Now when it comes to mechanical keyboards, we have variety of options from various brands out there. But recently we came across a mechanical keyboard from a Chinese manufacturer, Durgod who also makes quite the number of Mechanical keyboards. We got our hands on the Durgod Taurus K310 – all thanks to Tech-Critter – to see how the keyboard is and to our surprise, this keyboard is really good.
Look and Feel
The Durgod Taurus K310 we got to take a look is a full-size keyboard with number pad on it. With that out of the way, the moment I opened up the box to take a look at the keyboard itself, I fell in love with it. The keyboard carries a very classic retro look over all with these off-white and grey keycaps which does bring back a reminiscent of the infamous IBM Model M keyboard back in the day. But unlike the Model M, the Durgod Taurus K310 does have some modern design cue to it to make it nicer. The body of the Taurus is very solid and compact. Instead of a skeleton (without no frame) like body like the HyperX Alloy Keyboard – this one has a plastic casing covering the metal plate which holds the switch. That said, some might find it a little hard with the whole cleaning part, its going to be quite the challenge.
Other than all that, the whole keyboard is built well and it’s solid. The moment we removed it from the box, the weight was just really good unlike some keyboards which feels a little hollow because of how it’s completely constructed with plastic with the PCB below which is a little obvious.
On the bottom, the keyboard rocks more than enough rubber feet – total of 5 and has two stage inclines for an angled position while typing. Those two inclines also come with mini rubber feet to have a grip on the table. We placed the Durgod Taurus on our Extended Mousepad and on bare surface of the table – it was grippy on both the surface with no doubt.
The Durgod offers plethora of options with their Taurus K310 keyboard. The keyboard comes configured with Cherry MX Switches and you can choose according to your liking: Blue, Red, Brown and Black. We got our hands on the Cherry MX Blue variant – which is my personal favorite. Their keyboards do come with software support: Durgod Zeus Engine which let’s you configure Macros, Shortcuts and so on.
The Taurus K310 connects via cable and they come with detachable USB-C cables. Durgod is generous and included 2 USB-C Cables: A-to-C and C-to-C cable. There’s a Keycap remover tool, User Guide and a Dust Cover – which is pretty neat.
The Durgod Taurus K310 we reviewed is a non-RGB version and there’s no backlight, but they do have those variants sold – which hopefully we get to check it out some time soon. Taurus K310 uses PBT Doubleshot keycap. These keycaps are generally durable to various conditions like resistant to frictions, temperature and solvent. Doubleshot keycaps has two layers of plastic molded into each other. These keycaps have inward curves for better ergonomic and even gaps for better typing or even while playing games.
Once you remove the keycaps from the keyboard, you’ll notice the Cherry MX Blue switches all over the place, except for the Spacebar – which we will get to it in a bit. Personally, I am a huge fan of Cherry MX Blue switches because of it’s clicky and tactile feedback. That said, these keys operate at a 60 cN operating force. It has a total travel of 4.0mm with a 2.2mm pre-travel where the actuation occurs. Blue switches are quite popular among users who wants keyboard that dominates in typing over gaming because these switches are not light, and their actuation points are high.
Now moving on to the space key which uses a Cherry MX Green Switch instead. To put it in simple words, these are modified Blue switches but with higher operating force – coming in at 80 cN operating force. The reason why the spacebar uses the green is to avoid accidental clicks while typing and it makes up for the higher actuation force.
Keys like the Spacebar, Enter, Shift uses Cherry Stabilizers and Durgod has added enough lubricant to make it nice to use. These stabilizers have extra stems for the key to get fixed instead of a Costar stabilizer which uses a metal piece for stabilizing the key.
Now coming from a Cherry MX Brown keyboard which is my daily driver, the Durgod Taurus K310 with the Blue Switch is definitely up to my liking as compared to the Brown which is tactile and quiet with lower actuation force. Blue Switch depends on users taste because not everyone prefers the loud sounds but to me, it was fine. As someone who spends more time typing articles and reviews (this review was wrote on the Taurus, btw), I definitely prefer the clicky feedback. The fact that it didn’t have any backlight didn’t bother me too much and it was fine because thanks to the layout, it was easy, and I got familiar with the layout really quick.
Another good thing about this keyboard is that they have opted in for the standard bottom row. Which means, if you were to get a third-party keycap set and spice your keyboard up, you can definitely do that.
I did play some games with this keyboard: Overwatch, Division 2 and some single player titles like Jedi Fallen Order, Resident Evil 3 and Doom to see how it is and it performed quite alright. Another extra feature the keyboard carry is N Key Rollover – basically what that means is that the system detects each key independently so you can press and hold down multiple keys at the same time – for instance, in case of shortcuts or certain macro that you have programmed in their Durgod Zeus Engine.
The Durgod Taurus K310 completely caught me off guard with the looks and the performance. For the asking price, it offers a splendid package and honestly, that retro look combined with the Cherry MX Blue switch is really growing on me. The Durgod Taurus K310 isn’t sold officially in Malaysia, so if you want to get your hands on one – your safest bet is getting through Taobao where the Cherry MX Blue variant is priced at – RMB 539 which converts to RM 333~.
You might wonder – if its any worth purchasing from Taobao for that price and top up extra dime for shipping, it is. I don’t see a reason why you shouldn’t. You can get a MX Blue Mechanical Keyboard in Malaysia, but the quality won’t be as good as the Durgod Taurus K310 at that price.
Hopefully we get to check out Durgod’s other keyboard offerings too – I’m definitely interested.
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