Gaming peripheral maker Genius said on Thursday that its Manticore keyboard, part of the GX Gaming series, is now available to purchase in North America. Features include mechanical-like keys, a 16 million color backlight palette, and three separate color zones. The keyboard retails for $79.99 and can be purchased from Barnes & Noble, D&H and other distributors.
The Manticore is what Genius calls a "full speed professional gaming" keyboard. Features include eight programmable macro keys located on the left side, allowing users to assign up to 24 macros in three profiles -- users can switch between these profiles with just the press of a button. A dedicated Master Record key allows users to record and assign macros on the fly.
The keyboard also has 32 kb of onboard memory to keep the settings local and prevent "command bottlenecks" and advanced anti-ghosting capability of up to 20 simultaneous keys. The Manticore also boasts an up to 1,000 hertz report rate with a 1 millisecond response time, and is equipped with rubber pads on the bottom for enhanced stability. A slanted palm rest provides "superb" gaming comfort.
"With its smart cable management, the Manticore's 1.8 meter (6 feet) USB 2.0 cable won't clutter desks," the company said. "Two USB ports on the back of the keyboard can accommodate additional peripherals, helping users obtain a fully immersive gaming experience."
Thursday's launch of the Manticore keyboard follows the Maurus X FPS/RTS gaming mouse, also part of the GX Gaming series, which made its debut in North America on July 23. It features a large, ergonomic design, customizable lighting, six buttons, and a quick-change DPI function. It's now on sale for $49.90 at participating retailers.
"Larger and heavier than the original Maurus, the Maurus X is designed for maximum comfort, so gamers can play for hours without experiencing any wrist or hand soreness," the company said. "And thanks to its 50g (1.8 oz) metal weight, precision movements can be executed with ease."
Technical specs include image processing of 6400 fps, an acceleration of 20G, a motion detection of 60 IPS, and a lift height of 1 to 5 mm. All six buttons, plus the scroll up/scroll down mouse wheel inputs, are fully customizable, allowing users to assign up to eight macros. Genius said the Maurus X GUI makes creating macros a "breeze" and also lets users quickly switch between five profiles.
"Changing the DPI on a mouse has never been easier," the company said. "With a press of a button, gamers can adjust the DPI from 800 up to 4000. Plus, with its overclocking SG-Core-i sensor and up to 1000 Hz adjustable polling rate, the Maurus X provides highly accurate targeting even at low DPI settings."
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