Corsair Gaming K70 Rapidfire RGB Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Ready to take your gaming seriously? We’ve got the (mostly) new Corsair Gaming K70 Rapidfire RGB in the eTeknix office today, and while you may be familiar with the K70 part, the keyboard now features the all-new and very much improved Cherry MX Speed switches! But what are MX Speed switches? They use the same underlying format as the extremely popular and lightning fast MX Red switches, but with a 40% reduction in actuation distance, meaning they’re even faster than ever before, making them the shortest response mechanical switches on the market today.

  • Ultrafast mechanical gaming keyboard: ultrafast 1.2mm actuation and light 45g switch force for truly unrivaled response time.
  • 100% Cherry MX Speed RGB key switches: ultrafast performance with the precision and durability of gold contact Cherry MX mechanical gaming key switches.
  • Aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum frame: with light weight and rugged durability you need for a keyboard that’s going to see a lot of action.
  • 100% anti-ghosting and full key rollover over USB circuitry: no matter how fast you go your keypresses will always register.
  • Advanced lighting control and large font keycaps: experience dynamic, vibrant multi-color backlighting.
  • The power of CUE: sophisticated macro programming and fast, fluid dynamic multicolor illumination for an enlightened gaming experience.
  • Detachable soft-touch wrist rest: the comfort you need for marathon gaming sessions.
  • Dedicated multimedia controls: the control you need to adjust your audio without interrupting your game.
  • USB Pass-Through Port: Positioned for uninterrupted game play and ready for your mouse or wireless headset adapter.
  • FPS and MOBA keycap sets: Textured and contoured keycaps provide maximum grip and enhanced feel

Every action counts when it comes to competitive gaming, and trimming the fat from the switch means that you’ll be triggering those switches milliseconds before the competition. It’s not a huge advantage, but every little bit adds up and no matter how small it may seem, an edge is an edge.

The packaging is really nicely designed, keeping the usual Corsair colours and showing off the most important features.

You’ll find all the usual stuff in the box, such as the documentation, two sets of gaming caps and a handy key cap puller.

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.

Cougar Attack X3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


The mechanical gaming keyboard is quite busy these days, but we’ve seen quite a few fantastic keyboards from Cougar recently and I’m eager to see what their latest has to offer. The Attack X3 features a fully mechanical design, with a choice of four Cherry MX switches, red, brown, blue and black, so finding one that suits your personal preferences should be an easy task.

“The COUGAR Attack X 3 is a pro gamer’s dream, come true. Cherry MX Switches, fully configurable key functions (including macros), strong red backlight and a durable and visually stunning aluminum design. No superfluous buttons or additions, only what true gamers need.”

There’s a whole host of features that will appeal to gamers, starting with a durable and rather stylish brushed aluminium frame, high-end mechanical switches, 10 programmable keys, full backlighting, multimedia keys, NKRO and more.

The box has a nice image of hte keyboard on the front, as well as details of the Cherry MX switches and the latest Cougar UIX software.

Around the back, a much more detailed feature breakdown, covering the various switches available, N-Key rollover, built-in memory and more.

The Attack X3 comes hard-wired with a hard-wired USB cable, which is nice and long, making it easily placed if you have a large desk.

G.Skill KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


When it comes to gaming peripherals, G.Skill aren’t usually the first brand that come to mind. This isn’t surprising, given that G.Skill are well-known for their memory products, but they’re a fairly new player when it comes to gaming hardware. Of course, we recently reviewed their new gaming mouse, the MX780 RGB, and it was absolutely amazing, so if this keyboard can capture even half of the quality of that product, we should be in for a real treat here today.

“100% Cherry MX mechanical key switch in RGB backlighting, per-key programmability, on-the-fly macro recording, 6 extra macro keys, full media control with LED volume display, foldable mouse cable holder, and custom gaming keycaps. The RIPJAWS KM780 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard is designed and built with durability and practicality in mind for the ultimate gaming and typing experience.”

The Ripjaws KM780 is backed to the brim with features that will appeal to a gaming audience. There are macro keys, RGB lighting effects, custom key caps and so much more. Just check out the official product trailer below for a quick rundown of some of the cool features this keyboard has to offer.

