Moonlight Drowns Out All But The Brightest Stars
There is a white backlight on the Drop Lord of The Rings keyboard, with five levels controlled by holding the FN button and tapping the up or down arrow. As you can see from the pictures, both the switches and keycaps are opaque and there is almost no spacing between the keys which means that almost everything drowns out this keyboard’s light. That may not matter to this reviewer, but if you like typing in the dark you will need Dwarfish eyesight to manage.
Making use of this keyboard to write both the Monoprice wireless earbud review and this one, one of the first things I determined was that I do indeed use the numpad very frequently. While resizing the pictures or entering in numbers I noticed I immediately strayed over to the right, which is rather ineffective on a TKL keyboard. There are many who never touch the numpad, if you are one then this is not going to be a problem for you.
As for the rest of the experience, I had no more troubles touch typing on the Lord of The Rings keyboard than I do on non-mechanical keyboards. There is certainly a lot more travel on these keys than the K310 (see, just reached over again), which makes it feel as though I have to type a bit slower to allow the keys to catch up. I suspect this is strictly in my head and not actually true. They have a nice thunk to them as they bottom out and higher pitched click when they rebound. This should more than satisfy mechanical keyboard aficionados. There doesn’t seem to be any of the wobble that was present on the first Holy Panda switches, so the Phantom Stabilizers must be doing their job.