Genius Brings Manticore Gaming Keyboard to North America

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."

For more information about the entire GX Gaming portfolio, head here.

  • alidan
    im guessing not mechanical
  • lordjakian
    "Features include mechanical-like keys..."

    It isn't a Cherry, but it seems like they tried.
  • chumly
    I went to their website to find a comprehensive pictoral and specification documentation and was instead rewarded with digitally enhanced imagery and videos with cartoon robots and explosions. This is hardware. Not a video game. Honestly looks like they are spending more on designing their website and videos for their product than they are on their product. I managed to find a video of some actual demonstration of this keyboard off of another site:
    What I'm looking at when they're panning around the keyboard and he's holding it, is what it is made out of and the quality of that material. Firstly, he's holding it upright between three fingers. It can't weigh much. You need a heavy keyboard for gaming. It also goes to show that it's made of crap and plastic. The camera views show some of that imperfect casting mold on the keys, as well as that cheap reflective plastic that we've been quite familiar with from companies like Rosewill (at least they charge $30 for their cheap stuff). This keyboard is clocking in at $80? Must be some really fancy lights in this thing (note more than half the youtube video was LED demo).

    Per recommendation of another Tom's article, I decided to buy a Razer Blackwidow Tournament edition a few months back. Best keyboard ever. Just the feel and finish of it. Smooth but not slick. You cannot hold it between three fingers because it is not a cheap piece of crap. It is built like Fort Knox. Every single key is programmable. No extra clutter keys all over the place taking up space on my desk. MECHANICAL keys. $60. I honestly don't see other mechanical keyboards or gaming keyboards for that matter competing with these at that price. Razer's software and support are top notch. They once mailed me a space bar because I broke my keyboard, it wasn't under warranty and I had purchased it used (and it was an older model, the guy said he had to go looking for the part). I don't know what else to say.

  • nostall
    Thanks Chumley!
  • outlw6669
    "Mechanical-like Keys"
    Well, that is confidence inspiring...
  • rwinches
    As opposed to chiclet type keys. They have a click like mechanical keys.
    This vid makes it all clear.
  • Jamie Broughton
    I'm amazed how you guys can write a review just from watching a video. I own the keyboard and you are 100% wrong about it. It is a great gaming keyboard. Before you review a product next time you might want to actually have at least used it first.