TheGamingSetup https://thegamingsetup.com Mon, 05 Oct 2020 15:19:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://thegamingsetup.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-favicon-32x32-32x32.png TheGamingSetup https://thegamingsetup.com 32 32 The 7 Best FPS Mice Fall 2020 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/best-for-fps?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-7-best-fps-mice-fall-2020 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/best-for-fps#respond Mon, 05 Oct 2020 15:13:12 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7893 The Razer Viper Ultimate is the best FPS mouse right now because of its lagless wireless, great shape and buttons.

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First person shooters are arguably the genre that sparked interest in gaming focused mice in the first place, mouse movements are key to so much of the genre’s gameplay, from aiming, looking, firing and movement, a good FPS mouse can make a huge difference in your gameplay.

A good FPS mouse ignores the extra frills and makes sure the fundamentals are rock solid, no extra buttons, no weights and shapes that suit multiple types of mouse grips.

The mouse should have tactile buttons that don’t actuate easily, revealing your location by accident, they should feel satisfying when you’re clicking heads. Good FPS mice should have a flawless sensor, so pixel tracking is accurate and consistent every time. The best FPS mice promote freedom of movement, they are going to have great cables with minimal drag, or better yet, they should be wireless if possible and light, so that long low DPI flicks aren’t fatiguing on the player.

1. Razer Viper Ultimate

The Best FPS Mouse

The best for FPS

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Razer Viper Ultimate

Everything you want in a wireless gaming mouse, especially for FPS.

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Lagless wireless
  • Long 70 hour battery life
  • Light at 74 grams with no holes
  • Dock with wireless charging
  • Buttons on both sides of ambidextrous shape, good for lefties
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Recessed side buttons can be a little difficult to hit
  • Some pre-travel on primary buttons

Our best overall gaming mouse is also the best fps gaming mouse, the Viper Ultimate has everything you would want for an FPS gamer. The safe shape of the Viper Ultimate is perfectly suited for claw and finger-tip grips. The mouse has a flawless sensor, great buttons and a long battery life.

What takes the Viper Ultimate over the top is its flawless sensor and lightweight. You can’t really get better than a light mouse with lagless wireless, true freedom of movement. 

The Viper Ultimate is on the expensive side however, if you’re on a budget, the Model O is similar in shape, or just the vanilla Razer Viper  or Viper Mini are good options. 

Read our review

2. Logitech G Pro Wireless

For FPS gamers looking for a bit more palm support

A close second

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Logitech G Pro Wireless

Logitech’s best gaming mouse

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • 60 hour battery life
  • Flawless sensor
  • 80 grams without holes
  • Swappable side buttons
  • Wireless charging capability with charge mat
  • Great shape for palm

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some durability concerns with buttons double clicking

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is another complete package mouse, its lightweight, it has a flawless wireless sensor and its tactile buttons make it a great FPS mouse. For those that don’t like the shape of the Razer Viper, the GPW has all the virtues of that mouse, with a rounder, taller shape that might fit gamers that prefer a little more palm support.

Logitech’s swappable side buttons mean this is a great fit for left-handed players, the mouse has a flawless sensor with no input latency and a 6o hour battery life, it’s a complete package that should make most gamers happy, its specs are just slightly short of the Vipers’, making it the second best fps mouse.

Like the Viper, it’s not a cheap mouse, those looking for a little more palm support can look to the CoolerMaster MM710 for a more affordable option.

Read our GPW Review

3. CoolerMaster MM710

Great value fps gaming mouse

Palm grip FPS mouse

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Cooler Master MM710

Cooler Masters first ultra light is one of the lightest

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Unique shape, great for all grips but especially for palm
  • Sturdy build and design
  • Flexible cable
  • 2 year warranty
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Main button and middle scroll wheel can wobble
  • Feet are scratchy out of the box

The MM710 packs an excellent shape for all grips, it’s a no-frills, performance focused mouse that provides a great FPS experience. 

For palm grip FPS players, the MM710 is a great option because of its taller height and round shape. The MM710 is still plenty viable for claw and finger-tip gamers. The mouse is well built, with a PBT shell, a light weight and of course, has a flawless sensor. The MM710 is our first budget choice because of its shape versatility, and for just doing the fundamentals properly.

There are some concerns with quality control of the shell and gaps, the buttons and scroll wheel have shown some wobble. For its price, it’s still incredible value and certainly a top performing mouse for FPS games.

Read our review

4. Glorious Model O/O-

Ultralight and affordable fps mouse

Big Value
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Glorious Model O-

Diminutive size and price with no compromises See Price on Glorious PC

Pros

  • Great shape for claw grips and size options for smaller hands
  • Lots of surface and colour options
  • Great primary buttons and scroll wheel
  • Improved cable

Cons

  • Main button can wobble
  • Lots of branding
  • Shell flexes and creaks a good amount

The Glorious Model O and O- has a shape that’s immediately familiar and well proven for FPS, for tip and  claw gamers.

The Model O is affordable, its shape is comfortable, the cable is great, and it glides well on a light frame. The Model O is a lean, focused mouse that’s great for FPS.

The buttons hold it back a little bit, they’re not the best feeling mouse clicks for FPS, it lacks the tactile, crispy click that you’d want for an FPS mouse. If you’re a little bit of a ragier FPS gamer, you might want to pick a sturdier mouse, the Model O does have a decent amount of flex on the shell. 

Read our review

5. Endgame Gear XM1

A great shape for fps gaming

Proven performer

Endgame Gear XM1

A unique shape and solid built quality make the XM1 a great shooters mouse

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Original ambidextrous shape works really well for claw grip
  • Buttons are rock solid and sturdy
  • 70 grams with no holes
  • Good glide on feet

Cons

  • Cable is stiff and rubber, good candidate for paracording
  • Coating runs warm in my experience

The Endgame XM1 has great clicks and a unique low profile shape that is an absolute joy to use. Every shot feels great with this mouse. The shape is ideal for claw grip gamers. The XM1 has a flawless sensor and a lightweight in a strong shell with great build quality. The mouse is affordable and is a great option for gamers looking for value.

The only shortcoming I can find on the XM1 is the rubber cable, it’s a far cry from the wireless beasts at the top of our list, I can feel the cable a bit more when compared to the braided cables of other mice on this list.

Read our review

6. Zowie S1/S2

One of the most comfortable for fps gaming

Zowie Divina S1 and S2

A great less narrow ambidextrous shape and less stiff buttons (finally!) make the S1 and S2 some of the best ambidextrous mice around.

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Three colour options, two size options
  • Great safe shape, well balanced
  • Flexible rubber cable at an angle, introduces very little drag
  • Option of glossy or matte coating options 

Cons

  • Noisy scroll wheel
  • Above average in weight for this category

The Zowie S series is known for its comfortable shape that’s compatible with most grips. Its curvature and size can accommodate palm, claw and finger-tip grips well, fitting in the hand like a glove. The S1 and S2 pack a flawless sensor with a flexible rubber cable that surprisingly doesn’t introduce as much drag as you would think. The mouse has multiple colour and coating options as well. 

The S series mice are a little heavier than a lot of the other mice you would find on this list, it’s not heavy by any means but its freedom of movement can’t compare to the top-tier mice on this list.

7. Glorious Model D- (61 g)

The best ergonomic fps mouse

Glorious Model D minus

Glorious Model D-

An incredible value; proven shape and ultra light weight made for palm grippers. See Price on Glorious

Pros

  • Proven ergo shape
  • Lightweight
  • Great soft cable 
  • 2 colour and coating options

Cons

  • Buttons are mediocre
  • Shell is a little soft, flexes and creaks

The Glorious Model D- is a great FPS mouse choice for gamers that prefer an ergonomic mouse. It’s diminutive size makes the Model D- still suitable for a claw grip while being absolutely great for palm grippers. The Model D- is one of the lightest ergonomic mice out, with a great cable and a flawless sensor making the Model D- absolutely fly in game.

The mouse has lacklustre clicks, it’s not the most tactile experience with the Model D-, so look elsewhere if you value tactility. If you’re prone to squeezing heavily or reacting poorly to getting sniped, then you might want to look for something a little sturdier than the Model D-. Its shell is a little flexible and creaky.

Changelog

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The shrunken down Model D- performs its role admirably, filling in a need for gamers that like to claw or fingertip grip with an ergonomic mouse, or for the small handed gamers that find most ergo mice way too large. 

The Model D- is a solid mouse at a great price that does everything at least average, if not better. It’s not a world beater in all aspects, but the Model D- is a great ergonomic mouse that is a top choice for its niche. 

Small Light Ergo

Check the price on the Model D Minus

Glorious Model D- 

The shrunk down version of the Viper is just as great as its larger brothers. 

See Price on Glorious PC

Pros

  • Light ergo mouse at 61 grams
  • Amazing cable
  • Great scroll wheel
  • Top notch out of the box feet
  • Affordable pricing
  • 2 coating and colour options

Cons

  • Mediocre buttons
  • Shell flexes and creaks quite a bit
  • Lots of Glorious branding
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Shape, Size & Feel

The Model D- is an ergonomic mouse with the exact same shape as the Model D, just shrunken down. Outside of the Glorious lineup, the mouse closest to the EC2-B and G-Wolves Skoll. 

Model D Minus - OG Model D

Its shape will be immediately familiar to any gamers that used any of the aforementioned mouse, it’s a proven shape with many fans. Those who have a palm grip but find many of the common ergo mice too large, the Model D- is a great option. The mouse, because of its small size, is comfortable in claw and fingertip grip. 

The mouse is easy to pick up, thanks to its lightweight at 61 grams and curved side under the side buttons. The buttons have a slight comfort groove; they feel comfortable in palm grip in prolonged use. 

Model D Minus - Profile

As expected from Glorious, the Model D- comes in both matte and glossy form, with the matte feeling cooler to the touch in my experience, as a clammy gamer, I definitely prefer the matte version, those with dry hands might find the glossy more to their preference. 

The Model D- comes with the following versions: 

  • Glossy white
  • Glossy black
  • Matte white
  • Matte black

The Model D- is one of the smaller ergonomic shaped mice available, the Skoll Mini is going to be its main competitor with that mouse coming in slightly shorter and narrower. 

Model D Minus - Back

The holes don’t cause any discomfort, there are no rough edges or hot spots I detected, even in the most intense of gaming sessions. 

Design

Model D Minus - Angled Back

Like all other mice, the Model D- is adorned with Glorious branding on both sides of the mouse with beard face on the left and a word mark on the right side of the mouse. 

The side buttons and scroll wheel are black in all versions of the Model D-. 

The white mouse is particularly vibrant with the RGB leds, the shells innards reflect the glow producing a very pleasing effect. 

Build Quality

Model D Minus - Profile

The Model D- does have some significant flex on the bottom shell, I’m easily able to press into the bottom honey comb producing a pronounced creak. The top shell fairs a little better, but there’s still enough give where I’d definitely conscious of it. The sides of the shell are more sturdy, with very little flex or creak. The D- feels a little less sturdy than their previous iterations, I wouldn’t smash this mouse around too much.

On a positive note, the click accidentally actuating with the case is squeezed isn’t happening on my copy of the mouse. 

Buttons & Scroll Wheel

Model D Minus - Front

The scroll wheel on the Model D- in fantastic, the chunky steps, rubber wheel and crisp scroll steps make the middle mouse tactile. I’m not having any issues with the scroll wheel drifting or squeaking on fast scrolling.

