TheGamingSetup https://thegamingsetup.com Thu, 01 Apr 2021 19:43:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 https://thegamingsetup.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-favicon-32x32-32x32.png TheGamingSetup https://thegamingsetup.com 32 32 Logitech G Hub and Gaming Software Guide – How to use https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/buying-guides/logitech-gaming-software-g-hub?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=logitech-g-hub-and-gaming-software-guide-how-to-use https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/buying-guides/logitech-gaming-software-g-hub#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 19:39:07 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8692 Right now, there are two software options to customize and set your Logitech gaming peripherals, which one is better?

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Logitech G Hub vs Logitech Gaming Software

Right now, there are two software options to customize and set your Logitech gaming peripherals. Which one is better?

Logitech Gaming Software has been around much longer and supports more devices, it has an older UI that has looked the same for years but has generally been more reliable. Going forward, newer Logitechs after the Logitech G Pro Wireless will no longer support LGS. 

Logitech G Hub is Logitech’s newer offering with a sleeker and more modern UI. G Hub currently only supports modern Logitech gaming devices and is in early access. It is actively being updated and is improving in reliability over time.

In 2021, it’s time to say goodbye to Logitech Gaming Software, newer Logitech products only support G Hub, and the software has gotten more reliable over time. 

What is Logitech G Hub?

Logitech G Hub is a modern version of their gaming software, Logitech Gaming Software was developed in the early 2010’s. G Hub currently doesn’t add any new functionality and currently only supports more recently released Logitech gear.

The major difference is that G Hub is laid out in a bit more of intuitive manner, going forward from 2019, all Logitech devices will use Logitech G Hub.

G Hub also has a few extra features that are unrelated to setting up your mouse, it has OBS integration for streaming and Discord integrations.

Logitech G Hub Download

You can download the latest version of G Hub from Logitech’s site here: https://support.logitech.com/en_ca/software/lghub, once downloaded open the .exe and follow the wizard. You don’t need to uninstall LGS as long as it is up to date.

Supported Devices

Gaming Mice
  • G903 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G900 Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G703 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G600 Gaming Mouse
  • G502 RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse
  • G403 Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G403 Gaming Mouse
  • PRO Gaming Mouse
  • G302 Daedalus Prime
  • G402 Hyperion Fury
  • G502 Proteus Core
  • Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G502 Hero Gaming Mouse
  • G90 Gaming Mouse
  • G602 Gaming Mouse
  • G700s Gaming Mouse
  • G300/G300s Gaming Mouse
  • G100s Gaming Mouse
  • Pro X  Superlight Wireless
  •  
Gaming Keyboards
  • G915 Lightspeed Wireless RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G910 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G810 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G613 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G610 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G512 Carbon RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G513 Carbon/Silver RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G413 Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G213 RGB Gaming Keyboard
  • PRO Gaming Keyboard
  • G310 Atlas Dawn
  • G103 Gaming Keyboard
  • G710+ Gaming Keyboard
  • G105 Gaming Keyboard
  • G13 Gaming Keyboard
  • G430 Gaming Headset
Gaming Headsets and Other
  • G935 LIGHTSYNC Wireless Gaming Headset
  • G933 Wireless 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset
  • G635 LIGHTSYNC Wired Gaming Headset
  • G633 RGB 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset
  • G533 Wireless 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset
  • G560 LIGHTSYNC PC Gaming Speakers
  • G433 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset
  • G432 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset
  • G332 Stereo Gaming Headset
  • G920/G29 DRIVING FORCE RACING WHEEL
  • Extreme 3d Pro Joystick
  • F310 Gamepad
  • F710 Wireless Gamepad
  • Saitek X52
  • Saitek X52 Pro
  • Saitek X56
  • Saitek Pro flight Yoke
  • Saitek Pro Flight Throttle Quadrant
  • Saitek Pro Rudder Pedals
  • Yeti X Microphone
  • C920 Webcam

Using G Hub: Features

As of right now, there aren’t many new features with G Hub, the main benefit of G Hub is its redesigned UI. You can do everything you can do in the Logitech gaming software minus input analysis, there are new features in G Hub that allow you to download profiles from other Logitech users.

Logitech G Hub main screen

The main screen lets you see all your Logitech gaming devices as well as the ability to browse community made lighting and gaming profiles.

Once clicked into a device, you can set lighting like can in Logitech Gaming Software. All the same settings are here.

Logitech G Hub button assignment screen

The next tab down are the button assignment tabs, here you can assign any button on a mouse or keyboard to a native windows command, key press, recorded macro, and some integrated Discord and OBS actions.

Logitech G Hub DPI settings screen

Lastly, you have the ability to set up DPI steps on your mouse, drag the points off to delete your DPI steps. You also have the ability to set your mouse’s polling rate here, you should set it to 1000 Hz for the most responsive feel, but 500 Hz is adequate if you want to save some battery life.

Logitech G Hub settings screen

Lastly, you have the settings screen where you can see battery drain rate, here’s where you can add surfaces to tune to your mouse.

Common Issues with G Hub

G Hub Not detecting mouse

G Hub has limited support compared to Logitech Gaming Software, please be sure to check for update and see if your device has been added to G Hubs list of supported devices. Otherwise, common checks here, make sure your USB connection is solid.

G Hub Not Loading

If you have LGS also installed, try uninstalling both G Hub and LGS and then just installing G Hub.

Try restarting your computer and re-launching. If that doesn’t work a re-install may be in order.

You can also try deleting the Logitech folder in AppData to reset settings after uninstalling to get a super clean install. Lastly, if it’s getting stuck on startup, take G Hub off of the startup list, reboot and run G Hub as administrator to try to prompt an update.

G Hub Not installing

Make sure you have a clean install environment, make sure all previous installs of LGS and G Hub are uninstalled and use something like Revo Uninstaller to get rid of any remnant files.

How to uninstall G Hub

Using the native windows installer, hit the start menu, search for or navigate to “Add or Remove Programs” find Logitech G Hub and follow the wizard to uninstall.

What is Logitech Gaming Software?

Logitech Gaming Software is Logitech’s legacy gaming software released in early 2010’s. The software allows you to configure settings for Logitech gaming devices like mice, keyboards and headsets. Logitech Gaming Software hasn’t received an update since 2018 and will not support new Logitech products. 

You can download the latest version of Logitech Gaming Software here: https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/lgs, after which you just double click the .exe and follow the wizard.

Supported Devices

Logitech supports all of their modern gaming devices.

Gaming Mice
  • Wireless Gaming Mouse G700
  • PRO Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • Pro Gaming Mouse
  • Optical Gaming Mouse G400
  • MX518 Optical Gaming Mouse
  • MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse
  • Laser Mouse G9X: Made for Call of Duty
  • Gaming Mouse G500
  • Gaming Mouse G300
  • G9x Laser Mouse
  • G903 Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G900 Chaos Spectrum Professional Grade Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G9 Laser Mouse
  • G703 Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse
  • G603 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G600 MMO Gaming MouseG502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse
  • G502 PROTEUS CORE Tunable Gaming Mouse
  • G502 HERO Gaming Mouse
  • G500s Laser Gaming Mouse
  • G403 Prodigy Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G403 Prodigy Wired Gaming Mouse
  • G403 HERO Gaming Mouse
  • G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS Gaming Mouse
  • G400s Optical Gaming Mouse
  • G305 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
  • G303 Daedalus Apex Performance Edition Gaming Mouse
  • G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming Mouse
  • G203 Prodigy Gaming Mouse
  • G100s Optical Gaming Mouse
  •  
Gaming Keyboards
  • Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Gaming Keyboard G510
  • Gaming Keyboard G110
  • Gaming Keyboard G105
  • G910 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G710 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G613 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G610 Orion Red Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
  • G610 Orion Brown Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
  • G513 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G510s Gaming Keyboard
  • G413 Carbon / Silver Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G410 Atlas Spectrum RGB Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard
  • G19s Gaming Keyboard
  • G19 Keyboard for Gaming
  • G15 Gaming Keyboard
  • G11 Gaming Keyboard
Gaming Headsets and Other
  • Wireless Gaming Headset G930
  • G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset
  • G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset
  • G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset
  • G533 Wireless Gaming Headset
  • G433 Gaming Headset
  • G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
  • G35 Surround Sound Headset
  • C920s HD Pro Webcam

Using Logitech Gaming Software – Features

Profiles

Logitech Gaming Software auto profile screen

Logitech Gaming Software lets you save profiles on-board,on-computer or with automatic game detection.

With your profiles you can set what each mouse button does, you can choose to re-map to another mouse click, and keyboard stroke or a recorded macro.

Logitech Gaming Software sensitivity profiles screen

On this page you can also set DPI sensitivity with multiple levels and a shift DPI setting.

Lastly, you can set the polling rate of your mouse in this view.

Lighting

Logitech Gaming Software lighting screen

This is where you set your mouse’s lighting settings by zone.

Here, you can set lighting mode, speed, brightness and sleep timer.

You can pick colours from any of the 16.8 million using the colour wheel or a specific RGB value.

With multiple devices, you can sync your colour settings across so your gaming setup has unified look.

Battery Settings

Logitech Gaming Software battery screen

The battery tab gives you the option to select some pre-set lighting modes that are more battery friendly.

This tab acts primarily as a dashboard showing you how much your settings drain your mouse’s battery, a  higher polling rate drains your battery faster as does brighter RGBs for example, the software will give you an estimate of remaining battery life and your mouse’s current battery levels.

Surface Tuning

Logitech Gaming Software surface tuning screen

Surface tuning optimizes your mouse for the mousepad (or desk) you have. This will improve tracking and lift off distance.

Logitech Gaming Software lets you store multiple surface profiles in case you travel with your mouse or switch up your surface regularly.

Using surface tuning is pretty easy, just hit add a new surface, name your surface and follow the wizard and drag your mouse until the software tunes the surface.

Input Analysis

Logitech Gaming Software input analysis screen

Kind of a useless feature but even more useless for mice, input analysis records and displays button heat maps to show how often and how long you press a button, not sure what uses this could have but I’m not surprised they didn’t bring it over to G Hub.

To use input analysis, simply activate it and LGS will record your button presses over time until you stop it, then it’ll spit out a heatmap.

Logitech Gaming Software troubleshooting

Here are some common issues that arise with Logitech Gaming Software, generally, it’s a pretty reliable piece of software so hopefully you don’t run into any of these issues, if you do however, here are some proposed fixes.

Not opening or loading

There are several reasons why your software isn’t opening, the first thing to try is to uninstall and reinstall or update your install of Logitech Gaming Software.

There could be a chance that the firmware of the mouse is preventing LGS from starting up, if that’s the case, unplug the mouse or the dongle if its wireless and see if LGS opens that way, if it does make sure to update any devices and the software if they’re available.

Not detecting mouse

First off you should double check to see if your device is compatible with Logitech Gaming Software, if it’s not compatible you’re out of luck, you could always get a new Logitech mouse, take a look at our best Logitech gaming mouse post or Best Gaming Mouse if you don’t absolutely need a Logitech.

