DOOM & PUBG
As with any keyboard, when it comes to gaming, it is mostly about movement and weapons switching, maybe even casting a spell or two too. What we noticed immediately was the lack of noise coming from the keyboard.
Also keep in mind that the Cherry XM Speed switches are some of the softest switches out there, and with no tactile bump to help stop the shortened travel, it is easy to rest your hands and start to move around.
The unintended key pressing does lessen over time, but not mashing the keys does take longer. Used to the typical switch travel, we did tend to bottom out all of the time in the beginning, but our hand adjusted since, and we are floating though FPS titles with near effortless ease now.
Being able to swap profiles and set up lighting displays for any game is also a plus. You can layout the keyboard in multiple colors, or illuminate the ones you use, and you can even color match the keyboard to the game if so inclined.
Windows and Productivity
It took us about three to four days before getting proficient with the X1 RGB, as we are used to using keyboards with tougher springs in the switches.
After the break-in period was over, we could feel an increase in speed to our typing, which is because when typing many words per minute, when you can eliminate forty percent of the time pushing switches, it does add up in the larger scope.
What we also find handy is being able to quickly open things like the Chrome homepage and not need to grab for the mouse, opening the file browser, and even accessing the calculator. All of which is handy will shorten productivity time, and with Macro capabilities, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
We do feel that we would have enjoyed the blue switch version of the X. RGB a tad more, but since using the ZX1 RGB more, we have grown accustomed to it, and rather like it too.
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