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Introduction to the Armaggeddon Stealth Raptor MKA-7 Gaming Keyboard:
The Key Feature of the Armaggeddon Stealth Raptor MKA-7 (Technical Specifications):
- Available In Red, Blue, Black and Brown Cherry MX Mechanical Switches
- High quality Cherry MX switches and long life up to 50 million operations
- 3 segments total 104 mechanical switches built-in with backlight effects.
- Unique “Maldives Blue” LED backlight
- 6 fully Macro-AbleTM keys
- Adjustable keys effective time in 7 speed transmission from 1ms ~ 16ms
- Adjustable polling rate: 125Hz/250Hz/500Hz/1000Hz
- Multimedia keys with built-in program
- Adjustable keys response time
- Adjustable backlighting effects on keyboard button
- Characteristic keycaps for WASD and arrow keys
- Gaming mode option for deactivation of windows key
- 1.8 meters multiflex cord wrapped with ultra-durable cable jacket.
- 1 Megabyte Built-in onboard memory
- USB cord management system design for your convenience
Design of the Armaggeddon Stealth Raptor MKA-7:
What is a Mechincal Keyboard? – Short Description
The Armaggeddon Stealth MKA-7 is a mechaical keyboard which is build with high quality. So what exactly is a mechanical keyboard and why those keyboards are expensive?. Well, Mechanical Keyboards are typically spring activated, key switches. these key switches vary based on the keyboard’s application or the user’s preference. (Cherry MX Switches)
|Rubber Dome Membrane Switches||Mechanical Switches|
A mechanical keyboard’s switches, framing, functionality, type print methods, key construction, PCB board, LED lighting (sharpness, brightness, adjustability), and a slew of other features are far superior compared to traditional rubber dome keyboards. Most of these improvements boil down to one thing – feel. Mechanical keyboards simply feel better than rubber dome keyboards.
The Armaggeddon Stealth Raptor MKA-7 is available in Red, Black, Blue, and Brown Cherry MX Mechanical switches. For this review, I’ve received the Cherry MX brown keyboard. The MX Brown switches can be considered a lighter version of the MX Blue switch without the audible click. The tactile bump not as nearly as distinct, but it does still provide enough feedback for your fingers to detect when the switch has been activated.
Keystrokes are smooth and responsive in both gaming and typing which is expected from a mechanical keyboard. The Stealth Raptor MKA-7 does not disappoint it’s user as it feels great to use and also it looks very appealing to the eye. With the Unique ”Maldives Blue” LED Backlit and the matte paint on each keys with anti fingerprint , makes this gaming keyboard even more luxuries. This bad boy keyboard comes with a 2 year limited warranty that gives users trust and confidence in the product.
Aside from that, the Stealth Raptor MKA-7 has also a USB and an audio pass through are placed on the right hand side of the keyboard below the volume button and LED brightness controllers. For those of you who wants to twig the LED brightness while in game, you can always change it on the keyboard using the LED brightness controller rather than going into the software itself to t change.
When the time to game, I found that the Armaggeddon Stealth Raptor MKA-7 is very responsive. For Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Black-Ops I found that the low level of key travel needed to actuate the keys led to me having a very good reaction time. For some people the auditory response of the Stealth Raptor MKA-7’s mechanical switches may be annoying as there is loud clicking sounds while playing a game. Personally I found that this ticking or clicking sound was not much of a bother as the keystrokes were amazing when gaming with this keyboard.
Playing games like Dota 2 and Diablo 3 I found that the lightness of touch let you have very long gaming session without any fatigue in your movement hand. My gaming experience with the Armaggeddon Stealth Raptor MKA-7 was really enjoyable but I found that typing in this mechanical keyboard was far more even better than just gaming with this keyboard. As you know I am a writer for FunnyMalaysia.net and I spent most of my time writing articles (typing them), I found that my typing speed has increased about 10% to 15% while typing with this keyboard. I found that typing with this keyboard gives you a feeling that you never had before when using a keyboard. It felt so comfortable with every keystrokes made. The clicking noise that each key makes as it actuates, you can get a natural rhythm going as you type just by listening.
Installing the Stealth Raptor MKA-7 is pretty straightforward. Just place the CD inside the your CD or DVD Rom and just click the button install. After installing, screen will pop out with 4 tabs allowing you to switch between ”Home Base”, ”Button Settings”, ”Macro Settings”, and ”Advanced Settings”.
Pretty simple home page design by Armaggeddon.
Under the Button Setting tab you can see nearly all the keys, except – (Windows, Function, F1 to F12, Print Screen, Scroll Lock, Insert, Home, End, Delete, Page Down and Page Up keys) can be programmed to other keystrokes. You can set any keys you want for any of your buttons on the keyboard. You can re-program or reassign any key to any button of the keyboard. There are a total of 5 different profiles that is available for you to switch from. Profile indicator is still missing though so one would still need to look at the software to see which one is active.
Under the Macro Settings, you can see that the macro keys aren’t just keys specifically designed on the MKA-7. You can see that the Insert, Home, Page Up, Delete, End and Page Down buttons are actually customizable to macro keys (M1 to M6). If you want to active this in Gaming Mode press (Fn+Prnt Scrn).For you MMO and Strategy Games fan, you would be needing this macro buttons as it comes handy in performing a combo in an MMO game. The bad side of this macro buttons is that the keys are really placed in a weird area as in any MMO or any other games you are playing, you would want to perform a fast move.
You are already busy with your right hand as you are using your mouse and these keys are on the right side of the keyboard, which makes gaming performing combos with macro buttons hard on this keyboard. There are no specified macro buttons build on this keyboard. The Stealth Raptor also allows users to swap the WASD keys to the arrow keys with ease (Fn+Windows key).If you aren’t really a gamer, you would find these macro buttons comes in handy as you can set to other functionalities such as media keys, windows command keys, shortcuts and other keys you would want to customize.
Last but not least, the Advanced Setting. This is where you can change the polling rate, windows key setting, key response time and light intensity. You can always turn off or adjust the LED Backlit of this keyboard to your own liking. It is kinda sad as this keyboard only has one LED colour. Unlike other keyboards at this price range, the LED Backlit colour can be changed to other colours, providing users with choice.
- Anti Fingerprint keys with Matte Black Paint
- Selection of MX-Cherry mechanical keys (Red, Blue, Black, Brown)
- Great Software
- Multiple Profile switching with on-board Memory
- Comfortable to a certain extend (No wrist-rest or a slanted area to rest your wrist)
- Kinda Pricey as there are other Mechanical Keyboard at this price (RM450)
- Needs additional keys for Macro buttons for more customization
As performance wise, the Armaggeddon Stealth Raptor MKA-7 is really smooth and responsive in both gaming and typing. The experience of gaming and typing with this keyboard is extraordinary. The Stealth Raptor MKA-7 also has anti fingerprint keys iwth mattle black paint which is essential for any gaming keyboard these days. The software is great as there are many (almost all) buttons to customize to your own liking.The Armaggeddon Stealth Raptor MKA-7 has Red, Blue, Black or Brown Cherry MX Switches. You can always choose the one you are most comfortable with.
Although, the Stealth Raptor MKA-7 has it’s good side, it also has some bad side which makes it not entirely a perfect gaming keyboard. First of all that this keyboard does not have a write-rest or a slanted area below the keyboard to rest your wrist. The price of this mechanical keyboard is pricey as it has other competitors who’s prices are much lower or cheaper than this. With the price range between RM440 to RM470 (Price of Armaggeddon Stealth Raptor MKA-7 in Malaysia) , here are many other gaming keyboard that are within this range.