IOGEAR KALIBER GAMING HVER PRO X Mechanical Keyboard Review
IOGear Kaliber Gaming HVER PRO X RGB Mechanical Keyboard
Type mechanical gaming keyboard with brown keys
IOGear recognizes the different needs of gamers and sent us the HVER PRO X RGB mechanical keyboard for us to test and give our readers an honest view of the product. With mechanical brown key technology and a futuristic design, RGB lights shining through each key, and the ability to map key macros, this keyboard offers exciting design concepts but lacks proper instructions for new users.
IOGEAR KALIBER GAMING HVER PRO X mechanical keyboard: excellent keyboard, aesthetics and lack of new user instructions annoying instead of helping
The HVER PRO X RGB mechanical keyboard offers a full 104-key design and a unique aluminum chassis. The keyboard is quite heavy – picking it up is incredibly sturdy and looks like it might damage the frame. The keyboard does not bend like others would with an aluminum frame design, which adds to the sturdiness of the product. Looking at the frame, the aesthetic seems pretty standard with some other low-cost gaming keyboards. Still, it’s seemingly out of step with newer models released by IOGear and other companies. Most unique gaming keyboard options for a minimalist design and smaller form factor, allowing keyboards to fit almost any desk space. The HVER PRO X RGB mechanical keyboard is quite large, well over a foot long. Compared to the new keyboards from IOGear, they have also chosen to follow a smaller and minimalist design while standing out from the competition.
At the bottom of the keyboard, IOGear offers four rubber grips and two feet for easy operation for most consumers. The rubber grips do a great job with your keyboard on a mouse pad or even on a flat counter. A notch has been created to hold the keycap removal tool, allowing it to stay flush with the desk and never seem to fall out of place. A braided cable connects to the computer, measuring approximately 60 to 61 inches in length. I found that using a lap desk made it move a decent amount, but most users won’t use that as an option.
The brown switches below the floating keys are for a more tactile experience than the Cherry MX Red switches, which provide a more linear experience. As a first-time mechanical keyboard user, I had no typing issues, and due to my lack of computer gaming experience, I never experienced any lag in response or the standard keystroke. I looked at other reviews of the keyboard and found it interesting that some reviewers commented on how the size of the keyboard and the brown switches negatively affected their experience during day-to-day tasks. I’ve never had an issue where my typing was affected. I used the 10FastFingers website, where I can check how many words per minute, or WPM, I am able to type. The switch from the built-in keyboard of my Acer Aspire 5 laptop to the IOGear Kaliber Gaming HVER PRO X RGB mechanical keyboard did not fail. I went through several keystroke test examples on the website and never had any issues between a laptop keyboard and a mechanical keyboard.
The brand of Brown switches that were used on the keyboard are unknown. I also haven’t received exact specs for the inner workings of the keyboard. I suppose this can all be done in-house through IOGear, but it would be interesting for keyboard enthusiasts to know what product specs they would need for their different uses.
The IOGear Kaliber Gaming HVER PRO X mechanical keyboard suffers in the RGB department in bright rooms. The lights are noticeable, but only slightly. Depending on the color appearing on an individual key, specific brighter colors stand out while lighter colors appear washed out. Another issue with the keyboard is the type of font used for single keys. Letters and numbers are easy to recognize without problems, but some symbols are not so distinguishable. Those who stare at their keyboard while typing and have trouble finding the right key to press can slow the user down while trying to figure out the symbol on the key. Special function keys also take a back seat in RGB as these symbols are only painted on the keys and are not transparent like the rest of the key designations. Corporate font choice is another potential issue if you have the lights off and playing in darker environments while trying to adjust specific computer or keyboard options.
The RGB lighting software is pretty self-explanatory and user-friendly, and the individual programming keys add customization for those who want to take advantage of the lighting. There are 18 different lighting patterns that users can choose from on the keyboard which adds to the user experience. Specific keys have additional functionality that affects lighting, making it easier for users to adjust certain functions quickly.
The biggest problem with IOGear products, in general, is the lack of proper instructions or tutorials on how to create a macro or adjust RGB effects. Other products in the past have offered few instructions for new users, and I’m surprised after several products that the company hasn’t provided more specific instructions, either step-by-step written instructions or a video on the website or YouTube. I’m new to creating macros for games and couldn’t find any proper instructions from the company or other users on the internet. This is an issue I wish IOGear would change, as their products are affordable and offer a bit of usability, but fail to educate new users.
Over the few days of gaming with the HVER PRO X Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, button presses were flawless and I never felt like I missed a keypress or experienced a lag between input and output. exit. The keyboard is very comfortable to use and is very responsive.
IOGear’s HVER PRO X RGB mechanical keyboard is an affordable option for users looking for a decent gaming keyboard that doesn’t break the bank. However, the company should help new users by offering clear instructions on specific aspects of the keyboard, such as programming macros and controlling lighting effects. IOGear would also benefit from adjusting the fonts on the keys to something easier for consumers to read so that the wrong key or user reaction times aren’t affected by finding the right keys.
IOGear’s HVER PRO X RGB mechanical keyboard is an affordable option for users looking for a budget gaming keyboard. New users will find it difficult to map the keys as there are no instructions on specific aspects of the keyboard, IOGear would also benefit from adjusting the fonts on the keys to something easier for consumers to read so that the wrong key or user reaction times are not affected by finding the correct keys.
Design & Aesthetics6
- Very responsive, has lots of RGB options, is very sturdy and affordable compared to mid-level mechanical gaming keyboards
- The lack of instructions for new users will frustrate more than help, and some RGB colors are indistinguishable in bright environments, the font used for characters on the keyboard may be difficult to distinguish, and special functions do not appear not in dark backgrounds due to paint. on the keys
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