US gaming peripherals company Whirlwind FX has introduced a new mechanical gaming keyboard with 'content-reactive' RGB lighting. Tying the keyboard RGB backlighting to the content on screen delivers a next level immersive gaming experience, asserts Whirlwind FX. It goes on to say that the RGB lighting of its Element gaming keyboard can be customised for any PC game.
Whirlwind FX's distinctive special sauce, as there are plenty of RGB keyboards available, is a software engine which "detects and recognizes events and critical utility moments - explosions, varied environments, damage taken, health levels, healing, shields - producing synchronized LED patterns, bursts of colour," and more, for greater in-game immersion.
Now I've covered the USPs of this keyboard it is worth looking at the foundation upon which its special charms are built. The Element has a brushed aluminium body, and uses Kailh key switches with high-emission per key RGB and zero bounce technology. Whirlwind FX is offering the choice of Red linear and Blue clicky keyswitches with gold contacts and whichever you choose there will be an actuation distance of 1.7mm and actuation force of 50G. The wired keyboard polls at 1,300 to 1,400Hz and has an N-key rollover option.
A keyboard shortcut can bring up the Engine software and there are brightness and media controls available as standard in the full 104-key ANSI layout.
At the time of writing the Element keyboard is on offer for US$99 instead of $129 and is available in North America only. The Blue clicky key switches version is currently sold out.