Traditionally mechanical keyboards are an expensive investment, and this still holds true for the most part. However with the resurgence of popularity with consumers, more and more people and therefore companies have gotten into the mechanical keyboard market. Therefore bringing us more options, with varying price ranges.
And Drevo is one of those companies who entered the budget market, but went on a slightly different path.
LAYOUT & SIZE
This is a 87 key tenkeyless keyboard. This just means that it has everything, but is missing the numpad on the right of the board. This is useful, as many people don't absolutely require the numpad, as we still do have numbers in the main section. And it saves on space, and allows you to bring your mouse closer to the centre, making it more ergonomic and comfortable to use.
DESIGN & BUILD
The design is such a strong point with Drevo products in my opinion. Despite being in the budget market with very affordable keyboards, they adopt a very simple and clean aesthetic. The keyswitch mounting plate is exposed at the top, and this is an aluminium plate. That means we have no usual plastic top shell on top of that. This is what we call a floating key design. As we can see, the bottom of the keyswitches are exposed, and no top shell means that it makes for a very slim looking design.
It does make it lighter, which may be a good or bad thing. Usually we prefer a more heavier keyboard. And the aluminium makes it lighter as well, as usually keyboards will have a steel backplate. So for a tenkeyless keyboard, it's actually quite light, which again, can be good for travel. But that's not to say it's not heavy, it's still heavier than your run of the mill membrane keyboard, since it's still half constructed of metal.
But the quality is still there. The metal is finished well, in a satin textured finish, and matches the plastic bottom shell well. So it's half aluminium and half plastic. It is still very strong though, and doesn't flex much at all, and it does provide a solid typing base.
The keycaps are ABS double shot caps, meaning that the legend is a different piece of plastic to the rest of the keycap. Therefore it will never fade away. The caps are quite thin though at approximately 1mm.
Like many other budget mechanical keyboards, the Tyrfing uses Outemu keyswitches. As usual, it's available in blue, red, black, and brown switches. The one I have are the Outemu Red switches. And I actually quite like them. They're a touch more heavier than Cherry MX Red's at about 50 grams (Cherry MX Red 45g), and they're also smoother, which is a real plus. However, your experience may vary.
The lighting on this is one of my favourite features of the Tyrfing. This is how I see it - if you're going to have backlighting, then it either has to be true RGB, meaning that you can customise the colours. OR you have a singular colour for the whole board. White happens to be my favourite, since it does match any setup since it is neutral. I truly dislike the fixed rainbow LED arrays that many cheap Chinese boards have.
There are a couple of lighting modes which is controlled via the function key. We have :
Watch the video for a full demonstration.
I've been a huge fan and endorser for Drevo products, because of the value you get. And the Tyrfing does it's job, and does it well. While it doesn't have quite the exotic layouts of the 75% Gramr, or the 70% Calibur, they've gone with a tenkeyless keyboard, which I think is a good starter, and is something that anyone can instantly use - which may not be the case with different looking layouts.
What impresses me the most is while it has a lightweight construction, it still holds up with an aluminium top plate, but at the same time, it looks great. It's a very simplistic design, with clean white backlighting. And this isn't something you often see with budget keyboards, but Drevo have continued to adopt that clean visual vibe.
However I must make it very clear that it is a $40 keyboard, it's not going to blow your mind in terms of build quality and heft, but it offers the mechanical experience well. I think for someone just entering the mechanical keyboard game that really can't spend more money, then this is a great option that won't disappoint you for the price.