Welcome to my review of the Varmilo VEA109, also known as the VEA108, a full-size mechanical keyboard.
In this post, I’ll be covering the specs, doing a sound test, and sharing my thoughts on this keyboard.
Keep in mind that these are just my personal opinions and experiences, and your mileage may vary.
What does it sound like?
Now, let’s get to the sound test. Here’s a video showing the noise level of the Varmilo VEA109 with Cherry MX Silent Red switches:
Overall, I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with how quiet this keyboard is. It definitely doesn’t make the same loud, “clacky” noises as other mechanical keyboards I’ve used.
What are the specs?
The Varmilo VEA109 comes with Cherry MX Silent Red switches, which are designed to be much quieter than traditional mechanical switches – for example the Red Switches.
This is something my coworker, who is a programmer, was interested in because he didn’t want to disturb anyone with loud keyboard noises.
The Silent Red switches have a pinkish color, and while they do make some noise, it’s much softer and more muted than other mechanical switches.
The VA 109 is available in a Nordic ISO layout, which includes a few extra letters in the alphabet, and it also comes in a 10 keyless (TKL) version.
You can choose from Cherry MX Red, Blue, Brown, or Silent Red switche
In terms of materials, the buttons on this keyboard are called keycaps and they are made of PBT plastic, which feels smooth and slightly rubbery to the touch.
The VA 109 also comes with something called silicon soundproof padding and EVA foam, which are supposed to further dampen the sound of the switches.
This model is wired with a USB-C connection, but there is a version called the VBS108 or VBS109 that offers 2.4 GHz or Bluetooth connectivity instead.
If you’re interested in customizing your own keyboard, you can visit Varmilo’s website and build your own from scratch.
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|Cable length||1.5 m|
|Type of switch||Cherry MX Silent Red|
|Key layout||ISO 109|
|Language layout||ISO Nordic|
|Color of lighting||White|
My personal issues with Varmilo VEA109?
I do have a few issues with the VEA109.
#1 The first one is the height adjustment flaps
My coworker mentioned this to me and I didn’t think it was a big deal until I tried the keyboard myself. Every time you move the keyboard, the flaps tend to flop over, which can be annoying.
I tend to move my keyboard around a lot during the workday, and this quickly became a problem.
#2 issue I have with the VA 109 is that it’s wired.
I prefer wireless keyboards, so if I were to buy this keyboard again, I would probably opt for the wireless version.
#3 this keyboard is pretty large.
It has the same dimensions as my Logitech MX Keys, but for some reason it feels much bigger on my desk. If you don’t need the extra keys, you might want to consider the TKL version instead.
#4 I feel like the springs and buttons are a bit too tight on the VA 109.
It doesn’t have the same snappy feel as some other mechanical keyboards I’ve used.
This is a personal preference, and others may not mind it as much, but it’s something to consider.
What is a mechanical keyboard?
Before we wrap up, let’s talk briefly about mechanical keyboards in general.
A mechanical keyboard is a type of keyboard that uses mechanical switches instead of the rubber dome switches found in most traditional keyboards.
Mechanical switches are known for their durability and superior tactile feedback, which makes them popular with gamers and typists alike.
They are also more expensive than traditional keyboards, but many users feel that the improved performance is worth the extra cost.
There are many different types of mechanical switches available, each with its own unique characteristics.
Some common types include Cherry MX, Kailh, and Razer switches.
The type of switch you choose will depend on your personal preferences and needs. Some switches are louder than others, some offer more resistance when pressed, and some are more sensitive.
Keycaps, which are the buttons you press on the keyboard, can also vary in material and design.
Some popular materials include ABS plastic and PBT plastic, and some keycaps even have a textured surface to improve grip.
Overall, I think the Varmilo VEA109 is a solid choice for someone who is looking for a quiet mechanical keyboard.
The Cherry MX Silent Red switches are definitely a selling point, and the PBT keycaps and soundproof padding add to the overall quality of the keyboard.
While there are a few issues I mentioned, they may not bother everyone, and the pros of this keyboard may outweigh the cons for some users.
It’s worth checking out the VEA109, or the VA108, 65% or TKL versions if you prefer, if you’re in the market for a mechanical keyboard.
Don’t forget to also consider your preferred switch type and keycap material when making your decision.
That’s it for my review of the Varmilo VEA109 mechanical keyboard. I hope you found it helpful and informative.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments on my YouTube channel.