A few days ago I bought this unit to try, so here I leave my opinions. I hope you like it and ask me any questions you have.
f you are looking for a good, nice and cheap keyboard, look no further, we introduce you to the Alfawise V1, a keyboard that uses a Blue Switch Chinese mechanical switches with a life of 50 million pulsations, which give life to a total of 105 keys backed by an RGB LED lighting system configurable in 16.8 million colors with an Anti-Ghosting system in 104 of them. The lighting system is adjusted by a combination of keys by means of “Fn”, so you can adjust both color and lighting modes without installing software that limits us to a single operating system.
Alfawise V1 RGB lighting version mechanical blue keyboard is suitable for tying and gambling
- Key Features:
- Blue switch is convenient for tying and gambling
- Plug and play, no need to install any driver, easy to use
- Ergonomics design is made for the player, official, etcetera.
- the humanized design by adding a series of shortcut keys
- Adoption professional chip game, providing you with a perfect gaming experience
- Press FN + INS to change the backlight modes
- Brand Name: Alfawise
- Model: V1
- Type: Keyboard
- Features: Gambling
- Material: ABS
- Color: White
- Keyboard type: mechanical keyboard
- Keyboard Switch Type: Blue Switch
- Backlight type: RGB light
- System Support: Windows
- Total Key in number: 105
- Connection: Wired
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Keyboard life (clicks): 50 million
- Response rate: 3 ms
- Anti-ghosting number: 104
- Bluetooth version: Not supported
- Power supply: USB port
- Cable length (m): 1.6 m
- Package weight: 1,062 kg
- Product Size (W x H x H): 45.00 x 17.00 x 3.50 cm / 17.72 x 6.69 x 1.38 inches
- Package Size (W x H x H): 50.00 x 19.00 x 4.50 cm / 19.69 x 7.48 x 1.77 inches
- Package Content: 1 x Alfawise V1 Mechanical Keyboard, 1 x Manual in English
I bought the Alfawise V1, a mechanical keyboard that is rising in popularity as the foam because it has blue switches and RGB lighting for a price more than interesting. So I decided to buy it and after a week of testing, I decided to do this review of the Alfawise V1.
The Alfawise V1 keyboard comes in a neutral cardboard box where we will only find a sticker with the name of the brand on the front. It is not very robust, something to expect for its price and that comes from China, although, it has arrived perfectly in my hands.
Inside is protected by two small pieces of cork and a plastic bag, comes accompanied only by a user manual with languages in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
When extracting the keyboard out from the box we see how the Alfawise V1 comes with a typical design and more than seen on a lot of keyboards, so it is not surprising in any respect, this Alfawise V1 is currently only available in black so we will not have option in gray or white as others do offer.
With a size of 450 x 170 x 350mm (long, wide, hight) and a weight of 0.8kg is surprisingly robust despite its chassis is made of ABS plastic. This Alfawise V1 apparently does not come with any splash protection, so we will have to take care when eating or drinking near it.
The layout of keys, commonly known as layout, is available in both Portuguese and Spanish, which is appreciated if we have to look at the keys from time to time, even if it is not my case. I must point out that in this case comes with ANSI distribution, something that many will throw back or will cost them getting used to, as it has been my case.
The F1-F12 keys make multimedia keys in combination with the FN key, with shortcuts between F1-F4.
Playback control on F5-F11. Finally, I must add that to lock the Windows, the key will be by combining FN + Windows key because in the case of FN + F12 will block the lighting system to not change it by mistake. Using the system keys together with the FN key you can customize the lighting mode. Pressing FN + INSERT will be able to switch between the 13 lighting modes, and pressing FN + Shift will be able to change the colors of the lighting mode that we are using.
We will have different options to customize the keys to our liking, which come by default configured for different types of game.
Along with FN + left and right direction arrows, we will change the speed of the lighting mode that we have in that moment, while with the direction keys up and down we can change the intensity, configurable in 4 modes.
Finally I must add that the logo on the bottom of the keyboard also has RGB lighting, which we can change with FN + Menu, and that the Windows key to simply be illuminated to block it, will be only illuminated in a color, something strange as I have been able to observe how to reset the keyboard configuration, that lighting has varied in color.
