E-Blue K820 Professional Gaming Combo Review

Introduction


E-Blue may be a fairly new name to most of our readers, but they’re quickly pushing into new parts of the world with their products and their latest, the E-Blue K820 Professional Gaming Combo certainly caught our attention. There’s a lot of competition in the market right now to make the absolute best budget friendly gaming bundle. With many people investing in their first computers, building on a tight budget, or even just looking for an affordable solution for younger games; especially with the never-ending popularity of Minecraft, it makes sense that there’s a big market for affordable peripherals.

“Our mission is to bring stylish, trendy and high-quality products to the worldwide end-users. We believe that there are many good products in the market but they are in unreasonable price to the end-user and also there exist many low-graded of products with bad quality and in low price to a big group of user. But these two types are not the most desired and demanded to the customers. They desire the products more trendy, under reasonable price and good quality with high durability. This is how e-blue insist to keep such principle as the main mission.” – E-Blue

E-Blue has been around since 1999, working out of Hong Kong and creating a range of OEM products, but have pushed their own hardware, such as keyboards, mice, headsets, gaming chairs and more. Since then, they’ve been working with Marvel Inc for Iron Man branded hardware, they’re investing in eSports and sponsor LoL champions EDG Gaming, and are opening hundreds of E-Blue equipped internet cafes/Gaming Arena’s in China; safe to say, they’re not doing too badly at all.

What’s great about this bundle is that it has the keyboard, a mouse and the mouse mat all packed into a single box. This is super convenient for getting ready for some gaming, but I think it also doubles up as a nice gift bundle; very handy when Christmas comes around.

  • Ergonomic designed shape, standard 104 key layout and the lifespan up to 10 million for both gaming and office demands.
  • Mouse is tailored in ergonomic design with perfect grip and dazzle blue lighting effect, 3 levels DPI shift to select.
  • Mouse pad adopts high compact weaving mesh surface with unique splash-ink design.

while not the highest spec of hardware ever, it’s a good entry point and looks like great value for money given the current RRP.

First thing I noticed was that the packaging is very well designed. Great images of the products on the front, as well as a rundown of the main features and specifications around the back.

In the box, you’ll find a hard-wired keyboard, hard-wired mouse, mouse mat, and a set of extra key caps.

Cougar 450K Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


We’ve been seeing a rapidly growing range of peripherals from Cougar over the last year, from their high-end 700K Mechanical to their budget friendly 200K. Today, however, we’ll be taking a look at a keyboard that fits quite nicely in the middle, the Cougar 450K Hybrid, a budget friendly, yet rather feature-packed gaming keyboard that we’re hoping will be as impressive as all the other Cougar products we’ve reviewed here at eTeknix.

“COUGAR 450K brings you all the features you would expect from a high-end gaming keyboard. With highly comfortable hybrid mechanical switches, 450K provides the accurate tactile feedback of fully mechanical keyboards and a durability far above other keyboards of its class while at the same time offering a superior level of comfort and less finger strain.”

While this is a membrane keyboard, it’s marketed as a “hybrid mechanical.” Many of you will recognise this as what it really is, a plunger switch. This means you’ve got a tactile pop to the keys that gives them a mechanical feel, but they’re much quieter and cheaper than classic mechanical switches, giving you a nice bridge between standard membrane and mech switches.

“COUGAR 450K’s support for UIX allows you to adjust the functionality of the keyboards’ keys, define macros and modify many important settings of the keyboard. All of this is done with a highly intuitive interface that is shared with compatible COUGAR mice, which means that after you get used to 450K using, for example, 450M will be easy and natural. After configuring all the settings, 450K’s on-board memory will allow you to bring with you up to three configuration profiles anywhere you go.”

The 450K comes well equipped given its budget friendly aspirations. You’ll find three colour LED lighting, on-board memory for macros and profiles, 1ms response, anti-ghosting, UIX software, programmable keys and a 1.8m braided cable.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a cool image of the keyboard on the front, as well as a quick rundown of the main specifications, such as the polling rate, splash proof design, switch type and more.

Around the back, a more detailed run down of the extra features, but we’ll take a closer look at those in just a moment.

In the box, you’ll find the keyboard comes hard-wired with a good quality 1.8-meter black braided USB cable. It’s plug and play ready, but if you want to tap into all the extra features, you’ll also want to download the UIX software from the Cougar website.

