Make sure this fits by entering your model number.; ✅ AN INVESTMENT. How much time do you spend each day typing on your keyboard? Just like mechanical keyboards, a hybrid keyboard tells you exactly when you have activated a key, which allows you to move on to the next key quicker. After a...
I received this in the mail and my first thought it was an empty box! It was that light. Cool, I like light! I'm a typer, not a gamer, and I thought I researched everything about mechanical vs membrane, lighted vs not, wired vs wireless, etc... little did I know about the minute differences between layouts, a CRITICAL ERROR on my part, so this review may help those like me understand the difference before purchase.Pros:1) Feel of key press is very comfortable and very easy to type2) Back lighting is cool, steady on, different colors across the keyboard... pleasing3) Keys at a comfortable height, fairly low profile, not sitting way high like some other keyboards4) Slightly smaller footprint which I really likeCons:1) ISO keyboard layout, NOT ANSI! I had no idea the difference, I only see one little comment from a user about it being an ISO layout. I wish someone had written this review before. In the US, we typically use the ANSI layout. What's the difference? The ANSI layout has a one-line elongated "return" key. The "|" "" key is directly above it. However, on an ISO (European) keyboard, the "return" key takes up two lines, thus the "|" "" key has to move! Normally ISO moves it between the "z" and "shift" keys. But evidently KLIM and some others put it beside the "return" key. This means when I go to hit "return", I hit the "|" "" key, and I mean EVERY TIME! Talk about frustrating! I still have ANSI keyboards I use daily so I can't simply "adjust". This simply will not do. This is a drastic difference to a typer!2) ANSI keys are larger, physically 5/8"... this KLIM and other ISO keys are only 1/2"... (that's right, I measured!) To accommodate the different layout, ISO keys are smaller and it's noticeable to a fast typer! I often hit two keys at once, where I never do that on an ANSI keyboard. Another drastic difference to a typer.3) How the light shines through the keys, some keys are bright, others not so much. From directly above it looks fine... but who types directly above the keyboard?! With the kickstands up in the back and at a natural angle, the symbols on the top row of numbers, for example, are very difficult to see. The larger single letters are easy to see. But it's difficult to see a lot of keys with symbols and smaller letters, like "insert", "delete", etc...4) I thought I'd use the "on/off" switch on this keyboard to turn it off if needed, but really the light up feature needs to be on all the time even in the day. Without high contrast letters, it's difficult to see these during the day! But I realize this may be a necessary downside of any lighted keyboard. Turns out I don't mind the lights being on all the time, so I don't really use the "on/off" switch, something I thought I would!I gave a 4 star rating because I still like the look and feel of the keyboard, and I can see most of the keys in a dark room at night which is why I bought it. But it's not ideal to see all the keys clearly. And I take responsibility for not understanding the difference of ISO vs ANSI layout, I know now... but I wish it was more clearly described so I could have researched it before purchase. And as I type even now with it, every return I type is preceded by the slash key (oops!), then delete (crud!), then a deliberate reach (ugh!) for the "enter"... every. single. time. If you are a typer, look at the pictures of the keyboard you want to purchase... and look at the "enter" key as a first clue. But it's not only that, some are hybrids now, with a bigger "enter" key, but the extra key is NOT beside it, it's somewhere else, which may or may NOT be a problem. Just know what you are buying!
Packaging: - The keyboard is packaged well, it came nicely boxed with a key puller, a fancy envelope with a cute 'thank you', and some stickers.Hardware: - It's got a good weight to it, but the look is provided by the thin metal surrounding the sides. It's a very aggressive look, but not cheap-feeling, and none of the edges are sharp or uncomfortable in use. The visible screws are an interesting touch. The logo print is clean and good looking. - I did try to use the keypuller to see what's under the keys, but found it's too small... - My 'lock' indicator at the top right of the keyboard was mounted upside down. The picture I've included has 'numlock' and 'capslock' engaged, even though the 'scrolllock' is lit. This didn't affect usability at all, but was kind of interesting. - The phone holder at the top of the keyboard hides the bottom 1/3 of my iPhone SE when I've got it in place. I can clearly see my notifications, though, so I think it serves its purpose.Installation : - I struggled with plugging it in for a moment before looking at the plug -- the metal plug had caved in slightly, just enough to stop me. So I took a house key and gently flattened it back into shape. I wouldn't think that's a common issue, but worth mentioning. - Once plugged in, Windows discovered it easily, and it appears everything is hard-coded into the device. No software in the box or instructions to download, but everything just kinda works. - The default function keys worked perfectly and immediately. The 'lock' button seems to just lock the keyboard entirely, which is a neat feature, but not equivalent to Windows' built-in lock (Win+L).Lighting: - Good colors, bright and clean. Blue, Red, Green, Purple, Yellow, Light blue, White. The light itself is bright and clean, and pretty evenly distributed under the keys. The function keys to change brightness do so in reasonable steps. - I have pretty sensitive hearing and live in a really quiet environment, so I do hear a little high-pitched circuit whine when the LEDs are on. I have experienced this before with a few LED-heavy products around this price-range, and it's only noticeable if it's dead quiet in the house (mine is often, but I live in the middle of nowhere, so, take that with a grain of salt). Just something to consider if you have very sensitive hearing.Typing Experience: - This is the first time I've used a 'semi-mechanical' keyboard and appears to simply mean every key has a singular stiff membrane dome underneath. This does give it a satisfying tactile bump, however, and definitely closer to an MX Brown than similarly priced baseline membrane keyboards. I use a mechanical keyboard for the most part, and this doesn't feel too soft by comparison. I don't *prefer* it to tactile bump keyswitches, but it has a pretty satisfying "clunk" into place. - Keys are easy to read and pretty standard, everything is mostly where you'd expect. - It's worth knowing that the "|" and "" character key is to the left of the enter key, rather than above it. This was a little jarring to discover by accident. I'm not personally a fan, but it took just a couple good hours of typing to forget about. Just a little extra reach when hitting the return and you're good.Overall: - If you're looking for a backlit keyboard with some good typing feel in the price range, it's hard to find any reason not to pick this one. It'd be a great gift to accessorize someone's first gaming PC and a nice option to keep on hand if you lug your machine to LANs.
The marketing is reserved factual and deserves an A+. The product is fantastic. Own two to replace $300 dollars worth of finicky, uber technical keyboards that proved to be breakage prone. I didn't dock a star for the driver since it is in certification for signed driver status, but on a secure boot system, it didn't load. It will once it's signed.Except for macros and playing with lighting modes, DPI changes and forward backwards button functionality works out of the box. Windows 10 recognized everything and loaded signed drivers for functionality. The keyboard layout and extended (FN key) support is familiar if you own a laptop, with media control and functions that launch various Windows 10 APP accessories.The KLIM AIM mouse is also pictured and some film to see the fabulous color cycling aesthetic. One button color changes...Blue tactic feel but more reserved click sounds.
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