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Das launches The Divsion line of keyboards

Posted on February 4, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Das is well known for their solidly built, reliable mechanical keyboards, and they are often a favorite of those who work in an office that requires heavy keyboard use all day. They are known for quality, durability, and their long life, as well as their mechanical keyswitches. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that they now want a piece of another very large pie. The gaming industry.

Das will enter the market with flair, releasing a line of gaming gear, including a mouse, three mousepads and a new keyboard. All of which are branded for the new Ubsoft game The Division. The item I am most excited about is the one that the Texas based company has the most experience with, the new X-40 keyboard.  Das said in a press release, that its new X40 keyboard is

“the only gaming keyboard with interchangeable metal top panels, “with exclusive space camo” printed color scheme with four options: red, olive, mustard, and silver, along with red backlighting. The X40 has five programmable macro keys, a USB 2.0 pass-through, and a 2m (6.5ft) long cable.”

Discerning mechanical keyboard users may me more interested in the fact that the board also features the new mechanical switch Das has cooked up, which it claims is 15 percent faster than Cherry MX, based on how far you press the switches before they actuate. Das is even including two options for different levels of feedback: Alpha-Zulu Tactile Switch gives you a small tactile bump halfway through a keypress, and the Alpha-Zulu Linear Switch has a much quieter and smoother feel when pressing a key. The price is set at 150USD.


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Fnatic launches peripherals range

Posted on November 24, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Fnatic has decided to expand beyond simple T-shirts and branded soft goods with a newly announced line of gaming peripherals. The announcement was made via the teams page and they are running a IndieGoGo   to get the line off the ground. The design choices may seem out of place but Fnatic has taken great care on their site to explain the motivation behind the design. The price certainly is hi-end with the full keyboard and mouse set available in the IndieGoGo for 167$.

So what do you get for your almost 170$? The full set consists of the Flick G1 optical gaming mouse, the Rush G1 mechanical keyboard with Cheerry MX red switches, and the Focus G1 mouse pad (cloth), or the Boost G1 (polycarbonate) mouse pad.  The products are set to ship out in December and January of 2015 and 2016. That’s a pretty impressive turn around time for anything physical on Indie Go Go. The Keyboard looks to be fairly hi end, including two additional USB ports, LED backlighting, and several on board profiles no one is going to accuse the keyboard of being low end.


The Flick mouse is equipped with a “pro-grade optical sensor, an ergonomic feel for the hand, and three customizable profiles” This at least is refreshing to see, as many hi end gaming mice do not support any on board profiles. As for the lower DPI of the sensor the officail word from the Indie GO GO is that they did not need a high DPI sensor, and that instead they wanted something which performed reliably.

Keypoints mouse

The final portion, the mouse pad is perhaps the most interesting of all. A variably sized mouse pad in two different types of materials a cloth and a PVC, a well as several sizes. The focus G1 and Boost G1 are the two mouse pads which each come in three sizes so that no matter how large or small your mousing surface is, you can still use one of them.

Kp mousepads

It remains to be seen weather or not these new gaming peripherals will make a dent in the already crowded market of high end keyboards and mice that are marketed exclusivly to gamers, but I for one would at least like to see the product before I pay 170$ for it.


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