Roccat is one of the leading peripheral manufacturers and produces a huge array of products including mice, keyboards, headsets and more! Some time ago, the company unveiled the Ryos MK Pro mechanical keyboard which features a wide selection of switch options from Cherry MX blue to blacks. Furthermore, the keyboard offered superb durability and a wonderful wrist rest. It seems the current trend revolves around RGB backlighting and allows the end-user to choose a colour scheme which matches their PC build. Even some motherboards have started to adopt RGB lighting directly onto the PCB.
To keep up with the current market, Roccat has updated their keyboard line-up and launched the Ryos MK FX. This particular model sports per key RGB illumination and supports 16.8 million colours. Additionally, it’s possible to create a custom mode or select from a number of special effect presets. This is made remarkably easy via Roccat’s Swarm software package and gives the end-user a great deal of flexibility. As you might expect, the Ryos MK FX is powered by two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors and 2MB of flash memory to store custom configurations. Roccat’s Easy-Shift[+] technology means each key has a secondary programmable function with options for simple commands or complex macros. This is incredibly useful in certain games where repeated key presses for a particular command are a common occurrence. On another note, the keyboard has a microphone/headphone passthrough, braided USB cable and media function keys. At first the media keys’ positioning seems a little strange, but it works rather well. In terms of pricing, the Ryos MK FX will cost $169.99 in the US market and should be available from today. Unfortunately, I haven’t received information regarding the European price, but I’m guessing it’s around the £120 mark.
Are you a fan of RGB lighting or feel it’s a gimmick?
G.Skill isn’t happy with just making memory modules and they’re branching out into new areas. We saw earlier how they entered the PSU market with some really nice units – but that isn’t all. They’re also entering the peripheral market with everything from Mechanical keyboards over gaming mice to surround sound headsets.
The MX780 RGB Gaming Mouse features a height-adjustable palm rest and interchangeable side grips to maximize comfort and support for your hand size and grip style. On the insides it packs a 32-bit ARM processor, Avago laser sensor, and it is equipped with Omron switches for long durability. The MX780 has an 8200 dpi resolution, 1000Hz polling rate and can track up to 150ips and 30g of acceleration.durability of 20 million clicks.
Up to 5 individual profiles can be stored within the device, each profile with its own sets of customizable RGB lighting across 4 lighting zones and unique settings for 8 fully programmable buttons. You can store up to 5 profiles within the device and customize the RGB lighting across 4 lighting zones.
The Mechanical Ripjaws KM780 keyboard is available in two LED variations, one crimson red and one with full RGB colors. The KM780 is built with Cherry MX Red and Brown key switches and comes with a 2 meter long braided USB cable.
The KM780 also features onboard storage for your customized settings, even when you connect it to strange systems. You can store up to three independent modes of settings on the keyboard, easily switchable via Mode hotkeys. Each mode contains its own lighting patterns, macro setup, timer setting, key delay and repeat rate, polling rate, and various other settings.
Last but not least are the two new Ripjaws headsets, the SR910 with real 7.1 surround sound through 10 discrete audio drivers and the SV710 with virtual 7.1 surround sound powered by two 50mm drivers.
The headsets feature comfortable leatherette lined ear pads so you can enjoy even the longest gaming sessions with your friends. The microphone comes with built-in environmental noise cancelation so your friends don’t have to listen to what’s going on around you.
Do Apple users want mechanical keyboards? It seems that the makers of Das Keyboard think so and they’ve created the Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac. Das keyboard is often referred to as the most advanced mechanical keyboard in the world and the Mac version offers quick and convenient access to a number of Mac-specific key functions. It is available with both Blue and Brown switches to suit the individual users preference.
The full n-key rollover keyboard has a built-in USB 3.0 hub and the gold-plated mechanical key switches that last for up to 50 million keystrokes. It also has an oversized volume knob and media controls at the top right corner for quick access and extra convenience.
Designed for Mac compatibility
Two-port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed hub
Anodized aluminium top panel
Full n-key rollover
Mechanical key switches with gold contacts
UV hard coat-protected key caps to prevent fading
The Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac isn’t the cheapest on the block and will cost you $175.00 from the official web shop.
Thanks to Das Keyboard for providing us with this information
Cougar got a lot of praise for their almost over-the-top aluminium structured 700K keyboard. But it was too much for some people, those who don’t want to have to install software to use extra functions and don’t need all sorts of extra keys. Those people have been heard and Cougar is now releasing the 600K keyboard that basically is a slimmed down to basics model, but it still maintains an edge over budget keyboards.