Razer Orbweaver & Tartarus Chroma Gaming Controllers Review

Introduction


Not all gaming keyboards are created equally. Some are full-size, some are TKL and then some are so compact, they’re to be used with just one hand, such as the Razer Orbweaver Chroma and Razer Tartarus Chroma we have in the eTeknix office today. For many games these days, you actually don’t need the full keyboard. Short of playing full-blown simulations games you can get away with a smaller key set, but don’t think that because it’s shorter on keys, that these two controllers don’t offer a huge amount of features, because they’ve got a lot to offer to you and your desktop gaming setup.

We’ve got both models in today to take a look at what they have to offer, the Orbweaver features twenty main keys and Razer’s own design mechanical green switches. The Tartarus features a membrane switch and fifteen main keys, offering a slightly more affordable solution, but still packing the bulk of the features of the more expensive model, such as Razer’s Chroma 16.8 million colour RGB lighting engine, an 8-way thumbpad, a pair of thumb switches, multiple profiles, macros, adjustable ergonomics and more!

Both devices are quite similar, with great specifications, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what they have to offer.

The packaging for both controllers is nicely designed, with a clear image on the front as well as a few of the main specifications. Of course, the Orbweaver also has the details about the Razer Mechanical switches, clearly highlighting it as the premium model of the two.

Around the back, a more detailed run down of the spec in multiple languages, but we’ll get them out the box and take a closer look ourselves.

In the box for the Orbweaver, you’ll find the hard-wired controller, as well as a small collection of documentation.

The same again for the Tartarus.

ASUS Cerberus Gaming Peripherals Review – A Full Gaming Setup for Under £100!

Introduction


Picking the right gaming peripherals can be a tricky endeavour as there is a huge range of products from an equally large selection of gaming brands out there to choose from. Asus are one of the most established and recognisable gaming brands on the market today, and while they may be better known for their high-end graphics cards and motherboards, they’ve proven time and time again that they can make some great gaming peripherals too.

Today we’ll be taking a look at their Cerberus range, a budget friendly but feature packed range of peripherals that are sure to appeal to a wide range of PC gamers. We’ve got a mouse, a headset and a keyboard here today and what’s great about these devices is that all of them can be picked up for a total under £100, making them an attractive option for those on a tighter budget, with the added peace of mind of them being from a well-established brand name.

As you can see below, we’ve got a well-equipped membrane keyboard, with macro keys, LED lighting and more. As well as an optical mouse, which features an ambidextrous design, adjustable DPI and LED lighting. Finally, a powerful gaming headset equipped with 60mm drivers, support for PC, Man and PS4 and a detachable microphone. All of which can be snapped up for a total of just £96.89 (prices from Overclockers UK).

Cerberus Keyboard – LED backlit USB gaming keyboard with splash-proof design

  • Full SECC metal plate – Rugged durability
  • Splash-proof design with drain hole – Protects against spilled liquids
  • 12 macro keys – Tactical flexibility
  • Fully rubberized feet – Enhanced friction for strong movements
  • Price – £39.95

For more information, check out the official product page here.

Cerberus Mouse – Ambidextrous optical gaming mouse with four-stage DPI switch and convenient LED indicator

  • Agile DPI control – Four customizable DPI levels with an LED color indicator
  • Stylish ambidextrous design – Designed for both right and left-handed gamers
  • Improved rubber side grips – Reduces sweating and slipping
  • Price – £21.95

For more information, check out the official product page here.

Cerberus Headset – Gaming headset with large 60mm neodymium drivers, designed for both PC gaming and mobile use.

  • Large 60mm neodymium-magnet drivers deliver unrivaled punch and ultimate immersion
  • Compatible with PC, Mac, PlayStation® 4 and smart devices for gaming and mobile fun
  • Dual-microphone design: detachable boom mic for clear in-game communication and an in-line mic for on-the-go chat
  • Comfortable 100mm full-size cushions offer great noise isolation for undisturbed gaming and music enjoyment
  • Price – £34.99

For more information, check out the official product page here.

The packaging on each product is really nice, with a large window on the headset and the mouse, allowing a good look at the design of each, while the box for the keyboard has a big image of the keyboard and its LED lighting. There’s a few technical details around each box, but nothing we haven’t already covered above.

