Zalman Tech., or simply Zalman as shall be referred to henceforth for convenience, is an established presence in the PC DIY business sector. Established in 1999, they have focused on manufacturing and selling products that are often good value for the money - cases, CPU coolers, case fans, and more. They have since branched out to cover peripherals as well, but the business philosophy has not changed. In a world where $80-$100 mechanical keyboards are claimed as budget, Zalman has introduced the ZM-K650WP for those with a real budget in mind and looking for something better than the $15 Dell keyboard that came with your OEM office PC. Thanks again to Zalman for providing the sample for review.
The Z-Machine Gaming Gear K650WP, also referred to as the ZM-K650WP, is not a mechanical keyboard. It is a membrane keyboard that comes at a price point where even the cost of clone mechanical switches would have exceeded what the entire product comes in at, let alone something such as the popular Cherry MX switches. To make this a more attractive product, Zalman has added dedicated media keys and water-proofing to a full-size keyboard. So let us now take a detailed look at the keyboard by beginning with the specifications below.
|Layout:||104 (+4) keys|
|Material:||ABS plastic top and bottom panels, aluminum plate|
|Weight:||1.10 kg / 2.20 lbs.|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated volume control and key lock buttons|
|Dimensions:||158 (L) x 445 (W) x 37 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Plunger (membrane) tactile switch|
|Interface:||PS/2 with USB adapter included|