Today, we will be taking a quick look at the Yeyian AKIL 3500 TKL gaming keyboard. It’s compact TKL (65%) Bluetooth wireless keyboard featuring Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover technology. It comes with a total of 69 keys featuring OUTEMU Hot-Swap Red switches, and offers IP42 splash-proof and dust/water-resistance. The frame of the keyboard is made from military-grade steel alloy and ABS construction for extended durability. Other features include full rainbow RGB LED on each key, with 18 customizable backlit effects capable of producing 16.7 million colors. The keyboard that can also be operated using the included USB-C to A cable (wired) or wirelessly via Bluetooth.
We’ve recently reviewed the Cougar Puri Mini (60% size/Red switches) and the Royal Kludge RK87 (80% size/Brown switches), and both of these keyboards offered good tactile response and comfort usage thanks to their respective color-coded switches. So let’s see how the Yeyian AKIL 3500 TKL gaming keyboard will fair.
For those who don’t know who Yeyian are, here’s a little blurb taken from their website …
Yeyian Gaming is a leading manufacturer of cutting-edge technology solutions for gamers, creators, and PC enthusiasts. Its innovative technology delivers award-winning solutions to the community worldwide through creator PCs, gaming PCs, monitors, computer components, gaming furniture and peripherals. Yeyian Gaming has perfect solutions to meet everyone’s needs from pre-built PCs to complete custom rigs and from high performance gaming monitors to next generation PCIe Gen 5 power supplies.
Yeyian Gaming was founded in 2017 in San Diego, California. Its philosophy is to develop innovative technology products with high reliability and high performance. The goal is to provide its customers with unrivaled user experiences and exceptional customer service and remain at the forefront of the gaming community.
For more information please visit Yeyian’s website.
69 keys super compact Bluetooth® Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – OUTEMU Red Hot-Swap Switches.
Ergonomically-curved non-slip key design plays through any games brilliantly especially with a compact 65% TKL design. Innovative Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover technology.
Each keyboard is stress-tested and guaranteed to last 50 million key presses. Full rainbow RGB LED on each key with 18 customizable backlit effects..
Displays 6 colors of the spectrum plus white color capable of producing 16.7 million color combinations through precision-engineered ABS double-shot injection keycaps
IP42 dust and water-resistant splash-proof feature within military-grade steel alloy and ABS construction speaks for extended durability.
The Yeyian wireless 65% TKL Keyboard gaming Akil Series 3000 is the perfect keyboard for your battles. Responsive clicky keystroke and tactile bump backed by good amount of resistance will add precision in your game playthrough along with a sense of synched-reflex for any games.
Unmatched, compact and powerful design
Ergonomically-curved non-slip key design plays through any games brilliantly especially with a compact 65% TKL design. Innovative Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover technology designed for completely independent key scanning helps each keypress to be detected precisely regardless of how many other keys are being pressed or held down at once. Features full 12 multimedia Fn keys. A 2000mA battery will provide ample 8-12 hours of untethered play on Bluetooth with backlight mode on.
Switch mechanism. Change them, keep them, have fun
This compact keyboard features 68 mechanical keys with QWERTY (ANSI) design and individual RGB lighting on each key to operate simultaneously with 50 million key strokes for precision and high speed. Vivid dynamic RGB backlight color in each individual key and predefined effects.
Powerful, almost indestructible
IP42 dust and water-resistant splash-proof feature within military-grade steel alloy and ABS construction speaks for extended durability. Plate-mounted mechanical keys and switches will stand through toughest gaming conditions. Nylon braided jacket forms sturdy and durable USB cable connection. Corrosion-resistant bare copper conductors, gold-plated connector and nylon braid shielding keep the maximum conductivity and blistering-fast response
Lighting beyond imagination
Displays 6 colors of the spectrum plus white color capable of producing 16.7 million color combinations through precision-engineered ABS double-shot injection keycaps offering crystal clear uniform backlighting. Programmable 18-light modes offer fully customizable brightness level and breathing speed.
A perfect little accessory to help you win
11.8” x 5.6” x 1.3” Keyboard, 6ft Detachable USB-A to USB-C Cable. Fully compatible with Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP in all major brand gaming PCs and workstations. Comes with 1-year warranty on parts & labor.
Box and Packaging
Inside, you’ll find the compact TKL keyboard, instruction manual, a keycap removal tool, and a USB-C to A cable, which can be used to connect the keyboard to the PC, and at the same times charges the keyboard.
A Closer Look
The letters on the keycaps are clear and easy to identify. Remember, you only get a total of 69 keys so a lot of the function keys are absent, so you’ll need to hold the “Fn” key to enable a lot of the other buttons.
The height of the AKIL 3500 keyboard isn’t too bad. It isn’t super slim, but a lot thinner than some of the wireless keyboards I’ve used.
The keyboard comes with a built-in 2000mAh battery, which takes around 4 hours for a full charge, and this will last you approximately 8 hours standby.
The keyboard comes with OUTEMU Hot-Swap Red switches, which are the linear type and offers excellent response with low actuation force. There’s no loud clicks and no bumps, which means quiet operation overall.
The keyboard can be operated using the included USB-C to A cable or simply turn on the switch on the back of the keyboard to activate Bluetooth pairing.
Yeyian AKIL 3500 in Action!
The RGB illumination kicks in as soon as you power up the keyboard using the USB-C cable or when the Bluetooth is activated. According to Yeyian, the AKIL 3500 TKL gaming Keyboard has a standby of up to 8 days from a full charge. Fast charge takes between 4 hours.
Yeyian AKIL 3500 Lighting Controls
There’s no mention of any compatibility with RGB eco-systems from motherboard manufacturers, so the only way you can control the RGB lighting effects is by following the key press combinations below. Full instructions can be downloaded here.
Verdict and Conclusion
At 65% size, and measuring only 11.8” x 5.6” x 1.3” inches, the Yeyian AKIL 3500 is one of the most compact mini keyboard I’ve ever used. It does need time to get used to the size. I’m constantly figuring out how to activate the function keys and other short cuts.
Overall, typing on the keyboard was a pleasurable experience. What I really like about the keyboard is the Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the advertised Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover feature.
For those who are not familiar with the different types of switches on keyboards here’s a simple infographic. Red switches are the linear type and often have an actuation force of around 45g, with an actuation distance of 2mm. If you want quiet operation and a fast response from the keyboard, the Red switches is what you’re after.
Another plus for me, is that this keyboard comes with the “Del” button and cursor keys. I know it sounds trivial, but this really helps when I need to activate the BIOS page during boot up LOL! As for the rest of the keys, you can replace the original keycaps with your own custom ones using included keycap removal tool.
- Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover technology
- Hot-swap OUTEMU Red switches
- RGB illumination
- 65% TKL size (TenKeyLess)
- Bluetooth wireless
- USB-C for wired connection
- Long battery life
- Not compatible motherboard’s RGB eco-systems
If you’re after a 65% TKL wireless keyboard with the option for Bluetooth or wired USB-C connectivity, then take a look at the Yeyian AKIL 3500 TKL Gaming Keyboard. It features responsive OUTEMU Red switches which are hot-swappable, and comes with RGB illumination, as well as Anti-Ghosting and N-Key Rollover technology!
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