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AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 13, 2020 at 08:16 am
AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard Picture
Test Methodology v0.8
5.9
Mixed usage
5.6
Gaming
3.0
Mobile/Tablet
6.7
Office
5.6
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
Yes

The AUKEY KM-G9 is an entry-level TKL mechanical keyboard that's surprisingly well-built for its price point. It features mechanical Outemu Blue clicky switches, which have good tactile and audible feedback, but the noise might be too much for some. It's very similar to the Redragon K552-RGB in design, but it lacks RGB backlighting. Unfortunately, the AUKEY lacks software for customization options and can't have programmed macros, but on the upside, it's a decent option if you're looking for a straightforward mechanical keyboard.

Our Verdict

5.9 Mixed usage

The AUKEY mechanical keyboard is mediocre. This mechanical keyboard has clicky blue switches that offer a decent overall typing experience, but are a bit noisy. Also, it's not the best option for gamers and programmers as you can't set macros and don't have access to software for customization options.

5.6 Gaming

The AUKEY mechanical keyboard is sub-par for gaming as it lacks the ability to create macros and doesn't have compatible software. Also, it doesn't have any backlighting, which might impact people who play games in a dark room or later at night.

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3.0 Mobile/Tablet

The AUKEY KM-G9 is a wired-only keyboard that isn't designed to work with mobile devices and tablets.

6.7 Office

The AUKEY mechanical keyboard is passable for the office. It's sturdy and well-built, but its ergonomics aren't the best as it lacks a wrist rest. Also, with clicky switches, it might be a bit loud to use in an open area with coworkers surrounding you.

See our Office recommendations
5.6 Programming

The AUKEY mechanical keyboard is sub-par for programming. Its ergonomics are just okay and it might not be the most comfortable keyboard to type on for hours. Also, you can't set macros or connect it to multiple devices.

See our Programming recommendations
  • 5.9 Mixed usage
  • 5.6 Gaming
  • 3.0 Mobile/Tablet
  • 6.7 Office
  • 5.6 Programming
Pros
  • Very well-built design.
  • Decent typing quality.
Cons
  • No software for customization.
  • No backlighting.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.3" (3.2 cm)
Width 14.1" (35.8 cm)
Depth 4.3" (11.0 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

This AUKEY mechanical keyboard has a TKL design that's smaller than a typical full-sized board.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

This keyboard has a surprisingly well-built design for its price. This board is very similar to the Redragon K552-RGB. It's made from a mix of solid metal and plastic components. The board doesn't have any flex and the keys feel stable, although they're made from doubleshot ABS plastic.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest No

The ergonomics of this board are pretty standard. It's a straight board that has only one incline setting. Although it's very similar to the Redragon K552-RGB in design, the feet on the AUKEY have a sharper angle, which some may prefer.

0
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting No
Color No Backlighting
Brightness Settings
No
Individually Backlit Keys
No

Unfortunately, this keyboard doesn't have any backlighting, although the keycaps are made in a way that light could shine through.

Design
Cable
Detachable
No
Length 4.9 ft (1.5 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) Not Detachable

This keyboard is wired-only. The cable should be long enough to reach your desktop and it feels decently durable thanks to the rubberized coating.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

Since this keyboard is wired-only, it can't be used wirelessly.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
No
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes

Like most keyboards, the AUKEY mechanical keyboard has hotkeys for media controls and you can lock the Windows key by pressing Fn + F11. This will prevent your game from being accidentally minimized by hitting the Windows key.

Design
In The Box

  • AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard
  • Keycap remover
  • User guide

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Outemu Blue
Feel
Clicky
Actuation Force
44.5 gf
Pre-Travel
2.28 mm
Total Travel
3.85 mm

This keyboard has Outemu Blue switches that are fairly similar to Cherry MX Blue switches. It has a very snappy feeling right before the actuation point, and just like most blue-like switches, they're very clicky and loud.

7.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality offered by this board is decent. Some people may prefer the sharper angle of the keyboard feet, which might be a bit less fatiguing. The keys are fairly stable and the clickiness of the switches offer good tactile and audible feedback.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Loud

Due to the clicky switches, typing on this keyboard is quite loud and won't be the best option for an open-office environment.

Software and Operating System
0
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Name No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
No
Cloud Sync
No
RGB Programming
No
Macro Programming
No
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

This keyboard doesn't have any customization software available.

7.6
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Full
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

This keyboard has great overall compatibility. All keys work on both Windows and Linux, and only the pause and scroll lock keys don't work on macOS.

Compared to other keyboards

This keyboard is very affordable for a mechanical board, but it comes at the expense of some features you would find on higher-end products. It lacks backlighting, customization software, and the ability to set macros. This TKL keyboard is better suited for people on a budget looking to see if they like the feel of mechanical switches. See our recommendations for the best mechanical keyboards, the best wireless keyboards, and the best keyboards.

SteelSeries Apex Pro
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Newegg.com

The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a better gaming keyboard than the AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard. It features unique switches that let you adjust the actuation point to your preference. It also has full RGB lighting and has a full-size design. On the other hand, the AUKEY has a TKL layout and is very well-built for its price point, but doesn't have as many features.

Redragon K552-RGB
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Newegg.com

The Redragon K552-RGB is almost identical to the AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard, although it's slightly better as it features full RGB lighting, while the AUKEY doesn't have any backlight. Other than that, these two keyboards are pretty much the same.

SteelSeries Apex 3
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Newegg.com

The AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard is pretty different than the SteelSeries Apex 3. While both keyboards are very affordable, you have to choose between the mechanical clicky switches of the AUKEY, or the RGB lighting and the rubber dome switches of the Apex 3. Also, the Apex 3 is a full-size keyboard with a NumPad, and it comes with a nice wrist rest.

Obinslab Anne Pro 2
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a superior keyboard than the AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard. It's available in a wider variety of switches, is better built, has full RGB lighting, and has customization options inside its software. The Anne Pro 2 can also be used wirelessly via Bluetooth and it offers a better overall typing experience. On the other hand, people who have a need for dedicated navigation arrows might prefer the TKL layout of the AUKEY mechanical keyboard.

Ducky One 2 Mini
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Ducky One 2 Mini is a far better keyboard than the AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard. It has full RGB lighting, all its keys are programmable, and it's better built. It also offers one of the best typing quality we've tested. On the other hand, the lack of dedicated arrow keys on the Ducky might be a deal-breaker for some, and the AUKEY has them.

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