Equipped with Cherry MX brown switches, you know that you’re going to be getting a familiar and reliable level of performance from this keyboard, but with so many other features such as the detachable wrist rest, USB pass-through, mouse cable holder and more, it should be able to make its own unique entrance to what is already a very busy part of the gaming market.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a colourful image of the keyboard on the front, as well a quick rundown of some of the major specifications.

Around the back, a more detailed breakdown of the features on offer, but we will take a much closer look at all of these in a moment.

In the box, you’ll find a few curious extras, such as this little box that can be (optionally) clipped onto the chassis of the keyboard.

On the interior, you’ll find custom gaming key caps, as well as a key cap pulling tool.

There’s also a sturdy wrist rest, which can also be (optionally) mounted to the chassis of the keyboard.

 

Cherry MX RGB Nature White Switches Announced!

Mechanical keyboards come in all shapes and sizes, with customisable key caps, various lighting options and you can even choose the type of switch to suit your own taste. There are a few switch manufacturers out there, but the most famous on is Cherry, with their Cherry MX series of switches that offers up MX Blue, Brown, Green, Black and Red.

With Cherry MX Silent and RGB switches now being available, it’s time for Cherry to expand their range once again with the new Cherry MX RGB Nature White switches. The new linear switch is designed to sit between the popular MX Black and MX Red switches, with a defined force of 55 grams.

“This new switch offers a special transparent casing optimized for uniform illumination and allows a high luminosity of all 16,7 million colours of the RGB spectrum.” said Cherry.

Thanks to Cherry’s exceptional build quality and the use of their Gold Crosspoint Technology, the switches are rated for over 50-million keystrokes, while the transparent housing of the switch makes them perfect for RGB keyboard designs. The Nature White branding of this switch is no doubt to differentiate from the long discontinued MX White switches.

Good news for Ducky fans too, as the manufacturer has secured the Nature White as a launch partner. This means you can expect to see MX RGB Nature White switches in the Ducky Shine-5 keyboard very soon.

 

Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Red Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


Corsair is one of the most recognisable brands in the PC market, with a huge range of products, such as power supplies, chassis, coolers and more importantly today, peripherals. Their latest keyboard is the second in the Strafe series, but it’s a little bit special, as it’s not only a premium grade mechanical keyboard, but it also features the new Cherry MX Silent switches!

Mechanical keyboards have a reputation for being noisy, at least when compared to the common membrane switch keyboards. Of course, the switch type does vary, as black and red switch are not too noisy, but blue and green have that tactile click. You can mediate this a little with some 0-ring mods, which dampen the action and noise quite well, but these new switches go one further, by adding the dampening directly into the switch housing.

This keyboard is available in three formats, Cherry MX Red, Cherry Mx Brown and Cherry MX Silent, which Corsair say is “30% quieter than any mechanical switch on the market”.

Check out the video below as Corsair talk us through the latest features of this feature packed new keyboard, including a great explanation of what is possible with the Cue software and RGB lighting.

The keyboard is very well equipped, with USB pass through, 104-key rollover, RGB lighting, the new switches, built-in memory and more.

Corsair isn’t fooling around here either, this may be an expensive premium grade keyboard, but Corsair not only offer more features than the competition, but they also do it for less money; if that doesn’t get you excited, nothing will. So enough mucking about, let’s get right in and take a closer look at what the Strafe has to offer.

The packaging is typical Corsair gaming colours, with a stunning image on the front and the main specifications dotted around the edges.

Around the back, we’ve got a more detailed run through of the features, such as the RGB lighting and gaming keys.

The first thing you’ll find in the box is this handsome wrist rest, which has a gripped texture to it.

It completely optional to use and can be mounted to or removed from the keyboard in seconds.

Also in the box, a set of WASD gaming key caps for FPS gaming.

As well as a MOBA set, giving you lots of flexibility.

Oh, let’s not forget this handy key cap removal tool.

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.

 

CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


The gaming division of legendary component manufacturer Coolermaster, CM Storm, has made some great peripherals over the years. Their gaming keyboards are certainly worthy of your attention, not only because of their smart designs and flawless performance but also because of their incredibly durable build quality. It’s with this in mind that I’m very excited about our latest product review, the brand new Quick Fire XTi mechanical keyboard, which comes packed full of cool features that are no doubt going to appeal to a lot of people.

