The new model is distinguished by the presence of blue switches, small size and backlight. The keyboard is inexpensive, so there are no special frills in it. Is it worth the little money they ask for it? Let’s find out below.
Size: 425 x 120 x 35 (45) mm
The weight: 660
Number of keys: 104
Shortcut Keys: 20
Service resource: over 20,000,000 clicks
Switch type: blue mechanical
Keyboard layout: Russian, Ukrainian, English
Length of cable: 1.8 m
Connection type: USB 2.0
Peculiarities: backlight, WIN key lock, anti-ghosting (25 keys), cable braid
Equipment and design
The SVEN KB-G9300 keyboard is packed in a cardboard box in classic blue-black colors for the brand. The front side shows the device and lists its key parameters. Specifications are on the back.
Instructions are included with the keyboard in the package. There are no other accessories included.
The case is plastic and composite: the top panel is attached to the bottom one with screws screwed into the bottom of the device. The model is made completely in black.
The texture of the case is rough, the surface is matte, and therefore non-marking. Keycaps, in turn, have a smooth surface.
The keyboard is quite small. This was achieved due to the lack of frames around the keys and a small distance between them.
The keys are also slightly reduced, which, however, does not cause any inconvenience. Their location is completely standard, the font is familiar, Latin characters are slightly larger than Cyrillic ones.
Almost all symbols are cut in keycaps: this ensures their illumination. The exceptions are the designations of quick access functions and the letters of the Ukrainian alphabet, applied with silver paint. They are, accordingly, devoid of illumination.
It is worth noting that without backlighting, characters are poorly visible and not read very well, which can cause inconvenience for those who do not know blind typing.
Keycaps come off easily. On the switches, they are not held too tightly and dangle somewhat, which, however, is typical for budget models. There is no key to remove them, but this can be done without problems with fingers and without it.
The spacebar on the keyboard is reinforced. It, unlike other buttons, is held more rigidly and does not stagger.
The brand’s logo is applied above the arrows in silver paint. Above the digital block there are blue indicators (NumPad, Caps Lock, etc.) without a designation.
On the bottom of the device in the center there is a sticker with the model name and serial number, as well as the screws mentioned earlier. At the bottom of the bottom are two anti-slip pads.
At the top of the bottom there are two folding legs that allow you to raise this part of the keyboard by 10 mm to change the angle of inclination.
The cable exits from the center at the back of the case. It has a braid that prevents tangling and protects it from damage. The cable length is 1.8 meters, which is enough to connect the keyboard to the system unit, standing under the table. The connection is made using a USB-A plug.
In general, the build quality and design do not cause any complaints. I like the visual simplicity of the model and the fact that it does not take up much space on the table.
The keys are quite comfortable, although somewhat reduced. You can find fault with slightly staggering keycaps and poor readability of characters without backlighting. The first is a phenomenon common among budget devices. The second one does not cause any difficulties for me personally, since I type blindly, and the brightness of the backlight is not so high as to interfere, so you simply can not turn it off.
As for the impressions from use, they are positive.
The keyboard does not require getting used to. I switched to it from the old one without any difficulties and immediately began to work at the usual speed, as if I had been using it for a long time.
Setup software is not provided, you can get acquainted with the functions of the keyboard and the shortcut keys using the Russian-language instructions. However, you can deal with this without difficulty and without it: everything is quite understandable, logical and familiar.
The illumination of the model is zonal, represented by five colors. They do not change, and, regardless of the selected mode, each zone has its own color. From left to right: yellow, red, purple, turquoise, pink.
As I mentioned above, the maximum brightness is not so high as to blind at night, but during the day it is clearly visible. In total, there are 3 levels of brightness, it is also possible to turn off the backlight completely. Brightness is controlled by the FN key and the Up/Down arrows.
The model has 12 backlight modes. Among them, one is static, the others are dynamic. They are changed using FN and the backlight key with a light bulb symbol located between FN and right CTRL. You can also adjust the speed of changing colors in dynamic modes by pressing the FN key and the Right or Left arrows.
I like the backlight. It is uniform, moderately bright and not particularly intrusive, and therefore does not cause irritation.
The keys are equipped with blue switches. The manufacturer is not specified, but, apparently, Outemu switches are used, as they are one of the most inexpensive among widely known switches. They are most often installed in budget keyboards.
The keys work quickly, the move is smooth, but somewhat tight. Pressing is accompanied by a click of medium volume, which does not cause displeasure in me, although it is heard well. My previous keyboard had opto-mechanical switches. From the point of view of sound, this model is much more pleasant, so I have been using it for about a month now.
As for the gaming characteristics, it is quite suitable for gaming. The keyboard works quickly, it reacts clearly to pressing, no false actions were recorded. Let me remind you that the model provides for blocking the WIN key, and also has a function to suppress phantom clicks.
Among the interesting features of the SVEN KB-G9300 keyboard are 20 shortcut keys that allow you to control the player and audio playback volume, as well as launch the calculator and web mail client, go to the home page, lock the keyboard or the WIN key, control the backlight or reset its glow mode.
SVEN KB-G9300 keyboard costs about 2000 rubles.
For this money, we get a model with a quality build, nice and customizable five-color backlighting, blue switches with a good response and a quiet soundtrack, shortcut keys and a long braided cable that extends its life.
Among the shortcomings, one can single out somewhat staggering keycaps and poor readability of characters, which, as I said above, is typical for models from this price segment.
In view of the above, I consider SVEN KB-G9300 an excellent option for those who are looking for an inexpensive and high-quality keyboard or just want to get acquainted with mechanical models in order to decide whether they suit the user in principle.
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Backlight with multiple lighting modes
Poor readability of characters when the backlight is off
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