When it comes to keyboards there is plenty for us to choose from, the basic cheap models to the more expensive models from the likes of Steelseries and Razer. This keyboard is from Element Gaming, it’s their first Mechanical keyboard called the Beryllium. I decided to check what Beryllium was, and I found it to be a rare element found in the universe, when added to aluminium it enhances the metals natural properties and makes it stronger and harder. You can also find this base element used within missiles, spacecrafts and satellites, I learnt something new, and so do you the reader may be.
Packaging and contents
Element Gaming has improved a lot over its short period of time in the industry, you can see this from my other review for the Racing Style Gaming Chair (found here) and this carries on with this new keyboard. The packaging is great, the keyboard is the main focus on the box and draws you in, with its black and blue design. The front also boasts the best features of the keyboard, which include the following;
- Exchangeable WASD & Arrow Keys
- Scroll Wheel Volume Control
- Removable Wrist Support
- Adjustable Back Light
The most important feature for gamers would have to be the Red Mechanical Switches With Individual LED Lights.
A very impressive front showcase
There is nothing on the sides really, apart from the company logo and keyboard name, on the back, you get a great description of the keyboard, which is a great selling point, have a read yourself below
‘Every trade has its essential tools and PC gaming is no different. If you’re a dedicated gamer, a standard keyboard just isn’t equipped to handle the punishment you can deal out during extended play sessions’.
‘What you need is the Beryllium Mechanical Keyboard from Element Gaming. Packed full of features to help you up, your gaming efficiency and make every keystroke count, including highly durable mechanical keys, a removable wrist support and various red LED patterns, as well as exchangeable illuminated WASD and arrow keys. When it comes to serious gaming, the choice is elementary: choose Element Gaming’.
Other that the selling point description, it’s a rinse and repeat of the key features of the front.
A great improvement in design and selling points
Opening up the product you can see the keyboard wapped up in plastic sheet with protection on either side, thanks to Element Gaming using hardened foam. The Cable is braided and uses a USB 3.0 Gold plated connector, the wrist support which feels sleek and soft, there is one more thing, the key removal tool.
Setting up is Childsplay
The keyboard connects to your PC/Laptop via its braided Gold plated USB connector, to any USB port. The operating system will automatically check for the software and install, during the process the keys will be backlit one by one, then all keys are backlit twice, then they turn off, after everything is complete the keyboard will come back to default backlit mode. There is no need to download any software for the keyboard, or any CD to install, it’s all done via Windows and the program built into the keyboard already. You are able to use the keyboard with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 and most likely Windows 10 when it launches July 2015.
The functions are pretty nifty
The keyboard has indicator lights, NUM lock on or off, Caps lock and scroll lock, has a set of profile keys from F1 to F12 which can be activated/used in conjunction with the FN key. The keyboard backlit illumination functions are pretty fun to play around with FN + Up arrow increases the lighting and FN+ down arrow decrease the lighting, there are a total of 4 levels of brightness 25% 50% 75% and 100%.
If you prefer to use the arrow keys instead of WASD and would like them to be lit up different, just press FN + W, this will switch the lighting from the keys its set to, to the alternative set you wish to use, If you wish to go back press FN + W again, and it will revert back to normal.
Press FN + F12 cycles through different modes of lighting, Mode 1 is full lighting, Mode 2 is Lighting off, Mode 3 is Partial lighting mode 1, Mode 4 is Partial lighting mode 2 and the final one Mode 5 is key-strike mode.
More details as follows for Modes 3 – 5
Mode 3 will only light up the following keys, WASD, Enter, Space Bar, Arrow Keys and the Arrow keys on the Number Pad.
Mode 4 will only light up the following keys, WASD, Enter, Space Bar, Arrow Keys, the Arrow keys on the Number Pad, the enter key on the number pad, keys 1 through to 0 in the main-key area, Tab, left Shift and Right Shift, Left CTRL, Right CTRL, Left ALT and Right ALT.
Mode 5 allows the key to be lit for a maximum of 1sec, this only happens when the key is pressed down.
There is only one more thing, that would be the scroll bar top right of the keyboard, this scroll bar controls the sound, up to increase, down to decrease, next to the scroll bar you have the mute button, of coarse this mutes all sounds.
An Impressive set of on-board functions and design,
Element Gaming has gone to town when designing this keyboard, from its brushed aluminium keyboard plate, to the perfect responsiveness to each key pressed. The bright blue underside strikes at the heart of this dark under toned keyboard, and ignites its flame of beauty. Even the most basic component, the palm rest has been thoroughly thought out and designed with the gamer in mind, it’s soft to touch and dimpled effect, just adds to the overall quality and design or a well thought out keyboard.
Element Gaming has achieved something striking here, a keyboard for less than £100, lights up, has plenty of on board functions, does not require any software to run, is mechanical and design well for the gamer at it’s core.I can say that if you are a gamer, don’t want the hassle of software and programs, what something that looks sweet, works great,then this is a much purchase for you.
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.