The original plan for my first Building a Keyboard article was to cover six Gateron switches. However, I found it quite hard to get a hold of two specific Gateron switches for that series. Epomaker offered an easy enough solution—just review full-size keyboards using them! The Akko 3084 World Tour Tokyo was a fascinating look at a Chinese brand attempting to relate Japanese cultural elements through keyboards, so I was intrigued to see what else the brand had cooking up for full keyboards. Today, we take a look at the first Akko keyboard with one of the two "missing" switches. In a departure from all the various smaller form factor keyboards reviewed lately here, we go back to a full-size keyboard. Thanks again to Epomaker, and Akko, for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp.
The keyboard name once again tells us a lot about the design. Akko keyboards include the form factor in the name, with this being a 108-key full-size keyboard as indicated by the "3108." Matcha Red Bean refers to the color scheme and keycaps, with inspiration this time taken from the fairly popular East Asian snack. I found myself loving red bean desserts during my time in Taiwan. Regardless, the white, green, and red color scheme is fairly novel, and underneath the keycaps lie Gateron switches that might as well be just as rare. We'll go through everything on board this interesting-looking keyboard in this review which begins with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|Akko 3108DS Matcha Red Bean Keyboard|
|Layout:||108-key form factor in a US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and steel plate|
|Weight:||1.2 kg/2.64 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated volume control|
|Dimensions:||140 (L) x 440 (W) x 41 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft/1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Gateron Pink or Orange mechanical switch|