PerformancePSU Verdict: 4.8/5
From the Reviewer
This keyboard is a price-point winner. The Xtrfy K5 RGB Compact brings hot-swappable switches, pre-lubed stabilizers, wonderful typing sound and vibrant RGB lighting making this a killer gaming keyboard for anybody who’s response fee acutely aware but additionally desires sick aesthetics too. This keyboard is so good that we needed to revise rankings on our different evaluations as a result of the bar was simply raised.
- Vibrant RGB Lighting
- Scorching-swappable Switches
- Stunning Sound
- Lubed Stabilisers
Just lately, we did some analysis on the most effective keyboards utilized by skilled avid gamers and it has been a giant success, grabbing loads of consideration. Off the again of that, I managed to safe a number of of the keyboards on the listing immediately from the producers so I can take a better take a look at what the eSports avid gamers are utilizing in tournaments and such.
Right now, we’re looking at a type of gaming keyboards, Xtrfy – K5 RGB Compact, which is a 65% mechanical keyboard, made in Sweden and endorsed by TenZ.
This keyboard which prices £129 (or $129 for these within the US), boasts an enormous quantity of neat options which we’ll get onto shortly.
Earlier than we dive into this evaluation, I wish to thank Xtrfy for offering this pattern for a keyboard evaluation. I wish to additionally state that this doesn’t affect how I strategy our evaluation. We don’t give producers any probability to evaluation our work earlier than it’s printed. We stay impartial in our strategy.
With out additional ado, allow us to get on with our Xtrfy K5 RGB Compact 65% mechanical keyboard evaluation.
Among the largest standout options for the Xtrfy K5 keyboard, for me, should be the pre-lubed PCB-mounted stabilisers, hot-swappable switches and double-layered sound insulation foam, however, see for your self within the keyboards spec sheet beneath.
|Xtrfy K5 RGB Compact Specs|
|Switches||Scorching-swappable Kalih Crimson Linear|
|Change Variants||Linear Solely|
|Quantity Adjustment||Sure by way of shortcut|
|Connectivity||Wired (USB-C) by way of 2m braided, removable USB-C to USB-A|
|Layouts Out there||Nordic, UK, US, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian|
|Colors Out there||Black, White, Clear White|
|Dimensions||325 x 110 x 37 mm|
|Worth||$129.99 in the USA or £119 in the UK|
Most keyboards in the marketplace include just some configuration choices. They arrive as is with just some swap choices so that you can select from.
Xtrfy took it a step additional with the K5 65% gaming keyboard. They constructed a complete custom keyboard configurator the place you possibly can customise nearly each side of your new keyboard from the bottom, keycaps, keyboard body and even choices to construct it your self or have somebody do it for you.
Change decisions are spectacular bringing a wholesome collection of manufacturers and even variants to select from resembling:
- Cherry MX
Issues don’t cease there both, you possibly can select totally different body colors too. So, should you just like the clear jelly model we’re reviewing you possibly can choose that however there may be additionally 10 different color choices to select from. Alongside that and plenty of different helps customisation options is one thing I’m glad to see – cable configuration choices.
For these of you that love a braided and coiled keyboard cable, there may be 11 totally different variations, all designed particularly to match the keyboard body colors. Total, the XTRFY K5 Configurator gives one of the crucial versatile customized keyboard builders round.
Out of all of the keyboards for avid gamers I’ve reviewed to this point, unboxing the Xtrfy was the most effective expertise. Upon opening the field you’re greeted by a welcome card that tells you easy methods to get probably the most out of your RGB keyboard lighting in addition to the keyboard which is protected with black plastic foam.
Upon eradicating the protecting foam, you’re offered with the keyboard wrapped in opaque white tissue paper, including to the unboxing suspense. Slightly stab of the house bar by the tissue paper reveals good resistance when pressed.
As soon as I had acquired the keyboard out of the field and unwrapped it, my preliminary thought was; “Boy it’s weighty – This undoubtedly doesn’t really feel low-cost not like different keyboards I’ve examined prior to now”.
One other side which I wasn’t fairly ready for was its measurement. I believed a ten-keyless (TKL) keyboard was small however that is on one other degree – A gaming keyboard for the pure minimalist.
No fluff, only a high quality RGB gaming keyboard with one objective in thoughts – gaming domination.
Different stuff you get within the field embrace; 1 x White USB-c cable, 2 x Spare Kalih Crimson Linear Scorching Swap Mechanical Switches, A 2 in 1 instrument that allows you to each take away the keycaps and the switches from the board in addition to a number of informational leaflets.
The Xtrfy K5 Compact (65% Mechanical Keyboard) is on the market in three different variations; the one despatched to us for evaluation is the clear jelly white model which is solely stunning when you get the animation settings and brightness setup accurately.
