HAVIT HV-KB389L RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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  • rgb backlits
  • side backlight
  • customizable backlits
  • backlit in the dark
  • side backlit
  • backlit in the dark
  • overview
  • macro management
  • kailh brown switch
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HAVIT HV-KB389L RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

HAVIT HV-KB389L RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard


5 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(3 customer reviews)

This trending mechanical keyboard now comes in black


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Product Description

Full 104 anti-ghosting keys
Constructed with 104 floating keys, every floating key with independent brown switch (Kailh switch) and LED light, full anti-ghosting, plug and play, No driver needed.

4 Adjustable multiple RGB backlit modes
•4 unique Interactive RGB Backlit Mode by pressing FN+Insert: One-click Lighting Mode, Ripple Backlit Lighting Mode, One-click Zone Lighting Mode, and Response of Typing Speed Lighting Mode;
•7 Colors Breathing Mode by pressing FN+Home;
•Always Backlit on Mode by pressing FN+Page Up;
•Side Backlit Mode by pressing FN+Page Down;
•Scanning Backlit from left to right mode by pressing FN+End.

Backlit brightness and speed adjustment
Press FN+←/→ to adjust the speed of backlit;
Press FN+↓/↑to adjust the brightness of the backlit

Customizable backlit keys and Programmable macro keys
Custom settings: Press FN+1!/2@/3# → FN+F11 (Backlit of F11 flashes) to start to custom the backlit of keys as you like. Then press FN+F11 to end the setting. Press FN+1!/2@/3# the backlit of the keys you set are lit up.
Macro management: Press FN+F12 to light up the backlit of Y, U, I, O, P. Then press ‘FN+ Y/U/I/O/P’ to enter the macro management. Press FN+F12 to end the setting.

Unique Side RGB Backlit
The Side RGB Backlit function can be controlled independently by pressing Fn+Print/ Fn+Scroll; it will display 7 colors breathing in circle while power on.

Multimedia keys:6
Key Switch:Brown switch
Operating Force:50~60g
Travel(Total):4.0 mm
Net Weight:1200g
Operating Current:150mA
Operating Voltage:5V
Compatibility: Windows Vista/Win 7/Win 8/Win 10/Mac OS
Win key deactivation:Fn + Win key

Additional Information

Product Dimentions

457mm x 202mm x 41mm

Cable Length

1.8 m/70.87 inches

Introducing HAVIT HV-KB389L Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Photo Review) (Video) Backlit Settings

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  1. One person found this helpful

    5 out of 5 An excellent mechanical keyboard with lots of lighting options. I no longer miss my SteelSeries Apex.

    I have been using the Black Havit HV-KB389L (it also comes in white) for about a week now. I’ve had many keyboards with prices ranging from $30 to $200. A good keyboard suitable for both gaming and typing typically came at a premium price, its switches are usually membrane or dome switches and occasionally scissor switches. In the last couple of years mechanical keyboard have really gained momentum for their consistency, reliability and long life. They are usually the most expensive type, especially if you want them lit. The Havit is one of the few affordable keyboards to feature real mechanical keys and also have some interesting illumination options in the sub $100 range.

    I normally avoid less well known brands. I guess it’s easy to get drawn to mainstream heavily marketed brands. But having tested some less well-known brands, I learned that they can compete very well. I haven’t tried Havits computer peripherals but am familiar with their Bluetooth and audio cables which impressed with the overall quality. So, when the opportunity to review this keyboard arose I jumped at the chance.


    Like their other products, this keyboard came in recyclable, frustration-free packaging. Plus the packaging (a matt black box with a printed sleeve over the top) was simple and attractive. Another nice touch is that Havit always thank their customers with a message printed somewhere. Inside the box, the keyboard is wrapped in a foam bag suspended at each end with foam. Along with the keyboard there is a short manual and a keycap removal tool. (This is useful for cleaning under the key caps or if you want to replace keys with a wide variety of custom caps available online.)

    The Keyboard

    The keyboard has a regular layout with 104 keys. It’s a fairly compact design with an integrated wrist rest at the front which extends forwards about 2 inches. The design doesn’t try to show off with strange styling queues that look dated within months. The top tapers in a little with nice rounded corners. The wrist rest is raised about ¼ inch near the first row of keys to make them seem slightly lower profile. The rear of the keyboard slopes backwards slightly to balance nicely with the wrist rest. The surfaces are lightly textured with two strips of gloss piano black running in parallel along the keys one strip on each side.

