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Xtrfy K4 TKL RGB Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - UK Layout, Black

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I'd love to see more add-ons available that really push the boundaries of what the mechanical keyboard is capable of - and the LCD keys built into on the numpad make this a really canny pick for streamers and content creators already. This one is covered in knobs, with one on each corner to control your computer's volume and the keyboard's lighting brightness, and the F keys have been replaced by media controls, a calculator button, three profiles and a Mac/Windows toggle. The switch housings are even transparent and two extra LEDs are embedded beneath the space bar to ensure that the customisable RGB lighting is evenly distributed throughout the board.

The Keychron K2 performed excellently in my testing, with a satisfying feel from the Brown Gateron switches, while the aluminium frame looks great and ensures this keyboard can survive quite a bit. The sturdy metal plate construction with a reinforced PCB and plastic housing gives it a nice solid weight and includes RGB lighting that is vibrant and smooth – Thanks to the LED mounted on the topside of the switch, directly under the keycaps as opposed to being on the PCB. Xtrfy have also gone to the trouble of pre-lubing the stabilisers and installing foam in the bottom of the board, ensuring each key press feels impeccable without producing a ton of noise.To answer this question, we've tested more than a hundred keyboards over the past five years, including wireless and low profile models, modular keyboards offering deep customisation and high-end premium keyboards with unique features and eye-catching designs. The keyboard also features a lock function – something I didn’t know I needed until my cat learned that anything and everything can be a comfy place to sit and sleep. It sports a gorgeous full-size layout, a wrist rest, a convenient volume wheel and media keys, a long-lasting battery and your choice of 2.

I dig the low profile metal chassis though, which is newly inscribed with a hexagonal motif seen on other recent Corsair releases - though boutique keyboard makers offer more visually interesting designs, it has to be said. Available in a compact yet convenient TKL (tenkeyless, aka 'no numpad') layout, the CTRL has a minimal footprint, with no extra keys for macros, media controls and the like; these functions are handled by a Fn layer.There are also frequently asked questions, a product rating and feedback from users to enable you to optimally use your product. We tested the latter, and the off-white, grey and red keycaps provide a unique look that we really dig.

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