Top Best 50 Wired and USB Keyboards in December 2021

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Adesso
Adesso - SlimTouch AKB-212UB TKL Wired Membrane Keyboard - Black
Description

Enjoy beverages while working without worrying about spills with this Adesso keyboard. The waterproof, antimicrobial properties help it withstand minor weather elements during outdoor use and make it easy to wipe clean with soap and water. This Adesso keyboard has hot keys for one-button control of media or web applications.

4 Features
  • 87 keys: Offer a comfortable typing experience.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple connection to your computer.
  • 14 one-touch hot keys: To instantly access the Internet, e-mail, media player, volume control, and more.
  • PC compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by Mamasboy, 10 out of 10
    Good keyboard

    Nice so when you’re on the go very flexible. I’d recommend this to a friend.

    May 27, 2021 09:24
  • 10score
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    Razer - BlackWidow V3 TKL Wired Mechanical Gaming Yellow Linear Switch Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    FEEL THE DIFFERENCE. Mean performance in a leaner form—enter the Razer BlackWidow V3 Tenkeyless. Continuing an iconic legacy, this compact gaming keyboard is armed with our world-renowned Razer Mechanical Switches and powered by Razer Chroma RGB, for a level of precision and personalization beloved by gamers worldwide.

    6 Features
  • Razer™ Yellow Mechanical Switches: These linear, silent switches produce extremely smooth keystrokes with no tactile bump and include sound dampeners to reduce its already low sound profile even further.
  • Powered by Razer Chroma RGB: With 16.8 million colors and a suite of effects to choose from, personalize the keyboard and enjoy greater immersion with dynamic lighting effects that trigger as you game on Chroma-integrated titles.
  • Compact form factor: The tenkeyless design allows for easier positioning to get your setup just right, and is ideal for gamers who prefer a minimalist desktop.
  • Cable routing options: The keyboard is designed with grooves that allow you to neatly tuck in its cable and feed it out in any direction, so you can keep your desktop clear of clutter and mess.
  • Fully programmable keys: Make your execution and gameplay more efficient by mapping your desired functions via Razer Synapse 3, and tweak the keyboard to suit your playstyle by creating and saving unique profiles and macros.
  • 80 million keystroke lifespan: Enjoy a level of reliability catered for competitive play, with a design equipped to handle intense, regular usage.
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by KemoCybr, 10 out of 10
    Highly recommendable

    Highly recommendable this baby is. It was a hard decision to let go of my other TKL (one of those with a duck as the logo and still great) but I had to try those Yellow switches. Now, I'm a big fan. They are amazing to the touch with the PBT caps (not mentioned in the product description) and feel very solid. I've been on a hunt for the perfect gaming TKL keyboard and I have found it, now matching my DeathAdder mouse to complete my Razer set. And for the price you get, for me, the best TKL money can buy.

    Nov 10, 2021 12:48
  • Review by Gidrah, 10 out of 10
    Hidden gem, a BW V3 TKL with YELLOW switches!

    Honestly I was skeptical this product even existed as I couldn't even find it on Razers own website so I ordered a V2 from amazon, but after receiving this I returned the V2 immediately. The boxed switches are an upgrade in every way to the V2. They feel nicer to type and game on and have better stabilizers so you don't get that wobbly feel the older switches have. My only complaint is the open top design. The sharp edge of the ctrl key kinda brushes against my palm during use but its something I can adjust to. I think im just too used to the old sunken in key design the V2 and older blackwidows have. The V2 also has a wrist rest that I personally didn't like while this keyboard does not.

    Overall if you want a V3 with the best razer yellow switches and don't mind the open top design this is a pretty solid prebuilt keyboard. Check out Too Much Tech's keyboard tier list video on Youtube if you're looking for something more customizable or better quality like a Ducky One 2 RGB TKL or a GMMK Pro.

    May 26, 2021 20:38
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    SteelSeries
    SteelSeries - Apex Pro TKL Wired Mechanical OmniPoint Adjustable Actuation Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Deliver winning strokes with this SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL mechanical gaming keyboard. The compact size helps save space on your desktop, while onboard memory stores frequently used macros and RGB lighting settings. This SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL mechanical gaming keyboard features a detachable wrist rest and adjustable switches for added comfort during marathon sessions.

    6 Features
  • USB pass-through port: Compatible with most mice, wireless headset adapters and cell phones.
  • OmniPoint Adjustable mechanical switches: Offer rapid response times for quick in-game action.
  • Palm rest: For comfortable use.
  • RGB backlit keys: Allow you to see your keyboard even in dim light.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • PC and Mac compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Axel, 10 out of 10
    Best keyboard

    Best keyboard I’ve had I can piece control kids so easy and fast, only complain is the key caps I HIGHLY RECOMEND that you buy after market pbt key caps because the apex pro ones are abs and get really shiny In a day of using

    Feb 22, 2021 10:38
  • Review by Max15, 10 out of 10
    Perfect Keyboard

    Really great keyboard strongly recommended it for pc gaming and work. Especially with the adjustable switches they make a great gaming and work use. I also recommend getting the steel series key caps. Best Buy sold them and they made a night and day difference.

    Oct 20, 2021 11:57
  • Review by ebowlin, 10 out of 10
    Awesome keyboard for gaming!

    After seeing the hype of this keyboard and seeing that it sells out very quickly, I was able to snag one from bestbuy, got it the next day and WOW, this keyboard is AWESOME. The keys click very smoothly and the feature where I can change the response time of the clicking of the keys amazes me. I recommend this keyboard to ANYONE. 110/10

    Jul 24, 2020 12:24
  • Review by Kargeaux, 10 out of 10
    Awesome

    With I would have gotten the one with the number pad but this is way better than any Corsair keyboard I’ve used in the past!

    Mar 06, 2020 15:44
  • Review by Eric89, 10 out of 10
    Best keyboard of the decade!

    Simply the best! Omni point is very unique and a lot more smooth than mx silver. The only competitors are probably custom made ones

    Jul 04, 2020 01:46
  • Review by Coocreps, 10 out of 10
    Of the best purchases I have made

    I have been using the keyboard for 1 week and I feel very comfortable with it, without a doubt it is a very good purchase

    Jun 12, 2020 19:12
  • Review by Xarky, 10 out of 10
    Great Keyboard

    Its good for the overall use and since I have the steelseries engine I can customize it from there. When I play with it I feel how smooth the gaming is when I use it and generally everything about it.

    Jan 15, 2021 16:50
  • Review by lesliea, 10 out of 10
    Amazing keyboard!

    This keyboard is by far my favorite keyboard ever. I went from a Razer Cynosa Chroma, a Razer BlackWidow Elite, to this keyboard. It does take a little bit of adjusting because Steelseries makes their own custom sized keycaps but the feel of this keyboard is really nice and extremely smooth.

    May 01, 2021 01:51
  • 9.8score
    HyperX - Alloy Origins Core TKL Wired Mechanical Tactile Aqua Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting - Black
    Description

    Exert complete control over your game with this HyperX Alloy Origins core mechanical gaming keyboard. The HyperX Aqua tactile switches offer durability and precision for everyday gaming, while three adjustable keyboard angles ensure comfortable operation. This HyperX Alloy Origins core mechanical gaming keyboard has a compact profile for portability, and RGB-backlit keys allow customization.

    6 Features
  • HyperX Aqua mechanical switches: Offer rapid response times for quick in-game action.
  • Multimedia controls: So you can adjust audio settings while in-game.
  • Adjustable keyboard height: So you can set the keyboard where it is most comfortable for you.
  • RGB backlit keys: Allow you to see your keyboard even in dim light.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • Windows compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Alex, 10 out of 10
    Glad I purchased

    Great build quality. I was surprised to see the top and bottom of the case were not plastic. I can imagine people would dislike the weight but I would feel better about having this in my bag than the usual plastic frame boards.

    Jun 30, 2021 12:37
  • Review by Christian, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    Great keyboard and amazing price. Feels so durable with its design.

    Oct 23, 2021 08:49
  • Review by LivingDeadGirl, 8 out of 10
    Beautiful

    Great keyboard very happy with it but I’m definitely missing numeric keys on the side cause of habit but otherwise perfect, oh and I wish it was wireless but cord was long enough.

    Oct 01, 2021 16:37
  • Review by Kevin57, 10 out of 10
    Great Keyboard

    Great for gaming has software to change the colors too pretty easy to use. Uses type c cable to you can probably replace with other ones you got

    Oct 03, 2020 15:07
  • Review by 69King, 10 out of 10
    Worth a lot

    This is exactly what I want. I’ve tried more than 10 mechanical keyboards. Including Razer, Logitech. This one has the best experience and the keyboard itself has good quality and shape.

    May 02, 2021 12:22
  • Review by JRnTX, 10 out of 10
    A solid keyboard

    Already love these keyboard after a few days. The keys have a great tactile feel to them. The case is solid. This a great lower cost alternative to the corsairs and logitechs that are on average $50 more.

    Jun 28, 2021 08:26
  • Review by Angel, 10 out of 10
    HyperX Gaming Keyboard Review

    So, let me give you a bit of backstory. I had a Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 before I got this keyboard. Felt in love with my first keyboard, but there were some things that I wanted different. Firstly, my first keyboard was full size, had Cherry MX Speed Silvers, and it was all white. So then I did some researching on finding a new keyboard that was all dark but a bit smaller for my desk to give me more mouse space. I went through a lot, from Logitech, Corsair, Razor and even Red dragon, but then I saw this one and realized it was the best one for me. This keyboard is all around great, I love the switches, these Aqua switches are just the best if you want tactile switches that aren't too loud. Very solid price point for this item, however I got this on sale for only $80 when it was $90 originally. I would definitely recommend this keyboard to anyone who wants something different, and also I will leave a vid, hopefully it works :)

    file:///C:/Users/agdia/Videos/Logitech/LogiCapture/2021-06-18_12-40-28.mp4

    Jun 18, 2021 13:00
  • Review by nelly, 10 out of 10
    Such a crispy keyboard

    I am beyond satisfied with this keyboard, I wanted a quiet clicky feel and sound (tactile) which is why I went with the tactile aqua switches. Linear switches (cherry) are also nice but it just didn't give that feel that tactile switches do, and man does this keyboard feel so good. It's so satisfying to feel, hear, and look with its amazing RGB. It's also ten keyless (TKL) which makes it more compact and gives me more room on my desk and for aesthetics. It was so good that I had to get white pudding key caps to look even better.

    Nov 03, 2021 03:05
  • 9.8score
    HyperX - Alloy Elite 2 Full-size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Black
    Description

    For gamers, streamers, and multi-taskers who need to have more control at their fingertips, the HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is the keyboard for you. With dedicated media keys and a large volume wheel, this fully-featured gaming keyboard’s ready for everything from video editing to watching movies. It’s built with ultra-reliable HyperX mechanical switches balanced for speed and responsiveness, so you can trust your key inputs. The switches’ exposed LEDs pair with the translucent HyperX Pudding Keycaps to give your RGB lighting extra brightness compared to solid-color keycaps.

    5 Features
  • Keycaps: HyperX Pudding Keycaps
  • Switch: HyperX Mechanical Red Switch
  • Lighting: Unique light bar and dynamic RGB lighting effects
  • Material: Solid Steel Frame
  • Memory: Onboard memory for 3 profiles, dedicated media keys and large volume wheel
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by jschill, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful!

    This guy is absolutely phenomenal. I’ve never owned a gaming or mechanical keyboard before, and I’m so glad I shelled out a little bit more for this one in particular. The colors are gorgeous— really bright and vibrant— and the keys have a great feel and sound to them. The metal frame makes it quite sturdy as well. I love it!

    Oct 13, 2021 22:47
  • Review by isoe, 10 out of 10
    Keyboard

    Gave this as a gift for my brother on his birthday and he loved it , the program to set the keyboard settings was easy to use . I would recommend this keyboard for your set up . He also has the matching mouse and mouse pad so this keyboard completed his set up.

    Mar 05, 2021 16:33
  • Review by TheCleaner, 10 out of 10
    Worth every penny

    Love it! Well built, heavy. Keys stay "dry" somehow while gaming if you develop a little bit of sweat, unlike other keyboards.

    Apr 23, 2021 16:34
  • Review by Kris, 10 out of 10
    Magnificent

    This keyboard has given me more than I truly expected. I went from a standard, cheap, mem-chanical keyboard from Cooler Master to this absolute BEAST of a keyboard, and let me tell you, it was quite the worthy investment. What an upgrade that was, truly. The pudding keycaps blend very nicely with my setup, and even with all of the lights on in my room, the RGB shines bright and divine! Since the beginning of my PC gaming endeavors, I’ve always envied my friends and those around me who had mechanical keyboards, and this is definitely fulfilling. Not only does it sound so satisfying, it is very responsive and quick. I, sincerely, rate this keyboard a solid 10/10, and I would 100% recommend it to anyone looking for a more than decent keyboard for a more than reasonable price!

    Feb 24, 2021 18:06
  • Review by Techy95, 10 out of 10
    Great Mechanical keyboard

    Absolutely love the keyboard! The RBG lightning is vibrant and with red style keys the clicking is softer and not over the top. You can change the brightness and the way the RBG displays all through the keyboard. There is a slight weight due to steel frame, which makes it very sturdy.

    Dec 26, 2020 16:43
  • Review by awomp, 10 out of 10
    Keyboard is BALLER !!

    Amazing keyboard! The feel of the buttons are butter! Super smooth an have a great click! If you go to the Hyperx website you can download the beta application so you can customize the egg colors to do what you want. Crazy amount of customizations. The keyboard is made of metal besides the keys an feels worth it’s weight! It’s a keyboard so you don’t have to worry about it going out on ya.

    Feb 05, 2021 15:18
  • Review by OpenBoxCorey, 10 out of 10
    Best Keyboard

    This keyboard is great. It’s well built, the keys are super bouncy and make a satisfying clicking sound. I love the configuration of the buttons at the top and it’s super easy to change the colours.

    This keyboard is HEAVY. Like, this thing could totally be used as a weapon if someone breaks into your house, or if you really want to destroy your monitor after dying 15 times in a row.

    If all HyperX keyboards are like this, I will definitely keep them in mind the next time I need one.

    Oct 13, 2021 14:07
  • Review by catcat, 10 out of 10
    Awesome keyboard - Use keycap puller!

    Beautiful keyboard and feels great. When you want to clean your keyboard or change keys, just make sure to BUY AN ACTUAL KEYCAP PULLER. I manmade my own puller and destroyed the stems to a lot of the keycaps unfortunately. Thankfully they sell a pack of new keycaps.

    Oct 18, 2021 21:10
  • 9.8score
    ROCCAT - Vulcan Pro Full-size PC Gaming Keyboard with Linear Optical Titan Switch, RGB Lighting, Aluminum Top Plate and Palm Rest - Black
    Description

    The original ROCCAT® Vulcan keyboard won an array of awards on the back of its design innovation and functional aesthetics. The ROCCAT® Vulcan Pro Optical RGB Gaming Keyboard is the latest full-size keyboard variant and features the renowned linear Titan Switch Optical. ROCCAT is the first in the industry to engineer an optical switch that has a familiar mechanical key stroke feeling. This technology equips you with lightspeed actuation and incredible precision – a pivotal competitive advantage. The switch adds to a comprehensive feature set that gamers know and love about the Vulcan keyboard series. The low-profile design is engineered for comfort and to reduce typing fatigue, impressive durability and build quality thanks to its reinforcing black anodized aluminum top plate and switches rated to 100 million keystrokes, dedicated mixer-style audio controls, a detachable palm rest and per-key AIMO RGB lighting.

    9 Features
  • Award-Winning Design: Vulcan keyboards have received widespread critical acclaim for their functional aesthetics and an impressive build quality. That award-winning keyboard design is now elevated to another level with the introduction of the new Titan Switch Optical.
  • Optical Speed, Linear Mechanical Feel: ROCCAT’s new linear Titan Switch Optical equips you with the mechanical keystroke feel you know and love with speed and performance you’ve never experienced. It harnesses the speed of light that recognizes each keystroke cleanly, distinctly and with zero delay.
  • Long-Lasting Durability: Vulcan Pro is reinforced by an aircraft-grade black anodized aluminum plate to making it strong and durable. Thanks to the contactless Titan Switch Optical it offers twice the industry standard in switch durability that lasts for 100 million keystrokes.
  • Mixer-Style Media Controls: The tactile volume dial and clicky backlit media buttons allow you to adjust volume & mute/unmute on the fly, or toggle over to lighting to quickly adjusting brightness. Instant Control at your fingertips.
  • Detachable Palm Rest: Attaching with a premium magnetic solution, the included palm rest lets you adjust your setup to whatever’s comfortable for you, whether it’s a relaxed typing or aggressive gaming style.
  • Easy-Shift[+]: ROCCAT’s Easy-Shift[+] technology adds a secondary function to compatible keys. Just hold down the designated modifier key for double the command power in an instant. Fully customizable in Swarm.
  • Advanced Anti-Ghosting: Our Advanced anti-ghosting technology is optimized for gamers to ensure every key stroke of the most-used keys is registered – no matter how frantic the action gets.
  • AIMO Illumination: ROCCAT® AIMO RGB produces vibrant lighting displays in 16.8 million colors right out of the box. It also syncs with other compatible AIMO products for illumination scenarios that flow from device to device.
  • 2-Years Manufacturer Warranty: We’re confident in the quality and longevity of our products. To ensure additional peace of mind we provide a 2-year limited manufacturer warranty.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by RedScorpion, 10 out of 10
    The Mercedes-Benz of Keyboards

    I should disclose upfront that I received the Roccat Vulcan Pro RGB for purposes of providing an unbiased, review. My goal is to provide an overall recommendation along with any information I can to help shoppers online or in store.

    Responsive, quiet, no noticeable key wobble, and an overall solid build make this keyboard easy to recommend. With the Vulcan Pro, Roccat has produced a keyboard with optical speeds, but also a solid mechanical feel. The Vulcan Pro feels like a cherry / red / linear mechanical keyboard. Each curved key is smooth to the touch and each key press feels great. This is an easy recommendation for gamers, home office workers, students, and everyone in between.

    Optical Switches: This is my first keyboard with optical switches. Versus a traditional mechanical keyboard, there is a lot to like. Instead of metal contacts, the keys break a beam of light. The entire process produces a quicker response than a typical mechanical keyboard. Supposedly, optical keyboards will have a much longer life than traditional mechanical keyboard.

    Roccat: Prior to the Vulcan Pro, I honestly had never heard of Roccat. Roccat is a German manufacturer recently acquired by Turtle Beach. I think the German engineering shows. I cannot say enough about the build quality. The Vulcan feels like the Benz of keyboards. Metal surfaces replace hard plastic. Each key is well lit. The magnetic wrist wrest stays firmly in place. I could use this keyboard for hours. This is the keyboard you want for a marathon gaming session or to write a long term paper.

    Features: The keyboard comes with a dial to control volume or key brightness. There is no software in the box. If you wish to customize your keyboard’s lighting effects, you will need to download Roccat Swarm.

    I’m not quite sure I understand Aimo lighting. It is supposed to be lighting effects controlled by artificial intelligence. But, after turning the lighting feature on, everything just felt random to me. I couldn’t find a rhyme or reason to the lighting colors or changes. Nothing seemed to change with music or actions in a game. It looks pretty, but I also noticed that Aimo seemed to take around a 2 to 3 % CPU performance hit. With Aimo off, but other lighting options enabled, CPU usage dropped down to less than a percent. I personally preferred the solid lighting, wave effect, or ripple effect lighting, but that is just me.

    There is no USB port or headphone jack built in to the keyboard itself. Also, there are macro keys, but they are function keys built into the INS, HOME, PG UP, DEL, END, and PG DOWN

    Software: I already mentioned SWARM. And, it works. It’s not the greatest app. I liked some of the customization options, but I’d be lying if I said that Roccat had provided the most robust or diverse lighting solutions. Still, Swarm works. I can’t say the same for the software for several other name brand keyboards. Profiles are easy to set up and change. The ability to change repeat delay is nice. But, if you are using a high res display such as the display found on a new surface book, the font for Swarm is incredibly tiny. On 1080p displays, it looks fine, but on my Surface, I found myself squinting and getting as close to the screen as I possibly could.

    Conclusion: If you read this review, I hope some part of it helped you in your decision making. I think this is a good keyboard. It justifies its price tag with the build quality alone. Software is a bit lacking and I do miss the built-in USB port, but it isn’t enough to keep me from recommending this keyboard. It’s a solid peripheral from a manufacturer I will be paying more attention to.

    Oct 26, 2020 04:02
  • Review by notwrong, 10 out of 10
    Roccat Vulcan

    It is quieter than the previous model "Aimo 120" Overall pretty solid keyboard, and the best led's around.

    Much quieter than the Huntsman.

    Feb 23, 2021 17:36
  • Review by Christopher, 10 out of 10
    Sick!

    Sick!

    That is my entire review, lol.

    If you are in the market for a gaming keyboard, look no further. This keyboard feels like it was designed by gamers. Its features are perfectly suited for extended gaming hours and the piece itself is a work of art. I love the slate black finish; I mean it is just flat out spicy. The keyboard is light and because of the caseless keys looks small but this is just an optical illusion. The keyboard is about the same size as all of my other keyboards. The keys do not "Typewriter" snap, but the click is nice and clean and not too loud. The RGB features are legit and will make you feel like you have a pro setup within seconds of plugging it in. You can change the color flow by turning the on-board knob and or by downloading the ROCCAT Swarm software suite. The game play is beautiful with ergonomic keys that have a concave to feel like butter under your fingertips.

    I cannot say enough nice things about this keyboard. ROCCAT's has made a name for themselves but serving up superior PC gaming peripherals and this piece is no exception but 100% the example. I did also use this board with my XBOX and the keys and RGB worked beautifully!

    I Highly Recommend!!!

    Nov 01, 2020 23:13
  • Review by KevinM, 10 out of 10
    Recommend!

    Love this keyboard! Pretty, smart, Functionable, and customizable!

    May 21, 2021 15:10
  • Review by GameOverSuckas, 10 out of 10
    Who knew a keyboard could be sexy? This one is!

    I'm a fanatic when it comes to RGB LED lighting. I have it throughout my house.It's like having your own fireworks display on your desk haha It's relaxing and to now have this carry on to my PC I couldn't be happier! Quality is a must and with the layer of air craft aluminum covering this keyboard there's no cheap plasticy feel.

    The response when pressing keys is outstanding, hardly having to apply pressure to get the action you desire. The Titan Switch Optical. ROCCAT is said to be first of ts kind and why this keyboard is superior to others. It's quoted as saying " The optical technology equips you with lightspeed actuation and incredible precision" I'd definitely have to agree. No lag or delay whatsoever.

    They angle and height is very comfortable and with the included full length palm rest it gives more pressure relief on your wrists as you type or game. If you're like me gaming sessions can be lengthy so anything that extends that and adds comfort is a plus in my book

    Would highly recommend this to others! IT's a beast

    Oct 26, 2020 04:50
  • Review by Indiaj0nes, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Optical (Mechanical) Gaming Keyboard

    Summary

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    This is really one of a kind Optical Gaming Keyboard wherein the functionality is same as a mechanical keyboard but faster and better. The Keyboard build quality is like a tank. The keyboard has a solid feel to it as the chassis is made of metal. It also comes with a detachable palm rest which is coo, although i wished it was padded.

    Its a great , super fast keyboard , great for gaming.

    What’s in the box

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    ROCCAT® Vulcan Pro – Optical RGB Gaming Keyboard

    Magnetic Wrist Rest

    Quick-start guide

    Pros

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    Excellent build quality, will last a lifetime

    Beautiful RGB colors which can be customized through the ROCCAT Swarms software/

    Comes with detachable palm rest.

    its Fast and responsive (Supposedly faster than mechanical)

    Cons

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    Wish the palm rest had some padding.

    BUILD QUALITY

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    The Build quality is outstanding. The Keys have a smooth feel to them and the chassis is made of metal (aircraft grade aluminum) which make them very durable. The lighting on the keyboard is bright and beautiful. The brightness of the keyboard can be controlled by a dial on the right.

    The keyboard is low profile and it also comes with a palm rest which magnetically attaches to the keyboard.

    The lighting is supposedly compatible with other ROCCAT device which use AIMO lighting.

    Regarding the durability, it looks like they keyboard has been tested for 100 million clicks.

    USAGE

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    This is a wired keyboard and it connects to the USB port of a windows machine. If you need to program the macros keys you will need to download the ROCCAT swarms software and it will let you customize up-to 6 macro kets.

    The keys themselves have a nice soft feel to them and using them also has the feel of mechanical keyboard but the underlying technology is optical. Although this is a fairly new technology, the optical keyboard is as fast and responsive as the mechanical keyboard.

    I have used several mechanical keyboards in the past but i am mesmerized by the look of the keyboard, the vibrant colors , the keyboard feel and accuracy makes this keyboard one of a kind.

    I think this keyboard is well worth it when shopping for mechanical keyboards

    Nov 05, 2020 22:55
  • Review by UnkinB, 10 out of 10
    Awesome RGB Keyboard

    I have just received the Roccat Vulcan pro and I am really enjoying it. This is the first keyboard that I have used with fingertip shaped KEYCAPS. The Titan optical switches are a great improvement over other keyboards, they have a mechanical feel but without any delays. The Titan switches should last twice as long as most switches since they are contactless, they say they have a 100 million keystroke life-cycle. One thing that I am having to get used to is that they are a little taller than what I am used to. Since the keyboard has a lower profile, even with the higher keys it feels about the same. I just can’t be lazy with the finger placement. The keyboard itself is reinforced with aircraft grade aluminum to make it stronger. As with most gaming keyboards, you will have to download the Roccat Swarm software to be able to configure your lighting, key assignments and all of the other features. The software also comes with presets for a lot of the current games. There are a lot of options to design your own presets and color combos for all the games you play. The keyboard comes with 512kb built in memory for storing macros and settings. The Keyboard also comes with a detachable palm rest, it has a magnetic connection, so it is easy to attach and remove as needed. With all the features mentioned above and the fact that it has a built in 10 key, I think this is a wise investment for any gamer or person looking to upgrade their keyboard.

    Oct 30, 2020 08:45
  • Review by MMoore, 10 out of 10
    Logitech has no competition.

    Required a little new muscle memory. But other than that, I like it. I’d like to see a non rgb edition with completely covered key caps, wireless and AA batteries. I bought it for the looks and wasn’t disappointed, it’s a gorgeous board. The optical switches are a dream, it performs just how you’d expect.

    If you’re reading this and thinking about buying it, I can’t give you a reason not to.

    With that being said. I’m still gonna buy a g915. But it’s not like I’m gonna give this board away you know. I’ll keep it.

    Mar 14, 2021 12:49
  • 9.8score
    Razer - Huntsman Elite Full Size Wired Opto-Mechanical Clicky Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Chroma Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Master your favorite PC games with this Razer Huntsman Elite opto-mechanical keyboard. Multimedia controls let you adjust or mute the volume while you play, and the Razer Purple mechanical switches deliver fast, responsive operation as you enter in-game commands. The USB interface allows for effortless connection to your gaming PC. Featuring an integrated numeric keypad, this Razer Huntsman Elite opto-mechanical keyboard provides convenient functionality for everyday typing and data entry.

    9 Features
  • The New Razer™ Optical Switch: Utilize optical technology for actuation, combined with a new switch design for actuation at the speed of light. And with optical actuation providing less physical contact, you get durability of up to 100 million keystrokes.
  • Razer Clicky Optical Switch: The only clicky switch to actuate at a 1.5 mm actuation distance (30% shorter than other clicky mechanical switches). At only just 45 g of actuation force.
  • Optical Actuation: With optical actuation enabling reset and actuation at the exact same point, you rack up more keypresses at an insane speed—especially useful for gamers who need tap keys repeatedly.
  • Key Stabilzer Bar: A key stabilizer bar on the top of the switch ensures keycap motion remains level and consistent no matter which corner of the keycap you press.
  • Multi-Function Digital Dial with dedicated media controls: Full functionality with keyboard controls for everything from brightness to volume via a programmable multi-function digital dial with three tactile media keys. All programmable and customizable through Synapse 3.
  • Ergonomic Wrist Rest for ultimate comfort: The keyboard comes with a magnetic ergonomic wrist rest that snaps to fit at the front of your keyboard, and is made of plush leatherette for extreme comfort. Also features Razer Chroma enabled underglow lighting to fully complement your keyboard.
  • Hybrid On-Board Memory and Cloud Storage: Rebind buttons, assign macros, and automatically save all your profile configurations with cloud storage. And if you’re without internet access, simply save up to 5 profiles via hybrid on-board storage.
  • Anti-ghosting with 10-key rollover: Helps your commands and simultaneous keystrokes register the way you intended.
  • Powered by Razer Chroma™ RGB: With 16.8 million colors and a suite of effects, sync its keys and underglow with the rest of your battlestation, and enjoy greater immersion as it dynamically reacts with over 150 integrated games.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Razer Elite Huntsman

    One of the best gaming Keyboards I have ever owned. Is super confortable, I have big fingers and I don't have the problem of pressing multiples keys at the sane times, it's so easy to set it up, the lightimg is perfect. It does not sound so loud when tapping the keys. I recommend this keyboard 100%

    Nov 04, 2021 16:55
  • Review by Andypecina10, 10 out of 10
    Super clean

    ABSOLUTELY love this keyboard man , it’s premium looking without a doubt in person and in picture , super sleek look and the rgb around the entire keyboard is so nice as much as I would say from a financial standpoint to save 50$ and go to the black widow keyboard I can’t , this one is just to clean with the rgb glow around the keyboard for my taste , nice feel to it , wish I do wish however that the palm rest was a better quality for the price but oh well . Favorite peripheral by far

    Jan 19, 2021 02:27
  • Review by Kairos, 10 out of 10
    Excellent build quality, performance, aesthetic

    The price tag was rather difficult to stomach, but after over a month of use, I feel that it's well worth it. The switches are fairly light, clicky (quite loud, actually), and feel very responsive; I can't say if their opto-mechanical switches are faster than something like a Cherry MX speed switch, but typing and gaming on this keyboard are always satisfying. The wrist rest makes typing and gaming feel very comfortable, although if you wear a wristwatch of any kind the leatherette padding can push the band into your skin. The lighting is fabulous, as can be expected from Razer, and the overall design is very nuanced and elegant. My only gripe is with the media control buttons: in Windows 10 Home, the preset keybindings don't do anything (though I've only tried to use them in Spotify and the Windows default video playback software); even if I could use them, the shallow keypress is pretty disappointing and doesn't live up to the delightful tactile feel of the rest of the keyboard. The media wheel isn't as offensive, mainly because it does its job, but neither it nor the mute button on top feels good to use.

    Jun 17, 2019 16:30
  • Review by cgonzalez3, 10 out of 10
    Excellent build quality and user experience

    Although I ragged on my brother for his purchase of this keyboard, it wasn’t until I used it myself that I understood why people like this so much. This is bar none the best built keyboard I’ve ever used. Every key press feels direct, but controlled. Also the ability to control the RGB is a feature I didn’t think I would like as much as I do. To sum it up, it’s a keyboard that feels right and makes me wonder why I didn’t have this at home sooner.

    Jan 01, 2021 16:16
  • Review by Seat4F, 10 out of 10
    I'm not a Gamer, but I LOVE this Keyboard

    As the title says, I am not a gamer. I am in mid-50s business professional who spends about 60 hours a week in front of a computer.

    So I went to Best Buy looking for a new keyboard to replace my old Logitech with the sticky space bar. I tried every keyboard they had in the business section and they all felt mushy and flimsy. I glanced over into the next aisle where the gaming keyboards are, and the sales rep said oh those are gaming keyboards, you probably don’t want one of those.

    Lured by the seductive flashing colored lights, I ignored his advice and went over and started typing on the Huntsman Elite keyboard. All I could say is WOW! The tactile feel and exquisitely wonderful clickiness of this keyboard is exactly what I was looking for. I haven’t felt a keyboard this precise since the old IBM keyboards of the 1970s and 80s.

    Again Wow! This is exactly what I was looking for! I tried a number of other gaming keyboards. All were good, but this one simply felt the best.

    Bringing it back to the office, installation was easy and flawless. It’s worth mentioning that it does require two USB ports. This is not a problem for me as I have a USB hub and docking station.

    Plugging in to the ports, my HP Spectre360 immediately recognized the keyboard and produced a welcome screen for me to download the software.

    The software provides a wide selection of settings and adjustments but is remarkably easy to use.

    As a business user, I certainly don't need all of the flashing lights, but to be honest they are so cool I could not resist setting up custom chroma profiles. Basically, you can make the lights and colors do pretty much anything you want them to do. The chroma set up allows you to build layers of lighting features in a method that reminds me of Photoshop.

    The one thing that my old Logitech keyboard had that I liked was a dedicated button for the Calculator app. It is something that I used several times each day. While the Huntsman Elite keyboard does not have this, I was able to create a macro and remap the pause/break key to perform this function. Took a little bit of research to figure out how, but it wasn’t difficult.

    After several days of using this new keyboard I am as thrilled as ever. The keys are silky smooth and have a precision that makes it a pleasure to use. One thing worth mentioning is that the keys are very clicky which I personally like. However, If you share an office with somebody, I could see where they might find the clicking to be a bit annoying.

    The overall build quality of this keyboard is superb. It is heavy and feels very solid. The volume control on the right side of the keyboard is perfectly placed and is very useful.

    I have only one complaint about this keyboard. On some of the keys that have a dual function for shift, such as the colon and semicolon, the markings on the key are upside down from the norm. The non-shift function is on the top and the shift function is on the bottom. And only the non-shift function is illuminated (see photo). It’s not a big deal as I am primarily a touch-typist, but it seems a little bit stupid.

    All I can say is I wish I knew but such an excellent keyboard existed years ago. I think this company should market this product to business people like me as well as gamers.

    Oct 18, 2018 16:55
  • Review by Chris, 10 out of 10
    Perfect Gaming keyboard from Razer

    Perfect gaming keyboard. I got this keyboard for my birthday and I love it. As a matter of fact, I am typing this with it. Is so great, so responsive. Perfect for gaming

    Dec 18, 2020 17:50
  • Review by 3dee, 10 out of 10
    Happy customer.

    Great product! The box has an opening for the arrow keys. Just click one of them and you will know what I mean. I got this on sale for $150 from $200.

    May 03, 2021 23:11
  • Review by Earl, 10 out of 10
    The Best Keyboard

    I absolutely love this keyboard. The sound and feel of this keyboard is perfect! And don't get me started on the unlimited patterns and designs you can create with Razer Synapse. I originally purchased this keyboard for my friend for her birthday and had to get one for myself!

    Dec 04, 2020 22:37
  • 9.6score
    CORSAIR - K95 RGB PLATINUM XT Full-size Wired Mechanical Cherry MX Speed Linear Switch Gaming Keyboard - Black
    Description

    Take your game to the next level with this CORSAIR RGB PLATINUM XT mechanical gaming keyboard. Precise high-grade silver key switches withstand up to 100 million keystrokes, and a tough anodized aluminum frame provides long-term durability. This CORSAIR RGB PLATINUM XT mechanical gaming keyboard offers a detachable leatherette palm rest for comfort during long gaming sessions.

    11 Features
  • Dynamic per-key RGB backlighting with 19-zone LightEdge: Immerse your desktop in incredibly vibrant lighting effects with near-limitless customization.
  • Powerful CORSAIR iCUE software: Enables vivid dynamic lighting control, sophisticated macro programming and full-system lighting synchronization across compatible CORSAIR peripherals, coolers, fans and more.
  • 8MB onboard profile storage: Hardware macro and lighting playback let you take up to five profiles with you, wherever you go.
  • USB Pass-Through port: Provides convenient access to an additional USB device such as a mouse or headset, with tidy cable routing under the keyboard.
  • Six dedicated macro keys: Fully programmable with complex macros and key remaps, or swap to the included S-key keycaps and program special streaming commands through Elgato Stream Deck software.
  • 100% anti-ghosting with full N-key rollover: Ensures that every keypress registers, no matter how fast you play.
  • Dedicated multimedia control: Take command of your media and adjust volume without interrupting your game using a signature CORSAIR aluminum volume roller.
  • Integrated numeric keypad: Allows simple data entry when you're not gaming for multifunction use.
  • Detachable plush palm rest: A soft textured cushioned leatherette palm rest offers the comfort to breeze through marathon gaming sessions.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • Windows compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by 50Minutes, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard, but read this before you buy!

    Is a really good keyboard I love it, I bought one for me and my brother and they both have worked great.

    THIS IS IMPORTANT!

    To note for those of you buying a mechanical keyboard for the first time or are not an expert at knowing your types of keyboards. THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THIS KEYBOARD. Linear (Silver), Tactile (Brown), and Clicky (Blue). They look exactly the same! You can tell which type it is by the color in its name. This isn't a reference to the color of the keyboard but the color of the type of keys that the keyboard uses. There are actually 12 or more different types of mechanical keyboards in the world, however, this manufacture simplifies it and only produces one of each of the major types.

    FOR REFERENCE!

    Linear is Silver,

    Tactile is Brown,

    Clicky is Blue.

    LINEAR is designed more specifically for gamers, or people who like not to feel the keyboard respond to them. The keys are very smooth to push and give no response to being pushed. They are preferred by gamers who like fast responses as it doesn't take much force to trigger them. Also because the keys don't fight you much you can type on them for long periods of time without getting a workout. However, unlike Tactile (the Brown one), there is no response when you push them, so there is no click when you push them down, the key just keeps going down until it bottoms out on the base. This is the SILVER one. Sometimes however other manufacturers refer to this one as the RED keyboard, Red keys and Silver keys are basically the same keys, the silver one is just a special version of Red that responds a bit better.

    TACTILE is if you like it when you push the keys down you feel a click or a bump when the key is pressed. Almost like a 'click' feel when you push it. This is the most common type of mechanical keyboard out there. So for a lot of people, it feels really familiar. This is a really good keyboard for those who do a lot of typing work and is preferred by people who do things like coding or writing because the keyboard lets you know when a key was pressed, so it responds to you. This is the BROWN one.

    CLICKY is just as it sounds, it is a tactile keyboard but with a loud click. It's very similar to the brown one the only difference being is that is very noisy. This is for people who love the sound of their keyboards. However, it may also lead to becoming divorced, dismemberment, or cause you to become the most hated employee at work. So only buy this one if you are single, and like living alone. It's the same thing as the Brown one but is clickier. If you love the sound of clicky keyboards then this is the one for you. This one is the BLUE one.

    When discussing the different types of keyboards and which one you should buy, there isn't a correct answer here. It's just what you prefer. We also couldn't tell the difference in the types either when we were looking at keyboards so we bought a little test kit called a "mechanical keyboard test kit" to play with the different types. I preferred the Silver/Red one and so did my Mom and Sister, but my Dad and Brother preferred Brown. It's a little like a personality quiz. It's just a matter of personal preference. Both my brother and I are gamers, in fact, he does a lot of Twitch streaming and speedrunning, and yet he still prefers Brown, (even though Silver is for gamers). So it goes to show that you simply can't know by the description. I thought I would prefer brown but after feeling silver I loved it. So I bought one each, Silver and Brown, I bought a Silver for myself and a Brown for my brother, and we play on both. So having both and being able to compare them side by side to each other I would say there is a difference between them. They appear identical but feel different. My recommendation is if you going to spend $200 on a keyboard you might want to spend a few extra bucks and buy a kit because it really helps and is hard to tell which one you will prefer from just reading the descriptions. Plus you can keep the kit and when your friends come over you can blow their minds and show how knowledgeable you are with your superior knowledge about all the different types of mechanical keyboards there are out there in the world. (Actually it is fun, like one of those quizzes on Facebook, "Which button do you prefer?"!)

    As for the keyboards themself I really like them. The palmrests are really nice and the keys type great, they give a slight click sound which isn't so loud that it is annoying, but enough that it can be heard on our professional microphones, it's not annoying in any way, but for recording quality, we are considering buying the rings (You can buy to limit sound) to put under the keys so that when you push the keys down it keeps them quiet.

    As for the RGB lights. I'm not really a fan of RGB. In fact, I actually hate them and I think that they are kind of annoying. So when I bought this keyboard I thought I would just turn it off or flip it to a plain color, but actually now that I have had it for a bit, it's not so bad, in fact, I like it, it's kinda fun. I have my keyboard do a slow roll from left to right changing colors, it's a very slow transition and your keyboard is always changing colors, so every time you come back to the keyboard from a break it's a different color set, which is cool! Also, the lights on the keyboard are very nice colors and really are not annoying, I thought I would be blinded by them, but no they are very pleasant to look at, they did a great job on the colors, making them look nice. So if you worried about the RGB you shouldn't be, it looks great. Even if you don't like RGB you won't mind this design.

    So final thought on this keyboard, it's really great! It's a very premium keyboard. After all the research I did I picked this one as the one I wanted and I have no regrets, this is one of the best ones if not the best keyboard out there. That said while I myself wanted the keyboard to finish up my gaming computer and make it a premium working PC, as I am a very big computer geek. I would not recommend everyone because, for $200 it's great, I love it, but at the end of it all, it's a keyboard and that's all it is. If you're low on money this isn't a necessity. You should wisely spend your money somewhere else, like on a better graphics card or something. That said if you don't want to spend money on a K95 a K70 is only about $70 and has 90+% of all the capabilities of this one. So if you strapped on cash buy that one, the big difference is the macros on the side, which most people don't use anyway. So your not losing much by buying a K70 instead of a K95. That said the K95 is fantastic as I said no regrets, but if you low on cash it's cousin the K70 is a better bang for the buck. Would buy it again, in fact, I have I bought 2! It's a great keyboard!

    Jan 08, 2021 19:00
  • Review by TechGuru, 8 out of 10
    Premium Quality RGB Gaming Keyboard

    Packing is very premium looking and in the box is keyboard in black adonized brushed aluminum color, keycaps, detachable wristpad .

    Detachable wrist rest is changed in this version compared to earlier models and the wrist pad is now a leatherette soft cushion which feels better.

    RGB lighting on this keyboard is very good and looks premium. There are 19 zones that can be individually customized with 16.8 million colors that can be selected on users choice. This keyboard is equipped with a double-shot PBT keycap set and six dedicated macro keys with Elgato Stream Deck software integration.

    You need to download the Elgato stream deck software from corsair website. But it works better once corsair ICUE software is downloaded for better integration. You can program special streaming commands and swap the included S-key keycaps for convenient command over your stream.

