Published on Friday, 28 October 2016 18:55
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With roughly 7 out of 10 of all the new keyboards introduced in the market featuring mechanical switches it's no wonder that most gamers and professionals choose one of those over the classic/typical membrane based models. Mechanical switches however are not the only decisive factor when choosing the right keyboard for you, lately backlight LED illumination plays a large role and with RGB models becoming somewhat mainstream these have a significant head start compared to single color ones. Needless to say build quality (materials used) is also very important when out to get a new keyboard but luckily most mechanical keyboards currently available in the market score high in that regard. HAVIT may not be one of the most recognizable names in the industry but they've released several award winning products in the market (including the HV-KB366L mechanical keyboard which we reviewed earlier this year) and today we're checking out their latest HV-KB378L RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard.
Founded in 1998 by Ms. Lee, a lady who loves and respects technology, HAVIT Group provides a tremendous range of consumer electronics with unbeatable value, fashion-forward and trend setting design, but what is never compromised is the quality of our products, which were approved by tens of thousands of satisfied customers. Step by step we have grown from a start-up company to a leading PC & Mobile accessories supplier for customers in over 120 countries worldwide, only to provide products of advanced technology, featuring the best built quality and durability for every intelligent, creative and motivated user. We are all working on something: some of you may be endeavoring to get the best score both in school and in games with your keyboard and mouse combo set; some of you may be engaging in coding a sophisticated program with your mechanical keyboard while chatting with your remote teammates through your webcam; and some of you may be striving to improve your triathlon skills to expand your physical limit with a pair of wireless earphones in your ears… As for us at HAVIT, we are working on making the best equipment to help you reach your goals and make the difference. Learn more at www.prohavit.com.
Just like the HV-KB366L model instead of the usual Cherry, Kailh and Gateron switches we find in most mechanical keyboards the HV-KB378L uses Outemu blue ones (require actuation force of 60g +-15g and are certified for up to 50 million actuations) which are obviously designed to "mimic" Cherry blue mechanical switches (audible and tactile/clicky feedback). Outemu may not be as popular as Cherry, Kailh or even Gateron but their switches have steadily improved and are featured in many keyboard models currently (longevity however is something we can't really comment on due to the how new this company is). The HV-KB378L also features an quality aluminum/plastic enclosure, fixed wrist rest, supports full anti-ghosting for all of its 104 keys, has a total of 5 brightness levels for the keys with 10 different adjustable modes (Always-on mode, Single-color breathing mode, Pro-gamer mode, 7 color-breathing mode, On-click lighting mode, Single-color or Mixed-color-flowing mode, Running-forth and back mode, Ripple-spreading mode) and even sports individual key illumination. Overall the HV-KB378L looks an improved version of the HV-KB366L so let's see if that's really the case.