Angry Miao, the renowned brand known for its eccentric and high-priced mechanical keyboards, is breaking new ground with its Japan-based sub-brand, Dry Studio. The sub-brand is set to unveil the Black Diamond 75, a Lamborghini-inspired gaming keyboard that combines futuristic design with affordability.
The Black Diamond 75 is a pre-built 75 percent mechanical keyboard that comes with switches, PBT keycaps, and PCB-mounted stabilizers, all pre-installed. It features an integrated wrist wrest and starts at just $240. The keyboard will be available for purchase on Indiegogo starting September 26th, with shipping expected in November.
The design of the Black Diamond 75 draws inspiration from the Lamborghini Aventador Mansory Carbonado, a supercar known for its carbon fiber body. The keyboard features a hot-swappable board with an aluminum bottom case, a built-in carbon fiber wrist rest, PMMA acrylic side rails, and a top deck that offers a view of its interior and stainless steel leaf spring mounting system. The keyboard’s build is designed for speed and responsiveness, with its non-adjustable leaf springs providing a crisp typing feel with a hint of flex.
In terms of performance, the Black Diamond 75 is touted as an “esports-level” mechanical keyboard. It boasts a claimed wireless latency of less than 2ms, a polling rate of 1000Hz, and supports 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth 5.1, and USB-C wired connectivity. It comes with DR Rapid Ice linear switches, co-developed with Gateron, which offer a 1mm actuation and 40-gram actuation force. The special edition model, priced at $295, includes wireless Qi charging and additional Lambo-like RGB lights.
Crowdfunding is a risky endeavor, with many products failing to deliver on their promises. However, with the Black Diamond 75, Angry Miao has a working prototype and existing plans for manufacturing and shipping finished products. The company has also completed previous Kickstarter campaigns, adding to its credibility.
Having had hands-on experience with the carbon version of the Black Diamond 75, the writer finds the price point of $295 reasonable for a pre-built board with such impressive build quality and design. The keyboard’s 2.4GHz connection is reliable, and its 5,000mAh battery can last over a week with the LED lighting on. The typing feel is crisp yet comfortable, with the integrated wrist rest adding to the experience.
In terms of aesthetics, the Black Diamond 75 stands out with its unique design. The see-through acrylic sides and internal components create an eye-catching spectacle, although dust accumulation can be an issue. The writer suggests that Dry Studio could consider creating an even more translucent version in the future to showcase the internal workings of the keyboard.
Overall, the Black Diamond 75 shows great promise as the first product from Dry Studio. Its combination of luxury design and affordability makes it an attractive option for gamers and keyboard enthusiasts. With the sub-brand’s potential for more unconventional designs at realistic prices, it will be exciting to see what Dry Studio has in store for future releases.