With the Everest 60, the German hardware manufacturer Mountain has launched the world’s first modular mechanical gaming keyboard. It’s actually a small form factor keyboard, but thanks to its modularity, a separate number pad can also be attached.
The 60 percent form factor makes the Everest 60 a compact input device, but the user does not have to do without everyday functions as the arrow keys, for example, remain integrated. The dimensions are 304 x 114 mm. The F and Side Control keys are implemented as secondary mappings on the keyboard. The high-quality exterior of the keyboard is kept simple and minimalist (the top is made of brushed aluminum), while the manufacturer uses some construction tricks for the interior design of the peripheral device in order to reduce the volume when typing. .
There are three different switches available for the Everest 60. The Linear 45 has a release force of 45 cN and a release travel of 2mm, while the Linear 45 Speed has a release travel of just 1.1 mm. Tactile 55, on the other hand, is a clickless tactile switch with a trigger force of 55 cN and a trigger travel of 2mm. All switches are also lubricated along with the stabilizers. Inside, the keyboard is also padded with several foam rubber mats. All of this should allow for smooth and quiet typing, which means it can also serve as a nice office keyboard.
As a gaming keyboard, the Everest 60 naturally also offers RGB lighting. Not only are the switches illuminated, but there is also a light strip around the frame. Lighting can be controlled with Base Camp software. The number block module, which can be purchased separately, also offers matching RGB lighting. With the numeric keypad, the user can also decide whether to connect to the keyboard on the right or on the left. Unfortunately, the entire keyboard is only available in the US ANSI layout, ie in the QWERTY layout. The Everest 60 costs 140 euros, regardless of the switches chosen. The separate number block costs an additional 50 euros.
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