The keyboard is already available with Cherry MX Speed, Silent, Red, Blue or Brown. So already neat selection, there should be something for most already. The highlight of the Mountain Everest, however, is that a so-called hotswap PCB has been installed. This makes it easy to completely remove the switches with the included tool and replace them with compatible hotswap switches. Alternatively, the keyboard can also be bought “empty” without switches in the form of the Everest Core Barebone. You’re unlikely to get more customization options than that, unless you want to build something completely yourself directly.
More information is available on the manufacturer’s website.
For testing I have here the variant with Cherry MX Blue. These and other “clicky” switches are otherwise not my cup of tea, but I quickly got used to the keyboard. Turning down the sensitivity of the microphone a bit was necessary, though, if you don’t want to constantly get on your friends’ nerves in voice chat.
The key layout adheres to common standards and fast typing is no problem. Thanks to the generous rubber pads, the keyboard stands bombproof and does not slip. Robust construction and an exceptionally comfortable palm rest then do the rest for a pleasant writing experience.
However, I find the placement of the media buttons on the media dock a bit awkward. Normally you are used to Back – Start/Stop – Next. But here you have Back – Next – Start/Stop. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s unusual.
Of course, with such a modular keyboard (and any other, for that matter), the sound is completely dependent on which switches are installed from the factory or by you. My version here has Cherry MX Blue, as already mentioned, so it sounds accordingly. But the special keys should always sound the same, their buttons are less likely to be exchanged.
Space, Back and Enter
Dial and media buttons:
Display macro keys: