Zalman ZM-K500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - £28.98 @ Ebuyer
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Zalman ZM-K500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - £28.98 @ Ebuyer

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Found 25th Aug 2014
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

35 Comments

Pretty sure this is always around this price. Great if you can live without a numpad :-)

Tenkeyless keyboards are great, it lets you have your mouse closer to your left hand.

Banned

Note that this isn't using cherry switches which is not surprising at this price but Chinese copies. Always round this price too.

bez

Pretty sure this is always around this price. Great if you can live … Pretty sure this is always around this price. Great if you can live without a numpad :-)



Some people like myself can't live WITH a numpad. Personally I use a Corsair K65, for me the numpad consumes too much space for gaming and isn't comfortable - sure I'm not alone in that :P

Shame that home/end/pg up/etc. are not in the right place

regardless of cherry or not, decent for the money if you don't NEED a numpad. Has a decent weight to it too so if you're prone to gamer-rage it could do some damage to your table, walls, friends, etc. so be careful.
Edited by: "adv" 26th Aug 2014

This is also missing the "\" key, a deal breaker for anyone who types Windows directories.

LBP

Some people like myself can't live WITH a numpad. Personally I use a … Some people like myself can't live WITH a numpad. Personally I use a Corsair K65, for me the numpad consumes too much space for gaming and isn't comfortable - sure I'm not alone in that :P



Exactly. Number pads are bad science - a very poor utilisation of space. Unfortunately, all of the top end gaming keyboards are full size.

The Zalman is good value for money, but are there any better 80% keyboards (with backlight) about? So far I've short-listed:

CoolerMaster QuickFire Rapid-i
Ducky Zero DK2087S
Tizona Elite G2NFL (with detachable number pad, just in case)

I've long since given up on anything truly ergonomic for gamers

stringsonfire

Exactly. Number pads are bad science - a very poor utilisation of space. … Exactly. Number pads are bad science - a very poor utilisation of space. Unfortunately, all of the top end gaming keyboards are full size.The Zalman is good value for money, but are there any better 80% keyboards (with backlight) about? So far I've short-listed:CoolerMaster QuickFire Rapid-iDucky Zero DK2087STizona Elite G2NFL (with detachable number pad, just in case)I've long since given up on anything truly ergonomic for gamers



I like the look of that there Ducky, where is it for sale/for how much?

I got a G105 from ebuyer in feb, the backspace key started to stick the otherday so I returned it, Ended up getting this from amazon decent keyboard but the backspace key feels a little stiffer than the rest and I'm really missing the backlight. I've been looking at the apex raw but it looks massive. If only I could get a G105 cheap again.

stringsonfire

Exactly. Number pads are bad science - a very poor utilisation of space. … Exactly. Number pads are bad science - a very poor utilisation of space. Unfortunately, all of the top end gaming keyboards are full size.The Zalman is good value for money, but are there any better 80% keyboards (with backlight) about? So far I've short-listed:CoolerMaster QuickFire Rapid-iDucky Zero DK2087STizona Elite G2NFL (with detachable number pad, just in case)I've long since given up on anything truly ergonomic for gamers



God damn I want that Ducky keyboard, if I buy one more peripheral though I fear my nuts may fall prey to an angry girlfriend.

Just wanted to reiterate rossysaurus' point that this keyboard, for some godforsaken reason, doesn't have a \ | key between shift and z.

If you don't do any programming, or use a command line, this might not be a huge deal, but \ is used for escape characters and windows directory paths, and | is the pipe character on most *nix shells. I certainly couldn't live without this key and I'm glad I noticed it in the comments.

I use my number pad on my razer blackwidow ultimate keyboard all the time..real time saver when typing numbers or pressing enter

stringsonfire

Unfortunately, all of the top end gaming keyboards are full size.


CM Storm Quickfire Rapid / Rapid-i may not be priced 'top end', but it is beautifully built and a genuine pleasure to type on
and of course, tenkeyless

love mine

It does have a \| key it is above the return key.

I use one of these on my sofa-based gaming machine. Pretty good for the money.

Banned

xela333

Note that this isn't using cherry switches which is not surprising at … Note that this isn't using cherry switches which is not surprising at this price but Chinese copies. Always round this price too.



They are all made in China.

Technical mumbo jumbo aside, it's a keyboard. But it's price makes it a rip off.

Cold.

lolyehright

They are all made in China. Technical mumbo jumbo aside, it's a … They are all made in China. Technical mumbo jumbo aside, it's a keyboard. But it's price makes it a rip off. Cold.



