NZXT Function Keyboard Lineup Review
Published: 15th March 2022 | Source: NZXT | Price: £99.99 to £129.99 |
It's not often a manufacturer takes a new approach to a whole new line of peripherals, but NZXT have managed to tick a huge number of boxes with the Function keyboard range.
It would have been so easy for them to take the safe route of producing a mechanical keyboard with their name on it and call it a day. After all, brand loyalty cannot be overstated and many people will buy anything if it has a certain brand upon it. NZXT definitely didn't do that. However, the other thing they haven't done is decided to carve out their own niche and also make you pay through the nose for the privilege. Don't misunderstand, they have carved out their own niche, just taken the affordable approach to such heavily customisable keyboards.
How much so? The Full Size has a MSRP of £129.99, the TKL is £109.99 and the MiniTKL a mere £99.99. For keyboards with a full suite of - Gateron - mechanical switches, that can be hot-swapped in a moment and with ease. Keyboards that have full RGB lighting. Keyboards that can be remapped to your own desire. If you've ever fancied a mechanical keyboard then the pricing alone make the new NZXT Function offerings a seriously attractive option. Should you need a keyboard even smaller than the regular TenKeyLess design then the MiniTKL - at the top of this page - is even narrower but gives you an extra F13 key to map to your hearts desire.
If this isn't enough for you then you can, for a small extra fee, get NZXT to tailor it to your own exact switch specifications and colour options and deliver it to your door via their NZXT BLD website. For £9.99 more they'll install any switch option - Red, Blue, Brown, Linear Silent or Tactile Silent, anywhere, and you can have it in white - as we have today - black or gunmetal grey. You can have black or grey keycaps. You can have yellow, purple, blue, red or cyan cables or keycap accents too for a small additional cost. All of which still prices the NZXT Function below most of the major models from established brands, and with a 48 hour lead time you shouldn't be waiting too long to get your fingertips on it either.
With dedicated volume wheel, lighting controls, WinLock and mute sitting on the side of a slim, attractive and well built chassis, the three NZXT Function keyboards have absolutely smashed it out of the park in terms of flexibility and pricing. Perfect if you want an affordable way to dip your toe into the mechanical keyboard waters, but also perfect when you decide you want to tailor it in the future. A spectacular triumvirate and worthy of our OC3D Enthusiast Award.