We knew that Gigabyte made graphic cards but weren’t totally familiar with their peripherals, considering their presence in PC gaming circles and e-sports sponsorships the pairing does makes sense. The Force K7 Keyboard is one of the more basic choices I’ve used for anything gaming-related. In many respects it’s not a bad choice, but then again there’s hardly enough there separating it from the norm, other than the backlighting and a couple of scant flourishes.
I mean, it looks pretty legit for a full size gaming keyboard with a charcoal body that’s angular and designed with only a measuring ruler, or simply appropriate for its intended audience. Things are equally pedestrian with the keys themselves are ultra-slim profile and utilize membrane switches for minimal travel, and two rubber scroll wheels on up top that controls the volume and backlight brightness respectively. You get a rubber feet stands and windows lock button as standard too.
The general feel of the K7 is familiar and agreeable to the touch, in fact the whole thing is pretty solid in weight and comfort like a typical Microsoft or Dell keyboard that you’ve since neglected in the annals of your closet. The K7 also isn’t mechanical like much more expensive keyboards but the input travel is fine for non-obsessive gamers, or just getting some moderate typing done for those who aren’t bothered by a little less tactile reaction.
As mentioned before, you’ll get the convenience of backlighting which is always welcome in any keyboard. The illumination is economically spread across rather than to each individual key – a cheaper touch but still a nice addition that can be altered for intensity and selectable colors (blue, cyan, and green); and for all intents and purposes is the real pièce de résistance.
I say that because that’s really all the K7 has in terms of features. Yeah, that’s it. Just a regular keyboard with cool backlighting and dual scroll wheels. It’s minimalistic but this is billed as a gaming keyboard which to me, doesn’t seem quite right. You don’t get highlighted W/A/S/D keys, programmable macro keys, or separate media buttons (I know I’m dating myself here). You really do want those kinds of niceties in your gaming keyboard, in fact, most people would expect them anyways.
The quality of the Force K7 Gaming Keyboard is good and its budget components are well-sorted for everyday use. However, this stumbles against the likes of SteelSeries, Logitech, and Razer who offer at least some customizable extras that’s expected for proper gaming keyboards; for these reasons, the K7 feels comparatively trapped within a murky grey area of mediocrity if you’re looking to improve your skills.