The début product from OCZ's new Alchemy gaming range
OCZ’s bread and butter may be memory of various types, such as DDR3 RAM or the (absolutely awesome) OCZ 64GB SATA II SSD, but its latest Alchemy range takes a different direction. Débuting with the Elixir keyboard, the Alchemy line of gaming products is, in theory at least, intended to offer gamers decent peripherals, without a huge price tag.
As budget keyboards go, the Elixir appears pretty well-endowed feature wise. Foremost are ten tri-way programmable macro keys (in effect giving 30 in total), media player controls and pop-up shortcut menu. We’re not sure how the latter will work exactly, but it sounds intriguing. The keys are all rubber-coated, which should ensure they’re comfortable to use, as well as offering better grip than just plastic.
Eugene Chang, Product Manager OCZ’s Technology Group commented on the Alchemy range’s launch saying:
“The new Alchemy line from OCZ is designed to offer gamers quality gaming solutions that deliver both exceptional performance and value. Just because gamers have a budget doesn’t mean they shouldn’t enjoy premium gaming features, and our first Alchemy solution the Elixir gaming keyboard is designed with quality ergonomics and offers efficient game-play with programmable macro keys.”
With an MSRP of just $29.99 (~£15) the Elixir definitely qualifies as budget-friendly. There isn’t really a compelling gaming keyboard in that price range that I can think of, so if OCZ comes good on its promise it should be onto a winner with the Elixir.