We don't have to tell you the memory market's been pretty rough lately, with prices only recently coming up from rock-bottom. One solution companies look towards when their primary market turns sour is diversification. For example, both Patriot and G.Skill are selling peripherals. Not to be left behind, Mushkin is also moving into the gamer gear space, and its first product in that arena is the Carbon KB-001 mechanical keyboard. Eteknix got to see a prototype of this keyboard first-hand at CES.
The keyboard sports a sleek frameless aesthetic and neutral black-on-metal color scheme, and we have to say the it looks pretty slick. Mushkin says the KB-001 is made from anodized aluminum, and it certainly is shiny. It has per-key RGB LED backlighting, of course, and reportedly uses Kailh Brown keyswitches.
Judging by the images, the keyboard has the usual media keys and Windows-key-lock functions. Mushkin says the keyboard supports N-key rollover, too. If the rumored $70 pricetag is accurate, it's not hard to imagine the KB-001 in our peripheral staff picks.