The new keyboard features genuine Cherry MX switches, so you know you’re getting great quality right there; we have MX Greens at our disposal today. The keys feature a rather funky lighting system too, which has both red and blue backlights, so while not full RGB, you do still get a range of 35 colours per key. On top of the lighting colours, you can use ActivLite per key illumination, with a range of presets, 4 profiles and brightness options, giving you plenty of fun customisation options. There’s also macros, repeat rate adjustments, NKRO, 1000Hz/1ms polling and more!

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with the switch type detailed and a lovely image of the keyboard on the front.

Around the back, a run down of the features, although we’ve already listed these above and will take a much closer look in a moment.

In the box, I’m very happy to see a detachable micro-USB braided cable,

CHERRY Create New Silent Mechanical MX Key Switches

Mechanical keyboards are pretty much the way to go for gamers that want the best possible precision and accuracy, but along comes the loud clicking that isn’t to everyone’s liking. Granted, not all mechanical switches are equally loud, but they make a lot more noise than let us say membrane keyboards.

CHERRY has now created a new mechanical switch that doesn’t produce as much noise and fittingly named it the CHERRY MX SILENT switch. It will be available as a black and a red version to begin with, but the rest of the line-up will get a silent treatment in the near future.

The new silent switches use a patented noise reduction technology with integrated 2-component tappets and audible clicks are reduced to the acoustic minimum. The entire switch is an in-house development and doesn’t feature any third party components. Instead, CHERRY integrated a proprietary and innovative solution through which every single switch retains its special characteristics.

The new silent switches still retain the RGB compatibility of the non-silent models and can be used with high-quality SMD LEDs, just like the previous models. The transparent casing will scatter the light over the surface and create an absolutely uniform illumination with all possible 16.7 million colours.

As previously mentioned, there will be a red and black version at first as they are the most popular of the switches that feature a linear actuator. The force required to trigger the switches is 45 grams for the red and 60 grams for the black. The bounce time remains the same at one millisecond just like the other MX switches.

If you’re in the market for a new keyboard and want it to have these new CHERRY MX SILENT switches, then you’ll have to take a closer look at the upcoming Corsair versions. For the first six months, these new switches will be exclusive to Corsair and they are launching new products with them during Gamescom 2015 in Cologne. Later on other companies can get their hand of these switches too.

 

Corsair Gaming STRAFE Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


The latest Corsair mechanical gaming keyboard is here at last! The Corsair Gaming STRAFE is their first new keyboard brand in years, although given the success of their K-series keyboards, as well as the RGB editions that followed, it’s easy to understand why Corsair haven’t been rushing to release a replacement.

This keyboard is designed for gaming, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t promise to offer a lot to day-to-day desktop users. Mechanical keys offer premium build quality that should last many years without the keys response fading, as you often find with membrane keyboards. We’ve got the MX Red edition of the STRAFE in the office today, so those fast keys should be quick and super responsive, which will be great for typing, such as the review I’m using it for right now, or for gaming, especially if you play frantic games such as DOTA II.

The STRAFE doesn’t bring a lot of new technology to the table, but it does pack some promising specifications that should satisfy the needs of any keen PC user. We’ve got super quick Cherry MX Red, Blue or Brown mechanical switches, per-key red LED programmable lighting, onboard memory, Cue-Software customisation and more; that’s certainly all the basics covered!

Here is quick video from Corsair to discuss some of the features of the STRAFE and there’s also a nice section that shows off the LED lighting features of the keyboard. Now, let’s jump right to it and take a closer look at what this keyboard has to offer.

The packaging features the new Corsair Gaming branding, that’s right, no more “tramp stamp”. We now have the faster-looking version of the old Corsair ships logo and it looks great!

All the major features are detailed on the box, perfect for those picking one up at retail who want to know a little more. The packaging looks pretty fancy, usually a good first impression that you’ve got a premium product in your hands.

CHERRY Released the MX Board 6.0 Keyboard

CHERRY has just presented the new MX Board 6.0, a keyboard that is called the world’s most responsive performance keyboard for enthusiasts. The keyboard combines the latest RealKey-technology for analog signal processing with the proven and precise MX-switches for uncompromised performance.

