Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2014 - 02:16 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: corsair, cherry, Cherry MX, mechanical keyboard
A lot of diverse topics arose from the Corsair blogs, lately. This time, they compiled fan questions and enlisted mechanical switch and keyboard manufacturer, Cherry Corporation, to provide answers. Coming in at over two-thousand words, it is quite lengthy.
Many of the questions seemed to come from long-term fans of their mechanical keyboards. One person asked whether a specific ergonomic keyboard (G80-5000) would make a return, while another inquired about Cherry-branded Hall Effect switches (presumably for analog controls). In all, if you are interested in mechanical keyboards, it is worth a read. They kept a little secret sauce, secret, but otherwise seemed pretty open in their responses.
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2014 - 10:22 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: razer, Cherry MX, cherry, mechanical keyboard
So Razer has a history of doing the unexpected. The peripheral manufacturer has branched out into other segments, including laptops, tablets, software, exercise equipment, and so forth. Their April Fools announcements are often hilarious but their real products sometimes feel as far-fetched, except that they release and apparently find an audience. If Project Christine comes out then it would be the best example, but Project Fiona and the Razer Blade seemed just as unlikely - and I've seen multiple Blades in the wild.
And yet it is their keyboard announcement which surprises me, today.
It turns out that Razer decided to design their own key switch modules, instead of ordering them off-the-shelf from ZF Electronics (Cherry). Razer will not manufacture these key modules, and they look enough like Cherry MX switches that I could guess who their third party manufacturer is, but they did push their own specifications. Razer claims that the main advantage is a higher actuation point, leading to less latency between when your finger starts moving, and when it has moved enough to activate the button.
Razer has developed two switches: "Green", which is their analogy of the Cherry MX Blue, and "Orange", which is analogous to the Cherry MX Brown. The former is clicky while the latter has a relatively silent bump.
The Green switches are available in the BlackWidow, BlackWidow Tournament, and BlackWidow (with the Orange switches in each Stealth variant). Some models will ship in late March with the rest shipping in April.
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2013 - 03:52 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, corsair, Cherry MX, cherry, CES 2014
The three little letters that instill fear in tech journalists (and vendors) right around the holiday season: CES. This will be the first of many news posts coming out of that event -- it is still a month away! Companies are already preparing for what will come after the holidays. Brace yourselves!
Corsair and Cherry have just released a preview of their upcoming CES announcement. Mechanical keyboards (at least those based on Cherry MX switches) were only rarely backlit. Pretty much every model of Cherry MX-based keyboard with per-key LED lighting was, at one point, developed by iOne (they produced the XArmor line of backlit keyboards and collaborated with Razer on the BlackWidow). I am not particularly sure what the difficulty was from an engineering standpoint but I do know it was rare.
Cherry, themselves, are assisting the next evolution of this technology. The company has developed a special version of their MX Red-class switch with built-in RGB illumination. The mixture of these three colors allows for a key to be lit by any color in the visible spectrum (up to the precision allowed by hardware and software). Their press release suggests 8-bit per channel control (~16.7 million colors). Their exclusive launch partner for this 2014 debut will be Corsair.
Clearly their K-series keyboards sold well.
If you want to learn more about the Cherry MX switches, be sure to check out our overview from 2012. Also, check out the Cherry website for a ridiculously informative breakdown of the switch all each of its components. Seriously, this puts my animation to shame; it is kind of depressing.
Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2013 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, cooler master, quickfire xt, Cherry MX
The Cooler Master QuickFire XT comes in four different flavours of Cherry, Blue, Red, Brown and Green. You can pick your preferred type of mechanical switch, from low resistance to strong as well as a click or a non-click feedback for a keypress. It can also function either as USB or PS/2 for those who like to push more than a half dozen buttons at once and looks very familiar, lacking the sometimes ridiculous amount of extra media buttons. You can easily swap keys around for those who prefer bright red WSAD or who want to incorporate the two unique CM buttons. Legit Reviews has the full story here.
"As expected with mechanical keyboards, typing on the QuickFire XT was an overwhelmingly positive experience as a result of Cherry’s switch mechanism. Individuals have their own preferences and so it’s not fair to rate or rank the switch types. Cooler Master avoids the issue of forced switch selection by making the QuickFire XT available in four Cherry MX switches..."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- CM Storm QuickFire XT Keyboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
- CM Storm QuickFire XT Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Techgage
- Corsair K95 Mechanical Keyboard @ eTeknix
- MSI GK-601 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- ROCCAT Isku FX @ DV Hardware
- SteelSeries APEX Gaming Keyboard @ NikKTech
- Rosewill Helios RK-9200 Mechanical Keyboard Review @ TechwareLabs
- ZOWIE G-TF Rough mousepad @ DV Hardware
- CMStorm Havoc Professional Gaming Mouse @ eTeknix
- Logitech G700s @ LanOC Reviews
- Gigabyte Aivia Neon Touch-Charge Air Presenter Mouse
- Leetgion Hellion @ Legion Hardware
- Cooler Master Havoc Gaming Laser Mouse @ Funky Kit
- ROCCAT Kone Pure Color Gaming Mouse Review @ Madshrimps
- Steelseries Sensei [RAW] Rubber Surface Edition Ambidextrous Mouse @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2013 - 04:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Cherry MX, coolermaster, CM Storm QuickFire Stealth, input
The Cherry MX switches on the CM Storm QuickFire Stealth are noticeably different from competitors keys, seeing as how the label is not on the top of the key but is instead on the side of the key facing the user. The type of Cherry MX switches on the keyboard is up to you as there are four different models, allowing you to choose between Blue, Red, Green and Brown so that you get the keyboard you truly want. That is not the only customizable feature, you can swap in red keys for your favourite buttons, there are LEDs and even the repeat rate which you can read about at Neoseeker.
"If you're particularly troubled by the prospect that all those labels on the keys of your mechanical keyboard may rub off or get discolored as a result of your fingertips, while still needing something compact, Cooler Master just might have you covered with its CM Storm QuickFire Stealth.
Its "Phantom Keys" move all key labels to the front-facing side face of the keys, leaving the very top surfaces that you actually type on blank. The QuickFire Stealth also eschews a number pad to keep a trim figure. Hit our review to see if all this adds up to a mechanical keyboard that is as useful as it its unique design decisions."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- CM Storm QuickFire Stealth (Cherry MX Blue) Keyboard Review @ HiTech Legion
- Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Keyboard @ eTeknix
- Kinesis Advantage Review: Long-Term Evaluation @ AnandTech
- Corsair Vengeance K70 Gaming Keyboard @ Hardware.info
- Logitech G19s gaming keyboard @ Hardware.info
- MSI GK-601 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- MadCatz R.A.T.M (Mobile) Bluetooth Mouse @ eTeknix
- Corsair Vengeance K95 Fully Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Mad Catz M.O.U.S.9 Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- Cooler Master Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse Review - An 8200 DPI Refresh @ SSD Review
- MAD CATZ R.A.T. M Wireless Mobile Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- Mad Catz R.A.T.M Gaming Mouse Review @ Madshrimps
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