We've taken a look at Trust's latest tenkeyless keyboard to see how it stacks up.
Anyone who's into PC gaming will know the challenge of finding the right keyboard that suits your setup. This can be a complex decision, especially when looking at all the different types, be it full-sized, tenkeyless, 60%, there's a whole minefield to navigate to discover the one device that suits you. And this doesn't even take into the fact that a lot of peripherals and hardware can be rather expensive, which is what makes Trust's latest range of gear ideal. The GXT range aims to offer capable performance and quality for a reasonable price tag, and to put that to the test, I've been using the new keyboard, mouse, and headset to see if they achieve that promise. While I'll be reviewing the mouse and headset very shortly, this time, I'm going to be focussing solely on the keyboard, the Trust GXT 834 Callaz.
To start off, let's talk about the appearance of this keyboard and some of the technology behind it. This is a tenkeyless device, meaning it's smaller than a full-sized keyboard, but loses that extra area by forsaking a defined number pad. You still get arrow keys, a row of function keys across the top, and a few other inputs, such as a scroll lock, all buttons that make this keyboard noticeably bigger than a compact 60% keyboard. Otherwise, the Callaz comes in purely black, and is constructed out of good quality plastic for its keys and base, and out of metal for its top plate. It doesn't feel truly premium, but considering its affordable £44.99 price tag, the build quality of the body isn't too shabby at all.
The keys on the other hand, are similar in quality, even if they are a little loud. I say this as since the Callaz is a mechanical keyboard, you do get the signature clicky noises when pressing in the Outemu mechanical switches, which are if anything a little bit springy in tone as well. Needless to say, it isn't exactly very quiet or subtle when using.
But, the keys do work well, and are responsive (8ms response time to be exact), and require very little pressure to register an input. This is helped by the inclusion of n key rollover, which works to combat ghosting, making the Callaz an ideal keyboard for gaming as it won't forget any inputs you're asking of it, even when pressing a lot of keys at once. The small left shift button does take a few moments to adapt to and master, however, especially if you're used to a full-size left shift key. The keys even promise 50 million presses, meaning the Callaz should last you for quite some time.
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Otherwise, another major feature to note when it comes to the Callaz is its backlighting. This keyboard offers a variety of unique colour combinations that can be changed by simply pressing the Scroll Lock button. It's a system that revolves around a rainbow-wave multi-coloured pattern with around 20 variations that can have their speed and brightness altered to suit your desire. The illumination works fine, but it does lack a defined software that gives the user the option to customise, as in my opinion, a lot of the colour modes can be a little distracting, especially with the rainbow-wave pattern that serves up white through purple colours. I can't help but wish there was an option to have the keys illuminated in just one colour at times.
But the lighting is an inconvenience at the end of the day and nothing more. The GXT 834 Callaz is super easy to set-up (you just need to connect its fitted, wired cable into one of your PC's USB ports and you're good to go), hassle-free, light and sturdy. This is an ideal keyboard for those looking for an affordable, or perhaps even first mechanical keyboard. Does it stack up against the more expensive premium devices out there? No. But that's also not this device's purpose. This is a thoroughly affordable and good quality keyboard that excels at the most fundamental and basic requirements that is asked of keyboards these days.
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8 / 10
Affordable. Good build quality. Easy to set up.
No wireless option. Lacks a dedicated companion software.