Havit HV-KB389L Review, Is This Combo Worth Getting?

Last Updated on September 29, 2020

I’d like to post a review for the Havit HV-KB389L keyboard and mouse combo since it has been a popular pick when it comes to RGB peripherals for a while now.

Havit has produced many peripherals into the market that are both useful and affordable and the HV-KB389L keyboard and mouse combo is no different there.

However, there are a few setbacks you’ll want to consider before deciding on this combo. Although this is highly affordable, you need to understand what it’s going to be best for.

With that, let’s get to the review.

Product: Havit HV-KB389L Keyboard And Mouse Combo

Recommended Price: Under $50

Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com

Warranty: 18 Months

My Rating: Find out below!

Havit = Affordability

As I was saying earlier, Havit has a plethora of different peripherals that are all on the affordable side. Although they do have some that are at a higher price point, they’re still always much cheaper than the big brands out there.

Don’t let the affordability of Havit gear stray you away. It may be cheaper and there may be a couple of quality sacrifices but you need to understand them before you judge it right away.

There are certain peripheral combos, such as this one, where it actually competes with more expensive choices yet is a lot cheaper in comparison.

Let’s get into the specifics behind the mouse and the keyboard so that you can know what’s good, what’s bad and whether or not this would be a good peripheral combo for your rig.

The HV-KB389L Mechanical Keyboard

The keyboard is the main reason you should be looking into this combo in the first place.

Havit uses a mechanical keyboard here with plenty of RGB color options, a decent frame build and blue switches.

Materials Used

When you’re using a keyboard for gaming you’re going to be clicking on it many, many times. This means that you’ll want a keyboard frame build to be of at least decent quality so that it stands the test of time.

You get more than decent with the keyboard here.

The frame is made out of aluminum and it takes a significant level of force in order to get it to morph in a way that you wouldn’t want it to.

What I’m saying here is that it’s made out of a material that makes the keyboard look clean while also keeping build quality in mind.

It also has a detachable wrist rest which was nice to see added with it!

A wrist rest isn’t going to be for everyone but if you end up getting this combo then you should definitely give it a try.

The wrist rest simply connects to the bottom portion of the keyboard to provide a little bit of elevation while you’re using the keyboard.

Key Clicks

Blue switches are used with this keyboard which means that your clicks are going to be nice and loud and the actuation will be pretty quick.

Mechanical keyboards are meant to be loud and clicky while also providing a quick actuation so that you don’t miss your click.

They’re very satisfying to type on and are made under keycaps that are easy to take out.

The switches are from a generic brand but it shouldn’t matter much to you unless you’re into super heavy eSports, competitive gaming.

Gaming keyboards are important but you don’t need the flashiest switches in order to win…

Typing away with this keyboard feels how you’d expect a good mechanical keyboard. It’s loud, highly clicky and responsive to each click.

RGB Lighting

Lighting is important for me as I like to change around the general “theme” of my rig to match up to whatever style I’m feeling when I’m getting ready to play my favorite games.

Havit did a great job putting in some fun lighting effects with this keyboard!

There are a ton of lighting effects you can choose from and use right out of the box, software isn’t necessary in order to utilize the lighting effects.

In total, there are 14 preset lighting effects that you can choose from.

This varies from static colors, full RGB wave modes, breathing effects, lighting up from every key press and other modes that allows you to choose which specific keys are lit up.

If you like to have plenty of options for RGB lighting then you’ve got it with this keyboard. Havit definitely delivers on having the options you’d want to have and show off.

Although the Havit HV-KB389L software has minimal utility, you will be able to pick from the affects on the software as well. But you can choose all of the lighting effects right out of the box which is the easier way to do it.

The HV-KB389L Gaming Mouse

To be straight forward, the mouse in this combo isn’t anything special. It has plenty of lighting effects and “gets the job done” in a sense but there are much better mice out there.

However, if you like this type of shape design and don’t mind not being able to fully customize the mouse settings then you’ll get some good use out of it!

