Aorus Thunder K7 Mechanical Keyboard + Macro Keypad Review

Introduction


Aorus are back on eTeknix again today, following a long hiatus from our last review of theirs, the rather stunning Aorus Thunder M7 Gaming Mouse. In the office today, we have their new flagship gaming keyboard, the Thunder K7, and it’s packed to the brim with high-end features that are sure to excite professionals, gamers and well, many other people too!

  • World’s 1st Mechanical gaming keyboard with detachable Macro keys
  • Superior CHERRY MX Mechanical Key-Switch
  • Absolute Anti-Ghosting Multi-Key press Capability
  • AORUS Macro Engine

Equipped with a split design that allows you to not only detach the number pads completely and turn the main keyboard into an 80% width design, you can also attach the number pad on the left side of the keyboard and use it as a macro pad, or for any other purpose for that matter, and even then, you can also use the number pad all by its self if you really wanted! Of course, a funky modular design isn’t the only thing you can expect from this keyboard today. Equipped with Cherry MX Red switches, N-key rollover, anti-ghosting, LED lighting, macro engine, detachable wrist rest, and more, the K7 is sounding like strong competition for many other high-end keyboards on the market today.

The box for the Thunder K7 is absolutely huge, it may actually be the biggest keyboard box we’ve ever seen, and not by any small margin either!b There’s a huge image of the keyboard don the front, as well as a badge telling us this is the orange light edition, not the blue one in the big picture.

Around the back, a quick rundown of the main features, such as the modular design, Cherry switches, and the powerful macro engine.

The box opens up to reveal just why it’s so big in the first place. The keyboard is exceptionally well padded and the main keyboard, number pad and wrist rest are all separated by thick foam to ensure they stay secure in transit. Each component is wrapped in plastic bags to keep them dust free and there’s a large plastic shell over the top over everything to protect it from damage.

In the box, the keyboard, which comes hard-wired with a good quality USB cable and custom USB 2.0 gold-plated head, as well as a secondary cable for when you’re using the number pad independently.

The detachable wrist rest is pretty durable and has a good width to it. It is worth pointing out, however, that it’s the full keyboard size, so may look ridiculous if you’re using it in 80% mode.

There are some rubber grips on the bottom to keep it in place, but you’ll notice the lack of clips as the whole unit connects to the keyboard magnetically.

Gigabyte Unveils AORUS Laptop Range @ CES 2016

CES 2016: AORUS is name given to Gigabyte’s extreme level of hardware which spans across gaming laptops, peripherals, backpacks and more! The range often receives a great deal of critical acclaim and implements groundbreaking exclusives features such as the AORUS Fusion Keyboard, AORUS Audio, and Hardware Live Stream Engine.

Here we can see the X5, which is the world’s first gaming laptop with per-key backlighting. This makes it possible to add special effects, choose individual key illumination and create a custom setup. This level of flexibility is unbelievable and not what you would expect from a gaming laptop.

The software allows you to choose from a wide array of effects including breathing, fade on keypress and more. After using the software briefly, I can confidently say, it’s intuitive and has enough settings to create something which feels personal to your specific needs.

Another unique technology is entitled, Gameplay Now which acts as a video capture tool to stream or record footage without any impact on game performance. This works via an M.2 card from AverMedia and provides up to 30% extra frames-per-second while capturing gameplay. There’s also an overlay which outlines the frame-rate and CPU utilization.

The AORUS team also showcased the limited edition camouflage X5 design which looks spectacular. Notice how the vinyl cover extends into the speaker grill and doesn’t have any abnormalities in the finish. The rep at CES told me that they are gauging the popularity of the skin, and if the response is good, will make other lavish designs in the future.

Aorus Gaming Products on Display @ Computex

Computex 2015: Aorus specialise in ultra high-end gaming gear, especially when it comes to making some of the fastest gaming notebooks in the world. However, with great gaming systems comes a need for great peripherals and Aorus don’t disappoint in that department.

First up, their gorgeous Thunder m7 gaming mouse, nothing new as it’s been out a while now, but still a great MMO gaming mouse.

The stunning Thunder K7, a modular gaming keyboard that its great for your ever changing gaming demands. The wrist rest snaps into place using magnets, but even cooler, so does the number pad. You can move it from the to the right and back again in a flash if you need to and it’s a great way of giving yourself a huge range of macro keys, or a TKL keyboard when you need one!

Aorus Thunder M7 Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Today is a very special day, as I get to play around with the latest feature packed gaming mouse from Aorus; the Thunder M7. Aorus are one of the hottest gaming brands on the market right now and while they’ve only been around a couple of years, they’ve set their standards incredibly high, just look at their range of gaming notebooks, which offer some of the finest portable gaming systems money can buy. With Aorus setting their own standards so high, I’m obviously expecting great things from the Thunder M7; can it really offer the same level of quality as their other product ranges?

