Gaming keyboards with mechanical switches and RGB lighting are often priced at over 100 euros. Our test shows whether the relatively cheap Trust GXT 865 Asta with 60 Euros can keep up with the more expensive competition and whether the keyboard is a buy recommendation.
The Design and the Workmanship
The design of the keyboard is simple. Trust has dispensed with unnecessary gimmicks and produced a keyboard whose design has been reduced to the central elements. With the lighting switched off, the keyboard is practically completely black, without any colour accents or a striking logo. As soon as the lighting is switched on, the design can be changed by the different modes according to personal preferences.
The workmanship is overall very high quality. Trust did not use a metal case, but you can’t expect that from a keyboard in this price range. Since the plastic used has a high-quality effect, there is no point of criticism when it comes to the choice of material. You won’t find any clacking, production errors or faulty gap dimensions with the Trust GXT 865 Asta.
Another positive aspect is the good workmanship of the cable, which has a high-quality sheathing that prevents cable breaks. On the underside of the keyboard there are also large rubber feet that effectively prevent slipping. There’s also a cable duct to keep your desk tidy and a key cap remover holder to prevent you from losing it. The fact that Trust attaches importance to quality despite the low price is also shown by the additional cap on the USB plug of the cable, which ensures that no dirt accumulates there during transport. Even much more expensive keyboards often don’t have these little “gadgets”.
|Dimensions:||444 x 133 x 41 mm|
|Lighting:||RGB illumination (7 modes)|
|Switches:||mechanical switches (5ms response time, 4mm resolution distance, 45g actuating force)|
|Lifetime:||over 50 million trips|
|Key Rollover:||N-key rollover|
|Cable:||1.8 m sheathed USB cable|