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    From 360 Hz monitors to 8,000 Hz keyboards, 2021 was the year of the hertz / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 23 December, 2021 - 12:45

From 360 Hz monitors to 8,000 Hz keyboards, 2021 was the year of the hertz

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When tech gets stale, one thing the industry does to try to get shoppers excited about new products is offer bigger and better specs. In 2021, a lot of focus went into beefing up the speed specs, measured in hertz, of PC peripherals (a hertz, or Hz, is a unit of frequency representing one cycle per second). We saw vendors increase the polling and refresh rates of everyday devices, turning them into advanced pieces of equipment to pique enthusiast interest.

Here's how it all went down.

First, the monitors

2021 was the year of the hertz, but in order to get there, we have to go back to 2020, when the world was introduced to 360 Hz monitors.

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    SteelSeries’ new $45 TKL keyboard survives spills and dust / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 12 October, 2021 - 17:59

SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL on RGB desk mat

Enlarge / SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL. (credit: SteelSeries)

Many beloved electronics have fallen victim to a spilled glass of water. No matter how careful you are, spills happen. The next time you spill something at your desk, though, you could have one less thing to worry about if you pick up SteelSeries' tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard released today for $45 .

SteelSeries says its new Apex 3 TKL is both water and dust resistant, thanks to IP32 certification and a polymer frame. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) rating guarantees that the keyboard won’t be damaged by dripping water “when the enclosure is tilted at any angle up to 15 degrees.” IP32 certification also means that the Apex 3 TKL is safe from dust that is at least 2.5 mm large.

SteelSeries’ Apex 3 TKL is simply a numpad-less version of the SteelSeries Apex 3 , which has the same certification. Other gaming keyboards, such as Corsair’s K68 mechanical keyboard, come with the same IEC stamp, but finding a water-resistant keyboard in the TKL form factor is rare.

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