While we don't generally review keyboards and other gaming peripherals at Phoronix, occasionally such a product will come along that is worth checking out in close detail. One of these products is the Func KB-460, a new high-end gaming keyboard. The Func KB-460 looks great, but will it work on Linux and be worth the nearly $120 USD price tag?
Func has now been in business as a US manufacturer of gaming peripherals for almost fifteen years. Func began in California back in 1999 by producing high-end gaming mouse pads, but since expanded into mice and other products for PC gamers. The KB-460 keyboard that we are checking out today is a mechanical gaming keyboard that first was shown off at Computex Taipei earlier in the year but as of this week is finally shipping.
Func describes this new creation as "the KB-460 mechanical keyboard keeps you on your toes thanks to the rapid and responsive mechanical switches geared towards all styles of game play. Ready to be plugged in and put to use straight out of the box or can be customized in a variety of ways to fit your unique game style through the accompanying software. The KB-460 brings forth a perfect balance of performance, quality and customization options." Being a big fan of mechanical keyboards and curious how gaming peripheral vendors are handling the increase in Linux gaming interest, when Func offered to send over a KB-460 review sample, I accepted. The KB-460 features:
- Cherry MX Red Mechanical Switches
- Full N-Key Roll Over Anti-Ghosting
- Func Mode
- Customizable Backlight Key Illumination
- Comfortable Palm Rest
- Two x USB Connect-Through Ports
- Re-Assignable Buttons
- On-board Customizable Profiles
- Integrated Media Controls
Included with the KB-460 keyboard with braided USB cable were a detachable palm rest and the Func product information. The Windows drivers are to be downloaded from their web-site. The KB-460 is backed by a one-year product warranty but it's upped to two years if registering the purchase via the Func web-site. The KB-460 carries an MSRP for $119 USD but for a short time the company is selling them for $99.