- Keyboard Switches: Cherry MX Red
- Roll-over: N-Key
- Size: Full-size
- Dimensions: 440 x 134 x 42 mm
- Weight: 1.05kg
- Only red LED
The Vigorous Gamer
Gaming can sometimes get Vigorous and some of us can start sweating while gaming even when in an air-conditioned room. With all the key presses that go on while gaming, you’d need a reliable keyboard that won’t fail on you when it counts. The go-to keyboard these days are, of course, mechanical keyboards, and for good reasons. Mechanical keyboards are generally more durable and have a hefty weight that keeps it from moving around the table.
MSI has been going hard on the gaming bandwagon, and they’re doing a stellar job at giving what the gamers are asking for. But with the MSI VIGOR GK60 keyboard, would this be the case? Let’s dive right into it, shall we? The MSI VIGOR GK60 is a mechanical keyboard sporting Cherry MX Red linear switches, which means the switches have no click or tactile feedback other than the clack of the keycaps when you bottom out. Cherry MX Red switches have been touted as “the” switch for gaming, because of its low actuation point allowing for quick and rapid keypresses.
But what makes a gaming keyboard, a “gaming keyboard”? Back in the day, gaming keyboards would have profiles, macro keys, or LCD screens providing certain information. But these days a well-built keyboard that has features a gamer would like is enough. RGB is one of the trends that has been taken the peripheral market by storm, at the chagrin of many of us who think RGB might have stunted the innovation and evolution of peripherals. Of course, we have nothing against LED lighting.
The single colour red LED on the GK60 is simple but gets the job done, providing different presets of patterns and intensity. Gaming at night? Not a problem! Performance wise, the GK60 is a solid keyboard, with each keypress feeling solid. We have experienced keyboards where the keys felt flimsy even with similar switches, but the GK60 is in no way flimsy. The body isn’t too heavy, so we don’t think the switches are plate-mounted. But overall, the keyboard is a solid piece of peripheral that’ll find a spot on your table and stay there.
CHIP CONCLUDE: If you’re looking for your first mechanical keyboard or upgrading from a keyboard that seems to have some funky switches, the MSI VIGOR GK60 is a choice you can look into.
(to be published in issue January 2019)