Model D Minus - Side Buttons

The buttons have improved a little from the Model D, the Omron switches in the mouse still feel a little hollow, the upswing on the switch feels unpronounced compared to the top tier mice in this department. The Model D- has reduced the amount of post-travel on click that the Model D had an abundance of.

 The side buttons feel a little less tactile than found on the bigger Model D, with a less resounding click compared to the bigger version.

Cable

Model D Minus - Topdown

The cable on the Model D- is great, flexible and compact, I barely even notice it in gaming sessions, with or without a mouse bungee. 

Feet & Underside

Model D Minus - Feet

The Model D- feet are plastic wrapped for protection this time, around so be sure to peel off the blue covering before you judge its glide. 

Model D Minus - Foot peel

Once the sticker is off, the Model D- feet have a great glide, with their PTFE feet. The glide and feet make a great combo.

Sensor & Performance

The Model D- uses the veteran Pixart PMW3360. You can expect no acceleration, no prediction and jittering from this sensor. It’s rock solid. 

Software

Not much is new with the Model D- software, it uses the same software package as the OG Model D. The Model D- supports up to 4 profiles stored onto its on-board memory, however you need th software to swap profiles.

Model D Minus - Software - DPI

You can set up to 5 steps of DPI, ranging from 400 to 12000 DPI.

Model D Minus- Software - Lighting

The Model D- has 8 RGB modes, 9 if you include turning them off, with 3 individual LED strips sharing the 1 zone setting. The RGB modes can be modified by direction and speed.

The RGB modes of the Model D- are:

  • Glorious Modes
  • Static Breathing
  • Breathing
  • Single Color
  • Breathing (Single Color)
  • Tail
  • Rave
  • Wave
  • LED OFF

Glorious is the most attractive RGB setting in my opinion.

Model D Minus - Software - LOD

Lift off distance can be tuned depending on your preference. I’d leave it at its lowest setting if you don’t know what you specifically prefer.

Model D Minus - Software - Polling

You can set the polling rate of the mouse, since this is a wired only mouse, there’s no reason to set it to anything lower than 1000 Hz.  

Model D Minus - Software - Debounce

Debounce is a feature that prevents double clicking, if your mouse isn’t having any issues with double clicking leave it at the default setting of 10ms. 

Model D Minus - Software - Keymap

Last but not least, you can remap any of the buttons on the Model D- to common functions including macro and multimedia functions.

Warranty & Reliability

Glorious offers a 2 year warranty for the Model D-. So far, no major concerns have arisen about the reliability of the mouse.

Comparisons

Model D- vs. Model D

Model D Minus - OG Model D

These two mice are obviously similar in a lot of ways, the shape and feel of the Model D- is a faithful shrink down of the bigger Model D. The difference in hand is noticeable, the shorter length and lower height of the Model D- make it a lot easier to claw and finger tip grip, while the bigger Model D fills in my palm a bit better. 

The Model D- primary buttons feel better, there’s less post-travel and the clicks feel more tactile. The bigger Model D has better side buttons, they feel more crisp and tactile, while the D- feel a little looser. 

 

Model D Minus vs OG Model D - Back
Model D- on the left, bigger D on the right

Outside of the above factors, everything else is a wash, the cable, feet and scroll wheel are great on both mice. Choosing one or the other is a matter of hand size, if you’re average hand-size and like to palm a mouse, I think the bigger Model D is a better fit, for any other grip and for smaller than average hands, the D- is your choice.

Model D- vs. Logitech G703

Model D Minus vs G703 - Top

The Model D- is smaller in every way compared to the G703, you can feel it most in the height, with the G703’s big bountiful hump really filling in the palm when held.

The buttons are crisper and lighter on the G703, with the side buttons having more trouble and more tactility than the Model D-. Of course, the G703 is also wireless, giving it an extra range of freedom compared to the Model D-.

Model D Minus vs G703 - Back

Both ergonomic shapes are great, but the difference in size is very drastic, the G703 is a palm grip mouse with the exception of people with very large hands, it’s simply too large to get a good fingertip or claw grip for most people. The Model D- is a more versatile in that aspect, those with large hands might fight the D- a bit too cramped for palm grip but the mouse can function in claw and fingertip grip quite nicely.

Model D- vs. G-Wolves Skoll

Model D Minus vs Skoll - Top

The Model D- sits between the Skoll and Skoll Mini in terms of size, the Skoll shape has more of a prolonged hump in the middle, making it fill in the hand a little more. Both mice are comfortable in palm grip, with adequate versatility to serve the niche of claw grip ergo if needed.

The buttons on the Model D- absolutely trounce the Skoll, and the buttons the Model D- are only okay. The Skoll just has below par buttons. The cable on the D- is also lighter and more flexible than the Skoll, with a smoother glide with its PTFE feet.

Model D Minus vs Skoll - Back

I’m not sure if there’s very many reasons to go with a Skoll over the Model D-, I think the Glorious mouse does everything the Skoll and Skoll Mini do, but better.

Model D- vs. Model O-

Model D Minus vs O Minus - Top

I’ve done this comparison for the people that are neutral between ambidextrous and ergonomic shapes. The Model O- is significantly smaller than the Model D-, for people that have small hands and want to comfortably fingertip or claw grip, you should go with the Model O-. For palm grippers, the Model D- perfectly suits that need, while the Model O- is mediocre at palm grip because of its short height.

The buttons are significantly better on the Model O-, but more tactile primary and side buttons, it’s much more enjoyable to click. The build quality is also much better on the Model O-, there’s less flex and creaking, likely due to its more compact nature.

Model D Minus vs O Minus - Back

If you don’t have a preference in shape, I’d pick the Model O- over the Model D-. If you’re a strict palm gripper, go for the Model D-.

Conclusion & Recommendation

While it’s not a mouse for everyone, the gamers that this mouse serves are going to love this mouse solely because of a lack of better options. It’s the best small ergonomic mouse out right now.

If you’re a palm gripper and have always found the popular ergo mice like the G703, DeathAdder, G502 and even the EC2-B too large, then your prayers have been answered in the Model D-.

Small Light Ergo

Check the price on the Model D Minus

Glorious Model D- 

The shrunk down version of the Viper is just as great as its larger brothers. 

See Price on Glorious PC

Tech Specs

Dimensions

  • Length: 12 cm / 4.72 inches
  • Width: 6.1 cm / 2.4 inches
  • Height: 4 cm / 1.57 inches
  • Weight: 61
  • Shape: Ergonomic
  • Cable Length: Braided flexible

Specs

  • Sensor: Pixart PMW3360
  • Buttons: Omron
  • Polling Rates (Hz): 1000
  • DPI: 400 (yellow), 800 (blue), 1600 (red), 3200 (green)
  • Buttons: 5  + DPI switcher
  • Software: Model D Software
  • RGB: 3 LEDs, 1 spot
  • Connectivity: Wired USB

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Wireless mechanical keyboards are slowly becoming a thing,  while we currently don’t have as many options as we do with wireless mice, there are a handful of keyboards that are proving worthy of a consideration if you previously thought wireless gaming keyboards weren’t an option.

A good wireless gaming keyboard has to be a solid keyboard first off, but also provides wireless connectivity that’s stable and low latency, there isn’t much point to a wireless gaming keyboard if you’re constantly behind in reaction time.

There are a handful of keyboards that provide good core keyboard experiences, with the option to go wireless at a minimal premium. If you could use the extra freedom to move around with a keyboard, or just hate how cables clutter up the aesthetic, take a look at our picks for best wireless keyboard.

1. Anne Pro 2

Best overall wireless

Anne Pro 2

Wireless, compact and customization

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Strong build quality
  • Bluetooth connectivity with mutiple devices
  • Multiple switch options
  • Highly customizable
  • Double-shot PBT keycaps
  • 8 hour usage on rechargeable battery

Cons

  • Quality control concerns
  • Stabilizers can be over lubed, but better than unlubed
  • Weak RGB
  • Wireless connectivity has some input lag

The Anne Pro 2 is a value packed 60% keyboard with great software, PBT key caps and lots of switch options, it’s a great keyboard for its price.

The keyboard has 4-device support over Bluetooth 5.0, the wireless mode is handy, it’s serviceable for single player or casual games, there is input lag introduced over wireless, so we wouldn’t recommend the wireless mode for competitive games, the wired mode does have low input lag so a quick connect of a USB-C cable lets you game more competitively, no sweat.

We put the Anne Pro 2 in the top spot for its sheer value, you’re getting a lot for the price, with a lot of customization options, it’s not the wireless in terms of input lag, that would be our next pick.

Read our review

 

2. Logitech G613 TKL

The competitive gamer choice

Logitech G613

Logitech brings the lagless wireless

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Low latency wireless
  • Long battery life
  • Dedicated media keys
  • Good software support
  • 18 month battery life on 2xAA

Cons

  • Romer-G switches are supbar, only one switch option
  • Wrist rest is not removable
  • ABS keycaps and generally cheaper materials

Logitech has shown repeatedly that they have great wireless tech, the G613 is no exception. With their lightspeed wireless tech, the Logitech G613 has virtually the same input delay as wired, it’s the main calling card of this keyboard.

Everything else about the keyboard is kind of budget, the build of the keyboard is made with cheaper materials, the case and keycaps are ABS plastic and the wrist rest is built into the keyboard with no way to remove it. There’s only one switch type, the tactile Romer-G which is okay for gaming but there are definitely better switch options out there. The full-size is not something I’d normally advocate for gaming, but this is one of the few truly lagless wireless mech keyboards out there.

The G613 can be found at a bargain nowadays, it’s good value if all you care about is having a serviceable wireless keyboard for competitive gaming.

3. Keychron K6

The wireless hot swap

Keychron K6

The Keychron K6 combines wireless with hotswap.

See Price on Amazon

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Pros

  • Attractive case and cap design
  • Aluminum case option
  • Pre-lubed stabilizers
  • Multi-device wireless connectivity
  • 40 hour rechargeable internal battery

Cons

  • No software or remapping ability
  • Tall front case height
  • ABS caps are slippery
  • Plastic case is very light

The Keychron K6 is the best keyboard for gamers that want to use hot swap switches while also connecting wirelessly.

At its price, the K6 provides tremendous value, with good stabilizers, multiple switch options and even an option to upgrade to an all-metal case. The K6 has multi-device connectivity through Bluetooth, with a small increase in input delay. Through a wired USB-C connection, the K6 is input delay free and very much suitable for competitive gaming.

The ABS keycaps are not great, for some reason, they’re more slippery than any other out of the box cap I’ve experienced, I would recommend a replacement key cap set for this keyboard. The front lip key height is quite high, you might find it more comfortable to pair this keyboard a wrist rest. Last but not least, the K6 lacks customization, there is currently no software and no remapping ability, you get what you get with the K6.

Read our review

4. Logitech G915 TKL

Lag free low profile

Logitech G915 TKL

Low profile lag less in a TKL package.

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Expensive
  • Low latency wireless
  • TKL layout is great for gaming
  • Attractive brushed metal design
  • Bluetooth for multi-device connections
  • Vibrant RGB
  • Dedicated volume wheel
  • 40 hour rechargeable battery life.

