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Alienware AW410K : Everything You Need To Know!

Alienware AW410K : Everything You Need To Know!

Dell just announced the Alienware AW410K RGB mechanical keyboard, and here is its key features, specifications, price and availability!

 

Alienware AW410K : Game With A Greater Touch

The new Alienware AW410K is an RGB mechanical keyboard, featuring a floating key architecture with Cherry MX keys, in a truly iconic design.

Cherry MX Brown + Floating Key Design

The Alienware AW410K is fitted with Cherry MX Brown switches, which offer tactile feedback and quiet-click keys with a low actuation force.

Cherry MX Brown switches are highly durable, rated to last up to 100 million keystrokes. They are mounted directly on a metal top-plate with floating keys, making them easier to clean.

AlienFX Per-Key RGB Lighting

You can customise the keyboard for a more immersive gaming experience with its AlienFX per-key RGB lighting that offers 16.8 million colours.

Adjustable Ergonomics

The keyboard is designed to let you type and game comfortably, with three height-adjustment settings.

Built For Gaming

The Alienware AW410K has fully programmable keys, with onboard memory to let you customise and set your macros and shortcuts.

It is also 100% anti-ghosting with NKRO (N-Key Rollover) to ensure the best possible gaming experience.

Integrated USB Passthrough

Its integrated USB passthrough lets you plug in your gear (mouse, headset, smartphone) directly, instead of to your PC.

 

Alienware AW410K : Specifications

Specifications Alienware AW410K
Keyboard Type Mechanical
Switch Type Cherry MX Brown
Switch Durability 100 million clicks
Polling Rate 1000 Hz
Backlight AlienFX Per-Key RGB lighting
(16.8 million colours)
Height Adjustment 3 Steps
Chassis Build 5000 Series Aluminium
Cable Nylon Braided (2 Metres)
Software Alienware Command Centre
Dimensions 46.71 cm wide
15.62 cm deep
3.54 cm tall
Weight 1.01 kg
Warranty 2 Years

 

Alienware AW410K : Price + Availability

The Alienware AW410K is available only in the Dark Side of the Moon colour, with a 2-year warranty.

It will be made available for sale starting 4 August 2020, with a recommended retail price of US$129.99 / ~£104 / ~A$187 / ~S$181 / ~RM 556.

 

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HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical TKL Keyboard Review!

The HyperX Alloy FPS family of mechanical gaming keyboards is designed for FPS players. They even created a lean and mean Alloy FPS Pro model for the truly dedicated FPS player.

Join us for a close look at the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) keyboard and see if this is the gaming keyboard for you!

 

The HyperX Alloy FPS Family

The HyperX Alloy FPS family currently consists of two models – a full-sized Alloy FPS (US | UK | AU | MY) keyboard, and a tenkeyless (TKL) HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY).

They are both very similar in features, differing only in two aspects – the presence of the numeric keypad, and a second USB port. Here is a table comparing their specifications :

SpecificationsHyperX Alloy FPS ProHyperX Alloy FPS
ModelHX-KB4RD1 (Cherry MX Red)HX-KB1RD1 (Cherry MX Red)
HX-KB1BR1 (Cherry MX Brown)
HX-KB1BL1 (Cherry MX Blue)
DesignCompact tenkeyless mechanical keyboardCompact full-sized mechanical keyboard
BuildSolid Steel FrameSolid Steel Frame
Numeric KeypadNoYes
Switch TypeCherry MX Red linear switch (45 cN)Cherry MX Switches
- Red linear switch option (45 cN)
- Brown tactile switch option (45 cN)
- Blue click switch option (50 cN)
- Guaranteed for more than 50 million keystrokes
BacklightingYes, only Red LED lighting
5 built-in lighting modes
1 custom lighting mode
Yes, only Red LED lighting
5 built-in lighting modes
1 custom lighting mode
N-Key Rollover (NKRO) CapabilityYes, up to 6 keysYes, up to 6 keys
Connection TypeUSB 2.0 (one USB connection)USB 2.0 (two USB connections)
USB PassthroughNoYes, mobile phone charging only
USB CableDetachable, braided cable (1.8 m)Detachable, braided cable (1.8 m)
Dimensions358.14 mm wide
129.38 mm deep
35.59 mm high
441.65 mm wide
129.38 mm deep
35.59 mm high
Weight900 g1,049 g
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Unboxing The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) comes in a heavy but compact cardboard box. There is no doubt that this is the smaller, tenkeyless (TKL) Pro model. A sticker on the upper right corner makes sure you know what type of switch it uses – Cherry MX Red.

