Can't decide on whether you want a blue or red LED backlight on the your keyboard? The neat thing about the current crop of RGB keyboards is that you don't have to decide -- you have around 16.8 million colors at your disposal, so you can change your mind on a whim, or combine different colors for different parts of the keyboard. So it goes with Razer's BlackWidow Tournament Edition keyboard, a mechanical plank with lots of LED backlighting options that's now available to purchase.
Ever heard of the ErgoDox? It's a mechanical keyboard kit that's available to purchase every so often, and if you're lucky to get one, your reward is an ergonomic plank with mechanical key switches. Well, after you assemble it, that is. And by assemble, we mean there's a fair bit of soldering involved, not just plugging in pieces like Legos. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, meet ErgoDox EZ, a pre-assembled ErgoDox that's damn near close to meeting its funding goal on Indiegogo.
Remember when mechanical keyboards were few and far between? That all changed in the last several years and what was once a niche market is quickly becoming a crowded field. Go ahead and add one more model to the growing list of options as Tesoro brings its Lobera Spectrum mechanical keyboard featuring RGB per-key illumination and a few other notable bullet points to North America.
Corsair's Vengeance K70 RGB mechanical keyboard is supposed to deliver a color palette that's precisely 16,777,216 wide, which the industry rounds up to 16.8 million. However, a curious user who often works with Arduino LED projects noticed that something seemed off with his plank, so he did a bit experimenting. What he discovered was that Corsair's K70 RGB was only displaying 512 colors instead of the nearly 16.8 million advertised.
Over the past few years, mechanical keyboards have surged in popularity, expanding a category that was once defined by just a handful of models to one that's beginning to overflow with options. And we're not complaining. An interesting side effect of this growing popularity is a desire by manufacturers to make their keyboards stand out from one other. Tt eSports (a division of Thermaltake) has chosen to do that with its Poseidon Z Forged mechanical plank by giving it an aluminum faceplate.
When it comes to keyboards, there are two types: mechanical planks and everything else. I can say that with complete confidence after having gone through and used or otherwise tested a number of keyboards over the years -- for the most part, squishy membrane keyboards just don't compete (though the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 is a valiant effort). In case you're interested, my daily driver these days is a Das Keyboard 4 Professional, which you can pick up today in factory reconditioned form for $120.
A mouse that can be adapted for various video game genres
When it comes to your mouse, you want one that is comfortable to use when it comes to work and playing games. But when it comes to gaming, sometimes a standard mouse isn’t going to cut it. For some consumers, a different kind of mouse that is designed specifically for massively multiplayer online games (MMO) and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games are needed for a more efficient and enhanced playstyle. However, players may no longer have to worry about buying a specific mouse for a certain type of game. At CES 2015, Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang was able to see Roccat’s modular gaming mouse Nyth along with the Ryos MK FX and Ryos TKL FX mechanical keyboards.
Turtle Beach, known largely for its gaming headsets, showed off several PC gaming peripherals at CES today -- the most interesting of which is arguably their line of keyboards. This is the first time that the company has branched into this particular market. We first heard about the Impact 100, 500 and 700 back at Gamescom in August, but Turtle Beach was light on details and North American availability at the time. The Impact 700 is their flagship keyboard, with a full-sized chassis, Cherry MX Brown keys, backlighting, headphone and microphone jacks, and a spare USB 2.0 port. Coming in with an MSRP of $195.95, it has a flagship price to match.
Over the course of the last couple of years, MSI has been taking the gaming laptop category by storm, and we've seen a lot of interesting offerings from the company. However, it's MSI's new GT80 Titan SLI-009 that has us intrigued. The company brought its latest system (along with several other goodies) to the Consumer Electronics Show, so we sent Online Managing Editor and resident gaming whiz Jimmy Thang to check things out.
Day 1 of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is quickly wrapping up, though not before Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) could blitz gamers with a bevy of hardware, including its new Spatha and Sica Gaming Mice, Strix Tactic Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, and a few other products. While not all of what Asus ROG brought to the convention was brand spanking new, the company certainly showed that it has PC gaming on the brain.