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Thermaltake announces Tt eSPORTS brand

Thermaltake announces Tt eSPORTS brand

The Challenger keyboard - with in-built fan for sweaty palms - joins the Black mouse and Shock headset under Thermaltake's new Tt eSPORTS brand.

CeBIT 2010: Thermaltake has stepped out of its comfort zone with the announcement of a new division specialising in gaming peripherals dubbed Tt eSPORTS.

Launched at CeBIT, the new division - which has the motto "the challenge is the game" - is set to make its name in the market with the launch of three series of gaming peripherals: the Challenger keyboards, the Black mice, and the Shock headsets.

The Challenger keyboards aim to solve the issue of sweaty mitts when you're getting your frag on, with an extended cooling fan to blow air over the surface of the keyboard - and, by extension, your hands - during particularly robust gaming sessions. As well as the fan, the flagship Challenger Ultimate comes with an RGB backlight, fourteen programmable macro keys, and anti-ghost operation allowing up to twenty simultaneous keypresses without issue. Impressively, the keyboard is complicated enough to require 64KB of internal memory to handle the five game presets and 70 macro presets it can be programmed with, and even comes with a pair of USB ports for other devices.

The Black Element mouse is a nine-button behemoth powered by the Phillips laser engine, which the company claims will run on "most surfaces" and offers an impressive 4000 DPI resolution. Featuring adjustable weights to customise the feel of the mouse, the Black Element could prove popular with those who find traditional mice somewhat off-balance for their particular grip - although whether the in-built LED that lights up the scroll wheel will prove a distraction is likely down to personal taste.

Finally, the Shock One headset offers DTS 5.1 virtual surround sound in an over-ear design along with an adjustable noise-cancelling microphone. Carrying on the theme of red LEDs from the Black Element mouse, the Shock One has an eerie glow on the ear cup. Designed to fold for transport and storage, the Shock One will come with an in-line remote and replaceable ear-pads.

So far, Thermaltake hasn't announced pricing on the new products.

Do you think the built-in fan could be just what you need in your next keyboard, or are you concerned that you could be blinded by the sheer amount of red LEDs used in the new Tt eSPORTS products? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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proxess 4th March 2010, 15:33 Quote
They seem like interesting products! How fast can you churn out reviews?!
mi1ez 4th March 2010, 15:37 Quote
Average verging on gimmicky. No thank you.
tron 4th March 2010, 15:37 Quote
"The Challenger keyboard - with in-built fan for sweaty palms "

Sounds like Pron sports :)
supermonkey 4th March 2010, 15:54 Quote
Are sweaty palms really an issue? That's an honest question; I'm not trying to be trite.

I ask because it's not something I've ever encountered. I guess this is as good a place as any to ask: does anyone here have an issue with sweaty palms when gaming, or computing in general?

A built-in fan to cool your palms just sees like a big gimmick that would be cool for the first week, then gets shut off because the sound of the fan gets annoying.
smc8788 4th March 2010, 15:57 Quote
I assume these will come complete with the infamous build quality of Thermaltake's cases?
[GAH] Cheesey 4th March 2010, 16:37 Quote
I think the fan is a bit OTT. Other than the fan the keyboard appears to be no different from any other keyboard of Saitek nature.

Mouse and headset sounds good though. Unfortunately we can only predict the wallet-crippling price.
Silver51 4th March 2010, 16:41 Quote
2003 called. They want their LEDs back.
Redbeaver 4th March 2010, 17:06 Quote
i dont care about the fan nor the quality of the product; but that looks SEXY!

almost reminds me of Lycosa but red instead of blue/green LED..... i like red....
SchizoFrog 4th March 2010, 17:34 Quote
If you look close at the pic above I think you will notice something that you may have missed. There is a distinct colour difference between the lower centre, the number pad and possibly the lower far side of the keyboard too. This would suggest to me the use of maybe 3 main groups of LEDs that give an uneven balance, and I for one think this is a poor implementation. When will manufacturers learn that not everyone wants the same colour LEDs either. My system is based on a blue design and while blue LEDs would not be the main factor for a purchase, red LEDs would definately be a factor on why I don't buy the product.

As for the stupid and ugly thing sticking up at the back... is that the fan?
If so, Whoever came up with that, and more importantly whoever decided it was a good idea to pass the idea to manufacture should be sacked.

1) Its ugly
2) From where it is, it can only blow on one hand at a time.
3) Did they test the use of it with actual RPG gaming nerds or even anyone with long hair? I know plenty of people who lean across their desk to reach something from time to time... do that with that fan running and you'll soon be caught up in the back of it. Either forcing you to cut your hair to escape, damage the fan itself or both.

