Final thoughts: Zebronics Max Plus
Mechanical keyboards are expensive but the proliferation of knock-off mechanical switches in the market has made it possible to manufacture affordable mechanical keyboards. Zebronics is one of those brands in India trying to bring mechanical keyboards for consumers who can’t or don’t want to spend too much on them. The Max Plus is a full-sized 104-key mechanical keyboard packing all the required features necessary for gaming and typing. Backlighting is bright on the keyboard and although it’s not RGB, all the rows have different coloured LEDs giving an illusion of an RGB keyboard. You can cycle through seven preset lighting effects right from the keyboard while being able to control the speed, direction and brightness. Along with that, you get support for multimedia control and Windows lock through modifier keys. Full n-key rollover is present on the keyboard and there wasn’t any visible input lag or erroneous key presses.
On the inside, the Max Plus packs Outemu Blue mechanical switches that are similar to Cherry MX Blue switches but with a lower durability of only 10 million clicks. They have a similar actuation force of something between 50-60 g and the same travel distance of 4mm. However, typing on the Outemu Blue is louder and feels more clicky. Gaming on the Max Plus didn’t act as a disadvantage and typing on the keyboard was also a pleasant experience. Picking the right switch for yourself is highly subjective to your preferences and typing practices which can only be determined with a hands-on experience. Apart from the switches, the build quality is average on the chassis. However, the keycaps are double-shot injected which indicates a longer lifespan of the characters on them that usually rub off after a few years on laser printed keycaps.
There’s nothing attractive in the design of the Max Plus nor does it offer the best build quality. The only attractive thing is its price of Rs. 2,999. While the TVS Gold keyboard is available for a lower price, it doesn’t offer backlighting but it houses genuine Cherry MX switches. Compare it to the Max Plus, the only difference is backlighting and higher durability of the switches. Backlighting can be a deal breaker for some if they fancy a flashy keyboard or want to play games in the dark. The price differs by a few hundred rupees between the two, so it’s best to go for the one with more features. If you’re out to buy a new keyboard and have always wanted to own a mechanical keyboard in the back of your mind, you wouldn’t need to have a second thought about the Max Plus.
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