Func KB-460 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Reviewmrwooshoo - December 8, 2013
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Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard
Func was founded in 1999, as a sort of gamers with a cause company. The company wanted to produce its own gaming gear that was up to its standard. This started with the most basic of gaming necessities: mouse pads. Since then Func has produced mouse pads exclusively for over a decade. However, earlier this year the company expanded its focus a bit. Func released with its usual mouse pad update (the 1030XL) the aptly named MS-3 Gaming Mouse. As impressive as this was, it was only the beginning. Now, there is the release of the KB-460 Gaming Keyboard.
This is Func's first entry into the line of fire. To make things even more exciting, the first keyboard from Func ever is fully illuminated and comes with Cherry MX red key switches. That's right! The first keyboard from Func ever is a high performance mechanical. It seems as if Func is trying to hit the market at a breakneck pace. A more gentle test of the waters would have been a specialized membrane keyboard, but I suppose to make up for lost time Func wanted to make a memorable, strong, first impression. The bright red LEDs hidden behind every key on the keyboard are almost a beacon to the gaming world that Func is playing hardball with the rest in the keyboard industry.
Considering its attributes (mostly the color), the KB-460 is definitely designed to make a scene, but will it be enough to open up a new window of opportunity for both gamers and the company? Let's take an in-depth look at the KB-460 , and you might have an answer to that question.
The box that the KB-460 came in is very minimalistic. I mean seriously, it's not trying to impress anyone with the outside of the box. There are only four colors involved at all: the black and red of the keyboard, the orange of the Func label, and the white that fills in the rest. On the front there is the Func label, the words "Functionality perfected" beneath that, the model of the contained product, and at the bottom "Cherry MX Red Mechanical Switches". There are literally ten words on the front of the box and an angled picture of the keyboard itself. I both like and dislike this approach. I don't like it when manufacturers post a ton of boasts and possibly empty claims on the box; however, I suppose now that I have seen it I can't say that I like the almost blank alternative (I am too picky I suppose). There is a silver lining that definitely comes with the simplicity of the box and this is that it makes me feel as if Func is not trying to sell me on the box, but on the enclosed product.
I don't have any really good pictures of the sides or top and bottom of the box as they are even less adorned than the front (they have the label and the model). The back of the box is more populated because of the technical specifications, but also because there is a scaled down model of the keyboard with little features posted around the image, like: customizable backlight key illumination; on-board customizable profiles; Func Mode; two USB connect through ports; re-assignable buttons; Cherry MX Red Mechanical Switches; plug'n'play (no need for installations); and Full N-key rollover antighosting. That literally summarizes absolutely everything that is on the box. Pretty minimal, yeah?
Upon first opening the box there is a clear view of the keyboard, with the manual, the letter from the Func team, and the clips for the palm rest. The KB-460 is very well secured in the box. It is suspended between two foam blocks with space above and below the keyboard, as well as top to bottom. Thanks to the way it is packaged, if there is any damage to the box there probably nothing to worry about. The keyboard is wrapped in plastic and the palm rest is wrapped in a foam sheet. After taking off all of the wrapping, it's time to take a look at the KB-460 itself.