The Fnatic Streak65 is an ultra-compact mechanical keyboard, offering a 65% configuration. It is recommended for FPS players wishing to have a large space for the movement of their mice.
It features some of the most responsive low-profile switches on the market and offers excellent performance for competitive players. For around $142, it’s one of our current favorites and we recommend it with your eyes closed if it meets your needs.
Pros and Cons
|Customizable RGB backlighting||Tightly packed keys|
|65% compact design||Expensive|
|Detachable USB-C cable|
|Excellent build quality|
The Fnatic Streak65. The manufacturer continues here on its momentum and offers us a new keyboard even more compact, in 65% format as its name suggests. A format that is still quite rare differs from the 60% more common keyboards by adding 5 additional keys to the right of the keyboard. A difference that has minimal impact in terms of size brings greater versatility to the paper.
In addition to its format, this new Fnatic Streak65 is distinguished by integrating new particularly responsive Low-Profile switches, with activation at only 1 mm. The technical sheet is also interesting, with reinforced aluminum chassis, removable USB-C cable, customizable RGB lighting, or pre-lubricated stabilizers.
|Dimensions||317 x 108 x 22 mm|
|Number of Keys||68|
|Connectivity||Wired, USB type-C|
|Cable Length||220 cm|
|RGB||RGB 16.8m Colors|
|Latency Wired||10.3 ms|
|Battery Type||No Batteries|
|Software||Fnatic OP software|
|Additional Features||Custom Low-Profile Keycap, |
FN Layer Functionality,
The design of the Fnatic Streak65 broadly resumes what we had already discovered alongside the MiniStreak. The manufacturer keeps a coherent range, and we stay on a model with a sober and minimalist look.
However, this change to 65% format is accompanied by a slightly thinner chassis than its big brother, and the addition of low-profile keys gives the whole a finesse that perfectly adapts to this new layout.
With dimensions of just 317 x 108 x 22 mm, this is one of the most compact keyboards we have had in our hands. Its featherweight 410g also makes it one of the lightest models in the industry. For comparison, the Corsair K65 RGB Mini and Anne Pro 2 models weigh over 600g.
In the hands, the featherweight of the Fnatic does not detract from its strength. An aluminum plate reinforces the plastic frame on its upper part, and the whole is perfectly resistant to the worst tortures. The different finishes exude quality, and the model seems built to last, with no complaints.
Now let’s go to the details of this famous 65% layout. As explained in the introduction, the format takes the basics of a 60% keyboard, with a row of 5 additional keys on the left side. This design allows direct access to the directional arrows and 4 macro keys customized from the Fnatic OP software.
For the rest, it is strictly identical. The numeric keypad disappears, and the Function keys and those initially present above the numeric arrows are combined with other commands. All the actions remain accessible, but you will have to use the Fn key to access them.
In addition to the classic commands, additional shortcuts are also available, particularly to manage the various light effects and their intensity or to manage its media and sound volume.
To access all these secondary commands more easily, it is also possible to lock the Fn key using the Fn + Enter combination.
These changes obviously require a little time to adapt to a traditional keyboard during the first use, but you get used to it quickly. And for a pure gaming-oriented use, the impact of this 65% layout is even more forgotten.
More than the arrangement of the keys itself, this reduced format allows above all to limit the size of the keyboard once placed on its desk. You save a lot of space in front of a complete layout or even a TKL model to facilitate the movements of your mouse when playing with reduced sensitivity.
Regarding the design of the keys and as explained a little earlier, the Fnatic Streak65 is based on low-profile switches, where the Streak and MiniStreak models opted for more classic switches. We are getting closer to what we had already discovered on the Logitech G915 and G915 TKL, and it is delightful to use here. We come back to this in detail a little later in our review of keyboard performance.
The keycaps are made of ABS plastic and only cover the top of the switches. We would have liked models in PBT to stand out from the competition and limit a little more the appearance of fingerprints on the keys.
In use, they offer good comfort, and the fingers slide easily from one key to another without ever tapping on the rim of the keycaps. The lighting effects also stand out very well, and it is possible to configure them from the Fnatic OP software. Note also the presence of 2 additional LEDs under the Space bar to maintain uniform lighting.
At the back of the keyboard, there are two retractable feet to manage the inclination of the Streak65. Only one height is available, and rubber pads ensure good stability to the whole.