MMO gaming is a big market, of course this also branches out into the realms of MOBA and single player RPG titles, but they’ve generally all got one thing in common; complex control systems. MOBA and MMO gamers generally make use of actions that have cool down timers, these and applying things like character buffs can be a repetitive process at the best of times; having a programmable gaming mouse with macro features can significantly reduce the tinkering time and let you get back to the action. To meet this demand, Aorus have equipped their Thunder M7 with 11 programmable side buttons.

The wide selection of programmable buttons will no doubt help with the gaming aspects, but there are plenty of other welcome features to the Thunder M7; such as a 200-8200 DPI laser sensor, braided cable and high-quality switches.

Aorus were clearly trying to sway the results of this review in their favour, as they’ve also sent along their lovely Thunder P3 gaming mouse pad; which I’ll come back to later in this review.

The packaging on the M7 is nicely designed, with a great image of the mouse on the front and the main specifications on the side of the box.

Around the back you’ll find a quick run-down of some of the major features; such as the sensor and the programmable buttons.

Inside the box you’ll find a zip-up hard case.

The interior of the case is cut-out to perfectly hold and protect the mouse and its cable. It does seem a little oversized, but at least you know it’ll be nice and safe in there.

Under the mouse you’ll also find an extra set of Teflon slip-maps, as well as an easy to understand users’ guide.

Aorus Unveil Powerful Gaming Laptop & New Range Of Peripherals At CES 2014

CES 2014, we stopped by the Aorus suite to check out their latest range of devices that will be hitting the market throughout 2014 and to start things off with a bang we have this truly incredible gaming laptop, the 17″ equipped X7. It weighs just over six pounds, is just under an inch thick and packs enough tech to be legally classed as a tardis! Under the hood you’ll find a Haswell i7, and not one, but TWO Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GDDR5 equipped 4GB graphics cards, two! Add to that the option for a pair of 512GB SSD’s which can be set in Raid configuration and then a massive 1TB hard drive for extra storage. Not to be out done the system can also be fitted with 32GB of DDR3 RAM, has five USB ports, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 1920 x 1080 display… so, much, want. Price is unknown, but expect it to be as extravagant as the specifications.

Next up we have their Thunder M7 gaming mouse, a strange looking beast to say the least. Packing 16 customisable buttons, RGB lighting, 8600DPI sensor and a design that’s based on a race car, you can even see what looks like a V8 engine inside it through the clear plastic panels, very cool indeed.

Next up we have the Thunder keyboard, packed full of features that really set it apart from the crowd. The number pad and wrist rest quickly snap into place thanks to great use of magnets, allowing you to reconfigure the keyboard in mere seconds. Take the number pad off with a quick tug and you can snap it to the other side of the keyboard, it immediately pairs up, lights up and starts working, meaning you can use it as either a number pad on the right, or a huge bay of macro keys on the left. It’s fully back lit, comes with dedicated media controls and features a choice of mechanical key types.

Finally we have the Thunder H7, a true 5.1 gaming headset with tall ear cups, a super comfortable fit and a back lit touch panel in-line controller. In short, the new Thunder line up peripherals are what we think will be some of the best 2014 has to offer.

That’s all from Aorus at CEs 2014 and while we can’t wait to test out these peripherals in our reviews later in the year, more than anything else we really want to put their gaming laptop through its paces.

Gigabyte Aorus X7 High-end Gaming Notebook Preview

It appears that “Aorus” is in fact Gigabyte’s new line of gaming notebooks, much like Alienware is to Dell. Therefore, Aorus is a sub-brand of Gigabyte with high-end gaming notebooks under its belt. And the best thing is that the Aorus X7 gaming notebook will debut at CES 2014.

Gigabyte will showcase the whole line of Aorus gaming notebooks at CES 2014 in January. The notebook in spotlight today is the Aorus X7, it is powered by 4th generation Intel Core i7 Haswell processor and NVIDIA GTX 700 series graphics. There is not much reveal in-terms of specifications except for that it houses a 17-inch display and some shots of its exterior. The notebook has a simple yet attractive design, with Aorus logo at the top.

According to the pictures, Aorus X7 comes with VGA, 2 x HDMI and one mini DisplayPorts along with one SD card slot and USB 3.0 ports for external storage. Standard audio jacks plus a full-size keyboards makes up the Auros X7. Benchmarks and details of the notebook will be revealed at CES in January.

Auros X7 sure looks powerful but at the same time quite bulky but its normal for a gaming with a few exceptions of course. Razer’s Blade and MSI’s GT70 are two very powerful yet slim notebooks but if Gigabyte’s Aorus X7 houses SLI NVIDIA graphics with super fast SSDs in RAID then the thickness can be ignored. For more details stay tuned since CES 2014 is just 8 days away.

Thank you Chip Loco for providing us with this information
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