amazon iKBC CD108 reviews
A keyboard, whether for gaming or for text entry, its focus is always on typing. The typing experience is the most important thing of a keyboard, the flickering torch light effects, or the ungainly and lack subtle. Focusing on the experience, the core quality of a keyboard is the motto of the success of the old brands in mechanical keyboard manufacturers like Filco, Leopold, iKBC, even though their products are expensive.
As in the beating box of iKBC CD108 – The quality of the foundation for the brand that Biareview sent to readers earlier this week, iKBC has made the average user surprised by the extremely competitive price of iKBC CD108 . However, it is also a full-size keyboard line, with the same processing quality as the keyboard keyboards, but why is iKBC CD108 so cheap? – Is the essence of the typing quality of iKBC CD108 guaranteed as other products of iKBC? – Today’s review will give you a valid answer.
The writers themselves have to confirm such a thing when the iKBC CD108 keyboard is on hand because the price of just 60 USD in the international market only has a chance owning a keyboard can be said to have extremely good extreme-finish product. Even when placing iKBC CD108 across the “comparing” with the older mechanical keyboard lines in the higher-end segment from iKBC or other manufacturers, iKBC CD108 will still give you a feeling of great value.
The iKBC CD108 is built with an extremely solid foundation, the outer plastic is thick and extremely hard, making it difficult for users to flex the iKBC CD108. On the other hand, the ruggedness of the iKBC CD108 is further reinforced by the iron plate underneath, the PBT “thick” and hard plastic keycap allows them to cling hard to the plunger, the bottom is 4 anti-rubber bases anti-sliding with a very large area compared to conventional keyboards …
Whereas the meticulousness in iKBC’s production and processing has brought this keyboard is almost perfect. Keycap is made entirely of high quality, extremely thick PBT plastic and the surface is lightly tapped, leaving no slippery phenomenon, hand-worn or worn-out after long time use (in years). The outer plastic casing is also molded with extremely high precision, the coupling almost does not let out any extra plastic seams or edges, the surface is beautifully sanded, anti-fingerprint, the user can not find Any screws or joints including the front and back of iKBC CD108.
Buy less, get more
Adding value to the iKBC CD108 is the accessory attached to the product that is said to be very useful, beautiful and superior to the keyboard in the same segment. Despite smashing the box and using a lot of iKBC keyboards, the writer had to confess that the iKBC CD108 was included with lots of attractive toys with impressive quality.
When owning iKBC CD108, users are also provided with a keycap set of up to 22 keys, full of red / green / green / yellow colors, keycap with characters or characters. This is a very familiar feature of iKBC with each of its products being launched, but with the number of up to 22 keys, it is very impressive. The keycap is made of PBT plastic, which is very thick, the letter is no longer compressed with double-shot technology (2 layers) as before but it is printed directly. The fingertip contact surface of this keycap is also impressively machined when they are very smooth, ensuring users will “happy” when “stroking” on the surface of these keycap .
In addition to the high-quality keycap, the kit also comes with an egg-type keypuller, which easily pulls the keycap safely without worrying about misalignment of the keys. In particular, the appearance of a transparent plastic dust cover and a thin section adds to the surprise of the user. This key cover is very basic, not very nice, but it is actually very useful, good dustproof, increase the life of the keys and users also less effort to clean the keys regularly.
The iKBC CD108 is not equipped with backlight system, but usually iKBC keyboard products are built into the board so that users need to make more backlighting easier. However, because the iKBC CD108 circuit cannot be opened, as well as the instruction to turn off the backlight with Fn + key combination cannot be used, the writer cannot confirm the iKBC CD108 cannot add more lights. In contrast, the iKBC CD108 case has a backlight option with different colors including green, red.
Good typing experience
To evaluate the most objectively for the typing experience of iKBC CD108, Biareview will use two versions using the two most popular switches today are Cherry MX Blue and Red.
Usually, a gamer, especially eSports gamers often use Cherry MX Red because of the light pressing force, smooth journey, easy to pick up keys and very fast typing speed every minute. The iKBC CD108 using the Cherry MX Red switch confidently brings a solid experience on the table, every keystroke is very solid for gamers. The Cherry MX Red switch seems to have been pre-engineered so the journey becomes much smoother, which is felt if you also own another Cherry MX Red keyboard model. With the keys of Cherry’s long size, stabilizer proved to be more perfect than the writer’s imagination, because the smoothness of typing Space can be no less than Costar stabilizer.
