Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Systems | October 9, 2012 - 06:02 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, logitech
Earlier in the year I was in a discussion with a friend of mine about mechanical keyboards. His friend was certain that he owned a mechanical gaming keyboard and so I asked him which one. I stopped him the second he said, “Logitech”. They make several high quality keyboards but not one of them mechanical.
That will soon change when they introduce their mechanical G710+ gaming keyboard to the market.
The Scarecrow went to the Wizard of Oz to ask for a brain.
Logitech asked to remove their membrane-domes. Heels weren't the only things which clicked.
The G710+ keyboard contains Cherry MX Brown switches along with a full set of media keys, a handful of macro keys, and a number pad. While the brown switches tend to be fairly quiet on their own Logitech has also included damping O-rings under each keycap to make it even more silent than most large mechanical keyboard competitors.
The G710+ is also a white LED backlit keyboard with the option to customize brightness such that your movement keys are lit differently than the rest. This is designed to be a visual cue to lead your fingers back to the movement keys in a dark room.
Macro functionality on the G-keys can be programmed using Logitech drivers in the Lua scripting language. This driver is available for Windows Vista through Windows 8 - sorry to the Windows XP holdouts of the world.
The G710+ is expected to retail for $149.99 in the U.S. (and Canada I believe) this month with Europe expected to ship in December.
Introduction and Externals
Corsair manufactures a wide variety of components and peripherals for PC enthusiasts. They essentially target the most enthusiastic customers in whatever market they enter – breaking the ice with the coldest and harshest critics who are never above nitpicking faults and flaws. Despite tossing their first generation products to the sharks they perform uncharacteristically well for a new contender almost every time. They look before they leap.
The Corsair K60 and K90 were launched simultaneously and represent Corsair’s first attempt at producing a mechanical keyboard. Corsair has included media keys, a metal volume wheel, and a Windows-key lock on both keyboards if you find yourself yelling, “I HATE THIS KEY!” at your desktop because your game is now minimized and cannot receive your hatred.
Rubberized when down, not when up -- but stable either way.
I never said I wasn't one of the nitpickers.
Both keyboards are built around an aluminum chassis with a nonslip coating to each key. Each keycap has a sharply defined edges compared to the more round edges found on a Razer Blackwidow and other similar keyboards. Neither keyboard has rubberized tips on their ergonomic flaps although slipping has not been an issue in my testing.
Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2012 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: raptor gaming, mechanical keyboard, gaming mouse, corsair
We haven't heard much about Raptor Gaming on PC Perspective, mostly because their products are sold in Europe and only infrequently seen in North America. That hasn't stopped Corsair from acquiring the company and their intellectual property which will extend Corsair's peripheral business worldwide. Raptor also holds patents pertaining to gaming keyboards, mice and other peripherals which should allow new innovations to start to appear in Corsair's next refresh of their gaming mice and keyboards.
Cologne, Germany — August 15, 2012 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the acquisition of certain assets of Raptor Gaming, a maker of high-performance PC gaming peripherals headquartered in Heinsberg, Germany. Established in 2004, Raptor Gaming has a strong retail presence in Germany, the largest market for video gaming in Europe, with products widely available in major chains including Media Markt, Saturn, Real, Kaufland, and Conrad.
As part of this transaction, Corsair receives Raptor Gaming's full product portfolio of keyboards, mice, headsets, and accessories, which will form a new series of gaming products alongside Corsair's existing award-winning line of Vengeance® PC gaming products. Raptor Gaming executives CEO Dirk Schunk and COO Heinz-Dieter Ludwig will remain engaged with Corsair to facilitate a smooth transition.
"Corsair and Raptor share the same goal, bringing best-in-class PC hardware to gamers around the world," said Andy Paul, President and CEO of Corsair. "Raptor Gaming's strong retail presence will allow us to offer a wider range of PC hardware to gamers across Germany."
"As gamers ourselves, we formed the Raptor Gaming business to create high-performance PC gear to give gamers the absolute best gaming experience," said Dirk Schunk, CEO of Raptor Gaming. "Corsair's strong global brand and worldwide distribution will open up Raptor Gaming products to a wider audience of gamers around the world."
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2012 - 03:51 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: rosewill, mechanical keyboard, keyboard
Rosewill, a PC peripheral company popular for its lineup of mechanical keyboards has announced a new model. Following in the success of Rosewill’s second generation RK series (which we reviewed here) is the Limited Edition Elite Ivory RK-9000I. The new mechanical keyboard features the same form factor and black keys as the existing RK-series, but has a white color keyboard color.
The Elite Ivory mechanical keyboard will be available with either Cherry MX Blue or Cherry MX Brown switches. The Blue variants are tailored towards typists while the Brown keys are made as a compromise between typing feel and the ability to press the key multiple types rapidly–a feature highly sought after by gamers.
Key press animations. On the left: a Cherry MX Blue. On the right: a Cherry MX Brown
Further, the keyboard will come equipped with both gold-plated USB and PS/2 connectors. The PS/2 connector will give you the full performance and allow many more keys to be depressed at the same time than is possible over USB. When Scott reviewed the RK-series keyboards, he generally liked them. As this Limited Edition Elite Ivory RK-9000I is based off of those keyboards, it should offer very similar performance.