Try rolling back the version of LGS if you had just updated your software.

You can also try to set the mode of the Logitech Gaming Software .exe to run as an administrator.

Check to make sure your cable or USB connection is solid and not damaged.

Profile auto game detection not working

If you’re Logitech Gaming Software isn’t detecting gaming software make sure to try the following:

  1. Make sure your profiles are associated to the correct game .exe., if they aren’t LGS won’t auto-switch profiles to work.
  2. Try disabling your antivirus/firewall, if it starts working try to make sure LGS is on an exception list.
  3. Turn on lock profile while game is running, this setting makes sure that no other background interrupts the detection of LGS.

LGS keeps resetting

If you are ever having trouble keeping profile settings to stick do this:

  1. Close Logitech Gaming Software
  2. Navigate to: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Logitech\Logitech Gaming Software\
  3. Locate settings.json and rename it to settings.json.bak
  4. Restart logitech gaming software and it will make a new settings.json 

Sometimes the file gets a little wonky and the software has trouble writing the settings to save. A fresh file usually fixes this issue.

How to uninstall Logitech Gaming Software

Open your start menu and locate or search for “Uninstall a program” then find Logitech Gaming Software, follow the wizard to uninstall.

 

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The original Logitech G Pro Wireless changed the game for gaming mice, it was the first wireless that had latency parity with wired mice, on-top of crazy battery life and super lightweight for the time. The Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless is a refinement of that game changing mouse and it’s here to take the crown of best gaming mouse back. 

The Superlight improves on key flaws of the G Pro Wireless, while enhancing some of its core strengths while keeping the fundamentals strong. If you’re looking for a no-compromise wireless gaming mouse that works fluidly with a lot of grips and most hand-sizes, the Superlight might be for you. 

Better than ever

Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless

Logitech has successfully refreshed their best mouse

See Price

Pros

  • Improved primary buttons
  • Insanely light at 62 grams with no holes
  • Large PTFE feet
  • Great safe shape and size, suitable for a wide range of people
  • Super sturdy build quality
  • 70 hour battery life
  • Flawless sensor

Cons

  • Side buttons got worse, mushier with more post-travel
  • Right side buttons are now gone
  • Still micro-USB

What’s in the box

Logitech has included a bunch of little goodies with the Superlight.

  • USB-A to Micro-USB cable, the standard Logitech accessory port. This rubber cable has prongs to securely connect to your mouse. 
  • USB-A/Micro-USB extension, used to extend the wireless range of the USB-A dongle if needed.
  • Cleaning cloth, to prep the surface for grips
  • Grips for main button, left and right side
  • PTFE disc, replaces the standard magnetic door, add an extra PTFE foot to the center of the Superlight
  • G Sticker, to show people you’re a REAL gamer.
  • Manual, nothing really needed in there.

Super solid buttons… so far

Logitech mice have been battling a double-clicking issue that has plagued several of their mice including the original G Pro Wireless, to the point where they’ve been updating firmware to add more debounce delay. 

I personally have experienced some double clicking on my old G Pro Wireless, luckily Logitech replaced my mouse, that replacement has not had any issues.

The Superlight has switched away from 50M Omrons to 20M Omrons, I can only assume to help address some of the issues that might be causing a double click. 

The buttons on my Superlight feel quite solid with a unique sound signature that sounds more full compared to all other mouse clicks. The button shell is more firmly set, I don’t feel much side movement on the buttons themselves, a significant improvement from the G Pro Wireless.

The click tactility feels similar to the original, crispy buttons with little pre-travel and some post-travel. These buttons remain some of the best feeling on the market. 

Unfortunately, the Superlight lost the ability to swap out the side buttons on the left side and lost the buttons entirely on the right side of the mouse.  

The side buttons have gotten worse from the GPW in terms of feel.  

The side buttons are the weakest aspect of the mouse, they feel pretty mushy with significant post-travel. This post-travel feel has increased from the GPW, which already had quite a bit of post travel.

The tactility is roughly the same as the GPW, it’s there but it’s nothing to marvel at, squarely middle of pack in that regard.

The placement of the buttons is good, and I’m easily able to distinguish between the M4 and M5.  

The scroll wheel hasn’t changed too much from the GPW, it sports the same design with the same rubber material on the wheel. The Superlight wheel click might be a tad softer with a more rounded tactile click.

Logitech has done away with the DPI button on the mouse, so if you like switching DPI often, it’s recommended you set up a DPI shift button or a hotkey on your keyboard. 

Same Great Shape, Size & Feel

The Superlight’s shape is unchanged from the GPW, at 12.5cm in height, 6.35cm in width with a 4cm height, it’s well suited for medium-sized hands. People with larger hands should find this mouse pretty comfortable in a finger-tip grip. 

The safe egg/pill like shape makes it comfortable for a lot of grips, but it’s most well-suited for palm grip with its medium-sized hump in the middle of the mouse.

The sides of the mouse are conservative compared to some other mice, with only a subtle groove to accommodate your thumb and pinky. 

The right side of the mouse has a quirky bump where the buttons used to be on the G Pro Wireless, I don’t really feel it with my regular grip and I don’t suspect most will, but it is something to note as an oddity.

The Superlight comes in either white or black with a matte plastic coating. For someone with a sweatier hand, the matte coating feels great, I’ve had no issues with slippage or heat with the Superlight.

For gamers that have a dryer hand, Logitech has included some really nice stick-on grips that add a tremendous amount of tack without a lot of thickness.

Strongest Build Quality in Light Wireless

The Superlight’s shell remains sturdy and flex free despite its svelte weight. Logitech has some materials engineering wizardry going on, the Superlight manages to be the lightest wireless gaming mouse, with no holes and the sturdiest shell.

I still have ongoing concerns about the buttons and whether they hold up over time with both side movement and double clicking, but at the time of this review, they’re still quite solid. 

Feet & Underside

The Superlight makes another significant upgrade here, the Superlight has switched to using virgin-grade PTFE feet on the underside, as well as adding a large amount of feet surface area.

The PTFE disc can be placed into the Superlight in place of the regular plastic disc to increase the surface area even further. 

The feet material change and the weight loss has made the Superlight a lot smoother than its predecessor, it’s a noticeable difference in glide.

Sensor & Performance

Logitech pioneered the flawless wireless gaming mouse with the G Pro Wireless and the Superlight carries on that tradition well.

The HERO (high efficiency rated optical) sensor is a flawless sensor with no prediction, snapping or jitter through most of its DPI range of 100 to 25,600 DPI. I haven’t had any issues with spinning out with either the GPW or the Superlight. 

The HERO does all this flawlessness while absolutely sipping battery life.

If you’re not familiar with wireless gaming mice, the big thing to take away is that that wireless mice have just as good latency as wired, and Logitech mice are usually the most responsive of the bunch in terms of click and input latency. 

The weight loss from 80 grams in the GPW to 62-ish grams is quite noticeable, the Superlight absolutely flies and feels great to use. Removing the disc shaves off roughly 5 grams, the two optimal configs are to either use the PTFE disc or no disc at all.

It’s absolutely incredible to see a wireless mouse this light, without holes and compromises on performance or battery life.

Still Micro-USB Detachable Cable

Logitech has opted for a simpler rubber cable this time around with the familiar prongs that secure into the mouse for charging. 

The cable has a good amount of flexibility; I wasn’t really too bothered by cable when using it in wired mode.  It would be even better if this was a USB-C cable, but Logitech has made what I’m assuming is an intentional move to keep the micro-USB cable for weight reasons.

I wish Logitech would include a dock for charging like the Razer Viper Ultimate though, having to use a micro-USB cable to charge is something I don’t really want to do at this price point.

You could always opt for getting a Powerplay mouse pad to wirelessly charge the mouse, but that comes with the extra cost and removes the ability to choose whatever mouse pad you want.

Wireless Connectivity

Nothing has changed in terms of wireless connectively, the Superlight connects via a USB dongle that can be extended with the included extender. Logitech wireless is top-notch and has the least amount of input latency for wireless gaming mice. 

Superb Battery life

The Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless is rated for 70 hours of battery life and from what I’ve experienced you get close to that rating.  

G Hub Software

The Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless uses G Hub for settings and customization. Download G Hub here, see our guide on G Hub.

Using G Hub is fairly straight forward, the initial screen on clicking into your mouse is button assignments, you can set up macros and an array of button settings here.

Up to 5 DPI levels can be set up in increments of 50, with a range of a minimum of 100 to a maximum of 25,600 DPI. 

The only other option in this view is polling rate settings, which I would recommend bet set to 1000 Hz for maximum responsiveness, but if you’re looking to save battery life, 500 Hz does well in a pinch.

 Hitting the gear icon takes you to settings where you can see the status of your mouse and edit your on-board memory settings. The Superlight can store up to 5 profiles on-board so you can use the mouse without G Hub if you so choose, but switching DPI stages will require an assigned button as the Superlight no longer has a DPI button.

Warranty

The Superlight is covered by a 2 year warranty. In my experience, Logitech has been good about warranties, offering replacements for things like double clicking and other malfunctions. 

Mouse Comparisons

Logitch G Pro X Superlight Wireless vs Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Superlight is a refinement of the Logitech G Pro Wireless rather than a significant overhaul.

The G Pro Wireless can now be had discount often enough, you should pay the premium for the new Superlight if you’re willing to pay for bleeding edge performance in terms of weight, otherwise the 80 gram GPW is no slouch.

What’s the same

The shape still keeps its safe, egg like shape, the dimensions of the mouse are unchanged. 

The coating of the Superlight feels very close to the original, with a matte plastic coating that feels almost chalky.

Unfortunately, the micro-USB port is still the same, Logitech has kept the aged port instead of updating to USB-C, this was done for weight reasons supposedly.

What’s changed

The Superlight is 18 grams lighter, going from 80 grams to 62-ish grams. Battery life has improved to approximately 70 hours on the Superlight, up from 60 on the GPW.

The buttons feel better to me, deeper sounding and more solidly build primary buttons. Logitech has switched from Omron 50M to the 20M version.

The Superlight has upgraded feet to provide a much better glide with larger virgin PTFE feet.

Slightly worse side buttons. The side buttons are no longer removable and the right side buttons have been removed entirely.

The Superlight has no RGB functionality. 

The DPI button is no longer on the Superlight. 

Logitch G Pro X Superlight Wireless vs Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate and the Superlight are the two titans of the wireless gaming mouse space.

I think the Superlight is going to a better fit for palm grippers while the Viper Ultimate is going to have more claw grip fans, but both mice are pretty good for either and it completely comes down to preference here. The Viper Ultimate is a flatter mouse, while the Superlight has a decent sized rounded hump in the middle.

The Superlight comes in 12 grams lighter than the Viper Ultimate, 62g to 74g, and the difference is noticeable. 

I think the Superlight has the Viper Ultimate beat in terms of build quality, the primary buttons wobble less, and the shell is stronger while 

The primary buttons on the Superlight are maybe slightly better on the Superlight, but the side buttons are significantly worse in comparison to the Viper Ultimate.

