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GALAX XANOVA Magnetar RGB XK700 Mechanical Keyboard Review

  1. About the XANOVA Magnetar XK700…
  2. Keyboard and Utility Impressions
  3. End-User Experience and Conclusion
  4. Online Purchase Links
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Disclosure: The Magnetar RGB XK700 keyboard is loaned by XANOVA, a peripheral sub-brand for GALAX.

The unit that I’ve been provided with is a pre-retail unit and the reps have notified that the problems shouldn’t exist in the retail variants. XANOVA assured that they will loan me the retail version of the keyboard to make the necessary alterations in this review. Therefore consider the cons as ‘face value’ until we make the changes. 

About the XANOVA Magnetar XK700…

XANOVA is a peripheral sub-brand for GALAX. This is the XANOVA Magnetar XK700 mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switch offerings. This is a full-set keyboard with the usual RGB offerings and a volume rocker buttons. As said in the earlier review, the peripheral market is overcrowded but it also seems to sell through whatever space any brands can get. Even with GALAX’s branding, XANOVA needs to stand out on its own, something that certain brand new offerings from established PC component makers were not able to establish. Remember when G Skills tried its hand with peripherals?

First, we need to know: How good is the Magnetar?

Packaging and Contents

The XANOVA Magnetar RGB comes in a thicc box. The packaging is missing an instruction manual and maybe a cover over the keyboard (or its meant not to have any). You get memory foam with rubber base with the keyboard.

In the back of the box, notice that there’s a typo- ‘weist’ instead of ‘wrist’.

Specification/ Features

Outlook Color Silver – Grey
Panel Material Aluminum
Switches Cherry MX
Key 107
Layout English (US)
Key Cap Color Black
Key Cap Type ABS
LED illuminated Yes
LED Color 16.8m color RGB
Input 1x USB 2.0 (Support 2.0/1.0)
N-Key Rollover Yes
OS Support Windows 7 32 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac OS 10.0-10.9
Programmable keys (Macro) Yes (With Software)
Dimensions (Keyboard) 465.8(L)mm*127.7(W)mm*44.5(H)mm
Dimensions (Palm rest) 447(L)mm*68(W)mm*19.8(H)mm
Weight (Keyboard) 938g
Weight (Palm rest) 80g
Product Code XK714C3RGABK2BBRG
EAN 4895147130071

This keyboard with the wrist rest shares similar weight as the Masterkeys Pro L. The Pro L has a metal frame internally to reinforce itself from bending in the mid-section, typically happening with full-size keyboards with pop-out feet.  The keyboard doesn’t seem to have visible gaming nomenclature anywhere (atleast visibly). The design and the integration of the grey/matte finish black colour combination are welcoming to the eyes.

Design Overview

XANOVA Magnetar RGB is Cherry MX only mechanical keyboards. Its a full-size keyboard with a soft wrist rest made of memory foam, fixed cable and RGB backlit effects with floating key design. The base of the keyboard is aluminum with branding on the ‘winged’ side skirts (typical aftermarket parts for cars) with rounded edges around the Z-Axis.

I am not sure why do we have fixed cables on mechanical keyboards, but to be fair the only full-sized Cherry MX keyboard to have removable cable is the Masterkeys Pro L. The cable has a paracord.

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