HyperX, HP’s peripherals company, has launched a new line with cute keycaps and headset stands, microphone holders, and other accessories. The accessories are produced using the company’s Jet Fusion 580 3D printing machines. HX3D is the name of the new “personalized” accessory line. The first accessory, a Cozy Cat cap, will be available at HyperX.com for $19.99.
We had the opportunity to see a variety of samples keycaps, headset stands and headset clip-ons at HP’s pre-CES demo. Many of them were very cute, featuring bright pastel colors and cartoonish characters like rubber ducks or unicorns.
Some accessories looked like demons or skeletons. These accessories were still adorable in a Hello Kitty way.
The Cozy Cat is a 3D animated cartoon cat that wears a blue scarf made of snowflakes and has the HyperX logo on it. You definitely wouldn’t want to do any serious typing with this keycap, but maybe you could place it on the Esc key or one of those Scroll lock keys you never use.
HyperX said it would have limited-time keycaps sales, like the one with Cozy Cat, throughout the year. The company also released a YouTube clip that showcases some of its sample accessories, including keycaps, stands, and headset add-ons.
According to HyperX, the company will work with designers and esports players to create more accessories. HyperX’s press materials don’t say that these accessories “take hardware customization to a new level.” They allow you to personalize your gear but they don’t make it unique for each customer. Instead, they can be used to complement any product the company decides to sell.
Although it is interesting that these HX3D products were manufactured using 3D printers, it does not make them any more relevant to the person who purchases them. HyperX explained to us that they are using HP Jet Fusion 580 Color printers and printing accessories in nylon. These printers are about $50,000 (or $32,000 used by eBay), so it is unlikely that you can 3D print the same models at home. HyperX has not made any plans to share its design files so even if you own a top-of-the-line 3D printer for consumers, it wouldn’t be possible to make these accessories at home.
It is clear that HyperX doesn’t print these accessories on a regular basis, but only makes them in limited editions. You don’t have to choose whether you want your keycaps made in a mold, or on a 3D-printed printer. This would make HyperX accessories really interesting and unique if you could create them online.
HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Mice
HyperX now offers two new gaming mice: the Pulsefire Haste 2 and Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless. The Haste 2 (wired), weighs only 53g and features a 26K DPI sensor along with an 8,000Hz polling rate.
Although the Haste 2 Wireless weighs in at 62 grams, it is still light and has the same 26,000 DPI sensor. The 370 mAh battery can last up to 100 hours and connects via Bluetooth 5.0, 2.4GHz wireless or USB-C.
Both mice can be ordered in black or white colors and feature built-in RGB lighting that you can control through software. The skates are made from PFTE and provide a smooth glide.
The Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless, and Haste 2 Wireless are available for purchase in April for $59 & $79, respectively
HyperX Clutch Gladiate Xbox Controller
HyperX also has its own wired Xbox controller, called the Clutch gladiate. The controller features rear buttons that can be remapped, textured grips and two trigger locks. The controller will be available for purchase starting March at $34.