The Raptor-Gaming LK1 gaming keyboard is a ‘no frills’ gaming keyboard that offers quiet, firm keys, anti-ghosting technology, and a modified—but somewhat annoying—key layout.
The president of CompuExpert (the distributor for Raptor-Gaming products in the US) was quoted in the press release for the LK1 as saying “If you’re trying to build a great gaming rig, you don’t want to be dropping a lot of cash on something like a keyboard.”
I fundamentally disagree. While a good gaming keyboard may not sit as high on a list of PC gaming ‘must haves’ as a good video card, monitor, and speakers, I wouldn’t be too quick to dismiss spending a few extra bucks on a good one.
That said, however, the Raptor-Gaming LK1 does generally succeed at being quiet, sturdy, and inexpensive. In addition, it provides a nice, firm keystroke with no hint of the ‘mushiness’ that often comes with cut-rate, standard keyboards.
The LK1 is designed to be a ‘no-frills’, inexpensive gaming keyboard with a very modest MSRP of $35, and it largely succeeds. It’s only true gaming-oriented feature is its anti-ghosting technology to allow for up to 6 simultaneous keystrokes, which should be suitable for most gamers.
The LK1 is also designed to be “water resistant”, but that doesn’t mean “waterproof”. If being waterproof is top on your list of features for a gaming keyboard, you might consider addressing that drinking problem.
The LK1 sports very pleasantly quiet keys—admittedly a nice departure from my much noisier (albeit beloved) Razer BlackWidow Ultimate that I regularly use (and recommend). Just FYI, there’s also a Razer BlackWidow Stealth variant now with much quieter keys than the Ultimate.)
Other features on the Raptor-Gaming LK1 include red-colored WASD and arrow keys, as well as a key cap puller and black keys if you don’t like the red ones.
If you’re prone to fat-finger a lot during gaming sessions, you can also use the included key cap remover to remove keys and disable them. Normally removing a key cap from a typical keyboard will not disable the actual switch mechanism, so the key will still function.
But even though the ability to remove and disable keys is touted as a ‘feature’ of the LK1, I can think of few reasons I’d want to strip keys off my keyboard. I still need to type with the thing, after all. And even though the LK1 is inexpensive, I don’t anticipate someone buying one just to use it as an oversized, dedicated ‘gamepad’ keyboard.
Like most PC keyboards, the LK1 has adjustable tilt legs to provide 2 different heights. Its braided USB cord is very flexible and light, and despite its fairly sturdy construction the LK1 as a whole is very light. It would make a suitable a traveling companion for those so inclined.
Unfortunately, ergonomics is where the LK1 suffers slightly, if only because of its German origins. The left-hand SHIFT key is half-sized, and the ENTER key is the taller, narrower variety, both of which are apparently more commonplace on German keyboards (Raptor- Gaming is a German PC gaming peripheral maker), so German/European gamers may be accustomed to it.
But for a US PC gamer, it might take a little while to adjust to the difference—more so for day-to-day use than for gaming specifically. The half-sized left-hand SHIFT key still sits comfortably under your pinky so it shouldn’t be much of a problem when you go to sprint in Modern Warfare 3 or other FPS games.
The ENTER key can be more annoying, however—again, more in day-to-day use than for gaming specifically. You’ll probably find yourself frequently hitting the backslash key because it occupies the space typically occupied by the ENTER key on typical US keyboards. It’s particularly annoying when typing things such as passwords, or entering URLs into a browser, for example.
Aside from my quibbles about the SHIFT and ENTER keys, however, I appreciated the LK1’s quiet, firm keys. It may not blow you away with features, but it does its job well— and quietly.
The Raptor Gaming LK1 is a sturdy, quiet ‘no-frills’ gaming keyboard that is inexpensive and reasonably well-suited to gamers on a budget. The keys definitely feel good under the finger tips—at least when you’re hitting the right ones.
Raptor Gaming LK1 gaming keyboard features
- Anti-ghost technology that allows up to 6 simultaneous keystrokes
- 5 non-slip pads keep keyboard in place
- Adjustable tilt legs
- “Fast-Mover-Technology™” that automatically locks removed keys
- Red AWSD and arrow keys
- Spare black AWSD and arrow keys and key removal tool
- Water-resistant structure
- Quiet keystrokes
- 3m braided cable with gold USB connection
- Plug and play installation