Once is not customary, we do not test the latest model from Corsair or Logitech. We do not offer you an article on a powerful keyboard but outside the door of many purses. The KM-G16 is offered less than 40 euros what to equip without breaking the bank … if the product is of quality of course!
Aukey is a Chinese company that you may not be familiar with, but which can be found particularly prominent at retailers like AliExpress or Amazon. It is usually distinguished by relatively simple products that put aside the most original features, but the main quality is the price. The KM-G16 thus manages to be even a little cheaper than its predecessors KM-G6 and KM-G12 / G14.
Sober and elegant design, but a little cheap
Coming out of its box, the KM-G16 logically does not pay mine. In order to keep pricing contained, Aukey could not logically go for something very original, yet the design of its keyboard seems clean. The product is completely black and if there is no question of being based on a metal structure as can be found on more ambitious models, the whole seems relatively reliable, less flexible than other low-cost products. Thus, despite its relative finesse, the keyboard cannot be twisted by holding it by the ends.
We were talking about how thin it is, is that the GM-16 is a rather compact full-width keyboard. Thus, we measured it less than 44 centimeters long and a little over 12 cm wide. The chassis slightly exceeds the keys to frame them and we cannot therefore speak of a frameless structure, but the general design remains quite modern. The keys do not give the impression of being stuck in the base of the keyboard as may be the case on other models. Keys which are therefore 105 in number in an AZERTY configuration, all that is more standard.
It is good to emphasize that these keys are easy to remove, but the operation should not be repeated very often: their fixing seems fragile, the plastics are not necessarily very solid, but nothing really abnormal on a product at this price. For the rest, there is not much to report as the functionalities of this GM-16 are limits. There is no question of having wireless or a USB pass-through. The USB cable is of standard length (1.8 meters), but is not detachable and it is not in the least flexible like these Razer signed cables for example.
Understandably enough, Aukey didn’t weigh down the note handing out a palm rest with his keyboard. More annoying however, by turning the GM-16 over, we see that the feet are all that there is simpler: only one level of inclination is thus possible. Fortunately, there is nothing to say about the stability of the whole and the efficiency of the pads which prevent the keyboard from moving during the toughest parts, yet the weight of 760 grams did not necessarily play for its maintenance. .
Responsive, but terribly noisy switches
Bitter parts that lead us to talk about one of the rare advanced features of this keyboard. Aukey has indeed integrated a lock for certain keys. By pressing the FN key and the Windows key, this lock is activated, which allows you to deactivate the Windows keys and avoid certain inconveniences during the game. Another good point, Aukey uses contactors, certainly low cost, but overall quite effective: they are Chinese models designed by one of Cherry’s most famous clones, Outemu.
Aukey opted for the manufacturer’s blue models. We don’t know more about the activation / total strokes, but the force required for the activation of the switch is 60 g, which seems rather high and it shows the use. That said, during the game, this does not pose any particular problem … even if you should not expect the same reactivity as on a Corsair K65 RGB Mini for example, but the KM-16 is not l for a. For the majority of players, such switches will be acceptable provided they withstand noise pollution.
Indeed and it is undoubtedly the biggest fault of this product which one can forgive many deviations: it is terribly sound. Basically, it uses so-called clicky switches which are therefore heard at the slightest pressure. More annoying, the entire structure of the KM-G16 acts as a resonance box. In addition to the consecutive clicking each activation, it must be done with an echo that reinforces the discomfort. The player can put up with it, it will be harder for those around him.
Aukey reports a complete anti-ghosting that we find, but is careful not to mention the key rollover: it is limited to 12 keys, which is sufficient for 99.9% of players. Let us end with a word on backlighting: it is in 6 colors with one color – fixed – per line of the keyboard. Rare effects are available and everything is regulated with shortcut keys. We regret that the result is not more pleasant, especially for serious use: the multicolored effect is not in the best taste and the secondary characters are less well illuminated and some LEDs seem a little weak.
LITTLE PUNCHY SENTENCE THAT SUMMATES ALL IN CAPS
As you can imagine, we don’t have the same expectations for a keyboard under 40 euros as for a 70, 100 or even 120 euros model, as we see more and more often with models intended for gamers. There are however players who cannot / want to put so much money … The GM-16 is all designated to them, but the results are in reality more contrasted.
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