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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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HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Revealed!

The HyperX Alloy Origins is the first full-sized gaming keyboard to feature HyperX switches and exposed RGB backlit keys.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard!

 

HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

HyperX Alloy Origins is a compact full-sized keyboard that features custom HyperX mechanical switches with a short travel time and low actuation force.

Its key switches have exposed LEDs for brighter illumination with radiant lighting effects, and five adjustable brightness levels.

Built with a full aluminium body, the HyperX Alloy Origins is rigid and stable, and yet portable at just over 1.07 kg. It comes with a detachable USB Type C cable so you can easily take it on-the-go.

Designed for gamers, it has anti-ghosting and N-key rollover capabilities, as well as a Game Mode to ensure that you do not accidentally take yourself out of the game in key moments.

It has three adjustable tilt angles, with onboard memory for three user profiles. And you can customise the lighting effect, craft macros and adjust Game Mode with the HyperX NGENUITY software.

 

HyperX Alloy Origins Specifications

Specifications HyperX Alloy Origins
Model HX-KB6RDX
Switch HyperX Red Switch
80 million keystroke lifespan
Switch Type Linear, 45 g actuation force
Key Travel 1.8 mm to 3.8 mm
Backlighting Per-key RGB lighting
16.8 million colours, 5 brightness levels
Anti-Ghosting Yes, 100%
Key-Rollover N-key
Game Mode Yes
User Profile 3 Profiles
OS Compatibility Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
Tilt Angles Three steps – 3° / 7° / 11°
Connection USB Type C to USB Type A
Cable Detachable, braided USB cable (1.8 m)
Dimensions 442.5 mm wide
132.5 mm deep
36.39 mm high
Weight 1075 g

 

HyperX Alloy Origins Price + Availability

The HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard is available for purchase at these price points :

 

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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 ASUS ROG Strix Flare Mechanical Keyboard Revealed!

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that ROG Strix Flare, a versatile RGB mechanical gaming keyboard that improves upon a well-established formula with exceptional performance and unrivalled personalization features, is now available in select markets.

 

ASUS ROG Strix Flare Mechanical Keyboard

The ASUS ROG Strix Flare is currently offered with four different Cherry MX RGB switch types — red, blue, brown and black —to deliver the precise mechanical feel and responsiveness demanded by gamers. The keyboard also features 100% anti-ghosting technology with N-key rollover to ensure all keystrokes are registered reliably, no matter how many keys are pressed simultaneously.

Unrivalled personalization

ROG Strix Flare lets gamers experience a new level of personalization with a customizable illuminated badge that can be inserted directly into the keyboard. Gamers can keep the pre-installed ROG logo badge or design their own insignia on the provided blank insert and see it flare up with Aura RGB lighting. The badge can be easily customized using paint or printed stickers, or gamers can seek professional printing or laser etching for a premium touch.

Individually backlit keys are housed in a dual-textured case displaying the signature ROG slash design, and a row of LEDs under both sides of the case creates a vibrant underglow that extends the customizable lighting beyond the keyboard.

Powered by Aura Sync, ROG Strix Flare puts the entire color spectrum and a range of dynamic lighting effects at gamers’ command, enabling them to create a unique color scheme. All onboard lighting can be synchronized with the extensive portfolio of Aura Sync-enabled devices for a truly immersive gaming environment.

Designed for convenience and comfort

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While most gaming keyboards place media controls on the upper-right, ROG Strix Flare features its dedicated media keys and a smooth-scrolling volume wheel positioned on the upper left. This gives gamers instant access with their keyboard hand, eliminating the need to take their finger off the trigger to make adjustments mid-game.

The keyboard also features a handy USB passthrough port for conveniently connecting other devices and a detachable soft-touch wrist rest for extra comfort.

New ROG Armoury II configuration utility

ROG Strix Flare comes with ROG Armoury II, an enhanced, driver-based version of ROG’s peripheral configuration utility that offers improved controls while using less system resources. ROG Armoury II enables gamers to create profiles, customize colors and lighting effects, map keys, record macros, and even track hardware stats during gameplay for data analysis.

 

ASUS ROG Strix Flare Price

The ASUS ROG Strix Flare is currently priced at $179.99.

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The Tecware Phantom RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review

Mechanical gaming keyboards are increasingly becoming a must-buy accessory.

The only thing holding back mass adoption is cost – mechanical keyboards cost a lot more than membrane keyboards.

That changes with the Tecware Phantom RGB mechanical keyboard!

 

Tecware

Tecware is a relatively new PC accessories brand with a focus on PC gaming cases, and now mechanical keyboards.

