Aesthetically speaking, there are some “gamer styling” cues on the AORUS Thunder K7, with the angular design along all edges of the board and the rotary wheels along the top. Some may like a more minimalist approach, and there’s nothing wrong with that preference, but the overall effect really works well here on the K7, particularly with the full backlighting.
The K7 has extensive features, with the macro keys positioned on the detachable numpad, offering greater flexibility to access but requiring the numpad actually be used. The dedicated volume and brightness rollers are great, and certainly the detachable keypad is unique, and is particularly well suited for those lefties in the crowd, or someone who may want it completely separate altogether. Being able to use the numpad as a standalone input is also very unique, for those who may prefer an extremely small input footprint.
The Cherry Red switches are a smart choice for gamers, as they’re silent with a linear travel. But they’re also very light to the touch, so poor touch typists may curse them. Those who are skilled typists, however, will love the deft feel and speed though.
The smaller details here are well thought out as well. Anti-ghosting key rollover is particularly helpful for those who tend to mash on a keyboard. The side-by-side placement of the key symbols for the numbers is a very simple but smart design move, allowing full illumination. We’ve seen many mechanical boards and nearly every one of them has the same problem with spotting lighting due to the adjacent symbols rather than stacked. Even the font choice on the K7 is a clear and simple choice.
There are a few minor detractions here. The lack of dedicated media keys may matter to some as a matter of preference. No cable routing grooves along the bottom of the board is odd for a gaming-oriented keyboard. The wrist rest seems overly large, which could be avoided by slimming down the bottom edge of the board or possibly going with a softer material instead. And there are no USB or audio ports to plug in a mouse or headset. If we really nitpick, it would be nice if other Cherry switches were available for any user preference. Some may prefer Brown or Blue switches, for example. That said, it’s an item on our wishlist that doesn’t really detract from what is otherwise a great product.
In terms of value, the Thunder K7 retails for about $150, putting it in the upper echelon of mechanical keyboard pricing range. That may be a stumbling block for some, but the K7 does have a few features that many of the premium mechanical keyboards out there don’t have. So we can’t really complain too much, and it’s important to remember that a keyboard is one of the most-used pieces of hardware, day in and day out, so it’s not something for which we’d recommend cheaping out. So if you want these features, then consider it a solid investment for the price of a couple large pizzas over the lifetime of the board.
The AORUS Thunder K7 is a great example of solid styling and smart features coming together for consumers who want something special. The price is on the high side, but don’t let that distract you from an impressive product.
AORUS Thunder K7 Keyboard