Motospeed CK108 RGB Review – Gaming Keyboard Review
Motospeed CK108 RGB Review – Gaming Keyboard Review. We’re going to check out the Motospeed CK108 mechanical RGB keyboard from Gearbest. I’m also running a giveaway for two of these keyboards, so stick around to the end for details on that. Alright so full disclosure before we begin, this keyboard was sent over from Gearbest.com a few weeks ago. They’re a Chinese company, which is where Motospeed sell their products.
I chose this keyboard as it had a high rating on the website and I was interested to see what you’d get out of a $59 RGB mechanical keyboard. Inside the box we have the manual, a keycap remover, a wrist rest, and the keyboard itself. The keyboard weighs in at around 960g, and is 44cm in length, 14.8cm in width, and 3.4cm high. It’s a standard full size keyboard with numpad included. There’s nothing on the left, right, or front sides, while the top obviously has the keys.
The back only has the non removable cable which connects with a USB type A port. It’s plug and play and will start working straight away. The cable is 1.6m long with no braiding. The body of the keyboard is made out of black plastic with a brushed aluminum panel on top, which I think looks quite nice. For something I was always touching, no fingerprints actually showed up.
On the bottom there are four rubber feet which do a really good job at making sure the keyboard doesn’t move around while in use. Towards the back there are two extendable rubber feet which can be used to rise the back of the keyboard up slightly. The key caps are ABS, so they’re made of plastic and have the letters cut out to allow the lighting to shine through. Some of the keys like the function keys also have symbols printed on them, so I’d expect these to rub off over a longer period of time, and it’s also worth noting that you won’t see these in a dark room as the lighting will not shine through here.
I found the keycaps were mostly smooth to the touch with a subtle light grippy matte texture to them. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve found the keyboard comfortable to type with, the blue outemu switches are nice to press, clicky, but are fairly noisy. Here’s what it sounds like to type with. For comparison here’s what my Filco ninja keyboard with cherry brown switches sounds like. While this isn’t a perfect test hopefully it gives you at least some idea of what to expect.
This was my first experience using outemu switches rather than cherry switches and I was pretty impressed. I’ve read many accounts online of people actually preferring them to cherry switches, but in the end it’s all personal preference. The CK108 keyboard is also available with black outemu switches, so you can pick the ones that you prefer to type with. Keys can be removed with the included keycap remover, allowing you to clean the base of the keyboard or otherwise replace the keycaps.
I didn’t find the remover tool to work as well as others I’ve tried in the past, but it got the job done and it’s not like you’ll be doing it very often anyway. As mentioned the keyboard also comes with a wrist rest which is made out of a hard black plastic. It clips into the front of the keyboard and won’t fall out. I’m not personally a fan of keyboard wrist rests so I didn’t really use it, but it’s there if you want it.
There’s no mention of N-key rollover, it’s just noted that you can press multiple keys at once. Under testing I was able to press as many keys as possible and still have them all recognized though, so I can’t see that being an issue.
The function keys can be pressed in combination with the function button to perform the following actions, which worked well as quick shortcuts. Finally let’s take a look at the available lighting effects. These can be changed directly on the keyboard itself with no need for additional software by pressing the function key with any of these six keys three different times to cycle through all 18 different built in effects. The function key plus delete key will change between these three effects. The function key plus insert key will change between these three effects. The function key plus end key will change between these three effects. The function key plus hm key will change between these three effects. The function key plus pd key will change between these three effects. And finally the function key plus pu key will change between these three effects. The effects can then be further customized, for example the function key and left arrow key will reverse the direction of the effect.
The function key with the right arrow key will change the colour of the effect, while the function key with the up or down arrow key will change the brightness of the effect between 5 different levels and the function key with plus or minus keys will increase or decrease the speed of the effect respectively. You can also customly select the colour of each individual key by pressing function and the tilde key.
In this mode the tilde key will flash with the colour that acts as the colour you want to apply, for example we can see it’s showing a particular colour and if we select another key it will make that key this same colour. We can then press the function and right arrow key to change the colour of the tilde key, which we can then apply to selected keys. Once complete simply press function and tilde to save the changes.
Finally you can reset the keyboard to defaults if you make any mistakes by pressing function, escape, f1, f3, and f5. Although not mentioned in the manual, there is a driver you can download from Motospeed’s website. It lets you change the effects and colours in the same way previously shown, just through software instead which may be a bit easier. You can also set custom macro key combinations, and you can save up to three different profiles of settings.
Overall I’ve really enjoyed typing with this keyboard, the keys feel great to press, if a little loud. The keyboard feels solid and has a nice clean metallic look to it, and there’s lots of customizations you can make to the lighting as shown. From what I can tell you’re getting a fair amount of premium features in a mechanical keyboard at the sub $60 USD price point, but two lucky winners will be able to find out for themselves, as after a couple of weeks into testing the keyboard out for myself Gearbest reached out and asked if I wanted to do a giveaway for two of the CK108 keyboards! There’s a link down in the post description to enter, basically you can get entries by subscribing to the channel or following on Twitter. The giveaway will close in one week from when this video was posted, so on the 29th of November at 11:59pm GMT, so sign up before then for a chance to win one of these keyboards! So what did you guys think about the CK108 mechanical RGB keyboard from Motospeed? I’m quite impressed by this keyboard, especially considering the price when comparing it to my more expensive mechanical keyboards.
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