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VELOCIFIRE TKL02 Mechanical Keyboard TKL 87 Key Tenkeyless Ergonomic with Quiet Brown Switches and White LED Backlit for Copywriters Typists and Programmers

Last Updated: August 22, 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.3
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Keyboard
 142
keyboards, brown, mechanical, keys, typing
+92%
-8%
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" ...  Pretty good keyboard overall  ...  "
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" ...  This is a great deal for a mechanical backlit keyboard. ... They feel only slightly better than a decent membrane keyboard and not as good as blue switches. ... Buckle spring keyboard switches are still my favorite so I'll stick with my Unicomp.  ...  "
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" ...  It is also worth mentioning that the connection is very stable and the keyboard itself is pretty tanky which does make the keyboard more premium!  ...  "
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" ...  This review is for the Velocifire M87 WIRED keyboard for Macs. ... Before I discovered this Mac-specific keyboard, I had tried the Velocifire TKL01 and TKL02 keyboards. ... They were designed as Windows keyboards, but they work with Macs -- you just have to remap keys, be willing to live with keycaps that are not Mac-specific, and do without some keyboard functionality. ... It does not slide around when typing, but it is easier to push around than the other two keyboards. ... The keyboard is surprisingly quiet to use. ... Typing on the keyboard is a pleasant experience. ... The same is true on the "modifier keys". ... I've attached pictures of the keyboard in a lighted room and a dark room. ... I thought the TKL01 and TKL02 keyboards were bargains. ... It's price was high enough to cause me to consider buying another brand's more expensive keyboard with Cherry MX brown keys. ... And it's good to have the Mac functionality built into the keyboard.  ...  "
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" ...  Good backlight and good key feel,.  ...  "
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" ...  I really like this keyboard. ... It was exactly what I expected, and it is a great value among mechanical keyboards. ... Seems quiet enough (for a mechanical keyboard) ... Good office keyboard - looks more professional than many "gaming" RGB keyboards ... Recessed keys may make the keyboard harder to clean  ...  "
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" ...  Great touch and standard layout of the main keyboard area, without the numeric pad on the right.  ...  "
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" ...  I personally prefer the keycaps on this keyboard to the CM, they feel coarser and more substantial.  ...  "
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Comfort
 49
keys, brown, tactile, keycaps, feels great
+86%
-14%
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" ...  I replaced the stock keycaps and now the overall feel of the board is much better.  ...  "
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" ...  This keyboard feels great. ... The keys and materials are sturdy. ... It’s very portable and comfortable.  ...  "
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" ...  I would say that it is extremely well built and very tactile!  ...  "
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" ...  It would have been awesome if ergonomic as my wrists feel strain after long periods of typing, but for tactile feedback of the keys I have to say it's very nice.  ...  "
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" ...  it actually is worth it , it may be my first mechanical keyboard and it's pretty comfortable , I only rated 3 stars on gaming because I haven't tested it in gaming , but overall It's above average.  ...  "
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" ...  They're more comfortable to use, and make the whole typing experience less dreadful which is why I bought this for work as a data warehouse dev. ... These feel (slightly) lighter and more linear.  ...  "
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" ...  However for my set up this keyboard was a great fit.  ...  "
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" ...  Has a good weight, key strokes are consistent and it feels good for typing  ...  "
Build Quality
 37
build quality, sturdy, switches, feet, rubber pads
+92%
-8%
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" ...  You can feel the build quality by just picking it up and feeling how heavy it is.  ...  "
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" ...  Built like a tank and feels good.  ...  "
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" ...  It is very heavy duty.  ...  "
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" ...  It has a hefty metal feel so it and good rubber pads on its feet so it doesn't slide around, and it has double shot keycaps which means the keys feel solid and the lettering shouldn't melt/scratch off anytime soon.  ...  "
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" ...  I was really amazed, great build quality, very nice , optimum light level.  ...  "
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" ...  it's durable and material quality is really nice.  ...  "
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" ...  The build quality is great.  ...  "
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" ...  Besides the key switches build quality seemed solid.  ...  "
Controls
 35
key, switches, function keys, brown, fn
+83%
-17%
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" ...  The brown keys are relatively quiet to type on and provide a moderate tactile response.  ...  "
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" ...  The keys are very responsive and I even like the key noise.  ...  "
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" ...  Small but all of the keys are in the right place.  ...  "
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" ...  With the media controls spaced apart it threw me off a little.  ...  "
