Wednesday, 03 August 2022 23:32

Type with mojo ... the MelGeek Mojo 84 mechanical keyboard, that is

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Mojo is a magic charm or influence. Austin Powers famously said mojo was the liquid essence of his prowess. And now mojo can be yours, in the form of a programmable, 84-key, multi-connected, RGB-LED backlit mechanical keyboard - the MelGeek Mojo84.

It's not MelGeek's first foray into keyboards by any stretch of the imagination; the company has been constructing high-quality mechanical keyboards with full support for swapping keycaps and programming functions and previously released the highly successful Mojo68 with a raft of variations - see-through, retro, neon, rose, and more - but all highly robust, highly durable, and giving that great, that awesome feeling that only a quality mechanical keyboard can give.

There is something so seductively appealing about typing on a mechanical keyboard. Gamers love them. Programmers love them. Once you go mechanical you won’t go back. If you depend on a keyboard for your livelihood or entertainment you appreciate the comforting clackity clack sound as it responds effortlessly to your every press, as your fingers move deftly and nimbly across its tactile and durable surface.

MelGeek is currently fundraising for its new Mojo84 keyboard on KickStarter and iTWire has been using an early release model. The name is based on the fact it has 84 keys - which is an additional row of keys from the Mojo68 which, logically enough, had 68 keys. And, of course, the fact that the keyboard allows you to be one with your creativity. It’s not called the Mojo for nothing; it’s a beautifully crafted keyboard that becomes one with your hands as your words or gaming actions flow fluidly from your mind to the machine.

Aesthetically, it's a see-through keyboard that gives some pretty interesting insights into the inner workings. Look carefully and you can see the PCB assembly, switches, plates, and keycaps. MelGeek has kept what people loved about the Mojo68 - particularly its hot-swappable design and programmable keys app - while adding enhancements like the extra keys, of course, but also a Poron switch map which softens the sound of impact to produce a more satisfying sound and feel. Additionally, the keycaps are formed from two plastics moulded together, providing increased durability and reducing the likelihood of fading. Heavy keyboard users know what I’m talking about there; after a while you can tell which keys you use most on many laptops or lesser keyboards due to the keys becoming shiny and the letters fading. Consider that a thing of the past with the Mojo84’s ABS double-shot keycaps.

Two different sets of keycaps are available, at different height profiles, and each key can have its own RGB lighting to provide all kinds of patterns and customisations to suit your personality and preferences.

What's more, the keyboard supports USB-C, Bluetooth, and 2.4GHz wireless. It can be connected to eight devices - switch effortlessly between your PC, tablet, and smartphone with the press of FN + a number key.

The keyboard sports a 4000mAh battery, and the packaging includes a USB-A to USB-C cable and key extraction tool.

It's a keyboard for serious use, and iTWire has been pounding word after word through it, our fingers moving with alacrity. It’s difficult to express how positively inspiring it feels to use a keyboard like this. You need to experience it to understand it, and mechanical keyboard lovers know the feeling. It’s also a keyboard for champions, providing you fast and responsive feedback in your gaming sessions.

It's also delightful to look at; the colours, the see-through aesthetic, and the RGB lighting make for a keyboard as attractive as it is functional.

MelGeek has adorned the keyboard with interesting messaging which adds to its quirky uniqueness.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign; MelGeek has hit its funding target and units will ship in September so this is an excellent time to get in on early-bird pricing as well as customisations like a separate numeric keyboard and a curly cable. Give it a look; if you depend on a keyboard then you owe it to your fingers to see what MelGeek is up to with the Mojo84.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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