Mountain Everest Max review: peak performance – The Verge
With just about every gaming keyboard I’ve tested, there’s always something missing — a feeling of “if this keyboard only had this or that, it would be perfect.” The Mountain Everest Max feels like an answer to this exact conundrum. It’s like the designers of this keyboard were tired of dealing with all the dumb oversights and omissions in mainstream gaming keyboards and decided to take something of a kitchen sink approach.
What resulted is a full-size gaming keyboard with a unique modular capability. The Everest Max isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, but it comes with an impressive list of features that feels like the keyboard I would make if I was given a team of engineers and carte blanche to make whatever I wanted.
- Hot swap PCB
- Modular components
- Receptive to third-party upgrades
- Software is functional but needs work
- Poor Razer Chroma integration
- Pricing is a bit steep
The Mountain Everest Max sits on the higher end of the spectrum in terms of cost, but that’s offset somewhat by the ability to buy certain parts of the keyboard piecemeal. The model I tested pulls out all the stops in terms of amenities, and its price tag reflects that, coming in at a spicy $249.99. It comes with an attachment that provides media controls as well as a numpad, making it a full-size keyboard.
Mountain also offers a $149.99 model without the media dock and number pad called the Everest Core, in addition to the aptly named $129.99 Everest Core Barebone, which provides you with a fully assembled shell and hot-swap PCB with sound-dampening foam but requires you to bring your own set of switches and keycaps.
However, if you do order the Everest Max, it comes delivered in what can only be described as a small dresser, complete with drawers for all your accessories. This only deserves a mention because it’s the first keyboard box where I didn’t feel immediately compelled to discard it.
A monumental unboxing experience
In addition to the accessories that come packaged with the Everest Max, Mountain’s storefront has a fairly extensive list of additional add-ons to choose from, from different keycap sets and switches to trendy aviator-style cables. However, the Everest ecosystem is extremely receptive to aftermarket mods and accessories. In my case, I swapped out the Cherry Brown switches for a set of Kailh Silvers (lubed and filmed, mind you) and added switch pads to the PCB for a little extra “thock.” I also replaced the standard ABS keycaps with an aftermarket PBT phantom keycap set from Razer, accented with some pink rubberized keycaps and a resin cast escape keycap from Amazon.
The Everest Max is equipped with a hot swap PCB
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