Motospeed K87S RGB Mechanical Keyboard – Unboxing & Review + Mod

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Today we’re going to check out an interesting
mechanical keyboard from the prevalent Motospeed in the budget range. This is the Motospeed K87s. Thanks to Banggood.com for providing this
keyboard to check out, and their continued support. Check links in the description for more info. Opening up the box we have the keyboard itself. And some paper work. And that’s all! Motospeed as most of us know is a well known
budget brand, but all of their keyboards are pretty much full sized, so it’s really cool
for them to actually come out with a tenkeyless version. So this has 87 keys as the model name suggests,
and basically just cuts off the numpad on the side. I highly recommend checking out tenkeyless
keyboards for people first looking into getting a mechanical keyboard, as the numpad isn’t
100% necessary for many people. It also gives you more space for your mouse,
and allows for a more ergonomic experience. Usually there’s a specific feature or something
that makes me pick a keyboard for review. And the design of this keyboard is the main
reason I decided to make a video on this. First of all it’s pretty simplistic in comparison
to their other keyboards. It’s a simple rounded rectangular design. The top plate is a sleek silver aluminium,
WITH no branding which is very very common on many budget mechanical keyboards. There is no top exterior shell, so we have
a floating key design, so the keyswitches are exposed from the sides. This is a personal taste thing if you like
it or not. But the combination of a completely plastic
shell, as well as an aluminium mounting plate rather than a heavier steel plate, makes the
keyboard quite light. It doesn’t really have that traditional
mechanical keyboard heft to it. We have the white keycaps, but they have the
gamery font on them. This is a gaming keyboard, so it’s fits
the theme, but I just can never get behind the look of it. I prefer something more simple and clean,
and it would have really complimented the rest of the keyboard. The top function row is also lower than usual,
so there’s no gap between it and the number row. And it does make it slightly easier to reach. And on the rear we have the non detachable
USB cable. But the main attraction is this transparent
plastic bottom shell. I checked out something similar from Velocifire,
but they went a bit crazy with theirs. This one however is simplistic and how it
should be. Although on the bottom there’s some sort
of white piece covering the bottom of the PCB. And then there’s this white frosted shell
inside the case itself completely covering the internals. So it’s kind of like a case inside the case. And finally there’s 2 flat rubber feet,
and 2 rubber tipped flip up feet. From the side it has a pretty slim profile. Without the flip up feet up, it has a slight
natural inclination. And we get a good view of the switches from
the side, because the diffusion doesn’t start until further down. So it’s kind of a mixed look, where some
parts are fully visible, and others aren’t. But that’s not all, because when we plug
it in, we get this. Good old underglow. The keyboard is marketed as an RGB keyboard. The lighting is split up into 2 parts. We have the key illumination on top, and the
underglow lighting. We’ll start with the key illumination. This is very similar to many budget keyboards. We can cycle through a few modes with function
and insert. First we have the solid colour mode, which
I’ll assume will be the mostly used. And we can press function and delete to cycle
through the colours. And this reveals that we just have 7 colours
to cycle through. So sure it’s RGB, but it’s quite limited. Next is the breathing mode. Then we get the custom layout mode. Where we can customise each key by pressing
function and home and pressing each key to our liking. However we also have our other customisable
profiles on the keys 1 to 5, which all have preloaded gaming profiles. Then we have a mode that cycles through colours. Then a singular reactive mode. A rainbow wave mode. A snake mode. A ripple mode. A slightly different reactive mode. Then this other rainbow wave mode that shows
the limitations of the colours. But that’s not too interesting. It’s the underglow that matters. Ok so first of all, it doesn’t flicker like
this in real life, it’s just the camera. So I’ll chuck in some photos as well, that
look pretty close to the real thing. We can cycle through the modes with function
and page up. The first mode, and my favourite mode is this
simple rainbow. We can change the speed of the effect with
the minus and plus keys. Next is the singular colour mode, which I
also really like. To change colours we just press function and
page down, and it’s a clean look. Next is the breathing mode. Then we have a mode that slowly cycles through
colours. Next is this slightly different rainbow mode. I don’t really like the colour palette with
this one as well as several effects within that, so I stick to the first one. We have a flashing mode. Then completely off. And finally a snake mode. So with the combination of both the key and
underglow lighting, I’d say I like just the solid white on top, and then the slow
rainbow on the bottom. There are a couple of things I don’t like
though. First of all the keycaps on top are just ugly
in my opinion. It doesn’t contribute well to the aesthetic
of the keyboard. That’s why I prefer the white backlighting
in normal lit conditions, since it kind of blends in the legends, whereas having the
