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QPAD MK-85 keyboard review

QPAD wants you to pop your cherry for this gamer porn-like keyboard

Our Verdict

For

  • Mechanical switches
  • Adjustable backlighting
  • Sturdy, compact design

Against

  • Expensive

Mechanical switches have fast become a must-have feature for gaming keyboards, and with a full set of Cherry MX Red switches beneath its rubberised keys, the MK-85 keyboard from high-end gaming specialist QPAD certainly ticks that box.

Packed into the sturdy chassis are a few other features that make the keyboard desirable too; programmable macros will spark attention from MMO gamers and actions-per-minute-obsessed Starcraft II players.

Bright orange WSAD key caps (kind of like the Corsair Memory Vengeance K60's WSAD set) will make FPS gamers happy. And the adjustable backlighting will put a smile on pretty much everyone's face.

Although the QPAD MK-85's understated visuals make it look a bit 'normal' when the keys aren't throwing out neon red, this is absolutely a specialist product. You could use it for word processing tasks and the odd bit of Mafia Wars, but you'd be wasting £135 (and your life).

Is this an essential buy for the hardcore gaming crowd though, or are you better off stumping up for another keyboard?

Tech Specs

Product TypeKeyboard
Keyboard/Keypad Host InterfaceUSB
Brand NameQPad
Keyboard/Keypad Connectivity TechnologyCable
Keyswitch TechnologyMechanical
Keyboard/Keypad Height35 mm
Keyboard/Keypad Width448 mm
Keyboard/Keypad Depth149 mm
ManufacturerQPad
Product ModelMK-85
Product NamePro Gaming Backlit Mechanical Keyboard
Product LinePro
Hot KeysVolume Control, Play/Pause, Skip Forward
Manufacturer Part NumberMK-85
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.qpad.se
Marketing Information

QPAD MK-85 PRO GAMING MECHANICAL KEYBOARD

Unlike your average keyboard, that functions through rubber domes, forcing you to press each key all the way down in order for the stroke to register, the MK-85 feature true mechanical switches with unmatched accuracy and feel. No more pressing with full-force in order to activate the keys.The QPAD keyboard will respond to your every stroke in an instant.

Other boards normally have a short life span and wear out quickly, resulting in unresponsiveness, delays and a dull, clunky feel to the keys. The key switches on MK-85 are built to last 50 million strokes, and the QPAD mechanical key technology provides distinct feedback and puts you in absolute control. The travel distance of the keys is set to 4mm with an actuation point at 2mm.

For gamers, it's all about the feel and functionallity and that is where the QPAD MK-85 truly shines. With a full size keyboard layout in 3 sections, gaming profiles, macro recording, mechanical key switches, media keys and full N-Key roll over via USB, it's the perfect gaming keyboard. Nuff said...

Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.27 kg