Trust GXT 863 Mazz: Review in Two Minutes
The Trust GXT 863 Mazz is an entry-level mechanical keyboard aimed at consumers on a budget, just like the rest of the wider Trust product family. It retails for £44.99 / €49.99 (around $50 / AU$70), although it’s currently only available to buy in the UK and other regions in Europe, so it’ll be hard to find buy one if you are in the US or Australia.
While it lacks some of the features you’d find in more premium hardware, at first glance it visually resembles the style adopted by modern peripherals, omitting the ‘edgy’ gamer aesthetic and giving a cleaner look that might even look appropriate in an office environment.
Not that you’d want to, of course — the best mechanical keyboards are known for being louder than their diaphragm alternatives, and the GXT 863 Mazz is no different. The Outemu Red switches feel responsive with very little resistance, and you get the expected ‘typewriter’ sounds we’re used to, although it’s far from the most pleasant typing experience thanks to the overall poor build quality.
Still, there are a handful of features that make this worth buying for PC gamers over a standard office keyboard. First, you get anti-ghosting and Win-key locks which should help optimize in-game performance, and there are 14 preset lighting options for the RGB, including the traditional ‘rainbow puke’ that should keep your kids happy. if you wanted to buy them a cheap and cheerful gaming keyboard.
The lack of software will be limiting as it means you can’t make many of the same customizations as keyboards from brands like Razer or Asus, but if you weren’t interested in that in the first place then it’s not a real loss.
While the build quality can also be a bit questionable, it’s not unexpected at this price. There’s a lot of flex when you apply pressure to the board, and although the keycaps are double-shot, some switches make an annoying metallic sound when you type on them. If you can handle this criticism and just need a cheap, indiscriminate keyboard, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more budget-friendly mechanical keyboard than the Trust GXT 863 Mazz.
Rely on GXT 863 Mazz: price and availability
The GXT 863 Mazz retails for £44.99 / €49.99 (around $50 / AU$70), but as previously mentioned, you’d be hard pressed to find this product outside of the European market.
This means that while it is an affordable option for people living in the UK or a selective country in Europe, we cannot recommend it to our US or Australian audiences as you would have to import one that would drastically affect affordability, and there are alternative products we can recommend for those regions, such as the Aukey KMG14 or the MSI Vigor GK50 Elite.
Trust GXT 863 Mazz: Design and Features
When unplugged, the Trust GXT 863 Mazz looks like a standard office keyboard and loses the dated and edgy design we saw on another Trust offering, the semi-mechanical GXT 811 Odyss. That changes when you plug it in though, as you’ll encounter the usual rainbow-barf RGB lighting that has become a staple for PC gaming hardware in recent years.
From an aesthetic point of view, the GXT 863 Mazz would look right at home sitting on a desk alongside other gaming peripherals, so it’s going to have a lot of appeal for people who just bother buying something cheap to fit their setup. The lighting options are a bit limiting though, with only 14 preset modes and colors to switch between, rather than products from Razer or Corsair that can be fully customized using branded software.
The lighting is also rather dim compared to other offerings on the market like the Corsair K65 RGB Mini or the Razer Huntsman Mini, which could leave you disappointed.
The build quality is, as mentioned, a tad uninteresting. The plastic material is lightly textured with a slight grain that attracts fingerprints like no one else does, and it doesn’t offer much rigidity, as demonstrated when you press around the keyboard. There’s noticeable deck flexibility and even some metallic moaning, so we wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who needs sturdy hardware, such as in an environment where things get knocked off desks on a regular basis (if you look at you, parents of small children and cat owners).
In any case, the lack of rigidity means this is a very lightweight mechanical keyboard, weighing in at just 730g, although weight isn’t usually an issue for most keyboard aficionados unless you need something for frequent commutes and travel – in in which case a mechanical keyboard probably won’t be your best option unless you want to annoy everyone else working around you.
Trust used double-shot keycaps that are nice to the finger and can be easily removed if you want to personalize the keyboard with the ones you bought yourself, and the typing experience is usually pleasant until you have to use the Numpad or one of the keys on the sides .
These give off more metallic groaning sounds, probably due to the springs in the Outemu Red keyswitches not being sufficiently lubricated, and while not a deal breaker, it gets annoying more quickly if you’re sensitive to unpleasant noises. The switches are rated for at least 50 million keystrokes, so while the quality leaves something to be desired, it seems Trust is confident in their longevity.
We played a few rounds of Apex Legends with the GXT 863 Mazz and found no issues with latency, so if you’re not worried about build quality, at least you’re getting a mechanical keyboard that performs well in FPS games, and there are a few. few game-specific features that have made their way to the Mazz despite the budget price tag. You get both anti-ghosting technology and a Win key lock, two things you usually find on more premium offerings.
One frustration, however, is the lack of software to make additional changes, as you can’t save preferences in different profiles for different games you play like you can on more expensive keyboards.
Overall, this becomes a good buy if you’re short on cash and just need something that can manage the basics. It’s also a great first mechanical keyboard for kids and teens to get used to the difference between mechanical and membrane hardware, but this will probably disappoint you if you’ve ever owned a mechanical keyboard from a more globally recognized brand.
If you have the money to buy something premium, we recommend that you do, but as a basic mechanical keyboard? It gets the job done.
Buy it if…
Do not buy if…
- First reviewed in July 2022