When it comes to gaming keyboards, I prefer to go with Mechanical switches, but this was the case until I tested the BenQ Zowie Celeriats II, & now I have started feeling like optical switches are much better than mechanical switches.
This gaming keyboard has a very traditional design, which resembles any normal keyboard, but looking at the price point, I believe that they should have provided some additional one-touch access feature in the keyboard. But, if you are a true e-sports gamer, it won’t matter (Choices might differ for every individual).
After using the BenQ Zowie Celeriats II, here is my in-depth review of the keyboard.
|Tough Material||Very Basic Design|
|Easy To Carry|
|No Drivers Needed|
Design & Build:
To be frank on the design front, I personally did not like the design of the BenQ Zowie Celeriats II, but when asked to some other e-sports gamer, they said it’s better to be simple. But, considering it to be a gaming keyboard, we all expect it to look gaming look.
The keyboard is surely made of high-quality material. The chaise is made up of metal, coated with rubber-like material throughout the keyboard. With the material on the keyboard, it holds an amazing grip and also gives a tough and decent look. But with this rubber-like texture is really becomes hard to manage from dust. You really have to keep it clean and minted every day if you are from a dusty area. Material like this easily attracts dust.
The BenQ Zowie Celeriats II is a full-sized keyboard which is an additional benefit for those who are very used to the Num keys (Banking-Gamer 😛). If you are looking for an RGB keyboard, then this is a disappointment.
One of the most important features of this keyboard is the RTR interface AKA Real-Time Response Interface. This is one of the most important features for any gamer. To activate this feature you have to press the Function key (Fn) + F9/F10/F11/F/12 key.
Benefits of RTR Interface:
With this new feature, you can control your keyboards response time in real time. This is one of the most important features for any FPS gamer. During intense gaming (CS: GO) this was one of the most used keys. Having access to change keyboards response time in real time helps to improve your overall gaming session up to 60%.
Highlighting keys is another important feature where you can easily identify your active buttons (Num Keys, Caps Key, Scroll Lock Key, F9/F10/F11/F12 keys). When any of the highlighting keys is active it turns to White, where rest is still red.
When it comes to right click key you will find an “App” key, which works as a right click key. To control the keyboard light density you will have to press the “Fn” + F7 or F8 keys to increase or decrease the light density of the keyboard.
The BenQ Zowie Celeritas II comes with optical switches & I personally felts that the optical switches are more precise than the mechanical switches. With this switch, BenQ has erased the debounce & double click issue that was majorly found on mechanical switches. The optical switches are much more responsive in the Celeritas II and even greater than any mechanical keyboards in the market.
The gaming experience was quite amazing, whereas typing experience is a concern, it will surely take some time to get used to the keyboard. Mechanical keyboard users will easily get used to this type of keyboard as it has similar, but improved experience. The keys are quite suitable for FPS games like CS: GO and PUBG and special thanks to the RTR interface feature.
The keyboard comes with Adomax Flaretech key switch having a curved design that gives a smoother arc which eliminates issues we get while applying different pressure on normal key switches. This means, no matter how hard or smooth you press the key, the key switches with resister your pressure to take certain action.
Overall, the keyboard is one of the best options that you can get in the market but might be overpriced for those, who are just willing for any gaming keyboard. But, the quality of the product easily defines its price. If you are one of the serious e-Sports or FPS gamer, then you can easily go for the BenQ Zowie Celeriats II keyboard. But if you want something which has a lot of extra function buttons, then this might not be your choice. Another disappointment for those who are looking for RGB keyboard, but you can some other options, which might cost you some extra bucks.