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Magicforce: The Right Layout at the Right Price

We all love saving desk space. However, we still need those important modifier keys like the arrows and numbers, so 65% is the lowest most of us can go. And the keyboard company Qisan has an excellent line of 65% keyboards that pack a lot of power for the price.


Something you should note is that these are not "gaming" keyboards. They have a solid color backlight, either white, or icy blue (on their 75% model). Their lower-end model has no backlight. Although this is a bit disappointing, as it is quite inexpensive to add RGB, it lends to the idea that these keyboards are meant for work or "intellectual" pursuits. However, since they can come with red or brown, they can certainly be used to great effect in a gaming setup.



Magicforce Gateron

This is my personal favorite model out of the Magicforce models. It has a white backlight that can be dimmed or set on a few effects. It is a midrange keyboard, coming in at $63, but has the characteristics of more expensive boards such as the GMMK or Keychron models. I love the low-profile matte silver metal plate, which grants it a premium aesthetic reminiscent of the Drop ALT. This is something all the Magicforce boards have, even down to the $40 one. The fact that it's low-profile gives it a cool "floating keys" look that not only looks nice, but also makes it far easier to clean. It comes with Gateron Brown switches, which are great for any programmer or typist. Gateron switches are generally known to be a little smoother than other switches, which make them even better for this keyboard.


Pros

There are a ton of things to love about this whole line of keyboards. First off, there are a ton of switch options, at a variety of pricepoints. This is great because there is going to be an option for almost everyone. So far, here are the switch options I've seen, only on Amazon:

Gateron (red, brown, blue)

Cherry (brown)

Kailh (blue)

Outemu (brown, blue)


Speaking of Amazon, these keyboards are all eligible for Amazon Prime, which is a huge bonus for Amazon Prime members, especially in times where online shopping is the only kind available. They will be at your doorstep in less than 3 days if you have a membership. I also saw a wireless variant, but that seems to be out of stock everywhere I look. Also, Qisan has done us a good deed and made the cable USB-C detachable on every model, something I feel that every keyboard manufacturer should implement. Lastly, the lights on each of their keyboards are incredibly clear, as they have SMD LEDs that are mounted on top of the switch.


Cons

Probably the biggest con about this board is the keycaps. On some models, the font is fine, but on others it's a hyper-aggressive Redragon-esque gamer font. This is really putting the keyboard halfway between professional and salty gamer. If Qisan had wanted to appeal to salty gamers, then they should have gone full RGB, but since they seem to have gone the professional route, a clean font would have been better. Additionally, this is a matter of preference, each switch is soldered to the PCB, as well as the surface-mounted LEDs. This will mean desoldering 6 points for each switch because of the LED, instead of the normal two, and makes it unrealistic for most people. Although the stock switches that come with most models are made by reputable brands, switches always feel better once they are given a good lubing.




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