Mountain Everest Max keyboard
The highest contender in the keyboard "game"?
The Mountain Everest Max keyboard is the one we’re reviewing today. It’s not the first product of this German manufacturer that we got, as we check already the Makalu 67 mouse. But let’s get back to the keyboard topic - the first information about the Everest Max appeared on the web around March ’20. At first, it was available on Kickstarter, but it was (and is) possible to buy it on the manufacturer’s website. There are also Everest Core Barebone (without switches and keycaps) and Everest Core (without the Numpad and the display section), But what it’s all about here for the Max version? Well, you can find the Cherry MX keys to choose from, like:
- MX Brown (which we’ve received)
- MX Red
- MX Blue
- MX Speed Silver
- MX Silent Red
If you don’t like them, you can remove them and replace them with any other compatible hot-swap variant; no soldering is required. The Cherry stabilizers with tight tolerance are used here, factory-tuned with Krytox GPL 205 Grade 0. Everest’s stabilizers minimize the rattle and noise. But that’s not all relating to the “customization,” as you can select from two colors of the chassis:
- Gunmetal Gray (which we got)
- Midnight Black
Next and the last thing is that you can choose from eight keyboard layouts:
- US-ANSI PBT
Ok, but that’s only the beginning. The biggest feature of this keyboard is the removable Numpad section, so you can make this keyboard TKL – if you want it. You can move it to the right side or the left one – if you prefer. Yeah, we’ve already seen it in the Asus Claymore II (a wireless one) that has been reviewed recently. But maybe the implementation is different, and so are the feeling of using it? As for the more standard (?) things – the magnetic palm rest is added here for better comfort.
Do you get the RGB lighting here? Of course, you are (the individual keys have it); it’s customized in the Base Camp software (there’s also the Razer Chroma™ RGB support). Additionally - there are four display keys, which you can modify to get the favourite macros, hotkeys, or shortcuts. The Media Dock Display offers RGB TFT IPS 240x204px. Finally, we find here onboard storage; it’s possible to save up to five profiles. You also get 100% anti-ghosting technology and full n-key rollover in the Mountain Everest Max.
But not all feast. The keycaps are made of ABS. That’s the same disadvantage as in the already mentioned Asus Claymore II. Why in such expensive keyboards you get the ABS in standard, not the PBT? (this is only optional in the reviewed keyboard, at least that – 30 € more). The PBT would bring more durability, that’s for sure. The provided braided USB Type-C cable is detachable, which is good. The Everest Max uses a solid and sturdy aluminium finish frame. The keyboard is priced from 249.99 EUR (it can be more expensive when the PBT and you the MX Speed and MX Silent – reaching the 289.99 EUR). Let’s check the Mountain Everest Max in practice on the following pages.