Gaming peripherals are afraid of coloration. Truly, I’d wager this is a matter that goes past peripherals to know-how at massive. White, black, silver, and grey are the usual pallete. The rest is relegated to an accent at finest. Apple made waves within the ‘90s with these teal iMacs, after which what occurred? A decade later they had been again to “House Grey” and different impartial tones.

But when Mionix’s new peripherals are something to go by, an injection of coloration may do us properly. I’ve been utilizing the Mionix Wei on and off for just a few months now, and you recognize why I maintain coming again to it? As a result of it’s rattling fairly.

Beginning sturdy

The Wei is Mionix’s first keyboard since 2011, which is a giant deal. In the identical means that the HyperX model is understood for headsets, Mionix has been primarily recognized for one factor: mice. And I’m an enormous fan of them too, each the NAOS 7000 and the smaller Castor mice. For a no-name firm, Mionix rapidly proved it had a watch for ergonomics that few different firms may match—and one eye on design. Mionix mice look elegant, a trait that was particularly uncommon three or 4 years in the past (although fortunately much less uncommon in the present day).

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It’s no shock then that Mionix’s first keyboard appears to be like extra like an upscale boutique mannequin than a “gaming keyboard,” within the conventional sense. By default, the keyboard ships in slate grey, with barely any seen branding. Keys are adorned with a wispy sans-serif, about as minimalist because it will get.

And a unusual contact? The Wei makes use of a coiled telephone-style cable, just like the IBM Mannequin M and different classics. That characteristic has made a comeback in fanatic circles lately, nevertheless it’s nonetheless shocking to see it on a mainstream mannequin just like the Wei.

Mionix appears lifeless set on profitable over that fanatic/gamer cross part although, providing coloured keycap units as properly. That is the place the actual enjoyable is discovered. Mionix despatched over a set of ice blue (or “Ice Cream,” to make use of their title) keycaps to associate with the Wei.

And…properly, simply take a look at it:

Mionix Wei IDG / Hayden Dingman

It’s attractive. The distinction between the opaque grey and translucent blue keys is eye-catching, to say the least. You possibly can, in fact, decide to switch each key with its blue substitute—or not trouble, and keep grey—however I’ve discovered a mixture of the 2 to be most interesting.

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