2015 Keyboard Buying Guide

Picking the right keyboard is a fairly complex battle these days, there’s a huge range of products out there and so many well established (and relatively new brands) that all have shiny and attractive products. Even then, the prices and configurations can vary wildly from model to model, even though they all do the same basic things, so which one is the right one for you? We don’t actually know! What I can tell you are some of the best keyboards we’ve tested recently here at eTeknix, round-up some of their best features and help you find one for your budget, and one that ticks all the right boxes for you in terms of features.

We’ve got one fantastic collection, as you can see in the image above. There are mechanical, membrane, plunger and Romer switches, different sizes, prices and more in our keyboard pile. We’ve tried and tested every single one of them and would happily go out and spend out hard-earned cash on any of them, but we would love to know which one you would want to buy? Let’s jump right in and take a quick look at what each one of them has to offer.


Ozone Strike Battle

The Ozone Strike Battle has long been my favourite keyboard. It’s quite a contradiction for me too, as I love a big keyboard, full of features and packed with macro keys, but the TKL design of the Strike Battle was something I fell in love with quite quickly. It has virtually no bezel on the body, so the desktop space it occupies is incredibly compact, leaving more room for your mouse and other desktop treasures.

This is also one of the lightest keyboards I’ve ever seen, at least for a mechanical, which combined with the small size means that it’ll fit in your backpack with ease, making it a great weapon of choice for travelling to LAN gaming events. It’s also exceptional value for money, especially for a keyboard that features the well tried and tested Cherry MX Switches. The only downside of the lightweight design is the keys are quite clanky, something that I personally fixed with a set of O-ring mods.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Red
  • Form factor: TKL
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RED LED with Brightness adjustment
  • Price £58.63 @ PCNation

Check out our full review here.


Razer Blackwidow Chroma

One of the more expensive models on the market is the Razer Blackwidow, but it’s one that is loved by gamers all over the world. Razer is a great gaming brand with a huge range of products, and the Blackwidow Chroma is certainly a stand out product in their range. The backlighting on this is some of the best RGB lighting I’ve seen, with really vivid colours that will excite those who love a bit of customisation.

In terms of the performance, the BlackWidow is a slight diversion from the usual Cherry MX boards we see, as Razer developed their own brown and green variant switches. They’re finely tuned for gaming and offer even better durability, but subjectively, they’re at least just as great as any other premium switch. The angular design and slick build quality are certainly standout features, making this a great addition for any desktop gamer, Razer fan or otherwise.

  • Switch type: Exclusive Razer Mechanical
  • Available switches: Brown or Green
  • Form factor: Full-size + macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RGB LED (Chroma)
  • Price £139.95 @ Box

Find more information on the Chroma here.


Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB

Another expensive model here, although when you’re looking at the best of something, prices are often going to sweep to the higher end of the spectrum more often than not. The G910 is the latest and arguably the greatest keyboard from Logitech. It comes packed to the brim with exciting features that make it well suited to PC gaming, from a range of dedicated macro keys, ARX dock, multimedia controls, custom shaped ergonomic key caps, two detachable wrist-rests, per-key RGB lighting and more.

What really stands out here, however, is the Romer-G mechanical switches, a hybrid of traditional mechanical and plunger switches, which feature a light action, a tactile bump and a lower actuation point for super fast response times. They tick all the boxes for an almost greatest hits of different switch types, all bundled into a single package.

  • Switch type: Exclusive Logitech Romer-G
  • Available switches: Romer-G standard
  • Form factor: Full-size + macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: RGB LED (font only, no underlighting)
  • Price £129.99 @ eBuyer

Check out our full review here.


G.Skill KM780 RGB

G.Skill may have made a great reputation in the memory market, but recently they’ve taken the peripherals market by surprise, with the release of the rather amazing KM780, a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard that has every feature you could ever hope for and more. The build quality is exceptionally good, with a huge black brushed aluminium chassis, a durable rubber grip wrist rest, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls, RGB lighting and so much more. It’s certainly one of the more unique looking keyboards too.

They are an unproven name in the peripherals market, but with such great looks and build quality, as well as a fully Cherry MX switch layout, it’s not hard to guess how well it performs. Additional features, such as the detachable wrist rest, optional gaming key caps, USB and HD audio cable pass-through and lovely RGB lighting make this a great keyboard for gaming and day-to-day desktop use.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Brown
  • Form factor: Full-size + macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RGB LED
  • Price $159.99 @ Newegg

Check out our full review here.


TteSports Poseidon Z

The TteSports Poseidon Z is quite a simple looking beast and quite frankly, it is. It has all the basics and little else, but what it does have, it does really well. The compact design is great for those who want to free up a bit of desktop space, and the slimmer design means it’s much easier to transport too.

