I know a lot of TLR’s readers need or really want arrow keys, I also have been asked to review a keyboard that could be used in an office setting. I believe this may be the keyboard to beat, However, read on to see my full thoughts.
Full disclosure I reached out to HK Gaming Keyboards on Amazon and asked for a unit to review. That said the opinions here are my own and this review WAS NOT submitted for pre-review.
I’ll be straight forward the Durgod Taurus K320 TKL is an easy review. I received it just before the 4th of July, I opened it let TLR check it out while I finished up the much harder more stressful GMMK Compact review. The reason the GMMK review was so hard is that it’s such a well designed and built keyboard but it has some solid flaws in the software. I found it hard to walk the line to keep the review balanced as it should have been, I didn’t want to make the GMMK sound bad because it isn’t. In fact, the GMMK Compact is still one of my favorite 60% but it has flaws… When it comes to the Durgod Taurus K320 TKL the review is much easier because I really can’t find any faults with it at all.
I know you are thinking, no flaws!… Yeah right…
(TL;DR) It’s true when you view it in the context of what the Durgod Taurus K320 TKL is meant to be. As a non-RGB straight up mechanical TKL (Ten Key Less) keyboard that looks premium, I’m really finding it hard to beat, and I’m not just saying ” it’s hard to beat at $99″ NO, I’m saying it’s hard to beat period. Let’s get into the detailed review.
The Keyboard arrives packaged well in a nice black box with blue trim. The front of the box proudly displays the name Durgod Taurus k320, on the rear is where things get interesting. In the lower right corner, we see the Cherry MX logo and the logo for Hardcaps double-shot seamless keycaps. You read that right, genuine Cherry MX switches and double-shot PBT keycaps on a keyboard that cost under $100.
Image: HK Gaming Keyboards
Visually the K320 is a break from the black, black, and more black color that most keyboards come in these days. It has this really premium dark gray finish on the top case, that same color carries over to the modifier keys and F5-F8. The other keys again look premium, in a silver color that complements the dark gray of the case and other keycaps. The overall look is very clean and could easily fit into most offices without causing any unwanted negative attention or draw all the attention the same way a modded 60% keyboard would… Ask me how I know..lol
Case not included, Link to order it if you choose here
I’m going to just say the typing feel of the keyboard is nothing short of fantastic. My review unit arrived with Cherry MX Blues (which I chose) I felt like hearing the good ol Cherry Blue click. Durgod also sells the K320 with Cherry MX Red, Brown, Silent Red, Speed Silver, and the aforementioned Blue switches. The keyboard layout is your typical TKL which is just a normal keyboard without the number pad so there is no learning curve when compared to something like a 40 or 60% keyboard. The PBT keycaps have a fine texture that feels good under the finger and provides the right amount of grip. The legend is seamless double shot, so it will be there for the life of the keycaps. The only complaint I have with the K320 is that I’d like a slightly more tactile bump on the F and J keys to help with indexing for touch typing but that’s a personal preference.
I know a lot of the keyboard elite prefer switches from the likes of Gateron or Kailh but I don’t see any of the mainstream consumer’s Durgod is targeting complaining about these switches, keycaps or typing experience.
When it comes to features the Taurus K320 TKL is loaded with all the features that you’d expected from a premium gaming keyboard. It has 100% anti-ghosting, N-key rollover, and even windows key lockout. The Taurus K320 also delivers when it comes to hotkeys.
FN+F12:Switch Customize Profile [MR Mode: This Profile can only be customized through the Durgod Zeus Engine software, but it can be swapped from the keyboard.
FN+Left WIN:Windows Key Lock
Image: HK Gaming Keyboards
The Taurus K320 TKL continues to deliver when it comes to physical features and accessories… I did tell you this keyboard is the real deal. Unlike so many others it has 2 height adjustable flip out feet which gives you 3 possible angles for typing, tall, mid and flat. Another thing that Durgod got right are the indicator lights, there are 4 in total, 3 for the lock keys and one to indicate MR mode is active.
Continuing with the physical features Durgod graced us with a center mounted USB -C connection with 3 possible routing options. Straight out the center or it can be routed through channels to exit the upper left or right sides of the keyboard. (More on the USB cable below)
AGAIN! when it comes to accessories they delivered here too. I know I’m sounding like a Durgod fanboy but come on its hard to find any actual faults.
The keyboard comes with a vacuum formed dust cover that is thick and sturdy. This is something that I wish all keyboards came with but most, unfortunately, don’t. Another thing that took me by surprised other than the wire keycap puller, was the included USB cable(s). Yes, I said cables… Plural. Durgod provides 2, one is a USB-C to USB-A the other is a USB-C to USB-C, and that folks is something that I’ve never seen before even on keyboards that cost twice this much. It is also worth mentioning that most USB-C cables should work with this keyboard but the two provided actually has a guide molded in that lets it slide easily and securely in place. (Great design Durgod)
The last subject touch on is the Zeus Engine software, and surprise, surprise that’s good too. Once installed the software will bring you to a home screen similar to what you get from Corsair and Logitech. Once launched you will select the product that you want to use, Durgod makes other keyboards including RGB models and mice. The K320 doesn’t have RGB so the options that you’ll have to choose from are largely based on key remapping. Durgod, unlike others… (Glorious Gaming I’m looking at you) gives you an abundance of options including macro, mouse functions, launching applications, disabling keys and !!!!! The ability to have key combinations which is something that I dinged the GMMK software for. I don’t think I need to mention it but of course, you can save your profile to the keyboard and take it with you.
I started this review stating this keyboard is the perfect keyboard for the office. I think gamers, mechanical keyboard enthusiast or just someone that wants a great TKL mechanical keyboard for the workplace or just doesn’t want RGB will find the Durgod Taurus K320 TKL is more than they could have hoped for. I opened the Durgod box with no pre-assumptions, but I’ll tell you this, from now on I’ll be measuring other keyboards against the Taurus K320 TKL a freaking sub $100 keyboard… and that’s just nuts!
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