Mechanical keyboard fans seem to undergo a metamorphosis. They start with keyboards that are massive, festooned with macro and media keys and sporting a numberpad. Over time, their tastes change, and their keyboards get smaller and smaller. First it’s tenkeyless, where the number pad is dropped, and then it’s on to smaller and rarer form factors: 75%, where the navigation keys are compressed into a column on the right side, and 60%, where these keys (and the F keys at the top) are left out altogether. As you get more interested in these unusual forms, you can abide by some loss in function, using fewer keys to accomplish the same goals.
The consequence of this, at [...]
Speedlink impressed us with their mechanical Ultor keyboard, so how does their Ludicium budget rubber dome fare in comparison? This keyboard has a full-size layout, ten extra media and shortcut keys and an interesting red-accented colour scheme. We’ll put it to the test in our full review.Features & DesignFull-size keyboard including arrow keys and number pad Ten additional hotkeys for direct access to multimedia functions Height adjustable for maximum ergonomic comfort Ready to use straight out of the box thanks to driverless installation Reliable technology
I feel Speedlink were really drudging the bottom of the barrel when it came to this feature list. The [...]
75% is an increasingly popular layout in the exciting world of mechanical keyboard. You get all of the keys of a tenkeyless, rearranged in a cool space-saving layout that will bring the ladies (and gentlemen) to your yard. Today, we’re reviewing one of the most readily available 75% designs, the Drevo Excalibur, which features a range of switches, white LED backlighting and a gorgeous metal design. Let’s get into the full review!Design
The Excalibur has a rather lovely design, particularly the white model that I was sent to review. The keycaps have a rather stylistic, retro-futuristic font that I could take or leave, but the combination of tightly-set keys on a [...]
Dilemma: you like laptop keyboards, but people keep harping on about how great mechanical keyboards are. Solution: Havit’s HV-KB390L keyboard. It uses special low profile switches, low profile keys and a low-profile chassis to make for an incredibly compact keyboard in all three dimensions. Is this the ultimate low profile mechanical keyboard? Let’s find out!Specifications & FeaturesThinnest 87-key mechanical keyboard Kailh PG1350 low profile Blue switch Detachable Micro USB cable Customisable ice blue LED backlight N-Key Rollover 35.4 x 12.75 x 2.25 cm 0.52 kgDesign
The Havit low profile keyboard is actually quite remarkable in its design. The [...]
The most ridiculously named keyboard of all time
What’s in a name? When it comes to the mechanical keyboard sitting on my desk called the Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma Stealth, there’s a heck of a lot. In fact, I reckon I can tell you everything you need to know about the good ol’ RBWTECS just by unpacking each one of these weighty terms. Let’s give it a go!
Razer is a name that carries a lot of weight in gaming circles, and not always for the right reasons. Despite (or perhaps because of) the company’s popularity, hardcore mechanical keyboard fans turn their noses up at Razer products, [...]
The Drevo Calibur 72, also known as the KeyCool 72, is a compact mechanical keyboard with a couple of interesting features: Bluetooth connectivity and RGB backlighting. The former allows the Calibur to be used with a wide range of devices, from desktops and laptops all the way down to tablets and smartphones, while the latter ensures that the keyboard looks pretty. It’s also quite cheap, costing a little over £50 or $60 as of July 2017. Let’s get into our rapid-fire review.Design
In many respects, the Calibur 72 is a quite ordinary-looking black mechanical keyboard, with its titular seventy-two keys sitting atop a flat chassis with minimal bezels. [...]