 In terms of quality of life, the Viper Ultimate has the Superlight beat, its included makes a big difference for me in terms of charging convenience, I never have to worry about pulling out an annoying micro-USB cable.

Choosing between the two top-tier mice largely boils down to shape preference as these two mice deal blows in several aspects. If you’re a pure claw gripper, I’d go with the Viper Ultimate, if you like some palm filling, go with the Superlight.

Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless vs Model O Wireless

It’s really hard to ignore the value of the Model O Wireless, it does maybe 85% of what the Superlight does but at almost 50% of the cost.

Similar to the Viper Ultimate, the shapes are both good but each is better suited to a specific grip.The Model O is quite a bit larger and flatter, making it more suited for larger hands with claw grip. While the Superlight better fits a medium hand palm grip. 

Click latency is the largest distinction between the two mice. The Superlight has some of the best click latency in wireless mice, while the Model O Wireless has not great click latency. The difference is minor in real-world applications, but it is there. 

The buttons on the whole are better on the Model O Wireless, with significantly better side buttons and quite good primary buttons. The Model O Wireless main buttons have a bit more pre-travel but have great tactility and little wobble. 

The 69g to 62g difference is negligible, both mice are spritely and move well with their PTFE feet implementations.

The rated battery life on both mice is pretty much the same at 71 grams. 

As always, choosing the two should come down to shape as they’re quite different. If you don’t really have a strong shape or grip preference, the decision comes down to whether you’re willing to pay quite a bit more to have as few compromises as possible in a gaming mouse.

Conclusion & Recommendation

It’s been a back-and-forth boxing match between Logitech and Razer for wireless gaming mouse supremacy. The Logitech Pro X Superlight Wireless makes a powerful case for top wireless gaming mouse overall right now, with only one the Viper Ultimate to contest it. 

It’s a close race but in the end, I think the Superlight is the best gaming mouse you can buy bar none, with money not being an object. Logitech has delivered a crazy light mouse with very few compromises, with only side button mushiness and skepticism on double click reliability being concerns.

If you’re a hybrid grip, or palm grip with medium hands, this mouse is likely going to feel superb. For claw grippers looking for the best wireless mouse, take a close look at the Viper Ultimate and Model O Wireless while you consider the Superlight.

Tech Specs

Logitech G Pro X Superlight Wireless

Dimensions

  • Length: 12.5 cm / 4.92 inches
  • Width:  6.35 cm / 2.5 inches
  • Height: 4.00 cm / 1.575 inches
  • Weight: 63g
  • Shape: Ambidextrous
  • Buttons: 5

Specs

  • Sensor: Hero Sensor
  • Buttons: White Omron
  • Polling Rates (Hz): 1000hz
  • DPI: 100 – 25,600 DPI
  • Software: Logitech G Hub
  • RGB: None
  • Cable: Rubber detachable micro-usb

 

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The Akko Sakura Jelly 3087 has some of the best looking RGB I’ve seen from an out of the box keyboard, with really great modes and amazingly smooth and diffuse lighting throughout. If you’re looking for the absolute best RGB, then the Jelly might stand alone in that department.

Unfortunately, it looks like Akko had to make some shortcuts in some very key keyboard areas to make it happen for $99 USD.

75% wireless

Epomaker Akko Sakura

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

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Pros

  • Amazing RGB, maybe the best
  • PBT dye sub key caps
  • USB-C
  • Gateron Yellow as an option

Cons

  • Very bad stabilizers
  • Case has significant flex and creak
  • Stick on feet can be a little wobbly

What’s in the box

Akko Sakura Jelly box

The Sakura Jelly comes with what you would expect, plus one oddity.

  • Wire keycap puller: If you want to swap out the Jelly caps
  • USB-C cable: A pink braided USB-C to USB-A cable, the USB-C is a bit chunkier than average.
  • Sticky keyboard feet, the Jelly doesn’t have feet as part of the case, instead, you’re given the option to stick feet on with 3m foam tape if you want a different typing angle.
  • Manual: It’s completely in chinese.

Rattley Switches & Stabilizers

The Akko Sakura Jelly has three uncommon switch options, all from Gateron:

  • Gateron Pink
    • Type: Linear
    • Bottom Out Travel: 4.0mm
    • Actuation Point: 2.0mm
    • Actuation Force: 45gf
  • Gateron Yellow 
    • Type: Linear
    • Bottom Out Travel: 4.0mm
    • Actuation Point: 2.0mm
    • Actuation Force: 55gf
  • Gateron Orange:
    • Type: Tactile
    • Bottom Out Travel: 4.0mm
    • Actuation Point: 2.0mm
    • Actuation Force: 55gf

As always, you can refer to our switch chart for full comparisons.

The Gateron Yellows are likely the best switch option for this board, they’re known to be quite smooth and I find the 55 gram actuation force the sweet spot for in terms of linear. I went with the Gateron Pinks to keep with the theme, they’re lighter in stiffness compared to yellows but to me, they also feel quite a bit wobblier, the stem in the switch moves quite a bit in all directions. 

The hollow plastic case in combination with the wobbly switch produces a rattley typing sound that I’m not fond of.

Akko Sakura Jelly - Switches and stabs

Stabilizers help your larger keys stay consistent and even on top of your switch, it helps your keycap from rattling and shaking.

The stabilizers on the Akko Sakura Jelly are bone dry, there’s no visible sight of lube in my inspection of the board and the sound it produces corroborates it. On top of missing lube, the stabilizers are quite wobbly in the case with a lot of movement in all directions. The hollow plastic case just makes this rattle problem worse, these stabs are quite lacking.

Pretty shine through caps

Akko Sakura Jelly - Keycap front

The main attraction, the key caps on the Akko Sakura Jelly are pudding style keycaps, with a painted top and shine through bottom halves. The keycap plastic is PBT with etch painted tops. This keycap design allows diffused light to shine through the sides of the keycap, creating quite an attractive look and extending the RGB from the case itself into the caps. 

The keycaps should be pretty durable, though the etched legends might wear over time.

The pudding keycaps are made with a standard OEM profile.

Akko Sakura Jelly - Keycap back

Aesthetic design over everything

Akko Sakura Jelly - bottom

The Akko Sakura Jelly is a medium profile keyboard with an acrylic shine through case.

In the video above you can see just how much RGB this keyboards lets shine through, it’s quite the intense effect and it looks great.

The RGB strip around the case blends the RGB quite well, and the cloudy top of the case produces a diffuse RGB effect.

The per key RGB led faces north and properly light the legend and the transparent pudding caps fully.

The keyboard has a standard TKL and relies on per key RGB for lock indicators. 

Akko Sakura Jelly - USB-C port

The top of the keyboard features an easy to access USB-C port on the right-hand side, I personally would prefer the cable on the left or center just to avoid any mouse cable mishaps.

Akko Sakura Jelly - Low feet

Interestingly, the feet are not built into the case of the Akko Sakura Jelly, they’re stick-on. If you opt out of sticking on the feet, the keyboard rests flat on 4 rubber dots, if you attach the feet, you can no longer lay the keyboard completely flat.

Akko Sakura Jelly - High feet

The highest angle is quite sharp, with the medium setting being more of a standard angle. 

Akko Sakura Jelly - Feet

The feet are a little wobbly and can buckle if the keyboard is pushed a little bit. I’m glad that Akko included an option for feet in case people don’t want a completely flat keyboard but I’m not sure why they couldn’t put the feet into the case, maybe it’s because of the acrylic material? 

Softer Build quality

The acrylic case is quite a bit softer than standard ABS, the Akko Sakura Jelly has quite a bit of flex, so if you’re a heavy type be wary of that on bottom out, the soft case also produces a squeaking noise when twisted, but that won’t show up in normal use. At 730 grams, the keyboard is not going to win any “built like a tank awards”, but I’m not concerned with the case causing any problems.

What’s more concerning is the quality of the stabilizers, I feel like a hasty keycap removal could take the stabilizer right out. 

Akko Sakura Jelly Software and Documentation

I have not been able to find any documentation on the Akko Sakura Jelly, I’m making a best guess that the manual for the Akko 3087 applies to this keyboard as well.

There is no software to install with the keyboard, everything works onboard.

Here are the FN functions that I’ve been able to confirm:

  • FN + > to cycle RGB colour
  • FN + < to change RGB direction
  • FN + Del to toggle between 3 slow wave RGB modes
  • FN + End to toggle between 3 starlight RGB modes
  • FN + PgDn to toggle between 3 cascade RGB modes
  • FN + Insert to toggle between 3 breathe RGB modes
  • FN + Home to toggle between 3 reactive RGB modes
  • FN + PgUp to toggle between 3 animated RGB modes
  • FN + up arrow or down arrow to change brightness
  • FN + M to mute
  • FN + F6 to play/pause
  • FN + F7 to go previous track
  • FN + F8 to go next track
  • FN + Win to lock windows key
  • FN + Del to cycle backlight modes
  • FN + up or down to brighten and dim backlight

 

Here’s how to set up macros as per the manual:

1. Akko Macro V1.0 is hardware-based and works without software-driven.
2. The following keys cannot be programmed: “Esc”, “Fn”, “Left Win” and “Right Win”.
3. Press and hold Fn + Win for 3 seconds to switch to the Macro mode. When the keyboard is re-connected or the
system is restarted, the Macro mode will be exited. You need to switch to the Macro mode again to use
programmed keys.
4. Akko Macro V1.0 does not support simultaneous trigger, that is, pressing “AB” at the same time will trigger the
two keys in the order of A followed by B.
5. Akko Macro V1.0 does not support customized interval time, that is, the trigger interval between key A and key
B cannot be defined and will follow the system’s default trigger time.

Warranty & Reliability

If you get the keyboard from EpoMaker the Akko Sakura Jelly 3087 comes with a 12 month warranty, as per the manual.

Tech Specs

Akko 3084 Silence

  • Length: 35.9 cm / 14.1 inches
  • Width: 14 cm / 5.51 inches
  • Height: 4.1 cm / 1.61 inches
  • Case: High profile, Plastic Case
  • Weight:  730 grams
  • Keys: 87 keys
  • Cable: 2m detachable USB Type-

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: Gateron Pink, Orange & Yellow
  • Keycap material: PBT with pudding shine through
  • Keycap legends: Dye Sublimated
  • Keycap profile: OEM Profile
  • Media keys: No
  • Backlight: Full RGB
  • Software: Akko Macro 1.0

Conclusion

The Akko Sakura Jelly 3087 is a great looking keyboard, and if that’s all you’re after then this is for you. For $99 USD, the keyboard is an okay value for its aesthetic, but it falls a decent amount short on the typing experience and build quality. Considering what you can get at this price point, like the Durgod Taurus  or Ducky One 2 TKL, you have to really care about the look to go for the Sakura Jelly.

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Glorious Model O Wireless Review – Delivers With Absolutely Incredible Value https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/glorious-model-o-wireless?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=glorious-model-o-wireless-review https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/glorious-model-o-wireless#respond Sun, 21 Feb 2021 20:37:23 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8513 The Glorious Model O Wireless knocks it out of the park and represents the best value in gaming mice today.

