Here be dragons on MSI's GK701 keyboard and DS502 headset

— 1:55 PM on October 7, 2015

If our peripheral staff picks didn't have a keyboard or headset to catch your eye, MSI might have something more to your taste. The DS502 Gaming headset and GK-701 Gaming keyboard are specially lit up for those who like any color as long as it's black with red dragon accents.

Headset users may appreciate the DS502 Gaming's passive noise reducing capabilities, 40-mm drivers and omnidirectional microphone. This USB headset has vibration motors built in, which are claimed to help players feel deep bass. The USB cable is two meters long, which should be adequate in most situations, and MSI includes an inline remote to control volume and turn the microphone on and off. 

The DS502 also has loads of configuration options in MSI's software. A 10-band equalizer, reverb, and virtualized 7.1 surround sound are all on tap, and they can be turned off if desired. The red LED lighting also has an off swich, which we appreciate. Newegg already has the DS502 in stock, and it'll set you back $70.

The GK-701 Gaming mechanical keyboard isn't exactly a no-frills affair, but it's pleasantly devoid of crazy angular shapes. Cherry MX brown switches, which have a tactile "bump" when actuating, sit under the red-backlit keycaps. Users will also find common gaming-friendly features like N-key rollover and an option to disable the Windows logo key so you don't accidentally minimize a game in a panic the heat of battle.

Media functionality can be accessed through function-key combinations or turned on permanently through the GK-701's software. MSI's utility also lets users configure the four brightness seettings, enable a "breathing" light show, or disable the lighting entirely. Newegg already has the GK-701 in stock, too, with a fairly reasonable $120 asking price.

Tip: You can use the A/Z keys to walk threads.
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