Earlier this year, I shared my thoughts on 5 incredible mechanical keyboards It was passing over my desk as of early 2022. There was a surprisingly warm response to the piece, and I was planning on revisiting the topic, perhaps next year, when I’ve tested enough good keyboards to justify it. , I was lucky enough to test nearly a dozen more mechanical keyboards.
So, without further ado, here are 5 lovely mechanical keyboards coming out in 2022, ranging from technical marvels to some unique aesthetic creations.
Wooting 60 HE Review: 60% Analog Keyboard
In the Netherlands, keyboard company Wooting has made a name for itself with a range of analog mechanical keyboards that offer several unique advantages over traditional designs.Detailed in previous reviews – see Wooting Two HE review, for example – but the main idea is to be able to measure every key movement. This allows you to turn your keys into analog inputs or trigger different effects with different key depths.their latest board Wooting 60 HEa 60% sized model perfect for competitive gamers who are most likely to be most interested in its feature set.
The 60 HE not only offers the smallest (and therefore most convenient) way to access Wooting’s unique combination of hardware and software, it’s a keyboard that’s just as nice to use and look at. The compact design looks great on your desk with vibrant RGB backlighting, a slim beveled frame and an optional fabric strap emblazoned with the words “Take Control.” come. The soft linear switches also work brilliantly, producing a pleasingly deep sound when typing.
The black and yellow color scheme is a great alternative to the red, blue, and green colors common in major game brands. The standard UK layout also means you can use a wide range of custom keycap sets. I chose Razer’s white “phantom” keycaps. This is because the key legend is only visible in backlight. If you set the keyboard lighting to golden yellow in the Wootility software, the effect is quite beautiful. Of course, with this software you can also change your keyboard’s WASD keys to analog input, set the point at which pressed keys are recognized by the keyboard, and enable “tachyon mode” to greatly reduce input lag You can also easily
The Wooting 60 HE is the best keyboard the company has ever made, beautifully packed with the best features in a lovingly designed, ruggedly built compact chassis. It comes with strong recommendations from Digital Foundry if the form factor fits. €189.
Mountain Everest Max with DisplayPad and MacroPad
OK, this is the keyboard we covered earlier.We are Everest Max best modular keyboard, and I stand by that claim. However, Max’s release could make Max even more powerful. £100 Display Pad When £50 Macro Pad.
These are two modular add-ons to Max that add 12 mechanical keys or 12 Stream Deck style key/screen combos. They slide directly into the chassis of the Everest Max (not the Everest 60, sadly) and easily add tons of extra controls to your keyboard. The DisplayPad and MacroPad each come with their own chunky bases that allow the keys to face up in a comfortable position.
Streaming is obviously a big focus here, but this is just the tip of the iceberg as you can assign each key to basically anything through the power of macros. I’ve used mine to trigger various scripts that I use to speed up submissions. For example, copy and paste the beginning of your deal post, or shorten affiliate tracking and add it to your retailer link. With predefined actions for programs like OBS, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Davinci Resolve, and more, you don’t have to go through a lot of hassle if you don’t need to.In fact, they’re designed well enough to yield these immediate productivity bonuses, and the macro recording feature is deep enough that you can automate loading if you care.His YouTuber at Digital Foundry and friend EposVox video on MacroPad and StreamPad It’s worth a visit to see other exciting options.
Perhaps the only downside here is that these aren’t as seamless as other Everest ecosystems. You can’t just click them into place and connect them to your keyboard. Instead, power limitations mean they must be plugged directly into the PC. That means you’ll need extra cables on your already cluttered desk. This is an understandable limitation, but it’s a shame Everest couldn’t make this work in a cleaner way.
Ultimately, it’s a pretty cool added value for Everest Max owners, and these could also serve as potential standalone replacements for the more famous Stream Deck. and a true evolution of the formula.
James Donkey RS2 Review: Gasket Mounted Retro Styling
One of the major trends for mechanical keyboards this year is gasket mounts. A gasket mount uses a soft, resilient material between the plate and keyboard to provide smoother, quieter keypresses.I saw some options last time I looked recent keyboard releasesand now there’s another: RS2 From the brilliantly named Chinese company James Donkey. This keyboard has a retro aesthetic, with a two-tone off-white color scheme (“ancestral grey”) straight from his 90s, but hot-swappable his Gateron G Pro red or brown with his switches, PBT keycaps, Embracing the future with USB. -C charging, 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth.
