Setup & Observations
The initial setup is very straightforward. You only require one spare USB port and an internet connection if you plan on downloading the accompanying software. The cable is not overly thick which means that cable management shouldn’t be an issue.
For everyday use the AORUS K7 is mostly good; the positives are the well-spaced layout that is not too cramped and makes typing quite easy and enjoyable. The lack of a wrist rest can make typing a bit uncomfortable at times, but this may not impact you if you are swapping from a keyboard that doesn’t have one. However, the built-in highly adjustable feet do help to combat the comfort issue a bit, especially given their good scope for customisation. This means you can set the height and get it just right whereas with most other keyboards, the height is either fully up or down with no step in-between.
The media controls are nicely positioned and easy to use in conjunction with the Fn key. At times, when gaming, having to press the Fn key with the control was a bit of an issue as it meant having to remove my hand from my mouse, but if you preset the volume beforehand, this should not be a problem. Another minor issue is the keycaps as we feel that they don’t quite match the premium feel of the rest of the keyboard, this is due to them feeling a touch on the cheaper side. The rest of the keyboard is solid and really well constructed; the top section of the chassis is metal and has no flex at all, and the brushed effect adds a bit of flair to the styling. The main chassis is plastic, but it feels good quality and reassuringly solid.
The AORUS K7 uses GIGABYTE’s AORUS engine which is not the most well polished of software suites out there. The illumination control is good - if a little limited in comparison to the competition. There are a few different effects to use, but as we mentioned in the software section, these are a bit short on supply when syncing with multiple peripherals.
The effects found on the AORUS K7 are not the smoothest nor the cleanest implemented we have come across. The light diffusion is a bit weak, and the colour fill is not overly convincing. The illumination is also a bit weak when under lighting and becomes a bit thin, to the point where the colours look washed out. There are also some noticeable areas where the lighting doesn’t fully fill the keys which is more noticeable in some colours than it is others. When effects are in use, it becomes a bit less prominent and harder to see. When in the dark the illumination does improve becoming fuller and more vibrant. Colours are not the most accurate and the white has a magenta hue which throws off a lot of the lighter colours.
The AORUS K7 comes with Cherry MX reds which is the only option currently. Cherry MX reds are well known for their fluidity as well as their precision and speed. This set has an actuation force of 45g with the input being registered at 2mm. As per our other reviews; we used games from different genres to test out the switches, these games include Fortnite, Overwatch, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
The switches in the K7 are great; they are fast, very responsive, precise and possess a linear motion that is superb. When combined together with the other attributes, this further heightens the overall gaming experience. This makes the K7 great for titles that are fast paced and require speedy input. But not only are they great for fast-paced titles but they are precise enough to be enjoyable for titles that require a bit more finesse with your input, these include genres that require high levels of accuracy when navigating your surroundings. The noise produced by the switches is noticeably quieter than some other mechanical switches, this means that the K7 could potentially be a great choice for game streamers that don’t want an overly intense clicky sound.