Mountain Everest Max Keyboard | Review – There is no turning back
There is one very satisfying thing that can happen to someone used to playing with a mechanical keyboard: finding the perfect switches for their needs. This is what happened to us when we measured ourselves with the Mountain Everest Max mechanical keyboard, a modular proposal designed specifically for gamers – but capable of seducing even the most workaholic of users, who may be looking for a solution that is also useful for work.
After telling you about our impressions of the Mountain Everest 60 , a real reduced version that made some changes to the Max and featured proprietary switches, we see in this review why Mountain Everest Max is a gaming keyboard from which it is really difficult to go back .
The packaging of the keyboard is made to strike and to remain impressed , even more than what happened to us with the Everest 60 packaging: structured like a real box, it is set on two levels, with the main compartment dedicated to the Everest Max and many small drawers , with special packaging, for its accessories.
Inside you can find:
Mountain Everest Max keyboard (Italian layout)
Padded magnetic palm rest
The small drawers, on the other hand, are dedicated to:
Customization : includes additional magnetic feet, accessory for removing buttons and switches, samples of the different switches, standard esc key;
Cables : Includes USB-C braided wire cable and modular connection extension cable.
It goes without saying, even just from how the contents inside the box are articulated, that we are talking about a very high-end product , which takes care of every detail and which in this variant offers all, really all, the possible options designed by Mountain for a modular experience.
Everest Max works just as you think: it has a single body, the central one, while everything else is modular – that is, it can only be applied if you want and need it. Alternatively, you can also just connect if necessary. Inside the package it is in fact possible to find the removable numeric keypad , which you can connect at your discretion to the left or right of the keyboard , because this has the USB port on both sides and the keypad itself fits, with a removable plug.
The keypad is also equipped with four buttons with display , which allow you to call up quick functions that you will be able to program and choose (but only on Windows), which we will see shortly in the paragraph on user experience.
A media dock is also included : it is a series of keys for controlling the media center of your computer , even equipped with a small color display that allows you to manage different options of the user experience directly from the keyboard.
To complete the modularity of the peripheral is also the presence of a padded palm rest , to be connected only if desired, and that of the magnetic feet that allow you to raise the keyboard at your discretion. All the elements mentioned can be used or not, completely at your choice – which makes Everest Max an incredibly flexible proposal, capable of taking the shape most congenial to you, unlike the rigid peripherals where you have to adapt to what they propose.
Beyond the numerous choices offered by modularity, the keyboard strikes for its exceptional build quality , just as it had happened with its younger sister Everest 60: we are talking about a body made with two aluminum plates, solid, well finished, elegant, pleasant to the touch. The two plates are separated by an RGB LED strip that makes lovers of brightly colored solutions happy and, in the lower part, there are magnets on the four corners, which allow you to apply the magnetic feet to raise the keyboard.
There are also magnets for applying the palm rest : if the idea of applying it without joints is very immediate, it is also true that it is one of the very few defects of the keyboard , because we happened to move the Everest Max along the desk. , with the palm rest inevitably detached, remaining in place.
The keyboard has a USB port for connection to your PC in the central part of the back, with a guide in which to insert the cable to prevent it from remaining flying: an elegant and well-made design choice. Interestingly, though, you could also plug the power cable into the left back or right back – into the same ports where you can choose to connect the media dock.
And, again, Everest Max features a USB port in the center of the back, perfect if you need to recharge a device while using it, and it has two USB-Cs on the sides, to allow you to decide where to place the numeric keypad.