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Kinesis Gaming Rolls Out the Freestyle Edge RGB Split Mechanical Keyboard

Kinesis Gaming is a new entrant in the ergonomic gaming hardware market, and launched the first of its two debut products, the Freestyle Edge RGB split mechanical keyboard (the other being the Vektor mouse). The keyboard features a tenkeyless layout that's split vertically along the middle, with a 6-inch cable connecting the two halves. An internal compartment located at the top lets you wind in excess cable. This split allows you to angle the two halves apart to better align with your hands, and minimize strain on your wrists. Adding to the ergonomics of the Freestyle Edge RGB are its soft-touch wrist-rests.

It may be a TKL keyboard, but the Freestyle Edge RGB comes with 10 macro keys along the edge of the left half. You can remap every other key and build macros of your own with the included software. There are 99 keys and buttons on this keyboard. Its electronics offers full NKRO and a Game Mode, with 1 ms response time, and 100% anti-ghosting. An onboard 4 MB memory stores your macro- and lighting-profiles locally. The keyboard offers full RGB LED lighting across a 16.8 million-color palette, and lets you configure lighting and profiles via software. Among the mechanical switch options are Cherry MX Red, MX Blue, and MX Brown. All three variants are priced at USD $219.99.

Cooler Master Releases SK Series Limited White Edition Keyboards

Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components, today released two limited edition low profile switch mechanical keyboards, the SK650 White and SK650 White. "Earlier this year we created the SK series with design and functionality in mind and now we are excited to offer the series in sleek white to further allow our users to stand out from the crowd." says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager.

The SK650 White and SK630 White are mechanical keyboards with the perfect balance of "work and play." The SK series features Cherry MX low profile switches that provide a reduced travel distance and actuation point with the same signature durability and precision as a standard red switch. The boards are equipped with Type-C USB for convenience. Per-key backlighting, surrounding light bars, and macros can be fully customized through Cooler Masters easy to use Portal Software Application. On-the-fly-controls allow real-time adjustments to lighting and macros without the need of software, including Windows Lock On/Off to prevent accidental actuation during game play. Users can choose from two sizes depending on preference. The SK650 White is a full layout keyboard while the SK630 White is its little brother, a tenkeyless layout for users with limited desk space.

Wooting Explores Hall Effect and Inductive Sensing for Analog Keyboards

Readers of our website may be familiar with the Wooting brand for their then, and now, excellent Wooting One analog keyboard that we examined in late 2017. It impressed us enough to be the top keyboard for the year as well, and still remains one of the few keyboards to offer analog control at all, let alone on every single switch it is on. The company has since come out with a full-size Wooting Two, along with another switch option using a heavier spring. Their switches to date are linear optical switches manufactured by Flaretech to Wooting's design, and the company admitted there was not much more they could do with the current design. This brought us to Computex 2019, wherein they demonstrated their next generation switches for analog control, gave us some samples to take apart, and also showed off a neat prototype technology for the future- if it pans out, anyway.

The Hall effect has been used for keyboard switches in the past, as much as nearly four decades ago, no matter what some people may tell you when describing Steelseries' new switch from Computex also based off the Hall effect. Indeed, it had a small resurgence a couple of years ago in the enthusiast keyboard arena when "Ace Pad" and "XMIT" worked together for a Massdrop-exclusive keyboard, but 2019 does seem to be the year they come back in the public eye. Wooting's take is called the Lekker switch, a word in Dutch that can stand for different things depending on the context but generally stands for something impressive. Read past the break for more on the Lekker switch, as well as other things that might interest you.

Gamdias HEBE P1A Headset, ZEUS P2, HADES M1 Gaming Mice at Computex 2019

While at Computex we made sure to visit Gamdias and let's just say they had quite the diverse lineup on display. Starting with peripherals the company had the HEBE P1A headset on hand. Sporting RGB lighting like the majority of products on display it did have some impressive specifications. Starting with the drivers, Gamdias went big cramming 53mm units into the headset with a noise canceling system. Taking things a step further on the sound front the HEBE P1A also offers simulated 7.1 surround sound. For comfort and ease of use, it has oversized earcups along with a flexible unidirectional microphone. Meanwhile, impedance is quite low with it being rated at 32 Ohm meaning it won't need an amp to get the most out of it.