Interestingly, the RS2 also comes in its own compact 99-key “full size” layout. The navigation cluster here has been reduced to just two keys, Print screen and Delete, relegating Insert, Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End to the Fn layer. This gives more space for the clickable volume wheel on the top right and the calculator button above the numeric keypad. Other keys on the right side of the keyboard are also different sizes and positions, making it more difficult to find a replacement set of keycaps. However, these changes make the keyboard take up less space than your average full-size keyboard, so perhaps the mental remapping required to learn the new layout is worth it.
The layout changes aren’t an obvious improvement over the more standard design, but the actual typing experience here is $99 keyboard. Premium keycaps and gasket-mounted Gateron Brown switches offer super-smooth action, with plenty of tactile feedback and a pleasingly thick report. Wireless latency was good via the included 2.4GHz dongle, but a bit worse via Bluetooth. If you’re using a keyboard in a fixed position and don’t mind the extra cable, using a keyboard wired via USB-C is also a perfectly good alternative. Battery life is estimated at four weeks, which is believable given the subdued monochromatic lighting.
If you like the retro look and flexibility afforded by this keyboard’s charm, it’s worth considering. Be prepared to familiarize yourself with the slightly different layout.
Razer Deathstalker V2 Pro Tenkeyless Review: Low Profile Wireless
The DeathStalker V2 Pro Tenkeyless is another one of Razer’s very long product names (hello, BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed Phantom Edition), but that long name hides the best alternative yet. Excellent G915 TKL from Logitech It is currently recommended as the best wireless mechanical keyboard.
Both keyboards are low profile options, great laptop keyboards with real mechanical switch haptics, multiple connectivity options (low-latency 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth, USB-C), and a really nice scroll wheel provides quick operation. Logitech’s design is impressive, but I think the Razer board is better. For me, it all comes down to the typing experience and Razer’s optical thin linear switches that feel very satisfying under my fingers despite the relatively slippery ABS keycaps. It’s quick to activate with the amount of travel, but there’s a fair amount of tactile feedback when bottoming out, so it didn’t feel like you were accidentally pressing it.
Another advantage is the volume wheel and multi-function button on the top right of the keyboard. This is nice to use, even if the Logitech is a little wider and better, but the buttons are a game changer, playing/pausing, skipping, and skipping back once, twice, or three times respectively A quick tap makes it easy. Profile buttons, a USB-C port, and a Wired/BT/2.4GHz switch sit on the back of the keyboard for a clean design. There is even a way to check the current battery life. Press Fn + End and you should see the four little LEDs above the arrow keys light up. Each segment corresponds to 25% of battery or approximately 12.5 hours (50 hours total) with RGB lighting on. With it off, it’s close to 200 hours. The entire platform also feels premium, with a metal-topped chassis and slim dimensions making for an elegant design.
However, DeathStalker V2 Pro TKL also has some flaws. For those who rely on PrtScr to take screenshots (hey!), moving it to the Function line can be a pain – even unlocking the nice volume wheel.keyboards are expensive $220/220 poundsand you have to really like this feature set and form factor to justify the expense. However, like Logitech, we expect Razer to be aggressive with pricing for sales events like Black Friday. .
Marvo KG972W review: affordable gasket mount keyboard
This is the simplest keyboard, so I’ll keep it brief.The reason to consider this keyboard is this Quite expensive at $129Yet it has the features you need and has a (relatively) unique design. The 98% design is space-saving compared to full-size boards, but retains both the numeric and arrow keys. Available in tactile and linear variants, the switches are hot-swappable (3/5 pins), gasket-mounted, and PBT double-shot keycaps don’t wear out unlike ABS alternatives. It has three connectivity modes (2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth, and USB via a sleek coiled cable), and a 3000mAh battery guarantees weeks of operation without RGB or days with it. Speaking of RGB, there are many different modes, no software setup required, but some you can use if you want.
The overall look of the keyboard is also clean. There are four pleasing colorways to choose from, including “Tiffany” blue, pink, black, and white, and the keyboard has a cutout with a clear plastic insert at the top right. By default it just lights up, but you can ask Marvo customer service to send a printout of your design of choice to light it up and make the keyboard your own. All in all, it’s nothing revolutionary, but for the money it offers a strong typing experience and a deep feature set that appeals to a wide range of people.
So – there is! Added 5 nice keyboards from all over the world, from Holland and Germany to China and USA. Which keyboard was your favorite? Any great keyboards I haven’t covered? Let me know in the comments below!
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