Havit Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard

Last updated date: November 7, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

Havit Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard

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Overall Take

The Havit combines the tactile precision of a mechanical keyboard with the light weight and slim profile of a membrane model. The keys are designed with a minimum of distance between them and a speedy response time on impact. A solid budget model for those who plan to do a lot of typing. In our analysis of 154 expert reviews, the Havit Havit Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Backlit Keyboard for a detailed review of all the top backlit keyboards.

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
15 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
1,027 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It is a very simple, compact and slim design which solves a lot of problems. You wouldn’t need a wrist rest. Due to the low travel distance between keys, it is an excellent keyboard if you type a lot of written content.
- Hardware BBQ
October 19, 2017 | Full review
The Havit HV-KB390L Low Profile Mechanical Keyboard ($59.99) is a relatively inexpensive mechanical keyboard with switches that feel great for typing, especially if you're upgrading from a membrane keyboard. It also provides a mobility bonus: It's much thinner and lighter than most mechanical keyboards.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
August 30, 2017 | Full review
Really solid with an aluminium alloy top plate.
- Kit Guru
November 16, 2018 | Full review
Lightweight driver backed with good onboard control over backlighting
- Tech Power Up
November 9, 2017 | Full review
The main selling point of the HAVIT HV-KB390L is its slim size and light weight. It measures 14 inches wide, 5 inches deep, sits under 1 inch high even at its tallest point (about 0.7″ at shortest) and ways a mere 17.3 ounces.
- Mech Type
Lightweight driver backed with good onboard control over backlighting,
- Tech Spot
One of the standout features of this board is how slim it is for a mechanical keyboard. Viewing it from either side makes it deceivingly appear to be a membrane keyboard. At 0.89 (22.5mm) inches thick and with its TKL design, this keyboard is certainly portable and easy to store in a backpack or messenger bag.
- High Ground Gaming
July 3, 2019 | Full review
Fortunately, the software is quite clean and straightforward. All the settings are clearly labeled and are intuitive. It only took me a few seconds to click on the Home key in the interface and set it up as a media pause/play button.
- Tech Report
June 18, 2018 | Full review
In both my daily working writing and editing as well as playing video games, using the HAVIT low profile keyboard was an enjoyable experience. It feels like you’re using a laptop keyboard (because of the shorter key profiles and travel distance) but with the satisfying click and crispness of a mechanical keyboard.
- Review Geek
March 29, 2018 | Full review
When it comes to typing, it doesn't require much force. Since it's small your fingers don't have to travel that far, so you'll probably be able to type faster.
- Mashable
The keyboard is backlit in one color that Havit defines as ice-blue. It is a cool color since it is catchy yet not distracting in the office. You may also customize the lighting to personal preferences. The keyboard features five custom modes as well as 13 presets (alongside several sub-effects).
- Budget Report
Typing and playing experience on the HAVIT KB-390L is better as keys registered faster (executes an action faster in-game) and more responsive. The switch definitely gets a big approval from me. I even asked around the office for an honest opinion and the switches were loved.
- Craving Tech
October 10, 2017 | Full review
The HAVIT HV-KB390L is a gorgeous mechanical keyboard. Its build quality and functionality is easily comparable to the high-end offering from many mainstream brands. This is easily a highly-recommended product.
- The Tech Game
The keyboard adopts a standard tenkeyless US ANSI layout, with no number pad. This 87-key layout is compact, without requiring you to relearn the position of keys, making this a good choice for a first mechanical keyboard.
- XSreviews
The most important part of this review is of course how the typing experience is, both for productivity and for gaming.
- Mobile Tech Talk
What experts didn't like
Restriction of using any micro USB cable
- Hardware BBQ
October 19, 2017 | Full review
The biggest adjustment to make is to the lack of a number pad, since I tend to use it a lot on a full-sized keyboard, but even that is a fairly minor adjustment.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
August 30, 2017 | Full review
No options for different LED colours.
- Kit Guru
November 16, 2018 | Full review
Unnecessary empty space in the case, which could have been cut down to make this even lower in profile
- Tech Power Up
November 9, 2017 | Full review
This low profile keyboard comes with short height keycaps to match. The construction material is ABS, which means the keycaps will be prone to shine after extended use. ABS is more economical and easier to work with than PBT, but less durable.
- Mech Type
Keycap Quality, Restriction of using any micro USB cable
- Tech Spot
The only obvious flaw that stood out to me was when I switched the keyboard to “Constant Light Mode” and the LED under the Caps Lock, Prnt Scrn, and Scrl Lock buttons went dark. When caps lock / scroll lock is activated they light up, but preferably all the keys would be lit up at all times under Constant Light Mode.
- High Ground Gaming
July 3, 2019 | Full review
The lack of higher-grade keycaps is made worse by the non-standard stems. Keycaps with Cherry MX or ML stems are not compatible with Kailh Choc switches, so you can’t just swap out the keycaps with a nicer set that you may already have.
- Tech Report
June 18, 2018 | Full review
The only potential for disturbance is the sound of the clicks.
- Budget Report
Due to the limitation of keys, it also does not have any multimedia controls such as play/pause or volume. There is a Function key that will make do of the current keys for alternate uses, but they are reserved for customising the backlighting options.
- Craving Tech
October 10, 2017 | Full review
RGB comes as presets being able to create your own would top this keyboard off.
- The Tech Game
Gaming was similarly blissful, although I did experience a few issues. I did notice that sometimes keys were pressed twice when I only meant to press them once. Specifically, there’s a ‘quick-switch’ button in Counter-Strike that switches between your last two used weapons, and I found that sometimes that I’d press the button and go back to the same weapon I had in-hand before. It didn’t happen often, but it was something I noticed on the HV-KB390L that I haven’t experienced on other keyboards before.
- XSreviews
I think my only real gripes with this board are the strange Enter key size, and the back lighting not being RGB. It doesn’t pretend to be RGB in the slightest, but perhaps RGB has become synonymous with “gaming” in terms of functionality you’d expect from a keyboard in 2017
- Mobile Tech Talk

From The Manufacturer

HAVIT HV-KB390L Mechanical Keyboard Adopts the Latest Kailh Blue Switches -- Low Profile Switches, Kailh Low Profile Blue Switches, Makes the Extraordinarily Thin and Light Design of Mechanical Keyboard Possible. ★[Warm tips]: If programming needed, please download the driver from our offcial website [havit.hk/downloads] Great Choice for Both Games and Office: 1. 7mm shorter switch height than traditional mechanical keyboard; 6mm ultra-thin suspended keycaps, 3mm key travel and 1.4mm response distance, offers a shorter travel distance, more accurate actuation, delivering precision and lightning speed performance. 2. Unique Ice Blue LED Light,enjoy games and typing at night. 3. Multiple Customizing Backlight Modes, Fn+F1-F5 for Customizing, Fn+F12 for Saving Your Setting, Fn+F6-F11 for Presetting Modes 4. User-friendly Design, Driver Free, Plug & Play, with detachable USB to micro cable, convenient and portable. 5. All 87 keys of N-key Rollover, ensure great gaming experience. 6. Fully Compatible with: Win 10/8/7/Vista/ME/Mac/Linux/IBM PC Specification: Key number: 87 keys Size: 354*127.5*22.5mm Net weight: 520g Interface Type: USB Cable length: 1500mm (Black USB cable) Operating force: 45±10gf Travel(Total): 3.0mm Voltage: 4.75V±10% Current: ≤ 50mA (No backlight),≤ 250 mA (brightest backlight) Service Life: >50 Million Key Operation

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An Overview On Backlit Keyboards

It takes a pounding from your fingers, possibly thousands of times a day. When you’re frustrated, it might take a few extra. In the worst-case scenarios, it might even put up with soda spills or smears of potato chip residue. And through it all, it dutifully relays your commands.

When buying a computer, the humble keyboard never gets enough credit. But with the advent of backlit keyboards, they’ve finally found a way to make you sit up and take notice.

As cool as they look, backlit keyboards aren’t just lit up for show. They incorporate tiny LEDs or some other type of light underneath the keys, illuminating them for use in dimly lit areas. They can be great for work sessions on red-eye plane flights or dorm rooms where you’re obligated to keep the lights at a minimum. For gamers, high-end backlit keyboards such as the Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard can be particularly useful with custom settings that illuminate particular frequently-pressed keys.

But there’s more to consider than lighting when buying a keyboard. As technology and parenting blogger Molly Thornberg explains, finding the right keyboard layout is essential.

“Before purchasing a backlit keyboard, determine if the keyboard layout meets your needs,” says Thornberg, who runs the Digital Mom Blog. “These may include special function keys and a keypad.”

These days, the layout of a keyboard can vary greatly, but there are three general configurations. Full-size keyboards will have the standard number of keys you might be used to on your office desktop computer. That includes the “F” or function keys along the top plus a bank of navigation keys and number pad off to the right. That’s 104 keys in all, though in some specialized keyboards it might even be more! Then there are TenKeyLess or “80%” keyboards. These eliminate the number pad or incorporate it with the navigation keys. Compact, or “60%” keyboards, do away with both the number pad and navigation keys, and might not even include the function keys (substituting in a single “F” key to do their work).

And that’s just the traditional keyboards. More daring, ergonomic models are available that split the keyboard into two halves that supposedly are easier on the long term health of your wrists and hands — though the research is still inconclusive on that point. As for the layout of the keys themselves, most keyboards use the tried and true QWERTY format that’s been standard since the days of ink-and-paper typewriters. (So named because of the first six letters you’ll see if you read your computer keyboard like a book: Q-W-E-R-T-Y.) If you’re just starting out as a typist, you might also research the much less common Dvorak layout, which puts the most commonly used letters in the middle row.

Gamers and writers alike will want to pay special attention to the kind of switches that their keys employ. Switches, quite simply, are the mechanism that makes your keystroke register when you press it, and the feel and response of it can vary greatly.

A common type of switch you’ll find on slimmer laptop keyboards is the membrane, made of a single circuit that stretches across the board. Press a key, and you activate a contact point in that matrix. While it’s certainly high-tech, it’s also relatively cheap and offers less of a tactile response.

Another common switch is the dome type, where a plunger presses against a rubber or silicone dome and activates a carbon switch underneath. This tends to have a softer feel, though the dome material will certainly be more resistant to spills. Some dome switches use a scissor-like mechanism to decrease the space between the key and contact point.

Gamers generally prefer the old-school mechanical switches, especially if they’re playing shooters or other games where response time is crucial. Mechanical switches, like those found on the EagleTec KG010 Mechanical Keyboard, employ metal springs that provide plenty of tactile feedback and leave little doubt as to when a button is pressed.

There are plenty of other bells and whistles that are specific to gamers, some of which you can find in our tips. But for the most part, a good keyboard — lit or unlit — will be all about the feel.

DWYM Fun Fact

QWERTY vs. Dvorak keyboard configuration: It’s a debate among only the most hardcore typing nerds. Although the popularity of the QWERTY design would seem to have settled the feud, there is one big piece of evidence in favor of Dvorak: Barbara Blackburn reigned for over a decade as the Guinness World Record holder for fastest typist. Her fastest time? 212 words per minute. Her keyboard of choice? A Dvorak model, of course.

The Backlit Keyboard Buying Guide

  • Here’s the bad news: There’s no one keyboard that’s perfect for everyone. The good news is that if you know what you’ll be using it for, there’s almost certainly one out there that is perfect for you. Are you a writer, student or someone who will spend a lot of time pounding out text? Consider a long lasting, full-size keyboard with soft backlighting that won’t damage your eyes over prolonged periods of late-night typing, like the Azio Large Print Tri-Color Backlit Wired Keyboard. Are you buying your keyboard to use with a tablet or other mobile workstation? A TenKeyLess keyboard with a slim profile might be worth it for the portability factor, though you may want to try it beforehand to see if you can get a feel for the membrane switches.
  • Are you buying your keyboard for games? There’s a reason that some backlit keyboards are marketed specifically to gamers and their particular needs, like the Havit Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard. For most gamers, mechanical switches are a must. They offer a speed and tactile response that there’s no substitute for.
  • Gamers may also want to pay attention to whether their chosen keyboard is wired or wireless. “A wired backlit keyboard will typically feature a cord that plugs into your USB port,” Thornberg explains. “A wireless backlit keyboard will either work with a dongle that plugs into the back of your computer and talks to your keyboard — or via Bluetooth.”
  • Those playing shooters or other games where response time is key will want to lean toward a wired keyboard as opposed to a wireless one. Wireless signals delivered by Bluetooth or RF technology can be fast enough that regular users won’t notice — but your online enemies might.
  • Finally, many keyboards boast their keys as “conflict-free” or “anti-ghosting.” Essentially, that means that you won’t run into problems with lost signals when you start hitting multiple keys at the same time. That can especially helpful not only for gamers and their key commands, but also for workers using complex macros.
  • There are many keyboards that come with different ergonomic features to help prevent carpal tunnel. And while a hand rest can be nice, don’t go too crazy with adjustments to the keyboard angle. For best results, both your keyboard and your forearms should be parallel to the ground while in use.