Sharkoon Makes a Splash With New Mini USB DAC, Elite Shark Cases, SKILLER Keyboards and Mice

Sharkoon appeared quite ready to take a bite out of the competition at Computex 2019. They came to the show with a full assortment of cases, keyboards, mice, gaming chairs and even a mini USB DAC for gamers which was quite nice to see as it was unexpected and unique coming from Sharkoon. Dubbed the Gaming DAC Pro S, it packs a powerful high-resolution gaming DAC with TRRS microphone input. It can also act as a USB soundcard with headphone Amp for an immersive crystal clear audio experience. It is worth noting that it is compatible with Android on top of the Windows and macOS.

Ducky Brings a Flock of New Mechanical Keyboards to Computex

Ducky Channel is one of the oldest mechanical keyboard OEMs and whitebox manufacturers in Taiwan, and brought a vast selection of new mechanical keyboards to Computex 2019, with a focus on space-saving TKL (tenkeyless) and sub-TKL form-factors without compromising on the size of the keycaps. A running design theme at the Ducky booth has been a fusion of the Chinese Year of the Pig in a rendition by Formosan artists (indigenous people of the island of Taiwan). We begin our tour with the Shine, a lineup of full-size 108-key units that now come in the new Gunmetal Grey color option. These keyboards feature a zinc-alloy top, with PBT double-shot seamless keycaps, and another in hot-rod red+black color scheme. You can have the Shine in a number of Cherry MX switch options. The 2019 edition also comes with USB type-C cabling in addition to type-A.

VORTEXGEAR Joins the Low Profile Keyboard Party at Computex 2019

VORTEXGEAR, or simply Vortex for convenience, is another keyboard company that goes the path of atypical form factors, similar to Mistel Keyboard whom the company often collaborates with. Vortex especially gained popularity with the enthusiast keyboard market thanks to their 60% form factor Poker keyboard lineup, with the current iteration being the Poker 3, or Pok3r. At Computex, Vortex showed off a low profile Pok3r using the relatively new Cherry MX Low Profile switches, and the Red RGB variant in particular.

The Pok3r Ultra Slim will come with different keycap options to choose from, with some colors seen in the images below. As with the standard Pok3r, it features near-complete programmability with onboard macro support and three layers to work with. The keyboard will use an anodized CNC-machined aluminium case, with a detachable USB Type-C cable as well. Expect pricing to be similar to the standard Pok3r when this comes out later this year. Read past the break for more new keyboards from Vortex!

Delux Showcases Keyboards, Gaming and Vertical Mice at Computex 2019

Delux may not be well known in the west, but they are looking to make a splash with a diverse product range which they had on display at Computex 2019. The company had quite a few keyboards to check out including partial gaming keyboards like the T6 which was designed with Fortnite in mind. It featured blue mechanical switches with RGB backlighting that comes with six effects. It also used a pluggable Type-C braided cable which was quite a bit different compared to more contemporary designs as well.

Another unique offering was the KM16 which has Bluetooth built in and through which supports mobile devices. It has adjustable height feet that use a rotating design delivering a more user customizable experience without having to flip the keyboard over to make said adjustments. When it comes to the keys themselves, they are fully programmable and feature N-key rollover.

HyperX at COMPUTEX 2019: New In-House Switches for Alloy Origins Mechanical Keyboard, Fury DDR4 RGB

HyperX at COMPUTEX 2019 announced they've developed new, in-house mechanical switches they'll start employing on their products. HyperX says these are rated for up to 80 million clicks, and that they're brighter than the competition's offerings due to their DIP design. The switches feature a 1.8 mm actuation point, and a short 3.8 mm travel.

G.SKILL at COMPUTEX 2019: KM360 Keyboard, MX350 Mouse, Trident Z Neo DDR4 Memory

G.Skill at COMPUTEX 2019 showcased its range of products for gamers. The KM360 is being hailed as a professional tenkeyless keyboard. Its top plate is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, and it sports Cherry MX mechanical switches (in the photos, Cherry MX Red), which are paired with ABS keycaps made via a double injection technique for improved feel and durability. There are the usual gaming features as well: Full N-Key Rollover and 100% anti-ghosting.

