AUKEY KM-G6: Mechanical gaming keyboard put to the test

Once again I tested a keyboard, more precisely the AUKEY KM-G6. This is a mechanical gaming keyboard that is different from the KM-G9 keyboard brings a number pad and an LED backlight. These can even be restricted to keys of your choice so that only the hotkeys used for the corresponding video game light up. How well this works, what functions are possible on the Apple Mac and Windows PC and other experiences with computer accessories, I will show you in this AUKEY KM-G6 review.

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The AUKEY KM-G6 gaming keyboard illuminates each key individually with an LED. You can also highlight your own hotkeys individually.

The AUKEY KM-G6 gaming keyboard illuminates each key individually with an LED. You can also highlight your own hotkeys individually.

AUKEY KM-G6 unboxing

The AUKEY KM-G6, of course, like all other products, began with unpacking. As usual from the manufacturer, the keyboard came in a box with a stylized product image. Inside: the keyboard, instructions and the warranty card.


AUKEY KM-G6 Specifications

  • Manufacturer: AUKEY
  • Model: KM-G6
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 13,5 cm x 43,4 cm x 3,7 cm
  • Weight: 1,12 kg
  • Keys: 105
  • Switch type: Outemu blue
  • Initial strength: at least 30 cN
  • Actuating force: 50 cN ± 10 cN 
  • Pressure point force: 60 cN ± 10 cN
  • Interface: USB-A
  • Power supply: 5V DC at 200 MA
  • Compatibility: Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS
  • Water repellent: yes
  • Anti-ghosting: yes
  • Backlight: yes
  • Individual lighting: position yes, color no
  • AUKEY KM-G6 manual: here as PDF
  • Price: 44,99 euros on Amazon (Status: 30.10.2018)
This gaming keyboard with mechanical keys and LED lighting is water-repellent. Image: AUKEY / Amazon

This gaming keyboard with mechanical keys and LED lighting is water-repellent. Image: AUKEY / Amazon

AUKEY KM-G6 keyboard in the test

In the last few weeks I have used the keyboard every now and then to write texts, e-mails and the like, as well as for games. The mechanical buttons are the same as in the previously tested KM-G9 model. This means that you can also hear a click here and, in addition to the haptics, also receive acoustic feedback from the pressed keys. If you lose your energy drink, you can also look forward to the AUKEY KM-G6 keyboard being water-repellent. So you can clean them directly under the tap;)

Unlike the previously tested model, the AUKEY KM-G6 keyboard comes with a number pad - also illuminated.

Unlike the previously tested model, the AUKEY KM-G6 keyboard comes with a number pad - also illuminated.

Similar to the previously tested model, the AUKEY KM-G6 keyboard also has various special keys for multimedia and system commands. These mainly target Microsoft's Windows operating system. On the Apple Mac or MacBook, F11 takes you to the desk and the "Scroll" and "Pause" buttons are used to set the screen brightness. 

The "experimental setup": D

The "experimental setup": D

Opening the calculator or search (Spotlight or Finder) does not work with the corresponding FN combinations. However, songs in iTunes can be started, paused and skipped with FN combinations. The volume is controlled with FN+F10 or FN+F11. Trying instead of studying applies here to find out all the things that work :D

Even in daylight or room lighting, the RGB light of the LEDs can still be seen.

Even in daylight or room lighting, the RGB light of the LEDs can still be seen.

This time no key assignments were swapped

At the top of the introduction I linked the test report for the AUKEY KM-G9, in which I showed, among other things, that the key for ^ and ° under macOS fulfilled the functions of <and>, and vice versa. I solved this when using the MacBook by simply swapping the two keys so that I can see what can be typed with them (see review). In the AUKEY KM-G6 test, I tried the two buttons first and found that everything is now in the right place. ^ ° sits on the top left; <> sits to the right of the shift key - not only as a key, but also as a function;)

If you want to bevel the keyboard, you will find fold-out feet on the underside.

If you want to bevel the keyboard, you will find fold-out feet on the underside.

Backlight: Presets

As you have already seen in the pictures above, the AUKEY KM-G6 keyboard has a backlight in six colors or shades. With this LED lighting of the gaming keyboard, you can either highlight all keys or just individual ones. For the latter there are some presets that can be called up with the key combinations from FN + 1 to FN + 8. The combinations FN + 9 and FN + 0 are reserved for user-specific lighting. Or you can just use them to turn off the lights. In the following I will first show you the presets with a table and then how to create your own lighting set.

shortcut Lighting preset
FN + 1 "FPS" (WASD, arrow keys and Esc)
FN + 2 "CF" (F1-F2, 1-5, Tab, some letters, etc.)
FN + 3 "COD" (1-7, Shift, Ctrl, some letters)
FN + 4 "RTS" (1-0, Shift, Ctrl, Alt, a few letters, space bar)
FN + 5 "LOL full version" (Esc, ^, 1-6, Tab, Ctrl, Alt, letters and space bar)
FN + 6 "Racing games" (WASD, R, Shift, Ctrl, Alt, arrow keys)
FN + 7 "NBA Basketball" (1-4, Shift, Ctrl, Alt, Spacebar, letters, arrow keys)
FN + 8 "LOL" (less than FN + 5)

Define LED lighting yourself

If you have not yet specified any illuminated keys yourself, you can switch off the LED lighting with FN + 9 or FN + 0. You can switch it on again or switch from a preset to full lighting with FN + Page up. To set custom lighting effects, do the following:

  1. Press FN + 9 or FN + 0 to select a slot
  2. Press FN + Pos1 to activate the free setting
  3. Press the buttons you want to light up (light up directly)
  4. Press FN
  5. Press FN + End to save the settings
You can also just set "Sir Apfelot" as hotkeys to remember the blog;)

You can also just set "Sir Apfelot" as hotkeys to remember the blog;)

Instructions on how to proceed: In the instruction manual, step 2 says that you should press FN + Home. If you're wondering where the home button should be on the keyboard, you won't find it at first glance. Home also means Pos1 on the keyboard, as the corresponding key is named;) I have also added step 4 to the list above. If you only press FN + End to save your settings, the FN key will be illuminated and it will stay that way. If you press it twice, your LED will be switched off again when the setting process is finished;)

AUKEY KM-G6 as a gaming keyboard

If you don't want flat keys or laptop keys for gaming, but rather real, mechanical keys that you have to press properly, the AUKEY KM-G6 keyboard will definitely get your money's worth. Thanks to the background lighting, you can also see in the evening or at night what you are doing or where the hotkey you are looking for is. From shooters to strategy games, I found this to be super practical when I tried it out. Even if you set your own hotkeys, for example in Age of Empires 2, you can map them yourself on the keyboard so that you can find them more easily in the game.

Conclusion on the AUKEY KM-G6 test

In the AUKEY KM-G6 test, this keyboard model turned out to be quite useful. From the casual gamer to the pro, everyone can make friends with the clicking, LED-illuminated buttons. The brightness can even be regulated in three stages. The device is also good for the LAN party (if something like that still exists today); a bit heavy to transport but robust and safe against liquids. If you have your own experience with the gaming keyboard or want to answer any questions, please write a comment under this review!

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