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Cherry showcases new low-cost 'Viola' mechanical switches at CES 2020

By Shannon Robb | Jan 13, 2020 03:10 pm CST

CES 2020 - Cherry has been the benchmark for mechanical keyboard switches for quite some time now, and they are making moves to ensure that remains the case. We stumbled across this report from Anandtech from Cherry at CES 2020, and since we did not see Cherry at CES 2020, we wanted to give credit where credit is due.


Mechanical key switches whether you are a mechanical keyboard purist or merely an avid game who has developed a feel for the precise action and predictiveness of mechanical keyboards. You likely have heard of Cherry MX key switches. If you have ever tried to buy aftermarket keycap sets, then you have heard of them as even non-Cherry switches (or clones) have adopted the cross pattern of the Cherry MX stem simply because it has become a standard of sorts. This does, however, cause an issue with segmentation.

Cherry has sat back and made some excellent quality key switches. In contrast, other clones such as the Likes of Kailh and other Chinese market parts that have serviced mechanical keyboard switches for Peripheral manufacturers who could not get enough allocation from Cherry or found the clones more preferable for a lower BOM cost. However, this has led to some less than savory results such as keyboard where they are known to have switches die-off randomly and overall RMA nightmares souring some of the newcomers into the mech keyboard space.

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Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT keyboard comes with Stream Deck software

By Derek Strickland | Jan 6, 2020 03:31 pm CST

CES 2020 - Corsair just announced its new premium K95 RGB Platinum XT designed specifically with streamers in mind.

Corsair's new K95 RGB Platinum XT keyboard (our review here) is an interesting synergy between high-end gaming and streaming peripherals, representing the latest evolution of Corsair's multi-faceted brand. The K95 RGB Platinum XT sports all the major features you'd expect from a $200 enthusiast-grade mechanical keyboard--performance Cherry MX switches, highly customizable macros with special textured keys, full key (NKRO) with 100% anti-ghosting, and even a nice splash of RGB thrown in.

This time Corsair injected Stream Deck software right into the keyboard. Gamers, content creators, and streamers can essentially turn their K95 Platinum XT into a Stream Deck and launch custom commands and programs via the keyboard's six macro buttons. I'd love to have seen an extra row of macros for this purpose, but it's still a nifty addition. Corsair's iCUE lighting software is also baked right in, giving users direct control over RGB profiles.

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Razer unveils new flagship Basilisk Ultimate wireless gaming mouse

By Anthony Garreffa | Nov 8, 2019 07:26 pm CST

Razer has just unveiled its new flagship wireless gaming mouse with the new Basilisk Ultimate wireless gaming mouse, a new product aimed at the esports and FPS markets.


The new Basilisk Ultimate wireless gaming mouse packs HyperSpeed wireless connectivity technology that Razer should see home to the most ultra-low-lag gaming mouse on the planet. There are 14 RGB lighting zones that can be tweaked using Razer's own software.

Razer packs its own Focus+ optical sensor that packs 20,000 SPI precision, a 650 IPS maximum speed, and 50G acceleration. Razer even uses an SoC that includes its own features that will improve accuracy and reduce response time of the wireless mouse to give you the fastest wireless gaming mouse experience on the market.

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Logitech's new mechanical keyboard is modular, lets you swap switches

By Derek Strickland | Oct 1, 2019 06:09 pm CDT

Logitech today revealed an interesting new mechanical keyboard with swappable keyswitches.


The new Logitech G Pro Xone-ups the original Logitech G Pro keyboard in a big way: it lets users swap between red, blue, or brown mechanical key switches on-the-fly. Users can literally pull out the entire key-and-switch combo from the board. The Pro X uses Logitech G's proprietary GX switches that come in three flavors: Clicky (blue) for a more audible and punchy press, Tactile (brown) for a more soft bump, or Linear (red) for smooth keystrokes.

The Pro X costs $149.99 and comes outfitted with your choice of starter switches. Extra switches come in a $50 kit and include 92 switches so you'll have some to spare. It'll be available sometime this month. Basically Logitech has made rebuying mechanical keyboards a thing of the past--instead of buying the entire thing, you'll just pick up some more switches.

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Logitech wants you to thumb bash its new G604 Lightspeed gaming mouse

By Anthony Garreffa | Sep 17, 2019 07:26 pm CDT

Logitech has just announced its newest gaming mouse, the new G604 Lightspeed which succeeds the previous-gen G603 Lightspeed with a slew of new thumb buttons.

The new Logitech G604 Lightspeed features not 1 but 6 new thumb buttons, just like the older G602 -- but inside it packs the newer 16,000 DPI HERO sensor, Bluetooth support, and no-lag Lightspeed wireless tech.

