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Nanoxia Ncore Retro Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Mar 14, 2017 4:23 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Nanoxia

Inside the Ncore Retro Aluminum




All of the keycaps are relatively easy to remove, and we can see in this image that the plastic centers are textured, have the legends painted on, and each key has a plastic ring which is chrome in appearance, reflecting anything around it. As for the stems, they are the bigger H-style stems, but standard Cherry MX stems will work too.





Under the keycaps, we see three things. First, we see the switches used are Kailh White switches; tactile and clicky, but slightly softer that Blues in our opinion. The torsion bars are all hidden from view and make cap removal much easier. Third, each switch has an individual LED, but keep in mind the keycaps are not designed to allow light to pass through them.




It takes the removal of 13 screws to get inside of the Ncore Retro. Once apart, we find the PCB and switches attached to the aluminum top panel. The lower section is an extruded aluminum bottom, where the sides slide out of the frame to allow you to lift the PCB out of it.




Attention to even the finest detail is found on this keyboard. All of the solder points are done well without any mess. There is also no signs of flux left anywhere on this bright red PCB.




The MCU of choice for the Ncore Retro Aluminum mechanical keyboard is what we see in this image. Unfortunately, our Google-fu was weak, as we found nothing about the BYK-800 processor, and we can only guess from the numbers at the bottom, that this may be a 16-bit MCU.




With the Ncore Retro Aluminum all back in one piece, we powered it up and were greeted with a flood of white LEDs If you want to see the LEDs, you can look in from the back of the keyboard, but this light does not pass through the stock keycaps.




Rather than seeing the LED lighting through the keys like most gaming keyboards do, with the Ncore Retro Aluminum, you get many reflections of the LEDs visible on the chrome rings surrounding the keys. They are bright enough, to faintly make out what they are, in a dark room, and we also made sure to turn on the lock LEDs, which are shining blue at this time.

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