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" ...  The keys feel nice, and the different lighting options is a nice extra for those who want it.  ...  "
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" ...  There are a couple of LED display options you can switch from but just them it off. ... However, the function keys and volume controls work pretty good in my Fedora 28 without any issue.  ...  "
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" ...  The keys are actually nice for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  the same for the function buttons.  ...  "
Gaming
 24
gamer, typing, switches, keyboards, keyboard
+92%
-8%
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" ...  It's been a great daily typer/gamer otherwise.  ...  "
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" ...  I use this mostly for gaming.  ...  "
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" ...  Very visible with backlight mode and is good for programming and gaming.  ...  "
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" ...  The white LED lights are just the right lighting for night time gaming.  ...  "
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" ...  Great alternative to more expensive gaming keyboards  ...  "
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" ...  So far no issues with battery life and excellent response time over 2.4G wireless for playing games.  ...  "
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" ...  It's a great compact but full size keyboard - perfect for typing, coding, gaming.  ...  "
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" ...  I use this keyboard for dev work and gaming.  ...  "
Price
 22
good, value, product, point, money
+100%
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" ...  The price can't be beat and the quality is impressive.  ...  "
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" ...  For the money it is a great find.  ...  "
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" ...  I wanted the small form factor and the price was good.  ...  "
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" ...  Great size and tactile feedback at a competitive price.  ...  "
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" ...  great for the price tho  ...  "
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" ...  This definitely is a product thats value for money.  ...  "
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" ...  But because of the cheap price, these are easily overlooked.  ...  "
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" ...  All in all great for the price!  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 22
wireless, keyboard, wireless version, dongle, wired
+68%
-32%
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" ...  I bought a second one for my Windows computer just now after trying this one out for a bit.  ...  "
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" ...  This review is for the TKL02WS version (wireless PC).  ...  "
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" ...  It worked with my laptop right away.  ...  "
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" ...  The quality is good, works peferct in my Macbook pro.  ...  "
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" ...  No need to as it does work well with my Mac. ... Did it for the laptop, but haven't bothered with the fixing it on the desktop yet and haven't missed the other key functions.  ...  "
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" ...  My wife wanted a keyboard that ‘clicks’ and has more travels when she works from home on our iMac.  ...  "
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" ...  connected to my docking station which connects to my laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  So much so, in fact, that I have already ordered the wireless version :)  ...  "
Features
 17
white, switches, backlight, modes, lock
+100%
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" ...  The lighting effects are cool but really not necessary  ...  "
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" ...  The lighting is nice and bright and quite simple.  ...  "
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" ...  A plus is that it is backlit and you can, if you want, use different light patterns.  ...  "
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" ...  This board can also run in wired mode.  ...  "
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" ...  Its sturdy and has good lighting features.  ...  "
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" ...  Ton of light options.  ...  "
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" ...  The are several lighting modes - including the ability to turn off the lighting completely - and the lights themselves are a very cool blue.  ...  "
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" ...  The white adjustable LED backlit makes it usable when we dim the light and makes it looks cooler!  ...  "
Size
 17
desk, travel, quite a bit, footprint, weight
+100%
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" ...  Most of all, it looks great on my desk!  ...  "
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" ...  I wanted the small form factor and the price was good.  ...  "
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" ...  I do like the switches in the other board quite a bit more, but given the portability and general build quality it's not enough of a difference for me to return the board.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice and heavy with rubber pads so it does't slip around on the desk top.  ...  "
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" ...  It is also surprisingly heavy. ... Whatever that's worth to you, I like the heft of it.  ...  "
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" ...  Good size and solid build.  ...  "
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" ...  This is the perfect size and works perfectly.  ...  "