Build quality is rock solid, there’s some LED backlighting for a little extra flair, but at the end of the day, that’s about all you get. The keyboard is equipped with Kailh mechanical switches, which come with the advantage of being a lot cheaper to buy, making it a great mid-price entry to the mechanical keyboard market and a big step up for those coming from a membrane switch keyboard. It’s great for gaming, but the simple design means it wouldn’t look out of place in the office either.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Kailh Switch
  • Available switches: Brown or Blue
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: Blue LED
  • Price £64.99 @ CCL

Check out our full review here.


TteSports Commander

Another entry from Thermaltake, with their super affordable Commander, what’s so special about this one? It’s incredibly cheap! Using the more common membrane switches and cheaper construction, it’s now about to blow you away, but there’s a lot of keyboard here for very little money, with the added bonus that it also comes bundled with a gaming mouse!

If you’re looking for an affordable entry into PC gaming, then this is certainly the best place to start. It’s keys are light and responsive, the design looks great and there’s still some nice features, such as the LED lighting and multimedia key shortcuts to add to the already excellent value for money.

  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Available switches: N/A
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: Tri Colour LED
  • Price £23.99 @ CCL

Check out our full review here.


CM Storm Quick Fire XTi

Much like the Poseidon Z, the Quick Fire XTi is a little back to basics in terms of features. The no-fuss design is certainly something that appeals to me and it’s also a proven choice for many pro-gamers too. The slim design doesn’t take up too much space, but what really makes this keyboard stand out is the build quality. Cooler Master keyboards are one of the things that will still be around in a thousand years time, they’re incredibly durable, which is great if you’re prone to rage quitting.

Fully equipped with Cherry MX switches, and one of the few keyboards on the market that offers MX Green as a switch type, this is simply one of those keyboards that once you try it, you won’t want to stop typing on it, ever. It’s a joy to use, looks nice and sleek and the price is pretty reasonable too given the build quality. A great option for LAN gamers, at home gamers, the office or anywhere for that matter. I also love the red and blue lighting, which can be combined to give you pinks and purples, but it offers up some lovely warm colours that certainly add to the appeal.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Blue, Brown, Red, Green.
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: No
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: Red and blue LED per-key lighting
  • Price £129.99 @ Box

Check out our full review here.


Cougar 700K

Cougar have been cropping up more and more this last year, with an absolutely fantastic range of gaming mice and keyboards. One of the ones that stoop out for me was the Cougar 700K as it’s one of the best looking mechanical gaming keyboards on the market, and also one of the more unique ones at that. With detachable wrist guards, a fantastic ergonomic layout, brushed aluminium chassis, dedicated macro keys, dedicated multimedia controls and an on-board macro engine, it’s certainly versatile.

There’s a range of Cherry MX switches on offer, so it’s easy to find the one that best suits your needs, although I personally think the MX Red is especially good on this model. It’s a little expensive, but with such great build quality, as well as a cool bonus features such as the USB and audio pass-through, it’s a competitive option for those wanting a fully featured mechanical gaming keyboard.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Red
  • Form factor: TKL
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: RED LED with Brightness adjustment
  • Price £89.99 @ OCUK

Check out our full review here.


Roccat ISKU FX

The Roccat ISKU FX is, in my opinion, one of the absolute best membrane keyboards on the market. It’s got super fast and low set keys that are an absoulte joy to work on, but with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a high-end mechanical gaming keyboard. There’s full RGB lighting, dedicated multimedia keys, dedicated macro keys with on-the-fly recording, three rather handy thumbster keys, a built-in and durable wrist rest, and so much more.

It’s a little greedy in terms of required desktop space, but for this money, you’re going to struggle to find so many features anywhere else. It also comes with the benefit of the rather sublime Roccat Talk desktop software, which allows extensive settings customisation, as well as syncing features with other Roccat products.

  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Available switches: N/A
  • Form factor: Full-size + Macro keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: RGB LED
  • Price £79.99 @ PCW

Check out our full review here.


Roccat RYOS MK Pro

Not a fan of membrane keyboards? Don’t worry, you can still get all those lovely gamer focused features of the ISKU FX from Roccat in a more premium model, the RYOS MK Pro. Now, I’m sure Roccat would like me to class this as an entirely different keyboard, but just look at it, it’s very similar to the ISKU FX, just with a fully mechanical switch setup and a slightly thicker, heavier and more durable design overall.

It’s just as featured packed as the ISKU, but with better build quality and world-class Cherry MX switches, as well as USB and HD audio pass-through, making it a great choice for those who love their mechanical keyboards, so long as you can spare the extra financial investment, of course.

  • Switch type: Mechanical Cherry MX
  • Available switches: Red, blue, black and brown.
  • Form factor: Full-size + Macro and Thumbster keys
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: Yes
  • Lighting: Blue LED with timing and delay effects
  • Price £99.99 @ Currys

Check out our full review here.


CM Storm Octane

 

We finish up with another budget friendly offering, the membrane switched Octane from Cooler Master. It’s a pretty humble keyboard, but the design looks great with the matte black finish key caps, a little LED lighting, and as a very welcome bonus, a set of basic multimedia keys on the top row.

