What does an e-sports player look for in a keyboard, mouse or mouse pad? Despite constant assurances from peripheral makers that RGB lighting, tribal dragon motifs and fans in places they have no business being are absolutely essential, Fnatic’s pro gamers see it differently. The team’s just launched their own branded range of peripherals via Indiegogo, and they’re refreshingly stripped-down, back-to-basics offerings with affordable price tags. Up with this sort of thing.
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Fnatic’s new range comprises the Flick optical gaming mouse, Rush mechanical keyboard, and two mouse mats, the Rush and Boost, with a variety of thickness and surface options. They’re all available right now at the Team’s Indiegogo page.
Interestingly, Fnatic’s range of peripherals launches at roughly the same time SteelSeries, who previously sponsored Fnatic, announced they’d moved Team Winterfox into their HQ for product development and training purposes.
Anyone with an eye on the increasingly indulgent peripherals market for the past year or two must have been wondering when we’d reach peak silly (do you really need a 50-key rollover?) Really?), and the simplicity and functionality of Fnatic’s range is a good indication that the backlash has already begun. The Rush keyboard, for example, features a standard layout, a choice of Cherry MX switches, 2 x USB passthroughs, and macro profile functionality. Everything you need, nothing you don’t.
Likewise, the Flick mouse. It’s shape is not unlike an Intellimouse, and therefore also our current FPS gaming rodent, the Zowie FK1. A Pixart 3310 optical sensor powers the pointer, while onboard memory supports three custom profiles.
Admirably, the range is priced for… well, basically everyone. You can pick up the keyboard, mouse, and pad for $167. That looks pretty bargainous to me.