MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

Since last year, MSI has increasingly focused on high-end peripheral markets and has introduced a number of high-end peripheral products.

Prior to this, peripherals introduced the high-end mechanical keyboards from MSI: VIGOR GK70 & GK80 mechanical keyboards.

These two keyboards were optimized for different types of users and added CHERRY MX shafts with RGB lamps.

Through MSI official driver can also be linked with their own hardware products lighting.

In order to fill in the competitiveness of its own peripheral products, MSI has also launched a medium-end consumer MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard in our review. Then let the author bring them their evaluation.

MSI Vigor GK50: Unboxing

The external box of MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard keeps the traditional black and white wind box of the MSI family.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

The front of the box is the keyboard name, brand LOGO and keyboard front display. This keyboard retains the MYSTIC LIGHT lighting effect adjustment function supported by MSI’s high-end peripheral products.

Also, it enables lighting linkage with hardware components such as graphics cards and motherboards.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

The back of the box explains to us the key selling points of the keyboard, such as the full key no punch, RGB lighting effects and multimedia shortcuts.

In terms of internal packaging, the keyboard uses a flip-type paper box. When the package is opened, the keyboard body protected by the paper partition and the dust-proof bag can be seen. After the keyboard is opened, all the accessories can be seen.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

In terms of accessories, the keyboard is equipped with a key puller and a manual, which is much simpler than the VIGOR GK70 or GK80.

MSI Vigor GK50: Design and Appearance

MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard in our analisis uses a 104-key full-size array design. Its size is 435mm x 122mm x36 mm and weight is 825g.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

The keyboard as a whole uses a bare shaft design, and the metal positioning board surface using a drawing, anodizing process.

In the continuation of the “virtually non-rimmed” design, this keyboard faded the glory of the VIGOR GK 80 and reflected it in a more lightweight and streamlined image.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

Thanks to this, its size and weight were also improved and reduce. The dark blue metal finish on the keyboard keeps the keyboard low-key and reserved, making it ideal for players who prefer a dark-colored desktop layout culture.

The F-zone button on MSI Vigor GK50 in the test mechanical keyboard can be used to achieve a variety of functions through Fn key combinations, such as backlight settings, music control, and shortcut activation.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

This keyboard cancels the MSI shortcut, which means it can’t directly control the MSI board like the VIGOR GK70 or GK 80. It may be a pity for MSI fans.

The MSI LOGO is also printed on the side of the keyboard, indicating that the keyboard belongs.

In addition, the area above the arrow keys retains the MSI-specific dragon pattern, which is also the only pattern on the keyboard positioning plate.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

The bottom cover of the MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard in our review is made of ABS material and four non-slip foot stickers are set.

In addition, the bottom of the keyboard has evenly laid out four hydrophobic holes, which means that the keyboard supports splash-proof function, which is more practical for complicated and changeable life scenes.

In addition, MSI also has rubber dust plugs for each hydrophobic hole. In the event of a water splash accident, we only need to unplug the dust plug and discharge the water.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

In addition, the height of the rubber plug protruding outward is the same as the thickness of the keyboard mat, so it is beneficial to increase the grip of the keyboard.

The bottom of the pedals of the keyboard is also provided with non-slip feet, but the damping at the hinges is too large. It is more difficult to open or close the feet. We hope that MSI can fine-tune the design and bring the better experience to the players.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

The MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard uses a braided wire with a gold-plated process plug. Its length is about 180cm, flexibility in general, but the resistance to pull can still be.

MSI Vigor GK50: Usage and Press

MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard’s keycaps are all OEM’s high-grade ABS fuel keycaps.

Although they are delicate in touch, they are also inevitably affected by the negative effect of oiling and dusting.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

They need to be taken care of from time to time. The character of the keycap is closed and translucent, which is the same as the keycap used on the VIGOR GK70 or GK80 keyboard.

The MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard features a high-specific dust-proof shaft with RGB beads, and an optional shaft with four different feels of cyan, tea, red and black.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

The CHERRY MX shaft body currently occupies a dominant position in the market, so most of the paper surface parameters of the shaft will move closer to the CHERRY MX shaft body.

There are many factors that affect the feel of the shaft body, such as the switch cap structure of the shaft body, or the length, thickness, and the number of turns of the shaft spring.

From the actual experience, the high-axis feel is harder than the CHERRY MX, and it has certain advantages in the trigger speed.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

The parameter control in all aspects is closer to the people’s habits, but for so long, domestic the quality control of the shaft still has certain problems.

The CHERRY axis is superior to the quality control. Moreover, this keyboard’s lighting control technology experience also lags behind the VIGOR GK70/GK 80 RGB backlit mechanical keyboard equipped with the CHERRY MX axis body.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

The author will continue to explain it to everyone in the lighting section. In short, on the overall experience, there is still a certain gap between the domestic axis and the CHERRY axis.

According to the current popular words, the CHERRY axis is a “bowl axis” with a good overall experience, there is no shortboard; the high axis has a more prominent.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

The advantages, such as dustproof and waterproof, fast trigger speed, suitable for the people’s habits, so, in the end, choose which kind of shaft body depends on your final needs.

In terms of large keys, MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard uses a satellite shaft design.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

This design can reduce the sound of the wire, but the performance of the hand feels nothing.

Of the four evaluation samples received by the peripherals in the world, the Vigor GK50 of the Gotthardshaft version showed a slight snag in the tests of multiple quick presses, and the process of the fall was slightly loose and there were still certain The space for improvement.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

As the author mentioned in the last article: For MSI, big key position adjustment is the first level that it needs to pass, and the details control the success or failure of the product. The author looks forward to MSI being able to bring us better works and give players more choices.

MSI Vigor GK50: Light

The MSI VIGOR GK50 mechanical keyboard uses a high-special axis equipped with RGB Light.

Theoretically, it can display 16.7 million colors. Through the drive, we can personalize the backlight and connect with MSI’s board.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

We know that board manufacturers have their own unique experience in lighting adjustment and MSI is no exception.

By driving the palette function, we can adjust the backlight of the keyboard for better quality and richer colors, and the level of the MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard can already surpass the lighting deployment standards of many domestic manufacturers.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

And this high-axis keyboard can achieve a key-zone partition-like dimming function similar to the CHERRY axis body and has strong playability.

In addition, the brightness and speed of the light are adjustable, the overall transition is natural, the brightness is moderate, and the visual effect is good.

MSI Vigor GK50: Driver

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

The MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard driver can be downloaded from the official website. Like many first-tier manufacturers, this driver of MSI can also set up MSI’s peripheral products such as mice, keyboards, and they can be linked together in a simple, concise and convenient manner.

The driver’s home page has a light switch, and we can adjust the light’s on/off status through software.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

Through the driver, we can set the function of the hotkey of the keyboard or configure a group of macro files. The built-in onboard memory of the keyboard can save 5 sets of configuration files for us to replace the computer.

 MSI Vigor GK50: Conclusions and Reviews

MSI Vigor GK50 mechanical keyboard in our review positioning mid-game market, linkage with its own hardware and high-color.

MSI Vigor GK50 Review: Mechanical Keyboard with RGB Light 2018

Also, it’s multi-color MYSTERY LIGHT RGB backlight cycle system is that it is at a competitive price of $80 with a competing product.

Although this keyboard has some deficiencies, it does not prevent MSI fans from paying for it. Do not miss this product if you like the domestic shaft feel and RGB backlight player.

 MSI Vigor GK50: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

Now the  MSI Vigor GK50 keyboard is sold only in Asian countries, and it is difficult to buy for Europe or America, as you know the average price for a keyboard is about $80.

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