Aorus K7 with CHERRY MX RGB Red for the Viking MMORPG Valnir Rok
For the first time at Gamescom 2017 it was possible to play the multiplayer title Valnir Rok. This is an online sandbox survival role playing game which depicts Nordic mythology. The player is stranded on Valnir Island and must hold his ground in a harsh world - against wild animals, mythical creatures, and barbaric people under the eyes of Nordic gods.
Being open world, it is possible to build your own village, found your own clan and expand for more power and prestige. Players can even take professions, create items, or trade with others. Or they devote themselves exclusively to the art of war in order to claim victory in great battles subjugating enemies.
But not only the Nordic setting and the many functions like sandbox or crafting elements make Valnir Rok a special kind of MMORPG. In fact, the idea for this game comes from no less than two of the most popular German Let's Players - Sarazar and Gronkh. Both of them are also actively involved in the development of the title.
For the best possible game experience, it requires decent gaming PCs and high-quality input devices. That’s why our partner Aorus jumped into the breach and equipped gaming stations with proper hardware. They also provided the gaming keyboard AORUS K7 with the linear CHERRY MX RGB Red switches. Thanks to RGB single-button backlight, the keyboard can flexibly be illuminated. Of course, it is also possible to program profiles and macros in real-time and save them together with the different light effects to the onboard memory.
Asus Strix Tactic Pro with CHERRY MX Black
Our partner Asus presented its Strix Tactic Pro gaming keyboard. This model is equipped with linear CHERRY MX Black switches. The Strix Tactic Pro is also available with CHERRY MX Red, Blue or Brown. Thanks to the orange key backlight, players always got the required keys at hand even in low light conditions.
Gamers also have a total of 21 macro keys. Ten of them are integrated as additional keys on the left outer side, three more as separate thumb buttons under the space bar, and the remaining macros can be triggered by a double occupancy of the keys F1 to F8. Programming the macros can also be done in real time, so gamers do not have to interrupt their current session. LED indicators in the top display the currently used profile.
Thanks to anti-ghosting and n-key rollover (NKRO), all keystrokes are also recognized precisely and reliably. Separate buttons provide multimedia control and there’s a handy volume wheel on the right top of the Strix Tactic Pro.
Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L GeForce GTX Edition
For fans of mechanical keyboards and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, Cooler Master has unveiled something special at Gamescom 2017 - the gaming keyboard MasterKeys Pro L GeForce GTX Edition. This special model is the result of the cooperation of Cooler Master and NVIDIA and it is equipped with three specially designed keycaps in NVIDIA GeForce GTX style. In addition, there is an exceptionally bright key backlight in green, the main color of the Santa Clara’s company. Cooler Master achieves this using a reflective metal plate under the key caps, which throws back lighting. Light effects such as "breathing" or "wave" are also possible. For the keyswitches the MasterKeys Pro L GeForce GTX Edition use linear CHERRY MX Red.
In addition to the unique design, this keyboard does not leave the needs of gamers out of sight. Individual illumination zones can also be set up to highlight certain key fields. In addition, Cooler Master also provides a SDK free of charge to program lighting effects. A total of four profiles can be defined and macros can be recorded in real time. For the latter, it is not necessary to use a software, because Cooler Master solves the macro programming by double occupancy of the F keys - this "direct system" is enabled through the integration of a 32-bit ARM Cortex processor which handles these inputs. The feature-set is completed by an n- or 6-key rollover, which allows reliable key input of keyboard shortcuts.
Corsair’s extensive keyboards line-up
Corsair presented a bunch of keyboards equipped with CHERRY MX switches in almost all currently available switch variants. Let's start with the Corsair K63, which is equipped with linear CHERRY MX Red switches. The K63 is available in a tenkeyless design (TKL) for those on the look for a compact form factor. Thus, the K63 leaves more space on the desk and the distance to the mouse decreases - especially in professional gaming environments TKL keyboards are very popular.
The red key backlight can also be programmed with the display of different lighting effects. All this is done via the "Corsair Utility Engine" (CUE) software. Almost every button can be set up as a macro button, which Corsair has solved with an additional key assignment. The control of multimedia content can be done through the separate keys on the right-hand side of the keyboard.
