Adesso Reveals $100 MKB-135B Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - HotHardware
Adesso Reveals $100 MKB-135B Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Adesso Reveals $100 MKB-135B Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

We can't kid about this one: our juices get flowing each time we see anyone produce a new mechanical keyboard. They're few and far between, and hunting one down can be a real chore. Most average PC users don't even know that multiple keyboard builds exist, with only hardcore gamers usually understanding the difference. We have explained the merits of mechanical keyboards before, and if you have been waiting to find one to fit your budget, Adesso might have it.

This company is known for producing very atypical keyboards; from HTPC boards to boards with trackballs built right into the case. So with odd, comes mechanical. The new MKB-135B features the mechanical key switch technology that we think holds up so well under pressure, not to mention an integrated USB hub and audio jack, all ensuring "accurate keystrokes and improved efficiency." The keyboard itself is wrapping in a standard full-size keyboard layout, with 104 keys that can handle 20 million keystrokes.

It's available now at various retailers for $99.99, and while that may sound like a lot, it's not that much more expensive than some of the higher-end Logitech boards that gamers willingly pony up for.


The MKB-135B features the following:

  • Mechanical key switch technology for improved tactile sound and fast feedback
  • Lifecycle of 20 million mechanical keystrokes for extended use
  • N-key rollover function for multiple keys pressed at the same time
  • Standard full-sized keyboard featuring 104 keys
  • Integrated USB hub and audio/microphone jack
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This is one I cannot justify the cost. No thanks, I will stay with g15 any day over this.

Where is the back lit keys?!? Where is the LCD screen that outputs stats?!?! This thing looks like a knockoff cheap $20 Dell keyboard I am typing this comment on.

I'll pass............

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fool

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Where's Marco, the keyboard nutjob. He can't miss this one. :)

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LOL @ Dave

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I've used "mechanical" keyboards before. I found the tactile feed back too great and it was like the keys were pushing up against my fingers when I typed, which made it "exhausting" for my fingers.

I'll stick with my logitech Wave keyboard, and MS wireless entertainment keyboard. :)

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@la_guy_10 - The G15 may look better and have some flashy features, the problem is, that's what you're paying for. The G15 still features the same crappy membrane or rubber dome swtiches used in $5 keyboards. The G15 is essentially a $5 keyboard with $80's worth of bells and whistles tacked on.

Mechanical key switches are FAR superior in virtually every way in terms of the typing experience. And longevity. With something like this keyboard, you get a $100 keyboard with minimal bells and whistles. Although, I can't vouch for this model specifically because I haven't used on yet.

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@Chainzsaw - If the mechanical board caused fatigue, you were likely using too stiff of a key switch type. Something like Cherry MX Brown or Torpre Realforce will require less key pressure than some other mechanical boards. I write thousands of words a month and do some gaming and fatigue is never an issue. (I should note that my current board is a Topre, but I switch between it and a Filco with Cherry browns).

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And because I'll use any excuse to get more readers to this blog post...

Mechanical Key Switch Keyboards Demystified:

http://hothardware.com/cs/blogs/mrtg/archive/2009/03/09/mechanical-key-switch-keyboards-demystified.aspx

There's a link for anyone who wants to learn more about the merits of mechanical keyboards.

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Oh, and don't let Dave fool you--He just bought a lighted Deck mechanical key switch keyboard. It took a while, but he's a convert too!

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I'm still loving my ABS M1. It has Alps copies. From what I have read they are not the favorites among people, but it is miles better than my old keyboard. I get on Jens computer and they keys feel horrible in comparison.

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I love my Deck! Wait... that sounded, just, wrong.

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I am glad to see someone I know uses a Deck keyboard. I really like the one I linked, and am hoping to get it soon.  Do you use Linear or Tactile key action Dave? I am partially deaf so the sound of the key presses seems like it would be less of a concern to me, but either way I am trying to figure which would be best for me. I can hear my standard keyboard fine so I am thinking either would be ok for me really. I still am kind of trying to figure out what the difference would be on this!

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Hi Marco,

I think I will see if I can find one of these "Cherry MX Brown or Torpre Realforce" keyboards, as the last time I used a mechanical one must have been at least 7 years ago! lol (and it literally felt like typing on those old school type-writers that are made of all metal).

Interesting article too Marco - I always visit this website on a daily basis, and never came across that one! (I have no idea how I missed it).

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I would love to get a mechanical keyboard personally. I write quite a bit on my desktop, and my current keyboard was just a last minute replacement one I grabbed when my last keyboard went out. The keyboard I got with the Cyberpower system I won is decent although not mechanical. I gave it to Sarah though, and am still using the POJ I grabbed somewhere.

I appreciate the recommendations though, and will look into one of those. The Cherry units I have heard recommended before several times so I think I will try to find one of those. By the way whatever happened to the contests?

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I think I am going to order one of these babies :)

http://www.deckkeyboards.com/ with Tactile keys when they become available. I like the ICE/Frost as well, but the don't really meet my color scheme (Black Red). I am also considering doing some modding to this Thermaltake Element case! Those keyboards are sweet!

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keyboard round-up article?

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@ Marco, fair enough bro. I respect you so maybe I am jumping the gun as I have never used a mechanical keyboard so my comment was not based on user experience. Again I am a sucker for quality so if you say they are all that and a bag of chips, I might have to experience one for myself.

How about a keyboard round up????????

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The problem with a keyboard round-up is there is a lot of subjectivity involved. That blog post covers virtually all of the popular switches currently avaialble, so it's a good start. :)

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>> The problem with a keyboard round-up is there is a lot of subjectivity involved.

True dat.

I'm probably only 20% as sensitive to the key movement as you, but I'm a lot more critical of the layout. When I see a keyboard like the one above, I think: "Yeah, but it has the ergonomics of a $8.99 keyboard".

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After I first saw this article (and have been interested for a while due to some other comments of Marco's over time) I started looking around. This ended up being a 3 hour web search all together. I also looked at reviews of different makes, key switches, write ups etc. Those Deck units I linked in my second comment here are some sweet units, non of them are inexpensive Deck or not, but some are less than others including at the Deck site.

The most helpful information I found was here!

http://www.overclock.net/computer-peripherals/491752-mechanical-keyboard-guide.html

This is a full discussion of pretty much everything, and is very useful in helping to understand everything, as well as recommendations, links etc etc. It is also a lot of detail and discussion on the various issues which I found to be unsubjective as far as involvement goes. It list and outlines every single part in a keyboard from key switch to key printing and everything else as well.

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I haven't used a mechanical keyboard yet. The most comfortable keyboard that I've used is the one that came with my iMac. It's a wired Aluminum USB job that Apple sells for $50.00.

My wife used the iMac one day and promptly appropriated that keyboard. She now uses it on her Dell. Then I got a brand new one for the iMac on E-Bay for 27 bucks. I just moved it to this computer to try it out once I read this post and I have to say that it's far easier to use than the Logitech that's usually here and also the Extreme Gear that I won.

I doubt that it's got the switches you speak of, but it's got a nice feel when typing on it. Maybe it's back to E-Bay for a few more of them.

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I have this keyboard and so far love the clicky key I am used to from my old model M on my 486.

i can type faster and more accurately since i feel and hear the key i pressed.

I play RTS and FPS games and this has been a great board for that so far.

Only thing i wish is that the switches offered more resistance for my lazy fingers.

Anyone who says that a logi board with binky lights beats this board needs a doctor’s appointment

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