£29 for a mechanical keyboard a rip off? Damn

Why would you need a numpad on a gaming keyboard any way? It's not like you're gonna be using Excel like a pro.

stringsonfire

Exactly. Number pads are bad science - a very poor utilisation of space.


You've obviously never had a requirement to type a lot of numbers.
It's far, far quicker on the number pad than it is using the standard top row keys.

Edited by: "jukkie" 26th Aug 2014



nightyard

I use my number pad on my razer blackwidow ultimate keyboard all the … I use my number pad on my razer blackwidow ultimate keyboard all the time..real time saver when typing numbers or pressing enter

stringsonfire

Exactly. Number pads are bad science - a very poor utilisation of space.



That's not true - number pads are great when they're separate, but full size keyboards are damaging. Your mouse should be in that space (unless you're left handed). Basic workstation ergonomics. Just ask my RSI

ctrl+alt+# = \
ctrl+alt+shift+# = |

ctrl+alt+# = (backslash \)
ctrl+alt+shift+# = |

just coz some games require you to play on a number pad. admitedly its not common, but does happen. also in 2 player on 1 keyboard situations. also pretty sure ff7 used to use the num pad?

Looks like a US keyboard layout with the @ on the 2 key and the \ in a different location?

As with comment in previous deal...
hotukdeals.com/dea…e=2

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?

amazon.co.uk/gp/…dav

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

Edited by: "eqlolxd" 26th Aug 2014

Nothing like stating the obvious but the one on ebuyer is a UK layout (not US like above) and judging by the pictures on the site the | \ key is above the enter key.

mjhooper

Nothing like stating the obvious but the one on ebuyer is a UK layout … Nothing like stating the obvious but the one on ebuyer is a UK layout (not US like above) and judging by the pictures on the site the | \ key is above the enter key.



Well spotted, I must have missed it expecting a full sized enter key. Still would hate to use that keyboard layout though.

It might look like a good price for a mechanical keyboard, but its awful!

The attenuation of the keys just doesn't feel nice in anyway, its silly sensitive on some keys and not others, but the biggest issue I have is the lack of black slash ( \ ) anywhere on the keyboard...

personally I'd stay away. I hope this helps someone.

Looks good, anyone recommend the same thing but full UK layout?

Guardsmon

but the biggest issue I have is the lack of black slash ( \ ) anywhere on … but the biggest issue I have is the lack of black slash ( \ ) anywhere on the keyboard...



Anywhere, apart from above the enter key... O_o

mjhooper

Nothing like stating the obvious but the one on ebuyer is a UK layout … Nothing like stating the obvious but the one on ebuyer is a UK layout (not US like above) and judging by the pictures on the site the | \ key is above the enter key.


ebuyer image (US layout)
http://img.ebyrcdn.net/609307-625015-800.jpg
amazon image (zalman messed up 'UK' layout)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41xjrBba9HL.jpg

standard layout difference for US / UK keyboards:
http://www.goodtyping.com/difteclats-us-uk2.png

people in the other deal who bought from ebuyer said they received the uk layout which is the amazon image

mm0zct

Just wanted to reiterate rossysaurus' point that this keyboard, for some … Just wanted to reiterate rossysaurus' point that this keyboard, for some godforsaken reason, doesn't have a \ | key between shift and z.If you don't do any programming, or use a command line, this might not be a huge deal, but \ is used for escape characters and windows directory paths, and | is the pipe character on most *nix shells. I certainly couldn't live without this key and I'm glad I noticed it in the comments.



I have one of these and I'm using US keyboard layout - I have a US layout notebook with two external keyboards, this one and a Corsair K70R which I brought in from the US (I can't stand the UK layout with the backslash near the shift key). The mapping lets you use the keys in their intended US ANSI layout - they don't work as labelled but the ~ key above the shift key works as a backslash, just as you would normally expect on a standard US keyboard. I just set it up telling Win7 that it was a US layout, it works rather well.

The build is VERY solid on this thing and the mechanical switches are like more solid and slightly heavier versions of Cherry Red - a tad more subdued than the reds, they're actually not bad; I have been using it more for sitting back and typing and leaving my main keyboard in place.

Banned

lolyehright

They are all made in China. Technical mumbo jumbo aside, it's a … They are all made in China. Technical mumbo jumbo aside, it's a keyboard. But it's price makes it a rip off. Cold.



Thanks for proving you have no idea what your talking about.

Cold, discontinued on the Ebuyer site
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