QPAD MK-90 RGB Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


The mechanical keyboard market is fiercely competitive, even more so when it comes to the high-end ranges, where prices can often be around £150 for a fully equipped RGB unit, especially if you’re looking for something with a lot of gaming-focused features. QPAD have a solid reputation for creating great gaming peripherals are competitive prices, at least in terms of spec vs spec on their rivals products. Today, we’ll be taking a look at their new MK-90, a well equipped mechanical gaming keyboard that comes in a £109 here in the UK; about £30-40 cheaper than their rivals similar specification keyboards.

“The MK-90 is built with superior quality, durability, well-conceived design and layout. It features an exciting new RGB LED concept with a multitude of lighting options and a white plate built into a strengthened keyboard to enhance the clarity and impact of the lighting. The new RGB LED allows gamers to individualize their experience by choosing any color in the spectrum and displaying them in a variety of modes. For example, you can choose breathing, trigger, explosion, rainbow, audio beat, wave or random in any of 16.8 million colors! ” – QPAD

  • High-end mechanical keyboard with superior quality
  • Exciting new RGB LED concept with a multitude of lighting options
  • Ultra-durable, programmable keys, designed to last 60 million strokes
  • Full N-Key rollover anti-ghosting technology via USB
  • Media keys for volume control, play, pause and skip tracks

The MK-90 packs all the features you would want in a gaming keyboard, with Full N-Key rollover, on-the-fly macro recording, adjustable repeat rates, multimedia controls, audio pass-through, and USB pass-through. There’s a few extra bonuses too, such as per-key RGB lighting, with plenty of effects to go with it, a long braided cable and a detachable wrist rest.

The box is very nicely designed, showing us a stylish image of the keyboards RGB lighting, as well as detailed all the main specifications on the front. It also details that we have linear switches; better known as Kailh Red.

Around the back, all the technical details broken into multiple languages for different markets.

In the box, you’ll find a detachable wrist rest, which looks pretty neat and tidy, and we’ll see that mounted to the keyboard shortly.

It uses plastic clips to mount to the keyboard, not the best, but it’s still a nice little extra to have.

You’ll also find a simple keycap puller, handy for cleaning and maintaining your keyboard.

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Having just won our Editors Choice award here at eTeknix, we’re very happy to have a brand new DX-20 gaming mouse for our readers, and with performance suitable for eSports and competitive gaming, we’re sure the winner is going to love their prize.

Flawless sensor performance, exceptional build quality, customisable RGB lighting, high-quality Omron switches and more, are just some of the features we loved about this mouse and if you want to find out more, you can check out our full review right here.

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QPAD DX-20 Pro Gaming Optical Mouse Review

Introduction


QPAD have a long history of making high-quality, high-performance gaming peripherals, and today looks set to be the perfect example of this with the release of their new QPAD Dx-20 Optical, a premium-grade gaming mouse designed for those who take their gaming seriously. Equipped with a gaming-grade optical sensor that promises “game-critical zero-mouse acceleration, precisely matching 1:1 movement.”

When it comes to eSports, or even just being a competitive gamer at home, having a sensor that you can trust is vital. If you twitch for a headshot or that important attack in your favourite game such as CS:GO or LoL, you want that confidence that the mouse is going to be as accurate as possible; if it misses, you’ll only have yourself to blame. With that in mind, I’m really hoping the Dx-20 lives up to the high standards required for competitive gaming.

  • Advanced Optical sensor for optimized tracking performance
  • High quality Omron main switches with a distinct mechanical feedback
  • Zero Mouse acceleration, one-to-one relationship between the mouse and the screen
  • Bottom plate RGB LED

“QPAD’s DX-20, the company’s latest mouse, breaks new ground in more ways than one. The DX-20 is the first new mouse shape from QPAD in seven years. Equally important, it’s an multi-surface mouse, meaning you can use it on more surfaces than any previous optical gaming mouse.” – QPAD

The sensor isn’t the only high-end feature on offer today either, with Omron switches, 20G max acceleration, RGB lighting, adjustable report rate, a lag-free ARM cortex M3 processor, on-board memory and more, the DX-20 is shaping up to be a great mouse.

