I-rocks is a brand based in Taiwan that focuses on gaming peripherals like mouse, headsets, keyboards and many more. They’ve sent us their K65M Gaming keyboard for review. Let’s find out if its a solid budget option or another one that doesn’t tick the right boxes.
UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The I-rocks K65M Gaming Keyboard is simply packed here and not much going on around here. It has a 2-part packaging where it has an outer layer and the main box. The front shows most of the features of the keyboard along with the switch variant we have and the normal packaging information like Model name and the brand logo. While at the back, More in-depth information about the features, specifications, product contents and more in both English and Chinese.
PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES
- I-Rocks K65M Gaming Keyboard
- Warranty Card and Manual
|Switches:||Cherry MX Brown|
|LED/Lighting:||2-Pin Red LED|
|Polling Rate:||1000 Hz|
|Weight:||around 1 kg|
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DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
The I-Rocks K65M Gaming Keyboard is a full-size keyboard with an ANSI layout. The top plate is a bent aluminum sheet (which is quite thick) with a sandblasted finish and the rest made of plastic.
The keyboard has a floating key design where are you can clearly see the switches itself and the switches here are plates mounted.
It has a standard bottom row layout which you can easily replace the keycaps and not worry about its sizes.
Moving at the back, You can see the 4 thick rubber feet on its standard area and the two flip-up feet as well (they are rubber-tipped). You can also see the three routing channels for routing your cable to your desired choice. The cable is a non-removable rubber one with the connector being gold-plated.
The switches used here are the Cherry MX Brown Switches. These are tactile where you can feel a bump but not as strong as MX Blue switch. They have an actuation of 45g with a peak of 55g. These are my preferred choice because it’s not as loud and clicky as an MX Blue switch and I prefer having a bump compared to an MX Red Switch (Linear). The switch here feels lubed or Cherry changed its production because I can’t feel any scratchiness of the Cherry MX switches that I’m used to.
Stabilizers used here are Cherry stabilizers. I think it is pre-lubed because rattle here is very minimal.
The material used here is PBT. PBT (short for “polybutylene terephthalate”) is a better and more durable version than ABS.
The processes used here is Doubleshot and Dye Sub. Doubleshot is a type of process where two plastics are molded into each other. The result here is that the key legends will never fade or chip off.
Meanwhile, the Chinese characters/legends here use a process called Dye Sub. Dye Sub is a type of process where the legends are engraved to the keycap.
The keycap profile they’ve used here are OEM. They are quite taller than the Cherry ones.
SOFTWARE, LIGHTING AND OTHER FEATURES
They used LED Bulbs which only lights as RED. All of the customizations are done on the keyboard itself and the software will matter if what version of the keyboard you have.
Overall, The I-rocks K65M is a Lason-Worthy recommendation from us. It has a solid build quality, switches are good and solid as well and don’t forget that they used PBT Double-shot keycaps here with a price tag of 70 USD. My only gripes where the non-removable cable and not my preferred form factor.
I-rocks K65M Gaming Keyboard Review
It’s a solid recommendation due to the features it has and the solid build quality at a very good price point.