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" ...  Great size and tactile feedback at a competitive price.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 13
brightness, bright, led, backlighting, white
+100%
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" ...  The backlight is nice and even too.  ...  "
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" ...  It has a pleasant teal-colored backlighting that can display in different patterns or just display in normal backlight mode.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall build quality seems quite solid for the price, and the LED backlighting is a nice touch, with many different patterns and brightness settings.  ...  "
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" ...  In terms of backlighting, the Magicforce is extremely bright and clear at its highest setting.  ...  "
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" ...  It has blue backlight like in the picture.  ...  "
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" ...  All that’s needed is the one backlight.  ...  "
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" ...  There is only a ON/OFF option for the LED, noly one brightness, no adjustment, but very soft and comfortable light.  ...  "
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" ...  Has a nice white rgb backlight which u can change the brightness of or turn off.  ...  "
Design
 12
nice, looks, switches, solid, logo
+100%
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" ...  The color of the LEDs is of a sapphire blue and is quite pleasing.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought it and it feels nice.  ...  "
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" ...  besides, I love the design and features.  ...  "
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" ...  It has a hefty metal feel to it, which surprised me.  ...  "
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" ...  It looks very simple but dosn't feel cheap at all.  ...  "
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" ...  My first impressions on this thing, based on appearance, were overall very good. ... The backlights (a nice cool white) are visible, but some of the translucent white is a little uneven ... Whatever that's worth to you, I like the heft of it.  ...  "
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" ...  It's got the most solid feel of anything I used. ... Looks like the top cover is aluminum.  ...  "
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" ...  The keycaps have a nice texture to them and also feel solid.  ...  "
Battery Life
 12
life, charge, solid, week, since
+75%
-25%
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" ...  Battery life exceeds expectations - I fully charged it when I got it a week ago, and haven't needed to charge it since.  ...  "
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" ...  Life is life.  ...  "
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" ...  It feels really solid and well-made, and the battery life has so far been pretty great.  ...  "
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" ...  I was pleasantly surprised at how well this worked and the battery life is excellent.  ...  "
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" ...  There is red light under space key that seem to show charge status.  ...  "
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" ...  -has gotten me through 3 work days so far with no recharge needed.  ...  "
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" ...  Solid battery life.  ...  "
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" ...  I don't care how less long the battery lasts.  ...  "
Sound Quality
 11
switches, key, keys, clicky, blue switch
+91%
-9%
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" ...  The keys are very responsive and I even like the key noise.  ...  "
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" ...  One other point I'll make is based on the sound. ... Obviously, these are not blue switches or similar, there is no auditory feedback, no click, but still there is some sound generated by any mechanical keyboard. ... The sound from this one, I've found, is very satisfyingly dampened.  ...  "
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" ...  With the 'O' rings installed it's quiet.  ...  "
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" ...  The clicky sounds and lighting effects are cool but completely unnecessary.  ...  "
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" ...  As far as touch and sound, I like it.  ...  "
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" ...  Although doesn’t have the clicky sound and the feeling are different than other switches, bubi still think is worth to buy.  ...  "
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" ...  It doesn't bother me, but something to keep in mind if you are in a particularly sound-sensitive environment.  ...  "
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" ...  It has brown switches (cherry mx clones) which are pretty smooth and does not make much noise.  ...  "
Ports
 11
c, dongle, wireless, wired, cable
+73%
-27%
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" ...  The addition of USB C is unheard of at this price point as well and I was absolutely tickled pink to have another device in my life that I didn't need USB B for - just one left for me and then pretty much everything uses the same connector :)  ...  "
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" ...  It came with receiver dongle, USB C Cable and key cap remover.  ...  "
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" ...  The USB-C connector means it will work with the same charger as my phone, which I like.  ...  "
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" ...  Works great when set on my desk, 50cm/2ft away from the wireless dongle tucked behind the monitor (see main review on why it's there). ... From here, what I did is plug the wireless dongle to the powered USB hub in my monitor and then everything worked fine, mouse and keyboard, wired and wireless.  ...  "
