Xtrfy K5 RGB Compact Keyboard: For The Minimalist Gamer

PerformancePSU Verdict: 4.8/5

Xtrfy K% RGB Compact 65% mechanical gaming keyboard
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From the Reviewer

This keyboard is a price-point winner. The Xtrfy K5 RGB Compact brings hot-swappable switches, pre-lubed stabilizers, wonderful typing sound and vibrant RGB lighting making this a killer gaming keyboard for anybody who’s response price acutely aware but additionally needs sick aesthetics too. This keyboard is so good that we needed to revise rankings on our different critiques as a result of the bar was simply raised.

Execs

  • Vibrant RGB Lighting
  • Sizzling-swappable Switches
  • Lovely Sound
  • Lubed Stabilisers

Not too long ago, we did some analysis on the very best keyboards utilized by skilled players and it has been a giant success, grabbing quite a lot of consideration. Off the again of that, I managed to safe just a few of the keyboards on the record instantly from the producers so I can take a better take a look at what the eSports players are utilizing in tournaments and such.

At this time, we’re having a look at a type of gaming keyboards, Xtrfy – K5 RGB Compact, which is a 65% mechanical keyboard, made in Sweden and endorsed by TenZ.

This keyboard which prices £129 (or $129 for these within the US), boasts an enormous quantity of neat options which we’ll get onto shortly.

A closer look at the K5 RGB box
A more in-depth take a look at the K5 RGB field

Earlier than we dive into this evaluate, I want to thank Xtrfy for offering this pattern for a keyboard evaluate. I want to additionally state that this doesn’t influence how I method our evaluate. We don’t give producers any likelihood to evaluate our work earlier than it’s revealed. We stay impartial in our method.

With out additional ado, allow us to get on with our Xtrfy K5 RGB Compact 65% mechanical keyboard evaluate.

Specs

Xtrfy K5 Compact - Back of the Box
Xtrfy K5 Compact – Again of the Field

Among the greatest standout options for the Xtrfy K5 keyboard, for me, need to be the pre-lubed PCB-mounted stabilisers, hot-swappable switches and double-layered sound insulation foam, however, see for your self within the keyboards spec sheet under.

Xtrfy K5 RGB Compact Specs
Switches Sizzling-swappable Kalih Pink Linear
Swap Variants Linear Solely
Kind Issue 65%
Lighting Onboard Controls
Quantity Adjustment Sure by way of shortcut
Connectivity Wired (USB-C) by way of 2m braided, removable USB-C to USB-A
Colors Accessible Black, White, Clear White
Weight 841 g
Dimensions 325 x 110 x 37 mm
Worth $129.99 in the USA or £119 in the UK

Unboxing

K5 RGB Keyboard Unboxing
K5 RGB Keyboard Unboxing

Out of all of the keyboards I’ve reviewed to date, unboxing the Xtrfy was the very best expertise. Upon opening the field you might be greeted by a welcome card that tells you how you can get essentially the most out of your RGB keyboard lighting in addition to the keyboard which is protected with black plastic foam.

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Upon eradicating the protecting foam, you might be introduced with the keyboard wrapped in opaque white tissue paper, including to the unboxing suspense. Somewhat stab of the house bar by the tissue paper reveals good resistance when pressed.

First look at the Xtrfy K5 RGB Gaming Keyboard
First take a look at the Xtrfy K5 RGB Gaming Keyboard

As soon as I had acquired the keyboard out of the field and unwrapped it, my preliminary thought was; “Boy it’s weighty – This undoubtedly doesn’t really feel low-cost in contrast to different keyboards I’ve examined prior to now”.

One other side which I wasn’t fairly ready for was its dimension. I assumed a ten-keyless (TKL) keyboard was small however that is on one other degree – A gaming keyboard for the pure minimalist.

No fluff, only a high quality RGB gaming keyboard with one purpose in thoughts – gaming domination.

Included cables and accessories

Different stuff you get within the field embrace; 1 x White USB-c cable, 2 x Spare Kalih Pink Linear Sizzling Swap Mechanical Switches, A 2 in 1 device that allows you to each take away the keycaps and the switches from the board in addition to just a few informational leaflets.

Aesthetics

Xtrfy K5 Mechanical Keyboard White / Transparent Case
Xtrfy K5 Mechanical Keyboard White / Clear Case

The Xtrfy K5 Compact (65% Mechanical Keyboard) is accessible in three different variations; the one despatched to us for evaluate is the clear jelly white model which is solely stunning when you get the animation settings and brightness setup accurately.

K5 RGB Compact - Rear USB-c connector
K5 RGB Compact – Rear USB-c connector

To the rear, you’ve gotten an offset USB type-c connector. I’m personally not a giant fan of the offset connectors, I a lot choose all the pieces centred. I believe with any offset wired keyboard a coiled cable ought to come as customary – even when that does imply a barely increased value nevertheless, with that being mentioned, they do provide a barely dearer model than this one which does certainly include a coiled cable out of the field in addition to PBT keycaps for an additional 30 £/$.

