The Velocifire VM90 is a cheap full size mechanical RGB Keyboard with 104 programmable keys, individually addressable RGB LEDs and a budget friendly price tag. This is a beautiful and cheap alternative to the Corsair Strafe and the Razer Chroma keyboards.
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Welcome to Mydatech, in this article I will be reviewing this mechanical, RGB gaming keyboard with 104 programmable keys, individually addressable RGB LEDs capable of the full 16.8 million colours, N key rollover, a USB port, Kailh black or blue switches and all this for a very affordable price tag of £56 pounds in the UK or $80 in the US. Is it any good? Let’s find out!
The VM90 is a very good looking keyboard with different lighting modes including fully customisable gaming modes, it comes with a soft-feel magnetic wrist rest that makes the keyboard more comfortable to type on. The wrist wrest attaches so firmly that you can pick the keyboard up and carry it about without it falling off, the only negative is that the matte, soft-feel finish attracts fingerprints and greasy marks easily.
The build quality of the keyboard is nice and sturdy, it has a raised profile that allows light from the LEDs to bleed through more effectively and the silvery metallic finish of the top of the keyboard reflects light more effectively than black does. The keyboard cable splits into two male USB ends and comes with a non-detachable, braided cable. The orange USB cable is for input and power for the LEDs, the green cable is for the USB passthrough in the keyboard so you only need to plug this in if you want to use the USB port in the keyboard.
The switches on the keyboard I bought are kailh blacks and they have an actuation force of 60 grammes, like the cherry mx blacks. I find them very comfortable and satisfying to type on. The keyboard is also available with blue switches which have clicky audible feedback when the key is depressed making them much louder. The kailh blues also have an actuation force of 60 grammes which is higher than the cherry mx blues, which only have a 45 gramme actuation force so that might take some getting used to for those of are used to Cherry MX blues but they do feel and sound great. Here is a typing test so that you can hear what they black switches sound like in action.
Included in the box for this keyboard is a keycap puller which is a useful addition, the keys are easy to remove and replace and the keyboard even comes with a set of red arrow keys and a red Fn key. Personally I like all of my keycaps to be black but it is nice that Velocifire included this option.
You can also program macros and set hotkeys with this keyboard however you will need to download the software for the keyboard to do this. The software also lets you change the lighting modes on the keyboard and set custom gaming modes but I find it easier just to do this from the keyboard itself.
With regards to lighting, the keyboard has multiple different lighting modes, which can be controlled either through the keyboard software or the keyboard itself. Pressing Fn + F6 gives you the rainbow wave mode which is my personal favourite.
You can speed it up or slow it down using page up and page down and change the direction using the arrow keys.
Pressing Fn F6 again produces this pattern and doing so again produces this mode. A further press brings you back to the rainbow wave mode. Fn F7 produces the random colour reactive touch mode, pressing it again produces the red reactive touch mode, Fn F7 again produces the same but in green and so forth through all the colours
Fn F8 is a snake that cycles through all the colours and Fn F8 again produces a speedier version that circles in and out
Fn and F9 produces the single key reactive touch mode in all the colours and pressing it again produces the same mode in individual colours. Fn F10 is the breathing mode that fades through all the colours, pressing it again produces red breathing mode, pressing it again produces green breathing mode and so on and so forth
Fn F11 is a fade mode that fades through all the colours, pressing it again produces static single colour modes.
Fn F12 is where it gets interesting because this mode allows you to customise the 5 custom profiles that are stored under Fn 1 through to Fn 5. Press Fn F12 to get started and then select one of the custom profiles to write to it and press the keys that you want illuminated. Pressing the keys once turns them red, twice turns them green and so on in the same order as for the previous modes. To save your custom preset press Fn and F12 again, then you can select the preset you just created by pressing Fn and the F number you just wrote to.
So in conclusion, is it worth purchasing this keyboard?
The Velocifire VM90 is certainly an attractive choice as it is great value and great quality. It is hard to find the excellent features that this keyboard offers for under £60, especially from well known manufacturers like Corsair. The similarly priced Corsair K55 comes in at £60 pounds, does not even have mechanical keys and does not have individually addressable LEDs, instead the keyboard lighting is split into three lighting zones that cannot be customised.
Therefore I would definitely recommend this keyboard to anyone looking for a high quality, good value, full size mechanical RGB keyboard with programmable keys and individually addressable RGB LEDs.