Logitech has seemingly released what should amount to the perfect gaming mouse for the super-popular-right-now World of Warcraft Classic, where thumb buttons come in handy.

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ADATA unveils the world's first 4D gaming mouse

By Anthony Garreffa | Aug 29, 2019 09:01 pm CDT

ADATA has just unveiled the world's first 4D gaming mouse at IFA Berlin 2019, the new XPG Headshot Gaming Mouse.


The new ADATA XPG Headshot Gaming Mouse hits some big buzz words in AI and 4D printing, with ADATA teasing its new XPG HEADSHOT gaming mouse combines intelligence, ultra-light form factor, and "versatile lattice structure" that forms to make the "ultimate gaming mouse".

ADATA XPG Director of Products and R&D, Luca Di Fiore explains: "The XPG HEADSHOT is the embodiment of our commitment to achieving a relentlessly fine-tuned and insanely ergonomic experience. From day one, we have sought out ways to accommodate both Esports professionals' needs with tech enthusiasts wants to create a mouse that is an extension and reflection of who they are".

Endgame Gear's new XM1: the world's fastest gaming mouse

By Anthony Garreffa | Jul 19, 2019 06:32 pm CDT

Endgame Gear is gearing up for the big release of its new XM1 gaming mouse, which is being labeled as the world's fastest gaming mouse with a response time of less than 1ms, the perfect mouse for FPS gamers.

The company has teamed up with one of Germany's biggest Counter-Strike gamers with Johnny R stepping up to help, as he offered his talent to give Endgame Gear the best springboard possible with the XM1. The new XM1 packs a patented switch contact algorithm with pre-sorted mechanical OMROM 50M switches.

The new Endgame Gear XM1 rolls out with a response time of under 1ms which is insane, and then it is teamed with the Pixar PMW 3389 optical sensor which offers the best you can get right now for FPS gaming mice.

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HyperX debuts new key switches in Alloy Origins RGB keyboard

By Derek Strickland | May 27, 2019 07:34 pm CDT

Computex 2019 - HyperX today announced the Alloy Origins mechanical keyboard, the first to use the company's new self-made red key switches.


HyperX amps up its Alloy line of gaming peripherals with the Alloy Origins, a full-sized RGB-infused mechanical keyboard aimed at delivering performance with style. While the Alloy Origins looks similar to other keyboards in the Alloy banner, it's actually what's inside that makes it unique.

The new keyboard is the first to leverage HyperX's new proprietary red key switches that're durable and agile. The switches have a 1.8mm actuation point and 3.8mm travel distance, meaning they'll have lower resistance than Cherry MX Blue or Black switches. The actuation point is at 45g, so the Alloy Origins' keys won't take much force to press. HyperX's new switches are also rated for 80 million presses, which puts them high above most switches on the market and closest to Razer's own self-made key switches insofar as durability.

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Secretlab's 2020 series raises the gaming chair bar, AGAIN

By Anthony Garreffa | May 23, 2019 07:08 am CDT

Secretlab has just surprised us all with the release of its next generation gaming chairs in the new 2020 series, setting the new gold standard of gaming chairs.


The new Secretlab 2020 series is infused into their very best flagship gaming chair families in the TITAN and OMEGA series chairs, both improved with the new features from the 2020 series. These benefits include over 20 upgrades to the materials that Secretlab uses to build the chair, while the features and construction of their chairs themselves are different. It might look the same, but there are some serious changes under the hoods of the 2020 series gaming chairs.

Like the under-the-hood power of a car, some of those looks are also super-powered with their own upgrades including what is the VERY BEST neck and memory foam lumbar pillows. They are both the most hands down most comfortable I've ever used, and I think I would say that for every memory foam pillow ever. It's kind of unbelievable to the point where Secretlab has even added a layer of cooling gen inside of the neck pillow that dissipates the heat from the pillow over long gaming sessions. Like... what?! So awesome, and only with Secretlab.

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Turtle Beach has sold 30 million Gaming Headsets since 2005

By Jak Connor | Mar 29, 2019 01:00 am CDT

If you are into gaming then you have most likely heard of Turtle Beach, one of the leading companies in gaming audio for all platforms of play.


In a recent press release, Turtle Beach is proud to announce that since February 2019 the company has managed to sell over 30 million gaming headsets in North America. This figure has been measured since 2005 and according to the Turtle Beach CEO, Juergen Stark "Crossing this 30 million milestone is a great achievement that validates our commitment to leading in innovation and delivering the largest assortment of high-quality gaming headsets, and it shows the power of the Turtle Beach brand."

Stark continues and says that "With over 12 million more headsets sold life-to-date compared to the next competitor in the space4, gamers are clearly coming back to Turtle Beach for more, and that's very reassuring given where we're looking to take the company in the future." For more information, visit the official Turtle Beach here.