Gamakay LK67 Keyboard Review: RGB And Thocc On A Budget
Gamakay, a relatively new player in the mechanical keyboard industry, few years back, they released the Gamakay LK67 keyboard. This 65% keyboard boasts both hot-swappable switches and triple mode connectivity, making it a versatile and affordable option for anyone looking to dip their toes into the mechanical keyboard hobby.
Available as either a kit or pre-built, the Gamakay LK67 offers a variety of switch options, including its own in-house mechanical switches. The keyboard kit is sold for US$69.99, while the pre-built version with Gamakay switches can be had for US$95.99. In this review, we will be taking a closer look at the pre-built version.
Out of the box, the Gamakay LK67 keyboard comes with a keycap and switch puller, a detachable USB-C cable, a USB wireless dongle, and three sample switches (the Gamakay Crystal, Bumblebee, and Phoenix). Our sample came with Gamakay's own Crystal linear switches, which we found to be quite smooth and responsive.
One of the standout features of the LK67 is its triple mode connectivity, which includes USB-C, Bluetooth, and 2.4Ghz wireless options. This makes it incredibly convenient for users who need to switch between devices frequently. Additionally, the keyboard boasts a large 2400mAh battery, which should last you several days of heavy use.
The LK67 also features a hot-swappable 5-pin PCB, which allows you to easily swap out switches without needing to desolder anything. This is a great feature for users who enjoy experimenting with different switch types and customization options. Furthermore, the keyboard includes a volume and play/pause multi-function knob, a feature that is usually reserved for higher-end custom keyboards.
In terms of design, the LK67 uses a tray mounted design with factory-lubed switches and on-board stabilizers. It is also pre-installed with noise-dampening foam between the board and PCB, which does an excellent job of reducing any harsh pings or noise. Despite its all-plastic construction, the case feels sturdy, and the keyboard's RGB lighting is impressive, covering both the switches and the sides of the keyboard. The double-shot PBT pudding keycaps are also a nice touch and help to further illuminate the RGB effects.
One minor complaint we had with the keyboard's design is that it is quite tall, which can make typing uncomfortable for some users. Additionally, while the case is slightly inclined, there are no adjustable feet to change the angle of inclination. We would recommend using a palm rest to alleviate any discomfort caused by the keyboard's height.
The LK67 can be further customized via software that can be downloaded from the official website. With the software, you can change between 22 different RGB lighting effects, as well as remap each individual key and set up macros. However, we did find the software to be somewhat unintuitive, with poorly translated menus and options. Most users will only need to change the RGB lighting, which can be easily done using the Fn key combinations.
When it comes to typing experience, the LK67 generally feels great, although there is some room for improvement. While Gamakay claims that the switches have been pre-lubed, we found the application to be too light, resulting in some noticeable scratchiness and inconsistent typing feel. However, this is a minor complaint, and the keyboard still provides a satisfying “thocc” sound when typing, thanks in part to the pre-installed noise-dampening foam.
In conclusion, the Gamakay LK67 delivers an excellent typing experience for a budget keyboard. While it has some shortcomings, its features and performance make it a great option for anyone interested in the mechanical keyboard hobby without spending too much money upfront. So, if you're interested, you can visit ASM PICK, a leading Global Electronic Store to buy Electronic gadgets online.