The Scope of CTRL, the new ASUS ROG Strix gaming keyboard with a boss button

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2019 - 03:05 PM |
Tagged: asus, rog strix scope, gaming keyboard, mechanical keyboard, RGB, input, aura sync

The ROG Strix Scope keyboard, originally announced as the CTRL at CES, has arrived and is ready to be picked up for those who have been waiting.  Enthusiasts can choose between Cherry MX Red, Brown, Blue, Black, Speed Silver or Silent Red switches, all of which are fully RGB'd with 10 Aura Sync patterns already programmed in.

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The CTRL key is double wide for easy access and the WASD keycaps have a striking silver colour, which compliments the aluminium body as well as making them easy to spot. The board does come with a keycap puller if you have a burning desire to upgrade or swap them.   It is the Stealth function bound to the F12 key that is far more important for some however, as it functions as a boss button.  With one click it will hide all your running apps and mute all audio, so it looks like you were about to be productive and most definitely not playing a game.  Check out the full PR below.

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Fremont, California (April 15, 2019) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced ROG Strix Scope, the mechanical gaming keyboard with Xccurate Design – an extra-wide Ctrl key for enhanced precision on FPS battlefields.

The Control (Ctrl) key is crucial to success in modern first-person-shooter games. With this in mind the ROG R&D team carefully examined the play style of FPS gamers, applying their findings to create a Ctrl key that’s more than 2X wider than traditional Ctrl keys and a shortened left Windows key that’s designed to be less of a target.

For gamers wanting to switch things up a bit, the all-black look of Strix Scope can be punctuated by four silver-colored caps for the vital WASD key group. Included with Strix Scope, these alternative caps create a striking contrast to the rest of the keys – a standout look that benefits both form and function. A special keycap-puller tool is also bundled for easy removal and customization of the most-used keys.

Strix Scope’s F12 key has its own unique secondary function, doubling as Stealth. This is a one-touch shortcut that hides all running apps and mutes all audio for instant privacy or peace.

All keycaps are designed to take full advantage of the ASUS Aura RGB backlighting that’s built in to Strix Scope, with secondary legends that are carefully placed to also be easily visible. The F5-F12 keys even have front-side illumination, so both media controls and F-key legends are clearly lit. The Quick Toggle Switch allows gamers to flip quickly between these two control modes.

An aluminum faceplate lends Strix Scope everyday resilience and is finished with a striking slash aesthetic for a little touch of style. The keyboard also includes Armoury II, enhanced driver-based software that offers more extensive controls while using less system resources. An intuitive UI makes it easy for gamers to tune Strix Scope to suit the game or gameplay style – enabling them to create profiles, customize colors and lighting effects, map keys, record macros and more. It’s even possible to track hardware stats during gameplay for data analysis. The outstanding design and innovation that went into the creation of Strix Scope has already been recognized and awarded, with the product winning the prestigious 2019 iF Product Design Award in the Computer Accessory category. The iF Product Design Awards spans multiple disciplines and attracts many thousands of entries from dozens of nations every year – so Strix Scope fought off strong international competition to secure its victory.

Cherry MX RGB switches for gamer-delighting feel and response
Strix Scope is constructed with Cherry MX RGB switches to deliver the precise mechanical feel preferred by gamers and enthusiasts alike. These premium-quality switches are manufactured in Germany and are renowned for delivering optimal actuation and responsiveness with every keystroke. The keyboard is fully compatible with Cherry MX Red, Brown, Blue, Black, Silent Red and Speed Silver switches¹, offering gamers the freedom to configure Strix Scope to play exactly the way they like – from smooth, quiet, linear actuation to tactile clicks.

“Gamers have come to love the feel, optimal actuation and responsiveness of mechanical keystrokes”, said Michael Schmid, Head of MX Technology Marketing at Cherry GmbH. “Cherry MX switches are the obvious trusted choice to use in the new high-end ROG Strix Scope keyboard, with a choice of six different switch types. ROG has always gamers in mind and develops products accordingly. For Strix Scope, innovative features like the enlarged Xccurate Design Ctrl key were made with FPS players in mind. This is the kind of attention to detail that Cherry loves – and why we’re excited to celebrate the arrival of Strix Scope."

Aura RGB illumination on every key for infinite lighting possibilities No modern gaming keyboard is complete without eye-catching lighting, so Strix Scope features per-key ASUS Aura RGB LEDs, plus an illuminated ROG logo. Compatibility with the Aura Sync ecosystem makes it easy for gamers to harmonize Strix Scope’s light shows with other Aura Sync-enabled components, both from ASUS and partner manufacturers.

The keyboard also has a built-in memory to store up to six custom illumination profiles, which can be configured to correspond to different applications – providing custom layouts and lighting effects that are tailored for a particular game or activity.

