Alien­ware Pro Gam­ing Key­board

Not quite premium

PCPOWERPLAY - - Tech // Reviews - PRICE $ 249 www.alien­ware.com.au

The nam­ing of the Ad­vanced and Pro key­boards from Alien­ware sounds a lit­tle top­sy­turvy to us, but the pro is a more ap­peal­ing prospect, even though it costs $80 more. One of the prob­lems we had with the Ad­vanced key­board re­mains with the Pro – the wrist rest is an op­tional ex­tra that costs more – but it does fea­ture back­light­ing. It also fea­tures the same Kailh Brown switches. Rather dis­ap­point­ingly, al­though the top plate of the key­board has a metal­lic sheen, it’s just dif­fer­ent coloured plas­tic. The build qual­ity is still good, but for the price of a premium key­board some alu­minium for added rigid­ity isn’t much to ask. The only real change to the over­all de­sign of the Pro is that the three vol­ume but­tons of the Ad­vanced key­board have been re­placed by a scroll bar and mute button. It’s a nice change but is it enough to jus­tify the price tag?

Like the Ad­vanced, the Pro has a nice, slightly stiff, tac­tile feel. The switches are good as is the key spac­ing. The AlienFX RGB light­ing is bright and looks good and the macroable keys are easy to pro­gram. All in all the Alien­ware Pro Gam­ing Key­board is a good gam­ing key­board, but as with the other Alien­ware branded pe­riph­er­als, it’s priced at a point too high when com­pared to other sim­i­larly fea­tured key­boards, like the MK750 and X1 RGB (both re­viewed this is­sue), and isn’t as premium fea­tured as many sim­i­larly priced key­boards like the K95 Plat­inum, Black­widow V2 RGB, or Steelseries Apex M800. Also be warned, if you are on Win­dows 7 you can’t use any of the driv­ers for the key­board as they only work on Win­dows 10. DANIEL WILKS

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