Mountain Everest 60, Mix And Match Keyboard

Source: Guru of 3D Mountain Everest 60, Mix And Match Keyboard

60% Keyboard With Optional Numpad And Hot-Swappable Switches

The Mountain Everest 60 is, as the name implies, a 60% keyboard with USB-C connectivity both to your PC and the numpad, which can be connected to either the right or left of the keyboard depending on your preference.  It features PBT double-shot keycaps with translucent legends and you get 10 different colours to choose from, with each individually lit from below.   Interestingly for a clicky keyboard, Mountain have added a rubber mat to the bottom housing and foam both on the PCB and between PCB and top plate, which help mute the sound of your keypresses.  

You can choose between Mountain Linear 45, Linear 45 Speed, and Tactile 55 switches, or as the Mountain Everest 60 uses a standard 3-pin plate-mount design, it’s possible to swap other 3 or 5-pin switches.   You can also try out the new version of their Mountain Armoury Base Camp software, which The Guru of 3D quite liked apart from a few small omissions.  Take a peek here

The Mountain Everest 60 keyboard is the one we’re reviewing today. We have already covered two products of this German company; one was the Makalu 67 mouse and the Everest Max keyboard. This time it’s the 60% version of the latter. What we’ll find interesting about this product? This time it’s not using the Cherry MX switches but rather the custom-made MOUNTAIN.

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  1. willmore

    Who uses a number pad and why? Once I learned to touch type, I never used it again.

    • Jeremy Hellstrom

      I do, when I’m working. Gaming, ya not so much.

      • willmore

        What do you use it for?

        • Kent Burgess

          If I’m typing and there are numbers within text, I don’t use a numpad, however a lot of what I have done for work over the last decade has involved a tremendous amount of data entry involving numbers only (usually currency, but sometimes birthdates, Social Security numbers, etc. If I’m having to enter lots of numbers with no text, a numpad is WAY faster, at least for me. Of course, I also learned to type on an IBM Seletric and had an adding machine to the right of the typewriter, so I might be the last generation that can use a number pad efficiently.

        • Jeremy Hellstrom

          Excel spreadsheets, entering model and serial numbers, entering phone numbers into a new AD accounts, anything with more than one or two number.

          10 … yup, just automatically moved my hand over to the numpad. So much easier than the linear ones at the top.

          I fear Kent is right, and we will also be the last to hold cellphones up to our ears.

          • willmore

            Thanks to both of you for your replies. That’s pretty much what I was expecting. I never have that much data to enter at one time. The last time I used a number pad in earnest was when I was entering in programs from magazines into a C128–I had just had a typing course and a basic accounting course as a freshman in high school, so the skills were fresh in my mind.

            I’ve not had the need to enter that much numeric data at once since then. My career was programming, so that was always mostly alpha and symbols rather than numeric, so it never made sense to use the number pad. one or two digits and then some kind of punctuation always was easier if I stayed on the home row of the keyboard. So, perversely, I got much better at using the row of number keys so my threshold for moving to the keypad got higher and higher.

            Now, I don’t think I’ve touched those keys in years. I actively seek out laptops without number pads–they offset the alpha part of the keyboard too much and make it uncomfortable to balance it in my lap and type at the same time. If I were using it on a desk, that wouldn’t be a concern, but I actually use my laptop on my lap. 🙂

            I agree that we’re probably the last generation that will find a keypad something to want to use–it doesn’t help that phone keypads are upside down from the numeric pads on keyboards. That’s going to help erode their usefullness in the general population even more.

            Thanks again for your perspectives. (see what I did there?)


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