Mechanical keyboards are the kind of products that the saying "you get what you pay for" was created to be described. The best is $ 200 or more. The quality becomes quite random if you dive below the $ 100 range. And at less than $ 75, you can assume that you get something from the bargain bin. Fortunately, there is a little-known company, Aukey, that has changed it with its $ 65 KM-G3.
The KM-G3 is a blue switch (Outemu, no Cherry MX), a 104-key RGB backlit gaming keyboard with customizable lighting effects. For non-technical users, this means that it is a powerful, semi-rigid keyboard, much better than the standard keyboard that comes with most desktops. And of course, it turns on. Because players like lights.
In fact, Aukey makes the most of the KM-G3 lights. They are well implemented and I appreciate the fact that colors, brightness and effects are all managed with simple keyboard shortcuts, no software is needed.
But let's start with the looks, then we'll get into the technical side of things. The KM-G3's design is quite familiar:
The KM-G3 is on the right, the Logitech G513 on the left. This does not mean that the KM copies the G513. The minimalist aluminum design will create a bit of overlap between brands as it tries to have the smallest footprint possible. And Aukey could do a lot worse than imitate the G513: it's one of the best mechanical keyboards ever.
The KM-G3 costs less than half as much as the G513, so that's it.
Unfortunately, when the KM-G3 decides to ziguer instead of zag, it ends up looking ridiculous. I can not say that I am a fan of the Aukey font has chosen to use the keys on the device.
It looks like its designers have adopted the player's mood with flashy lights and an extra-large font, but when the lights work pretty well, the cast is at best a distraction.
And, aside from the font, there are other ugly reminders that it's not a premium product. From most angles, you can see white material sneaking under the keys, removing the sleek look of the black backlit keys from a black aluminum / plastic case. Likewise, a screw is screwed above the frame, centered between the ESC and F1 keys and protruding like a sore thumb.
But, these aesthetic concerns are trivial. The device will look great sitting on your desk and, as long as you enjoy such things, the lights are cold enough to compensate.
In use, it's not bad. The keys are a little more mobile than a premium keyboard, but you will not notice it unless you upgrade to the earlier version. He is a competent player, and I did not feel tempted to switch to my proven game when things got complicated in an FPS or a strategy game. There seemed to be a little bit of latency, but I could not tell if it was in my head or in my typing. Again, this is the kind of thing you will not notice unless you downgrade.
It's a noisy keyboard, though, and that's something everyone notice. The blue keys are known for their "click" and the KM-G3 seems to have a hint of rattle. It did not bother me at all during the use – but I learned to type on an old school typewriter and I like the cacophony. If you work in a booth, you will want to leave that thing at home.
I was impressed by the key trip. it's perfect. If the return was a little tighter – that is to say, it pushed my fingers a little – I would say it too. But, in the current state of things, the keys have a touch too soft compared to high-end models.
It is interesting to note that I compare the KM-G3 to keyboards that cost at least twice as much because there is no point in comparing them to cheap keyboards. Aside from a little extra flicker in the keys and a great font, this thing is less expensive. It's like a UFC fighter who abandons a weight class to dominate. It may not be so good compared to the Razer Huntsman Elite, but no other $ 65 keyboard.
Bottom line: the KM-G3 is a $ 65 flight. That's the keyboard you get when you're almost certain you want a mechanical keyboard, but you're not $ 200 sure. This is also the keyboard that you buy for a young player who is ready to take off. And if you have a mechanical gaming keyboard, you're stuck in the tournament, but you can not wait to feel the touch that only mechanical keys can give you: it's a great day-to-day backup.
Posted on November 10, 2018 – 00:02 UTC
ProductKM-G3 from Aukey