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Endgame Gear KB65HE Keyboard Review

Rating: 8.5.

The KB65HE is the first keyboard from Endgame Gear, a brand which has mainly focused on mice up until this point. This 65% board features hall effect magnetic switches which allow the switch actuation and reset points to be tweaked to your heart's content, with companies including Wooting, Razer and Corsair all jumping on this feature in recent times. But can Endgame Gear deliver quality with their attempt at a pure gaming keyboard?

Timestamps:

00:00 Start
00:50 Details and pricing
01:32 Design
01:56 RGB
02:20 Build quality / weight
02:55 The cable
03:12 Underside
03:39 Mats thoughts so far
03:53 Switches & keycaps
05:31 Sound test
07:22 Mats thoughts – long term
08:25 Software tweaks
10:17 Closing thoughts

Specifications:

  • Length – 315 mm
  • Width – 108.8 mm
  • Height – 37.2 mm
  • Weight – 1050 g
  • Material Case – Aluminium
  • Material PCB Dampener – Silicone
  • Material Case Dampener – Silicone
  • Material Keycaps – PBT
  • Material Plate – Aluminium
  • Key Type – Mechanical
  • Keycaps – Doubleshot high-purity PBT with translucent PC legends
  • NKRO / anti ghosting – Yes
  • Primary Colour – Black
  • Lighting – Yes
  • Lighting Colour – RGB
  • Lighting effects – Yes
  • Polling Rate – 1000 Hz
  • Connection Type – USB Type A
  • Cable – Braided Cord with silicone cable tie
  • Cable Length – 180 cm
  • Keyboard Size – 65%
  • Keyboard Layout – ISO
  • Keyboard Language – English (UK)
  • Hot Swappable Switches – Yes
  • Pre-lubed Stabilizers – Yes
  • Min. Adjustable Angle – 5 °
  • Max. Adjustable Angle – 7.5 °
  • Switch – Gateron KS-37B Magnetic Switches (prelubed)
  • Switch Stem Type – MX-Style
  • Total Travel Height – (mm) 4
  • Actuation Force – (gf) 30
  • Bottom Out Force – (gf) 50
  • Switch Lifetime – 150 Million Actuations
  • Actuation Height Minimum – (mm) 0.1
  • Actuation Height Maximum – (mm) 4
  • Prelubed – Yes

You can buy the KB65HE Rapid Trigger Keyboard from Overclockers UK for £138.95 HERE

Pros:

  • Solid aluminium case.
  • Cheaper than most Rapid Trigger keyboards.
  • Good quality keycaps.

Cons:

  • Spacebar is rattly (improved once we manually lubed the stabilisers).
  • Spacebar produces double keypresses very easily (but this can be adjusted via software)

KitGuru says: The KB65HE is a very good first keyboard release from Endgame Gear. The Rapid Trigger feature works well and helps gameplay feel faster and more fluid. 

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Rating: 8.5.

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