Xebec Tech X-Line Multimedia Keyboard Review
Chris Hadley / 545 days ago
[wpcol_1half id="" class="" style=""]Being a gamer can be expensive, you need the hardware components that are capable, including processor, graphics card, motherboard and the rest of that jazz, but you also need a decent monitor that is suited to your needs and of course peripherals and the games themselves.
Peripherals come in thick and fast in to the market, with literally hundreds upon thousands of keyboards, mice and headsets that can be purchased. Some of these range from the insanely cheap, to the even more insanely expensive.
Obviously they all have their purpose and unique selling points, with some being aimed at office work, some being aimed at budding multimedia designers, and some being orientated towards gamers.
The X-Line keyboard that we are looking at today is aimed at the home and office user, with style and simplicity in mind.
The front of the X-Line box is concise with a clear image of the product with its key features noted in the bottom left and right hand corners
The rear of the box further highlights the keyboards features along with a brief specification to the left.
With the keyboard out of the box, its hard to put your finger right on it but there is something about the board that says to me yes. Its sleek yet stylish and would fit into whatever working environment you want without looking out of place. Each of the three line keyboards that Xebec do feature a unique design point and the X-Line is in a rough sense shaped like an X with a cut-out on each side and one on the top, the palm rest at the bottom moulds into the lower cut-out.
As highlighted on the box, the X-Line has a slim design and is a mere 15mm thick.
Its always the little things that stand out and even by having the X key on the board in the ‘Xebec Tech’ font and different colour sets it apart.
Along the top of the board are the 15 multimedia keys of which the seven on the right are for multimedia use and the other 8 to the left are internet orientated.
[wpcol_1half_end id="" class="" style=""]The incorporated palm rest along the foot of the keyboard has a soft rubberised feel to it over the standard plastic rest that we generally see on the market.
Each of the keys has a soft feel to its stroke and this for those that would be using it for extended periods, and would assist in relieving the strain on your hands and fingers, something I’ve had and I’m sure many others have had before.
The silent keys also divert from any distraction or irritation that can be had from using a budget keyboard with a heavy tapping noise.
Everyone out there has their own minds as to what keyboard is best for them, after all no two people are the same and with that there are a number of keyboards that I like to work on.
For me the board has to ‘feel’ right and this is from a culmination of the feel you get when you touch the keys and the amount of pressure you have to exert on the keys – this shouldn’t be too light that you cannot register each stroke yet you don’t want to be hitting each and every single one with a hammer during use.
In a nutshell a well built product with thought put into its design and attention to detail will always feel and work better in the long run than one that was built with the ‘that will do’ analogy.
Even though this keyboard would function during gaming and still be comfortable to use, its design and quick access keys are more geared towards the office or multimedia user and with its keys that are fairly quiet during use, it certainly compliments that environment very well.
If I had to pick a feature on the board that I personally would change, it would be the orientation of the six keys that include the page up, page down and end keys etc.
Only reason for this is that I’m very used to the 3×2 layout that is the standard on other keyboards whereas this is 2 keys wide and 3 high; as with the other reviews I do, this is a mere personal overlook and should not be put against the keyboard in any way, after all as I have said before, every one is different.
At a fantastic price of around £13.00, the X-Line is the best value keyboard that I have seen for a long while and for that reason it ticks all the boxes for me and has added itself to the short-list of keyboards that I would be able to pick up, plug in and work on for any period of time with a sense of comfort that is generally found on higher priced boards.