Headset specialist shows off new line of accessories at CES

Turtle Beach enters PC keyboard and mouse market

Gaming headset specialist Turtle Beach has announced its first PC keyboards, mice and mats after showing off the new products at CES 2015.

The devices – produced by Nordic Game Supply (NGS) in an exclusive licensing agreement with Turtle Beach – are due to launch in spring this year. 

Turtle Beach has three gaming keyboards. The Impact 700 has laser-engraved Cherry MX Brown keys, metal-reinforced construction, soft-to-hard red backlighting, multiple illumination modes, anti-ghosting, 3.5mm mic and audio jacks, as well as two USB 2.0 ports.

The Impact 500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for PC and Mac has a tenkeyless keycap layout, Cherry Blue MX mechanical switches and a soft touch-coated metal-reinforced chassis, while the Impact 100 is a hybrid metal-reinforced construction keyboard that uses smart-guided keycap sleeves to emulate the sensation of a mechanical keyboard, but at a fraction of the cost. It has 30-key rollover with anti-ghosting which Turtle Beach says means fast-moving fingers can control games without the fear of missed moves and dropped instructions.

Mice-wise, the Turtle Beach Grip 500 laser gaming mouse (pictured at the top of this article) is an illuminated programmable seven-button scroll-wheel mouse with an Avago 9800 laser sensor and Omron switches. Users can change the illumination settings and create up to 50 complex macros with up to 100 commands each, and then assign them to any button. 

Then there’s the more affordable non-slip Turtle Beach Grip 300 optical gaming mouse which is a five-button scroll-wheel mouse that uses quality components such as the Avago 3050 optical sensor and Omron switches. It sports an illuminated logo and scroll wheel, and hardware switches to adjust DPI from 500 to 1750, and polling rate from 125 to 1000Hz. It’s plug and play for PC and Mac with no drivers to load or software to run. 

The Impact 700 keyboard (above)

Turtle Beach also has two mouse mats in its line-up. The TractionTextured Control Surface Mousepad for PC and Mac features a ‘high-quality textured weave surface for maximum control’. It comes in medium (270x220mm), large (350x250mm), X-large (450x350mm) and wide (900x300mm) sizes.

The Turtle Beach Drift Fast Microfiber Mousepad for PC and Mac features an ‘ultra-smooth surface for fast, precise mouse movement’ with an anti-slip rubber base and anti-fraying stitched edges. It comes in medium (270x220mm), large (350x250mm), X-large (450x350mm) and wide (900x300mm) sizes.

Turtle Beach also announced three new gaming headsets for Xbox One: the Elite 800X, lightweight XO FOUR Stealth and the XO SEVEN Pro licensed by Major League Gaming and featuring ‘Superhuman Hearing’. The latter works by providing a competitive advantage in multiplayer gaming by making soft sounds that are typically hard to hear louder, allowing players to pinpoint quiet audio cues like enemy footsteps and weapon reloads.

Following up on the recent launches of its new Star Wars and Heroes of the Storm PC gaming headsets, at CES Turtle Beach announced a new Call of Duty Online PC Gaming Headset for the Chinese market. The public open beta for the free-to-play game launches later this month in China.

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