The MX350 is an optical gaming mouse sporting RGB lighting, as almost all of them do these days. A Pixart 3327 sensor with up to 6200 DPI resolution is the weapon of choice here, and the MX350 features six pre-programmed DPI stages that can be changed on-the-fly according to the gaming scenario you're facing. a 1 ms polling rate, dual side keys for action mapping, and two specific DPI up-down buttons are present.

Tecware at Computex 2019: Spectre Pro Mechanical Keyboard and Professional Gaming Mice

While visiting with Tecware at Computex 2019, we caught a glimpse of their peripheral lineup, which included a new keyboard dubbed the Spectre PRO and three professional gaming mice dubbed the Impulse PRO, Vector PRO, and Torque PRO.

Starting with the keyboard, the Spectre PRO is a standard 104-key layout design that unlike its competitors comes with modular switch sockets for easy switch replacement with Tecware going so far as to include the tools for the job in the box. When it comes to the switches themselves, they are Outemu Red, Blue, and Brown switches. Other features include 11 multimedia keys and a volume adjustment knob. Macro recording and custom profiling are also built in as well. In terms of build quality, the Spectre PRO impressed when it comes to the keycaps as they were double-shot ABS and had a nice solid feel. Meanwhile the RGB lighting was quite well done too with support for per key customization along with 18 pre-set lighting modes and 11 under glow lighting modes. As with any gaming keyboard, N-key rollover is supported as well.

Bloody at COMPUTEX 2019: Light Strike RGB Mouse, X65 Keyboard, X650 Headphones

Bloody, sprung from A4Tech, took to COMPUTEX 2019 to showcase come of its upcoming products. The company didn't seem to be much ready to play the part, though; its new peripherals, part of their new X series, were still in the works and identified using stickers, with not a lot of detail being available for us press to share with you. However, you can at least look at the designs of those we can identify. The X series attempts to provide cleaner aesthetics relative to the more aggressively designed Bloody brand as a whole.

The Light Strike RGB Gaming Mouse, for one, carries on the company's legacy of having a dedicated fire button, which can likely be programmed for either burst fire or single-shot mode. There's 5000 DPI of resolution available, which is likely more than enough for most casual gamers (32000 DPI seems slightly exaggerated now, doesn't it?). The X65 keyboard features a modular design, with the number pad being removable for users that want to either save space or simply prefer to use their keyboards' top numbers.

AZIO at COMPUTEX 2019: ALUMINUM Keyboard, Mouse and Number Pad, Concrete-built Electronics

AZIO at Computex 2019 showcased a number of new products, which showcase the company's Los Angeles-based design. AZIO's ALUMINUM line of products includes the Iris ALUMINUM K-Pad (which AZIO says is inspired in retro camera designs), the Iris ALUMINUM N-Pad, the RCM ALUMINUM mouse, and the RCPM mouse pad. The Iris K-Pad in particular has a multi-functional knob on the top right corner allowing as much as three actions per side, and is a complex feat of engineering to say the least. We look forward to checking out the new lineup in detail closer to launch.

Various materials, such as leather, are being used in these AZIO products, but the one star of the show has to be the usage of concrete in computer peripherals. I guess we'd have to actually touch these to see if the texture does work well in a daily environment, but it's interesting that this material has been used in a computer peripheral at all - and the effect does look interesting and pleasing to the eye. The RCM aluminium mouse looks like a very sleek unit, with the cold touch of aluminium greeting your first minutes of usage, and it does feature AZIO's design touches that have become the company's hallmark.

Cooler Master Announces New Peripherals at Computex

Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components, announces its new lineup of wireless peripherals and ultra-lightweight mouse at Computex 2019.

"Showcasing this new wireless lineup at Computex reflects the Cooler Master commitment to bring high-performing and innovative products to gamers and creative pros of all levels." says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager.

Cooler Master Announces Collaboration with GTR Simulator

Cooler Master, a global leader in PC component and peripheral manufacturing, today, in collaboration with GTR Simulator, announced the development of a co-branded racing simulator. Designed to be the ultimate gaming rig, the GTA-F Cooler Master Edition enables the user to go from work to play in a matter of seconds.

