The Genesis Thor 400 RGB is presented as a breath of fresh air in the field of mechanical gaming keyboards, and also as one of the most interesting alternatives that we can find to this day, not only because of its interesting design, but also because it dares to aim directly at the high-end, and maintaining a very competitive price.
The Genesis brand has been marketing its products in Spain for some time. Not long ago we had the opportunity to test the Nitro 890, a gaming chair that left a good taste in our mouths, and now we have been able to analyze the Genesis Thor 400 RGB, a mechanical gaming keyboard that since At first it made a good impression on me , and in the end it ended up exceeding all my expectations.
It is not easy. Those of you who read us daily know that I have been able to test many keyboards, and that I am quite demanding both with their build quality and with the sensations they convey when writing and playing for several hours . In this sense, I take into account both the response and precision as well as the comfort and the degree of fatigue that occurs after those sessions of several hours, and I already tell you that the Genesis Thor 400 RGB has “passed with flying colors”.
Before getting into the matter, we want to thank Genesis for sending us a Genesis Thor 400 RGB unit, and for allowing us to work without haste and with total freedom. Without further ado, I invite you to make yourself comfortable, as, as usual, there is a lot to read.
Genesis Thor 400 RGB: First look
The first sensations that the Genesis Thor 400 RGB transmits to the touch are very good. Its chassis is made of aluminum, and this is noticeable right out of the box. The metallic touch and its solidity are two keys typical of a high-end keyboard, although I must admit that what surprised me the most was its thinness . That thinness creates a fantastic contrast with elevation of the keys, and these in turn look great thanks to the reflection effect that their RGB LED lighting has on the aluminum.
The Genesis Thor 400 RGB has outstanding build quality, and the design is not at all out of place. I really like that minimalist touch that the Polish company has opted for with this keyboard, and the completion of the keys, which seem to “float” on the aluminum chassis , that’s all a success not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for a practical matter, and this makes it much easier, and more comfortable, to clean.
We have a layout that comes entirely in Spanish, which means that includes the «Ñ» and that it has all the keys correctly identified. On the right side, the Genesis Thor 400 RGB presents a wheel that will allow us to regulate the intensity of the RGB LED lighting, and also the volume of the sound, and just to its left we find other function keys that will be of great use to us.
In my case, for example, I usually use those multimedia keys to skip songs and to adjust the volume instantly, without having to minimize anything, or change advantage. It may seem trivial, but in the end it represents a significant time saver, as reduces distractions and interruptions.
To improve ergonomics, the Genesis Thor 400 RGB comes with a removable plastic wrist rest, has with elevator feet that allow us to use it from a higher position and has four bases rubber pads that offer a good grip, keeping the keyboard in place even when gaming sessions get very intense.
We now jump to talking about the keys. The Genesis Thor 400 RGB uses Kailh RED pushbuttons , a very balanced type of switch as it allows for a good user experience both writing and playing. As you may have deduced, this makes them an excellent option to unify work and leisure on a single keyboard, and in this sense the low-profile keys of the Genesis Thor 400 RGB are another detail to take into account, especially if we are used to membrane keyboards.
Kailh RED switches have 2mm actuation point, 4mm travel, 45g actuation force, and 8ms response time. Each key has an independent and customizable RGB LED backlight, integrated in a transparent space that considerably enhances its brightness, and each button has a guaranteed minimum life of 50 million keystrokes. This translates into a long useful life, something that is very important and that we must take into account when choosing our new keyboard, since it will be a guarantee to be able to amortize our investment.
Genesis Thor 400 RGB: Specifications
After that first contact with the Genesis Thor 400 RGB, we are ready to go and see, in detail, all its specifications. This will finish giving us that technical base that we need to launch ourselves, later, to tell you about our experience with this keyboard, and that you can understand every detail to perfection.
- Height adjustable low profile mechanical keyboard.
- Kailh RED switches with a 50 million keystroke life cycle.
- Customizable RGB LED lighting per key.
- 45g actuation force, 2mm actuation point, 4mm of travel, and 8ms response time.
- Chassis made of aluminum and plastic.
- Wrist rest included.
- Distribution in Spanish.
- 1.6 meter braided cable with USB Type-A connector.
- Dedicated multimedia keys and wheel to control the volume and intensity of the RGB LED lighting.
- Dedicated software to customize the keyboard.
- Compatible with Android 4.2.2, Linux, Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP.
- Measurements: 435 x 192 x 34 mm.
- Weight: 810 grams.
- Recommended price: 84.99 euros, although we can get it at a lower price at certain retailers.
The full specification list highlights that the Genesis Thor 400 RGB is a keyboard that fits perfectly into the mid-range, but that, as we anticipated, has details that are more typical of the high-end, such as that aluminum finish.
