At CES 2017, AZIO is spicing up the keyboard market with some eccentric keyboard designs.
AZIO Retro 2 Mechanical Keyboard
Say what you want, but Azio’s MK Retro 2 sports the most interesting keyboard designed we’ve seen at CES 2017. The Retro 2 is inspired by the vintage design of the timeless typewriter and sporting the tactile Kailh Blue switches, the keyboard simulates the tactile feel and the sound as well. The Khail Blue switches on the Retro 2 have custom mounts with the LED embedded directly in the center. Though this design does help with lighting distribution, it also means that it’s incompatible [...]
At CES 2017, we recently stopped by to speak to our friends at Mushkin to take a quick look at what they’re planning on doing for the upcoming year and so far, it’s looking to be an exciting one. Not only is the memory giant launching a few new storage solutions, it’s also heading into the peripherals market with a great looking keyboard.
Mushkin Helix PCIe SSD
First up is the Mushkin Helix PCIe SSD, which is Mushkin’s first M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. Powered by the Silicon Motion SM2260 in combination with Micron 3D MLC NAND, the Helix has a sequential read speed of 2.5GB/s and a sequential write speed of 1.1GB/s. Random [...]
How can you make a keyboard do more? Connect it to the cloud of course and that’s exactly what Das Keyboard did with their latest keyboard.
According to Das Keyboard, the Das Keyboard 5Q is the world’s first RGB mechanical keyboard that can be connected to the cloud. The Das Keyboard 5Q will support IFTTT (If This, Then That) which will allow users to program the LEDs to reflect updates from social media platforms and cloud apps.
Using Zapier, IFTTT, and many other open APIs, the Das Keyboard 5Q can be connected to a wide array of applications and platforms such as Twitter, stocks, weather and more. During our demo at [...]
Over the past few years, Razer has made quite a few innovations in the mechanical keyboard space. After developing their own mechanical switches several years ago, Razer went on to develop several unique new switches earlier this year including their Ultra-Low Profile Mechanical Switch and most recently their Mecha-Membrane Switch.
Several weeks ago, we got an opportunity to review Razer’s Ultra-Low Profile Mechanical switches in their Mechanical Keyboard Case and found it a pleasant alternative compared to typical low profile membrane switches. Today, we have the opportunity to [...]
Kingston’s HyperX brand has been aggressively expanding into the gaming peripherals market and their latest introduction is the ALLOY FPS mechanical gaming keyboard designed specifically for FPS gamers.
While many gaming keyboards go for the more “gamer” look with macro keys, LCD screens, embedded CPUs, etc., HyperX’s ALLOY FPS keeps it minimalistic by not only going with a basic full sized keyboard design, but also keeping the entire keyboard as compact as possible. According to HyperX, this “space-saving layout allowing gamers to maximize desktop real estate for FPS mouse movement.”
Despite the minimalistic [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]