1STPLAYER is a relatively unknown Chinese brand wanting to grab attention globally with their new keyboards. The Bullet Hunter MK6 mechanical keyboard offers RGB backlighting, extensive onboard controls, a software driver, and hot-swappable switches at a good price point, making it a strong contender for their goal.
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.
Mistel Keyboards introduces their second ever split keyboard with the MD650L Barocco. It features the extremely rare Cherry ML low-profile mechanical switch with custom stabilizers, a thick aluminium case that comes in four different color options, onboard programmability, and macro support; all in a ~65% form factor.
Das Keyboard, known for high-quality, classic-design mechanical keyboards, takes a giant leap forward on the technology train by introducing cloud-connected Q-series keyboards. The Das Keyboard 5Q allows for Internet-based monitoring and control of your life, while also ticking the feature list of RGB backlighting, an exclusive switch, and software-driver support.
CORSAIR has updated the original STRAFE RGB keyboard after three years and aims to offer a similar enthusiast-grade keyboard with more value for money. The new STRAFE RGB MK.2 now has hardware playback, more dedicated buttons, and support from a new unified software driver, and retains the rarely-seen option of the Cherry MX Silent Red RGB switch.
We take a look at the Cougar PURI TKL today, a tenkeyless form factor keyboard using Cherry MX switches and white LED backlighting. Extensive onboard lighting controls and increased portability combined with a relatively low price point help make this a good value proposition today.
Cherry, famous among PC enthusiasts for their mechanical switches, greets us today with a membrane keyboard. The KC 1068 is a specialized keyboard designed for testing environments where IP68 dust and spill resistance is critical, and goes about it with good support for various regions globally.
iKBC brings out their first wireless keyboard with the budget-friendly CD108 BT that supports Bluetooth in addition to wired operation. Add-on features include removable batteries, PBT keycaps, and extensive on-board functionality, that makes this a modern option for a wireless keyboard in 2018.
Mistel Keyboards carved out a name for the brand with their MD600 Barocco, a 60% form factor, split keyboard that was built so precisely that it could be easily combined back together to be a single-piece keyboard for all intents and purposes. Today, we take a look at the RGB version of the same that adds even more more on-board functionality and more Cherry MX switch options.
Ducky as a brand has been synonymous with their Shine series of keyboards, and today, we take a look at the latest iteration - the Shine 6. It is an interesting blend of past and present with some hints towards the future, featuring a new ABS plastic case design, thick PBT keycaps, full 16.8M RGB backlighting supported by on-board and software controls alike, as well as accessories including a detachable cable, replacement keycaps and a mouse bungee.
i-Rocks is inviting you to let out your fun side with their K76M keyboard, featuring a LEGO bricks compatible top plate to create and customize a keyboard as never before. It also comes with their new Alps-inspired switches with a noise-dampening system, multi-color backlighting, on-board controls, and support for their optional paper skins/acrylic plate, which makes this a unique keyboard worth checking out.
Ducky has given their One series of keyboards a makeover with the new One 2 series. Coming in three options of a customized case and multi-toned keycap sets out of the box, we take a look at the One 2 Skyline that offers a well-built, fairly unique-looking keyboard with extensive onboard functionality at a good price.
GAMDIAS is entering the optical keyboard market with their Hermes P2 RGB keyboard. It features great software and onboard customization, a choice of four optical switches with dust and spill resistance and, of course, a strong RGB backlighting game.
ACGAM is a new company aiming to make a big name for itself with the AG6X keyboard, a small 60% form factor keyboard. Featuring well-thought-out programming, onboard customization for controls and backlighting, a software driver that adds to the user experience, and excellent value for money, this is a keyboard you should definitely check out.
Tesoro adds another set of unique switches to their growing portfolio, and the new GRAM XS keyboard uses ultra-slim mechanical switches in linear or tactile/clicky versions. Combine this with chiclet-style thin keycaps and a low profile case, and we have a keyboard that looks like an OEM keyboard at ~23 mm in height while offering the features of a modern high-end mechanical keyboard.
The i-Rocks K70E is a high-end keyboard with a feature set boasting configurable capacitive switches and per-key RGB backlighting, with software support backing onboard controls. At the same time, it retains the fun factor by using a transparent top plate and accessory paper skins for a high degree of customization.
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.
ROCCAT's Horde AIMO keyboard introduces a real horde of features, which fits the name. Be it their Membranical switches that combine features from membrane and mechanical switches, innovating AIMO intelligent lighting, or the tuning wheel that can be used for multiple functions easily - it offers something to get everyone interested.
CORSAIR joins the higher-end wireless keyboard market with the K63 Wireless, a TKL mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches, configurable blue backlight, a reliable and powerful software driver, and fast wireless response times despite the industry standard encryption that has been built in for security. At $110, it aims to provide convenience, features, and performance without breaking the bank.
iKBC gave their already excellent keyboards a luxury makeover by cladding it inside five pounds of machined aluminum housing, and the new MF108 RGB V.2 keeps the excellent PBT keycaps with doubleshot legends and all onboard controls while offering new features, including a detachable cable and more switch options.
CORSAIR has taken last year's K68 and given it the magic of RGB backlighting. Featuring per-key 16.8M colors that can be controlled via their excellent CUE driver, or even onboard controls now, and keeping the IP32 dust and spill resistance, it is a budget friendly mechanical keyboard for those wanting Cherry MX RGB switches as well.
The Genius SlimStar 8008 keyboard and mouse combo is an inexpensive replacement to OEM peripherals, offering an overall enhanced user experience with 2.4 GHz encrypted WiFi connectivity and long battery life in addition to a well-designed software driver for added functionality.
The MX Board Silent is Cherry showing the world that it is possible to have mechanical keyboards that are inherently quiet as well. It comes in two color options, two MX Silent switch options, and an all-plastic construction where the lack of typing noise is the main goal.
The Bloody B945 is a unique full-size keyboard with a left-sided numpad, which effectively helps with getting the mouse closer to the keyboard for better ergonomics while in use. It features their new LK Libra optical switches with a stabilizer bar for every single switch, dust and spill resistance, and a software driver that crams in a ton of customization options as well!
Costing less than $40, the Aukey KM-G8 offers excellent value for the money. It features Outemu Blue mechanical switches in a full-size layout which, coupled with a metal frame and minimal bezels, results in a compelling replacement for OEM membrane keyboards.