The G.Skill KM570 ΜΧ Mechanical Keyboard Review: Sturdy & Efficientby E. Fylladitakis on August 4, 2017 8:00 AM EST
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- Mechanical Keyboards
- Cherry MX
G.Skill may be a company that is best-known for their RAM modules and SSD drives, but the company has also been an active player in the gaming peripherals market during the past couple of years. Their first mechanical keyboard was the extravagant KM780 that we reviewed roughly two years ago. The KM780 was loaded with features, but it was a bulky and expensive device that covers only a small portion of the market. As such, G.Skill needed to add something more practical and affordable into their keyboards lineup.
Earlier this year the company released their KM570 keyboards, the classic design of which is meant to cover a larger segment of the market. There are two variations of the KM570, the KM570 MX and KM570 RGB. Both variations are available with Cherry MX Red, Brown, Blue or Silver mechanical switches.
It is the cheaper and simpler version, the KM570 MX, that we will review here today, yet we will discuss the major differences between it and the RGB variant, which are much more than just the LEDs. The MSRP of the KM570 MX is $99, yet it currently retails for less than $70, an alluring price tag for a keyboard with genuine Cherry MX switches.
Packaging and Bundle
We received the G.Skill KM570 MX in a very well-designed cardboard box that is both aesthetically pleasing and also secure. The artwork on the box is modern, with abstract shapes surrounding a picture of the keyboard itself and the most important features pictured as icons.
Inside the packaging we found only a simple but effective user’s manual and a plastic keycap puller. G.Skill does not provide extra keycaps, yet the puller is a welcome addition for users that want to replace the stock keycaps or just remove them for cleaning.
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Ssoyd - Sunday, August 6, 2017 - linkYou're getting pretty hard up for things to review when you choose an over priced keyboard.
Ssoyd - Sunday, August 6, 2017 - linkI can type just as well on a $10 keyboard.
damianrobertjones - Monday, August 7, 2017 - linkI do type faster on my mech keyboard compared to the standard type. Not that much faster but it is easier.
BrokenCrayons - Monday, August 7, 2017 - linkPeople are silly and will invent any number of reasons why they think they're gaining benefits that offset the added cost. Companies would be foolish not to take advantage of those people. That applies to basically any product sold including computer interface devices.
Dug - Monday, August 7, 2017 - linkWish list:
Low profile keys (~6mm vs. 11.5), mx brown or equivalent, macros, backlight, no numberpad.
So tired of these ergonomically incorrect mechanical keyboards that make a ton of noise. I watch people type on these and cringe. Good wrist rest is needed that extends to end of desk so arms don't drop.
DanNeely - Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - linkIf you want quiet you're going to have to go for an oring mod; especially since you want low profile which means less room for key travel before bottoming out. I got one with reds because they're one of the "silent" switches; the clack of them bottoming out was, while not as awful as blue switches I tried in retail, several times louder than any membrane keyboard I'd ever typed on. Modding it quieted it to within the normal range for the latter. Not silent, but no longer anti-socially loud.
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Kakti - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - linkI've had the RGB MX-Brown version for a few month now and love it. It's literally my first mechanical keyboard since the old IBMs (been using some higher end Microsoft board for last 5+). While the method of setting up macro's isn't the best, it's super easy once you learn how to do it. And it's stored on the keyboard so you can plug it into any computer and it'll have the macros saved. The RGB software was also a little rough around the edges for the first 10 minutes, but once I figured out you could "drag and drop" a color across a region of keys and then pick out the individual ones later, it was also no problem.
Overall I'm very happy with mine, the colors are super vibrant but by far the most important aspect is that there's no lightbleed. Whether between keys or light coming out the bottom, G.Skill made this keyboard perfect for gaming in a dark room. The only complaint I have, which Anand mentioned, was that some keys have their main icon/letter on the top (primarily just the F keys). The light isn't as strong for the top icon compared to the bottom, so the F keys are a little harder to see than they should be for a keyboard of this quality. Other than that, it's built like a tank, braided cables, no lightbleed, etc. I strongly recommend it if you're in the market for an RGB 10-key board.
zogus - Friday, August 18, 2017 - linkCherry MX switch keyboards are more or less predictable nowadays. I'd like to see more reviews of mechanical keyboards using other technologies.
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