TteSports Commander Gaming Gear Combo Keyboard & Mouse Review

Introduction


PC gaming on a tight budget may seem difficult, but with Steam Sales and Humble Bundles being forever present, the cost of finding games to play often walks into pocket-money territory. The range of budget friendly graphics cards and more are also pretty incredible these days, offering some seriously affordable and worthy devices. Of course, to complete the puzzle, you’re also going to need some sturdy gaming peripherals to help you in the heat of battle. It doesn’t matter if you play Elder Scrolls or League of Legends, you’re going to need a keyboard and mouse for the mass majority of PC games, as well as for day-to-day desktop tasks.

The TteSports Commander Gaming Gear Combo offers up a full-size keyboard and an optical mouse for under £30; that’s value that is very hard to ignore! Is it going to blow us away with incredible performance? I doubt it, but I am eager to see just how much you can get for such a wallet-friendly price tag.

Amazingly, both the keyboard and mouse are pretty well equipped. There’s a full-size keyboard, with multimedia shortcut keys, adjustable repeat rate, LED backlighting, plunger switches, anti-ghosting and more. The mouse has an optical sensor with four DPI settings, six buttons and an ergonomic right-hand design; not bad for this price range!

Speedlink Parthica Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Speedlink may not be the first name you think of when picking a new gaming keyboard, but the brand has been providing a great range of gaming peripherals to the PC market for many years. They’ve produced some great products and some not so great, just like every other peripheral manufacturer, but one thing that they’re consistent with is their value for money. It’s no secret that Speedlink are somewhat of a budget brand, but while many of us would love nothing more than going out and spending £100+ on a flagship mechanical keyboard, the reality is that a lot of gamers are on a much tighter budget and generally want to get as many features as possible, without making a big investment.

The Speedlink Parthica is available from most retailers for under £40, so I’m not expecting it to be the greatest keyboard I’ve ever tested. However, £40 is still a sizeable investment for a lot of people and Speedlink have crammed in a lot of extra features to make the Parthica more attractive to a gaming audience; such as shortcut keys, multimedia controls, LED lighting and more.

The keyboard comes with an enlarged chassis that gives it a fairly aggressive and futuristic look. One thing I do like is that the chassis of the keyboard also forms a short wrist rest, which will no doubt improve your overall comfort levels while gaming or working.

Down the left side of the keyboard, you’ll find a range of easily accessible and programmable macro keys; these are perfect for MMO style gaming.

The WASD keys have been given a little extra style, sure it doesn’t change the performance of these keys, but it does make it abundantly clear this keyboard is designed for gaming.

The key caps are nicely designed and have a very light texture to them. You’ll also notice that the lettering is transparent to allow the internal LED lighting to shine through.

Across the top you’ll find a set of basic windows shortcut keys; perfect for launching your default browser, email application or search functions.

On the right, you’ll find dedicated multimedia keys, although it’s strange that we have play/pause and stop, but not a next and previous button.

The keyboard has a low profile, but you can of course raise the height with the kickstands on the base.

There are four small rubber grips on the base of the keyboard which will help prevent it from sliding around your desk; these are certainly needed as the keyboard is fairly lightweight.

The kickstands are fairly durable for a keyboard in this price range; just a shame they don’t have rubber grips on them.

Spire Introduces Curvature Ergonomic Keyboard

A lot of computer users suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome due to extensive use of mice and keyboards for extensive time periods. To fight this Spire introduced the Curvature Ergonomic Keyboard (SP-K4003-USB) in their line or ergonomic products.

This isn’t a keyboard designed for the average gamer, but rather the everyday computer user. The special curved and arched shape of this keyboard should give your arms a more natural position and let your wrists relax while typing. Being a USB keyboard, it is compatible with devices that can handle this from Windows to Mac, everything in between, and comes with media keys as one of the extra features.

Curvature is build out of HIPS (high impact polystyrene) plastic and backed by 2 years manufacturer warranty. Availability should be now and the MSRP is set to $41.95 exclusive VAT.

Main Features:

  • Curved and arched, ergonomic design
  • Large palm rest and support
  • Natural wrist and arm positioning
  • Suitable for long computing hours
  • Multimedia keyboard hot keys
  • High-quality membrane key switch

Thanks to Spire Corp for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Spire Corp

COUGAR 500K Gaming Keyboard Announced

Following in the footsteps of the 700K and 600K keyboards, Cougar announced they new 500K Gaming keyboard. The new keyboard targets gamers who either are on a budget or just likes membrane keyboards, but at the same time don’t want to miss out on the gaming features. It is one of the few real N-Key Rollover membrane keyboards on the market and by including all the pro gamer functions of the acclaimed COUGAR 700K, it should make a pretty good keyboard for gamers on a budget.

