Mechanical keyboards are known to be premium and expensive for most of the time, but it doesn’t need to be that way with these cheaper budget options. So today we’re going to check out a cool budget mechanical keyboard that is very affordable. This is the Velocifire VM01
This is a full sized keyboard with 104 keys, so we have our numpad for those who need it. And it has a completely standard ANSI layout, so the keycaps are all standard sized, and can be easily replaced if wanted.
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And my first impressions is that it feels reasonable, without being great, as it still has a bit of heft, and not much flex. It also looks relatively good. This is all relative to the price, and this keyboard is one of the better looking full sized budget mechanical keyboards. The shape of it is quite simple, which is rectangular for the most part. But then it tapers out around the edges, especially at the front which is at about 45 degrees, which I don’t know, but gives me a kind of military look, but that may just be me.
It does make it slightly larger though, but not large enough that it’s supposed to be some kind of support for your wrist. So no, it doesn’t impact on comfortability.
The black plastic finish is my preferred finish, just a nice and simple satin finish, with a very slight texture. So there’s no issues with fingerprints. There is a logo between the nav cluster and the arrow keys, which I’m never a fan of. But at least it’s not glossy or shiny.
Plugging in the keyboard, we have lights, which is another nice feature. It’s nice to have a singular colour scheme, that isn’t a fixed rainbow. And the colour in my own tastes is nearly perfect, as it’s quite close to white, but is a very light blue, which is different to their mentioned greenish colour. So it’s not as aggressive as say a darker colour that’s commonly seen, like solid red, blue, green etc.
See video above for full lighting demonstration.
Now this keyboard only comes in one switch, which is also a bit of a let down. But these use Zorro Brown switches, which are clones of the Cherry MX switches. I’ve used Zorro Blacks before on the Ajazz AK33, and found them to be nice, but just a touch inconsistent. And these browns mimic the characteristics of the Cherry MX Browns, so they have a medium weight at about 40-50grams, and a tactile bump at 2mm which is halfway, and there’s no audible click. The tactile bump is very weak though, and much weaker than Cherry MX Brown’s, which are already not that tactile. So they kind of feel like a grainy linear switch.
I also felt the spring quite a bit more, which felt quite unique, but came off as a bit cheap feeling, and hollow, and then a bit more cushiony at the bottom because of the spring. But they may be to your liking, since they are a bit softer feeling.
See video for typing and sound demonstrations.
So overall, I think it all comes down to the switches, which is probably the only real potential downside of the board. They’re still mechanical, and will give you the mechanical experience, which is above how a membrane keyboard feels like. So if you’re on a tight budget, then there’s not many other companies out there, that will offer a mechanical keyboard cheaper than this.