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EpicGear DeFiant Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Apr 23, 2016 5:50 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: EpicGear

DeFiant Mechanical Keyboard

 

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From the left end of the DeFiant, we see a rounded lower frame section, with an alloy top that extends past the base on all sides. The switches are exposed in this design, and currently, as it sits flat on the table, the key caps are angled just slightly forward.

 

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The first look at the main section of the DeFiant shows that EpicGear used an unusual font for this design. What they do not indicate is that along with the function key, keypad numbers 1 through 9 along with the F11 and F12 perform various modes and programmability. Also, the standard 1 through 4 along with Function, swaps through the various profiles.

 

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To control some of the multimedia functionality, the F5 through F8 keys are made for this. Here you are given a play/pause button, the stop button, and ones for the previous track and next track.

 

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The F11 has a "W2" inside of a Superman shield and is used for per-key LED programmability. The F12 shows a lighting icon and is used to select the four levels of LED intensity.

 

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The command keys, arrows, and the number pad all offer what we expect. Not a lot of dual functionality, except you can use the number pad for arrow command as well.

 

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Pressing and holding the Function key, along with the Page Up button, will set the keyboard into NKRO support. If for some reason you prefer to use 6-Key RollOver support, the Page Down button affords you that option.

 

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The standard locks are offered in a solid red bar. For each of the Numbers, Caps, or scroll locks, when active an LED is illuminated here. There is also a scroll wheel for volume, which also can be pressed inward, which mutes any sound coming from the PC.

 

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Extending the feet under the DeFiant readjusts the key caps on top so that all of the rows of keys are angled towards the user. Outside of that, we still see the larger alloy top panel above a rounded lower frame section.

 

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Under the DeFiant, we find the name EpicGear is pressed into the lower section, and there are five smaller feet to support it. We also see notches along the front, which we can only assume are to support an optional palm rest.

 

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The flip out feet is standard on the DeFiant. They are made from plastic, flip out to the back of the keyboard, and offer a rubber pad to ensure grip on the desk is not lost.

 

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Depending on the lighting, the accent color is either bright pink, or bright orange, but we do like the braided pattern that covers the 1.8 meters of cable. There is no inline choke on the cable, but we do see that the cable terminates in a USB 2.0 connection, which is gold plated.

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