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[Review] Quiet & Compact - ASUS Marshmallow Keyboard KW100 & Marshmallow Mouse MD100


Pros

Cons

+ Adjustable Kickstand

- Only Supports Bluetooth Connection

+ Quiet Typing Experience


+ Compact and Thin

ASUS Marshmallow Keyboard KW100

Price: RM 179


ASUS launches its latest compact and versatile wireless keyboard with a cute minimalist design that is ideal for everyday computing. Most importantly, the new Marshmallow Keyboard KW100 Green Tea Latte color makes a perfect combo with the previously launched Marshmallow Mouse MD100. That being said, let's review the Marshmallow Keyboard KW100 and Marshmallow Mouse MD100 together!


 

Design


The review unit of my ASUS Marshmallow Keyboard KW100 is the Green Tea Latte finishes, it is also available in another color scheme which is the Oat Milk finish, both color scheme is also appealing so there won't be a tough choice between these two.


It features optimal scissor keys with 1.6mm travel and an adjustable kickstand to raise the height of the keyboard for more comfortable use. Under the Marshmallow Keyboard KW100 is equipped with 5 anti-slip rubber feet to keep the keyboard still while typing.


After removing the cover, you may find two battery holder that requires two AAA battery to power the keyboard.


 

Keyboard Layout (75%)


The Marshmallow Keyboard KW100 shares the same keyboard layout as a laptop which has no Numpad layout. Additionally, keys like Esc, Enter and Spacebar are in a darker shade for better observability.


Not only that, but it also features a pair of system switch keys (F11 & F12) to enable easy switching between Windows OS, Chrome OS, MacOS, iOS, and iPad OS modes.


 

User Experience


Unfortunately, the Marshmellow Keyboard KW100 does not support a USB dongle support aside from a Bluetooth connection. But the fair part is it can connect for up to a total of 3 to allow users to switch between multiple devices effortlessly without having to go through the pairing section every time!


To pair the keyboard, you'll need to press <Fn + 1> and hold for about 3 seconds, it is ready to pair while the indicator starts blinking. After that, you have to type the 6-digit passcode shown on the laptop and press <Enter> after finishing.


Honestly, the typing experience with the Marshmallow Keyboard KW100 is pretty amazing. The keys on the keyboard feel solid while typing, I could say there's nothing much to be worrying about. Also, the textured keycaps on the Marshmallow Keyboard KW100 even make the typing experience even better given how satisfying it is while hovering your fingers between the keys.


 

Pros

Cons

+ Silent buttons

- Flat profile

+ Easy to keep / Compact

+ Ambidextrous Mouse

ASUS Marshmallow Mouse MD100

Price: RM 149


To make the best pair with the new ASUS Marshmallow Keyboard KW100, the Marshmallow Mouse MD100 which ASUS launched before in Malaysia. This time it comes in the same color as the keyboard we reviewed above which is also why the Marshmallow Mouse MD100 is the next item we look onto.


 

Design


The Marshmallow Mouse MD100 is an ultralight (56g) ambidextrous mouse that works best as an excellent companion and doesn't come with thumb buttons and weird shapes, making it ideal for work traveling with its symmetry flat design.


It also comes with a Green Tea Latte and Oat Milk Cover which you can swap to match the color of your KW100 keyboard. To change the mouse cover, simply open it up from the strap area and lift it from the back part and slide in the other cover you wanted to change, the cover is held down with 3 tiny magnets so make sure you don't apply too much force to prevent it slipping out of your hand.



The inner part of Marshmallow Mouse MD100 consists of a AA battery slot and a USB 2.4GHz dongle as well as a belt hole to store the finger strap.


Speaking of the finger strap, I found it quite useful especially when you have to carry around your laptop and mouse at the same time. Just slip your finger into the slot and you don't need to risk the mouse falling off, ever.


In addition, the base of the Marshmallow Mouse MD100 is quite clean, consisting of an optical sensor, connection channel, low battery indicator, DPI button, and Pair button.


 

User Experience


Same as usual, you can either connect your mouse to the PC via USB 2.4GHz dongle or Bluetooth pairing. To pair the mouse via Bluetooth, you'll need to switch the connection channel to Bluetooth Mode and press the Pair button for 3 seconds, the indicator will flash blue rapidly and will stop after finish pairing.


And for the overall "clicking" experience, the Marshmallow Mouse MD100 is literally in silent mode forever, there's no clicky sound on the left-right click and the mouse scroll button. However, the feedback you get from the switches is not satisfying as it was on the regular mouse.


On top of that, the Marshmallow Mouse MD100 is relatively flat so you will need to adapt to a different mouse-holding pattern rather than resting your palm lazily if you don't want your pinky and thumb to get caught while moving the mouse. Still, it isn't a serious issue that could affect the overall performance and value of the Mouse MD100.


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