For gaming on a tight budget, the Octane is hard to beat, but its value is even further improved by the bunded 3500 DPI optical mouse, making it great for those who need a complete setup. Both the keyboard and mouse feature 7 colour LED lighting, giving you some scope for desktop customisation, and the membrane switches are remarkably pleasant to type on overall.

  • Switch type: Membrane
  • Available switches: N/A
  • Form factor: Full-size
  • Hard wired: Yes
  • Braided cable: No
  • Lighting: Seven colour LED
  • Price £34.99 @ Box

Check out our full review here.


 

Looking for a great mouse to go with your new keyboard? Check out our Best Gaming Mice of 2015 feature!

Best Gaming Mice of 2015 – Which One Will You be Buying?

Picking the right gaming mouse can be a tricky task as there are virtually countless brands on the market offering a staggeringly huge range of mice in seemingly every shape, colour, size and budget you can think of, so where do you even get started?

We’ve had a dig around for some of our favourite gaming mice, albeit with a slight focus on more recent models, giving you a good impression of what’s currently available on the market and with any luck, help you find the one that is right for you. Of course, which is best is a matter of personal opinion, one may have a better sensor, but you may prefer the look or grip of another, it’s about finding what’s best for you and your requirements.

As you can see from the list below (and the image above), we’ve got quite a selection of great gaming mice at our disposal, and we’re confident that no matter which you choose, you’ll be very happy with it as these are all great products in their own respects. We’ve got a wide range of budgets covered too, from around £20 to well over £100! Let’s get on with the fun stuff and take a closer look at what each of these gaming mice has to offer!

  • CM Storm Xornet II
  • Zowie FK1
  • Ozone Argon Ocelote World
  • CM Storm Sentinel III
  • Logitech G502 Proteus Core
  • Corsair Scimitar RGB
  • TteSports Ventus X
  • G.Skill Ripjaws MX780
  • Roccat Tyon

CM Storm Xornet II

A lightweight and compact mouse design that is well suited to fast-paced gameplay, the Xornet II is a great little gaming mouse. The compact design lends well to fingertip and claw grip play styles, making it a great weapon for twitchy FPS shooters, but it’s also very well suited to younger gamers who naturally have a smaller grip and hand size, so it’s a popular option for the Minecraft generation. The buttons are light and responsive too, which is great for frantic MOBA sessions.

With a smooth optical sensor, with three programmable DPI levels, as well as an adjustable lift-off height, fully programmable buttons and a little bit of full RGB flair, it’s a versatile tool for gaming and day-to-day desktop use, at a price that’s certainly attractive; it’s actually one of the cheapest in our round-up today.

  • Buttons: 7
  • Sensor: Avago 3320 Optical
  • Min DPI: 250
  • Max DPI: 3500
  • Macro Engine:
  • Built-in Storage:
  • Weight: 132g
  • Grip: Claw and Fingertip
  • Price: £19.99

Check out our full review here


Zowie FK1

Zowie has a very respectable reputation in the pro gaming scene, offering a range of mice that are loved by gamers at home and in the eSports industry. A lightweight and nimble design, as well as large slipmats, give the FK1 exceptional glide and agility, combined with comfortable ergonomics, responsive switches and a zero fuss design that lends well to competitive gameplay.

The flawless deployment of the Avago 3310 Optical Sensor is pixel perfect, something that’ll benefit both work and gameplay, but we find this mouse is at its absolute best in games like CS:GO and we’re certainly not the only gamers to think so.

There’s no desktop software, the DPI selector is on the base of the mouse, offering up 450/1150/2300DPI and the ergonomic left-and-right handed design can be toggled back and forth directly on the mouse, so no need to worry about setup, you can just plug it in and get right on with the action.

  • Buttons: 7
  • Sensor: Avago 3310 Optical
  • Min DPI: 450
  • Max DPI: 2300
  • Macro Engine: No
  • Built-in Storage: No
  • Weight: 90g
  • Grip: Claw
  • Price: £49.99

Check out our full review here


Ozone Argon Ocelote World

Another mouse with an eSports pedigree, the Ozone Argon is a great gaming mouse, but we like their special edition which was designed by legendary pro gamer Ocelote. Equipped with a pin point accurate Laser sensor, a switchable ambidextrous design, on the fly DPI switching, grippy side panels and 9 fully programmable buttons, the Argon has all the features you could likely ever need or want from a gaming mouse.

The stylish and lightweight design is certainly appealing, but you can also benefit from a weight tuning system that allows you to customise the glide and balance of the mouse to best suit your play style. While not the cheapest or most expensive mouse here today, you will struggle to find better value for money than what Ozone have to offer here.

  • Buttons: 9
  • Sensor: ADNS 9800
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 128KB / 5 Profiles
  • Weight: 125g + optional 4 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Claw
  • Price: £42.32

Check out our full review here


CM Storm Sentinel III

Cooler master is the only brand we have in this list twice, so you can be certain that there’s a good reason for doing so. Their recently released Sentinel III is their latest and greatest Sentinel gaming mouse yet, with practically every aspect of the mouse having been improved upon, especially the build quality, without ruining what we loved about the original.

