Ajazz AK60 Keyboard Review
The manufacturer name Ajazz is no longer new to us as we were all blown away by the excellent AK33 a week or so ago. Well, Ajazz hope that they can pick up another award with their latest keyboard. The Ajazz AK60 is effectively the AK33’s bigger brother as the AK60 is a full sized mechanical keyboard, compared to the AK33’s ten keyless design.
The AK60 keyboard itself features red mechanical switches that resemble the Cherry MX equivalents, although these switches are made by Ajazz themselves. The keyboard features media controls with a dedicated volume control and full RGB illumination. The AK60 is also rather unique in the fact that it has its keycap lettering on the front side of the keycap…
As you can see from the images above the Ajazz AK60 arrived at pcG in a simple brown cardboard box that gives very little away as to what’s within. Of course this is somewhat in keeping with the AK60’s price point, here it makes sense that packaging and presentation is kept to a minimum. We do see the inclusion of the product name Firstblood, although I’m still unsure as to whether this is a product name or series brand name!? Even the label provides very little information; no mention of AK60 or Firstblood, simply providing basic details on size, weight etc.
Once again, I was quite surprised and pleased when opening the outer cardboard box to find a smart inner black box complete with ‘Firstblood’ logo and Chinese details. Opening this inner box reveals that the Keyboard itself is nicely packaged, well protected and wrapped in an Ajazz soft foam bag.
In the box, other than the Keyboard itself, we find a Chinese Certificate, a quick application guide and a key puller.
At the time of writing the Ajazz AK60 (Firstblood) is available from Amazon for approximately £70 and comes with a 1 year warranty.
courtesy of Ajazz
First impressions of the Ajazz AK60 are very good, but hold on where’s all the keycap symbols gone!? 😮 That’s right guys they are all of the front face of the keycap, now that is different. The Keyboard has a real weight to it and feels very well made and it looks good too. I especially like the volume wheel as it offers up a nice rotary action with what feels like infinite fine control over volume levels.
Looking at the front of the Ajazz AK60 we can see that it’s a full sized keyboard that’s surrounded by a nice gun metal grey frame. We can also see from the images above that all of the lettering/symbols are on the front of the keycaps and not the top. Top right we also find a few additional controls (see below for more detail) and a large volume wheel. We can also clearly see that the AK60 has an offset power cable to the right, which for me is the right side and something I like…
Looking at the the keyboard we can see that we have a central Ajazz logo and ‘Firstblood’ product label, again no mention of the AK60!? In each corner we find a simple rubber foot, while the extendable legs also feature rubber feet.
The back of the Keyboard features two legs that can be extended to raise the back of the keyboard up. These legs flip out to the back of the keyboard and lock into position, but have a tendency to collapse if you push the keyboard back. I also noticed that the rubber feet seem to come away (they’re just stuck) from the legs rather easily also, which is a shame. The legs raise the back of the keyboard by approximately 10mm and it was in this configuration I did most of my testing.
Top[ right we can see the main controls and the lock indicators. We have the usual Number and Cap, but Scroll has been replaced with Win Lock. The button to the left of the Number Lock indicator allows control over the AK60’s Modes. There are six in total including a user definable mode. The button to the right of the Windows Lock indicator controls what the rotary control does, either volume (default) or brightness. Below this we find the Keyboard’s dedicated media controls for Play/Pause, Previous and Next.
|The Ajazz AK60 simply connects to your PC courtesy of a 1.8m braided cable, that itself is not too thick and is nice and flexible. The cable itself is permanently attached to the back of the Keyboard in an offset position to the right of centre. This is something that I like as it helps the keyboard’s cable around the monitor’s stand. It’s also good to see the use of a Ferrite Bead in an aide to suppress unwanted noise/interference in the cable.|
Again here Ajazz are using what I’m told is their own red mechanical switches, the same as the ones used on the Ak33. Well that’s no bad thing as the switches feel (to me) like very responsive Cherry MX red switches and that’s something I like. What’s also nice is to see the inclusion of a key puller and a very unusual one it is too. Note the mechanical switch at the top of the puller.
What is odd though is the decision to etch the front of the keycaps instead of the tops. No while it’s not such a crazy idea, especially as most Keyboard’s sit at an angle, I don’t really see any benefit other than the novelty factor. If I had a choice I’d still go with the top as the best location for the lettering/symbols. It also takes a bit of getting used to, especially if you’re prone to looking at the keys like I am…
Thinking about the Ajazz AK60’s performance and concentrating on those red mechanical switches themselves and the Anti-Ghosting and NKRO. I found the AK60 to be very responsive in Gaming, the keycaps seem even more responsive than Cherry MX (red). Personally I like this high level of responsiveness, but some who may fumble with the keys may be put off.
The two modes shown above are the Rainbow mode and a custom (The Forest) mode that I set up. This (custom) functionality is accessed by pressing the FN key and Scrlk.
All of the custom modes aboard the AK60 are accessed by the illumination mode key found at the top right of the keyboard (right of the Pause key). It all works well although there seems to be less opyions here with the AK60 (a more expensive keyboard) that there were on the AK33. Custom mode though is better as by default the key illumination is off, stopping you to have to cycle through all colours to turn the keycap’s illumination off.
The Ajazz AK60 is another great keyboard from Ajazz, the keyboard itself is very well made and features Ajazz’s own very responsive red mechanical switches. The illumination itself is both bright and vivid although there’s not as many mode options when compared to the AK33. But, do we really need the keycap’s symbols on the front of the keys!?
The Ajazz AK60 arrived at pcG in a somewhat unassuming brown cardboard box that must be one of the simplistic examples of packaging yet seen. Rather surprisingly within the brown cardboard box was a far smarter black box, strangely adorned (this time around) with a ‘Firstblood’ logo!? Within this we find a good level a packaging and presentation, now with an Ajazz logo!? It would appear that either I or the manufacturer can’t quite decide on the branding… 😮
Once out of the box the main feature of the Ajazz AK60 hits home, all of the keycaps are blank!? Really, well yes. The symbols are printed on the front of the keycaps and not the top. This, given that this is a illuminating keyboard, means that when the keyboard is off there is no lettering/symbols visible anywhere. Now while this seems strange (well, it is strange) at first it does make some sense as most keyboards sit at an acute angle, meaning that you naturally look at the keyboard that way. In practice though I have to say, that while it’s a novel feature I can’t really see the point, sorry…
Looking at the The Ajazz AK60 as a whole though we find a well built, good looking keyboard that’s packing plenty of features for its £80 price tag. There are those Ajazz mechanical red switches that offer tremendous responsiveness, maybe even too responsive for some. Then there’s the RGB illumination and its associated modes. Finally we have a really nice dedicated volume/brightness control knob and dedicated media controls. All in all there’s a lot to like here.
Ajazz have produced another great keyboard in the AK60 as it offers up a well made good looking keyboard with a good set of features. I like the Ajazz red switches too as they’re very responsive and great for fast Gaming, but not so good if you’re a bit of a keyboard masher. But the main talking point might just be the forward facing lettering/symbols on the keycaps and that will be something you either love or loathe I guess…
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Many thanks to Ajazz for providing this sample for review