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I thought Kolude KD-K1 keyboard was a pretty cool product! It is inspired by keyboard that shapes with the iMac and Mac pro.
As a fan of quality keyboards, it takes a lot to pique my interest, and yet, there is a new such product from a company named Kolude that has caused me some excitement.
I bought my keyboard early on Kickstart, but, they managed to lose my order for about a year. Once I finally got someone's attention, they me a keyboard within a few days. Of course, it was a Swedish version, but they got that straightened out. I can't say much for their ordering process, but at least the keyboard was worth waiting for.
I quickly recognized that even my almost-new computer didn't have the correct keyboard connector, but, being an IT guy, I knew just what to order (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079K773M7/). The keyboard is a dream to type on - scissor-type keys are the only way to go! Unlike others, everything I've connected to the keyhub has worked perfectly, including a FHD 1080P monitor, which amazed me. I tried angling the keyboard, using the included adhesive 3M "bumps," but ended up taking them off, & leaving it flat on my desk. I'd buy it again, if only for the actual keyboard. The rest is lagniappe.
Design and Build
The design and style is awesome. Very well built, ergonomic, comfortable to use, sturdy, and visually appealing.
No Backlit Keyboard
The backlit keyboard has never worked. I’m not sure if this is a flaw in my keyboard, a setting I’m unaware of, or if it’s simply broken. I’ve never seen the backlight feature. I haven’t been able to figure this out. This is disappointing since I’m often working and typing in the dark.
I just use a desk light.
Lag & Keyboard Recognition
The scissor-switch and thunderbolt connections are supposed to eliminate (or minimize) delay when typing. Unfortunately, there is still a periodic lag when typing. I’ve also noticed that frequently, keys are not recognized when typing. This is very disappointing since it takes more time to make-up for the lag and lack of key recognition when typing – making the scissor-switch feature (and claims) useless.
The biggest selling point for me was the keyhub. I use a MacBook and I hate the fact that expensive adapters are needed to connect my various devices.
The keyhub and connection ports are great…when they work.
Sometimes, I am able to connect to the keyhub with no problem, but oftentimes, I need to disconnect and reconnect several times before something is recognized. This has been the case for my webcam, USB’s, portable hard drive, and scan discs.
I’ve found myself using my Apple Magic keyboard and adapters more often simply because of the inconsistency in this feature – which was primarily why I purchased the keyboard.
Overall, the visual style and design of the KD-K1 keyboard makes it an attractive purchase. However, I think the price tag is a bit high for the keyboard that periodically functions correctly.
While I enjoy supporting businesses, especially with creative and innovative ideas, I would be hesitant to recommend the KD-K1 keyboard.
I would however, consider investing in a wireless option that provides the various keyhub connections, if all the bugs are worked out.
Take some time for shipping. Wished the backlight would stay in longer and not look dim on the top setting and the keyboard hub makes putting usb a little hard but over all they keyboard works well.
The keyboard is exactly what I was looking for. The extra ports are very useful for the recording work I do. The feel of the keyboard is perfect and its arrangement is very comfortable. There are some extra function keys which provide me some easy functionality while writing and coding. I appreciate the back-lit keys and the brightness of the backlight is adjustable. I really like this keyboard.
I have been looking for something like this, and the Kolude keyboard, hub work well. I was surprised how fast SD cards can be read and written, even the micro SD cards! I also like the lock key to go to the lock sceen. The feel of the keys is great. This keyboard works so great on my iMac 5K.
Everything is perfect for the keyboard! It is well worth the money. It would be even better if the functions on keys F3 and F4 are calibrated (they do not bring up the multitasking/table-view window as Apple keyboard would do).
Truly a wonderful keyboard
I actually bought this because I would be upgraded my laptop soon but since I havent I have been using a usbc to usb A and it it still works perfectly. I just wish I could change the backlight and for it to stay on longer. Response from them did take a while but they did provide the information that I asked. Took about 2 months to receive it
Для русских представителей.
На kickstarter не могу написать. Я из России. Получил свою клавиатуру сегодня. Доставка была курьером CDEK. При заказе я почему то на 100% был уверен, что она может быть беспроводной, но она оказалась проводной, что является для меня маленьким, но решаемым недостатком. Толком ещё ей не пользовался, просто хочу написать это, особенно для русскоязычной части населения. Очень жаль, что в отзывах нельзя прикреплять фотографии. В комплекте идет мануал, usb-c кабель и дополнительные резиновые ножки, которые при желании можно приклеить. Русская раскладка присутствует. Если у вас есть какие-либо вопросы, то вы можете написать мне на почтовый ящик firstname.lastname@example.org
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I can't write on kickstarter. I'm from Russia. Got my keyboard today. Delivery was by CDEK courier. When ordering, for some reason I was 100% sure that it could be wireless, but it turned out to be wired, which is a small but solvable disadvantage for me. I haven't really used it yet, I just want to write it, especially for the Russian-speaking part of the population. It's a pity that you can't attach photos in reviews. The kit includes a manual, usb-c cable and additional rubber feet, which can be glued if desired. The Russian layout is present. If you have any questions, you can write to my mailbox email@example.com
Im a kickstarter backer but no keyboard has been sent and the company is not communicatinc with us. Furthermore they are manually doctoring review responsea
Kolude KD-K1 is the best keyboard I've ever used. It's comfortable on typing, the backlight is so useful and I've started using all the macros that there are on it! I bought it for my home music studio and the hub is also very very useful, as I plug right away, any usb sticks my clients bring, to transfer files. Congrats guys! 5 stars is the least I can do!
Fantastic Product. Easy to set up, tons of functionality, and feels great to type on.