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