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.
The first thing you notice about the Kone+ is the sheer size of it. It doesn’t look that large in pictures, but when you hold it in your hands, it becomes apparent that this is one of the larger mice on the market. Lengthwise it’s about the size of other long mice, like the Razer Mamba, but it’s wider and taller throughout the whole body of the mouse. It comes with a set of adjustable weights, and is comfortable in the hand, as long as you prefer a grip where your palm rests on the mouse—if you don’t, the Kone+ isn’t the right shape for you.
The Kone+ has the button-count we’ve come to expect from a FPS or general-purpose gaming mouse. It has two well-positioned thumb buttons that are large and easy to hit, as well as dpi and profile controls. One feature you don’t commonly see on gaming mice is the tilt scroll wheel. The feature, which allows you to tilt the scroll wheel to the right or left as additional buttons, is traditionally found on office mice, not gaming mice. We suspect that the reason for this is because the additional freedom of movement in the scroll wheel makes the regular downward click feel slightly less responsive, and we could have done without it on the Kone+.
Cooler Master may be known best for its cases and cooling supplies, but the company also offers a fairly spiffy line of gaming accessories. Yesterday, Cooler Master unveiled a new entry in its CM Storm QuickFire line of mechanical gaming keyboards: the QuickFire Pro. As any serious gaming 'board should be, this one is all about the keys.
Joe the smug console gamer can take his PlayStation 3 and stick it in a very unpleasant place, we'll stick with PC gaming, thank you very much. We've spent years honing our keyboard and mouse skills, two of the most deadliest weapons in the hands of a PC gamer, which is why peripheral makers put so much focus on them. Even Corsair, a company best known for its memory and power supply products, is getting in on the fun.
German gaming peripheral designer Roccat Studios is gearing up to debut an "aggressive lineup" of keyboards, mice, and surround sound systems at CES in January, 2012. Ahead of the show, Roccatt today announced the U.S. launch of its gaming device line in hopes of filling a "void" in the crowded U.S. gaming peripherals market and expanding its reach outside of Europe and Asia.
Let’s face it: stock keyboards just won’t cut it in Battlefield 3 or CoD: MW3, especially when you’re caught flat-footed by attackers while in the midst of getting your virtual act together. Key jamming and ghosting can be a real problem with older or low-end keyboards, but not with the MK-85, a new offering from Swedish manufacturer QPAD. The company claims the MK-85 “is the world's first mechanical keyboard offering full N-key roll over via USB,” so you can get your multi-key presses on without those pesky PS/2 cables.
It’s right around the first of the month. You know what that means: rent is due. But let’s say that you spilled Mountain Dew Code Red all over your keyboard in a frenzied Battlefield 3 match last night – and now it doesn’t work. Top-tier gaming keyboards aren’t cheap. How are you supposed to satisfy your desire for virtual blood and keep the lights on in your apartment? CompuExpert has your back. Yesterday, the company began offering the budget Raptor LK1 gaming keyboard on US shores for the low, low price of $35.
Can't get enough brushed aluminum in your daily life? You're in luck because it just so happens Enermax is interested in catering to your fetish with a pair of peripherals that should serve as nice complements to your brushed aluminum desktop tower or notebook PC. The first is the Aurora Lite RF Wireless Keyboard (KB010W-B) and the second is a portable 3.5-inch hard drive enclosure Enermax oddly calls a 'Brick.'
Mechanical keyboards offer an orgy of satisfying keystrokes for your fingers (how's that for a visual?), which is one of the reasons we're excited to learn about AZiO's soon-to-be-released Levetron Mech4 mechanical plank for gamers. In addition to those sweet, sweet Cherry MX (Black) mechanical keys, the Levetron sets itself apart with a modular design and by being resistant to spills.
Mechanical keyboards are kind of a throwback to days gone by when keyboards offered a satisfying click and superior key action. More and more companies are coming out with mechanical planks nowadays, including Cooler Master, which just announced its new QuickFire Rapid keyboard for gamers. This board was built to withstand the kind of abuse gamers inflict when feverishly mashing away.