The new flagship model from CHERRY doesn’t just perform great, it also looks great. The 454 x 147 x 24,8 mm housing that is made from sand-finished aluminium with a grease-repellent coating. The 2m long cable is braided and the USB connector is gold-plated.

The backlighting helps you to find the right buttons even in low-light environments and it also makes the keyboard look even better. The Windows key is configurable, the status keys are bi-coloured, and the function keys can be assigned with two different functions each. Users can also choose whether they want to attach the rubberized palm rest or not and the easy removal of it also helps when cleaning they keyboard.

The RealKey-technology achieves unmatched performance thanks to the analogue signal path where all buttons are connected directly to the controller. Where most keyboards will need around 20ms from keypress until the pressed action arrives at the system, the MX Board 6.0 needs less than 1ms. The RealKey-technology also allows for full N-key rollover and 100 percent reliable anti-ghosting – all keys can be read simultaneously.

Cherry used their own gold-crosspoint switches that have a lifespan of over 50 million operations, in this case they used their red switches.

https://youtu.be/2xrcOZ904fA

The new CHERRY MX Board 6.0 is available now for an MSRP of €189.

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.

Turtle Beach Impact 700 Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


Recently, I’ve been getting engrossed in the world of Turtle Beach peripherals. The company announced they would be breaking away from being an audio only company, set to explore the world of keyboards and mice and we were very impressed with the products we saw at CES 2015. More recently, we’ve been lucky enough to play around with their gorgeous GRIP series mice, such as the GRIP 500 which we recently review and if that’s just a taste of things to come, we should be in for a real treat with their keyboard products.

“The Turtle Beach IMPACT 700 premium-quality backlit mechanical PC gaming keyboard sports Cherry MX Brown key switches for a smooth responsive, tactile feel and laser-engraved keycaps with keyboard-controlled adjustable soft-to-hard red backlighting and multiple illumination modes, all set in a steel-reinforced chassis for stability and maximum durability. Six-key rollover with full anti-ghosting gives fast-moving fingers instant and accurate gameplay control even when hitting multiple keys, including double or triple taps. The IMPACT 700 also includes 3.5mm mic and audio jacks, and two USB 2.0 ports with direct audio pass-through to support a gaming headset and mouse.”

You can’t go far wrong with a mechanical keyboard and since the Impact 700 is equipped with Cherry MX switches, we already know were going to get a great quality product. However, given the rather high price of the Impact 700, which we’ll get to in a little while, I’m expecting or at least hoping for something really special from Turtle Beach and their new keyboard.

The model I have at my disposal today comes equipped with Cherry MX Brown switches and as you can see from the packaging, it follows a similar design to most other Turtle Beach products.

A few cool features on the back of the box, such as audio and dual-USB pass through, LED back-lighting, a steel-mounted chassis and more!

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started, the keyboard, obviously, as well as a quick start guide, some extra key-caps and a key-cap pulling tool.

The extra key-caps are particularly interesting, even if they’re almost unnecessary. There’s replacement WASD keys, which has a white block around the letters, that’ll let more backlighting through and help you better differentiate the keys. Then we have some rather funky alternative key-cap replacements, such as GG, InCTRL and NoCTRL, they’re just a bit of fun, but I like them.

the Impact 700 comes hard-wired with a rather bulky, but incredibly durable sleeved cable. The thickness is dictated by the fact that the keyboard has two USB headers and two 3.5mm cables.

The key-caps are of a very high quality, with a really nice silky black finish to them. They are laser etched to allow the LED backlighting to shine through and have a nice clear font on them.

Like most keyboards these days, the F-Keys also act as multimedia keys, which can be accessed via the Fn-Shift key; I prefer dedicated multimedia keys, but this is certainly better than nothing.

More multimedia functions here, this time for volume control.

The LED brightness can be dialed up or down using F11 and F12, again, via the Fn-Shift function.

The arrow keys are as you would expect and the key spacing is pretty standard stuff; nothing to complain about, that’s for sure.

Those with a keen eye will notice I don’t have a UK layout keyboard here today, but UK/US will be available dependant on your region when the keyboard is released.

