ZOWIE GEAR Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with RTR Technology (Celeritas)
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- 6 keys Anti-Ghosting through USB / 18K Gold Plated mechanical switches and USB connectors
- Highly durable metal inner chassis / Ergonomic design saves space and offer full comfort during use
- Multimedia controls / Cable Length: 1.8m / 5.8-Feet. PS/2 functions / Full Anti-Ghosting with PS/2
- Ability to change the -Inch Windows-Inch-key to -InchCtrl-Inch / Connector: USB / PS2 (by USB to PS2 converter)
- Width: 44 cm (17.33-Inch)/Length: 16 cm (6.3-Inch)/Height: 2,5 cm (1.0-Inch)
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- Brand Name: Zowie Gear
- Model Number: Celeritas
- Connectivity Technology: usb
- Color: Black
- Form Factor: Gamimg,Mechanical
The ZOWIE CELERITAS features the newly developed ZOWIE RTR technology which allows the user to define the repeat-response of their presses to be 1x, 2x, 4x or 8x of the normal repeat-response for a keyboard. Gamers are able to gain a higher responsiveness from their keys with ZOWIE RTR , which means they can increase their APM in RTS-games, or increase the pace of movement in some FPS- and racing-games. The ZOWIE CELERITAS has just 0.2 second response-time, which is the fastest for any mechanical keyboard on the market. It supports all keys anti-ghosting through PS/2 and 6 keys through USB. To avoid accidently hitting the Windows key, we developed a function to define the Windows key as Ctrl, allowing RTS-gamers to increase their reach and APM. To ensure the best performance from ZOWIE CELERITAS in a variety of games, it was developed in cooperation with professional gamers Abdisamad 'Spawn' Mohamed, Young Ho 'Flash' Lee and Ho Jun 'Ho-Jun' Moon.
Top Customer Reviews
As far as mechanical keyboards go, I have some limited experience. I do remember learning how to touch type in high school on those old IBM "clicky" keyboards, and have since tried out every mechanical keyboard I can get my grubby fingers on while wandering the aisles of my local electronics stores. Still, I can't say I've had a chance to try out more than 3 or 4 mechanical keyboards in my lifetime, and I'm a computer nerd.
If you're wondering what the difference is between the standard keyboard that you're typing on now and one of these fancy mechanical deals, you're pretty much out of luck. That's because all the technical specifications in the world aren't going to explain to your fingers how it feels to type on one. Nevertheless, I'll give it the old college try.
When typing on a standard rubber dome keyboard, you'll notice that you have to push on a key to overcome an initial resistance. Once that initial resistance is overcome, the key basically "pops" down. The keypress is not recognized until the key "bottoms out" and completes the circuit. This is how almost everybody on earth types nowadays, and it's not necessarily a bad thing.
A mechanical keyboard, on the other hand, is MUCH smoother. The resistance your fingers feel is far more consistent throughout the keypress. With these brown switches, you'll feel a very slight increase in resistance about a third of the way down which, when overcome, will register the keypress. Though this "tactile bump" is almost impossible to feel when typing or gaming at full speed, the end result is a more responsive and pleasurable typing experience that just begs you to go faster.Read more ›
The only few things i can understand why people don't like:
1) the "\|" key was moved from above the enter bar to near the right shift bar. This is NOT big deal, i adjusted in less than a day.
2) The key caps look and feel great, but they do get dimmed pretty quickly (like 1 day). HOWEVER, this is not do to it being low quality, the keycaps are still laser etched. The reason they get dark is because of the nylon kecaps that i guess is suppose to attract more dirt and grease from your fingers. The key cap printing is permanent and will never fade completely (its also washable).
Both of these things have not bothered me at all. This is a great keyboard used by some of the greatest gamers. If you buy another keyboard over this, you will make a big mistake. (Some people may not like it though because it doesn't have "awesome sick lights.")
cons: the spacebar is a little bit stiffer than the rest of the keys. (i read that the spacebar for this keyboard uses a cherry mx black switch). However its not that big of a deal for me. The zowie sign on the top right of the keyboard lights up in red (can change to blue when locking the windows key). Not a big fan of the red/blue light. Nevertheless this is a great keyboard.
Yes, the space bar is a little different than the other keys. This is not because the space bar uses another keyswitch mechanism or any of the other nonsense I've seen people try to claim. It's because the space bar is huge, and Zowie felt it would be beneficial if it put a stabilizer on each end of the space bar to make it more durable, rather than putting the pressure of the entire key on a single Cherry Brown switch. This makes the space bar slightly uncomfortable to press if you are used to pressing the space bar only on the edge, but if you press it towards the middle it is far more comfortable and I honestly don't even notice the difference.
The keyboard layout is nonstandard. I find it hard to believe that anybody would order this keyboard from Amazon, which has several pictures of the keyboard in which the layout is clearly visible, without noticing the nonstandard layout. I am actually somewhat offended that people are stupid enough to leave one-star reviews because they were too stupid to notice this before they bought the keyboard. I play StarCraft II using theCore hotkey layout, so that the repositioned "\" key should actually get in the way, but I've gotten used to it, and it hasn't bothered me at all really. Even when typing normally the nonstandard layout causes me no problems whatsoever.
The keys do darken over time. I don't know whether this has to do with the oils on our fingers or sweat of pH or what. Zowie claims that it has to do with the neoprene caps, which they say are the most comfortable for progamers but darkening is an unfortunate side effect. If you buy some 99% isopropyl, the darkness comes right off.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it until I switched to a more macro keyboard. Gave this away to a friend who loves it just as muchPublished 9 months ago by JJ B
This is my second mechanical keyboard (first a black widow ultimate) and the feel of this is amazing. I would suggest it to anyone.Published on April 28, 2014 by Matt
I have bought a lot of keyboards :) I've been a programmer for the last thirty years, so I spend about 12 hours a day typing. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I've been playing PC games since 2001; exclusively Real Time Strategy games, from Homeworld to Dawn of War and its many expansions to Command & Conquer 3 finally to StarCraft 2,... Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by LF9
Celeritas works great!! If you're a game player then this is a great choice for you!
In addition if you plug this keyboard on a mac os computer it will show that your... Read more
The keyboard is very well made, functions are nice and the brown keys are at a perfect sound and pressurePublished on March 4, 2012 by Jin