A couple of years ago—I had just started writing keyboard reviews, among other things, for TechPowerUp—one of the products on my list to cover was from this relatively new company called Ultimate Gadget Laboratories who had just created a crowd-funding campaign for their keyboard. The founder of the company was quite enthusiastic about sending me one, but mentioned that paying customers come first, to which I wholeheartedly agreed. The Ultimate Hacking Keyboard's Kickstarter campaign was so successful that they only now had enough stock left to send review units out to the media, which is how we arrive here today. No such thing as too late in my books, and thanks again to them for sending a sample to TechPowerUp!
The Ultimate Hacking keyboard has a lot to live up to if the name is anything to go by, and the feature set is immediately discernible from the image above. It is a split keyboard in the ~60% form factor with an LED display and a bridge cable to help connect and use the two pieces together. The keyboard was designed with ergonomics in mind, and the company provides accessories to make the most of the situation. Indeed, you can even use it as a mouse fairly easily to make it a single I/O peripheral if you so desire. It is a change from all the RGB backlit keyboards in the market already, and there is more to see as we begin the review with a look at the specifications below.
|Ultimate Hacking Keyboard|
|Layout:||60% form factor in a modified ANSI or ISO layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps, steel plate|
|Weight:||0.90 kg / 1.98 lbs.|
|Wrist Rest:||Yes, optional|
|Anti-ghosting:||Six-Key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Available as a layered function|
|Cable Length:||Bridge cable: 11 cm collapsed, 30 cm expanded; USB cable: 6 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Cherry MX Clear or Green switch, or Kailh Brown, Blue, Red, or Black switch|