Conclusion

Velocifire developed the VM02WS in order to fill a specific, unfledged segment of the market – that of wireless mechanical keyboards. With the market for standard (wired) mechanical keyboards having become heavily saturated in the last couple of years, going wireless is the next frontier for PC peripherals companies, especially those who were never able to secure a suitable chunk of the wired market to being with.

The advantage of being an early mover is that there's very little competition right now, and that's especially the case for wireless mechanical keyboards. With most wireless boards priced far above that of the VM02WS, Velocifire has little to worry about in terms of direct product competition, at least for the time being. Despite this, the VM02WS still has to convince users on a more fundamental matter: that it is a viable alternative to regular mechanical keyboards or electronic wireless keyboards.

When the retail price of a product is the primary design consideration, its quality naturally is a concern. Velocifire did a fine job with the assembly and the frame of the VM02WS, creating a solid mechanical keyboard. The quality of Content’s switches, however, is concerning. The actuation force consistency among the switches used in our sample were poor – there are significant differences between the individual switches – indicating loose quality control. We are not worried about any impact the great disparity mght have on performance, but such figures usually do not bode well regarding the longevity of the switches themselves.

There is not much to say regarding the advanced functions of the VM02WS because, mildly put, these are very limited. The only advanced functions available are simple sound volume controls and multimedia commands via keystrokes that include the Fn key, which can nowadays be found on even the cheapest of keyboards. Besides that, the VM02WS does not have any remapping/programming capabilities or any other advanced functions. It is but a simple keyboard, just like any typical office keyboard.

The battery life of the VM02WS is exactly as we anticipated for a backlit mechanical keyboard. It can last for a few days with the LEDs turned off but will drain in a single day if the LEDs are left on. This is more than enough for a gaming session or for doing some work but it definitely will not work for people who want to maintain a tidy, cable-free desktop.

Velocifire’s VM02WS currently retails for $60, a competitive price for a wireless mechanical keyboard. However, we suspect that its sales will be limited due to the user groups it is being aimed at. For gamers, it is not suitable for anything more than casual gaming due to the significant input lag and zero advanced features. The company never tried to approach gamers for a reason, instead focusing their efforts on, as their webpage declares, “Copywriters, Typists, Programmers”  However, these users rarely actually need a wireless keyboard or they need a wireless keyboard that its battery can last for months; the market for wireless mechanical keyboards is still a niche market right now, and it's one that seems to be more aligned to consumers than professionals.

Ultimately, if you are the rare case of a professional who likes to lay back on a sofa and work, then the VM02WS may be just the product for you. But that is as far as the keyboard seems to be designed to go: it has a niche and it does it well, and that's pretty much it. So office users who don't need wireless connectivity won't stand to benefit from this keyboard for obvious reasons, and gamers and the like aren't going to come away satisfied from a professional-focused keyboard such as this.

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  • snarfbot - Sunday, January 19, 2020 - link

    The thing about this mx brown clone board is that there are a hundred just like it with a different brand name over the nav cluster and they are all made in the same chinese factory.

    You should review a board with kailh's click bar switches, or a matias switch kb, or one of the new contactless boards, hall effect or optical. Even razer makes optical switch boards now and they seem pretty good.

    Unicomp is currently making an ssk as well, you can review one of their standard buckling spring offerings.

    Then theres the guys cloning the model f.

    Not to mention all the capacitive rubber domes which would be better suited to an office anyway.

    Theres lots of cool things happening in the mechanical keyboard world, mx brown clones aren't one of them.
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  • Beaver M. - Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - link

    Im not really seeing the switches as problem. The electronics are actually a problem on most keyboards.
    Sometimes they dont register a keypress (probably a bug in their Anti-Ghosting software).

    If you truly want something different, try the Wooting keyboards.
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  • snarfbot - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    I was suggesting they review something novel the wooting keyboard you mentioned for example is the optical type with analog switches, pretty cool tech that would make a good review.

    Mx browns on the other hand are a known quantity, who cares about this velocifire board.

    With regard to the keyboards not registering keypresses that could be a problem with their controllers method of implementing n key rollover but i wouldnt say thats common lol.

    What board were you using that didnt work properly?
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  • santiagodraco - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    "Velocifire"... come on guys. If you have to steal the product name branding from a major industry player... you aren't worth my time. Sure fire sign the company you are dealing with is fly-by-night is when they have to rely on similar branding to a popular brand moniker that is not their own. Reply
  • Zingam - Friday, August 7, 2020 - link

    It is 21st century. Why are they still making keyboard with the numpad on the right? It should at least be detachable.
    With great difficulty I managed to find and replace my foreverlasting Cherry G80 keyboard 100% with a Chinese 70% with Blue MX switches which perfectly fits in my space. The best part it costs 2-3x less than any other Cherry MX based keyboard.
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  • dave_the_nerd - Saturday, November 7, 2020 - link

    Got one of these recently and also a Logitech G613. Since we’ve been working from home (computer programmer) during quarantine I wanted something that was wireless to clean up the dining room table. Ended up returning the G613, because the extra keys and permanent wrist rest made it too big. Key feel on both were excellent but I slightly preferred the Velocifire. Battery life isn’t too big a deal; I stick it on my cell phone charger every couple days. The backlight spends most of its time off but is useful now that the sun sets before 5PM.

    Thank you for reviewing this; I wouldn’t have found out about it otherwise. It’s obviously not a perfect keyboard (I’d definitely prefer one with the Cherry Blues from my old Ducky) but it’s been good for me.
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