To the rear, you’ve an offset USB type-c connector. I’m personally not a giant fan of the offset connectors, I a lot favor every thing centred. I feel with any offset wired keyboard a coiled cable ought to come as normal – even when that does imply a barely larger value nonetheless, with that being stated, they do supply a barely dearer model than this one which does certainly include a coiled cable out of the field in addition to PBT keycaps for an additional 30 £/$.
Unsure if this magnetised brand is an intentional engineering alternative, however, it’s my new favorite fidget toy when I’m ready and procrastinating – good job Xtrfy! It’s slightly plate that’s hooked up by way of a magnet and is nice to fiddle and fiddle with.
Construct High quality
As an off-the-shelf gaming keyboard expertise, initially, I’m impressed with the standard of what’s on supply, however, there are some inconsistencies which do let it down, however it isn’t all unhealthy, naked with me – they are often fastened.
Let’s begin with what I like concerning the K5 mechanical keyboard by Xtrfy;
I like the weighted case; whereas product of plastic, The K5 keyboard doesn’t really feel low-cost. When coupled with the rubberised adjustable toes, it is sufficient to cease the keyboard from sliding whereas in use. If you happen to actually attempt to push it about, after all, it’ll transfer however not underneath common utilization.
The RGB Lighting is a few of the finest I’ve seen but. Sure, I stated that concerning the Roccat Vulcan TKL Professional and the SteelSeries earlier than that too, however belief me, I’ll be revising each keyboard evaluations based mostly on my expertise with this one.
Sure, Xtrfy’s RGB keyboard lighting actually is that good. It’s a very good mixture of vibrancy and configuration that helps it stand out regardless of not having any software program configuration choices. It has quite a lot of lighting configurations and settings so that you can fiddle with by way of keyboard shortcuts.
It is a creamy-sounding keyboard out of the field. My first introduction to mechanical keyboards was the SteelSeries APEX TKL Professional which, whereas it’s a superb keyboard, I’ve come to grasp with expertise – The Apex TKL Professional is just not probably the most refined expertise when typing or hammering away at an article or recreation – you possibly can hear it a mile away.
The K5 RGB Compact I’ve right here for evaluation has a beautiful deep, creamy, dampened sound – one thing I’ve not skilled earlier than however undoubtedly one thing I might be searching for sooner or later.
Scorching-swappable switches. Yup, that’s proper, these switches will not be soldered to the board which means you possibly can simply customise this mechanical keyboard to your precise wants and specs or, if the worst occurs, swap out a swap mid-game as a result of it died!
So, what don’t I like concerning the Xtrfy K5 gaming keyboard?
The resistance between letters, enter, spacing and backspace all really feel totally different which is certainly a singular typing expertise out-of-the-box. I discovered that eradicating the keycaps and cleansing up a few of the extra lube across the stabilizers helped to resolve the problem and make the typing expertise really feel extra constant.
Typing Take a look at
I discussed already that the sound was one thing I used to be fairly impressed with. I’m not only a gamer, I’m additionally the editor for this weblog and I’m a programmer by day so my time spent typing at a keyboard is in depth on a day-to-day foundation. I might argue I spent extra time a 12 months at a keyboard typing in some kind than I do another exercise.
As you possibly can hear from our Xtrfy K5 RGB Compact typing check on YouTube, it has a really deep thock to it and undoubtedly sounds dampened because the specification state on their web site. There is no such thing as a ‘reverb’ or ‘echo’ like I’ve skilled with the earlier keyboards I’ve checked out earlier than.
There are extra issues to like concerning the K5 RGB compact mechanical keyboard than hate. The response charges are nearly as good as you’re going to get from a wired keyboard for these clutch gaming moments but, regardless of being marketed at ‘avid gamers’, affords fairly a refined typing expertise. With that being stated, I’m not a keyboard fanatic and have by no means used a higher-tier, enthusiast-grade mechanical keyboard that runs within the lots of of $/£.
For a keyboard that prices £129 (Additionally, $129 USD by way of their web site), it’s a strong package deal providing pre-lubed PCB-mounted stabilisers, tremendous scan expertise for immediate response instances, hot-swappable Kalih crimson linear switches and a few of the finest RGB lighting besides.
Is there doubtless a greater keyboard on the market? completely, however, from my expertise testing quite a lot of totally different manufacturers and fashions, I can safely say, that is amongst the most effective for general consolation and high quality. I might be glad to spend my very own hard-earned cash on this gaming-focused keyboard.
This keyboard impressed us a lot, we’ve needed to revise our previous evaluations because the bar has risen. For the value, when in comparison with different keyboards within the bracket purely on the expertise such because the SteelSeries APEX TKL, Roccat Vulcan TKL PRO or the cheaper Coolermaster CK352 – it is a powerful cookie to prime.
We might suggest this keyboard for that one that desires a refined typing or gaming expertise with out spending high-end keyboard fanatic cash within the course of. Until one thing higher crops up, I think this may develop into my new every day keyboard for each productiveness and gaming – for that cause, The K5 will get the PerformancePSU slot as among the finest gaming keyboards of 2023.