MI­CROSOFT MAKES SOME

Finweek English Edition - - Communication & Technology - BENE­DICT KELLY benk@fin­week.co.za

awe­some key­boards and as time goes by they keep branch­ing off to make more and more niche prod­ucts – one be­ing the Reclusa Gam­ing key­board. The first thing you no­tice is its key­board has a nice rounded shape and feels heav­ier than the av­er­age of­fice key­board, even heav­ier than many of the top of the range Mi­crosoft key­boards.

The sec­ond thing is that it at­taches via USB to the com­puter. In this era of wire­less ev­ery­thing, that may seem like a step back­wards but in the world of com­puter gam­ing a USB cable is a faster and more re­li­able way of con­nect­ing to a PC. The last thing you want in the heat of bat­tle is to drop the con­nec­tion to your PC and end up los­ing the game. The third thing you’re likely to no­tice is the mul­ti­tude of but­tons on the key­board. Most of those can be cus­tomised to suit the game you’re play­ing, which for the se­ri­ous gamer is a real god­send.

All that’s be­fore you plug in the key­board and no­tice it lights up with a great blue back­light. In the low light con­di­tions, which you might find at a com­pet­i­tive gam­ing event, that’s more than a cool gim­mick but vi­tal in en­hanc­ing speed and ac­cu­racy. There are also two ex­tra USB ports for plug­ging in head­sets and mouses, min­imis­ing the need to spend time un­der your desk. I tend to pre­fer key­boards with a softer key touch and so I wasn’t en­tirely com­fort­able with the more ro­bust keys on this key­board but I’m sure I’m in the mi­nor­ity.

While Mi­crosoft has de­signed this with the gamer in mind, I can imag­ine many users look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent would find it an at­trac­tive op­tion. At more than R500 it isn’t the cheap­est around but given the pun­ish­ment many gamers put their key­boards through, this one is likely to be one of the strong­est.

Reclusa Gam­ing Key­board

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