Made from premium alloy steel, the GTA-F Cooler Master Edition features a fully adjustable frame and first-rate racing seat designed to support racers of every size and sustain the constant strain of full-body maneuvers. With 14 points of adjustability, users can fine-tune their seat, monitor height and distance to the steering wheel/keyboard mount for maximum comfort during long hours of crunching numbers or training for 24 hours of Le Mans.

Thermaltake Unveils Level 20 RGB Razer Green Gaming Keyboard

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear and Enthusiast Memory solutions, made its debut with the Level 20 RGB Gaming Keyboard Series earlier this year and is now hitting the market again with the Razer Green Mechanical Switch. The Razer Green Mechanical Switch features a tactile bump and distinctive click sound along with optimized actuation and resets point, designed for those who want to feel and hear every key press. The Level 20 RGB Razer Green Gaming Keyboard is now ready to order on the TT Premium Online Shop.

Constructed with a premium aluminum top plate and floating keycap design, the Level 20 RGB Razer Green Gaming Keyboard delivers 16.8 million of true RGB color illumination across both front-side and 3-side RGB zones, providing a massive 13 dynamic lighting effects (front-side) and 14 dynamic lighting effects (side-face) of color for a truly personalized RGB experience. It is compatible with all Thermaltake TT RGB PLUS power supply, liquid cooling, case fan and LED strip product lines, enabling enthusiasts to sync all RGB colors seamlessly to all Thermaltake compatible product lines for even greater color coordination. In addition, the Level 20 RGB Gaming Keyboard comes with an exclusively designed smartphone/tablet app that features a host of unique functions which include: AI Voice control for access to light functions and essential macros, a patented designed Virtual Game Controller (VGC) mode for a truly unique and astounding mobile gaming experience, and a handy virtual keyboard function for everyday word processing tasks.

Cooler Master Releases its First Bluetooth Wireless 60% Layout Mechanical Keyboard

Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components, today launched its first Bluetooth wireless mechanical keyboard, the SK621. "We created the SK621 with design and functionality in mind. Especially for those who are on the go, workers by day and gamers at night." says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager.

The SK621 is a 65-key compact design Bluetooth wireless mechanical keyboard with all the essentials. It uses Cherry MX's new low profile switches providing a reduced travel distance and actuation point with the same signature durability and precision as a standard red switch. The wireless hybrid design allows users to choose between a corded or cordless set up based on preference. The keyboard grants approximately 14 hours of usage while backlit or up to four months without lighting. The board is equipped with Type-C USB for convenience, per-key backlighting, surrounding light bars, and macros can be fully customized through Cooler Masters easy to use Portal Software Application. On-the-fly-controls allow real-time adjustments to lighting and macros without the need of software, including Windows Lock On/Off to prevent accidental actuation during game play. Its chiclet keycaps are slim and slightly contoured to provide a comfortable feel. The SK621 will be available on Amazon starting May 7, 2019, respectively, for $119.99. For more information, please visit the product page.

ASUS Announces ROG Strix Scope Series Keyboard

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 as well as 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.

Input Club Announces the Keystone Mechanical Keyboard: Hall Effect + Analog Control Switches

The Input Club Keystone Mechanical Keyboard is an unparalleled leap forward in typing and gaming technology. The Keystone combines two new keyboard features - High Definition Analog Control and per-key fast Hall Effect (magnetic) sensing - for supreme performance. Our magnetic switch technology enables near-infinite customization, billion-press durability (20x the industry standard), and analog control benefits for everyone. Full firmware programmability and RGB lighting round out its features. This project is the future of mechanical keyboards; join our waitlist to have the future of keyboards at your fingertips.

The Keystone brings novel features together to continue pushing keyboard invention further - with its SILO Hall Effect and High Definition Analog Switches. These are both keyboard switch technologies that have been produced in the past, separately, but this implementation takes them to the next level. With Hall Effect switches, instead of relying on a bending piece of metal for actuation, your keyboard tracks the movement of a magnet. This allows you to change when and where the keyboard receives the signal, while also providing a billion press switch lifespan that simply cannot be competed with.

Turtle Beach to Acquire Roccat

Turtle Beach, the global leader in gaming headsets and audio accessories, today announced the entry into an agreement to acquire ROCCAT - a top German PC peripherals company with a history of producing innovative, award-winning gaming mice, keyboards and other accessories.

