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Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse

What is the Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse?

The Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse is as an affordable yet feature-filled wired peripheral that’s a joy to to use. Combine this with creatively implemented lighting and a small yet welcome array of customisation options and you’ve a recipe for success.

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Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse – Design, build and features

Having used the Corsair Glaive for a number of weeks, I have nothing but praise for its attractive and appropriately sized design. It fits wonderfully in my hand, striking an effective balance between size, weight and overall aesthetic. Coming with a trio of interchangeable thumb grips, you can spend time finding a design that best fits your comfort needs.

I had no issue with the default choice, although others offer a larger surface area upon which you can rest your weary thumbs. It’s worth noting travel speed is diminished slightly using the larger grips, but the difference is so minuscule most gamers won’t care too much. 

Regardless, having three distinct grips to fit different play-styles is welcome, and one of many versatile features the Corsair Glaive boasts. Above the magnetic thumb grip you’ll find a duo of buttons used for swiftly switching between web pages and other applications. If I’m honest, they’re a bit bulky – a rare unsightly blemish on an otherwise fantastic mouse design.

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Turtle Beach Stealth 600

What is the Turtle Beach Stealth 600?

Turtle Beach has long been known for offering decent-quality devices at a price that rarely breaks the bank, and that trend continues with the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. Questionable build quality aside, this is a welcome headset for console gamers.

This polar white headset, designed specifically for the PS4, is a robust wireless beast, although it can sometimes feel a little too cheap in the aesthetic department to justify the £89.99 asking price. Sitting somewhere between the Stealth 300 and 700 in terms of price and quality, Turtle Beach has crafted a satisfactory follow-up that comes out swinging despite a few notable stumbles.

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Sporting a colourful design, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is sadly let down by a cheap plastic shellTurtle Beach Stealth 600 – Design

The Stealth 600 are immediately striking, boasting a white design reminiscent of something you’d see pilots wearing in a mecha anime. From a visual perspective they look great, avoiding the descent into garish, over-produced gimmicks to which many gaming peripherals fall victim.

A domination of white is complemented by splashes of blue alongside the ear cups and headrest, deliberately playing into the PlayStation branding. If you pick up the Xbox Variant, it’s replaced with a bright, venom-esque green. It works a treat, and stands out amidst a gaming landscape where many headsets rely on a generic, black look that seldom leaves an impression.

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Razer Basilisk Essential

What is the Razer Basilisk Essential?

The Razer Basilisk Essential wired gaming mouse is a simple device. It doesn’t have an overwhelming number of buttons scattered all over, and it looks as basic as a gaming peripheral possibly can. Rather than glossing up this device with flashy features, in classic Razer fashion the Basilisk Essential focuses on performance and quality instead.

That’s not to say the Razer Basilisk Essential doesn’t have a few tricks up its sleeves. With Razer Chroma support, you can have the company’s logo glow up in an 16.8 million assortment of dazzling lights. Plus, with the thumb-operated multi-function paddle, you have a unique tactile option of registering yet another function.

Those features may not be enough to swing pro gamers, but for those looking to keep it simple, the Razer Basilisk Essential looks a very good option.

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Razer Basilisk Essential – Design, build and features

Coated in jet-black paint, this gaming mouse looks super-sharp and should easily fit in any gaming setup. The Razer logo on the back is so faint it’s practically invisible when the Basilisk Essential isn’t plugged in. Hook up the mouse to a computer, though, and the logo will flash up in bright colours to give the peripheral some punchy personality.

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Corsair K83 Wireless Keyboard

What is the Corsair K83 Wireless Keyboard?

If you’ve glanced at the Corsair K83 Wireless Keyboard hoping for a slice of portable gaming nirvana, you’re well and truly out of luck. This small, stylish device is attractively designed for propping on your lap to manage a media centre, but it doesn’t stand on its own as a gaming athlete beyond a few noteworthy exceptions.

That being said, it’s a robustly built, multi-faceted keyboard with plenty going for it. The mixture of responsive keys, a multi-touch trackpad and even an unorthodox analogue stock combine to form a keyboard that does everything you’d want it to, given the context of portability.

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Corsair K83 Wireless Keyboard – Design and build

For the £99 asking price, the Corsair K83 is an attractive bit of kit. The front design sports a brushed aluminium plate that gives way to an array of LED backlit keys with customisable lighting. Since the K83 is designed to sit comfortably on your lap it trims any unnecessary fat.

