The mechanical keyboard makes a fun clicky sound and provides valuable function, too.
Not many people like to extend their laptop with an attached keyboard. After all, the entire purpose of having a laptop is portability. So why would you connect a wired keyboard? The answer is mechanical keys. Not too long ago, I was introduced to the mechanical keyboard. Almost immediately, a wave of nostalgia hit me as I felt the familiar clickety-clack from my elementary school computer lab. Any child of the 80s will recognize this feeling — well, any child that had a gaming system or used a computer. Today, you mainly find mechanical keyboards integrated with gaming setups. For me, I just really enjoy the feeling and sound of a good mechanical keyboard.
Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of trying out the KM-G6 Mechanical Keyboard from Aukey. Aukey strives to design and build solid, reliable consumer electronics and mobile tech accessories. I’ve tried out other accessories they offer like speakers and car adapters, but I’ve never had the experience of one of their mechanical keyboards until now.
The KM-G6 keyboard is very sturdy. It’s made out of heavyweight plastic. Some of the keyboards I’ve tested that match the same specs as the Aukey keyboard are much heavier because they are built on a metal frame. The KM-G6 weighs just over 2.5 pounds and in my opinion, is still very portable. Its shipping package is quite minimal. The box it comes in is constructed out of cardboard and labeled lightly with some simple branding and images. The cable is an above average standard silicone covered wire. It interfaces with your computer with a USB Type-A connector. Even though the keyboard does not come with any replacement switches for the keys, it does have a heavy plastic key puller tool packed in its box.
Aukey’s KM-G6 mechanical keyboard features blue switches to deliver easy travel around the keyboard and an audible ‘click’ when you depress the keys. Out of all the mechanical keyboards I’ve tested recently, this one is definitely the noisiest. In this case, that’s not a bad thing, but the louder the click, the more annoying the keyboard could be to other people. If you would alone, it’s not so bad, though. The keyboard is backlight with colored LEDs. There are 8 preset lighting effects that use the 6 different colors of the LEDs. If you are using a PC, you can customize your own keyboard colors, but your customization options are limited quite a bit when you are connected to a Mac. I’m connected to a MacBook Pro and I’ve found the keyboard to be very responsive and haven’t experienced any lag between the typing and the words appearing on the screen. I am a little disappointed that I can’t do more with the colors, but the presets have worked fine.
If you are looking for a very well-made mechanical keyboard, the Aukey KM-G6 is a really nice option. I would love to see the LEDs be brighter, but they still shine very nicely — even in the daytime.
As a special deal for MacSources readers, AUKEY has offered a discount for the following keyboards:
- For the LED-Backlit 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard, use the promo code AUKEYBD6 when you purchase the keyboard from Amazon and only pay $35.
- For the LED-Backlit 87-Key Mechanical Keyboard, use the promo code AUKEYKBD when you purchase the keyboard from Amazon and only pay $30.