The Cooler Grasp ControlPad is among the most fascinating analog keyboard equipment we’ve come throughout.
Though it would appear to be any previous PC keypad, it options distinctive pressure-sensitive expertise generally known as Aimpad, which detects how laborious you might be urgent on every of its keys. Cooler Grasp’s thought right here to present mechanical keyboards the identical degree of exact management you’d solely get with a driving wheel or flight stick.
Whereas a standard keyboard merely sends an on-off digital sign, the ControlPad permits customers to additional the strain on their keys. This could come in useful in video games whereby you need to slowly peek round corners in Counter Strike GO or just have your character stroll as a substitute of run on a regular basis.
Alternatively, Cooler Grasp can also be focusing on creatives with the ControlPad. Adobe Photoshop customers, for instance, might apply differing ranges of strain to vary the thickness, brush measurement and opacity of brush strokes and different instruments. Video editors could discover the analog keys helpful to rigorously scroll via footage.
Cooler Grasp plans to supply 4 totally different packs of additional keycaps designed round particular use circumstances, together with gaming in addition to Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and Illustrator. The corporate has additionally proven us different key units designed round some extra distinctive makes use of, reminiscent of radiology.
The brand new analog period
The ControlPad options 24 of those Aimpad keys and, although they’re strain delicate, the underlying key change continues to be mechanical (both Cherry MX Purple or Gateron Purple). The keyboard accent additionally options two precision scroll wheels, a magnetic wrist pad and customizable RGB lighting.
Curiously, Cooler Grasp is launching the ControlPad on Kickstarter, with items resulting from ship in Might 2019.
Of us focused on backing the ControlPad can get one with a pack of additional keycaps of their selecting for as little as $75 (about £60, AU$105) within the early hen tier that is practically bought out – on the time of writing. A $150 (about £110, AU$210) pledge will get you the ControlPad and all 4 units of additional keycaps.
The ultimate retail value for the ControlPad shall be $99 (about £75, AU$140) with Cherry MX Purple key switches and $79 (about £60, AU$110) with Gateron Purple, so leaping in on the Kickstarter provides a welcome pre-order low cost.