lights off doesn’t. I’m also not a fan of the diffusion of the
underglow LEDs. They’re using a separate diffusion piece
inside, but it looks quite thin, so while the light is spread, there’s still the clear
points where the LEDs are, which are also made quite clear by the reflection on the
table surface. It would look so much better with the outer
clear shell diffused, as well as being a bit thicker, like on the Ganns GK87 Pro, which
is quite similar. The whole thing is also quite in your face,
and is definitely not for everyone. Taking off the keycaps and we have 1mm thin
double shot ABS keycaps. Double shot just means that the legends are
a different piece of plastic, so they’ll never fade away. Underneath the caps we have the very common
budget Outemu Blue switches. These are just clones of the Cherry MX switches,
and they mimic the colour characteristics as well. So these are tactile and clicky, with a travel
distance of 4mm. And here’s a quick sound test. Now to the disassembly. The keyboard is held together by a few Phillips
head screws as well as some Torx screws which you may not have a screwdriver for. Here’s the thin piece of plastic that diffuses
the underglow LEDs, and just sits in the outer clear casing. It’s just too thin to do a proper job of
spreading the light. But under that is this piece of just actual
paper which blocks everything from the bottom view. The aluminium plate is 1.5mm. The PCB has a nice clean white solder mask,
which looks pretty good with the clear case by the way. Here’s the underglow LEDs scattered around
the edge of the PCB. And the key LEDs are actually mounted on the
other side of the PCB. So I’m not too keen on this completely clear
transparent look for the bottom plastic, and I want it to look like all the other cool
underglow keyboards. I have this frosted glass spray, and as described,
it frosts glass, and in theory should work in a similar way for plastic. I’m just going to spray it straight on top
without any scuffing, and see how it goes. After a few passes it wasn’t really adhering
well, as we can see, also showing some peeling. But it was a bit cold, and I probably went
a bit too heavy, so in this case, it’s probably best to go with many lights coats. It was pretty rough, so I decided to wet sand
it a bit with some soapy water and 2000 grit sandpaper. Then I went with light coats. And it turned out better, but not perfect. Then to top it off I’ll chuck on my cheap
blank white PBT keycaps. I would like you know try other caps, but
my keycap game is super weak, but it matches the theme anyway. And here it is. And it’s so so much cleaner. Without the underglow on, it’s completely
different. It’s much more sleeker and cleaner, and
hides all those extra lines that could be seen through the plastic. The inner diffused plastic piece is hidden
now, as well as the bottom halves of the keyswitches. It’s also not so reflective and shiny, and
is more subdued and matte, blending in much better with the top aluminium piece. I didn’t protect it with a top coat yet,
but it looks like it wouldn’t impact on the look, so a nice satin or matte clear coat
would probably be fine. But of course, the underglow. Again, just a billion times better looking
in my opinion. So much more cleaner, shows off the colours
better, and all of a sudden makes it look so much more premium. From the top view we now have a glowing ring
around the edge, which looks neat. The individual LEDs are still quite sharp
though, and can still be easily seen. I actually didn’t spray the inside of the
case, and I’m quite tempted to do so, but we’d make it a bit more dim. The usual method to achieve this look would
be with frosted acrylic which is also thicker than this, creating a much more cleaner and
diffused aesthetic. Motospeed did try, but only with the thin
piece inside the outer shell, ending up with a weird look. I think the outer casing would look fine in
a completely transparent design, where the PCB and internals are shown, but this isn’t
the case here. They also gave me this keyboard case, which
is really useful for protecting your keyboard during transportation. It’s made from 3mm felt, and actually has
the Cherry logo lasered on it. Plus a bit more below that, which it probably
could have gone without. It can be had in different sizes, but this
is the tenkeyless version, and the keyboard fits snugly. It’s also nice to have a velcro strap for
the cable on the K87s. And it secures with a strap, and I’d say
it does a pretty good job of protecting your board inside your bag. Also, I messed up my footage where I went
through all the lighting modes, so it’s scattered with no narration over the conclusion. Overall it’s a unique product from Motospeed. It is a light keyboard with just the aluminium
plate and the plastic case, but it’s still solid enough. And it’s nice to get a tenkeyless offering
from Motospeed, instead of just full sized boards. I think the aesthetic design is a bit mixed
up as I explained, and it would be nice to get more budget boards without the gamery
font on the keycaps. But there’s definitely potential in the
keyboard. The frost glass spray isn’t the cheapest
here in Australia, at over 10 bucks. But in the U.S it can be had for around 5
dollars, and you’ll only be using a little bit, so I’ll get more out of mine. It also has a completely standard layout,
so changing the keycaps can be an option in the future, giving it even more potential. Thanks again to Banggood.com for providing
the keyboard and being a long time supporter of the channel. I’ll leave links in the description.

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