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Nixeus Moda v2 Keyboard Review: Simplicity In The Extreme

Conclusion

The Nixeus Moda v2 is a compact, simple keyboard that gives you mechanical switch performance at a relatively low price. If you're into a more austere look, don't care about fancy lighting nor the ability to create macros or program keys, and prefer a tenkeyless keyboard, the Moda v2 was designed with you in mind. It was also designed for Mac users, with spare Mac key caps in the box, key rollover options that OS X supports, and some secretive, proprietary tech under the hood.

However, what are we to make of those chassis and key cap build quality issues? Nixeus explained away some of the oddities I noticed, and in fact some of them (like the flipped spacebar switch) were done to solve a specific problem.

For the other issues, on one hand the occasional inconsistencies and design oversights throw up little red flags for me. On the other hand, I could not detect any problems while using any of the three Nixeus Moda v2 keyboards. In fact, I found the compact design and switch implementation attractive, user-friendly, and comfortable. I liked these keyboards, and I was not looking forward to setting them aside to start testing others.

Therefore, in response to the aforementioned issues, I would suggest just a twinge of caution.

It's like if the food at your favorite restaurant is superb and inexpensive, but the tables and floors are always dirty. You can choose to ignore the latter because you love the former, but you're taking a slight risk. When it comes to the Nixeus Moda v2 keyboards, enjoy the meal—it really is tasty—but don't say I didn't warn you. For myself, at such a low price ($70 to $80), I'd be inclined to take the risk, especially with the security of knowing that Nixeus offers a three-year warranty, just in case.

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  • lun471k
    Really great review and teardown. Good job Mr. Colaner.
    Reply
  • Onus
    Despite a good teardown, you lost me at:
    It is still, however, a "budget" keyboard, ranging from $70 to $87 at online retailers ...
    and
    ...should attract gamers looking for something inexpensive.
    makes absolutely no sense.
    "Budget" and "inexpensive" I would expect to find in the $20-$40 range.
    Reply
  • scolaner
    17530590 said:
    Really great review and teardown. Good job Mr. Colaner.

    Well, shucks. Thanks. ;)
    Reply
  • jessterman21
    Sooo, wait for the v3?

    I'd love one of these in the red flavor for gaming.
    Reply
  • Douglas_2
    Despite a good teardown, you lost me at:
    It is still, however, a "budget" keyboard, ranging from $70 to $87 at online retailers ...
    and
    ...should attract gamers looking for something inexpensive.
    makes absolutely no sense.
    "Budget" and "inexpensive" I would expect to find in the $20-$40 range.

    It is a budget mechanical keyboard, maybe not a budget keyboard compared to your average keyboard but, gamers and typists can reap the benefits of a mechanical keyboard at a low competitive price.
    Reply
  • alidan
    Despite a good teardown, you lost me at:
    It is still, however, a "budget" keyboard, ranging from $70 to $87 at online retailers ...
    and
    ...should attract gamers looking for something inexpensive.
    makes absolutely no sense.
    "Budget" and "inexpensive" I would expect to find in the $20-$40 range.

    mechanical keyboards start at around 1$ per key, and top off somewhere around 300$ before going into specialty custom built keyboards.
    Reply
  • falchard
    There are a few things I like in this keyboard. I like there are no USB or Audio ports on it. I don't like how they make the cable thick when added. I like how it doesn't have a bezel so its easier to clean. I also like how they changed the way it tells the consumer scrollLock or capsLock is on. I wish they positioned these indicators with the keys. I also wish they had a num pad since I use it quite often. Illuminated would be nice too.
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  • sillynilly
    It looks like a shoddy Chinese knock off to be honest. With the standard issues you find with quickie products made over there - inconsistent key color, random screws, nibs from the plastic breaks, etc. all read cheap and not well built. I agree with the reviewer - many of the explanations sound like complete crap and make me say no thanks to this cheap offering.
    Reply
  • synphul
    I suppose it's not bad for a mechanical tkl. For the price there are other mechanical boards with tenkey and custom backlighting using kailh switches. Considering it lacks these features I'd expect it to be closer to the $60-ish range.
    Reply
  • the1pro
    fyi, I have the Noppoo Lolita Spyder, and it's absolutely the same keyboard, sans the "nixeus" logo
    Reply