They currently have just two keyboard models – the full-sized Tecware Phantom (Price Check), and the tenkeyless (TKL) model – the Tecware Phantom 87 Key (Price Check).

Tecware Phantom Specifications

SpecificationsTecware Phantom
Available ColoursBlack / Gunmetal
DesignMechanical Keyboard (104 Keys)
Keycap TypeDoubleshot ABS keycaps
Switch OptionsOutemu Brown - 55g tactile bump
Outemu Red - 50g linear
Outemu Blue - 60g tactile click
Switch Lifecycle50 million keystrokes
BacklightingYes, individual RGB SMD LED
18 preset modes, 5 levels, 5 speeds
N-Key Rollover (NKRO) CapabilityYes, Full NKRO
Windows Key DisableYes
InterfaceUSB 2.0 (1000 Hz polling rate)
USB Cable1.8 m braided cable
Dimensions444.5 mm wide
133.5 mm deep
22.5 mm high
Weight1,140 g

 

Unboxing The Tecware Phantom RGB Keyboard

Let’s unbox the Tecware Phantom (Price Check) and see what we find inside!

Once you fully unbox the Tecware Phantom (Price Check), you will find the following items :

  • One Tecware Phantom mechanical keyboard (with 1.8 m USB cable attached)
  • One Tecware Phantom Quick Start Guide
  • One keycap puller (on keyboard underside)
  • Four spare Outemu Brown switches
  • One switch puller

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The Tecware Phantom Up Close!

The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) is a full-sized keyboard with a 104-key layout.

It comes with Outemu mechanical switches, and individual RGB lighting for each and every key.

This video offers a close-up look!

 

Compact Design

The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) is a full-sized keyboard but it has a compact design. It is just under 45 cm wide, and just over 13 cm deep.

More importantly, the base is just 1 cm thin in the front. This allows it to do away with a wrist rest, making it so much more compact than the GAMDIAS Hermes keyboard. This is important if you plan to travel with it.

 

Doubleshot ABS Keycaps

Tecware did not skimp on the keycaps. The keycaps are manufactured using the double-shot moulding process. This is a two-step process that creates legends (the character on the key) that cannot be worn off.

The only downside – the keycaps are made from ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), instead of PBT (polybutylene terephthalate). ABS keycaps will become glossy over time, unlike PBT keys. However, double-shot PBT keycaps are relatively rare.

 

Outemu Switches

The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) comes with a choice of three types of switches from Outemu. Our sample keyboard came with our favourite switch – the Brown switch. All Outemu switches are rated for 50 million keystrokes.

  • Outemu Brown – they have a 55g tactile bump
  • Outemu Red – linear switches with 50g actuation force
  • Outemu Blue – these switches have a 60g tactile click

Tecware also threw in four spare Outemu switches, and a switch puller. They also cleverly integrated the keycap puller into the base of the Phantom. This ensures you won’t lose the important keycap puller, and have it at hand whenever you need it.

 

N-Key Rollover (NKRO) & Anti-Ghosting

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Like many gaming keyboards, the Tecware Phantom (Price Check) has N-Key Rollover (NKRO) capability. But unlike many cheaper mechanical keyboard, the Tecware Phantom boasts FULL NKRO capability.

We tested this and managed to register 73 simultaneous keypresses. So yes, we can confirm that, for all intents and purposes, this is a full NKRO keyboard.

We also confirmed that it is “anti-ghosting” – no extra keys are registered, other than those we actually pressed.

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RGB Backlighting

The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) boasts individual RGB backlighting for every key.

They also used SMD LEDs, instead of the cheaper DIP LEDs used in some keyboards. SMD LEDs are not only brighter, they last much longer.

In addition the ability to program each key with its own backlight colour, the Phantom also comes with 18 built-in lighting modes.

 

Here are the built-in lighting effects :

  • Breathing effect with colour cycling
  • Breathing effect with fixed colour
  • Fixed colour
  • Reactive with a ripple effect
  • Reactive with single key lighting
  • Reactive with a horizontal effect
  • Horizontal wave effect
  • Pulse wave effect
  • Hurricane effect
  • Vertical wave effect
  • Waterfall effect
  • Swirl effect

You can further customise the lighting effects above with 9 LED colour options – red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, violet, white and RGB.

 

USB Cable

Like most mechanical keyboards, the Tecware Phantom (Price Check) comes with an attached USB cable, braided for strength and durability.

It is 1.8 meters long, or just under 6 feet. The are three cable channels on the underside of the keyboard for cable management.

It has a gold-plated USB connector. The gold-plating does nothing for performance, but prevents corrosion and keeps the connector look shiny for a long time.

It even comes with an attached cap to avoid scratches to other devices during travel.

