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GK64 Review - Hot Swappable Aluminum Mech

GK64 Review: 60% Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard with Hot Swap Sockets

Ever had the urge to replace the switches in your keyboard only to chicken out at the last minute. Trust me, you’re not alone. Desoldering and replacing switches in a traditional mechanical keyboard requires knowledge, tools, patience and soldering skills that not everyone possesses. While it would be beneficial to learn the soldering/desoldering process for future projects, there’s a quick and much easier solution that anybody can use to change switches without any type of specialized equipment: Hot swap sockets.

Today I am reviewing the GK64, a fully aluminum mechanical keyboard that makes use of hot swappable sockets for practically effortless switch replacement. Continue reading to see just how simple… Continue reading

Durgod Taurus K320 Nebula RGB Review

Durgod Taurus K320 Nebula Review: Quiet RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the Durgod Taurus K320 Nebula, a RGB backlit TKL mechanical keyboard that doesn’t suffer from the failings typical of most keyboards tailored to the PC gaming community; e.g., cheap build quality, thin ABS keycaps, hideous aesthetics and over-hyped marketing gimmicks.

This particular Durgod gaming keyboard also has a secret hidden under the hood. Silenced Cherry MX linear switches for much quieter gaming experiences and tolerable noise levels for typing in the workplace. Just how quiet are they? Does a dampened switch hurt the key feel? Let’s find out… Continue reading

Cheap PBT Keycaps (side-printed)

Cheap PBT Keycaps – Reviewing A Low-budget PBT Keyset

Generally speaking, the stock keycaps found on low to medium budget mechanical keyboards are lacking in quality. That’s because keysets are one of the easiest areas where manufacturers can cut corners to reach a lower manufacturing cost so they can obtain higher profits. The reality is average consumers aren’t even aware of the quality difference between thin ABS keycaps and thick PBT.

Keyboard enthusiasts know better. For most of us, replacing and upgrading stock keycaps to something more substantial with premium materials and high wear resistance is a priority. Continue reading

Anne Pro Review

Anne Pro Review: 60% Wireless RGB Mechanical Keyboard

The Obins Anne Pro has created a lot of positive hype in the keyboard community. I know it’s been on my radar for review the past 5 months or so. A 60% mechanical keyboard with wireless support (Bluetooth 4.0), true RGB backlighting, Gateron switches, programmability and PBT keycaps for only $80. Sign me up!

A lack of time and backlog of other boards delayed this review longer than expected, but I finally got around to ordering one. I’ve spent the last couple weeks using the Anne Pro as my daily driver. Is the buzz around it merited? Spoiler: Yes. Continue reading

Vortex Core Review

Vortex CORE Review: Viva Tiny Mechanical Keyboards!

I have a special mechanical keyboard up for review today. The Vortex CORE could end up being a pioneer for 40% form factor keyboards and the future mech market. What makes it so unique? The CORE is not a kit that requires soldering skills for a complex assembly process. It’s not a custom you design and build yourself from the ground up based on a specific PCB. The Vortex CORE is the first mass produced, fully assembled 40% mechanical keyboard for the “mainstream” retail market.

Until now, these ultra compact 40% layouts have been mostly relegated to a hardcore niche audience, even among keyboard enthusiasts. Does the Vortex CORE have what it takes to invigorate the 40% market the same way its predecessor, the Poker series, did with 60% mechanical keyboards? We shall see… Continue reading

Vortex Core 40% Mechanical Keyboard Review

The Vortex Core 40% Mechanical Keyboard Has Landed

Vortex’s next “big” product comes in a tiny package. The Vortex Core 40% mechanical keyboard with aluminum case was just recently listed on Amazon.

The Core is a ultra-compact mechanical keyboard with only 47 dedicated keys. It uses multiple function layers and programmability to provide functionality similar to that of larger keyboards, but with a much smaller footprint for improved ergonomics and space-saving ability. Continue reading

Replace Keycaps

Keycap Replacement: Facts You Should Know

Custom keycaps and aftermarket key sets are a fun and easy way to customize your keyboard. Most mechanical keyboards have keycaps that can be removed with a simple keycap puller tool. But Why would you want to replace your keycaps anyway? Lots of reasons.

Eventually keycaps made of cheaper materials will begin to wear out. This usually involves yellowing, losing their texture and having the legends fade or even completely disappear. Mechanical keyboards are generally very sturdy, but the keycaps will endure heavy abuse over the years. Just because the keycaps have outlived their effectiveness doesn’t mean the keyboard is ruined. Continue reading