Introduction

Zalman is a well-known name in computing enthusiast's cycles, having provided advanced cooling solutions from 1999. During the last half decade, the company was diversifying into other segments of the consumer PC market, such as cases and power supplies, but the progress of the company was slowed down after Moneaul's scandal in 2014. Zalman legally severed their ties with Moneaul and, despite that setback, is moving on as an independent company since then, releasing new products and diversifying into other segments of the PC market.

One of the market segments Zalman recently entered is that of PC peripherals. Currently the company is offering seven keyboards, fifteen mice and one keyboard & mouse combo. In this review, we are going to test and evaluate the ZM-K700M, which is the keyboard at the top of the product stack. The ZM-K700M is a full size mechanical gaming keyboard that looks simple at first sight but comes with some interesting features that we have not seen on a keyboard before.

Packaging & Bundle

Zalman is supplying the K700M in a typical cardboard box, just enough to ensure the safe transportation of the keyboard. The artwork is simplistic, focused on a picture of the keyboard itself and large militaristic fonts.

Perhaps the only noteworthy part of the bundle is the supply of a USB to PS/2 adapter, for those who insist on using the PS/2 keyboard ports instead. Zalman also supplies a manual and two anti-skid rubber pads. The manual is going to be useful to the end user, as a lot of the extra features of this keyboard rely on keystroke combinations.

The Zalman Z-Machine ZM-K700M Mechanical Keyboard
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  • tarqsharq - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - link

    Yeah, it might be nice if you're playing one of those third party "Vanilla WOW" servers that run old old old pre-command queue builds. Reply
  • blahsaysblah - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    GET RID OF NUMPAD.

    Why wont it die.

    Im pretty sure the dedicated data entry person probably has their own custom numpad device anyway.
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  • Kepe - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    Umm, I use the numpad every day. And I don't do any data entry on excel or something. It is so much better to use the numpad if you need to enter more than one or two numbers somewhere. I would never buy a tenkeyless keyboard. Reply
  • Margalus - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    If a keyboard doesn't have a numpad it's not worth a plug nickel. Numpad is probably the most used feature when I game. Reply
  • Miau Frito - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    I use the numpad for movement since it allows my thumb to have easy access to a lot of keys.
    w = /
    a = 7
    s = 8
    d = 9
    Reply
  • Murloc - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - link

    and how do you use the mouse Reply
  • inighthawki - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - link

    I presume he's either left handed or simply moves the keyboard to the left so that the numpad is at a comfortable position with respect to his hand. I'm not sure what would cause an issue with using the mouse. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - link

    There are plenty of boards without the numpad. I kind of like the numpad. Reply
  • Samus - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - link

    I have a 10keyless and honestly yes, sometimes I miss the numberpad too. Reply
  • Murloc - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - link

    game trainers and flight simulators make use of it as well.

    Anyway just get a Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid, or even better the Rapid TK which has the right part which can transform in a numberpad should you ever need it, but has the arrow and delete etc. key functions on the same keys too.
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