The SnowFox matches boards like the Anne Pro 2 and Ducky One 2 Mini while offering the all important hot-swap feature
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The Kemove SnowFox is a mid-end 60% board with an impressive list of features. It comes with Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity powered by a 3000mAh hour battery, and you can also run it in wired mode with a detachable USB-C cable. The SnowFox boasts double-shot PBT keycaps, full RGB backlighting and Windows/Mac compatibility—all this for under $100. Long story short, it matches competing boards like the Anne Pro 2 and Ducky One 2 Mini while offering the all important hot-swap feature.
The first thing that caught my eye here was the unique case, which features a two-layer design with a white enclosure and glossy black inner part. The case is made of thick plastic and feels very sturdy, and the steel mounting plate gives it some good heft. The Kemove branding is emblazoned on the bottom of the case, and there are flip-out feet that offer an additional typing angle. On the back of the case you’ll find the wireless and Windows/Mac switches.
When I started typing on the SnowFox, it immediately felt like a higher end board. The typing experience is comparable to boards like the Anne Pro 2 and Ducky One 2 Mini. Gateron Reds are some of the best budget linear switches you can find and the pre-lubed stabilisers offered superb stock performance, with the space bar being rattle-free. I reached 140WPM on the 1-minute Aesop typing test, reaffirming how good the typing experience is. The SnowFox sounds incredibly good for a prebuilt, and the acoustics were even better after lubing the switches with Krytox 205g2. The board comes with pre-installed case foam to ensure it doesn’t sound hollow.
A standout feature of the SnowFox is its double-shot PBT keycaps, something that is missing on many similarly priced 60% mechs. We have the standard ANSI layout here, making keycap customisation easy. I’m not a big fan of Fn icons on keycaps, and I eventually replaced the stock keycaps with Razer’s PBT Mercury set, which created a stunning white aesthetic. The SnowFox has punchy backlighting and the shine-through is bright and smooth. There is extensive RGB controls on the Fn layer, namely mode cycling, speed and brightness adjustment and RGB toggling. The Pure Colour mode allows selection of single colours, which is done with Fn + Caps Lock. In addition to the 13 colour modes accessed via the keyboard, there are a few more to be found on the software, where you can also create custom lighting modes.
The Fn layer features the F-row and Nav cluster, and there is also a complete set of media controls, something I cannot go without. You can pair with up to three Bluetooth devices, and then switch between these with Fn + Z, X and C. Pairing my PC and mobile phone was very straightforward and I experienced no hiccups. The keyboard will go into sleep mode after five minutes and you can also force sleep mode by holding Fn + Enter for five seconds. Just press Fn + Enter again to exit. The keyboard felt pretty snappy when playing CSGO, although I do prefer wired or 2.4Ghz for competitive gameplay.
Thankfully the SnowFox doesn’t have the convoluted layered design of some other Kemove boards, and the software is fairly intuitive. Apart from RGB functionality, you can do key remapping with the option of recording your own macros. The bottom right positioning of Fn makes it super easy to find. One thing I like about this arrangement is the ability to access the Fn layer arrow keys with one hand—very convenient. Nonetheless I mapped dedicated arrow keys using the software, as this is something I simply cannot go without. Even though the software is passable, this is an area where the Anne Pro 2 is more impressive with its tap layer and customisable Fn layer.
The SnowFox is one of my top picks in a very crowded 60% market. Its feature-set and typing experience is unmatched at under $100. This board is right up there with the Anne Pro 2 and Ducky One 2 Mini, and considering it’s slightly cheaper and hot-swappable, it is a compelling option for keyboard enthusiasts and beginners alike.
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