As I said earlier, this combo is mainly for the keyboard. You will more than likely be wanting to upgrade the mouse down the road but with that, let’s take a look at what this mouse has to offer.

Materials Used

This mouse is mainly made out of a generic plastic with texturized rubber grips on the sides.

There isn’t much else to note about the materials used with the mouse here. I do like the texture they went with on the rubber grips for the mouse, it looks cool and feels like a grip should feel like.

The side buttons are a bit on the smaller side even though the mouse itself is a bit bigger than most mice that could be compared to it on the market. The buttons are also made out of the same generic plastic material.

In a nutshell, the materials and overall design here is that of a generic mouse. This combo has the keyboard as the main focus, that’s for sure.

Mouse Design

As I said in the previous section, this mouse is a bit bigger than other mice that you could compare it to on the market.

If you have smaller hands then you’ll most likely be upgrading the mouse ASAP as it wouldn’t feel very comfortable for those of you with a smaller hand size.

But if you have somewhat larger hands then the mouse actually doesn’t feel too bad.

It would have been nice to see the main mouse buttons follow the design of most mice where the curve goes downward but to each their own.

There are 7 total buttons on the mouse that can be programmed via the software. There are the two main buttons, the scroll wheel, the DPI switch, the RGB light switch and the forward/back buttons on the side.

This mouse follows the generic design of cheaper mice which makes sense. Most of you are going to want to upgrade the mouse to a higher quality mouse that delivers on being able to fine tune your experience.

With that said, for a mouse that has a very plain design, I’m sure there are some of you that will enjoy it for casual use.

RGB Lighting

Even though the general design and materials of the mouse aren’t anything to write home about, the lighting is surprisingly good here.

There are several lighting modes to choose from some of which you can match up with the keyboard.

There are different lighting combinations that are built into the mouse so again, you don’t need the software to switch between them.

At the base choices for lighting you will be able to switch between green, purple, blue, red, cyan and yellow.

These also indicate which level of DPI you are at which are 800/1600/2400/3200/4000/4800 respectively.

Then you can switch between the other preset lighting modes which create a wave of all of the colors combined or different colors combinations that are preset to the mouse.

Lighting is actually good here. It is easy to match it up with your keyboard’s lighting or any other lighting you have going on because of the variety they provide which is all built-in to the mouse.

DPI Settings

DPI settings are important for any mouse and this mouse uses a pre defined set of DPI choices that you can choose from.

Havit HV-KB389L Software

800/1600/2400/3200/4000/4800 are the DPI options available with the mouse.

You will be able to switch between all of them using the DPI switch on the top of the mouse next to the RGB switch.

You can also use the optional software to decide which color will be used for a specific DPI setting that way you can have the DPI that matches best with you along with whatever color you are wanting to use with it.

With mice like this, you will have to fine tune your overall sensitivity in-game rather than using the software to customize the experience and usage of the mouse which is unfortunate.

But at this price point, we can’t really complain too much. It’s not a super terrible mouse by any means, it’s a great mouse for just starting out!

To Conclude

In conclusion, the Havit HV-KB389L is a peripheral combination that has a main focus on the quality of the keyboard.

The mouse is not absolutely terrible or unusable, but there are much better choices out there and if you end up going with this combo then you’ll most likely be changing the mouse out for something better down the road.

But it’s hard to beat having a well-built, cool looking keyboard for right around $50 that comes with a generic RGB mouse to boot!

If you’re looking for a decent mechanical keyboard and are just starting out with PC gaming then this combo will be great to go with! It’s still not a bad choice if you plan on upgrading the mouse in the first place.

You should also check out the reviews over on Amazon, some of them have videos of the lighting effects that way you can see them all in action.

So, are you planning on getting this combo?

Which mouse do you think you will be switching it out for, or are you happy with how this mouse is designed and will stick with it?

