Gaming keyboards with RGB lighting and mechanical switches or switches cost around 100 euros, as a rule. Trust, however, puts its keyboard to us Trust Asta GXT 865 per 50 or less euros, being relatively cheap and good.
For those looking for a gaming keyboard with good value for money we can recommend the Trust Asta GXT 865 with layout PT and most of the features that we find on the most expensive keyboards. There are, however, commitments that had to be made.
The product box presents several of its main features such as linear mechanical switches, 11 direct access keys, backlight and light effects (7 lighting cycles), metallic structure, keycaps in ABS plastic and more.
We have the anti-ghosting, game mode (Gaming Mode), an integrated accessory to remove the keycaps and the cable management system with three channels for organization. The highlight goes above all to the fast-acting switches or switches.
Strengths of the Trust Asta GXT 865 keyboard
- Competitive price – from € 45.20 in UK
- Solid base with rubber feet and metal frame
- Own switches with fast linear actuation
- 7 lighting modes (color) for the keyboard
- Good feeling when playing and even writing
- Accurate typing in game or writing scenarios
Weaknesses of the Trust Asta GXT 865
- Slight resonance when typing with intensity
- Matte finish of keys (keycaps) gets dirty easily
- No RGB lighting per se
- No macro keys or software to customize the keyboard
Unboxing and first impressions to the mechanical keyboard
The simple but well-built box of the Trust Asta GXT 865 gives us important information about the product. Inside, we also have a sticker, visual guide with instructions that are very easy to follow and apply, as well as a general guide.
First impressions were positive, with the weight of the keyboard inspiring confidence in the product. Weights 1.1 kg and it has a metallic structure which also reinforces our confidence in its durability. Its dimensions are as follows: 444 x 133 x 41 mm.
Unfortunately the cable USB 2.0 is not removable (it is fixed). On the other hand, it is robust and covered with fabric (braided), even having a cover so as not to damage the connector. Likewise, we do not have a wrist rest included, which we attribute to the low price.
The connecting cable – USB 2.0 – is 1.8 m long. At the bottom of the mechanical keyboard we have three channels for cable management with central and lateral outputs (left and right). We also have rubber feet to prevent possible keyboard slips.
It is based on simple design and good build quality
The design of the keyboard is simple. Trust opted for a more sober approach with a single GXT logo visible on the keyboard. We see that the whole product focuses on the essentials, on the core elements that can guarantee a good user experience.
Note, for example, that when the backlight is turned off, the keyboard is practically black. With no glare or distractions, the matte finish of the keys made of ABS plastic gives it a discreet and timeless look that can be liked by the user.
When you turn on the keyboard and its light effects, however, the Trust Asta GXT 865 comes to life and several pulsations of color. There are a total of 7 cyclable effects available to the user by simply pressing the key SCRLK.
The build quality of the gaming keyboard is good, especially considering the price. Despite the plastic covering its back, we have the solidity of the metal present in the body. To this is added the good coating of the USB 2.0 cable for connection.
We also point out the rubber feet as positive to adjust the tilt and ensure that the keyboard does not slip. I was satisfied with its build quality considering the price of the mechanical gaming keyboard.
Technical features of Trust Asta GXT 865
- Switches: fast acting mechanics – GXT-RED
- Details: 5 ms response time, 45 grams actuation weight
- Lifespan: 50 million activations
- Cable: Fabric-covered USB 2.0 (1.8 m)
- Lighting: 7 modes
- Weight: 1.152 kg
- Dimensions: 444 x 133 x 41 mm
The Trust Asta keyboard uses GXT-RED switches
The type of switches used on a mechanical keyboard dictates, as a rule, its selling price to the public. So when I found the GXT-RED switches from Trust on your keyboard instead of the traditional and more expensive Cherry switches I was not shocked.
On the contrary, the implementation of the brand itself allows not only to lower the price of the keyboard, but also proved to be competent for precise writing and quick registration of each key. In fact, according to the brand, its GXT-RED have a useful life of 50 million performances, placing them in the same segment as the most expensive keyboards.
We also have the N-Key-Rollover that has a virtual absence of ghosting to ensure that it can be used both for intense play and for profuse writing. In both scenarios, this keyboard did its job well.
