Xtrfy K4 TKL Retro Mechanical Keyboard Evaluate

PerformancePSU Verdict: 4.8/5

Xtrfy K4 Gaming Keyboard - Mechanical Switch Retro VariantView on Amazon

From the Reviewer

The Xtrfy K4 Retro TKL is priced at £89.99 in the UK and we really feel is the right worth level for the unbelievable high quality on supply. The RGB lighting is crisp and saturated, and the typing expertise is cheap however might simply be improved with some low cost modifications.General, for the value you are paying, you’ll not discover a higher keyboard within the bracket. The K4 simply outperforms a few of its opponents for lower than half of the value.

Professionals

  • Retro Aesthetics
  • Good Base to Modify
  • Crisp RGB Lighting
  • Braided Cable
  • Construct High quality

Xtrfy is a Swedish firm that has slipped beneath my radar for a very long time till just lately once I put collectively all the info for our most used keyboards by eSports avid gamers article once I quickly realised – there may be plenty of professional avid gamers utilizing Xtrfy {hardware} in tournaments.

As with the earlier Xtrfy K5 keyboard evaluate, I reached out to the Xtrfy advertising and marketing staff to see if I might see what all of the fuss was about. Initially, I simply wished to have a look at the K5 however they had been good sufficient to ship me this one as properly, so a giant shout out to Xtrfy for offering this pattern.

Allow us to kick off our Xtrfy K4 TKL Retro Mech Keyboard Evaluate by taking a more in-depth take a look at what’s on supply and the specs

Specs

On paper, the Xtrfy K4 TKL eSports gaming keyboard is a really related spec to its greater brother the K5 65% however, brings rather less refinement leading to a extra accessible worth level. Whereas nonetheless rocking the identical Kailh purple switches because the K5 this mannequin doesn’t help hot-swappable switches nor does it embrace key dampening or a removable USB cable.

Xtrfy K4 TKL Retro Specs
Switches Mechanical Kailh Pink RGB
Change Variants Linear Solely
Type Issue 88 Key, TenKeyLess (TKL)
Lighting Onboard Controls
Quantity Adjustment Sure through shortcut
Connectivity Arduous-wired braided, non-detachable USB
Layouts Out there Nordic, UK, US, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian
Colors Out there Retro, Black, White
Dimensions 356 x 141 x 39 mm
Value £89.99 keyboard in the UK or $155 in the USA

The Xtrfy K4 is out there in 4 completely different choices; The primary is the full-size K4 full with quantity keys however solely obtainable in black. The opposite 3 are all TKL variations; The primary is the retro model we’re reviewing right here and the completely different choices you may spec are both a black or white model.

Unboxing

Xtrfy K4 Retro - Outer Box
Xtrfy K4 Retro – Outer Field

A take a look at the field reveals that their design staff know precisely learn how to place their merchandise. A smooth retro design with fastidiously chosen colors to actually it other than the competitors – you immediately really feel a way of bizarre nostalgia.

Xtrfy K4 in the Box
Xtrfy K4 within the Field

Upon opening the field, there may be not a lot to see aside from some protecting foam overlaying the entrance of the Xtrfy K4 TKL keyboard.

Aesthetics

Xtrfy K4 TKL Mech Keyboard - Retro Variant
Xtrfy K4 TKL Mech Keyboard – Retro Variant

I discussed earlier than that the packaging design made me really feel like was 8 years outdated and again in class once more, I particularly bear in mind an identical fashion in my early years. I admit it’s a really nostalgic expertise – even right down to the retro gray tone of the body and keycaps, they actually nailed it there.

K4 Retro TKL Aesthetics
K4 Retro TKL Aesthetics with Tri-tones

One factor I actually love concerning the Xtrfy K4 RGB keyboard is the triple-tone keycaps, particularly the darker caps that take up the ‘TKL’ portion of the board – they appear to part off the keyboard in my peripheral imaginative and prescient.

Xtrfy K4 Braided Cable with Red Accents
Xtrfy K4 Braided Cable with Pink Accents

To the rear of the K4 TKL keyboard, you will have a centred and braided USB cable with purple plastic accents to additional bolster the retro theme of this unit. As talked about earlier than, the cable isn’t indifferent so should you’re on the lookout for a pickup-and-go keyboard you may throw in your backpack chances are you’ll wish to take a look at the K5 TKL or perhaps even the Roccat Vulcan which each include removable USB-c connectors.

