On its own, the DeFiant from EpicGear is a solid mechanical keyboard that functions very well. We are glad we opted for the purple switches, as they do remind us of a switch somewhere between a Cherry MX blue and green switch. The gray switches are tough to press as well, and the orange switches reminded us more of a red switch from other makers. The extended top plate makes it easy to grab the DeFiant and move it around, and the bright accent along the back and in the cabling, along with the intense white LEDs under each switch make for an attractive look. We are not that fond of the futuristic font used, but it isn't so crazy that we could not get used to it.
We found the anti-ghosting to work as intended, and the NKRO support is where we found a home most of the time. The 6-key rollover was just not fast enough to keep up with our demands typing and tended to miss a key stroke here or there. What sets this DeFiant apart from many of the other keyboards out there though is the ton of optional bits that EpicGear is planning to provide. Not only are there the cool EG MMS switches that are simple to swap out, but by the looks of things, there are going to be multi-colored top covers, a palm rest, a number pad, and possibly even more that you can add to the DeFiant to customize this design even further than the software allows for.
Speaking of the software, even though there are only three tabs to work with, the suite offers everything you will need to set the various profiles, remap and assign LEDs, and even offers a top notch Macro Manager to allow users to spam any game till their heart is content. Offering four profiles helps to simplify life as well, as you can set them to a game, or even modify them to suit you better for photo editing, video editing, or even daily word processing. The sky is the limit here.
Standing alone, the DeFiant is a unique design, which nobody else has sent to us for testing before. We love the idea of simplicity in the way the EG MMS works, so if you feel you want to change certain keys you can, and if a switch dies, you simply click in another one, and off you go. Just with this in mind, the $89.99 pricing is very fair for what the DeFiant can do. Even though we are not yet sure of the cost when it comes to all of the optional parts, it is hard to knock EpicGear for the effort made with this design. It seems they have thought of everything and have taken a lot of the skills needed to modify the standard keyboard away. This allows even the most basic mechanical keyboard user a chance to step up their game and have a DeFiant that is set up exactly to your specific needs and desires.
There aren't many on the market that even consider most of this, and as far as we know, there are none that makes swapping switches this easy. EpicGear has a trendsetting design on their hands, and when this keyboard does hit the shelves, we feel a lot of people are going to want to get their hands-on one.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||100%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: EpicGear's DeFiant is a mechanical keyboard that will turn the market upside down! For little cost, you can get the keyboard, and as long as plan pans out, the optional gear and EG MMS switch design makes this the most customizable keyboard, out of the box, that we have ever seen.
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