Release Date: 8/18/2015
The Good: Small real estate, solid and sturdy, tough Cherry keys, backlit, minimal design
The Bad: Doesn’t have exclusive buttons or software for those looking for it, Cherry keys require a workout, Enter and lighting key are in odd places
Tecknet is a British up and comer for gaming peripherals, and they tend to be on the budget end yet produce decent products. For a $40 keyboard, the X641 is surprisingly well built and feels close to a high-end keyboard from someone like Corsair or Logitech. The keyboard has a minimal design with just your basic keyboard layout. No fancy macro buttons, no extra anything and no software. This is easy to use plug-in-and-play keyboard with basic media functions and that’s it.
That’s not to say this is a bad thing. A lot of people don’t need the fancy software and macro buttons. The keyboard has a solid aluminum frame that will keep your keyboard still, and it weighs quite a bit. The keys themselves are Cherry MX keys so they are very loud and clacky and have satisfying feedback for people who like them. Cherry keys are raised quite high off the keyboard and require a little more dexterity of your fingers to press down and type fast. After using a membrane keyboard for so long my hands would cramp after only a few minutes of typing. The keys are spaced out quite a bit and the keyboard itself takes up little desk real estate.
The keyboard is backlit with a button that changes to three different colors. This is a nice touch and will help you game and type in the dark. Honestly, this keyboard isn’t quite what I want as the keys are much too elevated and typing feels like a chore. I would eventually get used to it, but I found my WPM is slower because of how hard you have to press and how far apart the keys are. I also found the enter button to the traditional Return key and I kept hitting the backslash button all the time. Even after 3 days of use I still did this so that’s a problem. I found the light button to be in an odd spot and constantly pressed it when going for Shift or Ctrl. Overall these can be compensated for in the end.
For what it is, the Technet X641 keyboard is a decent low budget Cherry MX keyboard and gets the job done. It looks pretty decent and has lighting, but the lack of software features and exclusive buttons may turn hardcore gamers away. If you like membrane keyboards, stay away from this thing as the Cherry keys will give your hands a serious workout. A few buttons were placed in odd positions as well. The keyboard is super sturdy and well built and doesn’t take up much room.