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The Glorious Model O Wireless is the latest offering from Glorious PC Master Race and a highly anticipated next step of their game changing Glorious Model O mouse, which offered an ultralight price and anti hypebeast prices. 

The Model O Wireless achieves the same kind of price busting that the Model O did, in the top-end wireless ultralight space. The Razer Viper Ultimate and Logitech G Pro Wireless had it all, but you had to pay a  premium price to get ultralight, long battery life and flawless wireless.

Well forget that, the Model O Wireless delivers in practically every category and costs half of what the current top dogs are asking. Wow.

The best value in mice

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Glorious Model O Wireless

Glorious’ best mouse

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Pros

  • Lightweight at 69 grams
  • Great battery life
  • Flawless sensor and lagless wireless
  • Some of the best buttons found on gaming mice
  • Excellent build quality
  • Incredible value
  • Great PTFE feet

Cons

  • Some reports of squeaking issues
  • No USB dongle on-mouse storage

What’s in the box

Glorious Model O Wireless Top - In the box

The Glorious Model O Wireless includes a standard set of accessories.

  • USB-C to USB-A cable, used to charge the Model O Wireless. The cable is soft and performs great in wired mode.
  • USB-C to USB-A adapter, meant to extend the range of the dongle if needs to be placed further away from your computer
  • USB-A dongle, standard sized mini dongle to enable wireless connectivity.
  • Glorious sticker, beardy man shiny.

Shape, Size & Feel

The Glorious Model O Wireless shape is exactly the same as the wired Glorious Model O. If you’re unfamiliar with the Model O shape, the closest reference would be the Zowie FK. 

The Model O Wireless is an ambidextrous mouse with a safe shape suitable for most grips, though I think it specifically excels for claw grippers.

Glorious Model O Wireless - Top

At 12.8 cm in length, the Model O is made for medium to larger hands, people that use fingertip grip with medium or lower hand sizes are likely going to find this mouse uncomfortable. 

There is a moderate hump in the center of the mouse at 3.75cm, palm grip is comfortable with this mouse, though if you’re a heavy palm gripper something with a more pronounced hump might feel better.

Glorious Model O Wireless - Right Side

Glorious Model O Wireless - Back

The sides have a slight inward curve that helps with pick up, I had no issues picking up the mouse with the matte version of the Model O Wireless. 

The buttons have a slight comfort groove for your fingers to avoid discomfort with clicking. 

The signature hexagonal holes dot the top and bottoms of the mouse,  I haven’t had any issues with hotspots or rubbing discomfort with the holes. 

Familiar Design

Glorious Model O Wireless - Profile

Outside of wired to wireless transition, nothing has changed on the Model O Wireless, and that’s not a bad thing. 

The Model O Wireless still comes in two colours, black or white, and two coatings, matte and glossy. As a sweatier gaming, I definitely prefer the matte coating. The white colour pops pretty nicely with the RGB LEDS of the mouse.

The mouse still has a giant glorious face on the left side of the mouse and small Glorious tag on the front right of the mouse.

The RGB has 3 distinct strips, left and right and one surrounding the mouse wheel, there’s only 1 zone for all 3 RGB areas.

The RGB modes on the Model O Wireless are:

  • Glorious Mode
  • Seamless Breathing
  • Breathing
  • Single Colour
  • Breathing Single Colour
  • Rave
  • Tail
  • WAVE 
  • LED Off

The modes allow you to choose rate of animation, colour choices as well as brightness. The Glorious Core software also allows you to set separate brightness settings for wireless and wired mode to help conserve battery life.

Solid Build Quality

The Model O Wireless has solid build quality. 

There’s no flexing or creaking with squeezed on the sides or top and bottom. There’s a slight rattling when shaken, the rattling is quite subtle and sounds to be coming from the scroll wheel not a huge concern.

Squeaking seems to be quite common on the Model O Wireless however, my scroll wheel squeaks a fair bit when scrolling down and there are several reports of right mouse buttons squeaking in regular use.

The fix for that is taking the mouse apart and lubing the scroll wheel housing or the mouse switch with some standard keyboard lube like Krytox or even Glorious’ G-Lube.

Top Tier Buttons

Glorious Model O Wireless - Front

The buttons on the Glroious Model O are great.

There’s minimal post and pre-travel on the buttons, the result is a very crispy and responsive main button click. Both left and right buttons feel roughly the same, the buttons are separated from the main shell of the mouse with the buttons feeling firmly  in place with minimal wobble. 

The buttons in general feel like an upgrade from the Model O, better tactility and more solid feeling overall. 

Glorious Model O Wireless - Side Buttons

The side buttons are also improved, they feel more firmly set in the mouse with less wobble. The tactility is much better as well, the side buttons produce a satisfying click that ranks right at the top tier of all mice. The placement of the side buttons remains the same, and the buttons protrude out of the case with good separation, it’s easy to locate and distinguish the two side buttons.

The scroll wheel feels the same as the Model O, which is a good thing because the Model O scroll wheel is great. The chunky ridges ensure a good grip on the wheel. The scroll steps are distinct and the middle click requires a moderate amount of force with a satisfying click.

Lastly, is the DPI button located right below the scroll wheel. This single button cycles through 4 stages of DPI on the Model O Wireless. 

Great Detachable Cable

Glorious Model O Wireless - Cable

The cable is obviously less important on this mouse because of its wirelessness, but the cable here is quite good in case you want to use it in wired mode. The braiding is tight, but the cable is quite light and flexible. 

Glorious Model O Wireless - USB-C

The USB-C side of the cable has little plastic prongs to ensure a solid fit with the mouse. If you intend on using your own USB-C cable, be sure that it doesn’t have a chunky USB-C connector, the mouse does have a bit of a recess that might cause some problems.

Wireless Connectivity

Glorious Model O Wireless - USB dongle

Glorious provides multiple ways to implement the wireless connection. The Model O Wireless connects over a dongle to maximize responsiveness, there’s no Bluetooth connectivity. 

The USB dongle for the Model O Wireless is small and unobtrusive, you can plug this dongle directly into your computer and the Model O wireless should work instantly out of the box. The dongle itself is a little taller than Logitech’s dongles, about 1/3 bigger.

Glorious Model O Wireless - Extension Cabled up

If you need more wireless range, Glorious has included a USB-C to the USB-A adapter, where you can use a USB-C cable to extend the USB dongle away from your computer.

Glorious Model O Wireless - Extension Plug A side

Glorious Model O Wireless - Extension Plug

There is no on-mouse storage for the USB dongle, so you’ll have to find a place to stash it if you travel around.

Battery life

The Glorious Model O is rated for 71 hours of battery life with RGB off. I’ve been getting roughly 3 days use out of the mouse with RGB on at 60% at about 10 hours per day, while I’ve been getting 5-6 days with RGB off, it looks like it gets close to the rated time, but might fall slightly short.

There are several reports of users getting a lot less than what my experience is, so it looks like there’s some variance here. 

Feet & Underside

Glorious Model O Wireless Top (3 of 4)

The bottom of the mouse hasn’t changed too much from the Model O, there’s now a flip switch to turn off the mouse to prevent power draw. Four PTFE mouse feet corner the Model O Wireless, the glide seems to be improved from the original Model O.

The edges of the feet are rounded and smooth, no snags on my end.

Sensor & Performance

The Glorious Model O wireless is packed with their branded BAMF sensor, which is rumoured to be based on the Pixart PAW3370.

The BAMF sensor DPI ranges from 100 to 19,000, not sure why you would want to use 19,000 DPI but it’s there if you need it. Take look at our DPI guide to better understand your best DPI.

Polling rate can be set to 100, 250, 500 and 1000hz on the BAMF sensor, on both wired and wireless modes. 

I’m happy to report that the Model O Wireless sensor passes all the non-negotiables of a modern mouse sensor, no jitter at regular DPI ranges, with some jitter coming in at the high end of the DPI range.

I wasn’t able to produce any prediction or angle snapping with my Wireless Model O. 

The Glorious Core software let’s you choose lift off distance of either 1 or 2 mm, I don’t notice too much of a difference between the two settings, I would just set it to 1mm. 

Looks like Glorious has caught up to the big boys in terms of wireless performance, there’s no perceptible lag on movement or clicks with the BAMF sensor. 

Software

Glorious has introduced their new main software offering for all their upcoming products in Glorious Core, download it here: 

https://www.pcgamingrace.com/pages/downloads

Glorious Core supports the Model O Wireless and upcoming products, but does NOT support previous products.

The Core software is streamlined and intuitive to use, there are 3 main tabs for the Model O Wireless.

Lighting lets you choose between pre-set RGB modes with varying degrees of customization. As mentioned above, the RGB modes on the Model O Wireless are:

  • Glorious Mode
  • Seamless Breathing
  • Breathing
  • Single Colour
  • Breathing Single Colour
  • Rave
  • Tail
  • Wave
  • LED Off

Key binding let’s you re-map any of the Model O Wireless buttons to a standard set of key mapping options.  

The performance tab houses all the settings for CPI, lift off distance, debounce time and polling rate. 

GloriousCore doesn’t run in a persistent mode, the changes aren’t reflected on the mouse until you hit save. When you do hit save, all the settings are stored onto the mouse, meaning you don’t need to have GloriousCore running all the time. 

Warranty & Reliability

The Glorious Model O Wireless comes with a 2 year warranty as seen on the product page

I’ve seen Glorious address issues with their mice pretty regularly, but I’ve also seen first gen Glorious products have issues. It looks like the Model O Wireless is seeing some common squeak problems and battery life reliability. 

Mouse Comparisons

Glorious Model O Wireless - Compared Top

Model O Wireless vs. Model O vs. Model O-

If you can swing the price of the Model O Wireless you should, The Model O Wireless is better in pretty much every way other than the  modest cost increase. 

The shape and feel are exactly the same between the Model O Wireless and Vanilla O, with the Model O Wireless improving in the tactility of all its buttons.

If you’re a finger tip gripper or have smaller hands than the Model O- should be a consideration, there’s no point in having a wireless mouse that doesn’t fit your hand well.

Model O Wireless vs Razer Viper Ultimate

Razer Viper Ultimate - Docked

The Razer Viper Ultimate is one of my absolute favourite mice for its complete feature set, with solid shape and build quality. The Model O Wireless gets to about 90% of the Viper Ultimate’s package while costing nearly half.

Both shapes are great, compatible with a lot of hands and grip types, they’re actually quite similar and look like they could’ve both descended from the Zowie FK family of shapes. They serve similar hand sizes with the Model O Wireless leaning slightly more medium/large than the Viper Ultimate.

I have to give the Model O Wireless the nod in terms of buttons, they feel crispier, and the Viper Ultimate is no slouch in this department.

The Viper Ultimate has some really nice quality of life advantages, namely, the no wire charging dock. I think the Razer Viper Ultimate will likely ending up being more reliable as a mouse than the Model O Wireless as well.

