Ajazz K870T Review: Where Budget and Utility Meet


The Ajazz K870T is a keyboard that’s absolutely packed with desired features such as Bluetooth connectivity and RGB lighting.

In a more compact, efficient TKL layout, this keyboard delivers many features that you won’t find on many competitors in its price range.

Let’s take a look at the Ajazz K870T.

The Verdict

  • Convenient scroll wheel
  • Extra PBT keycaps
  • RGB lighting
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Weak build
  • Unknown switches
  • ABS Keycaps

The K870T provides the sought-after features of a scroll wheel, additional PBT keycaps, RGB lighting, and Windows/Mac compatibility all at a decent price point.

On top of all of that, this board also supports wireless connectivity via Bluetooth.

Many boards in the price range of this keyboard deliver a few of these valuable features, but none match the full offering of the K870T.

The main downsides to the K870T are the cheap feel, switches from an unknown company, and the use of ABS keycaps.

If you want a board with a lot of functionality at a lower price point, then this keyboard is a solid option.

You can find the Ajazz K870T on Amazon.


In The Box

The Ajazz K870T comes surrounded by a foam cover inside a nice cardboard box.

In the box you will also find:

Instruction Manual: This is really useful to show you how to set up the board, use lighting, and other basic things to get to know your board.

Power Cable: A braided USB-A to USB-C detachable power cable in the same color as the board is included. It measures 1.6m or about 5.2 feet.

Extra Colored Keycaps: If you want to spice up the theme, Ajazz includes extra keycaps for some of the modifier keys in multiple different colors.

Keycap Puller: To change out the stock keycaps with the included extras, you are given a plastic keycap puller. Plastic keycap pullers can sometimes scratch your keycaps (I prefer a wire puller), but it should be fine to make a few changes.

It is nice that they include the basic stuff to use the board and extras to improve the user experience.


Build Quality

While the keyboard looks beautiful with the different colors, I found some issues with the quality of the keyboard build.

The case is made from plastic and can be easily flexed, which can get annoying if it bends while you type (if you are a light typer you may not even notice though).

While the Ajazz K870T stands out from competitors in terms of features offered, I would say that it is outperformed in terms of build. Keyboards at this price point often have metal plates or generally sturdier builds, but I guess there have to be tradeoffs somewhere.

For the case design, you can find this board in either a matte white or black design. There is an Ajazz logo on the front right side, although it isn’t obnoxious.

The board has a slight angle to it, but if that isn’t enough there are detachable rubber flip-out feet.

Something I found nice to see is the USB-C port. Many boards at this price range don’t even have a detachable cable and when they do it is typically mini-USB.

Unfortunately, the port is a bit recessed into the board. This means if you want to use a different cable like a custom one, your options are limited.

The board’s overall build isn’t terrible, but it is disappointing that the build materials were one of the places where sacrifices were made. It makes it feel a bit cheap.

The Keycaps

The K870T comes with a set of ABS keycaps in the OEM profile. The thin ABS material results in these keycaps gathering oils and grease from hands easily.

The OEM profile is standard across the majority of pre-built keyboards. It is a sculpted profile and it contours to your hands’ shape. If you have used a mechanical keyboard in the past it will be easy to get used to this board.

The legends on the keycaps are clear with sub-legends below to denote functions on other layers. On the function row, for example, the sub legends describe the different media keys.

The main legends are doubleshot (i.e legends aren’t printed on they are formed from the plastic pieces pressing into one another) which means reliability is not a concern and the clarity of the legend is good. You won’t need to worry about the legend wearing off over time.

The keycaps will be the same color as the board depending on what version you get, black or white. They have a matte feel.

Ajazz also gives you a set of extra keycaps in different colors. They are instead made from PBT and are a bit higher quality. This is a great way to add some personality and color to your keyboard.

ABS keycaps are pretty standard for this price range, but it is always nicer to receive PBT keycaps. The extra set of keys is definitely a nice extra though.

