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Posts tagged “mechanical keyboards”

Feature: Devil in the details

It’s the little details that make HP’s new Omen Sequencer keyboard and Reactor mouse so great

I won't lie. When HP announced a string of new Omen peripherals at this year's Computex show in Taiwan, the thing that really caught my eye was its supposed ear-cooling gaming headset. It even had a cool-sounding name and everything. The HP Omen MINDFRAME. Sadly, that was the one thing missing from the HP Omen demo day I went to last week. I did, however,…

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Feature: Happy hunting

Razer Huntsman review: Opto-mechanical goodness

If you like your clacky keyboards, Razer's new Huntsman is going to be right up your street. This thing is LOUD. Much louder, I'd say, than any other keyboard I've tested so far, and I'd probably even go as far as saying it's clickier and clackier than the Cherry MX blue switches found in mechanical keyboards like the Fnatic Streak and HyperX Alloy Elite. This…

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Feature: Vim and vigor

MSI Vigor GK80 review: Red vs Silver Cherry MX switches

When MSI sent me their Vigor GK80 mechanical keyboard earlier in the year, I was only able to test the version that came with red Cherry MX switches. You may recall, however, that it's also available with silver Cherry MX switches as well. Well, now I can finally give you a proper verdict on which one's better, as the silver Vigor GK80 has just arrived…

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Feature: Bringing it all together

How to put your case back together again and connect your peripherals

Congratulations! You've made it through our How to Build a PC guide. Now it's time to double-check and triple-check that everything's connected properly, put your case back together and plug in those peripherals. Let's get started.

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Feature: Live long and prosper

Roccat’s Vulcan mechanical keyboard is one to watch

One of the surprise highlights of this year’s Computex has been, of all things, a keyboard – and a Roccat one at that. It’s not that the German firm makes a load of bad kit – the Khan Pro headset and Leadr mouse are both recent successes – but they’ve also never really broken through to becoming first-rate purveyors of must-have peripherals. The Vulcan, however,…

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Best gaming keyboard 2018: Our top mechanical, membrane and RGB picks for PC

Your keyboard is one of the most important parts of your entire PC, so to help you decide what your next one's going to be, we've put together a list of all the best gaming keyboards we've tried and tested in the RPS treehouse. We've got everything here from top of the range mechanical keyboards right down to the very best that membrane keyboards have to offer as well, the…

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Roccat’s Titan switches suggest new mechanical keyboards are on the way

After years of championing the membrane keyboard, Roccat look as though they're finally preparing to jump headfirst into the world of proper, honest-to-goodness mechanical keyboards thanks to their newly-announced partnership with leading switch manufacturer TTC. Officially know as the Titan Switch (or the Titan Switch Tactile to give its full mouthful of a name), these will be the first mechanical switches Roccat have designed in-house, and we'll see…

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HP Omen 15 gets Intel Optane Memory refresh, plus new ear-cooling headset, mice and keyboard peripherals

HP unveiled a mother lode of new Omen bits and pieces this morning, including a 2018 refresh of their Omen 15 gaming laptop with Intel Core i5+ and i7+ processor options (the + bit meaning they come with Intel's super fast Optane Memory gubbins). HP also announced a swathe of new mice and keyboard peripherals for PC, plus the world's first gaming headset with something HP's calling 'active…

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Feature: Cat and mouse

Hands on with Acer’s new Predator Cestus 510 mouse and Aethon 500 keyboard

When you think of Acer's Predator range, laptops and monitors are probably the first things that come to mind. This year, however, Acer are going all in on PC gaming peripherals, as they've just unveiled a brand-new mouse and keyboard at their New York press conference - the highly-flexible Predator Cestus 510 and the blue mechanical switch-themed Aethon 500. And I've been plastering my grubby…

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Feature: Flare up

Asus ROG Strix Flare review: A tasteful take on RGB

Compared to Asus' usual crop of PC peripherals, the ROG Strix Flare is a refreshing sight. Unlike the ROG Claymore, the ROG Strix X470F-Gaming motherboard or indeed anything else bearing the ROG moniker, the Flare doesn't have a single bit of sci-fi / Aztec / cyber text pattern anywhere on its grey plastic chassis - and looks all the better for it. There is, admittedly,…

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Feature: Winning Streak

Fnatic Streak / miniStreak review: Gettin’ skinny with it

Fnatic probably means more to you as an esports team than a hardware manufacturer, but if you're after the world's thinnest RGB mechanical keyboard, then Fnatic's new Streak is the place to be. There's also the miniStreak for those who prefer something a bit more compact or can't remember the last time they touched their number pad, so this review will cover both of them…

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Feature: Spilling the beans

Corsair K68 RGB review: A spill resistant keyboard that only wants to get its toes wet

We've all done it. I've even ruined a rather expensive gaming laptop doing it. And yet, I still keep a long, tall glass of water on my desk every day (not to mention multiple mugs of tea) because I'm an idiot who can't learn from her own mistakes. Right next to my keyboard. One accidental swipe of my arm, or a mad dash across my…

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Feature: Alloy alloy

HyperX Alloy Elite review: Mechanical keyboard bliss

My newfound love of mechanical keyboards has been a little shaken of late. While I'm still not completely down with paying over £100 for a keyboard, the Asus ROG Claymore made a pretty convincing argument for burning a hole in my bank card. Then the Corsair K70 Lux RGB I reviewed went and ruined things slightly with its weird spongy Silent Cherry MX switches and…

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Feature: Treading lightly

Corsair K70 Lux RGB review: Softly, softly with the MX Silent edition

As much as I loved the Asus ROG Claymore when I tested it at the end of last year, there's still a very large part of me that balks at the idea of spending £150 on a mechanical keyboard. After years of being perfectly happy with admittedly terrible plastic membrane concoctions, it's hard to let go. The Corsair K70 Lux RGB isn't any less expensive…

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Feature: Key deals this weekend

Black Friday 2017: The best mouse, keyboard and gaming headset deals

Your mouse and keyboard are vital parts of your PC setup, but they also break the most often, making Black Friday a great time to get a good deal on a new mouse and keyboard without spending an arm and a leg. We've also got some great deals on the best gaming headsets here as well, just in case you fancy upgrading your audio setup as…

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Feature: Switched on

Asus ROG Claymore review: A mechanical keyboard conversion

Time to own up. Before now, I’ve never actually used a mechanical keyboard. For a time I used one of Roccat’s giant, spongy Isku gaming keyboards, mostly because that happened to be the one sitting on my desk when I started my first job, but in that same job, I soon began a long-lasting, if slightly unhealthy, relationship with one of Microsoft’s basic wireless keyboard…

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So I Bought A Mechanical Keyboard

Note - this piece is aimed at people who are as ignorant about mechanical keyboards as I was until around a week ago (and probably still am), not at old hands. For the longest time, my major interest in a keyboard has been whether it's got big, easy multimedia controls. Apart from that, it's a plastic thing with buttons on it, right? Then people (including…

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Feature: Red, brown or blue?

Week in Tech: All Hail The Mighty Mechanical Keyboard

Mechanical keyboards. What, dear readers, is the schitnitz? Dare I say it, there is such a thing as the mechanical keyboard movement. Indeed, we're now at the point where there's significant debate within that community over various types of mechanical keyboard switches. Knowing your Cherry MX Red from your Blue and Brown absolutely matters. But what exactly is a mechanical keyboard, why is it rapidly…

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