Zalman ZM-K500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Ebuyer.com - £29.99 - HotUKDeals
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Offers gamers best conditions by using high quality linear type high actuation force and fast response switch
(Actuation Force : 50g)

5 multimedia keys on the upper right side (volume +/-, mute, internet browser, email) for easy access
Volume down
Volume up
Mute
Internet browser
E-Mail

Compact Layout
352x169x36mm compact layout allows wider working space for your desk

Ergonomically designed to minimize user`s fatigue

Long lasting laser carved key caps

Durable 20 million times" key life

Adjust the height to your own preference

Specification
Type Mechanical
Interface USB
Key Number 92ea
Carving Laser
Dimensions 352 x 169 x 36mm
Cable Length 1.5M
Weight 850g
Material ABS
Actuation Force 50g
Key Life 20 Million Times
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#1
I've highly considered this keyboard but sadly the cheap chinese switches put me off. Anybody confirm what it's like? Is there a clicky sound?
#2
There's a shed-load of videos of this keyboard on YouTube M0nk3h.

Edited By: yesBilly on Jun 19, 2014 11:50
1 Like #3
Review: http://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/13pz6o/small_review_of_zalman_zmk500_specially_for/

Seems like a decent cheap alternative to Cherry MX keyboards.

Edited By: weiran on Jun 19, 2014 12:12
#4
Such a shame that it is missing the numpad
1 Like #5
M0nk3h
I've highly considered this keyboard but sadly the cheap chinese switches put me off. Anybody confirm what it's like? Is there a clicky sound?

They're Kailh reds which I think are 5g heavier than the Cherry MX Reds they are clones of. I use Blacks and I found Browns a little light and wobbly so I might be OK with this kbd. Except I'm typing on my CM QFR right now so definitely don't need it!

So no tactile/audible click. Of the several Cherry MX Switch guides I've seen, this one's quite good.

I wouldn't worry about them being not real Cherry MX, it's like actually noticing a difference between SSDs that have 500 write speed and 250 - you'd have to measure it very finely to see any diff.

I think this would be a great first mechanical keyboard - You have to take criticism of its build quality in context - To users of Filco and Leopold and CM QFR (my baby) it will be built less like a lethal weapon but it's thirty quid!

If I had friends I'd grab one of these to lend out to people and become a mecha-keyboard evangelist. Maybe not. (Edit - but maybe 0o)

Edited By: wide on Jun 20, 2014 02:29: there's always a Riesen
#6
Is this keyboard a uk or us layout?
#7
Joe23452353545
Is this keyboard a uk or us layout?

My experience of buying keyboards is regardless of the image in the listing, you get the layout specific to your locale i.e. UK ISO.

That is aside from ebay listings, for ebay listings always check.
banned#8
Cold, overpriced.
#9
trixabel
Cold, overpriced.


Hot, ****.
1 Like #10
I use one myself, great keyboard. It is obviously a little noisy (clicky) when compared to a standard keyboard most use, but for the price, I don't think you'll be disappointed if you want an affordable mechanical upgrade. It helps with my typing in terms of accuracy and speed & is fine for games (although that isn't my priority). Build quality is excellent. I paid around £40, a year or so ago, through a seller on Ebay.

Not having a number pad isn't an issue for me, as I never used it & enjoy the more compact build.
#11
Is there any code to get cheaper/free shipping on this?
1 Like #12
wide
Joe23452353545
Is this keyboard a uk or us layout?

My experience of buying keyboards is regardless of the image in the listing, you get the layout specific to your locale i.e. UK ISO.

That is aside from ebay listings, for ebay listings always check.

My experience of buying keyboards is that you should check the manufacturer's site to see whether they do a UK layout, especially with niche mechanical or gaming keyboards. Also check images of the UK layout if they have one. For example the Steelseries 6GV2 is available in a "UK" layout (I am typing this on one) but it's actually more like a mixture between UK and US - with some keys labeled incorrectly on top (as in the keycode they report does not match the label).

