Usage & Final Thoughts
I have been using the Calibur for a few weeks now and I have to say it is one of my favorite keyboards that I’ve ever used. For the longest time my go-to keyboard was the Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum, and this keyboard definitely replaces it. The biggest reason is the feel of this keyboard. The keycaps are the real winner here, they just feel so much better than normal ABS keycaps. It honestly is like night and day typing on the Calibur and a keyboard with blue switches that has ABS keycaps. Even though the key switches are not true Cherry MX switches, they are mechanical and the keycaps definitely make up for anything that is lost there.
One thing that I was really worried about with this keyboard was its size. It is the smallest keyboard I’ve ever used for daily use. While it does take a little bit of time to get used to, at least for me it is pretty easy to go without the function row and numberpad. Also with the new software you have the ability to completely reprogram the keyboard so if there is a specific key that might be missing on this keyboard you can easily switch a key to it.
One thing that is definitely unique about this keyboard is that it can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth. It was very easy to pair to my laptop as well as my iPhone. As far as typing goes via Bluetooth it was pretty spot-on, although at times with my iPhone there was noticeable input delay. The built-in battery takes about 2 hours to charge up fully and will last around 2-3 days with frequent (9-5) usage. The fact that this keyboard can be used wirelessly makes it a great keyboard to have in your laptop bag (it is small enough) and will give you that great feeling of typing on a mechanical keyboard.
The backlighting on this keyboard is good and all of the effects work just fine. Now that it has software it is pretty easy to configure the lights and you can do it much faster than on keyboard itself. With the white keycaps and silver top plate the lights really shine through and the keyboard is definitely noticeable on your desk. And if white is not your thing Drevo does offer the keyboard in an all-black version.
This keyboard is available at our favorite online retailer for only $59.99, which is a pretty amazing price for what you are getting. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard a 10 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!
– PBT keycaps
– Blue switches feel great and are clicky
– Small and compact
– Can be used wired or wireless
– Now has software
– Might be too small for some