    You need to download the corsair iCUE software and once downloaded you can set different custom profiles to the keyboard itself that includes lighting effects, macros, settings. There are dedicated buttons on the top of keyboard where these custom profiles are saved can be stored to the keyboard. This is a great feature to store profiles to keyboard that way you don’t need to download the software for any machines you want this keyboard to install. This is achieved by its 8MB of internal onboard storage for storing profiles and macros to the keyboard itself that allows to take your profiles on the go.

    Lighting setting can be adjusted in advanced mode from static, gradient, ripple, solid, wave. Each individual key can be assigned to different color or effect.

    The volume dial on top looks very premium with dial and the dedicated media keys with play, pause, skip forward and skip backward and stop button is very handy for playing videos.

    There are 6 dedicated keys for storing micros with the textured keycaps on the left side of the keyboard.

    On the back of the keyboard there is a USB 2.0 passthrough that comes handy to attach mouse or usb headphone devices. On the back of the keyboard, there are grooves for cable management that can be used to route the headphone wires.

    Overall, great gaming RGB keyboard but this new version does not substantiate the price point of $199 when you can purchase the same functional keyboard K95 older model for much cheaper on sale.

    Jan 18, 2020 01:09
  • Review by SlowMN, 10 out of 10
    Beautifully designed keyboard

    The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT keyboard was designed with the must have features for competitive gaming and streaming. I think Corsair is a gold standard when it comes to making a quality and well thought-out product.

    Pros:

    * Cherry MX switches: As with other top keyboards, this keyboard boasts linear cherry MX switches. These are in my opinion the best switch for gaming as they are the most responsive. The keys are fairly quite and do not make the "traditional clicking sound" mechanical keyboards are known for. They also have a subtle texture (especially the space bar) which I found nice.

    * Aesthetics: All I can say is WOW. This keyboard is absolutely gorgeous. It has a nice dark brushed aluminum look with stunning RGB backlighting.

    * Software: It uses the Corsair iCUE interface which is user friendly and allows you to fully customize the keyboard. It has 5 preset profiles and of course the ability to add your own. There is an actions tab which allows you to macro any key with some pretty advanced commands. This comes in handy when performing combo movements/actions in games. Lastly, there is a performance tab that allows you to disable key combinations such as alt + tab and set the lock indicator colors. The iCUE software interfaces with other Corsair products for full system synchronization.

    * USB Passthrough: This keyboard requires 2 USB slots on the motherboard. It offers a USB passthrough on the back middle of the keyboard.

    * Media Keys: In the top right corner of the keyboard there is a rolling volume adjust and mute button. In the top left corner there are profile, lights on/off, and windows key lock buttons.

    * Packaging: A nice looking box with minimal packaging. This is always a plus for me as it is respectful towards the environment. Way to go Corsair!

    Intermediate:

    * Ergonomics: While this keyboard comes with a click in cushioned leatherette palm rest which I found nice, the key spacing feels off. I think this is because the Stream Deck software integrated buttons are to the left of the keys (TAB/CAPS/etc). When I place my hands on the keyboard, they do not line up with the asdf and jkl; keys naturally. I would prefer the stream deck keys to be placed on the top left and to move the three keys (profile, lights on/off, and windows key lock) next to the other media keys. This is my first keyboard with keys to the left of TAB so maybe with continued use I will get used to it.

    Overall:

    Overall, I think Corsair hit all the marks when designing a keyboard for gamers and streamers. It has nice integrations, easy to use software, and a high quality build. I have owned many Corsair products in the past and will continue to do so as they are leaders in the industry.

    Jan 23, 2020 23:47
  • Review by NickerV, 8 out of 10
    It is a great keyboard.

    It has short throw switches. 1.2mm compared to the 2.0mom I been using for over a year. Took a day or 2 to adjust to it. Now that I have....they call them MX speed for a reason. LOL

    The improved padded wrist rest is a huge improvement.

    You can but white key caps or use hyper x pudding top caps (black on top white on bottom) just understand that corsair keyboards are not bottom row standard. So 4 caps will not work in that hyper x kit. The keys that dont work are both windows keys spacebar and 1 next to the windows key. (See pictures below) The effect is awesomeness. even with them keys still present. Beats having to spend 115$+ on a full set like them. The hyper x kit is 25$ and corsair doesnt make pudding top caps.

    Corsair ice is great has its issues mind you.....like all software does.

    May 01, 2020 15:32
  • Review by GeorgeO, 10 out of 10
    Love It... So Far

    Gorgeous and performs beautifully! It's a bit pricy but you get what pay for.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Let's see if that's still true in a couple years!

    Sep 17, 2021 18:04
  • Review by WyldeBlue, 10 out of 10
    New & improved--now with extra Stream Deck inside!

    When I first tried 2015's Corsair K95 RGB with Cherry Reds, it was like a revelation from the membrane keyboards I had been using at work and home for so long. I'm a pretty fast typist and can still sustain between 80-90 wpm despite what more than 30 years behind a keyboard has done to my hands and fingers. I really liked the smooth, linear travel of MX Reds for regular productivity and straight-up typing, but went all-in for what was, at the time, the TOTL model for those 18 macro G keys to accompany my first high-end gaming rig. I had visions in my head of giving those macro keys quite a workout, but in the end I only filled about 4 or 5 with any additional functions and keybindings as I ended up favoring a controller most the time. Flash-forward a few years and I found myself needing another keyboard at work so I sprung for my own Corsair K70 MK.2. Still the satisfying keystrokes and smooth travel--but no macro keys at all (which I ended up kind of missing just a little). Fortunately, my daughter wanted to see what all the fuss was about so I passed her my old K95 for her gaming PC and decided to try out the new Platinum XT with Speed switches. Was it worth the upgrade over my old K95 RGB or even the newer K70 MK.2--absolutely! Will it be for everyone...well, maybe.

    First off, all the good bits. Corsair continues its tradition of what seems like rock-solid construction with a metal shell; heavy duty braided cable; nice, solid-feeling keycaps; and some gorgeous per-key LED lighting that ups the ante from simple backlights to an additional razor thin LED strip along the top edge of the keyboard. It's not overblown, but the effect beyond the dark, plain-Jane perimeter of the K70 is definitely a welcome sight. There's a pleather padded snap-on wrist rest with perforations across the surface to help with air circulation. I haven't had a marathon gaming session using the K95 yet so I don't know how much it would really prevent sweat and heat build-up, but it's a bit more comfortable than the textured hard surface of the K70's rest. The column of six grey G keys down the left side of the keyboard are textured just like the spacebar while the rest of the keycaps are glasstop smooth. There's a keypuller included with two sets of replacement keys for either FPS or MOBA style play--these keys are grey and textured the same as the G keys and spacebar to easily find what you need in the dark. At first I wasn't wild about the extra crosshatch texture on those keys but they've really grown on me, and now the smooth-topped spacebar on other keyboards feels almost foreign. Corsair also included a sail logo Escape key and an extra set of blue colored G keys to let you personalize the keyboard even further. Around back is a pass-through USB port to make up for one of the two ports the K95 eats at the PC, and the bottom features two VERY small fold-out legs for a slight elevation. I love the dedicated media playback keys and the giant mute button and cylindrical volume roller are about the most intuitive ways to control playback volume as you can get on a keyboard, even more so than a rotary volume knob because you don't have to reorient your hand to grip and operate the control. Finally, there's are a few keys near the top for profile cycling and brightness level and a Windows key lock out button that you can configure in iCUE to keep from accidentally hitting the Windows key during a game and being thrown back to the desktop. Physically, the keyboard feels reassuringly worth the price; it's very well appointed while not being littered with a bunch of additional nonsense keys, and it looks every bit both gamer and professional at the same time.

    It's hard to know what to say of value that hasn't already been said about Cherry's mechanical keyswitch performance, so I'll simply say this of the change going from Reds to Speed Silver...if you're new to speed switches, like I am, you WILL notice a difference immediately. I didn't find the difference subtle the way browns differ from reds...that tiny bit of linear travel and slightly less actuation force, especially if you're already accustomed to more traditional mechanical switches, is going to feel almost too sensitive until you train your fingers to the keys. For the first week or so, I was constantly typing multiple characters at the same time because my fingers were just barely glancing past or depressing neighboring keys during regular typing. But as I became accustomed to the feeling of the keys, I started to like it better for both gaming (super sensitive, ultra-responsive) and typing (not fatiguing because eventually I was training myself not to hit the keys quite so hard). The reduction in force required to register a keystroke made up for a LITTLE bit of the additional clicky sound of the Speed Silvers over something quieter like the Browns, but they are still mechanical keys so you still get that satisfying click if that's what you're after. If you're still using a straight keyboard (not split/ergo) and are already a pretty fast typist, you might actually end up liking the Silvers for improving your productivity performance, not just your game!

    I know some people complain about the iCUE client being buggy or hard to use, but I've never found it to be a problem at all, other than once in a blue moon you might not find the color setting you're after for a particular key/location under the RGB lighting zone section; instead you have to go to key functions or assignment. But I have to admit, having the Scimitar mouse, the K95 keyboard, and even the Virtuoso RGB Wireless (although that headset is still just a bit harsh on the clamping force) all cycling, pulsing, or flashing in sync is pretty darned cool to see in action. Keybinding and macro recording in iCUE for the G keys (or pretty much anything else) is quite painless, but if you're even remotely familiar with the concept of keybinding or macros in the first place, I think you'll find the iCUE client presents no challenge to get everything dialed in as you'd like.

    But what you're probably MORE interested in is whether the Stream Deck integration introduced in the K95 Platinum series works as advertised. In short: it's seamless. I'm not a streamer or content creator though my daughter and I are starting to experiment with some home video production, but as an IT geek and avid gamer since even before the Atari 2600 went mainstream, I'm always jazzed to explore new ways to enhance and extend my relationship with technology. I'll simply say this of the built-in Stream Deck functionality--if you had your eye on a $100 Stream Deck mini (the 6-button stand-alone control console)...don't bother; save your money by subsidizing your purchase intentions with one of the Corsair K95 Platinum models to get yourself into a top flight gaming keyboard that gives you virtually all the functionality of the Mini anyway. Okay, yes, the little OLED buttons on the Stream Deck console are cool--but that control box (even the mini) takes up extra real estate on your desk and if you're already at the keys typing or gaming, you have to take your hand WAY off the keyboard to tap one of the physical buttons on the console. With the K95's Stream Deck integration, the software client recognizes the keyboard as a Stream Deck device and you simply drag and drop the plugin functions you want onto an overlay of the G Keys on the screen--that's all there is to it. Once you've got your 6 Stream Deck functions defined, a floating "action bar" appears on the desktop that mirrors the layout of the G keys (with the relevant icons for Stream Deck actions). It's actually kind of handy because most content creators or streamers are probably going to have their cameras near their screens anyway--by keeping the action bar visible on the desktop, you don't have to take your eyes off the camera to see which button you need, and you only have to throw out a pinky to hit the proper key while keeping the rest of your fingers engaged on the keyboard. About the only drawback I could see here is that the action bar isn't visible if you're gaming in full-screen mode; it has to be windowed/borderless. Now, we are talking about only 6 G Keys here...once you've got the functions down, you can obviously hide the action bar while Stream Deck is still active as well.

    So is there anything not to like--not much that I could find. I suppose some might bemoan there's not a full 18-key Stream Deck-compatible version at the ready (a la previous iterations of the K95's 3 columns of G Keys), but I don't know how user friendly it would be to clog up the desktop with a floating action "window" that had THAT many buttons on it...the thin column of 6 Stream Deck icons is just about perfect for staying out of your way until you need it. The only thing I'm not 100% sold on is the shift-text layout on the keycaps themselves. The font is nice and bold and VERY easy to read, but the shift-text characters for the number and punctuation keys are printed side-by-side rather vertically (though this is not the case for the dedicated numpad keys). It's a bit of an atypical design choice that makes those keys look kind of crowded and just a bit "wrong" to me...but it doesn't affect functionality in the slightest, and it's not like I'm confused by the change (i.e. hey, what happened to the ampersand?). That incredibly minor stylistic quirk aside, the K95 RGB Platinum XT is one amazing piece of gaming finery that happens to pull double duty as a very satisfying keyboard for regular productivity work, and again as a Stream Deck mini for those of you in the market. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    Jan 25, 2020 12:42
  • Review by Cam11, 8 out of 10
    Keyboard

    The most expensive and colorful key board I’ve ever bought. Works really well and has a lot of functions with it. But if your a gamer. I feel like they could have done a little more with the layout. More for gaming functions.

    Sep 05, 2021 08:44
  • Review by Shrilla, 10 out of 10
    High Quality Keyboard

    I came from an older K70 with cherry red switches that died (cat spilled a drink on it). Feel wise, I prefer the reds, tho these speed switches are growing on me. So much so that I enjoy typing on it as much as I ever did my old K70.

    Aesthetically it's great. Palm rest is real comfortable. Extremely well built. But so much of mechanical keyboards comes down to the feel you want. If you like the feel of these speed switches you'll love it.

    Dec 04, 2020 23:05
  • 9.6score
    SteelSeries - Apex 7 Full Size Wired Mechanical Red Linear Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Create custom command setups with this SteelSeries Apex 7 mechanical gaming keyboard. The linear red switches offer fast smooth inputs and last for up to 50 million presses, ideal for heavy use. This SteelSeries Apex 7 mechanical gaming keyboard has a built-in OLED smart display, letting you change input and lighting settings without software.

    7 Features
  • Red Mechanical Gaming Switches: Durable mechanical gaming switches guaranteed for 50 million keypresses.
  • OLED Smart Display: OLED Smart Display displays profiles, game info, Discord messages, and more.
  • Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy: Aircraft grade aluminum alloy built for a lifetime of unbreakable durability.
  • Dynamic Per-Key RGB Illumination: Unmatched customization with 16.8 million illumination colors per key.
  • Premium Magnetic Wrist Rest: Premium magnetic wrist rest provides full palm support and comfortable feel.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • PC and Mac compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by mpcylaw, 10 out of 10
    Excellent keyboard for the price

    Switches feel really good. Keyboard as a whole feels durable and no cheaply built. The wrist rest a smooth rubber feel and is pretty flat but does alright. The SteelSeries GG app makes it super easy to customize your keyboard to exactly how you like it, both for functionality and aesthetics.

    Nov 03, 2021 14:00
  • Review by James, 10 out of 10
    Fancy and Satisfying

    I am blown away at how well this keyboard feels for both gaming and normal typing. The software Via SteelSeries GG is very easy to use and customization was fun to play with.

    Nov 08, 2021 11:47
  • Review by ArtyMcParty, 8 out of 10
    Great keyboard

    Little on the pricey side, but a great addition to my steelseries hardware. OLED on board display is a nice touch, but have not found many practical uses as of yet. The level of customization on this keyboard and other steelseries devices is great.

    Feb 07, 2021 09:34
  • Review by Daarken, 10 out of 10
    Nice.

    This is a great keyboard with all the options you want in a gaming keyboard.

    Glorious RGB

    Macro programming for any application.

    OLED status screen.

    Mechanical keys for the maximum click.

    Sturdy construction with a magnetic wrist pad.

    May 29, 2020 18:32
  • Review by MCChay, 10 out of 10
    Perfect keyboard

    I just switched from Logitech G810, which is already a very good keyboard. But Apex7 gave me another experience. Buttery smooth switches, nice RGB. Just waiting on Steelseries to develop more customizations on their Engine app. Can’t wait!

    Jun 19, 2019 21:07
  • Review by Woonygaming, 10 out of 10
    Keyboard

    Came same day and everything that's described is there

    Mar 26, 2021 15:37
  • Review by DelB, 10 out of 10
    I am a HUGE fan of SteelSeries Keyboards!

    My first experience with a SteelSeries mechanical gaming keyboard was after I purchased an MSI Titan 2QE gaming laptop with a built in SteelSeries Cherry MX gaming keyboard.

    After purchasing a Cyberton CLX gaming desktop, I knew I was going to put the keyboard that came with it, aside and buy a SteelSeries gaming keyboard. The Apex M750 to be exact and I LOVED it!

    I then purchased the SteelSeries Apex 7 Mechanical gaming keyboard with an OLED display and settings control and that turned out to be even better than the Apex M750! Didn't think it could get any better than the Apex M750 but SteelSeries is full of surprises!

    The $148.00 dollar price tag may seem a bit steep but it's well worth the money if the price is within your budget. The key presses are smooth and very responsive and if you're into the click clack sound when pressing the keys, which I am, then this keyboard is for you!

    Lastly, if you're into multi-colored RBG keys and layered colors when pressing the keys then you're in for a treat! The keys light up brightly, no matter the color or pattern chosen for easy key visibility! Give this keyboard a try!

    Mar 15, 2020 03:30
  • Review by Victoria, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful design and lighting

    Love this keyboard, comfy to type and beautiful lighting.

    Sep 24, 2021 16:00
  • 9.6score
    HyperX - Alloy Core Full-size Wired Gaming Membrane Keyboard with RGB Lighting - Black
    Description

    Enhance your in-game performance with this HyperX Alloy Core RGB gaming keyboard. Its soft-touch keys are equipped with anti-ghosting functionality to prevent accidental keystrokes, and the dedicated media controls provide quick access to frequently used functions for seamless operation. This HyperX Alloy Core RGB gaming keyboard is housed in a reinforced plastic frame for maximum stability.

    9 Features
  • Signature light bar and dynamic RGB lighting effects: Stunning radiance paired with six effect presets: Color Cycle, Spectrum Wave, Breathing, Solid, Five Zones, and Aurora.
  • Five lighting zones and multicolor customization: Let you customize five zones of the keyboard with the color of your choice.
  • Membrane keyboard with quiet, responsive keys: The soft-touch keys have a tactile feel, yet are tuned to be quiet, and they also feature gaming-grade anti-ghosting functionality and key rollover.
  • 6' braided USB cable: Offers stable and convenient connection to your PC and provides up to 1000 Hz of pooling rate.
  • Dedicated media controls: Quick-access buttons for lighting and Game Mode control right at your fingertips.
  • Keyboard lock mode: Allows you to lock your keyboard without having to lock your system.
  • Durable, solid frame: Crafted with a durable, reinforced plastic frame, Alloy Core RGB was constructed for stability and reliability for gamers who want a keyboard that will last.
  • Spill-resistant design: Tested to withstand up to 120 ml of liquid, so beverage accidents won't put an end to your game.
  • Compatible with Windows: For use with your existing computer running on Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, or 7.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by acdc51011, 10 out of 10
    Quiet and pretty

    I bought this for work since my last keyboard went out while working from home. I wouldnt normally purchase a $50 gaming keyboard but that was the cheapest option dince everything else was sold out. The keys are pretty quiet compared to my old walmart one and the light features are pretty cool.

    Jun 18, 2020 09:21
  • Review by Dimples, 10 out of 10
    Beauty and function!

    Absolutely LOVE this keyboard! I Bought it for PC gaming and streaming and can happily say that it has not given me any problems. It may not be as tactile as other keyboards in the market but it's perfect for anyone who wants to reduce the clicking noises when streaming. It's otherwise very smooth and comfortable to use.

    The RGB is also beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.

    Highly recommend for anyone looking for a gaming keyboard on a budget.

    Jun 20, 2021 03:08
  • Review by cookies, 10 out of 10
    Works for PS4 Slim

    I have a PS4 slim so I was a little hesitant to get this product but it works great! Love the keys and was able to satisfy my keyboard and mouse gaming. I did have to buy a HDMI extension since all the plugs didn’t fit with my what is on the console (i.e. wireless headset, keyboard, and mouse).

    May 19, 2021 23:46
  • Review by Rn1018, 8 out of 10
    Value for money

    This is not too bad of a purchase. Will definitely recommend for beginners.

    May 08, 2020 15:30
  • Review by MICHOACANO, 10 out of 10
    My Best Buy Budget Set Up

    I love this keyboard and the fact i can change the colorways is so great. It feels like a premium quality keyboard

    Apr 02, 2021 15:32
  • Review by Eric, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard

    Great keyboard it is really smooth and comfortable to type on. Rgb is gamerman approved

    Jan 29, 2021 16:51
  • Review by Taylor, 10 out of 10
    One of the best

    Perfect touch and feel IMO. Great color combinations and options. It’s worth it if you care about your computer setup. Highly recommend.

    Jun 09, 2021 21:07
  • Review by Lucesita, 10 out of 10
    Hyper x

    My daughter really loves this keyboard, is perfect

    May 27, 2021 13:40
  • 9.6score
    SteelSeries - Apex 7 Ghost TKL Wired Mechanical Red Linear Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - White
    Description

    The Apex 7 TKL - Ghost keyboard has mechanical switches that guarantee 50 million keypresses using linear red switches for smooth movement from top to bottom without any bump, allowing for lightning-fast actuation. An integrated OLED Smart Display with on-board storage, double shot PBT pudding keycaps and an unbreakable aluminum alloy frame make it a standout mechanical gaming keyboard.

    9 Features
  • Red Mechanical Gaming Switches: Guranteed for 50 million keypresses, bkue switches are known for their clicky snap-action keypresses so you feel and hear exactly when a key registers
  • OLED Smart Display: Adjust settings and see-on-the-fly info straight from your game, music, or Discord… all without tabbing out of your game
  • Premium Magnetic Wrist Rest: A simple Magnetic solution for easy and secure attachment, full palm support, and a durable soft touch finish.
  • Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy: The Series 5000 metal frame is manufactured for a lifetime of unbreakable durability and sturdiness.
  • Dynamic Per-Key RGB Illumination: Millions of color options and reactive typing effects make you the designer of your ultimate setup.
  • Dedicated Multimedia Controls: A clicklable metal roller and media keys allow you to adjust volume and settings on the fly: change bightness, rewind, skip, pause and more, all at the touch of a button.
  • USB Passthrough Port and Cable Routing: Avoid crawling behind your desk: insert a flash drive, wireless transmitter, or USB device directly into the keyboard, and choose where the cable exits the keyboard.
  • Three-way cable routing: The frame has built-in channels that allow you to choose from three places for your cable to exit.
  • 100% Anti-Ghosting with 104 Key Rollover: Never lose a keypress, even in the heat of battle. 100% anti-shosting means the keyboard will register every single keypress, no matter how fast inputs are made.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by happycactoos, 10 out of 10
    Excellent mechanical keyboard update from SS

    As a mechkeyboard enthusiast, this is my full critical appraisal of the Apex 7 TKL.

    PROS:

    - solid, sturdy, and (perceived to be) durable, aluminum frame with hard plastic back cover

    - <5% frame flex

    - not too heavy, not too light; has a good weight to it with a premium finish and detailing all around

    - keyboard profiles / configs can be loaded onto the keyboard and accessed without the need for the SS Engine software to be running always

    - top right corner OLED and function keys makes it easy to switch profiles / configs

    - volume control knob is the perfect minimalist replacement for keyboard volume shortcuts / dedicated larger volume control buttons

    - minimal branding that doesn't stand out horribly / isn't an eyesore

    - compact layout and design providing for a very stylish looking TKL keyboard

    - QX2 red switches (aka Gateron reds feat. SteelSeries) are incredibly smooth with (imo) <10% total scratchiness, feeling better than Cherry MX Reds I have used with other keyboards -- subjective note: SS QX2 & Gateron Reds might just be my favorite reds overall

    - very appropriate red switch key-noise levels, not very loud -- will update if keys break-in even more

    - smooth top keycaps that offer wonderful fingertip-feels

    - fantastic LED brightness and quality; beautiful colors and no flickering

    - USB cable passthrough & illuminated usb passthrough port

    - clean, non-gamery font that works with many aesthetics

    - quality rubber feet with one adjustable height preference

    - comes with a matte, smooth feel rubber wrist rest that remains well attached to keyboard via magnets

    - 5/5 for gaming, 4/5 for typists (but you'd also have to be a typist that enjoys red switches) --- I wrote this whole review on my Apex 7 TKL and I gotta say, I love typing on it.

    CONS:

    - $130 is a little up there. Maybe $110 would be more reasonable, but this is truly a great keyboard and I have no buyers remorse -- (personal disclaimer: I am frugal, but I find this keyboard worth it)

    - only comes with ABS keycaps, so key shine will eventually set in after a very long period of use

    - illuminated white USB passthrough port creates mild amounts of light that I wish I could get rid of while playing at night -- can't find any way to turn off white LED USB port illuminator??

    - LED backlight bleed from top row of function keys will mildly illuminate the back half of your desk when using high brightness levels

    - (subjective) OLED screen with configs selector very minorly throws off the aesthetics of the TKL keyboard

    - USB cable is durable and thick, but it doesn't have a lot of bend/give to it, so bends tend to hold and it creeps up over the edge of the back of my desk because of its lack of flexibility

    - software is <10% of the time glitchy / has limited lighting controls -- NOTE: this keyboard is less than 1 month old, currently, and SteelSeries is already updating lighting controls. This point should be nulled within a couple weeks

    I tried to be as objective as I can with this review, and from a detached view, I'd say it hits a minimum of 4 to 4.5 stars for the overall population of keyboard shoppers. For my preferences and what I look for in a keyboard, I think it's a solid 4.5 to 5 stars. I have some minor gripes about this keyboard, but then again, any product in this world can technically always "be better" than what it is. The ONLY thing that actually bothers me a bit is the white LED illuminated USB port on the back left because it makes my desk a little less dark when writing or gaming in the dark. However, for what this keyboard is, I think it's a great step up from their M750 TKL and an EXCELLENT TKL keyboard overall.

    Jul 12, 2019 16:15
  • Review by Gill, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful keyboard

    Such a great keyboard with many features. Overall it could have been the best keyboard on the market but it is not a Apex pro and does not have Omnipoint switches. Besdies that if you dont care for omnipoint(being able to adjust your “click depth”) than this is a great choice. It looks amazing and the steel series GG software is easy to understand and use.

    Oct 24, 2021 16:36
  • Review by RonK, 10 out of 10
    Quality keyboard

    Excellent lighted keyboard with mini display that's handy for showing system vitals. Software enhances many games with colored key prompting.

    Nov 01, 2021 15:30
  • Review by Dingle, 10 out of 10
    Great Keyboard!

    Switched from a logitech keyboard and can totally tell a difference in the build quality of the steelseries. Software is easy to use for customization. Would recommend to anyone.

    Jul 26, 2019 17:13
  • Review by Highqualityvacum, 10 out of 10
    Apex 7 tkl

    This keyboard is great it is mechanical and high speed one of the best perchases I’ve done in a while.

    Dec 13, 2020 22:23
  • Review by victor, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard

    This keyboard its absolutely awesome! 100% recommended.!!

    Aug 22, 2019 21:38
  • Review by madhaddy, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding Keyboard

    Upgrading from a previous 10 key Steelseries keyboard and I'm loving the TKL. I'm already used to the Steelseries red switches from a previous keyboard. No complaints here. The media key and volume wheel are simple and intuitive. I honestly don't use the OLED too much but it's there. Just be sure to not set a static image as all Steelseries OLED screens are prone to terrible burn-in. I've experienced this with other products. My only complaints are: A keyboard at this price point should ship with doubleshot PBT keycaps. There are plenty of options out there.

    I personnaly went with a Ducky pudding set which means function keys won't match and the font is quite different. The other complaint is that the wrist rest, at least for me, is useless. I could never get it comfortable. Other than that, a great keyboard!

    Oct 16, 2020 14:01
  • Review by DOULOS1337, 10 out of 10
    Amazing keyboard!

    I have really enjoyed this keyboard! Bestbuy is always great about helping and having a great selection! This keyboard plays very nicely for my style! Very heavy duty feeling and the RGB on steel series keyboards are amazing. Also the little screen in the top right that I can put my gamer tag on is a fun little customizable piece! Highly recommend. Just make sure you have 2 USB ports available as it takes one for signal and one for power.

    Mar 19, 2021 15:46
  • 9.6score
    SteelSeries - Apex Pro Full Size Wired Mechanical OmniPoint Adjustable Actuation Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your accuracy with this SteelSeries Apex Pro mechanical gaming keyboard. Advanced OmniPoint switches make inputs feel fast and fluid, and the adjustable design lets you change the actuation distance to suit your play style. This SteelSeries Apex Pro mechanical gaming keyboard has a sturdy aluminum alloy frame that stands up to heavy use.

    7 Features
  • USB pass-through port: Compatible with most mice, wireless headset adapters and cell phones.
  • OmniPoint Adjustable mechanical switches: Offer rapid response times for quick in-game action.
  • Palm rest: For comfortable use.
  • RGB backlit keys: Allow you to see your keyboard even in dim light.
  • Integrated numeric keypad: Allows simple data entry when you're not gaming for multifunction use.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • PC and Mac compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Idothebluffing, 10 out of 10
    From Logitech to Steel Series

    I always had Logitech gaming keyboards in the past.

    I had a ASTRO a50 headset that crapped out so I tried the steel series arctic pro. So after being 100% satisfied with headset after my space bar started to go out. I decided to try there keyboard. So I got the pro and it's the best keyboard ever. Thx steel series your awesome.

    Jan 08, 2021 16:22
  • Review by Lhdez, 10 out of 10
    Apex pro keyboard

    This is a great product. I been using it for approximately 1 month and is super fluid, you can do a lot of personalization, and is super easy to.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:28
  • Review by Homekit, 10 out of 10
    Best of the best. For Glory.

    Wow. Wow. Wow. I purchased this keyboard for work. I now work at home and thought I need to upgrade because I was using a really old junky keyboard. I am so excited to have this keyboard. It feels great to my hands. It’s easy to program the color combinations. I use the macros all the time. I was going to spend less and get a cheaper keyboard but I’m glad I bought the best of the best. For Glory.

    Feb 20, 2021 18:21
  • Review by Shane, 10 out of 10
    A legendary keyboard

    This keyboard is so customizable and has many great features that it’s hard to find anything bad about this product. I love steelseries and they never seem to disappoint.

    Jul 06, 2019 10:35
  • Review by July, 8 out of 10
    Best keyboard (With a broken box)

    The omnipoint is amazing! This is the best one I used. And the OLED screen is interesting! Just the price is a little high and the express broke my box.

    Oct 16, 2020 20:02
  • Review by Quiz, 10 out of 10
    Best Keyboard to date

    this thing is pretty out of this world. hands down everyone should get one. discord default led commands are awesome (#1-9 show who is talking). 10/10

    Jun 15, 2019 10:16
  • Review by eduardoelejaga7, 10 out of 10
    Steelseries Keyboard

    The best quality keyboard for your money easy to setup and control it

    Nov 20, 2020 15:42
  • Review by Cody, 10 out of 10
    Such an exciting keyboard

    I always heard the sounds of this keyboard whenever I watched my favorite streamer and thought it sounded so satisfying (I recommend looking up some videos of the sound to see if it’s what you’re looking for) and always wanted to get it. One day he mentioned this was the keyboard he used so I ended up picking one up just cause I thought I could use a new keyboard and I can definitely say I don’t regret purchasing it at all. Coming from a very loud and clicky razer blackwidow chroma I realized that it’s a lot better to have a silent yet still satisfying mechanical keyboard rather than one that makes a bunch of background noise. I had the razer keyboard for about 3 years and I can definitely say that the click that you get from that keyboard, or any mechanical keyboard that makes clicking noises, can get annoying, especially when talking to people. But in my opinion, the apex pro completely puts the black widow chroma to shame. Although it’s a bit expensive and the price made me think twice at first I didn’t think about it at all as soon as I started using the keyboard. The keys feel so buttery smooth and satisfying to press and everything about the keyboard from the materials used to the sleek design makes me joyful every time I use it. It has some really cool presets for lighting and the LCD screen is a really nice feature to have. If you want a discreet, good quality keyboard that’s always a joy to use then look no further.

    Oct 18, 2020 13:01
  • 9.6score
    CORSAIR - K70 RGB 2 RAPIDFIRE Full-size Wired Mechanical Cherry MX Speed Linear Switch Gaming Keyboard with USB Pass Through - Black
    Description

    Execute commands accurately with this CORSAIR RAPIDFIRE mechanical gaming keyboard. Its aircraft-grade aluminum frame is built to withstand the rigors of hardcore gameplay, and its 8MB of onboard memory lets you store macros and RGB lighting settings. This CORSAIR RAPIDFIRE mechanical gaming keyboard has a USB port for connecting a headset or mouse.

    6 Features
  • USB pass-through port: Compatible with most mice, wireless headset adapters and cell phones.
  • Cherry MX Speed mechanical switches: Offer rapid response times for quick in-game action.
  • Keyboard controls: Include volume, mute, brightness, play/pause, stop, previous track, next track, and more.
  • Adjustable keyboard height and palm rest: For added comfort and support.
  • Integrated numeric keypad: Allows simple data entry when you're not gaming for multifunction use.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by CyberExpert, 10 out of 10
    Love it! Beautiful, well made keyboard

    I bought this keyboard as an upgrade from my Logitech G710 plus. I am currently very pleased with its performance and the Cherry MX Speed switches are nicer than the 710’s switches, which were MX Brown. I love the RGB options; virtually unlimited with iCUE. Overall it was everything I wanted it to be.

    5/5.

    Nov 22, 2021 19:28
  • Review by WFH2021, 10 out of 10
    CORSAIR - Gaming K70 RGB MK.2 RAPIDFIRE

    I was in search of a mechanical keyboard for work. I wanted something durable, and responsive to alleviate the pressure from constant typing and key strokes throughout the workday. I also wanted a keyboard with light as I work into the evening hours most days. This Corsair keyboard absolutely delivered and met my expectations. It was slightly discounted, although the brand is generally pricier than its competitors. However, there is no sacrifice to quality and you definitely get what you pay for. While it’s a “gaming” keyboard, it has become a staple piece to my WFH station. Even my kitten seems to be pleased! Absolutely worth the investment!

    Mar 05, 2021 15:40
  • Review by Joren, 10 out of 10
    Great Keyboard for gaming!

    I had been looking for a gaming keyboard for quite awhile after my last one had an unfortunate run-in with water. I purchased this about a week and a half ago and really like the feel of the keys and the response. It is also water resistant. It even came with special molded movement keys (WASD and QERF) for gaming. The lighting effects are also a plus. After installing the software for the keyboard, it was really easy to program my own personal lighting effects for different games. The included pic is of a water ripple lighting effect I made in about two minutes.

    Jun 26, 2020 20:39
  • Review by Laneislame, 10 out of 10
    A no brainer

    Awesome board! Very fast and responsive but not overly loud

    Highly recommend for players who want the fasted response times

    Oct 01, 2021 20:18
  • Review by I11700k, 10 out of 10
    Nice keyboard

    This keyboard meets and exceeds expectations. Great key function. Plus the extra keys they give with it makes it nice for gaming.

    Nov 12, 2021 20:49
  • Review by sthan0802, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard for your gaming needs!

    My fiancé mainly uses this keyboard to play League of Legends and other games. The response time of clicking my keys on the keyboard is pretty instantaneous. He has not had mechanical keyboards before but he would say that this is not that loud. Also the colorful lights are a bonus.

    Jul 17, 2020 00:08
  • Review by Ryan, 10 out of 10
    Best Keyboard Ever!!

    Best keyboard I've ever used. Great for work and gaming!! Very accurate and RGB is great!

    Oct 22, 2021 16:08
  • Review by Miles, 8 out of 10
    Cherry MX - PBT key caps

    4 stars because what it costs does not make the product. It seems that if I have any onboard profiles set that the lights will blink or flicker like a short. Just an odd random occasional short like flash of a key or 2 in random places. So, I just deleted any and all onboard profiles and un-installed the iCUE software which leaves me with a static red across the entire keyboard when the backlighting is turned on. Also the keyboard did not come with a key cap puller, which would be nice if ever I wanted to clean it, and it did not come with the few interchangeable textured keycaps. I like that it would be super easy to clean (with the puller) and that it's primary function is solid as it gets. PS - Cherry Low Profile Switches - yes please

    Sorta WAY out of character for THE high end RGB keyboard and SE edition at that - to have shorting like occasional blink of keys in random locations. Can't recommend a thing that costs what this does and is flawed.

    Aug 29, 2018 21:51
  • 9.6score
    HP OMEN - Encoder Full-size Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard - Black
    Description

    Command a flawless symphony of keystrokes, with a mechanical keyboard crafted for high-caliber competition. Anti-ghosting with N-key rollover and ultra-responsive, CHERRY MX Red mechanical switches deliver the agility you need to maneuver ahead of the competition.

    6 Features
  • CHERRY MX Mechanical Switches: CHERRY MX Red with its incredibly fast reactivity and smooth operation, its linear feel, combined with minimal spring force, is ideal for people who play fastaction games.
  • USB Wired Keyboard: Forget cable management—braided sheathing enhances the USB cord’s durability and minimizes kinking.
  • Every move matters: No matter how many keys are activated at once, every key press is detected.
  • Illuminate your accuracy: Prevent miss-keying and watch every key glow a deep red with its own dedicated LED.
  • Compete in comfort: 2-way adjustable legs meet your desired wrist angle to help prevent cramps and discomfort.
  • OMEN Command Center Integration: Easily control lighting effects, brightness, single key on/off, media keys, macros with on-the-fly settings and OMEN Command Center.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Andrewentrepreneur77, 10 out of 10
    Wonderful keyboard!

    I actually bought this for my brother, he got a PC, it came with a mediocre keyboard and mouse and he didn’t really like it so I went to Best Buy...just to look and I ended up walking out with a keyboard and a mouse pad! The keyboard is absolutely amazing and he loves it, he treats it like his baby! Wonderful setup along with the mouse pad!

    Sep 19, 2020 05:40
  • Review by Jennabee23, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard

    The keyboard is awesome. The feel of it is wonderful. I love using it, and it is looks good as well.

    Dec 04, 2020 17:49
  • Review by Piglet, 10 out of 10
    Practical

    The Omen gaming keyboard is an excellent size for those with clumsy fingers on the smaller keyboard, that comes with the bundled deal, therefore making it much more practical. It is easily maneuver when playing games and definitely very practical to use as a typewriter. Would recommend it to anyone that’s not looking for the more expensive, flashy, gaming keyboards.

    May 28, 2021 16:46
  • Review by Goldenfir, 10 out of 10
    Great Gaming Keyboard.

    As a gamer, this keyboard gives me the feedback that I need to make sure that I'm gaming at my best.

    Aug 30, 2021 04:15
  • Review by Happy, 10 out of 10
    Great for the value

    Love this keyboard. Quite clicks!

    The custom features have so much to choose from

    Aug 07, 2021 12:40
  • Review by billbaggins, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard!

    Works great. Looks great. Easy to clean. Cant ask for much more

    Oct 15, 2021 18:03
  • Review by CharlesT, 10 out of 10
    Really good keyboard

    Since buying the monitor and finding out it uses the Windows store HP Omen software this replaced the other keyboard I had so I removed the old keyboard software.

    Jun 19, 2021 11:03
  • Review by Custominor, 6 out of 10
    Upside down keys

    It's a little louder than I could bear and it came through on my mic, but I was very disappointed by the fact that out of the box maybe 8 of the keys were upside down. Easy fix I know, but tedious all the same.

    Nov 30, 2021 21:28
  • 9.6score
    SteelSeries - Apex 7 TKL Wired Mechanical Red Linear & Quiet Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your gaming rig with this SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL mechanical gaming keyboard. An integrated OLED display makes changing settings easy and gives you an edge by streaming helpful information from games in real time. This SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL mechanical gaming keyboard has advanced mechanical switches that make inputs smoother and more accurate.

    7 Features
  • Red Mechanical Gaming Switches: Durable mechanical gaming switches guaranteed for 50 million keypresses.
  • OLED Smart Display: OLED Smart Display displays profiles, game info, Discord messages, and more.
  • Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy: Aircraft grade aluminum alloy built for a lifetime of unbreakable durability.
  • Dynamic Per-Key RGB Illumination: Unmatched customization with 16.8 million illumination colors per key.
  • Premium Magnetic Wrist Rest: Premium magnetic wrist rest provides full palm support and comfortable feel.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • PC and Mac compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by happycactoos, 10 out of 10
    Excellent mechanical keyboard update from SS

    As a mechkeyboard enthusiast, this is my full critical appraisal of the Apex 7 TKL.

    PROS:

    - solid, sturdy, and (perceived to be) durable, aluminum frame with hard plastic back cover

    - <5% frame flex

    - not too heavy, not too light; has a good weight to it with a premium finish and detailing all around

    - keyboard profiles / configs can be loaded onto the keyboard and accessed without the need for the SS Engine software to be running always

    - top right corner OLED and function keys makes it easy to switch profiles / configs

    - volume control knob is the perfect minimalist replacement for keyboard volume shortcuts / dedicated larger volume control buttons

    - minimal branding that doesn't stand out horribly / isn't an eyesore

    - compact layout and design providing for a very stylish looking TKL keyboard

    - QX2 red switches (aka Gateron reds feat. SteelSeries) are incredibly smooth with (imo) <10% total scratchiness, feeling better than Cherry MX Reds I have used with other keyboards -- subjective note: SS QX2 & Gateron Reds might just be my favorite reds overall

    - very appropriate red switch key-noise levels, not very loud -- will update if keys break-in even more

    - smooth top keycaps that offer wonderful fingertip-feels

    - fantastic LED brightness and quality; beautiful colors and no flickering

    - USB cable passthrough & illuminated usb passthrough port

    - clean, non-gamery font that works with many aesthetics

    - quality rubber feet with one adjustable height preference

    - comes with a matte, smooth feel rubber wrist rest that remains well attached to keyboard via magnets

    - 5/5 for gaming, 4/5 for typists (but you'd also have to be a typist that enjoys red switches) --- I wrote this whole review on my Apex 7 TKL and I gotta say, I love typing on it.

    CONS:

    - $130 is a little up there. Maybe $110 would be more reasonable, but this is truly a great keyboard and I have no buyers remorse -- (personal disclaimer: I am frugal, but I find this keyboard worth it)

    - only comes with ABS keycaps, so key shine will eventually set in after a very long period of use

    - illuminated white USB passthrough port creates mild amounts of light that I wish I could get rid of while playing at night -- can't find any way to turn off white LED USB port illuminator??

