It has been almost 6 years since Cougar released the 700K Aluminum Gaming keyboard. It received the iF Design Award in 2014. Now, it’s time for the new version with a suffix – Evo – clearly suggesting that it’s an evolution (the full name is Cougar 700K Evo). Again, it has Cherry MX mechanical switches, an aluminum frame, and G-keys (similar to Corsair’s K95 Platinum, which we reviewed recently). The Cougar 700K Evo is a flagship mechanical gaming keyboard aimed at (guess who) … gamers, and primarily MOBA/MMO fans. So what are the main differences compared with the predecessor? The RGB lighting and the wrist rest made of the leatherette material. It’s possible to control the lighting effects via the COUGAR UIX™ System. It lets you set the functions of all the keys, store macros, and create your own backlight effects. The 700K EVO´s internal memory allows to store up to three full configuration profiles. The ergonomic wrist rest is made of plush leatherette that really looks nice and provides comfort even during long gaming sessions.
By Peter Donnell @ eTeknix
I’ve reviewed a lot of keyboards over the years, a few of them membrane, but most of them were mechanical. We don’t see many slim models come through the office, and even less so, mechanical and slim together. A lot of our readers are enthusiast gamers, and they tend to favour mechanical keyboards, which are rarely available in a slim format. Now MSI thinks they’ve found the solution, with the slim and mechanical MSI Vigor GK50 Low-Profile gaming keyboard. Using a new custom switch type, it promises MX Blue style clicky switches in a keyboard that stands just 34mm at the thickest part, giving it a pretty slick design.
Aluminum and RGB
By Sebastian Peak @ PC Perspective
At first glance the HyperX Alloy Origins has what it takes to be an outstanding keyboard, and it showcases the company’s new HyperX ‘Red’ switches. We have looked at various HyperX keyboards in the past, such as the Alloy FPS and FPS Pro and the Alloy FPS RGB, but these used Cherry MX Red and Kailh Silver Speed switches, respectively.
There is plenty to like about the design of the Alloy Origins and the specs look good, but how will these new HyperX switches stack up? Let’s find out!
By Hilbert Hagedoorn @ Guru3D
Corsair has been going strong with their Slipstream based products, next to that another new technology they introduced was Capellix LED technology. Both now have been embedded in the new K57 RGB Wireless keyboard, and it is pretty darn nice folks.
By E. Fylladitakis @ AnandTech
Kinesis is a computer peripherals manufacturer solely focused on the design and manufacture of ergonomic input devices. They were one of the first companies in the field, with their earliest ergonomic products released nearly three decades ago. That makes Kinesis one of the oldest peripherals manufacturers, with the brand establishing a solid number of followers over the years.
Until recently, Kinesis designed and released products exclusively targeted towards professionals that work long hours in front of a computer. Despite their peculiar appearance and the narrow target group, virtually every one of their products has been a memorable success. Last year Kinesis took a huge leap of faith and started a crowdfunding campaign for an ergonomic mechanical gaming keyboard, giving birth to the Freestyle Edge, the world’s first ergonomic gaming mechanical keyboard. This summer Kinesis is giving the Freestyle Edge an upgrade via the release of the Freestyle Edge RGB, which we’ll be looking at today.
By Meng Vang @ Legit Reviews
Thermaltake has added a new keyboard to their Premium product series, the Level 20 RGB Titanium Edition gaming keyboard. This keyboard is a combination of outstanding build quality with the ability to synchronize lighting effects across a variety of TT RGB Plus compatible devices. Along with the desktop version of the TT iTAKE Engine software, there is a mobile version of the app with voice-controlled AI for changing different keyboard settings. The mobile app also features a patented designed Virtual Game Controller (VGC), which turns the smartphone/tablet into a wireless gaming controller. This keyboard comes in four variants: the non-Titanium models with Cherry MX Blue and Speed switches, and the Titanium Editions with Cherry MX Blue and Speed switches. Priced at $149.99 shipped on Amazon, we will take a look at the Level 20 RGB Titanium Edition with Cherry MX Speed switches.
By Meng Vang @ Legit Reviews
In the recent months, Roccat has added a new line of keyboards featuring the Titan switch, designed from the ground up by Roccat themselves. These keyboards include the Vulcan 80, Vulcan 100 AIMO, and the Vulcan 120 AIMO. They do have a few common features, like the anodized aluminum plate, customizable per-key lighting, and Roccat Swarm software support. The Vulcan 80 does not include RGB capabilities and is the entry-level keyboard in this series. The Vulcan 120 AIMO is the top of the line keyboard in this series, featuring Roccat’s AIMO intelligent lighting system and a detachable wrist rest. In this review, we will be taking a look at the Vulcan 100 AIMO, which does not include the detachable wrist rest but does feature the AIMO lighting system.
By Krzysztof Hukalowicz @ Guru3D
The Patriot brand is known more widely for making flash drives, SSDs, and RAM. On the 24th of October last year, they announced a new gaming keyboard with RGB backlighting – the Viper V765. It will be the next model in the Viper gaming series, which includes not only keyboards, but also mice, headphones, and other accessories. The V765 is, next to the V760, a keyboard designed for intermediate users, which means that it offers not only basic but also some more advanced functions, while keeping the price reasonable. The Patriot Viper V765 is priced at only USD 99, and for this amount you get Kailh White Box mechanical switches, water resistance, RGB backlighting, and a detachable magnetic wrist rest – which sounds like a good package.
By VSG @ TechPowerup!
Ah, Aimpad technology! I have been wanting to try it out for a while now, having read references of the Aimpad analog control input mechanism with mechanical keyboards over three years ago. I referenced it in my review of the Roccat Isku+ Force FX as well, a membrane keyboard that used pressure sensitivity to drive a rudimentary form of analog control. Then came the very impressive Wooting One with optical switches for a satisfactory analog control experience on the entire TKL form factor keyboard. That required new switch designs, however, and Aimpad’s compatibility with many existing switches offered a viable alternative as well. Cooler Master partnered with Aimpad, first via a working prototype using their erstwhile Rapidfire keyboard and then for more proofs of concept at CES 2018. Well, it is now 2019, and we are finally here with a retail keyboard. Say hello to the Cooler Master MK850.
By Steven Kean @ Legit Reviews
XPG is the gaming division of ADATA, and has been manufacturing high performance computer peripherals for gamers and enthusiasts since 2010. XPG keeps close contact with the enthusiast market to determine their needs and develop the appropriate devices. Today, we are looking at their INFAREX K20 mechanical gaming keyboard that is available for $44.99 shipped.