If you’re looking for max value, the Model O Wireless wins hands down, if you’re look for the absolute best gaming mouse experience, the Viper Ultimate might still hold the crown if price is to be ignored. 

Model O Wireless vs Logitech G Pro Wireless & Superlight

The Logitech G Pro Wireless has been a fixture in the ultralight wireless mouse space, pioneering the category with its (at the time) outrageous battery life. At this point though, the Model O Wireless has caught up and has caught up with a price point that’s half of what the GPW is asking for.

Consider the G Pro Wireless if you’re looking for a rounder mouse shape, the G Pro Wireless’ shape is definitely friendlier for palm grips, though the Model O Wireless is no slouch for palm grips. 

I’d call the buttons a draw, both the GPW and MOW have great buttons. They’re both very tactile with very little extra travel.

The Superlight has managed to get down to 63 grams, so if those extra 6 grams mean something to you (they shouldn’t imo) then the GPW Superlight is the choice for people looking to get the fastest possible mouse. 

The Model O Wireless even has a pro against the micro-usb charging port of the GPW, USB-C or bust in 2021.

Unless you know you’re going to prefer the shape of the G Pro Wireless or you really really value light weight by the gram, then you should consider the Model O Wireless, the value is too high to ignore.

Conclusion & Recommendation

I’m a Glorious fan and I’ve very happy to see Glorious continue to iterate and add to their product lines. The Model O Wireless might be their highest value product yet when taking its competitors into consideration.

The Model O Wireless is now the de facto ultralight wireless value pick, there’s nothing that even comes close to it. Even at its svelte $80 USD, the Model O Wireless is in contention for best overall gaming mouse regardless of price point.

Outside of a few quality control concerns, there’s nothing to pick on for the Model O Wireless, if you like the shape, the thing delivers in wireless, buttons, and battery life. I just want to see Glorious roll out this value in more shapes.

Tech Specs

Glorious Model O Wireless

Dimensions

  • Length: 12.8 cm / 4.99 inches
  • Width: 5.9 cm / 2.58 inches
  • Height: 3.75 cm / 1.61 inches
  • Weight:69g
  • Shape: Ambidextrous
  • Buttons: 5  + 1 DPI switcher

Specs

  • Sensor: Glorious BAMF Sensor
  • Buttons: Omron
  • Polling Rates (Hz): 1000hz
  • DPI: 400 (yellow), 800 (blue), 1600 (red), 3200 (green)
  • Software: Glorious Core
  • RGB: 3 spots, 1 zone
  • Cable: Braided detachable, 2m metres, USB-C

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Epomaker AK61 Review – An OK 60% https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/epomaker-ak61?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=epomaker-ak61-review-an-ok-60 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/epomaker-ak61#respond Sun, 14 Feb 2021 01:40:57 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8499 The AK61 is a neat 60% keyboard that ultimately should only be for people certain they want Gateron Optical switches and XDA keycaps.

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Review unit provided by Epomaker

There seems to be a large bevy of budget 60% keyboards out there with budget pricing with slight differences between them. The Epomaker AK61 is an update on the popular SK61, the AK61 features hotswap sockets for Gateron Optical switches, wireless connectivity and a unique key cap profile.

And while some differentiation is nice, it doesn’t mean it’s good. The AK61 does some things well but cheaper boards like the Royal Kludge offer a better overall package for a lower price. 

Unique 60%

Epomaker AK61

A neat 60% keyboard that ultimately should only be for people certain they want Gateron Optical switches and XDA keycaps.

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Pros

  • Unique switch options
  • PBT dye sub key caps
  • Bluetooth 5.0 option and USB-C Connectivity
  • Hotswappable with Gateron Opticals

Cons

  • Caps are not shine through
  • Really loud keyboard, rattley echoey
  • Poor stabilizers

What’s in the box

AK61 - In the box

The Epomaker AK61 comes with a standard set of goodies in the box:

  • Plastic keycap pulled: not the best inclusion, these style of cap pullers can scratch your keycaps
  • Metal switch puller: the AK61 is hotswappable with Gateron Optical switches, this allows you to easily remove the existing switches
  • Braided USB-C cable: A high quality USB-C cable with metal braiding
  • Manual: A pretty streamlined manual
  • Windows keycaps: The mac caps are on this keyboard by default

Switches & Stabilizers: Mixed Bag

I got the Epomaker AK61 with Gateron Optical Blue switches and boy is it LOUD. The case of the keyboard is pretty hollow and produces quite the echo. 

The AK61 is a hot swappable keyboard with compability to Gateron Optical switches only. The Gateron Optical switch colours coincide with the standard Cherry colours:

  • Reds are linear
  • Blues are clicky
  • Browns are tactile
  • Blacks are a stiffer linear

Gateron Optical switches rely on a beam of light rather than a metal leaf to actuate. Because of the laser beam actuation, theoretically the optical switches could have a better response time and because there’s no metal leaf, there’s less friction in linear switches. This is the same concept of switch found in the Razer Huntsman line of keyboards. 

Optical switches in reality behave similarly to standard switches, they’re generally cheaper than standard switches but have less compatibility with standard keyboards. I like Gateron optical switches, and I would recommend them as long as you know you like one of their switches as choice is limited.

As always, you can refer to our switch chart for full comparisons.

The Gateron Optical Blues in the AK61 deliver in the clicky department, they don’t feel too different from standard blue switches.

AK61 - Stabilizers

The stabilizers on the AK61 leave a lot to be desired, the stabilizers show a decent amount of wobble and general looseness and that results in chattery keys. 

All of this noise is made worse by the echoey case, definitely a top contender for some foam inside the case. 

PBT and Dye Sublimated Keycaps with a Unique Profile

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The keycaps on the AK61 are made of PBT plastic with dye-sublimated legends, the caps will resist shiny wear and the legends should be pretty durable against rubbing off.

The profile of the keycaps are unique, instead of a standard OEM or Cherry profile, the AK61 caps have a GK profile, which is basically an XDA profile. The XDA keycap shape is quite different from a standard OEM and Cherry, it’s a lot flatter and curved/sculpted. Typing into an XDA keyboard is definitely an adjustment, I felt like I was mistyping because the surface area of every key is just so much bigger than what I’m used to. Drop has an excellent detail on XDA keycaps. 

60% Design

AK61 - Front

The Epomaker AK61 has a simple 60% design, meaning it has no F keys, arrow keys or numpad. The 60% layout is great for gamers who want to keep a small foot print and optimize space for their mouse. 

There’s no specific flourish or design element that makes the AK61 unique, it’s just a competent by the numbers case. There are no colour variations for the AK61, it comes in one colour, white with the black and white keyaps. 

AK61 - USB Port

The top of the keyboard features an easy to access USB-C port on the left-hand side. Compatibility should be perfect with any USB-C cable of your choice. 

AK61 - Side

The Epomaker AK61 has a simple bevel on the side of the case to raise the keyboard to a standard typing angle. 

AK61 - Under

4 rubber feet corner the back of the case, no adjustable height settings here.  

AK61 - Profile

Good Build quality

Despite the keyboard being an all plastic construction and only weighing 768 grams, the keyboard feels solid. There’s minimal creaking and flexing when I treat it badly.

The stabilizers are another story though, they’re not installed firmly and I would be worried about these stabilizers getting even more rattley over time, after market lubing definitely recommended.

Versions of the AK61

There are two versions of the AK61. 

AK61

The AK61 is the standard wired USB-C version of the keyboard

AK61S

The AK61S has wireless Bluetooth 5.1 capability as well as wired USB-C.

Both versions have the same access to switch types.

Epomaker Ak61 Software and Documentation

There are a couple of onboard functions for the AK61:

  • FN+E toggles the keyboard between Windows and MACmapping, this moves the command or windows key to the proper spot on the keyboard
  • Press FN+R, R white light will turn on, and then you are in onboard layer-3 to customize your keyboard; press FN+R again to back to normal keyboard
  • Press FN+W, W white light will turn on, and then you are in onboard layer-1 to customize your keyboard; press FN+W again to back to normal keyboard

Warranty & Reliability

If you get the keyboard from EpoMaker the Akko 30 comes with a 12 month warranty, as per the manual.

Tech Specs

Epomaker AK61

  • Length: 29.2 cm / 11.50 inches
  • Width: 10.4 cm / 4.09 inches
  • Height: 4.5 cm / 1.77 inches
  • Case: High profile, Plastic Case
  • Weight:  768 grams
  • Keys: 60 keys
  • Cable: 2m detachable USB Type-C

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: Gateron Optical Black, Gateron Optical Blue, Gateron Optical Brown, Gateron Optical Green, Gateron Optical Red, Gateron Optical Yellow
  • Keycap material: PBT
  • Keycap legends: Dye Sublimated
  • Keycap profile: GK1 Profile
  • Media keys: Under function layer
  • Backlight: Full RGB
  • Software: No

Conclusion

The Epomaker AK61 has a great form factor and good switch options going for it at a very reasonable budget prices. At $65 USD for the wired and $75 for the wireless, it costs more than the Royal Kludge, for me, the price difference for the optical switches is not justified.  

Get this keyboard if you’re looking for a budget 60% and you definitely know you want optical Gateron switches and you know you like the XDA profile.

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Akko 3084 Silent Review – 75% Wireless https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/akko-3084-silent?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=akko-3084-silent-review-75-wireless https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/akko-3084-silent#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2021 04:35:44 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8376 The Akko 3084 Silent is a good looking keyboard with some unfortunate functional flaws.

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Review unit provided by Epomaker

Akko is a brand name that I was familiar with through their collaborations with Ducky, so I was very pleased to get to try Akko’s own 3084 board. From what I can see, the Akko 3084 focuses a lot of its attention on design and looks, the Akko 3084 Silent comes with two sets of coloured keycaps to replace some of the mods.

On top of that, the Akko 3084 comes in 3 other colour ways to really help you achieve your aesthetic

The keyboard fundamentals are only okay on this keyboard, the stabilizers are quite rattley, and the functions of the keyboard aren’t printed anywhere on the PBT keycaps.

The wireless works great, and the unique Gateron switches are decent, if you’re looking for aesthetic in a 75% keyboard with wireless connectivity, this one just might be for you. For everyone else that doesn’t really put that much weight into looks, the Keychron K2 adds hot swappable functionality, with better stabs for a lower price. 

75% wireless

Epomaker Akko 3064

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

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Pros

  • Unique switch options
  • PBT dye sub key caps
  • Bluetooth 5.0 and USB-C Connectivity

Cons

  • Bad stabilizers
  • No side legends for function keys
  • Inconvenient power switch

What’s in the box

AKKO 3084 - In the box

Akko packs a good amount of extras in with the 3084: 

  • Extra purple keycaps: PBT dye sublimated caps with 6u space bar, arrow keys, insert key, enter key, vertical enter key and a logo key.
  • Extra blue keycaps: PBT dye sublimated caps with 6u space bar, arrow keys, insert key, enter key, vertical enter key and a logo key.
  • Wire keycap puller
  • USB-C cable

Switches & Stabilizers: Mixed Bag

The Akko 3084 has three uncommon switch options, all from Gateron:

  • Gateron Pink: a linear switch with a 65 gram actuation point, think of them as a heavier Cherry Black
  • Gateron Green: a clicky switch with a 65 gram actuation point, a stiffer blue
  • Gateron Orange: a tactile switch with 55 gram actuation point, a stiffer Cherry Brown

As always, you can refer to our switch chart for full comparisons.

