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Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2018 - 01:55 PM |
Tagged: input, knewkey, rymek, mechanical keyboard, bluetooth

Do you long for the days of mechanical typewriters, but feel that history missed out by not including lighting under the keys?  If so, then the Rymek is perfect for you as it resembles the former and features the latter.  The wheel and carriage return level at the top of the board have been re-purposed, instead of advancing paper the wheel now controls your audio, while the lever switches the board between wired functionality and BlueTooth; which The Tech Report had issues using.  Find out more about the Rymek, including how KnewKey is going to resolve the connectivity issues in the full review.

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"KnewKey's Rymek mechanical keyboard pairs retro styling with modern mechanical key switches and versatile wired and wireless connections. We put its saddle-shaped key caps to the test with a range of devices to see whether it can back up its old-school looks with modern performanc"

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CORSAIR Launches New K70 RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2018 - 07:41 PM |
Tagged: corsair, MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue, MX Speed, MX Silent, K70 RGB MK.2, STRAFE RGB MK.2, mechanical keyboard, input

Strafe at Mach 2 with Corsair's two new keyboards, with your choice of switches which now include the new MX Silent switch.   For those who like a nice solid body, the K70 RGB MK.2 SE's  silver anodized aluminium build might just do the trick.

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The white keycaps not only match nicely with the silver, it also adds a nice accent to your RGB lightshow.  The key lighting is individually programmable, either through iCue or utilizing the ability of the 8MB of onboard memory to store macros programmed directly from the keyboard. If you prefer, the non SE model comes in black and comes with the same features as the one pictured above.  For those of that persuasion, the keycaps are precision-molded double-shot design with texture on those keys you fondle the most.

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The Strafe RGB MK.2 MX Silent takes a more Canadian approach, the strong silent type that prefers not to bother their neighbours.  The new MX Silent switches offer a nice mechanical feel while reducing the noise produced when bashing on keys by a good 30%.  It keeps all the aforementioned features of the K70 as well as the overall look, though it does have a plastic body as opposed to an aluminium one. 

You can read the full PR below the specs.

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FREMONT, CA, June 12th, 2018 - CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the release of the new CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 and CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 range of mechanical gaming keyboards. Equipped with 100% Cherry MX high-quality mechanical keyswitches, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 offer gamers a huge variety of switch type, including Cherry MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue, Rapidfire MX Speed or MX Silent keyswitches.

Whichever switch you pick, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 both offer the comprehensive set of features that gamers demand; per-key RGB backlighting, 8MB of onboard profile storage and dedicated media keys are just the start, all powered by new CORSAIR iCUE software to synchronize lighting and control across all your CORSAIR iCUE compatible devices. Staying true to the CORSAIR legacy for quality and choice, the K70 RGB MK.2 RGB and STRAFE RGB MK.2 are ready to make their mark.

The new K70 RGB MK.2
With durable aluminum construction and vibrant RGB lighting, the K70 RGB MK.2 continues the formula that has made the K70 a favorite with gamers around the world, while offering more Cherry MX mechanical keyswitch choices than ever before. Alongside the linear movement of Cherry MX Red, the tactile feedback of Cherry MX Brown, and the Rapidfire Cherry MX Speed, K70 RGB MK.2 see the return of Cherry MX Blue, and for the first time, the low-noise keystroke of Cherry MX Silent, giving gamers more choice than ever when equipping their setup.

The K70 RGB MK.2’s solid brushed aluminum frame is ready to withstand a lifetime of gaming, while keeping styling simple and refined, and every key is individually backlit with stunning individually addressable RGB backlighting, allowing for nearly limitless customization. New for the K70 RGB MK.2, you can now take lighting profiles and key macros or remaps with you thanks to 8MB of onboard storage and hardware playback or use CORSAIR iCUE software to synchronize lighting across your entire CORSAIR setup with a single click. Loaded with extras, from textured FPS and MOBA keycaps, to an included soft-touch wrist rest and USB pass-through port, the K70 RGB MK.2 combines the features and choice gamers demand.