    - LED backlight bleed from top row of function keys will mildly illuminate the back half of your desk when using high brightness levels

    - (subjective) OLED screen with configs selector very minorly throws off the aesthetics of the TKL keyboard

    - USB cable is durable and thick, but it doesn't have a lot of bend/give to it, so bends tend to hold and it creeps up over the edge of the back of my desk because of its lack of flexibility

    - software is <10% of the time glitchy / has limited lighting controls -- NOTE: this keyboard is less than 1 month old, currently, and SteelSeries is already updating lighting controls. This point should be nulled within a couple weeks

    I tried to be as objective as I can with this review, and from a detached view, I'd say it hits a minimum of 4 to 4.5 stars for the overall population of keyboard shoppers. For my preferences and what I look for in a keyboard, I think it's a solid 4.5 to 5 stars. I have some minor gripes about this keyboard, but then again, any product in this world can technically always "be better" than what it is. The ONLY thing that actually bothers me a bit is the white LED illuminated USB port on the back left because it makes my desk a little less dark when writing or gaming in the dark. However, for what this keyboard is, I think it's a great step up from their M750 TKL and an EXCELLENT TKL keyboard overall.

    Jul 12, 2019 16:15
  • Review by Gill, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful keyboard

    Such a great keyboard with many features. Overall it could have been the best keyboard on the market but it is not a Apex pro and does not have Omnipoint switches. Besdies that if you dont care for omnipoint(being able to adjust your “click depth”) than this is a great choice. It looks amazing and the steel series GG software is easy to understand and use.

    Oct 24, 2021 16:36
  • Review by RonK, 10 out of 10
    Quality keyboard

    Excellent lighted keyboard with mini display that's handy for showing system vitals. Software enhances many games with colored key prompting.

    Nov 01, 2021 15:30
  • Review by Dingle, 10 out of 10
    Great Keyboard!

    Switched from a logitech keyboard and can totally tell a difference in the build quality of the steelseries. Software is easy to use for customization. Would recommend to anyone.

    Jul 26, 2019 17:13
  • Review by Highqualityvacum, 10 out of 10
    Apex 7 tkl

    This keyboard is great it is mechanical and high speed one of the best perchases I’ve done in a while.

    Dec 13, 2020 22:23
  • Review by victor, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard

    This keyboard its absolutely awesome! 100% recommended.!!

    Aug 22, 2019 21:38
  • Review by madhaddy, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding Keyboard

    Upgrading from a previous 10 key Steelseries keyboard and I'm loving the TKL. I'm already used to the Steelseries red switches from a previous keyboard. No complaints here. The media key and volume wheel are simple and intuitive. I honestly don't use the OLED too much but it's there. Just be sure to not set a static image as all Steelseries OLED screens are prone to terrible burn-in. I've experienced this with other products. My only complaints are: A keyboard at this price point should ship with doubleshot PBT keycaps. There are plenty of options out there.

    I personnaly went with a Ducky pudding set which means function keys won't match and the font is quite different. The other complaint is that the wrist rest, at least for me, is useless. I could never get it comfortable. Other than that, a great keyboard!

    Oct 16, 2020 14:01
  • Review by DOULOS1337, 10 out of 10
    Amazing keyboard!

    I have really enjoyed this keyboard! Bestbuy is always great about helping and having a great selection! This keyboard plays very nicely for my style! Very heavy duty feeling and the RGB on steel series keyboards are amazing. Also the little screen in the top right that I can put my gamer tag on is a fun little customizable piece! Highly recommend. Just make sure you have 2 USB ports available as it takes one for signal and one for power.

    Mar 19, 2021 15:46
  • 9.6score
    Logitech - K120 Full-size Wired Membrane Keyboard for Windows with Spill-Resistant Design - Black
    Description

    Logitech Keyboard K120. A better typing experience that's built to last. You’ll enjoy a comfortable and quiet typing experience thanks to the low-profile keys that barely make a sound and standard layout with full-size F-keys and number pad. With its thin profile, spill-resistant design, durable keys that can withstand up to 10 million keystrokes and sturdy, adjustable tilt legs, this sleek keyboard not only looks and feels good—it’s built to last. Setup is simple too. You just plug it into a USB port and start using it right out of the box. Bold, bright white characters make the keys easier to read. And it all comes with the high quality and reliability that’s made Logitech the global leader for keyboards and mice.

    6 Features
  • All-day comfort: The design of this standard keyboard creates a comfortable typing experience thanks to the deep-profile keys and full-size standard layout with F-keys and number pad.
  • Easy to set-up and use: Set-up couldn't be easier, you simply plug in this corded keyboard via USB on your desktop or laptop and start using right away without any software installation.
  • Durable keys: The keys can last up to 10 million keystrokes so you can keep typing long after many keyboards have failed. (Excludes number lock key.)
  • Compatibility: This full-size keyboard is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10 or later, plus it's a reliable and durable partner for your desk at home, or at work.
  • Made with recycled plastic: Plastic parts in the keyboard K120 Black include 51% certified post-consumer recycled plastic.
  • Spill-proof: This durable keyboard features a spill-resistant design, anti-fade keys and sturdy tilt legs with adjustable height, meaning this keyboard is built to last.*
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by IEJZP512, 10 out of 10
    Sometimes low-tech is the best tech

    I love this keyboard for my laptop. I was using a Bluetooth connected keyboard, but so. many. gadgets. This plugged into a USB port via a longer than expected wire and I was cranking out spreadsheets easy peasy. No drivers to download. No registration to complete. Another problem solved is the wireless keyboard was rechargeable, but rarely fully charged in my time of need. I love the clicky noise this keyboard makes. If you need silence from your laptop accessories, this might not be for you. If you long for the days of typing class, or even "keyboarding" class, this is a great choice.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:50
  • Review by Ocall, 10 out of 10
    Keyboard

    It’s a basic keyboard! It gets the job done! I needed a keyboard for work ai I wouldn’t ware down my laptop keys and this does the trick.

    May 09, 2021 14:22
  • Review by LordRico, 10 out of 10
    Logitech - K120 Desktop USB Keyboard

    Absolutely Luv it - A must have - Perfect for my needs!

    Nov 10, 2020 18:03
  • Review by OffCenterPhoto, 10 out of 10
    Great Buy

    A key on my laptop got stuck and this external keyboard word as expected to allow me to use my laptop until the key released. Now I have the external keyboard to use if problems come up in the future. Nice keyboard with larger keys than my laptop has so it is very easy to use.

    Nov 05, 2021 16:17
  • Review by KenSpeer, 10 out of 10
    Logitech computer keyboard

    Order was only a desk top computer keyboard. Roseville didn't have the one I wanted, but had one shipped from Auburn. It arrived as promised and works as anticipated.

    Nov 20, 2021 10:12
  • Review by PowerBank, 10 out of 10
    Only Keyboard I Need

    Been using Logitech keyboards for as long as I can remember. The only reason I get a new one is that I either spill something or just completely wore out the letters on the keys.

    Nov 11, 2021 13:56
  • Review by Candice, 10 out of 10
    Good value and it works

    Basic cheap keyboard that gets the job done. The keyboard it was replacing was better but since my son spilled his drink on it, I wasn't going to buy him an expensive replacement.

    Nov 05, 2021 19:59
  • Review by ragmerchant, 10 out of 10
    Very good choice at a better price!

    Works fine and smooth right out of the box. Very lightweight and easy flowing when typing. I would definitely recommend this keyboard, especially for the very budget friendly cost.

    Oct 23, 2021 19:13
  • 9.4score
    Razer - Cynosa V2 Full Size Wired Membrane Gaming Keyboard with Chroma RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    For the true taste of full-blown RGB gaming, look no further than the Razer Cynosa V2. With individually backlit gaming keys powered by Razer Chroma RGB, customize the keyboard to your heart’s content and enjoy a new level of gaming immersion made possible by dynamic lighting effects.

    5 Features
  • Individually backlit gaming keys: The Razer Cynosa V2 is super comfortable to use and has a low sound profile, with its premium per-key lighting offering a greater depth of RGB customization.
  • Powered by Razer Chroma RGB: With 16.8 million colors and a suite of effects to choose from, personalize your keyboard and enjoy greater immersion with dynamic lighting effects that occur as you game on Chroma-integrated titles.
  • Fully programmable: Make your execution and gameplay more efficient by mapping your desired functions via Razer Synapse 3, and tweak the keyboard to suit your playstyle by creating and saving unique profiles and macros.
  • Dedicated Media Keys: Configure them to pause, play, skip and adjust everything from brightness to volume—the ultimate convenience as you enjoy your entertainment.
  • Cable routing options: The Razer Cynosa V2 is designed with grooves that allow you to neatly tuck in its cable and feed it out in any direction, so you can keep your desktop clear of clutter and mess.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Gary, 10 out of 10
    Just dandy

    I love this keyboard works well not too loud when I am working or gaming. I am very happy haven’t had any issues at all.

    Sep 21, 2021 18:59
  • Review by Bobby, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Love this so far.. I have not set up the online function were I can change the color and so on. But its changes colors now just not set to a rhythm or rainbow..

    Mar 19, 2021 19:16
  • Review by Inspectrex, 10 out of 10
    Keep your fingers happy, buy a better keyboard

    Better than regular keyboard. Not a heavy gamer, but working from home a lot. If plugging into a dock instead of directly into a laptop or computer be careful. Make sure dock firmware is up to date or you may get key lag (it's not the Cynosa).

    Nov 30, 2020 08:15
  • Review by GroguOP, 10 out of 10
    This Razer keyboard has such a good feel

    Great little keyboard such a big fan of Razer products

    Jan 25, 2021 23:28
  • Review by MarFen, 10 out of 10
    Love this keyboard

    It's amazing. The customization is phenomenal. Great purchase

    Jan 06, 2021 08:57
  • Review by Lambocake1, 10 out of 10
    Razer cynosa v2 is the best

    It’s awesome feels good had a really good response on games and it is the best keyboard I used

    Mar 01, 2021 10:16
  • Review by ErickC94, 10 out of 10
    After almost two years with mechanical keyboards,

    I have owned and used a blackwidow ultimate 2017 for almost two years and although I love the clicky loud green switches they have to offer, it was just time for an upgrade. The caps are beginning to wear and the cable has gone finicky. So I did some searching and got my self a switch tester with all various switches from manufacturers. I wanted something quiet, yet not so sensitive. I also own a blackwidow te tkl v2 with yellow switches and day to day typing is a nightmare (for me at least) with those super sensitive switches. I find myself typing a wrong key often. I barely owned that keyboard for 6 months before I went back to my blackwidow ultimate 2017 just this month. I felt cherry browns and razer orange might be the best switch to me, but I did not feel like spending much on a keyboard as I hardly use it when gaming on my PC now (controller user). Corsair offers the K55 (cheaper, also a membrane) and the newer K60 SE with cherry viola switches (more expensive, do feel nice), but I will admit I am a Razer fanboy as I have never had an issue with their products QA, dying on me, or issues with customer service since I switched over to using them in 2016. Out of the box, the cynosa v2 is presented in a much more generic looking package, the insert is brown and not padded like the more expensive offerings from Razer and it came wrapped in a clear plastic covering. One thing I did notice is Razer dropped from the previous cynosa is the LED logo from the bottom of the keyboard, now it just says 'Razer', definitely not a deal breaker though. Setting up the device was easy, W10 installed the driver and synapse detected a new peripheral automatically. Setting up the lighting was a breeze along with the macros. In terms of design, this board has a much more utilitarian look, matte black and a slim profile. One of the main reasons I went with the V2 over the original cynosa is due to the fact they included media keys, which do come in handy. The keys feel nice, and the keystrokes actuate with no issues. Definitely an easier typing experience already when compared to the yellow switches. I do wish Razer included a wrist rest like the ornata with the cynosa v2, but again not a deal breaker. I mean, it does what a keyboard should do, type. Keys register as they should and it has rollover, I have not missed a keystroke as of yet. But if you are picky and don't like what most call 'mushiness', then of course spend more and get a mechanical. But if your just a regular user, don't like mechanical, beginner PC gamer, or don't want to spend much on a gaming keyboard, the cynosa v2 definitely get's my thumbs up. Many would consider this a downgrade, but I did not see it as a downgrade for me personally. I was able to snag it for just under $30 buts it's a steal even @ $59.99.

    Dec 30, 2020 21:23
  • Review by lisse, 8 out of 10
    Great keyboard for beginners.

    The keyboard is great, I would love for the keyboard to have a better grip. Love the changing colors! Overall, this is a great keyboard.

    Sep 04, 2020 16:58
  • 9.4score
    Razer - Cynosa Chroma Full Size Wired Membrane Gaming Keyboard with Chroma RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Use this Razer gaming keyboard to navigate your favorite games with precision. The soft cushioned keys offer a comfortable typing experience, and it lets you program individual keys and assign macros for quicker, more confident keystrokes. This Razer gaming keyboard has customizable backlit RGB lighting for playing in darker environments.

    7 Features
  • Powered by Razer Chroma: The Razer Cynosa Chroma features individually programmable backlit keys with 16.8 million color options, all easily set through Razer Synapse.
  • Cable connection: Offers stable and convenient USB connection to your PC, makes the keyboard perfect when traveling.
  • Soft cushioned gaming-grade keys: Provide comfort with better housing support compared to rubber dome keyboards, so every keypress is solid.
  • Anti-ghosting with 10-key rollover: Helps your commands and simultaneous keystrokes register the way you intended.
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording: Provide additional comfort during gaming sessions.
  • Spill-resistant durable design: For every fist-pumping victorious moment, there's a chance of accidental water spillage on your keyboard. But thanks to the Razer Cynosa Chroma's resistance to spill, you can game with confidence, minus the damage.
  • Windows and Mac compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Jason, 10 out of 10
    Awesome keyboard

    So I got this keyboard to replace a solar Logitech that I had for the past few years..the battery started to go, and I'm sick of constantly needing to find light to charge it since my room is pretty dark throughout the day. I decided to go wired since I've begun gaming more on the PC anyway, so I found this Razer keyboard. It's really nice. Great feel for typing and for gaming, and the software is easy to use. The keyboard itself is pretty loud though so it's taking some time to get used to! However, the LED's are the coolest part and you can have all sorts of animations with them. My only gripe is the darkest level is 33% which makes no sense, and I wish it could go lower, only because when my eyes shift, I guess whatever the frequency of the LED is catches my eye every time. It's very odd. Either way, I just chose an almost black version of the color I wanted which makes it darker than 33%, so that's a quick work around. Either way, it's a great keyboard!

    Feb 12, 2018 09:47
  • Review by Zanodiamondsword, 10 out of 10
    Great Keyboard

    I bought this keyboard because it was the cheapest Razer keyboard I could find and its great. It has different keys than I was used to but now that I'm used to it I type much faster and play games better. The keyboard is compatible with Razer chroma (changing the colors) and macro (press one key then it automatically presses many) with the Synapse app.

    Jun 24, 2018 20:26
  • Review by Teumosh, 10 out of 10
    Theres nothing to complain about

    It gets the job done I use it for gaming and typing and at first it felt weird but now I've gotten use to it and it's amazing

    Jun 27, 2020 00:41
  • Review by ExoticStella, 10 out of 10
    such a great upgrade!

    I used to have a cyberpowerpc keyboard but it’s so great to have a upgrade! I love this keyboard and I hope it lasts me a good time!

    May 29, 2020 04:42
  • Review by mersh, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard for a gamer

    The Razer Cynosa Chroma is a gaming keyboard manufactured by Razer. It features Razer Chroma full RGB lighting. This is great for people who like their setups to be colorful and interesting. The keyboard has a nice "click" that is incredibly satisfying. You can assign custom functions called "macros" which give you the ultimate advantage in MMOS or MOBAS. This keyboard is a must-have for a gamer on a budget.

    Apr 24, 2019 14:36
  • Review by GamerZ, 10 out of 10
    Great gaming keyboard

    I’d give it 10 stars if I could. Absolutely the best keyboard I’ve ever owned. Very cool color display options and completely programmable, so I can easily customize my keys and functions to my liking. With all the options that are easily customizable I dominate game play. This keyboard rocks!

    Apr 15, 2018 09:52
  • Review by Anonymous, 8 out of 10
    Good gaming keyboard for beginners !

    This gaming keyboard is really good for new beginners who wanna learn . It’s a big easier and the feeling of the key board makes it a bit easy . My lil brother totally recommends it.

    Oct 05, 2019 06:51
  • Review by badqat, 10 out of 10
    Solid keyboard for gaming and beyond

    Got this for work and light gaming - and it fits the bill nicely. Touch typists will appreciate the key action, and the options offered by Synapse make for a colorful experience. Macros are possible too.

    Not a true mechanical, so don't expect the feel and clack of one from the membrane switches here. That being said, if you're looking for a silent keyboard, look elsewhere, as this one does produce a nice bit of noise, but without the clack you'd get from a mechanical one.

    All in all, a nice, affordable gaming keyboard.

    May 08, 2020 20:32
  • 9.4score
    Razer - Huntsman Tournament Edition TKL Wired Optical Linear Switch Gaming Keyboard with Chroma RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Enjoy a whole new level of comfort for your fingertips with this Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition TKL Gaming Keyboard. The tenkeyless minimal design ensures easier positioning and maneuverability for optimum PC gaming. This ergonomically designed Razer Huntsman tournament edition keyboard is easy on your wrists, giving you an edge over the competition.

    8 Features
  • Razer Synapse 3: Unlock advanced options from commands to device lighting effects powered by Razer Chroma.
  • Anti-ghosting keyboard with 10-key rollover: Helps your commands and simultaneous keystrokes register the way you intended.
  • On-board memory: Allows creating up to five profiles via hybrid on-board memory or cloud storage.
  • Linear optical switches: This keyboard provides faster switch performance and longer life span of up to 100 million clicks.
  • Aluminum top plate: Adds increased sturdiness with a smooth, satisfying touch.
  • Compact form factor: Allows for easier positioning and maneuverability to get your setup just right.
  • Detachable USB Type-C cable: Plug and play with minimal fuss as you move from tournament to tournament. The secure latch ensures that the cable stays connected throughout gameplay.
  • Windows and Mac compatible: You can use it with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Danh, 10 out of 10
    Amazing TKL Keyboard

    The 1.0mm actuation point is extremely noticeable. I barely press down and it registers to my computer. The keys feel and sound extremely amazing. I enjoy typing and gaming on this keyboard more than the razer green switches or any other ones that they have released.

    Oct 15, 2019 00:43
  • Review by Vincent, 10 out of 10
    Great TKL Keyboard

    Prior to purchasing this keyboard, I had a Corsair full sized keyboard. I was looking for something more compact. I contemplated getting the razer mini but I’m glad i went for this one. The mini was far to small for my liking. The tournament edition felt comfortable for my hands and provided more real estate for my mouse. Would recommend for those looking for a ten keyless keyboard.

    Aug 21, 2020 16:52
  • Review by WestPro37, 10 out of 10
    Razor Keyboard is awesome-connects to PhillipHue

    So far It’s a great keyboard! Has been amazing. Love the sound the keys make and you can better feel keystrokes . I still haven’t figured out everything the software has to offer, but I am working on connecting it to my Phillips hue Lightstrip Plus (and eventually getting more Hue lights, possibly another Hue Play setup like I have connected to my living room TV), and making my entertainment area connect to the rest of my smarthome. All of the possible customization and integration features is what made me choose the Razor over other brands.

    Feb 19, 2021 22:14
  • Review by Lipe, 10 out of 10
    Excellent and Silent!

    almost zero noise, shine bright rgb and extremely sensitive when you press a litte bit more than a soft touch it`s get activated.

    very impressive i could even get better results playing fps games.

    Oct 22, 2021 22:33
  • Review by Itadori, 10 out of 10
    Razer Keyboard

    it was overall a smooth transaction, was able to find the keyboard that fit my play style, they offer a huge variety but 60-70% keyboards are more my thing.

    Sep 03, 2021 16:27
  • Review by Carmatati, 10 out of 10
    This Keyboard is OP

    I took a deal and I really lovely with this Keyboard thats so fast for any game. Its feel so nice to press especially when I play Warzonne.

    Jun 05, 2021 15:53
  • Review by UnsayingSmile, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard

    Awesome for a second keyboard I run dual pcs for stream and its very responsive and compact

    Jan 30, 2021 20:21
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Video games

    it is an excellent product works like none my children love it and we all enjoy playing video games together.

    Mar 19, 2021 15:54
  • 9.4score
    Razer - Huntsman Mini 60% Wired Optical Linear Switch Gaming Keyboard with Chroma RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Dominate on a different scale with the Razer Huntsman Mini TKL — a 60% gaming keyboard with cutting-edge Razer Linear Optical Switches. Highly portable and ideal for streamlined setups, it’s time to experience lightning-fast actuation in our most compact form factor yet.

    7 Features
  • Razer™ Optical Switches for actuation at the speed of light: Offers faster, lighter, and smoother actuations than mechanical switches, and lasts longer as it requires fewer moving parts that operate with less friction. Comes in two variants—Linear and Clicky.
  • 60% form factor for a portable, streamlined gaming experience: Ideal for minimalist or smaller setups where desk space is a premium. Its compact build also means it travels well and is easier to position when gaming—allowing you to play more comfortably.
  • Doubleshot PBT Keycaps with side-printed secondary functions for a premium, textured quality: Designed for greater durability, they’ll never degrade to a shiny finish or have their labelling wear off with intense use. Side-printed secondary functions included for easier reference.
  • Onboard memory and lighting presets to take your settings anywhere: Store and activate up to 5 keyboard profiles without the need for software, as you personalize it further with a suite of Razer Chroma RGB lighting effects already loaded into the keyboard.
  • Detachable Type-C cable for easier setup and storage: Unpack, plug and play with minimal fuss for all your LAN parties and tournaments. A cable latch ensures that it stays securely connected during gameplay.
  • Aluminum construction for greater durability: The casing is robust enough to withstand long hours of intense, regular use and has a clean matte finishing.
  • Powered by Razer Chroma™ RGB with per-key lighting and underglow: With 16.8 million colors and a suite of effects, sync its keys and underglow with the rest of your battlestation, and enjoy greater immersion as it dynamically reacts with over 150 integrated games.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JupiterxJazz, 10 out of 10
    Best Keyboard

    This is probably the best keyboard I have ever used for gaming. The best part about it is how quiet the keyboard is. My fiancé would always complain about how loud my previous keyboard was and I’m not a fan of the clicky Keys. This is night and day. The keys are a bit harder to click but worth it when typing normal things. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants a great keyboard with noise suppression. I use it heavy for Warzone and other FPS games.

    Oct 06, 2020 16:43
  • Review by Jacob, 8 out of 10
    High Quality Mechanical Keyboard

    Overall, I am in love with this keyboard. The keyboard comes in high quality packaging and the build quality is amazing. I'd ssy it was definitely worth the price especially if you buy the one with red linear optical switches. They sound amazing and the keycaps come off perfectly so you dont have to worry about damaging them. The only thing I'd say that bothers me is just the stabilizers in the space bar becuase they sound a little weird. Other than that great keyboard and would recommend! You can also swap the keycaps to anythijg compatible with the switch. I personally used the HyperX black pudding keycaps and they look awesome. Take a look at the picture I posted.

    May 07, 2021 16:04
  • Review by Razer, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    Got it Friday March 19 best keyboard ever works good gaming experience is good not to loud would definitely buy another one I recommend

    Mar 21, 2021 12:24
  • Review by moraleshd, 10 out of 10
    Nice small black keyboard

    Nice lil keyboard. Cousin and friends have ducky but I wanted a nice small black one. I had a razor mouse so I decided to match. Great addition

    Jun 02, 2021 20:12
  • Review by isoe, 10 out of 10
    Keyboard

    Bought this for gaming and I love it . Keyboard is on point . The Razer Software is easy to use for config the keyboard . I would recommend this . Bought the green key caps to give it a little flavor .

    Apr 02, 2021 16:30
  • Review by 1Gratis, 10 out of 10
    Huntsman mini linear is the way to go!

    Linear is the way to go!

    Awesome feel for my minimalist setup and fits in my travel bag along with my laptop!

    Jan 23, 2021 22:48
  • Review by FYMAGGY, 10 out of 10
    Razer mini

    Loved this keyboard typing feels so smooth trust me just get it

    Apr 02, 2021 21:51
  • Review by Robert, 10 out of 10
    Great product

    This is a superb little keyboard. Got it in the linear optical red switch.

    Pros

    -60% is cool

    -quality keycaps

    -comfortable, linear, fast switches w/internal dampeners

    -detachable usb c (nice)

    -on board storage available after installing synapse once making profiles and lighting. Then you can uninstall

    Cons

    -razer proprietary stabilizer keys (like space bar) sound awful

    And thats the only con for me. Easily fixable with an oring on center steam and outer stems of the stabilizer keys. Sound is much more quiet and consistent after.

    Jan 11, 2021 15:26
  • 9.4score
    Logitech - Orion Spectrum G910 Full-size Wired Mechanical Romer-G Tactile Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Maintain full control of your gaming commands with the customizable, illuminated keys on this Orion Spectrum mechanical gaming keyboard. Connect the unit to a smartphone or tablet to display in-game information when you need a second screen. Anti-ghosting protection keeps the Orion Spark mechanical gaming keyboard from freezing up during intense gaming sessions.

    10 Features
  • Customizable RGB illumination: Enables you to personalize individual key lighting using a palette of more than 16 million colors.
  • Exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches: Give you incredible responsiveness, with a key actuation point up to 25 percent shorter. It's faster than standard mechanical switches.
  • 125 keys: Allow accurate typing.
  • 9 programmable G-keys: Let you create custom game macros, so you can quickly execute complex commands.
  • Dedicated media controls: Include play, pause, mute, volume and skip for one-touch operation.
  • Integrated arx control app (download required): Along with a smartphone dock lets you access in-game data on your smartphone or tablet without interrupting gameplay.
  • 113 key anti-ghosting: Reliably register inputs through even the most strenuous gaming sessions with anti-ghosting protection.
  • Absolute comfort: One large palm rest and adjustable feet ensure that you are in a comfortable position whether typing or gaming.
  • USB 2.0 interface: Establishes a reliable connection to your laptop or desktop computer.
  • Windows compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by HonestA, 8 out of 10
    Solid keyboard

    I have been using the keyboard for a couple weeks now and overall I am satisfied.

    Pros: Each key can change light color, complete with unique customized designs of your choice or use previously designed layouts using the free software download. The "arx dock release" aka the phone holder, works well and perfectly sized for my Note 9 (with bumper case) I have not used the suggested phone app as the reviews were poor and didn't have a need.

    Small Con: Un-customizable/always-on blue light is displayed for each: num lock, caps lock, scroll lock when turned on; plus the blue lights for the volume button and music control buttons in top right corner.

    Pro or Cons (depending on you): the keys hug your fingers (in my case this lead to my fingers tripping over other keys when typing fast, adjusting just fine) With this mechanical keyboard your typing will be heard by anyone in the room. Don't expect to add much height with the kickstand.

    Overall 4.5 out of 5 and would recommend; will adjust if anything goes wrong. Paid just under one-hundred USD(including tax) during sales for the general public in NOV'18. I have never owned an RGB mechanical keyboard until this G910 and dont regret it yet.

    Dec 03, 2018 18:10
  • Review by Connor, 10 out of 10
    A great performance keyboard.

    After shopping around for a new keyboard for almost a month, I bought this right away for one reason; in store, it was 99$. What a steal! I was so close to getting a G810 but once the sale started, it was a no-brainer.

    The keyboard will never slide around, and the Romer-G switches really allow RGB to shine. I'd say it's the cleanest keyboard I've owned. Pictures don't do it justice.

    The Romer-G switches themselves are fantastic. It's a great switch that has that tactile feel when making quick strokes, but just mushy enough so when writing an email, the sound isn't obnoxious.

    The keys in game, do they make a difference? Yes, I believe so. Any movement in say a shooter, really feels much more fluid with your mouse. But when snap shooting, it gives you the micro to precisely be where you want it.

    Cons: It's a big keyboard, which isn't a big deal for me but for others it may. Logoitech's software can be confusing but it's manageable.

    Overall, get it if you have the budget, get it ESPECIALLY if it's sub 100, and if you can't, get a G810, you won't be disappointed.

    Jun 22, 2018 16:27
  • Review by Robert, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard

    Not a fan of mechanically loud keyboards. This one has the feel of those keys but not noisy. Would buy again.

    Feb 12, 2021 15:43
  • Review by BonScottG, 10 out of 10
    Great Gaming Keyboard

    I have been using Logitech products for years. This Keyboard has been my Favorite so far. Keys are very responsive. Switches feel really good. You don't have to smash the keys down to get the job done. The RGB lighting is so nice. Way too many colors to play with. Software the comes with this has alot of really nice features. For the money I was very happy with this keyboard. I looked at alot of other brands but for my needs this has everything i needed.

    Sep 12, 2020 00:42
  • Review by Steven, 10 out of 10
    AWESOME Keyboard!

    I upgraded from my Logitech G510+ to this. The difference is outstanding. Very smooth, the keys are a bit clicky but not overpowering and the ARX dock is awesome. Im using a 7" Tablet and its a perfect size. Has a bunch of different lighting effects in the software. I love this keyboard.

    Dec 23, 2016 18:24
  • Review by Kain, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard

    You get what you pay for, and it’s an amazing gaming bored. Extra programmable keys witch is handy

    Apr 17, 2019 22:40
  • Review by Enigma, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard

    I love it...its to cool for play games great for gaming guys and so much led mods..

    Sep 16, 2016 18:29
  • Review by Jesus, 10 out of 10
    Keyboard packed with all kinds of features!!!

    Being the first keyboard I've ever purchased, it feels so much better than the one on my PC. The keys are super responsive and make a decent sound when you're typing, but not so much while you play, other than the space bar. Not sure if I'm doing somethinh wrong during setup ot not, but the RGB lights from the keys don't exactly match the timing as the G logo on the top left or the G910 on the bottom left when I have a pattern running across from either left to right, top to bottom and vice versa. Easy fix though, I just left those two a constant color while the keys do their thing! The volume scroll wheel is super convenient as well as the ARX dock feature which holds my phone perfectly, even with a case! The little plastic bit that serves as a palm rest is convenient, but likes to snap loose when you try to pick it up by grabbing it from the top and bottom, but all you need to do is snap it back into place amd your good to go! All in all a pretty solid keyboard, especially with the programmable buttons and customizable profiles for different games! I still have yet to use most of the features that it has built in but so far I'm impressed!

    Feb 19, 2021 15:51
  • 9.4score
    HyperX - Alloy Origins Core TKL Wired Mechanical Linear Red Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting - Black
    Description

    Get a more satisfying typing experience with this HyperX Alloy Origins Core mechanical gaming keyboard. The mechanical switches offer fast, responsive inputs and satisfying tactile feedback, and the sturdy aluminum body ensures stability. This HyperX Alloy Origins Core mechanical gaming keyboard has adjustable feet that offer three tilt levels for maximum comfort.

    3 Features
  • Adjustable keyboard height: So you can set the keyboard where it is most comfortable for you.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • Windows compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Mcpeen, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard for a great price

    I really like this keyboard. I've never cared for the full-sized 104-key keyboards, I always smack my mouse into the side of the numpad.

    When my favorite keyboard started showing signs of giving up the ghost (Qisan MagicForce 68 -- I still love it but it has some issues that were increasingly frustrating), I knew that I wanted a replacement board that's tenkeyless with mechanical linear switches that don't wobble, and ideally connects via USB-C with assignable per-key RGB that doesn't have a bloated nightmare for a software controller. I also preferred to pay less than a hundred dollars.

    When I was researching reviews on YouTube and reddit, I saw that the Alloy Origins Core was getting consistent mentions about quality and value.

    This board could cost twice the price and people would probably buy it, especially with aqua switches. Admittedly, I've never tried the aqua switches, but from the reviews I've read, people seem to really like them. The red switches, which are closest to my preferred black switches, feel great, and the RGB shines really nicely through the keys. The caps bottom out really nicely with a solid 'thonk,' and it's not unbearably loud or rattly. I added my rubber textured WASD keycaps, and I was able to find a color scheme that doesn't clash too much. I always flip my spacebar because I find it to be more comfortable, so that might look odd in the picture. The backplate is aluminum, and it has a nice heft to it. I wasn't planning on using the angled feet, but the shorter legs ended up feeling quite comfortable for my posture.

    Lastly, the HyperX Ngenuity software just got an update, and it's delivered thru the Windows Store rather than a sketchy download. It's responsive and intuitive, and it looks like new features are being added all the time. It was trivially easy to add colors to each key. The community manager seems to be active on reddit and responsive to feedback too, so that's a bonus. You can have a bunch of software profiles, and then map three profiles to the presets on the function row for easy switching.

    Figuring out how to remap keys took a bit of trial and error, but I found a workaround for some issues I encountered. (If you need to swap functionality of two keys -- for example, I swapped Escape and backtick/tilde because I'm used to 60% boards -- I had to map Key 1 to a random key, map Key 2 to Key 1, and finally use the random key to enter the key in the remap function for Key 2, and then delete the random key remap to reset to default)

    HyperX was just acquired by HP, so I'm hoping that they continue to make solid, high quality products.

    Jul 14, 2021 10:38
  • Review by Josh, 10 out of 10
    Such a good feel

    Best keyboard I’ve ever purchased. HyperX keyboards are on the pricey side, but you pay for what you get. They feel so comfortable to use, and they look incredible. I got the HyperX white pudding keycaps as well, and the combination is insane. Would 100% buy again.

    May 07, 2021 15:16
  • Review by Jcar, 10 out of 10
    #1 Gaming Keyboard

    Super fast and very nice, I will buy it again if I needed

    Jun 06, 2021 12:52
  • Review by Lovemycoffee1, 10 out of 10
    My favorite gaming Keyboard;feels and looks great!

    Setup- Really easy to setup you pretty much just plug it in then your good to go, to change the RGB colors or key bind you can easily do it with their program called HyperX NGENUITY.

    Performance- This is my first official gaming keyboard, the size is great and makes it a lot easier to game on. The way the keys feels is great, they don't make too much noise but at the same time sound really good. I changed the key-caps around with the HyperX White Pudding key caps. They make the RGB look a lot better and the white color matches my setup.

    Any Problem's- I haven't really had any issues with this keyboard at all. Everything is really easy to use and very responsive.

    Overall I really love this keyboard; at first I bought the HyperX Alloy FPS, but returned it when I noticed they had this one for pretty much the same price. This one uses aluminum body compared to the Alloy FPS which uses a different one. I would for sure buy this keyboard again and I suggest you get the HyperX pudding key-caps to go along with it. If you do get the key-caps make sure to get it from BestBuy or amazon; HyperX direct took a while to arrive. I was able to completely customize the RGB to my liking which I loved.

    Hope this helps someone :)

    Oct 15, 2020 18:56
  • Review by imJaeThough, 10 out of 10
    Great TKL keyboard.

    Wanted more room on my desk, so this TKL design is perfect for that. This keyboard is super solid, the design of it makes it beyond easy to clean unwanted debris from between the key caps. I'd imagine it's just as easy to switch key caps and switches, but this is perfect for me as is. It's touchy and responsive but not mushy feeling. The detachable cord is a plus. I love the per key illumination as well. Excellent keyboard for gaming and every day use. The software for the RGB is pretty good and you can save 3 profiles directly on the keyboard. To be honest, j would've paid at least 120 usd for this keyboard. Got it for only 70 usd.

    Jan 22, 2021 19:40
  • Review by HyperXLogi, 10 out of 10
    Looks great, Feels Great.

    This is a solidly built keyboard and looks great especially after adding the White Pudding Keycaps!

    Feb 20, 2020 17:49
  • Review by Velixir, 10 out of 10
    Well Made Keyboard

    Excellent keyboard that is made out of premium materials. I love how the keyboard is made of aluminum and is metal from top to bottom. The HyperX red switches are very responsive. Added some pudding caps from HyperX and the led lighting is fanstastic. I highly recommend this keyboard.

    Apr 26, 2021 18:40
  • Review by Danny, 10 out of 10
    Favorite Keyboard ive owned

    Love the ten keyless design how sturdy the keyboard is with its metal base, i switched keycaps for hyperx keycaps to make the lighting pop even more and it just looks amazing. I wanted a quieter mechanical keyboard since i came from a razer keyboard that was waaaaaaaaaaay too loud. The braided detachable type c cable is great for being on the move. 10/10 keyboard.

    Jan 03, 2020 20:15
  • 9.4score
    HyperX - Alloy Origins Full-Size Wired Mechanical Red Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting - Black
    Description

    Stay at the top of your game with this Kingston HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard. The aluminum body increases durability for everyday use, while the mechanical switches offer accuracy, letting you remain in full control at all times. This Kingston HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard has three adjustable angles for a customized, comfortable setup, and the compact design with a detachable USB Type-C cable lets you move freely.

    11 Features
  • HyperX Red mechanical switches: Offer rapid response times for quick in-game action.
  • HyperX NGENUITY software: Allows to customize your lighting, craft macros, and adjust Game Mode.
  • RGB backlit keys: Allow you to see your keyboard even in dim light.
  • Three adjustable keyboard angles: Deliver various tilt angles for a customized setup and added comfort.
  • On board memory: For storing up to 3 customizable lighting and macro profiles.
  • Integrated numeric keypad: Allows simple data entry when you're not gaming for multifunction use.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • Windows compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • Full aircraft-grade aluminum body: Offers a durable construction.
  • Compact design: Along with detachable cable, offers increases portability.
  • Multimedia controls: So you can adjust audio settings while in-game.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Keyboard, 10 out of 10
    Nice keyboard so far

    So far I really like the keyboard. I also like how the colors roll across it.

    Feb 05, 2021 15:56
  • Review by DocC, 10 out of 10
    Keyboard

    Really I joy this keyboard easy to use and sturdy build.

    Jan 17, 2021 11:37
  • Review by Tobi, 10 out of 10
    Great quality and switches.

    Pros:

    - Quality, heavy frame.

    - Sleek, simple, and compact.

    - Extremely smooth-feeling switches.

    - Detachable USB-C cable.

    - NGENUITY software is easy to use.

    Cons:

    - NGENUITY software still in beta.

    The keyboard overall feels well-made and durable because of its aluminum frame. I really like the simple look of the keyboard. It is very modern and allows the RGB backlight to really shine. The compact design and detachable USB-C cable makes transporting the keyboard easy. The detachable USB-C also allows for easy replacement and wire length changes.

    The red switches are incredibly smooth and responsive with a low actuation force. Great switches if you do not want the clicking noise or feeling.

    I do not utilize it much, but the customizable RGB backlighting and the ability to set macros is nice. However, seeing as the software for this device is still in beta, there are currently limitations to these features and the possibility of bugs/glitches. Seeing as I am looking into using these functions more, I may find some issues with it.

    Overall, it is a well-made, great feeling mechanical keyboard. However, the current state of the software may not be as robust you want it to be. That being said, the software is still being updated so it will improve.

    Oct 18, 2019 00:55
  • Review by Shakes, 10 out of 10
    Shakes

    The HyperX Origin is an amazing keyboard. The new switches HyperX put out are better than Gateron switches in smoothness and actuation.

    The stabs seem to preform pretty good for a name brand company with aluminum for their case. Normally stabilizers for longer keys like spacebars have a horrendous ping with this type of case.

    I really like the software that comes with the keyboard as well. My favorite effect is the Sun triggered effect.

    Oct 19, 2019 16:48
  • Review by themenace203, 4 out of 10
    L key stopped functioning properly within 6 weeks

    The good:

    Keyboard has a decent feel, it's solid and has some weight to it. It looks great. It comes with a lot of really great RGB options, and it was cheap for a mechanical keyboard.

    The bad:

    After a month the L key stopped working. I can still use the key, but it does not register taps unless I forcefully tap on it. The depress is no different than any other key, and nothing was spilled on the keyboard in the 5-6 weeks of ownership. I had a similar problem with a cheap Thermaltake keyboard that I bought from Best Buy many years ago. I don't think I will buy another mechanical keyboard in this price range since I'm now 0 for 2. Hopefully HyperX makes it right and their replacement keyboard is a better quality.

    Jul 22, 2021 00:00
  • Review by BigDataBoi, 10 out of 10
    Superior quality build. Smooth, reliable switches.

    HyperX's own red (linear) switches are smooth and satisfying for both typing and gaming. The aluminum frame is sturdy and durable while giving the board a clean and minimalist aesthetic. The three options to adjust the keyboard angle lets you setup in whatever position is most comfortable for you. RGB backlighting under every key shines bright and is a welcome addition to an already solid keyboard.

    Oct 18, 2019 20:15
  • Review by Cass, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful keyboard

    Beautiful keyboard with great functionality. I use this for casual gaming, but this is definitely able to be used by any level of gamer. I love the backlighting options and the overall feeling of this keyboard.

    Oct 15, 2020 12:06
  • Review by Photos, 10 out of 10
    Amazing build quality

    This is my very first mechanical keyboard. All I have to say is I'm very impressed with the build quality (all-metal chassis) and the customizable presets of the RGB lights.

    Dec 11, 2020 21:33
  • 9.4score
    CORSAIR - K100 RGB Full-size Wired Mechanical OPX Linear Switch Gaming Keyboard with Elgato Stream Deck Software Integration - Black
    Description

    The incomparable CORSAIR K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard combines stunning aluminum design with per-key RGB lighting and a 44-zone LightEdge. Powerful CORSAIR AXON Hyper-Processing Technology enables unparalleled capabilities such as 4,000Hz polling. CORSAIR OPX RGB optical-mechanical keyswitches, guaranteed for 150 million keypresses, offer hyper-fast 1.0mm actuation while registering keypresses up to 4x faster than standard mechanical gaming keyboards thanks to AXON, housed in durable double-shot PBT keycaps. Harness the power of iCUE software to customize an endlessly versatile programmable control wheel, synchronized RGB lighting, and six dedicated macro keys that can execute macros or streaming commands via Elgato Stream Deck software. A magnetic detachable memory foam palm rest offers the comfort to play for hours, while 8MB of onboard storage lets you save up to 200 macro and lighting profiles.

