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The Keyboard comes in a really good package and feels very premium, the keyboard itself feels just as premium for the most part. The software is decent... it isn't perfect but it pretty much gets the job done. It's a shame it doesn't come with PBT keycaps and the fact that you can't buy any PBT keycaps with the same style as the ones you get is a big minus. The overall the build quality is really nice and switching the switches are super easy.
Support was relatively quick and helpful.
In conclusion the keyboard is fantastic and you should definitely buy one seeing as it's fully customizable and will last you a long time.
Sooo... I waited since October and I'm finally able to write my review here:
- Was it worth the wait? Y-E-S, If someone says something different then I can't help them anymore... :).
- Is the Everest Max worth 250€? Yes, definitely yes!
- Do I need the Everest Max or am I fine with an Everest Core? Really depends on what you are looking for. If you are aiming for the MAXimum (see what I did there? :D) you should get the Max (the numpad with those LCD screens is just astounding). If you are just looking for a great keyboard which still isn't cheap but won't make you regret your choice, because your wife hates you for spending 250 on a keyboard, then you should get the Core version instead.
- How is the typing feel? Great. Lubed stabs are a dream and the clipped spacebar stab is just on a different level.
- Is it worth it to buy the Core and get just the numpad for example? Definitely not in my opinion. Get the Core or get the Max :).
- What do you think about the ABS keycaps? I'm not a huge fan of ABS. They are fine but they feel like a placeholder for me. Really depends on your needs. I replaced them instantly with PBT keycaps.
- Which switch type should I get? Well... this question isn't easy. If you're new to the mecha-market you could try MX Browns, because they are closer to rubberdome than anything else - Cherry state that MX Browns are tactile switches, but they aren't THAT tactile in my opinion, but they are a good base for starting.
- How good is the software? Well.... It looks nice and it has okay-ish functionality, but they need to work on bugs and maybe increase the usability of the tool somehow. I wouldn't lower my rating for it, because the hardware is what I spent my money on. If you're looking for great and shiny RGB you should get something else (SPOILER: But you won't get that nice typing feel).
- Which colour should I buy? Really depends on your taste. I got myself Midnight Black and it doesn't look "cheap" as Hardware Canucks stated for example.
So everything is good right? Well... Yeah. Typing feel is great, you can swap your switches out, you have full customizability.
Something that would have been great to see is support for 5 pin switches. I totally understand why this isn't a thing on their first keyboard, but I would love to see something in the future.
They have some issues regarding supply chain and manufacturing, because they are simply overrun by orders right now, but they promised it will get better very soon. It is definitley worth the wait if you CAN wait. If you need a new keyboard really fast you should look for a cheap keyboard to use until your Everest arrives, because the Everest will be the last keyboard you will ever need in your life :).
Ich hatte eine ganze Weile überlegt eine so teure Tastatur anzuschaffen und muss im Nachhinein sagen: Ich bin froh es getan zu haben!
Der Versand dauert wohl etwas länger als bei den meisten Artikeln, trotzdem hatte konnte ich die Everest Max nach ca. zwei Wochen mein Eigen nennen können, was für mich völlig in Ordnung ist.
Das Auspacken macht richtig Spaß, es mag sehr individuell sein, aber mit einer hochwertigen, kreativen und gleichzeitig sinnvollen Verpackung lässt sich ein super erster Eindruck wecken!
Die Tastatur ist schnell zusammengebaut, funktioniert sofort nach anschließen an den PC tadellos und ist optisch ein echter Hingucker: hochwertiges Material, ein einzigartiges Design, eine leckere RGB Beleuchtung und nicht zu vergessen Displays am Media Dock und den Makrotasten lassen die Everest Max wirklich herausstechen.
Über die meist sehr intuitive Software lassen sich allerlei praktische Einstellungen vornehmen - alles, was man von einer Tastatur eben erwarten kann. Ich war nie der Meinung Makrotasten an meiner Tastatur zu benötigen, die der Everest Max laden durch die kleinen Displays allerdings wirklich zur Nutzung ein und ein weiters Mal macht es einfach Spaß sich mit der Tastatur zu spielen.
Das Media Dock kommt mit einigen sehr sinnvollen und einigen eher sinnlosen Funktionen, das ist aber wohl von der Nutzung abhängig; besonderer Fan bin ich von Uhr, Stoppuhr und Hardware monitoring. Hier wird leider unter dem Punkt GPU die Nutzung meines Grafikspeichers gezeigt und nicht die Nutzung der GPU selbst - das bitte beheben. Gleichzeitig ließe sich hier einiges erweitern. Eine FPS Anzeigen wäre sehr wünschenswert und es sollte in der Software auswählbar sein, welche Werte beim durchscrollen angezeigt werden und welche nicht.
