Trust GXT 856 Torac Metal Review: Unexpectedly decent keyboard
The Trust GXT 856 Torac Metal Gaming Keyboard is a durable and affordable device that is great not only for gaming, but also for everyday use.
The construction is simple enough considering the strong metal plate without bending. Rainbow backlighting is responsible for the brightness of the colors; the keyboard itself is available only in black.
The cost of the GXT 856 is $ 48. For this, you get a wired connection, a 2-year warranty, 12 programmable keys, and Anti-Ghost.
The USB 2.0 cable is 180 centimeters long. Acceptable wire length for easy connection to a computer.
The keyboard is full-sized, namely 468 mm wide and 188 mm high. There are two footrests in the back to raise the keyboard to a comfortable angle. The device weighs 913 grams, considering the metal top plate, it looks like the keyboard is capable of withstanding a few minor bumps (although we think you should be kinder to your keyboard).
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It is equipped with 12 programmable multimedia keys and quick launch applications (calculator, e-book, browser home page), all launched with a function key.
There is a game mode switch that lets you lock the Windows key with one touch. The keyboard supports Anti-Ghosting and simultaneously records up to eight different keystrokes, which can be especially useful in MOBA and FPS games.
Since it is a plug-and-play keyboard, it is compatible with Windows 7 to 10, Linux, Mac and Chrome OS. It is also compatible with Xbox One and PS4 consoles.
You can’t count on an ergonomic design, but the keyboard is comfortable to use for a long time, but if you need an opera for your wrists or want an ergonomic keyboard, then this is not the best option.
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The membrane keys are initially harsh, but they become much more comfortable after several hours of typing. Since this is a membrane keyboard, it is not that noisy until you start pounding the keys as hard as you can.
The rainbow LED lighting is good enough, has three settings, but it can’t be adjusted, which is a shame. However, you can adjust the brightness and switch between fixed or glowing patterns using the button on the heavily tilted bottom row of keys, next to the “Fn” function key.
There is no individual key backlighting, which would be great, but in fact this is a matter of taste and may not be a problem or something important.
Installation is straightforward and straightforward, but a quick 2-page installation guide is available on the Trust website.
Lack of ergonomic design, lack of individual key backlighting, backlight settings can deprive the keyboard of some glasses, but the metal panel and durability are an absolute plus of the keyboard.
A reasonably priced mechanical keyboard might be the best option if you’re not too worried about your keyboard’s design, but prefer better keys, macros, and overall better functionality. It is not wireless, but the wire is long enough. As a budget keyboard, the Trust GXT 856 Torac Metal does its job well enough without much success.
TRUST GXT 856 TORAC METAL: SUMMING UP
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BUY IF …
You need a simple yet sturdy keyboard design . The metal panel provides strength and extra weight to keep the keyboard stable on the table, which is essential for gaming.
You need a keyboard for consoles . The GXT 856 is a plug-and-play multifunction keyboard that can work with Xbox One and PS4 consoles.
Your budget is limited . The GXT 856 offers anti-ghosting protection by recording up to 8 simultaneous keys, a feature more commonly found on more expensive keyboards. Rainbow LED lighting provides an eye-catching look on a budget.
DO NOT BUY IF …
Do you prefer a wireless keyboard . If you’ve ditched wired peripherals, you probably want to pay a little more for a wireless keyboard. Wireless devices can be more convenient because they are not so limited, which is very important for some users.
You need a backlight that you can customize . You will not find a series of colors and other lighting effects here, only a classic breath. There are only three different settings: fixed, backlight and bright, they are practically the same.
You need different color options . The GXT 856 is only available in black. Having more options for customizing your PC, but that might scare off those looking for an inexpensive keyboard that matches the overall gamut of the entire system.
The Trust GXT 865 Torac Metal Gaming Keyboard is an unexpectedly decent keyboard with a decent price-performance ratio. It comes with 12 programmable media keys, anti-ghosting and a metal top panel that promises attractiveness and durability. It also offers rainbow LED backlighting that is non-customizable and does not have individual key illumination.