    12 Features
  • You’ve Reached the Top: The CORSAIR K100 RGB is the pinnacle of CORSAIR keyboards, offering the cutting-edge performance, style, durability, and customization that gamers need to stand above the rest.
  • The Centerpiece of Your Setup: The K100 RGB boasts a refined design bolstered by a durable aluminum frame, dynamic per-key RGB backlighting, and a 44-zone three-sided LightEdge.
  • Powered by CORSAIR AXON Hyper-Processing Technology: CORSAIR’s most advanced gaming keyboard experience delivers up to 4x faster throughput with native 4,000Hz hyper-polling and 4,000Hz key scanning, while simultaneously driving up to 20-layer lighting effects.
  • Exclusive CORSAIR OPX RGB Optical-Mechanical Keyswitches: Hyper-fast input with 1.0mm actuation distance and smooth linear travel, guaranteed for 150 million keystrokes, and register keypresses up to 4x faster than standard mechanical gaming keyboards with CORSAIR AXON.
  • Multi-Function at Your Fingertips: Take command over backlighting, media jogging, and more with a versatile iCUE control wheel, fully programmable to perform actions in games and applications.
  • PBT Double-Shot 104/105/108-Keycap Set: A precision-molded keycap set with a standard bottom row layout resists wear, fading, and shine, with 1.5mm thickness for rigid stability.
  • Magnetic Detachable Leatherette Palm Rest: Easily slides into place, with a soft-textured surface and memory foam cushioning for the plush comfort to breeze through hours of gaming.
  • Six Dedicated Macro Keys with Elgato Stream Deck Software Integration: Fully programmable for complex macros and key remaps, or program special streaming commands through Elgato Stream Deck software.
  • Powerful CORSAIR iCUE Software: Enables vivid dynamic RGB lighting control, key remaps and macro programming, and full-system lighting synchronization across all iCUE-compatible CORSAIR devices.
  • Dedicated Media Keys and Volume Roller: Convenient media keys and a signature CORSAIR aluminum volume roller let you take command of your media without interrupting your game.
  • USB Pass-Through Port: Provides convenient access to an additional USB device such as a mouse or headset, with tidy cable routing under the keyboard.
  • 8MB of Onboard Storage: Store up to 200 onboard profiles with custom macros, settings, and custom RGB lighting effects with up to 20 lighting layers.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Josh, 10 out of 10
    Great Quality Full-size RGB Keyboard

    Really good keyboard a lot of good functions, would definitely recommend if you want a full-size keyboard with extra functions like volume music control an extra spin wheel and 5 glued that can be programmed with Elgato stream deck software I got it for $150 was a really good deal. Also I love all the customization you can do with this keyboard and RGB

    Oct 29, 2021 12:56
  • Review by VitaminT, 10 out of 10
    Keyboard flex.

    I don’t know much about gaming equipment. I do know that this is one of the highest rated gaming keyboards out there and saw it as a perfect opportunity to flex on my friend Brad so that’s why I bought it.

    Sep 10, 2021 15:54
  • Review by Crit, 10 out of 10
    Beast of a keyboard.

    It's good. Put hyper x pudding caps on it and it's eve better!

    Oct 22, 2021 10:47
  • Review by pheNOM1011, 10 out of 10
    Top gaming keyboard

    Keyboard is amazing. It's like an apex pro but with macro keys. The 1.0mm travel distance for actuation is insane. Keyboard looks, feels and is built great. It's not amazing for typing but it's fine. Gaming wise, it's amazing, especially for twitch games like CS GO, valorant, league etc.

    May 09, 2021 21:48
  • Review by Malcolm, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Keyboard

    Exceptional keyboard. A bit pricy but you can tell the quality with every keystroke.

    Jul 02, 2021 15:35
  • Review by Patrick, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Quality!

    Best keyboard on the market, if you replace the key caps with pudding caps then it makes it even better.

    Oct 30, 2020 23:31
  • Review by Eevee, 10 out of 10
    So happy!

    I am so I love with this keyboard! It performs so well and although it is pricey, I’d say it’s well worth it!

    Dec 11, 2020 18:01
  • Review by CrimsonLotus, 10 out of 10
    Honest I’m real person, my Keyboard review

    Works exactly how I imagined it would and was expensive but worth the money

    May 21, 2021 15:54
  • 9.4score
    Alienware - AW510K-L Full-size Wired Mechanical CHERRY MX Low Profile Red Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting - Lunar Light
    Description

    Game like a pro with this Alienware low-profile RGB mechanical keyboard. The 6.5-foot cable with a USB connector offers easy access to a wide range of gaming computers, while the Cherry MX low-profile keys offer fast, accurate responses for dominating the battlefield or race track easily. This Alienware low-profile RGB mechanical keyboard has dedicated volume and multimedia control keys for handling playback seamlessly.

    4 Features
  • Keyboard controls: Include mute, play/pause, stop, backward, volume, skip backward and skip forward.
  • Adjustable keyboard height: So you can set the keyboard where it is most comfortable for you.
  • Integrated numeric keypad: Allows simple data entry when you're not gaming for multifunction use.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by jeepolive, 10 out of 10
    Clean, fast, beautiful

    This keyboard is so quiet! I love it! Response time is immaculate and perfect for FPS. The main reason I wanted this was because of the low profile keys and they are so good, its so satisfying to type fast on. You can customize how you want the lights to be, and can dim and brighten and flash and all the crazy things you'd want. Also cord is so thick and well made, definitely gonna last. The volume button is probably my favorite part because you can use it without looking and its fun to spin. 10/10 recommend

    Nov 19, 2021 21:16
  • Review by TherinWhitten, 10 out of 10
    A great keyboard for gamers.

    The typing experience is really good. I won't disagree with that. Dell is using standard switches to ensure compatibility with new key caps, if you prefer.

    Add the lighting options with AWCC, and you have a great gaming experience.

    It's not as loud as some of those keyboards. Its muted a bit, Some of us type fast and have families lmao.

    Anyway. I type better on chiclet type keys, so I gave this to my son. I can't deny the quality. Good job Dell.

    Nov 13, 2021 08:57
  • Review by BenJ, 10 out of 10
    AW510K Keyboard

    The keyboard is very responsive and gives the user a semi mechanical feeling keyboard. It produces the right amount of “clicky” sounds. As a gamer/student, it gives a balance on the keyboard having a gaming vibe while doing my day to day task. Even my wife who’s not a gamer said that she actually liked how the keyboard is very user friendly. The only downside with this product is that it’s not wireless and doesn’t support any Bluetooth. It has a long wire but the wire is definitely a solid material that won’t tear easily! Overall I love the keyboard, but it’s slightly expensive for a wired keyboard w/ RGB lights.

    Apr 02, 2021 16:23
  • Review by Techguy3000, 8 out of 10
    Magic at Your Fingertips

    The Alienware - AW510K is not only a good keyboard but it outshines other keyboards in multiple areas. Setting up the keyboard was easy and within minutes the Alienware Command Center popped up on my computer ready to set up my games and personalization. Not only does it keep track of all the games but I was able to set up and save controls for each game. The command Center is also where you set up your different lighting effects for your keyboard. This is where It got hard and could be made more user-friendly, but once I figured it out I had my keyboard doing all different lighting effects. Not only did I have it set up beautifully with the rainbow lighting effect but you can also set your keyboard to interact with each key strike. I have the rainbow effect with the Rainbow drops and it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. There are so many effects that I'm excited to try out them all. I was also able to change the color of specific keys which really helped me. Not only did this keyboard improved my gaming but it improved my typing. I noticed how I'm excited to type now and typing faster than I did. The responsiveness of the keys are fast and the feel is smooth. The build quality of the keyboard is also nice and feels it will last years. Overall this is a great keyboard and I recommend it to any gamer or even someone who types a lot. My only suggestion would be to give yourself time to understand the Alienware Command Center and how personalize your keyboard.

    Dec 27, 2019 20:14
  • Review by Olivia, 10 out of 10
    Great Keyboard, Subpar Software

    I would like to preface this review by mentioning that I have never used a mechanical keyboard ever. I am a person who has largely used chiclet/laptop style keyboards. As such, I was drawn to this keyboard for its low profile form and full size. It was also important to me to get a white keyboard, since I have a lot of vision issues against black keyboards, though this product ended up being more of a pale grey. The best I can describe the color as is the color of light grey toned paper, if you’re familiar with it. But with the LEDs on, it easily can be read as white, so this is not a huge issue. As long as I can see the keys, I’m satisfied.

    Typing takes some adjustments; not only am I coming from experience only with laptop keyboards, but I’m also not used to any type of mechanical keys. That being said, the MX Cherry Reds are smooth and sensitive; it doesn’t take much to register a keystroke. As a heavy handed typer, I haven’t noticed any issues regarding repetitive keystrokes, but I have learned that if I’m not careful I can lean my hand on a key too heavily and accidentally trigger it. Again, not a deal breaker. I’m very happy that the keys are solid and clicky, but not terribly loud that I will keep up my family in the other room. The sound is audible, but subtle. There is some instance of rattle and ping with keys like the space bar, shifts, and enter keys, but they aren’t so obvious while actually typing versus button mashing.

    The biggest issue I had wasn’t even with the keyboard itself. Alienware’s “Command Center” software is ridiculously slow, as well as sensitive. It took nearly 15 minutes to set up the keyboard’s lighting profiles. The software definitely hasn’t been optimized in a while. It functions, but barely enough to be decent. This isn’t an issue with the keyboard itself though, so it isn’t worth a star deduction, but definitely worth mentioning to future customers.

    If I was to nitpick, I would say that the LEDs for things like the function key lock, num lock, and similar features, is really annoying. I’ll be keeping my keyboard set to white (which is tinted slightly blue, FYI) for the most part anyways, but the fact that those keys light up white when in use is frustrating. Especially since I use media keys a lot and would prefer to keep the function lock on 24/7 for easier access to those. Maybe there is a way to configure this, but so far I haven’t found anything online. Once again, Dell provides relatively poor service in that department.

    Overall I really like this keyboard. It’s a premium price, so I recommend snagging it while on sale or open-box like I did. If you’re in the market for a white, low profile keyboard, this should fit the bill nicely, but there may be some cheaper alternatives if you can sacrifice some of the bells and whistles here.

    Nov 20, 2020 16:59
  • Review by Veeta, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    I love this keyboard! It is so pretty and it also isn’t annoying! The switches are not too loud but you can stand them! My keyboard is under my Mic and it doesn’t pick up the sound!

    Oct 11, 2021 14:20
  • Review by Snarltoof, 10 out of 10
    Quality piece, thoughtful design, great performanc

    I'm really happy with this keyboard. The low profile makes it a great choice for my keyboard mount, and it still has great key feel and travel. For me, a responsive mechanical keyboard makes my typing much faster and more accurate. This keyboard is quite a bit quieter than my other mechanical keyboards. The keys seem to have much tighter tolerances so there's no horizontal jiggling, if that makes sense.

    The layout is really nice for a general purpose keyboard -- I love the scrolling wheel for a volume control -- that wheel and the mute key are really easy to pick out making them very convenient for controlling sound, dealing with phone calls and interruptions, etc.

    The instructions it came with were really really vague. I finally figured out that the USB connectors had symbols on them, one for the keyboard and one for the USB port on the keyboard. The support website was a bit confusing too, since it seemed to want a Dell Tag number to be able to get support for the keyboard, and of course the keyboard doesn't have one. Finally I noticed I could just scroll down the page to get what I needed. Mine arrived with the Windows key disabled and it took a bunch of head-scratching and searching to figure out how to enable it.

    Now that I got it set up, I'm really enjoying it. The keyboard is solid and has some good weight to it, so it has a very stable typing feel and doesn't slide around on the desk at all, which is great for my articulated keyboard mount. The keys have a very normal keyboard layout so it's really easy to use and you don't have to remember any weird key locations for general use.

    Aside from the confusing setup, the keyboard lighting could use some improvement. It doesn't get extremely bright at the brightest, and it is really hard to see the alternate functions printed on some of the keys because the symbols are pretty fine and there's just not enough light shining through them to see what's what. I tried to take a picture, but I just can't capture the brightness difference of the key symbols. I guess my phone has better vision than I do! But in reality, the symbols on the function keys are really hard to make out. It's not enough of a problem to cost the review a star, though. The keyboard is awesome overall.

    Dec 24, 2019 09:19
  • Review by blackoleander, 10 out of 10
    Touch-sensitive keyboard

    I have bought so many keyboards, but this one is the most comfortable to use, especially for playing games and working in normal times.

    May 01, 2020 15:47
  • 9.4score
    SteelSeries - Apex 5 Full Size Wired Mechanical Hybrid Blue Tactile & Clicky Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    The Apex 5 gaming keyboard has hybrid mechanical switches that combine the smoothness of a membrane switch with the added durability, performance, and satisfying tactile click of a blue mechanical switch. It also has per-key RGB customization, OLED Smart Display, aluminum alloy frame, premium magnetic wrist rest, and more.

    10 Features
  • Hybrid Blue Switch mechanical switches: The tactile click of a blue mechanical switch plus a smooth membrane.
  • OLED Smart Display: Customize with gifs, game info, Discord messages, and more.
  • Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy Frame: Manufactured for unbreakable durability and sturdiness.
  • Dynamic Per Key RGB Illumination: Gorgeous color schemes and reactive effects for every key.
  • Premium magnetic wrist rest: Provides full palm support and comfort.
  • Dedicated Multimedia Controls: Adjust volume and settings on the fly.
  • Five On-Board Profiles: Save up to 5 unique profiles directly on the keyboard.
  • Three-Way Cable Routing: Three built-in channels where the cable can exit.
  • Gaming Grade Anti-Ghosting: Won’t lose inputs when multiple keys are pressed.
  • PC and Mac compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SirGalahad, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Keyboard For The Price

    TYPING/GAMING EXPERIENCE:

    It reminded me a lot of typing on a membrane keyboard but with a tactile bump and clicky sound. The keys seem closer together than other keyboards I’ve tried. I found myself making more mistakes than normal. I usually type around 100 – 130 wpm. I’m not sure if this was due to the switch itself or because I wasn’t allowing the switch to fully reset since I’m used to switches resetting at a different point. It does have 24 key rollover which is good for gaming. Meaning you can press multiple keys (up to 24 of them) and they will still register.

    For gaming it did a good job. I did not like it nearly as much as my mechanical keyboards as I felt that the problems that I was having with making more mistakes in my typing bled over into my gameplay as well. I didn’t feel like I had the same amount of control as I usually do. I’ve also found that for me personally that I prefer linear key switches when I am gaming because they feel more responsive than clicky/tactile. But it’s the opposite for when I am typing. Where I prefer to have tactile/clicky. Honestly, for the mass majority of people this will do the job just fine. Especially, if you are coming from a membrane switch. If you’re trying to become a Pro Gamer, or are a crazy fast typist, then buy a true mechanical keyboard. You won’t regret it. For everyone else this should be a consideration.

    KEYBOARD AETHETICS/FEEL:

    The font itself is very nice. It is not gamer like. It is big and easy to read. One of my favorites that I have seen. However, for certain keys such as the Caps Lock, Shift, Tab, and Enter it just shows an arrow instead of the word which looks cool but could be difficult for first time gamers trying to get used to keyboard controls (see picture). Interestingly the insert, home, page up, page down, and delete key are labeled as macro keys first with their normal function listed below (see picture).

    The keyboard’s frame is made of aircraft aluminum which obviously feels high quality. Normally you don’t see this at this price range. The keys themselves are your normal ABS plastic which attract finger oil easily. You can easily replace them as the switch itself is the usual. I would worry about the spacing between the keys if you were to replace them with PBT keycaps. On the bottom of the keyboard there is great cable management which you also usually don’t see even on more expensive keyboards. That allows you to either put it to the top left, top middle, or the top right. The cable itself is covered in a malleable plastic which leads to a single USB. There is no USB passthrough. The keyboard legs themselves are huge and solid. The absolute biggest I’ve ever seen which isn’t a complaint. They only go up one level. The small volume rocker is 10/10. It takes a moderate amount of pressure to move, doesn’t wobble at all, and is made of metal with a nice texture. You can press it which produces a nice click. As does the multimedia key. The shift and other long keys have stabilizers. Which makes the pressure feel even no matter where you hit. Last, the magnetic wrist rest feels high quality with a matte rubber feel to it. It attracts oil easily. Doesn’t provide a lot of support. But attaches seamlessly via magnets. Which you usually only get on more expensive keyboards.

    SOFTWARE:

    When I first downloaded the software, I was met with an immediate firmware update. It was simple to install. The software itself is very basic and easy to figure out and learn. It works, and it works well. You can upload your own custom stuff to the OLED which is actually awesome. Such as your gamertag or name. It’s a small thing but makes this product so much more personable than any other keyboard out there. SteelSeries is the only company that I know of that has OLED displays no their keyboards.

    As for the RGB lighting. For this price point it is excellent as it competes with keyboards that are a lot more expensive. But is not equal to more expensive keyboards. But you really aren’t missing out on anything unless you are over the top about your lighting. Most keyboards at this price range will either not be backlit, be a single color, or a handful of colors. With this one you can adjust all the keys individually (except for the multimedia key) between 16.7 million colors and they also have some effects you can choose from. Such as base effect, reactive layer, AFK effect, and lock key color.

    The colors themselves are quite accurate which a lot of keyboards struggle with. Even white. The keys are not completely balanced when lit. Especially, the num pad as they are left of center. The LED has a thick piece of plastic right through the middle of the light which is what I think is taking a lot of that brightness away. If you press the SteelSeries key it will change the F9 – F12 to red. Which are used for switching profile, on the fly macro, and brightness down and up. They keyboard itself also has no LED other than the key. Which means when Caps or Num Lock are on it will change they key LED color to notify you if it is on or not.

    CONCLUSION:

    This keyboard for its price is fantastic. You can find other keyboards around this same price, but they won’t give you all the features this one does. You have hybrid mechanical keys, full RGB lighting, can create different profiles, can create on the fly macros, and can fully adjust what each key does on the keyboard which is then saved to onboard memory. It also comes with a wrist rest and is made of aluminum which means it isn’t going to break easily. If you need a new keyboard this should be among the considerations.

    HYBRID BLUE MECHANICAL GAMING SWITCHES:

    *This is a high-level overview.

    This combines two common key switches:

    1. Membrane Switch. Which is soft, squishy, long travel time, and quiet. Cheap to make, wears out faster, not as accurate.

    2. Blue Switch. Which has a tactile bump felt when typing, with an audible “click” per press, shorter travel time, and loud. More expensive, lasts longer, more accurate.

    3. This leads to a hybrid mix. Leading to a key that takes

    a. 50 grams of actuation force,

    b. with a total travel of 4 mm,

    c. actuation point of 2 mm,

    d. with a lifespan of 20 million keypresses.

    4. A normal Cherry MX Blue switch is clickly/tactile,

    a. requires 60 grams of actuation force,

    b. with total travel of 4 mm,

    c. actuation point of 2 mm,

    d. and lifespan of 50 million keypresses.

    5. So, enough of the fancy talk. What does that mean? That you are getting a switch that feels almost exactly like a Blue Switch but just doesn’t last as long and isn’t quite as accurate, but you are saving money doing it.

    Apr 04, 2020 00:57
  • Review by DotNetJon, 10 out of 10
    Excellent RGB Gaming Keyboard

    The SteelSeries - Apex 5 Wired Gaming Hybrid Mechanical Blue Switch Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting is a pleasure to use. The aluminum body gives the keyboard a nice heavy weight and sturdy premium feel. I've had no trouble with it moving around the desk while using it, unlike some of the lighter plastic keyboards I've used. The quality construction is consistent in all aspects including the body, keys, switches, underside feet, and the incredible customization software that is available for the keyboard on the Steel Series website. The magnetically detachable wrist rest is quite comfortable and has a satin finish feel to it. It also has a nice weight and quality feel to it. The magenetic bond is good and it even stays connected when I lift the keyboard off the desk. No issues with it moving around or coming detached while typing. It is prone to picking up anything oily on your hands, as I figured out after using some hand lotion, but I was able to wipe it down and remove most of the are where my palm had been resting. It might be pretty hard to keep this looking pristine over time, if that's something that concerns you.

    The hybrid switches in the keys provides a good amount of bounce and resistance to the keys, which is very nice. Some mechanical keyboards have very little resistance and it feels very strange after working on membrane keyboards for so many years now. I prefer this hybrid feel that gives the mechanical clicking satisfaction but has some of the membrane feel so I'm not accidentally pressing keys when my fingers are resting on them.

    Where this keyboard really shines in my opinion is the innovative reactive RGB effects that have to be seen to appreciate, and incredible customization software for fine tuning all aspects of the keyboard from key bindings to macro creation and editing to RGB effects. The reactive effects are something I have not seen on any of the other RGB gaming keyboards I've used, and are quite fun to experience and play with. When you press a key, the lights react to each key press, so you end up with a lightshow of colors flowing out from your fingers as you type. It's pretty darn cool! This can also be toned down so that only each key reacts to where it's just adjusting the lighting of an individual key and not creating wave patterns of colors moving across the keyboard. So, whatever you prefer for effects, this keyboard can provide!

    The macro editor is pretty slick too! They keyboard allows you to record on-the-fly macros by pressing the Steel Series function key and the macro record key for 3 seconds, and then turn off recording with the same combination when finished. This is great, but the real power is when you open the macro editor and see your macro vizualised in a UI editor that lets you adjust everything down to the millisecond for delays, mouse clicks, key presses and it's presented in a visual layout that's really easy to see exactly what is happening. Very impressed with this software. It's very polished, and quite nice for keyboard software I have to say!

    One thing to note: The keys are quite loud so this is definitely not for a place you need to keey the clicking sounds down :) But, I would say most people wanting a mechanical keyboard are well aware of the clicking sounds and are seeking that out, so just something to be aware of. It's got some click!! :)

    The keyboard also has a nice little display and control scroll wheel that allows you to cycle through the keyboard settings even when you don't have the software running on your desktop, which is quite nice! You can switch between profiles, adjust the illumination settings, change the lighting timeout, save new profiles. When not in setting edit mode, the scroll wheel and control button allow you to do some multimedia control like pause/play music or video and adjust the volume up or down, mute the sound, skip forward and back. This is a pretty handy feature that not all keyboards have, especially as a convenient scroll wheel setup. There is also an image editor in the Steel Series software that lets you customize the image that displays in the little lcd display window on the keyboard. I thought this was a nice touch.

    Oh, another very cool thing about this keyboard is the app platform that the software allows for. It's open for people to develop their own apps, so the list of available apps will most definitely be growing over time. Currently there are about 20 apps available. One app lets you turn the keyboard instantly into an RGB spectrum analyzer to the music / sound playing through your PC, another one integrates with Discord and lets you customize effects that happen when events in Discord happen. There is a Minecraft app, DOTA 2, CS GO, MK 11, Neverwinter, and several other games. Will be nice to see more games added to the list. You can also sync your lighting across multiple Steel Series devices using the PRISMSYNC app, and put animated GIF's so the play across the keyboard lighting using the IMAGESYNC app, or create your own! There is an app slot that takes you right to the Techblog site that has all the information for creating your own apps, if that's something you are interested in.

    The Library section of the Steel Series Engine software scans your game library and then allows you to pick or customize a profile for each game for each Steel Series device you are using. The options are limitless!

    So, overall I'm quite impressed with this keyboard! It's attention to detail and quality are quite nice, and the price is excellent! I've paid way more for other manufacturers keyboards that offer way less than this keyboard.

    Excellent job, Steel Series!

    Apr 11, 2020 06:55
  • Review by Bren, 10 out of 10
    Amazing feel, amazing value

    If I had to sum up this review in one sentence, it is that at 100 dollars, this keyboard comes jam-packed with features and quality that make it a supremely good choice for anyone looking for a new keyboard! I will be happy to explain why I feel this is true though!

    Here is what I think you need to know before you make a purchasing decision:

    -The hybrid-mechanical blue (clicky) switches feel and sound amazing. I have a fair bit of experience with keyboards, and I would say the discernable difference of feel between this and a regular keyboard is that there is perhaps a bit softer of a bump at the bottom of the keystroke. I can type on this keyboard as fast as I can with any of my keyboards and I love how it feels. It is a genuine mechanical switch and cap as well, so you can replace these caps with most compatible Cherry MX keycaps.

    -The material used is great. The caps do not feel cheap at all, I like the bold, large font, and the frame is made of aluminum! It may not be the brushed aluminum of higher-end keyboards like my Logitech G513, but it still looks and feels like high-quality material.

    -Individual RGB programmable keys using the Steelseries Engine software. The thing I love about these keys, and I must emphasize, is that the secondary key functions are lit up as well! That means in the dark, unlike a lot of traditional big-name mechanical keyboards, you can actually see the secondary functions like the asterisk symbol, semicolon, etc. that you may not have memorized if you are an average typist. This is a huge deal to me and I want to make sure people know this.

    -The OLED screen is actually pretty fun! I downloaded some GIFs off of the internet to experiment with and sure enough, through the Steelseries engine software, you get to upload compatible GIFs and see them displayed on your keyboard's little OLED screen; that is kind of fun and the status updates and Discord connection that are forthcoming should be cool too!

    -This has a dedicated volume scroll wheel and button that acts as a play/pause button or whatever you would prefer to program either as. Having dedicated multimedia buttons at this price point is awesome, especially considering that many higher-end keyboards from competitors don't even included this at a much higher cost!

    Overall I am super happy with this keyboard. I will say that they are apparently updating the Steelseries Engine 3 software and boy, does it need it. It is functional and smooth, but there are only a fraction of the amount of customizable patterns available for the RGB that other companies like Razer and Logitech have. The only room for improvements for the keyboard itself I can think of like USB-A passthrough and a braided USB cable would launch this out of the awesome price-point this is at. If you can afford to build a $1000 dollar PC, you can afford to purchase a $100 dollar keyboard to compliment it. Remember that PCs are like cars. You can have a really souped-up engine, but if the tires suck, it ruins the ride. If your mouse and keyboard suck, then the PC is just not going to feel right. Spend some money and get something awesome like this Apex 5!

    Apr 01, 2020 03:22
  • Review by CrysisComplex, 10 out of 10
    The Bold, Beautiful, and Clicky, Clicky, Clicky

    SteelSeries has made an awesome gaming keyboard for anyone who is into gaming. So far I've been using the Apex for the better part of 3 days stuck in the house. The features here are outstanding while making your setup look as striking as it can be with RGB. There is a super satisfying click between each key and gives you fantastic responses.

    Apex feels nice with the coating on the keyboard which each key feels great when playing Doom Eternal. The Keyboard well-constructed with a great amount of heft to it. The weight of this board feels nice for a change from using plastic keyboards for so long. The frame is Aluminum alloy gives it a very bold looking style and the best I saw among them. The soft-touch keys feel great to the fingertips; tactile feedback is superior.

    The magnetic wrist rest fits on easy and feels just nice on the wrist when typing or using. 3-way cable routing is made under the keyboard which is great for any side of the table you got your keyboard on. The RGB lights are perhaps the brightest I've seen on a keyboard I've own. They really do look nice with many different light profiles to light up your gaming space. Yes, this is one of the best features of the keyboard. The RGBs are just nice and bright with many colors to make your own or patterns of colors. It's overwhelming honestly but that just means you have more to customize which is always a good thing.

    Another feature you might be interested in is the awesome mini OLED Display. OLED screen is there for you to change settings on the fly and as well as media controls. SteelSeries Engine 3 is the software you need to make use of the keybindings, illumination, and OLED settings like put a gif or image for the OLED screen. Here you can also turn on "Apps" for the keyboard.

    You can have Discord show different notifications on the OLED, an Audio visualizer that turns your keyboard...into visualizer. ImageSync which is the best app on here that lets you make your own 8-16 bit image across the keyboard. (Think about something like Ryu's Fireball from Street Fighter II going across the keyboard.), Tidal which displays the songs on the OLED. There are many more "Apps" for the keyboard and so far they all been fun to use.

    To me, The SteelSeries Apex 5 is one of the best ones I've used in a while. I wish there were more physical media keys but the 2 on the keyboard near the OLED is just fine. I also want more integration with games. MK 11 and CS:GO has great integration with the keyboard but we need more. I'll like to see DOOM Eternal as when you take damage your keyboard turns red. Overall though I love it and this is indeed going to stay part of my setup. 5/5

    Mar 31, 2020 20:19
  • Review by zero325, 10 out of 10
    Just Buy It

    I’m an avid mechanical keyboard user – both at work and in gaming – the SteelSeries Apex 5 if something magical.

    The price point is a bit mind boggling after getting to spend some time with the Apex 5. The design is top notch – right off the bat I fell in love with the magnetic wrist rest. It’s comfortable and sturdy and makes for an excellent feature. The construction overall is solid. It feels well-made and solid. The keys have a nice shape, feel great and the LEDs shine through with excellence. The programable OLED display is a nice little touch, along with the volume roller/mute button and play/pause/media control button.

    Let’s get to the best part – the switches. Let’s just get this out of the way. Do I like a keyboard with high end mechanical lubed switches and custom key caps better? Yes, would that also cost me over $350… yes. The insane value in this build is truly incredible. The switches do a decent job emulating a cherry blue switch – albeit, with a slightly lower operating force. Let’s cut to the chase, if you are in the market for an affordable gaming keyboard, with style and is a true pleasure to type and game on.

    Let’s talk about complaints, I do wish the USB cable was removable. The cable is easily routed in a multitude of ways, and that generally worked for me. The gripe is that the key switches are bonkers loud. It doesn’t really bother me, but I can’t say the same for wife.

    Conclusion – buy this keyboard.

    Apr 04, 2020 16:40
  • Review by BestbuyGuy210, 10 out of 10
    A nice midrange keyboard.

    This is my first mechanical keyboard. I am not a heavy PC gamer. But I do have a few choice games I will play on the pc versus my console.

    I’ve decided to download call of duty warzone on pc so I can hit higher refresh rates. I’ve gotten used to the keyboard layout quickly. Being that this keyboard is very clicky and responsive. High raised buttons plus the included wrist rest make this SteelSeries keyboard a benefit at a reasonable price point. Very well built. Cable management is a nice added feature as well. (It’s the little things)

    Now as far as lighting goes. This was probably the biggest selling point for a lot of people I’m assuming. Aside from the gaming aspect right, but let’s be honest. These RGB keyboards are beautiful. Adds style to your set ups. I love the presets alone. People comment on the lighting effects more than how it games. But games great I tell them too. And looks beautiful. Changing the settings is easy as many have mentioned. With the included oled screen.

    If you have been eyeing this or any of the SteelSeries keyboards. Just get an apex. You will not be disappointed.

    I love playing with this and honestly just looking at it.

    A very solid product from a very reputable manufacturer.

    Good luck!

    Apr 10, 2020 11:24
  • Review by insomniak1, 10 out of 10
    Loud and extremely enjoyable typing experience.

    I have been working and gaming on mechanical keyboards for a very long time. So, I was curious as to what would be the experience in this new APEX 5 “hybrid” mechanical keyboard from Steelseries.

    Immediately upon taking the keyboard out of the box, I was impressed with the quality and build. It feels like a premium product. This is a full-size keyboard, meaning that all keys are available including a Numpad and full row of function keys. The faceplate body is made of aluminum alloy, and the bottom is made of hard plastic. It weighs a bit above 2 lbs. The edges are kept at a minimum which makes it look smaller than it actually is. There are foot grips underneath to keep it in place which raises the keyboard quite a bit. The USB cable is attached to the keyboard and is rather long and thick. I am not too crazy about thick cables, but the good thing is that the underside of the keyboard has three paths to route the excess cable for a cleaner setup. It also comes with a rubber-like wrist rest that attaches to the keyboard magnetically. It is secure and fits flush at the bottom. At first, it feels a bit cumbersome as it is kind of stiff. However, one can get used to it quickly and not mind -or one can opt to use a wrist rest of your linking.

    The Apex 5 features a customizable metal textured wheel rocker at the upper right side which controls sound volume and mute functions. I really love this as I do not like controlling sound via software or with a headset. There is also an illuminated button that controls media functions such as play, pause, skip back and forth, etc. (sort of like a headset in-line mic controller). A really cool feature is the customizable smart display on the upper right side. It can be customized with the Steelseries downloadable software to add cool info like PC temps, GIF, and logos. All settings, profiles, and macros can be set or changed with these feature keys in conjunction or with dedicated keys on the keyboard.

    Speaking of features, this keyboard has a full array of RGB lighting options. The colors, which can be adjusted per-key via software or the rocker/settings button, are vibrant and bright. Because the keys are elevated, the lights “splash” a bit and can make it look a bit messy at its highest setting -but that’s just a small observation.

    Obviously the most important factor in a keyboard is the typing experience. In this, I have nothing but praise for the APEX 5. This keyboard features “hybrid” blue switch keys. That means that they are very clicky, and they have a tactile response with a loud clack sound for every stroke. That makes them very loud, which should be considered if you work or play in a quiet environment and/or at night. Also, they can absolutely be heard in online conversations even when using a noise reduction mic. Also, the keys are elevated, which allows dust and grime to accumulate more quickly and must be cleaned often.

    Having said that, I must strongly convey that typing on this keyboard is an absolute joy. The keys feel great and are extremely responsive and allow for precision while typing or gaming. The keys are very secure, do not wobble, and are not slippery. They are also very well-spaced which prevents next-key misses. I found myself typing even faster than usual and it seemed (to me) that I had better reflexes and responses, especially while playing FPS games.

    Despite all of the small issues, such as the loose RGB lighting, incredibly noisy keys, and the need to constantly clean underneath them, the Steeleseries APEX 5 comes highly recommended because of unique features such as the LCD mini-display, the multi-media controls, and the awesome typing experience -all at a great price.

    Apr 02, 2020 18:50
  • Review by NAMO, 10 out of 10
    Loud, Well Designed Keyboard with Unique Features

    SETUP

    Windows set-up and driver installation went without issue. Windows 10 immediately recognized the device and downloaded the appropriate drivers. In order to take full advantage and unlock the options offered with the keyboard, the Steel Series Engine 3 must be installed. I am happy to report that the software installed without issue.

    USE

    The keyboard has a very nice heft to it. The body itself is machined out of solid aluminum and is quite substantial. Steel put a great deal of effort into the build quality and materials used. Even the two elevator tabs underneath feel well designed with a thoughtful rubber coating that helps keep the keyboard from sliding while being used. It’s the small, thoughtful touches like that, that makes the keyboard feel like a nice, cohesively designed item.

    Like others have said, this is a LOUD keyboard. Louder than my other mechanical gaming keyboards. Honestly, I’m quite surprised at how loud the keys are, considering they don’t have true mechanical switches like the others. This keyboard uses a “hybrid” style switch that combines a mechanical and membrane key. I will admit that I was skeptical of the “hybrid” switch. But they do feel smoother than a true mechanical switch, especially while typing.

    The keyboard is fully customizable with the Steel Series Engine 3 software. The back-lighting supports the usual 16.7 million colors and as with most all premium keyboards, the lighting is mappable on a per key basis. To me, this is a must have feature for keyboards. I like to program buttons like Num Lock a different color than the others, even when the software is playing motion effects or cycling through colors, etc.

    In the upper right-hand corner is a little, OLED display that has a limited ability to display various details. The display can be customized to be an In-Game HUD, display custom gifs, display DisCord messages, Tidal track information, and be used to adjust and customize the keyboard illumination and settings. While I admit, I do kinda geek-out with it, it is of limited value to me. The resolution is a low 128 x 40 pixels, so finding something compatible with that low of a resolution is difficult. I wish the manufacturer would incorporate more compatibility into the display. It would be nice if you could display information from Spotify, Amazon Music, and even iTunes.

    The keyboard does away with traditional multimedia specific buttons, replacing it with a scroll wheel and a menu button. The thought of losing dedicated multimedia keys was an initial turn off, but after using the menu button and scroll wheel together, it is starting to grow on me. Eliminating the multiple multimedia buttons saves space and allows for neat features like the cool little OLED display.

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    This feels to be a very well-made product. The “hybrid” keys are innovative and do offer a noticeable change from true mechanical keys. Whether or not the feel will appeal to you is always a matter of preference, but I like the fact there is yet another option on the market to choose from.

    As with all products, nothing is ever truly perfect. Some are closer than others. My biggest complaint of this keyboard is the washed-out and somewhat dim looking colors on the keys. I attempted to capture with the attached photo, but it doesn't really illustrate my point. I have mechanical keyboards from other manufacturers and the colors from these keyboards seem to be much more vibrant and dynamic. Again, this does not diminish the functionality of the keyboard in any way, it is 100% just a matter of personal preference.

    Aside from the lighting, I can’t find much to knock about this keyboard. It does its job well and has some very innovative features, not found on others’ products. The “hybrid” keys feel very smooth, yet still provide that satisfying mechanical click that we all know and love.

    A good product.

    Apr 03, 2020 12:28
  • 9.4score
    Logitech - G815 LIGHTSYNC Full-size Wired Mechanical GL Clicky Switch Gaming Keyboard - Carbon
    Description

    G815 packs advanced gaming technologies into an ultrathin and sophisticated design. Fully customizable per key, LIGHTSYNC RGB technology also reacts to in-game action, audio and screen color as you choose. With a sleek, impossibly thin yet durable and sturdy design, G815 features high-performance low-profile GL switches available in Clicky, Tactile, or Linear experience. Programmable G-keys let you create and execute complex actions simply and intuitively, and the volume wheel and media keys give you fast, easy control over video, audio, and streaming. G815 also features a USB pass-through to quickly plug in a flash drive or another device to charge.

    9 Features
  • LIGHTSYNC RGB technology: Lets you personalize each key or create custom animations from approximately 16.8M colors using Logitech G HUB software.
  • Logitech G HUB software: Gives you easy control to customize and access advanced features. Customize by game, connect to third-party apps such as Discord, or download and share custom game profiles with the Logitech G community.
  • USB 2.0 pass-through: The additional, dedicated USB cable connects the port to its own input for full power throughput and data speed, requires two USB ports.
  • Low-profile mechanical switch: Offers the speed, accuracy, and performance of a mechanical switch at half the height. The GL Clicky switch features a distinctive sound and tactile feedback.
  • Five dedicated G-keys: Can be programmed with custom macros and commands per game or app profile. Use Logitech G HUB to easily set up and manage profiles, commands and more.
  • Dedicated media controls: Provide convenient and easy control to quickly play, pause, skip, or mute your media.
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum alloy: Delivers an incredibly thin but rigid and durable design.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • Compatible with PC and Mac: Works across a wide array of computers.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ryanmcv, 10 out of 10
    The Gaming Keyboard Reimagined

    I'm usually one to laugh at premium-priced gaming accessories, especially keyboards. But Logitech's new G815 wired keyboard is hard to resist for any PC enthusiast. It's sleek, incredibly thin, solidly built, and has one of the most satisfying key switches I've ever used.

    === DESIGN & COMFORT (4.5 Stars) ===

    - The G815 has a brushed-metal, charcoal-grey finish atop a solid plastic body. The keyboard is unbelievably thin -- less than 1 inch thick -- and is a welcome addition to my minimalist desk.

    - All of your standard gaming keyboard keys are here: a column of macro keys on the far left; three dedicated profile keys at the top; a backlight brightness key; and a key to enable Game Mode (which disables certain unneeded keys for gaming).

    - I'm a huge fan of the dedicated media key section at the top-right corner of the keyboard. The volume roller allows for precise volume control and the Play, Pause, Skip, and Mute keys seem to work with all of my media programs like VLC and Media Player Classic.

    - There are feet to increase the height and angle of the keyboard, but they only have one setting, leaving the keyboard fairly flat on my desk. There are times when I like to have my keyboard at more of an angle, so this is a small disappointment.

    - To achieve this design, Logitech had to sacrifice a wrist wrest for both the G815 and the wireless G915. I think it's a minor sacrifice in the grand scheme of things, but it's worth noting.

    === GL CLICKY SWITCHES & KEYS (5 Stars) ===

    - The GL Clicky switches feature an audible click and satisfying, tactile feedback as it reaches its actuation point of 1.5mm. At half the height of standard mechanical switches, the GL switches have a 25% faster actuation time.

    - The low profile of the keyboard and keys themselves makes it easy to type for long hours without tiring your fingers.

    - The keys themselves seem a bit more compact than larger keyboards, and the key caps may even be smaller than I'm used to. I find myself sometimes hitting adjacent keys more than I usually would, but I seem to be adjusting pretty quickly.

    - I've played Doom (2016) and Shadow of the Tomb Raider for several hours each with the G815. It's certainly the most responsive and comfortble keyboard I've gamed with. The low-profile switches definitely help register important keys quickly and repeatedly with minimal spring-back.

    - Typing on the G815 with the GL Clicky switches is an experience that can't be properly conveyed with words. You need to try this out for yourself to really get a feel for just how comfortable and satisfying it is.

    === CUSTOMIZATION & FEATURES (4 Stars) ===

    - The keyboard is controlled and customized through Logitech's G Hub software. There are dozens of pre-programmed RGB effects such as color wave, ripples, ocean waves, starry night and more. The RGB lighting is insanely customizable -- you can use the color brush tool to change the exact color of every key.

    - Unlike some gaming keyboards, not every key on the G815 can be customized. You're limited to the five macro keys across three macro profiles, so 15 macros in total.

    - You can customize which keys will be disabled during Game Mode, such as disabling the Windows key to avoid pausing or exiting the game.

    - Unfortunately, my keyboard has lost its connection to the G Hub software a few times since I received it. When this happens, my RGB and macro settings disappear until I either restart my computer or force-kill the G Hub app. I'm not sure what causes this, but I'm hoping it will improve with future software updates.

    - The G815 has a USB port at the top, which is great for quickly connecting flash drives or charging devices.

    === OVERALL (5 Stars) ===

    Setting aside the price, this has to be the best wired gaming keyboard on the market. Logitech has carefully reimagined and redesigned every aspect of its flagship keyboard lineup resulting in a beautiful design and incredible performance. I honestly can't think of anything else I would want in a keyboard.

    If you're trying to choose between the wired G815 and the wireless G915, keep in mind that the keyboards are identical except for the wireless connectivity. I chose the G815 since my keyboard is always in one spot and I already have enough devices that need to be charged.

    It's hard to ignore the hefty price. There are wired keyboards available for well under $100 with most of the same customization features. The G815 is absolutely a luxury keyboard -- and if you're serious about your gaming setup and having the best of the best, then this is the keyboard you want.

    Aug 19, 2019 17:46
  • Review by RonO, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard!

    The keyboard is sturdy and has a quality feel to it, no flex to speak of. The housing seems to be anodized aluminum and is fairly thin and compact for a full size keyboard. The media keys are a nice touch without taking up too much space.

    The low profile keys take a little getting used to but they have a good feel and are quite comfortable to type on. I'd say the switches have a lighter actuation than Cherry blues but still have a satisfying click. I'm not usually a fan of clicky switches but these aren't overly loud. The space bar seems sturdy enough and actuates correctly if pressed on the corners.

