Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
We must have been living under a rock for some time, as before we were asked to write this review, we had very little knowledge of 1stPlayer. We had seen the multitudes of posts on social media with a select few products, but other than that, we had no idea that they made so many products.
Since their inception in 2010, 1stPlayer has come up with a full assortment of gear for the masses, which includes power supplies, mice and pads, CPU coolers, cases, and even audio. With that all being said, what we have learned from researching many of the product they offer, is that 1stPlayer does this with their mindset on affordability first, which is something many in the PC community appreciate.
The reason we are all here is based on their latest keyboard to hit the market. While one may assume that with a budget-friendly solution something has to be removed to make this sort of thing possible; it doesn't. It appears that all features are considered and implemented, as well as something we have only ever had our hands-on one other time. The product comes with full RGB support.
Software for the utmost in control, it has dedicated multimedia keys, it is an exposed switch design for easy cleaning and a greater view of the LED lighting, and yet, is still able to come forward with what they call CIY switches, assuming it stands for Change It Yourself, as the switches are removable and replaceable. At any price point, the 1stPlayer keyboard we have in hand seems like quite the beast with a full feature set.
For 1stPlayer, the Bullet Hunter series crosses lines to various peripherals and other products, so that one could build around that name, and have quite a few products designed to go together. With that being said, the name of the mechanical keyboard we have is strange. We have the 1stPlayer Bullet Hunter MK6 mechanical gaming keyboard, which by itself isn't that odd, but it alludes to previous models, which we do not see any hint of models with lower numbers on the interwebs. Either way, we can appreciate what 1stPlayer is doing for the market, keeping investment cost low, while still delivering a product that can hold up to many, way more expensive solutions, and not feel like a complete piece of garbage.
The Bullet Hunter MK6 is a mechanical gaming keyboard with one of the simplest specifications charts we have seen. In the chart, we are shown that this is from the Bullet Hunter family, and specifically, this model is the MK6. Using a USB interface, the 104 + 5 key layout offers RGB LED lighting, which can be controlled with software. The MK6 is 438mm wide, it is 136mm front to back, stands 36mm at the back, and weighs in at around one kilogram. The last thing we are shown is what environments the keyboard will function in, which goes back to Windows XP and even includes MAC support.
What 1stPlayer leaves out is a much longer list. The Mk6 is designed with an exposed switch setup, and the top plate is aluminum, with a slightly textured finish. Outemu makes the switches used, and while in this instance are blue switches, they are also removable from the keyboard. On the other end of the switches are the keycaps, which are double-shot caps, rather than painted.
The +5 keys. Mentioned earlier, are the multimedia keys, but technically one of the "keys" is a roller-bar for volume. Connectivity is done over USB, but there is no mention of the gold-plated connector, nor of the black braided material used to cover the cable. There is mention of software control for the RGB LEDs, but that brings up two other points. One of which is that the lighting can be adjusted from the keyboard with the use of the Function key and a combination of other buttons. Secondly, there is the fact that the software offers more than just lighting control, even if found in some poorly thought out software.
When it comes to the cost of what the 1stPlayer Bullet Hunter MK6 requires, this is where eyebrows raise and eyes bulge. We looked around to see that not only is the MK6 affordable, but it can also be found in a few locations as well. The highest price we saw was on eBay, where the MK6 is listed as high as $76.95, but that is still a deal for what you get. We also found the keyboard on AliExpress, where it is more affordable at $62.49.
However, if you want the best deal possible, you should look to Amazon to grab this keyboard. It is there where we found the Bullet Hunter MK6 for the measly sum of $59.99. Considering all that the MK6 delivers, that price is astounding. Even though we will be looking over the Bullet Hunter MK6 with a fine-toothed comb, with such little investment required, it makes it harder to pick apart.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime X299 Deluxe - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i9 7920X - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3600MHz 32GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid SLI - Buy from Amazon
- Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB - Buy from Amazon
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos C700P - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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