The packaging is really nicely designed, with a clear image of the mouse design on the front and prominent display of its RGB lighting features. There’s also a quick rundown of all the major features, such as the 2500 CPI, zero acceleration and 7-button design.

Around the back, a more technical breakdown (see specification chart above) and a few more pictures of the mouse design, but we’ll take a closer look at that in just a moment.

Removing the slipcover for the box, you’ll find a durable inner box with “E-SPORT FOR LIFE” on the box.

Opening up the box, it’s clear this is designed to look and feel like a premium experience.  There’s thick foam padding around the mouse, as well as a hard box at the top protecting the cabling, as well as a nice welcome message on the inside of the lid from QPAD.

In the box, aside from the mouse, you’ll also find an extra set of slipmats as well as a protective carry pouch for the mouse.

QPAD were also kind enough to include their new FX 44 pro gaming mouse pad for us to test. They’re such a subjective thing overall, but it should make a nice match with their latest mouse.

QPAD Announce DX-20 Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

 

QPAD have just revealed their latest gaming mouse, the DX-20, which features an ambidextrous design and even more importantly, the first new mouse body shape for QPAD in seven years.

the DX-20 is a multi-surface mouse, making it ideal to use on a wide range of desktop types, gaming surfaces and more. That not the only perk of their new optical sensor either, which also features game-critical zero-mouse acceleration, offering precise 1:1 movement.

“The new ambidextrous shape works for both left and right-handed players, and the ergonomic advantages apply in either case. The mouse sits comfortably in your hand and the grip is perfectly balanced and works for either palm or claw-grip.” said QPAD

The Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1 inspired design, it’s certainly a familiar shape, offering great ergonomics for palm or claw-grip play styles.  Add to that a powerful ARM processor, QPAD’s ‘Qlidz’ feet, seven programmable buttons, macro recording and more!

“Few optical products can match the DX-20’s ability to work on so many surfaces. So if you’re gaming from an unfamiliar mouse pad or on no mouse pad at all, you won’t be disadvantaged. In fact, with the DX-20, you can hit the ground running!” added QPAD

The mouse is launching today at Dreamhack, but should be available at retailers shortly with an RRP of 69 EUR.

QPAD Launches 8K Optical Gaming Mouse

QPAD has listened to their users feedback and completed their 8K family of mice with a new optical gaming mouse. Optical gaming mice are the preferred mice of most gamers at the moment and QPAD couldn’t leave that spot open.

The new QPAD 8K Optical features RGB lighting with 16.8 million colours so you can customize it to fit the rest of your PC setup while the five-finger-grip design allows for great control even in hectic gaming situation that can make or break the match. In it to win.

 

At the heart of this mouse, you’ll find a gaming-grade optical sensor with up to 5000 true CPI and the whole thing is powered by a 32-bit ARM processor to optimize the tracking performance. It comes with pre-mounted QPAD Glidz mouse feet, and it has seven programmable buttons for profiles, sensitivity, shortcuts, keys and macro recordings.

The optical sensor has quite some power and you can move the mouse up to 3.3 meters per second without losing tracking abilities. The sensor pictures the surface with a shutter speed of 6,500 frames per second covering an area of 900 pixels per frame. This generates 5MB of data per second and that is why it comes with its own built-in processor.

With the zero-mouse acceleration, you got a true one-to-one relationship between your movement of the mouse on your surface and the mouse cursor on the screen.

The mouse doesn’t need any drivers to work and comes with 128 kB onboard storage for your profiles and setup, no matter where you take the mouse. QPAD also created a new feature packed software for their mice to control and adjust the settings, from colour setup to macro editor and sensor tweaking.

The two main keys, the left and right mouse button, are built with Omron switches that can handle up to 20 million clicks and have a distinct feedback.

QPAD’s new 8K Optical will become available this month for a recommended selling price 69€.

QPAD 8K Pro Gaming Laser Mouse Review

Introduction


Pro Gaming, eSports, LAN gaming or simply just playing your favourite games at home after a hard day at work, it doesn’t matter how and when you game, having the right tools for the job can make it a far more enjoyable experience. A great gaming mouse might not necessarily make you a better gamer, but it can help you game at the best of your abilities. The QPAD 8K Pro Gaming Laser Mouse has been designed to offer premium performance, for those who want to ensure they have every edge when they go into their digital battlefield; but is it any good? That’s what I hope to find out.