The Cougar 600K is an N-Key Rollover mechanical keyboard and will be available with all four types of Cherry MX Switches. There is no need to install drivers or set it up to start using it due to the pure approach to functionality. Connect it and your good to go.
“We knew that there were people who simply weren’t interested in the plethora of functions offered by high end keyboards but at the same time didn’t want to settle for a lower end one. For all those people, who just want a pure, high quality mechanical keyboard in a durable and elegant design, we created the COUGAR 600K,” said Lio Huang, Marketing Dept. III Director, COUGAR.
What it lacks in software features, it got as hardware features – something the “bigger” keyboards could learn a thing or two from. The hard turn-off of the Windows key is well-known and present, but the K600 also has allows for adjustment of the repeat rate of the keys, has lighting control for the WASD and Direction keys. Default multimedia keys are also present. For added convienience it also features a USB pass-through port.
No word on pricing, availability or other features yet, but we will keep you updated as the information emerges.
Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
Tesoro has unveiled their Excalibur RGB LED backlit mechanical keyboard, which has a 16.8 million colour palette to choose from. The LED backlight can be set to breathing mode, colour loop and 2 gaming modes where only the primary gaming keys are illuminated. The LED light can also be dimmed in 4 steps to adjust to your liking.
The keyboard supports full N-Key rollover (NKRO) for anti-ghosting or USB 6 N-Key rollover when connected that way. A 1000 Hz polling rate helps to make sure no keystroke is missed. The gamer-lock-mode will switch off dangerous keys such as the Windows button that could minimize your game if accidentally pressed.
It has 512KB onboard memory for macro recording without the need for extra software. Personalized settings are stored in the built-in memory, allowing the keyboard to be fully synchronized for better performance. In fact, every key is programmable allowing for 5 sets of profiles with 300 macro keys and 2000 macro key presses each. The mechanical switches used are engineered for 60 million keystrokes.
The new Tesoro Excalibur RGB Edition keyboard should be available in December and carry a suggested retail price of $119.00.
Thanks to Tesoro for providing us with this information
COUGAR have launched a cutting-edge aluminium keyboard which has already managed to win the 2014 iF International Design Award. COUGAR has invested two years of intense work in designing what has to be one of the best gaming keyboards on the market; the 700K.
The new 700K is inspired by military stealth technology and the design is created from elements of geometric facet. The Mechanical key modules are mounted on an exposed and bended aluminium structure that has a premium brushed surface treatment. This method is said to provide the user with more efficient typing and a sturdy and strong structural foundation as well. The ends are wrapped in a plastic frame to create a protected and more well rounded design.
The 700K is utilizing the well known and loved Cherry MX Mechanical keys, that are rated up to 50 million keystrokes. All four key-options will be available, to meet the preference of everyone; black, red, blue and brown keys. With a 1000 Hz polling rate and a response time of 1 ms, every action should happen instantly. Further more, this keyboard supports NKEY roll-over in direct USB mode with unlimited simultaneous key presses, without the need for a PS2 to USB adapter. The repeat rate can be changed on the fly between 1x, 2x, 4x and 8x.
The COUGAR 700K has 6 programmable keys that support on-the-fly macro recording. 5 are located to the far left and the sixth is part of the split spacebar. This split spacebar allows the 6th hotkey to be quickly accessible within reach of your thumb. There are three modes to switch between, making a total of 18 macros or keystrokes easyily accessible over the 6 hot-keys.
Each key can be individual backlit in a 5-step brightness setup, or turned completely off. This allows you to highlight the keys you need for your current game and makes it easy to forget about the other 100 keys that you don’t need.
The entire palm rest can be removed for those who prefer to game without or have a retracted and restricted space for the keyboard. An extra FPS palm rest can be magnetically attached to the rest and will allow for greater ergonomic support of the WASD control keys. The large non-slip rubber feet at the bottom of the keyboard should keep it in place at all times.
Inside, the 700K has a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 chip and on-board memory to store up to 3 full gaming profiles. The USB pass through and audio jacks further aid the gamer to attach additional peripherals. The keyboard’s cable is braided for extra sturdiness and has golden-plated connectors to ensure the best possible contact to the computer. The entire keyboard weighs 1.2 Kg.