 

1000 Hz USB Polling Rate

The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) boasts a 1000 Hz USB polling rate, which is 8X higher than the default USB polling rate of 125 Hz.

This is important for speed typists and gamers, because it allows for more key presses to be registered per second, and with much lower latencies to boot.

Some people claim that this feature is a gimmick, because of the built-in anti-bounce delay. That is only true if you are tapping the same key. There is no anti-bounce delay when you type different keys.

Without a higher USB polling rate, you would be limited to typing two keys per second. That would be a waste of a mechanical keyboard with its lighter and faster switches and much shorter anti-bounce delays.

 

Rubber Feet & Stand

The Tecware Phantom (Price Check) 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.

The flip stands raise the back of the keyboard by a full centimetre, from 2.2 cm to 3.2 cm. They also appear to be solidly-made, and capable of handling a fair bit of use and abuse.

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Techware Phantom RGB : Our Verdict & Award

The Tecware Phantom RGB mechanical keyboard (Price Check) is a real nice surprise. Despite its lack of pedigree and low price, it checks off every important feature we like in a mechanical keyboard… and then some.

Like all other mechanical keyboards, it has user-replaceable keycaps. On top of that, they also made the switches user-replaceable. Heck, they even included a switch puller, and four spare switches!

You would have expected a simple LED backlight for mechanical keyboards at this price range. Instead, the Tecware Phantom offers individual RGB lighting for every key!

In addition to the 18 built-in colour modes, you can customise the LED backlight colour, pattern and effect for every key.

They also used SMD LED lights in the Tecware Phantom (Price Check). SMD LEDs are not just brighter and last longer than DIP LED lights, they also use less power. In fact, the Phantom only uses 1.25 W of power.

Tecware did not skimp on the USB interface either. The Phantom has a 1000 Hz USB polling rate, and a gold-plated USB connector protected by a cap during travel.

We not only like it A LOT, we also think that it is a steal. It offers many features that are only found in more expensive keyboards. Tecware has just proven that it is possible to can create an awesome mechanical keyboard that won’t break the bank!

That is why we feel the Tecware Phantom (Price Check) deserves our Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Tecware!

 

Where To Buy The Tecware Phantom

Here is a selection of links to purchase the Tecware Phantom mechanical keyboard, and its Tenkeyless brother, the Tecware Phantom 87 Key :

  • Tecware Phantom (RGB backlight, Outemu Brown) : US$ 49.99
  • Tecware Phantom (RGB backlight, Outemu Blue) : US$ 49.99
  • Tecware Phantom 87 Key (White backlight, Outemu Blue) : US$ 39.99
  • Tecware Phantom 87 Key (Red backlight, Outemu Blue) : US$ 29.99

In Malaysia, you can reach out to SunCycle Distribution (+605-332-5531) or purchase from Lazada.

 

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The Alienware Aurora R7 & Other Gaming Products Revealed!

Dell just revealed a new version of their Alienware Aurora gaming desktop – the new Alienware Aurora R7, powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processor. They also revealed a bunch of other Alienware gaming products from curved gaming monitors to gaming keyboards!

 

Introducing The Alienware Aurora R7 Gaming Desktop!

Previously codenamed Coffee Lake, the 8th Generation Intel Core processors deliver 40% better performance, thanks to the addition of two processor cores over the 7th Generation processors. This greatly improved performance boosts the new Alienware Aurora R7‘s gaming performance by up to 25% over the Aurora R6.

Dell was not able to bring in the new Aurora R7, so they set-up the previous-generation Aurora gaming desktop for us to check out. The only difference between the Aurora R6 and the new Aurora R7 is the processor upgrade to the 8th Generation Intel Core processor.

The Aurora is Alienware’s smallest dual-graphics mid-tower desktop. Despite its svelte form factor, it can support CPU water cooling and overclocking, as well as two full-sized graphics cards. It also features customisable AlienFX lighting, and a steel-reinforced magnesium-alloy chassis with tool-less access for easy upgrades.

 

The Q4 2017 Alienware Gaming Products Revealed!

In addition to the new Alienware Aurora R7 gaming desktop, Charllie Cheah, Dell Consumer Brand Manager, also shared details of the new Alienware gaming products that are being launched in time for the holiday season.

