Depending on when this gets published, it will likely be the fourth Akko keyboard reviewed here to date. The previous three were sent by Epomaker, a distributor for the brand among others, including their own. These were all of the different themes, such as World Tour Tokyo and Matcha Red Bean in pink and green generally. Turns out Akko has been wanting to get into the global market further, having gone as far as creating an international website in English with many more products there, although still fewer than the localized Chinese one. A couple of emails back and forth, and here we are with another Akko keyboard, but directly from the manufacturer and currently exclusive to it. Thanks to Akko for sending the review samples to TechPowerUp!
Notice I said samples instead of the singular sample. The theme of this keyboard is Monet’s Pond, but it is not named so for the Water Lilies series of paintings by impressionist Claude Monet. Instead, the theme is based on Monet’s Pond in the Gifu prefecture of Japan, which in turn was named such because of visual similarities to said paintings. Akko is aiming to recreate the feeling of being in front of the scenic area that is extremely popular with tourists, and has included some good luck charms on the keycaps too. There is an entire product lineup under this theme, including differently sized keyboards, a wrist rest, and a desk mat. We take a look at three entries from the Monet’s Pond series in this review, with the emphasis on the full-size keyboard whose specifications are in the table below.
|Akko 3108v2 Monet’s Pond|
|Layout:||108-key form factor in a US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and steel plate|
|Weight:||1.2 kg/2.64 lbs.|
|Wrist Rest:||Available as an optional purchase|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated volume control|
|Dimensions:||140 (L) x 440 (W) x 41 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft/1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of several different Akko, Gateron, or TTC mechanical switches|