The Sumvision Sonic Wave offers a low cost upgrade to the bog standard keyboard.
It’s a USB UK layout keyboard which is plug and play, no need to install any drivers, all the features worked with Windows 10 out of the box.
Although it has media functionality (via a combination of keys rather than dedicated keys) the key selling point is that this is a backlit keyboard.
The multi coloured LEDs allow a range of lighting options, from a standard back glow (which is the least distracting) to full on party modes.
You cycle through the lighting modes using the function keys and for day to day use there is just a simple solid backlight. Light intensity can be changed and on some mode the light colour can be manually set as well.
An interesting mode I’ve not seen before is a react to sound mode. The keyboard reacts to nearby sound by lighting up keys depending on the volume. Fortunately it only reacts to nearby sound to prevent general background noise triggering the light display and this means the keyboard ideally needs to be close to the speakers for the best results.
When not backlit the keys are transparent, which can make them a little tricky to see if you need to look at the keys so it’s best to leave the lights on, even if they’re set to a very subtle glow.
This is a decent step up from a basic keyboard, the LEDs, in built palm rest and anti ghosting keys give you a lot of additional features basic keyboards don’t have, and it’s not especially noisy in use.
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Sumvision Wave LED Illuminated Keyboard Video Review