I didn’t cowl a ton of keyboards at CES 2024 as a result of, frankly, they’re not too exciting for the most half. Hyte made me do a double take, although. Its new Keeb keyboard is, definitely, considered one of the strangest, most exciting keyboards I’ve ever seen. And I can’t anticipate it to start out transport.
Hyte isn’t the identify you consider in terms of peripherals — in truth, this is its first peripheral ever. The firm identified for PC circumstances is increasing its horizons with the Keeb, and it appears centered on bringing the identical distinctive design that we’ve seen with its PC circumstances over the previous few years to different elements.
The elephant in the room for the Keeb is the polycarbonate shell. The Crystal Bubble, because it’s referred to as, homes an array of RGB LEDs that wrap your keyboard in mild, not solely round the keycaps, but additionally round the backside of the keyboard. You can customise these LEDs by means of Hyte Nexus as effectively.
It’s considered one of the most distinctive appears to be like you could find on a keyboard. The shell is clear, so you’ll be able to see by means of it when the LEDs are off. What was stunning was how effectively the RGB stuffed out the keyboard. It fades towards the edges, nevertheless it nonetheless appears to be like like the keys are floating on a mattress of RGB mild.
It’s a surprising keyboard visually, that’s for certain, however Hyte is backing up the appears to be like with some fanatic thrives. This is a gasket-mounted keyboard, much like what we’ve seen from the HyperX Alloy Rise and Asus ROG Azoth. This supplies a little bit little bit of give once you’re typing, inserting the plate the place you insert key switches between gaskets.
It sounds and feels glorious. No doubt there’s room for personalization right here — Hyte identified a set of screws on the backside to permit you to take the keyboard aside — however the really feel out of the field is nice. It’s that low thonk that you simply anticipate out of a high-end keyboard, devoid of the nasty pinging or clickiness you discover on cheaper gaming keyboards.
Outside of the gasket mount, Hyte consists of hot-swap help on your key switches. The preinstalled switches are nonetheless stable, nevertheless. They’re Hyte’s personal Fluffy Lavender switches, that are linear switches with an actuation drive of 40 grams. Think a Cherry MX Red. The huge deal right here is that Hyte lubricates them with Krytox 205G0 — the gold normal for fanatic keyboards.
It’s excess of simply switches and a mount that helps Hyte obtain that nice sound. Inside the board, there are 4 layers of sound dampening. These run on each side of the PCB, at the high plate, and on the backside of the shell, serving to preserve the sound deep and satisfying. On high of that, Hyte is utilizing Durock V2 stabilizers, additionally lubricated with Krytox 205G0, so keys like the house bar don’t wobble.
Hyte might’ve stopped there, however there’s extra. The devoted media keys use a tactile change and have a singular really feel. They’re on a hinge, so you recognize once you’re urgent a media key versus the different keys. There’s additionally a big media curler close to these keys that you need to use for quantity management, LED brightness, and a lot extra. Hyte tells me the wheel is remappable, and you may even assign it for tremendous mouse element in digital portray functions. The firm says it plans on increasing this wheel with completely different equipment in the future as effectively.
There’s little doubt that the Hyte Keeb isn’t for everybody with its distinctive look. But it’s nonetheless a hell of a keyboard, and I can’t wait to get a more in-depth look at it. Thankfully, I shouldn’t have to attend lengthy. Hyte says the keyboard runs $180 and is available in the U.S. and Canada now. The anticipated supply date is at the moment February 15.