Another day, another new company added to our review database! Hexgears is a relatively new company that shares personnel with the mechanical keyboard world's darling Input Club, which impressed us with the Kira keyboard. Hexgears is perhaps most known for their wireless X1 keyboard that was a low profile wireless mechanical keyboard targeting PC and MacOS users alike, but not necessarily with the best execution. Since then, the company has worked on raising brand awareness in the US and elsewhere, with manufacturing still done in Asia, in collaboration with Input Club and Kailh as it comes to switches. We take a look at their Impulse keyboard, and thanks to the company for sending us a review sample.
The Hexgears Impulse was one of the products we saw at their CES 2019 booth, and a keyboard I have wanted to examine for a while now. It is available in two versions—the Impulse monochrome that comes in white backlighting only, and the Impulse RGB which has RGB backlighting. There are also two stock keycap options, including the increasingly popular pudding-style keycaps and a two-tone set that works better with no/white backlighting based on my seeing the keyboards in person. I have here the Impulse RGB with the pudding keycaps, as seen in the image above, but the review should otherwise be a good indicator of the Impulse monochrome as well. We begin the review, as always, with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|Hexgears Impulse Keyboard|
|Layout:||104-key US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic bottom, PBT plastic keycaps, metal plate|
|Weight:||0.92 kg / 2.00 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Available as a secondary function|
|Dimensions:||138 (L) x 440 (W) x 37 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Kailh BOX Brown or BOX White switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, single color white (Impulse Monochrome) or RGB (Impulse RGB)|