The 700 is quite a chunky keyboard, but that’s no bad thing as it’s as durable as it looks. The Steel chassis on the interior does add weight, but it also means the 700 is strong, rattle free and isn’t going to slide around your desk in the heat of battle.

The included key-cap removal tool is a welcome bonus, as it makes cleaning and general maintenance a lot easier. It also means it’s nice and easy to swap out the stock key-caps for the included alternatives.

Such as these lovely WASD keys which you can see below.

Around the back of the keyboard, you’ll find a pair of USB ports and a pair of audio jacks. This is perfect for connecting your other peripherals, such as a gaming mouse, microphone, headset and similar devices, without having to fiddle around behind your computer.

There are four side and tough rubber grips on the base of the keyboard, giving it a firm hold on your desk.

the kickstands are plastic, but they’re thick and strong, so it’s unlikely they’ll break anytime soon; they’ve also been treated to small rubber grips of their own so you don’t lose too much traction on your desk.

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.

Ozone Gaming Strike Battle Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Revealed

Ozone has just revealed their new Strike Battle Compact, a brand new mechanical gaming keyboard with a super compact design.

The Strike Battle Compact comes fitted with Cherry MX switches, red LED backlighting, a super slim bezel, aluminium core construction and all the features you would likely ever need.

Gamers will love the TKL design, as the compact design makes the keyboard easy to transport to LAN gaming events. You’ve got 30 macros, 5 default profiles, FN-shift multimedia controls and 64KB on-board memory.

Technical details:

  • Product name: Ozone Strike Battle – Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Top case: aluminium
  • Feet: ABS, TPR
  • Keycaps: ABS 94HB
  • Maximum number of macros: 30
  • Number of keys: 87
  • Polling rate: 125 – 1000 Hz
  • Keys effective time: adjustable – 1ms, 2ms, 4ms, 8ms, 12ms, 14ms, 16ms
  • Maximum number of profiles: 5
  • On-board memory: 64 KB
  • LED Backlit: Red
  • LED Backlit options: Off, 100% breathing, 30%, 70%, 100% still, Gaming Light (ESC, QWEASD, direction keys)
  • Cable length: 1.5m Braided
  • Connection: USB
  • Dimensions: 34.59(H) x 351(L) x 123(W) mm
  • Weight: 685 g
  • Additional features:
  • G-Mode (Windows buttons off)
  • All keys with Nkey Rollover (antighosting)

“Strike Battle offers the best selection of cherry mx keyswitches, a short-body and an ergonomic design to ensure a comfortable use. Its high quality aluminum layout gives you the best materials and performance to improve your gaming skills. It also features a minimalist design and a compact style that makes it perfect for competitive use, travelling gamers or anyone who needs more work space on their desk. Take it to the battlefield.”

No release date or price are known yet, but we’ll update you as soon as we have more information.

Tesoro Tizona Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard & Numberpad Review

Introduction


Tesoro are one of my favourite keyboard manufacturers, as they offer up some unique aesthetics, class leading performance and great build quality; although I’m sure they’re the kind of features we can all get behind! Everything I’ve tested from Tesoro, both professionally and personally has always been impressive and a little bit different from everything else on the market; today’s review is no exception. At my disposal I have not one, but two Tesoro products; the Tizona Elite mechanical gaming keyboard, and the Tizona Numberpad.

The Tizona Keyboard and the Tizona Numberpad are independent peripherals which are can be used separately, but they also have the ability to work together. The Tizona is a TKL style keyboard, which means it has no numberpad on the right hand side, but the numberpad can be bought separately and attached to the keyboard, or used separately as an extra programmable controller of its own, so this should be an interesting aspect to test today; it’s also one that will make more sense in a moment.

Tesoro love giving their products cool names, with a bit of back story to each. “The Burning Blade – Tizona is the sword carried by El Cid which was used to fight the Moors in Spain. It is now one of Spain’s most cherished relics.” This keeps in theme with other Tesoro products which are named after historical or mythological weapons.