Cons

  • Low profile key feel isn’t for everyone
  • Limited key cap options
  • Micro-usb connection

The Logitech G915 is a low profile mechanical keyboard with lagless lightspeed wireless technology. The G915 comes with 3 switch options, tactile, linear or clicky. This a board we included on this list because it’s one of the few lagless wireless boards and it’s definitely one of the few low profile wireless mechanical keyboards.

Logitech lightspeed uses a dongle to connect the keyboard to your computer wirelessly, with a secondary Bluetooth connection to connect to other devices. The RGB is very well done on this keyboard with full illumination. The switches are okay; I prefer the full travel for gaming as it gives me a little more tactility and control, but that’s up to user preference.

Why a wireless gaming keyboard?

Wireless keyboards allow gamers to play at multiple distances without getting tangled up with wires. On top of that, multi-device connectivity allows you to use one keyboard in multiple places.

How we tested

The key thing we wanted to test for with wireless keyboards was stability and responsiveness in wireless mode. We wanted to make sure the keyboard was actually viable for gaming on wireless mode to be recommended.

We play tested with games that required more hot keys like DoTA2 and games that required more twitch reaction and movement like Valorant.

The best wireless keyboards are going to be fun to play with, keys the feel good, a solid wireless connection and great battery life.

What we’re looking for in wireless keyboards

A wireless keyboard isn’t anything without solid fundamentals:

  1. Switches and feel
  2. Build quality
  3. Size and design
  4. Keycaps
  5. Features

On top of the above factors, on-top of price, there are a couple of things that wireless keyboards must do well.

Stable Connectivity

A wireless keyboard isn’t any good for gaming if there’s is stuttering due to the wireless connection breaking. In evaluating some keyboards, some older wireless keyboards had this issue often because of older Bluetooth protocols.

Low input lag

High input lag really takes away from the enjoyment of gaming. Wireless mice have low lag input largely solved, and keyboards are getting close but it’s not all the way there. A good wireless keyboard is going to have minimal input lag, with no input lag as the requirement for competitive gaming.

Good battery life

Having batteries die out in the middle of an intense gaming session is not fun, a good wireless keyboard should stay wireless for the most part without requiring frequent recharges or battery changes.

Changelog

  • September 15th, 2020: Published

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What’s a hot swappable keyboard?

Hot swappable keyboards allow for switches to be installed on a keyboard without needing to solder. The hot swap socket lets a user install switches quickly by essentially plugging in a switch, with only a switch puller.

Hot swappable keyboards are a great way for plebs like me to try out a variety of switches without needing to learn soldering skills. Luckily, hot swappable keyboards are on the rise, with multiple smaller manufacturers and even a large brand releasing hot swap keyboards. Get a hot swap keyboard if you’re looking to try out lots of different switches or just want the ability to upgrade when a hot new Glorious switch comes out.

I’d definitely recommend a hot swap keyboard for someone who doesn’t firmly know what type of switch they prefer, but not all hot swaps are built the same. For your dollar, the Keychron K6 is the best value hot swap you can get. If money is no object, the Drop Alt is the best non-custom keyboard you can get with hot swap sockets.

1. Keychron K6

Wireless hot swap

Keychron K6

The Keychron K6 is the best wireless 65% keyboard.

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Pros

  • Attractive case and cap design
  • Aluminum case option
  • Pre-lubed stabilizers
  • Multi-device wireless connectivity with good battery life

Cons

  • No remapping ability
  • Very tall front case height
  • ABS caps are slippery
  • Plastic case is very light

The best dollar for dollar hot swap keyboard

The Keychron K6 is an affordable keyboard that offers a hot swap variant with a 5-pin socket that’s compatible with all standard switches.  The hot swap K6 comes in a variety of flavours with options for wireless, plastic or aluminum cases and RGB backlighting.

The K6 sockets hold on to the switches firmly once placed, with no issues of wobbling or loose fits. With factory lubed stabilizers, the typing experience on the Keychron is very good for its price. If you see fit, you can also get further upgrades with the (recommended) aluminum case and wireless connectivity, though gaming through Bluetooth introduces some input lag.

There are some drawbacks with the Keychron K6, the ABS keycaps look nice but leave a lot to be desired, they’re thin and really slick. The plastic version of the K6 is very light, the aluminum case helps with the heft, but some added foam inside the case would make for a better acoustic experience. Lastly, the front-edge is higher than many other cases, it might not be ergonomic for some gamers in extended sessions, a wrist rest would help ease some of those issues.

For chronic re-mappers, the K6 does not offer any custom key mapping options at this point in time, requiring OS software to re-map keys. This something that Keychron is said to be working on.

Read our review

2. Drop Alt

The premium hot swap

Drop Alt

The Drop Alt gives you an abundance of features, for a price

See Price on Amazon

High Profile Alt option

Pros

  • Highly customizable with QMK support
  • Unique out of the box switch options
  • Quality keycap options
  • Doubleshot PBT caps
  • Dual USB-C ports
  • Attractive RGB with per key and case strip

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Stabilizers are sub-par

Get the drop if you want the most premium experience

The Drop Alt is the most expensive hot swap option on the list, and it largely justifies the cost with an all-metal case, great software options, fantastic looking RGB, and great key caps.

The Alt even has a high-profile option to further add some heft to your gaming and typing experience. Dual USB-C ports allow you to line up your cable to the left or right and the unique magnetic feet system that allows for multiple incline or decline options in terms of angle.

Drop runs on QMK firmware which very customizable and stable, allowing you to remap your keys on several layers, create macros and generally do whatever you want to do on a keyboard.

For its high price, I wish the Alt had better stabilizers and a more sound insulated case. The keyboard is a little echoey, and at this price point, it should be addressed.

3. Glorious GMMK Tenkeyless

The Hot swap

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Glorious GMMK Mechanical Keyboard

The GMMK is a really unique keyboard with the ability to swap out switches, its build quality is okay but the GMMK offers huge value and flexibility in a single board.

Customize keyboard on pcgamingrace.com

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Standard bottom row
  • Good quality keycap options
  • Affordable, multiple size options

Cons

  • Rattly stabilizers and loud echoey case
  • Function keys cannot be remapped

Why we like the Glorious GMMK TKL

The GMMK has 3 size options: full, tenkeyless and a compact 60%. I’d suggest the TKL size to get the best mix of functionality and size. The GMMK is an affordable keyboard with 5-pin hot swap sockets, compatible with all the popular switches.

Outside of hot swap the GMMK is a by-the-numbers with some remapping functionality, a plastic case and feet, a standard and competent keyboard. The keyboard itself is light and echoey but it’s not something I would hold against the keyboard at this price point.

Read our review

4. Womier K66

Logitech's hot swap

Pros

  • Good looking diffuse RGB
  • USB-C port
  • Great layout
  • Budget pricin

Cons

  • Weird lettering on keycaps
  • Cheap ABS keycaps
  • Stabilizers desperately need lube
  • No software support

The Womier K66 is here because it has an absolutely insane number of RGB leds in an acrylic case, creating an attractive lighting effect, while being hot swap.

There is also a non hot swap version of the K66 so be sure to get the hot swap version if that’s what you’re after. The layout on the K66 is also fantastic, reminiscent of the Magicforce 68.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any software support for customization so you must be okay with the default keymap of the Womier K66. The stabilizers are pretty bad on the K66, but you’re getting a loud keyboard in all respects.

5. Logitech G Pro X Keyboard

Logitech's hot swap

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Logitech G Pro Keyboard X

A brand name hot swap.

See Price

Pros

  • Strong build quality
  • Attractive design
  • Great warranty

Cons

  • Non-standard bottom row
  • ABS keycaps
  • Semi-proprietary winged micro usb connector

The Logitech G Pro X Keyboard has you covered if you’re looking for a hot swap keyboard from a large brand. The G Pro X Keyboard has a 5-pin hot swap socket that supports all standard switches. The keyboard has excellent build quality despite it being in a plastic case, it’s hefty and feels good to type and game on. With Logitech, you know you’re getting a good warranty and software support, though they could allow for deeper key mapping.

At this price point, I would hope Logitech could provide better than ABS key caps. That, along with a micro-USB connector, really makes the G Pro X Keyboard feel a couple of years behind in terms of features.

Read our review

How we tested

Compatibility is the most important thing for hot swap keyboards, there are a couple of “trap” hot swap keyboards that you should be on the lookout for; Outemu hot swap and optical hot swap, both of these are only compatible with Outemu and optical switches, respectively.

The best hot swap keyboards are compatible with the majority of MX style switches, it should work with all the popular switch types, Zealios, Pandas, Ink Blacks, Gat Yellows, etc. Some hot swap keyboards aren’t compatible with 5 pin switches, but you can easily clip those legs to make them compatible 3  pin switches.

Durability and stability are unique considerations for hot swap keyboards. You want the fit to be stable when switches are inserted, the switch shouldn’t wobble or get pulled out easily when changing keycaps. Hot swap sockets wear down over time, Kailh sockets are rated for 100 swaps, while Mill Max sockets are rated for 1000.

A note on switches and hot swap compatibility

KeyChron K6 - Switch Socket
Example of a 5-pin socket on the Keychron K6

Hot swap keyboards come in two flavours, one that supports 3-pin plate mounted switches or 5-pin PCB mounted switches. What you need to know is that either hot swap keyboard will work with either switch type. You can insert a 3-pin switch into a 5-pin hot swap keyboard without issue. If you have 5-pin switches and a 3-pin hot swap keyboard, all you need to do is clip the plastic legs flush so that you can insert the switch.

What we’re looking for

The fundamentals of a good keyboard never change:

  1. Switches and feel
  2. Build quality
  3. Size and design
  4. Keycaps
  5. Features

Based on the above factors, balancing with price, I pick keyboards that I think will provide the most value and appreciation for gamers.

These picks are only considering mass-produced, widely available keyboards, sorry customs!

As new hot swappable keyboards come out, we’ll give them the good ol’ review and consider them for the best list.

Changelog

  • September 4th, 2020: Published

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The 10 Lightest Gaming Mice https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/lightest-gaming-mouse?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-10-lightest-gaming-mice https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/lightest-gaming-mouse#respond Sat, 29 Aug 2020 19:45:02 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7683 The lightest gaming mouse out right now is the Finalmouse Ultralight 2.

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The past couple of years has seen an emphasis on the weight of gaming mice, and lucky for us, manufacturers have responded to that interest by releasing a bevy of lightweight mice. But with mouse is the absolute lightest? Does having the lightest mouse matter? Does a couple of grams make a difference? Read on.

What’s the lightest gaming mouse?

The lightest gaming mouse available right now is the Finalmouse Ultralight 2, at Luckily, our handy dandy mouse size table can already sort by weight, if you want to look up the weight of any mouse, head over to that post.

1. Finalmouse Ultralight 2 (48 g)

The absolute lightest

Finalmouse Ultralight 2 Capetown

The lightest mouse on the market. See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Best braided cable
  • Improved build quality in scroll wheel
  • Great buttons
  • Great shape for small hands
  • Good build quality, no flex on shell
  • 4 year warranty

Cons

  • Expensive and hard to find
  • Infinity skin is ugly
  • Only 500 hz sensor

Finalmouse should be heavily credited for contributing to the holey, ultralight craze. The Ultralight 2 is the latest mouse from the enigmatic mouse brand and caters to gamers that prefer small mice, it’s fitting that Finalmouse has the lightest gaming mouse on the market. 

