In recent years, gaming enthusiasts have increasingly suffered from a lack of analogue input options. Due to the many cheers of mechanical keyboards, this lack has largely fallen by the wayside and thus out of the focus of the professional public. The Taiwanese company Cooler Master not only wants to draw attention to the problem with its new product, but also wants to solve it immediately.
With all the attention mechanical input devices have received in recent years, many manufacturers have lost sight of the advantages analog keys offer in the gaming sector. Especially lovers of racing games, but also friends of some first-person shooters have suffered from this, which should now be an end. The new “MK850” keyboard from Cooler Master offers a total of eight keys that allow analog input. The advantages of mechanical switches, which would be denied by very few PC users, do not have to be renounced at all.
The new gaming keyboard is equipped with mechanical MX Red switches from Cherry. The WASD and QERF keys can also be used in analog mode, which is made possible by combining the mechanical switches with IR sensors. With the additional option of analog input for selected keys, the “MK850” is reminiscent of the “Wooting One” keyboard, which appeared in 2017 and was financed with the help of a kickstart campaign.
Apart from this unusual feature, which should be emphasized in any case, the “MK850” presents itself as a classic gaming keyboard. Equipped with a complete layout including number pad, the keyboard also has macro and multimedia keys as well as two precision wheels that can be used to control the volume, among other things.
The device’s features are rounded off by a 512 KB internal memory, a USB 3.0 hub and a magnetic wrist-rest. The keyboard is available from this month for a price of about 220 Euro.