Enermax Aurora Lite Keyboard Review
Published: 5th January 2012 | Source: Enermax | Price: |
Testing and Conclusion
Prospective keyboard buyers fall in to the usual camps of preferring either mechanical keyboards with their tactile feedback and longevity, despite the noise or the silent, short-actuation of a scissor-style laptop keyboard despite the squidginess. Of course there are the third group who don't care either way.
The Aurora firmly sits in the second camp. Typing on such low-profile keys that have very light actuation pressure and silence is a joy, especially if you type fairly consistently throughout your day. The Aurora isn't height adjustable but thankfully Enermax have designed it to be at just the right height. You can use it on your desk or lap, and even with an all-important wrist rest it's still at a very usable height and doesn't induce the unwanted fatigue.
When we reviewed the Acrylux back in May we absolutely adored its combination of beautiful design and gorgeous typing feel. In fact the only thing we weren't 100% keen on was the price which was a tiny bit high for a no frills keyboard, and with piano black being a fingerprint magnet, a keyboard is the least sensible place to have it.
Those two niggles have been eliminated with the Aurora. Firstly it's a tenner cheaper than the Acrylux, and secondly that 'endlessly needing polishing' finish has been replaced by a brushed aluminium number that doesn't show fingerprints and, dare we say, looks even better. Certainly it looks like something that should cost a fair bit more than it does.
So if you looked at the Acrylux and loved the thought of a simple keyboard that's easy to type on and looks the business but didn't fancy polishing it every time you'd used it, this ticks all the boxes.
Bad things. We can't think of any. Sure it hasn't got any fancy lights, or screens, or macro capability so if you prefer bells and whistles then look elsewhere because the Aurora is a pure keyboard built just for typing.
As an upgrade to the kind of cheap rubbish that gets shipped with most systems it's outstanding. Indeed because it hasn't got all the frippery on similarly priced keyboards it's focussed entirely on great built quality and a lovely typing experience. In its price bracket it's nearly unrivalled and we're happy to award it our Gold Award.