The Marvo KG934 is a TKL mech that incorporates a full numpad into its layout, which makes this a great option if you want a keyboard for gaming but also for work or assignments. This is a clicky keyboard, featuring Outemu blue switches rated for 50M keypresses. The KG934 has full RGB backlighting and N-key rollover. At $60, this board is a little more expensive than the KG901 or KG914, but still fairly budget friendly.
The inclusion of a numpad means the KG934 is going to give you the best of both worlds: not only do you get that extra mouse real estate for gaming, but you can use this keyboard for productivity too. The difference between this and a conventional TKL layout is that the Nav Cluster and ScrLk, Pause and PrtScr keys are replaced by a numpad. You can still access the Nav Cluster through the numpad of course. If Num Lock is on, you just hold Shift to gain access to these keys, or with Num Lock off they are dedicated. You can access the ScrlLk, Pause and PrtScr keys via the Fn layer. This is a very convenient arrangement if your work involves a lot of spreadsheets. It’s basically a full-sized board packed into the TKL form factor. Num Lock can be toggled with Fn + Backspace, and the LED will turn light blue to indicate that it is on.
The rest of the Fn layer is pretty standard for a Marvo board. We have our media controls on the F-row. Then there is comprehensive RGB control, a Windows Lock and custom gaming profiles. There are five gaming profiles in total, including FPS, MOBA and RTS colour arrangements. You can customise any of these to your liking. Just press Fn + Esc to start recording your own colours. If you would like to revert back to the default profiles, you can do a reset by holding Fn + Tilde for three seconds.
In addition to full RGB backlighting, the KG934 also features lighting zones on the sides of the case. You can set the colour mode with Fn + ]. There are two dynamic modes, namely wave and colour cycle, and eight static colours – or you can just switch it off entirely if it’s not your cup of tea. Looks really cool in the dark, as the light spillage gives the keyboard a floaty effect. Really loving the case design here: the frame is very compact and there is an attractive silver accent that runs around it. It’s a full plastic enclosure, but the board has a sturdy feel and doesn’t bend easily. Four rubber feet on the bottom, as the fold outs double up as rubber feet when not in use. The foldouts have flat tips, so just be careful of scraping your deskpad when sliding the board around.
There are a total of 15 RGB modes, and you can cycle through these with Fn + F9. Brightness and speed control can be found on the arrow keys, and with some of the colour schemes you can set seven different single colours. The software gives you a nice RGB colour palette for more flexibility. The KG934 is easy on the eye. The case looks compact and sleek, and the RGB backlighting is punchy and vibrant. There really is a big difference between rainbow backlighting and full RGB. My only nitpick would be that on some keys it doesn’t shine through very nicely on the edges, but you’re not really going to notice this. I also really like this medium font, as it allows more backlighting through but still looks elegant and professional. On a personal note, I’m not a huge fan of these Fn icons, especially the ones on the arrow keys. I feel like the keyboard would look more professional without them. Just looks a bit too busy. The Born for Gaming branding on Space Bar looks stylish though. We have double shot ABS keycaps with a thickness of 0.9mm.
So Marvo keyboards usually feature Outemu or Content switches, and this keyboard comes with the clicky Outemu Blues. Outemu Blues are a very solid budget switch, and these have an actuation force of 60g. You get that tactile bump accompanied by the click sound when a key is pressed. The stabilisers is an area where I feel Marvo can improve. I did experience some rattle on the bigger keys especially Space Bar, and this is also something I encountered with the KG901 and KG914 boards. But overall it’s a good typing experience, and it was really satisfying typing on a clicky board again, especially as I haven’t used one in a while. The metal ping is also very low on this board, which is a big plus. The Space Bar has a nice curved bottom edge, so it feels soft on the thumb.
The software has everything you need. There is a macro editor, and then you can do individual key remapping. The options include single key assignment, macros and media controls. You also have full control over the RGB, and with some of the modes you can choose a colour with a nifty little RGB colour palette.
I think the Marvo KG934 has a very handy layout, especially if you’re someone who is going to be entering a lot of numbers. The board strikes a good balance between gaming and productivity. It features a sleek case design with vibrant RGB backlighting. The stabilisers can be improved but overall the typing experience is still solid. Not quite as budget friendly as the KG901 and KG914, but a good buy if you’re looking for something smaller but still need your numpad.