Gaming keyboards are nothing new. Neither are ones with RGB LED backlighting. With most RGB LED keyboards, you may have a set variety of presets you can choose from to cycle by means of varied colours. Newer ones even allow you to assign per-key RGB colours to create your individual variations.

Every occasionally, a keyboard comes alongside with a brand new function. Our Whirlwind FX Element evaluation takes a have a look at a mechanical gaming keyboard with reactive and programmable RGB LED lighting for a extra immersive expertise. Read on for our full evaluation.

Leistungsmerkmale

The Whirlwind FX Element keyboard has the next options and specs:

Modell FX243138
Typ Full-Sized Keyboard (104 key QWERTY ANSI)
Materialbedarf Anodized aluminum prime plate
Anti-Geisterbild 100%
Actuation Distance 2.0mm
Betätigungskraft 50g
Total journey distance 4.0mm
Keystrokes 70 Mio.
Polling price 1300 - 1400Hz
N-Key rollover Full N-Key rollover 104 key
Mediensteuerelemente Fn-Taste
Beleuchtung • Per-key particular person addressable RGB LEDs
• Dynamic atmosphere pushed by on-screen EX know-how
• Game extensions allow content-reactive, illumination results
• One-click entry to deep library of extensions and results
Internet & Fiber 1.8m braided cable
Maße 36 x 445 x 137 (1.4 x 17.5 x 5.4)
Garantie 2 Jahre

Was ist auf dem Gebiet

  • Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard
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  • Production Information Guide
What's included with the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard
What’s included with the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard.

Design

NOTE: Due to a producer change, the Whirlwind FX Element has undergone slight beauty modifications. All the inner elements and switches stay the identical, in addition to new change choices.

The Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard seems to be fairly much like most different keyboards of its kind on the market, which isn’t essentially a foul factor. The major faceplate is crafted from anodized aluminum. It is ready right into a plastic base with a carbon fiber motif. On the underside of the keyboard are 4 nook pads in addition to two extra alongside the entrance edge. Two kickstands are additionally current, permitting for the keyboard to be set at two completely different heights.

The bottom of the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard
The backside of the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard.

The full-sized keycaps sit above the highest plate with your typical gaming structure and full-size quantity pad. The keycaps come off simply to show the switches beneath. For probably the most half, the switches are clear which is unquestionably required for the best way this keyboard treats its per-key RBG lighting. The Whirlwind FX brand sits above the quantity pad whereas the LEDs for quantity lock, caps lock, and scroll lock sit above the arrow keys.

My solely actual criticism in regards to the keyboard is the default keycaps. The keycaps that come with the keyboard are literally a bit slippery, for my part. While they weren’t prepared on the time the corporate shipped out my evaluation unit, they have been engaged on a matte set of keycaps. Once they arrived, I wasted no time in swapping out the keycaps. I’ve to say, the matte keycaps are a lot, significantly better than the default ones. Hopefully, the corporate can be providing customers a alternative as to which key caps the keyboard comes with.

The default (glossy) keycaps versus the newer matte keycaps on the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard
The default (shiny) keycaps versus the newer matte keycaps on the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard.

Finally, the keyboard has an almost 5 foot lengthy braided cable popping out of the middle of the again of the keyboard. It is thicker than most, and consequently, is a bit stiff.

Our evaluation unit additionally got here with a wrist pad (offered individually). Roughly 4 x 17 1/2-inches, it’s properly padded with reminiscence foam. The non-slip rubber base is good in addition to it stored the wrist pad in place throughout gaming properly.

The Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard with optional wrist pad
The Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard with non-compulsory wrist pad.

Software

The Whirlwind FX Element works simply wonderful with out the companion software program app. That being mentioned, there are some options you may tweak with the Whirlwind Engine. The major dashboard permits you to obtain completely different results for when not gaming, in addition to integrations for standard video games. While the choice could seem sparse, integrations are being added incessantly. Even Assassins Creed: Valhalla is already supported.

The main dashboard of the Whirlwind Engine software app
The major dashboard of the Whirlwind Engine software program app.

Once you’ve downloaded an integration or impact, the results tab permits you to assign it. The default setting, Rainbow (or inventory rainbow puke), shows an array of colours. Others like Space show twinkling results like stars the place Terminal shows a Matrix-like impact. There are a number of results you can obtain, sot there are a lot to select from.

