Sound Blaster Vanguard K08 RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Sound Blaster Vanguard K08

 

Everyone has their favorite companies to buy from with regards to PC hardware and peripherals. Ask 50 people what the best graphics card is or who makes the best keyboard, you’ll get 50 different answers. But where things like graphics cards can be backed by benchmarks, keyboards are purely subjective. Some may have better features, but it all comes down to the feel while typing, or gaming. The best advice to give someone shopping for peripherals is to start with a trusted brand, known for making good, quality products. When we visited the Creative suite at CES, I was intrigued to see the makers of Sound Blaster sound cards making a mechanical keyboard. The short time I used it got me excited to really test it out. Now, it’s on my desk and I’m growing more attached to it every day. But what are the things that set the Sound Blaster Vanguard Vanguard K08 apart from other keyboards on the market? More important, what value do you get out of this keyboard over the competition?

Review Sample Provided by: Creative
Product Name/Link to Website: Sound Blaster Vanguard K08
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Specifications

  • Product Color: Black
  • Dimension (HxWxD): 215mm x 465mm x 37.6mm
  • Dimension Without Wrist Rest (HxWxD): 149mm x 465mm x 37.6mm
  • Lifespan: 70 million actuations
  • Mechanical
    • Actuation force: 45g
    • Actuation distance: 1.5mm
    • Total travel distance: 3.5mm

System Requirements

  • Microsoft® Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8.0 32/64 bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended)
  • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
  • 1GB RAM
  • >600 MB of free hard disk space

Warranty

  • 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty

Downloads

Drivers

  • http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=1170&catName=Peripherals&subCatID=1176&prodID=22925&prodName=Sound%20BlasterX%20Vanguard%20K08&bTopTwenty=1&VARSET=prodfaq:PRODFAQ_22925,VARSET=CategoryID:1176&_ga=2.265507983.1617294271.1520178801-1005575768.1511930546

Manual

  • http://support.creative.com/manuals/welcome.aspx?catID=1170&catName=Peripherals&subCatID=1176&subCatName=Gaming%20Keyboard&prodID=22925&prodName=Sound%20BlasterX%20Vanguard%20K08&_ga=2.265507983.1617294271.1520178801-1005575768.1511930546
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Paul Malfy

I started building computers in 1994. I studied journalism and computer science in college. I love gaming but hardware is my true passion. Especially video cards.

One Comment

  1. Good review Paul.
    I have a Logitech G410 Atlas Spectrum keyboard with Romer-G keys on it.
    It’s pretty damn nice too.

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