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Mountain Everest Max review: This keyboard does it all

By Hoots the Owl - 11 Dec 2021
Launch SRP: S$399

Mountain Everest Max review: This keyboard does it all

Note: This review was first published on 8 December 2021.

 

A veritable control station

Mountain is a relative newcomer into the gaming peripherals space but hasn't been content to simply sit back and follow the beaten path. With the Everest Max keyboard, the company has displayed an impressive ability to innovate and push the boundaries in terms of design and functionality, creating a keyboard that still manages to delight in a saturated market.

The Everest Max is their flagship keyboard, offering a level of modularity and customisation that I've yet to see on a gaming keyboard. For starters, it offers a total of three modular parts that can be attached and detached on-the-fly – a media dock with a display dial, a numpad with customisable display keys, and a plush wrist rest. 

You can even choose where you want the media dock and numpad to go, with support for both on the left and right side of the keyboard courtesy of USB-C ports on both sides. They are also incredibly easy to attach and detach, and once in place, they feel very secure. You don't need to fumble or peer over the side to look for the USB-C port.

The media dock slides into place effortlessly, and the numpad has helpful magnetic notches to guide it in place. There's barely any wobble or give once they're attached, and every bit of this build oozes premium. The cushy wrist rest is topped by PU leather and snaps on magnetically as well, so you don't have to worry about it not being aligned either.

But that's not even where the magnetic fun ends. The keyboard feet can comprise up to three stackable magnets, which is a pretty neat way to adjust the typing angle. The magnets are plenty strong too, and there's no danger of them falling off, even when you're readjusting the keyboard on your desk. 

The brushed aluminium top plate adds nice structural rigidity as well, and there is hardly any discernible flex to the board. 

The customisable TFT IPS display dial on the media dock is really neat. You can turn it to cycle between things like a clock, which you can also tweak to your liking, brightness, volume, lighting effects, system information, and even your APM. It's a ton of functionality crammed into a single dial, and there's a nice, tactile feel to every turn. You can even upload a custom .jpg image to display, if you wish.

The numpad features five customisable display keys, kind of like what you would get on a stream deck or the old Razer DeathStalker Ultimate keyboard. You can program each key to do nearly anything, from launching a specific web page on your browser to your favourite game or application. The key will then display the corresponding icon, so it's immediately clear what each one does. There's even direct integration with OBS Studio to enable recording, streaming, transitions and more with the push of a button.

The USB-C port is tucked into its own nook at the bottom of the keyboard, but before you complain that this means you can't use your own custom coiled cables, Mountain has thought of that too. There is a convenient adapter that fits neatly into the cable routing channels, which then allows you to plug in your own USB-C cable. Alternatively, there are also multiple routing channels on the bottom so you can route the stock cable however you want. 

My review unit came with Cherry MX Brown switches, which offer a gentle tactile bump. If you prefer a different switch type, the PCB is hot-swappable, so you can easily remove the switches and put in the ones you want. However, the PCB only supports 3-pin switches, so you'll have to clip the extra feet off yours if you happen to have 5-pin ones. The Cherry stabilisers have been lubed with Krytox GPL 205g0 lube, which is a thoughtful addition on the part of Mountain to help reduce rattling and noise.

The RGB lighting is bright and even, complete with light rails on the sides for an added dash of panache. You can customise the effects on individual keys in the Base Camp software, down to things like the speed and direction. 

 

Conclusion

At S$399, the Mountain Everest Max is incredibly expensive, almost approaching the price of certain custom mechanical keyboards. However, this is not your average keyboard. When you think of how much it can do and the creative modularity and customisation available, it starts to make a bit more sense.

The Everest Max's asking price means that it won't be for everyone, but if you want the freedom of a TKL at times, while still enjoying the functionality of a numpad, this was made for you. Together with the display dial and keys, and detachable media dock, the Everest Max is a unique keyboard that is unlike anything else on the market today. It's made for those who want a keyboard that effectively doubles as a do-it-all control station, and is willing to pay to get it. 

It is available to buy now on Shopee and Lazada.

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9.0
  • Design 9
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Features 9.5
  • Performance 9
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Premium build quality
Innovative, modular design
Deep level of customisations
The Bad
Incredibly expensive
Display keys could be sharper
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