“When it comes to features and functionality, the 500K is the best membrane keyboard currently available. For a start, being an N-Key Rollover membrane keyboard it outclasses all the non-NKRO keyboards and competes directly with high end mechanical keyboards. Apart from doing away with the precision gap between membrane and mechanical keyboards, the 500K also includes a whole set of premium gaming-oriented features.”

Mechanical keyboard users probably won’t be convinced by this new release, but everyone might have a potential next keyboard here with the 6 fully customizable Gaming-keys as well as dedicated keys for recording macros, profile switching, backlight control, Windows-key hardware lock, and a detachable palm rest.

There is a clear error on the box image release and added above as it says it is a mechanical keyboard, and it isn’t. Just to point that out again. No word on price or availability at the time of writing.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Image compiled from TechPowerUp

iRocks Rock Series K10 Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


iRocks are one of the newest names on the scene, and they’re on a mission to create some really great peripherals, without the premium price tag that often accompanies them. I only recently discovered the brand with the release of their iRocks Spirit Cocoon mouse, which was one of the most unassuming products I’d ever seen, only to be left with my jaw hitting the floor when I saw what it could do (full review here).

The K10 gaming keyboard is the second iRocks product I’ve ever seen, and if it is even remotely as interesting as the iRock Cocoon mouse, then it should still be pretty special. Targeted at the budget end of the gaming market, this keyboard looks set to innovate on just how much value for money you can really get from your peripherals.

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At just £20-22 the K10 isn’t exactly going to hurt your wallet, but it’s packed full of features that should make it a great day-to-day keyboard for work and play, with some nice added bonuses that should appeal to the gaming market such as the 1000 Hz polling rate, long switch life and 30 key N-key rollover.

Technical Specifications

  • Interface: Full Speed USB
  • Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
  • Key number: 104 keys (by language)
  • Key stroke: 3.8±0.5mm
  • Key force: 55±15g
  • Switch life: about 20 million life cycles
  • Cable length: 180cm
  • Dimensions: 448 (L) x 148 (W) x 34(H) mm
  • Product weight: about 1.2kg
  • N-key Rollover with 30 keys trigger capability
  • Membrane key-switches with plunged key structure

The packaging is nicely designed and certainly looks designed to appeal to a gaming audience. There are a few of the major features and specifications listed on the box (see above).

Around the back are a few small diagrams that detail how the new membrane switch works, as well as a more detailed run down for the keyboards features.

In the box you’ll find a hard wired keyboard, with a good quality USB cable attached and a simple to follow user guide.

Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


When it comes to the peripherals market it can be easy to get lost in a sea of high-end, high performance and typically high price tag gaming hardware. With the rise in popularity of e-Sports and PC gaming in general, there has been a huge wave of new keyboards over the last couple of years, covering all budgets and needs and while the new Corsair K40 is targeted at the more budget friendly end of the market, it does still promise a wide range of features that should appeal to both gamers and general PC users.

For a little over £50 the K40 isn’t exactly expensive, but it’s still a big enough investment to have you expecting something a little special given that this is a membrane keyboard. Promising a bunch of cool features such as macro keys, on-board memory, customisable LED back-lighting, dedicated multimedia keys and more, it certainly sounds like a tempting option for gamers who don’t want to invest more for a mechanical Corsair keyboard, which are typically more than twice as expensive as the K40 model we have here today. Being feature packed and budget friendly is obviously going to make the K40 very appealing to a wide audience, plus the Corsair brand name is well-known and well trusted by a large portion of the gaming community, so let’s get right to it and see what else this keyboard has to offer.

Specifications and Performance

  • Rubber dome keys
  • RGB 16.8 million color backlighting with three levels of illumination
  • Six dedicated macro keys
  • 36KB of onboard memory
  • Seven easy-access multimedia keys – STOP, PREVIOUS, PLAY/PAUSE, NEXT, MUTE, VOLUME UP, DOWN
  • Windows Lock key for uninterrupted game play

The 16.8 million colour claim is nothing new, but it’s always a welcome addition to a peripheral to have highly customisable lighting.

The packaging is nicely design and features a good image of the keyboard on the front, as well as a quick run down of features such as full key rollover and anti-ghosting via USB.