Zalman ZM-K500 USB Mechanical Keyboard £35.12 @ Amazon
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Zalman ZM-K500 USB Mechanical Keyboard £35.12 @ Amazon

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Found 8th Apr 2015
Another price drop, okay okay... It's not a huge drop and it has dipped slightly lower in the past. £35.12 for a mechanical keyboard with some multimedia controls ins't too bad at all.

Nice and small too! Reviews seem pretty decent and it doesn't really get much cheaper to move to mechanical switches.

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Edited by: "NeoTrix" 8th Apr 2015

For three pounds more, I'd recommend the Apple Keyboard. I got one last week for work and typing on it is a dream. It makes me so much more productive. The keys are also really quiet so my furious typing doesn't bother my colleagues in an open-plan office! amazon.co.uk/App…ard

joeymcjoe

For three pounds more, I'd recommend the Apple Keyboard. I got one last … For three pounds more, I'd recommend the Apple Keyboard. I got one last week for work and typing on it is a dream. It makes me so much more productive. The keys are also really quiet so my furious typing doesn't bother my colleagues in an open-plan office! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-Keyboard-with-Numeric-Keypad/dp/B005EMLOP4/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1428499080&sr=1-2&keywords=apple+keyboard



Not sure how useful that recommendation is. Even though the Apple keyboard is a decent one, I'd argue that the two are very different types of keyboards and very hard to compare. Mechanical keys vs scissor keys.

Edit: I guess if your metric is noise then it's a good alternative.
Edited by: "seven86" 8th Apr 2015

seven86

Not sure how useful that recommendation is. Even though the Apple … Not sure how useful that recommendation is. Even though the Apple keyboard is a decent one, I'd argue that the two are very different types of keyboards and very hard to compare. Mechanical keys vs scissor keys.Edit: I guess if your metric is noise then it's a good alternative.



To be honest I've no idea what mechanical keys are! It would be interesting to try them out, but I don't think I would ever want to change from what I've got now...

joeymcjoe

To be honest I've no idea what mechanical keys are! It would be … To be honest I've no idea what mechanical keys are! It would be interesting to try them out, but I don't think I would ever want to change from what I've got now...


plenty of info to read up on, but basically this is super cheap for a mechanical keyboard. Uses Chinese copies of cherry mx but my friend picked this up and is really happy with it. Definately cheap compared to my £100+ corsair kb. This has gaming key switches rather than typing switches but still good for both.

id0ru

plenty of info to read up on, but basically this is super cheap for a … plenty of info to read up on, but basically this is super cheap for a mechanical keyboard. Uses Chinese copies of cherry mx but my friend picked this up and is really happy with it. Definately cheap compared to my £100+ corsair kb. This has gaming key switches rather than typing switches but still good for both.




Can't decide whether to go for this or pay an extra £30 for the Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition. Any insight?

Does it use the red switches (or whatever Chinese equivalent of the red switches)? I personally don't like them, too spongy.

No num pad :B

joeymcjoe

To be honest I've no idea what mechanical keys are!



Average Mac babby

seven86

Can't decide whether to go for this or pay an extra £30 for the Razer … Can't decide whether to go for this or pay an extra £30 for the Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition. Any insight?



I have Razer BW Ultimate BF4 edition and love it , has original Cherry MX Blues.... Razer switched to Chinese manufacturer hence I do recommend you to check Corsair K65

Don't buy it. It has no "\" on it. The quality isn't as good as any of the other cheaper version (eg. CM Storm), the keys aren't cherries and I thoroughly regret buying mine.

Crosshash

Average Mac babby



Hey I'm an above-average Mac "babby"!

Going to post a comment from a previous deal as I was looking at these (ages ago), the switches are made by the same company who now make switches for some of the razor mechanical keyboards (the ones with razors own, non-cherry switches)

hotukdeals.com/dea…774

eqlolxd

Looks an ok keyboardThe only thing that seems annoying is there doesn't … Looks an ok keyboardThe 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/differentNot sure how you get backslash either?http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B00A53LCQ8/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_dav



Probably a good keyboard if you can get on with the layout and the lack of a pipe and backslash keys
The US layout one pictured on the site does seem better

Edited by: "eqlolxd" 9th Apr 2015

I have had this keyboard since October last year and it has been a great introduction to mechanical keys - especially since mechs are never on offer. I think I got the last one from CPC farnell for £30 so I would snap this up if you want to try out a mech.

My son has the CM Storm membrane which is a similar price but I prefer this as my desk is always cluttered. I use this for thesis work and gaming and it is great for both - nice and noisy with that satisfying clickity clack.

Missing a backslash and numpad, but as already mentioned, for the money you will not get better - you will need to spend 40/50 for a no thrills, tenkeyless, mech keyboard and then you might aswell pay that wee bit more for something a bit better.

I'm holding out for a deal on a decent mech keyboard now. Until then I will continue to use this and will keep it as a spare!
Edited by: "TypeRaboo" 12th Apr 2015

Thanks for the info in the comments, it's no good to me with no backslash and no number pad.

Guardsmon

Don't buy it. It has no "\" on it. The quality isn't as good as any of … Don't buy it. It has no "\" on it. The quality isn't as good as any of the other cheaper version (eg. CM Storm), the keys aren't cherries and I thoroughly regret buying mine.



Not sure, but the pictures show the pipe and backslash keys above the Enter key?


