Gigabyte Offers Up Some Input--Devices That Is

Regular readers of my blog know that I've got a somewhat unhealthy obsession with input devices; more specifically keyboards. I've spent the better part of the last few months experimenting with some of the most expensive mechanical key-switch keyboards currently in production.  So, when Gigabyte offered up an affordable multimedia keyboard--the GK-K6800--based on membrane switches, I approached the product with some trepidation. Taking its affordable nature and less desirable switch mechanism into consideration, however, in turns out the Gigabyte GK-K6800 is a decent product.

Gigabyte GK-K6800 Multimedia Keyboard

The GK-K6800 has firm feeling keys, which make the keyboard feel more expensive than it actually is. The keycaps are also textured and laser-engraved for long-term durability. There are 14 multimedia buttons, which control media player, launch common applications, etc., situated around the perimeter of the keyboard's glossy black edges, and a brushed volume wheel rests at the upper-right corner. Blue indicator LEDs on the GK-K6800 are nice and bright, but light from LEDs does bleed over into adjacent indicators. When caps-lock is enabled, for example, blue light floods though the scroll-lock indicator.

While testing, I found the GK-K6800 to offer 4- or 5-key rollover depending on the key combination over its USB connection, and it didn't suffer from any scan rate key transposition issues. The L-shaped enter and smaller backspace keys may take some getting used to, however, if you're already accustomed to typical 104-key keyboards with an ANSI layout. For around $20 though, it's really not a bad board if you can live with the layout.

Gigabyte GM-M8000 7-Button Gaming Mouse

In addition to the GK-K6800 keyboard, Gigabyte also sent over one of their GM-M8000 7-button gaming mice. While the GM-M8000 is relatively affordable at about $50, this mouse is anything but budget. It offers a 4000 DPI resolution, with on the fly switching, courtesy of a High-performance AVAGO 6090 Laser sensor.  The mouse also sports an 8KB buffer to support its "GHOST Engine", a scroll wheel with 24 individual click positions, 5 programmable buttons, "Ultra-Durable" Teflon feet, a braided USB cable, and a weight system with up to 38 grams of metal weights.

Gaming with the GM-M8000 proved to be an absolute pleasure. Sensitivity, reaction time, and accuracy are very good. The mouse just worked on every surface I tried.  And it fit my large hand very well.  About the only complain I have with the GM-M8000 is that its finish wears rather easily and the mouse buttons get that shiny-plastic look. For under fifty bucks though, this is one heck of a gaming mouse.


Posted Mon, Aug 17 2009 6:05 PM by Marco C

Comments

3vi1 wrote re: Gigabyte Offers Up Some Input--Devices That Is
on Sun, Sep 20 2009 6:55 PM

I've said this a million times:  ERGONOMICS.  Why must it be that Microsoft is the only company to offer a decent ergonomic/split keyboard?  I was at Fry's a few weeks back and no one else really compares.

And you know how much that hurts me to say given my Linux fanboism.

If Gigabyte or anyone else wants my money, they could start by typing on their keyboards for 16 hours non-stop, then typing on a MS natural keyboard for 16 hours... then hitting the drawing board.

realneil wrote re: Gigabyte Offers Up Some Input--Devices That Is
on Mon, Oct 12 2009 10:26 AM

I never used to imagine spending lots of money for a keyboard especially when you can get one for 10 or 12 bucks and it works.

Over the years I've come to realize that it's an important part of the system.

I bought an iMac a year ago and was impressed with the little Aluminum keyboard that comes with it. I showed it to my wife who is always complaining about how crappy keyboards are. She promptly stole it and uses it connected to her Laptop now. I miss that little keyboard too.

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on Wed, Sep 29 2010 12:35 AM

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