ZOWIE GEAR to expand product portfolio with mechanical keyboard
Being skilled at a game will only get you as far as your equipment allows. At ZOWIE GEAR we try to develop equipment that will push or completely remove these limitations, so the skills of each individual gamer can be expressed freely.
Our current range of competitive gaming products includes mouse pads, headsets, mice and peripherals. We are very proud of these products, as we believe they have helped set new standards of quality and performance within the competitive gaming segment.
The keyboard is a key factor in different competitive gaming titles, where response-time and the ability to move freely is essential to increase the gamers' performance. It was only a matter of time until we would put our attention on developing a keyboard; with that being said, we are extremely happy with the outcome of our new keyboard for competitive gaming.
Developing competitive gaming gear which satisfies a wide variety of gamers through different types of games such as FPS, RTS and Racing games is a challenge. To overcome the challenges, we teamed up with professional players of Counter-Strike (FPS), Starcraft (RTS) and Kartrider (Racing), in order to develop a keyboard which allows for fast and efficient usage. With special thanks to Abdisamad 'SpawN' Mohamed, Young Ho 'Flash' Lee and Ho Jun 'Ho-Jun' Moon, we introduce to you the ZOWIE CELERITAS.
As a competitive gaming keyboard, the ZOWIE CELERITAS was developed focusing on performance enhancement and functionality. The CELERITAS features 18K gold-plated brown mechanical switches for increased durability and pressure feeling, nylon key caps for a better comfort feeling at the touch of your fingers, and last but not least, a simplified, yet strong black design.
The primary feature of the ZOWIE CELERITAS is the newly developed ZOWIE RTR (Real Time Response) technology which allows the user to define the repeat-response of their presses to be 1x, 2x, 4x or 8x of the normal repeat-response for a keyboard when using the PS/2 connector. RTR allows gamers to gain a higher responsiveness from their keys and thereby increase the pace of movement in FPS and Racing games or possibly even increase the APM in RTS. How fast do you like it to be? We give you the possibility so you can define your most comfortable repeat-response.
With an actual response-time of only 0,2 seconds, the ZOWIE CELERITAS has the fastest response-time of any mechanical keyboard currently on the market. Furthermore it features anti-ghosting, supporting all keys through PS/2 and 6 keys through USB. For your information, the definition of a "normal response-time" for a keyboard is 0,5 seconds.
A lot of gamers are annoyed by the left windows key when playing games. Young Ho 'Flash' Lee reminded us of this, and suggested that we'd make another Ctrl instead of just disabling it. We were able to make it a function, so you can define it as either windows or ctrl. By defining this feature, RTS-gamers are able to perform multi-pressing and increase their reach with an additional 3-4 keys.
"When playing Counter-Strike, the ability to move smoothly is as important as aim", says Abdisamad 'SpawN' Mohamed and continues, "with the ZOWIE CELERITAS I can perform complicated maneuvers such as duckjump without failing. I play with 8x responsiveness and it works very well."
"The keyboard is a vital piece of equipment, especially for Starcraft. It needs to be very durable and responsive, as you need to reach a higher APM in this type of game than any other games", says Young Ho 'Flash' Lee and continues, "I have been using the ZOWIE CELERITAS for about 4 months and the RTR technology has allowed me to improve my APM. I suggested to make the left windows key function as ctrl and I am happy to see that ZOWIE has listened. This will help many gamers to avoid annoying mistakes."
"The keyboard is the most important piece of equipment for KartRider because we need a sensitive keyboard in order to perform swift and precise angle-driving. With the ZOWIE CELERITAS RTR technology I am only limited by my own reactions," says Ho Jun "Ho-Jun" Moon and continues, "after trying the ZOWIE CELERITAS for the first time, I didn't want to change again. It just felt like the perfect keyboard for me, and I won my 6th championship title after only 3 days of practice with the keyboard."
Features of ZOWIE CELERITAS
6 keys Anti-Ghosting through USB
18K Gold Plated mechanical switches and USB connectors
Ability to change the "Windows"-key to "Ctrl"
Highly durable metal inner chassis
Ergonomic design saves space and offer full comfort during use
Connector: USB / PS2 (by USB to PS2 converter)
Cable Length: 1.8m / 5.8 ft.
Full Anti-Ghosting with PS/2
ZOWIE RTR technology provides 4 levels of repeat-response (normal, 2x, 4x, 8x) - PS/2
Availability: Beginning of December 2010.
MSRP: 119,90 EUR