Roccat Studios, a German-based manufacturer of professional PC gaming devices and equipment, looks to take on peripheral rivals Razer and Mad Catz locally by bringing its portfolio of gadgets to America. These will include professional-level gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and other accessories which will be sold through Amazon starting mid-February.
For starters, Roccat has highlighted three specific peripherals that are currently on display at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, including an illuminated keyboard, a 6000dpi mouse and a 5.1 surround sound gaming headset. Here's a brief on each:
Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard ($89.99)
The exclusive Roccat Talk protocol allows the Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard and the Roccat Kone[+] high-performance gaming mouse (seen below) to talk to each other – giving you a powerful set bonus that lets you execute mouse macros quickly and easily right from your keyboard. Easy-Aim technology is perfect for when your game demands precise marksmanship in sniper mode. Simply press and hold a single keyboard key and Easy-Aim will instantly optimize the DPI setting on your Kone[+].
Kone[+] Max Customization Gaming Mouse ($79.99)
The revolutionary 6000dpi Pro-Aim Laser Sensor, in conjunction with its 10.5 megapixel resolution and 1000Hz polling rate, offers maximum precision, even transmitting lightning fast mouse movements with up to 30Gs of acceleration and speeds of up to 200ips (5.08m/s) without loss or lag. Four multicolor LEDs, together with the enhanced lightpipes and configurable effects, can illuminate, alternate or pulsate in more than four different colors at the same time.
Kave 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset ($119.99)
Kave 5.1 accomplishes unparalleled immersive sound with 40-mm speakers plus an additional vibration unit, arranged at a 12-degree angle, embedded within each earcup. With the accompanying Tip’n’Control Desktop Remote, gamers have easy access to volume control and can customize their desired sound profile based on center, front, and rear channels as well as the bass. A blue LED at the end of the boom mic indicates when the mute function is enabled ensuring that the days of accidentally giving away crucial information are long gone.
All three peripherals will become available on Amazon starting mid-February. Additional products for the American market will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, those attending CES 2012 can check out all three at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 2, Booth Number 25213.
Roccat seems to have good Linux support also.
The mouse,I definitely would buy that online. I want to feel it in my hand first. But at the same time I really doubt any mouse is ever going to come close to usefulness of the razor naga I have. I don't even use it for gaming, I have it set up for the Internet. It's really hard to be usefulness there.
The keyboard,I don't care for design but it's not a dealbreaker. What is the dealbreaker is that it's not use mechanical keys, or at least they're not saying it's easy mechanical keys. I've been looking for a new keyboard for the last two years, Ana came over $100 for the one with mechanical keys. So I'll stick to my $30 keyboard that came with the computer's six or eight years ago, I forget how old the damn thing is, but it gets the job done.