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GAMDIAS Ares GKC6000 Essential Keyboard and Mouse Combo Review

  1. About the Gamdias Ares GKC6000...
  2. Keyboard and Mouse Impressions
  3. Overall Experience and Conclusion

Keyboard Impressions

The main highlight of the keyboard is the 19-key rollover support and the additional function keys F9 to F11. I am not sure why would Gamdias have some of the functions below the space bar, but it is not the first keyboard to have this. As you would expect, the ‘wrist rest’ would not be used except for the space between those keys. You cannot disable those alternate Fn keys- or to remap them as its function is tied together. There are alternate functions for the Fn keys very similar to what TteSports does for the Meka Pro mechanical keyboard. There is a dedicated switch for changing the LED lights swapping the WASD keys for arrow-only (and vice versa).

I am not sure why would anyone need to swap those functions- except maybe for racing games? But when you drive manual (usually Z and X for gear shift) you’ll end up manually remapping the in-game keys. There’s very little mentioned of the usefulness of the third key marketed as ‘consequective attack mode’ Gamdias does provide a couple of pre-attached Velcro straps and a dust cover for the USB port.

The keyboard has three LED colours and five brightness options for the most part of the keyboard- green, red and what should look like yellow is light green. The Gamdias logo and the lower Fn keys are yellow-only highlights. At the end of the day, it is a membrane keyboard, a common switch type for combos.

Keyboard Feet

The flip-off feet gives a decent angle to the keyboard’s height.

Cable routing action!

The underside has grooves to route cables through. This is excellent as you can route through at least two cables depending on your requirements. This is an excellent use of the underside area.

RGB Illumination

As said previously, this has three colour backlit action- two types of green and red. It glows from underneath the translucent rubber dome layer within the keyboard and further diffused by the keycaps. While this doesn’t create a bleed effect between the keys it highlights the keycaps.

There are brightness levels, but I don’t believe anyone would use it at a lower brightness level due to its way of diffusing the backlit from within.

Mouse Impressions

The Ourea is an optical mouse with five DPI levels- 400, 1200, 1600, 2000 and 2500. Its polling rate goes up to 1000 Hz but by default, it is set at 500 Hz. You can change it using the Hera utility. The top section of the mouse feels smooth and it is an ambidextrous shell design. The left switch if pre-programmed a back button but the right needs to be manually set as the front if you desire- or else it’s a profile switch button. It takes some amount of time to get used to clicking buttons on either side for front/back action. The upper section of the side buttons sticks out while the lower section is shaped to align with the shape of the mouse. Unlike the previously reviewed Gamdias mouse, the weight distribution on the Ourea is preferable. It doesn’t end there.

Scroll Wheel Action!

You can feel subtle bumps on the scroll wheel but I would have liked to have more friction- like the mouse on the Masterkeys Pro Lite L kit. But its a bigger mouse and is more premium when you use it. I would recommend updating its firmware.

Adjustable Weight System

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The Ourea has four removable 5g weights on it that you can set accordingly. This is brilliant! Where would you get this in a keyboard/mouse combo? The mouse feet are shaped nicely enough to have a smooth gliding on the X and Y axis. The X-axis gliding on the Masterkeys Lite’s mouse was decent, but the same cannot be said on the Y-axis. This isn’t the case with the Gamdias Ourea optical mouse.

The mouse also has a single velcro strap and a USB cap.

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