HAVIT gaming keyboard HV-KB378L in the test
Mechanical keyboards are not a reinvention and have been around for several decades. The most well-known representative is the so-called "IBM model M", a mechanical keyboard which was already introduced 1984. However, so-called "Rubberdome" keyboards, which are much cheaper to manufacture, especially in production, were able to assert themselves.
Size: 447.5mm x 217mm x 39.3mm
Cable length: 1.8 m
Standard buttons: 104
Switch: Blue switch (Outemu)
Operating force: 60 ± 15g
Net weight: 1.117 g ± 15 g
N-Key rollover: support
USB interface: USB Full Speed 2.0
Operating current: 100mA
Operating voltage: 5V
Compatibility: Windows Vista / Win 7 / Win 8 / Win 10 / Mac / Linux
1x mechanical keyboard
1x Operating Instructions (English)
The Havit was delivered (Link to the manufacturer) HV-KB378L mechanical keyboard including an English user manual, in which the individual multifunction keys including combinations are well explained. A German user manual was unfortunately not included. A driver is not needed for the HV-KB378L. The keyboard is Plug & Play, ie after connecting to the PC, the keyboard can be used immediately.
Outwardly the Havit HV-KB378L leaves a very good impression. The high quality, brushed aluminum panel not only looks high quality, but also ensures a certain stability and stability. The palm rest is made of hard plastic and is additionally printed with a fine honeycomb pattern, which prevents slipping of the hand.
For switches, Havit relies on so-called "blue switches". However, this is not the well-known "Cherry MX Blue Switches", but a very similar replica. It is also interesting that the buttons are not printed conventionally, but the label was applied with a loader technology. Thus, a wear of the keys is almost completely avoided.
Unfortunately, the 1.8 meter long USB cable is not covered with fabric and can not be removed. Nevertheless, it has a rather thick rubber jacket, which should also effectively prevent cable breaks.
On the back, the mechanical keyboard is completely made of plastic. Rubberized and height adjustable rubber feet provide improved grip.
Media / Quick Launch buttons
The Havit HV-KB378L is completely multimedia-capable. With the F1 - F8 buttons in combination with the "Fn" button you can open the media player, adjust the volume (loud / soft / mute) or control the music or movie playback. For example, the F9 - F12 buttons open the email program, the web browser, the calculator or the search. The Windows key can also be deactivated in combination with the "Fn" key.
Each key of the Havit HV-KB378L has a small LED, which can be individually addressed. In addition, there are 6 lighting modes / profiles, which can be freely configured with regard to the color change speed, the brightness, as well as color variation (7 colors).
Anti-Ghosting means that the keyboard recognizes key combinations even if other keys are pressed at the same time. The mechanical keyboard from Havit is marketed with this function and can also keep its promise completely. For example, if I hold down the two "Shift" keys, all other key entries will still be recognized correctly.
Interestingly, the Havit HV-KB378L NKRO (N-Key Rollover) is capable (even via USB!). NKRO means that all keys on the keyboard can be pressed simultaneously and also recognized. For those who like to write with their faces, this feature is certainly a real asset as traditional keyboards have a KRO of 2-6.
Unlike rubberdomes, mechanical keyboards use switches. Probably the best known manufacturer of such switches is "Cherry", which produces key modules in all sorts of variations. Based on the familiar "Cherry MX Blue" switches, the mechanical keyboard from Havit also uses so-called "Blue Switches". Since I already own a mechanical keyboard with original Cherry MX Blue switches, I could subject the key modules to a direct comparison.
Outwardly, there is almost no difference between the switches. Both switches have the same shape as well as the switches of the Havit HV-KB378L have a small label below the switch head. This louder here on "Outemu". After a search on the net I found out that this is a copy of the Cherry MX Blue Switches.
In the field test I could only detect a very small difference between the brand product of Cherry and the copy of Outemu. The Blue Switch from Outemu needs a low level of increased pressure, as well as the switch is a little louder. However, I am completely satisfied with both switches and so far there is nothing to complain about the Outemu Blue Switches of the mechanical keyboard from Havit.
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►High quality workmanship
►Blue switches similar to the MX Blue from Cherry
►Part laser engraved keys
►Easy to clean
►Color variations and color profiles
►NKRO (N-Key Rollover)
►No textile covered cable
►Operating instructions only in English
►Maximum brightness of the lighting