May 19, 2022

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Mountain Everest 60: The first modular mechanical gaming keyboard

from Michael Misculin
With the Everest 60, German hardware manufacturer Mountain launched the world’s first modular mechanical gaming keyboard. It is actually a compact keyboard, but thanks to its modularity, a separate number block can also be attached.

The 60 percent form factor makes the Everest 60 a compact input device, but the user doesn’t have to do without everyday functions because the arrow keys, for example, remain integrated. Dimensions 304 x 114 mm. Control keys F and side are implemented as secondary assignments on the keyboard. The keyboard’s high-quality exterior is kept simple and simple (the top is brushed aluminum), while the manufacturer uses some building tricks to design the hardware’s internals so you can reduce the size when typing.

Three different wrenches are available for the Everest 60. The Linear 45 has a release force of 45 cN and a release travel of 2 mm, while the Linear 45 Speed ​​has a release distance of just 1.1 mm. The Tactile 55, on the other hand, is a non-click tactile switch with a trigger force of 55 cN and a trigger travel of 2 mm. All switches are also lubricated along with the fasteners. Inside, the keyboard is also lined with a variety of foam rubber mats. All this should allow for quiet and smooth typing, which means that it can also serve as a pleasant desktop keyboard.

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As a gaming keyboard, the Everest 60 also offers natural RGB lighting. Not only do the keys light up, but there is also a light strip around the bezel. Lighting can be controlled using Base Camp software. The num block, which can be purchased separately, provides matching RGB lighting. Using the number pad, the user can also select whether it should be connected to the keyboard on the right or left. Unfortunately, the entire keyboard is only available in the USA ANSI layout, that is, in the QWERTY layout. Everest 60 costs 140€ – regardless of the keys chosen. Then a separate set of numbers costs an additional 50 euros.