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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nixeus MODA Mechanical Keyboard Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Are you a gamer who is rough on your keyboards? Nixeus recently released a keyboard meant for the hardcore gamer that I got to play with for a brief time. I've used replacement keyboards in the past and they always felt cheap. With the $79.99 one from Nixeus ($64.99 w/ free shipping from Amazon), is it worth the added cost? If you're not looking for a cheap alternative that won't last long, you'll do well with the Nixeus one.

I probably learned more about keyboards than I ever thought reviewing this. I was wondering what the big deal is with them openly touting their brown keyswitches made by Kailh. Brown keyswitches provide a shorter actuation distance w/ a soft tactile feedback (when compared to red, black, and a few other color keyswitches). Apparently, they are based off the popular Cherry MX keyswitch patent. Since the patent recently expired, others are designing keyswitches off it, and this keyboard takes advantage of that.
Since the keyboard comes with a keycap puller and eight blue replacement keycaps, you can easily see the keyswitches. The replacement keycaps aren't for just any keys as they have laser engraved WASD letters and arrows on them. Not the easiest to see in low light, but are fine for most circumstances. It also comes with a nice and six foot long USB 2.0 cable to plug into your system.
The keyboard is sized at 14"x7"x2" (or 355x177x50 mm), which fits nicely in front of most monitors or on your lap. Very compact and easy to pack up to take with you. Notice no numeric keypad there, too. It does have dedicated volume keys though, so no extra function key to press. It is rated for 50 million keystrokes per switch and comes with a three year warranty, so should last through many late night marathon gaming sessions with no problems.

I tested the keyboard out through both a typing tutorial and just playing some games. The blue keys helped me locate the keys more easily and I noticed the keys seemed to be softer to the touch than my usual keyboard. Apparently they are rated at 45g actuation versus 60g for some other keyboards. Thus, you don't have to press quite so hard, causing less fatigue over longer sessions.

If you're looking for a sturdy keyboard for under $100 that will survive some hard usage, the Nixeus MODA shouldn't disappoint. I'll be sad to return as I kinda was getting used to the feel.

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  1. I like that the keyboard comes with a foot long USB 2.0 cable and this makes it easy to find the exact key in the exact location. Is this going to be added to a giveaway or is this already being given away?