At CES 2013, we got a chance to sit down with ROCCAT and check out their latest offerings. ROCCAT initially broke into the US gaming peripheral market about a year ago with European favorites such as the Kone+ Gaming Mouse, the Isku Gaming Keyboard, and the Kave 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset. Since then ROCCAT, has been well received in the US market.
This year they had a couple new products to introduce: the Kone XTD and Pure Gaming Mice which were both released this past fall, and the Ryos MK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. They were also showing off their Power-Grid application which has been in the works for some time.
The Kone XTD and Pure both have a fully-adjustable 8200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor with 41 DPI settings, ranging from 200 to 8200, a 32-bit Turbo Core V2 72MHzARM MCU processor, and 576kB of on-board memory. The XTD is designed as a highly customizable gaming mouse, whereas the Pure is 91% the size of the XTD and is designed to provide the core performance a gamer requires. They have also improved the scroll wheel on both (fixing the issues that were present on the Kone+), and use the ROCCAT Titan Wheel. The Kone XTD has an MSRP of $89.99, and the Kone Pure has an MSRP of $69.99.
The Ryos MK comes in three variants: the MK, the MK Glow, and the MK Pro. Each one is a step up from the last in terms of features. According to their press release: the Ryos MK Pro “features per-key lighting and up to two 32-bit ARM cortex processors. The keyboard can display key functions, macros and even health or mana bars thanks to this technology. The included SDK makes what's possible limited only by the player's imagination. 2 MB internal Flash storage makes the Ryos ultra responsive. The ROCCAT Ryos Keyboard Series comes with up to four different CHERRY MX key switches (black, brown, red, and blue). The release is planned for the first quarter of 2013.”
The Ryos MK Pro also has USB and audio/microphone passthrough. The MK Glow lacks the passthrough features but still has the lighting options. The MK [Standard] has neither the passthrough nor any backlighting.
Finally, Power-Grid is an application that allows the user to do a variety of thing in their games and on their PC using their mobile device. The features and abilities of Power-Grid are too numerous to list here, so we highly recommend checking it out here
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