As for looks... each to their own I guess. With those lines and angles I thought it looked like a reject from a Klingon Bird of Prey.
The_Beast 4th March 2010, 17:40 Quote
Great more sh*t from Thermaltake, just what everyone needs



honestly, I don't know how they say in business
scawp 4th March 2010, 17:50 Quote
sweaty palms? Not interested. If however they devised a keyboard with an "anti-monster munch clogging system" then I'm in. these damn snacks have been a problem for many of years
thehippoz 4th March 2010, 17:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by supermonkey
Are sweaty palms really an issue? That's an honest question; I'm not trying to be trite.

I ask because it's not something I've ever encountered. I guess this is as good a place as any to ask: does anyone here have an issue with sweaty palms when gaming, or computing in general?

A built-in fan to cool your palms just sees like a big gimmick that would be cool for the first week, then gets shut off because the sound of the fan gets annoying.

in fps games.. yeah you do break a sweat- and I'm a skinney guy- especially in duel matches remember quake, your brain is working at a million miles an hour trying to predict your opponent.. you get full sweat going on in a tourney.. can imagine what it's like for a fat guy- probably slipping on the aswd ;)

not something your average gamer would ever have to worry about.. funny don't remember sweating in counterstrike though- that was alot more laid back with intense action here and there.. game like quake it's full on 10-30 minute matches- hard to describe unless you've played.. you sweat!
xela333 4th March 2010, 18:36 Quote
Have to agree with "the Beast". Thermaltake make some of the most awful products I have ever used bar their Toughpower line of PSU's. Thier goods are always below par on built quality and looks, taking bizzare ideas and implementing them awfully. Look how the ruined the "level 10" case. I'm staying well away!
HandMadeAndroid 4th March 2010, 18:44 Quote
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgettin
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's choking, how everybody's joking now
The clock's run out, time's up over, bloah!
Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
He's so mad, but he won't give up that
Easy, no


see if Eminem had a Thermaltake keyboard
proxess 4th March 2010, 19:22 Quote
Will they have a mouse with a fan? There's where I really need one for pr0n...
Silver51 4th March 2010, 19:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by proxess
Will they have a mouse with a fan? There's where I really need one for pr0n...

Already done.

http://techcloud.blogpico.com/2008/06/11/fan-mouse-with-a-build-in-fan/
DragunovHUN 4th March 2010, 19:40 Quote
The fan is a very welcome feature here.

This keyboard doesn't seem as tacky as Tt's other products, surprisingly.
CharlO 4th March 2010, 19:49 Quote
IMO the keyboard would be nice as it wont retain much dust or else... Nevertheless that could happen bacwards.

Also, am I the only one reading RGB led backlight? Does'nt that mean you'll be able to select the damn color, unless they just use more expensives leds for the foun of it.
thehippoz 4th March 2010, 21:03 Quote
should be able to change the led color.. vary the resistance- dunno if they added that as a feature but it should be too hard to do yourself if you wanted a certain color
crazyg1zm0 4th March 2010, 23:45 Quote
I'm not sure how i feel about this,

The Market for specialist gaming peripherals is quite a big one and personly I would rather put my trust in a well founded brand which I do anyway as i own a few steel series products.

I will be interested to see reviews on the 3 products esp as I don't like mice with too many buttons too much.
Xtrafresh 5th March 2010, 01:25 Quote
These high-end gaming peripherals are all about build quality, and Tt isn't the first company that comes to mind in terms of that...

It looks god, it could be good, but i'll be very skeptical before i send my money their way...
Loot3r 5th March 2010, 05:31 Quote
I agree! I get sweaty plams from the mouse, tends to happen now and then when things get intense! Waiting with anticipation for the reviews :)
perplekks45 5th March 2010, 08:49 Quote
Why do we even discuss this? It's Thermaltake.

No need. No want. No buy.

Simples.
SlowMotionSuicide 5th March 2010, 10:02 Quote
Thermaltake = sh*t. End of story.
lacuna 5th March 2010, 10:23 Quote
...and anti-ghost operation allowing up to twenty simultaneous keypresses without issue.

Erm, when are you ever going to need to make twenty simultaneous keypresses? Don't know about anyone else but I only have 10 fingers
theskirrid 5th March 2010, 11:18 Quote
Well, if I could get my feet up that high I could press 21 keys at once, 22 if you count my nose :D
smc8788 5th March 2010, 11:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacuna
Don't know about anyone else but I only have 10 fingers

You should see a doctor about that, most humans only have 8.
Blackie Chan 5th March 2010, 21:26 Quote
yeah gimmick, but red light is the least intense and never really blinding but more of a glow, that's while digital alarm clocks use red.
bagman 7th March 2010, 01:29 Quote
mine is green
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