Keyboard Potpourri: SteelSeries Apex M800 RGB with QS1 switches, Ozone Strike Battle, Thermaltake Metalcaps, and more!
- The SteelSeries Apex M800 is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It’s the first keyboard to feature Kailh’s new linear QS1 switches, which are comparable to Cherry MX Reds but with a shorter 3mm (vs. 4mm) throw. SteelSeries also says the switches have a “25% faster” response time, a claim that appears to be based on the 25% shorter key return distance (as opposed to a new sensing technology). Note that QS1 switches are not compatible with Cherry MX aftermarket keycaps. In addition to the new switches, the Apex M800 features fully programmable RGB per-key backlighting, NKRO, and two powered USB ports.
- Ozone has announced its Strike Battle tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard, which features genuine Cherry MX switches, an aluminum top case, adjustable backlighting, and 30 programmable macro functions. The Battle Strike is not yet available at retail.
- Thermaltake has released a new 38-key (alphas + arrows) set of zinc alloy Cherry MX Metalcaps. Similar sets of zinc keycaps are available on eBay.
- Start-up BeeRaider is taking discounted pre-orders for its upcoming radial keyboards. They aren’t mechanical, but they do look interesting. Is the layout really more efficient or ergonomic than QWERTY? Personally, I’m skeptical. Their write-up on the design philosophy is pretty long, but short on convincing research. If you’re looking for an ergonomic keyboard, be sure to check out my recent ergonomic keyboard guide.
- Prepare for Pi Day, 3/14/15, with this Pi keycap from TechKeys.us.
- BONUS: Check out this Imgur album from HipsterPunks for some Friday keyboard eye candy.
Tags : BeeRaider, Full-size boards, Kailh, Keyboard potpourri, Keycaps, Ozone, QS1 switches, RGB, SteelSeries, Tenkeyless boards, Thermaltake