Akko Sakura Jelly 3087 Review – Quite the looker

Akko Sakura Jelly front

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Review unit provided by Epomaker

The Akko Sakura Jelly 3087 has some of the best looking RGB I’ve seen from an out of the box keyboard, with really great modes and amazingly smooth and diffuse lighting throughout. If you’re looking for the absolute best RGB, then the Jelly might stand alone in that department.

Unfortunately, it looks like Akko had to make some shortcuts in some very key keyboard areas to make it happen for $99 USD.

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Pros

  • Amazing RGB, maybe the best
  • PBT dye sub key caps
  • USB-C
  • Gateron Yellow as an option

Cons

  • Very bad stabilizers
  • Case has significant flex and creak
  • Stick on feet can be a little wobbly

What’s in the box

Akko Sakura Jelly box

The Sakura Jelly comes with what you would expect, plus one oddity.

  • Wire keycap puller: If you want to swap out the Jelly caps
  • USB-C cable: A pink braided USB-C to USB-A cable, the USB-C is a bit chunkier than average.
  • Sticky keyboard feet, the Jelly doesn’t have feet as part of the case, instead, you’re given the option to stick feet on with 3m foam tape if you want a different typing angle.
  • Manual: It’s completely in chinese.

Rattley Switches & Stabilizers

The Akko Sakura Jelly has three uncommon switch options, all from Gateron:

  • Gateron Pink
    • Type: Linear
    • Bottom Out Travel: 4.0mm
    • Actuation Point: 2.0mm
    • Actuation Force: 45gf
  • Gateron Yellow 
    • Type: Linear
    • Bottom Out Travel: 4.0mm
    • Actuation Point: 2.0mm
    • Actuation Force: 55gf
  • Gateron Orange:
    • Type: Tactile
    • Bottom Out Travel: 4.0mm
    • Actuation Point: 2.0mm
    • Actuation Force: 55gf

As always, you can refer to our switch chart for full comparisons.

The Gateron Yellows are likely the best switch option for this board, they’re known to be quite smooth and I find the 55 gram actuation force the sweet spot for in terms of linear. I went with the Gateron Pinks to keep with the theme, they’re lighter in stiffness compared to yellows but to me, they also feel quite a bit wobblier, the stem in the switch moves quite a bit in all directions. 

The hollow plastic case in combination with the wobbly switch produces a rattley typing sound that I’m not fond of.

Akko Sakura Jelly - Switches and stabs

Stabilizers help your larger keys stay consistent and even on top of your switch, it helps your keycap from rattling and shaking.

The stabilizers on the Akko Sakura Jelly are bone dry, there’s no visible sight of lube in my inspection of the board and the sound it produces corroborates it. On top of missing lube, the stabilizers are quite wobbly in the case with a lot of movement in all directions. The hollow plastic case just makes this rattle problem worse, these stabs are quite lacking.

Pretty shine through caps

Akko Sakura Jelly - Keycap front

The main attraction, the key caps on the Akko Sakura Jelly are pudding style keycaps, with a painted top and shine through bottom halves. The keycap plastic is PBT with etch painted tops. This keycap design allows diffused light to shine through the sides of the keycap, creating quite an attractive look and extending the RGB from the case itself into the caps. 

The keycaps should be pretty durable, though the etched legends might wear over time.

The pudding keycaps are made with a standard OEM profile.

Akko Sakura Jelly - Keycap back

Aesthetic design over everything

Akko Sakura Jelly - bottom

The Akko Sakura Jelly is a medium profile keyboard with an acrylic shine through case.

In the video above you can see just how much RGB this keyboards lets shine through, it’s quite the intense effect and it looks great.

The RGB strip around the case blends the RGB quite well, and the cloudy top of the case produces a diffuse RGB effect.

The per key RGB led faces north and properly light the legend and the transparent pudding caps fully.

The keyboard has a standard TKL and relies on per key RGB for lock indicators. 

Akko Sakura Jelly - USB-C port

The top of the keyboard features an easy to access USB-C port on the right-hand side, I personally would prefer the cable on the left or center just to avoid any mouse cable mishaps.

