'Cyborg' keyboard lives up to its name

Custom backlighting makes it look like a game device all by itself.


Often when we talk about keyboards it's for some features that are practical but ultimately mundane --until we get to gaming gear , that is, when all bets are off . Case in point: Saitek has released its new "Cyborg Gaming Keyboard," which was first shown at CES in January, and it fully lives up to its name.

The fortified design and accents make the PK17U model looks like a game device in and of itself, or perhaps something from the instrument panels of the Galactica or the Enterprise. Particularly impressive are its backlighting features, which has three colors that can be mixed into various hues and controlled in levels of intensity. (See it on CNET TV here.)

Favorite keys can also be programmed to light up independently. And for the most serious warriors, the keys have metal-plated caps just in case things get out of hand--literally and figuratively.

About the author

    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.


    Join the discussion

    Conversation powered by Livefyre

    Show Comments Hide Comments
    Latest Galleries from CNET
    Catwalk contraptions: High-tech couture of 2014 (pictures)
    The most anticipated games of 2015
    Tech industry's high-flying 2014
    Uber's tumultuous ups and downs in 2014 (pictures)
    The best and worst quotes of 2014 (pictures)
    A roomy range from LG (pictures)