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QPAD MK-Series Mechanical Keyboards

Mechanical action for pro users

Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 23.01.2012
Manufacturer: QPAD
Product Group: Keyboards
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In use

 

QPAD MK-Series Mechanical Keyboards - Mechanical action for pro users
 

In use the most visible difference between the MK-80 and MK-85 models is the color of the backlight. On the MK-80 the backlight - just like the switches - is blue, while on the MK-85-model Qpad has switched to using red backlight. Both versions look nice, and they can be set insanely bright if wanted.

 

QPAD MK-Series Mechanical Keyboards - Mechanical action for pro users
 

The keyboards were put to the test in various games, typing and of course just general surfing and messing about. When it comes to the typing touch, the MK-50 and MK-85 are identical, so basically this is just a comparison between the red and the blue switches.

Right off the bat it's worth saying that the switching over to mechanical keyboards can take some getting-used-to, because coming from a semi-flat keyboard the keys are very high and the travel feels different. After getting over the initial shock, the touch of both versions feels very sturdy and high quality and as such all of these models can be recommended.

Personally I found it very difficult to choose between the MK-80 and MK-85. On the other hand I really do like the tactile feedback of the Blue switches, but without headphones the constant clicking drove me absolutely nuts in no time at all. Especially when compared to the completely silent Red ones the clicking sound really is LOUD.



Conclusion

MK-85

PROS 
  • USB-hub
  • Backlight
  • Build quality
  • Typing touch
  • NKRO over USB

    CONS 
  • -
  • Award
    Editor's Choice Award!

    MK-50

    PROS 
  • Typing touch
  • Build quality
  • Excellent value for money

    CONS 
  • -
  • Award
    Gold Award!

    MK-80

    PROS 
  • USB-hub
  • Backlight
  • Build quality
  • Typing touch

    CONS 
  • -
  • Award
    Gold Award!

    This was our first look into the world of mechanical keyboards, so it's difficult to compare the Qpad models to what other brands have to offer. Anyway just going on the absolute scale I really don't know how to make mechanical keyboards much better than this. Out of these three the top-spec MK-85 became my personal favorite, as the convenience of NKRO over USB is an excellent feature. In the long run I also prefer my keyboard to be quiet, which even further sealed the deal.








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