“Tizona equips with Gaming-Grade mechanical Key switches, and switchable USB 6-Nkey / Full-Nkey rollover capability. Three Thumbs hot keys can easily launch your browser, media player, and Outlook under PC-mode. When in G-mode, by default the thumbs keys will mapped to H1: Num”/”, H2: Num”*” and H3: Num”-“. Gamer now could have the option to remap their game key directly into these 3 dedicated hot keys. A useful smart convenient extension for gamers is the included DC-In Jack that will provide additional power for Tizona two USB 2.0 ports (up to 500 mA per port).”

Tizona Keyboard

  • Gaming-Grade Mechanical Key Switch.
  • Switchable 6-NKey Full-NKey rollover function
  • 87 Keys compact Slim and stylish design
  • Extra High Speed 2.0 USB HUB
  • HotKeys
  • Detachable 1.8m braided cable.
  • Anti-slip rubber feet.
  • DC-IN Jack for optional additional USB power.
  • 1000Hz Ultra-polling rate.
  • Multimedia keys
  • Equipped with Magnets for Optional Numerical Keypads.

Tizona Numberpad

  • Gaming-grade mechanical key switch
  • Detachable 1.8m braided cable
  • 18 Keys compact slim and stylish design
  • Anti-slip rubber feet
  • 6-NKEY / Full-NKEY rollover switchable function
  • 1000Hz Ultra-polling rate
  • Equipped with magnets for optional Tizona 90 keys keyboard

As I said before, both of these items are sold separately, which is great for people who only want the compact keyboard. Both are really nicely packaged and the keyboard comes with a handle on box that allows it to double up as a carry case.

The interior of the box features thick foam padding and a protective plastic cover to help keep the keyboard nice and safe.

In the box you’ll find the keyboard, a high quality braided cable and a USB power cable.

The Numberpad also comes bundled with a high quality braided cable.

QPAD MK-70 Mechanical Keyboard Coming Soon

QPAD make some of the best mechanical gaming keyboards around, loved by at home gamers and eSports players alike, and now it looks like they’re going to continue their trend of excellency with the release of the MK-70; their latest fully mechanical gaming keyboard.

The MK-70 is based around their popular MK-50 keyboard and features LED backlighting, Cherry MX switches and all the basics you would expect from a premium quality keyboard. Sure most gaming keyboards are crammed full of crazy features, but QPAD want to provide quality and affordability to the mid-budget keyboard market and the MK-70 looks like the perfect tool for the job.

The board may not feature USB / Audio pass through ports like its bigger brother, the MK-85, or programmable keys, macro functions or any of the other cool stuff, but it does have one big selling point, its price. At around 99 EUR the MK-7o is certainly affordable and comes with the usual high build quality we’ve come to know and love above QPAD products.

The MK-70 features Cherry MX switches with an actuation point of just 2mm @ 45g of pressure to register a key stroke, allowing for ultra fast gameplay; something that will no doubt please the MOBA crowd.

QPAD MK-70 Features:

  • Key switch: Cherry MX red mechanical switch technology
  • N Key Rollover: Yes via PS/2 adapter
  • Key strokes: 50 million
  • Lightning: Individual LED backlight
  • Lightning features: Four levels of brightness
  • Connectors: Gold plated USB connector (USB to PS/2 adaptor included)
  • Media keys: Media keys for volume control, play, pause and skip tracks
  • Cable: 1.8 meter braided cable
  • Dimensions: Keyboard 44.8 x 15 x 3.5 cm (17.6 x 5.9 x 1.37 inch)
  • Weight: 1.4 kg (3.08LBS)

The MK-70 will be available at most major retailers by the end of the month for around 99 EUR.

Thank you QPAD for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of QPAD.

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.

TteSports Metalcaps Keyboard Accessory Revealed

TteSports have revealed the latest addition to their range, Metalcaps! The new keyboard accessory is exactly what it sounds like, metal key caps for your mechanical keyboard, or at least any that support MX style fittings such as the Kailh switches that TteSports now use in their Poseidon keyboard.

The new key caps provide a funky new way to modify your keyboard. They’re made from a Zinc allow which has been anodized and UV coated, so they’re great for providing a durable, solid and somewhat unique feeling key cap while typing and gaming.