The evolution of ROG Strix Scope
Avid ROG followers may have noted that Strix Scope was previously revealed as Strix CTRL during CES 2019. This product-development codename was subsequently changed and finalized as Strix Scope to clearly express a key battlefield benefit of the extended Xccurate Design Ctrl key.

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Source: ASUS

It's Cherries all the way down on this mechanical TKL keyboard

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2019 - 02:19 PM |
Tagged: input, Cherry MX, Cherry MX Board 1.0, TKL, mechanical keyboard

The Cherry MX Board 1.0 TKL keyboard is Cherry from start to finish, not just the switches themselves but also the layout of the board including the extra controls available on the Function keys.  Keycap aficionados are going to be somewhat disappointed however, though the keys do have a nice concave surface to draw your fingers into the middle of the keys, the caps themselves are made from ABS plastic.  RGB fanatics may disapprove of the backlighting, which only offers white light and with the deprecation of Keyman you have limited software control.

There are those Cherry fanatics who will still be interested in their new keyboard, which you can see in action over at TechPowerUp.

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"The Cherry MX Board 1.0 comes in a variety of offerings: TKL vs. full size, backlit or not. We take a look at the recently announced MX Board 1.0 TKL using genuine Cherry MX mechanical switches and the rarely used Cherry keycap profile. It is a keyboard designed with writing in mind, and this first-party offering is sure to interest the market accordingly."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Crossing a Viper with a mechanical Patriot

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2019 - 04:30 PM |
Tagged: input, Viper V765 RGB, patriot, mechanical keyboard, Kailh

If you are rough on your keyboards but aren't willing to simply keep replacing cheap models then take a look at the Patriot Viper V765 RGB keyboard.  It has an IP56 rating which means it is protected well against Cheez-it dust getting in as well as being able to handle any spills short of full immersion.  The Kailh white box switches will feel similar to Cherry MX Blue, if you are familiar with them, and feature RGB backlighting as you probably guessed. 

Modders-Inc were impressed by both the physical keyboard as well as the software to control it; which you can see for yourself here.

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"It seems I end up starting every peripheral review the same way. By saying that peripherals are the most subjective thing that we review and how what I may like, you may not. That’s statement is especially true when it comes to keyboards. Everyone has their preference when it comes to typing and or gaming."

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Source: Modders-Inc

Cooler Master Releases New Tenkeyless Keyboards, the MK730 and CK530

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2019 - 01:29 PM |
Tagged: MK730, CK530, tenkeyless, Gateron, cherry, mechanical keyboard, cooler master, input, RGB

Cooler Master have released two new mechanical TKL keyboards, the CK530 featuring Gateron Red, Blue or Brown switches and the MK730 with Cherry switches of the same flavours. 

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The CK530 features an aluminium body and is designed to fit into a bag so you can take it with you on the road.  The RGBs behind the keys can be programmed on the fly, with each separately programmable to show your choice of the 16.7 million available colours.  You can switch between 6KRO and NKRO in case you are using legacy applications, and macros can be quickly and easily programmed, as well as letting you switch between profiles to enhance your experience.  Those with a fetish for keycaps will be pleased to know CM used standard sizes so you can easily swap out the originals for your preferred type. 

You should be able to find it for sale on Amazon for $70.

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The MK730 looks similar but offers additional features to the ones mentioned above, such as a magnetically attached soft PU leather wrist rest for easing those aching wrists.  It connects with a removable USB-C cord, to ensure it isn't bashed when you are moving it around.  The Cherry switches on this model are hidden behind double-shot PBT keycaps, with the same uniform design to make replacing them with your preferred variety simple. 

The MK730 will set you back a bit more, $120 on Amazon.

Source: Coolermaster

That's the first rule of Input Club, Kira!

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2019 - 05:31 PM |
Tagged: input, NovelKey, mechanical keyboard, kira, Kailh, input club, Hako, cherry

Input Club Inc, which should be called InC Inc, successfully kickstarted the "ultimate full size mechanical keyboard" which they named Kira.  The designers obviously have strong feelings about keyboards as TechPowerUp alludes to some interesting behind the scenes drama involving the design team's past.  If you also share a passion for specific keyboard designs then you might want to check out their review.  The Kira offers you a lot of choice in addition to a compact design, you can choose from a variety of Cherry, Kailh, Hako, and NovelKey switches and you can easily reprogram every single key via their software if you prefer Dvorak, Colemak or other layouts than the default QWERTY. 

It is rather expensive, $169–$259 to pre-order and is thoroughly infested with RGBs, but there is a price to pay for loving keyboards this much.

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"The Input Club Kira keyboard arose as a design with lofty goals and even higher expectations from the community that helped crowdfund it. Now as a retail product, it is available in a variety of switches, case frames, colors, and even as a kit. No matter the choice, the final product does justice to light, its name, in more ways than one."

