Monday, June 3rd 2019

Mistel Introduces Two New Keyboards at Computex 2019

Mistel Keyboard has been making waves in the mechanical keyboard market for the last few years now, with new products shown off at Computex that then get ready for the retail channels soon after. Their product portfolio has been predominantly based on split keyboards and non-traditional form factors to appeal to a more specific market segment not targeted by the vast majority of other companies. The company has dipped their feet into the TKL form factor before with the MD870 SLEEKER, and at Computex this year they showed off their first full-size keyboard in the form of the HACKER MD800.

The keyboard supports USB (over a Type C detachable cable) and Bluetooth connectivity options, uses a metal case thick enough to ooze build quality and mass alike, OEM-profile thick PBT doubleshot injected keycaps in black, white, or a special mix edition, onboard macro support with three layers for functionality and programming, native Windows and MacOS support, and white LED backlighting with multiple lighting effects to choose from. Powered by AA batteries on the back, as well as the new Mistel logo on the Esc key, the HACKER MD800 arrives in Q3 2019 with a price point the company is finalizing on to appeal to the mass market upon release. Read past the break for more on the new Barocco MD770 keyboard as well.
The split keyboard Barocco series is arguably what made Mistel, well, Mistel. With different models in the series already, the latest addition comes in the form of the Barocco MD770 that was also shown off at the company's Computex booth. The feature set has a lot of common ground with the HACKER MD800, with a metal case, USB and Bluetooth options for connectivity, onboard macro support with three layers, thick PBT keycaps with doubleshot injected legends, and compatibility with both Windows and MacOS. The split keyboard in the 75% form factor is obviously the primary differentiation here, and the use of RGB backlighting as an option is another.

The Barocco MD770 will also come with DSA profile keycaps as a option along with the usual OEM profile, with a different two-tone color scheme as well. The keyboard feet positioning has also been updated from the last entries into the Barocco lineup, with a more aggressive tenting alternative available now that was very comfortable to use even on the temporary booth setup they had. The keyboard model was paired with a wooden wrist rest, which we do not yet know is going to be a new accessory from the company at this point. We will examine both the HACKER MD800 and the Barocco MD770 in more details when we get in review samples later this year, but let us know what you think so far in the comments section below.
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8 Comments on Mistel Introduces Two New Keyboards at Computex 2019

#1
AsRock
TPU addict
Love to have a split keyboard how ever those connectors don't inspire me, more so when one looks broken. Thinking about looks like a shitty connector in all.
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randomUser
wow, 80's keyboards

Article doesn't state this, but are they wireless? Judging by the part which says these boards are powered with AA bateries i would assume they are wireless.

80's classic design + wireless is what i need. Of course not for 100 Eur. If they can manage to make it cost around 50Eur, i'm in.
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tigger
I'm the only one
Powered with AA batteries, this is 2019 ffs, why not lithium packs?
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randomUser
tigger
Powered with AA batteries, this is 2019 ffs, why not lithium packs?
NOOO, I love AA batteries.

I have plenty of Eneloops. I would not even consider buying it if it had lithium packs.
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VSG
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randomUser
wow, 80's keyboards

Article doesn't state this, but are they wireless? Judging by the part which says these boards are powered with AA bateries i would assume they are wireless.

80's classic design + wireless is what i need. Of course not for 100 Eur. If they can manage to make it cost around 50Eur, i'm in.
Sorry if it wasn't clear enough in the article, but both keyboards have a Bluetooth connectivity option :)

Ferrum Master
Oh gosh... :shadedshu:


It's a show floor model that may have been banged up in transit or when others moved it around for photos. The retail units from Mistel in the past have been fine.
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AsRock
TPU addict
VSG
Sorry if it wasn't clear enough in the article, but both keyboards have a Bluetooth connectivity option :)



It's a show floor model that may have been banged up in transit or when others moved it around for photos. The retail units from Mistel in the past have been fine.
So you think if you own one of these it will not get banged up over a years time ?, i know it would for me and on top of that the small USB ? connector well that's going to give too.

Maybe they should of put more thought in to it like Logitech ddo with their wireless mice, or like Steelseries did with their Sensei wireless mouse, well the mouse part as the ddock USB connector sucks as it has no support.
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Ferrum Master
AsRock
So you think if you own one of these it will not get banged up over a years time ?, i know it would for me and on top of that the small USB ? connector well that's going to give too.

Maybe they should of put more thought in to it like Logitech ddo with their wireless mice, or like Steelseries did with their Sensei wireless mouse, well the mouse part as the ddock USB connector sucks as it has no support.
@VSG mate, this brother has a point. It needs a bit more gripping plastic.
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