QPAD MK-80 Mechanical Keyboard Review

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QPAD MX-80 Keyboard Review

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As with all QPAD packaging the MK-80 comes in a sturdy box, with a clear, simplistic, indication of the various features in a way that many graphics card and motherboard manufacturers would do well to emulate. Inside the eye-catching outer sleeve is a well-padded box, ensuring that your MK-80 arrives in perfect condition.

QPAD MX-80 Keyboard     QPAD MX-80 Keyboard  

It's strange to see that QPAD have chosen to include un-marked replacement keys. Primarily for the WASD we can only assume they haven't been specifically assigned to certain keys in case you wish to use them for the cursors. Still, a strange decision. They MK-80 itself follows a very familiar pattern. So many mechanical keyboards look like this it's almost impossible to say anything about it. Anyone who has seen the Razer Blackwidow, or Steelseries 6H or Ducky Channel Shine 2 offering will be instantly at home with the layout.

QPAD MX-80 Keyboard     QPAD MX-80 Keyboard  

The USB ports and the headset jacks are tucked away on the right hand edge just below the lock indicators. Surprisingly the MK-80 comes with a PS2 connection by default, something which is quickly being phased out of current motherboards. We've seen plenty of infinite-key USB keyboards that there is no need to keep using the PS2 port. Especially as it doesn't even free up a USB port because you have to plug the USB lead in to obtain the lighting.

QPAD MX-80 Keyboard     QPAD MX-80 Keyboard  

The lock indicators themselves are nicely designed. A far cry from some of the near-searchlight LEDs we've seen on Cherry equipped keyboards. Finally each key has the LED Cherry MX Blue, in all its clicky glory.

QPAD MX-80 Keyboard     QPAD MX-80 Keyboard  

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Most Recent Comments

04-09-2013, 03:43:06

Oh sweet, i have the 85, be interesting to see how the 80 faired

Edit: Now I remember why I went with 85 and not 80 The USB thing seems to be quite a big deal here.

N-Key over usb is great Quote

04-09-2013, 09:08:15

i almost bought this keyboard from pc world a few weeks back, but im kinda waiting for the new k70's. they better be worth itQuote

04-09-2013, 10:49:34

Looks good.
I just want for someone to release a fully mechanical keyboard with dedicated media keys and 6 macros with 3 profiles, kinda like the k95 but with just one row of macros or mechanical g15 v2.Quote

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