Das Schreibgefühl ist natürlich in erster Linie abhängig von den gewählten Switches (bei mir sind es silberne zum zocken), ist allerdings insgesamt sehr gut, auch wenn die Keycaps zwar hochwertig, aber nichts Besonderes sind.
Die Handballenauflage ist vom Material her sehr angenehm und für die Handhaltung beim Schreiben perfekt - fürs spielen dürfte sie aber ruhig noch einen Zentimeter mehr tiefe haben, da mein Handballen etwas ungünstig auf der Kante liegen, wenn die Finger auf WASD liegen.
Insgesamt halte ich die Everest Max für eine wirklich geniale Tastatur, die ihr Geld auf jeden Fall wert war!
Ich hoffe sehr, dass es noch einige Weiterentwicklungen geben wird, was die Software angeht und auch darüber "neue" Trends wie optomechanische (evtl. sogar analoge) Switches aufzugreifen würde ich mich sehr freuen und meine Everest Max definitiv noch etwas upgraden.
After long waiting I finaly got my keyboard. The Everest ist outstanding in terms auf build quaility, customization and design. There ist nothing to critisise here.
The Base Camp Software is good, but here is room to improve. The profile switching could be better, and a few little other things. But I think this will be done as time goes by.
If you are able to wait to get your Mountain Everest it's worth to wait.
First, the keyboard was supposed to be a Christmas present, it was purchased in November 2020( with their website stating it will be delivered on time for Christmas) and it took three months to be delivered, only because I wrote many messages on Mountain's Facebook page and they finally reached out to me to inform me they didn't have the config I ordered, so we made some changes and it finally shipped. Why did Mountain NOT reach out to me earlier is flabbergasting and shows very poor customer service and communication, but anyway... Just know what you're getting into when you buy their products.
The keyboard was delivered on the 20th of January and I must admit there is a real premium feeling about it. The packaging is really well done, it's a nifty box with drawers inside for each component. The keyboard itself is composed of four different parts, a very solid, high-quality TKL keyboard, with easy access and removal of the MX switches in the event you need to swap some. The finish of the gunmetal base is absolutely beautiful and clearly, this keyboard is made to last. There is also a USB path-through at the back of the keyboard which is not advertised on their website but it's defo useful. The only down is the key caps, they kind of feel cheap compared to the rest of the materials used for the keyboard, which is sad (I actually swapped the keys for the ones of my old Corsair keyboard as they feel more smooth and better quality). The armrest is actually one of the best surprises of this keyboard. it's padded with what seems to be cold cured foam which makes it very comfortable, it has a nice leather finish and it fixes to the keyboard magnetically, which means it's easy to remove if you need some space and easy to re-attach. Then we have the numerical keypad, which is made of the same material the keyboard, so same pros and cons here (solid base, low-quality caps) but it includes 4 customizable display keys that can either launch programs or do system commands like locking your desktop or switching off your computer for ex. Each key can have an icon of your choice associated with it so you can personalize them. My only complaint is there is way enough space to fit at least eight keys so why did the keypad only come with four? Another good point about the keypad is that it can be attached either on the left or right side of the keyboard but you also have the option to connect it using a cable so it can be detached from the core frame. Last but not least is the media dock and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by this add-on. At first glance, it looks like any media keys (play/pause, backward, forward, mute, etc...) but it has a display wheel that is pure genius. This wheel allows you to display a clock, access your different profiles, change the lighting, modify the brightness of your display, adjust the sound of your computer but can also display some core info about your computer like CPU usage, RAM usage, GPU usage, internet speed, etc... All this with a simple scroll of the wheel and the press of one button which I find really useful.
Now, what ultimately pull this keyboard down is the Mountain software, Base Camp. It’s buggy, it doesn’t really give you a lot of options, especially with lighting and often when creating a macro or remapping the keys it simply does not work. I experienced Razer Synapse, Steelseries Engine and Corsair iCue and all three are better than Base Camp. One thing that really bugs me is the fact that even in custom mode, you cannot assign two or more lighting effects to the keyboard (i.e having the entire keyboard on static with one colour and adding a wave or visor effect (left to right sweep) with another colour is simply impossible which is really sad. I seriously think that when you sell a high-end keyboard like this one, it should come with a high-end software or at least something as good as iCue which is definitely not the case here. Base Camp seriously needs improvement.
To sum up, Mountain does have an impressive product with the Everest Max, it is just sad that the software seriously does not follow and urgently needs improvement. Also, their customer service, shipping times and communication are the worst I have ever experienced with a gaming peripheral company. When they improve all this, they will definitely become a huge player in the industry but at the moment of this review, they are far from reaching this position, hence only the 3 stars.
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