People are always talking about not having to reinvent the wheel, but what if the purpose of the wheel changed? It's an admittedly rough analogy to what Razer has done, which is try to reinvent the mechanical switch. According to Razer, all mechanical switches up to this point have been designed for typing, whereas the new Razer Mechanical Switch was purpose-built for gaming applications.
One thing we simply won't argue is that typing on a mechanical keyboard is a superior experience than pecking away on a membrane-based plank -- there's just no contest. One of the most popular makers of mechanical key switches is Cherry MX, and together with Corsair, the two companies announced the "MX RGB Project" gaming keyboard at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
German peripheral maker Roccat continues to extend its product catalog onto U.S. shores and has now made available stateside its first ever mechanical keyboard series. Roccat's Ryos lines of keyboards use Cherry MX black key switches (linear, medium stiffness, and non-clicky), which are preferred by some gamers for their smooth key action. One of the three keyboards (Ryos MK Pro) also features individually illuminated keys, allowing for some nifty effects.
Available now in Blue and Red Cherry MX Switch models
Gaming peripheral maker Cooler Master on Tuesday announced the addition of yet another product to its mechanical keyboard lineup. The all new Cooler Master Storm QuickFire XT is for those whose passion for numpads is just as intense as their love of gaming.
The Vengeance K70 is available in black or silver.
Can there ever be enough mechanical keyboards to choose from? As a big proponent of mechanical planks, my answer is 'Hell no!' there can't be. One of the newest models comes from Corsair, which just introduced its Vengeance K70 mechanical keyboard that it plans to demo at PAX East in Boston. The Vengeance K70 features Cherry MX Red key switches and individual backlighting for each key, Corsair says.
Gamers quite literally "see the light" with Roccat's new Ryos MK Pro keyboard.
Of all the products Roccat offers, a mechanical plank was curiously missing. Until now, that is. The German peripheral maker on Friday introduced the Ryos MK Pro, the company's first mechanical keyboard designed for gamers. In addition to mechanical key switches, the Ryos MK Pro features per-key lighting, two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors, and 2MB of flash memory. Can we say overkill?
Once you go mechanical, you'll never go membrane again.
I like to think of myself as a keyboard enthusiast, though you're free to call me a typing snob if you wish. Either way, I view typing on a membrane keyboard a second-rate experience that pales in comparison to the sweet sensation (and, depending on the key switch, audible clicks) of a mechanical plank. So, I'm more than a little intrigued with Razer's Orbweaver mechanical gaming keypad.
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.
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.
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.