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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  • arashi - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Might as well get a Keychron. Reply
  • milkywayer - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Yup.

    Does this one have a TKL version?

    I'm still looking for a wireless keyboard that fits my criteria :(

    Should be
    Wireless
    Good switches
    No nasty RGB or fint style
    TKL
    Reply
  • Dug - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    That's an impossible wish list :)
    You'll get it when manufacturers stop making rgb everything.
    Reply
  • bigvlada - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - link

    Scour Ebay for IBM Model F, with bluetooth conversion kit installed. Reply
  • CrazyUkrainian - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - link

    Keychron does have such a keyboard, no RGB and decent switches. But if you want, check out Azio Fokal on Indiegogo. They have already delivered 2 keyboards so they will deliver. Ships in April 2020 Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - link

    It's also ridiculously expensive. Reply
  • arashi - Friday, January 17, 2020 - link

    Keychron K2/K4? It's not technically TKL but it has all the buttons I want. K2 for home and K4 for the office. Reply
  • Violet Giraffe - Sunday, January 19, 2020 - link

    What's nasty about RGB? And what do you care if it can always be turned off? Reply
  • jordanclock - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    "The heart of the Velocifire VM02WS is an 80M08 ZAA8073112, a chip that we could literally find nothing about. We could not identify its manufacturer, let alone its specifications."

    No kidding, if you Google for "80M08 processor" this article is the fourth result after chromatographs and coriolis flow meters.
    Reply
  • milkywayer - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Gotta love companies that are still clueless to the existence of internet and advantages of having even a $3/month hosting plan. Reply

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