Patriot had more than a few cool new products to show at their suite at CES this year. Not only is it looking to improve its line of peripherals, it’s also expanding mobile storage solutions for the ever increasing volume of HD media content.
Patriot V730 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
The V730 is Patriot’s new budget-friendly mechanical gaming keyboard. It features Khail Brown switches, an aluminum front plate, red LED backlighting, and an attached wrist rest. Users can choose between 6 levels of brightness and 6 lighting settings.
Although targets the budget consumer market with a price of under $70, the keyboard feels like it’s [...]
Rosewill has just announced the availability of its RK-9300 mechanical gaming keyboard.
The Rosewill RK-9300 offers a budget friendly alternative to Rosewill RK-9000 RGB V2. Priced at just $99, the RK-9300 comes with the choice of either Cherry MX Blue or Cherry MX Brown switches. Backlighting will be restricted to blue, but a variety of effects can be set to spice things up.
Its low-profile caseless chassis will be covered with an anodized aluminum plate. Rosewill touts that the plate is “military grade” and that it “offers maximum durability for heavy game battles.” Other features include true NKRO, 100% anti-ghosting, and triple-route [...]
Back in 2014, Razer launched their BlackWidow Ultimate Chroma mechanical keyboard which was an instant hit at the time as little competition in the space along with the fact that the BlackWidow Chroma was actually a great mechanical keyboard helped propel it to being one of the most popular gaming keyboards in Razer’s lineup.
Since then, Razer has launched several other Chroma based products including the BlackWidow TE Chroma and BlackWidow X Chroma, leaving the popular BlackWidow Chroma without any updates for the past few years, until now.
As an update to one of Razer’s most popular mechanical keyboards, the recently launched [...]
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 with standard Cherry MX [...]
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 I/O performance [...]
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 their suite, Das [...]
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 review the Razer Ornata Chroma [...]
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 design, HyperX [...]
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 Mecha-Membrane switches, the [...]
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 TesoroModel Excalibur V2Layout ANSI 106 [...]