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?


  • 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


  • 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty






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Paul Malfy

Paul started building computers in 1994. He studied journalism and computer science in college. Paul loves gaming but hardware is his true passion. News Writer and Product Reviewer.

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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