Overall and Final Verdict

So where does the bloody B975 land now that I’ve done my testing and taken a closer look at the board and the software? Well, to put things in perspective I was a little worried when I got the keyboard in, saw some of the “flashy” features and felt how light the board felt. Thankfully it didn’t turn out the way it initially was looking. I ended up really liking the switches, they basically make this board. The LK Libra’s were designed to feel a lot like Cherry Browns and Reds depending on the model you get. The browns did a good job of keeping that tactile feedback without being too loud, hard to press, and without feeling mushy. The built-in stabilizers in each switch actually make each keypress feel a little more solid, this is helped a lot by the higher quality keycaps bloody went with. This alone sets the B975 up above a LOT of the market. Most companies worry about the flashy stuff and forget that keyboards are for typing (and for gaming of course). The 1.5mm actuation point seems to be a happy medium between the stock MX and MX Speed switches, I didn’t have any trouble when gaming or typing.

If I closed my eyes and didn’t have to look at anything else I think the B975 might be the perfect keyboard for me. But I wasn’t really digging the chrome accents used on the board. I also really ended up hating the logo above the direction pad. I didn’t like its size, but more importantly from time to time it would distract me when I would end up touching it because it stands out and is really rough. I initially liked the font used for the key legends, but there were a few that ended up being hard to read, so there is some room to improve there. The software also ended up being a mess for me as well. All of the functionality was there, but it was just hard to navigate and use.

So would I recommend the B975? If you don’t mind all of the flashy stuff, sure. But I really think bloody is going to have to bring out a cleaner simpler model. All of the features are there and they have something unique with their keyswitches. Its easy to see that they have spent a lot of time fine-tuning those. Hopefully they get the clean and simple keyboard that I love to go around them. The pricing is another  concern as well. Including two different wrist rests and all of those extra keycaps that I didn’t end up wanting to use at all really adds to the price. At $149.99 for the MSRP, this isn’t a cheap keyboard, even compared to other bloody optical switch models. I actually think the B845 looks like it could be a similar but better buy at a much better price. Anyhow, if you get the chance to try out the bloody switches I would do it. Rumor has it, they also have a simpler model coming out as well that might fit my style a little better. With a few of the guys behind the Cooler Master mechanicals now working with bloody, I would keep a close eye on what they have going on!

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You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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