A while back I had a conversation about mechanical keyboards and gaming gear with Brett from Bloody Gaming. Since then I have extensively used one of their high performance keyboards – specifically the B820R – and I’m here to share my findings with you.
For the record, the keys have a shorter travel distance than most commonly used keyboards meaning you will not have to press down as hard as you used to for the keystrike to register. Once I got the hang of this I did notice a slight increase in my WPM count.
The keys light up and you can choose from several default arrangements like a cascade effect or have the lights pulse. With the supplied software you can choose from additional lighting effects or customize your own. I like to arrange attack keys in red, defensive keys in blue and healing keys in green.
I know that there is some concern over the noise from a mechanical keyboard when the keys are struck. If you are going to get a mechanical keyboard then you have to accept that it will be louder than less expensive keyboards. In all honesty the noise from the Light Strike keyboard wasn’t that loud in my opinion but this is my first mechanical keyboard so I am not sure how the noise level compares to other models.
My only real gripe regarding this keyboard’s performance is that the keys are smaller than I anticipated. I found myself making a fair number of typos because my muscle memory caused me to strike the wrong keys out of habit. I don’t blame Bloody Gaming for this as I replaced my laptop earlier this month and I had similar problems with its integrated keyboard. I would have preferred larger keys but I got used to the layout quickly enough.