In this case I cannot find any details or images of a UK layout ZM-K500 so I would have to assume that it would be the US layout one pictured. Caveat emptor.

Edited By: CorvusCorax on Jun 20, 2014 08:39
#13
Good for the money, I use one with one of my gaming PCs, (playing from a sofa on a TV). I looked around for a half decent keyboard specifically with no numpad.
#14
Mr No
Good for the money, I use one with one of my gaming PCs, (playing from a sofa on a TV). I looked around for a half decent keyboard specifically with no numpad.
Can I ask: I've read reviews and some are stating that there's no backslash key on these keyboards? Also does the UK version have the large enter key? Thanks.
2 Likes #15
Rbourne

Can I ask: I've read reviews and some are stating that there's no backslash key on these keyboards? Also does the UK version have the large enter key? Thanks.

No backslash and the enter key is one row high. :(
2 Likes #16
Mr No
Rbourne

Can I ask: I've read reviews and some are stating that there's no backslash key on these keyboards? Also does the UK version have the large enter key? Thanks.

No backslash and the enter key is one row high. :(

Ya, make this an absolute 'no way' purchase for me.
#17
I don't own this keyboard, but the 8th photo in the gallery on the Ebuyer page shows a close-up with a backslash key.

The key does look a bit awkward to what I'm used to though.

Just wondering, what makes this a "gaming" keyboard? Is it just the presence of some multimedia control keys? Or is it the mechanical keys?
#18
Mr No
Rbourne

Can I ask: I've read reviews and some are stating that there's no backslash key on these keyboards? Also does the UK version have the large enter key? Thanks.

No backslash and the enter key is one row high. :(

Thanks for the response. I can see it being a pure gaming only keyboard, but for other things (network share access etc) I don't I could survive having to type alt+xxxx for each backslash. Shame. I do question how they can sell it as a "UK Layout"...
#19
Love this keyboard simply for the size, fits easily in a keyboard tray and looks nice. Will wait for them to drop a bit though, I reckon it won't be long before a £19.99 offer pops up, not in desperate need of a keyboard at the mo.
#20
I've had the ZM K-400 by Zalman for about 18 months now and as far as quality goes it's superb (the 400 has the num-pad and is illuminated). For this price the one on offer here is good value and I'm sure that you won't be disappointed
#21
Personally I had a super cheap £9 Zalman keyboard before this k90 and it was actually fantastic for the price. I dislike Zalman a lot but I have to give it to them for the keyboard and If it was me, i'd definitely give this a bash! Its £30 and many people will get free next day delivery so win!
#22
Rbourne
Mr No
Rbourne

Can I ask: I've read reviews and some are stating that there's no backslash key on these keyboards? Also does the UK version have the large enter key? Thanks.

No backslash and the enter key is one row high. :(

Thanks for the response. I can see it being a pure gaming only keyboard, but for other things (network share access etc) I don't I could survive having to type alt+xxxx for each backslash. Shame. I do question how they can sell it as a "UK Layout"...

I've asked ebuyer to send me a picture of the product they have in stock. I'm not buying it but I'm interested to see what the UK layout for this very cheap mech kbd is.

When chosing my first mechanical kbd I was tying hard to justify buying ANSI layout (that was shown in the Amazon image) and getting used to backslash being in the wrong place didn't sound too difficult. I was gonna use Autohotkey to make # do £ instead and make Ctrl+\ do #. Also need to swap " for @ but, depending on how you set windows language/keyboard settings, it sometimes does that anyway.

UK ISO layout arrived in any case.

I think people who plug an ANSI kbd into a PC thas has UK layout selected might result in no backslash but it's not right to say it doesn't have one.
1 Like #23
Looks an ok keyboard

The only thing that seems annoying is there doesn't seem to be a pipe key (you have to use altgr) and the layout seems a bit weird/different
Not sure how you get backslash either?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B00A53LCQ8/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_dav

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41xjrBba9HL.jpg


Edited By: eqlolxd on Jun 20, 2014 17:21
#24
Oh weird, it's neither a US nor a UK layout. I have to wonder if it's simply to save money on tooling...
1 Like #25
Mr No
Rbourne

Can I ask: I've read reviews and some are stating that there's no backslash key on these keyboards? Also does the UK version have the large enter key? Thanks.

