The title of this article is really spoiling all of the fun and the lead-up, so you’re probably already reaching for the back button but I’m not exaggerating even a little bit when I say that the RK-9000V2 is the nicest keyboard I’ve ever laid my fingertips on.
The design of the RK-9000V2 is elegant and modern. Though it doesn’t have backlit keys (something that I was initially disappointed by) it is accented by bright blue LEDs that indicate the key locks. The QWERTY layout is classic and personally, I feel no need to mess with something that we all grew up learning on – it would be like taking the steering wheel out of a car.
But because it’s a modern iteration on a classic design, it comes with an ‘fn’ function key for media controls on the F-keys at the top of the keyboard, keys that integrate quite well with Windows 10. Additionally, you have the Windows Key Lock, which allows you to disable the Windows keys and prevent them from being able to call upon the system UI by accident in the middle of a game. For me this isn’t an issue because though I’m a PC gamer, I’m the terrible kind of person that uses his Xbox controller to play the games.
Personally I’m partial to the number pad, which this one has and I think that it being there adds to the pleasant dimensions of the keyboard. And of course, what decent keyboard doesn’t have the little feet to keep it propped up at the exact right angle?
Clickity Clack! Yes, it’s a rather loud keyboard and I suppose that for some people that might be a downside but my first day using this keyboard I just kept shouting (and typing) “clickity clack!” to anyone who would listen to my rambling. The responsive feeling that comes with having a click for each button press is without compare.
The buttons are no more difficult to press than a normal keyboard, but you will never be unsure as to whether you depressed the key or not. Think of it as using a typewriter that’s attached to your computer (for those of you who remember). This is supposedly exactly what should be expected of the Cherry MX Blue switches, which this is depending on, so it lives up to its expectations.
The RK-9000V2 came with both a USB cord and a PS/2 cord to connect to your PC via a mini-USB port on the back of the keyboard. I thought that that was a very nice touch and allowed me to free up one of the valuable USB ports on the back of my PC, while making dual duty for the keyboard really easy as well. Ultimately, the RK-9000V2 is the best keyboard I’ve ever used and I wouldn’t hesitate to spend the $88 that it currently costs on Amazon. If you have any other questions about the keyboard that I didn’t address already drop them into the comments section below and I will do my best to answer them!