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Take a peek at the secret in your new favourite keyboard

Flaretech's new Prism switches offer up a big step forward by tracking tiny keystrokes.

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Luke Lancaster
Luke Lancaster is an Associate Editor with CNET, based out of Australia. He spends his time with games (both board and video) and comics (both reading and writing).
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The new Flaretech Prism switches are set to change how gaming keyboards work.

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You can remove and replace caps, as normal with most high-end keyboards.

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But you can also remove the entire switch. There's no solder holding it in and no physical connection -- just the infrared optical sensor. That means any faulty or broken keys can be easily replaced. 

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Shown here on the Aorus K9 optical keyboard, it also means waterproofing.

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The Adomax keyboard here comes with a custom tool that lets you remove the key caps with one side and the switch itself with another.

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The keys are also analogue. Pretty much every other keyboard is digital -- off or on. The new Flaretech switches will register pressure, like buttons on a controller. Press harder to jump further or accelerate faster.

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