The Machenike K500 mechanical keyboard has proven to be a delightful surprise, offering an excellent balance of design, functionality, and affordability. Here’s my detailed review of this compact 90% layout keyboard.
Design and Build Quality (4.5/5): The K500 has a clean and minimalistic design with a white color scheme, teal and gray accents, and a matte coating that adds a touch of sophistication. The packaging is consistent with Machenike’s high standards. Despite its plastic construction, the keyboard feels durable, and the attention to detail, such as the smooth edges and embossing at the bottom, enhances its overall build quality.
Layout and Key Features (4/5): The compact TKL layout is a standout feature, striking a balance between space-saving and functionality. Dedicated arrow keys and a numpad make it versatile, although some users might miss keys like home, page up, etc. The decision to include a left-side USB port and a detachable USB-C cable adds to the convenience, allowing users to customize their setup.
Keycaps and Switches (4/5): Featuring double-shot PBT keycaps, the K500 offers a smooth typing experience. While not as thick as premium keycaps, they are durable and shine through. The three-pin hot-swappable sockets, coupled with Huanu switches, provide flexibility and customization options. The switch plate’s durability and the ease of switch removal are commendable. You can choose between red, brown and blue switches when buying it from the vendor. I have the red switches option and I hoped that it would be a little bit quieter and the red switch in theory should be the quietest of the bunch.
Performance and Typing Experience (4/5): The keyboard’s performance shines in both typing and gaming. The Huanu switches, especially the red variant, deliver a satisfying linear feel with a 45g actuation force. The anti-ghosting (NKRO) and 1000Hz polling rate contribute to a responsive gaming experience. The RGB lighting, surprisingly vibrant for its price range, adds flair to the overall performance.
Customization and Software (3.8/5): The keyboard offers impressive customization options, with RGB presets accessible through key combinations and additional customizations available through software. Users can create custom profiles and macros, providing a level of personalization that is unexpected in this price category.
Verdict (4.0/5): In conclusion, the Machenike K500 is a solid mechanical keyboard for the price (around $35 on Aliexpress). Its excellent build quality, hot-swappable switches, and customizable features make it a decent option for both newcomers to mechanical keyboards and enthusiasts looking to explore modding. Priced at 1898 pesos, it offers insane value for its features, making it a solid investment for anyone in the market for a reliable and affordable mechanical keyboard.
If you want something better for a higher price, I’d really recommend 8Bitdo Retro Mechanical Keyboard. It’s under $100, similar TKL design and I have used it for two years as my regular keyboard and I would buy it again if I had to.
- Inspired by the classics. Compatible with Windows 10(1903) or above, and Android 9.0 or above.
- Connnect via Bluetooth, wireless 2.4G, or wired.
- 87-key layout. Kailh Box Switch V2 White. Dye-sub PBT keycaps.
- Top mount style. Hot-swappable PCB. Support n-key rollover.
- Dual Super Buttons – offer large, programmable keys. Map anything to the Super Buttons instantly without using software.