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.
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
NKRO over USB
Editor's Choice Award!
Excellent value for money
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.