Low on frills but with very solid performance, the Rapoo V700 is a mechanical keyboard for those who just want the basics… and not a whole lot more. Using the company’s own yellow switches under each key, typing on this board is smooth and linear. The switches don’t have a tactile ‘hump’ (so you can’t feel exactly where in a stroke they’ve been activated) and are about half way between red and black switches in terms of resistance.
It’s a comfortable level that doesn’t require much pressure, but which is strong enough that you can rest your fingers on the keys without worry that you’ll accidentally press one.It’s also incredibly sturdy and rigid thanks to an orange-coloured metal plate in the middle, into which the switches are mounted. Rapoo’s yellow switches are quite quiet in use, although the V700 isn’t silent; strike keys with force and you’ll hear a low ‘tong’ sound from the metal plate underneath, reverberating slightly with each stroke.
It’s definitely audible, but far less annoying than the clacking of a blue-switched mechanical board. While there’s no USB hub or key backlighting, you do get a tougher, braided USB cord. And there is one special feature: a dedicated gaming mode. It’s activated by hitting a special M key at top right, and lets you set up macros on basically any keyboard key for use in game. When you’re done gaming, just hit that M key again to switch back to normal operation. All up, this is a well-built and good performing mechanical board for a keen price.
Verdict: Not overflowing with features, but the performance is good and the price is nice.