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Gigabyte Aorus K9 Optical Mechanical Keyboard Review

Rating: 7.5.

In this review we take a look at the Gigabyte Aorus K9 keyboard which utilises optical mechanical switches from Flaretech – designed to be faster, more durable and splash proof. The switches themselves can also be hot-swapped for a custom gaming experience. With other features including RGB backlighting, integrated cable management and a set of included PBT keycaps, it sounds like a pretty good deal for £110 – but is the Aorus K9 as good as it sounds? 

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Specifications: 

  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Switches: Flaretech Optical-Mechanical
  • Switch Types: Red or Blue
  • Switch expected lifespan: 100 Million Strokes
  • Key Profile: Standard
  • Travel Distance: 4mm
  • Activation Distance: 2mm
  • Peak Force Red : 55g +/- 10g
  • Peak Force Blue: 55g +/- 10g
  • Dimension: 439mm x 140mm x 37mm
  • Weight: 1180g
  • Software: AORUS Engine
  • OS Support: Windows 7/8/10
  • Cable Length: 2 metres
  • N-Key Rollover: YES
  • Report Rate max: 1000Hz
  • Backlighting: RGB 16.7M Color Per-Key

The Gigabyte Aorus K9 keyboard can be found on CCL for £106.37 HERE

Pros:

  • Integrated cable management.
  • RGB backlighting.
  • Extra PBT keycap set.
  • Extra Flaretech switches.
  • Reasonable pricing.
  • Very solid chassis with good build quality.
  • Splash proof.

Cons:

  • Software isn’t great.
  • Flaretech switches are a little wobbly and loud.
  • RGB lighting could be better.
  • No USB passthrough.

KitGuru says: The Gigabyte Aorus K9 is a decent option if you want to try out optical mechanical switches but the software lets it down. 

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Rating: 7.5.

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