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Sentey Phoenix Extreme Gamer Series Keyboard Review

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Sentey Phoenix Extreme Gamer Series Keyboard Closer Look:

Pulling the keyboard from the box, it reveals it has a quite interesting shape. At first glance it appears to look a bit like a dog bone or pair of wings. It looks pretty neat and has a nice small footprint overall for any desk. The plastic, at first, feel as well as the keys feel, a bit cheap, but we will let using it tell us if it’s an issue or not. The cable is braided and ready to go on travels with a nice Sentey logo Velcro strap to keep the cable together. It's not too shabby at first look and I'm looking forward to giving this affordable option a good try. The most interesting (the nice way of putting it) part of the keyboard is the layout itself. Check out the right enter key; it's a bit different for the majority of you isn't it? I'll need some practice to get used to this one.

The back of the keyboard is uber glossy in appearance. You won't be back here too often, one would hope, but it's good to know there are some flip feet for higher tromping typers and a quick find location for the S/N in case the worst happens and you need an RMA or warranty replacement. There are two small, but thick, rubber feet grips at the bottom corners of the keyboard to prevent slippage on your desk. I mostly used the keyboard with the feet folded down (tall typer) and didn't seem to have too much trouble with sliding on a glass desk.

 

 

Looking a little closer, while we are on the backside of the keyboard, you can see the Phoenix logo and Sentey logo on the serial number sticker. The keyboard is confirmed compliant with the FCC rules and satisfies the 5V rating at 170mA. There are a few screws here on the back side calling for me to take it apart – but let's leave it working for the time being. The flip feet are rather simple and flip up or down rather easily. They do seem to lock out in the shown position, requiring just a bit of extra effort to get them to close up. I did have it plugged in at this point as I really wanted to see the blue LED lighting. Turns out it comes through the back in some neat places (not that you'll ever really see it).

 

 

Looking at the front of the keyboard, the blue doesn't look too bad. It really isn't super bright and the extra lighting doesn't help the situation. The blue, in an average lit room, is still subtle, but can be seen when you put it on full brightness. If you look real close you can see the keys themselves really aren't painted that well; it's not quite orange peel but it has almost a texture look. Intentional or not, it looks a little neat, well as long as it hold up. The space bar has a little Sentey logo cut into it, which also picks up the blue lighting. This gives it a nice touch as a Sentey product without over doing it. There is also a Sentey logo above the arrow keys, a glossy logo on the flat black keyboard body. Although I prefer to not have too many logos on my things, I don't mind when the price is right. I just wish these keys felt a little less cheap.

I'm going to randomly talk about the cable and USB plug here as this picture and topic doesn't really fit anywhere in my review – yet I know you want to see it! The cable is indeed braided with a nice shielding knuckle to prevent any noise from the back of your case. The plug is actually molded in a Sentey logo, which if nothing else, just looks neat. The actual connection is complete via a gold platted USB 2.0 connection with 8-key roll over (not impressive, but not bad considering).

 

 

 

You already got a peek at them, but the macro keys are a bit different than others we've seen in the past. They aren't all the same size, which isn't too unfamiliar, but their progressive decrease in size is what really made them stand out to me. The M5 button is barely half the size of a normal key cap. None of them have nubs, so unless you get good at judging size, you'll be looking every time you use them. Macros are often keys looked at to use so it's no real harm – the size on the other hand may be an issue if you are trying to get one quick without bumping the others. They press nicely, but don't have a real solid click/confirmation. The M6 and M7 options are on the right above the profile key, brightness key, and windows lock key. They are a little odd and out of place, almost alone with only each other to love in the macro world. The same scheme works over here, going from large to small, making that windows lock button a real odd one to press. It's not the end of the world, it's just an odd concept I feel had limited testing. The real woes are in getting them to work. That's a whole different issue and leave the ranting for the software section on the next page. I'll just let you in on a secret; they don't work well.

 

 

The big feature on the box was the additional orange key caps that came with the keyboard. Fortunately, a key puller was also included as non mech caps tend to be difficult to pluck without a butter knife or causing some crisis. The key caps came off willingly and the orange keys snap on with a little effort (almost feels like you'll break them – but they work). With eight (though the specs say only includes four) to play with I pulled a few of my favorite keys for playing games. The texture on the keys are different than the normal keys, which seems like it will be nice for gaming, but odd for typing. I doubt I'll switch between the two sets, so we'll see how this goes. Orange on blue isn't my first color choice, but I guess it is nice and loud for a "gamer" effect.

 

 

 

At the end of the day, you can take the keyboard with you. Yes you can take most keyboards with you in a similar fashion, but rarely do you get a custom sized bag to carry your keyboard along in. It's a snug fit after tucking the cable in, but the Velcro flap pulls up and over the end tightly without too much struggle. It looks like it barely fits and seems as if it were time to get this child the next size up in pants, but since it works, there's no reason to worry. A Sentey logo on the front completes the look and you are ready to take this keyboard on the road.

 

 




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