Our last review showed us one of the basic models of gaming keyboard by Zalman. Today we are going to take a step to the top of their pedestal, reviewing the ZM-K900M RGB mechanical gaming keyboard.From first glance this board we can say is already a step up from the K650 but then again it was made to be so.
PACKAGING, CONTENTS & PRICING
The K900M comes in a very colourful box and rightfully so. It’s a RGB keyboard it needs to give that image off from the start. The branding of the keyboard is all presented in a shiny foil in the corners as well giving it an extra flashy vibe.The front as expected lays out some of the main features of the K900M. Some of the most standout features to us are the hardware macro, NKRO (Nkey rollover) and the true colour RGB LED. The bottom right tells us this keyboard is also in English, so this is definitely beneficial for reviewing.The backside is fairly basic just describing some of the features in multiple languages and the specs chart on the right hand side.
Opening the box you’ll get your first glance at the keyboard which appears fairly basic wrapped in a plastic protective cover. A quick glance will show you there are more details to the keys then most keyboards and that is because of the on board hardware which we will discuss later on. A USB to PS/2 converter as well as the User manual are included. Keep the manual close on this one as you will definitely need it later on.
Amazon has the ZM-K900M tagged at $99.99USD ($131.73CDN). Putting this keyboard in the $100+ category hopefully the K900M lives up to the price they are asking for it.
BUILD, COMPONENTS & FEEL
The ZM-K900M is a 2.75lb all black keyboard although it feels a little heavier with a 1.7m braided cable. A total of 104 keys which many have primary and secondary (function (FN)) use to RGB control make up this 440(l)x140(w)x35(h)mm board.The keyboard matrix is made up to support both USB & PS2 N-Key Rollover which makes us happy to hear as no one likes ghosting. The key switches are blue Kailh which give you a great audible click and are amazing for typers or casual gamers.That snappy audible click comes from the pressure release of the switch which as you compress the switch builds pressure before releasing the switch to click.
Typing so far with the K900M is great, we love the feel of the switches and they sound like very sharp. After a while of use you may notice that they are a little heavy to press for extended use they add a little strain but nothing too bad. One thing we do wish this board had was a wrist rest. It’s not too straining but definitely posts a good angle on your wrist to reach.