Velocifire VM30 review
Velocifire VM30 Overview
- Kailh Black or Blue mechanical switches.
- 6 static color backlighting.
- Media control hotkeys.
- 12 different lighting effects.
- Routable USB cable
Velocifire is a new gaming peripheral company, and the VM30 is their first entry into the mechanical keyboard market. It’s a 7-color backlit keyboard just like the Gamdias Hermes 7 Color. The VM30 uses Kailh switches and is available in either Black – stiff and linear or Blue – light and clicky switches. Given that Velocifire is a new mechanical keyboard company, I’ve decided to buy the VM30 to test out for you guys! See below for my hands-on review and unboxing of the Velocifire VM30 mechanical keyboard.
Velocifire VM30 Unboxing
Velocifire is a very new entrant into the gaming peripheral market. Currently, their products are exclusive to Amazon.
The Velocifire VM30 simply comes with the keyboard and small instruction booklet. The controls are very simple and easy to understand. The media hotkeys are along the top row and you can switch between NKRO and 6KRO. You can also lock the Windows key, which is a popular feature among gaming mechanical keyboards.
One very strange design decision that we confirmed is actually on purpose is that the keyboard essentially doesn’t have the ability to use Print Screen, Scroll Lock, or Pause. While the keys are there, they are only mapped to the backlight functions which are changing the backlighting modes, adjusting LED brightness, and changing LED movement speed.
The Velocifire VM30 has a non-detachable USB cable, flip-out feet, and rubber pads to prevent slipping. There’s a 3-way cable routing system in the bottom of the case so you can pick the channel that’s best for your desk setup.
This mechanical keyboard has a nice, ergonomic key profile and a metal-like backplate. The sides and bottom of the keyboard are plastic.
Velocifire VM30 – Keys and Switches
The Velocifire VM30 uses Kailh Black/Blue switches. We really enjoy the Kailh Black switches, and find them to be the biggest selling point of the keyboard. As you can see in the photo above, the LED lights are top-mounted on the switch which helps the LED light shine brightly.
We think most users will really enjoy the Kailh Black switches. Whether you’re gaming or just typing, we find it very fast and enjoyable to do on Black switches. You can read more about the different types of switches on our mechanical switch comparison guide.
The VM 30’s keycaps are made of the same ABS plastic that you find on most mechanical keyboards. The font on the keys are blocky and look similar to the Razer BlackWidow keys.
Check out the typing test in the video below to hear this keyboard at 101 WPM –
Velocifire VM30 – Backlighting
The backlighting of the Velocifire VM30 features one static backlighting color for each row – red, yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple.
There are 12 different backlighting modes that are very different from any other mechanical keyboards, not necessarily in a new or exciting way. It’s difficult to explain them, so check out the video below to see the VM30 backlights in action.
Velocifire VM30 Mechanical Keyboard Overall Verdict
Overall, the Velocifire VM30 is a decent keyboard especially considering the low price (less than $70 at the time of review). One glaring weakness of this keyboard is this doesn’t have the ability to use the Print Screen, Scroll Lock, or Pause functions of a regular keyboard which will be a dealbreaker for many people. That being said, considering the low cost of the VM30, I highly recommend it for those on a budget. The Velocifire VM30 is a full sized keyboard that can make a great addition to any PC gaming rig.
If you’re looking for a similar keyboard with the functionality of those three keys and you’re willing to spend $10-20 more, take a look at the Gamdias Hermes 7 Color.