1STPLAYER (also referred to as 1ST PLAYER on their website) is a relatively unknown company for most non-Asian readers of our website. It is a Chinese company formed in 2010, and until I was contacted by their representative, I mostly knew the brand for highly esoteric products in their steam punk series, which did not necessarily leave me with high expectations, and I suspect I was not alone in that either. The company must have decided it was time for a marketing campaign in the west and contacted many other media websites in the last few months of 2018 to get coverage of their products. In particular for the product being reviewed today: the Bullet Hunter MK6 keyboard was sent out to coincide with a revamped English website, and the company hopes to get more eyes on their products as a whole accordingly. Covering as many different brands as possible has always been an interest of mine, so here we are thanking 1STPLAYER for sending us a review sample.
In an age where most keyboards are manufactured in Asia, and China in particular, and supported by software drivers and after-sales benefits elsewhere, it seems mechanical keyboards in the more budget-friendly realm either tend to be feature-nerfed to not compete with higher-end, higher-cost variants or are localized to specific regions and not accessible globally. There remain precious few brands that venture from an Asian background into global sales, and we have seen some excellent keyboards offering good value for money from them before. The Bullet Hunter MK6 from 1STPLAYER is a full-size keyboard with dedicated media buttons that follow a certain layout formula used to good success from a few others, and yet there is more going on under the hood. The company promises RGB backlighting with onboard controls, as well as a software driver to help complete the package. We will examine all these and more in the review and start with a look at the specifications below.
1STPLAYER Bullet Hunter MK6 Keyboard
>104-key modified US ANSI layout
ABS plastic case and keycaps, aluminium cover plate