The longer you'll look at Acer's Predator Aethon 500, the enemy appears. It's not an energetic keyboard in effect, but you could call it "" challenging. Where most companies can settle on one or two elements of flash design to stand out, the 500 Faucets are flashing, a mess of design elements that often contradict each other.
Acer definitely makes a statement as he goes into the market of mechanical machinery, but I'm not sure what statement.
Note: This review is part of best gaming keyboards round. Go there for details of competing products and how we are testing them.
Aethon 500 is a battle station. Let's start there, with heft. This is a keyboard monster, so heavy, I have given the box to my colleague, Adam Patrick Murray, to see his surprise. You may not think that 3.9 pounds sound great, but there's almost a heavier pound than other leading gadgets such as BlackWidow Razer. It's great, yes, with thick bezels and a row of macro keys – but more to the point, it's intense. There is a lot of plastic here, but also a thick and side metal board. If you need a keyboard for bundle zombies, with you, the 500th Place will be your best friend.
It's an interesting contrast to the light Futura window that is embedded on the keycaps (most). And if those two elements, a sans-serif fashus and a thick slab of keyboard, were enough to describe the 500s, then I can say that Acer has a design winner.
However, there are so many choosing options. For one, you'll see I said that Futura used it most from the keyboard. Strange, right? Do not ask me why, but Acer was chosen to use a completely different, more aggressive tape on the five macro keys. It's not a terrible assemblage, but it's not interesting either.
The branding has also abolished a little for my tastes. The keyboard itself is not too bad, but the choice that we will do does not get the word "Predator" across the bottom edge. However, the real offender (thin plastic) is the real offender, with the Acer Predator logo engraved in silver at the right edge. Every time I look at it, all I can think is "Someone has stamped Optimus Prime on this keyboard."
Esthetic is of course objective, but in the case of the Place 500 it does not seem to be a united aesthetic. The logo and the macro keys scream "keyboard games" while the rest of it say "office ready workstation". Combination does not favor the 500 Goes.
One of the first elements you'll notice is the volume wheel. Why? Because he ran away from the side of the keyboard. Like so many 500, I'm bored on this option. It's useful – if the wheel did not keep the side, you'd leave one that is about half an inch long and it's hard to find it. Like Razer's recent recurrent media keys, The 500s make it easy to run a hand up the keyboard side, find the space, and the twist.
On the other hand, it's ugly. He reminds me of someone to write a hand sign and make the initials huge, and then think "From a crap, I run out of space" and cracked the second half Unique? Certainly, but not in a way that I would like to see other copies. The wheel is also more visible than it looks, stretching up and down with even lightweight press.
And here are the only most obvious searches 500 500. There's more. For example, Acer uses the arrow keys for light back brightness, as well … a second set of volume rules. Why? You'll find that the same type of redundancy is also present in Caps Lock / Lock Lock / Num Lock, where Acer has included a standard row of indicator lights across the right-hand side a He did so that the lock keys only diminished if they were active. Once again, why?
WASD key bells are bright blue, and no alternative caps have been packed in the box. You're stuck with it, which's a strange and restrictive choice. A Windows key is also swapped with the Function key, which may affect you but I'm definitely tired. I usually open programs by hitting a Windows key and typing the initials, and memory of the muscles means that I still hit the Function key here.
Perhaps the most serious thing is: The "5" key has two secondary function labels, one for the standard "%" sign for the Euro symbol ("€"). That is the only EurKEY symbol to show on the 500 Address, and the "Alt Gr" key used to access it (even to me) does not even work void in the USA. It's just a second key to preceding Alt.
With a point, Acer had many strange options with the 500 Aeth design. None of them really made a break, and I have not hated it on my desk the last couple of weeks. Having said that, there are better keyboards out – especially for $ 180. That could be a standard list price for the RGB keyboard, and indeed Lighting 500 is quite decent enough to compete with Corsair, Razer, Logitech, and so forth. But the rest of the design? I'm not so sure.
Green for blues
The price of $ 180 is twice tough to swallow when you are a factor in the choice to switch to Acer.
Did you know that Acer once had produced its own mechanical switches? Well, perhaps mechanical-adjoining – ALPS switches were modified, with a membrane core.
Anyway, those days are long in the past. Instead of the revival of the old switch, Acer chose rather than a fairly standard Kailh Blue on the 500th Place. There's nothing to do with Kailh Blue in theory. It's one of the best Cherry MX rotation, with occasional force a bit lower – so it's a bit skeptical that you'll notice, in fact.
Kail switches have a reputation for poor quality control, however, deserving or not. No matter whether you're buying that case, it means that Kail switches generally do not order the same price as actual Cherry switches – except here, on the 500th Place.
Corsair keyboards are about $ 180 and use the actual Cherry MX switches. Razer is not Logitech's, but each has developed an owner's switch to justify the price words in other words, "You either get us or you are not buy our keyboard. "
However, Kailhs changes a common third party, and so we can make direct comparisons to other keyboards on the market. You can find other RGB keyboards that have Kailh for $ 60 on Amazon.
Now, Acer gives a lot of work to the 500s and I do not doubt that overall general quality is better than most of those $ 60 keyboards. Having said that, it's likely that the Place 500 will deserve a price between the two say-ups, $ 120. Anything that is higher than that is stiff.
Fly her up
Before we get rid of, let's touch the software "Integrating Time Gaming Device" awkward. Yes okay.
This type of software utility is always lost, but Acer is at least complicated in changing lighting, the same feature that most people will touch. Macro application is more remote, but someone who cares for it can be evicted.
My only real complaint is that it is an unfortunate need to pass graphic design. The Integration of Antique Gambling Device (seriously, what's the name) looks like it creates a WinAmp skin from around 2003.
500 Predator Acer Aethon 500 is not a bad keyboard, and if you buy an Acer Predator computer there is no reason to throw out. We've come far from the old rubber-dome package that came with many pre-natal machines.
But Acer now sells 500 people to the public and that's a more skeptical approach, especially at a full price. There is a few keyboards to include macro keys nowadays, which might be enough to convince some gamers, but substandard switches, eye prices, and chairs of awesome design options make the Aethon 500 also ran in my eyes.