Conversely, contrary to the smoothness of Cherry MX Red, the version using Cherry MX Blue will bring a rather fun signaling and clicky journey with a slightly heavier force. However, the experience that Cherry MX Blue on iKBC CD108 does not seem to be so smooth because the switch is quite “powerful” and it is still very new, so it leads to a slight feeling of disappointment compared to Compare with another keyboard using “ever-experienced” Cherry MX Blue. In summary, the iKBC CD108 version using Cherry MX Blue will need a relatively long time to operate the switch that can operate smoothly at the maximum level.
The sound in each keystroke with the iKBC CD108 version using Cherry MX Red in the first time was quite quiet, warm and smooth, due to the thick PBT keycap material … However after the time of use will be a little noisy with the sound quite clear, although the sound is still very neat. When trying out the slim ABS keycap, the sound obtained from the iKBC CD108 Cherry MX Red is probably no less noisy than MX Blue. The iKBC CD108 version using Cherry MX Blue with familiar clicky will have a bit of contrast because the sound obtained when using the default keycap is quite large, much more sharp when used with the slim ABS keycap, which will definitely decrease satisfied with “clicky addicts”. Thereby, can you see value of the PBT keycap set that iKBC equips for iKBC CD108?
where can you get a iKBC CD108 online
iKBC CD108 PBT Full Size Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Brown Switch, Black Case: Buy it now
iKBC CD108BT Wired + Wireless 2 in 1 Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Black Switch for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac (Bluetooth 3.0, PBT OEM Profile Keycaps, 108-Key, Navy Blue Color, ANSI/US): Buy it now
Not yet reached “scrumptious” level
In recent times, surely a lot of readers can find reviews praising the iKBC CD108 as the best keyboard in 2018. This is an easy-to-use, “introductory” user then it can be considered as correct because in the same price below $90, the quality of iKBC CD108 is almost unmatched. But to say iKBC CD108 is a mechanical keyboard “the best in 2018”, it is over complimenting because iKBC CD108 still reveals quite a lot of inherent weaknesses of iKBC and somewhat “ungainly” in the design phase .
The first example is the design of the multimedia key cluster extending above the number pad. It won’t be a problem if this key row of iKBC CD108 signal backlight is pushed down, obscuring the gap between the two key clusters, which is difficult to observe. Each time, the writer had to lean over, give up his comfortable backrest posture just to see if Caps Lock / Num Lock was on. Like other potential users, iKBC can always mount LED under the switch with these special keys to make it easier for the user to identify, or set the signal light down the navigation key area which is quite airy.
In addition, the iKBC backlight cluster CD108 also adds useless parts when it is not possible to display the function activation status when using the Fn key combination. For example, the ability to lock two Windows keys, change the NKRO – 6KRO mode. The F1 / 2/3/4 key cluster also features multimedia y that incorporates the above mentioned 4 separate multimedia keys, without any comments on the key surface.
The next problem lies in the keycap, it must be recognized that keycap from iKBC is very good thanks to PBT plastic casting, but the printing of bad characters, slightly yellowish looks not very clean still exists. White characters printed on the keys are also easy to stain, requiring users to clean their hands before using them because it may stain after a period of use.
It’s still a keycap problem, the keycap comes in a variety of colors, which contributes to the freshness of iKBC CD108, but the keycap with the characters is stuck with a slight problem – smudged print characters and bad. Sadly, the non-printing keycap is only for the cluster of navigation keys, while the modifier keys do not have a slippery option, and users are forced to accept the ugly characters printed on these keycaps.
The weight and the large rubber base make it as strong as iKBC CD108’s tripod, but the two high-lift legs are “weak” because they can easily be folded in with only one force. Very light push if you put iKBC CD108 on a large size portable table (which is very popular in recent times). If iKBC designed the elevation foot in the form of horizontal folding, it could be completely overcome.
Finally, the lack of a cable for the iKBC CD108 made many people uncomfortable by having a bit of entanglement if they thought about bringing this 1.3-kilogram keyboard somewhere, as well as without covering will make the wire easier to cut. For writers alone, this is not a big problem because a heavy keyboard like iKBC CD108 is best placed on the table, and choose another small keyboard if you want to travel. Because of that, the the wire cable are nothing to worry about.
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