ARMAGGEDDON RGB RAPTOR MKA-11R
The Armaggeddon RGB Raptor MKA-11R is an industrial-style mechanical keyboard with the key switches attached directly to an exposed aluminum plate. Below the plate, a glossy, black plastic layer forms the base of the unit. Underneath, two small feet let you change the angle of the keyboard. The MKA-11R doesn't have any dedicated macro keys but you do get some media control keys in the top-right corner above the number pad.
The switches on the MKA-11R are Kailh clones of Cherry MX switches, rated for the same 50 million keystrokes. Kailh switches are made in China, while Cherry switches are made in Germany, but otherwise seem functionally identical. There are reports of Kailh switches not being as consistent as Cherry switches in terms of actuation force and distance, but we experienced no such issues with this keyboard. Our review set is equipped with Kailh blues, and in usage, the switches feel functionally identical to Cherry MX Blues. Obviously we haven't been able to put them through 50 million keystrokes to see if they hold up, but we've no complaints so far. One thing that's nice about Kailh switches is that the stems are compatible with keycaps made for Cherry switches, so you can easily switch to a custom set if you want. The default keycaps have a shallow curve to them, but are otherwise fairly standard. The keyboard has full N-key rollover and anti-ghosting, so you'll have no problems with dropped input.
LED lighting on the keyboard can be controlled through software or by using the Fn key + F1 - F11 to cycle through the eleven various effects (F12 turns the lighting off). The lights aren't as bright as the lighting we've seen on other keyboards but they're sufficient.
Macro recording can't be done on the fly and has to be set up through Armaggeddon's software. The software lets you set up profiles for each game, and you can then record macros and assign them to different keys. Every key can be programmed, except for the four media keys in the top right – which is a bit frustrating as their position makes them perfect macro candidates.
The MKA-11R features an exposed aluminum plate design.