While we have not yet had the privilege to have a look at a keyboard from Sentey, we have had the chance to see both a mouse and headset from them. What we have seen so far is that Sentey is really on top of their game, and delivers products with a user experience in its unveiling that not too many other companies can accomplish. When a Sentey product arrives, and gets to the unboxing phase, once you get through layer after layer of outer packaging, you arrive at a fancy internal black box that opens with magnets and a pull tab.
As the excitement builds, you find one more layer to go through, as every Sentey product we have received so far has come with its own travel case as well. Once the case is unzipped, not only do you find a very well protected product awaiting you inside, but there are typically quite a few accessories added into the package as well, just to be sure they don't leave anything to chance.
With this design, they are offering a professional level of keyboard that is very gamer oriented; it features things like Windows lockout functionality, multimedia and profile keys, and even software to take full advantage of this 104 key layout with the ability to establish Macros and basic command functions through the keys as well. So, if the air of Sentey rings true, not only are we going to get all of the bells and whistles as far as packaging and accessories are concerned, but this backlit mechanical keyboard will carry all the currently available bells and whistles too.
With quite a few mechanical keyboards under our reviewer's belt at this point, we have a good idea of what to expect. However, since this is our first keyboard from Sentey, we have taken their product and software on a maiden voyage as we spent some time with this keyboard. Considering we have had this keyboard on the desk for a few weeks now, and have a few reviews already tucked away with the help of the Crimson Pro, we find it is high time to bring forth our findings.
The Crimson Pro from Sentey is based on Cherry MX black switches, and offers full NKRO over a PS2 adapter, but still offers six-key rollover support via USB 2.0. The layout offers 104 keys in the standard U.S. layout, and the keycaps are all laser engraved to extend the life of the legends on each cap. Across the F-keys there are multimedia buttons; almost all keys are reprogrammable to set one of the ten available Macro slots, and to keep you in the game on the go. The Crimson Pro also offers 128kb of onboard memory to keep your settings in the keyboard. Each of the keys is also red LED backlit with four levels of brightness. Along with a pair of USB ports and audio jacks, we get the Windows lockout button, and the software offers five profiles, each capable of holding ten Macros like we mentioned earlier.
As for what this keyboard looks like, well, it comes with a matte black finish and is 17.5 inches from left to right, 5.7 inches from front to back, and stands one inch thick at the back. Next to the USB and audio hub, there is 1.8 meters of high strength braided cabling permanently attached to the Crimson Pro. This cable then terminates with a gold plated USB 2.0 connection, and a pair of gold plated stereo jacks for the headphones and microphone jacks to get their signals as well. The only things left to cover is that the Crimson pro weighs in at just under three pounds, and comes with a two-year warranty against any defects or issues due to poor workmanship.
Finding the Crimson Pro from Sentey isn't something that can be done just anywhere. Most places, while offering stock of some of their older designs, just do not yet show stock of this new model, but we were able to locate it at Amazon. There we found the pricing to be right at $150. Considering what we have seen included with Sentey products prior to this, and what this keyboard offers in its specifications, as long as the packaging and accessories are to the caliber we expect, we find this pricing to be very reasonable. Providing that we come through to the end with no major issues, we think a lot of mechanical keyboard users may gravitate to this sort of a product rather than the plain Jane models we see on the market at similar pricing.
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