When you unbox the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY), you will find the following items :

  • One HyperX Alloy FPS Pro mechanical gaming keyboard
  • One micro USB to USB Type A braided cable (1.8 m)
  • One set of HyperX welcome card and Quick Start Guide

In case you are wondering, no, it does not come with a key cap puller.

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The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Up Close!

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) is a tenkeyless keyboard. That means it lacks the numeric keypad of a full-size keyboard.

The term is a misnomer because the there are really 17 keys in the numeric keypad. Let’s take a look at its key features in this video.

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is designed to be compact. To keep the base thin and yet rigid, it uses a solid steel frame, topped by a metal alloy plate. The thinner profile also means it does not need a wrist rest.

 

Tenkeyless Compact Design

Thanks to the removal of the numeric keypad, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) is a really compact keyboard.

At less than 36 cm in width, it is only a tad wider than the Logitech K480 (Price Check) Bluetooth keyboard designed for tablets!

The compact design gives you a lot more space to use your mouse. It also makes it easy to pack for LAN parties. In fact, the Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) was designed with travel in mind.

 

Alloy FPS Pro Keys & Switches

Like most mechanical keyboards, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) comes with double-shot keycaps. Oddly, HyperX did not provide a keycap puller. But we have our own, so we pulled one out to take a look underneath…

While HyperX offers the full-sized Alloy FPS (US | UK | AU | MY) keyboard with Red, Blue and Brown switch options, the Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) only comes with Cherry MX Red switches.

The Cherry MX Red is a linear switch without tactile feedback. The popular perception is that gamers favour this switch for its lighter, faster actuation. It is also a quiet switch, which is great for LAN parties.

The Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) does not have RGB backlighting, but the keycaps are individually back-lit. In the picture above, you can see the LED light embedded just above the switch.

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N-Key Rollover (NKRO)

Like many gaming keyboards, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) has N-Key Rollover (NKRO) capability. HyperX also states that it is ”anti-ghosting”, which is basically the same thing.

They did not reveal just how many simultaneous keys it can register. But we tested and confirmed that it can register up to 6 simultaneous keys, making it a 6-KRO keyboard.

 

LED Backlight Modes

All of the keys on the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) have LED backlighting in a single solid colour – red. Each key has an individual LED light, which allows for some interesting backlight modes.

There are five built-in LED backlight modes, as well as a custom option :

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  • Solid : Constant lighting (default)
  • Breathing : Slow blinking that mimics breathing
  • Trigger : Individual keys will light up when pressed, and slowly fade after one second
  • Explosion : A lighting effect will radiate from individual keys when pressed
  • Wave : Keys will light up from left to right in a wave pattern
  • Custom : You can choose which keys to backlight – usually the WASD keys

Don’t worry if you screw up the custom option. If you need to reset the keyboard for whatever reason, just press the Function + Escape keys together for 3 seconds to perform a factory reset. You will know you succeeded if the keyboard backlights blink.

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Detachable USB Cable

Unlike many mechanical keyboards, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) has a detachable USB cable.

The 1.8 m long cable plugs into a micro USB port located behind the last row of keys. The connectors are not gold-plated, but the cable is braided for strength and durability.

Removing the cable during transportation makes for easier packing, and will help prevent damage to the cable joint, or scratches to neighbouring items, that could occur when you carry it in a bag.

On the other hand, you could misplace the cable… and the micro USB interface could possibly loosen after repeated insertions and disconnections.

 

Rubber Feet & Stand

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) has four small rubber feet to reduce movement even during the most frenetic action. It also has two small flip stands at the back, with their own rubber feet. They raise the back of the keyboard by an additional 8 mm.

That may not be a lot, but the good news is – these flip stands are quite solidly-built, and should take a lot of wear and tear without breaking.

