Two minutes of review
The Trust GXT 881 Odyss is a semi-mechanical gaming keyboard that – strangely enough – combines aspects of membrane and mechanical keyboards to create what promises to be the best of both worlds. In reality, this is a very affordable step into the normally expensive world of mechanical keyboards that are suitable for a new PC gamer on a budget.
At £ 34.99 (about $ 50, AU $ 60) you’d be hard pressed to find anything like it for such a low price, as most entry-level offers from well-known brands like Roccat, HyperX, and Razer just consist of membranes and mechanically, options exist easily over $ 100 +. This does not mean that it is impossible to find a deal like that with, for example G.Skill KM360 That costs around £ 55 / $ 50 / AU $ 80, but the Trust GXT 881 Odyss definitely looks more “gamer” than any cheap mechanical offering we’ve come across.
The biggest advantage of this hybrid style lies in tactility rather than actual performance. However, if you are more concerned with how the keyboard sounds and feels than how much boost you’re likely to get in games, this could be a real selling point for you.
Upon testing it, we immediately noticed that this is a great option for kids to use as their first mechanical keyboard before they venture into the real business, and the full RGB lighting makes this one of the “gamer-ey” decisions on a budget . It’s also a very capable keyboard for the price, so while it can’t really compete with more expensive luxury options like the Razer Huntsman Elite or the Corsair K70, it is a decent buy for the price.
The buttons seem to get a little squeaky with use and got a bit fussy. The buttons won’t register after a few days unless you’ve wiggled them around a bit like an old phone charger, even though this only happened twice in a week of testing. If you can handle the uninspiring build quality to enjoy mechanical buttons, this is still a suitable choice, although we’d recommend other options if you’re a seasoned PC gamer.
Price and availability
The Trust GXT 881 Odyss is currently available in both the UK and Europe for £ 34.99 / € 39.99, which is roughly $ 50 / AU $ 80 – but the keyboard is not available in those regions.
This makes it cheaper than even the cheapest membrane keypads from brands like Roccat and Corsair, and none of them have mechanically inspired buttons.
The style of the GXT 881 Odyss almost feels like a throwback to the last decade when angry looking peripherals with unnecessary edges were all the rage – many of us remember the Mad Catz RAT gaming mouse – and we assume that this will be due to personal taste, whether the design appeals to you.
We found it a little dated, but the LED lighting behind the keys and along the three light strips on either side of the keyboard itself helps it blend in with other more modern peripherals.
The light emitted is unfortunately not particularly bright, and in the six available colors the blue or green tones were barely noticeable in a well-lit room. This is despite the adjustable brightness, but the lighting effects are best used in a darker environment.
This is also not an ergonomic keyboard. So if you expect it to be used heavily, it can cause wrist cramps. We tested the Odyss as a daily keyboard with a daily usage of 8 to 11 hours and found that it caused some discomfort after a few hours.
At the top of the Odyss are twelve well-labeled multimedia keys that have proven useful for pausing music and changing the volume, as well as the additional numeric keypad on the right to turn this keyboard into a full-size gaming keyboard close.
The construction of the keyboard is entirely plastic and not entirely robust, with the base flexing when pressure is applied. It is unlikely to cause actual harm if you use it. However, the quality of the product feels relatively cheap – considering it’s an affordable gaming keyboard.
The keyboard responded for the most part outside of the issues mentioned above, and the feel of the keys is very satisfactory when compared to squishy membrane alternatives. Difficult to compare the sensation to real mechanical switches, although the Trust website states that it “sounds and feels like ‘BLUE’ mechanical switches”.
This is a bit vague if you’re not familiar with the world of keyswitches, but blue switches are usually identified as “clicking,” much like the clattering sound (and feel) of an old typewriter. These are also usually referred to as the loudest or most annoying, which makes them a very personal choice.
Blue is also an unusual choice, as the standard for most game-optimized keyboards is either red or brown. However, having previously used real Cherry MX Blue switches, the feel is a little different. The GXT 881 Odyss seems to use something metallic in the mechanism that occasionally results in an odd “bouncy” grille noise when too much force is applied, but the general feel when typing is loud and fidgety.
The Odyss is also equipped with anti-ghosting technology for up to 19 keys. So, unless you accidentally drop something on the keyboard during an important game, you are likely covered on that front. This isn’t described as leakproof, but we splashed a little water on it for a test and it worked fine with no discomfort – certainly not something worth testing for yourself, but it should withstand some everyday wear and tear.
Buy it when …
You want an affordable mechanical keyboard
This won’t win any prizes, but it gives the “feel” of real mechanical key switches for significantly less than you would normally pay.
You like an aggressive gamer look
There’s really no denying that this is a gaming keyboard when you look at it. So if you love the “over-the-top” look, this is sure to please you.
You are buying a first gaming keyboard
There are better options if you are on a budget, but as an entry-level product, this has some great features that can help you get a kid or newbie into PC gaming by using one instead of a gamepad.
Don’t buy if …
You can afford the real deal
This won’t fit a real mechanical keyboard, and you won’t be able to swap out the fake switches if they don’t suit your taste.
You want a quiet keyboard
The tapping noises when typing are loud and annoying when you are in a common room. They can be very satisfactory to the user, but remember to be considerate.
You want to synchronize your lighting
This is more of an LED keyboard than a full RGB keyboard. So, if you already use other brands of peripherals, it may be best to keep them in the family if you want even lighting.
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