FILCO CONVERTIBLE 2 TKL REVIEW: A PORTABLE WIRED AND WIRELESS MECHANICAL KEYBOARD

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Sitting at the more affordable kết thúc of the mechanical keyboard scale than some of the models on kiểm tra this month, the Filco Majestouch-2 is a solid, reliable, full-sized keyboard that’s available with a wide range of Cherry MX switches. It’s a no-frills keyboard, but its price and build quality will make it a tempting option for some people.

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The most obvious downside of this keyboard, though, is that the vanilla mã sản phẩm isn’t much of a looker. Its all-black thiết kế is certainly unobtrusive, but there’s not a lot of finesse here – it looks more mundane than minimalist. You can buy the Majestouch-2 in a few more whacky variants though.

There’s one that has a case adorned with luminous skulls, with purple lock key indicator LEDs, a fully pink variant và one with bright yellow keys, among others.

You can also get versions with ‘ninja’ keycaps, where the tops are blank and the legends are written on the side – that’s certainly one way to prevent the legends from wearing away.


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SPEC

Dimensions (mm) 440 x 135 x 40 (W x D x H)Weight 1.18kgFormat Standard 105 keysConnections USB (PS/2 adaptor included)Switch type All Cherry MX typesSwitch life 50+ million keystrokesBacklighting NoneExtras USB to PS/2 adaptor

Back to lớn this plain version of the Majestouch-2, though, this model makes up for its looks with its build quality. Despite having an all-plastic exterior with none of the metal đứng top plates of other keyboards on test, it still weighs in at 1.35kg and feels strong and sturdy. It’s not quite up there with the Shine 7 or indeed the tank-like build you’ll get on some custom keyboards, but it’s impressively solid for the price.

There’s no backlighting, though, which is an obvious cost-cutting area. While RGB backlighting is a more frivolous addition, single-colour backlighting can be useful for instantly allowing you to lớn see key legends in a darkened room. That said, even just the light from our monitor was sufficient for us lớn make out the white-on-black legends on these keys.

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Even then, though, the keycaps aren’t double shot – the trắng is just printed onto the surface, & the caps are made from cheaper ABS plastic than the PBT plastic used on some models. They’ll last a good few years, but they won’t have the hardcore longevity of double shot PBT keycaps.

Meanwhile, for extra features, you get basically nothing. There’s no USB pass­through, no extra keys, no extra keycaps in the box và no keycap removal tool or wrist rest either. The cable is also fixed, relatively slim & unbraided. You do, however, get a USB khổng lồ PS/2 adaptor in the box, so you could use this keyboard with an older machine.

We opted khổng lồ try the Cherry MX Silent Red switch-equipped version of this keyboard. These switches incorporate tiny rubber patches in the sliding mechanism of the switch, which soften the down và up hits of the switch, significantly reducing the overall clatter of keys. In our testing, the other keyboards averaged between 61.5dB và 70.3dB, whereas this board hit just 56.3dB.

They have a linear action with a 45cN operating force (1.9mm/3.7mm travel); combined with the soft landing, this makes for a surprisingly soft & spongey feel compared with many mechanical switches. It’s a little disconcerting at first, but while the kích hoạt feels a little mushy & lacks feedback, it still has the responsiveness & reliability of other mechanical switches.

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Conclusion

A relatively low price makes this keyboard a decent option for those seeking a simple but solid workhorse mechanical keyboard. With this version’s Cherry MX Silent Red switches, it’s an impressively quiet option too, although it will take a while to lớn get used to the feeling of the switches. The very basic feature set & lack of backlighting are disappointing for the price though.