 

Our Verdict On The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro

The tenkeyless design is really nice, if you don’t use the numeric keypad. It allows you to place your mouse closer, and a lot more real estate to use your mouse. Its slim profile also allows for a more comfortable typing experience without a wrist rest.

Because the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) is compact, and lighter than many other gaming keyboards, it is easy to slide it into a bag. The detachable cable helps too, although one must be careful not to lose it.

 

Unlike the larger Alloy FPS (US | UK | AU | MY) model, which comes with Blue and Brown switch choices, the Alloy FPS Pro only comes with the Cherry MX Red linear switch, which lacks tactile feedback. The popular perception is that gamers favour this switch for its lighter, faster actuation. However, if you prefer tactile feedback when you type, then this keyboard is not for you.

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (US | UK | AU | MY) does not come with fancy RGB backlighting, but that’s not a deal killer. The red backlights are just great in the dark, and you can customise the keyboard to only turn on backlights for certain keys.

The only downsides of the Alloy FPS Pro? If you are hoping for a software utility to configure the backlights, it doesn’t come with one. And for some reason, HyperX did not provide a keycap puller.

Otherwise, this is a really nice compact mechanical keyboard. If you are gamer who don’t need the numeric keypad, this would be a great choice, especially if you intend to bring it to LAN parties. Just make sure you like the feel of the Red linear switch!

 

Where To Buy HyperX Alloy FPS Keyboards

Here are some online purchase options for the Pro ten keyless model, and its full-size brother.

 

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MasterKeys Pro L GeForce GTX Edition Keyboard Revealed!

Cooler Master just teamed up with NVIDIA to create and launch a GeForce GTX Edition keyboard for gamers and NVIDIA fans – the MasterKeys Pro L GeForce GTX Edition. Here are the full details!

 

MasterKeys Pro L GeForce GTX Edition

The MasterKeys Pro L GeForce GTX Edition provides luminous green LED backlighting combined with a fast responsive feeling. The keyboard is equipped with Cherry MX Red switches, multiple LED lighting modes, on-the-fly macros, and profile support all in the simplistic design everyone loves topped with custom GeForce keycaps.


GeForce Keycaps

The MasterKeys Pro L GeForce GTX Edition is dressed with three custom GeForce keycaps and a white steel back plate that aids the radiant green LEDs shine bright and true. Users can conveniently customize preset lighting modes without software including wave, responsive effects, breathing and have on-the-fly macro and profile support available to them.

On-the-fly System to Adjust Lighting Modes

The intuitively placed function keys layer allows you to manually adjust the lighting speed and mode to match your personal taste. To alter the lighting modes, press FN + F4 to cycle.

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You can also modify the light speed by pressing FN + the up and down arrow keys with the speed icon and direction with FN + Left or right arrow. Whatever your style or preference is, it can be altered at the tip of your fingers, without the need to install or use software.

Suitable for Work and Play

The keyboard comes with a default and gaming profile modes. While working or doing homework you can disable gaming macros and lighting modes by pressing FN + ESC to enter default mode and prevent the use of any macro’s.

When you’re ready to get back into the game, use the four dedicated profiles for all your lighting and macros for a quick and easy switch to boost your performance. The Status Indicator System, by holding down the FN key, makes it easy to navigate the On-the-fly System and easily change settings and profiles by just glancing at the keyboard.

 

MasterKeys Pro L GeForce GTX Edition Price + Availability

The MasterKeys Pro L GeForce GTX Edition is now available at major resellers in Malaysia, priced at RM 389 / US$ 98.

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The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

GAMDIAS Technology is a young new eSports company that focuses on PC gaming peripherals, from gaming mice to keyboards and headsets. Established in 2012, their name is an amalgam of GAM (Gaming Art in Motion) and DIAS, the Latin word for god. In short, GAMDIAS means “god of gaming“!

Despite the Latin origin of its name, GAMDIAS adopts an ancient Greek mythology theme for its products, naming them after Greek gods and goddesses. Today, we are going to take a look at the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard.

Don’t forget to join the GAMDIAS Hermes E1 Combo Giveaway Contest!

