If you have no idea who or what KnewKey is, I suspect you are not alone. The company is extremely new to the PC peripherals market, and their own “About us” page does not share more about their origins. KnewKey is an Asian company that wants to sell keyboards, and a company representative had first contacted me a few months ago about their then-new Rymek typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard. Between a busy schedule and already having covered a few similar keyboards, I had to politely say no at the time but left the door open for another review later on. That time has now come, and boy has it come with an audible bang! Today, we take a look at the KnewKey Rocksete, and thanks again to the company for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp.
One quick look at the product image courtesy the company will show you that the KnewKey Rocksete follows the typewriter-style design trend of their own Rymek and offers wireless connectivity for use with mobile devices. It also appears to feature a hinge stand and base for said devices, as well as another stand for larger devices, including laptops. But there is more here than meets the eye, and this is where the full tagline of the keyboard comes in. KnewKey markets the Rocksete as the “world’s first mechanical keyboard with JBL speakers,” and indeed, there is an actual integrated JBL speaker system. The company spent over two years working with Harman, of which JBL is a brand, to develop a working prototype which was then the baseline for the retail Rocksete. This is a fascinating approach towards carving out a piece of the keyboard market for themselves, and we will take a detailed look at the unit in this review beginning with the specifications below.
|KnewKey Rocksete Keyboard|
|Layout:||83-key modified US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps, steel plate|
|Weight:||2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB, 6KRO Bluetooth|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated for the speakers|
|Dimensions:||233 (L) x 346 (W) x 110 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||4 ft / 1.2 m (keyboard)|
|Switch Type:||Outemu Blue mechanical switch|
|Backlighting:||White light bar for speaker, blue per-key switch lighting|
|Interface:||USB or Bluetooth|