|Item model number||HV-KB366L|
|Hardware Platform||Mac, Pc|
|Operating System||Window 7, XP|
|Item Weight||2.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||19.9 x 6.9 x 2.4 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||19.88 x 6.93 x 2.36 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||MicroDIMM|
HAVIT RGB Backlit Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Blue Switches
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- 104 keys RGB mechanical keyboard, constructed with floating keys, blue switches (Gaote switch/Otemu switch), programming is not supported (No driver needed).
- Adjustable multiple backlit mode (including unique marquee mode), all the backlit modes are pre-programed, therefore key-by-key backlighting adjustment is not supported.
- 4 levels of brightness and 10 levels of breathing rate, Aluminum top housing with sanded finish, metal base(Note: Additionally, it allows backlit brightness adjustment by pressing FN + Up/Down Arrow Key in any non-breathing mode).
- Gold plated USB interface guarantees efficient and stable data transmission (Note: RGB mechanical keyboards take a bit more power than the traditional keyboards, it would be better for them to work with desktop since some older USB 2.0 laptops may not be able to provide enough output. Similarly, it may work better with USB ports locating at the back of the computer case than those in the front).
- Every floating key with independent blue switch and LED light, Full anti-ghosting, N-key-rollover technology-All keys can work at the same time (Notice: Mac OS support 6-key rollover only).
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Build-in Blue mechanical key switches, Feel the Difference
Built with the all-new blue mechanical switches, help you take your game to the next level with more speed and precision. Provide a combination of great gaming performance with tactile feedback and an audible click for typing.
Full Anti-ghosting, Designed for Performance Gaming
Full key anti-ghosting mechanism for perfect signal quality no matter how fast you play (Mac OS support 6-key rollover only).
Press Fn+ Backlit key to change backlit color, multiple backlit mode switch.
In 7-color backlit mode (not breathing), press the backlit key singly to activate marquee mode. In marquee mode, press the backlit key to deactivate marquee mode to switch to 7-color backlit mode.
4 levels of brightness and 10 levels of breathing rate
Color Showcase Please check this video in YouTube to see what HV-KB366L could do：https://youtu.be/4BNEaiW0S-U
1.8 m braided cord and all-metal panel design with suspended type keyswitches, sturdy and robust for durability.
Full 1 year manufacturer's warranty
Dimension:438.2mm x 133.7mm x 38.2 mm
Cord Length:1.8 m/70.87 inches
Power Supply Voltage:+5V+/-0.5V
Power Consumption:300mA MAX
Keyboard Layout:5 key zones (104 keys)
Key Switch: Blue switch
Service Life＞50 million key operations
Base:Metal with weight tuning design
Compatibility:Win 10/Win 8/Win 7/Linux/Vista/Mac/IBM PC
Win key deactivation:Fn + Win key
Seller Warranty Description30 day money back guarantee and a full 1 year manufacturer's warranty
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A quick note out of the gate. There are apparently two versions of this keyboard being marketed under the same ASIN here on Amazon. There's the older (as I understand it) version, which is silver. The older version has a lot more customization where the keyboard lighting is concerned. The newer (black) version does not have the same functionality. There is text in the manual that indicates that holding the FN key and pressing the Pause key should change it to rollover lightning, however that functionality is not there.
I contacted Havit about this discrepancy with regard to the 2 different versions which a lot of reviewers are, understandably, frustrated by. The representative advised that they will be getting the silver model back in stock, and that when they do there will be 2 separate listings for the two models. That being the case, if you submit a new order now - do a quick search to make sure that you want this model instead of the silver one. If there isn't a separate listing for the silver one, then ordering the one on this page will be equivalent to rolling the dice as far as which model you get.
Now, with all of the foreword out of the way. This is a nice mechanical keyboard. The variety of colors are a bit ostentatious for my personal preferences as I typically prefer a solid color, however I am approaching this review objectively, and if I'm someone that ordered this keyboard knowing that the RGB colors are what they are, then I already knew what I was getting into.
I'm including a video as well where I completed a brief 60 second typing test so that you can hear how the keys sound. The keys are very responsive. They require 80g of force to activate with a travel distance of 4mm to activate.
The bottom line is that if customization of the colors are important to you, then you should probably wait until you see a separate listing on amazon for the silver keyboard. If, however, the RGB backlights don't mean a lot to you, and you just want an affordably mechanical keyboard with blue switches, then at this price it's a pretty good deal.
Note that were it not for the discrepancy with regard to the lightning functionality in the manual I would have no problem rating this a 5-star product.
Thanks for reading/watching folks, I hope that you've found this information helpful.
- Quite possibly the most extensive, well executed lighting features you will likely find on a keyboard. Whatever look you are going for the HV-KB366L has it covered.
- Built like a tank and weighs almost as much as one.
