OCZ Alchemy Elixir Gaming Keyboard
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-02-2008
Provided by: OCZ

The OCZ Alchemy Elixir is a decent, high quality keyboard. Each of the function keys seem to work as described, the browser keys are handy for navigating around the web, and the multimedia keys are useful for audio or video playback. All of the keys have a soft but precise feel to them, registering each keystroke accurately and without much effort. The heel rest provides a comfortable, non-slip surface for your hands that keeps the wrists slightly elevated, resulting in less strain and fatigue.

However, much like split-key natural style keyboards, I can't quite get used to the OCZ Alchemy Elixir. The "squeezed" layout of the Elixir offsets the keys slightly, and since I go by touch this throws off my typing. Additionally the home keys are poorly marked, with only the smallest bump on the F and J to guide your index fingers. I found myself having to look down frequently to ensure I was pressing the correct key, or to find one I couldn't locate by feel alone. More than likely, if all I used was the Elixir for a period of time, I would become accustomed to the changes. However since I regularly use standard keyboards at work, I found it confusing switching back and forth between the two on a daily basis.

I had a few other minor complaints, the mis-placed R2 key in the L2 position, the size mismatch between the cord and grooves on the bottom, the not-as-long-as-expected cable and feet extenders and the missing USB port. While any of these grievances would be considered trivial by themselves, putting them all together tends to cast an unappealing light on the Alchemy Elixir. I also thought it was relatively plain looking for a gaming keyboard; OCZ definitely could have spruced up the style or added some lights to give it more bling.

What the Elixir does have going for it is price. At just $29.99 retail, it doesn't cost any more than most standard wired keyboards, and you get the added functionality of the special multimedia, browser and macro keys, plus software profiles and other custom programmable keys. And don't forget the extra keys thrown in for spares. Plus it does have a nice feel to it and is very comfortable, as long as you can get used to the slight differences.

OCIA.net has awarded the OCZ Alchemy Elixir our Seal of Approval.

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