This is a great mouse, it has a fantastic shape with a soft touch plastic that’s nice texturally and strong structurally. The cable is the best cable I’ve experienced out of the box. All buttons and scroll wheel feel fantastic. 

All the positives of the mouse come at a significant cost, while the UL2 is one of the best mice I’ve used, I’m not sure if the price justifies it, it’s also very hard to find. The mouse itself has a sensor that only runs at 500 hz.

Read our review

2. G-Wolves Skoll Mini (50 g)

Lightest ergo

G-Wolves Skoll Mini

A proven shape, made smaller and much lighter. See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Proven ergo shape, shrunken down
  • Solid build quality, minimal flex and creak
  • Great paracord-esque cable
  • Nice box and extras 

Cons

  • Buttons are only okay
  • Mediocre stock feet

The Skoll Mini iterates on the OG Skoll, taking the proven ergo EC shape and shrinking it, filling a underserved niche in small ergo mice. 

The cable, sensor and build quality are all there and offer a fantastic value given the Skoll Mini’s budget pricing.

The budget pricing does have to show somewhere and the buttons and stock feet leave something to be desired on the Skoll Mini.

Read our Skoll review

 

3. CoolerMaster MM710 (53 g)

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Cooler Master MM710

Cooler Masters first ultra light is one of the lightest See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • A good shape for all 3 major grips, but especially for palm
  • Sturdy build and design
  • Flexible cable
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • Main button can wobble for case
  • Middle scroll wheel can wobble
  • Feet are scratchy out of the box

CoolerMaster’s entry into the ultralight space is a big win. The MM71o came in with a good original shape in the sea of shape clones. 

For anyone looking for a palm grip ultralight, the MM710 should be a consideration given its round shape. The mouse is built solidly, with a great cable and materials, for the price it’s incredible value.

There are some concerns with quality control of the shell and gaps, the buttons and scroll wheel have shown some wobble. 

Read our review

4. Finalmouse Ninja Air58 (58 g)

Proven performer
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Finalmouse Ninja Air58

Another great and light mouse from Finalmouse

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Pros

  • Fanstically light and flexible cable
  • Great ambidextrous shape
  • Buttons feel great 
  • 3 year warranty
  • Unique colour options

Cons

  • Only 500 Hz polling rate
  • QC issues on previous Finalmouse product
  • Expensive and hard to find

The Air58 is Finalmouse’s regular size ultralight mouse, featuring an ambidextrous shape similar to the FK series. 

The strengths and weaknesses of the Air58 are similar to the Ultralight 2. The mouse is great, buttons, scroll wheel, shape, feet and cables are all top-notch. 

There are some quality control concerns with Finalmice, some people have had scroll wheels break or have creaky weak points in the shell. The sensor also only runs at 500 hz. 

Read our review

5. Glorious Model O- (59 g)

Incredible package
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Glorious Model O-

Diminutive size and price with no compromises See Price on Glorious PC

Pros

  • Great shape for small hands
  • Lots of surface and colour options
  • Great primary buttons and scroll wheel

Cons

  • Some reports of main button wobbling
  • Overly soft cable might not be durable in the long run
  • Lots of branding

Glorious improves on their original Model O with improved build quality and shrunken down shape made for claw and fingertip grips.

The Model O- has a shape ambidextrous shape similar to a lot of ultralight mice. The shell is sturdy and the buttons are satisfying to use. Glorious offers a matte and glossy option in black or white to cater to as many players as possible.

The Model O- has a lot of branding on it, with the Glorious branding appearing in 3 locations on the mouse.

6. G-Wolves Hati (60 g)

G-Wolves Hati

An incredible value; proven shape and ultra lightweight made for people who love the G Pro Wireless shape.   See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Great proven ambidextrous shape
  • Tons of extra parts and accessories
  • Great cable
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Button wobble on both primary buttons
  • Scroll wheel can shift
  • Tactility on buttons only okay
  • No official warranty policy that I could find

The G-Wolves Hati is the ambidextrous sibling of the Skoll. 

The Hati utilizes a familiar and safe ambidextrous shape; the mouse is well-suited for finger tip and claw grips.

7. Razer Viper Mini (61 g)

Baby Snake

Razer Viper Mini

The shrunk down version of the Viper is just as great as its larger brothers. See Price on Glorious PC

Pros

  • Durable optical buttons
  • Enhanced side button feel
  • Solid all around cable
  • Great shape for fingertip and claw grip

Cons

  • High-ish LOD
  • No more left-handed side buttons
  • Too flat for palm grip

The lightest mouse from Razer, the Viper Mini, is a mouse that doesn’t rely on the honeycomb pattern to achieve its lightweight.

The Viper Mini does a good job of shrinking down the OG Viper shape, making it a great ambidextrous mouse for claw and finger tip grips. The Viper Mini sheds its grippy skin from the bigger Viper, 

The Viper Mini has a budget price without many budget drawbacks, the only concern with the Viper Mini is a slightly higher than normal lift off distance, something that I don’t personally notice in regular use.

8. Glorious Model D- (61 g)

Glorious Model D minus

Glorious Model D-

An incredible value; proven shape and ultra light weight made for palm grippers. See Price on Glorious

Pros

  • Amazing soft cable
  • Solid scroll wheel
  • Great out of the box feet

Cons

  • Buttons are sub par
  • Shell can be pressed quite a bit and creaks
  • Lots of glorious branding

You can expect the same great things from Glorious, solid build quality, multiple material and colour options and an overall solid offering. 

Read our review

9. Razer DeathAdder Mini (62 g)

Razer DeathAdder Mini

Razer’s lightest ergo mouse See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Great classic ergo shape
  • Removable grip tape is a nice touch

Cons

  • Sensor downgrade from the OG DeathAdder

The Razer DeathAdder Mini brings the much loved ergonomic shape to a smaller handed audience as the OG is a fairly large mouse.

There’s a lot to like about this mouse. For roughly $50 USD you get a solid shape, no holes, lightweight, with good buttons and cable. Razer has included some optional stick-on grips as a finishing touch.

The DA Mini packs a PMW3359 which is a downgrade from the 3360, the LOD is higher than flawless mice but I didn’t have any issues with tracking just like the Viper Mini.

10. G-Wolves Skoll (66 g)

G-Wolves Skoll

An incredible value; proven shape and ultra lightweight made for palm grippers. See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Comfortable ergo shape
  • Good looking RGB
  • Tons of extra stuff and accessories
  • Software gets the job done

Cons

  • Average buttons at best
  • No official warranty policy that I could find

Last but not least, the G-Wolves Skoll clocks in at 66 grams and is a good option for gamers looking for a large and light ergonomic mouse. 

The shape is proven, it looks and feels like an EC shape with the honeycombing to reduce weight.

Buttons are mediocre on this mouse, the single top shell seems to reduce tactility, the mouse produces a slightly hollowed click. 

Does a lightweight mouse matter for gaming?

Mouse weight is still up to personal preference, but many people prefer a lighter mouse.

A light mouse takes less effort to move around, in combination with a low DPI, flicking across the mouse pad will be easier with a light mouse. With a light mouse you get the advantages of low sensitivity aiming without having to put a lot more work in moving the mouse more frequently. Over longer gaming sessions, a light gaming mouse is also likely less fatiguing. 

In the end though, mouse accuracy is down to muscle memory with your mouse and sensitivity, whether you have a weightless mouse or a bowling ball, if you’re used to it and good with it, all the power to you.

Lightest wireless gaming mouse

The lightest wireless gaming mouse is the Razer Viper Ultimate at 74 grams. Wireless mice are heavier than wired mouse because of the need to have a battery to power wireless connectivity. 

What about heavy mice?

Heavy mice are still great! I started off gaming with heavy mice exclusively. One advantage a heavy mouse might have over light mice is the increased weight can improve control and micro-movements, which might be important in some games. As mentioned above, it doesn’t matter if your mouse is heavy or light as long as you have the muscle memory built up, but if you’re starting from scratch, a lighter mouse is recommended.

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Anne Pro 2 – Highly Customizable 60% Wireless https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/anne-pro-2?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=anne-pro-2-quality-60-wireless https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/anne-pro-2#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 15:56:53 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7699 The Anne Pro 2 brings a great balance of quality, functionality and value.

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The Anne Pro 2 offers a ton of value in the 60% space. Obins has created a wireless 60% keyboard that offers a solid typing experience, with great software for customization, for a reasonable price.

The Anne Pro 2 has the best software for keyboards, bar none, the stabilizers are lubed and feel good, and the switch options should fit most gamers needs.

The keyboard does have some issues however, mostly regarding quality control, the Anne Pro 2 has reported problems with wireless and wired connectivity, the battery has been reported to die as well making the wireless functionality difficult. These QC issues are exacerbated by the lack of solid warranty.

It doesn’t have the absolute quality of the Ducky One 2 Mini and Mecha Mini, but the Anne Pro 2 adds a lot of functionality and customization that isn’t present on the Ducky. If you value wireless or infinite key mapping then the Anne Pro 2 is likely a better option for you.

Anne Pro 2

The best value wireless 60% keyboard.

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • The best customization software of all keyboards
  • Factory lubed stabs
  • Great switch options
  • 4 device Bluetooth connectivity
  • Solid case design and quality
  • Doubleshot PBT keycaps
  • Extra PBT keycaps and wire key cap puller

Cons

  • Forgets backlight settings on power down
  • Weird one-sided USB-C cable
  • Wireless connectivity can be unreliable
  • RGB is dim and inconsistent
  • Potentially overlubed stabilizers

Wireless Connectivity and Battery Life

The Anne Pro 2 sports a Bluetooth 5.0 chip, allowing it to connect to up to 4 devices at the same time. Connectivity seems to be a contentious aspect of the Anne Pro 2, some owners of the keyboard have issues connecting to their Windows PCs, while some have problems with connectivity hiccups. Wireless connectivity has been solid in my time with the keyboard.

Pairing to a device is easy, make sure the flip switch on the back of the keyboard is on, and hold fn2 + 1/2/3/4 (default mapping) until the number key is flashing, then find the Anne Pro 2 in the bluetooth settings on your device. Switching between profiles is done by tapping the same key combo, fn2 + 1/2/3/4.

Battery life is a weak point, the Anne Pro 2 packs a 1900 mAh battery, rated for about 8 hours of constant wireless usage, on regular usage you should be able to get a week out of this keyboard before recharging. Some Anne Pro 2 owners opt to upgrade their battery packs for longer battery life.

Design & Size

Anne Pro 2 - Front View

The Anne Pro 2 has a standard 60% design with a ABS plastic high-profile case. The side bezels on the case are thin with a small clearance between the caps and the wall of the case. The overall appearance is a tightly designed 60% keyboard.

The keyboard comes in a black and white colourway, with both the case and caps reflecting the colour choice.

The white steel plate does a good job of reflecting the RGB LEDs of the keyboard. The LEDs are kind of weak, this is definitely not a Ducky level RGB experience.

The LEDs are also inconsistent, some caps don’t get fully illuminated making for a dull backlight experience in regular light settings.

Anne Pro 2 - Side Profile

The case is streamlined single piece, there are no feet height adjustments, the Anne Pro 2 has a built in angle on the case that I find plenty comfortable to type and game on.

