Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2016 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: coolermaster, Masterkeys Pro L, Masterkeys Pro S, mechanical keyboard, input, Cherry MX, cherry mx rgb
The difference between Cooler Masters Masterkeys Pro L and Pro S lies in the numpad, the Pro L has it and the Pro S is, as they say, tenkeyless. Apart from that the boards are very similar, using your choice of Cherry MX RGB switches, Brown, Red, or Blues. You do not need software to program the lighting or macros, they can be adjusted with the use of the Function key in concert with one of the F1-F12 keys but Cooler Master does also offer software which allows you to adjust your lighting. The Tech Report liked these boards, finding them every bit as good as the major competition, with one notable exception; the prices of the MasterKeys are a bit lower which can make a big difference when you are purchasing a glowing, clicky keyboard.
"Cooler Master's MasterKeys Pro L and Pro S keyboards put Cherry MX RGB switches in no-nonsense chassis. They also expose most of their customization mojo through on-board shortcuts. We put our fingers to the keycaps to see how these boards perform."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L Keyboard Review: Spectrum Ad Infinitum @ Modders-Inc
- Cooler Master 'Master Keys Pro S' Cherry MX RGB @ Kitguru
- Patriot Viper V760 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ NikKTech
- Tesoro Excalibur V2 Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ eTeknix
- GIGABYTE XM300 GAMING MOUSE REVIEW: One Size Fits Many @ Modders-Inc
- QPAD DX-20 Pro Gaming Optical Mouse @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2015 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cherry mx rgb, Gateron Black, Gateron Blue, K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, rantopad, Rantopad MXX
Gateron is yet another company to join the mechanical switch crowd and appears on the Rantopad MXX gaming keyboard. The keyboard is tenkeyless and designed tore let you remove keys as you see fit thought it does not seem to come with additional keys to customize the board. As you might expect it is backlit, there will soon be a Cherry MX RGB model for those who want more than just a single colour of light to display. MadShrimps provides a full review of this $80 mechanical keyboard here, for those interested.
"Despite the fact that the Rantopad MXX does not feature software for additional configuration purposes, we were quite impressed with the build quality of the keyboard, while the compact (TKL) size and space-grade aluminum cover give the product a professional look. MXX does come for now with Gateron Black or Blue switches (and aluminum covers in blue or dark grey), but in the future we will also see white and red variants introduced and a much wider switch selection, including Cherry MX RGB switches."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ eTeknix
- Cougar 450K Keyboard & 450M Mouse Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Razer Diamondback Chroma Mouse Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Corsair Scimitar RGB Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO X Ultimate Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
Finding Your Clique
One of the difficulties with purchasing a mechanical keyboard is that they are quite expensive and vary greatly in subtle, but important ways. First and foremost, we have the different types of keyswitches. These are the components that are responsible for making each button behave, and thus varying them will lead to variations in how those buttons react and feel.
Until recently, the Cherry MX line of switches were the basis of just about every major gaming mechanical keyboard, although we will discuss recent competitors later on. Its manufacturer, Cherry Corp / ZF Electronics, maintained a strict color code to denote the physical properties of each switch. These attributes range from the stiffness of the spring to the bumps and clicks felt (or heard) as the key travels toward its bottom and returns back up again.
|45 cN||Cherry MX Red||
Cherry MX Brown
Cherry MX Blue
Cherry MX White (old B)
|55 cN||Cherry MX Clear|
|60 cN||Cherry MX Black|
|80 cN||Cherry MX Linear Grey (SB)||Cherry MX Tactile Grey (SB)||
Cherry MX Green (SB)
Cherry MX White (old A)
Cherry MX White (2007+)
|90 cN||IBM Model M (not mechanical)|
|105 cN||Cherry MX Click Grey (SB)|
|150+ cN||Cherry MX Super Black|
(SB) Denotes switches with stronger springs that are primarily for, or only for, Spacebars. The Click Grey is intended for spacebars on Cherry MX White, Green, and Blue keyboards. The MX Green is intended for spacebars on Cherry MX Blue keyboards (but a few rare keyboards use these for regular keys). The MX Linear Grey is intended for spacebars on Cherry MX Black keyboards.
The four main Cherry MX switches are: Blue, Brown, Black, and Red. Other switches are available, such as the Cherry MX Green, Clear, three types of Grey, and so forth. You can separate (I believe) all of these switches into three categories: Linear, Tactile, and Clicky. From there, the only difference is the force curve, usually from the strength of the spring but also possibly from the slider features (you'll see what I mean in the diagrams below).
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | August 18, 2014 - 10:02 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: corsair, mechanical keyboard, cherry mx rgb
So I actually did not see this until after I published the Razer story. Just a few hours ago, Corsair posted an announcement to their Facebook page that claimed a "cbange" in launch date for their Cherry MX RGB-based keyboards. I actually forgot that the K70 RGB Red was supposed to be out already, with availability listed as "late July" (the rest were scheduled to arrive in "late August"). Corsair does not yet have a new date, but will comment "in a few weeks".
Got to say, that does look nice.
While, again, no further details are given, it sounds like a technical hurdle is holding back the launch. Corsair claims that they want the product to live up to expectations. This, of course, chips further at the company's exclusivity window and could put them in direct competition with Razer's custom design, and may even be available second, almost in spite of the exclusivity arrangement.