The New K70 RGB MK.2 SE
By popular demand, today also sees the launch of the K70 RGB MK.2 SE. Clad in a silver anodized aluminum frame and boasting stunning white precision-molded double-shot keycaps that never fade, the K70 RGB MK.2 SE is made to stand out with an extra premium feel that comes through in every keypress.

The STRAFE RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 MX Silent offer a low-noise mechanical keyboard option for those who demand silence. Cherry MX Silent keyswitches reduce noise by as much as 30%, helped by a durable casing and internal steel construction. Low noise doesn’t mean less features, with STRAFE RGB MK.2 boasting vivid per-key RGB backlighting, 8MB of onboard profile storage, a detachable wrist rest and dedicated media keys.

Powered by CORSAIR iCUE software, STRAFE RGB MK.2 synchronizes amazing lighting effects across your iCUE setup, wields powerful macros and remaps with ease and includes a host of extras to help make it your own. Whether you’re streaming, playing games late into the night, or just don’t want to disturb those around you, STRAFE RGB MK.2 is the strong silent type you’ve been looking for.

Availability and Warranty
The full line-up of K70 RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 mechanical keyboards is available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors, as well as direct from the www.corsair.com webstore.

All K70 RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 mechanical keyboards are backed by a two-year warranty, and the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

 

Source: Corsair

Logitech's new G512 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and GX Blue key switch

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2018 - 02:45 PM |
Tagged: input, logitech g, GX Blue, G513, G512, mechanical keyboard

Logitech G revealed a new type of keyswitch that will be available on the G513 and new G512 mechanical keyboards as well as early access to new control software called G Hub. 

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You are likely already familiar with the G513, which Christopher recently reviewed.  That model used Romer-G linear switches with a model using tactile switches also available, adding a bump at the end of a keypress.  You will now be able to chose a model with the new GX Blue key switch, which offers an audible and tactile click at the end of your keypress, filling out the majority of the preferred mechanical switch types. 

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The new G512 keyboard is physically similar to the G513 but in a slimmed down package.  The wrist rest has been removed as well as the kit to pull off your keycaps to replace them with your own favourites.  It does retain all the LIGHTSYNC RGBs, along with the ability to program your lightshows using the Logitech Gaming Software you can grab from Logitech; unless you are feeling adventurous. 

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Depending on your location, you can try out the pre-release version of Logitech's new G Hub software which will replace LGS in the near future. The new software will offer all the functionality of LGS but with an improved interface to let you be even more creative with your shiny, shiny lights. 

 

Source: Logitech

Roll your own keyboard

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2018 - 01:44 PM |
Tagged: DIY, input, mechanical keyboard

The mechanical keyboard market is huge, with numerous companies offering a variety of designs, switches and keycaps but perhaps you just can't yet find the perfect model.  One answer to that dilemma would be to build your own keyboard from scratch and TechSpot just published a guide to help you do just that.  In part one they provide a bill of materials you can build a shopping list out of, with an impressive amount of choices for each component.  In part two they cover the build process as well as a large gallery of designs which just might inspire you to take this project on.

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"In the world of mechanical keyboards, big brand names like Corsair, Razer, HyperX, etc., take the bulk of the limelight. But what if I told you that every part of a keyboard can be customized? This goes far beyond the aesthetics, so if you're not one for making compromises, it may be time to build your own."

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Source: TechSpot

In need of an ergonomic mechanical keyboard?

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2018 - 03:07 PM |
Tagged: input, mechanical keyboard, ergonomic, kinesis, Freestyle Edge, Cherry MX, cherry mx red, cherry mx blue, cherry mx brown

There are those who prefer an ergonomic keyboard design over the standard model, which means most of the new mechanical keyboards do not meet their needs.  Kinesis offers an alternative, the Freestyle Edge available with Cherry MX Red, Bue or Brown switches and a separated keypad.  You do not need install the SmartSet App to use this keyboard but it is worth it as you can reprogram every keys function, add up to three macros on the appropriate keys, with delays, and of course to control your RGBs.  Check TechPowerUp for the full review.