Anne Pro 2 - Back

On the back of the case, you’ll find 4 rubber strip feet, the Anne Pro Logo, the number “01” (?) and a flip switch for wireless power.

The flip switch only has an effect if the keyboard is disconnected from a cable.

Anne Pro 2 - Top

The top of the keyboard is equally nondescript, just a USB-C port on the top left-side of the keyboard.

Anne Pro 2 - USB C PortThere have been reported issues with the USB-C port and having the cable only connect properly with one side of the included USB cable. This issue looks to be with the included USB-C cable, other USB-C cables have no issues with connectivity in either orientation.

The port itself is built well with minimal wobble, I’m not too concerned about the port degrading over time, but some users have double-side taped the port for a more secure fit.

Switches & Stabilizers

The Anne Pro 2 comes pre-installed with a large selection of switch options:

  • Cherry: Red/Blue/Brown
  • Kailh Box: Red/White/Brown
  • Gateron: Red/Blue/Brown

The switch implementation is okay, there’s a little bit of wobble on the plate, otherwise the typing experience is solid.

I would recommend Cherry or Kailh Box switches on this keyboard.

Anne Pro 2 - Switches and Stabilizers

The stabilizers coming out of the box are factory lubed; the lube is applied heavily, which is still better than completely unlubed. The only stabilized key that has any rattle or chatter is the space bar, every other key feels and sounds smooth. The right shift and enter key on my board feel a little bit gummy, nothing significant and not really noticeable in regular use.

The sound off of the white steel plate with Gateron Reds is an average volume with a higher pitch. The Anne Pro 2 would benefit a lot from some insulation inside the case to reduce some sharpness of the bottom out sound.

Keycaps

Anne Pro 2 - Stab Cap

The materials used on the keycap are top-notch, the Anne Pro 2 key caps are double shot PBT in an OEM profile. The caps will not get slick over time because of the PBT, the legends will not wear off because they’re double shot, it’s as good as you could hope for at this price point.

Anne Pro 2 - Back of Stabilized Key Cap

The cap is about 1.4 mm thick, average. You can’t really ask for from caps from a quality stand point.

Anne Pro 2 - Key caps

The legends on the keycap leave something to be desired, some legends are inconsistent with poor kerning and positioning. I’m not a fan of the way the sub legends are to the upper left of the main legend. The font on the legend is rounded, it’s very legible, but it’s not as crisp as something like a GMK keycap font.

Anne Pro 2 - Design

The side printed FN layer legends are crisp and easy to read.

Build quality

The Anne Pro 2 is a solid keyboard, I don’t have any issues with creaking or twisting.

At 619 grams the keyboard is an average weight, with most of that weight coming from the built-in battery.

There’s nothing more to note here, it’s not exceptionally solid or horrendously light, it’s a well-built keyboard that will hold up to most usage.

Unboxing

The Anne Pro 2 comes with a few nice extras. The most notable extra being the CMYK PBT keycaps for mod keys and esc, the caps are quality and give you the option to customize the look of your keyboard.

The included USB-C cable is rubberized and is coloured red for some reason.

The wire key cap remover is a nice touch and very useful to replacing the default key caps with another set.

Software & Settings

The Anne Pro 2 might just have the best accompanying software of ANY keyboard, it allows for deep customization without getting in the way once everything is programmed. Changes are easy and reflect onto the keyboard quickly. This budget board sets the standard for how much customization keyboard software should allow.

You can download ObinsKit here: http://en.obins.net/obinskit

Anne Pro 2 - Software Home

On the main screen you’ll find an assortment of setting options for the Anne Pro 2.

I would recommend turning on Auto Sleep for wireless mode, keep tap on if you if you use the bottom right cluster as arrow keys, which is how I would use the keyboard.

Anne Pro 2 - Software Keymap

The layout editor allows you any key on the 3 layers that the Anne Pro 2 has. To change a key, click the key you wish to change and select the replacement key on the right hand menu.

After that, you click the download button and it will update the keyboard with the new key map.

The ObinsKit software also allows you to save key maps to a library, in case you have different configs you want to quickly load onto the keyboard.

Anne Pro 2 - Software Lighting

The lighting tab lets you select from a large selection of pre-configured lighting modes:

  • Auto
    • Breathing effect
    • Gradual breathing effect
    • Rainbow
    • Starry Sky
    • Comet
    • Colorful
    • Wave
    • Black Hole
    • Vertical Rainbow
    • Fountain
    • Flame
    • Firework
  • Trigger
    • Breathing per key
    • Poptang
    • Breathing
    • Rainbow
    • Ripple
    • Pulse
    • Star Fall

In static mode you can set per-key RGB by clicking on a key and selecting a colour.

One annoying aspect of the keyboard, the Anne Pro 2 forgets what lighting settings you were running if it’s powered off in wireless mode, resetting to static lighting.

Anne Pro 2 - Software Macro Anne Pro 2 - Software Macro Recorder

The macro editor in ObinsKit looks very much like a video or audio editor, when you hit the record button, the editor will log your key presses in order and duration. From there, you can edit the order and duration of the key presses to get exactly what you want by dragging the duration and order.

Above, you can see a macro for a Windows shortcut to change virtual desktops.

Anne Pro 2 - Software Audio Lighting

Oddly, the last section of the software lets you toggle an audio visualization mode for backlighting, this mode reacts to the volume and sounds your computer is currently playing.

Tap keys

The FN, Menu, Control and RShift key can act as an arrow cluster (anything else you key mapped) on tap and their regular keys on hold.

Magic FN

Magic FN gives the caps lock key behave like an FN key on hold and a caps lock key on tap.

There are default FN key combinations, but these can be remapped to your liking.

Warranty & Reliability

There’s no official word of warranty that I can find online. Some users have reported a support at 180 days.

Tech Specs

Anne Pro 2

  • Length: 28.8cm / 11.318 inches
  • Width: 10.8cm / 4.252 inches
  • Height: 3.8 cm / 1.496 inches
  • Case: High profile, ABS plastic
  • Weight:  613 grams
  • Keys: 60 keys
  • Cable: 2m detachable USB Type-C

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: Gateron, Kailh Box and Cherry Options
  • Keycap material: PBT
  • Keycap legends: Double shot
  • Keycap profile: OEM Profile
  • Media keys: In FN layer, reprogrammable
  • Backlight: Full RGB
  • Software: Obinslab software

Conclusion

The Anne Pro 2 is a very popular keyboard with good reason. It provides a lot of functionality and value for a reasonable asking price.

It delighted me to see factory lubed stabilizers and an excellent set of switch options. The typing and gaming experience on the Anne Pro 2 feels as good as any main stream board, if not better than most.

The stand out feature of the Anne Pro 2 is its software, it is head and shoulders above pretty much all other pack-in software. It rivals QMK and VIA in terms of GUI based configuration ability. It just rocks.

Obins put a lot of thought into what makes a good 60% keyboard, Magic FN and tap are features not seen on other keyboards of this price point and make 60% infinitely more capable.

Not everything is rosy however, quality control seems to be an issue for a lot of people, from issues popping up on wireless and wired connectivity, to just having the battery or USB port stop functioning.

It’s definitely a contender in the 60% category, if you’re looking for maximum typing quality, then the Ducky One 2 Mini/Mecha Mini is your choice, if you want hot-swap, go for the GMMK Compact, otherwise, if you don’t need hot swap, want wireless, the Anne Pro 2 is the keyboard for you.

Anne Pro 2

The best value wireless 60% keyboard.

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65% is my favourite keyboard form factor, it sits between a TKL and 60% keyboard in size, keeping the arrow cluster but doing away with the F keys and a column of keys on the right side of the keyboard.

Source: wooting blog

65% combines a lot of the functionality available on a TKL and the space savings of a 60%, it’s the best of both worlds.

65% is home to a lot of unique keyboards that are filling a niche that is growing in popularity. A great 65% keyboard for gaming is going to feel great to type and game on, no questions asked, no rattling, no creaking, no wobbliness at all. It will offer a lot of great switch options and will allow for customization that lets gamers game how they wish.

The absolute best 65% keyboard for most gamers is the Durgod Hades 68, I feel it’s very underrated, with its recent move to PBT keycaps, I find it hard to spot a significant flaw in this keyboard.

1. Durgod Hades 68

The best overall 65%

Durgod Hades 68

A rock solid mechanical keyboard with great switch options, and infinite customization

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Pros

  • Hefty
  • USB-C port
  • Lots of switch options
  • Powerful customization software
  • Per-key RGB lighting
  • Low profile aluminum case
  • Great switch options
  • Doubleshot PBT cherry profile keycaps

Cons

  • Pricier
  • Slightly harder to find replacement caps due to keycap sizes

Why the Durgod Hades 68 is the best 65% keyboard for gaming

The Hades 68 simply gets everything right.

The Durgod Hades 68 is a solid all-metal cased 65% keyboard with high quality, pre-lubed stabilizers and an extensive amount of switch options. This is not a hotswap board, but you can choose between a selection of Cherry, Gateron and Kailh switches.

The Hades 68 has full per-key RGB with several light modes, the keycaps have been  recently upgraded to double shot PBT key caps, eliminating the major con of the previous iteration of the keyboard. A final cherry on top, the keycaps are Cherry profile, the shape of the keys are more sculpted than the regular OEM.

The software is the biggest advantage of this keyboard, the Hades 68 is highly customizable, every single key is re-mappable with support for  up to 4 layers of keys. This customization is the key thing missing from a lot of the keyboards lower down on the list, the ability to remap keys to the finest detail and I’m glad Durgod is here to push that forward.

In a price range of $120 to $150, you get a lot for a small price premium over our #2 option. An aluminum case, more switch options, fully customizable software and cherry profile PBT caps.

The gap between this keyboard and the rest is significant.

2. Ducky One 2 SF

The best 65% for a mid-budget


Ducky One2 SF

The best overall gaming package

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Pros

  • Smooth stabilizers out of the box
  • Good build quality
  • Quality doubleshot PBT keycaps
  • Removable USB type-C cable
  • White plate, really nice RGB

Cons

  • On board programming is a little limited

Ducky just has the right mix of performance, price and customization that is just perfectly suited for gamers.

The Ducky One 2 SF has a lot to like, PBT keycaps, smooth stabilizers, good switch options and probably the best-looking RGB of any keyboard with its white backplate.

While the case is plastic, the weight and sturdiness of the keyboard don’t suffer, this is a well-built board.

Ducky packs in a couple of appreciated extras like extra WASD keycaps and a wire cap puller, for its price point of around $110 USD, it provides quite a good value, especially compared to the traditional name brand keyboards.

The only shortcoming for the Ducky keyboards is the lack of software customization, having a customizable second and third layer for a compact keyboard is something I’ve come to use a lot on custom boards. For now, you have to use onboard programming to get close to what you want.

Read our review

3. Leopold FC660M

Best absolute typing experience

leopold fc660

Leopold FC660M

The best sounding and best feeling keyboard out of the box

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Pros

  • Best out of the box typing experience
  • Rock solid build quality
  • Factory lubed stabilizers
  • Best sounding keyboard out of the box
  • Doubleshot PBT caps

Cons

  • No customization options
  • Mini USB port
  • No backlighting or RGB!
  • Short shift key can make replacement caps harder to find

The best out of the box typing experience

Leopold’s hold the reputation for having the best build quality and typing experience out of the box and the FC660M is no exception. As good as the Ducky is, the Leopold has it beat with dampening material inside the case for acoustics, better stabilizers and a sturdy plastic case all for roughly the same price.

