K28 Review

K28
PriceGamo2
ReleaseOctober 2019
CompatibilityNS / PS4 / PS3 / PC
Dimensions9.2” x 3.8” x 1.1”
Cable0.2 m
Weight2.3 lbs

Quick Facts

  • This controller was primarily designed and marketed toward rhythm games.
  • There are 11 preset key layouts and eight custom layouts.
  • There is a WASD style for fighting games as well as a hitbox style.
  • Included is an SOCD cleaner.

Performance

Kailh mechanical switches are featured in the K28, and Kailh products are highly prized. However, the 60 grams of actuation force make the keys pretty heavy in this case. Although the real estate is compact, XDA keycaps provide more surface area for easier pressing. Though, the polling and scan rates are poor. An initial test yielded 25-40 ms as the shortest key presses instead of something around 2 ms, and the scan rate was about 40 Hz instead of something around 500 Hz. Double clicking the lock button disables function keys to avoid accidents. Although hardly useful, you can actually increase input delay by millisecond increments.

Hardware

As advertised, the material is indeed high quality, and the metallic texture adds to the strength and robustness of the product. Besides the 3.5 mm audio port, there are USB type-A and type-C ports.

Appearance

The most prominent color is deep-space gray oxide. The 6063 aluminum alloy was carved by a high-precision CNC machine and also polished. The different colored buttons provide enough visual separation, and the LED colors can be quite pleasantly vibrant.

Conclusion

Despite the underwhelming performance, this is a bold and innovative controller with undeniably strong hardware. However, the performance is simply not there.

Pros

  • Many layouts
  • Quality hardware
  • Pleasant appearance

Cons

  • Heavy keys
  • Compact space
  • Poor rates

Rating

⭐⭐

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