Let me know in the comments below! 😀

9 thoughts on “Havit HV-KB389L Review, Is This Combo Worth Getting?”

  1. I have been using this KB for the last couple of years now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed using it. My first mechanical KB has me looking at customizing it. I haven’t experienced any real problems, other than my desk pad RGB no longer works. For first time users, I can recommence this set.

    • Hey Santiago,

      The previous version that is reviewed here is still going strong here as well – it seems they’ve updated to a new bundle which is good to hear that it works as you’d expect. There are certainly better options out there, but for a budget bundle for someone just starting out, it works!

  2. Okay, this keyboard is literally the worst keyboard I’ve ever used in my life. It seems fine when I type slowly (read below 60 WPM), but any higher and it’s biggest problem is glaringly obvious: it sends keystrokes to my laptop with variable key lag. The characters I type get jumbled up sometimes because they just get sent in the wrong order. My WPM has been reduced by 10 to 20 WPM using this horrible keyboard, which is pretty sad considering how much money I spent on it. I just can’t type quickly on it or I don’t type what I want to type. I find myself making typos I’ve never made before, typos that I actually did not make – the keyboard’s inferior wiring is in fact what caused this problem in the first place. For everyone who’s thinking of buying this disgusting third-rate piece of garbage, I implore you to take your money elsewhere because it will definitely be better spent on any other keyboard out there.

    • Hey Falbin,

      Sorry that you experienced that with this keyboard… I snagged this up for a friend of mine and she isn’t able to type nearly as fast so maybe she’s happy with it because of not being able to type fast?
      But still, that would annoy me as well. I type well over 60 WPM and, from what I can recall, I was able to use it just fine. I really don’t think I experienced that with the keyboard where it doesn’t register the key presses as you’re typing? Now I’m curious… so when I’m with her again I’ll be sure to give it a go trying to type as fast as I can.

      I’ll try to remember to reply again or make another comment after I test it out for the keystroke lag.

  3. Thanks for this awesome product review. I hadn’t heard of this company before but I will definitely check them out knowing that they have such affordable computer accessories. One of my life goals is to eventually own razor products but this is not that time so looking for decent, low cost options is what I must keep doing for the time being. I really love RBG colored accessories, I actually have a cheap gaming set I bought from Walmart that works really well and looks very similar to this Havit set except I don’t have a wrist rest on my keyboard. I really do wish a lot more companies made ergronomical mice that were not so darn expensive. If you have long gaming sessions or are just on the computer for long hours everyday it eventually takes it’s toll on your hands and wrists.

    • For sure, Rachel. The wrist rest is a nice bonus to the keyboard and the keyboard itself is very well put together. Havit does a great job when it comes to affordable peripherals! Especially with all of the lighting options included with they keyboard, it’s fun messing around with all of the different keyboard/mouse settings.

  4. Nice review on this combination. Before now I didn’t know Havit as a company had a keyboard and a mouse, I felt they only produced headsets and cooling pads. Your review was well detailed and I think I will go for this keyboard. The lighting looks so beautiful and the keyboard seems to be solid

    • I’m glad that the review helped you out Sophie! Havit makes a few different types of products from cameras to mouse pads, I’m surprised you haven’t seen their keyboard/mouse combos but I’m happy that you have now! I also love the lighting with the keyboard and mouse here and absolutely, the keyboard is made of solid material! 

      Thanks for reaching out! 👍

  5. Great review of this havit keyboard and mouse bundle, lots of info in there and easy to understand for someone like me that was looking into these. I really like the lighting effects on both the keyboard and mouse although I do have small hands so maybe the mouse won’t be right for me.

    Can you recommend any others that would be a better fit for me?



    • Hey there Katie,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the review! There are plenty of other mice on the market that you could look to replacing this mouse with. If you’re looking for some of the higher quality mice out there then I’d recommend checking out my post on the best gaming mice for under $100 as there are quite a few choices that would be an excellent replacement for the mouse here.


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