Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: VictSing Waterproof Mechanical Keyboard


Disclaimer: This product was provided by VicTsing in exchange for an unbiased review.

Today I'll be reviewing the VicTsing Waterproof Mechanical Keyboard, which sells on Amazon for £28.99.

Pros
  • N key roll over - all key strokes recognize
  • Waterproof - IP X4 unknown
  • Keys replaceable if faded away
  • Wide space between keys
Cons
  • Rather pricey
  • US layout
  • Can be rather loud
  • Keys smaller than traditional keyboards
  • Heavy
  • Not wireless
In the box it comes with the keyboard (of course) with attached USB cable, manual, key cap puller.

The keyboard is a bit on the heavy and loud side.  When you type it you can hear the clicky clacky of the mechanical keys that reminisce of old style typewriters. In addition, the keys are fully replaceable.  So that means if any keys are faded away, they can easily be replaced.  There is adequate space between the keys, which make it easy to type.  Also, because the keyboard has n-key rollover, all keys can be pressed at once and be registered.  I have tested it with the Microsoft tool and it showed that if I press all the keys (or most of the keys), all of them were recognized.

One drawback is that despite buying in the UK, it is in US layout.  However, this can be easily remedied by buying replacement keys or stickers.  It also doesn't come with a number pad, which kinda sucks.  It is also not wireless, which means you would have to think about cable management.

One benefit of this particular keyboard is that it's waterproof.  It has an Ingress Protection (IP rating of X4) meaning "Protected against spray up to 60° from vertical."  I tested it by pouring a cup of water on it.  Though it doesn't say the rating of the keyboard, it withstood the dunking.  Immediately after the water bath, tt didn't type anything and I was getting worried whether I have damaged this fine keyboard.  But my worries was alleviated since when it dried out it started to work.

For £28.99, the keyboard leans on the expensive side.  Based on an Amazon search, I found cheaper waterproof keyboards but I can't vouch for their quality.  Personally I like this keyboard, but I am more used to ergonomic keyboards.