Akko has been on a roll lately with its keyboard designs, so much so that it's quickly becoming one of the more recommended brands by keyboard enthusiasts for custom keyboard designs at a really good price. It started out simple, but then quickly went off the rails with original designs and even in-house switches. Some of its keycap sets are no doubt inspired by others, which gives people an excuse to dismiss the brand entirely. It is a legitimate concern, but there are enough differences to where they can be considered different enough. Today is not a day to talk about those nuances, however. Today, we talk about something unlike anything else that is completely original to Akko.
I would encourage reading our review of the Akko Monet's Pond set, which sets a base for why I was interested in covering the King Koi reviewed today. With Monet's Pond, the company sought to bring a popular tourist spot in Japan to your desk. There are vibrant colors throughout, and the Koi theme is prevalent alongside more elements of Japanese culture. There is also the use of the Hiragana script for no other reason but as a design choice, which is getting far too common for my tastes on aftermarket keycap sets. Akko is a Chinese company, however. It complemented the World Tour Tokyo theme with the World Tour Beijing I have not covered, and there will soon be another one closer to home, too. So when I saw a local-to-them version of the Koi theme, I had to get it in to examine in this review beginning with the specifications in the table below.
|Akko 3108v2 King Koi|
|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 442 (W) x 40 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft/1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of several different Akko or Cherry MX mechanical switches|