The Sentinel III ticks all the right boxes for a desktop mouse, with an accurate sensor, fully programmable buttons, comprehensive software, a built-in OLED display for DPI and profile readout, weight tuning system, on-board memory, full RGB lighting and more, making it as versatile for office work, as it is for competitive gaming; a solid all-round mouse.

  • Buttons: 8
  • Sensor: Avago 3988
  • Min DPI: 400
  • Max DPI: 6400
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 512KB / 5 Profiles
  • Weight: 115g + optional 22.5g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £39.99

Check out our full review here


Logitech G502 Proteus Core

There are a lot of things I can say about this mouse and every single on of them is positive. Without a doubt, the G502 is one of the best gaming mice in the world today and comes with all the latest features you would expect from a flagship gaming mouse.

Equipped with what may very well be the best sensor we’ve ever tested, the accuracy of the G502 is unmatched. With extensive customisation options available via the desktop software, 11 fully programmable buttons, a sniper mode button, on-board memory for saving your profiles, full RGB lighting, a weight tuning system, as well as the iconic unlockable scroll wheel that has been a popular feature for Logitech mice and so much more, there isn’t a thing that the G502 wouldn’t be perfect for.

It’s a little more expensive that some other options, but the saying that you get what you pay for rings loud and clear here, and I think it’ll be a long time before we see a better mouse on the market.

  • Buttons: 11
  • Sensor: Exclusive Delta Zero 12,000DPI
  • Min DPI: 200
  • Max DPI: 12,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes / 3 Profiles
  • Weight: 121g + optional 5 x 3.6g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £54.99

Check out our full review here


Corsair Scimitar RGB

The world of MMO and RPG gaming can be quite demanding, with complex commands and more often than not, a control setup that uses virtually every key on the keyboard and mouse. The help gain more control and speed over the competition, the Scimitar deploys a fantastic mechanical keypad on the side of the mouse, giving you a frightening amount of flexibility for deploying macros, cooldown timers, shortcuts and more, giving you the edge over the competition when you’re in the middle of a complex raid mission.

On top of the monstrous amount of buttons, it’s also a fantastic looking mouse, with some of the coolest RGB lighting that you’ll find on any gaming mouse. Snappy and responsive switches, comprehensive software features, built-in memory and a fantastic sensor make the Scimitar a powerful weapon for control-intensive gaming.

  • Buttons: 17
  • Sensor: Optical
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 12,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes
  • Weight: 147g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £69.99

Check out our full review here


TteSports Ventus X

One of the more affordable mice on our list today, the Ventus X is a great all-round mouse that may not have all of the crazy features of some of the products we’ve suggested so far, but it certainly has all the basics right.

A smooth sensor, snappy and response switches, comfortable ergonomics, a new grip coating and durable rubber grip side panels, weight tuning system, LED lighting, hand ventilation, macro engine and more make it suitable for a wide range of gaming and work applications, it also looks pretty stylish too.
The laser sensor may not be the highest grade on this list, but you’ll find it gives silky smooth results right across the range, giving you excellent accuracy. Combined with the effortless glide and tunable weight, it’s easy to use even after many hours of gaming.

  • Buttons: 6
  • Sensor: Avago 9500 Laser
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 5700
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 128KB
  • Weight: 155g + Optional 3 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £30.65

Check out our full review here


G.Skill Ripjaws MX780

G.Skill may be relatively new to the peripherals market, having spent years making award-winning memory products, but the MX780 is proof that they’re able to deliver the same relentless high-quality and performance in a new market. The MX780 is not only one of the best-looking mice we’ve ever seen, it’s also packed full of fantastic features, such as the removable side panels that allow you to tweak the ergonomics, or turn it from a right to left-handed mouse.

All the high-end features you would expect are here, RGB lighting, high-quality sensor and switches, weight tuning system and more, all topped off by the fantastic laser sensor, making this a great gaming mouse for a wide range of users, play styles and more.

  • Buttons: 8
  • Sensor: Avago Laser
  • Min DPI: 100
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 512KB
  • Weight: 111g + optional 2 x 4.5g
  • Grip: Palm
  • Price: £59.62

Check out our full review here


Roccat Tyon

The Tyon is an easy mouse for me to recommend, as it has been my mouse of choice for a year now and I’ve no intention of swapping it out anytime soon. The sensor is great, offering up to 8200 DPI and the rather fantastic software from Roccat is, in my opinion, the best on the market.

Customising the mouse with macros, RGB lighting effects, the sensor performance and more is easily done and with the addition of a dual switch fin on the top, a button on the wing, extra buttons next to the LMB and RMB, as well as an analogue thumb controller, the Tyon is an unrivaled mouse for FPS gaming; especially for games like Battlefield, where those extra buttons are great for controlling vehicles.