Genesis Thor 400 RGB: Less is more
Our first contact with the Genesis Thor 400 RGB was very positive, but we still had a long round of tests ahead of us to find out what this keyboard was really capable of delivering. The first litmus test was its installation and configuration, a step that we were able to complete without any problems, since the computer we used, based on Windows 11, recognized it directly as soon as we connected it via USB.
Once connected and identified, the next step is to download and install the dedicated software offered by Genesis through its official website. It did not take more than a few seconds, and as soon as the program was launched we found a very simple and discreet, but intuitive interface and with all the options that we will need to customize the RGB LED lighting, and to create different macros and user profiles. We can take those profiles with us, thanks to its built-in memory.
Generally speaking, although the software interface is quite modest, it includes all the key functions that we will need to customize the Genesis Thor 400 RGB. At the same time, it is important to note that this simplicity makes the application much easier to use, and that represents a clear added value.
As those of you who read us regularly will know, in my day to day I use a standard mechanical keyboard, but but I had no problem adapting to the low-profile keys of the Genesis Thor 400 RGB. Thanks to its elevator feet, the position of my hands hardly had to change compared to my usual keyboard, and the wrist rest does its job perfectly.
When it comes to RGB LED lighting, the quality of the implementation of the Genesis Thor 400 RGB is stupendous , and it lives up to what you would expect from a premium model. level. Good job from the Polish company in this regard.
We go fully into talking about the user experience that we have enjoyed over the past few days with the Genesis Thor 400 RGB on our desk, and I can tell you that the results have been very good. I have focused the tests on two fronts: work and leisure. In the first, the writing of texts for days of up to 10 hours a day has been the mainstay, and in general the Genesis Thor 400 RGB has left a good taste in my mouth, thanks to its careful ergonomics and the excellent response of each key.
When I use a mechanical keyboard to type for long periods of time, the sensations that it transmits to me, and that unique noise that is generated with each keystroke, helps me to “feel” my work , and creates in me a unique effect that encourages me to continue “tapping.” It is difficult to explain in words, but I am sure that those of you who use a mechanical keyboard know perfectly what I am talking about. In this sense, the Genesis Thor 400 RGB has managed to convey very good feelings to me, and it has made me enjoy each press.
We now turn to talking about games. I wanted to focus the tests on titles where the speed of response, and the correct interpretation of the different commands, can make the difference between a victory and a defeat. For this reason, I have chosen League of Legends, a title in which the keystrokes to execute the different abilities is key, especially when we want to execute quick combos, and I have also included others such as DOOM Eternal and Battlefield 2042.
The Genesis Thor 400 RGB has scratched at a high level throughout. I have not registered any delay in the keystrokes or any type of error or problem. All my movements, all my actions, were perfectly registered , and with the speed necessary to achieve the desired effect. This can make a difference in games, especially those of a competitive nature, that is, it can help you improve your results. Keep in mind that you should not expect a miracle, after all, you are the one who has to have a minimum of skill, but a good keyboard will help you develop it.
End Notes: The Genesis Thor 400 RGB is a great keyboard
And with a very competitive price . I think that the Polish brand was right on target with the Genesis Thor 400 RGB, as it has shaped a keyboard that offers an attractive design, has a high build quality, offers an outstanding user experience and has everything you need to be able to customize it effortlessly.
The use of a chassis that combines aluminum and plastic is, in my opinion, a success, since the former provides a premium touch that is felt to the touch , and thus confirms the user that a well-finished product is available from the moment it is removed from the box. On the other hand, at the software level it is true that the Genesis Thor 400 RGB is supported by an application with some improvable details, but the important thing is that it fulfills its mission without problems, and is very easy to use.
The Genesis Thor 400 RGB is a mechanical keyboard designed for games , that does not admit discussion, but thanks to its careful ergonomics, its low profile keys and its Kailh RED switches it is also outlined as a very capable option if we want to work with it . This is something that we must take into account, since it translates into greater versatility and makes the Genesis Thor 400 RGB better suited to the real needs of most users of a “medium” profile.
It is not at all easy to compete in the gaming peripherals sector, but the Genesis Thor 400 RGB has managed to place itself in an interesting position offering a very solid value in terms of quality, performance, reliability, lifespan and price. For 84.99 euros, it is positioned as one of the most attractive options in its price range, and it certainly deserves to be taken into account.
The Genesis Thor 400 RGB is a mechanical keyboard designed for games, that does not admit of discussion, but thanks to its careful ergonomics, its low-profile keys and its Kailh RED switches, it is also emerging as a very capable option if we want to work with the. This is something that we must take into account, since it translates into greater versatility and makes the Genesis Thor 400 RGB better adapted to the real needs of most users with a “medium” profile. It is not at all easy to compete in the gaming peripherals sector, but the Genesis Thor 400 RGB has managed to place itself in an interesting position offering a very solid value in terms of quality, performance, reliability, useful life and price. For 88.19 euros, it is positioned as one of the most attractive options in its price range, and it certainly deserves to be taken into account.
Construction quality 9
User experience and software 8
Installation and configuration 8