Add color to your life by opening a black box. Unpacking is a simple and straightforward process. The few expected user manuals couldn’t keep our eyes open as we anxiously waited to see what was hidden under the protective white cover. The first feeling of satisfaction was touch. The weight of the keyboard seemed enough to keep it from breaking, but it wasn’t enough to surprise us. The 850 grams of the Motospeed K84 / Inflictor CK104 proved to be well balanced.
The keyboard reveal was a nice moment. At first glance, the Motospeed K84 did not look like an ordinary mechanical keyboard. That says a lot. At first we were impressed with the writing on the keys. The only key that would confuse someone is the number “6”, which is more like the letter “G”. The black buttons contrast sharply with the thin aluminum that covers the rest of the Motospeed K84. The silver color enhances the backlighting of the keys. While the black material sabotages the LED lighting on other keyboards, it reflects off the Motospeed without getting lost. However, that does not mean that the keyboard becomes too bright. In contrast, at no point in the test were our eyes distracted from the screen, no matter how much light was on our fingers. The keyboard does not need to be black as the white option is also available. Small details make a big difference for those who appreciate appearance. The metal surface is firmly bolted to the rest of the Motospeed frame.
The Motospeed K84 is robust and well made. It has enough weight to stay stable on the desk as long as you raise the support legs. For some reason, the friction material on the back of the keyboard seems to fit the desktop better when the keyboard is tilted. Even when the device was tilted, there was still a tendency to move away from the keyboard.
Fortunately, the K84 can and can survive this failure because typing doesn’t require much effort. The switches under each sign are Outemu Blue. What exactly are Outemu switches and what Cherry MX equivalents are they based on? Outemu is owned by Gaote Corp. and there are claims that copies of the Cherry MX Blue are used in this particular keyboard.
We believe this design offers stable results on any press. The familiar click that marks each Cherry MX Blue switch can also be found here with a different sound impression. The real question is whether the Motospeed K84 offers the right gaming experience with every touch and in all circumstances. The newspapers say that each switch has a lifespan of 50 million clicks. Only history can prove it. The feel it leaves on your fingers seems to be within spec anyway. The only point of contention is the space bar, which seems to “play” a lot. But it was not difficult to write.
The dimensions of the keyboard are no larger than absolutely necessary. The result is a keyboard that can be used both on the lap and in the office. The length of the non-detachable cable is not great, but it does not bother the average user. The USB port is gold plated, but there is no routing channel on the bottom of the keyboard. For the price of the Motospeed K84, these flaws don’t spoil the big picture. The only serious problem that can bother anyone is that the cable starts in the middle of the keyboard, just above the F9 key. Since it cannot be deleted or transferred, it can prevent those who have a particular setting in their office and are not ready to change it.
Motospeed’s proposal is tremendously tempting. The look is special and the lighting is excellent. The switches are just as good as more expensive keyboards, with a clear path and sound. Unfortunately, the powerful software that could facilitate setup is lacking, while the cable cannot be adjusted to any other position. However, for its price, the K84 is a great product that accomplishes a lot on a low build budget.