A Closer Look
The KM780 comes hard-wired with a thick and durable black braided cable.
The cable breaks into multiple cables at the end, where you’ll find two USB headers, as well as audio jacks, all of which are gold-plated; one of the USB cables and the audio cables are for the optional use of the audio and USB pass-through features.
The keyboard is really nicely designed, as soon as you see it or lay hands on it, you can tell a lot of care has gone into its construction. The frame is lavished with black brushed aluminium and while the keyboard is noticeably wider than most, it’s still very stylish and exceptionally durable.
A lot of the extra width of this keyboard can be attributed to these stylish fins on the side. They don’t seem to serve a purpose beyond the aesthetics, but they help complete the visual appeal of the keyboard and I rather like them; those with limited desk space may think otherwise.
Down the left side of the keyboard, you’ll also find the other reason for (some of the) extra width as there are six dedicated macro keys here; all fully mechanical of course.
Along the top, we’ve got on-the-fly recording, as well as three memory functions for quick-saving. To the right of that, you’ll also find Windows Lock and some master lighting controls.
The F-keys are single function, although I guess you don’t need FN-Shift features when you’ve got all the extra functions on dedicated keys.
In the top right, you’ll find a nicely laid out set of multimedia buttons. They’re nice and big too, so they’re easy to quickly reach over and tap when you’re mid-game. The volume wheel is a metal scroller, which is also nice and easy to control, allowing smooth and precise volume changes. Below that, you’ll see an array of LED boxes which can show you volume levels, but we’ll see that in action in a moment.
A full-size number pad, as well as another one of those fins on the right side of the keyboard.
Below the space bar, if a small rail that is unobtrusive and adds to the overall design, but it also acts as the mount for the optional wrist rest.
Around the back, you’ll find the hard-wired cable joins in the centre of the keyboard.
There’s another rail design around the back, below which you’ll find two small feet, as well as a flip-up mouse cable holder. The bar at the back can be used to mount the smaller box with the key caps and key cap puller tool. Finally, there’s also the audio and USB pass through here, perfect for hooking up headsets and other devices.
Under the keys, you’ll find the brushed aluminium continues throughout, which plays no small part in giving this keyboard its durable look and feel. Behind the caps, you’ll find a full set of Cherry MX Brown RGB switches, which feature a clear casing to allow for better lighting effects.
The custom key caps are seriously cool, with a heavily sloped designed and a slippy coating, they’re certainly unique but surprisingly nifty and quick to use for FPS gaming.
Overall, this is one great looking keyboard and the addition of the gaming key caps and the wrist rest just help to complete the setup… but wait, there’s more!