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USA X-Bows Nature Ergonomic Optical Tactile Mechanical Keyboard

X-BOWS-KB-1

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All new design X-Bows Nature-Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard

  • Spherical OEM keycaps - opaque character
  • ABS bottom shell + aluminum alloy cover
  • Hot-swappable Gateron optical switches
  • Full key programmable
  • 16.8 Million color RGB lighting effect

£110.00 (£91.67 ex VAT) 

USA X-Bows Nature Ergonomic Optical Tactile Mechanical Keyboard - X-BOWS-KB-1

X-Bows allows you to type longer and with greater comfort.
X-Bows' ergonomic design puts your hands in its most natural position. Improving work efficiency and overall comfort. Minimizing your chances of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

Say goodbye to tired hands and aching wrists!
Highly reliable Gateron mechanical switches will outlast any computer. Guaranteed to provide both a satisfying typing experience and powerful gaming performance.

Comfort and performance in one package. No compromise.

X-Bows Nature-Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard includes:

  • X-Bows Ergonomic Keyboard
  • 150 cm Braided Type-C to Type-A Cable
  • Keycap Removal Tool

Features:

  • Layout: Windows (Standard US)
  • Dimensions: 345mm x 137mm x 30mm
  • 32-bit Master MCU + 8M Onboard Storage
  • N-Key Rollover (NKRO)
  • Programmable
  • Customizable LED Backlighting (16.8 million color options)
  • Durable ABS-PC Double Injection Molded Light Transmission Keycaps
  • Brown tactile Gateron Optical Mechanical Switches

USA X-Bows Nature Ergonomic Optical Tactile Mechanical Keyboard - X-BOWS-KB-1

Part Number
X-BOWS-KB-1
Connection
USB
Cable length
1.5 Metre
Language Layout
USA
Number of keys/buttons
87
Switch Type
Gateron Optical Brown
Length
345 mm
Depth
132 mm
Height
30 mm
Weight
900 g
Compatible
PC
Gross Weight
1.1 kg

USA X-Bows Nature Ergonomic Optical Tactile Mechanical Keyboard - X-BOWS-KB-1

  Angelos  29/10/2020
I have had this keyboard for three weeks now, coming from a membrane keyboard I felt I needed to get a bit more comfortable with it before reviewing. This is my first mechanical keyboard and first keyboard with so many features.

Overall, I will give it 45, details below.

Pros:
- The build quality is quite good for this price. I certainly feel that the materials and overall quality of the product is worth the money.
- The Gateron brown switches are OK - not too noisy, linear response, not too hard. The package provides a tool for removing the keycaps and switches.
- There are many configuration options and in general you can modify everything. I find I am having much more fun than my normal keyboards with the whole physicality of typing, and I am having trouble going to my old keyboard home because it now feels a bit boring. Keep in mind that this one is designed to work with proper touch-typing technique. Like many people, I was cheating a lot with certain key combinations, and in this keyboard this is not really possible. The placement of the BackSpace and Enter keys needs some getting used to, and I still find my self pressing the middle enter by accident more often that I would have liked.


Cons:
- The keyboard driver works only on Windows and this includes some features I wouldn't mind having. In theory you can get it to work in Linux, but no GUI for the moment. It also feels like a work-in-progress; the GUI is quirky and there is little documentation to help. You will probably figure it out, but it may take some tome.
- The design approach seems a bit naive with some choices they have made. The bottom left corner is way to crowded, making some combinations like Control-z for undo rather awkward. The same goes for Delete - I would have liked it to be closer to the rest of the keys.
- Overall, I'd like the keys to be spaced closer together to reduce the stretch for some combinations.
- The keycaps don't allow the light to go through, so the RGB light show is not particularly useful for typing in the dark.
- On the unit I received, one of the keys wasn't working (the right shift key near the arrows). Fortunately, not the most important key to warrant a replacement. I will try to replace the switch when I get some time, just for the fun of it.

Others: Once I started working with this keyboard, I fully realised the extent to which the QWERTY layout is really poor for proper typing. I am going to switch to Colemak, I am guessing it will make much more sense with a keyboard like this one.




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