G.SKILL as a brand is synonymous with memory, so much so that our review database is filled with G.SKILL DDR4 kits when sorting by the company. You need to scroll down a decent amount before you hit a mouse review of their only mouse to date, and then there are a couple of keyboard reviews in there too. Late last year, the company introduced replacement keycaps they were pretty excited about and wanted me to cover. I wanted to wait until I could photograph them properly and then noticed there was another keyboard I can combine them with for a full review. So here we are then, taking a look at a G.SKILL keyboard and the Crystal Crown keycaps, and thanks again to the company for sending review samples to TechPowerUp!
G.SKILL keyboards have been all over the place when it comes to design, but it is also hard to generalize given there have been so few to date. Their Ripjaws model especially has adopted an aggressive design, which this KM360 contrasts strongly with a minimalist design and a TKL (tenkeyless) form factor. So much so that there is no logo or identifier in the stock image above, and it could be any other company's keyboard. It is with the Crystal Crown keycaps that things look different, and we will take a look at all of this in the review that begins with a look at the keyboard's specifications in the table below.
|G.SKILL KM360 Keyboard|
|Layout:||87-key form factor in a US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps, and aluminium top plate|
|Weight:||0.68 kg/1.5 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Dimensions:||132 (L) x 360 (W) x 37 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||5 ft/1.5 m|
|Switch Type:||Cherry MX Red mechanical switch|
|Backlighting:||Yes, single color white|
Packaging and Accessories
Packaging for the G.SKILL KM360 comes in the form of a cardboard box inside a sealed plastic bag, and we see a predominantly monochrome design for the box with the company logo and product name alongside a large render of the keyboard all lit up. The salient marketing features are seen on the sides and the back, along with another render to show off the keyboard on both sides. A double flap in the middle keeps the contents inside in place during transit.
Opening the box, we see the keyboard inside a wax paper wrap to help keep it clean and free of dust. It is protected by cardboard on all sides, including a cutout to separate the accessory provided here. There is also a multi-language quick-start guide under the keyboard (online copy here), which goes over the setup and backlighting user controls. This is a fairly basic keyboard in terms of extra functionality on top of the usual keyboard functions, so the quick-start guide is not going to be necessary past a few minutes. There is also a detachable keyboard cable. It comes inside another wax wrap and goes from a male USB Type-A connector to a male USB Type-C connector, which points towards the use of Type-C connectivity on the keyboard.
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