E-Blue K727 - A Budget-Friendly and Colorful Mechanical Keyboard

The K727 is a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard from E-Blue. This keyboard has Kailh switches, LEDs of various colors, multiple lighting modes, and a...
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    “If I press a button and a letter shows up on the screen, that’s good enough for me,” is the motto I used to live by when it came to keyboards. I’ve always been skeptical of expensive, gaming, and mechanical keyboards. However, after taking a look at the K727 mechanical keyboard by E-Blue, my views have greatly changed.

    The most notable thing about the keyboard is its build quality. Despite being distributed on various deal sites for cheap prices, this keyboard is very durable. The K727 has a stainless steel backplate that gives it a very sturdy build quality. No matter how hard I tried, I could barely get this keyboard to flex or bend. Additionally, E-Blue boasts that this keyboard is waterproof. While that may be true for the keycaps and the shell, I was fairly skeptical of the of the resistance of the actual switches and the PCB. Upon further research, it appears that the Kailh switches are actually not waterproof, which means water could definitely kill your keyboard. Finally, the keyboard connects to the computer via a very nice 1.8m braided USB 2.0 cable.

    Instead of using the more popular Cherry MX switches, E-Blue uses the alternative Kailh switches. The switches have similar specs to the Cherry MXs and are even compatible with MX keycaps. Kailh also has a similar range of switches determined by colors, with the K727 being available with red, brown, black or blue switches. While I have only used Cherry switches briefly, the Kailh switches are a bit lower quality. The biggest flaw is an inconsistency among the different keys. For example, the left shift has a noticeably different feel compared to the right. Luckily, when rapidly typing or gaming, this issue is practically unnoticeable.

    The functionality of the keyboard is fairly standard. It looks like most other tenkeyless keyboard, but it also has a FN key that gives some keys extra functionality. This key can be used to activate multimedia and communication shortcuts, but it also is used to change the lighting settings on the keyboard. E-Blue says they officially support Windows on the box, but there are also logos for RedHat Linux and OS X. Unfortunately, I found out that some things, such as the illumination of the scroll lock key, do not function properly while in Linux Mint. This isn’t a major issue and I didn’t expect everything to work with Linux, but I just found this particular issue to be a bit strange.

    The biggest selling point of the keyboard is its aesthetic. The K727 has very colorful LEDs to illuminate the keys and blue LEDs to illuminate the bottom. The individual LEDs aren’t actually RGB, but each row of keys has a different color. Unfortunately, the color of the lights cannot be changed at all, so if you don’t want it to be rainbow, you’re out of luck. There are also multiple different modes of lighting the keyboard can be set to: pulsating, marquee, ripple, turn on keys when pressed, and custom layouts. All of these modes can also be further customized via settings such as brightness and speed. Additionally, there are three different reaction rates for the different effects: 2ms, 4ms, and 8ms.

    All the keys that are togglable (Windows/lock key, caps lock, and scroll lock) are not lighted by default and turn on when they are toggled on. Out of the insert, home, and page up keys, only one of them is lit up at a time. This is because these are the keys that are used to toggle between the different reaction rates. Personally, I would prefer if there was a way to permanently enable the lighting on all of these keys (especially since the scroll lock and Windows key don’t work properly while using Linux Mint). However, this is really just a nitpick and I’m sure it won’t bother most other people.

    The last piece that adds to the keyboards unique look is the keycaps. The font used by E-Blue is very unique, and I actually thought it looked pretty awful in the product pictures. In person, they actually look a lot better. While it certainly isn’t my favorite font, it doesn’t look horrible. Of course, there is also always the option of buying new keycaps.

    The E-Blue K727 is something that really caught me by surprise. I went into this review rather skeptical of the specific product and mechanical keyboards as a whole. After spending some time with it, my views have really changed and I am certainly switching to the K727 as my daily keyboard.

    The K727 was sent to us by GearBest. If you’re interested in purchasing the K727, you can get it on their store here for $70 USD. GearBest also has a wide variety of technology and other products that can be found for great prices.

    Update: Since people seem to not like the white keyboard as much as I do, the exact same keyboard can be purchased with black keycaps and a darker steel backplate.

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  1. ProJimmyRustler
    I recently upgraded from a Razor Mechanical keyboard, and I have to say that the Cherry MX switches are leaps and bounds better. They feel like they have a better weight to them. The new board that I use is a Corsair k65. I really enjoy the ability to apply different light profiles. I feel like that feature allow was worth the extra 30$ over what I wanted to spend. The more money you dump into a board, the better it will be. I mean at some point you spend too much, but you get what I am saying.

    If you have the money, go with better switches.
  2. 3xTiNcT
    It actually looks alright.
  3. CRDNight
    Good price for a cheap build. I'm sticking with my K95, nice find
  4. Hamzakid
    What's the point having the key light up when pressed, your finger would be over the key so you wouldn't even see it light up
    1. Monopolyman
      You can set it so it says for a second or two after it's pressed.
  5. 9th
    I actually really like the keyboard in white.
  6. Bydget
    I don't know why, but I like these old school keyboards. They just feel awesome and nostalgia.
  7. Flater
    This keyboard looks like a gaming keyboard for old men lmao
  8. Art
    Why would they make it white.....
    Edit: Nvm.. theres a black version
    1. Chazay
      I don't know much about that company but I know a lot of Asian companies make their boards using white. It is very popular there.
    2. Art
      Hm. Weird.
  9. Berry
    I still like the Razer BlackWidow Chroma better. :tongue:
    1. HowAmI
      They're both the same but this one is better
  10. Alex
    I just wouldn't be comfortable having such a hideous thing sat in front of me. If the brushed steel was black and the keys were darker I think the board would be much nicer to look at, whether the functionality of it is great or not I believe looks needs to be factored in when buying something that's going to sit there for a year.
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    1. Monopolyman
      There is a black version: http://gloimg.gearbest.com/gb/2015/201508/source-img/1438974767255-P-2908640.jpg Personally, I actually really like the look of the steel and white keycaps. The pictures honestly don't give it justice though.