K5 RGB Fidget Toy Included
K5 RGB Fidget Toy Included

Undecided if this magnetised brand is an intentional engineering selection, however, it’s my new favorite fidget toy when I’m ready and procrastinating – good job Xtrfy! It’s just a little plate that’s connected by way of a magnet and is nice to fiddle and fiddle with.

Construct High quality

As an off-the-shelf gaming keyboard expertise, initially, I’m impressed with the standard of what’s on provide, however, there are some inconsistencies which do let it down, however it’s not all unhealthy, naked with me – they are often fastened.

Let’s begin with what I like in regards to the K5 mechanical keyboard by Xtrfy;

K5 RGB Compact 65% Build Quality

I like the weighted case; whereas made from plastic, The K5 keyboard doesn’t really feel low-cost. When coupled with the rubberised adjustable toes, it is sufficient to cease the keyboard from sliding whereas in use. When you actually attempt to push it about, after all, it is going to transfer however not underneath normal utilization.

Vibrant RGB Keyboard Lighting
Vibrant RGB Keyboard Lighting

The RGB Lighting is a number of the finest I’ve seen but. Sure, I mentioned that in regards to the Roccat Vulcan TKL Professional and the SteelSeries earlier than that too, however belief me, I’ll be revising each keyboard critiques based mostly on my expertise with this one.

Sure, Xtrfy’s RGB keyboard lighting actually is that good. It’s an excellent mixture of vibrancy and configuration that helps it stand out regardless of not having any software program configuration choices. It has quite a lot of lighting configurations and settings so that you can fiddle with by way of keyboard shortcuts.

Typing on the K5 RGB Keyboard
Typing on the K5 RGB Keyboard

It is a creamy-sounding keyboard out of the field. My first introduction to mechanical keyboards was the SteelSeries APEX TKL Professional which, whereas it’s a excellent keyboard, I’ve come to grasp with expertise – The Apex TKL Professional is just not essentially the most refined expertise when typing or hammering away at an article or sport – you possibly can hear it a mile away.

The K5 RGB Compact I’ve right here for evaluate has a stunning deep, creamy, dampened sound – one thing I’ve not skilled earlier than however undoubtedly one thing I might be in search of sooner or later.

Hot swappable switch demo - K5 65% keyboard
Sizzling swappable change demo – K5 65% keyboard

Sizzling-swappable switches. Yup, that’s proper, these switches will not be soldered to the board that means you possibly can simply customise this mechanical keyboard to your precise wants and specs or, if the worst occurs, swap out a change mid-game as a result of it died!

So, what don’t I like in regards to the Xtrfy K5 gaming keyboard?

The resistance between letters, enter, spacing and backspace all really feel totally different which is certainly a novel typing expertise out-of-the-box. I discovered that eradicating the keycaps and cleansing up a number of the extra lube across the stabilizers helped to unravel the problem and make the typing expertise really feel extra constant.

Typing Check

I discussed already that the sound was one thing I used to be fairly impressed with. I’m not only a gamer, I’m additionally the editor for this weblog and I’m a programmer by day so my time spent typing at a keyboard is intensive on a day-to-day foundation. I’d argue I spent extra time a yr at a keyboard typing in some kind than I do every other exercise.

As you possibly can hear from our Xtrfy K5 RGB Compact typing take a look at on YouTube, it has a really deep thock to it and undoubtedly sounds dampened because the specification state on their web site. There is no such thing as a ‘reverb’ or ‘echo’ like I’ve skilled with the earlier keyboards I’ve checked out earlier than.

Last Ideas

There are extra issues to like in regards to the K5 RGB compact mechanical keyboard than hate. The response charges are nearly as good as you’re going to get from a wired keyboard for these clutch gaming moments but, regardless of being marketed at ‘players’, gives fairly a refined typing expertise. With that being mentioned, I’m not a keyboard fanatic and have by no means used a higher-tier, enthusiast-grade mechanical keyboard that runs within the tons of of $/£.

K5 RGB Compact Outer Box
K5 RGB Compact Outer Field

For a keyboard that prices £129 (Additionally, $129 USD by way of their web site), it’s a stable bundle providing pre-lubed PCB-mounted stabilisers, tremendous scan expertise for immediate response occasions, hot-swappable Kalih crimson linear switches and a number of the finest RGB lighting as well.

Is there doubtless a greater keyboard on the market? completely, however, from my expertise testing quite a lot of totally different manufacturers and fashions, I can safely say, that is amongst the very best for total consolation and high quality. I’d be comfortable to spend my very own hard-earned cash on this gaming-focused keyboard.

Mechanical Keyboard Final Beauty Shot
Mechanical Keyboard Last Magnificence Shot

This keyboard impressed us a lot, we’ve needed to revise our previous critiques because the bar has risen. For the value, when in comparison with different keyboards within the bracket purely on the expertise such because the SteelSeries APEX TKL, Roccat Vulcan TKL PRO or the cheaper Coolermaster CK352 – it is a powerful cookie to prime.

We’d suggest this keyboard for that one that desires a refined typing or gaming expertise with out spending high-end keyboard fanatic cash within the course of. Until one thing higher crops up, I think this can grow to be my new every day keyboard for each productiveness and gaming – for that cause, The K5 will get the PerformancePSU slot as top-of-the-line gaming keyboards of 2023.