Das Keyboard, the company best known by their er, Das Keyboard, has launched a new brand targeted at the gaming crowd. The name of the game is Division Zero, and Das has a couple peripherals on offer under the new moniker.
While the original Das Keyboard is professional and sleek, the X40 is its crazier teenage cousin with an eye for splashy clothing. This new keyboard has interchangeable aluminum top panels and has Das' own Alpha-Zulu switches under the keys. The X40 is available with either linear switches or tactile clickers. Both switch types have a 45-g actuation force, a 1.7-mm pre-travel zone and a full travel of 4 mm, and should be good for 60 million strokes.
The switches rest on a "resonance-free" bottom enclosure, and five of the keys can trigger macros. The keyboard is LED-backlit in red. A USB 2.0 passthrough port, media keys, and headphone and microphone jacks round out the package. The X40 will be shipping in mid-February, and is available for preorder for $149. The interchangeable top panels will set you back $39 apiece.
The X40 doesn't go out hunting noobs at night without its trusty sidekick. The M50 mouse is a 9-button affair with an ambidextrous design. Its metal scroll wheel has tilt functionality, and the mouse's body rests on an metal underside (enabling you to break your desk instead of the mouse when you lose a match.)
In a nod to sweaty palms everywhere, Das Keyboard designed the M50 devoid of polished surfaces. The palm area is made out of a hydrophobic material, and the main buttons are fingerprint-resistant. The mouse's side panels should also keep fingers dry. The sensor is an "optical laser" type, with sensitivity of up to 6,400 DPI. Up to six profiles can be stored in the mouse's built-in memory. The M50 is available now for $79.
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