As you can see from the specifications below, the 8K is very well equipped, with a high-performance sensor for fast and accurate tracking, adjustable report rates, built-in memory, Omron switches, an ergonomic design and a few extras such as a braided cable and gold-plated connectors for good measure.

QPAD | 8K PRO GAMING LASER MOUSE

“In fact, your mouse is the most important link between you and the game you play. When bullets fly, and the difference between victory and defeat is measured by micro-millimeters and fractions of seconds, everything counts. Precision and accuracy are key factors that will impact the gaming experience greatly. Amongst professional gamers, QPAD is well known as a reliable provider of top-notch gaming gear with high quality and premium feel.”

“QPAD 8K features the award winning five-finger grip, gaming-grade laser sensor with 8200 true CPI, advanced 32-bit ARM processor controller unit to optimize the tracking performance, pre-mounted QPAD Glidz mouse feet’s, seven programmable buttons for profiles, sensitivity, shortcuts, keys and macro recordings. You can accurately move at speeds up to 3.8 meter per second without losing tracking abilities. The sensor pictures the surface with a shutter speed of 12.000 frames per second covering an area of 30×30 pixels per frame. This generates an image processing of 10.8 MB data per second. The QPAD 8K supports Plug & Play for easy installation, no drivers needed and carries 128kb on board memory that will store your personal profile settings. In addition to all this, the left and right buttons from Omron are built to last 20 million clicks with a distinctive feedback. Last but not least you can personalize your color settings. The QPAD 8K delivers where it matters: In feel and performance.”

QPAD 8K MAIN FEATURES

• Right handed, Ergonomic, five-finger grip.
• Advanced Laser sensor for optimized tracking performance.
• High quality Omron main switches with a distinct mechanical feedback (Lifetime: 20 Million)
• Advanced 32bit ARM M3 72Mhz processor controller unit to optimize the tracking performance
• Highly intuitive software
• Seven programmable buttons
• 16.8 million possible color variations via RGB LED lights

QPAD 8K FEATURES

• Carry bag for transport
• Advanced macro recording
• Low, medium or high on the fly sensitivity switches
• Ruberized soft touch surface
• QPAD Glidz mouse feets are pre-mounted
• Plug & Play for easy installation
• 128kb on board memory to store your settings
• Gold plated USB connectors
• 2 meter braided cable
• Several color modes such as wave, puls, rainbow flow, constant.
• Energy saving mode

The mouse comes well packaged in protective foam and a little introduction message on the inside of the box.

In the box, you’ll find the mouse, which comes hard-wired with a 2 meter braided cable, as well as a soft protective carry pouch.

The 8K has a really nice soft touch finish to the whole mouse, making it very easy to get a grip on the mouse.

There’s a nice curve on the left side that will provide your thumb with a good resting/grip area and there are two side buttons within easy reach. There’s also two LED indicators, a blue and a red. These help you differentiate which of the three DPI profiles you have selected.

 

On the right, you’ll find two ergonomic ridges that provide very comfortable finger resting positions. Obviously, this mouse is designed for right-hand users only and the shape is designed for a full palm rest grip style.

The centre of the 8k plays host to a pair of switches that can be used for the DPI toggle, as well as a rubberised high-quality scroll wheel.

Here you can see how wide this mouse is, with a very curvy ergonomic shape that should help keep your hand comfortable, even after a long gaming session.

Around the back, there’s a Q logo which is LED back lit. This logo and the scroll wheel can have the LED colour customised via the desktop software.

Four large slipmats on the base of the 8K should provide you with a fantastic amount of glide on virtually any surface.

QPAD Announced New 8K Gaming Mouse

QPAD has released their latest mouse named the 8K and labelled with “16.8 million improvements”. The 8K is a souped-up version of their award-winning 5K mouse and comes with entirely new hardware on the inside.

The QPAD 8K is delivered in a sleekly designed box and comes with a carry bag. Inside it got a new and more advanced sensor, a more powerful CPU, more memory and QPAD also created a new piece of software to control it.