The Gateron pinks that I got with the Akko 3084 are decent, they’re of average smoothness with consistent travel. They’re not as smooth as Gateron Yellows, Ink Blacks or Tealios, a clear notch below. 

For people not used to the weight of the switch, the Gateron Pink might prove to be a little fatiguing for longer gaming sessions, I didn’t have an issue. 

AKKO 3084 - Stabilizers

Stabilizers help your larger keys stay consistent and even on top of your switch, it helps your keycap from rattling and shaking.

The factory lubed stabilizers on the Akko 3084 Silent are definitely lacking, they’re quite loose and rattley. They’re also a decent amount inconsistent from key to key. Unfortunately, when I lazily pulled the space bar key cap, I also pulled out the center column of the stabilizer itself.

PBT and Dye Sublimated Keycaps

AKKO 3084 - Keycap

The keycaps on the 3084 are solid, but nothing special, PBT, OEM and dye-subliminated. I prefer PBT keycaps for their resistance against shining and general durability. The key caps are average thickness on the underside.

AKKO 3084 - Keycap underside

The Silent in the 3084 Silent name is regarding the colour way of the keycaps, the off-white and gray colour combination. The Akko 3084 comes in a couple of other colour combinations.

  • 9009: Pastel Green and Red
  • World Tour Tokyo: Pink
  • Ocean Star: Blue

One thing that is completely missing from the keycaps is the function labels, they’re not side printed like on a lot of other keyboards so you’ll have to rely on memory to know which function combos do what.

Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless

The Akko 3084 Silent also sports a BT 5.0 wireless chip. The connection I’ve had so far with the Akko is solid without many issues. 

You can game with the keyboard in wireless mode, but there is an amount of input lag in Bluetooth mode, so I wouldn’t recommend it for competitive gaming. 

Battery life is really good with backlight off, up to 90 hours on the 1800 mAh battery, but that life goes down to 12 with backlight on, I would definitely recommend turning off backlight.

Streamlined design choices

AKKO 3084 - Front

The Akko 3084 is a medium profile keyboard with an ABS plastic case.

The Akko looks like it was intentionally designed to be as compact as possible on the desk. The 75% keyboard layout is great for people who want to save two columns worth of width from a TKL, but don’t want to give up on the function keys with a 65%. 

On the front lip of the case you’ll find the Akko logo as the only branding on the keyboard.

AKKO 3084 - USB-C

The top of the keyboard features an easy to access USB-C port on the left-hand side.

AKKO 3084 - Side high feet

The Akko 3084 supports 3 angles for typing, the feet on the back of the case are sturdy, with rubber tips to prevent the keyboard from sliding around. 

AKKO 3084 - High feet

The colour of the case is a cream colour reminiscent of old computer plastic from the 80s, I dig the look! The other variations of the Akko have different case colours as well, pink for the Tokyo Tour version and white for the 9009.

AKKO 3084 - Stabilizers

The status LEDs are tucked neatly into the top right edge of the case frame, I like that they’re not taking up precious real estate but if you rely on these LEDs, do note that the keycaps might block your view of them.

AKKO 3084 - Under

The back of the keyboard features a flip switch to turn on your keyboard if you’re using it in wireless Bluetooth mode, kind of an inconvenient place if you ask me. 

Build quality

Very minimal flex and no creaking at all coming out of the Akko 3084, the keyboard is as solidly built as a plastic keyboard could be weighing in at 790 grams. 

There’s a minor amount of deck flex occuring, but nothing that would be concerning. 

Akko 3084 Software and Documentation

The Akko 3084 doesn’t have or require extra software to function. 

It’s kind of difficult to find the Akko manual, for some reason the Epomaker site doesn’t have it included. I’ve attached it here: Akko 3084 Manual.

The Akko 3084 Silent has a handful of function shortcuts that aren’t labelled on the keyboard. Here are some of the most important ones.

To enter bluetooth pairing mode press FN + TAB.

FN + E/R/T lets you select from the 3 connection profiles.

There’s a power switch on the back of the keyboard to conserve battery life, but the Akko 3084 will turn sleep after 10 minutes.

FN + ~ resets the keyboard and its bluetooth pairings. 

FN + < or > to increase and decrease the volume

FN + M to mute

FN + F6 to play/pause

FN + F7 to go previous track

FN + F8 to go next track

FN + Win to lock windows key

FN + Del to cycle backlight modes

FN + up or down to brighten and dim backligh

 

Warranty & Reliability

If you get the keyboard from EpoMaker the Akko 30 comes with a 12 month warranty, as per the manual.

Tech Specs

Akko 3084 Silence

  • Length: 31.5 cm / 12.4inches
  • Width: 12.7 cm / 5.12 inches
  • Height: 4.2 cm / 1.38 inches
  • Case: High profile, Plastic Case
  • Weight:  760 grams
  • Keys: 84 keys
  • Cable: 2m detachable USB Type-C
  • RGB: No, white backlight

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: Gateron Pink, Orange & Green 
  • Keycap material: PBT
  • Keycap legends: Dye Sublimated
  • Keycap profile: OEM Profile
  • Media keys: No
  • Backlight: White RGB
  • Software: No

Conclusion

The Akko 3084 has a unique set of features and designs, 75% keyboards are quite rare and even fewer of them are wireless. The keyboard, in particular the silent variation, has some unique switch options that are hard to come by and the extras provided allow you to put together quite a looker of a keyboard. 

But, it’s hard to over look some of the flaws of the 3084, the lack of side printed caps to indicate functions and the wobbly stabilizers.

Unfortunately, the Keychron K2 also packs the same combination of 75%, wireless and it adds on the ability to hotswap as well, making it a clear winner in that direct comparison.

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Durgod Taurus K320 Review – Rock Solid https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/durgod-taurus-k320?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=durgod-taurus-k320-review-rock-solid https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/durgod-taurus-k320#respond Sat, 30 Jan 2021 15:35:34 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8309 The Durgod Taurus K320 has great stabilizers, great switch options and solid build quality.

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Durgod is steadily building their reputation for high-quality keyboards, the Durgod Taurus K320 TKL and all its variants are some of the best tenkeyless keyboards you can buy out of the box. 

Only the Ducky One 2 TKL outclasses the keyboard in its category, the Taurus K320 has a solid build quality, great switch options and provides an excellent typing with the only shortcomings being a recessed USB port and a lack of customization via software.

Get this keyboard if you know you want a specific Cherry switch and want the best typing experience you can get for the dollar. 

The best overall 65%

Durgod Taurus K320 TKL

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

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Solidly built with a good weight
  • USB-C port
  • Great Cherry switch options
  • Pre-lubed and smooth stabs
  • Doubleshot PBT Cherry profile keycaps
  • Multiple backlight options

Cons

  • On the higher end of pricing
  • Recessed USB-C port incompatible with some cable
  • No official warranty from Durgod

What’s in the box

Durgod Taurus - Box

Durgod doesn’t skimp on the extras, a wire keycap puller, USB-A and USB-C cables, a velcro table tie, sticker and manual are included with the Durgod Taurus K320.

Switches & Stabilizers

Unlike the Durgod Hades 68, the Taurus only has Cherry MX switch options. Luckily, the Cherry options go beyond the standard ones usually seen:

  • Cherry Black
  • Cherry Blue
  • Cherry Brown
  • Cherry Clear
  • Cherry Red
  • Cherry Silent Black
  • Cherry Silent red
  • Cherry Speed Silver
  • Cherry White

My favourite Cherry switches are, Black for Linear and Clears for tactile. 

Durgod Taurus - Stabs

Like the Hades, the Taurus stabilizers are generously lubed and produce an excellent, rattle free typing experience. 

Keycaps

Durgod Taurus - Long Keycap Back

Another strength here for the Taurus K320, the keycaps are double-shot PBT with an OEM profile. The walls of the caps are 1.3mm thickness, they’re rock solid.

Durgod Taurus - Long keycap

The legends are crisp and clean, with an attractive sans-serif font. The modifiers have an icon and text label.

 

Design & Size

Durgod Taurus - Angle

The Durgos Taurus has a traditional TKL design, no gimmicks, just clean lines, solid build and a good typing experience. There are several variations of the Taurus:

  • White: the base keyboard in white
  • Cream White: A warmer version of the white
  • Space Gray: The unit I’m reviewing here, has the most switch options
  • Black: 
  • Corona: White backlight
  • Nebula: Full RGB
  • Nebula S: Updated Nebula, also full RGB

Durgod Taurus - High feet

The case is plastic ABS with high-profile sides. There are two feet angles with extra rubber pads for a flat profile.

Durgod Taurus - Low Feet Legs

The feet are sturdy, with a tacky rubber tip ensuring your keyboard doesn’t slide around if you get a little too rowdy. 

Durgod Taurus - USB port

The USB-C port at the top of the keyboard is quite recessed, it provides a secure fit with the included USB cables with its plastic prongs. The flip side is that some standard and custom USB-C cables might have trouble fitting into the recess.

Durgod Taurus - Angle 2

The front lip of the keyboard features the Durgod logo. There are 4 indicator lights just above the arrow cluster.

Build quality

At 908 grams, the Durgod Taurus K320 is solid, its metal plate adds a lot of rigidity. I was unable to produce any creaking or flexing despite its ABS plastic construction. 

Software & Settings

You can download the Zeus Engine Software for the Durgod Taurus K320 here.

Durgod Taurus - Software Main

Unfortunately, the Taurus doesn’t use the excellent Hera compiler used for the Hades. The Zeus Engine is the software responsible for making customizations to the K320 and it does a solid job. 

Durgod Taurus - Software Keyboard Profile

The Taurus K320 can store up to 4 profiles onboard, with the ability to re-map a key to quick toggle between profiles as necessary.

Durgod Tautus - Key Remapper

Key mapping is easy, just click on the key you would like to change and select from options in a pop up menu. 

Durgod Taurus - Macro Editor

Macro recording is intuitive, with editable delays and sequencing done in one view. 

Warranty & Reliability

There’s no official word of warranty for the Durgod Taurus K320

Tech Specs

Durgod Taurus K320

  • Length: 35.5 cm (13.97 inches)
  • Width: 13 cm (5.11 inches)
  • Height: 2.7 cm (1.06 inches)
  • Case: High profile, ABS plastic
  • Weight:  908 grams
  • Keys:  87 keys
  • Cable: 2m detachable USB Type-C

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: Cherry
  • Keycap material: PBT
  • Keycap legends: Double shot
  • Keycap profile: Cherry Profile
  • Media keys: In FN layer, reprogrammable
  • Backlight: None
  • Software: Durgod Zeus Engine

Conclusion

The Durgod Taurus K320 is one of the best TKL keyboards I’ve reviewed out of the box. It has great switch options, solid build quality and some of the best stabs out of the box I’ve experienced. You also have an array of configuration options, with choices on case colour and backlighting.

