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Sound BlasterX Vanguard KO8 Mechanical Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Feb 21, 2017 4:52 pm
TweakTown Rating: 76%Manufacturer: Sound Blaster

Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation

 

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The majority of the front panel on the exterior packaging is used to display an image of the keyboard inside, with the RGB backlighting in full display. On the left edge, we see the company and product names, while at the right are mentions of the pro customized Omron switches, the Aurora Reactive RGB lighting with 16.8 million colors, and a nod to Creative at the bottom.

 

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On this longer side of the box, we omitted the specifications since we already covered them in detail, so we shifted down to the right end. Shown here are a keyboard, wrist rest, and a book denoting what is inside. We also see the minimum specifications to run the Vanguard, along with legal and company information.

 

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The skinny ends of the box require the box to be oriented vertically to read them correctly. At the top is the company name, with most of the panel used to show off the colors and mention the Aurora Reactive RGB lighting. They discuss what is possible, and via an image at the bottom, show off the per-key capabilities.

 

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The second longer side of the box is used to display the naming in a large text. The only thing you do not see in this image are notations of where to find them on social media and display the hashtag #GAMERSFORLIFE.

 

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The last of the side panels discusses the switches and features. There are 70 million clicks, and they require 45 grams of force to the actuation point. To break through the tactile bump, it needs 55 grams of force, and to compress the Omron fully take 80 grams of pressure. Each switch is cross-point attached to the PCB to eliminate failure, and there is the notation of the odd 26-key Rollover support.

 

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The back of the box offers another large image of the Vanguard. On the left side, we see nine features listed, and there are corresponding numbers found on the image to show what each is discussing. On the right end of the panel, we find a description as well as a force graph which shows us force requirement and travel distances.

 

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Inside of the box, we find the keyboard wrapped in plastic to protect it from the cardboard rubbing against it. The paperwork is under the keyboard at this time, but the wrist rest and the cable can be found tucked into the back cardboard section.

 

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The wrist rest is made of plastic to match the frame of the keyboard, and it is slightly textured. The SoundBlasterX name is molded into the center of it, and at the back edge, two sets of clips will lock this into the front of the keyboard.

 

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Three cards come with the keyboard, the first two covering the logo and image of the keyboard, while the third is a list of features and where to find them. The two at the bottom, they inform you about the safety guidelines, company information, and what is covered by the one-year warranty.

 

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Turning over the three cards, we find more information on the last one, as it shows how to connect it and where to grab the drivers and software. The first two cards welcome you to the Sound BlasterX family, and that this keyboard is made to get the job done.

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