On the upper edge, there is a magnetic plate with the logo of the brand. The MiniStreak can be removed and replaced with custom models that the manufacturer should soon offer on its website.
Finally, the connection is provided by a removable USB-C to USB-A cable of 2.2 m. The port is offset on the left part so as not to conflict with that of your mouse. Note, on the other hand, a slight play in the connection and a locking system would have been welcome to ensure never to suffer a possible disconnection.
The performance of the Fnatic Streak65; the great innovation is the appearance of low-profile mechanical switches.
They are designed by the Khail brand and are currently only offered in a linear variant. Designed to meet the expectations of competitive players, they feature a total stroke of 3.2mm and activation of just 1.0mm with a force of 45g.
Fnatic advertises them as the fastest switches on the market. Still, they are actually similar to Cherry MX Low-Profile Speed, offering 1mm activation for a total travel of 3.2mm. The recent Corsair OPX discovered on the Corsair K100 RGB also offers a similar technical sheet but the full format and not Low-Profile. Finally, the Logitech GLs opt for a shorter total stroke at 2.7 mm but an activation at 1.5 mm.
More than the figures, it is the practice that will speak here. In use, these new switches are indeed high-speed and responsive. The activation is perfectly fluid, and they hit each other effectively. All the keys are very stable, and we take advantage of pre-lubricated stabilizers on the Enter and Space keys.
Using a G915 daily, the adaptation to these new switches was carried out very quickly, and we must admit that we quickly fell under their spell. It’s nice, comfortable and efficient. No complaints!
As for noise, the activation of the keys is more marked than on the Cherry MX Speed of the Fnatic MiniStreak. However, the set is more discreet than the Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro that we tested recently, and we let you consult our video to get an overview of the rendering.
To accompany your Streak65, it is possible to install the Fnatic OP software. Available free of charge from the manufacturer’s website, it allows you to configure up to 4 different configuration profiles.
The first “Lighting” tab supports RGB lighting effects. Fnatic offers different effects, and it is possible to configure each key individually.
The second “Key Biding” tab can be used to modify the keyboard key mapping. All the keys can be reconfigured, and it is also possible to assign a secondary action accessible in combination with the Fn key.
Finally, the third and last tab, “Competition Mode,” allows you to lock certain keys during gaming. We obviously think of the Windows key to avoid returning to the desktop in the middle of the game.
The Fnatic Streak65 is an excellent mechanical keyboard. Compact, solid, and efficient, it should meet the expectations of the most demanding competitive players.
We like its well-thought-out design, hiding complete and intuitive features under its apparent simplicity. Its 65% format does not ultimately limit gaming use while normally freeing up space for its mouse.
On the performance side, nothing to complain about. The new linear switches brilliantly combine reactivity and stability, and you quickly feel at ease.
Available at around 140 USD, this new Streak65 has plenty of room for itself in the compact gaming keyboards sector. It is also one of the few models at 65% to offer an AZERTY layout. Another great success for Fnatic is gradually establishing itself as a real benchmark in the peripherals sector.
Corsair K60 RGB Pro: Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
The renowned gaming peripherals and components manufacturer, Corsair has released a mechanical keyboard called the K60 RGB Pro, the first device with Cherry Viola switches. These are line switches designed and made in Germany, with smooth running, high precision and reliability. Plus, the keyboard has a solid aluminium frame, dynamic RGB lighting and a stylish design so it can handle heavy loads every day, plus complements a gaming setup well.
Cherry’s response to the cheap MX clones from China will lower the price tag on gaming keyboards for reputable manufacturers.
We first came across Cherry Viola when we covered CES in Las Vegas a little over a year ago. Today we not only get to feel one of Corsair’s slightly newer keyboards, the K60 RGB Pro, we also get Viola a little closer.
|Brushed aluminium top plate||Heavy-Duty Software|
|Lubricated stabilizers||No onboard memory|
|Colourful and bright RGB|
|Premium look and feel|
The K60 RGB Pro has a stylish design and good structural integrity. The manufacturer has scaled back all the fluff in the K60 RGB Pro and has instead focused on performance. Cherry’s new Viola switch, which was the main focus in today’s test, is fresh from the moulds, smooth, albeit slightly heavy for our taste.