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41yUtGuyCdL.jpg
(not sure why Amazon has the picture rotated this way!)
Edited by: "garlik_bread" 30th Apr 2015

Great for the space it creates on your desk. I have a small desk, and my numpad keyboard takes A LOT of room, so I may go for this. Just wish there was a backlit model.
Edited by: "f2k8" 30th Apr 2015

I would not recommend this keyboard, I owned it for a year, all was dandy. Then two of the keys failed to respond. I cleaned the keyboard, checked the contacts etc. No good.

Off & on, I also had issues, where I would have to hit the keys a little too hard to get a response.

It seemed fine for a while though :-(

Try one of these if you can find one at a decent price, so much nicer:

Cherry G80 High Quality Click Action Keyboard G80-3000LSCGB-2
Edited by: "Justme1969" 30th Apr 2015

Linear switches are for gaming, clicky switches are for typing.

You do not want to game on a clicky switch because you cannot press it twice really fast as it has the click point it needs to go past each time. You may think you can press the key fast, but you don't realise just how you play and how you actually need to hit the keys.

I remember having a Razer keyboard with the blue switches and constantly I'd wonder why things didn't activate. It's because I'm hitting the key and then trying to hit it before it has gone past the click point again. With a linear switch you can rehit it straight away.

If this came with a good palm rest for an extra £10, I'd bite.

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lookatmywad

If this came with a good palm rest for an extra £10, I'd bite.


Yeah, one of the most important things for me. I can't type without one!

Yea, my old KB broke and I researched hard to find a good quality replacement. I ended up opting for a amazon.co.uk/Per…S0W

The palm rest on it is good but it's far from ideal.

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lookatmywad

Yea, my old KB broke and I researched hard to find a good quality … Yea, my old KB broke and I researched hard to find a good quality replacement. I ended up opting for a http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perixx-PX-1100-Backlit-Gaming-Keyboard/dp/B00GMIYS0WThe palm rest on it is good but it's far from ideal.



Using a Logitech G910 at the moment. The palm rests are a bit weird, comfy... just weird. Although they do give you two... That are both very similar, just one is slightly smaller. Go figure.

Nice, I owned one of these for nearly a year until I bought a Corsair K65. The corsair is much better quality as you would expect however I would was happy with the Zalman for the price!

I was limited with choice because I need a compact keyboard with no numpad.

garlik_bread

Not sure, but the pictures show the pipe and backslash keys above the … Not sure, but the pictures show the pipe and backslash keys above the Enter key?(not sure why Amazon has the picture rotated this way!)



I'm using one right now, that key is tilde/hash. there is no backslash whatsoever, and it's a pain.
Keyboard is pretty good although you do get what you pay for. Pretty damn solid and a nice weight to it so it doesnt go flying or skid around if you knock it.

When i bought it i thought i could do without a numpad... ended up paying more for a separate numpad than this keyboard... which honestly i wouldnt have minded if this keyboard had a USB port i could've run it through.
Edited by: "adv" 30th Apr 2015

garlik_bread

Not sure, but the pictures show the pipe and backslash keys above the … Not sure, but the pictures show the pipe and backslash keys above the Enter key?(not sure why Amazon has the picture rotated this way!)



Unless they have bought out a new version of the keyboard to fix the issue then that picture is of a EU or US version. I'll try and remember to check when I get in tonight, but mine has been boxed since purchase last year as it is useless without and unfortunately I couldn't return it.

Just sold my one of these, great little keyboard but very clacky and if you are not accurate a lot of mistakes, well made but a little small for my sausage fingers, also don't use in low light it is impossible to see the keys, worth £35 though, I got more than that on EBay with postage for mine.
Edited by: "T2000Bill" 30th Apr 2015

joeymcjoe

To be honest I've no idea what mechanical keys are!



Well I'm not really sure you should be recommending an alternative to them, then!

I once ate a sausage roll and the crumbs were easily removable, with a slight shoogle of course.

Compared to more expensive brands, this one got quite low quality built, hence the price. The key switches are kailh and it is well known for inconsistency between keys. Btw Razer also us kailh since 2014 so if you're fine with razer and dont want to pay the price then this is a very good alternative.

By expensive brands I means Filco, Leopold, Ducky, Cooler Master, Corsair, Logitech, etc..

UK Layout of this doesn't seem to have backslash or pipe keys

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

See the above image from a uk amazon customer (they seem to have removed this from the page)

Other than that it seems ok, the manufacturer of the switches is contracted by razer to make switches for a lot of their mechanical keyboards now.

I personally couldn't use a keyboard without backslash or pipe keys

The pictures shown on amazon are of the US layout

Edited by: "eqlolxd" 1st May 2015

joeymcjoe

For three pounds more, I'd recommend the Apple Keyboard. I got one last … For three pounds more, I'd recommend the Apple Keyboard. I got one last week for work and typing on it is a dream. It makes me so much more productive. The keys are also really quiet so my furious typing doesn't bother my colleagues in an open-plan office! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-Keyboard-with-Numeric-Keypad/dp/B005EMLOP4/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1428499080&sr=1-2&keywords=apple+keyboard



Don't know if they still sell them but the Thinkpad keyboards blows the Apple one into the weeds in terms of typing experience.

support.lenovo.com/gb/…183


Edited by: "Picard123" 2nd May 2015

Picard123

Don't know if they still sell them but the Thinkpad keyboards blows the … Don't know if they still sell them but the Thinkpad keyboards blows the Apple one into the weeds in terms of typing experience.http://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/documents/migr-73183



What is this, 1999? That keyboard looks awful!
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