 

The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB Keyboard Specifications

For those who don’t know their Greek mythology, Hermes is the Greek god of transitions and boundaries, and a son of Zeus. GAMDIAS currently offers seven different Hermes models :

The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB is their top-of-the-line model, with the following specifications :

SpecificationsGAMDIAS Hermes RGB
ModelGKB1050
OS CompatibilityMicrosoft Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / XP
Processor32-bit ARM Cortex-M3
Key Switch TypeKailh Blue
Switch Rated Lifespan50 million keystrokes
Key Backlight Capability16.8 million colours, 4 brightness levels
Customisable Light EffectsYes
N-Key RolloverYes, 6KRO (as tested)
Built-in Memory72 KB
Programmable Keys2
Multimedia Control Keys6
Profile Keys6
Additional Macro KeysNo
Other CapabilitiesDisable Windows Key
Lock All Keys
Switch WASD & Arrow Keys
Consecutive Attack Mode
Graphical User InterfaceYes, via the GAMDIAS HERA software
InterfaceUSB
Polling Rate1000 Hz
Cable Length1.8 m braided cable with gold-plated USB connector
Onboard USB portsNo
Onboard audio portsNo
Dimensions440 mm wide x 170 mm deep x 37 mm thick
Weight1.16 kg

Let’s check it out!

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Unboxing The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB Keyboard

The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard comes in a large black and white cardboard box. Let’s take a look inside!

Inside the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB box, you should find the following items :

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Key Features Of The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB

Here is a quick video tour that showcases the key features of the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard.

 

The Keys & Switches

This is a mechanical keyboard targeted at gamers, so the keys and switches are, arguably, the most important components.

The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB keyboard uses the Kailh Blue switches – the clicky type. This gives you great tactile feedback, but if there are people around you, they’ll not enjoy the experience quite as much. 😀

Here are the Kailh Blue switch’s key specifications :

  • Behaviour : Clicky
  • Feel : Heavy
  • Actuation Force : 60 g
  • Actuation Distance : 2 mm
  • Total Travel Distance : 4 mm
  • Sound Level : Loud
  • Rated Lifespan : 50 million keystrokes

The key caps have a more pronounced cylindrical key face, which makes it easier to touch type. This makes the Hermes RGB a really great keyboard for touch typing. But again, the audible clicks may put off people around you.

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The keys can be removed for cleaning and replacement. GAMDIAS includes a bright orange key cap removal tool for that very purpose. Just push it in until it locks into the key and then pull to remove the key.

The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB keyboard has a few 6 gaming profile keys, 6 multimedia control keys, as well as special function keys :

  • Lock Keyboard – to disable all keyboard keys until they are unlocked
  • Game Mode – to lock the Windows key so there is no response when it is pressed
  • Swap WASD And Arrow Key Modes – switches the WASD keys to the arrow mode, and back again
  • On-The-Fly (OTF) Macro Recording – enables on-the-fly macro recording

 

RGB Backlight

This is the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB keyboard’s headline feature. As its name suggests, it has full RGB backlighting for its keys. Every single key is not just individually backlit, you can choose the backlight colour out of a wide spectrum of 16.8 million colours, with 4 brightness levels.

The Hermes RGB keyboard also comes with four lighting effects built-in. Using shortcut keys, you can instantly switch between those lighting effects – Wave, Rotation, Slide In, Static… and even turn off the lights completely. You can also adjust the speed and brightness levels of the backlight.

 

Other Features

The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard has 1.8 meter long USB cable with a gold-plated USB connector. The keyboard has three channels, while the USB cable has two straps, for cable management.

The back of the Hermes RGB keyboard can be raised about 2 cm using the flip-stands. To prevent inadvertent movement, the flip stands have a rubber coating. There are also four rubber pads in the front of the keyboard.

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N-Key Rollover

GAMDIAS rates the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard as being capable of n-key rollover (NKRO). This means it can correctly register multiple keys simultaneously. This is not only important in competitive gaming where keys are rapidly being pressed, but also musical composition where multiple keys may be pressed simultaneously.

Our tests showed that the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB keyboard is capable of registering up to 6 simultaneous keys. That makes it a 6KRO keyboard. This is enough for most competitive gamers and quick typists. And like all modern mechanical keyboards, it has anti-ghosting built-in, so it won’t register false key presses.

