Sharkoon is mostly known for the budget oriented hardware aimed at gamers, but it looks like they’re trying to take a new approach with the release of the SHARK ZONE MK80 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The new keyboard brings quality around, but also a price tag that is quite a bit higher than what we’re used to from Sharkoon.
The SHARKZONE MK80 uses mechanical switches, but not the CHERRY MX switches that we usually find in high-end mechanical keyboards. Instead, Sharkoon used Kailh switches and the MK80 comes in three different versions: red, brown, and blue. The Kailh switches have an average operating life cycle of at least 60 million clicks, so on that part they should be as good as those we know from CHERRY. How the actual feel is, that’s something that needs to be tested.
The keys feature RGB background lighting as well as pre-programmed lighting effects with up to 16.8 million colours. The MK80 supports N-key rollover and comes with a 1000 Hz polling rate. The function keys work partly as media keys and programmable macro keys and the MK80 also features on-the-fly macro recording. You can store up to five profiles in the onboard memory. The keyboard also features a removable palm rest and a two-port USB hub and audio connections.
The Sharkoon SHARK ZONE MK80 Mechanical RGB keyboard should be available now for a suggested retail price of €139.90 euro. A premium price, especially from a company that usually makes budget devices. Would you opt for on of these or rather pick something else? Let us know in the comments.