• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Frequency response: 20 – 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32ohm
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Weight: 360g
  • Pros:
  • Value
  • Overall design
  • Cons:
  • Bassy

Hidden Gem

This is truly a month of unfamiliar brands, as we got our hands on a new mechanical keyboard to test along with the gaming headset we have on the previous page. Say hi to the Marvo KG922.
The Marvo KG922 reminds us of the Razer Blackwidow, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it’s a proven design. Its wrist rest tapers off at the edges and has a logo in the middle, while the keys are raised clear off the base plate for an elevated design. Additionally, there are two raisable rubber feet at the bottom for extra height.

This full-sized keyboard comes with a matte black body that’s made from almost 100 percent plastic, which helps make it light and keeps the pricing down. There’s some flex to it due to the plastic, but it’s not severe so props for that.

In terms of layout, the KG922 has the typical full-sized 104-key layout, with no extra buttons for multimedia or macro keys. You can activate commonly used features like multimedia playback via the FN key, but that’s where it ends. This keyboard is as basic as it gets, meaning you won’t be able to do any form of macro recording at all.

A quick test revealed that this keyboard is using double-shot ABS keycaps. The coating on them makes the keycaps feel smooth to the touch and also ensure that the letters/legends on the key stick. But it also means that the top layer can have that oily feeling overtime, so it’s important to clean it properly once in a while.

The mechanical switches used on this keyboard are what we believe to be a Cherry MX copy. It has a tactile bump along with a short actuation point, which makes typing on it a snappy experience. At the same time, it stays quiet enough for it to be suitable for use in an office environment. In addition, the key travel for the keys are consistent and the spacing are the standard fare, so it’s easy to get used to typing on it. While the wrist rest is short, it does well enough to alleviate palm fatigue, allowing you to type for longer hours.

Our one disappointment is with its backlighting, which is a single colour with three levels of brightness in three lighting patterns – off, solid, and breathing. On the other hand, we do like its elevated keys, while the transparent housing for its switches do make the LEDs shine through well. It’s also relatively easy to clean the keyboard.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Its plastic body makes it feel cheap at first, but this is a surprisingly solid keyboard that feels great to both type and game on.

(previously published in issue October 2017)

Marvo KG922