Mountain is a newbie in the PC peripherals market. The German-based business started a number of years earlier, starting their service with simply a single mouse design. More just recently, in 2015 the business made a vibrant relocation by installing their very first (and rather uncommon keyboard) for crowdfunding. Of course, the vibrant relocation was not the crowdfunding itself – this is a strategy that numerous business lead to nowadays, particularly when they wish to weigh an unsure market need – rather, it was the modular nature of the keyboard.
That keyboard ended up being the Everest. Designed with optimum customizability in mind thanks to its modular parts, the Everest has actually been constructed to complete as a top-tier mechanical keyboard, with all of the numerous sophisticated functions included the area. And, as we’ll see in our evaluation, Mountain didn’t simply choose function parity – to produce a keyboard as great as the very best keyboards on the marketplace. Instead they have actually relatively gone one much better, building among the very best constructed keyboards we have actually ever seen at AnandTech.
Ultimately, Mountain’s engineering efforts have actually caused 2 various Everest items. With the modularity of their style functioning as the marquee function for the Everest, the flagship item for the keyboard lineup is the Everest Max, which is what we’re examining today. The Everest Max is the entire set and caboodle, as it were, providing the base tenkeyless keyboard in addition to all of Mountain’s extra modular elements. Meanwhile, for those who just require a tenkeyless board without the modular frills – and with a lower price – Mountain likewise uses the Everest Core, which real to its name, just consists of the base keyboard.
Packaging and Bundle
We got the Mountain Everest Max in a really skillfully created cardboard box. The art work on package itself is very little however it exposes lots of details when opened, and created in such a method that will stand out of the user that opens it. It likewise offers impressive shipping security to the keyboard and its elements. Every element enters into its own cardboard box, nicely jam-packed inside a drawer beneath the compartment where the core of the keyboard sits.
As we got the Max variation of the Everest, we likewise got all of its modular parts offered to this date. These are however 2 – a Numpad and a media dock. The business likewise consists of tilt change feet, a typical Esc keycap, 5 screening Cherry MX switches, a flying start guide, a couple of sticker labels, and a USB cable television. The USB cable television is detachable and it has a Type-C port on the keyboard’s side and a USB Type-An adapter on the PC side. Mountain likewise consists of a Type-C adapter, for those wanting to connect the Everest Max straight to a Type-C host port.
The Max variation likewise gains from the addition of a top quality, magnetic palm rest. It is cushioned and very soft to the touch. The magnetic grip on the keyboard is extremely light, maybe too light, which can be a great or bad thing depending upon how powerful users are with their wrists. The light magnetic force permits it to be extremely quickly eliminated and cleaned up, without even needing to move the keyboard a little bit – however this likewise suggests it can be unintentionally moved throughout a heated video gaming session.
The Mountain Everest Max Mechanical Keyboard
The Core of the Everest keyboard is not unlike many tenkeyless mechanical keyboards out in the market. If not for the subtle business logo design at the top of the chassis and the silver Esc keycap, it would be tough for the majority of people to distinguish the Everest from other tenkeyless keyboards in the market.
We got the United States/International variation of the keyboard. It has a common ANSI design, with 7 1.25x secrets at the bottom row plus a full-size 6.25x Space Bar secret. Mountain is utilizing a tidy, rounded fond on the keycaps. The basic keycaps are made from ABS however Mountain uses an upgrade to double-shot PBT keycaps for approximately $30 more. There are no additional buttons on the Core of the keyboard.
The top of the keyboard is constructed of aluminum, with a straight brushed surround and a circularly brushed top. This develops a distinctive visual result however some users might discover it uninviting, as it does appear like somebody went bananas with a wire brush on it.
The consisted of palm rest matches the Core keyboard completely and is extremely comfy to utilize. However, when the Numpad is connected, the palm rest does look visually out of location. It is not always unpleasant as the majority of people do not rest their wrists over the Numpad however it is making it appear as if the Numpad is a foreign body to the remainder of the keyboard.
Once all of the modular elements are set up, the Everest Max stops to be a basic tenkeyless keyboard and its real capacity can be plainly seen. The numpad has 4 mini-screen secrets on top of it, and the media dock has an LCD with a turning dial together with the little media control buttons and small useful LEDs.
Users can set up the 4 screen secrets on the Numpad and the turning dial LCD on the media dock by means of the keyboard’s software application. It would not be an exaggeration to state that many (if not all) of the Everest’s sophisticated functions live on the modular parts.
The bottom part of the keyboard is plastic, with 3 large anti-slip strips and 2 circular tilt feet. There are numerous paths to easily path the cable television out of the keyboard’s port at the center, consisting of towards the front side of the keyboard.
At the back of the keyboard, we discover 2 adapters, one Type-C port, and one Type-An adapter. The Type-An adapter works similar to a typical center port and users can link any USB gadget to it. The Type-C port is suggested as an accessory point for the media dock. Two more Type-C adapters can be discovered on either side of the keyboard, which are suggested for the numerical pad.
Underneath the keycaps of our sample, we discovered initial Cherry MX Red changes. Mountain uses the Everest with either Cherry MX Red, Blue, or Brown changes. This is among the extremely couple of keyboards out there with initial Cherry MX changes that are hot-swappable, enabling the user to alter the switches of the keyboard at will. The switches are the RGB versions naturally, with clear bodies. Mountain is utilizing normal Cherry MX cross-type supports for the bigger secrets.
The RGB lighting on the Everest Max is crisp and clear, yet not too strong. It is strong enough, particularly for those who are going to utilize the keyboard in fairly dark spaces, however we have actually seen more powerful backlighting with the very same Cherry MX switches in the past. It is possible that this might be however an impression, as the extremely dark surface area of the keyboard takes in almost all light, negating any backlight bleed.
Opening the keyboard up exposes another surprise, as we discovered a remarkably properly designed and put together gadget, exceeding even what we normally see even on top-tier items. This may be the very first keyboard that we have actually seen the producer utilizing gap-filling foam product to soundproof and boost the assembly mechanically. There might be a disadvantage here however, as the product might trap wetness if somebody spills a great deal of liquid on the keyboard.
The heart of the Everest is a Holtek HT32F52352 ARM processor. This is a 32-bit microcontroller with a 48 MHz operating frequency and 16 kB ingrained SRAM. It is a fair bit of an overkill for a keyboard, yet it is constantly great to see some overkill on such top-tier efficiency gadgets.