The Corsair K60 RGB Pro is better than previous Corsair keyboards that we tested for up to a triple price tag. The manufacturer has not forgotten small but essential details, such as lubricating stabilizers and minimizing the deep space. The K60 RGB Pro is a good keyboard but is not enough to reach the top of the keyboards within the same price range.
- Lubricated stabilizers
- Cherry Viola switches
- Robust built
- Full size
- Dull sound character but pings when used
|Corsair K60 RGB Pro|
|Dimensions||441 x 137 x 31 mm|
|Key Switches||CHERRY MX Low Profile SPEED|
|Cable Length||1.5 m USB cable|
|Media / macro keys||Yes, via function storage|
The Corsair K60 RGB Pro is constructed from durable brushed aluminium as the core of its construction. Plus, the keyboard features colourful RGB lighting and custom keycaps that capture the glow very well. By the way, the lighting also has lighting effects – they are configured in the Corsair iCUE app along with other features. It’s about programming buttons, recording macros, syncing the backlight to other iCUE compatible devices, but there’s more. With the help of this software, you can use the integration of lighting with games so that RGB lighting on devices that support Corsair iCUE can respond with a glow to various actions and in-game events.
The keys on the new keyboard not only respond quickly and accurately – they have other features as well. For example, the Anti-ghosting effect, which allows you to press all buttons at the same time. And the device also uses a game mode, with which you can block the Windows button during the game and save yourself from unpleasant incidents associated with it. Plus, the keyboard also provides multimedia keys for adjusting the volume and starting and stopping playback right during the game. They also allow you to switch between lighting effects with just one click so as not to be distracted from what is happening on the monitor screen.
Corsair continues to break its standards by providing the K60 RGB Pro with a standard bottom line. This makes it much easier to find suitable aftermarket keycaps for the keyboard to upgrade the user experience. Corsair has long insisted on having a bottom line that no one to our knowledge uses, which has probably been frustrating for Corsair users. They have now started to provide their keyboards with a standard bottom row, but there are still several keyboards in the range with the previous one.
Despite the ting sound, the K60 RGB Pro feels good in the hands, and when we knock on the chassis, we do not hear anything that indicates a sizeable resonant box inside. The keyboard is stiff in construction and does not crack when we try to twist and turn it. This is impressive as it is typical for this type of construction to crack in the plastic. This indicates good structural integrity.
The keyboard has a flat angle, but there are two fold-out levers for users who want the keyboard steeper. The levers have a rubber alloy in line with the rubber pads along the edges of the back. We have nothing to complain cushions. The keyboard is stable on our desk and does not slide around during use.
The K60 RGB Pro has a built-in cable that juts out along the back of the keyboard. It is a thick rubber alloy cable that is rigid. We like to see manufacturers switch to detachable cables or offer cable channels along the bottom of the keyboard to make them more excellent and less cumbersome.
The keycap is, as expected, of the thinner version in a smooth ABS plastic without texture. The surface is something of a grease magnet. Similar to Corsair left gaming aesthetics behind in the design of the chassis, they have done the same with the inscription on the keycaps. The caps measure about one millimetre in thickness, corresponding to about two-thirds of what we consider a suitable and qualitative thickness. However, we did not excellently expect anything, given the keyboard’s price tag.
The inscription does not appear to be adapted for the K60 RGB Pro with Viola as the keycaps do not use Viola’s LED sources in a good way. The inscriptions appear to be adapted for Cherry MX switches, which have an LED in the upper part of the switch. The inscription is adjusted in line with these. Viola lets light through the trunk in the middle of the switch, which results in uneven lighting. Like some Cherry MX sets, the LED is aligned along the top of the Viola switch, but most of the light comes from the switch stem. The switch housing in POM plastic does not let in much light but instead acts to scatter the light, while the part in PC plastic allows the LED light to shine straight through.
The keycaps are cupped in the more aggressive direction, and the homing keys, F and J, use a boom instead of deeper cupping. The keycaps are relatively low, exposing the switches considerably and following their own profile that we have not encountered before. They are so low that the trunk of the keycaps extends further down than the walls. The shape is not very aggressive and is reminiscent of the Cherry profile, apart from the F and number line.
Cherry Viola switches
Since Cherry presented the Cherry Viola at CES 2020, we have been looking forward to running the switch on our test bench. On-site in Cherry’s booth, we did not have time to build an idea of the switch in its entirety, but we still brought with us some things that would be key points for Viola.