There aren’t many downsides for this keyboard at its mid range price, the USB-C port is quite recessed in the board meaning some custom or aftermarket USB-C cables might not fit. The software is a step down from the Hades 68, not allowing for as much customization. 

If you know you like Cherry MX switches, then getting a Durgod ensures you pair your switches with a solid keyboard with great stabs. The Ducky One 2 TKL is a very strong alternative with more switch options, better RGB and just as good stabilizers. 

The best overall 65%

Durgod Taurus K320 TKL

A rock solid TKL keyboard with great switch options.

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Niz Plum X87 EC – Affordable Electro Capacitive https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/niz-plum-x87-ec?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=niz-plum-x87-ec-affordable-electro-capacitive https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/niz-plum-x87-ec#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2020 21:35:54 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8211 The NiZ Plum X87 EC is a great electro-capacitive keyboard.

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I’m happy to see more electro-capacitive switch keyboards available and even happier to see that the NiZ Plum X87 EC delivers a strong overall package that EC fans will definitely appreciate.

For people who haven’t yet appreciated the rubber dome experience, I’d suggest to keep this keyboard in mind as an alternative to your main mechanical options, make sure you try an electro-capacitive keyboard before taking the plunge.

Great feeling EC switches

Niz Plum X87 EC

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

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Pros

  • Electro-capacitive switches feel great
  • High quality double shot PBT keycaps
  • Some of the best stabs out of the box
  • 3-level adjustable actuation point
  • Quiet and smooth sounding

Cons

  • Feet are a little weak
  • Build quality is only average

Unboxing

Niz Plum X87 EC - UnboxingThe NiZ Plum X87 comes with a USB-C cable, a wire keycap puller, supplementary 10 gram springs and extra sliders.

Switches & Stabilizers

The NiZ Plum x87 EC features 35 gram electro-capacitive switches. For those not familiar, EC switches are *gasp* rubber dome switches, but really good rubber dome switches. While the switches are not as purely crispy as pure mechanical tactiles, the EC switches in the Plum offer a pleasant tactile experience with a satisfying thock on bottom out, they have a similar sensation to silent switches with a softer bottom out, but not to that extent.

Niz Plum X87 EC - Switch and Stabs

The stabilized keys use something that’s reminiscent of a costar wire stabilizer. They’re some of the absolute out of the box stabs I’ve experienced and come pre-lubed, but they are a giant pain in the butt to swap key caps with.

By pressing Fn+F9 on the keyboard, you can swap between three levels of actuation points, allowing you to quickly swap to a more responsive gaming mode and a deeper typing mode. A very nice feature.

The typing and gaming experience on the NiZ Plum X87 EC is excellent, it’s a light, responsive switch that holds up in gaming, it’s definitely not for everyone however, this isn’t a switch I would recommend to someone coming from a plain old rubber dome keyboard. If you think you like the sounds of a lightly tactile, and a quieter and softer typing experience, then give EC switches a shot.

Keycaps

Niz Plum X87 EC - Big keycap front

These are really well made keycaps, the NiZ Plum comes with PBT doubleshot keycaps in an OEM profile. The legends are clean and easily legible, with the caps having a softly textured top.

Niz Plum X87 EC - Big cap back

The cap is about 1.4 mm thick, average.

Niz Plum X87 EC - Keycap front

The legends on the keycaps are clean, really attractive sans-serif font with icon/text labels on shift and tab keys.

Niz Plum X87 EC - Keycaps

The side printed labels are pad-printed, they’re clear and easy to read at a glance.

Design & Size

Niz Plum X87 EC - Profile 2

The NiZ Plum X87 EC is a minimal affair, clean lines and a clean cream white colour define the keyboard. The keycaps sport a cream and grey motif that gives it a more unique look than just plainly white. Overall, I quite like the design of the keyboard, it would easily fit into any office environment, both by looks and sound.

There are 3 functional versions of the NiZ Plum X87:

  • EC(S) – the model we’re reviewing, base model
  • EC(BLE) – includes wireless bluetooth
  • EC (BLE/RGB) – includes bluetooth and RGB backlighting

Niz Plum X87 EC - Flat feet

The case is two piece plastic, with the full weight of the case coming in at 790 grams. It is by no means a hefty board considering its size, with a lot of room inside the keyboard case, it could benefit acoustically by adding some foam inside the case.

Niz Plum X87 EC- Back

On the back of the case you’ll find 4 rubber feet for flat keyboard usage, two levels of flip up feet, and a cable channel for the included detachable USB-C Cable.

Niz Plum X87 EC - Feet

The flip up feel sturdy but in usage, my keyboard wobbles a bit when pushing the keyboard forward, meaning that the feet are folding with light pressure.

Build quality

The build quality is average, which is a little disappointing considering the keyboards price point. The keyboard does have some deck flex, which adds to the bounciness of the typing experience. When picked up and twisted, I was able to flex the keyboard quite a bit and produce creaking in multiple areas. I have no concerns about durability of the NiZ Plum X87, but a tank it is not.

It’s looking like you’ll have to sacrifice some build quality to get electro-capacitive switches.

Software & Settings

Documentation and software details are quite scarce for the NiZ Plum X87 EC, I had some trouble locating proper english documentation and software, something to be aware of if you plan on customizing your keyboard.

I was able to find a Google Drive with accompanying documentation and software, but it would be much appreciated if NiZ could provide official links on their website.

Google Drive Link

Software

Manual

NiZ Plum X87 EC - Software

The software for the X87EC is pretty barebones but it allows you to adjust all the important settings in a keyboard.

  • Remapping top layer and function layer
    • Macro
    • Mouse function
    • Multimedia
    • Keyboard functions
  • Record macros
  • Import/Export settings

NiZ Plum X87 EC - Software Set Key

The key mapping, while a little clunky, works as expected. You can’t re-map any of the top layer to another key, but you can remap any function layer key.

There are also a handful of keyboard function key combinations to be aware of, you can set the actuation point of the keyboard from low/medium/high by pressing Fn + F9. The indicator lights on the top right of the keyboard will flash 1/2/3 times to indicate the level you’ve chosen respectively.

Holding Fn+Left Alt will switch the keyboard between Windows and Mac mapping, moving the OS key to left alt position left of the space bar.

Holding Fn + Windows key will turn on game mode and disable the windows key.

Holding the Fn + LCtril key will swap left control with the caps lock key to enable the happy hacker style layout.

On bluetooth models, pressing Fn + Insert will switch between wired mode and bluetooth mode, with Fn + (Home/Del/End) switching between 3 different device connections.

Warranty & Reliability

If you get the keyboard from EpoMaker the NiZ Plum X87 comes with a 12 month warranty.

Tech Specs

Niz Plum X87 EC

  • Length: 36 cm / 14.1732 inches
  • Width: 13 cm / 5.11811 inches
  • Height: 3.5 cm / 1.37795 inches
  • Case: High profile, Plastic Case
  • Weight:  790 grams
  • Keys: 87 keys
  • Cable: 2m detachable USB Type-C
  • RGB: Yes, full

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: 35g and 45g electro-capacitive
  • Keycap material: PBT
  • Keycap legends: Double shot
  • Keycap profile: OEM Profile
  • Media keys: In FN layer, re-programmable
  • Backlight: Full RGB on RGB model
  • Software: Yes?

Conclusion

Make no mistake, the NiZ Plum X87 EC offers a great typing and gaming experience, for people looking to try out EC switches. For anyone who doesn’t or can’t yet appreciate the premium rubber dome experience, they’re going to be better off shelling this kind of money for a mechanical switch keyboard with better overall build quality and software support.

For people looking for a more affordable Topre option, you’re in luck, the NiZ Plum X87 is a very competent EC keyboard, at a significantly more affordable price than Happy Hacker boards.

Great feeling EC switches

Niz Plum X87 EC

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

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Durgod Hades 68 Review – The best 65% https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/durgod-hades-68?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=durgod-hades-68-the-best-65 https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-keyboard/reviews/durgod-hades-68#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 00:58:50 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=7966 The Durgod Hades 68 is the best 65% keyboard on the market.

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Durgod has quietly built an incredible lineup of keyboards that offer great quality and value for the price. The Hades 68 might be their very best offering and is, in my opinion, the best 65% keyboard you can get right now.

The Durgod Hades 68 hits it out of the park on the fundamentals. Great switch options, including rare options like Gateron Yellow and Kailh Box Jades, fantastic lubed switches, PBT doubleshot Cherry profile keycaps and superb keymapping functionality make the Hades 68 unrivalled at its price point from a typing and gaming point of view.

It is our pick for best 65% keyboard, knocking the Ducky One 2 SF off the top spot by adding software customization while matching it from a typing experience standpoint.

The best overall 65%

Durgod Hades 68

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

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Solidly built with a good weight
  • USB-C port
  • Great switch options including Gateron Yellow and Kailh Box switches
  • Multi layer per-key mapping
  • Per-key RGB lighting
  • Doubleshot PBT Cherry profile keycaps

Cons

  • On the higher end of pricing
  • Recessed USB-C port incompatible with some cables
  • Slightly harder to find replacement caps due to keycap sizes

Unboxing

Durgod Hades - Box

Durgod doesn’t skimp on the extras, with a fabric coaster, two USB-C cables (A to C and C to C), some Durgod stickers and a nice wire key cap puller.

Switches & Stabilizers

The sheer switch selection of the Durgod Hades 68 set its quite far apart from other mainstream keyboards. The Hades 68 can come with the following switches:

  • Cherry: Black, Blue, Brown, Red, Speed Silver, Silent Red
  • Kailh Box: Box Jade, Box red
  • Gateron: Black, Blue, Silent Brown, Red, Yellow

Gateron Yellows are a standout switch, they’re super smooth with a great weight, I would highly recommend the Gat Yellows if you’re a linear fan.

The switches on my Hades 68 had a slight wobble, but nothing too drastic.

Durgod Hades - Stabs

The pre-lubed stabilizers are some of the best I’ve experienced out of the box. In combination with the linear Gateron Yellow, the stabilizers sound and feel great.

Keycaps

Durgod Hades - Long keycap

The Hades 68 have probably the best keycaps out of the box of any mass made keyboard. The keycaps are double shot PBT, in a cherry profile. We talk about keycap profiles in the Everything you need to know about keyboards post, Cherry profile caps sit sculpted caps that sit a little lower than OEM with a smaller face, they’re my favourite profile.

Durgod Hades - Long keycap back

The cap is about 1.4 mm thick, average. The double shot plastic allows for even and clean RGB to shine through the cap, without compromising on wear and tear of the label.

Durgod Hades - Keycap

The legends on the keycaps are clean, really attractive sans-serif font with icon/text labels on shift and tab keys.

