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GK68 RGB Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard

GK68 RGB Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard

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In case others are having trouble finding the software, it should be here: http://www.jikedingzhi.com/downloadlist?driverID=41 If that link doesn't work directly, go to the downloadlist and select the GK6X+ then click the button next to the dropdown, and select the newest one. Some of the older ones don't handle the GK68.
As usual, clears please!
Entirely underrated, albeit, a slightly unconventional offering. [ see my extended comments in the reviews section ]
I don't like this layout. Leopold FC660M has best layout. And I prefer vanilla switch; non RGB.
This keyboard is designed poorly. What 68 layout uses backspace shifted 1u to the right? I have no clue why that would be useful instead of the standard Home, Page up, page down, end layout.
It might as well be a 1u backspace.
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Tonkatonk
You can get around some of the wonky key layout with the programmability. But even with the standard Home, Page Up, Page Down, End layout. IMO, that's 4 keys that you could get into two with use of function layers. Typically, I'm doing either/or home or page up.
But overall, it seems like the programming software is a bit funky, but not impossible to work with. Once of those things where they were very close to hitting that affordable mark with an RGB/hot swap keyboard at a low price with an aluminum case.
Yeah I was thinking that `/~ should have been swapped with backspace. And you're right, that's exactly how tada68 does it. Otherwise this is a cute board and I would have considered buying it. It is a decent price for the hotswap pcb and the interesting bezel. But I use =/+ & backspace too often to deal with this layout.
Would be in on this if there was a barebones kit and split backspace option. Not a huge fan of backspace being offset and moved to the far right.
No barebones version?
alllysone
Yes barebones please! I've wanted a case like this forever but I need my iso.
This would be perfect for me if it had they layout of the TADA68, and a case similar to the GK64... There is no such thing as a perfect keyboard. :(
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I recommend a beginners soldering project kit from Amazon. It's $15-$25 and you can make all the mistake you want.
Jino74
soldering is realy easy, the worst thing that can happen is ugly solder joints.
kudos for making a keyboard with a bezel and also hot swappable pcb.
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Yeah it's like bezels and centered legends. For some reason you have to pay a million dollars to get them.
WherestheSNES
Reminds me of the ducky shine mini. I like alot about this board, case design, hotswap, full RGB, but that backspace........ should have gone with tada layout...
Interesting layout. I would much prefer a barebones kit to lower price and be able to move the backspace key and stabilizer easier.
This keyboard is a sexy little whore. However I have the plum already. Please reduce price 75%.
Are the homing keys deep dish?
This is exactly what I've wanted from the GKXX line, the only issue is the position of the type c port... Looks like you won't be able to use this PCB with other cases. :/
I think that is good to see a different option, the proportions and the design of the case was developed nicely. Like everything except for the round rubber feet.
This is rather hideous but it's a good sign that it's hot swappable. I would love it if all boards made that switch over time.
BlueCrowned
You no like?
whoever made the case must have been blind. It is disgusting to look at hahah
K00leggie
oof
K00leggie
thank you for this constructive comment
Will there be an option for just buying the pcb? or just pcb & plate as that case looks awful.
boboking5
It won't work with other cases since the type-c port is positioned on the right... I was super sad to find out about this too, I purchased a iGK61 PCB and Plate and was able to put it in a Tina-A case. I would have loved to put this PCB and Plate in a Klippe or Fusion60 case, but sadly you can't.
Not a fan of the look. I'm glad they didn't use the weird shortened left shift key found on the GK64 this time.
A relatively small price difference from the Z70 Pro and ALT so I find this to be a really hard sell.
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Did you notice the extra key they added before the backspace? These guys just love to mess with people.
Jino74
I did, but at least the extra key is a standard size extra key, unlike that weird left shift on the GK64. Causes such a pain for keycap compatability, one of the many reasons i would never consider the gk64.
i would've preferred they left the backspace in the normal position and put the extra key on the top right, similar to a tada68. I'll be passing on this one, but glad to see more hotswap boards that aren't low pro.
I would buy it if they added a barebones version.
I get wanting to include the ` key buy why in the world would they decide on moving the Backspace (one of your most used keys on a keyboard) farther away from your hand?
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and @kyuss80 I eventually solved all my own keyboard needs by using a fully programmable keyboard. I now use a minivan (40%) and all the keys I need for programming, debugging etc. are in a layer, right beneath my fingers. I know that such a small keyboard is probably not for everyone, but I was blown away by how quick I got used to it. The key for me was to come up with a layout based on what made sense for me. For example, open brackets < [ ( and { are under my A S D and F keys. It's completely solved all the problems I used to have, like position of ` key, quick access to certain function keys, etc. and I've found it's much quicker to access all keys now that I don't have to look down and stretch way out to symbols, function keys. Since a keyboard is a tool that we use for many hours every week, I don't think there's any problem with moving to something a bit customised. I've never looked back! Thanks for reading all this, and YMMV of course.
Tigerman
i do have a programmable keyboard (pok3r) but theres so few keys (prolly only one, right side CTRL) that i dont use often. everything else on this 60% keyboard i use almost all the time :/ i program too yet i also use my computer for tons of other tasks, so...
Dam, they got George Jetson 's keyboard.... rofllll
Also wish there was a barebones version, as the switches and keycaps aren't at all interesting.
Cyphre
Yeah they should give those that discount
fugly
I would buy the PCB for sure. That case is a no-go lmao
I saw this on TaoBao a couple days ago. The case, USB-C, and RGB LEDs are good points about this board. Personally, I prefer smaller layouts no larger than HHKB, so will not be buying.
equalunique
Although this is literally only 1u wider than an HHKB, which is just a 60% layout with a different bottom row.
congratulation, you have won the award for the ugliest fking keyboard ever.
I think i'd rather just have a bare bones version, the keys aren't all that attractive.
Questions:
1) what is the programming firmware? 2) does the PCB have holes for 5-pin ("PCB mount") switches?
dinosaur_meat
Firmware probably the same as the rest of the GK lineup, it's confusing but I just program the layouts I want and uninstall, and they update it pretty regularly. Not quite QMK/Jigon/etc. but not bad for a $130 board.
dinosaur_meat
Check the photos here: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.151.694253efN3Qg1v&id=571696995889&ns=1&abbucket=15#detail It looks to me like PCB mount switches would work fine.
Any word on how this is programmable? Via qmk or some custom software? That would be nice to know.
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That's bad right?
Thanks for finding that! Looks like a half-way decent keyboard but that programming software looks windows-only. Not great for a mac user...
This is a really nice case. It would be cool to see it dropped alone too.
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try "mechanical keyboard cover" on ebay, about half way down the page.
hypersprite
Thank you!