The final tab, Media Settings, permits you to alter your video and audio settings for the software program to dynamically react to your sport or video that you’re watching. Finally, you may also replace the firmware in your keyboard by means of the app.

Whirlwind FX additionally has a walkthrough video that goes by means of all of the accessible choices.

The Whirlwind Engine app is fairly fundamental however simple, it could be good to have a creation tab which walks you thru the fundamentals of making your individual integration or results. That being mentioned, there may be documentation on the corporate web site do you have to wish to dive into creating your individual.

Performance

As far as typing and gaming are involved, the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard performs nicely. Our evaluation unit got here geared up with crimson linear Gateron switches, you may also get blue clicky or brown tactile switches as nicely.

With full N-key rollover, 1300-1400 polling price, 100% anti-ghosting, 2.0mm actuation, 50g actuation drive, and 4.0mm journey distance, the Element mechanical gaming keyboard is fairly customary fare. I didn’t have any points with missed keystrokes whereas gaming and was in a position to keep 100+ wpm at 100% accuracy on MonkeyType.com.

Where this keyboard differs in efficiency is with its reactive RGB lighting. While you may alter a few of the settings, as talked about, within the software program, it does work relatively nicely out of the field. Regardless of the sport I used to be enjoying or the video that I used to be watching it was enjoyable to take a seat again and watch the RGB lights react throughout cutscenes. It positively supplied up one other ingredient of immersion.

The reactive keyboard mirroring the screen while playing Gears 5 with the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard
The reactive keyboard mirroring the display whereas enjoying Gears 5 with the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard.

While it could appear gimmicky, relying in your gaming surroundings, the flashing lights and bars do catch your eye. This considerably shocked me as you’re not often your keyboard whereas gaming however it’s vibrant and reactive sufficient to note.

The keyboard additionally comes with some RGB presets for varied video games as nicely, and you may program your individual with fundamental HTML5/Canvas and Javascript abilities — though I didn’t go down that path. I did check out the integrations with Apex-Legenden, Minecraft, und Minecraft Dungeons and it was fairly spectacular. Each sport reacts in another way, in fact, however try the video earlier than for a demo of a few of the reactive lighting options in Apex-Legenden. You may view many of the present integrations on the Website der Firma.

I did discover that the keyboard labored greatest on extra customary resolutions like 1920×1080. Wider resolutions just like the 5120 x 1440 DQHD decision as seen on the Samsung Odyssey G9 have been hit or miss as there’s much more display to cowl for the keyboard to interpret.

Preis / Wert

The Whirlwind FX Element V2 mechanical gaming keyboard is at the moment up for preorder for US$119.99 on the Whirlwind FX web site. The firm must also be updating Amazon inventory as soon as it arrives. Not solely is that this an honest worth for a mechanical gaming keyboard, however the further reactive options not solely provide up an additional wow issue however are additionally helpful whereas gaming in supported video games.

The red linear Gateron switches (one of three choices) on the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard
The crimson linear Gateron switches (certainly one of three decisions) on the Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard.

Wrap-up

Mechanical gaming keyboards are a dime a dozen however the Whirlwind FX Element units itself aside with its reactive RGB lighting for each gaming and media. Not solely is it a responsive and well-constructed gaming keyboard however the integrations positively make your gaming and media consumption that rather more immersive.

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Whirlwind FX Element

US $ 119.99

The Whirlwind FX Element mechanical gaming keyboard
Gaming keyboards are nothing new. Neither are ones with RGB LED backlighting. With most RGB LED keyboards, you may have a set variety of presets you can choose from to cycle by means of varied colours. Newer ones even allow you to assign per-key RGB colours to create your individual variations.

Geschafft

  • Solides Konstrukt von hoher Qualität
  • Great gaming efficiency
  • Three Gateron change choices
  • Reactive RGB lighting is nice
  • Downloadable results and sport integrations
  • Can create your individual results
  • Akzeptabler Preis

Braucht Arbeit

  • Need to know HTML and Javascript to program your individual results/integrations
  • Thick braided cable is good however a bit stiff
  • Default keycaps are slippery
  • Bit hit or miss on ultrawide screens