Construct High quality

Out of all the mechanical eSports keyboards I’ve reviewed just lately, the construct high quality of Xtrfy mechanical keyboards has been second to none and no, I’m not simply saying that as a result of they had been variety sufficient to offer me with some samples to evaluate, I’m genuinely impressed by the eye to element.

Side view of the K4 Keyboard
Aspect view of the K4 Keyboard

The K4 is, in my view, a well-constructed keyboard that has an honest weight to it with out being overbearing in addition to rubberised pads and extendable toes that means it’s not going to go slipping round your desk throughout these clutch gaming moments.

Xtrfy K4 Keyboard - RGB testing
Xtrfy K4 Keyboard – RGB Testing

As with the Xtrfy K5 compact 65% keyboard we reviewed, the built-in RGB lighting is amongst one of the best in school bringing vibrant colors throughout the complete spectrum of colors. Usually, I’ve one thing to say within the RGB lighting division however not with this keyboard.

Xtrfy K4 TKL
Xtrfy K4 TKL on the GP2 Mousemat

What I’ve discovered to date is all the costly keyboards look the half in photos such because the Logitech G915 and the SteelSeries Apex PRO TKL however lack in different departments which isn’t one thing I can say for the Xtrfy K4 TKL mechanical eSports gaming keyboard.

Efficiency

I’ll come proper out and say it; The typing expertise is nowhere close to as refined because the Xtrfy K5 65% keyboard however what do you anticipate from a product that’s purposely positioned to be cheaper and simpler to entry that its greater (smaller) brother?

Xtrfy K4 Close up
Xtrfy K4 Shut up

General, the typing expertise from the Xtrfy K4 TKL keyboard continues to be significantly better than anything I’ve used within the phase. The stabs have some good resistance and don’t sound echoey in any respect which is one thing I discovered to be an issue with the Roccat Vulcan TKL Professional. If you happen to take a while to tape-mod the keyboard and lube the switches, I might virtually guess that this keyboard would beat anything for the value.

I discover gaming efficiency is all the time onerous to quantify relating to RGB mechanical gaming keyboards. Response occasions really feel as quick as they are often and are typically imperceptible to us mere mortals so I are inclined to go on really feel, suggestions and the final consolation while gaming. I discovered with the Logitech G915 that whereas it was an enormous board taking on plenty of house, my fingers felt cramped and suffered from plenty of overshoot when gaming leading to my urgent the fallacious keys however that isn’t one thing I’ve whereas utilizing the Xtrfy K4 TKL.

Typing test on the K4 mechanical keyboard
Typing take a look at on the K4 mechanical keyboard

There are zero noticeable delays within the execution of key presses. The n-key rollover feature ensures that each one keypresses are registered irrespective of what number of keys you press in succession.

Last Ideas

Till a few months in the past, I didn’t even know who Xtrfy had been however, after reviewing two of their keyboards now and seeing how they work together with their viewers on social media, I can see these guys going locations in the long run. Remembering that is an £89.99 keyboard in the UK or $155 in the USA, I don’t assume there may be a lot else within the phase that may match the standard on supply this facet of the pond.

Okay, so price-wise, there may be the Coolermaster CK352 which is available in at £60 in the UK or $69.99 in the US however, the refinement and high quality provided are nowhere what you’re getting from the Xtrfy K4 TKL – spending the additional £20 is value it.

Xtrfy Logo on K4 Keyboard
Xtrfy K4 TKL Keyboard

I don’t actually see another competitors on the worth level proper now within the eSports event gaming scene. Out of all of our opinions, analysis and testing – it’s trying like Xtrfy keyboards are among the finest, off-the-shelf mechanical gaming keyboards at present obtainable providing aggressive worth factors. Xtrfy appears to be nailing it on the top mixing the right quantity of selling with high quality. It’s good to see a producer not oversell and underdeliver their merchandise.

The Xtrfy K4 TKL mechanical keyboard is well probably the greatest gaming keyboards utilized by skilled avid gamers proper now, alongside the K5 – I’d extremely suggest this keyboard for avid gamers or programmers wanting a step up from the run-of-the-mill, off-the-shelf {hardware} that solely appears to be like good in photos and sometimes under-delivers.