The new Metalcaps will come in four varieties;

  • W A S D + Esc key
  • Q W E R + Esc key
  • ↑↓←→ + Esc key
  • 38 keys combination (letters, punctiation, ↑↓←→, and Esc key)

The new switches will be available in the US, Taiwan and Germany first this month with an MSRP of $19.99 USD for the five keycap packs, and $69.99 for the 38 keycap packs. Global rollout will follow soon, so if you’re region isn’t in the first release, keep an eye on your favourite retailer as you shouldn’t be waiting long.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

 

 

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.

Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid i TKL Mechanical Keyboard Announced

We love gaming keyboards here at eTeknix and I must admit that I’m a big fan of the Cooler Master range of peripherals, mostly because everyone I’ve ever tested or owned has been superb to use, so I’m very happy to hear that they’ve expanded their range with the new Cooler Master Quick fire Rapid i.

The new keyboard is fully mechanical, coming in a choice of popular Cherry MX Switches, which many of you will be more than familiar with as they’re featured in nearly every major mechanical keyboard on the market. The Quick Fire Rapid i falls into the TKL category, better known as Ten Keys Less. TKL means that the keyboard is shorter and doesn’t feature a number pad, the shorter size makes the keyboard easier to pack and transport around with you, very handy if you’re heading out to a LAN event and it means the keyboard is better suited to gaming rather than day to day office work.

Stylistic Illumination

Information on the new Quick Fire Rapid-i, including features and notification of availability can be found here. This signup page lets you find out about one of the five unique LED backlight modes on the Rapid i called ActivLite. ActivLite means that every individual LED can be controlled separately. The mode as shown on the micro-site shows the backlight illumination upon each key press and fade out softly as your fingers move to the next key.

Powered by a 32-bit ARM processor, Rapid i’s ActivLite Technology incorporates five lighting modes with five brightness levels. Besides the five standard LED modes there are also four LED profiles to be programmed and stored directly on the keyboards memory. These means the possibility to program dedicated unique game and application LED profiles. So wherever you go with the Rapid i your LED profiles go with you!

Sleek & Feature Rich

Featuring a smooth and clean aesthetic the Quick Fire Rapid i includes a non-glossy matte soft-touch finish and mechanical Cherry MX Switches. Travel with ease by simply removing the included braided USB cable and storing it. At all times, the Quick Fire Rapid i is a journey-ready partner with its super-slim body tenkeyless (TKL) body.

We’re really looking forwards to putting this sleek looking keyboard through its paces in the coming weeks and while we’re familiar with the performance of Cherry MX switches, I can’t wait to see that per key lighting in action. More information such as availability and pricing will follow shortly.

Thank you Cooler Master for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Cooler Master.

Mach Xtreme MX-LX 128GB USB3.0 Flash Drive Review

Introduction


Over the last few months the price of flash storage has been on a steady downhill curve and this drop in price has effected multiple sectors of the storage market. On one front, SSDs on the upper end of the capacity scale have been coming more and more affordable and as a result users have been able to get faster and larger drives instead. On another front and one which affects the product that I’m looking at today, the cost of producing larger flash drives, or ‘memory sticks’ as they are commonly known, has plummeted and high-capacity drives are more than within the budget of most of us out there who need them.

The way to look at this drop in price is to look at how expensive flash drives used to be only a few years ago. When you went online or into your high street retailer to get a flash drive, the cost of getting a 2GB drive for example was very costly and typically you saw 1GB and even 512MB drives commonly being used. Today we laugh at the cost of a 2GB drive and now we are literally being given 4GB and 8GB drives for free and this leads us back round to the statement above about how the price of storage drops over time to a more affordable level.

Putting the cost of storage to the side for a moment and taking a little trip down memory lane, we are no strangers to Mach Xtreme and the drives that they have to offer with this being the fourth drive that I’ve had to look at. Not only is this the fourth drive, but it is also the biggest, yet smallest drive that I’ve had in to review, which once again ties in with the points made above. Typically the drives that I’ve seen before now have featured SLC NAND inside and to bring this down to earth, this meant that the cost of producing the drives was a little higher in order to offer up the faster write speeds that early USB3.0 drives failed to provide. SLC NAND at the same time doesn’t suffer from the same high rates of wear over time when compared to the more affordable MLC NAND, but with advances in technology, MLC NAND now offers the best of both worlds with faster speeds and greater storage density. The end result is a drive that is faster, smaller and cheaper than before – just what everyone wants to hear in this day in age!


