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Biostar's GK3 is an affordable mechanical keyboard with multi-color lighting

By Bryan Chan & Koh Wanzi - on 24 Nov 2016, 2:50pm

Biostar's GK3 is an affordable mechanical keyboard with multi-color lighting

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Biostar has announced the GK3, its first ever mechanical keyboard. This follows on the September launch of its AM2 gaming mouse, a further sign of the company’s intention to diversify beyond its main motherboard product category.

In typical Biostar style however, the GK3 is priced almost ridiculously low, not unlike the AM2 mouse which debuted at a mere US$10. The GK3 costs just US$45, a practically unheard of price for a mechanical keyboard.

However, given the price, it’s not surprising that you won’t be getting Cherry MX switches. Instead, Biostar has opted for Outemu Blue switches (50g actuation force), which like Kailh switches are cheaper Cherry MX clones.

Outemu switches usually support Cherry MX-compatible keycaps, but there are certain key differences. For instance, the top of the switching housing is clear, so it appears that there is support for LED backlighting.

That said, it’s not quite clear how Biostar has managed to price the keyboard so cheaply. In addition to the mechanical switches, the GK3 also features an aluminum top panel and six-color backlight with seven backlight modes and pre-defined lighting styles for select games such as Call of Duty and League of Legends.

Finally, there’s a some waterproofing of sorts in the form of drainage holes that help route spilled liquid away from crucial components. According to Biostar, the electronics on the underside of the PCB have a special waterproof coating as well.

It’s possible that Biostar is selling the keyboard at a loss, but it may have skimped on quality assurance tests in order to keep the costs down. But while we don’t expect the board to stand up to the likes of models from more established brands, it may be a cheap entry point for keyboard novices looking to dip their toes into the crowded mechanical keyboard market.

Source: Guru3D