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Verdict

The Trust GXT 867 Acira is a solid small form factor gaming keyboard with a sturdy, lightweight chassis, as well as responsive Outemu Red switches and reasonably even RGB lighting. It may not be the most exciting or feature-packed keyboard, but for its price tag, it’s a decent choice for cash-strapped gamers.

Pros

  • Reasonably sturdy
  • Responsive Outemu Red switches
  • Solid backlighting for the most part

Cons

  • Confusing software
  • Poor acoustics

Key Features

  • Outemu Red switches:The GXT 867 Acira features Outemu Red switches for a snappy, linear typing experience.
  • USB-C wired connectivity:It also comes with a simple wired connection over the bundled USB-C to USB-A cable.
  • 60 percent layout:The GXT 867 Acira is also a 60 percent keyboard, offering a smaller form factor layout for maximising desk space.

Introduction

The Trust GXT 867 Acira adds a new type of mechanical keyboard to the brand’s lineup of more affordable choices – a 60 percent option.

Up to this point, Trust’s keyboards have either been full-size or tenkeyless, so adding a 60 percent option to the canon both helps expand the range and indicates the sustained popularity of the layout.

Other brands such as Logitech have recently unveiled similar keyboards for the first time, although the likes of the Logitech G Pro X 60 cost a lot more than the humble £39.99/€49.99 price tag of the GXT 867 Acira.

I’ve been testing Trust’s latest small form factor gaming keyboard for the last few weeks to see how it stacks up against the competition, and whether it’s one of the best gaming keyboards in its price category.

Design

  • Lightweight but sturdy chassis
  • Convenient space-saving layout
  • Simple interface

The GXT 867 Acira isn’t the most exciting-looking keyboard in the world, although for its price tag, it’s sturdy with a textured plastic casing that offers little in the way of deck flex. A 460g weight makes this especially light, even for a keyboard of its smaller size, although that lighter weight matches the GXT 867 Acira’s cheaper price tag.

The 60 percent layout here is the most interesting piece, offering the keys you need and little else, with just the standard alphanumeric keys. You don’t get arrow keys, a nav cluster or even a function row, all in the name of saving desk space for more real estate for mouse movements.

Of course, the sacrifices can take some getting used to without those dedicated keys found on bigger keyboards, but the GXT 867 Acira comes with a selection of secondary functions on a function layer such as arrow keys, multimedia controls and navigation keys to make life easier.

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The two-tone black and grey keycaps complement the GXT 867 Acira’s black plastic chassis well, and help the keyboard’s meaner aesthetic. They’re smooth under finger, and given the more affordable price tag, I’m not too fussed about the fact that they are made of ABS plastic as opposed to PBT. They are at least doubleshot moulded for extra durability and allowing for better diffusion of light from the RGB LEDs underneath.

Otherwise, there isn’t much else to the GXT 867 Acira, with a simple interface that only features a USB-C port for wired connectivity, while the bottom is home to some non-slip two-stage feet for raising the keyboard up. The space bar also has Trust branding on it for a little added flair, while the GXT 867 Acira’s packaging is also sustainable and plastic-free. The keyboard is wrapped in paper, while the cable comes with an elastic band around it, and the box itself features small reminders that it’s recyclable. That’s a handy touch.

Performance

  • Responsive Outemu Red switches
  • Poor acoustics and sound
  • Useful additional touches including Win key lock

Inside, the GXT 867 Acira features Outemu Red switches, an MX Red clone which has been featured in more affordable keyboards for a long time. While they aren’t the best clones out there, the fact that they’re linear and reasonably responsive makes them a good choice for gamers on a budget. In a few runs of CS:2, the combination of the smaller layout and light, snappy switches helped.

Even the mere presence of mechanical switches at this more affordable price point is noteworthy, given that similarly-priced keyboards from bigger brands such as Razer and Roccat are purely membrane, offering a mushier and less positive feeling. These switches are also rated for up to 50 million actuations per key, meaning they’re also a lot more durable than a rubber dome on a membrane ‘board, too.

