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Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard Review

Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard Overview
When you first get your eyes on this keyboard you are probably going to say, “damn this thing is small”. That’s exactly how I felt when I took it out of the box. The keyboard has official dimension of 348 mm x 101 mm x 36 mm (LxWxH) and weighs in at 600g. As I mentioned this keyboard is even smaller than Tenkeyless keyboards, it basically has the same design, but without the function row.

Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard

Now that function row is not completely gone, the top row of the keyboard has alternative functions for F1-F12 that are enabled when you press and hold in the FN key on the keyboard. As you can see we have the white version of the keyboard, which features white keycaps and a silver aluminum top piece. Drevo also offers this keyboard in a black version if all-white is not your thing. The keyboard does have some nice weight to it and doing a simple bend test there is no flex in the keyboard at all.

Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard

Removing the keycaps we can see that we do have true mechanical switches here, the blue variety, but Drevo does offer the keyboard in black, brown, and red versions as well. The switches are branded as Drevo switches, but we’ve seen reviews that say the switches are made by Outemu and even Kailh. Both of those are lower-cost alternatives to Cherry’s MX mechanical switches and mimic the same feel and sound of those switches. So the blue’s we have here have a nice tactile bump when they are pressed and a pretty loud audible click.

Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard

I think one of the best features of this keyboard are the keycaps. On most keyboards you will find ABS keycaps, but thicker and more durable keycaps. These are immediately noticeable when you start typing on this keyboard. I’ve read other reviews that say these are PBT doubleshot keycaps, although they do not seem as high quality as the PBT keycaps we saw on Cooler Master’s Masterkeys PBT decks. They do however feel much better than normal ABS keycaps.

Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard

Flipping the keyboard over we have see six rubber feet that will keep the keyboard in place when you are typing / gaming. There are also two pop-out feet to give you a better angle for typing. There is a small switch on the back of the keyboard that will switch between wired USB mode and Bluetooth mode.

Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard

Taking a look at the keyboard from the side we can see how the keys are aligned. From the bottom the first three rows angle down, while the last two are slightly angled up. Wit the pop-out feet engaged you can make the angles more extreme, I actually prefer typing on the keyboard with the pop-out feet engaged.

Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard

Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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