Mionix Wei Keyboard Review 7

Mionix Wei Keyboard Review

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Packaging and Accessories

Mionix has a semi-glossy packaging that is very colorful throughout and in line with their current product philosophy. On the front is a large printed illustration of the keyboard with the company logo and product name and the tagline "for gamers and artists". This continues on the back with another illustration of the keyboard, this time in use by a tattooed guy as part of what presumably is an attempt at an artistic workspace, with specs and marketing features on the right in multiple languages. There is another attempt at standing out here by having writing in multiple lines, and it is attention-grabbing for sure.

Two large seals on single flaps help keep the contents inside in place. Cutting them and opening the box, we see an advertising slogan on the inside as well. The keyboard has a thin sheet of soft foam on top for further protection, with the cable safely tucked into the compartment at the top. Removing it, we get to take a look at the accessories that are provided with the Wei. There is a multi-language quick-start guide that briefly describes the keyboard's functionality and installation, but aside from this, there really is nothing else of use here. Mionix also provides two stickers of their logo for you to slap on somewhere.

Mionix was also kind enough to send not one, but all three of their replacement keycap sets for the Wei. These are part of the customization options available for the Wei, and we again see the lighter tone employed here with a lighter red/pink, yellow, and blue to choose from. Each set comes in an appropriately illustrated box such that the color schemes are named Frosting, French Fries, and Ice Cream in that order. There is thus also the specific symbol of each printed on the box as seen above, and each keycap set comes in a large plastic pouch along with a plastic ring keycap puller and another logo sticker. I would have liked to see a wire-style keycap puller here, especially considering these are optional purchases and oft have a tighter fit with the Cherry MX Stem to where it would have been much more user friendly. I have here the US and UK versions which contain keycaps for both layouts in addition to some specific other keys to allow for a standard bottom-row spacing. There are other layouts available as well, and you can find more information on those here.

The keycaps have a DCS profile, which is an interesting choice. If indeed this is a product born out of a collaboration with Signature Plastics, then props to Mionix here. They are indeed of a fairly high quality to feel and type on, although still thinner ABS keycaps than what Signature Plastics usually uses at 1.06 mm average wall thickness. That said, each individual keycap has a protective coating all over it that should help with longevity. The three keycap sets all use a translucent color for the base, and the legends are screen printed such that they appear to be of a slightly darker shade than the base, which works well for the French Fries and Ice Cream sets, but not as well for the Frosting set where the legends are not as easy to make out. Backlighting does not help much either since the keycaps allow more light through than the usual black ones, and it ends up such that half the keycap's surface is illuminated brightly. These are generally best for daytime use or with lighter colors, which I suppose does once again go well with the whole design scheme here, so again some kudos to Mionix for making a con less so. Each keycap set costs $35/€45 including VAT, which is not a bad deal for all the Corsair/Razer/Logitech keyboard owners as well; however, you can find keycap sets of better build quality for the same money if you have a keyboard with a standard ANSI layout.

In case a wrist rest is a must for you, Mionix has optional "LongPads" with the same three color options as the keycaps along a black one that combines the three items on it as seen here. Mionix claims that the LongPad can also be used as a mouse pad, and the surface has excellent tracking, but with dimensions of 100 x 440 x 10 mm, it would be a very awkward experience and better as a wrist rest. It has a foam rubber base and sells for $15/€20 including VAT, which I personally think is a touch too high, and the design/fit aside, it really is just a $4-$5 foam wrist pad otherwise.
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