Velocilinx Brennus Gaming Keyboard Full Review

Any video game requires player input, and gaming PCs require a gaming keyboard. For me, a large keyboard needs sustained while I overwrite the keys multiple times, use tactile response switches, and display bling-bling colors so I can show myself to my friends. In this review, I test the Velocilinx Brennus Gaming keyboard to see how well it matches my ideals.

What’s this?

The Velocilinx Brennus is a full-size keyboard with 104 mechanical keys designed for players.

What’s in the box ?

  • Keyboard
  • A manual with 8 pages of instructions in English
  • A colored card with a URL for downloading drivers

Hardware Specifications

  • Key: 104 Outemu Blue Mechanical Spring Key
  • Color: 26 key lighting effects and backlight
  • Size: 17 x 5 x 1.4 inches
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs

Design and features

The velocilinx Brennus has black accents and a black plastic base; the top has a brushed aluminum finish with visual exterior screws. Although it’s a minimalist design—there’s no extra material around the buttons, like a wrist rest -it carries a ubiquitous array of rich colors through the key letters and under the buttons. The keyboard is quite light but still has very little bend when I grab the ends and try to twist them. The Brennus is both elegant in its design and solid in its construction.

Installation and Configuration

The Brennus is a USB keyboard, the first step was to simply connect it. I typed a few letters and they appeared on the screen. I immediately noticed that it slipped on my desk of solid oak. I turned the keyboard over and found out that it only had 2 rubber feet, none of which is very sticky. It is certainly a short coming, and in my tests I have found that the left side of the brennus (where my left hand is) often slides under my fingers. Gaming keyboards tend to take a lot of body strength and grow, so I think Velocilinx needs to add a few extra rubber feet and make them a little stickier.

The second step was to read the manual. Almost all of its 8 pages are instructions to change the different color displays. Here the Brennus really seems johnnie! It offers a full range of predefined RGB colors and offers many different options to configure them. The colors can be solid, fade in and out, respond to pressing, flickering, etc. I’ve never seen a keyboard with so many color options, and it’s great that all of those options are easily available with the FN key. The lights are incredible, especially in my playroom, which is snowing to be a little muffled.

The third step was to search for the keyboard software from Velocilinx. On the Brennus keyboard support page, I found a ZIP file that I downloaded. It contained 2 executables-sorry, nothing for you Mac users-one for 4k and one for 1080p. What? What does the resolution of my monitor, which is neither 4K nor 1080p, have to do with the settings of my keyboard? I think it would be useful for Velocilinx to add documentation to the support page and a readme file in the ZIP file that explains why there are 2 different files, what they each do and why they are named after the monitor resolutions.

I ran the 4K file and installed the VX KEYBOARD for myself. The main function of this software is to adjust the color parameters of the Brennus. As far as I know, it doesn’t offer any color features that I can’t get with the FN key, though I guess it’s easier to visually see what each setting does. The secondary function is that you can create macros for your buttons, but that’s not something I do; in Dota, my favorite game, using a single button to perform multiple actions is explicitly defined as cheating. Since the software doesn’t really offer new features for me, I eventually uninstalled it.

Home

To test the Brennus keyboard, I played four different video games. I started with an old clock, Minecraft. I quickly discovered two very disturbing problems. First, sometimes the buttons did not respond when pressed; that is, I pressed a button to do something, and it did nothing. When I pressed it again, it worked as expected. Secondly, I sometimes pressed a button and it automatically repeated several times. If you press the “w” button to go forward, and my character started to go, but would not stop. I restarted my computer, and the problem stopped, but it popped up again at other times. I even experienced this behavior by typing Word and trying to log in to Windows 10. Every time this behavior started, the only way to stop it was to reboot. I haven’t experienced this often, certainly not every time, but when I did it was extremely annoying and frustrating. I have never seen this behavior in any other keyboard. The good news is that this behavior stopped after a week of testing, and I haven’t seen it since. My best guess is that there was some kind of residue left on the switches as a result of the manufacturing or assembly process, something that disappeared over time. Whatever the problem is, I hope you can find it and solve it.

As soon as this problem subsided, I began to test the Brennus keyboard with my favorite game dota 2. I really like how it was played. The buttons are solidly built, definitely mechanical and have excellent touch-screen response with an audible click. The general feeling is not much different from my faithful Razer BlackWidow.

After completing the tests, I sent the keyboard to my son, Zerstöte, president of Liberty University’s gaming club and director of Liberty Esports. It plays a variety of games, including Dota 2, Apex Legends and Overwatch. He had no problems gluing or repeating the buttons, which tended to confirm that I doubtfuled it was a residual problem. He described the predefined color options as “pretty sick”, although he wished there were more customization options. Like me he felt that the mechanical buttons were solid to use. Overall, he considered it a “very solid keyboard”, and he currently uses it as his gaming keyboard.

Additional Features

The Brennus has a Windows key lock. If you’ve ever played a game in full screen and accidentally hit the Windows button, you know how shocking it is to get kicked out of the game and look at your Windows menu. When I press FN+ the Windows key it locks so it can’t be used. Previously, I had to use third-party software to avoid this, so congratulate Velocinx for building this.

The keys use a strange font can be a little difficult to read for a few letters. I made a double handle the first time I saw this button “B”, for example. The font is certainly stylistic and rarely a year problem since I touch both art and game, but I would prefer a more traditional font-for the times when I hunt and pick a key.

Final considerations

The Velocilinx Brennus is a nice mid-range keyboard. It is robust, feels good and has excellent lighting. I recommend it to you, but with one small CAVEAT: keep your receipt. If you’re having the same keyboard issues that I first met, you want to make sure you can return them, just in matter they don’t disappear. But if you never see these problems, then it is very likely that you will enjoy the use of Brennus in your competitive games.

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