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Source: TechPowerUp

CES 2019: Lenovo "Legion" Peripherals: H500 7.1 Pro & H300 Gaming Headsets, K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard, M500 RGB Mouse

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | January 7, 2019 - 08:00 PM |
Tagged: RGB, mechanical keyboard, Lenovo, Legion, headset, gaming mouse

Lenovo has just announced two new gaming headsets, a gaming mechanical keyboard, and a right-handed gaming mouse.

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The Lenovo Legion H500 7.1 Pro Gaming Headset is the high-end of the two announced. For $99.99 USD, the headphones have 50mm drivers in an all-black with black anisotropic metal highlight design. It supports virtual 7.1 surround sound via its USB sound card, although it can also be plugged into 3.5mm analog jacks. The microphone is retractable.

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For $59.99 USD, the Lenovo Legion H300 Gaming Headset still has 50mm drivers although it loses the USB sound device with 7.1 surround; it can only attach by 3.5mm, stereo. The headset design is somewhat similar, though, including the retractable microphone.

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Moving on to the Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard. This device is based on Cherry MX Red switches, which means you will not feel a click or a bump as the key passes it actuation point. I personally don’t like linear keys, because I don’t like having no feedback until I bottom out, but that is 100% user-preference. The bottom of the keyboard has a full palm rest, which is detachable if you want to save that little bit of room. Its media keys are standard buttons on the top-left of the keyboard. I like how it contributes to the overall simple, clean design, although I would prefer a volume roller or dial. The price is listed as “starting at $99.99” (USD) although I don’t see any upsells listed.

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The Lenovo Legion M500 RGB Gaming Mouse uses a 16,000 DPI Pixart sensor and Omron mechanical switches. It also had three-zone RGB lighting and seven programmable buttons. There is also a 10g adjustable weight to customize how it feels to move. It is expected to cost $59.99 USD.

All peripherals are available in April 2019.

Source: Lenovo

Hit it with your best double shot; fancy keycaps come standard on this HyperX Alloy

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2019 - 03:39 PM |
Tagged: mechanical keyboard, Kailh Silver, input, HyperX ALLOY FPS, double shot, kingston

Cool kids know that single shot ABS keycaps are for n00bs and that only doubleshot injected legends on PBT plastic are worthy of being caressed by your fingers.  Instead of tracking down a compatible kit to replace the caps on your current board Kingston would like you to have them right from the start.  The HyperX Alloy FPS keyboard sports fancy keycaps as well as Kailh Silver Speed RGB switches which you can see in all their glory at TechPowerUp!

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"HyperX provides an RGB version of the Alloy FPS mechanical keyboard for those wanting the additional bling, but there's more. A new switch type combined with a unified software driver makes for an improved user experience, and optional accessories including wrist rests and replacement keycaps complete the package."

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Source: TechPowerUp

... and the Roccat is on the Aim-o, Aim-o, Aim-o

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2018 - 03:43 PM |
Tagged: RGB, mechanical keyboard, input, vulcan 120 aimo, roccat

Roccat's Vulcan 120 Aimo uses low profile Titan mechanical switches, which have a travel distance of 3.6mm and an actuation distance of 1.8mm, compared to a similar Cherry MX switch with 4mm and 2mm respectively.  The Tech Report also found the spacing to be rather tight, in part due to the skirted design, so this might be one you want to test drive before purchasing.  The included Swarm software lets you program keys in a variety of ways including association noises with certain key presses, while the Aimo RGB option offers some interesting performance which you might have strong feelings about one way or the other.

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"Roccat's Vulcan 120 Aimo keyboard cuts a striking profile with its skirtless key caps and in-house Titan switches. We put the Vulcan 120 Aimo to the test to see whether a new spin on mechanical key switches is enough to help it stand out in a crowded market."

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Keeping a low profile with Corsair's K70 MK.2

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2018 - 03:49 PM |
Tagged: corsair, K70 Mk.2, mechanical keyboard, RGB, input, cherry

It takes a lot to stand out in the keyboard market today, as everybody have released numerous models with mechanical switches and RGBs behind them. Someone at Corsair may have been listening to War as they have come up with a low profile version of their K70 keyboard.  These switches reduce your total keystroke from 4 mm to 3.2 mm as well as a shorter actuation travel, the length depending on the specific flavour of switch you purchase.  The model that The Tech Report reviewed was a Rapidfire, which sports LP Speed switches which require a mere 1 mm to actuate. 

If you are looking for the minimum of travel when typing consider this new K70.

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"Corsair and Cherry have teamed up for another mechanical key switch debut, and this time, the star of the show is the MX Low Profile Speed switch on board the K70 MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire keyboard. We got these slim switches under our fingers to see whether they're a shortcut to gaming and typing bliss."

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KnewKeys gnu mekanykal quibhord

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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