I’ve been using the same keyboard since I got my computer, and it’s long overdue for an upgrade. My main needs for a keyboard are for blogging, video editing, and casual gaming. Based on that, I decided to give the Rosewill Neon K75 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard a try to see if it can meet my needs, and if it can potentially meet yours.
The Rosewill K75 keyboard is a little over 16 inches long and eight inches wide, and features 104 Kailh Blue keys on a sturdy brushed aluminum chassis. It includes 19 pre-programmed LED modes to light up the keyboard, N-Key rollover, Anti-Ghosting technology, anti-slip rubber feet on the underside, and an app to customize your settings (which we will come back to in a bit). You also receive a soft wrist rest with the keyboard, a welcome addition to this product. It’s powered by a USB cable, which can be hidden underneath the keyboard with their cable management nook, meaning you can slide any excess cable under it to keep it from taking over your desk space.
The first thing users will notice with this is that backlight, and the various cycles of color changes you can do with it. I have mine set to slowly fluctuate the spectrum of colors, but you can choose just one color, different cycle modes, or turn off the backlight altogether if you find it too distracting. The backlight is quite stunning in the dark, and if you do play games or edit video in the dark like many do, the backlight helps you see what you are doing while not affecting your monitor.
The keys are very clicky and loud, and I imagine much of this sound would be picked up by a microphone or headset if you were gaming online in a group or streaming. This is not a quiet keyboard in any sense, but that is par for the course if you are using a mechanical keyboard. If you are a speedy typist like I am, the clicks seemingly feel louder the faster you type. I personally don’t mind that it sounds like a typewriter, but I also know this sound will be annoying to people in the same vicinity as you, as well as anyone listening online. There is no way to muffle this noise, since it is the physical keys, but they are very responsive and feel like they spring back after you press the keys down. I love the feedback you get when the keys leap back at you, making for a very enjoyable typing experience.
For Mac users, this keyboard does work, but much like the M62 Mouse we reviewed recently, you will be unable to successfully install the official driver for it since it is exclusive to PCs. This means you will miss a few functions that PC users can enjoy. My Mac (2015 iMac) did not immediately recognize the keyboard, and had to go through a quick and painless install of its own to pair with my computer. Some of the things I lost out on was the ability to use the Function (FN) button to perform things like opening my default web browser, mailbox, calculator, and search tool. Since there is no app integration to control things, you will have to use the keyboard to manually change backlight settings. It’s not tricky really, just a bit clunky at first. Furthermore, if you are on a Mac, it seems you can’t make any custom keyboard controls, so if that’s a major selling point for you then you want to look elsewhere. I also lose a few abilities that I had with my Mac, including brightness and volume controls, the ability to pull the Search function up to scour my computer if I need to find a file or an app, and some other things I use regularly and would miss by using this keyboard.
My keyboard prior to this was the default one that came with my iMac, which is quite small and truly a no frills product. It was nice to have something a bit bulkier to use, as well as having a number pad again on the right side. While the size of it took a little time to get used to, I found it easy to transition into using it for video editing, gaming, and normal use (like writing this review). The majority of the functions that are missing don’t affect my gaming experience much, other than the volume control, but a hardcore competitive gamer will definitely lament the lack of customization. On the other hand, the majority of pro gamers who play Fortnite or most other VS games will be on PCs, so this will not really affect you as much as it does with me.
The K75 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is clearly meant for PC gamers, but if you are a Mac user and are looking for a fun and affordable keyboard that’s an upgrade from the average (and often overpriced) Mac product, this is a good starting point. If you are more serious about your gaming and editing needs, and must have a keyboard that works with the Mac systems, then this is an easy pass. I see this being more ideal for a casual gamer or someone doing more professional work, but for its price-point, it can not be overlooked as a great value. I think bloggers in particular would enjoy this keyboard, but only if you don’t mind how noisy it is. As a gift for a younger PC gamer who is looking to take their skills to the next level and go from amateur to pro, the K75 is affordable, offers some solid customization, and is a delight to look at. Just get used to the sound of keys being clicked, because it may become the primary sound in your household.
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