Kinesis Gaming TKO Tournament Keyboard Review


Introduction

Kinesis, and in particular Kinesis Gaming, is not new to TechPowerUp. We covered the launch product of the ergonomically-driven gaming peripheral brand, the Freestyle Edge, nearly three years ago, and they have since come out with an RGB version of the same that may well get a review here soon depending on my schedule. Established in 2016, the brand has gotten into eSports sponsorship as well with Team Kinesis and released a mouse and mouse pad to complement their product range. Today, they release an all-new keyboard that is a departure from their split keyboard forte but retains the parent company’s emphasis on ergonomics all the same. Enter the TKO Tournament keyboard, and thanks again to the company for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!

The Kinesis Gaming TKO Tournament (henceforth only Kinesis Gaming TKO in this review for convenience) is a 60% keyboard named after the technical knock out result in combat sports and employed in certain video games. The competitive gaming world especially has been getting into smaller form factor keyboards of late, with a few mainstream brands getting into them as well. It makes sense given the portable nature of the product coupled with only needing a specific, often smaller number of dedicated keys for gaming. With the TKO, Kinesis Gaming aims to offer their take on the smaller form factor, which includes a few ergonomic tweaks you won’t really see elsewhere. We will cover all this and more in this review that begins with a look at the specifications below.

Specifications

Kinesis Gaming TKO Tournament Keyboard
Layout: 60% form factor in a modified US ANSI layout, other language support dependent on your region
Material: ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and metal frame
Macro Support: Yes
Weight (total): 0.55 kg/1.2 lbs.
Wrist Rest: No
Anti-ghosting: Full N-Key rollover USB available
Media Keys: Available as a layered function
Dimensions: 114 (L) x 295 (W) x 33 (H) mm
Cable Length: 6 ft/1.8 m
Software: Yes
Switch Type: Choice of Kailh BOX Red, Brown, or White RGB switch
Backlighting: Yes, per-key 16.8 M RGB
Interface: USB
Warranty: One year



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