To cater to the demand of gamers this coming holidays, Alienware are introducing the following gaming products :

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  • The Alienware Aurora R7 Gaming Desktop
  • 34″ Alienware Curved Gaming Monitors with NVIDIA G-SYNC
  • 25″ Alienware Gaming Monitors with either NVIDIA G-SYNC or AMD FreeSync
  • Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard
  • Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard
  • Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse
  • Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse

 

Price & Availability

All of these Alienware gaming products are available for purchase right now, at the following prices :

  • The Alienware Aurora R7 Gaming Desktop : RM 4,999 / ~US$ 1,189 onwards
  • 34″ Alienware Curved Gaming Monitors with NVIDIA G-SYNC
    AW3418DW with the WQHD resolution of 3440 x 1440 : RM 5,599 / ~US$ 1,333
    AW3418HW with the WFHD resolution of 2560 x 1080 : RM 5,079 / ~US$ 1,209
  • 25″ Alienware Gaming Monitors with either NVIDIA G-SYNC or AMD FreeSync
    – AW2518H with NVIDIA G-SYNC : RM 2,699 / ~US$ 639
    – AW2518HF with AMD FreeSync : RM 2,199 / ~US$ 519
  • Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard (AW768)RM 569 / ~US$ 135
  • Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard (AW568)RM 369 / ~US$ 88
  • Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse (AW958)RM 429 / ~US$ 102
  • Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse (AW558) : RM 229 / ~US$ 55

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The GAMDIAS Hermes E1 Combo Giveaway Contest Results

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?

 

The GAMDIAS Hermes E1 Combo

The GAMDIAS Hermes E1 Combo consists of the three gaming components :

  • the GAMDIAS Hermes E1 mechanical gaming keyboard
    – backlit programmable keys with 21-key rollover on USB and anti-ghosting capability
    – aluminium faceplate with quick-attach wrist rest for prolonged gaming
  • the GAMDIAS Demeter E2 optical gaming mouse
    – features an advanced 3200 DPI optical sensor, with on-the-fly DPI adjustments
    – ergonomic ambidextrous design for left- and right-handed users
  • the GAMDIAS Nyx E1 gaming mouse mat
    – fabricated using high-quality polymer for longer lifespan and a smoother glide

 

The GAMDIAS Hermes E1 Combo Contest Details

This giveaway contest will be based on our GAMDIAS Hermes RGB mechanical gaming keyboard review. So be sure to read the review before continuing! 😀

The contest is simple. All you need to do is follow these three steps :

Step 1 – Like the GAMDIAS and Tech ARP


Facebook page.

Step 2 – Share the GAMDIAS Hermes E1 Combo Contest Facebook post on your Facebook wall.

Step 3 – Tell us at least one feature mentioned in our review that you like about the GAMDIAS Hermes RGB keyboard under the same Facebook post. (For example – I love the xxxxxxx feature in the Hermes RGB keyboard because yyyyyyy)

 

How We Will Select The Winner

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The contest will end at midnight (GMT+8) on 17 April 2017, and the winner will be randomly chosen from those who qualify.

If you are a winner, you will receive a Facebook PM requesting your mailing address and contact number. You must reply within 7 days, or we will select another winner.

The contest is only open to Malaysian residents, as the GAMDIAS distributor in Malaysia will be mailing the GAMDIAS Hermes E1 Combo directly to the winner.

Please note that fake Facebook accounts, or Facebook accounts used for contest purposes, will be automatically disqualified.

 

The Contest Results!

After filtering the contest results, GAMDIAS selected the best entry, with a runner-up as back-up. Let’s see who won!

The winner must PM or email us with your details within 7 days of this announcement, or the prize will go to the backup winner, and so on.

  1. Full Name
  2. Mobile / Telephone Number
  3. Full Address

If you did not win this time, don’t worry – we have another contest coming right up!

 

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The ASUS Cerberus V2 Headset & Cerberus Mech Keyboard Launched!

5th May, 2017 — ASUS today announced the Cerberus V2 gaming headset and Cerberus Mech RGB mechanical gaming keyboard, the latest gaming peripherals in the best-selling Cerberus series.

The Cerberus V2 features ASUS Essence drivers for improved bass-rich audio quality, a new stainless-steel headband and wrap-around ear cushions that offer improved durability and comfort, and wide compatibility with PC, Mac, gaming consoles, and mobile devices.

The Cerberus Mech RGB mechanical gaming keyboard features durable, mechanical key switches that provide lightning-fast response and have a 70-million-click lifespan for endurance under intense gaming action. Customizable RGB illumination with seven built-in lighting effects shines in millions of vivid colors, letting gamers tailor Cerberus Mech RGB to their own individual styles. Additionally, dedicated hotkeys let gamers quickly execute custom commands while gaming.

Cerberus V2 gaming headset

Cerberus V2 features ASUS Essence drivers that deliver pristine, high-fidelity audio, taking games to immersive new heights with impactful, lifelike sound effects and cinematic music. ASUS engineers reduced the size of the drivers from 60mm in the original Cerberus to 53mm in Cerberus V2, allowing larger sound chambers for richer, more natural sound. Combined with the drivers’ wide frequency response that delivers hard-hitting bass and clear, detailed middle and high frequencies, the outstanding sound quality of Cerberus V2 makes it not only great for gaming but also for listening to music.

