Review: IOGEAR HVER Pro Gaming Keyboard (Hardware)
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The IOGEAR HVER Pro Keyboard is an RGB 104-key mechanical keyboard that features individually lit RGB keys with up to 18 different built-in RGB profiles, Cherry MX Brown or Red key switches, a full aluminum chassis, doubleshot keycaps, and fully programmable keys with macro support (which will require the Kaliber Gaming software). With some added “gaming focused” features like Windows lockout keys and WASD->Arrow key swap and an $80 MSRP, the HVER Pro keyboard is marketed as a hardcore PC gaming keyboard for those on a budget. But does it live up to that promise?
First, we’ll take a look at what you’ll get when you buy the HVER Pro keyboard. The box itself is your typical gaming keyboard box, showing a good look at the keyboard itself and providing the usual list of features you can expect from the HVER Pro. Opening it up will reveal the keyboard itself, in a plastic bag to prevent dust accumulation, the quick start guide, and the registration/warranty info card. The keyboard itself is made using an all aluminum chassis and has a fairly standard 5ft long braided USB cable. The PING first PING thing PING...you’ll notice with this particular keyboard is the ridiculously loud metallic ping noise you’ll hear as the springs under each key switch are released. While this is common for aluminum chassis keyboards, the HVER Pro seems to be much louder than similar keyboards like the Corsair K95. The space bar in particular can have quite a loud ping and is especially noticeable when typing at a high WPM.
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The keycaps are made of doubleshot ABS plastic, which means the key legends are molded into the plastic and will never fade. The extra functions for the keys, like the customizable RGB profile options, are just painted on, so these aren’t illuminated by the RGBs under each key which can be a problem. The keycaps also have a shorter “float” design, which results in quite a bit of light bleed from the individual RGBs. Some may find this to be a con, but after using the keyboard for a while I find this doesn’t interfere with the other RGBs, and helps light up some of the logos and accents on the keyboard which is actually quite nice. The backside of the keyboard you’ll find a nice little keycap puller, which is a nice addition, along with the usual rubber feet and legs.
As mentioned above, the HVER Pro is a fully programmable keyboard with the use of the Kaliber Gaming software. While a little barebones, the software is able to set custom macros, change the USB polling rate from 125hz to 1000hz, customize the 18 different RGB profiles with a few (rather sparse) options, and (one of the more interesting features) you can completely customize key locations to however you desire. Want to change from the QWERTY layout to Dvorak? No problem! Simply assign the keys in the Kaliber software, swap the keycaps on your keyboard to the right location, and congratulations you now have a Dvorak gaming keyboard!...not that you’d want that for gaming anyways, but it’s a nice feature for those who want to customize their keyboard layout to make it more comfortable to use.
- Keyboard Layout: 104-key ANSI
- Switch Type: Available in Cherry MX Brown/Red
- RGB per-key backlighting
- Fully programmable keys
- Full Anti-Ghosting Support
- Double shot Keycaps
- Brushed aluminum chassis
- Braided 5ft USB cable
+ Cheap price for full RGB mechanical keyboard.
+ Individually lit RGBs.
+ Quite customizable using (albeit basic) software.
+ Durable, heavy duty aluminum chassis.
- Metallic ping a bit too loud.
- Extra functions on keycaps aren't transparent, so not lit by RGBs.
out of 10
Overall, the IOGEAR HVER Pro Gaming keyboard is quite a bargain for only $80. If you can ignore the metallic ping, and if you don't mind a little bit of RGB bleed, the HVER Pro makes an excellent mechanical keyboard for gaming and productivity alike thanks to it's fully programmable layout. If you're looking for a new gaming keyboard with a nice amount of features but don't want to spend a lot, I would highly suggest the HVER Pro Gaming keyboard.