The Corsair K65 RGB Rapidfire focuses on speed and is equipped with the fastest CHERRY MX switches, the MX Speed RGB Silver. With a pre-travel of only 1.2 millimeters, an operating force of only 45 centinewton and a linear switching characteristic, extremely high switching frequencies are possible. To put that in relation, the MX Speed Silver is 40% faster than the classic MX Red switch! The K65 RGB Rapidfire even uses the RGB variant of the mechanical switches, which allows a flexible illumination of each button - of course, including flashing lighting effects.
The Corsair K65 RGB Rapidfire is a TKL keyboard, too, and therefore offers a compact appearance. Macros, profiles and LED effects are also set via CUE. The included wrist rest is removable. In the box are also additional keycaps with structured surface, so you can find them in the dark. Extra keys on the right side of the keyboard provide multimedia controls.
Next is the Corsair K70 Lux RGB, which is equipped with CHERRY MX Silent RGB Red switches. These switches are up to 30 percent quieter than conventional MX Red switches, without affecting the typing characteristics. The equipment is roughly the same as the K65 RGB Rapidfire listed above, but the K70 Lux RGB is a full-format keyboard. The RGB single key backlight can be programmed as desired in CUE. In addition, the manufacturer provides the model with a handy USB passthrough at the rear and a volume wheel.
Also, the classical Corsair Strafe RGB was available for interested visitors. The highlights of this model are a USB port on the back, programmable RGB button lighting, a removable wrist rest and a wide selection of CHERRY MX switches. Buyers have the choice between MX Red, Brown, Blue or MX Silent Red.
HyperX Alloy Elite and Alloy FPS Pro
HyperX showed its new Alloy Elite at Gamescom 2017. It was developed with the feedback from esports professionals and therefore meets professional requirements. The gaming keyboard is available with CHERRY MX Red, Brown or Blue. A metal top plate provides a high-quality, robust base. The manufacturer integrates a continuous light bar over the keypad. The buttons themselves are also equipped with a red backlight, which can also be illuminated with six effects - for this the user only has to press one button on the upper left side.
The wrist rest is detachable, certain keys such as the classic WASD combination can be exchanged for structured key caps. Switching between songs or adjusting the volume is done via separate multimedia buttons on the upper right side. A volume wheel allows easy control of the sound intensity. For convenient connection of USB sticks or other peripherals, a USB port is provided at the back of the keyboard.
The compact version Alloy FPS Pro was also unveiled at Gamescom 2017, it is a tenkeyless keyboard. The space-saving design should be of interest for esports teams. On board, of course, robust CHERRY MX switches are also available, starting with the MX Red, but further switch variants will soon follow.
MSI also relies on CHERRY MX switches
Well known for its top of the line components, MSI also has gaming gear in its portfolio. In addition to a lot of other hardware, the MSI GK-701 with the tactile CHERRY MX Brown switches was showcased. It comes with a red key backlight. The keyboard also features N-key rollover, multimedia control via double occupancy F-keys and an ergonomic key layout for minimal muscle strain.
Tt eSPORTS MEKA PRO
Tt eSPORTS was also present at Gamescom 2017 and showed their current top model, the Tt eSPORTS MEKA PRO. This gaming keyboard has a relatively insignificant appearance, but it offers a rich feature-set and many possibilities to adapt the keyboard to the rest of the gaming setup and to your own style of gaming. The device is equipped with four preconfigured profiles, to plunge directly into any genre of games whether it’s RTS, FPS, MOBA or even MMORPG.
The Tt eSPORTS MEKA PRO has a red key backlight. In addition to static lighting, the MEKA PRO offers six light effects, such as pulsing or wave. Macros can also be programmed on the fly. The setup of the desired key shortcuts is possible without additional software through a combination of keys. The onboard memory is used to back up the settings and profiles. Separate macro keys are not available, but via double occupancy keys. Lighting and multimedia elements can also be regulated in the same way. The Tt eSPORTS MEKA PRO is available with the audible, tactile CHERRY MX Blue, the linear MX Red or the tactile MX Brown.