- The switch is cheap to manufacture and will therefore be found in keyboards for under a thousand kroner.
- It cannot be modified and requires a special PCB, which means the switch is DOA for the enthusiast market.
- It is based on MX design and is compatible with MX keycaps.
- The switch and PCB are designed to support Hotswap to remove and replace the switches easily.
- Standard Cherry MX switches have a switch housing in either polycarbonate or nylon and a stem in polyoxymethylene. Viola has turned the roast and has the switch housing in polyoxymethylene and a stem in polycarbonate.
With their design, Viola switches are entirely out of the question for enthusiasts, as they are not compatible with a standard MX-compatible PCB and are difficult to modulate. An interesting detail is that the switches can be hot-swapped, but today there are no alternatives to replace them with. Cherry mentioned that they have several variants of Viola that they plan to roll out, something we have not seen in just over a year since we heard about it at CES 2020. A positive aspect of the Viola switch in the hot-swap context is that no contact legs must be threaded through contact holes. The switch shuts off power via a pad on the circuit board, and Viola is mounted only with a thick plastic stem, directly on the circuit board. This makes the hot-swap function relatively safe from handling errors, while the MX hot-swap is easily damaged.
Viola’s most significant selling point is that manufacturers can now finally have high-quality switches without cost compromises. Cherry told us that keyboards can now cost well under $ 100 and still have Cherry switches, which should be more attractive than China alternatives. This is achieved by having two fewer parts that make up the switch. The contact leaf consists of only one factor in Viola, while MX uses two separate parts for the same function. The switch housing is also only a part, while the MX switch has a top and a bottom portion that make up the housing.
How does Viola feel? It is always difficult to judge a switch that comes fresh from the moulds. Cherry MX is a switch series that we generally consider scratchy in impact, but it is not the switch’s fault. Cherry MX has been manufactured on such a large scale that the moulds wear out quickly. When Cherry refreshes the moulds, enthusiasts quickly buy switches, as they are always the smoothest at that stage. It is a stage in a production that the end consumer rarely gets to experience in gaming keyboards. How do Chinese manufacturers solve this? Gateron, for example, has sold smooth breakers year after year.
The K60 RGB Pro uses the iCUE software, which resources heavy. The software draws about 400 MB of RAM in the background and changes the essentials we expect from the software. We can set various keys and macros, lighting and deactivate certain key combinations, such as Alt + Tab, and look for firmware updates.
Fortunately, a lot can be set directly on the keyboard so that we do not have to have iCUE installed. There is support for media buttons, lighting and key locks.
ASUS ROG Claymore II Review: Gaming Wireless Keyboard
ASUS ROG Claymore II keyboard, which is unique, has been added to the range of gaming devices included in the most popular ROG line from famous ASUS developers.
There is something for all tastes and all prices, from entry-level to very, very high-end. Like this Asus ROG Claymore II, a high-end gaming keyboard from the brand. Sold around $269.99 we will see what gives the Asus ROG Claymore II.
This keyboard received many chips, including the ability to use and the leading resource of the device in wireless, autonomous mode, and a collapsible keyboard design, which can be either full-sized or shortened. Experts highly praised the novelty’s manufacturability, including its proprietary vital switches, which are the standard of durability, and the functionality, which involves supporting a utility for setting up macro keys and backlighting.
|Comfortable and efficient switches||High price|
|Excellent performance||No Bluetooth support|
|Four dedicated macro keys|
|Modular design is ingenious|
Few manufacturers make this design choice, preferring to release two products in two different formats rather than one that does both. But for customers and users, this leaves the choice of use and makes it possible to best adapt to the work or play environment.
We find the two parts of the keyboard in the box:
- 1 x Numeric keypad
- 1 x USB-C to USB-C Cable
- 1 x Sticker pouch
- 1 x Warranty notice
- 1 x Instructions for use
- 1 x USB-A (male) to USB-C (female) adapter
- 1 x USB-A (female) to USB-C (female) adapter
- 1 x wrist rest
- 1 x Keyboard storage pouch
- 1 x Numeric keypad storage pouch
The upper panel of the primary and digital unit of the accessory is made of metal; its surface is neatly sanded. Keycaps are made of durable matte black plastic. The alphabetic buttons contain Latin and Cyrillic characters. Interestingly, their location is not typical – Russian letters are not to the right of English letters but directly below them.
