Typing in the Dark - IntroductionIntroductionEver been a victim of late-night typos? It's 7:00PM and you can see the back of your hand better than your keyboard; you hastily type 'go go go!' to your teammates in a vicious game of Counter-Strike, but it unintentionally comes out as 'ho ho ho' - there's an uncomplicated solution to your crisis. The answer has been around for quite some time actually, but we have yet to see a comparison of this solution. It is, if you haven't already guessed, illuminated keyboards. There are numerous ways one could go about illuminating their keyboard: perhaps modding one (voiding a warrantee), by ramming two thin cold cathodes behind your keys...Or, possibly painting all your keys with UV-reactive marker and strapping a UV light-emitter on your forehead. Let's just keep it simple, shall we?Tonight we'll be looking at the market's two most popular illuminated keyboards: Auravision's eluminX (kindly donated by eXcaliberPC.com) along with Zippy's EL-610 (kindly donated by Directron.com).
Typing in the Dark - The ArtilleryThe ArtilleryOur first victim, with quite a bit of publicity behind it, is Auravision's eluminX Illuminated keyboard. Putting aside its glowing aspect, it is one of the most beautiful and sleek keyboards I have used in a very long time.
Typing in the Dark - A Closer LookAuravison's eluminXWhen I initially laid my eyes on Auravision's eluminX, I instantaneously was taken over by the 'wow' effect. The eluminX emulates a polished look and feel, from the clear keys to the smooth and edge-less design of the keyboard.
Typing in the Dark - A Closer Look ContinuedZippy's EL-610Upon receiving the Zippy EL-610, I immediately took a few pictures and then opened the package. Once again, I was met with the 'wow' effect, but this time for another reason...The EL-610 is nearly half the size of the eluminX!While the EL-610 is stylish and sleek-looking, it feels a great deal cheaper than the eluminX.
Typing in the Dark - Keyboards to the TestKeyboards to the TestBoth the eluminX and the EL-610 do a great job at what you're paying for. The Zippy operates using a noticeably brighter backlight than the eluminX - which makes you wonder just how long it will last for. The eluminX, on the other hand, has a mild and subtle glow to it - making the light easier on your eyes.
Typing in the Dark - ConclusionConclusionMidnight gaming has finally become a little easier. Both products we tested tonight properly demonstrate their advertised uses, and meet the requirements we set out.As previously mentioned, the Zippy EL-610 is tiny and unsuitable for anyone with large fingers or who are visually impaired. Another one of the EL-610's noticeable faults is its keys weak responses. The sole uses I see for this product are: as a mobile external keyboard for a laptop or small form factor computer, or for someone who really needs a helpful light at night whilst typing. Although the EL-610 has a brighter backlight than the eluminX, we do not understand the need for such a strong illumination.On the other hand, we have Auravision's eluminX - a sleek and beautifully crafted keyboard. It makes a perfect desktop keyboard replacement, and includes the benefit of a strong backlight and very responsive keys; perfect for gaming during the night or day.The EL-610 runs for around $35 USD while the eluminX will set you back a hefty, but worthwhile, $69 USD. While the price for the EL-610 is considerably lower than that of the eluminX, it is still a hefty cost for a standard keyboard. Auravision's set price of their eluminX isn't exactly a small setback either, but it is definitely passable and will more than pay off in the long run; a true 24/7 keyboard for all purposes.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:25 pm CDT
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