Ant Esports MK1000 TKL Mechanical Keyboard Review
The best affordable TKL Mechanical Keyboard? Find out…
To find an excellent mechanical keyboard, you’d probably have to shell out a couple of hundred dollars. Alternatively, you can build your own custom keyboard which by itself can cost a pretty penny. But that does not mean there aren’t any budget options that won’t break the bank. With Cherry’s patent now expired, we’re seeing a ton of Chinese mechanical keyboards.
Ant Esports is one such company that has a few mechanical keyboards coming in at an extremely low price point. One of Ant Esports’ mechanical keyboards called the MK1000 is the most popular TKL budget keyboard. Thanks to its affordable price, it usually is recommended to gamers looking for an affordable mechanical keyboard. Well, today we’ll be reviewing this budget keyboard to see if it’s really worth all the hype.
Ant Esports MK1000 Build and Size
The MK1000 mechanical keyboard comes with a plastic frame and a metal deck. Thanks to the metal deck, the construction of the keyboard feels sturdy. Moreover, there’s little to no flex even if you try to bend the keyboard by applying pressure.
Since this is a TKL designed mechanical keyboard, it remains fairly portable. And this also gives gamers a tad more space for maneuvering the mouse. The TKL design means that the MK1000 mechanical keyboard will not be suitable for those who require a dedicated num pad.
Coming to the keycaps, the Mk1000 has double-shot-molded ABS keycaps. This means that the letters from the keys won’t fade away. It’s a common problem with other keyboards that have the characters printed on them. However, the rough texture of the plastic used for the keycaps can lead to the keycaps from getting stained with oils and dirt. This makes cleaning the keycaps more difficult than it should be.
Another noticeable yet minor flaw is the slightly unfinished edges of the keycaps. If you run your fingers along the bottom of the keycaps, you’ll feel the unevenness and sharp edges pointing out. This does not affect typing experience in any way. However, we do feel that this is something that could be improved upon.
This small sized keyboard comes with a thick-boi braded cable. While that might seem like a positive aspect, it isn’t that straightforward. The cable should hold up for many years. However, the braided cable gets frayed over time and it is almost impossible to straighten it out.
Overall, the build quality of the Mk1000 is good for its price. But it’s nothing to write home about.
Mechanical Switches: Good, but Meh!
The company has gone with the Outemu Blue switches for their Ant Esports Mk1000 mechanical keyboard. These Outemu Blue switches aim to offer a similar experience to Cherry MX Blues. And we’re left with mixed feelings after using the keyboard for a month.
It does offer good tactile feedback with each keypress and leans towards the louder side. Therefore, it isn’t suitable for those who want a quiet typing experience. Moreover, the stabilizers in the keyboard are average at best. Although we’d like to mention yet again, this is one of the cheapest TKL mechanical keyboards you can buy. And at that price, it’s only fair to ignore some of the compromises made.
Overall, the typing experience using the Ant Esports Mk1000 mechanical keyboard is great. Especially if you do not mind the loud switches.
Ant Esports MK1000 features
Ant Esports markets the MK1000 TKL mechanical keyboard as an RGB keyboard. This is slightly deceptive since the keyboard has fixed colors in each row. You cannot change the colors for the rows. However, it comes with 6 preset lighting effects which can be changed by pressing the Function Key + Insert Key. The keyboard lighting can also be dimmed or brightened. This can be done by using the Function Key + Down Arrow or Up Arrow respectively.
It also features a Full N-Key Rollover. This basically means that every key-press will be registered even if you press more than 10 keys at a time. The feature is extremely useful while gaming since it assures you that no key-press will go unregistered.
While there are no dedicated media keys, you can control things such as the volume, pause/play, open the calculator, and more using the Function Key + F”1 – 12″ Keys. Moreover, the keyboard also comes with the option to lock the Windows Key. This is yet another feature that’s incredibly useful for gamers. It will prevent the Star Menu from opening if you accidentally tap the Windows Key.
The Ant Esports MK1000 has a few shortcomings but the price is something that you cannot ignore. This is the only budget TKL Mechanical keyboard in some regions such as India. And when referring to most shortcomings, we’re taking into account other TKL mechanical keyboards that are almost double the price.
Now to answer the question of whether you should buy the MK1000 TKL Mechanical Keyboard. Well, the answer to that question is yet. If you’re looking to purchase your first mechanical keyboard, the Ant Esports MK1000 is absolutely worth it. It is often available for Rs. 2,300 making it one of the only budget TKL Mechanical Keyboards in India.