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EpicGear DeFiant Mechanical Keyboard Review

Rating: 7.0.

While EpicGear might not be the first name you think of when it comes to high-end peripheral manufacturers, the company are hoping their DeFiant keyboard will help put them on the map. The standout feature of the DeFiant is the ability to change the mechanical switches on a per-key basis, an idea that I think is deserving of more attention.

If you have not heard of EpicGear, they are the peripheral subsidiary of Geil, the memory manufacturer. Today we are looking at the DeFiant mechanical keyboard, armed with EpicGear's own mechanical switch type and the ability to swap-out the individual switches. How does that work in practice? Read on to find out.

Keyboard Specification

  • LED backlit with on-the-fly programmable per-key-lighting
  • EG MMS™ – Modular-matrix Structure mechanical keyswitches
  • 1000Hz extreme-polling, adjustable 125/250/500/1000Hz
  • Fully programmable keys
  • Extreme anti-ghosting
  • N-key rollover: 10-key
  • System audio volume control wheel with one-touch mute
  • Dedicated GUI software with 4 customizable gaming profiles
  • Gaming mode option, Windows key deactivation
  • Gaming grade braided cables
  • Approx. dimension: 455 x167x26 mm
  • Approx. weight: 1000g
  • 2 year manufacture warranty
  • EG MMS™ Switch types: EG Grey – linear, EG Orange – tactile, EG Purple – tactile & audible click

EG MMS™ Switches Specifications

  • EG MMS™ – Modular-matrix Structure mechanical switches
  • Actuation Force: 50g
  • Actuation Point: 1.5±0.2mm
  • Bottom Travel: 4mm
  • Life Span: 70-million keystrokes
  • High-strength alloy contact plates
  • Double-blade contact points, patented
  • Dual-cross contacting area, patented
  • 30μ gold plated contacting area

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