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