After activating the game mode as not to return to the desktop during a session of DOOM accidentally, we got right into the fast-paced action. We are fans of the blue Cherry MX switches, so the click of each press does not bother us in the slightest, but it may not be for everyone, as many prefer silence when gaming.
The anti-ghosting and NKRO is active at any time, as is the 1000Hz polling rate, which makes even the slightest movement possible, even if you are still mashing the keys for Glory Kills or trying to bring up the chainsaw. Everything you do on the keyboard registers, and even while these switches require more force, we found gaming in DOOM to be a breeze.
When it came to our time with Overwatch, we find a lot of the things which made DOOM fun still ringing true in this game as well. With smaller maps and tighter movements needed in some maps, we again found the ALLOY FPS sufficient for speedy and smooth movements.
We also like the custom LED mode for this as well. With many keys not being used in the typical FPS games, we set that profile to highlight the extra keys so that they are much easier to find in the heat of battle.
Windows and Productivity
As far as the switches are concerned, there was no break in period for us to get used to these, as we regularly default to a keyboard sporting Cherry MX blue switches. When it comes to web surfing and answering emails, we did find the page up and page down buttons handy to quickly scroll a page here and there.
After a bit of writing, however, we did find things which our gaming did not show nearly as much. With the use of a thin steel top plate, we found two things stemming from this. First, there is a noticeable vibration associated with the ALLOY FPS, and as a writer, this can get annoying and even lead to numbness in the fingertips.
The second thing we noticed is that this board has torsional flex. While that is not that big of a deal, since many do not try to flex the keyboard, a lot of other do not do this. We did notice the flex when lifting the keyboard with just one hand, and since I type on my lap most of the time, the flex showed up a bit more with my style of usage.
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