 

User Experience & Verdict

The GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard has great tactile feedback, thanks to the Kailh Blue switches. The curvier key caps also allow for easier touch typing. Even though it’s not a true NKRO keyboard, it is more than fast enough for most competitive gamers and touch typist.

The Kailh Blue switches can be rather distracting though, especially if you are playing for fun or with other people nearby. The clicks may offer audio feedback for typing, but it takes away your suspension of disbelief while gaming. You can “fix” the former by using headphones, but there’s nothing you can do about the latter.

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The RGB backlighting is great for those who want to play in the dark, or colour-coordinate it with the LED lighting in their gaming rig. The Hermes RGB offers full control of the lighting. But if you are not into RGB lighting, then the extensive lighting options it offers will seem like overkill.

Because it’s targeted at gamers, the Hermes RGB keyboard swapped the Menu key on the right with the Windows key. Where you usually have the Windows key on the left (between the Ctrl and Alt keys) is the Function key. This allows for faster, single-handed access to the built-in function keys. The downside – the Windows shortcut keys may now require two hands (e.g. Windows + E to open Windows Explorer ).

We would recommend the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard to gamers who generally play alone, particularly if they prefer to use headphones over speakers. It is also a great keyboard for those who intend to do a lot of typing – the tactile feedback is similar to that of a typewriter. This is actually a great option for those who work and play on the same computer.

 

Giveaway Contest

In conjunction with the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard review, GAMDIAS is sponsoring a giveaway of their Hermes E1 Combo worth US$ 79.99! Will YOU be the lucky owner of the GAMDIAS Hermes E1 Combo?

Click here for the contest details!

 

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Logitech G610 Orion Brown Mechanical Keyboard Launched

March 17, 2016 — Logitech today announced the expansion of its mechanical gaming keyboard lineup with the Logitech G610 Orion Brown Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

The new keyboard features Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches, as well as customizable bright white LED key backlighting and dedicated media controls. It also integrates industry-leading technology and quality of construction in a uniquely crafted design to deliver peak performance for a pure gaming experience.

“Keyboard enthusiasts want a variety of options,” said KP Sim, Logitech Country Manager of Malaysia, Philippines and Brunei. “Our new G610 Orion Brown keyboard delivers a clean, sophisticated design along with a choice of mechanical switches.”

 

Logitech G610 Orion Brown

Pure Performance-Driven Design
Every aspect of the Logitech G610 Orion Brown – from the simplest details, such as fingerprint-masking matte texture and a durable braided cable, to the most complex details, including advanced bright white LED key backlighting – is precisely engineered. The result is industry-leading technology and quality of construction in a uniquely crafted design.

Cherry MX Key Switches
[adrotate banner=”4″]The Logitech G610 Orion Brown features Cherry MX mechanical switches, which are the industry standard in mechanical keyboards. Cherry MX switches are rated over 50 million keystrokes and actuate precisely for a reliable gaming experience. Low-noise Cherry MX Brown switches have a tactile bump for feedback while you type.

Customizable LED Backlighting
Use Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) to select and personalize brightness for each key to match your style, system or environment, or set lighting to sleep when you aren’t using the system. Light up keys to keep track of spells and other commands. Additionally, use LGS to synchronize lighting patterns and effects with other Logitech G gaming gear so your devices can display the same lighting pattern. Available patterns include breathing or light wave.

Easy-Access Media Controls
The Logitech G610 Orion Brown features dedicated media controls that can be used to play, pause and mute music and videos instantly, so you can control your background track without switching out of your game. Use the roller to adjust the volume, or skip to the next song with the touch of a button.

Full Customization
Get full control of the Logitech G610 Orion Brown with LGS. Customize your favorite games with custom button macros on the F1-F12 keys. Control lighting on individual keys and determine which keys are turned off when you turn on Game Mode.

Pricing and Availability
The Logitech G610 Orion Brown will be available in Malaysia from April 2016 onwards from MCL Berhad. The suggested retail price for the product is RM 599 (inclusive of GST) / ~US$ 139.

 

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