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Gigabyte FORCE K7 Stealth Gaming Keyboard

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Posted September 10, 2013 by Vinny Petronio in Peripherals
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Price at time of Review: $49.99
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Scissor switches, Styling, Anti-Ghosting, Fast Key Action, Three Color Lighting Options, Build Quality, Low Price
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Dim Back lighting, Back lighting not equally viewable at varying angles,Very Bright Num-lock, Caps-lock, Scroll-lock and Win-lock Keys
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The Gigabyte Force K7 Stealth Gaming Keyboard's membrane scissor switches are dead quiet compared to an overall mechanical keyboard, so that’s a big plus! The Force K7 Stealth comes with an MSRP of only $49.99 US making this a good value.
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Introduction:

Most gaming keyboards use mechanical switches that couple each key to its own spring loaded switch. They are primarily designed to provide excellent tactile feedback. The majority of these switches use mechanisms from Cherry MX, and are identified by color (Black, Brown, Blue, and Red). Each color offers a slightly different design and is fine-tuned to provide a very specific feel while gaming or typing.

Once in a while, you can still find some gaming keyboards that utilize silicone dome switches. These form little domes on a silicone membrane, and use the rubbery material as the switch resulting in a soft and silent feel. These switches often require a full press with each keystroke, slowing down the speed at which commands can be used. A variation of this is the scissor switch, which still uses a silicone membrane and dome switch, but comes in a slimmer profile and adds a stabilizing scissor mechanism beneath each key. Scissor switches are most commonly found on laptops, but a few low-profile keyboards can still be found for desktops and gaming.

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a new arrival from Gigabyte, The FORCE K7 Stealth modeled after and the Stealth Fighter Jet. This particular offering comes to us with a low profile configuration and keys with a scissor switch and membrane combination. The scissor-key structure boasts ultra-quiet performance with its low profile, and quick short key presses. It also has a slim and solid body style. Read on to see what other accouterments the Gigabyte Force K7 brings to the desktop, and whether it is worthy of your hard earned cash.

About Gigabyte:

Gigabyte a leader in IT innovation was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. We are dedicated to building up a full-range digital life, responding promptly and sonorously to consumer needs and desires.

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