Mountain Everest Max review: Build your keyboard

Price Fairness

Quality

Performance

Design

Gear-Rating

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89.5

PROS
  • Awesome modular system
  • Innovative
  • Great performance
  • Sturdy
CONS
  • Space for improvement on the software
  • Cheap standard keycaps

Have you ever wondered why the heck the numpad is on the right side on every single keyboard? Have you thought about a better design but everyone keeps building the same boring products? Well, the Mountain Everest Max is a modular keyboard, that gives you as much customizability as possible.

There’s a good chance that you haven’t heard about Mountain yet. This young company got crowdfunded on Kickstarter with more than $ 300.000 and surprises with a ton of innovation since then.

The ultimate aim is to bring custom niche keyboards to the broad mass and take on some of the big companies while doing so. The Mountain Everest can house almost any switches and allows you to tailor the keyboard to your likings.

The keyboard itself surprises with quality. It brings interesting new features and design elements that haven’t been seen before. Definitely read on, because we have a lot to talk about.

Design and packaging

Mountain’s different approach is quite refreshing. The Everest Max comes in a box that isn’t meant to be thrown away. The large box is desgined to be used for storage and even features a pull-out drawer to store all the accessories it comes with.

The base of the keyboard is made of two aluminum plates, creating an incredibly sturdy frame. The plates are available in Gunmetal Grey or Midnight Black. Much like a sandwich, the two plates hold a 360° LED strip in the middle, that runs around the whole keyboard. 

The most interesting part about the Mountain Everest is it’s modularity though. You can actually buy the Mountain Core Barebone without any switches from Mountain’s website.

The barebone is a TKL keyboard that doesn’t hold any switches or keycaps and goes for $ 129,00. Mountain offers extra packs of switches on their accessories page in their shop. You can get Cherry MX switches in Blue, Brown, Red, Speed Silver or Silent Red for $ 10,00 each.

Mountain Everest Barebone

Another option is the Everest Core, which goes for $ 149,00 and is a fully functionable keyboard out of the box. It doesn’t nearly have as many features as the Everest Max, but the modules can be purchased separately to adapt later on.

The Mountain Everest Max goes for $ 269,00 and got a lot to offer. A magnetical wrist rest, a modular media dock, a modular numpad and a kit with accessories to further customize your keyboard. The numpad and the media dock can be connected via USB-C and will be held in place with magnets. The moduls can be connected to different designated spots, which means that you can decide whether you’d like to put them on the left or the right.

If you’d like to save space on your desk you can go for a TKL layout without the numpad. While gaming you can put the numpad and media dock to the left, to make it quickly accessible and use it for macros. While working or content creating you can easily reverse the positions and use them the way it feels best for you. If you’d rather have your numpad float somewhere off the site, you could also do that with the included USB-C extension cable. The numpad features four display buttons, which remind a bit of the ones on the Elgato Stream Deck. The mini displays can be set to a full color picture and are used as macro buttons or to launch software.

The other great module is the media dock. Unlike the rest of the keyboard it’s made of hard plastic. It brings dedicated media control buttons as well as indicator lights with it. The king of the media dock is the 40 mm IPS Display Dial. You can set a picture to the full color display or use it to navigate through different functions. By cycling through the dial you get a number of settings and built-in apps to choose from. Those include a clock, a stopwatch, a timer, but also allow to change the lightning effects and volume, or to swap between memory profiles. On the dial you can even monitor your hardware information or ingame APM. It gives you so much to play with, that you almost don’t have to fiddle with the software anymore. You can even set a custom screen saver to the display to ultimately individualize your Everest Max.

Every key can be set to individual RGB lightning, or can be used in one of the presets. The key lightnings works in conjunction with the diffuser ring around the housing, which enables you to create wondeful effects.

The keyboard get’s connected via a single detachable USB-C cable. Even though it does have a USB 2.0 passthrough, it won’t take up two USB ports on your PC.

The base element provides cable routing on the underside with plentiful channels to keep your desk tidy, similar to the Corsair K100 RGB. The feet are small magnets that can be stacked up to change the angle. Admittedly this concept does sound a bit like it might result in folding legs, but trying it quickly proves us wrong. The magnets are incredibly strong and remain stable even when the keyboard is moved. To quote Jesse Pinkman: YEAH B****! MAGNETS!

Performance

Not only can you get basically any Cherry MX switches you want, the Everest also supports hot-swap. This allows you to change to different hot-swap key switches to completely change the feel of your keyboard at any time.

Unfortunately the standard keycaps aren’t that great. They are made of thin ABS plastic and show residue very quickly. If you want to upgrade to PBT caps you can get them on Mountain’s homepage as well.

Mountain Everest Max Top

There’s a lot of cool stuff going on already, but the most important question is how it actually feels when gaming. Just like on any other big brand’s company, the keyboard does have a polling rate of 1.000 Hz and N-Key rollover. This means key presses will be registered 1.000 times per second and you can press as many keys at the same time as you like.

Honestly, the keyboard feels great. It can be compared to big players like the Corsair K100 or the Razer Huntsman Elite, which both counts toward my personal favorites.

The modularity gives versatility and can enhance your gaming experience quite a lot. While playing FPS like Valorant or CS:GO removing the numpad or putting it to the left gives you more space for your insane flicks. While playing MOBAs or WoW it’s nice having the numpad on the left side for having quick access to a lot of additional hotkeys.

The media dock can be placed on the top left while gaming as well. This allows to switch keyboard profiles without having to lift your hand of the mouse. It might not elevate your game, but is definitely a convenience.

Mountain also created their very own software – Base Camp. Admittedly my expectations for the software weren’t that high, but ultimately I got surprised by how good it already is. You should keep in mind that this is a relatively young company and thus not expect a completely polished software. However, the software does offer you everything you need: Shortcuts, macro recording, key mapping and lightning customization. Here’s also where you set the numpad shortcuts and the media dock display screensaver.
 
Mountain Everest Max Base Camp software

Verdict

A completely unknown brand surprises with an undeniably good gaming keyboard. Admittedly, modular keyboards and detachable numpads aren’t completely new features to the market, but the Mountain Everest Max pulls it off in a great fashion.

It’s an overall awesome keyboard that gives much space for customizatoin and adds a ton of useful features to it. The modularity offers so much value to a variety of different settings.

If you’re looking to get something new to spice things up a bit, then you should definitely check out Mountains homepage.

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Price fairness
86%
Quality
89%
Performance
90%
Design
93%
  • 89.5%

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