Kaliber Gaming's IKON Gaming Keyboard is designed from the ground up to meet the demands of gamers; delivering features you would expect from top-of-the-line gaming keyboards, at a price that's easier to swallow. The wide acceptance of membrane style keyboards all but priced mechanical keyboards from the market until computer gamers discovered the vastly superior feel of the mechanical key switches. Unfortunately, the cost of mechanical key switches are exponentially higher than membrane designs, so the feel of a high-end keyboard loaded with gaming features has remained out of reach for many people until now. The IKON's innovative key structure does away with the overly soft feel of normal membrane designs and provides a solid stroke with a positive "click" feeling of engagement, very similar to that of a mechanical keyboard. The keys are then given an oil-resistant matte UV coating so they can stand up to the hard use of frenzied gamers. Add in 26 anti-ghosting keys, windows key lockout, WASD/arrow key swap, water-resistant internals plus a customizable 3-color LED backlighting, and you have the IKON from Kaliber Gaming.
The IKON Gaming Keyboard employs a water-resistant design that allows the keyboard to function normally in several inches of water for over an hour. Though we're not suggesting that you could do your gaming in the bathtub (yeah, our lawyers made us remove that part), we are suggesting that if during some major gaming session you accidentally spill a drink into your IKON your character may become toast, but your IKON will survive to fight another day.
The IKON Gaming Keyboard adds a bit of flare with functionality through the dedicated lighting button. Choose from the LED backlight colors Aqua, Green or Blue. Multiple dimming levels make it easy to set the proper key illumination when gaming in low light settings, or turn it off completely when desired. Even the most hardcore gamers need a break, so when it's time for you to take a breather, IKON does the same. When left idle, the IKON begins a slow pulsing effect that alternately dims and brightens the backlighting, while also changing colors in a relaxing pattern to help you wind down between gaming sessions.
The IKON features an innovative key structure using low-friction POM plungers that do away with the mushiness of membrane keyboard designs. The result is a super smooth and solid keystroke delivering a positive "click" engagement, similar to tactile feel of a mechanical keyboard.
The IKON Gaming Keyboard comes packed with features to take your gaming experience to the next level. IKON features 26 anti-ghosting keys. This means that the keyboard will register all your key presses even when you're mashing multiple keys at the same time, especially in those intense moments during gaming. The GKB703L also has a Windows key lock function as well as All Input Key lock. For left-handed gamers, the W, A, S, D and arrow key functions can be swapped so that both hands can be at an optimal gaming position. The heavy weighted base of the keyboard also increases stability while gaming to prevent slippage.
Are you a console gamer? Did you know that instead of the joystick controllers you can use a keyboard and mouse with most games by connecting through a mouse & keyboard adapter like IOGEAR’s Keymander? Using the GKB703L Kaliber Gaming IKON™ Gaming Keyboard with Keymander offers a gaming experience on your PS4, PS3, Xbox One or Xbox 360 that simply cannot be matched with a standard controller. Precision aiming, faster targeting and easier movement while shooting are just a few of the reasons computer gamers have always had an advantage over console gamers.
|Number of Keys||104|
|Key Switch Type||Plunger|
|Keycap Type||Laser cut|
|Hot Keys Function||Multimedia, WASD key swap, All key lock|
|Windows Key Lock||Yes|
|Operating System Requirements|
|Windows||Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10|
|Interface||USB 2.0 and 1.1|
|Cable Length||5.25ft (1.6m)|
|Unit Package Dimensions|
|Master Carton Qty.||6|
|Master Carton Wt.||16.1lb (7.3kg)|
|Unit Pack Wt.||2.45lb (1.1kg)|
|Unit Wt.||1.96lb (.89kg)|
All in all, the IKON Gaming keyboard is a good bang for the buck if you do not want to put a lot of money toward a gaming keyboard. For the price, it offers some solid features, including that mechanical keyboard feel, anti-ghosting keys, and LED back-lighting. While not the same as the top-of-the-line $150+ gaming keyboards on the market, the IKON Gaming Keyboard is a very good step up from any stock keyboards without breaking the bank.