Kinesis, and in particular Kinesis Gaming, is not new to TechPowerUp. We covered the launch product of the ergonomically-driven gaming peripheral brand, the Freestyle Edge, nearly three years ago, and they have since come out with an RGB version of the same that may well get a review here soon depending on my schedule. Established in 2016, the brand has gotten into eSports sponsorship as well with Team Kinesis and released a mouse and mouse pad to complement their product range. Today, they release an all-new keyboard that is a departure from their split keyboard forte but retains the parent company's emphasis on ergonomics all the same. Enter the TKO Tournament keyboard, and thanks again to the company for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!
The Kinesis Gaming TKO Tournament (henceforth only Kinesis Gaming TKO in this review for convenience) is a 60% keyboard named after the technical knock out result in combat sports and employed in certain video games, as well as a reference to TenKeyless 0 (zero) to indicate it is smaller than TKL. The competitive gaming world especially has been getting into smaller form factor keyboards of late, with a few mainstream brands getting into them as well. It makes sense given the portable nature of the product coupled with only needing a specific, often smaller number of dedicated keys for gaming. With the TKO, Kinesis Gaming aims to offer their take on the smaller form factor, which includes a few ergonomic tweaks you won't really see elsewhere. We will cover all this and more in this review that begins with a look at the specifications below.
Kinesis Gaming TKO Tournament Keyboard
60% form factor in a modified US ANSI layout, other language support dependent on your region
ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and aluminium frame
0.55 kg/1.2 lbs.
Full N-Key rollover USB available
Available as a layered function
114 (L) x 295 (W) x 33 (H) mm
6 ft/1.8 m
Choice of Kailh BOX Red, Brown, or White RGB switch