Cerberus V2 is built with a durable, stainless-steel outer headband, a comfortable padded inner headband and soft, wrap-around ear cushions that are ideal for long gaming and music-listening sessions. The ear cushions are 30 percent larger than the original Cerberus and provide 50-percent-better sound insulation for better gaming immersion.

An included four-pole audio/mic combined connector allows Cerberus V2 to be used with PC, Mac, gaming consoles, and mobile devices, and an audio/mic splitter adapter enables use with dual-port devices, such as motherboards and certain laptop models. Cerberus V2 also comes with two microphones: a detachable boom mic that provides clear communication when gaming, and an in-line microphone that is convenient for phone calls and other everyday tasks, such as smartphone voice commands.

Cerberus V2 is available in a choice of three bold colors — red, green and blue — to match gamers’ personal styles.

 

Cerberus Mech RGB gaming keyboard

Cerberus Mech RGB is built with fully mechanical Kaihua RGB switches — Red, Blue, Brown and Black — that provide tactile, lightning-fast response and have an ultra-durable lifespan of up to 70-million keystrokes. Full anti-ghosting and N-key rollover (NKRO) technology ensures that every keystroke is logged, even when multiple keys are pressed simultaneously.

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Every key on Cerberus Mech RGB has individually programmable backlighting in a choice of millions of colors. Combined with seven built-in lighting effects in customizable colors, gamers can tailor their keyboard to match their personal style and enhance their gaming experiences.

Cerberus Mech RGB also features handy, dedicated hotkeys for performing frequently used and complex commands quickly with a single button press. On-the-fly macro recording makes it easy to program new hotkey commands without leaving the game. Recorded macros are stored in the keyboard, so they are available when using it with multiple PCs.

Cerberus Mech RGB also has a full set of dedicated media keys and a Windows key-lock that temporarily deactivates the Windows key to protect against accidental presses while gaming.

 

Availability & Pricing

ASUS Cerberus V2 and Cerberus Mech RGB are estimated to be available by end of Q2, 2017.

 

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The Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Price & Specifications

Apr. 26, 2017 — Logitech G, a Logitech brand, (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced the Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Amazon).

 

The Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Designed in collaboration with top eSports athletes, the Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Amazon) is a high performance, tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard that is purpose-built for professional competition.

The keyboard features Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than standard mechanical keyboards, all in a switch design that delivers quiet performance. It also features a detachable cable system, making it easy to transport with customizable RGB lighting and onboard memory.

 

Romer-G Key Switches

Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches are purpose-built for pro-grade performance, responsiveness and durability offering precision and speed. With a short-throw actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches register key presses up to 25 percent faster than standard mechanical switches and are designed for performance.

Compact, Durable Design

The Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Amazon) features a compact tenkeyless design, making it easy to pack for tournament travel and freeing up table space for low-sensitivity mouse movement. The keyboard is reinforced with a steel back plate, adding stability and rigidity for gameplay.

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Detachable Cable System

A detachable Micro-USB connector ensures that the cable won’t break at the connection point when bouncing around in a bag and transported between events. The three-pronged design features support arms for an easy, reliable data connection.

Customizable RGB Lighting

Using optional Logitech Gaming Software (LGS), players can select and personalize each individual key light from more than 16.8 million colors, and save a lighting pattern to onboard memory so it’s available for use in competition.

 

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Amazon) is expected to be available at authorized resellers in mid-April 2017 for a suggested retail price of RM629.00 (inclusive of GST) / ~US$ 139.

 

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The Logitech G413 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Launched

April 19, 2017 — Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, today announced the launch of an addition to its mechanical gaming keyboard lineup with the Logitech G413 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

 

The Logitech G413 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Engineered for precision and performance, the keyboard delivers unrivaled performance in a thoughtfully balanced, modern design.

The Logitech G413 features Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches, offering 25% faster actuation than standard mechanical keys, as well as a brushed anodized aircraft-grade aluminum top case, USB passthrough port and precision key backlighting for an affordable price.

The Logitech G413 comes in Carbon, featuring elemental red backlighting.

Romer-G Key Switches and Precision Key Lighting

Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches are purpose-built for pro-grade performance, responsiveness and durability. With a short-throw actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches register key presses up to 25 percent faster than standard mechanical switches, so you can get your shots off faster than your opponent.

Romer-G switches are also purpose-designed for precise and clean lighting through the keycaps, so they are always visible but never distracting.

Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Alloy

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A brushed 5052 aluminum-magnesium alloy top case serves as the keyboard’s backbone. The result is a minimal design balanced with a full set of features. With a focus on high-end finish and performance, the Logitech G413 is crafted from the highest-grade materials.

USB Passthrough and Full Function Keys

An integrated, dedicated USB passthrough provides full power and data speed within easy reach for any USB device. Media control is also built into the Logitech G413 keyboard so you can use the FN key to control volume, play and pause, mute, game mode, lighting, etc. The FN toggle feature in Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) configures keys to perform media commands by default.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G413 Carbon Mechanical Backlit Gaming Keyboard is expected to be available at Kaira Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd beginning in April 2017, for a suggested retail price of RM 429, inclusive of GST / ~US$ 95.

 

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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 :

Next Page > Key Features, Keys & Switches, RGB Backlight, Other Features

 

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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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New Logitech G Prodigy Series Introduced

19 September 2016Logitech today announced the Prodigy Series, a family of gaming gear that was designed to enhance the way you play. The new series, which includes two mice, a keyboard and a headset, all share the same attributes of high-performance technology, exceptional comfort, and a sleek and modern design.

The Logitech G Prodigy Series includes the Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse, Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse, Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard, and the Logitech G231 Prodigy Headset.

 

Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mice

The Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse and Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse deliver long-lasting comfort, thanks to their lightweight, ergonomic design. Rubber grips on the left and right sides give you added control, and the included 10g removable weight allows you to increase the weight if you prefer a heavier mouse.

Both mice are up to eight times faster than standard mice, which means when they are moved or clicked, the on-screen response is near-instantaneous. Each mouse has advanced button tensioning that helps keep the left and right mouse buttons primed to click, reducing the force required to click, delivering exceptional responsiveness.

These mice feature the PMW3366, the world’s most advanced gaming mouse sensor, preferred by eSports pros worldwide. Exceptionally precise and consistent, the PMW3366 gives you the confidence of quicker responses and more accurate targeting.

The mice can be used directly out-of-the-box, or with LGS you can fully configure the mouse to customize your lighting, buttons and DPI settings. Specifically, the G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse is equipped with the same energy efficient, high performance wireless technology as the award-winning Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum.

The highly optimized 2.4GHz wireless connection has 1ms report rate for incredible lag-free responsiveness that outperforms competitive solutions, including wired ones.

 

Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard

Designed for gamers of all levels, the G213 Prodigy keyboard features a sleek, spill-resistant design that is comfortable and durable. An integrated palm rest and adjustable feet let you set your keyboard to the ideal position, so it feels perfect during extended gaming sessions.

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The G213 Prodigy keyboard brings together the best in tactile feel and performance with keys built specifically for gamers. Each key on the G213 Prodigy is tuned to deliver ultra-quick, responsive feedback that’s up to four times faster than standard keyboards. Plus, its anti-ghosting gaming matrix is tuned for optimal gaming performance, keeping you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy keyboard features five RGB illumination zones that can be personalized from a spectrum of up to 16.8 million colors. Change colors to match your setup, specific games, or showcase your favorite colors, and synchronize lighting effects with other Logitech G devices using Logitech Gaming Software (LGS). Low light leakage around each keycap means more light comes through the lettering and less spills out around the keycaps, making it easier to find your keys in the dark.

Additionally, the dedicated media controls allow you to play, pause, skip and adjust the volume of your music with a touch of a button, without having to switch out of the game.

 

Logitech G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset

Using 40 mm neodymium drivers, the G231 Prodigy Headset delivers high-quality stereo sound that keeps you immersed in your PC or console game from start to finish. The earcups are covered with carefully selected sports performance cloth for a comfortable, soft touch even after hours of use. And they slip off easily for washing to keep the headset in top shape. The earcups are also designed to be slim and light, without skimping on audio quality.

A crystal-clear unidirectional boom mic can be positioned to pick up your voice alone, ensuring that you will be heard loudly and clearly. And when not in use, the mic can be folded back into the headphones. In-line audio controls for volume and microphone mute are within easy reach on the connection cable.

 

Logitech Prodigy Series Price & Availability

The Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse, Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard, Logitech G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset and Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse are expected to be available in Malaysia from MCL Bhd and Kaira Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd.

Logitech G403 Prodigy Gaming Mouse = RM329 / ~US$82 (inclusive of GST)
Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard = RM349 / ~US$ 87 (inclusive of GST)
Logitech G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset = RM299 / ~US$ 75 (inclusive of GST)
Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse = RM479 / ~US$ 120 (inclusive of GST)

 

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Razer BlackWidow X Keyboards Launched

IRVINE, Calif. – Razer today announced a new line of mechanical keyboards for gamers, the Razer BlackWidow X series.