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" ...  Major props for using usb C and including a cable.  ...  "
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" ...  USB C interface - this helps reduce my cable count too.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 10
weeks, version, stopped, seems, second
+50%
-50%
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" ...  No matter, the #1 key was jammed and never worked correctly.  ...  "
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" ...  It lasted about three weeks then just stopped working.  ...  "
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" ...  It was charging over night and as soon as got unplugged stopped working.  ...  "
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" ...  ** Update after about 1 month of use **  ...  "
Fit
 9
rubber pads, around, metal, desk, tkl02
+89%
-11%
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" ...  It has the rubber pads on its feet so it doesn't slide around.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice and heavy with rubber pads so it does't slip around on the desk top.  ...  "
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" ...  At around $30, this fit the bill perfectly and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.  ...  "
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" ...  the rubber feet are also really good since i haven't been able to make it slide on my desk yet.  ...  "
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" ...  Very happy with this purchase, hope it holds up.  ...  "
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" ...  The construction is pretty sturdy with a metal plate and additional screws to keep everything in place.  ...  "
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" ...  The case is steel and feels very solid, and there's a fair bit of weight to the unit which keeps it from sliding around on my desk.  ...  "
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" ...  It has a hefty metal feel so it and good rubber pads on its feet so it doesn't slide around, and it has double shot keycaps which means the keys feel solid and the lettering shouldn't melt/scratch off anytime soon.  ...  "
Charging
 9
usb c, charging, week, unplugged, plugged
+67%
-33%
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" ...  Battery life exceeds expectations - I fully charged it when I got it a week ago, and haven't needed to charge it since.  ...  "
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" ...  Using it in wireless mode without charging it's lasted longer than a week and can keep going.  ...  "
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" ...  - USB-C charging brings the convenience of reversibility, as well as the assurance of future-proofing.  ...  "
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" ...  I like that it's USB-C and the only cord on my desk charges my phone and my keyboard and my mouse.  ...  "
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" ...  -has gotten me through 3 work days so far with no recharge needed.  ...  "
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" ...  The USB-C connector means it will work with the same charger as my phone, which I like.  ...  "
Color
 8
colors, options, nice, good, different
+88%
-13%
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" ...  The backlights (a nice cool white) are visible, but some of the translucent white is a little uneven  ...  "
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" ...  I changed out the keycaps to add some color with some pbt keycaps but the keycaps it came with were good as in they were infused behind so the key numerical legends will never fade away.  ...  "
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" ...  would be nice to have options for different backlight colors, but white is perfect too.  ...  "
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" ...  I don't have use for the flashing colors, etc, but so far so good with this kb.  ...  "
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" ...  It has a pleasant teal-colored backlighting that can display in different patterns or just display in normal backlight mode.  ...  "
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" ...  The color of the LEDs is of a sapphire blue and is quite pleasing.  ...  "
Marketplace
 7
amazon, blue, backlight
+86%
-14%
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" ...  Also, the seller shipped it very fast.  ...  "
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" ...  I believe this is my first review on Amazon.  ...  "
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" ...  It has blue backlight like in the picture.  ...  "
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" ...  other thoughts: See the pictures.  ...  "
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" ...  The symbols appear better in the picture than they do in real life.  ...  "
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" ...  I started to get used to it but was delighted to check back on Amazon the next week and see this newly released TKL02.  ...  "
Cleaning
 7
keys, much, looks, like, keyboard
+100%
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" ...  That results in a much cleaner appearance that I would guess a lot of people prefer. ... The legends are legible and clean enough.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm happy to report mine is on the side of the unit, under the arrow keys - keeping the look rather clean and minimal.  ...  "
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" ...  I ordered it to have a cleaner wireless setup at work.  ...  "
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" ...  Not really anything to dislike, a really nice keyboard, I’d like RGB with it but it’s really clean without it and looks really nice.  ...  "
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" ...  Recessed keys may make the keyboard harder to clean  ...  "
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" ...  It does not have the logo on this model and looks pretty clean.  ...  "
