Gigabyte has just announced its minimalistic AORUS K1 gaming mechanical keyboard.
The board is a no-frills approach with Gigabyte themselves stating the board “combines only the most necessary features.”
Armed with Cherry MX Red switches the keys delivers 4mm travel distance, a 2mm actuation point and require a peak force of just 45g. As it runs the same identical switches to their AORUS K7 board the feel here should be fairly failure. Although being slightly smaller than the K7 the K1 comes in at 277g heavier.
Punk Gaming (man it must be hard work to come up with marketing ideas for keyboards…) is how Gigabyte is referring to the finish of the K1 and I’m just going to quote this word for word from their website, “Neopunk style emanates in the darkness from the glimmer of high quality metals, showcasing futuristic aesthetics in the darkness of the night. The new era of esports has arrived.” I love it, I really do. All marketing faff aside the keyboard is clean in a black metal finish and minimal branding.
Of course, it’s not a gaming peripheral without RGB so as you would expect the AORUS K1 comes with RGB Fusion 2.0 allowing your to sync it up with all your other AORUS devices.
All keys are programmable and the keyboard itself rocks on-board memory to save all your hard work should you choose to pick it up and move it to another system. You also get full-range anti-ghosting and on-the-fly multimedia and RGB controls.
One of the features I really love is the 3 different routes for cable management either left, centre or right. It seems like a small thing but neat cables really make a rig pop.
I must admit I am a big fan of this approach to keyboards, sleek yet still hitting all the must haves for a gaming board.
For more on Aorus, check out our previous coverage.