    The G-Hub app is not the greatest but it gets the job done. It's got the usual profiles, macros, and lighting settings which seem to work correctly. The light sync works with a lot of games to give a little extra ambiance but it can be disabled in the app if it gets annoying. If you've got other Logitech stuff it's pretty easy to sync all the RGB.

    Overall I'm pleased with its performance, I don't have any complaints about it really. I'd recommend a good wrist rest for a little extra support. I've only had a couple weeks with it but I'll update my review after a few months or if I run into any issues.

    Apr 10, 2021 21:00
  • Review by SteveC, 6 out of 10
    Nice but needs improvement

    I’ve been a fan of Logitech devices for years, as far back as the Mouse Man mouse in the early 1990s. I’ve owned multiple other branded keyboards, mice, speakers, and none of them had drawn me back as well as the Logitech devices. If you were to look around our home now you would find a few different Logitech Keyboards, Mice, Speakers and other peripherals, you may be able to find one or two off branded items but that’s it.

    I was using a G910 gaming keyboard and have been using it since they first came out a few years back. I’ve never had any problems with it and it is still my favorite keyboard for gaming, “I’m mainly a FPS and RPG gamer, “going way back to the Commodore 64 days”. I’ve been playing The Witcher 3 “again” and that’s when I saw the news about the new line of Logitech keyboards were coming out and wanted to give the G815 a try.

    First Looks:

    The keyboard came well packed with only a simple instruction book, “G” sticker, that’s it. The keyboard itself is very slim and compact, “makes my G910 look huge”, but that’s a good thing. I’ve always found the 910 to be bulky and a little too wide, “I’ve gotten used to that” but do find myself pushing the keyboard left/right due to the width and trying to keep my mouse near, it just takes up a lot of space. The G815 is a lot narrower, the height is a lot less and the width is finally where it needed to be.

    Even with everything slimmed down the new G815 is no lightweight, it’s actually very sturdy and has a good heft to it, the 910 weighs in at 3.5lbs and the 815 at 2.5lbs, lighter but still pretty hefty for a keyboard. It also has some pretty thick rubber feet on the bottom and it won’t be sliding around my desk. There are two adjustable legs under side also, with two different heights, “I’m using the lowest right now”. The aluminum top half of the body is pretty thick and rigid; it’s going to be a breeze to clean off anything that gets on it.

    The first thing I noticed though is there isn’t a wrist rest included, and that’s something I’m used to having so if you want to get one ahead of time if you are replacing a keyboard that has a built in wrist rest like the 910 has.

    The attached cable is a little unusual too, it has a split end with two full sized USB connectors, looking closely they are marked with a keyboard symbol and a USB symbol, the second one with the USB symbol is for a USB port on the keyboard itself “didn’t even notice it at first” but you can plug in your mouse transmitter/receiver or mouse cable here. I’m currently using the G703 mouse wired and it works perfectly connected to the USB port on the keyboard.

    The layout of the keyboard is pretty good, most of the keys are in the same place except the 910 has a secondary row of programmable keys on the upper left side where the 815 does not. “I never used those keys so I’ll never miss them.” There are media keys just above the keypad, and above those is a volume roller, it’s a lot smaller in diameter than the one on the 910 but it’s a lot wider and very easy to use. My only complaint is the Num and Caps lock LED at the top is really bright white “you can’t miss it” and for me it’s distracting, I’ll be putting something over those to dim them down to a reasonable level.

    Software:

    The new G Hub software replaces the old Logitech Gaming software that was getting pretty old and hadn’t been updated since 2016, “It still worked well for my uses”. The new software is more streamlined and better looking and allows you to set the keyboard lighting to any of the presets or you can create your own custom one. Macros are easy enough to set up and there’s plenty of options for them. The only annoying thing I find is if I select a preset like “Echo Press” the change the colors to my liking, I cannot find how to save that because if you try out any other setting and then go back it reverts back to the default, hopefully that will be addressed in a future upgrade.

    Actual use:

    I already had the G Hub software installed and it’s a nice upgrade over the old gaming software.It’s easy to use and custom configure your back-light settings. Each key is full RGB and can be set to any color you prefer, or you can use one of the presets in the G Hub software.

    Typing on the keyboard is great; the keystrokes are shorter than the 910s and feel lighter because of it. The “clicky” feedback is exactly what I like, not to loud and has a nice subtle old school click to it.

    I’ve been playing Witcher 3, Fallout 4, and Skyrim on it and its working great. It’s not exactly the same feel as the 910 so it’s taking a little bit to get completely use to it. The keys on the 910 are very concaved / sculpted, and easy to find center. The 815s keys are slightly concaved but easy enough to find center on by feel.

    Conclusion:

    Unfortunately this isn’t a perfect keyboard “for myself or my wife”, my first complaint being the Num and Cap Lock lights are very bright white, and you cannot change or dim them in any way. I usually game in an unlit room and those two lights stick out like “a sore thumb”. This is something that for a keyboard of this price should not have been over looked. Those lights on the 910 are a nice blue that while cannot be changed are dim enough not to bother me. I solved this problem by placing some colored gel filter over them, shouldn’t have to do that. My wife saw that and made the same remark, “why are they so bright, it’s annoying”.

    The second big gripe is how the keys are back-lit “highlighted”, the lettering is not centered but off centered to the top of each key. The symbols on the numeric keys are not lit, and very lightly printed, if you happen to look down to find a symbol you won’t see it in a darkened room “should have your keyboard memorized anyway, but not good for an average typist”, my wife saw this and hated it.

    The rest of the keys like the “ ‘ : ? . ,” are all back-lit and printed upside down to every other keyboard I’ve ever used, nope not liking it, and another contention my wife has with this keyboard “she doesn’t want to use it and want’s the old 910 style keys. She did say though that typing on it was great, she really liked the short keystroke and how the keys feel, but if she has to glance down to find a specific key like the “{“then you aren’t going to find it, only the “[“ part is back-lit, so for her this keyboard is a no go and wants to use the 910 over it. I have a Mec 15 laptop that has mechanical keys, the keys are back-lit at the top just like this keyboard but they didn’t print them upside down, all keys and secondary symbols are printed side by side so everything is backlit and easy to find in a dark room, I wish the 815 were like that.

    For me, I don’t care for the positioning of the key labeling and how it’s reversed on those keys; I can live with it but don’t care for it at all. I do like typing and game play on it as the short keystroke is great, but these shortcomings mentioned should not be there on a keyboard that’s priced like this one.

    This is going to be one of those love/hate things where you just have to try out the keyboard itself and see if it's to your liking or not. If you don't mind the way the keys are printed and back-lit then you will really enjoy this new keyboard, I myself may end up going back to the 910 mainly for the way the keys are back-lit, otherwise typing on it is really good.

    Aug 19, 2019 13:03
  • Review by CraigB, 10 out of 10
    Metal low profile without sacrificing the switches

    Pros

    Long key travel

    Fast actuation, only 1.5mm

    Satisfying click when activated

    Light feel to key travel

    Full RGB effects per key

    RGB effects can change automatically per game

    Five programmable keys and four macro keys

    Game mode button disables your problem keys

    Adjustable brightness

    Low profile for mechanical keyboard

    Media keys and volume scroll wheel

    USB Passthrough

    Metal top plate makes for a rigid build

    Cons

    Concave on keys too subtle

    Smooth finish on keys allows fingers to drift easier

    F and J tabs on the small size to quickly find your position

    Programmable keys hard to tell from main keys on the left

    Design

    The Logitech G815 has a plastic base with a metal top plate which allows the low-profile design to retain a surprising amount of rigidity. The main portion of the keyboard is a standard size and layout so nothing to mess up your muscle memory. Keys have a slight concave to help with locating. The switches are mechanical with a light and satisfying click when activated. Activation distance is 1.5mm and the total travel distance is 3.0mm. The keys sit above the deck, so the lighting effects are visible from the sides and anything that falls between the keys is easy to find. The configurable backlight for each key also gets very bright if you want so you should have no trouble seeing it even in a bright room or barely visible in a dark room. To the left of the main keyboard are five programmable buttons. To the top left of the keyboard are three macro buttons and a macro record button which you can set to change the function of the programmable keys on the fly or do things such as change your lighting profile. To the right of the macro keys are a joystick key and backlight key with 5 brightness levels. To the far right above the number pad are media keys for back, play/pause, forward, and mute. Directly above the media keys is a large scroll wheel to allow quick volume changes. Included is a USB passthrough port which Logitech doesn’t seem to specify which revision. The port has no indications of USB 3, so it is most likely USB 2. The USB cable is thick and braided and requires 2 USB, one for the keyboard and the other for the passthrough.

    Usage and Performance

    Macro keys and programmable keys are nothing new. What is different, that not all gaming keyboards have, is the ability to set macro and programmable keys to switch function based on the game you play. If you prefer specific key combinations between games, you add your game to G-Hub and when you launch your game then all presets will switch automatically to your preferred setup. If you create a Logi account, you can also save them to the cloud, so it follows you to any compatible peripherals. If you aren’t sure of how you want your keyboard setup, or you are looking for inspiration, you can also use G-Hub to download profiles that other games have shared and quickly try their layout.

    The joystick button is one of the more interesting keys that makes you wonder why no one thought to create it sooner. If you have ever been in the middle of an intense game and accidentally hit the wrong key, such as the Windows key, then you will love the joystick, button. In G-Hub, you configure which keys you want to disable during gaming. The exact keys you wish to disable is up to you, but when you press the joystick button it will disable the keys you configured. No more worrying of accidental button press brining up the Windows menu in the heat of battle. Another feature that is surprisingly helpful is the volume scroll wheel. At first glace you might wonder why it is so large. During gameplay this can come in handy. When moving around from a loud battle to an area where you need to hear the slight footstep you can change the volume easily on the fly without even looking down as it is very easy to find.

    As with any modern gaming keyboard it is becoming increasingly difficult to perceive any lag and the G815 is no exception. With each click of the keyboard you can have confidence that you won’t get a missed tap. Double taps occur only when you choose and not on their own. Just like any keyboard with extra keys, the programmable keys take some adjustment as their layout and placement is just a slightly larger gap. Any further and they might be out of range of your fingers. This of course isn’t exclusive to the G815 and it would be nice if either there was a stop you could feel on the keys or maybe even nubs with different markings to help you get the hang of where each one is specifically located. These features could potentially help reduce the adjustment phase.

    Of course, no product is perfect so you might be wondering what the downsides are. This is more of a personal preference, but the keys have a smooth finish making it easy for your fingers to drift. It is good to make quick movements smoother, but you might find you fingers slipping in between keys slightly until you get your muscle memory adapted. The locating nubs are also smaller, so it takes a little more work to keep your placement precise to prevent accidental button presses. A slightly textured finish and taller tabs could give that extra edge to keep your actions precise. Also, if you have become accustomed to gaming keyboards that have an extra nub on the S key to help you quickly locate the center of WASD, you are out of luck on the G815. Of course, these are minor gripes that become even less important with good muscle memory, but it would be nice if future generations adopted some of these concepts.

    Final Thoughts

    It’s nice to see the gaming keyboard market getting refined to the point to where it’s getting harder to recommend one over the other. This means the consumer benefits in the end by having more choices. The G815 checks all the boxes that a gamer would want and adds a few extra features some may not have even realized would be helpful. It’s nice to see Logitech still managing to find a way to add extra value to a pretty well-defined market. The Logitech G815 is easy to recommend. If you don’t like the clicky style keys, they even offer linear and tactile to suit your taste. You can even go wireless by choosing the G915 if you wish with the only sacrifice being a little more from your wallet. If you are in the market for a gaming keyboard, the G815 should be on your short list.

    Aug 20, 2019 17:53
  • Review by Gaming, 10 out of 10
    Cool pad

    It is extraordinary the quality and fast pace movement

    Jul 31, 2021 07:05
  • Review by Keven, 10 out of 10
    Lg gammer keyboard

    Lg gammer keyboard love this keyboard easy to use love the sound it makes typing

    Feb 14, 2021 08:16
  • Review by GreenReviews, 10 out of 10
    Awesome No Words To Describe how Happy I am!!

    Great product Logitech is as always awesome and never disappointing so if any of you are looking for a keyboard try this one there is a bitten on the keyboard that allows you to change the brightness and the switches clicks are very satisfying Overall great buy and keyboard!!

    Aug 29, 2021 15:15
  • Review by Dusty, 10 out of 10
    G815 the best keyboard

    Great keyboard for any gamer. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good durable keyboard. You get what you pay for.

    Dec 25, 2020 16:03
  • 9.4score
    Razer - Ornata V2 Full-size Wired Mecha-Membrane Gaming Keyboard with Chroma RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Experience the best of both worlds with the Razer Ornata V2—featuring a hybrid switch that merges the benefits of membrane keys and mechanical switches into one singular design. Fusing the snappy, clicky feedback of a mechanical switch with the familiar, cushioned feel of a conventional keyboard, each keystroke you make on the Razer Ornata V2 is as satisfying as it is precise.

    6 Features
  • High-Performance Mecha-Membrane Switches: Provides the tactile feedback of mechanical key press on a comfortable, soft-cushioned, membrane, rubber dome switch suitable for gaming
  • Ultimate Personalization & Gaming Immersion with Razer Chroma:: Fully syncs with popular games, Razer hardware, Philips Hue, and gear from 30+ partners; supports 16.8 million colors on individually backlit keys
  • Fully Programmable Macro Support: Razer Hypershift allows for all keys and keypress combinations to be remapped to execute complex commands
  • Ergonomic, Magnetic Wrist Rest: Made of soft-touch leatherette to maximize comfort over extended gaming sessions, with built-in magnets for convenient alignment
  • Built-in Physical Media Keys and Digital Dial: Fully configurable for pause, play, volume, and even brightness adjustment
  • Durable Construction: Supports up to 80 million clicks, backed by a 2-year warranty
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Dlnash, 8 out of 10
    Price is right

    The Razer Ornata V2 is pretty good. It has nice, clicky keys without being too loud.

    Each key is RGB customizable inside the Razer Synapse Software. The Razer software that is used alongside this keyboard has a small learning curve but I was able to understand it how it was done in about 10 minutes.

    Only reason it's not 5/5 is because there's no USB passthrough and the lack of dedicated Macros.

    -You can create macros using the software, but you would have to give up a key.

    Mar 19, 2021 15:35
  • Review by Chris, 10 out of 10
    It’s a great mechanical keyboard for gaming!

    I love the product. It is a great mechanical keyboard for gaming and Bestbuy has the best price! The magnetic hand rest is a pretty nice addition and can be removed and attached with ease.

    Apr 16, 2021 17:33
  • Review by Yaboy, 10 out of 10
    Awesome addition

    Great felling keyboard. Ristrest feels premium. I love it!

    Nov 18, 2020 13:11
  • Review by Jeff, 10 out of 10
    Definitely worth the price

    Great looking keyboard; it feels great, too. I love the Chroma RGB lighting. If you download the software (Razer Synapse) you can get all the devices you have with RGB to sync (i.e. mouse, motherboard, etc.). It comes with a wrist rest pad and it is magnetic.

    Dec 20, 2020 18:11
  • Review by CrazyHawaiian, 10 out of 10
    Gaming keyboard

    After using this keyboard for a couple of weeks I found it to be very comfortable and it works perfectly everything I expected from a razor keyboard. Very happy with razor with a few things that I have bought from them.

    Aug 28, 2020 17:32
  • Review by Matthew, 10 out of 10
    Razer software and Quality really stands out.

    This thing is amazing. The hybrid design is fantastic. It has the perfect click noise. It comes with a nice wrist rest that is magnetic. The razer software is where it really shines. Any pattern any color. Great for games.

    Jan 22, 2021 22:01
  • Review by Dash66, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard for work

    I got a new computer at work, and the keyboard that came with it was horrible. So I decided I could either fuss and fume about it for the next 5 years or so, or I could buy my own. I went to to the store and tried all the keyboards they had, from the cheapest to the most expensive. By far the feel of this one was the best for typing (at least for me). Also, while they did not enter into my decision making process, I constantly get comments from folks telling me that they love the LEDs. (And I think they are pretty cool as well) while I don't use it for gaming, which I'm sure is what it was designed for, just for its basic keyboard functions it is fantastic!

    Jul 27, 2020 09:14
  • Review by anon, 10 out of 10
    Solid gaming Keyboard - GamerLights Stronk

    Solid mechanical keyboard; responsive input and no issues approximately a month into the use with keystroke registration and it is a clearly noticible stroke initiation.

    My wife does hate the clickity clack however so if you desire a quite keyboard, mechanical is not the way to go.

    Also, have had no issues with Razer Synapse to date for this keybaord and the interface for customizing your lighting solutions is very much intuitive.

    Oct 29, 2021 15:38
  • 9.4score
    ROCCAT - Vulcan TKL Compact Mechanical PC Gaming Keyboard with Titan Switch Linear, RGB Lighting, and Anodized Aluminum Top Plate - Black
    Description

    The ROCCAT® Vulcan TKL is a tenkeyless variant of the award-winning Vulcan family. This smaller form factor means gamers have room for a larger pad and can use a bigger range of a mouse movements, ultimately giving them greater accuracy. The linear Titan Switch Mechanical delivers the industry’s best in speed and responsiveness. The switch adds to a comprehensive feature set that gamers know and love. The low-profile design is engineered for comfort and to reduce fatigue. Impressive durability and build quality thanks to its reinforcing black anodized aluminum top plate, switches rated to 100 million keystrokes, dedicated mixer-style audio controls and per-key AIMO RGB lighting.

    11 Features
  • The Best Made Better: The award-winning Vulcan is re-imagined in a tenkeyless form factor, without compromising on the award-winning design and features the range is known for. Everything you expect in a smaller design.
  • Tenkeyless Form Factor: A relic from the office, the tenkeyless form factor lets you game in a more natural, comfortable position whilst allowing for a larger pad and a bigger range of mouse movements thanks to the keyboard taking up less desk space, improving your
  • Tournament Ready: The introduction of a detachable USB-C cable provides users with easier portability and ability to use a custom cable. The on-board storage of a tournament profile ensures you hit the same top performance at home and away.
  • Titan Switch Mechanical Linear: Designed and built entirely by ROCCAT engineers, the Titan Switch Linear features an actuation point of 1.4mm for a total travel distance of 3.6mm. It is our fastest switch – 30% quicker than standard – and both crisp and responsive.
  • Long-Lasting Durability: The keyboard is reinforced by an aircraft-grade aluminum layer to make it extra strong and durable. Titan switches are designed to keep dust and dirt out, helping to keep it in top condition.
  • AIMO INTELLIGENT LIGHTING ENGINE: Transparent switch housing lets AIMO shine brighter and makes it its best showcase yet – and it looks even better when teamed up with other AIMO devices
  • Mixer-Style Media Controls: The tactile volume dial and mute button allow you to adjust volume & mute/unmute on the fly. Instant Control at your fingertips.
  • Easy-Shift[+]: ROCCAT’s Easy-Shift[+] technology adds a secondary function to compatible keys. Just hold down the designated modifier key for double the command power in an instant. Fully customizable in Swarm.
  • Advanced Anti-Ghosting: Technology optimized for gamers to ensure every key stroke of the most-used keys is registered – no matter how frantic the action gets.
  • AIMO Illumination: ROCCAT’s proprietary lighting eco-system connects compatible devices present vivid lighting scenarios right out of the box, without the need for extensive configuration. The Magma’s top plate fully illuminates in 16.8 million colors for a stunning AIMO showcase.
  • 2-Years Manufacturer Warranty: We’re confident in the quality and longevity of our products. To ensure additional peace of mind we provide a 2-year limited manufacturer warranty.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Bren, 10 out of 10
    A best in class compact, mechanical keyboard

    This keyboard represents one of the better gaming keyboards in this form factor on the market right now. For a compact, high quality, excellent performing keyboard, you cannot go wrong with this keyboard. Here are the pros and cons of my experience thus far.

    Pros:

    -The keys themselves, as red linear switches, are absolutely stunning in their feel, look, and function. They have low profile keycaps that seem to curve inward--cradling your fingertips with every key stroke. Roccat claims that these have some sort of reinforcement in them to reduce side-to-side play and I can absolutely attest to that being true. I have had no less than 4 red linear switch mechanical keyboards, and these keys are the first among them to feel this strong and resistant to side to side play.

    -Low profile, compact footprint. If you are looking for a small, easily portable keyboard for competitive gameplay or precise typing on the go, this is an amazing option. It is so low profile in fact, that even with my bad wrists, I do not feel that a wrist rest is necessitated to type with this for extended periods of time. The fact that it is detachable from its USB-C cord too makes it easy to clear space off my desk if I need it, which leads us into the next pro…:

    -It is compatible with any USB-C cord!!! I tested this, and the keyboard worked with any USB-C to USB-A cable I had. That means, that if you are running a clean home desktop setup and you don’t want to be unplugging your cords from the computer itself all the time, you can leave the cord plugged in to the desktop and easily pack up this keyboard with any other USB-C cord that is compatible with the device you want to hook it up to. I am half-tempted to take this keyboard between work and home as it is so much nicer to type on than the awful membrane keyboards there. With how easy this is to plug and unplug, that is a distinct possibility!

    -The AIMO lighting option is super cool. I actually don’t even know where to begin to explain it better than Roccat’s website can, but I am really enjoying it as part of my rainbow vomit computing setup! For the other lighting options though, I have explored the Roccat Swarm lighting software, and I cannot seem to find any evidence that this has individual RGB programming for each key. It seems to be relegated to pre-programmed lighting zones. This is not a huge deal to me, but something that I want others to be aware of.

    -High quality materials. Roccat cut no corners here. The brushed aluminum top of this keyboard is gorgeous. The plastics of the keyboard are not flimsy at all and are a silky, matte finish--befitting a more grown up gaming keyboard. The hinges of the feet of the keyboard are firm and snappy, something I noticed when I first messed with them. All in all, the build quality of this keyboard is outstanding.

    -Unlike some manufacturers, I appreciate the placement ROCCAT chose to put some of the FN secondary options on various keys. For example, on this truncated keyboard, I find that I appreciated the choice of turning the Windows shortcut key on the left into an FN key, making it easier with my natural typing position to navigate some of the FN media keys. This was done by the way by selecting FN and END together.

    Cons:

    -Only the most sensitive ears will notice (the same ones that noticed the mosquito ring tone back in like 2005-2008 that all the kids would play during classes), but there is a very high pitched low-buzzing noise that my specific keyboard is emitting, similar to coil whine. I have tested it, and the source seems to be from the LED lighting of the keyboard. When I turn off the LED lighting, the noise disappears. The brighter the LED lighting, the louder it is. I was able to get down the brightness to a certain level where the noise was no longer emitting. This could be unique to my unit and I am sure that if it is something that bothered me enough, Roccat would stand behind there warranty and replace it. Frankly, I do not think most people will notice this and the issue is eliminated altogether with a headset while computing or gaming.

    -The space bar on my unit does have a distinct metallic ping on the rebound from its pressed in position. This may reduce with break-in time, but it is worth mentioning.

    Overall, pros and cons placed into consideration. I will give this keyboard a huge thumbs up. I am thrilled to have it as part of my gaming arsenal, and it is further evidence that Roccat knows what they are doing in the gaming industry!

    Oct 23, 2020 13:40
  • Review by Samrio, 10 out of 10
    A truly great keyboard with great lighting!

    The ROCCAT keyboard is a sight to behold, with a premium build quality, bright RGB lighting, and an intuitive app (SWARM) that can be used to customize the various features.

    The top of the keyboard has a machined like finish, in a darker metallic gray look, with a turn dial for volume control, and simple push button for mute. This makes it easy to control volume on the fly, with minimal need to look down to figure out where it is. The keys are also backlit very well, with brightness controlled either through the function key on the keyboard or using the SWARM app provided by ROCCAT (you will need to download it from their site). On the underside, you will find the small raiser feet to lift the keyboard at an upward angle.

    In the box you will find the keyboard, a USB C to A cable, and the guide/warranty cards. Plugging in the keyboard into the PC, and it is immediately recognized, with LED’s lighting up in a flow pattern. Installing the app gives you additional functionality, such as setting individual profiles, enabling macro’s for use in specific games, or creating your own. The SWARM software even allows to individual key assignments to be changed, or for tying a macro to a key press.

    The customization options are so numerous, it is difficult to include all of them, but suffice it to say you can make the keyboard do almost anything with ease. There is even a way to enable “Sound Feedback,” which is not something I’ve seen with other customizable keyboard software. You can enable click, typewriter, beam, and a sci-fi setting. All of which provide an audible sound played over your speakers while typing. While this feature isn’t required, it makes typing fun; I’m actually using the keyboard in “typewriter” sound mode as I type this. You can even adjust the volume so it’s not too loud when you turn the audio up on your normal listening. It should be noted that the keyboard sounds will not work for any keyboard (at least in my testing) except the ROCCAT Vulcan line of keyboards, or those supported by the app.

    The keys themselves have a satisfying type noise on their own but aren’t so loud that they’ll disrupt those around you. While this does lack a “10 key,” I don’t imagine many purchasing this for accounting or calculating purposes. They illumination settings in the SWARM app provide 7 pre-set lighting options; including: Wave, Snake, Fully Lit, heartbeat, breathing, fade, and a ripple setting. All of these provide a nice lighting display and are great for most users. There is even a way to add your own custom themes, where you can set lighting for different keys, and even some “Zones” like the “WSD” keys into a specific effect; in this case, heartbeat, fully lit, or breathing. You can also select individual keys with multiple being selected by holding the “CTRL” key on the displayed keyboard, and custom colors selected from either the presets, or using the color wheel. This can be done for every single key on the keyboard, except for the turn dial used for volume control (mute button can be).

    This keyboard, however, has a neat feature called “AIMO” which uses some sort of intelligence to create a “state-of-the-art” lighting display. It presents like a fluid press, with a natural ripple taking place near the keys being pressed. For instance, while playing a game that uses the WSD keys for movement, you will notice those keys being lit up in a fluid flow and growing outward to the keys surrounding the area. The natural breathing like flow is unique among other lighting settings but is predictable when pressing keys while playing. You will notice various shades of colors take place as you type or press keys in games. While I am not sure I understand the scenarios, I found that the keyboard began responding to the predictable presses I was making in games, with lighting flowing around the keys I pressed the most. I cannot begin to describe just how great this lighting system feature is, as I prefer it now to any other settings on my keyboard. It’s not your normal blinking or breathing effect and is a nice change in lighting on a gaming keyboard. The AIMO feature is also compatible with other ROCCAT products, and all act in a unified way, which makes online streaming fun!

    Overall, I cannot express enough how great this keyboard is. There are plenty of features shared across all keyboards, but the ROCCAT Vulcan stands out among every keyboard I have ever owned. The customization features alone make this a great recommendation, and the AIMO lighting system surpassed any expectation I had when using it. I can honestly say, this is now my favorite gaming keyboard.

    Oct 19, 2020 14:33
  • Review by buckbabes, 10 out of 10
    Premium Feel, Compact, Well Thought out Design

    I've tested a lot of keyboards in the last year and I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for mechanical keyboards. In my opinion they're the best keyboards for gaming and typing. This week I tested the new ROCCAT Vulcan TKL wired mechanical keyboard.

    Out of the box I could immediately tell this keyboard was well thought out. The top of the keyboard base has a nice brushed aluminum plate with polished edges. The switches are exposed and have thin keycaps, which allow for maximum lighting beneath them. There are media controls which allow me to quickly adjust volume or mute my computer and best of all there is no number pad or extra extra media keys. This is especially nice because it keeps the keyboard size compact.

    While using this keyboard to game the keyboard was very responsive. One thing I liked about it was the feel of the keys. I noticed that I didn't have to bottom out the keys to get a response. a half press would register as key press. Another thing I liked was that the lighting profiles are static. Other keyboards would lose their lighting profiles as soon as the software was shut down.

    Which brings me to the topic of software. This keyboard uses a software called Swarm to control lighting profiles, remap keys and load custom gaming profiles. The Swarm software was easy to install, easy to use and worked well with other ROCCAT products.

    Overall in my opinion, this is a good keyboard that will fit most people's needs for work and play and it has my recommendation.

    Oct 22, 2020 14:17
  • Review by IronHorseGPS, 10 out of 10
    Gaming Keyboard that takes you to the Next Level!

    The ROCCAT - ROCCAT® Vulcan TKL Compact Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard - Black is the new standard in gaming keyboard. Style, Class, functionality, tactile responsiveness, visually stunning yet simplistic; everything you need to take your game to the next level. Crush your opponents with the advantages you will gain with the ROCCAT Vulcan TKL!

    I have tested several keyboards over the past few years and I have to say this one impressed me. Definitely in my top 3 recommended gaming keyboards. I loved the sleek style this keyboard brought to my desktop. The LED backlighting is awesome, yet not too bright to distract from your game. The mechanical keys are different than the tactile keys, but exceptionally responsive, fast, and accurate. I wasn't sure I would like the know-style volume control on the physical keyboard, but found I used it often and it was quick and effective at changing volume when needed or when the sound of the game was too loud or quiet.

    I even tested this keyboard with a MacBook Pro for comparison with the PC and PC Laptops. Surprisingly, while specifically designed for Windows OS, it performed flawlessly, except where the "Command" key was necessary such as copy and pasting from the keyboard. I did find that you must used the provided cable or the keyboard will not respond or register with the computer (Tried an Apple Branded USB C to USB C with not luck)

    PROS

    - ROCCAT Scores big with design, style, and funcationality

    - Solid build using real metal giving it sturdiness and reliability for years to come

    - Excellent layout

    - Mechanical Keys boasting over 50 million keystroke life

    - Responsive in both Windows and Mac OS

    - Effortless setup, plug and play

    - Physical knob for volume was actually useful

    CONS

    - Not having a full keyboard with 10-key pad is a bit of a downside if you were to use this keyboard beyond gaming

    - Must use the provided braided USB A to USB C cable

    Nov 04, 2020 22:24
  • Review by RoccatVulcanRGBwormMode, 10 out of 10
    Mr. DIT's ROCCAT Vulcan TKL RGB keyboard review.

    For the price, this product is amazing. It is a great TKL with easy to use RGB software, very responsive and clicky mechanical keys, the volume nob is very responsive, it's just an all-around great TKL keyboard. Great job ROCCAT! I am serious looking at your products for future purchases.

    Jul 16, 2021 15:58
  • Review by hotice, 10 out of 10
    Great feel and design with awesome lighting!

    I love the size, feel, layout, and features of the Vulcan TKL! It's a great keyboard with a well thought out efficient design and it has lots of software customizable with features giving a lot of value for the money in this gaming keyboard.

    Design

    I like the space saving choices on this keyboard. There are no dedicated media control buttons, other than volume and mute. I am glad they kept the volume and mute. The top of the keys are very short, vertically. This isn't a bad thing, it just lets more light out - I think it's very cool! There's very little room above the function keys, keeping the overall dimensions small. The volume dial is great! While it isn't really special or creative in theory it's very well implemented with soft and quiet yet has a solid click-click-click feel (not sound) as you turn it. You can make a large change in volume very quickly or one notch very easily too. Even the simple but brilliant fact that instead of having a caps lock like on the caps lock key or somewhere else on the keyboard the key just changed color to white when it's on! I was impressed when I noticed that!

    Feel

    The keys have a great feel. While the top of the keys seem smaller the space from center to center seems to be normal as I like typing on it and don't have any problems with the key size or design. The keys don't need to go the whole way down to activate them, there is a lot of travel if you do. It's a great typing experience though. The Titan mechanical switches seem great to me! Key presses are fast and responsive, also giving a good feel.

    RGB Lighting and Swam

    The lighting looks very bright on this keyboard! You can turn it on or off, change the setting, or adjust the brightness on the keyboard itself. Install the Swarm software for full customization. Just a bit about Swarm...Besides customizing the keyboard lighting, Swarm lets you assign macros, remap keys, set a hot key to launch an application, or even start a timer. There are tons of built in macros for lots of games or you can make your own. One interesting feature is AIMO which they refer to as an "intelligent lighting system" or "living light". It's very cool! When enabled, which it is by default, the keyboard automatically does different cool things as you type. For instance it may light the keys you just typed on differently for a short time. It just changes and does different things. They call it "organic" in the way it works and that's a fair way to describe it. I like this because rather than going through all the different preset options or making your own it does some very cool things on it's own without just running the same pattern continuously. I posted two pictures of a quick gaming layout I made with the Swarm key illumination settings. I'm not sure the pictures do it justice but they give you a good idea of what the lighting looks like and how much light you can see from the side.

    Oct 21, 2020 21:47
  • Review by Keith, 10 out of 10
    Perff

    Great keyboard for a good price you can fully customize it and it’s perfect for gaming!

    May 07, 2021 16:49
  • Review by JohnnyBoomz, 10 out of 10
    As therapeutic as it a technical masterpiece

    I’ve seen Roccat products used by streamers and at Best Buy stores in the PC Gaming section, but until very recently, I have stuck to mainstream brands on the market for years.

    What a refreshing change this Vulcan TLK keyboard is!

    The spacing on each key allows for the most precise keystrokes my fingertips have had the pleasure of striking. The key caps are square, but concave in the middle to the perfect degree.

    What I find & mention as therapeutic, and never considered as a lifetime gamer, is how little effort and distance you need to press the keys for them to register. Its a total game changer that I don’t think I will revert from.

    It's actually helping to relieve soreness at the base of my middle finger (left hand) from pressing/holding the “W” key a few million times over the last 20 years because so little effort and quick response. Lightning quick!

    While you can totally plug & play this with any computer out the box ASAP; downloading the Roccat Swarm software to manage profiles, lighting, firmware updates is a must.

    The technical design and features of the software accentuate an already beautifully illuminated, and keyboard layout for a gaming setup. Really nice software again and expect an update that requires you to unplug/replug for a moment for the firmware to take.

    On the note of plug, while the cord is not braided, it feels sturdy, and plugs in the keyboard via USB C. I love that.

    There is a “sound feedback” option that is really neat where you can make the keyboard click or sound like an old fashioned typewriter (though speakers or headphones)...it just has so many neat features and functions.

    Infinite light combinations with some cool AIMO intelligent lighting that I have to say is pretty smart. I usually have a solid color, but this is working really well w/ my Alienware rig and the random flowing colors just mesmerise me.

    The DJ style volume knob is pretty cool too. I love this keyboard!

    Going to have to switch over to mouse and mousepad ASAP.

    Oct 27, 2020 21:37
  • 9.4score
    Razer - BlackWidow Chroma V2 Tournament Edition TKL Wired Mechanical Green Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Chroma Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Bring your gaming skills up to tournament levels with this Razer BlackWidow keyboard. Its mechanical key switches provide speed, precision and responsiveness while playing e-sports, and the compact design lets you easily transport it to events. This Razer BlackWidow keyboard's durable military-grade metal construction holds up to intense use and long sessions.

    9 Features
  • Immediate response: The Razer Instant Trigger Technology immediately sends the signal to your system, canceling any need for a debounce delay. Thanks to this instantaneous response, you get industry-leading speed for an unfair advantage no matter what game you're playing.
  • Detachable braided fiber cable with cable strap: Offers stable and convenient USB connection to your PC, makes the keyboard perfect when traveling.
  • Powered by Razer Chroma: The Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Tournament Edition features individually programmable backlit keys with 16.8 million color options, all easily set through Razer Synapse.
  • Razer Mechanical Switches with 80 million keystroke lifespan: Provide optimized actuation and reset points so commands are executed exactly as they should - with blazing fast responsiveness.
  • Anti-ghosting with 10-key rollover: Helps your commands and simultaneous keystrokes register the way you intended.
  • Fully programmable keys with on-the-fly macro recording: Provide additional comfort during gaming sessions.
  • Ergonomic wrist rest: Specially designed for the BlackWidow Chroma V2 Tournament Edition, this wrist rest features ergonomics that ensure that no matter how intense your gaming marathons are, you're always comfortable.
  • Tournament-grade precision: Designed specifically for gaming, Razer Mechanical Keyboard Switches actuate at an optimal distance, giving you speed and responsiveness like never before.
  • Windows and Mac compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Miron1, 8 out of 10
    This is a great gaming keyboard and is also comfy.

    This although advertised as a gaming keyboard it is very versatile. The wrist rest is super great and by far the best in the market. And what's not to love about the rgb? It is programmable with an easy to use synapse software and has brighter leds than other companies like corsair. It is portable and easy to carry around owing to its smaller size and it has the great feeling razer greens which are built to last up to 80 million clicks.

    Jun 03, 2019 20:46
  • Review by Mello, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Compact keyboard

    Great gaming keyboard. Just compact enough to not be in the way and just big enough to get work done when not gaming. Mechanical keys are a must for work or play!

    Nov 22, 2021 19:18
  • Review by HanzDelbruk, 10 out of 10
    Clicky medium sized razer keyboard with wrist rest

    Pretty good, very clicky. Color changes nicely as stock set up. With downloaded module you can adjust style with razer app. A little too clicky for me, but was on sale and available when i needed it on the day. I'm using it to take abuse away from laptop as i game. Working good, so far. Wrist rest helps. If you don't mind loud clicking and plastic feels, worth the sale price

    Aug 01, 2021 00:50
  • Review by Anthony, 10 out of 10
    Gaming keyboard

    Great keyboard better that most pair perfeft with the same brand mouse

    Oct 15, 2021 15:47
  • Review by Charanko, 10 out of 10
    Tournament edition with green switches

    Excellent choice if u like clikcy tactical keybinds the green switches by razer really make a difference in performance and feel great on the tips too!

    Jul 12, 2021 06:34
  • Review by FireTV, 10 out of 10
    Gaming keyboard

    My son loves his keyboard after he purchased three other ones this one is the best

    Jul 09, 2021 15:47
  • Review by Aggierugby, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard. Good response time. No lag when ga

    My son loves this keyboard. Hes 12 and really into gaming

    Jul 31, 2021 08:36
  • Review by Marlies, 10 out of 10
    Keyboard

    Got this for my teenager son . He loves it for gaming with the pc.

    Jul 10, 2021 06:37
  • 9.4score
    CORSAIR - K70 RGB MK.2 LOW PROFILE RAPIDFIRE Full-size Wired Mechanical Cherry MX LOW PROFILE Speed Switch Gaming Keyboard - Black
    Description

    Step up your game with the precision of this Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 gaming keyboard. Featuring CHERRY MX mechanical switches, this keyboard offers responsive keystrokes with satisfying tactile feedback for faster, more accurate gameplay. This Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 gaming keyboard offers reliable durability and an impressive lifespan with a rugged, lightweight aluminum frame.

    8 Features
  • Multicolor RGB per-key backlighting: Now brighter than ever thanks to redesigned low-profile key switches.
  • USB pass-through port: Provides convenient access to an additional USB port for your mouse or headset.
  • CHERRY MX Speed mechanical key switches: The mechanical gaming key switches deliver ultimate performance and competitive advantage.
  • 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover (NKRO): Ensures your commands and simultaneous keystrokes always register the way you intended.
  • Dedicated multimedia and volume controls: Allow you to adjust your audio without interrupting your game.
  • Modern, slim design: The stunning slim-line design effortlessly fits into modern desktop setups.
  • Durable aluminum frame: The aircraft-grade anodized aluminum frame ensures a lifetime of gaming.
  • Windows compatible: For use with your existing computer.
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  • Review by Jhoe, 10 out of 10
    Great quality gaming keyboard!

    as a membrane keyboard user (logitech/microsoft) because they were cheaper in price. i decided to check this one out and after checking out reviews i made my decision and got this one since it was also on sale.

    this is my first gaming mechanical keyboard, i already had corsair's mouse and mouse pad. so i decided to complete the look with this keyboard.

    the noise this keyboard makes when i type or game doesn't bother me. but others might feel different.

    this keyboard comes with a detachable wrist support and it also comes with textured performance keycaps and puller for those that game or just want a different look.

    and yes! it requires 2 USB ports.

    you also will need to download corsair's iCUE software to customized this keyboard or to turn off the lights.

    Jun 16, 2020 06:06
  • Review by Josh, 8 out of 10
    Awesome keyboard!

    I love the low profile keyboard. Has beautiful rgb lighting. I chose this low profile keyboard so I can game while the baby sleeps. Wrist rest it comes with is a plastic attachment. It’s not the best, but it gets the job done. I think if you were to buy another wrist rest it might be higher than the keyboard considering I have a hyperx cloud wrist rest I don’t use anymore because it’s too high (As you can see in the second photo. Keyboard is pricy in my opinion, so I waited to buy this when it came on sale. But the keyboard is great and I couldn’t be any happier with it

    Oct 22, 2021 15:33
  • Review by Tommyskillz, 10 out of 10
    Best Keyboard I ever bought!

    Very big keyboard

    iCUE works wonders.

    Endless customizations to choose from.

    I have had this a year and I still learn new things it can do.

    very easy to set up and get going even for a beginner.

    has usb on the keyboard, volume control works awesome!

    Oct 03, 2021 20:16
  • Review by Karmacode, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    Recently this keyboard was on sale for $100 and I jumped on it. For the last year or two I have been using the Razer Ornata Chroma and I really started to hate it. It was crazy loud and the switches are these mecha membrane that have these little pieces of metal in them that I found would bend really bad and make it hard to press certain keys or they would feel different and made it uncomfortable to type.

    After buy this a few days ago I have been using it nonstop and it's amazing. Sounds good, feels good, I have noticed a difference when playing CSGO and other games.

    Really can't recommend it enough.

    May 03, 2020 11:26
  • Review by Woody1046, 10 out of 10
    Quiet with a really nice touch

    Looking for a backlit keyboard for business since I frequently work at night. Only 1 backlit keyboard in the Business section so headed for the gaming section and Ta Da - found my Corsair. They have a number of backlit units - all for differing touch and response requirements. Love this unit for soft touch and quiet response.

    Nov 01, 2019 20:38
  • Review by Guti08, 8 out of 10
    Low Profile Corsair RGB Keyboard

    Very good keyboard by Corsair great rgb effects in iCUE software extra keys for gaming love the low profile which is why I made the switch only downside is I actually prefer mechanical keys I had on my previous Corsair keyboard but aside from that very great keyboard

    Jul 14, 2021 14:37
  • Review by CherBear, 10 out of 10
    smoothest mechanical keyboard

    feedback and response is great, but the better part is it doesn't sound like a typewriter like most do. also very sturdy construction.

    May 09, 2020 14:06
  • Review by Spitfiremk9, 10 out of 10
    Great all round mechanical keyboard

    Great product easy set up. I pre installed the Icue software before the keyboard arrived so I was ready to start messing with my set up.

