Ever since I laid my hands on a mechanical keyboard several years ago, I was hooked. Today, almost every keyboard I own is mechanical with the exception of the keyboard on my laptop and a Bluetooth keyboard I use from time to time with my HTPC or tablet. Wouldn’t it be great if everything could be mechanical? I sure think so and Razer seems to think so as well.
Several weeks ago, Razer introduced their new Ultra Low-Profile Mechanical Switches which attempts to solve one of the biggest hurdles to mechanical switches being implemented in portable applications – size. Up until this point, mechanical [...]
In a recent blog post from Cherry GmbH, they recently confirmed that “Cherry MX Yellow” switches available through some online sellers are fake or partially fake.
The fake switches may be using Cherry MX Black housing which explains why the housing itself bears the “Cherry” name and logo, but the original stem has been removed and replaced with a yellow one (and likely the internals as well). Cherry has no idea where these switches came from, but has confirmed that they don’t manufacture yellow stem switches and have no plans to do so in the future. Any official switches manufactured by Cherry can be found on the Cherry website [...]
As awesome and essential as mechanical keyboards are, it’s often difficult to justify tossing a benjamin or two on a keyboard when a cheap $10 one works just fine. However for PC enthusiasts, gamers and typists, a good mechanical keyboard is not just a commodity, but a necessity.
So what’s out there for those who aren’t looking to drop some serious money on a keyboard? Well, there honestly weren’t a whole lot of options for a long time until recently when Cherry’s mechanical switch patents expire making way for cheaper cloned designs.Manufacturer Tesoro Model Excalibur V2 Layout ANSI 106 [...]
Several years ago, Razer developed and adopted their own mechanical keyboard switches for their mechanical keyboard lineup. While Razer switches gave Razer far more control over their product and likely helped reduce costs in the process, Razer’s switches still largely imitated the designs of Cherry MX switches and aside from the switches being called Razer switches, it didn’t offer much benefit for the consumer.
Capitalizing on their switch development experience however, Razer recently introduced their new ultra-low profile switch which is designed to carry the same click and tactile feel of a Razer Green switch, but comes in significantly smaller [...]
One of the most cost-efficient ways to improve the looks of a keyboard is to slap on some pretty lights. This is an easy way to boost the “wow” factor without complicated modifications and additional investment from the manufacturer.
That’s exactly what Thermaltake did with its hugely popular Poseidon Z keyboard. The Poseidon Z is well-known around the web for being one the most affordable and value-oriented keyboards on the market. Not only does its price give gamers an incentive to upgrade from membrane, it does so without compromising on build quality.
Today we’ll be taking a look at [...]
ROCCAT announced its Suora Keyboard a while back, but we weren’t able to get our fingers on one. Luckily, ROCCAT had a demo unit on display for us to try out at Computex 2016.
The ROCCAT Suora follows the recent rise in popularity of caseless mechanical keyboards. The chassis is recessed to show put the switches on display. The bezels are nearly flush with the keys, giving it a very small footprint when sitting on your desk. Currently, the ROCCAT Suora only comes with blue backlighting at launch.
It was interesting to see that the ROCCAT Suora uses TTC switches instead of Cherry or Kailh. TTC is a major switch producer in China and is a direct [...]
Ducky unveiled its Ducky Shine 6 mechanical keyboard at Computex this year with a brand new theme.
The Ducky Shine 6 is the first Ducky keyboard to incorporate a mouse bungee. The bungee can be attached on either sides of the keyboard depending on the user’s hand dominance. The rubber feet has been overhauled as well. On the Shine 5, the elevator feet detaches with a twist. In the Shine 6 the feet inserts into the base. The Ducky rep explained that this improves stability.
The aesthetics of the keyboard evolved as well. The top portion now features grill-like fins, we aren’t sure if these are just for a fresh look or have any practical [...]
Many key switch manufacturers have jumped on the speed train and released their own versions of faster mechanical switches. Cherry, despite being the industry standard in mechanical keyboard switches, wasn’t as quick to respond to the new trend.
But that’s all history now. With the release of the Cherry MX SPEED, it now has something to compete with the rest of the market. The new linear Cherry MX SPEED has an actuation distance of just 1.2mm and a low actuation force of 45cn. In the press release, Cherry states that the switch will have “…extremely short travel”, but we’re unsure if they’re describing the actuation distance or the [...]
SteelSeries’ keyboard designs never stray too far from conventional. The company has always chosen function over form for quite some time. Its latest creation, the SteelSeries Apex 500 Mechanical Gaming keyboard, is another no-frills keyboard that draws upon the essence of practicality.
Carrying on the legacy of SteelSeries’ highly popular 6GV2, the SteelSeries Apex 500 is a mechanical gaming keyboard built entirely around the needs of professional gamers. That means it’s got programmable macros, backlighting, and high durability. The Apex 500 uses Cherry’s MX Red mechanical switches, which have an actuation force of 45g and a silent, straight [...]
Mechanical keyboards have long established themselves as the go-to choice for gamers looking for ultimate reliability and performance. Cooler Master, a veteran in the gaming peripherals market, has been in the mechanical gaming keyboard market for many years and has recently released the Cooler Master Quick Fire XTi mechanical gaming keyboard which is the updated version of the aging (but still relevant) Cooler Master Quick Fire XT. The revision now comes with several new features to keep it competitive such as full-board, per-key programmable backlighting and four banks of programmable macros.
The biggest new feature for the Quick Fire XT is the new per key [...]
ASUS has announced the Horus GK2000 mechanical gaming keyboard for its Republic of Gamers division.
The Horus GK2000 has the same jet fighter-inspired design that all ROG series peripherals have in common. The pictures indicate that there’s going to be lots of jagged lines and aluminium accents. With all the extra materials protruding out the sides, it’s shaping up to be a sizeable keyboard too.
ASUS has opted for red backlit Cherry’s MX Red switches for the Horus GK2000. For the uninitiated, Cherry MX Red switches has a light actuation force of 45g and a straight, no feedback travel. The switches are rated to have a lifespan of 50 [...]
Cherry Corp, the German-based keyboard technology leader, has just introduced a new switch into its Cherry MX mechanical keyboard switch line-up.
The Cherry MX RGB Nature White switch is the first Cherry MX switch to feature a translucent housing. Traditionally, LEDs for keyboards are mounted next to the switch stem. With a clear housing, the LEDs can now be mounted into the base of the switch for a more even luminosity.
The Cherry MX RGB Nature White sits in between Cherry MX Blacks and Cherry MX Reds terms of feel. Because it has a linear travel without a pressure point, it’s not as noisy as the Cherry MX Blues. The Cherry MX RGB Nature White has an [...]