With the Everest 60, German hardware manufacturer Mountain launched the world’s first modular mechanical gaming keyboard. It’s actually a small form factor keyboard, but thanks to its modularity, a separate digital pad can also be attached.
The 60% form factor makes the Everest 60 a compact input device, but the user does not have to do without everyday functions since the arrow keys, for example, remain integrated. The dimensions are 304 x 114 mm. The F and side control keys are implemented as secondary assignments on the keyboard. The keyboard’s high-quality exterior is kept simple and minimalistic (the top is brushed aluminum), while the manufacturer employs a few construction tricks for the device’s interior design to keep the volume down while typing. .
Three different switches are available for the Everest 60. The Linear 45 has a trigger force of 45 cN and a trigger travel of 2mm, while the Linear 45 Speed has a trigger travel of just 1. 1mm. The Tactile 55, on the other hand, is a clickless tactile switch with a trigger force of 55 cN and a trigger travel of 2 mm. All switches are also lubricated with the stabilizers. Inside, the keyboard is also padded with various foam rubber mats. All of this should make for quiet and smooth typing, meaning it can double as a nice desktop keyboard too.
As a gaming keyboard, the Everest 60 of course also offers RGB lighting. Not only are the switches illuminated, but there is also a light strip around the frame. Lighting can be controlled with Base Camp software. The digital block module, which can be purchased separately, also offers matching RGB lighting. With the numeric keypad, the user can also decide whether to plug into the keyboard on the right or on the left. Unfortunately, the entire keyboard is only available in the US ANSI layout, i.e. in the QWERTY layout. The Everest 60 costs 140 euros – regardless of the switches chosen. The separate block of numbers then costs an additional 50 euros.