It is also the newest member of the Cougar family to be UIX System compatible; one software for all COUGAR devices. Additionally, Cougar Fusion will allow your devices to interconnect, so mode 3 on keyboard equals mode 3 on mouse for example. Of course it also allows for a 2-way instant mode switch on both mouse and keyboard.
The COUGAR 700K Mechanical Keyboard should be available within the next couple of days at a price of £105.00.
Thank you COUGAR for providing us with this information
Remember last week we took a look at the gorgeous Pulse-R Aluminum headset from CM Storm? And how we promised to follow it up again with another review from the same aluminium loving range of peripherals? Well here we are, delivering on that promise and we kick things off today with the CM Storm Mech mechanical keyboard.
Aluminium is the cool, of course aluminium has always been cool when it comes to designing PC components and peripherals, but it’s taken a brand like Cooler Master to realise that fact and bring something to market. Not content with just a single product, CM Storm have released a whole set of aluminium products, first we have the Pulse-R gaming headset that we reviewed last week, today we have the Mech keyboard and next week we will be looking at the Reaper mouse. While the three products are not sold as a set, they are designed to look great together.
Available for around £125 here in the UK the Mech isn’t exactly cheap, but in that respect, mechanical keyboards never are. While £100+ mechanical gaming keyboards are not uncommon, this price puts the Mech into the firing line of some truly fierce competition from Razer, Corsair and Ducky, all of whom have similar priced products that have proven themselves to be a solid investment. I have high hopes for the Mech, the Pulse-R headset was incredible and if the keyboard is half as good as that, we’ll be off to a good start. So let’s get right to the good stuff and see what CM Storm have to offer here.
As you can see from the specifications below, there are three switch types available, but the model we are taking a look at today is th SGK-7000-MBCL1 which features Cherry MX Blue switches. It is also backed up with 64 N key rollover, loads of macro functions, LED back lighting, dual USB 3.0 ports and a mini USB port for charging devices and 128k of on board memory (for macros and profiles settings).
The front of the box features a stylised image of the keyboard, as well as a quick run down of some of the major features. There is also a logo in the bottom right which details what kind of MX Switch the keyboard has, which in this case is MX Blue.
Around the back we have a few more specifications, as well as some close up images of the removable aluminium plate and the extra USB 3.0 ports on the back of the keyboard.
It’s also worth noting that this box is HUGE! Although given that mechanical keyboards are heavy to begin with and that this one has a slab of aluminium on top also, it’s nice to have that extra padding around it, especially if you order online.
Inside the box we see some foam padding and extra thick cardboard on the lid, as well as plenty of soft foam padding around the keyboard and a scratch proof cover over the keyboard its self.
Finally we see CM Storm have also added a protective film to any of the glossy plastic sections of the keyboard.
In the box we found a handy user guide that walks you through all the major features, a key cap removal tool, a small Allen Key and durable USB 3.0 cable.
Cooler Master’s CM Storm line has just unveiled a new mechnical gaming keyboard, the QuickFire Ultimate. The QuickFire Ultimate builds on CM Storm’s previous QuickFire keyboards and CM Storm claim it is their most feature packed QuickFire keyboard yet.
The QuickFire Ultimate comes with either Red, Blue or Brown Cherry MX switches rated for up to 50 million key strokes. The key caps feature laser marking and have a non glossy coating to reduce fading. The keyboard has an embedded steel plate to give more stability and rigidity to the design. The USB is detachable, gold plated and braided.
The QuickFire Ultimate has full LED back-lighting with 5 brightness levels and 3 modes. The N Key rollover implementation will apparently allow for every key on the keyboard to be pressed at the same time. 7 easy access multimedia shortcuts are provided at the top for controlling brightness, music players and volume.
Cooler Master’s CM Storm line have just unveiled the latest in their series of mechanical keyboards. The MECH is a new keyboard from Cooler Master featuring a fully aluminium construction as well as integrated USB 3.0 ports. The keyboard features an integrated ARM processor to run its Rapid Fire Engine which helps the MECH respond and edit complex macros on the fly. The MECH, very much like the CM Storm Trigger has 5 macro keys to the left of the main keyboard, these can store up to five profiles each.
The CM Storm MECH features a customisable and removable aluminium plate which can be swapped out for a colour of your own choice. This is very much similar to Cooler Master’s CM Storm Pulse-R which has removable aluminium ear plates that can be customised.
