terms of colour for some people’s desktop.

The build quality feels great and the top coating will withstand a fair few scrapes and scratches without any sign of wear.

Most important aspect I found is that the new Roccat Kone Pure Optical didn’t glide well on soft or cloth surfaces, this surface really balances that out nicely and its lower DPI optical sensor really benefited from the large surface area. If you’re on the market for a fast and accurate tracking mouse mat then the Sense is well worth your attention.

Pros

  • Great glide
  • Nice design
  • Competitive price

Cons

  • Edges not rolled and could be easily damaged over time

“I really like this surface, it stays firmly in place, looks fantastic and performs as well as Roccat promised it would, and it makes the perfect companion for the Kone Pure Optical

 

Zowie Celeritas Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Pro Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Zowie have made their name in the gaming industry by being laser focused on pro gaming and eSports, and rightly so, because when it comes to making high performance gaming equipment there really isn’t a better testing ground than competitive gaming. The pros want the best tools for the job, the peripheral or component that will give them that advantage over their opponents, no matter the cost. Then at the end of the day, you’ll find consumers will want the same hardware because they know it’s the product used by winners, much like how Formula 1 works to promote consumer cars brand names.

The Zowie Celeritas has some bold claims to it and given Zowie’s heritage of working closely with some of the biggest pro gamers in history such as Abdisamad ‘SpawN’ Mohamed, Young Ho ‘Flash’ Lee and Ho Jun ‘Ho-Jun’ Moon, all of whom helped develop this keyboard, we know they mean business. In a bid for maximum performance the Celeritas features mechanical switch keys, with 18K gold plated switches, gold plated USB connection, nylon key caps and most importantly the fastest response time of any keyboard on the market today.

“The primary feature of the ZOWIE CELERITAS is the newly developed ZOWIE RTR (Real Time Response) technology which allows the user to define the repeat-response of their presses to be 1x, 2x, 4x or 8x of the normal repeat-response for a keyboard when using the PS/2 connector. RTR allows gamers to gain a higher responsiveness from their keys and thereby increase the pace of movement in FPS and Racing games or possibly even increase the APM in RTS. How fast do you like it to be? We give you the possibility so you can define your most comfortable repeat-response.” – Zowie
“With an actual response-time of only 0,2 seconds, the ZOWIE CELERITAS has the fastest response-time of any mechanical keyboard currently on the market.  Furthermore it features anti-ghosting, supporting all keys through PS/2 and 6 keys through USB. For your information, the definition of a “normal response-time” for a keyboard is 0,5 seconds.” – Zowie
Now I’ll admit, gold plating and super low response times are for the most part marketing buzz words, your average gamer will likely never notice anything different about a 0.5 and 0.2 second response time for example, but what really matters is that at the end of the day, does this look, feel and perform like a premium gaming keyboard, so long as we can answer that, everything else is just a bonus.

General functions

  • 6 keys Anti-Ghosting through USB
  • 18K Gold Plated mechanical switches and USB connectors
  • Ability to change the “Windows”-key to “Ctrl”
  • Multimedia controls
  • Highly durable metal inner chassis
  • Ergonomic design saves space and offer full comfort during use
  • Connector: USB / PS2 (by USB to PS2 converter)
  • Cable Length: 1.8m / 5.8 ft.

PS/2 functions

  • Full Anti-Ghosting with PS/2
  • ZOWIE RTR technology provides 4 levels of repeat-response (normal, 2x, 4x, 8x) – PS/2

Dimensions

  • Width: 44 cm
  • Length: 16 cm
  • Height: 2,5 cm

The Celeritas comes in a fairly unassuming grey box, there is a sneaky look at the keyboard through a small window, but this only gives away the colour of the keyboard model as there is a plastic guard over the keys that hides most of the visual details.

Around the back of the box we have something I’ve never seen before, the entire user manual! Details of how to configure the windows key (more on that soon), response rate and change the LED light colour are all here, as well as a multi language breakdown of the main specifications.

There wasn’t a huge amount of stuff in the box, just the keyboard its self, a Zowie sticker and a PS2/USB adaptor.

iPhone 5s Users Experiencing BSODs

The iPhone 5s and iOS7 has not been out for long but users are already getting a bit disgruntled with its stability when using certain apps. Over on the Apple Forums, a number of people are reporting that their phones are showing a blue screen followed by the Apple logo indicating that the phone has crashed and is rebooting.

One user commented on the forums saying “If I open a document in Numbers, then press the power button, the phone seems to power itself off almost instantly instead of just going to sleep” This is not the only app to be affected however, with more and more user reporting the same problems, it appears that Numbers, Pages, Keynotes, Facetime, Safari, Camera plus more are affected.

Another 5s user followed the complaints on the Apple forums saying: “I am having the same problem myself when using the pages app to open my saved resume and then trying to email it to someone. If I do that then go to open the notes app that I have a typed message I want to copy and paste in the same email, as soon as I paste it in the email the screen goes blue and restarts.”

One user has even posted a video on YouTube of the blue screen situation as they work in the Numbers app as seen below.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/EDcpXEyHAV0[/youtube]

iOS7 and its update that was released only days after the official launch has not really done Apple a many favours with their users love of Apple products. With issues related to poor battery live, iMessages not sending, security glitches and now this, it’s no wonder that people are slowly starting to look at alternative smartphone options.

Have you got a 5s with these problems or have you been experiencing any other difficulties since upgrading? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: pcmag.com

Image courtesy of Trusted Reviews

Blue HTC One Now Available In The UK and Blue One Mini To Arrive Shortly

The blue HTC One launched in the US last month, and now the handset is available in the UK from mobile retailer the Carphone Warehouse. The Blue HTC One is available with a number of different carriers through the mobile retailer, the handset is available from free on contracts which start at £32 per month. The Carphone Warehouse are offering the Blue HTC One with all of the major UK carriers, the list includes EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three.

Hardware wise the handset has the same specifications as the existing model, which include Android Jelly Bean, and a 4.7 inch full high-definition display. The display on the HTC one comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the handset is powered by a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor from Qualcomm, and it also features an Adreno 320 GPU. The devices features 2GB of RAM and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage, it also features HTC’s new Ultrapixel camera.

There are no details as yet on when the blue HTC One will be available off contract SIM free, however it should be made available in time.

Thank you Geeky Gadgets for providing us with this information.

Images  courtesy of Geeky Gadgets.