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OCZ Unleashes Backlit Keyboard

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

For those who constantly find themselves typing in the dark, OCZ has a great solution to reduce those typos down to a minimum.

OCZ Technology revealed its cool new Alchemy Illuminati backlit multimedia keyboard, featuring rubber coated keys for a unique tactile feel, and a choice of two backlit colors (red and blue). Illuminating the letters rather than the entire key- that should make typing a lot easier during those World of Warcraft marathons down in the family dungeon. OCZ also said that the keyboard offers 14 multimedia and Internet hot keys to help manage music, web, and video applications "with the touch of a button."

“Building on our Alchemy line of peripherals OCZ is now introducing the Illuminati backlit keyboard,” commented Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group. “The Illuminati Keyboard offers multimedia consumers a host of features including rubber coated keys for comfort while both working and gaming, fourteen quick launch keys to better access to multimedia, and the choice of two backlit colors making it easier to make full use of the keyboard in low light environments.”

The Illuminati is compatible with a Windows operating system, although the company emphasized on XP with Service Pack 2 or later and Vista. The keyboard is 215mm wide, 495mm long and 30mm high, weighing around 850g. The keyboard connects to a USB 2.0 port, features an integrated palm rest, and has a lifespan of 5 million cycles. The keyboard is plug and play right out of the box, requiring no additional drivers.

While OCZ said that the Illuminati keyboard s designed with all the features of a quality keyboard without the hefty price tag, the company did not offer an actual price tag.

Hopefully the new OCZ keyboard will withstand a barrage of typing. We've exerpeinced faded keys from the likes of Logitech and other big name manufacturers in recent years with average use. Hopefully OCZ keeps quality on the high with its new keyboard.

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    Master Exon , February 19, 2009 11:52 PM
    Looks really nice. I'd like to see a price
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    mrubermonkey , February 20, 2009 12:05 AM
    When will keyboards with fully programmable normal sized OLED buttons come out and I do not just mean a handful of over sized programmable buttons on the side of the keyboard. Would be a dream for someone typing in multiple languages or playing different games. Macro buttons for games would have a much sorter learning curve on them.
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    mrubermonkey , February 20, 2009 12:05 AM
    *shorter
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    fazers_on_stun , February 20, 2009 12:08 AM
    Hmm, obviously they're trying to cash in on the Dan Brown Angels & Demons prequel movie coming out this summer.

    I have a Saitek Eclipse II illuminated keyboard with variable intensity plus 4 colors - off, red, blue & violet. Great for playing games with the lights down low, although quite spooky in the wee hours of the AM!! WOOooOO! :) 
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    Tekkamanraiden , February 20, 2009 12:09 AM
    @ mrubermonkey

    You mean like this? http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/
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    squatchman , February 20, 2009 1:01 PM
    OCZ "unleashes" .... a product feature that has been around for years!!!!!1!1!1!!uno!
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    captaincharisma , February 20, 2009 2:34 PM
    @squatchman

    ok so according to you only one company should be advertising that they make backlit keyboards and no one else. just like saying only Sony can make TV's but anyone else who makes them cannot advertise it.

    grow up kid
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    ossie , February 20, 2009 2:42 PM
    release date may 1st?
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    grieve , February 20, 2009 2:47 PM
    I dont look @ the keyboard anymore :( 

    Looks like a nice product though.
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    squatchman , February 20, 2009 3:05 PM
    Calm down captaintroll, Some nobody releases information on a pretty generic-looking product and the new "BoM Tom's" team is INSTANTLY there! Maybe the writer had to meet some article quota for the month, maybe the nobody in question paid off BoM for the page long ad, or maybe Kevin was just bored...

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    fazers_on_stun , February 20, 2009 4:38 PM
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    @ mrubermonkey

    You mean like this? http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/


    Sheesh - >$1600 USD. I can just see my kid spilling juice on it...
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    Supertrek32 , February 20, 2009 4:40 PM
    There are so many new "high quality" keyboards aimed at gamers these days, but none of them are ergonomic....

    These are obviously aimed at people who use computers quite a bit, so why does no one make them comfortable? No matter how many features you throw on a keyboard, I'm not going to use it if it's gonna hurt me. It's not natural to have your arms angled inward in front of you with your wrists twisted outward and straight - and doing it for hours on end is only gonna give you carpal tunnel.
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2009 6:15 PM
    This is the fist keyboard that I've ever seen that was backlit for gamers. http://www.deckkeyboards.com/
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    Anonymous , February 20, 2009 8:06 PM
    I've already seen one of these by Medion!
    Unfortunately the lights stopped working after 2weeks!
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    FrozenGpu , February 21, 2009 5:46 PM
    WIll it be a mechanical keyboard? It doens't sound like it, but they did mention it about some sort of tactile feel.
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    number13 , March 26, 2009 5:37 AM
    I'm glad that OCZ is copying Logitech, now if they can build something better than the G-19 that cost half the money,I'd gladly switch until then DON'T touch my KB
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    Anonymous , May 16, 2009 10:43 AM
    Why aren't there any backlit keyboards that are curved (like the MS 2000)??
    Preferable wired, anti-ghosting, detachable numpad, volume dial and a few macro keys.
    Al the current keyboards are halfbaked.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2009 9:41 AM
    OLED keyboard is great for me because i like to work in darker room so Optimus is amazing.BTW check out this site for more OLED display devices www.oledgadgets.com