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" ...  Keys don't wiggle too much, its easy to clean, and I like the size of its enter bar and backspace buttons.  ...  "
Software Platform
 6
windows, want, software, one, also
+50%
-50%
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" ...  This flaw leads to a lot of typing errors.  ...  "
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" ...  cons: had to update bios to charge properly.  ...  "
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" ...  This happens intermittently and I cannot pinpoint the root cause.  ...  "
Cables
 6
usb, long, cord, braided, wireless
+83%
-17%
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" ...  I really liked my Corsair but the heavy cable was always in the way on my desk.  ...  "
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" ...  Just plugin the cable for gaming.  ...  "
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" ...  The typing feel is great and the braided cord seems very solid.  ...  "
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" ...  Major props for using usb C and including a cable.  ...  "
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" ...  It has a nicely long cable, and it has some lighting effects. ... Its missing premium things like a braided cable and RGB, but the price here makes it a winner at about a third of what premium mechanical keyboards cost.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 5
use, typing, settings, makes, travel
+80%
-20%
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" ...  Ease of use.  ...  "
Volume
 5
room, brown, bit, keys, environment
+60%
-40%
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" ...  Not too loud.  ...  "
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" ...  If the room is dark, then you can see the symbols illuminated.  ...  "
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" ...  the brown switches are a much better fit for me since they're not as loud.  ...  "
Mouse
 5
keyboard, room, wireless, logitech, good
+100%
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" ...  I like that it's USB-C and the only cord on my desk charges my phone and my keyboard and my mouse.  ...  "
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" ...  Good office keyboard - looks more professional than many "gaming" RGB keyboards  ...  "
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" ...  It's a real nifty size and doesn't buck my mouse.  ...  "
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" ...  Not having a numberpad is also appreciated, leaving a good amount more room to use the mouse.  ...  "
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" ...  - Tenkeyless means more room on my desk and shorter distance for right hand to travel from keyboard to mouse.  ...  "
Returns
 4
-100%
comment
" ...  Too lazy and cheap to send it back.  ...  "
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" ...  Also don't be like me and forget about it's existence while the return product time expires, oof.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm over the 30 day return and wish I could return it but can't since I'm over the return period.  ...  "
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" ...  I've purchased the M87 and will be returning the TKL02.  ...  "
Storage
 4
stabilizers, space, rattle, noticed, keys
+100%
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" ...  Velocifire combines features, quality, and price in a way that is impressive for newer company in the peripheral space.  ...  "
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" ...  The height is fine and not too tall.  ...  "
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" ...  Very unexpected to see how well it’s put together.  ...  "
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" ...  space and right Ctrl key occasionally get stuck when you let go slowly  ...  "
Wash Programs
 3
+100%
comment
" ...  It keeps the settings between power cycles too.  ...  "
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" ...  It has a number of animated modes which are more interesting and entertaining than the Magicforce, but not particularly useful.  ...  "
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" ...  You can cycle through the over a dozen options doing this.  ...  "
User Manual
 3
website, still, included, velocifire, better
-100%
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" ...  Cons, for one there was no manual included, I went to their website, but when I downloaded it,some of the instructions were superimposed which made it illegible.  ...  "
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" ...  The included manual from Velocifire was useless (there is virtually no useful information there, there is not even a reference to the on/off switch behind the keyboard, that I still don't know what it does) and the Velocifire website only provided an electronic version of the same manual.  ...  "
Drivers
 3
work, use, keyboard
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  no letters would work just Esc and backspace so I had to go into drivers and uninstall, unplug and plug it back in to get it to work again. ... it just messes with the drivers and that's why I gave it a 3 stars.  ...  "
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" ...  There are no drivers or anything I can modify and customer support seems to be nonexistent.  ...  "
Lagging
 3
key, input, sometimes
+67%
-33%
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" ...  The wireless connection has been flawless no lag or dropouts at all.  ...  "
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" ...  The issue fixes itself after no more than a few seconds.  ...  "
Product As Described
 3
blue, backlight
+100%
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" ...  It has blue backlight like in the picture.  ...  "
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" ...  other thoughts: See the pictures.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The symbols appear better in the picture than they do in real life.  ...  "

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