Unfortunately, pricing and availability have not yet been released by Rosewill, but I would expect that it is coming soon.
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2012 - 04:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, Storm Trigger, mechanical keyboard, cherry mx brown
Scott is PC Perspective's very own mechanical keyboard afficinado and he has covered a large portion of the current models available on the market but he has yet to get to the Cooler Master Storm Trigger. Don't worry clicky key addicts, until he gets his own you can check out the review over at LanOC. It uses Cherry MX Brown switches, which try to compromise between the solid bump a typist wants and the hair trigger a gamer prefers. It also comes with 64KB of onboard memory for you to store macros and an impressive piece of software called CMStorm to allow you to program your keys exactly how you want.
"Just two years ago the only mechanical keyboards you would find were from companies like DAS keyboard trying to create a nitch market. Over the past two years things have really exploded with every manufacture you can think of introducing their own mechanical keyboards. Cooler Master has been especially aggressive with multiple unique designs like their Quickfire series. What they did lack was a full featured mechanical keyboard with full backlighting, until now. Today they officially introduce their Storm Trigger, although it you look around the board was available Globally before now. With full backlighting it falls into a small category of Mechanical Keyboards with very little competition. I am excited to see how it performs."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid @ XSReviews
- Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard Review @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Pro-Clockers
- CM Storm Trigger Gaming Keyboard Review @ Ninjalane
- Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Keyboard @ Kitguru
- CM QuickFire Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review @ OCC
- Rosewill RK-8200 Gaming Keyboard Review @ HardwareLOOK
- CM Storm Trigger Keyboard Review @ OCC
- Corsair Vengeance K90 Gaming Keyboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Toshiba Dynadock U3.0 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station @ Tweaktown
- Sandberg 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub @ Nikktech
- Rosewill RM-5000L Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Corsair Vengeance M60 FPS Mouse Review @ Techgage
- Zowie's Gaming Mouse - The Zowie AM @ Metku.net
- TteSports Saphira Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- Razer Naga Hex Expert Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- Zowie's Gaming Mousepads - G-TF Speed & SWIFT @ Mektu Mods
- Razer Mass Effect 3 Gaming Gear Review @ HardwareHeaven
- CM Storm Sentinel Advanced 2 Gaming Mouse w/ Speed RX Mouse Pad Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Exclusive First Look Of The Leetgion El’Druin Gaming Mouse @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2012 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, mouse, gaming mouse, razer, Naga Hex Expert, mechanical keyboard
Not content with simply having 11 programmable buttons, the 6 removable thumb buttons on the Razer Naga Hex Expert gaming mouse use mechanical switches. That is not just a marketing ploy however, this will allow very quick response from the buttons as well as giving them a longer life than less rugged choices. Also included with this mouse is support for Synapse 2.0, the updated Razer mouse driver which Mad Shrimps found quite easy to use.
"The new mouse from the Naga family is Hex and Razer has built it for MOBA and Action RPGs; it comes with 6 extra buttons on the thumb side and 3 different rubber thumb rests are also provided, to suit our needs. The customization of the mouse functions can be realized by using the powerful Razer Synapse 2.0 software, which can be downloaded freely from the manufacturers’ website."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Corsair Vengeance M90 Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
- Epic Gear Meduza HDST Gaming Mouse & Hybrid Mousepad Review @ eTeknix
- Leetgion Hellion Gaming Mouse Review @ NikKTech
- Star Wars: The Old Republic - Branded Razer Peripherals @ Bjorn3D
- CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ techPowerUp
- CM Storm QuickFire Pro Gaming Keyboard Review @ Techgage
- Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- MLG Pro Xbox 360 Controller Review @ eTeknix
Just Delivered: Corsair K60 & K90 Vengeance Mech Keyboards Type Hard, Type Harder, Type Hard: With a Vengeance
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Systems | April 21, 2012 - 01:24 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, corsair
Just Delivered is a class of articles at PC Perspective where we share what crosses into our offices, labs, houses, or pseudo-classified locations with crummy internet. Today we look at the Corsair Vengeance line of mechanical keyboards. We have received both the K60 FPS keyboard as well as the K90 MMO keyboard.
Some people say that when you try a mechanical keyboard, something just clicks.
That is not really the case for the Corsair Vengeance line of keyboards which use the linear Cherry MX Red switches. The key gives a light constant resistence until it hits bottom. Check out our explanation of the various type of switches from a few months ago to see the differences between Cherry MX switches.
Seems quite odd, grammatically, to enter a market of new competitors with a Vengeance...
First impressions are that Corsair really put some thought and effort into these keyboards. Wrist rests snap into place and, in the K90's case, get screwed in for total stability. The brushed metal top is a great touch and gives the feeling of quality.
Each keyboard has a few non-mechanical keys which slightly take away from that feeling -- but that will be discussed in a more formal review setting.
