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12-12-2019 09:59 AM
[OCN LABS] Wooting One and Two - Analog Keyboards Done Right!

What’s Up peeps, I am bluedevil, today we are gonna take a look at two mechanical gaming keyboards from Wooting. Who is Wooting you may ask? Well Wooting is a group of young guys from the Netherlands, who got fed up with the whole “gaming” stereotype and decided to start what is known today as Wooting. Their mission? To make analog keyboards an industry standard. So Calder, the business guy, Erik, the designer, and Jereon, the engineer, together drafted what is to be the Wooting One, in July of 2015. Fast forward to February and the first prototype was announced publicly. That May, the three visited several factories to prepare for the Kickstarter campaign, which raised over 135,000 Euros. However, with any product, mass production has its fair share of failures. It seems like making analog keyboards is a bit more complicated than anticipated. After a few more attempts at mass production, the Wooting team finally had a successful first batch of mass production. In August 2017, all backers and supporters received the much awaited Wooting One ten keyless analog keyboard. About 6 months later, a major requested update was released to address various RGB effects. Then the question arose, would you make a full size version? With an astounding yes, in June of 2018, the Wooting team hit up Kickstarter once again to raise another 136,000 Euros for production of the Wooting Two. This time delivering about 6 months later, with much of the packaging done by the team themselves. Currently the Wooting Team, is developing their own switch type, Lekker. Which was seen at Computex this past May.

So now that you know the backstory of Wooting, let's take a gander at the Wooting One and Two. Starting with the One, obviously is a ten keyless design, so first impressions make the One look like any other TKL keyboard. The keycaps are ABS plastic, so no PBT love, but really RGB lighting has issues with illumination with PBT keycaps. So for me, no issue there. Under the ABS keycaps are the Flaretech Clicky55 “blue” switches. As you might have guessed, they are very close to Cherry MX Blue switches, but have MX stems if you want to swap out the keycaps. Having 4mm of travel distance, means that the analog range is 1.5mm to 3.6mm of clicky goodness. Lighting is bang on, with the light source on the top right of the Flaretech switches, allow for per key lighting to be perfectly uniform. What if you want to swap out the switches? Gotta buy a totally different keyboard right? Nope, Wooting includes 4 extra hot swappable switches, 2 red, and 2 blue as well as a keycap and switch puller. This allows you to mix and match to make your Wooting One or Two, suit your needs. Best of all, these switches don’t suffer from debounce delay or key chatter because they have freakin’ infrared laser beams.

Construction of both the Wooting One and Two is also nothing short of insane. Fixed with a AL5052 aluminum top plate, these keyboards are made to take a beating. More ABS plastic for the base is present, along with 7 rubberized pads as well as 2 rubberized feet, make sure the One or Two doesn’t slide around on your desk. Cable duty is managed by a cable gutter that exits on the left, center, or right sides. Running 6.5ft braided micro USB connection on the Wooting One is a bit of a miss, however, is corrected with a USB type C connection on the Wooting Two.

And what would a RGB keyboard be without its companion software utility? Well Wootility, yeah I know, is Wooting’s keyboard software that literally lets you control EVERYTHING to do with the Wooting keyboards. From using the digital profile or one of the four analog profiles, Wootility really lets you customize your experience. The digital profile is where one would adjust for different actuation points throughout your keypress on a per key basis. However the dial gets raised to 11 when an analog profile is selected. Inside one of the analog profiles, the same actuation settings are present, but a few more tabs are available. Analog Bindings, which allow a user to configure gamepad keybindings with Xinput and DirectInput. The Analog Settings tab allows users to customize the analog curve from 1.5mm to 3.6mm depending on how deep a key is pressed. And the most interesting tab, but could also could be controversial is the DKS Settings. DKS Binding essentially allows for multiple keys to be pressed within the same key stroke. So in FPS games walk and sprint are usually W for walk and W+LSHIFT for sprint. Once the DKS binding is applied, a light press on W would result in walking, a hard press for sprinting. These DKS bindings could be looked upon as somewhat cheating, however there isn’t anything to prove otherwise. Oh and it also controls the RGB lighting as well….

Alight lets talk pricing for a hot minute. Priced at $140 US for the One and $160 for the Two, these mechanical keyboards aren’t for the faint of heart. But premium mechanical keyboards from Ducky, DASkeyboards, and even Cooler Master, don’t offer this level of customization.

So in short, the One from Wooting gets a solid 4.5 flames, ONLY due to the micro USB connection. The Two, gets a perfect score, 5 flames. Wooting has done an extremely good job from conception to production, making a solid keyboard that won't disappoint. Make sure you stay tuned, the Wooting Two Lekker Edition should make its way to me in the future.

Ok peeps, I am bluedevil. Thanks so much for watching or reading! If you could be so kind as to like and subscribe to the Overclock Youtube channel, that’d be great.

bluedevil out.

Wooting One

Wooting Two

Thank you to Wooting for providing the samples!

Wooting Store US

Wooting Store EU

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