Speedlink impressed us with their Kudos Z-9 mouse, and now the German company is following it up with another peripheral: a mechanical keyboard. It’s called the ULTOR (presumably named after the antagonists in Red Faction), and it looks pretty sweet!
The ULTOR has a compact Tenkeyless (TKL) layout, with additional space saved by the minimal gap between the function and number rows. The board uses a ‘floating’, bezel-less style rendered in aluminium that reminds of the long-running Corsair Vengeance series of mechanical keyboards, but coloured in pleasant red tones. There’s backlighting included as well, with white LEDs for WASD and blue LEDs for the rest of the keyboard.
The keyboard uses red Kailh MX-compatible key switches, made by popular producer Kaihua. (These switches lack the long-standing reputation of OG Cherry, but they’ve proved dependable over the past couple of years and they’re far cheaper to use than Cherry’s limited supply.)
Red switches are light and linear, making them ideal for rapid double-tapping (as you’d need often in shooter and MOBA titles). They’re often called the ‘gaming switch’, but truth be told this is more a matter of personal preference.
The ULTOR will be available from Amazon.co.uk at £95 RRP, making them one of the cheaper mechanical keyboards on the market. If the keyboard’s build quality and software is up to par, this could be an excellent budget choice. We’re expecting a review unit in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for our full review.