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Posted by Caitlyn Muncy on Dec 24, 2012

Review – Sharkoon Tactix Keyboard

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When it comes to getting hardware, you don’t normally mind putting out a few extra bucks to pay for a quality product. However, not everyone has a pile of cash sitting around, just waiting to be disposed of. That’s why there are mid and low-range products for those who are on a tighter budget. What you have to keep in mind though, is that you’re going to get what you pay for.

The Sharkoon Tactix Keyboard may look impressive on the box, but it holds true to its $15-20 price tag. This is not an ideal gaming keyboard. While it may be marketed as one, it hardly comes with bells and whistles.

Design

This keyboard is very compact, and looks like a more up-to-date version of a Dell keyboard. Well, before you put on the interchangeable keys, that is. Sadly, this isn’t a mechanical keyboard, so you don’t get the audial pleasure of the clickity-clack. However, the blue rubberized keys make for a very pleasant tactile experience. The rubberized grips did an excellent job of making sure my fingers didn’t slide off in the heat of battle. The wrist rest was useful, as long as I didn’t need to move the keyboard, as it doesn’t really snap into place, more that it just fits into two grooves.

There are eight keys that you can swap out for the rubberized ones (arrows, and WASD). These are quite a bit wider than the rest of the keys, but that’s appropriate, as your fingers will be able to quickly recognize them at the most crucial moments. The backspace key is the size of a regular letter or number key, and as nothing was backlit, this threw off my memory of key placement. I found myself hitting “insert” at least once a day while typing, which was more than a slight annoyance.

Software

It was a bit…redundant to even have drivers for this thing. There weren’t media keys, or additional keys for macros for me to program anything, so downloading the software felt extremely pointless.

Conclusion

I really have nothing against this keyboard, but there’s just not a whole lot to say about it. For $20, this would be a great starting keyboard for the little gamer in your life who is just learning how to play PC games. However, it was marketed as if it would be a valid option for avid PC gamers. The blue grip keys are about the only part of this keyboard that make it a “gaming keyboard”, and the rest is just the same as a normal keyboard.

The Good

  • Rubberized keys

The Bad

  • Tiny backspace key
  • Software feels pointless

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