We are always up for something new, and when it came to Tesoro delivering the first optical switch keyboard we had ever tested, we were flattered that Bloody sought us out to show us where this technology stems from. By sending us the B820R to have a go at as our daily driver for a while now, it changes our perspective a bit on the previous submission. We would have to argue that Bloody does it better. Of course, there is not that much difference in who makes the switch, yet somehow Bloody can deliver an optical switch based keyboard that plainly feels better to use. Accounting for everything that the B820R is capable of doing for you, it is hard to pick out a keyboard or two that come close in features and abilities and rarely do we find them this affordable.
The optical switches may the way of the future. With the lack of anything bad about them, like corrosion, limited lifespan, or liquids affecting their functionality, we can see many users opting for this type of a keyboard over many of those using Cherry MX or Kailh switches. The simple fact of the matter is that Bloody did it first, and now we can see that they also knew what they were doing when it came to keyboards, and still are doing great things for gamers and typists alike. Once we accounted for all of the multi-functionality the software added in during our usage, not only were we typing faster but with some time tinkering, every day after assigning hotkeys and our preferred Macro list, we shortened every work day since. We also appreciated this keyboard in gaming as well, with springs heavy enough that a resting hand will not press keys, an audible click and a tactile feel, but more importantly, we nearly felt like we were running around maps all other characters could only walk. There are a responsiveness and quickness that can be felt as well as seen, and many gamers will have no qualms about taking advantage of this.
We appreciate Bloody looking out for us, and making sure the World knew that there was not only one maker of keyboards with optical switches on it. We fell that Bloody packs in the features and gives you a stunning product to look at as it glows while resting on your desk. In every aspect, even down to the extendable feet under the keyboard, Bloody took their time and did things right, allowing for users to have something they will appreciate for years to come.
Considering the Bloody B820R Light Strike RGB Animation Gaming Keyboard can be found for slightly less than $100, we see nothing stopping the masses from taking full advantage of that the keyboard offers, upping their gaming and productivity levels far beyond what users of other keyboards are capable of.
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- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: There is not one thing that the Bloody B820R Light Strike RGB Animation Gaming Keyboard lacks! In fact, with optical switches, a feature set that is hard to beat, all wrapped into a package that is attractive and quick to use, are all great reasons this keyboard is for you.
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United States: The B820 Light Strike Optical Gaming Keyboard (Smooth + Linear Press) - Brilliant Backlit RGB LED Lighting - 0.2ms Key Response, Floating Design [Light Strike RED] retails for $99.90 at Amazon.
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