With the GXT 834 Callaz, we take a look at a newcomer on the gaming market. The compact gaming keyboard from Trust has a solid basic configuration, which we will discuss in more detail later in this review. Mechanical switches and RGB lighting in rainbow colors equip the Tenkeyless gaming keyboard for use in the home gaming corner. With an MSRP of €49.99, the GXT 834 makes an interesting addition to the budget range. You can find out how the Trust GXT 834 Callaz fares in our test in the following review.
|TKL – Tenkeyless
|Button switch type
|Outemu Red (Linear, 4 mm actuation distance)
|Keyboard hardwired, Connection: USB-A
|180 cm, braided
|367 x 137 x 35 mm
|€ 37.00 *
Scope of delivery
The accessories, let alone the contents of the package, are not particularly extensive. Nevertheless, the essential things can be found here. Starting with, who would have thought it, the keyboard itself. This is wrapped in a kind of plastic fleece and well stowed away in the outer packaging. The only accessory is a small tool that helps to remove the keys, a kind of pliers. All good things come in threes, in this case it’s an illustrated user manual that describes the respective key combinations for changing the illumination, for example.
Design and finish
A nicely compact keyboard in TKL layout, that is, without numpad, which shows what it can do in terms of design. Trust relies on metal for the material of the keyboard case’s upper plate. This ensures a significantly higher stability and torsional stiffness. The color of the surface isn’t that far from metal, a coating in anthracite was chosen here. As soon as the light shines on it, the metallic paint shows its best side and creates a nice shimmer. Trust probably thought that a discreet logo should not be missing either, and so a small Trust-GXT logo is found above the arrow keys. All in all, we were impressed by the build quality, except for a small corner in the area of the ESC key. The gaps are consistent and the metallic plate with its metallic finish has a high-end feel.
The same applies to the keys. They are kept in a matte black and the single letters can be recognized very well on the keys. The coating with which the individual keycaps are covered gives the impression that it can withstand the switches’ stated lifetime of 50 million keystrokes.
The base case, or the underside of the GXT 834, is made of black plastic, which overall makes a neatly finished impression. The stand surfaces are rubberized and offer a good grip on the desk or surface. As usual for keyboards, the Trust GXT 834 Callaz also has fold-out elevations, which are also rubberized.
The cable is a 180 cm USB cable that connects to the computer via a USB-A port. It is hard-wired to the keyboard and cannot be detached. The entire cable is covered with a black braid. This makes it look not only more valuable, but also more stable and durable.
Features & Switches
For the switches, Trust relies on mechanical switches from the manufacturer Outemu. In detail, they are linear red switches with an actuation travel of 4 mm. We particularly liked how the keys are attached to the switches. By means of an integrated cross, the buttons are easily and without complications attached to the switches and thus remain reliably in place.
Among the features are 11 multimedia keys that can be accessed via the FN rollover. This makes it easy to skip to the next song or change the volume, for example. The Trust GXT 834 Callaz TKL also has a gaming mode on offer. Simply put, this mode suppresses the FN keys and ensures that the key you are targeting in battle is always triggered. Rounding out the feature package is anti-ghosting and on-board memory.
The LED lighting on the Trust GXT 834 Callaz from our review is a bit different than other keyboards. It does not offer the possibility to display arbitrary colors and adjust them to your own needs. The colors are predefined and represent a small rainbow. Each row of keys shines in its own color. A total of 6 different colors are shown here. But so that it doesn’t get boring, the Callaz has 20 different lighting modes, which can also be adjusted in brightness and speed.
For a reasonable price, you get quite a bit with the Trust GXT 834 Callaz TKL. The design in particular appealed to us a lot. The compact design mixed with the metal top plate in chic anthracite really makes a statement and it doesn’t have to hide on any desk. Even though the lighting cannot be freely adjusted, we liked the rainbow colors. With the 20 lighting modes, the Callaz offers users the ability to customize the lighting to their own liking, even if only in the context of effects. The cable is covered with a braid and is sufficiently long with a length of 180 cm. Even though the cable cannot be removed or replaced, we are satisfied with the given solution considering the price.
In summary, the Trust GXT 834 Callaz TKL represents a real recommendation for a budget under 50 euros.