QPAD MK-80 Mechanical Keyboard Review
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.
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.
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.
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.