In this case, we are facing a mechanical keyboard with Blue type switches, which do not specify any type of information. Yes, I can say that the answer in a click and the mount is compatible with the well-known Cherry MX. The keys have a path of 4 mm with an activation point at 2 mm(+/- 0.5mm) with a force of about 60g (the latter is measured to the touch compared to other keyboards that I have been able to use since no technical information is available on the datasheet).
The Alfawise V1 features a built-in compact wrist rest.
At the base, we find 4 strips of rubber next to two lifting feet that will lift it slightly from the back. Finally, note that the wire mesh of 1.6m by a USB 2.0 connector, something usual.
When connecting the Alfawise V1 to our equipment we can see how the keys begin to light in the usual snake mode that comes incorporated to finally show the breathing mode.
I must emphasize that the LEDs are much stronger than I have seen on other occasions, something that has surprised me because even in broad daylight we can observe effortlessly all the keys illuminated regardless of color.
It includes predefined modes quite common in RGB keyboards like the previously named breathing and snake, and can also keep the lighting fixed in a single color and turn it off.
During this week I have been able to test the Alfawise V1 keyboard during hours of play and writing, see this same review, and the main problem to emphasize is the distribution of the keyboard and the separation of the keys. It will not be too complicated to do this distribution. Something more complicated will be the separation of keys that it has because it is a little bigger than usual and many times our fingers will press two keys to go to automatically press one of them until we get used little by little.
The Alfawise V1 offers the characteristic touch of a mechanical keyboard, as we will notice the click that activates the mechanism. As is often the case on keyboards with blue switches, their loudness is quite high although we will notice good feedback when using it.
The Anti-Ghosting technology that offers us works perfectly since I could not see any malfunctioning of it while playing. To verify the correct operation of the same I will support the palm of the hand on the alphanumeric zone and see that it will appear on the screen: az2wsxbeklmopv34567890ñ,.
With regard to ergonomics, I must say that the built-in wrist rest is quite poor, as it is too small to be really useful. Finally, add that the lifting feet are at a perfect height both for playing and for writing.
The Alfawise V1 keyboard is a great alternative for those looking for, like me, a mechanical keyboard with RGB LED lighting and we have a very tight budget. We get a sensational touch with its blue switches of unknown origin and we will have a great variety of lighting modes, as we have 13, and customization of its 5 game modes. These changes in the illumination will do them without needing software so it is also compatible with Linux or Mac.
As I say in the above, this keyboard is more than competent within its limitations, both to play and to write. fulfills its function to perfection although from my point of view it is advisable to have an external wrist rest if you will use it for the long period of time.
On the other hand, blue switches have a good feel and I have not had any problem with them. They have responded to perfection in all situations I have tried.
As for lighting, we are faced with an RGB keyboard that does not require drivers to use and lacks an external application to customize the lighting. However, it includes color profiles for all modifiable tastes via hotkeys.
There are some negative aspects that I would like to mention, as is the sound of the keys, the click of the switches is fine in general, but the keyboard is built in plastic the keys make a slightly more muted sound than on other keyboards with the metallic front.
Another detail is the height, lacking built-in wrist rest if you are going to use it to write I recommend you have an external wrist rest to avoid tiredness, given that the height of the Alfawise V1 is quite high and requires to have the hands raised somewhat.
The Enter key and this is totally subjective, is too small for my taste since I have always used keyboards with the L-shaped key and I find it rather difficult to hit the key when I write fast.
Finally, as I said in the above article, the led indicator capslock and numerical keyboard could be better designed as the lighting is not customizable in that part and also the internal led does not completely cover the display, leaving a feeling of poor design in this aspect.
Conclusion & Price
I can say without fear of being wrong that the keyboard is more than competent within the price range in which it is. For less than $45 and if you want a keyboard to play, with this keyboard, you will have no problem doing so. All the defects mentioned above are understandable in a keyboard of this range and in my case.
We can find the Alfawise V1 in Gearbest for a price around $45, an exceptional price for a mechanical keyboard with RGB lighting and layout in such an awesome configurations.