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Zalman Z-Machine ZM-K700M Gaming Keyboard Review

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Zalman Z-Machine ZM-K700M Closer Look:

Now that we have the Zalman ZM-K700M Gaming Keyboard out of the packaging, you can see its sleek black design with the well laid out key structure. The keys are evenly spaced and very easy to type on. There is no delay in the key press and the keyboard features Ultra Polling at real 1,000 Hz. The keys are raised high like the old-style mechanical keyboards, which makes the feedback very positive. There is no palm rest on this keyboard, which in my opinion is needed for long gaming hours or a lot of typing. It would have been nice to see some sort of palm rest since the keys are so raised for the accommodation of the Cherry MX Red switches. We will have to see if that causes strain while doing work and gaming compared to other keyboards. On the back of the keyboard is the product sticker and not much else. I will show the rubber feet better below, but I can say this keyboard has some of the best anti-slip feet I have seen in a long time on a keyboard. At the top of the back side, there is a groove channel that makes routing the cable very nice, keeping it clean.

 

 

As I mentioned above, the layout is very clean. There are a number of shortcut and special keys that can be used for added functionality, such as a mail shortcut, Internet Explorer shortcut, and media controls. On the left side of the keyboard, there are the LEDs for caps and num lock, as well as the macro keys that can be set up for use in games and more. On the right side of the keyboard is the Z-Machine logo above the arrow keys and the stroke indicator, which lights up the faster you type. The top right of the keyboard features the Z key, which can be used to switch between Z mode and N mode for different features during gaming, such as the macro support and G-key support.

 

 

 

On the bottom of the keyboard, there are very nice and over-sized anti-slip, rubber feet that keep your keyboard in place. There are also two-stage, flip-out feet to raise the back of the keyboard slightly or at a full stance. Unfortunately, there are no additional USB or audio ports on the Z-Machine ZM-K700M, which would have been a real nice addition to have. This would have rounded the keyboard out to be a number one contender. The USB connection cable is braided to keep it strong and keep from wearing out. Finally, with one of the keys popped off, you can see the Cherry Red MX Switches used in this keyboard. Cherry MX Red switches have a fairly low actuation force of only 45cN, making it comfortable to press keys without the need for a lot of force.

 

 

 

With the LED backlighting, Zalman has made this keyboard unique by allowing the LEDs to "dance" in different patterns, such as a wave, by touch, and my favorite, the EQ pattern. To show off the power of the EQ pattern, which is awesome if you are at a LAN party, check out the video below:

 

Now that we have seen the keyboard more closely, we can move on to the testing.




  1. Zalman Z-Machine ZM-K700M: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Zalman Z-Machine ZM-K700M: Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Zalman Z-Machine ZM-K700M: Specifications & Features
  4. Zalman Z-Machine ZM-K700M: Testing & Results
  5. Zalman Z-Machine ZM-K700M: Conclusion
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