With the Moda v2, Nixeus took its relatively simple tenkeyless Moda (v1) design and refined it into something that looks significantly cleaner and more elegant. Where the first iteration was a budget keyboard that looked the part, with a textured black finish and a chunky look, the Moda v2 has a streamlined design with a sparkled, dark gray finish that looks premium.
It is still, however, a "budget" keyboard, ranging from $70 to $87 at online retailers depending on the switch type; how well will that premium look hold up under close scrutiny?
We pored over all three Nixeus Moda v2 models— the MK-RD15 (red switches), MK-BL15 (blue switches), and MK-BN15 (brown switches)—to see if the relatively low price belied a cheap keyboard, or if the Moda v2 is a good deal for a quality product.
Part of the cost savings here comes from simplicity. The only accessory in the box is a keycap puller— although there are a few Mac replacement caps—and there's no software at all (it's a completely plug-and-play keyboard). Lighting is nearly non-existent, save for LEDs for Caps Lock and Scroll Lock, and the lone backlit key (the Windows key, which is lit to indicate when it's locked).
Nixeus uses a proprietary microprocessor (which explains why I failed to uncover a single peep about it anywhere online) that was designed in part to ensure full compatibility with Macs.
The price is also worth noting; at around $70 to $80 (the brown switch version is the priciest), you'll be hard pressed to find too many mechanical-switch keyboards less expensive than these.