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Zalman ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard Review

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Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

The best way to test any keyboard is to simply use it. With the Zalman ZM-K900M Gaming Mechanical Keyboard being equipped with Kailh blue switches, I also tested it for typing comfort. The ZM-K900M was tested for an overall period of 30 hours. The programs and games that were used during testing, regular Windows and browser use aside, include: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Rainbow Six: Siege, Battlefield 1 (beta), and Killing Floor 2.

Test System

  • Motherboard: MSI X99A SLI PLUS LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99
  • System Memory: HyperX Savage 64GB (8x8GB)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-5930K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 2011-v3
  • Audio: On-board
  • Video: 2 x XFX Double Dissipation R9-290X (4GB) (Crossfired)
  • PSU: Seasonic 1200W Platinum
  • Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2412M IPS 24″ x 3 @ 5760×1200
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)

Results

The Zalman ZM-K900M performed very well during gameplay. Regretfully, I didn’t play a game that would properly utilize macros, but I did set up some simple macros for use within Adobe Photoshop CS6, and those worked very well with no issues. The only issue I had with this keyboard was the keycap feel and how light the overall board was. This may not be a deal breaker to most, it certainly isn’t for me, but some people would find it undesirable.

As for typing, the Kailh blues performed as well as my daily driver Cherry MX Blues. I couldn’t really notice the difference in actuation force, but since I generally type with heavy fingers, I wouldn’t necessarily be the best judge of slight differences in actuation force.


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