    Keys that have special functions when combined with the Fn (function) key have satin silver symbols on them. Silver is also used on the top right of the keyboard where there is an eagle insignia with the words MAGIC EAGLE Havit Game Series printed next to it. The font used on the keys is a little small and some of the characters are a little odd. For example, D and O and a few others have a slightly sci-fi cutout that makes it slightly harder to read. It’s probably something that would concern a touch typist though.

    There is a single USB cable with a ferrite core at the plug end. There is also routing under the keyboard so the cable can exit the back from the left, middle or right side. It’s a little thing but it can make a difference if you have other peripherals around your desk.

    Underneath, you have fairly large textured rubber pads and fold-down legs at the back. They raise the back of the keyboard about ½ inch for a steeper angle. Unlike other keyboards I have tried, the legs have rubber feet so there is still good traction on your desk.


    For a keyboard that doesn’t have any extra software, utilities or custom drivers it is impressive. It has most of the functionality I have seen on high priced keyboards costing 3 to 4 times as much. You can set three custom key maps where you can set a color for each key individually. So if you have a favorite game or app and want to color code certain keys such as W, A, S, D to make it easier to play the game, you can.

    As well as the typical brightness and animation speed, you have a plethora of interesting lighting modes. There’s a kind of heatmap where individual keys light up brightly and then fade as you let go. The faster you type the more keys are lit. You have impact falloffs where lights go out around a key impact and revert to full brightness or where they light up on press and then fade out. There are so many various settings, it can get confusing. But it does look quite cool.

    Expensive keyboards come with software to set these things visually. But then you have the problem of the software running in the background, using your computer’s resources, and slowing it down. Setting them the Havit takes some experimentation but the lighting is pretty comprehensive.

    The Light Strip

    Another rare lighting effect I have only seen on the expensive Apex series by Steelseries is an illuminated band around the edge of the whole keyboard. The Havit has it too. You can change the edge lighting much like the keys. It looks really cool as an accent light in the room and can even help you see in low light conditions that so many gamers like to play in.

    In Use

    I really like this keyboard. I don’t go overboard with the lighting effects but it does do the things that I miss from my old Steel Series keyboard. I have had a couple of other keyboards with dome and membrane switches and a hybrid keyboard that was mechanical with dome underneath. It’s been decades since I had a fully mechanical one. The brown switches on this keyboard are only slightly louder than the hybrids I used previously. It’s the action of the keys that I like best about this keyboard. They are smooth and very consistent across the board, don’t require too much pressure, and register the press about half way whereas lower quality dome and membrane require a harder press till the key bottoms out.

    If you suffer from any carpel tunnel problems, this keyboard really helps relieve the strain plus you can type much faster if you don’t have to press the keys all the way down. I quickly adapted and grew to like that.


    As you can probably tell, I really like this keyboard. I overlooked mechanical keyboards despite their growing popularity because of the expense especially after the last illuminated one had the paint wear off making the characters illegible after only a few months. This Havit is a bargain for anyone that isn’t a brand snob and only cares about good quality and features that work.

    If I were going to improve this keyboard in any way, I’d like to see a function Lock key. It’s not that common so I wasn’t surprised there wasn’t one. To use the multimedia keys on this keyboard you have to hold down the Fn key for the multimedia functions on F1 – F9 to work. I listen to a lot of music. A function Lock key allows you to permanently toggle between either function keys or multimedia. I use the multimedia keys a lot more than the Fn keys.

    Otherwise, I really can’t fault the keyboard, especially in this price range.


    This is a dependable keyboard that, on the surface, looks fairly conventional till you turn it on and start using it. The mechanical keys are very nice and noticeably reduce strain on the wrist if you have carpel tunnel problems like me. The lighting features are comprehensive if a little fiddly to work out. It doesn’t use software to adjust the various modes and the manual is a little skimpy on detail. On the other hand, this keyboard demands fewer resources compared to the utilities that have to run constanly in the background with a software solution. I really like being able to map separate colors to individual keys. My favorite game is Elite Dangerous, a space sim which uses the whole keyboard. With this keyboartd I can color code portions of the keyboard I need to use for easy reference in the dark and also match the look and feel of the cockpit in game.

    So a really nice and reasonably priced keyboard that is a joy to use, especially if you do a lot of typing. I highly recommend it.

    Disclaimer: I received this keyboard in exchange for an honest and fair review.

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  2. Support Havit


    Hi Protheas,

    Yes, the black one is the same with the white one, except for the color. We are working on taking more photos of it.

    HAVIT Support Team

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  3. Protheas

    Is the black one the same with the white?