    Mar 12, 2021 16:26
  • 9.4score
    Logitech - G513 Carbon Full-size Wired Mechanical GX Blue Clicky Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Carbon
    Description

    Enter a new world of high-performance play with this Logitech gaming keyboard. Advanced design, LIGHTSYNC technology and an industry-leading 1 ms report rate join with the comfort of a memory foam palm rest for a truly immersive experience. The Logitech gaming keyboard includes preset lighting effects and animations that let you customize your experience.

    8 Features
  • LIGHTSYNC technology: Lets you personalize the lighting for each individual key, customize lighting effects in a full spectrum of nearly 16.8 million colors.
  • USB pass-through: The convenient port makes it effortless to plug in your mouse, flash drive, or phone for direct data transmission or charging.
  • GX Blue Mechanical Switches: Offer rapid response times for quick in-game action.
  • Multimedia and lighting controls: Use the FN + F keys to adjust the audio settings, play and pause, skip track, mute, and toggle lighting while in-game.
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum alloy: Creates a slim, premium look and ensures durability.
  • Works with G HUB: Customize the lighting, Game mode, and macro with your own view.
  • USB connectivity: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • Windows compatible: For use with your existing computer.
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  • Review by Turbolence, 10 out of 10
    Click, Clack, Top of the Pack

    Logitech’s G513 Carbon with GX Blue Switches is a new entry into Logitech’s mechanical keyboard range, updating the G512 by swapping the Romer-G switches for the new GX Blues. These switches are modeled after the popular MX blue style switches which are now made by many manufacturers, and Logitech saw it fit to include them in a svelte offering that blends in with the dark keyboard crowd but packs some excellent gear that’s sure to please typists and gamers alike.

    A disclaimer: mechanical keyboards are very subjective. My preference for blue switches will undoubtedly lead me to favor this model over other offerings, and I have done my best to present the merits and shortcomings of the keyboard neutrally. Please sample this keyboard at a Best Buy store prior to purchase to determine if the switches are right for you.

    - Packaging and Design

    Continuing Logitech’s trend to transition to minimalist packaging, the G513 comes as barebones as it gets, with the only in-box documentation being a notecard for warranty information and a quickstart guide with the Logitech support web address. Given that this is a keyboard, however, with the setup consisting of pretty much just “plug it in,” this makes sense.

    The G513 Carbon is an impressive slate keyboard with a brushed aluminum/magnesium alloy comprising the base plate. It has some weight to it, but most of the anti-skid comes from the rubber feet; the back two of which flip-down to give the keyboard an angle for those who prefer it. Floating (frameless?) keycaps mean cleaning the keyboard is an air-duster breeze. Keycaps appear to be doubleshot PBT, resulting in clean, uniform RGB lighting across the board. As this is a standard 104-key US keyboard with a slim base, there are no dedicated G keys as there are on some other offerings by Logitech, but these can still be assigned to the function row.

    Along the backside of the keyboard, a passthrough USB 2.0 port (not 3.0, sadly) means a wireless mouse receiver or other device can be directly connected, and in the event that device is a headset, a channel running underneath the keyboard (and palmrest) can keep the cord and keyboard flat along the table during gaming. Unfortunately there is no headphone or microphone passthrough. Curiously, Logitech included a 1/4” tripod mount at the rear of the keyboard, but this is not mentioned in any documentation or online features. It is possible this is for a future accessory, or was intended to be used as a microphone mount for streamers or a cell phone mount for use with future Logitech HUD software.

    - Performance & Use

    Logitech’s GX Blue switches are nothing short of excellent. They have a slightly higher actuation force than typical MX blue switches, but the post-actuation resistance seems higher than MX blues, resulting in what I perceive as a smoother “click” than competing blue switches. The switches are perfectly consistent across the board with no noticeable variation in force or smoothness, which is crucial for any keyboard. Key actuation is similarly consistent throughout, and across the keyboard the point at which a stroke is registered is below the breakover. There were no instances where I accidentally hit a key with my fingers resting on it.

    In day-to-day use I found my typing speed was equal to my prior keyboard, which was also a blue-switch style keyboard that was getting long in the tooth. Gaming performance was similar as well, and while I was originally bummed that I lost dedicated hotkeys from my old board, I found I did not miss them after several weeks of use. The G513 includes a keycap puller tool and a set of concave keycaps for the Q/W/E/R, A/S/D/F, and 1-5 keys, and though they are not my preferred keycaps, they felt every bit as solid as the standard caps.

    One thing for which I was grateful the keyboard has is a standard assortment of media keys from F9 through the Pause key, which I use routinely to control movies and music. Another set of four alternate-function keys from F5 through F8 control the keyboard’s lighting and gaming modes, all customizable through Logitech’s provided software.

    - Customization: Software

    There are currently two Windows companion apps available for the keyboard: Logitech’s Gaming Software and the Logitech G Hub. The latter is currently in an open beta and is not yet feature-complete.

    Using either the Logitech Gaming Software or Logitech G Hub, the lighting on the keyboard is fully adjustable on a per-key basis, including brightness (by reducing the RGB color values). Fully programmable animations are possible on both softwares, but the Gaming Software currently has a selection of applets available that can animate the keyboard when events happen in other apps or games. For example, during police chases in an open-world crime game, the keyboard can flash alternating red and blue lights like a police cruiser, and notifications from messaging apps can cause the top row (or any set of keys) to flash to draw attention to them. I found the notifications useful for when I had the sound muted or my headset off.

    Both the Gaming Software and G Hub apps allow the function row to have up to 12 macros programmed and ready to go with one touch. These can be toggled always-on or off until Fn is pressed. Like with prior Logitech gear, macros are intuitive and easy to set up, and can perform mouse button functions in addition to keyboard commands. Additionally, as the keyboard does not have dedicated Num Lock or Scroll Lock indicator lights, the Gaming Software can overlay their statuses when they are toggled, along with Game Mode and G-Shift (function row macro/keyswap).

    - Customization: Hardware

    Those who like to install dampeners under the keys will find their options a bit more limited. The design of the stock keycaps is such that they have cross-members in the plastic that remove landing pads from consideration. Fortunately, standard o-rings work just fine despite an odd-shaped support. With 0.4mm (blue) rings installed, they provide sufficient sound reduction to not overpower a headset microphone and reduce the post-actuation throw comfortably.

    The switches themselves use a standard MX-style mounting platform and should accept any compatible keycap set...provided you find a set that matches the stock keycaps’ unusual dimensions. With a 108mm wide base, the spacebar is thinner than the common 6u bars while still being larger than 5.5 units, and the bottom row’s dimensions of 1.5u / 2x 1.25u / [spacebar] / 3x 1.25u / 1.5u do not seem to match any common layouts. It may be some time before aftermarket options appear, if the demand materializes at all.

    I did not take the keyboard apart so I can’t speak to PCB quality nor the possibility/difficulty of swapping switches.

    - Bottom Line

    It was surprising to find Logitech as competitive in the mid-to-high end mechanical keyboard space as they are with the G513 Carbon. The longer I used the keyboard (two weeks as of this writing), the more I liked it, and it didn’t take long at all for me to pack away my old mechanical keyboard and switch to this full-time. A couple minor disappointments quickly faded and left behind a fantastic full-size keyboard that I enjoy using for all purposes. It may not appeal to the mechanical keyboard die-hards, but that was not the point. This premium keyboard earned its premium price tag, and so long as you enjoy its GX Blue switches, you’ll enjoy this keyboard day-in and day-out. Highly recommended!

    Aug 14, 2018 20:26
  • Review by 5924116, 8 out of 10
    Missing Something…

    Great keyboard. Love the blue switches. But the software from Logitech is kinda trash and it feels a little TOO big. Otherwise, great keyboard.

    May 20, 2021 23:27
  • Review by MrBill250, 10 out of 10
    For Gamers and TYPISTS!

    If you’re a typist or a fan of the loud 80’s IBM clicky sounding keyboards and their tactile feel, there’s allot to like here. No 80’s mullet required. The keyboard feels solid and heavy. This will not slide or move unless you want it to.

    The keys are tall and mounted on top, so it’s a bit higher than the thin business keyboards that come with PC’s. The supplied palm rest helps with the height and is easy to clean.

    Unlike the noisy keyboards that went away as shared office space came in, there’s no empty void under the keys with on top of the base. As a result, no crumbs, hair, or other gunk will build up. A cleaner keyboard should work better, remain consistent, and last longer.

    The palm rest is well padded except at the edges, where my wrists seem to lay. The rest has a hard edge around the padding. Think of a pan filled with foam. An improvement would be to cut the edge down and have the padding extend to the edge or wrap over the edges. It’s not terrible, but could be better.

    They keyboard cable has two USB 2.0 plugs. You can use just one USB port for the keyboard and leave the second disconnected. The second cable is strictly for the USB 2.0 port on the keyboard. If you plug them into USB 3.x ports, you are still limited to USB 2.0 speed and power.

    The USB 2.0 port is located the back edge the keyboard by the ‘G’ logo. It’s useful for plugging in and/or charging a mouse. Because its limited to USB 2.0, backing up to a USB drive will be much slower than to a USB 3.x port.

    The software that manages the LED lighting is powerful. There are several effects, even one that lets the lights respond to music. Per Logitech’s web site, lighting profiles are available for 623 games as of late August, 2018. Only keys groups that are used in the game light up, and in different colors to help you quickly find them. Software updates will add new games as they come out.

    You can create your own keyboard layout picking defined colors from the presets or a pick a custom color from a wheel, then adjust the brightness to your exact liking. Then store it in your keyboards RAM so you can use it on a PC without the Logitech software.

    The lighted keys are nice for general work in a dim room as well. A warm red glow with 50% brightness worked well in the dark without being intrusive. There is minimal light bleed under the caps, barely noticeable, nothing that detracts.

    The keyboard also comes with a tool to remove the key caps. There are replacement keys for the Q, W, E, R, A, S, D, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 keys that have a different feel. These are the keys used by most popular games and help you find keys by feel.

    I bought this with the intention of using this for games and my wireless keyboard for work. It’s been a week and the wireless keyboard never made it back, its future looks bleak. This keyboard proved more versatile than I ever expected. It’s a solid hit. Logitech missed a market when they labeled it a ‘Gaming keyboard’ as its appeal is much broader than gaming, where it does excel.

    Aug 22, 2018 20:47
  • Review by Daniel, 10 out of 10
    Possibly the best keyboard I've ever used

    ** The Good **

    This is one solid keyboard, thanks to having an aluminum case, which also gives the G513 a very distinctive look compared to keyboards from other manufacturers. The build also give the keyboard some serious heft, so there’s no worry about the keyboard sliding on your desk, even during intense gaming moments.

    The key switches, while they are not Cherry MX Blue, are extremely responsive and have a very satisfying (and loud) audible feedback. Logitech created their own switches to compete with Cherry MX, and they did an excellent job. Included in the box are extra keycaps and a keycap puller, allowing you get the most out of the G513 for as long as possible.

    Included in the box is also a very comfortable palmrest. It doesn’t attach to the keyboard, so you’re free to adjust and move it to whatever position feels the most comfortable to you. It has rubber feet on the bottom, so it shouldn’t slide around on your desk while in use.

    Logitech included a USB type A port on the back of the keyboard to allow you to charge your phone or any other device, since the G513 keyboard does require two USB type A ports on your PC to function. I don’t have a shortage of USB ports on my tower, but it’s still a nice feature that Logitech included.

    After downloading the Logitech Gaming Software, you can create your own custom macros and select what RGB light pattern you want, or you can just choose to be boring and have a solid, permanent color.

    ** The Bad **

    Honestly, the only thing that I could possibly nitpick about the G513 is the lack of dedicated physical macro keys. However, you can create your own special macros using Logitech’s Gaming Software (see screenshot).

    ** Bottom Line **

    The Logitech G513 is an excellent choice if you’re looking to buy a new mechanical keyboard. It has a very solid and premium build. The key switches, while not Cherry MX, are still extremely tactile, responsive, and sound great. When paired with the Logitech Gaming Software, you can customize the keyboard’s RGB patterns/effects and create your own custom gaming macros.

    Aug 05, 2018 13:41
  • Review by Trobadour, 8 out of 10
    Responsive but Clicky

    ---SETUP---

    The setup for the Logitech’s G513 gaming keyboard is simple. After plugging it is, the computer recognizes it. Go to the website in the provided documentation to download the associated software to unlock it’s full potential.

    ---FEATURES---

    The key feature of this keyboard is its customization options and access to existing gaming profiles. Customization-wise, this keyboard has it’s keys flash like a rainbow. This is optional if you find it distracting, but it looks very nice every time to press a key. The software detected games I already had install on my PC and asked if I wanted to download profiles for those games. I did so and it didn’t take long. It includes a very comfortable and oversize wrist rest, perfect for log sessions (though the wrist rest doesn’t attach to the keyboard itself, like my previous gaming keyboard). Additionally, it also has a USB 2.0 on the back, perfect for a wireless mouse receiver. I did notice it lacks a volume control on the keyboard itself.

    ---PERFORMANCE---

    The performance of this keyboard is great. It is very responsive and accurate when gaming. When customizing it with the downloadable software, you can edit your gaming keys and program multiple settings as well as save well over 10 profiles for different games you play.

    ---EXPECTATIONS---

    The product meets my expectations. In the video games I tested, I didn’t notice anything that would cause me to not recommend this keyboard. However, when you press on the keys, you will notice that the keys have a clicking noise that you may not be used to. Since I game with a headset on, I don’t hear it during gameplay. However, if using this to work and type documents, you may find it noticeable. Keep this in mind when purchasing.

    ---VALUE---

    The price for the keyboard in terms of value is on par with its competitors. The lack of an on-keyboard volume control was a noticeable lacking feature but the oversized wrist rest compensates for that, as it is very comfortable.

    ---APPROVAL---

    I highly recommend this product for gamers who seek to customize their keyboard and have some added flair. It is a very well constructed keyboard and the wrist rest pad is one of the most comfortable ones I’ve ever used.

    Aug 02, 2018 16:49
  • Review by KCorn, 2 out of 10
    Garbage

    Garbage. The secondary keys are not lit and impossible to see at night. Do NOT BUY!!

    Jan 25, 2021 11:32
  • Review by Jimmycav, 8 out of 10
    Great build quality and clicky, two minor issues

    Got this after I tried the Corsair K68. The Corsair was too steep and the included wrist rest did not help alleviate any pain after light gaming. The G513 is honestly the most comfortable non-ergonomic keyboard I've ever used. I've got relatively small hands and chubby fingers and this keyboard is perfectly sized for me. The included wrist rest is especially nice.

    I really only have two issues with this keyboard, one of which I realized ahead of time, and the other I didn't realize until I plugged it in.

    First, the G513 doesn't come with dedicated media controls. Ultimately, it's not that big of a deal as you can invert the function keys (how often do you really use F9-F12, anyway?). The second issue is the one I didn't realize until I got home--the secondary characters on keys that include them (all the numbers and punctuation marks) don't light up. This isn't a huge deal as I normally type in relatively well lit environments, but is kind of a pain in the dark. I typically game in darker environments, and generally don't need the $ when I'm pwning newbs. Ultimately, I have no idea why they didn't make the secondary characters translucent, as well. They were on the G413.

    Despite the issues, it's still the nicest keyboard I've ever typed on. The build quality is excellent--there's no flex, at all. The GX Blues have an extremely satisfying loud click and tactile feedback. The Logitech G Hub software is great (way better than Corsair's iCue) and the RGB is vibrant (though not on the secondary characters as mentioned before).

    Mar 15, 2021 14:03
  • Review by JayDubsFL, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic Keyboard - LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

    I really love light-up keyboards. I've had one ever since the Logitech G15 (Original blue-LED model) came out, but I've also always loved mechanical-switch clicky keyboards dating back to the IBM Model F keyboard as my words-per-minute goes up about 20 words on them (not sure why!)

    This keyboard rates right up there with the best of them for me - best of both worlds with extremely bright light-up keys that can be individually colored and those wonderful mechanical switches. Seriously, I pouted when I went back to work the next day after getting this as the keyboard on my work computer felt like typing on wet cotton balls after using the G513!

    The wrist rest is also quite nice - it feels good and it doesn't slide around. I've seen some folks call it memory foam. I don't think it is, but it does have a nice firm feel about it.

    If you're looking for a keyboard, run out and try this one - you'll love it (if you don't mind the noise - which I don't!).

    Aug 02, 2018 13:20
  • 9.4score
    Logitech - K740 Full-size Wired Scissor Illuminated Keyboard - Black
    Description

    This keyboard features adjustable backlit keys that allow you to easily see your keyboard even in dim light. The PerfectStroke key system elminates slippage and delivers fluid and natural strokes.

    5 Features
  • Adjustable backlit keys: Allow you to see your keyboard even in dim light.
  • PerfectStroke key system: Distributes force evenly across the surface of the keys, eliminating slippage and delivering fluid and natural strokes.
  • Music and volume controls: For customized usage.
  • Ultrathin profile and minimalist design: Provides easy access to common task and function keys while adding an elegant touch to your desk.
  • Adjustable keyboard height and soft-touch integrated palm rest: For added comfort and support.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Juggy, 10 out of 10
    Smexilicious

    Ill let the picture explain it all. It has 3 modes, in the picture its the brightess.

    Jan 11, 2009 17:23
  • Review by JMan62, 10 out of 10
    illuminated modern touch to remote office

    about to replace an old Dell keyboard. like this new Logitech a lot better thinner and blends in better on my remote office setup. illumination is nice feature that was my second reason for buying this keyboard.

    Jun 05, 2021 07:36
  • Review by BLtheP, 10 out of 10
    My favorite keyboard

    So far, my favorite keyboard I've used after using a bunch of different mechanicals, wireless, etc. This one is simple, looks good, very easy and comfortable to type on, and is a very no nonsense keyboard that has been around forever. I liked my first one I got for work so much after a year that I got another one for home. Both work flawlessly and using Setpoint vs Options is no reason not to get one.

    Oct 26, 2021 20:25
  • Review by JohnC, 10 out of 10
    Really Excellent!

    This keyboard has a great touch & feel; and is firmly solid. Four backlight settings too! It's for my desktop, and the keyboard easily plugged & played as advertised without any problems. (Additional software for the function keys is available right the manufacturer's website.) Truly wished I'd had bought it sooner. Am exceptionally pleased.

    Nov 24, 2021 09:56
  • Review by LeatherHead72, 10 out of 10
    Mom Loves her New Lighted Keyboard!

    I got this keyboard(along w/ M575 trackball) for my Mom's 75th birthday present. She loves it! Looks amazing when lit up, and she doesn't have to worry about charging the battery(I have the K800 wireless, which is also excellent). You can't go wrong with Logitech stuff, well worth the money!

    Nov 30, 2021 01:12
  • Review by keithbm, 10 out of 10
    Great wired keyboard!

    I was worried that this keyboard was overpriced, but I believe that it is worth the price I paid for it. Typing on this keyboard feels effortless, smooth and quick. It is also quieter than other keyboards that I have used.

    Oct 22, 2021 18:10
  • Review by JohnZ, 10 out of 10
    Great Keyboard

    Great keyboard. Bought an earlier model years ago at Best Buy and loved it. Glad to see Logitech still makes a similar model. I got a lot of mileage out of the earlier one and look forward to using this one for years also. Love the adjustable keyboard lighting, quality, and price.

    Nov 05, 2021 18:23
  • Review by MTwoman, 10 out of 10
    Good keyboard

    Feels and looks useful and comfortable with easy to see lighted keyboard. I get usb cable keyboards when I get lighted ones so I don't have to worry about batteries.

    Oct 23, 2021 15:34
  • 9.4score
    Logitech - K845 Full-size Wired Mechanical Linear Keyboard
    Description

    Operate your computer seamlessly with this Logitech mechanical keyboard. The curved construction and angled keys enable comfortable data entry, while the illuminated design lets you easily find keys in the dark. This corded Logitech mechanical keyboard has red switches for responsive performance during gaming and typing, and the aluminum top case offers durability.

    10 Features
  • Versatile red switches: Provides a smooth, linear typing experience for rapid key taps. Its durable switches have been tested up to 50 million clicks.
  • Five ways to backlight: Light the entire keyboard to see every key, or choose between five lighting patterns.
  • Comfortable typing: Its curved profile, slim front, and angled keys create a natural typing position for long, comfortable work.
  • Mechanical keyboard: Offers a multisensory typing experience for speed and accuracy.
  • 12 FN keys: Give you easy access to media and shortcut keys for increased efficiency.
  • USB connectivity: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • Windows compatible: For use with your existing computer. Also, works with Microsoft Surface.
  • Full-size design: All the keys you need for extra productivity in a surprisingly small footprint.
  • Choose your preferred position: The adjustable tilt legs allow you to adjust between 4-degree and 8-degree angles.
  • Durable construction: Its floating keys and premium aluminum top case ensure durability and comfortable use.
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  • Review by Pilgrim007, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Keyboard for Work

    I was excited to get another Logitech keyboard, specifically to use at work. I already have a Logitech illuminated gaming keyboard which is similar but the keys were too noisy to use in a shared office.

    This K845 comes with the Red Linear switches which are supposedly smooth but quiet. They are still a little on the loud side for me but my workmates have not complained about the "tap-dancing" sounds yet.

    Key strokes are smooth and precise and as a fast touch-typist, I have no complaints on using the keyboard. The layout of keys is good and I particularly like having obvious controls for music and videos (volume, play, pause etc.) A separate numeric keypad is a good addition too. The keyboard is comfortable to type on for long periods although it could have done with including a wrist pad. I was able to take the one I got with the gaming keyboard and use it with this one which is a slight improvement. Even with so many keys on a compact base, I don’t find the keyboard crowded and it is nice to free up some valuable real estate on my desk, without losing any features.

    The illumination feature is adequate but I was disappointed not to have the same level of lighting control as the gaming keyboard I own. You get to cycle through a few preset light configs but can’t create your own or find setups other have created. I shouldn’t complain as this keyboard is designed for office use and not gaming specifically but I had got spoiled from the other Logitech keyboard and mouse I own. If I forget that for second, the keys do light up well and you would have no problems using it in low-light conditions.

    I have a similar complaint with my gaming keyboard but I wish it was possible to have the functions on the keys lit as well. For example, to change the volume or play/pause, those features are on function keys at the top of the keyboard and only the F7, F9 etc. part of the key is actually lit. It would be great if when you held down the lit FN key, the function part lit up on the function keys.

    Included functions are brightness control, search, calculator, default music player, skip back, play/pause, skip forward, mute, volume down, volume up and light control for the keyboard. I like to have the brightness on the keys fade in and out slowly – the other features seemed a bit busy but this one strikes a nice balance for my work environment – eye catching but not distracting. I think Logitech call this one “Breathing” which seems apt for the pace of light change.

    The K845 is an attractive keyboard and looks much more durable than the plastic keyboard that came with my office computer. It is made of aluminum and the switches seem much more robust than standard plastic keys.

    In closing, I find this a huge step up from the original keyboard that came with my office computer and I find myself typing much more accurately now. I had already got rid of a wireless keyboard as it seemed to lose keystrokes and even the basic wired keyboard was doing that now and again. The K845 does not lose anything so far and I am looking forward to using it in my job for some years to come.

    Oct 07, 2020 13:00
  • Review by benzy, 8 out of 10
    A couple gripes short of a perfect keyboard

    During my short time with it, this Logitech K845 has been mostly a joy to use. Mine came with Red linear switches, which are smooth and very pleasant to type on, providing a perfect throw and the classic sound of a mechanical keyboard. I was a computer user throughout the late 80s and 90s, and this keyboard brings me right back to some of the best I used back then. I've typed several thousands of words on this board at work and played a few hours of games to test its function, and I've been impressed at the comfort and feel so far.

    UNLIKE keyboards from the 80s and 90s, the K845 features keys that float above the keyboard's surface, making it easier to clean and giving it a smart look. One advantage of this design is it makes the keyboard very compact, with "bezels" around the edges of the keys of only about a quarter of an inch. The floating design also has the additional benefit of creating a neat little "cradle" above the arrow keys where I like to rest my fingers while re-reading what I've written.

    The surface of the board is made of a really nice faintly textured aluminum that lends a really high-quality feel, while the bottom is made of black plastic with roughly the same texture. Small feet on the back rear can be flipped up to change the elevation of the keyboard's surface from 4° to 8°. I like 8°, as it perfectly rises where my upper-row fingers fall.

    The backlight has 4 levels (Off, 1, 2, and 3), and is pleasant to use during the daytime or at night. Pressing Fn+F12 cycles through 5 lighting "patterns" (Reaction, Breathing Light, Random, Greedy Snake, and Static). In my opinion, the settings other than static are little more than a novelty, and not really useful at all. Random is perhaps the most interesting, as it sets up a twinkling look reminiscent of the Matrix or something. I could see myself setting Random if I was going AFK but working in the same room, as kind of a "keyboard screensaver" light show.

    Now for the gripes:

    First, the function keys are labeled with printed icons that indicate what they do, meaning the backlight does not shine through them. This makes it difficult to see their function in a darkened room, meaning I'll have to memorize what they do and squint at them until I do. It's not going to be a long-term problem, but it is mildly annoying for now, and mars what is otherwise a nice backlight setup.

    Second, the Num/Caps/Scroll Lock indicator lights do not fade as you adjust the brightness on the rest of the keys, meaning you could have the keys set to their dimmest and still have a glaring bright with LED shining at you from just over your right hand. This to me is a pretty major annoyance, and it means I'll likely have to put a piece of Scotch tape over them to not be constantly bothered in a dimly-lit room.

    Finally, and perhaps the most minor gripe, is that the font is not my favorite, and the cutouts on some of the number key alternate characters do not look good. For example, the "@" symbol has a cutout on the top, and the ampersand has two cutouts on the top and right, making it look like two wrenches held together (see images). It's a minor annoyance and won't affect my long-term enjoyment, but something that I would change if I were the designer.

    The bottom line is the K845 fits great on my desk, feels great to use, and features a backlight that makes it easy to use in a dimly lit room with some mildly playful "light show" features. It'll be good for you if you're seeking the classic typing feel of a linear switch and compact, nice-looking keyboard that fits anywhere you want to put it.

    Oct 07, 2020 13:24
  • Review by MoGJ, 10 out of 10
    Feature Ready Mechanical Keyboard

    Pros: -Adjustable backlight (different patterns, brightness levels)

    -Fn activities provide useful access to certain computer functions

    Cons: -Not wireless

    Logitech has been making keyboards for many years and I have found their keyboards to be getting better and better. This full sized, aluminum feel, Logitech mechanical keyboard is pretty easy to use; I connected it to my computer as I turned it on and saw the keyboard lit buttons come to life. My computer loads rather quickly, so by the time I had to put in my windows pin, the keyboard was ready to go. The drivers downloaded automatically. There was nothing else for me to do but to begin using it.

    The keys make a loud clicking sound due to it having the cherry mx red switches and I love it. I do a lot of typing with stories or reports I write, and the clicking sounds make me feel like I'm using an old typewriter. Furthermore, the keys are soft when pressed on and sensible to touch for the computer to register. Another feature I like is that the keyboard is also able to adjust in the angle you want. It's not like typical keyboards that just have 1 tilting adjustment, Logitech included two, 4 and 8 degree tilt. This one has a little more options to what degree tilt you want.

    Finally, it's very easy to manage computer settings through the keyboard by pressing "Fn" and then the F keys on the top row to adjust volume level, keyboard lighting (only in the color white; allows for 5 different light patterns to choose from and brightness level), and skip, play, or pause media. The only downside I noticed is that this keyboard is wired, not wireless. I understood this keyboard was corded but as more things are moving to be cordless, I think keyboards should as well. To me, it was not a problem because I have a small docking station which I use to connect all my devices to. On the other hand, the attached cable is long enough for most if not all desk applications to connect it to a deskside laptop or a desktop.

    Overall I enjoy the typewriter feel and clicking sound of the keys. It having an adjustable backlight is a great feature that adds to the overall appeal as well. It is a definitely a top option for those considering a corded keyboard loaded with features or any keyboard for that matter.

    Oct 29, 2020 22:00
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 10 out of 10
    HIGH QUALITY MECHANICAL LIGHTED KEYBOARD

    HIGH QUALITY FULL STROKE MECHANICAL LIGHTED KEYBOARD

    REVIEW: LOGITECH - K845 WIRED MECHANICAL LINEAR KEYBOARD

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    REVIEW

    I normally use an Ergonomic Keyboard for heavy typing and a large gaming keyboard for most games. The K845 fits in the middle between 100% work or 100% play. If you only had one computer or the budget for only one keyboard, I could see this working well. It is satisfying to type on, and uses mechanical keys often found in higher end gaming keyboard for a fraction of the price. The backlighting on the keys is pleasant and not overpowering. A good value for the performance.

    FEATURES

    LIGHTING

    • Keys are bright (White Only), even in a well-lit room. (but not overly bright)

    • The 5 Light patterns are interesting, but not very useful beyond the initial novelty

    TYPING / STROKE

    • The keys have a great feeling, are very fast, and pleasant feeling to type.

    • My device has the “RED Linear Keys”.

    • I could see the full click keys being potentially bothering to someone in an open office environment. Home office or closed office is great.

    • Keys are where you expect them to be, so no big surprises there (this is good as sometimes keyboards change the size, shape locations of keys)

    SIZE

    • Slim design is about 20% smaller than my full sized Ergo Keyboard or my “Gaming” keyboard.

    • This size is a good thing for not taking up too much desk space, while giving you the full feeling of a standard keyboard.

    APPEARANCE

    • It is a little steampunk cool with its metal base and minimalistic design.

    • Overall, I like the looks a lot.

    I certainly can recommend this keyboard as a good solid feeling and great performing keyboard. I don’t know if it would replace your dedicated gaming keyboard (with more function keys). But it is a huge step up from a cheapo keyboard. I can see this finding a home just about anywhere.

    The minimal design is nice that does not take up any more space than absolutely needed. As a touch typist I appreciate the tactile feelings of the keys. I like the dedicated number keypad. I wish it also had a dedicated calculator button (even if only a tiny one somewhere).

    It is a well built and an affordable way to get a gaming capable and business ready keyboard.

    Oct 05, 2020 16:08
  • Review by WyldeBlue, 8 out of 10
    Solid no-frills MX Red keyboard w/oddball typeface

    I'm not 100% sure who the target audience is for this particular keyboard. The design and onboard features are understated enough to comfortably use at the workplace while the VERY SLIGHT LED flair hints at a more "gamery" aesthetic. Logitech's own marketing material pretty sums up what you can expect: "Built for work...ready to play." In the end, I'm not sure that Logitech hits a home-run on either count, but I'd have to give the nod more to the workers in the audience.

    As a daily driver, what you get here is a VERY solidly built mechanical keyboard that wouldn't call much attention to itself if you were using it in the workplace. Build quality is solid with a nice, heavy metallic faceplate, a full numpad, a standard set of navigation/editing/shortcut keys, a row of function keys with multimedia controls, a pair of stubby 1-position risers on the bottom to add a little extra tilt, adjustable LED illumination (white only) that is actually pretty easy on the eyes as the white light shines through the grey-tone (not black) keycaps, and a few incredibly modest LED backlight effects...more on those later. The key profiles are sculpted from the back row to front in a slight U-shaped pattern that slightly decreases reach required to hit keys either above or below the home row. There's no built-in wrist rest and the design is virtually frameless so it accommodates a complete set of full-size keys in an otherwise streamlined and small-ish feeling package. Power and connectivity is provided for by a single USB connector...it doesn't even need to be a USB 3.0 port! The star of the show is, of course, the high-quality Cherry MX Red switches below the keycaps themselves. These feel identical to the Cherry MX Reds I have on two other Corsair RGB keyboards...they will provide you with a smooth, satisfyingly clicky (but not overloud), linear action that doesn't require too much force or travel to actuate. In all, the K845 keyboard is an outstanding choice for typing performance and comfort that easily holds up to everyday use in a typing-heavy environment.

    But suppose you're now "ready to play" as the marketing materials would have it...well, then you'll get that same wonderful MX Red feeling and durability under your fingers for those few times you're able to launch into a browser-based game at work, or maybe if you want to throw a serious, gaming-quality keyboard onto a laptop to bypass its otherwise mushy chicklet keys on top. But that's pretty much it. Logitech's keyboard doesn't come with any special macro keys or a software hub to program keyboard shortcuts or even lighting profiles. Yes, you can adjust the lighting effects and brightness from the keyboard itself, but the effects are somewhat underwhelming given that the LED lighting is white only. There's solid/static white, breathing white, per-key reactive lighting, "raindrops" or random lighting, and a "chasing snake" effect. The lighting effects do not impact the three standard LED indicators for Num-lock, CAPS-lock, and Scroll-lock, which are the only other LED lights on the entire keyboard (not even the "Logi" logo is backlit). I will definitely give Logitech an 'E' for effort, and if this is the only mechanical keyboard you have, well then there's a least something there to make things look a little more exciting when you actually make the switch from MS Teams to Doom Eternal.

    If those were the only issues of note, Logitech pretty much nailed what they set out to provide--a work-oriented mechanical keyboard with just barely enough spicy sauce to keep a ravenous gamer at bay. But there are a few items to consider as you weigh the options for your workplace/gamer-space. First, the cable is slightly on the shorter side at just under 6 feet; those of you who have to snake cables through and around systems furniture or large cubicles may come up slightly short depending on the location of the nearest USB port. The cable is also rubber wrapped rather than braided. While not a deal-breaker, this may contribute to slightly more kinks in the cable over time. However, in fairness, the cable IS slightly thicker than some keyboard cables I've seen in the past so this may not be as big a problem as it would be for one of those pack-in keyboards that come with most modern workplace PCs.

    The font size used on the keycaps is actually a bit on the smallish side...not a problem if you're familiar with the QWERTY keyboard layout of course, but it is something that stood out immediately to me and my wife and kids. This is especially true of the very tiny shift-text that sits next to the numbers that are already noticeably smaller than the lettering used on the rest of the keys. I also find the font choice a bit too industrial/stylized for my tastes--none of the letters, numbers or symbols with fully enclosed areas are actually fully enclosed; i.e. the Q, B, D, R, #, @, &, 4, 6, 8, 9, etc. all have breaks in the lettering, though oddly, not all of them are split fully down the middle. None of this affects usability--it's not like I don't know where the '6' key went to--but the font just feels a bit off (obviously this is an incredibly personal preference). Sadly, there is no pass-through USB port, and Logitech TOTALLY missed the boat by not making the media control/shortcut symbols shine-through on the bottom of the function keys :-(

    So where does that leave us? The Logitech K845 definitely seems like it is built first and foremost for the workplace...but it does at least use some of the same ingredients that you might find in more hardcore gaming-oriented keyboards. If that is enough for you, then this is a pretty reasonably priced keyboard to feature full-fledged Cherry MX Red switches. The fact that nearly all of my observations have nothing to do with performance and function means you can be pretty sure you're getting what you'd expect if you were already in the market for a mechanical keyboard without a lot of extra bloat...certainly recommended if you weren't looking for something with a bit more splash on the surface or greater capability under the hood.

    Oct 27, 2020 14:34
  • Review by Goncho, 8 out of 10
    Enjoyable lighted mechanical keyboard

    >> Summary

    Overall, I like the keyboard, it is making my programming life more enjoyable and livelier. I like the old style clicks inherent to mechanical keyboards (it feels like I am typing for real now), and with the keyboard light brightness adjustable, it makes typing a pleasure. I would have given it 5 stars, it is a superb keyboard, but I am giving it 4 due to the design of some of the key labels that I find a little annoying.

    - Favorable: Mechanical (of course), soft enough keys, adjustable light intensity, right weight.

    - Not favorable: Design of some key labels feel out of place.

    >> Word of Caution

    I chose the Red version of the keyboard thinking that, besides mechanical differences with the other colors Blue and Brown, the keyboard would emit a Red light. I was mistaken, the light color emitted by the keyboard is white (feels a little bluish under the black keys though). What is referred to as the “color” of the keyboard pertains to the mechanical characteristics of the keys, not to the light color it emits. There are three “colors” (“Key Switches”), Red, Blue and Brown, and according to the description, each one has a slightly different feeling and sound when keys are pressed (I have only tried the Red version). So be careful when choosing the right “color” keyboard.

    >> Design - Positive

    The first thing I noticed about the keyboard was its weight. It was heavy and initially I was not sure why they made it that heavy. After a few hours of using it, I really liked that it is heavier than other keyboards I had used, it felt solid and kept the keyboard in place. After several days of use, I can say that this keyboard has the right weight for its kind.

    Keys are just soft enough, but not too soft to take away the mechanical feeling. In addition, the design of the key labels is unique and bring some freshness to the market (well, there are multiple designs of key labels out there anyways).

    Light intensity can be adjusted, this is very convenient to have and a plus on this keyboard.

    >> Design - Not-Positive

    In general, I like the design of the letters and labels on the Logitech K845; however, there are two (three) keys/labels that have been a little annoying (I think I eventually will get used to it), letter “O”, number “0” and symbol “&”. Letter “O” and number “0”, especially number “0”, look like parentheses, this is very annoying. I wonder if there was an alternative design to fix this.

    With respect to symbol “&” it is not easy to see/distinguish. I know where the “&” key is at, so it is not really a blocker for me, but I think people with eyesight issues will not find it as easy to recognize.

    Other numbers and letters seem fine, although numbers “2” and “7” and other letters do not really feel like they follow the same design. For example, number “2” in the alphanumerical portion of the keyboard, looks out of place as it is more visible than the other numbers (it looks like a number in bold face).

    >> Typing

    Keys are soft, but not too soft that they lose their mechanical feeling. I really enjoy typing documents and mostly doing programming on the Logitech K845, it has become my main keyboard. One thing I noticed, though, is that sometimes when I pressed a key and I did not release it completely, it caused the key to be typed multiple times, so repeated letters would show up or the cursor would be located in unexpected locations (I have learnt to release the whole key after each stroke as a result).

    Just as an anecdote, when working in open-space, I never liked my teammates who would bring their mechanical keyboards. I promised to either, never buy one or buy the noisiest mechanical keyboard as payback. Now that I am working from home, I do not have the opportunity to annoy other team members with my “mechanical” typing, only my family gets annoyed when I am programming late at night (past midnight), they are forced to close their doors when going to sleep to avoid the “sound” nuisance.

    >> Light effects

    The keyboard has a few illumination patterns, and the intensity of the light can be adjusted. It is the latter that I like the most, depending on the ambient light, or depending how I feel, I can dim or brighten the light (the light can even be turned off). This is a very useful and convenient feature.

    Oct 25, 2020 15:11
  • Review by nice, 10 out of 10
    Get the keyboard

    All round good first mechanical keyboard!!! I got the red switches linear keyboard! The sound quality would make Great ASMR video! I would definitely recommend and buy again the only downfall is the symbols on the F roll does not light up! Another downfall is the design font of the keys!

    Aug 27, 2021 21:05
  • Review by Mint, 8 out of 10
    Perfect budget or office keyboard

    Excellent keyboard for it's value, considering most mechanical keyboards are priced above the $99 mark. The brown switches of give a nice confirming tactile feel without the loud clickiness of blue switches. A perfect keyboard for typists or programmers that are working in an office and don't want to disturb their co-workers. The base of the keyboard has a slight flex to it if pressed hard enough, and the key-caps have a bit of a cheap feel to them. But, when considering it's price, it's a fantastic deal.

    Jan 15, 2021 18:11
  • 9.4score
    Logitech - G513 Carbon Full-size Wired Mechanical GX Red Linear Switch Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Carbon
    Description

    G513 is a high performance RGB mechanical gaming keyboard that features advanced technologies in a modern and sleek design. G513 includes full spectrum ~16.8M color RGB per key lighting with LIGHTSYNC technology, choice of mechanical switches, and a memory foam palmrest to deliver utmost comfort. G513 is the perfect blend of performance, advanced technologies and features, and unparalleled build quality and comfort.

    7 Features
  • LIGHTSYNC technology: Personalize lighting for each individual key, customize lighting effects, and enjoy in-game integrations from a spectrum of ~16.8M colors with Logitech G HUB.*
  • USB pass-through: Convenient USB passthrough port makes it a snap to plug in your mouse, flash drive or phone for direct data transmission or charging.
  • GX Red mechanical switches: Features a discernible actuation for gamers who prefer direct tactile feedback.
  • Multimedia and lighting controls: Media and lighting controls are right at your fingertips. Use FN + F keys to control volume, play and pause, skip track, mute, toggle lighting, enter game mode, etc.
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum alloy: Creates a slim, premium look and ensures durability.
  • Works with G HUB: Customize lighting, Game mode and macro custom programming with downloadable Logitech G HUB software.
  • Premium comfort: Memory foam rest quickly and fully recovers from pressure so every use is as comfortable as the first.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TheStigenator, 10 out of 10
    Logitech G513 Carbon with GX-Red Linear Keys

    Logitech is the first name that comes to mind when you think keyboards and mice and computer accessories. I’ve been a long time fan of the Logitech keyboards, mice, webcams, and gaming accessories, having pretty much owned several versions of their popular keyboard and mice models over the years. This is my first mechanical keyboard from Logitech’s premium gaming line that I now get to the pleasure of reviewing. I am a typist, not much of a gamer these days, though an occasional FPS always hits the spot. What makes a good typist and a good gamer squeal with joy is the feel of the keys. We want keys that are responsive, smooth and a solid feel. A touch typist wants to know that the keys are accurately reflected on screen, much like a gamer who wants to strife on a shooter without going too far.

    I’ve been a long-time user of an IBM Model F Keyboard, having owned one from 20 years ago, that uses a USB adaptor (since none of the new computers do PS/2). The mileage I’ve put on the IBM keyboard is a testament to its heavy-duty build quality, and this keyboard reminds me of it by weight, feel and build quality. The keyboard is manufactured of a lovely aluminum alloy that is both stylish and durable.

