Keysonic Illuminated Keyboard ACK-5000HL

Meet the keyboard

Close up

The Keysonic Illuminated Keyboard is certainly a striking keyboard, that's for sure. The finish is very much like the gloss finish of the PS3 with very similar styling to boot.

keysonic keyboard

keyboard picture 2

As you can see, the keys are a little see-through and the finish really is mirror-like in its shininess. The keyboard has a pretty standard layout altogether with the Num Pad on the right. The extra "media keys" are on the right above the Num Pad.

keysonic logo

Keysonic haven't over-branded the keyboard with just a subtle silver logo on the top left of the keyboard.

media keys

Here you can see the media keys as Keysonic call them...basically a couple of volume keys and an addition of the switch for the backlight of the keyboard.

usb hub

Armed with a USB hub on either side of the top of the keyboard, the Keysonic Illuminated Keyboard means you will have a handy USB port or two on your desktop, a very nice bonus for any keyboard to have in my opinion.

keys

keys 2

The keys are a little bit of a Hybrid. Not high enough to be called normal soft-touch keys, they are not quite as low-profile as laptop keys. If like me you dislike the feel of laptop keys then this keyboard isn't going to hit all of your buttons. Having said that, if you don't like the feel of normal keyboards and love laptop keys then this is right down your alley. The keys are easy to use and you don't have to use a dialing wand in case you hit a key next to the one you aimed for. There is a good response when you press the keys and it certainly registers differently to a laptop keyboard, far more positively.

keyboard stand

stand down

Like most decent keyboards the Keysonic has a couple of clips to make it stand a bit more proud on the desk. These were a little loose for my liking but they held up to my fiddling no problems and didn't break in the stress test I gave them (I sat on the keyboard). As you can see here the keyboard does seem to attract dust and fingerprints like nobody's business.

lit up daylight

lit up daytime

The backlight doesn't show up a huge amount in the day, although there is a decent glow from the keys.

lit up night

lit up dark

However when you get the keyboard in the dark it really (literally) shines. This would look nice at a LAN event to bring some attention to your PC and certainly "outshines" my Saitek Eclipse II in the dark. The downside of the see-through keys is that the actual letters and numbers are very hard to see in the dark. They are painted on in white but they do not silhouette well against the bright backlit keyboard and so this makes the keyboard a little impractical to those who want to make sure they can see what they are typing in the dark.
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Most Recent Comments

12-10-2007, 15:21:10

FarFarAway
Keyboards are a very personal thing. Having lived with the Keysonic Illuminated Keyboard I can say that it wasn't love at first sight...but how did it get on after some 2-3 weeks use?

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...211303513s.jpg

Take a look here

12-10-2007, 15:37:09

Brooksie
Nice review Matt, found a coding error though, the image thumbail for the front of the box when clicked it opens the back of the box pic.

12-10-2007, 15:38:40

FarFarAway
Ta mate, I'll change that now

12-10-2007, 15:45:34

ionicle
looks really nice, shame it has a few little things wrong with it though

12-10-2007, 17:10:45

Brooksie
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Ta mate, I'll change that now
Still not working

Now both the pic's are the thumbail for the front of the box.

12-10-2007, 17:32:46

FarFarAway
lol

Try again

12-10-2007, 17:37:07

Brooksie
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
lol

Try again
w00t

lol, overdid the emotions a bit
Reply
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