They advised me RGB lighting would serve a objective. All of them did—Logitech, Razer, Corsair. When I began reviewing RGB-equipped peripherals, 5 – 6 years in the past now, it was greater than mere vogue assertion. Sure, your new keyboard would look flashy, however it might do a lot extra they stated.

Your keyboard backlighting may change coloration to match your character alternative in Overwatch, for example. Or maybe flash blue-and-red when the police had been after you in Grand Theft Auto V. Maybe once you despatched out a pulse in The Division 2, you’d see the identical orange pulse unfold throughout your keyboard as properly. Cool, proper?

Problem is, all three of these examples require totally different {hardware}. The Overwatch integration? That’s Razer. Grand Theft Auto V is Logitech, and Corsair has Ubisoft’s video games on lock currently. There is nonetheless no unified customary for RGB lighting, and that should change. Hell, it by no means ought to’ve been this strategy to begin, however it’s properly previous time to rectify the issue.

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Light ‘em up

RGB’s potential is being wasted. You may scoff at that, given RGB lighting has turn into a meme, the butt finish of each {hardware} joke this decade. But it’s a meme as a result of it serves no actual objective more often than not—which is a disgrace, as a result of lots of the hypothetical integrations Logitech, Razer, Corsair, et al talked about just a few years in the past? Really neat. Not important, thoughts you, however the form of stuff that makes you recognize throwing down $150 on a keyboard a bit extra.

And a few of these concepts have made it into particular video games, with particular {hardware}. Corsair’s been doing a hell of a job with Ubisoft’s titles for example, with that above instance from The Division 2 one among my private favorites. Razer additionally did some nifty work with Rage 2, with lighting results for choosing up gadgets, utilizing sure weapons, and so forth.

“You’re not looking at the keyboard though, so who cares?” I hear that quite a bit, and possibly for some folks it’s true, they don’t care.

I believe it has a delicate—even unconscious—impact although, extra suggestions you catch in your peripheral imaginative and prescient. Like Microsoft’s ill-fated IllumiRoom demo from years again, it’s nearly like the sport breaks free from the monitor’s constraints. It feels larger. This is very true of Logitech’s G560 speakers, however the impact continues to be noticeable with an RGB keyboard and mouse as properly. (Headsets, not a lot. There, critics are proper in saying RGB is superfluous.)

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