    That said, The new king of the mechanical keyboard in my menagerie of keyboards is the New Logitech G513. This “Carbon” edition keyboard in the middle of the pack for the Range of gaming keyboards that Logitech offers; Logitech keyboards come in a range of different keystroke feels. This G513 Carbon Edition has the “linear” feel GX Red keys, the Logitech G513 line of gaming keyboards also include “Tactile” (GX Brown) and “Clicky” (GX Blue). Other Logitech keyboards offer the GL series keys (for the low profile keyboards) and the G-Romer Linear & Tactile versions. For the G513, of the three, the Linear Red GX keys would be the smoothest in terms of feel, and the quietest, and while it does miss the tactile ‘bump’ click that other mechanical keyboard versions that Logitech G513 line has. The benefit of not having the tactile bump is that you don’t have to completely reset past the bump to reinitiate the keys, which means by nature rapid double and triple tap for gamers who need the edge in rapid-fire speed. Given that this model that I am using is the GX-Red linear keys is linear in actuation, it feels very much like the Cherry MX Red keys but maybe a bit better.

    The keyboard takes a bit of getting used to when coming from the regular membrane interface keyboards, partly because of the increased travel required by mechanical keyboards over their membrane brethren. Mechanical keyboards, which eventually can make you a bit tired of typing but you benefit from the fact that your typing gets better, and in line, lesser spelling errors in the long run. That is why the beloved IBM F series keyboards are still so loved. The other part that gets getting used to is the noise. A mechanical keyboard is NOT quiet; compared to a membrane keyboard, but that’s by design. The feel of the keys and the noise it makes is part of the experience and the joy of using a well designed mechanical keyboard.

    For the gamers, Logitech provides replacement keys for “A,” “S,” “W,” “D,” “Q,” “E,” and # 1-5. These are keys that have an indent that allows gamers to lock their fingers on the standard movement keys for the optimal gaming experience. The keyboard comes with a key puller removal tool that makes replacing the keys very easy, hook it to the key you want to remove, and pull upwards. Replacing the key is just a matter of pushing down the new key into the replacement slot.

    The keyboard does have some quirks, as for one there are two USB inputs, but on closer observation, one has a “keyboard” symbol etched on the USB, the other has the standard USB Hub symbol. One of the connectors serves to provide power for the keyboard while the other connector is for the built-in USB 2.0 pass through that exists on the keyboard. It is best to install the keyboard directly to the computer, and not through a USB Hub, as the keyboard is a power hog when the LED lights are on and working. Thus if this connected through a hub, rather than on to the computer, any other device plugged in would mean the keyboard stops working. To make sure no such thing happens, it MUST be plugged into the computer directly. The other “feature” I found perplexing is what looks like a tripod connector (3/8” 16 screws) in the middle of the keyboard (picture), looks like Logitech may have plans to create additional accessories that can be mounted to the keyboard in the future like the old G510 series displays.

    The keyboard features 16.7 million colors backlit LED that is fully customizable with the Logitech GHUB software. The Logitech RGB LightSync allows you to allow one to customize the colors per your use case scenario, for example, you may want to light up or change the key colors for those that are associated with your game controls. The software also allows programmable “Macro’s” that allow for key combinations that could be triggered in a single keystroke. The keyboard “Play” “Pause” “Skip” “Change lighting effects” can be controlled with the Fn+F5-F12 keys. Keys F5-F7 control lighting built-in styles, downloaded styles and brightness. F8 is unique in that it turns off the “windows key” in “Game Mode”. Keys F9-F12 are control keys to the media controls and FN + Print Screen (PRTSC), Scroll Lock (SCRLC) and Pause control the audio controls. Speed of the keyboard effects can be adjusted with the FN with the + or -.. The GHub software allows for some interesting effects. I particularly like the “Echo Press” with a 1000 ms delay, which makes shows which keys have been pressed. There are a million effects one can trigger through the GHub software. There are downloadable color effects should you need them.

    So how is this keyboard? The feel of this keyboard is better than my worn down other keyboards, and the overall adjustment took only a few minutes. The initial typing errors took a few minutes to sort out, but after four days of typing, this feels just like any other keyboard that I use. I kinda prefer this keyboard over the older ones, may have to get another one of these Logitech mechanical keyboards for work too. The keyboard accurate and super fast in typing and in the limited gaming that I did with it. The foam wrist support is effective and helps keep the typing strain off the wrists. I did end up with some carpel tunnel but could be from the extra typing, and I wish Logitech would make one of these mechanical keyboards for the curved ergonomic line of keyboards that they make. Overall I am very happy with this keyboard and looking forward to getting another version of this for the office.

    Cons:

    • Logitech, please make an “ergonomic” version of this keyboard for the touch typists with carpal tunnel…

    • No “NUM LOCK” light, does have a “G” light, which

    • The secondary option keys are not lit, therefore harder to read in the dark. It seems, Logitech did make a version with fully lit keys, but this is keyboard does not have it.

    Pros:

    • Great typing accuracy and speed. Relatively quiet, for Red Linear GX keys.

    • Heavy-duty, will last a long time for my gaming and typing needs.

    • Love the USB hub built into the keyboard, makes plugging in USB sticks and security authentication keys easier.

    Jan 20, 2020 18:00
  • Review by Bren, 10 out of 10
    Lives up to Logitech's high-end feel and quality!

    I am so happy with this keyboard. I have been long on the hunt for a replacement for my Razer Cynosa Chroma keyboard which has definitely outlived its usefulness in my use case of FPS gaming with mouse and keyboard with its squishy, non-precise membrane keys. In general, I have a very high opinion of Logitech products. I have used a lot of Logitech products and I can't recall any of them in the mid-high end of price range every disappointing me. My first Logitech product was a $12 wireless mouse I purchased in 2009 in high school that worked for almost 6 years without issue! Anyways, I digress.

    The Logitech G513 is a keyboard that from unboxing to setup reeks of quality. The keyboard is stout enough to be used as a blunt melee weapon, the key strokes are precise and live up to their advertised feel and tactility, and the software Logitech G HUB is my favorite interface over Razer Synapse and Corsair iCUE that I am familiar with!

    One of the things I love is the clean appearance of the RGB. There is no bleed, no wasted lighting. The Rainbow mode this defaults too before a profile is loaded is just so sexy and demonstrates the cleanliness of the color transitions when you see it the first time. The braided USB cable is thick enough to make a construction contractor proud and the pass through USB port is thoughtful (if not expected) at this price range. I am using it for my mouse dongle currently to avoid the connection having to pass through my desk or other objects and experience interference. So far, it has been amazing! The palm rest is comfortable and the angles of the keyboard should suit most any user. My only criticism is rather general and not specific to Logitech alone as many keyboards at this price range and RGB setup have this problem: I don't like not having secondary key functions and symbols light up! I find myself typing in a dark environments quite often, and when I have to find a special character I haven't memorized I am require to turn on a lamp or light the keyboard with my phone. Not convenient, but definitely not a huge issue as I mostly use this keyboard for gaming.

    Overall, I can't recommend this keyboard enough. The switches, the quality, the appearance, the RGB, the software, it all just WORKS. I expect nothing less of high-end Logitech and this is highly demonstrative of my satisfied expectations!

    Jan 19, 2020 09:45
  • Review by krush, 10 out of 10
    Glad I Made The Switch!

    I’m coming from a fairly new Corsair mechanical gaming keyboard so I had some high expectations for this keyboard from Logitech. Overall, I am very impressed with the build quality, the feeling of the mechanical switches, the RGB backlighting as well as the app. After using this keyboard for a few days, this has now become my primary keyboard.

    Build Quality: The build quality is great. You can feel the quality just holding the package. For a keyboard, it is quite heavy. I love the 5052 aluminum-magnesium alloy they used on this keyboard. Its aesthetically pleasing and is what makes the build quality of this keyboard superb. I love the size of this keyboard. It has all of the basic keys, and the right-side number pad. My previous keyboard was quite large so this is a nice change. The quality of the keys themselves is great, they have a grippy feeling to them so your fingers do not easily slide off the keys. My favorite thing about this keyboard is the non-attached wrist rest. Not only is it comfortable, but it isn’t attached the keyboard so if I don’t want to use it, I can just move it out of the way. That is a game changer for me because I don’t always want to use the wrist rest. It has a nice grip to my desk as well so I have not had any issues with it sliding around during use. Overall excellent build quality.

    RGB Backlighting: The backlighting on this keyboard is amazing. The colors are gorgeous and the light comes through the keys perfectly in my opinion. I typically don’t really care about the RGB feature of keyboards, but what I like about the RGB on this keyboard is its not overbearing and its not “too much”. There are also tons of different lighting effect options within the app.

    App: The app is great. It took me a minute of looking around to identify where everything was located but now, I can open it right up and I know where everything is. Its easy to modify the RGB lighting effects which there are endless options by the way. Its also easy to setup specific application profiles for this keyboard which may come in handy if users like to create their own macros or shortcuts for certain applications and games. There is also a game mode which allows you to disable certain keys to prevent them from interrupting your game like the windows key etc. The app provides a lot of versatility for this keyboard and if you learn the options it gives you, its very useful.

    Jan 20, 2020 09:49
  • Review by sdmarsh, 10 out of 10
    GREAT gaming keyboard and accessories

    To begin with, I've always been a Logitech guy. Keyboards, mice and even 5.1 speakers for my computer. This review will not be biased though.

    The keyboard itself has some weight to it. That' most likely do to the brushed aluminum alloy top. The USB cord is nicely braided and 6' long. There are two USB connectors to plug into your computer. One is for the keyboard itself, the other is to power the USB out on the back of your keyboard. You can plug in your wireless charging mouse pad, or charge your phone, etc.

    Underneath the keyboard you'll find two legs that you can open to make the keyboard rise at an angel, as well as 6 rubber pads so the keyboard won't slide around. The included wrist rest is nicely padded and it springs back to "normal" immediately when you remove your hands. The material is not leather, but pleather I assume. Time will tell how long that will last until it starts cracking/peeling.

    The G513 Carbon also came with a set of 12 additional keys and a key puller. The extra keys are different from the standard keys as their shape is slightly indented so that it's very easy to feel the keys when gaming instead of having to look at them.

    The RGB back lighting is GREAT. As you can view in my picture, I do have a few keys highlighted in different colors. You can set individual keys to ANY color you want, or for example,you can have all the keys bright red, or any other color you want. You download the software for the lighting at Logitechs website.

    I got the G513 Carbon with the GX Red Linear keys. These type of key are new to me as all of my other Logitech gaming keyboards had the Logitech Romer keys. The GX reds feel just about the same, but just a hair nosier than the Romers.

    The lighting difference in the Romer keys is that the light shines right up through the middle of the keys, while all other keyboards (Logitech, Razer, Corsair, etc) light shines up near the top of the keys. In the G513 keys, while the main keystroke is illuminated, if the key has a second function like the 1,2,3,4 or <,>,? are not lit up. So, if you're typing in a very dark room, it's hard to see those extra keystrokes if you need to use them. Overall, this is NOT a problem though and does not subtract from this review.

    Keystrokes are instantaneous and playing BF4 or BF5 works great using this keyboard. General everyday typing is fast and smooth. And while the GX red linear keys are just a hair louder than my Romer keys, it's not a distraction. You actually don't even notice it after a few minutes.

    Oh, I almost forgot. Above the numbers key pad area on the right, there are two lights that light up a light blueish/turquoise color when you have the caps locked on and also when you have the game mode on. To activate the game mode you hit the FN + F8 key. This will lock the Windows key, as well as any other key that won't mess things up when your gaming. You would set this up with the LIGHTSYNC software the hopefully you've downloaded from Logitech.

    Overall, I'm extremely happy with the Logitech G513 Carbon keyboard and I highly recommend it.

    Jan 18, 2020 15:18
  • Review by Solrak, 10 out of 10
    Excellent “gaming” keyboard, worth the money

    Bottom Line Upfront: You will not be disappointed with the G513 GX Carbon, it checks all the boxes needed for a keyboard that can both “work” and “play” – however, you will have to pay for this level of capability and performance.

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    Detailed Thoughts and Observations:

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    Current MSRP for this keyboard is $149.99. At this price point, I expect a product to deliver on its marketed promises and justify its’ price – especially when you can buy relatively reputable solid performing keyboards starting from anywhere in-between $20 - $50. After using the Logitech G513 GX Carbon – w/GX Red Linear switches – for a little over a week now – I have mostly positive things to say about it. As always, at this level of price, there are so many options to fulfil your gaming and productivity needs … which is why as great as I think this keyboard is, I also feel that there is room for improvements in some areas that I will share later on below.

    I generally use my main computer to get me through a mix of a various “work” stuff and “gaming” stuff on a regular basis. My review is based on my subjective observations while doing so. To elaborate a little more, my “work stuff” consists of mild application (C++, Java, HTML, Pyhon) development/debugging in various IDE environments, text/manual/reference document reading and research, in addition to heavy web browser usage – and my “fun” stuff consisted of playing several hours of “The Division 2”, “Jedi Fallen Order”, “Battlefront II” and “Call of Duty MW” among others.

    Normally the “gaming” moniker means you have to “give up” some level of usability and/or ergonomics in order to get more “performance” of said item. Interestingly, the G513 GX RED Carbon is able to mostly defy that rule. I do want to underscore the word “mostly” here. The usual disclaimers apply in that what may be a minor problem to me; may be a huge problem to someone else – and vice versa. I was very impressed with the GX Red Linear switches. I normally prefer “tactile” style Cherry “Brown” switches for their telltale “bump” when engaged – however the GX Reds “linear” style switches are notably smoothly and quieter when compared directly to my “other” gaming keyboard I normally use. I think it’s great that they include a decent “memory foam” wrist rest in the box, as it goes a long way to help improve comfort for me in my book – although again at $149.99 MSRP, I kind of expect this. I really appreciate the relatively small (compared to many of the ginormous gaming keyboards out there) foot print of this keyboard and its overall build quality and aesthetics. The 513 Carbon looks right at home in an office as much as it does at a LAN party. While the Logitech Gaming Software provides a lot of options and customization for the keyboard – mainly improvements in usability and presentation. Build quality, while overall appears very good in book, is still not perfect in my book… especially when compared to what else is out there at this price in the “wired keyboard” market realm. Still, with my minor quibbles, I have to say this a 5 star product from my point of view. It has always been my experience that Logitech is one of those companies that take feedback from its users and the industry and regularly incorporates it into new products, or make refinements of its current ones. A good example is the new GX switches they are rolling out in response to the first round of Romer G switches they initially put in these models.

    Despite the minor short comings, I shared I still think this keyboard deserves it’s 5-star rating. The GX Linear red key action, the look, the feel and ergonomics are excellent and arguably the best in this price range. While there may be things it could do better – in no way does those shortcomings – break the experience or reduce the functionally of the keyboard itself in any meaningful way. If your looking for something that’s looks professional, games like best of them, and doesn’t take up a ton of space on your desktop… it is definitely worth the money … especially if you can catch it on sale … even better.

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    Pro’s / What I liked:

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    ++++ Overall size / “footprint "

    • I touched on this before, but it’s nice to have a gaming keyboard that does not have 8,000 programmable buttons or takes up “extra” real estate on my desktop needlessly. This gives the G513 GX Carbon a notably more professional look in my opinion and in addition to the aluminum backpack and centered LED style lighting make it look “classier” than many other keyboards while still retaining excellent gaming functionality as the same time.

    ++++ Good sized “detached” memory foam style wrist rest –

    • I want to start by clarifying this is not a true “detachachable” wrist rest. To be “detachable” would mean it would have to attach to something first….and in this case, it does not physically attach to the G513 GX carbon in any way what so ever. To restate – it is a free standing/floating detached style wrist rest that does not physically attach to the key board. That is a plus to me as it allows for flexibility for the placement of the wrist – or even the option of complete replacement or removal with something else without looking like its is missing something from the front. It does however increase the otherwise “smallish” foot print of the actual keyboard. Its not the most expensive or ultra-luxurious thing out there (in regards to wrist rests) but its much nicer than many other manufacture’s options that they include in the box and is a very reasonable size.

    ++++ Tasteful RGB lighting –

    • It is hard to tell in my photo. But the way the center mounted LED shines with the GX key caps – really helps to eliminate excess light bleed from under the keys. The photo I shared makes the back bleed brighter than it is in person, but the RGB lighting on the GX 513 Carbon just looks cleaner and more professional – which I really like.

    ++++ Legible Font on the key caps –

    • Thank you, Logitech, for picking a legible, easy to read, font on your keys. This seems like a simple thing to ask for… but a lot of “gaming” keyboards tend to use "alien-like" or “gamer-fied” fonts that aren’t the clearest to read or look at. For its worth, I truly appreciate that.

    ++++ Excellent GX Linear style switches –

    • This is a purely personal preference, but I really liked the GX Red Linear style switches. As I mentioned previously, I usually use Cherry Browns, or Blues in my previous keyboards – and was not really a fan of the Cherry Reds – which I think these GX Reds are aiming at. I personally found the switches to be quieter then my other Cherry switches while having increased word accuracy and speed in my day to day typing.

    ++++ USB pass-through -

    • It has a single USB pass-through in case you need it. This is a solid extra worth mentioning if you use USB powered headsets or mics and it’s a nice to have feature.

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    Cons / What I DIDN’T like so much:

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    ---- "Plasticky" back side / under the top facing aluminum back plate –

    • Just like above … I feel this isn’t limited to just this model of keyboard and/or Logitech models in particular. I always find it interesting that such effort is made by manufactures to have a quality, luxury/metal like feel to the top plate, but then it goes out the window when it comes to the underside. In this instance the plastic is sturdy and works well enough, its just the at the price I guess I still expect something “better” feeling or looking.

    ---- Cheap feeling/looking plastic height feet/adjuster things –

    • Just like above … to repeat … I feel this also isn’t limited to just this keyboard or Logitech models in particular. If/ when it comes to adjusting the height of the keyboard for this model, you have to rely on arguably the flimsiest feeling plastic on the whole build … the little feet that adjust the height. At this price, I expected something sturdier and/or well thought out or made of a different material.

    ---- The texture/finish of the keys tends to leave oily/wet marks from my fingers

    • I don’t consider myself to be a “sweaty” guy or have excessively oily skin .. but apparently my usage for the past week has left “wet marks” from the oils of my finger tips on the key caps. I find this interesting, because I don’t eat at my PC, and I have never noticed this on my other keyboards, so it leaves me a bit intrigued. I guess it’s the “matte” finish? Perhaps adding a touch of texture or switching finishes may help with this in future revisions.

    ---- Lack of RGB lighting for all of the media shortcut icons AND punctuation keys on the keyboard buttons –

    • Interestingly enough, the older/other G513 Carbon keyboards with the original Romer G switches actually have their punctuation keys fully light up both characters. If that sounds confusing, just look at a picture of the keyboard I provided or ANY stock picture on a retailers website and notice that keys such as the colon, quotation, apostrophe, etc, etc… AND all the special characters under the number keys 1,2,3, etc, etc … DO NOT light up with RGB on this/the newer G513 GX models. I wonder why they made that switch. I still sometimes have to look down and make sure I am hitting the right key for my special characters and punctuation marks at night/in a darkened room since I don’t have the keys memorized (perhaps I should). I feel like unless there is some kind of technical limitation introduced by the new switch, it’s a cheap way to save a couple cents on Logitech part.

    Jan 26, 2020 00:34
  • Review by KMed, 10 out of 10
    My 2nd G513 Carbon!

    I previously purchased a Logitech G513 Carbon (Tactile) and absolutely loved the keyboard. It replaced an older Corsair MX Blue keyboard I had and I haven't regretted it, so when the opportunity to try out this G513 with linear switches came along I just had to give it a go.

    There are so many different types of key switches out there on the mechanical keyboard market that choosing one can be daunting, luckily Logitech's description and options make the choice much easier. This keyboard has a completely linear keystroke, which means that there is no actuation click at any point during the stroke of each key. Other switches have a very tactile "bump" or at least some sort of "bump" that signifies when the key has been pushed, but not this guy!

    What's that mean to you as a potential buyer of this keyboard? Well, it's going to be absolutely great for gaming and pretty much anything else, but mostly for gaming. This linear Romer-G is much like an MX Red key switch, but just a bit modified and improved. You'll be able to quickly actuate any key press and it'll be a very responsive keyboard for quick movements in any game you might be playing.

    The only concerns with this keyboard is for the pure typist. I wouldn't recommend this keyboard or any MX Red key switch based keyboard for someone that types, writes or programs on their computer a significant portion of the day as it's going to increase fatigue during these activities for some people due to how far you'll end up pressing the keys while typing in this manner. Because this is intended as a gaming keyboard though, I won't knock off any points for this.

    Using the Logitech G-Hub you'll be able to customize the lighting of this keyboard to your liking and it'll even sync with your favorite games to enhance your gaming experience in titles like Battlefield or Call of Duty. Some of the effects are fantastic, but if you'd like to turn off the backlight you can do that too! Oh..and it has a disconnected arm rest, which is durable and high quality.

    Pros:

    Excellent quality build

    Keys are brightly lit and the customization in regard to the lighting is pretty great

    Logitech product support is fantastic, as is their warranty

    Keyboard has an additional USB port for quick access

    Super comfortable, durable and detachable arm rest

    Cons:

    Requires 2 USB ports for recommended connection

    This linear type key switch is definitely geared more towards gamers than casual users

    Jan 17, 2020 21:03
  • Review by Cupra, 8 out of 10
    Solid gaming keyboard, software could be better...

    When picking up the keyboard, first thing I noticed was how heavy it is. Especially compared to the keyboard I was replacing. It is most definitely 'solid' which is what you want from a gaming keyboard.

    Opening the sleek packaging, you get a nice looking, backlit mechanical gaming keyboard with a dark grey brushed aircraft grade aluminum top plate, a nice braded USB (2.0) pass through cable (permanently connected to the keyboard) allowing you to plug in and charge your phone or mouse, and a nice quality memory foam wrist rest. One of the nicest wrist rests I've seen, great quality and very comfortable. Heavy too, so it's not going anywhere either.

    Also included are extra 12345, QWER, and ASD keys, the most frequently used gaming keys, and a key removal tool. The instructions were hidden underneath the liner for the keyboard packaging. The keys are removed very easily and replaced just as quickly.

    Placing the keyboard on the desk, it looks fantastic. It's not going anywhere due to it's very rubbery feet, even with the extension legs raised, it doesn't slide anywhere at all. Looking at it closely, the aluminum is only a 'veneer' on the top, and not a solid piece of aluminum. At this price point, I expected it to be a solid piece.

    The Romer-G linear key switch travel is nice and, well, linear (as it should be with this linear model), requiring a solid press to make the full depression distance. Recoil is nice and quick, ready for the next key press.

    When plugged in, the keyboard defaults to an RGB rainbow wave of color that rolls across all of the keys thanks to LIGHTSYNC Technology. Definitely not my color palette so quickly downloaded the Logitech G HUB software to customize the layout. You have 16.8 million colors to choose from within the customization software.

    Having not used this type of keyboard before, I was new to setting up the color changing properties. Once the software was loaded up, I clicked on the first thing I saw and that took me to other users profiles that they had already set up and not to my own personal customization screen. The software was not initially intuitive with a 'quick guide' out of the gate. I had to fumble my way around to get to where I wanted. I finally settled on making all the keys white, until a key press and then that key turns to a blood red color. That looks pretty neat. There is an option that makes the keys 'ripple' when you press them, but I could only seem to get them to do that in the rainbow color and not in the blood red effect that I wanted them to. More than likely user error, but as I mentioned, the software wasn't as intuitive as I was expecting. There is a great deal of customization for the keys available, and then the ability to share them within G HUB as well, makes for a very personalized set up. I have had some of the keys remain the color assigned instead of reverting to their original color until their next press, but for the most part, the LIGHTSYNC Technology has worked fairly flawlessly.

    I've seen complaints of lack of media keys or volume keys, but F9-PAUSE are pre-printed with the media keys on them and can be customized within the G HUB. They are not 'dedicated' keys but can be programmed to act as such.

    Don't expect to typically use this keyboard in an office environment for typing (it's not designed for that use, it is a dedicated gaming keyboard), as it is quite loud when typing. It does feel good to type with, I'm currently typing this review with it, but it is loud. Distractingly loud.

    Over all, very happy with the keyboard itself, it's nice and solid, great key travel and response, fantastic customization available and very comfortable wrist rest included as well. Just wish the customization within G HUB was a little more user friendly.

    Jan 19, 2020 18:31
  • Review by HoMi3, 8 out of 10
    Solid keyboard

    At first glance this is a very sleek keyboard. It has a nice style that allows it to go well with most desktop setups. Especially the bright RGB backlit keys, it looks really cool. I mean it when I say this is a solid keyboard. The overall feel just feels premium. Once you hook it up to play some games it feels "right". I play with headphones so I don't need to hear the clickity clack of the keys for gameplay. Not having a large audible click isn't a deal breaker for me.

    The only thing I withdrew a star for was the wrist rest that came for it is overly large. I don't know if there is a real purpose to fill a large portion of positions or something but wrists have a minimal contact point. I would buy this product again and I plan on doing so for gifts to my gaming friends and cousin's.

    Jan 30, 2020 12:25
  • 9.4score
    Adesso - Luminous AKB-132UY Full-size Wired Membrane Keyboard - Black/Yellow
    Description

    Ease eyestrain when working with this Adesso EasyTouch keyboard. Fluorescent yellow keys and black typeface four times the size of traditional lettering provide high contrast and readability. The membrane keypad switches on this Adesso EasyTouch keyboard are quiet and built for heavy use, and one-touch hot keys provide fast access to multimedia and online sites.

    4 Features
  • 108 keys: Offer a comfortable typing experience.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple connection to your computer.
  • 14 one-touch hot keys: To instantly access the Internet, e-mail, media player, volume control, and more.
  • PC compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Typinginthedark2019, 10 out of 10
    Best keyboard EVER!

    My eyes are extremely sensitive to light, so I sit in dim light or no light when using the computer. I needed to be able to see the numbers and special characters. This keyboard is amazing! The keys are bright yellow, larger than usual and bouncy and extremely comfortable. It is so easy to see all the keys! I thought it would take a day or two to get used to a new keyboard, but I was comfortable with it immediately. I highly recommend this keyboard to anyone with vision issues -- it certainly made my life a little easier!

    Dec 06, 2019 12:02
  • Review by Islandgull, 10 out of 10
    Great value for the visually impared!

    We needed a larger key board. We tried using lights over the standard keyboard. but that did not work. This one is amazing. It is slightly larger but not too big. No local stores had one that we could see. There were plenty of expensive gaming keyboards but none that would work for us. I was directed to the keyboard section and left alone. After I looked around a while and was leaving a very nice young man saw me and asked if he could help. He checked on line and we read reviews of the keyboard and he ordered it for me in the store. It arrived ahead of time. He went above and beyond to help me...and I do appreciate.

    Aug 31, 2019 05:50
  • Review by Esynclaire, 10 out of 10
    Great for users with low vision!

    Bought this item as a gift for my grandmother, who has macular degeneration. She was having difficulty seeing the keys on her regular keyboard. She says its made a world of difference, and will be able to continue using her computer for longer than she expected. Great product, highly reccomemded.

    Jun 18, 2021 16:34
  • Review by Caveman, 10 out of 10
    Key board

    Very large key and easy to see works good with computer

    Nov 13, 2021 09:03
  • Review by Randy, 10 out of 10
    Works for visually impaired

    My Mom has macular degeneration and was having a hard time with her standard keyboard so I bought this one and it has helped her see the keys better since the keys are Bigger and Yellow with Black type. So for now it's working, let's hope her vision doesn't get any worse. Local store didn't have it in stock so ordered from bestbuy.com and had it in 2 days, fast shipping Best Buy!

    May 30, 2020 00:18
  • Review by N8VMurrican, 10 out of 10
    They mean 4x lol

    I didn't expect the letters to be so huge, but they are! Very easy for me to see. Keyboard makes a light clicking sound which I love, not overly loud at all. Would recommend!

    May 20, 2020 13:22
  • Review by LVPaul, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard for old folks

    I have trouble with my eye sight and the regular keyboards have always been difficult to see. With this keyboard I can see everything clearly and with ease. I am very thankful to have found this keyboard.

    Jul 10, 2020 16:16
  • Review by Charito, 10 out of 10
    My Grandson love it!!

    I used for the first time in the Library and then buy it for my grandson who has vision impairment..Perfect for him that he had to do home schooling, awesome product... I recommended to any person. Even they don't have vision impairment...I also buy one for me too...

    Sep 04, 2020 17:03
  • 9.4score
    Logitech - K845 Full-size Wired Mechanical Cherry MX Blue Clicky Switch Keyboard with Five Backlight Modes
    Description

    Type notes efficiently with this Logitech mechanical corded keyboard. The five backlighting options add impact to your gaming, while the solid anodized aluminum top and the sturdy mechanical switches offer dependable durability and satisfying feedback. This Logitech mechanical corded keyboard has a curved profile and tilt legs for comfortable use, and the 12 FN keys enable quick access to shortcuts for enhanced productivity.

    10 Features
  • Cherry MX Blue switches: Offer a tactile typing experience with a slightly stronger click force and audible response. You get a satisfying sound and physical feedback confirming each key hit. Its durable switches have been tested up to 50 million clicks.
  • Five ways to backlight: Light the entire keyboard to see every key, or choose between five lighting patterns.
  • Comfortable typing: Its curved profile, slim front, and angled keys create a natural typing position for long, comfortable work.
  • Mechanical keyboard: Offers a multisensory typing experience for speed and accuracy.
  • 12 FN keys: Give you easy access to media and shortcut keys for increased efficiency.
  • USB connectivity: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • Windows compatible: For use with your existing computer. Also, works with Microsoft Surface.
  • Full-size design: All the keys you need for extra productivity in a surprisingly small footprint.
  • Choose your preferred position: The adjustable tilt legs allow you to adjust between 4-degree and 8-degree angles.
  • Durable construction: Its floating keys and premium aluminum top case ensure durability and comfortable use.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Pilgrim007, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Keyboard for Work

    I was excited to get another Logitech keyboard, specifically to use at work. I already have a Logitech illuminated gaming keyboard which is similar but the keys were too noisy to use in a shared office.

    This K845 comes with the Red Linear switches which are supposedly smooth but quiet. They are still a little on the loud side for me but my workmates have not complained about the "tap-dancing" sounds yet.

    Key strokes are smooth and precise and as a fast touch-typist, I have no complaints on using the keyboard. The layout of keys is good and I particularly like having obvious controls for music and videos (volume, play, pause etc.) A separate numeric keypad is a good addition too. The keyboard is comfortable to type on for long periods although it could have done with including a wrist pad. I was able to take the one I got with the gaming keyboard and use it with this one which is a slight improvement. Even with so many keys on a compact base, I don’t find the keyboard crowded and it is nice to free up some valuable real estate on my desk, without losing any features.

    The illumination feature is adequate but I was disappointed not to have the same level of lighting control as the gaming keyboard I own. You get to cycle through a few preset light configs but can’t create your own or find setups other have created. I shouldn’t complain as this keyboard is designed for office use and not gaming specifically but I had got spoiled from the other Logitech keyboard and mouse I own. If I forget that for second, the keys do light up well and you would have no problems using it in low-light conditions.

    I have a similar complaint with my gaming keyboard but I wish it was possible to have the functions on the keys lit as well. For example, to change the volume or play/pause, those features are on function keys at the top of the keyboard and only the F7, F9 etc. part of the key is actually lit. It would be great if when you held down the lit FN key, the function part lit up on the function keys.

    Included functions are brightness control, search, calculator, default music player, skip back, play/pause, skip forward, mute, volume down, volume up and light control for the keyboard. I like to have the brightness on the keys fade in and out slowly – the other features seemed a bit busy but this one strikes a nice balance for my work environment – eye catching but not distracting. I think Logitech call this one “Breathing” which seems apt for the pace of light change.

    The K845 is an attractive keyboard and looks much more durable than the plastic keyboard that came with my office computer. It is made of aluminum and the switches seem much more robust than standard plastic keys.

    In closing, I find this a huge step up from the original keyboard that came with my office computer and I find myself typing much more accurately now. I had already got rid of a wireless keyboard as it seemed to lose keystrokes and even the basic wired keyboard was doing that now and again. The K845 does not lose anything so far and I am looking forward to using it in my job for some years to come.

    Oct 07, 2020 13:00
  • Review by benzy, 8 out of 10
    A couple gripes short of a perfect keyboard

    During my short time with it, this Logitech K845 has been mostly a joy to use. Mine came with Red linear switches, which are smooth and very pleasant to type on, providing a perfect throw and the classic sound of a mechanical keyboard. I was a computer user throughout the late 80s and 90s, and this keyboard brings me right back to some of the best I used back then. I've typed several thousands of words on this board at work and played a few hours of games to test its function, and I've been impressed at the comfort and feel so far.

    UNLIKE keyboards from the 80s and 90s, the K845 features keys that float above the keyboard's surface, making it easier to clean and giving it a smart look. One advantage of this design is it makes the keyboard very compact, with "bezels" around the edges of the keys of only about a quarter of an inch. The floating design also has the additional benefit of creating a neat little "cradle" above the arrow keys where I like to rest my fingers while re-reading what I've written.

    The surface of the board is made of a really nice faintly textured aluminum that lends a really high-quality feel, while the bottom is made of black plastic with roughly the same texture. Small feet on the back rear can be flipped up to change the elevation of the keyboard's surface from 4° to 8°. I like 8°, as it perfectly rises where my upper-row fingers fall.

    The backlight has 4 levels (Off, 1, 2, and 3), and is pleasant to use during the daytime or at night. Pressing Fn+F12 cycles through 5 lighting "patterns" (Reaction, Breathing Light, Random, Greedy Snake, and Static). In my opinion, the settings other than static are little more than a novelty, and not really useful at all. Random is perhaps the most interesting, as it sets up a twinkling look reminiscent of the Matrix or something. I could see myself setting Random if I was going AFK but working in the same room, as kind of a "keyboard screensaver" light show.

    Now for the gripes:

    First, the function keys are labeled with printed icons that indicate what they do, meaning the backlight does not shine through them. This makes it difficult to see their function in a darkened room, meaning I'll have to memorize what they do and squint at them until I do. It's not going to be a long-term problem, but it is mildly annoying for now, and mars what is otherwise a nice backlight setup.

    Second, the Num/Caps/Scroll Lock indicator lights do not fade as you adjust the brightness on the rest of the keys, meaning you could have the keys set to their dimmest and still have a glaring bright with LED shining at you from just over your right hand. This to me is a pretty major annoyance, and it means I'll likely have to put a piece of Scotch tape over them to not be constantly bothered in a dimly-lit room.

    Finally, and perhaps the most minor gripe, is that the font is not my favorite, and the cutouts on some of the number key alternate characters do not look good. For example, the "@" symbol has a cutout on the top, and the ampersand has two cutouts on the top and right, making it look like two wrenches held together (see images). It's a minor annoyance and won't affect my long-term enjoyment, but something that I would change if I were the designer.

    The bottom line is the K845 fits great on my desk, feels great to use, and features a backlight that makes it easy to use in a dimly lit room with some mildly playful "light show" features. It'll be good for you if you're seeking the classic typing feel of a linear switch and compact, nice-looking keyboard that fits anywhere you want to put it.

    Oct 07, 2020 13:24
  • Review by MoGJ, 10 out of 10
    Feature Ready Mechanical Keyboard

    Pros: -Adjustable backlight (different patterns, brightness levels)

    -Fn activities provide useful access to certain computer functions

    Cons: -Not wireless

    Logitech has been making keyboards for many years and I have found their keyboards to be getting better and better. This full sized, aluminum feel, Logitech mechanical keyboard is pretty easy to use; I connected it to my computer as I turned it on and saw the keyboard lit buttons come to life. My computer loads rather quickly, so by the time I had to put in my windows pin, the keyboard was ready to go. The drivers downloaded automatically. There was nothing else for me to do but to begin using it.

    The keys make a loud clicking sound due to it having the cherry mx red switches and I love it. I do a lot of typing with stories or reports I write, and the clicking sounds make me feel like I'm using an old typewriter. Furthermore, the keys are soft when pressed on and sensible to touch for the computer to register. Another feature I like is that the keyboard is also able to adjust in the angle you want. It's not like typical keyboards that just have 1 tilting adjustment, Logitech included two, 4 and 8 degree tilt. This one has a little more options to what degree tilt you want.

    Finally, it's very easy to manage computer settings through the keyboard by pressing "Fn" and then the F keys on the top row to adjust volume level, keyboard lighting (only in the color white; allows for 5 different light patterns to choose from and brightness level), and skip, play, or pause media. The only downside I noticed is that this keyboard is wired, not wireless. I understood this keyboard was corded but as more things are moving to be cordless, I think keyboards should as well. To me, it was not a problem because I have a small docking station which I use to connect all my devices to. On the other hand, the attached cable is long enough for most if not all desk applications to connect it to a deskside laptop or a desktop.

    Overall I enjoy the typewriter feel and clicking sound of the keys. It having an adjustable backlight is a great feature that adds to the overall appeal as well. It is a definitely a top option for those considering a corded keyboard loaded with features or any keyboard for that matter.

    Oct 29, 2020 22:00
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 10 out of 10
    HIGH QUALITY MECHANICAL LIGHTED KEYBOARD

    HIGH QUALITY FULL STROKE MECHANICAL LIGHTED KEYBOARD

    REVIEW: LOGITECH - K845 WIRED MECHANICAL LINEAR KEYBOARD

    Best Buy Tech Insider Network

    REVIEW

    I normally use an Ergonomic Keyboard for heavy typing and a large gaming keyboard for most games. The K845 fits in the middle between 100% work or 100% play. If you only had one computer or the budget for only one keyboard, I could see this working well. It is satisfying to type on, and uses mechanical keys often found in higher end gaming keyboard for a fraction of the price. The backlighting on the keys is pleasant and not overpowering. A good value for the performance.

    FEATURES

    LIGHTING

    • Keys are bright (White Only), even in a well-lit room. (but not overly bright)

    • The 5 Light patterns are interesting, but not very useful beyond the initial novelty

    TYPING / STROKE

    • The keys have a great feeling, are very fast, and pleasant feeling to type.

    • My device has the “RED Linear Keys”.

    • I could see the full click keys being potentially bothering to someone in an open office environment. Home office or closed office is great.

    • Keys are where you expect them to be, so no big surprises there (this is good as sometimes keyboards change the size, shape locations of keys)

    SIZE

    • Slim design is about 20% smaller than my full sized Ergo Keyboard or my “Gaming” keyboard.

    • This size is a good thing for not taking up too much desk space, while giving you the full feeling of a standard keyboard.

    APPEARANCE

    • It is a little steampunk cool with its metal base and minimalistic design.

    • Overall, I like the looks a lot.

    I certainly can recommend this keyboard as a good solid feeling and great performing keyboard. I don’t know if it would replace your dedicated gaming keyboard (with more function keys). But it is a huge step up from a cheapo keyboard. I can see this finding a home just about anywhere.

    The minimal design is nice that does not take up any more space than absolutely needed. As a touch typist I appreciate the tactile feelings of the keys. I like the dedicated number keypad. I wish it also had a dedicated calculator button (even if only a tiny one somewhere).

    It is a well built and an affordable way to get a gaming capable and business ready keyboard.

    Oct 05, 2020 16:08
  • Review by WyldeBlue, 8 out of 10
    Solid no-frills MX Red keyboard w/oddball typeface

    I'm not 100% sure who the target audience is for this particular keyboard. The design and onboard features are understated enough to comfortably use at the workplace while the VERY SLIGHT LED flair hints at a more "gamery" aesthetic. Logitech's own marketing material pretty sums up what you can expect: "Built for work...ready to play." In the end, I'm not sure that Logitech hits a home-run on either count, but I'd have to give the nod more to the workers in the audience.

    As a daily driver, what you get here is a VERY solidly built mechanical keyboard that wouldn't call much attention to itself if you were using it in the workplace. Build quality is solid with a nice, heavy metallic faceplate, a full numpad, a standard set of navigation/editing/shortcut keys, a row of function keys with multimedia controls, a pair of stubby 1-position risers on the bottom to add a little extra tilt, adjustable LED illumination (white only) that is actually pretty easy on the eyes as the white light shines through the grey-tone (not black) keycaps, and a few incredibly modest LED backlight effects...more on those later. The key profiles are sculpted from the back row to front in a slight U-shaped pattern that slightly decreases reach required to hit keys either above or below the home row. There's no built-in wrist rest and the design is virtually frameless so it accommodates a complete set of full-size keys in an otherwise streamlined and small-ish feeling package. Power and connectivity is provided for by a single USB connector...it doesn't even need to be a USB 3.0 port! The star of the show is, of course, the high-quality Cherry MX Red switches below the keycaps themselves. These feel identical to the Cherry MX Reds I have on two other Corsair RGB keyboards...they will provide you with a smooth, satisfyingly clicky (but not overloud), linear action that doesn't require too much force or travel to actuate. In all, the K845 keyboard is an outstanding choice for typing performance and comfort that easily holds up to everyday use in a typing-heavy environment.

    But suppose you're now "ready to play" as the marketing materials would have it...well, then you'll get that same wonderful MX Red feeling and durability under your fingers for those few times you're able to launch into a browser-based game at work, or maybe if you want to throw a serious, gaming-quality keyboard onto a laptop to bypass its otherwise mushy chicklet keys on top. But that's pretty much it. Logitech's keyboard doesn't come with any special macro keys or a software hub to program keyboard shortcuts or even lighting profiles. Yes, you can adjust the lighting effects and brightness from the keyboard itself, but the effects are somewhat underwhelming given that the LED lighting is white only. There's solid/static white, breathing white, per-key reactive lighting, "raindrops" or random lighting, and a "chasing snake" effect. The lighting effects do not impact the three standard LED indicators for Num-lock, CAPS-lock, and Scroll-lock, which are the only other LED lights on the entire keyboard (not even the "Logi" logo is backlit). I will definitely give Logitech an 'E' for effort, and if this is the only mechanical keyboard you have, well then there's a least something there to make things look a little more exciting when you actually make the switch from MS Teams to Doom Eternal.

    If those were the only issues of note, Logitech pretty much nailed what they set out to provide--a work-oriented mechanical keyboard with just barely enough spicy sauce to keep a ravenous gamer at bay. But there are a few items to consider as you weigh the options for your workplace/gamer-space. First, the cable is slightly on the shorter side at just under 6 feet; those of you who have to snake cables through and around systems furniture or large cubicles may come up slightly short depending on the location of the nearest USB port. The cable is also rubber wrapped rather than braided. While not a deal-breaker, this may contribute to slightly more kinks in the cable over time. However, in fairness, the cable IS slightly thicker than some keyboard cables I've seen in the past so this may not be as big a problem as it would be for one of those pack-in keyboards that come with most modern workplace PCs.

