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Zalman ZM-K700M Dynamic Mechanical LED Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 2:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Zalman

Inside the ZM-K700M

 

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Removing a few of the keycaps offers us a view of the bright red Cherry MX switches used, and in this instance, the LED bulbs are white. We also see that the torsion bars are not exposed in this design, making removing the keys easier, now if only Zalman supplied a key puller for cleaning.

 

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We mentioned this earlier; all the caps are shot in an opaque white initially, and they are painted black. The legends are left blank, but in the instance of the secondary functionality, that legend has been filled in with red paint.

 

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Four screws and the removal of a quality control sticker got us half way here. There is a fair bit of prying involved after that to release the dozen or so clips that run around the edge of the frame. If this were truly frameless there would be no top component; the steel plate would have been fully exposed.

 

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Under the steel plate, we find a green PCB. No matter where we looked, every solder point was clean and precise, and there were no signs of any residue left behind.

 

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The driving force of all the options, functionality, and communication is done by this Nuvoton NUC120LD2BN chip. This is an ARM Cortex M0 32-bit MCU and is obviously capable of handling the workload of the ZZM-K700M.

 

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Now that the K700M is back in one piece, we powered it up and activated the lock lights and set the LEDs to their brightest. The overall look is nice, and the "Z" logo at the right cycling through a rainbow of colors is a neat touch.

 

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We mentioned the Z-bar will illuminate with speed, so we mashed keys with one hand and reached for the shutter button with the other. We never were fast enough to illuminate all ten of the bars, but we do have eight of them lit now.

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