I’m a not a flashy man, I like the simple things in life; the first rep in a gym, free food, the rare morning where neither my cats nor my daughter wakes me up before 7AM. So I’m always a little apprehensive when it comes to fancy keyboards and mice. I like keyboards that can type, and mice that can double-click – which is most of them – so things need to be significantly improved beyond that for me to think it’s worth it.
Well, the Snakebyte PC Ultra Bundle includes the KEY:BOARD ULTRA, GAME:MOUSE ULTRA, and MOUSE:PAD ULTRA RGB XL. Each can be bought individually, of course, but this bundle will kit you out with all of Snakebyte’s flashiest top end gaming products for €215.
I’m going to start with the MOUSE:PAD ULTRA RGB XL, partly because it’s the one that most sounds like an energy drink, but also because it’s probably the least interesting one to talk about.
It’s definitely a mouse pad, it works exactly as you’d hope, and it’s absolutely massive – at 80cmx30cm, it’s bigger, in fact, than the space I have my keyboard and mouse! You probably wouldn’t think you’d need to plug a mouse pad in, with a little box placed in the middle of the top edge, but in this case you do to make use of the RGB in its name and power and LED strip woven into the edge. The colours are completely superfluous, but a nice bonus if you like your pad to match the rest of your ensemble.
Moving onto the other stuff, and the GAME:MOUSE ULTRA is a sleek little thing. It doesn’t have many extra buttons on it, with just three that you can customise, but their placement is solid, with one below the mouse wheel and two on the left of the mouse for your thumb. The thing that strikes me most about it, other than the wonderfully satisfying and very customisable colour scheme, is how slim and light it is.
I actually had some issues adjusting my grip to fit it, as my regular mouse is a chonk that fills my hand, but you can fiddle with a small set of adjustable weights to make it feel a bit meatier, and an adjustable DPI up to 16,000. Once I’d sorted my life out though, it’s been incredibly easy to use. It’s done the trick, helping me nearly kill many a person in Warzone, and leading me to actual victories in every other game I play and don’t suck at.
It goes really well with the mahoosive mouse pad included in the bundle, but it obviously works well on any other mouse pad too. It properly glides, and it’s really easy to customise everything about it thanks to the software you download to do so. I’ve currently got its RPG lighting on a rainbow setting, because it’s pretty and my daughter likes it, but to be honest, so do I.
The keyboard is the shining star for me, though. Again, it’s stuffed with RBG lighting, and the colour combinations are great. I have it on a fluctuating RGB setting at present, but I also really like the one where it lights up wherever you type.
That’s not really the whole point though; it’s about the satisfying clack-clack of each keystroke. The Outemu Blue switches offer tactile, clicky keys, as an alternative to the better known Cherry MX every mechanical keyboard enthusiast desires. They’re still great, though. Typing at any speed is good on this thing, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get an immense wave of satisfaction whenever I hit max speed and type out whole strings of words without pausing on this thing. It’s just an incredibly satisfying sound, though one that I’m sure will infuriate someone that isn’t doing the typing.
I never accidentally hit a wrong letter, which is very useful when playing literally anything, and especially useful when writing things like, you know, this review. It’s also really comfortable, with the light padding on the bottom being nice on the hands and the metal frame being lovely and cold when my fingers heat up because of too much friction – a thing that definitely happens given my monstrous WPM. The keys are easy to move around and customise too, which is a lovely little bonus.
The one issue is that it’s only available with the German QWERTZ layout, meaning that some keys don’t match the English UK layout I’ve set in Windows. I personally touch type for the most part anyway, so this is only an issue when I’m trying to find a particular symbol hidden behind umlaut-laden letter keys. It’s not hard to remove the keycaps though, letting swapped the ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ keys without much fuss, and it should be possible to get some replacement keycaps from other vendors, if you don’t mind an additional expense. Then again, if you’re already spending around £200 on a keyboard and mouse set…