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Mechanical keyboards are all the rage these days – especially since keyboards these days are all with unnecessary sparkly coloured RGB lights on at least each and every button. Here comes another of those keyboard – the Armaggeddon MKA-11R RGB mechanical keyboard. This keyboard became one of my top pick, and it’s clear to see why.

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This keyboard has pretty much the simplest ever packaging I’ve ever seen, with the exception of a flap that can be opened to unravel the keyboard itself like an action figure in plastic wraps.

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After that, I’m literally surprised by how minimal the packaging is made. Open up the flap, and the keyboard is revealed completely.

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There’s the keyboard itself. No idea what’s up with the orange plastic base, but there you go – it’s orange.

Digging in deeper, there’s absolutely nothing inside. Nothing to be found. At all. That’s how plain this packaging is made. Want the software or further documentations about this keyboard? Head over to their website!

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First and foremost, this is a full-sized keyboard, which means the number pad is built-in, but Armaggeddon has a lot of brilliant choices when designing this keyboard, making it one of the most appealing mechanical keyboards that I’ve seen so far.

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The entire keyboard has all of the keys plate-mounted on a very solid piece of brushed aluminium, and a plastic bottom base. There are two little tiny feets to set the entire keyboard at an angle.

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By the looks of it, the Armaggeddon MKA-11R has a standard keyboard layout, with the removal of some totally unnecessary buttons, like replacing the second Windows key with the function key, and also replacement of those usual number lock, pause break, and caps lock indicator lights at the top right corner with multimedia keys, and also the lack of extra programmable shortcut keys on the far left side of the keyboard. The Armaggeddon MKA-11R is seriously small in size, but packs a dense punch.

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The keyboard also has buttons from one edge to the other, and the keyboard is nearly cramped with keys – there are absolutely no waste of space!

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Speaking of space, cable management on keyboards are always a pet peeve of mine, and I really like that Armaggeddon here gave us 3 different ways to route the keyboard cable – yes, three different routes! All built-in, just choose which one you want, and go with it.

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Underneath the keycaps is where the keyboard switch is found – either in the Kailh black, brown, red, or blue flavour. The unit I’ve been testing here is the Kailh Blue switch. At the top part of each and every key switch is where the RGB LED is found.

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Let’s dedicate an extra segment of the review for all them blings that peripherals bring these days. I’m really happy that the these LEDs aren’t blindingly bright at its highest brightness level.

There are way too many lighting effects to choose from – a total of 11 different lighting modes. Yes, eleven modes, excluding the off mode too.

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Certain lighting modes like the Wave and Radar has the ability to select the direction of where the colour change originates and ends, whereas certain lighting modes can have only certain specific colours to appear on the lighting effects. After that, there are many different levels of brightness, and many more different levels of speeds for the lighting mode.

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Personal favourite of mine – have it set on Ripple mode with rainbow colours, together with 50% brightness and 50% speed. If I type fast enough, it seems like the entire keyboard is lit up with random colours on each key, but as soon as I stopped typing, the colours start of move away from my fingers gradually. Just beautiful.

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I’d have to say that as for what Armaggeddon is doing, it’s very decent. It does have software updates, which I am very keen of, since any minor problems during manufacturing can be fixed during firmware updates can be done so now.

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Another thing I like the most is how simple the entire software menu is. One single page and that’s all you need. You can do everything here!

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All of the keys on the keyboard is programmable, except for those 4 multimedia keys at the top right corner. Bummer, since I would really like to change the volume up and down button to previous and next track instead.

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In every keyboard, it boils down to how does it feel while typing. To be honest, really great! I’ve typed many things on the keyboard within just my 2 weeks with it, including this entire review. To be honest, I like how compact the entire Armaggeddon MKA-11R is, while still being a full-sized keyboard. Again, the usage is fine, just that the multimedia keys are not really my cup of tea.

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Typing experience was great. I first dreaded due to the lack of a wrist rest, but then again I found out that since the Armaggeddon MKA-11R has a slimmer profile to begin with, a wrist rest isn’t particularly needed. Instead, since the entire keyboard is so flat, the little feet were propped up the entire time for a closer to home typing experience.

Overall typing experience, it’s brilliant.

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The Armaggeddon MKA-11R is a gem. The cable management routes offered here is a bliss. Lighting modes here are not over-the-top, yet it has a lot of choices and multitude of settings to fine tune how you want it to be. Let’s not forget that the keyboard comes in 4 different flavours of switches – ranging from Kailh brown, red, black, and blue switches.

The Armaggeddon MKA-11R has a price tag of RM499, and I think it’s worth it. Even available in both black and white keycaps, just depends on what you like. Check out the keyboard here!

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