There is a polymer insert in the front area of the case – it contains indicators. At the top of the digital block, there is an oblong roller for adjusting the volume. Below it is four multimedia buttons. The reverse, plastic side in the centre of the front is equipped with a niche for a connection adapter, which also has a USB port and a mechanical power switch.
Initially, we find on the front of the keyboard; the keyboard keys are sported in the typeface typical of Asus ROG, which gives it an actual gamer aspect. Under the keycaps, there are mechanical switches, more precisely, the ROG RX Red. These switches have the advantage of being linear, which means that you don’t have any clicks when running. This is very pleasant in games or even in classical writing.
The keys are placed on brushed aluminium support, to the delight of our eyes and also helps to strengthen the appearance of this keyboard, giving it an ultra-premium design once again. On the upper part of the keyboard, we notice the addition of transparent plastic to pass the RGB, which indicates the level of charge of the keyboard and the logo to its left.
On the sides of the keyboard, Asus ROG did not leave them alone and took the opportunity to place connector covers on the left and right to hang the numeric keypad on the side you want. As for the upper side of the keyboard, we find:
1 x USB-A port
1 x USB-C port
1 x ON / OFF button
1 x Storage for USB-A dongle for 2.4 GHz connection
|ASUS ROG Claymore II|
|Released||May 19, 2021|
|Dimensions||462 X 155 X 39 mm|
|Connectivity||Wireless 2.4 GHz|
|Key Switches||ROG RX Blue Optical|
|Cable Length||6.5 ft (2.0 m)|
|Backlighting||16.8 million colours|
|Key Lifespan||100 million activation|
The Asus ROG Claymore II uses Rog RX Red switches, linear switches, therefore relatively silent in terms of ease of use. The buttons only need a little activation force (40 g) and an activation distance of 1.5 mm. This makes the keyboard silent and, above all, easy to use. The feel is correct and will suit most users.
We are here on an actuation force of 40 grams, which is just perfect: it allows us not to activate the keys when touched by mistake but also provides pleasant typing.
The keycaps are made of ABS, a smooth plastic that certainly takes more fingerprints than PBT, but ABS also has the advantage of making the light from the backlight circulate better.
All of the navigation keys in music or others are physically non-existent. Just press FN and your key at the same time to use it. While this is useful for some functions like mute or pause, it is tricky for most keys.
In comfort comes into account the numeric keypad, which has the advantage of being 100% detachable. This makes the optimal comfort in the use of the product and makes it incredibly more transportable.
Modification of ASUS ROG Claymore II is modular. If you need a number pad with volume control and four additional keys, it can be attached to the right or left body.
To do this, you need to remove the plugs from the grooves and connect the two blocks of the device using magnets.
An alternative option is to use only the base unit – supporters of compactness and portability will appreciate this option.
Enhances the usability of the accessory by the presence of side engraving on the keys that are most important for gaming, extendable legs and non-slip pads on the sole.
Its complete palm rest also evidences the comfort of using the keyboard- it is tactilely pleasant, cosy and perfectly supports the wrists, preventing the hands and joints from getting tired.
Let’s talk about the numeric keypad. It has the same design as the keyboard; we find the same materials and the same function for the sides. Only on the numeric keypad do we not see any reloading connections of the numeric keypad will be made by physically connecting it to the keyboard.
A relatively unfortunate point because it requires removing the cover of the keyboard and the numeric keypad to recharge it while with a USB-C or USB-A directly on the numeric keypad; this would have facilitated the reloading.
Thanks to the manufacturer’s software, there are also four buttons dedicated to the macro function to program the actions you want to be carried out. Above these buttons, we notice the presence of a volume adjustment wheel.
We find in the box a wrist rest, it is very comfortable and of outstanding quality; the entire top edge is magnetic so as not to move during long gaming or work sessions or brutal reflex. A positive point that not all manufacturers put in place.
ROG Claymore II keyboards come with two types of switches: RX Red and RX Blue. The lifespan is announced at 100 million activations. The typing is pleasant and convincing.
They are designed for gamers looking for an exact mechanical keyboard whose keys do not need much pressure to operate. Fortunately, they activate before reaching their total running distance, which allows much more speed.
