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Zalman ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard Review

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Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts

Overall, the Zalman ZM-K900M is a fantastic mechanical keyboard for it’s price. With it’s plethora of lighting effects and features, this keyboard far outshines other mechanicals in it’s price range. It lacks USB ports, and separate, dedicated macro keys, but it still performs well as a gaming keyboard.

Zalman ZM-K900M

Zalman ZM-K900M Conclusion

In terms of performance, the ZM-K900M performed above my expectations. The keyboard not only has many customization options, but it also has macros, profile support, and even game key mode support. Game key mode is where the keyboard has pre-defined keys already lit for several different games and game types. The games profiles that are pre-loaded are Counter Stike, DOTA2, LOL, Starcraft II, FIFA Online, Sudden Attack. The pre-defined game types include: FPS, MMO, MOBA, and RTS.

Appearance wise, the K900M has a nice, minimalistic feel about it. Granted, the numerous specialty key markings for the various lighting profiles and effects does retract from this feel, it still has a minimalistic vibe about it. The lighting is bright and even. The keycaps are uniformed and the font on the keys is easy to read and aligned uniformly.

Construction is where I had to mark off some points. The keyboard just doesn’t feel very tough like it’s mechanical brethren. The keycaps were tight on the Kailh switches, but they’re constructed of single shot ABS. Shingle shot ABS will, in time, get shiny and slick. But, if you take care of them, you shouldn’t have this problem. I, on the other hand, am rough on keyboards as I type with heavy fingers. For my typing style, I prefer doubleshot PBT caps. The beauty of the Cherry/Kailh/Razer “cross” switches is that it is very easy to find replacement keycaps to suit your tastes.

Functionality wise, the K900M performed very well for both typing and gaming. It also functioned very well as a light show on the desk, with it’s various pre-set lighting effects and the very cool EQ mode, this keyboard will get some attention, so I would not recommend it for use at work.

Value is where this keyboard shines, at it’s current price of $77.99 (Amazon | Newegg), this mechanical keyboard is a steal. You’ll be hard pressed to find another RGB backlit mechanical keyboard from a reputable manufacturer in this price range. At $77.99, there is no reason anyone should not be able to experience an RGB mechanical keyboard.

I would recommend this keyboard to any gamer who prefers mechanical keyboards, but is in need of macro functionality. I also recommend it for anyone who is interested in a mechanical keyboard, but price has always been a hindrance. At the $77.99 price point, you really can’t go wrong with this keyboard.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Mechanical Kailh Blues
+ RGB with 16.8 million colors
+ Macro support
+ Gaming profile support
+ Multiple lighting profiles and effects
+ No software needed
+ Custom profiles
+ Very affordable price

Cons:

– Kailh switches instead of Cherry (to some this is a con)
– Somewhat lightweight compared to other mechanical keyboards
– No software (to some this would be a con)

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 8.00
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 9.50

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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