Akko 3068B is an inexpensive gaming keyboard that beats famous brands

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When looking for the best gaming keyboard, there are only a handful of brands that stand out: Razer, Corsair, Logitech, and Asus, to name a few. All of them make great keyboards, but I haven’t used any of them. i used the Akko 3068B, an inexpensive Amazon gaming keyboard that costs up to $ 100 less than similar branded options.

It’s almost the complete package, just for less money. It’s wireless, with support for 2.4 GHz and up to three Bluetooth devices, and it comes with transparent mechanical switches for built-in RGB lighting. For this, most famous brands charge around $ 150. The Akko 3068B, on the other hand, costs just $ 100.

It also comes with more features and makes a better first impression than even the most expensive gaming keyboards. I used the Akko 3068B, and after slamming the keys on thousands of words and endless raids in Destiny 2, I’ll stick to it for a while.

Attention to detail

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You might expect a branded keyboard to have better attention to detail than a cheap Amazon keyboard, but the Akko 3068B proves that’s not always the case. Unboxing the keyboard and finding all the unique and specialized accessories was an experience in itself, raising my expectations before pressing a single key.

Attention to detail shows up in small places. Take the supplied USB-C cable. Akko could have included a simple USB-C cable for charging and probably saved some money, but it doesn’t. The cable perfectly matches the color of the keyboard, it comes with an Akko branded Velcro cable tie (also in the same color as the keyboard) and the USB port is designed to fit the keyboard perfectly.

There are other examples, like the Akko brand keycap extractor. That’s okay, but it does make a better first impression than the cheap, flashy key pullers that come with more expensive keyboards. The Logitech G915, a keyboard that costs twice, made me feel like I spent too much money when I unboxed it. The Akko 3068B made me feel like I hadn’t spent enough.

I can’t ignore the touches of the World Tour either. Akko is best known for his touches, and this World Tour set shows why. They are remarkably detailed, and even after having the keyboard on my desk for a few days, I still came back in shock at their beauty.

Keycaps for the Akko World Tour keyboard.
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This keyboard also comes with a large assortment of special keys, which I immediately swapped out. You can get a few extra keys with a branded card, and keyboards like the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini don’t include any extra keys at all. I chose the World Tour edition for the extra art, but Akko sells several versions of the 3068B with different keys and colors.

First impressions count. I wouldn’t recommend the Akko 3068B if the typing experience was bad, no matter Akko’s attention to detail. But the typing experience is great, and the added perks make the keyboard immediately feel like a premium offering – just cheaper.

Hot swap

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My Akko 3068B comes with Akko’s CS Jelly Pink switches, which is the equivalent of a Cherry MX Red switch. I’m not a fan of linear switches, but the typing experience is still great on Jelly Pinks and the game is top notch. However, it doesn’t really matter which switches you prefer – you can swap them out in seconds.

Yes, this $ 100 keyboard has hot-swappable switches. Even the cheapest keyboards with hot-swappable switches cost $ 200 or more. The Massdrop ALT, for example, is $ 220, and the Glorius GMMK is around $ 150 when configured with something other than black keys. For that price you can buy the Akko 3068B and a few sets of keyswitches.

I like the idea of ​​hot-swappable switches. It turns mechanical keyboards into a living product, which you can upgrade and modify over time, and which has no final end of life. The more expensive options come with aluminum frames, but I could tell from the moment I took the Akko 3068B that it was not cheap.

You are also not stuck on Akko’s switches. While Akko has a solid selection of Cherry type switches – all of which are cheaper than the branded options – you can pop in any 3 or 5 pin keyswitch. I already have a Cherry Blues set in the mail, and I can’t wait to put them in.

Achilles heel: Software

Akko Cloud Driver software.

There is a catch with the Akko 3068B, and that is the software. Frankly, going with a famous brand doesn’t buy you a better keyboard; it buys you better software. I had to search all over the place for Akko’s cloud driver, and once I found it Windows Defender flagged it as potentially malicious program.

It doesn’t, but it’s not the software experience you find with keyboards like the Corsair K70 RGB. The software itself is awful too. This only works if the keyboard is connected in wired mode, the lighting and macro controls are not intuitive, and some of the options (such as the Go out option in the bac) are not written in English.

Frankly, I ignored the software. I’m not a big fan of macros, and you can access most of the Akko 3068B’s functions on the keyboard itself. The included manual contains a handy list of functions already programmed on the board. You can switch between wireless modes, including up to three separate Bluetooth devices, customize your lighting settings, and access additional features like Windows key lock.

I wish I didn’t have to consult a table to understand how the Akko 3068B works. But after a few days with the keyboard, I was able to orient myself in the functions that are most important to me without double checking. Keep the manual handy, however. I have referenced it more than once using the keyboard.

Name recognition

Akko World Tour keyboard and keys.
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You shouldn’t jump on Amazon and buy the cheapest mechanical keyboard you can find, but the Akko 3068B proves that hitting big names can pay off. Razer, Asus, Corsair, and Logitech make great keyboards. However, part of the price you pay depends on the name and the software.

I couldn’t be happier with the Akko 3068B. It feels more upscale than famous brands in some cases, and it comes with a lot more features, all for a lower price. It’s not the cheapest mechanical gaming keyboard you can buy, but it’s hard to argue with more features for less money. And that’s what the Akko 3068B offers.

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