Bottom Left Keys - Trust GXT 867 Acira
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For day-to-day productivity workloads, the Outemu Reds were fine to use, with a reasonably consistent keypress. Linears are a more sensible choice for a more affordable keyboard too, given the typical nature of soft-tactile switches on cheaper keyboards lacking a sense of tactility with an inconsistent keypress.

Its acoustics aren’t the best, however, with a lot of case rattle and ping from the stabilisers on larger keys. Of course, at its price point, the GXT 867 Acira isn’t going to be challenging even more affordable enthusiast-grade choices such as the Lemokey P1 Pro, but it would have been pleasant to see (and hear) at least some sound dampening for a more pleasing sound profile.

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Elsewhere, the GXT 867 Acira also comes with touches usually reserved for more expensive options, such as Windows key locks to prevent accidental keypresses, as well as NKRO for allowing for simultaneous inputs.

Software and Lighting

  • Confusing messaging surrounding software
  • Integrated functions offer basic configuration
  • The lighting is reasonably bright and even

Unlike other more affordable keyboards from Trust, such as the GXT 863 Mazz, the GXT 867 Acira comes with software, or at least, according to Trust’s website and marketing information. However, in searching for it at the link Trust provides on the box, the software was nowhere to be seen – it simply links to the manual and data sheet for the keyboard.

The manual at least provides some detail for the functions integrated into the GXT 867 Acira, such as using the key combination of Fn+Tab to change lighting effects, while Fn and the Windows key locks the key to prevent accidental keypresses, and Fn and the square bracket keys change the level of the RGB backlighting.

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On that note, the lighting present on the GXT 867 Acira is decent for a keyboard of its price, offering reasonably vivid colours and solid coverage across most keys. The only key that offers weaker coverage is the Enter key, where the backlighting is hard to notice.

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Should you buy it?

You want an affordable mechanical keyboard:

If you’re simply after a no-frills mechanical keyboard with a smaller layout to try out a mechanical option for the first time or simply because you’re on a budget, the GXT 867 Acira is a decent choice.

You want software-driven customisation:

Without any additional software, the GXT 867 Acira is simply a basic mechanical keyboard with a small form factor layout, whose only customisation is with integrated functions. If you want more in the way of customisation, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

Final Thoughts

The Trust keyboards I’ve used in the past have never been the most exciting or interesting of products, nor have they been real leaders in their respective areas. However, the GXT 867 Acira is a better choice with a much sturdier construction and more eye-catching design than previous entries, as well as responsive clone switches and solid RGB backlighting.

With this in mind, it doesn’t get everything right, with the confusing nature of the keyboard’s software, the poor acoustics and the lack of even lighting on some keys. Of course, at its £39.99/€49.99 price tag, this is a far from expensive keyboard, and therefore there isn’t as much of an expectation for it to be the best option in the world.

With this in mind, it is a better choice than the likes of the Razer Cynosa Lite and the Roccat Magma purely on the basis of offering mechanical switches and a small form factor layout that people can get behind for a similar price tag. If you want a functional small form factor mechanical option as your first mechanical option, this is perfectly fine, and a useful choice. For more options, check out our list of the best gaming keyboards we’ve tested.

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We use every keyboard we test for at least a week. During that time, we’ll check it for ease of use and put it through its paces by playing a variety of different genres, including FPS, strategy and MOBAs.

We also check each keyboard’s software to see how easy it is to customise and set up.

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Tested the performance on a variety of games

Compared the build quality with similar priced keyboards

FAQs

Does the Trust GXT 867 Acira come with any additional software?

The short answer is – it’s confusing. While Trust’s website references software, it is nowhere to be seen, and the keyboard comes with a range of integrated functions for controlling lighting, for instance.

What layout is the Trust GXT 867 Acira?

The Trust GXT 867 Acira comes with a 60 percent keyboard, offering alphanumeric keys and nothing else in the name of saving space.

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