Mountain Everest 60 review: the ultimate compact keyboard

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Mountain is a relatively newcomer to the PC peripheral market, having only released its first product in 2021. However, the Everest 60 defies all expectations and shakes up the entire gaming keyboard market.

Gaming keyboards are a technology that can be a bit hit or miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The proliferation of mechanical cards has hit the mainstream gaming markets. But bubbling happily below is an amateur keyboard scene. They were around long before mechanical keyboards came back into vogue, and with more eyes on gaming keyboards than ever before, the culture and hobby is thriving.

What most keyboard manufacturers have failed to capitalize on is tapping into that hobbyist keyboard market and bringing new ideas to the community for their keyboards, that’s something that brands like Corsair simply failed to do.

Now, mainstream manufacturers are moving in other directions, such as integrating optical switches on boards. However, Mountain taps into the lessons of the hobbyist market more than the same tired trends from established manufacturers. The results of Mountain’s efforts are undeniably disruptive to the entire consumer gaming keyboard market.

Key specs

  • Switch Type: Mountain Tactile 55, Linear 45, Linear 45 Speed
  • Keycaps: Dual Shot PBT Shine
  • Connectivity: USB-C
  • Form Factor: 60%
  • Features: Lubricated and clip-on stabilizers, optional number pad, foam and silicone damping, multiple USB-C inputs, magnetic height adjustment, 1000Hz polling rate, 5 profiles
  • Lighting: Mountain Basecamp
  • Release date: Spring 2022
  • Price: $139.99 / £119.99
  • Where to buy: Mountain (US, UK)

Included in the box: Mountain Everest 60, USB-C to USB-A cable, keycap and switch puller, Mountain keycap, magnetic feet

Design

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It may not sound like much, but the Mountain Everest 60 packs a punch.

The Everest 60 looks understated, with rounded edges and a matte black finish. There’s a small band of diffuse RGB that rings around the entire chassis. With an aluminum top plate and an ABS base, this board is incredibly sturdy and looks inconspicuous on your desk. There’s a slight bezel, which means the keyboard will take up more space on your desk than the likes of a more basic 60% board seen by so many other brands.

However, it is still very compact and does not take up much space on your desk. The RGB is bright, and the three USB-C ports at the top let you plug your wire in wherever you want. It’s a nice little touch that we wish other keyboard makers would consider implementing, as a single large undetachable cable is pretty irritating and pretty dated at this point. In addition, magnetic caps protect two other USB-C connectors on the sides of the keyboard, room for an optional numeric keypad.

The included magnetic risers work really well and they include a healthy dose of them so you get your perfect hitting angle. The only issue we really had with the keyboard design was the recessed plate, which turned the board into a dust magnet, which can be very difficult to clean.

The included dual-shot PBT keycaps on the board look and feel great, and use a neutral keycap that looks great when lit and when the RGB is off. We wish there were more markings for the macros on the built-in keyboard because to get to the deeper layers of the keyboard we ended up having to dig into the manual. It looks really clean, to its detriment. A few extra markings would have been incredibly welcome.

the 60% form factor often means you lose essentials like arrow keys. However, Mountain piled them on the board by reducing the right shift key and also placed the delete key to the right of the top arrow key. This immediately makes the Everest 60 more usable for office use than the vast majority of 60% boards. It never really feels cramped when packing those extra keys, to boot.

Setup and features

With plug-and-play functionality, you can happily use the Mountian 60 without ever installing their Base Camp software, where you can swap profiles on the board and configure all sorts of RGB effects to your liking. We had no problems playing around with Basecamp, which also let you customize keybindings and macros to suit your current profile.

On top of that, there’s also a game mode, where you can disable certain keys, such as ALT+F4 if you’re having a particularly bad game of Overwatch.

But, it’s not just a matter of software, the keyboard also supports hot-swapping your switches with 3-pin or 5-pin switches, which is compatible with just about any aftermarket switch that you could get your hands on. The included switch puller works well, and when we inserted our own C3 Kiwi switch, everything worked without a hitch.

Mountian also sent the optional add-on for the Mountain 60, a standalone number pad that plugs into the USB ports on the side of the board. It looks, feels and works just as good as the keyboard itself. We wish it was a little cheaper and had a stronger connection to the board because it likes to crumble if you pick it up. Either way, it’s a nice addition to see on a 60% board if you absolutely need a number pad and want to part with it with more of your hard-earned cash.

Typing experience

The Mountain Everest 60 Tactile 55 switches

Hitting Everest 60 is an absolute treat. We opted for the Mountain 66 tactile switches, which work the same way as the Cherry MX Brown switches, and they were amazing. We’re currently rocking a fully customized Keychron Q1 board for everyday use and typing, with all sorts of aftermarket switches and mods, and the Everest 60 feels just as good. This is thanks to the use of several notes from the custom keyboard modding community. First of all, the Mountain 55 tactile switches are all lubricated, which allows for smoother actuation with no rattles or scratches unlike many competing boards.

Second, the outriggers on the board are also cut and lubed, which makes them feel nice, although the spacebar still sounds a bit pingy and hollow for our tastes. However, all the other keys sound quite amazing. It’s a world of difference from what competing brands are doing and a huge breath of fresh air. It doesn’t stop there.

Finally, inside the board, Mountain embedded silicon into the bottom of the board and flushed it with additional foam padding to make the board incredibly quiet and deep. It’s something we think no keyboard maker would ever bother with. However, it makes all the difference, touching the bottom of the keys feels like typing on a cloud. It sounds better than our custom keyboard in most cases.

It is without a doubt the best original keyboard experience possible. The fact that none of this is aftermarket and that the company included everything by default on the Everest 60 is just amazing.

Is it good for games?

While the keyboard is excellent for typing, you also get good performance while gaming. If you’re switching from office use to gaming applications, just use the hot-swap features and plug in your favorite linear switches. Then you will have excellent performance in games. We tested it in CS:GO, and while you won’t get the same responsiveness as a card with optical switches for competition-level performance, you’ll still get an experience that’s miles ahead of a “normal” non-optical card. gaming keyboard.

With a 1000Hz polling rate it works admirably, but since optical adoption and analog controls in PC games are still in their infancy, most people won’t really notice the difference between an optical switch and a traditional mechanical switch.

Honestly, it’s more than the task of playing your favorite games, and we’re sure that unless you’re aiming for competitive-level performance in the games you play, the Everest 60 won’t let you down. to fall.

Should I buy it?

The Everest 60 offers plenty of features while maintaining a premium gaming and typing experience. While gaming performance won’t match optical cards, the Mountian 60 still delivers way more than your average 60% card. It manages to retain crucial keys that other 60% rival cards should be looking for, and it also offers a typing experience that you just can’t get anywhere else without modifying your keyboard.

10/10

There’s very little to complain about when it comes to the Everest 60. Aside from a polling rate that we would have liked to see a bit higher, everything from the build quality to the typing experience, is almost flawless. Well done Mountain, we can’t wait to see what you do next.


The Mountain Everest 60 is now available direct from Mountain (US, UK)