It's estimated that around 10 percent of the world's population are left-handed. If you whittle that down to PC gamers, the market quickly shrinks, though that doesn't come as any consolation to left-handed gamers lamenting the fact that most peripherals are geared toward right-handed users. Most, but not all. For example, Tesoro's Tizona mechanical keyboard sports an optional mechanical numpad that can attach to either side of the plank.
If you think a keyboard needs to have macros and flashy lights to look good, think again. We recently got hands on withFeenix's Autore mechanical keyboard in our second product unboxing video and we were quite satisfied with the build quality and overall construction. It's so heavy that we would consider it as our weapon of choice during the zombie apocolypse, and it looks pretty sweet, too.
Cooler Master has unveiled the NovaTouch TKL mechanical keyboard an Pax East. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang was able to see the new keyboard that features a silicon-based injection around the mechanical key switches.
We've been fans of Metadot's Das Keyboard models ever since the first one debuted back in 2005. These mechanical keyboards started off as a sort of throwback to the clicky IBM Model M planks from a million years ago, though one unique feature of the Das Keyboard is that you could get a version with unlabeled keys for added geek points. There have been a few different iterations through the years, and now there's a new model -- the Das Keyboard 4, which Metadot says is the most significant update to the series since the original.
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?