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Remember that sweet mechanical keyboard with pressure-sensitive keys I told you about a few months ago? The one with the weird name? It's hit Kickstarter.
The Wooting one, as it's known, has already surpassed its €30,000 funding goal, sitting at €46,915 as of the time of writing and just two days in. The company behind it says the keyboard is nearly finished and a manufacturer is lined up; they just needed a bit extra to finalize the firmware, so now it's off to the races.
Since we last saw it, the Wooting one's switches have been detailed. They are indeed custom: dubbed Flaretech optical switches, they come in Red ("Linear silent" for gaming) and Blue ("Non-linear clicky") and are described as "modular" and "fast as light."
Logitech's "Great Wall of G810s" goes down as one of the most ingenious and impressive spectacles in PAX East history.
At this year's PAX East show, Logitech built a massive colorful wall of out of 18,400 keyboard LEDs to simulate old-school arcade games. The wall used 160 of Logitech's new G810 RGB mechanical keyboards, and was made possible thanks to custom laser-etched keycaps to make every key simulate a colored pixel. The huge LED wall drew lots of attention at the show, and reportedly took six months of planning to orchestrate.
"I'm a dork, I'm a nerd, I grew up playing Pac Man, Space Invaders, Asteroids...so I thought 'how cool would it be if we built a huge wall out of our keyboards and we programmed a video game on it," Logitech's Vice President and General Manager Ujesh Desai told Gamers Nexus.
After seeing competition from Logitech and Das recently, Cherry is upping its game with new mechanical keyboard switches. Dubbed Cherry MX Speed Silver, the new tech is 40 percent faster than Red actuation point-wise and is aimed at those who do lots of typing as well as gamers.
Silvers are Corsair exclusive for six months, so if you want them as soon as possible, you'll have to pick up the K70 RGB Rapidfire ($169.99), K65 RGB Rapidfire ($139.99), or the K70 Rapidfire ($129.99).
PC gaming peripheral maker Tesoro today announced two new low-profile GRAM Spectrum mechanical keyboards optimized for performance gaming.
Tesoro's new GRAM Spectrum mechanical keyboards sport the company's low-profile AGILE mechanical switches with a shorter 3.5 mm travel distance, and are available in red and blue AGILE switch flavors. The GRAM Spectrum also feature double-injection keycaps for optimum durability.
The GRAM Spectrum fluxes with over 16.8 million color combinations with fully customized RGB lighting, and every single key can be custom-programmed. With a 32bit ARM processor and 512KB onboard memory, users can save and execute macro settings on-the-fly. Tesoro's new mechanical keyboards offer an ultra-polling rate of 1000Hz, and Full N-Key/G-key rollover options.
Razer has just announced its new living room friendly mouse and keyboard combo, Turret. Razer is pushing its new Turret for $160, with both peripherals being wireless for your convenience.
Both of them connect to Bluetooth and proprietary connections and are designed to be used on your lab. The keyboard sports a lapboard that has a flat surface for high-precision gaming thanks to its 3500 DPI gaming mouse.
Razer is positioning its new Turret for PC gaming on your TV, but it has dedicated Android keys just in case you're going to use it with an Android-powered STB.
SteelSeries is not to be outdone by their competitors with their new eSports focused minimalist keyboard; the Apex M500. They want to bring the cost of entry into the mechanical world down so that anyone can enjoy the stability and typing superiority that comes from real mechanical switches.
Don't be fooled by the lower price, however, because this exudes all the quality you'd expect from a SteelSeries keyboard. The comfortable, durable injection-molded keys in an attractive yet understated casing. The branding is also very low-key, simply the logo on the top right. Being a bit more minimalist and low-cost, it only comes in Cherry MX Red flavors with blue LED backlighting. You can still customize the lighting to light up on specific zones with the SteelSeries Engine. Nonetheless, a good quality keyboard with great switches at what might be seen as a bargain price for what it is. These things are expensive, costs more to make those switches, so anything approaching below $99 is fantastical. It's good to see SteelSeries taking up that segment, driving things down where possible without compromising quality.
"The APEX M500 is my new keyboard of choice. It's a tank and lives up to the quality of the 6Gv2, the mechanical keyboard that I've been using for a year now," says Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling, Carry for Evil Geniuses Dota 2. "This keyboard is everything I think a majority of players look for when it comes to quality and feel, it's going to be a product that will be used at the pro level for a long, long time."