Typing and gaming on the keyboard is a dream, it just feels solid. The FC660M has good Cherry MX options: Black, Blue, Brown, Red and Silent Reds.

What holds the Leopold back from being the absolute best keyboard is the lack of customization. The FC660M comes as it is, no software, no remapping, you have dip switches on the back of the board to allow for a few modifier key changes, but other than that you get what you get. Our recommendations try to act as a general guide for most people, and a highly customizable board will be better for most people.

If you don’t need customization or RGB lights, then you should pick up the FC660M over the Ducky One 2 SF, as well-built as the Ducky is, the Leopold is a notch above it and you can feel it.

4. Magicforce 68

Budget 65%

Check price of the Magicforce 68 on Amazon

Qisan Magicforce 68

Great budget 65%

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Multiple switch options: Cherry | Gateron | Outemu

Pros

  • Affordable pricing
  • Multiple switch options
  • Attractive case design
  • Standard bottom row
  • Good build quality

Cons

  • ABS caps
  • Mediocre keycap font
  • No customization
  • Rattley and loud

Unlike our above two picks, the Magicforce 68 isn’t the best at key feel and acoustics, but at $40 for its cheapest option, you’re getting a great value 65% board.

The Magicforce 68 has an array of price points with multiple switch options, Cherry, Gateron and Outemu all come with Blue, Brown and Red variants. The design is clean, it’s a plastic case with a thin top metal plate. The keys on the Magicforce 68 are  standard sizes, so even though the caps are thin ABS, they’re easy enough to replace.

At $40 you’re getting a very competent keyboard with a great layout and functionality.

But at $40, there are shortcomings, the most major one being the acoustics of the keyboard, it this is a loud af keyboard. The stabilizers are rattley, and the thin, light case makes for an echoey bottom out.

If you don’t mind the loudness of the case and can live with mediocre stabilized keys, its a great 65% for people on a budget.

Read our review

5. Drop Alt

Kitchen sink hotswap

Drop Alt

The Drop Alt gives you an abundance of features, for a price

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High Profile Alt option

Pros

  • Hot swap switches
  • QMK firmware support
  • Unique switch options
  • Good quality keycap options
  • Doubleshot PBT caps
  • Dual USB-C ports
  • Lots of RGB with per key and case strip

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Rattly stabilizers
  • Could be heavier considering the price

The Drop Alt tries to give you everything you could ever want in a 65% keyboard, and it mostly succeeds.

If you have the budget and are looking for a no-compromise keyboard without having to go into custom keyboards, then the Alt is for you. This keyboard features hot swap switches, PBT doubleshot caps, software customization, two USB-C ports and lots of nice looking RGB.

Dual USB-C ports allow you to connect your cable to the left or the right depending on your preference, this is something most keyboards don’t have and it’s an appreciated nice touch. The magnetic feet are also unique, with a design that lets you set the incline or decline of the keyboard to fit your ergonomic needs.

This keyboard is the most customizable board on this list. The Alt also has QMK support, which allows you to remap any key with multiple layers, if you like tinkering with your layout and having everything exactly the way you want it, the Alt can facilitate that.

You can get the Alt with some standard Cherry Browns or Blues or you can go a little more niche, the Alt come with Halo True, Halo Clear, Kaihua Box White and Kaihua Speed Silver options. Or go barebones and put in your own switches, hot swap gives you the ability to change switches or simply try new switches without having to buy a new board.

The keyboard is well built, the aluminum case is sturdy and rigid, the RGB looks fantastic, the RGB strip inside the case is smooth and well diffused, while the per-switch RGB is bright.

The stabilizers could be better considering the Alt’s price at around $200 USD, out of the box they are a little rattly, the low profile case is also a little hollow, generating some echo on bottom outs.

If you’re looking for the experience of a custom keyboard without the headaches of group buys and waiting, the Alt is a great choice and ready to go.

6. Keychron K6

Wireless hotswap

Keychron K6

The Keychron K6 is the best wireless 65% keyboard.

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Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Hotswap option
  • Aluminum case option
  • RGB or Backlit RGB option
  • Pre-lubed stabilizers
  • Multi-device wireless connectivity with good battery life
  • USB-C Port

Cons

  • The case might be too tall for some
  • Slippery ABS caps
  • No remapping ability
  • Light case

The Keychron K6 provides very good value with a ton of options to suit your needs. The K6 can come in 3 case options: Plastic with white backlight, plastic with RGB and aluminum with RGB.

On top of case options, you can also choose your switch implementation: Red, Blue or Brown Gateron or LK optical switches or hot-swap sockets to use your own switches.

All versions of the keyboard have wireless connectivity with up to 3 devices. Wireless connectivity is solid and stable, there is a hint of input lag so any type of competitive gaming should still be done in wired mode.

Keychron is a close second to the Alt in terms of customization. I’d recommend getting both premium options, the aluminum case and the hot-swap, they’re only $10 more respectively.

The typing experience with my included Gateron Browns has been solid, the stabilizers feel surprisingly good at a sub-$100 price point.

There are a few shortcomings at this price point, the key caps are ABS but they’re also very slippery, they lack the painted on texture that a lot of ABS caps have. I also have issues typing comfortably on the keyboard because of the height of the front-lip of the keyboard, the keys sit really high, a wrist-rest is recommended.

Lastly, there isn’t any way to customize key mapping, leaving it a significant notch below the Alt in that respect.

If you’re looking for a wireless 65% keyboard, the Keychron K6 is your best bet, you can use any switch with it, with 3 devices, it’s a great keyboard as long as you don’t need the absolute key mapping customization.

Read our review

7. Varmilo VA68M

A pricier, more sturdy Leopold

Varmilo VA68M

Varmilo VA68M

Just a solid feeling keyboard with a great layout.

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Pros

  • Aluminum high profile case
  • PBT dye sub key caps
  • High quality build
  • Standard key sizes for replacement
  • Pre-lubed stabilizers

Cons

  • No remapping
  • A little pricey
  • Mini-USB por

The Varmilo VA86M shares a lot of likenesses with our #3 keyboard the Leopold FC660M, the layout is almost exactly the same except the VA68M adds page up and page down keys to the set of keys above the arrow cluster.

The price difference between the two keyboards is about $70. The Varmilo at $175 USD is undoubtedly an upgrade over the Leopold FC660M, the case is all aluminum, so its sturdiness and heft are better on the VA68M. You also get backlighting on the Varmilo, and standard key sizes. The VA68M is an easier keyboard to make your own with your keycaps and lighting.

The $70 price difference doesn’t justify the upgrades, while the aluminum is nice on the VA68M, the Leopold is plenty solid and the ability to customize key caps slightly easier doesn’t make up for the price difference.

All that aside, it’s really nice to have the option of a metal case 65% keyboard with rock solid stabs and a fantastic typing experience.

How we tested

First off, I just played a bunch of games. I played games of different genres that require different performance out of a keyboard, I’m looking for things like how does WASD, shift and space feel for shooters or how do hot keys feel in a game like DOTA2. I’m not an OSU player or anything like that though, so bare that in mind.

On top of performance I’m looking for ergonomics while playing, key feel and durability if I hammered on the keys a little more than usual. I want to see if keycaps get shiny or slippery quickly around the WASD area. I’m keeping in mind how loud the keyboards during intense moments.

On top of performance, I’m looking for features I think are valuable for gaming, such as NKRO, key mapping and lighting options for games.

Besides play testing, I scoured the internet for any overwhelming complaints with any of the keyboards and preferences and opinions that differed from my own.

What we’re looking for

I look for the same things we look for in any good keyboard:

  1. Switches and feel
  2. Build quality
  3. Size and design
  4. Keycaps
  5. Features

Based on the above factors, price and availability, we made our recommendations based on what we think most gamers will appreciate.

We’ve picked keyboards that are widely available, limited run keyboards might be nice but it doesn’t help if we recommend unavailable keyboards.

As new 65% keyboards come out, we’ll give them the good ol’ review and consider them for the best list.

Changelog

  • August 18th, 2020: Published

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Royal Kludge RK61 – Punching Above Its Price Class https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/royal-kludge-rk61?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=royal-kludge-rk61-punching-above-its-price-class https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/royal-kludge-rk61#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2020 01:15:50 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7623 This budget wireless 60% has amazing specs but reliability holds it back

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The Royal Kludge RK61 is an ultra budget wireless mechanical keyboard that punches way above its price point, if you get a good batch.

At $45  USD the feature list is impressive, multi-device Bluetooth wireless, 3 switch options, decent stabilizers and double shot ABS keycaps with a USB-C connector in wired mode.

What you trade off in dollars for this keyboard is uncertainty, there’s no defined warranty and many people seem to have trouble with batteries and RK61’s just not working after a while.

If you’re feeling lucky and get a good RK61 with no issues, it’ll feel like an insane steal, if you’re not a gambling person, shell out the extra money for something like the Anne Pro if you need wireless.

Royal Kludge RK61

This budget wireless 60% has amazing specs but reliability holds it back

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Pros

  • Multi-device connectivity
  • Better than expected stabilizers
  • 3 main switch options
  • Doubleshot ABS keycaps
  • Centered USB-C port

Cons

  • No secondary layer programming
  • Reported reliability issues
  • Ugly legends
  • Single colour backlit versions don’t have software

Wireless Connectivity and Battery Life

The RK61 allows you to connect to three devices at a time via Bluetooth. To connect to a device, hold FN and one of QWE, each letter corresponds to one device pairing. The RK61 is in pairing mode once the key backlight is flashing.

Switching device profiles is easy, just press FN + Q/W/E one time, the keyboard will blink showing it has switched profiles.

The reported battery life of 10 hours is accurate, so far I’ve gotten about that amount of active use time out of it.

When the Kludge is not in use, the keyboard goes into a sleep mode after 10 minutes; it takes a couple of key presses to wake. There have been a couple of times where waking the keyboard caused some connectivity issues, but that seems to have gone away.

Input latency is okay, I don’t think you would want to be doing any serious competitive gaming in wireless mode.

Design & Size

The RK61 has an interesting arrow cluster implementation, the Alt, /, Menu, and Right Control act as the arrow cluster by default. If you want to access those keys you can do so via the fn layer or toggle between regular keys and arrow keys with a press of fn+enter. At first, this took a bit of getting used to, but after I found it pretty convenient to have “dedicated” arrow keys on a 60% keyboard like this.

The case design of the RK61 is basic, made of ABS plastic in a high-profile design. The plastic white plate does a good job reflecting the RGB glow of the switches, but exactly generate the best sounding keyboard. On bottom out, the keyboard sounds hollow with red switches.

The RK61 comes in a black or white design.

The RK61 has a centered USB-C port, which is pretty damn nice for a budget board, some bigger mainstream brands haven’t yet gotten to USB-C, let alone putting in the port in the middle of the board.

The USB-C cable included with the Rk61 is a standard rubber cable.

The right front lip of the keyboard features some branding with the Royal Kludge logo.

The back of the keyboard is more minimal design with nothing really to note.

The feet are non adjustable, the rubber pads provide a good grip, the angle of the keyboard is comfortable to use for my typing style.