We can perfectly compare the GXT-RED switches with the Cherry-MX-Red very common in the market. It is important, of course, to mention that this type of switches are noisy and can bother those who work with more people in the same room, for example.
GXT-RED switches are especially suitable for shooting games, shooters and FPS. For writing they also fulfill their purpose, even though the noise generated by them can be a distraction factor depending on the user.
We don’t have macro keys on the Trust Asta GXT 865 keyboard
On the other hand, we have 11 keys for direct access to the multimedia controls when pressing the FN. From there, we have access to the secondary functions that we can take advantage of on this mechanical keyboard.
There is also a “Gaming Mode” or game mode that blocks access keys to the Windows Start menu during games, something that could interrupt crucial moments.
The keyboard’s ergonomics are good, but we don’t have wrist support
The layout of the keys and the keys themselves keycaps they have a concave shape that accompanies the natural resting of the hands when using the keyboard. Its ergonomics and comfort of use benefit greatly, but it remains a high profile keyboard.
It is therefore uncomfortable to use this keyboard without a palm rest, something not included in the box. Even though I understand that this is due to the low price of the product, I could not miss this point without leaving this note.
In summary, whether to play or write for more than a few moments, we recommend the use of a pillow / wrist rest. Additionally, they can take advantage of the feet that slightly tilt the mechanical keyboard.
I therefore leave a positive assessment for the Trust Asta GXT 865 keyboard ergonomics, but I recommend using a stand to write or play for several hours. With your wrists resting on the desk, however, it is no longer so comfortable.
This “foul” is minimized for active players, or an intense game in which the hands move a lot. In other words, the exact opposite of writing documents with the ten-finger system supported on the keys.
With the lighting off it becomes difficult to discern the keys
Turning off the keyboard lighting makes it difficult to read and see the keys. That is, as they have a matte finish, without the backlight our reading is more difficult. I also point out that the matte finish is easily dirty.
It is not at all recommended to eat or drink, or to use the keyboard with dirty hands. Not only is it not water resistant, it will easily be marked by greasy or dirty fingers. On the other hand, it is easy to remove the keys and clean the keycaps and the keyboard.
I didn’t like the resonance – an audible metallic “ping” – when I press a key hard and quickly release it. Something that can be enlarged by the desk on which the keyboard rests and create a particularly annoying hum when typing.
This factor – resonance – is attributed to the metallic structure of the keyboard and the lack of shock absorbers / elements that absorb vibrations.
Good gaming keyboard for shooting and fps games
The Trust Asta GXT 865 keyboard is designed for gamers with a limited budget, or for those looking for a good quality / price mechanical keyboard. Especially for shooting games and fps you will find here a competent and well-built product.
Its installation has little to say. Simply connect the keyboard to the computer’s USB 2.0 port and manage the cables with the included slots for this purpose.
The configuration process is well explained in the enclosed illustrative leaflet where we also have a description of the functions associated with specific keys.
The brightness and light effects can be changed on the Asta GXT 865
The user can take advantage of the 7 lighting effects available on the keyboard, in addition to being able to change the luminosity of the keyboard / brightness. You can even deactivate the lighting and configure how quickly the color changes in some RGB light effects.
It should be noted that each row of keys has a fixed color. Thus, the first has white light, followed by red, orange, true, blue and purple. Either way, the lighting effects are able to give more dynamism to these fixed tones.
It is worth noting that the keyboard can be used without installing additional drivers in Windows 7,8,10.
Conclusion, an excellent cost / benefit mechanical keyboard
The Trust Asta GXT 865 keyboard has an excellent price / quality ratio as it can be purchased for less than 50 euros in UK. We received a lot in return and I understand the sacrifices that the brand had to make in this product.
The essential, however, is assured. Not only is it a well-built gaming keyboard, the switches themselves inspire confidence, especially for gaming. For gamers who cannot, or want to invest small fortunes in a peripheral, this is a good option.
If you value the quality of construction, writing accuracy and general comfort of use, then you can bet on the Trust Asta GXT 865. It is a mechanical keyboard very good for the price, deserving the recommendation 4gnews.
We thank Trust for making the equipment available for testing.
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