    The font size used on the keycaps is actually a bit on the smallish side...not a problem if you're familiar with the QWERTY keyboard layout of course, but it is something that stood out immediately to me and my wife and kids. This is especially true of the very tiny shift-text that sits next to the numbers that are already noticeably smaller than the lettering used on the rest of the keys. I also find the font choice a bit too industrial/stylized for my tastes--none of the letters, numbers or symbols with fully enclosed areas are actually fully enclosed; i.e. the Q, B, D, R, #, @, &, 4, 6, 8, 9, etc. all have breaks in the lettering, though oddly, not all of them are split fully down the middle. None of this affects usability--it's not like I don't know where the '6' key went to--but the font just feels a bit off (obviously this is an incredibly personal preference). Sadly, there is no pass-through USB port, and Logitech TOTALLY missed the boat by not making the media control/shortcut symbols shine-through on the bottom of the function keys :-(

    So where does that leave us? The Logitech K845 definitely seems like it is built first and foremost for the workplace...but it does at least use some of the same ingredients that you might find in more hardcore gaming-oriented keyboards. If that is enough for you, then this is a pretty reasonably priced keyboard to feature full-fledged Cherry MX Red switches. The fact that nearly all of my observations have nothing to do with performance and function means you can be pretty sure you're getting what you'd expect if you were already in the market for a mechanical keyboard without a lot of extra bloat...certainly recommended if you weren't looking for something with a bit more splash on the surface or greater capability under the hood.

    Oct 27, 2020 14:34
  • Review by Goncho, 8 out of 10
    Enjoyable lighted mechanical keyboard

    >> Summary

    Overall, I like the keyboard, it is making my programming life more enjoyable and livelier. I like the old style clicks inherent to mechanical keyboards (it feels like I am typing for real now), and with the keyboard light brightness adjustable, it makes typing a pleasure. I would have given it 5 stars, it is a superb keyboard, but I am giving it 4 due to the design of some of the key labels that I find a little annoying.

    - Favorable: Mechanical (of course), soft enough keys, adjustable light intensity, right weight.

    - Not favorable: Design of some key labels feel out of place.

    >> Word of Caution

    I chose the Red version of the keyboard thinking that, besides mechanical differences with the other colors Blue and Brown, the keyboard would emit a Red light. I was mistaken, the light color emitted by the keyboard is white (feels a little bluish under the black keys though). What is referred to as the “color” of the keyboard pertains to the mechanical characteristics of the keys, not to the light color it emits. There are three “colors” (“Key Switches”), Red, Blue and Brown, and according to the description, each one has a slightly different feeling and sound when keys are pressed (I have only tried the Red version). So be careful when choosing the right “color” keyboard.

    >> Design - Positive

    The first thing I noticed about the keyboard was its weight. It was heavy and initially I was not sure why they made it that heavy. After a few hours of using it, I really liked that it is heavier than other keyboards I had used, it felt solid and kept the keyboard in place. After several days of use, I can say that this keyboard has the right weight for its kind.

    Keys are just soft enough, but not too soft to take away the mechanical feeling. In addition, the design of the key labels is unique and bring some freshness to the market (well, there are multiple designs of key labels out there anyways).

    Light intensity can be adjusted, this is very convenient to have and a plus on this keyboard.

    >> Design - Not-Positive

    In general, I like the design of the letters and labels on the Logitech K845; however, there are two (three) keys/labels that have been a little annoying (I think I eventually will get used to it), letter “O”, number “0” and symbol “&”. Letter “O” and number “0”, especially number “0”, look like parentheses, this is very annoying. I wonder if there was an alternative design to fix this.

    With respect to symbol “&” it is not easy to see/distinguish. I know where the “&” key is at, so it is not really a blocker for me, but I think people with eyesight issues will not find it as easy to recognize.

    Other numbers and letters seem fine, although numbers “2” and “7” and other letters do not really feel like they follow the same design. For example, number “2” in the alphanumerical portion of the keyboard, looks out of place as it is more visible than the other numbers (it looks like a number in bold face).

    >> Typing

    Keys are soft, but not too soft that they lose their mechanical feeling. I really enjoy typing documents and mostly doing programming on the Logitech K845, it has become my main keyboard. One thing I noticed, though, is that sometimes when I pressed a key and I did not release it completely, it caused the key to be typed multiple times, so repeated letters would show up or the cursor would be located in unexpected locations (I have learnt to release the whole key after each stroke as a result).

    Just as an anecdote, when working in open-space, I never liked my teammates who would bring their mechanical keyboards. I promised to either, never buy one or buy the noisiest mechanical keyboard as payback. Now that I am working from home, I do not have the opportunity to annoy other team members with my “mechanical” typing, only my family gets annoyed when I am programming late at night (past midnight), they are forced to close their doors when going to sleep to avoid the “sound” nuisance.

    >> Light effects

    The keyboard has a few illumination patterns, and the intensity of the light can be adjusted. It is the latter that I like the most, depending on the ambient light, or depending how I feel, I can dim or brighten the light (the light can even be turned off). This is a very useful and convenient feature.

    Oct 25, 2020 15:11
  • Review by nice, 10 out of 10
    Get the keyboard

    All round good first mechanical keyboard!!! I got the red switches linear keyboard! The sound quality would make Great ASMR video! I would definitely recommend and buy again the only downfall is the symbols on the F roll does not light up! Another downfall is the design font of the keys!

    Aug 27, 2021 21:05
  • Review by Mint, 8 out of 10
    Perfect budget or office keyboard

    Excellent keyboard for it's value, considering most mechanical keyboards are priced above the $99 mark. The brown switches of give a nice confirming tactile feel without the loud clickiness of blue switches. A perfect keyboard for typists or programmers that are working in an office and don't want to disturb their co-workers. The base of the keyboard has a slight flex to it if pressed hard enough, and the key-caps have a bit of a cheap feel to them. But, when considering it's price, it's a fantastic deal.

    Jan 15, 2021 18:11
  • 9.4score
    ROCCAT - Vulcan TKL Pro Compact PC Gaming Keyboard with Linear Optical Titan Switch, AIMO RGB Lighting and Detachable USB-C Cable - Black
    Description

    ROCCAT’s award-winning Vulcan keyboard series has made a giant leap forward with the introduction of a tenkeyless variants. More and more gamers are recognizing that the number pad represents a relic from office days and is almost never used while gaming. This new generation is growing up without the sentimentality for traditional form factors. Instead, they’re uniquely aware of the benefits of tenkeyless: less desk real estate taken up by their keyboards means they can have a larger pad and use a bigger range of a mouse movements, ultimately giving them greater accuracy. The ROCCAT Vulcan TKL Pro gives gamers the award-winning feature set of the original Vulcan in a smaller form factor. The low-profile design is engineered for comfort and to reduce typing fatigue. Enjoy impressive durability and build quality thanks to its reinforcing black anodized aluminum top plate, with switch housings designed to resist the dust build-up that typically affects mechanical keyboards. The addition of a detachable USB-C cable provides users with easier portability, especially with the on-board storage of a tournament profile for the same top performance at home and away. Dedicated mixer-style audio controls, and per-key AIMO RGB lighting round out a gaming powerhouse. The ROCCAT® Vulcan TKL Pro also boasts the prized linear Titan Switch Optical. ROCCAT is the first in the industry to engineer an optical switch that has a familiar mechanical key stroke feeling. This technology equips you with lightspeed actuation and incredible precision – a pivotal competitive advantage.

    10 Features
  • Award-Winning Design: The award-winning Vulcan keyboard is re-imagined in a tenkeyless form factor, without compromising on the award-winning design and features the range is known for. Everything you expect in a smaller design.
  • Tenkeyless Form Factor: A relic form the office, the tenkeyless form factor lets you game in a more natural, comfortable position whilst allowing for a larger pad and a bigger range of mouse movements thanks to the keyboard taking up less desk space, improving your aiming accuracy.
  • Tournament Ready: The introduction of a detachable USB-C cable provides users with easier portability and ability to use a custom cable. The on-board storage of a tournament profile ensures you hit the same top performance at home and away.
  • Optical Speed, Linear Mechanical Feel: ROCCAT’s new linear Titan Switch Optical equips you with the mechanical keystroke feel you know and love with speed and performance you’ve never experienced. It harnesses the speed of light that recognizes each keystroke cleanly, distinctly and with zero delay.
  • Long-Lasting Durability: The Vulcan TKL Pro keyboard is reinforced by an aircraft-grade black anodized aluminum plate to make it strong and durable. Thanks to the contactless Titan Switch Optical it offers twice the industry standard in switch durability that lasts for 100 million keystrokes.
  • Mixer-Style Media Controls: The tactile volume dial and mute button allow you to adjust volume & mute/unmute on the fly. Instant Control at your fingertips.
  • Easy-Shift[+]: ROCCAT’s Easy-Shift[+] technology adds a secondary function to compatible keys. Just hold down the designated modifier key for double the command power in an instant. Fully customizable in Swarm.
  • Advanced Anti-Ghosting: Our advanced anti-ghosting technology is optimized for gamers to ensure every key stroke of the most-used keys is registered – no matter how frantic the action gets.
  • AIMO Illumination: ROCCAT® AIMO RGB produces vibrant lighting displays in 16.8 million colors right out of the box. It also syncs with other compatible AIMO products for illumination scenarios that flow from device to device.
  • 2-Years Manufacturer Warranty: We’re confident in the quality and longevity of our products. To ensure additional peace of mind we provide a 2-year limited manufacturer warranty.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Kelby, 8 out of 10
    Stylish Performer

    ---- Summary ----

    Pros:

    - Exceptional gaming performance

    - Stylish and compact design

    - Highly customizable lighting

    - Feels durable and sturdy

    - Detachable, braided USB cable

    - Dedicated volume control dial and mute button

    Cons:

    - Keys feel a bit too small for typing

    - No wrist rest

    ---- Review ----

    Design:

    With its compact tenkeyless (TKL) and low-profile design valuable desk space is freed up, yet the Vulcan TKL Pro makes a statement. Its build quality is admirable, and I like the look of matte black keys with a brushed aluminum backplate. The braided USB cable, mute button, and volume control dial are nice touches that are subtle but appreciated. The stylish design is further enhanced by the numerous key illumination settings that can be customized in the ROCCAT Swarm app. More on that later. Although I wouldn’t describe the Vulcan TKL Pro keyboard as ergonomic, its low-profile does make typing on it somewhat comfortable for short periods of time. However, if you’re doing a lot of typing, I wouldn’t recommend it as a daily driver. I think the main reasons I don’t enjoy the typing experience is the lack of a wrist rest and the somewhat small key size. There’s a fair amount of space between the keys, so I wish some of that space was utilized for a larger key size, and a detachable wrist rest would’ve been a nice add on to this great keyboard. With that said, I recognize the Vulcan TKL Pro is designed for gaming, so I didn’t feel that these typing related drawbacks should significantly affect my rating. I’m happy to report that gaming on it is a fantastic experience, and I have no complaints about the design in that regard. If your priority is typing effectively and comfortably, I wouldn’t recommend this keyboard, but if your priority is gaming performance, look no further.

    Gaming Performance:

    ROCCAT’s “Titan Switch Optical” delivers impressive responsiveness. I’ve used the keyboard while playing several different games, and each keystroke is always recognized without delay. There’s no “ghosting” either. I’m a fan of the sturdy, mechanical feel, and I think the level of performance is as advertised. Extensive use and long gaming sessions are no problem for this durable keyboard. My gaming performance may waver, but the Vulcan TKL Pro’s does not. Based on my positive experience using this keyboard, I trust that each keystroke will deliver a lightning-fast response, and that’s exactly what I look for in a gaming keyboard.

    Customization:

    All the customization options for the Vulcan TKL Pro reside in the ROCCAT Swarm app. It’s a quick download from ROCCAT’s website, and I had no issues installing the app or the recommended keyboard driver update. The key illumination options are extensive. There are several color themes to choose from that can be applied to the entire keyboard or specific keys, or you can fine-tune the color scheme using RGB number codes. Additionally, there are several lighting patterns/effects, and these can be customized for the entire keyboard or specific keys as well. The Vulcan TKL Pro also features AIMO intelligent lighting, which unifies AIMO-compatible devices and allows lighting effects to “jump” across devices. I wish I could test this feature out, but the Vulcan TKL Pro is the only compatible device that I have so far. Nonetheless, I like that the extensive lighting customization options allow me to make the keyboard look exactly how I want it. Other customization options include key assignments, character repeat, and sound feedback. These all work as designed, but I personally don’t like the sound feedback, which plays customizable sounds through your computer speakers upon pressing a key. The reason I don’t like it is the slight delay between keystroke and sound feedback. I prefer the natural sound that the keyboard itself makes. Overall, when it comes to customization options, there’s nothing more I could ask for.

    Verdict:

    Gaming on the Vulcan TKL Pro is fantastic, and it looks stunning. From aesthetic to performance, it’s easy to see that a lot of thought went into the design and engineering of this keyboard. I think it’s just shy of a five-star product due to the keys being a bit too small for typing and the lack of a wrist rest. However, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Vulcan TKL Pro is a contender for one of the best gaming keyboards on the market. If gaming performance is your priority, get this keyboard, but if typing effectively and comfortably is a dealbreaker for you, look into other options. Keyboard preferences vary from person to person, so if you can get your hands on one at a store before purchasing, that may help you make the decision.

    Oct 25, 2020 15:42
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 10 out of 10
    LOVE HOW IT LOOKS – GREAT FOR GAMING

    REVIEW: ROCCAT® VULCAN TKL PRO COMPACT OPTICAL RGB GAMING KEYBOARD

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    LOVE HOW IT LOOKS – GREAT FOR GAMING

    Perfect ascetic design. All in all, it is a very good keyboard and worthy of a test run for your gaming rig. Even my wife (who generally cares less about my computing gadgets) thought it looked cool and wanted it for her computer. I love the compact design and footprint (see pic to see how much smaller than my full size office keyboard). I love the analog control knob for volume. You can customize the colors to be / do just about whatever you want. The software is a lot more user friendly than another leading LED gaming keyboard. The inclusion of Arrow and Page keys is brilliant vs a full numeric keypad.

    FAVORITE FEATURES

    - Attractive Small Footprint

    - Full Stroke Keys with strong resistance

    - Arrow and Page Keys

    - Full Control of all keys for unique colors

    - Analog Volume Control

    - Dedicated Function Keys (sometimes not found on small keyboards)

    - Detachable USB-C cable. Such a good but simple idea

    SETUP:

    We temporarily went off the rails here. Before any testing, I always update to the latest drives and firmware. On the first installation of the SWARM software, the installer crashed. I rebooted and tried again, this time the installation completed, but it would start SWARM. Even after uninstalling and reinstalling it still would not work (SWARM would not load). I found a forum that said you needed to manually delete the directory where it installs and then try again. This time it worked. Once I fired up SWARM it found the keyboard and updated the firmware. So we are off and running.

    As mentioned, customizing the lighting was super easy with “predefined groups” of keys like “function”, “arrow” and so on. Once I had the keys and effects to my liking, I saved them to my default profile and selected “auto configure”. Now when I boot up, it loads my profile and assigns the right colors to the keys.

    Here is my pet peeve with LED keyboards. I HATE RAINBOW PATTERNS. I don’t want to see them ever. When the computer is booting, I have to wait until windows is loaded before the RAINBOW stops. Also, when the computer goes into screen saver mode the keyboard goes back into RAINBOW mode. I will allow that I might not be doing something correctly, but WHY WHY WHY won’t it save the default profile in the keyboard and leave it alone. Almost all but the most expensive LED keyboards have this behavior, so this is not taking away from the ROCCAT, I just wish it had this feature. (no points removed from review)

    USING THE KEYBOARD and FEATURES

    As for gaming, I tested this on Doom and Battlefront II. It worked great, I had no errors or misfires or ghosting.

    Again it a gaming keyboard, first and foremost and it does a great job in the respect. I think it keeps up with mechanical keyboards costing nearly 2X. I can highly recommend this for Gaming.

    I had strong hopes to use this as my everyday keyboard, but I can’t. Keeping in mind keyboards are a personal preference as well as muscle memory. The keys are (or seem) smaller than normal full size keys. There is room for larger keys, but instead they chose wider separation between keys (more air gaps). As a touch typist, I could not get use the smaller keys. I also found that for a “fast” keyboard, I was constantly missing letters as I typed. This could be because the keypress is pretty firm, or the small keys I’m not sure. It seemed that about every 4th letter it missed what I typed. My other “gaming” keyboard is full on mechanical (not simulated) and I’ve never had the issue of missing letters. I could probably get used to it, but I did not take to it right away.

    The other feature I tried but quickly disabled was the digital sound effect for key clicks. It is a great idea, but the effects could not keep up with my typing and it was throwing me off. The effect would occur a fraction after I pressed the key. In the end, it was just noise for the sake of noise. A tiny speaking in the keyboard would have been better assuming it was faster at making the noise closer to the keypress.

    OVERALL RECOMMENDATION

    I think it is a great keyboard, well made, with good software and granular control over lights. For gaming, you would have a hard time finding a better keyboard at this price. If you want mixed use keyboard, and are a strong typist, you might have to look at different units.

    For keyboards, speakers, and monitors, you really need to test these hands on.

    Oct 23, 2020 16:18
  • Review by DJSmooth, 8 out of 10
    ROCCAT who??—Exceptional gaming peripherals

    Overview—So let's be frank, before getting my hands on the Roccat Vulkan TKL Pro I wasn’t even aware Roccat was a thing. Later after doing a little research I learned it is a name from Turtle Beach, a name I’ve come to love for their headsets. Fast forward to review day, I learned Turtle Beach had acquired Roccat in mid 2019—knowing that really helped me understand the why’s to my ignorance.

    Anyway, the Vulkan TKL Pro is a heavily geared gaming keyboard, with it’s numeric keypad out of the picture for better mouse movement space. Beautiful, permanent, keycaps and dust proof key base. RGB backlit keys with a wide array of color choices/lighting patterns. It makes for a great gaming keyboard. Just be aware that the software side of things is a bit wonky, which I’ll cover further below. It 100% works flawlessly but configuring things is more complicated than it should be.

    Design—It’s brushed aluminum faceplate is a beautiful addition to the keyboard. The keycaps have a contrasting appearance from the faceplate making them slightly easier to see in an overly bright desk environment. The USB-A to Type-C is a braided but sturdy cable measuring roughly 5.5’. With a weight of 1lb 6.6oz it comes in as a very light, but sturdy keyboard.

    One thing I’d really like to point out that I am not a fan of. The volume and media controls could have had better placement. For one, the volume is a knob which reminds me of a Dj’s mixer more than anything. It feels out of place going from key presses during a game to lifting your entire hand off the keyboard to adjust the volume. A series of 6 buttons in the upper corner would have been a better option for me. It allows for the use of the index, middle, or ring finger over the thumb to control volume.

    Performance—The optical switches are quick and responsive, which makes great for gaming. However, I see that the key switches have a slight delay of about ⅛” before a keypress is registered. It isn’t bad, in my use case of typing, this is a benefit rather than an issue. Nor for gaming do I feel bogged down between keypresses. This goes for FPS, RPG, and platformers. It’s smaller frame makes for better placement on both desk and from yo9ur hands for more intense pvp matches. The last point I;d like to mention is that several of the FN (Function) shortcuts tend to have a delay. This most likely ties into the software aspect of things but do wish to point that out here.

    Software—So finally, the area I’ve had the most issues with. For starters, the swarm software features a rather un-intuitive interface. Mapping keystrokes for example, and other shortcuts have yielded little progress. You drag & drop and apply your settings, execute your keystrokes and get nothing. Only a specific set of keystrokes have worked for me and others, well no. The sound effects are a nice novelty addition. For the entire time of ownership I’ve used the clicking sound that triggers every time you press a key on the keyboard. Do note, only the Roccat keyboard will trigger a click. If you have more than 1 keyboard plugged in as I do your other keyboard will not trigger any click. Last but not least, most looking into these types of keyboards want that cool looking RGB functionality. Want pulsing light to flash across the keyboard? You got it! Next you want all blue keys permanently lit? You got it! Next you want a custom set of rules to flash your keys in a certain pattern using a specific set of colors? You don’t got it!!!

    The RGB customizations aren’t endless with Roccat’s Swarm software. There is a very low ceiling here. The presets are a little better as far as customizations. The only preset locked into being just that is the “Snake” preset which doesn’t allow any customization options other than speed. I’ve found that the default AIMO Intelligent Lighting preset is the best preset I like, everything else fells rather lacking.

    Conclusion—This was a tough one to weigh out and would definitely be a 5 star product. All-in-all, the Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro is a great gaming keyboard if you can get past the lack of customization options in your layout as everything else regarding the keyboard is of stellar quality. Software may see future updates which can potentially make your keyboard into an amazing piece of gaming gear.

    NOTE—Tested on both Windows 7 & Windows 10

    Oct 30, 2020 19:39
  • Review by Anonymous, 6 out of 10
    Wonderful hardware, but useless software

    Note: I purchased the wrist rest separately elsewhere

    I loved the keyboard itself, but I ended up replacing it for reasons I’ll cover in the Cons below.

    PROS

    - Incredibly buttery smooth switches and stabilizers. I’m not sure if they’re factory lubed or something, but I would bet money that you won’t find any non-custom keyboard with keys that feel this frictionless.

    - Beautiful keyboard in-person. However, you’ll see hotspots out of the corners of your eyes if you shift around in your seat too much, since there’s nothing diffusing the LEDs on the switches, and they’re mostly exposed.

    - Very vivid RGB.

    CONS

    - The software is extremely limited in what kind of control it allows you to have over the board. You can’t actually remap anything. You can change what some of the keys do when “Game Mode” is enabled in the sense that you can disable the key during Game Mode. You can also change the Caps Lock to function as “Easy Shift”, which is just Roccat’s version of something like Hyper Shift or G Shift. Holding this key down allows you to have access to alternate keys for part of the board, but only letter keys, and only as far over as the F key for some reason (So, QWERT, ASDF, ZXC. I don’t remember if V, G, and T are included or not, but I don’t think so.). They don’t let you change the Easy Shift functions of any other key. Actually, 1-5 might also be included, but I can’t remember. I was hoping I could remap my Caps Lock to something like CTRL, as I really didn’t find holding Easy-Shift (Caps Lock) down and pressing something like E as something that felt practical. When I first got the board, Easy Shift seemed to work across brands, and essentially holding it would activate Hyper Shift on my Razer MMO mouse, but they patched that out in any update for some reason, and it never worked again. This is a really terrible and convoluted solution to remapping keys.

    - The software felt like you bought a cheap knockoff keyboard at a premium price. It was super dated-looking and feeling.

    - The keys are a semi-glossy ABS, which shows natural hand oils very easily. I didn’t have the keyboard long enough for it to develop any permanent “shine”, or for any of the legends to wear off/down, so I can’t really confirm or deny anything to that nature. It’s not worth replacing the keys with normal PBT keycaps since it really ruins how good the switches underneath the keycaps feel (I tried it with some keycaps I had because I was curious). Roccat doesn’t seem to sell replacement keycaps for these Vulcan boards either as far as I could tell. They might be replaceable through your warranty, but they don’t give you any Avenue to get white keycaps for their TKL boards, for example (they don’t make a white version of the TKL keyboards for whatever reason).

    - Some like the volume knob, but I always felt like I was forcing myself to use it to justify its existence. Also, the keyboard’s backplate was metal, but the knob was a rigid plastic, and it felt kind of tacked on as a result.

    - The mute button that’s next to the volume knob can’t be remapped to anything else and didn’t really seem like something I wanted on the board after initially feeling like it would be nice to have. Also worth noting, after about a month of having it, i came over to my desk after a workout, but before getting a shower, and reached across the keyboard and I saw a single drop of sweat land on the mute button and got worried about it, but told myself there was no way it was enough to get down into the board, so it’ll be fine… Sure enough, the mute button would randomly toggle every once in a while and mute my sound periodically…

    I ended up replacing the keyboard mainly because I didn’t like that I wasn’t able to just remap keys (especially since I never use caps lock and that’s prime real estate when it comes to gaming). It felt like Roccat was actively limiting the usefulness of the board through the software. Eventually, I would have had to replace the keyboard regardless due to the issue with the mute button, but the missing ability to remap was the reason I chose to get a different brand entirely. Coincidentally, as it turns out, Logitech doesn’t let you remap their keyboards anymore either, so I returned that one and got a Corsair one, since they let you remap anything all the way down to the hardware level. Of note, if you care about remapping, Razer has onboard hardware profile storage and allows you to store most key remappings to the profiles, but the remaps don’t actually work without their software running in the background anyway… that’s a whole other topic though.

    May 07, 2021 16:57
  • Review by mskelbel, 10 out of 10
    Great gaming keyboard

    WOW! This is a pretty sweet keyboard! It's low profile, but the keys are tall so it doesn't feel too low. The volume is fast and easy mixer style knob and a mute button beside it. I really like the style. The keys have linear optical switches and it rates at 100 million stroke life cycle! That's pretty fantastic!!! The travel distance is super nice too with a very satisfying click with each touch and the keys just feel good. They are full size keys with decent spacing and doesn't feel crowded at all. It comes with a detachable USB-C cable if you're into custom cables. Oh, and this one is TKL: ten key less, giving more room for mouse movement. The really awesome lighting is AIMO intelligent so that it will sync with other devices that are AIMO compatible. The transparent switch housing makes the lighting on this keyboard gorgeous! The one downside I see with this keyboard: the oils on my fingers show on the keys a lot more than I would like. (No, I haven't eaten around my keyboard yet.) I love the closed off system so that it's easy to clean, just by tilting it to allow crumbs to slide right off (if you do eat while you game.) Overall This is a pretty solid keyboard and I'm very happy to have it.

    Oct 28, 2020 13:08
  • Review by Balboa3, 10 out of 10
    Premium in Every Sense of the Word

    This keyboard is amazing. As soon as I removed it from the box I was already impressed.

    Build quality is great. It’s a compact size so no number pad to the right like some larger keyboards provide, but there is plenty of space around the rest of the keyboard. It feels spacious and I never feel cramped when using this keyboard. It feels super premium and dense. The key travel is great, and each key has the same feel throughout. The RGB lights are nice and bright, but not blinding.

    It has some nice function keys on top to control music, and a great little dial to control volume levels. It took me a minute to get used to this keyboard since I was using a larger keyboard prior to this one, but now I wouldn’t go back to the other larger gaming keyboard I have. This one just feels so great to use. Plus, it takes up less real estate on my desk, which is a nice bonus.

    Oct 27, 2020 10:48
  • Review by PhillipB, 10 out of 10
    Really nice TKL wired keyboard.

    Nicely built. Medium weight. Not too plastic not too heavy.

    Keys stand up and looks really nice. Lights at the base of each key has clear plastic to show off LED lights nicely.

    Ran on window 10 with no problems.

    Used swarm software to customize light pattern, macros, delay time, sound feedback, etc is really cool...

    Swarm also has presets for certain games. And had my favorite Rainbow 6.

    Volume control is easy to use dial.

    Comes with everything needed to use.

    I would recommend this product.

    Oct 27, 2020 23:17
  • Review by Doosty, 10 out of 10
    Gaming keyboard

    This keyboard is nice. The rgb is cool to mess with. The app for it is easy enough to use as well. The keys are noisy compared to mechanical switches. My headset blocks them out and no one can hear them through my mic so it’s a nonissue. The lack of ten key saves some desk space as well.

    Aug 21, 2021 16:56
  • 9.4score
    CORSAIR - K63 TKL Wired Mechanical Cherry MX Red Linear Switch Gaming Keyboard with 100% Anti-Ghosting & Full Key Rollover - Black
    Description

    Get ultimate gaming performance with this Corsair K63 gaming keyboard. The gold contact Cherry MX gaming keyswitches have 100 percent anti-ghosting with full key rollover, so all your keystrokes are registered no matter how fast you play. Dedicated multimedia controls on this Corsair K63 gaming keyboard let you adjust audio during game play without interruption.

    6 Features
  • 87 keys: Offer a comfortable typing experience.
  • Keyboard controls: Include keys for mute, macros buttons, play/pause, stop, previous track, next track, volume, and more.
  • Cherry MX Red mechanical switches: Offer rapid response times for quick in-game action.
  • Full-N-key rollover: Keeps up with fast in-game action.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • PC compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by AlexM, 10 out of 10
    Great gamer board

    It’s a real good board. Doesn’t make much noise and response is great.

    Nov 09, 2021 21:00
  • Review by Edison, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Nice, quiet and responsive. Bought it because my last one was way too loud and a friend of mine had recommended I try this one. I'm glad he did. Corsair knows their stuff. I have had no issues with this keyboard.

    May 15, 2021 05:13
  • Review by Milton, 8 out of 10
    Good for gaming

    My first time ever buying a mechanical keyboard, and wow big difference from my old one. It feels much better than I expected. I use it for gaming and feel that the response time is good. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars, is because the space bar button keeps popping up. Have to press hard on it to have it clip back into place. I do like the tenkeyless, because it helps me move my mouse around and my arms aren't too spread out.

    Jan 22, 2021 16:22
  • Review by suem, 6 out of 10
    Corsair needs to address an issue with these

    I love corsair products but my luck with their keyboards has been abysmal and I wish I could track down why. They just suddenly one day lose their minds and start typing gibberish instead of the proper key. And yes I've played with the language settings in windows no avail. I've heard various theories on the issue, some say it's their software and you have to clear out the garbage to revive the keyboard but I have tried that repeatedly no luck. Corsair seems to be annoyingly silent on the issue even after quite a few people discussing the same thing. There is a "clear" function key combo but it doesn't fix the issue for me. Gaming keyboards have onboard processing and some memory for macros etc. Sorry I just can't keep spending 80 bucks and more all the time. I keep buying one once in awhile hoping they've solved the problem but no luck yet.

    Nov 25, 2020 00:56
  • Review by MasterFool, 10 out of 10
    Great keyboard!

    I purchased this keyboard due to limited space on my desk and it did not disappoint. I love the quality of this keyboard and the small footprint. I highly recommend this keyboard to anyone who needs a 10-keyless option.

    Sep 06, 2020 14:53
  • Review by Keyboard, 10 out of 10
    Very nice!

    Perfect for serious gaming without it getting in the way of the mouse.

    Apr 24, 2020 18:07
  • Review by CChenalds17, 10 out of 10
    Great entry-level keyboard for typing and gaming

    I went with the K63 as my first mechanical keyboard after reading a lot of reviews, and it did not disappoint. Everything in the keyboard works great (quality, feel, lighting. software), and it comes at a very reasonable price. The only cons are things I wish were included (detachable cable, full RGB lighting, two adjustable heights), but the lack thereof does not make this keyboard any worse. I highly recommend the k63 for anyone looking to get their first mechanical keyboard and enjoys the feel of linear switches (most suited for gaming but work just fine for typing).

    Pros:

    - Solid plastic frame

    - Adjustable height

    - Keycaps feel great and feel like they will last a while

    - Love the textured space bar

    - Love the dedicated media keys

    - High quality Cherry mx-Red switches

    - Included 3 levels of brightness

    - Included turn off windows key button

    - Lighting looks and works great

    - Very cool lighting effects with the iCUE software

    - Reasonable price

    Cons: (all not deal breakers)

    - Would have loved a detachable cable

    - Would have been cooler with full RGB lighting

    - Would have liked two adjustable heights instead of one

    Sep 12, 2020 21:17
  • Review by Alex, 10 out of 10
    best gaming keyboard w/o number pad u can buy

    i bought this because i had to play pc while sitting in bed for a while. No joke. I wanted a wireless keyboard that i could almost sit on my bed while playing. i needed a wireless keyboard and wanted one without the number pad that was shorter in length- this worked great and the rgb option is cool - i wish i had gotten the red color but i actually have the blue. corsair is amazing

    Apr 10, 2021 02:10
  • 9.4score
    HyperX - Alloy Origins 60% Wired Mechanical Linear Red Switch Gaming Keyboard and RGB Back Lighting - Black
    Description

    The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a supremely portable 60% form factor keyboard that gives you more room for sweeping mouse movements. It features a durable, brushed aluminum frame, and reliable HyperX switches balanced for speed and performance which are rated to withstand 80 million keypresses. The stock double shot PBT keycaps have secondary functions printed on them so you can quickly locate additional functionality. Let your style shine bright with the HyperX switches’ exposed LED design, and stunning lighting effects. Further customize your keyboard with macros, personalized lighting profiles, and more with HyperX NGENUITY software.

    10 Features
  • Petite 60% form factor: Free up more room for your mouse with this supremely compact keyboard.
  • Full aircraft-grade aluminum body: The aluminum casing keeps the keyboard structurally sound and stable when the action gets intense and the game hangs in the balance; battle after battle, night after night.
  • Double shot PBT keycaps with side-printed secondary functions: The keycaps are designed with durable PBT material that is resistant to wear, friction, and solvents. Secondary functions are printed on the sides of the keycaps for quick recognition
  • HyperX Mechanical switches*: The key switches are custom-designed to be a balance of responsiveness and accuracy, featuring a short travel time and low actuation force. They’re also reliable, rated for 80 million keypresses with no loss of quality.
  • RGB backlit keys with radiant lighting effects: Get brighter, more luminous RGB lighting, thanks to the exposed LED design of the HyperX mechanical switches.
  • Multi-platform compatibility: The keyboard is compatible with PC, PS5™, PS4™, Xbox Series X|S™, and Xbox One™ so you can have one keyboard for both PC and console gaming.
  • Onboard memory for three profiles: Create your own custom-designed lightshows, save them directly to the keyboard, and take them with you on the go.
  • Game Mode, 100% anti-ghosting, and N-key rollover: Ensure that all your keypresses register and that you’re not accidentally taking yourself out of the game in key moments.
  • Advanced customization with HyperX NGENUITY: Customize Game Mode, build macros, and set up per-key lighting and effects.
  • Three adjustable keyboard angles and detachable USB-C cable: Two-step keyboard feet allow you to set your keyboard up at 3 different tilt angles. A detachable USC-C cable makes this ultra-compact keyboard super portable.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Matt, 8 out of 10
    Great board but mine has a slight defect

    This is a great 60% keyboard. It’s got a really good weight to it which makes it feel quality. The materials are also very nice. The lighting effects available through the software are okay; not nearly the amount of options as my previous Corsair keyboard but it’s livable. The reason this isn’t a five star review is because the cool topographic space bar keycap this comes with has a slight defect in the form of a raised bump. Overall great keyboard for $100.

    Sep 07, 2021 13:00
  • Review by JoeP, 10 out of 10
    Blown away by the small details

    Myself I’m a big fan of the whole HyperX keyboard lineup. I have previously had the tkl and the elite 2, boat fantastic keyboard for what they were, although the came stock with ABS smooth skycaps. Wasn’t too big into keyboards so I though nothing of it and Carrie on. I was on the fence for this one for maybe about 2 days probably even less when I decided to get it and I don’t regret it one bit. Freed up my desk for a lot more room and is more than comfortable. I enjoy how the secondary function for the arrow keys is actually on the bottom right as if it were a tkl and not wedged up in the middle like other 60 percent boards. This board comes stock with PBS caps so they have a smooth yet textured feeling that doesn’t reflect back from being bare bones regular plastic and it’s very enjoyable. I love this board and everything it comes with would totally recommend it to anyone.

    May 23, 2021 21:38
  • Review by Yari, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    After researching so many different 60% keyboards, I ultimately decided to choose this one. I'm so in love with this keyboard!!! The sound is great, it's super responsive and neatly compact. It was really easy to figure out all the switches too.

    Oct 29, 2021 15:43
  • Review by Good, 10 out of 10
    Amazing keyboard

    Had a full keyboard and after using this one for days I got more comfortable playing on PC coming from a console, the red switches feel great

    Oct 23, 2021 23:49
  • Review by Melinda, 10 out of 10
    Mini game keyboard

    Bought the item for my son for his birthday and he loves it!

    Nov 05, 2021 22:34
  • Review by Puro956, 8 out of 10
    Just do it!

    Nice conservative keyboard for minimalist, or someone just needing more space. The pudding caps are the cherry on top.

    Quality, you can definitely feel sturdiness.

    4 stars because of the interface/software used to customize keyboard

    Sep 13, 2021 16:36
  • Review by Onihime, 10 out of 10
    My favorite keyboard

    My first 60% and my second keyboard I truly enjoy it and have see great improvement while playing because of its compact dice and easy to reach the keys

    Apr 05, 2021 13:03
  • Review by Shuttertoy, 10 out of 10
    Good-looking traveler!!!

    Excellent 60% KB for the price. All-metal body construction, Cherry Red RGB LED switches (instead of on the board), Anti-ghosting, N-Key, and PBT caps. Very decent for a pre-built. I usually DIY my own KB using DROP parts but I needed a "beater travel KB" and this fit the bill. I couldnt leave it alone so... had to change caps and cord.

    May 19, 2021 17:18
  • 9.4score
    Logitech - Prodigy G213 Full-size Wired Membrane Gaming Keyboard with RGB Backlighting - Black
    Description

    Durable, precise, and spill-resistant, G213 Prodigy is designed for the way you play. With performance tuned keys, G213 Prodigy brings together the best in tactile feel and gaming-grade performance. RGB lighting zones are customizable with lighting patterns and colors to add a personal touch to your gaming station.

    7 Features
  • Logitech Mech-Dome keys: Each key is tuned to enhance the tactile experience, delivering ultra-quick, responsive feedback while the anti-ghosting gaming matrix is tuned for optimal gaming performance, keeping you in control
  • Crisp, brilliant RGB lighting zones: Personalize 5 customizable lighting zones with over 16.8M colors to match your setup or game and synchronize backlit lighting effects with other Logitech G devices using Logitech G Hub
  • Keyboard controls: G213 gaming keyboard features dedicated media controls that can play, pause, and mute music and videos instantly; easily adjust the volume or skip to the next song with the touch of a button.
  • Adjustable keyboard height and palm rest: An integrated palm rest and adjustable feet let you set your keyboard to the ideal position, so it’s comfortable to use even during the longest gaming sessions.
  • Spill-resistant and durable design: G213 Prodigy is a full-sized keyboard designed for gaming and productivity, with a slim body built for gamers of all levels and durable construction to repel liquids, crumbs, and dirt for easy cleanup
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • Windows compatible: For use with your existing computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Sierra, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    Fingerprints noticable very easily on the keyboard but other than that it's amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Love it!

    Sep 04, 2020 19:21
  • Review by Rudy, 10 out of 10
    Amzaimg for gamin recommend for ither gamers

    Amazing quality perfect key board but usb outer layer.rubber psrt a lil to big for ps4 but great keyboard.

    May 15, 2020 16:28
  • Review by Anonymoose, 10 out of 10
    Nice Keyboard

    Very good entry level gaming keyboard. Used this keyboard for a while and it's one of my favorites.

    Nov 21, 2021 14:38
  • Review by Logitechkeyboard, 10 out of 10
    Very good device

    It is a good keyboard for people who star playing whit keyboard and mouse.

    Nov 21, 2021 02:16
  • Review by JrMax, 10 out of 10
    Perfect one

    Perfect one if you want a gaming keyboard at a low price. Logitech doing a good quality compared to other keyboards.

    Aug 27, 2021 17:58
  • Review by Dave, 10 out of 10
    Logitech products

    iv'e owned many Logitech products as a gamer an they have always worked great for me..the price an quality have always been great as well...I have tried many other gaming keyboards out their an this Prodigy G23 keyboard at half the price of the other fancy gaming keyboards on the market.. try one out an you'll see for yourself...

    Jun 04, 2017 08:00
  • Review by omen, 8 out of 10
    Great value

    This is a really good quality keyboard. Even better, I bought the keyboard while it was on sale for $30. The only misleading information is that unlike the picture that shows an RGB rainbow from left to right, the keyboard actually changes color 1 at a time so it is only a single color at a time. Other than that, it is easy to use!

    Jun 09, 2020 16:26
  • Review by RIRebel, 10 out of 10
    Oooo, it glows!

    Backlit keyboards just add something to the experience of whatever you're doing on your PC. And that's evident especially at night when it's just you, the PC and your Logitech backlit keyboard. Even my wife likes using it because it's seems so much more durable than a standard keyboard. Logitech makes products that last!

    Dec 14, 2020 11:41
  • 9.4score
    REDRAGON - SURARA RGB Full-size Wired Gaming Outemu Red Switch Keyboard with RGB Back Lighting - Black
    Description

    Enjoy fast, responsive gaming with this Redragon SURARA keyboard. The OUTEMU red keys offer accurate gaming, and the ABS material adds durability, letting you play worry-free. This Redragon SURARA keyboard has a lightweight, ergonomic design for added comfort during long gaming sessions, while 18 RGB LED lighting modes provide a customized setup.

    3 Features
  • 104 keys: Offer a comfortable typing experience.
  • Integrated numeric keypad: Allows simple data entry when you're not gaming for multifunction use.
  • USB interface: Enables a simple wired connection to your computer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by J4k3, 10 out of 10
    Good keyboard

    Keyboard feels great. Quiet(ish) but consistent mechanical keyboard feel. Solidly constructed.

    weighs much more than expected.

    Using it in a office environment. Not much gaming happening here. Hands no longer ache every afternoon.

    Jun 21, 2021 10:19
  • Review by Matt, 10 out of 10
    Excellent keyboard, cool lighting, great price

    Great bang for the buck. Rgb lights have lots of cool settings & the software control allows you to customize your own settings easily.

    Keys press nicely, minimal wiggle. Satisfying mechanical “clack” sound when typing, it is quite loud but not enough to be annoying, it’s just right in my personal opinion. Great for gaming, although it does feel a little strange to type on; this is due to the red switches not providing tactile feedback when pressed but that is their intended function, still far superior in feel to a membrane or laptop keyboard.

    USB cable is quite long, so you are not limited in where you can place it.

    Although the keyboard is cheap, it is quite heavy & the feet are sturdy; this keeps it FIRMLY in place during use and it does not budge at all, which was my biggest concern buying a cheap mechanical keyboard.

    I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a keyboard for gaming purposes. For anyone looking for a keyboard NOT for gaming, I would probably recommend getting one with blue or brown switches instead of the reds that this keyboard uses, but this keyboard will still serve you very well for such a hard-to-beat price.

    Dec 11, 2020 16:16
  • Review by j0nny5, 10 out of 10
    Good value, works as advertised.

    Bought this for my nephew - he loves it! Real Cherry MX Red switches. I prefer the browns because they're a little clickier, but he has to be quieter since he lives at