OCZ Elixir Gaming Keyboard

Introduction

Introduction
 
A short while ago we got to look at OCZ's latest mouse in their peripherals line up. Next under the microscope is their keyboard. A new product range has been dreamed up for the keyboards going by the name of the Alchemy series, and consisting entirely of the Elixir and the Elixir II. The latter being a slimmer, cut down version of the former. Today I'll be taking a fine tooth comb to the more feature-filled Elixir.
 
So on to the official blurb from OCZ's very own site:
 
Alchemy Gaming Peripherals / Elixir Series Keyboards

Featuring a wealth of user-friendly features combined with an ergonomic and sturdy design, the Elixir keyboard will deliver a unique combination of performance and vale to gamers as they blaze through the latest PC titles.

The Elixir is a high-quality keyboard featuring the necessary features such as 10 tri-mode programmable macro keys, mode selection, a pop-up menu shortcut, and Windows® Media Players optical controller. The sleek design of the Alchemy Elixir Series will maintain your comfort throughout long gaming sessions with its membrane tactical keys made from 100% rubber-coating for no-slip comfort and ergonomic design. The Elixir features an extremely reliable lifestyle of 5 million cycles. The Elixir series is compatible with Windows® XP (SP2 or later) and Windows® Vista™.
 
And the specifications list on the same page:
 
Dimensions: (W)20”x(D)7.87”x(H)1.14”
Weight: 1.85 lbs
Travel Distance: 3.8 +/- 0.2mm
Operating Force: 55 +/- 12g
Connection: USB 2.0
Membrane Tactile Switches
Rubberized Coating on all Keys

Features:

10 Blue Macro Keys with 3 User Defined Profiles
7 Internet Hot Keys
8 Keys for Media
Mode Selection: Switch between standard PC Mode or customized gaming mode
Lifespan: 5 million cycles
One-year warranty
 
 
Packaging
 
The Elixir comes in pretty much what you would expect a keyboard to come in: a long, thin cardboard box only just bigger than the keyboard itself. The front shows off a large image of the keyboard inside and the product's name and Alchemy branding. Of course, there is also a sentence advertising some of the more prominent features. The back of the box gives a map of the keyboard complete with a key showing what all the extra fancy buttons do, next to the specifications in multiple languages and a bunch of certifications. Also, you will notice that the keyboard suffers from being a US layout. No UK layout has yet been released, but it is on the books.
 
Box1 Box2
 
Box3
 
The inside isn't really very imaginative, but it doesn't need to be. It's a keyboard. A protective polyethylene bag protects your Elixir from scratches but I don't feel it offers much protection from bumps, knocks and ham-handed couriers. A simple upgrade to a bubble wrap pack would suffice to give that extra piece of mind, but it's by no means a massive quibble.
 
 
Package
 
Maybe a bit ambitious giving this an entire heading as it's a keyboard; and that's pretty much all you get. Or is it? The Elixir doesn't come packaged with anything overly exciting, but it does give the user two packets of spare buttons, containing what OCZ must think are the most used buttons by gamers. Namely the WASD, arrow key, space and shift buttons. Quite a thoughtful addition to the package. Alongside them comes a quick start sheet and the driver CD.
 
Package
 
Next we take a look at the board itself...
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Most Recent Comments

11-10-2008, 18:32:14

Ham
OCZ have been pumping out new peripherals like there's no tomorrow. Take a look too see how the Elixir keyboard stacks up.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...141143297s.jpg

Review

11-10-2008, 18:37:40

!TIMMY!
Nice review Ham OCZ are really throwing everything out there!

11-10-2008, 18:52:02

Hassan
The keyboard looks aesthetically cheap.

11-10-2008, 19:11:43

ionicle
good review, but the lack of an english version, i would have put down as a major fail, and wouldnt have given it the score you did, fair enough, americans have a nice keyboard, but, if i remember right, this site is a predominantly english one, so why has it not been marked down more significantly for the company not actually having been bothered to release a english version

*OCZ now in dislike books*

11-10-2008, 20:09:38

nepas
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Hassan'
The keyboard looks aesthetically cheap.
agreed

12-10-2008, 05:12:25

mrapoc
looks fugly

*goes and admires the new logitech gaming kb*

12-10-2008, 16:37:14

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='ionicle'
good review, but the lack of an english version, i would have put down as a major fail, and wouldnt have given it the score you did, fair enough, americans have a nice keyboard, but, if i remember right, this site is a predominantly english one, so why has it not been marked down more significantly for the company not actually having been bothered to release a english version

*OCZ now in dislike books*
I think that's a bit of an unfair slant on things. Its like a movie critic giving a film a low score just because it's not available on a region 2 dvd yet.

As for the look of the keyboard, I think I would have preferred it without the shiny black - but it does remind me of the old IBM keyboards and thus score points imo just for that

http://www.greatprices.in/images/mic...5thinkplus.gif

13-10-2008, 13:32:55

Bungral
Nice review mate... Board not for me but still (Y)

One thing on the 2nd para, last page "The only real glitch we encountered was they yeboard not registering the CTRL+Space keys when pressed simultaneously."

16-06-2009, 15:29:14

madelyn
Hi everybody who have elixir.

I would like to know if CTRL+Space work in this board.

This test say not, but techgage's test didn't say that CTRL+SPACE didn't work.

Please tell me if CTRL+SPACE work in this board.

Thanks

17-06-2009, 11:15:17

Lynx
Hmm badly designed gaming keyboard, absoloutly crap for css with no ctrl jump..
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