We have reviewed many keyboards here at AnandTech, both electronic (membrane) and mechanical. On the market today, the most cost-effective keyboards are based on membrane designs, while more sophisticated keyboards using mechanical switches made by Cherry or, usually, are "cloned" versions of their products. But recently we have something relatively rarely shipped for testing in our laboratory - i-Rocks Pilot K70E, a keyboard with a unique capacitive switch.
The capacitive switch is not something unique for this keyboard. As a matter of fact, top-of-the-line capacitive keyboard switches are currently introduced by Topre a few years ago. The problem with Topre-based products is that their prices are excessive, placing them well beyond what mainstream markets can.
The i-Rocks K70E Pilot Keyboard that we reviewed today has a non-contact capacitive switch that was developed by i-Rocks itself. Taiwanese capacitive switches are available in two variants, 45g and 60g, with slightly different style-to-travel graphics. The retail price of the Pilot K70E is salty, with a $ 150 keyboard retail at the time of this review, but the price is much lower than any keyboard that uses Topre capacitive switches.
Packaging and bundles
The i70 Rocks Pilot K70E package is very basic, with a keyboard provided in a black cardboard box. Only the basic schematic of the capacitive switch is printed on the front side of the box. There is little information about the keyboard or switch, only a few colored sketches on the back that indicate that it has RGB lighting. In the box, we found the keyboard was adequately supported by a piece of cardboard and wrapped in a soft foam bag. Nothing is bundled together with the keyboard - no keycap puller, no accessories, not even a small guide.
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