  • Buttons: 16
  • Sensor: Pro-AM R3 Laser
  • Min DPI: 50
  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: 576kb
  • Weight:
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £72.62

Check out our full review here


Razer Mamba 2015 – 16,000 DPI

Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands in the world, proving a popular choice for gamers at home, as well as many members of the eSports community. Razer claimed their new Mamba mouse was one of the most advanced mice ever created and while it comes with the price tag to reflect this, it delivers on features and performance that help justify the investment.

Capable of being used wirelessly and wired, with incredible RGB lighting effects, a fully programmable button layout, one of the best sensors you could ever imagine on a mouse and so much more. Capable of performing at up to 16,000 DPI, there’s no doubt this sensor can provide you with everything you need and more. However, the best features, at least in my opinion, is the adjustable click responses on the left and right mouse buttons. Wants them fast and light or clicky and heavy? Not a problem, just turn the screw and get them just how you like them.

  • Buttons: 9 + tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Sensor: Razer 5G Laser
  • Min DPI: 50
  • Max DPI: 16,000
  • Macro Engine: Yes
  • Built-in Storage: Yes
  • Weight: 125g
  • Grip: Palm / Claw
  • Price: £134.99

Check out our full review here

Ozone Blast 4HX PC Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Ozone are one of the most popular brands in PC gaming, offering a wide range of peripherals that have proven very popular with eSports gamers around the world. Ranging from mechanical keyboards to headsets, such as the Blast 4HX which we’ll be taking a look at today, they’ve got some very exciting hardware and I’m eager to see what their latest can do.

“BLAST 4HX was designed and meticulously fine tuned for both pc and console gamers. Quickly access important functions with easy and fast volume adjustments to both the headset and chat, you can even switch between pc and console mode. So whether you want to play on the PC or bust out your favorite games on the Console, all you need is BLAST 4HX.”

The Blast 4HX is certainly well equipped, offering support for PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, giving you excellent value for money if you own multiple gaming devices. There are two powerful 44mm drivers, a good quality microphone, extra long cables and even some nice bonuses such as LED lighting. It’s certainly ticking all the right boxes, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what this headset has to offer.

The packaging is nicely designed, with a stylish image of the headset on the front, as well as a rundown of the supported devices and built-in features.

Around the back, ew have details of the in-line remote, as well as the general design of the headset.

Ozone Argon Advanced Pro Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Ozone are one of my all time favourite gaming brands. Time and time again they’ve shown us that they can make a great gaming peripheral, so I’m really eager to see what the Argon has to offer. A great gaming mouse may not actually make you a better gamer, but it can certainly enhance the experience and given Ozone have a solid track history, I think we’ll be in for a real treat today.

The specifications certainly look promising, with a high-performance 8200 DPI sensor, adjustable report rate, a braided cable and ambidextrous design. So let’s get to it and take a closer look.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started; a hard-wired mouse, a small bag of add-on weights, quick-start guide and a cool sticker.

The additional weights are a nice bonus, as the mouse only weighs 125g at stock, but you can add the weights to increase that to suit your own preference.

The mouse is really nicely designed, with a grippy soft-touch coating on the top section and some tough rubber grips on the left and right side that make it perfect for either palm rest or claw grip play styles.

The mouse is an ambidextrous design, so it doesn’t matter if you’re left or right-handed, with the added bonus of having two extra buttons on the opposite side that you would be able to use as extra macro keys.

There’s a clear plastic strip between the side and top panel, which will allow the interior LED lighting to shine through.

The Argon has a nice sweeping shape to it and a low overall height, which means it’s very comfortable under your hand and the sweeping curves of the left and right mouse buttons provides a comfortable finger resting position.

There’s a set of dedicated DPI control switches behind the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel itself is heavily recessed into the mouse body, but has a soft rubber grip and a light notch when turned, making it really easy to make quick adjustments.

The underside of the Argon has two small slipmats, which doesn’t look sufficient, but this is a very lightweight mouse overall and it actually glides exceptional well.

The bottom section of the mouse has a twist-lock cover, behind which you’ll find a rubber cartridge for holding the included weights. I’ll be testing this mouse with the weights removed, but it’s really down to personal preference how you set yours up to best suit your gaming surface and play style.

Ozone Strike Battle Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Ozone are one of the coolest names in the peripheral business. Time and time again, they’ve shown us that they can create some great gaming products, packed full of features, that have proven very popular with both gamers at home and with this eSports/pro gaming communities. So when I found out that they’ve created one of the sleekest, lightest and coolest looking mechanical keyboards I’ve ever seen, I simply couldn’t wait to get it in for review.

The new Ozone Strike Battle is a packed with all the features you would expect from a good quality mechanical gaming keyboard. It has an aluminum top panel, a TKL (ten keys less) design, fully mechanical keys with a choice of Cherry MX switches, full LED backlighting and much more!

