Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2014 - 12:59 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: TKL, tenkeyless, roccat, mechanical keyboard, gaming, Cherry MX
Roccat recently launched a slick new mechanical keyboard called the Ryos TKL Pro. The "TKL" in the name stands for "tenkeyless" and signifies the lack of a number pad. The new keyboard features your choice of Cherry MX switches in a glossy black (micro dot finish) frame with raised keys and a large palm rest with thumb buttons. The keyboard further packs in two ARM Cortex processors and 2MB of flash to store up to 470 macros and drive the per-key LED backlighting. Developed and tested by professional StarCraft II gamer HyuN, the Ryos TKL Pro is a cool looking bit of hardware that is available now with a MSRP of $140.
The Ryos TKL Pro measures 23.3 cm x 40.4 cm and holds 91 programmable keys. The keyboard connects via a 1.8 meter braided USB cable. It sits on five rubber feet with two being retractable risers. The mechanical keyboard supports USB report rates of 1000Hz and 1ms response times as well as N-key rollover anti-ghosting technology. The onboard memory allows users to store macros and secondary key functions when using the EasyShift+ and FN keys. The Ryos TKL Pro supports per-key illumination with special effects allowing any number of keys to be lit up while the rest remain dark. It can be configured to illuminate only the keys used in game, for instance.
Roccat has chosen Cherry MX switches for the Ryos TKL Pro like its larger Ryos MK Pro sibling. Specifically, gamers will be able to select models sporting Cherry MX blue, black, brown or red switches.
Other features include support for Roccat R.A.D. software to display game stats and achievements and Roccat Talk to interface with other Roccat gear.
The Ryos TKL Pro incorporates most of the features of the Ryos MK Pro into a more compact design. (You mainly give up the USB/audio hub and dedicated macro keys). If you are looking to ditch your number pad (and while this keyboard looks cool, I could not live without the good ole' num pad!) it might be worth looking into for your next keyboard. It is available now for $140.
Read more about mechanical keyboards at PC Perspective.
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2014 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: topre, NovaTouch TKL, mechanical keyboard, cooler master, Cherry MX
That is not a typo, the NovaTouch TKL is currently selling for $240 on Amazon, and you don't even get a numpad. However if you are a keyboard aficionado, which obviously some people are, the mix of Topre switches and Cherry MX caps may just take your fingers to typing nirvana. The latter was certainly the conclusion at The Tech Report who found the Topre Cherry MX mix to be uniquely satisfying and preferred it to the other expensive keyboards they have tried recently. If you are looking for something special to type on and don't have a tendency to drink near your computer then you should check out the review, if you are more prone to spillage you might want to give this one a miss.
CoolerMaster would like to point out that the MSRP for the NovaTouch TKL is actually $199 USD and you can occaisonally find it for a bit less. Also to be fair, The Tech Report is not kidding when they describe the $200 keyboard market as crowded ... there are a lot of $200 keyboards, just none on my desk.
"This $200 keyboard from Cooler Master features genuine Topre switches modified to fit Cherry MX key caps. Is it a good mix? We investigate."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- CM Storm NovaTouch TKL Premium Keyboard Review @ Modders-Inc
- Tesoro Lobera and Gandiva @ HardwareHeaven
- Tesoro Lobera Supreme Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ eTeknix
- Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Gaming Vengeance K70 RGB @ Kitguru
- ROCCAT TALK FX @ Bechmark Reviews
- Roccat Tyon Mouse @ HardwareHeaven
- COUGAR 700M Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- GAMDIAS ZEUS Laser Gaming Mouse @ Tech ARP
- Zowie FK1 @ HardwareHeaven
- Aorus Thunder M7 Gaming Mouse @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2014 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, ducky, Cherry MX
If you are not satisfied with a plain keyboard that doesn't stand out in a crowd and also care about the quality of the board then the Ducky Shine 3 is a keyboard you should be aware of. Your choice of Cherry MX switches to ensure a proper mechanical feel to your key presses and an array of LED lights will make this keyboard stand out from across the room. As you can see from the picture, this isn't just backlit keys, a glowing snake on the space bar and lights on every key make this board rather unique. If flashy keyboards are your thing, check out Benchmark Reviews article here.
"The Ducky Shine Series, arguably one of the best mechanical keyboards on the market, has released the Ducky Shine 3 DK9008S3. Often referred to as the YOTS or “Year of the Snake”, the 2013 Shine 3 is the offshoot descendant of the 2012 Year of the Dragon Shine 2 DK9087 (a tenkeyless version in the shine series). This model, like it’s predecessor, comes with a wide array of switch options including Cherry MX Black, Blue, Brown, and Red, and a wide array of LED color options including: Blue, Red, Green, White, Magenta, and Orange."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 (Razer Green Switches) @ Custom PC Review
- Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- Ducky Shine 3 DK-9008 Tuhaojin Gold (Cherry Green switches) @ Kitguru
- Speedlink Strike FX-6 Bluetooth PS3 Gamepad @ eTeknix
- Speedlink Xeox Pro Analogue Wireless PlayStation 3 & PC Gamepad @ eTeknix
- GAMDIAS NYX Speed Gaming Mouse Pad Review @HiTech Legion
- Mionix AVIOR 7000 gaming mouse @ Kitguru
- Genius GX Gaming Gila Mouse Review @ Modders-Inc
- Mionix Avior 7000 and Naos 7000 Review - Same, But Different @ Techgage
- Corsair Raptor M45 Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- Steelseries Rival Gaming Mouse AND AVEXIR Blitz 1.1 Memory @ Funky Kit
- Func MS-3 R2 Gaming Mouse and 1030 R2 Gaming Surface Review @HiTech Legion
- Roccat Kone Pure Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
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