Elephone Elenter Game1 UK Mechanical Keyboard

Preface

I’ll be honest, this board just showed up one day from GearBest.  I don’t remember asking for it (I probably did) but … It’s the UK version of this ELE board.  Which means it’s ISO layout.  Anyway, I can still test it!  So here’s the review of the ELE Elenter Game1-UK mechanical keyboard.

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Official Specs and Features…

Elephone does have an official site, but it does not seem to include their line of keyboards.  So…. to get the official specs, I’ll have to link GearBest.

Versions

Elephone has a bunch of keyboards, but as far as I can tell there’s only one version of this board.  An ISO, Ten Key, RGB version, with blue clicky switches.

MSRP

The intended price is somewhere around $60, but GearBest has a flash sale price of $42 right now.


Short Review

The quality of this board is good.  If ISO, Ten Key, and click are things you need, then this is an excellent choice for you.

Long Review

What’s Included

  • Elephone EleEnter Game1 UK mechanical keyboard
  • Manual
  • Wrist wrest

Package and Manual

The Game1 ships in a highly printed, well built box.  There are photos of the item, QR codes and the like on the box.  The back even includes nearly the full manual!

Inside the box, the keyboard is well supported with foam.  This board shipped safely from China to me in the US – the packaging is fine.

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The manual is really nothing to write home about.  There’s a lot of info but the graphics are a bit hard to read.  And the graphics are needed, because otherwise the manual doesn’t say which key is being referenced.

Size

This Game1 is 44.10 x 19.50 x 3.70 cm.  It’s an average sized ten key keyboard.  The bezels are slimmer than on my Corsair K70, however… it’s probably on the small side for tk’s.

Build Quality and Disassembly

This is a solid board.  The top plate is rounded on the North and South edge.  It’s also metal, which gives typing on the board a nice sturdy feel.

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The hard-wired USB 2.0 cable has a gold plated connector, which is a nice touch.  I like removable usb cables better, sure, but at $40ish, this is expected.

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The included wrist wrest attaches snugly.  It’s a very thin, light wrest though, and nothing special at all.

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The bottom of the board has feet which can be kicked out to adjust the angle of the board for more comfortable typing.  These are either in or out, there is no middle ground.  Thus, there are only two angles possible.  The feet are plastic, but held up fine to normal use.  I wouldn’t use them as chair legs, or anything….

Plate and Case

As stated above, the plate is rolled-edge metal.  The bright red case seems to be plastic.  The plate itself is very high quality.  It’s also all one sees from the top-down view.  This is a nice aesthetic.

Below, see the angle the foot provides:

Layout and Keycaps

A traditional ten key board is the Game1 UK.  Even the row spacing is familiar – it’s the same as on my K70.  Of course this Game1 is the UK version, which means it’s ISO.  So for me as a touch typist, there are a lot of keys in places I wasn’t expecting, and I tended to end up with a bunch of characters I didn’t know.  Either way if you’re looking at this board, you’re probably ok with that. 🙂  Here’s the layout, below:

Life ain’t nothing but Switches and money

Blue switches seem to always mean “clicky” and in this case they certainly do.  Very, very clicky.  Wake-the-kids clicky.  Turns out clicky isn’t my thing….  Regardless of what I like, the switches do perform well.  I am not sure what brand they are, but not Cherry or Gateron.  I don’t believe they’re even Outemu… I’ll have a look – maybe I’ll have to get out my loupe. :

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Here’s some clickety clackety goodness.

Connectivity

There’s only one connectivity option on this board.  USB 2.0.  No bluetooth or wireless or anything else.  It’s plug-and-play, so no worries on it working.  Just plug it and it’ll be recognized immediately on most modern computers.

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User Interface and Operation

The FN key is used to change anything about the board you might like to change.  Mostly this means cycling through the pre-programmed RGB modes, but one can also manually program RGB as well.

Otherwise, all the keys do what all keys do!  Keys gonna key!

RGB

I found the RGB to be fairly limited on this board.  It suffers from what I’ve talked about a lot in my board reviews – bad PWM.

There are a bunch of pre-programmed modes.  I’ll be honest and say I didn’t really experience them because the print on the manual is so tiny I couldn’t read it, to figure out what modifiers I needed to use to activate those modes!  But I did cycle through the gaming modes, which you can see below.

Bad PWM on boards like this is inexcusable for me.  I can always see it, and I hate it.  If you intend to use RGB on your keyboard, bear in mind that you’ll probably be able to see the color mixing if you use any color except a primary color!

Conclusion

What I like

  • It’s a nice ISO layout TK board.
  • Clicky keys are what they promise (clicky!)
  • Layout is comfortable, and standard.

What I don’t like

  • Bad PWM on the RGB
  • Hardwired cable

Up Next

I don’t have another keyboard in the queue!  I have a bunch of flashlights and knives, though!

Notes:

  • This keyboard was provided by GearBest.com for review. I was not paid to write this review.
  • This content originally appeared at zeroair.wordpress.com.  Please visit there for the best experience!
  • Whether or not I have a coupon for this keyboard, I do have a bunch of coupons!!  Have a look at my spreadsheet for those coupons.

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