Turtle Beach shows off gaming keyboards and mice
January 12, 2015 | 13:25
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At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Turtle Beach had on display its new range of PC accessories, including mechanical keyboards, mice and mousepads.
The full range of accessories is being produced by Nordic Game Supply (NGS), which has an exclusive licensing agreement with Turtle Beach, which is best known for its wide range of console and PC headsets. The products were actually first announced at Gamescom 2014, and some have since been quietly launched to a select few European markets. However, Turtle Beach says it is looking at a spring 2015 launch for the UK and US markets.
First up is the company's flagship keyboard, the IMPACT 700. This will feature laser-engraved keycaps atop Cherry MX Brown switches, connected to a gunmetal keycap plate and embedded within a metal-reinforced chassis. There is no word yet as to whether the keyboard will be configurable with any other Cherry MX switch type. The IMPACT 700 will also feature red backlighting, which is adjustable both in brightness and illumination mode. Topping it off is full anti-ghosting, as well as headphone, microphone and dual USB 2.0 pass-through ports. It's a fairly full feature set but this is matched by a hefty MSRP of $195.95.
Turtle Beach also has the IMPACT 600 keyboard in its lineup, although it hasn't confirmed that this will make it to the UK and US markets. The IMPACT 500, however, is on its way over. This keyboard is tenkeyless, and its reduced key count is matched by a reduced MSRP: $125.95. It again features a metal-reinforced chassis, as well as a soft-touch coating and Cherry MX Blue switches – again no word on whether other switch types will be available. The final keyboard is the basic IMPACT 100, which is non-mechanical, instead using 'smart-guided keycap sleeves' to supposedly emulate the mechanical experience. Its chassis is again metal-reinforced, and it has 30-key rollover and an MSRP of $59.95.
Turtle Beach also showed off two mice. Firstly, the Grip 500, which sports an 8,200 DPI Avago laser sensor, Omron switches and seven customisable buttons. Through software, users can tweak performance, illumination and button commands, including the ability to have up to 50 macros with up to 100 commands each. The Grip 500 will have five colour-coded profiles that can be stored using the on-board memory and changed on-the-fly. It is set to retail for $69.95. It will be joined by the Grip 300, which has an Avago 3050 optical sensor. It maintains Omron switches but drops to a five-button design, and is plug and play only. It has a non-slip, soft-touch coating and will retail for $39.95.
Finally, Turtle Beach will have two sets of mouse pads. The TRACTION series has a textured weave surface, while the DRIFT series has an ultra-smooth one. Both are available in four sizes: medium (270mm x 220mm), large (350mm x 250mm), X-large (450mm x 350mm) and wide (900mm x 300mm), with the latter designed to accommodate both keyboard and mouse.
As said, Turtle Beach has a spring 2015 launch planned for the US and UK markets, though no UK pricing is yet available.