Like every other Mach Xtreme drive that I’ve seen, the MX-LX comes on a card back with a plastic shell holding the drive in place. On the front and rear of the card we get the usual array of information with the drives capacity clearly stated, a note highlighting the drives optimisation for Asus motherboards and on the back a run-down on the drives specifications and features.

Roccat Ryos MK Pro Cherry MX Red Mechanical Keyboard Review

Roccat make some of the most feature packed gaming peripherals on the market, their range of keyboards, mice and headsets are tailored to the needs of casual and hardcore gamers alike. Roccat are well-known to pack in extensive customisation into their gaming devices, including some of the best macro functions in the business thanks to their comprehensive software library and innovative Roccat Talk functionality that allows you to map keyboard commands to the mouse and vice versa, or macros that combine both.

The Ryos is the latest keyboard from Roccat and it borrows heavily from the design of their current range, of this much I am certain since I user their Roccat ISKU FX keyboard on my main rig and the Ryos bears a striking resemblance, albeit missing a few features and adding a few of its own. The Ryos MK Pro features fully mechanical keyboard in a choice of switches, however the model we are reviewing today features the most popular option, Cherry MX Red. These are super fast, low resistance keys and feature a stunning programmable blue LED back lighting.

As you can see from the specifications below, the keyboard is brimming with features such as per-key lighting, full anti-ghosting and n-key rollover, thumbster keys, dedicated programmable macro keys, a super low response time and it even acts as a hub for audio connections and USB 2.0 ports.

Technical Specifications

  • Per-key illuminated mechanical keyboard with 113 keys
  • Advanced anti-ghosting with N-key rollover
  • Choice of four CHERRY MX key switches
  • 3 programmable thumbster keys (T1 – T3)
  • 5 programmable macro keys (M1 – M5)
  • 94 other programmable keys
  • 1000 hz polling rate, 1 ms response time
  • 1.8 m rear-exit braided cable
  • 1 x audio in, 1 x audio out, 2 x USB 2.0 ports

The box is very well designed, something we’ve seen across the whole of the Roccat range. It features a nicely detailed image of the keyboard and a run down of all the major specifications and features (see above).

Around the back we have even more details on the features, including the Easy-Shift[+] technology, mechanical switches and the very cool Roccat Talk software (downloadable from the Roccat site).

The keyboard came nicely packaged in the box, with blue peel-off strips covering all the sensitive surfaces.

Cherry And Corsair To Release World’s First MX RGB Based Gaming Keyboards

With its “MX RGB switch,” Cherry is presenting the next evolutionary stage of its billion-fold proven mechanical keyswitches of the “MX” series. The MX switches with Gold Crosspoint technology have up to this point been appreciated by millions of users due to high precision, the best possible operating feel, and an extremely long service life. Well-known manufacturers of high-quality mechanical keyboards – especially in gaming – use the Cherry MX switches in different variants. Cherry has now enhanced its leading product with RGB technology. Directly mounted on the circuit board, SMD LEDs (SMD = “Surface Mount Devices”) illuminate key symbols in specially designed keycaps using the MX RGB switch

With the latest version of the MX switch series, the MX RGB switch, Cherry has solved several problems at once, as Karl-Heinz Müller, Product Developer at CHERRY, explains: “The illumination of keyboard symbols – especially in terms of their uniformity of illumination – is a technically highly complex and demanding task. The previous solution with the incorporation of 3 mm LEDs led to unsatisfactory results. With our newly developed MX RGB switch, key symbols can be evenly illuminated not only in the widest variety of brightness levels but also in up to 16.7 million different colours. Our new concept of light conductance was implemented through the use of new materials and several patent-pending technical solutions. This innovative, technical concept was implemented only in conjunction with manufacturing processes and sophisticated tool concepts constantly optimized over many years.”

Corsair will be the first brand to use the new switch type and you can expect a launch in early 2014. Of course these products will also be on display at CES 2014 and eTeknix will be at the show, so we’ll be sure to snap some pictures while we are there.

Thank you Cherry for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Cherry.