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Velocilinx Boudica Collection of colorful keyboards, headphones, and mice target hardcore gamers

Velocilinx Boudica Collection of colorful keyboards, headphones, and mice target hardcore gamers
Velocilinx Boudica Collection of colorful keyboards, headphones, and mice target hardcore gamers
The Boudica offers a bright visual experience with per-key RGB lighting and additional strip lighting across the edges of the keyboard. It's a lot of flash for not a lot of auxiliary ports or features considering the $120 USD asking price.

Announced last month, the Velocilinx Boudica collection is a series of white "esports ready" gaming peripherals designed to kick off an entire new lineup of accessories for the Miami-based company. Black versions of these same peripherals are also available under the Brennus name instead. Initial models include a 10000 DPI mouse, programmable mechanical keyboard, and surround sound USB headphones - all with LED lights, of course.

Velocilinx recently gave us the chance to check out the USB mechanical keyboard equipped with per-key RGB lighting and a "PolyGlow" light bar along the bottom edge for added visual flare. Its keys are styled to replicate the feel of Cherry Blue switches which means crisp feedback at the cost of loud clatter upon each press. Our microphone measurements reveal a sharp frequency of about 9 kHz when pressing a key to be noticeably more audible than your typical membrane-based keyboard.

Something we noticed right away, however, was the inconsistent font on the keys. Our pictures below show that the "2" on the NumPad looks smeared when compared to the "2" on the left side of the keyboard. A few other keys would exhibit similar imperfections as well which give a poor impression on the longevity of the printed symbols on the key caps. Will these letters and numbers scratch and fade away after a year of use? Only time will tell.

The rest of the keyboard is rigid and attractively designed with a silvery brushed aluminum deck and a plastic white bottom base. Feet on the bottom will angle the keyboard by about 15 degrees if opened up.

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The "2" printing looks perfect on the left half of the keyboard...
The "2" printing looks perfect on the left half of the keyboard...
... but the "2" on the NumPad appears smeared
... but the "2" on the NumPad appears smeared
Keyboard bottom flat against the table
Keyboard bottom flat against the table
Rear feet lifts keyboard by ~15 degrees
Rear feet lifts keyboard by ~15 degrees
Smooth matte aluminum deck and plastic bottom. All-metal would have been preferable considering the $120 asking price
Smooth matte aluminum deck and plastic bottom. All-metal would have been preferable considering the $120 asking price
No auxiliary ports or features on the keyboard
No auxiliary ports or features on the keyboard
Key caps can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement
Key caps can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement
An included plastic palm rest attaches to the bottom if desired
An included plastic palm rest attaches to the bottom if desired
Microphone positioned 15 cm away from key press. The high-pitch clatter is represented by the blue graph
Microphone positioned 15 cm away from key press. The high-pitch clatter is represented by the blue graph

Other mechanical keyboards like the Logitech G413 have built-in USB ports, dedicated macro keys, or other desirable features that gamers might appreciate. From this perspective, the Velocilinx keyboard is more of a barebones offering since it doesn't offer anything else other than full-size keys and customizeable color themes via software.

The Boudica keyboard, 7.1 headphones, and optical mouse are now available for $120, $70, and $53, respectively. All of these models are wired with no wireless variants.

  • Material: ABS Plastic, Aluminum
  • Color: White & Silver
  • Switches: Outemu Blue Mechanical
  • Switch Life: 50 million Key presses
  • Key caps: double injection process means the letters will not ware off
  • Key press polling rate: 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, and 1,000 Hz
  • Prism Lighting RGB options: 16.8 Million colors
  • Lighting: 28 unique backlight effects available
  • Lighting: Veloci-Key cycles through 8 effects (colorful “Slow Wave” and 7 solid colors “Steady Rainbow”)
  • Lighting Effects: 28 have speed and/or brightness adjustable
  • Lighting Effects Control: on/off brightness level
  • Lighting Effects Colors: 14 effects have 8 solid colors and 1 multicolor preset
  • Edge Lighting: PolyGlow™ orbiting edge lighting
  • Edge Lighting: 9 effects
  • Edge Lighting: Toggle off available
  • Game mode key mapping profiles: 10 (6 custom, 4 preset) accessible through the driver only
  • Lock out Windows (WIN) key during game play: Yes
  • Stored Lighting Profiles: 3
  • Connector & Cable length: USB 2.0 / 1.8 m (6 ft)
  • OS Support: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10; Apple Mac
  • Driver OS Support: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
  • Driver Video Resolution: Ultra HD (4k) and Full HD (1080p)
  • Wrist rest: Detachable Wrist Rest
  • Size: 444.5 mm x 165 mm x 38 mm (17.5 in x 6.5 in x 1.5 in)
  • Weight: 921 g (32.5 oz) without cable 1.08 kg (38.1 oz) with cable
  • Warranty: 1 year
Each and every key can be customized or turned into a Macro key. Four polling rate options are available. Annoyingly, the software window is fixed and cannot be resized
Each and every key can be customized or turned into a Macro key. Four polling rate options are available. Annoyingly, the software window is fixed and cannot be resized
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Allen Ngo, 2019-10-22 (Update: 2019-10-22)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.