The new line of keyboards is a pared down minimalist version of the original Razer BlackWidow by removing the protective top cover and exposing the military-grade metal top plate construction that is found inside all current Razer BlackWidow keyboards. The original Razer BlackWidow with the inner metal chassis and additional protective top cover will continue to be sold as a premium model to the Razer BlackWidow X.

The stripped-down, minimalistic design of the Razer BlackWidow X line allows Razer to establish a new, lower price point for premium mechanical keyboards without compromising any of the core features for which the Razer BlackWidow is renowned.

The Razer BlackWidow X series includes models Powered by Razer Chroma technology, which unlocks customizable lighting on each key, with 16.8 million colors and a variety of lighting effects. Customized profiles can be created on the Razer Synapse software and shared with millions of other users via the Razer Chroma Workshop. In-game Chroma lighting effects are also integrated into popular game titles, including “Call of Duty: Black Ops III”, “Overwatch”, “Blade and Soul” and more.

Razer is also outfitting Razer BlackWidow X models in non-Chroma configurations. The Razer BlackWidow X Ultimate, at $99.99, with dynamic lighting effects, provides gamers a premium mechanical keyboard at a value price point.

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The Razer BlackWidow X keyboards feature the multi-award winning Razer Mechanical Switch, the world’s first key switch designed specifically for gaming. With an optimized set of actuation and reset points and increased durability of up to 80 million key strokes, Razer key switches possess almost double the lifespan of other switches on the market today.

Additionally, select models of the Razer BlackWidow and Razer BlackWidow X are now available with classic Cherry MX Blue switches to cater to the traditional mechanical keyboard enthusiasts. Razer BlackWidow keyboards with Cherry switches will be available at a lower price than those with Razer Mechanical Switches and start at the price of $59.99 for the Razer BlackWidow X Tournament Edition available exclusively via RazerStore

“The Razer BlackWidow X builds on our massive success with gaming keyboards and broadens the choice of keyboard design for gamers,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “By removing the protective top cover and exposing the inner metal top chassis of the current BlackWidow, I’m pleased that we’re able to establish a new low price point for a premium, metal-chassis, mechanical keyboard with the new BlackWidow X.”

Razer BlackWidow X keyboards are shipping now. For more information on pricing and specs of each model, visit razerzone.com or see below.

 

Razer BlackWidow X Chroma

Product features:

  • Razer Mechanical Switches with 50 g actuation force
  • 80 million keystroke life span
  • Chroma customizable backlighting with 16.8 million color options
  • Individually backlit keys
  • Military-grade metal top construction
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 10-key roll-over anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • Gaming mode option
  • Cable management routing
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Braided fiber cable

Price:
U.S. $159.99 / EU €189.99

Availability:
Razerzone.com – Available Now
Worldwide – Available Now (Amazon)
Layouts – US, UK, French, German, Nordics, Japanese

 

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition X Chroma

 

Product features:

  • Razer Mechanical Switches with 50 g actuation force
  • 80 million keystroke life span
  • Chroma customizable backlighting with 16.8 million color options
  • Individually backlit keys
  • Compact layout
  • Military-grade metal top construction
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 10-key roll-over anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • Gaming mode option
  • Cable management routing
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Braided fiber cable

Price:
U.S. $129.99 / EU €149.99

Availability:
Razerzone.com – April 2016
Worldwide – April 2016 (Amazon)
Layouts – US

 

Razer BlackWidow X Ultimate

 

Product features:

  • Razer Mechanical Switches with 50 g actuation force
  • 80 million keystroke life span
  • Individually backlit keys with dynamic lighting effects
  • Military-grade metal top construction
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 10-key roll-over anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • Gaming mode option
  • Cable management routing
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Braided fiber cable

Price:
U.S. $99.99 / EU €119.99
Cherry MX Blue Switch: U.S. $89.99 / EU € 109.99

Availability:
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Razer BlackWidow X Tournament Edition


Product Features:

  • Razer Mechanical Switches with 50g actuation force
  • 80 million keystroke life span
  • Compact layout
  • Military grade metal top construction
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 10 key roll-over anti-ghosting
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording
  • Gaming mode option
  • Cable management routing
  • USB pass-through
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • Braided fiber cable

Price:
U.S. $69.99 / EU €79.99
Cherry MX Blue Switch: U.S. $59.99 / EU € 69.99

Availability:
Razerzone.com – Available Now
Layouts – US

 

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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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Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Keyboard Launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia. — Feb 4, 2016 — Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum, a full-size RGB mechanical gaming keyboard that integrates our industry-leading technology and quality of construction in a uniquely crafted design to deliver peak performance for a pure gaming experience.

