IKBC C104: Short Review

Just bought a mechanical keyboard, after a few years of yearning. Actually, I wanted to buy a product from Ducky, but after a few glances from a few forums, I decided to buy from IKBC. Then, after some considerations, I chose IKBC C104 with blue switches. Another product which I considered to buy was C87, but the distributor said they have no such thing in their stock or something, so yeah, C104 it is.

My Considerations

Here are my considerations when I decided to buy this keyboard:

What I receive

Because I bought the thing at Saturday, I received it today, Monday. When I received it, it was pretty heavy for a keyboard. What I get:


Let's start the review:


As seen in the online reviews, the chord isn't detachable. I, personally, am not bothered by it. And the chord itself is pretty thick for me. So, I don't pay it too much attention.

Form and Build

It is heavy keyboard, if I may say, approximately 1.5 kilograms. I can surely say that I feel safe when I sleep near this keyboard. I'm sure that the majority population won't leave unschated when I head their head with this sturdy keyboard. You know, better safe than be sorry, right? Not to mention that this keyboard stays where it is when my hand suddenly become uncontrollable and move it a bit rough.


I don't know, man. I feel the keycaps don't rest firmly on their switches. When I touch them and then move them left and right, I can feel that the keycaps also move. What I had expected when I did that was, the keycaps shouldn't move. And to be quite honest, I feel a bit disappointed by it. Another thing, the keycaps themselves have different slope level. I mean, QWERTY row is steeper than ASDF. It means I couldn't rearrange they keycaps into Dvorak layout while maintaining their uniformity.

Also, I can certainly feel that the space bar a bit unbalanced. Because of my habbit, I press them a bit on the right side.

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It's blue switch, and actually I expected them to be more "tactile". Based on the internet forums, I read that the switch needs a bit force to be actuated. That made my expectations a bit high.

I can certainly feel that there are a few keys that don't have the same actuation force. Or perhaps I don't press them correctly, I don't know.

There are a few keys that don't feel so good. Example given, the tilde key ~, BKSPACE, , CAPSLOCK, ;, and w in QWERTY layout. Especially CAPSLOCK key, because of I use ESC frequently, I swapped ESC with CAPSLOCK. And the result is pretty disappointing.

Other Things





Temporary Conclusions

Do I happy with this keyboard? I can't say that I'm not happy. But I can't really say that I'm really happy with it. Do I happy with this purchase? Well, what's done is done. Do I happy with my life? Do I need happiness?

Anyway, I will update this review in a few months. Perhaps in this article or perhaps write a new one.

Update on 2018-06-30

My right Ctrl key is malfunctioning. Unlike the rest of the keys, whenever I press that button, it won't click. I can't really explain it but one thing for sure, that button sucks.

The rest of the experience? Shit is really good, man! And whenever I use keyboard on the server, which is a normal rubberdome, I don't exactly feel comfortable. Especially the I don't have the tactile response from the keyboard. Just a minor complaint, the tactile response from this keyboard is not "strong" enough for me. All in all, it's really nice.

That's it! I am planning to buy another mech. keyboard. Preferably the one with green switch!

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