The number pad has been stripped out to ensure the overall design is as portable as possible. Certain omissions will be missed, but I’d be lying if I didn’t find the overall design to be striking. The understated aluminium design gels wonderfully with the snowy LED lighting that really brings a dimly lit room alive.

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Audeze Mobius

What is the Audeze Mobius?

It’s no secret that gaming headsets generally sound terrible when compared to dedicated over-ear headphones. They also for the most part aren’t items you’d want to be caught dead wearing outside, featuring bright colourings, RGB lighting and ridiculous “l33t” designs that even the most ardent Dungeons and Dragons player would wince at. High-end audio equipment makers, Audeze wants to change both these trends with its first ever gaming headset: the Mobius.

Audeze traditionally target the mid-to-top tier audio market, but with the Mobius, it’s looking at bringing a lot of its nifty technologies to the gaming table. Highlights include the company’s planar magnetic drivers, Waves Nx head-tracking and amazing 360 surround sound. Add to this the subtle design and the Audeze Mobius earn a pace as one of the best gaming headsets ever made. Make no mistake, if you can afford them and want top end gaming audio then the Mobius is the headset for you.

But be warned, if you plan to use them wirelessly most of the headset’s unique features won’t work. Issues with the way Windows handles the Bluetooth codec used also leads to ongoing frustrations with voice chat that won’t be fixable any time soon.

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Audeze Mobius – Design

You’ll struggle to find a prettier gaming headset than the Mobius. With the mic unattached they look more like a regular pair of over-ear headphones than a gaming headset. The black metal cups come with detachable fake leather pads that are nicely comfortable offer great noise isolation. The top adjustable band also looks great and features the same cushioning. A slightly texture coating has been put around the entire unit that gives them a robust, premium feel.

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Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless

What is the Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless?

The Corsair Harpoon is a gaming mouse available in both wired and wireless variants, with the latter entitled the Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless and coming in at roughly double the price. Knowing this, its £54.99 price tag comes with heightened expectations.

Boasting a small, comfortable form factor and a satisfactory set of features for the low cost, Corsair has introduced a gaming mouse that’s easy to recommend, surprisingly lacking in the shortcomings you’d expect from a wireless peripheral. It also looks really snazzy.

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This is a tiny mouse that packs an unsuspecting punchCorsair Harpoon RGB Wireless – Design, build and features

The second my hand gripped the Corsair Harpoon’s soft body, I knew I was in for a treat. Corsair’s matte black colour scheme contrasts greatly with the logo on the lower bottom, enhanced with a flurry of RGB lighting options. The scroll wheel feels like a miniature tyre, softly textured in a way that’s smooth and intuitive to operate.

Below that is a small button used to cycle through five DPI presets which control the cursor sensitivity. Each one is indicated by a distinctive colour, so you’re seldom lost when it come to finding one you’re comfortable with. The plastic edges above the left and right mouse buttons are almost sharp, offering a distinctly rugged aesthetic.

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Razer Abyssus Essential

What is the Razer Abyssus Essential?

The first thing you’ll notice about the Razer Abyssus Essential gaming mouse is how normal it looks. Razer is famed for its series of bright, positively extravagant products that will immediately catch the attention of gamers. By comparison, the Abyssus is the shy kid too scared to ask for a dance at the school disco.

Despite its underwhelming appearance, this is still a formidable gaming mouse with an impressive range of features for the price. It won’t blow your socks off, but as an entry-level peripheral it’s definitely worth considering.

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The Abyssus Essential is a tiny little mouse, but it packs a decent punchRazer Abyssus Essential – Design, build and features

The Abyssus Essential is a tame peripheral, coated with a simplistic black colour with two distinctive uses of RGB lighting. The first is Razer’s distinctive logo at the bottom-centre, shifting between a variety of different hues once plugged in.

You can find the second highlight on the underside of the Abyssus, snaking around the bottom so a myriad of colours can be seen illuminating your desk. This results in some cool effects, enhanced further once I made the effort to customise it with Razer Chroma.

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HP Omen Sequencer Gaming Keyboard Review

What is the HP Omen Sequencer?

The Omen Sequencer is an absolute beast of a keyboard, immediately cementing itself as a welcome member of HP’s family of gaming peripherals. Boasting optical switches with a “speed you can feel”, according to HP, the sequencer feels immediately intuitive to use with its host of cool aesthetic features that compliment the rest of the Omen range.