The CM Storm MECH is capable of 64 key rollover and can use a variety of Cherry MX switches: Blue, Red or Brown. The keys have full LED backlighting.
Included in terms of ports is a pair of USB 3.0 ports and two audio connectors.
GeIL’s EpicGear sub-division has just unveiled its latest gaming keyboard. The DeziMator is a mechanical gaming keyboard with a rather bold looking design. This new keyboard comes with a choice of either Cherry MX Brown switches or Cherry MX Red switches. Additionally the DeziMator has individually backlit keys and 5 fully programmable macro buttons. Using the provided software you can create up to 10 gaming profiles.
The wrist rest is reportedly made of an anti-slip composite to assist with long duration gaming sessions. The entire product is made from 70% aluminium to assist with structural rigidity.
Product Name: DeziMator
Model Number: EGKBDM1-OB
109 full-mechanical key switches, Cherry MX Red or Brown
N-key rollover (NKRO): 20 Keys
5 programmable macro keys with backlit: M1~M5
10 color-matched “Warzone” keys with backlit: WASD + Numeric 1-6
Backlit & lighting options: FPS-focused mode: WASD + 6 Numeric hot keys illumination, RTS-focused mode: Macro keys illumination, Full Illumination mode: Warzone + Macro, 15 keys illumination ,Twilight mode: Underbody lighting on only and Blackout mode: All backlights + Underbody LED lighting off.
Tt eSPORTS have just revealed the latest addition to their gaming keyboard portfolio. The new POSEIDON mechnical gaming keyboard is based off Cherry MX switches and more specifically Cherry MX Blues. The POSEIDON uses backlit illumination under each individual key.
The Tt eSPORTS Poseidon comes with no software required so is as simple as plug and play. Of course this also means no macros but Tt eSPORTS have opted for a simple and relatively clean looking keyboard design, and if you want a keyboard with lots of Macros then Tt eSPORTS do offer such keyboards – like the MEKA G-Unit. That said the Tt eSPORTS branding on the space bar and at the top right may not be to everyone’s taste.
It isn’t specified if the POSEIDON will be available with other key switch types, so we can only assume it will not. The MSRP is $79.99 and availability starts this month for the world.
Cherry MX Blue switches – Perfect for the user who prefers a tactile and clicky response. These switches are built for speed and durability, and are rated to last for 50 million keystrokes.
Fully Back-Lit keyboard -With an LED under each cap, the POSEIDON Illuminated is a fully back-lit keyboard, offering 4 levels of adjustable brightness via the Fn (function) + F11/F12 keys.
N-Key Rollover – With 6-8 Key N-Key Rollover support, gamers can freely hit multiple combinations of keys at a time for a fluid gaming session.
Accessible Media Keys – With the Fn (function) + F1-F7 keys, you can control your volume and media player anytime, without having to minimize your current game or program.
Disable Windows key switch – With the disable ‘windows key’ button, gamers can prevent accidental presses of the windows key while in-game, and avoid frustration from accidentally jumping out of an intense game mid-battle.
Cooler Master’s “CM Storm” line of keyboards are quite well respected throughout the industry and CM Storm offer one of the widest range of keyboards both in terms of different models and with a variety of different key switches. Cooler Master’s latest addition to the CM Storm line is the QuickFire XT and this doesn’t really try and do anything that different to previous CM Storm keyboards. To me this simply looks like a more compact and “less flashy” version of the CM Storm QuickFire Pro.
As you can see Cooler Master are going really minimal on the branding. As far as I can tell there are no CM Storm keys or CM Storm logos on the top of the keyboard, there is one on the back plate with the USB 2.0 input. The QuickFire XT uses laser marked key caps and a matte finish. It is operational in both PS/2 and USB modes as well as having media keys accessible with the function button. Though these keys are not dedicated as they are shared with the F5-F12 keys. Unlike previous keyboards I am glad to see CM Storm doing away with the stupid CM Storm keys. I myself have the CM Storm Trigger and it was one of my dislikes.
Impressively CM Storm will offer this keyboard with red, green, brown or blue switches – though there is always regional variability. As you can see the back offers only a single USB 2.0 connection so there is no additional connectivity. Pricing and availability will come soon and will vary by region. On the CM Storm USA store the red version is selling for $99.99 while the blue version is selling for $89.99.