Amazon.com has added non-standardized USB-C / USB Type-C cables to its "Prohibited listings" for the Electronics section, Google engineer Benson Leung -- who has been on a crusade of sorts for quite some time now -- has pointed out. The full line reads as follows: "Any USB-C™ (or USB Type-C™) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by "USB Implementers Forum Inc."
In other words, the manufacturers currently attempting to sell shoddy USB-C cables or cables that aren't USB-C at all but claim they are can do so no longer on Amazon. Good news, to be sure.
Corsair has just unveiled its new M65 PRO RGB gaming mouse, which is a competition-grade FPS gaming mouse that is infused with technology that pushes you further towards your goal of winning. It features a huge 12,000 DPI optical sensor that provides "pixel-precise tracking and the advanced surface calibration support offers supreme responsiveness for your playing surface".
The new M65 PRO RGB has an advanced weight tuning system that lets gamers tune their mouse's center of gravity to better match their play style, as some gamers want super-quick precision so they make it lighter - while heavier weights are used for decisive movements. Corsair has tapped high-capacity Omron switches that are good for 20 million clicks, alongside low friction PTFE glide pads that will provide reliable performance throughout your gaming sessions with the Corsair M65 PRO RGB. Here are the full specs:
- 12000 DPI high-accuracy sensor: Custom tuned, gaming grade sensor for pixel-precise tracking.
- Aircraft-grade aluminum structure: Light weight, durability, and optimal mass distribution.
- Advanced weight tuning system: Set the center of gravity to match your play style.
- Surface calibration tuning utility: Optimizes sensor precision and responsiveness for your playing surface.
- Optimized sniper button positioning: Take advantage of on-the-fly DPI switching to instantly match mouse speed to gameplay demands.
- Harness the Power of CUE: Don't just configure your mouse - program it with double macros, custom RGB lighting, and more.
- Eight strategically placed buttons: Gain an advantage by customizing your button configuration and play your way.
- High-capacity Omron switches rated for 20 million clicks: Ensure reliable performance that holds up through even the longest campaigns.
- High-mass scroll wheel: A rubberized exterior is wrapped around a metallic core for great feel and tactile precision.
- Extra-large PTFE glide pads: Great feel and swift, precise movement with minimal effort.
- MSRP: $59.99 Exc. Tax
The new Corsair M65 PRO RGB is available right now from most places, while the M65 PRO RGB White will be available next month.
Last week it was a smart frying pan; this week it's a smart rice cooker. Chinese company Xiaomi, which already has several smart appliance products, is launching the $150 Mi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker in collaboration with partner Chun Mi, which aims to improve on the traditional rice cooker with added features.
Firstly, the app will let you scan your bag of rice so the cooker knows exactly what to do based on the type of rice you're using as well as its brand and origin. 200 brands are supported, with more to come. Second, it employs pressure control, induction heating, and a grey cast iron lining as highly regarded Japanese rice cookers do, all with the aim of creating tastier rice. And finally, it can make rice cakes as well as other dishes.
Razer is going back to the basics with their newest line of keyboards, taking away the bells and whistles that drive up the cost of their normal Blackwidow line with the new Blackwidow X. Simplicity doesn't mean cheap, just less expensive with the same (improved) manufacturing techniques.
The new keyboards are part of a whole new line that's attempting to break into all manner of price points for mechanical keyboards by stripping away the top-plate and the accessory buttons that come with it. The exposed metal plate underneath is actually quite attractive, with a similar look to Corsair's keyboards. This new line is focusing on bringing the cost of Razer's keyboards, with their own designed switch, down to more reasonable levels. This one is full-sized, with numpad, and has Razer's Green switch, with a 50g actuation force requirement and a shorter breaking point. They're durable to up to 80 million clicks and each individual key is individually programmable to show 16.8 million different colors. You can find it for $159.99.
There's always some question of quality surrounding Razer. I myself have had bad luck in regards to Razer products failing, however, they're very adamant about increasing their quality control and making sure their manufacturing processes are far better than they were in the past. They're recognizing the shortcomings from the past. At E3 last year, I was able to see some of the different mechanisms they use to test their new switches, and they certainly put them through a torture test to ensure they work far more reliably than in the past. I'm currently investigating the durability of the Razer Blackwidow Chroma Tournament (tenkeyless) edition by not holding back on my clicking.