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Glorious PC Gaming Race Modular Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Keyboard Design and Overview

This keyboard is a tenkeyless floating keys design with 6KRO and NKRO support switch function keys. Why would anyone anybody switch between 6KRO and NKRO??? The LOCK indicators have a very subtle, by having pin-hole LED indicators above the direction keys. The first indicator is for the CAPS lock and second is for the Windows Lock function.

Just like the Havit low-profile mechanical keyboard, the plate is aluminium with matte-finish sandblasted black colour to match with a classy aesthetics going with the metal finish trim and round-corners. Unlike the Havit KB-390L, these are full-size mechanical switch keyboards.

Main Feature

The main feature of this keyboard is the swappable switches. The idea is to give the freedom to its users to swap with other switches or allow to replace one if it goes bad for any reason. This gives the ability to the users to try out new key switches, provided they’re compatible pins. The one I have is the Gateron brown switches. Finding modular switches is not a problem as Cherry, Kailh and Gateron manufacture modular switches. This is great for those who want to ascend as a mechanical keyboard enthusiast but wouldn’t be too comfortable going the DIY way by desoldering and resoldering new switches. These are plug-and-play. You can detach them using the switch puller. Gently use the prongs of the puller to unclamp and pull the switches out. To put any other switches, you’ simply insert it until its clamped on the base.

The 90-degree right side routing adapter is also a neat little attachment. Many users (especially FPS/Third-party action) who play with an angle would find this useful and the connector jacket wouldn’t be forced to bend. Its primary purpose, however, is useful for those who hot-swap regularly as it stays on the keyboard.

Keycap Font Design

Most fonts are clear and bold, which some have that stencil finish such as R, D and B keys. Media and other function (except the lock symbol on the windows keycap) are printed and hence the respective symbols don’t share the LED backlit.

Pop-Out Feet

 

Underbelly Area

The underbelly area has a nice design as it has a little elevation divided by a curve. Obviously, you’ll notice the keycap puller first which is hidden away in plain sight until you flip the keyboard over. The pop-feet has a rubber strip hidden underneath it when retracted.

The upper keyboard feet (above the pop-out feet) does not have any rubber grips which is unfortunate. If you need one, you’ll need to use the pop-out feet. It has a fair amount of grip over wooden and glass surface.

Keycap and Switches Type

Except for the Ascend keycap, all are ABS double-shot injection keycaps which ensure to have a very long life and no chance of letters to fade away as there are dual layers. One for the keycap and another for the lettering.

The switches provided in this keyboard are the Gateron brown. This is the first keyboard I am testing with the Gateron switches. The Gateron switches have a very firm stem and its wobbliness within the housing is pretty similar to Cherry MX brown which is easily its rival. These are cherry MX keycap compatible switches and therefore you can buy any aftermarket keycaps should you desire.

On-the-fly features

There are media keys, 6Key/Nkey rollover switches and lighting controls. These keys function do note share the backlit effect which is unfortunate. Some keys are not probably not possible to have a clear backlit bleed-through, like the LED effect function keys. The Fn keys usage is straightforward. There’s only one function switch for brightness, so you’ll need to holding Fn+ BRIGHTNESS+ pressing UP/DOWN keys to set your design level. When you hit the max and disable backlit, both the lock LEDs will blink. Holding the Fn+ RGB+ pressing LEFT/RIGHT keys changes the speed of the RGB effect’s speed depending on the effect you’ve selected.

Illumination Impression

Including ‘off’ option, there are five brightness level and four RGB effects speed. There’s really nothing to say more about RGB effect on anything except- they’re really colourful. But the keyboard does give the option to select individual lighting effects. I wish the white backlit was brighter. But on the bright side, the white LED effect didn’t have any tint effect to it.

The illumination is well done. Like certain keyboards, the housing is transparent, therefore having a flat/SMD LED per switch on the PCB. Therefore the lighting goes through the housing and the keycaps. This way, the lighting is spread underneath the keycaps fairly evenly.

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