After recently launching their Mechanical Keybard Case for the iPad Pro using all new low profile mechanical switches, Razer recently announced the new Ornata gaming keyboard armed with Razer’s new Mecha-Membrane switches.
According to Razer, their new Mecha-Membrane switches are a hybrid between the typical membrane switch and the mechanical switch.
Designed to combine the most desirable traits of membrane rubber dome design with the merits of mechanical keyboard technology, the Razer Mecha-Membrane delivers both a soft, cushioned touch and a crisp, tactile click with each keystroke.
Along with the new [...]
Corsair has been one of the most popular mechanical keyboard manufacturers on the market and are looking to continue their market leadership by making their full range of LUX keyboards available worldwide.
Previously launched in the US in April, the K70 LUX, K70 LUX RGB and the K65 LUX RGB complement the highly popular K70 RGB and K65 RGB mechanical keyboards. New features on the LUX series keyboards include a new large font on laser etched keycaps for brighter, easier to see backlighting, an improved RGB lighting controller (LUX RGB only), and a USB passthrough port.
Aside from these new features, the LUX models will still retain [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 round [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]