Switches & Stabilizers

The Royal Kludge RK61 comes with 3 main switch options:

  • RK Red | Linear
  • RK Blue | Clicky
  • RK Brown | Tactile

The RK switches seem to be manufactured by Outemu or Kailh, they perform similarly to the standard Cherry counterparts. The RK Reds that I got with the RK61 are pretty smooth all the way through, they’re not Vintage Black or Tealios smooth, there’s a little chalkiness to them on a slow press.

When pressing firmly down and releasing, you definitely hear a bit of the spring crunch/ping noise, the Red switches in particular would benefit a lot from lubing.

The switches have a little wobble in the plate, not an enormous concern and not something that affected my typing experience but something to note for sure.

The stabilizers on the RK61 are surprisingly smooth for a budget keyboard. I was expecting a rattley mess, but the stabs on this board are surprisingly well done. I’ve read reports that some people have problems with the stabilizers, my likely guess is that there’s some inconsistency in manufacturing or assembling the stabs.

Keycaps

A delightful surprise! The RK61 comes with doubleshot ABS keycaps, the legends on these caps will never fade or chip over time. Double shot is not something I was expecting from a keyboard with this price tag.

The legends on the caps are not great, there are a lot of gaps in the lettering, the sub-legends are printed on so those will fade even if your primary shine-through legends won’t. Overall, it’s not the most attractive keycap set.

The caps have a nice grainy texture to them, locating keys and avoiding slippage have not been an issue. So far, shine or wearing away of the texture has not occurred in my play testing.

The back of the cap shows the doubleshot manufacturing.

Build quality

The keyboard is an average weight at 561 grams, a lot of that weight is made up of the internal battery of the keyboard.

The build quality of the RK61 is good, especially considering price, it’s not as tanky as the Redragon but I  have no concerns with throwing this keyboard in a bag and travelling with it.

I did not experience any flexing or creaking when treating the keyboard poorly.

Unboxing

The Royal Kludge comes with the USB-C to USB-A cable, a non-wire keycap remover, a manual and a plastic card.

Not much to speak about in terms of contents, but I don’t fault the RK61 for that considering its price point.

The plastic keycap remover has the potential to scratch keycaps so use with care or get a wire keycap remover.

Backlighting

RK61 - Software

There are multiple versions of the RK61, below is the list of the backlight modes for the RGB model.

  • SingleOn
  • SingleOff
  • Glittering
  • Falling
  • Colourful
  • Breath
  • Spectrum
  • Outward
  • Scrolling
  • Rolling
  • Rotating
  • Explode
  • Launch
  • Ripples
  • Flowing
  • Pulsating
  • Tilt
  • Shuttle
  • UserDefine

Software & Settings

RK61 - Software keymapping

You can download the RK61 software here: http://www.rkgaming.com/en-US/article.php?id=88, this software only works with the RGB model of the keyboard, trust me, I tried.

The software is pretty standard, the main tab lets you customize your keys on the top layer only.

You can remap a key to the following functions:

  • Other key strokes
  • Mouse presses
  • Macro recording
  • Combo key
  • Launch a program
  • Multimedia keys
  • Hot keys or disabled

There are a couple of very important onboard keyboard settings on the keyboard to note, as per the manual:

Arrow keys

By default, On the bottom right of the board, the alt, /, menu and right control keys act as an arrow cluster, you can alternate the default keys behaviour by pressing fn+enter.

Windows locking

Fn+win key will disable the windows key, just press it again

 Windows Mode

Fn + A will put the keyboard into Windows mode

Mac Mode

Fn + S puts the keyboard into Mac Mode

Warranty & Reliability

There’s no warranty to be found for the RK61.

The lack of warranty might be problematic, there seem to be a good amount of reports of bad batteries or the keyboard PCB acting up, but you kind of get what you pay for here.

Tech Specs

Royal Kludge RK61

  • Length: 29.2 cm / 11.496 inches
  • Width: 10.2cm / 4.02 inches
  • Height: 3.09 cm / 1.21 inches
  • Case: High profile, ABS plastic
  • Weight:  561 grams
  • Keys: 60 keys
  • Cable Length: Rubber, detachable USB Type-C

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: RK Reds, RK Blue or RK Brown
  • Keycap material: ABS
  • Keycap legends: Double shot
  • Keycap profile: OEM Profile
  • Media keys: No
  • Backlight: Single colour backlight or RGB
  • Software: Yes, RK61 software for RGB version only

Conclusion

There’s a lot to like about the RK61 for a budget compact keyboard, for something that can be had for $45 USD it packs a lot of features.

Wireless works surprisingly well in my experience, and while it isn’t great for competitive gaming it’s a nice convenient factor to have.

The switches and key feel are definitely batting above their price point, the Red RK switches feel good to type on, while the stabilized keys are surprisingly decent.

Even the key caps are double shot ABS plastic, a definite step up from bottom of the barrel keycaps.

Not everything is perfect, I highly value a programmable second layer when we have such compact layouts, not having things the way you want them on a 60% board can prove very limiting.

The single biggest issue with the board seems to be quality control and consistency, my board so far has been excellent but I can’t ignore the amount of threads complaining about issues.

At this price point, if you’re on a limited budget and are looking for a wireless mechanical, you should go for it and hope for a good luck on issues.

Royal Kludge RK61

This budget wireless 60% has amazing specs but reliability holds it back

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Razer Viper Mini Review – Mighty Mini Mouse https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/razer-viper-mini?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=razer-viper-mini-review-might-mini-mouse https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/razer-viper-mini#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 01:31:46 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7577 The shrunk down version of the Viper is just as great as its larger brothers. 

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It’s no surprise that shrunken version of our overall best gaming mouse is also a fantastic small-sized mouse.

The wired only Razer Viper Mini is a category leader and should be the default choice for anyone looking for a small claw/fingertip mouse.

Razer executes all elements of this mouse rather perfectly, the buttons are crisp, the cable is light and feels durable, the shape is great and the sensor is flawless, what more can you ask for at a budget price of $40. 

Baby Snake

Razer Viper Mini

The shrunk down version of the Viper is just as great as its larger brothers. 

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Pros

  • Great feeling optical buttons
  • Improved side button feel
  • Durable but still flexible cable
  • Great for fingertip and claw
  • Light with no holes at 61 grams
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • High-ish LOD
  • Removed left-handed side buttons
  • Too flat for palm grip
  • Makes me want a wireless version

Shape, Size & Feel

The Viper Mini is a true small mouse, similar to the likes of the Ultralight 2 and Model O-. The mouse takes the flat, ambidextrous design of the OG Viper and shrinks it down to a shape that serves a smaller hand size really well.

Compared to other small mice, the Viper Mini is a little longer and wider than the Ultralight 2 and the Logitech G305. It’s a tiny bit shorter than the Model O-.

Its flat shape and small size makes the Viper Mini most suitable for claw and finger tip grips, I’m having trouble palm gripping this small of a mouse comfortably. 

Razer has opted to forego the side grips found on the Viper and Viper Ultimate, I don’t miss the side grips, the shape of the mouse and the lightweight of 61 grams makes the Viper Mini a breeze to pick up and move. The sides gently curve inwards, giving your thumb and ring finger a natural resting place. 

The primary buttons have comfort grooves. Playing DOTA 2 was a breeze despite my APM spamming.

The Viper Mini has the standard matte black plastic coating that’s present on all their mice. The mouse has a texture that’s a little more pronounced than Glorious or Logitech mice. Even on longer gaming sessions, I had no issues with fatigue or heat with the Viper Mini.

There’s no real shape winner between the small mice, they’re all very good shapes and I have a hard time picking a favourite, I don’t think you can really go wrong with the Viper Mini shape.

Design

The only notable design update (aside from the size) is the additional of an LED strip on the base on the Viper Mini. The LED strip shares the same zone settings as the RGB Razer logo on the heel of the mouse. 

The DPI button is now located below the scroll wheel, the button is easy to access and makes a tactile click.

Aside from the two above changes, the mouse design is the same, the buttons are still single piece separated from the rest of the shell and the accents and lines are in the same places. The Viper is a 

Build Quality

This little mouse is rock solid, no creaking or flexing when twisted or flexed. There are some concerns surrounding the buttons and scroll wheel coming loose or catching. So far, the Viper Mini has been solid, I’m not getting much wobbling or rattling from buttons or scroll wheel.

Buttons

The Viper Mini packs Razer’s optical switches, rated for 50 million clicks. Pre-travel feels reduced from the Viper Ultimate, the primary buttons are crisp and tactile with good feedback. This mouse has very good buttons, they’re high-tier but are not at the level of the really crispy G305 and XM1.

The side buttons on the Viper Mini are the same size as the side buttons found on the Viper ultimate. The Mini’s side buttons feel more responsive, the buttons stick out a bit further than the Viper Ultimate, and respond with a clearer click. 

Unfortunately, the Mini has done away with the side buttons on the right side of the mouse, making this a less viable small mouse for left-handers.

Cable

The Speed Flex cable as Razer calls it, is a braided cable that’s soft but not too soft, it feels closest the Ultralight 2 cable. Paired with a mouse bungee, the cable does an excellent job of getting out of the way and making the mouse feel as wireless as possible. 

Scroll Wheel

The scroll wheel on the Viper Mini is excellent and feels largely unchanged from the Viper Ultimate. The wheel uses the same raised lined dot pattern on a hard rubber, the wheel is easy to flick and grip. The steps of the wheel are distinct, though they seem a little less distinct than the Viper Ultimate’s scroll wheel, large rolls of the scroll wheel produce a little noise but not much.

The Viper Mini’s middle click feels like it has the right amount of tension with good feedback and tactility. Middle clicking was never an issue pinging locations in Apex.

Feet & Underside

The feet on the Viper Mini are a big change from the Viper Ultimate.

Instead of 4 feet cornering the perimeter of the mouse, the Viper Mini has two large virgin PTFE feet.  There are no sharp edges or snags, the larger feet feel great and the Viper Mini does feel smoother than the Viper Ultimate, though that might come down to the difference in weight. 

Sensor & Performance

The Viper Mini uses a PMW-3359 sensor. The sensor on this mouse is flawless, no prediction, acceleration or angle-snapping. The sensor has a bit of a high lift off distance compared to to other high-end mice. Be aware of this if higher LOD makes a difference in how you aim. 

Software

Synapse 3.0 is the software that allows users to change button mapping, sensor settings and lighting modes. We have a little guide on how to use Synapse here you’re interested, you can download the latest version of Synapse here: https://www.razer.com/synapse-3

Razer Viper Mini - Synapse

Synapse allows the Viper Mini buttons to remapped to a variety of other mouse and keyboard buttons as well as macros, media keys and launching programs. You can remap any button except for the main left click. 

Razer Viper Mini - Synapse

Lighting options are pretty limited for the Viper Mini, you have 5 RGB modes:

  • Audio Meter
  • Breating
  • Reactive
  • Spectrum Cycling
  • Static

Warranty & Reliability

The Razer Viper Mini comes with a 2 year warranty. Check out their warranty page here: https://www.razer.com/us-en/warranty.

This warranty will come in handy if any of the previous quality control issues that Viper Ultimate had also pop up on the Mini. Keep on the lookout for wobbly buttons and scroll wheels.

