MSI Vigor GK41 review: A good, affordable gaming keyboard
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Good price-performance ratio
Linear, mechanical switches
Macro programming via software
Three setup angles for more ergonomics
Limited lighting options
Outdated, permanently installed USB 2.0 connection cable
No dedicated media control
No wrist rest
The MSI Vigor GK41 is an attractive choice for gamers looking for a reasonably priced mechanical keyboard. It offers adequate features and is just as suitable for gaming as it is for general applications. Some features such as separate media keys are missing and the illumination is not as flexible as on more expensive models, but these limitations are justifiable given the price.
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As a mechanical gaming keyboard, the MSI Vigor GK41 promises excellent value for the money at only around $65. But does it deliver what it promises in terms of price? We take a closer look at the device.
Technical specifications: Reliable for fast reflexes
The MSI Vigor GK41 is equipped with linear Longhua Red switches from Kaihua (better known as Kailh switches), which require an actuation force of 50 grams and trigger at a key travel of 1.9 millimetres. These characteristics make the switches ideal for games that require fast and precise command inputs — and are similar to the popular Cherry MX Red switches. The manufacturer puts the service life at 50 million actuations, which is now the minimum in the switch world.
The housing of the MSI Vigor GK41 is made of plastic and the keycaps are made of ABS plastic, which could lead to signs of wear over time. The octagonal shape of the keycaps is unusual and could prove to be a unique design feature in practice.
It is practical to be able to select three different angles of inclination (0, 3, and 7 degrees), which increases the keyboard’s adaptability; rubber elements on the keyboard and the feet ensure slip resistance. It’s a pity that there’s no wrist rest.
Lighting and customization: Limited, but effective
The key illumination of the MSI Vigor GK41 cannot be individually adjusted for each key, but it does offer 10 illumination zones and six colors. These limitations are insignificant for most everyday applications and are compensated for by the practical use of the FN key in combination with other keys for lighting control.
In everyday use, the MSI Vigor GK41 proves to be a solid mechanical keyboard that is suitable for a wide range of games. During editorial work and when writing long texts, the keyboard performed pleasantly, although a palm rest would be useful for even more comfort.
This review was translated from German to English and originally appeared on pcwelt.de.