First let me say that I am no expert on mechanical keyboards. I have a friend that is and he would probably turn his nose up to this inexpensive mechanical keyboard and stop being my friend (it is a good thing he does not read these huh?). What you are getting here is an unenlightened but also unbiased review by your typical computer user.
The last time I used a mechanical keyboard was back when most keyboards were mechanical. I remember the distinctive sound and feel of these. As it became more popular to have or more importantly, cheaper, to use membrane keyboards. This has been the go-to for so long that most under the age of 30 may have never seen a mechanical keyboard. But I digress.
It is killing me to say it, so I will just get it out there. I love, love, love this keyboard. I am sure that if I tried a $100 or a $500 mechanical keyboard, I would be smitten. But for now, I am just enjoying this less expensive version and loving it. We don’t miss what we don’t know?
The case is plastic on the bottom and has a top, that I am pretty sure is also plastic, but made to look metallic. It has 78 brown Outemu Brown switches. They are backlit and it has Double-Shot ABS keycaps. These keycaps are fine but I wanted a different look and feel so I purchased some Double-Shot PBT keycaps. Here is the result of that.
|Item Weight||1.54 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11.7 x 5.2 x 1.5 inches|
|Cable Length||62 inches|
|Polling Rate||1000 Hz|
I like the small form factor of this keyboard. It takes up less real estate on my desk, while still having all the main keys I use. I enjoy typing on this keyboard so much because it just feels better than a membrane keyboard. It has an increased noise factor compared to a membrane, but that is also part of the experience with mechanical keyboards. The brown switches do not have the higher pitched click of a blue switch. It is more of a clack sound. It adds to my experience typing and has led to me actually writing more just for the experience.
Since starting this post I have tried several other mechanical keyboards that are more expensive. They are nice, but I am not sure they are really worth the extra money. This Velocifire is an inexpensive mechanical keyboard that gives me all I need, especially when you take into count the cost of those other boards.
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