The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than standard mechanical keyboards, as well as customizable RGB lighting and dedicated media controls.

“We met with dozens of gamers over the last year and a half and asked them what they wanted in a gaming keyboard,” said KP Sim, Logitech Country Manager of Malaysia, Philippines and Brunei. “The result is the G810 Orion Spectrum, a clean, sophisticated design that’s focused on delivering pure performance.”

 

Features

Pure Performance-Driven Design
Every aspect of the keyboard – from the simplest details, such as fingerprint-masking matte texture and a durable braided cable, to the most complex details, including advanced RGB lighting and ultra-fast, ultra-durable Romer-G mechanical switches – is precisely engineered.  The result is industry-leading technology and quality of construction in a uniquely crafted design.

Ultra-Responsive Romer-G Key Switches
The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum features Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches that deliver near-instant responsiveness, registering key presses up to 25 percent faster than standard mechanical switches.

With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches receive commands more quickly, helping to give you an edge in competitive games where every millisecond matters. With improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent more keystroke operations than other standard key switches on the gaming peripheral market, you can play with confidence knowing that your keyboard can survive.

Customizable RGB Lighting
[adrotate banner=”4″]Using Logitech Gaming Software (LGS), select and personalize each individual key light from a spectrum of more than 16.8 million colors, and synchronize lighting effects with other Logitech G gaming gear. You can mark keys by color to keep track of spells and other commands, or change colors to match your setup.

Central backlighting makes it easier to find the right keys in game and in the dark. And LGS comes pre-loaded with custom lighting profiles for over 300 games, so all the customization is done for you out of the box.

Easy-Access Media Controls
The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum 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 G810 Orion Spectrum with LGS. Customize your favorite games with custom button macros on the F1-F12 keys. Control RGB lighting on individual keys and determine which keys are turned off when you turn on Game Mode.

 

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard will be available in April 2016 for the suggested retail price of RM799 (inclusive of GST) / ~US$189. The product will be available from Kaira Technologies (M) Sdn. Bhd. and MCL Bhd.

 

System Requirements

  • Optional LGS download works with Windows 7 and higher
  • Powered USB port
  • Internet connection for optional LGS download

 

Product Specifications

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 153 mm x 443.5 mm x 34.3 mm
  • Weight: 1180g (without cable)
  • Cable length: 6 feet

 

Warranty

  • 2-year limited hardware warranty

 

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Shark Zone MK80 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Launched

The Sharkoon Shark Zone MK80 RGB mechanical keyboard is now available for €139.90, with adjustable backlighting, professional Kailh switches, N-key rollover, lighting effects and macro recording.

For gaming pros: The Sharkoon SHARK ZONE MK80 RGB, in a 3-block layout, offers both brilliant illumination and unmatched individuality. Thanks to the premium quality switches from Kailh, the keyboard provides advantages for professional gamers.

The other technical details will also leave you impressed: N-key rollover, on-the-fly macro recording, gaming mode, up to five game profiles, onboard memory, integrated media hub with audio and USB connection possibilities plus a polling rate of 1,000 Hz. A total of eight pre-programmed lighting effects, with up to 16.8 million colors, will leave a colorful lasting impression. A comfortable palm rest supports ergonomic gaming, which is of course detachable.

The mechanical Kailh switches promise an average operating life cycle of at least 60 million clicks per key. The MK80 is available with either red, brown or blue switches, each provide different characteristics: Kailh Red has an operating force of 50 g, a linear switch and undetectable switching point and click point. The distance to actuation point is 2 mm.

The operating force for Kailh Brown is 45 g, the switch is tactile, the switching point is detectable and the click point is undetectable. The distance to actuation point is also 2 mm. The Kailh Blue offers a precisely detectable click point with a detectable switching point plus tactile switch. The distance to actuation point is 1.9 mm; the operating force is 50 g.

Visually the MK80 is a head turner, even without its installed software. Eight spectacular factory-made lighting effects are pre-programmed, which activate via a simple shortcut. Multicolored wave, pulsating or permanent illumination, an explosion effect or rhythmic illumination to match the music being played can all be selected, for example.

The included gaming software leaves nothing to be desired. In addition to the diverse LED illumination customization of every individual key, macros can be programmed, up to five individual game profiles can be made and appropriate shortcuts with the preferred interaction can be created. Also, key functions can be freely programmed. No customizations will ever be lost thanks to the onboard memory.

The Sharkoon SHARK ZONE MK80 RGB Brown, Sharkoon SHARK ZONE MK80 RGB Red and Sharkoon SHARK ZONE MK80 RGB Blue is now available for the suggested retail price of 139.90 euros in authorized retailers