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Thermaltake Debuts New Keyboard Line

Category: Input Devices
Posted: 06:48PM

Thermaltake has debuted a new line of keyboards at Computex. These keyboards will be branded under the Challenger name and are all mechanical keyboards aimed at gamers. Probably the most unique feature of the entire thing is that it comes with a little 6,000 RPM fan to help cool your hands down while you game. This little fan plugs into the keyboard's top panel and should be sufficient enough to blow a steady stream of cool air on your sweaty fingers. The Challenger line will have three keyboards aimed at different price points but all should have two USB ports and headphone/mic ports as well. The entry-level Challenger will come with 6 macro keys and 32KB of built-in memory to store your macros. The mid-range Challenger Pro will have 10 macro keys and presumably 64KB of built-in memory while the top of the line Challenger Ultimate will have 14 macro keys and 64KB of memory. The Challenger Ultimate is also listed as having 256 backlight options though no mention was made if the other two models will have backlighting as well. I can't see Thermaltake only having one of the keyboards with backlighting so expect the other two to carry it as well, albeit probably not 256 different options.

All the keyboards are expected to retail for under $100 with the Pro expected to cost $65. No word on a launch date was announced at this time.

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Flibo on June 5, 2010 02:16AM
A fan? Nice idea. Usually my hands don't sweat at all, but if I'm playing something important and get nervous, I'd be happy to have a nice cooling stream of air!
Locutus on June 5, 2010 05:19AM
What a silly idea. I never sweat on my keyboard or my mouse. The only time I've ever used a peripheral with a fan built in was an xbox controller which TBH was kind of silly anyways.
GaiusMaxwell on June 5, 2010 09:30AM
I never really have the sweating problem and i live in australia (104-106F is normal where i live in summer), i have more of a problem of my fingers freezing off in the winter. Id rather mini heaters on the keyboard xD. Heated keys! patent pending :P
damian on June 5, 2010 06:35PM
other people do sweat you know

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