Durgod Hades - Top down side

The side printed labels are pad-printed, they’re clear and easy to read at a glance.

Design & Size

Durgod Hades - Angle 2

Clean is the one word I would use to describe the Durgod Hades 68, especially in white. The Durgod Hades 68 case features straight lines and clean surfaces on the sides. The colour of the white case has a little warm cream in the tone compared to the stark white PBT caps. The only other option for the Hades 68 is a traditional black case with black keycaps, I prefer how vibrant and clean the white version looks.

Durgod Hades - Right Side

The case is streamlined single piece, with no height adjustments on the feet, it’s a high profile case is made of aluminum.

Durgod Hades - Back

On the back of the case, you’ll find 4 rubber strip feet, and a steel plate with Hades branding. The default angle of the keyboard is plenty comfortable, I did not miss the adjustable feet. The cases weight and rubber feet did a good job of keeping the keyboard in place.

Durgod Hades - Top

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

Durgod Hades - USB-C Port

The USB-C port is rather recessed, it might have issues with third party cables, some of my own cables worked fine, but USB-C cables with a larger

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.

Build quality

At 808 grams, with full aluminum construction, the Hades 68 is rock-solid. No flex or creaking to be seen anywhere, the keyboard is very well-built.

The keyboard is satisfyingly hefty as well, it feels firm on the table when typing.

Backlighting

Backlighting is smooth and vibrant on the white Durgod Hades. There aren’t a lot of modes but the modes the keyboard does have are high quality and visually satisfying.

Software & Settings

The Hera Compiler is incredibly powerful in setting up custom keycaps, it’s right up there in flexibility with QMK and ObinsKit, it’s really great.

You can download the Hera Compiler for the Hades 68 here: https://hk-gaming.com/pages/download

Durgod Hades - Software Main Screen

Along the top you’ll find 4 tabs, default, fn1, fn2, fn1+fn2, each one of these tabs represent a programmable layer that can be remapped to essentially any other key.

Durgod Hades - Software Layer

Here’s my preferred fn1 setup, I use caps lock as an FN1 key, all my commonly used key presses are easily accessible with my left hand

Durgod Hades - Remap

You can remap keys to be blank, a keystroke, pre-recorded macro, multimedia keys, multimedia functions and much more.

Durgod Hades - Download Settings

Once you have a keymapping you like, you just press download to set the keymapping on the keyboard.

Durgod Hades - Macro Editor

The macro editor is straight forward, hit the record button to start logging key presses, afterwards, you can edit the order and key press delays, save it, and give it a name.

Durgod Hades - Lighting

Durgod Hades - Lighting Editor

There are 5 key RGB modes:

  • Radar
  • Wave
  • Breath
  • Ripple
  • Custom

You can edit the particular gradient of each RGB mode and direction.

Warranty & Reliability

There’s no official word of warranty that I can find online.

Tech Specs

Durgod Hades 68

  • Length: 31 cm / 12.2047 inches
  • Width: 10.6 cm / 4.173228 inches
  • Height: 2.8 cm / 1.10236 inches
  • Case: High profile, Aluminum case
  • Weight:  808 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: Cherry Profile
  • Media keys: In FN layer, reprogrammable
  • Backlight: Full RGB
  • Software: Durgod Hera Compiler

Conclusion

The Durgod Hades is the best 65% keyboard you can get right now. The keyboard is simply a dream to game and type on, it has great switch options, fantastic stabilizers, a solid build quality, and super customizable software, not to mention a ton of nice extras.

You should heavily consider this keyboard if you’re in the market for anything smaller than TKL size, the Hades 68 can cover most bases pretty well, with a few exceptions. If you know you dislike Cherry profile keycaps, look elswhere. This keyboard doesn’t have hot swap or wireless so you’re out of luck if that’s part of your requirement list.

Durgod has created the best 65% keyboard with its latest updates to its software and PBT keycaps.

Durgod Hades 68

The best value wireless 60% keyboard.

See Price on Amazon

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Redragon M808 Storm Review – Heavy holes https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/redragon-m808?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=redragon-m808-storm-review-heavy-holes https://thegamingsetup.com/gaming-mouse/reviews/redragon-m808#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2020 02:40:27 +0000 https://thegamingsetup.com/?p=8095 The Redragon M808 is suprisingly heavy for an ultralight.

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Redragon has entered the ultralight space with a ultra-budget $38 mouse that does some things well, but falls short in some crucal areas. 

The M808 is a large ergo mouse with the ultralight aesthetics, but without the actual ultralight benefit, weighing in at 87 grams.

While the M808 competes with its low price point, there are some superb mice that are $5-$10 more that completely outclass this mouse.

For someone who’s looking to save every dollar, the M808 is a competent mouse with a good sensor, decent clicks and a great cable, as long as you’re okay with its narrow shape and other quirks.

Kinda heavy with holes

Redragon M808 Storm

Redragon’s ultralight mouse

See Price on Amazon

Pros

  • Good sensor
  • Great braided cable
  • Buttons are solid
  • 2 year warranty
  • Excellent build quality

Cons

  • Heavy despite the holes
  • Awkward narrow shape with high bump
  • Coating can run warm

Shape, Size & Feel

The M808 is a right-handed ergonomic mouse with deeper than average grooves compared to the other ergonomic shapes I’ve tried. Compared to other ergo shapes, the M808 is a bit of a weird one, compared to the Model D or G703, the proportions of the mouse are narrow and shorter. The front of the mouse is quite low, while the hump is high in the middle, the shape has quite the sharp hump in the middle.

Redragon M808 - Back

The right side of the mouse is also curved inwards, while other ergonomic mice curve outwards to accommodate a resting spot for your ring and pinky fingers. The right side inward curve creates a very narrow and bumpy feel in hand.

Redragon M808 - Right side

This shape seems best suited for palm and palm only, the length of the mouse might cause some issues for fingertip or claw grips. 

The sides of the mouse have a plastic hexagonal pattern, I have no issues with the pattern itself being uncomfortable, nor do I have any issues gripping and lifting the mouse.

The holes do not cause any discomfort, no rough edges or hot spots. 

Design

Redragon M808 - Profile

The M808 sports 3 total led areas, one of each side and then one on the scroll wheel. Despite all the holes, the Redragon M808 weighs in at 85 grams. 

The design is pretty standard and straightforward, there’s nothing unique to note, just a solid, simple design. 

The coating on the mouse is different on the top and sides. The top of the mouse has a matte coating, while the sides of the mouse have a grippier glossy coating. The glossy coating makes the mouse a lot easier to pick up, but the mouse does run warm for a sweatier gamer like myself. 

Build Quality

Redragon M808 - Horizntal

Build quality is rock solid, when there’s no flex or creak in any part of the mouse. The scroll wheel is solidly in place with no wobbling.

I have no concerns with the build quality of the mouse.

Buttons

Redragon M808 - Right side on table

The Huano buttons in the Redragon M808 produce a satisfying click, not that most tactile feeling but definitely crisp and not at all busy.

Pre and post-travel are about standard on the primary buttons. The huge issue with these buttons are the aggressive comfort grooves on the surface of the button, they’re overly deep, it sorted forced me to place my fingers in that curve, not a fan of their comfort grooves. 

Redragon M808 - Left Side

You’ll find a standard pair of side buttons on the left side of the mouse, the front side button has a rubber texture for easy location with your thumb. The click on the side buttons is a little mushy with a good amount of pre-travel, given that this is a budget mouse, I don’t expect the best side button clicks and these are serviceable.

Redragon M808 - Design

There’s a lot to like and to dislike about the scroll wheel. The middle click is solid and tactile, but the scroll has steps that are so light, they might as well not even be there. Scrolling on the wheel feels haphazard, like I’m not sure how far I’m going when I use the scroll wheel.

The 3 extra buttons on the top left you cycle up or down DPI, with the third for cycling through LED effects.

Cable

Redragon M808 - Cable

The cable on the M808 is medium weave braided cable, and it’s quite good. It’s flexible, and it seems durable. I had no issues with the cable getting in the way of gaming. 

Feet & Underside

Redragon M808 - Bottom

The bottom of the mouse sports more hex holes and two thin feet strips. There’s nothing of note here, the feet are serviceable, they’re not super glidey, but there’s nothing really wrong with them, no scratchy edges or anything of the sort. 

Sensor & Performance

The M808 packs a PAW3327, a budget sensor with flawless performance. The 3327 has pretty raw input, no acceleration, jittering or prediction. The sensor can track from 100 to 12,400 DPI with polling rates of 125, 250, 500, 1000.

Software

Software the M808 is basic and gets the job done. You can download the software here: https://www.redragonshop.com/products/storm-m808

Redragon M808 - Lighting

The Redragon M808 sports 7 LED modes with control over brightness and speed. The modes are:

  • Breathing
  • Rainbow
  • Full Lighted
  • Wave
  • Go without trace
  • Reactive
  • Flash
  • Off

Redragon M808 - Button Map

You can remap all buttons on the M808 to the following functions: 

  • Left click
  • Right click
  • Middle click
  • Forward
  • Back
  • Basic
  • Windows
  • Advance
  • Media
  • DPI
  • Mode
  • Polling Rate
  • Macro Manager
  • LED switch
  • Turn button off

Basic includes functions like copy and paste, while advance contains options such as key combinations.

Redragon M808 - DPI

The DPI on the sensor goes as low as 200 to a max of 12400 DPI in 100 step increments. Here, you can set up to 5 DPI steps, as well as the report rate. Since this is a wired mouse, there’s no real reason not to set the reporting rate to 1000 Hz.

Redragon M808 - Macro

The macro mode is straightforward, hit record and the software will log all key presses in sequential order, the software does not log delays between presses, they must be inserted manually. 

Warranty & Reliability

All Redragon products purchased from the official store come with a 2-year warranty. https://www.redragonshop.com/pages/warranty

Conclusion & Recommendation

The value of the mouse is what I think I would expect for such a low budget. The M808 will not deliver the absolute best gaming experience, but it will do a decent job. 

For someone looking for light mice, I’d say move on, despite the holes, the M808 oddly weighs quite a bit. If you can spare it, make the upgrade choice to the Model D, a major improvement over the M808 in essentially all ways.

For just a little more money, you can get a much better mouse, the Viper Mini and MM710 are better overall packages, the M808 will not make our best under $50 list

Kinda heavy with holes

Redragon M808 Storm

Redragon’s ultralight mouse

See Price on Amazon

Tech Specs

Dimensions

  • Length: 12.68 cm / 4.99 inches
  • Width: 65.5 cm / 2.58 inches
  • Height: 4.1 cm / 1.61 inches
  • Weight: 87g
  • Shape: Ambidextrous
  • Cable Length: Braided, 1.8 metres

Specs

  • Sensor:  Pixart PAW3327
  • Buttons: Huano
  • Polling Rates (Hz): 125, 250, 500, 1000
  • DPI:  100 to 12,400
  • Buttons: 5  + 3 DPI switchers
  • Software: Redragon
  • RGB: 3 spots, 1 zone
  • Connectivity: Wired USB

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