updated 01:20 pm EDT, Fri September 16, 2011
Input devices for FPS, RTS MMO gamers
Corsair has entered the gaming accessories market with its new Vengeance line of peripherals. The company is offering two keyboards, the K60 Performance FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, and two laser mice, the M60 Performance FPS Laser Gaming Mouse and M90 Performance MMO and RTS Laser Gaming Mouse. The devices have enhanced reporting rates for better performance, aluminum structure for more strength and durability, and ergonomic features for comfort during gameplay. Corsair is also a line of Vengeance gaming headsets. All the Vengeance product have aggresively styled industrial design.
As the names suggest, the Vengeance K60 Performance FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and M60 Performance FPS Laser Gaming Mouse are aimed at the first person shooter player. The K60 has linear Cherry MX Red mechanical key switches to enable faster keytaps. It has a contoured pad for the left wrist and specially textured WASD and 1-6 key caps to let gamers keep their eyes on the screen. The K60 has a 20-key rollover and can be adjusted to up to 1,000 reports per second to capture every keystroke accurately. The K60 also has dedicated media control buttons and a USB port on the rear.
The M60 gaming mouse has an adjustable center of gravity for greater comfort. It also has a 5,670 dot per inch sensor and can change resolution on the fly in 100 DPS increments. An unique feature of the M60 is the Sniper button, which toggles between regular and fine control for more accurate aiming. A heavyweight scroll wheel which can be backlit adds to the gamer chic feel. The M60 requires Windows XP/Vista/7.
The K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and M90 Performance MMO and RTS Laser Gaming Mouse are targeted at dedicated MMO and RTS players, where the ability to customize and execute macros is almost a requirement. The key feature of the K90 is a bank of 18 additional macro buttons on the left side of the keyboard, which can store and activate a total of 54 macros. The keyboard macros are stored in 36KB of flash memory on the keyboard. The K90 uses the same Cherry MX Red switches, 20-key rollover, 1ms reporting rate and anti-ghosting capability as the K60, and adds individual blue LED backlighting to each key. The K90 includes a soft-touch wrist rest for comfort and one USB port on the back of the keyboard for convenience.
The M90 gaming mouse has 15 fully programmable buttons in an ergomatic arrangement that does not interfere with normal mouse movement control. The buttons are programmed with a Windows utility that ships with the mouse. Like the M60, the K90 has a 5,670 DPI sensor, high mass scroll wheel, and programmable lift detection.
The Vengeance gaming headsets all offer noise-cancelling cardioid microphones for in-game communication and feature 20Hz-20KHz response. The Vengeance 1100 Communication Headset is a value priced, behind the head style with 40mm drivers. It can be connected by either 3.5mm analog jack or USB with the included adapter. The Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset and Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset are both over the ear style, closed-back earpad designs with 50mm drivers. The Vengeance 1500 connects by USB, and delivers 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby positional audio for competitive gaming. The Vengeance 1300 requires a high-end sound card using dual 3.5mm headphone and microphone connectors and reproduces 3D positional audio from generated by X-Fi CMSS-3D and other sound card-based positional audio systems.
The Vengeance gaming peripherals are expected to be available in October 2011 from Corsair and authorized Corsair retailers worldwide. The Vengeance K60 keyboard for FPS games has suggested retail price of $99, and the Vengeance M60 mouse has suggested retail price of $79. The Vengeance K90 MMO/RTS gaming keyboard and Vengeance M90 laser gaming mouse will retail for $129 and $99 respectively. The Vengeance 1500 USB gaming headset will sell for $99, the Vengeance 1300 analog gaming headset for $79, and the Vengeance 1100 gaming headset for $39.
Vengeance K60 Performance FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Rear USB port
M60 Performance FPS Laser Gaming Mouse
K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
M90 Performance MMO and RTS Laser Gaming Mouse
Vengeance 1100 Communication Headset
Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset
Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset