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DrunkDeer A75 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Aug 09, 2023 at 10:19 am
Latest change: Writing modified Aug 09, 2023 at 10:19 am
DrunkDeer A75 Picture
8.9
Gaming
2.2
Mobile/Tablet
7.2
Office
7.4
Programming
3.2
Entertainment / HTPC

The DrunkDeer A75 is a wired gaming keyboard with a compact (75%) form factor that uses hall-effect switches. These switches use magnetic sensors to detect the depth of your keypress and allow you to customize the pre-travel distance of individual switches. This keyboard also has RGB lighting with individually backlit keys, media hotkeys, and a programmable control knob. You can customize many settings directly on the keyboard, including pre-travel customization and backlighting control. Using the configuration software, you can customize additional options like rapid trigger sensitivity, custom profiles, and macros.

Our Verdict

8.9 Gaming

The DrunkDeer A75 is excellent for gaming. It has outstanding latency, and you can customize the pre-travel distance and reset point of each individual switch, allowing you to fine-tune the sensitivity to your preferences, providing an extremely snappy and responsive feeling experience for gaming in any genre. The build quality is good overall, but the plastic chassis feels a bit cheap, and the high-profile design means it may be fatiguing to use for longer periods without a wrist rest.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Outstanding low latency.
  • Can adjust switch pre-travel with key combinations or using the configuration software.
Cons
  • High profile design; can be can be fatiguing to use for long periods without a wrist rest.
2.2 Mobile/Tablet

The DrunkDeer A75 is a wired-only keyboard that isn't suitable for use with mobile devices or tablets.

7.2 Office

The DrunkDeer A75 is decent for office use. It has fairly good build quality overall. The keys are stable and well-spaced, and layers of foam inside the case provide a reasonably soft and quiet typing experience that's unlikely to bother those around you. This keyboard has a high profile, so it's most comfortable to use with a wrist rest, especially if you're typing for longer stretches. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with one in the box, but DrunkDeer does sell wrist rests separately.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Can adjust switch pre-travel with key combinations or using the configuration software.
Cons
  • High profile design; can be can be fatiguing to use for long periods without a wrist rest.
7.4 Programming

The DrunkDeer A75 is decent for programming. The build quality feels good overall, but the plastic chassis feels somewhat cheap. This board has a high-profile design, so it's most comfortable to use with a wrist rest, although there isn't one in the box. That said, it provides good typing quality and has layers of foam inside the board that produce a somewhat softer and quieter typing experience. Additionally, you can buy this keyboard in configurations with shine-through keycaps, making the legends clearly legible if you prefer working in lower light. Unfortunately, there aren't any dedicated macro keys, but you can record macros using the configuration software.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Can adjust switch pre-travel with key combinations or using the configuration software.
Cons
  • High profile design; can be can be fatiguing to use for long periods without a wrist rest.
3.2 Entertainment / HTPC

The DrunkDeer A75 is bad for an entertainment or home theater PC setup since it's a wired-only keyboard, requiring you to sit within cable distance of your computer to use it. Furthermore, there aren't any dedicated media keys. That said, it has good build quality overall and is available for purchase with keycaps with shine-through legends that are easily readable in a dark room.

Pros
  • Shine-through key legends are easy to read in a darkened room.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • No dedicated media keys.
  • 8.9 Gaming
  • 2.2 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.2 Office
  • 7.4 Programming
  • 3.2 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Aug 09, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 04, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Aug 01, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Jul 20, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Jul 11, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  6. Updated Jul 11, 2023: The product has won our suggestion poll, so we’ll buy and test it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The DrunkDeer A75 is available in Black or White case color options and in several configurations, detailed in the chart below. No variants of this keyboard are available at the time of writing, and no additional switch options exist. Still, DrunkDeer indicates on their website that they may release more size variants and switch options. If you see a variant of this keyboard not represented in this review, feel free to comment in the discussions at the end of this page.

We bought and tested the fully assembled configuration with OEM-ABS keycaps and a black case. You can see the label for our unit here.

       Configuration Size Switches Case Color
 OEM-ABS (fully assembled) Compact (75%) DrunkDeer Magnetic Switch Black, White
 Cherry-profile PBT B-Gray Peri (packaged separately) Compact (75%) DrunkDeer Magnetic Switch Black, White
Cherry-profile PBT B-Gray Orange (packaged separately) Compact (75%) DrunkDeer Magnetic Switch Black, White
 OEM-profile PBT B-Peri Shine-Through (packaged separately) Compact (75%) DrunkDeer Magnetic Switch Black, White
 OEM-profile PBT B-Orange Shine-Through (packaged separately) Compact (75%) DrunkDeer Magnetic Switch Black, White
Barebones (No keycaps included) Compact (75%) DrunkDeer Magnetic Switch Black, White

Compared To Other Keyboards

The DrunkDeer A75 is a wired gaming keyboard with hall-effect switches, allowing you to customize the sensitivity of individual keys. Like several other gaming keyboards with hall-effect switches, this keyboard has a rapid-trigger feature that lets you set a custom reset point. This means you can activate keys more quickly than with standard mechanical switches, giving you an advantage in certain gaming situations, like rapid strafing in FPS titles or repeating tap inputs in rhythm games.

Overall, this keyboard is more affordable than options with similar features from major manufacturers, including the SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL (2023), the Huntsman Mini Analog, or the more expensive Wooting 60HE. However, the DrunkDeer doesn't match these other options regarding build quality, and its software isn't as intuitive or easy to use. Specifically compared to the more premium-priced Wooting 60HE, it doesn't provide more advanced features, like dynamic, rapid trigger reset, an analog option that mimics gradual controller inputs, or the ability to program multiple actions to different actuation points in a single keystroke.

For more recommendations, see our picks for the best keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best gaming keyboards.

Wooting 60HE

The Wooting 60HE and the DrunkDeer A75 are wired gaming keyboards that use hall-effect switches, allowing you to customize the pre-travel distance of individual switches. The Wooting is a compact 60% model with considerably better build quality, more comprehensive and intuitive software, and lower latency. It also supports some advanced software features the DrunkDeer doesn't, including dynamic reset points, multiple actions in the same keypress, and analog control mimicking controller input. On the other hand, the DrunkDeer has a slightly larger 75% form factor and has a control knob, which the Wooting lacks.

SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL (2023)

The SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL (2023) and the DrunkDeer A75 are wired gaming keyboards that use hall-effect switches, allowing you to customize the pre-travel distance of individual switches. The SteelSeries is a TKL (80%) model with better build quality, slightly lower latency, and generally more intuitive software. It also includes a wrist rest and has a programmable OLED screen with a control wheel on the top right corner. On the other hand, the DrunkDeer has a Compact (75%) form factor and a rotary control knob on the top right corner. It doesn't include a wrist rest, but DrunkDeer sells wrist rests separately on its website.

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro and the DrunkDeer A75 are wired gaming keyboards that use hall-effect switches, allowing you to customize the pre-travel distance of individual switches. The SteelSeries has a larger, full-size form factor. It also has better build quality, slightly lower latency, and more intuitive software. It also includes a wrist rest and has a programmable OLED screen with a control wheel on the top right corner. On the other hand, the DrunkDeer has a Compact (75%) form factor and a rotary control knob on the top right corner. It doesn't include a wrist rest, but DrunkDeer sells wrist rests separately on its website.

Razer Huntsman Mini Analog

The Razer Huntsman Mini Analog and the DrunkDeer A75 are wired gaming keyboards with switches that allow you to customize the pre-travel distance of individual switches. The Razer is a slightly smaller, Compact (60%) model with optical switches. It has significant build quality, lower latency, and more intuitive software. On the other hand, the DrunkDeer has a compact (75%) form factor and has hall-effect switches. It also provides more in the way of hardware customizability.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Size
Compact (75%)
Height
1.8" (4.5 cm)
Width 13.1" (33.2 cm)
Depth
5.6" (14.1 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
1.60 lbs (0.727 kg)

This keyboard has a Compact (75%) form factor, which means it has a set of arrow keys and some keys from the Navigation cluster, but it doesn't have a Numpad.

The height measurement is from the top of the control knob, the highest point on the keyboard. For reference, the height of the escape key is 4.3cm.

7.5
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material ABS

This keyboard has good build quality overall. The base plate and control knob are metal, but most of the body is somewhat cheap-feeling plastic. That said, the board only exhibits minimal flex. The stabilizers do a good job of minimizing wobble on some of the larger keys. However, the spacebar rattles somewhat and makes a higher-pitched sound when bottomed out.

The unit we bought and tested has ABS keycaps with shine-through legends. These keycaps have a smooth finish and feel fine, but, like most ABS keycaps, they have a smooth finish that can get slippery with extended use. This keyboard is also available for purchase with slightly more expensive PBT keycap configurations that we expect to feel higher quality.

Inside the case are layers of acoustic foam, which helps reduce the overall typing noise. That said, the overall sound profile is more on the hollow side, with noticeable pinging sounds on certain keys, specifically the R and U keys.

There are four rubber stoppers on the bottom that do a good job of keeping the keyboard in place while you type. However, the plastic incline feet don't have rubber ends, so the board is somewhat more prone to slide around with the incline feet extended.

6.0
Design
Ergonomics
Curved/Angled
No
Split Keyboard
No
Key Alignment
Staggered
Minimum Incline
6°
Medium Incline
N/A
Maximum Incline
12°
Home Row Height
33.8 mm (1.3")

This keyboard has acceptable ergonomics. It's fairly tall and doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you need to angle your wrists to reach the keys, which can be tiring when typing or gaming for long periods. That said, DrunkDeer does offer wrist rests for this keyboard available for separate purchase on its website here.

7.9
Design
Hardware Customizability
Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers
Yes
Stabilizer Fixation
Plate-Mounted
Spacebar Stabilizer Size
6.25u
Size Of Right Mod Keys
1u
Hot-Swappable Switches
Yes
Switch Stem Shape
Cherry MX Style
Switch PCB Socket
Non-Customizable Design
North-Facing Cherry MX Interference
No

The DrunkDeer A75 offers good hardware customizability overall. The stabilizers have a plate-mounted, cherry-style design which means they're fairly easy to remove if you want to lube, mod, or replace them. The PCB is also hot-swappable. However, it's designed to accept proprietary DrunkDeer Magnetic Switches and doesn't use standard 3- or 5-pin sockets like most mechanical switches. Additionally, the right-side modifier keys are 1u rather than the somewhat more common 1.25u size.

10
Design
Backlight Features
Backlighting Yes
RGB
Yes
Per-Key Backlighting
Yes
Effects
Yes
Software Controllable
Yes

This keyboard has an outstanding set of backlighting features. You can customize the brightness and effects using key combinations directly on the keyboard or using the configuration software.

9.0
Design
Backlight Clarity

This keyboard provides outstanding backlight clarity. The legends are extremely clear on virtually all keys, with only some minor obstructions visible on the backspace key.

We purchased the fully assembled configuration of this keyboard that comes with OEM-profile, shine-through ABS keycaps. This keyboard is also available for purchase with different keycaps. We expect PBT keycap options with shine-through legends to provide comparable backlight clarity, but if you buy this keyboard with PBT keycap options without shine-through legends, you can't read the legends in darker conditions.

Design
Cable & Connector
Connectivity Wired
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 5.0 ft (1.5 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The DrunkDeer A75 includes a braided USB-C to USB-C cable. The cable feels fine but retains kinks from its packaging. A USB-C to USB-A adapter is also included in the box if you don't have a USB-C port on your computer.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

The DrunkDeer A75 is a wired-only keyboard.

4.0
Design
Macro Keys And Programming
Dedicated Macro Keys Count 0
Onboard Macro Programming
No
Macro Programming With Software
Yes

This keyboard has no dedicated macro and doesn't support onboard macro programming. However, you can create macros using the configuration software.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Non-Dedicated
Trackpad / Trackball No
Scroll Wheel
No
Control Knob
Yes
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps Lock

This keyboard offers several common extra features, including a Windows Key lock, a Caps Lock indicator light, labeled media key hotkeys, and a programmable control knob in the top right corner.

Additionally, this keyboard's hall-effect switches allow you to customize the pre-travel of individual switches. You can adjust the pre-travel distance of each switch between 0.1mm and 4.0mm in increments of 0.1mm. You can adjust these settings with key combinations or the configuration software.

Similar to several other gaming keyboards with hall-effect switches, this keyboard also has a Rapid Trigger feature to set a custom, more sensitive reset point. This means you can activate repeated keystrokes more quickly than on keyboards with conventional mechanical switches, which typically have a much higher reset point that limits how quickly you can make repeated keystrokes

Design
In The Box

  • DrunkDeer A75
  • USB-C to USB-C power cable
  • USB-C to USB-A Adapter
  • 3x keys for Windows
  • Keycap puller
  • Quick guide pamphlet
  • User documentation

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Switches
Switch Name
DrunkDeer Magnetic Switch
Switch Type
Hall-effect
Feel
Linear

The DrunkDeer A75 uses DrunkDeer Magnetic Switches, which work with magnets rather than standard metal contact points like most mechanical switches. These switches allow you to customize the pre-travel distance of individual keys between 0.4mm and 3.6mm.

Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Operating Force
41 gf
Actuation Force
40 gf
Pre-Travel
1.7 mm
Total Travel
4.0 mm

The DrunkDeer A75 allows you to customize the actuation point of individual switches using the software or with key combinations directly on the keyboard.

We tested various actuation point settings and observed the actual pre-travel distance is typically within 0.1mm-0.4mm of the programmed pre-travel distance, indicating that the settings are generally accurate and somewhat consistent. The test results are with the default actuation point setting of 2.0mm.

8.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

This keyboard provides excellent typing quality. The switches are pre-lubed and operate smoothly, and the keys are well-spaced and fairly stable, with only a small degree of wobble that isn't noticeable while typing. The unit we purchased has ABS keycaps which can feel cheap. This keyboard is also available with PBT keycaps, which we expect to feel higher quality.

Some larger modifier keys without stabilizers, like the Tab, Caps Lock, and Right Shift keys, wobble a bit more while typing, but this is normal as they don't have stabilizers. For the largest keys, like Enter and Spacebar, the stabilizers do a good job and feel even regardless of where you press them.

Unfortunately, while the keyboard has a nice sound profile overall, the spacebar sounds and feels less satisfying than other keys. We noticed that the R and U keys, in particular, made a noticeable pinging sound.

7.5
Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Average Loudness
52.1 dBA
High Pitch Clicks
No

This keyboard is fairly quiet and unlikely to bother those around you unless you're in a particularly noise-sensitive environment.

This keyboard doesn't make any distracting high-pitch clicking noises while typing, but some keys produce more of a pinging sound, particularly the R and U keys.

9.5
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
4.5 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The DrunkDeer A75 keyboard has remarkably low latency. It delivers an extremely responsive in-game experience for gaming in any genre.

This test was performed with the Actuation Sensitivity at its lowest, 0.4mm setting, and with Rapid Trigger enabled at its most sensitive, 0.2mm setting.

Software and Operating System
Software and Operating System
Configuration Software
Software Name Keyboard Oem Driver
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No
Onboard Memory
Yes
Profiles
6+

On DrunkDeer's website, this software is labeled DrunkDeer Antler, but once downloaded, it's labeled as Keyboard Oem Driver.

Using this software, you can adjust various settings, including the ability to adjust actuation distance and rapid trigger sensitivity. Other expected options allow you to remap keys, set custom RGB lighting, and create macros.

The software is functional but feels clunky and isn't very intuitive. This software is in the beta stage, and the manufacturer may update it in the future. If you have this keyboard and notice this software is updated, please let us know in the discussions.

10
Software and Operating System
Computer Compatibility
Windows
Fully Compatible
macOS
Fully Compatible
Linux (Ubuntu 22)
Fully Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Windows, MacOS & Linux

This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. The configuration software is only compatible with Windows, but you can customize most settings directly on the keyboard with key combinations. You can see a list of key combinations in the user manual, which is available on DrunkDeer's website here.

0
Software and Operating System
Wireless Mobile Compatibility
Android
Not Compatible
iOS
Not Compatible
iPadOS
Not Compatible
Media Key Compatibility
Not Compatible

This is a wired-only keyboard that isn't compatible with mobile devices.