- NKRO & Anti-Ghosting features work very well and can be disabled for productivity use.
- Unlike red switches blues are excellent for MOBA, RTS and MMO games as well as for typing and productivity.
- No wrist rest.
- No lighting memory function.
- Slightly industrial bland looks (when not lit or in use).
- Not as good as red switches for FPS games.
- Blue switches are loud, headphones are a must.
- Sadly only available in US layout (at least at the time of writing). Not much of an issue when playing games, but can be for productivity related tasks.
PACKAGING & CONTENTS.
The HAVIT HV-KB366L keyboard comes supplied in flat cardboard retail packaging accompanied with an instruction leaflet and separate support and warranty card. The keyboard is very well protected within the packaging with a large foam block at each end of the box, keeping the keyboard secure, preventing movement and protecting the ends from impact during transit. Compared to the packaging my Corsair K70 came in the Havit HV-KB366L is very well protected inside its box.
The instructions included are in English and advise on the use of the keyboards, additional features such as lighting, N Key Rollover Mode (NKRO) otherwise known as anti-ghosting and windows key deactivation. I will cover all of these features within my review.
There is no software or drivers included in the box, however, such is not required. The manual indicates the keyboard is compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7 & Vista as well as Linux and Mac systems. It should be noted that the NKRO feature is not compatible with Mac systems and so you will be limited to a simultaneous 6 key press limit with the keyboard.
Having tested on Windows 7 Pro 32-Bit and 8.1 systems the keyboard is plug and play, with the OS installing any necessary software as soon as it is plugged in and is usable within seconds of being plugged into either system with all features working without the need for additional software.
Measurements taken at their greatest point using a digital calliper accurate to within 0.1%.
The keyboard measures 438.2mm x 133.7mm x 38.2mm according to the manual. Personal measurements indicate a measurement of 439mm x 136mm x 45mm with feet retracted or 39mm with feet folded away.
The keys on the keyboard are marginally but noticeably smaller than budget business class keyboard offered by Microsoft and Logitech some key measurements are as follows
(Measurements taken of top surface of keys)
Space bar = 113mm x 14mm
Arrow & Letter Keys = 13mm x 14mm
Enter Key = 36mm x 14mm
Left Shift Key = 36mm x 14mm
Right Alt Key =17mm x 14mm
The spacing between keys is 6mm
The keyboard weighs 1342g (this reading unavoidably includes a small section of the cable).
The switches on the Havit HV-KB366L keyboard are made by Gaote and are clones of the Cherry MX design (Cherry switch patent expired in 2007, Patent number US 4467160A). These switches are branded "OTM" and come in four varieties. (Red, Brown, Blue and Black). Gaote also makes the Matias switches that are highly regarded by some as the best non Cherry MX switches available. Gaote also produces switches for the Noppoo keyboards which are similar to the switches used within the Havit HV-KB366L.
The upper shell and base of the Gaote switches are not interchangeable with Cherry MX switches and there are noticeable differences compared to genuine Cherry MX switches. In particular the four corner holes that are used to release the plate retention clips are missing.
The blue Gaote switch is described as clicky, tactile and linear. The contact mechanism is metal leaf and The Keycap mount is Cherry MX mount. The Switch mount is a plate mount and PCB mount.
With tactile and clicky switches, feedback in the form of a click or the feeling of the bump when you hit the actuation point. The actuation point is when the keystroke is registered on the computer. This means that the user does not have to press down fully to get the keystroke to register, leading to faster typing. The blue switch is widely regarded as the best switch for use playing MOBA, RTS, and MMO style games as well as the best type for productivity and fast typists.
Mechanical switches are much more durable than rubber dome keyboards. With mechanical switches having a rated lifespan of 20-50 million keystrokes and rubber domes rated to last around 5 million.
With a little practice, you can use this feedback to type faster while using less effort because you can teach yourself to stop pressing when you hear the click and feel the bump instead of pushing the key all the way down. This gives the keys a lighter overall feel, which is great for writing, data entry, and other typing-intensive tasks.
The clicking sound that the MX Blue switch makes is rather loud compared to the sound of other switches much more so than rubber domed keyboards.
With a background sound level of 24dba a single press of the Havit HV-KB366L registered a sound level of 54dba from a single click at a distance of 17” and repeated typing registered a sound level of 71dba at a distance of 17”. In comparison the Razer Black Widow Ultimate Stealth Edition keyboard with brown switches registers a sound level of 59dba from a single click and the Rosewill RK-9000 with blue switches registered a level of 58dba with a single click.
Blue switches are a bit harder to double tap than brown and red switches, as the release point is above the actuation point. As such red switches are widely regarded as the best choice for FPS games and browns are regarded as the middle ground between the two.