The Switches

With the K870T, you have four switch options from a company called Huano. I’ve never heard of Huano, and I could find little information about their reliability.

By looking at them though, I can tell they are just a clone of the Cherry style switches.

Huano Black: A heavy linear switch that’s great for gaming and typing.

Huano Red: A light linear switch. Great for gaming.

Huano Blue: Loud and clicky switch. Great for typing alone.

Huano Brown: A medium weight tactile switch, good for typing and gaming. Its bump is very slight.

In our test sample, we had the black switches and they didn’t feel too bad for a clone switch.

The only disappointment is the lack of information about them other than that they have similar specs to Cherry’s MX switches.

The Stabilizers

The stabilizers are in standard Cherry style plate-mounted style, so they attach to the top plate.

The spacebar feels pretty stable but the other stabilized keys are unfortunately quite rattly. In addition to that, there is no factory lube. As a result, there is a loud metallic ping sound when keys are pressed.

Again, this is not bad for the price but you definitely get what you pay for. It is on par with the other keyboards at this price.

The spacebar may feel better than the other stabilizers, but the sound of all the stabilizers could be improved by modding them.

You can band-aid, clip, and lube the stabs to make them sound better.

Convenient Scroll Wheel

Horizontally-mounted above the arrow keys and below the navigation cluster on the board is a scroll wheel.

Although the scroll wheel is in an unusual position, it is not inconvenient. You may actually like it more than the scroll wheels that are typically in the top right corner.

The two small buttons allow you to control the brightness and sound level on your computer.

A scroll wheel is really nice to have when you want to change volume quickly. If you’re in a full-screen application and don’t want to exit, a scroll wheel is an easy way to change your volume. You don’t need to go to your taskbar and increase volume and can stay focused on the content onscreen.

Wireless Connectivity

One feature that draws many to the K870T out is the wireless connectivity through Bluetooth.

You can connect the board to up to three devices via Bluetooth 3.0.

Bluetooth 3.0 is a bit outdated as the newest version is 5.0, but the speed is sufficient for typing. When gaming, I recommend that you use this board wired.

The K870T holds a 2000maH rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

With RGB on you can get about 8 hours of use, but without the lighting, you can get up to 100 hours. If you use the RGB, then you can just charge the board at night or it can charge while you use the keyboard wired.

Ajazz has implemented some power-saving methods while on the wireless mode. The RGB will turn off after 5 minutes of inactivity and the entire board after about 30 minutes.

The wireless connectivity is a great feature to make your setup cleaner and it makes the board more portable.

RGB Lighting

On a white keyboard, the RGB lighting looks great.

The light reflects off of the white and really pops.

RGB is a great way to spice up your setup, plus you will be able to see legends more easily, even in the dark.

There are 18 different lighting effects that you can choose from with the option to change the speed and brightness.

You can easily change between presets and brightness using secondary layers in the navigation and arrow keys.


Conclusion

  • Convenient scroll wheel
  • Extra PBT keycaps
  • RGB lighting
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Weak build
  • Unknown switches

There are many boards in this price range but none deliver as many exciting features as the Ajazz K870T.

This board is compact, but still provides a lot of utility in a TKL layout by removing the unnecessary number pad.

The RGB is quite vibrant, and if you opt to add the extra colorful keycaps you can create a unique, fun layout.

The wireless connectivity is super valuable, and the main feature that separates the K870T. Each feature of the K870T adds to the efficiency and enjoyment of the user experience.

Overall the board is pretty great, but the lack of quality materials, the use of unknown switches, and ABS keycaps are pretty major downsides.

If you are interested in checking out this keyboard, you can find the Ajazz K870T on Amazon.

Happy Typing!

Jake Harrington

Jake has been an avid mechanical keyboard user for the past six years. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering and wants to apply his expertise to break down how mechanical keyboards and other tech work to show the world all of the cool aspects of the hobby.

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