FUNC KB-460 Gaming Keyboard Review

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Mechanical keyboards have enjoyed quite a bit of boom in recent years. A majority of PC gamers enjoy that crunchy tactile feedback. Some of you may not be familiar with Func, but rest assure they have been in the PC peripherals market for quite some time now. They started out making high-end mouse pads, but more recently has branched out into keyboards and mice. The Func KB-460 Gaming Mechanical Keyboard is the company’s first foray in to the land of gaming keyboards. How does it hold up in real world application? Let’s find out:

Here’s what’s under of the hood of the KB-460 straight from the Func website:

Specifications

  • Switch type: Cherry MX Red linear switch
  • Key design: Cylindrical
  • Actuation force: 45 g
  • Responsiveness: 2 mm
  • Anti-ghost: Full N-key roll over USB
  • Backlit: Individual LED’s on each key
  • Memory: Onboard 128 KB
  • Connect-through ports: 2 x USB 2.0
  • Cord length: 1.8m (braided)
  • Connector: USB 2.0 (gold plated)

The Keyboard

The first thing you realize about the KB-460 is it’s very conservative compared to a lot of gaming keyboards. There’s no macro keys, windows media buttons, or extraneous LED switches to change your colors. It’s rather tame and perhaps what I’ve come to like about the design. Sporting a traditional 108-key layout, it would easily be mistaken as a manufacturer keyboard. Instead, it has a bright red backlight-illuminating key that also compliments its red interior. It’s quite fitting that it comes equipped with Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, the lightest ones of all the switches. For some, this can be a deal breaker, but I found them particularly comfortable to game on. The clanking is not as audible as I thought, even with the rapid mashing of keys. This is especially handy thanks to the N-key rollover, allowing simultaneous key inputs, so RTS and MMO enthusiasts can pound away.

Perhaps one of the most useful additions are the two extra USB 2.0 ports provided on the top right corner of the keyboard. This adds an extra USB  port in addition to the one already occupied by the keyboard. As someone who primarily uses their PC for gaming, this is actually quite a convenient, since I can plug in things like a controller, arcade stick, headsets or mouse. Somewhere inside of me wished these were USB 3.0.

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The Func Mode replaces the Scroll Lock. Also a really big dust magnet

In addition, the KB-460 has a very matte-like feel that is smooth and solid to type on. Considering I spent most of my time in front of a computer, typing over extended hours is a factor I often consider. At night, the keys look nice. The red LEDs can be adjusted through the Function key and number pad. (Fn+Numpad 8 or Fn+Numpad 2.)

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Software

The KB460 installation is very simple, just plug and play and you’re ready to go. In lieu of any macro keys, the Func KB-460 program allows one to set any key on the keyboard to record macros and other shortcuts.  Much like the simplicity of the the keyboard, the software sports a very clean look and is very straight forward. Just click one of the macro options and then map any one of the available keys (as in the software below, the F7-F12 are disabled to act as the Macro Profile Functions) to perform a variety of options (launch a program, print a document, undo, etc). Up to five profiles can be set and saved thanks to the keyboard’s on-board memory, so you can take your keyboard along with custom profiles on the go. I do wish there was a little more customization to compensate for the lack of extra keys.

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KB-460’s red LEDs lighting up in the dark.

Issues

While I showered the KB-460 with a lot of praise, there are a few nitpicks that I generally found quite annoying. The first was the included wrist rest. During my time using it, I found it incredibly easy to shift the position of the armrest even with the included clips. It was fine at first, but with continued usage, the rest gradually began slipping out of position. Something else I noticed is the keyboard collects dust way too easy. Only a week after using it did I began to notice how much dust had settled on the top.

I did mention earlier before that the simplicity of the KB-460 was perhaps its largest selling point. What Func did is replace the right windows key and add an Fn key. The media controls and macro profiles are mapped to the Function keys and are activated by pressing the Fn key. It mirrors the design used by laptop keyboards that often remap number pad and other functions. These are often not easily accessible in the heat of gaming, and the media keys are especially far off for one hand to press. You’ll wish this was implemented better.

Final Reaction

I used the KB-460 extensively for a little over a month in both gaming and typing applications. As their first foray into gaming keyboards, Func has done an excellent job with a keyboard that defines the core experience of what keyboards should be. Disguised as a ordinary keyboard is great gaming performance. However, the steep price tag of almost $120 makes the Func KB-460 a considerable investment when you hold it in regards to other mechanical keyboards that offer more options for less. What you’re getting is a solid no-frills keyboard that welcomes people who want a pure, refined experience.

Overall Grade: B

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