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"Kinesis, with over 25 years of experience in developing ergonomic peripherals, has brought to market the Freestyle Edge keyboard as part of their new gaming brand. With a split keyboard configuration, extensive customization options, and nothing but Cherry mechanical switches, the Freestyle Edge offers a new take on ergonomics for gamers and casual end users alike."

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Source: TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Bloody

Bloody Gaming is no newcomer to the world of PC gaming peripherals. As a subsidiary of A4Tech, they’re one of the few peripheral manufacturers to own their own assembly lines. Controlling their own manufacturing allows them to take risks and attempt new approaches the competition may not. Coming from a rich heritage of innovation at A4Tech, it comes as no surprise that Bloody has consistently sought to push the boundaries of the technology we use to game.

At the same time, the brand has taken a uniquely aggressive approach from name to design. Today, we’re looking at the company’s next generation of keyboard with the B975. With this release, we find a more restrained design coupled with the freshly redesigned Light Strike 3 optical switches and full RGB backlighting.

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But is it enough for Bloody to challenge the heavy hitters like Logitech, Razer, and Corsair? Let’s find out.

Check out our full review of the Bloody B975 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard!

Tesoro's GRAM Spectrum takes on the low profile mechanical keyboard heavyweights

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2018 - 02:38 PM |
Tagged: input, mechanical keyboard, Tesoro, GRAM Spectrum, Tesoro Agile

Not to be confused with a certain UK based grocery chain, Tesoro have been making peripherals for a while now and have just released a new low profile mechanical keyboard.  As is tradition now, a new keyboard deserves new switches, the GRAM Spectrum features Tesoro Agile Blue or Red switches with an actuation distance of 1.5mm and a 50 million click lifespan.  Benchmark Reviews found these switches comparable to Cherry switches of the same colour and as you can see below they feature clear plastic to allow your RGBs to flow freely from underneath the keycaps.  Drop by for details on the software and their final verdict.

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"Over the last few months, we have seen more and more low-profile mechanical keyboards hitting the market. With the Tesoro GRAM Spectrum, it comes with all the goodies normally seen on a mechanical gaming keyboard. But the feature that sets this one apart from the rest are the low-profile mechanical switches."

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GooBang drops a Doo on your desk, the ET-8178 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2018 - 02:52 PM |
Tagged: unfortunate, GooBang, Doo ET-8178 RGB, gaming keyboard, mechanical keyboard, input, outemu

The unfortunately named GooBang Doo ET-8178 RGB is a mechanical keyboard which uses Outemu Blue switches which Kitguru discovered to be very similar in feel to Cherry Blue switches.  It ships without a numpad nor any software, the RGBs are controlled by function keys which allow you to swap between a half dozen modes.  The keyboard itself compares favourably to more familiar brands such as Corsair and Thermaltake but at around ~$50US it is significantly less expensive.  It currently seems to be limited in availability in NA, but worth investigating if you are on the other side of the pond.

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"While there is no chance that the name is familiar to you, GooBang does have a number of products listed on Amazon and has been trading for at least a couple of years. The company’s web site itself is tragic, so we had no idea what to expect when offered the ‘Doo’ keyboard."

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Source: Kitguru

CORSAIR's water resistant K68 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2018 - 02:39 PM |
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, corsair K68 RGB, RGB, cherry mx blue, cherry mx red

Hey, Mr. Spillypants, are you going through keyboards like crazy thanks to the variety of liquids you have fed them?  Corsair has a solution with their K68 RGB mechanical keyboard, available with Cherry Red or Blue switches.  It is rated at  IP32 water and dust resistant shielding, which means you won't be able to hurt the keyboard by jabbing it with thick wires and it will not be harmed if water is dripped on it flat or up to a 15° angle. 

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The RGBs are controlled by CORSAIR's Utility Engine to allow you to program a variety of lightshows.  The keyboard is reputed to offer 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover and the switches are rated for over 50 million key presses so this board will be with you for a while.  Full PR below.

