GALAX XANOVA Magnetar RGB XK700 Mechanical Keyboard Review

  1. About the XANOVA Magnetar XK700...
  2. Keyboard and Utility Impressions
  3. End-User Experience and Conclusion
  4. Online Purchase Links

Disclosure: The Magnetar RGB XK700 keyboard is loaned by XANOVA, a peripheral sub-brand for GALAX.

About the XANOVA Magnetar XK700…

XANOVA is a peripheral sub-brand for GALAX. This is the XANOVA Magnetar XK700 mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switch offerings. This is a full-set keyboard with the usual RGB offerings and a volume rocker buttons. As said in the earlier review, the peripheral market is overcrowded but it also seems to sell through whatever space any brands can get. Even with GALAX’s branding, XANOVA needs to stand out on its own, something that certain brand new offerings from established PC component makers were not able to establish. Remember when G Skills tried its hand with peripherals?

First, we need to know: How good is the Magnetar?

Packaging and Contents

The XANOVA Magnetar RGB comes in a thicc box. The packaging is missing an instruction manual and maybe a cover over the keyboard (or its meant not to have any). You get memory foam with rubber base with the keyboard.

In the back of the box, notice that there’s a typo- ‘weist’ instead of ‘wrist’.

Specification/ Features

Outlook ColorSilver – Grey
Panel MaterialAluminium
SwitchesCherry MX
LayoutEnglish (US)
Key Cap ColorBlack
Key Cap TypeABS
LED illuminatedYes
LED Color16.8m colour RGB
Input1x USB 2.0 (Support 2.0/1.0)
N-Key RolloverYes
OS SupportWindows 7 32 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac OS 10.0-10.9
Programmable keys (Macro)Yes (With Software)
Dimensions (Keyboard)465.8(L)mm*127.7(W)mm*44.5(H)mm
Dimensions (Palm rest)447(L)mm*68(W)mm*19.8(H)mm
Weight (Keyboard)938g
Weight (Palm rest)80g
Product CodeXK714C3RGABK2BBRG

This keyboard with the wrist rest shares similar weight as the Masterkeys Pro L. The Pro L has a metal frame internally to reinforce itself from bending in the mid-section, typically happening with full-size keyboards with pop-out feet.  The keyboard doesn’t seem to have visible gaming nomenclature anywhere (atleast visibly). The design and the integration of the grey/matte finish black colour combination are welcoming to the eyes.

Design Overview

XANOVA Magnetar RGB is Cherry MX only mechanical keyboards. It is a full-size keyboard with a soft wrist rest made of memory foam, fixed cable and RGB backlit effects with floating key design. The base of the keyboard is aluminium with branding on the ‘winged’ side skirts (typical aftermarket parts for cars) with rounded edges around the Z-Axis.

I am not sure why do we have fixed cables on mechanical keyboards, but to be fair the only full-sized Cherry MX keyboard to have removable cable is the Masterkeys Pro L. The cable has a paracord.

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