“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.” – Ozone

The Strike comes hard-wired with a braided cable and gold-plated USB connector. What’s interesting is that this is an incredibly thin and lightweight cable. The whole keyboard is as minimalist in terms of materials as possible, making it the lightest mech keyboard I’ve ever handled and the addition of the light cable means it’s really easy to carry around, or maneuver on your desktop.

As you can very obviously see, the aluminum coating behind the keys is finished in bright red, with a keyboard chassis that is literally no bigger than the layout of the keys, giving it a bezel free appearance.

The key caps are really nicely designed and have a jet black appearance with a fine laser etched typeface. Despite the keyboards compact size, the key spacing is pretty standard, so it’s unlikely you’ll have any ergonomic issues. On the F1-F4 keys, you’ll find controls for on-the-fly adjustments of the polling rate.

They keyboard is a TKL design, which means no number pad. This may be a deal breaker for some who rely on the number pad, but it does mean the keyboard is smaller, lighter, more portable and frees up a lot of desk space that you can use for your mouse. The F5-F12 keys are equipped with multimedia shortcuts, which can be accessed via the Fn-Shift key, while the top right keys will help you toggle through lighting effects and brightness levels; off / breathing / 10% / 30% / 70% / 100%. You’ll also notice these keys are labeled M1-M6, which can be used as macro keys over five profiles, giving you access to 30 macros that can be stored on the keyboards 64KB of internal memory; perfect for LAN gaming tournaments.

The arrow keys are tucked right down into the corner, which on most keyboards would be a little bit of a concern, but the low profile chassis negates any ergonomic issues and they’re actually perfectly comfortable to use. They’re actually even closer to my desk than the arrow keys on my normal keyboard; a Mionix Zibal 60.

Here you can see that lovely low profile design; I’m already falling in love with this keyboards ergonomics.

The keys have a slow sweep from front to back to give you better ergonomics and you can see that the key caps have been specially crafted to further enhance this; such as the slightly raised space bar.

There’s very little to see around the back, just the cable connection and a small Ozone logo on one side.

One the base, you’ll find five rubber grips, three at the front and two on the kick stands; more than enough to prevent it from sliding around your desktop.

The kick stands are only plastic, but they feel surprisingly durable, at least compared to most keyboards which have rather flimsy kick stands.

There’s no key-cap removal tool included, but you can easily pull them off to maintain your keyboard or to install custom keycaps if you so desire. As you can see, we have Cherry MX Red keys, which are equipped with red LED lighting.

The lighting is nice and vivid at the maximum setting and also provides a gorgeous under-glow that illuminates the red backplate, giving a really nice glow to the whole keyboard.

Ozone Argon Ocelote World Pro Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Ozone is one of the coolest names in the gaming world and their dedication to supporting the eSports community is still going strong. One thing that really caught out attention is their Ocelote World gaming mouse, which borrows the name from legendary eSports player Ocelote, who also helped Ozone design the new Argon gaming mouse, to make it a prime choice for other eSports players.

eSports demands the best in terms of performance and reliability, if you’re in the middle of a competitive game, either at home or at a LAN gaming tournament, the last thing you want is poor sensor performance, or a switch that fails, or any sub-par performance for that matter. Ozone has delivered great gaming products before, but the eSports community is a tough crowd, so I’m eager to see how this new mouse performance.

“I’m not an expert when it comes down to DPIs, laser sensors and so on… But what I’m good at is knowing if what I’m playing with is comfortable and simply good, or not. After testing many different shape designs, sensors and textures with the ozone engineering team we have developed the best mouse I have ever tested. Argon Ocelote is extremely comfortable, amazingly precise and it has the quality a professional player needs ingame.“ – Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez.

Everything you need is included in the box; the hard-wired mouse, user manuals and a small zip up bag for the weight tuning system.

The little bag stores 4 x 4.5g weights, which can be added to the mouse to fine tune it to your personal preference.

The mouse is really nicely designed and has a mixture of soft matte black surfaces and bright orange highlights. It may be a little too loud of a design for some, but I rather like it.

Down the left side, you’ll find a pair of switches, some soft rubber grip and a clear strip to allow the LED lighting to pass through.

The mouse has an ambidextrous design, so the right side is identical to the left side.

The mouse has a nice set of curves that give it a low profile and a nice ergonomic shape that will be well suited to both left and right-handed players. The mouse is shaped to best suit claw grip play styles.

There’s a deep curve to each mouse button, giving your fingers a good resting position so that you never lose your grip on the mouse. The scroll wheel has a soft rubber grip and deep ridges that make it very easy to control, despite the fact that it’s heavily recessed into the mouse body. Behind the scroll wheel, you’ll find a pair of switches for on-the-fly DPI toggling, the settings for which can be adjusted in the downloadable software.

There are two small slip mats on the base of the mouse, but since the mouse is super light, it glides effortlessly on everything from hard cloth to softer mouse mats. There’s a twist-lock cover on the base of the mouse for the weight tuning system.

The base is easily removed and there is a rubber disc on the inside that can easily house the extra weights, which is great for tuning the balance and glide of the mouse.

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.

