To be honest, we are torn. On the one hand, Mionix has made some extraordinarily attractive solutions to adding some color to your life with a new mechanical keyboard. On the other hand, single shot keycaps that are molded a solid color do not let the light through, which is a huge selling feature of this keyboard. There is no denying that the Ice Cream, French Fries, and Frosting models do look amazing, but it is the basic Black version that has won us over. Yes, we do love the colors, yes we would use them if somewhere where more people would see it, but for our daily grind, is the painted keycaps with exposed legends that wins hands down. We do wish that the colored keycaps would have had the same potential as what the black caps do, but they would likely have been painted caps, or double-shot caps, and they would cost much more too. All in all, Mionix has a good keyboard to be used, but it is not for the beginner, and if you want vibrant colors, the LED lighting will take a back seat.
The software is minimal, but that is fine by us. We like all of the features offered in the software, whether it be key controls or LED lighting, but the one thing that needs work is the Macro system. While similar to recording on-the-fly, there are times when mistakes will be made, and editing a Macro is far easier than to start over, which is the only option available at this time. The lack of feet is a bit of a disappointment to us as well. Not everyone needs them, but the extended front edge will leave a crease in your palms after using it a while, and stress on the wrist is also a concern after many hours have passed. In our opinion, to get the most out of the Wei, you should also pick up a Long Pad, which in turn increases the price, even if just slightly. We also know that some people out there would also like switch choices, and at this time, that does not seem like a possibility either. We get using red switches for gaming keyboards, but what about those in production, or typists, who tend to find stiffer solutions a better option?
We do not dislike the Wei, in fact, we applaud Mionix for giving the masses a choice in colors, without the need to order a completely custom set of caps. It can get expensive and can be confusing to people new to the scene when it comes to buying the proper set for the layout. Whereas Mionix has done all the work for you, and they are affordable. At the same time, we find some things lacking. The RGB LEDs with solid color dyed caps, aside from the under glow, almost negates the benefits of RGB LEDs in the first place. The lack of feet is trivial, as Mionix does offer a solution, although it will cost you more money to use it. If you do not mind the lack of feet and don't want to spend a lot, go for the Mionix Wei Black, while ordinary in looks, it is the best way to take advantage of all of the features offered. To go this route, all it will take is $159, but we do advise you to buy the $15 Long pad as well.
At this point is where we start to run into problems too. $174 is a lot to ask of the Wei, as it does not bring everything to the table that others do for less money. Secondly, if you do want to go bold with color choice, that will set you back another $39 on top of everything else. As much as we love this Mionix Wei Ice Cream for stepping outside of the box, it is almost as is Mionix got ahead of themselves, and by trimming the fat, they lost some of the essential bits in the process.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||75%|
The Bottom Line: While we love the initial appeal of the Wei in its various flavors, only the black model delivers all of the features as they are intended! Mionix Hub software could have more depth, and the overall cost to get the keyboard and the accessories will take it out of reach of many.
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- Page 2 [Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation]
- Page 3 [Mionix Wei Ice Cream Mechanical Gaming Keyboard]
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