The RK-9300 has a fairly austere look, with an all-black design and an aluminum top panel that extends out and down at a slight angle, like a mock wrist rest.
The keys are backlit but have only blue LEDs--a feature omission that some won’t love, but it’s slightly more of a “grown up” look than all-red backlighting. (Even cleaner would be white backlighting.) There are three lighting modes: one with all the keys backlit, one with all but the numpad area lit, and one with only the WASD and arrow keys lit. The fully-lit option has a breathing mode, and there are four brightness levels. (Presumably, there are actually five, assuming one of the levels is “off.”)
The underside of the keyboard offers a pair of flip-up feet and a cable routing trough with three openings across the top of the keyboard--left, center, and right. On either side of the RK-9300, at the top, are a pair of what our own Thomas Soderstrom would call “cupholder”--some bit of decoration that are kind of snazzy looking but ultimately appear to serve no purpose.
The upper right side of the keyboard has a bank of notification lights. The F keys double as media and volume controls, including brightness, Windows lock, and more. It also features n-key rollover. The RK-9300 features no software, and there’s no way to create macros.
The two versions of the RK-9300 list for $99, but both are available for $85 on Amazon (Blue switches (opens in new tab) and Brown switches (opens in new tab)) and Newegg (Blue switches (opens in new tab) and Brown switches (opens in new tab)).
|Type||Full size, 104-key|
|Switch||Cherry MX Blue or MX Brown|
|Sensing Method||Conductive (metal)|
|Dimensions||18 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches|
|Construction||Aluminum top plate|
|Misc.||-Four lighting modes, four brightness levels -Three-way cable routing trough-F keys double as media controls, etc.|
|Price||$99 MSRP, street price $85|