Bloody B975-Light Strike Optical Gaming Keyboard Review — Responsive and Satisfying
Bloody's B975 optical keyboard is one of my favorites strictly for gaming purposes and isn't half bad when it comes to normal everyday uses either.
Anyone who does a fair amount of gaming on their PC knows how vital it is to have a quality mechanical keyboard at your disposal. While your mouse is often just as integral as your keyboard is in many ways, I find that your keyboard is where you can specialize a little bit more to find what fits your desires.
In recent weeks, I’ve been toying around with Bloody’s B975-Light Strike Optical Keyboard in my gaming sessions and–in short–I’ve started to fall in love with it. Not only has it become a keyboard that I love to use when playing a round of League of Legends or two, but it has also quickly become my default keyboard for pretty much all of my day-to-day computer uses.
As a pure gaming keyboard, the B975 is maybe my favorite I have ever used. Each key is extremely light and gives you no pushback whatsoever when you press it. It feels so smooth to use, and since it is an optical keyboard rather than a mechanical, I’ve found that it has also seemed far more responsive in the games that I play with it. The biggest thing for a lot of people when looking to purchase a new keyboard for gaming purposes deals with how satisfying each keystroke is and on a pure “feel” aspect. While this “feel” is one of the most subjective aspects of many keyboards, the B975 is one of my personal favorites that I have ever used.
Another quality that I love about this Bloody board is just how sturdy it is. I knew that this was one of the B975’s selling points when I first started reading up on it a bit more, but I was still taken aback by just how high-quality it was when I opened it from its packaging for the first time. The keyboard’s structure is made up of “weapons-grade anodized aluminum” according to the Bloody website which means that it doesn’t just feel solid, but it also retains a feathery feel since it’s composed of a lightweight metal. It also keeps the keyboard looking clean almost always, which is one thing that most keyboards suffer from after long periods — they begin to look disgusting.
If there’s one thing that I am a bit more on the fence about with the B975 is in regards to the wrist rest. The keyboard comes with two detachable rest–one in red, the other black–so that you swap them in and out to fit your own aesthetic. The only problem is that neither rest is all that comfortable and is essentially just a hunk of plastic to lay your hand on. It’s nice that a set of wrist rests are included in the first place, but they aren’t as comfy after using the keyboard in more extended sessions.
Also worth a mention is the colorful backlights that illuminate the keyboard. While you can set the B975 to remain at a constant color, there are also a variety of different functions that allow you to cycle through to get your own favorite color scheme in place. This is a fairly standard function in a lot of gaming keyboards nowadays, but through the use of certain software from Bloody you can customize the B975’s color animations to a ridiculous degree.
Of course, while the B975 is designed specifically with gaming in mind, if you’re like me you’ll end up using it for a variety of other everyday uses as well. While it took some getting used to at first, I’ve eventually defaulted to using it as my main keyboard to write with as well. I’m even using it right now as I write this piece up.
The only real downside that I have with the keyboard in regards to more everyday uses such as with writing is that it is quite loud. Even compared to other mechanical or optical keyboards on the market, the B975 makes louder clicking sounds that almost any other keyboard I’ve ever used. In the realm of gaming, this is perfectly fine, but it can get a bit annoying in longer typing sessions. If you’re trying to keep the noise down while writing or doing any other sort of work, this might not be the best keyboard for you.
One feature that I accidentally subjected my own B75 keyboard to was that of the spill test. Bloody promises that the keyboard is spill resistant and one morning in a hazed stupor I happened to spill coffee all over it. Following my goof, the cleanup process was simple and caused no noticeable damage to my keyboard whatsoever. The only thing that this even remotely affected with the board was some slight stickiness, but that was quickly fixed just by popping off a few of my keys and cleaning them off. If you’re a clutz like I am, apparently, then you’ll be glad to know that the B975 seems impervious to any liquid-based accidents that you might have near it.
The Bloody B975 is a rad keyboard that is perfect for strictly gaming but also doubles nicely as a good catch-all for any other purposes you might need it for. While it’s somewhat on the more costly side compared to your average keyboard–retails for $149.99–I think you more than get what you bargained for with the Bloody B975. Even though Bloody is a brand you might not be as aware of in the PC hardware space, this keyboard’s fantastic and satisfying functionality is worthy of your attention.