Ozone Gaming Launches Blast OceloteWorld 7.1 Headset

After the introduction of the Argon OceloteWorld mouse, Ozone gaming now launches the brand new Ozone Blast OceloteWorld 7.1 Surround headset. Ozone has worked with Ocelote the past year to develop these new peripherals to bring the best comfort and performance.

The new Blast OceloteWorld works for both PC and PS4 gamers and give quick access to important functions with easy and fast volume adjustments to both the headset and chat. The virtual 7.1 surround headset features an automatic microphone muting when the boom is moved up and a LED will also indicate whether the microphone is on or off.

The headband has been reinforced additionally for that extra stability. The adjustable ear pads are made from high-end protein and memory foam. The headset can also be folded together for easy transportation and storage.

Specifications

  • 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Headset
  • Headphone Impedance: 50 Ω
  • Speaker Driver dimensions: ø44mm
  • Speaker Sensitivity: 119 +/- 3DB
  • Speaker Frequency Response: 20~20kHz
  • Speaker Max Input: 100mW
  • Microphone Directivity: Omni-directional
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -42 +/- 3 dB
  • Microphone Impedance: 2.2k Ω
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100 ~ 10,000 Hz
  • Microphone Dimension: 6 x 2,7mm
  • Cable Length: 3 m
  • Connector: USB
  • Weight (w/o cable): 306gr
  • PS4 & PC Compatible
  • LED Lighting FX on earcups

The Ozone Gaming Blast OceloteWorld 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound headset comes with an MSRP of €74.90.

Thanks to Ozone Gaming for providing us with this information

Images and Video courtesy of Ozone Gaming

Ozone Launches Argon Ocelote World Gaming Mouse

Ozone has launched the Argon Ocelote World gaming mouse, a cooperation with Ocelote’s expertise in gaming and the advanced techniques of Ozone Gaming’s engineering team. With an 8200 DPI laser sensor and 9 programmable buttons with the main buttons being powered by OMRON switches.

“I’m not an expert when it comes down to DPIs, laser sensors and so on… But what I’m good at is knowing if what I’m playing with is comfortable and simply good, or not. After testing many different shape designs, sensors and textures with the ozone engineering team we have developed the best mouse I have ever tested. Argon Ocelote is extremely comfortable, amazingly precise and it has the quality a professional player needs ingame.” said Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez.

The ADNS 9800 Enhanced Laser Gaming Sensor has 4 default levels of accuracy, but can be fully customized and changed on the fly from 100 to 8200. The default settings are 800, 1800, 4000 and 8200 DPI. The 9 programmable buttons feature ultra-rapid response buttons with Switch tech and the main buttons use OMRON switches. The coating is made with leading-edge antislip rubber material to make sure you’re in full control of the mouse and has 4 built-in orange LEDs.

The Argon Ocelote World Gaming mouse comes with 128KB of onboard memory and configurable weight with included 4.5 gram pieces. The mouse memory makes possible to save up to 5 exclusives profiles with the Ozone Oceloteworld software.

The Argon Ozone-OceloteWorld launched 8th December in European countries and will be available worldwide from 12th January. It can be used by both right and left-handed users due to the chosen design; always a welcome bonus.

Thanks to Ozone for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Ozone

Ozone Onda Pro X-Surround Pro Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Today I get to take the latest headset from gaming peripheral experts Ozone, the Onda Pro X-Surround Pro Gaming Headset. It’s been a long time since I reviewed an Ozone headset, in fact the only Ozone headset I’ve reviewed prior to this one would be my first ever review here at eTeknix around two years ago, which was the Ozone Onda 3HX, so it will be interesting to see how much Ozone have changed in that time.

eSports is a big industry these days, it doesn’t matter if you’re competing in a pro team and big events, or just working your way up the ladder by playing games at home, it never hurts to have a range of good peripherals at your disposal. A new headset might not make you world #1, but being able to hear everything on the battlefield, or having clear chat audio with your team can make a big difference.

Targeted at the pro gaming market the new Onda Pro is packed full of features such as DSP to help improve / tweak audio performance , a detachable omni directional microphone, powerful drivers, comfortable padding and support for both PlayStation 4 and PC. Pro or not, it’s sub £70 price tag also makes it reasonably affordable too, so it does have a lot of appeal to a wider gaming audience.

The box is really nicely designed, with a clear image of the headset on the front as well as a quick rundown of the major features, these include the advanced X-surround sound, dynamic bass technology, vocal environment noise cancellation and ultra lightweight materials used in its design.

Around the back we have a more detailed run down of some of the features, including the comfortable headband, powerful drivers, detachable microphone and the in-line remote control.

The box is actually a slip cover, inside which you’ll find a sturdy presentation style box.

Inside that box you’ll find a lovely zip-up hard case, perfect for transporting your new headset to LAN events.

Underneath the hard case you’ll find a full colour user manual that talks you through many of the DSP features and the general setup procedure.