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  4. Haito

    I have been using this keyboard for ~2 weeks. It has been great experience since very beginning, but I think that lack of some features is quite disturbing, like:

    – no external software to drive background lightning effects
    – no previous and next song buttons (really? How is it possible XD, that would be like most common use case except mute everything)
    – no extra usb slot on side of the keyboard
    – no cable protection

    I’ve also found that keyboard sometimes resonates with underlying material (desk, my knees etc..) sometimes emitting weird metalic noises, but that’s thing that I can live with. What is also worth mentioning is that IMHO key travel distance is quite big.

    What I have said up to this point isn’t quite positive but in fact I’m loving this keyboard. It looks like good sturdy heavy duty `shiny` piece of equipment that satisfies all of my needs, but might be better in future.

    I hope that this keyboard will have it’s successor that fixes all the issues that I pointed.


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  5. Support Havit


    Hi there,

    Unfortunately we encountered technical issue for making a DE layout for this keyboard, so there might not be a DE layout version in the near future.

    HAVIT Support Team

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  6. Thomas W.



    Will there be a white version of the HV-KB389L with a DE-Key layout?


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  7. One person found this helpful

    So a lot of you all tell me and others that Razer is overpriced, so I picked up a Havit KB389L to see if razer is really an overpriced piece of rubbish (If you want to watch the video version it’s linked here: https://youtu.be/Nf3N_f3yoN8 ).

    So I have been using the HV-KB389L for just under 2 weeks now and for only £73 on amazon ($74.99 USD on the product page) it has performed reasonably well.

    The Keyboard can come in either white or black (white being a more unique colour for a keyboard but harder to clean) and the key caps are also in the colour chosen. The keyboard houses khali switches (the same company that makes the Razer switches) the switches are khali “browns” which are more like a hybrid of cherry reds and browns (leaning more to reds) but they’re okay and they don’t feel too bad but still not the same as cherry switches.

    I’m going to compare the rest of the features to razer’s blackwidow Chroma as I feel like that’s where it is competing. The Havit keyboard has a matte finish with a built in palm rest (which I find a little too small when writing) and overall it’s not a bad experience but compared to Razer’s soft surface (which does pick up fingerprints very easily and requires a lot of cleaning to look clean) on the blackwidow Chroma it’s not quite as nice when typing however the chroma does not have a palm rest which does make long typing sessions exhausting. Gaming however is okay on the Razer keyboard however the very clicky switches do make it annoying for teammates in games where teamwork and calls are key (mainly CS) and this is nearly eliminated with the Khali brown switches in the 389L. The Havit keyboard doesn’t have any software to program the LED’s which is kind of a double edge sword, you don’t have to load up software and make an account to change anything and you don’t need to install any software, however it does limit the customisation and it also means you have to get back to your profile each time, you can setup up to 3 profiles at once and allow you to change the colour of each key. There are some pre setup LED effects like different types of reactive and the famous razer wave, these all work well. I was disappointed to see you could only choose from a limited amount of static colours and orange wasn’t an option (yes I like white and orange, also why I love asiimov, deal with it.) So overall the customisation is okay but nowhere near as good as the Razer customisation. The 389L also makes a lot of noise when flexed in extreme conditions (nothing you’d be able to do on a desk.) This is shown in the video I linked. The key caps on the arrow keys are slightly sharp at the edges, not enough to cut you but enough to be noticeably annoying when playing racing games. The 389 has an RGB LED going around the whole keyboard that looks super nice and personally I think it looks better than the one on the steelseries Apex. Compared to the Razer keyboard the LED’s really aren’t quite so vibrant or bright which is kind of disappointing and the vibrancy is more comparable to a corsair RGB keyboard, this was another disappointing feature. I’m making the 389 seem like a really bad peripheral but it’s really not, it’s got some nice features and ultimately is only marginally worse than the blackwidow Chroma which is priced at £140 rather than £73.

    So compared to the blackwidow the 389 holds out solidly falling behind in many aspects but acquiring some unique features as well which I think pulls it back to be on the same or near level to the blackwidow Chroma, if you have the extra money (£67 that is) and you care more about the customisability of the RGB LED’s that are vibrant and bright then I mean… The blackwidow makes sense however in most people’s cases I would advise to stay away from the blackwidow and if you have the budget, something similar to the K70 from Corsair, but if you want to save a bit more of your money to spend elsewhere on your build the Havit KB389L is actually a solid option, it holds up really well against the Blackwidow from Razer. I guess this proves that Razer is really overpriced. Myth busted?

    Note: I’ve now switched from using the blackwidow to the KB389L now as I just prefer it’s appearance and switches and the palm rest.

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