Akko Sakura Jelly - Low feet

Interestingly, the feet are not built into the case of the Akko Sakura Jelly, they’re stick-on. If you opt out of sticking on the feet, the keyboard rests flat on 4 rubber dots, if you attach the feet, you can no longer lay the keyboard completely flat.

Akko Sakura Jelly - High feet

The highest angle is quite sharp, with the medium setting being more of a standard angle. 

Akko Sakura Jelly - Feet

The feet are a little wobbly and can buckle if the keyboard is pushed a little bit. I’m glad that Akko included an option for feet in case people don’t want a completely flat keyboard but I’m not sure why they couldn’t put the feet into the case, maybe it’s because of the acrylic material? 

Softer Build quality

The acrylic case is quite a bit softer than standard ABS, the Akko Sakura Jelly has quite a bit of flex, so if you’re a heavy type be wary of that on bottom out, the soft case also produces a squeaking noise when twisted, but that won’t show up in normal use. At 730 grams, the keyboard is not going to win any “built like a tank awards”, but I’m not concerned with the case causing any problems.

What’s more concerning is the quality of the stabilizers, I feel like a hasty keycap removal could take the stabilizer right out. 

Akko Sakura Jelly Software and Documentation

I have not been able to find any documentation on the Akko Sakura Jelly, I’m making a best guess that the manual for the Akko 3087 applies to this keyboard as well.

There is no software to install with the keyboard, everything works onboard.

Here are the FN functions that I’ve been able to confirm:

  • FN + > to cycle RGB colour
  • FN + < to change RGB direction
  • FN + Del to toggle between 3 slow wave RGB modes
  • FN + End to toggle between 3 starlight RGB modes
  • FN + PgDn to toggle between 3 cascade RGB modes
  • FN + Insert to toggle between 3 breathe RGB modes
  • FN + Home to toggle between 3 reactive RGB modes
  • FN + PgUp to toggle between 3 animated RGB modes
  • FN + up arrow or down arrow to change brightness
  • FN + M to mute
  • FN + F6 to play/pause
  • FN + F7 to go previous track
  • FN + F8 to go next track
  • FN + Win to lock windows key
  • FN + Del to cycle backlight modes
  • FN + up or down to brighten and dim backlight

 

Here’s how to set up macros as per the manual:

1. Akko Macro V1.0 is hardware-based and works without software-driven.
2. The following keys cannot be programmed: “Esc”, “Fn”, “Left Win” and “Right Win”.
3. Press and hold Fn + Win for 3 seconds to switch to the Macro mode. When the keyboard is re-connected or the
system is restarted, the Macro mode will be exited. You need to switch to the Macro mode again to use
programmed keys.
4. Akko Macro V1.0 does not support simultaneous trigger, that is, pressing “AB” at the same time will trigger the
two keys in the order of A followed by B.
5. Akko Macro V1.0 does not support customized interval time, that is, the trigger interval between key A and key
B cannot be defined and will follow the system’s default trigger time.

Warranty & Reliability

If you get the keyboard from EpoMaker the Akko Sakura Jelly 3087 comes with a 12 month warranty, as per the manual.

Tech Specs

Akko 3084 Silence

  • Length: 35.9 cm / 14.1 inches
  • Width: 14 cm / 5.51 inches
  • Height: 4.1 cm / 1.61 inches
  • Case: High profile, Plastic Case
  • Weight:  730 grams
  • Keys: 87 keys
  • Cable: 2m detachable USB Type-

Keys & switches

  • Switch options: Gateron Pink, Orange & Yellow
  • Keycap material: PBT with pudding shine through
  • Keycap legends: Dye Sublimated
  • Keycap profile: OEM Profile
  • Media keys: No
  • Backlight: Full RGB
  • Software: Akko Macro 1.0

Conclusion

The Akko Sakura Jelly 3087 is a great looking keyboard, and if that’s all you’re after then this is for you. For $99 USD, the keyboard is an okay value for its aesthetic, but it falls a decent amount short on the typing experience and build quality. Considering what you can get at this price point, like the Durgod Taurus  or Ducky One 2 TKL, you have to really care about the look to go for the Sakura Jelly.

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