MSI Vigor GK50 Low Profile TKL review: A compact and slim gaming keyboard that packs a punch

MSI Vigor GK50 Low Profile TKL review: A compact and slim gaming keyboard that packs a punch

Ergonomics

Like any TKL model, the MSI Vigor GK50 takes up little space on a desk (35.4 x 14 x 3.3 cm) and leaves room for mouse movements. Add to those keys low profile much lower than regular keys and typically won’t need a palm rest.

The keys are ultra thin.

The keys are ultra thin.

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On the construction side, it will be necessary to settle for a mostly black and not very shiny plastic, but the keyboard is still covered with a brushed aluminum plate that stiffens the whole. The design, on the other hand, is clearly oriented gamingwith rough lines and the trademark dragon attached to the level of the arrow keys.

The design is very game-oriented.

The design is very targeted. gaming.

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The keys here are smooth and made of ABS plastic, reserving the more resistant PBT for the higher-end models. They also retain some fingerprints. There are multimedia shortcuts, customizable F function keys with shortcuts of your choice, and a “dragon” key that actually replaces the Fn key, which isn’t without causing office reflex issues for the first few hours of use. .

The keys are in ABS.

The keys are in ABS.

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For the rest, the layout is more particular on the right side (towards the Del and End keys), with functions dedicated to on-the-fly backlight changes (modifying the effect, its speed, direction of scrolling, etc.).

Right-side hotkeys let you manage the backlight on the fly.

Right-side hotkeys let you manage the backlight on the fly.

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All of this is also adjustable in the Dragon Center anyway, which is however not the most pleasant of software. gaming. You can change the lighting key per key, shortcuts and macros or save up to three different profiles. Backlight colors are also heavily saturated, which won’t please everyone.

In the dark.

In the dark.

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MSI Dragon Center.

Its 1.8m braided USB-C cable is detachable, which is convenient for replacement, quick keyboard swapping, or portability. In addition, the keyboard is supplied with a carrying bag in mesh, pliers for easier key removal, and convex Alt and Ctrl keys for easier locating on the go. Additions are not required, but are welcome.

The accessories supplied with the keyboard.

The accessories supplied with the keyboard.

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Underneath the keyboard, there are non-slip pads and two-level adjustable feet (8 and 11°) to lift it if necessary; a good point here again to suit a maximum of users.

The feet are adjustable on two levels.

The feet are adjustable on two levels.

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Editor rating: 5 out of 5

Beaten

For its Vigor GK50 Low Profile TKL, MSI has chosen switches mechanical switches (switches) of the well-known Kailh brand, in this case Choc White low profile. If they are clicky, that is to say that they emit a noise when the key is pressed halfway -which we generally do not like very much on a personal level-, the quality of the touch is frankly a good surprise. the clicky associate with switches low brings a nice feeling, especially since the rebound is fast. The activation force of 50gram of the Choc White is similar to that of the brand’s red models. Its activation distance is 1.5 mm and its total stroke is 3 mm.

Kailh low-profile switches are efficient, but noisy.

kailh switches low profile They are effective, but noisy.

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Obviously, noise is very present with this type of switch and a slight resonance of the chassis will have to be added, which in any case is almost completely covered by the typing of the keys. This model is dedicated to the game, it has of course the technologies ofanti ghost Y N-key shift to avoid misinterpretation by pressing many keys simultaneously.

Strengths

  • Good hitting sensations.

  • Adjustable feet on two levels.

  • Backlight customization key by key.

  • Detachable braided cable.

  • Some accessories provided.

Weak points

  • There are no really dedicated media keys.

  • ABS keys.

  • Only available with “clicky” switches (with audible clicks).

  • Unintuitive Dragon Center software.

conclusion

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Editor rating: 4 out of 5

How does the rating work?

Despite a design that will not be unanimous, the Vigor GK50 Low Profile TKL is a good keyboard gaming mechanics with a very interesting quality/price ratio. It is slim, compact and provides good writing quality. Some welcome accessories are delivered and its backlighting is adjustable key by key, but a cross will have to be made on the dedicated multimedia keys. Please note that this model is clicky and therefore it will not be suitable for lovers of discretion.

secondary notes

  • Ergonomics

    Editor Rating: 3 out of 5

  • Beaten

    Editor rating: 5 out of 5

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