The first point to address is the “aluminium top housing with sanded finish” stated in the manual and the product listing. The facia of the keyboard is silver with a satin finish, however it is magnetic. While I am no expert the last time I checked aluminium is a non ferrous, non magnetic metal. Testing in a discreet location under the spacebar this metal did scratch quite easily, so it is possible that there is a thin layer of aluminium on the top with another metal underneath that is attracting the magnet.
The sides of the keyboard have 1.5mm thin strips of aluminium with a chrome effect finish screwed onto the sides. The corners of the keyboard have bright blue plastic bumpers fitted that otherwise slightly detract from the looks of the keyboard.
The keys have a very fine texture, but are smooth to the touch and non slip in use. The keys are slightly wobbly in comparison to a Corsair K70 (An unfair comparison, I realise as its main competitor would be the K65 but I do not have one of these to make such a comparison) but not to the point of being a concern. The characters on each key is semi transparent with a frosted white finish, on a few keys running your finger across the key this does feel microscopically raised on some keys most noticeably the Tab, Shift, Ctrl and Alt keys but not on any of the letter or number keys.
Above the number pad are three blue LED indicator lights for Caps, Num and Scroll Lock. When one is lit the light, slightly bleeds through to the others depending on the lighting mode selected, specifically the blue backlight, it can be rather difficult to differentiate whether they are in fact on or off.
The entire underside of the keyboard is matte black and made from aluminium. In the bottom left and right corner are 24mm x 9mm hard silicone non slip feet, while small these are highly effective to the point that moving the keyboard by hand requires it to be first lifted from the surface it is placed on.
On the top left and right edges are two plastic adjustable feet. These feet lock into position either fully opened or fully closed only and when retracted lift the back of the keyboard by approximately 6mm. These feet are very high quality and very firmly installed with absolutely no rattle. They are however rather difficult to first extend not only due to how stiff they are, but due to the design of the housing that mounts them to the keyboard. I have to confess that due to a lack of any length in my fingernails, I had to resort to using a pen to extend them.
The cable is 174.5cm long excluding connectors and is 3.5mm in diameter including the braiding and is very flexible. The braiding is either matte silver or grey; personally, it looks grey to me. The cable has a single USB A plug (Corsair K70 requires two USB ports) that is gold plated. Located 4.5cm down the cable from the connector is a perhaps the smallest Ferrite EMI suppressor I have ever seen. Where the cable enters the keyboard is a small grey plastic cable reinforcer that somewhat detracts from the otherwise quality looks of the keyboard.
Personally the whole cable situation would look a lot better if it were black with a black reinforcer, if anything it would make it stand out less.
The product listing and manual both state “Metal base with weight tuning design”. It does indeed have a metal base, but I have no idea what “weight tuning design” is. There is no apparent means of adjusting the weight of the keyboard which is what I first thought. I then thought it might be that the keyboard has a balanced weight distribution, but it is in fact slightly heavier on the right than the left side. In conclusion, I have no idea what it means.
The keyboard has a slight minimalist industrial look about it and would not look out of place in a RobCo Industries office. The overall build quality cannot be faulted and everything fits together perfectly, some design decisions and materials used in places could however be better.
The lighting features of the Havit HV-KB366L are best described as extensive and slightly complicated and I will do my best to try and describe their use as best as possible.
By default, when the keyboard is first installed and each subsequent time the PC is switched on the keyboard is broken down into seven different lighted zones. (Blue, Green, Purple, Yellow, Terquiose, White and Red) and is what I call the rainbow settings. It should be noted that the yellow lighting on the keyboard looks more bile green than yellow and the white has a slight blue tint to it.
The lighting is controlled by using the “FN” and “Light” keys that are found next to the right hand “Alt” key as well as the arrow keys on the keyboard.
Pressing the “FN” and “Light” button once and the default rainbow lighting pattern beings to fade in and out (breathing mode). While in this mode, pressing the “Light” key activates “Marquee Mode” or as it has become known in our house the Disco Mode. In this mode the seven lighting zones scroll across the keyboard like a marquee (similar to that of the marquee screen saver). The direction of the scrolling can be changed by holding the “FN” key and tapping the left or right arrow keys and the speed can be changed by holding the “FN” key and tapping the up arrow key to speed it up and the down arrow to slow it down.
Pressing the “FN” and “Light” key twice and the entire keyboard lights up one colour and remains constantly on that colour. Pressing the “Light” key changes the colour with the options being Turquoise, White, Red, Midnight Blue, Acid Green, Purple and Yellow.
Pressing the “FN” and “Light” keys three times and the entire keyboard will be lit a single colour, but it will now fade in and out or if you prefer pulsate. Again the colour can be changed using the “Light” key.
Pressing the “FN” and “Light” keys once more and the backlight will apparently go off, but it is not. The keyboard is now in “On Click Zone Lighting Mode”. What this means it that when you press a key that zone will light up briefly (The rainbow lighting mode shows the preset lighting zones) and each additional press of a key in that zone while it remains illuminated will change the colour.
