SteelSeries launches Team Fnatic keyboard, mouse, headset

December 2, 2014 // 12:33 p.m.

Tags: #apex #gaming-headset #gaming-keyboard #gaming-mouse

Peripherals specialist SteelSeries has announced a partnership with pro-gamers Team Fnatic to launch the new Fnatic Edition keyboard, mouse and headset accessories.

The new products, SteelSeries claims, were 'built and designed in collaboration with the team, starting with the original SteelSeries version and now to the new co-branded edition.' The most obvious differentiating feature is the colour-scheme, decked out in Fnatic-themed orange and black, and the presence of the pro-gaming team's logo on all three devices: the keyboard, the mouse and the headset.

'Fnatic is the definition of a world-class eSports franchise - the talent, ambition and professionalism as eSports athletes are what make them so incredibly successful,' claimed SteelSeries chief executive officer Ehtisham Rabbani of the partnership. 'We work with the best of the best on what is required of our peripherals. Their branded products show off what is considered the best by eSports champions.'

The range starts with the SteelSeries Apex Fnatic Edition Keyboard, a low-profile full-size design featuring five zones of back-lighting each adjustable to 16.8 million colours, 88 programmable keys across four layers, anti-ghosting to the 20 most common keys, six dedicated multimedia keys, an integrated USB hub, swappable rubber feet for two angle choices, and a braided 2m USB cable. Naturally, the board includes support for the company's SteelSeries Engine 3 customsiation software, if required.

The keyboard is joined by the SteelSeries Rival Fnatic Edition Mouse, which features a zero-acceleration optical sensor, switches rated to 30 million actuations and a soft-touch finish with injection-moulded rubber side grips, alongside the expected Fnatic colour-scheme and branding. Customisation options include adjustable response time, buttons, dual lighting zones, and what the company describes as a '3D-printable nameplate.'

Finally, the SteelSeries 9H Fnatic Edition Headset is a Dolby 7.1-compatible virtual-surround-sound headset featuring the company's own drivers. SteelSeries claims its double-enclosure technology, inspired by high-end studio and DJ headphones, makes it tournament-ready with improved noise isolation, while the retractable microphone includes noise-cancellation capabilities when coupled with the bundled USB soundcard.

Formal UK pricing for the new designs has yet to be confirmed, with the company selling the new devices through its own webshop priced at €109.99 for the keyboard, €69.99 for the mouse and €169.99 for the headset (around £87, £55 and £135 respectively.)
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