X Plus VickyBoard
Accessible By Indiegogo
I really like a great keyboard, and whereas it may not make sense to many individuals, contemplating how that is my third keyboard evaluation on this web site. My expertise with mechanical keyboards goes approach, approach again, and I can say that issues have modified so much since I began utilizing a mechanical keyboard. I’ve used all kinds of keyboards in nearly all type elements, however when X-Plus reached out to me and requested if I might be desirous about reviewing their VickyBoard, I mentioned sure, primarily as a result of I used to be actually within the ergonomics of this keyboard.
The X-Plus VIckyBoard combines the perfect ergonomics, and high-end keyboard options right into a stellar, all-in-one package deal
The X-Plus VickyBoard isn’t your common mechanical keyboard. It’s a break up keyboard or, in different phrases, a cross-radial mechanical keyboard that takes a few of the most beloved options of a customized keyboard and provides them right into a keyboard that can go straightforward in your arms and can make sure that you don’t find yourself creating signs of Carpal Tunnel. So, how was my expertise with the keyboard? Let’s discuss it a bit.
Word: The evaluation was accomplished on a prototype unit. The ultimate unit may provide some extra variations.
Now, the X-Plus VickyBoard unit that I obtained was packaged inside an EVA case, or no less than what it regarded like. Contemplating how that is nonetheless a prototype, the longer term packaging may fluctuate, however actually, I want extra firms would begin doing that, as it will make it a breeze to journey along with your keyboard. Though the case may be very thick to be carried in a backpack, I assume this could not be the case with smaller keyboards. The case additionally had a switch-puler, a soft-braided cable for charging, and an instruction guide. Greater than sufficient to get you began.
X-Plus despatched me their clear variant of the VickyBoard with side-printed legends and translucent black keycaps, and the second I took it out of the field, my head was swarmed with a number of questions with the principle one being, “Okay, how do I kind on this?” And I’ve to say, it took me a great chunk of time earlier than I might lastly get my arms used to this keyboard, and even now, I can’t kind on it as quick as I can kind on my Akko MOD007B, however the one factor that I’ve realized immediately is that it does present higher ergonomics, particularly in case you are utilizing the keyboard for prolonged durations.
The keyboard is accessible in three swap varieties: Cherry MX Pink for a linear expertise, Khaki Field Brown for a tactile expertise, and Gateron Blue for a clicky and tactile expertise. The excellent news is that the keyboard does have a hot-swap PCB with a north-facing LED. The keyboard makes use of 3-pin mechanical switches, so you’ll be able to go forward and customise it to your coronary heart’s content material must you wish to go together with one thing else. Coming again to the ergonomics, nicely, it’ll take you a while earlier than you’re absolutely ready to make use of the keyboard with the identical proficiency as you’d an ordinary keyboard.
All the keyboard is made out of thick, clear, or coloured acrylic, relying on the colour selection you choose, and it feels strong within the hand. Nonetheless, the unit I obtained had some noticeable creaking, so that’s one factor that I want to level out. I really feel like this is a matter with the prototype, and the retail variants are going to don’t have any points like that. However contemplating how the whole keyboard is a strong chunk of acrylic, I might advise everybody to really watch out and never drop the keyboard as it could break simply, regardless of its heft.
The X-Plus VickyBoard is Bluetooth and wired by way of connectivity, and the entire means of connecting it to your units is so simple as it could get. Nonetheless, contemplating how Bluetooth isn’t all the time appropriate for gaming, I might extremely advise that you just play in wired mode. Relaxation assured, for typing, Bluetooth works simply positive with barely noticeable enter lag (solely in cases the place you’re typing actually quick). The blue switches do a superb job, and the RGB lighting will be turned on or off, relying in your desire. Talking of RGB, that is one thing that I’ve to handle. I’ve by no means shied away on the considered an excessive amount of RGB, however when my brother was biking by means of totally different lighting modes throughout the preliminary evaluation course of, I did take a look at some modes and notice that the X-Plus VickyBoard gives what I might contemplate the brightest RGB I’ve ever seen on any keyboard. Nearly to the purpose that it’s going to probably put a pressure in your eyes.
That is probably primarily due to the clear case and translucent keycaps that enable the sunshine to shine out brighter than earlier than and mainly spill all over the place it probably can. This may not look good for everybody, however in case you are a fan of the RGB craze, then the X-Plus VickyBoard is certainly one thing that you’re going to love.
I’ve used the X-Plus VickyBoard ever since I obtained it and alternated between this and my Akko MOD0007B PC. Each keyboards are fully totally different by way of ergonomics, however the one factor that I spotted with out losing loads of time is that I’m going to want months, if not weeks, to coach my arms to take a seat correctly on this manner issue. I made three different individuals use the identical keyboard to see if they’d be capable to kind with out making too many errors, they usually all bumped into the identical difficulty.
The entire evaluation was typed on the X-Plus VickyBoard, and it took me for much longer to kind, with much more errors within the course of. Nonetheless, my lack of ability to get used to this manner issue isn’t indicative of the expertise that’s offered by the keyboard. This manner issue is common for anybody who’s on the lookout for a extra comfy typing expertise, and I can see why. The keyboard is stacked with all of the superior options that fanatics would love, and I hope that the ultimate model of this keyboard has made some enhancements to the keyboard’s general end.
Would I personally shift to the X-Plus VickyBoard? I’m afraid, given my restricted time with it, I can’t decide in the meanwhile. If I spend extra time with it, nonetheless, I can see myself mastering this manner issue, and that’s maybe the one hurdle for me as a result of, aside from that, this keyboard gives every part that I usually search for in a high-end keyboard. If you want to again this mission, you’ll be able to try the Indiegogo right here. For extra data, right here is the official hyperlink.
- Appears out of this world
- Tremendous brilliant, north-Dealing with RGB LEDs
- QMK help
- Wired and wi-fi mode
- Sizzling swappable switches
- May be troublesome to regulate
- The acrylic can choose up scratches
- Restricted swap choices by default