We also have the satisfaction of observing one thing; they are not very noisy. We have been able to know red switches louder than that, and frankly, they are pretty silent even. Keycaps certainly play a role in this to reduce noise.
Therefore, they are designed for gamers looking for an exact mechanical keyboard, aided by the X-shaped stabilizers to eliminate essential oscillation and ensure regular, perfectly linear keystrokes.
Speaking of backlighting, the Asus ROG Claymore II’s is key-by-key, meaning each key has a dedicated LED for the backlight. This is the optimal configuration, which allows having perfect backlighting on all the keys without having weaknesses in certain places because of the positioning of the inscriptions.
By default, the Asus ROG Claymore II has RGB backlighting. Still, it will be possible to change the backlighting and the animations on the software dedicated to the products to customize your keyboard as much as possible.
This is interesting not only for its multimillion-dollar colour palette and many dynamic effects but also for the ability to turn off in the absence of active clicks automatically. So the backlight saves battery life.
All symbols on keycaps, diodes are illuminated evenly, the shades look rich and natural.
Access to a variety of lighting settings, including synchronization of its operation with compatible devices, as well as fundamental programming, is provided by the Armory Crate software downloaded from the manufacturers’ official website.
In terms of battery life, Asus ROG announces 47 hours of use with the default brightness. In reality, it is somewhat true that we reach almost 45 hours of autonomy with maximum brightness. Thanks to a 4000 mAh battery placed on the keyboard.
Asus ROG has thought of putting a fast-charging system that allows you to gain 18 hours of battery life in less than 30 minutes thanks to the USB-C to USB-C connectors (cable supplied).
The new keyboard is charged in a short time – this device supports the fast charging function. You can charge the device using a classic USB cable.
The Asus ROG Claymore II is a good gaming keyboard with an aggressive design. Thanks to a 4000 mAh battery placed on the keyboard which gives you around 45 hours of battery life. Its switches are comfortable and not very noisy. It is at the top of the range from Asus ROG.
Logitech Keyboard Mouse Combo: MK850 Performance vs MK295 Silent
Logitech kits (importantly, not the Logitech G gaming division) are aimed mainly at office workers who want to increase their products easily. Hence the simple form, membrane mechanism, accessories designed to make life easier for us at work in front of the screen, or the lack of a backlight, which is not needed in the light of office fluorescent lamps. The MK850 Performance Kit adds an aspect to this combination, with ergonomics in mind.
Logitech MK850 Performance quickly and easily because after unpacking the mouse and keyboard from simple cardboard and protective foil, all you need to do is plug the 2.4 GHz USB receiver into the computer and switch the device switches to “on.” These will connect to the computer in no time, and the pre-installed batteries (two AAA in the keyboard and one AA in the mouse) will provide up to 36 and 24 months of operation consecutively. However, if you choose to connect to Bluetooth Smart, the process will take a little longer, requiring you to connect both devices to the target device manually.
Logitech MK295 Silent Wireless Combo is a typical office set consisting of a wireless keyboard and mouse and a USB receiver, which is to provide you with one thing above all – blissful silence. This kit is insanely simple and even reminded me of my short adventure with the IT team in the office when I (and others) had to create new and fully complete computer sets. One morning, a large box with several dozen Logitech keyboards arrived at us, announcing an exciting process of unpacking and attaching keyboards to the computer.
The Logitech MK295 reminded us of those times and in good taste because this set will be the perfect basis for new office sets. All you need to do is take the mouse and keyboard out of the box, tear off some security features, plug one USB receiver into your computer, and that’s it. Even AAA batteries have already been inserted into the equipment, and their replacement is required only after about three years (according to the manufacturer).
|Logitech MK850||Logitech MK295|
|$||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Dimensions||430 x 210 x 25 mm||441 x 149 x 18 mm|
|Weight||25.9 oz / 733 g||17.6 oz / 498 g|
|Compatibility||Windows, Mac OS||Windows, Mac OS|
|Software||Logitech Options||Logitech Options|
|Logitech MK850||Logitech MK295|
|Dimensions||115 x 74 x 45 mm||99 x 60 x 39 mm|
|Weight||4.8 oz / 135 g||2.7 oz / 75.2 g|
Looking at both the keyboard and the mouse of the MK850 set, it’s hard not to notice that ergonomic-oriented devices are at stake in both cases. Thus, the mouse has far-reaching grooves and shapes to suit the right hand, and the keyboard has a large wrist rest and a profiled casing with a bulge in the letter section.
