What is the opinion of Reddit about the
Zalman Mechanical Keyboard ZM-K500?

A total of 9 reviews of this product on Reddit.

1 point


15th Jun 2015

Look at this

Uses Kailh switches but is the cheapest mechanical keyboard out there, has good reviews too.

21 points


21st Dec 2018

This just doesn’t seem worth it when you can buy the Zalman K500 with Kailh Red switches for £20 at the moment.

Either that or suffer with a shitty generic keyboard that you can probably get for free somewhere and find another £10 and buy the Gigabyte Force K83 for Forty Notes and has Cherry Reds.

1 point


7th Jul 2016

zalman zm-k500 ? Compact and has the function keys ?


1 point


7th Sep 2015

I would guess that what you’re looking for does not exist. You’re looking for a very rare keyboard layout, with one of the rarest language options.

The layout you’re looking for is a specialised version of what is usually called the 84 or 87 key layout. As far as I am aware in modern keyboards it only really sees usage in the Noppoo Choc Mini (No Nordic?), Keycool 84, KBT Race (sort of) and a few cheapo boards that are very region dependent with regards to whether or not you can get your hands on them.

That said if you want to have a look and see if you can find something, your best bet would be to look for the regional equivalents of these boards:



The first design at least is an OEM one which means that if a nordic variant exists, it would be sold under a different brand name. Heres a ripster post about them.


I guess realistically you have to make a choice. Either don’t compromise, get what you want by throwing some money at a custom build. Not a bad option if you have some time and money on your hands.
Or: Choose either Nordic or your 87 key thing, I’m sure you could adjust to a US layout easy enough. I use UK at home and US at work, it doesn’t bother me much.

Theres also a handy Nordic Shopping guide in case you’re not sure where to buy: https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/wiki/nordic_shopping_guide

People around here can be somewhat unresponsive if you’re not looking for a 60% board… Best of luck in your quest for clack.

1 point


13th Mar 2015

You could also try this:


Just as cheap, but has Kailh Red switches (knockoff Cherry MX Red, but used a lot in many cheaper keyboards, including Razer). Probably better than whatever “AULA tarantula green axis mechanical switch” is.

A little more expensive at £60, there’s this:


Still not genuine Cherry switches, but from a much more reputable brand than Zalman or AULA.

1 point


2nd Jan 2015

The Zalman ZM-K500 uses Kalih Reds (a Cherry MX Red knockoff) and is only 44 quid. I’m using a version of it (Nixeus Moda, Kalih Browns) and it is pretty well-built.

Might be worth trying out as a value option.

Otherwise, check out the /r/mechanicalkeyboards United Kingdom buying guide.

0 points


8th Nov 2015

There’s basically none you can get bro. I’d get the Corsair K30. It’s a GREAT membrane keyboard. But if you’re desperate for a mech, then get this.http://www.amazon.de/Zalman-ZM-K500-Tastatur/dp/B00A53LCQ8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407252804&sr=8-1&keywords=zalman+mechanical But this is the cheapest you’re gonna get.