The Mountain Everest 60 looks awesome, and frankly, I wouldn’t have expected anything less! It’s fantastically compact, with a 60% that’s obviously a lot smaller than a full-size or even a TKL keyboard design.
Here you can see the lack of a numberpad.
And just to the left of that, the navigation keys are gone. No, they’re not invisible, I’m just being a smart arse. What’s interesting, is that Mountain has managed to squeeze in a set of arrow keys here. It’s a cool design and not all that dissimilar to a laptop layout. However, it maintains a traditional full-size keyboard spacing and key size, so it doesn’t feel squashed when typing or gaming.
As you can see, the keyboard maintains a traditional enter and backspace key too, they haven’t been compressed into a weird form factor, as some 60% keyboards tend to do. However, the right shift is smaller, but interestingly, I haven’t found this affected my typing at all, but I guess I’m used to only striking the left side of a shift key.
The top plate of the keyboard is aluminium, giving it a stunning premium-quality look. Of course, the build quality is off the charts here too, with everything feeling sublime to the touch, and nothing rattles or clunks unexpectedly.
Actually, the keyboard is pretty heavy for its size. Mountain has packed it with foam and silicone layers, which reduce vibrations and echos inside the body and just make everything feel more stable and planted. Then you have those gorgeous double-shot PBT keycaps, which as Mountain say are their “everlasting legends” and I don’t doubt that.
The Moutain Switches are a Cherry MX compatible switch design. However, they’ve been pre-lubricated to ensure a smoother and more reliable level of performance. The enthusiast keyboard builders have been doing this for a while, so it’s great to see it already done from the factory here. What’s crazy is you wouldn’t think of Cherry MX Red (for example) are “rough”, but compared to just how damn smooth these feel to press… my god, it’s beyond next level smooth.
There’s per-key RGB lighting, offering you seemingly endless customisation, not that this sort of thing is anything new in the market.
However, there’s a full band of RGB lighting running around the entire keyboard, giving you a 360-degree stripe to customise too, which is awesome.
There are three USB Type-C ports on this keyboard. And amazingly, you can use any of them to plug the keyboard into your PC. No more cables going in the wrong direction, so you can really make this feel at home with whatever else occupies your desktop.
On the underside, you’ll find the Everest 60 comes with some durable grips to ensure it stays firmly in place. Furthermore, rather than flip-up feet, which can be easily broken, you get these rock-solid feet. They’re made from aluminium and mounted using strong magnets. These suckers won’t break, that’s for sure, just snap on the ones you want to get the desired angle, and you’re set.
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