Review: Ozone Blade Progaming Keyboard
Since Ozone Gaming began making gaming peripherals 7 years ago, they’ve been pumping out product after product. I’ve always been keen to check out some Ozone gear, but it wasn’t until recently that it became available in the land of kangaroos and cockatoos. Now, Ozone has arrived in Australia, and I’ve gotten my grubby little mitts on an Ozone Blade Memrane Progaming Keyboard. It’s stylish, unique, and it’s possibly one of the more comfortable plastic membrane keyboards I’ve used.
- Dual backlight illumination
- On-the-fly profile switching
- 10 macro keys
- 128Kb on-board memory
- G Mode function
- Keyboard: Membrane
- Size: 510 x 199,8 x 30 mm
- Cable Length: 160 cm
- Memory: 128Kb
- Gaming Mode: Windows key deactivation
- Weight: 1.14 kg
- Connector: Gold plated USB
- LED Backlit: Dual back light (red or blue)
- Macros: 50 macros 5 profiles
- Response time: 1milisec.
The Ozone Blade is a stylish and intimidating keyboard. It comes in a deep black, and has a very angular appearance. This sharp look is complemented by large diagonal keys either side of the keyboard, as well as the dual backlights. The backlights themselves are toggled between being red, blue, and turned off completely. A switch sits along the top of the keyboard, which can be used to control the backlight brightness.
The Ozone Blade’s USB cable is also a decent length of 160cm, so you should be able to sit it comfortably on your desk.
Setting up the Ozone Blade is a cinch – just plug it into a USB port, install the driver and you’re good to go! Setting up macros, is just as easy thanks to the Blade Driver Software. You’re able to create macros based on recorded key inputs – press record, then your desired keys, then set the amount of loops. You can actually create some pretty complex macros, which is pretty impressive.
Those of you who know me know that I’m normally a mechanical keyboard guy. Something about that click-clack typing and reliability just speaks to me, and I thought that I wouldn’t find that same reliability in a plastic membrane keyboard. Luckily, the Ozone Blade feels satisfying to type on, and the keys aren’t as shallow as a lot of other plastic membrane keyboards.
The keyboard is also of a high build quality, but still feels relatively light considering. I don’t really have any complaints about the Ozone Blade, it’s pretty much the perfect plastic membrane keyboard for its asking price. It might not have the colour variety of a Razer Black Widow Chroma, but the Ozone Blade is cheaper, and features macro keys, which many of its similarly-priced competitors do not.
The Ozone Blade is pretty much the perfect plastic membrane keyboard in its price range. It’s easy to set up, comfortable to use, and features macro keys that similarly priced rivals lack. It’s design won’t be for everyone, but those in the market for a new keyboard would do well to check it out.