Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

BIOSTAR Announces the GK3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

BIOSTAR is pleased to announce its latest addition to its gaming peripheral line-up with its first keyboard for gamers: the BIOSTAR GK3 mechanical gaming keyboard. BIOSTAR combines all the key elements that gamers need and designs their first mechanical keyboard dedicated for gamers and what they really need: a durable and responsive keyboard aimed at the masses.

Today's gamers are becoming more competitive and response times are a gamer's number 1 tool in victory. If your gear can't keep up then your gear is keeping you down. Keyboards are the primary input for PC games and when a single keypress counts, a mere milisecond of input is the difference in winning and losing. The BIOSTAR GK3 mechanical keyboard will have an MSRP of $44.99.
Mechanical keyboards have set themselves as the top choice for discerning typists and gamers that want improved responsiveness and feel that membrane keyboards just don't have. The challenge has always been that mechanical keyboard have cost more than traditional membrane keyboards and that has made them inaccessible for many gamers that want to experience the benefits of mechanical keyboards. BIOSTAR has set its sight once-again on these gamers and their value-based company focus for product is ingrained into the new BIOSTAR GK3 gaming keyboard as well.

The BIOSTAR GK3 is built with an exquisite attention to quality with an aluminium metallic material forming the main body of the keyboard with a unique style for gamers. The BIOSTAR GK3 is also waterproof and dust proof with swappable keycaps giving gamers a highly-flexible weapon for gaming.

BIOSTAR Quality Refined for Peripherals
BIOSTAR uses OUTEMU blue switches which are rated for 50 million actuations for a lengthy usage life and features anti-ghosting as well as anti-ghosting design which is perfect for gaming. The BIOSTAR GK3 also features 7 backlight modes for its lighting that allows users to customize their keyboard lighting or use pre-defined lighting styles for popular titles such as COD, LOL or other similar games. BIOSTAR uses a Alps-compatible stems which allows user to customize their own keycaps whilst offering more protection against dust with its larger surface area.

Durable Design: Spill-Proof, Dust-Proof
BIOSTAR designs the GK3 mechanical keyboard with drain holes to protect against spills and the the Outemu keys are designed with a large surface area to minimize dust from entering the switches. BIOSTAR designed the PCB with the electronics on the underside of the internals with a special waterproof coating to further protect against liquid spills. The keyboard itself is sloped to channel water away for easy clean up.
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17 Comments on BIOSTAR Announces the GK3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

#1
PowerPC
Looks pretty good for 45 USD. Has anyone tried the switches? It seems like EVERYBODY and their dogs are making mechanical switches now.
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P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
I personally wouldn't buy it but it's MSRP of $44.99 makes it really affordable compared to the much more expensive other mechanical keyboards out there.
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#3
silentbogo
That's pretty cheap, even for rebranded no-name mech keyboard.
I think the cheapest ones I've seen were ~$40-$45 for an 87-key rainbow-colored madness...
Full-sized keyboards start at $50, and it seems like most of them use OUTEMU Blue switches, which probably couldn't get any worse than Kailh anyway.

PowerPC said:
Looks pretty good for 45 USD. Has anyone tried the switches? It seems like EVERYBODY and their dogs are making mechanical switches now.
From what I know - these are a bit louder than Cherry MX Blue. I'm not even sure if gaming on blue switches is any good, unless it's dota2....
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#4
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
Keyboard desing looks pretty great, but i dont like that much the sound of most mech boards, u have a plunger one that sometimes at night because to loud...

about OUTEMU blue switches i have heard just a couple of comments, they arent bad at all but louder compared to cherry blue ones... and also the resistance on switches it a little bit harder compared to cherry ones,

Regards,
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
looks really similar to a Corsair K70
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peche
Thermaltake fanboy
FreedomEclipse said:
looks really similar to a Corsair K70
really ?

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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
peche said:
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peche
Thermaltake fanboy
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
peche said:

That is a K70 i have linked is it not?
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P4-630
The Way It's Meant to be Played
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peche
Thermaltake fanboy
FreedomEclipse said:
That is a K70 i have linked is it not?
sure, but the comparison its not, its like comparing a ferrari vs a lambo, might look similar but have several differences

Regards,
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
peche said:
sure, but the comparison its not, its like comparing a ferrari vs a lambo, might look similar but have several differences

Regards,
I think im bang on with the comparison. at least the sheet of aluminium that used to make it. Sure the K70 i linked doesnt have the RGB switches but theres no denying that that there is a similarity between them.

The aluminum is the same colour, and the logo's are in the same place. and I bet even though the aluminum is cut differently in places it still uses the same wrist wrest.

Given the price, the Biostar is the poor mans K70.

In any case, it bares more comparison then the K70 that you linked -- theres more than just one variant & generation of corsair K70 keyboards you know?
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#13
m1dg3t
Seems like a good buy for the $$$, I could do without the disco lights. I doubt there is any reason for me to switch from my Meka G1 but it just may replace my G11, any plans for a review TPU?

Side note: I scored the Meka G1 for $50 + tax BNIB, that's what happens when someone else pays the 'early adopter tax' ;)
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#14
Brusfantomet
My first though when seeing that keyboard was "that looks like a K95 without the macro keys"

But the big thing here is the "waterproof" part, are we talking x ml spill or complete submerging, are we talking IP54 or IP57?
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#15
SimpleTECH
PowerPC said:
Looks pretty good for 45 USD. Has anyone tried the switches? It seems like EVERYBODY and their dogs are making mechanical switches now.
My Aukey KM-G3 has the same switches and lighting modes as this Biostar mechanical keyboard but a smaller footprint. I've had it for about 2 weeks and so far I like it. My previous mechanical keyboard was a Monoprice brand with Cherry MX Blacks. I hated the look of that keyboard because it had a rubber finish which made it difficult to clean dust off of. I got my Aukey for about $48 which is roughly the same price as the Biostar.

Also forgot to mention that the keys are like Cherry MX Blues (lots of clinking when you type). I don't mind and it isn't that big of a deal when I'm gaming.
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#16
AsRock
TPU addict
PowerPC said:
Looks pretty good for 45 USD. Has anyone tried the switches? It seems like EVERYBODY and their dogs are making mechanical switches now.
Going by the pic of details it would depend, for a typist no good as there is a 10g +\ - difference chance.

For a gamer i think it be ok for most.
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#17
Sir Alex Ice
Pretty much anybody can make nowadays a mechanical keyboard, with outemu, kailh, greetch or whatever clone of Cherry MX they can find.
Have you noticed that big name brands like SteelSeries, Logitech, Razer do no use Cherry MX...
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