With ROCCAT's powerful product lineup added to Turtle Beach's broad market position and leading headset brand, the acquisition significantly accelerates Turtle Beach's planned expansion into the $2.9 billion market for PC gaming headsets, mice and keyboards. By acquiring ROCCAT, Turtle Beach further strengthens its market position in key PC-centric European territories, including Germany where ROCCAT is already a well-respected leading brand. Additionally, ROCCAT will see the benefits of Turtle Beach's strong sales and distribution in North America and across Europe, while Turtle Beach will gain distribution into new Asian markets through ROCCAT's presence in those markets.

Cooler Master Releases Gaming Keyboard with Aimpad : MK850

[Editor's note: Our own review of the Cooler Master MK850 is published here for those interested to know more.]

Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components, today announces the release of its new analog mechanical gaming keyboard, the MK850. "The MK850 is the world's first mechanical keyboard, using Cherry MX switches, capable of sensing exactly how far down you press the key," says Lance Madsen, Aimpad Principle Engineer. "It provides unparalleled control in even the most demanding PC games."

"We wanted to implement Aimpad technology to provide gamers with an extra tool and to push our innovation efforts to the next level," says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager. " What sets the MK850 apart is that it is the only analog keyboard that uses prestigious Cherry MX switches and can sense the entire 4mm range of a key press versus competitor analog keyboards that are only capable of measuring 2mm of analog movement and do not utilize Cherry MX switches.

Cooler Master Releases New Tenkeyless Keyboards

Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components, announces it's the addition of its two new tenkeyless (TKL) mechanical keyboards, the MK730 and CK530. "As a mainstream company to pioneer one of the first tenkeyless form factor keyboards, it was a no brainer to offer our two best-selling keyboards in TKL form." says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager.,"

Cooler Master Introduces Low Profile Keyboard Series

[Editor's note: Our own review of the Cooler Master SK630 is published here for those interested.]

Cooler Master, a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative gaming peripherals and computer components, today launched two low profile mechanical keyboards from its new SK series, the SK650 and SK630. "We created the SK series with design and functionality in mind. Especially for those who are workers by day and gamers at night." says Bryant Nguyen, Peripheral General Manager.

The SK650 and SK630 are slim profile mechanical keyboards with the perfect balance of "work and play." The SK series features Cherry MX low profile switches that provide a reduced travel distance and actuation point with the same signature durability and precision as a standard red switch. The boards are equipped with Type-C USB for convenience. Per-key backlighting, surrounding light bars, and macros can be fully customized through Cooler Masters easy to use Portal Software Application. On-the-fly-controls allow real-time adjustments to lighting and macros without the need of software, including Windows Lock On/Off to prevent accidental actuation during game play. Users can choose from two sizes depending on preference. The SK650 is a full layout keyboard while the SK630 is its little brother, a ten keyless layout for users with limited desk space.

Rapoo Announces 8000 Wireless Mouse and Keyboard with 12 Months Battery Life

Rapoo, a leader in Wireless peripheral technology, announces the launch of its advanced '8000 Wireless Mouse and Keyboard Combo', exclusive to those who are on the go.

The slim keyboard isn't just sleek; but truly compact and on the go! Experience the high-level architecture, meshed with customizable Multimedia Keys that supports 1000 DPI High-Definition Tracking Engine which brings responsive and smooth cursor control. The pocket -size keyboard features a familiar key shape, size, and feeling. It comes with a palm rest and adjustable tilt legs to keep you comfortable all the time.

Hexgears at CES 2019- Hands on with Keyboards and Mice

Hexgears is, in their own words, "a global gaming brand with influences from the USA, Germany, and China". We briefly covered them before thanks to their first adoption of the new Kailh Sun switches, and at CES 2019 they had a booth on the showfloor for this very keyboard and other products. The GK760 from Hexgears is still the only keyboard announced to use those new Sun switches, which effectively allows for a central backlighting similar to Omron switches, while still retaining Cherry MX keycap compatibility. The GK760 is a full-size keyboard with 104 keys and ABS plastic keycaps, which also appear to be low in profile even though the actual switches are not necessarily so. There is an entire column of programmable G-keys (macro keys), as well as a dedicated volume scroll wheel and a thick plushy wrist rest. Read past the break to know more about the products they showed off at CES.
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