Other gaming keyboards, such as the Razer Huntsman Elite, also support these new-fangled optical switches while simultaneously giving the Sequencer a run for its money. However, are they enough to help this device stand out from the crowd? After spending a week with it, it’s time for us to find out.

HP Omen Sequencer – Design and build

The HP Omen range of gaming products has already impressed with the Omen Reactor, a gaming mouse that boasted a healthy mix of striking visual hallmarks and a decent number of mechanical features. The same praise can be lauded upon the Sequencer.

First up, it’s far heavier than your usual gaming keyboard. So much so, that hurling this into a nearby window would likely do some damage. While offering a sturdy foundation for the keys to rest upon, the base is an unattractive part of an otherwise luscious keyboard.

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HP Omen Reactor Gaming Mouse

What is the HP Omen Reactor Gaming Mouse?

The HP Omen Reactor is an unusual beast. One that at first glance presents a gaming experience that’s relatively familiar, yet under the hood you’ll find a few features that we’ve seldom seen in the enthusiast mouse space before.

More specifically, HP’s pitch-black device is one of the first to utilise optical-mechanical switches to theoretically provide faster and more responsive performance. This snazzy new feature aside, the Omen Reactor also boasts RGB lighting alongside abundant customisation options, making it an appealing package for PC players.

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The Reactor’s metal spring can be adjusted to accommodate a number of different grip styles.HP Omen Reactor Gaming Mouse – Design, build and features

The HP Omen Reactor is a striking bit of a kit, boasting a distinctive matte black colour alongside an unorthodox yet undeniably compelling design. On first taking it out of the box it appeared unusual, but most of my doubts were cast aside the second I plugged it in and played around.

It feels great to use, largely due to a hand-rest that sits on the left-hand side, which eliminates the inevitable hand cramp that creeps in after long gaming sessions. The angular accents in the design that help separate the DPI button and scroll wheel also look great, striking a balance between traditional design elements and the edginess you’d expect from a device boasting the name “Omen”.

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Razer Atheris

What is the Razer Atheris?

The Atheris is the latest small-form-factor wireless mouse from gaming heavyweight Razer. Unlike most of the company’s other mice the Atheris is being marketed for office use as well as PC gaming, and features a staggering 350-hour quoted battery life.

As an office or laptop companion, the Atheris gets a lot right and is a great productivity aid for students, office workers and gamers who are regularly on the move. But ongoing issues with Razer’s software stop it being a knockout success.

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Razer Atheris – Design, build and features

Visually, the Atheris is pretty unassuming. The pebble-like mouse looks like a stripped-down version of the Razer Lancehead, featuring the same smooth top and grooved rubber sides. The big difference is that the Atheris doesn’t have any lighting and monochrome black colouring.

Measuring in at around 3.9 x 2.5 x 1.3 inches, the Atheris is about as compact as a gaming mouse gets – which is a blessing and a curse, depending on how big your hands are. I was fine using the mouse for quick CoD matches and sporadic gaming sessions on the go, but our larger mitted news writer found it a little too small to comfortably hold for long sessions.

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Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas One

What is the Thrustmaster T.Flight Hotas One?

The T.Flight Hotas One (“Hotas” stands for hands-on throttle and stick) is an entry-level joystick and throttle for flight sims that’s compatible with both Xbox and PC. The price is super-competitive, so don’t expect luxury features or a wealth of buttons.

The T.Flight Hotas One – Design and features

There are 15 buttons on the stick and throttle. The stick has a four and eight-way hat, as well as three buttons on the base and a twist action. The throttle has six buttons on the handle, and a rocker switch (more on this later). On the base you’ll find three more buttons.

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Each button has its name (X, Y, and so on) but is numbered, too, which is extremely handy when you’re remapping them and unsure what particular button is set-up as.

The T.Flight can be operated as a single unit or two separate ones, depending on the space available to you and personal preference. The bases join together and are secured using two screws. An Allen key is tucked away in the base of the joystick to adjust the screws.

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Logitech G Pro Wireless

What is the Logitech G Pro Wireless?

The G Pro Wireless is, according to Logitech, ‘the ultimate gaming mouse for esports professionals’. What it means is that Logitech has crammed its latest HERO (high efficiency rated optical) sensor and Lightspeed wireless technology into a mouse that is otherwise very simple and devoid of any extraneous features – just as most pro gamers like it.

This mouse also features a truly innovative ambidextrous design. You get buttons on both sides, but you can remove the ones you don’t want – such as those that would sit underneath your little finger – making it a mouse that left-handed and right-handed users can both use without compromise. It’s a bold approach to mouse design, but it’s one that has well and truly paid off.

