Mechanical keyboards are popping up all over the place these days. Different manufacturers are coming up with their own take on this every-important computational input device—be it in various color options, with more knobs and sliders on them than ever before, and even some that take a retro approach and throw it back to the earliest form of our QWERTY-styled keyboards.
One of the more recent mechanical keyboards to enter the mix is the DREVO BladeMaster keyboard, which is currently only in existence as a project on Kickstarter. The rather innocuous-looking keyboard would seem like a rather run-of-the-mill device. But the fact that the thing just surpassed the 700 percent funded mark on the platform certainly caught our eye and forced us to stop and take a look.
The BladeMaster is a very minimalist looking keyboard with effectively no “bezel” around the outer keys, which makes it seem liker those keys are almost floating. And the lack of a number pad and hot keys of to the side would lead one to believe that DREVO had little interest in the gaming market with this product, but that’d be a shortsighted view with the BladeMaster.
Just off to the left of the ESC key is a fully programmable “Genius Knob.” Within striking distance of the WASD keys, the knob controls basic functions like backlight and volume. DREVO also baked in the ability to program the knob for four additional functions include a click, double click, slide up, and slide down—all functions that have the gamer in mind.
The BladeMaster, which will come in two versions (TE and PRO), will have 16MB of onboard storage, which can store three custom configurations. This, DREVO said, will allow the user to access their personal keyboard settings while offline without having to download DPC software onto each different machine they hook the keyboard up to.
And speaking of connectivity, the BladeMaster PRO will be able to connect to any computer setup through Bluetooth 4.0, USB, or a wireless connection via USB dongle. The TE will come with only a wired connection option.
When they launch, the DREVO BladeMaster keyboards will run $89 (for the TE version) and $150 (PRO). Aside from the connectivity, the other main difference between the two models is the switches utilized. The TE model will come with Gateron switches (red, blue, brown, and black), while the PRO will have access to Cherry MX switches (red, brown, black, and speed silver).
DREVO has a current estimated ship date of August 2018 for the keyboards.