There was once a day before clicky mechanical keyboards ruled the planet. You know those keyboards that they give you when you buy a normal office desktop computer? The employees in the bank use them. I must be completely honest I have not used a membrane keyboard in many years. I do appreciate innovation though! ROCCAT introduces the quiet high-performance Magma Membrane RGB gaming keyboard. Magma carries over some of ROCCAT’s best features including a detachable palm rest, Advanced anti-ghosting, and Easy-Shift [+] technology priced at a low $59.99.
There are 2 unique features the Magma has that no other keyboards in this price bracket have. Obviously, the high-performance membrane keys and of course the semi-transparent RGB backlit top plate. Let us start with the elephant in the room. I would be wrong if I said every gamer was looking for performance over comfort. Magma’s membrane keys’ greatest quality is how extremely quiet they are. I can think of a ton of applications where people would want a “Souped-up” membrane keyboard. Maybe you have some roommates that go to bed early? Trying not to wake up the kids? I understand you can get into a mechanical keyboard for just a few dollars more, but the quality will be the bottom of the barrel. I really like the contrast of features you get at this price with the Magma and surprisingly enough the keys actually feel fast.
The Magma lives in the same frame as the Pyro RGB mechanical keyboard aside from the aluminum top plate which is a blessing in disguise. I am assuming they were trying to cut some costs by not having an RGB light in each key. Instead, they decided to install a plastic semi-transparent top plate and a five-zone, 10 LED backlighting system. I must admit it’s impressive, I feel like the lighting is so much more dominant when you look at your battle station from afar. You don’t get the intense patterns from a single key RGB lit keyboard, but the 5 zone patterns do make the semi-transparent top plate “Pop”. It will even stand out in a fully lit room. I appreciate the ingenuity ROCCAT put into the lighting system, and I think some people would argue to say it looks even better than the alternative.
Rewinding a bit as I mentioned before in the PYRO mechanical gaming keyboard review I am not a huge fan of the outside frame on this model. While I do think the lighting system is next level having a plastic top plate does affect the durability. Magma is ultralight but feels a bit flimsy when you twist the sides with your hands due to its plastic top plate. Once the keyboard is mounted on your desk however it feels as solid as any. One thing that did really impressed me about the quality of this product is how little “wiggle” the keys have! Much less than even the higher-end mechanical keyboards. I am assuming this is a perk from the way the membrane keys are built compared to mechanical. Either way, You can feel confident you are getting that quality and performance ROCCAT is known for producing with the Magma.
You are going to get a few of my favorite ROCCAT features on the Magma. Most importantly Advanced anti-ghosting technology that will prevent you from missing a keystroke when pressing multiple buttons at once. If you like to keep your input hand tight the Easy-Shift [+] technology acts as an extra shift key allowing you to macro extra functions to it. While I think the Maga does have a niche application in the gaming market if you enjoy the RGB system don’t hesitate to pull the trigger. It’s a phenomenal keyboard at $59.99.
- Membrane keyboard
- Transparent front plate
- 5 AIMO light zones with 2 LEDs each
- 7 shared media control keys
- 26 key roll over
- 1.8m USB cable
- Gaming Profile
- Height: 3.90cm
- Width: 45.20cm
- Length: 15.70cm
- Weight: 870g