iKBC CD108 BT Keyboard Review 1

iKBC CD108 BT Keyboard Review

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Introduction


It was just a short while ago that TechPowerUp had visited iKBC at Computex and covered their then upcoming full-size keyboard release via a news post. They had shared a large booth with Mistel Keyboard and Vortexgear, and all three brands seemed to think that wireless mechanical keyboards were going to be the norm for the enthusiast keyboard market in 2018. Indeed, iKBC decided to go beyond most others who had a smaller form factor wireless keyboard prototype on display and instead showcased the CD108 BT, a full-size keyboard based on their existing CD108 keyboard. This precursor keyboard, if you will, is a more budget-friendly option that still provides a good user experience, and I was more than intrigued to take a look at the CD108 BT when it was out. Turns out, it was basically ready to go in June itself, and here we are with a review sample already! Thanks again to iKBC for providing a sample to TechPowerUp.


The CD108 BT is a 108-key keyboard, as the name suggests, with a modified US ANSI layout, at least for the sample I have here. The extra four keys over the 104-key layout are taken up by volume control and a calculator key, curiously enough. The only indication we get about this being a wireless keyboard from the image above is due the indicator LEDs right underneath, with markings for BT and battery status as well. It is definitely a subtle keyboard in terms of looks, something iKBC excels at. Let us begin our more detailed examination of the keyboard by starting with the specifications below.

Specifications

iKBC CD108 BT Keyboard
Layout:108-key modified US ANSI, other languages supported based on region
Material:ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, steel plate
Macro Support:No
Weight:1.25 kg / 2.75 lbs.
Wrist Rest:No
Anti-Ghosting:Six-Key rollover Bluetooth, NKRO for USB
Media Keys:Yes
Dimensions:136 (L) x 438 (W) x 41 (H) mm
Cable Length:6 ft / 1.8 m (when not using Bluetooth)
Software:No
Switch Type:Choice of Cherry MX Red, Brown, Blue, and Clear mechanical switch
Backlighting:No
Interface:USB or Bluetooth
Warranty:One year
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