The MK-80-model has been out for a good while, but as we haven't reviewed it earlier, it made sense to also have a look at this model while we were at it. The MK-80 comes in a box similar to the other models and also the bundle is identical with the MK-50 model.
Also the MK-80 looks almost identical with the other two models. The MK-80 doesn't have quite as many alternative F-key functions as the MK-85, but there are controls for the backlight in the numpad. It also features the same two USB-connections and audio jacks as the MK-85.
This model also features the very thick cable, but this time it isn't braided and at the end are a single USB and PS/2-connections as well as the audio connections. This is done because the older MK-80 only offers NKRO over PS/2-connection, but also features the USB-hub which of course requires a dedicated USB-cable.
While the MK-80 looks externally just about identical with the MK-85, it also differs in the most important featuree - the switches. In this model Qpad has used Cherry MX Blue-switches, which, unlike the reds seen on the new models, have tactile and audio feedback. More than anything the difference between the switch-types boils down to personal favors, because while some like the smooth action of the red switches, some like to get the "click"-feedback from the buttons.
To see what difference it makes whether the MK-80 is connected via USB or PS/2 we ran the Aqua's Key Test using USB-connection, and here's the result. The difference compared to the MK-85's NKRO is obvious, as the MK-80 maxes out at just six keys. While this should be enough for many users, it also highlights how nice the MK-85's full NKRO over USB-feature really is.
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