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Mountain Everest 60 Compact Gaming Keyboard Review

How Much Does it Cost?

The Mountain Everest 60 Compact Gaming Keyboard is available from today with an MSRP of £109.99, or £144.99 with the additional numberpad included. However, you can also purchase it with a Mineral PBT keycap set for £119.99 or £154.99 with the numberpad. Price up your own bundle on their website here.

Overview

Mountain makes the best keyboards, there I said it. Sure, they’ve only done two so far, but frankly, there is nothing else quite like them in the market right now. Short of building one yourself, you’re not going to get this level of quality from any of the big-name brands. I’m pretty confident in this too, since I review all the major releases from all the major brands and have done so for over ten years now, and nothing types as smooth and clean as this keyboard. Its typing action is quite literally number 1 out of hundreds.

Counterpoint though, I personally wouldn’t buy this keyboard. It’s a little tall for my liking, or at least this is something I could negate with a wrist rest, but there isn’t one included in the box. Admittedly, I use a low-profile keyboard these days, it’s not that Mountains is any thicker than their rivals, it’s pretty standard actually, but my wrists are trash, and I need a good rest for my keyboards. I also heavily rely on the numberpad, which is an optional extra on this model. That’s fine, but I’m more inclined to use their full-size keyboard, which is also about the most feature-packed keyboard I’ve ever seen. Check that one out here!

Who’s it For?

Back to this though, I can certainly see the appeal of the Mountain Everest 60, it’s just I’m not the intended customer. If you want something a little more compact, the 60% design is a winner. Perhaps you’re tight on desktop space, this will certainly save space. Also, it frees up desktop space in general, allowing more space for you to move your mouse if you’re a low-DPI user. It’s also a lot more portable, still heavy, but at least it will fit in a backpack easily enough.

Exceptional Switches

Of course, if you’re a gamer, and you’re more interested in WASD than managing an Excel sheet all day, then the Mountain 60 is perfect. It’s a surgical weapon of a keyboard, it’s the Formula 1 car to the usual Supercars, it’s just next level. The switches themselves are unlike anything else. Mountain didn’t just trim down their big keyboard and put it to market. This whole keyboard has been gone through from the casing, the connectors, the switches, the caps, everything is purposely designed and engineered, and you can really feel it. Nothing else out there feels as slick to type or game on. If you want effortless and reliable switch performance no matter how much you’re reigning seven shades of hell down from your fingertips, get this keyboard.

Feature Packed

Of course, it’s ticking a lot of other boxes too. It’s a good size, it has Cherry compatible keycaps, and you can hot-swap in 3-pin or 5-pin switches should you ever feel the need. It has three, THREE USB Type-C ports to pick from for your cable. It can have a snap-on numberpad on the left or right side, it’s got built-in profiles, a powerful macro engine, is fully programmable, and the list just goes on and on. There’s not a single feature I can find fault with, it’s all the best of the best.

Customisable

However, if you do want to go even further. Mountain has a range of Artisan MOUNTAIN keycaps, x Space Cables, MOOY Cable Orgnizers, Nunatak Mousepads, and custom keycap packs for you to choose from. Plus, they have some truly excellent gaming mice too.

Mountain set out to make the best of the best, and which this is only their second keyboard, they’ve managed to deliver the best of the best twice now. A wrist rest in the box would be even better, but frankly, I can’t give the keyboard or those truly class-leading mechanical switches enough praise.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's, I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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