At any time to change the brightness of the backlight hold down the “FN” key and tap the up arrow to turn the brightness up or tap the down arrow to turn it down. To turn the backlight off completely hold the “FN” key down and continue to tap the down arrow until it goes off. There are 4 settings of off, dim, medium and bright. The brightness of the backlight can ONLY be changed when the colour remains constant and cannot be changed when the lighting is set to any other mode.
When the backlight is fading in and out or pulsating or as the manual calls it “Breathing Mode” the speed at which it fades in and out can be sped up or slowed down. To do this, hold the “FN” key down and tap the up arrow key to speed it up or the down arrow key to turn it down. There are 10 speed settings varying between 2 seconds and 11 seconds between each cycle of fading in and out. The default speed is 7 seconds.
The difference between the lighting levels of dim, medium, and bright are far more apparent than my pictures would show with dim being suitable for an unlit room, medium for a poorly lit room or with the keyboard sat right under a large monitor and bright in a well lit room.
The entire keyboard is backlit as are the keys and I have added several pictures of the different lighting functions at differing brightness levels to show how they look in a poorly lit room. From my testing I would say that the keyboard is suitable for use in any situation be it a very well lit room or entirely pitch black. With the backlight set to its brightest setting it even serves to light up the area around the keyboard which can prove very useful.
The diffusion, brightness and colours are excellent and very well done with no sections that are poorly lit. There is however one slight problem, the distinctive and very noticeable lack of a memory function for the lighting. Every time you boot up the keyboard defaults to the rainbow seven zone lighting pattern. Depending on your desired standard light setting this could prove annoying and requiring a bit of a phaf to set up every time you boot.
Only one real comments to make here.
No included wrist rest
When writing or using for productivity this is less of an issue, but for gaming one really is required. As such you will have to buy one separately and this brings the price of the Havit HV-KB366L into the realms of the Corsair keyboards which include a wrist rest.
While one can easily be obtained separately it will never be attached to the keyboard so when moving the keyboard, you then have to move and align the wrist rest separately, which can be a little annoying. It does however mean that you can buy a nice comfortable foam pad like the Grifiti Fat Pad which is far more comfortable than any plastic bundled rest.
During my working life I have used many, many keyboards, including the king of keyboards (The IBM Model M) honing my typing skills fairly early on in my life during a spell of data entry work computerising maintenance records for the R.A.F while at college.
I would say that the Havit HV-KB366L is simply a dream to type on. The keys are spaced a little close together and the spacebar is a little on the small side, but its biggest problem is the US layout for productivity use. This is only the second time that I have ever used such a keyboard layout and I genuinely have struggled to try and adapt.
I have managed to adapt to a degree, but when typing fast on a keyboard depending on the position of my hand, I tend to use either my pinkie or ring finger to press the top of the enter key. Using this keyboard this ends up in a press of the # key and I just can’t see to get my brain to break the habit, which is annoying.
Aside from this for productivity the Havit HV KB366L is easily the most pleasurable keyboard that I own for typing on and it quite honestly dumps all over my K70 that uses red MX switches.
The NKRO feature, simply works, to activate hold the “FN” key and tap the “DEL” key with the letter N underneath and to switch off hold the “FN” key and tap the “INS” key with the number 6 underneath it. For productivity use it is best to disable it.
With the NKRO feature each press of each key on a keyboard can be detected individually, which means that each key you press will be seen by your operating system no matter how many keys you are holding down simultaneously (hence the variable 'n' in N-Key to refer to as many keys as are possible to press on a keyboard).
While the keyboard has no limit, there is however a USB Protocol limitation. A max of 10 simultaneous key presses are recognized, 6 non-modifier keys (“W”, “A”, “S”, “D”, etc.) + 4 modifier keys (Shift, Caps, Ctrl, etc.). Although you are limited to 6 regular keys you are still guaranteed that any combination of keys will be recognized properly if you have an NKRO keyboard.
In short, this means that you can simultaneously move forward while holding a key down to crouch, reload and even turn a torch on or off and hold a key if required to use teamspeak with each and every key registering.
Coupled with the blue switches DOTA, Guild Wars 2, Elite Dangerous, COH 2, War Game : Red Dragon and R.U.S.E are a pleasure to play and far more so than on my K70.
FPS games such as Killing Floor, L4D2, Team Fortress 2, Serious Sam 3 BFE and COD Black Ops 2 and Platformers were defiantly better played using the red switches of my K70. Specifically Platformers that are probably best played on a joypad anyway were rather frustrating. Honestly trying to double jump with the spacebar of the Havit HV-KB366L will drive you bonkers.
Full disclosure, I was provided with a sample product in exchange for a fair and honest review. No attempt was made to influence my opinion and the review comprises of my own thoughts based on the use of this item.