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Logitech G Pro Wireless – Design and features

For such a pricey mouse that includes plenty of high-end features, the G Pro Wireless is, frankly, a bit disappointing in the looks department. It could just as well be any old cheap mouse, for all the impact its design has.

A uniform matt black plastic finish is adorned only by a single RGB-illuminated Logitech G logo and there are no other stylistic tweaks of which to speak. Flip the mouse over and the concentric ring pattern on shiny plastic somehow looks even worse than if they’d just stuck with the matt black.

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Hyperkin Xbox One Duke Controller

What is the Hyperkin Xbox One Duke Controller?

Those of us old enough to remember the launch of the original Xbox, way back in 2001 (2002 outside the US) will most likely have a few things burned into our memories – Halo: Combat Evolved, Project Gotham Racing and the absolutely massive controller that came with the already-massive console.

The pad – later nicknamed the ‘Duke’ – would eventually be replaced with the smaller ‘Xbox S’ controller after feedback about the size and comfort the controller offered. Simply put, this was a controller not designed for smaller hands, and it sometimes resulted in uncomfortable or even impossible-to-reach buttons for some people.

Yet the Duke controller had its merits. It was following in the footsteps of the bulky Sega Dreamcast controller and Microsoft was determined to set the Xbox controller apart from the PlayStation’s DualShock. The Duke was definitely a controller you either got along fine with or absolutely hated, but for many it became a piece of nostalgia that reminded them of those early days, playing through the original Halo with friends. Some people, to this day, will tell you that the Duke was the best and most comfortable controller they’ve used.

All of this talk of the Duke and nostalgia eventually resulted in Hyperkin – a company best known for producing the Retron, a retro games emulator box – pitching a unique idea to Microsoft to bring back the Duke as an officially licensed third-party controller for the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. So here in 2018, we have not one but two brand new versions of the Xbox Duke controller to enjoy.

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Das Keyboard Ultimate 4

Words by Jamie Wallace

What is the Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate?

The world of mechanical keyboards is a vast one, so you’d be forgiven for not instantly knowing the ‘Das’ brand of keyboards. The company launched all the way back in 2005 with a range of basic-but-effective mechanical keyboards that have grown more and more feature-heavy and desirable over time.

The Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate is a minimalist keyboard that aims to offer users a smooth, satisfying typing experience in a good looking board blissfully free flashy lights and superfluous attachments you’ll find on many gaming keyboards.

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Das Keyboard  4 Ultimate – Design and build

There is a real beauty in how simple this board is, design-wise. At its very core, the Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate is a full-size mechanical keyboard equipped with a set of media keys and a volume dial on its far right-hand side, alongside two USB 3.0 ports. The whole board is weighty to hold (2.9lbs) and feels practically unbreakable. The top plate is aluminium covered in a matt black lacquer paint, which helps to highlight the boldest design choice this board offers – a full set of entirely blank keycaps.

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ViewSonic XG3240C

What is the ViewSonic XG3240C?

The ViewSonic XG3240C is a 32-inch gaming monitor that boasts HDR10 support, a 144Hz refresh rate and plenty of little extras all for a very reasonable price.

Its claimed HDR10 support comes via its use of a Vertical Alignment (VA) LCD panel, which has an inherently high contrast ratio of 3000:1, and a wide colour gamut backlight. These combined allow the display to get close to the greater contrast and range of colours that is the hall mark of HDR.

A nice curved screen, fully adjustable stand and good overall image quality further broaden the appeal of this display.

However, despite being a large 32-inch display, you’re only getting a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels so this may not be the big-screen upgrade for all.

ViewSonic XG3240C – Design and Features

Given the size of the ViewSonic XG3240C’s screen, its not as physically imposing as you might think. That’s in large part because the bezel round the top and sides of the screen are of the very narrow, low-profile type.

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Turtle Beach Stealth 300

What is the Turtle Beach Stealth 300?

Turtle Beach has been a household name in the world of gaming peripherals for years now, cementing itself as brand with a variety of both budget and high-end products. Headsets play a large part in this space, with myriad devices available for PS4 and Xbox One.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 is its latest. It sits between Recon 200s and Stealth 600s in terms of price and quality. It isn’t without its flaws, but the Stealth 300 is a solid headset considering its price. Players looking for a headset that is quick, easy to set up and use can’t really go wrong here. But be warned the reasonable price means it comes with the standard audio and aesthetic compromises you get at the affordable end of the market.