Comparisons

Razer Viper Mini vs Razer Viper Ultimate

The natural comparison, the Viper Mini is truly a shrunk down Viper in almost all ways. The decision between these two mice comes down to which size suits you better as the difference is significant in hand.  The Viper Mini is smaller in every dimension.

If you highly value wireless, then the Viper Ultimate is your choice, here’s to hoping for a Mini wireless.

Razer Viper Mini vs Logitech G305 

The Logitech G305 has stood the test of time so far and endures as a decent small wireless mouse choice.

The G305 measures as smaller mouse but feels larger in-hand to me, it’s hump and straight sides make it feel more like a pebble, in comparison to the Viper Mini which fits more natually in my hand. The Viper Mini is also much lighter than the G305.

All factors considered, I find the Viper Mini to be a much better mouse in terms of feel.

The buttons on the G305 are god tier, they’re still some of the best buttons I’ve experienced, but the Viper Mini is no slouch in this category either.

The G305 also has amazing wireless battery life on a single AA battery, while the cable on the Viper Mini is great, it still can’t be wireless. 

Razer Viper Mini vs Finalmouse Ultralight 2

I can credit the Ultralight 2 with starting a bit of the small mouse trend with both Glorious and Razer. 

The UL2 is a great mouse on all fronts, except one, it’s crazy expensive and hard to find. It’s got a great braided cable, lightweight, sturdy build quality and fantastic buttons. 

The issue here is that the Viper Mini is great in all those categories, and it’s widely available and forty bucks.

It’s hard to ever recommend the Ultralight 2 over the Viper Mini outside of aesthetic or reputational reasons. 

Shape wise, the Ultralight 2 has a more pronounced hump in the middle of the mouse, I find the Ultralight 2 slightly easier to palm than the Viper, but the differences here don’t make up the difference in price at all.  

Razer Viper Mini vs Glorious Model O-

This is the main showdown, both ultralight small mice in the same price range. 

In a head-to-head comparison I give the edge to the Viper Mini, I prefer the coating on the Viper Mini; the buttons feel more solidly build; the shell is definitely more solidly built and the cable is miles ahead.

The Model O- is a great mouse, but the Viper Mini serves the same type of gamer, with a higher quality product and at a lower price.

If you have really small hands the Model O- might be a better fit, the mouse is shorter and thinner than the Viper Mini and that slight size difference might make an enormous difference in feel.

Conclusion & Recommendation

At $40 USD, the Razer Viper Mini is a steal. There aren’t many mice at this size to begin with, to have the Mini come in with an ultralight mouse that has a great shape, buttons, cable and sensor makes it a category giant. 

It’s hard to justify something like the Ultralight 2 at their price point when this mouse exists, while that mouse is great, only hype beasts should be willing to pay 3x more than the Viper Mini. The performance is really close.

The Model O- is the natural competitor for the Viper Mini, I feel Razer’s mouse has the edge on fit, finish and feel and at a lower price point.

You should consider the Viper Mini as the default choice in the small mouse category if you have a fingertip or claw grip.

Baby Snake

Razer Viper Mini

A top tier ultralight ergo mouse.

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Tech Specs

Dimensions

  • Length: 11.83 cm / 4.66 inches
  • Width: 5.35 cm / 2.11 inches
  • Height: 3.83 cm / 1.51 inches
  • Weight: 61
  • Shape: Ambidextrous
  • Cable Length: Razer Speed Flex cable

Specs

  • Sensor: Razer Optical
  • Buttons: Optical Switches
  • Polling Rates (Hz): 125, 500, 1000
  • DPI:  200 to 8500 steps of 100
  • Buttons: 5  + DPI switcher
  • Software: Razer Synapse 3
  • RGB: 2 spots, 1 zone
  • Connectivity: Wired USB

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The AKG K371-BT is the best sounding wireless headphones at its price range.

AKG has done a stellar job of not messing with a good thing, taking the AKG K371 and adding bluetooth connectivity with 40 hour battery life without affecting acoustics, weight or comfort.

The K371-BT are closed-back headphones with a studio-focused neutral sound, the K371 is often compared to other closed-back headphones like the ATH M50X and DT770, with the K371 generally winning in those comparisons.

Fortunately, the acoustic experience doesn’t change in its transition to wireless, the K371-BT are still excellent sounding.

While the K371-BT provide a great listening experience, for gaming they might fall a little short depending on usage, the wireless audio latency might be a problem for some and the microphone quality is pretty supbar for comms.

Amazing entry level wireless



AKG K371-BT

Great sounding studio headphones, now with wireless.

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Pros

  • Accurate neutral sound
  • 40 hour battery life
  • Comfortable and light fit
  • Wireless or wired mode
  • Good isolation

Cons

  • Audio latency might be an issue, NO APT-X codec
  • Low microphone quality
  • Micro USB connection
  • There’s a slight lack in the trebles

In the Box

AKG K371 BT - Unboxing

The K371-BT comes with a handful of accessories:

  • Instruction manual
  • Coiled 3m 1/8″ TRS to 3.5 mm
  • Straight 3m 1/8″ TRS to 3.5 mm
  • Straight 1.2m 1/8″ TRS to 3.5 mm
  • 3.5 mm to 6.5 mm adapter
  • Micro USB to USB-A charging cable
  • AKG branded carrying pouch

Design, Materials & Build Quality

The AKG K371-BT is a largely made of synthetic materials, with plastic and pleather making up most of the composition of the headphone.

The headphones sport a classic AKG slider design, with notches instead of an elastic to hold the size of the headphone in place. The slider piece that is connected to the earcups is made of metal. The earcups themselves are made of plastic and house the touch controls on the AKG logo on the left side.

The touch controls are intuitive and easy to access on the left AKG logo:

  • double tap to play/pause
  • swipe up to increase volume
  • swipe down to decrease volume
  • swipe forward to front of face to skip ahead
  • swipe backward to back of head to go to previous track

AKG K371 BT - Top Down Small

The K371-BT cups fold inward for a more compact profile allowing for easier stowage.

These headphones feel sturdy and at its price they’re a good candidate to be your travel, commute workhorse headphones.

Connectivity

AKG K371 BT - Controls

As the name implies, the K371-BT has bluetooth connectivity. It looks like they can only connect to a single device at a time. I’m not exactly sure how to put these headphones in pairing mode, the quick start guide and manual don’t show how to connect to another device other than forgetting on an existing device and connecting to a new one.

The headphones connect via bluetooth with support for SBC and AAC codecs, the audio quality is excellent in wireless mode, SBC and AAC have plenty of bandwidth to produce good audio for audio streaming, gaming and online consumption in general.

Some gamers might have issues with audio latency, I didn’t notice any significant issues in games like Dota 2 or Modern Warfare. This is where aptX codec support would’ve been useful to insure low latency audio.

Battery life sits at 40 hours, the headphones auto shut off when no audio is being played, I often forgot to turn off the headphones and did not notice any battery drain because of it. The headphones charge via a micro-USB port, would’ve loved to see a USB-C port here in 2020.

If you’re worried about bluetooth audio quality, latency or reliability, AKG has designed the headphones to work in wired mode, including 3 TRS to 3.5 mm cables for you to use at your disposal

Lastly, there is a small LED indicator next to the power switch to show status on the headphones.

Sound

AKG K371 BT - Top Down

Wired or wireless, the AKG K371-BT deliver a detailed and accurate neutral sound. The headphones are louder in an amped wired setup, but the peak volume through wireless is plenty for most use cases.

The K371-BT excel as studio headphones, their flat and accurate frequency response across lows and mids make it an ideal wireless headphone for editing sound.

The bass is pleasant, with a good rumble in the low end, the mid-bass is less pronounced, these headphones don’t intend to knock your socks off with bass, they deliver clear bass without crushing vocals or tones in the midrange. If you’re looking for more fun in the low-end, you might want to skip these, they’re meant for clarity.

Midrange frequencies are accurate and detailed on the K371-BT, they’re benefited by the fact that the bass is controlled, allowing for mid-tones to come through cleanly.

The high-end treble avoids any sibilance issues, AKG doesn’t rely on treble much to add crispy detail, they’re fairly average in the high-ranges, if you care a lot about sparkly, bright treble then these cans might not be for you.

Being a closed-back headphone, don’t expect these headphones to provide huge airy soundstages. That being said, the soundstage is very reasonable for closed headphones, but don’t expect them to compete with open headphones.

There have been reported issues with channel balance on the AKG K371, I haven’t noticed any balance issues on the BTs, but something to watch out for, having poor balance is extra detrimental for imaging and location spotting for gamers.

Gaming on these headphones is a neutral experience for lack of a better word, enhanced trebles are generally useful for hearing footsteps in shooters, while bigger bass is nice for immersiveness. Having a V-shaped sound signature can over emphasize certain sound effects, so a neutral sounding headphone like the K371-BT affords a certain level of flexibility in the games it’s suitable for.

The noise floor is low, I’m not able to hear any audible hum or hiss when there’s no audio playing.

The clamp force on these headphones is rather low in my big-headed experience, the lightweight and light clamp make for an average level of isolation, there are better headphones options if you’re looking to shut the outside world out.

Wireless Latency

The main initial concerns I had with these headphones was its lack of aptX or LDAC codec support, it could introduce  unwanted audio latency into the mix, which can prove detrimental to the gaming experience. So far, in playing shooters and watching some Netflix, I have noticed no issues with audio latency, lips and gunshots are synced alike.

Microphone

The microphone is functional, but barely passable if you need clear comms in-game. The K371-BT sports an embedded pin-hole microphone next to the micro-USB port on the headphones, the microphone does a good job of picking up voice, but the audio quality of the microphone definitely lacks in clarity. Below are some samples of the headset mic compared to the microphones I had on hand.

K371-BT microphone test

 

Rode VideoMic NTG

 

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

 

Logitech C920 Webcam

Comfort and Fit

AKG K371 BT - Head fit side

I have a big head (62-63 cm around), and wear glasses full time, so comfort with headphones for me is sometimes an issue. The K371-BT fit me just fine, out of the box they’re light on the clamp force, in combination with the lightweight at 300 grams, I’m not really feeling any sore spots on my head.

AKG K371 BT - Earcups

AKG has elected to use a medium-sized oval earcup for these headphones, I have above-average sized ears and don’t have any issues fitting over my ears with the K371-BT. The earcup depth is shallow, the tops of my ears hit the inside padding. The cups are made of a soft pleather material, very comfortable on the head. Over time, heat accumulates in these headphones in my experience, this is not too surprising for closed-back headphones, by the end of a 2 hour gaming session I was sweating from the ears, full disclaimer, I am a sweatier gamer in general.

AKG K371 BT - Headband

The headphone band is well padded, I have a bit of a pointier head at the top and the headband did not introduce any discomfort or heat at that point.

Conclusion and Recommendations

If you’re looking for neutral sounding wireless headphones then this is it, there’s nothing in this price range that contests the AKG K371-BT.

For gaming specifically, the headphones have some shortcomings, I’d advocate for an open headphone for a wider soundstage representation in gaming. The microphone is also rather anemic and substandard for streaming and communication in multiplayer games.

For music listening and gaming sounds, the AKG731-BT in wireless mode are great, the headphones are light and comfortable, easily holding up to longer gaming sessions.

Review unit provided by AKG

Amazing entry level wireless



AKG K371-BT

A solid and affordable studio speaker.

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