Just for irony... I might play Wing Commander: Privateer as part of the Corsair review.
While Corsair to some extent markets these keyboards at different audiences -- it really does seem at first glance like the K90 is a direct upgrade to the K60, rather than a sidegrade. Apart from the custom shaped WSAD keys and the wrist rest, I cannot see much reason to go for the K60 over the K90 except for price.
That said, we shall find out for sure in the full review to be started shortly.
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2012 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: corsair, Vengeance K60, Vengeance K90, mechanical keyboard, cherry mx red, input
If you haven't mastered the ability to identify the difference between mechanical keyboard switches then you should check out Scott's primer on the four main flavours of Cherry. Then you can cheek out a review of Corsair's Vengeance K60 and K90 keyboards at The Tech Report which both utilize the Cherry MX Red variety and are considered a great choice for gamers. The big difference between the two models is the array of programmable macro keys which exist on the left hand side of the K90 as well as the rubber dampers which are added. The Tech Report were not impressed with the dampers, they felt it muddied the keystroke and made it feel more like a membrane type keyboard. Check them both out in the full review.
"Join us as we rattle away on the lovely mechanical keyswitches of Corsair's aluminum-clad Vengeance K60 and K90 keyboards."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Corsair Vengeance K90 Keyboard @ Bjorn3D
- Enermax KW001 Briskie Keyboard mouse combo @ Guru of 3D
- Corsair Vengeance K90 & M90 MMO/RTS Keyboard and Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Vengeance K60 Performance FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Tweaktown
- CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Cooler Master QuickFire Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Pro-Clockers
- ROCCAT Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard @ Tweaktown
- SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition Gaming Mouse @ Kitguru
- Corsair Vengeance K60 Gaming Keyboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Vengeance M90 and K90 Review @ OCC
- Corsair Vengeance M60 Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Vengeance M60 Performance FPS Laser Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Vengeance M90 Gaming Mouse Review @ TechwareLabs
- ROCCAT Kone Plus Max Customization Laser Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Vengeance M60 Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | April 4, 2012 - 04:51 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: cooler master, mechanical keyboard
Cooler Master announces the Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard available soon in four different CHERRY flavors. They claim full N-Key Rollover (NKRO) through USB, which is a first to my knowledge.
Higher-end keyboards seem to be growing further and further in fashion as of late.
Cooler Master jumped into the mechanical keyboard market with their QuickFire Rapid release in late 2011. The Rapid was available in Cherry MX Blue and Cherry MX Red switches. The Rapid was a Tenkeyless design, sparing you the width of a number pad if you do not wish to have one.
Of course only the Pro keyboard would have a numpad… only accountants use it or something.
Cooler Master has obviously found that the Rapid a successful product as they will launch a sister design allegedly sometime this month. The Storm QuickFire Pro is a partially backlit full-sized keyboard. The Rapid Pro will be available in Cherry MX Blue, MX Brown, MX Black, and MX Red switch designs. If you are curious about the differences between keyboard switches then check out my explanation in the Rosewill RK-9000v2 review.
The most interesting feature of this keyboard is their claim of full NKRO through USB. Traditionally in order to press every button down on a keyboard you are limited to using a PS/2 connection. Recent research at Microsoft increased the USB limit to approximately 18 keys from the usual 6kro. I would be curious to see someone put that keyboard through Aquakey to verify those claims.
The QuickFire Pro is expected to have an MSRP of $99.99. If they are like other keyboard manufacturers, that likely depends on the switch used.
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2012 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: input, mechanical keyboard, cherry mx blue
The recent move to mechanical keys has really opened up the keyboard market and choosing one is now about more than just a few backlights or media buttons. Scott has done a great job in showing what is meant by a mechanical keyboard as well as the differences between the main types in a recent article. One drawback to the mechanical keyboards is their size, they tend to be on the large side and are not the most easy portable of keyboards. Benchmark Reviews found a keyboard that might offer the best of both worlds, Cherry MX Blue switches on a trimmed down shell.
"Although mechanical keyboards have been making a comeback in recent years many of the design are quite bulky in comparison to their rubber dome counter parts. Looking to fill this area of the market Cooler Master designed the Storm QuickFire Rapid mechanical keyboard using the venerable Cherry MX Blue switches, fit into a comfortable 14" x 5" design. This makes the QuickFire Rapid perfect for LAN parties or mobile workers who may want a better typing experience than their laptops are able to offer. Benchmark Reviews will evaluate if the Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid is the perfect pint size keyboard or if corners were cut in order to meet size and price goals."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- QPAD MK-50 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ techPowerUp
- SilverStone EC03 USB 3.0 adapter @ Bjorn3D
- Thermaltake's Meka G1 and G-Unit keyboards @ The Tech Report
- Corsair Vengeance K60 @ XSReviews
- SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
- Cyborg M.M.O.7 Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Roccat Kone[+] Gaming Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Vengeance K90 @ Guru of 3D
- Logitech Cube Grab-and-Go Mouse @ Tweaktown
- Gigabyte Aire M1 ultra Portable Mouse @ Funky Kit
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