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Turtle Beach Stealth 300 – Design

Turtle Beach has gone for a relatively safe design with the Stealth 300. The entire frame is made out of hard, matte plastic which results in a headset that feels surprisingly cheap to both hold and wear. It’s mostly comfortable to wear though thanks to its large, spacious ear cups that can be adjusted to fit your head size.

It won’t be winning any awards for attractiveness, and the inability to fold up the Stealth 300 and pop it into your backpack is a major negative for those hoping to use the headset for things other than online gaming. 

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Logitech G513

What is the Logitech G513?

The Logitech G513 is a top-end luxury keyboard for gamers who demand the best tools for gaming. Equipped with Logitech’s own mechanical keyswitches, the G513 stands tall against its rivals – and with three switches available, there’s something for everyone.

At £159.99, it’s definitely an expensive purchase to justify however; you’ve got to be pretty invested in PC gaming to truly get value for money. But if you’re after something that’s attractive, well built and fabulous for gaming, the G513 is a cracking option.

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Logitech G513 – Design, build and features

The G513 is a full-sized keyboard, and unlike a lot of gaming boards, it’s actually quite suave and sophisticated. The design oozes quality, with a brushed metal plate across the entire top face that’s smooth to the touch. In combination with a plastic underbody, it forms a strong and rigid structure that’s free from any flex.

Each key appears to almost float in place, with a bright RGB LED shining through every cap. The layout is pretty minimalistic – there are no dedicated media keys – and the function keys are labelled on the lower side of each cap.

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Asus ROG Strix Fusion 300

What is the Asus ROG Strix Fusion 300?

Asus has dropped the barrier to entry for those after a taste of its ROG gaming headset range, with the introduction of the new Strix Fusion 300.

On paper, the audio hardware on offer looks decidedly similar to that of the more established Strix Fusion 500 headset, with 50mm drivers, the same frequency response (20Hz to 20kHz), microphone and the promise of 7.1 virtual surround sound, all wrapped up in a distinctly similar design. The two models even weigh the same at 360g.

So with so much in common, is there any reason not to choose this more affordable headset over Asus’s existing offering?

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Asus ROG Strix Fusion 300 – Design, build and features

When developing their respective gaming lines, manufacturers will often design their headsets to differentiate them from the microphone-laden headsets used by mere mortals. More often than not, this translates to an aesthetic that is unequivocally ‘gamer’.

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Asus ROG Strix Fusion Wireless

What is the Asus ROG Strix Fusion Wireless?

Back in May 2018, alongside unveiling its upper-tier Fusion 700 gaming headset, Asus also announced that it was taking the line wireless with the introduction of the ROG Strix Fusion Wireless.

For all intents and purposes, the Fusion Wireless looks and feels like its more conventional wired siblings, but by cutting the cord, Asus has finally rectified one of the biggest shortcomings of Strix Fusion line as it stands.

At £145, you pay a premium for the privilege of gaming cord-free, but with a range of up to 20 metres and the headset’s signature styling and sound, it’s a hard offering to pass up.

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Asus ROG Strix Fusion Wireless – Design, build and features

If you’ve seen the other members of Asus’ ROG Strix Fusion headset family then you’ll know they all share a distinct visual DNA. In the case of the Fusion Wireless, it most closely resembles the Strix Fusion 300, which is to say it features some of the most conservative styling in the lineup.

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Roccat Suora FX

What is the Roccat Suora FX?

When it comes to in-your-face gaming keyboards, German manufacturer Roccat pretty much has the market cornered. The Suora FX is its latest launch, a colourful board that sports a less skeletal finish than the Vulcan 100 Aimo, but with pretty much all of the same advantages.

As well as durable design, the Suora boasts impeccable performance for gamers. Advanced anti-ghosting and a 1000Hz polling rate ensure that your frantic button bashing is registered every time, while the individual key lighting is fully customisable via Roccat’s software.

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Roccat Suora FX – Design and build

Design-wise, the Suora is a halfway-house between standard gaming keyboards and the funky Vulcan 100 Aimo (also a Roccat creation).

The keys once again stick straight out of a flat aluminium board, with no kind of housing to hide away the switches. However, this time the caps do come down around the edges of each key, so there’s less overall exposure.

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tynmanz Monthly Studio Report: May 2017
11 June 2017
I don't think they should continue to put features into it. They can add them later.

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