Mechanical keyboards are becoming more and more important, especially for people who play on the computer. But not everyone has the big money to afford keyboards for 150 to 250 euros. The Trust GXT 890 Cada not only offers beautiful RGB effects and macros, but is also a fully mechanical keyboard despite the low price of less than 100 euros. Whether she can not only convince on paper, I clarify in this test.
Design and Workmanship
A fully mechanical keyboard for less than 100 Euro? I’m sure you must have saved money on the workmanship. That’s what I thought when I first saw the GXT 890 Cada in front of me. But I was positively surprised. The GXT 890 Cada has a complete metal plate above it, which makes for a pleasant feeling on the desk when gambling or writing. The whole thing not only looks nice, but also feels high-quality and offers a decent weight of 1027 grams.
Under the metal plate hides the actual technique, which is encased in stable plastic. This is not really noticeable, as the metal plate of the keyboard protrudes both at the bottom and at the top of the sides. This protects it from splashing water and makes it easy to lift.
Under the whole technology there are two sturdy legs with non-slip rubber coatings, which make sure that the keyboard doesn’t slip under a high load. The legs are well processed and withstand a great strain. Who would like to do without the legs completely, can fold these also simply. Even when the legs are folded, the GXT 890 Cada offers non-slip rubber linings. When moving the keyboard, you should lift it briefly, otherwise it can be very difficult.
Buttons and Switches
But we’ve been saving here, haven’t we? Just a little. Unlike the expensive models, the GXT 890 Cada does not offer Cherry switches, but Outemu-Red switches. In terms of workmanship, sound and feel, however, these are on a par with the expensive Cherry switches.
The keys all feel well crafted and are instantly applied when pressed, providing good control when typing and playing. The whole thing is supported by the low actuating force. The keyboard registers the keystroke as soon as the keys are pressed lightly.
The layout of the keyboard differs slightly from the standard layout. The Enter key is much smaller and the hash key is located above it. This caused me a lot of confusion in the beginning, but after a while you get used to it.
If you want to clean your keyboard more often, you don’t have to go under the keys with a flat object and carefully remove the dirt, but can remove the keys with a little finger force to get to any place. Assembly is just as easy.
The GXT 890 Cada comes with a proprietary software that can compete with those of the major brands. The software is clearly arranged and should be easy to understand even for beginners, without being overwhelmed by the possibilities.
The software allows you to add and edit all kinds of RGB effects. If you want to highlight important keys for shooters or RPGs, you can do this under the “Custom Light” setting. But if you prefer to enjoy a few effects, you have a large choice within the software.
The keys can be assigned macros within the software and thus assigned any functions. The keys can also be exchanged at will. Within the macro manager you have the possibility to set a delay and the number of repetitions. However, these are limited to a maximum of 255. The integration of a mouse is not possible.
There are three profiles available for setting RGB lighting and macros, which can be easily switched between. So here you are unfortunately a little limited, but for most this should be enough.
Trust offers with the GXT 890 Cada a high quality keyboard for € 110.35 *, whose workmanship is on a par with keyboards from the high-priced segment from 150 Euro. Although Trust uses Cada Outemu-Red switches instead of Cherry switches for the GXT 890, you won’t notice it when writing or playing. The software, which can only be downloaded online, is clear and easy to understand. Only the limitation to three profiles as well as the English-language interface are a bit annoying. I would have liked more possibilities here. Trust was able to convince me of the GXT 890 Cada especially in the workmanship and I am curious what Trust will present in the future.