Genesis RX85 RGB Hands-On Review: A great mechanical keyboard that doesn't cost a fortune


Now, to the software and the problems I encountered with it. Sadly, the RX85 RGB app is only available for Windows, so those who use this keyboard on Android or Linux devices (compatibility not mentioned in the user manual, only on the back of the box) will lose three essential capabilities: macro commands, USB polling rate selection (options available: 100, 250, 500, and 1000 Hz), and the ability to have three different profiles, each able to include custom settings/keyboard functions. It might be my software environment’s fault, but I found this app to be quite unstable. Since it was apparently released in 2017 and was not updated ever since, a little refresh might be needed — if not to add new features, at least to make it more reliable and change its interface here and there — the macro-editing interface can surely be improved, for example.

A very interesting bug in the software makes it impossible to configure the color of the key above Enter (\|). However, this key can be easily configured directly from the keyboard and then the entire layout can be saved in a profile in the RX85 RGB software — the only problem left will be the fact that the key can show a different color in the software than in real life. All’s well that ends well, right?

Before moving on, I have to add one more positive fact that concerns the RX85 RGB software — the profiles can be easily exported (or imported, of course) in the FWC file format.

I almost forgot a very important part regarding the overall interaction with this keyboard, at least in my case. Having all the function keys double as multimedia and action keys (fire up the default email client, launch the calculator app, or open a search window) is very convenient — I find it easier to adjust the audio volume using Fn+F2 and F3 and just my left hand instead of having to take my right hand off the mouse and using the volume knob. While I can just go for the volume knob with my left hand,  that would involve too much movement. If I could get a custom-built RX85 RGB, I would place two volume control buttons on the left side instead of a knob, something similar to the forward/back buttons that we find on most mice nowadays.

I don’t use this function often, but it is good to see that there’s a dedicated key (marked with a “G” from “gaming”) for disabling the Windows key. However, I find it to be pointless since the same action can be performed using Fn and the Windows key. Next to this special key, there is another one that allows you to simply change between the existing built-in RGB lighting modes. Again, a redundant key — switching between the lighting modes can be done using Fn and one of the following six keys from the group above the arrow keys: Ins, Del, Home, End, PgUp, and PgDn.

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