Inside the Mionix Wei
With the Ice Cream model, we are given single shot keycaps in the light blue plastic, has darker blue printing, and uses standard Cherry MX stems for support. French Fries caps are yellow with what looks like brown painted legends, and Frosting caps are pink with red. The only keycaps which allow light through them are the default black caps, as they are molded in opaque plastic, and then painted black, leaving the legends unpainted.
All flavors of the Wei use the same base, which is the black plastic and gray aluminum top plate. This also holds true for the switches, as, at this time, the Wei is only available with Cherry MX Red switches. The LEDs are not exposed, they are internal, and the larger switches uses stems connected to the torsion bars for support.
To get inside of the Wei, you have to remove many keycaps and find the seventeen screws which anchor the aluminum plate to the plastic frame and holds the keyboard together pretty darn solidly too.
Even without a ton of features listed on the box, once the software is involved, there are many things which can be addressed, and to coordinate all of the customizations, Mionix chose the MCU from NXP. This is the LPC11U35F, which is an ARM Cortex-M0 32-bit controller. More than enough to control this keyboard.
Any random spot would do for this image, and we see three things right away. First, the PCB is black, not that you can see it, but we like the look. Second, there is dust all the way down to the guts of the Wei. Lastly, we see a lot of residue from the soldering process, and while the solder points are made well, we do feel a bit more time cleaning is needed.
Believe it or not, with many of the flavors of the Wei, when it is time for the LED lights to dance, you do not get much of a show. The colored keycaps block most of the light shining up through the caps, and all you can see, is the under glow, and even that requires a darkened room. The default Black model is much better when it comes to lighting aesthetics.
Since the Wei comes without extendable feet under the keyboard, the only way to lessen stresses caused by the odd keycap angles is to raise your hands. That is why we used the Long Pad exclusively for this, and the squishy yet firm foam allows your wrists to stay comfortable while improving your angle of attack.
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- Page 3 [Mionix Wei Ice Cream Mechanical Gaming Keyboard]
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