iKBC MF108 V.2 Keyboard Review 2

iKBC MF108 V.2 Keyboard Review

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Packaging and Accessories

iKBC is using a cardboard packaging box with a wrap on top, akin to most manufactures, with a mostly matte black finish and glossy sections spread to indicate the company name, product name, and use of genuine Cherry MX switches on the front. This carries on at the back and sides where we see some salient specifications and a sticker over one of multiple switch options to confirm which version is inside (other, in this case). No seals here, but two flaps help keep everything inside in check.

Gone are a second set of cardboard boxes, and instead, we get an extremely thick foam piece that surrounds the keyboard on all sides, and then iKBC has also added a plastic clamshell on top to ensure the keyboard arrives in pristine condition. There is a manual, which is well worth the read, as well as a notice about changes done to the legends on some specific keycaps compared to previous versions. Specifically, the front-printed legends on certain keycaps are not present anymore, which we will discuss in more detail in due time. The accessories come separately packaged in a cardboard box, which is on the side so it does not hit the keyboard at all during transit. Inside is a keycap set with a puller and a removable cable, which is one of the changes from the older F108 RGB keyboard.

iKBC provides a metal wire keycap puller, which is my personal preference given they tend not to scratch keycaps when used, as well as ten replacement keycaps - five each in red and blue. Of these five, one is an R4 row keycap as it pertains to the OEM profile, whereas the rest are R2 row keycaps, meaning you can use the former to replace the top row (Esc key, for example) and the others for most of the remaining keycaps on the keyboard. These do not have any legends printed on them and are not going to support backlighting as well either, which merely makes them aesthetic add-ons in ambient lighting. They are also made out of thick PBT plastic with an average wall thickness of 1.38 mm, so I am glad to see this has not changed.
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