The five-finger grip mouse’s new sensor pictures the surface with a shutter speed of 12,000 frames per second over an area of 30 by 30 pixels. This generates an image of 10.8 MB data in processing power per second. Underlying this is 8200 true CPI and advanced 32-bit ARM processor controller unit to optimize the tracking performance.

It has seven programmable buttons for profiles, sensitivity, shortcuts, keys and macro recordings and also comes with QPAD’s GLidz mouse feet. The mouse also has a 128kb onboard memory to store your personal profile settings.

The left and right buttons are using Omron switches with a rating of 20 million clicks and the distinctive feedback that gamers like. As initially mentioned, the mouse comes with 16.8 million improvements which of course refers to the built-in and customisable RGB LED light.

Specifications

  • Sensor technology: Gaming-grade laser sensor
  • Sensitivity: 200 – 8200 CPI (Counts/inch)
  • Max Acceleration: 30 G
  • Max Speed: 3.8m/sec | 150 IPS (inch/sec)
  • Image processing: 10.8 MPS (Megapixels/second)
  • USB report rate: 125, 250, 500, 1000 Hz
  • USB Data format: 16 bits/axis
  • Buttons: 7
  • Sensing pixels: 30×30 pixels
  • Sampling rate: 12.000 FPS (Frames/second)
  • Cable: Braided cable 2 meter
  • USB plug: Gold plated USB
  • Response time: 1 ms
  • MCU Controller unit: 32bit ARM M3 72Mhz processor
  • Backlight: RGB led 16.7 million colors
  • Installation: Plug & Play
  • Onboard memory: 128 kb
  • Main buttons: Omron switches. Left / right. 20 mil.clicks
  • Shape: Right-handed, Ergonomic, five-finger grip.
  • Software: For advanced features and functions.

The QPAD 8K will be available at the end of February at an 79€ MSRP.

Thanks to QPAD for providing us with this information

QPAD Launches MK-90 High-End Mechanical Keyboard with Enhanced Lighting

QPAD announced their brand new MK-90 mechanical keyboard with full RGB lighting on top of the already known and popular features in the series. The MK-90 comes with either red or brown mechanical switches that are rated to last 60 million strokes. It is built on a steel plate for enhanced durability and also features a white plate inside to enhance the light effects.

Speaking of the light effects, the MK-90 has full RGB lighting that lets you chose any of the 16.8 million colours. You can customize it to highlight your gaming keys, match your ambient lighting or let it inspire you with effects like breathing, trigger, explosion or rainbow waves.

Other features know from the MK-80 and MK-85 are also present, such as the FN key to quickly change settings, USB and audio pass through and gold plated connections. The new QPAD MK-90 will be available in March for a recommended price of €169.00.

Thanks to QPAD for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of QPAD

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.

Kingston & QPAD Join Forces To Create HyperX Cloud Headset

Kingston, who are better known for the memory and storage products than audio, have teamed up with QPAD to create their new headset, the HyperX Cloud. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Kingston team up to make a headset, it was only last year that SteelSeries and Kingston launched an exclusive edition of the Siberia headset. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset isn’t even the first HyperX collaboration we’ve seen this week, as a few days ago we discovered Asus and HyperX are joining forces for the HyperXpress SSD.

The new headset looks pretty robust, featuring plenty of thick memory foam padding on the ear cushions and its leather-padded headband, and the whole thing has been custom stiched to give it an extra touch of style. The velour ear cushions are interchangeable, giving you a choice of coverings to suit your personal style and preferences. With large 53mm driver, the HyperX Cloud should be able to pack quite a punch in terms of audio performance, and it comes with a durable aluminium construction detachable microphone.

“HyperX worked with Swedish manufacturer QPAD to create a headset that delivers comfort and superb sound for long game play. This is a winning combination as QPAD is known for high-quality gaming peripherals throughout Europe,” said Lawrence Yang, business manager, HyperX. “We think the hours will pass by without notice as gamers wear the HyperX Cloud headset.”

The new headset will be compatible with PC, PlayStation 4 and mobile devices, it is now also the official headset of the Intel Extreme Masters, Alliance Gaming, CNB eSports Club, SK-Gaming and Team Liquid.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.