Ozone Neon Precision Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Ozone are one of the coolest gaming brands on the market, with a reputation that has proven popular with both the casual gaming market and professional eSports players, often blending high-performance and quality with affordable price tags, a great combination for any gaming peripheral.

The Ozone Neon gaming mouse is packed full of features that should make it a great tool for any gamer, with a max DPI of 6400 and a precision laser sensor, ergonomic ambidextrous design that will suit both left and right-handed players, on the fly DPI toggling, a non-slip rubber coating, programmable buttons and software for recording macros.

We’ve seen a few Ozone products here at eTeknix and to this day we haven’t seen anything that hasn’t impressed us, and today I’m hoping to see the same high level of quality and award-winning performance I have come to expect from the brand. Available at around £45 the mouse isn’t the most high-end product on the market, but its price and specifications put it against some strong competition from the likes of SteelSeries, Zowie and many others.

The packaging is nicely designed with a clear image of the mouse on the front of the box, as well as a quick rundown of some of the major features, these include the 6400 DPI laser sensor, 8 programmable buttons and ambidextrous design.

Around the back of the box you’ll find details of more features, including the DPI toggle, rubber coated surface and an endorsement from professional eSports player Choi “DanDy” In-kyu.

The front of the box folds open to reveal even more details about the mouse, such as how the 8 buttons can be programmed over 5 independent profiles and stored on the 128KB of built-in memory.

In the box you’ll find the mouse, which comes hard-wired with a high quality braided cable, an Ozone vinyl sticker, user manual and mini CD-ROM with all the basic drivers and software on it, of course we’ll be downloading the latest version from the website, but it’s always nice to have drivers included regardless.

Ozone Strike Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ozone Release The Strike Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Ozone have just revealed their new Strike Pro gaming keyboard, a high performance, feature packed mechanical keyboard with full LED back lighting. Ozone promise to have packed it with the precision, speed and control that modern gamers demand and while this looks like it will be ideal for any gamer, it looks like Ozone have their hearts set on the world of competitive gaming and eSports once again, which is no bad thing of course.

Cho “Mata”. Samsung Ozone Team said “For me there is no other option for a keyboard than mechanical, and there is no other option than the Ozone Srike Pro. Cherry MX Switch, HUB & Audio inputs, LED backlight, good design … So, yes, I have many reasons to choose Strike Pro to my sessions as a professional game.”

The keyboard also features a build in USB HUB & Audio inputs that allow you to stay connected without cluttering up too many cables or digging around behind your computer. Customisable black lighting helps you configure zone and layout so that you can find the right key with just a quick glance at the board even in a dim environment, or even just make the board look cool when it is sat on your desk.

“Turn off the light. Turn on Strike Pro. White LED lighting in normal keys and red LED lighting in gaming keys your fingers will go directly to the right place. Strike Pro can even be configured to only illuminate gaming keys and also adjust the light intensity. Also, during play sessions you will experience maximum compatibility thanks to the keyboards built in HUB & Audio inputs.” – Ozone

The Strike Pro also brings you the possibility to use their 30 macros in five default profiles to suit all gaming styles. Meanwhile, store all your settings safely in the 64k internal memory for recall later, handy for pro gamers since you are not aloud to install 3rd party software at tournaments.

What is the best Cherry for a mechanical keyboard ?: Red? Blue? Brown? Black? It really depends on every gamer, on every use. Strike Pro is available in the four most requested Cherry colours by pro gamers seeking speed and accuracy, an innate characteristics in the new Ozone Strike Pro. You can also configure the response time between the keyboard and the computer from 1ms to 16ms. That said, speed of response and accuracy: Strike Pro, your best gaming partner.

The Strike pro is due for release next month and will have a MSRP of around 89,99€.

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Thank you Ozone for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Ozone.

Ozone Gaming Gear Competition Winners Announced

Today we are announcing the winner of the Ozone Gaming Gear competition that ended on Monday. We had two sets of prizes to give away to two lucky winners. By random selection, the winners have been chosen as:

If you are interested in seeing any past competition winners then be sure to check out our competition winners page.

If you would like to participate in one of our many competitions then be sure to check out our competitions section. We currently have a lot more competitions running which you can still enter.

Winners will be contacted shortly to request shipping details so please keep an eye out on your email account for correspondence from eTeknix.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Ozone Tease New Laser Gaming Mouse

Ozone make some really cool gaming peripherals and that trend certainly seem set to continue, I just wish they would give us more information on the new product that they have coming!

Below we have a 20 second video that teases their soon to be fully revealed gaming mouse, all we know from the little information provided is a few specifications and a vague look at the overall design.

Features

  • Ergonomic
  • Ambidextrous
  • Laser
  • Eight buttons
  • 6400 DPI

If past Ozone gaming mice are anything to go by, this “neon” mouse should be pretty awesome and it certainly looks likes it is worth getting excited about. As always we’ll keep our ears and eyes open for more information and as soon as we have it, expect another update.

Until then, enjoy the video below.

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Thank you Ozone for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Ozone.