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FREMONT, CA, January 30th, 2018 - CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the release of the new CORSAIR K68 RGB water-resistant mechanical gaming keyboard. Equipped with 100% CHERRY MX RGB keyswitches, every key on the K68 RGB is individually backlit and programmable, giving PC gamers virtually unlimited lighting customization in a vivid array of colors. Every keyswitch is also individually shielded from dust and liquid spills to an IP32 protection rating, defending against accidents so that gameplay never has to stop. Loaded with extras, from a removable wrist-rest to dedicated multi-media keys, and fully programmable with CORSAIR Utility Engine Software, the CORSAIR K68 RGB offers ultra-durable RGB gaming.    

Like all CORSAIR mechanical keyboards, the K68 RGB uses only German-made Cherry MX gold-contact keyswitches for the utmost in reliability and consistency. Each switch is rated to over 50 million key presses, ensuring that the 50 millionth key press feels just as good as the first. Available with Cherry MX RGB Red switches, which provide a smooth, quiet and linear action, the K68 RGB’s keys feel instantly familiar, whether you’re typing or gaming.

With stunning RGB lighting embedded into every keyswitch, it’s easy to light up K68 RGB in almost any way you can imagine, from smoothly shifting colors and transitions to dynamic reactive effects. Choose from dozens of pre-programmed presets, thousands of user-made downloadable profiles, or create a unique custom lightshow, all from with the powerful CORSAIR Utility Engine (CUE) software. CUE also offers complete lighting synchronization between compatible CORSAIR mice, headsets and accessories with a single click, making it easy for gamers to make all their gear match. Every key is also fully programmable in CUE, from simple re-maps to complex multi-function macros, giving gamers the crucial edge when they need it the most.

CORSAIR has long been the industry leader in RGB mechanical keyboards, and K68 RGB adds a new dimension with the addition of IP32 water and dust resistant shielding. Each Cherry MX RGB key is surrounded by a rubberized shield that stops liquids and blocks dust, without blocking the RGB lighting from shining brightly beneath. Late night soda slip or snack spill? No problem.

With an affordable MSRP of $119.99, you’d be forgiven that K68 RGB’s features stop there, but instead it’s fully loaded with all the CORSAIR extras gamers have come to expect. A removable full-length wrist rest provides complete comfort, dedicated volume and multi-media controls made audio adjustments instant and a Windows Key Lock Mode prevents those game-breaking interruptions. K68 RGB is also 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover, ensuring every key press registers faultlessly.

Equipped with the best in CORSAIR lighting, customization and durability, the K68 RGB ensures that whatever happens while you game, you’ll be able to play on.

 

Source: Corsair

CES 2018: The ASUS ROG Strix Flare is a Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard With Ergonomic Touches

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: ROG Strix, mechanical keyboard, keyboard, gaming keyboard, Cherry MX, CES 2018, CES, ASUS ROG, asus

ASUS today announced the ROG Strix Flare, an RGB mechanical gaming keyboard.

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Featuring Cherry MX switches, dedicated media keys, a USB passthrough port, and a detachable wrist rest, the ROG Strix Flare aims to combine "top-notch performance with ergonomic comfort." Oh, and those dedicated media keys? They're all located on the upper-left side of the keyboard, enabling gamers to adjust volume and control their tunes without needing to take their hands off the mouse (sorry, southpaws...).

ROG Strix Flare is an RGB mechanical gaming keyboard that combines top-notch performance with ergonomic comfort, and brings customizable style to a whole new level. Constructed with world-renowned Cherry MX RGB switches — the preferred choice of professional and amateur gamers alike — every press of the ROG Strix Flare is of optimal actuation to deliver satisfying and reliable keystrokes. Dedicated media keys, including a convenient volume wheel, are located on the upper left of the keyboard for instant access, so the gamer’s right hand can remain on the mouse at all times. A USB pass-through port lets gamers connect a mouse or other device, and a detachable wrist rest provides extra comfort during extended gaming sessions.

The ROG Strix Flare will be available in the first half of this year, with pricing information to be announced at launch.

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