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17-06-2014


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GIGABYTE FORCE K7 gaming keyboard review

The acquaintance of our readers with a series of gaming peripherals GIGABYTE FORCE we started with manipulator GIGABYTE M7 Thor. Being a quality device, mouse harmonizes well with our guest today gaming keyboard GIGABYTE FORCE K7.

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

New item in addition to features of the game, offers good usability and ergonomics at an affordable price. Also, the device is equipped with enough interesting elements of volume control and backlit keys. The latter can be operated in three color modes that by adjusting the brightness individually are configured according to user preference. In this review, we will determine the pros and cons of the new gaming keyboard from the manufacturer with a worldwide reputation.

The specs:

Producer

GIGABYTE

Model

FORCE K7

Interface

USB

Connection

Wire

Form-factor

Classic

Key type

Scissor-membrane

Key q-ty

Main

104

Additional

2

Keys backlit

Yes

Keyboard inclination angle, °

4 / 7

Key lifespan, millions of press

5

Features

Scissor-membrane keys; 3 key backlit colors; support of technology Anti-Ghosting (Key Rollover); key [Win Lock]; additional functions (together with [Fn] key)

Cable length, m

1,8

Color

Black

Dimension, mm

480 х 195 х 26,5

Weight, g

1100 ± 10%

Software

-

Supported OS

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8 / 8.1

Official warranty

12 month

Producer website

GIGABYTE

Packaging and content


GIGABYTE FORCE K7

Gaming Keyboard GIGABYTE FORCE K7 is shipped in a relatively small cardboard black box. On the front you can see a beautifully executed image of new item in a bright blue glow. Also here is the name of a keyboard and a small illustration of 3 possible backlight modes.

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

On the back side of the box are the main features of the model as well as their descriptions. In general the packing is characterized as stylish decor and good informative.

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

Delivery set includes: User manual, protective cap for the USB-connector and tie fastener for wire.

Design and keyboard elements

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

Gaming keyboard GIGABYTE FORCE K7 is performed in full-size format with a sufficiently strict design. The main feature of its appearance can be called cut outlines, which immediately makes it clear that the keyboard belongs to a segment of gaming peripherals. Dimensions and weight vary within normal limits: construction dimensions are 480 x 195 x 26.5 mm and its weight is 1100 grams. Keyboard case is made of plastic and has high build quality. Its rigidity is also satisfactory: the central part with open legs is pressed only under strong pressure.

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

Keyboard layout is quite standard (“American”) c elongated key [Shift], two-level button [Enter] key and shortened [Backspace]. In this regard, the keyboard does not require getting used to, which is undoubtedly good. Case upper part is a rough plastic: it is practical and has positive tactile qualities. There are full blocks the system keys and a separate numeric keypad. Also here are functional actions made at a number of F-keys.

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

Low-profile keys of scissor-membrane type are made in trapezoidal shape with a cylindrical upper bound. Dimension of lettered keys is18 x 18 mm and contact pad is 13 x 15 mm. Due to the short travel of keys which is only 3 mm, the overall impression of layout is good. Drawing of symbols since the use of the backlight is white, and there is no confusion because Latin keys are larger and lines are thicker.

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Keys of F-row in combination with the [Fn] can perform additional functions, such as launching social networking (through a web browser), media control and a few other standard actions. One of the main features of the keyboard GIGABYTE FORCE K7 is the presence of two wheels at the top of the case. Scroll of the first sets the level of brightness, and pressure leads to switch illumination color to blue, green or turquoise. Pressing of fourth time turns off the backlight. The second wheel provides sound adjustment at the same way. But only two modes are available:  on and off. Both wheels are very comfortable: they have very mild travel and a good response.

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

Numerical keyboard keys have familiar layout. It is worth to note the presence of button [Win Lock] key instead of the standard context menu. It performs the function lock the key [Windows] that will protect you from accidental pressing during gameplay.

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

Block of Lock-key indicators is added by element responsible for the above mentioned key [Win Lock]. LEDs are bright enough, which is especially seen in low light, so there is a probability that they will distract your attention.

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Under palm area has enough space which contributes quite comfortable location of palms of all sizes.

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

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The base of a keyboard is formed from a rough plastic but with a smoother texture. There are three major rubber feet on one side (located closer to the user) and the two positions with rubber inserts on the other side. They allow to change the angle of keys from 4 ° to 7 ° relative to the work surface. By the way, the keyboard is perfectly fixed to any surface and doesn’t try to change its position.

GIGABYTE FORCE K7

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In the operating position (legs open) height trends at the highest point is only 26.5 mm, which is relatively small for gaming keyboards.


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