Indeed, a handy palm rest looks as if padded with fabric, but it is actually made of hard rubber with a certain texture and no other. It’s not that thick, and there’s not a gram of foam underneath it, so don’t expect your wrists to feel like they’re on a pillow.
In terms of the quality itself, only the slightly bent plastic casing when pressed, reworked recesses for the keys, and good grip on the table together with two pairs of vertical feet. Only problem? Stickers on the keys.
A similar or even better state of affairs is represented by the mouse of the MK850 Performance set, visually connecting to the keyboard. At the same time, it offers what is most important, i.e., excellent support for the hand, pleasant to the touch rubber material with hard rubber in the lead role, sliders that cannot be complained about, reliable main buttons, and Logitech’s proprietary roller with two operating modes. In them, it provides either free-scrolling without any resistance, or on the contrary. In the latter mode, we feel each successive jump on the bearing and influence its intensity in the application.
The simplicity of the set is also reflected in the components themselves, i.e., the standard keyboard made of black plastic and the mouse in the same style, but with the addition of “glossy” plastic inserts. Do not count on top performance because the keyboard (dimensions: 441 × 149 × 18 mm) bends left and right with more pressure, squeezing sweat out of the optionally unfolding “legs.” The keyboard sticks to the top on six non-slip rubber bands without them, and it works really well.
Of the features worth mentioning, the MK295 keyboard is partially resistant to spills; it has eight dedicated multimedia buttons, an on / off switch on the upper edge, together a LED indicating capslock activation and a cover for two AAA batteries. However, the most important thing in this model is what is hidden under a series of keys carved in valleys and pleasant to the touch, and this is the latest SilentTouch technology.
We are talking about nothing else than the switches under the main mouse wings, as well as the keys themselves, which may be based on an age-old membrane mechanism, but reworked to the point of being insanely silent when activated. Importantly, this silence maintains the appropriate level of responsiveness. Even when typing quickly, it works great, but not as great as, for example, a mechanical keyboard with switches strictly for typing.
Part of this mechanism is lubricated guides under the keys, which suggests that the keyboard will, unfortunately, become louder over the years, but this is just a guess, as verification of this requires at least a dozen or so months with this set.
As mentioned, the blissful silence of the keyboard is also preserved in a small, “office” mouse, weighing 75 grams, which only has the main switches and a scroll wheel. Although the former work flawlessly, the reel is a little joke against them because its use may be pleasant to the touch and smooth, but at the same time, it generates a high, strangely “dry” noise. The same applies to its activation (pressing the roll) because it is traditional, which is insanely loud compared to the rest.
In addition, after configuring Logitech Flow, we can even more smoothly juggle files, photos, or just copied text between our devices. However, this is not a magic trick but a smart network solution, so before transferring large data packages, prepare for a few minutes of waiting. The transfer is carried out via a wired or wireless connection between computers with previously installed applications.
This configuration is done using the Logitech Options application, where we will be able to adjust the mouse’s sensitivity, specific actions of individual buttons, and gestures, among which something as critical as the basic functions of the buttons was missing. This forced me to change the screenshot capture software assigned to the Print Screen key by default. Its place was replaced by a single key for real-time hardware changes.
The MK850 Performance set consisting of a mouse, and a keyboard is a typical device oriented towards specific users who, after learning its functions, will be able to get more out of it than from standard models. Hence the price of 105 USD, which is not the lowest for equipment of this class, costs its own not because of its exceptional quality, but due to the possibilities and technological facilities.
In general, the MK850 Performance is hard to fault because it is a typical office peripheral set that colleagues can envy when they understand its inconspicuous nature. So if you are looking for a combination of functions that this set offers, go ahead and give it a chance, enjoying higher productivity and, most likely, the comfort of work.
MK295 is not without flaws, but it is great as a set designed to be quietly tapping in Word or Excel. Not in terms of quality or precision, but working time on the included batteries, wireless mode, the desired silence (although the roll is shameful here), and even the pleasure of typing when the keys with a low work path can be pressed so well. The price of 36 USD and a two-year warranty only emphasizes that it is worth it, as long as you are looking for these features, of course.
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