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Arbiter Studio Polar 65 Review — A No-Nonsense Magnetic Keyboard

Arbiter Studio Polar 65 Review — A No-Nonsense Magnetic Keyboard

Although magnetic switches have been around since 1965, if Voting hadn't brought it into the mainstream, we might have been left with no idea how good these switches can be. The Wooting 60HE managed to take the keyboards market by storm, and soon after, everyone was looking for the new, hot technology. Several companies jumped in and introduced their own renditions, and as a result magnetic keyboards became more and more common. Today, we have the Orbiter Studio Polar 65 to review—a compact magnetic keyboard customized and manufactured by Orbiter Studio using Fuji magnetic switches. Is it enough to eliminate the choice of keyboard voting? Ako, and other players in the market? We're going to find out.

Arbiter Studio Polar 65 makes no mess and provides a consistent typing experience.

If you haven't already guessed it from the name, the Arbiter Studio Polar is a 65% keyboard with 65 Hall effect switches that are also capable of rapid trigger response. I won't go into detail about how these switches work because it deserves its own topic – however, I would like to point out that if you're a gamer who relies heavily on how fast they are can press a key from, so this keyboard might be something right up your alley. If you're more focused on playing games that don't require quick response times, you're better off using another good mechanical keyboard.

Now, the Fuji Magnetic Switch used in the Arbiter Studio Polar 65 is a linear switch with an initial force of 36 grams. Its activation range starts as low as 0.1mm and goes up to 3.8m. The ultimate force on the switch is 60 grams, with 4mm of total travel. The switch is rated at 100 million press cycles, though most keyboards last beyond their listed cycles.

The Orbiter Studio Polar 65 is available in two offerings—you can get the pre-made one with me, which is available in nine stunning colors. Or you can get the barebones kit, which has the switches installed but doesn't come with keycaps and is only available in silver or black colorways. Everything else is the same.

Unboxing the keyboard is a fairly standard affair. You get a black cardboard box with some attractive printing. There's no fancy keyboard imagery – in fact, you don't even get the usual features that some other keyboard manufacturers like to mention on the box. You can take a look at it below.

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The unboxing experience is as simple as the box itself. The moment you open the box, you are presented with the Orbiter Studio Polar 65 inside the box. The keyboard has a lot of weight to it, so if you're ever in a position where you need to defend yourself, you can use the keyboard as a weapon, though I'd highly advise against it.

Considering how the Orbiter Studio Polar 65 is a wired-only keyboard, you won't get a USB dongle, and unlike other keyboards I've reviewed, there aren't any extra switches either. You get a switch puller, a USB Type-A to Type-C cable, an extra set of themed keycaps, and a keyboard. Some will be disappointed at the lack of accessories, but I don't see how the lack of accessories will take away from the overall user experience.

Flipping over the Orbiter Studio Polar 65 welcomes you with a cross pattern on the back and a weighted plate in the middle that is used to add heft to the keyboard. There are also rubber feet that span almost the entire length of the keyboard. Sadly, there is no height adjustment, which is a bummer for me and could be a deal breaker for a lot of people.

Turning on the keyboard is probably as easy as it gets. Thanks to the fact that the Arbiter Studio Polar 65 is a wired-only keyboard, all you need to do is plug the keyboard in, and you're off to the races. There's no complicated setup, no switches, and if you want, no software – more on that later. This is what happens when the keyboard is on.

I have to hand it to Arbiter Studio. The Polar 65 is one of the better looking keyboards in terms of lighting. Thanks to the LEDs on the north side, this is one of the brightest and best implementations of RGB lighting I've seen on a keyboard in a while, and I'm really happy with how it looks. Keep in mind that the keycaps aren't shiny, but you can always go ahead and use something else. The option is there. The keycaps are double-shot PBT, so you can expect some good times with them.

But it won't matter if the keyboard doesn't provide a good typing experience, right? How does the Arbiter Studio Polar 65 handle itself when it comes to the overall typing experience? Honestly, I think it handles itself really, really well. I've been using the keyboard for the better part of a week, and haven't had any problems. Of course, the high polling rate via the USB connection is one thing you should give credit for, but you have to keep in mind that on top of that, you're getting a keyboard that's great for typing. Provides experience. I found the switches a bit heavy at first, but it didn't take me long to get used to them, and from then on, typing was an absolute breeze. I also tried the rapid trigger, and it worked as intended, so no complaints there. The keyboard doesn't sound hollow, but it also lacks the deep sound profile of some other boards on the market. It has a mostly “clicky” sound profile, but at no point does it sound overbearing and manages to work really, really well.

If the typing experience were the only metric to judge how good the Arbiter Studio Polar 65 is, I'd recommend the keyboard at the start and end the review on the spot, but it's not. Arbiter Studio wanted users to have the full keyboard experience, and that's why the Polar 65 also comes with a web app. I really like the idea of ​​web apps because it removes the tedium of downloading and installing a companion app. You just visit the website, launch the app, and you're good to go.

The web app for the Arbiter Studio Polar 65 is very simple, and while I prefer simplicity, I think simplicity alone doesn't make it a great solution for those looking for a comprehensive set of features. I've attached the screenshots below to give you a better idea of ​​what you're dealing with.

In the screenshots above, you can see how limited customization is when it comes to Orbiter Studio Polar 65. You have the first page where you can adjust the activation, the second page has all the lighting effects, and the third is where you can do some reprogramming if you want to do that. Ideally, I wouldn't mind them — in fact, I'd love to have such a simple web app, but this is where things get tricky. Having reviewed and used so many keyboards in my personal and professional life, I've become accustomed to full companion apps for keyboards where any lack makes me wonder why I needed it in the first place. was Arbiter Studio has done a great job of simplifying the companion app, but if a keyboard enthusiast is looking at it, they might not feel like it.

I had a really good week with the Arbiter Studio Polar 65. As mentioned earlier, if I were to just talk about how good this keyboard is in terms of typing and build quality, I would have stopped this review a while ago, but when you're looking at a keyboard If you're charging $150, you should provide that experience. However, the lack of height adjustment and weak software are probably the only things holding this keyboard back. However, if you are looking for a keyboard that gives you a good typing experience out of the box, you will be happy as the keyboard manages to deliver on that promise.


The Arbiter Studio Polar 65 is only held back by a lack of features, but if you're looking for a solid gaming keyboard that checks most of the boxes,

Occupation
  • Solid typing experience out of the box
  • One of the best implementations of RGB lighting
  • Solid build quality
  • Hot-swappable PCB
Cons of
  • Lack of height adjustment feet
  • The companion app is vulnerable.
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