Zalman is a well-known name in computing enthusiast's cycles, having provided advanced cooling solutions from 1999. During the last half decade, the company was diversifying into other segments of the consumer PC market, such as cases and power supplies, but the progress of the company was slowed down after Moneaul's scandal in 2014. Zalman legally severed their ties with Moneaul and, despite that setback, is moving on as an independent company since then, releasing new products and diversifying into other segments of the PC market.

One of the market segments Zalman recently entered is that of PC peripherals. Currently the company is offering seven keyboards, fifteen mice and one keyboard & mouse combo. In this review, we are going to test and evaluate the ZM-K700M, which is the keyboard at the top of the product stack. The ZM-K700M is a full size mechanical gaming keyboard that looks simple at first sight but comes with some interesting features that we have not seen on a keyboard before.

Packaging & Bundle

Zalman is supplying the K700M in a typical cardboard box, just enough to ensure the safe transportation of the keyboard. The artwork is simplistic, focused on a picture of the keyboard itself and large militaristic fonts.

Perhaps the only noteworthy part of the bundle is the supply of a USB to PS/2 adapter, for those who insist on using the PS/2 keyboard ports instead. Zalman also supplies a manual and two anti-skid rubber pads. The manual is going to be useful to the end user, as a lot of the extra features of this keyboard rely on keystroke combinations.

The Zalman Z-Machine ZM-K700M Mechanical Keyboard
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  • inighthawki - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - link

    I'd have to agree with others who say that a keyboard without a numpad is basically worthless. Literally any application on a computer requiring number entry with more than one digit benefits from a numpad. Everything from programming and data entry to doing your taxes.
  • gurok - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    10/10. Would buy to play text adventures.
  • top1234 - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - link

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  • MrSpadge - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - link

    @Reviewer: after reading until the end of the introduction I'd like to know the targeted price and the switches offered in a keyboard. This way I could quickly judge if the product is of any interest to me. For other products there's a spec sheet on the 1st page, which I like to glance over to see what we're talking about - to decide whether it's worth to read the article or not.
  • Hixbot - Monday, February 8, 2016 - link

    Does a USB to PS2 adapter bring the same performance of using a native PS2 keyboard? I'm guessing the USB interface brings with it some of the disadvantages of USB keyboards, and the adapter does not remove all of those disadvantages.
  • lyeoh - Saturday, February 13, 2016 - link

    We're talking about gaming keyboards right? So what's the latency? e.g. how many milliseconds between pressing a key and the computer/OS realizing the key has been pressed. And how does its latency compare with the other gaming keyboards?

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