The Leobog K23 is the cheapest keyboard in this shootout. At around US$15, it’s a steal for a mechanical keyboard, and I can hardly see a keyboard getting much cheaper than this. Of course, this means it makes several compromises compared to the other keyboards here, which already include models chosen for their cutthroat pricing.
The K23 uses KRGD Red mechanical switches, which are linear, silent Cherry MX Red clones. These switches feel super light, not unlike their MX Red counterparts, but they also don’t feel quite as smooth. The motion of the switch stem feels slightly scratchy on some of the keys, so they don’t quite measure up to the real MX Red switches.
The keyboard also comprises mostly plastic, so it’s distinctly less premium than some of the other options here. The good news is that the chassis is still reasonably rigid. While it definitely flexes more than the other keyboards, it still feels fairly robust.
I half-expected a US$15 dollar keyboard to feel like it was coming apart at the seams, but I’m happy that this wasn’t the case. The ABS keycaps feature pad-printed legends, which isn’t surprising at this price point. Yes, ABS plastic and pad-printing are among the cheapest and least durable combination you can get, but you can’t really ask for more at this price.
There’s also no backlighting of any sort, although you do get secondary media controls on the function row, and even a gaming mode of sorts where you can disable the Windows key.
One quirk in the design is the ISO-style Enter key, which takes some time getting used to. It’s shorter and taller, and the backslash key has been moved beside it. This means I often found myself hitting backslash when I was really going for Enter, which was slightly annoying.
The K23 also features one major limitation that may hinder it in certain games. While Leobog is claiming anti-ghosting features with up to 26-key rollover, that isn’t always the case. When holding down W and Shift, the K23 becomes unable to recognize the Z, X, C, and V keys, which is a major problem in games like Fortnite.
All things considered, the K23 is pretty decent for its price. That said, if you’re looking for your first mechanical keyboard, I’d still point you toward one of the other models, lest you come away with a lackluster first impression.
AT A GLANCE
Linear and silent
372 x 164 x 39mm
There are clearly labeled indicators
for things like Caps, Scroll, and
If you’re used to the ANSI layout,
you’ll need to adapt to the ISO-style
The K23 uses silent, linear KRGD