The Click Lab CL98 mechanical keyboard is designed keeping in mind the increasing demand for personalized mechanical gaming keyboards. However, the brand keeps this computer keyboard simplistic and high-end quality keys for long-lasting durability. It is a full-size best keyboard with Bluetooth, and different color LED backlights. The style is like the classic or vintage keyboard with a medium to compact size and customizable two keys. Also, you can easily take out the keys for cleaning or maintenance. Let’s unbox it and find out more.
The PBT keycaps and the most popular and well-recognized gasket structure scheme, TTC custom axes, bring pretty good feedback, which is still very cost-effective compared to the mass-produced competing products at the close price range. Of course, some defects, such as the bottom storage compartment cover and the toggle switch details, have room for improvement. But overall, the impression and experience are still quite good. Combined with a Chinese 599 Yuan (US$90-135) price and the hands-on feedback, worth recommending to users.
Click Lab CL98 Mechanical Keyboard Review
From a user’s perspective, unboxing can help buyers decide about this Bluetooth gaming keyboard. CL98 now has the 3.0 version called the full key version. The company learns much from the previous generation and upgrades the quality with a more personalized experience. Inside the box are a port-C threaded connection cable, transparent dust cover, extra keycaps, four replacement shafts, a key removing tool, and a user manual.
Click lab CL98 mechanical gaming keyboard uses a balance of practical and relatively small 98 keys design. The compact layout makes the keyboard, compared to 104 and other full-size keyboards in appearance, more delicate and outstanding. The black and white theme keycaps also have a stunning impression, as the classic keyboards released years ago.
The 98 columns removed the editing area while retaining the directional and digital spaces. And keeping the upper and lower case with digital indicators, the entire focus is on the connection and light status of the long strip of lights. Also, the brand slogan nameplate ornament is on top. Both indicators are close to the keys, creative, intuitive, and easy to understand.
The Windows Keys
The left and right Win keys (Windows) are easy to discover for the Click Lab CL98 computer keyboard. So, you can choose your normal alignment or large incisors (game scenario friendly). The right Win and directional space adjustments feel proper and harmonious. Also, the 98 and 65 keys alignment is my favorite practical keyboard alignment. Another thing that we notice is the brass-colored nameplate on the top. It is a great touch, and although it is a plastic case, it is a great way to enhance the texture.
The Toggle Switches
The four toggle switches control microphone, WIN switch, power, Bluetooth switch, and 2.4G mode. I prefer the physical button, in the use of low-frequency features, a smooth and robust sense of confirmation. Still, the Click Lab CL98 wireless keyboard places it because the direct circuit has area constraints. So, the user’s need to switch helps the finger reach comfortably.
How do the keyboard keys perform and feel?
This vintage gaming keyboard has a linear feel. The Click Lab CL98 best keyboard for gaming has an axis that uses a PC transparent material with a POM shaft core and nylon lower cover. Long spring composition with a hand press is about 42g. The trigger pressure of about 42 grams is also the most popular strength range of the linear axis, which optimizes the friction and spring sound. The consistency and smoothness of the press are unexpectedly high, and visually there is a factory lubrication treatment.
In addition, the PCB/POM positioning between the board is filled with PORON soft foam and an IXPE shaft under the pad. The silicone bottom pad with a customization kit and the input programming helps the gaming keyboard have the knocking cavity sound and reduced vibration.
Thanks to the miniature board Gasket and PCB separation, the benefit of the padding, the board spring structure under pressure also has a certain sense of soft spring support. The overall feel of the feedback is excellent.
DIY Swappable Keys
Swappable keys are also the standard for many gaming keyboards today. The users can significantly enhance the product’s DIY and playability. Thus, a lot of customization choices. Changing the shaft is also simple. With the included key puller, you can easily replace the DIY axis.
And it is compatible with ordinary three-legged and five-legged shafts. The LED plus transparent shaft cover with the upper light position design of the bottom of the SMD LED showcases noticeable bright light without blinding sense.
The Wireless Keyboard Connection
The Click lab CL98 wireless keyboard is a three-mode mechanical keyboard that supports Bluetooth, a 2.4G wireless, and a cable connection. It’s anti-interference and stable. Testing the computer and smartphone Bluetooth connection for typing, we had no problems.
You can connect three devices at the same time. However, the latency of the second connection is low. Therefore, this can be the best keyboard for connecting multiple devices.
Click Lab CL98 wireless keyboard’s battery life is also good. There is a 3000mAh lithium battery. Officially, the data is not given. But according to our experience with several wireless keyboards of similar capacity, the estimated Bluetooth or 2.4G modes can provide up to 200 days. The keyboard also supports wireless Qi charging.