No backslash and the enter key is one row high. :(
There is a backslash!
1 Like #26
MaximusRo
Mr No
Rbourne

Can I ask: I've read reviews and some are stating that there's no backslash key on these keyboards? Also does the UK version have the large enter key? Thanks.

No backslash and the enter key is one row high. :(
There is a backslash!
There is a backslash on the US layout (which ebuyer seem to have pictured)

But this is the UK layout :|

If this was the US layout, as pictured on ebuyer it would be worth it but as it seems the UK layout is messed up it's not really :( altho I guess it depends on whether you use backslash or pipe keys a lot.

some quotes from owner reviews

Low price for the product and while reasonable for what you pay there's a few downsides to the product.
A few of the keys stick a bit when pressed as if they're loose.
The major downside is that there is no backslash key! it makes this keyboard almost unusable as a main keyboard.
No networking, no filepaths, no dos commands, all for one little key! Massive design flaw which means I'll never use this as my main keyboard.
Only down side is don't know where black slash is for folder path use?
Great for the price.... However its not well build, buttons are not straight
The keyboard could have been very good, if it was not missing the backslash and pipe key. As opposed to GMcE's review, I could not get those symbols typed, even with the AltGr combos he mentioned.
Also see his photo of the keyboard to appreciate the other changes to a standard UK keyboard layout on this!

Even if I wasn't a programmer, this would make me think twice before buying this
it does not appear to be a very robust product, developing a problem after only a month of use. After applying some light taps to the keyboard to remove dust, crumbs etc. one of the letter keys has become sporadically unresponsive, which I can tell you is VERY annoying when trying to write a report!
#27
eqlolxd


If this was the US layout, as pictured on ebuyer it would be worth it but as it seems the UK layout is messed up it's not really :( altho I guess it depends on whether you use backslash or pipe keys a lot.

I agree that the layout is not very cool, but it is not really a problem. Just configure it as US keyboard in the OS and use that way. Surely you can remember those few differences between UK and US layout - the fact that the keys are labelled differently is not really a big deal.
#28
trixabel
Cold, overpriced.

You joking? This is dirt cheap for a mechanical keyboard. The Kailh switches are just as good as Cherry MX switches but a fraction of the price.
#29
I use mine purely for gaming from a sofa with: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aidata-E-Z-Desk-for-Laptops/dp/B005DY3JEM/

I wouldn't use it as a keyboard on one of my desk based machines.
#30
Ebuyer just told me:

"Having spoken to the Product Team have been advised that this is definitely
UK layout and is as per the images on the website.

I hope this helps.


Kind Regards,

[name redacted to protect the innocent]

Ebuyer.com
Customer Support Team"



Which is obviously incorrect, wrong nad no help at all.

Unless the ebuyer website is displaying a proper US ANSI keyboard to some of us but that weird pseudo-Euro layout to others. I have to admit, there really doesn't seem to be a backslash.

ANSI has one less key than ISO so if they try to cheat you're always gonna lose a key. Alt-GR gives you ¦ but you'd have to remap it to | for it to really be a pipe char.

eqlolxd
Looks an ok keyboard

The only thing that seems annoying is there doesn't seem to be a pipe key (you have to use altgr) and the layout seems a bit weird/different
Not sure how you get backslash either?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B00A53LCQ8/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_dav

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41xjrBba9HL.jpg





Edited By: wide on Jun 21, 2014 16:19
#31
Did Zalman only re-brand the red version of the keyboard? As far as I can tell there's at least 2 more; with yellow and blue backgrounds.
Blue: http://www.newmen.com.cn/product/product.asp?id=639
Yellow: http://armaggeddon.net/gaming-keyboards/strikeeagle-mki-3/

Edited By: skakruk on Aug 03, 2014 11:38

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