Sega’s most iconic brands are remembered with retro keyboards.
You feel like you can do everything when you are a beloved blue Eulipotyphla, with all the gold rings, speed and agility of a racecar and a friend like Tails. This includes typing on a truncated keyboard that doesn’t have letters, numbers or other legends.
Higround is known for its gaming gear and today released a trio of 65 per cent mechanical keyboards in collaboration with Sega. This was spotted by Wired and other Sega gear like keycaps or mousepads.
The brand has photos that show three keyboards coming to life. They have colourful details that deliver nostalgic imagery. These include the loops and rings from 1991 ‘s Sonic the Hedgehog, the profiles of Sonic and Knuckles in 2001’s Sonic Adventure 2, and the rainbow-coloured Arrow keys that mimic the buttons on Sega’s last global release console, the Dreamcast.
According to Higround, sublimated PBT dye keyboard caps are 1.5mm thick. They have no informative legends and display an artistic appearance from the top. From a seated position, however, codes should be visible on the front side of the keycaps. Sega keyboards can be used by anyone, even if they aren’t touch-typists. However, learning how to use them will be more complex than learning the standard keyboard.
Sonic’s keyboards must move fast. TTC Speed Silver linear mechanical switches are a perfect choice. These keyboards are specced with a 3.4mm travel and 45 grams force to actuate. (If you don’t know what that means, please refer to our mechanical keyboard guide). These numbers make them easier to actuate and lower than the Cherry MX Red switch (4mm/2mm/45gf), but Higround could have made them shorter by using low-profile mechanical switches to match the speed theme.
Sega keyboards don’t offer a fast way to finish spreadsheets. They lack a numeric keypad.
To make these keyboards useful and not just a collector’s item, you must have a mix of Sega and linear typing passions and the ability to use a Numpad.
However, the keyboards don’t seem as polarizing as they could be… they won’t make you write in Elvish.