Akko, a brand not even 5 years young yet, has created waves already with some fantastic keycap sets that have grabbed the eyes of many around the world. Our own introduction to the brand came in the form of their Neon keycap set, and thanks to Epomaker, we have our hands on a full Akko keyboard this time around. Thanks again to Epomaker (and Akko) for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!
Perhaps fittingly with all the delays to the event, this review will hopefully come up when the fervor to the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics is still ongoing. Akko wanted to create a whole series dedicated to Tokyo, nicknamed World Tour Tokyo, including multiple keyboards in different form factors, as well as accessories consisting of replacement keycap sets, a wrist rest, and even a desk mat. The common theme is a pink base with designs that take inspiration from popular Japanese elements, such as Mt. Fuji and Sakura. The Akko brand is also one of very few to offer uncommon keyboard sizes, which I wanted to take advantage of by going with the 84-key version seen above. We will go over all the features in detail and begin with a look at the specifications in the table below.
|Akko 3084 World Tour Tokyo Bluetooth Keyboard|
|Layout:||84-key, 80% form factor in a modified US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and steel plate|
|Weight:||0.85 kg/1.88 lbs.|
|Wrist Rest:||Available for purchase separately|
|Anti-ghosting:||6-key rollover Bluetooth and N-key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Available as a layered function|
|Dimensions:||126 (L) x 315 (W) x 38 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft/1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Cherry MX Red, Brown, or Blue mechanical switch|
|Interface:||Bluetooth 3.0 or USB|
Packaging and Accessories
Themed keyboards, especially if part of a whole series, usually have fancier packaging. This holds true for the Akko 3084 World Tour Tokyo with its two-piece packaging that comes inside a plastic wrap to begin with. The outer sleeve is pink to go with the Sakura color scheme that has become synonymous with Japan for mechanical keyboards and custom keycaps, and we see the company logo and product name being sidelined by the design elements consisting of Sakura cherry blossoms, a Koinobori, multiple renditions of the Maneki-neko, and the Torii around a larger render of the keyboard on the front. On the side, a sticker informs us of the switches for the sample inside, and the back is adorned by a minimalist render of the keyboard with salient marketing features and specifications to the right. There are no seals here, with the inner box simply sliding off the outer sleeve.
The inner box, also made out of cardboard, has a simpler design with a mostly black color scheme. The Akko logo in a radiant purple greets us on the front, and company contact information has been put on the back. We also find a double flap on the side, which keeps the contents inside in place during transit.
Opening the box, we see the keyboard inside two layers. The top layer is a molded plastic cover that can be used as a dust cover as well, and then there is a soft foam wrap all around the keyboard for further protection on the way to you. This is complemented by cardboard on all sides, also as a barrier to keep the accessories neatly tucked away. A QC sticker and a manual are seen underneath the keyboard. The manual is light on details and pretty much useless for a non-Mandarin speaker, with some very basic English used merely to reflect the keys for the various controls. Thankfully, Epomaker has a really good online manual here that goes over everything, including setup and pairing in Bluetooth mode, as well as onboard programming and the pre-programmed layers. The issue is that unless you go out of your way searching for it, there is no note anywhere during the unboxing experience to alert you of its existence.
Akko includes a nice metal wire-style keycap puller with the logo on the handle and wires long and thick enough to easily remove keycaps for replacement and/or cleaning without the risk of scratching the sides of the keycaps, as is the case with the cheaper plastic-ring pullers most others include. We also see a detachable cable in pink to match the keyboard that goes from USB Type-A to USB Type-C, which points towards the adoption of Type-C connectivity in wired mode and for charging for wireless mode. It should not surprise you anymore, but there are more Akko logos on the cable connector housings as well.
Given the 3084 is an 84-key, 80% form factor keyboard, we do not get a lot of room for novelty keycaps. However, this has not deterred Akko from including ten R4 1u keycaps and one R2 2.25u keycap. Fitting with the theme again, we see these are thick PBT keycaps (average wall thickness 1.34 mm) with dye-sublimed designs on the top and sides as applicable. Backlighting is really not a thing here—the keyboard itself does not support any backlighting, and the focus is instead the novel design itself, which includes the aforementioned elements, but also a cartoonish interpretation of hair sticks in use, a hand fan, and a bonsai tree.