It's just like the Isku, but with lots of backlight colors to choose from.
Roccat Studios, a gaming peripheral player based out of Hamburg, Germany, today announced the international availability of its next generation Isku FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard. The new variant is essentially the same plank as the original Isku, only now it supports a new multicolor lighting system "providing infinite possibilities for a completely personalized gaming atmosphere."
One of the most unique keyboards on the planet is now available for pre-order. It's the 'S.T.R.I.K.E. 5 Professional Gaming Keyboard' (Strike 5, from here on out) from Mad Catz, and this thing puts the mod in modularity. Now available in "limited quantities," the Strike 5 consists of five separate hardware modules that you can attach, detach, and rearrange to suit your gaming style.
Membrane keyboards don't hold a candle to their mechanical-based brethren, they just don't. Mechanical key switches offer far superior click action, and thanks to the variety of switches out there, fans of mechanical planks have their choice of loud and obnoxious keyboards, quiet performers, or something in between. Logitech's newly announced G710+ is of the low-noise variety, with a twist.
Logitech has come out with a $40 keyboard that doesn't mind a good bath every now and then. The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 is, as the name suggests, a washable keyboard that you can submerge in up to 11 inches of water (don't dunk the USB cord though) to clean away those coffee spills, donut crumbs, and any other cruft that may have built up on the keys.
The smarty-pant folks at Genius today unveiled a professional gaming keyboard intended for massively multiplayer online (MMO) and real-time strategy (RTS) players. It's the Imperator, and it's the latest addition to the company's GX Gaming Series. Now available in the U.S. and Canada, the Imperator provides North American gamers with 6 programmable keys, three game profiles, the ability to assign up to 18 macros, and a UI to manage it all.
Microsoft is already starting to milk what it hopes is a Windows 8 cash cow before the operating system comes home to pasture. In case anyone has forgotten, Microsoft is also in the business of selling hardware accessories, something it's been doing for the past three decades, and it continues today with the introduction of new mice and keyboards, all of which "work beautifully with Windows 8," the company claims.
Sharkoon doesn't have a ginormous presence in the U.S. market, but if the company's going to make a habit of releasing ultra-affordable peripherals for gamers, stateside customers should ready the welcome mat. To wit, Sharkoon's new Tactix Gaming Keyboard is a compact plank for game players that carries an MSRP of 12.99 euros, or about $15 and change in U.S. currency.
Rectangular keyboards reign supreme, but there are a number of alternatives available that purportedly offer better ergonomics. Some of them feature rather minor tweaks, like the curvy Microsoft Natural keyboard, and others are downright funky (we're looking at you, Maltron). Could the same principle be applied to virtual planks on smartphones? Microsoft may be getting ready to answer that question with Windows Phone 8.
Nuance Communications, a major player in voice recognition software (think Dragon NaturallySpeaking) and the driving force behind Apple's Siri voice assistant, is making the most out of its Swype acquisition, which it purchased in October 2011 for more than $100 million. The latest Swype build, available now in beta form, is a four-in-one keyboard Nuance describes as "a revolutionary step forward in the way people communicate and input text on their mobile device."
A straightforward, rock-solid keyboard for FPS gamers
CORSAIR IS aiming at the very top of the gaming keyboard market with its Vengeance line—two boards with exquisite build quality and luxury price tags. The FPS-oriented K60 may be the cheaper of the two, but it still comes in at more than $100 MSRP, and will never be accused of feeling cheap.
In fact, the primary draw of the K60 is its elegant, simple design. The keyboard’s thin, heavy foundation has a brushed-aluminum face, and houses the mechanical Cherry MX Red switches in a unique non-recessed configuration that leaves no place for dust and crumbs to collect. The nicely spaced keycaps are rugged-feeling with a very light texture. We prefer the clicky Cherry MX Blue switches for typing, but the smooth Reds only require a light touch and provide an excellent, highly responsive gaming experience. Interestingly, Corsair seems to have opted to save money by using membrane switches for the function and navigation keys, giving the keys a non-uniform feel.